Daily Bread for 7.15.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with afternoon showers and a high of seventy-nine.  Sunrise is 5:31 AM and sunset 8:30 PM, for 14h 59m 27s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 26.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred forty-fifth day. 

 Whitewater’s Parks & Recreation Board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 5:30 PM.

 On this day in 1815,  Napoleon surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon.

Recommended for reading in full —

Pema Levy reports Jeff Sessions Ends His Political Career in a Blaze of Racism:

Jeff Sessions’ political career came to an end on Tuesday. Sessions had sought to recapture the Senate seat he held for 20 years before becoming President Donald Trump’s attorney general. In his stead, Alabama Republicans nominated Tommy Tuberville, a former college football coach. The former prosecutor, senator, and attorney general went out the same way he entered the national stage more than three decades ago: in a blaze of racism.

Racism defined Sessions’ entire career, but racism is not what ended it. In fact, it was Trump’s patronage that put Sessions and the white grievance he long embodied at the center of American politics. Sessions’ political career is over now because he realized too late that Trumpism isn’t just about the worldview; it’s also about Trump himself, a cult of loyalty that Sessions ran afoul of before it was clear how easily Trump cast people aside.

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump in 2016, and he served as a trusted campaign adviser. The attorney general position was his reward—the zenith of his career where he could finally make his reactionary fever dreams a reality. Sessions got to work rolling back federal oversight of police departments, orchestrating Trump’s family separation policy at the border, targeting sanctuary cities, deporting asylum seekers, and supporting voter suppression schemes.


Here lies the political career of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, named for two confederate heroes like his father and grandfather before him—the only monument to the Confederacy that Trump was eager to remove.

 Philip Bump writes A month later, Pence’s wildly optimistic view of the pandemic has proved almost entirely wrong:

Even at the time it was written, the fundamental proposition offered by Vice President Pence in his Wall Street Journal piece on June 16 was dubious. No second wave of the coronavirus pandemic was emerging, he wrote — an obviously true claim only because the first wave had not ended.

But that wasn’t Pence’s point. His point was that the numbers showed that the United States had the pandemic well in hand and that there was no reason to believe anything but that things would keep getting better. He dropped a number of data points about case growth, test rates and deaths to reinforce his optimistic point.

Nearly a month later, Pence has been proved wrong in nearly every way on every bit of data he offered. The vice president, as the head of the government’s response to the pandemic, presented a case for his own success that was shown to be inaccurate often only days after his article was published.

Rosie the Riveters of Today are Fighting COVID:

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