Saturday, January 12, 2019

Scott Walker's toxic legacy: Addiction to political slogans



Other Scott Walker toxic legacy posts:
The first 3 chapters:  environment, transportation, corrections.
Chapter 4:  Wisconsin families can't afford basic necessities edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 5. Scott Walker's shameful legacy: The black-white high-school graduation gap edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 6. Scott Walker's shameful legacy (the higher education edition).  (12/13/2018)
Taking credit where no credit is due.  (1/7/2019)
Not telling the whole story.  (1/7/2019)
Gliding over the disparities.  (1/7/2019)
Voter suppression.  (1/7/2019)
Teacher bashing compounded by cuts to education.  (1/8/2019)
Just fine and dandy with treading water over high school graduation rates.  (1/8/2019)
And then, to make matters worse, he apparently hacks his son's Twitter account.  (1/9/2019)
Dear Scott Walker, You forgot to mention this part of "OUR LEGACY".  Best, Retiring Guy.  (1/12/2019)
Scott Walker's toxic legacy: "Power to the people" hypocrisy" (Taking away local control).  (1/12/2019)
Pay to play the groundwater contamination way.  (1/12/2019)


5/9/2018 #WInotworking UPDATE, "Our sloganeering governor takes credit for tackling opioid epidemic, ignores fact that opioid deaths have doubled during his 7 years in office", starts here.


With another record year of opioid overdose deaths, Wisconsin eyes fixes.  (Wisconsin State Journal.
5/9/2018)

Is that a pun?


Original 3/11/2018 post, "#WInotworking:  Our sloganeering governor trumpets drop in opioid prescriptions, ignores huge spike in ER visits", starts here.

In other words, he focuses on what is essentially meaningless.

@ScottWalker (highlight added)


If this is 'reform', then it's definitely #8isenough time.

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 109 percent in Wisconsin from July 2016 to September 2017, the highest spike among 16 states closely tracked, federal health officials said Tuesday. 
The ER data show trends in the opioid abuse epidemic before deaths do, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study.

Scott Walker's toxic legacy: Pay to play the groundwater contamination way


A company fighting for more than six years to build a mega-dairy near Wisconsin Rapids is in a new legal battle over nitrates that contaminated water supplies near another of its operations.  
[snip]
The Wysocki company has been battling Saratoga residents and town officials since announcing in June 2012 that it planned to build a concentrated animal feeding operation or CAFO, in Saratoga. The proposed Golden Sands Dairy, which would hold about 4,000 cows and have about 6,000 acres of crops where the company will spread the manure from the cows, has been the subject of controversy since it was proposed.

They also enriched Scott Walker's "campaign fund" by $31,126.86 over a period of 5+ years.


Other Scott Walker toxic legacy posts:
The first 3 chapters:  environment, transportation, corrections.
Chapter 4:  Wisconsin families can't afford basic necessities edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 5. Scott Walker's shameful legacy: The black-white high-school graduation gap edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 6. Scott Walker's shameful legacy (the higher education edition).  (12/13/2018)
Taking credit where no credit is due.  (1/7/2019)
Not telling the whole story.  (1/7/2019)
Gliding over the disparities.  (1/7/2019)
Voter suppression.  (1/7/2019)
Teacher bashing compounded by cuts to education.  (1/8/2019)
Just fine and dandy with treading water over high school graduation rates.  (1/8/2019)
And then, to make matters worse, he apparently hacks his son's Twitter account.  (1/9/2019)
Dear Scott Walker, You forgot to mention this part of "OUR LEGACY".  Best, Retiring Guy.  (1/12/2019)
Scott Walker's toxic legacy: "Power to the people" hypocrisy" (Taking away local control).  (1/12/2019)

Scott Walker's toxic legacy: "Power to the people" hypocrisy" (Taking away local control)


Once upon a time, the Republican Party of Wisconsin developed a series of core principles, "commonsense conservative beliefs are the glue that bonds Republicans nationwide."


Unfortunately, for Scott Walker and his GOP grifters in the state legislature, "government closest to the people" is defined as state government.  Power to the people at the county and municipal level?  Fuggedaboudit!!


“From restricting county shoreland zoning ordinances passed by county boards, to banning municipal governments from passing container ordinances that make sense for the well-being of their community, legislative Republicans repeatedly used their majority in a blatant government overreach,” said Shankland.

So when Scott Walker tweets his latest " Send Power to the People" meme, remember his 8 years of power-mongering as governor.




