Saturday, June 11, 2016

12 year old sez he's a Trump fan cuz "I get to keep my guns"

As reported at Donald Trump rallies crowd during stop at Pittsburgh International Airport.  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/11/2016)

Home decorating on hold in Oakwood, Ohio

Photo credit:

As quoted in Stanford rapist’s mother’s letter to judge doesn’t mention the victim once.  (Death and Taxes, 6/11/2016)

And now for something completely inappropriate helpful advice from...

The Judy Room (TM):  Summer Stock

Related post:
Headline news: Welcome to Oakwood, Ohio, enclave of white privilege.  (6/9/2016)

Timing is everything: Baby robin does impressive crow call

The public trust betrayed: Scott Walker's chamber of commerce agenda for Wisconsin's environment

As quoted in Cathy Stepp, outspoken critic of DNR, picked to head agency.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/30/2010)

DNR plan for wells a major victory for business.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/10/2016)
Driven by periods of drought and high commodity prices, the number of high-capacity wells in Wisconsin increased by 54% to 10,456 from 2000 to 2015, according to DNR figures.

The DNR received nearly 100 applications for  high-capacity wells during the past 8 months.

At a minimum, Alex Hummel deserves an official reprimand, but the boot is also an option

June 8, 2016

Hummel's email message as reported in UW System withholds budget proposal ahead of regents meeting.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/8/2016)

June 10, 2016

As reported in Regents received, discussed UW budget long before public saw it.  (, 6/11/2016)

Related posts:
UW System Board of Regents drops curtain on transparency.  (6/9/2016)
Ray Cross sez he's gotta wear shades.  (5/16/2016)
More specifically, Lapdog Cross has the support of Walker appointees and GOP donors.  (5/11/2016)
Meet Ray Cross, cuddly little furball.   (5/10/2016)
Ray Cross lobbies for additional 'no confidence' votes.  (5/7/2016)
Meet the deleter, Alex Hummel: Communication is his game.  (4/18/2016)
Regents leadership Ray Cross consulted are members of GOP donors' club.  (4/7/2016)
UW Board of Regents rubberstamps Walker's tenure policy changes with 'task force' flourish.  (3/10/2016)
Education Committee chair of Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin System has donated $10,400 to Scott Walker.  (2/5/2016)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Elizabeth Warren is at it again, Donald Trump, telling it like it is


As quoted in Elizabeth Warren's speech attacking Donald Trump made a bigger argument about Republicans.  (Vox, 6/2/2016)

Related post:
Presidential candidate with emotional development of 12 year old resorts to name-calling when zinged.  (5/11/2016)

Nearly 1/3 of GOP poll respondents are fine and dandy with Trump's statements about Judge Gonzalo Curiel

As reported at Poll: Trump’s Judge Comments Were Racist, Half of Voters Say.  (Morning Consult, 6/10/2016)

Morris Dallacosta has some advice for Trump.

UPDATE: Despite predictions of Wisconsin's battleground status, Clinton maintains double-digit lead over Trump

As reported in WEAU political analyst says WI is a battleground state in upcoming election.  (WEAU, 6/9/2016)

Original 4/6/2016 post, "Cruz, Sanders exceed poll expectations to win GOP, Dem Wisconsin primary," starts here.

Related posts:
When it comes to Idaho, Democrats have little sway.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win Arizona primaries.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win in Illinois.  (3/16/2016)
No Michigan replay: Clinton wins Ohio Democratic primary by comfortable margin.  (3/16/2016)
Kasich surges to 11-point victory over Trump in GOP Ohio primary.  (3/16/2016)
Seth Abramson and the outlier polls (The North Carolina edition).  (3/16/2016)
Dear Seth, Wishing doesn't make it so. The Florida WTSP poll was an outlier.  (3/15/2016)
While you were sleeping, GOP Presidential candidates pick up a few delegates.  (3/13/2016)
Lone Idaho poll misses Cruz express.  (3/9/3016)
Trump, Clinton win in Mississippi; Rubio in free fall.  (3/9/2016)
Trump wins as expected in Michigan, Sanders scores upset.  (3/9/2016)
Trump, Rubio underperform, Cruz well exceeds expectations in GOP Louisiana primary.  (3/6/2016)
Trump squeaks past Cruz in Kentucky GOP caucuses.  (3/6/2016)
It's a Ted Cruz caucus kinda day: First Kansas, now Maine.  (3/5/2016)
Pollsters didn't have a clue that Cruz would win big in Kansas caucus.  (3/5/2016)
In a Super Tuesday smackdown on Sarah Palin, Alaska voters give Ted Cruz a win in GOP caucus.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz does what he needs to do in Texas, exceeding Super Tuesday expectations.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday in Minnesota: Apparently, there was little to no interest in polling voters.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz gives Trump a Super Tuesday scare in Arkansas.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday brings expected Trump, Clinton wins in Alabama.  (3/2/2016)
No Super Tuesday surprises in Georgia as Trump, Clinton win easily.  (3/2/2016)
It's definitely a Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders in Vermont.  (3/2/2016)
As expected, Trump and Clinton win in Tennessee on Super Tuesday.  (3/1/2016)
Trump wins big in Massachusetts GOP primary, but overall he gets smoked by Clinton and Sanders.  (3/1/2016)
Cruz surprises in Oklahoma GOP primary; Sanders wins Democratic race.  (3/1/2016)
Clinton, Trump win in Virginia; Rubio finishes a strong 2nd in GOP race.  (3/1/2016)

