Saturday, August 20, 2016

Once a tiger in pursuit of Bill Clinton, Ken Starr turned into pussycat in Baylor sexual assault case


Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Reported at Starr Resigns as Baylor Law Professor, Severs School Ties.  (The New York Times, 8/19/2016)

Related article:
Timeline: Baylor sexual assault controversy.  (Waco Tribune, 5/24/2016)

UPDATE. Once again Trump reaches out to black voters where few of them live


A key point that Real Clear Politics either misses or ignores.


Trump to Black Voters: "What Do You Have To Lose By Trying Something New?" Reject Hillary's "Bigotry".  (Real Clear Politics, 8/19/2016)
Donald Trump makes a plea for the black and poor vote at a campaign rally Friday night in Dimondale, Michigan [lcoated in Windsor Charter Township] following a tour of the devastation of flood-ravaged Louisiana earlier in the day.

Original 8/17/2016 post, "Donald Trump chooses to speak in Wisconsin county with 0.9% African-American residents", starts here.

Source:  U.S. Census QuickFacts (2010 census data)

Donald Trump seeks black support, says 'war on our police must end' at suburban Milwaukee rally.  (Madison.com, 8/16/2016)
Declaring "the war on our police must end and it must end now," Trump blamed decades of Democratic leadership for crime and poverty in major cities. He called Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton anti-police and held up as a model the tough-on-crime approach of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was one of the speakers who introduced Trump.

Related reading:
Editorial:  Rudy Guiliani's Racial Myths.  (The New York Times, 7/11/2016)
Rudy Giuliani: Black fathers need to teach kids ‘the real danger to them is not the police’.  (Washingotn Post, 7/11/2016)
Rudy Giuliani says black children have a ‘99% chance’ of killing each other, calls Black Lives Matter ‘inherently racist’.  (NewYork Daily News, 7/10/2016)

Glenn Miller has been dead for 72 years, but you'd think NPR would still know how to spell his name





Chattanooga Choo Choo (SongFacts)

Additional jurisdictions likely to add their names to Wisconsin wheel tax list



Communities Turn To Wheel Tax For Road Maintenance.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 8/12/2016)
Dan Fedderly of the Wisconsin County Highway Association points to a decade of stagnant road funding from the state that's left locals with little choice. "We just simply need to address what has been a pending dilemma for many years and has got to the point where it is in crisis mode for many local units of government across the state," Fedderly said.

Related reading:
No decision on Marathon County wheel tax.  (Northwoods Radio, 8/19/2016)
Wausau asks county for wheel tax cash.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 8/18/2016)
Milwaukee County.  County wheel tax, end to free GO Pass proposed.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/12/2016)
Green Bay considers road tax to fund roadwork.  (Green Bay Press Gazette, 8/2/2016)
Portage council OKs wheel tax; goes into effect Jan. 1.  (The Times, 5/5/2016)

Related posts:
Add Fort Atkinson to the list of municipalities assessing a wheel tax.  (2/24/2016)
Sheboygan Common Council wheel tax vote: The yeas, the nays & the chickenshits.  (10/14/2015)
Sheboygan Council Vice-President tells his colleagues not to pee their pants at upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.  (10/11/2015)
Sheboygan Common Council ponders an annual $20 wheel tax.  (8/25/2015)
Janesville becomes 5th community to impose a wheel tax.  (12/1/2011)
Three Dane County supervisors propose wheel tax.  (11/9/2011;  it didn't fly.)
Hudson lawmaker puts his finger on Janesville's pulse.  (10/20/2011)
Mayville retains its wheel tax.  (10/13/2011)
Wheel tax proposed in Janesville.  (10/12/2011)

UPDATE. La Crosse County Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent LCPL news:
La Crosse proposal would merge city, county libraries.  (Onalaska-Holmen Courier-Life, 8/18/2016)
The La Crosse Public Library strategic plan, currently being written by the board, includes a project called “One County, One Library,” which would focus on ways to integrate the two systems. However, Gelatt criticized Kabat for putting the idea forward in the form of a resolution before sitting down with representatives from the both library systems and county leadership.
Letter to the editor:  Do not contract La Crosse library services with the county.  (Coulee News, 8/18/2016)
It seems that the city library manages its assets differently than the county. I can find whatever I need at the public library on Main Street. I struggle when browsing at the county level. They shelve the same but label differently and with less detail.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Racine Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Middleton Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
West Allis Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
Brookfield Public Library.  (8/17/2016)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (8/17/2016)
Sun Prairie Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Verona Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (8/19/2016)
West Bend Community Memorial Library.  (8/19/2016)
McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids.  (8/20/2016)


Original 9/2/2015 post starts here.





