Saturday, November 21, 2015

Somebody please give this guy a hanky






Ezekiel as seer.  (Twitter post, 8/18/2015, 8:29 p.m.)


12 carries for 33 yards in today's 17-14 loss to Michigan State.

What's that expression?  Man up?

State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) takes a potshot at WEDC: Let it sink



As quoted in Statement on Tyson Plant Closing and Loss of 400 jobs in Jefferson.  (Press release, 11/19/2015)

Related WEDC posts:
Johnson Controls: Good news for stockholders, bad news for employees.  (11/20/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Oscar Mayer: Unanswered question #4.  (11/6/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Ocsar Mayer: Unanswered question #3.  (11/6/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Oscar Mayer: Unanswered question #2.  (11/6/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Oscar Mayer: Unanswered question #1.  (11/6/2015)
WEDC open for business: Another 'no vetting' special deal.  (10/15/2015)
Scott Walker's growing list of things worth considering: U.S.-Canada border wall, wreaking havoc in Washington, tougher penalties for WEDC fraud   (9/8/2015)
Todd Jensen, former WEDC underwriter, provides the recipe for the current agency disaster.  (8/9/2015)
We know Scott Walker didn't graduate from college, but apparently he hasn't been paying attention to anyone but himself since kindergarten.  (6/25/2015)
4:24 p.m. Friday WEDC news dump.  (6/20/2015)
The stink of WEDC follows Brenda Hicks-Sorensen to Nebraska.  (6/16/2015) 
Scott Walker tries to run, but there's no place to hide.  (5/26/2015)
No matter how you slice it, Alberta, it's still stinky cheese.  (5/23/2015)
Joint Finance Republicans to Scott Walker:  "You're Fired!".  (5/21/2015)
Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation -- Nice work if you can get it.  (5/20/2015)
It's story time.  (5/18/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: The William Minihan-Scott Walker connection.  (5/17/2015) 
What's wrong with this Scott Walker headline?  (5/16/2015)
Chairman of the Board Scott Walker's BIG, BOLD idea.  (5/8/2015) 
Based on WEDC's previous track record, this is what came to mind when I saw first saw this headline.  (4/2/2015)
Apparently, being the CFO of WEDC is not much of a resume-builder.  (3/13/2015)
WEDC's revolving door.  (9/12/2014)
Here's how the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is "Reinventing Economic Development".  (8/24/2014) 
Company looks to expand its business geographic focus?  (8/14/2014)
Scott Walker and the horrible, terrible, no good, very transparent day.  (7/28/2014)
Kestrel Aircraft: All these incentives, but no construction, no jobs.  (7/13/2014)
The Eaton Corporation/WEDC timeline of shame.  (7/10/2014)
Wisconsin featured in report on privatized state economic development agencies.  (10/25/2013)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation pledge: Following the money.  (7/23/2013)
Incompetence rewarded.  (5/9/2013)
And while we're at it, let's take a look at WEDC 's core values. (5/9/2013)
WEDC Public Information Officer Resigns After 1 Month on the Job.  (5/9/2013)
Plenty of time for messaging but none for fixing what ails WEDC.  (5/9/2013)
Previous WEDC audits?  What previous audits?  (5/8/2013)
Are you seeing a trend yet?  (5/8/2013)
Echoes.  (5/7/2013)
Get me rewrite.  (5/4/2013)
Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The "Cliff Notes" Version.  (5/3/2013
"Tales of woe never end at WEDC."  (4/25/2013)
Enterprise Florida and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation share a lack of transparency.  (2/28/2013)
Work to do, words yet to live by.  (12/27/2012)

Closing of Tyson Foods plant in Jefferson WI will result in loss of 400 jobs that pay between $20,800 and $27,768 annually


The article notes that production workers earn from $10 to 'about' $13.35 per hour.


Tyson Foods to close Jefferson plant, eliminating 400 jobs in 2016.  (Madison.com, 11/20/2015)
The planned closures are due to a combination of factors, including changing product needs, the age of both facilities and prohibitive cost of renovations, as well as the distance of the Chicago plant from its raw material supply base, the company said in a statement.
The headline of the Tyson news release:  Tyson Announces Plans for Two Prepared Food Plants.

Scott Walker spent a lot of time away from Wisconsin before and after his official announcement to run for President


Before his official announcement on July 13, 2015.  (Not necessarily a complete accounting.)





