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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

Fun on an April Fools' Day

Potpourri

A bit of fun on April 1st

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Boycott Threats

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Political

Some statistics from Indiana show the apparent result in that state of the changes made in collective bargaining rules by Governor Daniels.  Those results, I suspect, are most likely common knowledge among labor leaders nationally, and the results of that knowledge are driving the all-out battle being waged in Wisconsin.

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Vote on Tuesday!!

Wisconsin, Village Board, School Board, Political, Education

We have another election tomorrow, as if you didn’t know.  We almost seem to be in perpetual election mode these days.  Given the efforts to recall people, the elections could well become a year round activity…that is a daunting thought.

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Are You An Eagle Watcher?

Potpourri

You can watch the eagles parent their young near Decorah, IA by clicking on this link.

Roller Coaster Ride

Wisconsin, Village Board, School Board, Political, Germantown

The election races yesterday provided some interesting looks at various communities.  Our trustees who were challenged all survived their races.  We have a new school board member.

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Do We Spend Too Much, or Are We Taxed Too Little?

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

We’re hearing a great deal about an impending ‘government shutdown’ as the clock ticks down to the deadline.

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Roller Coaster Indeed!

Wisconsin, Political

My blog on April 6th was titled ‘Roller Coaster Ride’ and little did I know how prophetic that title might be.

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Poor Ramona...

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

Is someone leaning on poor Ramona Kitzinger?  Sure seems that way now since she tells us that she really didn’t know what was going on the day she told us the votes from Brookfield “jibed” and that she wouldn’t tell us a lie.

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Auto Insurance Roll Back

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Political

Governor Walker signed a bill that rolls back the changes made to the auto insurance we buy.  The association that represents trial attorneys, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, through its spokesperson said, “This is a really sad day for automobile insurance consumers”.  If the trial attorneys think it is a bad day for us consumers, then I must assume the roll back was a very good thing.

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Will $4.10 per Gallon Be Enough?

Political, Quality of Life, Economy, Germantown

Is the $4.10 per gallon price for unleaded gasoline high enough now that we’ll begin to push our government for relief?  Will we finally begin to cringe enough each time we fill our gas tanks to be reminded that we have the ability to produce crude oil that could be refined into gasoline?

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Will She or Won't She? Should She or Shouldn't She? -UPDATED

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

Will JoAnne Kloppenburg decide to request a recount or won’t she?  Should JoAnne Kloppenburg request a recount or shouldn’t she?

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Voting For Someone vs. Voting Against Someone

U.S., Political

Presidential candidates on the Republican side of the equation have begun to line up for caucuses, are beginning to form their ‘exploratory committees’ and are making the rounds of the talk shows.

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Land Lines vs. Cell Phones?

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Economy

The migration from land line to cell phones only in homes is increasing according to the latest from the Centers for Disease Control article in the morning Journal Sentinel.

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Guilty as Charged?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

The morning reading of the Journal Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal brought two stories that are somewhat related.  The Journal Sentinel featured a story from the Associated Press titled “Obama seeks cause of high gas prices” while the Wall Street Journal published an article by Josh Mitchell titled “Linking Mileage to Gas Prices”.

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When Did This Happen?

Quality of Life, Potpourri

When did this happen?  It seems that ‘suddenly’ I am awed by the current spate of technology and its uses.  I used to be on the leading edge, or so I thought, of adopting new technology.  Now it seems that I am on the trailing edge…if not further behind.

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Any Bets on a May 9th Finish?

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

The Supreme Court recount is set to be finished by May 9th…but the head of the Government Accountability Board, Kevin Kennedy, quickly stated that he’d seek an extension from the judge if that timeframe wasn’t able to be met by all 72 counties.  Sounds like he thinks it’ll go beyond and he is simply setting the bar very low to avoid future recrimination.  I’ll be very pleasantly surprised if this thing ends by May 9th; I’m not holding my breath however.

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We Have It Pretty Good!

Germantown, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

We have it pretty good!

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NLRB Run Amuck?

Political, Quality of Life, Economy

There is something about the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that is very troubling; it is effectively now an arm of organized labor.  Ostensibly the NLRB was created to effect decisions of fairness in issues involving labor and employers.  The deck has been stacked so that the outcomes can be easily predicted…they seem always to favor labor.

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