Saturday, April 24, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Greetings from Taylor County, home to Wisconsin's biggest cluster of Trump COVIDIOTS

Sources:  Wikipedia, Line

Last year, Trump won about 72% of the vote in Taylor County, beating now-President Joe Biden there by more than 46 percentage points — Trump's largest margin of victory of any county in Wisconsin. Taylor County now has the lowest vaccination rate in the state, with under 23% of people as of Friday having gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. 
Taylor is far behind the statewide rate of about 42% having gotten at least one dose of vaccine, a figure that includes Wisconsinites of all ages and is a measure of how close we are to herd immunity — not just those 16 or older who are currently eligible for vaccine
Synonyms for ''extreme Trumpism"

In 1940, the population of Taylor County was 20,l05.

In 2019, the estimated population of Taylor County was 20,343.

The following demographics will come as no surprise. Taylor County is a Wisconsin Festival of Whiteness.

% of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree:
  • 15.1% - Taylor County
  • 30.1% - Wisconsin
  • 32.1% - U.S.
% of population 65 and older:
  • 19.6% - Taylor County
  • 17.5% - Wisconsin
  • 16.5% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  •   9.7% - Taylor County
  • 10.4% - Wisconsin
  • 10.5% - U.S. (they're joking, of course)

The GOP dumbing down of America is working like a charm in Taylor County.  

Related posts:
Taylor County Wisconsin is on fire with the virus, but folks there still smile for the birdie -- maskless.  (11/20/2020)

2/17/2021 update, "Trumpier than it was in 2016 Taylor County Wisconsin goes big for GOP state superintendent candidate", starts here.

Just 1 of 4 counties where Kerr received at least 40% of the vote in a 7-way race.  (Taylor tied with Washington County for highest honors.)

Related post:
GET ME REWRITE: Candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent laps up donations from GOP doggy bowl.  (2/16/2021)

Original 12/4/2020 post, "In Taylor County Wisconsin, plenty of time for COVID complacency before doubling down on Trump", starts here.

New York Times



Related posts:
Polk County.  (12/4/2020)
Price County.  (12/4/2020)
Rusk County.  (12/4/2020)
Washburn County.  (12/4/2020)

Josh Hawley sends an especially disturbing message to 20 million Americans


Top headline:  Slate
Bottom screenshot:  Pew Research

Related post:
Meet Josh Hawley, opportunitst.  3/8/2021
Let's sandwich Josh Hawley between two of the New York Post's greatest hits.  (1/25/2021)

Wisconsin Covid cases mapped, listed and graphed (4/24/2021)


Saturday, April 24.  Total tests (positive and negative):  3,418,775.  One-day increase of 4,139 (494 positive; 12%)

Total positive Covid 19 cases:  594,283

Counties with largest numerical gains = 28 of 72

  • 4 with 20 or more new cases
  • 11 with 10 to 19
  • 13 with 5 to 9

The 28
  • Milwaukee (87)
  • Dane (60)
  • Waukesha (30)
  • St. Croix (24)
    • La Crosse, Polk, Racine (19 each)
    • Marathon (18)
    • Brown (15)
    • Pierce, Washington (14 each)
    • Kenosha, Rock, Wood (12 each)
    • Barron (10)
    • Columbia, Sauk, Winnebago (9 each)
    • Jefferson (8)
    • Eau Claire, Walworth (7 each)
    • Douglas, Manitowoc, Monroe, Outagamie (6 each)
    • Oconto, Oneida, Pepin (5 each)

    Link to other WI COVID posts:

