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Nice Guys' Finish

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We are now entering the part of the presidential race in which things are going to start to get interesting. Nearly every day or at least once a week there's going to be major polling released about how the candidates are doing nationally and in the swing states. With each poll, there'll be plenty of spinning.

If the results of any one poll are not favoring one candidate, there will be a complementary question that will overshadow the point that the pollster would like to cover up. One of the questions of late is likability. How well do you like the candidate? Do you want to have a beer with this candidate? Here in Wisconsin, beer seems to be a pretty important subject. But I like to think that presidential politics when it comes to voting should be taken a lot more seriously than what kind of beer you would have with either the president or the governor.

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There is so much to be done with all levels of education in the United States, and so much that is being done horribly wrong, and so much that is offered as a solution that is even more wrong, that I shall try to shed some light on where we have been, where we are, and where we are heading in higher education.  There isn't enough room here to even touch the surface of higher education, let alone all of education in the U.S.

The backbone of higher education in the U.S., historically, has been in the field of liberal arts.  Liberal arts have been the springboard to original thinking, and freeing us from the narrow-mindedness and short-sightedness of business and industry.  To be sure, business and industry have fluorished in America.  That is obvious.  Less obvious, but far more profound, has been the impact left by liberal arts in the U.S. 

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How Often Should a Tree be Pruned?

By: Jean Ferdinandsen WI-0149A

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While critics of guns are lining up myriad attachments to the recent Sikh temple killings in Milwaukee [Oak Creek], these oversimplifications are far exceeded by the defenses and excuses for our gun culture and the silly attachement to the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.  Our "well regulated militia" has us killing each other in record numbers. 

Look clearly, something has to be done.  Killings with guns developed for battle have become all too regular.  These group murders have become increasingly common even in Wisconsin.  We have to grow up and come to grips with solutions not excuses. 

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DNR sued over wolf hunting rules; WHS a plaintiff in lawsuit

Wisconsin Humane Society Joins Lawsuit to Protect Wisconsin’s Dogs

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It becomes more apparent each day that the United States of America has become infested with greed, guns, violence, ignorant fundamentalism, bigotry, ad infinitum.  What to do?  Is the onslaught too much to do anything about?  While many Americans profess that they cling to the Holy Bible for guidance, the history of the world indicates that either these same people are not reading the Bible or are ignoring it.  No religion, no ideology has been more violent and more killing than have been the Christians ...sometimes of other Christians.  The domestic terrorism in Oak Creek is not an isolated case.  Using violence and guns in particular, Wisconsin has a recent history of religious or other bigotry manisfesting itself in multiple murders.  Add greed, add selfishness, add more guns, add a warlike culture, and you have a recipe for these actions.

I struggle, too, to try and make any sense of it.   Allow me to share some quotes with you...

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After the shock and sadness related to the domestic terrorism at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, the metro Milwaukee community has had an opportunity to reflect on a wide variety of things that are infecting American society.  During these dark hours, our better selves have surfaced.  People have embraced our Sikh neighbors.  Too often seen as "the other," during their recent pain and suffering we have come to see them as our brothers and sisters.  No longer are we prone to judge them simply because of their turbans and beards.  Where confusion reigned, there is now some enlightenment ...finally!

I hope this sort of insight continues.  Bigotry is a disease that infests us too much and too often.  And it is contagious.  But peace, brotherhood, love, compassion, understanding, openness, etc. can also be contagious.  This painful lesson must be etched in our collective memory and translated into progress in human relations and tolerance.  It is time to embrace each other, not to judge and produce hateful violence.

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Mandela Barnes is the one for Assembly 11.

 As elected members of the Glendale-River Hills School Board, we are pleased to throw our support behind Mandela Barnes for the 11th Assembly District. 

Mandela Barnes has pledged to work with legislators from both parties in the legislature to reform the way our schools are funded. Glendale-River Hills schools receive less than 7% of our funding from state aid. We shoulder the burden of funding our schools through the property tax. Voters in our school district have repeatedly supported referenda that allow us to maintain top-notch programs and services, and to maintain our school buildings. Mandela will work to correct the flawed funding formula and to ease our property tax burden.

Mr. Barnes is also vehemently opposed to expanding vouchers to suburban school districts. Vouchers are a “double-whammy” to our public schools. Right now, our public schools are required to offer special ed services, speech and occupational therapy, and bussing services to private school students. Since they are not enrolled in the public schools, our school districts CANNOT count those students in our per pupil budgeting, yet we have to provide them services without additional resources to do so. Vouchers maintain the unfunded public school services requirement for private school students, but ALSO siphon away thousands of additional dollars per pupil to help pay for private school tuition. Expanding the Milwaukee voucher program to the suburbs will decimate our fine school district’s budget.

Mandela Barnes understands the complexity of the school funding and voucher issues and will support the taxpayers in Glendale by advocating for school funding reforms and by opposing vouchers. We ask you to support Mandela Barnes in the Democratic Primary on August 14.

