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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.

Can we please talk 'Debt Control'? It's For the Kids

Conservatives, Debt, President Obama, Spending, THE ECONOMY, Taxes

Congress is poised to kick our debt ceiling crisis down the road to May, but instead of using this breathing room as an opportunity for getting our message out, we are still distracted by the topic of the day--gun control and now amnesty.

Debt Limit USA crafted this easy to understand 3 minute piece that explains what our government is doing--borrowing more money than it takes in. They call it Debt Limit - A Guide to American Federal Debt  Made Easy, or as I call it, The Debt Crisis in Terms Even a Low Information Voter Can Understand!
 
It doesn't get much easier than this; watch the whole thing. The ending is applicable to our unsustainable debt problem.

In case you didn't catch the last slides from the clip, the dad's annual household budget had $140,000 household debt, income of $21,700, $38,200 in spending, $16,500 in new bank to loan (debt), budget cuts $385--about 1% of their total household budget. Sound familiar?

Our Federal Budget Deal to Raise Debt Limit was: $14 Trillion total debt (obliviously, this was from the last 2011 debt crisis because we are well over $16T now!), $2.17 T federal income, $3.82 T in Fed. spending, $1.65 T in new debt, and the amount "cut" (from future spending)? A measly $38.5 Billion, about 1% of the total budget.

No matter, our children, grand children and great, great grandchildren will be picking up this tab.

Unlike other It's for the kids pleas, this one IS for the kids! Us too.

More reading:
House Votes to Temporarily Suspend U.S. Debt Ceiling 
Obama's Now Borrowed More Than All Presidents from Washington to W
US Debt Headed Toward 200% of GDP Even After 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal
Speaker: Fitch: Cut Spending or Risk Credit Rating Downgrade
Morning Bell: Don't Raise Debt Ceiling Without Balancing the Budget

I urge you to contact your legislators and tell them to talk about our spending crisis and then stand firm on more debt. We don't have much time.
Contact your Representatives and Senators
Find your  U.S. Senators by last name
Wisconsin's  U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (202) 224-5323
Wisconsin's   U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (202) 224-5653

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The hypocricy of Obama's gun control to save just one life

Constitution, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion

Yesterday the President unveiled his 23 Executive Orders pertaining to gun control. There really wasn't much new in what he said. In fact, he relied heavily on that all too familiar plea: If gun control saves just one life, its worth it.

Is this the same man who wouldn't give so much as palliative care for a baby who survived a late term abortion? Is this the same father who said he didn't want his daughters "punished" with an unwanted baby?

Of course no legislation or executive order can prevent gun violence or violence of any kind. But the President loves to tug at the heartstrings when trying to push his agenda, especially when that agenda usurps our Constitutional rights. So he enshrouded himself with a group of young children to crank up the emotional response.

If only he would have the same concern for the million plus children aborted during his first term.

Obama, are you for or against Partial Birth Abortion? Yes
Walter Williams: Americans misunderstand point of the Second Amendment

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Nature without Naturalism: New Thoughts on a New Earth, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 7pm

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Free, Nature, Special events

What gardener doesn't long for a garden free of weeds, pests, and disease? And don't most of us want pure, toxin free water to drink, clean air to breathe, safe foods to eat , and a pristine environment to live in, where all can thrive in harmony on a renewed earth? In short, we are looking for a perfect world, an Eden.

Unfortunately, a perfect world like this is not possible on our earth at this time.

But there is a day coming when everything will be made anew, and this is the subject of this month's Creation Science Society of Milwaukee lecture: Nature Without Naturalism: New Thoughts on a New Earth. 

In this presentation, Rick Albrecht, a West Allis -West Milwaukee science teacher, will team up with Tim Albers, a psychologist at local schools, both private and public, to bring us this seldom discussed program. These two rather hard-nosed realists will look at the subject of origins from the other end of history, from the viewpoint of our planet's destiny.

