Friday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of thirty-seven. Sunrise is 6:56 AM and sunset 4:26 PM, for 9h 29m 55s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 21.4% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1963 in Dallas, Pres. Kennedy is assassinated, Texas Governor John Connally is seriously wounded, and Dallas Police officer J. D. Tippit is also killed.
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Rob Mentzer reports Investigators Lock Down Rhinelander City Hall In Public Misconduct Case:
Officials from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department are investigating alleged misconduct by a public official and tampering with public records, both of which are felony offenses. At 9:25 a.m., officials from Oneida, Vilas and Marathon countty sheriff’s offices started a search for evidence. They seized paper and digital documents in the search, and were also assisted by the state Department of Justice’s digital forensics support unit.
Michael Gerson writes Stephen Miller and Jim Jordan give us a taste of the Truly Trumpian Man:
Miller is best known as the prime mover behind the Muslim travel ban and the main opponent of any political compromise involving compassion for Dream Act “dreamers.” Now, with the release of a trove of emails sent to Breitbart writers and editors in 2015 and 2016 (soon before Miller became a Trump administration official), we get a glimpse of Miller’s inspirations and motivations. In response to the massacre of nine black churchgoers by a white nationalist in 2015, Miller was offended that Amazon removed merchandise featuring the Confederate flag and was concerned about the vandalization of Confederate monuments. Miller encouraged attention at Breitbart to a “white genocide”-themed novel, featuring sexualized violence by refugees. He focused on crime and terrorism by nonwhites as the basis for draconian immigration restrictions. He complained about the “ridiculous statue of liberty myth” and mocked the “national religion” of “diversity.” He recommended and forwarded stories from a range of alt-right sources.
All this is evidence of a man marinated in prejudice. In most presidential administrations, a person with such opinions would be shown the White House exit. But most of Miller’s views — tenderness for the Confederacy, the exaggerated fear of interracial crime, the targeting of refugees for calumny and contempt — have been embraced publicly by the president. Trump could not fire his alt-right alter ego without indicting himself. Miller is safe in the shelter of his boss’s bigotry.
The elevation of Trump to the presidency has given prominence to a certain kind of follower and permission for a certain set of social values. Bolsheviks once talked of creating the New Socialist Man. Miller and Jordan are giving us a taste of the Truly Trumpian Man — guided by bigotry, seized by conspiracy theories, dismissive of facts and truth, indifferent to ethics, contemptuous of institutional norms and ruthlessly dedicated to the success of a demagogue.