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April 2, 2013 Election: Wisconsin needs Don Pridemore, a fresh, independent leader, for State Superintendent of Schools

Conservatives, Elections, Education, WISCONSIN

Want more local control over schools? What about increasing a parent's right to choose which school they send their children to? How about an independent leader for State Superintendent of Public Instruction instead of one tied to the teachers union?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, I urge you to vote for Don Pridemore on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Add to these concerns the very disturbing news of the Wisconsin Department of Instruction "White Privilege" sensitivity courses that are being taught to our teachers, as part of a training  program called CREATE Wisconsin for public school teachers. I watched the following video, compiled by the Education Action Group, and was sickened by some of the ideas being promoted by our DPI and courtesy of our tax dollars!

At the 38 second mark, this quote caught my attention: "We must be aware of how power holders oppressed all people of color to shape the country as they wanted it. Racism is one of several systems of oppression. Others are class, sexism, hetero-sexism, the institutionalized primacy of Christianity, and able-bodiedism. These systems work toward a common goal: to maintain power and control in the hands of wealthy, white, heterosexual, Christian, able-bodied men." The quote came from Dr. Francis Kendall.

And Wisconsin teachers aren't the only ones subject to this type of indoctrination. "White Privilege" is creeping into some Wisconsin public schools as well. In January, the Delavan-Darien District made national news when it was learned students there were being taught similar white privilege ideas.

Interestingly, the DPI website used to include information on White Privilege on their public webpages. It has since been removed from public view!

Another area of curriculum concern is "Common Core." Wisconsin agreed to use that Federally mandated curriculum when Gov. Doyle signed us on to the the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program. (In order to compete for Federal dollars, we had to agree to use their national "Common Core" curriculum.) The math program in Common Core is called "Just Math."

We all know a firm foundation in math is necessary for so many career choices, but unfortunately, the Federally mandated "Just Math" curriculum transforms mathematics into a vehicle for pushing social and ecological justice subject matter onto our students.

Don Pridemore is concerned about this as well. He believes we need to take a "closer look" at Common Core and its Standards, "This Federally administered program has a far reaching impact on a local school district’s ability to control the curriculum of their schools."

I also like that Pridemore wants to take an audit of DPI, “'DPI has never been audited as a whole but only on individual instances,' Pridemore said. 'Because we are in tough economic times we must ensure that every tax dollar is spent efficiently and with a purpose of giving our children the best chance to succeed in our educational system. Due to all the mandates and programs DPI is responsible for and some of the alarming issues that have come from that department, we must determine that our tax dollars are being spent wisely. A thorough audit will answer that question.'" 

Don Pridemore has served as a Representative in the state Assembly since 2004, and has been on the Education Committee there during the 2011-2012 session and again this 2013-2014 session.

Everyone in the state votes for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Tuesday, April 2, 2013 General Spring Election. Public education accounts for the lion's share of most people's property tax bills. Don't you want your hard earned dollars to be used wisely?

Take a few moments and explore the issues on Don Pridemore's website.

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April 2, 2013 Election: Roggensack, Pridemore and other Conservative picks

Conservatives, Elections, WISCONSIN

Everyone in Wisconsin votes for Supreme Court and DPI Superintendent in the Tuesday, April 2, 2013 General Election.  This election is of utmost importance, so don't sit this one out!

I am casting my vote for Justice Pat Roggensack for State Supreme Court.  She is well respected and known for fairness.  For more information see: 'VIP' Primary Election for Justice Roggensack

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Spring Fever Hits HAWS!

HAWS, Humane Animal Welfare Society, Walkathon, walk, jingle, challenge, grant, kitten

Spring fever has hit HAWS with great upcoming events, contests…and a continued “Challenge!”

“Give Pets a Home-Field Advantage” through HAWS’ 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon! Get a Team together, create a personal fundraising page – just be sure to join the fun on Saturday, May 4th at Sussex Village Park. 100% of Walk donations help the animals at the Waukesha shelter, so everyone can make a difference and save lives. Support HAWS on foot or online – all the Walkathon details are at

There are 5 weeks to go in HAWS’ $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge – now is the time to donate and any amount can help. HAWS’ Mod Squad saves lives and gives second chances to deserving dogs – 650 dogs and counting! Donate today through May 4th at, then celebrate at the Walkathon!

