AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…something different this week.
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AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…something different this week.
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Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
Today on his program Newstalk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber talked about my blog that posted an exclusive column by Orville Seymer on a Tony Evers recall (Jay referred to FranklinNOW as the source which is actually my old blog site).
Click here, then at the bottom click on the play button and scroll on the podcast to the 36:00 mark for the audio from the program.
The court and benches are empty of players and coaches at the scheduled start of an NBA basketball first round playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
Today’s read is an editorial from the website Issues and Insights. Here’s an excerpt:
The officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been tried and convicted by Democrats, the media, and truth-be-damned activists before the case is resolved. It’s a mirror image of the Michael Brown shooting (the officer was cleared) in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd (the officer has yet to go to trial). The difference is this time, pro athletes, pampered and well-paid, joined the mob.
They should be ashamed of their behavior.
From the Wisconsin State Journal earlier this month:
His Madison roots are strong, so it should come as little surprise Wesley Matthews, when choosing a message for the back of his jersey during the NBA restart, did so with his hometown — and state — on his mind.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ veteran swingman, who shined at Madison Memorial and Marquette University before embarking on an NBA career that’s now in its 11th season, is wearing the word “VOTE” on his back during the seeding-round games at Walt Disney World — a message he hopes resonates back home.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!
How does that old expression go? Oh yeh.
“There’s a first time for everything.”
For me it was at a Holiday Inn in Santa Barbara, California.
NO, NOT THAT!
This was circa 1984. I was visiting to attend a friend’s wedding. There’s another old expression. “When in Rome do what the Romans do.”
Breakfast at the hotel one morning included my first sampling of sourdough bread. Smeared with orange marmalade.
I was hooked. And even though this wasn’t San Francisco, to me it close enough.
Eventually many years ago I got to San Francisco and managed to eat that glorious bread from this legendary spot near Fisherman’s Wharf.
Can you buy good sourdough around here? Of course.
That’s the winner of the Milwaukee Journal’s 2020 Top Choice Award for Best Bakery. National says sourdough is one of their special features.
In July Brute Pizza in our area started making and selling pies with a sourdough crust on their wood-fired pizzas.
With all due respect to Brute Pizza, National and all other bakers, I’m sure your offerings are tasty, but they simply can’t match authentic, bona fide SF sourdough. Cannot. And it’s not your fault for trying to replicate that distinctive flavor. But it’s difficult when you’re more than 2,000 miles away.
Scientist and food specialist told NPR:
“The sour flavors come from lactic and acetic acids produced by inevitable environmental bacteria, which are working on the flour’s sugars along with the yeast. Different bacteria make different sour flavors; San Francisco is awash in local bacteria species that make its sourdough bread famous. So sourness per se in some ryes and many other breads is quite desirable.”
Wild yeast is harvested, then added to flour and water to form a starter. As the wild yeast digests the flour and water, it begins to exude carbon dioxide, which is what gives the loaves their consistency. Some of the starter is mixed with basic bread-making components and now you’ve got bread. After a few days more flour and water are added to the starter. The yeasts and bacteria continue to thrive on the new fuel. Supposedly just one batch of sourdough can last for perpetuity.
Like Guinness beer in Ireland, sourdough just tastes supreme in the City by the Bay, even though you’ll find plenty of sources that claim sourdough is not endemic to SF. The point is it’s better, no, it’s best out West.
One critic called the flavor of Boudin’s bread “overpowering” and was turned away. The adjective is not a negative to me. I want my sourdough to be overpowering. It hasn’t been since the last time I was in California more than 25 years ago.
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
A Burlington, Wisconsin woman has started a recall petition drive of the governor and lieutenant governor. Most, if not all Republicans would love to see the two of them gone ASAP.
Orville Seymer wrote the book on recalls. He’s a well-informed expert on the subject, and he asks a legitimate and compelling question. I asked Seymer to submit a column on his thoughts about this recall effort.
Guest Blog (exclusive)
By Orville Seymer of Franklin
Is this the right time to attempt a Recall of Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes?
The public is understandably very angry over recent developments in both Madison and Kenosha. While some may call these riots “peaceful protests,” they are anything but peaceful when two people are dead and one severely injured.
So is now the right time to attempt a Recall of the Governor? Let’s first look at the number of signatures required. In order to force a Recall election of the Gov. Evers a Recall group would have to gather a little more than 688,000 valid signatures and do it in 60 days. Realistically, any attempt would require a good cushion of a minimum of 10% and preferably more. A good target would be 750,000 valid signatures. If this is going to be done right, there should be a parallel attempt at the same time of Lt. Gov. Barnes; this would require a separate petition, so the 750,000 number would have to be doubled meaning more than 1.5 million signatures.
