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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Dave Ramsey's Bailout similar to Ryan & Sensenbrenner's

Legislation, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States

http://www.daveramsey.com/media/pdf/the_common_sense_fix.pdf  The Common Sense Fix  

Years of bad decisions and stupid mistakes have created an economic nightmare in this country, but $700 billion in new debt is not the answer. As a tax-paying American citizen, I will not support any congressperson who votes to implement such a policy. Instead, I submit the following three step Common Sense Plan.
INSURANCE
a. Insure the subprime bonds/mortgages with an underlying FHA-type insurance.
Government-insured and backed loans would have an instant market all over the
world, creating immediate and needed liquidity.
b. In order for a company to accept the government-backed insurance, they must do two
things.
The Common Sense Fix
Years of bad decisions and stupid mistakes have created an economic nightmare in this country,
but $700 billion in new debt is not the answer. As a tax-paying American citizen, I will not support
any congressperson who votes to implement such a policy. Instead, I submit the following threestep
Common Sense Plan.
I. INSURANCE
a. Insure the subprime bonds/mortgages with an underlying FHA-type insurance.
Government-insured and backed loans would have an instant market all over the
world, creating immediate and needed liquidity.
b. In order for a company to accept the government-backed insurance, they must do two
things:
1. Rewrite any mortgage that is more than three months delinquent to a
6% fixed-rate mortgage.
a. Roll all back payments with no late fees or legal costs into the
balance. This brings homeowners current and allows them a
chance to keep their homes.
b. Cancel all prepayment penalties to encourage refinancing or
the sale of the property to pay off the bad loan. In the event of
foreclosure or short sale, the borrower will not be held liable
for any deficit balance. FHA does this now, and that
encourages mortgage companies to go the extra mile while
working with the borrower—again limiting foreclosures and
ruined lives.
2. Cancel ALL golden parachutes of EXISTING and FUTURE CEOs and
executive team members as long as the company holds these
government-insured bonds/mortgages. This keeps underperforming
executives from being paid when they don’t do their jobs.
c. This backstop will cost less than $50 billion—a small fraction of the current proposal.
II. MARK TO MARKET
a. Remove mark to market accounting rules for two years on only subprime Tier III
bonds/mortgages. This keeps companies from being forced to artificially mark down
bonds/mortgages below the value of the underlying mortgages and real estate.
b. This move creates patience in the market and has an immediate stabilizing effect on
failing and ailing banks—and it costs the taxpayer nothing.
III. CAPITAL GAINS TAX
a. Remove the capital gains tax completely. Investors will flood the real estate and stock
market in search of tax-free profits, creating tremendous—and immediate—liquidity in
the markets. Again, this costs the taxpayer nothing.
b. This move will be seen as a lightning rod politically because many will say it is helping
the rich. The truth is the rich will benefit, but it will be their money that stimulates the
economy. This will enable all Americans to have more stable jobs and retirement
investments that go up instead of down.
This is not a time for envy, and it’s not a time for politics. It’s time for all of us, as Americans, to
stand up, speak out, and fix this mess.

Brookfield's City Clerk & voter registration checks

City of Brookfield, Elections, WISCONSIN

 http://legalnewsline.com/news/216035-judge-oks-van-hollens-lawsuit-against-elections-officials

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will be allowed to sue state elections officials to force them to verify thousands of voters' identities, a judge has ruled.

Van Hollen, a Republican, is seeking to force the state Government Accountability Board to confirm the identity of thousands of voters before the Nov. 4 election by cross checking information on thousands of voter registrations against information in other state databases.

Democrats claim that the attorney general's lawsuit is a means to suppress the vote.

Van Hollen filed the lawsuit last week against the state's Government Accountability Board over claims the board failed to meet the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, known as HAVA.

The Government Accountability Board's attorney,Lester Pines, had argued that Van Hollen should be disqualified because state Supreme Court rules say attorneys cannot sue their own clients.

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi on Wednesday disagreed, saying that the attorney general can sue to force state agencies to adhere to the law.

"Whether or not the attorney general should be using his authority in this way is something to be decided at the ballot box when the attorney general is subject to reelection," Sumi said.

In his lawsuit, Van Hollen said Wisconsin was required to have a system in place that would meet federal elections requirements no later than January 1, 2006. However, the system was not in place until just recently.

The attorney general said had Wisconsin met the HAVA deadline, new voters who registered by mail since January 1, 2006, would have been subject to a so-called "HAVA check" to ensure that the information they provided to election officials matched the information in other public databases.

"The goal of this requirement is to protect the integrity of elections by ensuring that only those who are qualified and properly registered would be permitted to cast ballots," Van Hollen said, announcing his lawsuit.
 

Some food labels to state country of origin

Food, Legislation

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-10-01-food-labeling_N.htm Food now gets label of origin

 

Coming soon to an apple, a pound of hamburger or a head of lettuce near you will be a label that says what country the item came from.

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If Liberals cite Bible, they should know the Bible

Elections, McCain 2008, Religion, Truth

The L.A. Times just came up with this phony roadblock to Governor Sarah Palin's new role as Republican VP nominee: To some evangelicals, Palin's career violates biblical teachings. Actually, following their logic, she should not have run for mayor or governor then either.

Guess the LA Times writer never read about the Proverbs 31 woman, or Deborah the Judge of Israel, Queen Esther who saved the Jews from extermination. But then, I would guess Teresa Watanabe has not really read the Bible much less studied it. 

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Shorewood native David Zucker's movie American Carol, opens Oct. 3

Just for fun!, Movies & Books

I went to school with the Zucker brothers. Jerry was in my class; David was 2, maybe 3 years ahead. Although I really did not know them, I remember they were funny even back then.

You may be familiar with David Zucker's work from the 1980s movie Airplane. He and fellow Shorewood grad. Jim Abrahams wrote and directed that movie The rest as they say is history. 

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Why did warnings of financial doom fall on deaf ears?

TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States

Right now we are seeing the results of warnings unheeded. Freddie and Fannie, once thought too big to fail, did. The taxpayer had to bail them out. Now many lending institutions are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The taxpayers again need to bail them out.

More and more is coming out about the warnings sounded by Republicans about the Community ra. No one listened then. They were dismissed by Barney Frank and Maxine Waters?

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Tax break for wooden arrows? And that's the good part of Senate bailout

TAXES, THE ECONOMY, United States

The Senate bailout plan passed Tuesday night. The bill went from the 113 page house version to 450-something pages! How could the Senators even read 450 pages?

This travesty of a bailout bill epitomizes everything wrong with Washington: Dire problem...Don't fix problem...Load on the pork...Make problem worse.

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2nd Obama ad lies about McCain/Palin stem cell stance

I heard it again today. A new campaign ad that lies about McCain and Palin's stance on stem cell research.

This new one says that McCain cannot be trusted on stem cell research. That McCain voted both ways in the Senate. That Palin is against ALL stem cell research. THIS IS NOT TRUE.

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links: Acorn, voter fraud

Elections

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=307667123149723


ACORN's Senator

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sunspots, solar flares knock out grid

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6f1ddaf0-8fd9-11dd-9890-0000779fd18c.html

 

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Not every bank is broke, Wells Fargo to buy Wachovia

Legislation, THE ECONOMY

Last week, I was at US Bank; a CD had matured. I asked the banker, does US Bank have money to lend? Could I get a loan if I needed one? He said, Yes, it was no problem. (I have a good credit score.) 

A local car dealer last week said they had money for financing too.

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"Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending"

THE ECONOMY

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE7DB153EF933A0575AC0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2 

In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.

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Short trips: Out and about in West Bend

Just for fun!, Short trips, TRAVEL

The weather promises to be beautiful this weekend. How about a short trip to the north?

My sister and I recently took a little jaunt to West Bend. Our mission was to visit the Museum of Wisconsin Art and hopefully do a little digging into some background information on Wisconsin artist Francesco Spicuzza.

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charitb;e donations

 

Barney Frank

 http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,432501,00.html

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/09/28/franks_fingerprints_are_all_over_the_financial_fiasco/ 

Someday, will they be saying Palinesque?

Elections, McCain 2008, Politics

Governors and governors comparison.

 

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ACORN at root of voter fraud and mortgage mess

Follow the money, Government / Bureaucracy, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth

http://marklevinshow.com/2008/10/01/acorn-and-obama/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhQAHKxuR1Q&feature=related

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Uncle Sam is broke. Where will Obama get money for promises?

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, Obama 2008, TAXES

Early in his campaign, Obama said he would get money from Iraq war? Now he is sending troops to Afghanistan. look up http://www.angelqueen.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20159

Obama, in turn, has proposed billions of dollars in spending to create jobs and pad government programs aimed at helping the less fortunate. He has said that the money will come from ending the Iraq war, slicing tax breaks for corporations, and raising taxes on high-income earners, efforts he says are intended to shift more of the tax burden to wealthy Americans. 

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Democrat's donations key to why they think rich must pay more taxes?

Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Religion, TAXES

I always find it interesting to see how much politicians give to charity. Senator Joe Biden gave a paltry $995 last year, yet he made $2,450,042! And his $995 to nonprofits was over twice his normal yearly giving for the past 9 out of 10 years. Why do I say paltry? Because many teens I know give more money from their part time job income than he gave in his past average donations.  Biden made almost $2.5 million but gave such a little amount... amazing.

Actually, I am surprised at his Scrooge-ishness, because Biden says he is a Catholic. I would have thought he would have given his church more. (David Wade, a spokesperson, said the Bidens did give to their church, “The charitable contributions claimed by the Bidens on their tax returns are not the sum of their annual contributions to charity.” That could be the case. But why they wouldn't record these donations and put them on their tax return is beyond me, since that is such a standard practice. It raises the question, if you aren't claiming the entire amount, then why list any at all?)

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The silver lining is...oil prices fell 40% since July

Energy, Going Green, McCain 2008, THE ECONOMY

Boy, that bailout bill really helped, didn't it? The Dow is now below 10,000 at the time of this writing. The rest of the world isn't faring much better.

But don't they say that every cloud has a silver lining, or it is an ill wind that blows no good?

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The Teflon, Velcro, and Teflon II of presidential politics

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/deadlineusa/2008/oct/05/barackobama.sarahpalin

Storm over Palin's terrorist jibe at Obama  

The Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has signalled the gloves are off, accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists"

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Why bailout won't work

THE ECONOMY

 http://www.moneymorning.com/2008/10/02/senate_bailout_bill/

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Why the Senate Bailout Bill Will Fail Taxpayers

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My BIG campaign issues: economy & voter fraud

Both are tied to ACORN. Both are tied to Obama 

Newsweek, Palin Just one of them folks?

Elections, McCain 2008, Politics

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/10/06/newsweek-palin-too-common-too-stupid-be-vice-president-shes-dang http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/10/06/newsweek-palin-too-common-too-stupid-be-vice-president-shes-dang

Newsweek's Jon Meacham thinks that Governor Sarah Palin is too much a commoner and too stupid to be allowed to become vice president of the United States of America and apparently his employer agrees with him. The October 13 cover of Newsweek features a close up photo of the Governor with the headline "She's One of the Folks (And that's the problem)," and Meacham writes the accompanying cover story. Be clear about what this means: This is a direct attack on Mr. and Mrs. America. We are all too stupid to be president in the elite opinion of Jon Meacham and Newsweek magazine.

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Anchorage's coldest temps in years

Weather

 

It's Puffball mushroom season

Interesting idea, Just for fun!, Nature

There was a buzz of excitement amongst the adults in my aunt and uncle's Brookfield home, as they laid their treasures on the kitchen counter. They had just returned from a mushroom hunting expedition at Kinsey Park and the 2 neighboring homes and had struck pay dirt.

Boxes of Puffball and Morel mushrooms were their prize.

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Comic Relief: ABC's Match-o-Matic on Obama & McCain

Elections, Just for fun!, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

Between the voter fraud issue and yesterday's stock market, sometimes a body needs a little comic relief!

Here it is: How well do you know your Presidential Candidate? Match-o-Matic II

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Carp seemed like a good idea at the time or Don't mess with nature!

Environment, Government / Bureaucracy, Unintended consequences, WARNING, Water

 http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=802759 Surge in Asian carp could lead to expanded range Oct. 5, 2008

Want to know why I am so leery of "scientific" intervention into a natural problem? Try a track record of blunders in the name of preserving nature. Trout introduced into Lake Yellowstone, the St. Lawrence Seaway introducing parasitic species into the Great Lakes, damming rivers that leads to destroying habitat and species, and more.

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ACORN's Las Vegas office raided. Reason? Voter fraud complaints

Elections, Follow the money, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

That's right.  ACORN Vegas Office Raided in Voter Fraud Investigation this morning: (My emphasis)

Bob Walsh, spokesman for the Nevada secretary of state's office, told FOXNews.com the raid was prompted by ongoing complaints about "erroneous" registration information being submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN. 

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Ayers Obama connection

Elections, Ethics, Obama 2008, Politics

http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/dnc/1127918,ayers082608.article 

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=308271974461547 Obama's Real Problem With Ayers  

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Why bother getting a good education?

Education, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES

We are told time and time again that we need to spend more on public education. Why? So that our children can be competitive in a world market.

Parents want their children to succeed in life and most young adults want to land a job that has a big, fat paycheck. Some college students might play the game that they are not interested in materialism, but that is probably because they are living off their parents!

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McCain goes to La Crosse Friday, Palin not willing to give up Michigan

Conservatives, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

On the news yesterday, I heard that John McCain and Sarah Palin will go to La Crosse Friday after their stop in Waukesha on Thursday. I think that is a good move. McCain will also be in Mosinee, WI, and Palin in Wilmington, OH later on Thursday.

Yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin said she wanted to go back to Michigan--she wasn't giving up on that state. That is good news for Michigan since The GOP in Michigan is still trying to "boost efforts" in the state.

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George McGovern backs voter privacy, Obama doesn't

Elections, Legislation, Obama 2008, Politics

Would you like to go to the polls on Nov. 4th and have everyone view your ballot? Not too many people would. The right to a private ballot is important to Americans.

Peer pressure can be a powerful force--especially in unions. There is a bill right now called the Employee Free Choice Act, HR 800. The name would make you think it protected privacy. It doesn't. Senator Barack Obama co-sponsored and voted for it

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From little ACORNs big voter fraud grows

Elections, Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth, Voter fraud

Is ACORN Stealing the Election? That was the title of Wednesday's Investor's Business Daily's editorial. It is a long but worthwhile read (also sickening.) The connections to Obama are troubling: Obama worked for ACORN and his campaign paid ACORN.

It's a legitimate question to raise now that the FBI has raided the offices of the nonprofit Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now in Nevada and North Carolina, two states where Obama and John McCain are running neck-and-neck. ACORN has registered bogus voters in both states.

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Not every vote should count, but which ones shouldn't?

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics

The specter of voter fraud looms larger every day in the battleground states. People all over our country are wondering if the winner on Nov. 4th will be the legitimate recipient of properly registered voters or the product of massive voter fraud. There is growing fear and evidence it could be the latter.

Yesterday, authorities raided the Las Vegas ACORN/Reform Now office. How many fraudulent registrations did they find? Who knows.  From The Las Vegas Review-Journal:

"We don't know how many (falsified forms) are here; there may be two, or there may be thousands," said Bob Walsh, spokesman for the secretary of state's office.

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Wall Street Journal on McCain vs. Obama's health plan

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, McCain 2008, Obama 2008

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122343823408914411.html Obama and Health-Care Equity, Barack defends tax subsidies for the rich  

 

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An American Carol: Funny & thought provoking, but w/reservations

Conservatives, Culture, Movies & Books

I saw An American Carol on its debut, Friday, Oct. 3. Usually I wait for a movie to hit the Budget Theater, but with these more offbeat type films, often you better see them when you can. (Same thing happened with the movie, Expelled. It just came out on DVD in case you missed that one.)

The movie had some very funny lines, bits, and situations, but also contained some real points to ponder. Actor Leslie Nielsen plays a grandfather of a Navy man, the Bob Cratchit of the story, who is about to ship out to the Persian Gulf. The Navy man's uncle is the Michael Moore-like character, Michael Malone--the Scrooge.

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PBS poll

Elections

 http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html 49% 49% 0% not sure

More from NOW:

Chicago Annenberg Challenge: The Obama and Bill Ayers connection: Stanly Kurtz on

Education, Elections, Obama 2008

http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=190453 Conservative columnist breaks down his research on Obama-Ayers Ties

Stanly Kurtz from the Ethics and Public Policy Center talks about the Obama / Bill Ayers connection.

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It stinks. Why can't we ask?

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, Voter fraud

Today's Washington Times piece, PRUDEN: Smells from the shadows sums up much of what's fishy about this election: the voter fraud, the biased media, and of course, Sen. Barack Obama's questionable associations. (My emphasis)

Something odd is going on. The Obama campaign boasts of a landslide in the making even as his polling lead slips a point or two, and there's anger bordering on rage when John McCain and Sarah Palin raise questions about Barack Obama's judgment in his unexplored past in Chicago.

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A plea for poll watchers to avert voter fraud

Elections, Voter fraud

At yesterday's McCain/Palin Town Hall meeting, a person from Milwaukee County's Republican Party passed out info to the waiting crowd: "Your VOTE is being STOLEN!" It gave some information about the problem of voter fraud.

"National activist groups such as ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), come to Milwaukee and members have been charged with padding the voter list by adding fake names. Once these fake names are on the voter lists, they can be voted by people claiming to be that person."

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Questioning Obama's character and judgment

Elections, Obama 2008

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/obamas_character_still_questio.html A Question of Barack Obama's Character, Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON -- Convicted felon Tony Rezko. Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters. Yet let the McCain campaign raise the issue, and the mainstream media begin fulminating about dirty campaigning tinged with racism and McCarthyite guilt by association.

