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One of the more fun angles to the Supreme Court circus has been Professor Doctor Blasey Ford’s contention that she couldn’t testify yesterday because her claustrophobia means she can’t fly, what with no Quantas service on domestic routes, but has to drive from Palo Alto to Washington. Here’s her fraternal twin brother Chris Blasey’s unfortunate incident at the airport:

I was looking forward to road trip progress reports that she was in, say, Elko, Nevada or Green River, Wyoming or Hammond, Indiana.

Is there a song about driving east on Interstate 80?

(There’s a good one about driving west to L.A.)

Google Maps says it takes a minimum of 44 hours of driving to get from Palo Alto to the Capitol Building, so she’d better start soon if she’s going to get there to testify on Thursday.

The fastest I ever drove across the country in elapsed time (not just driving time) was 93 hours from Los Angeles to Manhattan.

But I haven’t heard any news. What’s up?

Update: Doctor Professor Blasey Ford is now posting on social media smartphone photos of her progress, taken from the backseat of her non-claustrophobic car, a red Chevy convertible. She and her crack driving crew are somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert:

 
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  1. Well, you know how women are with directions. She might be in Saskatchewan with no cell service.

  2. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    What was your typical schedule driving cross country?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  3. I once drove Los Angeles to DC (well, Mclean VA actually) in 3 days, solo.

    LA to Albuquerque, Albuquerque to Memphis, then Memphis to DC. About 12-13 hours driving/day.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Anonymous
    , @JimB
  4. The fastest I ever drove across the country in elapsed time (not just driving time) was 93 hours from Los Angeles to Manhattan.

    Real Americans take a whole lot longer than that!

  5. Breaking news: Dr. Blasey Ford has agreed to testify … as soon as Elon Musk builds his cross-country pneumatic tube.

    Is Christine Blasey Ford related to the famous Henry Ford? In school, we learned that he was a notorious anti-Semite who supported Hitler. Oh, and he had something to do with some kind of car company, or something.

  6. MLK says:

    She ain’t showing up. She’s a fifty-something Jackie (of UVA Rape Hoax fame). Like Jackie, who was a campus character who liked attention telling her tall tale at Survivors Events, someone dropped a dime on Dr. Ford, attracting the attention of Democrats desperate to STOP Kavanaugh.

  7. @MikeatMikedotMike

    Well, you know how women are with directions. She might be in Saskatchewan with no cell service.

    That assumes Canadian immigration agents let her through. She could bounce back south.

  8. She flew to New Zealand to get away from President Trump’s America!

    • Replies: @Svigor
  9. The claimed record drive time across the USA is 28 hours, 50 minutes by this guy. He beat his own record of something around thirty-one hours, which is a time some rare other crazies have approached. Somehow, with a lot of help, they avoid cops and traffic.

    I’ve done Denver to Connecticut in two days, but that’s because I can go a thousand miles without sleep.

    There used to be an informal, illegal race of this sort called the Cannonball Run. There was a Burt Reynolds movie too:

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @ScarletNumber
  10. @William Badwhite

    I once drove Los Angeles to DC (well, Mclean VA actually) in 3 days, solo.

    Followed by another three days to get into the District proper.

    • LOL: bomag
  11. @Dave Pinsen

    Well, we didn’t get packing the car until 10pm so I drove nonstop from LA to Grand Junction, CO in about 13 hours, then we had a long lunch at the Olive Garden there, and then my wife drove over the Rockies to Denver by 8pm. After that we were on a more sane schedule, but we needed to do LA to Denver in 22 hours to get started. I would not advise that.

  12. inertial says:

    On the Greyhound bus, the trip takes 83 hours (and 5 transfers.) But it still way too fast.

    Perhaps Prof. Dr. Ford is afraid of flying and driving and can only travel by sea? In the 1840s, a trip between New York and San Francisco sailing around Cape Horn took 198 days. Not only the midterms would be over by then, but the new Congress will already be convened!

  13. How many people think The Right Professor Doctor Blasey Ford will actually show?

    When will the Senate vote?

    Will Kavanaugh get in?

  14. She just posted this on her Facebook account. It looks like her and her friends are somewhere outside Las Vegas:

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @ThreeCranes
  15. @inertial

    Maybe she’ll kayak through the Straits of Magellan?

    • Replies: @F0337
  16. Perhaps she has been kidnapped by angry white patriarchal males! They may have tied her up and wiggled their shlongs at her!

  17. Svigor says:
    @Peripatetic commenter

    Dude, aren’t u paying attention? She hates to fly. She obviously drove to NZ.

    • Replies: @tr
  18. @Reg Cæsar

    It took me about ten days to make Orlando to Seattle this year; but I camped at a few spots and had the pleasure of hearing the lovely music of 10,000 hogs at Sturgis along the way.

