Daily Bread for 12.16.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Today in Whitewater light morning rain gives way to partly cloudy skies and a high of forty-eight. Sunrise is 7:19 and sunset 4:22, for 9h 02m 28s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 26.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1773, Patriots display their feelings for the Tea Act of 5.10.1773:

While Samuel Adams tried to reassert control of the meeting [of protestors], people poured out of the Old South Meeting House to prepare to take action. In some cases, this involved donning what may have been elaborately prepared Mohawk costumes.[61] While disguising their individual faces was imperative, because of the illegality of their protest, dressing as Mohawk warriors was a very specific and symbolic choice. It showed that the Sons of Liberty identified with America, over their official status as subjects of Great Britain.[62]

Boston_Tea_Party-CooperThat evening, a group of 30 to 130 men, some dressed in the Mohawk warrior disguises, boarded the three vessels and, over the course of three hours, dumped all 342 chests of tea into the water.[63] The precise location of the Griffin’s Wharf site of the Tea Party has been subject to prolonged uncertainty; a comprehensive study[64] places it near the foot of Hutchinson Street (today’s Pearl Street)….

Whether or not Samuel Adams helped plan the Boston Tea Party is disputed, but he immediately worked to publicize and defend it.[65] He argued that the Tea Party was not the act of a lawless mob, but was instead a principled protest and the only remaining option the people had to defend their constitutional rights.[66]

By “constitution” he referred to the idea that all governments have a constitution, written or not, and that the constitution of Great Britain could be interpreted as banning the levying of taxes without representation. For example, the Bill of Rights of 1689 established that long-term taxes could not be levied without Parliament, and other precedents said that Parliament must actually represent the people it ruled over, in order to “count.”

On this day in 1864, Wisconsinites win a victory over the Confederacy:

1864 – (Civil War) Battle of Nashville, Tennessee

The 8th, 14th, 24th, 33rd, 44th, and 45th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery were engaged in the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee. By the end of the day, 6,000 Confederate troops were killed, wounded or missing and Union forces had largely destroyed the Confederate ability to wage war in the region.

Here’s the midweek game in Puzzability‘s Trimming the Tree series:

This Week’s Game — December 14-18
Trimming the Tree
We’re adding the decorations to our Christmas tree this week. Each day, we started with a word or phrase, added the eight letters in ORNAMENT, and rearranged the remaining letters to get a new phrase. Both pieces are described in each day’s clue, with the shorter one first.
Example:
Feral; aged personification of the coldest season
Answer:
Wild; Old Man Winter
What to Submit:
Submit both pieces, with the shorter one first (as “Wild; Old Man Winter” in the example), for your answer.
Wednesday, December 16
Military shoulder decorations; Oscar winner for acting in Reds

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