Saturday, October 2, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Tom Tiffany joins other cretinous Republican Study Committee to insure virus spread


Tom Tiffany, masked up for another day at the Capitol

Townhall, 10/1/2021
Tenney's bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Brian Mast (R-FL), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), John Rose (R-TN), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Brian Babin (R-TX), Ronny Jackson (R-TX), Jerry Carl (R-AL), Jason Smith (R-MO), and August Pfluger (R-TX). 
Calling the White House's Wuhan coronavirus [Townhall is published by the equally cretinous Heritage Foundation] vaccine mandate "un-American and unconstitutional," Rep. Banks pointed out that President Biden assured Americans he wouldn't mandate vaccines, another broken Biden promise.

And the names listed above don't include the worst of the worst members of the GOP House caucus:  Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, Mo Brooks, Glenn Grothman, Marjorie Taylor Green.

A number of the counties in the congressional district Tiffany represeents are in dire need of masking up and getting vaxxed.

Related posts:

Meet Tom Tiffany, Trump sycophant and ill-informed charlatan with a shameful resume as Fan elected official.  (6/27)
Tom Tiffany is only member of Wisconsin congressional delegation to vote against COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.  (5/21)
The lazeist white men in the House.  (5/21)
GET ME REWRITE: Tom Tiffany has been an elected official since 2009 and still doesn't know how government works.  (4/11)
As you would expect, Tom Tiffany peddles inaccurate Covid transmission information.  (4/9)
Tom TIffany Clown Show shills for white privilege.  (3/27)
Tom Tiffany challenges Glenn Grothman for desingation as Wisconsin State Clown. (3/25)
Tales of Treason: Tom Tiffany goes to Washington.  (3/6)
Meet the Wisconsin delegation of the U.S. House Traitors Caucus.  (1/7)
Wisconsin and Pennsylvania Freedom Caucus crazies team up to scrap 'one-China' policy.  (3/5)

GET ME REWRITE: Tom Tiffany working to yank title of Wisconsin State Embarrassment from Glenn Grothman.  (10/2)

UPDATE: Who will run in Wisconsin 7th congressional district now that Sean Duffy has announced his resignation?  (10/21)

Meet Tom "terrific for the mining industry" Tiffany.  (11/4)

The hypocrisy of Tom Tiffany and his fellow Republicans.   (3/25) 

Tom "Terrific-for-the-Frac-Sand-Mining-Industry" Tiffany
.  (12/19)
Scott Walker likely to support Tom Tiffany's new mining bill.  (2/27)

Wyoming's Republican Governor has a message for Wisconsin mining industry's "Tom Terrific".  (11/24)
The mining industry's "Tom Terrific" gets pushback from his Republican colleagues
.  (11/18)
In so many words: Dear Sen. TiffanyYour bill sucks, Sincerely, Pepin County Board.  (11/13)
Follow the Gogebic money.  (11/7)
Sen. Tom Tiffany's sand mine bill a hot potato.  (10/28) 
The Nipper Chronicles: The frac sand mining masters speak.  (10/18)

Friday, October 1, 2021

GET ME REWRITE: Four years in, Foxconn still hoping to hit a bullseye


To be or not to be.  Racine County continues to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

"After months of careful evaluation, Foxconn will work to acquire pre-existing manufacturing operations in Lordstown, Ohio for the initial production of electric vehicles for our customers and partners. Existing automobile manufacturing facilities, infrastructure, employees, and location in Ohio with robust supply chain resources will give Foxconn speed to market that meets our customer’s needs for production by end of 2023," reads a statement from Foxconn Technology Group. 
According to Foxconn, its massive and still mostly empty Mount Pleasant property could in the future "serve as a ... location for additional investment for Foxconn’s electric vehicle growth in the United States."

This is the hellbound train that Foxconn has decided to get on board.

"Everybody loves a moonshot," founder and CEO Steve Burns told NPR in January 2020. "And we are a moonshot, but we've been in orbit at least." 
It was bathed in hype, including an unveiling with President Trump at the White House, and it was showered in cash from investors. 
But production timelines kept getting delayed. This spring an investment firm that had bet Lordstown stock would fall accused the startup of fraud for overhyping its preorders and setting unrealistic timelines. And last month Ford unveiled an electric version of the F-150, which will compete head-to-head with Lordstown's vehicle and is promising to undercut its price. 
Then Lordstown revealed it needed even more cash to actually produce its vehicles, and was at risk of going bankrupt within a year. And this week it admitted that some preorders had been exaggerated — and the CEO and founder, along with his chief financial officer, abruptly resigned.


7/8/2021 update, "Four years in, Foxconn still hoping to hit a bullseye", starts here.

In March, just weeks after it was announced that Fisker was considering partnering with Foxconn to produce electric vehicles, Foxconn Chairman Young Liu said that the company's Mount Pleasant property was in the running for being the hub of North American electric car manufacturing. He said a decision would be made by July.

6/6/2021 update starts here.

Mount Pleasant’s Foxconn plant says it plans to announce July 1 whether its Racine County site will be used to assemble 250,000 Fisker-brand electric vehicles. Foxconn’s chairman said in March that those cars will either be built in the U.S. or Mexico.

Original 3/16/2021 post starts here.

“I took over the Wisconsin task, and I need to make it a viable one, so I need to find a product that fits that location,” Liu said. “Whether it’s Wisconsin or Mexico, it’s not political, it’s business from my perspective."


Sounds like

to Retiring Guy.

TOP 10: Ohio counties with most and least Covid cases per 100,000 residents


New York Times (dots added)

Trump won these top 10 Covidiot counties by huge margins.  In all but one, he received more than 70% of the vote.

6 of Ohio's 88 counties, which comprise 41% of the state's population, voted for Joe Biden.  Four of them are among the counties with the lowest number of Covid cases per 100,000 residents:  Cuyahoga (Cleveland), Summit (Akron), Franklin (Columbus), and Hamilton (Cincinnati).  

Related posts:
Pennsylvania.  (10/1/2021)
Wisconsin.  (9/30/2021)

Meet the dismantlers of academic freedom at Yale University


Old white men can't let go of the world most of us have left behind.

The donors, both prominent and deep-pocketed, are Nicholas F. Brady, a former U.S. Treasury secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and Charles B. Johnson, a mutual fund billionaire and leading Republican donor who in 2013 made a $250 million donation to Yale — the largest gift in its history.  
On March 4, things came to a head. According to Professor Gage, Dr. Lewis told her that Mr. Johnson had what Dr. Lewis said was a mistaken impression that he could choose the board, and that he wanted to name Stephen J. Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush; Thomas H. Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey; and Mr. Kissinger.


Thursday, September 30, 2021

"AND WE HELPED!!", say Wisconsin's Trumpiest and least vaccinated counties

Although the country is seeing a decline in average daily cases overall, Wisconsin joins 13 other states reporting a net positive change. Only Alaska has a higher percent increase at 100% compared to Wisconsin's 48% increase. 
The state reported a seven-day average of 2,532 daily cases on Wednesday, up 877 cases from a month ago.
As of 9/29/2021, the 7-day average is at 2,919, according to the New York Times.

Taylor County vaccination rate for all residents is 30.3%.  Clark County is 31.4.%  The state average is 53.6%.

Original 9/15/2021 post, "Bottom line:  Taylor County and Clark County are among the Trumpiest in Wisconsin", starts here.

Stats from Wikipedia

Why is this region of central Wisconsin so much more resistant to vaccines and to medical research showing that vaccinated people are far less likely to get infected, be hospitalized and die from COVID-19? 
Public health officials say a combination of factors are at play, ranging from political beliefs, to vulnerability to disinformation, to the presence of large Amish and Mennonite communities, to a history of skepticism about vaccines in general. 
Interviews conducted by the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin with residents of Clark and Taylor counties over the last four months also suggested widespread doubts about the safety of vaccines, as well as opposition to government mandates.

Related posts:
Greetings from Trump's America:  Clark County.  (11/6/2020)
Greetings from Trump's America:  Taylor County.  (4/24/2021)

Margaret Gotto (1930-2021) Warren High School class of 1949

1949 Dragon yearbook


1967 Warren City Directory

    1983 Warren City Directory
    • Gotto Margaret M press operator GTE Sylvania r1600 Madison Avenue
    • Gotto Rose retired h1600 Madison Avenue

    The popularity of Margaret as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at classmate Winifred.

    Winifred enjoyed her best years during the first quarter of the 20th century, spending 27 years in the top 200 (1900-1927), peaking at #141 in 1917.

    Other class of 1949 members (35): 
    Richard Scalise.  (4/23)

    Robert Blair.  (9/6)
    Geoge Probst.  (7/25)

    Charles Vermilyea.  (11/15)
    Eleanor Shanshala.  (9/10)
    Constance Corbran Albaugh.  (4/5)
    Margaret Chambers Latona.  (3/18)
    Thomas Mowell.  (2/9)
    Mary Ellen Louise Riche Borden.  (1/22)

    Gail Nelson.  (11/2)
    Harold Crecraft (10/24)
    Neil de Stefano.  (1/20)

    Margaret Hartweg Albaugh Dallenbach.  (12/21)
    Dorothea Giltinan Suppa.  (6/15)
    Ruth Bengston Thelin.  (4/27)
    Donna Wenzel Ponsoll.  (1/4)

    Margaret Eustace Sutter.  (11/17)
    Paul Mahan.  (7/17)
    Paul Briggs. (7/11)
    Mary Ann Harrison Hughes.  (3/29)
    Winona Ross Prosen.  (3/5)

    Bertie McConnell Glotz.  (9/26)
    Corrine Culbertson Ryan Shanshala.  (7/13)
    Nicholas Mangus II. (6/15)
    Teresa Nuhfer Sanden.  (4/13)
    Catherine Salapek Freeborough.  (4/10)
    Richard Sharp.  (3/22/2015)

    Richard Hamilton.  (12/17)

    Bray by bray: What Trump did during the pandemic (September 16-30 2020)

    White people show up for Janesville rally in October

    YouTube screenshot

    September 30, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,591,532, (+43,701 which is 17.5% of current total)

    September 30, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 43,341,542 (+127,861)

    The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus “red zones,” the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post. 
    Wisconsin is listed in the document as the state with the third-highest rate of new cases in the country, with 243 new cases per 100,000 people over the previous week, about 2.6 times greater than the national average. Ahead of Trump’s scheduled rally in Green Bay, the Bellin Health System said Tuesday that its hospital in that city is at 94 percent capacity as covid-19 continues to spike in the community.

    September 30, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 215,566 (+817), which is 31% of current totat

    September 30, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 695,232 (+2,505)


    Wishing doesn't make it so.

    September 29, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,547,831, (+46,143 which is 17.5% of current total)

    September 29, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 43,205,257 (+104.903)

    New York Times, 9/29/2020
    That belief began circulating months ago on conservative news programs like those of Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham. It has been cited several times by Dr. Scott W. Atlas, President Trump’s new pandemic adviser. It appears to be behind Mr. Trump’s recent remarks that the pandemic is “rounding the corner” and “would go away even without the vaccine.”  [emphasis added to names of nutburgers]

    September 29, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 214,755 (+912), which is 31% of current totat

    September 29, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 692,727 (+2,179)


    September 28, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,501,688, (+36,596 which is 17.4% of current total)

    September 28, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 43,100,295 (+194,723)

    CNN’s Brian Stelter asked Fauci if he's worried that Dr. Scott Atlas is sharing misleading information with the President. "Well yeah, I'm concerned that sometimes things are said that are really taken either out of context or actually incorrect,” Fauci answered. 
    Fauci said he did not see it as a matter of conflict. 
    "If I have an issue with someone, I'll try and sit down with them and let them know why I differ with them and see if we can come to some sort of resolution," Fauci said. "So, I mean my differences with Dr. Atlas, I'm always willing to sit down and talk with him and see if we could resolve those differences."

    September 28, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 213,843 (+412), which is 31% of current totat

    September 28, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 690,558 (+2,415)


    September 27, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,465,092, (+31,762 which is 17.4% of current total)

    September 27, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,905,619 (+34,200)

    CNN, 9-27/2020
    Speaking to CNN’s Ana Cabrera, Wen, who was previously Baltimore's health commissioner, said she was “very concerned” about the video she saw showing “a lot of people coming from many parts of the country, gathered together, no social distancing, not wearing masks.” 
    “Because it's not just what they do during the event,” Wen said, but what happens when they return home and potentially spread the virus.

    Not to mnetion the mostly white and male make-up of the audience.

    September 27, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 213,431 (+368), which is 31% of current totat

    September 27, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 688,143 (+281)


    September 26, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,433,330, (+44,166 which is 17.5% of current total)

    September 26, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,471,356 (+51,575)

    At a rally in Newport News, Virginia, on Friday night, Trump again refused to say whether he would peacefully transition out of the White House if he loses the presidential election this November, suggesting he would only do so if he was convinced Democrats and their presidential nominee, Joe Biden, did not cheat. 
    “We’ve gotta watch this ballot scam, because they’re scamming us. And then they say, ‘He doesn’t want to turn over [power].’ Of course I do. But it’s gotta be a fair election,” Trump told the rally crowd.

    September 26, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 213,063 (+735), which is 31% of current totat

    September 26, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 687,876 (+3,388)


    September 25, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,388,204, (+50,664 which is 17.3% of current total)

    September 25, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,819,781 (+139,986)

    Trump said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting “virtually nobody” under the age of 18 and sought to frame the pandemic as largely impacting older Americans, as he argued for school districts to resume in-person learning. “Now we know it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems,” Trump said. “If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.” 
    Florida, where 34 percent of the population is over the age of 55, is a potential swing state for Trump’s re-election campaign. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has made some inroads among older voters here, according to recent polls, but the coronavirus could affect the race in profound ways. 
    Trump’s recent remarks made Liz Cillo, a 72-year-old retiree from St. Petersburg, laugh bitterly. “We’re dispensable. We’re old. I feel as though he’s never showed any empathy or compassion toward us.”

    September 25, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 212,328 (+482), which is 31% of current totat

    September 25, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 684,488 (+2,759)


    September 24, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,337,540, (+46,195 which is 17.2% of current total)

    September 24, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,678,094 (+126,138)

    New York Times, 9/24/2020
    He claimed that “you can look at large portions of our country — it’s corona-free,” even as federal officials distributed a new report finding that 21 states had outbreaks so severe that they were in the “red zone.” Twenty-eight states were in the “yellow zone,” and only one state, Vermont, was in the “green zone.” 
    And he lamented that health officials in his administration, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, were more popular than he is. “He’s got this high approval rating,” Mr. Trump said. “Why don’t I have a high approval rating — and the administration — with respect to the virus?”

    September 24, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 211,486 (+835), which is 30.9% of current totat

    September 24, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 684,488 (+3,107)


    Behind in the polls, Trump desperately seeks a boost.

    Poll results from Real Clear Politics

    September 23, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,291,345, (+44,108 which is 17.1% of current total)

    September 23, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,550,035 (+145,655)

    Washington Post, 9/23/2020
    Trump said he had “tremendous trust in these massive companies” developing prospective vaccines and suggested that they, not federal regulators, could best determine when a vaccine should be made available to the American people. “When you have great companies coming up with these vaccines, why would they [the FDA] have to be, you know, adding great length to the process? We want to have people not get sick.” 
    “I don’t see why it should be delayed further,” he said. “That is a lot of lives you’re talking about.”

    September 23, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 210,651 (+1,001), which is 30.9% of current totat

    September 23, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 681,381 (+2,824)


    Dictionary definition from Merriam-Webster (box added)

    September 22, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,247,237, (+39,342 which is 17.1% of current total)

    September 22, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,404,380 (+129,771)

    By Tuesday morning, the disease had officially had killed 200,000 people in the US — a number more than the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and the Iraq War combined — and “affected” even more.  

