Saturday, February 11, 2017

Donald Trump can't accept the fact he lost the popular vote by a bundle

So he resorts to makin' stuff up.

Reported in Trump makes groundless N.H. voter fraud claims.  (Boston Globe, 2/10/2017)

No surprise then to see this headline.

Louis Rizzardi (1924-2017) Warren High School class of 1943

Source:  Warren Times Observer

1943 Dragon yearbook

Louis' high-school activities:
Assembly Plays (2); Bookkeeping Club (2); Carni al (2, 3); Chorus (3); Hi-Y (2); Junior Chamber of Commerce (2), Junior Shorthand Club (3), Traffic Squad (3).

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Rizzardi Angelo emp Deluxe Metal Prod r414 Laurel
  • Rizzardi James J (Vivian E) fcty wokr Deluxe Mtl Prod h1407 Sill 
  • Rizzardi Lea M typ NP r905 Stone Hill rd
  • Rizzardi Louis (Shirley L) clk WC h111Wetmore
  • Rizzardi Rose (wid Victor J) h905 Stone Hill rd
  • Rizzardi Shirley L emp Sylvania r111Wetmore
1983 Warren City Directory

'Louis' was a very steady performer during the early 20th century and remained among the top 200 names for 94 years.

Other members of the class of '43 (11 women, 5 men):
Virginia Anderson Thompson.  (10/17/2016)
Pauline Smith VanVolkinburg.  (8/27/2016)
Joyce Anderson Clark.  (8/24/2016)
Robert Johnson.  (3/31/2016)
Goldie Gelotte Hecei. (12/21/2015)
John Swick.  (11/29/2015)
William Weidert.  (10/16/2015)
Maxine Retterer Young.  (8/15/2015)
Donald Conaway, Jr.  (8/13/2015)
Anne Smith Rossey.  (5/8/2015)
Doris Stevenson Barirde.  (3/31/2015)
Mildred Kahle Glotz.  (9/13/2014)
Robert Dietsch.  (9/8/2014)
Anna Mae Olson Howe.  (9/2/2014)
Lois Bogart Niederer.  (5/3/2014)
Verna Mack Swanson.  (12/22/2013)

The Bowling Green Massacre and the fact-challenged Trump voter

Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump.  (Public Policy Polling, 2/10/2017)
Among those who do support it you have to wonder how well thought out their position is - by a 51/23 margin Trump voters say that the Bowling Green Massacre shows why Trump's immigration policy is needed. 

Sherman and Ruth Weiss Community Library (Hayward) holdings, 2011-2015

2011-2015 changes:
  • Books |   -2,711
  • Audio |        -45
  • Video |       -901
  • Periodicals |  +8
  • Expenditures | +$3,017 (+15%)

