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The great debate at UWM: 'Intelligent Design vs. Darwinism: Can Science Point to God?' Tues. March 6, 2012

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events, Religion

Can Science point to God?

Find out on Tuesday evening, March 6, 2012 when the Lutheran Student Fellowship of UWMhosts a debate between 2 college professors on opposing ends of the origins spectrum: Intelligent Design vs. Darwinism.

This is truly a rare opportunity, because it is very difficult to find a professor (science or other) willing to defend evolution / Darwinism in a debate format.*
But Dr. William Bristow, Professor of Philosophy at UWM, is willing. He will debate Dr. Angus Mengue, Professor of Philosophy, from Concordia University

The debate will take place at 6:30pm at UWM's Student Union (just east of Maryland Ave. on E. Kenwood Blvd.) in the Wisconsin Room -2nd floor. The event is free and will have a Q&A afterwards. Don't miss it!

This debate is sponsored by Luther Memorial Chapel & University Student Center in Shorewood.

*The Creation Science Society of Milwaukee, the group I am affiliated with, has been trying to line up a debate between one of their speakers such as Dr. Jerry Bergman and an evolutionist for months now. Like other creation groups, we have not been able to find a science professor willing to do it.

Creation Science Links: Creation Science Society of Milwaukee
Answers In Genesis
Institute for Creation Research
Creation Minute
4th Day Alliance


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SMV Great Things are Happening Here!

Our  enrollment figures for next year are looking very good and some grades are filling up. Please submit your 2012-2013 registration forms to the school office as soon as possible.  For information, contact Principal Mary Tretow at 262-782-7057.

The proof is in the pudding - in case you are wondering how well prepared our students are for high school....

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Spring fever is here. It is baseball time again. the Brewers are in Arizona training for another season in a run to the play-offs. There is every reason to believe they will be will be contenders.

The pitching staff returns with 5 starting pitchers who are proven winners.

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Now you can know who signed Walker recall petitions from Brookfield

 Here's the search for the 53045 zip code. Yes, some of my neighbors are on that one, as are Bruce (former Elmbrook school board president) and his wife Ann, Nattinger. Former board member Cheri Sylla is there as well.

Here's the link for 53005.

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The EEF Scholarship Season is Underway! Community Nominations are Due 3/9/12

The Elmbrook Education Foundation (originally founded in 1958 as the Lancer-Spartan Scholarship Foundation) administers a community-wide scholarship program on behalf of community partners.  The EEF strives to honor as many graduating seniors as possible by matching sponsor criteria to scholarship applicants. 

The following community partners have pledged their support to award one or more scholarships to the graduating class of 2012. 

  • Fotsch Family Foundation
  • Brookfield Rotary Club
  • WaterStone Bank
  • First Weber Group Foundation
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
  • McKinley Masonic Lodge
  • Brookfield Junior Woman's Club
  • Brookfield East High School PTO
  • Pilgrim Park Middle School Student Senate
  • Brookfield Central High School PTO

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In city government there is essential spending and non-essential spending.

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I was 20 minutes into a great post when this incredibly stupid blogging software dumped all my hard work! Here's the quick summary.

1) Yes, the tornado sirens will stay.

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Senate mining bill on life support, call Senators to save!


Sixteen Democrats and one Republican in Wisconsin's State Senate put a stake in the heart of the mining industry in our state on Tuesday, when the Senate version compromise bill was narrowly defeated by 1 vote. If Republican Dale Shultz or even just one Democrat would have voted in favor of this bill, Gogebic Taconite, G-Tac, wouldn't be leaving for more mining friendly, and also iron rich, Minnesota and Michigan.

It seemed any hope of streamlining the mining approval process with a mining reform bill was dead, because the Senate session ends on March 15th. But yesterday and today it seems there just might be a glimmer of hope to revive this job-rich bill.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp spoke on both the Mark Belling Show yesterday and Vicki McKenna's radio program today. She emphasized how the Senate Mining Bill did not circumvent DNR rules as opponents said; it just set a timeline, a shorter deadline, for a mine's approval process. Each specific mine proposal would still have to meet DNR, Army Corps of Engineers, etc. requirements.

So what wasn't to like? The failed Senate mining bill added improved wet land creation in its language over present legislation, it was backed by 9 private sector unions, and G-Tac assured 95% of the jobs created would be union jobs.

