Today’s highly interesting read (06/20/17): If a Trump Supporter Had Shot a Democratic Congressman

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. meets with reporters in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also believed to have been hit, according to a lawmaker who witnessed the shooting.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
June 14, 2017 | Rep. Mo Brooks meets with reporters in Alexandria, Va., after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by a gunman at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Yes, what if?

Dennis Prager is an outstanding columnist and does a brilliant job of demonstrating the hypocrisy and double standard of the left:

What would have happened if a Trump supporter had shot a Democratic congressman and other Democratic Washington officials?

The New York Times, the rest of the left-wing media and the Democratic Party would have made the shootings the dominant issue in American life. It is not possible to understand the left — and, therefore, the media and the current state of American life — without understanding how the left uses and relies on hysteria. Hysteria is to the left as oxygen is to biological life.

Read Prager’s entire column, and it’s worth it because I’ve already said it’s highly interesting, here.

Maybe Nehlen supporters will actually behave in their next Franklin parade

It’s almost laughable.

I understand that in politics, if you’re the incumbent you always takes your opponent seriously. But my goodness, when the news broke that Paul Nehlen will once again run against Paul Ryan in 2018, guffaws were obligatory.

When Nehlen ran against Ryan in the primary last August, Nehlen got his clock cleaned, his hat handed to him, his doors blown off.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 Republican Primary, 2016
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 84.1% 57,364
Paul Nehlen 15.9% 10,864

Here in Franklin the numbers were even  worse for Nehlen.

Representative in Congress, District 1

Paul Ryan:  3,277   90.98%

Paul Nehlen:  325    9.02%

Remember last year’s Independence Day Parade in Franklin?

This unit…

Behaved badly.

Nothing wrong with Nehlen having a huge vehicle with his supporters and signage. But Nehlen apparently flunked Holiday Parade 101. You put politics aside and take the high road on the 4th of July.

Nehlen had at least one sign that spewed propaganda. And a fellow at the very back of the entourage was yelling, “Down with corporate welfare.”

Walk or ride the route. Shake hands. Pass out brochures and/or buttons. But ditch the rhetoric.

In my area Nehlen got zero cheers or hand claps. He got no reaction at all.

Odds are Nehlen will skip the 2017 parade but be there for 2018. Will there be decorum and appropriate behavior?

Not when you consider the kind of garbage the candidate himself puts up on his own social media site:

Paul Ryan celebrates Macron’s win in France, invites all his friends to the party.

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A friend and colleague desperately needs help

I typically don’t post anything like this on my blog. I’m making an exception for someone I know and associate with.

She’s Michelle Walters who, like me, does scoring and timing for high school and college basketball in the area.

She sent me the following and I pass along hoping you can help and/or spread the word around, and thank you.

Fellow officials and friends,

I don’t normally like to get my personal business out there, but my brother and his family are need of help. As you may know, there was an accident on 20th and Fond du Lac last Friday morning where a lady sped up to beat a red light and hit 3 pedestrians. My brother is one of those pedestrians and the only one still hospitalized. He took the blunt of the hit and has 2 broken legs, a broken pelvis, a broken arm, and a burst lumbar in his back. He has been in and out of surgery all weekend with another surgery tomorrow. He will also need several skin graphs on his left arm from the impact on the cement after being hit. He has 3 kids ages 3, 1, and 12 days. He is still in ICU and we are not sure yet if he will be able to walk. Luckily I come from a family of 10 kids and several cousins who have been a great support system. He is likely to be in the hospital for a month or longer with a long road ahead of recovery and follow up surgeries. You may have seen my mom on the news over the weekend talking about him and his family and how my sisters have set up a gofundme page to help with his medical costs. We are looking into having a benefit this summer also. If you are unable to assist monetarily, please pray for him, his wife, his two little girls and his newborn son.

We are collecting items for baskets for a silent auction. If you, or you know of someone, who can donate any items for us to use for our benefit in late July/August, let me know. I will come pick items up. I will let you know when we have settled on a date and location for the benefit. There is a link below to one of the stories and the gofundme page. Please keep praying for him and his family!

Thanks everyone,

The family has set up a account to help pay medical costs and day-to-day expenses while Walters recovers.

The latest pro-life news (06/19/17)

From Pro-Life Wisconsin:

Center for Medical Progress

The man behind the undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby body part sales is still facing criminal charges.

Late last month, David Daleiden and his team of criminal defense attorneys allegedly flouted multiple injunctions and court-issued seals by posting more shocking videos of abortion providers and identifying 14 of the John/Jane Does participating in the state criminal complaint against him and his recording partner Sandra Merritt.

Those names were previously under a court seal.

This apparent defiance of court orders may end up landing Daleiden and his attorneys in contempt of both state and federal court, potentially resulting in fines and jail time — and disbarment for the lawyers.

Daleiden’s work once caused multiple congressional investigations and nearly shut down the government.

Read the rest here.

See additional coverage of Daleiden’s case at the National Catholic Register and Life Site News.

