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Election Time Coming

At this time of year every 4 years potential candidates for City of Brookfield public offices are gearing up to prepare for the Spring (primary February, general April) elections.

It may seem far away but from November 2011 through March 2012 is only 5 months to campaign for a 4 year term.

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Without Castle Doctrine, could I protect myself? 2 UPDATES

Legislation, WISCONSIN

Updates below. Please READ the post before commenting. Castle Doctrine gives the property owner immunity against an intruder. That means someone who is inside.

If you live in Wisconsin, do you have the right to defend yourself from an intruder in your home, without fear of incurring thousands of dollars for legal fees in court later?

Suppose it is near midnight, and you are home working at your computer. It is quiet in the house but then you hear a noise coming from your garage. You decide to investigate. But when you open your garage access door, you discover 2 men standing inside. One is holding a crowbar.

Can you, as the homeowner, defend yourself and be within the law?

Well, in Wisconsin, that depends. Were they intent on causing you harm? Were you feeling threatened?

What if they were escaped convicts?

That may sound a bit far fetched, but that might have been my scenario, had I decided to investigate a noise coming from our garage area in 1995. (Thankfully, I didn't go check that noise out-- it didn't even occur to me it might be a burglar.)

We were in the midst of a major remodel on our Brookfield home, and our garage was removed. The only thing keeping intruders out of our house was a make-shift, ill-fitting piece of plywood with a hasp and padlock covering our home's doorway.

And my intruders? A pair of escaped convicts from a Wisconsin prison!* Their stolen car broke down on the freeway near our home, and the two climbed the embankment and scouted the neighborhood for an easy car to steal. That would be ours. Not only was our old Oldsmobile parked outside, but it was also a model known to be an easy target for thieves. Added bonus for them: all exterior lighting had been removed for our remodeling project.

The noise? I believe they were trying to open our plywood door but maybe decided against a break-in and just took the car. They used a crowbar a workman left out to break a car window and the column, to bypass the ignition, and away they drove.

As it stands now in our state, "if a resident uses deadly or severe force against an intruder and claims self-defense against criminal prosecution, the burden of proof falls to the resident to prove the force was needed to prevent imminent death or substantial harm to himself or others."

So without a Castle Law, had they broken in my home, would I have to interview the two as to their intent before acting in self defense? Oh, so you are escaped convicts, but you just want my car? You aren't here to harm me? Well then, you should know our car uses a bit of oil.

The Castle Doctrine bill would "create an automatic presumption of immunity for the resident...", ensuring that "courts in most criminal and civil matters would presume that property owners using deadly force had acted reasonably against anyone unlawfully inside their residence, business or vehicle, whether they were armed or not."

Wisconsin's Castle bill, AB69, passed the Assembly yesterday. Next step would be to pass it in the Senate today. There is some speculation if that will happen or not, for if not today, then hopefully in the next session.

I hope we don't have to wait until next year to become the 32nd state to pass a Castle Doctrine protection. It's time Wisconsin officially made a man's home his castle!

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Contaminated subdivision The Shire one step closer to approval

The addition is scheduled to be discussed at the November 7th Plan Commission meeting. What's the recommendation? Well gosh, we dont' know. True to form with a controversial topic, the final recommendation will be delievered at the Plan Commission meeting that evening.

Remember, the question has never been about developing this land, it's whether or not Waste Management (and yes, they are named on the agenda) should be rewarded and allowed to make money off the sale of the land when so much contamination has come off that landfill. There are still unanswered questions about the water plume that's developed to the south and east. And yes, as we saw before, there have been, even in the last few years, evidence of gas migration to the property that is wanting to be platted.

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Tosa East gets new baseball coach

Tosa East baseball

I am always happy when people receive an opportunity to fulfill a dream. I've been fortunate to have worked in sports all my life - with the Milwaukee Brewers for 19 years and with CNI/NOW Newspapers & Websites the past 9.5 years.

