Saturday, March 23, 2024

The company that Chip Roy keeps

HeadlineAlterNet, 3/23/2024
Meanwhile, far-right Republicans like Texas Congressman Chip Roy have made comments like, "Everyone that I know and trust about the border, about overall spending, see it as a complete and total failure and a capitulation by Republicans. And leadership worked the deal, so it's on leadership.

Saundra Lee Sears Salerno (1938-2024) Warren High School class of 1956

1956 Dragon yearbook

Donald Lewis Funeral Home

1967 Warren City Directory 

1983 Warren City Directory

Saundra, a variation of the much more popular Sandra, debuted in 1934 and enjoyed a brief period of modest popularity during the 1940s, spending all but one year of that decade in the top 300.  She peaked at #238 in 1942.

Other members of the class of '56 (25):
David Rapp.  (9/6/)

John Shattuck.  (3/26)

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

James English.  (10/21)

GET ME REWRITE: Despicable Long Island GOP counts on transphobia to give it an edge

HeadlineNew York Times, 3/20/2024
A ban on transgender women playing on women’s sports teams at county-owned sports facilities has turned a Long Island county into the latest battleground for conservatives who have put cultural issues at the center of a nationwide political strategy. 
Restricting the rights of transgender people has become the focus of those efforts, and the ban in densely populated Nassau County has infuriated L.G.B.T.Q. activists and Democratic officials, who have challenged it in court.Lre

Other GOP transphobia posts:
Dear residents of Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, It's time to vote irredeemable transphobe Tom Tiffany out of office. Thank you for your consideration. Best, Retiring Guy. (3/8)
What's the matter with Iowa:  Transphobia continues to run amok among GOP legislators as Kimmi the Clown smiles!  (1/26)


GET ME REWRITE: Recall effort gets under Robin Vos's skin, becomes obsession now that legislature has adjourned

Headline:  WTMJ, 3/21/2024
In joining Wisconsin’s Afternoon News, State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos dismissed the recent attempt to recall him from his position as a “half-hearted” effort lacking validity. 
He told WTMJ’s Julia Fello and Greg Matzek that his team’s investigation into the recall effort found between 300-to-400 duplicate signatures; and that more than half of the petition’s signatures came from outside the eligible area. 
For all of us who care about election integrity, the idea of saying that we’re going to allow felons to do things illegally and that we’re going to have fraudulent signatures should concern us all,” Vos said. “We had a case where someone had dementia and she can’t even write her own name, but her name was on [the recall petition].”

Related posts:

GET ME REWRITE: Residents of fastest growing county in Arkansas aren't big fans of Donald Trump

Trump won the county by nearly 10 percentage points in 2016, which dropped to 3.9 percentage points 4 years later.

The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, the county seat.

Source:  Wikipedia
3rd-party candidates received 11.6% of vote in 1992, 
19.3% of vote in 1996, 8.6% in 2016;
(Alabama segregationist George Wallace received 
23% of the vote in 1968)

KNWA, 3/21/2024
NWA (or the Fayetteville-Rogers-Springdale metro) was the 18th fastest-growing in the U.S. with its population increasing by 2.3% from 576,967 in 2022 to 590,337 in 2023. 
Northwest Arkansas was the 98th most populous metro in 2023 for the second consecutive year after jumping three spots in 2022.

Sources:  Wikipedia, U.S. Census Bureau (2023)

Project 2025 GET ME REWRITE: Plutocrats like Charles Koch pour big bucks into effort to upend American democracy

Headline:  Raw Story, 3/21/2024:  
The Heritage Foundation launched Project 2025 last April to develop policy recommendations and identify thousands of political appointees who could carry out its agenda in the next Republican administration. And groups linked to conservative activist Leonard Leo and the Koch network have now contributed more than $55 million to the initiative, according to an Accountable.US review shared exclusively with NBC News. “ 
The ‘MAGA blueprint’ isn’t a one-off project — it’s backed by the same far-right figures who have long dictated the conservative agenda,” said Tony Carrk, executive director of Accountable.US. “Leo, Koch and others should be held to account for propping up a policy platform that puts special interests over everyday Americans and poses an existential threat to our democracy.”  [emphasis added]

Related posts:

February 2020
Want Donald Trump to serve a second term as president?  Want to have access to reproductive health care?  You can't have both!  (2/20)

January 2024
abortion access.  (1/30)

Timeshare fraud: Chatting up and selling dreams to the extremely gullible

Headline:  New York Times, 3/21/2024

It boggles the mind that someone can be so cavalierly with their money.
Mr. Finn realized how serious this type of fraud was becoming four years ago, when he received a call from a desperate woman whose mother had wired $1.2 million, her entire life savings, to Mexico to sell her timeshare. [emphasis added]
The timeshare industry is booming, with $10.5 billion in sales in 2022, a 30 percent jump from the year before, according to the American Resort Development Association. Nearly 10 million American households own timeshares, the association said, spending an average of about $22,000 for their investment on top of annual fees of around $2,000. Most timeshares are beach resorts.

