Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hello Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties: Trump wants to cut EPA budget 31%


You guys just don't get it, do you?

Setting A Water Pollution Budget For 3 Troubled Wisconsin Counties.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 4/21/2017)
DNR Plans TMDL (total maximum daily loads For Kewaunee, Manitowoc And Sheboygan.



 And how about that Cathy Stepp?!

(Trending) Trump's America: Dauphin County, Pennsylvania


Didn't quite get there, as you'll see below.


After 1950, it's called white flight.

Source:  Wikipedia



Trump Says He'll Mark 100 Days With Pennsylvania Rally.  (The New York Times, 4/21/2017)
Mr. Thin Skin prefers the diversity of Harrisburg.  April 29 is also the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Most presidents attend the event. Trump previously announced that he is boycotting this year's dinner to protest what he says is unfavorable coverage by the news media. His staff is also boycotting in a show of "solidarity" with the president.

Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 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)

Donald Trump serves Americans a big spoonful of Pablum on Earth Day



Trump on Earth Day: 'Rigorous science is critical to my administration.  (CNN, 4/22/2017)

Ach du lieber!!!  (Translation:  Total BS.)

"Spoonful" appears on Cream's 3rd album, Wheels of Fire, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums for the week ending July 13, 1968.  It spent 92 weeks on the chart, occupying the top spot for 4 weeks.

Catherine Collins Sheldon (1930-2017) Warren High School class of 1951



1951 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Sheldon Donald & Cath; G T E Prod Corp h10 Dartmouth St
  • Sheldon Kenneth L & Donna L; prsmn Times-Observer h824 W 5th Av

The popularity of 'Catherine' as a baby name is graphed here.  Hello, Ward!



Never a nothing-burger, Ward nonetheless really never went anywhere during the 20th century.  He peaked at #281 in 1902 and fell off the chart after 1972.  The red arrow points to the start of a Leave It To Beaver bump, a rise of 1957 places during the first 5 seasons of the classic family sitcom.

Other members of the WHS class of 1951:
Ronald McCain.  (4/13/2017)
Elaine Crecraft McDunn.  (3/1/2017)
Albert Kondak.  (2/28/2017)
Richard Cook.  (2/16/2017)
Marilyn Pasquino Nyberg.  (1/19/2017)
Mark Bevevino.  (8/26/2016)
Diedra Peterson Andersen.  (6/8/2016)
Marilyn Lyke Bonace.  (6/6/2016)
John Tingwell.  (6/5/2016)
Donald Quiggle.  (12/19/2015)
Genevieve Larson McKown.  (12/16/2015)
Franklin Reiff.  (7/14/2015)
Mary Ann Font Schafer.  (6/29/2015)

After one quarter of play, Americans consider Trump the worst President since the 1950s


By a significant margin.


Trump's Job Approval in First Quarter Lowest by 14 Points.  (Gallup, 4/20/2017)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Trump's America: Van Wert County, Ohio




Source:  Wikipedia



Ohio Town’s Schools Hope to Be ‘More Than a Line Item’ in the Federal Budget.  (The New York Times, 4/20/2017)
The area remains avowedly Republican but is leery of the budget cuts that Mr. Trump has proposed for federal aid to poor school districts. Parents also have little use for the Trump administration’s push to expand school choice and access to private-schoolvouchers. They want their neighborhood schools to work, because that is what they have.
“We’ve always voted Republican,” Mr. Amstutz said. “Public education is one area where Republicans have done nothing for us, really.”

But yet, they keep voting for them.
Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 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)

Scott Walker and Duey Stroebel play good cop/bad cop in school referendum debate


I suspect that Walker is doing some serious posing on this one, cuz we've seen this routine before.


Reported in Gov. Walker dismisses penalizing school districts that raise money via referendum.  (WKOW, 4/20/2017)


In 2016, all but 1 of the school referendums took place on regularly scheduled election days, and 81.5% coincided with the spring and fall general elections.  

Wow, this is a really big problem, folks!

UPDATE: Library-a-Go-Go changes tense?


