Saturday, April 29, 2017

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Tim Walberg edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Illustration credit: Salon


Source: U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg was elected to a 1st term in the U.S. House representing Michigan's 7th Congressional District with 55.1% of the vote

Walberg is not a member of the Freedom Caucus..

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)
Brian Babin.  (4/27/2017)
David Rouzer.  (4/28/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (4/28/2017)
Dave Brat. (4/28/2017)
Blaine Luetkemeyer.  (4/29/2017)
Jack Bergman.  (4/29/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Jack Bergman edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Illustration credit: Salon


Source:  On the Issues

Jack Bergman  was elected to a 1st term in the U.S. House representing Michigan's 1st Congressional District with 54.9% of the vote

Bergman is not a member of the Freedom Caucus..

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)


Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)
Brian Babin.  (4/27/2017)
David Rouzer.  (4/28/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (4/28/2017)
Dave Brat. (4/28/2017)
Blaine Luetkemeyer.  (4/29/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Blaine Luetkemeyer edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Illustration credit:  Twitter


Source:  U.S. Congressman Blaine Leutkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer was elected to a 5th term in the U.S. House representing Missouri's 3rd Congressional District with 67.8% of the vote

Luetkemeyer is not a member of the Freedom Caucus..

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)
Brian Babin.  (4/27/2017)
David Rouzer.  (4/28/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (4/28/2017)
Dave Brat. (4/28/2017)

Donald Trump touts his 2 accomplishments through his first 100 days


Text source:  Screenshot from today's email blast
(highlights and arrows added)

And just what were those promises?  Quartz provides the graphic.





Didn't get a call from Pat Boone last fall? You probably didn't think he was still alive.



The lede in How Conservative Hollywood Worked to Elect Donald Trump.  (The Hollywood Reporter, 11/14/2016)

The list includes:
  • Jon Voight
  • Scott Baio
  • Antonio Sabato Jr.
  • Mark Vafiades
  • Mell Flynn
  • Lionel Chedwynd
  • Joel Gilbert
  • Robert Perkins
  • Justin Folk
  • Owen Brennan
  • Alfonzo Rachel

Any women in there?!


Billboard Hot 100 data:

Related post:
I imagine the GOP is chortling over this fawning Hollywood report on Cory Booker.  (4.29.2017)

I imagine the GOP is chortling over this fawning Hollywood report on Cory Booker


And will use it to throw more logs on the 'Hollywood elites' bonfire they have roaring.



Related post:
Apparently, this is the Unholy Trinity that gets Trump's base in a tizzy -- and reaching for their wallets.  (3/29/2017)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Greetings from California: Pioneertown, western movie set from the 1940s


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

Pioneertown:  The Weird Western Set in the California Desert.  (Independent UK, 4/27/2017)
In the middle of the Mojave Desert, above Palm Springs and near Joshua Tree, the 40-degree heat in warmer months makes this place unlivable for some. Then again, so does the absence of most modern amenities – there’s no supermarket or pharmacy here. Pioneertown has a single restaurant, which mostly caters to out-of-towners. So for those who come – and stay – living here is often a response to an ineffable calling.



Other greetings:
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
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)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Dave Brat edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Illustration credit:  The New Civil Rights Movement


Sources: 
GOP Nom Dave Brat Unclear on Marriage Equality Stance.  (gayrva.com, 6/11/2014)
Congressman Dave Brat signs letter urging Trump to support federal “religious freedom” law.  (gayrva.com, 4/26/2017)

Dave Brat was elected to a 2nd term in the U.S. House representing Virginia's 7th Congressional District with 57.5% of the vote

Brat is a member of the Freedom Caucus..

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other Brat post:
Meet 'the crazies', the members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus.  (10/14/2015)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)
Brian Babin.  (4/27/2017)
David Rouzer.  (4/28/2017)
Jim Jordan.  (4/28/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Jim Jordan edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Illustration credit:  Greenlee Gazette


Source:   United States Congressman Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan was elected to a 6th term in the U.S. House representing Ohio's gerrymandered 4th Congressional District with 68% of the vote

Jordan is a past chair of the Freedom Caucus..

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other Jordan posts:
Dear Jim Jordan, Huelskamp lost 47 of 62 counties in US House 1.  (8/4/2016)
Freedom Caucus chair Jim Jordan ready to go crazy on the House dance floor.  (4/28/2016)
It's probably good news that the Freedom Caucus wants to go big, go bold; look where it got Scott Walker.  (1/19/2016)
The Freedom Caucus 'crazies': Have Jim Jordan and Justin Amash been talking much lately?  (10/16/2015)
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/8/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (3/20/2015)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)
Brian Babin.  (4/27/2017)
David Rouzer.  (4/28/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The David Rouzer edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Illustration credit:  Roger's Bible Blog
Source:   David Rouzer U.S. Congress

David Rouzer was elected to a 2nd term in the U.S. House representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional District with 60.9% of the vote. 

Rouzer is not a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)
Brian Babin.  (4/27/2017)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Donald Trump fails miserably in a tryout as the Big Bad Wolf


Source:  Transcript of AP interview with Trump.  (4/23/2017)

3 days later.....



Her second single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, "Stay Awhile" debuted at #80 for the week ending March 28, 1964.   It spent a mere 7 weeks on the chart and peaked at #38.  Criminal charages against America's taste in music were never filed.

