Friday, December 9, 2016

Trump 'Thank You Tour' - West Allis, Wisconsin

President-elect Donald Trump will be visiting Wisconsin next week.

The rally will take place the evening of the day that the state needs to certify its recount results, marking the second time Trump wins in Wisconsin.




Details:

Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center

8200 W. Greenfield Ave

West Allis, WI 53214

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM (CST)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Summerfest - July 5 and 6, 2017

Watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, I got a pleasant surprise. Tom Petty announced his upcoming 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers.

The tour includes a stop in Milwaukee, for two shows, at Summerfest.

July 5 and July 6, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be at the Marcus Amphitheater.


Tour dates here.

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Summerfest is teasing the shows on Twitter:





Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Leonardo DiCaprio Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I saw that Leonardo DiCaprio met with Trump last night to talk about the environment. He even handed Trump a copy of his environmental documentary Before the Flood. If you haven't seen the film yet, you can pick up a copy in the dumpster behind Trump Tower. 'I can't wait to watch this... fall into my trash can.'

Wisconsin Recount Update - Day 8

Here is the Wisconsin 2016 presidential election recount results update, Day 8:

From Wisconsin Elections Commission:

Numbers for the City of Milwaukee do not include absentee ballots, which have not yet been recounted. Milwaukee counts its absentee ballots centrally (not at the polling place) on Election Night. When those absentee ballots have been counted the numbers will be updated.

Explanations provided by clerks for the differences in numbers between canvass and the recount are also contained in the attached Explanation of Changes per Reporting Unit PDF

*The Day 8 spreadsheet has been updated since posting to include the remaining City of Pewaukee reporting units and City of Waukesha Ward 1 and Ward 2 recount results.


Dane County: 20 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes on Election Night for the City of Madison Ward 29.

Eau Claire County: Decrease of 48 votes in City of Eau Claire Ward 36 due to human error during original Board of Canvass. -18 Votes for Trump/Pence, -30 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Grant County: Recount vote totals for City of Platteville Wards 7-9 adjusted from Election Day totals due to discrepancies discovered during hand recount. Ward reported tabulator issues on Election Day.

Juneau County:
Corrected Day 7 vote counts for Town Lyndon Wards 1-3. Trump/Pence now accurately reflect a total of 328 votes.

Manitowoc County: Increase of 9 votes in City of Manitowoc Wards 3-4, 22, increase of 11 votes in City of Manitowoc Wards 15-16, and an increase of 24 votes in City of Manitowoc Wards 19-20, 27 due to ballots that were marked incorrectly on Election Day. Voter intent was determined during recount canvass.

Outagamie County: Increase of 13 votes in Town of Grand Chute Wards 11-14 due to ballots that were marked incorrectly on Election Day. Voter intent was determined during recount canvass. +7 votes for Trump/Pence and +6 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Price County: Net change of 10 votes in Town of Lake Wards 1-2 due to tally errors on Election Night.

Waukesha County: Increase of 12 votes in City of Brookfield Ward 5. Recount Board of Canvass determined absentee ballots originally rejected on Election Day were valid.

About 80 percent of the recount is complete.

Milwaukee County's recount is complete.

FOX6 News reports that Hillary Clinton is up by 61 votes.

47 of 72 counties have now completed the recount.

Approximately 82 percent of ballots have been recounted.

Trump/Pence originally led Clinton/Kaine by 22,177. So far, not including the City of Milwaukee, Clinton/Kaine have gained 61 more votes than Trump/Pence, but still trail.

Including the December 7 results, Trump/Pence are up 495 votes, Clinton/Kaine are up 556 votes, Castle/Bradley are up 20 votes, Johnson/Weld are up 63 votes, Stein/Baraka are up 64 votes, Moorehead/Lilly are up 8 votes, and De la Fuente/Steinberg are up 15 votes.

Important Note: The changes in vote totals do not include the City of Milwaukee, which has reported partial numbers for individual reporting units (wards or combinations of wards) because it is recounting absentee ballots separately. Milwaukee is included in the 82 percent completed.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

John Glenn R.I.P.

American hero John Glenn passed away today.







Rest in peace.

John Lennon - 36 Years Ago

Thirty-six years ago tonight, John Lennon was killed.

Greg Lake R.I.P.







Rest in peace.

Brian Williams and Fake News

Wisconsin Recount Update - Day 7: Hillary Up 82

Here's the update from Day 7 of the Wisconsin 2016 presidential recount.

From the Wisconsin Elections Commission:

Numbers for the City of Milwaukee do not include absentee ballots, which have not yet been recounted. Milwaukee counts its absentee ballots centrally (not at the polling place) on Election Night. When those absentee ballots have been counted the numbers will be updated.

Explanations provided by clerks for the differences in numbers between canvass and the recount are also contained in the attached Explanation of Changes per Reporting Unit PDF


Changes related to today's update are listed below:

Door County: Corrected Day 6 vote counts in Town of Egg Harbor Ward 1-3. Stein/Baraka now accurately reflects a total of 10 votes.

Manitowoc County:
Decrease of 25 votes for Trump/Pence in Town of Kossuth Wards 1-3 due to a stack of 25 votes counted twice on Election Day.

Net change of 46 votes in City of Manitowoc Wards 9-10. +29 votes for Trump/Pence due where tabulator did not count votes on Election Day but voter intent was determined during recount canvassing. -17 votes for Clinton/Kaine due to ballots found to have write-in overvotes during recount canvassing.

Marinette County: Increase of 289 votes in City of Marinette Wards 1,3,5; 2,4,6; and 7-8. Voting machines used in City of Marinette required non-standard marking devices that was not used on all ballots. This led to votes being missed on Election Day but counted during the recount canvass. Wards 1,3,5 - +65 vote for Trump/Pence, +79votes for Clinton/Kaine, +1 votes for Johnson/Weld; Wards 2,4,6 - +50 votes for Trump/Pence, +68 votes for Clinton/Kaine, +2 votes for Johnson/Weld; Wards7-8 - +3 votes for Trump/Pence, +19 votes for Clinton/Kaine, +1 vote for Johnson/Weld, +1 vote for Stein/Baraka.

Pierce County: Net decrease of 13 votes in City of Prescott Wards 1-6 due to 18 ballots missing clerk and election worker initials as required. -10 votes for Trump/Pence, -5 votes for Clinton/Kaine, and -1 vote for Stein/Baraka.

Increase of 24 votes in Town of Clifton Wards 1-3 due to ballots that were marked incorrectly on Election Day. Voter intent was determined during the recount canvass. +7 votes for Trump/Pence, +14 Votes for Clinton/Kaine, +1 vote for Castle/Bradley, and +2 votes for Johnson/Weld.


Racine County: Increase of 37 votes in City of Burlington Wards 1-4, increase of 40 votes in City of Racine Ward 22, increase of 21 votes in City of Racine Ward 25, increase of 10 votes in City of Racine Ward 30, increase of 8 votes in Town of Dover Wards 1-8, increase of 14 votes in Town of Norway Wards 1-11, and an increase of 11 votes in Village of Waterford Wards 1-7. Votes were not counted on Election Night due to non-standard pens used to mark ballots.

Shawano County: Original election results were inadvertently entered as recount results on the Day 6 update. The updated recount results have been correctly added to Day 7.

Increase of 12 votes in Town of Belle Plaine Wards 1-3 due to human error and voter intent was determined during recount.


Sheboygan County: Increase of 29 votes in City of Sheboygan Ward 8 and an increase of 19 votes in City of Sheboygan Ward 10. Votes were not counted on Election Night due to human error and voter intent was determined during recount.

Decrease of 17 votes in Town of Sheboygan Wards 1-10. Absentee Ballots run through tabulator twice on Election Day in error.

Vernon County: Decrease of 19 votes for Johnson/Weld in Village of Readstown Ward 1 due to allocating paper ballots cast for Senator Ron Johnson to Johnson/Weld in error on Election Day.

Washburn County: Increase of 10 votes for Stein/Baraka in City of Spooner Wards 1-4 due to a discrepancy in the previous certification. The total ballots of Stein/Baraka should have been 11 instead of 1. *This explanation was left out of Day 6’s list in error.
FOX6 News reports:
The presidential recount in Wisconsin is 70 percent complete as of Wednesday, December 7th -- and Hillary Clinton has cut into President-elect Donald Trump's margin by 82 votes -- a tiny fraction of Trump's 22,177-vote win.

As of Wednesday, 34 counties had completed the recount, including Dodge, Ozaukee, Walworth and Washington County.

...Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki told FOX6 News the recount was completed in the City of Milwaukee Wednesday. Wauwatosa and Greenfield are likely to finish Wednesday night or Thursday -- leaving West Allis as the final suburb in Milwaukee County to complete it.

Those conducting the City of Greenfield's recount on Wednesday discovered about 400 ballots back in their office. The Wisconsin Elections Commission then had to decide whether those ballots would be counted. It won't change the election by any means, but it raised eyebrows.

...After four hours spent trying to reconcile the ballot issue Wednesday evening, [Greenfield city clerk Jennifer] Goergen told commissioners that she had, for the most part, matched up the ballots. Commissioners broke for the night without deciding whether to accept her explanation, leaving that question for the morning.

Keep in mind, this problem -- while it led to a lot of eye rolling and frustration -- will be inconsequential to the outcome of the presidential race in Wisconsin.

The latest numbers show President-elect Donald Trump still leads by more than 22,000 votes after 70 percent of the votes statewide have been recounted.

So, Hillary is up by 82 votes with 70 percent of the recount complete. Not even close. Keep in mind the city of Milwaukee recount is complete.

How do we know there isn't human error taking place with the recount?

We don't.

I suppose there should be a recount of the recount.

How do we know the determinations of "voter intent" are accurate?

We don't.

When Wisconsin's recount is over, Hillary's electoral hopes will be dashed.

Five more days.

Hillary Clinton Did Not Do It



I'm sure there are tons of merchandise already made for Hillary's certain inauguration. It was a given, except it wasn't.

A lot of people weren't paying attention.


Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Chinese State Media Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I guess not everyone is impressed with Trump. In fact yesterday, Chinese state media called Donald Trump a diplomatic rookie who has an inability to keep his mouth shut; or as Trump reported it, 'They just called me young and outgoing. Thank you, China.'

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Tower Apartments Joke

JIMMY FALLON: A real estate agency that sells apartments inside Trump Tower is advertising the new 24-hour presence of Secret Service agents as a, quote, new amenity; while they're advertising the eggs that hit your windows as free grocery delivery.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump's Puppy and Mitt Romney Joke

JIMMY FALLON: There are reports that Trump will be getting a Goldendoodle puppy when he takes office. And this is very interesting, to teach it how to beg and roll over, they actually brought in Mitt Romney.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump - TIME Person of the Year Joke

JIMMY FALLON: On the Today Show this morning, TIME magazine announced that Donald Trump is its Person of the Year. Then, Al Roker said, 'Now let's check out the protests happening in your neck of the woods.'

Jim Morrison - 73

Jim Morrison was born 73 years ago today.







The Eagles: Hotel California - 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago today, The Eagles released Hotel California.





Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Linda McMahon - Small Business Administration



From FOX Business:

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Linda McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) cofounder and former CEO, to head the Small Business Administration in his Cabinet, his transition team announced Wednesday.

“Our small businesses are the largest source of job creation in our country,” McMahon said in a statement. “I am honored to join the incredibly impressive economic team that President-elect Trump has assembled to ensure that we promote our country’s small businesses and help them grow and thrive.”

As administrator, McMahon will spearhead the federal government’s efforts to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs across all 50 states. The 68-year-old executive was a major Trump donor during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Of course, Leftists are mocking Trump's choice, just as they've criticized everything Trump has done since winning the presidential election.

Instead of praising him for choosing a woman to head the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon is being ridiculed.

Kind of misogynistic?

This tweet from Forbes is demeaning:



"Wife of WWE billionaire"?

Why not focus on her role in growing the WWF/WWE brand or her years spent as the CEO?

She was the Republican candidate twice in Connecticut for the U.S. Senate.

Linda McMahon is more than "wife."


TIME Person of the Year - Donald Trump



I get the feeling that Nancy Gibbs and the TIME people are doing all they can to emphasize that they aren't honoring Trump.

He seems to be in the category that holds Hitler and Stalin and Khrushchev and the Ayatollah Khomeini as previous Man of the Year selections. (Yes, in 1979, TIME was still using "Man of the Year," not "Person of the Year.")

The 2016 cover declares, "President of the Divided States of America."



True enough. Hillary did win the popular vote. There are divisions even though a map of the county results of the election reveals quite a lot of unity. However, if Hillary was the Person of the Year, and I'm certain they fully expected that to be the case, there is no way TIME would have highlighted divisions in the country.

