Saturday, February 4, 2017

Trump's America: McHenry County, Illinois



Source:  Wikipedia

Source:  CNN

Trump Supporters Cheer Quick Starts On Campaign Promises In His First Weeks. (NPR, 2/2/2017)
The coffee-shop wisdom of Trump voters. At Short Stacks, a small diner on Main Street, Ginger Underwood sits at a table with her two adult daughters. She voted for Donald Trump and says that, so far, she is glad she did. "I think Trump is doing exactly what he said he was going to do when he ran for office," she says. "So that's fine with me, that he's doing what he's doing."

Related posts:
Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Mitchell County, Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Fayette County, West Virginia.  (1/24/2017)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series.  (1/24/2017)
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  (1/21/2017)
Get me rewrite: Buncha white people in Boone County, Iowa, talk about Trump.  (1/15/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is a Trump election success story.  (1/14/2017)
Monticello, Iowa. New York Times joins the search for Trump's America, a very white place.  (1/13/2017)
UPDATE. Boston Globe reporter continues to explore Trump's America, where mostly white people live.  (1/13/2017)

Meet the professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters who flooded State Street and the Capitol Square in Madison WI









[Yawn] Guess somebody was tired when they added this link to the Wheeler Report


Among Wheeler Report listings for 2/3/2017 (highlight added)

...wages barely rose.....increased by only three cents, suggesting that there was still some slack in the labor market.

As the Brotherhood of Man once sang with heartfelt intensity, united we stand, divided we fall


 Source used  for all 3 graphs:  CNN/ORC poll








A successful British pop group at home, this U.S. one-hit wonder made their first of 4 appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending April 18, 1970.  "United We Stand" debuted at #93 and spent 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #13. 

Related post:
Apparently, for some folks, foreign affairs, immigration, and terrorism have little to do with national security.  (2/4/2017)
UPDATE. Fake news: Rasmussen continues to prop up Trump's approval rating.  (2/3/2017)

Apparently, for some folks, foreign affairs, immigration, and terrorism have little to do with national security


CNN poll (January 31-February 2)


That would be CNN's first post-inauguration poll, conducted in association with ORC International.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to go off the rails on Twitter.



Montana legislator wants to clear up confusion among state's judges


Photo credit:  Montana Cowgirl Blog

Reported in Montana Senate endorses anti-Sharia law bill.  (Great Fall Tribune, 2.2.2017)
The bill prevents state judges from applying foreign laws in their courtrooms.  The bill by Republican Sen. Keith Regier of Kalispell does not mention Sharia law, which is used in some parts of the Islamic world, but that has been the main topic in debate over the measure.
Democratic Sen. Diane Sands of Missoula said earlier this week the bill addresses a problem that doesn’t exist in Montana, and it only creates dissension among citizens.

Jennifer, perhaps clarity can be better achieved by strengthening the state's Judicial Education requirements.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Donald Trump and our amazing, tremendous, terrific Constitution


From 2/2/2017 email blast

As originally counting enslaved blacks as three-fifths of the number of white inhabitants of a state for the purpose of representation in Congress.  (13th Amendment, 1865; 14th Amendment, 
1868; 15th Amendment, 1870)

As originally having Senators chosen by state legislatures, not by a vote of the people.  (17th Amendment, 1913)


As originally prohibiting women to vote.  (19th Amendment, 1920)



Previous servings of pablum:
Believe me!  (1/31/2017)
A staggering display of incompetence.  (1/28/2017)

Wisconsin is open for pay to play



Michigan Donors Get State Contract.  (Urban Milwaukee, 1/31/2017)
Search skills trump legislative action to hide data.  Thank you, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  Walker’s campaign report, which covered the last four months of 2016, did not identify any of the five contributors as being with J & B Medical Supply because campaign finance laws were changed in 2015 to provide less information to the public about big campaign donors.  Previous state law required candidates to identify the employers and occupations of individuals who contributed more than $100 annually. Now, candidates only have to identify a large contributor’s occupation.