Bryan Kennedy
Andrew Franklin
School Board Members
Glendale-River Hills School District

Leaf Spots, Early Fall Colors, Leaf Drop, Oh My! and The Tall Stately Man

By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B

It has been increasing ever since the middle of summer – trees showing greater and greater amounts of stress as summer has worn on. The number of concerned calls we received inquiring as to the reasons for this have increased right along with these symptoms.

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Assassination Attempt

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Soon after the naming of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate, both Republican and Democrats were cheering. The Republicans were cheering because Paul Ryan is an excellent choice. The Democrats were cheering because they have already done their research and have a lot of half-truths and lies ready to spread about Paul Ryan. The Democrats affectionately call this the good, the bad, and the ugly. Their emphasis is on the pad in the ugly.

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Greed, Guns, Bigotry ...IMAGINE!

Following the London Olympics opening ceremony where the Brits celebrated universal health care and John Lennon, etc., and following the string of shootings throughout the U.S., I thought it was time for us to think of a world better than the one that greed capitalism is giving us.  The lyrics to the song "Imagine!" by John Lennon, played at the Olympic opening, follow.  Please think of a world that could be...could be.  Imagine with all our wealth and riches shared, just imagine what kind of a world we could build.


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Pet Calendar Contest - Now accepting entries!

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Models Wanted: Clothing Optional
The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Calendar Contest is Underway!


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The parade of extreme right-wing groups is destroying America.  And they parade more often now, and with more confrontational assertiveness, more guns, more religious overtones, etc.  Our nation is being stolen from us.  There seems to be a right-wing joy today in preventing legislation, giving us religious sermons, demeaning our President, lies, deception, and support for the military-industrial complex.  Not only do the greedy individuals and corporations benefit from this warped loyalty, they are making puppets and stooges for the wealthy and the war corporations.  Tax the poor, reward the rich.  Sad.

The American form of fascism has us believing that we need war, we must prepare for war, we need to give tax breaks to the military corporations, and we need to "protect" the rich.  And it is bathed in patriotism.  The following quote is especially aimed at those religious nuts who confuse and co-mingle the Bible with their political ideology.  When you parade around about the Bible being God's word, consider the following:

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Fall Is A Great Time To Plant A Tree By Jean Ferdinandsen Certified Arborist WI-0149A

A new tree is an investment and a legacy for the future. Proper planting and follow up care will help capitalize on your investment. We always put extra effort into the planting process to ensure a good start for your tree.

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How about a plan to eliminate taxes, get the federal government totally out of a revenue-raising program, and serve a good ole-fashion religious policy?  Sound good to you?  The Republicans enforced such a plan when they were in control.  It was called Prohibition.

How about ending all abortions?  Sound like a good ole-fashion religious principle?  The Republicans are hell-bent on making that a reality.  

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Setting a Tone

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We're taking it up a notch. As we get closer to Labor Day and the political

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 The right-wing manipulators and greedy people are counting on you to buy their snake oil, hook-line-and-sinker.  They have put their propaganda worms in the water and you have been biting.  You are too easy.  It is absolutely amazing how easy you are to trick and catch.  OK sucker, here are some examples of how you are viewed by these greedy scavengers, and how you think you are so smart in believing them...[Incidentally, the greed is more unevenly distributed by the right-wing selfishness, but it occurs in both major political parties...and you are the sucker for both of them].

"We have some income and profits to protect.  We shall have to come up with a scheme to give us more tax breaks and special contracts.  Let's get the populace to blame all taxes and make us look good."

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GOP Convention goal for Romney:


Forty Two Percent

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With Labor Day approaching and the conventions in full swing, we are now nearing the home stretch and the most intense part of the presidential campaign. From now until November this is the part of the election cycle in which we anticipate the direction of the United States for the next four years.

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Claude Rains: "I'm shocked...shocked!"

The Republicans in Missouri elected Todd Adkin to the U.S. House of Representatives over and over and over and over.  Akin is known for his inappropriate and ill-informed statements.  They loved  him.  And when he talked in an interview at a St. Louis TV station of "legal rape"  or "forced rape" there was a nationwide uproar.  NOW and SUDDENLY the Republicans finally had to act.  Romney said Adkin should resign from the election.  Ryan called Adkin personally to ask him to step aside.  It all reminded me of the movie "Casablanca" where the police leader played by Claude Rains said he was :shocked" to find gambling going on at Rick's Place, though he had been sitting in Rick's for many months watching it.

Todd Akin's thinking about women, rape, abortion, etc. was known everywhere.  This goof's Neanderthal thinking about women was well documented.  The Republicans liked him because he played to a certain element in the right-wing that agreed with that stupidity.  Heck, Paul Ryan himself had co-sponsored a bill in the House of Representatives with Adkin to outlaw all abortions...yes, ALL aboritions, even in the case to save the woman's life.  ALL abortions.  They cloaked some exceptions in the Middle Ages language like "Forced rape."  Folks, rape is rape is rape is rape is rape!  Ryan and Adkin were social buddies.  Their views concerning women are like brothers or at least very close friends.

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