October 29, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (102918)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:40 pm

Today’s installment will have to wait until tonight.

UPDATE: Didn’t get to this until very late Monday. Here goes.

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:

Two weeks ago, Bloomberg News reported that “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is planning to present key findings from his investigation of President Donald Trump after November’s midterm elections.” It’s just a week before Election Day, and that prediction is on the verge of becoming true. Though there’s still time for a last-weekend “surprise,” but the gut instinct here is that in the era of early voting, he doesn’t have anything , or he would have released it by now.

Related: One indicator that Mueller has nothing substantial is that two weeks ago, “The co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson,” who orchestrated the efforts which led to the infamous Steele dossier, “pleaded the Fifth Amendment … to House Republicans who were seeking his testimony on the role his company played in creating an investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.”

More corruption in a Democrat-dominated jurisdiction: Two weeks ago, “ the FBI raided government offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including offices under the direct control of of San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yelin Cruz, looking for evidence to substantiate allegations of ‘corruption’ within San Juan’s city government. Cruz “appeared regularly on television during and after Hurricane Maria last year, blaming the Trump administration for failing to address the situation in Puerto Rico.”

One leaker who violated the law is about to get what she deserves: “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser at the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is accused of leaking information about private citizens’ bank transactions, called Suspicious Activity Reports. Edwards provided a reporter with data that was used in 12 articles, the Department of Justice alleges.”

Brazen lying, with little media exposure: Texas U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke “keeps talking about his ‘lifelong Republican mom.’” But “His mom voted in Democratic primaries in 15 of the last 17 primary elections, including Democratic party primaries in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016 that included presidential primaries.” But he’s still “a rock star in establishment press circles.

Surprise: :U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.7 percent from 2016 levels, according to the EPA. Emissions on a per-capita basis hit a 67-year low last year …” So why are envirozealots and other global warming/climate change alaramists picking on us and not the rest of the world, whose emissions increased? Because it’s not about the climate, it’s about global wealth redistribution: “The world’s billionaires need to give up their money to save us.”

The left-dominated “entertainment” industry just won’t learn: “According to Nielsen, the premiere of “The Alec Baldwin Show” on ABC garnered just a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49, the demographic most coveted by advertisers. The Baldwin-hosted chatfest was the lowest-rated program in the demo of any broadcast network — including the CW.” 

Censorship watch: According to Facebook, pro-life posts and ads fit the definition of “hate speech.” It’s become quite obvious that the left-dominated Silicon Valley’s definition of “hate speech” has come to mean “any opinion or political position we don’t like.” Yet to them, Republicans, Donald Trump, and voters who support them are the fascists. Uh-huh. Facebook would be better off devoting more of its resources to shoring up its security instead of working so hard to suppress free speech and expression.

Other readers’ takes might be different, but this item at the Daily Signal about “How Much Red Tape Trump Has Cut” is not as impressive as I had hoped.

On the other hand, Trump has exceeded expectations by appointing “has set a new record with 29 confirmed picks” for judges on the federal appeals courts.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102918)

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: Jimmy John’s driver delivers ailing Nebraska veteran to emergency room

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Flordia, and Omaha, Nebraska (HT Weasel Zippers):

Oct 24, 2018 Updated Oct 24, 2018

Sometimes a wrong number turns out to be exactly the right one.

When Lisa Nagengast flew home to Florida on Saturday, all seemed well with her brother back in Nebraska.

Greg Holeman, 48, was out of the hospital after a risky surgery, and home care had been set up.

But then came the troubling phone call from her brother: The incision from his spinal fusion was oozing blood and pus. His left leg had gone numb. And he couldn’t find a ride to the hospital, Nagengast posted in a Facebook account of what unfolded Saturday night back in Nebraska.

An Army veteran living on disability in Columbus, Nebraska, Holeman believed he couldn’t afford a ride to the hospital, his sister said. He didn’t have the cash on hand for a taxi and didn’t believe his VA insurance would cover an ambulance, she said. (In a statement Wednesday, the Omaha VA said it urges veterans in need of an ambulance to call one.)

So Nagengast called her brother’s social worker.

At least she thought she did.

A young woman answered the phone and listened intently.

“I assumed it was the social worker, Pam,” she explained on Facebook. “I told her who I was, why I was calling, gave her the whole story, and asked what can we do to get him to the hospital.”

What Nagengast didn’t realize was that she’d called the Jimmy John’s restaurant in Columbus.

The young woman who answered the phone, Lupe Rodriguez, passed the receiver to her manager, Jason Voss.

“She was a little panicky,” Voss said of Nagengast. “At that point, I figured I should take a minute to think about it — it was obviously not someone making something up. It was an actual situation going on.”

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Voss couldn’t leave the restaurant, but he also didn’t want to put anyone on the spot. So he called Jimmy John’s driver Zach Hillmer to talk it over with him.

“There was so much we didn’t know, what could happen, how it could fall to us,” Voss said.

Hillmer, a veteran himself, called Nagengast to find out where her brother lived.

Nagengast said she became confused. She asked him why another social worker hadn’t given him her brother’s details.

“And he said, ‘Umm, this is Jimmy Johns,’ ” Nagengast posted. “I said, ‘You mean Jimmy John’s like the food place?’ Yeah, I had called Jimmy John’s restaurant. Most places would have probably said something like, ‘Gee, I’m really sorry about your brother, but we can’t help you.’ But (Zach), the delivery driver at Jimmy John’s, picked up my brother and took him to the emergency room to get the medical attention he needed.”

That misdial must have been some sort of “divine intervention,” Nagengast said Wednesday. “It was meant to be.”

Her brother is back home and doing better, she said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.