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Jay's Teflon Obama

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics

 

Teflon Obama http://www.rightviewwi.com/the_right_view_wisconsin/2008/10/teflon-obama.html

 

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McCain & Palin up close at Waukesha Town Hall + pictures

Elections, McCain 2008, Politics

Well, I got up bright and early on Thursday and was out in Waukesha by about 8:20 for the McCain & Palin Town Hall meeting. The morning was sunny and the crowd excited. (I should have been there earlier.)

 

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Indiana's ACORN operation run from Milwaukee

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, Voter fraud

You cannot make this stuff up. CNN reported that Indiana ACORN office turned in half of their registrations from deceised people.

Milwaukee's ACORN office is helping in Indiana

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Elm Grove's Sendik's Fall Extravaganza Oct. 9-15th

Just for fun!

Here is something fun to do this weekend...stop in at the Balistreri Sendik's stores and celebrate fall!

The brochure said there were drawings over the weekend, chef demos, samples, and great values. "Each time you shop you can enter to win one of several fabulous prizes": 2 Midwest Express tickets, Golden Guernsey Milk for a year, a Sendik's shopping spree and an entertainment package.

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Will Germantown buy into school not costing taxpayers?

When the Germantown school board opted to end all day 5K???next year to send the message to their residents that they were in such need of extra space (code for they needed a new elementary school, they never dreamed that the stock market would tank by election day. 

"Osama" on one N.Y. county's ballots, no kidding

Elections, Just for fun!, Obama 2008

It's the old typo problem again. Barack 'Osama" on Rensselaer County ballots! Hundreds of the absentee ballots were mailed out in that county.

"Is it a Freudian slip, intentional act or a mistake? Voters are sure to have opinions, and one pol pointed out that the letters 's' and 'b' are not exactly keyboard neighbors.

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Beautiful day? Try lunch up on the roof garden

Good food / recipes, Interesting places, Just for fun!

Last July my high school girlfriends and I lunched at an interesting restaurant in Shorewood, the ANABA TEA ROOM.

It was a beautiful day and we opted to have lunch up on their roof garden.

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Farrakhan equates Obama to The Messiah

Obama 2008

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/?pageId=77539

Farrakhan on Obama: 'The Messiah is absolutely speaking'
'Barack has captured the youth,' will bring about 'universal change'


Posted: October 09, 2008
8:03 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

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McDonald's noticed some weren't "Lovin' it"

Alert, Ethics, Homosexual agenda, THE ECONOMY

 

McDonald's Straightens Up and Fries Right!

The Big Mac attack on family values is finally over! After a five-month boycott, Americans finally got what they ordered-McDonald's agreement to stop financing the homosexual agenda. Back in May, the fast food giant joined the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to the dismay of millions of customers who did not feel served. At the time, company Vice President Richard Ellis refused to back down, even calling conservatives "haters" in a public statement. The American Family Association launched a national campaign to force McDonald's to eat its words. And eat them, they did! This week, McDonald's announced that Ellis had resigned from the GLCC. In an email to franchises, the company said, "It is our policy not to be involved in political and social issues. McDonald's remains neutral on same-sex marriage [and the] 'homosexual agenda...'" We thank McDonald's -- and those of you who used your buying power to encourage values on the menu and in company policy.

Additional Resources
Chicago Sun-Times: McDonald's cuts off gay chamber of commerce group

California bailout: try spending less!

McCain 2008, Politics, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122368038058324729.html?mod=djemEditorialPage

California Is Headed for a Real Fiscal Train Wreck, The state should spend less before calling on Uncle Sam.

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He was for Public Financing before he ditched it

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics

 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122367340072924059.html?mod=djemEditorialPage Rich vs. Poor, Obama crushes McCain with his wallet.

No doubt about it, Barack Obama is spending a lot more on ads than John McCain. You would think Obama would be higher up in the polls. Maybe that should be the story. 

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Tax credits for solar and wind

Energy, Environment, Going Green, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Newsmax

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Food fight!

Food, Just for fun!

 Newsmax

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Idaho's earliest snow, Still no sunspots

Nature, Weather

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081012/ap_on_bi_ge/meltdown_global_warming;_ylt=Agqlv09zKbJs1eUUt1SWMaGs0NUE

eFFORTS ON GOLBAL WARMING CHILLED BY ECONOMIC WOES

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A call for emergency legislation

Elections, Politics, United States, Voter fraud

I was just thinking...could Congress enact some sort of emergency legislation for a nationwide voter ID requirement, and if a voter did not have one, their ballot be cast provisionally. Guess I wasn't the first.

GrasstopsUSA sent out an email, asking that we demand "Congress be called back into session IMMEDIATELY and emergency legislation must be passed that simply states that voters must produce a valid state or federal ID at the polls or have their vote counted provisionally." (I do not support GrasstopsUSA financially but find their emails interesting.) This has a snowballs chance of going anywhere, but dealing with voter fraud after the fact is pretty ineffective.

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Tax refund to those who don't pay taxes

Elections, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/13/obama-tax-cut-refunds-those-who-dont-pay/

Obama tax cut refunds those who don't pay

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Volunteers for Obama...all the way from Hamas' Gaza Strip

Elections, Obama 2008

Did you get your phone call yet? Believe it or not, some Gaza youth support Obama's presidential bid and are making phone calls for him:

"Hello, I'm calling from Gaza. I want some of your time. We are supporting Barack Obama…" For the past seven months, a group of 24 students and young professionals have gathered in the Gaza Strip nightly to phone random telephone numbers in the United States, urging the voices at the other end to "vote for Barack Obama."

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Christianity is not an ala carte menu

Culture, Elections, Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Religion

One of the most important differences between the 2 political parties is their Pro-Life or Pro-[Abortion]Choice stance.

Democrat candidate Barack Obama has the most liberal record on abortion.

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What is a tax cut?

Elections, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122385651698727257.html#printMode

Obama's 95% Illusion, It depends on what the meaning of 'tax cut' is

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A Hooters in Brookfield? So much for image

City of Brookfield, Culture, Development, Economy

Adios Pedro's. Hola Hooters. UGH

We learned last week that Hooters restaurant won the auction for the bankrupt Pedro's restaurant. So much for Brookfield's image. 

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The voter fraud ACORNs just keep piling up

Elections, Politics, Voter fraud

An Ohio woman explains how ACORN workers pushed her to vote multiple times. "Even if you tell them that, 'I've already registered,' they'll be like, 'Well, just sign your name and give us the the last four of your social and we'll do the rest."

From Fox News: (My emphasis)

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I'm wondering about a Bradley Effect

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_effect The Bradley Effect

Not in the way you might think. I am wondering about the Bradley Effect among African Americans.

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McCain asks for election monitoring help

We need your help to ensure a fair and honest election. Already we have seen nationwide voter registration fraud by ACORN - a group closely linked to Barack Obama.

ACORN is under investigation for fraudulent activities in at least 11 states and they are accused of wrongdoing in many others. Election officials across the country have reported that 40-50% percent of registrations being turned in by ACORN are fictitious and are clogging up the system.

We have seen corruption in nearly every contested state:

  • Connecticut: local investigators are reviewing numerous reports of registration fraud committed by ACORN, including one case where a 7 year-old girl was registered to vote.
  • Florida: ACORN submitted hundreds of duplicate registrations to the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.
  • Indiana: Almost half of the 5,000 registrations submitted by ACORN in Gary have been rejected for fraud and other irregularities.
  • Missouri: ACORN is being blamed for hundreds of bogus and duplication registration applications that are "bogging down the system."
  • Nevada: The Las Vegas office of ACORN was raided by state law enforcement for its alleged involvement in voter fraud. In addition to registering the Dallas Cowboys starting line-up, ACORN also used prison inmates through a work release program to conduct voter registration activities.
  • New Mexico: ACORN was exposed for employing numerous felons to collect voter registrations including sex offenders and persons accused of identity theft. The FBI is currently investigating 1,400 registrations.
  • Ohio: ACORN admitted to Cuyahoga County election officials that it cannot eliminate fraud from its operation. The Board has been investigating ACORN registrations since August.
  • Pennsylvania: Thousands of ACORN registrations have been turned over to federal authorities for investigation.
  • Wisconsin: 39 ACORN employees are under investigation for registration fraud and 2 have already been indicted.
ACORN's activities are poisoning the political system while advocating for Barack Obama's campaign. Make no mistake about it: voter registration fraud has only one purpose and that is voter fraud.

We need you to sign up today to ensure that this election is not stolen.


If you haven't done so already, we still need your commitment to volunteer to participate in our campaign's Election Day and Pre-Election Day voting activities. Please sign up to help at the Elections Day Operation Sign Up website today.

There are many ways you can help reduce voter fraud during this election. Examples include serving as an election monitor, participating in a legal response team, and serving in an election response center. Roles exist for concerned citizens, attorneys, and law students.