They've pretty much been living in the bubble for eight years that only Americans on the fringes weren't in love with Obama. I'm sure that dreamland for the Leftists would have continued had Hillary won the election.

Divisions are only relevant because they are no longer in power.


Bill Penzey: More Political Blather

More pontificating from Bill Penzey, from his email, December 6, 2016:

Subject line: Nothing to promote, but an idea

As the subject line suggests, the email isn't about spices or other products. It's just more of his divisive, ugly drivel.

Your response and support for us over the last couple weeks has been overwhelming. So much so, that we had to put off the promotion that we had planned for today to give all the good people here who grind and blend your Spices a chance to catch up. I can't say enough how much your support has meant.

While we have this gap, I'd like to encourage you to check out the comments to our Letter to America's CEOs Facebook post. Roughly fifteen years ago I arrived at the conclusion that if someone didn't do something to start sharing the real value of cooking, cooking as we knew it was destined to become a thing of the past. After a couple years waiting with frustration for someone to do something, it occurred to me, why not us? Back then, as we first tried to share our understanding that we cook because of all the goodness cooking sets in motion in our lives it was at first received somewhat like a tree falling in the woods. At the time, cooking, at least in the media, really was about shining the spotlight on yourself, celebrity chefs, and luxury lifestyles. It's been a long road.

When we started down this road, we had a candle we hoped to keep burning. We did not stay away from social media because we were old-fashioned, we held back until we could grow our flame of cooking as kindness to the point where a gust of anger could no longer blow it out. At first, through our Penzeys One Magazine, and then later through our Catalog, we worked story by story, and recipe by recipe, to grow our message of the goodness that comes to life when we take the time to care for those around us. We also worked to have our stores become community centers for kindness, and to share the idea that the same caring that works around the dinner table works around the world as well.

Two weeks ago, with the rise in the sexist, homophobic, racist anger this election set in motion, I felt that, ready or not, we had to launch. And as much as I knew our message had to be able to withstand a gust of anger, even my optimism was tested by the hurricane of anger our launch received. That's why I'm asking you, if you have some time, to check out our Letter to America's CEOs post and the 57,000 likes it has received and more than 7000 comments. Our message of the goodness of cooking is no longer a candle we need to fear being blown out. The kindness of cooks will not be sitting down just because anger has stood up.

If you have time, check out the comments and follow the threads. Some are not exactly us, but so many get it so right. You are smart people; as you read please give thought to what makes this all work, and to the words you can add. From the tremendous response to our letter, it's pretty safe to say we are here to stay, and there will be plenty of opportunities to add your voice as we move on into the future. And yes, there are those who want to leave their anger here, but we are comfortable with making the choice to have them find a different venue for what they wish to share. After this election, I kind of think they have done enough damage already. So you don't have to get your guard up before visiting. You can even make these comments the last reading you do for the night. The kindness of cooks makes a great bedtime story.

Give it a read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Thanks yet again,

Bill
bill@penzeys.com

This guy is trying to keep the "hurricane of anger" swirling.

Language like "the rise in the sexist, homophobic, racist anger this election set in motion" is meant to inflame and anger, not heal.

Penzey continues to make a mockery of the "kindness" he claims to profess.

He's not about kindness or healing or helping communities. He's about self-promotion by tapping into the Leftists' embarrassing meltdown in reaction to Trump's victory.

Penzey is a hypocrite.


Wisconsin Recount - Day 6 Update

Here is the Day 6 update for the Wisconsin 2016 presidential recount:

Numbers for the City of Milwaukee do not include absentee ballots, which have not yet been recounted. Milwaukee counts its absentee ballots centrally (not at the polling place) on Election Night. When those absentee ballots have been counted the numbers will be updated.

Explanations provided by clerks for the differences in numbers between canvass and the recount are also contained in the attached Explanation of Changes per Reporting Unit PDF.

Explanation of Changes per Reporting Unit

Day 6 Update – 12/06/16

Explanations listed in italics are new

Adams County: 9 absentee ballot envelopes rejected by recount canvass due to missing witness addresses. A drawdown was done resulting in a loss of 5 votes for Trump/Pence and a loss of 4 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Total 28 vote change (8 vote net loss) in Town of Springville Wards 1-2 due to human error during original town Board of Canvass.


Dane County: 12 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes, unopened, on Election Night, for City of Monona Wards 6-10. Ballots were opened and canvassed by the board during the recount.

