Saturday, October 24, 2015

Freedom Caucus 'crazy' Matt Salmon: A man needs a maid (but I have no use for Paul Ryan)



As quoted in GOP to elect Speaker next week; conservatives skeptical of Ryan.  (The Hill, 10/21/2015)



Related posts:
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives: Matt Salmon (R-AZ).  (9/29/2015)
Meet the members of the U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus.  (9/28/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/1/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/16/2014)

Apparently, "that's not our normal clientele" at Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, either



911 calls released from Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers' alleged profiling incident with John Henson.  (WTMJ, 10/23/2015)
In response, the store closed early that day. When Henson came by with friends the doors were already locked. An officer in an unmarked squad car ran the dealer plates on Henson’s red SUV. They were from Kunes Country Ford-Lincoln, but a manager at the dealership could not determine who the car belonged to. The officer says he told the manager “four black males excited [sic] the vehicle.” To which the manager replied, “that’s not our normal clientele.”  [emphasis added]

Another one of FDR's frequently overlooked, serious missteps, according to Iowa Politics Today


Perhaps most troubling was Roosevelt's decision to forcefully relocate thousands of Japanese-Americans to isolated internment camps






Frequently overlooked?   Here's a much more complete list.

Here's one of the pitfalls of recalibrating our judgments of historical figures from a present-day perch, which I'm going to approach from the advice provided by one of my college professors in January 1970.

If you want to fully understand and appreciate the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims, you need somehow to put aside your 20th century mindsets.  What you need to do is get inside the heads of Chaucer and his pilgrims so that you can see their world as they saw it.  [Emphasis added.]

In other words, we need to keep in mind the values, beliefs, and attitudes that people held at a particular point in time, no matter how abhorrent, disagreeable, or dislikable we find them today.  In the early months of the U.S. involvement in World War II, for example, the "Yellow Peril" was a well-known derogatory phrase familiar to and still used by many Americans.

As PBS notes in its The War documentary series,
Almost no one protested the government’s decision, and most non-Japanese took the evacuations in stride. 
At the time, about 110,000 Japanese-Americans lived on the West Coast, a little more than 1% of the total California/Oregon/Washington population of just under 10,000,000.   Those Americans who had a personal relationship with Japanese-Americans were much more likely to be disturbed by the government's internment policy.
But some were troubled by the removal of their friends and neighbors. “These students that we were going to school with, they were like our family,” said Dolores Silva of Sacramento. “And all of a sudden they said you have to leave within three days. And it was a terrible shock to us. And they were, like taking away my brothers and sisters. And I just felt so bad and we were just, we had our arms around each other that last day of school and we were all crying. Because we didn’t want them to go. It was not fair.”

Related post:
Here's a 'most underrated and overrated Presidents' list that you can safely ignore.  (10/24/2015)

Here's a 'most underrated and overrated Presidents' list that you can safely ignore


From Iowa Politics Now, 10/23/2015


Let's see now.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, and died on April 12, 1945.

On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to the western Allies, 25 days after the death of FDR.

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered, marking the official end of World War II, 143 days after the death of FDR.

Clearly, the reason that President Roosevelt 'was unable to curb conflict with the Soviet Union following WWII's conclusion'  is that he simply wasn't around to do so.

World War II timeline.

Cleo Stack Yaegle (1936-2015) Warren High School Class of 1955



1954 Dragon yearbook
Shall we assume from the above photo that 10 out of 11 high school girls wore bobby socks, not necessarily with penny loafers, in 1954?

1967 Warren City Directory

  • Yaegle Thos R (Cleo J) lab NF (National Forge) h148 Callender (the U.S. 6 bypass had yet to be constructed in 1967)
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Ansell Steph S (Logan & Ansell) rTiona
  • Yaegle Thos R & Cleo J; emp NF h23 Elliott St

We haven't heard from 'Cleo' in more than a half century.



Other class of '55 grads:
Carl Stranburg.  (1/30/2015)

Dear Ben Carson, You can't fool all of the people all of the time.