R and PG-13 movies in Elmbrook Schools

Culture, Education, Elmbrook

 've recently become aware by parents in our community, as well as by School Board members, that "R" rated movies are being shown in classrooms within our Elmbrook Schools (as part of "curriculum") and are also kept within the school libraries. Please consider contacting Elmbrook School Board members as this item will be up for discussion very soon. Board Members need to hear from the community in order to make changes to this policy (or lack thereof). Board Member email addresses can be found in the email address section below.

 To: "Glen Allgaier" <allgaieg@elmbrookschools.org>

, "Tom Gehl" <gehlt@elmbrookschools.org>, "Gary Jones" <jonesg@elmbrookschools.org>, "David Marcello" <marcelld@elmbrookschools.org>, "Stephen Schwei" <schweis@elmbrookschools.org>, "Meg Wartman" <wartmanm@elmbrookschools.org>, "Robert Ziegler" <zieglerr@elmbrookschools.org>
Date: Monday, October 13, 2008, 8:43 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger OK, Howard Dean OK, but Sarah Palin NOT OK?

Conservatives, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Truth

It amazes me that the question is still out there: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be Vice President or God forbid, President? Considering Senator Barack Obama has so little experience, the question is laughable.

In the race for the White House, Governors traditionally are hands down the favorite against Senators or Congressmen. Since Governors must prepare a budget and run their state, it is thought that their executive experience translates more completely to the presidency than experience in other branches of government.

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Parents, what is your child learning at school?

Conservatives, Culture, Education, Obama 2008, Truth

We value education in the United States. Parents often make sacrifices to send their children to good colleges. But do you know who is teaching your child? Do do you know what your young adult is learning at their school?

More and more information is coming out about William Ayers, the self proclaimed terrorist, member of the Weather Underground that bombed the Capitol, Pentagon, and police headquarters, and professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. A terrorist, whose only regret about the bombings was "we didn't do enough," a college professor?

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Fed up? Where do you get your news?

Conservatives, Politics

I stopped watching network news long ago. I just couldn't take it anymore.  CNSNews.com

ABC Refuses to Run Right to Life AD That Attacks Obama   

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New twist on Reagan's "I'm from the govt...to help"

Government / Bureaucracy, Just for fun!

One of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes is, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

I spotted an artful new twist on that same theme on a Drudge Report ad,

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Lincoln's platform in direct contrast to Obama's

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

~ President Abraham Lincoln, a founder of the Republican Party   

GrassTops 

Sing it: ACORNs keep falling on my head...

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth, Unintended consequences, Voter fraud

Remember the song, Raindrops keep falling on my head? I'm thinking we need a new version: ACORNs keep falling on my head! (Sing along to the original song's last refrain.)

ACORNs keep falling on my head,

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Obama is no Robin Hood

Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Joe the plumber, fox news kabuto 

America was socialistic once, it didn't work

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, Truth, United States

Bradford and Pilgrims tried communal farming. It did not work then, it won't work now 

Most of my employment came from rich people

Education, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 

Recession proof businesses, not many in Brookfield

City of Brookfield, Development, THE ECONOMY

Recession proof businesses 

It is not over yet

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

I remember during the 2004 election, it seemed George Bush was doomed. The results were different however: Zogby got it right. So this time around, I don't pay much attention to the other polls, which often are stacked with more Democrats than Republicans, I just check Zogby. Today, Obama is down .8% and McCain up 2.4% from yesterday; they are 3.8 % apart. Rasmussen is another poll that is respected. It shows a 5% lead for Obama nationally.

Considering that Obama is outspending McCain at least 5 to 1, you would think Obama would be way ahead, not just around 4% nationally. The bad economy helps Obama more than it helps McCain. Add to that the lack of coverage by mainstream media to report anything controversial about Obama and it makes McCain's down by 4% look more positive.

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Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays

Culture, Holidays, Religion

https://store.afa.net/c-23-merry-christmas-buttons-and-stickers.aspx 

Help preserve our tradition of saying “Merry Christmas” by sponsoring Project Merry Christmas in your church.

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The fix: What works?

Elections, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Lower taxes--Reagan, Kennedy Raise taxes--Hoover, Carter? 

Lower corperate taxes--Ireland, Raise corperate taxes, Europe?

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**Obama on Partial Birth Abortion: Are you for or against? Yes

Culture, Elections, Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion, Truth

Partial Birth Abortion is a barbaric procedure in which doctors induce a late term pregnant woman to actually give birth, but before the baby is totally delivered, doctors will puncture the child's brain to kill it. If any other culture did that we would be outraged. (This procedure is to be confused with late term labor induced abortion, which occurs earlier in the pregnancy.)

Partial Birth Abortion was "banned by the Congress and signed by the President in 2003" The Supreme Court upheld the ban in 2007. Even pro-abortion Sen. Daniel Moynihan, Democrat from N.Y. voted to ban partial-birth abortion. He said the practice was "too close to infanticide."  

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Canada just elected new Prime Minister, will US follow suit?

Conservatives, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES, War

Our race for the White House seems like it has gone on forever. Canada just got the job done in less than 2 months. (Lucky them!)

Who did Canadians elect? The Conservative or the Liberal?

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Love that Joe the plumber, he calls Obama on tax plan

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, TAXES

We are learning more and more about Barack Obama's tax plan--it is not a tax cut but a socialistic increase in spending.

As Obama was on the campaign trail in Ohio this week, Obama encountered Joe the plumber--a small businessman. He was not impressed with the Obama tax plan. Fox News Neil Cavuto interviewed Joe.

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A chilling comparison: Obama & Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Elections, Obama 2008, Truth

On Tuesday, I listened to Mark Levin. (WISN radio, 9pm) I like Mark Levin, but what he said sickened me.

I challenge you to listen to the podcast from 10/14 The Mark Levin Show. The first half of the broadcast is primarily about how Obama's campaign is straight out of Alinsky's book.

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It's Puffball mushroom season again

Food, Gardening, Just for fun!, Nature

There was a buzz of excitement amongst the adults in my aunt and uncle's Brookfield home, as they laid their treasures on the kitchen counter. The grownups had just returned from a mushroom hunting expedition at Kinsey Park and the 2 neighboring homes and had struck pay dirt.

Boxes of Puffball and Morel mushrooms were their prize.

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Sources from joe the plumber and socialsim

Elections, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, Truth

http://fairlyconservative.com/good-job/i-heart-huckabee/ I heart Huckabee  

Joe the plumber sure put a face on the problem with taxing small businessmen and giving it to workers paying little or no Federal income tax at all.

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Creating government jobs is not the answer

 

How Ireland expanded their economy and attracted businesses

Elections, Entrepreneurship, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Lowered the taxes on business.

Democrats love to harp on how many jobs are sent overseas. Yet they continue to make the business climate in America very uncomfortable. Just like anyone would, a business will locate where the conditions are the most favorable.

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...with liberty, and drivers license for all (including illegal aliens)

Elections, Illegal immigration, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, Voter fraud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KznfyCqL44c

http://www.nationalrepublicantrust.com/licenseforillegals_dr.html

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Pilgrim Park engineering study eats up savings for next 11 years?

Elmbrook, Energy, THE ECONOMY

 

 

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Elmbrook's levy rate increases, property values decrease

Elmbrook, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Elmbrook's tax rate on the rise

http://www.brookfieldnow.com/watch/?watch=14&date=10/15/2008&id=47561 

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Elmbrook's referendum off to an over budget start

Elmbrook, TAXES

 http://www.brookfieldnow.com/watch/?watch=14&date=10/15/2008&id=47553

 About 10% over?

School construction bids $300K over budget

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It's not Obama's skin color I object to, it's that he leans too RED

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth, United States

Presidential candidate Barack Obama has used his skin color to his advantage in this election.  Anytime anyone brings up his past associations with Rev. Wright, terrorist William Ayers, Father Flager,  or FannieMae's Franklin Raines, etc., Obama's campaign squawks, that's racist. (Go figure, 2 of those men are white.) Referencing Obama as a community activist/organizer was deemed a code word for black too.

But in just the past few weeks, more disturbing relationships have come to light: Obama's ties and associations with The New Party socialists and Marxists.

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Biden warns of international crisis in 1st 6 months, "Gird your loins"

Obama 2008, Politics, War

 http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/10/biden-to-suppor.html Biden to Supporters: "ird Your Loins", For the Next President "It's Like Cleaning Augean Stables"

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.

"Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."

Not only will the next administration have to deal with foreign affairs issues, Biden warned, but also with the current economic crisis.

"Gird your loins," Biden told the crowd. "We're gonna win with your help, God willing, we're gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It's like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than – think about it, literally, think about it – this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy."

The Delaware lawmaker managed to rake in an estimated $1 million total from his two money hauls at the downtown Sheraton, the same hotel where four years ago Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., clinched the Democratic nomination. Despite warning about the difficulties the next administration will face, Biden said the Democratic ticket is equipped to meet the challenges head on.

