Saturday, July 1, 2017

It appears that this Wisconsin legislator is in the pocket of the Tavern League


Meet Mr. Special Interest


Italicized portion reported in Alcohol regulation: A drunken killer of free enterprise or a sobering safeguard? (Greenfield West Allis Now, 6/29/2017)
Caaarazy, headline, baby!
 Resume stuff is from Rob's Wisconsin State Legislature homepage.

Among Rob's top contributors:
(3)  Jeff and Thomas Neddo, Miller Beer of the Northwoods, Inc. ($3,250)
(8)  Paul and Patricia Lucas, MillerCoors ($2,050)

Shame on you, Rob!

UPDATE. The Boulevard Apartments are ready for occupancy


Photo by Retiring Guy

A one-bedroom apartment with den will set you back in the neighborhood of $1540-1825.


4/27/2017 update starts here.


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.

Hy-Vee health market not likely to stock Swedish fish


All photos by Retiring Guy

Reported in Hy-Vee's experiment: Newest store will focus on health.  (Des Moines Register, 6/28/2017)

Also not likely to make the cut....

Jell-o.

Hamburger Helper and its ilk

Ramen products

S'mores fixin's

UPDATE. Summary of Kris Kobach's qualifications to serve as Trump's vice chair of Committee on Election Integrity


But born in Madison, Wisconsin.

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Related links:
Civil rights groups fume over Trump’s choice of Kobach to head voter fraud panel.  (McClatchy, 5/11/2017)
Wisconsin election commission to Trump panel: You want voter data? Pay for it.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/30/2017)


Original 4/4/2016 post, "Kansas Republican Attorney General Talks Up Obama Impeachment on his Radio Show", starts here.

So much for the nonsense that it's mostly Democrats talking about impeachment.

Kobach says vote to impeach President Obama would probably pass in the U.S. House. (Topeka Capital-Journal, 4/1/2015.  Not an April Fool's Day spoof.)


Related post:
What's the matter with Kansas?  (2/19/2015)

Other Obama impeachment posts:
Newly elected to the U.S. House, white guy from Texas yearns for Obama's impeachment.    (1/27/2015)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-North Carolina), House Cheerleader for Obama impeachment.  (12/4/2015)
Sore loser (former) Republican, "a bit of an eccentric", calls for Obama's impeachment.  (11/29/2014)
Another doctor calls for Obama's impeachment.  (11/23/2014)
Founder of the conservative Edmund Burke Institute throws another log on the Obama impeachment fire.  (11/23/2014)
Rep Walter Jones professes his love for the Constitution.  (11/22/2014)
Republican Congressman from Colorado doesn't receive the I-word memo.  (11/21/2014)
Can you find the oxymoron?  (11/19/2014)
Impeachment quote of the day.  (11/18/2014)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dear Americans for Prosperity, Why should the rest of us pay for the extreme road damage done by big rigs?


Source:  streets mn

Photo source:  LinkedIn

Let's map where 5 of the most conservative Wisconsin state senators live.


Imagine our surprise.

Base price for the Ferrari GTC4Lusso starts at $306,000




A Family-Friendly Ferrari, for the Family of Means.  (The New York Times, 6/29/2017)
You'll pay a $3,000 gas guzzler tax.  Driving hard will surely return fuel economy lower than the Environmental Protection Agency’s rating of 12 miles per gallon in the city and 17 on the highway on the required premium gas. I’ll be passing the hat to cover my expenses there.

Tyler takes over baseball


Tyler spent 9 years (1992-2000) in the top 10, peaking at #5 in 1993 and 1994.  No surprise then that a lot of Tylers are being called up into the majors.


Tyler’s at the Plate, and on the Mound, and in the Field … (The New York Times, 6/29/2017)
On Tuesday the Yankees promoted two Tylers — Wade and Webb — to the majors. That gave the team four on the active roster, joining Clippard and Austin, and swelled our ranks to 30. That’s right: in the last two seasons, 30 players who go by Tyler or Ty have appeared in a major league game.