Minnie Bonavita Miller (1934-2016) Warren High School Class of 1952

1952 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory

 1983 Warren City Directory
  • Bonavita Frank J & Imogene M; retd h504 Public Way

'Minnie' entered the 20th century with a lot of pizzazz, but it was downhill from there, precipitously so after World War II. 

Other class of '52 grads:
Myra Wilson Babcock.  (5/19/2016)
Norma Pierce Nielsen.  (4/6/2016)
Santo 'Sam' Pascuzzi.  (2/14/2016)
Glenn Culbertson.  (10/23/2015)
Elizabeth Eggleston Hoffman.  (10/17/2014)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

In his 6th year as Governor, Scott Walker still finds time to blame Jim Doyle

As reported in Wisconsin ranks 36th in job creation in 2015.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/9/2016)

Related posts:
Wait a minute! Did Laurel Patrick just blame Jim Doyle? (12/18/2015)
Headline News: Dishing out blame is a Scott Walker specialty.  (5/6/2015)
Alberta Darling and John Nygren, co-chairs of the 'powerful' Joint Finance Committee, join Scott Walker in a chorus of 'Blame Jim Doyle'.  (4/30/2015)
The Blame Game: With nothing to show in his 5th year as Governor, Scott Walker continues to claim, "It's Jim Doyle's fault!" (4/24/2015)
After taking the advice of Iowa conservatives, Scott Walker blames Jim Doyle for casino decision.  (1/24/2015)
Scott Walker in so many words: Jim Doyle responsible for 1.5% of U.S. job loss during Great Recession.  (9/2/2014) 
Can't helping himself, Scott Walker thinks running against Jim Doyle is the best strategy. (8/31/2014)
The Facts Are: Scott Walker has nothing to run on.  (8/24/2014) 
What a whiner! With no accomplishments of his own to trumpet, Scott Walker runs against Jim Doyle ...again.  (6/20/2014)
Four years later and Scott Walker is still running against Jim Doyle.  (3/4/2014)
Another John Doe Shocker: Scott Walker doesn't blame Jim Doyle  (2/21/2014)
Blame Doyle: Republican Governors Association pimp for Scott Walker like it's 2010.  (2/13/2014)
After taking the advice of Iowa conservatives, Scott Walker blames Jim Doyle for casino decision.  (1/24/2015)
Scott Walker in so many words: Jim Doyle responsible for 1.5% of U.S. job loss during Great Recession.  (9/2/2014) 
Can't helping himself, Scott Walker thinks running against Jim Doyle is the best strategy. (8/31/2014)
The Facts Are: Scott Walker has nothing to run on.  (8/24/2014) 
What a whiner! With no accomplishments of his own to trumpet, Scott Walker runs against Jim Doyle ...again.  (6/20/2014)
Four years later and Scott Walker is still running against Jim Doyle.  (3/4/2014)
Another John Doe Shocker: Scott Walker doesn't blame Jim Doyle  (2/21/2014)
Blame Doyle: Republican Governors Association pimp for Scott Walker like it's 2010.  (2/13/2014)

Scott Walker serves up some mush mouth when asked about Wisconsin's below-average job creation

From 2011 through 2014, the United States posted a 9.3% total gain in private-sector jobs, while Wisconsin registered a 5.7% increase, according to employment numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figures, based on a quarterly census of American employers, are the most accurate numbers available.

Wherein he is quoted as saying.....

Sounds as though Walker is saying that Wisconsin is still in a recession in his 6th year as Governor.

