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Let the Campaigning Begin

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Only three days into 2012, news hawks and pundits alike are making conclusions about the November election. Democrats and Republicans are both smelling victory. But the cynics are not as optimistic.

Before the first primary election, Republican candidates are either dropping out, thinking about dropping out, or hoping the other guy will drop out. There's also been a season-long criticism that there is not one breakout candidate. Of the seven or eight candidates who started out, most did seem very well-qualified. And if we use the standard of how we are measuring our current president, we could do a lot worse.

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It is quite clear that Ron Paul is a bigot.  The fact that he is accepted by so many Republicans is extremely alarming.  It is easy to prove Paul's bigotry; just read what he has said and written.  It is not a matter of debate, it is clear.

Ron Paul has some Nazi-like ideas about foreign policy, economics, equality, rights, etc.  Ron Paul has the support of the John Birch Society.  How far right does one have to go before the right-wing Republicans get disgusted?  Everything that sets this country apart from Nazism and fascism is absent in Ron Paul's idea of the world and America's place in it.  He writes that Israel should not be an idependent nation.  The government should stay out of everything that regulates corporations.  Only state government should interfere to guaranty the rights of Nazi-like activities.  Ron Paul is even to the right of some of today's neo-Nazis.

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Chloe the Collie Puppy Needs Lifesaving Surgery

Help 5-month-old Chloe!
We just picked up this sweet Collie puppy from MADACC this week and she needs your help. There is a local campaign to raise funds to help cover the cost of her surgery to repair a fractured pelvis. Learn more here:

Healthful Indian Flavors-Episode 1

“Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu”

TV Series Begins: Jan. 7th, 2012 Saturday

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In Iowa we had the parade of holy liars, saintly deceptors, strutting deceivers.  Now that glorious group of Republican presidential candidate hopefuls moves to New Hampshire.  Truthfully, is this the best we can do?

When will it be revealed in the media about Santorum's corrupt mortgage arrangement?  Pay to play for the then-Senator?  I give you money, you get me some legislation that will make me a ton of money.  And for good measure, once it passes you will receive a very favorable mortgage for your new home.

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Debate Overload

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After a dozen or so Republican debates, we thought we had heard enough to make a decision on who should be our next Republican nominee for the office of the presidency of the United States. However, the debates keep coming.

The Democrats are sitting back and laughing. Rightfully so?  I don't think so. The Democrats are sitting back and salivating as the Republican candidates begin to take some swipes at each other hoping they will implode. The debate cycle has also been described as a circular firing squad. Many have repeated what has become known as Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment-did not speak ill of another Republican. They knew the shots were coming. They had to. No one would know what would speak separating the candidates if they did not come out and answer questions.

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Please take careful note of the ads being placed in South Carolina and Florida by the sleazy greed-mongers who support especially Newt Gingrich.   And especially placed by a casino owner who is big in Las Vegas, but bigger in Asia, and hopes to be much bigger in Asia.  He's poured millions of dollars in these ads attacking Mitt Romney for his financial success using capitalism as his vehicle.  Romney is being plummeted for his capitalism by Republicans!  Greed knows no bounds.  It will eat its own.  [And in the case of today's Republicans, will portray themselves as saintly Christians in the process].

"Callous greed grows pious very fast." -Lillian Hellman

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Healthful Indian Flavors-Epsiode 2

“Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu”

Saturday (January 14) at 12:30 p.m. on channel 10.1

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It is hopeless to try and supply honesty, ethical principles, and wisdom to today's politicians.  They are nothing but puppets who are manipulated by strings pulled by greed, war corporations, and special interests   And because of this, the American voter has been sucked into this sleaze pit also.  Citizens think they are expressing truth when they mimic the b.s. of corporate CEOs, wealthy and powerful influence buyers, a media that is dependent on the financial advertising of conglomerates, and the immense and unbridled power of the military-industrial complex. 

How can we expect quality when we have the current group of people vying for the Presidency when they have shown themselves to be charlatans, to be for sale to the highest bidder, regurgitating the greedy positions of war profiteering, and even one leading candidate who had to be punished by his own House and his own party for acting unethically?   This same sleaze-monger has chosen his wives through the adultery way of testing her out.  Even his current wife has brought him to marriage and Catholicism by first having an adulterous affair with her.  This is how low we have allowed our political line-up to be.

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Got a stressed-out pooch?

