My Most Popular Blogs (7/15/19)

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

1) Best Memes of the Week (07/07/19)

2) Photos of the Week (07/07/19)

3) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/13/19)

4) Mark Belling: Biggest problem in WI schools-teachers aren’t good enough

5) Culinary no-no #616

6) Goodnight everyone, and have a Nirvana on violins weekend!

7) UPDATE: FLASHBACK: AC, a liberal nightmare

8) Franklin’s state Senator wants to amend the state Constitution

9) The US women are going to win the World Cup, so you know what that means

10) Best Cartoons of the Week (07/13/19)

UPDATE: THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2017: The stories that didn’t make the cut

Previously on This Just In… see note about Jim Hughes.

The update:

At Sunday’s Milwaukee Milkmen game at Routine Field in Franklin, Alderman Steve Taylor (far left)  presented former Franklin High School Baseball Coach Jim Hughes (wearing cap) with a jersey and hat. Also on hand was Franklin Alderman Mark Dandrea (third from left).

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Culinary no-no #617

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.

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Have you ever had a burger from Sendik’s?

I was about to say it’s a whopper but that’s somebody else.

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Here’s how a Sendik’s burger can be described…

Recently Jennifer picked up some of those “huge” babies ….

“Wait, wait, wait Kev. Are you suggesting a Sendik’s hamburger is this week’s…”

No, no, no. Pay attention. I’m gettin’ to it.

Put those suckers on a hot grill.

Five minutes or so on side. Flip. Five or so minutes on the other.

Placed some raw onion in aluminum foil and that went on the grill, too.

Burgers were done. Time to assemble the beauties inside.

Burger on buttered bun?


Cheese on burger? Must have cheese.


Tomato slice next?


Grilled onions on top of all that?


Some lettuce?

Of course.

Mustard on top bun?

You got it.

Oops. Almost forgot. A few slices of bacon?

Oh yeh.

Sendik’s bakery bun is the final finish.

I was coming off having a tooth filling replaced so I was a bit sore and had to gingerly open my mouth to make an edible dent in that tower of beef. Ah, but it was worth it.

“Um, say Kev, I’ve been reading along carefully, and I gotta be honest. I’m not feelin’ a no-no, pal.”

Astute reader, that’s because there is no no-no in any of the above.


Unless you ask Jim Gaffigan.

On CBS’ Sunday Morning show Gaffigan opined on the great American sandwich.


Speaking of CBS Sunday Morning and burgers, from today’s broadcast…

Oh, Yes, That Apology From Starbucks To Local AZ Cops Is Quite Different Than How It Handled Its Fiasco In Philly

OK. I’ll believe this when I taste it.

Did you know any of this?



Best Photos of the Week (07/14/19)

Air Force One lands at the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee.

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) President Donald Trump exits Air Force One after it lands at the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee Friday. Photo: Colin Boyle / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2) Donald Trump supporters wait in line to greet him. Photo: Hannah Schroeder/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

3) President Donald Trump poses for a photo with supporters at Mitchell International Airport Milwaukee. Photo: Colin Boyle / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

4) A group that was shouting “Latinos for Trump” pose for a photo in front of Air Force One at the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee.  Photo: Colin Boyle / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

5) Connor Logsdon of Oconomowoc wears a “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” hat that was signed by President Donald Trump at the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee. Photo: Colin Boyle / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

6) President Donald Trump signs a supporter’s shoe at Mitchell International Airport on Friday. Photo: Colin Boyle / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

7) Supporters compare photos they took of President Donald Trump. Photo: Hannah Schroeder/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

8) President Donald Trump reacts when a member of the media asks him why he does not like Paul Ryan at Mitchell International Airport on Friday. Photo: Colin Boyle / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

9) President Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he is welcomed to the stage for his speech at Derco Aerospace in Milwaukee. Photo: Hannah Schroeder / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

10) President Donald Trump delivers a speech at Derco Aerospace in Milwaukee Friday, July 12, 2019. Photo: Hannah Schroeder / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

11) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont walks on the stage and shakes the hand of Noticiero Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo during the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) national convention town hall at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee on Thursday. LULAC, the nation’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, hosted a presidential town hall featuring Democratic presidential candidates. Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

12) Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke speaks at the LULAC convention. Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

13) U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts talks with Noticiero Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo during the League of United Latin American Citizens national convention town hall at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee Thursday. LULAC, the nation’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, hosted a town hall featuring Democratic presidential candidates. Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