As quoted in Carson: I didn't expect 'giant leap' over Trump.  (Des Moines Register, 10/23/2015)

Related posts:
Dear Donald Trump. Likely Iowa caucus voters say the thrill is gone.  (10/23/2015)
Ben Carson surges into 1st place in Iowa, tripping up Trump.  (10/22/2015)

State Senator Leah Vukmir picks Scott Walker's former running mate as her choice for President



As quoted in Scott Walker again toys with Marco Rubio for veep pick.  (Politico, 7/22/2015)



As quoted in Marco Rubio picks up another top Wisconsin presidential endorsement.  (Madison.com, 10/23/2015)

Rubio is one of 8 U.S. Senators, a bipartisan group, who co-sponsored the The Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act Of 2013.  It's his biggest stumbling block to getting the support of Tea Party and other very conservative Republicans.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Meet "Slo" Mo Brooks, perennial Republican obstructionist



As quoted in Impeach Hillary Clinton on day one of her presidency: Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks.  (al.com, 10/20/2015)

Yes, folks, he's one of the 'crazies'.
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL).  (9/28/2015)
Meet the members of the U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus.  (9/28/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (6/30/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/14/2015)

Glenn Culbertson (1934-2015) Warren High School Class of 1952


Warren Times Observer

1952 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • City section
  • County section
    • Culbertson Hazel Box 1297 Clarendon
    • Culbertson Jesse Box 1297 Clarendon
1983 Warren City Directory
  • City section
    • Culbertson Glenn A & Carmen M; plant mgr G T E Sylvania Wire Plant h801 Hillcrest Dr
  • County section
    • Culbertson Hazel rRt 1 Clarendon

The popularity of 'Glen' and 'Glenn' as baby names are graphed here.

Other class of '52 grads:
Elizabeth Eggleston Hoffman.  (10/17/2014)

Dear Donald Trump. Likely Iowa caucus voters say the thrill is gone


2 polls in 2 days with Ben Carson in the lead.  
(Not sayin' that's particularly good news, of course.)


  • 5% - Jeb Bush, Rand Paul
  • 4% - Carly Fiorina
  • 3% - Mike Huckabee
  • 2% - Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rick Santorum
  • 1% - Chris Christie
  • 0% - Lindsey Graham, George Pataki

Retweeted on @realDonaldTrump yesterday:

Which raised some eyebrows in the Hawkeye State.

How to lose Iowa in one easy tweet.  (Iowa Politics Now, 10/23/2015)

Trump, of course, deflects the blame, and deletes the tweet.



More campaign news from Iowa: 
Ben Carson surges into 1st place in Iowa, tripping up Trump.  (10/22/2015)
Just when you thought likely Iowa Republican caucus voters had come to their senses.......this happens!  (10/4/2015)
Donald Trump, Ben Carson take hits in latest Iowa Republican caucus poll.  (9/23/2015)
Scott Walker puts all of his eggs in one basket.  (9/18/2015)
Scott Walker tumbles to 10th place in latest Iowa caucus poll.  (9/11/2015)
Scott Walker reduced to fighting for Trump's and Carson's crumbs in Iowa.  (9/6/2015)
Will Walker's Presidential campaign survive until then?  (9/4/2015)
I gotta tell ya, Jamie, Rick Perry is nowhere near the battlefield.  (9/2/2015)
Rick Santorum's quixotic quest for an Iowa caucus victory.  (9/2/2015)
Dear Jeff, You might want to talk with Luther Olsen about Scott Walker.  (8/22/2015)
The Iowa bloom is definitely off the Walker rose.  (8/13/2015)
Dear Kathie Obradovich, the Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal study halls are over.  (8/11/2015)
Jeb Bush joins the "Behinders" in latest Iowa poll.  (8/11/2015)
Once again, Trump bests Walker in Iowa.  (8/10/2015)
Donald Trump leapfrogs over Scott Walker to take huge lead in Iowa
.  (8/3/2015) 
Donald Trump threatens Scott Walker's lead in Iowa.  (7/27/2015)
Scott Walker treads water in Iowa Republican presidential caucus polls.  (7/11/2015)
Donald Trump places 2nd, behind Scott Walker, in latest Iowa Republican caucus poll.  (7/1/2015)
Scott Walker maintains lead in Iowa Republican presidential caucus polling.  (6/15/2015) 
Likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers are still groovin' on Scott Walker -- but not nearly as much as they were in February.  (6/4/2015)
Scott Walker finishes 1st in latest Iowa poll, but his best numbers are more than 3 months behind him.  (5/31/2015)
Rick Santorum: You ain't goin' nowhere in this presidential race.  (5/28/2015)
Kristina, 27, like the idea of Donald Trump running for President.  (5/23/2015)
Will the results of the August 2015 Iowa straw poll embarrass Republicans again?  (5/21/2015)
The Iowa straw poll, a slow death by many small cuts.  (5/21/2015)
Dreamboat Dixie channels Heart.  (5/17/2015)
Hey, Tanya, if you like Carly Fiorina, you'll love Scott Walker.  (5/17/2015)
Walt Rogers hitches his star to a political flameout.  (5/17/2015)
This Saturday, Republican presidential "wannabes" descend on Des Moines for "the fourth major, multi-candidate cattle call of the caucus campaign".  (5/14/2015) 
Jeb hurts Iowans' feelings.  (5/13/2015)
Pandering to social conservatives, Scott Walker and his buddies continue to box themselves into a corner.  (4/26/2015)
Let the intramural sniping begin.  (4/26/2015)
Reporter shares his sharp, blunt, candid assessment.  (4/26/2015)
'Veteran Republican Strategist' sez goodbye to Scott Walker the day after 'hello'. (3/18/2015)
Clothes make the man: The Iowa Caucus edition.  (3/18/2015)
Liz Mair stars in Scott Walker's 'Les Miz'.  (3/17/2015)
Motor runnin', Scott Walker gives a shout-out to these Iowa communities.  (3/9/2015)
Scott Walker serves up a helping of red meat to audience at Iowa Agriculture Summit.  (3/8/2015)
The insignificance of the Iowa caucus.  (3/7/2015)
Scott Walker is already booked, naturally, for the last weekend in April.  (3/3/2015)
Quinnipiac poll: Scott Walker is the Tea Party favorite among likely caucus-goers in Iowa.  (2/26/2015)
Mike Huckabee retakes Iowa lead, Walker falls to 3rd in NBC News/Marist poll.  (2/17/2015)

