Saturday, November 20, 2021

Dear Esther Cepeda, That's not branding. It's dog whistle politics. Please call it what it is. Best, Retiring Guy


"Branding" is a normalizing word.

Republicans, unlike Democrats, are good at branding. 
Conservatives’ main message now is simple: “Make America Great Again.”\ 
Translation: America was “Great” when women, people of color and poor people stayed in their place, didn’t complain too much and didn’t “demand” livable wages, access to equal opportunity employment and affordable housing.  (Retiring Guy is in complete agreement with your translation.)


Original 11/4/2021 post, "Dog whistle politics:  Parents Unite on board with GOP using Critical Race Theory as major 2022 campaign theme" starts here.

Parents Unite:  About Us

Here's a screenshot from the group's latest email.  The subject line:  

Think about that.

Mission statement (red box added)

Diversity?  As reflected in the all-white leadership?

Friday, November 19, 2021

Wisconsin State Embarrassment Glenn Grothman in full flower of GOP hypocrisy


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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)

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Dear Isabella County supervisor Christy Mathewson, You are a fucking COVIDIOT. Best, Retiring Guy


Isabella County is on fire again with the virus.

New York Times

Isabella County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state.

Bridge Michigan, 11/16/2021
Likewise, officials in Broomfield Township did not think the $146,431 in available stimulus funds was needed locally, said Christy Mathewson, supervisor of the Isabella County community of fewer than 1,400 residents. “ 
We don't have sewer and water. We don't have fire or rescue type funding for that respect, or telecommunication type stuff,” he said, telling Bridge MIchigan the federal dollars were equivalent to roughly 50 percent of the local budget. 
The pandemic had a “minimal” impact on Broomfield Township finances, Mathewson added, so “we opted out of (the stimulus funding) and let it go to the other townships that can use it.”

The county's public health department certainly takes a blase approach.

Related post:
Hillsdale County.  (11/17/2021)
Houghton County.  (11/17/2021)

Medical clinic replaces P. F. Chang in Middleton restaurant jinx zone


Photo by Retiring Guy

7/7/2021 update, "Something seems to be going on at the former P. F. Chang restaurant in Middleton", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

A peek inside the front doors.

Used to have an imposing statue of a horse at the entrance.

The building has been empty for nearly 3 years.

A notice from the company to the state's Department of Workforce Development called the closure unexpected, adding that "unforeseen natural circumstances" were involved, specifically damage from flooding caused by the recent storms. The chain restaurant at 2237 Deming Way closed Saturday, affecting 36 employees, the notice said. Alex Weis, executive vice president for Livesey Company, the development company that owns the property, said Livesey was already in lease discussions with P.F. Chang's, which originally opened in early 2006.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Dear Cambria Township (Michigan) supervisor, You're a fucking COVIDIOT. Best, Retiring Guy


Hillsdale County is on fire again with the virus.

New York Times

And it's vaccination rate is the lowest in the state.

Bridge Michigan, 11/16/2021
“‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’ Those are the scariest words you could hear,” said Cambria Township Supervisor Glenn Frobel, channeling former President Ronald Reagan’s rallying cry for limited government. 
In a brief phone call with Bridge, Frobel declined to discuss the community’s specific rationale for rejecting $259,787 in federal stimulus funds. But he called it an “obvious” decision by officials in the Hillsdale County community, which is home to fewer than 2,500 residents.
Related post:
Houghton County.  (11/17/2021)

Dear Houghton County Michigan supervisor Mary Sears, You're a fucking COVIDIOT. Best, Retiring Guy


Houghton County's vaccination rate is 5 percentage points below the state average of 54%.

Bridge Michigan, 11/16/2021
In the Upper Peninsula’s Houghton County, officials in Franklin Township voted unanimously to decline $146,431 in stimulus funding — and it wasn’t a hard decision, Supervisor Mary Sears told Bridge Michigan. “ 
There's too many things you have to comply with in order to accept that money, and we don't need it,” she said. “It's not like it's life and death for us, you know?”

Will the real Mary Sears please stand up.

Meet the real Mary Sears.  A crackpot through and through.

UPDATE: Belle Farms residential and commercial development proposed for Parmenter Street on northern edge of Middleton WI


Photo by Retiring Guy of the site

Original 10/26/2021 post starts here

Retiring Guy drives past the site

Aerial view of the site

Rendering of the site

Antonio Scalise (1951-2021) Warren Area High School class of 1969

1968 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory

    1983 Warren City Directory  

      Antonio has a very consistent track record to his credit, never charting lower than #269 (in 1941).  At his best, he spent 36 years (1972-2007) in the top 100, peaking at #71 in 1976.

      Other class of 1969 obituaries:
      Peggy Johnson (9/28/2021)
      Marya Yurick.  (12/3/2017)

      Tuesday, November 16, 2021

      GET ME REWRITE: How can this be when the media is teaming up with the GOP and pushing a narrative of 'packed ports and empty shelves'


      Apparently, today's reporters do all their shopping online, rendering themselves clueless.