Vocabulary lesson: edgelord

Dictionary definitionMerriam-Webster
Headline:  New York Times, 3/21/2024
At the time, Reddit was known as one of the darkest parts of the internet — an anything-goes forum where trolls, extremists and edgelords reigned. Light on rules and overseen by an army of volunteer moderators, Reddit — which once hosted popular communities devoted to nonconsensual pornography, overt racism and violent misogyny, among other topics — was often spoken of in the same breath as online cesspools like 4chan and SomethingAwful.

According to Merrian-Webster, the first-known use of 'edgelord' occurred in 2015.

  1. cloud kitchen
  2. ghost kitchen
  3. red flag law

More vocabulary lessons:
March 2024
Dad joke. 3/4)

February 2024
Edutainment.  (2/16)
Cut, as an adjective.  (2/13).  .
Flunky.  (2/5)
Janky.  (2/2)
Kiddo.  (2/2)

January 2024
Bonkers.  (1/31)
Heebie-jeebies.  (1/31)
Nudification.  (1/31)
Right-size.  (1/14)

Dumpster fire.  (10/20/2022)

Swinge.  (12/18/2018)


Yaw.  (2/28/2013)

Popularity of very old Chuck Grassley wans in Iowa

He's 90.

Graph and headline:  Des Moines Register, 3/22/2024
Shawn Fesler, a 45-year-old poll respondent who identifies as a Republican and who agreed to a follow-up interview, said he’s among those who have a negative view of Grassley. 
“Senators and Congress should have term limits like the presidents do,” he said. 
“I don't really get behind the career politicians.” Fesler, an Ottumwa resident, said he has a more favorable view of Ernst. He likes that she has been more open to same-sex marriages and that she voted for legislation guaranteeing federal recognition of any marriage between two people if the union was valid in the state where they wed.

Other Grassley posts:

Chuck Grassley is 89 years old.  He was elected to another 6-year term in the US Senate last November.  I don't hear Nikki Haley talking about him dropping dead in office.  (4/27)


Friday, March 22, 2024

GET ME REWRITE: Republicans gear up for the 2024 elections with attacks on reproductive rights and Social Security


Top headlineAxios, 3/1/2024
Bottom headlineThe Hill, 3/22/2024

From The Hill
Republicans pushing reforms to Social Security argue that raising the retirement age would not cut benefits and would be phased in slowly so as not to affect people near retirement age. 
But others in the party warn that talking about delaying Social Security benefits in an election year is political malpractice and would give Democrats a golden opportunity to accuse GOP candidates of wanting to cut Social Security.  [emphasis added]

Dear Quora, The answer was NO in 2016. The answer was NO in 2020. And the answer is NO in 2024, Best, Retiring Guy

Quora posts here and here
Primary election resultsNew York Times

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GET ME REWRITE: Republicans in Arizona House of Representatives party like its 1961

1961:  The year before Engel v. Vitale

Photo creditsHouse
HeadlineKJZZ, 3/20/2024
A state House Committee has approved a bill that would allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in every classroom. 
Republican Sen. Anthony Kern told the House Education Committee the bill is modeled on similar legislation in Texas that never became law. 
Kern claimed the way the United States government is run is based on Biblical texts out of the Old Testament. However, he was unable to list specifics.

Retiring thinks you're picturing Sen Kern the same way he is.

GET ME REWRITE: Freedom Caucus, aka MAGA Team Drool, calls for raising retirement age. Except in its own House!

Headlines from The Hill:  1/19/2018, 3/20/2024

Gutting Social Security and Medicare has been a long-term goal of the Crazies.

Robin Vos is freaking out

HeadlineWisconsin State Journal, 3/21/2024
Vos, who earlier this week described organizers of the recall as “whack jobs and morons,” also claimed in the challenge that petitions submitted to the commission earlier this month were “plagued with fraud and criminality,” providing examples of at least 20 individuals named on the petitions who claim their signatures were forged. 
“This failed effort has proven to be what I said it would be from the beginning — a waste of time and resources,” Vos said in a statement. “That is especially true for the residents whose identities have been stolen and the local officials who must now investigate these matters.”

Thursday, March 21, 2024

No, Ted, we view Katie Britt as just another act in an ongoing GOP Clown Show

Just like you.

