October 26, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102618)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:34 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:

For those who still believe that patriotism and respect are core Democratic Party values: “Dem Who Said, ‘I Stand for the Flag, I Kneel at the Cross’ Forced to Resign as Local Party Exec.”

Nothing to see here, just another use of fundamentally dishonest editing designed to make the President look hateful, coming from the same people who complain (almost always without basis) about James O’Keefe’s “selective editing”: “CBS Radically Twists Trump Quote, Then Their Own Video Proves They’re Frauds.”

Speaking of frauds, “the average white person in America has nearly double the amount of American Indian DNA (0.18%) as Elizabeth Warren (0.098%), who claims to be Cherokee.” The Boston Globe, which attempted to promote Warren’s result as some kind of proof of her Native American heritage (seriously), had to correct itself twice before it reported the result correctly. Oh, and the DNA results “Disqualify Her from Cherokee Tribes.”

Georgia’s Democratic gobernatorial candidate seems to take the idea that illegal immigrants routinely vote for granted: “The blue wave is African-American. It’s white, it’s Latino, it’s Asian Pacific Islander. It is disabled. It is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans. It is made up of those who are told they are not worthy of being here, those who are documented and undocumented.”

This story came and went so fast that if you blinked, you probably missed it: “Pastor Freed by Turkey Kisses American Flag, Prays for Trump.”

O’Keefe did it again, this time exposing “how incumbent (Missouri’s Democratic) Senator McCaskill and individuals working on her campaign conceal their liberal views on issues in order to court moderate voters.” Bottom line: “People just can’t know” McCaskill and (Barack) Obama ‘essentially have the same views on everything.’”

Standard Democratic Party operating procedures: “Stealthy Democrats running for office urged to hide their positions on immigration” … and their support for sanctuary cities, and their support for open borders, and their wish to ban guns, and their sacramental worship of abortion, etc., etc. …

More about the Democrats’ unhinged Arizona U.S. senatorial candidate: “Kyrsten Sinema’s 2003 anti-war rally included group of feminist witches.”

Another violent threats from the left: “Vermont mother, GOP candidate says she received left-wing death, rape threat: ‘We are hunting you.’”

More good economic news, from the government’s third quarter Usual Weekly Earnings report: “Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 117.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were 3.3 percent higher than a year earlier.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102618)

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: Young people pray for St. John Paul II’s intercession during youth synod

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rome:

Oct 23, 2018 / 06:03 am

Young people in Rome prayed for Saint John Paul II’s intercession in the final week of the 2018 Synod of Bishops for young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.

The adoration holy hour on Saint John Paul II’s feast day included meditations on the pope’s Gospel reflections in St. Lawrence in Piscibus, a church which John Paul II rededicated as a youth center in the 1980s.

Saint John Paul II “asked us, ‘Be not afraid.’ He told us, ‘You are the future,’” Mayda Rojas told CNA at the prayer vigil.

“Now it is the future, and we remember all of the things that he has taught us,” continued Rojas, who helped to organize the event with World Youth Alliance.

“The youth, the young people who sang tonight, they have questions about eternity,” she said.

Some synod fathers, including Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of South Africa and Hungarian Greek Archbishop Péter Fülöp Kocsis, joined the young people in their prayer vigil.

Among the evening’s meditations was an excerpt from “Crossing the Threshold of Hope,” a book by John Paul II:

“What is youth? It is not only a period of life that corresponds to a certain number of years, it is also a time given by Providence to every person and given to him as a responsibility. During that time he searches, like the young man in the Gospel, for answers to basic questions; he searches not only for the meaning of life but also for a concrete way to go about living his life. This is the most fundamental characteristic of youth.

“Every mentor, beginning with parents, let alone every pastor, must be aware of this characteristic and must know how to identify it in every boy and girl. I will say more: He must love this fundamental aspect of youth,” wrote the pope. …

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