  19. The Box Wine Resistance leader might not win this Cannonball Run to DC but I know who would:

    “Caffeine, Nicotine, Benzedrine … And Wish Me Luck”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Reg Cæsar
  20. Anonymous[328] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Driving more than 1000+ miles overnight, I think you need to be a crazy disgruntled female astronaut. Actually I think her trip was only about 950, Houston to Orlando

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  21. Dtbb says:

    Drove from Key West to Pensacola to visit my grandparents for Chrismas. 2O hours drive time and almost 900 miles. Never again.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  22. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT A “Swedish” parliamentarian of Somali everything has missed an important vote because she couldn’t work the desk.
    The Swedish parliament, like many similar institutions including our own congress, has special wired desks that let you vote by pushing a button. In the Swedish case you must move a top cover to access the buttons, and somehow this was not made clear through the ninja costume.

    http://www.friatider.se/leila-ali-elmi-missade-omr-stningen-fick-inte-upp-bordsskivan

    Not an overwhelmingly crucial news story at first, but it opens a relevant can of worms. A Swedish anon adds:

    We have a preferential voting system which is kind of based on regions but not quite. It would take too long to explain the exact details, but the woman in question comes from an area of Gothenburg with tens of thousands of Somalians, and did all her campaigning in Somalian*. Since only ~20% of all voters vote for individual candidates, it was relatively easy for her to get enough votes in her circuit by getting all Somalians to vote for her.
    This came as a surprise to the MP leadership who had never met her and didn’t know of her. She’s only been involved in the party for a couple of years and nobody really knows anything about her.

    *It is not clear if she speaks fluent Swedish. But here she is voting for a prime minister, or she will once she gets the cover off.
    All of this would be very different if there was assimilation and newcomers with something of an accent were getting the hang of things. Instead, lefties make things as difficult as possible for everyone. It’s revolution, a total rethink of society, demanding universal reforms.

  23. Anonymous[328] • Disclaimer says:
    @William Badwhite

    If going the Barstow way to Albuquerque, a/k/a “Route 66″ that interstate’s been fully repaved through the Mojave Desert. Very pleasant drive. Also seem to be a lot of Dept. of Interior projects underway out there, can’t say why.

    Then once you cross the AZ border the road’s completely torn up to hell again

    • Replies: @donut
    , @YetAnotherAnon
  24. Whiskey says: • Website

    Kavanaugh is toast. Women hate hate hate incels. This is not about logic, facts or evidence but women’s feelz.

    Murchowski, Flake and Collins are no votes because feelz.

    Don’t think it will stop there. Open season on every White man. Be repeated all over the place. Down to elementary school.

    Heck they are chasing Ted Cruz now out of restaurants. They can taste victory.

    We must survive.

  25. @Dtbb

    Wuss. I drove from Houston to DC (1450 miles) in 22 hours. Had to take a 15 minute nap in darkest Arkansas at 3 am when I mistook a billboard for a large yellow Volkswagen veering onto the road. Tired is one thing, but I draw the line at hallucinations.

    • Replies: @Johnny789
  26. I really do hope Professor Doctor Blasey Ford goes full ’80s retro and shows up on Capitol Hill like this. Have her car and outfit match the vintage of her rape charges:

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  27. The Z Blog says: • Website

    I’m surprised she has not claimed a fear of driving so she would require a Conestoga wagon.

    I still think she is a no show. The issue is not how she will hold up under questioning. It’s the risk she slanders any of these other people by claiming they were there and are now covering for Kavanaugh. These other people she has named are not public figures. If she claims one of them was there and knew she was being assaulted, there is a good risk they sue her. That means discovery. The Dems on the committee don’t want any part of that so they are working on a way to create a circus on Thursday without having the crazy hen testify.

    • Agree: Carbon blob
    • Replies: @F0337
  28. @Cagey Beast

    I heard a trucker song on our local college radio station in the early ’70s that had the lyrics, “poppin’ them bennies like they was M & Ms…” I’ve never been able to find it since. Anyone recognize it?

    But this is the granddaddy of stimulant songs:

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    , @Anon
  29. Kayvetch says:

    I wonder how the drive to Hawaii was for her

  30. theMann says:

    You can drive from West Texas to upstate NY in a little over 30 hours, but…..

    You have to able to slam down energy drinks, pee back into the bottles, and only stop for gas the whole way.

    I don’t recommend it.

    As far as Kavanaugh is concerned, he is ok. The Democrats once again prove that none of them ever read Sherlock Holmes: “He had not the supreme gift of the Artist, knowing when to stop”, referring to the Norwood Builder. One, maybe even two, nebulous hazy slanders might have doomed Kavanaugh, Multiple obviously false and increasingly absurd slanders ruined the play the Demos were making.

  31. tr says: • Website
    @Svigor

    I’d like to be
    Under the sea
    In an octapus’s garden
    In the shade.

  32. anon[245] • Disclaimer says:

    What does ‘East Bound and Down’ mean? I took it that it meant they were trucking east and southward. But following BR’s death, I read into the Bandit plot and it was about trucking Coors beer from some Texas city to around Atlanta, which would be north.

    So does East Bound and Down mean something else?

  33. @inertial

    On the Greyhound bus, the trip takes 83 hours (and 5 transfers.) But it still way too fast.

    Greyhound isn’t what it used to be. Neither, apparently, is Canada:

    11 Grisly Facts About The Man Who Decapitated And Ate A Stranger On The Bus

    Bus transportation across the Dominion was eventually, well, cannibalized.