Photo credit:  Library website

Sherman and Rush Weiss Community Library

Other updates and additional entries to series:
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
>Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)
Barneveld Public Library.  (9/30/2016)
Barron Public Library.  (10/1/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (10/6/2016)
Benton Public Library.  (10/7/2016)
Berlin Public Library.  (10/9/2016)
Big Bend Village Library.  (10/10/2016)
Hildebrand Memorial Library, Boscobel.  (10/18/2016)
Boyceville Public Library.  (10/20/2016)
Brandon Public Library.  (10/21/2016)
Brillion Public Library.  (10/22/2016)
Brown Deer Public Library.  (10/25/2016)
Bruce Area Library. (10/27/2016)
Butler Public Library.  (10/29/2016)
Cadott Community Library.  (10/31/2016)
Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria.  (11/1/2016)
Cedarburg Public Library.  (11/8/2016)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/9/2016)
Chilton Public Library.  (11/11/2016)
Clinton Public Library.  (11/15/2016)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/17/2016)
Colby Public Library.  (11/18/2016)
Colfax Public Library.  (11/19/2016)
Coloma Public Library.  (11/20/2016)
Columbus Public Library.  (11/21/2016)
Cornell Public Library.  (11/22/2016)
Crandon Public Library.  (11/23/2016)
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (Cross Plains).  (11/24/2016)
Cuba City Public Library.  (11/25/2016)
Cudahy Family Library.  (11/26/2016)
Thomas St. Angelo Public Library, Cumberland.  (11/27/2017)
Darien Public Library.  (11/28/2016)
Johnson Public Library, Darlington.  (11/29/2016)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/30/2016)
Deerfield Public Library.  (12/1/2016)
Delafield Public Library.  (12/4/2016)
Aram Public Library, Delavan.  (12/5/2016)
De Soto Public Library.  (12/6/2016)
Dresser Village Library.  (12/10/2016)
Drummond Public Library.  (12/11/2016)
Durand Community Library.  (12/12/2016)
Alice Baker Memorial Library, Eagle.  (12/13/2016)
Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River.  (12/14/2016)
East Troy Lions Public Library.  (12/15/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library  (Eau Claire).  12/16/2016)
Edgerton Public Library.  (12/17/2016)
Elkhart Lake Public Library.  (12/18/2016)
Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn.  (12/19/2016)
Ellsworth Public Library.  (12/20/2016)
Elm Grove Public Library.  (12/21/2016)
Elmwood Public Library.  (12/22/2016)
Elroy Public Library.  (12/23/2016)
Endeavor Public Library.  (12/24/2016)
Eager Free Public Library, Evansville.  (12/25/2016)
Fairchild Public Library.  (1/1/2017)
Fall Creek Public Library.  (1/3/2017)
Dwight T. Parker Public Library, Fennimore.  (1/4/2017)
Florence County Library.  (1/5/2017)
Fond du Lac Public Library. (1/6/2017)
Fontana Public Library.  (1/8/2017)
Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson.  (1/9/2017) 
Fox Lake Public Library.  (1/10/2017)
Franklin Public Library.  (1/11/2017)
Frederic Public Library.  (1/12/2017)
Neuschafer Community Library, Fremont.  (1/13/2017)
Galesville Public Library.  (1/14/2017)
Gays Mills Public Library.  (1/15/2017)
Genoa City Public Library.  (1/16/2017)
Germantown Public Library.  (1/18/2017)
Gillett Public Library.  (1/19/2017)
Western Taylor County Public Library, Gilman.  (1/20/2017)
North Shore Library.  (1/21/2017)
Glenwood City Public Library.  (1/22/2017)
Grafton Public Library.  (1/23/2017)
Granton Communty Library.  (1/24/2017)
Grantsburg Public Library.  (1/25/2017)
Brown County Public Library.  (1/26/2017)
Caestercker Public Library (Green Lake), 1/27/2017)
Greendale Public Library.  (1/29/2017)
Greenfield Public Library, 1/30/2017)
Greenwood Public Library.  (1/31/2017)
Hales Corners Public Library.  (2/1/2017)
Hammond Community Library.  (2/2/2017)
Hancock Public Library.  (2/6/2017)
Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford.  (2/7/2017)
Hartland Public Library.  (2/8/2017)
Hawkins Area Library.  (2/9/2017)

Pay to play, bigtime: Dairy Business Association was a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Influence Peddler of the Month

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign presents a long list of individual and PAC contributions by staff and sponsors of the Dairy Business Association to GOP Gov. Scott Walker and all legislative and statewide candidates (January 2010 – December 2015)

Lobbyists for large farms met with Gov. Scott Walker's staff before he announced a possible shift in ag oversight.   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/10/2017)
John Holevoet, director of government relations for Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, said he and contract lobbyist Bill McCoshen met with a Walker staff member last fall to discuss agricultural issues, including the merits of a larger role for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in regulating the state's largest farms.

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UPDATE. Wisconsin DNR secretary in so many words: Clean air and water? A healthy environment? Meh. Overrated! (9/22/2016)
Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and well pollution are in the news again.  (12/21/2015)
Dear Kewaunee County, You voted for him, now you're paying the consequences.  (11/15/2015)
In the news:  Concentrated animal feeding operations.  (9/17/2014)
Missouri voters enshrine ALEC's "Right to Farm" idea within its state constitution.  (8/6/2014)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Donald Trump sets the table for hate, intolerance and anti-Semitism among college Republicans

Just a reminder, folks.  It is 2017.

Anti-Semitic Valentine's Day card sparks controversy; Ross issues statement condemning card's message.  (Central Michigan Life, 2/9/2017)

CMU College Republicans Facebook page.  

