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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

Were We Wise?

U.S., Political

An American astronaut landed in Russia yesterday as he was transported back to Earth from the International Space Station.  He was aboard a Russian spacecraft since we have retired the last of our shuttles.

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Too Short or Too Heavy?

Quality of Life, Healthcare, People Making A Difference

During this season of cook-outs and picnics, it is probably not a good idea to be the bearer of not-so-good tidings.  Be that as it may, we have some issues about which we really have to begin getting serious.

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Meno. Falls Is In the Hotel Business

Quality of Life, Political, People Making A Difference

The situation in Menomonee Falls concerning the Radisson Hotel on Main Street is an interesting issue to ponder.  The Village had a significant ‘blight’ problem on Main Street from Pilgrim Road east to and beyond Hwy 41-45.  A part of the anticipated solution was the elimination of the empty shell that had been a motel but that had stood empty and in partial rehabilitation for several years.

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An EPIC Story

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

Whenever I go to see my physician, I am exposed to the system in use that came from a company in Verona, WI.   That company is EPIC Systems Corporation and it is THRIVING big time.  It is expanding its campus again and is hiring tons of people.  This company started in 1979 and provides systems for hospitals and clinics and related facilities.  It is a private company with employee ownership.

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Home Again

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

The somewhat sporadic blog postings can be accounted for by saying that we’ve just returned from a brief vacation in Colorado visiting our daughter and son-in-law living there and the next two generations in that branch of the family tree.  The trip had been ‘iffy’ given the Waldo Canyon fire now reported to be 100% ‘contained’.  Contained simply means that the fire has been kept within a geographic barrier; and, that the fight has now shifted to identifying the remaining hot spots inside those barriers and assuring that those potential outbreak areas are knocked down.

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Romney and the NAACP

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

Mitt Romney walked into the mouth of the storm yesterday as he met with and spoke to members of the NAACP in Houston.  The sound bites we will hear for weeks will be the cut of boos and hisses following his statement that he would overturn ObamaCare if elected to the Presidency.  A follow-up comment later in his speech indicating he would create jobs and mentioning the loss of jobs due to ObamaCare, if it were permitted to go forward, drew few if any boos or hisses.  He refused to back down before a politically prejudiced audience and actually seemed to gain a bit of respect from an audience no one would predict would embrace him.

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I Was Touched

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

I had an experience yesterday that continues to grow in my mind as I reflect upon it.  I was leaving the local Kohl’s Department Store and paused as a courtesy to permit a petite lady somewhere in the range of 45 years of age to pass through the doors before me.  As I began to take a step toward the doorway, I noticed an older man hurrying to join with the lady.  I paused again and he moved to her side and walked out with her.

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A Couple of Things on a Saturday Morning

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

A couple of current news items piqued my curiosity:

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Dear Governor Romney...

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

Dear Governor Romney,

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Corn For Food, Or Corn For Ethanol?

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

Do we prefer to use corn for ethanol or for food and food stock for animals and poultry?

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Obstruction of Justice?

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

Can a member of the justice system actually obstruct justice?  If so, then it appears to me that Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan may be subject to such a charge.

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Retire Bush Tax Cuts?

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

Ernst & Young has released a study it performed for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that analyzed the impact of the Bush tax cuts being eliminated for all those individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000 per year.  People often lose sight of the fact that partnerships’ and S corporations’ earnings are passed through to individuals so the $200,000 or $250,000 annual income mark is very easy to reach in those situations for many small business owners.

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Two Battles Settled

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

Two battles have been settled.  One is a purely local battle and the other is a national battle:

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Will Such Incidents Ever End?

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

Another seemingly senseless shooting rampage has occurred and we will very soon be plunged into another debate on guns.  James Holmes, accused of killing 12, so far, and of having injured 50+, bought everything he used on line and legally over some two months according to the police in Aurora, CO.

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Watering Ban & Human Nature

Germantown, Potpourri

The continuing drought has been interesting as we were placed on a restricted use of water for lawns, and so on.  We were all placed on our honor so far as observing the rules laid down to help conserve water.

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A Strange But Wonderful Sound

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

A welcome sound, one that had been largely missing for a long time, landed on my ears last night.  It was thunder, but even better, it was the sound of raindrops on the roof and on the skylight.  I don’t know if we had enough rain to really head off the drought conditions, but I do know that I was mesmerized by that wonderful sound.

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Art at the Mill on July 28th

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

The Richfield Historical Society has announced that Art at the Mill will occur on July 28th from 10AM until 4PM. 

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Hovde The Leader?

Wisconsin, Political

The race for the Senate on the Republican side of the aisle is interesting even without a recent poll.  Given the attacks on Eric Hovde, one almost has to assume that his two most well-funded opponents see him as the prospective winner on August 14th.  Hovde is being verbally attacked by both the Thompson and the Neumann campaigns.

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PPACA - The More Things Change...

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

I have been critical about PPACA in some areas and have shared with readers that I have been in the health care plan world for quite a long time.  I met with another long time health insurance agent this past week and we discussed the future of health care from our two somewhat jaundiced perspectives.  Among the topics were whether or not we, as agents, would find a place for ourselves in this brave new world, but that is not the thrust of this piece.

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Physicians Reassessing Their Futures

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

This blog is something of a follow-on to that of yesterday discussing the future of health care in this country.  I had the opportunity to ask my personal physician during my last visit just how long he would be continuing to practice.  He told me that he planned to practice for another five or six years and then look at retirement or continuing depending upon what health care looked like at that point.  He is now part of one of the ‘big’ systems in this area.

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I Lost a Mentor Last Week.

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

My habit of reading obituaries each day brought the news of the death of a person whom I had worked for and for whom I had the highest regard.  Roy Butter passed away on July 27th having suffered from the recent onset of acute leukemia.

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Circular Firing Squad - 1

Wisconsin, Political, People Making A Difference, Economy

The Republican race for the right to face Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) for the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D) continues to devolve with name-calling.  That was still the theme for all but one candidate last evening during a debate in Green Bay.  The old theme of a ‘circular firing squad’ seems appropriate today with the exception of one candidate, Jeff Fitzgerald.

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