Saturday, August 12, 2017

UPDATE. Funny how there's all this talk about Foxconn jobs that pay well below the alleged average salary


Graphic from @ScottWalker

Original 8/10/2017 post, "Why are we talking about poverty-wage, $10.88 per hour Foxconn jobs, Scott Walker?" starts here.


Under Deal, Wisconsin Could Reward Foxconn for Creating Jobs that Pay Near-Poverty Wages.  (Wisconsin Budget Project, 8/10/2017)
The deal would give Foxconn up to $1.5 billion of state tax money over 15 years in tax credits to subsidize the creation of new jobs at the facility and up to $1.35 billion in subsidies for the facility itself. The state would pay 17% of the salary of jobs that meet certain standards. 
The problem is that the salary standards for the new jobs are exceedingly low. The proposal puts forth two possibilities: 
  • The state would subsidize Foxconn jobs that pay at least $10.88 an hour, or an annual equivalent of about $23,000; or 
  • The state would subsidize jobs that pay at least $30,000 per year. That works out to at least $14.42 an hour for a full-time worker.

$10.88.  Not a livable wage.
$14.42.  Barely a livable wage.


Scott Walker.  Not an acceptable governor.



Other Foxconn posts:
Reggie White:Green Bay Packers:: Foxconn:Wisconsin (Scott Walker analogy reveals his crazed desperation).  (8/10/2017)
Foxconn has been looking to replace workers with robots for at least 2 years. (8/9/2017)
Scott Walker and Terry Gou share a laugh at Wisconsin taxpayers' expense.  (8/8/2017)
Really, Ray, all this and heaven too provided by a factory to assemble display panel screens?  (8/6/2017)
That was then. This is now. The free market/small government Robin Vos.  (8/4/2017)
Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal.  (8/4/2017)
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Climate change as a matter of fact: Southern Louisiana as Ground Zero



Climate Change Compounds Louisiana Flooding Threat a Year After Historic Floods.  (Desmog blog, 8/11/2017)




Other climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Kenya.  (7/23/2017)
Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)
Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.  (5/20/2017)
Madeline Island, Wisconsin.  (2/23/2017)
Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and KKK feel emboldened in Trump's America


And why not?  They speak same language as he does.


Reported in One dead and 19 injured as car strikes crowds along route of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.  (Washington Post, 8/12/2017)



Conservatives rally around the campfire in support of Trump's 'fire and fury' threat



Tales from the Trump presidency: The Adult and the Child in the Room, chapter 1



Quoted in Navy secretary on transgender troops: 'Any patriot' should be allowed to serve.  (The Hill, 8/10/2017)

WEDC at the ready to verify Foxconn job numbers


Photo credit:  Cherry Bridge Station

Audits show lax oversight by Wisconsin agency counting Foxconn jobs.  (CNBC, 8/11/2017)

Legislative Fiscal Bureau audits:  Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation


WEDC's checkered past:

