Saturday, January 15, 2022

Just in case you're wondering, the Apple Stpre at Hilldale in Madison WI has reopened

Photo by Retiring Guy

12/27/2020 update, "The Apple Store at Hilldale is closed until further notice", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

6/4/2020 update, "Now you see it, now you don't (Hilldale Apple Store edition)", starts here.

Photo credit:  9to5Mac (8/14/2017)

Photo by Retiring Guy (6/4/2020)

Freshman Virginia legislator Wren WIlliams: There's dumb, and then there's D-U-M-B


New York Times, 1/14/2022
But as scholars, Mr. Williams’s colleagues in the House of Delegates and others on social media noted, that debate was between not Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, but Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, a Democratic senator from Illinois. 
“The gross mistake in this bill is indicative of the need to have scholars and teachers, not legislators/politicians, shaping what students at every level learn in the classroom,” Caroline Janney, a professor of Civil War history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said in an email.

New look on the drawing board for the Bruce Company in Middleton WI


Renderings found at Middleton Plan Commission

Layout of multi-phase plan for the site

Original 3/1/2021 post, "Bruce Company proposes major development on its Middleton property", starts here.

Approximate outline of property proposed for redevelopment

Google Maps (highlights added)

The Bruce Company, known for its landscaping services and robust garden center, has presented plans to the Middleton Plan Commission for a 16-acre project that would construct a new retail store, greenhouse and corporate headquarters and move its field operations to Verona, freeing up acres of land for redevelopment. 
The plan, which could take 10 years to come to fruition, calls for multiple buildings housing 600 apartment units, offices, a bank and possibly a hotel. A public park could also be constructed along Pheasant Branch Creek, which runs adjacent to the property but is shielded by a tangle of brush and trees.

 From the February 23, 2021, Middleton Plan Commission agenda packet

Chuck Moylan (1951-2021) Warren Area High School class of 1969


1968 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory

    1983 Warren City Directory  

      The popularity of Charles as a baby name is graphed here.   Let's take a look at Mae.

      Other class of 1969 obituaries:
      Perry Spencer.  (1/14/2022)
      Antonio Scalise.  (11/17/2021)
      Peggy Johnson (9/28/2021)
      Marya Yurick.  (12/3/2017)

      Friday, January 14, 2022

      The Republican Party has no way to go but down ("Jason Mariner" episode)


      Another GOP clown show.  When will it ever end?

      Election results from Ballotpedia

      Boston Globe, 1/13/2022
      She won 79 percent of the vote over Republican Jason Mariner, who was born in Boston and founded a drug and alcohol detox center in Florida. Mariner got less than 20 percent of the vote and trails Cherfilus-McCormick by over 32,000 votes. For context, Biden beat Trump statewide in Georgia by 11,000 votes. 
      “Now they called the race, I did not win, so they say, but that does not mean that they lost either, it does not mean that we lost,” Mariner was quoted by the Miami CBS affiliate as saying.

      Wisconsin COVID report


      Counties with numbers in red (65) showed an increased in their 7-day total of new Covid cases.

      Counties with numbers in black (7) showed no change or a decrease in their 7-day total.

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Waukesha (1499)
      2.   Dane (1379)
      3.   Brown (833)
      4.   Milwaukee (650)
      5.   La Crosse (422)
      6.   Kenosha (390)
      7.   Outagamie (370)
      8.   Marathon (343)
      9.   Washington (303)
      10. Eau Claire (257)

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Waukesha (72%)
      2.   Iron (54%)
      3.   Dane (31%)
      4.   Washington (28,6%)
      5.   Juneau (28.4%)
      6.   Shawano (28.1%)
      7.   Ozaukee (26.2%)
      8.   Oconto (25.5%)
      9.   Chippewa (25.1%)
      10.  Richland (22%)

      Thursday, January 13, 2022

      Counties with numbers in red (56) showed an increased in their 7-day total of new Covid cases.

      Counties with numbers in black (16) showed no change or a decrease in their 7-day total.