So when Brian Karas got the Tosa East head baseball coach position, I will absolutely thrilled for the young man.

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Penn State is a member of the Big Ten .the scandal involving sexual allegations with young males is terrible, if it is true.

you think this never happens elsewhere. during my high school years i was working hard to become a capable basketball player. the high school basketball coach had his favorites. i never knew but did wonder what it took to be a starter. the stronger and bigger guys were out of the loop. the coach feared them but he had a way of seeking out those kids most vulnerable (WWII and most of the men were gone).

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It's Veteran's Day: Thank a Vet, Help a Vet

Holidays, History, United States, Veterans, War

Do you know a Veteran? Today is Veteran's Day, a day set aside "to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans." So make a point of saying thank you for your service today if you see a veteran. You also might want to drop off a pie, cake, or some other treat to express your gratitude. (Saying thank you is appropriate every day of the year to all enlisted and veteran soldiers.)

Another thing you can do that will help veterans and their families is to donate to the Wisconsin Fisher House project. Fisher House, was created to give families of wounded soldiers a place to stay while their serviceman underwent medical treatment at a VA Hospital. In our area, that would be at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Just click the link to donate online or mail a donation directly to them: Fisher House Wisconsin, 5000 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53295.

Veteran's Day has always been celebrated on November 11th, but until 1954, the day was originally called Armistice Day, which marked the end of WWI in 1918. It was a day set aside to honor the cause of world peace and all those who served in that great war. The name was changed 57 years ago to Veteran's Day, so that veterans of all wars would be honored. This year's Veteran's Day is unique in that its date reads 11.11.11.

On this day, and always, Thank you, Veterans, for putting your life on hold, and for being willing to risk your life to serve our country.

Past Posts: It's Veterans Day, say thank you to a soldier today
Thank you, Veterans, for the final salute
Thank you & God bless you Veterans and enlisted troops
My Favorite Marine--Thank You Veterans!


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Red Raiders state trip short, disappoining

tosa east boys volleyball

Watching the Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team (27-10) lose to an underdog Germantown team (14-5) Friday evening was disappointing to say the least.

Before I say anything else, I want to send out kudos to Germantown coach Brian Rushmer, who used to play for Tosa East coach John Simon. Rushmer had the Warhawks ready to play and their play by the nets was outstanding all night.

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Our Last Spartan

Printed below is a re-publication of my November 11, 2010 reflection on Veteran's Day.  Since that time, former Brookfield East Spartan quarterback and stand-out student Jon Lehman has moved on to West Point to join the Long Gray Line.  And many other area graduates have entered our Nation's service as well.  We honor them all this day.

"Go tell the Spartans, those that passeth by;

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we all saw it happen  before our own eyes. not just another win over the Vikings but a blow out win that was so decisive our QB got a well deserved rest. grade it A+.

this is the NFL where teams have parity, money and draft choices, where bigger markets attract  bigger players and where every game means something.

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NASA EarthKAM, Polar Bears and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball


In early November, Eighth grade science students at SMV had an opportunity to take pictures of some of their favorite places.  But instead of using a digital camera or their cell phone, they instructed a camera on the International Space Station to take the photo!!   Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures of our Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.  Students found the latitude and longitude of their location and entered them in after identifying when and which ISS orbit would be closest to their destination.

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Wait a minute!

New City Clerk Kelly MIchaels has been on the job for a few weeks now. I've noticed some changes to the way things are done. For one, the agendas are now a thing of beauty. They are so easy to read!

When the first set of minutes she'd done were emailed, I was very excited. The minutes were thorough. One could tell the basics of every discussion and easily discern how the alderfolk voted. No more listening to those meetings where certain elected like to hear themselves talk!

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Caveat: this is a subject for which i am not an expert and my conclusions may not be legally correct.

Trespassers and the Castle Doctrine in Wisconsin are entering into a world of the twi-light zone for which there are more questions than answers. the rush to judgment by the legislature to satisfy the NRA and other open/concealed gun carry proponents will have an effect on the average homeownere, like it or not.

