Saturday, May 20, 2023

Tribeca Drive Regional Stormwater Facility, Middleton WI (May 2023 construction site visit)

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10/17/2022 update starts here

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Tribeca Drive Regional Stormwater Facility

Video from May 9, 2022


Galway Companies proposed replacing 2 two-story office buildings with single 5-story mixed-used building in Middleton's Greenway Center

Photo by Retiring Guy

Project description:  5-story mixed used development including 4,800 S.F. of ground floor commercial / retail uses and 235-250 multi-family residential units.

Original 4/27/2023 post starts here 

The buildings are currently unoccupied

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GET ME REWRITE!! GOP voters sabotage another presidential election with anti-abortion, homophobic, book-banning clown show candidates


Full poll results here.

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April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

December 2022

November 2022
Trump remains a winner, according to Australia's United States Studies Centre.  (11/22)
GOP horse race to the presidential nomination: Just 620-some days left until the Republican National Convention.  (11/17)

Day 931 of GOP election denier hysteria (Trump Big Lie Clown Show Circus, Pennsylvania edition)

Meet the stars of the
ATTACK Of the Clown Show zombies
Starring Lancaster County (PA) Commissioners
Roy D'Agostino and Josh Parsons
HeadlineBolts, 5/17/2023
Duncan Hopkins, a local organizer with the group Lancaster Stands Up who confronted Lancaster County GOP commissioners Ray D’Agostino and Josh Parsons at a public meeting last fall about their ties to election deniers, is alarmed by this landscape. 
D’Agostino and Parsons last year voted to remove Lancaster County’s only drop box for mail-in ballots, for instance, and Hopkins is concerned by local commissioners’ crusade against mail voting, which is central to Trump’s own lies about fraud. “There are a fair number of people who in the Republican Party have tried to make voting more difficult by taking away ballot drop boxes, making it more difficult to vote by mail,” he said. D’Agostino and Parsons faced no opponent in Lancaster’s Republican primary on Tuesday. 

2024 GOP nomination fight: On average, New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu has been polling at less than 1% all year. Doomed indeed!

Poll averages Real Clear Politics
Headline:  New York Magazine, 5/19/2023
With Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence, and Tim Scott all poised to make their long-running unofficial presidential candidacies official in the next week or so, you’d figure there isn’t a lot of room for additional dark horses in the field, particularly those not exactly in sync with the 2024 Republican Zeitgeist. Asa Hutchinson is already there for those who think the GOP needs to repudiate the 45th president’s legacy and go back to the pre-Trump Reagan-Bush orthodoxy. And to some extent all of Trump’s rivals are suggesting that sort of restoration, give or take some new culture-war savagery they want to preserve from the MAGA playbook.

Related posts:
May 2023
GOP continues to boogie its way to doomsday.  (5/2)

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

December 2022

November 2022
Trump remains a winner, according to Australia's United States Studies Centre.  (11/22)
GOP horse race to the presidential nomination: Just 620-some days left until the Republican National Convention.  (11/17)


HEADLINE NEWS: This is the real Iowa


From "Fast Forward", email news commentary, by Teresa Hanafin of the Boston Globe staff:
Just saw an ad on TV for Iowa tourism: 
This is Iowa. We just haven't been properly introduced. Say hello to the place where rolling hills meet low bills. Where our fields, inside and out, are always growing. And where the fun is just getting started. This is Iowa. So -- when are you coming to see us? 
Something about it just didn't ring true to me. So I rewrote it: 
This is Iowa. I'm sure you've heard of us. Say hello to the place where transgender kids meet hostility and discrimination. Where our financial support for private schools and disdain for public schools are always growing. And where the bans on abortion are just getting started. This is Iowa. So -- when are you coming to see us? If you're an immigrant who entered the US through Mexico, make it never.

