Saturday, March 11, 2017

As Alabama Attorney General, Jeff Sessions made no effort to remove racist langauge from state's constitution

Source:  Justia  (highlight added)

FYI, Alabama’s constitution still calls for ‘separate schools for white and colored children’.  (Washington Post, 3/10/2017)
Yet in the 116 years since it was written, and after all of the efforts to modernize the document — many of those efforts aimed at revising or eliminating racist language — these racist words still reside in the document:

Steve at Bucknuts sez 'I can't see', which is why he picked Ohio State to beat Northwestern in Big 10 tournament

Steve Says: Some home cooking for Maryland in B1G tourney?  (Bucknuts, 3/8/10217)

To beat Northwestern, who went on to defeat Maryland in a 'virtual home game'.

Sam joins the Laddies in one of their 3 top 20 hits from 1957.

Give Steve credit for nailing the Wisconsin-Indiana final score.

UPDATE: Breitbart, exclusively, gets the willies again over possible Trump assassination attempt

That's why he spends so much time at Mar-a-Lago.

Original 1/19/2017 post, "What's with this Breitbart News Trump assassination obsession?", starts here.

So National Enquirer

Rusk County Community Library holdings, 2011-2015

2011-2015 changes:
  • Books |  -602
  • Audio |   +29
  • Video |  +401
  • Periodicals | -46
  • Expenditures | -$4,023 (-9%)

Rusk County Community Library

Other updates and additional entries to series:
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)
Barneveld Public Library.  (9/30/2016)
Barron Public Library.  (10/1/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (10/6/2016)
Benton Public Library.  (10/7/2016)
Berlin Public Library.  (10/9/2016)
Big Bend Village Library.  (10/10/2016)
Hildebrand Memorial Library, Boscobel.  (10/18/2016)
Boyceville Public Library.  (10/20/2016)
Brandon Public Library.  (10/21/2016)
Brillion Public Library.  (10/22/2016)
Brown Deer Public Library.  (10/25/2016)
Bruce Area Library. (10/27/2016)
Butler Public Library.  (10/29/2016)
Cadott Community Library.  (10/31/2016)
Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria.  (11/1/2016)
Cedarburg Public Library.  (11/8/2016)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/9/2016)
Chilton Public Library.  (11/11/2016)
Clinton Public Library.  (11/15/2016)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/17/2016)
Colby Public Library.  (11/18/2016)
Colfax Public Library.  (11/19/2016)
Coloma Public Library.  (11/20/2016)
Columbus Public Library.  (11/21/2016)
Cornell Public Library.  (11/22/2016)
Crandon Public Library.  (11/23/2016)
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (Cross Plains).  (11/24/2016)
Cuba City Public Library.  (11/25/2016)
Cudahy Family Library.  (11/26/2016)
Thomas St. Angelo Public Library, Cumberland.  (11/27/2017)
Darien Public Library.  (11/28/2016)
Johnson Public Library, Darlington.  (11/29/2016)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/30/2016)Delafield Public Library.  (12/4/2016)
Aram Public Library, Delavan.  (12/5/2016)
De Soto Public Library.  (12/6/2016)
Dresser Village Library.  (12/10/2016)
Drummond Public Library.  (12/11/2016)
Durand Community Library.  (12/12/2016)
Alice Baker Memorial Library, Eagle.  (12/13/2016)
Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River.  (12/14/2016)
East Troy Lions Public Library.  (12/15/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library  (Eau Claire).  12/16/2016)
Edgerton Public Library.  (12/17/2016)
Elkhart Lake Public Library.  (12/18/2016)
Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn.  (12/19/2016)
Ellsworth Public Library.  (12/20/2016)
Elm Grove Public Library.  (12/21/2016)
Elmwood Public Library.  (12/22/2016)
Elroy Public Library.  (12/23/2016)
Endeavor Public Library.  (12/24/2016)
Eager Free Public Library, Evansville.  (12/25/2016)
Fairchild Public Library.  (1/1/2017)
Fall Creek Public Library.  (1/3/2017)
Dwight T. Parker Public Library, Fennimore.  (1/4/2017)
Florence County Library.  (1/5/2017)
Fond du Lac Public Library. (1/6/2017)
Fontana Public Library.  (1/8/2017)
Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson.  (1/9/2017) 
Fox Lake Public Library.  (1/10/2017)
Franklin Public Library.  (1/11/2017)
Frederic Public Library.  (1/12/2017)
Neuschafer Community Library, Fremont.  (1/13/2017)
Galesville Public Library.  (1/14/2017)
Gays Mills Public Library.  (1/15/2017)
Genoa City Public Library.  (1/16/2017)
Germantown Public Library.  (1/18/2017)
Gillett Public Library.  (1/19/2017)
Western Taylor County Public Library, Gilman.  (1/20/2017)
North Shore Library.  (1/21/2017)
Glenwood City Public Library.  (1/22/2017)
Grafton Public Library.  (1/23/2017)
Granton Communty Library.  (1/24/2017)
Grantsburg Public Library.  (1/25/2017)
Brown County Public Library.  (1/26/2017)
Caestercker Public Library (Green Lake), 1/27/2017)
Greendale Public Library.  (1/29/2017)
Greenfield Public Library, 1/30/2017)
Greenwood Public Library.  (1/31/2017)
Hales Corners Public Library.  (2/1/2017)
Hammond Community Library.  (2/2/2017)
Hancock Public Library.  (2/6/2017)
Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford.  (2/7/2017)
Hartland Public Library.  (2/8/2017)
Hawkins Area Library.  (2/9/2017)
Weiss Community Library, Hayward.  (2/11/2017)
Hazel Green Public Library.  (2/12/2017)
Hillsboro Public Library.  (2/13/2017)
Horicon Public Library.  (2/14/2017)
Hortonville Public Library.  (2/16/2017)
Hudson Area Library.  (2/17/2017)
Hurley Public Library.  (2/19/2017)
Hustisford Community Library. (2/20/2017)
Independence Public Library.  (2/21/2017)
Iola Village Library.  (2/22/2017)
Iron Ridge Public Library.  (2/23/2017)
Hedberg Public Library, Janesville.  (2/24/2017)
Jefferson Public Library.  (2/25/2017)
Johnson Creek Public Library.  (2/26/2017)
Juneau Public Library.  (2/27/2017)
Kaukauna Public Library.  (2/28/2017)
Kendall Public Library.  (3/1/2017)
Kenosha Public Library.  (3/2/2017)
Kewaskum Public Library.  (3/3/2017)
Kiel Public Library.  (3/4/2017)
Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library.  (3/5/2017)
Mill Pond Public Library, Kingston.  (3/6/2017)
Kohler Public Library.  (3/7/2017)
La Crosse County Library.  (3/8/2017)
La Crosse Public Library.  (3/9/2017)
Madeline Island Public Library, La Pointe.  (3/10/2017)

