Saturday, June 12, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin lawmakers go all in for GOP Attorneys Enrichment Program


In F. Lee Bailey's defense, the top 10 New York Times nonfiction best sellers aren't exactly causing LINKcat library shelves to groan under their weight


List found at Pop Culture Trivia


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GET ME REWRITE: When Rick Esenberg tells the 4 lapdogs on the Wisconsin Supreme Court to roll over, they earn themselves a doggy bone


Headline from Wisconsin State Journal, 6/11/2021
“The power to take measures ‘reasonable and necessary’ cannot be reasonably read as an open-ended grant of authority,” Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority. “Doing so would swallow the rest of the statute and render it mere surplusage.” Rick Esenberg, president of the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which represented some of the plaintiffs in the case, hailed the decision.
The Esenberg-Bradley connection.

Rebecca Bradley is unfit to be a Supreme Court justice.  And that's not even scraping the surface.

4/9/2021 update, "4 GOP lapdogs on Wisconsin Supreme Court squat, piss on $50 million in federal food aid", starts here.

Headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/7/2021
"Whether the additional funding for Wisconsin's food stamp program known as FoodShare would be lost had been in question until Wednesday, when Goodsitt confirmed the money was lost for May and would be in jeopardy for the future if lawmakers do not act to enact an emergency declaration.  
"The ripple effects of this change will be immediate and devastating for individuals, families, and entire communities," Goodsitt said.

3/31/2021 update, "  GOP lapdogs on Wisconsin Supreme Court team stomp on public health guidance, overrule Governor's ability to order COVID protections", starts here.

The long-anticipated ruling comes just days before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' current face mask requirement is set to expire next week. It leaves the state without any virus restrictions going forward as officials look to expand vaccination efforts and health experts have confirmed the emergence of a third COVID variant. 
In the 4-3 ideologically-split decision, the court's conservative majority sided with Republicans who brought and supported the lawsuit, ruling it's not within a governor's power to issue successive public health emergency orders tied to the the same crisis without legislative approval.

11/27/2020 update, "GOP lapdogs on Wisconsin Supreme Court team up with Tighty Whities @WILL to overrule local public health officials and spread the virus in Racine", starts here.

Headline from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/25/2020

From March 2, when Racine County recorded its first confirmed COVID case, through September 30, the county reported a total of 4,976 cases, an average of 23 new cases per day.

Since October 1, Racine County reported an additional 8,619 cases, an average of 157 new cases per day.

Racine County currently ranks 20th among the state's 72 counties in highest COVID-19 positive test rate per 100,000 persons.

Original 11/13/2020 post, "Action of Supreme Court lapdogs and inaction of covidiot GOP leadership makes Wisconsin COVID-19 outbreak 'worse' than New York City surge", starts here

The Capital Times, 11/12/2020
(headline and text with highlights added)

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Friday, June 11, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Glenn Grothman regains the lead over Tom Tiffany for WISCONSIN STATE EMBARRASSMENT


The proposal allocates $225 billion for child care for children under age 5. The plan aims to cover all child care expenses for families with lower income and reduce child care costs for middle-class families, according to a CNBC report. 
During the hearing, Grothman expressed concern that, in his words, the country is working toward "just having the government take care of kids before age five." 
"What do you think about families who are taking care of their own children? Are you trying to make them obsolete?" he asked. 
Young noted that the funds in the budget are about "trying to meet people where they are, economically" and meant to address the fact that often both mothers and fathers need to be in the workforce and that child care costs need to be addressed.

What's highlighted in red was said by a 'confrimed bachelor' who, Retiring Guy ventures, has never been on a date in his life.  With anyone.

The list of inanities is endless

Dear Glenn Grothman, An independent redistricting commission works in Iowa. Best, Retiring Guy.  (3/9)
The company that Glenn Grothman keeps (GOP Border Wall caucus)

NOW IN ITS 27TH YEAR!!!!  Our state embarrassment.  (11/13)

Might hurt in the short term? Wisconsin has led the U.S. in farm bankruptcies three years running.  (9/3)
Ripon Commonwealth Press editorial writer tells us what we already know about Glenn Grothman.  (8/29)
Government welfare for me but not for thee (the updated edition).  (8/19)
"We're all minorities in America".  (7/22)
How hard up do you have to be to ask Glenn Grothman to be your commencement speaker? (5/22)
Glenn Grothman falls on his knees after Trump State of the Union bloviating.  (2/7)
Trump fanboy Glenn Grothman pimps for Mexico border wall.  (1/25)
Meet the 7 House critters who voted against back pay for federal workers.  (1/13)
Glenn Grothman starts the 116th Congress where he left off in the 115th: Enhancing his clown bona fides.  (1/5)
Back in the news with more inanities.  (1/4)