Once again, Robin Vos demonstrates his fluency in Newspeak


Vos comments on the bill that will, among other things, gut the Government Accountability Board.


As quoted in Off the campaign trail, Scott Walker is changing the way Wisconsin holds elections.  (Washington Post, 10/22/2015)

Related posts:
Newspeak II: Under Robin Vos's bill, contributions from Enbridge Energy would fall under the category of "Natural Resources".  (10/21/2015)
The Newspeak Chronicles: Robin Vos ties himself up into the tightest little pretzel you've ever seen.  (10/19/2015)

Scott Walker spins his tanking approval ratings


It sounds as though Scott has yet to come home.  Mentally, he's still somewhere out there -- Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina -- living a fantasy.


As quoted in Walker Dismisses Rising Disapproval Numbers.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 10/22/2015)

This is also Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch's story, if you recall.


As quoted in Kleefisch says Wisconsin benefited from Wisconsin's presidential run.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/22/2015)


Other 'post-debacle' posts:
Dear Scott Walker, Most of us out there increasingly disapprove of you. Please give us our state back.  (10/22/2015)
In one sentence, the Washington Post sums up the difference between Scott Walker's campaign anecdotes and fiscal reality.  (10/18/2015)
Scott Walker's 'longtime advisor' stands by his man.  (10/2/2015)
Be there?  Most Wisconsinites have a message of their own for Scott Walker.  (9/30/2015)
Scott Walker is in a Gerry and the Pacemakers kind of mood.  (9/25/2015)
A long list of people with more time on their hands now that Scott Walker has suspended his presidential campaign.  (9/24/2015)
The furiously vibrating spin cycle of our very own Rebecca (of Sunnybrook Farm) Kleefisch.  (9/23/2015)
Scott Walker's poll numbers wreak havoc on campaign manager Rick Wiley.  (9/18/2015)


The Michael W. Grebe/Scott Walker Connections



Daniel Bice | No Quarter.  Michael Grebe to retire as CEO of Bradley Foundation.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/22/2015)

To the bridge.
But Grebe said Thursday that he has always kept his work at the foundation separate from his political involvement.

As quoted in Bice's 10/22 column.

Photo credit:  Wikipedia (when Mitchell was a member of the Oklahoma state legislature)

Cleta is also a member of the Bradley Foundation Board of Directors.

Wisconsin's conservative Bradley Foundation manages to avoid the spotlight.  (11/21/2011)

From the reporters' rule book: You just can write 'Joint Finance Committee' or 'David Blaska'


The full title is 'powerful Joint Finance Committee'


And Mr. Blaska must always be referred to as 'Madison's rightie blogger David Blaska'.




Time for another Republican hypocrisy alert!



