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Yes, I realize that we’ve learned Shocking Revelations about Judge Kavanaugh and future NBA all-time bad freethrow-shooter (46% for his 16-year NBA career) Chris Dudley throwing ice at somebody somewhere when at Yale, but has any evidence emerged to back up Christine Blasey Ford’s assertion? I guess there’d be a lot of people coming forward to back up her tale if only her story had gotten more publicity …

If Dudley ever threw ice at anybody, there’s a 54% chance he’d miss.

 
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  1. • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Thanks.
    , @anon

    “I was with Brett frequently in college, whether it be in the gym, in class or socializing. I never ever saw Brett blackout. Not one time,” Dudley said. “I would also like to point out that going out never came before working hard and maintaining our focus on our goals.”

     

    , @Dtbb
    Similar to Ron DeSantis ads asking for your vote because he was on the team that won the Little League World Series around 30 years ago. No mention that his opponent is a socialist.
  2. This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    This campaign stopped accepting donations at $528K. Another GFM account for her stopped at $210K. According to the main fund page:


    Heidi, who ran the other large campaign for Dr Blasey, is now raising funds to create a scholarship in Dr. Blasey's name.

     

    After suggesting donations to this and some sexual assault charities, it adds:

    PLEASE consider donations to these fabulous organizations rather than this campaign, although we will keep the campaign open if you really want to donate to the Ford family.
     
    , @Autochthon
    I don't understand at all even the feigned purpose. (The true purpose is of course a scam a lot of money from dumbasses.)

    Help her with what? She is a rich woman with a rich husband. They own. A house worth a fortune. Both have high incomes from posh jobs – in her case obviously obtained via cronyism and not merit, talent, or even hard work. She was already jaunting around the world for exotic vacations before anyone knew who she was. What's the money for? Legal help? I read somewhere earlier about her "interviewing lawyers" and I remember she had lawyered up for the hearing. Why? She was not accused of anything. She is a private citizen who chose to involve herself in congressional deliberations and the congress obliged her. Hell, you didn't see Dee Snyder or Frank Zappa lawyered up when they testified about their opposition to Al Gore's witch-hunting and planned censorship of music. Because there is no reason for a lawyer in such situations.

    Lawyers are, however, very helpful if one is up to some shady, equivocating bullshit and angling to be sure one does not put one's foot in one's mouth....

    , @Henry's Cat
    What's the pay like on the Supreme Court? Can you continue extra-curricular activities like lecturing and teaching?
    , @ic1000
    If Blasey Ford's GoFundMe campaigns are a way to launder money, that'd be old wine in new bottles.

    It is far down the memory hole, but perhaps we can fondly recall the 2008 Obama campaign's pioneering work in disabling anti-fraud protections on credit card donations. That made it impossible to detect illegal over-the-limit contributions and illegal foreign contributions.

    Before they forgot, even the NYT and WaPo noticed.

    “Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed,” reports the Washington Post’s Matthew Mosk. “Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged...

    “Fully $100 million of the record-breaking $150 million that the Obama campaign collected in September alone came over the internet via credit card donations,” writes Bill Dyer at Hugh Hewitt’s blog. “The Obama campaign has deliberately turned off the anti-fraud mechanisms available for internet credit card transactions... the Obama campaign cheerfully takes even contributions from untraceable pre-paid credit cards, a/k/a ‘the pseudo-credit cards you use when you want to conceal illegal activity.’ ”
     
    Same story for the 2012 re-election campaign.
    , @Thea
    This combined with the Eric cantor windfall should have clued the public in to how this business works but I’m afraid no one noticed.
    , @ACommenter
    Go fund me would ban a campaign for kavnaough because it's 'hate' .
  3. I am surprised there have not been more accusations – even ones that are less credible or substantial than those to date. What is the Dems game plan? Presumably they understand that they need more accusations or Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court. It might also work on cabinet nominees. I doubt this. The Dems seem pretty committed to derailing this nomination.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome


    I am surprised there have not been more accusations – even ones that are less credible

     

    Impatient aren't you. The week isn't over yet.


    Kamala Harris Presents Letter Claiming Kavanaugh & Friend Repeatedly Raped ‘Jane Doe’ in Car

    a letter delivered to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in which an anonymous woman claims she was repeatedly raped by the judge without providing any details to investigate

    Kavanaugh and a friend raped her “several times” after giving her a lift home from a party — making no attempt to claim a time or place for the lurid story.

    They forced me to go into the backseat and took 2 turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off 3 two blocks from my home

    The letter, marked with the word “urgent,” did not include a return address

     

    You said rape twice.

    Democrats: I like rape.
    , @bomag

    I am surprised there have not been more accusations...
     
    If the Dems thought more would help, I'm sure they'd "find" them. But they don't want to waste ammo, and too much farce is counter productive, among other reasons.


    dissuade any conservative-leaning...
     
    Very much so, and, sadly, this is looking like a winning strategy for the Left. Conservatives are more invested in the personal: family, faith, etc. Having a mob call you a Nazi constantly is a turn-off. Having a mob call you a Communist is a badge of honor for the other side.
    , @Iberiano
    Looks like they are now trying to morph this into a perjury issue (on drinking?)...feds notoriously go after 1001 violations when the original underlying claim cannot be proven, or even could never have been proven--one of the motives those with ill intent have, to put people under oath about minor things, or things (like this) that materialize out of thin air 35 years later.

    I knew the perjury issue would be next...e.g. "He said he never blacked out from drinking...but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking...honestly is key and we must punish those who lie (even if it't not a lie)" someone like, but not necessarily Sen. Blumenthal.
    , @dvorak

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court.
     
    In our post-Marbury v. Madison system, the 9 robe-wearers are sovereign over USG, which in turn rules 3/4 of the world in a Pax Americana.

    The sheer power. There will be no shortage of applicants.
  4. There are rumors of some sort of dossier being passed around about Kavanaugh.

    Apparently a former staffer of Senator Feinstein’s collected millions of dollars from the Clinton Foundation, George Soros and other high-dollar donors in order to hire Fusion GPS to compile the dossier.

    Anonymous sources listed in the dossier allege that Dudley was actually an excellent free throw shooter, but that Kavanaugh taught him how to intentionally miss free throws in a manner that did not arouse suspicion. The dossier alleges this was part of a vast point-shaving and gang-raping conspiracy that extended from high school to college to the NBA.

    Speculation is that a special counsel has been appointed under a sealed mandate to investigate the allegations contained in the dossier.

    The idea is to prosecute Dudley for point-shaving in an effort to pressure him to flip against Kavanaugh on the gang-rape allegations.

    Further, it is hoped that NSA database searches of Kavanaugh associates Judge, PJ and Squi will similarly turn up evidence of other crimes that can be used to pressure them to testify against Kavanaugh.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    LOL. Top kek.
    , @Carlton Meyer
    If the FBI can find proof that Kavanaugh met a Russian at some point during his life, even at a public party, then he's a commie and must be rejected while Mueller indicts him.
  5. GoFundMe seems like a great way to launder money paid for political dark ops.

    • Replies: @The preferred nomenclature is...
    Breaking Bad had this plot years ago to launder drug money. And yes, I believe that is the case here with Ford's page, they are using it to pay her off for her shenanigans.

    On the other hand, I wonder if Soros will have her knocked off in a suspicious surfing accident after Kav is confirmed. All the Leftys will think Kav had it done and she will not be able to witness against Soros. Win win.

    , @F0337
    It's interesting. Nowadays, so long as your name gets in the news, you can cash in. Anyone who becomes known for any reason whatever should most definitely set up a GFM page. Because someone, somewhere, will sympathize and that sympathy can be converted into cash. Anyone related in any way to a hot-button issue can become a millionaire overnight, as we see here.

    Of course, as in all endeavors, it helps greatly to have the MSM on your side.

    , @Anonymous
    You’re a cynic.
  6. @Lot
    This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    http://www.shadolsonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BLASEY-GOFUNDME-660x400.jpg

    This campaign stopped accepting donations at $528K. Another GFM account for her stopped at $210K. According to the main fund page:

    Heidi, who ran the other large campaign for Dr Blasey, is now raising funds to create a scholarship in Dr. Blasey’s name.

    After suggesting donations to this and some sexual assault charities, it adds:

    PLEASE consider donations to these fabulous organizations rather than this campaign, although we will keep the campaign open if you really want to donate to the Ford family.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    So not only did Ford besmirch an accomplished man with zero evidence and achieved her political aims, she also benefited financially.

    I am really trying hard not to have dark thoughts.
  7. Anonymous[402] • Disclaimer says:

    Crickets chirp!

    While lawyers assemble!

    “BREAKING: Multiple sources now telling me 3 additional investigations are about to open: 1. @FBI – felony lying to Congress by accusers making false claims. 2. Congress – @SenFeinstein’s handling of Ford letter. 3. DC Bar – into Ford’s attorneys malpractice.”

    Also, rumor that Maxine Waters’ staffer doxxing senators was caught.

  8. Somebody found a red Solo cup that may or may not be from 1982.

  9. Even if we see the CCTV footage of them going into the bedroom, and her running out again, there is then still nothing to prove anything bad happened. He she said.

  10. Is Avenatti working for Trump? Just when the nation was pretending to be 50/50 on whether women could ever, ever, possibly lie, along comes Julie. Not only does she confirm the obvious, but she parodies the Katz/Bromwich/ford modus operandi: be vague; make it unfalsifiable; keep making subtle shifts; and avoid defamatory specifics in case the wheel turns.

    • Replies: @Michelle
    That is exactly what I am thinking! Talk about collusion! The first 2 accusers got discredited by association. Too bad Brett can't just admit that he liked to party and drink himself silly, but no longer engages in such behavior now that he is the Grand Poobah. He probably has some MeToo memories, himself, having been a Catholic boy once.
  11. Polaroid cameras were around in 1982, were they?

    • Replies: @res

    Polaroid cameras were around in 1982, were they?
     
    ??? They have been around from 1948 into the current century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polaroid_instant_cameras

    The SX-70 (introduced 1972) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polaroid_SX-70 was very popular--probably because it was so much easier to use than the earlier versions.
    , @Expletive Deleted
    It was just about the only way to get color snaps of one's squeeze. Apart from developing and printing B&W (guilty yeronner, but it's Art, innit), there was simply no way round the processors' scrutineers, or worse still, the beady eye of the local pharmacist's gossipy catlady clerkess.
    We also used them on site a lot, stuck them on the relevant page of the daybook with masking tape, next to the measurements and drawings.
  12. @Anonymous
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFn3BvGcK0

    Thanks.

  13. Over 1/2 done. Democrats won’t be satisfied unless Kavanaugh is withdrawn, so there is no reason to expect anything but more of the same. Demand for more investigations. Another weak accuser emerging from the woodwork.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    The ninth seat on the Supreme Court is the swivel seat. And in their minds they own it, which is why they'll fight tooth and nail. Over the past fifty years or so the Left Progs have achieved exactly NOTHING via the legislative process. Because the public knows that they are led by bizarro fringe groups operating out of academia and places like Palo Alto and the Upper West Side of Manhattan etc. Whatever they achieved was through the courts, from abortion through affirmative action through gay marriage. It's either the courts or they're up the creek, because the public won't stand for their endless whining about "rights". And if K is tossed overboard and Judge Amy is up, they'll trash her too, just like they trashed K.
  14. anon[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFn3BvGcK0

    “I was with Brett frequently in college, whether it be in the gym, in class or socializing. I never ever saw Brett blackout. Not one time,” Dudley said. “I would also like to point out that going out never came before working hard and maintaining our focus on our goals.”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Dudley played 16 years in the NBA despite being kind of uncoordinated.
    , @dearieme
    " going out never came before ... maintaining our focus on our goals": does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?
    , @Redman
    “And furthermore. Who the hell is Chad Ludington? While I was playing over a decade in the NBA (?) guarding the likes of Shaq O’Neill and Pat Ewing, WTF did his sorry ass do?”

    -C. Dudley
  15. @Anonymous
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFn3BvGcK0

    Similar to Ron DeSantis ads asking for your vote because he was on the team that won the Little League World Series around 30 years ago. No mention that his opponent is a socialist.

    • Replies: @Marty T
    Little league world series is pretty iconic. It can't hurt.

    Actually more dangerous than Gillum is the referendum giving felons voting rights. It looks likely to pass. How stupid are these people that they want their vote diluted by robbers and murderers?
  16. @anon

    “I was with Brett frequently in college, whether it be in the gym, in class or socializing. I never ever saw Brett blackout. Not one time,” Dudley said. “I would also like to point out that going out never came before working hard and maintaining our focus on our goals.”

     

    Dudley played 16 years in the NBA despite being kind of uncoordinated.

    • Replies: @F0337
    White Privilege, just like they keep telling us.
    , @Anonymous
    He actually wasn't that uncoordinated. He was quite athletic, especially for his size, and could run the floor. He was by no means a stiff like Will Perdue. But his terrible shooting completely neutralized his abilities. He could be defended aggressively and fouled with impunity because he wasn't going to make his free throws. If he was a decent free throw shooter, he could've been an option offensively in the low post. It's a mystery how a fairly athletic white guy who presumably has been playing basketball his whole life can be that bad at free throws. It's very unusual.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvOqw7hBrSA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2R6zY3tRRA
  17. @Rob McX
    This campaign stopped accepting donations at $528K. Another GFM account for her stopped at $210K. According to the main fund page:


    Heidi, who ran the other large campaign for Dr Blasey, is now raising funds to create a scholarship in Dr. Blasey's name.

     

    After suggesting donations to this and some sexual assault charities, it adds:

    PLEASE consider donations to these fabulous organizations rather than this campaign, although we will keep the campaign open if you really want to donate to the Ford family.
     

    So not only did Ford besmirch an accomplished man with zero evidence and achieved her political aims, she also benefited financially.

    I am really trying hard not to have dark thoughts.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    Yes, it makes her claims even more questionable that she made so much money from it. She can spend it on flying to even more surfing vacations.
  18. Anon[926] • Disclaimer says:

    Amy Wax at 41:50 on the general field of #metoo and Kavanaugh: “Unfortunately #metoo has bled over into adolescent party behavior, what’s written in the yearbook about a woman that probably was regarded a slut, right?, as breaking the rules of proper female behavior …”

    There is something so refreshing and liberating about this woman. She comes out and says stuff that is momentarily shocking, and then you think a second, and yeah, she’s just noticing reality and telling the truth in unvarnished, easy-to-understand terms.

    But Kavanaugh nor his supporters in Congress just cannot say this. “The boys were joking around about that girl because she had acquired a reputation as being a slut, that’s all.” You cannot say that, and even if you did, for public consumption, you have to conclude, “… and thus every single one of those boys should be banned from prestigious employment for life and put on the sex offenders list for forbidden speech.”

    [MORE]

    https://www.youtube. com/watch?time_continue=2244&v=mizdpjWZfec

    • Replies: @Hanoi Paris Hilton
    the link wouldn't work until the space inadvertently inserted before the dot com was removed. This will do it...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2244&v=mizdpjWZfec
  19. I am really trying hard not to have dark thoughts.

    You’re going to fail.

  20. I think the way this works is that the next bombshell fabricated accusation comes out at the 167th hour.

    • Agree: slumber_j
  21. Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    • Troll: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You know who really was a choirboy? Keith Richards.
    , @Coemgen
    Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress.

    Please cite the example(s).

    Remember, his opinion on what the definition of "Devil's Triangle" was in an early 80s Catholic boys' school is not perjury any more than his opinion on what the definition of marriage was at that time and place.
    , @bomag

    Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress.
     
    Well, perjury has a narrow definition which doesn't fit here, but if you ask someone enough questions, you will find an inconsistency that fits the narrative.

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn't realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    I think perjury is still undetermined.

    Regarding "choir boy":

    You ought to examine Kavanaugh's statements more closely. I notice a lot of people making this choirboy charge (ex: SSC Reddit), but he was very explicit about making mistakes and doing foolish youthful things and embarrassing himself as a young man.

    I was struck by how forthright he was about being a drinker. Kind of shocking to see others describing him as a self-described choirboy.
    , @Anon
    I have you on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative. What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says? I mean as much as I may hate HuffPo and Jezebel, I do think they have the right to discuss whatever they want to discuss without being harassed by disingenuous interlopers. I guess I'm just a better person than you though.
    , @reiner Tor
    I read an article somewhere (linked under one of Steve's blog posts at the beginning of the thread) claiming that he obviously committed perjury, and I largely agreed with the article for about half an hour. Then I started having my doubts. I came back to check the answers by other commenters, and they pushed me further away from believing he committed perjury. I now doubt he lied anywhere. He also didn't say he had been a choirboy as a teenager or a college student. So where did he lie?
    , @Jack D
    The real game (the only game) was to persuade Flake and a few other swing Senators to vote no or to keep calling for endless investigations. It remains to be seen if that game is going to work. Nothing that K has said rises to the level that any prosecutor, even a Dem, would ever bring to trial. Are you really going to have a trial on the meaning of "boofing", so perjury (as an actual crime and not just a political accusation) is not really in play here.

    Flake is playing a dangerous game - he may think that he is positioning himself for the White House as the "moderate" alternative to Trump and someone who is going to be more appealing to swing white voters than the hard leftist that the Dems are going to run next. He is betting that Trump will go down in flames by 2020 and won't seek/won't be able to seek a 2nd term and that the party will turn to him as its savior, the one R who is not contaminated by association with Trump. But, if he succeeds in taking down K he is going to end up despised by the Republican base (both the GOPe and the Trump voters) and have zero chance of winning the primaries even if Trump is in Leavenworth. His only chance would be as a 3rd party candidate and 3rd party candidates in US politics invariably end up as spoilers for their own (former) party and never in office.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    When you were young did you know that one day you'd be one of those prudish church-ladies lecturing everybody about beer-drinking and sex?
    , @Mark M.
    Your confidence is exceeded only by your cluelessness. You can't perjure yourself merely by presenting yourself in a misleadingly favorable way. That's what lawyers coach their witnesses to do and what Ford's lawyers were doing when she was supposedly driving from California. You have to testify falsely to some specific material fact. In that regard, Kavanaugh didn't deny that he often drank to excess when he was younger. He merely denied that he ever "blacked out" as a result of drinking or got so drunk that he woke up the next morning having forgotten what had happened the previous day. So you're wrong both as to the law and the facts. On the plus side, I see a future for you as a panelist on virtually any network other than Fox.
    , @Alden
    Please explain what the perjury was?
  22. @JimB
    GoFundMe seems like a great way to launder money paid for political dark ops.

    Breaking Bad had this plot years ago to launder drug money. And yes, I believe that is the case here with Ford’s page, they are using it to pay her off for her shenanigans.

    On the other hand, I wonder if Soros will have her knocked off in a suspicious surfing accident after Kav is confirmed. All the Leftys will think Kav had it done and she will not be able to witness against Soros. Win win.

    • Replies: @Uncle Remus
    A simple automobile accident would do the trick. "She ran off the road because she's so upset about almost being raped many years ago."
    , @JimB

    I wonder if Soros will have her knocked off in a suspicious surfing accident after Kav is confirmed.
     
    I can think of one good way to do it.

    https://the-hollywood-gossip-res.cloudinary.com/iu/s--mWiral37--/t_slideshow/cs_srgb,f_auto,fl_strip_profile.lossy,q_auto:420/v1436181737/slides/2035/sharks-with-lasers.jpg

  23. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    You know who really was a choirboy? Keith Richards.

    • LOL: Coemgen
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    You know who really was a choirboy? Keith Richards.
     
    Also Snoop-Dogg, I think I read once.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Also Snoop-Dogg, I think I read once.
  24. @SnakeEyes
    I am surprised there have not been more accusations - even ones that are less credible or substantial than those to date. What is the Dems game plan? Presumably they understand that they need more accusations or Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court. It might also work on cabinet nominees. I doubt this. The Dems seem pretty committed to derailing this nomination.

    I am surprised there have not been more accusations – even ones that are less credible

    Impatient aren’t you. The week isn’t over yet.

    Kamala Harris Presents Letter Claiming Kavanaugh & Friend Repeatedly Raped ‘Jane Doe’ in Car

    a letter delivered to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in which an anonymous woman claims she was repeatedly raped by the judge without providing any details to investigate

    Kavanaugh and a friend raped her “several times” after giving her a lift home from a party — making no attempt to claim a time or place for the lurid story.

    They forced me to go into the backseat and took 2 turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off 3 two blocks from my home

    The letter, marked with the word “urgent,” did not include a return address

    You said rape twice.

    Democrats: I like rape.

    • Replies: @Iberiano
    This may go Full McMartin at this point...in fact, if the repubs wanted to test a theory, they would come out stronger for him on a given day ("We are ready to vote!"), and see if within an hour, we have a new(er) accusation--by the hour.

    By the end of the week, it will be:

    "Kavanaugh, wrote, directed and produced snuff films as a 17 year old using his father's Super 8 SANYKO...I know this, because I was one of the girls in it...and I have come back from the dead to assure you...Bret Kavanaugh drank way more than he told you last week"
    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    They dropped me off two blocks from my home. ‘No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl,’ he told me. Watching what has happened to Anita Hill and Dr. Ford has me petrified to come forward in person or even provide my name. A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me. Like Dr. Ford, I’m a teacher, I have an education, a family, a child, a home. I have credibility. Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn’t want to personally come forward, does not mean something can’t be true.
     
    This is like one of those hate hoaxes, in which the hoaxer speaks in his or her ridiculous caricature of the inner thoughts of an evil, handlebar mustache twirling Republican as he evilly does his dastardly deeds, evilly.
    , @Jack D
    and took 2 turns raping me

    several times each
     
    . They dropped me off

    3 two blocks
     
    from my home


    I was told that there would be no math.

    Boy, those Irish boys sure have stamina. Must be that Guiness Stout. I'll have what they're having.

    It's good that this kind of ridiculous nonsense is coming out because it makes BF seem less credible, like she is just one more slanderous accuser. The women coming forward think that they are helping the Resistance but they are only hurting it. The best thing that could happen is that 1,000 women write in all claiming to have been raped by Kavanaugh.

  25. When I was in school in the 90’s, far from being the exemplars of solidarity and defense of traditional values, the jocks were all nihilist wiggers, many of whom grew up to get just enough gravitas to function as middle management and support the Iraq War. These days many feel “uncomfortable” with Trump, and like the positions of that fellow Paul Ryan. I hung out with them, and was privy to their conversations and run into them from time to time.

    Enoch Powell they ain’t.

    Think about the episodes of black teen athletes behaving badly. Objectively, you can’t blame the teens or college athletes, you must blame the white coaches and fan dads, i.e. aging bros, for creating an atmosphere were such things are possible. Remember, on the big demographic and civilizational issues, they will not have your back.

    • Replies: @Polynikes
    Aside from your anecdote, I don't think you'll find much support for your theory. Demographically, it doesn't even fit.

    Anecdotally speaking... seeing as how I also was a jock in high school in the 90s, I can tell you that there isn't much of a more ardent group of Trump supporters. Although, I come from the Midwest.
    , @Svigor
    Maryland? Never seen wiggers like they made in MD in the nineties.
  26. @JimB
    GoFundMe seems like a great way to launder money paid for political dark ops.

    It’s interesting. Nowadays, so long as your name gets in the news, you can cash in. Anyone who becomes known for any reason whatever should most definitely set up a GFM page. Because someone, somewhere, will sympathize and that sympathy can be converted into cash. Anyone related in any way to a hot-button issue can become a millionaire overnight, as we see here.

    Of course, as in all endeavors, it helps greatly to have the MSM on your side.

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    I'm currently experiencing an intrusive thought that 2018 will be "The Year of the GoFundMe" and 2019 will be "The Year of the Bankruptcy."

    It's probably just wishful thinking...
  27. @Steve Sailer
    Dudley played 16 years in the NBA despite being kind of uncoordinated.

    White Privilege, just like they keep telling us.

  28. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress.

    Please cite the example(s).

    Remember, his opinion on what the definition of “Devil’s Triangle” was in an early 80s Catholic boys’ school is not perjury any more than his opinion on what the definition of marriage was at that time and place.

  29. @SnakeEyes
    I am surprised there have not been more accusations - even ones that are less credible or substantial than those to date. What is the Dems game plan? Presumably they understand that they need more accusations or Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court. It might also work on cabinet nominees. I doubt this. The Dems seem pretty committed to derailing this nomination.

    I am surprised there have not been more accusations…

    If the Dems thought more would help, I’m sure they’d “find” them. But they don’t want to waste ammo, and too much farce is counter productive, among other reasons.

    dissuade any conservative-leaning…

    Very much so, and, sadly, this is looking like a winning strategy for the Left. Conservatives are more invested in the personal: family, faith, etc. Having a mob call you a Nazi constantly is a turn-off. Having a mob call you a Communist is a badge of honor for the other side.

  30. These things are easily proved with lie detector tests.

    • Replies: @bomag

    lie detector tests
     
    They have their uses, but also their problems.
    , @Inquiring Mind
    "One sketch I remember vividly -- it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere -- was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter's press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine. They "interviewed" three characters, played by Jane Curtin, Garret Morris and Steve Martin, who all claimed to have witnessed the coke sniffing. It escalated until all three were claiming to have had sex with Margaret Trudeau and been abducted by aliens too. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be online anywhere"


    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19007121-greatest-saturday-night-live-sketches-of-all-time!-what-s-your-favorite!-

    Also remember
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=seinfeld+it%27s+not+a+lie+of+you+truly+believe+it&view=detail&mid=372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9&FORM=VIRE

    It's not a lie . . . if you believe it!
  31. @Anon
    Amy Wax at 41:50 on the general field of #metoo and Kavanaugh: "Unfortunately #metoo has bled over into adolescent party behavior, what's written in the yearbook about a woman that probably was regarded a slut, right?, as breaking the rules of proper female behavior ..."

