Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kasich rockets into 2nd place in South Carolina; Cruz on a downward trajectory



Looks like someone else has a Messiah complex.


Related posts:
Trump maintains sizable lead in South Carolina GOP primary polls.  (2/13/2016)
John Kasich makes a move in latest South Carolina GOP primary poll.  (2/12/2016)
On to South Carolina, where Trump has a big lead and Kasich is waaaaay behind.  (2/10/2016)
Trump continues to rule the gamecock roost in.  (1/30/2016)
Jeb Bush finds some love, jumps from 5th to 3rd in latest poll.  (1/17/2016)
It's the same all over for Ben Carson: Losing steam in the polls, like here in South Carolina.  (12/20/2015)
Trump maintains comfortable lead in 2 latest South Carolina polls.  (12/10/2015)
Donald Trump pads his lead.  (11/22/2015)
Carson sneaks past Trump.  (11/9/2015)
Clemson poll sez Donald Trump is no longer hot stuff in South Carolina.  (10/27/2015)
Stuck at 6% for nearly 2 months, Jeb Bush remains confident of his chances in South Carolina.  (10/26/2015)
They're still lovin' the Donald in South Carolina. Carly? Not so much.  (10/14/2015)
Carly Fiorina gets a boost in latest South Carolina poll.  (10/1/2015)
Please give a warm welcome to our next speaker, Donald Trump.  (9/26/2015)
Scott Walker's $8 million ad buy in South Carolina? Money down the drain. (9/9/2015)

Gender breakdown of three new movies opening in wide release this weekend


Deadpool:  7 men, 3 women.  Friday box office:  $47,500,000


How to Be Single:  7 men,  3 women (although they are top-billed).  Opening weekend box office:  $5,250,000


Zoolander 2:  5 men, 5 women.  Opening weekend box office:  $4,200,000


Related post:
Here's what's been wrong with Hollywood for the longest time.  (1/22/2016)

Dear Eric Bolling, you might want to take a closer look at the membership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House



As quoted in Fox’s Bolling to Republicans: If You ‘Truly Care About America,’ Lay Off Trump.  (Mediaite, 2/13/2016)

UPDATE: The GOP war for South Carolina (part 1)



As reported here:   In South Carolina, G.O.P. Rivals Are Ready to Wage 2 Major WarsThe New York Times, 2/10/2016,  (It's the print edition headline.)

For more on 'uppity', see this Huffington Post webpage.

Probably not the opening salvo, but the initial skirmishes are underway.



UPDATE:  The actor Soft-core porn actress Amy Lindsay delivers her line with a sneering panache.




Related reading:
Republicans, women, and porn.  By Gail Collins.   (The New York Times, 2/12/2016)

Trump maintains sizable lead in South Carolina GOP primary polls



A retweet which makes this headline all the more intriguing.


Related posts:
John Kasich makes a move in latest South Carolina GOP primary poll.  (2/12/2016)
On to South Carolina, where Trump has a big lead and Kasich is waaaaay behind.  (2/10/2016)
Trump continues to rule the gamecock roost in.  (1/30/2016)
Jeb Bush finds some love, jumps from 5th to 3rd in latest poll.  (1/17/2016)
It's the same all over for Ben Carson: Losing steam in the polls, like here in South Carolina.  (12/20/2015)
Trump maintains comfortable lead in 2 latest South Carolina polls.  (12/10/2015)
Donald Trump pads his lead.  (11/22/2015)
Carson sneaks past Trump.  (11/9/2015)
Clemson poll sez Donald Trump is no longer hot stuff in South Carolina.  (10/27/2015)
Stuck at 6% for nearly 2 months, Jeb Bush remains confident of his chances in South Carolina.  (10/26/2015)
They're still lovin' the Donald in South Carolina. Carly? Not so much.  (10/14/2015)
Carly Fiorina gets a boost in latest South Carolina poll.  (10/1/2015)
Please give a warm welcome to our next speaker, Donald Trump.  (9/26/2015)
Scott Walker's $8 million ad buy in South Carolina? Money down the drain. (9/9/2015)

"Amazing crowd" at Ben Carson rally is lost in a tweet of light and shadow



Actually, 14000 people attended this Winter Jam event, as announced here.