Related posts:
Dear Donald Trump, The GOP had 85 months to craft a replacement for Obamacare.  (4/27/2017)
The massive mouth of Donald Trump.  (4/26/2017)
Dear Donald Trump, Meet Al Franken, Joe Manchin, Elizabeth Warren, and Heidi Heitkamp.  (4/25/2017)
Donald Trump as a broken record: "I don't watch CNN anymore."  (4/25/2017)

Dear Donald Trump, The GOP had 85 months to craft a replacement for Obamacare


2,586 days -- or thereabouts.

The New York Times (highlight added)


Quote source:  Transcript of AP interview with Trump.  (4/23/2017)

Related posts:
The massive mouth of Donald Trump.  (4/26/2017)
Dear Donald Trump, Meet Al Franken, Joe Manchin, Elizabeth Warren, and Heidi Heitkamp.  (4/25/2017)
Donald Trump as a broken record: "I don't watch CNN anymore."  (4/25/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Brian Babin edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Photo credit:  TradYouth

Source:   Bizpac Review, 1/31/2016
"Cheerleaders who displayed Bible verses are vindicated by Texas court"

Brian Babin was elected to a 6th term in the U.S. House representing Texas' 36th Congressional District with 88.6% of the vote.  (His opponent is a member of the Green Party.)

Babin is not a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)
Doug Lambert.  (4/27/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Doug Lambert edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Photo credit:  The Daily Stormer
Hey, folks, discrimination is biblically fine 'n' dandy!

Source:   Medium.com

Doug Lamborn was elected to a 6th term in the U.S. House representing Colorado's 5th Congressional District with 62.3% of the vote

Lamborn is not a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)
Randy Hultgren.  (4/27/2017)

51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Randy Hultgren edition


50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Graphic credit:  But that's none of my business

Source:   Congressman Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren was elected to a 4th term in the U.S. House representing Illinois' 14th Congressional District with 59.3% of the vote

Hultgren is not a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order.  (USA Today, 4/24/2017)

Other posts in series.
Warren Davidson.  (4/25/2017)
Jim Banks.  (4/25/2017)
Vicky Hartzler.  (4/25/2017)
Trent Franks.  (4/25/2017)
Gary Palmer.  (4/25/2017)
Jeff Duncan.  (4/26/2017)
Bob Gibbs.  (4/26/2017)
Robert Aderholt.  (4/26/2017)
Mark Meadows.  (4/26/2017)
Thomass Massie.  (4/26/2017)
Glenn Grothman.  (4/27/2017)
Barry Loudermilk.  (4/27/2017)
Mike Johnson.  (4/27/2017)
Steve Russell.  (4/27/2017)

University Avenue and Parmenter Street, one of Middleton's most dangerous intersections


Photo by Retiring Guy

Corner to corner:

  • SE - BMO Harris Bank
  • SW - Roman Candle Pizza
  • NW - PDQ
  • NE - St. Bernard's Catholic Church

Source:  City of MIddleton Police

UPDATE. Exterior work continues apace at Boulevard Apartments in Shorewood Hills



Photos by Retiring Guy


The smallest apartment will set you back a minimum of $1,235/month.


The largest apartment will set you back for a minimum of $2,395/month.



2/2/2017 update, " Framing done, window installation and interior work underway", starts here.

From the University Avenue median


With a University Avenue perspective

  The building's shady backside


What you'll pay to live here.  A 513-square-foot studio/1 bath is priced at $1235-$1260/month.  The largest unit, a 959-square-foot, 1-bed/1-bath lists at "from $1825/mo."


10/26/2016 update, "Ready to begin framing of Boulevard Apartments on University Avenue in Shorewood Hills", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy


9/13/2016 update, "Boulevard Apartments to rise on former site of AT&T Plaza on University Avenue", starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy







Original 8/14/2016 post, "Now you see it, now you don't:  AT&T Plaza in Shorewood Hills", starts here.

Sunday, July 17

Friday, August 12

From The Village Bulletin, August 2015
The proposed Flad Development project involves razing the current ATT Plaza at the Shorewood Boulevard entry to the Village and constructing a four story mixed use building, with the fourth story recessed. It will consist of 36 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail. The building will be setback about nineteen feet off of University Avenue and 51 feet from the corner of University Avenue and Shorewood Boulevard.

Trump's America: Huntington County, Indiana



Source:  Wikipedia


Trump Saved Carrier Jobs. These Workers Weren’t as Lucky.   (The New York Times, 4/23/2017)
But the plant in Huntington operated by United Technologies Electronic Controls, or UTEC, was not part of that deal — nor would it be helped by the “buy American” mandate for federal infrastructure projects that Mr. Trump promised in Wisconsin last week. And by early next year, the components used for furnaces still assembled in Indianapolis will come instead from Monterrey, Mexico, where it takes a day to earn what workers here make in about an hour.

Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
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)

Trump's America: Lawrence County, South Dakota


The county seat of Lawrence County is Deadwood, which initially flourished thanks to mining.


Source:  Wikipedia


A Red State's Arts Blues.   (The New York Times, 4/25/2017)
South Dakota, a largely rural, politically red state that voted decisively for Donald J. Trump in November, is also a prime recipient of money from the very arts endowment that the president wants to eliminate. If any state knows the value of publicly financed art, it may be South Dakota: One of its biggest tourist attractions, Mount Rushmore, is, among other things, a colossal federally funded sculpture.
People here have already grappled with the question of taxpayer support for the arts when South Dakota’s Republican-controlled state government considered eliminating the state arts council in 2009 during the recession.

Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
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)