Friday, October 20, 2017

Just out report: Trump erroneously links UK crime rise with spread of Islamic terror


This is how fake news gets started.

The Guardian, 10/20/2017
The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), in its quarterly update on crime statistics on Thursday, reported a 13% increase in all police-recorded offences across England and Wales. 
The ONS said police had recorded 5.2m offences in the year to June, including gun crime, knife crime, robberies, sexual offences, stalking and harassment, burglary and car crime.

Somebody must have just told our failing president that Islamic terrorists claimed responsibility for all of these offences.

Another reason for Trump to be insanely jealous of Obama



Less than half of NH Republican voters back Trump re-election: poll.  (The Hill, 10/19/2017)A majority of those polled, 77 percent, said they were happy with their pick in the 2016 election, while 5 percent of those who backed Trump said they regret their choice. Only 1 percent of voters who supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said they regret casting a ballot for her.

Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC is out to save the day for Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey)


Republicans have held the New Jersey 7th congressional district since at least 2000.  Leonard Lance was first elected in 2008 and has won his 5 election by an average margin of 15.5 percentage points

Source:  Ballotpedia

Exclusive: Ryan-aligned group to unleash volunteer army Saturday in early election push.  (USA Today, 10/6/2017)
Republicans are afraid, very afraidThe Congressional Leadership Fund’s “day of action” in 17 House districts comes more than a year before the 2018 midterm elections. The effort, part of the super PAC’s plan to spend $100 million to influence House races, underscores the high stakes of upcoming House battles and marks an early push by Ryan’s allies to ensure that individual House races do not become a referendum on President Trump and his performance.
Sourcegovtrack

Related posts:
Tom MacArthur, New Jersey 3rd.  (10/19/2017)
Don Bacon, Nebraska 2nd.  (10/18/2017)
Erik Paulsen, Minnesota 3rd.  (10/17/2017)
Kevin Yoder, Kansas 3rd.  (10/16/2017)
Mike Bost, Illinois 12th. (10/15/2017)
Carlos Curbelo, Florida 26th.  (10/14/2017)
Brian Mast, Florida 18th.  (10/13/2017)
Ed Royce, California 29th.  (10/12/2017)
Steve Knight, California 25th.  (10/11/2017)
David Valadao, California 21st.   (10/10/2017)
Jeff Denham, California 10th.  (10/9/2017)
Martha McSally, Arizona 2nd.  (10/8/2017)

Headline news: For heartless Iowa GOP, it's all about the money savings


A direct line from this.....

....to this....


...to this.

It's a result of what advocates for those with disabilities say are frequent decisions to cut Iowans' services following the state's move last year to transfer management of its Medicaid program to for-profit companies.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Who needs Russia when you have Big Soda



Reported in How to Win Against Big Soda.  (The New York Times, 10/15/2017)




Jeff Flake has little good to say about Donald Trump's character, demeanor, and truthfulness



Reported in Jeff Flake’s Lesson for Republicans: Cross Trump at Your Own Risk.  (The New York Times, 10/15/2017)

Sen. Jeff Flake

UPDATE. Near-record global warming continues into July 2017



The Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley regions of the U.S. were among the few cooler places in August.






Global Analysis:  July 2017.  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)


Global Analysis:  June 2017.  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)
The first six months of 2017 have each ranked among the top three warmest months on record, giving way to the second highest January–June period in the 138-year record at 0.91°C (1.64°F) above the 20th century average of 13.5°C (56.3°F), behind the record year of 2016 by 0.16°C (0.29°F), but ahead of 2015 by 0.05°C (0.09°F). (emphasis added)


Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis May 2017
Two of the world's hottest spots:
Spain's May 2017 national temperature of 19.0°C (66.2°F) was 2.4°C (4.3°F) above the 1981–2010 average and the second highest May temperature since 1965, behind the record year of 2015. 
The May 2017 average temperature across the United Kingdom was 12.1°C (53.8°F) or 1.7°C (3.1°F) above the 1981–2010 average. This was the second highest May temperature since national temperature records began in 1910, behind 2008. Regionally, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland had a top third warm May on record.
Related reading:
May Continues Earth's Second-Warmest Start in 138 Years; Only 2016 Was Hotter.  (Weather.coj, 6/15/2017)



Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis -- April 2017.
Much of the world's oceans also had warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions during April 2017, with several locations across the western, central, and southeastern Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean experiencing record warm temperatures. No ocean areas had record cold April temperatures.


Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis - March 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
March 2017 was characterized by warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions across much of Earth's surface. The most notable warm temperature departures from the 1981–2010 average were recorded across the contiguous U.S., Europe, Russia, Mongolia, and Australia, where temperature departures were +3.0°C (+5.4°F) or greater. 4/12/2017 update starts here.




Global Analysis - February 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions were present across much of the world's land surfaces, with the most notable warm temperature departures from average (3°C–5°C above the 1981–2010 average) across much of the contiguous U.S., southeastern Canada, and across much of central and eastern Russia. 
 

2/25/2017 post starts here.


Global Analysis - January 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
For the oceans, the globally-averaged temperature departure of +0.65°C (+1.17°F) from the 20th century average was the second highest on record for January, behind 2016.

Related post:
When it comes to 'unusual warmth', Morning Consult prefers to keep the blinders on.  (1/11/2017)

Four years later, Scott Walker still has copies of his poor-selling campaign biography to give away




Original 3/24/2014 post, "Scott Walker's "Unintimidated" Zigzags Its Way to 16,000+ Hardcover Sales", starts here.

Daniel Bice: Gov. Scott Walker got rich advance for book, but poor sales.   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/22/2014)


In other words, the book is selling at an average pace of 13 copies per day.

Amazon Sales Ranking and Author Rank.  Calculate How Many Books Amazon Sells from Ranks.

A ranking of 10,000 means the book is selling about 1 copy a day.

Other Unintimidated posts:
Scott Walker's "Unintimidated": It was 3 increasingly bouncy months ago today.  (2/18/2014)
Scott Walker "Unintimidated" to fall off a cliff.  (1/4/2014)
Some reviewers fawning all over themselves.  (12/31/2013)
What's your favorite version of "Going Down" on this snowy Wisconsin New Year's Eve? (12/31/2013)
Christmas was not kind to Scott Walker on Amazon. (12/26/2013)
Climbing into 2014 conversation.  (12/24/2013)
Some Republicans ordering last-minute gifts via Amazon (Drones not ready yet).  (12/24/2013)
Scott Walker's "Unintimidated": 4 weeks of tepid rankings and opposing viewpoints on Amazon.  (12/172013) It's been a roller-coaster sales ride since Scott Walker's "Unintimidated" peaked on its 3rd day of publication.  (12/10/2013) 
Dear V S, Thanks for your fake review of Scott Walker's "Unintimidated".  (12/6/2013)
Scott Walker's "Unintimidated" book review parties seem to be over.  (12/6/2013)
"Unintimidated" book reviewers running out of steam?  (12/5/2013)
A variation on a theme: Like little Mighty Mice coming to their hero's rescue.  (12/4/2013)
In one day: Fans of Scott Walker "Unintimidated" to post 115 five-star reviews on Amazon.  (12/3/2013)
Scott Walker's Fans Accuse "Union Thugs" of Writing Fake Reviews of "Unintimidated", Then Do Likewise.  (12/2/2013)
Scott Walker "Unintimidated" by roller coaster ride on Amazon.  (11/28/2013)
Scott Walker "Unintimidated" to peak early on Amazon during first week of book's publication.  (11/26)
On day 6, Scott Walker's "Unintimidated" reverses course, but the bad reviews keep rolling in.  (11/24/2013)
Day 5: Scott Walker's "Unintimidated" experiences that overnight sinking feeling. (11/24/2013) 
Day 4: Scott Walker Unintimidated As his book slowly slip slides away.  (11/23/2013)
On day 3, Scott Walker Unintimidated to tread water.  (11/22/2013)
On day 2, "Unintimidated" Shows Sales Momentum, but Reviews Still Split.  (11/21/2013)
Day one:  Amazon's best-selling books "Unintimidated" by Scott Walker.  (11/19/2013)
Once again, Scott Walker is unintimidated by the facts.  (11/2/2013)
Unintimidated by the facts.  (10/28/2013)

Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC is out to save the day for Tom MacArthur (R-New Jersey)


Republican Tom MacArthur was first elected to Congress in 2014, winning by a margin of 9.6 percentage points.  He more than doubled this spread in his 2016 re-election. 

Source:  Ballotpedia

Exclusive: Ryan-aligned group to unleash volunteer army Saturday in early election push.  (USA Today, 10/6/2017)
Republicans are afraid, very afraidThe Congressional Leadership Fund’s “day of action” in 17 House districts comes more than a year before the 2018 midterm elections. The effort, part of the super PAC’s plan to spend $100 million to influence House races, underscores the high stakes of upcoming House battles and marks an early push by Ryan’s allies to ensure that individual House races do not become a referendum on President Trump and his performance.
Sourcegovtrack

Related posts:
Don Bacon, Nebraska 2nd.  (10/18/2017)
Erik Paulsen, Minnesota 3rd.  (10/17/2017)
Kevin Yoder, Kansas 3rd.  (10/16/2017)
Mike Bost, Illinois 12th. (10/15/2017)
Carlos Curbelo, Florida 26th.  (10/14/2017)
Brian Mast, Florida 18th.  (10/13/2017)
Ed Royce, California 29th.  (10/12/2017)
Steve Knight, California 25th.  (10/11/2017)
David Valadao, California 21st.   (10/10/2017)
Jeff Denham, California 10th.  (10/9/2017)
Martha McSally, Arizona 2nd.  (10/8/2017)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On average, Ralph Northam holds a steady lead over Ed Gillespie in VA gov race



Related reading:
PoliticsIn Virginia, Gillespie trying to find way in age of Trump.  (Washington Post, 10/18/2017)
Gillespie is not only trying to overcome a fractured base of support in an increasingly liberal state, but also trying to navigate the fallout from an unpredictable president who is unpopular overall in Virginia but still has strong support from voters crucial to a Gillespie victory. Adding pressure, Virginia is one of only two gubernatorial elections this year and as a swing-state, and could serve as an early referendum on the president.

WMC's Kurt Bauer scores big points with Wisconsin dairy farmers


What would Craig Culver say?

Courtesy of Acme License Maker


Reported in Business lobby: Remove 'America's Dairyland' from Wisconsin license plates.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/17/2017)

Other Kurt posts:
WMC sets itself up as an expert in good public policy.  (10/13/2014)
A message from WMC President Kurt Bauer, part 1.  (9/19/2014)
A message from WMC President Kurt Bauer, part 2.  (9/19/2014) 

Scott Walker no irony alert: Dependent on the government



What Scott Walker does


UPDATE. Sorry, Leah, you'll be fundraising from now until at least August 2018



Reported in Wisconsin GOP Senate contender Kevin Nicholson wins endorsement from super PAC tied to Steve Bannon.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/17/2017)


Original 10/15/2017 post, "No primary challengers, please!  GOP prima donna Leah Vukmir quest for 'one of the highest offices in the land'', starts here.