A crowd view that makes the Carson tweet even more bizarre.

Messiah complex, perhaps?

Dear Ben Carson, Please save yourself further embarrassment by suspending your Presidential campaign



Besides, the end is near, so you might as well bring it down to zero now and be done with it.


Grace Young Strand (1926-2016) Warren High School Class of 1944



1944 Dragon yearbook


Grace's high school activities:
A Cappella Choir (2, 3, 4); Assembly Plays (3, 4); Class Offices (3), Secretary; Commencement Usher (3); Dragon (4), Dragonette (4); Dramatic Club (3, 4); Evening of Plays (4); Junior Chamber of Commerce (2, 3); Junior Play (3); Science Club (2); Standing Committee (2); Stenographers' Club (4); Student Council (2, 3, 4); Traffic Squad (2). 

1967 Warren City Directory

'Grace' is definitely back in fashion.


Other members of the class of '44:
Mary Davis Christensen Spencer.  (9/27/2015)
Leonard Lucia.  (7/4/2015)
Mary Blackwell Bancroft.   (6/22/2015)
Kenneth Klenck.  (1/31/2015)
Dolores Nuhfer Anthony.  (9/21/2014)
Marjorie Christensen Anderson.  (10/6/2013)

CES 2016 Netatmo Welcome home security camera


Andrew Gebhart, c|net associate edtor, likes this $200 product -- with reservations.  He offers 2 better alternatives at the conclusion of this video.



Mentioned in the slide show, The 2016 CES Report: The Trend Behind the Trend.  (Innovation Excellence)

Second opinion.  
Netatmo Welcome review: An HD security camera with face recognition.  (ZDNet, 7/14/2015)
Charles McLellan's review is divided into 4 sections:  design, setup, in use, conclusion.  Like Andrew, he notes the devices slow, cautious approach to face recognition.  

Not exactly confidence-building reviews at Amazon.


Netatmo official website.

Bottom Line:  Combining the reviews of less-than-satisfied customers with Gebhart's video comments, I'd say that the Netatmo is a work in progress.  (A totally "hands-off" conclusion, of course.)

Related CES 2016  posts:
Volkswagen BUDD-e concept.  (2/11/2016)
Samsung Gear S2 smart watch.  (2/10/2016)
Intel Xiaomi Ninebot.  (2/9/2016)
360 Fly 350 degree action camera.  (2/9/2016)
Ricoh Theta S spherical camera.  (2/8/2016)
GoSun solar stove.  (2/8/2016)
Immersit 4D  motion furniture.  (2/7/2016)
Spün smart utensils.  (2/7/2016)
Grillbot or grill brush.  (2/6/2016)
Flip Pal Plus mobile scanner.  (2/6/2016)
ThinOPTICS reading glasses.  (2/5/2016)
My ears were initially all in for this gadget (Earin).  (2/5/2016)
Are you Ditto-worthy?  (2/4/2016)
Triby (tri-bee) takes you back to the days of the family phone.  (2/4/2016)
ODG R-7 smartglasses.  (1/24/2016)
Withings Thermo smart thermometer.  (1/24/2016)
SensorWake alarm clock (you'll need to lobby for bacon).  (1/23/2016)
Dear Panasonic, This transparent LCD display promo does not fill me with anticipation and excitement.  (1/18/2016)
All, if not much more, than most of us will ever need to know about the Vert wearable jump tracker.  (1/17/2016)  Be George Jetson: Ehang 184 AAV drone at CES2016.  (1/14/2016)
Virtual reality porn ('full immersion for the adult experience').  (1/14/2016)
'Crazy, trippy' OLED rollable TV.  (1/14/2016)
ModiFace mirror.  (1/14/2016)
A personal bartender available in multiple colors.  (1/10/2016)
Wearable translator.  (1/10/2016)
Samsung KS9500 SUHD 4K TV with stunning natural curves.  (1/8/2016)
Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer.  (1/8/2016)
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

Friday, February 12, 2016

John Kasich makes a move in latest South Carolina GOP primary poll


From 1% to 9%.


