Wednesday, April 26th, 2017


No matter how many times they reassess, it’s still a funny-looking word

Oh, good, we just finished paying our taxes, and now it’s likely the city is going to ask for more: The City of Waukesha Assessor’s Office will be sending out assessment notices on April 21, 2017. We DID reassess all properties, so all property owners will receive an assessment notice. The Assessor’s Office will be holding informal discussions or “Open Book” from April 24 thru May 12.... [Read more]

Taming the Watchdog

So, as of today, my time with Watchdog is no more. The Franklin Center is closed. I’m not sure what, if anything, will take its place, and I’m not even sure what caused its demise. The twelfth labor of Heracles was the capture of Hades’ watchdog Cerberus, but I suspect Watchdog’s end was less dramatic, even if our reporting had Cerberus’ bite. I wouldn’t have mentioned... [Read more]

Don Rickles, RIP

Mr. Warmth, the Merchant of Venom, Don Rickles is gone. It would be cliché to say that it’s the passing of an era, and it would be wrong. Rickles belonged to the age of Johnny Carson, the Rat Pack, Celebrity Roasts and classic Las Vegas. He was the survivor from a pre-PC time in America when we could poke fun at stereotypes and our differences and still come away laughing. There were no safe... [Read more]

Clarke returned to work on Friday

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke showed up for work on Friday, the sheriff’s office announced on April 1. “If I didn’t have the bobblehead on my desk, I might not have recognized him,” Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Fran McLaughlin said afterwards. “It was a little odd seeing him in person,” said Fran McLaughlin, the spokesman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s... [Read more]

Body collection in Milwaukee begins May 1

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced today, April 1, that due to the high volume of homicides expected on the North Side of Milwaukee this summer, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be running special carts down the city streets to collect the bodies. The service will run May 1 through September 1, 2017. “While I’m concerned at the amount of gun violence in our streets,” Barrett said,... [Read more]

A quick note about a Waukesha aldermanic candidate

My wife, the Lovely Doreen from Waukesha, and I are both flattered that people have asked for either of us to run as a write-in candidate for alderman. Unfortunately Doreen’s current time commitments prevent her from running, and I could not write for Wisconsin Watchdog, or anywhere else, if I decided to run. So unless someone else runs as a write-in candidate, next Tuesday our district will... [Read more]

A public service announcement about the Oscars

Tonight a bunch of overpaid actors and actresses are going to engage in an orgy of self-congratulations about how wonderful they are. Many of them will forget their actual place in the world to take the opportunity to make political statements, irritating half the country that voted for Donald Trump, and even many of us who didn’t. I haven’t watched the Oscars since that awful movie Shakespeare... [Read more]

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