    Related posts:
    Alabama.  (2/15/2021)
    Arizona.  (2/15/2021)
    Arkansas.  (2/4/2021)
    California.  (2/7/2021)
    Connecticut.  (8/21/2020)
    Florida.  (4/20/2021)
    Georgia.  (2/15/2021)
    Idaho.  (2/7/2021)
    Illinois.  (2/2/2021)
    Indiana.  (2/6/2021)
    Iowa.  (2/6/2021)
    Kansas.  (2/4/2021)
    Kentucky.  (2/4/2021)
    Louisiana.  (2/6/2021)
    Maryland.  (1/27/2021)
    Massachusetts.  (2/16/2021)
    Michigan.  (4/20/2021)
    Minnesota.  (4/2/2021)
    Mississippi.  (3/4/2021)
    Montana. (2/5/2021)
    Nebraska.  (2/4/2021)
    Nevada.  (2/17/2021)
    New Jersey,  (4/11/2021)
    New York.  (4/1/2021)
    North Carolina.  (2/7/2021)
    North Dakota.  (2/7/2021)
    Ohio.  (2/6/2021)
    Pennsylvania.  (4/7/2021)
    South Carolina.  (2/5/2021)
    South Dakota.  (2/18/2021)
    Tennessee.  (2/5/2021)
    Texas   (2/6/2021)
    Utah.  (2/17/2021)
    Virginia.  (1/22/2021)
    Washington State.  (6/12/2020)
    West Virginia.  (2/3/2021)

    Towering 3-story manse rises on wooded lot on Mound Drive in Middleton: April construction site visit


    Photo by Retiring Guy

    3/14/2021 update starts here

    Photo and video by Retiring Guy

    2/18/2021 update starts here

    Photos by Retiring Guy

    Infill construction located west of Allen Boulevard, just north of University Avenue

    11/15/2020 update starts here

    Photos by Retiring Guy

    GET ME REWRITE: Sad state of Missouri GOP on display with adulterer and disgraced former governor Eric Greitens running for U.S. Senate seat

    (airbrushed by Central Casting)

    Hoping Missouri voters have very short memories
    Greitens was a political outsider when he ran for governor in 2016, but his resume was impressive. In addition to his role in the elite military outfit, he was a best-selling author, a Rhodes scholar and had started a successful charity for veterans. Greitens defeated establishment Republicans in the primary before winning in November. By the end of his first year in office, Greitens was getting buzz as a potential future presidential contender. 
    It all began to fall apart in January 2018 when a St. Louis TV station aired a report about an extramarital affair with his hairdresser in 2015, before he was elected. A month later, a grand jury indicted Greitens for invasion of privacy, accusing him of taking a compromising photo of the woman and threatening to use it as blackmail if she ever spoke of the encounter. 
    Greitens admitted to the affair (he and his wife, Sheena, divorced last year) but denied criminal wrongdoing and accused Gardner, a Democrat, of a politically motivated prosecution.
    Another scandal followed in April when Gardner charged Greitens with another felony, accusing him of illegally using the donor list for his charity, The Mission Continues, to raise money for his 2016 campaign. 
    Meanwhile, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature began considering whether to pursue impeachment proceedings. Those discussions and the criminal charges came to an end when Greitens resigned in June 2018.  [emphasis added]


    5/1/2018 update, "Sex life aside, there are clearly similarities between Eric Greitens and Kevin Nicholson", starts here. 

    Radio ad comparing US Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson to Missouri governor caught in sex scandal pulled.  (, 4/30/2018)
    The Greitens scandal broke months ago.  Americas PAC leader Tom Donelson said Monday he sent a replacement ad before the original was supposed to air last week, but some stations broadcast the one favorably comparing Nicholson and the embattled Greitens. The original ad was made months ago and should not have been sent to the stations, Donelson said.

    4/18/2018 update, "Pretty wrapping, empty box", starts here.

    Missouri’s Governor Was Already in Trouble. A New Felony Claim Adds to That.  (The New York Times, 4/17/2018)
    The adulterous governor remains defiant and unrepentant.  Fortunately for [Attorney General] Josh [Hawley], he’s better at press conferences than the law,” the governor said in a statement. “Anyone who has set foot in a Missouri courtroom knows these allegations are ridiculous.” 

