I think the Chinese missed a golden opportunity here but they may intentionally be holding the joker up their sleeve.

Several weeks ago the Trump Regime sanctioned a number of Chinese officials who were involved with the oppression of the Uighurs, an Islamic tribal minority in China. The Chinese may have been surprised because it’s been reported that President Trump seemed to indicate to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he was OK with the Chinese activities.

At the time China stated that they would sanction American officials in return and we’ve all been waiting with bated breath. Well today is the day:

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were targeted, as was the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The four men have been critical of the ruling Communist Party’s policies toward minority groups and people of faith.

Sens Rubio and Cruz? I can’t imagine they had any designs on China anyway.

But if the Chinese really wanted to hurt the Trump Regime they should have sanctioned the Queen of Chinese Trademarks: Ivanka Trump!

This is absolutely hilarious. But here are the stats on Blogging Blue the business!

Please don’t tell my accountant about the revenues…and boy has the pandemic ever taken a bite out of 2020. At our next wall street conference call I am going to have to reduce guidance for the year. I imagine our stock is going to take a plunge.

And I love all 11 of our employees and hope I can keep them all on but I didn’t get the PPP package that I had requested. So far I’ve had to cut Christian Schneider. I hope he left HR with his current contact information so I can get his tax info to him next January.

I don’t know who these guys are or where they get their info but they sure do have their own version of alternative facts! And I see that Blogging Blue shares it’s SIC with lots of other sites. LOL!

$2 million huh? I wonder how much of that I can get off shore before Biden takes office and raises my taxes?

But really, Zoominfo is an actual business with real revenues and stock offerings and CEOs? What a bunch of incompetent nitwits.

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yeah, Bill Nye the Science Guy…and he can get mad! Who woulda thought?

Hugely popular among people not yet born during Bill Nye the Science Guy‘s original run, TikTok is a video-based social media platform that accommodates videos of up to 60 seconds — roughly half the length of the “Consider the Following” segments embedded within the episodes of Nye’s original show.

This week Nye has revived the format on Tiktok in order to lay out the scientific principles behind something that had recently become a part of all of our lives: face masks. True to form, he explains not just with words but with objects, in this case a series of respiratory system-protecting anti-particle devices from a humble scarf to a homemade cloth face mask (employing that stalwart science-project component, a pipe cleaner) to the medical industry-standard N95.

And his point?

“The reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you,” says Nye. “But the main reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect me from you, and the particles from your respiratory system from getting into my respiratory system!” As simple a point as this may sound, it has tended to get lost amid the fear and confusion of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: the conflicting information initially published about the advisability of face masks for the general public, but also the ensuing controversy over the implementation and enforcement of mask-related rules. But as Nye reminds us, this is “a matter literally of life and death — and when I use the word literally, I mean literally.” As we shore up our knowledge of masks, we Millennials, who throughout our lives have learned so much from Nye, would do well to internalize that point of usage while we’re at it.

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How does it feel, to be on your own…

We’ve posted twice about Senator Ron Johnson’s (R – WI) recent initiative to make Juneteenth Day a national holiday and then his rather rapid reversal. We applauded him for his initiative and mumbled under our breath that following day.

But it looks like his supposed allies took umbrage with his original policy and it made Sen. Johnson feel all alone.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized Johnson in a July 1 segment about how city governments and protesters have been removing statues of Christopher Columbus as part of the “outbreak” and “pandemic” of what he called “hysteria.”

“Today (Johnson and Lankford [Sen. James Lankford (R OK)] ) introduced legislation to abolish Columbus Day. They want to delete it from the national calendar and replace it with Juneteenth,” Carlson said. Johnson’s initial amendment did not call for ‘abolishing’ Columbus Day.

Carlson later claimed that Johnson and Lankford were “hoping to quietly eliminate Columbus Day and then to move on to the next item on the rioters’ list of demands” without their right-wing constituents noticing.

Well, that wasn’t quite the response that Sen. Johnson was expecting after including Mr. Carlson in his press release mail list. And actually seemed quite surprised!

I think there’s just a misunderstanding and mischaracterization in how this whole thing was reported, like it was my idea to make Juneteenth a federal holiday — it wasn’t. … I was being told that (the senators cosponsoring the bill) were going to try and pass that by unanimous consent, meaning no discussion, no debate, not even a vote,” he said.

Johnson said he doesn’t object to celebrating emancipation.

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I don’t know, there might be some misunderstanding and mischaracterization coming out of Fox News? The good senator is just noticing this? Seems like their entire modus operandi. Yes?

Take a note here Senator Johnson…Fox News is not your friend…when they can see a tantalizing conspiracy story that they sell to their clientele.

Face Masks Made Mandatory on All UW Campuses This Fall

Face masks will be mandatory inside all University of Wisconsin campus buildings statewide under a policy adopted unanimously Thursday by the Board of Regents after interim President Tommy Thompson said there was no way to open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic without the mandate.

Thompson, the former Republican governor and U.S. Department of Health Services secretary, strongly advocated for the mandatory mask policy at his first regents meeting since taking the job last week. The policy also encourages the wearing of masks outside while on campus when physical distancing is not possible.

“I don’t think you can (open) safely without this mandatory policy,” Thompson said. Thompson said that while some people argue that mandating the wearing of masks presents a constitutional infringement on their freedoms, the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and their families must take precedent.

There is no statewide mask policy.

Thank you former Governor Thompson!

Thompson, who attended the meeting in person and wore a mask, said in talking with university employees he found no opposition to the mask policy. He called it “absolutely imperative” in order for professors to feel comfortable teaching classes in person. He said the university was committed to offering in-person classes.