Roberta Leave Troutman (1935-2016) Warren High School Class of 1953

1953 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Leave Herbert R (Hettie E) lab UR [United Refinery] h14 Mead
  • [county section] Troutman Roberta 17 First Mill
  • [county section] Troutman William F 17 First Mill
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Troutman Wm F & Roberta L; mach Betts Industr rSheffield PA (also listed in county section, separately)

'Roberta' spent almost 20 years in the top 100, peaking at #66 in 1942 and 1943.  Beginning in 1970, she fell off a cliff and disappeared from sight after 1991.

Other members of the class of 1953:
Grace Tigani.  (5/20/2016)
Nan Perry Fischer.  (6/18/2015)

Timeline of efforts to eliminate the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

June 23, 2014.  Donald Trump donates $10,000 -- maximum allowed by law -- to Scott Walker.

October 27, 2014.  Federal court allows class-action suit against Trump to move forward.

February 3, 2015.  Scott Walker introduces his "Freedom and Prosperity" budget for the 2015-17 biennium.  His 1839-page proposal includes the elimination of the Educational Approval Board, whose responsibilities include overseeing for-profit schools in Wisconsin.

This particular item did not pass the scrutiny of the Joint Committee on Finance.

April 14, 20152015 Assembly Bill 163 is introduced by Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and  cosponsored by Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton)  and (former) Sen. Paul Farrow, who resigned after his election to the office of Waukesha County Executive in April 2015.

The bill died in committee.

Headline news: Welcome to Oakwood, Ohio, enclave of white privilege

Median household income:
  • $100,724 | Oakwood
  • $  48,849 | Ohio
  • $  53,482 | U.S. 
Persons living in poverty
  •   3.7% | Oakwood
  • 15.8% | Ohio
  • 14.8% | U.S.

An excerpt from Geiselman's essay.

Photo credit:  Antioch Writers' Workshop

Oakwood is a suburb of Dayton, Ohio.

Source:  Wikipedia

UPDATE: Gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon brings his own stir stick to cauldron of fear

As quoted in 3…2…1… “Racist” “Vigilante”.  (6/8/2016 press release)

Other gasket-blowin' posts:
Al Ott retires after serving 30 years in Wisconsin Assembly; No word yet from that gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon.  (4/1/2016)
Dear gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon, You know this constitutional amendment means the end of Fearless Leader Vos.  (2/25/2016)
Turning the gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon's sneering, small-d democrat slur on its head.  (1/17/2016)
Dear Alan, the gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon lives in Washington County.  (1/13/2016)
When it comes to that gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon, the bird is the word.  (1/12/2016)
That gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon is back on the scene with more words of wisdom.  (12/21/2015)
The way I see it, Bob Gannon's bill doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell in the Wisconsin State Senate.  (11/24/2015)
'Real gun control' as described by the volatile, gasket-blowing Bob Gannon.  (10/3/2015)
Bob Gannon boldly blows another gasket.  (9/15/2015)
Bob Gannon blows a gasket.  (7/6/2015)

Updated 6/7/2016 post, "White lady from the suburbs stirs a cauldron of fear, starts here."

As quoted in Lawmaker blames Barrett for crime spilling into suburbs.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/7/2016)

Rep. Brandtjen lives on  Oak Ridge Trail in Menomonee Falls.

Related reading:
“There has to be consequences:” Five teens, four with criminal histories in custody after carjacking, pursuit.  (Fox6Now, 6/2/2016)

The quote is the first 5 words from a statement by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Original 10/8/2015 post, "Giants of the Wisconsin State Legislature (Janel Brandtjen edition)", start here.

As quoted in Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funds.  (Capital Times, 9/25/2015)

In her 2014 campaign to represent the 22nd Assembly District, Brandtjen touted herself as "Your Conservative Leader".

Related post:
Dear Janel Brandtjen, the American Academy of Pediatrics has 64,000 members.  (9/15/2015)

Dear Police Chief Koval, This is what happens when water runs over a bridge

As quoted in Madison City Council, police chief seek to repair 'tremendous rift'.  (, 6/9/2016)“
I’m struggling with how to attempt to repair a working relationship with the chief,” Verveer said. “There is just tremendous concern about the chief’s recent behavior. And the meeting did not help — it only made matters worse.”

I hope Chief Koval meant to say 'water over the dam' or 'water under the bridge'.  Otherwise, we have to classify it as a Freudian slip.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Trump seems to be getting ahead of himself; Election of President is in November

Plus he got his butt kicked in California yesterday!

