October 23, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102318)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:08 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:

Here’s a rundown from October 11 of just a few of very many mob actions perpetrated by leftists. Meanwhile, several CNN reporters have refused to use the word “mob” in describing them.

More mob action“The Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was vandalized Thursday night (Oct. 11) with broken windows, spray-painted anarchy signs, and a threatening message that the ‘attack is merely a beginning.’”

June 1989, via the Associated Press: “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. … He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.” October 2018, over 29 years later, in the Washington Post: “The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say.” Cry wolf too often, and you lose crediblity. Climate alarmists have lost all credibility, and yet the press acts as if they still have it, further eroding their own credibility.

What’s really going on with climate alarmism is that “Climate Alarmists Admit They Want to Dismantle Our Free Enterprise System.”

The wonders of state-controlled healthcare: “Canadian Hospital Targets ‘Sick Kids’ With Assisted Suicide”

No elaboration necessary: The director of the FBI has “Refuse(d) To Deny That Trump’s Phone Calls Are Being Listened To.”

Illegal-immigrant crime is routinely ignored. Yet another example, seen at CNS News and virtually nowhere in the establishment press: “3 Illegal Aliens With Child Sex Crime Records Arrested in Texas.”

Vox’s Ezra Klein catches up on news from 1998: “You should listen to the season finale of Slow Burn (at Slate). Juanita Broaddrick’s (rape) allegations against Bill Clinton are credible and horrifying, and hearing her tell the story is a gut punch” (original transcript is here).

Just another falsely planted meme which will probably never die: NBC claimed that President Trump called Robert E. Lee “a great general” (for the record, he was anyway). After spreading the fake-news story far and wide, the network issued a correction — two days later.

Now sore-loser leftists like Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez want to pack the Supreme Court.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102318)

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: Polish priest, martyr and hero: Remembering Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Waraw, Poland — a reminder of the violence freedom fighters in Poland faced in the 1980s, and of one hero who defied them:

Oct 19, 2018 / 04:42 pm

When Communist officials kidnapped and killed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, they likely did not intend to help create a Polish hero, martyr and future saint for the Catholic Church.

Although the Communists had been trying to kill Popiełuszko in ways that would seem like an accident, they captured him 34 years ago today, on Oct. 19, 1984. They beat him to death and threw his body into a river. He was 37 years old.

His crimes: encouraging peaceful resistance to Communism via the radio waves of Radio Free Europe, and working as chaplain to the workers of the Solidarność (Solidarity) movement and trade union, which was known for its opposition to Communism.

Popiełuszko was born on Sept. 14, 1947 to a farming family in Okopy, a village in eastern Poland bordering modern-day Ukraine. While World War II had ended, the regime of the Communist Party had taken place of the Nazis and ruled Poland at the time.

As a young man, Popiełuszko served his required time in the army before completing seminary studies and becoming a priest for the Archdiocese of Warsaw. He was ordained on May 28, 1972 at the age of 24.

As a priest in Warsaw, Popiełuszko served in both regular and student parishes. He became known for his steadfast, non-violent resistance to Communism, about which he spoke frequently in his homilies, which were broadcast on Radio Free Europe.

Popiełuszko participated in the Solidarity worker’s strike in Warsaw on March 27, 1981, a four-hour national warning strike that essentially ground Poland to a halt, and was the biggest strike in the history of the Soviet Bloc and in the history of Poland.

After this strikes, the Communist party declared martial law until July 1983 in the country, severely restricting the daily life of Poles in an effort to clamp down on their growing political opposition.

During this time, Popiełuszko celebrated monthly “Masses for the Homeland” on the last Sunday of the month, advocating for human rights and peaceful resistance of Communism, and attracting thousands of attendees. His Warsaw office had also become an official hub for Solidarity activities.

It was also during this time that Communist attacks against the priest escalated. In 1982, Communist authorities attempted to bomb the priest’s home, but he escaped unharmed. In 1983, Popiełuszko was arrested on false charges by the Communist authorities, but was released shortly thereafter following significant pressure from the Polish people and the Catholic Church.

According to a 1990 article in the Washington Post, Cardinal Józef Glemp, Archbishop of Warsaw at the time, received a secret message from the Polish Pope John Paul II, demanding that Glemp defend Popiełuszko and advocate for his release.

“Defend Father Jerzy – or they’ll start finding weapons in the desk of every second bishop,” the pope wrote.

But the Communist officials did not relent. According to court testimony, in September 1984 Communist officials had decided that the priest needed to either be pushed from a train, have a “beautiful traffic accident” or be tortured to death.

On October 13, 1984, Popiełuszko managed to avoid a traffic accident set up to kill him. The back-up plan, capture and torture, was carried out by Communist authorities on Oct. 19. They lured the priest to them by pretending that their car had broken down on a road along which the priest was travelling.

The captors reportedly beat the priest with a rock until he died, and then tied his mangled body to rocks and bags of sand and dumped it in a reservoir along the Vistula River.

His body was recovered on Oct. 30, 1984.

His death grieved and enraged Catholics and members of the Solidarity movement, who had hoped to accomplish social change without violence.

“When the news was announced at his parish church, his congregation was silent for a moment and then began shrieking and weeping with grief,” the BBC wrote of the priest’s death.

“The worst has happened. Someone wanted to kill and he killed not only a man, not a Pole, not only a priest. Someone wanted to kill the hope that it is possible to avoid violence in Polish political life,” Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, a friend of Popiełuszko, said at the time.

He also urged mourners to remain calm and peaceful during the priest’s funeral, which drew more than a quarter of a million people. …

Go here for the rest of the story.