Today’s highly interesting read (11/14/18): God bless you, hunters!

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Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day deer hunting season begins Saturday. According to the WI Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) an excellent growing season that provided abundant food sources along with reports from across the state indicating plentiful deer sightings are making folks optimistic about prospects for hunters this year.

For today’s read I dipped into my blog vault from November of 2016:

God bless you, hunters!

17TH UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (08/08/17): Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Previously on This Just In…

The update.

Other articles in this series:

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

’Wait Until 8th’ pledge asks parents to hold off on giving smartphones to kids

How smartphones hijack our brains

Smartphones really are dangerous for our kids (they put them at risk for suicide and more)

Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

Smartphone habits of kids becoming a danger to Milwaukee’s public education

Commentary: Why quitting smartphones is the new quitting smoking

Teens who spend less time in front of screens are happier — up to a point, new research shows

Phone-addicted teens aren’t as happy as those who play sports and hang out IRL, new study suggests

Screen addiction is destroying travel. Here’s how to stop it

How to break up with your phone

Exclusive: Nearly half of parents worry their child is addicted to mobile devices

 I wish my mom’s phone wasn’t invented, 2nd grader writes in school project

Parents this common habit is making your kids act like monsters

We Need to Talk About Farting on the Subway

More Screen Time For Teens Linked To ADHD Symptoms

Today’s highly interesting read (11/13/18): Effective wit a dying art in politics

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Today’s read is from a personal favorite, columnist Tom Purcell. Here’s your tease.

Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

The art of political humor is faring poorly of late. No longer are we seeing the stylish political barb.

Now, the blunt insult has replaced the stylish political barb.

Read the entire column here.


The latest pro-life news (11/12/18)


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From Pro-Life Wisconsin

From WI Right To Life


2018 Midterms: Catholic Vote Split, Pro-Life Amendments Adopted

Pro-Life Groups Applaud Trump for Latest Exemptions to Contraception-Abortifacient Mandate

News Anchor Releases Touching Pro-Life Message for Unborn, Terminal Baby – ‘God Has a Plan for Her’

A new IVF method promises ‘miraculous’ results for lesbian women but leaves the child out of the equation


Fresno mother died giving birth. She named her ‘miracle’ baby after heaven


Today’s highly interesting read (11/12/18): Thank God for men

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Today’s read was not written by a man. It comes from author Andrée Seu Peterson. Here’s an excerpt:

I’ve discovered that the secret to enjoying life is thankfulness (“be thankful”—Colossians 3:15). It really works. There’s always something to be thankful for, and finding it transforms your whole perspective. Isn’t it just like God to make His command to be thankful simultaneously His means of deliverance?

This year I particularly want to focus on one kind of thanksgiving—being thankful for men. I choose this because it is open season on men as much as on turkeys, which I feel sorry about. So here is my list of reasons to be thankful for men.

Read her list here.

My Most Popular Blogs (11/12/18)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Phony “dark store” referendum questions will pass big time Tuesday

2) Franklin police referendum fails

3) Some final thoughts on Franklin’s police referendum

4) The Best Cartoons of the Week (11/10/18)

5) The best memes of the week (11/04/18)

6) 11/06/18 Election Day numbers in Franklin

7) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (11/10/18)

8) C’mon, really? On Election Day, another example of the wussification of America

9) Goodnight everyone, and have a wonderland weekend!

10) UPDATE: Week-ends (11/03/18)

Culinary no-no #587


You all know where I live.

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When it comes to restaurants Franklin is no oasis. Not too long ago we received our Franklin Yellow and White Pages, tossed ever so nicely at the bottom of our mailbox. We snarfed ours up immediately. Guaranteed that up and down our block in Camelot, SE WI, that some of those phone books will still be where they are right now after the snow melts in April. Or May.

I perused ours a bit, especially that restaurant section for Franklin. Revealing. And very disappointing. One fast food joint after another.

Franklin’s best restaurant in my view, Casa di Giorgio, wasn’t even listed.

Here’s the larger point: Franklin residents wanting great dining options need to drive outside their city limits.

At this point we briefly turn it over to my wife and a portion of a blog she wrote in 2014.

Culinary yes-yes #61

When Kevin and I want fabulous meals, impeccable service, outstanding entertainment, and the feeling of walking into a family member’s home for dinner there’s simply one choice:

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Just for fun, I’ll crack open the menu to browse and I always listen politely to the specials our waitress recites. But really, I know what I’m eating before I even walk through the front door. That would be…

“A filet mignon with mushrooms and scallions encased in a pastry shell, served with cognac sauce and fresh vegetables. Done medium only.”

Yes, that’s the description of their Beef Wellington.

Beef Wellington
(Not the Packing House version, but a darn good one, wouldn’t you agree?)

A tossed salad with House Pepper Parmesan, steaming bread slathered with butter, baked potato with sour cream, and a glass (or two) of Cabernet will round out my dream meal and make me one VERY happy camper. To quote Kevin, taking me there is like getting his oil changed… he’s in good shape for another three months.

The precise history behind Beef Wellington is unclear. This seems to be a general consensus though. While I enjoy learning about a dish I particularly love, it’s really not the driving force behind me ordering it over and over. Even if I never heard about the good Duke, I’d still drool every time I thought of…

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It’s not a commonly-found item. To my knowledge, Joey Gerard’s (Greendale) and the Packing House (Milwaukee) are the only two Milwaukee-area restaurants that feature it on their regular menu. (Of course I’d be delighted to find out that I’m wrong. If I am, PLEASE leave a comment below!)

