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Andrew Breitbart is dead


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When Mother Nature spoils

About a month ago...

Groundhog handler John Griffith holds famed weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil up to the crowd before Phil makes his annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 126th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2012. Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog handler John Griffith holds famed weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil up to the crowd before Phil makes his annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 126th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2012. Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter. Photo: Reuters.

What does he know!

"The groundhog's seasonal forecasting accuracy is somewhat low. Phil's Winter prognostications have been correct only 39% of the time."

Crocuses are covered with raindrops on Feb. 28 in Dresden, eastern Germany. First signs of spring come up across the country. Getty Images

Wasn't Germany just creamed with a ton of snow?


A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom in early spring at park in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 28. Reuters photo.

Then again...

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Fun with Flipper

It’s not often that you can cross off something from your Bucket List three times.  Yes, you read correctly, three times.


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50 years ago today...what really happened

One of the greatest sports stories of all-time, with no live TV, no video, no e-mail, no Twitter, no Internet.


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Great news from the Franklin Police Department


If you haven’t read the latest city of Franklin newsletter it has a great article with some terrific news about our police department. Veteran officer Shawn Harrison has been appointed to the full-time position of Crime Prevention Officer.

This is very good news for the police department and the citizens of Franklin.

Congratulations, Officer Harrison and best of luck to you.

It’s noteworthy that Officer Harrison began his new full-time duties in August of 2011. At that time, the city of Franklin was in the process of deliberations over the 2012 city budget. Keep in mind that Franklin alderman Steve Taylor was strongly advocating that Franklin CUT its police department and CUT its fire department. I doubt Taylor is telling folks at the door, in his literature, or at his fundraisers about that.

What if he's elected county supervisor? Would David Clarke’s sheriff’s department be next?

Snow can be beautiful

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Goodnight everyone, and have an MFSB weekend!


“As always, we wish you love, peace and soul.”

Don Cornelius’ catch phrase on his TV show, Soul Train

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, the Philly Sound of the 70’s.

Last month, Don Cornelius shot himself to death. He was 75.

Cornelius was the host of “Soul Train,” the black version of “American Bandstand,” from 1970-1993.

The show featured a popular theme song written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff who created the Philly Sound.”TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” opened the weekly program geared towards black music, fashion and dance. Performing the theme was MFSB, Mother Father Sister Brother, an ensemble of dozens of studio musicians. writes this about MFSB:

"Quality craftsmen were allowed to explore, expand a song's inner meaning while galloping from a smokin' jazz quintet to a 30-piece orchestra in a heartbeat. The group was velvet with a spine, a Love Unlimited Orchestra with grit. They consistently surprised with a theatrical flair."

Tonight, we feature some of their best instrumentals.

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A Searchable Recall Signature Database Coming Soon as Recall Timing Picture Remains Cloudy

MacIver Institute

MacIver News Service | March 2, 2012

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The best cartoons of the week

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok


Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy


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The Barking Lot (03/03/12)

The Barking Lot

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:  Snow showers. High of 34. Snow-covered streets and sidewalks. "F"

SUNDAY:  A few show showers. High of 28. "F"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

Long-time readers of The Barking Lot know that I have written about many aspects of canine psyches.  I find it fascinating to learn new insights into the animal that is truly our best friend.  Every week Kevin has news items highlighting how amazing, how noble, how incredible our pets are.  I’m sorry but you just never see a news item about how iguanas wake their families to save them from house fires or how a cat dialed 9-1-1 for its owner having an epileptic seizure.  Dogs are special.  Period.

I’ve blogged about the science of a dog’s brain; that dogs express emotions like humans; and wondered if your dog loves you.  Now a new book by author and pet behavior specialist Sarah Whitehead seeks to enlighten owners with ideas of what is going on in their dogs’ minds.

For pet parents scratching their heads at their fur-baby’s behaviors, Clever Dog could be just the thing they need.  Judged an insightful and easy read by customers in the UK, this book could finally explain why Lassie acts loopy or Rover gets rambunctious.

