Hello Brookfieldians! It's a pleasure, albeit a daunting one, to be able to add a new blog to this wonderful network of news and opinions. I ask you, as you have quite evidently found your way here, only for your audience and also for your feedback, should you be so kind to give it. First, an introduction.
My name is Jeff Oloizia, and for the first 18 years of my life I was fortunate enough to call Brookfield home. I am now a 25-year-old English teacher living in Tokushima, a town of roughly 250,000 people on the small island of Shikoku in the south of Japan. I have lived here for just over two years and enjoy both my work and leisure in Tokushima, though I find myself looking more and more these days back to the States and the life that may await me there before long.
I can't decide which title is more appropriate for this post. Chicago being eliminated on the first round of voting is horribly embarrassing, considering it was the president who made the pitch to the Olympic committee and presidents usually don't do that sort of thing.
It was bad enough that Obama spent millions of taxpayer dollars to go, but he also spent precious time to make the trip. He is after all the same president who for months said he was too busy to meet with our General McChrystal to discuss Afghanistan war strategy. (Obama did finally squeeze in a 25 minute meeting while en-route to Copenhagen.*)
The most devastating expenditure of Obama's ego-trip to Denmark was his squandering of world political clout. I believe that when a leader sticks his neck out for a cause, it better be an important one. Being rejected right out of the gate was a huge slap in the face.
What is most interesting to me is the reaction of the news media that cannot understand how their darling could have come up empty handed. It reminds me of the story of The Emperor's New Clothes. The media has all been fawning over their Emperor for so long, bolstered by each other and the Democrat Party, they failed to notice he was naked--totally devoid of any real experience or solutions to our many problems.
What I hope will come from this insult is that it will wake up Senate and House Democrats who still support Cap and Trade (Tax) and ObamCare, despite their constituents' opposition. I hope they will realize that it is a little difficult to ride on the Obama-euphoria coattails in the 2010 elections if the president is really naked.
Post Scripts: I don't watch Saturday Night Live, but I did see this clip from the show on Boots and Sabers: SNL Rips on Obama.The T-shirt bit was funny.
Here is a little quiz to start your day: Which mainstream health insurance provider rejects the most claims?
Would it be those evil private insurance companies that President Obama and the Democrats criticize? Or Medicare, the one ObamaCare's public option will be modeled on? The one the AMA* supports?
From BigGovernment, AMA Endorses Largest Denier of Health Care Claims
"Beverly Gossage, Research Fellow for Show-Me Institute and founder of HSA Benefits Consulting wondered which insurance companies rejected the most claims. She found her answer in the AMA’s own 2008 National Health Insurer Report Card. The chart below appears on page 5 of the 16-page report."
The Elmbrook Education Foundation has recently announced a commitment to provide a SMART Response system to every math classroom in both Middle Schools in support of the implementation of the District’s new Middle School math curriculum. The new math curriculum provides additional opportunities for students to develop higher abstract thinking skills.
SMART Response systems provide real time assessments of student learning. This assists the teacher in efficiently and effectively differentiating instruction so that every student both understands the material and has a chance to learn something new every day.
SMART Boards & SMART Response Units
The District's Technology Plan includes the use of SMART Boards and complimentary technologies to more actively engage students in their daily lessons. Students can interact with the information displayed on the SMART Board in a variety of ways. SMART Response systems are uniquely designed to engage students in the assessment of their knowledge on a particular subject in a fraction of the time it would take using more conventional methods.
Yesterday, I stopped in at Simons, our neighborhood farmstand on Greenfield Ave. and Vista View, for homegrown sweetcorn. Good sweetcorn is one of still remaining treats of summer. (Tomatoes would be another.)
I asked how much longer the sweetcorn season would last. The Simons lady said, through the weekend, maybe a few days longer.
She explained the length of the corn season all depends on when the first hard frost occurs. If we have some clear, cold nights, it will probably freeze, and that will be the end of it. The usual last day for corn is Oct. 16. (Certainly the weather has gone into full autumnal mode--I had to break down and turn the heat on last week!)
Simons has both the bi-colored and hard to find white corn. I bought both. (The white is even more tender than the bi.)
So if you love fresh homegrown sweetcorn like I do, stock up now. Homegrown sweetcorn's days are numbered.
PS: Don't forget one for the pooch! We sometimes call our dog a corn-dog; he loves corn in any shape or form. He isn't alone. The lady at Simons told me their dogs on the farm eat the corn right out of the field. My canine prefers it cooked, with a little butter. ;-)
Hello again and thanks for all your great comments this week. The following touches on something that's been on my mind for the past couple of months:
You can't make this stuff up. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize!
For what? Even Saturday Night Live skewered him for his lack of accomplishment.
It is not like he hasn't done anything though. With all the bailouts and spending, we now have a deficit that is 10% of our GNP. (That level of indebtedness is considered unsustainable. The dollar is taking a beating; the price of gold has hit record highs.)
If our current deficit doesn't push us over the solvent edge, we have Cap and Trade and ObamaCare waiting in the wings to finish the job.