Other stuff:  
  • 32% of Republican respondents are 65+ compared to 15.6 of SC's population
  • 98% of Republican respondents are white compared to 63.9% of SC's population.



Related posts:
On to South Carolina, where Trump has a big lead and Kasich is waaaaay behind.  (2/10/2016)
Trump continues to rule the gamecock roost in.  (1/30/2016)
Jeb Bush finds some love, jumps from 5th to 3rd in latest poll.  (1/17/2016)
It's the same all over for Ben Carson: Losing steam in the polls, like here in South Carolina.  (12/20/2015)
Trump maintains comfortable lead in 2 latest South Carolina polls.  (12/10/2015)
Donald Trump pads his lead.  (11/22/2015)
Carson sneaks past Trump.  (11/9/2015)
Clemson poll sez Donald Trump is no longer hot stuff in South Carolina.  (10/27/2015)
Stuck at 6% for nearly 2 months, Jeb Bush remains confident of his chances in South Carolina.  (10/26/2015)
They're still lovin' the Donald in South Carolina. Carly? Not so much.  (10/14/2015)
Carly Fiorina gets a boost in latest South Carolina poll.  (10/1/2015)
Please give a warm welcome to our next speaker, Donald Trump.  (9/26/2015)
Scott Walker's $8 million ad buy in South Carolina? Money down the drain. (9/9/2015)

Meet Bryan Steil, Scott Walker's latest appointment to the UW System Board of Regents


The Governor punches his cheaper ticket.


Scott Walker announces new members of the UW Board of Regents.  (Madison.com, 2/12/2016)

Bryan has a BS from Georgetown University and a JD from UW-Madison.

Related posts:
Meet Tracey Klein, Scott Walker's latest appointment to the UW System Board of Regents.   (2/12/2016)
Meet the members of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (with campaign contributions tallied).  (2/6/2016)
Education Committee chair of Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin System has donated $10,400 to Scott Walker.  (2/5/2016)
Cheerleader Regina Millner ("She's a big Republican") defends Scott Walker in Regents appointment flap.  (6/14/2013)
Scott Walker UW Board of Regents appointee speaks out.  (4/25/2013)

Meet Tracey Klein, Scott Walker's latest appointment to the UW System Board of Regents


Her seat cost her $8,629.68.


Scott Walker announces new members of the UW Board of Regents.  (Madison.com, 2/12/2016)

She's a UW-Madison graduate.

Related posts:
Meet the members of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (with campaign contributions tallied).  (2/6/2016)
Education Committee chair of Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin System has donated $10,400 to Scott Walker.  (2/5/2016)
Cheerleader Regina Millner ("She's a big Republican") defends Scott Walker in Regents appointment flap.  (6/14/2013)
Scott Walker UW Board of Regents appointee speaks out.  (4/25/2013)

Let's play "Who's That Governor?"


Photo by Retiring Guy

In polls, voters disapproved of Mr. _______’s adventure in presidential politics, and many now regard his homecoming with a combination of eye-rolling and trepidation. 

Candice Watson, 30, a waitress who lives in _______, said she was not looking forward to Mr. _______ turning his attention back to _____.

As reported in this newspaper.

The "Mr." in question is:
(a) Chris Christie
(b) Bobby Jindal
(c) Scott Walker
(d) All of the above

The GOP war for South Carolina (part 2)


Trump sticks it to one from column A for the time being.


As reported here:   In South Carolina, G.O.P. Rivals Are Ready to Wage 2 Major WarsThe New York Times, 2/10/2016,  (It's the print edition headline.)

Tweeting up a storm once again.





Part 1.  Cruz mocks Rubio.  (2/12/2016)

Developer finds that 'pay to play' costs more than $72,844.92


Of which Scott Walker received $18,829.92.


