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Beachfront homeowners in Fox Point await high waves

Flooding

A low water level and an ice shelf 50 to 100 feet offshore should help knock down freakishly massive waves before they come ashore with gale-force winds that are whipping up Lake Michigan, a Fox Point official said late Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service earlier Tuesday issued a rare lakefront flood warning tied to the blizzard now bearing down on the Milwaukee area.

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Shorewood DPW Shoutout ---- They RULE !!!

Shorewood DPW RULES, Only one night snow emergency for Shorewood, SHWD DPW WORKERS do Great Work

The storm we just went through was a true test of MIlwaukee and Suburbs of their snow handling capabilities.

Happy to say, everyone passed with flying colors --- the folks on all the DPW crews deserve a big pat on the back for a job well done.

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THE DAY WE HELD HANDS

The recent blizzard impacted me in many different ways.  It was the worst winter storm I ever remember since 1947.  That 1947 storm so paralyzed the area that it forced local governments in the Milwaukee region  to buy more modern and more powerful snow removal equipment. 

This storm was so severe that it caused even enclosed shopping malls to shut down for two days.  Schools were obviously closed.  Bus transportation was called home and off the roads.  People were stranded in their autos on the Interstate highways for miles and miles.  I could go on and on.

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SUPER BOWL SOCIALISM

There!  I beat you to it!  Anything that does not blindly follow and celebrate plutocratic capitalism is labeled socialism by some.  Deal with it.

Yes, we have been told ad nauseam about the millions of dollars it costs for a 30-second ad during the broadcast of the Super Bowl.  We know about the billion-dollar new stadium in Dallas.  We know about the wealthy owners, the celebrities in attendance at the game, the huge expense involved in presenting the National Anthem and half-time show at the Super game, and on and on and on.  Money, money, money.  We get it.  But there are other stories to tell.

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February is American Heart Month

Heart Health, Healthy Lifestyles, Prevention

Do something for yourself during American Heart Month to help avoid becoming a heart disease statistic. About every 25 seconds, someone in America will have a coronary event – don’t let it be you.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the U.S. You can reduce your chance of developing heart disease by taking steps to control risk factors. For starters, everyone should know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers but many do not. Other risk factors that can be modified are obesity, diabetes, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and secondhand smoke. 

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Buying a Seat at the Table

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

It's hard to believe that another election day is rapidly coming upon us. It's an election only for local offices, but still I was looking for a lot of negative advertising. After all there's a Supreme Court seat up for grabs. We can't expect civility from the Supreme Court justices, can we? It's what I've come to expect. And there is a contested race for county executive.

Vying for the unfulfilled term left by the governor, are a couple of state senators, the former acting county executive, not the white man's bitch, and a lad who hasn't had to work a day in his life. So who's going to win?

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I BET YOU MISSED IT

On the celebration of Ronald Reagan's 100th anniversary of his birth, it was pointed out that he raised taxes 8 times as President, he totally missed the impending collapse of the USSR, his son indicated he was already suffering from Alzheimer's while in his presidency,  Nancy Regan actually  ran the country with some strange ideas from astrology leading her on, he deregulated watchdog laws on big industry and with the additioal deregulation of George W. Bush were major causes for the economic collapse of the 2000-2008 period, there was much more internal strife in the Reagan family than we knew previously, and not much reported about Reagan's years of philandering with Hollywood starlets in and out of his marriage.

The right-wing extremists in the media love to throw around threats of impending strict Islamic law.  And they always like to point to Saudi Arabia [George Bush's close pals] and other nations where there truly is a strict Islamic code of laws.  But little is said about the majority of Islmaic naitons where there is no such law in force [Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Indonesia, Oman, Kuwait, Turkey, and most others].

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Shorewood Village Board and Administration not capable of dealing with Sewage Backups

Flooidng, Sewage Backups, $70 Million Plan, 30 Year Plan, Publicity in place of Solutions to Sewage Problem

I have written on the Sewage Backup problem several times since last July when many of us were treated to 2 or 3 feet of sewage in our basements.

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Global Warming Causes Record Cold

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

If you believe...

Whenever speaking in terms of a creed or a profession of faith, what is usually talking in terms of a religion. Yet the same can be said of global warming. Or climate change, or climate change caused by man, or placing a price on carbon, or whatever it is now called this year.

