Saturday, October 12, 2019

James Valone (1951-2019) Warren Area High School class of 1970



1970 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of James as a baby name is found here.  Let's take a look at Kendra.


Kendra debuted in 1946, during the first year of Baby Boomer births.  She peaked at #77 in 1987, one of three years in the top 100.

Other class of '70 members:
2019
Anita Youngquist Gray.  (5/17/2019)
Cindy Stewart Neizmik.  (2/11/2019)

2016
David Olney.  (9/14/2016)

2015
Dennis Dickey.  (12/28/2015)

2014
Dana Pusateri.  (9/23/2014)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Duncan Hunter edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)


One of Hunter's greatest hits: "Baby, It's Cold Outside". 


Other Duncan Hunter posts:
GET ME REWRITE: New York Times shares Border Patrol facility observation of disgraced GOP family values guy.  (9/29/2019)
The two faces of Duncan Hunter.  (8/30/2018)
UPDATE. GOP troglodyte Duncan Hunter still in with Trump, thrilled with transgender ban.  (7/27/2017)
On the issues:  Gun control.  (12/3/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/26/2014)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Doug LaMalfa, California.  (10/11/2019)
Tom McClintock, California.  (10/11/2019)
Paul Cook, California.  (10/11/2019)
Devin Nunes, California.  (10/11/2019)
Kevin McCarthy, California.  (10/12/2019)
Ken Calvert, California.  (10/12/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Ken Calvert edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

One of Calvert's greatest hits: "For the Love of Scott Pruitt". 


Other Ken Calvert posts:
No friend to the environment.  (11/26/2015)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Doug LaMalfa, California.  (10/11/2019)
Tom McClintock, California.  (10/11/2019)
Paul Cook, California.  (10/11/2019)
Devin Nunes, California.  (10/11/2019)
Kevin McCarthy, California.  (10/12/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Kevin McCarthy edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

One of McCarthy's greatest hits: "In Defense of Gobbledygook". 


Other Kevin McCarthy posts:
Kevin McCarthy is a poor reader at best or a mental lightweight at worst.  (9/8/2018)
On the issues:  Gun control.  (12/3/2015)
The 3 contenders for Speaker of the House speak out on same-sex marriage.  (10/7/2015)
The 3 contenders for Speaker of the House speak out on climate change.  (10/6/2015)
Kevin McCarthy does a Scott Walker -- and that ain't good!  (10/1/2015)
Kevin McCarthy explains it all.  (10/1/2015)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Doug LaMalfa, California.  (10/11/2019)
Tom McClintock, California.  (10/11/2019)
Paul Cook, California.  (10/11/2019)
Devin Nunes.  (10/11/2019)

Keeping tabs on Foxconn Place in downtown Milwaukee



15 months after buying the building, Foxconn starts first major non-tenant work on its Milwaukee headquarters.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/11/2019)
The company said at the time [June 2018] that it needed “a state-of-the-art facility.” And — using its preferred shorthand for artificial intelligence, ultra-sharp display panels and the emerging generation of high-speed data networks — the firm said it wanted design possibilities that would “showcase Foxconn’s continuing innovation in leading-edge technologies that AI 8K+5G will enable.” 
The company said it expected to begin the work in September 2018.

Foxconn at two years: Factory being built, innovation centers unfilled, pledge to UW not yet met.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/26/2019)


Ixonia.  You've seen the name hundreds of times on exit signs if you've traveled I-94 between Madison and Milwaukee as much as I have.


Foxconn is confusing the hell out of Wisconsin. (Verge, 4/10/2019)
I walked into the front lobby, a small space undecorated except for a narrow strip of Foxconn-spangled wallpaper behind a receptionist desk in the corner. The receptionist politely declined my requests to speak with someone from Foxconn, directing me to a media email. When I told her I’d tried it already and received no response, she assured me Foxconn people do exist, but finding them would take some investigating. When I tried the email again, a publicist said that they were “aware” of my visit and directed me to a recent press release.

Keeping tabs on Foxconn Place in
Eau Claire
Green Bay
Madison
Racine

2/20/2019 update, "Foxconn's long and winding road to innovation", starts here.

.....tick.....tick.....tick.....


Gleaned from Foxconn's big plans for its Milwaukee headquarters have yet to materialize, city, records indicate.  (Miwlaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/2019)


Original 11/1/2018 post, "Hey, landlord!  Scott Walker's Foxconn gives new meaning to innovation", starts here.

(emphasis added)

Sources:
Foxconn buys downtown office building for $14.9 million, says 500 people will work there.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/15/2018)
Baird & Co. to expand into large portion of Foxconn headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/1/2018)

Robert W. Baird & Co.:  Who We Are

Related posts:
Get me rewrite. In La Crosse, Foxconn cheerleader Jonathan Delagrave offers Scott Walker BS to skeptical crowd. (9/25/2018)
So sez a minor-league GOP donor.  (8/19/2018)
UPDATE: Goofy Scott Walker sure to offend voters all over the state with Foxconn headgear and desperate re-election message.  (7/31/2018)
Headline news: Makes me wonder if something fishy is going on at Foxconn.  (6/12/2018)

Friday, October 11, 2019

UPDATE. The lights are on at Chicken Run, but nobody's home


Photo by Retiring Guy



2/4/2019 update, "R.I.P. The Chicken Run (December 2017-November 2018)", starts here.

