Saturday, June 17, 2017

Greetings from Weinstock Lubin Department Store, Sacramento


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

Source:  Amazon

Related link:
Center for Sacramento History

Other greetings:
Sacramento.  (6/17/2017)
Pasadena.  (6/14/2017)
Lake Merritt, Oakland.  (6/13/2017)
Oakland, California.  (6/12/2017)
Greyhound Bus Terminal, Los Angeles (6/11/2017)
Coffee Dan's, Hollywood.  (6/11/2017)
Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant, Hollywood.  (6/10/2016)
Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.  (6/9/2017)
Pershing Square, Los Angeles.  (6/8/2017)
Fox Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles.  (6/7/2017)
Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.  (6/4/2017)
Hotel Teris, Los Angeles.  (6/1/2016)
Broadway in Los Angeles.  (5/31/2017)
Los Angeles Civic Center.  (5/30/2017)
Southern California palm-lined street.  (5/29/2017)
Downtown Los Angeles.   (5/24/2017)
Giant Springs, Great Falls, Montana.  (5/23/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
California.  (5/14/2017)
Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

UPDATE. Breitbart contributor Paul Nehlen thinks second time is charm against Paul Ryan


He collected 15.9% of the vote in last yea'sr U.S. House Wisconsin 1 Republican primary.


Reported in Paul Nehlen to challenge Paul Ryan after losing by 68 points last year.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/16/2017)

3/15/2017 update, "The Breitbart bash continues:  The audio may be 'exclusive' but the news is 5 months old", starts here.

Breitbart remains relentless in its howling pursuit of Ryan.


House Speaker Paul Ryan told fellow Republican lawmakers Monday he will not defend Donald Trump and will focus only on maintaining GOP control of both houses of Congress. 
But the House speaker has not pulled his endorsement of Trump, a Ryan spokeswoman told NBC News.


2/15/2017 update, "Remember Paul Nehlen?  No?  Breitbart does and welcomes him to its Paul Ryan Team Bash", starts here.

Where you'll find the rest.  Exclusive—Nehlen: Paul Ryan’s Border Adjustment Tax As Bad As TPP.  (Breitbart News, 2/15/20217)

Nehlen got his butt kicked by Ryan.

Source:  Ballotpedia


Original 8/4/2016 post, "5 days before primary election, Paul Nehlen reveals himself to be total nutcase."

Not to mention desperate for attention.


Reported at  Madison.com, 8/4/2016


Related posts:
Dear Paul Nehlen, You've been dismissed.  (6/17/2016)
Like the Isley Brothers, Paul Nehlen is going to pop that thang.  (5/21/2016)
Wealthy businessman Paul Nehlen has had it with House Speaker Paul Ryan.  (3/31/2016)

Welcome to the future of grocery shopping


Screenshot from YouTube

Reported in Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods.  (The Atlantic, 6/16/2017)

UPDATE: Rasmussen Reports and Donald Trump, working hand-in-hand



The Art of Cherry-picking Polls.  (FiveThirtyEight, 6/17/2017)
That poll, however, was one of his better results from a pollster that tends to find better results for Trump, compared to the many approval polls that we track daily.


6/17/2017 update, "This approval bump is brought to you exclusively by Rasmussen", starts here.

(highlight and arrow added)

Related reading:
Polls clash: Zogby 40% for Trump, AP 35%, Rasmussen 50%.  (Washington Examiner, 6/16/2017)
Why polls differ on Trump's popularity.  (FiveThirtyEight, 2/20/2017)The differences between these various types of polls may also narrow as we collect more data. So far, the only pollsters surveying likely voters are Rasmussen Reports and Zogby, and they aren’t very good pollsters.


6/5/2017 update, "Just when President Trump's approval rating is reaching a new low, Rasmussen dons its Mighty Mouse costume", starts here.

Here they come to save the day!


While other polls register continuing declines, Rasmussen pulls a 3-point-bump rabbit out of its hat.




5/24/2017 update, "Rasmussen keeps trying to pull Trump's head above water", starts here.

They regularly come to the rescue whenever Trump's approval polling average needs a little pick-me-up after reaching a new low point.

