November 13, 2018

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111318)

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Positivity: Sr Thea Bowman’s cause for canonization could open at US bishops’ meeting

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From Baltimore, Maryland:

Nov 11, 2018 / 04:01 pm

Sr. Thea Bowman was the first African American woman to address the U.S. bishops’ conference. Most likely, she was also the first person to get them to hold hands and sing and sway to a Negro Spiritual.

“We shall overcome,” she intoned at their 1988 spring meeting in her signature rich voice, before exhorting the bishops to join in with a hearty “Y’all get up!”

Sr. Thea, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a daughter of the Deep South and the granddaughter of a slave, was sick from battling cancer and confined to a wheelchair at the time.

But that didn’t stop the 51 year-old from doling out more instructions when the stiff group still wasn’t swaying to her satisfaction: “Cross your right hand over your left hand, you gotta move together to do that,” she said as the bishops crossed arms and held hands before continuing the song.

“See in the old days you had to tighten up so that when the bullets would come, so that when the tear gas would come, so that when the dogs would come, so that when the horses would come, so that when the tanks would come, brothers and sisters would not be separated from one another,” she told the bishops, referring to the days of the Civil Rights movement.

“And do you remember what they did with the bishops and the clergy in those old days? Where’d they put them? Right up in front. To lead the people in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Church,” she said.

That keynote showcased Sr. Thea in her element – sharing her faith and love of God, urging racial awareness and reconciliation within the Catholic Church, joyfully belting out Gospel hymns and convincing everyone around her to join in.

Now, nearly 30 years after her death, Sr. Thea will once again feature at the U.S bishops’ conference – but this time, they will be voting to approve the opening of her cause for canonization. …

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November 12, 2018

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111218)

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Positivity: A Memorable Sendoff For Bobby Lewis

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It was an honor and a privilege to participate in Bobby Lewis’s final Greater Cincinnati musical appearance with Wild Rice Musical Revue at Jim & Jack’s before he and his wife Myra move to Sumter, South Carolina (photo is from an October event; Mr. Lewis is second from the left):

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Bobby Lewis’s storied career includes performing as member of The Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, whose hits included “Too Late to Turn Back Now,” the smash hit 1972 single, and “I’m Never Gonna Be Alone,” which also charted.  Since joining Wild Rice in August, I’ve been privileged to play these and many other songs with a gentleman who exemplifites class and dignity.

On Friday, the Wild Rice family had a final group dinner with Bobby and Myra.

I wish them all the best, and will always cherish the opportunity I had to make music with a genuine star:

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November 11, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111118)

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Positivity: History of Veterans Day

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Thanks to all who have served our country in the Armed Forces.

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History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

… Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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November 10, 2018

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111018)

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Positivity: New group formed to oppose abortion in Mexico

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Mexico City:

Nov 9, 2018 / 12:42 am

The new umbrella group Suma de Actores Sociales (United Social Actors) is calling citizens to stand up against efforts by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to legalize abortion, euthanasia and marijuana.

SUMAS was launched November 6 in Mexico City and unites 700 organizations from throughout the country.

Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister agency, Juan Dabdoub Giacoman, president of the Mexican Council for the Family and a founding member of SUMAS, said the new group seeks “to join together the greatest number of associations possible who are willing to fight to defend life, the family and the freedom of Mexicans.”

Dabdoub Giacoman denounced an “ideological onslaught” by the López Obrador’s transition team and their members in Congress.

Lopez Obrador won the Mexican presidential elections July 1 with 53 percent of the valid votes and will take office December 1.

The Morena party, of which the president is a member, gained the majority in both houses of the federal Congress. The new lawmakers took office September 1. Party members have introduced initiatives to legalize abortion throughout the country. Currently, abortion is illegal on the federal level except in case of rape.

Olga Sánchez Cordero, a Morena senator whom the president has appointed as the next Secretary of the Interior, assured that in the coming months she would promote the legalization of abortion, marijuana, and euthanasia measures.

