Daily Bread for 2.23.17 – 2017

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of forty-seven. Sunrise is 6:38 AM and sunset 5:37 PM, for 10h 59m 51s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 10.6% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the one hundred seventh day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

Whitewater’s Community Development Authority Seed Capital Committee meets at 4 PM, the CDA Board at 5 PM, and Common Council at 6:30 PM.

            Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal / the Associated Press.                                                                      Via Wikipedia.

On this day in 1945, photographs Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, depicting six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The photograph depicts the second of two flag raisings on the island. (“The photograph was first published in Sunday newspapers on February 25, 1945. It was extremely popular and was reprinted in thousands of publications. Later, it became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the United States as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war. Three Marines depicted in the photograph, Sergeant Michael Strank, Corporal Harlon Block, and Private First Class Franklin Sousley were killed in action over the next few days. The three surviving flag-raisers were Corporals (then Private First Class) Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, and Harold Schultz who first received Marine Corps recognition in June 2016.[2])

On this day in 1864, the 1st, 10th, 24th and 26th Wisconsin Infantry regiments continued fighting at Dalton, Georgia.

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Aaron Blake reports that Donald Trump is losing his war with the media: “A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that while people may be broadly unhappy with the mainstream media, they still think it’s more credible than Trump. The president regularly accuses the press of “fake news,” but people see more “fake news” coming out of his own mouth. The poll asked who registered voters “trust more to tell you the truth about important issues.” A majority — 52 percent — picked the media. Just 37 percent picked Trump.”

Jon Schuppe reports that Town Hall Protests Revive Art of Bird-Dogging Politicians: “When activists needed advice on disrupting Republican lawmakers’ hometown events this month, they turned to Hugh Espey, a self-taught master in the art of political bird-dogging….The work is grinding and can go unnoticed. But there are big-game triumphs. Like the time he and fellow members of the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement hounded Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney into blurting at the Iowa State Fair in 2011 that “corporations are people” — a remark that shadowed him for the remainder of the campaign….”Bird-dogging,” Espey told them, “means you get to speak out and fight back with other like-minded folks. It’s liberating. And actually, in fact, when you bird-dog you may be called a heckler. And that’s OK.” His tips: prepare pointed questions, bring several people, spread out in the audience, ask the questions repeatedly, create tension, attract attention, take video, and talk to the media.”

Richard C. Paddock and Choe Sang-Hun explain Kim Jong-nam’s Death: A Geopolitical Whodunit: “The very public killing of Mr. Kim appears to be another remarkable episode in the annals of bizarre North Korean behavior, a whodunit with geopolitical implications. Speculation swirled that he had been killed to remove him from the line of succession in North Korea. In the days since the killing was caught on video, the drama has had an ever-expanding and multinational cast of characters — women from Indonesia and Vietnam accused of carrying out the attack, one of whom was apparently wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the letters LOL; a Malaysian boyfriend; and others believed to be North Korean agents. On Wednesday, Malaysia’s police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, said a senior diplomat at the North Korean Embassy and an employee of the North Korean state-owned airline, Air Koryo, were also wanted for questioning. Another North Korean, who was not identified, was also being sought. Mr. Khalid also said that extra police officers had been sent to the morgue where Mr. Kim’s body was being kept after an attempt to break into the facility was detected.”

Don Behm reports that Milwaukee County pension chief loses job after overpayment error: “The head of the Milwaukee County retirement system is out of the job after public disclosure of another pension payment error, and at least one County Board supervisor is pushing for the troubled system to be turned over to the state. County retirement plan services director Marian Ninneman resigned after failing to correct an ongoing overpayment to one person that amounted to $140,000 over several years even though Ninneman was informed of the mistake nearly three years ago, County Executive Chris Abele said. “This pensioner didn’t do anything wrong” but now that person is being asked to pay it all back, Abele said in an interview.”

Philip Carlson is the talent agent who signed and represented Philip Seymour Hoffman, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Viola Davis, and Liev Schreiber. He describes his Passion for Finding Talent:

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