Saturday, May 1, 2021

Oh, the hypocrisy: Now that Trump is out of office, Ron Johnson clutches his pearls over federal deficit


That was then (May 2018)

Original 3/5/2021 post, "Wisconsin GOP State Senator Stephen Nass signs onto term limits resolution", starts here.

For members of the U.S. House and Senate.  Not for him, of course.

Nass was elected to the State Assembly in 1990, serving 7 two-year terms.  Nass was elected to the State Senate in 2014 and is currerntly serving his second 4-year term.  

He's now in his 21st year in the Wisconsin legislature.

The company he keeps: Scott Walker with Josh Duggar

Headline from Newsweek

Related reading:
The Duggars continue digging themselves deeper.   It's time someone shut off the Duggar's spotlight and help the four traumatized girls whose parents abandoned them.  (Arizona Republic, 6/5/2015)
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar—the kamikaze-krazed parents of Teenage Mutant Child Molester Josh Duggar—are bound and determined to do all they can in what's left of their hour of power to sink TLC's pathetic version of the Love Boat.

4/27/2021 update, "Scott Walker with Rick Santorum", starts here.

Deadline, 4/26/2021

Non-apology from this cretin not accepted.
(arrows and highlights added)

Related post:
GET ME REWRITE: Rick Santorum once again proclaims to the world, "I AM AN IGNORAMUS!".  (4/26/2021)

GET ME REWRITE: Republican spews his COVIDIOT ignorance at school board meeting


Photo:  Twitter

La Crosse Tribune, 4/20/2021
Claiming the young aren’t as affected by COVID-19 as adults, Holmen resident Tony Szak referred to the district’s policy regarding mask wearing as bogus. 
“Our children are brainwashed by this cloth we wear,” said Szak. “Where’s the common sense here forcing kids to wear masks that do nothing? If they did do something, why quarantine kids for 14 days just because of exposure?” 
Other parents giving input at the meeting agreed they should be allowed to decide whether their children should wear masks or not.

Current risk levels in Michigan.

See Wisconsin Democracy Campaign "Follow the Money" here and here.

UPDATE: Is a transition to housing in the cards for HotelRed?

Google Maps (white box added)

The owner of the 48-room property that opened in 2011 is putting the hotel up for sale. It could very well continue to be a hotel, depending on who purchases the property. But a real estate listing is also touting that it could be renovated into a building for multifamily housing.


9/4/2017 update, "In a turnaround, Madison Plan Commission approves upward expansion", starts here.

More stories at HotelRED and State Street apartments receive Madison Plan Commission nod.  (Capital Times, 8/15/2016)
HotelRED tried again with another proposal, this time adding two full floors of guest rooms and a “heavily recessed” seventh floor, about half the size, with a rooftop garden, two decks, public event space and a bar and lounge. It would add 39 guest rooms for a total of 66,007 square feet.

3/26/2017 update, " It's a gray day for developer after Madison Plan Commission sez no more tiers", starts here.

HotelRED shares the odd-numbered side of the 1500 block of Monroe Street with Mickie's Dairy Bar, Stadium Barbers, and New Orleans Take-out


The building's Brutalist backside.

HotelRED's 4-story expansion proposal rejected by Madison Plan Commission.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/21/2017)
Members unanimously voted to reject a conditional use permit on the plan that would double the floor count and height of the boutique hotel at 1501 Monroe St. The commission cited concerns that the height of the proposed eight-story structure, about 100 feet, conflicts with neighborhood and city plans on how the area should be developed.

Original 11/4/2016 post, "4 more tiers?", starts here.

All photos by Retiring Guy

HotelRED proposes adding 4 floors to its Monroe Street property.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/2/2016)

The 48-room boutique hotel opened in 2011.

According to Amber Arnold's reporting, Craig Stanley, president of the Vilas Neighborhood Association, sez the project will cause some heartburn in the neighborhood.

