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Yes. he can, and I would like to too

Energy, Environment, President Obama, TAXES

By now we have all heard of President Obama's Don't do as I do, do as I say on heating and food. I would just like to say, I would like to too. I received my 2nd utility bill from my self imposed cut backs. It was $500. I am cold in my house of 68 degrees most of the day. I am not doing this to save the planet, for I do not believe in the theory of Global Warming or Climate Change. No, I am cutting back to save something else: money. This is what makes Obama's tropical President Barack Obabma's Bahamas temperature Oval office so offensive. He DOES believe in Global Warming. He will promote Cap and Trade and Carbon credits that will raise utility prices across the board. His Cap and Trade and alternative energy plans will make my $500/month utility bill look like the good ole days

Don't forget Thursday's Elmbrook School Board candidate forum, 7pm

Education, Elections, Elmbrook

A reader forwarded me the following announcement from the Elmbrook School District regarding the coming candidate forum. (Parents of Elmbrook School students receive these monthly events notices, but residents without children in the district do not.)

Last year, I attended the forum even though each candidate ran unopposed. I found it was still an good opportunity to get a feel for the candidates. This year we have three candidates running for each open seat. The forum on Thursday should help you to get a better idea of where each stands on the issues facing the Elmbrook School District, such as how to solve the challenge of increasing costs without increasing taxes. The primary is coming up fast: Feb. 17th.

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UPDATES Stop the Senate socialist spending "stimulus" bill

Conservatives, President Obama, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States

UPDATES at bottom of post.

It is easy for conservatives to become discouraged. What looked like glimmer of hope last week, with all of the House Republicans and 11 Blue-Dog Democrats soundly rejecting the pork-filled "stimulus" bill in the House, quickly faded on Monday.

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Digital TV, The Ant and Grasshopper, & The Titanic

Self reliance

If Americans cannot be responsible for making sure their TVs work come Feb. 17th, by getting the digital conversion box, we are hopeless.

A good parent knows they must let their children fail at some things in order to teach them responsibility. The trick is to do it with things that really don't matter. Things that don't have life-long consequences. Isn't this TV conversion a perfect way to teach responsibility?

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46 of 50 states could file bankruptcy?

TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 10:13 AM, Gerry Goodrich <gerrygoodrich@yahoo.com> wrote:

46 Of 50 States Could File Bankruptcy In 2009-2010

ND, WY, MT and WV are the only States not facing budget deficits.

There is a high chance a majority of the States within the United States of America could file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. There are currently 46 states with high budget deficits, Arizona being one of them.

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In fact, Jan Brewer <http://www.governor.state.az.us/>,  the newly appointed Governor of Arizona has a major crisis on her hands, one that Arizona and national media isn't covering. The alarming news is the State of Arizona has 90 to 120 days before they completely run out of money. After that, all bills and tax refunds owed to the citizens will go unpaid.

Before Janet Napolitano <http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm
> left for her new Homeland secretary position, she had a stand-off with Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin<http://www.aztreasury.gov/>. The AZ Treasurer forewarned Napolitano about Arizona's financial crisis, but she refused to heed his words.

With neighboring California on the verge of bankruptcy this year, many States will follow in their steps.

Many States are already scurrying to cut unwanted costs, cut State-funded programs, raise taxes, not issue tax refunds to their citizens, and borrow money just to survive in 2009. Unfortunately, many banks - the same banks the Fed bailed out - are refusing to loan money to the States and their Treasury agencies.

The article, State Budget Troubles Worsen <http://www.cbpp.org/9-8-08sfp.htm>, at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities <http://www.cbpp.org/> website is an excellent piece to read. It shows where each State currently stands in these challenging economic times, and you see 46 of the 50 States are clearly in the financial red.

It's very possible you'll see the end of the United States as we know it. If the Fed doesn't bailout the States when their cash dries up and the banks don't loan them money, then our States will be left in financial ruin. This would be a tragic and unprecedented event never experienced in the United States.

No State has ever filed bankruptcy, but it could be coming to a State near you this year.

We are on the brink of something far worse than the Great Depression.