HeadlineNew York Times, 3/15/2024
Ms. Britt has fended off reporters on Capitol Hill in recent days but did give an extensive interview about the speech and its aftermath to one of her colleagues, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, on his podcast. Though she did not directly address the part of the speech that has drawn the most scrutiny, she and Mr. Cruz were both defiant, saying that the extensive coverage showed that the news media was out to censor her. 
They want to silence a conservative woman for speaking out on this topic,” Ms. Britt told her colleague,[childishly whining after having just regaled a worldwide audience with her most cringe-worthy SOTU response.] “They don’t want to bring light and help the women who are actually being trafficked.” “
"They view you as an enormous threat,” Mr. Cruz replied, [showing the world once again what a pompous airbag he is].  He added that a young Republican mother of school-age children presented a stark contrast with Mr. Biden and caricatures of Republicans.

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Always a good idea to take individual polls with a grain of salt (Marquette Law School August 2018 edition)

Especially when it comes to Tammy Baldwin!

Tammy trounced the Leahs by nearly 11 percentage points.

One of @MULawPoll's most suspect outcomes
Screenshot and headlineFox 6 Milwaukee, 8/22/2018
Election resultsWikipedia

According to Merriam-Webster, the first-known use of 'flub', as in to make a mess of: BOTCH, occurred in 1904.

  1. briefing
  2. cast around
  3. fairy-tale
  4. fence-sitting
  5. pie-eyed

Oklahoma pushes pedal to the metal in its GOP War Against Women

From MAGA to MAMA (Make America Misogynist Again)

Headline:  The Oklahoman, 1/26/2024

If no-fault divorce is eliminated, those seeking to end a marriage will have to prove other elements by clear and convincing evidence, she said. That evidence can be subjective, taking more of the court’s time and resources, she said. 
“On a practical note, each judge would be singularly charged with weighing if adultery can be proven, or insanity can be proven, or if extreme cruelty can be proven,” Edwards said. “Those are very subjective calls on a judge’s part that would have our courts backed up for years.” 
People could be waiting years to get a divorce finalized, she said.

Other GOP  War Against Women posts:

Unfortunately, political age limits won't solve this problem

Matt Gaetz, 41.

Photo creditWikimedia Commons
HeadlineNPR, 3/20/20924

Other party boy posts:
 "I Confess".  (4/2/2021)

Dear voters, Stop your hand-wringing and pearl-clutching over Joe Biden's age and focus on the GOP threat to democracy

Headline:  Religion Dispatches, 3/15/2024:  
Dictionary definitionMerriam-Webster
Project 2025, a comprehensive transition plan organized by right-wing think tank The Heritage Foundation to guide the next GOP presidential administration, is the conservative movement’s most robust policy and staffing proposal for a potential second Trump White House — and its extreme agenda represents a threat to democracy, civil rights, the climate, and more. 
Project 2025 focuses on packing the next GOP administration with extreme loyalists to former President Donald Trump.

Related posts:
March 2024

February 2024
Want Donald Trump to serve a second term as president?  Want to have access to reproductive health care?  You can't have both!  (2/20)

January 2024
abortion access.  (1/30)

GET ME REWRITE: Randy Hopp goes down in flames again

Daily Herald, 3/19/2024
Related articles:

UPDATE:  Randy Hopp, guilty as charged.  (10/25/2017)
UPDATE. Randy Hopp's objection only serves to shine a light on his negatives.  (1/7/2017)

UPDATE. Randy Hopp participates in tangle at candidates' debate.  (10/15/2016)
Randy Hopp not running for a library board seat this year, now shooting for Kane County Board.  (2/26/2016)

Randy Hopp may continue to use the Gail Borden Library, but he will not be serving on the board.  (4/9/2015)

The Randy Hopp saga returns.  (1/8/2015)
Randy Hopp is no longer a Gail Borden library trustee.  (5/27/2013)
Elgin Library trustee Randy Hopp not yet fit to stand trial .  (5/23/2013)

Sign this guy up for anger management classes.  (1/19/2012)

Library board member from hell is here to stay. ( 6/19/2011)
Add Elgin Community College to the list of places where Randy Hopp is banned.  (5/2/2011)
Gail Borden's 'board member from hell' is back in the news again.  (3/26/2011)
Crossing t's and dotting i's aren't enough for this library board member. (1/15/2011)

The strange saga of Randy Hopp, library trustee.  (5/23/2010)

Day 1239 of GOP election denier hysteria (Trump Big Lie Clown Show Circus, MAGA Nevada edition)

attack of the clown show zombies
starring former Nye County (NV) Clerk
Mark Kampf
Headline: Seattle Times, 3/19/2024
Kampf stepped into the position in 2022. He had been recruited by Jim Marchant [days 1094 and 1210], a Republican candidate for secretary of state that year who claimed every Nevada elected official since 2006 was “installed by the deep state cabal” and led a group of 17 election deniers across the country running mainly for state election offices. 
Marchant, along with 15 of the remaining 16 Republican coalition members, lost their races as part of a larger rebuke of far-right candidates casting doubt on elections in 2022.  
When Kempf led the hand-count of votes in the 2022 midterms, it looked vastly different than the county commission’s original plan to ditch voting machines altogether.

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