    On July 9, 2018, Greyhound Canada announced that they would end virtually all service across Canada, including the Trans Canada route where McLean was murdered. The precipitous drop in ridership that led to the service cancellations was cited by multiple Canadian politicians as having been caused by McLean’s murder.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_Tim_McLean

    • Replies: @F0337
  34. @MLK

    She ain’t showing up. She’s a fifty-something Jackie (of UVA Rape Hoax fame). Like Jackie, who was a campus character who liked attention telling her tall tale at Survivors Events, someone dropped a dime on Dr. Ford, attracting the attention of Democrats desperate to STOP Kavanaugh.

    I try to stick with the big conspiracy theories (JFK , 9/11, etc.) and ignore the little ones (PizzaGate, QAnon, etc.), which often strike me as absurd, but if you read the Ford/Feinstein letter, it’s pretty hard to believe that it was written by a person who not only has a PhD, but has also “worked as a research psychologist for Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine Collaborative Clinical Psychology Program.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/09/multiple-discrepancies-discovered-in-senator-feinsteins-christine-ford-letter-looks-like-a-fraud/

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Jack D
    , @anon
  35. @Buzz Mohawk

    I went Cheyenne to Cincinnati straight through, about 22 hrs. Took four days Cincy to Portland on the way out.

  36. donut says:

    What do you suppose the average IQ of the Inuit is ?

    • Replies: @donut
    , @Jim
  37. @Louis Renault

    Likewise. Made the mistake of bathing in a stream off Mt Rainer a couple days later. Lucky to escape with a nasty cold.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @Olorin
  38. Here’s another east to west song. Maybe she’s stuck at the Dew Drop Inn:

  39. slumber_j says:

    From an iSteve-inspired text exchange between a friend and me, just now:

    The drugs will have fully kicked in by the time she reaches Congress and she’ll be in the grip of an atavistic frenzy, like some mad hyena caught in a bear trap. She’s going to flense Lindsey Graham’s plastic face from his skull and drape it over the bust of Washington.

    The Capitol Dome will suddenly fill with fruit bats—big ones, like those rabid bats that burst from under a bridge in Austin every night when the light is just right, at dusk—and their crazed flapping will be the only thing staving off collapse under the dark pall that comes closer to crushing that whole horrible edifice with every passing day.

  40. donut says:
    @donut

    I found this : Looking with realism at the IQ distribution of indigenous people

    Most of you are familiar with the IQ estimates from Lynn.

    For those who are not, they’re as following:

    -East Asians (105),

    -Europeans (99),

    -Inuit (91),

    -Southeast Asians and Amerindians each (87),

    -Pacific Islanders ( 85),

    -Middle Easterners (including South Asians and North Africans) (84),

    -East and West Africans (67),

    -Australian Aborigines (62)

    -Bushmen and Pygmies (54).

  41. @Louis Renault

    Good for you. It would be a shame to drive across this amazing country only to rush it.

    When I have the time, I’m going to drive across the country and, as much as possible, avoid roads that have numbers.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  42. @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    That’s very interesting. Indeed the letter doesn’t seem right.

  43. @Steve Sailer

    No problem. I think Dr. Blasey Ford should just listen to the soothing tones of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports and catch a plane instead.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  44. Jim says:
    @donut

    About 93. The Inuit actually have one of the highest measured IQ for hunter-gatherers.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  45. @Desiderius

    Likewise. Made the mistake of bathing in a stream off Mt Rainer a couple days later. Lucky to escape with a nasty cold.

    I once took a dip in the Colorado river, in the wilderness, about 30 miles outside of Moab, Utah when it was about 105F outside. The water was bone-chilling, melt-water only a couple of hundred miles downstream from the Rockies.

    Also, it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but for a different reason. The current was very strong, and I was alone, enroute from Denver to Los Angeles.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  46. Gunner says:

    Some needs to do a Carmen Sandiego parody song for her.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  47. @Steve Sailer

    Kowalski was trying for Denver to Frisco in 15 hours, but he had the advantage of speed and a supercharged Dodge Challenger:

    • Replies: @F0337
  48. Dr. X says:

    One of the more fun angles to the Supreme Court circus has been Professor Doctor Blasey Ford’s contention that she couldn’t testify yesterday because her claustrophobia means she can’t fly but has to drive from Palo Alto to Washington.

    Fear of flying, my ass. Anybody who believes that shtick is in P.T. Barnum’s wet dream.

    I’ll bet the farm that she’s in the back of George Soros’s Learjet right now as I type this…

    • Replies: @Fabian Forge
  49. Jack D says:
    @International Jew

    This country is filled with great people and the scenery is magnificent here and there. But, TBH, there are big stretches where all you see are cattle and cornfields. Doesn’t matter if you drive fast or drive slow, all you are gonna see is prairie and cattle for 2,000 miles.

    I once did Seattle to Phila with my son by driving 8 hrs/day (total). We’d do 2 hrs each in the morning, stop for lunch, then do 2 hrs each in the afternoon, check in at our destination for the evening, have dinner, rest and start over again the next morning. So about 500 miles/day. This seemed like a perfect pace (if you are not sightseeing though we managed to squeeze in Mt. Rushmore and a couple of other sights) – at the end we arrived feeling like human beings and not worn out zombies and did not need a week to recover from the marathon.

  50. jcd1974 says:
    @anon

    “East Bound and Down” is a song by Jerry Reed that was the theme song for Smokey and the Bandit.