As reported in Hypocrisy Alert: Speaker Vos and Rep. Craig Use Private Email, Too.  (The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 10/21/2015)

Related posts:
The Oklahoma Republican Party believes "that government closest to the people governs best and is preferred to centralized control" .  (5/10/2015)
Cartoon conservative principles.  (5/6/2015)
The Usual Hypocrisy: What Scott Walker sez on his campaign website and what he does in the Governor's office are two different things.  (5/2/2015)
The "hits" to local control just keep on coming.  (2/28/2015)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board calls out Republican hypocrisy.  (2/17/2014)
And the hypocrisy just keeps on coming: Republicans can't even give lip service to their "Principles". (2/14/2014)
Yet another lesson in Republican hypocrisy.  (2/13/2014)
Another lesson in hypocrisy: Wisconsin Republicans disparage Mary Burke for her wealth.  (1/31/2014)
A lesson in hypocrisy, Waukesha County edition.  (1/29/2014)
Your Wisconsin Republican Assembly hard at work promoting Governor Walker's jobs agenda (and GOP principles).  (11/15/2013)

ALEC goes to Wisconsin:
Get me rewrite: Wisconsin lawmakers eye ALEC model legislation to end state's prevailing wage laws.  (4/5/2015) 
Why do Republicans call it 'worker freedom'? Because the Koch Brothers say so.  (3/7/2015) 
Scott Walker: Putting the power of government into the hands of the Koch Brothers.  (2/23/2015)
Since 2008 Scott Walker pledges his allegiance to the Koch Brothers.  (2/21/2015) 
Why drug tests for recipients of public aid in Wisconsin?  Because the Koch Brothers say so.  (2/10/2015)
Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby) Does ALEC's "Ag-Gag" Bidding.  (2/9/2015)
Van Wanggaard toes the ALEC line.  (2/7/2015)
Meet Scott Walker's "ideas" men.  (1/29/2015)
The Koch Brothers bring you "The Big and the Bold".  (1/24/2015)
Chris Kapenga, ALEC waterboy, is at it again. (12/11/2014)
UPDATED:  They pledge allegiance to the Koch Brothers.  (11/19/2014)
Of course, Kapenga hasn't drafted a bill; it's already been done for him.  (12/4/2014)
Here's an example of what happens when people don't pay attention.  (10/8/2014)
Speaking of plagiarism: The Kapenga Chronicles   (9/27/2014)
ALEC tools Leah Vukmir and Alberta Darling go off the deep end.  (9/22/2014)
Speaking of plagiarism.  (9/20/2014)
Just what the Wisconsin legislature needs:  Another ALEC disciple.  (8/7/2014)
Meet Chris Kapenga, R-Waterboy, representing the grate state of ALEC.  (2/18/2014)
Sen. Paul Farrow throws a hissy fit (which is transcribed in this news release).  (2/7/2014)
Robin Vos believes in selective transparency of the kind advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council.  (12/24/2013)
Background on the National Conference of State Legislatures for Leah.  (12/12/2013)
From ALEC to Andre to us: Rep. Jacque (R-DePere) whittles model bill down to the basics.  (9/1/2013)
NRA/ALEC "Docs and Glocks" law finally makes its way to Wisconsin.  (6/18/2013)
Robin Vos, "an ALEC Wisconsin Foot Soldier" (SourceWatch).  (6/13/2013)
ALEC'd to Death: Wisconsin Republicans Continues to Depend on the Koch Brothers' Playbook. (6/7/2013)
ALEC's State Budget Reform Toolkit: "Asset Sale and Lease Opportunities".  (6/6/2013)
Selling State Properties? It's in the ALEC Playbook.  (5/22/2013)
More cookie-cutter legislation from ALEC.  (4/7/2013)
What the Koch Brothers left under Scott Walker's 2010 Christmas tree.  (6/19/2012)

ALEC/NRA waterboy Jesse Kremer blames the media



As quoted in UW-Milwaukee officials say crime stats don't mesh with gun proposal.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/22/2015)

Rep. Kremer, apparently, isn't brave enough to state the true reason.

We used UWM because it's in Milwaukee, for crying out loud.  And what better way to further inflame our state's rural/ruban divide, hopefully at the expense of urban Democrat voters.

Other Kremer posts:
Waterboys for the NRA and ALEC: Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg).  (10/13/2015) 
Wisconsin Republicans continue their laser-like focus on jobs and the economy.  (10/7/2015.  Kremer introduces bill placing restriction on school bathrooms, locker rooms.)
Wisconsin Assembly candidate denounces tax breaks for wind energy but conveniently overlooks what Big Oil receives.  (8/7/2014)
Just what the Wisconsin legislature needs: Another ALEC disciple.  (8/7/2014)
Wisconsin State Assembly District 59: Who's on the ballot for the August 12 primary?  (7/9/2014)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dear Scott Walker, Most of us out there increasingly disapprove of you. Please give us our state back.