Dabdoub Giacoman said SUMAS is urging López Obrador “to make his position clear because until now all these statements have been made by his collaborators or by Morena party members in the legislature, but he has remained silent.”

Members of SUMAS come from all religious backgrounds, he said. “Everyone is welcome as long as they have the same convictions regarding life, the family and the defense of freedom.” …

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November 9, 2018

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110918)

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November 8, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110818)

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Police: Son saves woman from burglar, possible sexual assault

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From Robinson, Texas (HT The Blaze):

Oct 19, 2018

A Robinson man was arrested late Thursday night after he attempted to sexually assault a mother and kill her children, but was restrained by one of the children, according to Robinson Police Chief Phillip Prasifka.

John Wayne Morris, 37, was arrested after police were called to the 100 block of North McLendon Drive at about 11:30 p.m. A man allegedly entered a home unlawfully, Prasifka said, adding that police saw two teenage siblings outside who looked visibly upset.

The teens told police their 15-year-old brother was inside the home, holding a man who entered their mother’s room, Prasika said. Police learned the man, identified as Morris, entered the home through an unlocked door and jumped onto the woman.

“She said that Morris threatened her by telling her that he had someone watching her children and that they would kill them,” Prasifka said. “(The woman) stated that she was afraid to fight back because she was afraid that her children would be harmed.”

The woman’s 15-year-old son came into the room and pulled Morris off his mother. Prasifka said the 15-year-old restrained Morris while his siblings called police.

The woman said she was scared Morris was going to sexually assault her and harm her children, Prasifka said. Officer determined Morris had entered the house through the unlocked door and went into the woman’s bedroom. …

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November 7, 2018

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110718)

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Positivity: Spokane Man Says Fitbit Saved His Life

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From Spokane, Washington:

Posted: Nov 01, 2018 06:36 PM PDT Updated: Nov 02, 2018 10:52 AM PDT

Keith Lambert is a Whitworth University professor who molds the next generations of teachers. He loves his job — and after the month he’s had, he’s never been happier to serve his student teachers.

“I get to go to work. That is a rare statement, but I get to go to work and I love what I do,” Keith told KXLY. “I get the opportunity to help teachers, new teachers, impact the lives of students. And that’s a joy. That’s a huge joy.”

You don’t have to spend much time around Keith to feel the joy he radiates when talking about teaching. But he’s human, and one of the biggest sources of joy in his life can also be a source of stress at times. That stress was starting to catch up with him at the end of September, while he was away on a business trip.

“[I] did start noticing, man I am not getting rest. I mean, I am feeling really tired. But didn’t think anything of it,” Keith said. “I just never felt good. And that week I really started looking at ‘what is going on?’”

So he turned to his Fitbit, a Christmas present from his wife a few years ago. Instead of keeping track of his steps, he moved to a different set of numbers — his heart rate. Keith realized he couldn’t get an average rate below about 85 beats per minute.

And when he came back to campus, the place that brings him the most joy, it got even worse.

“Came to work, was at a meeting, walked home,” Keith said. “I live a quarter of a mile from here, 165 beats per minute on a casual walk home in my loafers. And that’s when I realized something wasn’t right.”

Keith then went to his doctor, and he brought the data from his Fitbit. He went from that doctor to the emergency room, then to a cardiologist.

“I was probably at 15 hours of cardio heart rate a day,” Keith said. So my heart was working overtime.”

That’s when Keith’s questions were answered and his life was saved. Keith had a blockage in his LAD artery — also known as the widow-maker.

“It’s the one that, when it goes, it goes,” Keith said. “I really think the data I had, that I could take to every place I went, was the reason I probably got at least one more look.”

Doctors put a stent in. Keith told KXLY an hour and a half later, he was out of the hospital and back home. Now, about a month later, he’s back to work full time.

He’s back with his students and his family — he’s here — all because he saw his doctor. The only reason he saw his doctor, he says, was because his Fitbit told him something was off. Otherwise, he would’ve ignored it.

“I realize that waiting probably would’ve taken my life,” Keith said. …

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November 6, 2018

Midterms Live Blog: GOP Gains 3 Senate Seats; House Has Flipped; No Surprises in Ohio

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:47 pm

Well … here we are at last.

I’ll be here until key races in Oregon, California, and elsewhere out West are decided — or until fatigue wins out.

As of now, the only polls that have closed are in parts of Indiana and Kentucky, so it’s still safe to engage in some wishful and predictive thinking.

Senators: Here’s hoping Sherrod Brown, Joe Donnelly, Debbie Stabenow, John Tester, Claire McCaskill, Bob Menendez, Bill Nelson, Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and other vulnerable Dems lose. The guess here is that the GOP’s Senate majority will be larger than most pundits are predicting when the night is over. 55 would be nice. 57 is not impossible. (Update: The final number looks like it will be 54.)

Congress: I can’t say I’ve studied enough of the individual national races to get a sense of where this is going. I can say that I believe incumbent Republican Steve Chabot will defeat Democrat Aftab Pureval in Ohio’s First District. The other race to watch is the Balderson (GOP)-O’Connor (Dem) rematch in OH-12. Though it doesn’t look that way at Real Clear Politics, I suspect that the GOP will retain a significantly narrower congressional majority despite the leftist press’s wishes for a Nancy Pelosi-Maxine Waters takeover. (Update: The press got its wish.)

Governors: Given that Republicans hold about 30 governors’ posts right now, it would not be a shock to see that historically large lead shrink. That, said, there seem to be real chances for Republican wins in Oregon and Minnesota (Update: Nope).

Here goes.

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7:40 a.m.: Politico, unlike other outlets, waited until it had enough evidence to make the call, and has declared that Democrats will win a U.S. House majority. I maintain that the early calls elsewhere were irresponsible, and suppressed the GOP vote out West — partially by design, and partially so the cable and network talking heads could have something to talk about before bedtime.

7:35 a.m.: In Utah, though it’s not over, Republican Mia Love appears to have lost her House seat. (Did Utah’s new GOP U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, whose victory was assured, help her on the campaign trail? I’ll bet not.) Update: Yes, she lost.

7:18 a.m.: I just cruised through the California U.S. House race results, some of which are incomplete, and it would appear that Democrats have flipped a net 2 seats. That would seem to be less than what was expected, if it holds. Update, 8:30 p.m.: It seems that a lot of the early “House flips” projections predicted a net change of 35 or more seats. The number right now is 28.

7:10 a.m.: In Ohio, Republicans appear to have won 11 of 17 State Senate races, and roughly 60 of 99 State House races. About a half-dozen races, however, are extremely close. That said, it looks like the GOP’s state House majority has shrunk. Update, 8:30 p.m.: Cleveland.com says that the GOP’s State Senate majority will be 24-9, and will still have a three-fifths supermajority in the House.

7:05 a.m.: If the GOP has indeed lost the House, the emerging lesson appears to be that Republicans didn’t play adequate defense in blue states. Current and now-retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan deserves at least some of the blame for that.

7:00 a.m.: Illinois’ next governor will be a Democrat. He will inherit a state that’s in financial ruin that its one-term Republican governor could not turn around, because the Democrat-dominated legislature has refused any and all efforts at reform. That will continue. New governor JB Pritzker deserves the mess he’s been given.

6:55 a.m.: Republican Scott Walker has lost his bid for a third term as Wisconsin governor. Voters tend not to be big fans of third terms for state executives.

6:50 a.m.: On an otherwise pretty good night for Republicans in Senate races, Nevada has flipped to the Democrats.

6:45 a.m.: Here’s yet another late media GOP victory call. In the Arizona U.S. Senate race, the GOP’s Martha McSally has a 15,000-vote, 0.8-point lead over unhinged Kyrsten Sinema with 99.7 percent of the vote counted. The raw math says that Sinema even if Sinema wins every remaining vote, she can’t catch up. That’s a Republican hold.

