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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

9/11 Revisited

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

9/11 Revisited…

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Recount Progressing

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

The recount in our Supreme Court Justice race is apparently now about 54% completed in terms of voting precincts.  About two weeks remain in the originally scheduled recount that was set to be finished by May 19th.

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Concealed Carry: Permit or No Permit?

Wisconsin, Political, Police, Quality of Life

The subject of “concealed carry” of weapons is on the front page as it is coming under consideration in Madison.  By all accounts we will have a law on the books regarding the carrying of weapons during this term.  Wisconsin is one of the last two states currently without some version of carrying a gun on its books.

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A Great 'Fish Fry' Experience

Potpourri

I had the pleasure of enjoying what I would describe as the best tasting ‘fish fry’ I have had in many years.  This was the Tempura Battered Walleye offered on the menu at the Jailhouse Restaurant.  I wrote about this restaurant a couple of years ago and have no connections other than as a satisfied customer.

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A Quiz For You...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

A “philosophy” wrongly reputed to be the product of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz landed in my inbox a few days ago.  It causes some reflection no matter where it originated, so it is today’s blog item (you don’t have to answer each question to get the message, by the way):

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Health Care Crystal Ball

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The PPACA (that is the law that “has to be passed so we can see what is in it” according to Ms. Pelosi) aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been patterned after what I refer to as RomneyCare in Massachusetts.

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Amnesty Program Right on Schedule

Political, U.S., Quality of Life

The border is secure and now it is time for an amnesty program for immigrants according to President Obama.  That was the message delivered in Texas yesterday.

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Voter ID Soon To Be Passed

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

Voter ID is on the way with the Senate and the Governor next in line since the Assembly passed the bill yesterday.

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Senator Kohl Hanging It Up; What Next?

Wisconsin, Political

Sen. Kohl (D-WI) has finally decided to not run for re-election in 2012 according to all reports.  That’ll be formally announced mid-day today.  The Brits have a term for officials that have managed to avoid being at the fore while in office.  They call these elected people “backbenchers”.

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The Classic Debate In Government...

Political, Quality of Life, County Board, Economy, Wisconsin

The classic debate within government: do we need to increase taxes or reduce spending?  It doesn’t seem that we often get the reduced spending answer to that classic question. 

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An Interesting Book

Potpourri, Quality of Life

I have just read an interesting book titled “Heaven Is For Real”.  If you believe in heaven, I would certainly encourage you to think about reading this book.  (It might even be better for you to read this if you don’t believe.) It is a quick read and one that kept pulling me forward.

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Another One Down?

Political, U.S.

“With allies like that, who needs the Left?”

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Drive Offs & Pre-Pay Pumps

Quality of Life, Police, Germantown

How long will it be before we are pre-paying at the gas pump?  Woodman’s has been ‘pre-pay’ but I haven’t seen other stations doing that in our area.  I used Woodman’s pre-pay service the day I noted they were about $.30 a gallon under everyone else.  I and several scores of others made that decision that day making pump availability very scarce.

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A Little Norwegian Humor...

Potpourri

Since half of me is Norwegian, I thought I could safely share this Norwegian humor with you: 

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Prosser Wins Again

Wisconsin, Political

Prosser wins again…albeit by a few less votes than the first time, but he did win again.

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Humorous Quotes

Potpourri, Quality of Life

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should’ve remained a virgin”.    Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)

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Memorial Day 2011

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

Memorial Day 2011 is upon us.  This day has various meanings to us.  Some remember a person lost on the battle field.  Some remember loved ones who have passed.  Some think about the end of the school year and the beginning of summer.  Some might look forward to a three-day week-end and the opportunity for rest and relaxation.  Some might lay a hand on a scar that was brought home from a distant land.  Some might reflect on scars that aren’t visible but that are real nonetheless.  Some do a bit of each of these things.

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Shame!

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Political

The uncertainty in local governments and school systems across Wisconsin continues for so long as the legislature’s action during the time the “fourteen” were absent is in limbo.  Judge Sumi has made her decision known and the Justice Department has made its position know in advance of the Supreme Court hearing set for June 6th.

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