Related posts:
Donald Trump sets the table for hate and intolerance: Bomb threats phoned into Jewish community centers.  (1/11/2017)
Donald Trump sets the table for hate, intolerance and complete piggishness.  (12/24/2016)
UPDATE. Donald Trump sets the table for hate and intolerance at libraries.  (12/9/2016)

Middleton Common Council passes resolution encouraging eligible workers to use the Earned Income Tax Credit

For more information:  IRS Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

RESOLUTION 2017--06 


WHEREAS, as tax season kicked-off, Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate designating January 27, 2017 as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day; and 

 WHEREAS, recognition of EITC can help to lift thousands of Wisconsin’s working families and individuals out of poverty by encouraging and rewarding work – but too many people are unaware that they are eligible for the EITC, and then don’t claim the credit on their tax returns; and 

WHEREAS, an estimated one out-of-five eligible workers do not claim the EITC. That’s money left on the table that doesn’t make it into the pockets of hard-working Wisconsinites and our local economies; and 

WHEREAS, last year, the EITC helped more than 376,000 Wisconsin workers get back $849 million. In 2015, the EITC lifted approximately 6,500,000 people out of poverty including approximately 3,300,000 children, nationwide; and 

WHEREAS, that is why it’s critical to spread the word and ensure that more Wisconsinites are rewarded for their hard work. By kicking-off tax season with EITC awareness, we can promote this vital tax credit and ensure all eligible workers have access to its powerful benefits. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Middleton Common Council calls on individuals, local businesses, not-for-profits and other government agencies to help publicize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a non-partisan anti-poverty program upon which all Americans can agree. 

Adopted this 7th day of February, 2017.

Dear Trump voters, You've been snookered b/w How not to drain the swamp

International Business Times, 11/16/2016

Scott Walker and his for-profit college, pay-to-play buddies

Scott Walker revives proposal to eliminate for-profit college oversight board.  (, 2/10/2017)
The shake-up, included in Walker’s executive budget, could reduce state oversight of for-profit schools, which have weathered criticism for questionable marketing practices and degree programs. The proposal comes as experts also expect federal regulators to take a more hands-off approach to the industry.

Educational Oversight Board.
The Governor no longer wishes to be pleasured by this group.  The EAB board is a seven-member body consisting of representatives of state agencies and other persons possessing a demonstrated interest in educational programs. EAB board members are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Related reading:
The money behind Walker's laxity toward for-profit colleges.  (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 2/6/2015)
Top industry contributors to Walker include $7,500 from Herzing College founder Henry Herzing and his wife, Suzanne, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and $5,000 from the political action committee of California-based Bridgepoint Education . Bridgepoint has been the subject of numerous lawsuits and investigations by the federal government and about a half-dozen states, including Iowa, New York and California, for fraud, consumer protection violations and recruiting practices.
For Profit  Higher Education:The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success,  (U.S. Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, 7/20/2012)
The Profit Chase10For-profit colleges have lots of champions—and lots of problems.  (Slate, 11/16/2005)

Bruised, tender sensibilities: Scott Walker's snowflake son is one of the go-to interviews on student fees

 Scott Walker's budget could pull funding from politically active UW student groups.  (, 2/10/2017)

So, Alex, does this fit your criteria?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump's America worries about access to addiction treatment

Source:  Wikipedia

Source:  CNN

W. Va. Families Worry About Access To Addiction Treatment Under Trump.  (NPR, 2/9/2017)
The Dixons are not alone: They live in one of the cities hit hardest by the national opioid epidemic, in the state with the highest rate of addiction-related deaths. In 2015, Huntington's fatal overdose rate was nearly nine times the national average. [emphasis added]

Related posts:
Trump's America: 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)

I Can't Stand It: Breitbart snowflakes bemoan 9th circuit court ruling

Feedly presents....

And sing an Eric Clapton tune.

"I Can't Stand It" is the last of Clapton's 5 singles to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It deubted for the week ending February 28, 1981, spent 17 weeks on the chart, and peaked at #10.

The decision.