UPDATE. Donald Trump, narcissist in chief



A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.  (Washington Post, 6/27/2017)

Source:  Mayo Clinic

Original 6/13/2017 post starts here.


Trump’s Cabinet, With a Prod, Extols the ‘Blessing’ of Serving Him.  (The New York Times, 6/12/2017)

Related reading:
Understanding Trump's narcissism could be the key to opposing him.  (The Guardian, 2/17/2017)

Related post:
A fest of fawning white men at the White House.  (6/13/2017)

Repeat after me: Seattle's minimum wage has gone too far


Let's all echo free-market, individual responsibilty talking points

Google (highlights, etc.  added)

Average yearly income of top 1% in America: $1.3 million.  (Axios, 6/21/2017)
Why it matters: The yawning gap between U.S. haves and have nots is only growing more severe, and there are no signs that the trend will slow on its own. These are the numbers Bernie Sanders studied before wagering that the Democratic Party's path to electoral success is through aggressive economic populism.


From a different perspective


Related post:
You can't afford a place to live on the federal minimum wage.  (6/30/2017)

"Actyl fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine"


Posted on YouTube on 5/3/2017



Acryl fentanyl's death toll in Milwaukee County reaches 17 as opioid epidemic mounts.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/28/2017)
The state Controlled Substance Board, in reaction to acryl fentanyl deaths in Milwaukee County, announced an emergency rule last month classifying the opioid as a Schedule 1 drug. The board can schedule a controlled substance analog on an emergency basis when it determines such action "is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety." A Schedule 1 drug is defined by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration as a substance "with no currently accepted medical use and high potential for abuse."

Here's how Feckless Leader initially proposed to deal with the problem in his first budget.

But on Friday, President Trump’s administration revealed plans to gut the 2018 budget of his Office of National Drug Control Policy. According to an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by The New York Times, the White House is proposing to slash the drug policy office budget by about 95 percent, to just $24 million from $388 million.

You can't afford a place to live on the federal minimum wage


The federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 since 2009.  Until 1980, regular increases were implemented.


This map speaks for itself.


 Need a two-bedroom apartment?  Don't earn a livable wage?  Fuggedaboutit!


Related reading:
Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far.  (FiveThirtyEight, 6/28/2017))
In January 2016, Seattle’s minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13 for large employers, the second big increase in less than a year. New research released Monday by a team of economists at the University of Washington suggests the wage hike may have come at a significant cost: The increase led to steep declines in employment for low-wage workers, and a drop in hours for those who kept their jobs.

Meet one of the author's of the study.  Is there, by any chance, the possibility of an inherent bias here?

Photo credit:  Manhattan Institute

As the FiveThirtyEight notes, 
Recently, however, the minimum-wage movement has faced backlash from conservatives, with legislatures in some states moving to block cities from increasing their local minimums.

Other minimum wage posts:
Raising the minimum wage is a bipartisan issue.  (3/10/2017)
Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson isn't singing with the current Republican chorus.  (11/9/2015)
Scott Walker sez the minimum wage is 'lame' because the Koch Brothers bible tells him so.  (7/14/2015)
And many of us feel that Scott Walker serves no purpose.  (10/15/2014)
Forbes bangs on the drum all day, all week, all month, all year....... (8/22/2014)
Reporting the economic news like there's still an abundance of good-paying union jobs out there.  (8/14/2014)
Seattle's minimum wage:  It's complicated.  (6/29/2014)
What happened the last time a minimum wage bill was introduced in the Wisconsin state legislature.  (6/27/2014)
 UW-Milwaukee survey:  76% of respondents support raising the minimum wage.  (6/25/2014)
Wisconsin's $7.25 minimum wage: "Minimum comfort" indeed! (6/24/2014)
U.S. minimum wage since 1960.  (6/24/2014)
Support for minimum wage hike grows.  (6/21/2014)
More evidence that Scott Walker and the Republican state legislature is increasingly out of touch with the people they serve.  (5/28/2014)
Earning minimum wage and looking for a place to live? Check the "Dumps" listings! (4/25/2014
Scraping by on $83.65 an hour.  (3/17/2014)
Minnesota legislature looks to boost minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 per hour.  (3/4/2014)
The minimum wage:  It's not the same all over.  (2/18/2014)
A border debate on the minimum wage.  (2/16/2014)
The MacIver Institute's Pavlovian response to an increase in the minimum wage. (1/10/2014)
The view from the other side of the counter.  (11/29/2013)
The minimum wage and the poverty guideline.  (11/20/2013)
Most of us don't buy into U.S. Chamber of Commerce handwringing over minimum wage.  (11/1/2013)
A look at the minimum wage.  (9/28/2013)

