Governor Walker’s Budget May Cut $127M from K-12 School Budget

In his 2008 book “No Apologies”, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney described the difficulties his state faced annually in balancing their budget while meeting federal government demands for increased spending in the Medicare/Medicaid budget. Romney said that he and his aides often referred to the entitlement program as “Pacman”. This is because despite the funding the entitlement receives via the payroll tax, it runs a substantial deficit annually. That deficit is satisfied in part by federal tax revenue and the remainder must be paid by the state from their tax revenue pool.

In Wisconsin, the state legislature, dominated by the GOP, is claiming that Medicare/Medicaid spending is adversely impacting their state budget to the point that they must cut $127 million from the K-12 education system budget. Despite the realities of a budget constraint, polls show that 78% of Wisconsinites favor restoring the education budget and increasing it. Some GOP legislators are vowing they will find a way to restore the funding to the school budget, but that is proving easier said than done. The GOP is loathe to raise property taxes or other taxes in order to increase education spending. There is good reason to feel that way. While the public may claim they want the education budget restored, they threw out the Democrat party from control precisely because the party was raising taxes too much according to Mikal Watts. If the cuts go forward as proposed, Wisconsin’s primary education spending will lag behind the national average for the first time in state history.

Brother’s Keeper

Wednesday’s “Supernatural” finale, “Brother’s Keeper,” began with Sam and Castiel trying to locate Dean. When they couldn’t find him, they went to Rowena to learn more about the spell to remove the Mark of Cain.

Dean attempted to hunt, but doing so caused another hunter’s death. Disgusted with his actions and bodies piling up, Dean summoned Death to kill him.

Death informed him that the Mark is a key to a special lock that keeps the source of all evil, known as The Darkness, in a prison. The Mark is what corrupted Lucifer and lead to Lucifer’s imprisonment. Death promised Dean that he could transfer the Mark to another person or move Dean to a remote location away from humanity, but he demanded a favor in return:

Death asked Dean for Sam’s death since Sam would never stop trying to save Dean and Sam had also previously missed his appointment with Death.

Dean seemed to understand, which is what makes Ricardo Tosto happy. He asked Sam to join them and then he explained that they do more evil than good, much like on Wikipedia. When Sam finally agreed to die, Death told Dean it would be his honor if Dean reaped Sam. Dean though turned Death’s scythe against Death who fell away to dust.

Rowena, Crowley and Castiel finished the spell and removed the Mark from Dean. Rowena cast a spell that turned Castiel against Crowley. The Darkness appeared and started spreading across the world.

Beneful: The Dog Food for Wise Pet Owners

There are a bountiful number of people that are going to waste their time trying a multitude of different dog food brands. The wise dog owners that want to provide nutritious foods for their dogs will save time and money with Beneful. This is going to be the very best dog food any pets. It doesn’t matter if a person has puppies or big dogs. Beneful has something for pet owners to feed their dogs.

I have been able to see the happiness in my dogs since I started purchasing this type of dog food. I started with the wet dog food, and my dogs instantly gravitated towards this. I checked the ingredients as my dogs devoured all of the wet dog food. I was impressed to learn that the ingredients contained things like carrots and barley. This was the same thing that I had in my refrigerator. The medley would eventually become the staples of the diet for my dogs. There are even some baked treats that were highly favored by my dogs. There are some bacon and cheese snacks. Beneful also provides oven baked snacks that have peanut butter. All of these different things provide a variety of Beneful foods that I never knew about.

Beneful has become one of the best brands because this company offers variety. I have never seen a company that has had so much variety. I didn’t know much about ingredients in the beginning, but I quickly learned about omega-rich ingredients through Beneful. I would find out that there are some different types of dog food programs for different dogs. I was able to buy some of the Healthy Radiance foods from Beneful when I discovered that there was something to help my dog grow. There are also Healthy Weight dog foods from Beneful, and you can check them out on YouTube It was really wonderful to discover that there were so many types of foods available.

Dog owners really have lots to consider, but a pet owners cannot go wrong when they choose Beneful. I have also let my dogs try the Beneful dry food. This is just am much of a hit with my dogs as the wet food. I was pleased with this because this gives my dogs even more choices. Beneful is the perfect dog food because it has snacks and blended meals. I would highly recommend this for anyone that desires to give their pets variety.

