They’re asking in Paris: Is Giannis Antetokounmpo the prototype of the ultimate basketball player?

You may have heard the Milwaukee Bucks play the Charlotte Hornets in Paris Friday at 2:00 pm Milwaukee time.

This appeared in 20 Minutes today, a Paris publication.

Here are some great photos from Laura Gottschlich, a member of the Bucks’ medical staff who just also happens to be one of our daughter Kyla’s Irish dance instructors.

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Oh, oh, Franklin Mayor Steve Olson isn’t going to like this

A  Democratic state Senator has issued a news release today claiming “Senate Republicans once again blocked action to close the ‘Dark Store’ loophole.” She also claims this will lead to higher property taxes.

The state Senate was in session and I’ve not been able to flush out all the details. Franklin Mayor Steve Olson has beaten this dead horse for a long, long time, wasting time, energy, and yes, local taxpayer money on futile lobbying. He no doubt will use this opportunity to once again stand with Democratic mayors and legislators and the Governor to blast large companies. They are easy scapegoats and targets for excessive taxation and spending by local officials.

Give it up, Mayor.

Today’s highly interesting read (01/21/20): Pelosi Knows Impeachment Is Weak

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Today’s read is from Rep. Collins. A brief excerpt:

Whether Democrats accept it or not, the House’s primary role in this matter is now complete. One hundred senators now hold the president’s fate. They should refuse to accept the House Democrats’ sham process. The articles of impeachment before the Senate warrant not only acquittal of the president, but also the Senate’s absolute rejection of the dangerous precedent that has already been set.

Read the entire column here.

American hero Dorie Miller honored

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Doris Miller was a soldier on the West Virginia stationed near the USS Arizona.  Instead of collecting the morning’s laundry, Miller carried wounded shipmates from his blazing battleship after it was hit by enemy fire. He fought the flames as they erupted on the vessel and then manned a .50 caliber machine gun to swat away Japanese planes.  His heroics were portrayed by Cuba Gooding in the 2001 Disney film, “Pearl Harbor.”

Miller would later tell his brother that “with those bullets spattering all around me, it was by the grace of God that I never got a scratch.”

Miller had absolutely no training in the operation of a machine gun.

“It wasn’t hard,” he said. “I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine.”

The ship’s communications officer, Lt. Cmdr. Doir C. Johnson later remembered Miller “blazing away as though he had fired one all his life.” MLK Day Monday, members of Doris Miller’s family gathered around a portrait honoring the hero of Pearl Harbor and the future aircraft carrier that will bear his name. It was the first time the Navy named an aircraft in honor of an African American. Photo: Department of Defense.

On Sunday, CBS News broadcast this special report:

Another way local governments screw WI taxpayers

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I’ve talked to fellow Franklin residents since their property tax bills arrived. It’s unanimous. They’re very unhappy.

They’ve seen outrageous property tax increases. They believe it’s because of outrageous reassessments. And they’d be right.

Over the years I’ve blogged that the reassessment process is a scam. It’s rigged. It’s 100% anti-taxpayer based on a flawed system.

The tax and spenders in power will disagree. Of course they will. What are they going to do? Stand up at a press conference and say I’m right?

The annual effort to bloat reassessments is a convenient way to rape the poor, beleaguered local property taxpayer who has some recourse, but it’s nearly insurmountable.  The odds of fighting Franklin City Hall are about as successful as the Packers stopping any 49er running back on any given play.

Currently there’s a GOP-led effort in the state Legislature to prevent a specific type of reassessment being abused by some local officials. It’s called “Chasing Sales,” and it’s yet another method the local tax and spenders have devised to screw people who pay the bills.

“Chasing Sales” is the practice of taxing new homeowners differently than other homeowners by basing a home’s assessed value solely on the most recent purchase price of the home.

This is an unfair and prohibited practice in the state of Wisconsin. Our constitution requires a uniform assessment process, where all homes are assessed in the same manner. New homeowners are paying the price by paying more in property taxes than their neighbors with similar homes.

My state Senator, Dave Craig who represents all of Franklin, and my state Representative, Assemblyman Ken Skowronski are pushing legislation to end “Chasing Sales.”

According to Senate Bill 624:

Current law requires that, to determine a property’s value for property tax purposes, the assessor consider recent arm’s-length sales of the property to be assessed if according to professionally acceptable appraisal practices those sales conform to recent arm’s-length sales of reasonably comparable property. This bill prohibits an assessor from changing the assessed value of a property based solely on the recent arm’s-length sale of the property unless the change in assessed value corrects a previous assessment based on incorrect information about the physical characteristics of the property.

Surely this will send my mayor, Franklin’s Steve Olson into a panic attack. Olson historically as an alderman and now mayor has despised the state, blaming Madison for every problem that crosses his desk. I can just imagine his consternation blustering at our legislative officials for daring to get involved in our local matters. Maybe if the locals wouldn’t screw up the intervention would be unnecessary.

The bill has a fairly decent chance of passing the Legislature where it will probably be vetoed by the tax-loving Gov. Tony Evers. Expect a sigh of relief from Olson, maybe even a thank you card to Evers.

I commend the efforts to assist our taxpayers rather than scamming them.

Read more about this issue here.

The latest pro-life news (01/20/20)


Don’t miss our closing heartwarming story every week!

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The National March for Life, otherwise known as the most under-reported story every year in America, is this week

National Pro-Life Group Announces $52 Million Election Effort

Pro-Life Advocates Criticize Study Claiming Most Women Don’t Regret Their Abortions

Let’s drop the age-old pro-life jabs

An opinion piece published last week in the Standard-Speaker, Hazleton Pennsylvania:


A group of preschoolers set up a hot cocoa stand and raised $10,000 for a classmate battling cancer

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