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Free Investment Seminar at the Brown Deer Library!

The Brown Deer Public Library will be hosting an Investment Seminar presented by David J. Schoenfeldt, an Independent Financial Advisor on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the library's Community Room, 5600 West Bradley Road.

For more information, visit our website at:
http://www.browndeerwi.org/brown-deer-services.cfm?id=205

WHAT IS FRACKING?

With gas/oil being the precious and important thing it is, along with most Americans I was pleased to learn about a new source of natural gas and some petroleum in the U.S. that could be produced through fracking.  Fracking is getting at shale sources by drilling one line into the ground, expanding out several more lines underground from that one hole.  A mile or so underground would sprout several pipes out like spider legs in all directions.  To get to the deposits, water, under pressure, would be forced to open up the natural gas deposits and extracted.  Wonderful.

When the process was about to be put to use, then-President George W. Bush put V.P. Dick Cheney in charge of utilizing fracking in the U.S.  Ugh.  Big mistake.  Cheney immediately found a way to side-step the Environment Protection Agency and get his old company, Halliburton, to benefit tremendously.  Horrible results began to take place.

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Fruits and Veggies Matter

Healthy Lifestyles, Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color”.  What a perfect time to make a commitment to add more colorful fruits and vegetables to your daily food intake! Do it for yourself and your whole family. The long term rewards are endless and you wouldn’t regret it.

Eating better today will help you stay healthy tomorrow. So be sure to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies and don’t forget to mix up the colors. Fruits and veggies are chock full of essential vitamins and nutrients and color can indicate which you are getting. Couple your fruits and veggies with an active lifestyle and you will be well on your way to a healthier, longer life. And who doesn’t want that?

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My country, 'tis of Thee...

from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans...

sweet land of liberty...

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Walker previously used Public Money and New Tax for Private Union and Management

Walker supported private unions with taxpayer money, Walker supports Players union

 It is interesting that when Scott Walker was in the WI Legislature he carried water for Bud Selig and the other private owners of the Brewers' Team, so they could pay high salaries to the Union Ball Players.

He even helped create a tax, that we the public are still paying, to raise money for the "for profit" private company known as the Milwaukee Brewers ($310 Million from taxpayers)

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Let the Children Pay

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I was hoping for an interesting season of political debate about the budget process. At the local level, it could get ugly. At the state level, it has been ugly all along. At the federal level, it's just plain chaos.

The federal government is showing absolutely no sign of political will in order to rein in the annual deficits. We have been told for generations the dangers of budget deficits. Yet we continue to run them up like there's no tomorrow. So let's ask the bigger question; do these deficits really matter?

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING...

Just when you think you have seen everything goofy that there is to see, people come along to go beyond.  My last blog posting was about as innocuous as can be, about as close to motherhood and apple pie as blogs get.  Strangely, some people took offense.  Is there any sanity left in the U.S.?  Now here are some things that should really get some people further around the bend...

TV weather forecasters are getting worse, but their excuses seem to be getting better.

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CAPITOL OFFENSE

Democracy is slipping away from us.  The tragedy in the capitol in Madison is only a small indication.  What is being missed is the clandestined intent of the new onslaught of the right-wing.  It is not Republican, that party dissolved long ago.  The new GOP is a sinister group that has been bought and sold by the largest cabal of war and greed corporations that exist in America.  And you and your family are being taken as dupes in the process.  Your standard of living is being threatened, and even moreso, your kids and grandkids may never know the comfort and stability brought to the U.S. by collective bargaining.

Scott Walker campaigned on carefully crafted and paid-for slogans concocted by extreme right-wing financers.  It was condensed to his promise to bring "jobs, jobs, jobs," to Wisconsin.  In his few short weeks in office he has brought the economy of the state to a standstill, and more people have lost and are losing their jobs because of his actions.  Not only is that a bold-face lie on Walker's part, there is worse to come.  While the poor and middle class suffer under Walker's cabal, the wealthy benefit.

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The Cowboy Poetry Festival

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The world makes sense to me now. Well maybe not the entire world, but at least the government budgetary process. This week, we learned why it is become next to impossible, if not completely impossible, to cut back on any of the federal budget. We will have to keep borrowing $.40 of every dollar spent. Any further tax reductions will become a thing of the past. Senate majority leader Harry Reid brought it home for America-the Cowboy Poetry Festival.

