Daily Bread for 4.17.21

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 57.  Sunrise is 6:07 AM and sunset 7:40 PM, for 13h 32m 29s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 24.0% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1970, the ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Craig Gilbert writes As politics is nationalized, April’s non-partisan elections are looking more and more like November’s partisan ones:

Five months after the November 2020 presidential race, Wisconsin held a contest for state school superintendent.

The November election was close.

The April election wasn’t.

The November election attracted massive attention.

The April election didn’t.

The November election drew 3.3 million voters to the polls.

The April election drew about 912,000.

The November election was partisan.

The April election was nonpartisan.

But as different as they were, the two elections did have something in common.

The geographic voting patterns were remarkably similar.

By and large, the counties that performed the best for Democrat Joe Biden last fall also performed the best for the winning and more liberal candidate in this month’s race for state school superintendent, Jill Underly.

And the counties that performed the best for Republican Donald Trump last fall generally performed the best for Underly’s more conservative opponent, Deborah Kerr.

This happened despite vast differences in turnout, spending and media attention in the two races and the fact that one office — the presidency — is the ultimate partisan prize and the other is a low-profile, nonpartisan office overseeing the state’s public schools.

Dalton Bennett, Shawn Boburg, Sarah Cahlan, Peter Hermann, Meg Kelly, Joyce Sohyun Lee, Elyse Samuels, and Brian Monroe report 17 requests for backup in 78 minutes (‘A reconstruction shows how failures of planning and preparation left police at the Capitol severely disadvantaged on Jan. 6’):

At 1:13 p.m. on Jan. 6, a D.C. police commander facing a swelling crowd of protesters on the west side of the U.S. Capitol made an urgent call for more officers in riot gear. “Hard gear at the Capitol! Hard gear at the Capitol!” Cmdr. Robert Glover shouted into his radio.

Glover and a team of D.C. police officers had rushed to the besieged complex moments earlier at the behest of Capitol Police. By the time they arrived, the Capitol grounds were already being overrun by a mob intent on overturning President Donald Trump’s electoral defeat.

Over the next 78 minutes, Glover requested backup at least 17 times, according to a Washington Post analysis of the events, and the mob on the west side eventually grew to at least 9,400 people, outnumbering officers by more than 58 to one.

 Storm chaser Mike Olbinski records Shadows in the Sky:

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments