What really happened at that Franklin meeting re: Trick or Treat

UPDATE: Mayor Steve Olson has announced the Trick or Treat decision will be reconsidered by the Common Council, most likely at the 9/20 Common Council meeting in conformance with the legal requirements.

Why can’t the council hold a special meeting to address this sooner? The mayor informs me of the following city ordinance:

It shall be in order for any member who voted in the affirmative on any question which was adopted or for any member who voted in the negative when the number of affirmative votes was insufficient for adoption to move a reconsideration of such vote, at the same or next succeeding regular meeting of the Council.

The Franklin Common Council met on Tuesday, September 6th, and quickly approved Trick or Treat to be held this year on Monday, October 31st, from 4-7pm.

You could hear the tremors and rumblings for the next several days.

Lots of discussion on social media and people are ticked. Quite frankly I don’t blame them.

The tape doesn’t lie so let’s go to the video and watch this brief yuck-fest where generally speaking few, if any seemed to take the matter seriously. Pay attention to Alderwoman Kristen Wilhem’s goofy observation.

Some observations, in no particular order:

There was ZERO discussion on the impact on school children who get out of class just before 4:00, not to mention their parents who are still at work at 4:00.

Alderwoman Sheri Hanneman made the motion to change the day from Sunday to Monday. Disappointing.

Alderwoman Michelle Eichmann seconded the motion to change the day from Sunday to Monday. Disappointing.

The council members voted unanimously to change the day from Sunday to Monday. Disappointing. But not surprising.

Some people are calling to skin Mayor Steve Olson alive. He did not vote, but did say he would have favored the date change. I’m not sure what the mayor found so amusing during this discussion. Personally I would have kept a straight face and not commit to my stance.

Many people think the council’s decision was based on an upcoming newsletter announcing the October 31st date. There doesn’t appear to be any truth to that being the council’s motivation. Nothing of that nature was stated at the meeting as you can see/hear from the video.

Normally I wouldn’t object to Halloween being on Halloween. But I concur with many a parent who has rightfully spoken out against the timing. This isn’t rocket science, folks. School gets out when? If you’ve been reading the papers school busses have been a nightmare and who knows if the chaos will be resolved by October 31st. Parents are still at work when Trick or Treat is set to begin.

There’s no other to put it except that this is really, really, really dumb. That’s the Franklin way.

Someone on the council needs to execute some common sense and suggest taking the proper action to go back to Sunday, 4-7pm (Packer game is around 7:20 that night).

Will someone actually do that? On this council?

My Most Popular Blogs (09/12/22)

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

1) Franklin’s non-Independence Day parade

2) Best Memes of the Week (09/04/22)

3) Franklin’s Marcelino Rivera III loses…AGAIN

4) “60 MINUTES” VIDEO: What Covid and how we reacted did to our kids

5) Franklin Alderwoman and killjoy Kristen Wilhelm wants fewer fireworks

6) WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER RERUN: Is recycling a waste?

7) We are (unintentionally) abusing our kids

8) Today’s highly interesting read (09/06/22): I’m A Democrat Who Thinks Biden’s Anti-Democratic Rhetoric Has Gone Too Far

9) Free rides for votes or…Supervisor Logsdon nailed it

10) Automatic License Plate Readers: effective crime tool, or invasion of privacy?

UPDATE: “60 MINUTES” VIDEO: What Covid and how we reacted did to our kids

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

A New Type of Anxiety Is Plaguing American Children

September 8, 2022 Updated: September 11, 2022

The children of America are becoming more anxious. From Boston to Bakersfield, childhood anxiety is on the rise. Of all the emotions American children are experiencing today, anxiety appears to be the most prevalent. This has been the case for years for years. However, due to climate alarmism and doomsday predictions of eco-evangelicals, a new type of anxiety has gripped the minds of America’s youth. It’s called eco-anxiety.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines eco-anxiety as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.” To many readers, I’m sure, the idea of eco-anxiety sounds odd, preposterous, and even contrived. But to many, especially the people afflicted, it’s very real. And the feelings that accompany eco-anxiety are overwhelmingly negative.

BBC article, published earlier this year, outlined the many ways in which eco-anxiety is affecting young children. For young Americans, eco-anxiety has created a sense of doom and gloom, a profound sense of despair. According to the APA, “long-term changes in climate can also surface a number of different emotions, including fear, anger, feelings of powerlessness, or exhaustion.” These emotions result in eco-anxiety, a “fear of extreme weather” that reaches phobia-like levels. Watching “the slow and seemingly irrevocable impacts of climate change unfold, and worrying about the future for oneself, children, and later generations,” one is left feeling utterly helpless.

In the BBC article, psychotherapist Caroline Hickman discussed the findings of a global online survey she carried out last year. Hickman set out to gauge the effects of climate anxiety on teenagers and young adults worldwide, including those in the United States. Some 60 percent of respondents said they were “very” or “extremely” worried about the state of the environment. Meanwhile, 75 percent believe “the future is frightening.” Of the 10,000 surveyed, 56 percent believe that “humanity is doomed.” Because of climate change, one in four opposed the idea of ever having children.

This is worrying but not entirely surprising. After all, teens and 20-somethings have been fed the same message–over and over again again–that the end of the world is fast approaching. Due to the deleterious effects of climate change, having children, they’re told, is deeply immoral.

In the words of Joseph Goebbels, the propagandist extraordinaire, “repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth.” The climate narrative has been hijacked by eco-zealots. The author Michael Shellenberger has expertly demonstrated the many ways in which the claim that climate change will usher in Armageddon is nothing but a pernicious lie—a lie that is, quite literally, making people sick.

Propaganda excels because it capitalizes on our emotional vulnerabilities, overriding the part of the brain responsible for objective thinking. Today, it has never been easier to neutralize objective thinking. This is, after all, a time when overcorrection reigns supreme. It’s not enough to be enraged; one must be outraged. It’s not enough to be concerned about certain injustices; one must become an activist. It’s not enough to be concerned about the environment; one must be anxious about it. In truth, eco-anxiety is really just a symptom of a broader issue. Children are becoming increasingly anxious and pessimistic.

Eco-hysteria gets us nowhere, but try telling that to the fearmongers who are urging all Americans, children included, to move from eco-anxiety to eco-anger. Of course, this sort of eco-fueled alarmism is nothing new. We have been here before—many times before.

As Brendan O’Neill, Spiked’s chief political writer, recently noted, for decades, our “elites have been forecasting death and doom on a global scale, and none of it has happened.” O’Neill discussed the “global cooling” concerns of the 1970s, the “idea that Earth was headed for a new Ice Age.” In the ’80s, the United Nations, an organization that views climate change as a global emergency, argued that there was just a decade to save the world. Today, children are being told that climate change directly threatens their very existence. Is it any wonder that they are anxious?

The importance of optimism in a child’s life cannot be emphasized enough. Optimistic kids view challenges as a necessary part of existence; challenges are something to be recognized, evaluated, and overcome. Pessimistic children, however, find themselves paralyzed by a sense of helplessness and gnawing despair. Challenges are considered insurmountable. Less than a decade ago, it was rare for a child to be clinically diagnosed with an anxiety disorder prior to adolescence. Today, however, across the country, anxiety disorders are now the most common psychiatric condition in pre-adolescent children.

The United States of America is fast becoming the United States of Anxiety. Now, that’s a genuine cause for concern. Over 90 percent of the things we worry about never happen—but try telling that to the eco-alarmists who have been sounding the same alarm for decades.

—John Mac Ghlionn is a researcher and essayist. His work has been published by the New York Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, National Review, and The Spectator US, among others. He covers psychology and social relations, and has a keen interest in social dysfunction and media manipulation.

Today’s highly interesting read, plus video (09/11/22): Why Does the Left Want to Destroy Christianity?

On this Sunday, today’s read is from Emily Allison, a writer for The Epoch Times and a freelance political journalist. Read, and then watch a disturbing video.