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GET ME REWRITE!! White heterosexual male leadership of Nebraska legislature decides what's best for women and transexuals

Headline:  New York Times, 
Nebraska lawmakers voted on Friday to restrict access to abortion and medical care for transgender youth, after weeks of vociferous debate on two issues that have divided state legislators across the country this year. 
Conservative lawmakers bundled provisions restricting access to both forms of medical treatment into a single bill in the final days of the legislative session. 
The merger was done for practical reasons in Nebraska’s capital: As a result of persistent filibustering by Democrats, proponents of limits on abortion and transgender care were running out of time to push the issues through as stand-alone laws before the session ended.

Friday, May 19, 2023

GET ME REWRITE!! Washington Post op-ed columnist hits the nail on the head when calling Our Dumb Senator "one of the most egregious conspiracy mongers"

Quote from Jennifer Rubin's subscriber-only email newsletter

A little travelin' music, maestro.

Funkadelic's double album, "America Eats Its Young", debuted on Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for the week ending July 17, 1972.  It spent 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #123.

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Long-running Wisconsin show of political incompetence, "Our Dumb Senator", renewed for another 6 years  (3/30)
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Snookered again: Wisconsin elects insurrectionist Ron Johnson to a third term in the U.S. Senate.  (1/4/2023)

Unfortunately, too many Wisconsin voters thought Ron Johnson deserved a third term in the U.S. Senate.  (12/25/2022)
Meet the GOP troglodytes of the United States Senate.  (12/16/2022)
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Meet Ron Johnson's biggest fans.  (10/13/2022)
Actually, perhaps this is the primary reason why Ron Johnson might become Wisconsin's third-term U.S. Senator. (10/12/2022)

Covid Chronicles. Chapter 43: First Covid Visit to Dentist

Read chapter 42 here

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

The Hartjes Dental Clinic includes now the ubiquitous ‘sneeze screens’, plastic dividers that encourage separation between the staff and patients. One set faces the waiting room and another, larger one has been installed on the side where post-appointment business is conducted – payment, scheduling, etc. Almost all of the amenities in the waiting room – upholstered furniture, toys, magazine rack, coffee maker -- have been removed. Four uncomfortable-looking metal chairs, placed at an appropriate distance apart, give the room a stark quality. 

The first order of business was having my temperature taken. Then I answered a questionnaire about my health: whether I had/am experiencing any COVID-like symptom, actual exposure to anyone with COVID, travel out of the state with the past 14 days. I was able to answer ‘no’ to all 10. I was also required to sign a release form. I didn’t read the entire one-page document, but I’m sure it had something to do with waiving my right to sue if I contact the virus. Not that I would do such a thing. It was my choice to keep the appointment. No one forced to get my teeth cleaned. 

Kari, the hygienist who has cleaned my teeth since she started working for Hartjes in 2004, greeted me wearing a face mask and plastic shield.  (Not her pictured here but close enough for illustrative purposes only.)    Her mask must have been made of materials that provides extra level of protection because I sometimes had difficulty understanding what she said. Her voice was unusually muffled, even for someone wearing a face mask. The plastic shield was likely a contributing factor. Dr. Brad was similarly attired, although he, like Kari, wore headgear, unlike the model in the photo. 

Not surprisingly, Brad determined that I needed some follow-up work. Some of my front teeth are thinning and becoming brittle, so he’s going to reinforce them. (Not sure what this process involves, but it’ll take less than an hour.) 

Despite the slew of recently rescheduled appointments, I would have been able to get in today, but I opted to wait until next Thursday. When I asked Kari about this during my cleaning, she confirmed that lots of people have postponed appointments on their own, some patients not wanting to schedule a cleaning no earlier than September. Based on the Zoom conversations that JoAnna and I have shared with The Usual Suspects and Kiwanis members (we met virtually last Thursday, our first meeting in 2 months ), JoAnna and I are much more willing to venture out than most of our friends and acquaintances. 

And we continue to be doing just fine.