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Dane (384)
      2.   Sheboygan (351)
      3.   Chippewa (335)
      3.   Kenosha (335)
      5.   La  Crosse (276)
      6.   Sauk (224)
      7.   Dunn (207)
      8.   Walworth (201)
      9.   Wood (182)
      10. Columbia (171)

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Dunn (32%)
      2.   Forest (26.9%)
      3.   Iron (25.5%)
      4.   Sauk  (24%)
      5.   Douglas (20.5%)
      6.   Sheboygan (18.1%)
      7.   Ashland (16.8%)
      8    Clark (16.5%)
      9.   Columbia (16.3%)
      10.  Wood (15.8%)

      Wednesday, January 12, 2022

      Counties with numbers in red (51) showed an increased in their 7-day total of new Covid cases.

      Counties with numbers in black (21) showed no change or a decrease in their 7-day total.

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.  Outagamie (701)
      2.  Winnebago (159)
      3.   Kenosha (150)
      4.   Manitowoc (136)
      5.   Dodge (130)
      6.   Rock (129)
      7.   Portage (127)
      8.   Columbia (121)
      9.   Wood (97)
      10. Calumet (79)

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Marquette (45%)
      2.   Washbutrn (33%)
      3.   Lafayette (23%)
      4.   Outagamie (20%)
      5.   Kewaunee (18%)
      6.   Douglas (16%)
      7.   Manitowoc (14%)
      8.   Columbia (13%)
      9.   Oconto (12.8%)
      10.  Chippewa (12.7%)

      Tuesday, January 11, 2022

      WI Department of Health Services

      Counties with numbers in red (58) showed an increased in their 7-day total of new Covid cases.

      Counties with numbers in black (14) showed no change or a decrease in their 7-day total.

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Winnebago (997)
      2.   Kenosha (549)
      3.   Outagamie (491)
      4.   Rock (217)
      5.   Brown (211)
      6.   Waukesha (195)
      7.   Eau Claire (184)
      8.   Marinette (157)
      9.   Dodge (152)
      10. Marathon (144)

      Counties with the largest numerical increase in 7-day total:
      1.   Winnebago (33%)
      2.   Marinette (34%)
      3.   Oconto (29%)
      4.   Forest (25%)
      5.   Price (23%)
      6.   Langlade (20%)
      7.   Oneida (17%)
      8.   Outagamie 16%)
      9.   Douglas (15.6%)
      10.  Clark (15.5%)

      GET ME REWRITE: Navient CEO sullies company's vision


      LOCK HIM UP!

      What a crock of shit!

      Most of those who took out the loans that will be forgiven under the settlement attended for-profit schools — like the defunct ITT Technical Institute — that often have low graduation rates and poor job-placement records. The private loans were — in Navient’s own words, according to legal filings — a “baited hook” to reel in more federally backed loans. [emphasis added]
      At some schools, Navient anticipated that more than 90 percent of the loans would default. But what it lost on the private loans was far outweighed by what it gained on the federal loans — guaranteed by the government — that students at those schools took out.

      Products promoted at CES 2022: Chipolo card spot


      Chipolo connects your personal items with a companion app so that you can find everything in seconds, and the company is now releasing a wallet finder that can easily slide right into one of your card slots. It's safe, it's slim, it hits up to 105dB when you ring the alarm and it's IPX5-rated water-resistant. It has a long battery life as well, lasting up to two years.

      35 buckaroos. 

      Perry Spencer (1950-2022) Warren Area High School class of 1969


      1968 Dragon yearbook

      1967 Warren City Directory

      • Gordon and Florence are listed in the county section as living in Tidioute

        1983 Warren City Directory  

          During the 20th century, Perry was an extremely steady performer through the 1960s, never venturing too far below the top 200.  He peaked at #132 in 1958 and 1959, which overlaps with the first two seasons of this popular prime-time TV show.   He increasingly fell out of favor at this point and dropped off the chart after 2006.

          Other class of 1969 obituaries:
          Antonio Scalise.  (11/17/2021)
          Peggy Johnson (9/28/2021)
          Marya Yurick.  (12/3/2017)

          Thursday, January 13, 2022

          "Our Dumb Senator" (NOW IN ITS 12TH YEAR!!!) : A broken man ready to get his butt whipped

          Outside of being a constant embarrassment and a fucking idiot, what has Ron Johnson accomplished in his 10+ years as a U.S. Senator?  (The show closes in 44 weeks.)

