Saturday, August 13, 2022

GUN CRAZY collage: More gun sales = more gun deaths

Want to see the continued proliferation and easy access to guns?  Vote Republican!

Top headlinePhiladelphia Inquirer
Bottom headlineNew York Times
The 300th killing of the year in Philadelphia took the life of Lameer Boyd, an 18-year-old father-to-be who was gunned down one July night on a sidewalk. Over the weeks that followed, a grandmother was shot in the neck, a popular singer was killed in front of his house and a woman was killed at a front-porch cookout. 
With her death, the 322nd of the year, the number of homicides in Philadelphia was on track toward becoming the highest in police records, passing the bleak milestone set just last year. So far this year, more than 1,400 people in the city have been shot, hundreds of them fatally, a higher toll than in the much larger cities of New York or Los Angeles. Alarms have sounded about gun violence across the country over the past two years, but Philadelphia is one of the few major American cities where it truly is as bad as it has ever been.

7/14/2022 update starts here

Top headline: CBS Minnesota
Bottom headline:  Star Tribune Morning Update email

6/30/2022 update starts here

Top headline: NPR
Middle headline: Reuters 
Bottom headline:  Wisconsin State Journal

6/28/2022 update starts here

Bottom headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Post-Dispatch excerpt
There are ongoing efforts in Congress to require that those who sell kits for homemade guns must include serial numbers on the parts just as they would to sell finished guns, and that those who buy them must register them. With Republican opposition so fervent in Congress, the Biden administration is also looking at creating such regulations by regulatory rule through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Arms and Explosives. 
The fact that this is such a hot debate only spotlights how irrational the gun lobby and its Republican water-carriers have become on this issue.  [emphasis added]

6/19/2022 update starts here

Top headlineFox 6 Milwaukee
Bottom headline:  Wisconsin State Journal

The State Journal piece is a mere 94-word, "just-the-facts-ma'am" blurb.  A scoreboard, in other word.  No context.

6/3/2022 update starts here

Bottom headline:  Common Dreams
We are researchers and pediatric emergency medicine physicians who study firearm injuries. After many hard, politically fraught years of investigating this subject, we believe that it is our collective responsibility to address, head on, the interlinked issues of gun availability, gun safety, gun regulations and gun violence prevention research—and, dare we say it, the politicization of guns taking priority over public health. With thousands of children killed each year in the U.S. by firearms, we must, as a country, ultimately reckon with the essential question of what is most important: Is it the narrow focus on individuals’ rights or the broader vision of societal responsibility?

5/31/2022 update starts here

Top headline:  WebMD
Bottom headlineSan Jose Mercury News

Mercury News excerpt: 
“It was clear to me that it was just a matter of time,” said Dr. Lois Lee, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School who has been studying the trend. “I just didn’t think it would occur so quickly.” 
What’s spurred the violence? Experts point to many causes — the frustrations of entrenched poverty and discrimination, glorification of gun violence in popular culture and entertainment, and too-easy youth access to guns in many states like Texas — all kicked into overdrive by the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“We live in a society right now where gun violence is becoming increasingly tolerated,” said Rutgers University-Newark psychology professor Paul Boxer. “What I’ve seen locally, personally, it’s a lot of anxiety and depression.” [emphasis added]

5/25/2022 update starts here

Headlines:  Texas Tribune (top, bottom)

Excerpt from 8/17/2021 article:
A new state law will soon let most Texans carry handguns in public without going through training or having to get permits. Gov. Greg Abbott lauded the so-called “constitutional carry” legislation and other firearms bills when he signed them into law. 
“You could say that I signed into law today some laws that protect gun rights,” Abbott said at the bill signing in June. “But today, I signed documents that instilled freedom in the Lone Star State.”

5/25/2022 update starts here

HeadlineWisconsin State Journal, 5/25/2022

5/18/2022 update starts here

Top headlineLos Angeles Times
Bottom headlineNew York Times

NYT excerpt:
The data documented a drastic shift in consumer demand among gun owners that has had profound commercial, cultural and political implications: Starting in 2009, Glock-type semiautomatic handguns, purchased for personal protection, began to outsell rifles, which have been typically used in hunting. 
Embedded in the 306-page document was another statistic that law enforcement officials find especially troubling. The police recovered 19,344 privately manufactured firearms, untraceable homemade weapons known as “ghost guns,” in 2021, a tenfold increase since 2016. Law enforcement officials say that has contributed to the surge in gun-related killings, especially in California, where ghost guns make up as many as half of weapons recovered at crime scenes. 
The numbers released Tuesday revealed an industry on the rise, with annual domestic gun production increasing from 3.9 million in 2000 to 11.3 million in 2020.

