Saturday, October 1, 2016

Actually, New York Times reporters, 0.0016% of viewers were impacted by the alleged microphone malfunction



Actually, a Malfunction Did Affect Donald Trump’s Voice at the Debate.  (The New York Times, 9/30/2016)

Actually, you should ask Nicholas Confessore and Patrick Healy why they're focusing on a....



They're oughta be a law,  "Needle in a Haystack" made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending October 17, 1964.  It peaked at #45 and spent 8 weeks on the chart.

Sad.

The red and the black: On a scale of 0 to 10, please rate the believability of this version of events


Photo credit:  Fisher Phillips

Reported in Attorney says gun in his lap went off, striking wife.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/29/2016)
A red herring?  The McIvers retrieved their gun — a .38 snub-nose revolver — from the center console of the 2013 Ford Expedition, alarmed about recent unrest surrounding several Black Lives Matter protests in the area and fearing a carjacking, 
Crane told The AJC. The couple, who were being driven by an unidentified individual, left the area unharmed. But several blocks later on Piedmont Ave. near the park, the SUV hit a bump and the gun fired, Crane said. It was still wrapped in a plastic Publix bag in which it had been stored, Crane said. 
Crane said McIver does not remember firing the gun. He was leaning back in the seat and nodding off when they hit the bump, the gun in his lap, Crane said.

How it's being portrayed in a British tabloid headling:


Go Team Go! UPDATE. Rebecca Kleefisch cheers for Scott Walker at UW-Stout


The spelling errors, of course, are not Rebecca's.


Quoted in Kleefisch talks about transportation funding at UW-Stout visit.  (WEAU, 9/30/2016)


Original 8/14/2016 post, "GO TEAM GO!  Rebecca Kleefisch proclaims the sky's the limit for Wisconsin", starts here.


Kleefisch: State positioned for continued success in aviation.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/11/2016)

About that world-class university system.

And as for the Wisconsin's strength in manufacturing.

Other 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' posts: 
The best and the brightest: Wisconsin's top 2 cream puff fans.  (8/4/2016)
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is excited, betcha by golly wow!  (7/21/2016)
Meet Wisconsin's new governor.  (3/10/2016)
Rebecca Kleefisch pens puff piece, sez 'the proof is in the pudding'.  (1/14/2016)
The wit and wisdom of Rebecca Kleefisch.  (10/26/215)
The furiously vibrating spin cycle of our very own Rebecca (of Sunnybrook Farm) Kleefisch.  (9/23/2015)
Wondering, Wisconsin, if this is part of the 'Meet the New Boss' rollout. (9/4/2015)
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch tries out for the lead role in 'Pollyanna".  (5/9/2015)
Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch, as Dale and Grace, "Stop and Think It Over".  (12/10/2014)
The Rebecca Kleefisch connection.  (12/10/2014)
In the News: The Wisconsin Tax Reform Roundtable, starring Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.  (2/18/2014)
Kleefisch in a lovey-dovey mood behind closed doors.  (1/3/2014)
Where's the outcry over Kleefisch's closed roundtables?  (12/13/2013)

Do you want a President with the emotional development of a 6-year-old to "be there, awake, to answer the call"?


A seething, untethered President, to boot.

Yeah, like blowing up the world.   The tirade fit a pattern. It is when Mr. Trump is alone with his thoughts, and untethered from his campaign staff, that he has seemed to commit his most self-destructive acts. “There has always been this dangerous part of him that will go too far and do something that backfires,” said Michael D’Antonio, the author of “The Truth About Trump,” a new biography of the real estate mogul.



Other emo posts:
Donald Trump: Stuck in the middle of 1952.  (8/23/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 6 year old promotes gun nonsense.  (8/9/2016)
Dear Donald Trump, I was wrong; you don't have the emotional development of a 12 year old. My apologies. (6/23/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old cruising on inheritance.  (6/20/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old tweets more nonsense.  (5/14/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old resorts to name-calling when zinged.  (5/11/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old has a very important, major engagement.  (3/16/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old still makes case for his beautiful, powerful, large penis.  (3/6/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old brags he's the only one who can beat Clinton.  (3/3/2016)
Presidential candidate with the emotional development of a 12 year old disavows.  (3/1/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old wings it.  (2/29/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old weighs in on Rubio and last night's debate.  (2/26/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old tells us how he really feels.  (2/23/2016)
Yes, Donny, get angry, cuz we want a brave man, a cave man.  (2/22/2016)
Thin-skinned Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old fires volley at Pope.  (2/18/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old should go ahead and put it in the want ads.  (1/29/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old plans to skip debate.  (1/27/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old reacts to SOTU.  (1/13/2016)

No thumbs up now: Florida Trump aide Healy Baumgartner gets off the Crazy Train


Photo credit:  Twitter

Quoted in Trump Tweets About Sex Tape as Campaign Struggles to Regroup (Bloomberg Politics, 9/30/2016)
But the bad news keeps rolling in. The editorial boards of the Arizona Republic and Detroit News this week broke 100-year-plus traditions of endorsing Republicans, while USA Today took sides for the first time in its history to urge Americans not to vote for Trump. A survey by Gallup found that 61 percent of those who watched the debate believe Clinton won, a 34-point victory over Trump. Battleground polls have showed improvements for Clinton.
Related post:
Dear Tommy Thompson, I think you mean -- ha ha ha....I, I, I, I...-- the crazy train.  (8/29/2016)

UPDATE. Barron Public Library holdings, 2011-2015



Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

2011-2015 changes
  • Books | -13,156
  • Audio | -     269
  • Video | +    235
  • Periodicals | -69
  • Expenditures | -$6,043

Other updates:
Abbotsford Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Adams County Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Albertson Memorial Library.  (9/20/2016)
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Amery Area Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Lettie W. Jensen Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Arcadia Free Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (9/25/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Augusta Memorial Public Library.  (9/26/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Balsam Lake Public Library.  (9/28/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)
Barneveld Public Library.  (9/30/2016)



Original 10/29/2015 post, "A to Z (A to WY, actually) through the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: Collections (Barron Public Library)", starts here.

This series takes a look at the numerical changes in Wisconsin public library collections in 9-year increments:  1996, 2005, and 2014.




All statistical information from the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

Barron Public Library


Photo credit: Barron Public Library

Friday, September 30, 2016

Bobby Breen, "the most alarming vocal phenomenon of the day"


Sorry, folks, but I couldn't watch all 4 minutes and 5 seconds of this clip.



Bobby Breen, a Child Star Who Hit a High Note in the 1930s, Dies at 87.  (The New York Times, 9/24/2016)
Meteoric, in other words. He was Bobby Breen, and in a torrid run of seven more films over the next three years, he melted maternal hearts and emerged as a major star, in the same league as Mickey Rooney, Jane Withers and Freddie Bartholomew, earning $50,000 a year — a huge sum then — from testimonials alone.
Admit it, you never heard of him, even if the New York Times memorialized him, after all these years, with a 1062-word obituary.  (I'm just looking for some company here.)

"All the News That's Fit to Print."

And that's why I've been a subscriber for 30-some years.  And before I subscribed, I purchased a copy each day, whenever possible, going back to the early 1970s

IMDb lists 11 credits

From whom 'Flo' learned her chops.



Related post:
Jane Withers.  (New Georgia Encyclopedia)

Live Free or Die UPDATE: Trump still can't crack 40% in 4-way New Hampshire presidential polls





Related posts:
Clinton keeps Trump at bay in Michigan throughout September.  (9/309/2016)
Clinton gets big bounce in first Nevada post-debate presidential poll.  (9/30/2016)
UPDATE. It's been a Clinton and Trump nip and tuck in Florida Presidential polls all September long.  (9/30/2016)
Clinton sweeps a week's worth of national presidential polls.  (9/28//2016)
Latest Florida presidential poll:  Where Trump is lagging.  (8/28/2016)
Clinton, Trump neck-and-neck in Iowa.  (8/17/2016)
UPDATE. Hillary continues to move ahead in Florida presidential polls.  (8/16/2016)
UPDATE. Everyone continues to bounce along in Virginia presidential polls.  (8/16/2016)
UPDATE. Hillary continues to expand her her lead against Trump during 1st 2 weeks of August.  (8/16/2016)
UPDATE: Trump can't crack 40% in 4-way New Hampshire presidential polls.  (8/15/2016)
Trump seriously tanking in Colorado.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton extends lead in North Carolina polls.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton leads in Pennsylvania.  (8/9/2016)
Another day, another big win for Clinton in the polls.  (8/8/2016)
Trump keeps up his inane, disparaging, name-calling tweets as his poll numbers erode.  (8/7/2016)
Clinton takes big lead over Trump in Virginia.  (8/7/2016)
Clinton takes it to Trump every time in Michigan.  (8/6/2016)
UPDATE: Now pinch-hitting for Rasmussen, the Los Angeles Times.  (8/6/2016)
Trump pisses away his advantage in Georgia, of all places!  (8/5/2016)
Dem. challenger Katie McGinty tightens race against GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey in PA.  (8/5/2016)
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte can't run away from Donald Trump fast enough.  (8/5/2016)
Hillary gets a big convention bump in New Hampshire.  (8/5/2016)
Latest national Presidential polls has GOP worried.  (8/5/2016)
Clinton starting to put room between herself and Trump in national polls.  (8/4/2016)




8/15/2016 update, "Trump can't crack 40% in 4-way New Hampshire presidential polls", starts here.


