Saturday, May 9, 2020

GET ME REWRITE: Donald Trump holds campaign rally prior to departure on Marine One



The Dow has gone up since May 4th, but it's down since April 28th -- and way down from it's all-time high since February.


As if that matters.

Employment is WAY WAY WAY down.





4/30/2020 update starts here

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Reported in  Kushner calls the coronavirus response in US 'a great success story'.  (USA Today, 4/29/2020)

"Really rockin'" in July, huh?




4/27/2020 Mnuchin Fox News appearance starts here


Reported in Coronavirus: Steven Mnuchin says economy will rebound over the summer.  (USA Today, 4/26/2020)

Sharon Anthony Spade (1938-2020) Warren High School class of 1956



1956 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory 
  • Anthony Norman J (Valley Garage) r803 Jackson Run Road
  • Sharon and Josep are listed in county section as living in Russell
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Anthony Norman J & Evelyn M retired h803 Jackson Run Road
  • Sharon and Joseph still live in Russell

The popularity of Sharon as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at great-granddaughter Cameron.


As a baby name for girls, Cameron made her first appearance on the chart in 1980.  After bouncing around for about a decade, she elevated herself into the top 200, where she spent just 2 years, peaking at #176 in 1999.

Other members of the class of '56:
2020
DeAnn Swanson King.  (1/4/2020)

2019
Thomas Cooper.  (8/5/2019)

2017
Frank Joseph Campanga.  (8/28/2017)
Robert Billman.  (7/3/2017)
Russell Grosch.  (3/21/2017)

2016
Richard Mancuso.  (7/18/2016)
Carolyn Garber Grosch.  (1/5/2016)

2015
Charles Franklin.  (11/12/2015)
Susan Brown Clark.  (11/1/2015)
John Harrington. (10/13/2015)
Carol Schwitzer.  (10/7/2015)
John Smith.  (9/12/2015)
Donald Burgeson.  (3/9/2015)
Diane McChesney Kondak.  (2/15/2015)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Wisconsin 2020 elections: Who's running in the 1st Assembly District



The incumbent Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) was first elected in 2014.

The Democratic challenger:




Source:  Ballotpedia

Source:  Ballotpedia


Other 2020 election posts:
14th Senate District.  (2/24/2020)
16th Senate District.  (1/28/2020)
26th Senate District.  (4/4/2020)
30th Senate District.  (1/18/2020)

29th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
44th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
48th Assembly District.  (3/12/2020)
67th Assembly District.  (5/4/2020)
69th Assembly District.  (1/16/2020)
76th Assembly District.  (4/5/2020)
96th Assembly District.  (5/3/2020)

Power play politics, Wisconsin style




Thursday, May 7, 2020

Meet the coronavirus whiners (Chris Nelson edition)



Quoted in Wisconsin counties show different approaches to coronavirus next steps.  (The Center Square, 5/6/2020)

Throw away the dog whistle, Chris.  Coronavirus is not a 'liberal' issue.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (arrow and text box added)


Moreover.....

According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, 2019 direct visitor spending in Polk County totaled $95.4 million.   That's two-thirds of the county's $143.5 million in the year's total business sales.



Economically, you can't have it both ways, Chris.

(By the way, Nelson contributed $2,700 (4 campaign donations) to Republicans Adam Jarchow and $250 (1 donation) to Gae Magnafici.)

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice and GOP lapdog shows her true colors in meatpacking remark



Bice: Supreme Court Chief Justice Roggensack blasted as 'elitist,' 'out of touch' for meatpacking remark.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/6/2020)

Other Patience posts: 
A bought-and-paid-for stench.  (3/24/2018)
UPDATE. This week in Wisconsin Supreme Court integrity.  (3/16/2017)
Meet Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who authored majority opinions in voter ID cases.  (8/1/2014)
Justice Patience Roggensack Corrals Old-White-Men Vote in Wisconsin Supreme Court Re-Election Bid. (11/20/2012)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Why the United States has the most coronavirus cases





Worldometer (text box added)