Oh give me a poem, about the buffalo home. Where deer and the antelope stay. Where seldom I hear, a complaint about beer. And the Marlboros are fresh every day. How's that for an entry?

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What happened to Alberta --- Recall would be in order

Alberta Darling Recall, Middle Class, Class Warfare, Union Busting

Alberta Darling was once one of those politicians who didn't hide from their views, but was open to discussion and compromise, and seemed to be in touch with not only her like minded constituents, but also had a feel for those of differing philosophies.

As I recall her history, she grew up middle class in Cicero (or Berwyn), Illinois --- although now, she resides in the land of the wealthy, known as River Hills.

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The Amazing Dr. Thunderhead who is Utterly Wild About Weather

The Friends of the Library, in cooperation with the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, will present “The Amazing Dr. Thunderhead who is Utterly Wild About Weather!” on March 19th at 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room.

Discover the ways animals and people adapt to changing weather and climate conditions, find out how clouds form, learn some geography and even uncover facts about the major spring weather events like tornados.

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ODD ENDS

The "new" conservatives cannot stand to have someone with a differing opinion to their own.  But when it happens on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, a little restraint would be expected from the justices.  But extremism has now become the norm on the right.  Justice David Prosser, a conservative, was angry with the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and called her a "bitch."  And when confronted about it outside of the courtroom, he inferred the same about another woman on the Court.

That seems to pass for right-wing actions these days.  If you don't like what is going on, invade someone.  Or call them a sexist name.  Or blow up the Oklahoma City federal building. Or yell at the President [who just happens to be African American] that he should hurry up and make the same mistakes that Bush did and invade Libya.  Or lie to Congress.  Or lie to the UN.  Or lie about the President's legal status as not born in the U.S.  Or shoot-on-site any of "those" people trying to cross the border to save their family from destitution.  Or act illegally as Governor.  Or have a clandestine phone conversation about using the office of Governor to hire goons to break up demonstrators, or receive rewards from rich right-wingers for carrying out their agenda.  Or call a state supreme court chief justice a sexist name.  Or take away money from inner city schools.  Or take away collective bargaining from state employees.  Or try to act quickly in the role of Governor before the people catch on.  Or forget to mention in your campaign speeches that you plan to immediately change the way the state does business.  Or to act as Governor to cost the state hundreds of thousands of jobs.  Or to have a fling with young Washington staffers and others while married three times and achieve a leading role in running for President of the U.S.  Or running off to Argentina to have a tryst while married and Governor of South Carolina.  Or exhibit strange behavior in the men's room in the Minneapolis airport.  Or seen as unfit to run as a Republican because you instituted a successful state health care reform that is too close to "Obamacare."  Or let the man go when you had him trapped...the man who masterminded the terrorist attack of 9-11.  Or break the financial back of the U.S. by invading Iraq and giving immense tax breaks to the richest people and largest corporations. 

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Barry Fills Out His Bracket

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A few weeks ago when it was clear that the NFL owners and players were going to have a lockout, President Obama was asked by a reporter if he was going to intervene. President Obama said that he would not stating that it's something that the owners and the players union have to work out and it was not a subject that the president should be involved in. I was in complete agreement with the president. The president has far more priorities that need addressing and his complete attention than what is going on in the NFL especially during the off-season. I was hopeful that he was going to come to his senses and find that he has far too many crises to attend to and forgo a waste of time explaining his brackets for March madness. But I was wrong.

Perhaps this bothers me more than it should because I am not a college basketball fan, but President Obama has far too many things going on in the world that need his attention and college basketball is not one of them. First, there is Libya. After weeks of trying to figure out what's going on, the president has decided that Moammar Qaddafi needs to be removed from office. The United States is officially siding with the rebels... whoever they are. This comes after a crisis in Egypt in which the president has decided that Egyptian President Mubarak needs to go. The United States was sliding with the rebels who oppose the government... whoever they are. Whatever happened to ending the war in Iraq? The United States government is supposed to be helping the people of Iraq establish a stable government with their leader... whoever that is.