Lawmaker pulls bill, backed by Madison developer, to prolong Middleton tax incentive district.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/12/2016)
What a surprise!  A failed assault on local control.  An Oconomowoc lawmaker said he’s pulling his support, at the urging of Middleton city officials and lawmakers, for a bill backed by Madison developer Terrence Wall that could provide additional public incentives for a project Wall wants to develop.  
Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc [recipient of $500; his wife Rebecca $3,875], and Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, [$0, but looking forward to the next WDC update], introduced the bill last week, in the closing days of the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Fond du Lac is a 90-minute drive from Middleton, Oconomowoc about an hour.

Related post:
Commercial Space AVAILABLE in buildings that may not be standing a year from now.  (10/19/2015) 

UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen eggs the Wisconsin Idea


Unobscured text found here
Photo by Retiring Guy

Photo credit:  UW Colleges

As reported in UW Extension puts likely job cut at 80; 40 now vacant.  (Shawano Leader, 2/10/2016)

Sandeen's LinkedIn profile.

Related posts:
UPDATED with link to 94 pages of drafting errors: A Timeline of the Attempted Gutting of the Wisconsin Idea, . (5/9/2015)
Scott Walker turns the Wisconsin Idea upside down.  (2/22/2015)

Climate change, Lou Barletta, and short-term (special-interest) thinking


Meet climate change expert Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania)
What's up is down. "That said, I believe that the world moves in climate cycles, and there is evidence to indicate that we are currently in a cooling trend."
--as quoted in Some Pa. lawmakers squirm over Pope's comments on climate change (Allentown Morning Call, 6/17/2015)

The real world picture:  December 2015 global weather in brief
This is the first time the global monthly departure from average has surpassed 1°C and is the largest margin by which an all-time monthly temperature record has been broken.

NOAA (Dec 2015)
NOAA (2015 summary)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/9/2016
By temporarily freezing the rule, the high court's 5-4 order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold. GOP leaders and the manufacturing sector described the regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants as an unprecedented use of power by the White House.


Other climate change, short-term thinking posts:
Gary Palmer (R-Alabama).  (2/11/2016)
Paul Gosar (R-Pennsylvania).  (2/11/2016)
Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky).  (2/10/2016)
Evan Jenkins (R-West Virginia).  (2/11/2016)
Scott Walker, (R-Wisconsin) (2/10/2016)

Other Barletta posts:
No friend to the environment.  (4/13/2015)
Impeachment: Another Republican "strategy" singes its creators.  (7/30/2014)
Lou Barletta, meet Don Young.  (4/1/2013)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dear Jesse Kremer, Inspector General Alan White backed away from his specious claim. Will you?


Wisconsin Watchdog, 4/15/2015)
In a case closely watched by state clinics, as well as their political allies and opponents, [Scott Walker appointee] Inspector General Alan White reduced the amount of money his office is seeking in repayment by 93 percent.  [emphasis added]
White acknowledged that the state’s own instructions on billing practices had “created confusion,” according to letters sent to the clinics.

As quoted in press release, perhaps penned by Julaine Appling (2/11/2016)

Clearly, Jesse has no shame.

He and the gasket-blowin' Bob Gannon are running neck-and-neck for the title of Wackiest Ship in the Wisconsin Political Army.

Other Jesse Kremer posts:
Elected with 38.6% of vote, Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) shows no interest in Scott Walker alleged jobs agenda.  (1/24/2016)
Jesse Kremer solution to terrorism and gun violence: More guns in more places.  (1/16/2016)
In so many words, Rep. Jesse Kremer sez he'll sleep better with more guns in Wisconsin schools.  (1/14/2016) 
Cartoon conservative principles, the Christmas edition: Rep. Kremer accuses fire officials of 'relieving themselves'.  (12/23/2015)
Bathroom bill update: Julaine Appling must have inadvertently loosened her grip on Jesse Kremer's leash.  (12/16/2015)
Out of (local) control: When it comes to anything resembling a train, Republicans just can't help themselves.  (12/1/2015)  
The 'bathroom bill' marriage of Jesse Kremer and Julaine Appling.  (11/21/2015)
ALEC/NRA waterboy Jesse Kremer blames the media.  (10/23/2015)
Waterboys for the NRA and ALEC: Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg)  (10/13/2015)
Wisconsin Republicans continue their laser-like focus on jobs and the economy.  (10/7/2015)
Wisconsin Assembly candidate denounces tax breaks for wind energy but conveniently overlooks what big oil receives.  (8/7/2014)
Just what the Wisconsin legislature needs: Another ALEC disciple.  (8/7/2014)

Climate change, Paul Gosar, and short-term (special-interest) thinking



The BIG picture:  December 2015 global weather in brief.  
This is the first time the global monthly departure from average has surpassed 1°C and is the largest margin by which an all-time monthly temperature record has been broken.

