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Lumen Christi Catholic School Accepting Applications for 2009-2010 School Year

Lumen Christi Catholic School is now accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Parents interested in enrolling their children are urged to submit applications early, as spaces for 3K, 4K and 5K are filling up fast. We urge you to tour our school and learn about all the wonderful things Lumen Christi Catholic School can offer your child.  

3 year-old Kindergarten (3K): Lumen Christi Catholic School offers two options for its 3 year-old Kindergarten program. Parents can choose between 2 days-a-week or 3 days-a-week. Classes that meet two days-a-week will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes that meet 3 days-a-week will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students must have turned 3 by September 1, 2009.


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ADOPTED! Smart Scout is looking for love


Looking for a special valentine who will always adore you? Scout is smart, sophisticated and stunning. This Collie/Beagle is seeking a family who enjoys long walks on the beach, outdoor adventures, fine dining and comedies. She's only 1.5-years-old and is a hilarious, goofy girl who loves to show off all her new tricks!   

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ADOPTED ! Puppy siblings Tilly & Thomas

Tilly & Thomas are 6-month-old black Labrador Retrievers with amazing dispositions! They are very social, yet not impolite. They are eager to learn, a delight to play with, and they are pictures of robust good health! This weekend, there are many wonderful dogs and puppies looking for new homes at the Wisconsin Humane Society (including Tilly & Thomas' other littermates), not to mention cats, kittens, rabbits, rats, mice and other small animals. 

Love animals, but can't adopt?  Consider sponsoring an animal while they are at the shelter. You can click on any animal's profile and choose to sponsor a homeless animal awaiting a caring family. 



It appears we have to update Senator Everett Dirksen‘s well known phrase by one order of magnitude to: "A trillion here, a trillion there; pretty soon you’re talking real money." The financial bailout and now the proposed stimulus bill are proof that Senator Dirksen was right, except being off by several zeros.

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Valentine's Day

Another Valentine's Day will be upon us shortly.  But no matter what you're got planned – whether it’s an exciting night out or a delicious, intimate home-cooked meal – beer can play a part in your Valentine’s Day festivities.  Here are a few ideas.

Red Beer and Red Roses
You may already have plans to get your better half a boutique of long-stemmed, beautiful red roses for Valentine’s Day – but that doesn’t mean you should stop there.  Expand on the color theme of your gift by adding a six-pack or two of some great red beers.  Some of your options include Leinenkugel Red or George Killian's Irish Red

Beer and Chocolate – Obvious and Irresistible
Many of the natural complexities of full-bodied beers are echoed in rich, flavored chocolates and vice versa.  Much like how dark-roasted coffees and chocolates pair well, the roasted malt flavor of stouts and porters parallel the deep tones of dark chocolate, a known aphrodisiac.  For a great gift, combine a few varieties of Godiva or Ghirardelli chocolate in a basket with and a six-pack of Bell’s Java Stout.  Other options to pair with chocolate include Beamish Irish Stout and Negra Modelo.

Pairing Beer with Aphrodisiacs
We’ve covered chocolate, so the next obvious and available aphrodisiac to pair with beer would be oysters.  It’s best to fry the oysters, say experts.  That way, the beer’s carbonation and fizz will temper the oysters’ oily richness, for a unique, flavorful experience.  Oysters are great with porters or Stouts, so try them with a  Bell's Expedition Stout,Breckenridge Vanilla Porter or Tyranena Black Hawk Porter.

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Welcome to 'On the Sidelines'

Welcome to On the Sidelines, my blog. I’m one of six full time general assignment staff photojournalists at CNI Newspapers. All six of us are general assignment, so sports is by no means all I cover for our papers and web sites, but because I’ve gotten a reputation as being good at sports photojournalism, I really love what I do, and I can tolerate the hours, sports is a hefty portion of what I cover.

A little bit about me. I’m 40 years old and live on the east side of Wauwatosa, a life long metro Milwaukee resident raised on Milwaukee’s blue collar south side and earning a degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in photography in 1989. I am a past president of the Wisconsin News Photographers Association.

I just passed the 19-year mark as a photojournalist, having been hired for my first job out of college in January of 1990. I still remember interviewing for that job and being told that “you need to work on your sports” after the chief photographer at that paper looked at my portfolio. I honestly can’t say I overtly took his advice, but looking back almost 20 years I have made progress.

Since 1990 I’ve worked at two small daily papers in southeast Wisconsin and have been at CNI since 2001. Besides the staff positions along the way I’ve been a contract freelancer for USA Today, the Associated Press, and NCAA to name a few. I’ve covered the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Ice Bowl-II in Green Bay, the last game at County Stadium for the Packers, the last Milwaukee Brewers game in County Stadium, the first game in Miller Park, and the All Star Game when it was in Milwaukee.