          New York Times, 1/12/2022
          Claims of national crisis and delusions of indispensability are standard among lawmakers looking to justify abandoning their term-limit pledges. But Mr. Johnson is correct that he has distinguished himself for his willingness to tread where many other officials dare not, at least in the Senate. He has become known as perhaps the chamber’s foremost spreader of absurd yet dangerous conspiracy theories — especially in the areas of anti-vaccine insanity and the election-fraud delusions of a certain former president. 
          So it is worth drilling down on what sort of “truth” and “freedom” Mr. Johnson is fighting for — and why it would be good news, not merely for Democrats but for all Americans, if he could get his butt whupped in November. [emphasis added]


          1/11/2022 update starts here

          You don't have two ads in the can the day after you allegedly make a decision to run for re-election.

          The tenor of the ads was reminiscent in some respects of Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural address when he painted a dark and apocalyptic picture of the state of the nation epitomized by the phrase, "American carnage." 
          The ads were accompanied by a media rollout for Johnson on conservative talk radio as he sought to shore up his conservative base and reach donors — both nationally and locally —for what will be an expensive race for re-election. [emphasis added]

          1/10/2022 update, "Dear Wisconsin voters, Time to ease Ron Johnson into a quiet retirement.  Best, Retiring Guy", starts here.

          "I believe America is in peril," Johnson wrote. "Much as I'd like to ease into a quiet retirement, I don't feel I should."

          12/20/2021 update starts here

          Wisconsin’s conspiratorial U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has spouted plenty of garbage in recent months — that mouthwash has been proven to kill COVID-19, that unvaccinated people are being put “basically into internment camps,” that climate change is “bullsh-t.” 
          But the Oshkosh Republican’s worst idea among many doozies went like this: He wants his partisan pals at the statehouse in Madison to take over the administration of Wisconsin elections.

          12/10/2021 update starts here

          CNN, 12/9/2021
          During an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) denounces Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) false claim that mouthwash has been proven to kill Covid-19.

          12/6/2021 update starts here

          PoliticsUSA, 12/5/2021
          After Johnson accused Fauci of hyping AIDS and COVID, he said on CNN’s State Of The Union, “How do you respond to something as preposterous as that? Over hyping AIDS? It killed over 750,000 Americans. 36 million people worldwide. How do you overhype that? Over hyping COVID? It killed 780,000 Americans and over 5 million people worldwide. I don’t have any clue of what he is talking about. “ 
          Fauci put his finger on the problem. Republicans are spreading misinformation about COVID, and they don’t care that they don’t know what they are talking about. [emphasis added]

          Which is exactly why we need to elect more Republicans to office in 2022!!

          12/4/2021 update starts here

          The Oshkosh Republican said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, overstated AIDS when it first began killing gay Americans inexplicably and that he was doing the same with COVID-19 today. 
          "He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn't," Johnson said Wednesday during an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Kilmeade's radio program. 
          Johnson's comments were made on World AIDS Day, a national day of remembrance that began in 1988 after tens of thousands of people had died in the U.S. of AIDS in a span of seven years. 
          "The timing of this was crass and hurtful and harmful to people. What happened in the 80s was the exact opposite of hype," said Brian Bond, the executive director of PFLAG National, which advocates for LGBTQ Americans and their families.

          11/11/2021 update starts here

          Now Our Dumb Senator wants the GOP to commandeer (sense 2) state elections.

          He contended Republicans who control the Legislature could unilaterally take over federal elections and said Democratic Gov Tony Evers couldn't stop them. 
          "There's no mention of the governor in the Constitution" when it comes to running elections, Johnson said. "It says state legislatures, and so if I were running the joint —and I’m not — I would come out and I would just say, 'We're reclaiming our authority. Don't listen to WEC anymore. Their guidances are null and void.'"

          11/2/2021 update starts here

          Johnson, who in 2016 made a commitment to only serving two terms, was asked how he would explain breaking a campaign pledge if he takes the plunge and runs for a third term. 
          Because I never anticipated the importance of continuing to uncover the corruption," Johnson said. "But also just this moment, right here, this is crucial that Republicans retain this Senate seat and I think just about everybody I talk to says I probably have the best chance of doing that. And that puts a fair amount of pressure on me to do that. No, I mean, look, when I made that pledge, when my wife (Jane) and I made that pledge, that was our very strong preference." 
          Asked directly if he believed he was best positioned to retain the seat, a crucial battleground with the Senate now split 50-50 among Democrats and Republicans, Johnson said: "Oh, it's not just me, I think just about everybody I talk to. I mean the political pros believe that."
          Who, of course, remain nameless.