14) Julian Castro answers audience members’ questions at the LULAC convention. Photo:Hannah Schroeder / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

15) Firefighters battle an electrical fire in a mobile-home park in Ridgecrest, California, on July 6, 2019, following a magnitude-7.1 earthquake on July 5. Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty

16) Demonstrators spray water on a man who tried to set himself on fire during a protest demanding the removal of Algeria’s ruling elite, in Algiers. Photo: Reuters

17) The United States celebrates winning the Women’s World Cup after the final in Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019. Photo: Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

18) US First Lady Melania Trump walks through 453 American flags, each representing a child in foster care in Cabell County, West Virginia, many due to the opioid epidemic, at Ritter Park. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

19) A picture taken on July 5, 2019, shows what the conceptual artist Ales “Maxi” Zupevc claims is the first-ever monument of Melania Trump, set in the fields near the town of Sevnica, Slovenia, the U.S. first lady’s hometown. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP / Getty

20) In New York City, cyclists take part in a mass ‘die-in’ in Washington Square Park to protest about the number of people killed on the roads while on bikes. Photograph: Erik McGregor/Zuma/Rex/Shutterstock

21) Animal-rights protesters demonstrate for the abolition of bullfights one day before the start of the San Fermín festival in Pamplona, on July 5, 2019. Photo: Susana Vera / Reuters

22) People run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain. Photo: AP

23) A bull jumps into the water during the traditional running of the bulls “Bous a la Mar” (Bulls in the Sea) at Denia’s harbor near Alicante, Spain, on July 8, 2019. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP / Getty

24) A California sea-lion yearling looks out of a crate as volunteers with the Marine Mammal Center prepare to release it back into the wild on a beach at Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel, California, on July 10, 2019. The Marine Mammal Center has seen a surge of sick and malnourished California sea lions and yearlings washing up on Northern California beaches in the past month. Currently more than 130 of the sea lions are being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center, many of which appear to be suffering from domoic-acid poisoning, caused by harmful algal blooms, also known as “red tides.” Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty

25) A koala sleeps high up a eucalyptus tree on Kangaroo Island, Southern Australia. A parliamentary report recommended the state declare koalas, western grey kangaroos, long-nosed fur seals and little corellas overabundant, and that culling should be considered. Photograph: Marco Taliani de Marchio/Alamy

26) Wimbledon spectators arrive in fancy dress at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on July 8, 2019. Photo: Carl Recine / Reuters

27) In Gosnay, France, people bathe in a decommissioned city bus named “le bus piscine”, an artwork by the French artist Benedetto Bufalino. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

28) People take a mud bath in the Chokrak lake near the village of Kurortnoye on the Kerch peninsula, Crimea, July 7, 2019. Photo: Reuters

29) People visit the so-called Giant’s Summer Residence attraction at a park in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on July 11, 2019. Photo: Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

Week-ends (07/13/19)

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…


Ivanka Trump

Chris Norton


Jordan Fricke




“I witnessed some of the worst, most Machiavellian behavior you can imagine.  I had politicians, including our governor at the time, Thompson, and our mayor, John Norquist, routinely say one thing to my face and do the opposite behind my back.”
Bud Selig in his new book, “For the Good of the Game: The Inside astory of the Surprising, Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball.” Selig criticized Tommy Thompson and John Norquist for their role in lining up the financing for Miller Park in the 1990’s. Both Thompson and Norquist would fire back.

“It’s pretty petty. He’s the one trying to make himself out to be a hero. But he was anything but a hero. He didn’t pay a dime for it. The taxpayers built that stadium. He paid for nothing as far as I’m concerned. He never said thank you to taxpayers. I was in on Miller Park from the beginning, stayed up all night helping to get it passed in the Legislature and then signed it into law. He should be down on his knees thanking the taxpayers, legislators and my administration for Miller Park.”
Tommy Thompson

“I tried to interest them in a downtown site, but Selig said his business model was based on having a big parking lot and that suburban fans wouldn’t be comfortable visiting downtown. I pointed out that Summerfest seemed to attract suburbanites, but that didn’t convince him. Bud didn’t see the urban renaissance coming which led to new stadiums being located in downtowns across America.

“How do I feel about being criticized by Bud Selig? Not great, but as Tommy Thompson and I once shared with each other, maybe it’s better than being praised by him.”
John Norquist, former Milwaukee Mayor. The financing package for Miller Park included $90 million from the Brewers, but Norquist and Thompson said most of that came from other sources, including a $40 million naming rights deal with Miller Brewing Co., a concession contract and $20 million from the Bradley Foundation.