"I've forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know, so I'm not being falsely humble with you. I think I can be value added, but this guy has it," the Senate Foreign Relations chairman said of Obama. "This guy has it. But he's gonna need your help. Because I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, 'Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?' We're gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I'm asking you now, I'm asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you're going to have to reinforce us."

"There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, 'Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision'," Biden continued. "Because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you will when they're made, they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound."

Biden emphasized that the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border is of particular concern, with Osama bin Laden "alive and well" and Pakistan "bristling with nuclear weapons."

"You literally can see what these kids are up against, our kids in that region," Biden said in recalling when his helicopter was forced down due to a snowstorm there. "The place is crawling with al Qaeda. And it's real."

"We do not have the military capacity, nor have we ever, quite frankly, in the last 20 years, to dictate outcomes," he cautioned. "It's so much more important than that. It's so much more complicated than that. And Barack gets it."

After speaking for just over a quarter of an hour, Biden noticed the media presence in the back of the small ballroom.

"I probably shouldn't have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here," he joked.

"All kidding aside, these guys have left us in a God-awful place," he then said of the Bush regime, promptly wrapping up his remarks. "We have the ability to straighten it out. It's gonna take a little bit of time, so I ask you to stay with us. Stay with us."

The UN-Fairness Doctrine, set for comeback under Dem. majority?

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth

 http://www.nypost.com/seven/10202008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/dems_get_set_to_muzzle_the_right_134399. DEMS GET SET TO MUZZLE THE RIGHT

 

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America's early socialist experiment

History, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion, Socialism / Marxism, Unintended consequences

 Socialism! There, I've said it

Liberals, such as Obama, might deny human nature, but they can't change it. And human nature happens to dictate that people will not produce as much when you confiscate more of what they produce and give it to others. The working wealthy, especially Christians and conservatives, are some of the most generous people in the world, but we're talking about voluntary charitable contributions, not unconstitutionally coerced redistributions.

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Enough with the stimulus pkgs--Uncle Sam is broke!

Politics, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE49J60N20081020

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it remained open to the idea of a second economic stimulus package but its willingness to accept a new plan would depend on details put forth by the Democratic-led Congress.

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Joe the plumber not real? Too bad Obama's "Spread the wealth around" is

Elections, Obama 2008, Religion, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, Truth

Joe the plumber sure put a face on the problem with taxing small businessmen and giving it to workers paying little or no Federal income tax at all.

Now we learn that Joe isn't Joe, he isn't a licensed plumber*, and in actuality, is not in such a high tax bracket**.

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Weekend retreat to Elkhart Lake

Short trips, TRAVEL, WISCONSIN

 

Houses ARE selling in Brookfield, Wisconsin, & U.S.

Common sense, THE ECONOMY

Daily, we are bombarded by bad news about the housing market. The media makes it seem that nothing is selling and that a mortgage is impossible to obtain. But this is not true. Take a look at our local market GOING PRICES

We had a home sell very quickly on our street that was on that price list. It seemed to sell fast too--in about 2 months. The new owners now occupy. Another home in our neighborhood on that list also sold over the summer.

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FDR's New Deal slowed recovery just like Newest New Deal will

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, History, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122455099434052597.html?mod=djemEditorialPage Get Ready for the New New Deal Obama is much more dangerous to economic freedom than FDR  

 

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Private retirement plans vs. Social Security: Which gives more?

Government / Bureaucracy, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Do you know how much you contribute to Social Security every month? What if you had that money to invest yourself? Would you have done a better job? 

Ever look at your yearly Social Security statements?  It is enough to make you cry.

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...with liberty and health care for all

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/04/AR2007090401623_pf.html Importing Poverty

A second reason is that immigration affects government policy. By default, our present policy is to import poor people. This imposes strains on local schools, public services and health care. From 2000 to 2006, 41 percent of the increase in people without health insurance occurred among Hispanics. Paradoxically, many Hispanics are advancing quite rapidly. But assimilation -- which should be our goal -- will be frustrated if we keep adding to the pool of poor. Newcomers will compete with earlier arrivals. In my view, though some economists disagree, competition from low-skilled Hispanics also hurts low-skilled blacks.

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With age comes Wisdom... Teeth

Healthy living

Sometimes procrastinating pays off. 

***Economic factsThe "New Tax Welfare"

Elections, Obama 2008, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D944H6EO0&show_article=1 Obama infomercial short on taxes? http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MDMzMzRlOTJhNjdmYWI1YWY3OTg3MTVjNjZiNjI5MjU= Obama's New Tax Welfare Behind the 95

Barack Obama says he plans to cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers. That sounds terrific, but there are three problems. One, it is meant to draw attention from the real core of the Obama tax plan: proposed increases in every major federal tax. Two, the structure of the cuts will create perverse incentives. And three, many of the people receiving “tax cuts” don’t pay taxes to begin with, meaning they’ll be in effect getting welfare.

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About 1/5th of uninsured are illegal aliens

Health care, Socialism / Marxism

Mark Levin Show, Oct 21, about 1/4 to 1/2 into podcast.

When I was in grade school, Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey were popular TV series. I have a vague memory of one episode where an uninsured person, a woman, I think, goes to the hospital emergency room. She is turned away. I can't remember if she died or not, but it was a dramatic show.

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**Welcome to the gulag: media investigations

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism

State of Ohio used their data base to investigate Joe the Plumber. look for link

 

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1st Amendment gets thrown out with Fairness Doctrine

Conservatives, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism

 

*Nov. 9th: International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Helping others, Religion

Sunday, November 9th is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

We Americans have the freedom to worship or not worship as we please and often are unaware of the plight of believers in other parts of the world. Organizations such as Open Doors and Voice of the Martyrs work to raise awareness of worldwide religious persecution and strive to aid these persecuted believers.

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Now Democrats are after our 401Ks?

Government / Bureaucracy, Obama 2008, Politics, Retirement, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES

We've invested $81 billion into 401Ks because those investments are made from pre taxed dollars! they consider those to be theirs!

 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122477680834462659.html Eyeing Your Pension Are 401(k)s safe from congressional Democrats?

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The Open Doors challenge: Send Bibles to Muslim converts

Charity, Helping others, Religion

Open Doors is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the persecuted Christian church around the world. It was the result of a one man crusade, that began in 1955, to support the local persecuted church in Iron Curtain countries. That man was Dutch Christian, Andrew van der Bijl, better known as Brother Andrew.

Brother Andrew turned 80 this summer (pictured left), and he is still going strong.

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1st priority: kill babies

Culture, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Pro Life / Pro Abortion

 

http://www.frcaction.org/videos 

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We know what works--look at Ireland, also know what doesn't--Michigan

McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 

The boycott is over, "McDonald's straightens up and fries right!"

Boycotts, Culture, Homosexual agenda

I almost forgot about this: the McDonald's boycott ended about 2 weeks ago. Family Research Council reports:

The Big Mac attack on family values is finally over! After a five-month boycott, Americans finally got what they ordered-McDonald's agreement to stop financing the homosexual agenda. Back in May, the fast food giant joined the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to the dismay of millions of customers who did not feel served. At the time, company Vice President Richard Ellis refused to back down, even calling conservatives "haters" in a public statement.

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Fears of Osama bin Laden

 

Stay in our hotels, aborting young mothers do

Alert, Culture

Family Research Council brought this very disturbing news to my attention: Choice Hotels' Quality Inn in Maple Shade, New Jersey and the Clarion Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey are offering a room discount up to $50 to women who are in the process of having an abortion. From Family Research Council:  

According to volunteers from the area's [New Jersey's] "40 Days for Life" campaign, many of the patients leaving the Cherry Hill clinic are "alone, crying, and in extreme pain." After their digoxin injections, these mothers are sent home or to area hotels to wait for their babies to die. The next day, they return to the clinic to deliver their dead children.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asks, Want a TV section?

Alert, Just for fun!

Most people I know are thoroughly disgusted with the Milwaukee Journal's liberal bias. One woman canceled her paper after the Journal failed to quote Governor Palin accurately in a headline...it was her last straw.

Now the paper asks, do you still want to receive the TV Cue section on Sundays?

Want to still receive it? That is one of the reasons we get the paper! ;-) Oh, the Sunday ads are good too. (The articles are online after all and I hate the piles of newspaper that gather in the house.)

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Unique, handmade gifts: Holiday Marketplace annual sale Oct. 24th & 25th

Just for fun!, Special events

Two very talented ladies hold a wonderful sale every October in a home in my neighborhood.

This year their sale is Friday, Oct. 24th from 7pm to 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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Krauthammer's right on the money

 http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=309651841624262

No Reason For Conservatives To Jump Ship   

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Why would Colin Powell's edorsement matter?

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

The fact that Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama late in the game doesn't surprise me at all. What does surprise me is that Democrats made so much of it.

Many Conservatives were never too impressed with Colin Powell, so the fact that he favors Obama now doesn't make us shake in our boots. If someone like Justice Clarence Thomas would endorse Obama, that would shake things up, but not Powell.

