The latest pro-life news (10/16/17)


From Pro-Life Wisconsin

From WI Right To Life


6 Ways Trump Has Proven His Commitment to the Pro-Life Agenda

Former Abortion Workers Will Bring Down the Abortion Industry

Shouldn’t pro-life students have the same free speech rights as millionaire athletes?


Kindergartner empties piggy bank. Here’s why.

And here’s a wonderful story from this past summer…

My Most Popular Blogs (10/16/17)

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

1) Best Cartoons of the Week (10/14/17)

2) Culinary no-no #535

3) As Franklin struggles to attract new restaurants…

4) 2ND UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (08/08/17): Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

5) ICYMI or just forgot, Franklin taxpayers…

6) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/14/17)

7) Goodnight everyone, and have a rockin’ weekend!

8) A special anniversary today for Jennifer and me

9) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Jimmy Beaumont

10) Week-ends (10/08/17)

And this didn’t make our Top Ten, but it’s worth a look.

Culinary no-no #536


“There are few things better in life than sitting down at a comfortable establishment at the end of a long day of pushing words around the Internet, ordering your first cocktail, watching the bartender skillfully make it with a steady hand, and then taking that first icy, boozy sip.”

I would agree.

What makes a good drinking establishment? There are lots of opinions. Consider what New York bartender Michael Neff wrote for

“Anyone can sign a lease, apply for a liquor license, and open their doors. What distinguishes really good places from those that are drab and ordinary is often a passion on the part of the owners or staff for something very specific. Maybe there are 40 beers on tap. Maybe the jukebox is stocked with every British Guitar Pop band from 1960 to 1980. Maybe they offer every expression from every distillery on Islay.

“It takes real bravery and an honest love to tie the success of your bar to the public’s interest in whatever your passion happens to be, which can make the experience of going to these places special for regulars and strangers alike.”

Sounds like Neff is looking for innovation and creativity.

We’ll come back to that in a bit.

I would submit appealing characteristics of a nice cocktail joint would be atmosphere and intimacy.

The Lower Lounge

That’s Milwaukee’s oldest (and best) cocktail lounge, Bryant’s on the city’s south side, just one block north of Mitchell Street, often referred to in the past as the south side’s Wisconsin Avenue.

In my very late teens to mid-20’s I took many a date to Bryant’s, with a 100% record of dates being impressed. YES!

Can’t wait to go back someday, but it’s tough when you have an 8-year old. 🙂

Never had a chance to take Mrs. Fischer there. But we’ve been to other great spots.

Like the Velvet Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel in Universal Orlando.

Photo of Velvet Bar - Orlando, FL, United States

Hip. Cool.

Compare Bryant’s, the Velvet Bar, and any lounge or bar you enjoy to a mysterious place that opened in Brooklyn about six months ago but is just now getting press coverage.  No surprise that this unique concept originated on one of the coasts.

The Threesome Tollbooth is the brainchild of N.D. Austin and Jesse Sheidlower.  A friend of Austin’s challenged him to concoct an idea to help him impress and win back his estranged wife. The answer was a bar located inside a supply closet of a shuttered restaurant. Its name comes from the miniature size, only big enough to hold two patrons and a bartender. Like one of these:

The Gothamist provides details:

Note that the space-owning comes at a steep price—it costs $100-$120 per person, per hour, to visit…How it works, according to the lucky few who’ve gotten to check the space out, is this: you make a reservation online. Austin emails you the address and he or Sheidlower will meet you and escort you into the space. Then, you’re invited to sip five or six mini-cocktails, whipped up with creative spirits and served in antique glassware. It’s an intimate experience not for the anthropophobic, but it sounds like a baller date move, should you have the cash.

The NY Times reports:

Mr. Sheidlower said the tightness of the Tollbooth has had interesting effects on the clientele. Some have taken a seat and suddenly confessed to sexual peccadilloes; others have fallen into rapt silence.

Admittedly I was initially intrigued. However it didn’t take long for me to sour on this kind of enterprise.

Too expensive.

Too tight.

No atmosphere.

And nowhere near what I would consider a spot to take a woman in an effort to impress her.


