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Economic slump means revenue slump, so cut spending & use resources wisely

City of Brookfield, Mayor Speaker, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Did you see this article: City may face budget shortfall of $915,000? Revenue sources declining along with economy, director says.  It shouldn't surprise anyone that when the economy is in a downturn, people cut back on spending--either by choice or necessity.


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Cap and trade April 2009

Energy, Follow the money, Going Green, President Obama, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

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Tomato Tortellini Florentine Soup: Spinach soup even kids like!

Good food / recipes, Living well on less $

This tasty soup concept came from New Orleans via a friend. While visiting relatives there several years ago she was served this delicious soup. Being the great cook she is, she had to recreate it upon returning home. Fortunate me, she shared her recipe. Yum! I make it several times a year.

Whenever I cook soup, I make about 3 to 4 times the amount I need and then freeze the rest. That way, I always have a supply of homemade soup on hand.

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Little Things

Aging, Family, Love, Quotes

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies -- Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet)

Although there are some that say that aging is a state of mind, it is inescapable that as we age, we begin to lose the people we love.  It is a sad and simple truth. 

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2nd Grade Can Collection

The Second Graders have kicked off their annual First Eucharist Project of collecting cans for the Make a Wish Foundation Wisconsin, a local organization that helps sick children.  Please help them out by saving your aluminum cans and then bringing them to the Norhard parking lot on April  25 and 26 after all liturgies.  Thanks in advance for helping out with this worthy cause!

Being "stubborn as a mule" can be a good thing

Conservatives, Just for fun!, Legislation, National Parks, President Obama

Or I could title this post: Of MULES AND MEN

Often we hear figures of speech used to portray a character trait but don't understand the full meaning behind the expressions. Lately, I've heard the trait of stubbornness being associated with the Republicans' resistance to buying into Obama's spending plans and agenda.

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President Obama and Realpolitic

Otto von Bismarck was a legendary Nineteenth Century German statesman who forged a loose confederation of principalities into the modern day nation of Germany.  He was the first strong advocate of what the Germans called "realpolitic", a term used to describe power politics in diplomacy.

Last week our feckless and fawning mainstream media was so agog over the First Family's visit to England that it completely missed the REAL story on the world's geo-political stage.  It is an important story with implications as profound as they are numerous.

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And the winner is....

Education, Elections, Elmbrook, TAXES, WISCONSIN

I was hoping to say everything's coming up roses for Rose Fernandez, but it was not to be. With 91% of the vote in, she is stuck at 43% at 11:30pm.

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"Next in Line!"

For Laughs, Stores

I don't often use my blog to vent, but I'm still feeling a bit cranky over an incident that happened at Sendik's, the one on Brookfield Road, over the weekend.

Like many others, I was out grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Sunday snow storm that wasn't.  I had only a few items, so I got into the 10 items or less express lane.  Not counting the person who was currently being waited on, I was probably about the fourth person in line, with a few other people behind me.  I could tell I was in a bad mood because I was actually counting the number of items in the shopping cart of the person in front of me.  Other than feeling righteous indignation, I don't think I would have said anything had she actually had more than 10 items. Luckily she didn't.

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Obama's vision of nuke free world shot down by N. Korea missile

Communism, President Obama, Unintended consequences, United States, War

President Obama is getting a taste of what it is like to be a president whose ideas aren't embraced by the rest of the world. While he speaks of a world without nuclear weaponry, North Korea shoots off a rocket! Guess they let us know what they think of a nuke free world! Rather like a big thumbing of the proverbial nose, eh? Saying, "North Korea broke the rules" is hardly going to make the North Korean's quake in their boots!


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This is scary: Obama discussing launch to "chill runaway global warming"

Environment, Going Green, President Obama, WARNING, Weather

Hey, what happened to Climate Change? Guess that crisis didn't fit as nicely into the idea of blocking sunlight?  Notice they are again referring to it as Global Warming instead of Climate Change? Odd, since we are in a period of Global Cooling.


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Easter blessings & Saturday and Sunday services

Holidays, Religion, Special events

Christians the world over celebrate Christ's birth at Christmas time. Good Friday and Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday, mark the completion of His mission on earth.


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Still time to register your comments on Doyle's BIG budget & Tea Parties

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, Homosexual agenda, Legislation, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, WISCONSIN

If you have been following Governor Doyle's proposed budget at all, you know that it is filled with tax increases, unwanted new government programs, new fees, and a whole host of other overreaching legislation.

According to a JSOnline article, all of these spending measures will result in a $91 dollar or 3.2% property tax increase on the median home in Wisconsin. Since the median home assessment in the state is around $167,000, that means most of Brookfield will see tax increases greater than $91.

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Ants, Grasshoppers, and April 15th Tea Parties - UPDATE

Conservatives, Special events, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States, WISCONSIN

UPDATE: See bottom of post for Milwaukee's Tea Party location.


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Great Tea Party Day: Catch Madison's highlights, 7pm TV 30

Special events, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States, WISCONSIN

I just got my first report on the Madison Tea Party from a Brookfield lady I have known for years. She said it was phenomenal: Great speakers, lots of energy, fantastic!


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The Tea Party report & photos: local, state, and national

Conservatives, Constitution, Special events, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States, WISCONSIN

All over the nation yesterday, average people gathered to peacefully protest taxation without representation at the local, state, and federal level! By all accounts, it seems the Tea Parties were a great success.

Now the challenge is to keep the momentum going. People tend to have very short memories and if the economy improves by 2010, they are likely to be even shorter. A website, has been set up to keep the momentum going by encouraging running for office, learning about how government works and becoming active instead of passive.

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4K spending high: 4th grade reading scores low

4-K, Education, Elmbrook, TAXES

I stumbled on this interesting bit from the Heritage Foundation: Oklahoma: High Marks for Pre-K Spending, Low Marks for Reading Achievement: (My emphasis throughout)

This clearly begs the question: Are all of those kids enrolled in Oklahoma’s prekindergarten program benefiting academically?

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Of Batman, Funerals, and Character

I attended a funeral last weekend.  I did not know the deceased personally, but I am close to one of his sons.  So out of respect for my friend and his family, I attended.

As I spoke to people there and listened to the two eulogies, I began to learn about the life the deceased man had lived.  And as I listened to the speakers, I thought of the movie Batman Begins.

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Lest we forget: Holocaust Remembrance Day & Hallmark's Irena Sendler

Helping others, History, Movies & Books, Religion, Terrorism, Truth, War, World News

While many in the world remember the Holocaust on this day, The Day of Remembrance, Iran's President Ahmadinejad spoke before the UN anti-racism conference, spewing his usual Holocaust denial sentiments. Those comments prompted "Dozens of diplomats" from Britain and Europe to walk out. The United States, Israel, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland did not opt to attend at all, because of concerns that the forum "would be used as a platform for attacks on Israel."


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Possible American extremists according to Homeland Security

Common sense, Conservatives, Constitution, Government / Bureaucracy, President Obama, United States

NOTICE: Brookfieldnow bloggers recently switched to a new software. Until I learn how to navigate, no new posts on Brookfieldnow. I will be posting on brookfield7 however. 

Secretary Janet Napolitano ruffled a lot of conservative feathers when she released her Homeland Security report on taxpayer protest Tea Party day. It certainly got my attention. It also brought attention to the other security alerts regarding right wing ideas.

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