Other local control posts:
2018
In 2014, deep-red Richfield voters chose Walker by an 80-20 margin and this is the thanks they get.  (8/14/2018)
Clusterfuck Caucus UPDATE. The unintended consequences of intertwining GOP principles and hypocrisy.  (3/20/2018)
Wisconsin GOP continues to treat its cherished conservative principle like a pinata.  (2/23/2018)
Wisconsin GOP continues to tarnish its #1, most cherished governing principle.  (1/13/2018)

2017
UPDATE. By now, you know that the GOP's favorite pastime is overruling its pesky principles.  (11/28/2017)
UPDATE: Wondering why Duey Stroebel is a champion of property tax relief? Take a look at where he lives.  (4/15/2017)
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)

2016
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)

2015
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)

2014
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)

2013
Your Wisconsin Republican Assembly hard at work promoting Governor Walker's jobs agenda (and GOP principles).  (11/15/2013)

Other legacy posts:
The first 3 chapters:  environment, transportation, corrections.
Chapter 4:  Wisconsin families can't afford basic necessities edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 5. Scott Walker's shameful legacy: The black-white high-school graduation gap edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 6. Scott Walker's shameful legacy (the higher education edition).  (12/13/2018)
Taking credit where no credit is due.  (1/7/2019)
Not telling the whole story.  (1/7/2019)
Gliding over the disparities.  (1/7/2019)
Voter suppression.  (1/7/2019)
Teacher bashing compounded by cuts to education.  (1/8/2019)
Just fine and dandy with treading water over high school graduation rates.  (1/8/2019)
And then, to make matters worse, he apparently hacks his son's Twitter account.  (1/9/2019)
Dear Scott Walker, You forgot to mention this part of "OUR LEGACY".  Best, Retiring Guy.  (1/12/2019)

Dear Scott Walker, You forgot to mention this part of "OUR LEGACY". Best, Retiring Guy



Especially now that he plans to chair Trump's Wisconsin re-election campaign!

Headline from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/11/2019)

It got worse during Walker's last two years in office.  
The $50.6 million spent on overtime last year at adult prisons is 17 percent higher than the $43.1 million spent in 2016, according to a Department of Corrections report to the Legislature's budget committee.
[snip]
Starting wages for officers will increase from $16 an hour to $16.65 an hour this month — a 9.5 percent increase since 2016.  [Annual salary range:  $33,280-34,632]

Related reading:
GOP leaders say wage increases not on table despite Wisconsin prison overtime costs, staffing shortage.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/12/2018)
Help wanted at maximum security prisons: Low pay, high stress, dangerous conditions.  (Capital Times, 8/12/2018)

Other legacy posts:
The first 3 chapters:  environment, transportation, corrections.
Chapter 4:  Wisconsin families can't afford basic necessities edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 5. Scott Walker's shameful legacy: The black-white high-school graduation gap edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 6. Scott Walker's shameful legacy (the higher education edition).  (12/13/2018)
Taking credit where no credit is due.  (1/7/2019)
Not telling the whole story.  (1/7/2019)
Gliding over the disparities.  (1/7/2019)
Voter suppression.  (1/7/2019)
Teacher bashing compounded by cuts to education.  (1/8/2019)
Just fine and dandy with treading water over high school graduation rates.  (1/8/2019)
And then, to make matters worse, he apparently hacks his son's Twitter account.  (1/9/2019)

The GOP Wisconsin State Senator from Appleton is a bald-faced liar. Period.


As confirmed by Wisconsin PolitiFact


Roger Roth at Wisconsin State Legislature

Related lame-duck, extraordinary session, power grab posts:
Scott Walker appoints GOP contributor to UW Board of Regents. (12/4/2018)
Scott Walker gives campaign contributor her old job back at the PSC.  (12/4/2018)
All of a sudden, Scott Walker is in a big hurry to fill nontraditional student regent position that was vacant for nearly a year.  (12/5/2018)
UPDATE: Robin Vos continues to show signs of severe delirium.  (12/5/2018)
From library champion to "hot mess" chump.  (12/6/2018)
Rick Gundrum between a rock and a hard place. (12/6/2018)
The Dave Murphy, "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away" edition.  (12/6/2018)
UPDATE. Thank you for your response, John Macco.  (12/13/2018)

Disappearing U.S. city of the day: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania


Many of these municipalities entered Pennsylvania’s Financially Distressed Municipalities Act 47 program that was created in 1987 to help them regain their financial footing after their tax bases were decimated when the steel industry declined. Several of these towns including Aliquippa, Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne and Rankin have been in the program since its inception and are still struggling to exit Act 47.  
These towns — that helped put Pittsburgh on the map and make the city an industrial powerhouse — seem to be left by the wayside and forgotten.

