Daily Bread for 10.23.19

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of fifty-three.  Sunrise is 7:18 AM and sunset 5:59 PM, for 10h 40m 55s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 28.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand seventy-ninth day.

 Whitewater’s Police & Fire Commission meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1921, the Packers play their first NFL game, defeating the Minneapolis Marines 7-6, before a crowd of 6,000 fans.

Recommended for reading in full:

Aaron Rupar writes Trump’s Dallas rally showed how untethered from reality his impeachment pushback is (‘It’s little more than lies and gaslighting’):

But as I detailed weeks ago, Trump’s attacks on the whistleblower completely miss the point because his core allegations about the July call and the White House’s efforts to cover it up have already been corroborated by the White House itself. And the impeachment-related hearings that have been held in recent days with key players in the Ukraine saga have only further corroborated the whistleblower’s account about what happened during the call and the subsequent efforts to cover it up.

The fact of the matter is the whistleblower’s complaint has both proven to be broadly accurate, and it is also not central to public understanding of the Ukraine scandal. But instead of trying to explain the pattern that has emerged from House hearings, Trump is falling back on his familiar strategy of lashing out and making dark insinuations about deep-state conspiracies.

Along those lines, Trump’s insinuation that intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson conspired against him is absurd on two fronts. First, Atkinson was appointed to his position by Trump in November 2017, so if the president doesn’t know who he is by now, he has nobody to blame but himself. Secondly, the House hearings have made it abundantly clear that Atkinson made the only reasonable judgment possible in finding the whistleblower complaint to be credible.

Jennifer Rubin observes Trump has lost the battle to discredit impeachment:

The latest CNN poll finds that by a 50-to-43 percent margin, Americans favor impeachment and removal of President Trump, a new high in the CNN poll.

A remarkable 45 percent strongly think Trump should be impeached and removed. Support for impeachment mirrors Trump’s support (or lack thereof) among various cross-sections of the electorate. Independents favor impeachment 50 to 42 percent, women by 56-to-36 percent margin and college graduates by a 56-to-37 percent spread (white college graduates favor impeachment and removal 51 to 42 percent). In a perfect distillation of Trump’s standing in general, “26% of white men without college degrees favor impeachment and removal, but [that] … more than doubles to 54% among white women who hold four-year degrees.”

 The Mexican Village Planting 5 Million Trees:

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