Saturday, December 2, 2017

This week in the grocery aisle: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes floor graphic

Photo by Retiring Guy

Nothing new, as far as in-store advertising is concerned, but something I don't recall ever seeing at Woodman's before.  There's another one at the opposite end of the cereal aisle.

This one is definitely more attention-grabbing.

Related posts:
Pumpkin Spice runs amok.  (11/7/2017)
Danger lurks.  (11/2/2017)
Dan G. wets himself over Special K Blueberry with Lemon Clusters.  (9/20/2017)
Limited Edition Mocha Crunch.  (7/16/2017)
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows.  (2/1/2017)
A marriage between General Mills and Girls Scouts of America.  (1/19/2017)
Alpha-Bits is getting squeezed out.  (11/23/2016)
Special K continues to branch out.  (10/23/2016)
Wedding bells chime.  (10/5/2016)
The price of convenience (22.54 cents per ounce).  (8/19/2016)
Make up your mind already!  (8/14/2016)
Remember Nabisco Shredded Wheat?  (7/13/2016)
Features Batman and Superman.  (7/7/2016)
Post wants you to have ice cream for breakfast.  (6/30/2016)
Tiny Toast.  (6/21/2016)

UPDATE. Madison's "Levittown" at 66

The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin, Street Names.  (Historice Madison, Inc.)
Blackhawk Park, now Trillium, is a 26-acre rental and condominium community of two-bedroom homes along Craig Avenue south of University Avenue near Spring Harbor Drive. 
It is named for Black Hawk, the Sauk war chief who in 1832 retreated with his forces through this area on their way to the Mississippi River. The Blackhawk Country Club is nearby. The builder was Floyd J. Voight, a Madison businessman. The 24 x 32 foot homes are on concrete slabs because the high water table ruled out basements. When Blackhawk Park opened in 1951, all featured gas heat and hot water, a water softener, a kitchen with Youngstown steel cabinets and asphalt tile floors. They rented for $95.00 a month. 
The homes are laid out along Craig Avenue which is named for Voight’s 5-year-old son, Craig. There are sidewalks but no driveways. Eight six-stall garages are discretely placed away from the homes. The houses were rented to young families in general as well as to employees at the new Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Shorewood.

(arrows added to show route taken in video)

Original 12/22/2011 post, Madison's "Levittown" at 60", starts here.

Now known as the Trillium neighborhood.

Photos by Retiring Guy

On Madison cul-de-sac, the houses are all the same, but the people are as diverse as can be. (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/22/2011)

Excerpt: The recent arrivals have helped breathe new life into one of Madison's must unusual developments, built in 1951 and modeled on the Levittown subdivision on Long Island, which was built just after World War II for returning military veterans and featured houses constructed assembly-line style.

The 137 houses on Craig Avenue and its various offshoots are exactly the same: one story, no basement or garage, two bedrooms, one bath, occupying 768 square feet. Strict condominium association requirements have kept them the same, with rules against adding on or building fences.

Eleanor Spurley, now 94, moved to the last house on the block in 1951. She was a former Army sergeant. Her husband was a former Army corporal. They raised four young kids there who slept on two bunk beds and shared one dresser.

"It was just an awesome place to live," said Jo Ann Spurley, now 64. "Every night everybody came out and played."

Levittown:  Documents of an Ideal American Suburb

History of American Suburbs:  Levittown, New York.  (From LIFE magazine)

Levittown, Pennsylvania, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012.

Images of America series.

Lawrence Ekey Jr. (1945-2017) Warren Area High School class of 1963

1963 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Ekey Lawrence A (Mary D: Emil A Ekey Florist) h104 E St Clair
  • Ekey Lawrence A jr student r104 E St Clair
  • Ekey Robt student r104 E St Clair
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Ekey Mary D Mrs h104 E St Clair St
  • Ekey Robt C & Barbara (Ekey Florist) h393 Keller Rd

Lawrence was a very steady performer during the 1st half of the 20th century, spending all but one year (1903) from 1900 until 1954 and remaining in the top 100 until 1974.  He peaked at #30 twice, in 1942 and 1945.   He has increasingly fallen out of favor since then.