Vicki also emphasized today that iron mining is NOT strip mining, but pit mining. We are familiar with pit mining in almost every area of Wisconsin because it is the same type of mining that rock quarries use. The G-Tac mine pit would be 15 acres in size, about the size of the square block I live on. Once all the iron ore was extracted, it would be restored. In fact, beautiful Lake Wazee, the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, is a good example of the aftermath of a former taconite quarry or pit mine.

If Democrat Senators like Tim Carpenter (608) 266-8535 or Chris Larson (608) 266-7505 will rethink their votes, since their districts could benefit from the increase in jobs at mine equipment builders Caterpillar or Joy Global in Milwaukee, the mining bill and the mining industry in Wisconsin could be saved. If not, we have just secured our place in the race to the bottom for the most unfriendly mine locations in the world.

So it is up to the residents of this state to make one last plea to their Senator to change their mind on voting for mining in Wisconsin. Hopefully, they will reconsider. If just one Senator does, the mining bill could make a miraculous recovery and all of Wisconsin will benefit.

Find your State Senator here. Be polite; you are making an appeal.

More Reading:
Gogebic drops plans for iron ore mine
And now we know
Hurley residents decry 'devastating' collapse of Wisconsin mining bill
Wisconsin Tea Party Reaction to Mining Debacle

Past Post: Wisconsin Senate mining bill took wrong turn, now better


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Some tourney thoughts on a busy day

Prep basketball, Tosa East boys and girls, Tosa West girls, Dominican boys, New Berlin West girls

I've been running around watching boys and girls postseason basketball and it's been a busy week.

Most disappointing game was the first one, watching an improved Tosa East girls team fail to show up against a not-so-good (I'm being polite here) Milwaukee Lutheran team (2-20) on Tuesday and losing a 65-58 decision. To give up 65 points to this team was terrible. But it was a nice gift for Red Knights coach Randy Clinard, who is hanging it up.

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My information on this subject comes from official sources, personal knowledge and my own opinions.


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And then there were three (blog 1 of 2)

Tosa West girls basketball

I have three prep teams left and they are all in the same sectional, so I like my chances of having a D2 team playing next week.

Here's a look at one of my teams in the top half of Thursday's bracket.

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And then there were three (blog 2 of 2)

New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West girls basketball

I have three girls teams left and they are all in Thursday's bracket. I have already done a blog on #3 seed Wauwatosa West, who faces #1 seed Whitefish Bay in the top bracket at Waukesha North.

I will be covering the bottom bracket Thursday at Greenfield - where #1 seed New Berlin Eisenhower faces #3 seed New Berlin West in the Battle of New Berlin II.

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'Casino Royale' Winter Social Brings out Community Spirit!

The Elmbrook Education Foundation hosted their 4th Annual Winter Social at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on March 3rd.  Elmbrook residents, staff, parents and alumni showed up to offer support for EEF Programs and to meet Elmbrook's new superintendent, Mark Hansen. 

Guests were treated to the talents of the BCHS Jazz Combo (member Julian Plant pictured on left) under the direction of Jason Gillette while they enjoyed delicious small plate buffets and desserts catered by Maxie's Southern Comfort and Blue's Egg.  This event raised over $15,000 to benefit Elmbrook students and schools. 

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Elmbrook Candidate Forum & District 7 Info meeting: Thursday, March 22, 2012

2012, 4-K, Brookfield, City of Brookfield, Elections, Elmbrook, Special events

There are 2 important meetings in Brookfield this week, unfortunately, both are on the same day: Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm.

The Elmbrook Board of Education Candidate Forum takes place at 7pm at the Elmbrook Administrative Offices at 13780 Hope Street in Brookfield. (From Capitol Drive, take Lilly north a few blocks to Hope Street. The Administration building is just east of the intersection.)

This is a great opportunity to learn about the 4 candidates running for the 2 board positions on the ballot. Incumbents Jean Lambert and Meg Wartman will face opponents Paul Byrne and Lynne Thomas, respectively, on April 3rd.

Though I am a supporter of both Jean Lambert and Meg Wartman, I do plan on attending the Candidate Forum to get a better sense of each candidate's position on important issues such as 4K, school closings, and open enrollment.

Remember, all voters in the Elmbrook School District vote for both the At-Large and Area IV seat candidates, regardless of where you live in the district. Look for a future posting on my findings.

Elmbrook incumbents face challenges

Also on Thursday is a Brookfield District 7 Info Meeting at City Hall, from 7-8pm. (Now this is the meeting I would much rather attend!)

