Saturday, September 9, 2017

A veteran reporter explains why network news is a waste of time



Reported in Major news networks are failing to explain that Hurricane Harvey was fueled by climate change.  (Quartz, 9/9/2017)
Holding on to yesterday.  Network newscasts have huge viewerships [9 million for NBC and ABC], but they are generally terrible at covering climate change. In 2016, the three major networks and Fox spent a grand total of 50 minutes on the carbon crisis. ABC, the worst offender, dedicated exactly six minutes to climate change and interviewed a total of zero climate scientists.

Related reading:
The Decline of the Major Networks.  (Forbes, 7/22/2009)
Twenty-seven million to 29 million viewers, on average, tuned in every night to hear Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. Today, though, the viewership of evening news programs on CBS, NBC and ABC combined is smaller than CBS’ when Cronkite sat in the anchor’s chair. In a 2008 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, just 8% reported regularly watching Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News broadcast.

Survey says....the GOP has a Trump divide



The GOP has a Trump divide.  (Axios, 9/7/2017)
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll revealed deep divisions amongst Republicans — based on if they cast their primary vote for President Trump — on some of the most hot-button issues facing the United States today.

It should come as no surprise to you to learn that Trump voters are on the bottom of the lists in the % comfortable.  This NBC News graph illustrates why Trump's anti-immigration message was so effective during the 2016 presidential campaign.


Greetings from the Golden Gate Bridge, from the people who swim beside it


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

Chilly waves, advancing years can’t stop Golden Gate swimmers.  (San Francisco Chronicle, 9/8/2017)
You have a feeling of how small we are and how big the forces of nature are,” said Laura Burtch, who has made the Golden Gate swim many times. “When you swim the Golden Gate it is really clear that you are into something big. There is a meeting place of the bay and a very large ocean. It is so beautiful, and it is never the same.” 
The course runs from Fort Point in San Francisco to Lime Point in Marin, seven-eighths of a mile. 



Other greetings:
San Francisco Chinatown.  (9/8/2017)
San Francisco: Test your Segway skills on Lombard Street.  (8/30/2017) 
San Francisco Bay Area.  (8/26/2017)
San Francisco.  (8/26/2017)
Downtown San Diego.  (7/9/2016)
San Diego.  (6/25/2017)
San Bernadino, California.  (6/23/2017)
Sacramento Municipal Auditorium.  (6/18/2017)
Weinstock Lubin Department Store, Sacramento.  (6/17/2017)
Sacramento.  (6/17/2017)
Pasadena.  (6/14/2017)
Lake Merritt, Oakland.  (6/13/2017)
Oakland, California.  (6/12/2017)
Greyhound Bus Terminal, Los Angeles (6/11/2017)
Coffee Dan's, Hollywood.  (6/11/2017)
Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant, Hollywood.  (6/10/2016)
Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.  (6/9/2017)
Pershing Square, Los Angeles.  (6/8/2017)
Fox Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles.  (6/7/2017)
Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.  (6/4/2017)
Hotel Teris, Los Angeles.  (6/1/2016)
Broadway in Los Angeles.  (5/31/2017)
Los Angeles Civic Center.  (5/30/2017)
Southern California palm-lined street.  (5/29/2017)
Downtown Los Angeles.   (5/24/2017)
Giant Springs, Great Falls, Montana.  (5/23/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
California.  (5/14/2017)
Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
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)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

UPDATE. Wisconsin Rapids airport: Bustling hub of activity for golfers arriving in corporate jets

Screenshot:  xojet


Follow the money sources:  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, J-S

Excerpts in both slides from Lawmakers add $4 million for tiny Wisconsin airport near golf course.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/8/2017)

Bandon Dunes Golf


Median income:
  • $53,889 - U.S.
  • $53,357 - Wisconsin
  • $36.680 - Wisconsin Rapids


Original 9/6/2017 post, "Scott Krug hopes that Wisconsin Rapids will be bustling hub of activity again", starts here.

There hasn't been much in the way of bustle since the 1960s.

 Source:  Wikipedia


Source:  Wisconsin State Budget Includes Alexander Field Project.  (Scott Krug press release, 9/6/2017)

Trump's America: DeSoto County, Florida, where Trump is the GOP party


Mercurial Trump Rattles Republican Party Ahead of Midterms.  (The New York Times, 9/8/2017)
“If you would go to my county Republican clubs right now, they are all about Trump,” said Representative Tom Rooney, Republican of Florida. “He is the party.”

Source: Wikipedia 

In 1921, 3 other counties were created out of DeSoto's land area.