“Sing to Save Lives” Jingle Contest videos are due April 30th. Grab that microphone, sing HAWS’ Jingle and win great prizes, including an appearance on Animal Advocate Television on WISN 12!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center has a spring cleaning idea – the Dog Wash for HAWS at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa on Sunday April 14th. Summit Credit Union has named HAWS their April "Business of the Month" – one day each week adoptable pets take over to celebrate!  Details and the full Mobile calendar are at

HAWS’ first-ever
Kitten College Socialization & Playtime is Sunday, April 14th. Kittens learn appropriate social skills that prevent future behavior problems! ​​Designed for kittens 8-15 weeks, maximum class size is 7 kittens.​ Pre-registration is required​ – call 262-542-8851, x114 or log onto

Additional highlights on HAWS’ April Calendar include the FREE Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems seminar (4/8); “Pet”-icures, for cats on 4/13 and 4/23 (additional day!) and for small animals (4/10 at Pet Supplies Plus and 4/20 at HAWS); the monthly First Aid for Pets session (4/20); and Puppy Parties every Sunday at 4:45p.m. All events and details are available at

Love Thy Neighbor, or Shoot on Sight

The regulation of guns has been an American tradition to keep the country safe. History is than in the wild wild west guns spoke louder than words and so the bawdy and other business people decided on a check in your gun policy or you cannot come in here. The roaring 20's saw gangsters take advantage of the prohibition laws and used guns and then rapid fire tommy guns to kill and show their power to dominate the big cities.

There is nothing in the newly proposed laws to regulate the sportsmen and hunters.

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Helping others by helping themselves

Through Operation Rice Bowl, the SJV students and their families, along with parishioners, had an opportunity to pray for and directly assist the poor in the U.S. and overseas. Each family kept a cardboard 'bowl' on their table and collected money. The box was accompanied by stories of people in other countries, including their joys and sorrows.  Contributions support Catholic Relief Services and the Vincent Family Center in Milwaukee run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Donations topped $2,800 this year.

State fair teaches students more than just state facts

St. John Vianney fourth graders conducted a state fair on Wednesday, March 13th, showcasing detailed written reports and hand-made maps on each state.

Each student was responsible for a different state. In the typed reports, the students summarized several features of their state's economy, geography, industry, and other important aspects.

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Brookfield's mysterious rezoning on Plan Commission agenda tonight.

From the city's website:

2. PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: Request of the Plan Commission c/o of the Department of Community Development for approval of a rezoning of city owned property located at 1000 S. Moorland Road (former fire center 3), and privately owned properties located at 900 S. Moorland Road and vacant lot directly east thereof (tax key 1147-995-001) from “O&LB” Office and Limited Business and “MSO” Modified Suburban Overlay to “B-2” General Business and “MSO” Modified Suburban Overlay. (SW1/4 of Sec 35) – DE **Requires Common Council Approval**

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SJV Foresnsic Team takes first place at state tournament

by K. Adamson

March 23, under the guidance of coach Erica Lanser, SJV students on the school's Forensic Team competed in the Middle Level Forensic Association State Meet where they pitted their communication skills against some 1,400 students from  80 schools.

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Local Business Executive Jerry Frye Explores Evidence For Creator's Existence: April 16, 2013

Brookfield, Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Nature, Special events, Religion

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Hit a Home Run for HAWS!

HAWS, HAWS Waukesha, Walkathon, pets, baseball, Humane Animal Welfare Society

Just got a visit from a HAWS volunteer who is very excited about the new features for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon to benefit the Waukesha shelter

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Thoughts on the local pro teams

baseball, football, basketball

With the weather knocking off more prep sports events faster than John Axford allows homers, I thought I would share some quick thoughts on the local professional sports teams.


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St. John Vianney toiletries drive aids two vital area outreach programs

Now more than ever it seems that people are in need and St. John Vianney students are helping to fill that need by collecting new toiletries such as women's hygiene products, deodorant, cough drops, shampoo and more, for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and the Sojourner Truth House.

7th graders coordinated the collection drive but families from the entire school and Parish donated items. This year, an estimated 1,500 items were donated by Parish and school families with the hope they will bring some comfort and much-needed hlep to area men, women and children.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being the United Nations


Having just read the last volume of William Manchester and Paul Reid's masterful biography of Winston Churchill, Defender of the Realm, I am reminded anew of the horrific conflict that was World War Two.  And I am spending time reflecting upon the toxic impact of the actions of the two genocidal maniacs who, along with Churchill, bestrode the Twentieth Century like Colossae - Hitler and Stalin.

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St. Mary's Visitation Students heading to National History Bee


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Meet Andria, HAWS Spring Marketing Intern!

HAWS, Humane Animal Welfare Society, Walk, pet walkathon, Project Guardian, spay, neuter, donate, adopt

Jen steps away from the keyboard to allow HAWS’ marketing intern, Andria, to reflect on her experiences at HAWS  so far!

I’m Andria, I am currently the Marketing Intern here at HAWS. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for me as I am a double major at Carroll University in Business Administration and Biology with an emphasis on Animal Behavior. I love animals, I love people, and I wanted to gain some experience in the business side of things to help me with my future. What better way to gain experience than by also helping out a great organization!

As the Marketing Intern at HAWS my primary project was starting a Twitter account for HAWS. Not having an account myself I set off on an adventure, making my own account first so I could learn the ropes, and doing some research as to how to get many followers. We officially launched the Twitter account on March 4th! If you aren’t already, please follow us!

My favorite project here at HAWS so far has been designing postcards for Project Guardian, HAWS’ no-cost spay and neuter program for outdoor cats. I loved being able to create the post card that I think not only looks cute, but also provides the community with information about a valuable resources offered!

