Dear Mr. Trump, Donald,

Congratulations on appearing in your first Presidential Debate.

Close to 100 million people tuned in to watch and learn about the differences between yours and Hillary Clinton’s view of America.

I just have a few, not many, but just a couple ideas that might help you in the next one. Not that I am an expert, mind you but just a couple thoughts on how you might do just a little better in the next debate.


You had her. Several times you could have nailed her.

Just a couple of examples:

On the economy. How many millions of people have simply given up and left the workforce? Over 90 million. These are not counted in the jobs figures provided by the Obama administration.

What percentage of young African- Americans are out of work? Over 30% in Milwaukee, almost half in Chicago.

The Cyber war being conducted against the US became more difficult to fight since you, Secretary Clinton, decided to put classified materials on a private server kept in a closet, just because you could.

BTY, why did you decide to erase some 30 thousand emails rather than make them public if you had nothing to hide? You were part of the administration that promised to be “the most transparent administration in history.”(President Barrack Obama)

The current Middle East wars and the development of ISIS was made possible by your administration’s support of The Arab Spring, the attack on Libya and Iran’s nuclear proliferation. Did you really think that the American people believed that story-the one you and President Obama put out-that the attack on our embassy in Benghazi was the result of a home-made video on U tube?

You were the face of Obama’s foreign policy which has been a disaster.

Speaking of Russia, how is it that Russia is dictating policy in the Middle East and conducting the war in Syria to the benefit of the Assad Regime?

And what about her foundation? You know, the one that took money from foreign governments and entities in exchange for favors-implied or otherwise. Foundation watchdog groups have categorized the Clinton Global Initiative as one with “questionable accounting practices.”

Again, not to be critical because I know you really are sincere about “Make America Great Again”, but when it came to perhaps the one defining event that could have propelled your campaign forward, YOU SUCKED!

You ranted, raved, made faces. Just maybe next time try to, SPEAK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES!

You appeared to be delusional, dysfunctional, confused and, to say the least, un-presidential.

You had the least trusted person in America-Hillary Clinton-on the ropes just waiting to be knocked out.


In fact, like Ali she pulled you into the “rope-a-dope”.

In case you didn’t know; YOU WERE THE DOPE!

It could have been something really beautiful.



Breaking the Speed Limit, and Other Laws

road-932871__340Everyone knows that you can drive 7mph over the posted speed limit without getting stopped, right?

And, everyone knows that politicians subscribe to a different set of laws. Or do they?

Our Mayor has to resign.

Not because what he did was so bad. But because what he did was illegal and he thought he could get away with it.

Although Mayor Jim Schmitt is expected to plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges, records show that he was involved in “illegal or irregular” campaign donations going back to 2011 (Green Bay Press-Gazette, 9/14/2016) http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

Because once again a political leader decided he was above the law and better than the rest of us.

According to Wikipedia, http://www.wikipedia.org  crimes committed by our elected officials at the federal level include but unfortunately, are not limited to: improper use of classified materials, illegal campaign contributions, money laundering, theft, bribery, mail fraud, perjury, tax evasion, obstruction of justice, misuse of public funds, embezzlement, extortion, racketeering, voter fraud, drug possession, sexual assault and possessing child pornography.

Anyone who came of age in the seventies can remember  President Richard Nixon addressing the American people through the TV screen proclaiming, “I am not a crook.”

But he was and he was forced to resign the Presidency.

It has become a merry-go-round of “spin and denial” and then blame someone else. They keep the ride going, just waiting for the public to forget or to simply tire of the whole thing.

President William Jefferson Clinton, during the Monica Lewinski scandal had a legion of lawyers arguing over the definition of “sexual relations.” Really? Then they argued over the definition of the word “is”.

Finally, Congress (a whole bunch of lawyers) agreed on the definition of the word, “perjury.”

With that, he was convicted, impeached and his license to practice law in the State of Arkansas, suspended.

The list goes on.

William “Bill” Jefferson (no relation to the former President) Democratic member of Congress from Louisiana, was found with $90,000 in ill-gotten gains stashed in his freezer. Convicted in 2009 of 11 counts of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Dennis Hastert, Republican from Illinois and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, found guilty of structuring bank transactions to pay some $3.5 million to cover up allegations of sexual abuse when he was a high school teacher and coach.

Richard Renzi, former Republican Congressman from Arizona was found guilty on 17 counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. He was convicted in 2013.

Trivia question: What state can boast that four of their last seven governors have spent time in prison?

Answer: Illinois

At least the Cubs are wining.

