UPDATE: Franklin School District Administrator Judy Mueller’s lucrative contract

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Previously on This Just In, through an open records request I obtained and published Franklin Public Schools (FPS) District Administrator Judy Mueller’s current contract. It contained Mueller’s annual salary of $180,401.

I made a follow-up to that request since the contract does not specify Mueller’s exact dollar amount of her various benefits.

An official at FPS directed me to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website for Mueller’s benefits package. It amounts to $52,260.

Add that to Mueller’s salary and her annual compensation package equals an astounding $232,661.

I don’t necessarily begrudge Mueller’s exorbitant contract. However I have no doubt she’s overpaid.

By the way Mueller’s contract has been extended, and now runs until June 30, 2024.

For that kind of jackpot one would think Mueller could answer e-mail questions clearly, completely, professionally, courteously, and actually listen to and respect the wishes of taxpaying school parents.

Today’s highly interesting read (06/15/21): Saving America’s Colleges and Universities From ‘Wokeness’

Private vs. Public Colleges: Key Differences | BestColleges

Today’s read is from Oliver North and Oliver L. North and David L. Goetsch. North is a Marine Corps veteran, member of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, professor of business, Christian counselor and author of 76 books. Goetsch is a Marine Corps veteran, member of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, professor of business, Christian counselor and author of 76 books.

Here’s an excerpt:

Too many college graduates have spent four or more years in adult day care rather than higher education. As a result, disillusioned graduates now ask themselves if pursuing a college degree was worth it. Many now believe they paid too much, got too little and wasted four or more years of their lives majoring in pseudo-degree programs of no value except in the minds of leftist indoctrinators masquerading as college professors.

Can America’s colleges and universities be saved from the left? Perhaps, but major changes will be necessary.

What are those changes? Read the entire column here.

Milwaukee loves transit boondoggles

A Streetcar experience with Milwaukee in mind | The Milwaukee Independent

Long before I worked for 15 years for the WI state Senate it was well known that there was a strong anti-Milwaukee bias in the Legislature.

There was no jealousy or animosity and certainly no racism involved. But it’s extremely difficult to persuade out-state legislators located in distant regions of Wisconsin to pledge support and tax dollars to a place notorious for wasting cash by throwing it down a rathole.

A rather blatant example is in order.

From a blog I wrote in the summer of 2016.

Fast forward to last Thursday, June 10, 2021. Officials were in total glee at the groundbreaking ceremony.

At the same time of the ceremony where money-grubbing folks were ecstatic over more spending for a project that could easily bomb news broke that the novelty over Tom Barrett’s hoped-for legacy, the streetcar, had worn off, big time. An outstanding piece by Fox 6 News…

History says the BRT could easily suffer the same fate as the streetcar.

Taxpayers be damned.

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Today’s highly interesting read (06/14/21): Top 10 biggest lies liberal media has been caught peddling — and why it matters

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Today’s read is from Michael Goodwin of the NY Post. Here’s an excerpt:

Another one bites the dust. Another media lie, that is. 

The latest lie to die is the false claim the feds cleared Lafayette Park of protesters last year so then-President Donald Trump could hold a photo op.

If the debunking feels familiar, it’s not your imagination. Only the details differ from earlier cases where the media mob got it all wrong. Sadly, the truth usually emerges not because of the press, but despite it. 

The pattern is so pronounced that it’s easy to assemble your own list of Top Ten Media Lies.

Read about the Ten Media Lies here.

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Culinary no-no #700

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

Burger King Ch'King chicken sandwich arriving in June - Chicago Sun-Times

Back in the mid to late 1970’s there were no chicken sandwich wars. That’s because fast food chains didn’t have chicken sandwiches on their menus.

About that time I recall having my first experience with Chick–fil –A, inside the food court at the Southridge Mall.

No surprise I found the chain at a mall. Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy brilliantly decided since everybody was selling burgers, why not chicken on a bun. And there’s more.

When malls exploded in America Cathy saw a tremendous opportunity.

“Truett saw there was a ready-made market. All the salespeople and store employees that worked all day in the mall didn’t have anywhere to eat,” said Martha Lawrence, Truett’s executive assistant from 1997 until his death in 2014. “They had the space, he saw a need.” During the 1960’s the number of shopping malls in the United States grew from 4,500 in the beginning of the decade to 16,400. One in every three American retail dollars was spent in a shopping mall. And Chick-fil-As could be found in malls across America.

In 1986, Chick-fil-A opened its first free-standing restaurant in Atlanta, and now boasts more than 2,200 restaurants in 47 states.

One of the latest trends in the fast food industry has several chains attempting to out Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A, including McDonald’s that can only improve on its scrawny below average sandwich offering.