Monica Cafferky, a writer for the Mirror, took the book to the test with her own pooch Tilly.  She shares her own experiences here. 

Hopefully our dog won’t be a “head case” that mystifies our family.  I like my dogs like I like my people:  uncomplicated, low-maintenance and easy to be around.  But if Fischer’s Future Fido seems to have one up on us, I’m sure I’ll turn to a book like Ms. Whitehead’s.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

We begin with my good friend, Charlie Sykes, his wife, Janet, and Reggie.

Cuddle a dying pet? Think again.

Dog that mauled newborn is given reprieve.

WI officials revoke dog breeder's license.

Inmate allowed to publish book on aggressive dogs.

yelps for four days before rescue.

Well-trained dog keeps teen on top of her diabetes.

custody cases on the rise.

Can a
bad dog change its stripes?

New rules in California allow dogs to dine out. MORE.

Dog rescuers never give up.

Iditarod dogs go to the doctor. What's it really like out there?

An excerpt from,"Soldier Dogs."

Albuquerque dog
becomes registered voter...MORE.

Oreo was put in the trash last month. The update.

Can Dog TV make a profit?


What is America's favorite dog?

Americans spend a lot on pets.

Dog shows should be more like "American Idol."


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Week-ends (03/03/12)


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...


Andrew Breitbart

Frank Hall...MORE
...and MORE.

Dr. Mohammed Jawad

Michael King

Jessie Lee Donathan-Howard

Readers of the NY Daily News

AJ Hawk

Batman...I'm not so sure.


Liberals in celebration

California teacher (scumbag)

Adoptive father in Ohio

Jail managers in Texas


Dating sites

Adrian Kline

Jimmy Ray Goodall

The New Orleans Saints


“The system, we are told, worked. That's always the second-last refuge of scoundrels. The system, we were told after the Watergate scandal, had ‘worked,’ even though it hadn't, not fully. The system had been truncated by a cheap political pardon, thereby allowing the main miscreant to spend 25 years walking on the beach, fashioning his own myth of persecution and redemption. In the case of Ryan Braun, whose suspension for allegedly taking one of those drugs of which baseball disapproves was overturned by an arbitrator last week, the ‘system’ did not ‘work’ because there should never have been a system in the first place, and Braun does not have his own San Clemente in which to hide. He will have to go out in public at least 162 times this year and own somebody else's dreadful mistakes. I do not envy him that job.”
Charles Pierce, staff writer for

"An expert hired by Braun’s camp says a 'motivated' person could have easily interfered with those seals. Braun rather sinisterly claimed his legal team learned 'a lot of things' about the man who had possession of his urine for roughly 44 hours. The brain ponders what that man might have done. Put the sample in the fridge between curdled milk and leftover enchiladas? Left it next to a window cracked open?"
Lisa Olson of the Sporting News

On February 24th, Ryan Braun stated during his press conference that "there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened." Shortly thereafter, someone who had intimate knowledge of the facts of this case released my name to the media. I am issuing this statement to set the record straight.

I am a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and have received Master Degrees from the University of North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago. My full-time job is the director of rehabilitation services at a health care facility. In the past, I have worked as a teacher and an athletic trainer, including performing volunteer work with Olympic athletes.

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The upcoming movie liberals will absolutely hate

October Baby opens March 23 at the Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and the Menomonee Falls Cinema in Menomonee Falls.

Recommended Reading (03/04/12)

Recommended Reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

Braun's story flunks test, too

"We are apparently supposed to believe that the man who collected Braun’s sample went home, and began the process of altering it in what would have had to be a rather brilliant scientific way. Added synthetic testosterone to both A and B samples, resealed the sample without the lab detecting that he’d done that, then fooled lab testing as sophisticated as there is in sports. WikiLeaks wasn’t nearly this brilliant.  We keep hearing these vague suggestions that he, Braun, might sue somebody. He ought to make sure he doesn’t get sued himself by Mr. Laurenzi, and have to face the discovery phase of a trial like that."

