Friday, October 5, 2018

op ed review 10/7


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Witch hunt is over, FBI report finished, nothing new found. Key test vote at 10:30 a.m. Friday ended in Republicans' favor; final vote could come late Saturday.  GOP got 51 'aye' votes; Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia crossed the aisle, but Republican Lisa Murkowski went the other way.

Blasey-Ford testimony starting to look fishy. Kavanaugh’s name not mentioned in Ford’s therapy records, and she refuses to provide the notes to Judiciary Committee.
In a written declaration an ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford (1992-1998) directly contradicts her testimony under oath that she had never helped anyone prepare for a polygraph examination. He also says that Ford never voiced any fear of flying and never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit.”
The prosecutor who questioned Blasey Ford wrote a 5-page memo which outlines why criminal charges would not have been possible on a case that is "even weaker" than a "he said, she said"
Renovation records undercut Blasey-Ford’s exit-door account    She testified she wanted the additional door to alleviate symptoms of “claustrophobia” and “panic attacks" she still suffered from an attempted rape allegedly perpetrated by Kavanaugh in high school. But documents reveal the door was installed years before as part of an addition that has been used by renters and even a marriage counseling business.
It would appear that Ms. Blasey-Ford was with her friend Ms. Monica McLean, retired FBI agent and former New York field office spokesperson, at the time she wrote the letter to Senator Feinstein (and again at the Judiciary Committee hearing) That would certainly begin to explain quite a bit about who exactly was handling Ms. Ford; and how there would be an intentional effort, from a subject matter expert, on how to best position the attack against Brett Kavanaugh. Who better to help scrub the internet history, and know what processes and people to enlist in such preparatory work, than a retired lawyer who worked deeply inside the FBI?
On Friday it emerged that Monica McLean pressured Ford’s other friend, Ms. Leland Keyser, to modify her statements more favorable to Ms. Ford.  Oh, and McLean has hired an attorney, David Laufman, who was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department until he quit in February for “personal reasons.”  Laufman would have had some involvement in the FISA surveillance of Carter Page,  and been in close contact with Asst. Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr.  “It is beyond obvious now that Ms. Christine Blasey-Ford was not just some random ancillary high school acquaintance of Brett Kavanaugh; Ms. Ford appears to have been selected by a group of politically connected FBI and DOJ officials for the purpose of targeting Judge Kavanaugh.”

During the twelve days since Democratic Senator Feinstein publicly announced the existence of an unspecified allegation against Kavanaugh, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows spent nearly six hours (344 minutes) regurgitating various unproved allegations. But only a tiny percentage of that coverage — a measly eight percent — has been devoted to Kavanaugh’s denials and the lack of corroboration for his accusers’ accounts.
Having failed to corroborate any allegations…..the New York Times tried to smear him for organizing college party planning and logistics more than 30 years ago. This comes on the heels of a “blockbuster” Times report alleging that Kavanaugh might have thrown ice at someone in a bar at some point in the 1980s.
USA Today slammed after a sports columnist for the paper published an article suggesting that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh should “stay off basketball courts” when children are around and not coach girls.
Kavanaugh’s Lifelong Female Friends Defend His Character

“#MeToo movement activists and their fake news media shills have spent the week castigating anyone who dares to question Christina Ford’s serial lying about Judge Kavanaugh by claiming “there’s nothing in it for her to come forward!” It turns out there is a ton of money “in it”:  two GoFundMe accounts set up in her name have now already raised more than $700,000 and will certainly top $1 million before this coming week is out.”
After seeing liberals throwing money at Blasey-Ford, John Hawkins has started one for Judge Kavanaugh.  Contribute here.

Sen. John Kennedy(R-LA) to Sen. Feinstein: 'You Should Hide Your Head in a Bag'

Pelosi: “I’m Praying for ‘Divine Intervention’ to Stop Kavanaugh”
U.S. Capitol Police arrest more than 300 people for "unlawfully demonstrating" in the senate office building.
What does this mean?  “Vote NO on #Kavanaugh Or else we’re coming for you,” Planned Parenthood warned senators on Thursday.