Source:  Wikipedia

Aliquppa's population peaked at 27,136 in 1930.  Its 2017 estimated population is 9,102 -- a drop of 18,304, or 66%.

Aliquippa is located in Beaver County, part of the western section  of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The county's population peaked at 206,948 in 1960.  Its 2017 estimated population is 165,140, a drop of 20%.  

Source:  Proximity One

In Steel Town, Cheer Amid Trouble.  (The New York Times, 12/19/1981)
The dark and vacant windows of the old Crystal Market stare out on once-busy Franklin Avenue, a raw wind tugs at the corners of old posters on other, shuttered storefronts, and dim night lights outline the going-out-of-business signs placarding Vater's Hardware. 
But the Police and Fire Departments got their paychecks today, and the street lights and traffic signals were working, reasons enough for good cheer in Aliquippa as Christmas approached. And, though traditional seasonal decorations were missing from the light poles, that seemed a small sacrifice to the cause of survival.
Rumours and Little More Thriving in Steel Town.  (The New York Times, 2/6/1983)
This old mill town, like so many other industrial towns throughout the land, is heavy with despair. Unemployment stands at about 25 percent. About half the population is dependent on government payments, Social Security, welfare, unemployment compensation, and along six blocks of Franklin Avenue more than 30 stores are closed. 
There is widespread talk, all denied by the company, that the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation plans to close its huge mill on the bank of the Ohio River.
Struggle to Survive in Town That Steel Forgot.  (The New York Times, 4/27/1993)
Molten metal still flows in a handful of buildings on the seven-mile stretch of the Ohio River bank here where a sprawling Jones & Laughlin steel complex once employed as many as 17,000 workers. But if the nation had a hospital for communities, this struggling town 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh would have been sent to intensive care. 
The LTV Corporation, which bought Jones & Laughlin in 1968, has only 600 employees here now.
Labor days: Former J&L workers recall mill life, aftermath.  (Beaver County Times, 8/31/2014)
The red flags were there for employees of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. in Aliquippa in the 1980s. But many admittedly remained in denial, developing no backup plan until the grim reality hit. Department by department, the 7-mile-long plant along the Ohio River closed. The once-thriving hotbed for jobs that employed more than 14,000 workers in its heyday was no more. 
Workers found themselves going through a range of emotions, from sadness to anger to despair. But the end result for those who stayed the course until the bitter end following J&L’s merger with LTV Steel was that they woke up one day with no job. 

The disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2018)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois.  (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan.  (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  (1/6/2018)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio.  (1/9/2019)

Friday, January 11, 2019

'Games People Play' by Joe South debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending January 11, 1969


A slow week.   Joe South makes his first of 8 appearance on the Hot 100 with "Games People Play", which spent 12 weeks on the chart and peaked at #12, a position he reached the following year with "Walk a Mile in My Shoes."   South made his first two appearance on the chart in 1958 and 1961.





Related article:
The return of Joe South.  (Christian Science Monitor, 9/12/1990)
JOE SOUTH. You say the name doesn't quite ring a bell? Well, how about ``Games People Play''? That song was the anthem of 1969 - the double Grammy Award winner from South's groundbreaking album ``Introspect.'' With a guitar, a sympathetic band (The Believers), a great warm, rich voice, some memorable melodies, and lyrics that zeroed right in on every personal and universal foible you could think of, Joe South's music became a kind of mental blueprint for a lot of soul-searchers in the late '60s and early '70s. Then he virtually disappeared. 