Incredibly tender beef, topped with mushrooms, wrapped in pastry. Seriously? How on earth would it be anything BUT a Culinary Yes Yes?
—-Jan. 12, 2014

OK. Regular readers know the drill. On this blog we bury the lead. There’s a lead up to the no-no.  Has the prelude been lengthy enough? Probably.

At the risk of making my lovely wife ill, here you go.

This week’s no-no.

Now that’s frightening.

Let’s dissect the article a bit with quotes followed by my responses.

“Looking for an impressively delicious vegetarian entree for your next holiday meal?”

Hell no.

“Put our vegetables Wellington on the table and watch your family and friends dig right in.”

First, I’m not  putting that anywhere in my house and second, if I did for my family and friends I guarantee loads of leftovers.

“Vegetables Wellington isn’t just for the holidays!”

It’s not even appropriate then.

“This delectable dish is easy enough to serve anytime you’re craving buttery bites of hot pastry, a mouthwatering medley of vegetables, and a tangy goat cheese fix.”

Honestly, I’ve never had that craving.

“You may just find some of your meat-eating family and friends converting to vegetarianism or, at least, more meat-free meals.”

That’s plain nutty.

“Let this recipe be a tasty springboard for your creative vegetarian desires.”

I repeat. Hell no.

Obviously the vegan life is not for me. I understand its growing popularity. Count me out.
As a famous octogenarian once said in a commercial, “Where’s the beef?”

And finally, I concur with the author.

Photos of the Week (11/12/18)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) A mass shooting took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. According to reports, 12 people have died, including a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department sergeant. The gunman also is dead. Photo: Getty Images

2) A procession for the body of Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in a shooting incident at a Thousand Oaks bar, drives down Ventura HIghway 101 in Thousand Oaks. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake

3) Madison Fuller of Thousand Oaks reacts as she watches from an overpass as a procession for the body of Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in a shooting incident at a Thousand Oaks bar, drives down Ventura Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake

4) The Camp Fire rages through Paradise, California, on November 8, 2018. Photo: Noah Berger / AP

5) Dogs roam burned-out neighborhoods as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise on November 8, 2018. Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty

6) Nurse Cassie Lerossignol hugs a colleague as the Feather River hospital burns while the Camp Fire rages through the town of Paradise. People fled in cars, some abandoning their vehicles and running from encroaching flames as they held babies and pets in their arms, said resident Gina Oviedo, who described a devastating scene. Flames were engulfing homes, utility poles were crashing down and things were exploding, she said. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

7) In Paradise, California, a melted bumper on a car parked at a burned-out gas station as a fire tears through the town in California. More than 18,000 acres have been scorched in a matter of hours. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

8)  A supporter shows her MAGA pin at Republican Governor Scott Walker’s mid-term election night party in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: REUTERS/Nick Oxford

9) Republican Senator Ted Cruz hugs his wife Heidi Cruz during his election night party in Houston, Texas. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

10) James Crockett, 10, holds a mask of Donald Trump as another supporter holds a mask of Melania Trump, the first lady, while President Trump speaks at a rally at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on November 5, 2018. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

11) People take part in the “No One Is Above the Law” protest in New York City on November 8, 2018. Photo: Jeenah Moon / Reuters

12) A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN’s Jim Acosta as he questions Donald Trump during a news conference following the midterm elections at the White House. The White House stood by its decision to revoke the access of reporter Jim Acosta after a fiery standoff with the president, and defended sharing a video on social media that had been altered to make Acosta’s actions towards the staff member look more aggressive. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

13) A cemetery employee cleans the cross of an American serviceman killed during World War I ahead of celebrations for the war’s centenary at the American Cemetery in Suresnes, France, on the outskirts of Paris, on November 9, 2018. Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP

14) Jets from the Italian air force’s aerobatic unit, Frecce Tricolori (“Tricolor Arrows”), spread smoke in the colors of the Italian flag over Rome as official ceremonies take place to celebrate National Unity Day and Armed Forces Day, in remembrance of the end of World War I, on November 4, 2018. Photo: Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty

15) Autumn-colored trees stand in a forest in Cuxhaven, Germany, on November 7, 2018. Photo: Patrik Stollarz / AFP / Getty

16) The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts landscape-painting-class student Migyo Kim captures the autumn foliage at Magarge Dam in Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia on November 7, 2018. Photo: Matt Rourke / AP

17) A Santa from a Santa school takes a look at the London skyline from a pod in the London Eye on November 6, 2018. Photo: Alastair Grant / AP

18) Romee Strijd poses backstage during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 in New York City on November 8, 2018. Photo: Dia Dipasupil / Getty for Victoria’s Secret

19) People visit the so-called Giant’s House at a shopping-and-entertainment mall in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on November 7, 2018. Photo: Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

20) Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor runs away from Penn State defenders in the first quarter as he scores from 71 yards out on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. It was the only bright spot for the Badgers as they lost, 22-10. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

21) Members of the World Series winning Boston Red Sox enter carrying their trophy before adoring fans before the New England Patriots game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Photo: MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

22) Samantha Winfrey reacts after throwing a football back to Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams before their game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. She is from Westerly, R.I. Photos: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

23) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after being sacked against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Photo: Jim Matthews/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis

24) Jimmy Graham of the Green Bay Packers celebrates scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images.

25) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams comes up with a 3-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of their game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Packers lost, 31-17. Photo: MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL