Saturday, July 29, 2017

UPDATE: Younkers is still open for business at Manitowoc's other (not quite) dead mall

Gotta think this department store's days are numbered. 

Original 5/2/2016 post, "Manitowoc's other (not quite) dead mall:  The New Lakeshore Mall", starts here.

The New Lakeshore Mall is visible in the center-right distance across the vast expanse of what was originally the Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc's first enclosed shopping center, which opened in 1968.

A view from near the intersection of Memorial Drive and East Reed Avenue.

All photos by Retiring Guy

In the late 1970s, somebody decided that Manitowoc needed a second mall, where Younker's still manages to do business.

To my surprise, I was able to access the building through the doors leading to the mall area.

I assume the Santa's Kids Gift Shop was most recently in operation last December.

Yes, it's, ahem, deflating times for retail in this area of Manitowoc.

A view in the other direction.  

PrangeWay was the Edgewater's other anchor from 1979 until 1996.

Mid-Cities Mall/Lakeview Center and Edgewater Plaza/Edgelake Plaza/The New Lakeshore Mall timeline

1967. (October 5). Montgomery Ward is first store in Mid-Cities Mall to open.

1968. Year of official opening. Retailers include Woolworth, Osco Drug, A&P, and J.C. Penney 

1979. Edgewater Plaza opens across East Magnolia Avenue from Mid-Cities Mall. Tenants include Prange, PrangeWay, and Sears catalog store.

1981. Interstate 43 opens just west of Manitowoc, which eventually changes the retail focus of the area. Around this time, a plan was considered to expand Mid-Cities Mall and link it to the Edgewater Plaza.

1984. Hardee's restaurant is appended to Mid-Cities mall next to Penney's.

1980s: The inline composition of Mid-Cities Mall shifts from predominantly national chains to local stores with some nationally-known semi-anchors. Montgomery Ward closes its store in the mid-1980s.

Late 1980s: Mid-Cities Mall is renamed "Lakeview Centre"

1990: Wal-Mart opens a store near the I-43/Washington Street interchange 4 miles west of downtown Manitowoc

Early 1990s: Stangel's Super Valu closes at the Lakeview Centre mall, leaving the supermarket space empty.

1993: The Edgewater Sears catalog closes. Woolworth closes its Lakeview Centre store. The former Wards store, empty for nearly a decade is briefly reoccupied by a local business, which quickly moves elsewhere.

1990s: 'Inline' stores flee Lakeview Centre.

1996. PrangeWay store closes and still remains empty.  Hardee's closes its location at the Lakeview Centre mall.

1998:. Osco Drug closes its mall store and relocates to a new standalone building nearby -- across East Reed Street.

2000. JCPenney become last tenant standing at Lakeview Centre.

Early 2000s: The Edgewater Plaza is painted beige and renamed the Edgelake Plaza, to little effect. 

2007. The former Edgewater Plaza changes ownership and receives its second name change in the process:  "The New Lakeshore Mall."

2011. Penney's closes, leaving the Lakeview Centre abandoned.

2015. Lakeview Centre razed.

2016. The New Lakeshore Mall hangs on by a thread.

Primary source for timeline

Related post:
UPDATE: The deadest of dead malls is gone, razed.  (1/3/2016)

A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....

Reported in Foxconn's broken promises in Harrisburg cast doubt on Trump jobs plan.  (Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/3/2017)

Related posts:
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

UPDATE. Eric Trump and his red bubble of nonsense

Photo credit:  Twitter
Screenshbot from fundraising email blast (highlight added)

5/30/2017 update, "It's tizzy time, as Trump once again invokes the Unholy Trinity", starts here.

Although, curiously, he refrains from using his 'fake news' epithet.

Latest email blast from "Donald J. Trump President of the United States" (emphasis added)

Original 3/29/2017 post, "Apparently, this is the Unholy Trinity that gets Trump's base in a tizzy -- and reaching for their wallets", starts here.

The trio has appeared regularly together in Trump emails since the innauguration.

Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary

Photo credit:  Murphy Desmond Lawyers

Reported in Foxconn will need environmental reviews as DNR labors with smaller workforce.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , 7/28/2017)
It's more than speculation.  State law says a company should take steps to avoid destruction of wetlands. But the Legislature in recent years has eased limits on developing land containing them. There is speculation lawmakers will ease those standards further for Foxconn during a special session planned to provide a financial incentive package for the company..

Related posts:
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward

Quoted in Bill significantly rolls back environmental rules for Foxconn.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/28/2017)

Related reading:
Why wages at Foxconn are so low.  (Forbes, 5/17/2012)
Analyzing Labor Conditions of Pegatron and Foxconn: Apple’s Low-Cost Reality.  (China Labor Watch, 2/11/2015)
It would take 2.5 years of Foxconn wages to afford $10,000 Apple Watch.  (Market Watch, 3/11/2015)
Apple Pays Chinese Workers $1.85/Hour for a 12-Hour Shift, 6 Days a Week.  (, 3/1/2016)

Related post:
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy to say for someone who owns an 11,000-square-foot, $64 million penthouse

Quoted in Trump says upstate New Yorkers should move, leave homes behind.  (Albany Times Union, 7/27.2017)
Wisconsin beat out New York, which had been a finalist in Foxconn's selection process and had pitched a 400-acre location outside of Utica owned by SUNY Polytechnic Institute called the Marcy Nanocenter. 

Related article:
All of Donald Trump's Houses, in Photos.  (Town and Country, 5/11/2017)
It's 801 miles from Utica to Racine.  Trump took Forbes on a tour of the penthouse during the presidential election and told the publication that it was the "best apartment ever built" and bragged about its 33,000-square-foot size and estimated value of at least $200 million. The trouble is, according to Forbes, "those comments were typical Trump: boastful and inaccurate." The residence is actually 10,996 square feet and worth an estimated $64 million.