5/16/2022 update starts here

Top headline and pie chart:  Fox 31 Colorado (blood effect added)
Bottom headline Washington Post

5/14/2022 update starts here

Top headline:  Wisconsin Public Radio via Urban Milwaukee
Bottom headlineWisconsin State Journal

5/11/21022 update start's here

Top headlineCBS News
Bottom headlineNew York Times

NYT excerpt:
Gun deaths reached the highest number ever recorded in the United States in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, as gun-related homicides surged by 35 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. 
“This is a historic increase, with the rate having reached the highest level in over 25 years,” Dr. Debra E. Houry, acting principal deputy director of the C.D.C. and the director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said at a news briefing.   
More than 45,000 Americans died in gun-related incidents as the pandemic spread in the United States, the highest number on record, federal data show. The gun homicide rate was the highest reported since 1994.

5/2/2022 update, "Kansas City metro claims 7 of 127 U.S. gun deaths that occurred during the past 72 hours", starts here.

Headline:  Kansas City Star, 5/2/2022
Partial list of gun deaths:  Gun Violence Archives

4/25/2022 update, "Milwaukee claims 2 of 114 U.S. gun deaths that occurred this weekend:, starts here.

Partial list of gun deaths:  Gun Violence Archives
Headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/24/2022

4/12/2022 update starts here

You reap what you sow.

Top headlineCBS Austin
Bottom headlineNew York Times

3/23/2022 update, "Violent Weekend" episode, starts here.

Top headline:  The Guardian, 6/1/2021

The lede in the "Good Morning" article tells us that a 'violent weekend' involved the use of guns.

Many crime experts define a mass shooting as an event in which four or more people are shot. Last weekend, there were a shocking number of them — at least nine — across the U.S.


2/25/2022 update starts here

Top headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/23/2022
Bottom headline:  Mel Magazine, 2/24/2022

The gun crazy GOP Testosterone Crew invites some of the ladies in the chamber to join the festivities.

12/16/2021 update starts here

CNN headilnes 6/4/2021 (top), 12/12/2021 (bottom)

12/15/2021 update starts here

Top headline: Newsbreak, 3/22/20210
Botton headline: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/14/2021

12/10/2021 update starts here

Top headline:  Watertown Daily Times, 3/22/2021 
Bottom headline:  Green Bay Press Gazette, 12/10/2021

11/27/2021 update starts here

Top headline:  WXPR, 5/28/2021
Bottom headline:  Wisconcsin Public Radio, 11/26/2021

11/15/2021 update starts here

Top headline:  New York Times, 11/14/2021
Bottom headline:  New York Times, 11/15/2021

Original 10/31/2021 post starts here

Top headline:  Screenshot from Kansas City Star email news digest
Bottom headline:  USA Today, 2/10/2021

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Day 415 of Wisconsin's election review clown show circus, starring disgraced former State Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman

The end of the story?
Headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/12/2022
Vos did not respond to multiple requests from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for comment. He told WISN-12's Matt Smith in an interview for UPFRONT that Gableman was sent a letter
"We did it through the process of the contract," Vos said. "I really don't think there's any need to have a discussion. He did a good job last year, kind of got off the rails this year and now we're going to end the investigation." 
Vos' decision to fire Gableman comes a week after Trump announced to a Waukesha crowd that Gableman had turned on Vos and that Gableman, like Trump, had endorsed Vos' primary opponent Adam Steen. Vos won the primary Tuesday but only barely — defeating Steen by just 260 votes.
This was the first headline Retiring Guy saw that announced Vos's action.

Keep in mind that with all of his violations of the Espionage Act sucking the oxygen our of media rooms everywhere, Trump is too distracted to stay focused on his ongoing fued with Vos.

Retiring Guy thinks we haven't heard the end of this termination.

HeadlineWisocnsin Public Radio, 8/10/2022
The letter came the day after Vos nearly lost a primary challenge to Republican Adam Steen, who campaigned on decertifying the 2020 election, which legal experts say is impossible. 
Steen was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who had pressured Vos repeatedly on decertification, and Gableman who issued a robocall claiming the speaker stood in the way of his investigation. 
"Everything that my office and I have been able to do to expose all the corruption that took place has been in spite of Robin and not because of him," said Gableman in a recording obtained by WisPolitics. 
After declaring victory Tuesday night with a margin of less than 300 votes, Vos called Gableman "an embarrassment to the state" and said he would be talking to Republican caucus members about next steps regarding Gableman's investigation.