Immediately after the announcement, the wheels on the campaign bus really get rolling.  (A sample from week 1 of the 'official' campaign.)



 As this bar graph clearly shows.


Scott Walker's calendars show state schedule flagged during presidential run.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/21/2015)

Not just during, Matthew.

Scott Walker among group of U.S. governors with lowest approval ratings


Source:  Morning Consult

Gov. Walker's approval ratings among lowest in the country.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/20/2015)

Until recently, three of the governors on the above bar graph were candidates for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.  Once considered a frontrunner, Walker withdrew in September.  Never gaining any traction, Jindal called it quits earlier this month.  At the most recent Republican debate, Christie was assigned to the kid's table.

Friday, November 20, 2015

It's time for Julaine Appling to take a bathroom break



As quoted in Wisconsin Family Action Supports Privacy for All Students.  (Press release, 11/20/2015)

Assembly Bill 469 is sponsored by some of the most conservative and scariest members of the Wisconsin legislature.

Related articles:
Teen sexting in Wisconsin is popular, criminal.  (Sheboygan Press, 10/3/2015)
Investigation:  Teen sexting on the rise in Wisconsin.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 2/22/2015)
School Planning Sexting Talk for Parents.  (WBAY, 2/9/2015)
'Sexting' linked to sex in middle school.  (WKOW, 6/30/2014)
Sexting and Free Speech: States like Wisconsin Face Tough Legal Questions.  (Redding & Singer, LLP)
Sexting and Texting.  (Wisconsin Public Television)

'Libraries Change Lives, Mead Public Library - Sheboygan' Wisconsin




Mead library moves with times, fund pressures.  (Sheboygan Press, 10/3/2015)
"We have 100 people through the gate each hour," Erickson repeats, as do the library's other proponents.  
Sure enough, during the course of two hours Friday afternoon, people are constantly streaming through the doors of the downtown library. Not just for the book sale going on or for Internet service. Teenagers congregate in their dedicated space, moving past the older patrons reading silently at their desks, just a short distance from those studying or getting tutoring in the silent room. 
The library isn't merely straddling two media landscapes, they're starting to redefine what it means to be a library. But while they're reshaping their vision, they remain cautious of what's on the horizon from the city itself.

Mead Public Library

Celebrate Libraries

Related posts:
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2014.  (8/27/2015)
How often do they read for fun? Daily? Never/hardly at all? (65/13/2014)
Retired art teacher works with Mead Public Library to save murals.  (3/22/2014)
Mead Public Library Director Sharon Winkle announces her retirement.  (12/16/2012)
At this point, Sheboygan budget includes no cuts to Mead Library and fire department.  (11/21/2011)
Apparently, Sheboygan alderman David Van Akkeren doesn't love and value libraries.  (10/25/2011)
Sheboygan officials no longer have the "headache" of maintenance of effort.  (10/11/2011)
10th anniversary of the Fela and Anschel Warschau Room at Sheboygan's Mead Public Library.  (9/29/2011)
Name recognition, for a price, in Sheboygan.  (5/18/2011)
Update: Sheboygan's Mead Public Library and maintenance of effort.  (11/29/2009)

Johnson Controls: Good news for stockholders, bad news for employees


The good, the bad.....



...and the ugly.

Naturally, there's a Scott Walker connection.

Love Triangle: Johnson Controls, Walker Contributions, and WEDC.  (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 11/18/2015)
WEDC awarded Johnson Controls nearly $2.47 million in tax credits in March 2014 for two projects, including $1 million for its Milwaukee Business Center in suburban Glendale, where it will lay off all of its employees beginning in January. The company said the jobs lost in Wisconsin will be sent to Johnson Controls’ accounting and finance operations in China, Mexico and Slovakia.

