It is my considered opinion that the United States of America, the marvelous nation that held out such great promise for the entire world, is in a state of decline. Some of the signs are obvious to everyone, some are not as obvious. The most serious threat to the U.S. is barely on the radar screen, but it has grabbed hold of American thought, American budgets, and American destiny. I am refering to the take-over of the U.S. by what I call "war corporations" or "greed corporations." Those that have followed my writings, speeches, and media interviews through the years know of my use of these terms. Today they are not only real, they are now dominant masters. These corporations and the influential individuals related to them have taken hold of our elections, our media, and have forged the very thought process of the American people. We have now been convinced that we absolutely have to be on a war footing at all times.
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. . . . known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -James Madison, "Political Observations," 1795.
It's time for the Brown Deer Public Library's 2nd Annual Spooky Story Contest!
Participants may enter one "spooky" story.
We are about to the halfway point of the Obama administration. And what do we have to show for it? Are we better off than we were two years ago? Are we on the right track? Can the damage of this administration be reversed?
Congress is out of session so nothing will be done until after the election. The session after the election, known as a lame duck session, more accurately known as a lame Democrat session, will be forcing through spending bills for the fiscal year that began October 1. Will the Congress consider tax cuts? Most notably extending the Bush era tax cuts? The scenario could not be a better one for Democrats. They get to spend money like crazy, raise taxes by not even bringing up the issue, and when things go wrong will be able to blame someone else. What could be easier?
Well it was a pretty typical primary night last night, in Wisconsin and all around.
First, nationally, the tea baggers gained some more momentum in high profile races, which can only mean that general election voters will be turned off by their nefarious right-wing zealotry. Already, Republicans including Karl Rove have written off Delaware, and thus any possibility of regaining a Senate majority. Perhaps that's only a marginal victory for the Democrats, who still have to get their stuff together, but it's a point worth noting--not everyone is drinking Republican tea. The teabaggers have gone so far to the right that they can't appeal to a mainstream electorate.
Socialism. Socialism. Socialism.
I do not support socialism or communism, and I am not an admirer of Karl Marx. How could I admire anyone who said that Russia was the last place in the world that would have communism, as Marx did?
Can anyone effectively answer this question; does Russ Feingold deserve another term in the United States Senate?
Can he run on his record? In his current ads, he is once again trying to convince the voters that he is a maverick. He didn't like the bank bailout bill, so he voted against it. It passed anyway. Feingold was not a big fan of NAFTA. It passed anyway. Feingold does not like the patriot act. It passed anyway so how effective is this maverick voting? Not too good.
I've lived in various parts of the U.S., and have traveled extensively in Europe and North America. Now back in the Milwaukee area, I am once again reminded of the poetic majesty of autumn here. If I ever write a poem [highly unlikely], it will be about autumn in this area. I've written before about our timidity and inferiority complex in Milwaukee. But there is so much to celebrate about the area. And I think it is about time that we establish a regional organization to set up a sort of Hall of Fame for people from this area or people with strong ties to this area.
I offer the following people who might be considered as nominees. You could add many others, I'm sure. Think of us honoring these people in a Hall, say in a beautiful area like the end of Wisconsin Avenue, across from the Art Center on the land that should be lowered so the sweep of Lake Michigan can be viewed as one drives east on the main street of Milwaukee. Here is my initial, quickly offered list:
Is every election about the future? If they are, we must take a look at where we have come, the direction we are on currently, and where we want to go. A catch phrase which is often used is; are you better off than you were two years ago?
As bad as things were two years ago, we are not better off. Two years ago we had the near collapse of the financial system. We had a recession. We have rising unemployment. Where are we today? The financial system was bailed out. How close we were to complete collapse remains debatable. However, we are no longer in fear of financial system collapse. But what about everything else? Are we in a recession? Technically, no, but it does not feel like we're in a period of economic growth either. Unemployment remains extremely high from what we have gotten used to. Yes, even in the Bush years, unemployment was below 5%. 3 to 5% unemployment was considered full employment. Nowadays, unemployment rate of 9 to 10% is the new norm. Are we better off?
The Village of Brown Deer is holding Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween on October 31st, 2010 from 1PM to 4PM. Here are some basic safety tips to keep your Halloween fun and safe:
Preparing Ghosts and Goblins for Their Tricks and Treats
With the start of the new school year the Brown Deer Police Department would like to remind the motoring public to be mindful of the increased children in and around school zones as well as children walking to and from school. Our department will be paying extra attention to the school zones and we want the motoring public to be aware of the following statutes:
Approaching School Crossings: 346.46(2m)
The commercial real estate scene in Brown Deer and the adjacent far nothwest side of Milwaukee has its strengths, including some recent developments, but the former Northridge Mall remains a concern.
Those were some of the comments from a panel discussion recently sponsored by the Granville-Brown Deer Chamber, a non-profit community development corporation that serves the area bordered by W. County Line Road, N. Green Bay Road, W. Mill Road and N. 124th St.
Democrats have long labeled the Republican Party as having no ideas. As he tried to push their legislative agenda through the Congress, they stifled any input from just about every Republican and then proclaimed that the Republicans had no input and no ideas.
If we take a look at the economy today, we can recollect that the Democrats did have some ideas for how to fix it and to get America working, but they all failed. None of them worked. They spent money like there was no limit, ballooned the deficit like there was no consequence, and pushed through thousand plus page laws like there was no accountability.
Just a reminder - our 2nd annual Spooky Story Contest has begun, and all entries are due by 5:00 PM on October 29th.
Sponsored by the Brown Deer Public Library
Join us for our next Adult Book Club!
We will be meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday October 20th, in the Community Room. We will be reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
Reminder - our next Adult Book Club will be meeting tomorrow, October 20th, at 7:00 PM.
We will be reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
6:30 p.m. in the Library's Community Room
"Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee"
Just a reminder - our 2nd annual Spooky Story Contest has begun, and all entries are due by 5:00 PM on Friday October 29th.
Sponsored by the Brown Deer Public Library
This program is open to school aged children when accompanied by an adult.
A Q&A session will follow.
Join us tonight, October 27th at 6:00 PM, for our next Theatrical Thursday!
We will be watching How to Train Your Dragon. It is rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language. It runs 98 minutes long.