Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Will parents opt kids out of Pres. Obama's national school address?

Culture, Education, President Obama

What goes on inside the walls of public schools used to be considered a local responsibility. Like almost everything else in our society, the creep towards Federal interference is becoming more like a leap.

Next week Tuesday, the president will address all public school students in a video address. He is to urge students to work hard, set goals, and be responsible for their education, something the teacher no doubt already told them on the first day, in the first 5 minutes of class.

The pep talk seems harmless enough. It's the other activities scheduled that day that are more troubling: Editorial: Beaming Obama into your kid's head, The president expands his cult into the classroom:

"But there is more to this noontime event than simply interrupting lunch. The Obama administration has recommended a series of activities before, during and after the speech intended to drill home the president's messages. Given that the teachers' unions are some of Mr. Obama's most ardent supporters, we expect that the supporting activities will have the feel of pro-Obama pep rallies".

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Commenting on comments

Musing, Blogging, Culture

I have heard from some of you that your comments are not being posted. Please know that under the new software, a change I am not happy with for many reasons, I am no longer in charge of editing comments. This change does not please me because now comments that are edgier or more irreverent than I feel comfortable with are being posted. There is the Report Abuse button option to get them pulled on the comment, but that takes a day or two.

Yesterday morning I wrote a lengthy reply to 2 comments on my blog Obama: "You can keep your doctor." Can you? I checked. I can't   and clicked the send button. Nothing happened. Later in the day I checked again, still nothing. Why?, I wondered.

Well, I asked Mark Maley, my go-to guy at the Journal Sentinel. Here is his reply:

"There are really only two reasons a comment doesn't get posted to a blog. If it's more than 2,000 characters or if there's a flagged word, like an obscenity or borderline obscenity."

He later added, "...we need to do a better job of telling people that. The weird thing is that the comment that is too long just never shows up in the back end of the system."

So, there you have it. My comment disappeared. If your comment never showed up and you didn't include any objectionable words, was it too long?

I would suggest that before hitting the send button, just copy over into Word and do a character count. (I should have done that yesterday!) If it is too long, break it into 2 parts and submit separately.

Of course I wish I still had comment control. I don't care for the nasty, personal attacking tone in many of the comments posted. Frankly, I think allowing writers anonymity can bring out the worst in some people. They will often say things in a comment that they would never say to your face or if their real name was on it.

If I had my way, my standard of comment acceptance would be this: No CRUDE, LEWD, or RUDE comments will be posted.

Another blog I came across had this comment criteria: "As I've told my readers before, Comments personally attacking or cursing will be deleted. Anything you wouldn't say to your own mother or a stranger on the street disqualifies you from engaging in discussion here. "


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Blog articles and links: budget, free speech,samesex benies,embyonic stem,gaymarriage

Blogging, Conservatives, Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Culture, Health care, Homosexual agenda, Media/ Talk radio, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, TAXES, Truth, Veterans

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Darwin's theory of revolution 200 years later

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, Culture, Pro Life / Pro Abortion

No, that isn't a typo. It is what Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution resulted in: a revolution of society. Relativism. Man is little more than animal. Life is cheap. There is no God. etc.

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Hersheys sponsors gritty teen TV show

Boycotts, Conservatives, Culture, Media/ Talk radio

I will admit it; I don't watch network TV anymore. It has become too edgy or sleazy for my tastes. Plus, with a young adult in the house, I don't think we need to bring images into our home of lifestyle choices that we do not approve of but watch as being the norm. What we watch does influence what we think and how we act.

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Slipping fast toward a godless nation

Culture, Religion, United States

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HG&D (sex-ed) success, failures & New Berlin's shocking photo scandal

Culture, Education, Elmbrook, HG&D (sex-ed)

People are still talking about that New Berlin young man at Eisenhower High School, who passed himself off as a teen girl on the internet and then blackmailed his fellow male student respondents for homosexual "favors". It is shocking indeed for many adults--especially if they are older.

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Obama's pro-p*orn lawyer nomination for #2 to Attorney General?

Alert, Conservatives, Culture, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion

You cannot make this stuff up. Attorney David W. Ogden is President Obama's choice for 2nd in command in the U.S. office of the Attorney General. So what?