Other class of 1963 graduates:
Deanne Janyce Reiff Rodriguez.  (10/21/2017)
Dean Shattuck. (5/1/2017)
John Hamilton.  (1/11/2017)
Patricia Anderson Bidwell.  (2/21/2016)
John Kiser. 12/1/2014)
Vincent Faga.  (1/4/2014)

Plutocracy gone wild at SwampFest: GOP expects Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will seal the deal for midterm elections

NPR, 10/4/2017

At left, reported in  Republicans push nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill through Senate after late-night negotiations.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/2/2017)

At right is a partial screenshot of Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill amendments, tweeted by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), with the comment:  This is so bad. We have just gotten list of amendments to be included in bill NOT from our R colleagues, but from lobbyists downtown. None of us have seen this list, but lobbyists have it. Need I say more? Disgusting. And we probably will not even be given time to read them.

Obviously, some lobbyists were invited to the GOP tax-cuts-for-the-rich SwampFest.

Related posts:
It's called hypocrisy, h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.  (12/1/2017)
Please tell me again how thte cynically named Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helps the middle class.  (11/30/2017)
Racial and ethnic makeup of the 115th Congress.  (11/30/2017)
Plutocracy in action: Donald Trump's America First tax cuts line the pockets of foreign investors with $520,000,000,000.  (11/30/2017)
Donald Trump's pants on fire.  (9/29/2017)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The rabidly right-wing Investor's Business Daily fights a losing battle

Ivory tower studies.....
The University of Alabama-Huntsville study, conducted by climate scientists skeptics John Christy and Richard McNider, shows that not only is the temperature rising far more slowly than predicted, but that the Earth's atmosphere appears to be less sensitive to changing CO2 levels than previously assumed.

...vs. day-to-day reality.

In a new report, Moody's Investor Services Inc. explains how it assesses the credit risks to a city or state that's being impacted by climate change — whether that impact be a short-term "climate shock" like a wildfire, hurricane or drought, or a longer-term "incremental climate trend" like rising sea levels or increased temperatures. Also taken into consideration: "[communities] preparedness for such shocks and their activities in respect of adapting to climate trends," the report says. "If you have a place that simply throws up its hands in the face of changes to climate trends, then we have to sort of evaluate it on an ongoing basis to see how that abdication of response actually translates to changes in its credit profile," says Michael Wertz, a Moody's vice president.

Climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Wisconsin.  (2/16/2017)
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (11/4/2017)
U.S. military bases.  (9/22/2017)
Georgia peach orchards.  (9/18/2017)
Northeast U.S. pine forests.  (8/29/2017)
Tangier Island, Virginia.  (8/25/2017)
South of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. (8/25/2017)
New Orleans.  (8/12/2017)
Kenya.  (7/23/2017)
Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)
Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.  (5/20/2017)
Madeline Island, Wisconsin.  (2/23/2017)
Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)

Please catalog as fiction: WEDC is Scott Walker's baby, so take these in-house Foxconn job projections with a big grain of salt

Reported in Foxconn to begin by hiring hundreds of assembly workers in 2018.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/1/2017)

When Foxconn meets WEDC.
On Walker's original to-do list: Have WEDC approve Foxconn contract sight unseen. (11/2/2017)
The flashing brilliance of big-money Walker donor and WEDC CEO Mark Hogan.  (10/27/2017)
From the start, WEDC was never about regulation and record-keeping, according to Scott Walker himself.  (10/25/2017)
UPDATE. Kestrel Aircraft: Is this a variation of Scott Walker's Foxconn strategy? (10/22/2017)
UPDATE. In light of WEDC's abysmal track record in getting it right, it's best they take no action.  (9/29/2017)
 All told, the Kerns have donated nearly $400,000 to Republican and conservative candidates.  (8/14/2017)
WEDC at the ready to verify Foxconn job numbers.  (8/12/2017)

WEDC: Life in Wisconsin is a fantasy

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Capital Times, 3/2/2011
Capital Times, 10/28/2015
Capital Times, 5/13/2016
Capital Times, 1/13/2017
Fox6Now, 10/9/2017

Just a small sample.