Pro-Life News

A CENTURY OF BRUTALITY: Planned Parenthood is functioning today as its eugenics-obsessed founders intended. PLW: Planned Parenthood is proud of its racist, classist founder Margaret Sanger.

CATHOLICS: Pope Francis has appointed 50 academics as new members of the Pontifical Academy for Life last month. One of the appointees to the Vatican’s pro-life academy is Nigel Biggar, a philosopher who supports abortion and believes it is morally acceptable to abort a person. PLW: As Christians, we must uphold the belief that all human life is worth protecting because we are made in God’s image and likeness.

MICHIGAN: It’s been almost two weeks since the Legislature approved a state license plate in order for an anti-abortion group to fundraise off it, but the legislation still hasn’t been put in front of Governor Rick Snyder for his signature. PLW: Choose Life license plates help raise funds and awareness for pregnancy resource centers. Wisconsin’s Choose Life plates should be available this fall.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: The Seattle Storm are showing their support for Planned Parenthood by holding a rally and donating a portion of ticket sales for a game next month to the organization. PLW: Many organizations have helped fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood, but as pro-life youth grow, those organizations will see diminished returns and fewer fan support.

RELIGION: Christian and Jewish clergy members have been part of the movement for reproductive rights for decades. Religious denominations, such as the Anglican Communion, the United Church of Christ, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have passed resolutions supporting birth control. PLW: It takes a lot of twisting of Jesus’ words to say abortion is OK.

SCIENCE: How aware are fetuses of the outside world? Previous research has found that late in the third trimester, they can respond to their mother’s voice and even music. British scientists recently took our understanding one step farther. Researchers at Lancaster University projected light inside the uteruses of pregnant mothers. Some contained an image much like a face, including eyes and a nose. PLW: Even if preborn children couldn’t recognize their mother’s voice, the argument stays the same: abortion is wrong because it kills an innocent human person.

UNPLANNED: About 61 percent of Canadian women have had an unintended pregnancy, according to a national survey to be released this week. PLW: Unplanned shouldn’t mean unwanted. We must find ways to better equip mothers to handle the unexpected.

To stay up-to-date all week, follow Pro-Life Wisconsin on Twitter.

From WI Right To Life.


Huff Post Writer: Shooting Just One Pro-Life Congressman Isn’t Enough, We Need More Violence

“It’s My Baby Too.” Men Talk About What Happens When Their Child is Aborted.

Pro-life progressives? Why not


Like Father, Like Daughter: A Cleft Lip and Palate Story

9-year-old makes hole-in-one and buys a round … of hot chocolate

And in Boston…

Today’s highly interesting read (06/19/17): Atta boy, Christian!

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Christian Schneider is a friend of mine and former colleague in the state Senate.

Schneider worked for state Senator Mary Lazich before I did.

He’s extremely bright and a very good guy.

If you sense a “but” coming you’re correct.

Since Donald Trump took over the White House, Schneider has devoted a great number of his op-ed pieces in the Journal Sentinel ripping the president and/or his supporters.

Since Schneider is the paper’s lone conservative columnist his stances must truly please the management at 4th and State. They’ve been a bit of a disappointment to folks like me.

However Schneider delivered a winner this past weekend with:

Stop blaming Republicans for everything

I might add, Christian, my friend, stop blasting Trump all the time.

My Most Popular Blogs (06/19/17)

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

1) Best Cartoons of the Week (06/17/17)

2) I didn’t hear a siren go off

3) Pulling the reins on referendum craziness…tax and spend Franklin officials won’t like this

4) The latest pro-life news (06/12/17)

5) Today’s highly interesting read X 2 (06/14/17): The shooting at the baseball field

6) Remember my recent blog about Little Free Libraries?

7) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/17/17)

8) 3RD UPDATE: Identity thieves hit Franklin

9) Odds are in your home at this very moment you are experiencing a liberal nightmare

10) Photos of the Week (06/11/17)

Conservatives Demand GOP Congressmen Give Trump a Vigorous Defense


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Last Wednesday a man with a long history of Trump-hating comments and activity opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen and their staff, wounding Rep. Steve Scalise and four others. Do you think the constant and extreme attacks on President Trump created the climate which was responsible for this violence?

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Culinary no-no #521

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 opinions, 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.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my Culinary no-no blog that began on the old website. I mention the inspiration in the above paragraph.

Originally the thought was to write about a few blatant examples of food gone wrong during the summer months, and then bag the idea. And then came a real head scratcher. Readers liked it. They waited for it. They expected it.

Could a weekly feature even be feasible? Food writers, unless they’re restaurant critics, universally focus on the delicious. I was taking on the exact opposite.

You’d be amazed at how less than daunting a task it turned out after but a few weeks. I began keeping a list of potential topics that just grew and grew.

Granted, I’m no gourmet chef. And I’m not an elitist snob. A foodie to a certain extent? You bet. But who doesn’t like to eat? So I’m eminently qualified to pen this point of view.

There’s no science behind the no-no, although the bulk of items I normally blog can generally be lumped into three categories:

Restaurant behavior

Men wearing hats.

Dressing sloppy.

Disrespecting wait staff.