Source:  Rasmussen Reports via Real Clear Politics

Related reading:
Rasmussen poll of Trump approval rating today is heavily contradicted.  (Inquisitr, 4/16/2017)
CNN notes that Rasmussen also will not disclose how they determine who they call. Most pollsters use a method called random digit dialing, where homes of voters are called randomly, while other pollsters will conduct their polls from a privately maintained voter file. It is unclear which of these methods Rasmussen uses, and Rasmussen will not disclose their methodology. 
The Rasmussen poll of Trump’s approval also was not detailed in all aspects of his job, compared to other polls. Rasmussen only reported on job approval and disapproval, whereas other polls went deeper into issues related to the presidency, international affairs, Congress, and foreign policy.

Greetings from Sacramento, California's capital city


From Retiring Guy's postcard collection

Source:  Wikipedia


Google instant results for 'Sacramento'.
The Sacramento Kings play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conferrence of the National Basketball Association.  They ended the 2016-17 season with a 32-50 won-lost record.
The Sacremento Bee is the city's newspaper.

Other greetings:
Pasadena.  (6/14/2017)
Lake Merritt, Oakland.  (6/13/2017)
Oakland, California.  (6/12/2017)
Greyhound Bus Terminal, Los Angeles (6/11/2017)
Coffee Dan's, Hollywood.  (6/11/2017)
Brittingham's Radio Center Restaurant, Hollywood.  (6/10/2016)
Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.  (6/9/2017)
Pershing Square, Los Angeles.  (6/8/2017)
Fox Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles.  (6/7/2017)
Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.  (6/4/2017)
Hotel Teris, Los Angeles.  (6/1/2016)
Broadway in Los Angeles.  (5/31/2017)
Los Angeles Civic Center.  (5/30/2017)
Southern California palm-lined street.  (5/29/2017)
Downtown Los Angeles.   (5/24/2017)
Giant Springs, Great Falls, Montana.  (5/23/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/22/2017)
Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.  (5/21/2017)
Brown Derby, Hollywood.  (5/20/2017)
Southern California.  (5/20/2017)
Mojave Desert (Joshua trees).  (5/20/2017)
Rose Hill Motel in Mena, Arkansas.  (5/20/2017)
Will Rogers Ranch.  (5/20/2017)
Grauman's Chinese Theater.  (5/18/2017)
Hollywood Boulevard.  (5/18/2017)
Barstow, California.  (5/17/2017)
California.  (5/14/2017)
Parklabrea Towers, L.A.  (5/14/2017)
La Jolla Children's Pool.  (5/13/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/11/2017)
Laguna Beach, California.  (5/10/2017)
California.  (5/9/2017)
Los Angeles.  (5/9/2017)
California.  (5/8/2017)
Pomona College, Claremont, California.  (5/7/2017)
La Jolla, California.  (5/6/2017)
Hope, Arkansas.  (5/4/2017)
Bakersfield, California.  (5/3/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (5/1/2017)
California.  (4/28/2017)
Little Rock, Arkansas.  (4/19/2017)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  (4/15/2017)
Tucson, Arizona.  (4/12/2017)
Phoenix, Arizona.  (4/8/2017)
Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah.  (4/8/2017)
Dothan, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Mobile, Alabama.  (4/5/2017)
Anniston, Alabama.  (3/29/2017)

UPDATE. President Trump: Only in it for the money



Reported in Mar-a-Lago revenue soars with Trump presidency.  (USA Today, 6/16/2017)
...plowing millions of dollars into a trust he established when he took office,


Original 2/7/2017 post, "The Trump family:  They're only in it for the money", starts here.


Reported in Melania Trump Lawsuit Argues 'Once In A Lifetime' Chance To Make Millions Is Lost.  (NPR, 2/7/2017)

First Lady Melania:  All she wants to do is shill.  Live in New York.



Martha Rasmussen Lewis (1925-2017) Warren High School class of 1943



1943 Dragon yearbook


Gloria's high-school activities:
A Capella Choir (3, 4); Assembly Plays (3); Carnival (2, 3, 4); Cheerleader (4); Choruos (2); Commencement Usher (3); Dragonette (3); Dramatic Club (2, 3, 4); Girls' Club (2, 3, 4); Junior Play (3); Junior Shorthand Club (3); Latin Club (2); Stenographers' Club (4). 

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Gnage Melvin P  & Doris K; lab National Forge h86 Crestview Blvd
  • Goodwill Albert J & Ruth M;  retd  h116 Elm
  • Lewis Catering Service (Dennis D Steele) 303 Pennsylvania av E
  • Lewis Martha R Mrs retd  h106 Conewango av
  • Speidel Agency 238 Liberty St
  • Speidel Harry & Anne W 9 Woodcrest Dr

The popularity of Martha as a baby name is graphed here.   We have yet to look at Samuel.


