Daily Bread for 12.8.18

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of twenty-eight.  Sunrise is 7:13 AM and sunset 4:20 PM, for 9h 07m 16s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 1.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the seven hundred fifty-ninth day.

On this day in 1941, the United States declares war on Japan:

JOINT RESOLUTION Declaring that a state of war exists between the Imperial Government of Japan and the Government and the people of the United States and making provisions to prosecute the same.

Whereas the Imperial Government of Japan has committed unprovoked acts of war against the Government and the people of the United States of America:

Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of war between the United States and the Imperial Government of Japan which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on war against the Imperial Government of Japan; and, to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.[8]

Recommended for reading in full:

  Heather Long observes Trump’s two favorite economic metrics — the stock market and the trade deficit — are failing him:

President Trump has made clear that he wants the stock market to rise and the trade deficit to fall, and that his policies will make that happen. But this year, he has been getting the opposite result: The trade deficit is soaring while the market is careening down.

The U.S. trade deficit is at its highest level in a decade, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, and the trade deficit with China is at a record high. Trump’s trade war appears to be making the trade deficit worse as the United States continues to import a lot of foreign goods but has struggled to sell products such as soybeans abroad.


“The stock market couldn’t be any more disapproving of the president and his economics team,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, wrote in an email. “This administration has to tone down its war with the world, from European automakers to China importers, or this stock market will completely collapse and make a 2019 recession forecast a reality.”

(Trump’s views, of course, are economically ignorant, and that’s why he’s failing – and harming – America’s workers & investors.  See  Justin Amash responds to Trump in tweets from 12.4 and 12.5.)

Christopher Kuhagen reports A bobcat was spotted in a Whitefish Bay backyard, DNR confirms: 

Bobcats typically are nocturnal, but if they are in a habitat they feel safe they may roam in the nearby area. The animals tend to weigh between 20 and 40 pounds and their diet consists of small game.

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