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EGYPT'S FUTURE IS UNCLEAR

It makes me sick to read, see, and hear the absolutely foolish comments being "confidently" drawn about what will happen in Egypt.  So far the only accurate information has come from a group of scholars who predicted almost two months ago that there was a revolution about to take place in Egypt.  Once again, as when the USSR fell, the CIA was clueless.  Personally, I think the first place to reduce the federal budget deficit is to make major cuts in the budget of the CIA...consider closing it down and shifting intelligence work to other departments.  The CIA is almost worse than useless.  Remember The Bay of Pigs? They have tortured, lost bin Laden, totally ill-advised the government about Iraq, ignored FBI warnings about a pending terrorist threat  to fly into U.S. buildings before 9-11, had no idea about the pending Islamic revolution in Iran, and the list goes on in every corner of the world.  The CIA is a failure.

Nobody knows what will evolve in Egypt now, not even the Egyptians.  Things in Egypt and throughout the Middle East are in a state of flux.  President Obama was first-rate in the way he handled things that were suddenly developing in Cairo.  Criticism about Obama in this regard is coming from people who have absolutely no enlightened idea about how to handle things there.  He has been in contact with army leaders, and with prodding and encouraging comments, he played a role in the revolutionary fervor without having major violence or guns involved.  Amazing.  A major revolution without guns!  The Arab population is to be complimented.  What happens next in Egypt is still evolving.  But the Arab, primarily Islamic, people of Egypt have accomplished a peaceful revolution.  Amazing!  Will it continue?  Maybe.

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THERE WAS LABOR UNREST AND THE GOVERNOR CALLED OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD

Labor Unrest, National Guard, 7 Dead, Collective Bargaining WI Public Employees, Governor Walker, Governr Rusk

“As the crowd surged down Bay St.toward the mill, the mili­tia commander ordered them to disperse. At a distance of 200 yards, it is doubtful that the marchers heard him above their own noise. When they contin­ued to advance, the commander ordered his troops to open fire.


At least seven people fell dead or dying, including a 12-year-old schoolboy and a retired mill worker who was watching the commotion from his back­yard

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'CHRISTIAN PATRIOTS'

You can find them in many places.  People who pound their chest about being Christian and parade around physically and mentally as though they are leading a new crusade to save America and the Church.  Oh, how they love themselves.  They have found a way to twist and concoct their small world so that it fits their view of religion and partiotism snugly.  They have always been with us.  Their "brand" can be found in every religion and every nation. 

During the civil rights movement and before, they used both the Bible and the Constitution to somehow present slavery as just fine, and state's rights were presented as democracy's way to maintain bigotry in law and religion.  They were easier to spot then.  They lost both the Civil War and the civil rights battles of the 1960s, and they learned from their mistakes.  They are still parading, still being self-righteous, still displaying the Bible, and still hating the "other" [that would be blacks, American Indians, Latinos. outspoken women, liberals, non-northern European immigrants, etc.].  If you get in the way of their bigotry, they have now organized the media and every segment of society to come down hard on you.  They will get you.  Whether it is rigged elections or rigged wars, they will get you.

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Capitol Schleps

You know, after November, I wanted to take a little bit of time to digest the results and meaning of the election.  I also wanted to see, as time went on, how quickly we’d see the logical end of the election be achieved.

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Debt On Arrival

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

Once again, for the third year in a row, deficit hawks from the current administration, the ones who are preaching fiscal responsibility, have a message for us: deficits don't matter.

I've only been keeping track for about 30 years now, but year after year presidents come out with an annual budget and proclaim that they are on track to balance the budget within the foreseeable future and offer deficit upon record deficit for the current year. Democrats and Republicans alike want us to believe that they are reducing federal spending but only do so under the definition that defines reduction as a decrease in the rate of increase.

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NAZISM & FASCISM IN 2011

In today's political climate in the U.S. extremes are making outlandish charges from both sides.  And name-calling is common.  So, why am I again bringing up Nazism and fascism which have been used in name-calling rants against both sides?  Because most of those name-calling references have no place on the reality spectrum.  And the changes in today's political environment have the right-wing making the most untrue rants.  With an M.A. in history, accuracy and references are extremely important to me.

First and foremost, let me state unequivably that Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Nazism, and fascism represent the extreme right-wing political position.  There is no doubt about that.  Because the term Nazi derives part of its German wording for "socialism" has no more to do with socialism than does the statement that Joe's Place has "the best hamburgers in the world."  Fearful of the onslaught of socialism and communism that was sweeping eastern Europe and some of the German worker organizations, the industrialists of Germany and the world wanted to put a stop to it for fear of losing some of their big profits if workers organized and made demands...let alone move in the direction of socialism. 