Why America now has the most coronavirus cases.  (Japan Times, 3/28/2020)
Early on in the outbreak, President Donald Trump was accused of downplaying its severity, saying that sustained community spread was not “inevitable” even after a senior health official said it was, which could have led to a sense of complacency. 
As the illness took root, first in the West Coast states of Washington and California, the U.S. was unable to perform meaningful levels of contact tracing because it was so slow off the mark with testing. 
The government initially refused to relax regulatory hurdles that would have allowed states and local health departments to develop their own test kits based on guidelines provided by the World Health Organization, and all early samples were being sent to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. 
Then the CDC sent out faulty test kits to the states, adding to delays.  [emphasis added]

Related post:
Giving the Trump administration its due on the coronvirus response (Dr. Rick Bright edition).  (5/6/2020)

GOP lapdogs on Wisconsin Supreme Court sound off on Tony Evers' safer-at-home order (Rebecca Braldey edition)



Reported in Supreme Court takes up lawsuit seeking to end Evers' stay-at-home order while economic toll rises . (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/5/2020)

Other lapdog Bradley posts:
Concerning Rebecca Bradley: Meet some of the Wisconsin voters who would be disenfranchised by recusal rules.  (4/20/2017)
Rebecca Bradley to join Republicans Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Leah Vukmir at Charlie Sykes forum.  (3/23/2016)
Dear Ron Johnson, We have a great candidate running for the Supreme Court. Her name is Joanne Kloppenburg.  (3/17/2016)
Angry then, angry now.  (3/12/2016)
Dear Chris, All of us lose if Rebecca Bradley is elected to a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  (3/11/2016)
Dear Rebecca Bradley, First of all, you are not serving the people of Wisconsin; you are serving your corporate masters.  (3/11/2016)
When Rebecca Bradley wasn't having very healthy heterosexual sex in a loving marital relationship.  (3/11/2016)
Dear Rebecca Bradley, What are your current thoughts on the feminist movement?  (3/9/2016)
Dear Christian Schneider, I hope you can read lips.  (3/8/2016)
Dear Scott Walker, Rebecca Bradley, your 3-time appointee, wrote at least 3 columns.  (3/7/2016)
Dear Rebecca Bradley, Please tell us how these comments faded from your worldview.  (3/7/2016)

A fuller list of related posts is found here.

The coronavirus chronicles: Be kind



Photo credit:  WXOW

Reported in 9-year-old man dies after fight over parking dispute in La Crosse Menards parking lot.  (Appleton Post Cresdent, 5/5/2020)

Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick soldiers on, dares to ask the most pressing questions about the coronavirus pandemic


Photo credit:  Paciolan

Quoted in Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick confident Irish can play full schedule, wants students to see games in person.  (USA Today, 5/5/2020)

Giving the Trump administration its due on the coronvirus response (Dr. Rick Bright edition)


Photo credit:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Quoted in Virus review: Scientist says US failed to prepare, sought quick fix; task force to wind down soon.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/5/2020)

Related reading:
Rick Bright, Former Top Vaccine Scientist, Files Whistleblower Complaint.  (NPR, 5/5/2020)
Rick Bright was a high-ranking federal scientist focused on vaccine development and a deputy assistant secretary with the Department of Health and Human Services. On April 20, Bright said, he was transferred to a "less impactful position" at the National Institutes of Health after he was reluctant to promote the use of drugs such as hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

What Scott Walker is up to today


Promoting fake news!




When authority figures mess with democracy



Under Trump, America has gone a bit late Weimar. We know how that ended.  (The Guardian, 5/4/2020)

Original 2/23/2020 post starts here

Photo credits:  Wikipedia, Medium

Reported in For National Security Council, A Mission Turns Upside Down.  (The New York Times, 2/21/2020)

Related posts:
2017
Ron Johnson in so many words: SIEG HEIL!! (2/14/2017)
Donald Trump Steves promote Nazi principles.  (2/17/2017)
Echoes of folk state Nazi principle in legislator's statement.  (2/18/2017)
Echoes of totalitarianism Nazi principle in Rep. Devin Nunes' warning to reporters.  (3/4/2017)
Jeffrey Lord loves his alt-right 'sieg heil' dog whistle.  (8/11/2017)

2019
The depth of ignorance here is stunning.  (2/9/2019)
Donald Trump unleashes the Neo-Nazi, white supremacist beast (the Iowa State University edition).  (11/1/2019)