  51. Dr. X says:
    @anon

    What does ‘East Bound and Down’ mean? I took it that it meant they were trucking east and southward. But following BR’s death, I read into the Bandit plot and it was about trucking Coors beer from some Texas city to around Atlanta, which would be north.

    So does East Bound and Down mean something else?

    I always thought it meant “put the hammer down.”

  52. Achilles says:

    Rumor has it Prof. Dr. Blasey Ford has been sequestered with family in Delaware.

    What this means, unfortunately, is that traffic on the Bay Bridge would almost certainly prove an insurmountable obstacle in making it to the hearing on time.

    Nevertheless, as an accomplished Surfer Girl, Prof. Dr. Blasey Ford has the ability to bypass traffic on the Bay Bridge by performing the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim.

    A few more hours, that’s all the time I got
    A few more hours before I take my shot
    There’ll be drinks and guys all over the town
    And I gotta track ‘em down in just a few more hours

    I’m testifyin’ in the morning
    Ding, dong, the bells are gonna chime
    Pull out the stopper, we’ll have a whopper
    But get me to the Senate on time

  53. Jack D says:
    @Jim

    This makes sense because it actually takes quite a bit of ingenuity to survive in a northern climate. When the Western explorers started exploring the Arctic, they ended up copying (or using) Eskimo clothing, boots, dogsleds, etc. because they were perfectly adapted to the climate and better than any of the factory made stuff they had brought with them.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  54. jcd1974 says:

    If she were trying to bring down a Democratic nominee the media would have been camped out on her front lawn since the story broke. Every detail of her life would be fodder. But since she’s trying to bring down a a GOP nominee the media sees her as ally who is to be accommodated and protected.

  55. Dtbb says:

    Mr Ford in Nebraska: Slimeball? I thought you said gumball!

    • Replies: @Dtbb
  56. Rob McX says:
    @inertial

    You’re forgetting there’s the Panama Canal now. She can thank Theodore Roosevelt for halving her journey if she takes that option.

  57. Jack D says:
    @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    I think the Rooshians actually wrote it. The giveaway was when she slipped up and called Kavanaugh and Judge “Moose and Squirrel”.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  58. Rob McX says:

    She’s in danger of being upstaged by a new accuser Deborah Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh flashed at her 30-odd years ago. Let’s hope she doesn’t “remember” any distinguishing features, or the hearings will have to include a genital inspection. I think one of Clinton’s accusers claimed his penis curved slightly to one side.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  59. As long as we are talking about trucking songs, we might as well mention the best.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  60. @anon

    It might not mean anything. Reed may have just needed a rhyming scheme.

    I always liked this Jerry Reed song:

    Clayton and Henry Counties are sure different now.

    • Replies: @Voltara Smith
    , @Mr. Anon
  61. I had somehow forgotten all about Cannonball Run II, since the early 1980s.

    Thanks to Mr. Sailer, I now have a recovered memory of being blind drunk at age 15, in a suburban Montgomery County home at a party with Susan Anton and Catherine Bach.

    • LOL: Dtbb
  62. JimB says:

    I enjoy your puckish sense of humor, Steve, but we both know Dr. Ford and her family used the specious claim of receiving death threats to relocate to D.C. No doubt her legal team, including a trial attorney and a former AG, are prepping her as though she were defending herself against a perjury charge in criminal court. What has tossed as spanner in the works is Grassley’s announcing his intention over the weekend to appoint a sex crimes prosecutor to question/interrogate the witness. Ford’s legal team is now desperate to to snag any court camera footage of the prosecutor in action so they can figure out how to game the testimony.

    Senator Feinstein probably threw shade on Dr Ford’s likelihood of attending Thursday’s hearing because the prep is going badly. Unless Dr. Ford is a brilliant sociopath, which her mediocre college pedigree belies, she is going to be very unconvincing.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    , @Art Deco
  63. istevefan says:

    Good post. I am surprised the media is not tracking her progress to DC. I figured the left would use her journey to organize some sort of caravan of protesters to accompany her and to culminate in a huge pussy hat protest like the one following Trump’s inauguration.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  64. Neoconned says:

    ….when the drugs began to take hold…..

  65. Dan Hayes says:

    istevefan:

    I expected that palms would be strewn before Professor Doctor Ford’s cavalcade in its triumphal journey across the Fruited Plain.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  66. Anon 2 says:

    Back in the mid-‘70s my wife and I embarked on a cross-country trip,
    partly inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) and Steinbeck’s Travels with
    Charley (1962), except that, unlike Steinbeck’s camper, our small motor home
    had all the modern conveniences and there was no poodle or any other canine.
    We had a little too much fun, i.e., we went over the budget, and then had to rush
    home crossing the continent in only 3 days, of course taking turns at the wheel.
    We were both struck by the poverty we saw in Texas – at least compared to the
    Northeast or California. It seemed like Texas was still emerging from the Great
    Depression. But the beauty of the American West was incomparable – there is
    nothing like it anywhere in the world.

