Saturday, August 24, 2019

GET ME REWRITE: Scott Walker appointee Dan Kelly to run for re-election to Wisconsin Supreme Court on his driving record

Reported in Justice Dan Kelly cited in traffic crash that injured 2.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/24/2019)

When Leah sez 'appreciates', does she mean 'hold dear', 'have a clear idea of', or 'think very highly or favorably of'?

Well, it can't possibly be 'have a clear idea of'!

The corporate bankruptcies of Donald Trump

Trump Acclaims Economy, but Voters Are Anxious Amid Recession Talk  (The New York Times, 8/22/2019)
Leah Proffitt, a 60-year-old Air Force veteran in Tucson, is a registered Republican who appreciates Mr. Trump’s business experience.

GET ME REWRITE: Rep. Steve King thinks "It's a Wonderful Life" is the greatest anti-abortion movie ever!

A little bit softer now, sez Rep. Steve "no exceptions" King.

Reported in U.S. Rep. Steve King stands by no exceptions for rape and incest statement, but would like to phrase it differently.  (Des Moines Register, 8/23/2019)

8/15/2019 update, "Dear Iowa, You need to get rid Steve King.  Best, Retiring Guy", starts here.

If 2018 is any indication, 2020 is the year.

Quoted in U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, 'would there be any population left?'  (Des Moines Register, 8/14/2019)

Original 1/13/2019 post, "Donald Trump embraces the virulently anti-immigration and white supremacist views and rhetoric of Iowa's Steve King", starts here.

And look what happened to him in his most recent election.

Source:  Ballotpedia

In a very white congressional district.

Sources:  QuickFactsWikipedia

Embracing King's views on immigration is not the route to re-election.
Excerpt from 1/10/2019 NYT article.  Immigration is Mr. Trump’s go-to issue, his surest connection to his most faithful supporters, and his prime-time address on Tuesday night underscored his willingness to use fear and misleading statements to appeal to voters — just as he did with warnings about a migrant caravan before the midterm elections. 
The Republican Party hadn’t always intended to go this route: Officials tried for years to come up with broad-based immigration reform that would appeal to growing numbers of Latino voters. But Mr. Trump’s preoccupation with the wall and anti-immigrant politics reflects how he has embraced the once-fringe views of Mr. King, who has used racist language in the past, promotes neo-Nazis on Twitter and was recently denounced by one Republican leader as a white supremacist.

Having lost the popular vote in 2016, Trump has no room for error, particularly since Democrats made strong gains in 2018 in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Other Steve King posts:
In a big, bold move, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds waits til after the election to chastise the despicable Steve King.  (11/14/2018)
Iowa is known for its big chickens.  (6/17/2018)
Most Iowans beg to differ with their most unregenerate member of Congress.  (2/4/2018)

Meet the 2 cretins that the AP scrounged up to defend Trump's military ban on transgender people.  (7/26/2017)
UPDATE. Iowa's dishonorable Steve King flaps his jaws on TV.  (7/16/2017)
51 U.S. House members implore Trump to legalize LGBT discrimination: The Steve King edition.  (5/1/2017)
Trump's America and Steve King's Iowa: Crawford County, Iowa.  (4/17/2017)
According to Steve King, his Congressional district is 95.8% pure.  (3/14/2017)
UPDATE. Not all Republicans rebuke Steve King. Some of them sing a little Carl Perkins among themselves.  (3/14/2017)

Iowa embarassment, subgroups expert, and supreme whiteman Steve King sounds off again.  (7/21/2016)
UPDATE: Iowa's nutburger-in-chief, Rep. Steve King, displays Confederate flag on office desk.  (7/12/2016)

UPDATE: The Company He Keeps: Scott Walker to Pal Around With Steve King in Iowa on January 24.  (10/8/2015)
King introduces a resolution that encourages and empowers "individuals, businesses, churches, religious groups, and other faith-based organizations" to discriminate.  (7/12/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/12/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (1/5/2015)

Alaska climate crisis UPDATE: Dead salmon linked to climate change

Quoted in Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures.  (AP, 8/23/2019)

8/19/2019 update, "July 2019 is hottest month ever in Alaska", starts here.