Not a seagull to be seen at site of former deadest of dead malls

Panorama view
Photos by Retiring Guy

Air cannon to scare off seagulls at old Manitowoc mall site.  (USA Today Network Wisconsin, 6/29/2017)
A press release from Manitowoc Fire Rescue Department said the property owner will use an air cannon to scare off the seagulls. The release added the propane-powered cannon is very loud.

Landscape view 

Related posts:
Manitowoc's other (not quite) dead mall: The New Lakeshore Mall.  (5/2/2016)
The deadest of dead malls is now gone, razed.  (1/3/2016)

To the bumbling, overrated Mitch McConnell, a better way forward is denying medical coverage to millions

Reported in Senate narrowly defeats 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare, as McCain votes 'no'.  (USA Today, 7/282017)

Related post:
Starting is in McConnell's wheelhouse. Finishing, spectacularly not..  (7/19/2017)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Greetings from Walsh Field, home of the Polar Bears, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

From right-centerfield at Walsh Field.

The Polar Bears play in the Shoreland League

In foul territory sits a building with rest rooms and storage space. That's a Kiwanis shelter in fair territory, deep to right.  We were going to attend a game here last night but it was rained out.  I'd like to know what happens when the ball hits this structure.  And is it occupied during game time?  I can't imagine this being the case.  So why is it located here?  Questions, questions.

Howie Timm was married to my mother-in-law's cousin Ione, who should have been a stand-up comic.  She knew how to tell funny stories and was very skilled at delivering a killer punch line.

All photos by Retiring Guy

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham points out a sign of great weakness in President Trump

Reported in Allies Warn Trump of Conservative Revolt Unless He Backs Off Sessions.  (The New York Times, 7/26/2017)

Hence, the transgender ban to get himself back into their good graces.  This Trump guy really knows to operate with a well-considered strategic plan, eh?😖

Tom Price, as the Georgia Goofy Goober, in a lowest common denominator mood

Senate Soundly Rejects Repeal-Only Health Plan.  (The New York Times, 7/26/2017)

Related posts:
The corrupt Tom Price, Trump Secretary of Health & Human Services.  (5/7/2017)
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) provides a distraction from Tom Price's ethical lapses.  (1/14/2017)

Related reading:
Tom Price Is the Walking Definition of an Appearance of Corruption.  (Slate, 1/17/2017)
Tom Price is a perfect representative of Trumpian corruption.  (New Republic, Jan. 2017)
HHS Nominee Tom Price Facing Allegations Of Corruption, Insider Trading.  (Crooks and Liars, 1/18/2017)

UPDATE. GOP troglodyte Duncan Hunter still in with Trump, thrilled with transgender ban

Reported in California Today: Military Communities Respond to Trump’s Transgender Ban.  (The New York Times 7/25/2017)

Related reading:
Trump transgender ban nod to Christian conservatives.  (USNews, 7/27/2017)

As in "Christian".

Original 3/5/2017 post, "Duncan Hunter: He's in with Trump" starts here.

Photo source:  U.S. Congress

As quoted in Trump’s congressional backers start to ‘come out of the closet’.  (MSNBC, 2/18/2016)

Duncan Hunter on the issues:  Climate change


Text source: KPBS

Duncan Hunter on the issues:  Marriage equality

Duncan Hunter on the issues:  Second amendment

Quote source:  Congressman Duncan Hunter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Your Wisconsin GOP elected officials at work

School districts would pay for large share of vouchers under plan, fiscal bureau says.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/26/2017)
Punishment administered.  Mission accomplished.  Milwaukee Public Schools' share of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program would go down, from $53 million to $42.7 million.

Meet the 2 cretins that the AP scrounged up to defend Trump's military ban on transgender people

Quoted in Tony Perkins wants Trump to ‘take a wrecking ball’ to pride proclamations.  (LGBTQ Nation, 6/143/2017)

Quoted in Steve King compares transgender troops with castrated slaves.  (Des Moines Register, 7/15/2017)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trump narcissism on full display in front of 40,000 Boy Scouts

Reported in Trump’s Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition.  (Washington Post, 7/25/2017)

According to The New Civil Rights Movement, Trump also thanked the Scouts, most of whom are under 18, for their vote.

Sexist, geographically challenged Blake "One Man One Woman" Farenthold wants some gun action

Quoted in Republican Congressman Says if GOP 'Female Senators' Opposing ObamaCare Repeal Were Men He'd Shoot Them.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 7/24/2017)

Original 8/12/2015 post, "Meet the Members of the Republican Study Committee" starts here.

The Republican Study Committee

As quoted at Human Rights Campaign.

The cumulative tally

The Republican Study Committee membership

  • Brett Guthrie (2nd District) 
  • Andy Barr (6th District) 

    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Michelle "Mau-mau" Malkin hitches her dim conservative star to Maxine Waters

    If you know anything abnout Michelle, it's exactly for the reason you think.  (The stiletto pen sez it all.  And as for mau-mau.....)

    Photo credit:  Top Talk Radio Guests

    Reported in Michelle Malkin launches ‘conservatives for Maxine Waters for president’ — but not for the reason you may think.  (The Blaze, 7/23/2017)

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Climate change as a matter of fact in Kenya

    Reported in As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger.  (NPR, 7/23/2017)

    Other climate change as a matter of fact posts:
    Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
    The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)
    Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
    Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.  (5/20/2017)
    Madeline Island, Wisconsin.  (2/23/2017)
    Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
    Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
    Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
    Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
    California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
    Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
    Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
    Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)
    Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)
    Peru,  (5/21/2016)