Meet Mr. Consistency, someone who's always ranked in the top 100.  Samuel experienced his best year ever in 2016.
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Other members of the class of '43 (11 women, 6 men):
Gloria York Salapek.  (6/10/2017)
Louis Rizzardi.  (2/11/2017)
Virginia Anderson Thompson.  (10/17/2016)
Pauline Smith VanVolkinburg.  (8/27/2016)
Joyce Anderson Clark.  (8/24/2016)
Robert Johnson.  (3/31/2016)
Goldie Gelotte Hecei. (12/21/2015)
John Swick.  (11/29/2015)
William Weidert.  (10/16/2015)
Maxine Retterer Young.  (8/15/2015)
Donald Conaway, Jr.  (8/13/2015)
Anne Smith Rossey.  (5/8/2015)
Doris Stevenson Barirde.  (3/31/2015)
Mildred Kahle Glotz.  (9/13/2014)
Robert Dietsch.  (9/8/2014)
Anna Mae Olson Howe.  (9/2/2014)
Lois Bogart Niederer.  (5/3/2014)
Verna Mack Swanson.  (12/22/2013)

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: Connecticut 5th


Since winning her first Connecticut 2nd election in 2012, Democrat Elizabeth Esty has increased her margin of victory from 2.6 to 16 percentage points.

Clinton won the district with 49.9% of the vote compared to Trumpi's 45.8%


Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 9.7 percentage points.  To the bad.


Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (CT 5CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (CT, US)

Related post:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)
California 52nd.  (6/16/2017)
Colorado 7th.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 2nd.  (6/17/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: Connecticut 2nd


Democrat Joe Courtney was first elected to the Connecticut 6th in 2006.  He has won his 6 elections by an average of 29 percentage points.

Clinton won the district with 47.8% of the vote compared to Trumpi's 45.8%

I repeat.  Does the NRCC think that nobody does that math on these target lists?


Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 9.7 percentage points.  To the bad.


Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (CT 2CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (CT, US)

Related post:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)
California 52nd.  (6/16/2017)
Colorado 7th.  (6/17/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: Colorado 7th


Democrat Ed Perlmutter was first elected to the Colorado 7th in 2006.  He has won his 6 elections by an average of 18.8 percentage points.

Clinton won the district with 51.4% of the vote compared to Trumpi's 39.4%

Does the NRCC think that nobody does that math on these target lists?


Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 9.7 percentage points.  To the bad.


Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (CO 7CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (CO, US)

Related post:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)
California 52nd.  (6/16/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)

Friday, June 16, 2017

UPDATE. Heavens, no! Now is not the time to talk about it.


So far in 2017, the U.S. has experienced an average of 168 gun violence incidents each day.


Map source;  Gun Violence Archives

Not the time.


Original 6/13/2017 post, "Gun violence:  Number of incidents, injuries, and killings on Tuesday, June 13, 2017", starts here.



Related reading:
Op-Ed Baseball and gun violence: Two of America's national pastimes collide in Virginia.  (Los Angeles Times, 6/14/2017)
So far this year, there have been more than 27,800 shootings that have taken the lives of more than 6,800 people and injured an additional 13,500. To say that the United States lags behind other peer nations on this measure is a gross understatement. The gun fatality rate in the U.S. is 25 times higher than other high-income nations. For young victims ages 15 to 24, the rate is 49 times higher. Women in this country are 11 times more likely to be killed with a gun than their international peers.

Still trying to get a grip on 'untenable'



Definition:  Merriam-Webster

Every time I encounter the adjective untenable, I have to puzzle out its meaning.  Once I look up the definition, which I usually have to do, it apparently evaporates within the hour.

"Not able to be defended."  

How hard can these 5 words be to retain?  Maybe I could do so if I incorporated 'untenable' into my vocabulary.  Actually, here I am approaching my 68th birthday, and I don't think I've ever used it in conversation.  'Indefensible', yes.  All the time.

'Untenable' is simply one of those words that always slips through my grip.

New central library to be constructed in Norman, Oklahoma




Norman Notes.  Plans for new central library move forward.  (NewsOK, 4/26/2017)
The central library will feature 78,700 square feet for a collection of about 270,000 items, with meeting rooms, study rooms, outdoor spaces and areas for children's teen services and technology use as a priority.