Source: CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Erie County, Pennsylvania.  (9/2/2017)
Grays Harbor County, Washington.  (8/20/2017)
Franklin County, Iowa, (8/14/2017)
UPDATE:  Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  (8/10/2017)
Wright County, Iowa.  (8/8/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (8/4/2017)
Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  (7/20/2017)
Mesa County, California.  (7/20/2017)
Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  (7/19/2017)
McDowell County, West Virginia.  (7/10/2017)
Shasta County, California.  (7/4/2017)
Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota  (7/2/2017)
Autauga County, Alabama.  (6/29/2017)
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)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Greetings from San Francisco's Chinatown, home of the $52 Scotch cocktail


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

There's A $52 Scotch Cocktail In Chinatown Now.  (sfist, 9/7/2017)
And topping the menu, price-wise, is a $52 cocktail called the Royal Salute Rob Roy — a spin on the classic Rob Roy using the pricey Chivas Royal Salute 21-year, which can retail for upwards of $180 a bottle, and Glenlivet 12-year, along with Lustau and Chinato vermouths and bitters. It's an expense-account choice to be sure, or one for a baller type trying to impress a date, maybe, and as Mobley writes, "Would I order it again if I weren’t expensing it for a review? No."  (China Live)

 Note the 1959 Chevrolet station wagon.


1959 Classic Chevrolet - Station Wagon Body Styles

2 minutes and 14 seconds of Chevy love.



General Motors had a lot to sing about in 1959.

Source:  Wikipedia

Other greetings:
San Francisco: Test your Segway skills on Lombard Street.  (8/30/2017) 
San Francisco Bay Area.  (8/26/2017)
San Francisco.  (8/26/2017)
Downtown San Diego.  (7/9/2016)
San Diego.  (6/25/2017)
San Bernadino, California.  (6/23/2017)
Sacramento Municipal Auditorium.  (6/18/2017)
Weinstock Lubin Department Store, Sacramento.  (6/17/2017)
Sacramento.  (6/17/2017)
Pasadena.  (6/14/2017)
Lake Merritt, Oakland.  (6/13/2017)
Oakland, California.  (6/12/2017)
Greyhound Bus Terminal, Los Angeles (6/11/2017)
Coffee Dan's, Hollywood.  (6/11/2017)
Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant, Hollywood.  (6/10/2016)
Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.  (6/9/2017)
Pershing Square, Los Angeles.  (6/8/2017)
Fox Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles.  (6/7/2017)
Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.  (6/4/2017)
Hotel Teris, Los Angeles.  (6/1/2016)
Broadway in Los Angeles.  (5/31/2017)
Los Angeles Civic Center.  (5/30/2017)
Southern California palm-lined street.  (5/29/2017)
Downtown Los Angeles.   (5/24/2017)
Giant Springs, Great Falls, Montana.  (5/23/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
California.  (5/14/2017)
Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
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)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

UPDATE. It might be time to require drug tests for elected officials


Walker's latest tweet.



8/30/2017 UPDATE,  "Education funding and the big lie:  Scott Walker thinks we're all brain-dead". starts here.

The gall of this guy.  "Record investment" after he cut school funding more than any governor just a few years ago.


Full-court press.  (Any reason, I wonder, why he didn't want to sit on the floor with a more diverse group of kids?)

Wednesdays with Walker email


4/13/2016 update, "Scott Walker, education funding, and the big lie", starts here.


As quoted in Gov. Walker: More money being put into education.  (WJFW, 4/13/2016)


Original 1/9/2016 post, "Scott Walker on education:  Students are our future", starts here.

The Walker BS-o-meter continues to get a workout.



This blather from a Governor who made cuts to education funding a priority from the start of his 1st term in office.
According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, at least 19 states cut education funding by more than 5 percent between 2010–11 and 2011–12. Four states—Illinois, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin—cut spending by 10 percent or more.  (Source:  The Council of State Governments)

And then there's this from 2014



Missoula residents will rate this the worst list of "Worst Cities to Live in Every State"



Screenshot (highlights added) from Worst Cities to Live in Every State.  (24/7 Wall St., 9/8/2017)

Overall, Missoula gets a grade of A- at Niche.


Where it looks as though 24/7 Wall Street has already weighed in.


And on another front, a website called Neighborhood Scout, there's this thoroughly generic observation.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Missoula [Ames, Amherst, Fayetteville, Iowa City, Lincoln, State College], it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Missoula [Ames, Amherst, Fayetteville, Iowa City, Lincoln, State College] provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Perhaps one of the best albums from the early 1970s you've never heard.  (Although it's likely you've heard other artists cover his songs.)

