Daily Bread for 4.12.18

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be variably cloudy, with a high of sixty-three. Sunrise is 6:16 AM and sunset 7:34 PM, for 13h 17m 53s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 13.3% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the five hundred eighteenth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

On this day in 1961, the Civil War begins with the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter.

Recommended for reading in full —

➤ Conservative Erick Erickson describes an Epic rant from a GOP member of Congress:

(There’s little on which Erickson and I would agree, but I’ve never known him to be dishonest – the conversation is almost certainly genuine.)

➤ Patrick Marley and Jason Stein report Wisconsin Rep. Dale Kooyenga says he will cover $30,000 settlement for taking protester’s sign as video is released:

Rep. Dale Kooyenga said Wednesday he would reimburse taxpayers $30,000 to settle a lawsuit, just as the state released video footage showing Kooyenga removing a protest sign critical of Republicans from a public area of the Capitol.

Kooyenga, a Brookfield Republican running for the state Senate, has given various explanations at different times for taking the sign last year, saying that he did so as a joke, that he thought the sign was inappropriate and that he believed it created a safety hazard because it could have hidden something dangerous.

In May, Donald Johnson of Madison placed a sign in the Capitol that criticized Republican President Donald Trump, without naming him, as “corrupt” and “a serial groper.” It said Republicans backed the president, “we the people be damned.”

Johnson had a state permit to display the sign in the Capitol, and he said he taped a copy of it to the back of the sign.

That month, Kooyenga removed the sign and put it in his office as a joke and because he thought it was inappropriate, according to what he told Capitol Police at the time. After Johnson complained about the missing sign, the Capitol Police saw on security video that Kooyenga had taken the sign and recovered it from him.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration initially declined to release a copy of the video of Kooyenga taking the sign to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media outlets. But the administration released it Wednesday after the Journal Sentinel and others requested it for a second time, saying that the settlement made the video a record of interest to the public.

 

Kooyenga has also said he took the sign because his military training had taught him that signs against curved walls create “clear risks” to the public because they could conceal something dangerous. The video shows the sign is on an easel and it appears it would be difficult to hide something behind it.

His critics have called Kooyenga’s claims about safety laughable.

“How does he even get through an intersection? Because there are a lot of signs at intersections,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said.

➤ Brian Chen writes that I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes:

When I downloaded a copy of my Facebook data last week, I didn’t expect to see much. My profile is sparse, I rarely post anything on the site, and I seldom click on ads. (I’m what some call a Facebook “lurker.”)

But when I opened my file, it was like opening Pandora’s box.

With a few clicks, I learned that about 500 advertisers — many that I had never heard of, like Bad Dad, a motorcycle parts store, and Space Jesus, an electronica band — had my contact information, which could include my email address, phone number and full name. Facebook also had my entire phone book, including the number to ring my apartment buzzer. The social network had even kept a permanent record of the roughly 100 people I had deleted from my friends list over the last 14 years, including my exes.

There was so much that Facebook knew about me — more than I wanted to know. But after looking at the totality of what the Silicon Valley company had obtained about yours truly, I decided to try to better understand how and why my data was collected and stored. I also sought to find out how much of my data could be removed.

➤ Matt Velazquez writes 76ers 130, Bucks 95: With plenty on the line, the Bucks flop into the postseason:

PHILADELPHIA – The Milwaukee Bucks saved their worst for last.

With playoff seeding and a first-round draft pick hanging in the balance, the Bucks put forth an atrocious display at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, falling 130-95, to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 35-point margin represents Milwaukee’s biggest blowout loss of the season.

“We didn’t finish strong and we didn’t play well and that’s very disappointing,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “Hopefully it’s a learning lesson for us.”

The 76ers played without all-star Joel Embiid (fractured orbital bone) and sharpshooter J.J. Redick, who was scratched from the starting lineup due to back tightness moments before the game.

➤ Bonsai!!!:

5 thoughts on “Daily Bread for 4.12.18

  1. Informed speculation over the ranter’s identity centers around Peter King (R-LI). I can buy that. King is a pretty lively fellow. If it is him, he is also the King of all the Tsars of ranting.

    He has a rare genius, and I bow reverently in his general direction.

    1. I didn’t know that – so funny. Totally agree – hate King’s politics, but that is one fine – very fine – rant.

  2. It’s been an interesting journey for the “Young Guns”, since they published their eponymous exercise in auto-fellation. Eric Cantor, the last Jew standing in the Republican party, got zapped by a bagger named Brat. Ryan has now disengaged his lips from Trump’s ass with an audible pop and is off to Janesville to log some “family” time. Really?? That is the lamest excuse in politics, but then again, the Wisco-Kid has made a habit of being lame, lately. The sole remaining “Gun”, Kevin McCarthy, is now teeing himself up to be the last gun.

    Who would want the job of Republican speaker of the house? Look what it did to Ryan. (I’d point out what it did to Hastert, but that predated his time as speaker, as far as we know.) Look what it did to Boehner. Josh Marshall quips that “One day you are speaker of the House of Representatives, and third in line for the presidency, and the next day you are dealing dime bags.” McCarthy and Scalise are just doing vanity runs for bragging rights, as neither of them will be speaker after the next election.

    In the hope of salvaging something positive about our current political situation, I want to point out the beyond-excellent invective of the anti-Trumper Republicans. P.J. O’Rourke, whom I’ve been following since his days writing for “Car and Driver” and “Rolling Stone”, has switched from acid-penning Democrats to eviscerating Trump. He’s a great writer, and is in prime condition. Steve Schmidt on a shred is sermon-on-the-mount quality stuff. The MSNBC folks have learned to just light his fuse and then step back and listen in awe.

    My new fave is Rick Wilson. Check out his latest contribution:
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-takes-out-paul-ryan-and-its-going-to-be-a-civil-war?ref=home

    Salty tears of envy at that level of writing skill are running down my cheeks….

  3. Rick Wilson is fantastic. He is a fearless, Never-tRUmper. I have been following him for 5 or 6 months. His takedowns of tRUmp, Bannon and other GOP-tRUmpkins, usually via Daily Beast, are epic.

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