This meeting is hosted by District 7 Aldermen Lisa Mellone and Renee' Lowerr. I call these two Aldermen my Dynamic Duo. They really do a great job of informing their constituents here in the southeast corner of Brookfield through info meetings such as this one and by working closely with neighborhoods and developers to ensure a better outcome. Underwood Crossing--Target & Trader Joe's, would be a good example of this process. No doubt, they will give an update on Trader Joes that just made its way through the Plan Commission on Monday.

At this particular meeting, Fire Chief Meyers will give a short presentation and answer your questions on the Automatic Aid Agreement with the City of New Berlin that would improve response times for our area. (Response time to our area decreased significantly when the fire station on Moorland was moved to Calhoun Road.)

Aldermen Lisa Mellone and Renee' Lowerr invite you to attend or contact them with your questions, comments, or concerns:
Lisa Mellone (262)-780-0805 or email

Renee Lowerr (262)-853-9657 or email

Be aware that both Lisa Mellone and Renee Lowerr are on the April 3rd ballot. This is very unusual but occurred because Lisa Mellone was required to resign from her Aldermanic post in order to apply for the job of City Clerk. She was then appointed to fill the vacancy. So she must run (unopposed) for the remainder of her term.

Another possible point of confusion on our ballot is that our area's Waukesha County Supervisor--County District 20, Tom Schellinger, is also running for Brookfield District 7 Alderman against Renee Lowerr! So his name appears 2 times on our Brookfield District 7 ballots.

For those of you new to our area, Tom Schellinger was our former Alderman but was defeated in 2006 by Lisa Mellone and defeated again in 2008 by Renee Lowerr. (Schellinger also applied to fill Mellone's vacancy in the fall of 2011 but they selected Mellone.) He is now trying again in 2012 to defeat Lowerr.

So this Info Meeting would also be a good opportunity to learn more about Alderman candidate Renee Lowerr as well as District 7 news.

More on the Lowerr / Schellinger race later.

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Brunner, Ziegler signed recall petitions

As did candidate Lynne Thomas who is running against current member Meg Wartman. I'd call the election April 3rd a case of "better the devil you know" and will be voting for Wartman, and also for Jean Lambert.

Brunner and Ziegler are known Democrats. Have been for years. If you don't like it, you have a chance to do something in 2014 and 2013 respectively. Remember the candidate with the ideas that best match your own is you!

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"STEADY AS SHE GOES", is an instruction from the Captain to the helmsman of a ship.

The Captain wants to keep the ship heading steadily on the same course regardless of the gusts of wind or cross-currents, and to maintain the current course.

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Aladdin, Jr. to be Performed by St. John Vianney Students March 29 and 30

This year’s musical at St. John Vianney School is Aladdin, Jr.   All are welcome and performances are Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm in the St. John Vianney Activity Center.  Tickets are on sale at the door on the day of the performances.

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Eisenhower girls more than just Bauman

Eisenhower girls

When anyone thinks of New Berlin Eisenhower, they immediately think of Nicole Bauman, the best player in the state based on the fact that Gatorade and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association named her the state’s top player — “Miss Basketball.”

“They are led by one of the best basketball players — boy or girls — that I have seen in the state of Wisconsin in the last 10 years,” Whitefish Bay coach Greg Capper said after the Lions blew out his team, 48-23, on Saturday to win the Waukesha South Sectional to qualify for state for the second time in three years.

But I think the key phrase in that statement is “led by” because the Lions are a far cry from a one-person show.

As amazing as Bauman is — and she is amazing — the reason for this team’s success is depth and talent combined with a passion and drive to succeed that is hard to find on most teams.

Besides Bauman, it is easy to focus on junior forwards Jenny Weiland and Katie Lang, the second- and third-leading scorers on this team, who would be stars if  they played on another team.

They both stepped up their game when Bauman hurt her ankle and missed two games in January and will have a chance to shine even more next season.

Two other players who do their jobs are Taylor McArthur, a 5-foot-5-inch senior guard, who does a lot of positive things that go unnoticed in the box score, and Jessa (don’t call me Jessica) Hahn, a 6-foot sophomore forward, who hit a big 3-pointer on Saturday and played good defense on Maya Jonas, Bay’s outstanding 6-2 sophomore.

But two of my favorite players among the top seven are junior starting guard Erin Ganzke and sophomore guard and sixth-man deluxe Kristen Hesselbach.

Ganzke at 5-6 and Hesselbach at 5-5 are usually found right in the middle of the action — making steals, playing defense or putting up rebound baskets in the land of the giants. Both these girls are fearless and their play in the last two games had a lot to do with the Lions’ defensive success.

