October 21, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:34 am

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.

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

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.

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

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.