Daily Bread for 12.27.22: Frederick Prehn finally resigns from Natural Resources Board

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 26. Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 4:27 PM for 9h 03m 16s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 23.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets at 4:30 PM.

 On this day in 1929, Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the “liquidation of the kulaks [successful peasants] as a class.

Fred Prehn, Walker appointee to the Natural Resources Board, has resigned effective 12.30.22. Prehn refused to leave his seat at the expiration of his term, leading to a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling (4-3) that he did not have to resign until the Wisconsin Senate would not confirm a replacement. The WISGOP Senate wouldn’t confirm Gov. Evers’s nominee, so Prehn stayed on. Laura Schultz reports Scott Walker appointee Frederick Prehn resigns from Natural Resources Board after over-staying term:

Prehn, a Wausau dentist, was appointed by Walker in 2015. He refused to step down after his term ended, denying Evers’ appointee Sandra Naas a seat and maintaining a 4-3 majority for Republican appointees.

Prehn, after his term ended, cast the deciding vote to increase the quota for the state’s wolf hunt and to scrap limits of so-called forever chemicals in groundwater. Earlier this month, Prehn was part of a unanimous vote to restart the process of setting PFAS limits, a process that will take years to complete.

In his resignation letter, Prehn self-pityingly writes that “Unfortunately, it took the Supreme Court to confirm my decision to stay on at great expense for the taxpayer and an immense personal price.”

That ‘immense price’ includes the self-inflicted wound of revealed text messages in which Prehn described his plan: “So I might stick around for a while. See what shakes out. I’ll be like a turd in water up there.” Can’t say Prehn doesn’t understand himself. See Fred Prehn, the Most Self-Aware Man in All History and Tiny Fred Prehn

As it turns out, the Centers for Disease Control has a webpage describing why people should not relieve themselves in pools of water. See from the Centers for Disease Control, Poop in the Pool. (There doesn’t seem to be any guidance on what do do about people who describe themselves as poop in a pool.) 

Prehn by character is a vulgarian, but by occupation’s a dentist and cranberry farmer. One would have expected a better grasp of self-image (and of hygiene) from someone in either line of work. Fortunately, Prehn’s not my dentist, so I’m all good there. 

But I drink cranberry juice (it’s delicious!), and there’s a possibility that Prehn might be supplying to my favorite brand. A switch might be in order, right? 

Our youngest would advise “pondering on that.” Indeed. 

Robot paraglider drops from high-altitude balloon:

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