October 22, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102218)

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Here’s today’s roundup of stories which haven’t gotten the attention they deserve, all of which should be considered relevant to voters’ decisions as to which candidates — and which party’s candidates — they should support at the polls during this election cycle:

I didn’t say it. He did: “DNC Head Tom Perez: ‘There Are No Moderate Democrats Left…’” He caught himself and said he meant to say Republicans. Uh-huh.

Seen two weeks ago, in a Politico email: “Democratic leaders are taking steps to obtain and release detailed documents and emails about the sexual assault allegations against … (Brett Kavanaugh) and disputed aspects of his service during the Bush administration.” Well. where’s the press’s followup on the results of these “steps”? Crickets, of course.

Meanwhile, James O’Keefe demonstrated conclusively in an undercover video that Democratic Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen’s staff firmly believes that their candidate’s claim that he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh is a pose to fool the Volunteer State electorate.

Maybe the improvement in real wages is finally getting into the data: The government’s most recent Real Earnings Report showed that they increased — in real inflation-adjusted terms — by 0.3 percent in September.

No big deal, just more breathtaking corruption in Illinois, this time from the Democrats’ 2018 guberntatorial nomninee: “As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cook County Assessor’s Office in 2015 reduced the assessed valuation of a mansion owned by … (Jay Robert [J.B.] from $6.25 million to just under $1.1 million. These reductions allowed Mr. Pritzker to claim $132,747.18 in refunds for property taxes paid in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and reduced his property taxes for 2015 and 2016 by $198,684.85.” The scheme was brazen: “… affidavits (filed by Pritzker and family members) falsely claimed that the mansion had been “vacant and uninhabitable,” with no working toilets, since January 1, 2012. The Inspector General report found that, contrary to the affidavits, the toilets had been removed on October 6, 2015, just ten days before a scheduled appraisal of the property …”

Here’s a story about a Democrat candidate who will be making frequent appearances in these posts during the next week or so: “Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic nominee in the Arizona Senate race, wrote a group email in 2006 in which she drew equivalence between the deaths of people trying to illegally cross the U.S. southern border to American soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq.” If you haven’t caught the news about Sinema’s far-left, unhinged activities and statements, stay tuned.

Here’s a second Kyrsten Sinema installment for this post: In a 2011 video, Sinema ”mocks Arizonans as ‘Crazy’ and calls Arizona the ‘crazy’ state.”

Though it’s more than fair to note the press’s hypocrisy in its treatment of West, I’m not on the Kanye West-Donald Trump lovefest bandwagon. This 2016 NewsBusters post from when he was still a media darling (read the whole thing) fully justifies my position.

More blatant political censorship at Facebook.

An elected Democrat Senator gives aid and comfort to the mob: “In an interview on CNN with Dana Bash, Hirono did not denounce such actions by Democrat supporters who want to form an angry mob like … Maxine Waters encouraged them to do to force Trump cabinet members out of the public square and threaten Trump supporters, but instead, sought to justify their criminal behavior.”

 

 

 

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102218)

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Positivity: Bridgeport bishop says lifelong ‘path of beauty’ began with his parents

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From Vatican City:

Oct 14, 2018 / 11:52 am

“Other than faith,” Bishop Frank Caggiano reminisced, “the gifts of how I was raised and who I was raised by are the greatest gifts I have ever received in my life.”

“The most inspiring people in my life were my two parents, without a doubt,” Caggiano added. “Without a doubt.”

Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a delegate to the 2018 Synod of Bishops, discussing young people, the faith, and vocational discernment. He told CNA that his own youth was shaped by the lessons of his parents.

“My father was a longshoreman. My father unloaded ships. My father had a third-grade education. He did not speak English very well. And yet at a time when in the docks of Brooklyn it was common to steal, my father never came home with a blessed thing.”

“The two things my father spoke about always were integrity and respect,” the bishop said.

“A warrior, a courageous witness, ‘you got to stand by your guns, even if it costs you your life’- That was my father.”

While he praised his father, Caggiano, 59, minced no words about his mother: “My mother was a saint…Simple as that.”

He told CNA that while both parents taught him lessons he continues to carry, he brought especially his mother’s inspiration to Rome this month, where his short synod speech emphasized beauty.

“All of this animation in my mind about beauty began with my mother,” he said.

Beauty “was the engagement of the heart in faith. It was the piety. It was the gentility. It was– the house itself– you knew the seasons of the Church’s year in my house. It was the ritual. It was the traditions that we had. In my mind, all of that is wrapped up in beauty. The conveyance of meaning apart from that written word– that’s beauty. And that was my mom.”

