Friday, October 9, 2015

UPDATE: Scott Walker's Supreme Court appointment: Is it all about the money or who gets the money?

Now we know.  It's all about who gets the money.

Three request appointment to State Supreme Court.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/6/2015)

Related links:
Jim Troupis on LinkedIn
Judge Rebecca Bradley.
Claude Covelli, Boardman & Clark llp

Related post:
Rebecca Bradley hopes Scott Walker will punch her $1,350 ticket to a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  (10/5/2015)

Dear Scott Walker. It's like you never left.

As quoted in Scott Walker open to school-bathroom gender mandate.  (, 10/8/2015)

Is this the clarity you are looking for, Governor?
“This bill reinforces the societal norm in our schools that students born biologically male must not be allowed to enter facilities designated for biological females and vice versa.”

Related posts:
Wisconsin Republicans continue their laser-like focus on jobs and the economy.  (10/7/2015)
Scott Walker is back in Wisconsin.....with a VENGEANCE.  (9/24/2015)

A to Z (A to WY, actually) through the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: Collections (Algoma Public Library)

A new series takes a look at the numerical changes in Wisconsin public library collections in 9-year increments:  1996, 2005, and 2014.

Based on the different 9-year pattern we see here, I decided another trip to the service data was in order.

All statistical information from the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

I used the library inflation calculator at the State Library of North Carolina's website to gain the following information:
$31,276 from the year 1996 expressed in 2012 dollars (most current inflation index available) is $50,222. If inflation is not taken into account, the percentage change from $31,276 to $31,355 over the 16-year period is 0%. However, taking inflation into account, the percentage change from $50,222 to $31,355 is actually -38%.
Algoma Public Library

Related posts:
Adams County Public Library.  (10/7/2015)
Albertson Memorial Library, Albany.  (10/8/2015)

Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives: Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)

The 20th in a series.
“I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job."
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Quote source:  Press release
"I will not vote for John Boehner."
Photo credit:  U.S. Congress

Working our way through the list of crazies:

Related posts:
Meet the members of the U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus.  (9/28/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (3/20/2015)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UPDATE: The Company He Keeps: Scott Walker to Pal Around With Steve King in Iowa on January 24

Meet one of Rep. Daniel Webster's biggerst supporters for his House Speaker bid.

That would, of course, be a Freedom Caucus membership-driven U.S. House of Reps.

Who Is Daniel Webster? The House Speaker Candidate Has The Endorsement Of An Important Group.   (Bustle, 10/7/2015)

Original post begins here.

Photo sourceU.S. Congress
Text sourceIowa Watchdog

The last time I checked, "unity" is not an antonym for "diversity", as King seems to imply here. My guess is that he thinks "unity" is a synonym for "uniformity".

2016 watch: Wisconsin's Scott Walker books Iowa speech.  (Des Moines Register, 1/8/2015)
Walker will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit, organized by Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King and the conservative organization Citizens United*, on Saturday, Jan. 24, organizers said Thursday morning. Tickets are sold out for the the event at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.
[*Yes, that's the stink of Koch Brothers' money you smell.]

Learn  more about King's Iowa Freedom Summit.  The homepage gives the appearance that Sarah Palin has top billing.  Her photo is at top row left. 

Best not to expect apologies from this guy.

Or anything resembling a coherent, carefully considered, well-reasoned observation.

Text source:   Huffington Post

Things are a bit different in real life, Steve.

 Iowa farmers learn to adapt to weather extremes.  (NPR, 8/12/2014)
Already, weather patterns are making it more challenging to raise corn — even in Iowa — in the middle of the Corn Belt.