    Original 3/1/2018 post, "Another clueless central-casting politician who stumbles", starts here.

    Photo credits:  Twitter (Greitens),  Nicholson for Senate
    Sykes quote

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy.  (St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  2/23/2018)
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who was swept into office in 2016 with a vow to clean up a corrupt state government, was indicted and booked Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking and transmitting a non-consensual photo of his partly nude lover shortly before that campaign started. 
    It stems from a scandal that broke last month, in which Greitens was accused of threatening his lover with the photo — an allegation that isn't mentioned in the indictment. Greitens has admitted having an extramarital affair, but has denied the rest.

    Not a secret anymore.  (A #1 song for Doris, ranked 9th for the year 1954 by Billboard.)

    Curiously, Eric doesn't list his latest gig -- governor, not adulterer --  at his LinkedIn account.

    Related posts:
    Another central-casting GOP candidate finds that good looks do not insure a smooth path to election.  (4/14/2018)
    Dear Kevin Nicholson, Running for U.S. Senate as a Trump fanboy is not a savvy strategy in the collar counties.  (4/11/2018)
    Another clueless central-casting politician who stumbles.  (3/1/2018)

    Marian Cable Rulander (1936-2021) Warren High School class of 1954


    1954 Dragon yearbook

    1967 Warren City Directory 
      1983 Warren City Directory
      • Cable S Burton retired h10 Maple Street
      • Marian and Curist are still at the Frantz Road address

      The popularity of Marian as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look grandson Melody.  

      Melody debuted in 1942 and reached her first peak of popularity in 1960.  She then bottomed out in 1989 and is currently, as of 2019, enjoying a personal best. 

      Other members of the class of 1954 (29):


      Elizabeth Ann Pasquino Deck.  (2/22)
      Beatrice Brown Bines.  (1/26)

      Margaret Eaton Watts.  (10/30)
      Mary Alice Morse Akif.  (10/1)
      Sally Nelson Metzger.  (8/1)
      Phoebe Marie Jewell Ahlgren.  (4/29)
      David Neal Redmond.  (3/4)

      Roberta Cable Anderson.  (11/3)
      Patrick Michael Sheehan.  (9/19)
      Charles Salerno.  (3/19)
      Joan White Wood.  (2/12)
      Janet Lauffenberger Day.  (2/11)

      Georgeanne Pappas Kornreich.  (11/27)
      Anita Miller Smith.  (10/25)
      Michelene Figliuzzi Colgrove.  (6/1)
      James Hornstrom.  (3/9)
      Richard Latimer.  (1/31)
      Guard Pierce.  (1/24)

      Thomas Gray.  (10/16)
      Franklin Ristau.  (4/21)
      Robert Johnson.  (8/10)
      Phillip Stewart.  (2/20)

      Friday, April 23, 2021

      Cabarrus County, North Carolina: Why the GOP believes that voter suppression is the only path to survival

      Charlotte metro area

      Cabarrus County:  From a 45.2 percentage point GOP advantage in 1984 to a 9.4 percentage point GOP advantage in 2020.

      3rd party votes:  15.4% in 1992, 9.3% in 1996, 4.2% in 2016
      (Alabama segregationist George Wallace 
      received 25.9% of the vote in 1968)

      Trump received 9,418 more votes than he did in 2016, a 17% increase.   Biden received 16,641 more votes than Clinton did in 2016, an increase of 17%.

      Trump's share of the vote decreased by 3.8 percentage points. Biden increased Clinton's share of the vote by 7.4 percentage points.  

      Demographically speaking. 

      % of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree:
      • 32.3% - Cabarrus County
      • 31.3% - North Carolina
      • 32.1% - U.S.
      % of population 65 and older:
      • 13.4% - Cabarrus County
      • 16.7% - North Carolina
      • 16.5% - U.S.
      % of population living in poverty:
      •   7.9% - Cabarrus County
      • 13.6% - North Carolina
      • 10.5% - U.S. (they're joking, of course)

      The GOP dumbing down of America is not working in Mecklenburg County.  

