The explosive nature of the situation in our states’ Supreme Court indicates a problem deeper than that reported thus far.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, the following commentary by Red Skelton seems appropriate. As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote it down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.
I -- Me; an individual, a committee of one.
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The lyrics of this popular, great patriotic song were adapted from a poem, written in 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. Bates wrote the poem on a trip to Colorado.
The melody had been composed a decade earlier by New Jersey composer Samuel Ward as a hymn tune. Ward's music combined with Bates' poem were first published together in 1910, and titled America the Beautiful
We The People
The National Constitution Center (according to its website ) is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance, through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historic Park and a program of national outreach, so that "We the People" may better secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
The Texas Roadhouse in New Berlin, located at 15425 W. Rock Ridge Road, is hosting a fundraiser for the newly re-formed New Berlin Police Citizen's Academy Alumni Association on Monday, July 11th.
On that day, 10% of all of your food purchase will be donated to the Alumni Association when you present a flier that can be printed off when you go the Association website at: www.nbpcitizensacademy.org
Government transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing.
But the District of New Berlin seems to prefer hiding information from “the people”. It chose to stonewall rather than provide requested information about District expenditures to a taxpaying citizen.
Obviously, when school government dodges questions about its spending, it cannot credibly claim to be open, responsible government. Ironically, all seven members of the New Berlin School Board were endorsed by a political group that calls itself New Berlin Citizens for Responsible Government.
While scams targeting the elderly have been around for decades, these four scams listed below have been active in New Berlin and surrounding areas in the last year or so. Several of these cases have involved elderly residents losing thousands of dollars to these unscrupulous individuals.
We are asking that if you have an elderly friend, neighbor, or relative, that you please talk to them about these scams and advise them to call a trusted relative before they part with any of their money or identifying information, such as a Social Security number of a bank account number.
Last Friday’s Rock-Pop-Blues Concert at the Northern Lights Theater (in Potawatomi Bingo Casino) featured performances by Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, and the Blues Brothers impersonators. That show by talented “fakes” was a tribute to the real celebrities, entertaining, and fun.
But the Republican plot to run “fake” (GOP-affiliated) Democrats in Wisconsin senate recall election races is reprehensible and not the least bit amusing.
Although some think that running so-called fakes in the democrat primaries tomorrow is a reprehensible situation - it’s hardly that.
“Not long ago, the most famous Potter in fiction was the misanthropic banker in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ But the name hasn’t been the same since Harry Potter took it over in 1997. Each title in author J.K. Rowling’s seven-book series about the boy wizard whose nemesis is evil itself has been turned into a film. The final book published in 2007 was actually turned into two films, the second of which, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows—Part 2’ opens Friday.”
------- film critic Duane Dudek, July 11 Journal Sentinel.
Interesting email just received in my box. It goes a long way in explaining why it's so hard to cut.
Cut, Cap and Balance!
All 6 'Democrats won in primary races on Tuesday against candidates put on the ballot by the Republican Party reported the Journal Sentinel earlier this week.
Remember how Republican officials and voter ID supporters stressed the importance of “election integrity” and protecting against election “fraud”?
While Sen. Lazich was blogging about the weather, the Journal Sentinel (via a July 15 online report and July 16 newspaper article) was pointing out to the public that the new maps of legislative districts drawn by GOP leaders, shift many voters from one Senate district to another.
Per the Journal Sentinel :
The New Berlin Annual School Board meeting is scheduled on Monday, July 25, 2011 at the New Berlin West PAC at 7:30 P.M.
The Annual Meeting of the District is pure democracy in action. Community members will vote on the minutes of last year's meeting, the upcoming annual levy, and other District business. This is a great opportunity for you to express direct feedback to the District, as well as to take part in the direction of your school system. If you have questions about the process, Board members will be pleased to provide answers as they would like to see more people involved.
Per the July 20 Journal Sentinel: A victory in federal court Monday by the developer trying to build affordable housing in New Berlin may have prompted the city to settle. On Tuesday night, the New Berlin Common Council approved a tentative agreement that could resolve the federal lawsuit MSP filed against the city. City officials declined to release details of the agreement because it had not yet been approved by MSP and its attorneys. The agreement could pave the way for MSP to build 102 units in the City Center.
The Journal Sentinel reports that the agreement, called a memorandum of understanding with MSP and Deer Creek Homes, was approved 4-3, with Mayor Jack Chiovatero casting the tiebreaking vote.
This weekend, July 15 and 16, is the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of West Allis/New Berlin. But where is it?
For years this popular event has been held at the Nathan Hale High School track on 116th and Cleveland Avenue, but because the track was being repaired, it has been moved to another site, the inner track at State Fair Park.
How did New Berlin get into the mess we are faced with today in the MSP low-income housing project?
At the May 3, 2010 Plan Commission meeting Mayor Jack Chiovatero laid out his support for the MSP project and the Plan Commission voted to approve the MSP project by a vote of 4-3, with Mayor Chiovatero casting the deciding vote, despite the fact New Berlin citizens had been told the City Center was going to consist of primarily high-end retail shops and owner-occupied condominiums.
The Annual Meeting of the School Board was held on Monday, July 25. The Board deserves a great deal of gratitude for the professional and orderly meeting this year.
The good news for taxpayers is the preliminary budget presented at the meeting assumes the current curriculum will remain at the same level. The budget does not include any significant reduction in programs nor layoff of staff and yet the property taxes levy will be lower. Property taxes are the primary funding source for the School District of New Berlin, accounting for 76% of revenues. The recommended property tax levy of $45,424,746 is less than last year. The decrease is caused by the reduction in revenue limit authority offset by a reduction in general state aid.
A great deal of wind and fury with little substance coming from the halls of Congress puts the country in line for economic collapse?
Regardless of the rhetoric emanating from these staid old folks in Washington we, the American people, are fed the nonsense that bi-partisanship is the only answer to solving the crisis that "they" created. The bloviating diehards assume we're too dumb to notice their antics.