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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


Political, Quality of Life, Employment

The latest in a seeming series of childish actions on the part of President Obama was destined for failure…and it did fail.

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Hard to Imagine

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

It is hard to imagine, but we have just posted a “net no new jobs” month for the first time since I was three years old.  And, that was 66 years ago.

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Labor Day 2011 Reflections

Wisconsin, Economy, Political, Quality of Life

The last year has certainly been difficult for organized labor in Wisconsin.  There are likely many in the movement asking themselves what, if anything, they have to celebrate today – Labor Day 2011.

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Job Creation

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

It seems fitting that, emerging from Labor Day week-end, we would be focusing on JOBs this week.  Our President will address the nation, or at least the part of it that will be watching, on Thursday prior to the Packers-Saints NFL game.

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"One and Done?"

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

When Maureen Dowd, of New York Times fame, publishes an Op-ed in the Times on September 3rd titled “One and Done?” we know that it must be serious.  This piece basically ‘sliced and diced’ the President for his lack of performance and for his reliance on speeches instead of results.

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Should 9/11 Be Sanitized?

U.S., Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

As I listened to Jay Weber’s show in the background this morning, I heard the discussion about whether or not the coverage of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy should be complete with the ugly scenes or sanitized to protect the consumer.

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More of the Same?

Political, Economy, Taxes, U.S.

Fortunately, I was unable to watch all but a tiny bit of the president’s speech telling us how government was going to help create more jobs.  I have, however, not been able to help myself but to read and view as much this morning as I can concerning that speech.

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Terrorism Threats

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

As we observe the happenings of 9/11 amidst another threat that has our country wondering if there will be a strike on the tenth anniversary of the holocaust that saw the trade towers demolished, there are questions as to who and what is the greatest threat today.

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Village Buzz - September 12th

Village Buzz, Village Board, Police, Fire Department, Germantown, Quality of Life

The concept of a Public Safety Director for Germantown has been in varying stages of discussion for some time at the Public Safety Committee level.  A recent article in the Express News of September 10th fleshed out the current status.  The Board, meeting as a Committee of the Whole, is expected to take up the conversation in the near future suggesting that there is some impetus for making such a change.

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Is There a Reaganesque Person Emerging?

Political, U.S.

There is an interesting thing going on in the Republican Party as the candidates desiring to be nominated to run for the presidency debate.  Gerald Seib discusses it in his Capitol Journal piece in today’s Wall Street Journal and validates what I’ve been thinking for the past few weeks.

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There was a contest offered recently for the creation of the most effective dramatization of the significance of the federal debt crisis.

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Super Bowl Bound?

Potpourri, People Making A Difference

Just when we thought the “Pack” was a shoe-in for the Super Bowl…

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For All The Posturing...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

For all the posturing over this issue, Medicare is still a very real problem and will be on top of us before we realize.

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An Old Sore Re-Opened

People Making A Difference, Political

I received a Business Journal e-mail update yesterday that made me scratch the scab off an old sore.

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Village Buzz - September 22nd

Village Buzz, Village Board, Germantown

The G’town Village Board has spoken on the issue of concealed carry within the village, and especially within village buildings.

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Color Me Disappointed

U.S., Political, Economy, Employment

I wanted to see Gov. Perry hit a home run last evening, but, even with the little I saw coupled with the pundits telling me what they saw, I was disappointed.  I’ll watch the full debate later today, but I suspect I’ll not be able to find anything that dissuades me from believing that he fell short of my hopes and expectations.

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Corrupted Error Report!!

Potpourri, Quality of Life

“Corrupted Error Report”.  That was the phrase that helped to start my day.  My laptop, a bit over four years old, started up just fine and I worked on e-mails for about a half-hour.  I went into the bathroom to begin the process of trying to appear human and heard my computer rebooting itself.

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Perpetual Funding Crises

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

A perpetual “funding crisis” to go along with a perpetual “campaign” seems to make sense to one of the parties in our two-party system (with apologies to the Tea Party which claims it isn’t one).

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Are You Using the Tools?

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

Are you using the tools?  That is the question that Sue Borden said she was hearing over and over again as the school district worked on the budget numbers for the coming year.  The good news is that she and the staff and the board were using the tools provided and the levy has been reduced as the result.

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Messiah Chorus Open to New Members

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

The mixed chorus that will perform the Messiah in December begins it rehearsals this coming Monday (October 3rd) evening at Stony Hills in Germantown (N112 W17655 Mequon Road) from 7PM to 9PM.

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Cain is Able

Political, U.S., Economy, People Making A Difference

Listening to Jerry Bott on WISN this morning, I heard him say “Cain is able”, an obvious play on the Biblical story of two brothers.  I don’t know if he is the first to utter that phrase, but I’ll wager that we’ll be hearing a lot more of it.

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