Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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Predictions of the past, predictions of the future

“Then came the shade of Teiresias from Thebes, holding a golden staff. He knew who I was and started speaking: ‘Resourceful Odysseus, Laertes’ son and Zeus’ child, what now, you unlucky man? Why leave the sunlight, come to this joyless place, and see the dead? Move from the pit and pull away your sword, so I may drink the blood and speak the truth.’ The year 2016 A.D. is gone and 2017... [Read more]


Meanwhile, over at Wisconsin Watchdog

Catching up on recent posts over at Watchdog.org: Oconomowoc schools investigating marketing director who did consulting work during business hours By James Wigderson  /  December 22, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  3 Comments “We’ll continue to investigate in our fact-finding until we can reach some logical conclusions, and then we’ll take whatever actions we deem necessary,”... [Read more]


RIP Carrie Fisher

The cliché goes, if you’re of a certain age… In this case, if you’re of a certain age, your uncle took you to see Star Wars and you saw Carrie Fisher for the first time in 1977. Then you got a little older, and you and your brother saw The Empire Strikes Back, and you saw Han Solo get the girl. Then you got a little older, enough to appreciate the gold bikini on the sail barge (a... [Read more]


RIP George Michael

The BBC reports singer George Michael has passed away. He was 53. As one half of the pop duo Wham! and later as a pop artist, Michael’s music typified what many remember about music from the 1980s. Nostalgia for the Wham! sound even inspired a movie, Music and Lyrics. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go may have been one of the silliest pop songs ever written. But the songs Freedom! 90 and Faith were brilliant,... [Read more]


Christmas 2016 Urbi et Orbi

(Vatican Radio) Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi, to the City of Rome, and to the whole World: CHRISTMAS 2016 URBI ET ORBI Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour. On... [Read more]


Hutton, Vukmir want to stop local PLA requirements

State Rep Rob Hutton and state Sen Leah Vukmir have introduced a bill to end the ability of local governments to require contractors from entering into project labor agreements when working on a public project: “We’re basically eliminating the ability for a municipality to require that a contractor enter into a project labor agreement for collective bargaining around labor and labor wages,” the... [Read more]


Study shows the big bang economic boon of school choice

Not only is the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program good for the kids, it’s good for the community, too. MILWAUKEE — A new study says the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will have a $473 million economic impact on the Milwaukee area by 2035 because of higher graduation rates for voucher school students compared to their peers in Milwaukee Public Schools. “There are many well-known benefits... [Read more]


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