    There is something so refreshing and liberating about this woman. She comes out and says stuff that is momentarily shocking, and then you think a second, and yeah, she's just noticing reality and telling the truth in unvarnished, easy-to-understand terms.

    But Kavanaugh nor his supporters in Congress just cannot say this. "The boys were joking around about that girl because she had acquired a reputation as being a slut, that's all." You cannot say that, and even if you did, for public consumption, you have to conclude, "... and thus every single one of those boys should be banned from prestigious employment for life and put on the sex offenders list for forbidden speech."

    https://www.youtube. com/watch?time_continue=2244&v=mizdpjWZfec

    the link wouldn’t work until the space inadvertently inserted before the dot com was removed. This will do it…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2244&v=mizdpjWZfec

  32. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress.

    Well, perjury has a narrow definition which doesn’t fit here, but if you ask someone enough questions, you will find an inconsistency that fits the narrative.

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn’t realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn’t realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.
     
    Flake has reportedly been making appearances in New Hampshire. I guess he figures that working hard to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and torpedoing GOP nominees to the Supreme Court will endear him to Republican voters. Kasich is up there too - another GOP presidential hopeful who isn't worth a bucket of warm spit.
  33. How can a country like this stay together?

    I am not even American and this is messing with my head.

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?
     
    Very high.

    Americans are waking up to the fact that they are in thrall to story tellers -- and the story tellers are already employing violence and intimidation to prevent an uprising.


    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    -- Patrick Henry
     

    , @The Alarmist
    100% ... Republican Congressman Scalise will gladly confirm this for you.
    , @William Badwhite

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?
     
    Given that we already have political violence, I'd say the chances of it still being here in 10 years - when the country is less white and even at each other's throats - are 100%.
    , @Flip
    It is starting to feel like Weimar Germany to me, with the Left and Right fighting in the streets, or maybe the Spanish Republic. I think the Right ultimately wins after they develop more backbone.
  34. @SnakeEyes
    I am surprised there have not been more accusations - even ones that are less credible or substantial than those to date. What is the Dems game plan? Presumably they understand that they need more accusations or Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court. It might also work on cabinet nominees. I doubt this. The Dems seem pretty committed to derailing this nomination.

    Looks like they are now trying to morph this into a perjury issue (on drinking?)…feds notoriously go after 1001 violations when the original underlying claim cannot be proven, or even could never have been proven–one of the motives those with ill intent have, to put people under oath about minor things, or things (like this) that materialize out of thin air 35 years later.

    I knew the perjury issue would be next…e.g. “He said he never blacked out from drinking…but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking…honestly is key and we must punish those who lie (even if it’t not a lie)” someone like, but not necessarily Sen. Blumenthal.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    The "witness" who saw him "black out" is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout. Verdict: Inconclusive for criminal charges, but enough for a Senator to vote to not confirm.
    , @anon
    Its a job interview, right?

    The best tactic is to make the next candidate appear worse.


    She has written and spoken frequently about the importance of her Catholic faith and in her belief that life begins at conception. That has led both supporters and detractors to believe she would be a solid vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Some Republican strategists also think it would be smart for President Trump to appoint a conservative woman to the Supreme Court if battles over abortion and religion are coming.

     

    The COF would find her intolerable. There would be no reason to bother pretending to examine her on the merits. Plus, she is 46 and will outlast all of us. They lose Kav as an issue if that matters.
    , @Prof. Woland
    By attacking Kavanaugh with sexual assault, it left him no way out other than to fight, particularly the way this was rolled out. In the short run it might help the Democrats out but Kav will not conveniently disappear down the memory hole.

    One of the more odd things connected to false accusations such as this is that when they have played out, the side that did the false accusing ends up acting as if nothing ever happened because nothing happened. Clarence Thomas being a good example. Everybody around him, including his opponents, has not said a word since he was confirmed to SCOTUS. Trump's "19 women to come forward" is another good example. I still do not know what Stormy Daniels problem is other than she did not get enough money.

    But Kavanaugh will be a lot different. There is no reason for him to let go and if he does not get on the bench he will not just walk away. By demanding an investigation of some of the more outrageous false accusations, the Feinstein leak, and Ford's lawyers botching of their fiduciary responsibility towards their client it could turn out to be a very bad PR move in the long run for the Democrats.
    , @Ximenes

    but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking…
     
    How does anyone prove you blacked out? "I saw you blacked out from drinking" "No, I wasn't blacked out, I remember quite clearly, I was tired so I went to sleep..."
  35. @Buzz Mohawk
    These things are easily proved with lie detector tests.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3dgRZPkdAQ

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hziVBXBlOyY/VVyuE2L0eRI/AAAAAAAAN7c/BVPFIVmTVLU/s1600/TRUTH.gif

    lie detector tests

    They have their uses, but also their problems.

  36. @Hippopotamusdrome


    I am surprised there have not been more accusations – even ones that are less credible

     

    Impatient aren't you. The week isn't over yet.


    Kamala Harris Presents Letter Claiming Kavanaugh & Friend Repeatedly Raped ‘Jane Doe’ in Car

    a letter delivered to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in which an anonymous woman claims she was repeatedly raped by the judge without providing any details to investigate

    Kavanaugh and a friend raped her “several times” after giving her a lift home from a party — making no attempt to claim a time or place for the lurid story.

    They forced me to go into the backseat and took 2 turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off 3 two blocks from my home

    The letter, marked with the word “urgent,” did not include a return address

     

    You said rape twice.

    Democrats: I like rape.

    This may go Full McMartin at this point…in fact, if the repubs wanted to test a theory, they would come out stronger for him on a given day (“We are ready to vote!”), and see if within an hour, we have a new(er) accusation–by the hour.

    By the end of the week, it will be:

    “Kavanaugh, wrote, directed and produced snuff films as a 17 year old using his father’s Super 8 SANYKO…I know this, because I was one of the girls in it…and I have come back from the dead to assure you…Bret Kavanaugh drank way more than he told you last week

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  37. I predicted White women wouldn’t GAF about this, though I’m rather surprised they are less opposed to Kavanaugh than even White men. Lol!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JMcfeels/status/1046823607312076800/photo/1

    • Replies: @Polynikes
    My gut* tells me I agree with this. Largely because I mistrust the more mainstream polls.

    But, what is the source for these particular numbers?


    *Mostly because the Republican women I talk to are adament this is bullshit. They seem to have a little more conviction than the males even.
    , @reiner Tor
    White women care less about the issue than white men. White men both support and oppose him in larger numbers, see the previous tweet. White women choose "don't know" more than either of the other two answers.
    , @Alden
    What’s GAF?
  38. @22pp22
    How can a country like this stay together?

    I am not even American and this is messing with my head.

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    Very high.

    Americans are waking up to the fact that they are in thrall to story tellers — and the story tellers are already employing violence and intimidation to prevent an uprising.

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    — Patrick Henry

    • Replies: @EU Anon
    Odds of political violence increase.
    Prepping for disruption increases.
    Be prepared, stock up on water, food, medical supplies and fuel. Do not forget defenses either.
  39. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    I think perjury is still undetermined.

    Regarding “choir boy”:

    You ought to examine Kavanaugh’s statements more closely. I notice a lot of people making this choirboy charge (ex: SSC Reddit), but he was very explicit about making mistakes and doing foolish youthful things and embarrassing himself as a young man.

    I was struck by how forthright he was about being a drinker. Kind of shocking to see others describing him as a self-described choirboy.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    choirboy ... it's projection, man
  40. @anon

    “I was with Brett frequently in college, whether it be in the gym, in class or socializing. I never ever saw Brett blackout. Not one time,” Dudley said. “I would also like to point out that going out never came before working hard and maintaining our focus on our goals.”

     

    ” going out never came before … maintaining our focus on our goals”: does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    ” going out never came before … maintaining our focus on our goals”: does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?
     
    Sadly, yes. Vernacular american has become thoroughly suffused with the verbal styles of corporate HR offices, corporate press releases, self-help gurus, and TV talking-heads.
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    Only Ivy Leaguers.
  41. Anon[379] • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    I have you on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative. What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says? I mean as much as I may hate HuffPo and Jezebel, I do think they have the right to discuss whatever they want to discuss without being harassed by disingenuous interlopers. I guess I’m just a better person than you though.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says?

    To disagree with everything everyone here says is a worthy intention.

    , @ic1000
    > I have you [Peter Akuleyev] on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative.

    Anon-379 got me to review Peter Akuleyev's commenting history. He's pretty good at making relevant points intelligently. And I even agree with him about half the time! So I hope Anon-379 didn't hurt Pete's feelings.

  42. @Le Autiste Corv
    When I was in school in the 90's, far from being the exemplars of solidarity and defense of traditional values, the jocks were all nihilist wiggers, many of whom grew up to get just enough gravitas to function as middle management and support the Iraq War. These days many feel "uncomfortable" with Trump, and like the positions of that fellow Paul Ryan. I hung out with them, and was privy to their conversations and run into them from time to time.

    Enoch Powell they ain't.

    Think about the episodes of black teen athletes behaving badly. Objectively, you can't blame the teens or college athletes, you must blame the white coaches and fan dads, i.e. aging bros, for creating an atmosphere were such things are possible. Remember, on the big demographic and civilizational issues, they will not have your back.

    Aside from your anecdote, I don’t think you’ll find much support for your theory. Demographically, it doesn’t even fit.

    Anecdotally speaking… seeing as how I also was a jock in high school in the 90s, I can tell you that there isn’t much of a more ardent group of Trump supporters. Although, I come from the Midwest.

    • Replies: @Le Autiste Corv
    So you didn't go to school in the 90's.

    Demographically? Yeah, cause Nike sales and the Hip Hop/Rap music have been historically driven by ghetto consumers.

    Come on dude. Popular white boys practically worshipped black guys in the early 90's. It was weird. I never understood it as a teen, but I understood enough to not call them out on it. Looking back it was a lot of marketing and educational gaslighting combined with an admiration for a dominant, aggressive machismo. That doesn't let the bros off the hook, though. If they are willing to sell their birthright for something so stupid as sports and the short-term release that mimicking thugs gives, they deserve to be replaced.

    It wasn't grunge kids or the nerds driving the black-obsessed youth culture. Nor was it a secular, left thing. It also showed up a lot at Evangelical private schools.

    Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteboyz

    that movie is a bit of a parody, but it is pretty spot on.

    If Kavanaugh were 15 years younger, he'd be chanting "bros before hos".
    , @Marty T
    A bunch of University of Iowa football players and wrestlers publicly endorsed Trump before the 2016 caucus.

    Surveys have shown college athletes more conservative than other students on average.

    Speaking of Kavanaugh, seems like he was a jerk and a bad drunk as a high school and college kid. However he's now a 53 year old judge with a family and the left should get over it.
  43. @Rosie
    I predicted White women wouldn't GAF about this, though I'm rather surprised they are less opposed to Kavanaugh than even White men. Lol!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JMcfeels/status/1046823607312076800/photo/1

    My gut* tells me I agree with this. Largely because I mistrust the more mainstream polls.

    But, what is the source for these particular numbers?

    *Mostly because the Republican women I talk to are adament this is bullshit. They seem to have a little more conviction than the males even.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    Not surprising that women would know when another woman is lying.
    , @Regret
    They're allowed to be.

    Republican men would probably be at least as adamant if admitting that sort of belief wasnt so plainly self destructive.
  44. If you are going to go around booting, you need a rim protector. Chris Dudley is 90th all-time I’m blocked shots.

    Caveat flator: they didn’t keep the stat back in the day, so Bill Russell, Wilt etc aren’t on the list.

  45. @Twinkie
    So not only did Ford besmirch an accomplished man with zero evidence and achieved her political aims, she also benefited financially.

    I am really trying hard not to have dark thoughts.

    Yes, it makes her claims even more questionable that she made so much money from it. She can spend it on flying to even more surfing vacations.

  46. @Anon
    I have you on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative. What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says? I mean as much as I may hate HuffPo and Jezebel, I do think they have the right to discuss whatever they want to discuss without being harassed by disingenuous interlopers. I guess I'm just a better person than you though.

    What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says?

    To disagree with everything everyone here says is a worthy intention.

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    I disagree.
    , @res

    To disagree with everything everyone here says is a worthy intention.
     
    It is helpful if it comes along with the intention to make good arguments backing up the disagreement. IMO that is not the case in this instance.
  47. This is why we NEED a LENGHTY FBI investigation not just a week

    SOMETHING Is there we just have to find it

    • Troll: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Alfa158
    LOL, exactly their atitude. Robert Mueller was convinced by a NYT reporter that Peter Hatfill was responsible for the 2001 anthrax mailings and had the FBI spend seven years frantically searching for any evidence, and ruining Hatfill’s life. Finally, a colleague of the real culprit dropped a dime on him to the FBI, Hatfill was exonerated, and awarded millions of dollars in a lawsuit against the government.
    Now Mueller has wasted two years so far doing the same thing to Trump. I say in 2024 when he gives up on Trump, Mueller can be put in charge of the permanent Kavanaugh investigation.
    Because Lefties operate on the magical principle that anything they want to be true must be true, they are like that little kid shoveling through an enormous pile of horse manure. A bystander asks him why he’s digging through the pile and the kid replies “ with this much horseshit, there has to be a pony in there somewhere!”.
    , @The Alarmist
    Like the little too-optimistic boy locked in a room full of manure said as he whole-heartedly dug into the pile, "With all this horse-shit, there must be a pony somewhere in here!"
  48. @Rosie
    I predicted White women wouldn't GAF about this, though I'm rather surprised they are less opposed to Kavanaugh than even White men. Lol!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JMcfeels/status/1046823607312076800/photo/1

    White women care less about the issue than white men. White men both support and oppose him in larger numbers, see the previous tweet. White women choose “don’t know” more than either of the other two answers.

    • Replies: @Rosie

    White women care less about the issue than white men.
     
    Exactly. I would much more interested in how he treats his daughters today than in what he did at a party thirty years ago.
  49. @F0337
    It's interesting. Nowadays, so long as your name gets in the news, you can cash in. Anyone who becomes known for any reason whatever should most definitely set up a GFM page. Because someone, somewhere, will sympathize and that sympathy can be converted into cash. Anyone related in any way to a hot-button issue can become a millionaire overnight, as we see here.

    Of course, as in all endeavors, it helps greatly to have the MSM on your side.

    I’m currently experiencing an intrusive thought that 2018 will be “The Year of the GoFundMe” and 2019 will be “The Year of the Bankruptcy.”

    It’s probably just wishful thinking…

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  50. @dearieme
    " going out never came before ... maintaining our focus on our goals": does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?

    ” going out never came before … maintaining our focus on our goals”: does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?

    Sadly, yes. Vernacular american has become thoroughly suffused with the verbal styles of corporate HR offices, corporate press releases, self-help gurus, and TV talking-heads.

    • Replies: @Thirdtwin
    "Vernacular american has become thoroughly suffused with the verbal styles of corporate HR offices..."

    If you haven't seen "ask" used as a noun to mean "question", get ready. It's apparently all the rage in HR jargon.

    Example: " Could we meet later? I have an ask about the project scope."

  51. @Anonymous
    You know who really was a choirboy? Keith Richards.

    You know who really was a choirboy? Keith Richards.

    Also Snoop-Dogg, I think I read once.

  52. @Anonymous
    You know who really was a choirboy? Keith Richards.

    Also Snoop-Dogg, I think I read once.

  53. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    I read an article somewhere (linked under one of Steve’s blog posts at the beginning of the thread) claiming that he obviously committed perjury, and I largely agreed with the article for about half an hour. Then I started having my doubts. I came back to check the answers by other commenters, and they pushed me further away from believing he committed perjury. I now doubt he lied anywhere. He also didn’t say he had been a choirboy as a teenager or a college student. So where did he lie?

    • Replies: @Anthony Wayne
    Nowhere but since it’s obvious Blasey lies they need something new
    , @Alec Leamas

    I now doubt he lied anywhere. He also didn’t say he had been a choirboy as a teenager or a college student. So where did he lie?
     
    It's the stupidest sort of bad lawyer trick - taking only part of the transcript of Kavanaugh's answers to show that he perjured himself, where the remainder shows that he definitely did not. He's been charitable to himself in some cases - giving the best possible account of his youthful behavior - but none of it was a lie.
  54. @bomag

    Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress.
     
    Well, perjury has a narrow definition which doesn't fit here, but if you ask someone enough questions, you will find an inconsistency that fits the narrative.

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn't realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn’t realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.

    Flake has reportedly been making appearances in New Hampshire. I guess he figures that working hard to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and torpedoing GOP nominees to the Supreme Court will endear him to Republican voters. Kasich is up there too – another GOP presidential hopeful who isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    NH? Seriously? I think after the shit he's pulled on this Kavanaugh vote, he has zero chance of winning.
    , @AP

    Kasich is up there too – another GOP presidential hopeful who isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit.
     
    He ran Ohio pretty well and was the architect of the 1990s USA balanced budget that Clinton gets credit for.
  55. @Buzz Mohawk

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?
     
    Very high.

    Americans are waking up to the fact that they are in thrall to story tellers -- and the story tellers are already employing violence and intimidation to prevent an uprising.


    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    -- Patrick Henry
     

    Odds of political violence increase.
    Prepping for disruption increases.
    Be prepared, stock up on water, food, medical supplies and fuel. Do not forget defenses either.

  56. @Buzz Mohawk
    These things are easily proved with lie detector tests.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3dgRZPkdAQ

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hziVBXBlOyY/VVyuE2L0eRI/AAAAAAAAN7c/BVPFIVmTVLU/s1600/TRUTH.gif

    “One sketch I remember vividly — it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere — was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter’s press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine. They “interviewed” three characters, played by Jane Curtin, Garret Morris and Steve Martin, who all claimed to have witnessed the coke sniffing. It escalated until all three were claiming to have had sex with Margaret Trudeau and been abducted by aliens too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be online anywhere”

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19007121-greatest-saturday-night-live-sketches-of-all-time!-what-s-your-favorite!-

    Also remember
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=seinfeld+it%27s+not+a+lie+of+you+truly+believe+it&view=detail&mid=372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9&FORM=VIRE

    It’s not a lie . . . if you believe it!

    • Replies: @res

    “One sketch I remember vividly — it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere — was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter’s press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine.... "
     
    Looks like it was aired October 13th, 1979. Oddly, the transcript page is missing from the live web though it is visible in a Google search. Here is an archive version: https://web.archive.org/web/20170624133258/snltranscripts.jt.org/79/79a.phtml

    That was Season 5, Episode 1 (Episode 87 overall): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live_(season_5)

    $1.99 (to buy) to stream on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Saturday-Night-Live-Season-5/dp/B002ZBPPFM
    DVD also available: https://www.amazon.com/Saturday-Night-Live-Season-1979-1980/dp/B002MXG570
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Inquiring, The Margaret Trudeau part was believable.
    , @gsjackson
    I believe Jordan was Carter's chief of staff. Jody Powell was the press secretary.
  57. @SnakeEyes
    I am surprised there have not been more accusations - even ones that are less credible or substantial than those to date. What is the Dems game plan? Presumably they understand that they need more accusations or Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court. It might also work on cabinet nominees. I doubt this. The Dems seem pretty committed to derailing this nomination.

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court.

    In our post-Marbury v. Madison system, the 9 robe-wearers are sovereign over USG, which in turn rules 3/4 of the world in a Pax Americana.

    The sheer power. There will be no shortage of applicants.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    To my way of thinking, Marbury v. Madison is a strong contender for the original sin against the Constitution, & hence the Republic. It was the opening wedge for the dissolution of self-rule by the citizens through their Congress. It was the denial that elections have consequences, engineered by the Federalists to establish their own stay-behind forces (a nascent Deep State if you will) in the machinery of the Federal government, a trend that would only grow stronger & stronger with time as the advantages of this became received wisdom with the Big (Federal) Government types.

    This limitation on the Executive in having control over the staffing of the bureaucracy (beyond the doctrine of advise & consent in which the citizens & the states have an initial say on appointments) which implements their policies, coupled with the creeping trend amongst the judiciary to want veto power over policies at a level even below that of the Supreme Court, has had catastrophic effects on the Republic.

    Direct voting for federal Senators removed agency from the states, something that had the Big (Federal) Government boys rubbing their hands in glee. This was punishment for the secessionists and their belief that the Federal union was by consent of the states. For instance:

    From the Virginia ratification [of the Constitution], 26 June 1788: “The People of Virginia declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.”

    It has been aggrandizement of power by the Big (Federal) Government boys all the way down from Marbury v. Madison. The Democratic-Republicans missed the significance of that power play, and failed to smash it down.

    And here we are, with the states progressively reduced to mere administrative districts for the Federal government, supplicants for Federal monies, which they receive only if they behave. Oligarchs just love this stuff. Citizens are still entitled to cast their largely meaningless votes, but in reality their lives are ground between the millstones of interest groups and the Federal administrative state...that serves those interest groups.
    , @GU
    You’re delusional about SCOTUS’s power. And like far too many people, you fail to recognize that SCOTUS, and the federal judiciary more generally, far outperforms the other two federal branches of government, relatively speaking and from a conservative perspective.
    , @ben tillman
    Marbury v. Madison didn't change anything. Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It's unavoidable.

    You're talking about something other than judicial review. You're talking about the other branches deferring to the Supreme Court. Marbury doesn't have a damn thing to do with that.
  58. @reiner Tor
    I read an article somewhere (linked under one of Steve's blog posts at the beginning of the thread) claiming that he obviously committed perjury, and I largely agreed with the article for about half an hour. Then I started having my doubts. I came back to check the answers by other commenters, and they pushed me further away from believing he committed perjury. I now doubt he lied anywhere. He also didn't say he had been a choirboy as a teenager or a college student. So where did he lie?

    Nowhere but since it’s obvious Blasey lies they need something new

  59. @Le Autiste Corv
    When I was in school in the 90's, far from being the exemplars of solidarity and defense of traditional values, the jocks were all nihilist wiggers, many of whom grew up to get just enough gravitas to function as middle management and support the Iraq War. These days many feel "uncomfortable" with Trump, and like the positions of that fellow Paul Ryan. I hung out with them, and was privy to their conversations and run into them from time to time.

    Enoch Powell they ain't.

    Think about the episodes of black teen athletes behaving badly. Objectively, you can't blame the teens or college athletes, you must blame the white coaches and fan dads, i.e. aging bros, for creating an atmosphere were such things are possible. Remember, on the big demographic and civilizational issues, they will not have your back.

    Maryland? Never seen wiggers like they made in MD in the nineties.

    • Replies: @Le Autiste Corv
    It was widespread and sickening. Shows up in movies and in Tom Wolfe novels, think of I am Charlotte Simmons. Jock bro solidarity was transracial. Center-Left Liberals and neoconservatives understand this about sports and the military, which is why they support them so thoroughly.

    I wonder where some of these jock-loving commentators went to school in the 90's?

    Anyone ever seen the movie White Boyz? That takes place in Iowa, but it could describe HS in many states.
  60. @Tiny Duck
    This is why we NEED a LENGHTY FBI investigation not just a week

    SOMETHING Is there we just have to find it

    LOL, exactly their atitude. Robert Mueller was convinced by a NYT reporter that Peter Hatfill was responsible for the 2001 anthrax mailings and had the FBI spend seven years frantically searching for any evidence, and ruining Hatfill’s life. Finally, a colleague of the real culprit dropped a dime on him to the FBI, Hatfill was exonerated, and awarded millions of dollars in a lawsuit against the government.
    Now Mueller has wasted two years so far doing the same thing to Trump. I say in 2024 when he gives up on Trump, Mueller can be put in charge of the permanent Kavanaugh investigation.
    Because Lefties operate on the magical principle that anything they want to be true must be true, they are like that little kid shoveling through an enormous pile of horse manure. A bystander asks him why he’s digging through the pile and the kid replies “ with this much horseshit, there has to be a pony in there somewhere!”.

  61. I’m beginning to see the reaction among women to Judge Kavanaugh as a classic case of high school “mean girls” bullying. Here’s what counselors recommend:

    … it becomes true “relational aggression”(RA) when the conflicts are severe, traumatic, ongoing, and involves a power imbalance [STOP]. At this point, it’s no longer just a misunderstanding among friends, it is bullying. And if it’s relational aggression, conflict mediation is not appropriate. Why? Because it implies that the victim has a role in to conflict as well. If the victim is having rumors spread about [her/him], is being intimidated, taunted, and excluded, then it’s not a conflict, it’s an imbalance of power.

    What can schools do?

    1. Identify how pervasive the problem is and what the dynamics are. Use an anonymous survey to find out where and when RA takes place. Survey what tactics are used (e.g. name calling, gossip, rumors spread, cyber bullying, exclusion, harassment for race, religion, or looks, physical aggression, watching someone taunt someone, writing a note/email/post on MySpace that wasn’t nice, etc.)

    2. Review results of the survey and develop policies or procedures to specifically address RA (increase supervision in “hot spots,” determine consequences for RA, etc.)

    3. Have class meetings or in-services about how to recognize and deal with RA. Role play positive behaviors such as good listening skills, expressing feelings, identifying key players in interactions, and teaching how to make good choices when you are a bully bystander, etc.

    (Mean Girls and Relational Aggression)

    Judge Kavanaugh’s treatment by women in media certainly meets the STOP standard. In particular, when it is decided that only women may speak, and that when they do they must be believed, the resulting power imbalance all but guarantees RA bullying.

    If only there were adults in our national schoolyard who could recognize that Senate hearing rooms have become relational aggression hotspots and that the full range of RA tactics listed above are being used in national media.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational, Desiderius
  62. @Hippopotamusdrome


    I am surprised there have not been more accusations – even ones that are less credible

     

    Impatient aren't you. The week isn't over yet.