And it's going to look like this.


A view of the entrance to the current central library, which opened in 1966.


UPDATE. Scott Walker: Our sloganeering governor is at it again


Somebody's got to lose.  And it won't be any of these folks.



6/7/2017 update, " Our sloganeering governor and his big, bold nonsense", starts here.

Source: "Wednesdays with Walker" email blast
(highlights added)

Here we are, 6 years, 4 months, and a handful of days into the Scott Walker era, and all he can do is point to his recall election victory as his historic accomplishment.

"Yea, me!" cheers Scottie, as he gears up for a third term.  

Although his approval rating has improved since his sub-40% performance from August 2015 to August 2016, he's still underwater, i.e., more respondents disapprove.



Part 3 starts here.

Remember then?
Not just any jobs.  Private sector jobs.  Walker said he would declare an economic emergency on his first day in office and call a special session of the Legislature to address his economic plan.He pledged to bring 250,000 jobs to the state by the end of his first term and cut an array of taxes, starting with those on multi-state corporations and businesses with 50 or fewer employees. 


Even now, it doesn't add up to 250,000.


Sources:  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

One-hit wonders the Earls made their only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with this wonderful doo wop ditty.  It debuted at #94 for the week ending December 15, 1962.  It spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at #24.




Part 1 start here.

The fantasy


Still trying to convince himself?


The reality
Job creation slowed sharply in Wisconsin in 2016, raising questions and worries. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/2/2017)
Doesn't sound like third-term credentials to me.  Wages and employment fell sharply in 2016 in Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector, the biggest piston in the state’s economy, in a year that also saw the state’s weakest overall job performance since the 2008-'09 recession. The anemic jobs figures surprised economists at a time when the national economy evidently remains in expansion mode, and even have some beginning to wonder if a recession might be on the horizon.

Related posts:
Scott Walker doesn't want you to know that job creation in Wisconsin has dropped 58% in 2 years.  (3/15/2017)
Channel 3000 tired of bending over backwards for Scott Walker.  (9/11/2016)
Scott Walker serves up some mush mouth when asked about Wisconsin's below-average job creation.  (6/9/2016)
Workforce, worker training, and career development issues: The empty rhetoric of Scott Walker.  (1/27/2016)
Scott Walker's jobs focus: Twice bitten in Jefferson County.  (12/22/2015)
Scott Walker silent on latest job growth numbers.  (12/20/2014)
Yes, Governor Walker, we know.  (7/3/2014)
For Scott Walker and his jobs promotion message, it's deja vu all over again.  (3/20/2014)
I Suppose This isn't on Scott Walker's radar either: Wisconsin ranks 35th in private-sector job creation.  (3/20/2014)
Wisconsin jobs deficit.  (9/27/2013)
Putting Wisconsin's jobs creation picture in perspective.  (9/27/2013)
The Walker way:  Whatever.  (9/24/2013)
The Blue and the Gold: Wisconsin's Jobs Deficit.  (9/3/2013)
Scott Walker's mantra.  (8/2/2013)
Less than zero.  (6/17/2013)
Wisconsin ranks 49th in Federal Reserve Bank's "imperfect" index.  (6/6/2013)
Wishful thinking at WEDC.  (5/23/2013)
And what alternative universe do these employers inhabit?  (5/21/2013)
Wisconsin added 19,000 jobs in 2012.  (5/18/2013)
Scott Walker all a-tingle over yesterday's news.  (5/18/2013)
From the looks of it, Wisconsin's jobs loss is in free fall.  (5/18/2013)
Spin Cycle: The Walker Administration Diverts Our Attention from the Latest (Disturbing) Jobs Numbers. (5/17/2013)
Bringing up the rear in job growth.  (3/8/2013)
Wisconsin ranks 43rd in job growth during the past year.  (11/23/2012)

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: California 52nd


Up until early January 2013, Duncan Hunter represented the 52nd District.  He now continues to rack up big wins in the 50th -- 67.7% of the vote in 2012, 71.2% in 2014, 63.5% in 2016.


Democrat Scott Peters won his 1st two elections by close margins but put some distance between himself and his GOP challenger in 2016.

Clinton won the district with 58.1% of the vote compared to Trumpi's 35.6%


Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 10.4 percentage points.  To the bad.

Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (CA 52CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (CA, US)

Related post:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)