3.0 inches of rain this morning at the Werkes!
America continues to self-segregate based on politics. Trump supporters are harassed in most Madison WI neighborhoods. Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game out of Atlanta to protest election integrity legislation.
Now good progressives are vacating Texas over its weird end-around Roe v. Wade. A loyal reader named Bill informs the Werkes that the Salesforce company is offering to relocate its Texas employees to more abortion-friendly states. The City of Chicago ran a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News to lure employers. (More here.) The irony is thicker than a grievance studies syllabus: Escape the supposed tyranny of Texas in favor of the shooting gallery that is Chicago!
Problem is, you’re four times more likely to be murdered in Chicago as in Texas. Then again, abortion supporters are not pro-life, are they!
Resistance to Defund the Police grows
Last week we reported that the Meadowood neighborhood association here on the SW side of Madison formally petitioned the City to defy Mayor Satya and maintain police presence at current or greater strength.
Now an “Eastside Neighborhood Safety Conversation” is scheduled for Thursday 09-30-21 from 6:30 – 8:30 at Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Road. Organizer
Connie Panten Kim Richman writes:
In the past 2 weeks in Madison, a 17 year old and a 20 year old were murdered. Shots are being fired and vehicles are stolen almost daily. Groups in stolen vehicles are cruising our residential streets, trying to gain entry into cars, hoping to find keys, and eventually get into our homes. When we lock every door and window, we wonder if that’s enough. Reckless and speeding vehicles with no license plates and blacked-out windows are a daily problem. Pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed. When we hear fireworks, the first thing we think of is gunshots.
Madison’s magical thinking
The City is reducing the speed limit on Whitney Way between Raymond Road and the Beltline to 25 mph from 30 today. One of many Madison thoroughfares being slowed down. We get that speeding is a problem. But if motorists are driving too fast now how many more will be exceeding a speed limit that is lowered? The issue, folks, is that if police are stretched too thin to enforce the old speed limits how are they going to enforce the new limits? (See Kim Richman’s missive above.)
The (bad) sports page
Packers came out flatter than spilled beer Sunday. Randall Cobb caught one pass. (Just sayin’.) While we’re at it, bring back Jordie Nelson. Start Jordan Love; he had better stats than Aaron Trade Bait. A teeth-clacking shake-up is what the doctor ordered.
If classroom teaching can be conducted remotely, so, apparently can major league sports. The Brewers TV crew (Bill Schroeder and Craig Coshun on Sunday) reported the game at Progessive (ugh!) Field in Cleveland remotely from AmFam Field in Milwaukee.
The Baltimore Orioles are the worst team in Major League Baseball. They used six pitchers in their 22-7 loss to the Blue Jays Sunday. Earned run averages: 9.92 (starting pitcher), 8.75, 8.10, 10.80, 5.40, and 6.75. Compare that to the three Brewers pitchers Sunday. Lauer at 3.10 had a no hitter going into the sixth inning when it looked like the Brewers might make it two no-no’s in a row. And he’s fourth or fifth on the starting pitching depth chart! Relieved by Boxberger at 2.91 and Ashby (who?) at 3.13 — and they were back-end relievers at garbage time in an 11-1 victory!
Brewers ranked 3rd in the major leagues in ERA at 3.38 (behind L.A. at 2.95); Baltimore is dead last at 5.93.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If there’s one stat that means anything, it’s earned run average. Re: the Packers, a .500 record could win the North Division but that’s about it.