The jig is up, as Dennis Geske knew it would be


Photo credit:  Dane County Jail

The jig is up as defined by Merriam-Webster.

The origin, according to Know Your Phrase:
The phrase's origins apparently come from a time where the word jig was slang for a trick. Additionally, the Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, by Robert Hendrickson, states that this expression was used during Elizabethan times (mid-to-late 16th century), where the word jig became slang for a practical joke or trick. Thus, if "the jig was up," it meant your trick was found out, or exposed.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trump's America: Autauga County, Alabama, where you can't get a marriage license


Local government responses to Obergefell vs. Hodges.  (Ballotpedia, updated 6/27/2017)
As of June 21, 2017, Ballotpedia had confirmed that 60 of Alabama's 67 counties would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Seven counties would not issue marriage licenses regardless of sex at that time.

Source:  Wikipedia



Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Letcher County, Kentucky.  (6/29/2017)
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
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, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional 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)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
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)

GOP Senate leaders scrounge for votes to repeal Obamacare. It's bribery, pure and simple.


Map source:  Wikipedia

Reported in Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips.  (The New York Times, 6/25/2017)

Trump's America and McConnell's sacrificial lambs: Letcher County, Kentucky


In McConnell’s Own State, Fear and Confusion Over Health Care Bill.    (The New York Times, 6/28/2017)
Perhaps nowhere has the health care law had as powerful an impact as in Kentucky, where nearly one in three people now receive coverage through Medicaid, expanded under the legislation. Perhaps no region in Kentucky has benefited as much as Appalachia, the impoverished eastern part of the state, where in some counties more than 60 percent of people are covered by Medicaid.

Source:  Wikipedia



Source:  CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
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, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional 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)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
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)

What happens when the GOP takes over a state legislature


Well, first of all, it's no longer the people's legislature, if it ever was.


What new law take effect in Iowa on July 1.  (Des Moines Register, 6/28/2017)

Related reading:
GOP wins majorities in Iowa House, Senate; Gronstal defeated.  (Des Moines Register, 11/8/2016)
Mission accomplished!  The Iowa Legislature's 2017 session, which convenes in January, could mark the first time since 1998 that Republicans have had majorities in both the Senate and House and held the governor's office at the same time. This will give the GOP full control over the state budget and legislative policies and eliminates the possibility that Democrats can block conservative bills.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker gives pep talk to Iowa legislators on limiting collective bargaining.  (Des Moines Register, 2/14/2017)
A behind-closed-doors conference call with 29 Iowa Senate Republicans.  Walker sent a tweet after the meeting which said, "Happy to speak to my friends in the Iowa Legislature via Skype. They have a chance to pass big, bold reforms!"

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A plurality of Wisconsin likely voters are dumb, really dumb



Reality check:
President Trump changes stance on 4 campaign positions in just 1 day.  (ABC News, 4/13/2017)


Reality check:
Vote Delayed as G.O.P. Struggles to Marshal Support for Health Care Bill.  (The New York Times, 6/27/2017)
Mr. McConnell, the chief author of the Senate repeal bill, can afford to lose only two of the 52 Republican senators, but more than a half-dozen have, for widely divergent reasons, expressed deep reservations about the bill.