  67. @anon

    Yes, the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and the Snowman (Jerry Reed) were taking a trailer load of Coors from out West when it wasn’t distributed east of somewhere (the Mississippi?). Seriously, it wasn’t. I thought they came east from Arkansas, just to make the song rhyme: “They’re thirsty in Atlanta, and there’s beer in Texarkana …”

    “Down” meant that they had the hammer down, as in down to the floor. Oh, for cryin’ out loud, that’d be the gas pedal, for you people with no handle.

    I’d put up Jerry Reed’s tune, but these are 2 great Southern Rock truckin’ songs. Skynryd’s Ronnie Van Zant’s Dad was a trucker, I’m told. First, Marshall Tucker, though:

    Not just a great tune and sound, but great lyrics and some pictures of nice rigs:

    • Replies: @22pp22
  68. anon[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    Usually I take Gateway Pundit with a grain of salt, but I remember thinking that it seemed really awkwardly written too.

    What struck me was the phrase “in a suburban Maryland area home”. What does she mean, “Maryland area”? Is she not sure if she was actually in Maryland or not at the time, or did she just not know the correct way to phrase that? The whole thing was strange.

    But, then again, her PhD is in Educational Psychology, which probably isn’t too demanding, as PhDs go.

    I also don’t get why it would be faked, either. It’s just weird.

  69. @Jack D

    Don’t forget the kayaks:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak#History

    Pretty ingenious of them to develop such efficient nautical transport in harsh climes with limited materials available.

  70. NickG says:

    I’ve done Johannesburg to Cape Town and return a goodly few times.

    A number of times I’ve driven it in a day. It’s 1450 km / 900 miles. The best I’ve done point to point was a bit under 12 hours. That was a few years ago, it would be slower now as the road is busier.

    • Replies: @F0337
  71. I woke up in my small Honda by the lakeshore in Marquette, Michigan and made it to Roundup, Montana, on the US 12 toward Helena, after ~ 1100 miles of driving. I stopped partly because it was wet, part of the road was dirt due to construction, and a large deer jumped into the lane next to me about 50 yards ahead. I figured that was enough for the night.

    Then again, I’ve driven about 17 one-way trips across America on different routes and like to go off the Interstates once west of the Mississippi and oftentimes east of it. Just like Johnny Cash, I’ve been everywhere, man.

  72. @Jim Don Bob

    Agreed, Our Geography professor had us read that as part of the syllabus.

  73. JimB says:
    @William Badwhite

    I once drove Los Angeles to DC (well, Mclean VA actually) in 3 days, solo.

    Why would you do that? There’s so much fun stuff to stop and look at.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  74. 22pp22 says:

    Is this correct?

    She moved to the West Coast to put the trauma behind her.

    She was, at the time, unaware of the trauma.

    If I am right in this, that is fairly conclusive evidence that she is lying.

    She claims she cannot fly – which seems unlikely given what we know about her – so that it will take days for her to get to Washington.

    She says that she is so upset that she can only be questioned by people who already support her. This will allow her to cry prettily on TV and not be called upon to explain all the inconsistencies in her story.

    She said she was going to move to NZ in a huff after Trump’s victory. That indicates that she is a PC true believer and will do anything to block Kavanaugh’s nomination.

    She is demanding that Kavanaugh testify first and that an FBI investigation be carried out first. If she were sure of herself she would testify under oath right now, but it seems she does understand the concept of perjury. That is the only possible explanation for her actions.

    Of all the ‘witnesses’ she has named, she the only one who has yet to put her head on the block.

    She didn’t think about Kavanaugh till he started to achieve a national profile. Then she decided to take him down.

    It is not enough for this behaviour to be ignored. It needs to be punished. She knows what she is doing, and if it doesn’t merit jail time, it should.

  75. Anonymous[317] • Disclaimer says:

    The biggest hint that Kavanaugh didn’t do anything inappropriate on these occasions is the mere fact itself that these allegations are public and the opposition to him is fanatical. If something of this nature were true then it would more likely be used as an ace in the hole to keep his rulings in line when it comes to important matters.

    For an example, think Dennis Hastert.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  76. @Steve in Greensboro

    News reports are that Professor Ford courageously slammed her big rig into a bridge median to avoid hitting a disabled vehicle.

    One life for ten
    Has always been
    A diesel drivers code
    That’s why Blasey slung that Widow Maker off the road

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  77. @JimB

    No doubt her legal team, including a trial attorney and a former AG, are prepping her as though she were defending herself against a perjury charge in criminal court. [...]

    Senator Feinstein probably threw shade on Dr Ford’s likelihood of attending Thursday’s hearing because the prep is going badly. [...]

    So instead of a road song, maybe we need to hear from the Killer on prepping Dr Ford to testify:

  78. @anon

    They were eastbound. Atlanta is roughly east of Texarkana. [They're thirsty in Atlanta and there's beer in Texarkana...]
    I always assumed the “down” referred to “putting the hammer down” ie. standing on the gas.

  79. @Steve Sailer

    Back in the day my wife and I drove 1350 miles from Boston to Tampa in under 24 hours. Shifts were 4 hours or 250 miles, whichever came first. And that included a torrential rainstorm around Georgia.

    Mark Geragos described his LA to NY bus tour on the Reasonable Doubt podcast recently. Due to eye surgery he couldn’t fly, so ended up riding in a network of band tour buses. Described the middle of the country as vehemently pro-Trump.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  80. What used to take two hours now takes all day. It took me 16 hours just to get to LA.