Read chapter 44 here

Cynthia Huber Kifer (1950-2023) Warren Area High School class of 1968

1968 Dragon yearbook
1967 Warren City Directory
  • Huber William (Chelcie) 25 Warren Boulevard Pleasant Township
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Huber William & Chelsey [sic]; maintenance worker U.S. Forest Service h25 Warren Boulevard Glade Township  
  • Kifer Cynthia A dental assistant Richard E Snyder h106 Conewango Avenue
  • Kifer Jeffrey L & Cynthia A:  group leader Jamesway h106 Conewango Avenue

The popularity of Cynthia as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Cynthia's son Luca.

Big surprise!  Retiring Guy expected to read the message:  Luca is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth beginning with 1900.  Instead he finds Luca in the top 30 and climbing fast in his 23rd year on the baby names chart.  Will he end up a flash in the pan?

Other class of '68 members (32):
Dennis Rodgers.  (2/15)

Almon Shene.  (12/20)
William Young.  (10/6)

John Bailey.  (5/23)

Leslie Stein.  (10/24)
Rodney Early.  (10/10)
Kit Kiser.  (10/7)
Martin Graves.  (1/28)

GET ME REWRITE!! South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem rolls out the CAFO welcome mat for headache-inducing, eye-burning manure pits! Not to mention water pollution and fish kills.


Argus-Leader, 12/17/2019
Lyle Reimnitz, who lives a half-mile from a Davison County hog farm permitted for 8,000 sows, said the odors and gasses from the farm prevent him from living a normal life. He and his wife suffer from headaches and respiratory problems, they rarely sit outside or hang out laundry, and they have given up on their dream of having their daughter’s family move to the farm when her husband retires from the military. 
“It doesn’t smell every day, but in the evenings, especially when the wind goes down and the humidity is high, we stay inside and keep our windows shut,” said Reimnitz. “The manure pits have gasses in them, and it gives me headaches, my eyes burn and I start coughing. My doctor said if I breathe it long enough, I will end up with respiratory problems.”  
Reimnitz and others fear that if livestock confinements continue to develop rapidly in South Dakota, the state may follow the path of Iowa, the national leader in large hog farms where consistent odors, waterway pollution and fish kills have resulted from heavy CAFO development.

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It's contestant number 3!! Waukesha School District clown show continues apace


HeadlineMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/18/2023
First grade teacher Melissa Tempel, who spoke out about Waukesha Schools' decision to ban "Rainbowland" by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton from a spring concert, said the district's superintendent has recommended she be terminated from her job. 
Tempel said she was informed on Monday by superintendent James Sebert. In an email, Sebert told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wednesday night that he was unable to comment on the personnel matter. 
The recommendation is in the wake of the school's decision to ban "Rainbowland," which has caught the attention of national media outlets, a Cyrus' nonprofit, and even former President Barack Obama, who followed Tempel on Twitter shortly after she spoke out. 
Tempel is currently on leave from the district after being placed on leave on April 3.

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GET ME REWRITE!! This is the kind of neener-neener childish, close-minded obstinacy that passes for GOP governance in Wisconsin

Headline and subWisconsin Public Radio, 5/17/2023
Connecting Milwaukee to Madison with a passenger rail line has long been discussed and debated at the state level. But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said last year he would not support using any state funding for a train connecting the two cities. Vos could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Day 930 of GOP election denier hysteria (Trump Big Lie Clown Show Circus, Pennsylvania edition)


Meet the stars of the
ATTACK Of the Clown Show zombies
Starring Ashley Duff
Failed County Commissioner candidate
Headline:  Politico, 5/17/2023
Even in Trump-friendly Washington County in western Pennsylvania, a leading election denier came up short in her bid for county commissioner. Ashley Duff, who used public comment sessions during county commission meetings to air conspiracy theories and won the support of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — one of the nation’s most famous election denialists — came in third place in the Republican primary with only 16 percent of the vote. That weak performance came in a county where Trump won by a landslide in 2020.