Saturday, April 15, 2017

Did you get your invitation to the Official Trump Store Easter sale?


If not, here's the nonsense you missed.

Trump Spends Another $3 Million on Promo Gear.  (Advertising Specialty Institute, 2/2/2017)
New campaign filings show President Donald Trump spent $2.4 million on T-shirts, mugs, banners and stickers, and another $728,000 on logoed hats during December – a month after he was elected.

UPDATE: Wondering why Duey Stroebel is a champion of property tax relief? Take a look at where he lives


 Source:  One Wisconsin Now


Reported in Wisconsin GOP lawmakers take aim at mounting school referendums.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/14/2017)


Original 3/31/2017 post, "The party of local control, Wisconsin GOP seeks to snuff out school referenda", starts here.

As described at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's website....
Allegedly the guiding light of GOP policy development.  What a con job! 


Republican lawmakers seek limits on school referendums.  (Madison.com, 3/31/2017)


Sources:  
  • Smooshed graphic:  Custom Referenda Reports (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
  • Text (above and below):  Madison.com article


Duey, let the voters have their say.
In last year's spring elections, 55 of 71 school referenda passed -- 77%,  many of then with more than 65% of voters approving.

Among the many other examples of GOP's cartoon conservative principle: 
Wisconsin GOP: What they say and what they do are 2 different things.  (2/9/2017)
Wisconsin legislature back in session and GOP hypocrisy is already in full flower.  (1/27/2017)
UPDATE: Scott Walker and the abandoned GOP principle.  (12/21/2016)
Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo highlights GOP cartoon conservative principle.  (5/20/2016)
Suburban Milwaukee GOP state legislators freak out over locally issued ID card.  (3/23/2016)
Business as usual: Wisconsin GOP legislators vote for special interests, against local control and tenants' rights.  (3/9/2016)
The Wisconsin GOP Cartoon Conservative Principles Fest continues.  (2/10/2016)
Cartoon conservative principles in nonstop action: Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo lists more than 100 state provisions that restrict local control.  (2/10/2016)
The Christmas edition: Rep. Kremer accuses fire officials of 'relieving themselves'.  (12/23/2015)
Cartoon conservative principles on full display this week at the Wisconsin State Capitol.  (12/18/2015)
Once again, Wisconsin Republicans assert their cartoon conservative principle (2015 Assembly Bill 568).  (12/16/2015)
Out of (local) control: When it comes to anything resembling a train, Republicans just can't help themselves.  (12/1/2015) 
Scott Walker pays lip service to local control as he continues to sign bills to limit it.  (10/26/2015)
UPDATE: Let's follow the Shea money from Wingra Stone to Scott Walker.  (10/20/2015)
UPDATE.  Sorry, Tim Geoghegan, a total of $11,750 in donations is not a "bunch of bull".  (10/20/2015) 
Once again, Wisconsin Republicans violate their most precious principle.  (7/4/2015)
Cartoon conservative principles.  (5/6/2015)
The Usual Hypocrisy: What Scott Walker sez on his campaign website and what he does in the Governor's office are two different things.  (5/2/2015)
The "hits" to local control just keep on coming.  (2/28/2015)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board calls out Republican hypocrisy.  (2/17/2014)
And the hypocrisy just keeps on coming: Republicans can't even give lip service to their "Principles". (2/14/2014)
Yet another lesson in Republican hypocrisy.  (2/13/2014)
Your Wisconsin Republican Assembly hard at work promoting Governor Walker's jobs agenda (and GOP principles).  (11/15/2013)

Arthur Gee-Whizz Band: "To Ward Off Ambitions" and "I Wanna Fly"


The first 2 cuts on side B.   (I was going to play the first two cuts on side A, but there's a series of mean scratches on that part of the vinyl.)