    Kamala Harris Presents Letter Claiming Kavanaugh & Friend Repeatedly Raped ‘Jane Doe’ in Car

    a letter delivered to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in which an anonymous woman claims she was repeatedly raped by the judge without providing any details to investigate

    Kavanaugh and a friend raped her “several times” after giving her a lift home from a party — making no attempt to claim a time or place for the lurid story.

    They forced me to go into the backseat and took 2 turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off 3 two blocks from my home

    The letter, marked with the word “urgent,” did not include a return address

     

    You said rape twice.

    Democrats: I like rape.

    They dropped me off two blocks from my home. ‘No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl,’ he told me. Watching what has happened to Anita Hill and Dr. Ford has me petrified to come forward in person or even provide my name. A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me. Like Dr. Ford, I’m a teacher, I have an education, a family, a child, a home. I have credibility. Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn’t want to personally come forward, does not mean something can’t be true.

    This is like one of those hate hoaxes, in which the hoaxer speaks in his or her ridiculous caricature of the inner thoughts of an evil, handlebar mustache twirling Republican as he evilly does his dastardly deeds, evilly.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    This is like one of those hate hoaxes, in which the hoaxer speaks in his or her ridiculous caricature of the inner thoughts of an evil, handlebar mustache twirling Republican as he evilly does his dastardly deeds, evilly.
     
    "Avoid being bitches!" That one still makes me laugh.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/180189/
  63. Live Betting Odds:

    https://smarkets.com/event/933178/politics/us/us-specials/us-supreme-court-justice

    100$ = 280$ if not confirmed by 1/1/2019

    Its all about bucks kid. Rest is conversation.

    – G. Gekko

  64. @Steve Sailer
    What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says?

    To disagree with everything everyone here says is a worthy intention.

    I disagree.

    • Replies: @Simple Psuedonym
    How can you be so obtuse ? Is it deliberate ?
  65. @Buzz Mohawk
    I disagree.

    How can you be so obtuse ? Is it deliberate ?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    I am deliberately lying. This comment is a lie too.
    , @Svigor
    What did you say to me?
  66. @Lot
    This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    http://www.shadolsonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BLASEY-GOFUNDME-660x400.jpg

    I don’t understand at all even the feigned purpose. (The true purpose is of course a scam a lot of money from dumbasses.)

    Help her with what? She is a rich woman with a rich husband. They own. A house worth a fortune. Both have high incomes from posh jobs – in her case obviously obtained via cronyism and not merit, talent, or even hard work. She was already jaunting around the world for exotic vacations before anyone knew who she was. What’s the money for? Legal help? I read somewhere earlier about her “interviewing lawyers” and I remember she had lawyered up for the hearing. Why? She was not accused of anything. She is a private citizen who chose to involve herself in congressional deliberations and the congress obliged her. Hell, you didn’t see Dee Snyder or Frank Zappa lawyered up when they testified about their opposition to Al Gore’s witch-hunting and planned censorship of music. Because there is no reason for a lawyer in such situations.

    Lawyers are, however, very helpful if one is up to some shady, equivocating bullshit and angling to be sure one does not put one’s foot in one’s mouth….

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Hell, you didn’t see Dee Snyder or Frank Zappa lawyered up when they testified about their opposition to Al Gore’s witch-hunting and planned censorship of music
     
    Parental advisory stickers on CDs are witch-hunting and censorship? Jeez...

    And it wasn't Al, it was Tipper. Are you old enough to remember this period?
  67. @Hippopotamusdrome


    I am surprised there have not been more accusations – even ones that are less credible

     

    Impatient aren't you. The week isn't over yet.


    Kamala Harris Presents Letter Claiming Kavanaugh & Friend Repeatedly Raped ‘Jane Doe’ in Car

    a letter delivered to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in which an anonymous woman claims she was repeatedly raped by the judge without providing any details to investigate

    Kavanaugh and a friend raped her “several times” after giving her a lift home from a party — making no attempt to claim a time or place for the lurid story.

    They forced me to go into the backseat and took 2 turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off 3 two blocks from my home

    The letter, marked with the word “urgent,” did not include a return address

     

    You said rape twice.

    Democrats: I like rape.

    and took 2 turns raping me

    several times each

    . They dropped me off

    3 two blocks

    from my home

    I was told that there would be no math.

    Boy, those Irish boys sure have stamina. Must be that Guiness Stout. I’ll have what they’re having.

    It’s good that this kind of ridiculous nonsense is coming out because it makes BF seem less credible, like she is just one more slanderous accuser. The women coming forward think that they are helping the Resistance but they are only hurting it. The best thing that could happen is that 1,000 women write in all claiming to have been raped by Kavanaugh.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Jack, Kamala Harris had to find a way to reinsert herself into the conversation. She did not come off well at the hearings. Speaking of reinserting, is Willie Brown still alive?
  68. @dearieme
    Polaroid cameras were around in 1982, were they?

    Polaroid cameras were around in 1982, were they?

    ??? They have been around from 1948 into the current century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polaroid_instant_cameras

    The SX-70 (introduced 1972) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polaroid_SX-70 was very popular–probably because it was so much easier to use than the earlier versions.

  69. @Simple Psuedonym
    How can you be so obtuse ? Is it deliberate ?

    I am deliberately lying. This comment is a lie too.

  70. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    Breaking Bad had this plot years ago to launder drug money. And yes, I believe that is the case here with Ford's page, they are using it to pay her off for her shenanigans.

    On the other hand, I wonder if Soros will have her knocked off in a suspicious surfing accident after Kav is confirmed. All the Leftys will think Kav had it done and she will not be able to witness against Soros. Win win.

    A simple automobile accident would do the trick. “She ran off the road because she’s so upset about almost being raped many years ago.”

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    Speaking of our favorite real-life Bond villain:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/hero-survivors-who-confronted-jeff-flake-work-soros-funded-nonprofit

    Every. Single. Time.
    , @bomag

    ...because she’s so upset about almost being raped many years ago.
     
    The gift that keeps on giving.
  71. @dvorak

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court.
     
    In our post-Marbury v. Madison system, the 9 robe-wearers are sovereign over USG, which in turn rules 3/4 of the world in a Pax Americana.

    The sheer power. There will be no shortage of applicants.

    To my way of thinking, Marbury v. Madison is a strong contender for the original sin against the Constitution, & hence the Republic. It was the opening wedge for the dissolution of self-rule by the citizens through their Congress. It was the denial that elections have consequences, engineered by the Federalists to establish their own stay-behind forces (a nascent Deep State if you will) in the machinery of the Federal government, a trend that would only grow stronger & stronger with time as the advantages of this became received wisdom with the Big (Federal) Government types.

    This limitation on the Executive in having control over the staffing of the bureaucracy (beyond the doctrine of advise & consent in which the citizens & the states have an initial say on appointments) which implements their policies, coupled with the creeping trend amongst the judiciary to want veto power over policies at a level even below that of the Supreme Court, has had catastrophic effects on the Republic.

    Direct voting for federal Senators removed agency from the states, something that had the Big (Federal) Government boys rubbing their hands in glee. This was punishment for the secessionists and their belief that the Federal union was by consent of the states. For instance:

    From the Virginia ratification [of the Constitution], 26 June 1788: “The People of Virginia declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.”

    It has been aggrandizement of power by the Big (Federal) Government boys all the way down from Marbury v. Madison. The Democratic-Republicans missed the significance of that power play, and failed to smash it down.

    And here we are, with the states progressively reduced to mere administrative districts for the Federal government, supplicants for Federal monies, which they receive only if they behave. Oligarchs just love this stuff. Citizens are still entitled to cast their largely meaningless votes, but in reality their lives are ground between the millstones of interest groups and the Federal administrative state…that serves those interest groups.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    My problem with this sort of originalism is that it ignores that subsequent to the initial founding, the US Congress added new states carved from land that was gained by the federal whole with national treasure (Louisiana Purchase, Alaska, Gadsden) or blood (Mexican Cession). That alone means that most states were created as essentially administrative jurisdictions of the US.
    , @Flip
    And the Federal income tax and the Federal Reserve came in at about the same time.

    The direct election of senators really did take a lot of power away from the states as the senators were no longer accountable to the state legislatures.
    , @Jack D
    This is how it always works in revolutions - you come in wanting to overthrow the establishment and come up with all sorts of ideological justifications why it is good to overthrow the establishment but then suddenly YOU are the establishment and overthrow doesn't seem like such a hot idea anymore when you are the overthrowee and not the overthrower. We see this now on the Left that has taken over our universities and institutions. Back in the day they were all for Free Speech because Free Speech meant denouncing the people in charge but now they are the people in charge so suddenly Free Speech doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore.

    Mao thought he had squared this circle with his idea of Continuous Revolution (for everyone except himself - no matter how continuous the revolution was, he was a constant) but it turns out that a Continuous Revolution is the same thing as Continuous Chaos. Even if the government in charge is not optimal, there is a high value in stability.

    Revolutions have a really, really high price attached to them so the people should only exercise this option when things have gotten really, really bad and it is worth paying the price in blood and treasure. Also, keep in mind that every revolution is a roll of the dice that what comes next is not even worse than what came before. The US came up lucky on its Revolution but there's no assurance that we'd be so lucky this time because we don't have the same population as we did back then.
  72. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    The real game (the only game) was to persuade Flake and a few other swing Senators to vote no or to keep calling for endless investigations. It remains to be seen if that game is going to work. Nothing that K has said rises to the level that any prosecutor, even a Dem, would ever bring to trial. Are you really going to have a trial on the meaning of “boofing”, so perjury (as an actual crime and not just a political accusation) is not really in play here.

    Flake is playing a dangerous game – he may think that he is positioning himself for the White House as the “moderate” alternative to Trump and someone who is going to be more appealing to swing white voters than the hard leftist that the Dems are going to run next. He is betting that Trump will go down in flames by 2020 and won’t seek/won’t be able to seek a 2nd term and that the party will turn to him as its savior, the one R who is not contaminated by association with Trump. But, if he succeeds in taking down K he is going to end up despised by the Republican base (both the GOPe and the Trump voters) and have zero chance of winning the primaries even if Trump is in Leavenworth. His only chance would be as a 3rd party candidate and 3rd party candidates in US politics invariably end up as spoilers for their own (former) party and never in office.

    • Agree: AP
    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Flake is leaving office because his fundraising effort to finance a primary campaign failed with Republican partisans leaving scads of rude comments on his Facebook page.

    Rick Santorum ran for president after being shuffled out of Congress; however, he had lost a general election campaign in inclement circumstances; Republican voters didn't have issues with him, there just weren't enough of them in 2006. His presidential campaign challenged Mitt Romney, the sort of candidate whose support is of the 'mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep' variety.

    So, Flake's dead meat in Arizona but challenging an incumbent president whose job approval among Republicans bounces around 85% and who can garner a five-digit audience in an arena on a school night. And he's going to get street cred with Republican voters by shivving a judicial nominee that any one of the last 4 Republican presidents might have nominated and doing so after the man has been shamefully slandered and libeled by Democratic pols. Wm. Kristol fancies this is a capital idea, because, you know, everyone loves a self-appointed hall monitor.

    , @prusmc
    For several months I received email requests from Chris Mc Daniel running as a conservative in Mississippi against the establishment Republican Hyde Smith. I sent him good contributions along with contributions to Dr Kennedy opposing Romney in Utah and Dr Ward seeking the nomination in Arizona. I lost in Utah and Arizona. I stopped paying attention for a time. Today, I opened an email from someone calling himself Senator McDaniel. I thought good Chris won.Then I read the email and in addition to attacking the Democrat, Epsey, McDaniel was continuing to attack Hyde Smith and Mitch McConnell. So now Mc Daniel is running as an independent which will deliver a Democrat Senator Mike Epsey who starts out with 40 percent of the vote at minimum.
    CHRIS McDaniel got stabbed in the back in the primary of 2012 against Thad Cocherin. Mitch McConnell was a snake then and he is now. Unfortunately, there is an even lower snake living and thriving: Chuck Schumer and Chris will split off enough of the vote from an almost assured Republican victory to add another conviction vote when PDJT is impeached starting January 2019. Drs Kennedy and Ward accepted the party voters choice and have not sought to bring down the temple with them. Sure Strom Thurmond and Joe Liberman pulled out victories as independents. But Chris is not Strom or Joe.
    As a man of the old confederacy, Chris should heed what happened in 1860 when the democrats split between Stephan Douglas and J.C. Breckenridge. As bad as she may be Hyde-Smith voted to overturn Obama care, will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh and will vote against convicting an impeached Trump.
    Sad that Chris is the spoiler who will see Mississippi go the way of Alabama.
  73. @22pp22
    How can a country like this stay together?

    I am not even American and this is messing with my head.

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    100% … Republican Congressman Scalise will gladly confirm this for you.

  74. @Iberiano
    Looks like they are now trying to morph this into a perjury issue (on drinking?)...feds notoriously go after 1001 violations when the original underlying claim cannot be proven, or even could never have been proven--one of the motives those with ill intent have, to put people under oath about minor things, or things (like this) that materialize out of thin air 35 years later.

    I knew the perjury issue would be next...e.g. "He said he never blacked out from drinking...but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking...honestly is key and we must punish those who lie (even if it't not a lie)" someone like, but not necessarily Sen. Blumenthal.

    The “witness” who saw him “black out” is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout. Verdict: Inconclusive for criminal charges, but enough for a Senator to vote to not confirm.

    • Replies: @anon
    A blackout is a form of amnesia and isn't directly observable. Passing out is indistinguishable from sleep. They can call him a drunk, but can only speculate on or infer his mental state.
    , @ben tillman

    The “witness” who saw him “black out” is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout.
     
    What do you mean? The condition is self-reported, not diagnosed by someone else.
    , @Expletive Deleted
    UK politicians falling into a linen-soiling alcoholic stupor in public are invariably excused as being "tired and emotional".
  75. anon[599] • Disclaimer says:
    @Iberiano
    Looks like they are now trying to morph this into a perjury issue (on drinking?)...feds notoriously go after 1001 violations when the original underlying claim cannot be proven, or even could never have been proven--one of the motives those with ill intent have, to put people under oath about minor things, or things (like this) that materialize out of thin air 35 years later.

    I knew the perjury issue would be next...e.g. "He said he never blacked out from drinking...but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking...honestly is key and we must punish those who lie (even if it't not a lie)" someone like, but not necessarily Sen. Blumenthal.

    Its a job interview, right?

    The best tactic is to make the next candidate appear worse.

    She has written and spoken frequently about the importance of her Catholic faith and in her belief that life begins at conception. That has led both supporters and detractors to believe she would be a solid vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Some Republican strategists also think it would be smart for President Trump to appoint a conservative woman to the Supreme Court if battles over abortion and religion are coming.

    The COF would find her intolerable. There would be no reason to bother pretending to examine her on the merits. Plus, she is 46 and will outlast all of us. They lose Kav as an issue if that matters.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    The upside is that she's quite the comely lassie, particularly for a woman of 45-46 in a high stress occupation. The "optics" of sour old hags trying to beat up on her would be primo.

    Also, imagine a picture of Barrett between Sotamayor and Kagan, looking like a veritable Snow White between two evil stepsisters.
    , @Twinkie
    Trump is probably saving Judge Barrett for Ginsburg’s seat.
  76. @Achilles
    There are rumors of some sort of dossier being passed around about Kavanaugh.

    Apparently a former staffer of Senator Feinstein's collected millions of dollars from the Clinton Foundation, George Soros and other high-dollar donors in order to hire Fusion GPS to compile the dossier.

    Anonymous sources listed in the dossier allege that Dudley was actually an excellent free throw shooter, but that Kavanaugh taught him how to intentionally miss free throws in a manner that did not arouse suspicion. The dossier alleges this was part of a vast point-shaving and gang-raping conspiracy that extended from high school to college to the NBA.

    Speculation is that a special counsel has been appointed under a sealed mandate to investigate the allegations contained in the dossier.

    The idea is to prosecute Dudley for point-shaving in an effort to pressure him to flip against Kavanaugh on the gang-rape allegations.

    Further, it is hoped that NSA database searches of Kavanaugh associates Judge, PJ and Squi will similarly turn up evidence of other crimes that can be used to pressure them to testify against Kavanaugh.

    LOL. Top kek.

  77. @Tiny Duck
    This is why we NEED a LENGHTY FBI investigation not just a week

    SOMETHING Is there we just have to find it

    Like the little too-optimistic boy locked in a room full of manure said as he whole-heartedly dug into the pile, “With all this horse-shit, there must be a pony somewhere in here!”

  78. @Inquiring Mind
    "One sketch I remember vividly -- it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere -- was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter's press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine. They "interviewed" three characters, played by Jane Curtin, Garret Morris and Steve Martin, who all claimed to have witnessed the coke sniffing. It escalated until all three were claiming to have had sex with Margaret Trudeau and been abducted by aliens too. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be online anywhere"


    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19007121-greatest-saturday-night-live-sketches-of-all-time!-what-s-your-favorite!-

    Also remember
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=seinfeld+it%27s+not+a+lie+of+you+truly+believe+it&view=detail&mid=372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9&FORM=VIRE

    It's not a lie . . . if you believe it!

    “One sketch I remember vividly — it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere — was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter’s press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine…. “

    Looks like it was aired October 13th, 1979. Oddly, the transcript page is missing from the live web though it is visible in a Google search. Here is an archive version: https://web.archive.org/web/20170624133258/snltranscripts.jt.org/79/79a.phtml

    That was Season 5, Episode 1 (Episode 87 overall): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live_(season_5)

    $1.99 (to buy) to stream on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Saturday-Night-Live-Season-5/dp/B002ZBPPFM
    DVD also available: https://www.amazon.com/Saturday-Night-Live-Season-1979-1980/dp/B002MXG570

  79. @Steve Sailer
    What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says?

    To disagree with everything everyone here says is a worthy intention.

    To disagree with everything everyone here says is a worthy intention.

    It is helpful if it comes along with the intention to make good arguments backing up the disagreement. IMO that is not the case in this instance.

  80. @Uncle Remus
    A simple automobile accident would do the trick. "She ran off the road because she's so upset about almost being raped many years ago."
    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Simple Psuedonym
    lolz

    this bish think he hamlet. gotta be lining up a consulting gig for 2019 a la Cantor


    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/jeff-flake-criticizes-supreme-court-nominee-kavanaugh/571915/
    , @Henry's Cat
    Stop. With. That.
    , @gregor
    Flake is such a weenie. I could cut him some slack if he was still green but he’s been around long enough that he shouldn’t be so naive and easily manipulated by now. Truly pathetic.
    , @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Not only that, Anna Maria Archila (one of the elevator screamers) used to run New York's 'Make The Road' organization.

    Make The Road are advocates for (Hispanic) illegal aliens. They collect millions from taxpayers via Council Member Items, as well as grants for 'voter registration'(an old scam), teaching English to immigrants(another scam), and 'computer' courses ( That is, MTR has banks of desktop computers that no one ever uses).

    Their 'members' are supposed to pay dues, but MTR don't need the money ( thanks to you and me) and their tens of 1,000s of 'members' are a lie anyway; you see the same 30-40 burnt-and-pissed-on Central Americans banging on plastic buckets at every rally they attend.

    I used to have dealings with Anna Maria quite often. She hated me because I used the term 'illegal immigrant' ( Also because I'm a blanquito). I would've said 'illegal alien,' but I was supposed to be working for a Progressive CM after all...

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type. I suppose this has no bearing on her claim that she was raped, but given who she is, the whole event in the elevator seemed staged to me. Flake is a snake.

  81. @G Pinfold
    Is Avenatti working for Trump? Just when the nation was pretending to be 50/50 on whether women could ever, ever, possibly lie, along comes Julie. Not only does she confirm the obvious, but she parodies the Katz/Bromwich/ford modus operandi: be vague; make it unfalsifiable; keep making subtle shifts; and avoid defamatory specifics in case the wheel turns.

    That is exactly what I am thinking! Talk about collusion! The first 2 accusers got discredited by association. Too bad Brett can’t just admit that he liked to party and drink himself silly, but no longer engages in such behavior now that he is the Grand Poobah. He probably has some MeToo memories, himself, having been a Catholic boy once.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Michelle, if Kavanaugh is not confirmed will we hear the plaintive cry of..." he was just turning his life around."
    , @Cooption
    Amusing that no one bothers asking if youve ever smoked pot anymore ? Doesnt go down well with the democrats constituents, and the pubs dont want to appear parochial.

    The new tests are white male boozing and sex. Homosexuals, drug addicts, juvenile crime all acceptable now.

    Who whom
  82. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @JerseyJeffersonian
    To my way of thinking, Marbury v. Madison is a strong contender for the original sin against the Constitution, & hence the Republic. It was the opening wedge for the dissolution of self-rule by the citizens through their Congress. It was the denial that elections have consequences, engineered by the Federalists to establish their own stay-behind forces (a nascent Deep State if you will) in the machinery of the Federal government, a trend that would only grow stronger & stronger with time as the advantages of this became received wisdom with the Big (Federal) Government types.

    This limitation on the Executive in having control over the staffing of the bureaucracy (beyond the doctrine of advise & consent in which the citizens & the states have an initial say on appointments) which implements their policies, coupled with the creeping trend amongst the judiciary to want veto power over policies at a level even below that of the Supreme Court, has had catastrophic effects on the Republic.

    Direct voting for federal Senators removed agency from the states, something that had the Big (Federal) Government boys rubbing their hands in glee. This was punishment for the secessionists and their belief that the Federal union was by consent of the states. For instance:

    From the Virginia ratification [of the Constitution], 26 June 1788: “The People of Virginia declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.”

    It has been aggrandizement of power by the Big (Federal) Government boys all the way down from Marbury v. Madison. The Democratic-Republicans missed the significance of that power play, and failed to smash it down.

    And here we are, with the states progressively reduced to mere administrative districts for the Federal government, supplicants for Federal monies, which they receive only if they behave. Oligarchs just love this stuff. Citizens are still entitled to cast their largely meaningless votes, but in reality their lives are ground between the millstones of interest groups and the Federal administrative state...that serves those interest groups.

    My problem with this sort of originalism is that it ignores that subsequent to the initial founding, the US Congress added new states carved from land that was gained by the federal whole with national treasure (Louisiana Purchase, Alaska, Gadsden) or blood (Mexican Cession). That alone means that most states were created as essentially administrative jurisdictions of the US.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    Only because it was convenient to the purposes of those who dound it convenient to look upon these new states as merely administrative districts for the Federal government. For what was rhe Federal whole but the sum of the individual constituent states of the Federal entity. The balance between centralized (and largely
    unanswerable),centralized power were the states. This was yet another mechanism to avoid the aggrandizement of power to a center such as the three branches of government (and you did not address the change from state appointment of their senators to direct vote; this enhanced the power of out of state power centers to overide the particular interests of the states' citizens enormously, another shift away from local control).

    The ratchet worked in one direction, & one direction only, and that was toward the interests of the big money boys, the continental scale enterprises such as the railroads (& increasingly the corporations after corporate personhood superceded corporate charters, removing checks on their role in the society), and the power hungry politicians who saw this as their ticket to both influence & wealth.

    One of the reasons for that you cited, the Mexican-American War was actually an example of the deranging force of arrogant Federal power in the hands of Polk. This war left quite an impression in the minds of those who served in it such as Jackson & Lee, putting them to thinking about the ways in which this Federal power could be used for shameful ends. Recall the signing statement by Virginia in their ratification of the Constitution? Right there, from the beginning. The War Between the States was NOT a civil war; the Confederate states just wanted out, not to take over the Federal edifice. They saw the value of a confederation, but the way that the Federal government was going was not for them.
    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    That's what King George III said.
  83. @Polynikes
    My gut* tells me I agree with this. Largely because I mistrust the more mainstream polls.

    But, what is the source for these particular numbers?


    *Mostly because the Republican women I talk to are adament this is bullshit. They seem to have a little more conviction than the males even.

    Not surprising that women would know when another woman is lying.

  84. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Speaking of our favorite real-life Bond villain:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/hero-survivors-who-confronted-jeff-flake-work-soros-funded-nonprofit

    Every. Single. Time.

    lolz

    this bish think he hamlet. gotta be lining up a consulting gig for 2019 a la Cantor

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/jeff-flake-criticizes-supreme-court-nominee-kavanaugh/571915/

  85. This all fits in neatly with Andrew Joyce’s piece on Samuel H Flowerman, of whom I’d never heard before. Dr Joyce should be a professor of Jewish Studies IMHO.

    Flowerman – “For the great bulk of American people racial and religious intolerance is not regarded as a critical situation. … The absence of critical stress serves to diminish levels of attention to pro-tolerance symbols”

    Joyce – “contemporary examples of what this tactic might look light would be the ubiquity of pro-diversity propaganda in the aftermath of Islamic attacks, Charlottesville, school shootings, moral panics about racism, ADL hype about the ever-present threat of anti-Semitism, murders by immigrants, and migrant drownings in the Mediterranean. The point here is that regardless of context, “crisis” is to be manufactured into almost every situation in order to focus attention on the real goal — the successful delivery of “pro-tolerance” messages, even (or especially) in circumstances in which tolerance has proven deadly, to the host population. “

    The great UK example is the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a pretty man-bites-dog murder in that minorities kill twice as many white people as whites kill minorities (i.e. the body count for interracial murders is generally 1 minority victim for every 2 white victims). Yet from the media and pressure group coverage you’d have thought minorities were being lynched by whites in the streets – the exact opposite of what actually happens.

    The same with BLM – any Brit whose only source of news was the BBC would assume from the coverage that the major threat to the lives of young black men came from racist white police, rather than from other young black men which is the actuality.

    Now we have a “crisis” manufactured from whole cloth and used to condemn, not only a perceived political enemy, but his entire race and class. It’s quite funny to see the Catholic proclaimed as the uber-WASP frat boy. It’s not 1936 for once, it’s 1925.

  86. @22pp22
    How can a country like this stay together?

    I am not even American and this is messing with my head.

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    Given that we already have political violence, I’d say the chances of it still being here in 10 years – when the country is less white and even at each other’s throats – are 100%.

  87. @Lot
    This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    http://www.shadolsonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BLASEY-GOFUNDME-660x400.jpg

    What’s the pay like on the Supreme Court? Can you continue extra-curricular activities like lecturing and teaching?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    They make around $250K/yr which is nothing compared to what they could make in private practice with their skills. Outside income is limited because you can't do anything that would be a conflict of interest in any matter that might come before the court. You go on the S. Ct. because it is very prestigious, not because it is a money making opportunity. Lawyers who are motivated mainly by money can do much much better elsewhere. $250k/yr in Washington doesn't make you poor, but you can't live in the lap of luxury either.
    , @Lot
    It is common for them to teach summer law school classes for $100,000 plus first class travel expenses to Italy, London etc.
  88. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Speaking of our favorite real-life Bond villain:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/hero-survivors-who-confronted-jeff-flake-work-soros-funded-nonprofit

    Every. Single. Time.

    Stop. With. That.

  89. @Polynikes
    My gut* tells me I agree with this. Largely because I mistrust the more mainstream polls.

    But, what is the source for these particular numbers?


    *Mostly because the Republican women I talk to are adament this is bullshit. They seem to have a little more conviction than the males even.

    They’re allowed to be.

    Republican men would probably be at least as adamant if admitting that sort of belief wasnt so plainly self destructive.

  90. @JerseyJeffersonian
    To my way of thinking, Marbury v. Madison is a strong contender for the original sin against the Constitution, & hence the Republic. It was the opening wedge for the dissolution of self-rule by the citizens through their Congress. It was the denial that elections have consequences, engineered by the Federalists to establish their own stay-behind forces (a nascent Deep State if you will) in the machinery of the Federal government, a trend that would only grow stronger & stronger with time as the advantages of this became received wisdom with the Big (Federal) Government types.

    This limitation on the Executive in having control over the staffing of the bureaucracy (beyond the doctrine of advise & consent in which the citizens & the states have an initial say on appointments) which implements their policies, coupled with the creeping trend amongst the judiciary to want veto power over policies at a level even below that of the Supreme Court, has had catastrophic effects on the Republic.

    Direct voting for federal Senators removed agency from the states, something that had the Big (Federal) Government boys rubbing their hands in glee. This was punishment for the secessionists and their belief that the Federal union was by consent of the states. For instance:

    From the Virginia ratification [of the Constitution], 26 June 1788: “The People of Virginia declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.”

    It has been aggrandizement of power by the Big (Federal) Government boys all the way down from Marbury v. Madison. The Democratic-Republicans missed the significance of that power play, and failed to smash it down.

    And here we are, with the states progressively reduced to mere administrative districts for the Federal government, supplicants for Federal monies, which they receive only if they behave. Oligarchs just love this stuff. Citizens are still entitled to cast their largely meaningless votes, but in reality their lives are ground between the millstones of interest groups and the Federal administrative state...that serves those interest groups.

    And the Federal income tax and the Federal Reserve came in at about the same time.

    The direct election of senators really did take a lot of power away from the states as the senators were no longer accountable to the state legislatures.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    The loss of agency for the states within a federal structure was fatally wounded thereby. And the Federal Reserve was the return of the old National Bank controversies under Jackson. But in both cases, the ground had been prepared, & the outcome determined to a high degree.

    And to whose interest do these things conduce? Not to those of the citizenry.
  91. lol did steve just admit he allows trolls to post as much as possible so he can just get more page views?

    my experience here suggests that’s pretty likely. he blocks good, solid comments, and allows tons of trolls to post garbage here for years. a far cry from how quality the blog was a decade ago.

    at least 25% of the increase in his viewership is just plain all noise zero signal trolls who fill up most of the threads with pure crap.

  92. @Autochthon
    I don't understand at all even the feigned purpose. (The true purpose is of course a scam a lot of money from dumbasses.)

    Help her with what? She is a rich woman with a rich husband. They own. A house worth a fortune. Both have high incomes from posh jobs – in her case obviously obtained via cronyism and not merit, talent, or even hard work. She was already jaunting around the world for exotic vacations before anyone knew who she was. What's the money for? Legal help? I read somewhere earlier about her "interviewing lawyers" and I remember she had lawyered up for the hearing. Why? She was not accused of anything. She is a private citizen who chose to involve herself in congressional deliberations and the congress obliged her. Hell, you didn't see Dee Snyder or Frank Zappa lawyered up when they testified about their opposition to Al Gore's witch-hunting and planned censorship of music. Because there is no reason for a lawyer in such situations.

    Lawyers are, however, very helpful if one is up to some shady, equivocating bullshit and angling to be sure one does not put one's foot in one's mouth....

    Hell, you didn’t see Dee Snyder or Frank Zappa lawyered up when they testified about their opposition to Al Gore’s witch-hunting and planned censorship of music

    Parental advisory stickers on CDs are witch-hunting and censorship? Jeez…

    And it wasn’t Al, it was Tipper. Are you old enough to remember this period?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Those hearings and to-do were about more than just stickers. Some involved were interested in keeping people under a certain age from purchasing records deemed unwholesome, which most certainly is a form of censorship. If I cannot buy a record by Iron Maiden because some chunky busybody disagrees with my parents' decision that I can appreciate "Two Minutes To Midnight" at the age of thirteen, a modicum of censorship exists, since now I must have my parents purchase records for me. Fundamentally,the wholecrusade was about the gubmint trying to take on the rôle properly reserved for the parent (isn't it always in such cases?).

    https://youtu.be/-HYvHGo5ce8

    Tipper all by her lonesome huh? Not Al? I know they say married couples begin to favour each other after awhile, but this is ridiculous: she even sounds just like him:

    https://youtu.be/kzD-L5NXv40

    (Yes, I remember this stuff. I was exactly at the age when it most affected me...or would have if the busybodies had gotten their way.)
  93. I think the long term damage that Julie Swetnick, a BPD sexual opportunist, will do to the #metoo movement will be substantial. Ford’s testimony was clever enough and she has enough support that she will be hard to publicly assail even is she gets shredded on the internet. But Swetnick entire history is a tailor made example of false accusations and financial predatory behavior. And Avenati will keep her in the public view thinking this will somehow benefit the Democrats.

  94. @Anon
    I have you on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative. What are your intentions posting here if you disagree with everything everyone here says? I mean as much as I may hate HuffPo and Jezebel, I do think they have the right to discuss whatever they want to discuss without being harassed by disingenuous interlopers. I guess I'm just a better person than you though.

    > I have you [Peter Akuleyev] on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative.

    Anon-379 got me to review Peter Akuleyev’s commenting history. He’s pretty good at making relevant points intelligently. And I even agree with him about half the time! So I hope Anon-379 didn’t hurt Pete’s feelings.

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    Peter Akuleyev may be intelligent but when HRC says, "time to drink the koolaid," his Dixie cup will go bottoms up.
  95. @JerseyJeffersonian
    To my way of thinking, Marbury v. Madison is a strong contender for the original sin against the Constitution, & hence the Republic. It was the opening wedge for the dissolution of self-rule by the citizens through their Congress. It was the denial that elections have consequences, engineered by the Federalists to establish their own stay-behind forces (a nascent Deep State if you will) in the machinery of the Federal government, a trend that would only grow stronger & stronger with time as the advantages of this became received wisdom with the Big (Federal) Government types.

    This limitation on the Executive in having control over the staffing of the bureaucracy (beyond the doctrine of advise & consent in which the citizens & the states have an initial say on appointments) which implements their policies, coupled with the creeping trend amongst the judiciary to want veto power over policies at a level even below that of the Supreme Court, has had catastrophic effects on the Republic.

    Direct voting for federal Senators removed agency from the states, something that had the Big (Federal) Government boys rubbing their hands in glee. This was punishment for the secessionists and their belief that the Federal union was by consent of the states. For instance:

    From the Virginia ratification [of the Constitution], 26 June 1788: “The People of Virginia declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.”

    It has been aggrandizement of power by the Big (Federal) Government boys all the way down from Marbury v. Madison. The Democratic-Republicans missed the significance of that power play, and failed to smash it down.

    And here we are, with the states progressively reduced to mere administrative districts for the Federal government, supplicants for Federal monies, which they receive only if they behave. Oligarchs just love this stuff. Citizens are still entitled to cast their largely meaningless votes, but in reality their lives are ground between the millstones of interest groups and the Federal administrative state...that serves those interest groups.

    This is how it always works in revolutions – you come in wanting to overthrow the establishment and come up with all sorts of ideological justifications why it is good to overthrow the establishment but then suddenly YOU are the establishment and overthrow doesn’t seem like such a hot idea anymore when you are the overthrowee and not the overthrower. We see this now on the Left that has taken over our universities and institutions. Back in the day they were all for Free Speech because Free Speech meant denouncing the people in charge but now they are the people in charge so suddenly Free Speech doesn’t seem like such a good idea anymore.

    Mao thought he had squared this circle with his idea of Continuous Revolution (for everyone except himself – no matter how continuous the revolution was, he was a constant) but it turns out that a Continuous Revolution is the same thing as Continuous Chaos. Even if the government in charge is not optimal, there is a high value in stability.

    Revolutions have a really, really high price attached to them so the people should only exercise this option when things have gotten really, really bad and it is worth paying the price in blood and treasure. Also, keep in mind that every revolution is a roll of the dice that what comes next is not even worse than what came before. The US came up lucky on its Revolution but there’s no assurance that we’d be so lucky this time because we don’t have the same population as we did back then.

    • Agree: Thea
    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
    Sadly, all true, Jack.

    The Founders, certainly not free from self-interested motives, nonetheless were historically well grounded, and tried their best to account for the erosive effect of the flaws of human nature on any political construct through the balancing of forces. But whenever vigilance flags, ground is lost, and sometimes almost irretrievably so.

  96. @Inquiring Mind
    "One sketch I remember vividly -- it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere -- was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter's press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine. They "interviewed" three characters, played by Jane Curtin, Garret Morris and Steve Martin, who all claimed to have witnessed the coke sniffing. It escalated until all three were claiming to have had sex with Margaret Trudeau and been abducted by aliens too. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be online anywhere"


    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19007121-greatest-saturday-night-live-sketches-of-all-time!-what-s-your-favorite!-

    Also remember
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=seinfeld+it%27s+not+a+lie+of+you+truly+believe+it&view=detail&mid=372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9&FORM=VIRE

    It's not a lie . . . if you believe it!

    Inquiring, The Margaret Trudeau part was believable.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    I quoted from the Web site I linked, but my recollection about the sketch was that the three "witnesses" to the Carter Administration Press Secretary's drug use were "yokels" who claimed yet more unbelievable and outrageous things, with Steve Martin's character trying to outdo the other witnesses by adding in a slurred voice, "and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau."

    It was funnier yet because "Margaret Trudeau" had herself become the punchline to a joke in real life, the met-him-as-a-teen-hippie wife to Prime Minister Trudeau the elder who was a bad mismatch to being a Prime Minister's wife in making herself the center of scandal until their divorce. Steve Martin's line "and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau" was really, really funny at the time because his low-brow character having had relations with the Prime Minister's wife who frequented Studio 54 was as unbelievable as a person being abducted by aliens from outer space, but Margaret Trudeau's behavior was becoming that much "over-the-top" that maybe her having an affair with a low-life claiming to see space alients wasn't that unbelievable after all.

    There was a time in history when simply saying "Margaret Trudeau" got laughs, NBC Today Show personality Jane Pauley, whose middle name is Jane and is married to the cartoonist of "Doonesbury", got a laugh by announcing "my 'real' name is Margaret Trudeau."

    The relevance to Judge Kavanaugh is his first accuser was taken seriously as claiming something that potentially could have taken place, with successive accusers claiming more outrageous things until the assertions of Ms. Swetnick started to rise to the level of claiming abduction by space aliens, where I am just waiting for an accuser to top that the way Steve Martin did by "and I saw Judge Kavanught having sex with the current Canadian Prime Minister's aging mom!"

    The other relevance is that when the Press Secretary to a President, who were both Democrats, was accused of partaking of an illegal drug, the SNL writers who were heavy drug users themselves came to the aid of their Party by ridiculing the accusations as coming from the sort of people who witnessed space aliens, presumably through heavy alcohol or drug consumption, and topping that in outrageousness by claiming relations with the Canadian Prime Minister's free-spirit wife.

    It is really too bad a Youtube of that sketch is not available when we need it most.

  97. @Henry's Cat
    What's the pay like on the Supreme Court? Can you continue extra-curricular activities like lecturing and teaching?

    They make around $250K/yr which is nothing compared to what they could make in private practice with their skills. Outside income is limited because you can’t do anything that would be a conflict of interest in any matter that might come before the court. You go on the S. Ct. because it is very prestigious, not because it is a money making opportunity. Lawyers who are motivated mainly by money can do much much better elsewhere. $250k/yr in Washington doesn’t make you poor, but you can’t live in the lap of luxury either.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    That's 250K for the rest of your life, with the best benefits. They get 3 months off every year. And during the 9 month working season, clerks do most of the work.
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    "You go on the S. Ct. because it is very prestigious, "

    And powerful.

    And your name goes down in history - think of it, many SC justices have become demigods.
  98. Dems will win; Repukes always lose, which, as they have no real issues other than “tax cuts for my keeper and wars for (((that country)))”, is simply just.

    To win, one must fight; Repukes lack even the concept of what fighting IS!

    Also, welcome back Tiny.

  99. @Jack D
    and took 2 turns raping me

    several times each
     
    . They dropped me off

    3 two blocks
     
    from my home


    I was told that there would be no math.

    Boy, those Irish boys sure have stamina. Must be that Guiness Stout. I'll have what they're having.

    It's good that this kind of ridiculous nonsense is coming out because it makes BF seem less credible, like she is just one more slanderous accuser. The women coming forward think that they are helping the Resistance but they are only hurting it. The best thing that could happen is that 1,000 women write in all claiming to have been raped by Kavanaugh.

    Jack, Kamala Harris had to find a way to reinsert herself into the conversation. She did not come off well at the hearings. Speaking of reinserting, is Willie Brown still alive?

  100. @Chrisnonymous
    I think perjury is still undetermined.

    Regarding "choir boy":

    You ought to examine Kavanaugh's statements more closely. I notice a lot of people making this choirboy charge (ex: SSC Reddit), but he was very explicit about making mistakes and doing foolish youthful things and embarrassing himself as a young man.

    I was struck by how forthright he was about being a drinker. Kind of shocking to see others describing him as a self-described choirboy.

    choirboy … it’s projection, man

  101. @Mr. Anon

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn’t realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.
     
    Flake has reportedly been making appearances in New Hampshire. I guess he figures that working hard to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and torpedoing GOP nominees to the Supreme Court will endear him to Republican voters. Kasich is up there too - another GOP presidential hopeful who isn't worth a bucket of warm spit.

    NH? Seriously? I think after the shit he’s pulled on this Kavanaugh vote, he has zero chance of winning.

  102. @dvorak

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court.
     
    In our post-Marbury v. Madison system, the 9 robe-wearers are sovereign over USG, which in turn rules 3/4 of the world in a Pax Americana.

    The sheer power. There will be no shortage of applicants.

    You’re delusional about SCOTUS’s power. And like far too many people, you fail to recognize that SCOTUS, and the federal judiciary more generally, far outperforms the other two federal branches of government, relatively speaking and from a conservative perspective.

  103. @Michelle
    That is exactly what I am thinking! Talk about collusion! The first 2 accusers got discredited by association. Too bad Brett can't just admit that he liked to party and drink himself silly, but no longer engages in such behavior now that he is the Grand Poobah. He probably has some MeToo memories, himself, having been a Catholic boy once.

    Michelle, if Kavanaugh is not confirmed will we hear the plaintive cry of…” he was just turning his life around.”

  104. @Svigor
    Maryland? Never seen wiggers like they made in MD in the nineties.

    It was widespread and sickening. Shows up in movies and in Tom Wolfe novels, think of I am Charlotte Simmons. Jock bro solidarity was transracial. Center-Left Liberals and neoconservatives understand this about sports and the military, which is why they support them so thoroughly.

    I wonder where some of these jock-loving commentators went to school in the 90’s?

    Anyone ever seen the movie White Boyz? That takes place in Iowa, but it could describe HS in many states.

  105. Anon[322] • Disclaimer says:

    Media are feeding the left a story that the investigation is turning up all kinds of new dirt on K. When he gets confirmed it will drive them into a frenzy the likes of which we haven’t seen since the night Hillary got beat.

    At some point one of these little projects is going to spin out of control, and it’s not gonna be pretty. I don’t see how we have a dispositive election in 2020 unless the things simmer down. It’s going to be 1860 all over again.

    • Agree: Patrick in SC
  106. @Iberiano
    Looks like they are now trying to morph this into a perjury issue (on drinking?)...feds notoriously go after 1001 violations when the original underlying claim cannot be proven, or even could never have been proven--one of the motives those with ill intent have, to put people under oath about minor things, or things (like this) that materialize out of thin air 35 years later.

    I knew the perjury issue would be next...e.g. "He said he never blacked out from drinking...but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking...honestly is key and we must punish those who lie (even if it't not a lie)" someone like, but not necessarily Sen. Blumenthal.

    By attacking Kavanaugh with sexual assault, it left him no way out other than to fight, particularly the way this was rolled out. In the short run it might help the Democrats out but Kav will not conveniently disappear down the memory hole.

    One of the more odd things connected to false accusations such as this is that when they have played out, the side that did the false accusing ends up acting as if nothing ever happened because nothing happened. Clarence Thomas being a good example. Everybody around him, including his opponents, has not said a word since he was confirmed to SCOTUS. Trump’s “19 women to come forward” is another good example. I still do not know what Stormy Daniels problem is other than she did not get enough money.

    But Kavanaugh will be a lot different. There is no reason for him to let go and if he does not get on the bench he will not just walk away. By demanding an investigation of some of the more outrageous false accusations, the Feinstein leak, and Ford’s lawyers botching of their fiduciary responsibility towards their client it could turn out to be a very bad PR move in the long run for the Democrats.

    • Replies: @Iberiano
    Interesting take, very true about Thomas, and Trump for that matter. Part, if not large part, of the dem's strategy was of course, to smear him with public and disturbing accusations...simply a variant of "when did you stop beating your wife".

    Again, if the republicans had ball one, they'd be always referring to her as "Christine Ford, who made false allegations against Bret Kavanaugh..."

    The Repubs could continually neg her in this way, or even thru "pairing", by always referring to her to reporters and the media as "Christine Ford, similar to the Duke Rape Hoax and false accuser Crystal Mangum,..." If the media even dared take the bait with a "why do you bring up Crystal Mangum?" they could simply re-neg again "We are certainly not comparing Ms. Ford to convicted child abuser and murderer Crystal Mangum, per se, but we do note the similarities in the inconsistencies ...blah blah blah".

    Only Trump seems to get how to do that, how to successfully troll, neg and bait. Rinse. Repeat.

    Lastly, use their standards against them. Every REPUBLICAN. EVERY SINGLE ONE, should be now making public comments (even asserting they heard she was, and thanking her)..that Ms. Ford should donate all her gofundme to charities...like (women's sexual assault victims, you ask?)...NO...wait for it, the "INNOCENCE PROJECT" . Neg. Neg. Neg. That is a huge way to gaslight the dems and this issue.

    The next person with a mic and public forum should say, "First, I just want to take a moment to publicly thank Ms. Ford and her handlers for committing to donate the proceeds of her GoFundMe to the Innocence Project, which focuses, in large part on men (often men of color) falsely accused and convicted...I think it is an important step in the healing process for the nation and speaks volumes to her character despite her previous claims...second...(moving on to boring stuff).

    This would force her side and the dems to publicly CLARIFY and DISAVOW that she is giving the money she raised to charity. Nothing looks better than having an attorney have to say repeatedly, WE ARE NOT GIVING HER FUNDRAISING MONEY TO ANYONE...THE INNOCENCE PROJECT, ETC. (i.e. "we're keeping it").

    But then, I'm not their strategist. :)

  107. @Lot
    This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    http://www.shadolsonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BLASEY-GOFUNDME-660x400.jpg

    If Blasey Ford’s GoFundMe campaigns are a way to launder money, that’d be old wine in new bottles.

    It is far down the memory hole, but perhaps we can fondly recall the 2008 Obama campaign’s pioneering work in disabling anti-fraud protections on credit card donations. That made it impossible to detect illegal over-the-limit contributions and illegal foreign contributions.

    Before they forgot, even the NYT and WaPo noticed.

    [MORE]

    “Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed,” reports the Washington Post’s Matthew Mosk. “Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged…

    “Fully $100 million of the record-breaking $150 million that the Obama campaign collected in September alone came over the internet via credit card donations,” writes Bill Dyer at Hugh Hewitt’s blog. “The Obama campaign has deliberately turned off the anti-fraud mechanisms available for internet credit card transactions… the Obama campaign cheerfully takes even contributions from untraceable pre-paid credit cards, a/k/a ‘the pseudo-credit cards you use when you want to conceal illegal activity.’ ”

    Same story for the 2012 re-election campaign.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    In the old days they'd get some gofers to go around with a bag of cash and go to grocery stores and 7-11s and buy money orders in odd amounts, and then mail them in from random mailboxes. They'd put names on them out of the white pages. Usually there was some "tell" so that the candidate (or anyone investigating) could not prove who sent it but would get the idea that the money was coming from a definite somewhere and for some reason.
  108. @Inquiring Mind
    "One sketch I remember vividly -- it was before my time, but I saw it somewhere -- was done when Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter's press secretary IIR, was caught sniffing cocaine. They "interviewed" three characters, played by Jane Curtin, Garret Morris and Steve Martin, who all claimed to have witnessed the coke sniffing. It escalated until all three were claiming to have had sex with Margaret Trudeau and been abducted by aliens too. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be online anywhere"


    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19007121-greatest-saturday-night-live-sketches-of-all-time!-what-s-your-favorite!-

    Also remember
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=seinfeld+it%27s+not+a+lie+of+you+truly+believe+it&view=detail&mid=372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9372C8FE299EF2A8C45C9&FORM=VIRE

    It's not a lie . . . if you believe it!

    I believe Jordan was Carter’s chief of staff. Jody Powell was the press secretary.

  109. @Anonymous
    My problem with this sort of originalism is that it ignores that subsequent to the initial founding, the US Congress added new states carved from land that was gained by the federal whole with national treasure (Louisiana Purchase, Alaska, Gadsden) or blood (Mexican Cession). That alone means that most states were created as essentially administrative jurisdictions of the US.

    Only because it was convenient to the purposes of those who dound it convenient to look upon these new states as merely administrative districts for the Federal government. For what was rhe Federal whole but the sum of the individual constituent states of the Federal entity. The balance between centralized (and largely
    unanswerable),centralized power were the states. This was yet another mechanism to avoid the aggrandizement of power to a center such as the three branches of government (and you did not address the change from state appointment of their senators to direct vote; this enhanced the power of out of state power centers to overide the particular interests of the states’ citizens enormously, another shift away from local control).

    The ratchet worked in one direction, & one direction only, and that was toward the interests of the big money boys, the continental scale enterprises such as the railroads (& increasingly the corporations after corporate personhood superceded corporate charters, removing checks on their role in the society), and the power hungry politicians who saw this as their ticket to both influence & wealth.

    One of the reasons for that you cited, the Mexican-American War was actually an example of the deranging force of arrogant Federal power in the hands of Polk. This war left quite an impression in the minds of those who served in it such as Jackson & Lee, putting them to thinking about the ways in which this Federal power could be used for shameful ends. Recall the signing statement by Virginia in their ratification of the Constitution? Right there, from the beginning. The War Between the States was NOT a civil war; the Confederate states just wanted out, not to take over the Federal edifice. They saw the value of a confederation, but the way that the Federal government was going was not for them.

    • Replies: @Alden
    There’s a great history channel documentary about Polk and his westward expansion program. I had no idea how he influenced and drive westward expansion
  110. @Polynikes
    Aside from your anecdote, I don't think you'll find much support for your theory. Demographically, it doesn't even fit.

    Anecdotally speaking... seeing as how I also was a jock in high school in the 90s, I can tell you that there isn't much of a more ardent group of Trump supporters. Although, I come from the Midwest.

    So you didn’t go to school in the 90’s.

    Demographically? Yeah, cause Nike sales and the Hip Hop/Rap music have been historically driven by ghetto consumers.

    Come on dude. Popular white boys practically worshipped black guys in the early 90’s. It was weird. I never understood it as a teen, but I understood enough to not call them out on it. Looking back it was a lot of marketing and educational gaslighting combined with an admiration for a dominant, aggressive machismo. That doesn’t let the bros off the hook, though. If they are willing to sell their birthright for something so stupid as sports and the short-term release that mimicking thugs gives, they deserve to be replaced.

    It wasn’t grunge kids or the nerds driving the black-obsessed youth culture. Nor was it a secular, left thing. It also showed up a lot at Evangelical private schools.

    Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteboyz

    that movie is a bit of a parody, but it is pretty spot on.

    If Kavanaugh were 15 years younger, he’d be chanting “bros before hos”.

  111. @ic1000
    > I have you [Peter Akuleyev] on ignore, but everything you say seems cunty and combative.

    Anon-379 got me to review Peter Akuleyev's commenting history. He's pretty good at making relevant points intelligently. And I even agree with him about half the time! So I hope Anon-379 didn't hurt Pete's feelings.

