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Without a Voice


I do not like my situation;

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VK Development sells Brookfield office building for $5.8 million

Brookfield, Office

Executive Center IV,  a three-story, 85,612-square-foot building located just west of Brookfield Square Mall, has been sold for $5.8 million.

Endeavor Cos., a privately held Chicago-based firm, bought the building, at 235 N. Executive Drive, from an investment group affiliated with Brookfield-based VK Development Corp. The sale was brokered by Inland Cos. and Inland principal Tom Shepherd.

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Pushing Back


When life is nothing but a chore,

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Obama's ObamaCare "Let's Make a Deal" on steroids: Call 10 key House Democrats

Health care, Legislation, President Obama, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES

President Obama has sunk to a new low with his latest strong-arm tactics to convince 10 key House Democrats to change their ObamaCare NO vote to YES when it comes their way again. The 10 NO Dems were invited to the White House yesterday for some Presidential persuasion, because the President needs them to change their votes to keep ObamaCare dream alive.

The most egregious example of strong-arming being the Obama administration just happening to recommend Congressman Jim Matheson's brother, Scott, a judgeship for the Tenth Circuit court. How about that? Now Matheson, who voted twice against ObamaCare in the House, is now undecided!

From the Weekly Standard, Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?: "Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit."

Talk about brazen. No attempt to have put this in the works back in November for future influence? This was not the only time there appears to be influence peddling: "The timing of this nomination looks suspicious, especially in light Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak's claim that he was offered a federal job not to run against Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary. Many speculated that Sestak, a former admiral, was offered the Secretary of the Navy job."

I heard about Obama's push to persuade the 10 Dems on Mark Levin last night. He is asking for a Levin Surge, that means a calling campaign. Senator Jim DeMint urged doing the same. Many people think their calls don't do any good. May I respectfully disagree that the only reason we haven't passed ObamaCare yet is because of your calls and presence at Town Halls and Congressional offices!

I join Jim and Mark in urging you to call the 10 Key Dems and politely ask that they stand firm on their NO votes. Call one, a few or better yet, all 10 Congressmen: Jason Altmire 202-225-2565, Allen Boyd 202-225-5235, Lincoln Davis 202-225-6831, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin* 202-225-2801, Frank Kratovil 202-225-5311, Betsy Markey 202-225-4676, Jim Matheson 202-225-3011, Heath Shuler 202-225-6401, John Tanner 202-225-4714, Scott Murphy 202-225-5614

The normal Conference process of melding the House with Senate bill into one that then is voted on again by the House and Senate has failed. Even if they did have a final bill, the election of Scott Brown to the Senate makes a 60 vote majority unlikely.

UPDATE**But wait a minute, if the House passes the Senate version, which already was passed Christmas Eve, then it goes to Obama for signing into law! The premise was that the House should pass the Senate version to have it go for Reconciliation in the Senate and then they would "fix" it later to suit both chambers. But if the House passes the Senate version, as is, legally, it does not have to go to the Senate for another vote! It will be law. No wonder Sen. Jim DeMint mentioned that the House doesn't trust the Senate? Rep. Stupak, who objects to taxpayer funded abortion says there are 12 Dems ready to oppose health care bill. If that is true, passage of the Senate version is unlikely.

So [then] the only hope of ObamaCare passage [now] is a little used budgetary tool called Reconciliation allowed by the Constitution. This was never meant to pass something like ObamaCare, but the President and Democrats are threatening to use it anyway. (Then again, Pay for Play influence isn't allowed either--in addition to Matheson, remember Senator's Mary Landrieu's Louisiana Purchase and Ben Nelson's deal?)

Funny how times change. The President himself said he would not use Reconciliation when he was campaigning. Obama is now renaming Reconciliation as a Simple Majority or an Up and Down Vote. Whatever the name, it is still Reconciliation that needs 50 + 1 votes.

If we were still under President Bush, the 50 Yes Senate votes wouldn't be enough to pass Socialized Medicine, because Vice President Dick Chaney would cast the tie breaking NO vote. But then again, if President Bush were still in office, the focus of the administration would be the economy. We would have lowered taxes on businesses, allowed domestic oil drilling, and stopped the government takeover of the US Economy, instead of pushing business killing ObamaCare and Cap and Trade.

Make the calls!

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Discovery World Partners with Elmbrook Education Foundation for Pi (3.14) Day - Discounted Admission for $10!

Calling all fans of math and even those who find math scary.   Join the Elmbrook Education Foundation at Discovery World on Sunday, March 14 (3.14) for Pi Day. People coming to Discovery World on March 14th will find a wide array of activities to challenge their math skills and to find out that math really can be fun.

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Tiger and Elin - A Christmas Story

The truest measure of off the charts super-stardom is to be known by an iconic name or nickname, a singular descriptive that defines not only a person, but a persona.

Tiger is a nickname, bestowed upon a young Eldrick Woods by his father in tribute to a Vietnam comrade.  It is now synonymous with an almost carnivorous competitive fire which, in combination with his other-worldly talent, has placed him on the dizzying summit of being the first BILLION DOLLAR athlete.

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Bending the Bow

In December I wrote of the episode of Tiger Woods in a post entitled Tiger and Elin - A Christmas Story; it appears in the column immediately to the right.  In that article I drew heavily upon the imagery and content of Greek mythology, and at its end noted, "we await the third and fourth act of this morality play.  We wait to see if Tiger is Oedipus or Odysseus".