Related posts:
August 1968
"I Say a Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin
"In-a-gadda-da-vida: by Iron Butterfly
"Piece of My Heart" by Brother and the Holding Company 

September 1968
"Fire!" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
"Hey Jude" by the Beatles
"All Along the Watchtower" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Bang-shang-a-lang" by the Archies

October 1968
"White Room" by Cream 
"Ride My See-Saw" by the Moody Blues
"Love Child" by Diana Ross and the Supremes
"Abraham, Martin & John" by Dion

November 1968
"For Once in my Life" by Stevie Wonder 
"Hang 'em High" by Booker T. & the MG's
"Hooked on a Feeling" by B. J. Thomas 
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
"Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone

December 1968
"Going Up The Country" by Canned Heat
"Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" by Bob Seger
"Touch Me" by the Doors

January 1969
"Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations

Apparently, Blacks still don't feel all that welcome in Levittown, Pennsylvania


Levittown population:  52,983


Samuel Snipes, 99, Dies; Lawyer for First Black Family in Levittown, Pa.  (The New York Times, 1/10/2019)
Mr. Snipes represented Daisy and Bill Myers when they and their three young children moved into Levittown in 1957. He handled the closing on the home purchase and informed the police that an African-American family would be moving into the development, knowing that controversy would follow, said David Kushner, the author of the 2009 book “Levittown,” which explored the family’s ordeal. 
“He felt they had every right to live there,” 
Mr. Kushner said. The Myers family’s arrival on Aug. 13, 1957, sparked weeks of unrest, harassment and cross burnings. Threats were made by phone, by mail and by screaming, spitting protesters outside the family’s home. At one point, Mr. Snipes held off a mob until the police arrived.

Presidential historian gives Donald Trump worst grades ever


Photo source:  Doris Kearns Goodwin

Reported in  Why Trump’s Unusual Leadership Style Isn’t Working in the White House.  (The New York Times, 1/10/2019)

Unusual??  

Merriam-Webster offer any number of more appropriately descriptive adjectives:  bizarre, eccentric, oddball, aberrant, abnormal, freaky,

The cost of Donald Trump's border wall has ballooned from $10-$12 million in 2016 to $5 billion today



This bit of nonsense begins at 1:03.




Related post:
The continuing Niagara of lies from a president with the emotional development of a 6 year old.  (1/11/2019)

The continuing Niagara of lies from a president with the emotional development of a 6 year old


‘The story keeps changing’: Trump falsely asserts he never promised Mexico would directly pay for the border wall.  (Washington Post, 1/10/2019)



Choice cuts:
February 26, 2016 on CNN debate.  (starts at 0:20)
Wolf Blitzer:  How are you going to make them pay for the wall?
Trump:  "I will, and the wall just got ten feet taller."

Trump:  "We're going to make them pay for that wall."  (1:01)


May 30, 2018 in Nashville
Trump:  "But in the end, Mexico is going to pay for the wall."  (0:01)

Trump:  "They're going to pay for the wall, and they're going to enjoy it., OK.  They're going to pay for the wall"  (0:19)

Related posts:
2018
Get me rewrite. Donald Trump, the president with the emotional development of a 6 year old, will most assuredly cast blame elsewhere.  (121/5/2018) 
"Two maniacs" rain on the parade of president with the emotional development of a 6 year old.  (11/3/2018)
President with the emotional development of a 6 year old loves to shred his own documents.  (6/11/2018)
The Mouth That Roars: President with emotional development of a 6 year old never takes responsibility for his inaction.  (1/30/2018)
 
2017
President with emotional development of a 6 year old visits Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.  (12/9/2017)
Yet another inane quote from the president with the emotional development of a 6 year old. (2/18/2017)
President with emotional development of 6 year old attends National Prayer Breakfast, settles scores.  (2/2/2017)

May-December 2016
Donald Trump: Stuck in the middle of 1952.  (8/23/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 6 year old promotes gun nonsense.  (8/9/2016)
Dear Donald Trump, I was wrong; you don't have the emotional development of a 12 year old. My apologies. (6/23/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old cruising on inheritance.  (6/20/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old tweets more nonsense.  (5/14/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old resorts to name-calling when zinged.  (5/11/2016)

January-April 2016
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old has a very important, major engagement.  (3/16/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old still makes case for his beautiful, powerful, large penis.  (3/6/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old brags he's the only one who can beat Clinton.  (3/3/2016)
Presidential candidate with the emotional development of a 12 year old disavows.  (3/1/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old wings it.  (2/29/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old weighs in on Rubio and last night's debate.  (2/26/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old tells us how he really feels.  (2/23/2016)
Yes, Donny, get angry, cuz we want a brave man, a cave man.  (2/22/2016)
Thin-skinned Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old fires volley at Pope.  (2/18/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old should go ahead and put it in the want ads.  (1/29/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old plans to skip debate.  (1/27/2016)
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old reacts to SOTU.  (1/13/2016)

2018: Hottest year ever for Australian state of New South Wales


Source:  thinglink

Heat records tumble across the Mid-Western Region.  (Mudgee Guardian, 1/11/2019)
2018 was the equal warmest on record for Mudgee for both mean temperature and mean maximum temperature with 16.4°C and 24.1°C respectively matching the highest set in 2017. 
While Gulgong’s annual mean daily maximum temperature of 25°C was a new record, eclipsing the old mark by 0.1 of a degree set in 2006. 
[snip]
2018 at the local sites were true of NSW as a whole, which was the warmest on record for the state. And it was Australia's third-warmest.