How I came to admire Andrew Breitbart

Unlike many of Breitbart’s friends and admirers who initiated a relationship with him, I was forced to relate with him. And I don’t like being forced to do anything.

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My Most Popular Blogs (03/04/12)

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the ten most read blog entries of mine from the previous week. NOTE: some entries may have been posted prior to the past week.



Photos of the Week (02/26/12)

Great news from the Franklin Police Department

Sometimes blog ideas fall like manna from heaven

Daddy, can we talk about Ryan Braun?

Culinary no-no #266

8) When Mother Nature spoils

9) "So much for that recall effort"

10) Week-ends (03/03/12)

Photos of the Week (03/04/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Students comfort each other as they leave the scene of a shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 27. Photo: WKYC

2) Doug Gasper, a ninth grader at Chardon High School, is hugged by his mother, Sandy, as they leave Maple on Feb. 27. Photo: Tony Dejak / AP

3) Alleged gunman T.J. Lane is escorted out of the Geauga County Courthouse Annex by deputies, Feb. 28, 2012, after his court appearance for shooting and killing three students and wounding two others at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. Another student has died from wounds suffered in Monday's shooting rampage at the Ohio high school, authorities said on Tuesday, as the shaken suburban Cleveland town prepared for a vigil for the teenage victims of the attack.  Photo: Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters

4) In this Thursday, March 1, 2012 photo, Chardon High School students form a heart with their hands as a Chardon player attempts free throws during a Division I sectional semifinal high school basketball game at Euclid High School, in Euclid, Ohio. The students showed their support for the victims of a school shooting Monday at Chardon. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, John Kuntz)

5) Steve McDonald stands in the debris of his mother-in-law, Mary Osman's home. Osman was killed after a tornado touched down on Feb. 29 in Harrisburg, Ill. Photo: Whitney Curtis / Getty Images

6) Tony Sherrard searches through debris that used to be his home for family keepsakes March 3, 2012 in Marysville, Indiana. The Sherrad family had planned to move into a new home today and most of his family's belongings were packed into boxes when yesterday's tornado obliterated the home. Dozens of people were killed as severe weather and tornados ripped through the South and Midwest yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

7) Robert Elliott sits in his damaged kitchen after a tornado struck his home in Harrison, Tenn., Saturday, March 3, 2012. Emergency crews desperately searched for survivors Saturday after a violent wave of Midwest and Southern storms flattened some rural communities and left behind a trail of destruction: shredded homes, downed power lines and streets littered with tossed cars. (AP Photo/Billy Weeks)

8) A school bus is crushed into a business on the east side of U.S. 31 in Henryville, Ind., after powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least eight people Friday, March 2. Photo: C.E. Branham / The News and Tribune via AP

9) A marijuana themed belt adorns the victim of an apparent drug-related execution in Acapulco on Feb. 29. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

10) A South Korean presidential body guard shoots a net at a "terrorist" during an anti-terror drill at the president's residence on Feb. 27, showcasing security preparations for an upcoming nuclear summit in Seoul. Photo: Kim Jae-Hwan / AFP - Getty Images

11) Nicholas Vollmann, a guide with BAM Marketing and Media, leads tour-goers down S. 2nd St. near National Avenue in Milwaukee describing the area where Jeffrey Dahmer used to find his victims. There were more protesters than paying customers. Journal Sentinel photos: Rick Wood.

12) An aerial view of an eastbound VIA passenger train that derailed in Burlington on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, causing three reported deaths and numerous injuries. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star)

13) Passengers alight from the Costa Allegra cruise ship at Mahe port in Seychelles on March 1. Tired passengers left a crippled Costa cruise ship in the Seychelles capital Victoria on Thursday, ending a three-day ordeal without power in the Indian Ocean after a fire knocked out the vessel's main power supply. Photo: Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

14) The village of Saint Nicolas Courbefy, in Limousin, France, on Feb. 28, 2012. The entire hamlet was put up for sale with an asking price of just $400,000, the cost of a studio apartment in Paris. Photo: Sarah DiLorenzo / AP

