Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 74. Sunrise is 6:59 AM and sunset 6:26 PM for 11h 27m 05s of daytime. The moon is a new with none of its visible disk illuminated.
There will be a meeting to discuss the use of herbicides in Cravath and Trippe Lakes to kill vegetation at 3:30 PM (a ‘Lakes Chemical Aquatic Control Application Meeting’).
On this day in 1927, The Jazz Singer, the first prominent “talkie” movie, opens.
Arwa Mahdawi writes Donald Trump desperately needs Twitter. But will he ever be able to beat his ban? (‘Trump has handled his social media exile with all the grace one would expect – and now he’s pathetically grovelling for the chance to tweet’):
According to court documents, Trump’s Twitter ban isn’t just cruel and unusual, it could spell the end of the Republican party as we know it. His legal team’s request for an injunction argues that: “[By] de-platforming the presumptive head and most popular member of the Republican party, cutting him off from the most effective and direct forms of communication with potential voters, [Twitter] is threatening irreparable damage to the Republican party’s prospects in the 2022 and 2024 elections.”
While that analysis may be dramatic, it’s not entirely incorrect. At the very least, the Twitter ban certainly threatens irreparable damage to Trump’s political future. Ask yourself this: would Trump ever have been elected president without social media? He’s admitted he doesn’t think so. “I doubt I would be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you,” Trump said in a 2017 interview with Fox. “Tweeting is like a typewriter – when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show … When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it … [W]ithout social media … I would probably not be here talking.”
Trump, like the conservative populists, doesn’t respect private property rights for others. He and they want to speak as they wish, but insist that others either shouldn’t speak so much (at risk of expanded libel laws) or should be forced to use their private property for Trumpists’ messaging.
No private party owes Trump and his ilk a megaphone.