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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

Family Promise - A Worthwhile Experience

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

I had a great experience last evening when I had originally felt some hesitance at exposing myself to the opportunity.  The experience was being involved in a program called Family Promise that my church home decided was an appropriate way for the congregation to reach out to those who needed a little help.

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Welcome to the July 4th Week-End...

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

By permission of the author:

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How to Start a Fight...


Want to start a fight?  Here are some ways you can do that pretty easily:

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A Lovely Little Girl Is Dead

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

What would you be likely to do if a child appeared to have drowned in a swimming pool in your backyard?

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End Space Shuttles?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

Our country has made the decision to end the Space Shuttle program.  The last flight is approaching and the one remaining shuttle is to be retired following the conclusion of that flight.  From that point, we will be dependent upon Russia to ferry people and supplies back and forth from the orbiting station.

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It Ain't Workin'

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

We seem to be losing our concept of ‘self-control’ in eating.  We rely more and more on the government doing the job for us through regulation.  The problem is this: it ain’t workin’.

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A New Combined Misery Index?

U.S., Economy, Quality of Life

The Misery Index has been with us since 1948 but is probably most remembered during President Jimmy Carter’s time in the White House.  It has classically been the sum of the current rate of unemployment and the current rate of inflation.  Using that definition, the current Misery Index is 12.8%.

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Simple Truths

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

We have a deal.  We don’t have a deal.  We have a deal.  We don’t have a deal.

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"Longhand" Writing Going Away?

Potpourri, Education

I can still remember, vaguely I will admit, trying to learn how to make my hands and fingers behave so that I could write ‘longhand’ using cursive letters.  Cursive writing was a real effort for me; so much so that by the time teachers were no longer insisting that cursive be used, I began to print because it was easier and neater and quicker.  I think I made that break from the established norm in 6th grade after Miss Sheridan finally quit nagging me.

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What Did Yesterday Mean?

Germantown, Political, Wisconsin, People Making A Difference

What does the vote in yesterday’s primary recall election mean? 

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Prevarication Is Not Becoming

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

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to separate the truth from prevarication when it comes to the whole issue of our country ‘defaulting’ on its debt obligations.  One should not accuse the President of the United States of being a liar, but it would help if he were a bit more forthright and didn’t engage in the kind of demagoguery that is laced with prevarication*.

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Heavy subject matter is officially forbidden for today since it is Friday and we have had way too much serious stuff with which to contend already given debt limits and such.  The heaviest part of today’s blog is the name of the sentences that follow (paraprosdokian).

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Village Buzz - July 18th

Village Buzz, Police, Fire Department, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

Mark your calendar for the Neighbors Against Crime Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd.  The activities will be held at the Germantown Police Department and run from 5:00PM to 9:00PM.

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Have You Ever Wished You Could Get Out of Your Own Way?

Political, People Making A Difference

Have you ever had the experience of being unable to get out of your own way?  Have you ever looked back wondering why you didn’t just admit you were wrong and put an end to your own suffering?

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People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

Icon:  A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something.

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An Inner City Obituary

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

Four strikes and he was done.  A young man from the ‘inner city’ died on Wednesday.  His name was “Trell”.  He lived near the corner of Locust and 24th street…that was his “block”.  He graduated from Bay View High School in 2007.  He was 22 years old.

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Left at the Altar Twice?

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

Had you been “left at the altar twice”, as our President said happened to him in the quest for debt reduction, don’t you think you might start to “get it”?

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Will WEAC Survive?

Wisconsin, Political, Education

Public sector labor organizations took a potentially big hit in the approval of the Wisconsin budget as crafted by the Governor and the Republican-dominated Assembly and Senate.  The outcry has softened a bit now and I wonder what the ultimate effect of all this will prove to be?

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We All Know It Has to Happen...

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

It seems that almost everyone agrees that the debt ceiling must be increased to support the obligations our country has created for itself, BUT…

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Village Buzz - July 27th

Village Buzz, Political, Wisconsin, Germantown, Quality of Life, Taxes, Economy

We have an election coming up on Tuesday, August 9th…in case you’ve been on another planet for the past several months and missed the news.

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1/3 vs. 2/3. Who Will Win?

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

We are being treated to grand theater (if you are a political junkie) coming from the Capitol of our country.  The debt ceiling must be increased by August 2nd, or so we have been told by the Administration, or we will be in danger of defaulting on our debt.

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