Burger King has now entered the fray with an approach that focuses on politics as opposed to quality. Instead of advertising that it has the better chicken sandwich, Burger King announced on June 3 it will donate up to $250,000 of the proceeds from its new premium chicken sandwich, Ch’King, to The Human Rights Campaign (HRC). For every hand-breaded chicken sold, 40 cents will go to the cause.

The company also emphasized that the Ch’King is available on Sunday, a direct punch at Chick-fil-A which closes on Sunday to observe the Sabbath. Chick-fil-A has long been blasted for donating to anti-LGBTQ+ groups. CEO Dan Cathy has made statements critical of same-sex marriage.

“This is a community (LGBTQ) we love dearly and have proudly supported over the years, so we couldn’t miss an opportunity to take action and help shine a light on the important conversation happening,” a Burger King spokesperson said.

Consider what Jonathan Merritt wrote in the Atlantic in 2012. It rings true today:

Americans who patronize the chain’s 1,600 locations were left wondering what to do.

Should they swear off the legendary chicken sandwiches to support gay rights? Or could they eat one of the filets anyway, knowing their dollars would be but a drop in the bucket for a chain that has more than $4 billion in annual sales and donated a pittance to groups they may disagree with?

I’d argue the latter — and this has nothing to do with my views on gay marriage. It’s because Chick-fil-A is a laudable organization on balance, and because I refuse to contribute to the ineffective boycott culture that’s springing up across America.

First of all, Chick-fil-A is not a hate group. In a statement company leaders made their commitment to equal service clear. “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

As a native Atlantan, I’ve dined at the chicken chain more than I’d like to admit over more than two decades and even interacted with its leadership team. I’ve never witnessed any customer refused service or even treated differently. On the contrary, Chick-fil-A is known for offering world-class customer service to each person that walks through one of the restaurant’s doors.

Additionally, the organization gives millions of dollars each year to charitable causes — and not just to “pro-family” groups. It funds a large foster care program, several schools of a higher learning, and a children’s camp. It has provided thousands of scholarships for Chick-fil-A employees to attend college and grow past the service sector where they got their workplace start.

I’m flummoxed that so many consumers are so quick these days to call for boycotts of any company that deviates from their personal or political views. For one thing, boycotts rarely cause actual pocketbook – rather than PR — damage. Most consumers don’t care enough to drive an extra mile to get the same product from someone else.

But my bigger question is this: In a nation that’s as divided as ours is, do we really want our commercial lives and our political lives to be so wholly intermeshed? And is this really the kind of culture we want to create?

As Josh Ozersky argued on TIME, “businesses should be judged by their products and their practices, not by their politics.”

In reality Burger King can’t win. Chick-fil-A supporters are not going to be swayed. So if the goal is to hurt Chick-fil-A economically That ain’t happening.

And if Burger King is pushing politics, maybe it’s because their chicken sandwich isn’t the better choice after all.


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Photos of the Week (06/13/21)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Activists wearing giant heads of the G-7 leaders tussle over a giant COVID-19 vaccine syringe during an action of NGO’s on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England. Photo: AP

2) A painter adds finishing touches to ornamental decoration inside the “Villa La Grange” where U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet June 16, in Geneva. Photo: AFP

3) Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather on a street corner near a sign saying “Miss Me Yet???” outside the North Carolina GOP convention before Trump spoke at the gathering in Greenville, North Carolina, June 5, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

4) Former President Donald Trump points at the media while speaking at the North Carolina GOP convention dinner in Greenville, North Carolina, June 5, 2021.  Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

5) Members of the Secret Service get off the Air Force Two, after technical difficulties that made Vice President Kamala Harris change planes for her first international trip as Vice President to Guatemala and Mexico, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, June 6, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

6) French President Emmanuel Macron is protected by a security member after getting slapped by a member of the public during a visit in Tain-L’Hermitage, France, June 8, 2021. Photo: BFMTV/ReutersTV via REUTERS

7) President Joe Biden delivers remarks to U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at  RAF Mildenhall, ahead of the G7 Summit, near Mildenhall, Britain June 9, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

8) A Haitian migrant reaches out for help while emerging from a rocky canal close to a gap in the border wall in Arizona. Photograph: Eugene García/AP

9) French Air Force Patrouille de France Team performs at the official opening ceremony of the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer, on the 77th anniversary of D-Day, France. Photo: Reuters

10) This aerial photograph in Turkey’s Marmara Sea at a harbor on the shoreline of Istanbul shows mucilage, a jelly-like layer of slime that develops on the surface of the water due to the excessive proliferation of phytoplankton. Photo: AFP

11) A dolphin leaps near the bow of the Israeli navy submarine Leviathan off the coast of Haifa in northern Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

12) A cicada sits on the neck of President Joe Biden as he and first lady Jill Biden depart for England from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, June 9, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

13) President Biden wipes his neck after a cicada landed on him before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images


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