P.S. Anyone seen the Vegas line on the UW schools finishing the fall semester on campus/in person? I won’t be there.


This is from Urban Milwaukee: Evers Won’t Issue New Shutdown Order

The COVID-19 death toll is slowing down, but the infection is spreading in Wisconsin at the fastest rate in months. And Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday that while the state is providing resources to combat it, the most direct tools are in the hands of Wisconsin residents, acting voluntarily.

“Folks, we cannot let this trend continue,” Evers said in a telephone news conference with reporters. “We cannot go back.”

Wisconsin is in the midst of “a surge in positive COVID-19 cases,” said Andrea Palm, secretary-designee for the Department of Health Services (DHS). Through Memorial Day, “It took Wisconsin five months to get to approximately 16,500 cases,” she said. “But in just a little over one month, that number has more than doubled.”

As of Tuesday, DHS reported 32,556 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with an average of 556 a day over the last week. To date, the state has recorded 805 deaths from the illness.

Reversing that trend will demand a statewide effort, said Evers and Palm — and, said Evers, it will have to be a voluntary act.

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This was published just about two hours ago…so Governor Evers has wimped out. I will not be endorsing him next time.

from Blogging Blue’s Twitter feed:

As we watch COVID-19 numbers increase in the State of Wisconsin and other states in similar straits mandating face masks, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers can’t seem to make a decision.

Earlier this week he indicated that it would be futile to mandate masks because of the earlier Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling canceling his stay at home orders. He stated that the Republicans would just sue and the court would just throw the mask order out. And that the court determined he didn’t have the authority to issue the order.

Because of a state Supreme Court decision in May that struck down much of the governor’s stay-at-home order, Evers says his administration no longer has the sole authority to issue statewide mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

But whether Evers can or can’t take such actions is under debate.

Legal experts don’t all agree that the Supreme Court ruling prevents the governor from shutting down bars if virus cases skyrocket, or requiring masks like governors in Kansas, Michigan, Illinois and California have mandated.

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision in (Legislature v. Palm) expressly stated that it was not ruling on the governor’s powers. As a matter of precedent, that means that (the ruling) does not foreclose the governor from issuing an order mandating masks or closing certain businesses,” said University of Wisconsin Law School professor Miriam Seifter, who specializes in executive power and the separation of powers at the state and federal levels.

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision in (Legislature v. Palm) expressly stated that it was not ruling on the governor’s powers. As a matter of precedent, that means that (the ruling) does not foreclose the governor from issuing an order mandating masks or closing certain businesses,” said University of Wisconsin Law School professor Miriam Seifter, who specializes in executive power and the separation of powers at the state and federal levels.

Well, I don’t believe that he hasn’t the authority. He is tasked with protecting the health and well being of Wisconsin residents and he should act accordingly. And if the GOP sues and the governor loses, the shit hitting the fan is blowing into the offices of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Lead Scott Fitzgerald. Both of whom are relatively mute on the subject. The governor needs to do what is right.

Now, I apparently am not alone in my sentiment. Other business people have talked to the governor in support of a face mask requirement and of course we’ve seen petitions from Milwaukee businesses asking the city to at least put one in place.

Gov. Tony Evers signaled Tuesday he might try to require Wisconsin residents to wear face masks to address a new surge of coronavirus cases — after previously taking the position he didn’t have the authority to do so.

Evers, who wore a face mask during a briefing with reporters, said he’s considering a mask mandate but said it’s unclear whether it would stick after a state Supreme Court ruling in May that tossed out much of his stay-at-home order and put his authority to issue statewide orders in question.

The Democratic governor made his comments after Dane County officials issued an order Tuesday requiring face coverings in all indoor settings except at home and in restaurants, and as a Milwaukee alderwoman proposed a city mask ordinance that would be one of the strictest in the nation if enacted.  

Later in the briefing, Evers also said he was “looking at all options” and said a “business leader” called him recently asking him to mandate masks to ensure outbreaks don’t get out of hand and force more business closures.

“I talked to him about the possibilities of it being challenged in court by the Republicans, which is probably 100%, and our chances of losing in the Supreme Court which are probably very close to 100%, and he said ‘Do it anyway,’ ” Evers said.

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Since we are never going to have federal guidelines…and given the Dane County order…and the certain to pass Milwaukee ordinance…it would be a positive for businesses around the state to have consistent laws. And quite frankly somebody to point a finger at when customers balk…instead of trying to enforce their own rules in house. And end up in viral videos across social media.

So, Governor Evers! Stop being a wimp and do the right thing and issue the rule…and let the GOP play their default role as villain…again…and let them explain the rise in positive cases despite ‘their best efforts to keep us safe’ [snark]

Unsurprisingly, former Milwaukee County Supervisor and former Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb has landed on his feet after losing his race for Milwaukee County Executive. I am a little surprised on where he’s landed. I expected something more directly related to politcs, but this does seem like a perfect fit. From my LinkedIn notifications:

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named the former chairperson of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to lead its local investments in affordable housing, businesses, health, and jobs in underserved (sic) communities, especially those where a history of racial discrimination has left lasting scars.

Theodore Lipscomb, who has spent the last 12 years as a Milwaukee County Supervisor, will serve as the new executive director of LISC Milwaukee and build on the organization’s $184 million portfolio of community development support throughout the city. Over the last 25 years, LISC Milwaukee programs and capital have leveraged more than $604 million in total development activity.

In his new role, Lipscomb will draw on his extensive work at the county helping to establish budgets, invest in parks and transit, and fight for new resources that benefit residents and communities.

Best of luck to Mr. Lipscomb!

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