Daily Bread for 12.13.19

Good morning.

Friday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of thirty-nine.  Sunrise is 7:17 AM and sunset 4:21 PM, for 9h 03m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 98.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred thirtieth day.

On this day in 1864, the 3rd Wisconsin Light Artillery arrives at the front lines for the Battle of Savannah, Georgia.

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Rex Huppke writes Exhausted by Trump World’s lies? Hold fast to the truth. It’s the only path:

So I have two things to tell you, one good, one bad.

First, the good: Facts still matter, and truth still exists.

Second, the bad: You can’t feel exhausted. You have to cling to the truth, tighter than ever before, because an entire political party, a massive news network and the leader of the free world are trying to pull it away.

Consider how the president, his Republican cronies and the right-wing media reacted to the release this week of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Even a cursory review of the report reveals a thorough debunking of many of the president’s favorite conspiracy theories. It clearly states there is no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced” the decision to launch an investigation into contacts between Russians and Trump campaign members.

The report shows the FBI had an “authorized purpose” for starting the investigation, meaning it was not, as Trump claims ceaselessly, a “witch hunt.” The report even shows that while screams of bias have been leveled ad nauseam at certain investigators who were texting anti-Trump comments, there were also investigators texting pro-Trump comments. There was no evidence either form of bias had bearing on the investigation.

Kayla Epstien reports Defeated GOP governor pardoned violent criminals in a spree lawyers are calling an ‘atrocity of justice’:

Matt Bevin is no longer the governor of Kentucky, but his decisions continued to send shock waves through the state’s legal system this week after he issued pardons for hundreds of people, some of whom committed violent offenses.

Bevin issued 428 pardons since his defeat to Democrat Andy Beshear in a close election in November, the Louisville Courier Journal reported. His list includes a man convicted of reckless homicide, a convicted child rapist, a man who murdered his parents at age 16 and a woman who threw her newborn in the trash after giving birth in a flea market outhouse.

He also pardoned Dayton Jones, who was convicted in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy at a party, Kentucky New Era reported.

It is not unusual for governors to issue pardons as they leave office, but Bevin’s actions boggled some of the state’s attorneys, who questioned his judgment.

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