Let’s break that number down into simple terms. From day one, the Recall group would have to collect 12,500 signatures every day for 60 days and that would just be for the Gov. Evers, throw in Barnes and you need 25,000 signature per day. Hopefully that puts the Recall into perspective.
Our group, CRG Network has participated in about 30 Recall efforts over the years. What we have found is the sphere of influence of the average Wisconsinite is about 50 people. In other words, they may feel comfortable approaching about 50 friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. and asking them to sign the Recall petition. So in order to accomplish this overwhelming task, you would need about 15,000 volunteers who each collect about 50 signatures.
The Recall process timeline from the date of filing with the elections commission is between 4 & ½ and 5 & ½ months to final Recall election. So realistically, this process will continue through the end of this year and it will not be completed until early next year.
Currently there is a young woman who has filed a Recall petition for both Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes.
While she clearly has a lot of passion, she has little or no organization. As you can see from the examples above, this is an overwhelming task and it should not be taken lightly.
Simply posting on Facebook or other social media platforms is not a recipe for success in this endeavor. In my experience most people want to use social media to find out what is going on or where they can go nearby to sign the petition, not to assist in gathering the 750,000 signatures.
My sources have told me that she is already overwhelmed with the task and she filed just a few days ago. I can tell you from personal experience that the Recall process will consume all of your time and energy. I am told that she has a full time job and 4 children. This young woman is in effect taking on another full time job which provides no income but it does provide a lot of headaches.
In addition to all of the issues listed above, there is a provision in state law that allows the target of a Recall to raise unlimited funds for the time of the Recall effort. You may remember that Gov. Walker took full advantage of this so expect Evers/Barnes to do the same.
None of this takes into account the inevitable legal challenges that are certain to come; you must be prepared for those and many other challenges that will materialize.
If she fails to get the required signatures or if she gets the required signatures but loses the election, you can bet that Evers/Barnes will use that two years from now in their re-election campaign.
So the bottom line is this. Does Evers deserve to be Recalled? The obvious answer is and overwhelmingly yes. Evers and Barnes have proven themselves to be highly incompetent over and over again.
CRG Network has a proven track record in Recalls. We have won the majority of the Recalls that we have assisted in. This is not the Recall of a local Mayor or school board member. This will take a massive amount of organization and effort.
Think about the Recall in slightly different terms. What if you were wrongfully charged with a serious crime such as murder. Would you want a lawyer who has never been to law school but has read a couple of books about the law to represent you or would you want somebody with about 30 murder trials under their belt to represent you? The answer is very obvious but the young woman who has filed the Recall is in way over her head and she needs to ask for help from people who have done this numerous times. Even then it is still a very uphill battle.
Orville Seymer is one of the Founding members of CRG Network, and he has participated in dozens of Recall efforts around the State of Wisconsin including the historic Recall of Milw. County Executive Tom Ament in 2002.
The Facebook Page Columbia Wisconsin Conservatives posted:
This page OPPOSES THE RECALL action of Tony Evers. Conservatives should consider the following reasons:
– Evers will have 60 days of UNLIMITED limits in fundraising. Dems from all over the country will come to his rescue with NO limits. Soros could literally write his campaign a $50 million check.
– We don’t have a candidate. One of the big names like Rebecca Kleefisch or Ron Johnson will not run in recall.
– Evers will immediately become a national figure for Dems.
– Evers will receive nationwide funding way beyond what any canidate opposing him will. Liberal PACs will back him with Millions of dollars.
– Signing a recall has repercussions for the signers as the democrats can attest to. You may be harassed by liberals or who knows be up for a job or promotion where a dem makes the decision and your signing a recall may effect the outcome for you.
– A recall election will be a huge distraction from the upcoming presidential election and could fracture us when we need to focus on this election NOW. Keeping Trump in the White House is our top priority now.
– The regular gubernatorial election is in 2022 and it will get underway in early to midway into 2021 anyway. We stand an excellent chance of winning that election and will have a much better candidate pool.
While we all are frustrated by the failed leadership of Tony Evers it is far more strategic to focus on the Presidential election at hand and then focus on developing the best strategies to defeat Evers in 2022 where he will have no fundraising or name recognition advantages.
Finally imagine if we do a recall election and fail (the most likely outcome). We will make Tony Evers a champion of the left and even more difficult to defeat in 2022.
These are the reasons this page OPPOSES a recall of Tony Evers.
A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.