    Peter Akuleyev may be intelligent but when HRC says, “time to drink the koolaid,” his Dixie cup will go bottoms up.

  112. @Flip
    And the Federal income tax and the Federal Reserve came in at about the same time.

    The direct election of senators really did take a lot of power away from the states as the senators were no longer accountable to the state legislatures.

    The loss of agency for the states within a federal structure was fatally wounded thereby. And the Federal Reserve was the return of the old National Bank controversies under Jackson. But in both cases, the ground had been prepared, & the outcome determined to a high degree.

    And to whose interest do these things conduce? Not to those of the citizenry.

  113. @Jack D
    This is how it always works in revolutions - you come in wanting to overthrow the establishment and come up with all sorts of ideological justifications why it is good to overthrow the establishment but then suddenly YOU are the establishment and overthrow doesn't seem like such a hot idea anymore when you are the overthrowee and not the overthrower. We see this now on the Left that has taken over our universities and institutions. Back in the day they were all for Free Speech because Free Speech meant denouncing the people in charge but now they are the people in charge so suddenly Free Speech doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore.

    Mao thought he had squared this circle with his idea of Continuous Revolution (for everyone except himself - no matter how continuous the revolution was, he was a constant) but it turns out that a Continuous Revolution is the same thing as Continuous Chaos. Even if the government in charge is not optimal, there is a high value in stability.

    Revolutions have a really, really high price attached to them so the people should only exercise this option when things have gotten really, really bad and it is worth paying the price in blood and treasure. Also, keep in mind that every revolution is a roll of the dice that what comes next is not even worse than what came before. The US came up lucky on its Revolution but there's no assurance that we'd be so lucky this time because we don't have the same population as we did back then.

    Sadly, all true, Jack.

    The Founders, certainly not free from self-interested motives, nonetheless were historically well grounded, and tried their best to account for the erosive effect of the flaws of human nature on any political construct through the balancing of forces. But whenever vigilance flags, ground is lost, and sometimes almost irretrievably so.

  114. @Henry's Cat
    What's the pay like on the Supreme Court? Can you continue extra-curricular activities like lecturing and teaching?

    It is common for them to teach summer law school classes for $100,000 plus first class travel expenses to Italy, London etc.

  115. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Dudley played 16 years in the NBA despite being kind of uncoordinated.

    He actually wasn’t that uncoordinated. He was quite athletic, especially for his size, and could run the floor. He was by no means a stiff like Will Perdue. But his terrible shooting completely neutralized his abilities. He could be defended aggressively and fouled with impunity because he wasn’t going to make his free throws. If he was a decent free throw shooter, he could’ve been an option offensively in the low post. It’s a mystery how a fairly athletic white guy who presumably has been playing basketball his whole life can be that bad at free throws. It’s very unusual.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    It’s the Steve Blass/Steve Sax/Rick Ankiel thing. Hopefully not going to be known as the Jordan Speith thing.

    Dudley’s shooting technique does resemble Barkley’s golf swing.
  116. @dvorak

    One theory is that the whole fracas/farce was intended to dissuade any conservative-leaning jurist from agreeing to be a candidate for the Supreme Court.
     
    In our post-Marbury v. Madison system, the 9 robe-wearers are sovereign over USG, which in turn rules 3/4 of the world in a Pax Americana.

    The sheer power. There will be no shortage of applicants.

    Marbury v. Madison didn’t change anything. Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It’s unavoidable.

    You’re talking about something other than judicial review. You’re talking about the other branches deferring to the Supreme Court. Marbury doesn’t have a damn thing to do with that.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    The Founders originally intended the courts to be independent. When the Constitution was enacted in 1787 there weren't even any political parties, hence they had no problems with authorizing the head of the executive branch to appoint SCOTUS judges with the ok of the legislative branch (in this case the Senate) in accordance with Article II, Section 2. By the election of 1800 that horse already left the barn, with the final nail on the coffin being the Bork farce of 1987, led by Senator Breaststroke from Massachusetts. Sad to say, but the SCOTUS is by now shot full of politics and it's probably permanent. Wherever he is, Madison is weeping.
    , @Anonymous

    Marbury v. Madison didn’t change anything.
     
    Why they always citing it?

    Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It’s unavoidable.
     
    Like the Holy Q’ran?
  117. @Jack D
    They make around $250K/yr which is nothing compared to what they could make in private practice with their skills. Outside income is limited because you can't do anything that would be a conflict of interest in any matter that might come before the court. You go on the S. Ct. because it is very prestigious, not because it is a money making opportunity. Lawyers who are motivated mainly by money can do much much better elsewhere. $250k/yr in Washington doesn't make you poor, but you can't live in the lap of luxury either.

    That’s 250K for the rest of your life, with the best benefits. They get 3 months off every year. And during the 9 month working season, clerks do most of the work.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    All true but any one of the Justices could be easily be making 4x that amount as "of counsel" rainmakers for some DC firm with an appellate practice. Or as a law school dean or president of a university or big non-profit or giving speeches on the lecture tour or writing candid memoirs or whatever. There are a dozen ways they could cash in for more $ if they were motivated primarily by $. And the justices work plenty hard even though they have clerks.

    Power is BETTER than $ and Supreme Ct. justices are among the most powerful and prestigious people in America. If it was just $, then they could retire and keep their full salary but as you can see from RBG, many justices want to cling to power, which is a powerful narcotic and even better than $ to some people.
  118. @The Alarmist
    The "witness" who saw him "black out" is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout. Verdict: Inconclusive for criminal charges, but enough for a Senator to vote to not confirm.

    A blackout is a form of amnesia and isn’t directly observable. Passing out is indistinguishable from sleep. They can call him a drunk, but can only speculate on or infer his mental state.

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @ben tillman

    A blackout is a form of amnesia and isn’t directly observable. Passing out is indistinguishable from sleep. They can call him a drunk, but can only speculate on or infer his mental state.
     
    Unless he told him he had blacked out.
  119. @Lot
    This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    http://www.shadolsonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BLASEY-GOFUNDME-660x400.jpg

    This combined with the Eric cantor windfall should have clued the public in to how this business works but I’m afraid no one noticed.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt

    This combined with the Eric cantor windfall should have clued the public in to how this business works but I’m afraid no one noticed.

     

    Eli Whitney:

    Interchangeable parts -- perhaps others deserve credit for that.

    US Congress:

    Interchangeable whores -- oldest profession.
  120. @Anonymous
    My problem with this sort of originalism is that it ignores that subsequent to the initial founding, the US Congress added new states carved from land that was gained by the federal whole with national treasure (Louisiana Purchase, Alaska, Gadsden) or blood (Mexican Cession). That alone means that most states were created as essentially administrative jurisdictions of the US.

    That’s what King George III said.

  121. @The Alarmist
    The "witness" who saw him "black out" is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout. Verdict: Inconclusive for criminal charges, but enough for a Senator to vote to not confirm.

    The “witness” who saw him “black out” is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout.

    What do you mean? The condition is self-reported, not diagnosed by someone else.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    You could testify that K confessed to being blacked out.

    "Friend": "Hey K, that sure was a lot of fun last night. I loved it when you threw that glass of ice in the face of that jerk. That really took balls - that guy was built like a linebacker."

    K: "What are you talking about? I don't remember doing that. I don't remember anything that happened yesterday. The last thing I remember is leaving my dorm room and then this morning I woke up in puddle of piss on the floor of the bathroom and I don't remember anything in between. WHAT did you say I did?"
    , @HA
    What do you mean? The condition is self-reported,...

    Yeah, for uproarious fun and profit, apparently:

    https://youtu.be/xZFZhzfy98I?t=74
  122. @anon
    A blackout is a form of amnesia and isn't directly observable. Passing out is indistinguishable from sleep. They can call him a drunk, but can only speculate on or infer his mental state.

    A blackout is a form of amnesia and isn’t directly observable. Passing out is indistinguishable from sleep. They can call him a drunk, but can only speculate on or infer his mental state.

    Unless he told him he had blacked out.

  123. @anon
    Over 1/2 done. Democrats won't be satisfied unless Kavanaugh is withdrawn, so there is no reason to expect anything but more of the same. Demand for more investigations. Another weak accuser emerging from the woodwork.

    The ninth seat on the Supreme Court is the swivel seat. And in their minds they own it, which is why they’ll fight tooth and nail. Over the past fifty years or so the Left Progs have achieved exactly NOTHING via the legislative process. Because the public knows that they are led by bizarro fringe groups operating out of academia and places like Palo Alto and the Upper West Side of Manhattan etc. Whatever they achieved was through the courts, from abortion through affirmative action through gay marriage. It’s either the courts or they’re up the creek, because the public won’t stand for their endless whining about “rights”. And if K is tossed overboard and Judge Amy is up, they’ll trash her too, just like they trashed K.

  124. @Uncle Remus
    A simple automobile accident would do the trick. "She ran off the road because she's so upset about almost being raped many years ago."

    …because she’s so upset about almost being raped many years ago.

    The gift that keeps on giving.

  125. @Mr. Anon

    Jeff Flake is running around threatening to derail Kav if such a thing is found. I guess he doesn’t realize how much this hurts the Republicans, or that any SCOTUS appointment is going to pretty much be Kav redux. But, he probably does realize this stuff.
     
    Flake has reportedly been making appearances in New Hampshire. I guess he figures that working hard to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and torpedoing GOP nominees to the Supreme Court will endear him to Republican voters. Kasich is up there too - another GOP presidential hopeful who isn't worth a bucket of warm spit.

    Kasich is up there too – another GOP presidential hopeful who isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

    He ran Ohio pretty well and was the architect of the 1990s USA balanced budget that Clinton gets credit for.

  126. @ben tillman
    Marbury v. Madison didn't change anything. Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It's unavoidable.

    You're talking about something other than judicial review. You're talking about the other branches deferring to the Supreme Court. Marbury doesn't have a damn thing to do with that.

    The Founders originally intended the courts to be independent. When the Constitution was enacted in 1787 there weren’t even any political parties, hence they had no problems with authorizing the head of the executive branch to appoint SCOTUS judges with the ok of the legislative branch (in this case the Senate) in accordance with Article II, Section 2. By the election of 1800 that horse already left the barn, with the final nail on the coffin being the Bork farce of 1987, led by Senator Breaststroke from Massachusetts. Sad to say, but the SCOTUS is by now shot full of politics and it’s probably permanent. Wherever he is, Madison is weeping.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    There is politics going on in Washington? I am shocked, I tell you, shocked.

    The Supreme Court was always political. It was a convenient fiction to pretend that it wasn't, because this gave more legitimacy to its rulings. The S. Ct. justices were demi-gods who lived in the clouds, far above the fray of partisan politics, from the moment they put on the magic robes. As such, their rulings could not be questioned by anyone.

    This is not a healthy thing for adults to believe, not even healthy for the institution involved. Look what excess deference did for the Catholic Church.
  127. @dearieme
    " going out never came before ... maintaining our focus on our goals": does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?

    Only Ivy Leaguers.

  128. @Jack D
    They make around $250K/yr which is nothing compared to what they could make in private practice with their skills. Outside income is limited because you can't do anything that would be a conflict of interest in any matter that might come before the court. You go on the S. Ct. because it is very prestigious, not because it is a money making opportunity. Lawyers who are motivated mainly by money can do much much better elsewhere. $250k/yr in Washington doesn't make you poor, but you can't live in the lap of luxury either.

    “You go on the S. Ct. because it is very prestigious, ”

    And powerful.

    And your name goes down in history – think of it, many SC justices have become demigods.

  129. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    They dropped me off two blocks from my home. ‘No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl,’ he told me. Watching what has happened to Anita Hill and Dr. Ford has me petrified to come forward in person or even provide my name. A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me. Like Dr. Ford, I’m a teacher, I have an education, a family, a child, a home. I have credibility. Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn’t want to personally come forward, does not mean something can’t be true.
     
    This is like one of those hate hoaxes, in which the hoaxer speaks in his or her ridiculous caricature of the inner thoughts of an evil, handlebar mustache twirling Republican as he evilly does his dastardly deeds, evilly.

    This is like one of those hate hoaxes, in which the hoaxer speaks in his or her ridiculous caricature of the inner thoughts of an evil, handlebar mustache twirling Republican as he evilly does his dastardly deeds, evilly.

    “Avoid being bitches!” That one still makes me laugh.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/180189/

  130. @Simple Psuedonym
    How can you be so obtuse ? Is it deliberate ?

    What did you say to me?

  131. Flake strikes again:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/flake-may-vote-no-kavanaugh-regardless-fbi-findings

    At this time, I am pretty sure everyone in the state of Arizona should have their voting rights permanently revoked.

  132. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Speaking of our favorite real-life Bond villain:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/hero-survivors-who-confronted-jeff-flake-work-soros-funded-nonprofit

    Every. Single. Time.

    Flake is such a weenie. I could cut him some slack if he was still green but he’s been around long enough that he shouldn’t be so naive and easily manipulated by now. Truly pathetic.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    They're pushing on an open door. Flake is a Team NeverTrump RINO Neokahn Israel-Firster Open-Borders Now-I'm-Leaving-Congress-to-Receive-My-Ex-Post-Facto-Bribes Uncle Tom.

    His day is over; all he can do now is sabotage America for his Masters on his way out. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  133. @ben tillman

    The “witness” who saw him “black out” is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout.
     
    What do you mean? The condition is self-reported, not diagnosed by someone else.

    You could testify that K confessed to being blacked out.

    “Friend”: “Hey K, that sure was a lot of fun last night. I loved it when you threw that glass of ice in the face of that jerk. That really took balls – that guy was built like a linebacker.”

    K: “What are you talking about? I don’t remember doing that. I don’t remember anything that happened yesterday. The last thing I remember is leaving my dorm room and then this morning I woke up in puddle of piss on the floor of the bathroom and I don’t remember anything in between. WHAT did you say I did?”

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    You could testify that K confessed to being blacked out.
     
    Yes. I pointed that out in a separate comment.
  134. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    When you were young did you know that one day you’d be one of those prudish church-ladies lecturing everybody about beer-drinking and sex?

  135. @JimB
    GoFundMe seems like a great way to launder money paid for political dark ops.

    You’re a cynic.

  136. @Anonymous
    That's 250K for the rest of your life, with the best benefits. They get 3 months off every year. And during the 9 month working season, clerks do most of the work.

    All true but any one of the Justices could be easily be making 4x that amount as “of counsel” rainmakers for some DC firm with an appellate practice. Or as a law school dean or president of a university or big non-profit or giving speeches on the lecture tour or writing candid memoirs or whatever. There are a dozen ways they could cash in for more $ if they were motivated primarily by $. And the justices work plenty hard even though they have clerks.

    Power is BETTER than $ and Supreme Ct. justices are among the most powerful and prestigious people in America. If it was just $, then they could retire and keep their full salary but as you can see from RBG, many justices want to cling to power, which is a powerful narcotic and even better than $ to some people.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    All true but any one of the Justices could be easily be making 4x that amount as “of counsel” rainmakers for some DC firm with an appellate practice. Or as a law school dean or president of a university or big non-profit or giving speeches on the lecture tour or writing candid memoirs or whatever. There are a dozen ways they could cash in for more $ if they were motivated primarily by $. And the justices work plenty hard even though they have clerks.
     
    This is why I don't think Kav will withdraw.

    All of his available fallback options have been burned. If the Senate refuses consent, can he remain on the DC Circuit? Harvard has cancelled his classes.

    Which white-shoe in DC is going to hire a "probable gang rapist" as counsel to the firm and deal with the internal and external blowback? The left will target the firm's big publicly traded clients if it got that far, and there's enough cutthroat competition for those clients that there's no way they'd stay.

    Is he going to fight traffic tickets in Maryland municipal Court?

    When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.
     
  137. @ben tillman
    Marbury v. Madison didn't change anything. Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It's unavoidable.

    You're talking about something other than judicial review. You're talking about the other branches deferring to the Supreme Court. Marbury doesn't have a damn thing to do with that.

    Marbury v. Madison didn’t change anything.

    Why they always citing it?

    Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It’s unavoidable.

    Like the Holy Q’ran?

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    If a statute conflicts with the Constitution, the judge has to invalidate the statute or the Constitution.

    Why they always citing [Marbury v. Madison]?
     
    Because it's a BFD that the Court didn't invalidate the Constitution.
  138. @Michelle
    That is exactly what I am thinking! Talk about collusion! The first 2 accusers got discredited by association. Too bad Brett can't just admit that he liked to party and drink himself silly, but no longer engages in such behavior now that he is the Grand Poobah. He probably has some MeToo memories, himself, having been a Catholic boy once.

    Amusing that no one bothers asking if youve ever smoked pot anymore ? Doesnt go down well with the democrats constituents, and the pubs dont want to appear parochial.

    The new tests are white male boozing and sex. Homosexuals, drug addicts, juvenile crime all acceptable now.

    Who whom

  139. @reiner Tor
    White women care less about the issue than white men. White men both support and oppose him in larger numbers, see the previous tweet. White women choose "don't know" more than either of the other two answers.

    White women care less about the issue than white men.

    Exactly. I would much more interested in how he treats his daughters today than in what he did at a party thirty years ago.

  140. @anon
    Its a job interview, right?

    The best tactic is to make the next candidate appear worse.


    She has written and spoken frequently about the importance of her Catholic faith and in her belief that life begins at conception. That has led both supporters and detractors to believe she would be a solid vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Some Republican strategists also think it would be smart for President Trump to appoint a conservative woman to the Supreme Court if battles over abortion and religion are coming.

     

    The COF would find her intolerable. There would be no reason to bother pretending to examine her on the merits. Plus, she is 46 and will outlast all of us. They lose Kav as an issue if that matters.

    The upside is that she’s quite the comely lassie, particularly for a woman of 45-46 in a high stress occupation. The “optics” of sour old hags trying to beat up on her would be primo.

    Also, imagine a picture of Barrett between Sotamayor and Kagan, looking like a veritable Snow White between two evil stepsisters.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    The down side is she's an immigration cuck waiting to happen. She didn't even protect the borders of her own nuclear family.

    The down side is way more important than anything else.

  141. The most sickening story so far is how a Dean from Catholic University, Will Rainford, is being treated. He made a innocuous tweet about Julie Swetnick (?!) not being a victim and his career is now in tatters.

    https://www.wral.com/catholic-university-dean-suspended-over-kavanaugh-tweet/17887928/

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Not just a tweet but a joke - that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull - big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.
    , @SafeNow
    Well, Swetnick was, after all, a hero! ...I clearly remember how she dived into the icy Potomac to rescue the drowning victim of that plane crash. (HaHa, a joke, about memory... That hero was Skutnick. I am explaining the joke for the benefit of those of you too young to know about Lenny Skutnick. Read about him; watch the youtube of Mr. Reagan introducing him at the State of the Union. Think about how great we were.)
  142. The conventional rules of evidence have been bent here so that a “witness” is someone who remembers Prof. Dr. saying something about the alleged incident.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The conventional rules of evidence have been bent here so that a “witness” is someone who remembers Prof. Dr. saying something about the alleged incident.
     
    Conventional Rules of evidence would have precluded Dr. Professor Ford's testimony in its entirety on the grounds of competence, because she is clearly unable either to have accurately perceived the events, or to accurately recall them.
  143. This is how it always works in revolutions – you come in wanting to overthrow the establishment and come up with all sorts of ideological justifications why it is good to overthrow the establishment but then suddenly YOU are the establishment and overthrow doesn’t seem like such a hot idea anymore when you are the overthrowee and not the overthrower.

    We see this now on the Left that has taken over our universities and institutions. Back in the day they were all for Free Speech because Free Speech meant denouncing the people in charge but now they are the people in charge so suddenly Free Speech doesn’t seem like such a good idea anymore.

    Aldous Huxley The Devils Of Loudun(1952):

    “In Communist Russia, in Fascist Italy, in Nazi germany, the exploiters of humanity’s fatal taste for herd-poison have followed an identical course. When in revolutionary opposition, they encouraged the mobs under their influence to become destructively violent. Later, when they had come to power, it was only in relation to foreigners and selected scapegoats that they permitted herd-intoxication to run its full course. having acquired a vested interest in the status quo, they now checked the descent into subhumanity at a point well this side of frenzy. For these neo-conservatives, mass-intoxication was chiefly valuable, henceforward, as a means for heightening their subjects’ suggestibility and so rendering them more docile to the expressions of authoritarian will. Being in a crowd is the best known antidote to independent thought. hence the dictators’ rooted objection to “mere psychology” and a private life. “intellectuals of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains.”

    Neo-conservatives — used by Aldous Huxley in 1952.

    • Agree: Coemgen
  144. Continuing with your Mr. Show posts from the other day.

  145. @Iberiano
    Looks like they are now trying to morph this into a perjury issue (on drinking?)...feds notoriously go after 1001 violations when the original underlying claim cannot be proven, or even could never have been proven--one of the motives those with ill intent have, to put people under oath about minor things, or things (like this) that materialize out of thin air 35 years later.

    I knew the perjury issue would be next...e.g. "He said he never blacked out from drinking...but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking...honestly is key and we must punish those who lie (even if it't not a lie)" someone like, but not necessarily Sen. Blumenthal.

    but we found one guy who said in fact, he did black out at least once from drinking…

    How does anyone prove you blacked out? “I saw you blacked out from drinking” “No, I wasn’t blacked out, I remember quite clearly, I was tired so I went to sleep…”

  146. @Jack D
    All true but any one of the Justices could be easily be making 4x that amount as "of counsel" rainmakers for some DC firm with an appellate practice. Or as a law school dean or president of a university or big non-profit or giving speeches on the lecture tour or writing candid memoirs or whatever. There are a dozen ways they could cash in for more $ if they were motivated primarily by $. And the justices work plenty hard even though they have clerks.

    Power is BETTER than $ and Supreme Ct. justices are among the most powerful and prestigious people in America. If it was just $, then they could retire and keep their full salary but as you can see from RBG, many justices want to cling to power, which is a powerful narcotic and even better than $ to some people.

    All true but any one of the Justices could be easily be making 4x that amount as “of counsel” rainmakers for some DC firm with an appellate practice. Or as a law school dean or president of a university or big non-profit or giving speeches on the lecture tour or writing candid memoirs or whatever. There are a dozen ways they could cash in for more $ if they were motivated primarily by $. And the justices work plenty hard even though they have clerks.

    This is why I don’t think Kav will withdraw.

    All of his available fallback options have been burned. If the Senate refuses consent, can he remain on the DC Circuit? Harvard has cancelled his classes.

    Which white-shoe in DC is going to hire a “probable gang rapist” as counsel to the firm and deal with the internal and external blowback? The left will target the firm’s big publicly traded clients if it got that far, and there’s enough cutthroat competition for those clients that there’s no way they’d stay.

    Is he going to fight traffic tickets in Maryland municipal Court?

    When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.

  147. @Thea
    This combined with the Eric cantor windfall should have clued the public in to how this business works but I’m afraid no one noticed.

    This combined with the Eric cantor windfall should have clued the public in to how this business works but I’m afraid no one noticed.

    Eli Whitney:

    Interchangeable parts — perhaps others deserve credit for that.

    US Congress:

    Interchangeable whores — oldest profession.

  148. @International Jew
    The conventional rules of evidence have been bent here so that a "witness" is someone who remembers Prof. Dr. saying something about the alleged incident.

    The conventional rules of evidence have been bent here so that a “witness” is someone who remembers Prof. Dr. saying something about the alleged incident.

    Conventional Rules of evidence would have precluded Dr. Professor Ford’s testimony in its entirety on the grounds of competence, because she is clearly unable either to have accurately perceived the events, or to accurately recall them.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  149. @gregor
    Flake is such a weenie. I could cut him some slack if he was still green but he’s been around long enough that he shouldn’t be so naive and easily manipulated by now. Truly pathetic.

    They’re pushing on an open door. Flake is a Team NeverTrump RINO Neokahn Israel-Firster Open-Borders Now-I’m-Leaving-Congress-to-Receive-My-Ex-Post-Facto-Bribes Uncle Tom.

    His day is over; all he can do now is sabotage America for his Masters on his way out. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  150. @Jack D
    The real game (the only game) was to persuade Flake and a few other swing Senators to vote no or to keep calling for endless investigations. It remains to be seen if that game is going to work. Nothing that K has said rises to the level that any prosecutor, even a Dem, would ever bring to trial. Are you really going to have a trial on the meaning of "boofing", so perjury (as an actual crime and not just a political accusation) is not really in play here.

    Flake is playing a dangerous game - he may think that he is positioning himself for the White House as the "moderate" alternative to Trump and someone who is going to be more appealing to swing white voters than the hard leftist that the Dems are going to run next. He is betting that Trump will go down in flames by 2020 and won't seek/won't be able to seek a 2nd term and that the party will turn to him as its savior, the one R who is not contaminated by association with Trump. But, if he succeeds in taking down K he is going to end up despised by the Republican base (both the GOPe and the Trump voters) and have zero chance of winning the primaries even if Trump is in Leavenworth. His only chance would be as a 3rd party candidate and 3rd party candidates in US politics invariably end up as spoilers for their own (former) party and never in office.

    Flake is leaving office because his fundraising effort to finance a primary campaign failed with Republican partisans leaving scads of rude comments on his Facebook page.

    Rick Santorum ran for president after being shuffled out of Congress; however, he had lost a general election campaign in inclement circumstances; Republican voters didn’t have issues with him, there just weren’t enough of them in 2006. His presidential campaign challenged Mitt Romney, the sort of candidate whose support is of the ‘mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep’ variety.