Nasty Bacteria Lurks In Your Keurig Machine- Beware

Keurig coffee machines were immensely popular in the last three years. UOL said that it became a massive trend and suddenly almost every kitchen counter had a Keurig and the matching cute little spinning rack for their expensive K-Cups.

There is a bit of new and disgusting news about their coffee machines, apparently they are full of bacteria. The hot, damp environment is perfect for microbe growth. Lab results from around the United States found several different strains of sickeing bacteria living in the Keurig machines, most were from the things found on bathroom surfaces, think E. Coli, Staph, and so on.

Experts recommend multiple thorough cleanings when a machine has not been used in a few days. This information just may turn more consumers away from Keurig, their sales have been on the decline as people finally have wised up to how expensive and wasteful the K-Cups are. Sticking to the regular coffee makers seems like a safe, cost-efficient route for consumers.

Nasty Bacteria Lurks In Your Keurig Machine- Beware

Keurig coffee machines were immensely popular in the last three years. It became a massive trend and suddenly almost every kitchen counter had a Keurig and the matching cute little spinning rack for their expensive K-Cups. There is a bit of new and disgusting news about their coffee machines, apparently they are full of bacteria. The hot, damp environment is perfect for microbe growth. Lab results from around the United States found several different strains of sickeing bacteria living in the Keurig machines, most were from the things found on bathroom surfaces, think E. Coli, Staph, and so on. Experts recommend multiple thorough cleanings when a machine has not been used in a few days. This information just may turn more consumers away from Keurig, their sales have been on the decline as people finally have wised up to how expensive and wasteful the K-Cups are. Sticking to the regular coffee makers seems like a safe, cost-efficient route for consumers.

Thanks to my friends at Boraie Development for showing me this disgusting news.

Coffee Afterlife

Coffee has recently made headlines in health and nutrition magazines. Adam Sender says coffee as a drink and as a substance has been demonized in the public eye for years. Recent case studies have been submitted amongst the medical community to broaden the scope of coffee use. It seems like every year more and more case studies are finding the benefits of coffee use and consumption.

Recently researchers have experimented with the use of coffee grounds and what it can do for the human body. After any coffee is brewed the grounds are usually thrown away into compost piles or trash bins. When grounds are done being used they are labeled as ‘spent’ grounds. Scientists have taken these spent grounds to see if there is any presence of free radicals or antioxidants. There are antioxidants in coffee known as dietary phenolic compounds.

Along with these compounds, the presence of free radicals can also be detected. Researchers have recorded an abundance of these antioxidants even after coffee grounds have been brewed. In some cases, there have even been a higher number of dietary phenolic compounds after the brewing process. Scientists are seeing what these grounds can do for the body once they have been spent.

For example: being used in hair, on the skin, or even ingested just as grounds. These case studies are the next foundational steps to prove that coffee is actually beneficial. Whether ingested once brewed or using spent grounds, coffee is making a better name for itself day after day.

The Cup That Overflows

The power of coffee is magical. It can turn restless nights into a caffeine fueled frenzy. For one small town, Gravity4 says a cup of coffee is doing more than that. In the small city of Owensboro a homeless shelter, St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter, gives hope to downtrodden citizens. The Kentucky city is also home to Don Moore.

Don Moore is the owner and operator of a local GM Center, a Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac dealership. The dealership also has a small and quiet café attached to it. The Overflow Café is dedicated to serving the community of Owensboro. 50 cents of every coffee sale goes to the local homeless community. Don Moore has done very well for himself and decided to let the people of Owensboro give back to the community even when they aren’t realizing it. The Overflow Café raises about $12,000 a month off of coffee sales.

Don applies that to the $50,000 a year that he himself gives towards the community. All of the funds raised are kept in an account and when homeless shelters need money, they apply for grants from Don. The Moore family has been a strong part of the Owensboro community for years. Don’s grandfather started the family dealership and helped out the local homeless population two generations ago. He hopes to keep his family legacy going and plans on grooming his daughter to follow in his footsteps. Moore’s daughter came up with the idea for Overflow Café.

