Daily Bread for 12.31.20

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of twenty-five.  Sunrise is 7:25 AM and sunset 4:31 PM, for 9h 06m 10s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 97.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand five hundred fourteenth and the fifty-fifth day. 

  On this day in 1967, the Packers defeat the Cowboys (21-17) in the 1967 NFL Championship (the ‘Ice Bowl’).

Recommended for reading in full — 

Rebecca Robbins reports U.S. Officials Say Covid-19 Vaccination Effort Has Lagged:

As of Wednesday, more than 14 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been sent out across the United States, up from 11.4 million doses on Monday morning. But just 2.1 million people had received their first dose as of Monday morning, according to a dashboard maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The 2.1 million administered doses reported by the C.D.C. is an underestimate of the true number because of lags in reporting. And a C.D.C. official said in a separate news conference on Wednesday that 2.6 million people had received their first dose. Whatever the number, it falls far short of the goal that federal officials put forward as recently as this month to have 20 million people vaccinated by the end of this year.

 Steven Benen writes Trump takes aim at Georgia official’s non-existent brother:

In the weeks since his defeat, Trump’s fury toward the Georgia official [Brad Raffensperger, Republican secretary of state in Georgia] has intensified, leading to a pair of tweets published around midnight, starting with this gem.

“I love the Great State of Georgia, but the people who run it, from the Governor, [Brian Kemp], to the Secretary of State, are a complete disaster and don’t have a clue, or worse. Nobody can be this stupid. Just allow us to find the crime, and turn the state Republican.”

First, “Just allow us to find the crime” is an amazing thing for anyone to write, and a reminder that the president and his team are still searching desperately for evidence that doesn’t exist. Second, “Nobody can be this stupid” is one of those phrases I’m going to brush right past without comment.

But it was the other late-night tweet that included a new accusation of particular interest.

“Now it turns out that Brad R’s brother works for China, and they definitely don’t want ‘Trump’. So disgusting!”

Among the many problems with Trump’s accusation is that Brad Raffensperger’s brother does not work for China. We can say this with great certainly because Brad Raffensperger does not have a brother.

 Michael Kranish reports Sen. David Perdue became wealthy outsourcing work to Asia. Now the former CEO stands with Trump, who wants to ‘end our reliance on China’:

When Republican David Perdue ran for the Senate six years ago, he spoke proudly of his years as a corporate executive in Asia. He made no apologies for having said that he “spent most of my career” relying on the outsourcing of jobs. He fended off attacks that he had enriched himself as companies he led relied on offshore production, and he won the Georgia seat.

But as Perdue seeks reelection, in a contest that will determine which party controls the Senate, he has sought to shift the focus away from such work as he allies himself with President Trump, who has blasted corporate executives who move jobs overseas.

The disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric about returning manufacturing jobs from China and the experience of Perdue was evident at an October rally in Macon with Trump. Perdue did not mention specifics about his career, telling the crowd, “I’m just a dumb business guy from right over that hill.”

 Times Square Crystal Ball Gets Final Test Run Before New Year’s Eve Celebration:

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