HeadlineWisconsin State Journal, 8/10/2022
Vos more or less single-handedly created the Office of the Special Counsel and picked Gableman to lead it, with a budget of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The goal of the OSC? To investigate “potential irregularities and/or illegalities” in the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin. 
Vos and Gableman agree there were “problems” with the operation of the 2020 election, but they disagree about what to do next. 
Gableman has repeatedly asserted that retroactively decertifying the election is possible and should be considered. Vos has been steadfast in saying that decertification is not possible.

Headline:  Wisconsin State Journal, 8/10/2022
He also called former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, whom he hired to review the 2020 election, “an embarrassment to this state,” a stunning rebuke after Gableman endorsed Steen and appeared at Steen’s election night watch party at a Racine County funeral home. 
Vos also said he would meet with the Republican caucus to discuss whether Gableman’s investigation, which has found no evidence of widespread fraud after costing taxpayers over $1 million, would continue.
And who unleashed this beast?  

We're waiting for an apology, Robin.

Headline:  WisPolitics, 8/9/2022
Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman recorded a robocall urging voters to support Adam Steen in tomorrow’s GOP primary, saying Assembly Speaker Robin Vos “never wanted a real investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin.” 
Vos, R-Rochester, said the call shows how desperate Gableman is to remain relevant.
Sounds like Vos stamped 'expired' on Gabby's forehead.

Headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/6/2022
Gableman, who gave an invocation at former President Donald Trump's Waukesha rally on Friday, is endorsing Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' primary opponent and plans to campaign with the longshot candidate in the days before Tuesday's election. 
Trump shared Gableman's endorsement of Adam Steen, a Republican who is challenging Vos in the 63rd Assembly District, at his Friday rally — an announcement that appeared to catch Gableman by surprise. 
"I wasn't expecting anyone to be interested in me at all," he said after the rally as the Village People's "Macho Man" played in the background and attendees filed back to their cars. 
"That was a surprise." 
Gableman said he had a long day, at least six hours of which was spent at Trump's rally, and would call a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter on Saturday to discuss the endorsement.

HeadlineMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/5/2022
Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is overseeing a taxpayer-funded review of the 2020 election for Vos, led the crowd in prayer at the start of the rally, asking God to protect the former president. 
His praise of Trump came after repeatedly claiming throughout the 13-month review that it was a nonpartisan endeavor.

Headline:  Washington Post, 8/2/2022
It was an extraordinary public statement from a former state Supreme Court justice hired by Republican lawmakers to probe the 2020 election: Wisconsin should take a “hard look” at canceling Joe Biden’s victory and revoking the state’s 10 electoral college votes. 
The comment in March drew applause from a packed hearing room in the state Capitol and praise from former president Donald Trump, whose allies have called for throwing out the results in Wisconsin and other battleground states even though constitutional scholars have scoffed at the notion as absurd. 
But a newly unearthed memo shows that the former justice, Michael Gableman, soon afterward offered a far different analysis in private. 
“While decertification of the 2020 presidential election is theoretically possible, it is unprecedented and raises numerous substantial constitutional issues that would be difficult to resolve. Thus, the legal obstacles to its accomplishment render such an outcome a practical impossibility,” Gableman wrote to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  [emphasis added]

Headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/1/2022
Taxpayers also will cover fees for attorneys representing Gableman and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Gableman hired prominent conservative attorney James Bopp to represent him in the lawsuit. Bopp said Monday he charges $450 per hour and is not the only attorney working on the case. James Bopp. 
The pair of rulings add to the bill taxpayers will cover for the review that Gableman began more than a year ago and used to push for the impossible and illegal effort to overturn the 2020 election results and to elevate his profile among supporters of former President Donald Trump. 
Those costs to taxpayers have eclipsed $1 million 
The review, launched by Vos, has not revealed any evidence to question Joe Biden's victory over Trump in 2020 by about 21,000 votes.

Headline:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/28/2022
The review has cost residents more than $1 million so far and yielded no evidence of fraud. 
“I guess what we found out from this long and torturous road is that, at least for the first part of this investigation, there was no actual work being done," Bailey-Rihn said. "The taxpayers were paying $11,000 for somebody to sit at the New Berlin library to learn about election law because they had no experience in election law.”

