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Daily Bread for 12.29.22: Pyromanic Criticizes Fire-Safety Efforts

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of 52. Sunrise is 7:25 AM and sunset 4:29 PM for 9h 04m 23s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 44.4% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1845, the United States annexes the Republic of Texas. Foxconn was, and…

Daily Bread for 12.27.22: Frederick Prehn finally resigns from Natural Resources Board

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 26. Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 4:27 PM for 9h 03m 16s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 23.6% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets at 4:30 PM.  On this day in 1929, Soviet General Secretary…

Daily Bread for 11.10.22: Wisconsin’s Statewide Election Trends

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 75. Sunrise is 6:41 AM and sunset 4:36 PM for 9h 54m 25s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 95.5% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1674, as provided in the Treaty of Westminster, Netherlands cedes New…

Daily Bread for 10.13.22: The Appointed Squatters on the Technical College Board

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 51. Sunrise is 7:06 AM and sunset 6:14 PM for 11h 07m 53s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 85.8% of its visible disk illuminated. Whitewater’s Finance Committee meets at 5:30 PM.  On this day in 1903, the Boston Red Sox…

Daily Bread for 8.10.22: Wisconsin’s August 9th Primary

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 82. Sunrise is 5:56 AM and sunset 8:03 PM for 14h 06m 28s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 96.3% of its visible disk illuminated.   On this day in 1977, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) is arrested for…

Daily Bread for 5.7.22: Fordlandia’s Folly

Good morning. Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 62.  Sunrise is 5:39 AM and sunset 8:02 PM for 14h 22m 59s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 35.4% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1992,  Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law.…

Daily Bread for 1.9.22: They’d Rather Stay Forever

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 19.  Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 4:40 PM for 9h 15m 47s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 49% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1992, the first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander…

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,…

Foxconn’s Venture Capital Fund

Bruce Murphy has a solid assessment of Foxconn’s much-touted (by Foxconn) venture capital fund in About That Foxconn Venture Capital Fund. It’s well worth reading in full. A few key points: Unfulfilled: Louis Woo of Foxconn had promised this venture fund for startup companies would naturally connect to Foxconn’s innovation centers in Eau Claire, Green Bay…

After Years of Promises, Foxconn Will Think of Something…by July

Years of claims, promises, declarations, announcements (and private homes destroyed along the way), and yet Foxconn still needs a bit of time to think of something to make. Just give ‘em a sec, they come up with something by July: Liu said that the company will announce what it will make in Wisconsin before July.…

The Spring Primary 2021

Yesterday’s Wisconsin Spring Primary (mid-February, windchill of about two degrees) saw local and statewide education contests. There was nothing unexpected about the results: in Whitewater more than two candidates have a good chance at one of the two available board seats, and statewide Underly and Kerr have significant backing. For Whitewater’s school board, five candidates…