Daily Bread for 7.21.20

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy, with light evening rain, and a high of eighty-one.  Sunrise is 5:36 AM and sunset 8:25 PM, for 14h 49m 13s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 0.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred fifty-first day. 

 Whitewater’s Common Council meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6:30 PM.

 On this day in 1921, General Billy Mitchell tests his theory of air power by flying a De Havilland DH-4B fighter in a bombing demonstration that showed a naval ship could be sunk by air bombardment.

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Gregory Pratt and Jeremy Gorner report Homeland Security making plans to deploy some 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities.

The Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, agents are set to assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police in crime-fighting efforts, according to sources familiar with the matter, though a specific plan on what the agents will be doing had not been made public.

Federal agents being used to confront street protesters in Portland, Oregon, has raised alarm in many circles. Chicago, too, has dealt with protests that have led to injuries in recent days.

At an unrelated news conference Monday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has great concerns about the general possibility of President Donald Trump sending feds to Chicago based on what has happened in Portland.

If Trump wants to help, she said, he could boost federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resources and fully fund prosecutors.

“We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully,” Lightfoot said.

 Eder Campuzano reports Feds, right-wing media paint Portland as ‘city under siege.’ A tour of town shows otherwise:

One America News Network describes “violence gripping the city.” A Fox News headline blares “Portland protesters flood police precinct, chant about burning it down.” The New York Post reported Saturday that Portland “descended into violence.”

Many people who live in Portland, including Alexander, heard over the past few days from worried relatives in other states who feared that their loved ones in Portland might have been affected by fires or caught in police crossfire as they went about their day.

The images that populate national media feeds, however, come almost exclusively from a tiny point of the city: a 12-block area surrounding the Justice Center and federal courthouse.


And they occur exclusively during late-night hours in which only a couple hundred or fewer protesters and scores of police officers are out in the city’s coronavirus-hollowed downtown.

Those events are hardly representative of daily life, including peaceful anti-racism demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands of protesters, in a city of 650,000 people that encompasses 145 square miles.

The vast majority of Portland residents spend quiet home-bound lives on hushed tree-lined streets with coronavirus and its resulting economic catastrophe as the greatest threat to their well-being.

Crying bear cub climbs ladder out of Eagle River basement to freedom:

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