  81. OK, I don’t know if this image of the letter is real. I found it on “thegatewaypundit”. But if it is, the last line has some clues to Ford’s cross-country travel:

    I am available to speak further should you wish to discuss. I am currently vacationing in the mid-Atlantic until August 7th and will be in California after August 10th.

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4932636-2018-09-20-Feinstein-to-Grassley-July-30-Letter.html#document/p2

    So apparently: 1. she can make it across the country in 3-4 days. 2. she decided to write and send the letter while visiting the area of her native Maryland.

    • Replies: @Carbon blob
  82. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Ah, Jerry Reed. The greatest country guitarist of them all. Chet Atkins’ and Glen Campbell’s side-kick. America’s Django Reinhart. Wrote the greatest pieces ever for finger-style guitar. Played sessions for Elvis, Dolly, Willy etc etc. One of the most underrated musical talents of all time. Then finished his life wasting his time and talent in Hollywood. RIP Snowman

  83. @22pp22

    You’re under some kind of weird understanding that these people care one little bit that we know they are lying. That’s part of the point, aside from the main one of derailing/delaying the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. They want to show us the power of media-supported stupidity, as they reckon they can push any narrative they want, no matter how stupid it sounds to everyone involved. With the cucks in the GOP, I believe they are pretty close to having that much power.

    22pc22: I’ve read your comments on this Kavanaugh thing, and you keep wondering why this is going on with the world laughing at us. You’ve got to understand that most Americans would agree with the folks on this blog. We just don’t seem to have any say in the matter.

    • Replies: @22pp22
    , @F0337
  84. Come on, guys, the Merry Pranksters knew how to do this cross-country thing properly. Get Kerouac’s bud Neal Cassady to drive:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_Cassady

    #further

  85. Achilles says:
    @22pp22

    She is demanding that Kavanaugh testify first and that an FBI investigation be carried out first. If she were sure of herself she would testify under oath right now, but it seems she does understand the concept of perjury. That is the only possible explanation for her actions.

    I don’t think she is at risk of perjury for merely repeating under oath the vague account of the event which she gave in her letter to Feinstein and to the Washington Post.

    There are few specifics that she can be directly contradicted with, and it would be too difficult to overcome reasonable doubt that she simply genuinely misremembered things if an attempt were made at a perjury prosecution.

    Where I do suspect she is exposed, perhaps in a big way, would be in any of her answers to questions about her deleted social media postings and about any meetings and coordination with political operatives in planning her attack on Kavanaugh. These could tend to show bad faith on her part and be suggestive that this is a political hit, and her instinct would be to deny or minimize this in testimony.

    I would not be surprised if the negotiations between Senate committee staff and Prof. Dr. Blasey Ford included a demand by her side that her social media posts and discussions with advisors be off limits in any questioning.

    If the shoe were on the other foot and she were a Republican attacking a Democrat nominee in this way, the Democrats and their allies in law enforcement would be subpoenaing all her deleted social media from her providers and perhaps even seizing attorney-client records for use in prosecuting her for perjury and false statements.

  86. Elsewhere says:

    Here’s a good west to east song:
    “Convoy” by C.W. McCall.

  87. “You know, I don’t think everybody that is accused is guilty,”

    Not so, madam! Blackstone had it backwards. If I think you are guilty… then you are guilty! Why wouldn’t you be? Why would I take something that’s not true, and that I know not to be true, and present it as being true? Nonsense. I don’t know either. (Specially someone with the surname of that accuser. They must be wholesome folks)

  88. 22pp22 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    For most of my adult life I have lived in a very small society, the lower South Island of New Zealand. the Prime Minister before this came from Winton and is known to people I know. The government in Wellington seems remote geographically, but not personally. I sat down in a cafe and the person on the other side of the table was a government minister.

    I don’t understand America at all. I see that clearly now.

  89. @Carbon blob

    Amtrak shows that a train starting in Emeryville, CA and ending in Washington DC takes approximately 73 hours. So 3 days, cross country, getting off for a few hours in Chicago. Assuming no delays (heh). A roomette is $839, one way.

    My money’s on the train. Very SWPL.

  90. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Ever notice all those Southern rock outfits had the same basic sort of 1900s signpainter logo?

    Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers Band, Charlie Daniels Band…

  91. @istevefan

    “to culminate in a huge pussy hat protest like the one following Trump’s inauguration”

    Shouldn’t there be a comma or a hyphen in there somewhere?

  92. Marat says:

    At last the life preserver has landed! Team Professor can claim an issue about the lady investigator!

  93. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Well, dang. If you’re going down that road then there’s this. Still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up…….

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
  94. Flip says:

    Maybe she’s got a convoy going.

  95. The best driving across America movie is still Two Lane Blacktop

  96. @22pp22

    I have a close friend who moved to Wellington about five years ago, and has settled down there for good. Your remarks sound a lot like what he says in my Skype conversations with him these days. He mentioned that the population south of Wellington is barely one million, including both Dunedin and Invercargill. Sounds like heaven. He did mention that New Zealand has seen quite a bit of immigration from Asia, though most of the immigrants go to North Island.

