Trump, the Nobel Prize, UW-StP, Brewers, and Bucky Badger are today’s click bait

This, that and the other thing

Trump triumphant

The snooty art docent here at the Stately Manor, having been outbid at Christie’s auction of David Rockefeller’s art estate, has chosen this image from BBC for our computer screen saver.

The composition is evocative — it is an ode to joy, a paean to freedom, a visual song of success. Bonus: it makes our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances spit up on their bibs!

Shows President Trump and his new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (big grin), with the three Americans they got freed from the North Korean dictatorship. Just one more chit for Trump’s deserved Nobel Prize. (See sidebar on this very blogge.) Appointment with Lil’ Kim June 12 in Singapore.

Blaska & Bucky

The Squire (left) inspects Bucky de Los Muertos (#63E) on Eastwood Drive. (Wait a minute! Dead?) That’s the Barrymore theater (formerly, the Eastwood) at top left. One of 85 Buckys posted around town and another reason why Madison, WI is a great place to live. Tried to pick out my favorite but they’re all great.

Is the U.S.A. a sovereign nation?

One must chuckle (and one does) at our … acquaintances who are so saturated with Trump hate that they can spew this kind of blind fury, as the New York Times did in this morning’s e-mail to subscribers:

Trump humiliates Europe, again. It’s a now-familiar pattern: European leaders try to persuade President Trump on a vital issue before he ultimately goes his own way. So it was with the Iran nuclear deal.

No, no. Can’t “humiliate Europe” by disagreeing with its foreign policy. Europe has never been wrong yet. (Snark alert!) The sainted Obama took his marching orders from France. Bowed to the mullahs. Any deal was better than no deal. Even a bad deal.

NY Times token conservative Bret Stephens is no Trump-bot. But Stephens points out that Obama refused to submit the deal to Congress as a treaty, knowing it would never get two-thirds of the Senate to go along. Just 21% of Americans approved of the deal against 49% who opposed. The agreement “passed” on the strength of a 42-vote Democratic filibuster, against bipartisan, majority opposition.

“[It] is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and it is not a signed document,” an assistant secretary of state said at the time. It’s questionable whether the deal has any legal force at all.

Academia responds to the job market; hell breaks out

Point beerjpgIt helps to understand that all the strum und drang over UW-Stevens Point shifting its academic emphasis is coming from two sources: Democrats and the UW-StP liberal arts profs who will no longer support major fields of study.

The hated Republicans are “… gutting the liberal arts program,” Alan Talaga at Isthmus screeches. Folks, there are 13 campuses in the state university system, not counting the two-year campuses.

Point is trying to differentiate itself from the run-of-the-mill diploma factory in a market where the value of a sheepskin is being questioned. (“America: abandon your reverence for the bachelor’s degree.”) UW-Point is emphasizing “high-demand career paths” in science, engineering, business, and technology. Stuff that can actually get you a job. UW-Stout long ago found its niche in the building trades.

If Stevens Point isn’t for your scholar, send him/her to Oshkosh. Not much farther away. If your little darling wants a master’s degree in gender and race studies, teach her welding.

Strike three, yer out

Despite the acquisition of contact hitters Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, our Milwaukee Brewers struck out 14 times in Wednesday’s loss to the Cleveland First Nations. You only get 27 outs in regulation play. Put the bat on the ball and it might see its way through the infield. Fielder may muff the play for an error. Make contact!

The Wall Street Journal takes a spreadsheet to everything it does and no sport lends itself to quantitative analysis than baseball. WSJ notes three no-hitters already this season, more than in all of the last two years combined. Because hitters are striking out in 23 of every 100 plate appearances, surpassing last year’s record 21.6% and up from 17.5% ten years ago.

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12 Responses to Trump, the Nobel Prize, UW-StP, Brewers, and Bucky Badger are today’s click bait

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    One of the “Bucky on Parade” statues installed around Madison on Monday as part of a public art project was found face down in shallow water in Lake Mendota early Thursday morning at James Madison Park.

    Convinced this dastardly deed was heinously committed be a WM/WF from GA (or elsewhere below the Mason-Dixon line) @richard lesiak will recommend the perps be held without bail and be adjudicated by former State Budget Committee member Lena Taylor before a jury of Brandi Grayson led #BLM and #YG&B members.

    The Gotch


    • richard lesiak says:

      It was the wind.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @richard lesiak;

        “It was the wind.”

        Was this alleged wind enhanced by the Global Warming that’s here and worse than the models predicted?

        The Gotch


        • richard lesiak says:

          After you put my 4 words in quotes (as usual) I really expected more from you Gotch. I thought I would find another 500 word rant that your famous for outlining the wind speed and direction on the night in question. Phase of the moon in relation to the tide that day. All backed up by photos from the secret Space Force that trump has orbiting the earth. After much thought I have come to believe it was one of two culprits. Walker and Vos since they have been waging war on the UW system or that marauding band of raccoons who have been running wild in Madison, eluding all efforts by the police to capture and deport them. There has been a long history of bad blood between badgers and raccoons. As you recall, Alex Jones did an in depth report on RaccooMS13 and their culvert activities. The war over the eastside trash cans has been long and bloody with many a score settled behind Woodmans dumpsters. So as you travel the dangerous landscape of Madison; be alert to any black prison tats around the eyes.


        • richard lesiak says:

          “Was’ “wind” “here” “and” “predicted”. Yes.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “After you put my 4 words in quotes (as usual)”

          Common courtesy, something with which people that hang with the likes of @hankdog/old baldy might not be familiar

          “another 500 word rant”

          Sorry; I HATE to disappoint anyone.

          “Phase of the moon in relation to the tide that day.”

          The moon was two days past the 3rd quarter.

          The tide…on Lake Mendota?? Um…I do know yesterday’s lake surface was barely a shimmering ripple down at the Lot 60 boat launch on University Bay where I take my Good Golden Girl swimming.

          Women’s crew were cuttin’ it up out there. Wished they’d gotten a tad closer; my experience is they’re a proportionally lithe, strapping, & fetching lot that’re easy on they eyes.

          Speaking of rowing, I met and chatted up Dick Ahner from the 1959 UW National Champ Rowing team. Men’s Crew owned a National Championship? In my best Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.” (NOTE: I put the late great Carson’s words in quotes, too)

          The Gotch


  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The Bucky statues are pretty neat (forgive the art critic jargon), but I suspect they’ll prove to be catnip to vandals, especially the ones gracing State Street, where drunken rowdies will repeatedly violate them (in every sense of the term).
    I majored in English (with a minor in art history) at UW-Madison way back when and believe that the humanities ought to be a vital part of anyone’s college education, but I’m not really bent out of shape over the downsizing of the humanities departments at UW-Stevens Point. As was stated above, students who want to major in the humanities have plenty of other options, as do students in the STEM fields. The University of California has for many decades employed a system whereby each campus has its own “mission” (agriculture at UC-Davis, marine biology at UC-Santa Barbara, liberal arts at UC-Santa Cruz, etc.) with the flagship campuses (UC-Berkeley, UCLA) providing world-class services to students in every field. As long as every student knows which campus best meets his or her needs and interests, there’s no reason to expect every campus in the UW System to cater to everyone. If college administrators weren’t for the most part spineless careerists, they would know exactly which programs to cut. I refer to bogus “disciplines” like Black Studies, Women’s Studies, Latino/a Studies (or the latest truly hysterical version “Latinx”) Studies, Native American Studies, Queer Studies, etc., etc. Really “progressive” colleges are now adding “Handicapped Studies” (I’m not kidding). These programs were foisted on colleges in the late 60s and early 70s for the sole purpose of appeasing aggrieved minorities; they add nothing of scholarly substance (everything they teach could easily be taught in traditional departments like history or anthropology), and stay afloat only because students are required to take these courses as part of their “diversity” requirements. But, of course, if these programs had been axed, the howl from lefties would be positively ear-splitting.


  3. old baldy says:

    Which former Pointer threw a no-hitter? No, it wasn’t me.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @hankdog/old baldy;

      ”Which former Pointer threw a no-hitter? No, it wasn’t me.”

      That’s because with yer rag-arm, youse specialized in all-Walkers

      Hey; just like the last name of our thrice-elected Governor!

      The Gotch


      • old baldy says:

        Wrong on all counts, little fella.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old baldy;

          Entering this world @10 lbs. 6 oz., nothing ever been little about me.

          However, if it’s little youse seek, quantify yer grasp of a fact-based reality.

          Oy, what a maroon! No wonder old lady Minniecheske wanted to kick yer @$$.

          I’d take her TKO in the 1st, unless you blinded her with yer shiny pate.

          The Gotch


  4. richard lesiak says:

    hey everybody….the Johnsonville Cornhole Championship is on tv. Tune in.


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