The Wisconsin Survey (St. Norbert's College)

Poll finds new high-water mark for voter dissatisfaction with direction of state.  (Madison.com, 10/21/2015)
And only one in three voters say they want Walker to run for a third term in 2018, compared with 62 percent who oppose such a move.

Related posts:
In one sentence, the Washington Post sums up the difference between Scott Walker's campaign anecdotes and fiscal reality.  (10/18/2015)
Scott Walker's 'longtime advisor' stands by his man.  (10/2/2015)
Be there?  Most Wisconsinites have a message of their own for Scott Walker.  (9/30/2015)
Scott Walker is in a Gerry and the Pacemakers kind of mood.  (9/25/2015)
A long list of people with more time on their hands now that Scott Walker has suspended his presidential campaign.  (9/24/2015)
Scott Walker's poll numbers wreak havoc on campaign manager Rick Wiley.  (9/18/2015)

Ben Carson surges into 1st place in Iowa, tripping up Trump



The behinders in the 10/14-20 Quinnipiac poll:
  • 3% - Bobby Jindal, John Kasich
  • 2% - Mike Huckabee
  • 1% - Chris Christie, Rick Santorum
  • 0% - Lindsey Graham, George Pataki
Other stuff:
  • The leaders in the 'unfavorable' category (determined by likely Republican caucus-goers)
    • 52% - Chris Christie
    • 51% - Jeb Bush
    • 43% - Donald Trump, Rand Paul

Trump has yet to sound off on Twitter.

More campaign news from Iowa: 
Just when you thought likely Iowa Republican caucus voters had come to their senses.......this happens!  (10/4/2015)
Donald Trump, Ben Carson take hits in latest Iowa Republican caucus poll.  (9/23/2015)
Scott Walker puts all of his eggs in one basket.  (9/18/2015)
Scott Walker tumbles to 10th place in latest Iowa caucus poll.  (9/11/2015)
Scott Walker reduced to fighting for Trump's and Carson's crumbs in Iowa.  (9/6/2015)
Will Walker's Presidential campaign survive until then?  (9/4/2015)
I gotta tell ya, Jamie, Rick Perry is nowhere near the battlefield.  (9/2/2015)
Rick Santorum's quixotic quest for an Iowa caucus victory.  (9/2/2015)
Dear Jeff, You might want to talk with Luther Olsen about Scott Walker.  (8/22/2015)
The Iowa bloom is definitely off the Walker rose.  (8/13/2015)
Dear Kathie Obradovich, the Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal study halls are over.  (8/11/2015)
Jeb Bush joins the "Behinders" in latest Iowa poll.  (8/11/2015)
Once again, Trump bests Walker in Iowa.  (8/10/2015)
Donald Trump leapfrogs over Scott Walker to take huge lead in Iowa
.  (8/3/2015) 
Donald Trump threatens Scott Walker's lead in Iowa.  (7/27/2015)
Scott Walker treads water in Iowa Republican presidential caucus polls.  (7/11/2015)
Donald Trump places 2nd, behind Scott Walker, in latest Iowa Republican caucus poll.  (7/1/2015)
Scott Walker maintains lead in Iowa Republican presidential caucus polling.  (6/15/2015) 
Likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers are still groovin' on Scott Walker -- but not nearly as much as they were in February.  (6/4/2015)
Scott Walker finishes 1st in latest Iowa poll, but his best numbers are more than 3 months behind him.  (5/31/2015)
Rick Santorum: You ain't goin' nowhere in this presidential race.  (5/28/2015)
Kristina, 27, like the idea of Donald Trump running for President.  (5/23/2015)
Will the results of the August 2015 Iowa straw poll embarrass Republicans again?  (5/21/2015)
The Iowa straw poll, a slow death by many small cuts.  (5/21/2015)
Dreamboat Dixie channels Heart.  (5/17/2015)
Hey, Tanya, if you like Carly Fiorina, you'll love Scott Walker.  (5/17/2015)
Walt Rogers hitches his star to a political flameout.  (5/17/2015)
This Saturday, Republican presidential "wannabes" descend on Des Moines for "the fourth major, multi-candidate cattle call of the caucus campaign".  (5/14/2015) 
Jeb hurts Iowans' feelings.  (5/13/2015)
Pandering to social conservatives, Scott Walker and his buddies continue to box themselves into a corner.  (4/26/2015)
Let the intramural sniping begin.  (4/26/2015)
Reporter shares his sharp, blunt, candid assessment.  (4/26/2015)
'Veteran Republican Strategist' sez goodbye to Scott Walker the day after 'hello'. (3/18/2015)
Clothes make the man: The Iowa Caucus edition.  (3/18/2015)
Liz Mair stars in Scott Walker's 'Les Miz'.  (3/17/2015)
Motor runnin', Scott Walker gives a shout-out to these Iowa communities.  (3/9/2015)
Scott Walker serves up a helping of red meat to audience at Iowa Agriculture Summit.  (3/8/2015)
The insignificance of the Iowa caucus.  (3/7/2015)
Scott Walker is already booked, naturally, for the last weekend in April.  (3/3/2015)
Quinnipiac poll: Scott Walker is the Tea Party favorite among likely caucus-goers in Iowa.  (2/26/2015)
Mike Huckabee retakes Iowa lead, Walker falls to 3rd in NBC News/Marist poll.  (2/17/2015)