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COMMENTS ARE EXTREME

I don't always read the comments posted below my blog.  However I have hesitated in writing a new posting here because I wanted to see how far and how disturbed the comments could become.  They have sunk lower than anything I have ever been associated with.  Frankly, they are disgusting.  Both  from the left and the right, the comments represent the most reprehensible sorts of expressions.  And they are written without shame.  The hatred is expressed without restraint.  The bigotry is openly expressed.  The greed is astonishing.  The racism is omnipresent.  The sexism is expressed ongoingly and almost proudly.  The distortions abound.  And there is little truth or merit in any of the comments.  They are just attacks at those perceived to be on the "other side."  I disown all of them.  When bigotry, racism, sexism, lies, distoritions, etc. abound, truth fails.  Without tolerance, everything is wrong.

Though the ability to erase any of the comments is mine, I have never used that even once.  In fact, I have used my discretion to accept some comments that the newspaper thought should not be printed.  Those were especially outrageous comments from the left and the right, but I am in favor of open debate and freedom of expression.  But I must state that clearly most of them are horrible.

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Mission Accomplished

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I find it at least mildly ironic that the person who has been issued for 2009 Nobel Prize for peace has now ordered military action that has begun what has been called the Americas third war. Once again the United States is engaged with military action on another Muslim country. Wasn't part of President Obama's agenda a mission to help Muslim countries feel better about themselves and the United States? Are we accomplishing these missions?

About eight years ago, the United States stepped in to begin a humanitarian effort that would stop an evil dictator who was leading a mid eastern country from causing harm to his own people. Yes, at the time we were convinced that there were also weapons of mass destruction. Yet today, we are involved with Libya because we believe that an evil dictator, i.e. Momar Qaddafi, (or however it's spelled this year,) has also been stopped from committing mass murder on the people of his country. That's what we're being told this week. Of course, this will become clear when the president comes out and makes a statement about why we are involved in a military action in Libya. Then of course, we'll feel good about this because it is only going to be a limited effort. The war in Iraq was also supposed to be a very short war because we got used to short wars during operation Desert Storm. We got in, we got out. It was mission accomplished.

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Even Sunflowers Cast Shadows

Join author Douglas Armstrong for a reading and discussion of his novel:

 

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ALTERNATIVE THOUGHTS

You won't necessarily read these ideas and opinions in the mainstream media or even with intellectual fringe outlets.  As always, what I write here is not necessarily something I adhere to or believe strongly.  I am not a member of any political party, and I do not codify my life or my thoughts.  New information may have me re-consider my opinion.  Repeat: I try not to codify my life any more than is absolutely necessary.  That includes a regiman about foods, religion, music, politics, economics, social mores, etc.

"She fears another attack.  Neither she nor her daughters had ever heard of the 9/11 attack on the U.S.....Above all they want to live without the constant fear of war." -activist Kathy Kelly about an Afghanistan woman, October, 2010

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Dewey Defeats Truman. Huey Defeats Louie. Rock defeats Scissors. [[A Roasted Nuts Election Guide]]

Hey all!

It's that time of year again where we get to rewrite Wednesday morning headlines.  I know a lot of us have been waiting for this day, with Walker acting like a baby every day since he was elected.  Now he decides he DOES want federal stimulus rail money.  The Walker agenda is primed to fail, and now's our opportunity to send him a message.  Remember to support the recall petitions against your local Republican partisan shlubs who marched like lemmings off the Walker cliff. 

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Make a cupcake, win a prize!

Just announced! Not only will you be able to make delicious cupcakes at our April 19th Cupcake Decorating Party, but you can also win a prize!

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Vote for The Drunk Driver Guy

Business, climate change, County Government, Election, Energy, Government, Health Care, News, Politics, Presidential Politics, Reform, Religion, Smoking, taxes, climate change

Election day for county executive is fast approaching. Did the primary election actually give us two candidates worth choosing from? There are many people who will say yes.

I got a call the other night from Mayor Tom Barrett. He wanted to discuss local politics, which is one of my favorite subjects. But as I tried to get in the conversation, the mayor just kept talking like he wasn't even listening to what I had to say. He was recommending that I vote for Chris Abele. But because the mayor would not let me get a word in edgewise, I think I will have to think this over.

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