    • Replies: @22pp22
    , @Alfa158
  97. @Dr. X

    Learjets are pretty small. But the Google Boys have their own private 767. I’m sure they’d make that available if claustrophobia is an issue. The could even throw in some VR goggles to make it seem like she’s on the beach!

  98. Mr. Anon says:

    For some reason, this whole episode reminds me of the Friedrich Durrenmatt play The Visit:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Visit_(play)

  99. Is this like those Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s sleigh?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  100. @Cagey Beast

    Discreet Music. She’ll sleep through the whole flight.

  101. MBlanc46 says:

    Too bad Neal Cassady isn’t available to drive her.

  102. @Gunner

    Or get her a red-and-white striped shirt, black-rimmed specs, and a pom-pom hat.

  103. Anon[643] • Disclaimer says:

    I read somewhere last night that Dr. Ford (and Kavanaugh) are being prepped in mock testimony, which implies she is already in Washington.

    Or maybe Dr. Ford is hitchhiking crosscountry. If so, let’s hope she isn’t retraumatized by being picked up by the infamous trucker “Big Joe,” immortalized by Red Sovine, and covered in one of Tom Waits most hallucinogenic recordings:

  104. Cranmer says:

    I’m surprised no one has compared her to rain man yet. That was my first thought when I heard she wouldn’t take a plane. She’ll be on backroads and staying in the honeymoon hideaway motel in [email protected], Missouri.

  105. @22pp22

    Your entire country is smaller than a lot of metropolitan areas. I’m sure it’s a great place with great people but really and truly, it’s not a country of any consequence. A few million Chinese homebuyers and it’s over.

    All the Commonwealth countries are existential oddities. There’s no reason for them to exist other than there’s no place for the former British subjects to go. We Americans left the Empire and started our own country so we’ve never had that sort of problem. We’ve got our own looming existential crisis but not like yours–the Empire left you.

    Quebec’s status is even more attenuated. That they still persist in speaking French is testament to linguistic inertia and ethnic preference. Unbelievable.

    New Zealand seems to have a healthy nationalist vibe with your All-Blacks and the haka. If there’s more Maori-white intermarriage then you may end up with a coherent nation. You’ll recall Mandela was hoping to get the same nationalist vibe with the South African Springboks but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

    • Replies: @22pp22
    , @Anonymous
  106. Anon[643] • Disclaimer says:

    I recommend this Jalopnik profile of the guy who broke the Cannonball Run record in 2013:

    Meet The Guy Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 28 Hours 50 Minutes

    https://jalopnik.com/meet-the-guy-who-drove-across-the-u-s-in-a-record-28-h-1454092837

    “You need active suspension,” said Ed. “You know… for the fuel tanks.”

    That’s right: the fuel tanks. You see, look at it from the outside and you wouldn’t know Ed’s CL55 is anything other than a typical CL-Class, purchased by some old guy in Palm Beach because, let’s face it, the S-Class just has too many doors. But poke around under the skin, and Ed’s CL is far from typical.

    Let’s start with the fuel tanks. There are two of them, both 22 gallons – and that’s in addition to the 23-gallon tank Mercedes installed at the factory. The result is a constant, pervasive gas smell when you’re standing anywhere in the car’s vicinity. But it also means the car can hold 67 gallons of fuel – or, put another way, over 400 pounds of gasoline. Hence the active suspension.

    There’s a police scanner. There are two Garmin GPS units with traffic capabilities. There are two iPhone chargers and cradles to run apps like Trapster; an iPad charger and cradle; and three radar detectors. And that’s just the easy stuff. There’s a switch to kill the rear lights, a switch to activate the fuel tanks, and a professionally installed switch panel mounted in the center stack that controls all of these goodies. There’s a CB radio, complete with a giant trunk-mounted antenna. There are two laser jammers. Ed had someone working on a radar jammer, but it wasn’t ready in time.

    Hhe used the CB radio to pose as a trucker.

    “If two trucks were next to one another, we’d call to one of them,” he explained. “‘FedEx, this is King Trucking. I’m right next to you. Can you tap your brakes so I can get by?’ When we sped past, they probably saw the huge antenna on my trunk and got really mad.”

    As they reached Los Angeles, they had a choice. They could slow down, cruise to the finish line, and claim the record. Or they could push it, take their chances with the police, and try to set a time that would be virtually unbeatable for any future drivers who might make an attempt. With more than 27 hours of non-stop, high-speed driving under their belts, the group took a vote.

    They decided to push it.

    At 11:46 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, the group reached the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, California, the site of the original Cannonball Run finish line.

  107. Cranmer says:

    East Bound and Down is a good song, but two lane highway is almost as good.

  108. My favorite Trucker Tune.

  109. @Reg Cæsar

    That has very (subtly) naughty lyrics.

    So much more fun than rap.

  110. @Buzz Mohawk

    Umm, in case you didn’t notice there is a Cannonball Run 2 clip in the main post.

    Anyway, someone once asked me to describe Cannonball Run and I said it was Smokey and the Bandit minus the plot.

    RIP Burt

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  111. 22pp22 says:
    @PiltdownMan

    I have fixed my life so that I have very little to do with diversity.

    I live here most of the time and when we I do venture out of the country it is to Cyprus where I have permanent residency. Queenstown has an international airport and Sydney Airport is the only place I need to go to ever that has in-your-face funkiness.

