Saturday, June 12, 2021

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


GET ME REWRITE: Apparently, Burlington Area School District Board is fine and dandy with Jeff Taff's dubious program of self-directed learning

3/6/2021 update, "Aaron Melby stands with Jeff Taff and is fine and dandy living in a place where hateful racial slurs are woven into the community fabric", starts here.

WDJT, 3/2/2021
"Unless he was teaching us the full lesson plan, its hard to jump to the conclusion as to what kids were asking leading up to that," said Aaron Melby, who supports Taff's reinstatement. Melby has gotten to know Taff through church. He feels the district is not being consistent with how it reviews teachers' lesson plans. 
He points to a fourth grade teacher who taught a lesson on Black Lives Matter and racism following the Kenosha riots. It drew outrage from parents. 
"She was back in the classroom within days," said Melby.

Thank you, Aaron, for this mindbendingly obtuse false equivalency.

But the Garbades were unprepared for the level of racial animus that has torn their community apart since late August when a Burlington elementary school teacher included the Black Lives Matter movement in a lesson about racism.   
The hateful racial slurs — burned into the woodchips of a playground, painted on the floor of a new school building and shouted at students in an online classroom. The hostility and ugly exchanges on social media and at school board meetings. [emphasis added]

1/27/2021 update, "Meet the lead voices of the cheerleading squad for Jeff Taff", starts here.

Adrianne May and Aaron Melby

A group coming to Taff’s defense has created a Facebook page called “We Stand With Taff,” on which they are soliciting donations to help the teacher pay for an attorney. As of Saturday, the site had raised more than $2,000 from more than 40 donors. 
Organizers of the group, identifying themselves as Adrianne Mae and Aaron Melby, declined to comment via Facebook. Adrianne Mae had been the leader of the “Parents Against Rogue Teachers” Facebook group [apparently deleted] that formed last fall after there was community uproar following a lesson by Melissa Statz, a fourth-grade teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Burlington, about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter. 
On the Facebook page, the group states that Taff is at risk of losing his teaching job for “asserting his constitutional rights.” Referring to Taff and his family, the group adds: “Let’s make sure this family knows that we support freedom, and our community cares an awful lot.”

NBC News, 10/24/2020

Oh, the irony.  (Not to mention the vivid display of west-of-the-I, Mississippi-style racism.)

Black Lives Matters classsroom lesson.  Bad!!  (Freedom denied.)

White teacher spewing discredited conspiracy theories in the classroomGood!!  (Freedom forever.) 

Original 1/9/2021 post, "Who is Jeff Taff and what exactly is Liber/Leadership Education?", starts here.

Jeff is a social studies teacher at Burlington (WI) High School currently on leave.

His education includes "Self-Directed LIFE LEADERSHIP", more specifically, "Liber/Leadership Education.  (arrows added)

 What is that?  The mysterious Orrin Woodward (no Wikipedia entry) praises the program and specifically mentions 2 mentors.

Holger Spiewak, a ProLife Crusader activist, is one weird dude, based on his LinkedIn resume.

Link to Bill Lewis's Twitter account

Wondering if the Burlington Area School District School  Board is familiar with what is included on the Jeff's self-directed learning syllabus?

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

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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)




Miramont Behavorial Health facility UPDATE. Opening next month!

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

Miramont is hiring.

12/29/2020 update, "Now in its 5th month of sitting empty", starts here.

It will add to Dane County’s roughly 90 inpatient psychiatric beds, most of which are in general hospitals. Miramont will offer inpatient psychiatric care — on a voluntary and involuntary basis — for children, adolescents, adults and seniors, along with chemical dependency treatment for adults, Garone said. 
Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care also will be provided, he said. 
The facility could divert people experiencing mental health crises from jail and reduce trips by law enforcement to Winnebago Mental Health Center in Oshkosh, mental health advocates, county officials and police have said.

9/14/2020 update starts here

The landscaping edition

Photo by Retiring Guy

8/18/2020 update starts here

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8/10/2020 update starts here

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7/13/2020 update starts here

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6/14/2020 update starts here

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5/17/2020 update starts here.

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3/14/2020 update starts here

Panorama view

Zooming in just a bit

Psychiatric hospital in Middleton delayed again, now to be open early next year.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/17/2020)
Flood prevention work involving soil caused an initial delay in construction, which began in August 2018, said Mike Garone, vice president of development for Strategic Behavioral Health, the company building the facility. In recent months, the project was pushed back again because of weather, Garone said. 
“The building wasn’t fully enclosed by the time the winter weather hit, and a decision was made to just pick back up in the spring,” he said. The 72-bed hospital, on Deming Way in Middleton’s Airport Road Business Park, is expected to cost $17 million to $20 million. 
Construction should resume by April and the building is set to be finished by December, with the company taking occupancy in January and opening for patients a couple of months later, Garone said.

2/6/2020 update starts here

Photo by Retiring Guy

12/10/2019 update starts here

Photos by Retiring Guy

11/6/2019 update starts here

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

9/21/2019 update starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

8/26/2019 update starts here.

Video and photos by Retiring Guy

Construction is surprisingly close to the UW Health Pharmacy Services property line.

With each successive visit, the construction site looks messier and more chaotic.

Company behind psychiatric hospital in Middleton has more problems in other states.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/19/2019)
State and federal officials have cut off payments and admissions at the company’s psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, and have moved to stop payments and revoke the license of a facility near Fort Collins, Colorado, according to documents obtained by the State Journal and media reports.
The moves follow “immediate jeopardy” violations — the most serious kind given — at 202-bed Montevista Hospital in Las Vegas and 92-bed Clear View Behavioral Health in Johnstown, Colorado. 
At Montevista, patients hid medications and gave them to other patients, according to a federal inspection report in June. Patients also set off sprinklers, resulting in patients escaping from the facility, including one who didn’t return.

7/7/2019 update starts here.

6/10/2019 update starts here.

3 photos taken as western edge of site.

Photos by Retiring Guy

4/15/2019 update starts here.

3/19/2019 update, "Work delayed due to weather", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Psychiatric hospital construction continues, county mental health services study begins.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/25/2019)
Work on the 72-bed Miramont Behavioral Health hospital, in Middleton’s Airport Road Business Park, was initially expected to be complete by the end of this year. But weather delays have pushed the timeline back, said Mike Garone, vice president of development for owner Strategic Behavioral Health.

Standard view

Panoramic view

1/8/2019 update starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

12/6/2018 update starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

11/4/2018 update, "Construction trailer in place", starts here.

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10/17/2018 update, "More than 2 months after groundbreaking, very little progress has been made", starts here.

7/25/2018 update, "Middleton news:  Groundbreaking ceremony for Miramont Behavorial Health facility set for August 9",. starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Original 3/30/2018 post, "72-bed psychiatric hospital proposed for Middleton site", starts here.

A view of the site at 3169 Deming Way in Middleton
Photo by Retiring Guy

Strategic Behavioral Health plans psychiatric hospital in Middleton. (, 3/23/2018)
Strategic Behavioral Health, a for-profit company based in Memphis, Tennessee, plans to spend $17 million to $20 million on the seven-acre site and construction of a one-story hospital with about 55,000 square feet of space, according to documents filed with the city of Middleton. 
The company has 10 psychiatric hospitals in six states, including Willow Creek Behavioral Health, which opened last year in Green Bay.

Renderings of Willow Creek