Saturday, March 28, 2020

Greetings from Trump's America: Cleburne County, Arkansas, where 30-some people learn about social distancing the hard way

Nearly 3 dozen who attended Arkansas church event test positive for coronavirus.  (NBC News, 3/26/2020)
Mark Palenske, a pastor at the church, said in a lengthy Facebook post late last week that he and his wife, Dena, were among those to test positive for COVID-19. 
He said that when such a virus spreads on the other side of the world, "your first inclination is to assume that time and distance are on your side." 
But "that false assumption" recently caught up with him and his wife, he said.

Source:  Wikipedia (Cleburne County, Heber Springs)

Heber Springs is the county seat of Cleburne County.  

% of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree:
  • 14.9% - Cleburne County
  • 22.6% - Arkansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
% of population 65 and older:
  • 26.8% - Cleburne County
  • 17.0% - Arkansas
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 14.6% - Cleburne County
  • 17.2% - Arkansas
  • 11.8% - U.S.

Less educated, older, rural, plurality of vote for George Wallace in 1968.

Source:  Wikipedia 
3rd party votes:  13.1% in 1992, 12.5% in 1996. 4.4% in 2016
(George Wallace received 38.9% of the vote in 1968)

Other Trump's America posts:
Autauga County.  (6/29/2017)
Bibb County.  (11/10/2017)
Covington County. (11/11/2017)
Dale County.  (12/12/2017)
Geneva County.  (11/11/2017)
Marion County.  (11/11/2017)

Mohave County.  (1/3/2020)
8th congressional district.  (4/25/2018)

Faulkner County.  (3/20/2018)
Mississippi County.  (3/19/2018)
Woodruff County.  (3/26/2018)

Mesa County.  (7/20/2017)
Shasta County.  (7/4/2017

Morgan County.  (4/25/2017)

Windham County.  (1/13/2020)

Citrus County.  (11/9/2019)
DeSoto County,.  (9/9/2017)
Pinellas County.   (3/14/2019)

Kootenai County.  (9/25/2017)

Effingham County.  (2/15/2018)
Franklin County.  (2/27/2017)
Jersey County.  (5/12/2019)
Jo Daviess County.  (5/13/2018)
Knox County.  (5/13/2018)
Macon County.  (1/22/2020)
McHenry County.  (2/5/2017)
Perry County.  (5/8/2017)
Scott County.  (11/7/2019)
Stephenson County.  (5/13/2018)
Whiteside County.  (5/13/2018)
16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

Dearborn County.  (3/16/2019)
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Granger.  (3/26/2017)
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How President Trump is unifying the country

Screenshots from Saturday, March 28 email solicitation

The president is doing a fine job in taking himself down.  Latest example:  He lost Michigan yesterday.

GET ME REWRITE: Breitbart enshrines white male privilege of the GOP conservative variety with Champions of Freedom award

The 24 GOP legislatures received a 100% rating.

Related posts:
GOP hypocrisy in full flower (Chip Roy edition).  (3/20/2020)
The faces of the 51 GOP members of the U.S. Senate (who voted against sick leave).  (3/19/2020)
Meet the 9 GOP troglodytes who noted 'no' on renaming a post office after Maya Angelou.  (3/16/2020)
The 40 GOP members of the House of Representatives who voted against the Coronavirus Relief Bill.  (3/15/2020)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

West Towne Urban Air Adventure Park UPDATE: Pandemic rains on its parade

Photos by Retiring Guy

Trading teddy bears for trampolines: Former Toys R Us opens as Urban Air Adventure Park.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/22/2019)
A germnasium, in other words.  Walking through the automatic sliding doors, visitors are welcomed by flashing lights, bright colors and a variety of play options. Instead of paying based on time spent at Urban Air, customers are charged based on the amount and types of attractions they would like to use, starting at $15.99 for trampolines up to $29.99 for all-access. Parents who come with children can also get access to the same attractions for $5.99.

10/4/2019 update, "Still workin' on it", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Wisconsin locations still "coming soon"!!!

Other West Towne Mall posts:
Von Maur to the rescue at West Towne Mall,  (10/4/2019)
Not so Forever 21.   (10/4/2019)
Boston Store UPDATE. While management wonders what to do with 140,000 square feet of empty space, they invite young white women to hang out.  (8/19/2019)
Can't hide the emptiness at the former Payless Shoe Source store.  (8/12/2019)
UPDATE. Space formerly occupied by Sears remains vacant.  (7/9/2019)
Wind-driven signage.   (5/1/2019)
It was 19 months ago when the Apple Store moved from West Towne to Hilldale. (5/1/2019)
Then and Now: North and south of the Beltline and east of West Towne Mall.  (4/30/2019)
Then and Now: North and south of the Beltline in the West Towne Mall area.  (4/2/2019)
Food court directory.  (9/24/2018)
UPDATE. West Towne Mall Management now prefers traffic cones to pothole repair.  (4/30/2018)
Total Wine UPDATE:  Now open for business.  (4/22/2018)

Original 5/1/2019 post, "Another West Towne Toys R Us reboot:  Make way for Urban Air Adventure Park", starts here.