Related posts:
In addition to $750,000 to Club for Growth, Harold Simmons donated $10,000 to Scott Walker.  (9/14/2016)
Developer finds that 'pay to play' costs more than $72,844.92.  (2/12/2016)
Meet the disingenuous Rob Brooks (R-Saukville).  (1/13/2016)
Wingra Stone looks for a return on its capitol investment.  (12/17/2016)
For sale: 1 state senator, 1 state representative.  (12/8/2015)
UPDATE. Sorry, Tim Geoghegan, a total of $11,750 in donations is not a "bunch of bull".  (10/25/2015) 
CAFOnated pay to play adds $84,000 to Scott Walker's campaign fund in 2011.  (10/7/2015)
Pay to play the payday way.  (7/5/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: Grebe Pere, Grebe Fils.  (5/23/2015)
Appleton Post-Crescent Editorial Board All But Puts a Dunce Cap on the Head of Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc).  (1/24/2014)

UPDATE: Snubbed GOP Assembly rep wants to punish sanctuary cities



Reported in State Republicans reintroduce proposal to penalize sanctuary cities.  (Madison.com, 2/3/2017)
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, said Brandtjen’s bill is “a way to put the machinery in place for mass deportations and profiling.” 
She said it doesn’t promote safety, because it makes immigrants afraid to contact police to report crimes, and it also infringes on a local government’s constitutional right under the 10th Amendment not to enforce federal law.

Other Janel posts:
Planned Parenthood defunding queen Janel Brandtjen peddles patently false information.  (9/8/2016)
State Assembly races: 3 suburban Milwaukee Republicans running unopposed.  (7/19/2016)
UPDATE: Gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon brings his own stir stick to cauldron of fear.  (6/9/2016)
Dear Janel Brandtjen, the American Academy of Pediatrics has 64,000 members.  (9/15/2015)


Original 12/9/2016 post, "Thank you, Robin Vos, for snubbing these 3 nutburgers for committee chair assignments", starts here.


Clearly, you have gubernatorial aspirations.

Three Assembly conservatives hit back at Robin Vos for committee leadership snubs.  (Madison.com, 12/9/2016)
Vos did not immediately respond to the criticism Thursday. Earlier in the week, top Republicans, including Vos and two GOP senators, Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga [2 of the top nutburgers in the State Senate], clashed on whether lawmakers should consider increasing gas taxes or vehicle registration fees in the next legislative session.

The chronciles of

UPDATE. Wisconsin GOP play fast and loose with taxpayer dollars


Photo source:  Twitter

Reported in GOP lawmakers to write blank check to hire lawyers.  (Madison.com, 2/2/2017)
$800 an hour?  $1300?  Nobody is quite sure.  Likely to be more than just 1 check.  Maybe folks should contact these legislators and ask them to explain why they took this unconscionable action.  The Assembly Republicans who approved hiring the law firms were Vos, Steineke, Knodl, Brooks and Speaker Pro Tem Tyler August of Lake Geneva. The Senate Republicans signing off on it were Fitzgerald, Senate President Roger Roth of Appleton and Leah Vukmir of Brookfield.


Original 2/2/2017 post, "Wisconsin redistricting:  Foot-dragging Republicans take closed-door approach in fight against judge's ruling".


Reported in Wisconsin GOP to hire law firms to defend redistricting.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/1/2017)

No surprises here.  Wisconsin GOP legislators have always preferred to keep a cloak of secrecy over the redistricting process, as they did to insure Van Wanggaard's return to the Senate.

The current 21st State Senate District no longer includes the city of Racine, with its 22.6% black and 20.7% Hispanic population.  (The orange line represents I-94, i.e., a physically, socioeconomically, and politically significant line of demarcation.)



The previous 21st State Senate District included the city of Racine and didn't extend into Kenosha County.