UPDATE: Best to get your facts straight when criticizing the Trump team

Source:  Twitter

The fact is.....millions of slaves were brought to the Western Hemisphere.

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.? by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  (PBS, originally posted on The Root)
The most comprehensive analysis of shipping records over the course of the slave trade is the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, edited by professors David Eltis and David Richardson. (While the editors are careful to say that all of their figures are estimates, I believe that they are the best estimates that we have, the proverbial “gold standard” in the field of the study of the slave trade.) Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database,
  • 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 
  • 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.
And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That’s right: a tiny percentage.
Related reading:
Rapid Natural Increase in U.S. Slave Population.  (Economic History Association)

Original 3/7/2017 post, "Photo of HUD Secretary Ben Carson selected as dictionary illustration for 'obtuse'", starts here.

He may have been a brilliant neurosurgeon, but on every other topic on which he expounds, he seems just not to get it.

Dual senses of 'obtuse' provided by Merriam-Webster

[emphasis added]

Ben Carson just referred to slaves as 'immigrants'.  (USA Today, 3/6/2017)

Aboard the Underground Railroad:  The Slave Trade.  (National Park Service)

Equating the slave trade with immigration is just....well, actually, it's not all that surprising coming from a member of the Trump administration.

When it comes to political appointments, the Trump team throws extreme vetting out the window

Quoted in Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as a foreign agent for Turkey work.  (USA Today, 3/10/2017)
But documents Flynn filed this week with the Justice Department raised fresh questions about his ties to the Turkish government, even as he was serving as top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign. His now-shuttered firm, Flynn Intel Group, earned $530,000 last year for work on behalf of Inovo BV, a Dutch firm, whose Turkish founder has ties to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As part of its contract, the firm undertook research into an Erdogan political opponent, Fetulleh Gulen, an Islamic cleric who lives in exile in rural Pennsylvania.