As far as that “breaking the speed limit” thing goes…

I have never operated a vehicle above the posted speed limit.

I mean to say that I have never intentionally operated a motor vehicle above the posted speed limit.

There may have been a time or two when the speedometer failed or after purchasing new tires, the vehicle’s speed might have inadvertently exceeded the posted limit.

But once again I can unequivocally say, “I would never intentionally drive above the posted speed limit.”

Unless it was that time when the officer’s radar gun obviously was not calibrated properly or that, as everyone knows, they do have a quota to meet and it might have been the end of the month when my vehicle was targeted.

And there is always that vast “right lane” conspiracy out to get me just because I need to travel in the left hand lane. You know, the fast one.

After all. I do have some place important to go.


You Just Might Be a Cheesehead………..

Cheesehead pic (3)You Might Be a Cheesehead if……

Not everyone can claim to be an authentic “Cheesehead.” But for those who share the legacy of living in, or being from Wisconsin and  avid Packers fans, there is no finer three-cornered mantel to carry.

What better way to kick off the football season than with a contest that answers the question-What makes a real cheesehead?

To enter, just complete the following statement: “You just might be a real “cheesehead” if……..” (“you like cheese curds,” for example).

The best answers will be posted and the Number One Cheesehead will be recognized right here on Catching Chickens.com.

The winner will also receive,

A Green and Gold Assortment of Select Cheeses and Seroogy’s Chocolates.

These will be shipped from-where else, but the Cheesehead capital of the world-Green Bay, Wisconsin.

To enter, simply reply in the ‘comment’ section below.

Enter as often as you like but remember, the deadline is September 30, 2016.

You just might become the very first Catching Chickens.com,

Number One Cheesehead!

Good Luck!

P.S. Don’t forget about the prize-free cheese and chocolates!



Saying Goodbye to Newspapers




It was certainly flattering, that e-mail I got from the ‘Press Gazette Insider‘, with an invitation to become an official “insider.” As such I would have access to special deals and chances to win prizes offered only to those accepted  into their interactive “Members Only Program.”

Of course there were some 202,860 others invited to join that elite group (basically every subscriber to both print and digital service).

At least, no one requested, “Mr. Wilson; please do not become an insider or take part in our latest survey…”

The simple fact is: I like the newspaper.

Nothing works better in the morning than a cup of coffee and the local news at the kitchen table. I spread it out and turn the pages, one at a time from front to back, ending with the obits and classifieds.

A newspaper feels good, smells good, can be folded up or taken apart as needed for easier reading.

It can be shared but I don’t like to, especially the Sunday edition. Sundays, I always start with the comics, then the news and sports as my need and mood dictates.

It’s just hard to get comfortable with a webpage. The font is usually too small, the page too cluttered and somewhere between the jumpline and the follow up, I get distracted by a pop up ad, or click in the wrong place and end up linked to a gambling site in Antigua or, I’m invited to chat with a thirty-something  “single” from De Pere, ” looking for mature men.”

And all I wanted to do was read Max Frost.

If you spill coffee on a newspaper, it can still be read after it dries. Try that with your laptop, iPad or smart phone.

A website can be created by a small handful of people (or a really geeky high school kid) complete with updates and maintenance, while the orchestration of my morning routine involves many processes and hundreds of jobs.

First there are the loggers, truck drivers and mill workers, then more truck drivers, press room operators-do they still have press room operators? Then back on the trucks to a distribution center and finally, a delivery person brings it to my front door more likely than not, in a small truck.

Seems like truckers do pretty well in the news business.  Reporters and editors of course are still needed by both media platforms. Copy desk people-where I once worked-not so much.

When all is said and done, a newspaper can be recycled and turned into stuff like toilet paper or fish guts wrapping  or even another newspaper.

                Trees really are a renewable resource, but that’s a story for another day.

I have to admit, it is much easier and quicker to view several newspapers online. If I had to have the ‘The New York Times’, ‘Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’, ‘The Chicago Tribune’ and ‘The Wall Street Journal’  delivered to my doorstep-it would soon be piled high with mostly unread newspapers.

Truckers would still appreciate me though.

The move from print to digital delivery of the news is, I’m sure, based more on economics than reader preference except for those who it seems, can’t walk across a room without the latest and greatest gadget of some sort hanging from their body, like an extra appendage.

Rather than fight change,  I suppose I should embrace it, bite the bullet and learn how to make use of the new media.

There will be a learning curve of course. I’ll have to navigate the pop ups, follow the links, wait for the ads to finish playing, wade through the videos  and maybe even drive to De Pere-for research.