January 5, 2013
Here are the people running for the 98th assembly district seat with their web sites:
First the Democrat Eric Prudent: Eric Prudent for District 98.
Then the Republicans:
Todd Greenwald For Wisconsin State Assembly
Matt Morzy for State Assembly
Taxpayers For Tarantino
Patch has done a short story focusing on Baumann and a look at the rest of the candidates and Blogging Blue has written supporting Prudent.
Here’s a map of the district (PDF file). I’m close to being in it but I’m just outside still in the 97th. And here’s where you can find out if you live in the district.
The primary is February 19 and the election coincides with the Spring Elections on April 2.
It’s a highly Republican district that the Republican nominee should win.
January 3, 2013
Yeah, we see one of these every year, it seems. But this year it may be true. We’ve got a lot of challenges ahead and liberals and conservatives disagree on the answers to just about every one of those challenges.
January 3, 2013
The wife and I went to the theatre on New Years Day to watch “Les Miserables.” I have never read the book but we had seen the previous one starring Liam Neeson (a marvelous film) before, so was familiar with the story.
This movie, however, is based on the musical version, which is based on the famous novel by Victor Hugo. This means the actors are singing most of their lines (even Russell Crowe!). For some, this detracts from the movie, since the main characters are actors, not primarily singers. And there are times when the actors seem to be stretching for their notes. Maybe they could have been helped by lowering the score a note or two.
But it does not take away from the powerful story of the movie, an illustration of grace and law. Jean Valjean after his parole is shown grace by a man of God which transforms his life. He is relentlessly pursued by the policeman Javert, who has a firm belief in the law.
I thought all the actors did a great job in communicating this fascinating story. And musically they were more than adequate to the task.
Highly recommended for viewing.
January 1, 2013
Was it my imagination, or did 2012 suck? Of course, for Democrats it sucked less than it did for Republicans because at least Obama got reelected. That was probably the big story.
Another story was (and continues to be) the shootings at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. These kinds of things have the ability to shake one to the core. In Wisconsin, we also had the shooting at the Sikh temple and the one at the Azana Spa in Brookfield. On Christmas Eve, we were greeted with another shooting of the on-duty police officer, Jennifer Sebina, in Wauwatosa by her husband.
And of course, politics dominated here in Wisconsin and nationally with the recall elections and the presidential contest.
The conflicts in the Middle East continued to dominate the news. From the continuing conflict in Afghanistan to the uprisings in many countries in that area, people continued to die.
And then there’s the #fiscalcliff.
Many are glad to see 2012 in the rear view mirror.
December 30, 2012
Secretary of State Clinton hospitalized. I guess it turned out to be more than “Benghazi flu” after all… Prayers for Secretary Clinton and her health.
How to prepare financially for 2013 despite fiscal cliff. Step one: Don’t panic. Step 2: Prepare for the worst. That’s when I panic. Step 3: Turn investments into cash…Yeah, right.
Farmer cites religious issues in raw milk case. May be behind a “pay wall.” Sorry.
Immigration reform could get overshadowed in Congress. By what? Oh….yeah…forgot.
Red-light cameras run up $7.6 million in fines in first year. Look for this revenue stream to come to a community near you soon.
French court throws out Hollande’s tax on rich. America should be so lucky.
And last but certainly not least, Obama signs FISA warrantless wiretapping program extension into law. It’s nice to know that while the government might not be able to pay its bills, it will still be able to spy on its citizens. Kohl, Johnson and Sensenbrenner all voted “Yes.”
December 30, 2012
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. It’s not impressive, but, hey, at least there’s something to report…
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 41,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals
Click here to see the complete report.