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The Empty Chair for the Empty Suit

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Last week's Republican national convention showed to the country, and much to the dismay of Democrats, that Republicans are not a bunch of back towards, toothless, redneck, gun toting hillbillies. The speeches, the rising stars, the unity, is all being brushed aside so that there can be ridicule done towards the presentation of Clint Eastwood.

Clint Eastwood's presentation was Hollywood entertainment. A break from the continuity of the political figures, an off-the-cuff speech that may not have gone as well as expected due to some of the ramblings. But the empty chair did represent the empty suit that was being represented there.

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 There are so many ways that Paul Ryan is a charlatan that I simply ask you to check his own history.  Born into a little money, he used his father's Social Security money to help him get started.  Paul Ryan's family business was built on using government money to get contracts for income.  Paul Ryan is not a log cabin Republixan.  In fact, like Mitt Romney, just about all of Ryan's millions have come directly or indirectly from government funding.  Yet Paul Ryan wants to deny these opportunities to others.  

Just as the other charlatans who used government money to make their fotrunes, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney and George Bush and Tom DeLay and the rest, these two-faced politicians all now speak against government funding though they had used it.  They sit on their wealth pile, helped greatly by government money and/or contracts, and want to deny others the same.  Not only did some of them use government money to further their own fortunes, but some ended up in court, charged with illegalities.

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Romney & Ryan support Socialism???

 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan love to try and attach the socialist label on Barach Obama.  Usually it refers to some compassionate or altruistic concept or program that President Obama advocates.  Anything that does not give huge tax breaks to the wealthy in the U.S., or offer sweetheart military-industiral contracts to the largest corporations will be labeled "socialistic."  Hmmm.

The health care reform that President Obama was able to get through Congress has been waiting since the administration of President Teddy Roosevelt.  Amazingly, Obama was finally able to achieve it, though many prior presidents had failed.  Romney and Ryan call it Euro-Socialism.  Strange.

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Wednesday - The Hunger Games!

This Wednesday! "The Hunger Games"!
Wednesday, Sept. 12th
 5:00 PM Mockingjay tattoos - get your very own mockinjay tattoo, just like Katniss's pin!
 5:30 PM The movie begins!

More "honesty" from Romney-Ryan...

Oh, they look so honest!  Romney and Ryan will be good leaders.  I trust them.  Wow, are people in for some surprises!  Check their backgrounds, please.  Know the two-faced lies they have told you.  See, how they have designed their platform to help the rich and hurt the middle class and poor.  They have no conscience about trampling you or the government programs designed to help you.  Oh, it is OK for the government to help them, as it has many times.  But not you.  For you it is socialism, for them it is good capitalism.  Sad.  Sick.  Shameful.  Disgusting. 

Yes, by now all of us should know how the drug companies and the insurance companies wine and dine people to get what they want.  They send physicians on luxury vacations at no cost to the physicians; all the docs have to do is prescribe certain drugs.  And insurance companies know how to send politicians on a gravy train route in order to get their support.  Your health and health care is dependent upon physicians who are bought and sold, and upon insurance companies who know how to prevent you from adequate care.  And the king and prince of the drug-insurance cabal in Washington, Romney and Ryan, can't wait to get their hands on power so they can reward their masters.  You get the dregs.

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Fall 2012 Adult Programs!

Our Fall 2012 Adult Programs are now listed on our website! Be sure to check these great programs out soon - some do require registration.

Failed Tolerance

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What is going on in the world today? After four years of failed economic policies by the current administration, we are now gaining valuable insight to the failed foreign policies of this administration. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are taking the usual course of action for this administration-blaming someone else.

After several months of campaigning around the United States , President Obama and Vice President Biden have been spiking the football proudly proclaiming that Osama bin Laden is dead . Well, nobody feels bad about that, but we also need to realize that it was not said in a vacuum. People around the world were listening. So four years after reaching out to the Muslim world, .where has it gotten us?

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Who stole the American dream?

 As a historian with a graduate degree, I carefully review historical writing.  It has absolutely amazed me that few books have been written about how we have lost the American dream.  The stability of the American job left us decades ago, and yet all we hear, at best, are little speech items about it.  Our kids and grandkids may be heading for a life that is far less comfortable than the one we carved for ourselves in the U.S.  Where are the books?  Why no written alarm?  Do we just accept this and march like lemmings over the cliff?