15) A famous portrait of Jack Nicholson adorns a fake ID with the name Joao Pedro dos Santos, a fake ID used by Brazilian Ricardo Sergio Freire de Barros to open a fraudulent bank account. Needless to say, the man was caught by police. Handout image via AFP - Getty Images

16) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a dinner honoring Iraq War veterans on Wednesday night. Photo:Joshua Roberts / Reuters

17) Demi Hines kisses her husband airman Michael Hines on the return of the USS Stennis to Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton on March 2 in Bremerton, Wash. Airman Hines finished his first deployment aboard the ship.  Sailor Thomas Crawford greets his 6-week-old son, Casey Crawford, for the first time after arriving to the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton aboard the USS Stennis.Photos: Elaine Thompson / AP.

18) Makpal Abrazakova trains her golden eagle Akzhelke outside her home village of Aksu-Ayuly in central Kazakhstan. Photo: Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

19) A wild turkey peeks inside a Bayside home on Saturday. Wild turkeys were reintroduced in Wisconsin in 1976 and have proliferated ever since, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

20) Strollers look at the green colored Grone creek near Goettingen, central Germany, on March 2. After a fire in a storage building in Goettingen's industrial district, chemicals were released and arrived at the creek together with the fire fighting water. Photo: Stefan Rampfel / AFP - Getty Images

21) The  northern lights shimmer over Kangerlussuaq in Greenland on Feb. 27. "Out for about two hours in -36 degrees Celsius until my fingers gave up, but what a nice show!" Andrei Penescu told "I didn't get out too far from the town, and had a lot of light pollution, but the aurora was very bright." Photo: Andrei Penescu

22) This view of the Orion Nebula, incorporating infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel telescope, highlights fledgling stars hidden in gas and clouds.

23) Backdropped by the historic Tower Bridge, a giant Olympic Rings floats on the River Thames in London in the run-up for the Olympic games, during its launch to mark 150-days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic games, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

24) New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez  poses for photographer Nick Laham on photo day during baseball spring training, Monday in Tampa, Fla. Interesting location for the photo shoot. Photo: Matt Slocum / AP

25) Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols signs autographs as fans push one another to get something signed by Pujols after he finished up with his workouts at spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

26) For all you leg men, actress Angelina Jolie arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo: Amy Sancetta / AP

27) Revellers celebrate Clean Monday by participating in a colourful "flour war," a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, some 125 miles northwest of Athens on Monday. Photo: Panayiotis Tzamaros / Reuters

28) A man lights his self-made cigar during a cigar rolling seminar at the XIV Festival del Habano in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday.This year focuses on the Cohiba brand and its famous El Laguito factory and the Romeo y Julieta brand. International sales of luxury Havana Cigars rose 9 per cent in 2011 despite the world financial crisis and antismoking laws, according to Corporacion Habanos S.A.  A woman looks at the product of her efforts during a cigar rolling seminar during the XIV Festival del Habano in Havana. Photos: Alejandro Ernesto / EPA

29) Donald Driver rehearses for the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars" with dance partner Peta Murgatroyd. Driver joins other athletes who have competed on past shows, including Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This season's lineup of stars will perform either the foxtrot or the cha-cha for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere.  Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Rowell

30) Marquette head coach Buzz Williams leaps as his team plays Georgetown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

31) Base jumper Jeff Provenzano leaps off the top of the The Water Club hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. People were slated to jump off tall buildings all around the U.S. on Wednesday as part of an energy drink commercial. In Atlantic City, two parachutists jumped off the top of The Water Club, the Borgata's luxury hotel, and landed safely in the parking lot. Similar jumps were planned in Miami, Detroit, Las Vegas and other cities. Photo: Mel Evans / AP

32) People wait in beds during the The World's Biggest Breakfast in Bed Guinness World Record Attempt at Martin Place on March 2, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

33) Artist Ben Wilson paints on a piece of discarded chewing gum on the Millennium Bridge, in London on Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Wilson has done this all over London. His works look like this.  Photos: Finbarr O'reilly / Reuters

34) From the New York Daily News: "Celebs love to experiment with their hairstyles, but there are some bad hair days that are so ridiculous, these stars will never live them down. From Mohawks to mullets and everything in between, take a look at the 'dos that will live on in infamy ... Ke$ha finally has a glam look ... sort of. In an attempt to prove that she's tougher than you, Ke$ha glued gold studs to the side of her head."