23 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes on Election Night for the City of Fitchburg Wards 1-4.


Eau Claire County: Increase of 11 votes in Town of Brunswick and 13 votes in Town of Seymour due to ballots marked incorrectly on Election Day.

Increase of 12 votes in City of Eau Claire Ward 30 from ballots that were uncounted on Election Night due to a paper jam.


Fond Du Lac County: 13 absentee envelopes were missing from Election Night and 1 absentee ballot counted on Election Night was rejected during recount canvassing of Town of Fond Du Lac Wards 1-8. A drawdown was done resulting in a loss of 7 votes for Trump/Pence and a loss of 7 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Grant County: Village of Woodman and Village of Livingston removed from Day 4 results pending verification of recount numbers by Grant County Board of Canvass. Numbers are re-verified and have been added to the Day 6 results.

Kenosha County: Net change of 22 votes in Town of Somers Ward 2 due to discrepancy in original canvass numbers from Election Night. -1 for Trump/Pence, +3 for Castle/Bradley, +12 for Johnson/Weld, and +6 for Stein/Baraka.

Langlade County: Increase of 39 votes for Trump/Pence in Town of Rolling Wards 1-2 due to an addition discrepancy in Election Night reporting.

Manitowoc County: Increase of 24 votes in Town of Centerville due to a stack ballots missed on Election Day.

Marathon County: Adjustment to votes reported in the City of Abbotsford. No voters live in Ward 6 and all votes have been correctly added to Ward 1 totals. There is no change in the net number of votes; +7 votes to Ward 1 and -7 votes in Ward 6.

Decrease of 11 votes in Town of Stetin Wards 1-2 due to absentee envelopes rejected by recount canvass: 6 envelopes missing a witness signature and 5 envelopes missing a witness address. A drawdown was done resulting in a loss of 5 votes for Trump/Pence, a loss of 5 votes for Clinton/Kaine and loss of 1 vote for Johnson/Weld.


Menominee County: Increase in 29 votes in Town of Menominee Wards 1,3-5 due to human error; vote counts were left off of the Election Night tally sheet. +12 votes for Johnson/Weld and +17 votes for Stein/Baraka

Milwaukee County: Town of Hales Corners Wards 7-9 numbers have been corrected and now reflect accurate recount totals as of the Day 6 update.

Outagamie County: Addition of 1 vote to Day 5’s City of Appleton Ward 41 totals. A Ward 41 ballot was found with ballots for Ward 38 during the recount.

Ozaukee County: Increase of 29 votes in Village of Newburg Ward 3 due to a discrepancy in original canvass results for Trump/Pence numbers.

Racine County: Increase of 13 votes for Clinton/Kaine in City of Racine Ward 4. Votes were not counted on Election Night due to non-standard pens used to mark ballots.

Richland County: Town of Buena Vista Wads 1-3 removed from Day 6 results pending further verification of recount numbers by Richland County Board of Canvass.

Sheboygan County: Increase of 26 votes in City of Plymouth Wards 10-12. Votes were not counted on Election Night due to human error and voter intent was determined during recount.

Vernon County: Increase of 35 votes in City of Viroqua Wards 1-9 due to ballots not being read by the voting machine on Election Night. +9 for Trump/Pence, +22 for Clinton/Kaine, +1 for Castle/Bradley, +2 for Johnson/Weld, and +1 for Stein/Baraka.

Walworth County: Increase of 10 votes in Town of Whitewater Wards 1-2 due to ballot jams on Election Day.

Washburn County: Discrepancies in Town of Bashaw were due to an discrepancy in the previous certification. The total ballots for Trump/Pence should have been 385 instead of the 352 reported.

Waukesha County: Addition of 1 vote to Day 5’s Town of Delafield Wards 1,2,5,6 totals. Corrected to show 1 additional vote for Trump/Pence.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump Emergency Alert System Text Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I read that as president, Donald Trump will have access to an emergency alert system which will allow him to send a text to every American at once. But it's only for emergencies, like natural disasters, security issues, or if Saturday Night Live does another sketch about him. But that's it, only emergencies.

Jimmy Fallon: Dick Cheney and Trump Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Vice President Dick Cheney said that Donald Trump needs to be more careful about what he tweets. Cheney said if you're not careful, you could end up shooting yourself in the face, er, foot, shooting your friend in the foot, shooting your friend's foot, shooting yourself in the foot. Sorry.