UPDATE. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) doubles down on her support of LBGT discrimination


Illustration:  Talking Philosophy

Lawmakers Defend Christian Baker in Gay Wedding Case: The Government's Actions are 'Frightening'.  (CBN News, 9/7/2017)


Original 4/25/2017 post, "51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Vicky Hartzler edition", starts here.

50 men, 1 woman, all conservative Republicans.

Full text of letter is found at Scribd.
Photo credit:  The AIM Network

Source:  Vicky for Congress

Banks was elected to a 4th term in the U.S. House in Missouri's 4th Congressional District with 67.8% of the vote.

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)
Tim Walberg.  (4/29/2017)
Doug LaMalfa.  (4/30/2017)
Jody Hice.  (4/30/2017)
Keith Rothfus.  (4/30/2017)
Ted Budd.  (5/1/2017)
Andy Harris.  (5/1/2017)
Steve King.  (5/1/217)
Raul Labrador.  (5/2/2017)
Jeff Fortenberry.  (5/2/2017)
Louie Gohmert.  (5/2/2017)
Jodey Arrington.  (5/3/2017)
Randy Weber.  (5/3/2017)
Kevin Cramer.   (5/3/2017)
John Carter.  (5/4/2017)
John Duncan Jr.  (5/4/2017)
Walter Jones.  (5/5/2017)
James Comer.  (5/5/2017)
Don Bacon.  (5/5/2017)
Mark Walker.  (5/6/2017)
Joe Wilson.  (5/6/2017)
Joe Gibbs.  (5/7/2017)
Darrell Issa.  (5/7/2017)
Joe Barton.  (5/8/2017)
Michael Conaway.  (5/8/2017)
Darin LaHood.  (5/9/2017)
Rick Allen.  (5/9/2017)
Bill Flores.  (5/10/2017)
Bill Posey.  (5/10/2017)

While swooning over Donald Trump, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) disengages her brain


Source:  United States CongresswomanVicky Hartzler (highlight added)




Other Vicky posts:
51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination.  (4/25/2017)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/16/2015)

Carol J. Adams shares feminist classics from her personal library


The Books That Made Us Feminists, by Carol J. Adams.  (The New York Times, (9/6/2017)


In 1963, Betty Friedan had called the “feminine mystique” the problem with no name. It was Ms. Millett who gave it a name — sexual politics — and explained its cause: patriarchal society. By introducing the concept of “patriarchy as a political institution,” she equipped her readers to become their own theorists of culture. Ms. Millett revolutionized our thought by helping us to perceive the power structures in what had previously been cast as apolitical terrain: the home; literature; romantic relationships.

Wisconsin: Mississippi of the North


Gou knows a pushover when he sees one.


Opined in Meet Foxconn's cash cow.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/7/2017)

Other Foxconn posts:
Wisconsin GOP reorganizes state's court system to accommodate Foxconn.  (9/6/2017)
Full court press: Scott Walkerr appointee and GOP campaign donor Jay Risch touts 'monster' Foxconn project .  (9/6/2017)
Foxconn will provide no benefits to St. Croix County, but this $600 million infrastructure project already has.  (9/5/2017)
Actually, this is a clear sign of Scott Walker desperation over Foxconn deal.  (9/2/2017)
UPDATE. Another example of Foxconn lack of specifics.  (9/1/2017)
Two months ago, Pennsylvania was the leading candidate for Foxconn assembly plant.  (8/30/2017)
UPDATE. How Scott Walker and GOP state legislators view Dane County.  (8/29/2017)
Our sloganeering governor: Scott Walker takes playing politics to new heights.   (8/24/2017)
GOP hypocrisy: Fiscally conservative, small-government, free-market guy signs off on Foxconn deal.  (8/24/2017)
About those Foxconn environmental exemptions, Wisconsin (Prepare for the worst).  (8/24/2017)
The Scott Walker Foxconn inflation factor: Do I hear 60,000?!!!!  (8/23/2017)
WEDC CEO Mark Hogan announces symmetrical distribution of Foxconn salaries.  (8/23/2017) Wisconsin DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel gazes into his crystal ball.  (8/23/2017)
Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) wets his pants over Foxconn vote.  (8/21/2017)
So excited: Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) wets his pants over Foxconn vote.  (8/18/2017)
Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) wets his pants over Foxconn vote.  (8/18/2017)
Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) wets his pants over Foxconn vote.  (8/18/2017)
The lemony flavor of the Foxconn lure.  (8/18/2017)
Dear Politifact, there's a big difference between "is bringing" and "is pledging".  (8/18/2017)
WEDC hasn't done its Foxconn homework yet and GOP committee members are fine with that.  (8/16/2017)
UPDATE. Funny how there's all this talk about Foxconn jobs that pay well below the alleged average salary.  (8/12/2017)
Reggie White:Green Bay Packers:: Foxconn:Wisconsin (Scott Walker analogy reveals his crazed desperation).  (8/10/2017)
Foxconn has been looking to replace workers with robots for at least 2 years. (8/9/2017)
Scott Walker and Terry Gou share a laugh at Wisconsin taxpayers' expense.  (8/8/2017)
Really, Ray, all this and heaven too provided by a factory to assemble display panel screens?  (8/6/2017)
That was then. This is now. The free market/small government Robin Vos.  (8/4/2017)
Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal.  (8/4/2017)
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Steve Bannon, punster