The musicians:
Arthur Gee:  vocals, acoustic guitar, harp
Bill Alexander: vocals, piano, organ, moog synthesizer
Steven van Gelder:  vocals, banjo, fiddle, piano, acoustic and electric guitars
Marcus Damerst: vocals, acoustic and electric giutars
Don Riggs: vocals, drums,
Richard Hathaway:  vocals, bass

In the fall of 1972, during my last semester at UB, a friend of mine worked as arts reporter for the Spectrum, the campus newspaper.  One of her assignments was to review an album called City Cowboy, by the Arthur Gee-Whizz Band, promotional copies of which, I imagine, had been sent to many other college newspaper offices and radio stations.  I suspect Tumbleweed Records(1) felt this was the best approach to reach the group's potential audience.

Not sure what to make of it after a first listen, she asked me to help her out, sit in on a follow-up spin and provide some input.  I liked the band's eclectic -- countryish, multi-instrumental, seemingly tongue-in-cheek, borderline theatrical -- style, which only indicates how difficult it was to put then in any distinct category. 

"I don't know why, but they remind me a little bit of the Bonzo Dog Band," I said to Randi, whose last name I've long forgotten.

At the time, I was a fan of the band's Let's Make Up and Be Friendly(2).  Yesterday, while listening to this album for the first time in decades, I wondered what the hell I was thinking.  Guess you had to be there, as we used to say.  (But again then, I was there.) 

Additionally, whatever once captivated me about the Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band can also be filed under The Mysteries of Youth.

On the other hand, 45 years later, "City Cowboy" remains eminently listenable, though I wouldn't classify it as the best music you've never heard.

(1)  Discography notes a 1973 release.

(2) Their only album to chart on Billboard.  Late June 1972.  2 weeks.  Peaked at #199.)

Related post:
Be Bop 'N' Holla by Andy Fairweather Low.  (4/9/2017)

Greetings from Superstition Mountain, Arizona, where there's now a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course


From Retiring Guy's collection

Jack Nicklaus: Know When To Aim At The Flag. (Golf Digest, 4/11/2017)
This is a fairly straightforward concept—except when it isn't. With certain green complexes, the best strategy can be to aim somewhere other than the middle. The par-3 fourth on the Prospector Course at Superstition Mountain (illustrated), a layout north of Scottsdale that I designed with my son, Gary, is a prime example. A big ridge runs through the center, effectively making it play like two smaller greens.

Other greetings:
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)

The least healthy county in each Midwestern state: Pike County, Ohio

'Midwest' as defined by this map.


The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/2017)

Pike County, Ohio


Source:  Wikipedia




Other numbers
% of population living in poverty
  • Pike County | 21.4.%
  • Ohio | 14.8%
  • U.S.  13.5%
    % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
    • Pike County | 11.8%
    • Ohio | 26.1%
    • U.S. | 29.8%
    Median household income:
    • Pike County | $40,283
    • Ohio | $49,429
    • U.S. | $53,899

    Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County

    Related reading:
    Family massacre rattles rural Ohio community, where 'everybody's hurting'.  (CNN, 5/2/2016)
    Pike County's murders underscores Ohio region's marijuana industry.  (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/29/2016)
    Ohio's opioid epidemic.  (Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services, 2012)

    Related post:
    Pulaski County, Illinois.  (4/11/2017)
    Scott County, Indiana.  (4/11/2017)
    Wapello County, Iowa.  (4/12/2017)
    Wyandotte County, Kansas.  (4/12/2017)
    Wayne County, Michigan.  (4/13/2017)
    Mahnomen County, Minnesota.  (4/13/2017)
    Pemiscot County, Missouri.  (4/14/2017)
    Thurston County, Nebraska.  (4/14/2017)
    Sioux County, North Dakota.  (4/15/2017)

    The least healthy county in each Southern state.

    The least healthy county in each Midwestern state: Sioux County, North Dakota

    nbsp;'Midwest' as defined by this map.


