Thursday, March 16, 2017

Butte Montana gets jail beds ready for St. Patrick's Day

Berkeley Pit, Butte Montana (Wikipedia)
Butte makes up the triangle in lower-right portion of this aerial view.

Butte makes space in jail ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. (Great Falls Tribune, 3/15/2017)
3 or 4 to a bed?   Might be a little crowded.  In all, authorities hope to have 30 beds open before St. Patrick’s Day.
The last time St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Friday, in 2006, Skuletich says 100 people were arrested and two police cruisers had their windows smashed with beer cans.

 Source:  Wikipedia

City and county governments consolidated to form the single entity of Butte-Silver Bow in 1977.

State highway 1 between Butte and Anaconda.

Photo by Retiring Guy (1975)

After years of delays,and deferred dreams, Union Corners starts to take shape

Red dots indicate locations of full-service grocery stores.  Green arrow points to Union Corners.

Union Corners struggles to find grocery.  (, 3/16/2017)
Not gonna happen.  For the Union Corners development on the East Side, attracting one has been an exercise in futility, leading to a delay in the construction of a multi-use building at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street.

Looking northeast near Winnebago Street roundabout.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Related articles:  
March 3, 2010.  Madison may use new fund to buy Union Corners.  (Wisocnsin State Journal, 5/3/2010)
May 17, 2016. Union Corners affordable housing project set for groundbreaking.  (Capital Times)
September 13, 2016.  Cohousing out of Union Corners project.  (Isthmus)

UPDATE. This week in Wisconsin Supreme Court integrity

Photo credits:  Wisconsin Court System

Reported in Wisconsin Supreme Court urged to adop stricter rules.  (, 3/15/2017)

Petition:  In re rule for recusal when a party or lawyer has made a large campaign contribution.

Related post:
Breaking the law. Just imagine the GOP outrage if Shirley Abrahamson was a featured speaker at, say, a La Crosse County Democratic Party fete.  (3/3/2017)
Bought and paid for: Wisconsin's conservative Supreme Court Justices and their tainted campaign contributions.  (5/14/2015)

Oriignal 3/13/2017 post, "'Precious' Roggensack worries about WI Supreme Court integrity", starts here.

Too late!

Related reading:
Court measure, billed as move toward congeniality, seen as rip on Abrahamson.  (Wisconsin Watch, 1/20/2015)
Campaign Money Tests Wisconsin Justices’ Impartiality.  (The New York Times, 3/27/2015)
Undisclosed Dark Money Reigns Supreme in Wisconsin Campaigns and Elections.  (The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 10/5/2016)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UPDATE. The Breitbart bash continues: The audio may be 'exclusive' but the news is 5 months old

Breitbart remains relentless in its howling pursuit of Ryan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers Monday he will not defend Donald Trump and will focus only on maintaining GOP control of both houses of Congress. 
But the House speaker has not pulled his endorsement of Trump, a Ryan spokeswoman told NBC News.

2/15/2017 update, "Remember Paul Nehlen?  No?  Breitbart does and welcomes him to its Paul Ryan Team Bash", starts here.

Where you'll find the rest.  Exclusive—Nehlen: Paul Ryan’s Border Adjustment Tax As Bad As TPP.  (Breitbart News, 2/15/20217)

Nehlen got his butt kicked by Ryan.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Original 8/4/2016 post, "5 days before primary election, Paul Nehlen reveals himself to be total nutcase."

Not to mention desperate for attention.

Reported at, 8/4/2016

Related posts:
Dear Paul Nehlen, You've been dismissed.  (6/17/2016)
Like the Isley Brothers, Paul Nehlen is going to pop that thang.  (5/21/2016)
Wealthy businessman Paul Nehlen has had it with House Speaker Paul Ryan.  (3/31/2016)

Racine robber, a mite stronger than he cares to be, wants a 'see yourself shine'

Racine man allegedly robs BP station of liquid soap, bar of soap.  (, 3/14/2017)
Eventually, according to the report, Jeter was able to leave the store and police located him in the backyard in the 2000 block of Douglas Avenue, with Joy liquid soap and Irish Spring bar soap in his possession.

Scott Walker doesn't want you to know that job creation in Wisconsin has dropped 58% in 2 years

Source:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker: 'I Shifted' From Campaign Promise Of 250K Jobs.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 3/14/2017)

Related reading:
Gov. Scott Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin remains elusive.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/12/2017)
Gearing up for 2018.  Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson didn't address the jobs figures in his response. 
"Wisconsin’s business climate has consistently improved from one of the worst in the nation to one of the best under Governor Walker, and our state’s economy is in the best shape it’s been in 16 years," Evenson said in an email. "We’ve seen more people employed than ever before, wages are up, and Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate continues to be one of the best in the country."