      Top headline:  New York Times, 11/16/2021
      Bottom headlineCBS News, 11/14/2021

      As in 'no shame'.

      Meet the attendees at a recent Society of Professional Journalists workshop.

      GET ME REWRITE: Media fails miserably in explaining Build Back Better to American public


      Too busy bashing Biden.

      Based on the survey answers in the orange box, how can anyone take stock in the answers in the red box?  The majority of people surveyed are ignoramuses.

      The virus feasts on the mostly unvaccinated residents of Taylor County Wisconsin


      Number of weekly new cases is up more than 3000% since early August.  And it's currently at a peak.

      Taylor County has the lowest vaccination rate of Wisconsin's 72 counties.  Currently, 33% of all residents fully vaccinated compared 59% statewide. 

      New York Times

      Taylor County is no. 16 (of 72) on the Wisconsin Hot Spots hit parade.

      Screenshot from Taylor County Public Health homepage.  A word search for  'Covid' results in 0 hits.

      Related posts:
      Clark County.  (11/9/2021)
      Dunn County.  (11/9/2021)
      Juneau County.  (11/15/2021)
      Manitowoc County.  (11/9/2021)
      Marathon County.  (11/9/2021)
      Marinette County.  (11/9/2021)
      Price County.  (11/9/2021)
      Sawyer County.  (11/9/2021)
      Washbutn County.  (11/9/2021)

      Wisconsin Covid cases: the continuing chapters (11/15/2021 update)

      Washburn County is currently Wisconsin's hottest spot.

      Tuesday-Monday, November 9-15.  

      Total tests (positive and negative): 54,986

      One-week increase of 20,373 positive (37%).  Positive cases up 34% from previous week.

      Total positive Covid-19 cases:  829,883

      Counties with largest numerical gains = 45 of 72

      •   9 with 600 or more new cases
      •   7 with 400-599 
      • 14 with 200-399
      • 15 with 100-199 

      The 45
      • Milwaukee (2,372)
      • Waukesha (1,417)
      • Brown (967)
      • Dane (951)
      • Marathon (722)
      • Racine (635)
      • St. Croix (643)
      • Winnebago (632)
      • Washington (602)

      • Sheboygan (595)
      • Outagamie (563)
      • La Crosse (528)
      • Rock (461)
      • Wood (431)
      • Dodge (424)
      • Eau Claire (403)

      • Kenosha (396)
      • Manitowoc (346)
      • Fond du Lac (316)
      • Chippewa (314)
      • Polk (309)
      • Jefferson (289)
      • Portage (279)
      • Barron (267)
      • Dunn (265)
      • Walworth (263)
      • Pierce (247)
      • Marinette (237)
      • Ozaukee (232)
      • Sauk (229)

      • Juneau (183)
      • Green (182)
      • Columbia (179)
      • Waupaca (178)
      • Clark (175)
      • Calumet, Oneida (161 each)
      • Douglas (150)
      • Washburn (141)
      • Grant (131)
      • Trempealeau (128)
      • Shawano (127)
      • Adams (124)
      • Sawyer (115)
      • Lincoln (100)

      60 of 72 counties report an increase in new Covid cases during the past week, compared to 56 of 72 the previous week.

      Counties with a 50% or more increase:
      • 300% - Menomonie
      • 130% - Rusk
      •   97% - Adams
      •   91% - Burnett
      •   80% - Milwaukee
      •   79% - Racine
      •   76% - Richland
      •   75% - Florence
      •   73% - Dodge
      •   68% - Washburn
      •   67% - Jackson
      •   63% - Juneau
      •   59% - Portage
      •   55% - Sheboygan
      •   50% - Pierce

      Wisconsin's 7-day average of new Covid cases is now the highest it's been since January 12.

      Media resumes bashing Biden now that infrastructure bill is signed


      Twitter (highlights added)

      Heaven forbid anyone mentions GOP intransigence and obstructionism.

      Intransigence.  It's a long-running show.

      Washington Post, 7/1/2013
      What’s missing in the Republican Party is that willingness to compromise for anything, even if it benefits the particular interests of individual lawmakers or the interests of the party writ large. And this seems to stem from an attitude that emerged during the 1994 elections and has only grown since—the idea that conservatives aren’t just opposed to liberals but that they’re at war with liberalism. It’s why Republicans have dismantled key norms governing Congress and other institutions (see: the filibuster and the 60-vote Senate), and have taken to opposing everything associated with the Democratic White House. If immigration has a chance, it’s because it isn’t identified with President Obama. And insofar that individual Republicans see it as such, they tend to be opposed.


      Obstructionism.  Ditto.

      People's World, 3/5/2021
      They have made a conscious decision to oppose all of this progress and to engage in a multi-layered strategy of attacks on all Democratic plans, a racist campaign to “save” American culture which they say is under attack, a plan to pose as the new “working-class party” protecting us all from liberal elites, a plan to continue pushing the notion that the election was stolen from the people, and a plan to top it all off with a healthy dose of voter suppression.