July-Dec 2018
Glenn Grothman, dedicated follower of political fashion, fills us in.  (11/10)
"Good guy' Greg Gianforte sends Glenn Grothman a check.  (11/2)
When you know you're at the bottom of the GOP food chain: Eric Trump headlines Glenn Grothman rally.  (10/31)
Stamp to a letter, birds of a feather clown show: Gushing over Greg Gianforte, both Donald Trump and Glenn Grothman say "that's my kind of guy".  (10/19)
As the election approaches, Glenn Grothman's babbling intensifies.  (10/6)
Dear voters of Wisconsin's 6th congressional district, this gibberish should convince you this clown should be kicked out of office.  (9/27)
Get me rewrite. More than just tweets: Everything about Trump encourages Democrats and independents to sweep gomers like Glenn Grothman out of office.  (8/9)
Dear Glenn Grothman, Repeat after me: YALTA.  (7/23)
Dear Glenn Grothman, Does this mean you don't support Donald Trump's military parade?  (7/19)

Jan-Jun 2018
Could we please, please, get rid of this clown?  (6/21)
Glenn Grothman in so many words:  The ruination of America is people with darker skin tones.  (1/27)
Glenn Grothman shares etiquette advice on KFIZ.  (1/19)
Memo to Glenn Grothman: Next time you see Donald Trump, give him a great big kiss, mwah!  (1/18)
UPDATE: The demented clown, otherwise known as Glenn Grothman, returns to the topic of Al Sharpton at MLK event.  (1/18)
Newspaper editorial calls out Glenn Grothman for his (a) mispresentation or (b) lie.  (1/11) 
Glenn Grothman cries on the shoulder of his favorite KFIZ deejay. (1/9)

Jul-Dec 2017
Our resident clown Glenn Grothman tells just half of the story.  (12/24)
Like Vermin Supreme, Glenn Grothman believes that there should be free ponies for all Americans.  (12/15)
A letter sent without fear of retribution.  (12/3)
The insightful Glenn Grothman was talking to a gal.  (11/22)
Dear Dan Kohl, If you substitute 'clownish' for 'partisan', the arrow moves hard right.  (11/9)
The malevolent conservatism and clownish inhumanity of Glenn Grothman.  (10/25)
Glenn Grothman sets a ridiculously low bar regarding hurricane aid to Puerto Rico.  (10/24)
Glenn Grothman demands that a border wall be built.  (8/31)
Here's something on which Glenn Grothman and I agree.  (8/10)
Glenn Grothman wants us all to die.  Or not to fly.  (7/20)
Short-term memory loss and The Glenn Grothman 24/7 Clown Show.  (7/15) 
Steady drip-drip-drip inside Glenn Grothman's head vs. steady drip-drip-drip of evidence Russian collusion.  (7/13)

Apr-Jun 2017
Glenn Grothman gives a big thumbs up to Pennsylvania's congressional districts.  (6/22)
Glenn Grothman on the Paris Accord:  The blithering goes on.  (6/7)
Dear Glenn Grothman, Not that anyone is listening to you.  (6/5)
Oh, yeah, I just bet he does.   (6/1)
It's bromance time for Glenn Grothman, sez Greg Gianforte seems like a good guy.  (5/26/2017)
At Glenn Grothman's groan-inducing town hall.  (5/2)
51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination.  (4/27)
At KFIZ, everybody loves a clown.  (4/17)
Wishful thinking: Glenn Grothman does a little Mick Jagger at the podium during Sheboygan listening session.  (4/11/.

Jan-Mar 2017
What DO they think of Glenn Grothman on Capitol Hill?  (1/31/2017)
Not a Muslim ban, Glenn Grothman? The numbers indicate otherwise.  (1/31/2017)
Glenn also loves to run into the reassuring arms of Vicki McKenna; she normalizes his nuttiness.  (3/28)
Dear Glenn Grothman, You won't find any answers to your IRS questions at WatchragTrying to have it both ways,   (3/10)
Glenn Grothman serves up a big bowl of mush.  (3/6)
Self-proclaimed fiscal conservative and thorough hypocrite Glenn Grothman goes all out for The Wall.  (2/26) 

The conservative values of Glenn Grothman, straight shooter and exemplary public servant.  (10/30)
GOP donor and Neenah realtor pens letter to editor, praises Glenn Grothman.  (10/28)
Well, Glenn Grothman, looks as though Donald Trump and Paul Ryan won't accompany Mr. Gumpy on his outing.  (10/20)
Meet the 3 Stooges who introduced Donald Trump at yesterday's rally in Green Bay.  (10/18)
Likely to be other reasons why Trump and Glenn Grothman's relationship might be "less than perfect".  (10/13)
Glenn Grothman raises GOP specter of black bogeyman Al Sharpton.  (7/14)
Recommended reading from Glenn Grothman.  (3/3)
Once again, Grothman does the blah blah blah.  (1/13)