UPDATE: Check out the newly published article, Survivalism: How to Prepare for the Economic Collapse <http://freedomarizona.org/2009/02/02/survivalism-how-to-prepare-for-the-economic-collapse/>. There's also a printable 4-page newsletter you can download and share with your friends, family, and co-workers. Take action and help spread the awareness of this life-threatening issue.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Obama's pro-p*orn lawyer nomination for #2 to Attorney General?

Alert, Conservatives, Culture, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion

You cannot make this stuff up. Attorney David W. Ogden is President Obama's choice for 2nd in command in the U.S. office of the Attorney General. So what?

Attorney David W. Ogden is pro-gays in the military, pro-p*orn, pro-abortion, and pro-children's access to unfiltered internet at libraries.

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Superintendent of Public Instruction race

Conservatives, Education, Elections

 Remember to Vote February 17th

Help Choose the Next Superintendent of Public Instruction 

 
There are five candidates running to be our next State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Your vote on February 17th could make a big difference.
 
Let's Change DPI
My choice is Rose Fernandez. She is a former pediatric trauma nurse and former senior administrator at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, a world-renowned academic medical center.
 
The former president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families, Fernandez helped lead a group of parents, teachers and administrators to ensure passage of a bipartisan compromise through a split legislature, which enabled online public charter schools to continue to operate in the state, thus rescuing dozens of schools for thousands of students.
 
Rose is a proven leader with the right balance of passion, courage and judgment to bring about real education reform in Wisconsin, and she has already demonstrated her ability to take on the establishment and do what is right for our children.
 
She is a strong supporter of School Choice and she is not afraid to call for higher standards throughout our public schools and of course I admire and respect her desire to focus on improving Wisconsin schools without pushing for increased sales or property taxes.
 
 

Weigh in on the Wisconsin issues survey

Legislation, TAXES, WISCONSIN

 Sign up for the Issues Survey 

Your Opinions Matter
Sign Up Now 

The legislature will be considering a broad range of issues from taxes and spending to the long-term fiscal impact of the federal economic stimulus bill.
 
These issues will have a significant impact on all of us.

Governor Doyle will be delivering his budget address very soon. We will be preparing our first legislative survey based on the agenda that the governor delivers in his Executive Budget.
 
Your input is essential as we debate the issues and challenges facing Wisconsin.

I have set up a confidential, online survey system that will provide you with the opportunity to share your views.
 
Contact Leah 
 
For Legislative Issues and Official Business:
 
Phone: 608-266-9180 or 414-453-0024
 
 

UPDATE: Rep. Sensenbrenner & Rep. Leah Vukmir Town Hall

Conservatives, WISCONSIN

UPDATE: Rep. Vukmir informed me that Rep. Rich Zipperer and Sen. Ted Kanavas will also be at the Brookfield Town Hall meeting on Sunday. Sen. Jim Sullivan, 5th District, was invited but has not confirmed. 

Coming to a municipal building near you, a Town Hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and State Representative Leah Vukmir. The first opportunity is tonight, at the Elm Grove Village Hall at 7pm [Map].

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Two to go

A few years ago I decided to visit the world's seven continents.

I travelled to Australia over the holidays, so now there are only two continents to go.

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Comics, Kings, and Congress

In his prime Mel Brooks was the mad scientist of comedy, and one of two people who could absolutely un-hinge Johnny Carson on the old Tonight Show.  I remember one night when Brooks had Carson so helplessly convulsed with laughter, that the show's producers had to cut to commercial to allow Johnny time to compose and re-oxygenate himself. 

In Brooks' film The History of the World, he spoofs a variety of characters, including France's Louis XIV.  In a scene from the movie Louis flirts with a bevy of court beauties, at one point glancing bemusedly at the camera and claiming, "It's good to be the King". 

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I Am the Sandwich Generation

Aging, Children, Family

I had never heard the term "sandwich generation" until I received a brochure in the mail recently, advertising a series of lectures for people like me -- adults "sandwiched" between raising young children and caring for aging parents.  I have a precocious young daughter.  I write about her exploits often, and she is one of the joys of my life.  I also have an 81-year old father.  Last summer, he was diagnosed with lymphoma, just two years after lung cancer claimed my mother. 