NOAA (Dec 2015)
NOAA (2015 summary)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/9/2016
By temporarily freezing the rule, the high court's 5-4 order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold. GOP leaders and the manufacturing sector described the regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants as an unprecedented use of power by the White House.


As quoted in 2/9/2016 press release.

Related reading:
Why I Am Boycotting Pope Francis’ Address to Congress. (Town Hall, 9/17/2015)

Other climate change, short-term thinking posts:
Gary Palmer (R-Alabama).  (2/11/2016)
Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky).  (2/10/2016)
Evan Jenkins (R-West Virginia).  (2/11/2016)
Scott Walker, (R-Wisconsin) (2/10/2016)

Related Gosar posts:
Freedom Caucus members pledge allegiance to the NRA.  (1/6/2016) 
The Freedom Caucus, Congress' crybabies (part 5).  (12/20/2015) 
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind to....  (11/29/2015)
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives,  (9/29/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/1/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/15/2015)

CES 2016: The phenomenally friendly and sociable Volkswagen BUDD-e concept


"As part of the Internet, cars will have a phenomenal future.  They will become friendlier, and in BUDD-e's case, more sociable as well."  --Herbert Diess

Yes, he really said that.  Unless someone doesn't know how to translate German correctly.


Mentioned in the slide show, The 2016 CES Report: The Trend Behind the Trend.  (Innovation Excellence)

Car and Driver weighs in.
...appears purpose-built to conjure warm and fuzzy feelings for Germany’s scandal-rocked automaker.  The reveal of the BUDD-e concept came just one day after the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Volkswagen for cheating on EPA emissions tests. We suspect the timing of these two events is purely coincidental, but we’re also confident that the BUDD-e’s existence is entirely intentional.

Bottom Line:  Gotta admit, I started to drool at the 1:14 mark of the video.

Related CES 2016  posts:
Samsung Gear S2 smart watch.  (2/10/2016)
Intel Xiaomi Ninebot.  (2/9/2016)
360 Fly 350 degree action camera.  (2/9/2016)
Ricoh Theta S spherical camera.  (2/8/2016)
GoSun solar stove.  (2/8/2016)
Immersit 4D  motion furniture.  (2/7/2016)
Spün smart utensils.  (2/7/2016)
Grillbot or grill brush.  (2/6/2016)
Flip Pal Plus mobile scanner.  (2/6/2016)
ThinOPTICS reading glasses.  (2/5/2016)
My ears were initially all in for this gadget (Earin).  (2/5/2016)
Are you Ditto-worthy?  (2/4/2016)
Triby (tri-bee) takes you back to the days of the family phone.  (2/4/2016)
ODG R-7 smartglasses.  (1/24/2016)
Withings Thermo smart thermometer.  (1/24/2016)
SensorWake alarm clock (you'll need to lobby for bacon).  (1/23/2016)
Dear Panasonic, This transparent LCD display promo does not fill me with anticipation and excitement.  (1/18/2016)
All, if not much more, than most of us will ever need to know about the Vert wearable jump tracker.  (1/17/2016)  Be George Jetson: Ehang 184 AAV drone at CES2016.  (1/14/2016)
Virtual reality porn ('full immersion for the adult experience').  (1/14/2016)
'Crazy, trippy' OLED rollable TV.  (1/14/2016)
ModiFace mirror.  (1/14/2016)
A personal bartender available in multiple colors.  (1/10/2016)
Wearable translator.  (1/10/2016)
Samsung KS9500 SUHD 4K TV with stunning natural curves.  (1/8/2016)
Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer.  (1/8/2016)
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

Clinton aides hope that you never saw this headline


With four days to go until the primary, Clinton advisers, guided by a mix of public and private polling in New Hampshire, think that she is running roughly 15 percentage points behind Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Many of these advisers think that the best outcome, realistically, would be holding Mr. Sanders to a single-digit win, which they could then try to attribute to his being from a neighboring state.