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Yikes! Oil at $60-something/barrel, Gasoline at $2.69

Energy, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, THE ECONOMY, TRAVEL

Tuesday I got a tank full of gas for $2.69 a gallon. Sure wish gas prices were that low in August when we went to Yellowstone! Our trip cost us $549 in gasoline for 3,188 miles. If we made that trip now, we would have saved about $200. (Of course, Old Faithful Lodge is now closed for the winter season.)

The U.S dollar ended stronger than usual. One US dollar will now purchase $1.26 in Canada, .62 Pounds, and .78 Euros.  

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Candidates had foreign policy briefing. What does Biden know that we don't?

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, THE ECONOMY, War

Both parties' candidates just had a foreign policy briefing--a standard practice used to bring the next president up to speed. What isn't standard is a candidate shooting his mouth off after the briefing. Biden's warning: (My emphasis throughout.)

"Mark my words," Biden said in San Francisco last Saturday. "With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they're going to — we're going to face a major international challenge. Because they're going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They're going to want to test him."

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Unique handmade gifts at Holiday Marketplace annual sale: Oct. 24th & 25th

Just for fun!, Special events

Two very talented ladies hold a wonderful sale every October in a home in my neighborhood.

This year their sale is Friday evening, Oct. 24th from 7pm to 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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Polls have a bias--they will tighten up now because they all want to be right

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

 http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=278 Eighty-Four percent say they'd never lie to a pollster, Oct. 15

...In addition to the social pressure to constantly prove you're not a racist, apparently there is massive social pressure to prove you're not a Republican. No one is lying about voting for McCain just to sound cool.

Reviewing the polls printed in The New York Times and The Washington Post in the last month of every presidential election since 1976, I found the polls were never wrong in a friendly way to Republicans. When the polls were wrong, which was often, they overestimated support for the Democrat, usually by about 6 to 10 points.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter narrowly beat Gerald Ford 50.1 percent to 48 percent. And yet, on Sept. 1, Carter led Ford by 15 points. Just weeks before the election, on Oct. 16, 1976, Carter led Ford in the Gallup Poll by 6 percentage points -- down from his 33-point Gallup Poll lead in August.

Reading newspaper coverage of presidential elections in 1980 and 1984, I found myself paralyzed by the fear that Reagan was going to lose.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan beat Carter by nearly 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent. In a Gallup Poll released days before the election on Oct. 27, it was Carter who led Reagan 45 percent to 42 percent.

In 1984, Reagan walloped Walter Mondale 58.8 percent to 40 percent, -- the largest electoral landslide in U.S. history. But on Oct. 15, The New York Daily News published a poll showing Mondale with only a 4-point deficit to Reagan, 45 percent to 41 percent. A Harris Poll about the same time showed Reagan with only a 9-point lead. The Oct. 19 New York Times/CBS News Poll had Mr. Reagan ahead of Mondale by 13 points. All these polls underestimated Reagan's actual margin of victory by 6 to 15 points.

In 1988, George H.W. Bush beat Michael Dukakis by a whopping 53.4 percent to 45.6 percent. A New York Times/CBS News Poll on Oct. 5 had Bush leading the Greek homunculus by a statistically insignificant 2 points -- 45 percent to 43 percent. (For the kids out there: Before it became a clearinghouse for anti-Bush conspiracy theories, CBS News was considered a credible journalistic entity.)

A week later -- or one tank ride later, depending on who's telling the story -- on Oct. 13, Bush was leading Dukakis in The New York Times Poll by a mere 5 points.

Admittedly, a 3- to 6-point error is not as crazily wrong as the 6- to 15-point error in 1984. But it's striking that even small "margin of error" mistakes never seem to benefit Republicans.

In 1992, Bill Clinton beat the first President Bush 43 percent to 37.7 percent. (Ross Perot got 18.9 percent of Bush's voters that year.) On Oct. 18, a Newsweek Poll had Clinton winning 46 percent to 31 percent, and a CBS News Poll showed Clinton winning 47 percent to 35 percent.

So in 1992, the polls had Clinton 12 to 15 points ahead, but he won by only 5.3 points.

In 1996, Bill Clinton beat Bob Dole 49 percent to 40 percent. And yet on Oct. 22, 1996, The New York Times/CBS News Poll showed Clinton leading by a massive 22 points, 55 percent to 33 percent.

In 2000, which I seem to recall as being fairly close, the October polls accurately described the election as a virtual tie, with either Bush or Al Gore 1 or 2 points ahead in various polls. But in one of the latest polls to give either candidate a clear advantage, The New York Times/CBS News Poll on Oct. 3, 2000, showed Gore winning by 45 percent to 39 percent.

In the last presidential election the polls were surprisingly accurate -- not including the massively inaccurate Election Day exit poll. In the end, Bush beat John Kerry 50.7 percent to 48.3 percent in 2004. Most of the October polls showed the candidates in a dead-heat, with Bush 1 to 3 points ahead. So either pollsters got a whole lot better starting in 2004, or Democrats stole more votes in that election than we even realized. 

*Is Wall Street's plunge reflecting fears of Obama presidency?

Obama 2008, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Today, Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative posted Is an Obama win already priced into the stock market? She said there was a "lively discussion on CNBC this morning" on the subject. She has a graph that is worth looking at showing a possible correlation between Obama's lead and the market's fall.

Her post triggered my memory that I started working on a similar post. This one. Others have suggested the same idea. In June, Newsmax came out with a 'President Obama and the Coming Stock Market Crash' Special Report: (My emphasis)

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What can you expect when the liberal media chose both candidates?

Conservatives, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

 http://www.weeklystandard.com/Utilities/printer_preview.asp?idArticle=15718&R=13C7B8B Sarah Palin's Future Alaska's most valuable resource oct 27 Fred Barnes

Elon, North Carolina
Six thousand tickets were grabbed up in three hours for Sarah Palin's speech here at the baseball field of Elon University. An even larger crowd--9,000 inside, 3,000 outside--showed up across the state in Greenville a few days earlier. But impressive attendance isn't the half of it. What's extraordinary is the effect Palin has on crowds. "When she hits the stage audiences erupt and they don't calm down," says Republican senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who appeared with Palin here and in Greenville. "I've been with Bush, Clinton, 41--and I've never seen anything like this."

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Bailouts and new govt. programs: like a shark feeding frenzy

McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 Maybe I should say Shark Spending Frenzy? Trouble is, the government is the shark and our wallets are what they are feeding on!

Right now, Washington Democrats are working on Ted Kennedy's health care bill. They are discussing a new reitrement program that would do away with your 401K type investment.

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Silver lining: Illegals return home because of economic slump?

Illegal immigration, THE ECONOMY, Unintended consequences

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Headlines/Default.aspx?id=298968

Poor US economy forcing illegals to return home 

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Obama lawyers ask for voter fraud investigations delay 'til after Nov.4th

Elections, Obama 2008, Voter fraud

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Election2008/Default.aspx?id=297446 Obama seeks delay in voter fraud investigation

Barack Obama's presidential campaign is pressuring the Department of Justice to put off a probe of voter registration fraud allegations leveled against the now infamous liberal group ACORN.

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I just don't get it people don't like policy, but vote for dems

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Congress has the lowest approval rating of all time.

Democrats in both houses do not support any real domestic oil exploration and drilling, but the majority of Americans do.

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Barney Frank calls for major defense cuts, Biden says we're i

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, Obama 2008, Politics, TAXES, War

 http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2008/10/24/frank-calls-for-25-percent-cut-in-defense-spending-eventual-tax-hikes/ Frank Calls for Major Devense Cuts, 'Eventual' Tax Hike

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Businesses in panic over Dem majorities, will run ads

Entrepreneurship, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Socialism / Marxism, THE ECONOMY

Mark Levin, oct 24 10pm? Mark talks about chamber of commerce of some type will start to run ads because they are terrified of an obama victory and how bad that will be for biz if house and senate are filibuster proof 

ACORN overstated their "harvest"

Elections, Ethics, Obama 2008, Voter fraud

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/us/politics/24acorn.html?em Group's Tally of New Voters Was Vastly Overstated  

On Oct. 6, the community organizing group Acorn and an affiliated charity called Project Vote announced with jubilation that they had registered 1.3 million new voters. But it turns out the claim was a wild exaggeration, and the real number of newly registered voters nationwide is closer to 450,000, Project Vote’s executive director, Michael Slater, said in an interview.

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The "Gore Effect," chilling!

Follow the money, Going Green, Weather

I found this interesting blog, The Reference Frame, on the Drudge Report. It's written by Lobos Motl, a Czech physicist.  

Seems Al Gore is having a tougher time speaking out about the dangers of Global Warming. Frequently, unusually cold weather accompanies him on his speaking engagements. This must happen fairly often because there is even a term for it, The Gore effect: 

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Elections, Voter fraud

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/10/25/comedy-gold-wftv-interviews-biden/ Comedy gold: WFTV interviews Biden,

 

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America already IS land of Hope & Change

Franklins quote, A Republic, if you can keep it. 

