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Daily Bread for 4.4.22: The Populists Circle Disney (Yes, Disney)

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 49.  Sunrise is 6:29 AM and sunset 7:25 PM for 12h 55m 16s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 10.4% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Equal Opportunities Commission meets at 5 PM. On this day in 1865, a day after…

Daily Bread for 2.16.22: Of Putin and Threats Closer to Home

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 48.  Sunrise is 6:48 AM and sunset 5:28 PM for 10h 39m 43s of daytime.  The moon is full with 100% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1960, the U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut,…

Daily Bread for 2.15.22: For the Trumpists, It’s Not One Thing, But Many Things

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 35.  Sunrise is 6:50 AM and sunset 5:27 PM for 10h 36m 59s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 98.9% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Alcohol Licensing Committee meets at 6:15 PM, and Common Council at 6:30 PM.   On…

(Local) Fear of a Red Hat

There are any number of fears that occasionally grip people, however unfounded those fears, of snakes, of spiders, of black cats, etc. (Snakes play an important ecological role, some cultures think spiders are good luck, and black cats are beautiful with notably soft coats.) And yet, and yet… no fear strikes deeper and holds tighter…

Whither the Conservative Populists?

In places big and small, including Whitewater, there are three main types of conservatives: traditional, transactional, and populist. (Right-wing populist in our time is mostly a euphemism for Trumpist.) Of these types, only the right-wing populists are a dynamic movement. Traditional conservatives each day look more like large reptiles after a cataclysmic meteor strike, and…

Conservative Populism Moves in One Direction Only

While there’s more than one kind of conservative Republican (traditionalist, transactionalist, or populist), it’s the populists who are the most numerous and most demanding. Over time, they’ve pushed other kinds of conservatives – even transactionalists who are behind-the-scenes manipulators – into subordinate positions. (See generally Whitewater’s Local Politics 2021.) These rightwing populists have outlasted Trump,…

Frontline: Trump’s American Carnage

In the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, FRONTLINE investigates how Donald Trump’s presidency laid the groundwork for bitter divisions, violence and ultimately insurrection. “Trump’s American Carnage” investigates Trump’s siege on his enemies, the media and even the leaders of his own party, who for years ignored the warning signs of what…

Ron Johnson Attracts Attention

The Never Trump conservatives at the Lincoln Project aren’t going away: they have lingering Trumpism in their sights. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson – who accepts every conspiracy theory but rejects Wisconsin’s certified electoral votes for president – has caught their attention. .@RonJohnsonWI I wanted to let you know what we are talking about at @ProjectLincoln…

2020: ‘But Not Just That’

Tim Miller – who is always worth reading, writes of 2020 as The Worst. But Not Just That. These paragraphs resonate: Most importantly, 2020 will always be the year that we joined together and toppled the greatest threat that our fragile union has faced in many decades. Turning out more people to vote against the president-strongman…