      Other GOP nightmare locations:
      Denver metro area:

      Colorado.  Adams County.  (3/25/2021)
      Colorado.  Arapahoe County.  (3/25/2021)
      Colorado.  Denver County.  (3/25/2021)
      Colorado.  Douglas County.  (3/25/2021)
      Colorado.  Jefferson County.  (3/25/2021)

      Atlanta metro area:

      Georgia.  Clayton County.  (3/26/2021)
      Georgia.  Cobb County.  (3/26/2021)
      Georgia.  DeKalb County.  (3/26/2021)
      Georgia.  Douglas County.  (3/27/2021)
      Georgia.  Fayette County.  (3/27/2021)
      Georgia.  Forsyth County.  (3/26/2021)
      Georgia.  Gwinnett County.  (3/26/2021)
      Georgia.  Henry County.  (3/26/2021)
      Georgia   Rockdale County.  (3/26/2021)

      Chicago metro area:

      Illinois.  DeKalb County.  (3/29/2021)
      Illinois.  DuPage County.  (3/30/2021)
      Illinois.  Kane County.  (3/30/2021)
      Illinois.  Kendall County.  (3/30/2021) 
      Illinois.  Lake County.  (3/29/2021)
      Illinois.  McHenry County.  (3/29/2021)
      Illinois.  Will County.  (3/30/2021)

      Indianpolis metro area:

      Indiana.  Hamilton County.  (3/23/2021)
      Indiana.  Hancock County.  (3/23/2021)
      Indiana.  Hendricks County.  (3/23/2021)
      Indiana.  Johnson County.  (3/23/2021)
      Indiana.  Marion County.  (3/24/2021)

      Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area
      Maryland.  Anne Arundel County.  (4/21/2021)
      Maryland.  Baltimore County.  (4/21/2021)
      Maryland.  Howard County.  (4/21/2021)
      Maryland.  Montgomery County.  (4/21/2020)
      Maryland.  Prince George's County.  (4/21/2021)

      Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area
      Minnesota.  Anoka County.  (3/22/2021)
      Minnesota.  Carver County.  (3/21/2021)
      Minnesota.  Dakota County.  (3/22/2021)
      Minnesota.  Washington County.  (3/22/2021)

      Kansas City MO/KS metro area:

      Missouri.  Clay County.  (4/22/2021)
      Missouri.  Platte County.  (3/22/2021)
      Kansas.  Johnson County.  (4/22/2021)

      Charlotte metro area:

      North Carolina.  Mecklenburg County.  (4/23/2021)

      Columbus metro area:
      Ohio.  Delaware County.  (4/2/2021)
      Ohio.  Franklin County.  (4/2/2021)

      Austin metro area:

      Texas.  Hays County.  (4/1/2021)
      Texas.  Travis County.  (3/31/2021)
      Texas.  Willliamson County.  (3/31/2021)

      Dallas/Fort Worth metro area:
      Texas.  Collin County.  (3/24/2021)
      Texas.  Dallas County.  (3/24/2021)
      Texas.  Denton County.  (3/24/2021)
      Texas.  Ellis County.  (3/24/2021)
      Texas.  Kaufman County.  (3/24/2021)
      Texas.  Tarrant County.  (3/24/2021)

      Houston metro area

      Texas.  Fort Bend County.  (3/31/2021)
      Texas.  Harris County.  (3/31/2021)

      Washington DC metro area
      Virginia.  Arlington County.  (3/28/2021)
      Virginia.  Fairfax County.  (3/28/2021)
      Virginia.  Loudoun County.  (3/28/2021)
      Virginia.  Prince William County.  (3/28/2021)
      Virginia.  Stafford County.  (3/28/2021)

      Milwaukee metro area

      Wisconisn.  Ozaukee County. (3/23/2021) 
      Wisconsin.  Waukesha County.  (3/23/2021)