Retouched by Retiring Giuy

Related reading:
Library-a-Go-Go comes to El Cerrito del Norte BART station.  (Bay Area Rapid Transit, 6/15/2009)
Will fully automated library kiosks get rid of libraries?  (Public Libraries, 1/26/2012)
Book vending machines could expand literacy.  (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, 4/15/2017.  Hat tip to Mark Arend.)
‘Robotic’ Libraries Return To BART Stations, Shopping Center.  (CBS SF Bay Area, 3/27/2015)
First installed 7 years ago, the $90,000 machines began having the normal problems that could be expected with one-of-a-kind vending kiosks. For the past year and then some, the three machines have been completely dark.


Original 3/23/2013 post, Pew Research: Innovative Library Services "In the Wild" (Contra Costa County Library "Library-a-Go-Go"), starts here.

Pew Research: Innovative Library Services "in the Wild".


Library-a-Go-Go was introduced in 2008.

However.....

Library Book-Vending Machines Losing Ground to eBooks.  (6/29/2012)


Photo credit:  Retiring Guy's Dad (circa 1960)


Related posts:
Book-a-librarian.  (3/23/2013)
Skokie Public Library digital media lab.  (3/23/2013)

Pay to play: Meet the conservative lapdogs of the Wisconsin Supreme Court



Supreme Court: Judges can hear cases involving top campaign donors.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/20/2017)

Related posts:
Dear Annette Ziegler, There is no "gobs of GOP money" clause in the Wisconsin constitution.  (4/20/2017)
Concerning Rebecca Bradley: Meet some of the Wisconsin voters who would be disenfranchised by recusal rules.  (4/20/2017)
UPDATE. This week in Wisconsin Supreme Court integrity.  (3/16/2017)
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)

Donald Trump, fabulist


Focusing on the issues that matter.  To him.

From his latest email blast

Related reading
Trump Inauguration Attendance is Noticeably Less Than Expected.  (Mediaite, 1/20/2017)


Stair Trek at the City-County Building in Madison, Wisconsin



Creating stairwells a step above the rest.  (Madison Children's Museum, (10/1/2016)
With gaining momentum and financial supporters, the Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) aims to make area stairwells inspiring and joyful places. Work on the project began after the museum won a competitive matching grant of $148,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These “Design to Move” projects will improve the health of the community through innovative collaborations between city officials, artists, designers, and health professionals. The initiative is housed in and coordinated by MCM, with help from many project partners.


Stair Trek:  Creatively designed, active stairwell.  (Madison Children's Museum)



Madison Children’s Museum plans Design to Move: Stair Trek with help of major grants.  (Madison Children's Museum, 9/26/2016)



Stair Trek:  Core to Cosmos.  (Facebook)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Say goodbye: Fox News fronts Bill O'Reilly up to $25,000,000 for legal fees


Bill, hope you didn't charge all of the expenses for your trip to Italy.


Bill O’Reilly Payout Could Be as High as $25 Million.  (The New York Times, 4/20/2017)

Dear NCAA officials, Have you been watching what's going on in Alabama?


Schedule source:  NCAA

Reported in Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Adoption Agencies to Ban Same-Sex Couples.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 4/20/2017)

Related posts:
UPDATE:   Dear NCAA, Some GOP North Carolina legislators are working overtime to thwart your efforts.  (4/16/2017)

Jeff Sessions dismisses the views of a majority of Americans on legalization of marijuana





Reported in Will Jeff Sessions launch a War on Weed? If so, it could accelerate marijuana legalization.  (Washington Post, 4/20/2017)



From the album Have a Marijuana by David Peel & the Lower East Side, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for the week ending May 24, 1969.  It spent 3 weeks on the chart and peaked at #186.

Related reading:
David Peel, Downtown Singer and Marijuana Evangelist, Dies at 74.  (The New York Times, 4/9/2017)
Peel — a reference to banana peel, once thought to induce a marijuana-like high — was not his name. He was born David Michael Rosario. According to his F.B.I. file, he was born on Aug. 3, 1942, in Manhattan to Puerto Rican parents. His father, Angel Perez, was a restaurant worker; his mother, Esther Rosario, was a homemaker.
He leaves no known survivors.

Dear Annette Ziegler, There is no "gobs of GOP money" clause in the Wisconsin constitution


Source (top portion):  Wisconsin Constitution

Reported in Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses out recusal petition. (Madison.com4/20/2017)

Key phrase:  As I see it.

Protecting their own.


Source (above and below):  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Saving West Bend from disenfranchisement.