Other WEDC posts:
From the start, WEDC was never about regulation and record-keeping, according to Scott Walker himself.  (10/25/2017)
UPDATE. Kestrel Aircraft: Is this a variation of Scott Walker's Foxconn strategy? (10/22/2017)
UPDATE. In light of WEDC's abysmal track record in getting it right, it's best they take no action.  (9/29/2017)
Dynamic Recycling CEO Miles Harter donates $3,075 to GOP candidates, company will get up to $535,000 in state income tax credits.  (8/14/2017)
 All told, the Kerns have donated nearly $400,000 to Republican and conservative candidates.  (8/14/2017)
WEDC at the ready to verify Foxconn job numbers.  (8/12/2017)
VF Corp. in Wisconsin: That was then, this is now.  (4/4/2017)

Scott Walker: Wisconsin is open for business 'for the people who truly need it'.  (8/31/2016)
Scott Walker and WEDC: The Hillises giveth, and the Hillises taketh.  (8/29/2016)
UPDATE: Apparently, WEDC CEO Mark Hogan is willing to do Scott Walker's bidding til heat is on.  (7/14/2016)
Does this sound like openness and transparency in government? (7/14/2016)
The best and the brightest: Scott Walker-appointed WEDC CEO Mark Hogan.  (5/9/2016)
Welcome to North Mendota Energy and Technology Park (Brought to you by WEDC).  (5/3/2016)
Samantha Kerkman's "good night for Wisconsin" doesn't see the light of day.  (2/17/2016)
Dear Scott Walker, WEDC is the agency that received the scathing, damning, critical audit.  (1/14/2016)

Robin Vos sez, "They don't want rebranding because they think WEDC's brand is OK."  (12/30/2015)
WEDC board members say, "Gee, maybe we should start vetting requests for financial assistance." (12/14/2015)
Scott Walker's growing list of things worth considering: U.S.-Canada border wall, wreaking havoc in Washington, tougher penalties for WEDC fraud   (9/8/2015)
Todd Jensen, former WEDC underwriter, provides the recipe for the current agency disaster.  (8/9/2015)
We know Scott Walker didn't graduate from college, but apparently he hasn't been paying attention to anyone but himself since kindergarten.  (6/25/2015)
4:24 p.m. Friday WEDC news dump.  (6/20/2015)
The stink of WEDC follows Brenda Hicks-Sorensen to Nebraska.  (6/16/2015)
Scott Walker tries to run, but there's no place to hide.  (5/26/2015)
No matter how you slice it, Alberta, it's still stinky cheese.  (5/23/2015)
Joint Finance Republicans to Scott Walker:  "You're Fired!".  (5/21/2015)
Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation -- Nice work if you can get it.  (5/20/2015)
It's story time.  (5/18/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: The William Minihan-Scott Walker connection.  (5/17/2015)
What's wrong with this Scott Walker headline?  (5/16/2015)
Chairman of the Board Scott Walker's BIG, BOLD idea.  (5/8/2015)
Based on WEDC's previous track record, this is what came to mind when I saw first saw this headline.  (4/2/2015)
Apparently, being the CFO of WEDC is not much of a resume-builder.  (3/13/2015)

WEDC's revolving door.  (9/12/2014)
Here's how the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is "Reinventing Economic Development".  (8/24/2014)
Company looks to expand its business geographic focus?  (8/14/2014)
Scott Walker and the horrible, terrible, no good, very transparent day.  (7/28/2014)
Kestrel Aircraft: All these incentives, but no construction, no jobs.  (7/13/2014)
The Eaton Corporation/WEDC timeline of shame.  (7/10/2014)

Wisconsin featured in report on privatized state economic development agencies.  (10/25/2013)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation pledge: Following the money.  (7/23/2013)
Incompetence rewarded.  (5/9/2013)
And while we're at it, let's take a look at WEDC 's core values. (5/9/2013)
WEDC Public Information Officer Resigns After 1 Month on the Job.  (5/9/2013)
Plenty of time for messaging but none for fixing what ails WEDC.  (5/9/2013)
Previous WEDC audits?  What previous audits?  (5/8/2013)
Are you seeing a trend yet?  (5/8/2013)
Echoes.  (5/7/2013)
Get me rewrite.  (5/4/2013)
Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The "Cliff Notes" Version.  (5/3/2013
"Tales of woe never end at WEDC."  (4/25/2013)

It's called hypocrisy, h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y


Cartoon conservative principles: Another clusterfuck of Wisconsin GOP hypocrisy

Starting fresh with the December report.