Carol Jean Niver Hampson (1932-2015) Warren High School Class of 1948



1948 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 City Directory
  • Tucker Carol rRD2 Titusville
  • Tucker Lois aide Warren Nursing Home r118 Water St

The popularity of 'Carol' as a baby name is graphed here.

I haven't graphed Samuel yet.

Mr. Consistency is never out of fashion and enjoying his best years.


Other class of '48 graduates:
Frank Marlett.  (9/13/2015)
John Giltinan.  (7/76/2015)
Lela Nichols Akeley.  (6/24/2015)
Ella Atwell Blum.  (12/24/2014)
Betty Carlson Johnson.  (10/26/2014)
H. Kent Peterson.  (10/1/2014)
Kenneth Lundahl.  (9/21/2014)
Carl Leave.  (12/26/2013)

Wisconsin Assembly Representative wants your money -- ALL of it!



As quoted in 10/21/2015 news release, REP. ALLEN says AB 387 bill does not go far enough.

On August 12, 2014, REP. ALLEN won a 5-way primary in the 97th Assembly District with 38.6% of the vote.  He was unopposed in the general election.

A black man is elected President of the United States for the first time and this is what happens


Barack Obama's 1st inauguration took place on January 20, 2009.

Oh, hooray for the red, white & blue!!
(red highlight and arrow added)

There are now more guns than people in the United States.  (Washington Post, 10/5/2015)
If that 310 million number is correct, it means that the first year of Barack Obama's presidency was an inflection point: It marked the first time that the number of firearms in circulation surpassed the total U.S. population.

Related reading:
Guns in America:  The Business of Fear.  (Reuters, 7/30/2012)
How the Gun Industry Got Rich Stoking Fear About Obama.  (The Nation, 8/22/2012)

One of the House 'crazies', Raul Labrador, thinks Paul Ryan is a good man, Charlie Brown


But with one major caveat!


As quoted in Paul Ryan’s bid for House speaker splinters conservative Freedom Caucus.  (Madison.com, 10/21/2015)

"Us" being the House Freedom Caucus.

Related posts:
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/2/2015)
Rep. Raul Labrador's "First Amendment Defense Act" has 145 Republican co-sponsors (0 Democrats).  (7/30/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/8/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (12/17/2014)

Feeling safe while waiting for your name to be called in the doctor's office? Think again!


Witness: Accidental shooting in Beaumont the result of a gun falling out of a purse.  (12 News, 10/19/2015)
"Everyone was sitting in the waiting room and there was a gun shot. A woman dropped her purse down on the counter and it shot through the wall and shot another lady," said Pressley.
Maybe you should consider visiting your doctor online.

Then again, in these times, there are no guarantees of safety anywhere.



Related article:
There are now more guns than people in the United States.  (Washington Post, 10/5/2015)
A 2012 Congressional Research Service report published exactly one month before the Sandy Hook school shooting put the number of civilian firearms at 242 million in 1996, 259 million in 2000, and 310 million as of 2009.

Related post:
An uncommon response: A 'good guy with a gun' carefully considers a volatile situation.  (10/8/2015)
'Real gun control' as described by the volatile, gasket-blowing Bob Gannon.  (10/3/2015)

In the news: Cloud chasing, vaping's competitive sport


Welcome back to the 'good old days' of smoke-filled bars and restaurants and bowling alleys?



Lab tests reveal popular e-cigarette liquids contain harmful chemicals.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/2015)
People who vape praise the Foghorn juice not only for its flavor but for its ability to create giant cloud puffs from deep drags — a growing fascination known as "cloud chasing" among vaping enthusiasts.

