November 5, 2017

Rand Paul Attack Coverage Omits June Assassination Attempt

Friday afternoon, Republican Senator Rand Paul suffered a minor injury when he was attacked as he was mowing the lawn at his home. Most press coverage thus far has failed to note that Paul was present at the baseball practice where Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana and three others were shot in June, or that the FBI reportedly believes that yesterday’s attack on Paul was politically motivated.

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Today’s the Day: Stanley Moore Benefit

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 9:15 am

*StanleyMoore1017TODAY, NOVEMBER 5, from 3-7 p.m., there will a benefit event to raise money to pay Stanley Moore’s leukemia- heart surgery-related medical costs at the 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati. Please consider attending (full detail is below). Whether you can or can’t be there, please consider donating at Stanley Moore’s YouCaring.com page.

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Some readers here know that music is my favorite hobby, and that I have played keyboards in several bands in recent years (two currently).

One of those is Soul Quest, an R&B band with two great female vocalists, drums, bass — and its leader and guitar player, Stanley Moore.

*StanleyMoore1017Stan is a rock-solid, lunch-pail, blue-collar guy whose decades-long day job has been fixing cars. He has been fighting leukemia for years, and beaten it twice. In the two-plus years I’ve known him, I have yet to understand how he has been able to function at the high level he does while fighting such a devastating disease. But he has.

Recently, though, it became obvious that he needed heart surgery. That operation took place in mid-September.

After the operation, the leukemia came back. I see him once a week, and I can tell you that, despite that setback, he is making nice progress towards recovery.

But meanwhile, his unpaid medical bills have gone into the stratosphere.

Stanley Moore’s family and friends are holding a benefit on November 5 to raise money to pay those bills.

Everyone in the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton area and points beyond is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. Attendees can donate at the door, or by participating in the event’s silent auction.

Additionally, a “YouCaring.com” page, a GoFundMe equivalent, has been set up here. The goal is to raise $75,000.

That seems like a tall mountain to climb, but relatively small contributions from even a tiny percentage of the blogosphere’s bloggers and readers could go a long way towards raising that amount. I’m confident that if I can get the word out, which I and others involved will be trying my our best to do in the next 10 days, that we can raise a large percentage of what’s needed, and maybe even reach the top of that mountain.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110517)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.