“The main point here is that the Trump administration is trying to circumvent some of the blowback from the other side of the aisle. It sends the message that these people have been notified to self-deport and if they fail to do that, this might happen. It is saying that we aren’t monsters, what we are doing is in accordance with the law and in a reasonable fashion.”
Steve Bucci, homeland security expert at the Heritage Foundation. Starting Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected o resume its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country. Bucci responded to why the raids were being publicized days in advance.

“Sometimes there have been leaks by individuals, but it has never been a policy choice to pre-emptively announce raids. It compromises the effectiveness of the raids. Those being targeted may relocate or refuse to answer the door when immigration officials knock because they are anticipating the raids.  Raids have been conducted by other administrations, oftentimes targeting certain types of immigration violations, including those with criminal convictions. However, there has not been an immigration raid by previous administrations targeting families or children. It is unclear why this administration is preemptively announcing these raids.”
Erin Corcoran, an immigration expert and executive director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

“The women’s team collectively bargained for and won a pay structure (with the U.S. Soccer Federation) that guarantees them salaries, severance pay, medical benefits, and some performance-based bonuses. The women’s team wanted the security of salary-based pay rather than purely performance-based pay, and they wanted to guarantee a salary even for players who were on the roster but didn’t play.

“By contrast, the men are strictly pay-for-play. They do not receive a salary or additional benefits like health insurance or severance pay. Their pay structure is performance-based.”
Christine Rosen is senior writer at Commentary.

“The Women’s World Cup just ended and the team from the United States won. I didn’t say they were representing the United States because it doesn’t seem like they wanted to, they were representing themselves.

“Led by narcissist Megan Rapinoe, they beat up on teams with significantly less skill than they had and celebrated goals against them like they just cured cancer. It’s akin to me beating my 2-year-old in a game of Trivial Pursuit and screaming ‘In your face!’ each time I won a piece of pie. When Alex Morgan scored against England in the semi-finals, she mocked her opponents by pretending to sip tea. Why? Arrogance. It was embarrassing and cheapened the victory.”
Derek Hunter, a Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist

“I’ve had it with Megan Rapinoe. She’s made Colin Kaepernick seem like someone I’d like to have a beer with by comparison. I don’t care how many people in sports, pop culture, and media tell me otherwise. She’s not someone I’d want my daughter to admire.

“No, Ms. Rapinoe is no role model for my daughter not because she’s gay, or liberal, or misguided. Simply, she’s self-centered, phony, and vulgar. That has nothing to do with social issues or politics. It’s just an appalling lack of character.
Philadelphia radio talk host Chris Stigall

“In voicing her obvious disdain for Trump, Rapinoe did great damage to the sport she claims to love. She hurt the sport in general and her teammates specifically.

“With her needlessly crude statement, Rapinoe precluded a unifying celebration of the teams’ outstanding performance. She not only expressed disdain for Trump, the person, she showed disrespect for the office. No matter who may reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it is not the ‘f***ing White House.’ By dragging even a prospective White House visit into the gutter of contemporary politics, Rapinoe turned off millions of Americans – to her, and by extension, to the sport.

“She diverted their attention from the potential of a positive celebration of the teams’ accomplishments to a selfish focus on her personal views. In a very real sense, she sucked the oxygen out of the team’s deserved media coverage. She caused the national spotlight of sports reporting to shift from the team to her petty political opinions. She took advantage of a platform that her team provided and abused it for narrow political activism.”
Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay. ”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday. In an interview with The New York Times published last Saturday, Pelosi pushed back against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Ohmar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their opposition to a largely bipartisan border spending bill, referring to them as just “four people.” “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said, “but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

“When these comments (by Pelosi) first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)

“The party, in my opinion, has moved for me, personally, too far to the left, and for that reason I don’t have a candidate in the party at this time. I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump that person, he or she, is going to have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that because the message of some of the programs that the Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.”
Black Entertainment Television co-founder Robert Johnson

“Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.

“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time. We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
“American Carnage,” written by Politico’s Tim Alberta, quoting former House Speaker Paul Ryan

“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader.”
President Trump tweet

Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”
President Trump in a tweet

“The First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments constitutionally limit the only question that the census may ask, and the only question the recipient of the census must answer: How many persons reside in the responder’s home?

“Yet, that constitutional question was not good enough for the bureaucrats. In addition to asking about bedrooms and toilets and education, this year, the census folks were instructed by President Trump to ask the citizenship status of all persons. But the Supreme Court ruled that, on the justification offered by the Commerce Department, the question may not be asked.