VF Corp. in Wisconsin: That was then, this is now.  (4/4/2017)
Scott Walker: Wisconsin is open for business 'for the people who truly need it'.  (8/31/2016)
Scott Walker and WEDC: The Hillises giveth, and the Hillises taketh.  (8/29/2016)
UPDATE: Apparently, WEDC CEO Mark Hogan is willing to do Scott Walker's bidding til heat is on.  (7/14/2016)
Does this sound like openness and transparency in government? (7/14/2016)
The best and the brightest: Scott Walker-appointed WEDC CEO Mark Hogan.  (5/9/2016)
Welcome to North Mendota Energy and Technology Park (Brought to you by WEDC).  (5/3/2016)
Samantha Kerkman's "good night for Wisconsin" doesn't see the light of day.  (2/17/2016)
Dear Scott Walker, WEDC is the agency that received the scathing, damning, critical audit.  (1/14/2016)
Robin Vos sez, "They don't want rebranding because they think WEDC's brand is OK."  (12/30/2015) WEDC board members say, "Gee, maybe we should start vetting requests for financial assistance." (12/14/2015)
Scott Walker's growing list of things worth considering: U.S.-Canada border wall, wreaking havoc in Washington, tougher penalties for WEDC fraud   (9/8/2015)
Todd Jensen, former WEDC underwriter, provides the recipe for the current agency disaster.  (8/9/2015)
We know Scott Walker didn't graduate from college, but apparently he hasn't been paying attention to anyone but himself since kindergarten.  (6/25/2015)
4:24 p.m. Friday WEDC news dump.  (6/20/2015)
The stink of WEDC follows Brenda Hicks-Sorensen to Nebraska.  (6/16/2015)
Scott Walker tries to run, but there's no place to hide.  (5/26/2015)
No matter how you slice it, Alberta, it's still stinky cheese.  (5/23/2015)
Joint Finance Republicans to Scott Walker:  "You're Fired!".  (5/21/2015)
Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation -- Nice work if you can get it.  (5/20/2015)
It's story time.  (5/18/2015)
From the pay-to-play archives: The William Minihan-Scott Walker connection.  (5/17/2015)
What's wrong with this Scott Walker headline?  (5/16/2015)
Chairman of the Board Scott Walker's BIG, BOLD idea.  (5/8/2015)
Based on WEDC's previous track record, this is what came to mind when I saw first saw this headline.  (4/2/2015)
Apparently, being the CFO of WEDC is not much of a resume-builder.  (3/13/2015)
WEDC's revolving door.  (9/12/2014)
Here's how the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is "Reinventing Economic Development".  (8/24/2014)
Company looks to expand its business geographic focus?  (8/14/2014)
Scott Walker and the horrible, terrible, no good, very transparent day.  (7/28/2014)
Kestrel Aircraft: All these incentives, but no construction, no jobs.  (7/13/2014)
The Eaton Corporation/WEDC timeline of shame.  (7/10/2014)
Wisconsin featured in report on privatized state economic development agencies.  (10/25/2013)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation pledge: Following the money.  (7/23/2013)
Incompetence rewarded.  (5/9/2013)
And while we're at it, let's take a look at WEDC 's core values. (5/9/2013)
WEDC Public Information Officer Resigns After 1 Month on the Job.  (5/9/2013)
Plenty of time for messaging but none for fixing what ails WEDC.  (5/9/2013)
Previous WEDC audits?  What previous audits?  (5/8/2013)
Are you seeing a trend yet?  (5/8/2013)
Echoes.  (5/7/2013)
Get me rewrite.  (5/4/2013)
Legislative Audit Bureau Report on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: The "Cliff Notes" Version.  (5/3/2013
"Tales of woe never end at WEDC."  (4/25/2013)

GOP donors club: Zaiser family member stands up and cheers for Foxconn, Scott Walker


Source:  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (text box, red highlights added)

​Jim Zaiser, president and CEO of Hydro-Thermal Corp. in Waukesha, welcomed the idea that Foxconn could intensify competition between local companies that are seeking skilled workers.

Other Foxconn posts:
Another Wisconsin GOP cartoon conservative principle bites the dust.  (8/10/2017)
Why are we talking about poverty-wage, $10.88 per hour Foxconn jobs, Scott Walker?  (8/10/2017)
Reggie White:Green Bay Packers:: Foxconn:Wisconsin (Scott Walker analogy reveals his crazed desperation).  (8/10/2017)
Foxconn has been looking to replace workers with robots for at least 2 years. (8/9/2017)
Scott Walker and Terry Gou share a laugh at Wisconsin taxpayers' expense.  (8/8/2017)
Really, Ray, all this and heaven too provided by a factory to assemble display panel screens?  (8/6/2017)
That was then. This is now. The free market/small government Robin Vos.  (8/4/2017)
Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal.  (8/4/2017)
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Just $725 a night to spend time with a giant Trump cutout



Reported and photo included in Trump's Boyhood Home in Queens Flips For $2.14 Million.  (dnainfo, 3/27/2017)

 But for now...


Source:  airbnb


Friday, August 11, 2017

Coming soon to this location: 4-lane urban boulevard



Soon = "as early as 2021".