As for world peace, the president turned a blind eye to the Honduran and Iranian's desire for democracy and fair elections, reneged on missile shield protection for the Czechs and Poles, and is talking about a role for the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Analysis: Obama's Nobel honors promise, not action, in some ways, reads much like the script from Saturday Night Live's parody on Obama's accomplishments.
Since the deadline for peace prize applications was February 1st, just 11 days after taking office, I can only surmise that the nominator really believed Obama would solve the world's problems?
As for the peace prize committee actually awarding it to Obama, well, let's just say the president joins other great men such as President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Al Gore as peace prize recipients. The prize is often more about slapping the former president's face than anything.
More reading: Comment: absurd decision Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize
He won, but for what?
Sometimes a homegrown tomato supply can be a feast or famine situation; after waiting forever for the first few fruits, they then all ripen at the same time. So, if you have had your fill of BLTs and tomato salads, maybe you would like to try this old fashioned favorite: tomato jam.
Tomato jam is rarely seen on the store shelves. Smucker's used to make it (don't know if they still do.) The only time I ever saw it on a menu was at Le Cellier Steakhouse at the Canada Pavilion at Disney World's EPCOT. It was spread on top of their open faced steak sandwich and it's flavor complimented the beef very nicely.
If one pays attention to such things we see the matter of opiate-based prescription drug use by teenagers becoming more and more prevalent, the most recent evidence being a front-page story in the October 8 edition of The MJS. Heroin is known as "smack" and its use, once almost the exclusive province of rock stars and the glitterati, has been steadily on the rise amongst young people across our State in areas rural, urban, and suburban.
Last spring I wrote of the tragic overdose of Madison Kiefer - a fifteen year old Whitefish Bay girl. In a development that can only be described as sickening, we learned that the last adult who had contact with Madison, the last one who might have grasped her hand and pulled her up before she slipped into the murky fog of that final, opiated embrace, was her father. Her FATHER for heaven's sake. The man who should have been her greatest source of protection in fact facilitated her behavior. Such was the world Madison Kiefer all too briefly inhabited.
This is serious stuff, folks. We are talking about the safety and well-being of the young boys and girls we see every day on Wisconsin Avenue and Pilgrim Parkway; or driving up Lily and Gebhardt roads. THESE are the young people we are talking about. Maybe some of those kids are YOUR son or YOUR daughter or YOUR grandchild. Two of them are mine.
As a Brookfield East class of '02 grad. I was thrilled to hear last year that Brookfield would be renovating its two high schools. It seems like only yesterday that I was volunteering for the wonderful group East 2000 & Beyond to raise funds for a new football field. That said, even as a freshman at East I can remember begrudgingly admitting that Brookfield Central was in far greater need of repair. Thankfully, the district decided to reward the community and upgrade both of its schools.
So now that renovations are well under way, how does it all look? Which school is further along, and how does the public seem to feel about the undertaking? What still needs to be done?
The South Milwaukee Public Library Foundation will be holding their wine tasting event at the Library on Friday, October 16th from 7 - 9:30 PM. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets are available at the door.
The Library is sponsoring a Saturday afternoon movie matinee at 1 pm in meeting room 1. On October 17 we will be showing the Philadelphia Story, October 24 Some Like It Hot, October 31 Sunset Boulevard, and on Nov. 7 Best Years Of Our Lives. The movies will be shown every Saturday, except Saturday, November 28 , December 26, and January 2. They will resume on Saturday, January 9th.
Registration for the fall story time begins on Monday, October 19th. Story time begins on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10:30 am. Open to all ages. Stories, crafts and games! Register now.
The Youth Room is sponsoring their annual Halloween family fun night on Wednesday, October 28th from 6 - 7:45 PM. We will have a magician, crafts and refreshments. Everyone (even adults) are encouraged to come in costume!
Check out the library's collection of holiday craft and cookbooks. Need Christmas decorating ideas? The library has a great collection of books that will help you in decorating for Christmas.
The library's color copier makes great copies of photographs.
This, in all of its low-grade cell phone camera glory, is where I work:
The Elmbrook Education Foundation just completed its Fall Grant Cycle. Innovation grants provide supplementary funding for projects that can not be supported by the District Operating or Building Unit Budgets. In most cases, the Foundation provides supplementary funding in addition to funds raised by students, curricular departments, and/or PTO's for needed projects.
The Foundation strives to fund projects that represent an innovation in instructional practices for a particular school. From there, the Foundation works with the District to share project experiences District-wide with the hope that other schools can benefit from their experiences. The following grants were recently approved:
If you're tired of handing out candy and looking for something to do on Sunday night, you can't do much better than heading down to the Pabst Theatre to watch The Swell Season in concert. If you've already seen the film Once then you probably needn't read any further, but for those not in the know, The Swell Season is the musical duo of The Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Marketa Irglova. The two are best known for their starring roles in the aforementioned 2007 indie musical, with their collaboration "Falling Slowly" winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.
The 39-year-old Hansard and 21-year-old Irglova released their second studio album, Strict Joy, just yesterday, and whereas the Once soundtrack told the story of their burgeoning love, Strict Joy tells of its unwraveling. Really stirring, beautiful music.