Alaska's Hottest Month on Record: Melting Sea Ice, Wildfires and Unexpected Die-Offs.  (Inside Climate News, 8/7/2019)
With sea ice at a record low, the usual buffer that helps keep Alaska cool is gone, said Karin Gleason, a climate scientist with NOAA. "That exacerbates temperatures, because when you don't have sea ice near the coastlines, then the temperature of the continent can warm sooner and earlier than it typically would." 
Arctic sea ice hit a record low in July after an early start to the melt season, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The sea ice volume Arctic-wide was about 47 percent lower than the average from 1979-2018.

7/8/2019 update, "Record-breaking heat in Alaska", starts here.

Reported in Alaska see record temperatures in heat wave.  (The Independent, 7/7/2019)

Related reading:
Anchorage breaks heat record.  (NPR, 7/6/2019)
I think it is. We're definitely seeing warmer-than-normal conditions. Like, the 90-degree temperature is 25 degrees above our average. Our average for this time of year is 65 degrees. And just in the last 10 days, we had six record-high temperatures. So not just this year, but overall, the trend for Anchorage and all of Alaska is a steady increase and a steady warming.  (From an interview with Tracy Sinclair, meteorologist at Channel 2 News in Anchorage.)

7/3/2019 update stearts here.

6/23/2019 update, "Record heat in northernmost Alaska", starts here.

Utqiagvik, Alaska, America's Northernmost Town, Smashes June Record High.  (The Weather Channe, 6/21/2019)
This June record in Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow) is the latest notable in what is shaping up as one of Alaska's warmest years on record. NOAA's May climate report released earlier this month found the state had its record warmest spring (March through May) and its second warmest year-to-date through May, behind only 2016.

Original 4/4/2019 "In the red zone" post starts here.

March records for warm weather across Alaska were ‘obliterated’ this year.  (Anchorage Daily News, 4/3/2019)
Many Alaskans have reveled in the warm wave, but others are wary, saying the unprecedented heat has put lives at risk on melting rivers and created challenges for hunters trying to get food. 
Statewide temperatures for March are expected to average 27 degrees, 4 degrees higher than the 1965 high mark, said Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist with the International Arctic Research Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks. [emphasis added]
“We’re not just eking past records. This is obliterating records,” he said.

Original 3/27/2019 post, "Record heat in Alaska", starts here.

Temperatures in Alaska are toppling records.  (Mashable, 3/26/2019)
Well above-average temperatures are expected to continue this week. Daily temperature records have broken around the state, and toppled all-time March records in the greater Arctic region. 
Last week, Alaska saw its earliest ever 70-degree Fahrenheit temperature. This exceptional warmth has been stoked by a mix of weather events and a rapidly warming climate. 
"The magnitude and persistence of the warmth is particularly striking to me this winter in parts of Alaska," Zack Labe, a climate scientist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California at Irvine, said over email.

Related posts:
June 2019
India.  (6/17 /2019)
San Francisco.  (6/12/2019)
Atlanta, Geogia.  (6/5/2019)

April 2019
Australia suffers through record hot March.  (4/2/2019)

March 2019
Seattle's record-breaking winter heat.  (3/19/2019)
UPDATE: Central Florida's record-setting February heat.  (3/2/2019)

January 2019
Australia, scorched.  (1/16/2019)
2018: Hottest year ever for Australian state of New South Wales.  (1/11/2019)
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand hottest ever in 2018, further threatening marine life.  (1/11/2019)
GET ME REWRITE: Prague experiences hottest year on record for third time this decade.  (1/6/2019)

August 2018
Climate change as a matter of fact: Red-hot summer of record heat in Europe.  (8/18/2018)
UPDATE: July 2018 is hottest month ever in California.  (8/18/2018)

Greetings from the Waunakee Public Library

The front of the building

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

From a blighted site arises a community ‘gem’ in Waunakee.  (Waunakee Tribune, 7/25/2019)
Next week, as the Waunakee area celebrates the opening of the new public library, it will mark the end of a nearly 15-year process that hit several road bumps along the way. 
This chapter in Waunakee’s history involved nearly 500 Waunakee area residents and those hired to work on the project, all who helped see the project to fruition. 
But according to one library board and village board member, the long timeline may have benefited the project overall. 
“The time it took was a benefit to the library,” said Village Trustee Gary Herzberg. “It gave village board members a better understanding of the library and the needs.”