Rex Clayton Graham (1923-2017) Warren High School class of 1941



1941 Dragon yearbook


Rex's high-school activities:
Bookkeeping Club (2); Boys' A. A. (3, 4); Football (3, 4), Varsity (4); Track (2, 3, 4)

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Graham Rex C & Mary L; wtchmkr 350 Pennsylvania Av W h119 Conewango
  • Graham Rex J studt r119 Conewango Av
  • Graham Richd C driver Warren City Lines r119 Conewango Ac

Rex enjoyed a middling level of success into the 1960s, spending most of 52 years (1913-1964) in the top 250.  He disappeared for 4 years (1999-2002) and has lately been working to regain his former position for the past 14 years.

Other members of the class of 1941:
Charles Tranter.  (3/3/2017)
Evelyn Boyd.  (12/2/2016)
Thomas Masterton.  (9/3/2015)
Autumn Ettinger Doherty.  (2/20/2015)
Elizabeth 'Betty' Schearer Wilson.  (1/23/2015)
Imogene Morris McDaniel Schall.  (1/20/2015)
Rowena Farnsworth Littrell.  (10/22/2014)
Doris Look See.  (8/5/2014)
Elizabeth 'Betty Jean' Peterson Johnson.  (12/27/2013)
Frieda Dahler Mansfield.  (12/18/2013)
Margaret Bathhurst Gilson.  (12/16/2013)


Tales of hypocrisy: Pastor Robert Jeffress has no problem preaching when he's not in the pulpit



Quoted in Acts of Faith‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says.  (Washington Post, 8/9/2017)


Original 7/3/2017 post, " Robert Jeffress is fine with preaching politics when he's not in the pulpit", starts here.

Photo credit:  Twitter
Quotes:  Brainy Quote (R)  (emphasis added)

Trump Returns to D.C. (Briefly) to Appear with Pastor That’s Linked Gays to Pedophilia and His ‘Many Evangelical Friends’.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 7/1/2017)

Dr. Jeffress' latest tweet.

Jeffrey Lord loves his alt-right 'sieg heil' dog whistle


Photo credit:  Twitter

Reported in Jeffrey Lord out at CNN after Nazi tweet.  (USA Today, 8/10/2017)

Related reading: 
Watch literally everyone on CNN own Jeffrey Lord over and over again for 20 minutes.  (New Republic, 6/7/2016).
Some of the best television of 2016 has been the discussions about race between Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord, alt-right Trump supporter, on CNN. 
Dabbing For Hitler: How The Alt-Right Turned An Innocent Meme Into “Sieg Heil”.  (Medium, 2/18/2017)
The dab has secretly been an “Alt Right Salute” since at least October 16th 2016 as noted below in a rare public Facebook post I found while searching for “Alt Right Dab”.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's harebrained scheme to raise money for his coal companies' fines



The phrase 'the stink of corruption' comes to mind. .Justice listed 50 companies involved in mining in his financial disclosure last year at the state ethics commission. He has said he'll put his businesses now run by his children in a blind trust while governor. The ethics commission hasn't approved such a trust.

Foxconn: Another Wisconsin GOP cartoon conservative principle bites the dust



$3,000,000,000 in incentives to Foxconn has nothing to do with free enterprise and individual initiative.

(emphasis added)
Photo credit:  Metro News

Quoted in Questions Emerge Over What Wisconsin Must Give for Foxconn Plant.  (The New York Times, 8/10/2017)

Other Foxconn posts:
Why are we talking about poverty-wage, $10.88 per hour Foxconn jobs, Scott Walker?  (8/10/2017)
Reggie White:Green Bay Packers:: Foxconn:Wisconsin (Scott Walker analogy reveals his crazed desperation).  (8/10/2017)
Foxconn has been looking to replace workers with robots for at least 2 years. (8/9/2017)
Scott Walker and Terry Gou share a laugh at Wisconsin taxpayers' expense.  (8/8/2017)
Really, Ray, all this and heaven too provided by a factory to assemble display panel screens?  (8/6/2017)
That was then. This is now. The free market/small government Robin Vos.  (8/4/2017)
Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal.  (8/4/2017)
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Reggie White:Green Bay Packers:: Foxconn:Wisconsin (Scott Walker analogy reveals his crazed desperation)



Related reading:
But what I’d like to suggest is this. It’s something I think we can all agree on, regardless of political leaning or affiliation. 
Politicians can piss off in using sports analogies to promote their politics. Especially those that are related to the Green Bay Packers. 
Am I right?