State GOP lawmakers seek to preempt local control on employment matters.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/1/2017)

"Principles" found at Republican Party of Wisconsin
Text from State Journal article cited above

Related post:
UPDATE. Vote to changes the rules on recounts creates the usual collar counties clusterfuck, plus Fox Valley loop and a spritz.  (12/1/2017)

UPDATE. Oklahoma and Kansas a likely blueprint for national GOP meltdown

Photo credit:  ally4ok

Republicans did the same thing in Oklahoma they want to do nationally, and Democrats swept special elections as a result.  (Intercept, 11/30/2017)

The Kansas tax cut debacle posts:
Governor Sam Brownback's 'live conservative experiment' leads to anemic job growth in Kansas. (9/22/2015)
Headline News: What Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said in 2012 and what's happening now.  (5/4/2015)
Kansas Job Growth (and what Investor's Business Daily chose to 'overlook').  (4/1/2015)
 About that Kansas 'live' experiment in tax cutting.  (3/11/2015)
Unable to rev up voters in November, Kansans now turn to damage control.  (2/13/2015)
How desperate and foolish is Kansas Governor Sam Brownback?  (2/10/2015)
Washington Times exercise in myopia.  (1/5/2015)
Dear Governor Brownback, a "real-live experiment" in red-state governance isn't going to reverse a 120-year trajectory.  (12/25/2014)
Dueling Headlines, or, Just because Sam Brownback says it, doesn't mean it's so.  (12/20/2014)
KC Healthy Kids needs to work on its timing.  (12/20/2014)
Sam Brownback: "The sun is shining in Kansas and don't let anyone tell you different."  (12/11/2014)
Why it's probably best not to be in Kansas anymore.  (12/11/2014) 
So....does this make Sam Brownback a liar?  (12/10/2014)
Scott Walker takes his tax cut cues from Sam Brownback.  (11/13/2014)
Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, and Rick Scott: The comeback copycats.  (10/25/2014)
Governors Sam Brownback and Scott Walker use the same playbook.  (9/15/2014)
You don't have to inhale deeply to catch a whiff of Wisconsin here.  (9/15/2014)
It's not a pretty picture for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.  (7/18/2014)
As Kansas becomes increasingly irrelevant, a goofy sideshow.  (2/14/2014)

11/15/2017 update, "For the fourth time this year, Democrats flip seat in Oklahoma legislature", starts here.

Source:  Ballotpedia (2008, 2012 & 2016, 2017)

Democrat pulls off special election victory for Senate seat in west Tulsa County.  (Tulsa World, 11/14/2017)
Complete but unofficial results showed Ikley-Freeman with 2,234 votes to 2,203 for O’Hara. As is usual with special elections, low voter turnout was an important fact — only 4,437 people voted in this election, compared to almost 32,000 in last year’s regular general election.

9/28/2017 update starts here.

Democrats flip a seat in Florida in a district where they couldn't field a candidate in 2012 and 2014.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Taddeo wins as Democrats pick up Florida Senate seat.  (Miami Herald, 9/26/2017)
My heavens!  A Republican uttering racist comments.  Just another day at the office.  Annette Taddeo, a Democrat, won the Florida Senate District 40 seat in a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. She bested State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in the race to claim the southwest Miami-Dade seat formerly held by Republican Frank Artiles, who was forced to resign in the spring following his racist comments to two black lawmakers. 

9/27/2017 update, "Democrats flip seat in New Hampshire House of Representatives for 3rd time in 4 months", starts here.

The Rockingham 4 District has 5 seats.  Yesterday's special election was held to replace Republican William Polewarczyk, who died of cancer in May. (There are 400 seats in the NH House.)

Source:  Ballotpedia (above and below)

In the past two elections, the Democrats never came close to winning a seat.

Upset: Democrat flips NH House seat in 2-1 GOP district.  (WMUR, 9/26/2017)
It was the third time since May that Democrats flipped a House seat in a special election. Edith DesMarais won in heavily Republican Wolfeboro on May 23. Charlie St. Clair won in Laconia-Belmont on Sept. 12.

9/18/2017 update, "Democrats flip seat in Oklahoma House of Representatives for 3rd time in 2 months", starts here.

Source:  Ballotpedia (2014, 2016) (2017) 

Related reading:
Voters send two more Democrats to the Oklahoma Capitol.  (NewsOK, 7/11/2017)
Voters on Tuesday decided on Democrats to represent them at the Oklahoma Capitol after their elected officials resigned in disgrace, leaving the legislative seats vacant and forcing the mid-year contests.