2020
GET ME REWRITE: Dee and Carl McKnight of Boone, Iowa, signal accommodation with and approval of the Trump regime.  (1/2/2020)
GET ME REWRITE: The souls of evangelicals provide a rich soil for seeds of Trump authoritarianism.  (1/20/2020)
This day in history side by side.  (2/20/2020)
GET ME REWRITE: Once again, Donald Trump threatens to take a page from the Nazi Party/Adolf Hitler playbook.  (2/22/2020)
The Hitler Oath and the Trump Purge.  (2/23/2020)

Monday, May 4, 2020

May UPDATE: State highway 19 construction from Interstate to River Road (in vicinity of Fleet Farm)






2/29/2020 update starts here




11/22/2019 update starts here


Highway 19 construction set to start Tuesday from River Road to I-39/90/94.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/30/2019)
The $10 million project will expand Highway 19 to four lanes, construct new bridges over the Yahara River, and reconstruct the River Road intersection into a roundabout.




Original 10/22/2018 post, "New Madison-area Fleet Farm now open at state highway 19 and Interstate 39/90/94", starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy




Original 8/8/2018 post, "Fleet Farm to open new Madison area store at state highway 19 and Interstate 39/90/94", starts here.

Is Mills Fleet Farm getting ready to rumble with Blain's Farm & Fleet?



Fleet Farm to build store at Highway 19 and Interstate 39-90-94.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/20/2017)
The $25 million project comes less than two years after the Brainerd, Minnesota, company was purchased by KKR of New York, one of the country’s largest investment firms, in a move designed to add stores to its lineup of 37 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. Wisconsin is home to 18 stores, but others are planned or under construction in Kenosha, Ocononowoc, Eau Claire and Delavan.
Mills Fleet Farm launches aggressive expansion plan, aiming to double in size in 6 years.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/3/2018)
That, and the strong possibility that Mills will expand into Illinois, could bring the retailer into closer competition with the similarly named but separate Blain’s Farm & Fleet, a Janesville-based chain that sells some of the same types of merchandise. 
Historically, there has been little overlap in the territories of the two retailers. The great majority of Mills stores are in eastern and central Wisconsin, and in Minnesota. The great majority of the 38 Blain’s stores are in southern and southwestern Wisconsin, and in northern Illinois.

Wisconsin 2020 elections: Who's running in the 67th Assembly District?



The incumbent Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer), easily won a 2nd term in the Assembly.   In his two elections, he has an average margin of victory of 26 percentage points.

The Democratic challenger:




Source:  Ballotpedia

The Squiggly, Jigsaw Art 
of the Wisconsin Gerrymander
Source:  Ballotpedia


Other 2020 election posts:
14th Senate District.  (2/24/2020)
16th Senate District.  (1/28/2020)
26th Senate District.  (4/4/2020)
30th Senate District.  (1/18/2020)

29th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
44th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
48th Assembly District.  (3/12/2020)
69th Assembly District.  (1/16/2020)
76th Assembly District.  (4/5/2020)
96th Assembly District.  (5/3/2020)

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Wisconsin 2020 elections: Who's running in the 96th Assembly District



Quoted in Tucker Gretebeck launches campaign on 'optimism' for 96th Assembly District.  (La Crosse Tribune, 4/29/2020)


Original 11/18/2019 post starts here


Reported in Josefine Jaynes announces candidacy for 96th Assembly District.  (Vernon Broadcaster, 11/1/2019)

Map sourceBallotpedia


2018:  In a closely contested, open-seat race, Viroqua Republican Loren Oldenburg defeated Viroqua Democrat Paul Buhr by 3.2 percentage points, slicing the 2016 GOP margin of victory by 19 percentage points.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Other 2020 election posts:
14th Senate District.  (2/24/2020)
16th Senate District.  (1/28/2020)
26th Senate District.  (4/4/2020)
30th Senate District.  (1/18/2020)

29th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
44th Assembly District.  (2/21/2020)
48th Assembly District.  (3/12/2020)
69th Assembly District.  (1/16/2020)
76th Assembly District.  (4/5/2020)

Boris Johnson rips a page from the coronavirus Trump playbook


Lie as people die.


As with Trump, reality clearly contradict him.