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Albrecht and Albers point out, the Bible predicts a restored, renewed, physical and "earthly" New Earth -- painting a picture that would dazzle even the most optimistic of environmentalists. The pathway to this magnificent destiny: taking naturalism out of nature.

In order to provide their audience with a rarely considered and fascinating view of our planet's wondrous future, their wide-ranging talk will cover subjects from genetic coding, information theory, and astrobiology to motivation theory, cosmology and paleontology.

This presentation is sponsored by the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee and is free and open to the public. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at Brookfield Lutheran Church, 18500 W. Burleigh Rd., Brookfield, Wisconsin. Directions

More about the speakers: 
Rich Albercht translated his love of mountains into a degree in geology. His career-long fascination with the topic of our universe's origins has led him to speaking engagements in many venues. 
Tim Albers, a graduate adjunct professor at Concordia University Wisconsin who focuses on subjects from worldview analysis to the roots of school violence. He has presented creation - evolution issues in settings from the Audubon Nature Center to an international conference on Intelligent Design.

Upcoming events:  Jay Seegert, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, Milwaukee Lutheran High School Cafeteria
Dr. Jerry Bergman, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Grace Bible Church
Jerry Frye, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Brookside Baptist Church

Blog Archives - Creation Science:
Understanding Fossil Evidence
Answers in Genesis Nov. 2012 Conference
Origins, Beauty, and Wrath: Why What We Believe Matters Today
Purpose Precedes Creation
The Importance of Worldview & literal 6 day creation

Dr. Bolander: The Miracle of Human Development 
The great debate at UWM: 'Intelligent Design vs. Darwinism: Can Science Point to God?' Tues. March 6, 2012
Former evolutionist Paul Frank discusses Creation / Evolution debate 
Dr. Scott Hardin, From Fish to Amphibian (Impossible)
From Feminist Atheism to Biblical Truth


Creation Science Society of Milwaukee website: GenesisMatters.org

 
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Bald Eagle swims to capture prize; Conservatives must not give up either

Conservatives, Constitution, Nature

I watched the following video clip with amazement. Since the American Bald Eagle is our national bird, I couldn't help but think of the symbolism of it all.  Watch.

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Greenfield & Moorland Walmart Public Hearing, 6 pm, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

Brookfield, Development, THE ECONOMY

Brookfield District 7 Aldermen Lisa Mellone and Renee Lowerr sent out this email to alert Brookfield residents of New Berlin's proposed Walmart store Public Hearing:

"This email serves to inform you of a Public Hearing that is scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. at New Berlin City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Dr. for the newly proposed Walmart development which will replace the Charcoal Grill currently located near the southeast corner of Moorland and Greenfield roads. Please note, this is a NEW BERLIN proposal not Brookfield, and only New Berlin officials have authority on whether this project moves forward. However, any citizen is able to attend any municipal public hearing and you do not have to be a New Berlin resident. If you would like to find out more about this proposal then I encourage you to attend. No action will be taken by the New Berlin Plan Commission until February 4, 2013."

Thank you Lisa and Renee.

Let me repeat, this is NOT a City of Brookfield proposal; it is a City of New Berlin proposal, so do not contact your Brookfield officials or representatives about this. Only New Berlin has the authority to move this project forward or stop it.

The proposed Walmart would be on the south side of Greenfield Avenue, west of Highland Memorial Cemetery (I guess those neighbors won't complain), which makes it IN New Berlin, not Brookfield. It will be on the site the Charcoal Grill currently occupies. There is one homeowner on the edge of the proposed store property, marked as R-5 on the maps, the one east or right of the other R-5, which is a house owned and rented out by the cemetery, according to New Berlin Now. Other than the east R-5 there are no other privately owned and occupied homes near the store frontage.

This Walmart proposal would be for a 24 hour store with pharmacy and groceries. Should the proposed Walmart be approved, the current Walmart, on National and Moorland, which is the closest store to our area, would be closed.

Walmart

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