Tea Party alert: Glenn Grothman supports increase in federal gas tax.  (12/29)
Glenn Grothman's moving service.  (11/16/2015)
Glenn Grothman: Still trying to get to 'yes' with Paul Ryan.  (10/18/2015) 
Dear Glenn Grothman, Breaking up is hard to do.  (10/17/2015) 
He's a guy, and has access to 'all machines that one would need'.  (9/29/2015) 
Meet the Members of the Republican Study Committee: Glenn Grothman (R-WI, 6th District).  (8/18/2015)
What about seeing the light, Representative Grothman?  (8/11/2015)
Glenn Grothman's gibberish in full flower.  (7/1/2015)
Rep. Glenn Grothman puts corporate personhood first.  (6/23/2015)
Glenn Grothman Finds His Voice in Washington, D.C. (6/19/2015)
Glenn Grothman goes seriously bland on us.  (5/12/2015)
Glenn Grothman's lips are zipped.  (4/9/2015)
Glenn Grothman Speaks the Language of the Godfather of states' rights.  (1/13/2015)

Glenn Grothman, Quiet Man.  (10/12/2014)
Tom Petri returns the favor to Glenn Grothman.  (9/5/2014)
Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District primary: Less than 12% of voters paid attention.  (8/24/2014)
Hey guys and gals, Scott Walker is not 100% convinced that Glenn Grothman can win the 6th CD. (8/23/2014)
Career politician Glenn Grothman moves one step closer to Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District general election.  (8/22/2014)
To the tune of $692,000.   (8/14/2014)
Glenn Grothman:  A man without a mandate.  (8/14/2014)
Glenn Grothman to Tom Petri: Thank you for your 35 years of service.  (8/1/2014)
Duey Stroebel can't be bothered with fundraising, looks to buy seat instead.  (8/1/2014)
Clearly, "common-sense bills" and "Grothman" should never be used in the same sentence.(7/9/2014)
Two career politicians pledge limited service in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (7/8/2014)

EXTREME WEATHER: Will Tiedeman Pond dry up this summer?


It's well on its way so far in 2021.  Retiring Guy has never seen it so low during his 35 years living in Middleton.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Nearly three years ago, the entire boardwalk and a portion of Park Street was submerged after a 15-inch downpour on August 20-21.

Fill in the blank: NCAA college football playoff expansion is all about the _____


Headline from Wisconsin State Journal, 6/11/2021

Apparently, the NCAA placed an embargo on reporters using the following words:  money, greed, ratings.  You'll find none of them in this article.

Keeping tabs on authors in LINKcat: F. Lee Bailey


List found at Pop Culture Trivia
(which seems to be an apt summary of Bailey's legacy)

New York Times 6/3/2021
Mr. Bailey wrote a score of books, mostly legal texts; was the host of an ABC television show, “Good Company,” in 1967; and appeared often on talk shows and the lecture circuit. He reviewed his cases in the best-sellers “The Defense Never Rests: the Art of Cross-Examination” (1971, with Harvey Aronson) and “For the Defense” (1975, with John Greenya), and wrote about flying in “Cleared for Approach” (1977, with Mr. Greenya). His 1978 novel, “Secrets,” featured a lawyer who might have been the author.
Now you can't give his books away.

The 48 member libraries of LINKcat

Related posts:
Kim Chernin.  (1/10)
James R. Flynn.  (1/30)
Larry Flynt.  (2/12)
Lucinda Franks.  (5/11)
Norman Golb.  (2/22)
Charles Grodin.  (5/20)
Maria Guarnascheilli, book editor.  (2/18)
James Gunn.  (2/21)
Tony Hendra.  (3/7)
Hans Kung.  (4/9)
Lyn Macdonald.  (5/15)
Peter Manso,  (4/10)
Ved Mehta.  (1/12)
Marie Mongan.  (3/22)
Deborah Rhode.  (1/28)
James Ridgeway.  (2/16)
David Swensen.  (5/13)
Bryan Sykes.  (1/14)
Ed Ward.  (5/16)
Adam Zagajewski.  (3/27)

Ben Bova.  (12/17)
Clive Cussler.  (2/29)
Betty Dodson  (11/11)
Pete Hamill.  (8/6)
Shere Hite. (9/13)
A, E, Hotchner.  (2/18)
Roger Kahn.  (2/15)
Randall Kenan.  (9/29)
John Le Carre. (12/23/2020)
Johanna Lindsey.  (1/15)
Barry Lopez.  (12/29)
Alison Lurie.  (12/7)
Charlers Portis.  (2/19)
Julia Reed.  (9/8)
John Rothchild.  (1/22)
Gail Sheehy.  (9/3)
Jill Paton Walsh.  (11/29)
Charles Webb.  (6/30)