          10/9/2021 update, "Ron Johnson parties like it's February 2020", starts here.

          TOP:  All The Times Trump Compared Covid-19 To The Flu, Even After He Knew Covid-19 Was Far More Deadly.  Forbes, 9/10/2020 (highlights added)
          BOTTOM:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/9/2021

          October 7 update starts here

          You know him by the company he keeps
          On Tuesday, the Oshkosh Republican sent another letter to top health officials, contending that "public health officials have not only ignored potential early treatments, but at times seem to have participated in an aggressive campaign against the use of specific early treatment options." Twenty-one of Johnson's Republican colleagues signed the letter, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Tom Tiffany, who represents Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. 
          U.S. Senators Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas also signed on.

          September 26 update starts here

          In a Tuesday appearance on the John Solomon Reports podcast, Johnson suggested vaccinated Americans could be worsening the pandemic though recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show the unvaccinated are more likely to become infected.


          August 24 update starts here

          And Ron Johnson is not a virologist.
          The move by the FDA came amid reports that an increasing number of people in Mississippi and Louisiana were self-medicating with ivermectin intended for livestock. 
          In Wisconsin, a handful of people have called UW Health in Madison after taking the drug for COVID-19, said Nasia Safdar, the health care system's director of infection control. Most experienced gastrointestinal side effects after taking the drug, and called because they were worried.  
          Jonathan Yardley, an associate professor at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said ivermectin is used to kill worms in horses and cows, but is quite powerful. The drug has caused seizures in miniature horses and dogs, 
          Yardley said, adding, "I find it strange that people are unwilling to take a vaccine that has been approved (under emergency use authorization), but are willing to take a horse drug. I just can't wrap my head around that."  [emphasis added]

          8/18/2021 update starts here

          "I think he's going to run and I think he'll decide in the next few months," U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, said Monday before a political event in Hales Corners. 
          Scott joined former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Heritage Action's Save Our Paycheck event, a program focused on what Republicans claim is the failure of President Joe Biden's economic agenda.

          8/12/2021 update, "Ron Johnson underwater in latest Marquette poll", starts here.

          WisPolitics, 8/11/2021
          The Oshkosh Republican, who’s yet to announce whether he’ll seek a third term in 2022, was at 35 percent favorable and 42 percent unfavorable among registered voters in Wisconsin, with 23 percent having no opinion. 
          In October’s poll, Johnson was at 38 percent favorable, 36 percent unfavorable and 26 percent no opinion.

          After an 11-year run of "Our Dumb Senator", it's hard to believe that nearly one-quarter of respondents have 'no opinion'.

          8/3/2021 update, "Ron Johnson as the ghost of Joe McCarthy' starts here.

          From SlideServe presentation, "McCarthyism Depicted in Cartoons"
          “I don’t say this publicly, but are you watching what’s happening in Michigan?” Johnson told several people after the event. “.... So you think the FBI had fully infiltrated the militias in Michigan, but they don’t know squat about what was happening on January 6th or what was happening with these groups? I’d say there is way more to the story.”

          7/23/2021 update, "Ron Johnson retirement line has audiences laughing their asses off", starts here.

          “I want to make sure that this U.S. Senate seat is retained in Republican hands,” Johnson told conservative commentator Lisa Boothe. “You see what the media’s doing to me. I may not be the best candidate. I wouldn’t run if I don’t think I could win, if I don’t think I was the best person to be able to win.” 
          He then referenced former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, who he said retired at the height of his success because “he wanted to live a life.”  [emphasis added]

          7/21/2021 update, "The Cap Times gives Ron Johnson too much credit", starts here.

          Retiring Guy's preferred graphic to accompany the Cap Times question.

