October 28, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102818)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:46 am

Before getting to these stories — Please pray for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and their families.

Unltess I find time this afternoon, which is doubtful, I’m going to have to limit this post to two items today.

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:

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran “was fired (in 2015) for writing about his faith on his own time.” Last week, ” the City of Atlanta agreed to pay $1.2 million in a settlement, recognizing that Chief Cochran had suffered unconstitutional harm.” More here.

Operation Choke Point updateThis Obama-era scandal got very little attention, but now “… unsealed documents show Obama administration bureaucrats using bias and threatening language to bully regulators into choking off payday lenders from the banking system.” Payday lenders may be unsavory, but the way to deal with the industry is through legislation and regulation which adhers to the text of the legislation. Choke Point targets included gun makers and other legal businesses.


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102818)

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: Small New York Town Rallies In Support Of American Flag Mural After Initial Outcry

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New Paultz, New York (HT Weasel Zippers):

October 24, 2018

A local pizza shop in a small town in New York state came under fire for proposing an American flag mural on the side of its building, but it brought the community together in a special way.

When Maria Lisante, the owner of La Bella Pizza Bistro in New Paltz, proposed an American flag mural on a brick wall littered with graffiti, she didn’t expect any pushback. But some in the community were offended by the idea because the mural is across from a middle school and would force the kids to look at the American flag, which they call a symbol of hatred and oppression.

Lisante’s friend Joey Garcia, a New York state corrections officer and Army National Guard veteran, organized an “American flag appreciation walk” to rally the community together and show their support for the flag, military, law enforcement, and the country.

“To me the flag represents many things: freedom, compassion, strength, and pride to name a few. In my opinion, we live in the greatest country on earth,” Garcia told Fox News. “But lately our Flag seems like it’s under attack. People today speak out against our flag and country so much and want to only point out what they feel is wrong with it. I understand and respect their right to their opinions, but I feel like those of us who do not feel that way have a voice too and deserve to be heard.”

The patriotic demonstration grew out of an effort to raise money on GoFundMe to pay for the materials and an artist to paint a vintage-looking mural of the American flag on the brick side wall of the pizza shop. Lisante said she got approval from the mayor, who told her to do a GoFundMe page and make the mural a community event.

Close to 500 people showed up to the flag rally Sunday afternoon …

Go here for the rest of the story.