Related WEDC posts:
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Oscar Mayer: Unanswered question #4.  (11/6/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Ocsar Mayer: Unanswered question #3.  (11/6/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Oscar Mayer: Unanswered question #2.  (11/6/2015)
Scott Walker, WEDC, and Oscar Mayer: Unanswered question #1.  (11/6/2015)
WEDC open for business: Another 'no vetting' special deal.  (10/15/2015)
Scott Walker's growing list of things worth considering: U.S.-Canada border wall, wreaking havoc in Washington, tougher penalties for WEDC fraud   (9/8/2015)
Todd Jensen, former WEDC underwriter, provides the recipe for the current agency disaster.  (8/9/2015)
We know Scott Walker didn't graduate from college, but apparently he hasn't been paying attention to anyone but himself since kindergarten.  (6/25/2015)
4:24 p.m. Friday WEDC news dump.  (6/20/2015)
The stink of WEDC follows Brenda Hicks-Sorensen to Nebraska.  (6/16/2015) 
Scott Walker tries to run, but there's no place to hide.  (5/26/2015)
No matter how you slice it, Alberta, it's still stinky cheese.  (5/23/2015)
Joint Finance Republicans to Scott Walker:  "You're Fired!".  (5/21/2015)
Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation -- Nice work if you can get it.  (5/20/2015)
It's story time.  (5/18/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: The William Minihan-Scott Walker connection.  (5/17/2015) 
What's wrong with this Scott Walker headline?  (5/16/2015)
Chairman of the Board Scott Walker's BIG, BOLD idea.  (5/8/2015) 
Based on WEDC's previous track record, this is what came to mind when I saw first saw this headline.  (4/2/2015)
Apparently, being the CFO of WEDC is not much of a resume-builder.  (3/13/2015)
WEDC's revolving door.  (9/12/2014)
Here's how the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is "Reinventing Economic Development".  (8/24/2014) 
Company looks to expand its business geographic focus?  (8/14/2014)
Scott Walker and the horrible, terrible, no good, very transparent day.  (7/28/2014)
Kestrel Aircraft: All these incentives, but no construction, no jobs.  (7/13/2014)
The Eaton Corporation/WEDC timeline of shame.  (7/10/2014)
Wisconsin featured in report on privatized state economic development agencies.  (10/25/2013)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation pledge: Following the money.  (7/23/2013)
Incompetence rewarded.  (5/9/2013)
And while we're at it, let's take a look at WEDC 's core values. (5/9/2013)
WEDC Public Information Officer Resigns After 1 Month on the Job.  (5/9/2013)
Plenty of time for messaging but none for fixing what ails WEDC.  (5/9/2013)
Previous WEDC audits?  What previous audits?  (5/8/2013)
Are you seeing a trend yet?  (5/8/2013)
Echoes.  (5/7/2013)
Get me rewrite.  (5/4/2013)
Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The "Cliff Notes" Version.  (5/3/2013
"Tales of woe never end at WEDC."  (4/25/2013)
Enterprise Florida and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation share a lack of transparency.  (2/28/2013)
Work to do, words yet to live by.  (12/27/2012)

The rise and fall of Syracuse, New York


Source:  Wikipedia

How to Decimate a City.  (The Atlantic)

But instead, it served as a factor in the city's decline.
At the same time, the city was working to get a piece of some of the money made available in the 1956 Federal Highway Act, which authorized money for the construction of the Interstate system. A strong highway network, city leaders argued, would make Syracuse one of the largest cities in the country because people would be able to easily commute to downtown from outlying areas.In 1956 the state approved a $500 million bond for a project that would raze the 15th Ward and erect an elevated freeway that bisected downtown. That this construction would destroy a close-knit black community, with a freeway running through the heart of town, essentially separating Syracuse in two, did not seem of much concern to local leaders. They wanted state and federal funding, and were willing to follow whatever plans were proposed to get it.   [emphasis added]
“The city was almost unimaginably passive about these decisions,” DiMento told me. 
“Rather than fostering a sense of neighborhoods, city officials viewed distinctive city sections as expendable or blighted areas needing to be razed,” DiMento wrote in his study of the construction of I-81 in Syracuse.

Kmart's bluelight special. Likely too little, too late


Not major-league excitement in Bennington, Vermont.



Kmart resurrects the Bluelight Special.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
The Bluelight Special campaign, which was relaunched Nov. 1 with new TV ads and new blue signs throughout the stores, is part of a larger effort to bring back the fun in shopping, attract more families and re-establish the Kmart brand, said Jaime Stein, spokeswoman for Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart.

The first Kmart opened in 1962 in Garden City, Michigan.  The company opened 62 more stores by the end of 1963.  A total of 122 were in operation by 1966.

53 years later, it's not a pretty picture.

Kmart's sales have fallen off a gigantic cliff.  (CNN Money, 6/8/2015)

Kmart operated 2,165 stores in 2000.  The current number is 978,  Annual sales have declined 67% since then.

Kmart World

Those were the days.

Lester Public Library of Vesper: 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance


Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.



All statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

2009-2014 comparisons

Library hours of operation:
  • Monday, Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  2 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday:  2 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12 noon
29 hours per week.  (Compared to 33 hours per week, on average, in 2009.)

Photo credit: Panoramio

Small libraries in the news:
U.S. Association for Rural and Small Libraries Market Research.  Survey and Focus Group Findings.  Executive Summary.  (February 28, 2013; 6 pages)
U.S.  The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States.  (Institute of Museum and Library Services, September 2013, 13 pages)
Alabama:  Funding tight for small rural libraries.  (Dothan Eagle, 2/7/2015)
Arkansas.  Small libraries struggle to stay open.  (I Love Libraries)
Colorado:  Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library.  (Library Journal, 1/29/2014)
Idaho:  What about the small library?  (Idaho Commission for Libraries, 12/19/2011)
Illinois:  Small-town libraries struggling to keep up with technology.  (Springfield IL State Register-Journal, 7/5/2014)
Kansas.  Tiny Public Library in Kansas Uses Digital Projects to Stay RelevantKentucky.  (The Digital Shift, 11/28/2011)
Kentucky.  Owsley County's public library thrives despite widespread poverty.  (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/27/2014)
Montana.  The Loaves and Fishes Library | Best Small Library in America 2015:  Belgrade Community Library.  (Library Journal, 1/27/2015)
Oregon.  Small town's library invites interaction.  (Eugene Register-Guard, 11/17/2015)

Other posts in the series:
Winchester Public Library.  (10/21/2015)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (10/22/2015)
Wabeno Public Library.  (10/23/2015)
Lone Rock Community Library.  (10/24/2015)
Hawkins Area Library.   (10/25/2015)
John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont.  (10/27/2015)
Argyle Public Library.  (10/28/2015)
Montfort Public Library.  (10/29/2015)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (10/30/2015)
Fairchild Public Library.  (10/31/2015)
Lowell Public Library.  (11/2/2015)
Independence Public Library.  (11/3/2015)
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Library (11/4/2015)
Bloomington Public Library.  (11/5/2015)
Allen-Dietzman Public Library, Livingston.  (11/6/2015)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/8/2015)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (11/9/2015)
Lac du Flambeau Public Library.  (11/10/2015)
Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library, Sand Creek.  (11/11/2015)
Drummond Public Library.  (11/12/2015)
Norwalk Public Library.  (11/13/2015)
Endeavor Public Library.  (11/15/2015)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/16/2015)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/17/2015)
De Soto Public Library.  (11/18/2015)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/19/2015)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rebecca Bradley recklessly alludes to how Scott Walker has politicized her Wisconsin Supreme Court race



As quoted in No politics in Supreme Court race.  (Appleton Post-Crescent, 11/19/2015)


Other Rebecca Bradley posts:
Rebecca Bradley responds to JoAnne Kloppenburg comment with her 'rule of law' dog whistle.  (11/19/2015)
Rebecca Bradley and the company she keeps (The David Clarke edition)  (11/8/2015)
This Rebecca Bradley headline must be from The Onion.  (10/26/2015)
It's all about the money: Rebecca Bradley on political and election processes.  (10/20/2015)
On the topic of Rebecca Bradley, Scott Walker speaks loudly, clearly.  (10/19/2015)
5 days on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and already Rebecca Bradley is receiving awards.  (10/17/2015)
Rebecca Bradley asks issue advocacy groups to observe 'rule of courtesy'.  (10/16/2015)
To which the packed audience responded with a loud, unified chorus of "THAT'S DEBATABLE!!"  (10/12/2015)
Rebecca Bradley talks in code at her christening ceremony.  (10/9/2015)
UPDATE: Scott Walker's Supreme Court appointment: Is it all about the money or who gets the money?  (10/9/2015)
Rebecca Bradley hopes Scott Walker will punch her $1,350 ticket to a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  (10/5/2015)

The Matt Adamczyk Show: Name a more embarrassingly incompetent, laughably inept statewide elected official




As reported in Another delay in hiring chief for state agency with climate change ban.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/18/2015)
Barry's resume
  • Dane County Board member, 1973 -1976
  • State representative,1976 -1981 
  • County executive, 1981-1987. 
  • Development Director at Operation Fresh Start, a Dane County youth employment and training organization
  • Helped expand Wisconsin Fresh Start, a statewide network of nonprofits aimed at assisting at-risk youth. Barry has served on the 
  • Member, University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
  • Member, Wisconsin Technical System Board
  • Several gubernatorial commissions.