          7/18/2021 update, 'Just plain wrongheaded", starts here

          Washington Post, 7/16/2021
          He keeps disregarding scientists’ published findings about vaccine immunity and the clear guidance from federal health agencies and doctors. He failed to heed experts’ admonitions about his wrongheaded use of the VAERS data. His advisers have been unable to rebut, over the course of two months, the CDC’s assertion that currently “available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.” 
          We don’t know what motivates this one-man campaign of misinformation on a vital public health issue, but it’s clear this is a deliberate effort and not just a few stray comments.

          7/8/2021 update, "As most of us in Wisconsin know all too well, everything that comes out of Ron Johnson's mouth is bullshit", starts here.

          “I don’t know about you guys, but I think climate change is — as Lord Monckton said — bulls—-,” Johnson said, without actually speaking the second half of the expletive but mouthing it, and referring to British conservative climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton. “By the way, it is.”

          Ron Johnson and Lord Monckton deserve each other. 

          6/30/2021 update starts here

          Olivia Troye, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the Trump administration, said Johnson’s pandemic hearings were troublesome. 
          “I felt like (Johnson) was an echo chamber for Trump,” said Troye, a former homeland security aide to Vice President Mike Pence. “I thought to myself, ‘This is so fundamentally dangerous.’”

          6/27/2021 update, "The star of the show is completely off the rails, reduced to a drooling idiot",  starts here.

          Wisconsin's governor blasted the state's senior senator Friday for giving a platform to six people who claim they've had adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines instead of promoting the millions who haven't reported serious side effects and avoided sickness and death. [emphasis added]

          As opposed to the 151,252,034 people fully vaccinated as of 6/24/2021.

          6/20/2021 update, "The latest reviews are in, Ron Johnson still sucks", starts here.

          When asked what he thought of the boos Saturday, Johnson said: “This is unusual for Wisconsin. Most people in Wisconsin say, ‘You are in our prayers; we are praying for you.’ ... But you got some people here that are just sort of nasty at some points.”
          So sez a member in good standing of the Party of Nasty.

          6/6/2021 update, "It still seems strange that Ron Johnson is still our U.S. senator"  starts here

          “While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter,” Johnson said regarding a proposal to make June 19, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., a federal holiday. “Therefore, I do not intend to object.”

          He ends his objection but certainly doesn't support the measure.

          Wonder if he consulted with any graduates of his Joseph Project?

          6/7/2021 update starts here

          Johnson, R-Oshkosh, told a Milwaukee Press Club and media panel Thursday he doesn’t feel any pressure to make a decision on running for a third term, despite former President Donald Trump already endorsing him in April, telling him to “run, Ron, run” in a statement from the former president’s Save America PAC. 
          He also declined to encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccines, saying he’s concerned about the push for mass vaccination, and said Republicans have accepted that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, even as efforts continue to scrutinize the results.

          6/6/2021 update, "Ron Johnson refuses to mention Moscow Mitch", starts here.

          “Who's ultimately responsible for securing the Capitol? Well, that would be congressional leadership, including Speaker Pelosi,” Johnson said during a virtual Q&A hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club. “I don't trust her to select commissioners to investigate her own involvement in this thing, or her own culpability or any congressional leader’s culpability in this.”

          5/29/2021 update, "Shameless Ron Johnson offers up empty promises to mother of slain Capitol police officer", starts here

          Johnson repeated that he condemned the violence on Jan. 6 but said he disagreed with the value of the commission. 
          "I also asked what questions regarding Jan. 6 they are seeking answers to. Although we respectfully disagreed on the added value of the proposed commission, I did commit to doing everything I could to ensure all their questions will be answered," Johnson said in a statement. 
          Johnson previously falsely claimed that the riot "didn't seem like an armed insurrection." The senator has also promoted a discredited conspiracy theory that fake Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

          5/23/2021 update, "RoJo goes from A to A (absurd to asinine) during interview with white supremacist Tucker Carlson", starts here.

          Raw Story, 5/22/2021
          Although a substantial number of Republican lawmakers have shown support for the measure, Johnson argues, "What this is all about is they're probably figuring out they can't impeach Donald Trump for a third time. So this is the only way they can keep their false narrative that they were thousands of armed insurrectionists that stormed the capital intent on overthrowing this government." 
          He added, "And then by extension, they can paint with a very broad brush that the 75 million Americans that voted for Donald Trump are also potentially domestic terrorists and would be armed insurrectionists themselves if the FBI doesn't intervene soon enough. So this is all about a narrative that paints Donald Trump's supporters as threats to this nation."