I guess that sounds cool to have covered those professional games and it was, but truth be told I much prefer to cover high school athletics to the pros. There’s a level of passion in high school athletics that I’ve never felt covering pro sports and where else but high school athletics can I cover soccer, swimming, and track and field (some of my favorite sports to cover) as much as I do?

Where this blog goes I really don’t know. I have ideas on topics to write about, but I want this to be a two way street as well as my ramblings. If you have questions about sports photography, newspapers, how I made a particular photo, or whatever please email me and I promise to get back to you or maybe turn your question into a blog entry.

A couple questions I seem to be asked regularly:

Q. Is this your real job?
A. Yes, it’s a real job. I work a 40-hour week Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday I give to my wife, Monday I give to myself.

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Honey bunnies

Bonnie the bunny is among many rabbits at the Wisconsin Humane Society looking for new homes this month. This sweetheart is soft and cuddly and will never wake you up at 3:00 a.m. because she's got to go outside.  Not only is she beautiful, but Bonnie has a personality to match!

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Obama's Change Means More Of The Same

A socialist with long time ties to radical extremists, former terrorists, anti-Semites and racial supremacists has been elected President of the United States. A man with no accomplishments or achievements of any kind in either the public or private sectors is now president, buoyed by empty rhetoric about hope and change. A man, who has never started up a business, run a company or made even one payroll, will be heading up the largest economy on earth, even telling many private sector companies what they should be doing and which products they should be making. A man with an unexamined agenda who would otherwise not qualify for a basic security position for his own administration will now managing all of those who did qualify. I suppose that’s change.  

 Before the election, longtime liberal actress Susan Sarandon gushed about her support of Barack Obama, saying she definitely would vote for him for president. Then she added the capper: "I can't wait to see what he stands for." The 67 million Americans who voted for Barack Obama and the 59 million who voted for John McCain were all anxious to see change. Now that it’s here, it turns out to be the same old Washington politics as usual.

 “The greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result,” Obama read from the teleprompter over and over during his incarnation. “The change we need doesn’t come from Washington, it comes to Washington,” Even many Republicans perked up when he said that. So exactly what sort of change are we seeing at this early point in Obama’s administration? Is Barack following through on his many promises?

 Leon Panetta, Obama’s pick for head spy-hunter at the CIA, is a career Washington insider and was chief of staff under Bill Clinton. Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s pick for chief of staff, was a senior adviser under Bill Clinton. Robert Reich, one of Obama’s economy guru’s, was Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. Eric Holder, our new Attorney General, was deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton. Carol Browner, Obama’s global warming czar, ran the EPA under Bill Clinton. Susan Rice, Obama’s pick for the UN, was an assistant Secretary of State under Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton is back as Secretary of State. For all of the change he promised in Washington, it seems like he is choosing the same old usual suspects and Washington insiders to surround himself with. It will be an administration of the same old, tired familiar faces, most of them retreads from the Clinton administration. Let’s not forget Joe Biden, Tom Daschle, Paul Volcker, and even David Axelrod, chief puppeteer during the campaign and author of just about everything Obama said over the last two years.

 It’s official. The Bill Clinton reunion is in full swing.  Answering the phones as of recently for the co-chairman of Obama’s transition, John Podesta, is none other than Betty Currie.

 Enter a stimulus bill loaded with pork and in one fell swoop breaking seven of President Obama’s promises with one stroke of his socialist pen. He promised he would make government more open and transparent, prevent pork from slipping into bills, put pork online and give the public at least five days to look at any bill before it is voted on. All broken.

 Central to his campaign was a promise to disband the controversial White House political affairs committee central to the Karl Rove-style politics the Democrat condemned as a candidate. The office stays. Contrary to the campaign promises, it’s politics as usual in Washington. Barack is even keeping on Bush’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was a key supporter of the surge in Iraq, which Obama opposed.

 Last month it was reported that Barack Obama is also delaying another promise, one of the cornerstones of his campaign - rolling back tax cuts on high-income Americans as part of his economic recovery strategy. But why? He dazzled so many with his strong speeches denouncing trickle-down economics. There should be nothing to stop him from soaking the rich, right? Wrong. It’s called economic reality. Tax cuts increase revenue; tax increases decrease revenue. He couldn’t acknowledge that truth during his campaign because it made so many feel good to be sticking it to the so-called “rich”. But now that he’s safely elected Obama can give it to you straight.

 On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. His own new presidential limousine will be far from green, however. Obama also made campaign promises that one of his first acts as president would be to repeal the decades-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays in the military. Oops. He’s backing off of that promise too, and will delay any action on it until 2010 or beyond.

 According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Nov. 6-8, only 27% of Americans approve of the job Bush was doing as president. This contrasts with the 70% of Americans holding a favorable view of Obama immediately after his inauguration. But the magic is wearing off. His numbers are down 10 points to about what most presidents enjoy at the beginning of their terms.

 Obama’s campaign may go down in history as one of the greatest swindles in American history, just slightly behind the Madoff hedge funds and global warming in magnitude; a feel-good marketing package which took the unsuspecting and emotional liberals in this country for every penny of political capital they had.

 As sales begin to drop of the Obama commemorative plates, reading “Change has come” on the bottom, in which the commercials showing middle-aged white men adjusting the plate and admiringly looking at the Chosen One’s kind smile, we realize we’re not seeing change at all.

 The mainstream media's support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign was so biased that even major insiders are now admitting they were shocked by its depth and depravity. Last week, even liberal Time magazine's Mark Halperin called the media's performance during the campaign simply "disgusting." Halperin told a panel of media analysts at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election, "It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war."

 During the Obama Campaign Show, Obama has promised that the first thing he would do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, a proposed federal law which would nullify virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion. Not likely.

The list of campaign promises Obama read from the campaign script penned by David Axelrod is long. Most of them will be long forgotten or revealed as “impossible to keep” once he takes the oath of office. “We had no idea how bad the situation George Bush created was,” they will tell us. The list includes universal health care, an army of teachers, free college, free preschool, government-guaranteed pensions, lower food costs, bipartisan politics in Washington, energy independence, zero carbon emissions from coal plants, world-wide unity, peace, middle class tax cuts, lowered ocean levels, bankrupting the coal industry, and redistributing wealth.  So far the last one is about the only one with any chance of rearing its ugly head.

 In addition to the government bailouts of the banking and mortgage industries, the credit card companies, the auto industry and the indolent and lazy, Obama promise number 526 is the Terrorist Bailout Program – a promise to immediately shut down the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and move 770 detainees to the United States where they will be given lawyers, legal hearings, constitutional rights usually reserved for U.S. citizens, and long trials costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Hundreds of admitted and known terrorists and murderers who were not given their Miranda rights could be acquitted, set free and allowed to sue the U.S. government which will quickly turn around and settle, giving them green cards and millions of dollars in compensation. Trust me. The trial lawyers are already doing their research because there are big contingent fees on the horizon.

 But wait! Now that the keys are being handed to Obama, he’s beginning to realize the Wonderland of political campaign promises doesn’t really exist in the real world. The Washington Post has now come out and said that, “You can't be a purest and say that there's never a circumstance in which a country like ours can preventively detain somebody?” All we’ve heard for the last five years was that there's no circumstance in which we could do this legally.  Now all of a sudden, what's going on down there is fine.  Obama’s staff is now considering ways to delay action on Gitmo because we don't really think it would be safe to bring these people into the country, and we don't know what would happen if they got acquitted. I guess President Bush wasn’t so dumb after all.

 For seven years, all we’ve heard was threats of impeachment and criminal trials of Bush and Cheney because the Bush administration “increased presidential powers” through secrecy and unilateral executive orders and other action which allowed “secret spying programs”.  Campaign Obama forcefully promised to rescind these atrocities. President Obama, however, has now indicated that rescinding them would limit his flexibility and harm the ability of U.S. intelligence and military forces to capture or kill wanted terrorists. It is likely that Obama will keep firmly in place this post-9/11 national surveillance state which employs information collection, collation and analysis as key methods of governance.

 The misty-eyed and fainting Obama fanatics have all gone back to their government jobs, secretarial desks and college quizzes, ignorant of the fact that virtually every promise Obama made to get elected is in the process of being broken - and we’ve only just begun. It seems that the only “change” Barack Obama had in mind was that of changing his mind on campaign promises.

 For those “ask what government can do for me” suburbanites and white-guilt obsessed voters who had Obama signs displayed proudly in their yards last November, author James Bovard made a brilliant observation some years ago just for you:

 For those who understand and cherish freedom, critical thinking is not optional. If people choose not to think, then they have chosen to submit. If people make no effort to understand the machinations of government, then they have chosen to be political victims."

 Boy was he right.  

Hopeful Choices..

“Squeezing every penny for love”,   was the heading of an article that appeared in The  New York Times on Feb. 14, 2009. It began  as follows:

·         “Homemade cards replace long-stemmed roses.

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