Source:  The New York Times

UPDATE: More wishful thinking extraordinaire from Breitbart

Just what the Koch Brothers want.  And if conservative leaders and activists keep their word, the well-funded campaign will have a "grassroots army" to spread the message of individual liberty, limited government and "popular consentinstead of seeking to rule over us.  [quotation marks added]

Source:  AP (94% of vote tallied) 

Original 6/4/2016 post,  "Breitbart engages in wishful thinking, starts here."

Small-scale fantasy

One of Trump's Muslim supporters mentioned here is Shireen Qudosi, whose first name is misspelled in the article.  [Shirin.]  At her LinkedIn account, she describes herself as a master pen-wielder [Michelle "Mau-Mau" Malkin immediately comes to mind] and a multimedia storyteller well-versed in the art of thought leadership and brand messaging. Our specialty is in communication, marketing and public relations for education and behavioral health.

Large-scale reality

As reported in Unsettling U.S. Political Climate Galvanizes Muslims to Vote.  (The New York Times, 6/1/2016)
NOT a statement of support for Donald Trump.  “When your existence in society is in danger, you try to mobilize your community,” said the organization’s secretary general, Oussama Jammal. “You have to be part of the entire society.”

12 GOP candidates get their butts kicked in California U.S. Senate open primary

Source:  AP (94% of vote tallied)

Two Democrats will face off for U.S. Senate in November.  (Los Angeles Times, 6/8/2016)
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris won the largest share of the vote and the title of winner in the primary. By the end of the night, Harris led Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez by more than 800,000 votes, a margin of 23 percentage points. Under California’s relatively new top-two primary rules, the two Democratic women will square off on Nov. 8 – a contest that pits Harris’ strength as the party favorite against Sanchez’s potential appeal to Republicans, unaffiliated voters and Latinos.

Do Republicans Really Have a Shot at Boxer's Senate Seat in 2016?  (Newsmax, 1/8/2015)
California:  Where GOP dreams go to die.  But despite the fact that the GOP has not held a California statewide office in a decade and last won a U.S. Senate race in 1988, California Republican leaders insisted to Newsmax that their state’s "jungle primary" and the expected crowd of Democrats in the race next year could make their dream of a Senate seat come true. [emphasis added]

Diedra Peterson Andersen (1933-2016) Warren High School Class of 1951

1951 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Anderson Diedra Box 136 Russell
1983 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Andersen Diedra rBx 356 Russell
  • [county section] Anderson Donald J rBx 356 Russell
  • [county section] Andersen Jay rBx 356 Russell
  • [county section] Anderson Jeff rBx 356 Russell
  • [county section] Andersen Jere rBx 356 Russell

'Diedra' is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth.

But I bet Jeffrey is.

He enjoyed a strong, 50-year+ run, peaking at #9 in 1966.

Other members of the WHS class of 1951:
Marilyn Lyke Bonace.  (6/6/2016)
John Tingwell.  (6/5/2016)
Donald Quiggle.  (12/19/2015)
Genevieve Larson McKown.  (12/16/2015)
Franklin Reiff.  (7/14/2015)
Mary Ann Font Schafer.  (6/29/2015)

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers remain gun shy about anything related to open records

As reported at Lawmakers Mull More Public Documents Changes.  Study Committee Chair Stresses Work Won't Touch Open Records Rules.  (Wisconsin Public Radkio, 6/6/2016)

Related posts:
Dear Journal Sentinel editorial board, You say encouraged, I say discouraged.  (6/6/2016)
Wisconsin open records and Georgia on my mind.  (4/19/2016)
With a 19-14 Republican majority in the State Senate, 63-36 in Assembly, this Democratic-sponsored bill is DOA.  (1/28/2016)
Meet the members of the Wisconsin Public Records Board.  (11/11/2015)
Dear Beth, Journalists have a sacred oath to respond to this betrayal of the public trust by Scott Walker.  (12/11/2015)
Danger, Will Robinson! Scott Walker talks about openness, access, and transparency.  (12/8/2015)
Open records and Scott Walker's concerns with constituents' privacy.  (7/5/2015)
Scott Walker does David Bowie.  (7/4/2015)
Open records and Scott Walker's irresolute response.  (7/4/2015) 
When it comes to transparency, ALEC wants to have it both ways.  (7/4/2015)
You have to wonder what dictionary Joint Finance co-chair John Nygren is working from.  (7/3/2015) 
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos's definition of transparency: All the self-serving Republican news releases I see fit to print
Good question, Albert Darling. So why the lack of transparency in Wisconsin? (7/3/2015)