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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

Change We Can Believe In?

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

I’ll trade you one ‘drilling’ for one ‘cap and trade’.

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Income Redistribution

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

Byron York, the Chief Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner had an article titled “ObamaCare was mainly aimed at redistributing wealth” published in today’s edition.

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Easter Reflections

Potpourri, Quality of Life, U.S.

I made a conscious decision to avoid my computer and the Internet for the entire Easter week-end.  It seemed strange to not be listening for the new e-mail beep or casting a quick glance at the mailbox, or to be thinking of a Blog topic.  My decision was more that of being burned out than simply believing I should be more focused over this particular week-end.  It did, however, help me to better-focus on what Easter is all about according to my personal beliefs.

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Village Buzz - April 6th

County Board, Education, Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Election Day is here again.  How many people will vote in Germantown today?  The state election officials expect about an eleven percent turn-out.

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Village Buzz - April 7th

County Board, Germantown, Political, School Board, Village Board, Village Buzz

Change was in the wind yesterday for the contested seats locally.

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Bits and Pieces - April 8th

Education, Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, School Board

Can the Republican Party get out of its own way?

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The Power of No

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

An article appearing in the April 6th New York Times titled “In Medicine, the Power of No” caused me to think again about the coming changes in our nation’s health care system.

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Weather Events


Weather events stick in the mind for many years.  It is difficult to recall with clarity how much of what is remembered is real versus how much has been borne of periodic embellishments or simply eroded with the years.

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Madison Mayhem

Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Wisconsin

Madison mayhem seems to rein every time we foolishly give one party full control of the Assembly, the Senate and the Governor’s mansion.

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Tax Day on the Square

People Making A Difference, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S., Wisconsin

We can expect that the news from Madison tomorrow will feature the unruly hordes of Tea Party people that descended upon the Square.  That there probably will be no unruly hordes won’t likely stanch the flow of the bad news.

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Another Major Health Care Merger?

Germantown, Healthcare, Quality of Life

Is there another health care merger in our future?

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Day of Prayer Unconstitutional

Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb has ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.  From my perspective, this is a perversion of the intent of the Constitution that religion was not to be decreed by government; this was among the reasons that the pilgrims sought out this new land since England had but a single permissible religion and all others were banned by the monarchy.  We were to have freedom of religion and not freedom from religion.

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Washington County Dust-Up

County Board, Political

Two Washington County Supervisors were excluded from a closed session of the Washington County Executive Committee on March 24, 2009 by Chairman Herb Tennies.  The Supervisors were Bill Meyers and Don Bercham.  Meyers says that he told the Chairman that he had a right to attend since he was a Supervisor; Tennies apparently said that his rule was to the contrary and advised the Supervisors they were to leave the room.

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Another Burr Under The Saddle

Political, Taxes, U.S., Wisconsin

Members of Congress fly overseas without their own office budgets being penalized.  The expenses are simply part of the overall Congressional budget that needs not be appropriated annually nor that is limited as to amounts.

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Border Security & Immigration Laws

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

Border security continues to be shoved to the back of the line even as we receive increasing reports of incursions by the Mexican armed forces as they try to fight the drug lords.  One Arizona sheriff has even gone so far as to tell his citizens they had better be armed and always aware when they are farming their land on the border.

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Kline Joining Board Soon

Education, Germantown, School Board

Diana Kline is soon to be sworn in as the newest member of the Germantown School Board.  She has indicated, in today’s edition of the Germantown/Menomonee Falls Now paper, that she wants to be “the voice of the people”.  She permitted her telephone number to be printed in that article so people could call her directly.  When asked by K.L. Kline of the Now staff about her views on the recent Day of Silence observation in the Germantown schools, she declined to comment for inclusion in the article.  By the same token, however, she was apparently quite specific in an e-mail that she sent to Klein. 

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An Old Navy Man Voices His Opinion

People Making A Difference, Political, Quality of Life

The following is verified as true by Snopes and was dictated to a secretary and signed by Harold Estes then living in a rest home overlooking Pearl Harbor:

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Washington County Case Settled

County Board, Political, Quality of Life

This is a follow-up to the Blog titled Washington County Dust-Up that appeared on April 19th.  Information available at that time indicated that a court hearing would be held on Monday, April 26th.  All that has changed with the settlement negotiated between Assistant District Attorney David Feiss of Milwaukee County and County Board Chair Herb Tennies and his counsel.

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Tempted To Tune Out?

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

We live in a society where the 24-hour news cycle is coupled with the Internet and the accompanying social tools that have become so popular.  We live in a society where individual interaction sometimes virtually disappears in favor of the less-personal e-mail or ‘tweet’.  We’ve probably all heard the stories about co-workers separated by a four-foot panel not speaking to one and other, but using e-mails instead.

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Middle of the Road?

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

Our country’s political divisions are well known to anyone who pays even a little attention to such goings on.  We have a strident left and a strident right and the chances those two meet in the center seem remote except in times of true national emergency.

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Deficit Reduction Is Just Around The Corner

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

Great!  The new deficit reduction commission has been constituted.  It won’t be long now before we have this nasty deficit under control.  The commission is charged with making its recommendations in early-December; and, President Obama has indicated that he’ll give very serious consideration to the commission’s findings.

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Village Buzz - April 30th

Fire Department, Germantown, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, School Board, Village Buzz, Police, Education

Every 15 Minutes...

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