Today’s highly interesting read (05/22/18):The Decriminalization Delusion

A prison reform summit was held at the White House last Friday, where President Trump told the audience, “America is a nation that believes in the power of redemption.”

The  FIRST STEP Act focuses on improving prison conditions for pregnant inmates, and could provide possible early release for prisoners who earn credits for good behavior.

The House just passed the bill  but it faces tough odds in the Senate. It’s being promoted by President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

To the sanity rescue: The brilliant Heather Mac Donald, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Mac Donald’s newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

From MacDonald:

America doesn’t have an incarceration problem—it has a crime problem.


Here’s the entire column.

The latest pro-life news (05/21/18)


Don’t miss our closing heartwarming story every week!

From Pro-Life Wisconsin

From WI Right To Life


Trump Takes Taxpayers Out of the Abortion Business

Cardinal Dolan says separating abortion from Title X funds ‘greatly needed’

What Planned Parenthood could learn from me: Being a teenage mom was hard, but it sure didn’t ruin my life

No, Danielle Campoamor, Abortion Is Not Pro-Life


Today’s highly interesting read (05/21/18): Why Democrats Should Embrace Foxconn

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Today’s read comes from a liberal blogger who seems to get it, unlike so many of his fellow lefties.  He’s still a liberal so he gets in his jabs. However he’s attempting to convince his side of the aisle that they need to support Foxconn.

The constant scorn and ridicule against Foxconn by the candidates runs counter to what some voters consider to be the only shining example of leadership shown by Governor Scott Walker.  While I understand the need for a candidate to connect with voters and curry favor for the primary, I also sincerely wish that Democrats would carry a message about the greater long-term benefits that this liquid crystal display manufacturing campus would bring to our state. I wish there would be a complete presentation about Foxconn which includes the fact our state got a deal that works to our benefit.

My guess is he won’t get very far with most of his readers. Check it out.

My Most Popular Blogs (05/21/18)

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

1) The Best Cartoons of the Week (05/19/18)

2) Goodnight everyone, and be grateful this weekend

3) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “Will you look at me, quivering, like a little girl, shivering”

4) “Ikea puts Oak Creek on map as a regional retail destination”…meanwhile in Franklin

5) Photos of the Week (05/13/18)

6) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/19/18)

7) UPDATE: Seriously Franklin? War Pigs?

8) The latest pro-life news (05/14/18)

9) Today’s highly interesting read (05/17/18): Why Do Liberals Think We Are Morally Obligated To Die To Make Them Happy?

10) Hoping for peace in Oak Creek on Wednesday

Photos of the Week (05/20/18)

1) When Prince Harry married actresss Meghan Markle she became the first American to marry into the royal family since 1937.  Windsor Castle Guards from 1st Battalion Irish Guards play for the crowd ahead of the wedding. The imposing fortress and longest-occupied European palace some 25 miles west of London has been the home of British sovereigns for over 900 years. Photo: Nigel Roddis / EPA

2) Meghan Markle arrives wearing a dress by the French fashion house Givenchy. Photo: Andrew Matthews / AP

3) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand at the altar in St. George’s Chapel. Photo: Pool via Reuters

4) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as they leave the chapel. Photo: Danny Lawson / AFP – Getty Images

5) People watch as ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. Photo: REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

6) A view of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano from the International Space Station. Photo: Andrew J. Feustel/NASA/via REUTERS

7) Golfers play on as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

8) Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

9) Adrianna Valoy, the mother of slain New York City police Detective Miosotis Familia, hugs President Donald Trump as he speaks at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

10) A mother holds the body of her daughter, Leyla al-Ghandour, at the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on May 15. The 8-month-old inhaled tear gas during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel. “Let her stay with me. It is too early for her to go,” her mother cried, pressing the baby’s body to her chest. Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP – Getty Images

11) Police officers and members of the public watch as military personnel rehearse their part in the procession for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

12) A lion and its cub appear like the famous scene from the Disney classic The Lion King as they sit on a rock and gaze into the evening sunset in Serengeti, Tanzania. Photograph: Marc Mol/Solent News

13) Ron Howard, director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, poses with cast member Chewbacca at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2018. Photo: Regis Duvignau / Reuters

14) A dancer warms up backstage before the finals of the 2018 world pole dance championships in Tianjin, China. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images


Kent State graduate celebrates by strolling campus with her AR-10

Week-ends (05/19/18)

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…


Adopt-A-Soldier program

Kaitlyn Bennett


Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Lenora Williams


“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country.  You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.”
President Trump at a roundtable meeting on Wednesday about U.S. immigration policies. His remarks sparked intense backlash from the media.

 “Any fair-minded person who doesn’t assume everything Trump says is a ‘dog whistle’ meant to send neo-Nazis into a furor knows Trump was referring specifically to MS-13, a ruthless, murderous gang that has a tremendous amount of power in California and has been the subject of conversation for Trump on numerous occasions. Trump was clearly not referring to all ‘undocumented immigrants’ as animals, as (a NY) Times’ tweet suggested.

“The news media knows this, of course, but it would rather spend its time and resources trying to destroy the president than report what’s happening in the world or discuss real issues—like, you know, out-of-control gangs that rape and murder people.”
Justin Haskins, the editor-in-chief of the New Revere Daily Press and

“John McCain needs to retire from the Senate…far too many career politicians, as they approach their sunset years, stay in office longer than they are able to do the job….he should resign because he physically cannot do the job anymore. When our representatives find themselves no longer able to perform their duties, it is time for them to step down…even if they are a hero.”
Columnist Derek Hunter

It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too. So, I don’t know. I wasn’t surprised, I was just scared.”
A 17-year-old Santa Fe High School student identified as Paige, hours after a terrorist killed 10 people at her school

“We have elections. Go vote if it’s a policy thing and a behavior thing. I don’t know if you can get impeached for being a jerk, but if we did, this guy would be long gone. But that’s not unifying.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, rejecting calls for President Donald Trump to be impeached at this time

“You know what, he doesn’t (miss Milwaukee). Because the thing is, you don’t know this about the Fonz, he’s actually a wimp in the snow. He’s cool until he sees the first snowflake. And then he goes right to his condo in Palm Beach.”
Henry Winkler about his character Fonzie in an interview with GQ


Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient


What week is it?