Elmbrook to discuss Chapter 220 enrollment Tuesday R movies?

enrollment  R movies

Obama wish list--Obama reality check

McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, THE ECONOMY

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_michael_barone/a_reality_check_on_obama_s_wish_list A Reality Check on Obama's Wish List, A commentary by Michael Barone Oct. 25, 2008

 What will an Obama administration and a Congress with increased Democratic majorities do? That's a relevant question, given the Democrats' leads in the polls. And it's a little hard to answer, given the financial crisis that has been raging and the recession that seems to be ahead.

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The elitists don't like Palin...they didn't like Reagan either

Conservatives, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

I've been to 2 McCain Palin rallies. Believe me, Republicans and conservatives adore Sarah Palin. Many of them would never have braved the crowds and long lines for John McCain. But for Sarah? Yes. The question, Can we reverse the ticket? (Palin, McCain) is more than a light hearted joke. 

Yet, there are those supposed Republican elitists who look down their noses at her with disdain. Some go as far as throwing their support to Barack Obama. Can someone who says they are a conservative or Republican really be for Barack Obama? Does that ring true?

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Would employers still offer health insurance if govt.'s is cheaper?

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, THE ECONOMY

Hawaii had to drop their free coverage for children. Parents who were paying for their children's coverage dropped it in favor of the freebie plan?//Look for link 

Some good health insurance plans cost the employer about $1,500/mo. Would that employer still offer that plan or just pay the fine? Even the McCain plan characterizes  the family insurance premiums at $14,000 per year.

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Biden: "We've not paid them [ACORN] one single penny"

Obama 2008, Politics, Truth, Voter fraud

An interview of Sen. Joe Biden by Barbara West at Florida's WFTV caused quite a stir over the weekend. She asked several very blunt questions about ACORN, the international crisis Biden forecasted if Obama was elected, and is Obama a Marxist? HotAir dubbed West's interview,  Comedy gold: WFTV interviews Biden: (Video link included)

Barbara West began the interview with,

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Equal pay for women? Obama pays women 83 cents/dollar men earn

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, THE ECONOMY, Truth

Get your political flier on Obama wanting equal pay for women? I did . 

http://www.nypost.com/seven/10222008/news/politics/shop_spree_sarahs_150g_party_clothes_134694.htm Oct. 22, 2008 Shop-spree Sarah's 150G 'Party' clothes

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Obama's Spread the Wealth interview vs. my Spread the Wealth

Entrepreneurship, Government / Bureaucracy, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 http://fairlyconservative.com/obama/is-obamas-spreading-of-the-wealth-a-euphmism-for-reparation/

You Tube

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Obama lowered income for tax increase to $200,000, Biden to $150,000, see a trend?

Obama 2008, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Over weekend, Obama lowered that income level that he would start "taxing" to $200,000 from $250,000.

That doesn't mean much to me since we are closer to mid 6 figures. But to dual income families, this will mean a lot. Same for those Joe the Plumber small business men.

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Journalism died during this campaign, 1st Amendment soon to take hit

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Truth

http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/1176/10/1176_1224605107.pdf Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? Monday, Oct 20, 2008

 Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper
columnist, and in this opinion piece he takes on both while lamenting
the current state of journalism.
An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America:
I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism.
You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the
public has a right to know.
This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the
evil Bush administration.
It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the
rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.

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U.N. hopes for Obama victory and errosion of U.S. Soverignty

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, U.S. Sovereignty, Unintended consequences

 Obama's Global Poverty Act not only would cost Americans nearly $860 billion??? but more importantly it would compromise America's sovereignty. Is it any wonder those at the U.N. are rooting for Barack Obama?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/25/AR2008102502011_pf.html At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win Oct 26

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Frank: cut 25% on military spending, Biden: We're underprepared

Obama 2008, Politics, TAXES, U.S. Sovereignty, War

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081024/NEWS/810240332/-1/NEWS10

Frank envisions post-election stimulus from Democrats Oct. 24, 

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Kennedy works on Govt. healthcare with or without Obama

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, Legislation, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/24/kennedy-secretly-crafts-health-care-plan/

Kennedy secretly crafts health care plan Turns 'cause of his life' into '09 bipartisan bill Oct 24

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How to control a society

Taxes, health care, and retirement

Which candidate would you invite for coffee? Sarah, meet Silvia

Elections, Just for fun!, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics

Governor Palin returned to her home state, Alaska, after the convention. In watching interviews with the locals, it was pretty hard to miss that they all call her "Sarah." (She does enjoy a 68 to 80% approval rating.)

The ability for the public to relate to a candidate and imagine going out for a beer with in elections is a huge advantage they say. Since I don't drink, I will translate that familiarity to having coffee together.

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Alaska's Sen. Stevens found guilty--all counts

Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, Politics

 

Elmbrook to discuss Chapter 220 enrollment, Tues. Oct. 28, 6pm & 7pm

Education, Elmbrook, Elmbrook: nonresident students

The Elmbrook School Board will be discussing future Chapter 220 enrollment at their work session on Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 6:00 to 6:55pm at the District Offices.

The actual board meeting begins at 7pm with the 2009-2010 Chapter 220 and Open Enrollment planning topic starting at 8pm. 

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A real letter from Corey the driller

Entrepreneurship, Government / Bureaucracy, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

 http://www.eclecticwill.com/2008/10/open-letter-to-sen-obama-from-corey-miller-the-well-driller/ Open Letter to Sen. Obama from Corey Miller the Well Driller

Good day boys and girls.  A friend of mine forwarded me the letter that I’m about to post.  She apparently got a hold of it from a talk show out west and it was written to the talk show host by a real person.  I have done my due diligence, checked it out on snopes and checked out the website of the person whose name was quoted in the email.  

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Business "officially horrified" at prospect of filibuster-proof Senate

Entrepreneurship, McCain 2008, Politics, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

I first heard about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ads on Mark Levin's Friday, Oct. 24th broadcast. (About at the 40 minute mark.) Mark also discussed socialism and floated the possibility that Obama somehow considers his spreading the wealth as reparations.

Mark characterized the business community as being "officially horrified" at the prospect of being under a Democrat majority House, Senate, and presidency. From the Wall Street Journal, Business Finally Fights Back The U.S. Chamber of Commerce throws its weight against a filibuster-proof Senate: (My emphasis)

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13 fewer "bogus" Ohio Obama votes--from workers + other fraud

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Voter fraud

Would these 13 be some of those campaign workers Biden was proud of? In fairness, the McCain campaign was warned too, but I have not seen details about numbers of them withdrawing their ballots. (My emphasis throughout.)

BAM Staffers pull their bogus Ohio ballots Oct. 25, 2008

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Catholic Church solidly against abortion

Culture, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20081026/OPINION10/81025022/1004/OPINION

 Catholic Church has made no exception regarding abortion since ancient times oct 26

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Media bias so blatent even Dan Rather agrees!

McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth

When Dan Rather notes the media is biased in favor of the Obama campaign, how can you continue to deny it? (My emphasis throughout)

Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather says there is a huge double-standard in the media when it comes to coverage the Barack Obama campaign receives, which is clearly made evident in the lack of scrutiny given to comments Obama’s vice presidential running mate Sen. Joe Biden made earlier this week. [Re: international crisis]

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McCain's health plan explained, benefits are NOT taxed

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care, McCain 2008, Politics, Truth

http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/19ba2f1c-c03f-4ac2-8cd5-5cf2edb527cf.htm 

Obama doesn't think HE should have to spread his wealth

Government / Bureaucracy, Helping others, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, THE ECONOMY

Funny thing about Socialists and Marxists. They say everyone should spread the wealth around. quote from Marx each according to his ability but they believe they themselves are exempt from that mandate.

Did Fidel Castro live the same lifestyle as the average Cuban?

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I repeat: who is teaching our kids? Ayers & other terrorists

Education, Obama 2008, Politics, Truth

http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/printer_friendly.cgi?article=279 AYERS: Radical Loon When Obama Was Only 47

The media are acting as if they completely and fully vetted Obama during the Democratic primaries and that's why they are entitled to send teams of researchers into Alaska to analyze Sarah Palin's every expense report.

In fact, the mainstream media did no vetting. They seem to have all agreed, "OK, none of us will get into this business with Jeremiah Wright, 'Tony' Rezko, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and everyone's impression of an angry Michelle Obama on 'The Jerry Springer Show.'"

During one of the Democratic primary debates, Hillary Clinton was hissed for mentioning Syrian national Rezko, and during another, ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos nearly lost his career for asking Obama one question about William Ayers.

In the past week, TV anchors have taken to claiming that Obama "refuted" John McCain's statement that Obama launched his political career at the home of former Weather Underground leader Ayers.

No, Obama "denied" it; he didn't "refute" it. If "denying" something is the same as "refuting" it, then maybe the establishment media can quit harping on Palin's qualifications to be president, since she too "refuted" that by denying it.