Quoted in Wisconsin Senate race: Leah Vukmir suggests GOP rival Kevin Nicholson run for another office.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/12/2017)

Other Leah posts:
GOP legislator dubious about Scott Walker budget proposal to cut Elections Commission staff.  (3/29/2017)
Dear Mark, You need one of these. Best, Retiring Guy.  (5/19/2016)
Giddy over voter ID, Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) is also a big fan of redistricting.  (5/17/2016)
Meet Wisconsin's version of the Freedom Caucus crazies.  (3/17/2016)
While Wisconsin residents demand safe drinking water, Sen. Vukmir and Rep. Kooyenga propose Iran business sanctions.  (11/16/2015)
State Senator Leah Vukmir picks Scott Walker's former running mate as her choice for President.  (10/24/2015)
ALEC tools Leah Vukmir and Alberta Darling go off the deep end.  (9/22/2014)
Reality sandwiched between two slices of Leah Vukmir white bread.  (9/15/2014)
Let's connect the dots from Leah Vukmir to the American Legislative Exchange Council.  (7/21/2014)
Leah Vukmir's rally line falls flat.  (3/7/2014)
What planet was Leah on yesterday?  (3/7/2014)

Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC is out to save the day for Don Bacon (R-Nebraska)


Nebraska's 2nd congressional district remained solidly Republican until the 2012 election.  Since then its elections resemble a seesaw, the average margin of victory at 2 percentage points.  The current representative is Republican Don Bacon.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Exclusive: Ryan-aligned group to unleash volunteer army Saturday in early election push.  (USA Today, 10/6/2017)
Republicans are afraid, very afraidThe Congressional Leadership Fund’s “day of action” in 17 House districts comes more than a year before the 2018 midterm elections. The effort, part of the super PAC’s plan to spend $100 million to influence House races, underscores the high stakes of upcoming House battles and marks an early push by Ryan’s allies to ensure that individual House races do not become a referendum on President Trump and his performance.
Sourcegovtrack

Related posts:
Erik Paulsen, Minnesota 3rd.  (10/17/2017)
Kevin Yoder, Kansas 3rd.  (10/16/2017)
Mike Bost, Illinois 12th. (10/15/2017)
Carlos Curbelo, Florida 26th.  (10/14/2017)
Brian Mast, Florida 18th.  (10/13/2017)
Ed Royce, California 29th.  (10/12/2017)
Steve Knight, California 25th.  (10/11/2017)
David Valadao, California 21st.   (10/10/2017)
Jeff Denham, California 10th.  (10/9/2017)
Martha McSally, Arizona 2nd.  (10/8/2017)


Former basketball recruit fills in the blanks to say goodbye to fans



Offered in Badgers men's basketball: Highly regarded recruit Tyler Herro decommits.  (Madison.com, 10/17/2017)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The failing Donald Trump remains obsessed over his loss of popular vote



Trump dares Hillary Clinton to run in 2020 presidential polls.  (Chicago Tribune, 10/17/2017)

That bozo currently befouling the White House lost the popular vote by 2,864,903.

Source:  270 to Win

UPDATE. Razed: Another Madison bowling alley bites the dust


Photo by Retiring Guy
Related post:


Original 5/25/2017 post, "Bowling alleys:  Another one bites the dust", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Badger Bowl to close after 39 years in Madison.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/11/2016)
Owners of the bowling alley and popular music venue are in negotiations to sell the property at 506 E. Badger Road to a developer who plans to build a luxury car dealership on the site, 
Town Chairman Jim Campbell said Wednesday. Campbell identified the buyer as Field Enterprises, which sells Land Rover and other premium brands. Illinois-based Field Auto Group operates Fields Jaguar Land Rover Volvo of Madison at 6624 Seybold Road.

Once upon a time, Badger Bowl wouldn't have needed sand volleyball as a draw. 


Related reading:
32 Staggering Bowling Industry Trends.  (Brandon Gaille, 6/20/2016)
  • Number of bowling alleys in U.S. 
    • 5,400 in 1998
    • 3,976 in 2013
  • Metro Detroit U.S. Bowling Congress membership (large metro association)
    • 300,000 in 1970s
    • 45,000 current (year not specified; 2013?)
  • League membership has dropped by 40% (again, we're led to assume the comparison is 1998 but there's no verification. Sloppy.)

UPDATE. Madison Municipal Building renovation



Photos by Retiring Guy


Rendering of proposed renovation
Source:  City of Madison
(Includes links to news articles)


Original 9/2/2015 post, "Then and Now:  U.S Post Office and Courthouse/Madison (WI) Municipal Building", starts here.

