Daily Bread for 11.16.19

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of thirty-seven.  Sunrise is 6:48 AM and sunset 4:30 PM, for 9h 41m 47s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 83.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred third day.

On this day in 1861, the 4th Wisconsin Infantry reconnoiters Virginia’s eastern shore.

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 Devi Shastri reports Team searching for UW System’s next president has no faculty, no staff, little diversity:

On Nov. 1, a week to the day after Ray Cross, University of Wisconsin System president of five years, announced his intent to retire, faculty representatives from each of the 13 UW campuses sat in a meeting in Madison to discuss the upcoming search for his replacement.

“And literally while we were in the discussion, the email came in to faculty reps announcing the composition of the committee and announcing that they were going to meet in December to take their charge and get working,” said Kathleen Dolan, a distinguished professor at UWM and chair of the faculty senate’s university committee, said at a faculty senate meeting last week.

The search committee had no faculty. No staff. The committee’s sole student, Torrey Tiedeman, already sits on the Board of Regents.

Further, the committee appears to have only one person of color: Edmund Manydeeds III, a regent who is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

That composition has raised skepticism, particularly since it’s tasked with a big job: finding the best candidate to lead the state’s largest producer of college graduates into the ever-uncertain, ever-changing higher education landscape of tomorrow.

 Pema Levy writes Donald Trump Has Had a Lot of Terrible Lawyers. Rudy Giuliani Might Be the Worst:

Giuliani also took on a side portfolio: pushing for the ouster of the US ambassador in Ukraine and trying to get Ukraine to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as well as into a conspiracy theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 elections.

That project has proven a disaster for his client: A lawyer who sets out to defend a president and instead helps create the basis for his impeachment has not been an effective counsel. If that weren’t enough, here are three other ways Giuliani is not helping.


Giuliani is failing his most basic task of publicly defending his client. With little evidence that Giuliani is carrying out actual legal work for the president, that public role would seem to be his one job. This week he attempted to do so in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, describing the July 25th phone call during which Trump asked Ukraine’s president to do him “a favor”:

Allegations of Burisma-Biden corruption weren’t even a major part of the conversation. The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking and out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden.

The line quickly drew derision on Twitter. There is no word-count threshold for crimes or abuses of power.

 Proof Russian Pilots Bombed a Hospital. Then They Did It Again:

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