          5/17/2021 update, " Star throws a Marie-Antoinette-type hissy fit", starts here.

          "The biggest problem businesses in Wisconsin face now is finding people willing to turn down government subsidies and go back to work," U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh said in a statement.
          It goes beyond what this simpleton thinks.

          (Many with underlying conditions)

          4/25/2021 update starts here

          "I mean having the disease, I’ve always felt, was better than a vaccine because you’ve actually had the disease. You’ve developed the antibodies, you ought to have some pretty good immunity. Why would you be pushing people that have already had the disease, why would you push the vaccine on them?"  [emphasis added]
          RoJo thinks he's smarter than the experts.

          And then there's this.  Tens of thousands of Americans who contracted Covid are now long haulers.

          4/23/2021 update, " Foremost promoter of vaccine doubt makes headlines in Titusville, Pennsylvania", starts here.

          3/22/2021 update, Star of show called "foremost amplifier of conspiracy theories and disinformation" in front page, above-the-fold New York Times article, starts here.

          3/18/2020 update, "Most people hate this long-running show, poll reveals", starts here.

          Not scientific, but what the hell?  It still tells us something.

          3/16/2021 update, " Star of show sez no to "Our Dumb Governor" sequel", starts here.

          "I have no idea who started that rumor, but if I run for anything, it's not going to be for governor," Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said in response to a question from conservative talk radio host Vicki McKenna. "So anybody considering governor, you're not going to have me entering any kind of primary for governor." 
          Johnson himself floated the possibility of a run for governor back in 2019 when he was asked about it and responded "Never say never."

          3/15/2021 update, "Starring the least self-aware, introspective politician in America", starts here.

          "It has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with riots," Johnson said. "I completely did not anticipate that anybody could interpret what I said as racist. It's not."

          3/13/2021 update, "Presents object lesson in racism", starts here

          "I knew those were people who love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law, so I wasn't concerned," Johnson said about the predominantly white crowd that marched to the U.S. Capitol to overturn a presidential election and triggered an assault that left five people dead, 140 police officers injured and windows smashed. 
          "Now, had the tables been turned, and Joe — this is going to get me in trouble — had the tables been turned and President Trump won the election and tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa, I might have been a little concerned," Johnson said during an interview with syndicated radio show host Joe "Pags" Pagliarulo.

          3/4/2021 update, "Star of show throws tantrum in playpen", starts here

          Wisconsin State Journal, 3/4/2021
          Johnson, R-Oshkosh, who has described the massive stimulus package as unnecessary, said he plans to force a full reading of the 700 to 800 page document, which could take 10 hours.

          Stumbling over, sounding out the big words might add an hour or two to the reading.

          3/3/2021 update, "Woman wishes she had spoken up more about this travesty", starts here.

          She was furious as she listened to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson speak during the Senate hearing on the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, her daughter said. 
          "We were watching TV and Ron Johnson was totally whitewashing and, you know, making January 6 sound like it was just a bunch of goofy people having fun. And she was just irate, so she was going off," Laurie said. "She said she wished that she had spoken up more and done more and that she wanted to be a freedom fighter, which is something I'd never heard before.

          2/24/2021 update, 'Our Dumb Senator' puts on a show of depravity, starts here.

          Democrat Klobuchar, chair of one of the two panels holding the hearing, derided Johnson's line of questioning, saying most of the members of the committees investigating the riot were working constructively across the aisle but called Johnson an exception to that. 
          "I'm not one bit surprised that Ron Johnson has again engaged in a conspiracy theory — that's what he does," she said. 
          Johnson has accused Democrats of using the Capitol riot to portray Trump supporters broadly as an ongoing threat. At Tuesday’s hearing, Johnson suggested the riot was a surprise to law enforcement officials because, “the vast majority of Trump supporters are pro-law enforcement, and the last thing they would do is violate the law.”  [emphasis added]

          Yeah, just like their idol. 

          2/21/2021 update, "Our Dumb Senator whitewashes history, yearns for return of Good King Trump", starts here.

          Johnson’s grasp on reality has been tenuous for years, but even more so since he aligned himself lockstep with former President Donald Trump. 
          Since Trump left office, two kinds of Republicans have emerged: 
          Those who want to purge Trump and his cult of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists from the party and those, like Johnson, who long for the return of their would-be king.

          2/15/2020 update, "The star tries to outdo Lady G in his fealty to Donald Trump", starts here.
          "When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask — how many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired? I’m only aware of one, and I’ll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot, it was a tragedy, but I think there was only one," Johnson said. "If that was a planned armed insurrection, man, you had really a bunch of idiots."
          Everytown, 1/21/2021
          Dumb, dumber, and dumbest:  Ron Johnson rolled up into one big goofy package.  The deadly insurrection attempt at the Capitol was fueled, in part, by gun rights extremists who brought their firepower to Washington to stop the certification of the electoral college votes. At least nine people who were at or around the Capitol have already been arrested on weapons charges, including a heavily armed man in D.C. who prosecutors allege had texted his intention to “[put] a bullet” in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s head. Thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by authorities. Rioters displayed militia patches, waved a “Come and Take It” Confederate flag with an AR-15 image, and dawned insignia of gun groups including the NRA. A review of the digital footprint of those arrested at the Capitol reveals ties to the NRA and other forms of gun rights extremism.

          1/27/2021 update, "Influential backers look to extend run of play", starts here.

          Top headline:  The Hill
          Bottom excerpt:  Politico

          Additional Politico excerpt:  
          For now, much of the focus is on Johnson, whom new National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott (R-Fla.) started trying to convince to run again in the fall of last year. 

          1/20/2021 update, "Ron Johnson adds musical number, "Go to the Mirror, Boy" to long-running travesty", starts here.

          'Unhinged and uninformed' is what's reflected in Ron Johnson's mirror.

          The editorial board responds with 19 annotations.  Here's the 1st one.
          Annotations 1. Sen. Ron Johnson took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. In our system, the states certify Electoral College votes and Congress acknowledges the victor. Senators and representatives cannot overturn the will of citizen voters by rejecting a state's electoral votes. 
          As for racism: Underlying the attack on the U.S. Capitol was a “tribal fury against people targeted as scapegoats,” we wrote, a fury President Donald Trump stoked repeatedly during his time in office. Johnson showed he was a willing accomplice in this shameful politics by repeatedly failing to adequately call out Trump’s appeals to the worst prejudices in people.

          1/7/2021 update, " Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board says its time to shutter "Our Dumb Senator" (NOW IN ITS 10TH YEAR!!!)", starts here.

          Sen. Ron Johnson decided to vote against both baseless challenges to the states' certified votes only after our nation's Capitol was sacked as Congress gathered to perform its simple constitutional duty to recognize the Electoral College vote. But Johnson had been shilling for Trump and this moment for days, adding kindling to the megalomaniac's fire, so his last-minute switch does nothing to absolve his role in stoking this shameful day in American history.

          1/5/2021 update, "'Our Dumb Senator,' takes Trump sycophancy to new lows, starts here.

          Yet Johnson continues to damage our democracy and fuel public suspicion and distrust in our institutions based on his feelings and, more specifically, his fear of Trump's scorn. 
          That's cowardly and dangerous.

          What the hell does Trump have on RoJo?

          1/2/2021 update, "Our Dumb Senator" welcomes the Laughingstock Company to the cast of his long-running play (NOW IN ITS 10TH YEAR)", starts here.

          New York Times, 1/2/2021
          The group is led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and also includes Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Braun of Indiana, and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. 
          Together with Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri.....
          12/23/2020 update, 'The plutocracy road show', starts here.

          12/21/2020 update, "'Our Dumb Senator' relishes his role as Wisconsin's state embarrassment", starts here.

          But in recent years, Johnson — now the de facto leader of the Wisconsin Republican Party as the only remaining statewide officeholder — has increasingly relished his role as a leading Senate contrarian and defender of President Donald Trump.   [emphasis added]
          Over the past year, rather than using his position as head of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to investigate foreign election interference or the government’s botched response to the pandemic, Johnson has aired unproven and potentially harmful COVID-19 and presidential election conspiracy theories.

          12/19/2020 update starts here

          Collectively, we have already failed twice.

          12/17/2020 update, "A favorite of Trump sycophants everywhere", starts here.