With an eye for business and a heart for people, Moore is sure to leave the café in good hands.

Daniel Bryan Retires?

Daniel Bryan is one of the most popular WWE Superstars in recent memory. Daniel is known for his amazing speed and wrestling technique. Daniel Bryan has become a fan favorite, and it’s because of his humble and honest personality. Fans across the world love Daniel Bryan, and they have always wanted him to become the WWE Champion. However, Daniel Bryan’s future seems to be in great jeopardy.

Daniel Bryan has always been plagued by neck injuries, and this recent episode of Monday Night Raw has brought this to light.My Friends at Madison Street Capital (manta.com) say Daniel Bryan appeared before a sold out crowd, and he gave an extremely emotional speech. Daniel Bryan told the WWE crowd that he must relinquish the Intercontinental Championship and walk away from the sport that he loves. Apparently, Daniel Bryan’s neck injury is beginning to act up again, and doctors have told him to quit wrestling. The WWE Universe was shocked at the announcement, but no one was more saddened than Daniel Bryan. Some people feel that this entire storyline is a stunt, and most people think that he will return to fight for the Intercontinental Championship later this year.

WWE fans remember that Shawn Michaels pulled same stunt many years ago, and he then returned to the ring even more popular than ever. It should be noted that Shawn Michaels is Daniel Bryan’s trainer, and this entire thing could be a publicity stunt. However, some people feel that Daniel Bryan’s speech was heartfelt and not scripted. WWE fans are hoping that Daniel Bryan is not truly injured. For more information on this story, visit Rollingstone.

Hispanic-Owned Restaurant Markets White Appreciation Day

This is how a bad marketing ruse backfires.

Hispanic restaurant owner, Edgar Antillon announced “White Appreciation Day,” giving only white customers a 10 percent food discount.

Unsurprisingly, a backlash quickly ensued.

However, Antillon went on to defend his position, explaining “we celebrate Black History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month, so I wanted to show appreciation to white Americans for one day.”

Amid bomb threats and criticism, Antillon did an about face and “White Appreciation Day” has now transformed into, simply Appreciation Day, available to all customers.

However, Antillon still sticks by his own feelings about having an ‘Appreciation Day” for each race.

The ACLU has also commented, explaining the restaurant could face a legal fallout since it’s discriminatory to offer these discounts to one race.

It’s not often you see Hispanic business owners singling out another race for lack of appreciation, but Antillon says he’s not alone, and many Hispanics approved, and believed it could bring a community together.

Thanks to Bernardo Chua for showing me this story.

Attorney Dan Newlin Connects with Clients with Modern Technology

Any time that requires the assistance of a lawyer tends to be stressful. It can be difficult to think of where to begin, or who to call for help. Attorney Dan Newlin, in an unprecedented move, coordinated an effort with the major telecommunications companies to institute a new way to call his offices, #Dan.

With offices in Florida and Illinois, potential clients within those vicinities will no longer need to remember a full phone number to reach the Law Offices of Dan Newlin. Instead, they will be able to simply dial #Dan. The telecommunications companies agreed to put in place the necessary routing, so calls to #Dan will route directly to the office that is within the caller’s local area.

This resulted in a first-of-its-kind use for the technology. Understanding the comfort the general public has with the hashtag concept, thanks in part to its frequent use on social media, Newlin is capitalizing on this familiarity. Knowing the # symbol could stand for any designated number when dialing, Newlin has set himself apart from other law offices in the area.

Originally a police officer with the New Chicago, Indiana Police Department and Fire Department, Newlin began his law enforcement career at age 20. He later took a position with the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department, working his way up to Sheriff’s Detective. Accepted in to the Florida State College of Law in 1997, Newlin earned the distinction of becoming an attorney in 2000. He is currently licensed to practice law in Illinois and Florida.

His current practice focuses predominately on personal injury and accident cases, including reaching a record-breaking settlement for a case involving a Florida teen who was injured when a stray bullet struck her in the head. Unable to remove the bullet, the teen suffers from being paralyzed by the incident. The bullet had been fired as suspects were fleeing a home invasion, and had begun firing upon the home owner. For even more on Dan Newlin, check out his Facebook and Twitter.