35) A model wears a creation for Comme des Garcons as part of the Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week, Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


Yuko Sugimoto looks at the damage caused by a tsunami and an earthquake in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture,  on March 13, 2011, two days after the magnitude 9 earthquake struck the area. Her son, Raito had gone missing. Where was Raito? Children and teachers from Ishinomaki Mizuho No.2 kindergarten take shelter on the roof of their school during the tsunami following Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Ishinomaki, northern Japan in this photo taken by head teacher Hiroaki Tsuda with his mobile phone on March 11, 2011. Next, Yuko Sugimoto and her son Raito stand at the same place she stood on March 13, 2011 after the area was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan. This photo was taken on Feb. 22, 2012. Photos, in order: Tadashi Okubo / Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters, file; Hiroaki Tsuda via Reuters, file; Yuriko Nakao / Reuters. Read Yugo Sugimoto's story.

And you've probably never heard of Stan Stearns, but no doubt you've seen his work.
Elementary School

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I Guess I'm Mean Cuz I'm Not GREEN

A few months ago I blogged about my anti-environmental love of light bulbs and clean dishes.   Now that we are approaching the Spring Cleaning season, I’ll go a step farther with my carbon carelessness and say that I love things truly clean.  Than means when I prepare chicken, I choose to use an antibacterial cleanser (Lysol all purpose happens to be my fave) on a paper towel to make sure I’m not spreading Mr. Salmonella around.  You can’t see the creepy crawlies just waiting to make you sick.  They don’t announce themselves like this:


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Culinary no-no #267

Culinary no-no's




Ahh. The avocado.

The wonder fruit.

All green and healthy.

And one of the handful of food items Kevin Fischer’s taste buds aren’t all that crazy about.

I mentioned this last December during Culinary no-no #255, a newly discovered Fischer factoid that caused some conversation amongst a few of my colleagues. One, whose name I won’t mention so I’ll just call her Dawn, was somewhat incredulous that I didn’t devour guacamole as gleefully and as often as she does. I also was the recipient of a mild, brief talking-to about how good avocados are for me (By the way, WORST possible argument to attempt to persuade me to sample something).

In my minute or so of research on the avocado, I learned that in some countries, it is mixed with chocolate to concoct…

That ain’t no grasshopper.

The same colleague whose name I won’t mention so I’ll just refer to her as Dawn insisted I try some of her Chinese last week, tofu dripping in brown sauce. It tasted like week-old french toast begging for flavor, any kind of flavor.

Little did she realize that she had served as inspiration for this blog at that least a baker’s dozen will be talking about Monday morning around the water cooler.

Play along with me, folks.



That is a quintessential culinary no-no. The naked hamburger. A complete and utter sacrilege.

Who eats a nothin' burger? Even my guacamole-lovin' colleague who I won't name so I'll just call her Dawn would never fathom such a meal passing her lips. You gotta load that lonesome beef up!

(Think you know where this is headed?)

Let’s see. In no particular order, I could easily adorn that bare beef with:





Onions (Raw or fried)




BBQ sauce




Fried egg

Hello, another burger

A brat patty

That great bastion of unbiased, common sense journalism, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and its website engage readers with a poll called, "What's No. 5?" Recently, jsonline wrote:

When it comes to burgers, the perfect patty is crucial but really just a starting point.

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UPDATE: People Euthanizing Too many Animals

I recently blogged about PETA and their faux-fuzzy “love” of animals.  What a joke.


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A radio talk show host calls a woman a "slut"

He's liberal talker Ed Schultz. It happened in May of 2011:


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