Other 2018 hot spots:
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand hottest ever in 2018, further threatening marine life.  (1/11/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Prague experiences hottest year on record for third time this decade.  (1/6/2019)
Climate change as a matter of fact: Red-hot summer of record heat in Europe.  (8/18/2018)
UPDATE: July 2018 is hottest month ever in California.  (8/18/2018)

2018: Hottest year ever in California's Coachella Valley

Source:  Wikipedia (arrow added)

2018 was the hottest year ever in Coachella Valley.  (Desert Sun, 1/10/2019) 

The Coachella Valley's average annual temperature last year was 76.1 degrees, up from averages of 72 to 73 degrees in the 1950’s. July 23 and 24 were the steamiest days, with the thermometer hitting 122 degrees. Month to month, the area experienced its highest overall heat since 1950, when record-keeping began. 
While it can be tough for humans to notice a few degrees difference in temperature, signs of the trend are evident, said longtime Coachella Valley ecologist James Cornett, of JWC Consultants. Until the 1970’s, it was common for there to be snow downtown about once a decade. But the last time snowflakes accumulated on Palm Canyon Drive was in January 1979, he said. 


Other 2018 hot spots:
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand hottest ever in 2018, further threatening marine life.  (1/11/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Prague experiences hottest year on record for third time this decade.  (1/6/2019)
Climate change as a matter of fact: Red-hot summer of record heat in Europe.  (8/18/2018)
UPDATE: July 2018 is hottest month ever in California.  (8/18/2018)

Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand hottest ever in 2018, further threatening marine life



New Zealand seas in 2018 hottest since records began, dire warning for marine life.  (New Zealand Herald, 1/11/2019)
Those scorching seas saw anomalies such as snapper in Fiordland, and Queensland groper around Northland. It also saw high mortality rates for both the salmon and mussel farming industries. 
It comes after Niwa announced this week 2018 was the country's second-hottest year on record.

Other 2018 hot spots:
Climate change as a matter of fact: Red-hot summer of record heat in Europe.  (8/18/2018)
UPDATE: July 2018 is hottest month ever in California.  (8/18/2018)

Disappearing U.S. city of the day: East St. Louis, Illinois


East St. Louis, with its acre upon acre of burned-out hulks that were once houses, its sad tales of backed-up sewers and of police cars that run out of gas, of garbage piled so deep that entire streets are rendered impassable and of books so poorly kept that no one can calculate its debt, has become a textbook case of everything that can go wrong in an American city.

Source:  Wikipedia

East St. Louis's population peaked at 82,366 in 1950.  Its 2017 estimated population is 26,662 -- a drop of 55,704, or 68%.

East St. Louis is located in St. Clair County, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.  The county's population peaked at 270,076 in 2010.  Its 2017 estimated population is 262,479, a drop of 2.6%.  

The East St. Louis Race Riot Left Dozens Dead, Devastating a Community on the Rise.  (Smithsonian, 6/30/2017)
No one really knows about this. . . . I know about it because my father, uncles and aunts lived through it,” Dhati Kennedy says. 
He’s referring to an incident that survivors call the East St. Louis Race War. From July 1 through July 3, 1917, a small Illinois city located across the river from its Missouri counterpart was overrun with violence.

The disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2018)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
Flint, Michigan.  (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  (1/6/2018)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio.  (1/9/2019)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The 9 longest serving state legislators


OK, Fred, you've made your point.

1.  62  years.  Fred Risser (D-Wisconsin). 1957-present. 
2 (tie).  56 years.  Hugh Gillis (D-Georgia).  1941-44, 1949-56, 1957-58, 1963-2004.
With fifty-six years in office, Hugh Gillis of Treutlen County was the longest-serving member of the Georgia General Assembly. Gillis held powerful committee positions during his long legislative career, including president pro tempore of the senate.
New Georgia Encyclopedia

2 (tie).  56 years.  Michael Kinney (D-Missouri).  1913-2018.     