Related posts:
Even basic vetting would have unearthed Robert Harward's decision not to serve.  (217/2017)
"Extreme vetting" obviously wasn't in place when Paul Manafort was hired as Trump's campaign chairman.  (8/15/2016)

The poorest and richest towns in Georgia: Thomson and Skidaway Island

The poorest towns in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 5/24/2016)

The richest town in every state. (24/7 Wall Street, 6/1/2016)

The poorest: Thomson  (east central Georgia)

Source:  Wikipedia

Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Thomson | 41.0%
  • Georgia | 17.0%
  • U.S.  13.5%
% without health insurance
  • Thomson | 26.6%
  • Georgia | 15.7%
  • U.S. | 10.5%
% of population 25 and older with bacherlor's degree
  • Thomson | 10.6%
  • Georgia | 28.8%
  • U.S. | 29.8%

The richest:  Skidaway Island ("exclusive census-designated place" just south of Savannah)

  • 2000 | 6,914
  • 2010 | 8,341

Other numbers:  
Median household income:
  • Skidaway Island | $106,042
  • Georgia | $49,620
  • U.S. | $53,889
% of population 25 and older with bacherlor's degree
  • Skidaway Island | 68.9%
  • Georgia | 28.8%
  • U.S. | 29.8%

Related reading:
UGA merges with Skidaway oceanography institute; Tech, other schools hope to benefit.  (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1/15/2013)
Related series:
The 10 most distressed cities in the U.S.
The 10 most prosperous cities in the U.S.

Related posts:
Alabama.  (2/28/2017)
Alaska. (3/1/2017)
Arizona.  (3/2/2017)
Arkansas.  (3/3/2017)
California.  (3/4/2017)
Colorado.  (3/5/2017)
Connecticut.  (3/6/2017)
Delaware.  (3/8/2017)
Florida.  (3/10/2017)

Friday, March 10, 2017

The news isn't Scott Pruitt's views on climate science -- they're obvious -- it's GOP orthodoxy

Mapping EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt's Many Fossil Fuel Ties.  (Desmog, 1/13/2017)

Scott Pruitt denies basic climate science. But most of the outrage is missing the point.  (Vox, 3/10/2017)
It’s not about Pruitt, it’s about the Republican Party.   My inbox is groaning with statements from previous EPA administrators, scientists, nonprofits, members of Congress, and assorted others, condemning Pruitt’s ignorance in florid terms. But they are all about what Pruitt believes. And in the end, who cares what he believes? He is a functionary, chosen in part to dismantle EPA regulations on greenhouse gases. If it weren’t him, it would be some other functionary.

Donald Trump and Jim Mattis side by side

Trump quote from Slate.

Mattis quote from  Nude-Photo Scandal May Expand Beyond 'Marines United' Facebook Group.  (NPR, 3/10/2017)

Market West UPDATE: All 3 buildings in various stages of construction

Photos by Retiring Guy

Rendering of the finished product.

2 studio floor plans.  Priced from $975 to $1125.  Both models shown have a walk-in sleeping room.

1/14/2017 update, "6 varieties of apartment layouts", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Foundation work  begins on 2nd of 3 Market West apartments.

Same as just below the 12/10 update, 35 days later.

12/10/2016 update, "Yes, that is a train in the picture", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

And here's the engine.

11/4/2016 update, "Construction begins on building 2", starts here.

1 more story to go on building 1.

9/13/2016 update, " First floor framing underway on building 1", starts here.

8/5/2016 update, "With all the rain we've had lately, the weeds have really burst forth", starts here.

Compare photo just below.

July 9, 2016
All photos by Retiring Guy

June 19, 2016.  Foundation  being poured.

4/24/2016 update, "Grading and foundation work underway at Market West Apartments site", starts here.

From Market Street, with Middleton's Greenway Center at my back.

Moving closer to the initial foundation work being done for one of the 3 buildings.

Foundation outline up close.

Latest trio of photos by Retiring Guy

Original 3/5/2016 post, "Coming to this location in Middleton WI:  Market West Apartments", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Location as shown on map
(purple arrow & box below U.S. highway 14 at left-center)