Related posts:
Meet the petty Matt Adamczyk, Wisconsin State Treasurer.  (4/9/2015)
Our new state treasurer and chubby nutburger Matt Adamczyk has been contributing to himself since 2004.  (1/21/2015)
Who's running for office in Wisconsin 2012: 13th Assembly District.  (6/25/2012)

To whom will our state legislators listen: Us or the NRA?



As quoted in UW System police chiefs oppose concealed carry in campus buildings.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/18/2015)
Cross and each of the UW campus chancellors have also said they oppose the bill, as have UW-Madison faculty and the leaders of the state technical college system. Gov. Scott Walker has not said whether he backs the proposal.



All you need to know.
Waterboys for the NRA and ALEC: Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg)  (10/13/2015)

Latest Marquette poll doesn't seem to show Scott Walker's stock rising much at home



Scott Walker's approval rating still hovers below 40 percent.  (Capital Times, 11/19/2015)

And the results are negligible, particularly when you taken into consideration the margin of error.
Since the end of his presidential bid, he has toured the state in an effort to reintroduce himself and rebuild support among Wisconsin voters.

Related post:
No full spectrum of approval for Scott Walker.  (8/28/2015)

Then and Now: Pet Milk Company building and Valencia Lofts, Middleton WI


Then:  High Point Road and railroad track, looking east.  (2001)


Capital Brewery is at the right edge of photo.

Now.  Valencia Place and Valencia Lofts (formerly the home of the Pet Milk Company)


Rebecca Bradley responds to JoAnne Kloppenburg comment with her 'rule of law' dog whistle



As quoted in (above and below) Judge Joanne [sic] Kloppenburg campaigns in Chippewa Valley.  (WEAU, 11/17/2015)


Other Rebecca Bradley posts:
Rebecca Bradley and the company she keeps (The David Clarke edition)  (11/8/2015)
This Rebecca Bradley headline must be from The Onion.  (10/26/2015)
It's all about the money: Rebecca Bradley on political and election processes.  (10/20/2015)
On the topic of Rebecca Bradley, Scott Walker speaks loudly, clearly.  (10/19/2015)
5 days on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and already Rebecca Bradley is receiving awards.  (10/17/2015)
Rebecca Bradley asks issue advocacy groups to observe 'rule of courtesy'.  (10/16/2015)
To which the packed audience responded with a loud, unified chorus of "THAT'S DEBATABLE!!"  (10/12/2015)
Rebecca Bradley talks in code at her christening ceremony.  (10/9/2015)
UPDATE: Scott Walker's Supreme Court appointment: Is it all about the money or who gets the money?  (10/9/2015)
Rebecca Bradley hopes Scott Walker will punch her $1,350 ticket to a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  (10/5/2015)

Republican Presidential candidates tread water in national polls



The behinders in the 11/15-17 Bloomberg poll:

  • 4% - Chris Christie
  • 3% - John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee
  • 1% - George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham
Other stuff:
  • Most important issue facing the country right now (Nov. vs. Sep)
    • Terrorism (14% vs. 7%
    • ISIS (21% vs. 11%
    • Unemployement/jobs (11% vs. 20%)

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)

Carson drops to 4th in New Hamphire, tied with Bush; Trump still in 1st



The behinders in the 11/15-17 FOX News poll:
  • 7% - John Kasich
  • 6% - Chris Christie
  • 3% - Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul
  • 1% - Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum
  • 0% - Bobby Jindal, George Pataki

The New Hampshire Presidential primary takes placed on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.\