Excellent breakfast option located right next door!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Pajama Man shows off his newest sleepwear


New York Times, 4/28/2021
Brendan Hunt was struggling to find success as an actor in New York City when he discovered another way to become famous. 
He began to film conspiracy theory videos about the Sept. 11 attacks and other mass killings, building an audience over many years. He posted anti-Semitic propaganda, and branded himself as a free speech warrior. He eventually became a fan of President Donald J. Trump. 
But during the pandemic, Mr. Hunt’s tone escalated. The tipping point came on Jan. 8, two days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, when Mr. Hunt published a video urging Mr. Trump’s supporters to kill Democratic politicians. A viewer notified the F.B.I., and Mr. Hunt was arrested in January.

Unemployed actor with too much time on his hands.

Wisconsin Covid cases mapped, listed and graphed (4/30/2021)


Friday, April 30.  Total tests (positive and negative):  3,444,683.  One-day increase of 4,482 (789 positive; 18%)

Total positive Covid 19 cases:  598,147

Counties with largest numerical gains = 35 of 72

  • 9 with 20 or more new cases
  • 9 with 10 to 19
  • 17 with 5 to 9

The 37
  • Milwaukee (157)
  • Dane (75)
  • Rock (56)
  • St Croix (41)
  • Waukesha (37)
  • Racine (30)
  • Brown (32)
  • Marathon (25)
  • Kenosha (24)
  • Polk (20)
    • Wood (19)
    • Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Washington, Winnebago (17 each)
    • Dodge (13)
    • Kenosha (12)
    • La Crosse, Pierce (10 each)
    • Barron, Sauk, Walworth (9 each)
    • Chippewa, Douglas, Green, Monroe, Sheboygan (8 each)
    • Marinette (7)
    • Calumet, Columbia, Eau Claire (6 each)
    • Douglas, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Washburn, Waupaca (5 each)

    Link to other WI COVID posts:

    Related posts:
    Alabama.  (2/15/2021)
    Arizona.  (2/15/2021)
    Arkansas.  (2/4/2021)
    California.  (2/7/2021)
    Connecticut.  (8/21/2020)
    Florida.  (4/20/2021)
    Georgia.  (2/15/2021)
    Idaho.  (2/7/2021)
    Illinois.  (2/2/2021)
    Indiana.  (2/6/2021)
    Iowa.  (2/6/2021)
    Kansas.  (2/4/2021)
    Kentucky.  (2/4/2021)
    Louisiana.  (2/6/2021)
    Maryland.  (1/27/2021)
    Massachusetts.  (2/16/2021)
    Michigan.  (4/20/2021)
    Minnesota.  (4/2/2021)
    Mississippi.  (3/4/2021)
    Montana. (2/5/2021)
    Nebraska.  (2/4/2021)
    Nevada.  (2/17/2021)
    New Jersey,  (4/11/2021)
    New York.  (4/1/2021)
    North Carolina.  (2/7/2021)
    North Dakota.  (2/7/2021)
    Ohio.  (2/6/2021)
    Pennsylvania.  (4/7/2021)
    South Carolina.  (2/5/2021)
    South Dakota.  (2/18/2021)
    Tennessee.  (2/5/2021)
    Texas   (2/6/2021)
    Utah.  (2/17/2021)
    Virginia.  (1/22/2021)
    Washington State.  (6/12/2020)
    West Virginia.  (2/3/2021)

    Judith Atkins Sloff (1945-2021) Warren Area High School class of 1963


    1963 Dragon yearbook

    1967 Warren City Directory

    • Atkins Irene Mrs employee Jamesway r22 Ditmar Street North Warren
    • Atkins William F (Irene J) cabinet maker Crescent Furniture h22 Ditmar Street North Warren
    1983 Warren City Directory

    The popularity of Judith as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Irene.

      Social Security Administration

    Irene was a very popular name during the 1st 3 decades of the 20th century, spending 29 years (1901-1929) in the top 30, peaking at #16 in 1918 and 1919.  She went on to spend another 17 years in the top 100.  After bottoming out at #692 in 2010 and 2011, she has steadied herself a bit.