“Republicans Quickly Closing Ballot Gap With Democrats — Especially After Latest Kavanaugh Hearing, New Poll Finds”
 “….the GOP is silently accumulating power, and many Democrats can feel it slipping away through their fingers. As Rick Moran noted at Pajamas Media, it's the "Kavanaugh Effect."  Center-left Axios calls it the "Brett bounce"
The wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
Poll: Heitkamp Under Water, GOP’s Cramer Leads by 10 Points in North Dakota Senate Race
Rassmussen:  Trump approval pops to 50%
Rasmussen: Today’s Trump approval ratings among black voters: 35%.
On the other hand:  “GOP gloom: Republicans predict House majority will be swept away by Democratic 'spending tsunami.'”
Might be a good time to donate to the NRCC:

The stock market has increased in value by $6.9 trillion since Donald Trump was elected president.
Federal Reserve Chairman cites a "remarkably positive outlook" for the U.S. economy.
The United States and Canada confirmed Sunday they had reached a deal on a "new, modernized trade agreement," which is designed to replace the 1994 NAFTA pact.
By almost every economic measure, women are flourishing in today's economy. Female unemployment is currently at a 50-year low of 3.9 percent, less than half the rate it was as recently as President Obama's second term.
President Trump just donated his second quarter salary ($100,000) to a new Small Business Administration initiative to help veteran entrepreneurs.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Brett Kavanaugh  Wall Street Journal  10/4/18

I was deeply honored to stand at the White House July 9 with my wife, Ashley, and my daughters, Margaret and Liza, to accept President Trump’s nomination to succeed my former boss and mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, on the Supreme Court. My mom, Martha—one of the first women to serve as a Maryland prosecutor and trial judge, and my inspiration to become a lawyer—sat in the audience with my dad, Ed.

That night, I told the American people who I am and what I believe. I talked about my 28-year career as a lawyer, almost all of which has been in public service. I talked about my 12 years as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the second most important court in the country, and my five years of service in the White House for President George W. Bush. I talked about my long record of advancing and promoting women, including as a judge—a majority of my 48 law clerks have been women—and as a longtime coach of girls’ basketball teams.

As I explained that night, a good judge must be an umpire—a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no political party, litigant or policy. As Justice Kennedy has stated, judges do not make decisions to reach a preferred result. Judges make decisions because the law and the Constitution compel the result. Over the past 12 years, I have ruled sometimes for the prosecution and sometimes for criminal defendants, sometimes for workers and sometimes for businesses, sometimes for environmentalists and sometimes for coal miners. In each case, I have followed the law. I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge.

As Justice Kennedy showed us, a judge must be independent, not swayed by public pressure. Our independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic. The Supreme Court is the last line of defense for the separation of powers, and for the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution. The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle. They do not caucus in separate rooms. As I have said repeatedly, if confirmed to the court, I would be part of a team of nine, committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States. I would always strive to be a team player.

During the confirmation process, I met with 65 senators and explained my approach to the law. I participated in more than 30 hours of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I submitted written answers to nearly 1,300 additional questions. I was grateful for the opportunity.

After all those meetings and after my initial hearing concluded, I was subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations. My time in high school and college, more than 30 years ago, has been ridiculously distorted. My wife and daughters have faced vile and violent threats.

Against that backdrop, I testified before the Judiciary Committee last Thursday to defend my family, my good name and my lifetime of public service. My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me. At times, my testimony—both in my opening statement and in response to questions—reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.

I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.

Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good. As a judge, I have always treated colleagues and litigants with the utmost respect. I have been known for my courtesy on and off the bench. I have not changed. I will continue to be the same kind of judge I have been for the last 12 years. And I will continue to contribute to our country as a coach, volunteer, and teacher. Every day I will try to be the best husband, dad, and friend I can be. I will remain optimistic, on the sunrise side of the mountain. I will continue to see the day that is coming, not the day that is gone.

I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic. If confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.


DrJohn @ floppingaces.net:

The Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings are the most shameful moment in the history of the US Senate.

High school yearbooks? Publishing anonymous accusations? Using Kavanaugh as a human piñata? Retweeting phony stories in an effort to visit harm on Kavanaugh? Stalking and assaulting legislators? Threatening Kavanaugh with impeachment if confirmed? Are you f**ing kidding me?

This is sick. It is diseased. I should clarify – democrats are diseased. They are mentally ill.

What this sordid process has done is demonstrate very clearly the difference between the left and the right. Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor did not see their personal lives and family destroyed. Some Republicans voted to approve them. Like Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas was lynched during his confirmation process. GOP nominees are subject to politics of personal destruction while democrat nominees are treated respectfully.

In the other day’s hearing, this was again repeated. Ford was treated with deference and Kavanaugh was assailed, in particular by some of highly dubious character…..This sh**show is undeniable proof that the media is the hand maiden of the left. It also is undeniable proof that democrats suck.

