Good morning, Whitewater.
We’ll have a partly cloudy Friday in Whitewater, with a high of fifty-two. Sunrise is 6:36 and sunset 4:40, for 10h 04m 38s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 22.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
A note on posting: I posted last night on a second sex assault survivor who has filed a federal complaint against UW-Whitewater, following a news report from WISC-TV, Channel 3000. I’ll move that post forward, and it will become today’s main post. There will be no Friday Poll and no Friday Catblogging this week. There’s not the slightest chance that I would make the mistake of publishing on a light subject rather than this serious one.
There will also be posts on Saturday and Sunday considering aspects of the UW-Whitewater administration’s ongoing, evident misconduct, and the role of a few in encouraging subject-changing through lightweight stories rather than addressing an ongoing, aberrant situation in this city. UW-Whitewater’s situation is, sadly, far worse than many other campuses in Wisconsin or across America; few schools have a single federal complaint of this kind, let alone two pending ones. Sexual assault is a crime and wrong anywhere, but local handling of complainants’ requests is below any normal or average standard.
A reasonable person is, under these circumstances, called to greater scrutiny, not less; to more effort, not less.
On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln wins election as to become president if the United States:
On November 6, 1860, Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States, beating Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, John C. Breckinridge of the Southern Democrats, and John Bell of the new Constitutional Union Party. He was the first president from the Republican Party. His victory was entirely due to the strength of his support in the North and West; no ballots were cast for him in 10 of the 15 Southern slave states, and he won only two of 996 counties in all the Southern states.
Lincoln received 1,866,452 votes, Douglas 1,376,957 votes, Breckinridge 849,781 votes, and Bell 588,789 votes. Turnout was 82.2 percent, with Lincoln winning the free Northern states, as well as California and Oregon. Douglas won Missouri, and split New Jersey with Lincoln. Bell won Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, and Breckinridge won the rest of the South.
Although Lincoln won only a plurality of the popular vote, his victory in the electoral college was decisive: Lincoln had 180 and his opponents added together had only 123. There were fusion tickets in which all of Lincoln’s opponents combined to support the same slate of Electors in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, but even if the anti-Lincoln vote had been combined in every state, Lincoln still would have won a majority in the Electoral College.
On this day in 1837, Wisconsin gets a capital in Iowa:
1837 – Burlington, Iowa Selected as Temporary Capital
On this date Burlington, Iowa was chosen as a temporary capital of the Wisconsin Territory. A year earlier, legislators offered a bill making Madison the capital with a temporary capital in Dubuque until which time a permanent building could be constructed in Madison. Legislators also proposed the City of Belmont as a temporary capital. One month later, on December 12th, a fire destroyed the two-story temporary capital in Burlington. The new legislature moved its headquarters to the Webber and Remey’s store in Burlington where they conducted government affairs until June 1838.[Source: State of Wisconsin Blue Book]
Here’s the final Puzzability game in this week’s All Is Lost series:
This Week’s Game — November 2-6
All Is Lost
This is a week of all or nothing. For each day, we started with a word containing the letter chunk ALL and removed that chunk to get a new word or phrase. The answer phrase, described by each day’s clue, is the longer ALL word followed by the shorter word.
Young, inexperienced Holstein
What to Submit:
Submit the two-word phrase, with the longer one first (as “Callow cow” in the example), for your answer.
Friday, November 6