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25% off all adoptions!

Save These Faces
Sponsored by WISN TV, 96.5 WKLH and ClearChannel Outdoor

For every single adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society, supporter Stan Kass will donate $100 back to the organization, up to $100,000! We hope to reach the goal of finding homes for 1,000 homeless animals in 6-7 weeks and we've added a special incentive:
All adoptions at the Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses will be 25% off until we reach 1,000 adoptions!

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It's the Most Wonderful time of the Year

As summer races by it is stopping this week at my favorite time of the year.  This Saturday is the 25th annual Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison.  If you are a fan of beer this event should be on your bucket list. Breweries from all over the midwest put on a great sampling and festival.  I am really looking forward to some of the Bourbon barrel aged beers that will be available.  The weather looks to be outstanding and not nearly the high heat of the last 2 years.  My good friend, The Professor, is having this as a send off before he departs for a oversees teaching opportunity for 5 months.

The 2nd weekend will be Irish Fest at the lakefront in Milwaukee.  Relatives will be up for the event and my family takes its Irish fest very seriously.  From the rope pulls to the Red Hot Chilli Pippers, fun is to be had for all.  In the comment section please list your 2 favorite summer events and with my next blog I will list them with my recap from Great Taste.

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THE SHARRON ANGLE EFFECT

You remember Sharron Angle – probably the only person in Nevada who couldn’t defeat Harry Reid in his re-election campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010. She was the perfect Tea Party candidate, reflecting and supporting the far right wing section of their membership. Her problem was that she could not generate majority support from the Nevada electorate, who cluster in the middle of the political spectrum. I could cite another example in Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell who lost a Senate race in Delaware after polling indicated that the single Republican House member could have won in a walkover. Get the picture yet? Too many Republicans who support the Angles and O’Donnells of the world would rather lose an election than nominate a candidate who can win but doesn’t meet their no-compromise standards on far right wing issues.

As a relative political neophyte back in 1964 I observed the Republican Party nominate Barry Goldwater, the great conservative Senator from Arizona. Working with some Republican enthusiasts, I inquired of them as to why the Republicans would nominate a rigid conservative who didn’t appear able to compete against Lyndon Johnson. The answer was: "We don’t care whether he wins, but rather he supports our principles!" That response astounded me, but I dismissed it as an aberration until it happened again with the nomination of Bob Dole to oppose Bill Clinton’s re-election in 1996. The rationale of that Republican nomination appeared to be: "We know Bob can’t win, but we want to reward him for his past yeoman military and political service."

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THE SHARRON ANGLE EFFECT

You remember Sharron Angle – probably the only person in Nevada who couldn’t defeat Harry Reid in his re-election campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010. She was the perfect Tea Party candidate, reflecting and supporting the far right wing section of their membership. Her problem was that she could not generate majority support from the Nevada electorate, who cluster in the middle of the political spectrum. I could cite another example in Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell who lost a Senate race in Delaware after polling indicated that the single Republican House member could have won in a walkover. Get the picture yet? Too many Republicans who support the Angles and O’Donnells of the world would rather lose an election than nominate a candidate who can win but doesn’t meet their no-compromise standards on far right wing issues.

As a relative political neophyte back in 1964 I observed the Republican Party nominate Barry Goldwater, the great conservative Senator from Arizona. Working with some Republican enthusiasts, I inquired of them as to why the Republicans would nominate a rigid conservative who didn’t appear able to compete against Lyndon Johnson. The answer was: "We don’t care whether he wins, but rather he supports our principles!" That response astounded me, but I dismissed it as an aberration until it happened again with the nomination of Bob Dole to oppose Bill Clinton’s re-election in 1996. The rationale of that Republican nomination appeared to be: "We know Bob can’t win, but we want to reward him for his past yeoman military and political service."

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Citizen Police Academy

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 Citizen Police Academy

There is plenty of space left for the upcoming Fox Point, Bayside, and River Hills Citizen Police Academy. The academy starts on Thursday, October 6th and runs through Thursday, November 17th. Classes are held at the Fox Point Police Department from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, with one Saturday class on October 29th from 9:00 AM to 12:00PM at the Bayside Police Department. Topics will include recruitment and hiring, training, crime scene investigation, Operating While Intoxicated enforcement, firearms, use of force, traffic stops, and a ride along. If you live or work in the Village of Fox Point and are 21 or older, you are eligible to attend. The Citizens Police Academy is free to attend and hands-on participation is not required. If you are interested, please contact Officer John Adamaitis in Fox Point 414-351-8911, Sergeant Mike Gaynor in River Hills 414-247-2302 or Officer Eric Miller in Bayside 414-351-8808.

ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE: Obama's Laser-Like Focus on Jobs Out of Focus

Never in the history of America has a president talked more about creating jobs and done less to actually create them. If speeches could put people to work America would have the lowest unemployment on the planet. Unfortunately, unemployment continues to rise as a president challenging Herbert Hoover's place as the greatest job terminator in U.S. history continues to read from the teleprompter. Instead of looking at his own job-destroying policies – a failed stimulus, mounting debt, repeatedly raising the minimum wage, Dodd-Frank, the socialized health care debacle, or his continual class-warfare rhetoric - President Obama continues to blame our downward employment spiral on a laundry list of things, including bad luck, the Arab Spring, ATMs, the internet, and even the weather. When will he realize that socialism brings bad luck to everybody?
 

In his 2009 Inaugural Address the president of hope and change spoke to his swooning minions and promised, "The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth." That was nearly three years ago and the unemployment rate was 7.2% and gas was $1.79 a gallon. Nearly 1000 speeches later the unemployment has spiked past 10%, gas is nearly $4.00 per gallon, and over 13 million more people are on food stamps. We tried to warn the swooning masses of hypnotized Bush-haters that the 44th president of the United States was all hat and no cattle. Now they know.
 

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Submit your photo to the 2012 Calendar Contest!

Entries are now being accepted for the Wisconsin Humane Society's 2012 Calendar Contest!

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