    The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/2017)

    Sioux County, North Dakota


    Source:  Wikipedia




    Other numbers
    % of population living in poverty
    • Sioux County | 40.4.%
    • North Dakota | 11.0%
    • U.S.  13.5%
      % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
      • Sioux County | 17.3%
      • North Dakota | 27.7%
      • U.S. | 29.8%
      Median household income:
      • Sioux County | $38,068
      • North Dakota | $57,181
      • U.S. | $53,899

      Related post:
      Pulaski County, Illinois.  (4/11/2017)
      Scott County, Indiana.  (4/11/2017)
      Wapello County, Iowa.  (4/12/2017)
      Wyandotte County, Kansas.  (4/12/2017)
      Wayne County, Michigan.  (4/13/2017)
      Mahnomen County, Minnesota.  (4/13/2017)
      Pemiscot County, Missouri.  (4/14/2017)
      Thurston County, Nebraska.  (4/14/2017)

      The least healthy county in each Southern state.

      Friday, April 14, 2017

      UPDATE: Tonette Walker chirps, "Presto-chango, alakazam, my baby must be a magician"



      Some of us aren't quite ready to believe Walker has the magic touch.
      Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said the money, if it's "real," would help but wouldn't get Wisconsin where it needs to be in terms of funding road projects.
      No rabbit in his hat here.



      This Walker guy must think we have awfully short memories.

      The Marvelettes' final single to reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, "My Baby Must Be a Magician" debuted at #78 for the week ending December 16, 1967.  It spent 11 weeks on the chart and peaked at #17.




      Original 3/24/2017 post, "From transportation to budget estimates, Scott Walker's bucket's got a big hole in it", starts here.

      Photo credit:  Indiamart

      Fiscal bureau: Scott Walker's budget leaves $1.1 billion hole starting in 2019.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/25/2017)

      Related reading:
      Wisconsin road projects costs double estimates.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/26/2017

      Jerome Bowersox (1944-2017) Warren Area High School class of 1962



      1962 Dragon yearbook

      1967 Warren City Directory
      • Bowersox Lois G Mrs cafeteria wkr County Sch Dept r1515 Market St ext 
      • Bowersox Lloyd M (Lois G) operations eng Hunkin-Conkey r1515 Market St ext
      1983 Warren City Directory
      • Bowersox Eliz R clk Tiny Town Youth Center r15 Follett Run Rd
      • Bowersox Jerome L & Eliz R; servmn Snyder Appliance h15 Follett Run Rd
      • Brown James M & Debbra; emp National Forge h bx 54 Old Rt 6 (Irvinedale)

      Never a dazzler, 'Jerome' nonetheless spent 82 years (1903-1984) among the top 200 most popular baby names, peaking at #93 in 1939.   He's been fading fast since the mid-1980s.


      Other members of the WAHS Class of 1962
      Judith Manchester Graham.  (3/2/2017)
      Andrew Gerbec.  (1/3/2017)
      Carolyn Hummel Randas.  (3/3/2015)
      Eleanor Haight Jones.  (12/10/2014)
      Cheryl Quiggle Wuertzer.  (12/3/2014)
      Martha Mathis Frederick.  (11/4/2014)
      Sarah Andrews Ahlgren.  (10/7/2014)

      (Not) Trump's America: Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District


      Not a hotbed of Trumpism.  In 2012, Obama beat Romney in this suburban Minneapolis district by 0.7 percentage points.  Last fall, Clinton beat Trump by 9.4 percentage points.  

      The district has been represented by a Republican in the U.S. House since 1961.



      Reported in Suburban G.O.P. Voters Sour on Party, Raising Republican Fears for 2018.  (The New York Times, 4/12/2017)

      Population:  700,121


      Source: Census Reporter (MN 3CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NJ, US)

      Source:  Daily Kos

      Source:  govtrack

      Other Trump's America posts:
      New Jersey 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
      Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
      Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
      lMarion County, Tennesssee.  (4/1/2017)
      Illinois 16th Congression District.  (3/26/2017)
      New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
      Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
      Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
      Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
      Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
      Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
      Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
      Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Pepin County, Wisconsin. (3/19/2017)
      Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
      Buffalo County:  The Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma.  (3/7/2017)
      Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
      Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
      Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
      Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
      Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
      Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
      McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
      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)

      Trump's America: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District


      Trending.  Not quite there yet.  Perhaps not destined to be, especially if the "he's a mess" view of Trump is widespread.