Other Foxconn posts:
Foxconn has been looking to replace workers with robots for at least 2 years. (8/9/2017)
Scott Walker and Terry Gou share a laugh at Wisconsin taxpayers' expense.  (8/8/2017)
Really, Ray, all this and heaven too provided by a factory to assemble display panel screens?  (8/6/2017)
That was then. This is now. The free market/small government Robin Vos.  (8/4/2017)
Bloomberg sees short-term gain, long-term pain for Wisconsin's Foxconn deal.  (8/4/2017)
Sean Duffy gets it wrong.  (8/3/2017)
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan collude on campaign digital ads for Foxconn.  (8/3/2017)
Here's some news that pains Scott Walker to his core: Foxconn considering Dane County site.  (8/2/2017)
Fast Company: Scott Walker deal a transfer of wealth from Wisconsin taxpayers to Foxconn shareholders. (8/2/2017)
Donald Trump pinches off another loaf.  (8/1/2017)
Scott Walker lets Fiserv piggyback onto Foxconn legislation.  (8/1/2017)
Calendar UPDATE. In the case of the committee hearing, 1 day is sufficient time to prepare, sez Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.  (8/1/2017) 
Rep. Bob Kulp sprinkles Foxconn fairy dust all over the Badger State.  (8/1/2017)
Of which just 3,000 of these 'new' jobs are permanent.  (7/31/2017)
UPDATE. State Sen. Van Wanggaard on board with Wisconsin's Foxconn deep-pockets strategy.  (7/30/2017)
A Ring of Familiarity. Once upon a time in Pennsylvania.....  (7/29/2017)
Matt, it doesn't appear that 'rigorous' and 'review' are in Scott Walker's and Foxconn's vocabulary.  (7/29/2017)
Scott Walker and Foxconn steamroll environmental regulation going forward.  (7/29/2017)
UPDATE.  The luring of Foxconn intensifies in Wisconsin.   (7/20/2017)
While Wisconsin and Michigan duke it out for low-paying jobs, Foxconn announces $5 billion investment in India.  (7/8/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)
Foxconn officials eyeing sites in Michigan.  (7/6/2017)
UPDATE. Foxconn becomes pawn in Wisconsin transportation funding tussle.  (7/6/2017)

Breaking news! In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would get a lobotomy if Trump demanded it


Whoa!  Mission accomplished!


John David Pirillo (1946-2017) Warren Area High School class of 1964



1964 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Pirillo avid emp Sylvania r831 W 5th av
  • Pirillo Kathleen P (wid Nick A) r831 W 5th av
  • Pirillo Rose (wid Chas) dept mgr Wards h931 W 5th av
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Pirillo J David sports editor Warren Times Observer h3 Adams Ct
  • Pirillo Kathleen P Mrs emp N P h826 1/1 W 5th Av
  • Pirillo Rose M Mrs retd r831 W 5th Av 

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


Nikki made big headway during the 1960s and into the early 1970s, peaking at #173 in 1972, after which she tread water for 22 years before plummeting out of sight after 2005.
   
Other members of the class of 1964:
Dwight Drum, (8/1/2016)
David Holmberg.  (8/3/2015)
Susen Johnson Gebhardt.  (6/20/2015)
Delores Brady Geer.  (1/25/2015)
Judith McCool Madigan.  (1/26/2015)
Julia Barhight Verdot.  (9/5/2014)
Charles Lyon.  (1/12/2014)

UPDATE. Slo-mo whack-a-mole: Disgraced Globe University reappears as Broadview University



For-profit college shut down in Wisconsin is back under new ownership.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/9/2017)
Buyer beware!  A for-profit college shut down by the Obama administration in December is back in Wisconsin under new ownership, with four locations enrolling new students in career-education programs. 
Globe University had campuses in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison, Appleton and Wausau before it was shut down. All but the for-profit college's La Crosse campus will now re-open as Broadview University, the new owner.


Original 8/9/2016 post, "Globe University sez goodbye to Middleton (among other locations)", starts here.