Related posts:
The latest fake news from Breitbart: Why Kellogg's is closing distribution centers.  (2/9/2017)
What's with this Breitbart News Trump assassination obsession? (1/19/2017)
Breitbart Rants finds all kinds of ways to get things wrong.  (12/19/2016)
Breitbart resorts to dog whistle headline in wrangle with Kellogg's.  (12/1/2016)
Breitbart News' Kevin Scholla: More tender sensibilities, bruised.  (12/18/2016)
UPDATE. Breitbart unknowingly creates apt slogan for its news operation. (12/15/2016)
Your source for migrant hysteria.  (12/11/2016)
Breitbart editor in chief Alexander Marlow can't name one.  (12/6/2016)
Verrrrrry-interesting. Breitbart picking on Paul Ryan.  (12/1/2016)
Breitbart resorts to dog whistle headline in wrangle with Kellogg's.  (12/1/2016)
Breitbart toots Trump's horn over November jobs report.  (12/1/2016)
More fake news on climate change from Breitbart.  (11/30/2016)
According to Breitbart, 6 incidents of pickpocketing in 6 months is a spree..  (11/28/2016)
True the Vote: Right-wing, cry-wolf, voter suppression, fake news operation is at it again.  (11/28/2016)
All you need to know about this 'news' website: Breitbart readers prefer a crank for Secretary of State.  (11/26/2016)
In its anti-immigration zeal, Breitbart replays a story from June 2016.  (11/21/2016)
For Donald Trump, it's always good news week at Breitbart.  (11/18/2016)
Possibly the dumbest man on the Internet defends Steve Bannon.  (11/15/2016)
Breitbart polls:  Life is just a fantasy.  (10/3/2016)
UPDATE: More wishful thinking extraordinaire from Breitbart.  (6/8/2016)

The latest fake news from Breitbart: Why Kellogg's is closing distribution centers

The full hatchet job is found at Kellogg’s to Shutter 39 Distribution Centers as Layoffs Loom. (Breitbart News, 2/9/2017)

Here are 2 straightforward news accounts, free of bias and bruised sensibilities.

Kellogg to close Cicero distribution center; number of jobs affected unclear.  (, 2/8/2017)
The company will stop delivering directly to stores and is shifting to a warehouse system. Kellogg will still deliver to wholesalers, but stores will be responsible for their own ordering and delivery. Kellogg already uses the warehouse system for its Pringles, Frozen Foods and Morning Foods brands.

Kellogg to shift resources, close distribution centers.  (Btqtle Creek Enquirer, 2/8/2017)
"The consumer and retail landscape continues to change," Kellogg's Chairman and CEO John Bryant said in a statement. "We have to change the way we reach and communicate with consumers. Because our customers' and our own warehouse distribution systems have become more efficient and effective, we can now redeploy resources previously tied to DSD and direct them to the kinds of brand investments that drive greater demand with today's consumers − ultimately growing our business and our retailers' businesses."

Cereal makers have been experiencing tough times of late.  And it has everything to do with consumer choice and absolutely nothing to do with Breitbart.

Cereal, a Taste of Nostalgia, Looks for Its Next Chapter.  (The New York Times, /2/22/2016)
But breakfast cereal, both as a cultural marker and a profit center, is at a crossroads. Since the late 1990s, its popularity has been slowly fading. Sales, which totaled $13.9 billion in 2000, dipped last year to about $10 billion..  (A drop of more than 25%)

Related post:
Breitbart resorts to dog whistle headline in wrangle with Kellogg's.  (12/1/2016)

BREAKING NEWS: Mitch McConnell to star in remake of The Brave Little Toaster

Reported in Mitch McConnell Sees ‘High Level of Satisfaction’ With Trump Administration.  (The New York Times, 2/8/2017)
Although there is plenty of anxiety in Washington about the shaky early performance of the Trump administration, don’t count Senator Mitch McConnell among the hand wringers;

How about his performance in the short subject, "You're toast, Elizabeth Warren!"  (sense 5 of noun)


At what point in 2016 did Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke use up his vacation time

And start taking leave without pay.

(emphasis added}

Clarke was appointed in March 2002 by Gov. Scott McCallum and then elected to his first full term in office that fall.

34 different groups?

I don't have a list of who these group are and where Clarke spoke, but, for the sake of his exercise, let's say that each invitation involves 1 day away from work.

34 days gives Clarke nearly 7 weeks away from his regular duties as sheriff.  Big chunka time.   

I don't find any langauge in the handbook related to outside income.

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