The poorest and richest towns in Indiana: Connersville and Zionsville

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: Connersville (east central Indiana)

Source:  Wikipedia

Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Connersville | 24.1%
  • Indiana | 14.5%
  • U.S.  13.5%
% without health insurance
  • Connersville | 23.9% 
  • Indiana | 11.2%
  • U.S. | 10.5%
% of population 25 and older with bacherlor's degree
  • Connersville | 7.8% 
  • Indiana | 24.1%
  • U.S. | 29.8%

Connersville  is the county seat of Fayette County.

Source;  CNN

The richest:  Zionsville (northeast Indianapolis suburb)

Source:  Wikipedia

Other numbers:  
Median household income:
  • Zionsville | $107,604
  • Indiana | $47,583
  • U.S. | $53,889
% of population 25 and older with bacherlor's degree
  • Zionsville | 68.7%
  • Indiana | 24.1%
  • U.S. | 29.8%

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)
Georgia.  (3/11/2016)
Idaho.  (3/12/2017)
Illinois.  (3/13/2017)

Lakes Country Public Library holdings, 2011-2015

2011-2015 changes:
  • Books |   -576
  • Audio |  +363
  • Video |  +219
  • Periodicals | -5
  • Expenditures | -$962 (-5%)

Lakes Country Public Library (member of the Nicolet Federated Library System)

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)
Arcadia Free Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
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)
Rusk County Community Library, Ladysmith. (3/11/2017)
Lawton Memorial Library, La Farge.  (3/12/2017)
Lake Geneva Public Library.  (3/13/2017)
L. D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills.  (3/14/2017)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How low can you go? Breitbart humiliates WIAA

Chubby Checker's 'Limbo Rock' debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at # for the week ending 9/8/1962.  It spent an amazing* -- for its time -- 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.

Proposed infill development on Parmenter Street in Middleton

The location

Photo by Retiring Guy

The plan
Front elevetion

highlight added

According to Steve King, his Congressional district is 95.8% pure

Twitter link and quote source:  Steve King, Hurling Insults at Immigrants, Is Rebuked by His Own Party. (The New York Times, 3/13/2017)

Sources:  QuickFacts, Wikipedia

Related post:
Not all Republicans rebuke Steve King. Some of them sing a little Carl Perkins among themselves.  (3/14/2017)

UPDATE. Not all Republicans rebuke Steve King. Some of them sing a little Carl Perkins among themselves.

Steve King, Hurling Insults at Immigrants, Is Rebuked by His Own Party. (The New York Times, 3/13/2017)
Mr. King, 67, represents the most conservative corner of Iowa, and has long held policy positions rooted in deeply conservative beliefs, especially concerning immigration, which he once deemed a “slow-motion Holocaust.” 
He has often said he was made aware of illegal immigration as a small child by his father, the onetime mayor of a small Iowa town who taught him to take a hard line.
Unequivocally!.  On Monday, confronted about his tweet, he told CNN, “I meant exactly what I said,” adding that he would “like to see an America that’s just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same, from that.”

Related reading:
Early on in the cycle, King set himself up to be a player in the caucuses, hosting a January cattle call that informally kicked off the state’s Republican race. The Iowa Freedom Summit, as it was called, made headlines, shooting Scott Walker to the top of the state’s polls and the national conversation. 

And what Presidential candidates, announced or still coy, and other GOP biggies responded to this cattle call, lumbering to the podium in January 2015?
  1. Marsha Blackburn
  2. John Bolton
  3. Terry Branstad
  4. Ben Carson
  5. Chris Christie
  6. Kellyanne Conway
  7. Ted Cruz
  8. Jim DeMint
  9. Joni Ernst
  10. Carly Fiorina
  11. Mike Huckabee
  12. Newt Gingrich
  13. Mike Lee
  14. Sarah Palin
  15. Rick Perry
  16. Rick Santorum
  17. Donald Trump
  18. Scott Walker
Key point to keep in mind:  Rep. King has a long history of uttering racist, nationalist remarks.  In other words, the above list of 18 knew all about the company they were keeping.

Original 11/21/2015 post, "The company Ted Cruz keeps:  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)", starts here.

Limited if you been living with a bag over your head and plugs in your ears.

In real life, an endorsement from Steve King should be the kiss of death.

Photo sourceU.S. Congress
Text sourceIowa Watchdog

Best not to expect apologies from this guy.

Text source:   Huffington Post