Liberalism once again is proven to be a mental illness.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“You’ve humiliated this guy enough. There seems to be no bottom for some of you. … Why don’t we dunk him in the water and see if he floats?”
           -Sen. Lindsey Graham

“The rule of law can be killed in more than one way. In liberal nightmares, a despotic president sweeps aside the Constitution in the manner of a Latin American caudillo. But in conservative nightmares, the graduates of Yale Law School agree that social justice would be best served by discarding the presumption of innocence and relying on Twitter polls to determine guilt.”
   -Niall Fergusen

“Unbiased investigators in the pay of George Soros have just found an unsigned kindergarten drawing by Brett Kavanaugh. And it shows that Kavanaugh did not color inside the lines! Reaction from Democrats was swift. Sen. Schumer: This shows that Kavanaugh cannot follow directions. Sen. Warren: Kavanaugh certainly did this to torment his female kindergarten teacher. Every commentator on CNN: I think we all know why Kavanaugh did not use any black crayons. Brian Williams: I was principal of Kavanaugh's school at the time. He was a mean little kid.”
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BOOKS, FILM, TV
TV Ratings: Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Surges in Fox Debut
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LEFTIST WATCH
The media has been breathlessly declaring how two ‘brave’ women confronting Senator Jeff Flake in a Senate elevator helped to push Flake into demanding a one-week FBI investigation of the (fabricated) allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh—in actuality, they are paid political operatives of Mr. George Soros

The New York Times is holding a “nonpartisan” event with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday that will encourage college students to turn out to vote for the 2018 midterm elections.

‘Kill Kavanaugh’ Tops Twitter Search and Hashtag Suggestions

Georgetown professor wants 'miserable deaths' for white male GOPers.
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ISLAM
A new attempt by Hamas to entice Israeli children to play with incendiary balloons includes choosing colorful balloons and attaching lights and toys to them,
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ARTICLES
“The battle over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is about more than his nomination.  It is about the future of America. Should the Democrats succeed in defeating a man who is, perhaps, the most qualified candidate to have ever been nominated to the Supreme Court, the place we call the United States of America, this nation we so revere and love, will never be the same.  We will have allowed a minimal sect of power-hungry narcissists the ability to control who can sit as a judge, who can stand as a candidate, and most importantly, who will have the power to decide the future of the republic, the future of our children, and our grandchildren and the millions of those yet to become even a conception of a being -- those who will be born of our children and their children and who will surely grow and yearn to be free.”

Former Senator Tom Coburn:  “First Principles Are at Stake in Kavanaugh Confirmation”

“What’s with the Fainting Couches?......I was groped in college once. The season finale of This Is Us traumatized me more than that.  Being groped in college isn't even a blip on my life's radar. It's meaningless to me. Why should that particular event make a single iota of difference in my life? It didn't.  But now we have the #MeToo movement and the grotesque circus around the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanagh, and the Democrats in this country have revealed their real opinion of women.”

VDH:  The coordinated effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court required the systematic refutation of the entire notion of Western jurisprudence by senators and much of the American legal establishment.
VDH:  The Polarizing Atmosphere of the University Has Now Spread to Congress

Lindsay Graham: If Kavanaugh goes down under allegations, 'God help us all'

“Brett Kavanaugh enjoys one of the most spotless reputations of anyone in American public life. He has been enthusiastically endorsed by those who have known him all his life–by girls he knew in high school and college, by judges he has served with, by professors and students and Harvard and Yale law schools, by judges who have worked with him, by his judicial clerks–most of whom have been women–by the American Bar Association, by sitting Supreme Court justices. In short, everyone who has ever known or dealt with Brett Kavanaugh endorses him. I think that Judge Kavanaugh’s pristine reputation is one reason why the Democrats have unleashed against him a smear campaign unparalleled in American history. This is the message they are trying to send: If we can do this to the Boy Scout Brett Kavanaugh, we can do it to anyone. Are you thinking of serving in a Republican administration? Or accepting an appointment to the federal judiciary from a Republican president? Think twice, and then think again.”

“Patriots have contacted me asking how can they help Brett Kavanaugh. The answer is to call your Senators. Here’s the number 202-224-3121. It is the number for the Capitol Switchboard. When you call to tell them what state you are from and that you need to be connected to your U.S. Senator. It doesn’t matter whether your Senators are Democrats or Republicans, whether they have already announced their support or opposition to Judge Kavanaugh. This is urgent folks. Call immediately and ask your senators to support Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

If you don’t think the Clintons played a part in the Kavanaugh attacks, check out this memo from Kavanaugh to Kenn Starr from 1998.

Former Democrats explain why they are “#walkingaway” from the Democrat Party…..have organized the Oct 27th “Walkaway March on Washington”.
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WISE WORDS
“Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings — give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.”
               -Patrick Henry

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