The US Environmental Protection Agency is making it really difficult on renovators. There is a special exhaustive process that must be taken by contractors to ensure that an area they work on is not contaminated by lead dust. The problem is that many of the problems that have happened in the past were done by contractors — the problems of the past were caused by homeowners (who are exempted from the new law) and landlords looking for a quick fix.
The rants, the blockage, the finger-pointng, the pontificatons, the judging, the holier-than-thou attitudes of the right-wng in the U.S. are getting worse and worse. It isn't enough to try and shut down the government and stop the majorities in Congress from passing legislation. They have to do it from a fictional perch from whence they camouflage their own sins and shortcomngs. Haven't we had quite enough of the holy right-wing politicians who have passed judgment on others while we find their own private lives are filled with shady behavior? For goodness sake, the very people pointing fingers at Bill Clinton's sleazy activities were themselves leading a life of double-standards. Do I have to list these right-wing phonies for you?
The recently passed health care reform legislation is a case in point. The Republcans were unanimous in voting against these reforms. They did everything they could to stop it. Strangely, it was originally their own proposed legislation that they suddenly developed a dislike for when proposed by the Democrats.
Two years ago, the United States began looking for ways to become less polarized politically. Dissatisfied with the policies of the Bush administration, we sought a new beginning. Whether or not we had one, we did not go in the correct direction. We elected a president who campaigned on the promise of bringing people together. In debates, candidate Barack Obama touted his talent of having the ability to bring people who disagreed together. Since becoming president, President Obama has done the opposite. He has continued the polarization of political ideologies in this country. We have become less united.
After passing a boondoggle of a health care reform bill, President Obama has taunted the citizens of this country to be calm and stay more divided. After passing this train wreck of a bill, one would think the president of the United States would try to reach out to the people who disagreed with him and tried to bring them into the fold. But, Obama has done the opposite. Obama's idea of bringing people together is to forget your own ideas, and come over to his side. Oh yes, and don't forget to buy into all of the lies and misleading statements that the administration is trying to sell us.
Please read this carefully: from the first day of the invasion of Iraq I gave speeches and wrote about it being a huge mistake. Ignorance prevailed. Corporations were given huge profits from contracts or special inside dealings. Americans would die and be wounded by the tens of thousands. Millions of Iraqi citizens would be displaced. Treasured relics would be stolen because of no preparation in the after-invasion plans. Horrible mistakes would be make. Oil production would plummet. Drinking water and electricity would become scarce. There would be daily terrorist bombings. Worst of all, Iraq would become a quasi-branch of Iran. Yes, Iraq is now heavily influenced by Shia Iran in bed with the Shia majority in Iraq. And George W. Bush, that man whose father helped him escape Vietnam, would land in military dress on an aircraft carrier bearing a huge sign: Mission Accomplished. And Dick Cheney pranced around like a proud peacock. Let us never forget.
I have written since Day One of the Iraq invasion that it would ultimately be a failure because Iraq was never a unified nation. It was cobbled together by European colonialists, and these same colonialists were forced to use their tremendous power to hold the "nation" together. It would always take a iron fist to keep Iraq united because it was not a nation, but a splintering of regions and peoples, primarily Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds. Without the colonial power or Saddam's ruthless power, Iraq would disintegrate. Look at it. The elections are frauds. The Shia are leveling their revenge on the minority Sunnis who held power because of Saddam. The Kurds are making overtures about independence, and are only going along thus far in hope of getting oil revenue.
You may have read that Newt Gingrich, in a speech to "Southern" conservatives/Republicans called President Barack Obama the most radical president in U.S. history. At the site where he gave that speech, I'm surprised he didn't call for lynching President Obama. That group has a sordid history of the most horrid bigotry statements and actions throughout history.
Afterwords, Newt Gingrich snuggled up with some Tea Party faithful. Imagine that picture: immoral and unethical Newt Gingrich having a cozy time with a group that invites speakers, as in Wausau, who have a history of speaking to white supremicist groups. Now there's a picture of the desired future of the Republican Party. Yikes!
When health care reform monstrosity was passed, President Barack Obama drew a conclusion that the American people would suddenly begin to like it once they saw what was in it. According to recent polls, more than half of the citizens in America statistically, still oppose this bill and they do not like it.