Finally a book has been written about what caused this step backwards:

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How We're Better Off

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At this point of the presidential campaign, there doesn't seem to be a lot of enthusiasm for a change. In fact, a lot of the Democrats are confident that they are going to win and already believe the race is over. I would like to argue that they are wrong, but I have read the latest polling and it is not looking favorable for the Romney camp. I cannot even assume that they are oversampling Democrats.

So, if we're going to be looking at another four years of an Obama administration, it's time to take a look at how we are better off. Let's start with your home value. When you receive your tax bill for this year, you will certainly find that it has not gone down. But what about the value of your home?  Just because it's gone down, doesn't mean that your municipality will be looking for any less money as a result. How about the price of gas? It has only doubled, but needs to go up further in order to incentives us lazy Americans to switch to  green energy and alternative sources of renewable energy. Again, as far as we've come, there's still a long way to go.

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Mitt Romney can't help himself.  When he lies, which is often, he gets into trouble.  When he tells the truth, he gets into trouble.  I guess all we can do is listen carefully to his exact words and try to figure out what he means and what he is trying to hide.  It ain't easy for someone who has had an easy life.

Speaking to a group of wealthy people who feel they have to support the conservative in the presidential race because that will protect their tax breaks, government contracts, and favorable deals with the government or with the government out of the way.  In short, greed trumps everything, and the greediest vote in November will go to the politician who can deliver the protection and the hand-outs to the wealthy.

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Storytime Registration still open!

There is still time to register for our 2012 fall preschool storytime sessions!

Fall storytimes for pre-school aged children will run from:
September 17th - December 12th

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Paranormal Investigators! October 15th!

Looking for something different? Unusual? Paranormal, even?

The Brown Deer Public LIbrary welcomes Cream City Paranormal Researchers, a Milwaukee-based paranormal research team.

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Next Lego Club - Tuesday September 25th

Our next Lego Club meeting will be next Tuesday, October 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM!

And the theme you picked for our next meeting is... ROBOTS!

Did Jesus Have A Wife?

It is all but impossible to express anything close to scholarly or historical commentary about the Bible, Jesus, God, Christianity, etc. in the insane arena of theology, religion, or spiritual authenticity in the United States especially.  If you think Islam has strange cults, groupings, schisms, sects, etc., try to make sense out of what has been done in the name of Christianity through the years. Think Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, burning at the stake, shunning, condemnation to Hell, eerie interpretations of the Bible, bigotry, pedophilia, sexism, ad infinitum.  All of it "Biblical."

When fundamentalists, pentecostals, Roman Catholics, etc. enter historical accounts and discussions, there is absolutely no room for accuracy or truth.  Absurd beliefs of one kind or the other get in the way of honest scholarly study and historical accuracy.  It becomes a house of mirrors, a rubber room, and hocus-pocus and voodooism take over.  We live in a university of lies, deceptions, cover-ups, and anti-intellectual B-movies and strange projections.  Our religious "beliefs" are more in tune with the 5th century than the 21st.

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Superhero Party! October 24th!

Superhero Party Wednesday Oct 24th
6:00-7:00 PM

Come and make your very own superhero mask, just in time for Halloween! Superhero crafts, games, and activities for all ages.

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Tomorrow - Lego Club!

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, from 6:00-7:00 PM for our next Lego Club meeting!

Our theme will be "Robots"!

We hope to see you here!

Two Awesome Movie Nights This Week!

This week we are showing not one, but two movies!!!

Wednesday September 26th
Beginning at 6:00 PM
"The Avengers"

Thursday September 27th
Beginning at 6:00 PM
"The Lorax"

Tonight! The Avengers!

Tonight is a Teen Movie Night!

We will be watching "The Avengers", which is rated PG-13. We do request that children under 13 be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The film begins at 6:00 PM, and refreshments will be available for puchase.

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4th Annual Spooky Story Contest!

4th Annual Spooky Story Contest

Sponsored by the Brown Deer Public Library

October 1st - October 31st

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Next teen movie night - October 3rd!

Join us for our next teen movie night!

Wednesday October 3rd, at 6:00 PM

Snow White and the Huntsman
Rated PG-13

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