Saturday, March 25, 2017

Despite its turn to the right, Wisconsin gets tripped up again by GOP

Knives out for Reince.  (Azios, 3/25/2017)

Released in October 1970, it did not chart on Billboard Top 200 Albums.  (WZUM's early 70s deejays would be all over Bruce Eder's lame, "absolutely misguided" review.  I know this for a fact as I lived in Pittsburgh when, in 1973-74, everything Genesis was in heavy rotation on one of my all-time favorite radio stations.)

Reach across the aisle? No way, sez Trump. Let the fireworks begin

‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead.  (Washington Post, 3/24/2017)

Donald Trump runs, baby, runs into the arms of the fake media.

The Newbeats' 5th of 7 singles to reach the Billboard Hot 100, "Run Baby Run" debuted at #90 for the week ending October 2, 1965.  It spent 13 weeks on the chart and peaked at #12

Steve Bannon gets sassed by member of Freedom Caucus

Quoted in Inside the Trump Meltdown.  (Axios, 3/25/2017)

Or as boing boing gleefully reports.....

Now it can be told! Trump nods off while Ryan explains AHCA disaster-in-the-making

Photo credit:  Breitbart

Curious that Breitbart would publish -- unattributed, I might add -- this unflattering photo of Trump, especially in conjunction with a rah-rah headline.

Dear 'matter-of-fact' Mitch Smith, Donald Trump is following a path laid by the most unpopular U.S. governor

Source:  Morning Consult

Reported in Can the Arts Thrive Without Washington? A Kansas Town Says Yes.  (The New York Times, 3/24/2017)

Other Kansas debacle posts:
Governor Sam Brownback's 'live conservative experiment' leads to anemic job growth.  (9/22/2015) Headline News: What Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said in 2012 and what's happening now.  (5/4/2015)
Kansas Job Growth (and what Investor's Business Daily chose to 'overlook').  (4/1/2015)
 About that Kansas 'live' experiment in tax cutting.  (3/11/2015)
Unable to rev up voters in November, Kansans now turn to damage control.  (2/13/2015)
How desperate and foolish is Kansas Governor Sam Brownback?  (2/10/2015)
Washington Times exercise in myopia.  (1/5/2015)
Dear Governor Brownback, a "real-live experiment" in red-state governance isn't going to reverse a 120-year trajectory.  (12/25/2014)
Dueling Headlines, or, Just because Sam Brownback says it, doesn't mean it's so.  (12/20/2014)
KC Healthy Kids needs to work on its timing.  (12/20/2014)
Sam Brownback: "The sun is shining in Kansas and don't let anyone tell you different."  (12/11/2014)
Why it's probably best not to be in Kansas anymore.  (12/11/2014) 
So....does this make Sam Brownback a liar?  (12/10/2014)
Scott Walker takes his tax cut cues from Sam Brownback.  (11/13/2014)
Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, and Rick Scott: The comeback copycats.  (10/25/2014)
Governors Sam Brownback and Scott Walker use the same playbook.  (9/15/2014)
You don't have to inhale deeply to catch a whiff of Wisconsin here.  (9/15/2014)
It's not a pretty picture for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.  (7/18/2014)
As Kansas becomes increasingly irrelevant, a goofy sideshow.  (2/14/2014)

Original 6/4/2016 post, "Sam Brownback and his F-5 destruction of Kansas", starts here.

As quoted in Kansas Parents Worry Schools Are Slipping Amid Budget Battles.  (The New York Times, 5/31/2016)

Unfortunately, Kansas voters re-elected this beatdown artist.  I guess you get what you deserve.

Source:  Ballotpedia

UPDATE. Trump disapproval rating takes a deeper dive in Rasmussen daily tracking poll

3/12/2017 update, " Rasmussen can no longer keep Trump's head above water", starts here.

Donald Trump Rasmussen poll approval ratings dips below 50% for the first time.  (Inquisitr, 3/9/2017)
The Rasmussen Reports poll has been consistently the most friendly to Trump, with results from the daily tracking poll showing Trump with a positive net approval rating — that is, with his approval rating higher than his disapproval — every day since January 17, three days before the former reality TV host was inaugurated as the United States 45th president.

2/22/2017 update, "Where is the love?  Rasmussen finds less of it for Trump", starts here.

A drop of 9 percentage points in Trump's approval rating in less than 4 weeks.

Source:  Rasmussen Reports (Daily presidential tracking poll)

"Where is the Love" debuted at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending June 10, 1972.  It spent 13 weeks on the chart, 6 of them in the top 10, and peaked at #5.

2/17/2017 update, " Rasmussen and Fox News do all they can to boost Trump's approval ratings", starts here.

Gallup (at right) and Rasmussen are daily tracking polls.

2/11/2017 update, "Trump approval rating shrivels since Inauguration Day", starts here.

Source:  Gallup Daily

Related reading:
Donald Trump thinks approval ratings are rigged. That's scarier than you think.  (Vox, 1/18/2017)
So if Trump does dismiss these numbers, that means he’s ignoring one of the only things that can hold him back. Instead of taking polls as indicators — imperfect indicators, but still — that something is going wrong and he might want to pivot for his own good, he might not consider them at all. If he abuses the pardon power and his favorability plummets, he won’t notice. If he repeals Obamacare without replacing it and the country rebels, he won’t believe that Americans view that as a mistake.