1) A law enforcement officer holds a weapon as he stands in the hatch of an armored vehicle as people protest outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, August 25. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Maturen
2) A man confronts police outside the Kenosha Police Department in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, August 23. Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY
3) The carcasses of the cars burned by protesters the previous night during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake are seen on a used-cars lot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Aug. 26, 2020. Photo: AFP
4) A flag flies over a department-of-corrections building ablaze during protests on August 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer a day earlier. Photo: Morry Gash / AP
5) Flares go off in front of a Kenosha Country Sheriff vehicle as demonstrators take part in a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Aug. 25, 2020. Photo: Reuters
6) A protester lights a cigarette on a garbage truck that was set on fire during a demonstration Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis., sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer a day earlier. Photo: AP
7) ATF investigators look through a burnt out building following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 28, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
8) A woman hands flowers to a member of the Wisconsin National Guard standing by as people gather for a vigil, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 28, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
9) After the WNBA’s announcement of the postponed games for the evening, the Washington Mystics wear white T-shirts with seven bullet holes on the back in protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Photograph: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
10) Ann Dorn gave one of the most genuinely moving speeches of the convention. She spoke about the death of her husband, David Dorn, a security guard and retired police captain who was killed in June amid looting in St. Louis. She told of how the police chief came to her door at 4 a.m. to give her the news. “I relive that horror in my mind every single day,” she said. “My hope is that having you relive it with me now will help shake this country from the nightmare we are witnessing in our cities and bring about positive, peaceful change.” Photo: 2020 Republican National Convention/Handout via REUTERS
11) Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, gave one of the more extensive discussions of Trump’s response to the pandemic, saying he had served on a White House task force on reopening. “It was clear: his highest priority was always the health and safety of everyone in our country,” White said. White bragged that the UFC was the first sport to restart, and said the lessons learned would help reopen schools. “Make no mistake about it. We still have a long way to go. And that is why we need a leader, with President Trump’s unique attributes, at this critical time.” Photo: 2020 Republican National Convention/Handout via REUTERS
12) Former New York Mayor and Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is seen in a video on the South Lawn of the White House August 27: “These continuous riots in Democratic cities, gives you a good view of the future under Biden.” Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
13) Alice Johnson, a criminal justice reform advocate and former prisoner, speaks, August 27, at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: /Handout via REUTERS
14) Carl Mueller holds up a photo of his daughter Kayla Mueller, who was killed by ISIS, while speaking with his wife Marsha, August 27, at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Handout via REUTERS
15) Vice President Mike Pence is joined onstage by President Donald Trump after delivering his acceptance speech at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, August 26. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
16) White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivers a pre-recorded address August 26. McEnany offered a deeply personal story about her decision to undergo a preventative mastectomy, describing how Trump called her afterward — a gesture she characterized as supporting “an American with a pre-existing condition.” In fact, the Trump administration will try this autumn to persuade the Supreme Court to invalidate the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which bars health insurers from canceling coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Photo: REUTERS/Tom Brenner
17) “You can kneel before God but stand for our flag,” said Madison Cawthorn, a paralyzed car-crash survivor and North Carolina politician August 26, at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Handout via REUTERS
18) Sister Deirdre “Dede” Mary Byrne, superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts and a retired U.S. Army colonel and board-certified general surgeon, speaks August 26, at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Handout via REUTERS
19) Nicholas Sandmann, the former high school teenager from Kentucky who gained national attention for staring at a Native American activist in front of the Lincoln Memorial with a ‘MAGA’ hat on, slammed the media on the second night of the RNC for what he said was its promotion of an “anti-Christian” and “anti-Donald Trump” narrative. “In November, I believe this country must unite around a president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts,” Sandmann said. Photo: Handout via REUTERS
20) Kimberly Guilfoyle, the National Chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., delivers a pre-recorded speech, August 24. “They want to destroy this country, and everything that we have fought for and hold dear,” she said of Democrats. “They want to steal your liberty, your freedom. They want to control what you see and think, and believe, so they can control how you live!” Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
21) A TV monitor shows Donald Trump Jr. as he delivers a pre-recorded speech from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, August 24, 2020. The president’s oldest son said, “Joe Biden and the radical left are now coming for our freedom of speech. They want to bully us into submission. If they get their way, it will no longer be the silent majority. It will be the silenced majority. This has to stop. Freedom of expression used to be a liberal value. At least before the radical left took over. Now the Republican Party is the home of free speech, the place where anyone from any background can speak their mind.” Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
22) Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks in a live address broadcast from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, August 24. Haley, a child of Indian immigrants, attempted to draw a contrast with what she called Democratic support of “riot and rage.” “I was a brown girl in a black and white world,” she said. “We faced discrimination and hardship. But my parents never gave in to grievance and hate.” Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
23) Former NFL player Herschel Walker speaks by video feed August 24. “It hurts my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald. The worst one is ‘racist.’ I take it as a personal insult that people would think I would have a 37-year friendship with a racist,” he said. “He keeps right on fighting to improve the lives of Black Americans and all Americans. He works night and day. He never stops. He leaves nothing on the field.” Photo: Handout via REUTERS
24) Trump led a naturalization ceremony for five immigrants becoming U.S. citizens. Photo: Handout via REUTERS
25) First Lady Melania Trump is hugged and kissed by President Donald Trump after delivering her live address from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, August 25, 2020. Melania offered sympathy for victims of the coronavirus pandemic and a plea for racial understanding in a convention speech aimed directly at the women voters who have abandoned President Trump. The speech’s warm tone was out of step with a Republican gathering that featured harsh rhetoric about Democratic challenger Joe Biden and sometimes apocalyptic warnings about the dangers of Democratic governance. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
26) First Lady Melania Trump delivers her live address to the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention from the Rose Garden of the White House, as seen from the roof of the West Wing, in Washington, D.C., on August 25, 2020. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
27) White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump, August 27: “Donald Trump did not come to Washington to win praise from the Beltway elites. Donald Trump came to Washington for one reason and one reason alone, to make America great again.” Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
28) President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech, August 27: “At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas. This election will decide whether we save the American dream, or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny. This election will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans, or whether we give free rein to violent anarchic agitators and criminals who threaten our citizens … If the left gains power, they will demolish the suburbs, confiscate your guns, and appoint justices who will wipe away your Second Amendment and other constitutional freedoms.” Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
29) President Donald Trump pumps his fist at the crowd as he stands with first lady Melania Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle after delivering his acceptance speech as the Republican presidential nominee during the final event of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, August 27. A defiant Trump accepted the nomination for a second term with a scathing attack on rival Joe Biden, asserting that a Democratic victory in November would only exacerbate the racial strife and coronavirus pandemic besieging the nation. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
30) President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their extended family watch Trump campaign fireworks explode behind the Washington Monument from the South Lawn of the White House, August 27. The made-for-television scene – befitting the first reality TV host to serve as president – stood in marked contrast to Biden’s acceptance speech last week, which was broadcast live from a largely empty arena in a nod to the disease. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
31) Fireworks mark the end of the Republican National Convention. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
32) Fireworks spell out “2020” behind the Washington Monument after President Trump delivered his acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House, August 27. Speaking from the White House South Lawn despite criticism he was using the executive residence as a political prop, Trump portrayed Biden, a career politician with a long record as a moderate, as a far-left extremist who would usher in a lawless, dangerous America. Photo: Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS
33) This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken on August 26, 2020, at 4:50 p.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Laura over the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Laura strengthened into “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane,” before making landfall along the Louisiana-Texas border. Photo: NOAA via AP
34) Water gushes from a destroyed house in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 23, 2020, as Tropical Storm Laura battered the region. Photo: Erika Santelices / AFP / Getty
35) Buildings and homes sit damaged near Lake Charles, Louisiana, after Hurricane Laura passed through on August 27, 2020. Photo: David J. Phillip / AP
36) Lonnie Gatte and Teri Goleman kiss after returning to their residence, a 40-foot camping trailer, to find it completely destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Sulphur, Louisiana, August 27, 2020. Hurricane Laura ripped through Louisiana on Thursday, destroying buildings in towns across the southwestern corner of the state and killing four people, as one of the most powerful storms to hit the state. Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif
37) A man raises an American flag in front of Trump graffiti after Hurricane Laura made landfall in Lake Charles. Photo: Getty Images
38) A woman dances as she visits an outdoor immersive-experience exhibition during the 2020 Beijing International Light Festival at a park in Beijing on August 22, 2020. Photo: Wang Zhao / AFP / Getty
39) Santas concentrate as they attend a socially distanced Santa-school session at Southwark Cathedral in London, England, on August 24, 2020. Britain’s much-loved Santa school will train the nation’s Santas to socially distance in order to keep the magic of the Christmas grotto alive this year, despite COVID-19 restrictions potentially interfering with the festive season. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
40) A woman dressed as an elf takes the temperatures of attendees of the Ministry of Fun Santa School outside Southwark Cathedral, in London, Britain. Photo: Reuters
Once again we found some good ones!
From the past week, including some taken Saturday at Okauchee Lake at a boating event hosted by the Republican Party of Waukesha County.