Daily Bread for 12.4.16 – 2017

Good morning.

We’ll have snow this Sunday in Whitewater, with a modest accumulation, and a daytime high of thirty-two. Sunrise is 7:10 AM and sunset 4:21 PM, for 9h 10m 49s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 22.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1783, at Fraunces Tavern, George Washington says farewell to his officers. On this day in 1945, on a vote of 65-7, the U.S. Senate approves participation in the United Nations.

Worth reading in full —

Steve Inskeep sees a difference between Donald Trump and the Legacy of Andrew Jackson: “For all the similarities, there’s a big difference between Jackson’s victory and Trump’s: Jackson’s greatest political achievement was the widening of democratic space. He brought new groups of voters into the political system. Expanding voting rights and a growing media perfectly coincided with his attention-grabbing campaigns, and the popular vote total tripled—tripled—between Jackson’s loss in 1824 and his victory in 1828. Trump, too, aspired to widen the electorate, but with less success. It’s true that he attracted some former Democrats, and received more votes than any Republican candidate in history, slightly more than George W. Bush in 2004. But in key states his party made it harder to vote. Among those who did participate, as of this writing, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2.3 million. While the national popular vote has no legal significance, it matters politically, as Jackson grasped in the 1820’s. It matters enough to Trump that he volunteered a conspiracy theory to explain his failure to win it.”

Nathan Pilkington debunks Five myths about the decline and fall of Rome: “The rise of Donald Trump supposedly heralds the decline of the American idea, according to many of his critics, who’ve taken the opportunity to compare this moment to the fall of Rome’s republic in 31 B.C. or its empire in the 5th century A.D. Any historian is happy when their period of study comes into vogue, but these requiems leave a false impression of Roman antiquity and the causes of its greatest crises. MYTH NO. 1. America is going throughwhat republican Rome did….”

Gary D’Amato writes that in the Big Ten title game, UW’s collapse [was] swift, severe: “Indianapolis– In one half of uncharacteristically bad football Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers went from sniffing the College Football Playoff to, well, OK, a great consolation prize in Pasadena to, ugh, a likely date with Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl.”

Molly Beck writes that for the Lincoln Hills and Cooper Lake facilities, there’s No resolution to youth prison investigation one year after raid: “State officials and lawmakers say they haven’t been briefed on the timetable for the completion of the investigation, which has been headed by federal authorities for nearly a year. “I don’t know what they’re doing or what their schedule is,” said John Paquin, administrator for the state Department of Correction’s division of juvenile corrections. And a DOC spokesman said the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is handling a review of the allegations, hasn’t told department officials where the investigation stands. “They haven’t really shared much with us,” said DOC spokesman Tristan Cook. Wisconsin Department of Justice spokesman Johnny Koremenos also said state investigators haven’t been involved in the investigation since the FBI took over in February. The state had launched its own investigation in early 2015.”

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