A jinxed location for drive-through restaurants:  Chicken Run in the foreground, Sonic in the background.

Photos by Retiring Guy

The Chicken Run calls it quits in Middleton.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/27/2018)
"Couldn’t generate the volume of business to pay the bills," Matt Prescott, who owned the restaurant with his brother, Bobby, said via text message. "Based on the reviews that were great I would have to say it was location."
My wife and I made just one visit here.  We weren't impressed.  We think their problem was an extremely limited menu.




11/26/2017 update, "The Chicken Run is hiring and will be opening soon", starts here.


This is still the Crandall's drive-through menu.

Photos by Retiring Guy

The Chicken Run is hiring.


9/8/2017 update, "Apparently, a Chicken Run restaurant is coming to the former Crandall's location on University Avenue in Middleton", starts here.


Although I located other Chicken Run restaurants, including this one in New York's Mohawk Valley, the Middleton version appears to be a one-of-a-kind operation.


Original 7/31/2015 post, "Whatever was 'COMING in 2014" is now overdue". starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

This Crandall's used to be a popular Friday evening destination as a steady stream of customers slowly made their way to the drive-through window to pick up orders of what we considered the best fish fry in town.

But all is not lost.  As we recently discovered, Paul's Neighborhood Bar at 2401 Parmenter serves up a great fish fry.

Around Town Middleton: Matching car and garage door


Photo by Retiring Guy

Around Town Middleton posts
September 2019
Around Town Middleton: Bees love ornamental onion plants.   (9/4/2019) 

August 2019
60-year-old resident arrested for armed robbery.  (8/21/2019)
Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot .  (8/2/2019)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27/2019)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24/2019)
 
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4/2019)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2/2019)
 
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18/2018)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18/2018)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19/2018)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/2018)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6/2018)

June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23/2018)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15/2018)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15/2018)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30/2018)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22/2018)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20/2018)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18/2018) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12/2018)

February 2018

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Devin Nunes edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

One of Nunes' greatest hits: "Doomsday Demagoguery". 


Other Devin Nunes posts:
Meet the 3 men who pull the strings of the U.S. government's investigation of Trump's ties to Russia.   (3/8/2017)
Echoes of totalitarianism Nazi principle in Rep. Devin Nunes' warning to reporters.  (3/4/2017)
No friend to the environment.  (11/23/2014)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Doug LaMalfa, California.  (10/11/2019)
Tom McClintock, California.  (10/11/2019)
Paul Cook, California.  (10/11/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Paul Cook edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

'Further distract'?  Is that like 'jumbo shrimp'?

One of Cook's greatest hits: "The Right to Bear Arms". 


Other Paul Cook posts:
On the issues:  Gun control.  (12/3/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/20/2014)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Doug LaMalfa, California.  (10/11/2019)
Tom McClintock, California.  (10/11/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Tom McClintock edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

Translation:  "Like my Cali colleague Doug, my reading comprehension ain't so hot."

One of McClintock's greatest hits: "Miss Conroy never nominated me". 



Other Tom McClintock posts:
5-term GOP Congressman from California gets an earful from constituents.  (2/5/2017)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/3/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/20/2014)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Doug LaMalfa, California.  (10/11/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Doug LaMalfa edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

Translation:  "I can read, but I can't comprehend."

One of LaMalfa's greatest hits: "I Believe". 


Other Doug LaMalfa posts:
51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination.  (4/20/2017)
On the issues: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) on gun control.  (12/3/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/20/2014)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Bruce Westerman edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump (Washington Post)

One of Westerman's greatest hits: "Deplorable Acts". 


Other Bruce Westerman posts:
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind to Rep. Bruce Westerman.  (11/30/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/2/2015)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
Steve Womack, Arkansas.  (10/11/2019)

Meet the GOP lemmings of Congress (the Steve Womack edition)



Quoted in Where House members stand on impeaching Trump.  (Washington Post)

One of Womack's greatest hits: "Unborn Child". 


Other Steve Womack posts:
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind to Rep. Steve Womack.  (11/30/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/18/2014)

Other GOP lemmings posts:
Bradley Byrne, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Martha Roby, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mike Rogers, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Robert Aderholt, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Mo Brooks, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Gary Palmer, Alabama.  (10/10/2019)
Don Young, Alaska.  (10/10/2019)
Paul Gosar, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Andy Biggs, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Debbie Lesko, Arizona.  (10/10/2019)
Rick Crawford, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)
French Hill, Arkansas.  (10/10/2019)

His biggest admirers: GOP women are in a world of their own



Support for Trump impeachment inquiry rises, new poll shows.  (PBS, 10/10/2019)
More than half of Americans say they support the impeachment inquiry launched by the House of Representatives against President Donald Trump. And nearly as many are ready to see him impeached and removed from office, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist.