“Could a future Commerce Department ask how many guns are kept in the house or who living there goes to Mass on Sunday or if any resident has had an abortion? How much longer will a free people permit these intrusions? How much longer will we be a free people?”
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel


During an interview on ABC’s The View Friday morning, Kamala Harris stumbled badly over a question about decriminalizing border crossings. Not only did she change her position from the June debate, she changed her position twice in under one minute. Fumblin’, bumblin,’ stumblin.’

“If Sen. Harris cannot even handle chatting with the women of The View of daytime television, how is she going to handle the difficult conversations that come with being president?”
Timothy Meads, media relations strategist


Illegal immigrant population to surge 10% this year, flood schools


State To Suspend All New Milwaukee Area Road Work For One Month Surrounding Democrat Convention

Vast Majority of Americans, Including Most Hispanics, Favor Citizenship Question on US Census


Those soccer players, aren’t they just so wonderful?


Women’s soccer screws up; Democrat rips Democrats; Kamala needs lesson on busing; and humor could fix America

Here are my highly interesting reads from last week:

Today’s highly interesting read (07/12/19): How To Screw Up A World Championship

Today’s highly interesting read (07/10/19): Democrats have moved ‘too far to the left,’ says BET network founder and Democrat Bob Johnson

Today’s highly interesting read (07/09/19): Kamala Is Dead Wrong on Busing

Today’s highly interesting read (07/08/19): Humor the cure for what ails America

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/13/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. Could be sticky. A high of 86. “A”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. Less humid. High of 84.  “A”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

Do you consider yourself a friendly, outgoing person?  Do you find it easy to introduce yourself to strangers?  Are you the kind of person who can make small talk with people in almost any situation (even a crowded elevator?)  Do you describe yourself with a term I’ve grown to hate because of its overuse…  a “people person?”

Fine, fine, fine…  You’re socially confident.  But would you go up to a completely unknown individual and ask them something to the effect, “Hey…  I can’t finish this {insert name of half-eaten item here} would you like it?” Yet recently that is just what our daughter Kyla did.

We spent a lovely afternoon at this year’s Franklin Civic Celebration enjoying music, rides, running into neighbors, and eating tasty food.  Kyla has a pretty eclectic palate but more than anything that day she wanted a festival classic. Her smile says it all don’t you think?

Kyla Corn

Munching happily, we made our way to the music tent but not before we encountered another cutie enjoying the same treat.  Only this corn cob connoisseur had four paws and a tail. It was the first time we’d ever witnessed a dog enjoying that summer staple the same way a human does!  All the while we listened to the band, we couldn’t get that sweet face out of our heads. So when Kyla was finished with her snack her first thought was to find the dog again and offer him her leftovers.

Fortunately we found him right where we left him.  From our earlier, albeit brief, encounter we knew his owners were friendly and he was too!  Kyla enthusiastically asked his owners if she could give him her mostly-eaten corn. There was a two-second hesitation from his mom, only because of her slight concern of too much butter.  But seeing how happy this simple food made him she quickly agreed.

It’s not hard to see that sharing her corn with Cooper made Kyla even happier than her initial bite!

Kyla Cooper

Cooper made quick work of his second cob and shows that it’s truly a lip-smacking delight.

Cooper Smacking

So we didn’t exactly exchange contact information to go out for coffee or to meet at the dog park.  But we clearly wouldn’t have gone up to that nice couple if not for Cooper. Why is it so simple to approach humans when they’re accompanied by a dog?  What ups their friendliness factor that wipes out most if not all hesitation to talk to complete strangers if they’re holding a leash?

This article just might have the answers.

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Protestors rally against ‘dog meat day’ in South Korea.

American Airlines disputes man’s claim that dog was too heavy to fly.

All dogs are bad and their owners accursed, Israeli city’s rabbis rule.

Vibrating dog vest may let you ‘talk’ to your pup without saying a word.

The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my dog.

Puerto Rico has 300,000 homeless dogs — and This Dog Rescue is making it easier for you to adopt them.

Andy Cohen is here to end the Stigma Around Senior Dogs.

On the road with some sidecar dogs.



This Little Dog Befriended A Butterfly, And For A Moment The World Was Perfect

Teen Who Owns 16 Dachshunds Gets All of the Dogs to Pose Perfectly on the Stairs

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Researcher: Possible Connection Between Diet And Canine Heart Disease Is Reversible. KPIX-TV reports.


Watch dog vs. bear video in this article.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

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See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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