6:40 a.m.: In Montana, Republican Matt Rosendale has a 0.7-point, 2,700-vote lead over incumbent Democrat John Tester with 82 percent of the vote counted. Based on areas not yet fully counted, this one looks like it could go either way. Update: Tester won.

6:30 a.m.: Wow … had no idea how much all of this wore me out until I tried to get up earlier this morning. Anyway, in the next hour I’ll catch up.

WEDNESDAY, 12:02 a.m.: Looks like it’s going to be several hours until key West Coast and other races are decided. Choosing to sleep and wake up very early this morning.

11:54 p.m.: Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race has gone to a runoff. The two Republicans in the race took 58 percent of the vote, so it looks like a GOP hold.

11:50 p.m.: Oregon has reelected its corrupt Democratic governor.

11:36 p.m.: In Ohio, Republicans swept all five statewide offices (Governor, AG, SOS, Auditor, and Treasurer).

11:32 p.m.: Sanity has prevailed in Georgia, as Republican Brian Kemp has defeated unhinged Democrat Stacey Abrams in the Governor’s race.

11:29 p.m.: In Michigan - The state’s next governor will be a Democrat, and Democrat Debbie Stabenow will return to the U.S. Senate.

11:23 p.m.: Sadly, and incomprehensibly, Bob Menendez will continue as a New Jersey U.S. Senator.

11:20 p.m.: Once again, the press was late in calling a race where a Republican has a substantial and virtually insurmountable lead. Republican Josh Hawley has a 9-point lead over Claire McCaskill with two-thirds of the vote counted and half of Dem-Heavy St. Louis County reporting. Hawley will win, representing another GOP U.S. Senate flip. Fox called this race shortly after 11 p.m.

11:14 p.m.: Minnesota’s statewide races went very poorly for Republicans.

11:05 p.m.: Finally, the media has called the Florida governor’s race for Republican Ron DeSantis. But they still haven’t declared Rick Scott the winner of the U.S. Senate race, even though Bill Nelson could literally take ALL of the remaining votes, and STILL would lose.

10:59 p.m.: The pundits’ often-made point about voters getting tired of a politician after eight years is apparently playing out in Wisconsin, where two-term incumbent Republican Scott Walker is definitely in trouble.

10:50 p.m.: With half the votes counted in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Josh Hawley has a 12-point lead over Claire McCaskill. 88 percent of St. Louis County hasn’t been counted, so it’s still too early to call the race, but the odds are clearly in Hawley’s favor. That would be another U.S. Senate flip.

10:45 p.m.: The GOP’s Troy Balderson will win the OH-12 House rematch. There will be no change in the party makeup of Ohio’s congressional delegation.

10:40 p.m.: Republican Steve Chabot will win OH-01. Two-thirds of Hamilton County is in and Chabot and Pureval have split the vote 50-50. Warren County’s huge margin for Chabot carried him. Update: Pureval is taking a larger percentage of Hamilton County’s remainder, but he won’t catch up.

10:37 p.m.: Again, the press is slow to recognize an obvious Republican victory. Mike DeWine has won the governor’s race in Ohio. He currently has a 6.5-point, 248,000-vote lead with 84 percent of the vote counted. Update: Fox finally called it at about 11 p.m.

10:34 p.m.: The media is projecting that Republican Ted Cruz will retain his U.S. Senate seat in Texas, defeating Democrat heart-throb Robert aka Beto O’Rourke. The final margin will be worth noting, because it should not have been close.

10:32 p.m.: The Drudge siren says Democrats will win a majority in the House. I still believe that’s premature (and I would argue irrepsonsible), but there is a pretty broad consensus at this point.

10:28 p.m.: Finally, what’s obvious has become official — Cramer has beaten incumbent Heitkamp (D) in North Dakota. That guarantees Republican control of the U.S. Senate for the next two years.