Related posts: 
Donald Trump maintains comfortable lead in New Hampshire; Rubio 2nd; Bush still struggling.  (11/18/2015)
Outlier? Carson falls to 6th place, behind Cruz, Rubio, Bush, and Christie, in latest NH poll.  (11/15/2015)
New Hampshire Republicans seem to be tiring of the Donald Trump Show.  (11/4/2015)
"Oh, wow!": Four Republican candidates peaking in New Hampshire. (11/2/2015)
New Hampshire Republicans not warming up to Ben Carson. (10/26/2015)
The two most recent New Hampshire Republican polls do little to change the picture out there.  (10/20/2015)
Donald Trump takes a commanding lead in New Hampshire -- but then it's a Gravis Marketing poll.  (10/10/2015)
It certainly looks as though the thrill is gone for Donald Trump in New Hampshire.  (10/4/2015)
Carson sacked for a 10-yard loss in New Hampshire.   (9/26/2015)
Donald Trump is losing steam in New Hampshire.  (9/16/2015)
Donald Trump continues to rock New Hampshire Republicans' world.  (8/26/2015)
Speaking of panic, I see that Scott Walker is now in 8th place in New Hampshire.  (9/13/2015)
The latest from New Hampshire: Outlier poll or more evidence that Scott Walker's numbers are ebbing.  (8/11/2015)
Donald Trump cruises to another win.  (8/4/2015)
Trump stomps the competition in New Hampshire; Kasich moves up to tie Walker for 3rd
.  (7/28/215) 
Donald Trump surges into 1st place in New Hampshire.  (7/27/2015)
Jeb Bush Experiencing Some Serious Slippage in New Hampshire.  (4/16/2015) 
Big spikes for Scott Walker, Donald Trump in most recent New Hampshire poll.  (4/13/2015)
New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary voters are having trouble making up their minds.  (3/31/2015)
Another day, another New Hampshire Presidential primary poll.  (3/28/2015)
New Hampshire: Jeb Bush holds slim lead among crowded GOP pack in NBC News/Marist poll.  (2/17/2015)

"One of the most pressing problems of the decades and centuries ahead is rising global sea levels."


Dr. Laurence C. Smith, Professor & Chair, UCLA Department of Geography



Why are new rivers carving through Greenland, and can we stop them?  (Upworthy, 11/19/2015)
As the icy landmass crumbles beneath their feet, they're out there recording information on the velocity, volume, temperature, and depth of the thousands and thousands of rushing rivers of melted water that have carved their way through Greenland due to rising global temperatures.

Related posts:
The rising sea levels of Bangladesh.  (3/30/2014)
Meteors, glaciers, and climate change.  (1/14/2014)

Texas State Board of Education votes not to bother about those pesky facts in school textbook approval process


Source:  U.S. Uncut

Texas rejects allowing academics to fact-check public school textbooks.  (The Christian Science Monitor, 11/18/2015)
The Board of Education approves textbooks in the nation's second-largest state and stood by its vetting process — despite a Houston-area mother recently complaining that a world geography book used by her son's ninth grade class referred to African slaves as "workers." The publisher, McGraw-Hill Education, apologized and moved to make immediate edits.
Members of the Board

The book's cover.

TEKS = Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Percentage of U.S. House seats likely to be in play in 2016: 14%


Why House Freedom Caucus is so hard to budge.  (The Christian Science Monitor, 11/18/2015)
In truth, a growing polarization in American politics, coupled with ​gerrymandering on both sides of the aisle​,​ has made most districts safe. Only perhaps 60 of 435 House seats will be truly in play when the 2016 general election rolls around, says Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a political website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

Source:  Wikipedia

NC-12 is #1 on this list.

Source:  Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

David Hollingshead (1942-2015) Warren High School Class of 1960



1960 Warren Dragon

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Hollingshead Angeline K emp Deluxe Mtl Prod r349 1/2 [sic]Mohawk av
  • Hollingshead Chas W (Angeline K) store mr Atndt PE h34 1/2 Mohawk av
  • Hollingshead David B opr Thos Coupling Div r34 1/2 Mohwk av
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Hollingshead Christine M Mrs payroll clk Warren Genl Hosp h4 Main St (NW)
  • Hollingshead David B & Christine M; mach Rexnord h4 Main St (NW) 


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

How about Angeline?


Other members of the class of 1960
Marlene LeTrent Peterson.  (7/15/2015)
John Marymount.  (3/24/2015)
Kraig Werlin.  (2/1/2015)
Mary Kays Frederick.  (12/9/2014)
Nancy Goodwill Bonavita.  (3/9/2014)
Mary Madeleine Graham Helmbrecht Haslett.  (1/6/2014)

Monthly global temperature record broken for 6th month in a row


Once again, another month with a lot of red spanning the globe.
Source:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Global Analysis -- October 2015


Right from the start of the month, it was quite the scorcher in Australia.  (That's centigrade.)

The Guardian, 10/5/2015

And apparently, November has provided little relief.




Other climate change posts: 
The world continues to set a record pace in its warm ways.  (10/28/2015)
Cold enough for you?  (3/9/2014)