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Christians pray to change Obama's heart, Vatican criticizes Obama on abortion

Conservatives, Culture, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion

Last Thursday, I posted Ad celebrates Obama's mother's choice. That very afternoon, I received an email from Focus on the Family Action urging Christians to "pray for a change of heart for President Obama" regarding his pro-abortion and pro Freedom of Choice Act positions

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Ad celebrates Obama's mother's choice during Sanctity of Life week

Conservatives, Culture, President Obama, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion

January 18 - 25th is Sanctity of Human Life week. It also marks "the 36th anniversary of the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade opinion that struck down state restrictions on abortion, essentially installing that "right" in the Constitution."

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Think you know who is considered "white"?

Constitution, Culture, Government / Bureaucracy, Legislation


ACLU squelches Gideon's preaching to military

Culture, Religion

 Military bows to ACLU demand against preaching 

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Belgium, sanctity of life

Conservatives, Culture, Ethics, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Slipping fast!, Truth

 Obama is not going to defend life like President George Bush did. It was pretty hard to swallow Obama's line in his inaugural address that science would have it's rightful place regarding health care. I couldn't help think he  referring to stem cells. Science is revealing Adult Stem Cells to be useful. Embryonic plagued with problems.

Elmbrook's HG&D (sex-ed) materials need more review time

Culture, Education, Elmbrook, Family, HG&D (sex-ed)

Wednesday, Jan. 14th, 8:30am to 4pm, is the last official day for interested Elmbrook residents to review the Human Growth & Development sex-ed materials. The HGD committee meets this Thursday to discuss the review comment forms. If you have looked at the sex ed materials, make sure your comments are submitted to Elmbrook's school offices by noon, Thursday, Jan. 15.

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A must read article, atheist says, "Africa needs God"

Bigger picture, Charity, Culture, Religion, Truth

For the second time in a few weeks, another atheist acknowledges God as an important factor in helping people. The first time was in an email I received from an atheist in California concerning my Are you naughty, nice? Stingy, generous? blog on giving. In that blog I concluded "the real litmus test on giving is religion." My atheist emailer then replied, "Never thought I'd say this, but thank God for religion then, if it makes Conservatives altruistic."

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Creating better society through Dr. assisted suicide for children under 1?

Culture, Ethics, Health care, Religion, Slipping fast!

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Tipping point

Culture, Obama 2008, Slipping fast!

men doing their job go to jail while the drug dealer goes free

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Exodus from public education?

Conservatives, Culture, Education, Religion

poll, 69.99% said it was easier and less expensive than private or homeschooling

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Little bit of "Christmas" in ads

Boycotts, Culture, Holidays, Religion

I've noticed, have you? Kohl's Department Stores are using CHRISTMAS in their advertising! 

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Expanded Elmbrook Human Growth & Development review hours