    The president was trying to highlight how deaths from the virus are concentrated among older people and those with preexisting conditions — never mind that more than half of the US population falls into one or both of those categories — but he made his point in a remarkably callous, revealing way.


    September 22, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 209,650 (+948), which is 30.9% of current totat

    September 22, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 678,557 (+2,366)


    September 21, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,207,895, (+34,723 which is 17.1% of current total)

    September 21, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,274,064 (+207,074)

    "We're rounding the corner," he told "Fox & Friends" of the coronavirus during an interview Monday morning. "With or without a vaccine. They hate when I say that but that's the way it is. ... We've done a phenomenal job. Not just a good job, a phenomenal job. Other than public relations, but that's because I have fake news. On public relations, I give myself a D. On the job itself, we take an A+." 

    September 21, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 208,702 (+417), which is 30.9% of current totat

    September 21, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 676,191 (+2,622)


    Worldometers (arrow added

     September 20, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,173,172, (+32,395 which is 17.1% of current total)

    September 20, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,065,351 (+39,203)

    Just 39% of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the pandemic, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Roughly one-quarter of Republicans say they don’t approve of Trump’s stewardship of the public health crisis, though his overall backing among GOP voters sits at a comfortable 84%. There’s also little doubt that the death toll in the U.S. has soared past where Trump repeatedly assured the public it would be. In February, when the first coronavirus cases were detected in the U.S., the president said the numbers would be “down to close to zero” within days.


    September 20, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 208,285 (+391), which is 30.9% of current totat

    September 20, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 673,929 (+292)


     September 19, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,140,777, (+44,666 which is 17% of current total)

    September 19, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 42,026,148 (+69,983)

    September 19, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 207,894 (+682), which is 30.8% of current totat

    September 19, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 673,637 (+826)


    September 18, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,096,111, (+50,014 which is 16.9% of current total)

    September 18, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 41,956,165 (+165,465)

    Everything I’ve done with our military has worked out very well. In a short time we’ll have a safe and effective vaccine and we’ll defeat the virus.   Interestingly as I was saying that day, [inaudible] just like what we did with our military with respect to ISIS went very well. Long ahead of schedule. They have been incredible in working with me. Let’s go to Puerto Rico because Puerto Rico has been hit very, very hard by a lot of different storms and they’re great people. It’s a great place, I know it well. Great place.

    September 18, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 207,212 (+851), which is 30.8% of current totat

    September 18, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 672,811 (+5,995)


    New York Times (arrow added)

    September 17, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  7,046,097, (+47,581 which is 16.9% of current total)

    September 17, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 41,790.700 (+154,897)

    Washington Post, 9/17/2020
    With fewer than 50 days before the Nov. 3 election, Trump has keyed on a prospective coronavirus vaccine as a piece of good news that demonstrates his leadership amid a grinding pandemic, with continued job losses, school closures and disruptions to daily life. Trump argues that the worst of the crisis is past and that states should lift remaining restrictions meant to curb the spread of a disease that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans. 
    But health and science experts say his continued swipes at the government’s own experts are undermining public trust in their guidance — as well as in an eventual vaccine.

    September 17, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 206,361 (+820), which is 30.9% of current totat

    September 17, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 666,816 (+3,415)


    September 16, 2020.   U.S. total Covid cases =  6,998,716, (+42,052 which is 16.8% of current total)

    September 16, 2021.  U.S. total Covid cases = 41,635,802 (+152,696)

    Number of Americans who received vaccine doses by December 31, 2020:  2,8 million, well short of Trump's boast.   It wasn't until mid-March 2021 that the U.S. hit 100 million doses.

    CBS News, 3/21/2021

    September 16, 2020.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 205,541 (+935), which is 30.8% of current totat

    September 16, 2021.  U.S. total Covid deaths = 666,816 (+2,585)

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