Jimmy Fallon: Mike Pence, Jets Game, Hamilton Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I saw that last night Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium, where the Jets lost 41-10. Pence heard so much booing he thought he was seeing Hamilton again.

Jimmy Fallon: Joe Biden 2020 Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Yesterday, Joe Biden said he's not completely ruling out running for president in 2020, and he even said, quote, 'What the hell?' When asked what his campaign slogan would be, he said, 'I just told you. What the hell? Vote for me. What the hell?'

Jimmy Fallon: Beyoncé and Adele Grammys Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Speaking of Beyoncé, both she and Adele got a bunch of Grammy nominations today. They were each nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, marking the first time in 2016 that America has two finalists that they actually like.

Jimmy Fallon: TIME's Person of the Year Joke

JIMMY FALLON: The finalists for TIME's Person of the Year just came out. They include Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Vladimir Putin, and Beyoncé. Putin was like, 'Most of group is weak but even I cannot compete with Queen B.'

Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Ago



Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"Air raid…Pearl Harbor! This is no drill!"

This message, flashed by army and navy radiomen during the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor in the United States Territory of Hawaii, effectively signaled America’s entry into World War II.

...While severely damaging or destroying all eight American battleships in port, the Japanese attackers missed their opportunity to strike the aircraft carriers, which were at sea and safe from harm. In addition, neglecting to destroy the fuel and repair facilities at Pearl Harbor ensured that the base would remain fully operational for the rest of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. In spite of the damage incurred, all but two of the damaged ships ultimately were salvaged, repaired, and placed back into service. In addition, many newer, faster, and better-armed ships would join the fleet during America’s war with Japan.

The attacks at Pearl Harbor and against other Pacific targets ultimately failed to achieve their primary objectives. Now united, Americans rallied around President Franklin Roosevelt as he addressed a joint session of Congress on December 8th, seeking a declaration of war against Japan. The words of Roosevelt’s address remain familiar to nearly every American and still serve to inspire and inflame patriotic passion. From that day forward, Americans of every age, ethnicity, race, and ancestry rallied as one in order to fight and win a world war.



Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation
Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wisconsin Recount: Ozaukee County Complete - Trump Up 3

From Ozaukee County Board Supervisor Gus Wirth:

Ozaukee County completed its election recount of the November 8, 2016 General Election for the President of the United States on December 5, 2016 at 6:15p.m.

Of the 55,207 ballots cast, the following reflects the changes in votes for ballot candidates and registered write-in candidates found at the recount:

Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence increase of 5 votes*

Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine increase of 2 votes

Gary Johnson/Bill Weld increase of 1 vote

Evan McMullin/Nathan Johnson increase of 16 votes

Michael A. Maturen/Juan Munoz increase of 1 vote

All other candidates and registered write-in candidates showed no change.

*In addition, there was an increase of 29 votes in the Village of Newburg, Ward 3 due to a discrepancy in the original canvass results for Trump/Pence numbers.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Board of Canvas members, municipal clerks and election inspectors who assisted with the recount. Your professionalism and dedication certainly contributed to a successful and efficient recount.
Jill Stein didn't pick up any votes.

The final results: Of 55,207 ballots cast, Trump gained 3 votes over Hillary Clinton.

*In addition, there was an increase of 29 votes in the Village of Newburg, Ward 3 due to a discrepancy in the original canvass results for Trump/Pence numbers.
What a waste of time and money!

If anything, this recount is showing how accurate the election results actually are.

It's Advent, Not Christmas Yet

For Christians, Cardinal Timothy Dolan makes a necessary point.



Cardinal Dolan writes:

My Jewish friends, while assuring me that they very much enjoy the Christmas season, do observe that never do they feel more “other” than during these days. It dawns on them, they continue, that a big chunk of the world is celebrating a feast, and they’re not.

In a way, we Christians also feel somewhat “other” these holy days of Advent. We take Advent seriously, which means we are in a time of preparation for Christmas, a grand feast we really do not begin to celebrate until Christmas Eve.

That is certainly the case in our liturgy, as we see in our churches: purple vestments (a somber, penitential tone, hardly celebratory); no Christmas carols; no trees or poinsettias until much nearer the magic day; no manger scenes yet (or, at least, if there is one, like at the cathedral, the crib is empty).