During his synod speech, Caggiano said bishops “must unlock the power of beauty, which touches and captures the heart, precisely by utilizing the many opportunities now afforded by digital communication and social media to accompany young people to experience beauty in service of the Gospel.”

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October 21, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102018)

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Given the upcoming midterms and current personal circumstances, it seems appropriate that I limit my time to using this platform to catch up on relevant stories from the past couple of weeks.

Here’s Round 1 of  stories which haven’t gotten the attention they deserve, all of which should be considered relevant to voters’ decisions as to which candidates — and which party’s candidates — they should support at the polls during this election cycle:

The Dem Staffer Arrested For Doxxing Republican Senators (during the Brett Kavanaugh drama) WASN’T An Intern (and was) “Paid by an ‘outside institution.’” Predictably, the press has virtually ignored this horrific story.

GOP Senators Received Death Threats On Their PERSONAL PHONES After Kavanaugh Vote (and at least one spouse).

“… nearly 3.9 million more Americans have jobs since President Donald Trump came into office in Jan. 2017.” By now, according to predictions by “experts” like Moody’s Mark Zandi two years ago, job growth should have been leveling off at about 100,000 per month. Exact quote from from early January 2017: “1.25 million people per a year (getting jobs) at most … we can’t expect any better than that for the next four years.” Meanwhile, “Economic Boom Largely Ignored as TV’s Trump Coverage Hits 92% Negative.”

In His First Day On The Job, Kavanaugh Hired As Many Black Law Clerks As RBG Has In Her Entire Tenure.

Vice News D.C. Chief Admits There Were ‘Paid’ Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters.

Remember this on November 7. It’s a quote from a Politico email: “The Republican House majority continues to show signs of collapsing, with Democrats steadily gaining ground toward erasing their 23-seat deficit and ending eight years of GOP control.”

The wonders of Motor-Voter: “California Admits DMV Error Added Noncitizens to Voter Rolls.” Odds are that what is presented is the small tip of a very large iceberg. How much of Hillary Clinton’s huge 2016 electoral majority in the state — and, for that matter, how many of her votes nationwide — came from people who shouldn’t have been allowed to vote?

‘THE GOOD CENSOR’: Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for ‘Safety And Civility’

Seen here in a column on Hillary Clinton’s rejection of civility as long as Republicans are in power: “The silence of Senate Democrats in the face of the anti-Kavanaugh mob demonstrated clearly that the only difference between the primal screams of those arrested and the elected Democrats on the dais was the choice of clothing.” The well-dressed but deeply radical Eric Holder recently reinforced that point.

According to certain members of the press, you can’t call the anti-Kavanaugh protesters or violent antifa participants who are terrifying Portland, Oregon a “mob.” Oh yes we can — and we will continue to do so, especially because “The Kavanaugh saga shows we have not yet plumbed the depths of Democratic ruthlessness.”

The Kavanaugh saga was also a rare example of leftist violence which could not be ignored, even by their press sympathizers. Other examples of left-driven violence are routinely ignored. If you doubt that, ask yourself if have seen any press coverage of this, or this, or this.

I intend to present between ten and a dozen items at a time over the next two weeks. At the rate of catchup (even after leaving quite a few items on the cutting-room floor), it looks I’ll have my hands full until Election Day.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102118)

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Positivity: Forty years later, Polish bishops revisit election of Pope John Paul II

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From Warsaw, Poland:

Oct 16, 2018 / 02:30 pm

The Polish bishops’ conference is celebrating the anniversary of the election of St. John Paul II. October 16 marks 40 years since Cardinal Karol Wojtyla’s rise to the throne of St. Peter.

Archbishop Józef Michalik of Przemyśl, who was the rector of the Polish College in Rome at the time of the 1978 conclaves – the second of which elected Wojtyla, gave his personal insight into the days following up to the election of Pope John Paul II.

“We joked, commented on the press reports and, sometimes, spoke seriously,” said Archbishop Michalik in an account released by the Polish Bishops’ Conference to mark the anniversary.

Cardinal Wojtyla had joined the college often for meals and daily prayers before the conclave began.

“The Cardinal always took these jokes and conversations with a smile, and sometimes he responded with humor,” he said.

He addressed the days following the death of Pope John Paul I, who had passed away from a heart attack 33 days after his election to the papacy. He highlighted the apparent interest of the other cardinals toward Cardinal Wojtyla’s election.