Original 9/13/2017 post, "Democrats flip seat in New Hampshire House of Representatives", starts here.

2012 and 2014 results from Ballotpedia

Democrat flips GOP House seat in Laconia-Belmont special election.  (WMUR, 9/12/2017)
Democrats picked up a previously Republican legislative seat Tuesday as Democrat Charlie St. Clair defeated Steven Whalley in a New Hampshire House special election in Belknap County by an unofficial count of 1,267-1009. 
The election took place in Belknap County District 9, which is made up of all six Laconia wards and the town of Belmont. The election was held for the seat left vacant by Republican Robert Fisher, who resigned in May amid controversy about misogynistic posts on the Red Pill website.

Get me rewrite: UW Health to cut its budget by 2.67%

UW Health to cut $80 million from budget. (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/30/2017)
The labor cuts at UW Health — which has 17,000 employees, or the equivalent of 16,000 full-time positions — likely will involve layoffs, but it’s not clear how many, Kaplan said.

Doing the hypothetical math....

Photo credit:  UW Health

427.2 fulltime-equilavent (FTE) positions, in other words.

CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan sez it'll be at least 225 full-time positions.

According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Follow the Money database, Dr. Kaplan has 5 political campaign contributions totaling $1,350 -- 3 to Republicans ($950) and 2 to Democrats ($400).

Greetings from Trump's America: Robeson County, North Carolina

Menlo Park talk: Joe Simitian on 'Listening to Trump's America'.  (The Almanac, 11/28/2017)
 In a bid to understand what drove people who voted for Barack Obama for president to then vote for Donald Trump in 2016, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian took himself on a listening tour to three economically depressed counties in three states – Robeson County in North Carolina, Cambria County in Pennsylvania and Macomb County in Michigan.

Source:  Wikipedia

Source: CNN

Related reading:
Misery now, a struggle ahead for Robeson County after flooding from Hurricane Matthew.  (Charlotte Observer, 10/15/2016)
After years of things leaving Robeson County – manufacturing plants, jobs, payrolls, people – something finally came in, and what was it but more misery?

Other Trump's America posts:
Macomb County, Michigan.  (11/29/2017)
Winnebago County, Wisconsin.  (11/27/2017)
Marion County, Alabama.  (11/11/2017)
Geneva County, Alabama.  (11/11/2017)
Covington County, Alabama. (11/11/2017)
Richland County, Wisconsin.  (11/10/2017)
Bibb County, Alabama.  (11/10/2017)
Maury County, Tennessee.  (10/31/2017)
Sargent County, North Dakota.  (10/22/2017)
Scott County, Indiana.  (10/21/2017)
Posey County, Indiana.  (10/21/2017)
Hancock County, Kentucky.  (10/21/2017)
Price County, Wisconsin.  (10/21/2017)
Clinton County, Iowa.   (10/15/2017)
Morgan County, Ohio.  (10/10/2017)
Perry County, Kentucky.  (10/10/2017)
Sumner County, Kansas.  (10/1/2017)
Hendricks County, Indiana.  (10/1/2017)
Kootenai County, Idaho.  (9/25/2017)
Union County, Iowa.  (9/10/2017)
DeSoto County, Florida.  (9/9/2017)
Erie County, Pennsylvania.  (9/2/2017)
Grays Harbor County, Washington.  (8/20/2017)
Franklin County, Iowa, (8/14/2017)
UPDATE:  Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  (8/10/2017)
Wright County, Iowa.  (8/8/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (8/4/2017)
Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  (7/20/2017)
Mesa County, California.  (7/20/2017)
Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  (7/19/2017)
McDowell County, West Virginia.  (7/10/2017)
Shasta County, California.  (7/4/2017)
Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota  (7/2/2017)
Autauga County, Alabama.  (6/29/2017)
Letcher County, Kentucky.  (6/29/2017)
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
Marion County, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
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 was about to ask for a ban on this phrase until I stumbled across this

Today's cringeworthy headline intro at

AdAge (1/9/2017) offers kudos to...

Related reading:
Despite Itself, 'Ice Ice Baby' Will Never Die.  (Houston Press, 5/11/2017)
For all this, Ice and pop-culture mavens have only one thing to thank: his 1990 supernova smash single “Ice Ice Baby.” The song is so popular, in fact, that despite having little else to show for his musical career – one that peaked nearly 30 years ago – Vanilla Ice is among the biggest names scheduled for the I Love the '90s Tour, which includes a stop at the Rock the Ranch festival at the brand-new Valley Ranch Town Center Amphitheatre in New Caney on Saturday.