My dad decided to seek treatment and began chemo just before Thanksgiving last year.  The clinic said that he was the oldest patient that they ever had who had chosen to undergo this particular chemo regimen.  With every cycle, his white blood cell count would be wiped out, almost to the point of non-existence.  He didn't want to eat or drink.  It was a battle to get him to take a few bites of his meals.  His hair fell out, which left him depressed.    Anti-depressants caused him to hallucinate.  With each new problem and each new hospitalization, it became more and more apparent that my dad would need to be more closely monitored.  So, although my dad was already living with my brother and his family, we decided that it would be best for my dad to move in with me, the stay-at-home offspring, for awhile.

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Eighth Grader Alex Siy Wins Scholarship!

Students

Posted by Kelly Feng  

Alex Siy, one of our eighth graders, was recently named the winner of the inaugural KnowHowtoGo2College/EdVest Video Contest. Alex, whose video includes an original song composed by him, will receive an EdVest scholarship of $1,000.  Alex is an A student and is in a variety of extracurricular activities including basketball, club volleyball, and our school's upcoming musical Beauty and the Beast

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February/March Upcoming Events

A great way to save money

Bluemound, Elm Grove, Friends of Elm Grove Library

Is just around the corner - at the Used Book Sale on March 6-8.  The three-day sale is hosted by the Friends of Elm Grove Library at 13600 Juneau Blvd. in Elm Grove.   This is the Friend's 23rd annual used book sale.  But it is now not just books.  The sale now includes books in print, on tape and CD, music (on Vinyl, CD and tapes), and DVDs.  Admission is free.

The sale starts Friday, March 6 with most items priced at two dollars or less. Paperbacks are just $.50. The sale continues on Saturday, March 7 with a 50% off sale and on Sunday, March 8, items are priced at $4 a grocery bag.

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More on Church and State

As has been noted y Brookfield Now, the School District of Elmbrook has informed Americans United for hthe Separation of Church and State that the graduation ceremonies for its two High Schools will, as planned, be held at Elmbrook Church. 

As a follow up to the specific issue of potential litigation against our School District over the question of where the people of our community will be "allowed" to hold its graduation ceremonies, I want to explore the larger question of Church and State.  Talk of lawsuits and passionate political beliefs is serious stuff, and if we are to debate the Constitutionality of such questions, I believe we should be equally serious about attempting to understand the intent of those who actually wrote that document.

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Upcoming Beauty and the Beast

Upcoming events

Written by Nora Hauser

On March 19th and 20th SJV students will be presenting the Broadway Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Junior.  Based on the Disney film of the same name, excited actors and actresses, in sixth through eighth grade, will give their best acting debut.  They will unveil the capturing, timeless tale of an arrogant prince turned into a beast who is eventually saved by the love of a country girl.  

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Ooo Ahh Central! (A Lancer Reunion)

Lancer Memories, Local Events

My title is the tag line of a BCHS cheer made famous by the Class of 1984, or so I've been told.  Although I am a Spartan, I'm doing a favor for some Lancer friends of mine by announcing that the BCHS Class of 1984 is currently planning its 25-year reunion.  Although at the time of this post no specific date has been set, the reunion organizers are hoping to schedule the reunion in July or August.

If you are a member of the Class of 1984 and currently have a Facebook account, you can join the Brookfield Central Class of 1984 group and find out more.  If you don't want to join Facebook but want to receive information about the reunion, contact me by either clicking the email button at the top of my blog or by sending an email to brookfieldwannabe@yahoo.com.  I can then put you in contact with the reunion committee.

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Have You Had Your Paczki Today?

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, means paczkis to me.  I love pazckis.  If you've never had one, a paczki is a Polish treat similar to a jelly doughnut that is generally consumed before the start of Lent.  Although a prune filling is the traditional choice, I prefer raspberry, liberally sprinkled with powder sugar.  

Some of the best pazckis I've had in Brookfield come from the National Bakery on Greenfield and Sunnyslope, but if you can't make it out there, I've seen them at the Sendik's on Brookfield Road and at Grasch's. 

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Shout Out to Marquette!

Local Events, Marquette University

I'd like to give a shout out to my old alma mater, Marquette University. If you haven't heard, their basketball team, ranked number 8,  is playing a highly-anticipated game tonight against Connecticut, ranked no. 2.

What is the Brookfield connection?

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