Building photos by Retiring Guy

Photo credit:  LinkedIn

Quoted in Globe University to consolidate, close Madison’s west campus.  (Channel3000, 5/16/2016)


The real story:
Globe University closing 4 Twin Cities-area campuses.  (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 5/17/2016)
[Minnesota Attorney General Lori] Swanson’s 2014 lawsuit alleges the two schools intentionally misled students about the value of the schools’ degrees and inflated graduates’ success in the job market. School leaders denied those allegations during a trial that lasted much of April; a judge’s decision is pending. 
Ben Wogsland, a spokesman for Swanson, said enrollment at Globe and the Minnesota School of Business declined significantly in the four years before the attorney general’s lawsuit was filed in 2014. There were similar enrollment losses across the state’s for-profit college sector, he said.

In Wisconsin, the Green Bay campus also closed.

Trump takes another Twitter jab at Mitch McConnell


A few hours ago.




Yesterday at Axios


Housing for the homeless in Madison WI: Will it be deja vu all over again?


Certainly a possibility, as even plans for affordable housing for working families and individuals gets pushback.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Finance Committee approves purchase of South Park Street building for homeless housing project.  (Madison.com, 8/8/2017)
Heartland's $10.9 million project to build a 58-unit apartment for single adults and some couples did not receive tax credits disbursed by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority this year. The nonprofit is applying to receive the credits in 2018. The City Council will need to approve the building's purchase.





Keith, think 'drank the Kool-Aid' rather than 'crossed the line'



Reported in Paul Ryan returns to Wisconsin with little to show constituents.  (Madison.com, 8/7/2017)

Related reading:
Another View -- John H. Sununu: Don't drink the Trump Kool-Aid.  (New Hampshire Union Leader, 1/3/2016)
Republican voters keep drinking the Kool-Aid.  (Washington Post, 1/11/2016)
Sykes: A lot of Republicans drinking 'orange Kool-aid'.  (MSNBC, 7/19/2016)

UPDATE. January to June 2017 is 2nd warmest on record, behind 2016



Global Analysis:  June 2017.  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)
The first six months of 2017 have each ranked among the top three warmest months on record, giving way to the second highest January–June period in the 138-year record at 0.91°C (1.64°F) above the 20th century average of 13.5°C (56.3°F), behind the record year of 2016 by 0.16°C (0.29°F), but ahead of 2015 by 0.05°C (0.09°F). (emphasis added)


Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis May 2017
Two of the world's hottest spots:
Spain's May 2017 national temperature of 19.0°C (66.2°F) was 2.4°C (4.3°F) above the 1981–2010 average and the second highest May temperature since 1965, behind the record year of 2015. 
The May 2017 average temperature across the United Kingdom was 12.1°C (53.8°F) or 1.7°C (3.1°F) above the 1981–2010 average. This was the second highest May temperature since national temperature records began in 1910, behind 2008. Regionally, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland had a top third warm May on record.
Related reading:
May Continues Earth's Second-Warmest Start in 138 Years; Only 2016 Was Hotter.  (Weather.coj, 6/15/2017)



Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis -- April 2017.
Much of the world's oceans also had warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions during April 2017, with several locations across the western, central, and southeastern Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean experiencing record warm temperatures. No ocean areas had record cold April temperatures.


Source:  NOAA

Global Analysis - March 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
March 2017 was characterized by warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions across much of Earth's surface. The most notable warm temperature departures from the 1981–2010 average were recorded across the contiguous U.S., Europe, Russia, Mongolia, and Australia, where temperature departures were +3.0°C (+5.4°F) or greater. 4/12/2017 update starts here.




Global Analysis - February 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Warmer- to much-warmer-than-average conditions were present across much of the world's land surfaces, with the most notable warm temperature departures from average (3°C–5°C above the 1981–2010 average) across much of the contiguous U.S., southeastern Canada, and across much of central and eastern Russia. 
 

2/25/2017 post starts here.


Global Analysis - January 2017.   (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
For the oceans, the globally-averaged temperature departure of +0.65°C (+1.17°F) from the 20th century average was the second highest on record for January, behind 2016.

Related post:
When it comes to 'unusual warmth', Morning Consult prefers to keep the blinders on.  (1/11/2017)