As you would expect, Trump has a scapegoat.


Original 8/5/2016 post, "Hillary gets a big convention bump in New Hampshire", starts here.


Related reading:
99 days to go: Clinton, Trump take different approaches to win in NH.  (Manchester Union-Leader, 7/31/2016)
At the Republican National Convention, Trump showed off an impressive family even though there was that plagiarism furor over wife Melania's speech. 
But Trump couldn't get either Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, or Congressman Frank Guinta, R-NH, to show up.

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Related posts:
Latest national Presidential polls has GOP worried.  (8/5/2016)
Clinton starting to put room between herself and Trump in national polls.  (8/4/2016)

Clinton gets big bounce in first Nevada post-debate presidential poll


Apparently, Jill Stein's campaign doesn't resonate with Nevada voters.




Related posts:
UPDATE. It's been a Clinton and Trump nip and tuck in Florida Presidential polls all September long.  (9/30/2016)
Clinton sweeps a week's worth of national presidential polls.  (9/28//2016)
Latest Florida presidential poll:  Where Trump is lagging.  (8/28/2016)
Trump campaign engine stalls in Michigan.  (8/17/2016)
UPDATE: Trump can't crack 40% in 4-way New Hampshire presidential polls.  (8/15/2016)
Trump seriously tanking in Colorado.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton extends lead in North Carolina polls.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton holds slight advantage in Florida presidential polls.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton leads in Pennsylvania.  (8/9/2016)
Another day, another big win for Clinton in the polls.  (8/8/2016)
Trump keeps up his inane, disparaging, name-calling tweets as his poll numbers erode.  (8/7/2016)
Clinton takes big lead over Trump in Virginia.  (8/7/2016)
Clinton takes it to Trump every time in Michigan.  (8/6/2016)
UPDATE: Now pinch-hitting for Rasmussen, the Los Angeles Times.  (8/6/2016)
Trump pisses away his advantage in Georgia, of all places!  (8/5/2016)
Dem. challenger Katie McGinty tightens race against GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey in PA.  (8/5/2016)
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte can't run away from Donald Trump fast enough.  (8/5/2016)
Latest national Presidential polls has GOP worried.  (8/5/2016)
Clinton starting to put room between herself and Trump in national polls.  (8/4/2016)

UPDATE. Robin Vos offers Scott Walker no hope in filling in the blanks


Kickin' it up a notch.  Emeril approves this message.


Quoted in Vos: 'Disingenuous' for Walker to request alternative transportation plan from lawmakers.  (Capital Times, 9/30/2016)


Original 9/24/2016 post, "Scott Walker offers no evidence for what he believes", starts here.


And for the purpose of this exercise, let's say that 24 out of 63 GOP legislators is 'significant'.


Other transportation funding posts:
Point/counterpoint: Scott Walker, Jim Steineke on transportation funding.  (9/24/2016)
Robin Vos: Scott Walker makes no sense.  (9/22/2016)
Duey Stroebel's solution to highway funding: Pay workers a shit wage.  (9/20/2016)
UPDATE. Keith Ripp learns that brownnosing Scott Walker just gets you a soiled schnozz. (9/19/2016)
Dear Van Wanggaard, Scott Walker must have told you that with his fingers crossed.  (9/15/2016)
John Nygren on transportation funding (Stay tuned for heated response from Duey Stroebel).  (9/12/2016)
Dear Northwoods voters, general road conditions are not likely to improve with this Governor.  (8/30/2016)
In his typically convoluted style of speaking, Scott Walker offers small comfort.  (8/30/2016)
Dear John Nygren, It's mostly GOP people that need to be educated.  (8/25/2016)
Dear Northwoods voters, I lied, Love, Scott Walker.  (7/31/2016)
Duey Stroebel admits he has no answers to funding Wisconsin's transportation needs.  (7/27/2016)
Sounds like Duey's in bed with Scottie on transportation funding.  (6/28/2016)
Transportation funding: In his 6th year in office, Scott Walker sez he'll try to figure it out.  (6/3/2016)
Scott Walker:  Go big! Go bold! Go borrow!  (1/31/2015)

In the news: Bottle flipping



Bottle flipping becomes the rage with middle schoolers. (Boston Globe, 9/30/2016)
For those wondering how this started — or simply in search of a target for their ire — a good place to start would be Michael Senatore, an 18-year-old from Charlotte, N.C., who could be described as the Godfather of bottle-flipping. 
Last spring, finding himself without an act for his high school talent show, Senatore decided to try his hand at bottle-flipping, a hobby he and his classmates had dabbled in a year earlier. Armed with some dramatic music and a good amount of swagger, the teen strolled on stage and, with a flip of the wrist, landed a small, partly filled plastic bottle upright onto a nearby table. 
The brief performance, which sent those in the audience into hysterics, was captured on video, and you can guess what happened next: 5 million YouTube views, a trove of gushing blog posts, an appearance by Senatore on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Here's a bottle flipping video, posted just 10 days ago, with 6,963,256 views already.


Betsy Hoylman at Northwestern Mutual provides us with a textbook example of corporate-speak for "We're cutting jobs"


Photo credit:  LinkedIn

Quoted in Northwestern Mutual to cut 'hundreds' of jobs.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/29/2016)

Edifice complex.  Guess the company would rather put its money in buildings rather than people.

Northwestern Mutual to build a second tower in downtown Milwaukee — 33 stories, $100 million.  (Milwaukee Business Journal, 10/5/2015)


UPDATE. Barneveld Public Library holdings, 2011-2015





2011-2015 changes:
  • Books | +  74
  • Audio | +156
  • Video | +327
  • Periodicals | -7
  • Expenditures | -$236 

Other updates:
Abbotsford Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Adams County Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Albertson Memorial Library.  (9/20/2016)
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Amery Area Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Lettie W. Jensen Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Arcadia Free Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (9/25/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Augusta Memorial Public Library.  (9/26/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Balsam Lake Public Library.  (9/28/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)


Original 10/28/2015 post, "A to Z (A to WY, actually) through the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: Collections (Barneveld Public Library)", starts here.

This series takes a look at the numerical changes in Wisconsin public library collections in 9-year increments:  1996, 2005, and 2014.



All statistical information from the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

Barneveld Public Library



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Reuters reporter Ginger Gibson greatly expands definition of 'a few'


Mileage calculation:  Rand McNally

Trump, in law and order speech, calls for African-American support.  (Reuters, 8/17/2016)
The specch took place in West Bend.


If my wife -- or anyone else, for that matter -- tells me she'll be ready in 'a few' minutes, I wouldn't expect to wait more than 5.  I'd categorize 33 minutes as beyond rudeness.

If someone asks me for 'a few' dollars, I might check to see if I have any singles in my wallet.  If the person clarifies his request and explains, "No, I need $33," I'd chuckle and say, "Oh, so you want a loan then?"

Once again, Trump offers promises to Milwaukee residents from within a deep-red political comfort zone



Reported in Trump rallies GOP faithful, attacks Clinton in Waukesha.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/28/2016)

Outside of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, I didn't find another person of color in any of the photos or videos, though I didn't conduct a complete search.  The fact that it's such a tough search in the first place tells us all we need to know.

Related post:

UPDATE. Once again Trump reaches out to black voters where few of them live.  (8/20/2016)

UPDATE. Baraboo Public Library holdings, 2011-2015




Source:  Wisconsin Public Library Service Data (2015 preliminary)

2011-2015 changes:
  • Books | - 2,363
  • Audio | -    265
  • Video | +2,902
  • Periodicals | -30
  • Expenditures | +$8,751

Other updates:
Abbotsford Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Adams County Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Albertson Memorial Library.  (9/20/2016)
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Amery Area Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Lettie W. Jensen Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Arcadia Free Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (9/25/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Augusta Memorial Public Library.  (9/26/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Balsam Lake Public Library.  (9/28/2016)


Original 10/27/2015 post, "A to Z (A to WY, actually) through the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: Collections (Baraboo Public Library)", starts here.

This series takes a look at the numerical changes in Wisconsin public library collections in 9-year increments:  1996, 2005, and 2014.




All statistical information from the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

Baraboo Public Library


Photo credit:  Wikipedia Commons


Wednesday, September 28, 2016