How libraries rank




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

La Crosse County Library website.

Related reading:
Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)
  • Part 1: Libraries in transition.  An introduction to the issues surrounding libraries and e-books
    • The strained relationship between libraries and publishers
    • The current state of play between libraries and publishers 
    • The rise of Amazon
  • Part 2:  Where patrons discover and get their books
    • The way people prefer to get books in general:  To buy or to borrow?
    • Where did the most recent book come from?
    • A closer look at libraries
    • The e-book ecosystem:  Where do e-book readers start their search?
  • Part 3:  Library users
    • Demographics
    • How important are libraries?
    • Library users are more engaged with all kinds of reading




UPDATE. McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent McMillan news:
McMillan Library offers more than books.  (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 6/24/2016)
McMillan Memorial Library opened its new Digital Media Studio on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The studio is located behind the Fine Arts Center stage at the library and has video, sound and photography equipment, as well as 3-D printers. Library visitors who would like to learn to use the equipment are welcome to use the studio for training and program use.
New educational resource at McMillan Library.  (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 5/23/2016)
In May, McMillan Memorial Library introduced Gale Courses, a new learning resource for the Wisconsin Rapids area. The courses offer instructor-led online classes that focus on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. Students have the option to view each lecture live or watch the recorded video later. Instructors post notes and assignments online throughout the course and will schedule a final test to measure the student's understanding of the material. 
McMillan is well-covered in the local paper.

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Racine Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Middleton Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
West Allis Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
Brookfield Public Library.  (8/17/2016)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (8/17/2016)
Sun Prairie Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Verona Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (8/19/2016)
West Bend Community Memorial Library.  (8/19/2016)


Original 9/1/2015 post starts here.





How libraries rank



Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

McMillian Memorial Public Library website

Related reading:
Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)
  • Part 1: Libraries in transition.  An introduction to the issues surrounding libraries and e-books
    • The strained relationship between libraries and publishers
    • The current state of play between libraries and publishers 
    • The rise of Amazon
  • Part 2:  Where patrons discover and get their books
    • The way people prefer to get books in general:  To buy or to borrow?
    • Where did the most recent book come from?
    • A closer look at libraries
    • The e-book ecosystem:  Where do e-book readers start their search?


Friday, August 19, 2016

Trivia time in the cookie and cracker aisle


What is the 2nd variety of Oreo to be marketed?  (Discounting the lemon cream-filled bust of the 1920s.)

When was it introduced?   (Although I did find a couple of sources that pinpoint the previous year.)


Oreo cookies have been with us since 1912.

SnackWorks lists 59 Oreo products.

This week in the cereal aisle: The price of convenience (22.54 cents per ounce)


Unit price:  43.23 cents per ounce

Unit price:  20.69 cents per ounce

Related posts:
Make up your mind already!  (8/14/2016)
Remember Nabisco Shredded Wheat?  (7/13/2016)
This week in the cereal aisle features Batman and Superman.  (7/7/2016)
Post wants you to have ice cream for breakfast.  (6/30/2016)
Tiny Toast.  (6/21/2016)

That gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon urges GOP to unite behind 'Sassy Trump'



Transcription of first 23 second of video at Morning Minute: Rep. Bob Gannon (R) Speakes at Trump Rally.  (WiscNews, 8/18/2016)

You can make a beer-drinking game based on the number of times Bob checks his notes.  (click on link above)



'Sassy Trump' can't resist lying to you people. Fresh mockery from Peter Serafinowicz.  (boingboing, 8/18/2016)
In this episode, Sassy Trump just can’t help admitting to the crowd that he lies to them.

