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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

Bits and Pieces for January 3rd...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political

Your Share of Our National Debt?

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Hope and Change Revisited

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Economy, Education

The phrase “Hope and Change” has become ingrained in our memories since it became the watchword for President Obama’s campaign for the highest office in our land.

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Politicizing Tragedy

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

Politicizing tragedy seems something we’re anxious to do today.  The shooting of a Congresswoman in Tucson, AZ a few days ago was tragic.  The deaths of those in close proximity to her were tragic.  The wounding of ten or fifteen more people was tragic.  I cannot imagine the feelings of the person who invited the nine-year old neighbor girl to accompany him to the outdoor ‘meet and greet’ as she was gunned down and died.  I pray for all who were involved, both immediately and tangentially.

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U.S., Political, Quality of Life

It was predictable, at least from my perspective, that we’d see a barrage (oops, that is a ‘leading word’) of mainstream media commentary on the massacre (another ‘leading word’) that took place in Arizona.

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What Would You Do?

School Board, Germantown, Education

Recent news stories have featured the Milwaukee Public School system’s ownership of significant numbers of unused buildings that simply sit there when other uses might be found for them.  That story deals with the Milwaukee position of not permitting their buildings to be used for charter schools that would compete…and maybe embarrass that district.

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Bits & Pieces for January 13th

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

Land Lines & Print Media

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Why Just Conservatives?

Political, Quality of Life

There seems an interesting array of Wisconsin people who have received threats in the past couple of days according to WisPolitics:

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When States & Cities Go Bankrupt

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

How will Congress deal with bankrupt cities and states?  There are a significant number of states and cities that are, in the real sense of the word, bankrupt.  They cannot pay their obligations with current revenue streams.  Among those obligations are public sector pension benefits that have been promised but which remain underfunded.

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Does It Get Much Better?

Potpourri, Wisconsin

Does it get much better for a Packer fan?  The Pack and the Bears for the NFC championship and the ticket to the Super Bowl?

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Village Buzz - January 19th

Village Buzz

Case Settlement

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Potpourri, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

Packer-mania is rampant, especially now that we all look forward to the ‘really big show’ (do you remember the Ed Sullivan Show?) coming this Sunday afternoon.

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Mixed Seating the Solution?

U.S., Political

Is the problem in Congress that we don’t require ‘mixed seating’?  Would law makers be more civil if they had to sit next to people with whom they don’t agree during the State of the Union address?

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Bigger Ethanol Scam in Our Future

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

The Obama Administration, along with the congressional ethanol backers who love the contributions flowing in their direction, has a new ethanol utilization surge squarely in our futures.

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What If The Local Post Office Wasn't There?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

What if you went to the local post office…and it wasn’t open anymore?

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High Political Theater

U.S., Political, Economy, Taxes

The State of the Union message is delivered tonight.  This is high political theater and promises not to fall short on that score.  That is true no matter the President delivering the address.  These speeches tend to follow a prescribed path:  mention how much we need to continue on the path this President has talked about, how much we’ve already accomplished and how we need to “invest” no matter the cost to taxpayers.

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Eye of the Beholder - Updated

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

The ‘eye of the beholder’ is magical.  Many of us watched the same State of the Union address last evening and virtually all of us saw what we expected and desired to see.  Not much magic after all, I suspect; just human nature.

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Through the Crystal Ball

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

If we look into the future of the next twelve or so months, we can see what is likely going to be ‘front page’ politically.

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If ObamaCare Is So Great...

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

If ObamaCare will be as great as the proponents claim, why is it that so many of those proponents have applied for, and received, waivers to be excluded from its benefits?

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Snow Days

Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

Snow days are regaining their appeal for me after many years of dreading them.  I know the reason, and it is because I am able to control my work environment now and need not be somewhere at any cost.

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