4. 53 years.  Gene Stipe (D-Oklahoma).  1948-53, 1957-2003.

5 (tie).  52 years.  Jack Kibbie (D-Iowa).  1961-2013.

5 (tie).  52 years.  Dan Healy (-New Hampshire).  

5 (tie).  52 years. Brynhild Haugland (R-North Dakota) 1938-90. 

5 (tie).  52 years.  Douglas Henry (D-Tennessee).  1955-62, 1961-2004

5 (tie).  52 years.  John O'Brien (Washington)  1939-46, 1949-92.

You remember this GOP shill, don't you? In 2014, he wrote Scott Walker's campaign biography.



Op-ed can be read here..

Related posts:
The wit and wisdom of Marc Thiessen, Scott Walker mouthpiece and cheerleader.  (3/18/2018)

Donald Trump's prescient 2004 advice to illegal immigrants




‘If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it,’ Trump said in 2004 speech’.  (Washington Post, 1/10/2019)


Related posts:
GET ME REWRITE. Trump pleads with his base to help him save his stumbling, chaotic presidency.  (1/10/2019)
Scott Walker appeared on Fox and Friends today and, yes, a fence is a physical border.  (1/9/2019)
Glenn Grothman starts the 116th Congress where he left off in the 115th: Enhancing his clown bona fides.  (1/5/2019)
GET ME REWRITE! The Trump base is already malleable crazy.  (12/20/2018)
Dear border wall nuts in Florida, You'd be much better off putting your money towards your own state's infrastructure.  (12/20/2018)

GET ME REWRITE. Trump pleads with his base to help him save his stumbling, chaotic presidency


iPhone pic from Wisconsin State Journal, 1/92019

AP story found here.

Related posts:
Scott Walker appeared on Fox and Friends today and, yes, a fence is a physical border.  (1/9/2019)
Glenn Grothman starts the 116th Congress where he left off in the 115th: Enhancing his clown bona fides.  (1/5/2019)
GET ME REWRITE! The Trump base is already malleable crazy.  (12/20/2018)
Dear border wall nuts in Florida, You'd be much better off putting your money towards your own state's infrastructure.  (12/20/2018)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Which begs the question, how many GOP voters are naturally dispersed across the head of a penis?



Reported in Assembly Republicans ask court to halt proceedings in redistricting case.  (Madison.com, 1/9/2019)

Related posts:
Broken record: The WIGOP gerrymander messaging of power-mad Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (12/2/2018)
In a close vote, male-dominated Columbia County Board of Supervisors endorses gerrymandering of state and congressional legislative districts.  (1/22/2018)
Wisconsin redistricting: Judges saw evidence, reached obvious conclusion, part 1.  (1/28/2017)
Wisconsin redistricting: Judges saw evidence, reached obvious conclusion, part 2.  (1/28/2017)
Wisconsin redistricting: Judges saw evidence, reached obvious conclusion, part 3.  (1/28/2017)
Transparency is not a word in Robin Vos's vocabulary.  (1/1/2019) 


Scott Walker appeared on Fox and Friends today and, yes, a fence is a physical border


You can watch the tape here!!

Screenshot from @ScottWalker (emphasis added)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis.  (AP, 1/9/2019)

In addition -- and this is quibbling, of course -- there were never 54 Senate Democrats in the 113th Congress.

Source:  Wikipedia

Scott Walker toxic legacy UPDATE. And then, to make matters worse, he apparently hacks his son's Twitter account



Insolvency?    No.

Prosperity?  Not for all.

Small business expansion?  Well below average.

Meaningful employment?  Too many people have fallen through the cracks.

As for manufacturing....


Original 1/8/2019 post, "On his last day as governor, Scott Walker spends nearly an hour on Twitter trying to elevate his toxic legacy", starts here.

@ScottWalker (1/6/2019)

Other legacy posts:
The first 3 chapters:  environment, transportation, corrections.
Chapter 4:  Wisconsin families can't afford basic necessities edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 5. Scott Walker's shameful legacy: The black-white high-school graduation gap edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 6. Scott Walker's shameful legacy (the higher education edition).  (12/13/2018)
Taking credit where no credit is due.  (1/7/2019)
Not telling the whole story.  (1/7/2019)
Gliding over the disparities.  (1/7/2019)
Voter suppression.  (1/7/2019)
Teacher bashing compounded by cuts to education.  (1/8/2019)
Just fine and dandy with treading water over high school graduation rates.  (1/8/2019)