Tiger Woods' address on February 19 was the third act of the morality play.  There can be no question that the entire matter was managed.  He spoke before a hand-picked, friendly audience.  He took no questions.  It was held at one of his sport's inner sanctums, with blue curtains, and warm, inviting colors.  It was staged.  But the first thought I had was how different his face looked.  Gone was the imperious, Rushmore-like edifice carved into the rock of his persona.  I was instantly reminded of how O.J. Simpson looked when first apprehended.  I don't believe any pancake make-up or ginned-up sentiment can achieve that.  He looked more than humbled or chastened.  He looked hollowed.

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Anthony Stancl - Technology - And the War on Our Youth

Last week we learned of Anthony Stancl's sentence of fifteen years in prison for his role in what is now known as a "sextortion" case.   We know the lurid details: the procurement of nude photographs of fellow students, the subsequent blackmail of those students for the performance of sexual acts, and the stunning power of technology to make those threats real.  Gosh - the things that happen in the inner city.......

OOPS - guess not.  It happened right here in the cozy, prescription drug-hazed land of suburbia, just a few short miles from our own two High Schools.

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Prized for Peace


If history, I could revise,

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The Path Well-Travelled

Unhappy with the path well-travelled,

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Large senior apartment development proposed in Brookfield

Brookfield, Housing

A Middleton-based developer is proposing a 186-unit apartment community for seniors in Brookfield.

Nakoma Development LLC wants to build the apartments on 30 acres at 1300 S. Barker Road, said Dan Ertl, city planning director. The project would include six two-unit townhouses, with the remaining 174 units spread among four larger buildings, he said.

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Buy Buy Baby coming to Brookfield

Buy Buy Baby, the division of Bed Bath & Beyond that is devoted to baby products, will open its first Wisconsin store in Brookfield, in the Fountain Square shopping center.

The store will go in the space formerly occupied by Circuit City, according to local sources. A spokeswoman for Bed Bath & Beyond said she couldn't confirm the new store plans, but acknowledged that the company is advertising on its Web site for a manager for the store.

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The Biking Challenge

The biking challenge (all uphill),

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Brookfield Metro Market to open next week

Pick 'n Save

Roundy's Supermarkets Inc.'s new Metro Market, the second for the company, will open Saturday, March 20, at 17630 W. Blue Mound Road, Brookfield. The grand opening is scheduled for March 22.

The new Metro Market is a transformation of what was the oldest Pick 'n Save in the chain. The store closed after Christmas for the construction project, which included the expansion of the building and the demolition of a vacant Hollywood Video store.

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March happenings at the library

April 15th is  just around the corner.  The library has tax forms available.  You can also obtain tax forms on line for both the state and federal .

Parents can sign up their children for library story time starting on Monday, March 15th.  Story time begins on Tuesday, April 6th at 10:30 am.  There are stories, crafts and activities for kids 2 to 6 years of age.

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New restaurant in Heinemann's space in Brookfield

The owner of the new Brookfield Family Restaurant at the Harvard Square shopping center says he's been packing 'em in since he opened March 1.

Felipe Garfias, originally from Iowa, owns and operates the busines with his cousin, Frank Galvan. The two have some experience in the Appleton area, but are new to Brookfield. Garfias wasn't familar with the popular Heinemann's restaurant that closed in the same space last year.

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Foundation Raises over $26,000 at Annual Dinner to Benefit Educational Grant Programs!

The Elmbrook Education Foundation's Annual Foundation Dinner was sponsored by Boldt Construction, C.G. Schmidt Construction, and Plunkett Raysich Architects and hosted by the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on 2/28/10. 

A district-wide crowd of approximately 200 guests enjoyed dinner prepared on-site by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, coffee service by Caribou Coffee (Bluemound), and casino games sponsored by Casino Party Specialists. Got Gold? Parties was on hand to purchase gold at unheard of prices from those that brought in their unwanted or broken gold for cash.

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Stephanie Horne's next stop: Brookfield

Stephanie Horne is moving again, this time to the Harvard Square shopping center on Blue Mound Rd. in Brookfield. The local boutique operator will close her short-lived store at Mayfair and reopen in the new space April 1.

The Harvard Square store will go in the space formerly occupied by the Acorn boutique, between Talbot's and Chico's. It has more space for her expansion into shoes, Horne said. Acorn went out of business last year.

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Kuttemperoor family loses control of Brookfield development site


Developer Vincent Kuttemperoor and his sons, Ajay and Sanjay, have lost control of a prime 66-acre development site in Brookfield, where they had hoped to build offices, a hotel, housing and retail space.

The Percheron Square site, west of Calhoun Road between I-94 and Blue Mound Road, is now owned by Water Street Land LLC, a company formed by M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, according to documents filed with the Waukesha County Register of Deeds.

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Indoor go-kart racing tracks proposed for Brookfield

Brookfield, Retail

A family entertainment center, featuring indoor go-kart racing tracks, is being proposed for a former warehouse in the Town of Brookfield.

The two indoor tracks -- a small one for young children and a longer one, with higher speeds, for older children and adults -- would be part of Top Dog Speedway and Family Entertainment Center.

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