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Finding North Without a Compass

A retired Army officer and retired Fortune 500 executive, Warren may be best known for making waves while serving on the Mequon Common Council and Ozaukee County Board. He's no longer an elected official, but he has plenty to say about local, state and national issues.



On June 17, 1972, a break-in occurred at the Democratic National Committee at their Watergate complex in Washington, DC. After a two year investigation it was determined that President Nixon attempted to cover-up the break-in and other questionable activities during his administration. Facing impeachment charges in the House of Representatives, Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. 

Now, on September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by a heavily armed group. The attack which began about 9:40 PM, resulted in the burning of the mission building and the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and his associate Sean Smith. The attackers numbered some 125-150 gunmen shouting "Allahu Akbar" armed with AK-47 & assault rifles, hand grenades, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and artillery mounted on gun trucks. The U.S embassy in Tripoli and authorities in Washington, DC were informed immediately (3:40 PM Eastern Time) along the US quick reaction force at the CIA Annex about one mile away.

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Hang on to your hats, Mequonites, the political follies have started. It’s been fifteen years since Mayor Moriarty left office with his objective of turning Mequon into an ante-bellum community of no modern conveniences with a "No Progress in Mequon" agenda. He didn’t quite succeed but he and his merry minions created quite a rumpus over his term. I’m told by some long-term residents that watching those common council meetings, which often lasted until two in the morning, was more fun that any television show on the networks. Well, Moriarty is long gone, but his gang has been reconstituted with old members and new recruits to the cause with the same mission, "No Progress in Mequon" 

In the interests of transparency, I was an alderman for three of those Moriarty years as were our newly elected mayor, Dan Abendroth and continuing Alderwoman Pam Adams. Both were avid Moriarty supporters along with then Alderman Bob Ashmore, who in my opinion, was Moriarty’s greatest lackey. Ashmore has re-appeared on the political scene, something like the cicadas after a long hibernation, as Abendroth’s mayoral campaign co-chairman. So it appears that the Moriarty gang is resurfacing with those old faces and some new ones, including Alderman Dale Mayr, who, by coincidence, happens to be Moriarty’s brother-in-law and Alderman Mark Seider. Seider’s position appears to have hardened because of his fury over then Mayor Gielow casting the tie-breaking vote for approval of a Taco Bell in his District on N. Port Washington Road. His constituents were up-in-arms over the Taco Bell, averring that the traffic, noise, litter, light pollution and ordor to be generated in their area was more than they should have to bear. Of course, now that the Taco Bell has been in place for a reasonable period of time – have any of those fears come true? In a word - NO, but Seider apparently never forgives or forgets! So he, Adams and Mayr publicly endorsed Abendroth, whereas the other four aldermen remained neutral, as all the alderpersons were requested to do by then Mayor Curt Gielow.   

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