Tellington Touch Dog Massage Class!
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Humane Society – Milwaukee Campus, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue

De-stress your dog and yourself with the therapeutic effects of Tellington Touch (TTouch).
Tellington Touch is a gentle and easy to learn method of touch and movement.  TTouch can help with challenges such as barking, biting, chewing, digging, noise sensitivity, aging, anxiety, aggressive or reactive behavior, shyness, grooming or vet visit concerns and more!
This workshop is for dogs of all ages and their families to discuss what causes stress, signs of stress and how you can help free yourself and your dog from it.
This two-hour hands-on session with your dog will introduce you to the benefits of incorporating TTouch into your pet’s life and will help you and your pet achieve the highest quality of life through mental, physical and emotional balance.

TTouch uses gentle movements and manipulations that help change behavior patterns and teach the animal to think, rather than react, improves learning ability and performance and helps to calm and focus. Register here.


The Wisconsin Debacle

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What is going on in Wisconsin? First, the Brewers were supposed to win it all this year. They didn't make it to the World Series. How about the Wisconsin Badgers? They lost in the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row. And last weekend, the Green Bay Packers gave everyone in the state to sour stomach. They had a championship caliber season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

But the real debacle in Wisconsin is what is going on politically. Yes, the state budget is being balanced on the back of the state workers. You're being asked to pay hundreds of dollars per paycheck that they have not paid in many years. And a big change like that is certainly hard to get used to. But, let's not lose sight of the fact that taxes are not going up. Unfortunately, the tax-and-spend liberals cannot accept that as reality.

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12 Scams to Watch for in 2012

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The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin investigates fraud reports throughout the year and reveals twelve of the newest and/or most common scams that consumers should avoid in 2012.   

  • BBB Phishing Frustrations: Businesses and organizations around the country are receiving fraudulent complaint emails from scammers who are abusing BBB's name and reputation.
  • Mortgage Relief Misleaders: Homeowners are tricked into paying large upfront fees for mortgage relief services and then companies disappear abruptly.
  • Hotel Hoaxes: Hotel guests receive calls in their rooms - often late at night - claiming that front desk computers have crashed and credit card numbers are needed again; victims provide information, but callers are not hotel employees. 
  • Cheating Contractors: Homeowners are left with little recourse after door-to-door repairmen promise incredible deals, require large upfront fees and then skip out before completing work.
  • Check cashing cons: Sellers receive checks for more than items are worth and are instructed to wire excess money back. Checks later bounce and victims are responsible for lost funds.
  • Social Media Scams: Victims are sent "popular" viral videos on social networking sites, but must upgrade software to view files. Downloads may install malware or viruses that place victims at risk for identity theft.
  • Swindling Sweepstakes: Consumers who did not enter sweepstakes or foreign lotteries are informed that they have won large sums of money or other prizes and must pay smaller sums in order to collect; payments are made and nothing is received.
  • Canine Cons: Scammers set up a fake website selling non-existent puppies for rock-bottom prices. Victims wire money to the so-called seller, but never receive their puppy.
  • Pay the Con Artist Using Pre-Paid Debit Cards. Since consumers are getting wise to wiring money or fake checks, many scammers now prefer to be paid using untraceable, pre-paid debit cards. 
  • Timeshare Shams: In this tough real estate market, timeshare sellers should beware of companies that claim to already have a buyer and want upfront fees.
  • Job Scams: Scammers are working overtime to take advantage of the high number of people looking for jobs, especially online.
  • Lousy Legal Advice: Some scammers are offering low-cost legal advice, but don't have any legal qualifications. The only problem? The consumer may end up in even more legal trouble.

Report scams to BBB through Scam Source at To find reputable businesses, visit Consumers can also receive news alerts from the Wisconsin BBB by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook.

Wildlife photo contest to benefit WI's wild animals

Wildlife photo contest to benefit Wisconsin’s injured wild animals
To celebrate Wisconsin's wildlife, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society is pleased to announce its first-ever photo contest.

There is a $10 non-refundable entry fee per photo, which benefits the wild animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Celebrity judges will determine the top three photos, plus 3-5 honorable mentions.

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Sometimes the term "bottom-feeders" fits perfectly.  Look at the list of the sanctified GOP candidates devouring their political kinfolk in South Carolina.  And I thought it was about as low as one could get when John McCain and his followers trashed a decorated  Vietnam war hero, John Kerry.  I overlooked that dastardly lie in part because McCain was a prisoner in a North Vietnamese camp.  But it was low nevertheless.  But each of the new Republican vultures, snakes, and eels  truly feed off of each other, to say nothing of what they will do to our African-American President.  First the GOP sharks sharpen their teeth on lies, deceptions, misrepresentations, and mask-wearing.  Then they will turn to bigotry in the general election (they have already sunk to that, but they are distracted by telling lies about each other).

Romney pays 15% in taxes on his income.  How much do you pay in percentage?  Of course you work for your income.  Romney devours others.  His income diet is swallowing workers and those "lower" than he.  And Romney has to lie and deceive about leading the passage of a Massachusetts version of Obamacare.  The people in Massachusetts love the health care reform, but Romney must deny it, lie and bend in order to get his Party to accept him.  The first rule of GOP politics is to destroy the other guy.  What a strange take on what they call "patriotic" or "American." 

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Why Disclosing Tax Returns Matters

Mitt, you need to disclose your tax returns, as should all of the candidates.   You've already blown it by revealing your effective tax rate, so unless you're concerned you overstated your tax rate somehow, get off your seat and turn them over.

It's not merely because everyone wants to confirm you're a bajillionaire.  It's because reviewing a tax return gives us an idea of where your money comes from and in what businesses or interests you're invested.

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Yes, I realize that the U.S. must have a military, and protect itself.  However we have extended and expanded this to take on all the trappings of imperialism.  From our imperialistic treatment of American Indians to recent illegal invasions of a foreign nation, America should be ashamed.  And American capitalism has been very reliant on war to keep our corporations busy and making money,  sell advertising and, like fires and natural catastrophes, it gets the biggest audience.  Thus it sells advertising.  And it concocts an American perspective that war is necessary, and war makes for profitable capitalism.  OK-OK, we know the myriad stories of war and the drumbeat of military solutions to the world's problems.  How about a little time given to peace as a subject?  These are hardly peaceniks quoted...

"My first wish is to see this plague to mankind banished from off the Earth, and the sons and daughters of this world employed in more pleasing and innocent amusements than in preparing implements and exercising them for the destruction of mankind." -George Washington

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North Shore Fire and North Shore Health Partner to Provide Child Safety Seat Check Program

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 North Shore Fire/Rescue and the North Shore Health Department are excited to announce a partnership that will provide support for both agencies’ child safety seat check programs. Funding for training additional technicians is being provided by the North Shore Health Department through a Safety and Injury Prevention Grant Award under the Wisconsin Healthiest Families Initiative. 


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Please, prove me wrong.  I think that the Republican Party big-wigs will do anythng they can to avoid having Newt Gingrich nominated as their presidential candidate.  Both Newt's horrid background and his sleazy and uncontrolled temper would be a disaster for the GOP.  Prove me wrong.  While I tend to vote for Democrats, I cannot believe that even the Party of the John Birch Society, the Tea Party, and the adulterer Ronald Reagan would allow a despicable character as Newt to carry the Party's torch for the hightest office in the U.S.  It is almost impossible to think we have sunk that low.

Usually the big money in the Republican Party (and there is plenty of it!), calls the shots.  But the bigotry among conservatives that usually expresses itself toward blacks, Latinos, and other minorities, is now starting to coalesce against a Mormon, Mitt Romney.  But with Newt as the alternative, Romney may look better.  However the real fly in the ointment is that big money is not only following the usual right-wing suspects, but a casino billionaire and his wife have chosen Newt Gingrich as their preference, and have thrown tens of millions of dollars toward getting him elected.  This is being done outside the usual Republican establishment.  But as I see it, that is suicide for the Republicans.

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Looking Ahead To MPTV Cooking Series (Epsiode 3-13)

I am thankful that so many of you took the time to send me feedback about the first three episodes of my MPTV series titled, “Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu”. I hope you are enjoying the cooking shows on MPTV. I want to let you know that I have prepared many of the dishes from my shows for kids in middle schools. I found their response to be one of excitement and enjoyment in trying the flavorful foods. Cooking is love and is very nurturing. As Pensey says,   “Love people, cook them tasty food”!

Let’s look ahead and see what is coming up on MPTV on Saturdays at 12:30PM on Channel 10, with repeats on Sundays at 2PM on Channel 36 and 16, and on Fridays at 6PM on Channel 10. Shall we?  

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