“She had a mission today, she had to get there (state),” Ike coach Gary Schmidt said. “She missed last season (ACL injury). She’s a hard worker and she does have a lot of grit. Look at her size and stature. She doesn’t give an inch to anybody.

“She’ll go in and knock around with the big people. You love to have a kid like that on your team. She never shows any negative emotion. She goes with the flow and she does what she needs to do.”

Listen to what Schmidt has to say about Hesselbach, the closest thing to the Energizer Bunny in a basketball jersey that I have seen this year.

“With some teams they put in a sub, they might think they’re getting a little break,” he said. “Kristen is just as tough as anyone. She is always under their chin; one step ahead of everybody.

“She gets a lot of kudos for her defense, but she’s a darn good offensive player too. She’s smart; doesn’t turn the ball over, makes things happen. You bring in kids who can do the job; you have nothing to worry about. She was just phenomenal tonight.”

Bauman, who is a lot more outgoing about her teammates than herself, also praised Ganzke and Hesselbach.

“Kristin and Erin picked us right up and that sparked us right there,” Bauman said when talking about the Lions’ rally on Saturday. “At practice they play hard, always challenging me, challenging the rest of the team. It’s just amazing. Kristen knows coming off the bench, she can just work her hardest and you can see what she does.”

Both players were quick to compliment each other.

“When one person comes in and brings up the energy it brings the whole team up,” Hesselbach said. “We start playing as a team and start playing our game.

“Erin always knows where to cut, when to pass the ball. She finds those gaps and holes underneath the basket. It helps spread it out and she becomes a threat inside as well as outside.”

Added Ganzke: “We talked about picking up our game because we started out slow. Kristen brings a lot of energy and when we’re not playing well, she gets us going.”

One of the best plays of the game actually came late in the fourth period. Ganzke was on the far right side of the court and when the defense shifted over, she drilled a perfect pass over the defense to Hesselbach, who banked in the layup.

Walking off the court afterward, I ran into Ganzke and asked for her reaction to the win since she missed last’s year's game because of knee surgery.

“It meant everything to me,” she smiled and said, probably summing up the thoughts of all the Eisenhower fans. The Lions were headed back to state for the second time in three years.

Dr. Bruce Holman on Entropy and Origin of Life, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events

Entropy and the Origin of Life is the subject of Tuesday's Creation Science Society of Milwaukee meeting at 7:30pm at Wisconsin Lutheran High School Auditorium.

At this meeting, Dr. Bruce Holman will explore just how entropy enters into the discussion of the origins of life. "In this presentation the concepts of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics will be described, and used to show that the availability of more time and space actually makes a spontaneous generation of life less likely."

To refresh your memory, because entropy and laws of thermodynamics aren't exactly household words, entropy is the subject of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. The 1st Law states "that matter/energy cannot be created nor destroyed " and the 2nd Law says "the quality of matter/energy deteriorates gradually over time." Neither of these Laws support the theory of evolution.

Who is Dr. Bruce Holman? He "received his PhD. from Northwestern University in Organic Chemistry, and has pursued an active research career on a wide range of physical and organic chemical problems resulting in several publications in peer reviewed journals and 3 granted patents. He was asked to establish the chemistry department at Wisconsin Lutheran College in 1985 and taught all undergraduate chemistry courses as well as many math and physics courses during his 8 years as professor at WLC."

Dr. Holman also taught Organic and Biochemistry at Carroll University and Concordia University and recently conducted research as an associate at Marquette University in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance technology. Currently, he is executive director of the Lutheran Science Institute.

I am looking forward to hearing his presentation on Tuesday. The meeting is free and open to the general public.

Wisconsin Lutheran High School is located at 330 N. Glenview Avenue in Milwaukee, which is just south of the intersection of Glenview Ave (84th St.) and Bluemound Road, on the east side of the street. If entering from the parking lot, use the south-east entrance; if you park on the street, use the front entrance to the High School. The meeting begins at 7:30pm in the cafeteria auditorium. (Location was changed.)

Next month, Jerry Frye presents Origins, Beauty, and Wrath: Why What We Believe Matters Today on Tuesday, April 24th 2012 at 7:15pm at Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield.

Creation Science Links: Creation Science Society of Milwaukee
Answers In Genesis
Institute for Creation Research
Creation Minute
4th Day Alliance


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Aldermen are members of a legislative body called the common council which votes on such items as city law, ordinances, rules and regulations. There are penalties for violating the laws created, developed and voted on by the Aldermen.

An Alderman should be held to a higher standard of compliance than a lay person if only because the Alderman was involved in the decision making process.

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