Warren Adler.  (4/23)
Kate Braverman.  (10/28)
Stephen Dixon.  (11/12)
Dan Jenkins.  (3/10)
Judith Krantz.  (6/27)
Paule Marshall.  (8/27)
Martin Mayer.  (8/3)
Wright Morris.  (7/25)
Toni Morrison.  (8/12)
Anthony Price.  (6/17)
John Simon.  (12/1)
Sol Stein.  (9/30)
Brad Watson.  (8/2)
Lonnie Wheeler.  (7/15)
Herman Wouk.  (5/20)

Neal Thompson.  (6/17)

Kit Reed.  (10/1)

E. M. Nathanson.  (4/10)




Carl Swanson, Jr. (1943-2021) Warren Area High School class of 1961


1960 Dragon yearbook\

1967 Warren City Directory

1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Carl as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at classmate Merry.

Merry, a variant of Mary that never gained traction.  She peaked at #456 in 1948.

Other members of the class of '61 (25):

Michael Long.  (10/22)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

First visit to Five Below


Photos and video by Retiring Guy

PYMNTS, 6/4/2021
Five Below, an off-price retailer that has more than 1,050 stores in 39 states, reported that its net sales surged by approximately 198 percent between Q1 fiscal 2020 and Q1 fiscal 2021, according to an announcement. In addition, the retailer’s comparable sales soared by 162 percent over the same timeframe. 
Five Below reported $49.6 million in net income for Q1 fiscal 2021, swinging from a $50.6 million net loss the same quarter the previous fiscal year. 
All in, the retailer posted 88 cents in diluted income per common share, in contrast to a 91-cent diluted loss per common share during the same quarter last fiscal year.

Around Town Middleton: Public art on the salt shed

Photos by Retiring Guy

Original 6/24/2017 post, "Speaking of public art, the salt shed next to new Middleton Operations Center is a candidate", starts here.

At the north end of Parmenter

Photo by Retiring Guy
Source:  City of Middleton

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Middleton Wins Project of the Year Award for MOC.  (City of Middleton  press release, 5/13/2016)
Construction of the approximately $11.5 million MOC began in the spring of 2014 and was completed May, 2015. The project enables development by Meriter/Unity Point at the former Public Works garage site. It also allowed the City to address current and future needs of a growing community. The scope of the project included relocation of the 51 stall park-and-ride site, building of an 85,000 square foot Operations Center and a 22,000 square foot cold storage building and relocation of a salt storage facility with expanded capacity. The City enhanced the project further by adding a new Recycling Center to the mix.
Request for Qualifications, City of Middleton Public Arts Committee

From Arts Committee minutes, January 26, 2017
2. Concept Presentation for Salt Storage Shed.   (Dean Allen) Pat Adler introduced Dean Allen, who is a professional area artist. Allen presented examples of his previous work in other cities, and presented a concept for the salt storage shed wall, which includes fiddlehead ferns constructed out of rusted steel. The project would require no maintenance for 25 years.

From Arts Committee minutes, March 16, 2017
2. Salt Storage Shed Project No update.

Not on agenda of May 18, 2017, meeting.

Around Town Middleton posts
June 2021

May 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

August 2020

February 2020
Say goodbye to Old National Bank.  (2/9)

December 2019
Roman Candle survives the cut, even without the availability of convenient parking.  (12/12)
The Monona side of town.  (12/6)

November 2019
Bike rack at Sauk Trail Elementary School.  (11/8)
Not everybody's on board in the Meadows neighborhood.  (11/4)
October 2019
Matching car and garage door.  (10/11)

September 2019
Around Town Middleton: Bees love ornamental onion plants.   (9/4) 

August 2019
60-year-old resident arrested for armed robbery.  (8/21)
Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot .  (8/2)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24)
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2)
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6)

June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12)

February 2018

Middleton Center Phase 3: June construction site visit

Photos by Retiring Guy

Bonus pic shot May 29

5/22/2021 update starts here

Screenshot and video by Retiring Guy

4/22/2021 update starts here

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3/7/2021 update starts here

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2/1/2021 update starts here

Retiring Guy's Digest

1/14/2021update starts here

Three views taken along Terrace Avenue and one from the hilly intersection of Parmenter and South

Photos by Retiring Guy

12/19/2020 update starts here

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11/22/2020 update starts here

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11/2/2020 update starts here.

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10/6/2020 update starts here

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9/1/2020 update starts here

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8/8/2020 update starts here

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7/26 2020 update starts here

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7/12/2020 update starts here

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6/27/2020 update starts here

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Two weeks earlier

4/10/2020 update starts here

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3/12/2020 update starts here

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Middleton Center phase 1
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