As our country’s political parties continue to revel in, and exploit, each other’s blunders -- be it the government shutdown or a crashing website -- the media feed off it like sharks in chum-filled waters. Meanwhile, the nation continues to suffer the consequences of an ineffective government at war with itself as politicians insist on fighting for the agenda of their sponsors rather than for the good of their country.
Walking through town on an early November morning, I discovered an interesting phenomenon. My town is bipolar. And one of the poles is the North Pole.
In a span of five houses I walked past, two still had Halloween pumpkins on their front steps. Two already had Christmas decorations. The other house apparently was owned by the Swiss.
When Kelley Blair-Ostermann and her husband were foster parents in Janesville, the children in their care started to come to them with different questions about human sexuality.
Blair-Ostermann, who considers herself the "Google Queen," was disappointed by the lack of local resources to help address her children’s needs.
So she began providing information for kids in her care and then other foster kids and their parents. The circle quickly grew.
You're watching an NFL game on television, and there is a break in the action for commercials. You hear the opening notes of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." You see Bud Light advertise beer by poking fun at diehard fans and the Game Day rituals that they believe, through some sort of karma, magically help their favorite team's performance.
Detroit, and to a lesser degree Milwaukee, lost its standard of living when manufacturing left for cheaper labor elsewhere.
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First it was in the southern U.S., then Mexico, then China, now Vietnam or other slave-wage countries depending upon the industry.