Saturday, November 6, 2021



New York Times, 11/5/2021
The conclusions of the inspector general’s report were in line with previous disclosures about sloppy record keeping and poor oversight by the Trump administration when it came to gifts given to and received from foreign leaders. 
The report said that the missing gifts include a 30-year-old Suntory Hibiki bottle of Japanese whiskey given to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo worth $5,800; a 22-karat gold commemorative coin valued at $560 given to another State Department official, and monogrammed commemorative pewter trays, marble trinket boxes, and leather portfolios. The monogrammed items were created to give away at a Group of 7 summit meeting in 2020 that was canceled because of the pandemic.

Washington Post, 4/12/2021

11/2/2021 update starts here

The Trump Organization filed a highly exaggerated claim of nearly $1.3 million for damages to a golf course that cost only a fraction of the payout, insiders familiar with the matter have claimed. Sources that asked not to be identified reached out to Rolling Stone, saying that when a flood occurred at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, NY in 2011, the company made a claim for almost $1.3 million. However, the two insiders said that Trump Organization spent only about $130,000 to $150,000 for the actual repairs to the golf course.

Original 11/1/2021 post starts here

Washington Post, 10/31/2021
The Capitol was under siege — and the president, glued to the television, did nothing. For 187 minutes, Trump resisted entreaties to intervene from advisers, allies and his elder daughter, as well as lawmakers under attack. Even as the violence at the Capitol intensified, even after Vice President Mike Pence, his family and hundreds of Congress members and their staffers hid to protect themselves, even after the first two people died and scores of others were assaulted, Trump declined for more than three hours to tell the renegades rioting in his name to stand down and go home.  [emphasis added]

Earl Raymond Sturgis (1926-2021) Warren High School class of 1944


1944 Dragon yearbook

Jamestown Post-Journal, 11/1/2021

Earl's high-school activities:

Basketball (3, 4); Latin Club (2); Science Club (4).


1967 Warren City Directory  

1983 Warren City Directory  

Earl enjoyed a great run during the first half of the 20th century, spending 55 years in the top 100, peaking at #23 in 1901.  After 1980, though,  he quickly fell out of favor, dropping off the chart after 2006.

Other members of the class of '44 (27):
Kenneth Berdine.  (4/28)

Theodore Wozneak.  (11/25)

So sez 66 year old Wisconsin embarrassment and confirmed bachelor Glenn Grothman (part 3)


No two ways about it.  

This guy is a one major-league dim bulb.

Newsweek, 11/5/2021
"We are paying for the government to care for 3- and 4-year-olds," Grothman said during Friday's discussion. "Traditionally, in America, the raising of the children is the responsibility of the parents. I know there are people, Marxists, who believe raising children is the responsibility of the state."
Recommended reading for this clown.

Forbes, 6/21/2019

10/27/2021 update starts here

Politico, 10/26/2021
It’s safe to say that Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin is not the brightest bulb on the marquee. While a member of the Wisconsin state Senate, Grothman proposed putting an end to weekends, said sex education could turn kids gay, once issued a press release titled “Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa?” and on one occasion wondered if people in the ’70s even knew what homosexuality was: “I don’t remember any discussion about that at the time,” he stated. “There were a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys, but that’s a different thing than homosexuality. Homosexuality was not on anyone’s radar. And that’s a good thing.”

9/16/2021 update starts here

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman tried unsuccessfully to remove the universal pre-kindergarten provision from the package in committee, saying he doesn’t believe it benefits children enough to warrant the cost to taxpayers. 
“Preschool is not all it’s cracked up to be,” Grothman said. “This is a big step toward the government assuming more responsibility toward raising the kids.”


Ripon newspapers calls out Wisconsin Embarrassment Glenn Grothman.  (8/24/2021)

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)

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)

Friday, November 5, 2021

IN THE NEWS: Meet the University of Florida Board of Governors


Photo credits:  University of Florida

The chair of the board of trustees at the University of Florida, Mori Hosseini, is a close adviser to DeSantis and a major GOP donor.

Related reading:

New York Times, 11/4/2021

A spokeswoman for Mr. DeSantis said he had not played any role in the university’s actions. “This is an internal U.F. issue and not the sort of thing that the executive branch would be involved in,” the spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw, said. “Governor DeSantis has always championed free speech, open inquiry and viewpoint diversity on college and university campuses.”

Expanded use of Wisconsin wheel tax is a Scott Walker legacy

Current wheel tax jurisdictions

The reason is simple: Wheel taxes are one of the few types of fees local governments can raise at their discretion. The [Republican-controlled] Legislature for years has kept a tight lid on how much they can increase property taxes, limiting their ability to deal with rising costs. In 2011, just four communities had wheel taxes. By early next year, that will have risen to 44, according to the policy forum.
That and Foxconn. (Buy-bye, Li'l Scooter!)

Capital Times, 4/4/2018

6/30/2019 update
, "Wisconsin's latest wheel tax tally:  25 municipalities, 11 counties (Thank you, Scott Walker!)", starts here.