Trampoline and adventure park planned for former Toys R Us at West Towne Mall.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/1/2019)
The national chain based in Dallas, Texas, features trampolines, rock walls, dodge ball, an "urban warrior" course and other activities. The 48,000-square-foot business also will include a cafe and rooms for birthday parties. It's another step in the mall's evolution, where more experiential businesses are becoming more common place.

Closest locations?  (Only one of which is open.)

Remember Discovery Zone?
Related reading:  
Discovery zones out.  (CNN Money, 6/30/1999)
In a move that caught many parents by surprise, the Elmsford, N.Y.-based Discovery Zone Inc. (DVZN), which has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since April 20, abruptly closed 106 of its 200-plus Fun Centers over the weekend. 
Parents, many of whom did not find out about the closings until they arrived at the centers with carloads of children, were reportedly sent scrambling to find other locations for their childrens' parties.

9/17/2018 update, "Party City reboots empty buidling as Halloween and holiday toy pop-up stores", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Former Toys 'R' Us building to become pop-up for Halloween and holiday toy sales.  (, 9/6/2018)
The 55,000-square-foot facility will be home to a Halloween City and Toy City, both pop-up concept stores from Party City Holdco, the parent company of Party City.

1a, the narrowly focused, original sense, is defined as to shut down and restart (a computer or program).

Other 1971 coinages:
  • 800 number
  • automatic teller
  • fajita
  • jug wine
  • pay-cable
  • subdirectory
  • username

5/15/2018 update, "Store closing and a carnival sets up next door", starts here.

Do I hear 60?

How low can you go?

4/21/2018 update, " Toys R Us sweetens the pot:  Up to 40% off (though it seems like they're not all that excited about it)", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

One of the window signs notes that merchandise is 'up to 40% off', but you'll need to be within 50 feet of the entrance.  Otherwise, it's like reading the bottom line of an eye chart.

4/5/2018 update, "Still plenty of merchandise available at GOING OUT OF BUSINESS sale", starts here.

The store will remain open "until around mid-May", according to one of the employees.


But probably not anything in the Star Wars section.  (Sorry, folks, I didn't check up close.)

The main reason for my visit?  I hoped to find mega-bargains on garden kitsch menagerie additions, but these pricey collectibles are only 10% off.  Will anything be left by mid-May?  Will prices be slashed by then just to get rid of stuff?

All photos by Retiring Guy

Stay tuned!

3/15/2018 update, "R.I.P. Madison West Towne Toys R Us (1989?-2018)", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

West Towne Mall store among 740 in U.S. to close with demise of Toys R Us.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/15/2018)
Toys R Us had dominated the toy store business in the 1980s and early 1990s, when it was one of the first of the "category killers"— a store totally devoted to one thing. Its scale gave it leverage with toy sellers and it disrupted general merchandise stores and mom-and-pop shops. Children sang along with commercials about "the biggest toy store there is." 
But the company lost ground to discounters like Target and Walmart, and then to Amazon, as even nostalgic parents sought deals elsewhere.

Development timeline of the site:.  

  • 1972.  Opens as General Cinema twin theater.
  • 1981.  One theater split to form a triplex.  Total seats:  1,094.
  • 1987.  Marcus Theaters takes ownership.
  • 1988.  Theaters closed and building demolished.
  • 1989?  Toys R Us opens 55,000-square-foot store  

Original 1/24/2018 post, "Pop Quiz.  In Madison Wisconsin, Toys R Us is closing (a) East Towne store (b) West Towne store (c) both (d) neither", starts here.

An email sez West Towne




Oops!  Shoppers leave Toys 'R' Us on Madison's Far West Side on as the store prepared to open on Thanksgiving 2017. The 55,000-square-foot store will remain open while the Toy's R Us-owned Babies R Us at East Towne will be among 182 stores scheduled to close, according to the company, which filed for bankruptcy in September.  [emphasis added]

See if your Toys R Us store is on the closure list.  (USA Today, 1/24/2018)

Zeier Road runs along the eastern edge of East Towne Mall.

Ainsley Earhardt shares her first-world problems (pandemic edition)

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Check out her wardrobe in this puff piece:   How Fox's 'southern gal' Ainsley Earhardt became the darling of 'the most powerful TV show in America',  (Business Insider, 10/8/2017)

Oh, yeah, most definitely!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dan Patrick UPDATE: The Texas State Embarrassment

There are few types of lawmakers less helpful to the legislative process than bullies and ideologues. Unfortunately, Dan Patrick too often seemed to be both in his first session as the chair of the Senate Education Committee. The Houston radio host fell into a habit of lecturing his fellow legislators, interrupting witnesses, and accusing those who disagreed with him of simply not understanding his bills. In short, he ran his committee like he runs his talk show, where the only opinion that really matters is his own.

Original 3/24/2020 post, "Welcome to Dan Patrick's self-service death panel", starts here.

Photo credit:  The Texas Tribune

Quoted in Dan Patrick says he is willing to risk his own life to allow economy to resume. (Houston Chronicle, 3/23/2020)

Oh, the irony.  Remember the GOP disinformation campaign and fear-mongering over Obamacare death panels?