Reported in Senator: No redistricting reform. (Racine Journal Times, 9/13/2015)

Related reading:
PolitiFact:  Lehman says new state Senate district was drawn in secret for Wanggaard within half a block of his house.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/26/2012)


Related posts:
Wisconsin redistricting: Judges saw evidence, reached obvious conclusion, part 1.  (1/28/2017)
Part 2.  (1/28/2017)
Part 3.  (1/28/2017)


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pat Buchanan airs the GOP's dirty little secret about immigration 'reform'



As opined (in italics) in What Trump's Wall Says to the World (Patrick J. Buchanan, the Official Website)
Selectively.  Very selectively.  President Trump’s wall is a statement to the world: This is our country. We decide who comes here. And we will defend our borders.

Related post:
Expect no less from Pat Buchanan b/w Old white man freaks out about diversity.  (2/2/2017)

Expect no less from Pat Buchanan b/w Old white man freaks out about diversity


Pat Buchanan served as White House adviser and speechwriter to President Richard Nixon.   He is credited with coining the phrase "The Silent Majority".

Source:  Wikipedia

As opined (in italics) in What Trump's Wall Says to the World (Patrick J. Buchanan, the Official Website)

UPDATE. The Lodge 2 rises where Pyare Square once stood tall


At the entrance to the Walnut Grover shopping center and The Lodge 1 apartments.  (Scroll down to last photo in this serial post for a 'before' shot.)


The companion project to The Lodge 1 takes shape.


One of The Lodge 1 buildings in the foreground; The Lodge 2 construction in the distance.


From the bike-ped path



1/6/2017 update, "The end of Pyare Square:  The Lodge 2 rises from the ruins", starts here.

Curbside on University Avenue.


Along the bike/ped path that follows the southern edge of Blackhawk Country Club


From the northeast corner of the WI DOT building parking lot


"Luxury" apartments ready for occupancy this summer


10/22/2016 update, " 'An underperforming asset needs a performing partner'", starts here.


The Lodge at Walnut Grove/The Lodge 2







10/3/2016 update," The end of Pyare Square", starts here.





9/2/2016 update, "Pyare Square just about down to rubble", starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


Pyare Square holds its place in history.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/2/2016)
Anyway, during its first decade, Pyare Square served as the DNR’s state headquarters. The DNR then moved its offices to downtown Madison, and has since occupied a building as unique as a four-drawer filing cabinet. That’s OK. At least the DNR’s law-enforcement folks haven’t compelled me to appear there in person.






8/26/2016 update, " Getting down to the core of Pyare Square", start here.

Photo by Retiring Guy
(as are the videos and all the rest of the photos)

8/23/2016 update, "Working overtime, duskily, at Pyare Square demolition", starts here.





Pyare Square slowly disappears from Shorewood Hills landscape.  (Capital Times, 8/20/2016)
You'll find 2 of my videos accompanying this article.

8/19/2016 update, "Pyare Square down to skeletal halfsies", starts here.






8/14/2016.  Down to the 11th floor.






(7/26/2016 update.)  Pyare Square Building being slowly demolished after 47 years of prominence on West Side.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/20/2016)

All photos by Retiring Guy

Completed in 1969.  Original tenant:  Wisconsin Department of  Natural Resources.


A 2008 proposal to convert the building to condominiums proved to be a case of bad timing as far as the housing market was concerned.



7/15/2016 update, " The White Building becoming shell of former self, soon to be nothing at all", start here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


From the March 2016 Shorewood Hill Village Bulletin:



Looks like it's not completely a top-down demolition.


Original 7/2/2016 post, Say goodbye to The White Building, a.k.a. Pyare Square', starts here.

Pretty soon I won't have to use the tree as a cover-up.

 All photos by Retiring Guy

Pyare Square is in the procees of being torn down, and an apartment complex is taking its place.



The video version.




When my wife and I first moved to the area, there used to be a restaurant in the section behind the tower.  We went there just once, for the fish fry, and it was terrible.



Based on what I heard the other day, we won't be seeing this view much longer.   (I have yet to see anything in print about the project, however.)



Related post:
"The White Building": What's Going to Happen to Pyare Square?  (9/16/2014)