The worst drinks to order at a bar

Photos of the Week (10/16/17)

1) More than a dozen wildfires ignited and fed on powerful winds through California wine country this past week. Fire consumes a home in Glen Ellen, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

2) A resident rushes to save his home as a wildfire moves through the area in Glen Ellen.  Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

3) Smoke rises as a wildfire burns in the hills north east of Napa. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. Photo: Michael Short / San Francisco Chronicle via AP

4) Two people hug as they watch houses burn in Santa Rosa. Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

5) Wildfires turned the sky over Disneyland orange in Anaheim, California on Oct. 9, 2017. Photo: Kerry McQueen

6) The Coffey Park neighborhood was destroyed as wildfires swept through Santa Rosa, California, on Oct. 11. Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 people, was one of the hardest-hit communities during the wildfires that ignited last Sunday night. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage / AFP – Getty Images

7) Residents signal that they need water as UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the First Armored Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade fly past during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria, near Ciales, Puerto Rico on Oct. 7. Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

8) Fifty-eight white doves are released in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, at the culmination of a faith unity walk on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

9) People watch as the Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens the flood gates after heavy rainfall in Hoa Binh province, Vietnam on Oct. 12. Photo: Kham / Reuters

10) In Nairobi, Kenya, a car carrying a politician from the National Super Alliance coalition is hit by a gas canister fired by a policeman during a protest. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

11) Hundreds of sheep fill a central square in Lyon, France on Oct. 9, 2017, in protest against the government’s protection of wolves, which they blame for livestock deaths. As the wolf population has rebounded, after being hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1930s, they have encroached increasingly on farmland. A new five-year government plan allows a small number of wolves to be culled each year, but farmers are demanding the right to shoot dead any wolf that attacks their herds. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP – Getty Images

12) In Aba, China, panda cubs are presented the Shenshuping Base of the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

13) The Geological Society of London has announced the 12 winners of its photography competition. The chosen images represent the dynamic processes which have shaped the UK and Ireland over its tectonic history, from ancient volcanic activity to ice age glaciers. The pictures will feature in a free exhibition at the Geological Society to mark Earth Science Week, October 7-15. First Place: Three Sisters of Glencoe, in the Highlands of Scotland, in autumn by Milena Farajewicz. Photograph: Milena Farajewicz/Geological Society

14) Wisconsin’s Garret Dooley reacts after bring down Purdue quarterback David Blough in the second quarter Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers beat Purdue 17-9. Photo: Amber Arnold, WI State Journal.

15) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers races down the sidelines in front of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for a first down on a 18-yard run on a third-and-eight play with less than a minute left to play during the second half of an NFL football game at AT&T Stadium lastr Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Arlington. The Packers won the game 35-31. Photo: Smiley N. Pool , Dallas Morning News

16) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams catches a 12-yard touchdown pass over Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis for the game-winning score with 11 seconds left to play. Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Dallas Morning News

Week-ends (10/14/17)

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…


Rob Jones

Shane Wriston of Clear Creek, West Virginia decided to post to Facebook fellow coal miner Josh Stowers offering his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before they head into the mines

Holly Christensen

Miami police officers


Harvey Weinstein

Hillcrest Elementary in Waukesha

Georgia school



“Revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior should inspire others in Hollywood to come forward. We have known for decades that Hollywood is infested with sexually abusing men in senior positions, but there has been a reluctance to come forward. Weinstein has provided an opening that must be seized. Hollywood has had a jolly good time ridiculing the Catholic Church for its sexual abuse scandal. Now the tables have turned. The task of draining Hollywood’s cesspool should begin by addressing the sexual abuse of minors. Those who work in the entertainment industry have a moral responsibility to go public with their stories.”
Catholic league President Bill Donohue

“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”
Vice President Mike Pence left last Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game after several members of the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the National Anthem

“If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play. You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

“The word that comes to my mind, and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it, is ‘plantation. ‘The players are here to serve me, they will do what I want no matter how much I pay them. They are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and to mine.”
ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon blasted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his response to national anthem protests in the National Football League

“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”
Former presidential candidate and so-called women’s champion Hillary Clinton finally made a statement condemning Hollywood mega-donor Harvey Weinstein…through a spokesperson six days after allegations of sexual assault and harassment surfaced in news reports (Weinstein didn’t deny them)

It took Hillary abt 5 minutes to blame NRA for madman’s rampage, but 5 days to sorta-kinda blame Harvey Weinstein 4 his sexually assaults.”
Tweet by White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway

“Could there have been any law passed that would’ve stopped him?”
John Dickerson of CBS questioning California Senator Diane Feinstein about the Las Vegas shooter

“No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions.”
Sen. Feinstein responding to Dickerson

“I do tell my students from time to time it’s not my job to make you comfortable. Actually it’s my job to make you uncomfortable. Because you’re only learning when you’re stretching yourself and you’re not with people exactly like you are.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

“People want to drain the swamp, not ban Big Gulps. Yes, I understand you [Mr. or Mrs. Progressive] have 1,000 good ideas on how I should live my life, reject my privilege, and sort my recycling. And we’ll get to that, but first we need to get some Democrats elected and that’s hard when the movement to childproof the world had made Republicans the party of freedom and Democrats the party of poopers.”
HBO host Bill Maher lamenting the tactics of fellow liberals, adding, “It makes people hate us. It makes me hate us.”


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