Yanni or Laurel?


These 95 Apartments Promised Affordable Rent in San Francisco. And then…



Gang members, liberals, and teachers

In case you missed them, here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (05/18/18): Donald Trump is right. MS-13 members are ‘animals.’

Today’s highly interesting read (05/17/18): Why Do Liberals Think We Are Morally Obligated To Die To Make Them Happy?

Today’s highly interesting read (05/16/18): Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

Today’s highly interesting read (05/15/18): Teachers Aren’t Victims

Today’s highly interesting read (05/14/18): Explaining Why Liberals Are So Desperate To Find Things to Be Offended About

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/19/18)

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:   Cloudy. High of 73.  “A”

  Cloudy. High of 54.  “C”

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

When I first met the love of my life, Kevin didn’t have a dog.  I didn’t have a dog either.

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We got married and here we are, week to week, collaborating on a blog about dogs.

You’d think we had one. Or two. But no.

Alas, as I’ve sadly written so many times in the past, there is no family dog. No family pet of any kind, save the dozens of Kyla’s plush toys (even a llama and while interesting, it’s still just stuffed).

Years ago a friend commented on one of these blogs, calling Kevin (in jest) my “dog-hating husband.” Kevin has gently put his foot down, and I agree, that with no one home most of the day and sometimes into the evening, having a dog just wouldn’t be right.

I keep feeling we’ll have a dog someday, and everything will be hunky-dory.

But let’s go back to our courtship days. Let’s suppose that I had a dog because well, I just love dogs, and Kevin didn’t because, you know, he’s got this thing about dogs (just kidding sweetheart).

Shortly after we meet Kevin finds out I have a dog, and he’s not at all thrilled with Fido which I pick up on immediately.

A potential hot romance just got blasted with a bucket of ice water.

Turns out dogs can make or break a deal when it comes to love.

Wag! just did a poll of 3,500 dog owners. Wag! is a company that provides dog owners on-demand access to dog handlers in their communities that can be hired for dog-walking, dog-sitting, or dog-boarding.

According to their research if the scenario I described happened today I might have dumped Kevin.

Wag! found that 86 percent of dog owners would break up with their significant other if they weren’t into their dog. That’s a whopping four out of five.

You don’t like my dog? That’s an instant turnoff, worse than not wanting kids, tipping poorly, or having no fashion cool points.

Don’t underestimate how serious that four-legged creature can be to the fate of a relationship.

Three out of 10 dog parents admit they’ve used their dog in a plot to attract a potential partner. Why? Because it works.

More than 60 percent said they’ve been flirted with when they were out walking their dog.

When dog owners try to capitalize on making a catch, get this…it works.

Turns out the pup-magnet is strong – when people use their pooch to attract a potential love interest they were successful 84 percent of the time.

There’s more.

  • When it comes to dating apps, 73 percent of dog parents are more likely to “swipe right” on a person’s profile pic that includes their pet.
  • 78 percent of dog parents are more likely to go home with someone if they say they have a dog versus someone who doesn’t have a pooch at home.

And how about this nugget?

  • More than 16 percent of married dog owners said they would choose to celebrate their pup’s birthday over their spouse’s.

No wonder Kevin gets all jumpy.

Finally, I wrote a few weeks ago about how our lovely niece Kari just got a dog.

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Kari is on the right.

Not that she needs any help, but I’m sure if this research is correct that she’ll become even more popular very soon.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Beware of robot dogs — coming to a business near you.

Stuck between a lava flow and a fence line, missing dogs rescued after 10 days.

Dallas officers save dog’s life after it was hit by car.

Dog lover flies ‘paw-sengers’ to safety.

Burlington, WI girl hosts lemonade stand to raise money for service dogs after she received one.

‘A total fairytale’: how Meghan Markle’s dog went from kill shelter to royal life.

Speaking of weddings

Pet dogs are the new must-have accessory at the smarter office.

See If Your Favorite Breed Made the ‘Smartest Working Dogs’ List.

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Returning to TV in 2019.

This is the exact age when puppies are the cutest to humans.

This Dog Uses Leaves to ‘Buy’ Treats.

What’s your dog’s zodiac personality?

You and Your Dog Can Now Get Matching Pool Floats and Summer Will Never Be the Same.

8 places you can bring your dog around Milwaukee this summer.



This dog mom’s ‘puppy reveal’ photo shoot will melt your heart.

AND, this can’t possibly be true.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, the odd couple…

Now meet…

Smokey and Remus

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

MERCURY PRESS. Florida, USA. 17/5/18. Pictured: Demi Bishop, 22, and Hazel the golden retriever after they had a swim A jealous doggy flower girl marked her territory on a couple's wedding snap by POOPING during their first dance - while staring at the groom. Demi Bishop and new hubby Luke Bishop were slow dancing to Carrie Underwood hit Inside Your Heaven after their sunset beach ceremony on May 12 when friends and family started to laugh. Unbeknown to the happy couple the other love of Demis life, golden retriever Hazel, had other ideas to make the moment even more special' in Treasure Island, Florida.