Related reading:
Few stand in Trump’s way as he piles up the Four-Pinocchio whoppers.  (Washington Post, 5/7/2016)
Here's the Proof That Donald Trump's a Pathological Liar You've Been Asking for, Trolls.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 5/29/2016)

Other gasket-blowin' posts:
3 GOP Wisconsin State Assembly frosh running unopposed for re-election.  (7/27/2016)
For gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon, more guns = greater safety.  (6/23/2016)
UPDATE: Gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon brings his own stir stick to cauldron of fear.  (6/9/2016)
Al Ott retires after serving 30 years in Wisconsin Assembly; No word yet from that gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon.  (4/1/2016)
Dear gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon, You know this constitutional amendment means the end of Fearless Leader Vos.  (2/25/2016)
Turning the gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon's sneering, small-d democrat slur on its head.  (1/17/2016)
Dear Alan, the gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon lives in Washington County.  (1/13/2016)
When it comes to that gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon, the bird is the word.  (1/12/2016)
That gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon is back on the scene with more words of wisdom.  (12/21/2015)
The way I see it, Bob Gannon's bill doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell in the Wisconsin State Senate.  (11/24/2015)
'Real gun control' as described by the volatile, gasket-blowing Bob Gannon.  (10/3/2015)
Bob Gannon boldly blows another gasket.  (9/15/2015)
Bob Gannon blows a gasket.  (7/6/2015)

UPDATE. West Bend Community Memorial Library: Annual Circulation and Program Attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Racine Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Middleton Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
West Allis Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
Brookfield Public Library.  (8/17/2016)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (8/17/2016)
Sun Prairie Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Verona Public Library.  (8/18/2016)
Manitowoc Public Library.  (8/19/2016)


Original 8/31/2016 post starts here.





How libraries rank




Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

West Bend Community Memorial Library website

Related reading:
Libraries, patrons, and e-books.  (Pew Internet, 6/22/2012)
  • Part 1: Libraries in transition.  An introduction to the issues surrounding libraries and e-books
    • The strained relationship between libraries and publishers
    • The current state of play between libraries and publishers 
    • The rise of Amazon


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board lobbies for Frank Lloyd Wright inclusion on UNESCO list


Having visited this landmark twice, I heartily offer a 2nd.

Photos by Retiring Guy (September 1980)

Wright’s right: Keep pushing for Fallingwater on UNESCO World Heritage List.  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/26/2016)
The conservancy is spearheading efforts to get 10 of Wright’s masterpieces in seven states added to the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Best known to Pittsburghers is Fallingwater, built in 1936 for department store owner Edgar Kauffman Sr. The others represent other high points in Wright’s career and breakthroughs in design.


Related post: 
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater placed on UNESCO's World Heritage waiting list.  (8/18/2016)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater placed on UNESCO World Heritage waiting list


Photo by Retiring Guy (September 1980)

Wright’s Fallingwater, other works placed on landmarks waiting list. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 7/23/2016)
The World Heritage site listing was initiated in 1972 under an international treaty for natural site conservation and cultural site preservation. The list now includes more than 1,000 sites in 161 countries, including Stonehenge in England, the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and, in the U.S., Yellowstone National Park, the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall, the only listing in Pennsylvania.

Book stores are having a great year so far



Related posts:
Snapshot of 2014/2015 comparable book sales by general format.  (4/28/2016)
Overall, sales of print books are up for 2nd year in a row.  (2/22/2016)
The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years.  (1/28/2016)
Print continues to hold its own.  (1/21/2015)
Is this the future of e-books?  (8/27/2014)
Who's reading ebooks (by household income). (7/20/2014)
Ebook digital subscription services: Is it a bjargain? (7/20/2014)
Which is what you would have predicted after reading "In So Many Words" in March 1997.  (5/28/2014)
Amazon delivers the "Lesley Gore" ultimatum.  (4/25/2014)
The boom is over for ebooks.  (4/2/2014)
Ebooks and the hype of emerging technology: Have we finally reached the slope of enlightenment?  (3/11/2014) 
Pew Research report on e-reading.  (1/16/2014)
Book sales update as of October 2013.  (1/10/2014)

Allison Maass can't figure out that undercover thing


First of all, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel runs the story, excerpted below, with this misleading headline.


Photo credit:  Campus Reform

It appears that most other news sources emphasized the "try to".

Beneath CES 2016: Swearballs




Holy f***balls! (NSFW).  (boingboing, 8/18/2016)

Available for $19.99 here -- or buy the Odd Ball pack of 3 for $39.99.

I'm gonna take a pass.

The Swearball Facebook page -- 1st post:  February 10, 2016 -- has 22 likes.  That tells us all we need to know.

Too much testosterone in the room allows Liz Cheney to squeeze through the door to victory


Source:  Ballotpedia

Pundits: Several factors contributed to Cheney's victory.  (Wyoming Tribune Eagle, 8/18/2016)
Former U.S. Senator Al Simpson makes a huge leap in logic.  “This time she had eight opponents. She took them head-on. They threw some heavy artillery against her, and she handled it. Which is why she’ll be good.”