2/8/2017 update, "Methodology or bias:  Rasmussen continues to be the outlier", starts here.

Why have Rasmussen polls been outliers for the past few months?  (Reddit)

The Rasmussen daily tracking poll is down from a peak of 59% on January 27.

Keep in mind that almost all of the final group of 2016 presidential polls were within the margin of error.  

But not Rasmussen.  (Margin of error:  +/-2.5%)

2/3/2017 update, " Rasmussen continues to prop up Trump's approval rating", starts here.

Original 1/30/2016 post, "At Rasmussen, it's sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows for Donald Trump", starts here.

That would be the daily tracking poll that shows Trump's approval rating considerably higher than anyone else's findings.

If nothing else, it gives Breitbart News a reason to concoct this happy/happy/joy/joy headline for its readers.

Bernie Sanders, Planned Parenthood top FOX News poll favorability ratings

NOTE:  Color-coding of groups and items -- Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, sanctuary cities, WikiLeaks, and Freedom Caucus -- are based on Retiring Guy's point of oview.

"Wait!  Only an 18% unfavorability rating for the Freedom Caucus?", you ask, incredulous.

That's because a 45% plurality of respondents said they never heard of 'em.

Source used for all 3 bar graphs:  FOX News poll

Business executive looks to have received his multimillon-dollar payday with aplomb

Big payday for two WE Energies execs.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/24/2017)
Gale Klappa, who retired as chief executive on May 1, received compensation valued at $11.1 million, including stock awards with an estimated value of $7.4 million.

Photo credit: WEC Energy Group 

Is this what Republicans mean when they say we should run government like a business

Word of the day: aplomb

Quoted in Bice: Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch puts Oconomowoc house up for sale.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/24/2017)

As oipposed to a plomb.....
any inert material inserted into a body cavity for therapeutic purposes.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Watch this pundit's musings turn into instant nonsense

Opined at Trump’s health care ultimatum is straight out of ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It just might work.  (Washington Post, 3/24/2017)

And today, 3/25/2017?

the health-care bill

There was room for just 22.  (There's also a list of 15 members 'leaning no'.)

As many as 51 no's to leadership.  It was never 'really close'.

UPDATE. Middleton Center Phase 1 cladding underway

Photos by Retiring Guy

At the not so in-between price of $1,810/month

3/7/2017 update, "Sun is still shining but plastic covering removed from top floors of (new) Old Middleton Center construction ", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

The largest floor plan

Described as 'fabulous'.  $1,960 per month.

2/7/2017 update, "The sun shines....", starts here.

From Aurora Street looking north/northeast across Terrace.

The framing is just about done on the larger of the 1st two buildings.

Sheathed in plastic

The smallest floor plans:  551 to 619 square feet.

1/23/2017 update, "Walkaround on a drearily overcast Sunday", starts here.

Can't wait for the sun to shine at this time of year.

From the railroad tracks on Parmenter.

Village Green peekaboo.

At the Hubbard Avenue curve

At the intersection of Hubbard and Parmenter

1/4/2017 update, "Framing up to third level", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Here's a view of the south elevation from the Specific Implementation Plan (SIP)

12/22/2016 update, "Visual progress report at dusk", starts here.

Photo taken on a walk to the post office.

Photo taken after visit to the post office, at the intersection of Parmenter and Hubbard.

A 'live' view of this rendering is still 2-3 years away.

11/25/2016 update starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

10/26/2016 update, "Above-ground building profile emerges", starts here.


10/10/2016 update, "Foundation work progressing", starts here.

9/10/2016 update, "A better day than 2 weeks ago for a photo update", starts here.

8/26/2016 update starts here.

8/5/2016 update starts here.

I can even hear it from my house.  (I had to lean it very close to my laptop during this 10-second video.)

7/25/2016. If this were a video update, you'd hear the loud hum of a large pump off to the left.

Excavation:  the video.  (7/13/2016)

Excavation:  a Still shot.

7/9/2016.  Looking west from Parmenter Street

Looking southwest from Hubbard Ave., across from the Village Green

June 24, 2016

June 17, 2016

May 16, 2016. 

May 7, 2016.  A week's worth of demolition.

5/5/2016.  A beautiful day to demolish a 35-year-old building.

Terrence Wall begins major redevelopment in downtown Middleton.  (, 5/4/2016)
After staging a ceremonial partial demolition last week, developer Terrence Wall on Tuesday resumed demolition of Old Middleton Centre to make way for his latest development, which will add more than 200 apartments to the area bounded by Elmwood, Hubbard and Terrace avenues and Parmenter Street.




And the walls came tumbling down.

Compare the view #1 below.

Rubble close-up

Original 4/23/2016 post starts here.

The 35-year-old retail/office development of six similarly designed buildings never found its mojo from the start.

1818 Parmenter Street and 7507 Hubbard Avenue locations in particular.

View #1.  As you can see from the windows, the demo has already begun.

View #2.  

View #3:

Next year:  7611 Hubbard and 7609 Elmwood
2018:  1800 Parmenter and 7600 Terrace.

The new T. Wall development will also include office and retail as well as 200+ apartments.

Related posts:
UPDATE: Middleton Plan Commission to review downtown historic core parking options.
  • Parking a concern with T. Wall Old Middleton Centre makeover.  (4/1/2016)
  • Possibly Coming Soon to This Location: A Mixed-Use (Retail/Residential), Development (4/29/2015)