President Obama's plans for the summer include touring the country and stopping off in Democratic districts with the need to continue to sell this bill to the American people. We still don't like it.
My life has been closely tied to Poles, Polish culture, Polish friends, Polish dates, Polish kisses, and I often feel as though I am a Polish-American. Polish people and Polish culture are too often greatly misunderstood. Each of us has been influenced by the contributions of Polish people, and each of us in the U.S. has been influenced by immigrants from Poland. In this time of sadness over the plane crash that claimed the President of Poland, his wife, and many leading political and military figures, I feel deeply effected. In tragic irony, those people in that plane were on a mission to commemorate the slaughter of Poles by Russians in World War II. Very sad.
I was born in a densely populated neighborhod of Polish-Americans on Milwaukee's south side. As I grew up, most of my friends were Polish kids or kids from other Slavic cultures. Early on I learned to love bakery from Polish-Americans. "Poonch-kas" or "Poonch-kees" were there. I like just about all food, but I do draw the line at czarnina, a Polish favorite, which is duck blood soup. Polish CYO activities were attended, though I was not Catholic. We crashed many Polish weddings and ate the food, drank the beer, danced with the girls, and loved it all. One of my "rites of passage" was swimming with Polish kids out to the breakwater rocks on Lake Michigan. I remember talking with famous German novelist, Gunter Grass, in Berlin about his writings of a German kid among Polish kids in Danzig, Poland [Gdansk today]. That kid in the novel swam out into the Baltic Sea as a rite of passage.
Yes, Oprah Winfrey has Milwaukee ties. Yes, Oprah is a billionaire. Yes, Oprah has a media empire. Yes, Oprah is beloved by millions of loyal fans around the world. Yes-yes-yes.
I guess you might say that she is not my cup of tea. Frankly, I observe her as being lots of substance and no reality. But she does nothing about as perfectly as anybody.
***Is a "revolution" coming in the November elections? Perhaps. Why all the screaming? If the American people vote for a Republican majority in the Congress, so be it. Instead of all the posturing and threatening, can't we just settle down and see how the democratic process plays out? I would accept a Republican majority in the House and Senate, if that's what the American electorate decide. It is quite normal for the conservative movement to get out its vote better than the liberal constituency. They can better mobilize their voters. So be it. The last election found a rare mobilization of liberal forces around Barack Obama. Perhaps things will return to the normal bloc voting of conservatives in the next election. Please stop yelling that the sky is falling. Most importantly, let's keep it clean and honest at the polls, and no return to the Florida and Ohio debacle of the year 2000. It is a political millenium until November.
***Apparently the election of Republican U.S. Senator Brown in Massachusetts is evolving as somewhat different than was anticipated by all the alarmist liberals. Senator Brown is aware of his liberal state constituency, and he is not voting as a right-wing robot. The Tea Party is blasting him plenty. That should make lots of moderates and liberals breathe a little easier.
The WFB Civic Foundation's 3rd Annual Green Day in the Bay is a week from Saturday, April 24th.
I don't know what's worse--that the uppercrusters at Frontier Airlines think all we care about is the cookies, or that the oafs at the journal sentinel think we're so insecure about our food issues here that we need reassurance in the headlines.
Case in point: Republic Airways announced (big surprise), it would be dropping the Midwest name from their ships...er, planes.... as of 2011, and replacing them with more panoramic animal pictures. I guess Frontier's plane designs are the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom of plane designs.
Belatedly, I just watched the movie "Syriana." It is somewhat based on a true story. Even though I know the subject matter very thoroughly, and have been to many of the settings in the film, I found it awkward because it insisted on adding a Hollywood story line. Nevertheless, I applaud George Clooney and others for having the guts to put this forward. It reveals much of the collusion of big corporations [especially big oil], the federal government, the CIA, and certain leading politicians in the U.S. who manipulate our policies, including war, to make money for themselves and their friends. The movie is reviewed as: "A complex, intriguing narrative about oil, terrorism, money and power."
However there is a 100% true and historically factual story that is more to the point. And it happened at the highest levels of capitalism and the U.S. government. Most certainly, in this case, truth is indeed much stranger than fiction ...and much more frightening.
One of the most fun events you could ever attend is the Kentucky Derby. The combination of the warm weather, people watching, crowds, beautiful horses and the 136 years of tradition make the day exciting and memorable. I have gone to
April 19th has become a celebratory date for American right-wingers. Here is what the right-wing commemorates on this date:
Timothy McVeigh's bombing of innocent Americans in Oklahoma City.
