October 22, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102218)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:42 am

Here’s today’s roundup of stories from earlier this month 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.”




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

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

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

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.”

Go here for the rest of the story.