Daily Bread for 1.11.21

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of twenty-nine.  Sunrise is 7:23 AM and sunset 4:42 PM, for 9h 19m 00s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 3.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand five hundred twenty-fifth day and the sixty-sixth day. 

Whitewater’s Planning Board meets at via audiovisual conferencing 6 PM.

On this day in 1787, William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.

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Kathleen Gray reports In Michigan, a Dress Rehearsal for the Chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday:

LANSING, Mich. — First came the “Unlock Michigan” protest. More than 1,000 cars, many draped with flags supporting President Trump, drove around the Michigan State Capitol, blaring their horns and decrying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown orders. Hundreds of others, many armed with military-style weapons, milled about on the lawn.

Two weeks later, on April 30, the dissent escalated. Gun-toting protesters rushed the State Capitol, not long after Mr. Trump tweeted “Liberate Michigan.” They demanded entry into the House of Representatives’ chamber, chanting “Let Us In.”

A handful of them, wearing camouflage fatigues with semiautomatic rifles slung over their shoulders, watched ominously from the gallery above the Senate chamber as the elected officials did their work. The lawmakers passed bills and resolutions and gave angry floor speeches about the extraordinary show of force looking down at them. At least two of the protesters were among 14 people later charged in a failed plot to kidnap Ms. Whitmer and bomb the state Capitol.

See also After trial runs at statehouses last year, the far-right’s violent tactics erupted at the Capitol.

 Ann Hornaday writes The Trump cult has obliterated the line between citizenship and fandom, with deadly results:

“Sleep well tonight, patriots … You are going to love how this movie ends.”

Those are the words of StormIsUponUs, who posted on Parler on Wednesday encouraging the hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who earlier that day had laid siege to the sanctum sanctorum of American democracy.

Presumably, the rioters were there to stop the process underway to certify the election of President-elect Joe Biden, a dubious goal they achieved for a few tense and chaotic hours. Mostly, though, they seemed aimless and incoherent, roaming the corridors, ransacking offices, scrambling up and down walls even though stairs were right there. A motley crew dressed in red MAGA hats and ridiculous costumes ranging from Uncle Sam and a bald eagle to Captain America and the Punisher, they presented a bizarre tableau, as if a “Purge” sequel were being filmed at Mos Eisley’s Cantina.

And, as indicated by the movie quote, cinematic references were definitely the point for people who, once they claimed the stage, clearly had no idea what to do with it. Rather than kicking ass and taking names, they looked like asses and made memes. Incoherent, incompetent, devoid of ideology beyond inchoate rage at not getting their way, they mulled and milled about — posing, posturing, taking selfies and live-streaming their exploits. “Our house!” West Virginia state delegate Derrick Evans exclaimed on Facebook Live as he joined the rioters who had smashed windows and bullied their way through doors. “We’re in, baby!” (On Friday, he was charged with unlawfully entering restricted grounds.)

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