    Other class of 1963 graduates (12):
    Charles Rounds.  (11/11)
    James Falvo.  (7/1)
    Ronald Morse.  (2/6)

    Day by day: What Trump administration officials and GOP sycophants said about the virus (April 20-30, 2020)

    Washington Post, 4/30/2020
    President Pence’s office threatened to retaliate against a reporter who revealed that Pence’s office had told journalists they would need masks for Pence’s visit to the Mayo Clinic — a requirement Pence himself did not follow.
    Pence’s trip to the clinic Tuesday generated criticism after he was photographed without a surgical mask — the only person in the room not wearing one. The Minnesota clinic requires visitors to wear masks as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus. 
    Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday that he was unaware of the mask policy until his visit was over. 
    But Steve Herman, who covers the White House for Voice of America, suggested that there was more to the story after Karen Pence’s interview.
    In other words, he said it's 'bullshit'.


    April 29th update starts here

    Kushner painted a rosy picture for "Fox and Friends" Wednesday morning, saying that "the federal government rose to the challenge and this is a great success story and I think that that's really what needs to be told." 
    May will be a transition month ... I think you will see by June, a lot of the country should be back to normal, and the hope is that by July the country is really rocking again," he said.

    Well, we know how this inane prediction turned out.


    April 28 update start here

    Another GOP COVIDIOT governor in action

    In a new executive order announced April 28, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced guidelines that would allow most businesses to reopen this week, repealing the state's stay-at-home order that has been in effect over the past few weeks.  [emphasis added]

    On April 28, 2020, Tennessee's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 380.

    Three month later, on August 1, Tennessee's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 2,428, an increase of 540% since April 28.

    On December 18, Tennessee's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 9,193, an increase of 2300% since April 28.

    Tennessee's current 7-day average of new Covid cases is 1,042, 175% higher than is was on April 28.


    April 27 update starts here

    Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds focuses on reopening her state.  Way, way too soon!

    Reynolds said she is moving from an "aggressive mitigation strategy" to a focus on targeted containment so Iowa can begin to kick-start its economy again. She acknowledged COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, is likely to be in the state until a vaccine is developed. 
    "Instead, we must learn to live with COVID virus activity without letting it govern our lives," Reynolds said.

    On April 27, 2020, Iowa's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 385.

    Ten days later, on May 7, 2020, Iowa's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 559, an increase of 45% since April 27.

    On November 13, 2020, Iowa's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 4,660, an increase of 110% since April 27.

    Iowa's current 7-day average of new Covid cases is 403.

    Learn to live with it, Iowa.


    April 26 update starts here

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis takes a victory lap.  Way, way too soon!

    ClickOrlando, 4/26/2020
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asserted on Sunday that parts of the state are now “on the other side” of the coronavirus outbreak, and said he would soon announce whether he would lift edicts that shuttered much of the state’s economy because of the pandemic 
    [snip]  But he again pushed back at critics who said he was slow to move on putting social-distancing restrictions in place. 
    “Florida has performed better than anyone predicted," the governor said. “People should be comforted in knowing that all those predictions of hundreds of thousands of people hospitalized were not accurate, and it has just not been the case so that’s a good thing."

    Speaking of being 'on the other side'.....

    On April 26, 2020, Florida's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 745.

    On May 16, 2020, Florida's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 11,870, an increase of 1500% compared to April 26.

    On January 8, 2021, Florida's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 17,991, an increase of 2300% compared to April 26.

    On April 17, 2021, Florida's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 6,193, an increase of 730% compared to April 26, 2020.

    Heckuva job, Ron!


    April 25 update starts here

    Another GOP COVIDIOT governor in action

    By May 4, diners can begin returning to restaurants in the Omaha area and several other areas of Nebraska lightly impacted by the coronavirus, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced on Friday.
    The decision to begin relaxing the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, the governor said, was based on “hard data” that hospitals and intensive care units are not being swamped, and not on pressure to reopen the economy. 
    “If we’re not overwhelming our health care system, we’re winning,” Ricketts said.