10:20 p.m.: 82 percent of Ohio has been counted, and the GOP’s DeWine-Husted ticket still has a 7-point, 250,000-vote lead. That lead will probably get cut in half when all is said and done, but Mike DeWine will be Ohio’s next governor.

10:10 p.m.: Politico says 98.2 percent of Florida has been counted. The math says that their Dem opponents have to win 72 percent and 80 percent of the remaining votes, respectively, to catch up. That’s not going to happen. We have a GOP governor’s hold and a U.S. Senate flip in the Sunshine State.

10:03 p.m.: I don’t why the press hasn’t called the North Dakota U.S. Senate race yet. The relatively populous blue counties have from all appearances all been counted, and Republican Kevin Cramer has 59 percent of the vote with 38 percent of all precincts reporting.

9:57 p.m.: Republican Steve Chabot has an 18,000-vote lead over Democrat Aftab Pureval in OH-01. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all of the uncounted votes are in Hamilton County, which is only 20 percent counted. Though the odds favor Chabot, the race is not over yet.

9:52 p.m.: Also in Ohio, Dem incumbent Sherrod Brown in leading Jim Renacci, and based on where the rest of the votes are coming from, it looks like Brown will win reelection. But, again, stay tuned.

9:48 p.m.: Back here in Ohio, Republicans DeWine and Husted have a 7.5-point lead in the Governor’s race over Democrat Rich Cordray with 58 percent of precincts reporting — but it looks like the blue counties have more unreported precincts than the red ones. Stay tuned.

9:45 p.m.: Republican Rick Scott’s lead in Florida is 75K, per the Fla. SOS site, and is getting close to insurmountable as well

9.40 p.m.: Per Instapundit, Fox is also projecting that Dems will take the House. Again, that seems very premature.

9:37 p.m.: Ron DeSantis’s lead in the Fla. gov race is 85,000 now, and Dem Andrew Gillum would have to win 65 percent of the remaining votes to catch up. I’d rather be DeSantis than Gillum right now. Update: DeSantis will win. The Florida SOS site has his lead stretched to almost 100K.

9:35 p.m.: Republicans have won a key congressional race in KY-6.

9:26 p.m.: In governors’ races, Republican Larry Hogan has been reelected in Maryland (“the first GOP governor to win a second term in Maryland since 1954″; UPDATE: ahed by 14 points), and Charlie Baker has won reelection in Massachusetts. Both are supposedly deep blue states which have arguably chosen competence over chaos.

9:20 p.m.: Drudge is saying NBC is projecting that Dems will win the House. That seems mighty premature — and designed to influence the voting out West.

9:18 p.m.: In the Florida Governor’s race, the GOP’s Ron DeSantis has a 60,000-vote lead over Dem Andrew Gillum, again with 96 percent counted. The safety of Scott’s lead in the Senate race and DeSantis’s lead both depend on where the votes which haven’t been counted will come from. The guess here is that the Panhandle will be a big enough part of those final votes to enable both to win — but we’ll see.

9:16 p.m. Wow, they count fast in Florida. With allegedly 96 percent of the vote counted, Rick Scott has a 60,000-vote lead over Democrat Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race. If it holds, that another Republican flip.

9:12 p.m.: The Ace of Spades blog is relaying news that Marsha Blackburn has won the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, keeping that seat in Republican hands. The claim there is also that incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin has won in West Virginia.

9:09 p.m.: Hopelessly overrated polling wunderkind Nate Silver, has been saying for well over a week that the odds of Democrats winning a House majority are 85%. Before 9 p.m. on Election Night, he had walked it back to 55 percent.

9:03 p.m.: In a huge development if true, “Republican Mike Braun is on track to defeat Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race, ABC News projects, based on exit polling and analysis of voting data.” Update: Yep, it’s true.

9:00 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence’s brother will win a congressional seat in IN-6 in Southeastern Indiana across the border from Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.

8:55 p.m.: Tennessee’s new governor, replacing Democrat Phil Bredesen, will be Republican Bill Lee. That’s a widely anticipated flip to the GOP. In early balloting, Bredesen trails Republican Marsha Blackburn in the U.S. Senate race.