          Washington Post, 12/15/2020

          Sen. Ron Johnson believes Americans have been “snookered into this mass hysteria” about the coronavirus. He continues to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine, rejecting scientific studies that found it can endanger covid-19 patients. He has said the country’s intelligence service conspired with the media to undermine President Trump
          Washington Post, 12/16/2020
          President Trump lost the election. He lost the recounts. He lost the vote certifications, by Republican and Democratic officials alike. He lost 59 of 60 court cases. He lost the electoral college vote. His own attorney general said “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome.” 
          But Johnson forges ahead with his fraudulent attempt to undermine the election — and the credibility of elections in the United States generally.

          Dear Ron Johnson,

          It's been asked before, and it's appropriate to ask again:

          "You've done enough.  Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?  Have you left no sense of decency?"


          Retiring Guy

          Meanwhile, on Twitter....

          12/14/2020 update, " gets a thumbs-down from the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board", starts here

          Wisconsin State Journal, 12/13/2020

          12/11/2020 update, "...garners scathing review from Francesca Hong, newly elected Wisconsin Assembly representative", starts here.

          Spot on!

          Wisconsin State Journal

          12/9/2020 update, "Once again, Wisconsin State Journal provides front-page coverage to COVIDIOT Ron Johnson's tin-foil hat views", starts here.

          Wisconsin State Journal

          12/8/2020 update, "RoJo invites president of medical fringe group to testify before Senate committee", starts here.

          New York Times

          Wikipedia (highlights added)

          The American Medical Association has 240,359 members.

          12/3/2020 update, "Former GOP official Mark Becker finds this unconscionable and so should all Wisconsin voters", starts here.

          Not to mention.......

          11/26/2020 update, " Doctors recommend not listening to this tin foil hat sycophant", starts here.

          Doctors are criticizing a hearing held this week by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, about controversial treatments for COVID-19, including hydroxychloroquine — a drug that studies have found to be ineffective and in some cases dangerous when treating the disease. 
          During the hearing, Johnson pushed a baseless theory that the medical community was working to deny patients drugs such as hydroxychloroquine because they were cheaper than other treatments.

          When 50.2% of voters lost their minds

          11/16/2020 update, " Wisconsin State Journal trumpets latest Ron Johnson nonsense as front-page, above-the-fold news", starts here

          10/24/2020 update, "'Our Dumb Senator' waves a magic wand, makes the virus go away (part 2)", starts here.


          Our Dumb Senator gets away with a slap on the wrist from the pinheads at PolitiFact.  


          Journal Sentinel
          The death toll now stands at 1,745. The seven-day average for daily deaths is 24; one month ago, it was four. 
          The quickly rising death toll is a direct result of the rise in cases weeks earlier, state health officials have said. 
          Because cases have continued to surge since then, hospitalization and death numbers will only get worse in coming weeks.

          10/21/2020 update starts here

          10/15/2020 update, "Marquette poll snooze alarm:  After 10 years in office, Our Dumb Senator Ron Johnson remains a blank page to one-third of registered voters", starts here.

          10/13/2020 update "Our Dumb Senator", now in its 10th year, starts here.

          Sources:  Wisconsdin State Journal (headline)
          Merriam-Webster (definition, with highlight added)

          Not a death sentence for RoJo, but it has been one for 215,000 Americans.

          Recommended reading:
          It’s becoming known as Covid brain fog: troubling cognitive symptoms that can include memory loss, confusion, difficulty focusing, dizziness and grasping for everyday words. Increasingly, Covid survivors say brain fog is impairing their ability to work and function normally. 
          “There are thousands of people who have that,” said Dr. Igor Koralnik, chief of neuro-infectious disease at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, who has already seen hundreds of survivors at a post-Covid clinic he leads. “The impact on the work force that’s affected is going to be significant.
          Apparently, RoJo suffers from a general strain of brain fog.

          10/3/2020 act begins here.

          Sources:  The Cap Times, 10/3/2020 (headline)
          Merriam-Webster (definition/synonyms)

          Next slide posted on 9/15/2020

          Definition from Merriam-Webster

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          UPDATE. Our Dumb Senator -- now in its 7th year!!!  (8/16/2017)
          UPDATE: Our dumb senator -- proven scientifically -- on climate change.  (8/8/2016)