Related reading:
Bumpy ride: an endless quest to fix local roads in Wisconsin.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/15/2017)
In his budget bill, Gov. Scott Walker proposes using project delays and borrowing to help provide more funding over the next two years for local government projects and close a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the state's road fund.

GET ME REWRITE: Political pundits drive off cliff, crash into trees


It's another Case of the Quadrennial Democrats.  

In the 2021 gubernatorial election, Glenn Youngkin received 303,739 fewer votes than Trump did in the presidential election, a drop of 15%.

In the 2021 gubernatorial election, Terry McAuliffe received 834,165 fewer votes than BIden did in the presidential election, a drop of 35%.

Pontificate all you want.  An inability to get out of the vote in a non-presidential election year is the key problem for Democrats.

Screenshot of FiveThirtyEight Morning Districution, 11/5/2021 (box added)

Rachel Maddow to pundits:  Calm down.
“Honestly, what happened here,” Maddow began, “for the past 30 years, every single time we’ve had a new president, that first year of the new president, the president’s party lost both the Virginia governor and New Jersey governor, every single time, except this time the Democrats didn’t lose New Jersey. In a rational world, this would not be a cause for democratic panic. Quite the contrary. Democrats have beat the odds. They’ve done everything that the great communicator, Ronald Reagan did.” 
“Last night, for the first time since the 1980s, Republicans weren’t able to flip those two governorships like the opposing party has been able to do in the first year of every new presidency going all the way back to Poppy Bush. They only got one. Dems held onto the other. Why this scenario should be cause for Democratic freakout is beyond me. I mean, if you’re a Democrat and you enjoy freaking out, knock yourself out. Be my guest. But rationally, big picture, you would rather be the party of Joe Biden than the party of Donald Trump right now.”  [emphasis added]

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Around Town Middleton. What a concept: dual-purpose dumpster


Photo by Retiring Guy
After obtaining an exclusive U.S. patent for a roll-off dumpster and portable restroom combination product, redbox+ was born in 2006 when the patented product hit the market. The response was swift and positive, as we earned the “Innovation of the Year” award at the 2007 International Waste Expo. (Redbox+)

2007?  Guess Retiring Guy's been snoozing.

Middleton posts
November 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

August 2020

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

Dear Brianna, You could suggest Carnation Instant Milk to your viewing audience. Best, Retiring Guy


Twitter screenshot

The packaging has been updated.

For many of us, "water milk", as I called it, was a rite of passage in a home -- family of 6 -- where economizing was a necessity.

New York Times reporters tap dance around critical race theory dog whistle politics


New York Times, 11/3/2021
Seizing on education as a newly potent wedge issue, Republicans have moved to galvanize crucial groups of voters around what the party calls “parental rights” issues in public schools, a hodgepodge of conservative causes ranging from eradicating mask mandates to demanding changes to the way children are taught about racism.    [emphasis added]

Related reading:

The Hill, 11/1/2021

Related posts:
Dog whistle politics: Parents Unite on board with GOP using Critical Race Theory as major 2022 campaign theme.  (11/4/2021)
A pox on Vox for its myopic analysis of the Virginia gubernatorial election.  (11/3/2021)
GET ME REWRITE: GOP racist dog whistle doesn't resonate with majority of voters in Mequon-Thiensville School District recall

TOP 10 UPDATE: Pennsylvania's least vaccinated counties are also its Trumpiest


Welcome to the pandemic of the unvaccinated Republicans.

New York Times (boxes added above)


One Road, So Much Covid, So Many Covidiots

It is indeed a most scenic road, one that Retiring Guy drove many times during the 1970s when living in Springfield, Mass.  My family lives in Warren PA, located in the county immediately to the left of the 4 black boxes at the top of the state map.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Original 10/21/2021 post, " Pennsylvania counties with most and least new Covid cases per 100,000 residents", starts here

Pennsylvania's Trumpiest counties are currently its sickest with the virus.  Trump received more than two-thirds of the vote in 2020 in all 10 counties.

9 of 10 counties with the lowest number of new Covid cases per 100,000 residents voted for Biden.

Going to extremes

New York Times (boxes added)

From the Warren County newspaper

Related posts:

Original 10/1/2021 post starts here

New York Times (dots added)

7 of the 10 counties listed in the above graph are among the 10 Trumpiest in Pennsylvania.

Trump lost 8 of the 10 counties listed on the above graph

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A pox on Vox for its myopic analysis of the Virginia gubernatorial election


Screenshots from email

Could you run that by me again, please?

Youngkin played his cards carefully craftily, avoiding some of the bread-and-butter Republican issues like Second Amendment rights and abortion in favor of fearmongering racist dog whistles about critical race theory, which is not actually being taught in primary schools, and “election integrity,” nodding toward Trump’s claims of a stolen election while still assuring establishment Republicans that he upheld democracy and believed Joe Biden’s presidency is legitimate.

 It's a off-year election, people.  It's not a referendum on anything.

Moreover, way too many Democrats sat this one out.  McAuliffe received 825,450 fewer voters than Biden in 2020, a decrease of 34%

Youngkin received 294,312 fewer votes than Trump in 2020, a decrease of 15%.

Call it "The Case of the Quadrennial Democrats".  Wisconsin has 72 of them.