Christians have been able to enjoy the separation of church and state in America for quite some time. Many Christians have taken this as a free pass to live out their beliefs and morals quietly in their personal lives, completely detached from the world of politics altogether. It is becoming increasingly more difficult in today’s culture to live out Christian values without interference from the government or cultural opposition. For Christians who are seeing the attacks on religion amplifying in our culture and wondering how they should navigate the conflicting world of faith and politics, check out EpochTV’s latest program “The Left’s Not so Subtle Attack Against the Church” presented by Lucas Miles, host of the series “Church and State.”

Miles is an ordained minister and best-selling author. In this episode, he talks about how the church in America used to be a sacred place of refuge and safety, yet the political left has increasingly declared it open season on Christians, particularly pro-life institutions since the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Miles says the church has been invaded by the same ideology attacking our nation for some time—Marxism. He says it’s important for Christians to not have their heads in the sand and be unaware of the spiritual battle raging around them. America used to be the place where people could go to church without being worried about persecution, but the attacks against churches are increasing, and with it, so should Christian faith and vigilance.

Why Does the Left Want to Destroy Christianity?

Miles believes that Roe v. Wade being overturned was exactly what the left needed to justify attacks against the church. “If you understand Marxism, what you understand is that the church stands as an obstacle to the Marxist agenda,” says Miles. Unless the church is removed or converted to a Marxist way of thinking, Marxism cannot thrive in society. Miles says that the church and family are what has been needed to prevent a Marxist takeover of society in America so far. This is because the root tactic of Marxism is to destabilize society to the point where its own people essentially overthrow it, allowing Marxists to rebuild it according to their power agenda.

Destabilizing a society requires tearing down faith in every institution, along with the values and morals of society as a whole. Once this is accomplished, people and the very structure of society are a blank slate to be used to serve the interests of the Marxist state. Religion not only provides a firm foundation of values that stabilize culture, but it also offers a higher power that governs people, which is in direct opposition to Marxism. The ruling party in a Marxist or communist state must establish itself as the ultimate authority. Anything that threatens to supersede the authority of the ruling party is a threat that cannot be tolerated. Miles believes that when Roe v. Wade was overturned, it gave the far left the fuel it needed to motivate the “useful idiots” of society to wage war against the church and the institutions that threaten the rise of Marxism in America.

Should Christians Stand Against Religious Persecution?

Miles said that as the church gets brighter, Christians, and especially church leaders, need to start expecting darkness to get darker, warning that more blatant protesting and acts against the church are going to increase. He shows clips of the hateful and sick attacks against Christians, from women stripping in church services screaming “my body my choice” to people taking a man’s bible and vandalizing it; kicking the bible around, ripping it, and eventually throwing it in a porta-potty. It is disturbing to watch the blatant hate crimes being committed against others, and although Americans aren’t being burned at the stake or tortured yet for their faith, Miles says this is where it all starts.

Because of this reality, he believes American Christians should be outraged.

Watch the full episode here.

Week-ends (09/10/22)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…


Queen Elizabeth II

Herb Kohler

Paul “Paulie” Veneto

Pamela Ricard


Carnegie Mellon University professor Uju Anya

Teachers Are Refusing to Return to Work

Danielle Serio

Whoopi Goldberg


“My beloved mother was an inspiration, an example to me and to all my family. And we owe her the most heartfelt debt, any family (could) go to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.

“To lay my beloved mother to rest in our sorrow, let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example.”
King Charles III expressed “profound sorrow” in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death

“She was like a mother to us all, someone who was always there, always constant. We all grew up with her.”
A woman waiting in line to get coffee on Friday morning in central London

“I’m 75 and she’s been with me all my life and I feel very sad that she won’t be with me anymore, but I’m glad she’s at peace.”
Elton John

“I’m shocked by the number of Republicans who continue indignantly scoffing at the prospect that Joe Biden could motivate 81 million citizens to vote for him in the last election. He didn’t. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that as many as 90% of Biden voters were driven to the polls in 2020 not to vote for him, but to vote against Trump. Whatever love and admiration Trump inspires among his loyal followers, he arouses even more resentment and hostility throughout the rest of the electorate, particularly with the all-important independent voters. So what smarter move could the Democrat Party standard-bearer make than to declare the upcoming election is about Trump and Trumpism, not about inflation, border crises, gas prices, and staggering cost of living increases?”
Peter Heck