8:50 p.m.: It’s now safe to project that Ohio’s Issue 1 (“To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs”) will lose by a very wide margin. That’s a relief, because the proposed constitution amendment was way too lenient.

7:45 p.m.: Yours truly, looking at the hour immediately ahead, is choosing to take nap to be ready for the late-night hours later. Back at 8:45 p.m. Again, comments aren’t being moderated.

7:33 p.m.: Polls in Ohio have closed. Here is the Ohio Secretary of State’s Election Results page.

7:30 p.m.: Speaking of sobering thoughts, if Democrats perform strongly, it will tell us that a lot of them who would not pull the lever for Hillary Clinton in 2016 have returned to their traditional habits. So Dems’ success tonight would a de facto repudiation of Hillary — not that anyone in the press would see that way if that’s how things turn out.

7:25 p.m.: Earlier today, Chris Queen at PJ Media raised the sobering point that turnout in Florida’s conservative panhandle may be hurt because of Hurricane Michael.

7:15 p.m.: Had some technical issues with the web host (Murphy’s Law, as usual), so apologies for any access problems. This “hour-by-hour guide on what to expect as Election Day unfolds” should come in handy for everyone.

6:55 p.m.: I DO think that the pollsters have underestimated GOP enthusiasm and support, as they most certainly did two years ago, and that most of the Democrats who are enthused are in areas that are deep-blue already, i.e., it’s not going to do them as much good as claimed.

6:45 p.m.: A lot is being made of increases in GOP early voting. I would suggest caution in this regard. I think that GOP voters have resisted early voting more than Dems have in the past, but that a higher percentage of Republicans votes early now than did 2, 4, 6, or 8 years ago. I don’t think the early-voting uptick necessarily foreshadows higher total GOP turnout.

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Under-reported Stories Catch-up (110618) — Round 2

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:55 am

Moving into lightning-round mode.

Readers can supply others in the comments, which I’ll get to late this afternoon:

Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governorwould support a ban on the AR-15 (rifle) — but she changed the subject when asked whether she would also support confiscation of AR-15s already in circulation in her home state of Georgia.”

Finally, a roundup of the significant Democrats and liberals who have associated with and even praised anti-Semite and black racist Louis Farrakhan — who was recently seen in Iran shouting “Death to America!”

This is what happens when the people you thought were in your corner and would never leave no matter how much you abused them and took them for granted start to leave the plantation: “Al Sharpton Has Complete Meltdown After Seeing Black Crowd Full of MAGA Hats.”

Nothing to see here, just a “‘GOP’ Doll With Marsha Blackburn Sign Found Hanging From Tree in Tennessee.”

The five Gitmo prisoners released so that military deserter Bowe Bergdahl could be freed have ALL rejoined the Taliban.

In Illinois, Democrat Laura Underwood is running for Congress based on her experience as a nurse – except she has none.

In Texas, Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is trying to defeat incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, “previously used his elected position to push through a real estate deal that would benefit his own family to the detriment of his constituency, despite running on a platform against special interest in politics, according to The New York Times.” That the Times ran the story at all appears to indicate that the Old Gray Lady has given up on the idea of an O’Rourke upset.

Soft bigotry of low expections: “(Indiana) Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly has an Indian American state director ‘BUT,’ the Senator says, ‘he does an amazing job.” Donnelly did it again with another staffter: “He followed that up by saying that even though his ‘director of all constituent services’ is African American, she too does a good job.”

If it’s Election Day, it must be time for armed New Black Panthers to reappear (this time in Georgia) — and for a press dominated by reporters favoring gun control to pretend they don’t exist.

In Michigan, it’s plausible that Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James could defeat incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow. At least one member of the state’s press is not pleased at the prospect: “A local newspaper reporter in Michigan lamented the idea of Republican candidate John James winning his Senate race in a profanity-laden voicemail with James’ campaign.” She thought she had hung up her phone. Oops.

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