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What Do Ya Know. Joe?

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With the Senate race here in Wisconsin, there really is no need to take an interest in a Senate race in Pennsylvania. There's not much excitement going on with the race here, so why is Pennsylvania important?

Senator Arlen Specter, one-time Democrat, longtime Republican, and newly converted Democrat again, changed parties to save one job-his. Well, it didn't work. Specter was in the Senate for about 30 years, and in the Senate, seniority is everything. Specter could bring home the bacon for Pennsylvania, so keeping him in the Senate would have been in the best interest for the citizens of Pennsylvania. Here in Wisconsin, it doesn't matter because no senator brings home anything. But that's another story.

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Considering U.S. history, past and recent, some Webster's definitions seem to be in order.

HATE: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.

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Barry's In Charge Here

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A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the Obama administration was not taking charge of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But recently, President Obama came out and said that he was in charge and the buck stops with him. At first, I found that hard to believe. But after some reflection and looking at the facts, I can now see that the Obama administration was in charge from day one. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Let's take a look at that pudding.

The oil has been gushing nonstop since at least April 20. There is then chaos and confusion as to how to stop it fast and efficiently. This is certainly the thumbprint of the Obama administration and its agility. Every effort to control this spill has failed. Every idea has been wrong. Sounds like the federal government to me.

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I've heard and read the furor of some of the regular readers of this blog.  They have taken the time, and the far-too-demanding requirements of the system just to be able to post a comment.   I respect all of your comments.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to express some democratic rights and principles.  I thank you for your comments.  Please know that they are welcomed by me.

I have no control over what comments appear or make the "final cut."  Heck, I don't even know how the system works to accept some comments and "deep six" other comments.  It seems that both righties and lefties have voiced complaints.  Often they see me as the cynical tyrant who expunges their offerings.  Wrong!  I do not OK or deny a single comment, and I never have ...nor do I intend to do that.

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Yes, I know that both Demorats and Republicans stoop to sleazy tactics to win elections.  But there is one place where it is easily the worst.  And a former president used it twice.  The upcoming election in South Carolina indicates that the Republicans there are continuing the sleazo-meter record.

In the 1990's South Carolina presidential primary, George W. Bush hired Lee Atwater to take down John McCain who was gaining in the polls.  Bush knew what he was getting.  Atwater had used blatant lies to bring down Dukakis with the Willie Horton scare, a total fabrication and deceit.

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While we are forced to view and read about the "success" in Iraq, both in the mainstream and right-wing media, we rarely get a glimpse at what is truly happening there.  How about introducing some factual information about Iraq and putting things into some true perspective?

"And today, after seven years under U.S. occupation, Iraqis are still without sufficient clean water, electricity, education, or health care.  Tens of thousands of Iraqis are disabled, physically or mentally.  There are over two million refugees outside Iraq and more displaced refugees inside Iraq; there are three million widows and five million orphans.  Fifty percent of Iraqis are unemployed.  Children continue to drink contaminated water, and large numbers of Iraqi women are afraid to get pregnant because so many babies are born with severe deformities."

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Progressive Dinner Party Planning

Summer Entertaining, Progressive Dinner Party

Our neighborhhod progressive dinner is Saturday night. Weather forecast calls for scattered showers so hoping we stay dry. We have about 28 people coming for the evening - if the Whitefish Bay Girls Soccer team is playing Saturday night we will lose a few guests during game time. Go Blue Duke Girls!  The plans are coming together for a fun party!

I like to coordinate the party decorations with the invitation so have been on the hunt for lanterns. I will decorate the patio with tiki torches and candles too. We are hosting the appetizer portion so will coordinate napkins/plates too. The signature cocktail will be a margarita. We can make pitchers of the mixture before the party. The menu has been divided and each couple will bring a food item and a bottle of wine/beer.  Here is how I divided the menu:

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The Iraq war and its causes and aftermath has been and continues to be so distorted, that a word from some Iraq war veterans is in order.  Silly comments are made by Bush supporters about whether the world would be better with Saddam in charge in Iraq.  What a strange question this is after the U.S. supported horrible dictators like Somoza, Marcos, Thieu, Franco, Batista, etc.   It also depends on whether you think the United States should follow international law. 

The following are direct quotations from the IRAQ VERTERANS AGAINST THE WAR website []: 

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2009 Referendum Cost Far Lower Than Estimated.

Schools, Referendum

Remember the hotly debated school referendum that passed 9 months ago?

Back in November 2009, Whitefish Bay voted (in large numbers) to approve borrowing $22.9 million in bonds to finance school maintenance and improvements.

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***Continuing on a rich tradition of college students protesting actions that are undemocratic, insensitive, war-mongering, greed, attacks on free speech, attacks on academic freedom, etc., I am appreciative and offer my congratulations to the students in Wisconsin protesting actions by Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin.   I have written a blog about the actions of Marquette to have a search committee and the University President offer a deanship contract to a professor at Seattle University and then awkwardly withdrawing it after interference from a backward-looking archbishop.  The faculty and students are still protesting that stupidity.  Good for them.

The University of Wisconsin has announced an increase in tuition again, even during a recession.  As a former college vice president, let me be frank and direct in stating that I think many  college teachers and professors are remarkably overpaid.  Yes, I think that professorships in universities and colleges often are places for lazy people who are not up-to-date and simply lull their way through their teaching duties.  Yes, there are many who do not fit that category, nevertheless I think that college faculties are too often overpaid by a wide margin.  And the students, many of them from poor or struggling families, suffer.  What a shame!  We have college professors whose research is  being funded by outside corporations, and then these same professors profit from their university research.  This money from outside corporations should be used to lower the cost of tuition.  More about this in a later blog.