George W. Yeagle, Jr. (1943-2017) Warren High School class of 1960

Source:   Warren Times Observer

1960 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Yeagle Cathryn Clarendon
  • [county section] Yeagle George W Clarnedon
 1983 Warren City Directory
  • Yeagle George W & Anita; equip opr Yeagle Excavating r24 Hertzel Rd
  • [county section] Yeagle Cathryn Rt 1 Clarendon
  • [county section] Yeagle George W Rt 1 Clarnedon

Surprisingly, this obit provides me with a first opportunity to graph 'George'.

George has never really gone out of fashion.  He spent most of the 1st decade of the 20th century at #4, his peak since 1900, and remained in the top 10 through 1937.  It wasn't until 1993 when he fell out of the top 100 and since 2013 has been working his way back there.

Other members of the class of 1960
Diana Lee Hagerman Smith. (6/5/2017)
Edward Grosch.  (6/3/2017)
Rita Fitzgerald Lindgren.  (5/25/2017)
Judy Charles Lobdell.  (5/2/2017)
James Johnson.  (3/6/2017)
William Ritchie.  (2/21/2017)
Janice Carlson.  (5/9/2016)
William Irwin.  (3/18/2016)
Patricia O'Neill.  (12/27/2015)
David Hollingshead.  (11/18/2015)
Marlene LeTrent Peterson.  (7/15/2015)
John Marymount.  (3/24/2015)
Kraig Werlin.  (2/1/2015)
Mary Kays Frederick.  (12/9/2014)
Nancy Goodwill Bonavita.  (3/9/2014)
Mary Madeleine Graham Helmbrecht Haslett.  (1/6/2014)

UPDATE. Vote to changes the rules on recounts creates the usual collar counties clusterfuck, plus Fox Valley loop and a spritz

Gov. Scott Walker signs bill to tighten Wisconsin recount rules.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel., 11/30/2017)
The Assembly passed the GOP bill in June on a voice vote and the Senate passed it on a party line vote of 20-13. Under the bill, candidates could request recounts only if they lost by 1 percentage point or less in an election with at least 4,000 votes total. For elections that don't receive that many votes, the candidate would need to lose by no more than 40 votes for a recall.

11/30/2017 update, "4 Democratic legislators join the GOP clusterfuck to give ALEC what it wants", starts here.

Walker Approves Koch Bills to Loosen Licensing.  (Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 11/29/2017)
GOP bills backed by a Koch brothers group, which loosen education requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, manicurists and others, were signed into law by Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Monday. Senate Bills 108 and 109, were modeled after proposals developed by a corporate bill mill called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC hawks pro-business economic and social policy proposals to state legislators around the country.  

11/28/2017 update, "The Wisconsin call for a national constitutional convention GOP clusterfuck", starts here.

After Senate Vote, Wisconsin Joins Call For National Constitutional Convention.  (Wisconsin Public Raido, 11/7/2017)
Just signed by Scott Walker.  Republican backers say the convention would focus on a balanced budget amendment to rein in government debt, which state Sen. Dave Craig, R-Big Bend, called the main security threat facing the nation.

6/13/2017 update, "Janel Brandtjen's school referendum bill creates another Wisconsin clusterfuck", starts here.

Mapping the sponsors of AB268

Rep. Brandtjen: Forever is a Long, Long Time.  (6/13/2017 press release)

As is the Wisconsin GOP messing with local control.

5/31/2017 update, " Stephen Nass sanctuary cities bill creates another Wisconsin GOP clusterfuck", starts here.
Sponsors listed at 2017 Senate Bill 275

Nass seeking cosponsors for ‘sanctuary cities’ bill.  Wisconsin Radio Network, 5/30/2017)

The bill would prohibit counties and municipalities from passing ordinances, resolutions or policies that bar employees from inquiring about immigration status, notifying the federal government about anyone living in the U.S. illegally or assisting with immigration enforcement.

Original 5/30/2017 post, "Wisconsin clusterfuck:  50 -- count 'em -- 50 GOP legislators cream their jeans over guns in schools", starts here.

And at least half of 'em live in the 'collar counties' of Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee.

Sponsors:  All red