November 2, 2018

Under-reported Stories Catch-up (110218)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:46 am

Here’s today’s roundup of stories from October 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:

In an FBI filing on Friday (October 19), submitted by David M. Hardy, the head of the FBI’s Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS), in response to a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, the FBI admitted to using multiple confidential human sources (CHSs) to spy on the Trump Campaign. You may be thinking that we already know this. We do. The significance of this filing is that the FBI is acknowledging this information publicly for the first time.” President Trump understated things when he charged that the FBI was engaged in “wiretapping” his campaign.

What? “The migrant caravan from Honduras has been infiltrated by people from Bangladesh, Haiti, Congo and Sri Lanka, according to embedded reporters.” One of the news sources for these reports is the ultraliberal Univision.

No elaboration required: “Protesters in Support of Caravan Paint Swastika on American Flag, Burn It in the Street.”

Despicable: The press’s support of the effort to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was so intense that a Washington Post reporter resorted to lying about actions taken by the prep school he attended.

More Democratic Party politicial corruption: Florida’ gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum “Dances Around Denying Taking Broadway Tickets, Trip to Costa Rica in Exchange for Lobbyist City Contract” Stated more succinctly, Gillum “refused to deny receiving gifts for contracts.” This race shouldn’t even be competitive.

More on Gillum: “Less than a year before gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum publicly denounced President Donald Trump’s efforts to investigate the threat of voter fraud, Gillum’s brother, Marcus Gillum, voted in the 2016 general election in Tallahassee, Florida while a resident of Chicago, Illinois.” Well of course. Florida was competitive, and Illinois wasn’t, so Marcus Gillum voted illegally.

Stacey Abrams, ”The Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee in Georgia has a campaign staff that just last year organized a protest of her opponent in the Democratic primary on the sole grounds of being white.” But Republicans are the racists. Uh-huh.

Blue Wave? Really? In Nevada, “Despite having a program loaded with star power–the rally featured also featured musicians like J Balvin, Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella, and DJ D-Miles–Obama’s rally attracted roughly a thousand people. That was far too few people to fill Cox Pavilion, the 3,200-seat women’s basketball arena at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.”

Don’t get cocky: ”New Polls Show (Democratic incumbent Senator) Heidi (Heitkamp) Getting Crushed in North Dakota, (Democratic incumbent Senator Joe) Donnelly Trailing in Indiana.”

In an email from Ohio Tea Party activist Tom Zawistowski: “Our polling shows (Republican Senate candidate) Jim Renacci is in a Dead Heat with Brown for US Senate and 24% of REPUBLICANS DON’T KNOW WHO HE IS!!!” That needs to change, and quickly. If it does, Renacci has a good chance to pull off what the press will consider a huge upset.

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