“If [Joe Biden] had delivered this speech about the leaders of China or Russia or Iran or transnational Islamist terrorist groups, [Thursday] night’s speech would be universally praised as a rousing rallying cry and metaphorical call to arms against a dangerous enemy. But in this speech, the enemy is … other American citizens. Also, he wants to unite the country.”
Jim Geraghty |

“When Biden said that he could sum up America in a single word, and that that single word was ‘asufutimaehaehfutbw,’ he was inadvertently onto something. Often, Biden reaches for words that aren’t quite there, and perhaps never were — ‘Regoduwidadefi,’ ‘Trunalimunumaprzure’ — and, often, it doesn’t especially matter, because he wasn’t saying anything comprehensible to begin with.”
Charles C.W. Cooke

“We have created nearly ten thousand million jobs since President Biden took office, which is the fastest job growth in history.”
Karine Jean-Pierre

“That’s 10 billion more than the entire population of the world. Amazing job!”
Dr. Eli David

“Honestly, she just needs to put on clown makeup before every press conference.”
Ned Ryun

“I really believe this is why God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot.”
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha

“I’m gonna do everything I can to make sure that we have a president who respects our democracy and the rule of law and upholds our institutions.”
Hillary Clinton after saying she won’t run for president again

“Imagine if someone walked up and stabbed you a couple of times, then handed you a single bandaid and told you to thank them for the bandaid. Now you understand all of the Biden administration’s policies and messaging.”
Tim Young

“Yes let’s listen to the people who want to castrate children, execute infants minutes before birth, abolish the police and put pornography in elementary schools about the dangers of extremism. They are experts on the subject after all.”
Matt Walsh

“Our enemies abroad, particularly China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia, are watching all this woke, comic madness with absolute glee. They are delighted the United States is diverting trillions of dollars and man hours away from production to ideological witch hunts, woke cannibalism, green virtue-signaling, spendthrift consumption, racial and gender fixations, warped science, suicidal surveillance, and commissariat indoctrination. Woke means that Americans have less money, labor, and time to hone their military readiness. They will produce less competitive energy, but more pseudo-science, non-meritocratic advancement, and unsound investment — all reasons why America will no longer dominate the world. … While we war on our past, our competitors abroad prep for the future. They are more likely to erect than tear down statues. We spend what we borrow; they invest what they earn. How odd America once taught the world what works — only now to mock its own lessons.”
Victor Davis Hanson

“I was sitting on a couch, and the press was let in. There were a bunch of them shooting up. All of a sudden the White House gets alerted to these billboards that show me sitting down — I thought my legs were together — but the way it’s shot, it’s sort of suggestive. I just couldn’t deal with it, so I started wearing pants.”
Hillary Clinton explaining why, in 1995, she started wearing pantsuits


Tony Evers’ Killers and Rapists

Americans Spent More on Taxes in 2021 Than on Food, Clothing and Health Care Combined


Most want Biden impeached


Trump hoarded documents


ICYMI, pumpkin spice among new Merriam-Webster entries

Dems & crime; Eliza Fletcher; Leftists vs. families; Dem says Biden went too far; Is God punishing us?

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (09/09/22): I’m a woman who runs alone. I’m furious about Eliza Fletcher’s killing.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/08/22): Dems: A Killer on Every Block and Two Rapists in Every Backyard


Today’s highly interesting read (09/07/22): Leftists Want to Destroy the Family

Today’s highly interesting read (09/06/22): I’m A Democrat Who Thinks Biden’s Anti-Democratic Rhetoric Has Gone Too Far

Today’s highly interesting read (09/04/22): Is God punishing the United States of America?

2022 POO Awards – Week 4

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling OOffensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Week 4

Menasha 73, Green Bay West 0

Sussex Hamilton 72, West Allis Central 0

Darlington 72, Pecatonica/Argyle 0

McFarland 75, Jefferson 7

Week 3

West De Pere 77, Green Bay West 0

Columbus 75, Big Foot 6

Three Lakes 74, Bowler 6

Week 2

Two Rivers 72, Brown Deer 0

Week 1

Black Hawk/Warren 84, North Fond du Lac 6