Culture, Education, Elmbrook

Subject: expanded HGD review hours

A recent change in school board policy, combined with the dedicated efforts of several active members of the Human Growth and Development Parent Advisory Committee provides a unique opportunity : 
Parents and community members are welcome to preview all Human Growth and Development videos, DVDs, books, materials, lessons, handouts, worksheets - everything - under consideration for presentation to our children, before it is approved by the board and implemented.  Your input is welcome on every aspect. This is the time to act - while the lessons are in the formative stage.
Because more time is needed to thoroughly review the HGD materials K-12 than the three, 2-hour sessions originally scheduled, I understand the district was flexible in creating open review this week (Mon Dec15 - Fri Dec19, during regular CAO hours). Unfortunately this open review is unadvertised. Please spread the word. People may call Dr. Stewart (262-781-3030 ext  1112) or Dr. Stewart's secretary Mary Tagliavia  (262-781-3030 ext  1117) for details.
Due to being in the midst of the busy Christmas and holiday season, several have requested open review of the HGD materials to be extended throughout January.  We will keep you posted.  If you would like to have evening hours or a Saturday scheduled for open review, please feel free to contact Dr. Stewart or Mary Tagliavia with that request. 
Why review HGD lessons and materials? 
  • Quite simply, the district does not have the personnel. A thorough in-depth review requires many eyes and viewpoints. 
  • Providing valuable input to the district at this stage is an important opportunity to partner with the district, while lessons & materials selection is in progress.
  • It is important for parents to understand what their children are being taught, and evaluate whether these lessons are what is desired for their children's education in this area.
  • Even if your child(ren) is/are "opted out" of the district's HGD program:
    • Other students may share the info with your student(s) over lunch, at extracurricular events, parties, sleepovers, etc.
    • There are portions of the program which are considered "mandatory" and from which your requested exemption will not apply.  We are working with the district to have these lessons & materials plainly identified, for transparency.
  • Once approved, lessons/materials are in play for three years before an HGD advisory committee is reconvened.  The work of the committee can take 2 years.  Lessons/materials approved from this session may be used for 5 years.  Even if your child is in First Grade, s/he may be in middle school before lessons & materials are reviewed in their entirety again.  If your child is in 4th grade, s/he may be in high school before lessons & materials are reviewed in their entirety again. 
Some examples of things you may notice and think about when reviewing lessons & materials include:
  • Would you want your child asked, or have them watch a video in which male students are asked, whether they have had erections?  wet dreams?  Does this set a positive precedent or work against empowering students to maintain their modesty and not discuss sexual matters with others who may inquire about them?
  • Would your child named Chad or Jenny feel comfortable watching a video with their classmates depicting drawings of male genitals on a rendering named "Chad"?  on a female rendering named "Jenny"? 
  • Would you want your child to have the understanding that penis and breast size do not matter in being able to give and receive sexual satisfaction?  (Should sexual satisfaction be discussed with children?) 
  • IF we are educating children regarding the penis, should they learn the correct vocabulary (flaccid) as opposed to common terms ("in a relaxed state", "just handing there")?
  • IF we are education children regarding the vagina, should they learn there is a hymen, not just a "vaginal opening"?
  • The above examples are from one grade level and resource.  
  • If we are teaching our children about what the materials refer to as the sex act, do we want them to know that condoms do not cover the entire area and prevent safe contact, but may still pass STI's?  That viruses and bacteria producing STI's may wreak havoc internally but not produce obvious outward symptoms until it is too late?  That many STI's are "treatable" but not "curable"... students will have them for life?  That virus/bacteria are many times smaller than a sperm cell and can easily pass through a condom?  That oral sex can lead to oral cancer?  That kissing a person who has participated in oral sex can transmit the virus for oral cancer?  That there are negative emotional consequences to premature sexual behavior?  
We are working diligently to create a transparent process and provide HGD content which serves the best interests of our kids.  We encourage reviewers to list specific strengths and deficits they may find so that the committee, the board, and any future lesson developers / package screeners will have these observations as tools to work with.  (A general thumbs up or thumbs down statement doesn't provide these tools.)


Holiday hate speech at State Capitol

Constitution, Culture, Ethics, Government / Bureaucracy, Holidays, Religion, Slipping fast!, Truth, WISCONSIN

Our state capitol in Madison has a Christmas tree (I am using last year's term), a menorah for Hanukkah, and I think something for Kwanza too. I am fine with that. They are holidays celebrated in December by people of various religions and cultures in our state.

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Thanksgiving gets shortchanged

Culture, Follow the money, Holidays, Religion

It is true; I don't get out much. But even I notice that the retail world goes directly from Halloween to Christmas decorations, totally ignoring Thanksgiving. Every year, the Christmas decor comes out earlier and earlier.

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e-Harmony bullied into submission

Culture, Ethics, Homosexual agenda

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"Christmas," I saw it in a store ad!!!

Conservatives, Culture, Ethics, Holidays, Religion, THE ECONOMY

 Kohls ad and newspaper bag ad said, Christmas sale.

Elmbrook Human Growth & Development Parent Review: Dec. 9, 12, and Jan. 6

Common sense, Culture, Education, Elmbrook, Family

File this under: Plan ahead. Human Growth and Development team member Cheri Mastel left a comment reminding us of these upcoming HGD meetings. Since I don't want any interested parents or residents to miss this opportunity, I am posting portions of her comments here:

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Culture, Education, Movies & Books, Politics, War Trailer

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Merry Athiestmas?

Culture, Holidays, Religion, Slipping fast!

 Fox news why believe in good, just be good for goodness sake, the american humanist association 'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses

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"Choose this day whom you will serve"

Culture, Elections, Homosexual agenda, McCain 2008, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion

Well, today is the day. The day we go vote for president and our other government representatives*. How will you choose which one?

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Why do foreigners value America's freedoms while many in U.S. don't?

Culture, Elections, Entrepreneurship, Obama 2008, WISCONSIN

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Obama, Are you for or against Same-Sex Marriage? Yes

Culture, Elections, Homosexual agenda, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion

Obama's I'm against same-sex marriage but against ending it's practice via California's Proposition 8 rings about as true as Wisconsin State Senator Jim Sullivan saying, he is for Voter ID but not for a state constitutional amendment referendum question requiring Voter ID. It's doublespeak for I don't want the current situation to change, but don't want to be on the record as saying so.

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That was quick. Choice Hotels responds to public pressure

Culture, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion, THE ECONOMY

People, you have a voice. Use it!

