Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pre-existing Condition

So my new health insurance company has been sniffing around lately.  They call themselves “providers,” but I’ve never known a “provider” to be so reluctant to do any actual “providing.”  I think my wife and I are the only actual “providers” by way of our premiums. Anyway, it seems that they’re searching for any and […]

Toffee Kills More People Than Smoking*

*Not really. But I am frustrated by toffee.  I’m not frustrated by toffee as a concept; I’m frustrated by toffee as candy.  It’s very difficult to eat; almost like a fight.  If you win, you get to swallow the toffee; if you lose, you need a filling replaced.  Now, I’m not talking about taffy.  Taffy […]

A Hole in Milwaukee’s Skylight

If there’s a more uneasy relationship than that shared by art and commerce, I don’t know what it is.  That ill-fated pairing, complete with the requisite persecutors, victims and saviors, is on display for all to see here in Milwaukee.  If you plan on attending, this particular passion play runs indefinitely. Here’s the play synopsis:  The Skylight Opera Theatre, a perennial powerhouse of the Milwaukee theater scene, is […]

To the Youths Who Knocked Over My Recycling Bin Last Night:

Hello Youths, (turn His chair around backwards so they [The Youths] know that He’s being casual) Let me first say that I sympathize with you.  We grown-ups have been jerks.  We’ve left you with a smoldering, burned-out husk of a planet, an economy that ensures that you’ll forever be tax slaves to our generation and television shows like America’s Got […]

Air Dylan

I want my own airline.  People are very upset about the added charges to airline flights.  For instance, some airlines charge an extra $25 to bring a second piece of luggage, which I think is a great idea.  If you can’t fit what you need into one bag then you’re not vacationing, you’re relocating.  And did you […]

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Good Health in Wartime

News from the Pentagon:  Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban tobacco use by U.S. Troops.  According to studies, the heaviest smokers are soldiers and Marines that have done most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Why?  Well, studies also show that fire fights while wearing piecemeal armor can be “stressful.” It […]

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Off the Grid

Folks, I’m no tree hugger; I prefer to go directly to second base, but I think it’s time for all of us to consider creating our own energy.  In a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WE Energies is proposing a 7% rate increase for 2010.  That’s up from a previously projected 4.9%.  Why? WE Energies says that, […]