Back before the media realized it needed to lie about Obama launching his political career at Ayers' house, the Los Angeles Times provided an eyewitness account from a liberal who attended the event.

"When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the living room of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. They were launching him -- introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread."

The Times has now stripped this item from its Web page, but the great blogger Patterico has preserved it for posterity on his Web page.

Obama's glib remark that "Bill Ayers is a professor of education in Chicago; 40 years ago when I was 8 years old he engaged in despicable acts with a domestic group. I have roundly denounced those attacks" -- doesn't answer anything.

First of all, the fact that Ayers is a professor of education proves only one thing: He is dumber than any person without an education degree.

Ayers is such an imbecile, we ought to be amazed that he's teaching at a university -- even when you consider that it's an ed school -- except all former violent radicals end up teaching. Roughly 80 percent of former Weathermen are full college professors -- 99 percent if you don't include the ones killed in shoot-outs with the police or in prison -- i.e., not yet pardoned by a Democratic president.

Any other profession would have banned a person like Ayers. Universities not only accept former domestic terrorists, but also move them to the front of the line. In addition to Ayers, among those once on the FBI's most-wanted list who ended up in cushy college teaching positions are Bernardine Dohrn (Northwestern University), Mark Rudd (a junior college in New Mexico) and Angela Davis (History of Consciousness Department, University of California at Santa Cruz).

While others were hard at work on Ph.D.s, Susan Rosenberg was conspiring to kill cops and blow up buildings, and was assembling massive caches of explosives. This put her on the fast track for a teaching position at Hamilton College!

Despite having absolutely no qualifications to teach, having earned only a master's degree in "writing" through a correspondence course, Rosenberg was offered a position at Hamilton within a few years of President Clinton pardoning her in 2001, releasing her from a 58-year prison sentence for participating in the murder of cops and possessing more than 700 pounds of explosives.

But Obama thinks it's a selling point to say that Ayers is a college professor.

Hundreds of college professors have signed a letter vouching for Ayers, which would be like Lester Maddox producing a letter from George Wallace assuring us that Maddox is a respected member of the community. No, really, I've got the letter right here!

The media keep citing the fact that the money Obama and Ayers distributed to idiotic left-wing causes came -- as The New York Times put it -- "from Walter H. Annenberg, the billionaire publisher and philanthropist and President Richard M. Nixon's ambassador to the United Kingdom."

Great Republican though he was, Walter Annenberg died in 2002. The money came from the Annenberg Foundation, which, like all foundations, distributes money to projects that its founder would despise. John Kerry ran for president on the late John Heinz's money. That didn't mean Republican Heinz was endorsing Kerry.

As John O'Sullivan says, any foundation that is not explicitly right-wing will become a radical left-wing organization within a few years. It could be the Association of University Women, the American Association of Retired People, the American Rose Growers, the Foundation for the Study of Railroad Engineers or the Choral Society of Newport Beach.

Left-wing radicals swarm to free foundation money, where they can give gigantic grants to one another and they will never have to do a day's work. That's exactly what Obama and Ayers did with Annenberg's money.

None of the Annenberg money went to schoolchildren. It went to Ayers' left-wing crank friends to write moronic papers that we hope no one ever reads.

Instead of teaching students reading and writing, Ayers thinks they should be taught to rebel against America's "imperialist" social structure. In 2006, Ayers was in Venezuela praising communist dictator Hugo Chavez, saying, "We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution."

He has backed a line of schoolbooks such as one titled "Teaching Science for Social Justice."

Forget about Ayers' domestic terrorism when Obama "was 8 years old." Does he agree with Ayers' idiot ideas right now?
 

Spread the Wealth already at Elmbrook and other schools

Culture, Education, Socialism / Marxism

Everytime your child works on a cooperative learning project, they are the victim of spread the wealth around ideology

Even a masters paper can be written cooperatively.

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Charitible contributions sink because of economy and Obama

Helping others, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY, Unintended consequences

 See the New Tax Welfare Milwaukee arts group, symphony, charity,

 

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LA Times won't release Obama toasting "Ex-PLO Operative" video

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, The media, Truth

I am almost afraid to ask, what else don't we know about Barack Obama?

How about another friend,  "Ex-PLO operative" Rashid Khalidi? Obama characterized Khalidi as just someone who sent his children to the same school as the Obama's did. But like William Ayers, it was a little more than that. (Ayers by the way is a friend of Khalidi.) Looking at the April 9th LA Times article about Obama at the 2003 farewell party for Khalidi, Obama himself said there was more,

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One thing I'm glad Obama didn't accomplish: Global poverty act

http://www.govtrack.us/users/questions.xpd?topic=bill:s110-2433 

Elmbrook's 2008-09 enrollment decline affects 2009-10 budget

4-K, Elmbrook, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

Elmbrook enrollment down by 103 students, but no need to worry...now. "The state exempts districts from fluctuations in enrollment for one year."

I first learned about this delay at the April 8th school board meeting when they discussed the 2008-09 budget. There was mention that although the 4K pilot program was discontinued, Elmbrook's budget would still be based on their higher 2007-08 enrollment numbers*. It was a boon--a bit of free money.

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Home Depot figured "...we need a little Christmas"?

Culture, Holidays, Religion, THE ECONOMY, Unintended consequences

Dear Kyle,

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Even janitor would know life began for some Obama said should die

Culture, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion, Truth

No wiggling out of this question by saying it is above my paygrade. Even a janitor would know these babies were children and were alive 

http://www.bornalivetruth.org/ Born Alive Truth 

Almost every job I had came from a rich person

Sen. Barack Obama's encounter with Joe the plumber gave us a glimpse into Obama's position on wealthy individuals and small businesses. Obama not only said those now famous words, I just want to spread the wealth around

2 more examples of the Big Chill, a.k.a. Global Chilling?

Common sense, Going Green, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, THE ECONOMY, Weather

The world must not have gotten Al Gore's memo that the earth is warming. Yesterday Record cold swept over the region Wednesday in Ocala, Florida. (My emphasis throughout)

Twice the temperature dipped to freezing at the Ocala International Airport early Wednesday before it began making a gradual climb to the mid-60s.

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Obama doesn't spread HIS wealth around but wants you to

Charity, Elections, Government / Bureaucracy, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES

Obama wants you to spread your wealth around, but doesn't do it himself. His charitable donations are abysmal, amounting to less than 2% on average.

He wants you to contribute $845 billion to his Global Poverty Act, but he doesn't even help his own half-brother in Kenya. Guess he has no responsibility to half-brothers?

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Why isn't left conncting dots on Obama?

 

That was quick. Choice Hotels responds to public pressure

Culture, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion, THE ECONOMY

People, you have a voice. Use it!

When you speak up in volumes to corporations or to Congress, it usually has a positive affect. McDonald's recently reversed its support for gay and lesbian political and social issues. Sen. McCain is talking about drilling domestically because Americans demanded it.

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Obama's I voted against it before I said I was for it

Elections, Obama 2008, War

One of my favorite lines from the 2004 presidential campaigns was John Kerry's,  “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”  His statement evolved into I voted for the war before I voted against it, and it became synonymous with the term flip-flop.

Most politicians do this to a certain extent. John McCain has changed his stance on domestic oil drilling. Barack Obama certainly is not letting me down! 

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Obama, JFK, technology, and the Cuban Missile Crisis--chilling

McCain 2008, National Parks, Obama 2008, Politics, Unintended consequences, War

Remember last week when Sen. Joe Biden predicted an international crisis if Obama was elected? "Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy" (Actually, Kennedy's test came 22 months after taking office.)

Although the idea that an Obama presidency would generate an "international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy" is troubling, yet the comparison of Obama being like John F. Kennedy is flattering. Unfortunately, there is no comparison.

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401K down? What about govt. takeover?

Obama 2008, Politics, Retirement, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

http://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox/11d5316336c9cfe0

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Vicki mcKenna links

Media/ Talk radio

Voter Public Access - Check Your Voting Record - Here

Dear Mr. Obama Video

John Rich - Raisin' McCain Song

Astroturfing - this is how they do it

A Speechwriter for the left on why she's voting McCain

Sign Battle Starts With a Zzzzt!

Obama on the Daily Show

Florida voters cling to guns in fear of Obama
presidency - Watch the Video

Obama to Share the Wealth Audio - Rev. Right Ties Click Here

The Ten Cannots   By Rev. William J. H. Boetcker

Newsbusters.org

2008 Countdown for Conservatives: Touchstones to Unite us as we approach the Voting Booth

Clinton says Obama asked, tell me what's right--I'll...sell it

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics, Socialism / Marxism, THE ECONOMY

Remember when John McCain suspended his campaign and went to Washington to work on the economic crisis?

Obama just said, if you need me, call me. 

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Obama, JFK, technology, & the Cuban Missile Crisis...chilling

Elections, National Parks, Obama 2008, Unintended consequences, War

Remember when Sen. Joe Biden predicted an international crisis if Obama was elected? "Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy" (Actually, Kennedy's test came 22 months after taking office.)

 

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