I am very grateful for everyone’s help here, I have felt so welcomed. I have learned a lot about HAWS as an organization, about myself, and about marketing – especially social media marketing. Jennifer has been a great mentor helping me to learn along the way.

By the way – If you haven’t heard HAWS is currently raising funds for the
30th Annual Pet Walkathon, and I would love to get more donations than Jennifer (my boss), so please feel free to check out my Firstgiving page and make a donation to HAWS through my page. Thanks!

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The Elmbrook business model


A reader sent me a link to Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen's blog. He's been visiting lawmakers in Madison. In closing, he writes:

Together, we will continue to advocate for a sustainable business model where revenues match expenditures, and one that supports the current level of programs and services that our students, parents, and community have come to expect from an Elmbrook education.

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Stations of the Cross bring Jesus' Passion to life

In preparation for Easter, St. John Vianney students from K5 through eighth grade attended the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, March 27th in the Parish Church.

Seventh and eighth grade students read the verses while eighth grade students re-enacted each event, creating a realistic picture of the Passion and death of Jesus. "Seeing how Jesus suffered and died made me sad," one fourth grader said of the event. "But it also makes me know how much Jesus loves us."

St. Mary's Visitation - 7th Grade team win 1st Place in STEM competition

7th Grade team wins $1,000 each for STEM Competition

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Starting Line-Up Announced for Annual Pet Walkathon!

HAWS, Humane Animal Welfare Society, fundraiser, pets, Pet Walkathon, walk

HAWS and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group have announced the “starting line-up” of activities for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 4th to benefit the Waukesha shelter. 

The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park, south of Main Street/Silver Spring Drive in Sussex.

The day features something for everyone – pets and their people!

Pre-Game / 9:00am:           National Anthem & Blessing of the Animals 
1st Inning / 9:30am:           Featured Breed 
2nd Inning / 10:00am:        Award Presentations -  Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness
                                                 Award and the $10K Behavior Matching Grant Challenge
3rd Inning / 10:45am:         Sing Our Jingle Contest Winners perform
4th Inning / 10:30am:         Treibball Demo
5th Inning / 11:00am:         HAWS’ K9 Clicks & Tricks Brigade performance
6th Inning / 11:30am:         Parade of HAWS Adoptable Pets and HAWS Alumni
7th Inning Stretch/Noon:    Bobbing for hotdogs (dogs), Baseball piñata contest (kids)
8th Inning / 12:30pm:         Pet Contests - Best pet trick, Fastest tail-wager
9th Inning / 1:00pm:           Musical bases - "musical chairs" game for dogs

                 1:30pm:           Special recognition for Survivor/Senior dogs, Pet - Owner lookalike
                                                            contest, "My Dog Can do THAT!" contest  
                 2:45pm:           Contest/Raffle winners announced
                 3:00pm:           Walk ends

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Two 'Weed Out' Days at Mary Knoll Park! Saturday, May 4 & 11, 2013

Brookfield, Gardening, Helping others, Nature, Special events

This year there are 2 Weed Out days at Mary Knoll Park in Brookfield on Saturday, May 4th and then Saturday, May 11th.  Both dates start at 9 am  and finish at noon. We may be having a slow spring, but the Garlic Mustard marches on!

The first weekend's focus on May 4th, will be on pulling the invasive Garlic Mustard. It is already up and easy to identify.  Don't worry if you are inexperienced. As always, Patty Gerner will give instruction on what to look for and how to pull the weeds. (Usually Gary Majeskie from Park & Rec. Forestry Department attends too).  It is a great opportunity to learn about these invaders so you can check your own yard for the pests.

On the second weekend, May 11th, the more hearty will help Boy Scout Troop 23 volunteers dig out the bigger invaders: Buckthon trees and (possibly) Honeysuckle bushes. Both produce numerous berries and are prolific spreaders. The Buckthorn trees shade and crowd out native plants and trees; Honeysuckle berries irritate bird's digestive systems and provide no nutritional value.

To help, give the Parks, Recreation & Forestry department an idea of how many volunteers to expect, call 262.796.6675 to register. (Not necessary. If you forget to call, come anyway.)

So consider joining the group this Saturday and/or next at Mary Knoll Park, 615 S. Sunnyslope Road, just south of the I-94 overpass bridge, in Brookfield. I've been to most of the Weed Outs and it's always been an enjoyable workday, not to mention a great opportunity to enjoy a morning in the park and see the wonderful native plants that are thriving now that they aren't being crowded out by the aliens.

Wear gardening clothing and bring gloves.

Past Garlic Mustard Posts with photos:
2012 Weed Out Time (with photos)
3rd Annual Weed Out (with photos)
It is worth saving (pictures from Weed Out and wildflowers)
Oh, the shame! (photos and tips for evicting Garlic Mustard)

Weed control links: Garlic Mustard and garlic mustard's pretty cousin, Dame's Rocket. (It can take over native areas too.) Garlic mustard should be thrown in the trash and labeled Garlic Mustard: Do not compost.


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