At the recent meeting of leaders and heads of state of dozens of nations in Washington, D.C., much was discussed about protecting nuclear stockpiles from falling into the hands of rogue states or terrorist groups. President Obama called for the meeting. Laudible. His White House handled the press releases. Not well done.
First President Obama said through press meetings and staff releases that the meetings were necessarily held in secret because of the delicate nature and dangerous materials involved. Baloney. Some heads of state told their own national press corps that there was nothing so important discussed in the meetings that they couldn't have been held in a more open fashion. Others commented that the real pertinent discussions took place between two or three heads of state [i.e. Russia and the U.S., or NATO nations and China, etc.]. That was where the rubber hit the road.
The military-industrial corporations and the politicians who help them to the trough of the U.S. taxpayer have framed our military and warlike posture as necessary to protect us and our nation. While there may be times when we need a firm action on the part of our military, we have been hypnotized by the military-industrial groups to believe war is ongoing and inevitable. Indeed, it is the stuff that TV loves. Flying bodies, bloody faces, exploding buildings, troops marching through smoke, fires everywhere, grieving people, dead bodies, tanks, planes, heliocopters have become the stuff of high news ratings.
Too often it is all portrayed as the heroic actions of our democratic nation. We "HAVE TO" do these things. And we "must" protect our Constitution and the ideals of our Founding Fathers. Is "the Father of the U.S. Constitution" good enough for you? If he was also the Fourth President of the U.S. good enough for you? Read what James Madison had to say on the subject:
Tomorrow is the big day — April 22nd, the day that the new EPA rules on lead safe renovating go into effect. This will be a challenge for many contractors country-wide but Wisconsin renovators will have an even tougher go of it because legislators, who clearly know nothing about renovating, have decided to make it even tougher for contractors to do things right and make a decent living.
In a recent speech, President Barack Obama once again demonstrated how arrogant and out of touch he is with mainstream America. It was also a very poor attempt at humor. It was not funny. He was speaking to a lefty group of core constituents who are probably in the 47% of America that does not pay taxes and can't get enough of a "stick it to the rich"attitude. What is a joke is the fact that President Obama believes he can continue his progressive agenda by imposing more regulation and higher taxes on the American people. The tough fighting ahead and order to make a bunch of backroom deals and arm-twisting with health care reform bill along with his dwindling poll numbers, you'd think that President Obama would take a step back and perhaps listen to his constituency -- the American people. The Brown Deer School District business manager who has been on paid leave for more than 14 months has been hired by a suburban Chicago school district. Edward Towle signed a contract with Community Consolidated School District No. 46 on April 7. He is slated to begin his new post as chief school business official, which pays $98,000 per year, on July 1. Brown Deer School District Superintendent Deb Kerr released a statement Monday night related to "former" business manager Edward Towle, who has been on paid leave from the district for more than 14 months. In addition to providing some reason for Towle's leave, she also attempted to explain the complimentary letter of recommendation she wrote that helped him get hired by a Chicago-area school district.
In a recent speech, President Barack Obama once again demonstrated how arrogant and out of touch he is with mainstream America. It was also a very poor attempt at humor. It was not funny. He was speaking to a lefty group of core constituents who are probably in the 47% of America that does not pay taxes and can't get enough of a "stick it to the rich"attitude.
What is a joke is the fact that President Obama believes he can continue his progressive agenda by imposing more regulation and higher taxes on the American people. The tough fighting ahead and order to make a bunch of backroom deals and arm-twisting with health care reform bill along with his dwindling poll numbers, you'd think that President Obama would take a step back and perhaps listen to his constituency -- the American people.
The Brown Deer School District business manager who has been on paid leave for more than 14 months has been hired by a suburban Chicago school district.
Edward Towle signed a contract with Community Consolidated School District No. 46 on April 7. He is slated to begin his new post as chief school business official, which pays $98,000 per year, on July 1.
Brown Deer School District Superintendent Deb Kerr released a statement Monday night related to "former" business manager Edward Towle, who has been on paid leave from the district for more than 14 months.
In addition to providing some reason for Towle's leave, she also attempted to explain the complimentary letter of recommendation she wrote that helped him get hired by a Chicago-area school district.