Quoted in Steve Bannon Attacks the Pope and Catholic Bishops: 'They Need Illegal Aliens to Fill the Churches'.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 9/7/2017)

Related post:
Birtherism, racial slurs, sympathy for white supremacists: Still think Trump has a heart when it comes to DACA?  (9/5/2017)

GOP candidate for mayor Charlotte North Carolina emphasizes her whiteness



Sources:  Ballotpedia (includes city demographics), Washington Post Facebook page

Source:  LinkedIn

Sally Jones Darling (1939-2017) Warren High School class of 1958



1958 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Barrett R A emp Sylvania r Box 1189 Clarendon
  • Barrett S A emp Sylvania r Box 1189 Clarendon
  • Darling D A emp Sylvania r RD 1 Box 88 Youngsville
1983 Warren City Directory
  • [county section} Barrett Richd A rRD 1 Clarendon
  • [county section] Barrett Richd A Jr rRD 1 Clarendon
  • [county section] Barrett Sally rRD 1 Clarendon
  • [county section] Darling Donald A r Rt 1 Box 33 Youngsville

The popularity of Sally as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Melvin.

Melvin enjoyed a strong, steady run during the 1st half of the 20th century, spending 55 years (1901-1955) in the top 100 and peaking at #47 in 1926.   Not sure what the 2002 blip is all about.

Other class of 1958 members.
Jack Colvin.  (12/14/2016)
Thomas Gerarde.  (11/11/2015)
John "Jack" Suppa.  (10/10/2015)
Susan Mead Mastrangiola.  (8/6/2015)
Barbara Baldensperger.  (6/21/2015)
Dennis Morell (3/8/2015)
Joyce Black Wohlers.  (3/16/2014)
Susan Leonard Anderson.  (3/15/2014)
Doris Musante.  (1/9/2014)

Survey says: Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr. not religious happy campers


America's changing religious identity.  (PRRI)
Today, only 43% of Americans identify as white and Christian, and only 30% as white and Protestant.


White evangelical Protestants were once thought to be bucking a longer trend, but over the past decade their numbers have dropped substantially

Approximately six in ten white evangelical Protestants (62%), white Catholics (62%), and white mainline Protestants (59%) are at least 50 years old.
Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus each constitute only 1% of the public.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

High Point Road bridge video UPDATE: Finished and ready for your inspection




Videos by Retiring Guy



8/18/2017 update, "Anticipated September 1st completion", starts here.


Photos and videos by Retiring Guy







5/28/2017 update starts here.



5/4/2017 update starts here.








4/24/2017 video update



3/20/2017 update starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy




Work scheduled this week 
  • Continue construction of new median pier cap 
  • Continue excavation of the south abutment area 
  • Continue storm sewer placement 
  • Continue construction of north abutment footings



3/7/2017 update, "Construction of new median pier columns", starts here.



Work scheduled this week.  
  • Complete excavation of the north abutment area 
  • Continue construction of new median pier columns 
  • Continue excavation of the south abutment area 
  • Continue storm sewer placement


2/23/2017 update, "Going....going.....gone", starts here.

The Princeton Club facility is behind me.


High Point Road looking north.

Photos and video by Retiring Guy




Original 2/12/2017 post starts here.

Where I'm standing.  Just before the Beltline curves to the north going past the Point Cinemas.








Photos and video by Retiring Guy

High Point Road bridge over Beltline to be replaced; traffic detoured for 7 months.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/2/2017)
The narrow two-lane bridge currently traversing the Beltline isn’t wide enough to accommodate four lanes of traffic, so the existing structure will be taken out and a new one erected. 
The project will also include new bicycle lanes in both directions, and sidewalks on both sides, including a new sidewalk on the west side of the street, from the bridge to the D’onofrio Drive intersection.

High Point Road Bridge Replacement.  (City of Madison Engineering)