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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

National Budget Primer

Economy, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

Regardless of one’s political persuasion, this short video puts our country's budget woes into a simple perspective that (almost) anyone can understand.

You have to watch this one and I think you may end up smarter in just a minute and thirty-eight seconds.  I did.

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American Indian Nicknames

Quality of Life, School Board, Wisconsin

Schools in Wisconsin with American Indian nicknames and/or logos are about to come under new scrutiny when Governor Doyle signs a bill he has indicated that he’ll sign.

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Immigration Bill Being Prepared

Economy, Political, Quality of Life

Congress is going to work on immigration and the Democrats have pretty well framed their bill.  This is, of course, a ‘lightning-rod’ issue especially since Arizona poked its finger in the eye of the Feds who have not been terribly diligent about their responsibilities in this regard.

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By The Skin of Our Teeth

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

We have escaped two recent terrorist incidents ‘by the skin of our teeth’ as an old saying holds.

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Obey Retires

Political, Wisconsin, U.S.

Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI) who represents the congressional district in and around Wausau, WI announced yesterday that he is retiring.  He will have served 21 terms since he entered Congress at his age 30.

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Village Buzz - May7th

Education, Germantown, Quality of Life, School Board, Village Buzz

New Superintendent

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Cheaper to Treat?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was interviewed the other day and the subject of “sealing” the border came up in the context of drugs flowing into the country.

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Wild Political Season

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

Sen. Specter of Pennsylvania switched his allegiance from the Republican Party to the Democrat Party in order to prolong his reign in the Senate.  He has just slipped behind his challenger in the polls for the primary election soon to occur.

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KMS Spring Recycling

Germantown, Quality of Life

The Kennedy Middle School PTA is sponsoring a Spring Recycling event for May 22nd from 8:00AM to Noon at the school.  The alternate site is at Action Recyclers at 5329 W. State St., in Milwaukee, so the KMS location is much preferred.  This is a fund raiser and it is an excellent opportunity to rid yourself and your basement/garage of a lot of “stuff”.

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How Far Does It Go?

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

How far does it go?  How far does the government’s “right” to make its citizens do something go?  Is there a limit to governments’ incursion on individual’s lives?  If so, where is that line drawn?

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Bits and Pieces - May 14th

Political, Quality of Life, Economy

The Roman Polanski story of the supposed rape of a 13year-old girl in Los Angeles has been in the news off and on for 33 years.  He is the movie director who fled the United States to avoid prosecution.  He is a citizen of France and had been safe until he was arrested on a warrant while in Switzerland.

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Promises...

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Political

Promise is an interesting word and concept.  The Merriam-Webster online definition appears below:

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Kohl's In Germantown?

Germantown, Quality of Life

“Kohl's + GermantownBusinessPark = Big Win for Germantown?”

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Classic Government Case

Political, Taxes, Wisconsin

A story in the morning Journal Sentinel regarding a State of Wisconsin computer system project says all that needs be said about a classic governmental approach to spending our money.  This involves the consolidation of computer servers into a single “server farm” with the expressed hope that this will save money.

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What Did We Learn Yesterday?

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

What did we learn yesterday as the results of primary election races around the country unfolded?

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Germantown's Garbage

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board

The Village of Germantown is again engaged in talking garbage…the pick-up of garbage.  The Board is again debating just how to go about holding the line on costs of garbage pick-up without unnecessarily agitating the residents who’ll have to adjust to any changes.

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Angry, Disbelieving and Disgusted...

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

Politicians seem to have great difficulty in doing the right thing whenever they sense there are votes at stake.  The few who do the right thing in spite of votes being at risk are rare; they are so rare as to be nearly non-existent as office holders.  Most end up being former office holders either because they can no longer stomach the requirements of their office or because the voters could no longer stomach them.

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Will They or Won't They?

Political, Wisconsin

Will the Republican Party coalesce around its favored candidates or will it operate in a state of disarray between now and the fall elections?

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I Must Live In A Cave...

Quality of Life, Police, Germantown

It amazes me that there are so many things happening in our world of which I am blissfully unaware.  But it also frightens me on occasion and this is one of those occasions.

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Higher Electric Bills

Political, Quality of Life, Economy

We are being driven to adopt alternative forms of energy.  The latest effort by Mr. Gore would have us out of coal-generated electricity and into renewable energy sources by 2018.

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Memorial Day Outreach

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

Memorial Day 2010 is upon us and it reminds us of those who are serving to protect us in the U.S. and in far-away and hostile environments.

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