Then.  An undated linen postcard view.



Now.


About the building:

Other Madison Then and Now posts:
City-County Building.  (9/1/2015)
Veterans Administration Hospital. (8/27/2015)
The Red Gym:  When will the unobstructed view return?  ()7/22/2015)
UW-Madison College of Agriculture.  (7/22/2015)
Wisconsin State Historical Society.  (7/21/2015)
UW-Madison Memorial Union.  (7/21/2015)
240 West Gilman.  (9/6/2013)
North Carroll Street between West Johnson and West Gorham.  (9/5/2013)
East Mifflin & North Pinckney.  (8/30/2013)

Donald Trump on Mitch McConnell: I love him like a Luther



Trump and McConnell Strive for Comity Amid Rising Tensions.  (The New York Times, 10/16/2017)
In an impromptu, 45-minute Rose Garden news conference after the men met for lunch at the White House, Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell both put on a display of awkward camaraderie, as the president went on volubly, fielding question after question as the senator fidgeted and spoke only occasionally.

Related post:
UPDATE. Actually, Donald, both Roy Moore and Luther Strange have been shooting up in the polls.  (9/26/2017)

The lapdog chronicles: House Speaker Paul Ryan content to eschew leadership, prop up Trump on Obamacare



Paul Ryan doesn't want to restore Obamacare subsidies.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/16/2017)

Related reading:
Donald Trump's Terrible Executive Order on Obamacare.  (The New Yorker, 10/13/2017)
All about Obama Derangement Syndrome.  Indeed, the opposite is the case: the false stories that congressional Republicans told about Obamacare—a system that, whatever its flaws, has increased the number of Americans with insurance by some twenty million, and made that coverage more reliable for many times that number— fed partisan demands for Trump to savage it. The Republican Party made a destructive promise that Trump, as its candidate, has been eager to keep.

Related posts:
The lapdog chronicles: House Speaker Paul Ryan content to eschew leadership, remain Trump's pet.  (10/17/2017)
Paul Ryan, cocooned.  (8/3/2017)
But we all know that potus45 lapdog trumps Russia hawk.  (7/13/2017)

The lapdog chronicles: House Speaker Paul Ryan content to eschew leadership, remain Trump's pet



Quoted in Paul Ryan: Claim that GOP tax overhaul favors wealthy is 'class warfare rhetoric'.  (Madison.com, 10/16/2017)

Lyin' Ryan fact check.


What the Trump Tax Plan Means for Wisconsin Taxpayers, in Six Charts.  (Wisconsin Budget Project, 10/6/2017)

Related posts:
Paul Ryan, cocooned.  (8/3/2017)
But we all know that potus45 lapdog trumps Russia hawk.  (7/13/2017)

Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC is out to save the day for Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota


First elected in 2008, Republican Erik Paulsen has won his last 3 elections by an average margin of about 18 percentage points.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Exclusive: Ryan-aligned group to unleash volunteer army Saturday in early election push.  (USA Today, 10/6/2017)
Republicans are afraid, very afraidThe Congressional Leadership Fund’s “day of action” in 17 House districts comes more than a year before the 2018 midterm elections. The effort, part of the super PAC’s plan to spend $100 million to influence House races, underscores the high stakes of upcoming House battles and marks an early push by Ryan’s allies to ensure that individual House races do not become a referendum on President Trump and his performance.
Sourcegovtrack

Related posts:
Kevin Yoder, Kansas 3rd.  (10/16/2017)
Mike Bost, Illinois 12th. (10/15/2017)
Carlos Curbelo, Florida 26th.  (10/14/2017)
Brian Mast, Florida 18th.  (10/13/2017)
Ed Royce, California 29th.  (10/12/2017)
Steve Knight, California 25th.  (10/11/2017)
David Valadao, California 21st.   (10/10/2017)
Jeff Denham, California 10th.  (10/9/2017)
Martha McSally, Arizona 2nd.  (10/8/2017)