      Reported in Suburban G.O.P. Voters Sour on Party, Raising Republican Fears for 2018.  (The New York Times, 4/12/2017)

      Population:  743.127


      Source: Census Reporter (NJ 7CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NJ, US)

      Source:  Daily Kos

      Source:  govtrack

      Other Trump's America posts:
      Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
      Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
      lMarion County, Tennesssee.  (4/1/2017)
      Illinois 16th Congression District.  (3/26/2017)
      New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
      Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
      Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
      Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
      Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
      Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
      Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
      Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
      Pepin County, Wisconsin. (3/19/2017)
      Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
      Buffalo County:  The Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma.  (3/7/2017)
      Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
      Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
      Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
      Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
      Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
      Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
      McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
      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)

      The least healthy county in each Midwestern state: Thurston County, Nebraska

      'Midwest' as defined by this map.


      The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/2017)

      Thurston County, Nebraska.  


      Source:  Wikipedia




      Other numbers
      % of population living in poverty
      • Thurston County | 25.6.%
      • Nebraska | 12.6%
      • U.S.  13.5%
        % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
        • Thurston County | 11.7%
        • Nebraska | 27.1%
        • U.S. | 29.8%
        Median household income:
        • Thurston County | $41,266
        • Nebraska | $52,997
        • U.S. | $53,899
        The least healthy county in each Southern state.

        The least healthy county in each Midwestern state: Pemiscot County, Missouri

         'Midwest' as defined by this map.


        The least healthy counties in every state.  (24/7 Wall Street, 3/15/201\7)

        Pemiscot County, Missouri.  Since 1940, its population has declined 63%.


        Source:  Wikipedia




        Other numbers
        % of population living in poverty
        • Pemiscot County | 28.0%
        • Missouri | 14.0%
        • U.S.  13.5%
          % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree
          • Pemiscot County | 11.7%
          • Missouri | 27.1%
          • U.S. | 29.8%
          Median household income:
          • Pemiscot County | $29,238
          • Missouri | $61,492
          • U.S. | $53,889
          The least healthy county in each Southern state.

          Thursday, April 13, 2017

          UPDATE: Structural steel surrounds elevator and stairwell towers at construction site of Sauk Trails II



          Photos by Retiring Guy


          Original 3/7/2017 post, "Elevator and stairwell towers rise at construction site of Sauk Trails II development", starts here.

          Located at Fourier Drive and Deming Way in Madison, just south of Middleton's Greenway Center.

          A view across Deming Way.

          Photos by Retiring Guy

          A view across Fourier Drive.


          Must be planning for lots of parking.


          It's been mighty windy of late.


          5 stories.  160,000 square feet.  Planned completion December 2017.  The trees, of course, are decorative for the time being.

          Rendering credit:  The Gialamas Company

          UPDATE: The setting sun illuminates the Cardinal Row Apartments



          Photos by Retiring Guy




          3/24/2017 update, "Portrait and landscape views", starts here.


          Photos by Retiring Guy



          2/12/2017 update, "Framing underway", starts here.

          A trio of views from Parmenter and Lee streets





          1/14/2017 update, "Foundation work underway", starts here.

          Photo by Retiring Guy


          11/25/2016 update, "There's now a hole in the ground", starts here.



          11/6/2016 update, " OK, so maybe 'coming soon' was a bit too optimistic", starts here.

          Demolition takes place and excavation begins during a unseasonably warm November.


          Photos by Retiring Guy




          Original 3/15/2016 post, "Coming soon to this location in Middleton, Wisconsin:  Cardinal Row Apartments", starts here.

          At Lee Street between Parmenter and Clark.

          Right across the street from the home of one of Middleton's best fish frys.

          All photos by Retiring Guy

          Where the yellow arrow is placed on the map.


          Preliminary elevations


          A view from the Lee Street side.

          Parmenter Circle apartments at left.  Parmenter Circle II at center beyond quonset huts,


          Cardinal Row will include 16 units -- 4 with 3 bedrooms and 12 with 1 or 2 bedrooms.  Two of them will be affordable housing units.  The building will accommodate 25 underground parking stalls.

          A view from Parmenter Street looking toward Lee Street and points north.  (Parmenter and Parmenter II at left.)