    So, Flake’s dead meat in Arizona but challenging an incumbent president whose job approval among Republicans bounces around 85% and who can garner a five-digit audience in an arena on a school night. And he’s going to get street cred with Republican voters by shivving a judicial nominee that any one of the last 4 Republican presidents might have nominated and doing so after the man has been shamefully slandered and libeled by Democratic pols. Wm. Kristol fancies this is a capital idea, because, you know, everyone loves a self-appointed hall monitor.

    • Replies: @anon
    Male Becky.
    , @Jack D
    Flake is betting that Trump will somehow be destroyed. Obviously he has no chance so long as Trump remains standing. But Trump is like Cassetti in Murder on the Orient Express where EVERYONE on the train (the train being the Washington power structure - that he is popular with the masses is irrelevant) has a motive for killing him (in Trump's case, killing his political career but I would not rule out physical elimination either) so it is not a completely farfetched bet. And as I said before, if Trump goes down, a lot of Republicans go down with him, while Flake has kept himself "clean" and is (in his mind at least) well positioned to be the white knight of the party (and a "moderate" with supposed appeal to "moderate Democrats" (e.g. white ladies) in the general election, such appeal being enhanced by keeping the rapist K off the Supreme Ct.)

    Now I don't think it is going to play out in this way - far from it, but Flake might think so.

  151. anon[599] • Disclaimer says:

    OT:

    “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

    The online retailer also said it would now lobby in Washington D.C. for an increase in the federal minimum wage and urged its competitors to follow its lead as the union-led “Fight for Fifteen” movement pushes for higher remuneration.

    Amazon is always automating its warehouses. Plus, Fed chairman said that businesses are reporting a shortage of skilled workers.

    This puts competitors at a disadvantage helps them. recruit and retain employees and softens their image. $15/hour would devastate many small business.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Bezos: I have some good news and some bad news.

    Public: Tell us the good news first.

    Bezos: The good news is that we are going to pay all of our employees at least $15/hr and we are going to pressure the government to force all of our competitors to do the same!

    Public: And the bad news?

    Bezos: Each of our warehouses is only going to have 1 employee from now on, so this raise will only apply to 10 people. All the work will be done by robots.
  152. @Achilles
    There are rumors of some sort of dossier being passed around about Kavanaugh.

    Apparently a former staffer of Senator Feinstein's collected millions of dollars from the Clinton Foundation, George Soros and other high-dollar donors in order to hire Fusion GPS to compile the dossier.

    Anonymous sources listed in the dossier allege that Dudley was actually an excellent free throw shooter, but that Kavanaugh taught him how to intentionally miss free throws in a manner that did not arouse suspicion. The dossier alleges this was part of a vast point-shaving and gang-raping conspiracy that extended from high school to college to the NBA.

    Speculation is that a special counsel has been appointed under a sealed mandate to investigate the allegations contained in the dossier.

    The idea is to prosecute Dudley for point-shaving in an effort to pressure him to flip against Kavanaugh on the gang-rape allegations.

    Further, it is hoped that NSA database searches of Kavanaugh associates Judge, PJ and Squi will similarly turn up evidence of other crimes that can be used to pressure them to testify against Kavanaugh.

    If the FBI can find proof that Kavanaugh met a Russian at some point during his life, even at a public party, then he’s a commie and must be rejected while Mueller indicts him.

  153. @Art Deco
    Flake is leaving office because his fundraising effort to finance a primary campaign failed with Republican partisans leaving scads of rude comments on his Facebook page.

    Rick Santorum ran for president after being shuffled out of Congress; however, he had lost a general election campaign in inclement circumstances; Republican voters didn't have issues with him, there just weren't enough of them in 2006. His presidential campaign challenged Mitt Romney, the sort of candidate whose support is of the 'mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep' variety.

    So, Flake's dead meat in Arizona but challenging an incumbent president whose job approval among Republicans bounces around 85% and who can garner a five-digit audience in an arena on a school night. And he's going to get street cred with Republican voters by shivving a judicial nominee that any one of the last 4 Republican presidents might have nominated and doing so after the man has been shamefully slandered and libeled by Democratic pols. Wm. Kristol fancies this is a capital idea, because, you know, everyone loves a self-appointed hall monitor.

    Male Becky.

  154. In 2010, Chris Dudley was the Republican nominee for Oregon Governor.

    • Replies: @Cooption
    Oregon is pretty reactionary historically. No blacks or jews, still minimal hispanicry. Just some SJ dubs in Portland who watched too much netflix, wanted to do the hipster thing, couldnt afford brooklyn or san fran etc.
  155. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    The upside is that she's quite the comely lassie, particularly for a woman of 45-46 in a high stress occupation. The "optics" of sour old hags trying to beat up on her would be primo.

    Also, imagine a picture of Barrett between Sotamayor and Kagan, looking like a veritable Snow White between two evil stepsisters.

    The down side is she’s an immigration cuck waiting to happen. She didn’t even protect the borders of her own nuclear family.

    The down side is way more important than anything else.

  156. @Prester John
    The Founders originally intended the courts to be independent. When the Constitution was enacted in 1787 there weren't even any political parties, hence they had no problems with authorizing the head of the executive branch to appoint SCOTUS judges with the ok of the legislative branch (in this case the Senate) in accordance with Article II, Section 2. By the election of 1800 that horse already left the barn, with the final nail on the coffin being the Bork farce of 1987, led by Senator Breaststroke from Massachusetts. Sad to say, but the SCOTUS is by now shot full of politics and it's probably permanent. Wherever he is, Madison is weeping.

    There is politics going on in Washington? I am shocked, I tell you, shocked.

    The Supreme Court was always political. It was a convenient fiction to pretend that it wasn’t, because this gave more legitimacy to its rulings. The S. Ct. justices were demi-gods who lived in the clouds, far above the fray of partisan politics, from the moment they put on the magic robes. As such, their rulings could not be questioned by anyone.

    This is not a healthy thing for adults to believe, not even healthy for the institution involved. Look what excess deference did for the Catholic Church.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    True enough about the politics. As indicated, it started going downhill early in the 19th century with the emergence of political parties (not contemplated by The Founders, hence not even referred to in the Constitution). As to the "deference", well, keep in mind that the citizens--"We the People"--have that one bullet left, It's called the amending process (I recall Bork making that point in an interview many years ago).
  157. @Reg Cæsar

    Hell, you didn’t see Dee Snyder or Frank Zappa lawyered up when they testified about their opposition to Al Gore’s witch-hunting and planned censorship of music
     
    Parental advisory stickers on CDs are witch-hunting and censorship? Jeez...

    And it wasn't Al, it was Tipper. Are you old enough to remember this period?

    Those hearings and to-do were about more than just stickers. Some involved were interested in keeping people under a certain age from purchasing records deemed unwholesome, which most certainly is a form of censorship. If I cannot buy a record by Iron Maiden because some chunky busybody disagrees with my parents’ decision that I can appreciate “Two Minutes To Midnight” at the age of thirteen, a modicum of censorship exists, since now I must have my parents purchase records for me. Fundamentally,the wholecrusade was about the gubmint trying to take on the rôle properly reserved for the parent (isn’t it always in such cases?).

    Tipper all by her lonesome huh? Not Al? I know they say married couples begin to favour each other after awhile, but this is ridiculous: she even sounds just like him:

    (Yes, I remember this stuff. I was exactly at the age when it most affected me…or would have if the busybodies had gotten their way.)

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    So how is this different from tobacco? Thirteen-year-olds have to ask their parents to buy that, too. And can get in trouble if they do.

    Some of the commenters on this site want to ban pit bulls. That seems a lot tougher than getting mom's permission to buy some amoral global corporation's latest attempt to make a buck (or quid) selling schlock to kids.
  158. @Art Deco
    Flake is leaving office because his fundraising effort to finance a primary campaign failed with Republican partisans leaving scads of rude comments on his Facebook page.

    Rick Santorum ran for president after being shuffled out of Congress; however, he had lost a general election campaign in inclement circumstances; Republican voters didn't have issues with him, there just weren't enough of them in 2006. His presidential campaign challenged Mitt Romney, the sort of candidate whose support is of the 'mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep' variety.

    So, Flake's dead meat in Arizona but challenging an incumbent president whose job approval among Republicans bounces around 85% and who can garner a five-digit audience in an arena on a school night. And he's going to get street cred with Republican voters by shivving a judicial nominee that any one of the last 4 Republican presidents might have nominated and doing so after the man has been shamefully slandered and libeled by Democratic pols. Wm. Kristol fancies this is a capital idea, because, you know, everyone loves a self-appointed hall monitor.

    Flake is betting that Trump will somehow be destroyed. Obviously he has no chance so long as Trump remains standing. But Trump is like Cassetti in Murder on the Orient Express where EVERYONE on the train (the train being the Washington power structure – that he is popular with the masses is irrelevant) has a motive for killing him (in Trump’s case, killing his political career but I would not rule out physical elimination either) so it is not a completely farfetched bet. And as I said before, if Trump goes down, a lot of Republicans go down with him, while Flake has kept himself “clean” and is (in his mind at least) well positioned to be the white knight of the party (and a “moderate” with supposed appeal to “moderate Democrats” (e.g. white ladies) in the general election, such appeal being enhanced by keeping the rapist K off the Supreme Ct.)

    Now I don’t think it is going to play out in this way – far from it, but Flake might think so.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    No clue what he thinks. I'm not sure he's making a realistic appraisal of anything. If he's channelling Wm. Kristol, he's going to shlep around New Hampshire telling Republicans he'll teach them to be better people. That'll sell about as well as rotten cabbage.

    During the 19th century, it was atypical for a VP who had succeeded to the office to be returned to it. A succession of them were shunted aside by both parties. These aside, we've had three incumbents subject to important intraparty challenges. One was an alcoholic who'd presided over an electoral disaster in 1854, one was challenged by his predecessor over serious policy disagreements, and one was a VP who'd succeeded to the office who seemingly had no clue how the ground had been shifting under his feet. None of these scenarios are in the offing, so Flake must be expecting some other asteroid to hit.
  159. @Mr. Anon

    ” going out never came before … maintaining our focus on our goals”: does everyone in the US now speak such corporate shite?
     
    Sadly, yes. Vernacular american has become thoroughly suffused with the verbal styles of corporate HR offices, corporate press releases, self-help gurus, and TV talking-heads.

    “Vernacular american has become thoroughly suffused with the verbal styles of corporate HR offices…”

    If you haven’t seen “ask” used as a noun to mean “question”, get ready. It’s apparently all the rage in HR jargon.

    Example: ” Could we meet later? I have an ask about the project scope.”

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    If you haven’t seen “ask” used as a noun to mean “question”, get ready. It’s apparently all the rage in HR jargon.

    Example: ” Could we meet later? I have an ask about the project scope.”
     
    Great. I hate it already.
  160. @Morris Applebaum IV
    The most sickening story so far is how a Dean from Catholic University, Will Rainford, is being treated. He made a innocuous tweet about Julie Swetnick (?!) not being a victim and his career is now in tatters.

    https://www.wral.com/catholic-university-dean-suspended-over-kavanaugh-tweet/17887928/

    Not just a tweet but a joke – that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull – big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.

    • Replies: @Simple Psuedonym
    ....so yur saying this bish pedo'd the kav ??
    , @Alec Leamas

    Not just a tweet but a joke – that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull – big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.
     
    Paradoxically, if the Ketterer allegations are true about her enthusiasm for multi guy gangbangs going back to her high school days are true, I find it more plausible that she was at wild parties as a college student with high school age boys. It would be a good way to be semi-anonymous and get that particular itch scratched.

    That said, heterosexual Catholic Prep school boys, and teen boys in general, would probably find more than one erect member in a room as way too gay or gay adjacent for comfort. That would be way out there, edge of Al Goldstein level porn in the early 1980s, which probably means not within the realm of imagination of these kids.
  161. @reiner Tor
    I read an article somewhere (linked under one of Steve's blog posts at the beginning of the thread) claiming that he obviously committed perjury, and I largely agreed with the article for about half an hour. Then I started having my doubts. I came back to check the answers by other commenters, and they pushed me further away from believing he committed perjury. I now doubt he lied anywhere. He also didn't say he had been a choirboy as a teenager or a college student. So where did he lie?

    I now doubt he lied anywhere. He also didn’t say he had been a choirboy as a teenager or a college student. So where did he lie?

    It’s the stupidest sort of bad lawyer trick – taking only part of the transcript of Kavanaugh’s answers to show that he perjured himself, where the remainder shows that he definitely did not. He’s been charitable to himself in some cases – giving the best possible account of his youthful behavior – but none of it was a lie.

  162. @Jack D
    Not just a tweet but a joke - that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull - big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.

    ….so yur saying this bish pedo’d the kav ??

  163. I get how their may be little corroborating evidence. It was a long time ago, only 3 witnesses allegedly, 2 with motives to lie. And she tried to act like nothing happened.

    I also get not going to authorities or telling people generally. Although girlfriends you’d think she’d have mentioned it.

    And some kids you may not want your parents to know. You shouldn’t have been out drinking. But her parents? Aside from political differences they seem like decent people by most accounts. Maybe her brothers were favored. But drinking by teens is completely accepted by the country club set. She partied at the beach all the time. Why wouldn’t she even mention this to her parents.

    And if that milieu bothered her, why go to UNC.

    Btw my fraternity brother was apparently a good friend. From a WaPo article he evidently asked her why want she getting her shit together by the time she was a junior. He persuaded her to become a Psych Major. And she did to some degree succeed at that. But I digress.

    In any event, if I’m FBI I ask why didn’t you confide in girlfriends or parents. Then interview the girlfriends and family. I think they wouldn’t have been cold to her and if she feared telling them she may have had some unjustified fears. I’m not so sure she’s lying as she is now completely discombulated and doesn’t know. Or she may be lying. Or something like this happened but she couldn’t gauge actual intentions what was really going on. Kav may have been a dick but just trying to scare a kid slightly.

  164. @countenance
    In 2010, Chris Dudley was the Republican nominee for Oregon Governor.

    Oregon is pretty reactionary historically. No blacks or jews, still minimal hispanicry. Just some SJ dubs in Portland who watched too much netflix, wanted to do the hipster thing, couldnt afford brooklyn or san fran etc.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    “Hippie rednecks.”
  165. @Dtbb
    Similar to Ron DeSantis ads asking for your vote because he was on the team that won the Little League World Series around 30 years ago. No mention that his opponent is a socialist.

    Little league world series is pretty iconic. It can’t hurt.

    Actually more dangerous than Gillum is the referendum giving felons voting rights. It looks likely to pass. How stupid are these people that they want their vote diluted by robbers and murderers?

    • Replies: @Corn
    “How stupid are these people that they want their vote diluted by robbers and murderers?”

    Sheriffs and judges can compete for the ex-felon vote. Great!
  166. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    Your confidence is exceeded only by your cluelessness. You can’t perjure yourself merely by presenting yourself in a misleadingly favorable way. That’s what lawyers coach their witnesses to do and what Ford’s lawyers were doing when she was supposedly driving from California. You have to testify falsely to some specific material fact. In that regard, Kavanaugh didn’t deny that he often drank to excess when he was younger. He merely denied that he ever “blacked out” as a result of drinking or got so drunk that he woke up the next morning having forgotten what had happened the previous day. So you’re wrong both as to the law and the facts. On the plus side, I see a future for you as a panelist on virtually any network other than Fox.

  167. @22pp22
    How can a country like this stay together?

    I am not even American and this is messing with my head.

    What are the odds of political violence in the next decade?

    It is starting to feel like Weimar Germany to me, with the Left and Right fighting in the streets, or maybe the Spanish Republic. I think the Right ultimately wins after they develop more backbone.

  168. @Jack D
    Flake is betting that Trump will somehow be destroyed. Obviously he has no chance so long as Trump remains standing. But Trump is like Cassetti in Murder on the Orient Express where EVERYONE on the train (the train being the Washington power structure - that he is popular with the masses is irrelevant) has a motive for killing him (in Trump's case, killing his political career but I would not rule out physical elimination either) so it is not a completely farfetched bet. And as I said before, if Trump goes down, a lot of Republicans go down with him, while Flake has kept himself "clean" and is (in his mind at least) well positioned to be the white knight of the party (and a "moderate" with supposed appeal to "moderate Democrats" (e.g. white ladies) in the general election, such appeal being enhanced by keeping the rapist K off the Supreme Ct.)

    Now I don't think it is going to play out in this way - far from it, but Flake might think so.

    No clue what he thinks. I’m not sure he’s making a realistic appraisal of anything. If he’s channelling Wm. Kristol, he’s going to shlep around New Hampshire telling Republicans he’ll teach them to be better people. That’ll sell about as well as rotten cabbage.

    During the 19th century, it was atypical for a VP who had succeeded to the office to be returned to it. A succession of them were shunted aside by both parties. These aside, we’ve had three incumbents subject to important intraparty challenges. One was an alcoholic who’d presided over an electoral disaster in 1854, one was challenged by his predecessor over serious policy disagreements, and one was a VP who’d succeeded to the office who seemingly had no clue how the ground had been shifting under his feet. None of these scenarios are in the offing, so Flake must be expecting some other asteroid to hit.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    In a Trump is impeached/ country shifts to the Left in a backlash against discredited Trumpism scenario (the fantasy of Dems and never Trumpers), Pence is left out in the cold as too closely connected to discredited Trumpism. In the Flake version of this, Flake rides into the breach and saves the day as the candidate who is not contaminated by Trump and who has crossover appeal to moderate white women who aren't down with the Democrat nominee, Ocasio-Cortez.
    , @gsjackson
    "...he's going to schlep around New Hampshire telling Republicans he's going to teach them to be better people."

    'Parson' John Anderson in 1980 comes to mind. The media knocked themselves out for him, since Reagan was completely unacceptable and Israel had given thumbs down on Carter, but very few real people were buying the sanctimony.
  169. @anon

    “I was with Brett frequently in college, whether it be in the gym, in class or socializing. I never ever saw Brett blackout. Not one time,” Dudley said. “I would also like to point out that going out never came before working hard and maintaining our focus on our goals.”

     

    “And furthermore. Who the hell is Chad Ludington? While I was playing over a decade in the NBA (?) guarding the likes of Shaq O’Neill and Pat Ewing, WTF did his sorry ass do?”

    -C. Dudley

    • Replies: @anonymous
    Chad Ludington was James Spader’s character in Pretty in Pink? Or is he the fiancé of Tom Hanks’ love interest in Bachelor Party?
  170. @anon
    Its a job interview, right?

    The best tactic is to make the next candidate appear worse.


    She has written and spoken frequently about the importance of her Catholic faith and in her belief that life begins at conception. That has led both supporters and detractors to believe she would be a solid vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Some Republican strategists also think it would be smart for President Trump to appoint a conservative woman to the Supreme Court if battles over abortion and religion are coming.

     

    The COF would find her intolerable. There would be no reason to bother pretending to examine her on the merits. Plus, she is 46 and will outlast all of us. They lose Kav as an issue if that matters.

    Trump is probably saving Judge Barrett for Ginsburg’s seat.

  171. @Cooption
    Oregon is pretty reactionary historically. No blacks or jews, still minimal hispanicry. Just some SJ dubs in Portland who watched too much netflix, wanted to do the hipster thing, couldnt afford brooklyn or san fran etc.

    “Hippie rednecks.”

  172. @Jack D
    There is politics going on in Washington? I am shocked, I tell you, shocked.

    The Supreme Court was always political. It was a convenient fiction to pretend that it wasn't, because this gave more legitimacy to its rulings. The S. Ct. justices were demi-gods who lived in the clouds, far above the fray of partisan politics, from the moment they put on the magic robes. As such, their rulings could not be questioned by anyone.

    This is not a healthy thing for adults to believe, not even healthy for the institution involved. Look what excess deference did for the Catholic Church.

    True enough about the politics. As indicated, it started going downhill early in the 19th century with the emergence of political parties (not contemplated by The Founders, hence not even referred to in the Constitution). As to the “deference”, well, keep in mind that the citizens–“We the People”–have that one bullet left, It’s called the amending process (I recall Bork making that point in an interview many years ago).

  173. @Art Deco
    No clue what he thinks. I'm not sure he's making a realistic appraisal of anything. If he's channelling Wm. Kristol, he's going to shlep around New Hampshire telling Republicans he'll teach them to be better people. That'll sell about as well as rotten cabbage.

    During the 19th century, it was atypical for a VP who had succeeded to the office to be returned to it. A succession of them were shunted aside by both parties. These aside, we've had three incumbents subject to important intraparty challenges. One was an alcoholic who'd presided over an electoral disaster in 1854, one was challenged by his predecessor over serious policy disagreements, and one was a VP who'd succeeded to the office who seemingly had no clue how the ground had been shifting under his feet. None of these scenarios are in the offing, so Flake must be expecting some other asteroid to hit.

    In a Trump is impeached/ country shifts to the Left in a backlash against discredited Trumpism scenario (the fantasy of Dems and never Trumpers), Pence is left out in the cold as too closely connected to discredited Trumpism. In the Flake version of this, Flake rides into the breach and saves the day as the candidate who is not contaminated by Trump and who has crossover appeal to moderate white women who aren’t down with the Democrat nominee, Ocasio-Cortez.

  174. Yes, because who can forget that the idea was, Prof. Ford would testify, and ”then” someone would say, “Oh, NOW I remember, I in fact was there and saw the whole thing while I happened to be peeping through a hole in the wall at all the action?”

    “Why am I considered a radical extremist?” – Steve Sailer.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    I’m asking for a friend … if a person from Bethesda were to remember this incident really well how much GoFundMe shekels would that be worth, theoretically?
  175. @Lot
    This is not a little issue with her testimony:

    http://www.shadolsonshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BLASEY-GOFUNDME-660x400.jpg

    Go fund me would ban a campaign for kavnaough because it’s ‘hate’ .

  176. Identity politics gives birth to identity law like a sow gives birth to a piglet.

  177. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Speaking of our favorite real-life Bond villain:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/hero-survivors-who-confronted-jeff-flake-work-soros-funded-nonprofit

    Every. Single. Time.

    Not only that, Anna Maria Archila (one of the elevator screamers) used to run New York’s ‘Make The Road’ organization.

    Make The Road are advocates for (Hispanic) illegal aliens. They collect millions from taxpayers via Council Member Items, as well as grants for ‘voter registration'(an old scam), teaching English to immigrants(another scam), and ‘computer’ courses ( That is, MTR has banks of desktop computers that no one ever uses).

    Their ‘members’ are supposed to pay dues, but MTR don’t need the money ( thanks to you and me) and their tens of 1,000s of ‘members’ are a lie anyway; you see the same 30-40 burnt-and-pissed-on Central Americans banging on plastic buckets at every rally they attend.

    I used to have dealings with Anna Maria quite often. She hated me because I used the term ‘illegal immigrant’ ( Also because I’m a blanquito). I would’ve said ‘illegal alien,’ but I was supposed to be working for a Progressive CM after all…

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type. I suppose this has no bearing on her claim that she was raped, but given who she is, the whole event in the elevator seemed staged to me. Flake is a snake.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbKQu6ww05s
    , @ben tillman

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type. I suppose this has no bearing on her claim that she was raped, but given who she is, the whole event in the elevator seemed staged to me. Flake is a snake.
     
    Of course. The story makes no sense otherwise. No man would find her story of any relevance to the proceedings.
  178. @Jack D
    The real game (the only game) was to persuade Flake and a few other swing Senators to vote no or to keep calling for endless investigations. It remains to be seen if that game is going to work. Nothing that K has said rises to the level that any prosecutor, even a Dem, would ever bring to trial. Are you really going to have a trial on the meaning of "boofing", so perjury (as an actual crime and not just a political accusation) is not really in play here.

    Flake is playing a dangerous game - he may think that he is positioning himself for the White House as the "moderate" alternative to Trump and someone who is going to be more appealing to swing white voters than the hard leftist that the Dems are going to run next. He is betting that Trump will go down in flames by 2020 and won't seek/won't be able to seek a 2nd term and that the party will turn to him as its savior, the one R who is not contaminated by association with Trump. But, if he succeeds in taking down K he is going to end up despised by the Republican base (both the GOPe and the Trump voters) and have zero chance of winning the primaries even if Trump is in Leavenworth. His only chance would be as a 3rd party candidate and 3rd party candidates in US politics invariably end up as spoilers for their own (former) party and never in office.

    For several months I received email requests from Chris Mc Daniel running as a conservative in Mississippi against the establishment Republican Hyde Smith. I sent him good contributions along with contributions to Dr Kennedy opposing Romney in Utah and Dr Ward seeking the nomination in Arizona. I lost in Utah and Arizona. I stopped paying attention for a time. Today, I opened an email from someone calling himself Senator McDaniel. I thought good Chris won.Then I read the email and in addition to attacking the Democrat, Epsey, McDaniel was continuing to attack Hyde Smith and Mitch McConnell. So now Mc Daniel is running as an independent which will deliver a Democrat Senator Mike Epsey who starts out with 40 percent of the vote at minimum.
    CHRIS McDaniel got stabbed in the back in the primary of 2012 against Thad Cocherin. Mitch McConnell was a snake then and he is now. Unfortunately, there is an even lower snake living and thriving: Chuck Schumer and Chris will split off enough of the vote from an almost assured Republican victory to add another conviction vote when PDJT is impeached starting January 2019. Drs Kennedy and Ward accepted the party voters choice and have not sought to bring down the temple with them. Sure Strom Thurmond and Joe Liberman pulled out victories as independents. But Chris is not Strom or Joe.
    As a man of the old confederacy, Chris should heed what happened in 1860 when the democrats split between Stephan Douglas and J.C. Breckenridge. As bad as she may be Hyde-Smith voted to overturn Obama care, will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh and will vote against convicting an impeached Trump.
    Sad that Chris is the spoiler who will see Mississippi go the way of Alabama.