Archbishop Michalik had welcomed Cardinal Wojtyla at the airport shortly before the conclave. On their way to the view the body of Pope John Paul I at St. Peter’s Basilica, he asked the soon-to-be pope how many cardinal’s he had not known.

“Cardinal [Wojtyla] thought about it and replied: seven. For me, it was an indirect answer, that there is actually no other Cardinal who would know personally only seven Cardinals. This indicated that our Cardinal’s chances were serious in the upcoming conclave,” said Archbishop Michalik.

The Polish bishops’ conference said Wojtyla was a major figure in the Church, who participated in synods, led retreats for the Roman Curia, and was a friend of Pope Paul VI.

Archbishop Michalik said, though Cardinal Wojtyla was a respected clergymen and scholar, the polish saint had remained humble. …

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October 20, 2018

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102018)

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Positivity: Disabled Army veteran rescues flag being run over by cars

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From Temple, Texas (HT Weasel Zippers):

Published: Thursday, October 11th 2018, 3:50 pm EDT
Updated: Thursday, October 11th 2018, 3:53 pm EDT

Chris Ellenburg was driving home from work on FM 1237 Monday afternoon when something in the road caught his eye.

“I honestly could not believe it,” Ellenburg said. “I figured it was normal trash, but as soon as I saw the flag open up as it flipped over into my lane, I knew.”

Ellenburg was heated. He immediately pulled over and hopped out of his truck to rescue the tattered flag that was being run over by other drivers.

“You’re dang right I stopped traffic,” Ellenburg said. “And there were still disrespectful people driving by as I had this flag, picking it up off the ground in the middle of a freaking road.”

He said some drivers even honked at him to get out of the way.

As a disabled Army veteran, Ellenburg was trained to leave no man behind. He sees his fellow soldiers each time he looks at the flag.

“It wasn’t for myself, it was really for my buddies that died that I felt more disrespected for it,” Ellenburg said.

The flag he rescued has seen better days. It’s covered in holes with torn stripes.

“It’s got tire marks on it,” Ellenburg said. “A lot of dirt, grime, oil.”

But even with those flaws, it’s still a prized possession to Ellenburg.

“It may not have been to war, it may not have been in combat, it may not have flown over a military base,” Ellenburg said. “It may have just flown over somebody’s backyard, but it’s going to be honored for what it stands for.”

Ellenburg plans on properly retiring the flag by burning it Thursday evening. …

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October 19, 2018

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101918)

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Positivity: “Gosnell” Movie Profiling Serial-Killer Abortionist Breaks Top 10 Nationally Despite Media Blackout

From Washington:

OCT 15, 2018, 10:12AM

Despite a media blackout and virtually no coverage outside conservative media circles, the new movie “Gosnell” made the list of top 10 movies across the United States over the weekend. Coming in at the #10 spot, Gosnell came in ahead of other movies with much wider releases — as the film is appearing in just 673 theaters nationwide.

CDespite the more limited release, Gosnell outperformed A Simple Favor, The Nun, and the blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians. Every other movie except for one that appeared higher in the weekend top 10 list was shown to Americans in thousands of theaters. It was also the only movie to gain in audience on Sunday, with over $1.23 million in ticket sales though the weekend. Every other movie saw a Sunday dropoff.

Had Gosnell opened in 2,800 theaters like other movies in the top 10 list it would have finished in 7th place for the weekend — making it more popular per theater than The House With a Clock in Its Walls and Bad Times at the El Royale.

But those who are watching the movie are giving in tremendously high ratings. It has a 67% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and 99% of those viewing it said they liked it. Here are some of the reviews:

“Well-acted and compelling. Even without going full-on graphic, the film achieves real power,” says Mike McGranaghan.

“Perhaps we should be glad that mainstream Hollywood, just like the mainstream media, had no interest in this story. It’s almost impossible to believe they would have told it so well,” adds Megan Basham.

And Christian Toto adds: “Gosnell delivers one of the most chilling portraits of evil we’ve seen in ages.”

Gosnell unmasks the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Kermit Gosnell, a man who performed countless illegal, late-term abortions and murdered several born children as well.

He is the abortion practitioner who killed babies in live-birth abortions that were more akin to infanticide than abortion. The media virtually ignored Kermit Gosnell until the pro-life movement launched a concerned effort to call them out on their bias during the early stages of his trial for murder.