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Heroin and Heartache

drugs; Heroin

Two weeks ago today, I found my 23 year old son in the bathroom; he had overdosed. When I called you, I was in shock and panicking over the discovery that my son was a heroin user.

You gave me some very solid advice, as well as a direct referral to an outpatient treatment clinic. Apparently the norm in the substance abuse recovery world is that the person needing help has to make the effort to find the appropriate help on their own – which usually requires visiting or calling many places.  As you correctly identified, I was not in any emotional shape to go on such a mission, nor was I willing to let my son do it on his own. I needed help and you gave it to me. 

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OUR MIDDLE EAST DEBACLE

An FBI worker in the Twin Cities alerted the White House in 2001 that something suspicious was happening.  Arab Moslems were taking lessons in the U.S. to learn to pilot a plane, but were not interested in learning how to land the plane.  The White House, under George W. Bush, paid no attention.  After the Twin Towers in NYC came down Bush decided to invade Afghanistan and get Osama bin Laden.  The U.S. military had bin Laden trapped and let him go so they could focus on invading Iraq.  Bush lied over and over to Congress and the world to give credence to his long-planned desire to invade Iraq.  Bush is now considered by many people the world over to be a war criminal that should be tried in the dock in The Hague.  So far that much is clear.  But there are some things that are rarely reported.  The cost in death, money, stolen and destroyed artifacts, angering Pakistan (a nuclear power now became a nation of people that hate the U.S.), the failure of democracy in Iraq, the continuing failure in Afghanistan, the Iraqi misadventure by Bush that brought down the American economy, ad infinitum.

Here is a part of an article printed in "Worldwide WAMM" in its latest issue, page 1...

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Hopefully a lesson learned by teachers and public employees

Unions, Solidarity, UAW, Union Busting, Walker, Teachers, Police, Fire Unions, Buy American

I am basically a pro-union person, and believe that if it were not for the unions, the United States would never have had the very well off middle class that gave us a standard of living beyond the wildest dreams of most inhabitants of this planet we call earth.

It was union wages and bargaining that provided my young family with the opportunity to live in nice neighborhoods with good schools. 

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Barry Sat Down

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

The 2012 presidential race has not begun yet. After a two-year process in the last cycle, it's a good thing that it has not started yet. While the Republican side of the election appears to be wide open, it is generally assumed that Barack Obama will again be the Democrat nominee. No surprises here.

In order to deny the president a second term, the Republicans have to field a credible nominee that will be able to take the correct stand on changing issues as we near November 2012. The Democrats believe that the Republicans will nominate someone such as Sarah Palin or even Mitt Romney which will be a weak enough candidate for President Obama to practically cruised to a second term. At this point, no one has declared their candidacy so there is only speculation on who is going to run. Among those not running is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie is being viewed as a strong leader because he has taken on the teachers union and is determined to put New Jersey on firm footing without raising taxes. Believe it or not there are some people who would like to see Scott Walker run for president. Of course, the people calling for Scott Walker's candidacy are not from Wisconsin. Political pundits in New York would view Scott Walker is east prong leader because he is standing up to union organizers and taking a firm stand. But it is clearly too early for Scott Walker to have any aspirations of higher office. Wisconsin is not fixed yet.

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BELOVED COMMUNITY

There is a growing unrest in the United States.  It is smaller than those that evolved in the civil rights movement, but nevertheless it surprises me.  I thought the mainstream of America had fallen asleep.  I thought they had bought the propaganda of the rich, the privileged, the extreme right-wing, the radical right, the phony Christians, etc.  But perhaps the distortions of the extreme right-wing and the wealthiest and greediest Americans had finally grabbed for too much.

The tens of thousands who have daily surrounded and entered the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin may have begun something.  The protest itself is being mis-characterized.  It has been labeled only as a demonstration by labor unions.  That misses the bigger point.  And it is not only about teachers. It is a gathering of middle class and poor people who have had enough.  They are sick and tired of being blamed for the problems brought on by the wealthiest individuals and greediest corporations in the U.S.  And some of the very people who agree with these wealthy and greedy individuals and corporations stand to suffer the consequences of such greed and selfishness.  But they have taken the right-wing propaganda hook, line, and sinker.  But they are not alone.  The mainstream press has bought far too much of it themselves.  And the right-wing extremists [purchased by the greedy and wealthy] have totally distorted what is happening.  And thus the blame is placed on the more defenseless people, and the poorest people.  What is left for them to do but rise up as African-Americans did in the 1960s?

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