In The Seekers' second of four appearances on the Billboard Hot 100, "A World of our Own" debuted at for the week ending May 29, 1965.  It spent 10 weeks on the chart, peaking at #19 for 2 weeks.  



The 'B' side of the single?  "Sinner Man".

Empty vessels for Trump (Ron Johnson edition)



Reported in Ron Johnson says he doesn't trust CIA, FBI in heated interview on 'Meet the Press'.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/6/2019)


Related posts:
UPDATE:  Our Dumb Senator continues to get hammered.  (10/5/2019)
UPDATE. Our Dumb Senator -- now in its 7th year!!!  (8/16/2017)
UPDATE: Our dumb senator -- proven scientifically -- on climate change.  (8/8/2016)

NPR's go-to trusted source for Trump impeachment nonsense is the thoroughly disgraced Newt Gingrich


Photo credit:  Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia

Trump's Fights With GOP Over Syria Come At The 'Worst Possible Moment'.  (NPR, 10/11/2019)

Other Newties:
Newt Gingrich's "use by" date is as old as this box of Kodak Ektachrome duplicating film.  (12/8/2018)
UPDATE. Desperately clinging to Trump for relevance, the inane Newt Gingrich find himself holding onto the threads of a unraveling royal robe.  (8/13/2018)
The artless Donald Trump sez something stupid and the deplorable Newt Gingrich follows suit.  (5/2/2017)
Sometimes even Newt Gingrich hits the nail on the head.  (4/5/2016)
Four years ago, it was a four-way race for the Republican Presidential nomination.  (1/22/2016)
Pot calls kettle black.  (2/1/2012)
For a good time, go to www.newtgingrich.com -- repeatedly.  (12/21/2011)
In this case, I'm partial to the first definition of 'surge'.  (12/16/2011)
Newt Gingrich: The Whack-a Mole of U.S. Politics.  (12/3/2011)

UPDATE. Independence Public Library: 2009-2018 annual circulation and program attendance






Ranked by percentage change in annual circulation 2009-2018, high to low



A member of the Winding Rivers Library System
Shared space in city hall

Library hours of operation (no change in number of hours open since 2016)
  • Monday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Thursday.  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday:   9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12 noon (1st and 3rd)
41.5/38.5 hours per week.  (Compared to 37 hours per week, on average, in 2009.)

Source:  Wikipedia
Other posts in series:
Argyle Public Library.  (10/7/2019)
Arpin.  Lester Public Library.  (10/2/2019)
Belmont.  John Turgeson Public Library.  (10/6/2019)
Ettrick Public Library.  (10/2/2019)
Fairchild Public Library.  (10/9/2019)
Hawkins Area Library.  (10/6/2019)
Lone Rock Community Library.  (10/5/2019)
Lowell Public Library.  (10/10/2019)
Montfort Public Library.  (10/8/2019)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (10/3/2019)
Sand Creek.  Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library.  (10/1/2019)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (10/3/2019)
Wabeno Public Library.  (10/4/2019)

Population loss in Mississippi: Kemper County/De Kalb


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. The last in a series.

Source:  Wikipedia (Kemper County, De Kalb)


De Kalb is the county seat of Kemper County.  

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.



Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 13.1% - Kemper County
  • 21.3% - Mississippi
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 20.2% - Kemper County
  • 15.9% - Mississippi
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 29.8% - Kemper County
  • 19.7% - Mississippi
  • 11.8% - U.S.

The last time Kemper County voted for a Republican presidential candidate was in 1988.  Clinton received 60.9% of the vote in 2016.  George Wallace received 75.5% of the vote in 1968,
Related reading:
Clean Coal, or a Dirty Shame?  (The New York Times, 7/7/2019)
The Southern Company’s power plant in Kemper County, Mississippi, was supposed to prove that there could be “clean coal” by capturing and storing the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. But the plant is two years behind schedule, $4 billion over its $2.4 billion budget and plagued by construction problems.

Other Mississippi population loss posts:
Tunica County/Tunica.  (10/2/2019)
Coahoma County/Clarksdale.  (10/2/2019)
Bolivar County/Cleveland.  (10/3/2019)
Issaquena County/Mayersville.  (10/3/2019)
Claiborne County/Port Gibson.  (10/3/2019)
Jefferson County/Fayette.  (10/4/2019)
Wilkinson County/Woodville.  (10/4/2019)
Franklin County/Meadville.  (10/5/2019)
Sharkey County/Rolling Fork.  (10/5/2019)
Humphreys County/Belzoni.  (10/6/2019)S
Sunflower County/Indianola.  (10/6/2017)
Tallahatchie County/Charleston.  (10/7/2019)
Quitman County/Marks.  (10/7/2019)
Carroll County/Vaiden.  (10/8/2019)
Holmes County/Lexington.  (10/8/2019)
Choctaw County/Ackerman.  (10/9/2019)
Noxubee County/Macon.  (10/10/2019)

Population loss series: