Saturday, March 26, 2022

GET ME REWRITE: Michael Gableman-Robin Vos Pointless Clown Show gets a renewal


Day 508 of GOP 2020 election hysteria

"It serves zero legal purpose, and in my opinion, useful purpose, to be talking about doing some, like, decertification that is pointless," Bopp said.

3/12/2022 update starts here.

According to Angela Joyce, spokeswoman for Vos’ office, Vos told Lindell: “We couldn’t do that (decertification) … it’s not a possibility. We can’t do this. It’s not going to happen.”
Michael Gableman, the former state Supreme Court justice leading the Vos-ordered probe of the 2020 election, has asserted that decertification is possible and encouraged the Legislature to look into doing that.

3/9/2022 update starts here

A judge on Tuesday released records showing a Republican election review led by attorney Michael Gableman consisted of little investigation even as Assembly Speaker Robin Vos gave the former Supreme Court justice a new contract to continue his work. 
The records revealed Gableman's team was buying furniture and determining how to store files months after it was supposed to start its work and Gableman began drawing $11,000 monthly checks from taxpayers.

Clown Show archives:

So yeah, Jared reached its peak of popularity as a baby name the year after Trump's son-in-law was born, but what other Jared could we be talking about here?

The New Yorker, 3/25/2022
Ginni Thomas’s texts to Meadows also refer to conversations that she’d had with “Jared”—possibly Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who also served as a senior adviser to the Administration. (“Just forwarded to yr gmail an email I sent Jared this am.”)

Dear Jodi, You have every right to be worried. If Tony Evers loses, Kewaunee County is fucked. Best, Retiring Guy

Unfortunately, it appears as though your county needs a mass deprogramming effort.  Too many Trump cultists.  Perhaps the contaminated groundwater has something to do with it.

Source:  Wikipedia

Conservation groups and county residents applauded the new permit conditions Friday. But county resident Jodi Parins told the Journal Sentinel that she's worried Democratic Gov. Tony Evers may lose reelection in November and a Republican administration could change how the DNR handles permits.


6/23/2021 update, "Kewaunee County: More cows than people and contaminated wells all over the place", starts here.

Wisconsin Watch, 6/23/2021
Kewaunee County, where cattle outnumber people nearly 5 to 1, has been at the forefront of discussions in Wisconsin over whether local, state and federal governments adequately protect private well water from contamination from dairy manure, especially in areas of fragile geology, including fractured bedrock, which is common in northeastern Wisconsin. The fractured Silurian bedrock allows for water to easily infiltrate to the subsurface, especially after rain or snowmelt. 
The main source of illness in private wells was found to be the parasite Cryptosporidium, which was estimated to cause 250 cases of illness per year. 
Additionally, the research reached a surprising finding: More than 80% of cases were predicted to come from wells located where the depth to bedrock is greater than 20 feet — where most people’s wells are located.

Yet the voters are Trumpier than they were in 2016.  They must have a death wish.

12/8/2019 update, "Kewaunee County:  Ground zero for CAFOs and groundwater contamination", starts here.

The red arrow points to Kewaunee County

Kewaunee County is the 7th smallest of Wisconsin's 72 counties.

What can residents expect from the state?

The GOP remains in firm control of the Wisconsin State Legislature

And they are richly rewarded for their support of Big Dairy.

Yet residents of Kewaunee County still place their bets on the GOP.

Which is why the GOP can cozy up to Big Dairy.  No consequences.

Yesterday's news the minute it was published


Postcard from Retiring Guy's collection

Excerpt from  (top headline) 
The exodus from the biggest U.S. metropolitan areas was led by New York, which lost almost 328,000 residents. The decline was driven by people leaving for elsewhere in the U.S., even though the metro area gained new residents from abroad and births outpaced deaths.

Excerpt from The Real Deal

The data, based on change-of-address data filed with the U.S. Postal Service, jibes with similar calculations undertaken by Queens College professor Andy Beveridge, according to Gothamist. The demographics expert found there were 33,000 more estimated move-outs than the baseline in 2020, but 23,000 more move-ins estimated than expected in 2021. 
“It’s a straw in the wind that things are starting to go back to normal,” Beveridge told Gothamist.  (top headline) 

Original 3/24/2022 post start here.

Postcard from Retiring Guy's collection

Excerpt from (top headline)
After returning to metro San Francisco following a college football career, Anthony Giusti felt like his hometown was passing him by. The high cost of living, driven by a constantly transforming tech industry, ensured that even with two jobs he would never save enough money to buy a house.
The San Francisco and San Jose metros were two of the fastest-growing destinations for college-aged and post-grad transplants in the U.S. in recent months, according to real estate consulting firm Yardi Matrix.

GET ME REWRITE: A thief would walk away with nothing but junk mail stealing from Retiring Guy's mailbox

Headline from Wisconsin State Journal

This has been the U.S. Postal Service's irresponsible game plan for at least the past decade.