While this is all true in the liturgy, it is not in our daily lives, and certainly not in our surrounding culture: there, the parties have begun; the carols are heard; the decorations are aglow. I’m not complaining . . . I admit I kind of enjoy it! – – but, in a way, it clashes with Advent, makes it tougher to prepare, and, if we do take Advent seriously, it really makes us the “other.”

In biblical wisdom, and, listening to the wise mother we tenderly call “the Church,” “good things come to those who wait,” “pleasure delayed is pleasure enjoyed,” and “fasting precedes feasting.”

Nostalgia is appropriate this pre-Christmas time; so let me “hearken back.” Growing up, the tree never went up on at home until about December 22nd; Mom’s Christmas cookies could not be eaten until Christmas Eve; our gifts never opened until the morning of the 25th; there were days of “fasting” obliged on certain days of Advent, even Christmas Eve itself; and the Christmas parties – – one for the adults, one for the teenagers – – were at the parish the week after Christmas!

That’s all a lost cause and a tough sell today, I’m afraid. The psychologists call it “immediate gratification”! We want our fun, our pleasure, we want it all now. No waiting, no preparing, no “putting off.”

Well, if that’s the way we prefer it, okay . . . but then, no whining that “Christmas seems to have lost its meaning.”

By the way, talk about feeling “other!” That, for a believer, is not just true before Christmas, in Advent, but after! For us, we’re supposed to celebrate for the twelve days after! The tree stays up, the carols are still sung, the holidays go on, at least until Epiphany, (traditionally, January 6th, now, the Sunday after January 1st, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.)

That, too, may be a lost cause and a tough sell today, when the trees come down on the 26th, and not one radio station has carols anymore during the post-Christmas days. “We’re tired of Christmas,” the sigh goes. No wonder! The decorations have been up since the day after Halloween!

Sorry to carp! I’m really preaching to myself as well, because I, too, enjoy the Christmas spirit early. (I confess we’re putting up the tree in my house today . . .).

But, please, let’s try to keep Advent as much as we do Christmas.

A blessed Saint Nicholas Day!

Advent graces!

I like Cardinal Dolan's message.

When I see Christmas trees tossed on the curb the day after Christmas, it does bother me.

Of course, some people are traveling or leaving for their winter homes and they must take down their decorations. But, for others, it's just a matter of putting the tree up too soon and wanting the dried up thing out of the house. As a child, I remember struggling to keep the tree up until the Epiphany. Sometimes, it had to go, but absolutely never before New Year's Day and a few days after.

No Christmas music on the 26th of December is a very secular thing. We keep the carols going through the religious Christmas season, and the decorations stay up. The outdoor lights shine through the celebration of the Epiphany at our home, while most of the neighborhood is already dark.

If a blizzard is coming, we may remove some outdoor stuff because it might be buried and frozen under snow until March if we don't. Other than that circumstance, we keep the lights of Christmas shining brightly throughout the season as celebrated by the Church.

Christmas is not a secular celebration for our family.

This is Advent.




Wisconsin Recount - Day 5

Here's the Day 5 update for Wisconsin's 2016 presidential recount:

Numbers for the City of Milwaukee do not include absentee ballots, which have not yet been recounted. Milwaukee counts its absentee ballots centrally (not at the polling place) on Election Night. When those absentee ballots have been counted the numbers will be updated.

Sheboygan County has submitted preliminary recount results. We are awaiting further verification before including these numbers with our update.


These are the explanations provide by clerks for differences in numbers between canvass and the recount:

Milwaukee County:
We are currently awaiting clarification regarding the recount totals for Town of Hales Corners Wards 7-9

Outagamie County:
Addition of 1 vote to Day 5’s City of Appleton Ward 41 totals. A Ward 41 ballot was found with ballots for Ward 38 during the recount.

Ozaukee County: Increase of 29 votes in Village of Newburg Ward 3 due to a typo in original canvas results for Trump/Pence numbers.

Waukesha County: An additiona of 1 vote to Day 5's Town of Delafield Wards 1,2,5,6 totals. Corrected to show i additional vote for Trump/Pence
The cost of a recount: $3.5 million

Hillary losing Wisconsin twice: Priceless

The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet - 48 Years Ago

The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet 48 years ago today.



Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Secretary of State Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Donald Trump is still trying to decide who to nominate for secretary of state. He's reportedly considering David Petraeus, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, and Jon Huntsman. Apparently, Trump is taking them all on a group date tonight and one of them gets to join him in the Fantasy Suite.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump and CEO of Disney Joke

JIMMY FALLON: Meanwhile, Trump announced that the CEO of Disney will be advising his transition team. Thanks to him, Trump won't have to build a wall anymore, he'll just charge so much for admission that nobody will want to come in.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Ben Carson Joke

JIMMY FALLON: The other big news is that Trump appointed Ben Carson as his secretary of Housing and Urban Development. So that means that Trump talked with Ben Carson and Al Gore in the same day, which is kind of like popping an Ambien before you watch the Weather Channel.

Jimmy Fallon: Trump and Al Gore Joke

JIMMY FALLON: I saw that Al Gore met with Donald Trump today to discuss climate change. They probably talked about how climate change could lead to massive floods in places like New York City. Trump was like, 'That's why I live on the 58th floor. When it gets to around 57, I bring the yacht around.'

St. Nicholas Day

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas.

We always celebrate. It's a family tradition.

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

Nicholas, An Advent Saint
Advent is the time when Christians prepare to greet Christ—who came as a babe in a manger, who comes into our lives each day, and who will come again at the end of time. Advent is the time when people of faith are most at odds with the culture. The church calls people to focus on getting ready to receive Christ—preparing hearts and lives to make room for Jesus, to live as he would have us live. It is a time of longing, not fulfillment. Quiet reflection, not celebration. The culture, however, is already in a time of festivity, unable or unwilling, to wait and contemplate and prepare for the real festival. It is not easy to observe Advent without being pulled prematurely into Christmas.

How does St. Nicholas fit into all of this? He is an Advent saint because his December 6th feast day always falls in early Advent (Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas between November 27 and December 3). However, Nicholas is a good Advent saint for more important reasons than the date of his special day. Whatever he did, and it is said that he did many kinds of amazing things, may not be as important as the way he did it. Nicholas became so popular because he was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. His life clearly reflected the way each one of us is called to show God's love to others, especially those in need.

Celebrating St. Nicholas on his day in Advent brings a bit of fun and festivity into homes, churches, and schools. His small treats and surprises help keep the spirit of good St. Nicholas, especially when stories of his goodness and kind deeds are told and ways to express his care for those in need are sought. Saint Nicholas helps us remember Christmas is a feast of love, hope, kindness and generosity. Yes, Nicholas is a good Advent saint.

St. Nicholas Celebrations in Wisconsin

From WLUK:



St. Nicholas and American Christmas Customs

St. Nicholas Customs Around the World




HAPPY ST. NICK'S DAY!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jill Stein and Chris Wallace

On FOX News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed Jill Stein.

Stein did not do well.


TIME's Person of the Year, Reader's Poll: Narendra Modi



The Person of the Year has to be Trump. He's the Obsession of the Year.

I'd like to see the cover and the stories TIME had planned for Hillary Clinton as Person of the Year. You know they exist and were ready to publish.



Packers Win

Not at all happy with Sunday's snowfall.

Very happy with the Packers' win.




Wisconsin Recount: More Than 1 Million Ballots Counted

One million down and about two million to go in the Wisconsin recount.



The margin between Trump and Clinton is unchanged in the six counties completed.

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From Wisconsin Elections Commission:

Wisconsin Presidential Recount - Day 4
These are the explanations provided by the clerks for difference in numbers between canvass and the recount:

Dane County: 12 Absentee ballots were left in their certificate envelopes, unopened, on Election Night, for City of Monona Wards 6-10. Ballots were oepend and canvased by the board during the recount.

Fond Du Lac County: 13 absentee envolopes were missing from Election Night and 1 absentee ballot counted on Election Night was rejected during recount canvassing of Town of Fond Du Lac Wards 1-8. A draw-down was done resulting in a loss of 7 votes for Trump/Pence and a loss of 7 votes for Clinton/Kaine.

Grant County:
Village of Woodman and Village of Livingston removed from Day 4 results pending verification of recount numbers by Grant County Board of Canvas.

Racine County: Increase of 13 votes for Clinton/Kaine, votes were not counted on Election Night due to non-standard pens used to mark ballots.

SNL: Hunting Hillary

Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Hillary Clinton - The Hunt for Hill.

An article about the Wisconsin recount is used as bait, cited as the one thing certain to entice her.


The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed - 47 Years Ago

The Rolling Stones released Let It Bleed forty-seven years ago today.