 Main entrance

Two views just inside the vestibule

History Hallway leading to Community Room

A peek into the Community Room.  (Note the outdoor seating.)

Self-check station and hold shelves

Children's collection

Family study rooms

A peek into the storytime room 

Upper level.  Fireplace and reading spaces ("The Nook" and "The Overlook")

View of "The Nook" and "The Overlook" from next to the fireplace 

View from "The Overlook" to opposite end of upper level

Adult nonfiction collection

1 of 7 study rooms on upper level

Young adult area

View on upper level from north end of building to south

Green roof


View from the overflow parking lot

Murder in Midwestern perspective

Population loss in Montana: Chouteau County/Fort Benton

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Chouteau County, Fort Benton)

Fort Benton is the county seat of Chouteau County

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 25.6% - Chouteau County
  • 30.7% - Montana
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 20.4% - Chouteau County
  • 18.7% - Montana
  • 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 14.5% - Chouteau County
  • 12.5% - Montana
  • 12.3% - U.S.

The last time a Democratic candidate for president won Chouteau County was in 1964.  Trump won 64.5% of the vote in 2016.

Related reading:
The County Fair:  Life, Death, and Really Good Pie.  (The New York Times, 7/16/2004)
For four days each summer, Chouteau County in Montana, a community of 5,500 people spread out over a bumpy quilt of wheat field and pasture roughly half the size of New Jersey, converges onto a few flat acres of grass and dirt along the Missouri River at the south end of Fort Benton, the county seat. 
The Chouteau County Fair boasts an array of diversions. There is a midway where the Ferris wheel turns and the Octopus whips and a grandstand where the rodeo is held. There are stands that sell corn dogs and Indian tacos and deep-fried pickles. There are booths displaying the latest fashions in fences and seamless vinyl siding, and a table where you can buy a scale model of the world's largest farm tractor, kept at a ranch in the northeast corner of the county. 

Other Montana population loss posts:
Sheridan County/Plentywood.  (8/17/2019)
Daniels County/Scobey.  (8/17/2019)
McCone County/Circle.  (8/17/2019)
Wibaux County/Wibaux.  (8/18/2019)
Carter County/Ekalaka.  (8/18/2019)
Powder River County/Broadus.  (8/18/2019)
Garfield County/Jordan.  (8/18/2019)
Valley County/Glasgow.  (8/20/2019)
Phillips County/Malta.   (8/20/2019)
Petroleum County/Winnett.  (8/21/2019)
Musselshell County/Roundup.  (8/21/2019)
Treasure County/Hysham.  (8/22/2019)
Golden Valley County/Ryegate.  (8/22/2019)
Fergus County/Lewistown.  (8/23/2019)

Other population loss series:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Our nasty president

Reported in Trump’s Interest in Buying Greenland Seemed Like a Joke. Then It Got Ugly.  (The New York Times, 8/21/2019)

Here’s A Running List Of The Women Trump Has Demeaned Using The Word ‘Nasty’. (HuffPost, 8/22/2019)
‘Nasty’ is Trump’s insult of choice for women, but he uses it plenty on men, too.  (Washington Post, 8/22/2019)

If it's toxic, Donald Trump is all in

Reported in The Toxic Back Story to the Charge That Jews Have a Dual Loyalty.  (The New York Times, 8/21/2019)

Read the article to learn the full back story, in which the Greenblatt quote is found.

Related reading: 
A Brief History of Anti-Semitism. (ADL)

The White House Jobs Report Cook Book

More like this, it seems.

All because Trump's worst nightmare is being outdone by a black man.

Economy Analysis: The Trump vs. Obama economy — in 15 charts.  (Washington Post, 8/20/2019)

And then a day later, there's this news.

The revisions don’t change the overall picture of a healthy job market. But they do mean that 2018, which had ranked among the strongest years of job growth in the decade-long recovery, was weaker than previously believed. After the revision, hiring probably averaged under 200,000 jobs per month last year, down from the 223,000 initially reported and only modestly better than the 179,000 monthly jobs added in 2017. 
(arrows added)

Apparently, Trump has yet to hit the 200K mark in average monthly job gains.  If it hasn't blown through already, a tweet storm is likely on the horizon.