New York Times, 9/19/2012
Faced with multibillion-dollar losses and significant declines in first-class mail, the post office is cutting deals with businesses and direct mail marketers to increase the number of sales pitches they send by standard mail, the official term the agency uses for what is less kindly referred to as junk mail. “ 
Standard mail is the best way to reach your customer,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, the postmaster general, during a presentation last month on the future of the post office. “You can advertise on Facebook, but I don’t see how you can trace the number of ‘likes’ to return on investment.” 
But as the Postal Service embraces direct mail to shore up its faltering bottom line, it faces opposition. Cities struggling to pay recycling and landfill costs to dispose of billions of pieces of unwanted mail are objecting to the expense.

John Shattuck (1938-2022) Warren High School class of 1956


1956 Dragon yearbook

Peterson Blick Funeral Home

1967 Warren City Directory 

1983 Warren City Directory
  • Shattuck John lab United Refinery r18 Maple Place North Warren
  • Shattuck Martha L Mrs tipstaff Warren County Courts h212 Madison Avenue
  • Shattuck Nancy B Mrs supervisor insteallment loan departmentn Pennbank h18 Maple Place North Warren

The popularity of John as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at son-in-law Tad.

Tad spent 35 years on the baby names chart, peaking at #472 in 1966.  And that's pretty much it.

Other members of the class of '56 (24):

James Schaffer.  (11/15)
Paul Brink.  (5/12)
Beverly Johnson Yerg.  (4/27/2021)

James English.  (10/21)

Bombas announced in an email today that spring has finally arrived. Too bad it missed Wisconsin.


And there's little improvement in store during the next week.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

Since Republicans won't do it, Retiring Guy unveils the 2022 GOP agenda


Please read Heather Cox Richardson's Letters from an American (March 25, 2022)


Additional source:  Gallup

Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial primary: Rebecca Kleefisch tosses red meat to the base


PolitiFact splitting hairs sa usual

When using "Planned Parenthood" and "abortion" in the same claim, it's all black and white, true or false, no in-between.

PolitiFact responds in milquetoast fashion with the infamous YES BUT.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Another Trump legacy: Welcome to the United States of Vitriol


Science, 3/25/2022
Now, Koopmans no longer makes public appearances without first alerting the police. As a frequent guest on Dutch TV, “I cannot go out on the street anonymously,” she says. Her family is not comfortable walking outside with her, and they worry about her ever traveling to the United States, where much of the vitriol originates.  [emphasis added]

Would you like fries with that?


Source:  UW-Oshkosh

An anaerobic, dry biodigester has been capturing methane campus food waste and grass clippings since 2011. The gas is burned to generate around 8 percent of the campus's electricity. 
With the help of a $339,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's Energy Innovation Program, the campus will install a biogas powered hot water boiler and pipe heat to its nearby 55,000 square foot Campus Services Center
Stephanie Spehar, director of the campus's Sustainable Institute for Regional Transformations, said UW-Oshkosh will now be able to use excess methane that is otherwise flared.

GET ME REWRITE: Resurgence of anti-semitism a Trump legacy

Reports of antisemitic incidents to Milwaukee’s Jewish Community Relations Council remained near record-high levels in 2021, the council's annual audit found. 
It's in line with the surging rates of antisemitism the council has documented in recent years, which the audit's authors called a "troubling trend." 
In 2021, the council received 95 reports of antisemitism that either took place in Wisconsin or had a connection to the state. That's only a tick below the high-water mark of 99 incidents recorded in 2020. 
The early 2010s rarely saw more than 20 reports in a year.

"Trump' word search comes up empty.

In January 2020, however, Dissent did not mince words.  In fact, you don't have to read beyond the headline.

2/27/2022 update, "Epidemic of hate crimes a Trump legacy", start here.

Top headline:  The Guardian
Bottom headling:  New York Times (editorial comment)

11/11/2021 update, "Slash-and-burn, take-no-prisioners politics', starts here

New York Times, 11/10/2021
The vicious reaction to the passage of the bill, which was negotiated by a group of Republicans and Democrats determined to deliver on a bipartisan priority, reflects how deeply polarization has seeped into the political discourse within the Republican Party, making even the most uncontroversial legislation a potentially toxic vote. 
The dynamic is a natural outgrowth of the slash-and-burn politics of former President Donald J. Trump, who savaged those in his party who backed the infrastructure bill as “RINOs” — Republicans in name only — who should be “ashamed of themselves.” 
Mr. Trump’s frequent threats and insults directed at Republicans whom he considers insufficiently loyal have created powerful incentives for the party’s lawmakers to issue similarly bellicose statements.


Original 9/27/2021 post, "Trump politicized COVID", starts here

Further complicating the issue: The results affirm that government-imposed COVID-19 mitigation efforts reflect the polarization between Republicans, who are less likely to favor coronavirus-related mandates, and Democrats, who are more likely to favor them. 
Iowa legislators passed the ban on local mask mandates in the final hours of their session in May, putting Iowa among a handful of states to prohibit such requirements in schools. 
Republicans said the law was a response to concerns from parents over school district mask mandates. Democrats opposed it, saying the law ties the hands of school officials who are best poised to make decisions based on local conditions. The law passed on a party-line vote.

Related series of posts:

GET ME REWRITE: Why all polls need to be taken with a grain of salt?


First of all, consider the audience.

Sources:  UkraineUFOs, Bible, 9/11

Which bring us to this.

PBS News Hour, 3/24/2022