Well, as it turned out......


Not to mention the 22 percentage points margin of victory.

Trump losing traction in North Carolina polls



We have reached the end of the "behinder" era.  There's room for everybody on the line graph.

High Point University poll.

As far as I can tell, Trump has yet to trumpet the results of the 2 most recent North Carolina polls.


Recent state polls:
As you can see from this Michigan GOP primary poll line graph, a lot has happened since last September, none of it good for Ben Carson.  (2/8/2016)
New Hampshire primary polls: One more day and then we move onto South Carolina and Nevada.  (2/8/2016)
Increasingly fewer Wisconsin GOP voters heed what Scott Walker sez.  (1/31/2016)
Trump, Cruz lose steam going into tomorrow's Iowa caucuses.  (1/31/2016)
Trump continues to rule the gamecock roost in South Carolina.  (1/30/2016)
Jeb Bush New Hampshire poll numbers: What goes up must come down.  (1/28/2016)
2 most recent Iowa caucus polls maintain candidates' separate trendlines.  (1/28/2016)
Cruz quickly closes the gap in North Carolina; Carson rides the slide.  (1/22/2016)
Trump more than doubles Rubio and Bush combined numbers in latest Florida Republican Presidential primary poll.  (1/20/2016)
FOX 5 Atlanta polls 97% white folks in latest Georgia Republican Presidential primary poll.  (1/18/2016)
Trump gets a little breathing room in latest Iowa poll; Rubio's stock flags.  (1/14/2016)
Ted Cruz leaps ahead of Donald Trump in latest California poll.  (1/6/2016)
Trump on top in Nevada.  (1/2/2016)
Chris Christie no favorite son in New Jersey; Donald Trump rules for now.  (11/18/2015)
Carson continues ascent in Virginia, Bush going the way of Scott Walker; Rubio bobs.  (11/18/2015)
Trump, Cruz on upswing; Carson, Bush on downslide in latest Texas Republican primary poll.  (11/12/2015)
As the polls churn in Arizona: Trump and Fiorina = big losers; Carson and Rubio = big winners.  (11/11/2015)

Carly Fiorina finally faces the inevitable, suspends her Presidential campaign


Her numbers were never impressive when taking a big-picture view.


Carly Fiorina Drops Out of Republican Presidential Race.  (The New York Times, 2/10/2016)

Those were the days, my friend.
Poll: Fiorina rockets to No. 2 behind Trump in GOP field.  (CNN, 9/21/2015)
The media always loves a fresh horse in the race.

Related posts:
Polling at 0.4% nationally, Rick Santorum suspends his Presidential campaign and falls all over Rubio in the process.  (2/3/2016)
Mike Huckabee to complete the full Grassley -- to no avail.  (1/2/2016)
Another Presidential candidate 'suspends' his campaign, thinks there'll be another time.  (11/17/2015)
Going down in the polls, Rand Paul insists he's 'in it for the long haul'.  (10/3/2015)
Scott Walker, meet Tim Pawlenty and Rick Perry.  (9/28/2015)
Rick Perry's announcement:  Not front page news.  (9/12/2015)

Climate change, Gary Palmer, and short-term (special-interest) thinking


December 2015 global weather in brief.  
This is the first time the global monthly departure from average has surpassed 1°C and is the largest margin by which an all-time monthly temperature record has been broken.

NOAA (Dec 2015)
NOAA (2015 summary)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/9/2016
By temporarily freezing the rule, the high court's 5-4 order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold. GOP leaders and the manufacturing sector described the regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants as an unprecedented use of power by the White House.

As quoted in 2/9/2016 press release, Palmer Applauds Stay of Clean Power Plan.