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Another Successful and Entertaining "Vianney Varieties"

St. John Vianney students in fifth through eighth grades are invited annually to participate in “Vianney Varieties”. The talent and variety show is spearheaded by SJV mom Sheila Barker and her Fine Arts Committee. This year’s show was as entertaining as ever.

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Kuttemperoor's Rose House sells for $37.50 a square foot

Not bad pricing if you can get it. The Business Journal has done three articles on the sale of the home. This one shows the new owner Bachan Singh. Mr. Singh owns gas stations.

The Rose House is still unfinished inside, which accounts for part of that bargain.

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Superman/woman loses. poor lois lane lives to see her heroes lose the biggest game ever. COMPROMISE.

My blog is written today after only hearing and reading the headlines: SUPER COMMITTEE FAILS.

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Former evolutionist Paul Frank discusses Creation/Evolution debate Nov. 29, 2011

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Special events, Religion

Many people think the Creation Science movement is just made up of Christians who ignore the scientific evidence. Well, that thinking will be challenged by Paul Frank, this month's Creation Science Society of Milwaukee speaker.

Paul Frank offers an interesting perspective on the Creation/Evolution debate, since he graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. But even more noteworthy than his scientific background, is the fact that he began his college years as an agnostic and devout evolutionist!

From the CSSM Newsletter: "[Paul's] evolutionary beliefs were challenged when a friend presented him with a book entitled Studies in Creation by Dr. John Klotz. The book piqued Paul’s interest and the next book he read on the subject, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, marked a watershed moment in Paul’s life. The theory of evolution seemed implausible to him after reading that book. Incidentally this was the same book that Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe read that turned him from his evolutionary beliefs and resulted in his seminal work Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. To this day Behe’s first book remains a benchmark for the new ID movement." (My emphasis)

Paul Frank will approach the Creation Science / Intelligent Design movement vs. Evolution from a scientific, bio-chemical viewpoint--that genetic entropy (deterioration) rules out progressive macroevolution (major changes occurring over a long time), and "the necessity of DNA and proteins arising at the same time. He will also present a formidable argument against chemical evolution using probability statics."

In layman's terms, mutations cannot account for changes necessary for large scale evolution (one cell animals to humans or even fish to amphibian), because we now know that mutations just take away or repeat code that is already written. We also now know that new genetic information cannot be spontaneously added by chance, because that is mathematically impossible--the sequencing is far too complex for chance.

As you might have guessed, this presentation will be more technical in nature and is intended for adults.

Mr. Frank will present his talk on the Creation/Evolution Debate on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:45pm at Grace Bible Church, 2643 S. 117th Street, West Allis, Wisconsin. (Located between Cleveland and Lincoln Avenue on 117th Street.)

Upcoming Events: Dr. Gary Locklair PhD., Tuesday, February 14, 2011, 7:15 pm, Concordia University
Jerry Frye, Tuesday, April 24, 2011, Brookside Baptist Church


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Thanksgiving, a Time for All

Yes, Thanksgiving is a time for all.

A time for all to remember our heritage, our history, our experiences, our memories and our families.

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Would you build on a lot in The Shire addition?

The staff report is out for the special Plan Commission meeting on November 30th. It's long; it's cumbersome, and indeed, it includes this tidbit as part of the deed restrictions:

The landfill owner is responsible for monitoring contaminated groundwater and/or methane gas from the landfill that may migrate to the lots in The Shire, Addition No. 1.

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Point of Order

Point of Order.

"the state of a man's mind is as much a fact as the state of his digestion". (Chancery, 1885)

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Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Thursday, December 1st Will Benefit St. John Vianney Parish School

This Thursday, December 1st, Barnes & Noble will host a book fair at their Brookfield Square location to benefit St. John Vianney School. A percentage of all purchases will benefit SJV School if you mention SJV when you check-out.

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