Related article:
Vaping Now Has a Competitive Sport Called "Cloud Chasing".  (4/24/2015)

A Democratic legislator encourages people to contact their legislators and this is what happens


General credit goes to Facebook

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The latest Republican Presidential primary poll results accompanied by a most appropriate Frank Bruni quote


Photo credit:  @FrankBruni

Source:  Real Clear Politics

The behinders in the 10/15-18 ABC/Washington Post poll:
  • 3% - Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie
  • 2% - John Kasich
  • 1% - Lindsey Graham, George Pataki
  • 0% - Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal

Trump, of course, is his usual gloating self.


Related posts:
A passel of polls lately, all of em' touting Trump's tenacity.  (10/20/2015)
Republican Presidential primary race is turning into a snoozefest.  (10/20/2015)
More of the same, pretty much, in latest Republican Presidential primary poll.  (10/19/2015)
Clearly, the manufactured glow of Carly Fiorina's September 16th performance is fading.  (10/12/2015)
For now, Investors' Business Daily poll looks to be an outlier as Trump is back in 1st place.  (10/7/2015)
 Blathering his way to oblivion, Donald Trump falls out of first place in latest poll.  (10/4/2015)
Nothing to write home about in latest Republican Presidential primary poll.  (10/3/2015)
Another ho-hum Republican Presidential primary poll.  (10/1/2015)
The September polls have not been kind to Donald Trump.  (9/27/2015)
Scott Walker down to zero in latest Republican primary poll -- behind Rick Santorum, no less.  (9/20/2015)
Ben Carson closes the gap with Donald Trump in latest Republican primary poll.  (9/15/2015)
Scott Walker joins the bottom feeders in latest national Republican primary poll.  (9/14/2015)
CNN/ORC poll gives Scott Walker a pity-pat, lifts him out of behinder bin.  (9/10/2015)
Scott Walker slides to 3% in latest national poll; has 8th place all to himself.  (9/3/2015)
Scott Walker is likely to BLAME CANADA for his latest poll showing.  (9/1/2015)
Donald Trump maintains his lead, Scott Walker continues to slide in national Republican Presidential primary polls.  (8/27/2015)
Donald Trump maintains a sizable lead in latest national Republican Presidential primary poll.  (8/18/2015)
Donald Trump maintains his lead in national polls; Scott Walker is yesterday's news.  (8/16/2015) 
Trump continues to ebb, Fiorina surges in latest national Republican Presidential primary poll.  (8/12/2015)
Running up to Thursday's FOX News GOP debate, Donald Trump continues to run the poll table.  (8/4/2015)
A hot bat: Donald Trump goes 10 for 11 in July.  (8/3/2015) 
Another day, another 1st place poll finish for Donald Trump (9 and counting).  (8/3/2015)
Donald Trump continues to run the poll table: 8 in a row.  (8/2/2015)
Trump wins 6th national poll in a row.  (7/30/2015)
In his last 5 'starts', Donald Trump is 5-0 in national Republican presidential polling.  (7/27/2015)
Trump wins 4th national poll in a row; Walker closes gap.  (7/23/2015) 
Trump takes his 3rd national poll in a row.  (7/20/2015)
Donald Trump takes 1st place in consecutive national polls.  (7/17/2015)
On day 2 of Scott Walker's presidential campaign, a just-released Suffolk University/USA Today poll has Donald Trump in 1st place.  (7/14/2015)
Monmouth University poll casts a pall over Scott Walker's presidential candidacy announcement.  (7/13/2015)
Scott Walker leads in Iowa Republican presidential polling, but nationally it's a different story.  (7/1/2015)
Republicans' 2016 Presidential primary preferences look like a bunch of scribbles when graphed.  (6/22/2015)
Has anyone else noticed that Scott Walker peaked 2 months ago in New Hampshire? (6/14/2015)
Same as it ever was, pretty much, in latest Fox News poll.  (6/3/2015)
The latest CNN/ORC Republican presidential primary poll likes the Florida boys.  (6/2/2015) 
5-way tie in latest Quinnipiac Republican presidential primary poll.  (5/28/2015)
Republican presidential candidates find little elbow room in latest Fox News poll.  (5/16/2015)
Latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) numbers keep Republican candidates in a jumble.  (5/14/2015)
The Florida Boys leave Scott Walker in "show" position in latest Republican presidential horse race poll.  (5/5/2015)
Tracking the national Republican presidential primary polls.  (4/3/2015)
Scott Walker tied for 2nd with 'Dunno' in latest CNN/ORC poll. (3/19/2015)
Don't know/no answer/somebody else/won't vote leads latest Quinnipiac Republican Presidential primary poll.  (3/6/2015)
Someone else/no one, Ben Carson have best 1-2 punch in Public Policy poll.  (2/24/2015)
On the merry-go-round: Mike Huckabee takes the lead in the latest Republican Presidential preference poll.  (2/18/2015)