Dear Al,

Add up the vote totals for Leland, Tim, and Darin.  What do you get?

Best, 

Retiring Guy

Related post:
Would you vote for this man for Congress?  (8/18/2016)

Would you vote for this man for Congress?


84,098 of 84,665 (99.3%) of Wyoming GOP primary voters said 'no, thank you.'


Reported in Evanston resident Heath Beaudry enters race for Congress.  (Casper Star Tribune, 5/31/2016)

UPDATE. Dark vision: The Ed Wall employee motivation video



Prison worker video mixed Mandela quotes, menacing images. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/17/2016)
And what a bizarre view this window provides.  The four-minute video — released under the open records law — was aimed at motivating employees at the Department of Corrections, which has struggled to fill all its job openings and keep them filled. It also provides a window into the thinking of the agency’s top officials in the weeks before a troubled juvenile prison was raided by law enforcement amid allegations of prisoner abuse.


8/14/2016 update, "'The best shall serve the state:' The Ed Wall bellyflop", starts here.


Reported at Ex-prison head recommended 'scenary change'.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/12/2016)
The Journal Sentinel reported this May that the Department of Corrections had not checked Peterson’s work history when it hired her as education director in 2011. If it had, it would have found she resigned as an associate dean at Northcentral Technical College two weeks after she was demoted and had her pay cut by more than $14,000 “due to deficiencies in leadership communication.” 

Original 4/16/2016 post starts here.


As quoted in Former corrections secretary fired from new state job.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/15/2016)

"The best shall serve the state".

Related posts:
Friday news dump. (4:52 p.m.) Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Attracting, hiring, and retaining (TBD) the best of the best.  (11/13/2015)
Dear Scott Walker, I know someone you should look straight in the eye when spouting this nonsense.  (11/10/2015)
In light of recent actions by Walker and his appointees, does Roger Roth realize how silly he sounds?  (11/7/2015)
Sad Dan Knodl (R-Germantown) enters the Republican, civil service echo chamber.  (10/29/2015) 
Storytime at the Wisconsin Department of Administration.  (10/29/2015)
Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg): Have I got a speedy hiring process for you!! (10/28/2015)
Wisconsin Republicans gut civil service: Are you starting to see a pattern here?  (10/28/2015)
Dear Mike Rohrkaste, Perhaps you weren't paying attention in 2011. Two words: Act 10.  (10/28/2015)
Newspeak just where you'd expect it -- in an Americans for Prosperity news release.  (10/28/2015)
Just think. Once the legislature guts civil service, Scott Walker's former aides can be appointed to all levels of state government.  (10/6/2015)
Scott Walker wants to party like it's 1904.  (9/24/2015)

UPDATE. Verona Public Library: Annual circulation and program attendance, 2009-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

Recent VPL news:
Chapter 10: Library building celebrates a decade at community's core.  (ConnectVerona, 5/10/2016)
Nearly 10 years after Verona built its iconic public library – one that opens eyes as much as minds – Susan Hedrick returned to the building last month and brought an architect with her. Hedrick had served as the library’s director from 2004 to 2007, when the library shifted from an undersized, cramped facility off North Main Street to a soaring jewel on the edge of Badger Prairie County Park, combining community pride and popularity.

Verona Public Library to host 'Native Voices' exhibition in 2018.  (ConnectVerona, 2/10/2016) 

VPL is in some select company once again after being chosen to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” an education exhibition that will travel to 104 libraries across throughout the next four years. According to a press release last week from the library, the exhibition features interviews with “Native people who describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.” 


Other updates:
Madison Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Brown County Public Library.  (8/11/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Waukesha Public Library.  (8/12/2016)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (8/12/2016)
Kenosha Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
La Crosse Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Marathon County Public Library.  (8/13/2016)
Neenah Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Oshkosh Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
Racine Public Library.  (8/14/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Wauwatosa Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Fond du Lac Public Library.  (8/15/2016)
Middleton Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
West Allis Public Library.  (8/16/2016)
Brookfield Public Library.  (8/17/2016)
Mead Public Library, Sheboygan.  (8/17/2016)
Sun Prairie Public Library.  (8/18/2016)


Original 8/29/2015 post starts here.




How libraries rank (with Sun Prairie attendance corrections from previous post)



Statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: 1996 - Preliminary 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Verona Public Library website