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Even janitor would know life began for some Obama said should die

Culture, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion, Truth

No wiggling out of this question by saying it is above my paygrade. Even a janitor would know these babies were children and were alive 

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Home Depot figured "...we need a little Christmas"?

Culture, Holidays, Religion, THE ECONOMY, Unintended consequences

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Spread the Wealth already at Elmbrook and other schools

Culture, Education, Socialism / Marxism

Everytime your child works on a cooperative learning project, they are the victim of spread the wealth around ideology

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Catholic Church solidly against abortion

Culture, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Religion

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Stay in our hotels, aborting young mothers do

Alert, Culture

Family Research Council brought this very disturbing news to my attention: Choice Hotels' Quality Inn in Maple Shade, New Jersey and the Clarion Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey are offering a room discount up to $50 to women who are in the process of having an abortion. From Family Research Council:  

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The boycott is over, "McDonald's straightens up and fries right!"

Boycotts, Culture, Homosexual agenda

I almost forgot about this: the McDonald's boycott ended about 2 weeks ago. Family Research Council reports:

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1st priority: kill babies

Culture, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Pro Life / Pro Abortion


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**Obama on Partial Birth Abortion: Are you for or against? Yes

Culture, Elections, Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Politics, Pro Life / Pro Abortion, Religion, Truth

Partial Birth Abortion is a barbaric procedure in which doctors induce a late term pregnant woman to actually give birth, but before the baby is totally delivered, doctors will puncture the child's brain to kill it. If any other culture did that we would be outraged. (This procedure is to be confused with late term labor induced abortion, which occurs earlier in the pregnancy.)

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Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays

Culture, Holidays, Religion 

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Parents, what is your child learning at school?

Conservatives, Culture, Education, Obama 2008, Truth

We value education in the United States. Parents often make sacrifices to send their children to good colleges. But do you know who is teaching your child? Do do you know what your young adult is learning at their school?

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R and PG-13 movies in Elmbrook Schools

Culture, Education, Elmbrook

 've recently become aware by parents in our community, as well as by School Board members, that "R" rated movies are being shown in classrooms within our Elmbrook Schools (as part of "curriculum") and are also kept within the school libraries. Please consider contacting Elmbrook School Board members as this item will be up for discussion very soon. Board Members need to hear from the community in order to make changes to this policy (or lack thereof). Board Member email addresses can be found in the email address section below.

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A Hooters in Brookfield? So much for image

City of Brookfield, Culture, Development, Economy

Adios Pedro's. Hola Hooters. UGH

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Christianity is not an ala carte menu

Culture, Elections, Ethics, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Religion

One of the most important differences between the 2 political parties is their Pro-Life or Pro-[Abortion]Choice stance.

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An American Carol: Funny & thought provoking, but w/reservations

Conservatives, Culture, Movies & Books

I saw An American Carol on its debut, Friday, Oct. 3. Usually I wait for a movie to hit the Budget Theater, but with these more offbeat type films, often you better see them when you can. (Same thing happened with the movie, Expelled. It just came out on DVD in case you missed that one.)

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Obama ad misleading about McCain stem cell research stance

Conservatives, Culture, Elections, Ethics, Health care, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Religion, Truth

What if I had a cure for Parkinson's, leukemia, diabetes, or paralysis caused by spinal cord injury? All you would have to do is take an infant, remove all of its stem cells (sorry, the infant dies), tweak the cells, and transfer them to the ill patient.

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A retraction of my comment

Culture, Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008, Truth

I would like to formally retract a comment I made on Cindy Kilkenny's Fairly Conservative blog. It was regarding Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live (Sept. 13th.) I said,

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Catholic group not happy with Biden V.P. pick

Culture, Elections, Ethics, Obama 2008, Religion

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McDonald's, I'm not lovin this either

Culture, Homosexual agenda

If you remember, The American Family Association objected to McDonald's joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, making a $20,000 donation to that group, and placing a McDonald's executive on the their board back in April. McDonald's did not take the AFA's objections very seriously.

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HG&D Work Session Report: Keep Parent & Board Approval

Culture, Education, Elmbrook

I attended the Human Growth and Development (Sex Ed.) work session Tuesday night. Several of the HG&D parent committee members were in the audience along with some interested parents. 

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McDonald's, I'm NOT lovin it! End Support of Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Culture, Family, Homosexual agenda, Truth

McDonald's has been showing it's true rainbow colors as of late, and I'm not lovin it. What next? Ronald McDonald coming out of the closet? (Ooh, not ready for that!)

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