Headline News: All in pursuit of the university's mission


The event was part of a small but growing trend. This week, for N.B.A. team officials’ benefit, Nevada-Las Vegas will hold a practice expressly designed like the N.B.A. scouting combine. Kentucky, a team that produced four first-round picks last year — three of them freshmen, including the top pick, Karl-Anthony Towns — had its N.B.A.-geared practice shown on ESPNU this month for the second year in a row.

Here's a shocker: Pharmaceutical companies misled us



As reported in Heroin, opiate-based drugs causing devastating effects locally.  (Madison.com, 10/20/2015)

Is The Era Of OxyContin Abuse Over? asks Trevor Butterworth in a 12/13/2012 Forbes opinion piece.

For more info about Trevor, read paragraphs 22-26 of this article.

Janet Fileger Schager (1942-2015) Warren Area High School Class of 1960



1960 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Fileger L R emp Sylvania r11Erie (Clarendon)
  • Fileger Daisey [sic]19 Erie
  • Schager D S emp Sylvania r4 E Woodcrest (Clarendon)
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Fileger Daisy r11 Erie St (CLarendon)
  • Schager Donald & Doris; emp GTE Sylvania h110 Hammond St
  • Schager Lisa clk Betty Lee rPleasant Dr


'Janet' enjoyed a strong run during the 1940s and 50s.


Newspeak II: Under Robin Vos's bill, contributions from Enbridge Energy would fall under the category of "Natural Resources"






Wisconsin State Journal, 10/20/2015

Concerned by Enbridge’s disastrous 2010 spill of tar sands in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, the [Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation] committee required spill cleanup insurance. But an item slipped anonymously into the state budget and signed by Gov. Scott Walker in July forbade such insurance requirements, and a county administrator removed them from the permit.

Related posts:
UPDATE: 50.7% of MilkSource's $222,350 in Campaign Contributions Have Gone to Scott Walker.  (10/19/2015)
UPDATE: Let's follow the Shea money from Wingra Stone to Scott Walker.  (10/20/2015)
UPDATE.  Sorry, Tim Geoghegan, a total of $11,750 in donations is not a "bunch of bull".  (10/20/2015) 
Once again, Wisconsin Republicans violate their most precious principle.  (7/4/2015)
Cartoon conservative principles.  (5/6/2015)
The Usual Hypocrisy: What Scott Walker sez on his campaign website and what he does in the Governor's office are two different things.  (5/2/2015)
The "hits" to local control just keep on coming.  (2/28/2015)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board calls out Republican hypocrisy.  (2/17/2014)
And the hypocrisy just keeps on coming: Republicans can't even give lip service to their "Principles". (2/14/2014)
Yet another lesson in Republican hypocrisy.  (2/13/2014)
Another lesson in hypocrisy: Wisconsin Republicans disparage Mary Burke for her wealth.  (1/31/2014)
Your Wisconsin Republican Assembly hard at work promoting Governor Walker's jobs agenda (and GOP principles).  (11/15/2013)

Dear J. Eric Dietz, About that informing with science idea....




As quoted in Researcher says Wisconsin's 'campus carry' authors are misinterpreting his work.  (Madison.com, 10/20/2015)

Related reading:
Why Republicans Keep Tellilng Everyone They're Not Scientists.  (The New York Times, 10/30/2014)
“I’m Not a Scientist” Is a Dangerous Cop-Out .  (Slate, 10/22/2014)
‘I’m Not A Scientist’: A Complete Guide To Politicians Who Plead Ignorance On Climate Change.  (ThinkProgress, 10/3/2014)
Why Republicans Always Say 'I'm Not a Scientist'.   (New York, 5/30/2014)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Meet the dimwits of Congress: Scott Perry, R-PA (Part 1 of a possibly endless series)



As quoted in Ryan to seek speakership if House GOP unites behind him.  (Madison.com, 10/20/2015)

Dear Scott,

Paul Ryan has been a member of the House of Representatives for 16 years.

If you don't know him by now, you've had your head up your ass since 1999.

Sincerely,

Retiring Guy



Related posts:
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives: Scott Perry (R-PA).  (10/10/2015)
Meet the members of the U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus.  (9/28/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/30/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (4/6/2015)