Related post:
Concerning Rebecca Bradley: Meet some of the Wisconsin voters who would be disenfranchised by recusal rules.  (4/20/2017)

Concerning Rebecca Bradley: Meet some of the Wisconsin voters who would be disenfranchised by recusal rules



Rebecca Bradley's



Reported in Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses out recusal petition. (Madison.com4/20/2017)

Related posts:
Rebecca Bradley to join Republicans Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Leah Vukmir at Charlie Sykes forum.  (3/23/2016)
Dear Ron Johnson, We have a great candidate running for the Supreme Court. Her name is Joanne Kloppenburg.  (3/17/2016)
Angry then, angry now.  (3/12/2016)
Dear Chris, All of us lose if Rebecca Bradley is elected to a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  (3/11/2016)
Dear Rebecca Bradley, First of all, you are not serving the people of Wisconsin; you are serving your corporate masters.  (3/11/2016)
When Rebecca Bradley wasn't having very healthy heterosexual sex in a loving marital relationship.  (3/11/2016)
Dear Rebecca Bradley, What are your current thoughts on the feminist movement?  (3/9/2016)
Dear Christian Schneider, I hope you can read lips.  (3/8/2016)
Dear Scott Walker, Rebecca Bradley, your 3-time appointee, wrote at least 3 columns.  (3/7/2016)
Dear Rebecca Bradley, Please tell us how these comments faded from your worldview.  (3/7/2016)

A fuller list of related posts is found here.

It pays to improve your word power: The defenestration of Bill O'Reilly


Photo credit:  Wikipedia
Dictionary entry:  Merriam-Webster (highlight added)

Reported in For Fox News, Life After Bill O’Reilly Will Feature Tucker Carlson.  (The New York Times, 4/19/2017)

UPDATE: Tim Tebow's batting average drops 75 points during past 10 days


Source:  Columbia Fireflies (highlight added)

Fireflies rival trolls Tebow on Twitter.  (The Island Packet, 3/21/2017)
On it’s social media account, the Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, teed off on Tebow. It started off by making light of Tebow’s struggles at the plate during spring training, making ticket holders an offer of free hamburgers from Burger King should Tebow strike out three times or more during a game in their series in Greenville from June 13-15.


Original 4/10/2017 post, "Fetishizing Tim Tebow", starts here.

As in to treat him with extravagant irrational devotion.

Photo credit:  Major League Baseball
As the Associated Press pointed out after his first home run, this isn’t necessarily a sign that Tebow is going to be a slugger. He hit a home run during his first at-bat in the Instructional League last fall, but averaged .148 in 27 appearances* during spring training for the Mets,

*That would be 4 hits in 27 at-bats, lower than any other position player currently on the Mets roster.

As of this morning, he's batting .231 -- 3 for 13, with 2 home runs -- for the class-A Columbia Fireflies

The 29-year-old Tim Tebow is playing baseball because he's Tim Tebow, not because he's earned it.  He continues to keep a more deserving player off a minor-league baseball roster.

Trump's America: Erie County, Pennsylvania



Source:  Wikipedia

Young White America Is Haunted by a Crisis of Despair.  (Bloomberg, 4/18/2017)
While blacks and Hispanics without college degrees are also falling behind economically and socially, middle-age mortality has worsened for whites in particular over the past 20 years—a fact some attribute partly to social context. “For whites, their reference group is previous generations of whites,” said Shannon Monnat, a Pennsylvania State University professor who studies the opioid epidemic in rural America. “When they look back on their parents and grandparents, it feels like their generation is doing worse.”

Source:  Wikipedia

From the same article:
Such decline runs deep in Erie, where Johnson attended school and worked a string of part-time restaurant jobs. Nestled against the gray-green waters of one of America’s Great Lakes, the town has been declining since the 1970s. Its population dropped below 100,000 in 2014 for the first time since 1920.  (2016 U.S. Census estimate puts it back above 100,000.)

Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 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)

Ted Cruz in trouble in early polling for 2018 U.S. Senate re-election




Source:  Texas Lyceum 2017 Poll -- Day 2.  (4/19/2017)

The summary notes that 37 percent of registered Texas voters say they haven’t thought about the race yet, but no matter how you slice this piece of news, it's a bad omen for the high-profile, former Presidential candidate.

Congressman Joaquin Castro
Congressman Beto O'Rourke on Facebook