Now, Gosnell is prison, having been convicted of murder in the deaths of multiple babies,though he was accused of killing thousands of viable babies. Still, one report from Gallup showed a large percentage of Americans still have no idea who Gosnell is and what he did. …

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October 18, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101818)

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Positivity: Media Ignore “Gosnell” Movie, But Viewers Give It a 99% Rating at Rotten Tomatoes

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From Washington:

OCT 16, 2018, 9:15AM

From their usual lack of coverage on the annual March for Life to treating pro-lifers as wholesale crazies, it’s clear that the media doesn’t want to face the intimate realities of legal baby killing. The recent film about the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, not only tells his story, but shows how reluctant the media is to touch abortion, even if events surrounding it involve first degree murder.

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer opened nationwide on Friday, October 12th. The movie received a fresh critic score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, which says a lot, considering how much lefty critics love to trash conservative movies. It also received a 99% score in terms of general audience approval.

The true story revolves around the trial of Dr. Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted of the “mass murder of women and children.” Gosnell chose to perform abortions after their legal viability dates, which resulted in the negligent death of one woman. Such careless procedures would also sometimes result in the live births of almost fully-grown babies, who Gosnell admitted to coldly killing by “snipping their necks” with a pair of scissors.

Now these details would fit well in any horror movie, but another less gruesome, yet equally disturbing detail was depicted in Gosnell — how the liberal media ignored the story. Producer Ann McElhinney stated, “The movie is as much expose of the media as it is of abortion.”

After showing the searches of both Gosnell’s filth-ridden clinic and equally creepy Philadelphia home, and the doctor’s subsequent arrest, the film depicts several of the characters’ worry that Gosnell’s trial will result in a media backlash, as it concerns the always controversial subject of reproductive rights. District Attorney Dan Molinari (Michael Beach) warns Gosnell’s prosecutor, assistant District Attorney Lexy McGuire (Sarah Jane Morris) to stay calm and collected when the throng of reporters accosts them on the stairs to the courthouse.

In one of the film’s most pivotal scenes, however, these attorneys pull up to a quiet and sparsely populated courthouse, with hardly any media presence whatsoever. A poignant moment is depicted when every single bench — reserved for journalists — is shown empty. Detective James Wood (actor Dean Cain) asks, “Where is everybody?” MRC Culture’s own Katie Yoder was one of the only reporters at the real life trial in 2013, being one of a small handful who initially reported the media’s absence.

Lone blogger Molly Mulaney (Cyriana Fialo,) who spends much of the film helping the prosecutors build their case, photographs the derelict media section of the courthouse. She then posts the photo to social media, where it goes viral. Only then do members of the media acknowledge the trial, appearing in the courtroom in the final days of the proceedings.

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McElhinney summed it up, stating prior to the movie’s release that “Most Americans have never heard the name Dr. Kermit Gosnell because mainstream journalists chose not to cover the trail.” However she seemed confident that after the release of the film, “the media who ignored the story will have to explain to millions of people who will see the movie why they censored this story.” …

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October 17, 2018

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101718)

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Positivity: Thousands gather in L.A. archdiocese to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

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From Los Angeles:

Oct 15, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Thousands of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in the cathedral on Sunday to celebrate as Oscar Romero was canonized in Rome.

St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and celebrations.

Romero, who was the archbishop of San Salvador in the late 1970s, had been a major voice in defense of human rights for the Salvadorian people, especially during the early stages of the country’s civil war.

Before the liturgy Sunday, Salvadorians performed traditional dancing, while clips of Romero’s recorded homilies and speeches could be heard over the loudspeakers.

The inside the Cathedral was decorated with images and photographs of the newly minted saint, including a picture of Romero during one of his famous radio broadcasts and an image of the 250,000 mourners who attended his funeral at San Salvador’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

The Mass was celebrated, in Spanish, by Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar. The homily was given by Deacon Ricardo Villacorta, a Salvadorian immigrant who left the country during its civil war.

Saint Oscar Romero was shot while celebrating Mass in March, 1980, during the country’s escalating civil war. Romero was an outspoken critic of political injustice in the country and of the violence affecting the lives of ordinary Salvadorians.

In a homily the day before he was martyred, Romero admonished soldiers to follow God’s law over the orders of their superiors.

“This was a very brave act: He told soldiers they have to act from their morals, and not just follow directions from their superiors,” said Rich Villacorta, son of Deacon Villacorta and an archdiocesan employee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Doris Benavides, associate director of media relations for the archdiocese, told CNA that a majority of the attendees were Salvadorian. She said that after Mass many participants reflected about the difficult years of violence in their home country and spoke of their closeness to the new saint. …

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October 16, 2018

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101618)

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