Related reading:
Rep. Gary Palmer Tries To Stir Up Climate Change Controversy That Just Doesn't Exist.  (Huffpost Politics, 2/12/2015)

Palmer served as president of the Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, for 24 years.

Other climate change, short-term thinking posts:
Evan Jenkins (R-West Virginia)
Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky).  (2/10/2016)
Scott Walker.  (2/10/2016)

Related Palmer posts:
Freedom Caucus members pledge allegiance to the NRA.  (1/6/2016) 
The Freedom Caucus, Congress' crybabies (part 4).  (12/20/2015)
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind to Rep. Gary Palmer.  (11/28/2015)
Meet the crazies in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (9/28/2015)

Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) on the issues and working together



As reported and quoted in A challenging time’ in Madison; Harsdorf holds listening session in River Falls.  (Pierce County Herald, 2/10/2016)

"Working together" to promote the ALEC agenda.
GOP State Sen. Frank Lasee's ALEC bill promotes private water companies' workforce issues.  (1/27/2016)
While Scott Walker blathers about his jobs focus, Wisconsin Republicans continue to push an ALEC agenda.  (1/25/2016)
The big, the bold Scott Walker promises more ALEC model policy plagiarism for Wisconsin.  (11/7/2015)(
Time for another Republican hypocrisy alert! (10/23/2015)
Get me rewrite: Wisconsin lawmakers eye ALEC model legislation to end state's prevailing wage laws.  (4/5/2015) 
Why do Republicans call it 'worker freedom'? Because the Koch Brothers say so.  (3/7/2015) 
Scott Walker: Putting the power of government into the hands of the Koch Brothers.  (2/23/2015)
Since 2008 Scott Walker pledges his allegiance to the Koch Brothers.  (2/21/2015) 
Why drug tests for recipients of public aid in Wisconsin?  Because the Koch Brothers say so.  (2/10/2015)
Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby) Does ALEC's "Ag-Gag" Bidding.  (2/9/2015)
Van Wanggaard toes the ALEC line.  (2/7/2015)
Meet Scott Walker's "ideas" men.  (1/29/2015)
The Koch Brothers bring you "The Big and the Bold".  (1/24/2015)
Chris Kapenga, ALEC waterboy, is at it again. (12/11/2014)
UPDATED:  They pledge allegiance to the Koch Brothers.  (11/19/2014)
Of course, Kapenga hasn't drafted a bill; it's already been done for him.  (12/4/2014)
Here's an example of what happens when people don't pay attention.  (10/8/2014)
Speaking of plagiarism: The Kapenga Chronicles   (9/27/2014)
ALEC tools Leah Vukmir and Alberta Darling go off the deep end.  (9/22/2014)
Speaking of plagiarism.  (9/20/2014)
Just what the Wisconsin legislature needs:  Another ALEC disciple.  (8/7/2014)
Meet Chris Kapenga, R-Waterboy, representing the grate state of ALEC.  (2/18/2014)
Sen. Paul Farrow throws a hissy fit (which is transcribed in this news release).  (2/7/2014)
Robin Vos believes in selective transparency of the kind advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council.  (12/24/2013)
Background on the National Conference of State Legislatures for Leah.  (12/12/2013)
From ALEC to Andre to us: Rep. Jacque (R-DePere) whittles model bill down to the basics.  (9/1/2013)
NRA/ALEC "Docs and Glocks" law finally makes its way to Wisconsin.  (6/18/2013)
Robin Vos, "an ALEC Wisconsin Foot Soldier" (SourceWatch).  (6/13/2013)
ALEC'd to Death: Wisconsin Republicans Continues to Depend on the Koch Brothers' Playbook. (6/7/2013)
ALEC's State Budget Reform Toolkit: "Asset Sale and Lease Opportunities".  (6/6/2013)
Selling State Properties? It's in the ALEC Playbook.  (5/22/2013)
More cookie-cutter legislation from ALEC.  (4/7/2013)
What the Koch Brothers left under Scott Walker's 2010 Christmas tree.  (6/19/2012)