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Klode & Parade

Klode, Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation

Two quick hits:

First, the 4th of July Klode festival needs help.. Your WFB Civic Foundation needs volunteers to run the festival games.  Please consider spending an hour helping out, as they have about 95 one hour shifts that need to be filled.

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If you honestly reflect back on your race, your ethnic background, etc., you will realize that when it comes to immigration and immigrants, we all stand on wretiched ground.  There are so many examples that  will fit us, but here are a few to reflect upon:

Jews were immigrants into Europe.  How were they treated?  There was anti-Semitism from the beginning.  And six million Jews were murdered by "Christian" Germans.  Yes, there were a few people who fought to save the Jews, but for the most part, it was the viewpoint against the "immigrant" Jews that led to a policy of extermination.  Jewish immigrants to Europe resulted in the largest acts of genocide in history.

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Crisis Mismanagement

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We are closing in on the second month of having crude oil gush from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. This is then called the worst oil spill in American history. It is also working towards another worst-worst managed crisis in American history.

BP is being blamed for the entire spill. I'm certainly not here to defend them because I do not have a stake in the outcome. However, the way the Obama administration is handling this crisis is equally shameful. In every rate of history, resident Obama claims that he has been on the scene since day one. Looking at the results, the statement could almost be true. Every success failed, every idea has been wrong. And if President Obama believes that government is the answer to this problem, well then let's hold him accountable too.

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Progressive Dinner was a great party!

Summer Entertaining, Progressive Dinner Party

The progressive dinner last Saturday night was a lot of fun and I highly recommend this party to all blocks within Whitefish Bay. An advantage of so many houses in one block - instant large party.

So our party had about 24 and some came for appetizers or just dessert which was great. The weather was ok. No rain but chilly. Appetizers at my house. The amount of alcohol was good but would add more beer next time. I served vodka & lemonade too.  We changed the dinner format from my last post - everyone dined together in one backyard. That was my favorite part. It was great to stay together and easier to keep food all in one spot. The food was great and we had just the right amount. No leftovers at all. Margaret Marshall tried a citrus tarragon marinade for the kabobs and it was awesome! She also included small red potatoes on the kabobs and they were really good. Nice way to add starch to the meal. The parmesan rice was well liked (recipe in last post) and easy to bake and serve. On to the Strye's for dessert and cocktails - a great end to a fun evening.

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Inasmuch as the readers of this blog seem to want to comment about what, to them, is America or who is an American, here is your chance to indicate the specifics you use in that regard.  Simply comment here and voice your opinion.  Be as specific as you can be.  Here are some guidelines, but use your own definitions...

What is an American?

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What About Bob?

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In true progressive form, we can apply a double standard and feel good about it. Because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we have a common hate: BP. And through this common hate, we can publicly extort, shakedown, and make hateful statements about this company and feel good about it. It's practically patriotic.

Even though President Barrack Obama, has claimed responsibility for the cleanup and stopping of the oil spill, it continues. And because President Obama has publicly acknowledged that he cannot do anything about it, the best thing to do is to create a diversion. Even though President Obama has said that he will not rest until every one wants a job will find one, the Gulf of Mexico is cleaned up and restored, (your subject here), etc., President Obama has found time to hold a private concert in the White House, take a vacation to Chicago, play round after round of golf, etc., the mainstream media has absolutely no problem with this. They say Obama need some down time even as president.

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Klode Playground, etc.

Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, Klode, Parks

There's a public information meeting that I think many will be interested in, yet few will know about without some additional help.  I'm a Trustee, and I didn't know about it until I received an email forwarded three times!

Tomorrow, the Village Engineer will be having an informational public meeting "Regarding Klode Park Playground Handicap Accessibility Improvements and Rehabilitation."

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The Summer of Joe

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico clearly out of hand, the Obama administration is creating a diversion to hopefully get that failure of policy out of the headlines. Showing that the Obama administration has a thirst for controlling the message of the media like Pravda did for the Soviet Union, the administration came out with a propaganda piece called the Recovery Summer. What a pile of crap this is.

The only person in the administration who can come out with a straight face and talk about how well the stimulus act as word is Joe Biden. From time to time he comes out and tells how well the recovery act has done in bringing us all of the recession. Biden breaks about how many jobs the administration has created. And we can't forget that bogus number of them all; the number of jobs saved. Just about a year and a half ago, the Obama administration promised the American people that the unemployment rate would not go above 8% if they pass the recovery act. Well, we committed to spending over $862 billion in the unemployment rate has been above 8% entire time. That's even counting the temporary jobs for the census workers several times over. Perhaps Congress will be generous enough to pass a bill making these temporary jobs permanent. After all, they can be union jobs and they can count how many people are joining unions. It just seems right for America.

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It was interesting to note that all the comments to the previous post about America and Americans were without any humor.  There are many things about Americans that are humorous, and if you have done a great deal of international travel, you know about this.  We stumble our way around the world, assuming that the world should adjust to us.  And in the process reveal an ignorance that alarms others because we hold so much military and economic power and are using it more and more lately.  Nevertheless, I have some views from others about what consitutes America and Americans...

"The best blood will sometimes get into a fool or a misquito." -Austin O'Malley

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July 4th in the Bay is the Best!

July 4th Party Entertaining, July 4th in Whitefish Bay, WI

July 4th Party Invitation from Paper Celebration

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