  179. @Redman
    “And furthermore. Who the hell is Chad Ludington? While I was playing over a decade in the NBA (?) guarding the likes of Shaq O’Neill and Pat Ewing, WTF did his sorry ass do?”

    -C. Dudley

    Chad Ludington was James Spader’s character in Pretty in Pink? Or is he the fiancé of Tom Hanks’ love interest in Bachelor Party?

  180. @Beenete935
    Yes, because who can forget that the idea was, Prof. Ford would testify, and ''then'' someone would say, "Oh, NOW I remember, I in fact was there and saw the whole thing while I happened to be peeping through a hole in the wall at all the action?"

    "Why am I considered a radical extremist?" - Steve Sailer.

    I’m asking for a friend … if a person from Bethesda were to remember this incident really well how much GoFundMe shekels would that be worth, theoretically?

  181. @Prof. Woland
    By attacking Kavanaugh with sexual assault, it left him no way out other than to fight, particularly the way this was rolled out. In the short run it might help the Democrats out but Kav will not conveniently disappear down the memory hole.

    One of the more odd things connected to false accusations such as this is that when they have played out, the side that did the false accusing ends up acting as if nothing ever happened because nothing happened. Clarence Thomas being a good example. Everybody around him, including his opponents, has not said a word since he was confirmed to SCOTUS. Trump's "19 women to come forward" is another good example. I still do not know what Stormy Daniels problem is other than she did not get enough money.

    But Kavanaugh will be a lot different. There is no reason for him to let go and if he does not get on the bench he will not just walk away. By demanding an investigation of some of the more outrageous false accusations, the Feinstein leak, and Ford's lawyers botching of their fiduciary responsibility towards their client it could turn out to be a very bad PR move in the long run for the Democrats.

    Interesting take, very true about Thomas, and Trump for that matter. Part, if not large part, of the dem’s strategy was of course, to smear him with public and disturbing accusations…simply a variant of “when did you stop beating your wife”.

    Again, if the republicans had ball one, they’d be always referring to her as “Christine Ford, who made false allegations against Bret Kavanaugh…”

    The Repubs could continually neg her in this way, or even thru “pairing”, by always referring to her to reporters and the media as “Christine Ford, similar to the Duke Rape Hoax and false accuser Crystal Mangum,…” If the media even dared take the bait with a “why do you bring up Crystal Mangum?” they could simply re-neg again “We are certainly not comparing Ms. Ford to convicted child abuser and murderer Crystal Mangum, per se, but we do note the similarities in the inconsistencies …blah blah blah”.

    Only Trump seems to get how to do that, how to successfully troll, neg and bait. Rinse. Repeat.

    Lastly, use their standards against them. Every REPUBLICAN. EVERY SINGLE ONE, should be now making public comments (even asserting they heard she was, and thanking her)..that Ms. Ford should donate all her gofundme to charities…like (women’s sexual assault victims, you ask?)…NO…wait for it, the “INNOCENCE PROJECT” . Neg. Neg. Neg. That is a huge way to gaslight the dems and this issue.

    The next person with a mic and public forum should say, “First, I just want to take a moment to publicly thank Ms. Ford and her handlers for committing to donate the proceeds of her GoFundMe to the Innocence Project, which focuses, in large part on men (often men of color) falsely accused and convicted…I think it is an important step in the healing process for the nation and speaks volumes to her character despite her previous claims…second…(moving on to boring stuff).

    This would force her side and the dems to publicly CLARIFY and DISAVOW that she is giving the money she raised to charity. Nothing looks better than having an attorney have to say repeatedly, WE ARE NOT GIVING HER FUNDRAISING MONEY TO ANYONE…THE INNOCENCE PROJECT, ETC. (i.e. “we’re keeping it”).

    But then, I’m not their strategist. 🙂

  182. Dennis Ketterer writes a letter full of lulz regarding Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick:

    During a conversation about our sexual preferences, things got derailed when Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time. In fact sometimes with several at one time. She wanted to know if that would be ok in our relationship.

    Homework for the interested student:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/kavanaugh-gang-bang-accuser-savaged-witness-over-penchant-group-sex

    • Replies: @Iberiano
    Hilarious read. The only way to better neg her/it would have been to say, "I thought she might have been a medium-end call girl". Or "Part-time hooker".

    Where's that Washingtonienne gal when you need her. This DC stuff is getting too funny.

  183. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Not only that, Anna Maria Archila (one of the elevator screamers) used to run New York's 'Make The Road' organization.

    Make The Road are advocates for (Hispanic) illegal aliens. They collect millions from taxpayers via Council Member Items, as well as grants for 'voter registration'(an old scam), teaching English to immigrants(another scam), and 'computer' courses ( That is, MTR has banks of desktop computers that no one ever uses).

    Their 'members' are supposed to pay dues, but MTR don't need the money ( thanks to you and me) and their tens of 1,000s of 'members' are a lie anyway; you see the same 30-40 burnt-and-pissed-on Central Americans banging on plastic buckets at every rally they attend.

    I used to have dealings with Anna Maria quite often. She hated me because I used the term 'illegal immigrant' ( Also because I'm a blanquito). I would've said 'illegal alien,' but I was supposed to be working for a Progressive CM after all...

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type. I suppose this has no bearing on her claim that she was raped, but given who she is, the whole event in the elevator seemed staged to me. Flake is a snake.

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type.

  184. “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent loony”

  185. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Dennis Ketterer writes a letter full of lulz regarding Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick:

    During a conversation about our sexual preferences, things got derailed when Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time. In fact sometimes with several at one time. She wanted to know if that would be ok in our relationship.
     
    Homework for the interested student:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-02/kavanaugh-gang-bang-accuser-savaged-witness-over-penchant-group-sex

    Hilarious read. The only way to better neg her/it would have been to say, “I thought she might have been a medium-end call girl”. Or “Part-time hooker”.

    Where’s that Washingtonienne gal when you need her. This DC stuff is getting too funny.

  186. @anon
    OT:

    “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

    The online retailer also said it would now lobby in Washington D.C. for an increase in the federal minimum wage and urged its competitors to follow its lead as the union-led “Fight for Fifteen” movement pushes for higher remuneration.
     
    Amazon is always automating its warehouses. Plus, Fed chairman said that businesses are reporting a shortage of skilled workers.


    This puts competitors at a disadvantage helps them. recruit and retain employees and softens their image. $15/hour would devastate many small business.

    Bezos: I have some good news and some bad news.

    Public: Tell us the good news first.

    Bezos: The good news is that we are going to pay all of our employees at least $15/hr and we are going to pressure the government to force all of our competitors to do the same!

    Public: And the bad news?

    Bezos: Each of our warehouses is only going to have 1 employee from now on, so this raise will only apply to 10 people. All the work will be done by robots.

  187. Wow – that video of Shaq dunking on, “tea bagging”, and battering Dudley is a sight to behold. Wouldn’t be surprised if Dudley suddenly has a repressed memory of sexual assault in a few years and sues Shaq ala Professor Ford. Its right there on YouTube for the world to see.

    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    Shaq could barely shoot free throws better than Duds.
  188. @Peter Akuleyev
    Steve still playing dumb. Ford is now a non-issue. Kavanaugh committed perjury in his testimony to Congress. Game over regardless of Ford‘s story. The real game was to discredit Kav‘s farcical story that he is a choirboy. Mission accomplished.

    Please explain what the perjury was?

  189. Big trouble for Ford. From a letter sent from Grassley to Ford’s lawyers:

    “The full details of Dr. Ford’s polygraph are particularly important because the Senate Judiciary Committee has received a sworn statement from a longtime boyfriend of Dr. Ford’s, stating that he personally witnessed Dr. Ford coaching a friend on polygraph examinations.”

    (Longtime boyfriend? Before she was married, I guess?)

    But Ford was asked directly whether she had ever given advice on how to pass a polygraph, and explicitly said “Never”.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/36620/bombshell-ford-lied-under-oath-about-never-ryan-saavedra

    How is Ford not toast?

    Is this why we’re talking about ice and puke instead?

  190. @Rosie
    I predicted White women wouldn't GAF about this, though I'm rather surprised they are less opposed to Kavanaugh than even White men. Lol!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JMcfeels/status/1046823607312076800/photo/1

    What’s GAF?

  191. More.

    The letter from Ford’s ex:

    Obviously the claims about the credit cards can independently be verified.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Why does "a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty" always fit these women to a tee? (Note the part about BF cheating on her long term boyfriend).
    , @ben tillman
    That Ford was lying was almost as obvious as the fact that Rubin-Erdely was lying.

    But not quite.
  192. Now the ex boyfriend of Ford’s writing letters (credible as they may be), and the weatherman guy about the other gal…how much longer must we tolerate the antics of what is essentially a 13 year old girl demanding everyone pay attention to her. This is a macro-level tantrum that now has involved hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost taxpayer money to fund these stupid hearings and “investigation”. The drama is on par with a junior high “lunchroom incident” witnessed by half a dozen teens and allegedly witnessed by hundreds more as the school year moves on, all of whom have a vested interest in getting their point out there, while the girl in the middle of it, lavishes in drama and attention (and in this case $$).

    Everybody in the room, dems and repubs alike, as well as most of the public, knows this is completely made up, and to quote liberals favorite snooty put down, it’s time the ‘adults in the room’ (Rand Paul anyone?) stand up and deliver, calling it what it is, publicly and without concern.

  193. Up coming news flash, ricin delivered to White House and Pentagon.

  194. @candid_observer
    More.

    The letter from Ford's ex:

    https://twitter.com/ShannonBream/status/1047293294567456770

    Obviously the claims about the credit cards can independently be verified.

    Why does “a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty” always fit these women to a tee? (Note the part about BF cheating on her long term boyfriend).

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas

    Why does “a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty” always fit these women to a tee? (Note the part about BF cheating on her long term boyfriend).
     
    IIRC, about one in six American women have Borderline Personality Disorder or Histrionic Personality Disorder. They seek attention and drama and one of the ways to do this is to dress and behave in an inappropriately sexual or seductive manner.

    Swetnick's case with the employer in Oregon sure seems like HPD - she's on the job a few weeks and acts in a "sexually inappropriate manner" with male coworkers, and then retaliates against them with allegations of sexual harassment of her own when the situation is raised.

    Ketterer claims that his initial impression of her was that she was a high end prostitute.
  195. @Buffalo Joe
    Inquiring, The Margaret Trudeau part was believable.

    I quoted from the Web site I linked, but my recollection about the sketch was that the three “witnesses” to the Carter Administration Press Secretary’s drug use were “yokels” who claimed yet more unbelievable and outrageous things, with Steve Martin’s character trying to outdo the other witnesses by adding in a slurred voice, “and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau.”

    It was funnier yet because “Margaret Trudeau” had herself become the punchline to a joke in real life, the met-him-as-a-teen-hippie wife to Prime Minister Trudeau the elder who was a bad mismatch to being a Prime Minister’s wife in making herself the center of scandal until their divorce. Steve Martin’s line “and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau” was really, really funny at the time because his low-brow character having had relations with the Prime Minister’s wife who frequented Studio 54 was as unbelievable as a person being abducted by aliens from outer space, but Margaret Trudeau’s behavior was becoming that much “over-the-top” that maybe her having an affair with a low-life claiming to see space alients wasn’t that unbelievable after all.

    There was a time in history when simply saying “Margaret Trudeau” got laughs, NBC Today Show personality Jane Pauley, whose middle name is Jane and is married to the cartoonist of “Doonesbury”, got a laugh by announcing “my ‘real’ name is Margaret Trudeau.”

    The relevance to Judge Kavanaugh is his first accuser was taken seriously as claiming something that potentially could have taken place, with successive accusers claiming more outrageous things until the assertions of Ms. Swetnick started to rise to the level of claiming abduction by space aliens, where I am just waiting for an accuser to top that the way Steve Martin did by “and I saw Judge Kavanught having sex with the current Canadian Prime Minister’s aging mom!”

    The other relevance is that when the Press Secretary to a President, who were both Democrats, was accused of partaking of an illegal drug, the SNL writers who were heavy drug users themselves came to the aid of their Party by ridiculing the accusations as coming from the sort of people who witnessed space aliens, presumably through heavy alcohol or drug consumption, and topping that in outrageousness by claiming relations with the Canadian Prime Minister’s free-spirit wife.

    It is really too bad a Youtube of that sketch is not available when we need it most.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    The relevance to Judge Kavanaugh is his first accuser was taken seriously as claiming something that potentially could have taken place, with successive accusers claiming more outrageous things until the assertions of Ms. Swetnick started to rise to the level of claiming abduction by space aliens . . . .
     
    Not at all. What she claimed was no less implausible than what Ford claimed. The kind of thing she accused Kavanaugh of happened a lot.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Inquiring Mind, a quick Google search will find you a photo of a stoned Margaret Trudeau back stage at a rock concert, sitting on the floor with her Canadian beaver on full display.
  196. @Art Deco
    No clue what he thinks. I'm not sure he's making a realistic appraisal of anything. If he's channelling Wm. Kristol, he's going to shlep around New Hampshire telling Republicans he'll teach them to be better people. That'll sell about as well as rotten cabbage.

    During the 19th century, it was atypical for a VP who had succeeded to the office to be returned to it. A succession of them were shunted aside by both parties. These aside, we've had three incumbents subject to important intraparty challenges. One was an alcoholic who'd presided over an electoral disaster in 1854, one was challenged by his predecessor over serious policy disagreements, and one was a VP who'd succeeded to the office who seemingly had no clue how the ground had been shifting under his feet. None of these scenarios are in the offing, so Flake must be expecting some other asteroid to hit.

    “…he’s going to schlep around New Hampshire telling Republicans he’s going to teach them to be better people.”

    ‘Parson’ John Anderson in 1980 comes to mind. The media knocked themselves out for him, since Reagan was completely unacceptable and Israel had given thumbs down on Carter, but very few real people were buying the sanctimony.

  197. @JerseyJeffersonian
    Only because it was convenient to the purposes of those who dound it convenient to look upon these new states as merely administrative districts for the Federal government. For what was rhe Federal whole but the sum of the individual constituent states of the Federal entity. The balance between centralized (and largely
    unanswerable),centralized power were the states. This was yet another mechanism to avoid the aggrandizement of power to a center such as the three branches of government (and you did not address the change from state appointment of their senators to direct vote; this enhanced the power of out of state power centers to overide the particular interests of the states' citizens enormously, another shift away from local control).

    The ratchet worked in one direction, & one direction only, and that was toward the interests of the big money boys, the continental scale enterprises such as the railroads (& increasingly the corporations after corporate personhood superceded corporate charters, removing checks on their role in the society), and the power hungry politicians who saw this as their ticket to both influence & wealth.

    One of the reasons for that you cited, the Mexican-American War was actually an example of the deranging force of arrogant Federal power in the hands of Polk. This war left quite an impression in the minds of those who served in it such as Jackson & Lee, putting them to thinking about the ways in which this Federal power could be used for shameful ends. Recall the signing statement by Virginia in their ratification of the Constitution? Right there, from the beginning. The War Between the States was NOT a civil war; the Confederate states just wanted out, not to take over the Federal edifice. They saw the value of a confederation, but the way that the Federal government was going was not for them.

    There’s a great history channel documentary about Polk and his westward expansion program. I had no idea how he influenced and drive westward expansion

  198. @Anonymous
    Wow - that video of Shaq dunking on, "tea bagging", and battering Dudley is a sight to behold. Wouldn't be surprised if Dudley suddenly has a repressed memory of sexual assault in a few years and sues Shaq ala Professor Ford. Its right there on YouTube for the world to see.

    Shaq could barely shoot free throws better than Duds.

  199. @Jack D
    Not just a tweet but a joke - that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull - big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.

    Not just a tweet but a joke – that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull – big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.

    Paradoxically, if the Ketterer allegations are true about her enthusiasm for multi guy gangbangs going back to her high school days are true, I find it more plausible that she was at wild parties as a college student with high school age boys. It would be a good way to be semi-anonymous and get that particular itch scratched.

    That said, heterosexual Catholic Prep school boys, and teen boys in general, would probably find more than one erect member in a room as way too gay or gay adjacent for comfort. That would be way out there, edge of Al Goldstein level porn in the early 1980s, which probably means not within the realm of imagination of these kids.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    That said, heterosexual Catholic Prep school boys, and teen boys in general, would probably find more than one erect member in a room as way too gay or gay adjacent for comfort. That would be way out there, edge of Al Goldstein level porn in the early 1980s, which probably means not within the realm of imagination of these kids.
     
    Some people don't have to treat this as something theoretical.
  200. @Thirdtwin
    "Vernacular american has become thoroughly suffused with the verbal styles of corporate HR offices..."

    If you haven't seen "ask" used as a noun to mean "question", get ready. It's apparently all the rage in HR jargon.

    Example: " Could we meet later? I have an ask about the project scope."

    If you haven’t seen “ask” used as a noun to mean “question”, get ready. It’s apparently all the rage in HR jargon.

    Example: ” Could we meet later? I have an ask about the project scope.”

    Great. I hate it already.

  201. @Jack D
    Why does "a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty" always fit these women to a tee? (Note the part about BF cheating on her long term boyfriend).

    Why does “a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty” always fit these women to a tee? (Note the part about BF cheating on her long term boyfriend).

    IIRC, about one in six American women have Borderline Personality Disorder or Histrionic Personality Disorder. They seek attention and drama and one of the ways to do this is to dress and behave in an inappropriately sexual or seductive manner.

    Swetnick’s case with the employer in Oregon sure seems like HPD – she’s on the job a few weeks and acts in a “sexually inappropriate manner” with male coworkers, and then retaliates against them with allegations of sexual harassment of her own when the situation is raised.

    Ketterer claims that his initial impression of her was that she was a high end prostitute.

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    ...about one in six American women have Borderline Personality Disorder or Histrionic Personality Disorder...

    Maybe one-in-six are diagnosed with BPD or HPD but "sub-clinically" it's more like one-in-two.

    Consider how many men are diagnosed as sociopathic or schizoid compared to how many are sociopathic or schizoid (note that, for the sake of discussion, sociopaths and schizoids are polar opposites and both conditions are most apparent in men). It's a much lower number than the number of sociopaths and schizoids we encounter in our daily lives.
  202. @Alec Leamas

    Why does “a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty” always fit these women to a tee? (Note the part about BF cheating on her long term boyfriend).
     
    IIRC, about one in six American women have Borderline Personality Disorder or Histrionic Personality Disorder. They seek attention and drama and one of the ways to do this is to dress and behave in an inappropriately sexual or seductive manner.

    Swetnick's case with the employer in Oregon sure seems like HPD - she's on the job a few weeks and acts in a "sexually inappropriate manner" with male coworkers, and then retaliates against them with allegations of sexual harassment of her own when the situation is raised.

    Ketterer claims that his initial impression of her was that she was a high end prostitute.

    …about one in six American women have Borderline Personality Disorder or Histrionic Personality Disorder…

    Maybe one-in-six are diagnosed with BPD or HPD but “sub-clinically” it’s more like one-in-two.

    Consider how many men are diagnosed as sociopathic or schizoid compared to how many are sociopathic or schizoid (note that, for the sake of discussion, sociopaths and schizoids are polar opposites and both conditions are most apparent in men). It’s a much lower number than the number of sociopaths and schizoids we encounter in our daily lives.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    I was going to say something similar. Diagnosis gives the impression of a binary choice, but really it's all on a scale and we all fall somewhere on it.
  203. @Autochthon
    Those hearings and to-do were about more than just stickers. Some involved were interested in keeping people under a certain age from purchasing records deemed unwholesome, which most certainly is a form of censorship. If I cannot buy a record by Iron Maiden because some chunky busybody disagrees with my parents' decision that I can appreciate "Two Minutes To Midnight" at the age of thirteen, a modicum of censorship exists, since now I must have my parents purchase records for me. Fundamentally,the wholecrusade was about the gubmint trying to take on the rôle properly reserved for the parent (isn't it always in such cases?).

    https://youtu.be/-HYvHGo5ce8

    Tipper all by her lonesome huh? Not Al? I know they say married couples begin to favour each other after awhile, but this is ridiculous: she even sounds just like him:

    https://youtu.be/kzD-L5NXv40

    (Yes, I remember this stuff. I was exactly at the age when it most affected me...or would have if the busybodies had gotten their way.)

    So how is this different from tobacco? Thirteen-year-olds have to ask their parents to buy that, too. And can get in trouble if they do.

    Some of the commenters on this site want to ban pit bulls. That seems a lot tougher than getting mom’s permission to buy some amoral global corporation’s latest attempt to make a buck (or quid) selling schlock to kids.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Tobacco harms every single person who consumes it. Music is literally and entirely harmless. Ideas do not harm people. Words do not harm people. (So far as I know, only the lyrical component of the music bothered the busybodies. I don't remember Joe Satriani being denounced for using the Enigmatic Scale or Steve Hackett being castigated for sweep picking – such unconventional and bizarre techniques, and on that subversive electric guitar, don't you know; nothing like a wholesome progression of major chords played on an organ – although I would not put such lunacy past the likes of Al Gore....)

    Now, a parent does and should have a very strong – indeed, inviolable, absent true abuse and neglect – prerogative in the raising of his children. If he wishes to forbidden his child carrots, the works of Theodore Geisel, or participation in sandlot baseball games he may (I'd argue he's a shitty parent for it – and his child likely will to, but he may. But it is not the government's place to purport to protect people against ideas.

    (I expect next you may draw a comparison to pornography, so I'll only say it's very disingenuous, because pornography is in fact physically harmful; it's effects are biochemical and neurological in the same way as those of tobacco and other drugs). Indeed to compare heavy metal music to pornography, and if you disagree I refer you to the work of scientists such as Gary Wilson and Carlo Foresta.)

    To brass tacks: are there young listeners who may be psychologically affected by hearing "Captain Howdy?" Might hearing it, say, give small children nightmares about being abducted? Sure. Hell, the cinematic adaptations of The Planet of the Apes gave me some nightmares as a tot. My parents were more careful about what films I was permitted to see thereafter...which brings us back to the appropriate gatekeeper for ideas (it emphatically is not the government, for reasons I should think readers of this blog know all too well).

    In closing, I had not known all musicians were "amoral global corporations" and all music "schlock." Certainly Frank Zappa would have been surprised to know he was the former, and any number of talented virtuosos producing rock 'n' roll and heavy metal would defy categorisation as the latter, at least by any musician or educated listener who knew what he was talking about.

    Does Madonna Ciccione produce schlock? Are Interscope Records (or any number of labels distributing great art by talented artists) an amoral global corporation? You bet. (You might have asked Prince Nelson himself!) But let's put away the brush you are using and select another which isn't so broad if we're to meaningfully discuss the controversy at hand. The more relevant representative work targeted by Gore and company included seminal works like Purple Rain, Powerslave, Ride The Lightning, Rising Force, etc. – work by masters including Randy Rhoades, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Harris, Prince Nelson, and Cliff Burton.

    Amoral corporations and schlock my ass.

    https://youtu.be/ulfnJ0E34fU
  204. @ben tillman

    The “witness” who saw him “black out” is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout.
     
    What do you mean? The condition is self-reported, not diagnosed by someone else.

    What do you mean? The condition is self-reported,…

    Yeah, for uproarious fun and profit, apparently:

  205. @candid_observer
    More.

    The letter from Ford's ex:

    https://twitter.com/ShannonBream/status/1047293294567456770

    Obviously the claims about the credit cards can independently be verified.

    That Ford was lying was almost as obvious as the fact that Rubin-Erdely was lying.

    But not quite.

  206. @Jack D
    You could testify that K confessed to being blacked out.

    "Friend": "Hey K, that sure was a lot of fun last night. I loved it when you threw that glass of ice in the face of that jerk. That really took balls - that guy was built like a linebacker."

    K: "What are you talking about? I don't remember doing that. I don't remember anything that happened yesterday. The last thing I remember is leaving my dorm room and then this morning I woke up in puddle of piss on the floor of the bathroom and I don't remember anything in between. WHAT did you say I did?"

    You could testify that K confessed to being blacked out.

    Yes. I pointed that out in a separate comment.

  207. @Alec Leamas

    Not just a tweet but a joke – that Swetnick was a college student and 4 yrs older than the 17 yr old Kav at the time of this alleged incident, so who was assaulting who? Of course this is just like waving a red cape at a bull – big mistake. There is No Joking in Islam or Feminism.
     
    Paradoxically, if the Ketterer allegations are true about her enthusiasm for multi guy gangbangs going back to her high school days are true, I find it more plausible that she was at wild parties as a college student with high school age boys. It would be a good way to be semi-anonymous and get that particular itch scratched.

    That said, heterosexual Catholic Prep school boys, and teen boys in general, would probably find more than one erect member in a room as way too gay or gay adjacent for comfort. That would be way out there, edge of Al Goldstein level porn in the early 1980s, which probably means not within the realm of imagination of these kids.

    That said, heterosexual Catholic Prep school boys, and teen boys in general, would probably find more than one erect member in a room as way too gay or gay adjacent for comfort. That would be way out there, edge of Al Goldstein level porn in the early 1980s, which probably means not within the realm of imagination of these kids.

    Some people don’t have to treat this as something theoretical.

  208. @Inquiring Mind
    I quoted from the Web site I linked, but my recollection about the sketch was that the three "witnesses" to the Carter Administration Press Secretary's drug use were "yokels" who claimed yet more unbelievable and outrageous things, with Steve Martin's character trying to outdo the other witnesses by adding in a slurred voice, "and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau."

