Welcome to the third version of Lakeshore Laments, the personal blog of Kevin Binversie. Like its previous incarnations, “Lakeshore Laments” will lean its political opinion to the right, and continue its mission of talking about politics while “covering the Manitowoc-Sheboygan area, the rest of Wisconsin, the U.S., and the World.”
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FAQ (As of 1-21-2009):
- Who are you again?
My name is Kevin Binversie, I used to blog here first at www.lakeshorelaments.blogspot.com, than at this current URL with a different design and server host. At one-time I believe I was considered to be one of the Top Five Conservative Bloggers in the State of Wisconsin. I then had to abandon the blog because I got a job in DC.
- Oh yeah, now I remember you. What have you been up to?
Working at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in what is called the Office of Administration or Admin. Admin’s prime directive is to service the employees of HUD, not serve the mission of HUD. It is Admin’s role to ensure the buildings and field offices are secure, the people are hired (or fired) on time, employees are paid, the cafeteria is functional, and its offices are furnished and supplied with what they need to accomplish the mission of HUD. Think of it as like the “Mayor’s Office of HUD” or the Human Resources Department on steroids.
- Wow, that’s impressive. So what now?
Looking at getting back into the industry I was in before I jumped into politics, Trade and Customs Compliance. It’s a fascinating niche area that’s a mix of manufacturing, economics, and the law. My hope is to go to law school in a few years (after I’ve saved up) and I then become a member of what is the ever-exclusive club of Customs Attorneys operating in the United States.
- So that’s it for politics huh?
Well, if someone offered me a decent amount of money to do opposition research against Democrats for a living I’d listen to them, but for now, yeah. It was a fun time where I learned a lot, met a lot of smart, intelligent people both in and (mostly) out of government, and I served my country. Plus, for the rest of my days I get to say, “For a moment in my life; I served at the pleasure of the President.”
Other than that, I’ll just maintain the blog as long as I can. Besides, as Mike Barnicle said recently, one would appear to find it therapeutic.
- So seriously, where’s Kurt?
Right where I left him last time; in the Marine Corps. He’s now a Staff Sergeant, or E-6 and serving his country stateside with pride.
- How’s your dad doing?
First of all, thanks for asking. My dad is good. He turns 70 this May (2009) and the heart transplant has its third anniversary this June 3rd. Given the circumstances of just how sick he really was in 2005-06 with his congrestive heart failure, I thank the good lord everyday he’s been given a second chance. Since that time he’s seen the family grow with the birth of a new grandson and this summer will see Kurt graduate from college and next year see the oldest grandchild graduate high school.
All of these are things none of us thought were going to happen given the shape he was in pre-transplant.
- You’ll be posting again at the Badger Blog Alliance again?
Most likely, I’ve already informed Jib I’m back blogging, so unless any remenants of the Giuliani Presidential Campaign have issues (Oh, the story behind that one…) Lance Burri and I will be tag-teaming the BBA in no time. I will also be posting at some other blogs once I either get the okay from the site-runners to begin there. If what I’m being told is real, I’ll post those announcements when they occur.