HeadlineCBS News, 7/28/2022
Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn awarded about $98,000 in attorneys' fees to the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, bringing an end in circuit court to one of four lawsuits the group filed. Vos's attorney, Ron Stadler, said he was recommending that Vos appeal the ruling. 
The fees will be paid by taxpayers, which is why the judge said she was not also awarding additional punitive damages against Vos. Costs to taxpayers for the investigation, including ongoing legal fees, have exceeded $1 million. 
"I think the people of the state of Wisconsin have been punished enough for this case," Bailey-Rihn said. "I don't think it does anyone any good to have punitive damages placed on the innocent people of this state."
Related series of posts:
Days 293 through 395.  (4/17/2022 to 7/25/2020)

Friday, August 12, 2022

And you still want to vote Republican this fall?


Top headlineIPS, 5/5/2022
Bottom headlineWashington Post, 8/12/2022

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin GGP candidate for governor Tim Michels talks unity with 3 other white guys in tow


Screenshot from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel daily briefing email


A small example of what Republicans could face is what happened when a group representing the Wisconsin Young Republicans had to deal with a minor kerfuffle. 
The group told supporters on Facebook to vote for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers instead of Michels. 
"Now that the primary election is done, let's all make sure not to vote for the person who has publicly trashed our organization," the Young Republicans wrote. "A vote for Evers is better than Michels. At least Evers tells us he's liberal." 
The post — which featured a photo of Michels with a red X — was quickly removed. The head of the group wouldn't return a reporter's calls.

There's only one proper pairing with this graphic

Pairing by Retiring Guy
Headline and graphicMorning Consult, 8/11/2022

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Continuing events provide wealth of material for revised, updated version of The Cult of Trump.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Robert Rieder (1936-2022) Warren High School class of 1954

1954 Dragon yearbook
1967 Warren City Directory
     1983 Warren City Directory

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

    Ward was a steady, if mediocre performer throughout the first half of the 20th century.  He actually got a big of a bump from "Leave It to Beaver", moving up 150 places on the baby names chart during the first years after the show's 1957 debut.  His demise came quickly, though, as he fell off the chart after 1972.

    Other members of the class of 1954 (38):



    Elizabeth Ann Pasquino Deck.  (2/22)
    Beatrice Brown Bines.  (1/26)

    Margaret Eaton Watts.  (10/30)
    Mary Alice Morse Akif.  (10/1)
    Sally Nelson Metzger.  (8/1)
    Phoebe Marie Jewell Ahlgren.  (4/29)
    David Neal Redmond.  (3/4)

    Roberta Cable Anderson.  (11/3)
    Patrick Michael Sheehan.  (9/19)
    Charles Salerno.  (3/19)
    Joan White Wood.  (2/12)
    Janet Lauffenberger Day.  (2/11)

    Georgeanne Pappas Kornreich.  (11/27)
    Anita Miller Smith.  (10/25)
    Michelene Figliuzzi Colgrove.  (6/1)
    James Hornstrom.  (3/9)
    Richard Latimer.  (1/31)
    Guard Pierce.  (1/24)

    Thomas Gray.  (10/16)
    Franklin Ristau.  (4/21)
    Robert Johnson.  (8/10)
    Phillip Stewart.  (2/20)

    Around Town Middleton: The G Spot

    Photo by Retiring Guy

    Some of you might recall the 1982 book "The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality" by Alice Kahn Ladas.  It spent 9 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction best sellers list, peaking at #6.  Unlike "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask" (1969), it was not made into a movie. 

    Madison Public Library has the only copy of "The G Spot" in teh South Central Library System's LINKcat online catalog.

    Middleton posts
    August 2022
    Not the best choice for a vanity license plate.   (8/7/2022)

    July 2022
    Turfbot mower.  (7/28)


    January 2022

    November 2021

    September 2021
    February 2021

    January 2021

    December 2020

    November 2020

    October 2020

    August 2020

    December 2019
    Roman Candle survives the cut, even without the availability of convenient parking.  (12/12)
    The Monona side of town.  (12/6)

    November 2019
    Bike rack at Sauk Trail Elementary School.  (11/8)
    Not everybody's on board in the Meadows neighborhood.  (11/4)
    October 2019
    Matching car and garage door.  (10/11)

    September 2019
    Around Town Middleton: Bees love ornamental onion plants.   (9/4) 

    August 2019
    60-year-old resident arrested for armed robbery.  (8/21)
    Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot .  (8/2)

    June 2019
    "ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27)
    Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
    CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24)
    February 2019
    According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4)

    January 2019
    More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2)
    December 2018
    This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18)
    The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18)

    November 2018
    Spell checker.  (11/19)

    August 2018
    Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/)

    July 2018
    What type of seeds?  (7/6)

    June 2018
    If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23)
    Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15)

    May 2018
    The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15)

    March 2018
    Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30)
    Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22)
    Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20)
    Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18) 
    A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12)

    February 2018