    It was funnier yet because "Margaret Trudeau" had herself become the punchline to a joke in real life, the met-him-as-a-teen-hippie wife to Prime Minister Trudeau the elder who was a bad mismatch to being a Prime Minister's wife in making herself the center of scandal until their divorce. Steve Martin's line "and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau" was really, really funny at the time because his low-brow character having had relations with the Prime Minister's wife who frequented Studio 54 was as unbelievable as a person being abducted by aliens from outer space, but Margaret Trudeau's behavior was becoming that much "over-the-top" that maybe her having an affair with a low-life claiming to see space alients wasn't that unbelievable after all.

    There was a time in history when simply saying "Margaret Trudeau" got laughs, NBC Today Show personality Jane Pauley, whose middle name is Jane and is married to the cartoonist of "Doonesbury", got a laugh by announcing "my 'real' name is Margaret Trudeau."

    The relevance to Judge Kavanaugh is his first accuser was taken seriously as claiming something that potentially could have taken place, with successive accusers claiming more outrageous things until the assertions of Ms. Swetnick started to rise to the level of claiming abduction by space aliens, where I am just waiting for an accuser to top that the way Steve Martin did by "and I saw Judge Kavanught having sex with the current Canadian Prime Minister's aging mom!"

    The other relevance is that when the Press Secretary to a President, who were both Democrats, was accused of partaking of an illegal drug, the SNL writers who were heavy drug users themselves came to the aid of their Party by ridiculing the accusations as coming from the sort of people who witnessed space aliens, presumably through heavy alcohol or drug consumption, and topping that in outrageousness by claiming relations with the Canadian Prime Minister's free-spirit wife.

    It is really too bad a Youtube of that sketch is not available when we need it most.

    The relevance to Judge Kavanaugh is his first accuser was taken seriously as claiming something that potentially could have taken place, with successive accusers claiming more outrageous things until the assertions of Ms. Swetnick started to rise to the level of claiming abduction by space aliens . . . .

    Not at all. What she claimed was no less implausible than what Ford claimed. The kind of thing she accused Kavanaugh of happened a lot.

  209. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Not only that, Anna Maria Archila (one of the elevator screamers) used to run New York's 'Make The Road' organization.

    Make The Road are advocates for (Hispanic) illegal aliens. They collect millions from taxpayers via Council Member Items, as well as grants for 'voter registration'(an old scam), teaching English to immigrants(another scam), and 'computer' courses ( That is, MTR has banks of desktop computers that no one ever uses).

    Their 'members' are supposed to pay dues, but MTR don't need the money ( thanks to you and me) and their tens of 1,000s of 'members' are a lie anyway; you see the same 30-40 burnt-and-pissed-on Central Americans banging on plastic buckets at every rally they attend.

    I used to have dealings with Anna Maria quite often. She hated me because I used the term 'illegal immigrant' ( Also because I'm a blanquito). I would've said 'illegal alien,' but I was supposed to be working for a Progressive CM after all...

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type. I suppose this has no bearing on her claim that she was raped, but given who she is, the whole event in the elevator seemed staged to me. Flake is a snake.

    Anna Maria is a lesbian, the angry, hostile type. I suppose this has no bearing on her claim that she was raped, but given who she is, the whole event in the elevator seemed staged to me. Flake is a snake.

    Of course. The story makes no sense otherwise. No man would find her story of any relevance to the proceedings.

  210. @Anonymous

    Marbury v. Madison didn’t change anything.
     
    Why they always citing it?

    Judicial review follows logically from the Supremacy clause. It’s unavoidable.
     
    Like the Holy Q’ran?

    If a statute conflicts with the Constitution, the judge has to invalidate the statute or the Constitution.

    Why they always citing [Marbury v. Madison]?

    Because it’s a BFD that the Court didn’t invalidate the Constitution.

    • Replies: @anonymous

    Because it’s a BFD that the Court didn’t invalidate the Constitution.
     
    But they have the power to?
  211. @Anonymous
    He actually wasn't that uncoordinated. He was quite athletic, especially for his size, and could run the floor. He was by no means a stiff like Will Perdue. But his terrible shooting completely neutralized his abilities. He could be defended aggressively and fouled with impunity because he wasn't going to make his free throws. If he was a decent free throw shooter, he could've been an option offensively in the low post. It's a mystery how a fairly athletic white guy who presumably has been playing basketball his whole life can be that bad at free throws. It's very unusual.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvOqw7hBrSA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2R6zY3tRRA

    It’s the Steve Blass/Steve Sax/Rick Ankiel thing. Hopefully not going to be known as the Jordan Speith thing.

    Dudley’s shooting technique does resemble Barkley’s golf swing.

  212. @Morris Applebaum IV
    The most sickening story so far is how a Dean from Catholic University, Will Rainford, is being treated. He made a innocuous tweet about Julie Swetnick (?!) not being a victim and his career is now in tatters.

    https://www.wral.com/catholic-university-dean-suspended-over-kavanaugh-tweet/17887928/

    Well, Swetnick was, after all, a hero! …I clearly remember how she dived into the icy Potomac to rescue the drowning victim of that plane crash. (HaHa, a joke, about memory… That hero was Skutnick. I am explaining the joke for the benefit of those of you too young to know about Lenny Skutnick. Read about him; watch the youtube of Mr. Reagan introducing him at the State of the Union. Think about how great we were.)

  213. @dearieme
    Polaroid cameras were around in 1982, were they?

    It was just about the only way to get color snaps of one’s squeeze. Apart from developing and printing B&W (guilty yeronner, but it’s Art, innit), there was simply no way round the processors’ scrutineers, or worse still, the beady eye of the local pharmacist’s gossipy catlady clerkess.
    We also used them on site a lot, stuck them on the relevant page of the daybook with masking tape, next to the measurements and drawings.

  214. @The Alarmist
    The "witness" who saw him "black out" is unlikely to be qualified to diagnose the condition, which could be blackout or greyout. Verdict: Inconclusive for criminal charges, but enough for a Senator to vote to not confirm.

    UK politicians falling into a linen-soiling alcoholic stupor in public are invariably excused as being “tired and emotional”.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    But one reason why Commons and Lords have their own private bars.
  215. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    Breaking Bad had this plot years ago to launder drug money. And yes, I believe that is the case here with Ford's page, they are using it to pay her off for her shenanigans.

    On the other hand, I wonder if Soros will have her knocked off in a suspicious surfing accident after Kav is confirmed. All the Leftys will think Kav had it done and she will not be able to witness against Soros. Win win.

    I wonder if Soros will have her knocked off in a suspicious surfing accident after Kav is confirmed.

    I can think of one good way to do it.

  216. @Coemgen
    ...about one in six American women have Borderline Personality Disorder or Histrionic Personality Disorder...

    Maybe one-in-six are diagnosed with BPD or HPD but "sub-clinically" it's more like one-in-two.

    Consider how many men are diagnosed as sociopathic or schizoid compared to how many are sociopathic or schizoid (note that, for the sake of discussion, sociopaths and schizoids are polar opposites and both conditions are most apparent in men). It's a much lower number than the number of sociopaths and schizoids we encounter in our daily lives.

    I was going to say something similar. Diagnosis gives the impression of a binary choice, but really it’s all on a scale and we all fall somewhere on it.

    • Agree: Coemgen
  217. @Reg Cæsar
    So how is this different from tobacco? Thirteen-year-olds have to ask their parents to buy that, too. And can get in trouble if they do.

    Some of the commenters on this site want to ban pit bulls. That seems a lot tougher than getting mom's permission to buy some amoral global corporation's latest attempt to make a buck (or quid) selling schlock to kids.

    Tobacco harms every single person who consumes it. Music is literally and entirely harmless. Ideas do not harm people. Words do not harm people. (So far as I know, only the lyrical component of the music bothered the busybodies. I don’t remember Joe Satriani being denounced for using the Enigmatic Scale or Steve Hackett being castigated for sweep picking – such unconventional and bizarre techniques, and on that subversive electric guitar, don’t you know; nothing like a wholesome progression of major chords played on an organ – although I would not put such lunacy past the likes of Al Gore….)

    Now, a parent does and should have a very strong – indeed, inviolable, absent true abuse and neglect – prerogative in the raising of his children. If he wishes to forbidden his child carrots, the works of Theodore Geisel, or participation in sandlot baseball games he may (I’d argue he’s a shitty parent for it – and his child likely will to, but he may. But it is not the government’s place to purport to protect people against ideas.

    (I expect next you may draw a comparison to pornography, so I’ll only say it’s very disingenuous, because pornography is in fact physically harmful; it’s effects are biochemical and neurological in the same way as those of tobacco and other drugs). Indeed to compare heavy metal music to pornography, and if you disagree I refer you to the work of scientists such as Gary Wilson and Carlo Foresta.)

    To brass tacks: are there young listeners who may be psychologically affected by hearing “Captain Howdy?” Might hearing it, say, give small children nightmares about being abducted? Sure. Hell, the cinematic adaptations of The Planet of the Apes gave me some nightmares as a tot. My parents were more careful about what films I was permitted to see thereafter…which brings us back to the appropriate gatekeeper for ideas (it emphatically is not the government, for reasons I should think readers of this blog know all too well).

    In closing, I had not known all musicians were “amoral global corporations” and all music “schlock.” Certainly Frank Zappa would have been surprised to know he was the former, and any number of talented virtuosos producing rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal would defy categorisation as the latter, at least by any musician or educated listener who knew what he was talking about.

    Does Madonna Ciccione produce schlock? Are Interscope Records (or any number of labels distributing great art by talented artists) an amoral global corporation? You bet. (You might have asked Prince Nelson himself!) But let’s put away the brush you are using and select another which isn’t so broad if we’re to meaningfully discuss the controversy at hand. The more relevant representative work targeted by Gore and company included seminal works like Purple Rain, Powerslave, Ride The Lightning, Rising Force, etc. – work by masters including Randy Rhoades, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Harris, Prince Nelson, and Cliff Burton.

    Amoral corporations and schlock my ass.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Tobacco harms every single person who consumes it.
     
    And loud music doesn't?

    I survived a Ted Nugent show in a dank small-college gym in 1975. The physiological repercussions rang for quite some time thereafter.

    I looked up the lyrics of "Two Minutes to Midnight", and they're indistinguishable from rap. The two genres seem to have the same purpose-- drive the civilized people away so we can finally have fun.
  218. @Expletive Deleted
    UK politicians falling into a linen-soiling alcoholic stupor in public are invariably excused as being "tired and emotional".

    But one reason why Commons and Lords have their own private bars.

  219. @ben tillman
    If a statute conflicts with the Constitution, the judge has to invalidate the statute or the Constitution.

    Why they always citing [Marbury v. Madison]?
     
    Because it's a BFD that the Court didn't invalidate the Constitution.

    Because it’s a BFD that the Court didn’t invalidate the Constitution.

    But they have the power to?

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    It has nothing to do with power. They have to decide the case based on the law, and to do so they have to ascertain the law.
  220. @Polynikes
    Aside from your anecdote, I don't think you'll find much support for your theory. Demographically, it doesn't even fit.

    Anecdotally speaking... seeing as how I also was a jock in high school in the 90s, I can tell you that there isn't much of a more ardent group of Trump supporters. Although, I come from the Midwest.

    A bunch of University of Iowa football players and wrestlers publicly endorsed Trump before the 2016 caucus.

    Surveys have shown college athletes more conservative than other students on average.

    Speaking of Kavanaugh, seems like he was a jerk and a bad drunk as a high school and college kid. However he’s now a 53 year old judge with a family and the left should get over it.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Speaking of Kavanaugh, seems like he was a jerk and a bad drunk as a high school and college kid.

    We've heard of one incident where he got sick and one incident where he threw a drink in someone's face. He had issues with his roommate.

    He finished all his degrees on time and with distinctions. He had an adequate circle of friends. He hasn't left anyone feeling ill-used (except said roommate). There's no objective or disinterested indication he and Blasey have ever met.
    , @Marquandian Hero
    Not even a jerk and a bad drunk, he sounds like a normal, well adjusted preppy guy from the 80s, 90s, 00s, who hit the books and gym hard during the week and partied hard on weekends, like, basically, a lot of other well adjusted upper middle class guys including me until we suddenly learned this year that all of that = (pizzicato strings) : "Rape Culture". Heavy drinking, house parties, drinking games, an occasional dust up, and going to beach houses sound totally normal as to my high school and even more so my college classmates. And I am 15 years younger than K. I think there is a certain set of people who dislike K for being a prep because of hostility towards the milieu, and would no matter if there were or were not these allegations. This has been normal behavior among this "class" since the 1920s at least...read Fitzgerald, O'Hara, Marquand, Cheever.

    Whatever he was would have been wrong per the left. Had he been a loner with no friends who never drank a drop they'd have said he was ill-adjusted to society, emotionally stunted, and produced articles from quacks saying that teetotalers are prone to psychosis. Rubin criticized him as emotionally immature for his claimed virginity. Had he instead testified to promiscuity, that would have been used against him, too. If he had been a blue collar guy instead of a DC area prep, they'd have said he was too unsophisticated for the Court and implied that he was an uncouth deplorable who didn't eat enough kale. I just hope he is confirmed, vindictively remembers what happened to him here, and regardless of his prior inclinations, we can slowly begin to undo some of the numerous governmental overreaches by the leftist SCOTUS, if not some on the right, since the 1930s.
  221. @Marty T
    A bunch of University of Iowa football players and wrestlers publicly endorsed Trump before the 2016 caucus.

    Surveys have shown college athletes more conservative than other students on average.

    Speaking of Kavanaugh, seems like he was a jerk and a bad drunk as a high school and college kid. However he's now a 53 year old judge with a family and the left should get over it.

    Speaking of Kavanaugh, seems like he was a jerk and a bad drunk as a high school and college kid.

    We’ve heard of one incident where he got sick and one incident where he threw a drink in someone’s face. He had issues with his roommate.

    He finished all his degrees on time and with distinctions. He had an adequate circle of friends. He hasn’t left anyone feeling ill-used (except said roommate). There’s no objective or disinterested indication he and Blasey have ever met.

  222. @Marty T
    A bunch of University of Iowa football players and wrestlers publicly endorsed Trump before the 2016 caucus.

    Surveys have shown college athletes more conservative than other students on average.

    Speaking of Kavanaugh, seems like he was a jerk and a bad drunk as a high school and college kid. However he's now a 53 year old judge with a family and the left should get over it.

    Not even a jerk and a bad drunk, he sounds like a normal, well adjusted preppy guy from the 80s, 90s, 00s, who hit the books and gym hard during the week and partied hard on weekends, like, basically, a lot of other well adjusted upper middle class guys including me until we suddenly learned this year that all of that = (pizzicato strings) : “Rape Culture”. Heavy drinking, house parties, drinking games, an occasional dust up, and going to beach houses sound totally normal as to my high school and even more so my college classmates. And I am 15 years younger than K. I think there is a certain set of people who dislike K for being a prep because of hostility towards the milieu, and would no matter if there were or were not these allegations. This has been normal behavior among this “class” since the 1920s at least…read Fitzgerald, O’Hara, Marquand, Cheever.

    Whatever he was would have been wrong per the left. Had he been a loner with no friends who never drank a drop they’d have said he was ill-adjusted to society, emotionally stunted, and produced articles from quacks saying that teetotalers are prone to psychosis. Rubin criticized him as emotionally immature for his claimed virginity. Had he instead testified to promiscuity, that would have been used against him, too. If he had been a blue collar guy instead of a DC area prep, they’d have said he was too unsophisticated for the Court and implied that he was an uncouth deplorable who didn’t eat enough kale. I just hope he is confirmed, vindictively remembers what happened to him here, and regardless of his prior inclinations, we can slowly begin to undo some of the numerous governmental overreaches by the leftist SCOTUS, if not some on the right, since the 1930s.

  223. @Marty T
    Little league world series is pretty iconic. It can't hurt.

    Actually more dangerous than Gillum is the referendum giving felons voting rights. It looks likely to pass. How stupid are these people that they want their vote diluted by robbers and murderers?

    “How stupid are these people that they want their vote diluted by robbers and murderers?”

    Sheriffs and judges can compete for the ex-felon vote. Great!

  224. @Autochthon
    Tobacco harms every single person who consumes it. Music is literally and entirely harmless. Ideas do not harm people. Words do not harm people. (So far as I know, only the lyrical component of the music bothered the busybodies. I don't remember Joe Satriani being denounced for using the Enigmatic Scale or Steve Hackett being castigated for sweep picking – such unconventional and bizarre techniques, and on that subversive electric guitar, don't you know; nothing like a wholesome progression of major chords played on an organ – although I would not put such lunacy past the likes of Al Gore....)

    Now, a parent does and should have a very strong – indeed, inviolable, absent true abuse and neglect – prerogative in the raising of his children. If he wishes to forbidden his child carrots, the works of Theodore Geisel, or participation in sandlot baseball games he may (I'd argue he's a shitty parent for it – and his child likely will to, but he may. But it is not the government's place to purport to protect people against ideas.

    (I expect next you may draw a comparison to pornography, so I'll only say it's very disingenuous, because pornography is in fact physically harmful; it's effects are biochemical and neurological in the same way as those of tobacco and other drugs). Indeed to compare heavy metal music to pornography, and if you disagree I refer you to the work of scientists such as Gary Wilson and Carlo Foresta.)

    To brass tacks: are there young listeners who may be psychologically affected by hearing "Captain Howdy?" Might hearing it, say, give small children nightmares about being abducted? Sure. Hell, the cinematic adaptations of The Planet of the Apes gave me some nightmares as a tot. My parents were more careful about what films I was permitted to see thereafter...which brings us back to the appropriate gatekeeper for ideas (it emphatically is not the government, for reasons I should think readers of this blog know all too well).

    In closing, I had not known all musicians were "amoral global corporations" and all music "schlock." Certainly Frank Zappa would have been surprised to know he was the former, and any number of talented virtuosos producing rock 'n' roll and heavy metal would defy categorisation as the latter, at least by any musician or educated listener who knew what he was talking about.

    Does Madonna Ciccione produce schlock? Are Interscope Records (or any number of labels distributing great art by talented artists) an amoral global corporation? You bet. (You might have asked Prince Nelson himself!) But let's put away the brush you are using and select another which isn't so broad if we're to meaningfully discuss the controversy at hand. The more relevant representative work targeted by Gore and company included seminal works like Purple Rain, Powerslave, Ride The Lightning, Rising Force, etc. – work by masters including Randy Rhoades, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Harris, Prince Nelson, and Cliff Burton.

    Amoral corporations and schlock my ass.

    https://youtu.be/ulfnJ0E34fU

    Tobacco harms every single person who consumes it.

    And loud music doesn’t?

    I survived a Ted Nugent show in a dank small-college gym in 1975. The physiological repercussions rang for quite some time thereafter.

    I looked up the lyrics of “Two Minutes to Midnight”, and they’re indistinguishable from rap. The two genres seem to have the same purpose– drive the civilized people away so we can finally have fun.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    "Two Minutes To Midnight" is a commentary upon the dangers of nuclear weapons' proliferation. I've never encountered any hip-hop (which does not include most rap) about the topic. But good hip-hop is equally compelling.

    https://youtu.be/22l1sf5JZD0


    I missed the plank of the PMRC's platform advocating for education about the dangers of overexposure to loud noise. Where in the Congressional Record please is the relevant testimony? (Or: Say, didn't that goalpost used to be in a different spot.)
  225. @Inquiring Mind
    I quoted from the Web site I linked, but my recollection about the sketch was that the three "witnesses" to the Carter Administration Press Secretary's drug use were "yokels" who claimed yet more unbelievable and outrageous things, with Steve Martin's character trying to outdo the other witnesses by adding in a slurred voice, "and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau."

    It was funnier yet because "Margaret Trudeau" had herself become the punchline to a joke in real life, the met-him-as-a-teen-hippie wife to Prime Minister Trudeau the elder who was a bad mismatch to being a Prime Minister's wife in making herself the center of scandal until their divorce. Steve Martin's line "and I had sex with Margaret Trudeau" was really, really funny at the time because his low-brow character having had relations with the Prime Minister's wife who frequented Studio 54 was as unbelievable as a person being abducted by aliens from outer space, but Margaret Trudeau's behavior was becoming that much "over-the-top" that maybe her having an affair with a low-life claiming to see space alients wasn't that unbelievable after all.

    There was a time in history when simply saying "Margaret Trudeau" got laughs, NBC Today Show personality Jane Pauley, whose middle name is Jane and is married to the cartoonist of "Doonesbury", got a laugh by announcing "my 'real' name is Margaret Trudeau."

    The relevance to Judge Kavanaugh is his first accuser was taken seriously as claiming something that potentially could have taken place, with successive accusers claiming more outrageous things until the assertions of Ms. Swetnick started to rise to the level of claiming abduction by space aliens, where I am just waiting for an accuser to top that the way Steve Martin did by "and I saw Judge Kavanught having sex with the current Canadian Prime Minister's aging mom!"

    The other relevance is that when the Press Secretary to a President, who were both Democrats, was accused of partaking of an illegal drug, the SNL writers who were heavy drug users themselves came to the aid of their Party by ridiculing the accusations as coming from the sort of people who witnessed space aliens, presumably through heavy alcohol or drug consumption, and topping that in outrageousness by claiming relations with the Canadian Prime Minister's free-spirit wife.

    It is really too bad a Youtube of that sketch is not available when we need it most.

    Inquiring Mind, a quick Google search will find you a photo of a stoned Margaret Trudeau back stage at a rock concert, sitting on the floor with her Canadian beaver on full display.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Not named in the lyrics, she was said to have been the inspiration:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZjxoZdWblI



    Baby, baby, I've been so sad since you've been gone
    Way back to New York City
    Where you do belong
    Honey, I missed your two tongue kisses
    Legs wrapped around me tight
    If I ever get back to Fun City, girl
    I'm going to make you scream all night
    Honey, honey, call me on the telephone
    I know you're moving out to Hollywood
    With your can of tasty foam
    All those beat up friends of mine
    Got to get you in their books
    And lead guitars and movie stars
    Get their toes beneath your hook

    [Chorus]
    Yeah! You're a star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star
    Yeah, a star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star
    A star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker star

    [Verse 2]
    Yeah, I heard about you Polaroid's
    Now that's what I call obscene
    Your tricks with fruit was kind a cute
    I bet you keep your pussy clean
    Honey, I miss your two tongue kisses
    Legs wrapped around me tight
    If I ever get back to New York, girl
    Going to make you scream all night

     

  226. @Reg Cæsar

    Tobacco harms every single person who consumes it.
     
    And loud music doesn't?

    I survived a Ted Nugent show in a dank small-college gym in 1975. The physiological repercussions rang for quite some time thereafter.

    I looked up the lyrics of "Two Minutes to Midnight", and they're indistinguishable from rap. The two genres seem to have the same purpose-- drive the civilized people away so we can finally have fun.

    “Two Minutes To Midnight” is a commentary upon the dangers of nuclear weapons’ proliferation. I’ve never encountered any hip-hop (which does not include most rap) about the topic. But good hip-hop is equally compelling.

    I missed the plank of the PMRC’s platform advocating for education about the dangers of overexposure to loud noise. Where in the Congressional Record please is the relevant testimony? (Or: Say, didn’t that goalpost used to be in a different spot.)

  227. Anonymous[178] • Disclaimer says:
    @ic1000
    If Blasey Ford's GoFundMe campaigns are a way to launder money, that'd be old wine in new bottles.

    It is far down the memory hole, but perhaps we can fondly recall the 2008 Obama campaign's pioneering work in disabling anti-fraud protections on credit card donations. That made it impossible to detect illegal over-the-limit contributions and illegal foreign contributions.

    Before they forgot, even the NYT and WaPo noticed.

    “Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed,” reports the Washington Post’s Matthew Mosk. “Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged...

    “Fully $100 million of the record-breaking $150 million that the Obama campaign collected in September alone came over the internet via credit card donations,” writes Bill Dyer at Hugh Hewitt’s blog. “The Obama campaign has deliberately turned off the anti-fraud mechanisms available for internet credit card transactions... the Obama campaign cheerfully takes even contributions from untraceable pre-paid credit cards, a/k/a ‘the pseudo-credit cards you use when you want to conceal illegal activity.’ ”
     
    Same story for the 2012 re-election campaign.

    In the old days they’d get some gofers to go around with a bag of cash and go to grocery stores and 7-11s and buy money orders in odd amounts, and then mail them in from random mailboxes. They’d put names on them out of the white pages. Usually there was some “tell” so that the candidate (or anyone investigating) could not prove who sent it but would get the idea that the money was coming from a definite somewhere and for some reason.

  228. Anonymous[178] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    Inquiring Mind, a quick Google search will find you a photo of a stoned Margaret Trudeau back stage at a rock concert, sitting on the floor with her Canadian beaver on full display.

    Not named in the lyrics, she was said to have been the inspiration:

    Baby, baby, I’ve been so sad since you’ve been gone
    Way back to New York City
    Where you do belong
    Honey, I missed your two tongue kisses
    Legs wrapped around me tight
    If I ever get back to Fun City, girl
    I’m going to make you scream all night
    Honey, honey, call me on the telephone
    I know you’re moving out to Hollywood
    With your can of tasty foam
    All those beat up friends of mine
    Got to get you in their books
    And lead guitars and movie stars
    Get their toes beneath your hook

    [Chorus]
    Yeah! You’re a star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star
    Yeah, a star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star
    A star fucker, star fucker, star fucker, star fucker star

    [Verse 2]
    Yeah, I heard about you Polaroid’s
    Now that’s what I call obscene
    Your tricks with fruit was kind a cute
    I bet you keep your pussy clean
    Honey, I miss your two tongue kisses
    Legs wrapped around me tight
    If I ever get back to New York, girl
    Going to make you scream all night

  229. @anonymous

    Because it’s a BFD that the Court didn’t invalidate the Constitution.
     
    But they have the power to?

    It has nothing to do with power. They have to decide the case based on the law, and to do so they have to ascertain the law.

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