    And how did Ricketts' plan work out?

    On April 25, 2020, Nebraska's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 221.

    Fourteen days later, on May 9, 2020, Nebraska's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 419, nearly doubling the  April 25th.

    On November 19, 2020, Nebraska's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 2.377, an increase of nearly 100%  compared to April 25.

    Heckuva job, Pete!


    April 24 update starts here

    COVIDIOT GOP governor in action.

    News Tribune, 4242020

    And how did Stitt's plan work out?

    On April 24, 2020, Oklahoma's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 94.

    On July 30, 2020, Oklahoma's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 1106, an increase of more than 1000% compared to April 24.

    On January 13, 2021, Oklahoma's 7-day average of new Covid cases was 4,256, an increase of more than 4400%  compared to April 24.

    Heckuva job, Kevin!

    New York Times (arrows added)


    April 23 update starts here

    "Congress did send South Dakota $1.25 billion to us, but they tied our hands on how we can spend it. The only way I can spend this money is on Covid relief. I can't spend it to replace revenues," she said at a news conference. 
    "I can't spend it to make up some of the difference that we're seeing from our economy stalling and people not out shopping and participating in adding some sales tax revenue to our state budget or to our local city and local government budgets as well." 
    Her comments come on the heels of a stunning surge of coronavirus cases in South Dakota. Noem, a Republican, has faced criticism for refusing to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order, even following an outbreak at a major pork processing plant in the state.  [emphasis added]

    South Dakota:  #3 in Covid cases per 1,000,000 population 

    South Dakota:  #9 in deaths per 1,000,000 population

    7-day average of new Covid cases on April 23, 2020:  92

    7-day average of new Covid cases on April 22, 2021:  148.


    April 22, 2021 update starts here

    More like, "Gov. DeSantis and local leaders hallucinate over a path....." 

    Florida's daily average of new Covid cases on July 17, 2020, was 11,865 -- 14 times times higher than April 22's daily average of 825.2

    Florida's daily average of new Covid cases on January 9, 2021, was 15,684 -- 19 times times higher than April 22's daily average of 825.

    Florida's daily average of new Covid cases on April 21, 2021, was 6.095 -- nearly 8 times times higher than April 22's daily average of 825.

    “We need to get the doctors to talk with some of the licensing boards of cosmetology, barber and all this stuff to figure out, okay, what’s the contact like? How can you reduce the contacts?” DeSantis said. “I think there’s a path forward with a lot of this stuff, but you’ve got to be smart about it. You’ve got to do it intelligently.” 
    The latest numbers are giving state leaders confidence that with continued social distancing measures and protocols, that can be done gradually and successfully. [emphasis added]
    “As of last night we were actually below 700 [people] in the ICU statewide, which is lower than I think it was in certainly a week, maybe two weeks,” DeSantis said. He also cited a drop in the percentage of people infected with COVID-19 in certain areas, including the hotspot of Miami-Dade County.


    April 21, 2020 update starts here

    Smirky Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp gets the message from pandemic disaster machine Donald Trump.

    As we begin the process of safely reopening our economy, it is critical that business owners, operators, and contractors adhere strictly to increased safety and sanitation guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Gov. Kemp said. "Working together, I am confident that we can get these sectors back online and work to ensure the health and safety of all Georgians."

    Foolhardy Kemp attempts to reopen Georgia in the 2nd month of the pandemic when his state is 9 months from its peak of new Covid cases.  This is an example of how consistently nutty the GOP response has been.

    New York Times (arrows added)


    April 20 update starts here.

    Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis gets the message from pandemic disaster machine Donald Trump.

    Click Orlando, 4/20/2020

    The red arrow indicates how deranged DeSantis was to make a "curve is flattening" comment 1 year ago. 

    New York Times (arrow added)

    Related series of official/sycophants posts:
    April 1-15, 2020.

    Related series of posts: Day by day:  What Trump said about the pandemic.