Daily Bread for 1.2.17 – 2017

Good morning.

Monday will see showers in Whitewater, with a high of thirty-nine. Sunrise is 7:25 AM and sunset 4:33 PM, for 9h 07m 53s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 17.4% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the fifty-fifth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

On this day in 1492, the Nasrid dynasty’s Emirate of Granada surrenders to Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, ending all Islamic rule on the Iberian peninsula. On this day in 1918, the Wisconsin 127th and 128th Infantries depart for France from their training facility at Camp Arthur in Waco, Texas.

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Katie Sullivan writes that Morning Joe Hosts, After Carrying Water For Trump And Meeting Him Privately, Aghast That Anyone Questions Their Impartiality: “Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, have met privately with Donald Trump while Scarborough is reportedly advising the president-elect, yet both still reject media criticism of their overly positive coverage of the former reality show celebrity. On the November 29 edition of Morning Joe alone, the hosts carried water for President-elect Trump on five separate topics, including criticizing journalists for scrutinizing his extensive conflicts of interest and reporting on Pro-Trump ‘fake news.’ ”

Brooke Seipel reports on Trump’s solution to cyberattacks: Send info via courier: “President-elect Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that messages “should be sent via courier like in the old days” to ensure security. “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe,” Trump responded when asked about the importance of cybersecurity, according to pool reporters. “I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s 10 years old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier,” Trump reiterated.”

Kevin Sack and Alan Blinder report that convicted mass-murderer Dylann Roof Himself Rejects Best Defense Against Execution: “I want state that I am morally opposed to psychology,” wrote the young white supremacist who would murder nine black worshipers at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015. “It is a Jewish invention, and does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they dont [sic].” Mr. Roof, who plans to represent himself when the penalty phase of his federal capital trial begins on Tuesday, apparently is devoted enough to that proposition (or delusion, as some maintain) to stake his life on it. Although a defense based on his psychological capacity might be his best opportunity to avoid execution, he seems steadfastly committed to preventing any public examination of his mental state or background.”

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