Feet up on chairs, booths.

Cellphone use, ignoring others at table.

The perfect this/that

No such thing. There’s usually a flaw or more.

Terrible combinations/no-nos that are completely obvious

They’re more prevalent than you think.

The very early installments were often short, simple, and sweet. The blog then evolved into longer segments with lots of photos, food porn when applicable, and the actual no-no buried, not revealed until late in the piece.

I appreciate the support this feature has achieved. How long can we keep going? Who knows? I thought it wouldn’t last 10 weeks.

As part of this anniversary blog here are the first 100 topic we explored. No, the links don’t work anymore, but I thought it would be fun to take a long look back to the blog’s beginning.

1) Ketchup on a brat

2) Green peppers on pizza

3) The dirty martini

4) Fruity brats

5) A Bloody Mary after dinner

6) Women “manning” the grill

7) Eating pizza at Festa Italiana, brats at German Fest, or tacos at Fiesta Mexicana. (Be adventurous. You can have those items anytime)

8) Eating a cream puff as though it was a hamburger

9) Taking your own bottle of sauce when invited to a barbecue

10) Touching the grill if you’re a guest at an outdoor barbecue

11) Coaching the host on how to grill

12) Some regional flavored ice cream… black licorice

13) Taking the husks off before you grill corn on the cob

14) Being afraid to chill red wine

15) Pizza on the grill

16) When serving exotic or strange dishes to guests, do not tell them exactly what it is. Instead, use a more inviting term (caviar) rather than being blunt (fish eggs)

17) In late summer and early fall, this time of year, don’t buy zucchini. Somehow, someway, you will find zucchini or zucchini will find you.

18) Showing disrespect to your restaurant server

19) Eating out on a Monday night

20) Pumpkin beer

21) Mail-order turkey

22) Grilled cheese is just for kids

23) Dining in the dark

24) Ketchup on spaghetti

25) Sneaking healthy foods into treats to get your kids to eat it

26) Do not throw away culinary gifts received in the mail because you don’t like them

27) Do not feel guilty about eating Oreos. (Oreos are not to blame for out of control obesity).

28) Doing something so totally ridiculous that you are desperately forced to call the Butterball Turkey Hot-Line for assistance

29) Don’t forget the sweet potato January-October

30) Using resource guides from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on gracious living to plan holiday parties

31) Eating cranberries, the best of the super-foods, only during the holidays

32) Egg nog that isn’t spiked

33) Putting hot spices and other weird stuff in chocolate bars and hot cocoa

34) Don’t disregard fruitcake

35) Sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve ain’t champagne

36) Ordering a Coors Light or any facsimile when at an outdoor open-air bar on a tropical beach

37) Smoking bans in restaurants and bars in Wisconsin

38) Goat burgers and healthy items at tailgate parties

39) The restaurant of the future, with all kinds of cameras trained on you for….research

40) The Budweiser Chelada

41) Replating

42) Sour cream on potato pancakes, as opposed to applesauce

43) Meatless Monday’s

44) Digital dining

45) Tips on what not to do to your waiter

46) If you want a traditional St. Patty’s dinner, as good as it is, corned beef and cabbage ain’t it

47) Doing everything to PEEPS except eating them

48) Foodie bloggers and writers eating dangerously

49) The $81 Kobe beef burger

50) Slobs in fancy restaurants

51) Stealing a co-worker’s lunch

52) The impact of biofuels on the global food crisis

53) The worm at the bottom of the bottle

54) NY restaurants must post calorie counts

55) The Brits and Oreos

56) Bottomfeeder

57) What not to put on a Philly Chessesteak

58) Eating insects

59) The Serb Hall ($14.95) fish fry

60) The cost of the ingredients those celebrity chefs use

61) Hats in restaurants

62) Nutraloaf

63) “The burger that will change your life”

64) Fast food and obesity

65) The vanishing pineapple

66) Dining at the Olympics

67) Ethanol quotas and mandates

68) Real expensive pizza

69) The Elvis sandwich

70,71,72,73) Assorted no-no’s

74) Restaurants and calorie counts

75) America’s BEST pizza

76) A cool lounge in Vegas

77) Tomato Romp

78) If you can eat it, it’s free

79) The Skinny Dip at Starbucks

80) The replacement for Pieces of Eight

81) Unusual waiters

82) Breakfast

83) Health conscious trick or treat treats

84) The Hopper (as in grass) pizza

85) The Polish taco

86) Grilling when it’s not summer

87) Shopping carts

88) Vegetarians and Thanksgiving

89) Soldiers in Iraq are reportedly eating too much, too well

90) When is it appropriate to not leave a tip?

91) Airport restaurants

92) Trends we’ll see less of in 2009

93) Spam

94) Don’t eat at Ruby Tuesday…at least, not just yet.

95) Topless coffee shop in Vassalboro

96) Health inspection reports for top restaurants

97) Super Bowl party health scares

98) If restaurants don’t do this during rough economy, they’re in big trouble.

99) Restaurants cutting back on busboys

100) Should gender matter when it comes to restaurant service?