    We use Cyprus as a base for visiting Eastern Europe and are thinking of taking a staycation in Bulgaria.

    New Zealand has always been biracial and Polynesians make up maybe ten percent of the local population. We do have fruit-pickers from Vanuatu, but they are on short-term visas. There are none around at the moment.

    Mataura is a rough as guts Maori settlement, but overall there is little friction.

    It is a six-hour drive to Christchurch, and we only pass through one town of any size, Geraldine (pop 2000), 95% white at least.

    Christchurch does have its share of Asians, many of them students. I can’t remember when I last saw an African.

    I understand that our pleasant little community is living on borrowed time, but I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    , @Dan Hayes
  112. @22pp22

    I don’t understand America at all.

    Think of it this way: Every nefarious group of creeps is going to want a piece of the biggest pie in the world and a say in how it’s baked. That’s why America is so messed up now.

    Honestly, it’s not the fault of the people who actually make the country something the nefarious groups of creeps want to manipulate to their own ends.

    • Replies: @F0337
  113. @PiltdownMan

    > Also, it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but for a different reason. The current was very strong, and I was alone, enroute from Denver to Los Angeles.

    Why is that?

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  114. 22pp22 says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    You might find this short film amusing. On reflection, it’s disturbingly close to the truth.

  115. 22pp22 says:

    Tolkien-mania was extreme at the time, but has now fortunately worn off.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  116. @Dr. X

    That’s a 10-4, good buddy!

    See also:

  117. Mr. Anon says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    Is this like those Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s sleigh?

    Yes, Virginia, there IS a Christine Blasey Ford.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  118. Dan Hayes says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    Rosamond Vincy:

    Sincere thanks. But the strewing of palms was more devotionally impressive in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  119. Latest news from Reuters

    Grassley agrees to Wensleydale at hearing

    By Glen Glendolene
    September 25, 2018, 3:27 PM PDT

    Anonymous staffers for Senator Charles Grassley confirmed today that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has demanded Wensleydale cheese be served at any senate hearings as a condition for her testimony. The demand was reportedly communicated through lawyers for Dr. Blasey Ford, who is stipulating that the Wensleydale must come from Yorkshire in the UK and be sent by ship across the Atlantic. Staffers said Senator Grassley will release a statement later today agreeing to the demands and postponing any vote until after the Wensleydale is delivered in 2-3 weeks, citing the importance of “exploring every plausible accusation against SCOTUS candidates.”

    The new demands come only one day after the FBI received new information about the rape charge from private investigators working for Fusion GPS. The investigative firm is reporting that Dr. Blasey Ford was actually saved by the intervention of her dog, which is now working hard to make sure Dr. Blasey Ford shows up on time for her hearing. Dr. Blasey Ford’s lawyers at the firm of Cohen, Walberg & Gromitstein could not be reached for further comment…

    • Replies: @Lurker
  120. Dan Hayes says:
    @22pp22

    22pp22:

    So sad that your bucolic land has an expiration date. But then all good things come to an end. Nevertheless you are determined to enjoy it while it lasts – GOOD!

  121. @Dan Hayes

    Which was visually stunning–the man knows his Medieval and Renaissance religious art–but no back handsprings, walkovers, or aerials:

  122. Anon[643] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Red Solvine’s “Freightliner Fever” has a nice verse about stimulants:

    ===

    Well, Pierce said, “Red, whatcha carrying in that cigarette pack?”

    I said I got my second driver, and he’s gonna drive all the way back.

    It’s a big black pill so long and round, to a driver it’s a “West Coast turnaround.”

    It’s for the fever, the old Freightliner Fever.

    ===

    “Pierce” is a reference to trucking song great Webb Pierce.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  123. @ScarletNumber

    I posted my clip before all of the other, much better, clips appeared, including the one in the main post. I am embarrassed that mine sucks so bad, but the movies do too.

    What would be more interesting is something about the real Cannonball Runs that were held in years past. Brock Yates drove in them and wrote a book about the subject. He wrote for Car and Driver magazine:

    https://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-last-cannonball-feature

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @F0337
  124. Mr. Anon says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    That’s a good one. This one’s good too:

    He was a real talent.

  125. F0337 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    You raise a good point, however obliquely.

    Panama Canal beddy tight spot, no good for claustrophobe.

  126. @Buzz Mohawk

    Addendum: The excellent linked story was written by another Car and Driver writer, Fred H.M. Gregory, who also participated in the Cannonball. Reference is made at the beginning to Mr. Yates’ book and Yates appears in the account of the race.

  127. F0337 says:
    @The Z Blog

    Better the Supreme Court and Constitution be demolished than one woman’s lies be disbelieved!

  128. @Mr. Anon

    Awww…some of my little friends said there wasn’t.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  129. @22pp22

    Met someone who moved there because of the LOTR movies, and managed to get work as an extra in the Hobbit movies.

    • Replies: @22pp22
  130. @ScarletNumber

    I had finished presenting papers at a conference, and had taken two weeks off, to explore the back roads in the West and then visit friends in L.A.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  131. @Rosamond Vincy

    Word is she’s already in DC being coached. Her Fear of Flying was a ruse to buy time for her to be taught what to say.

    I bet she’s read Erica Jong and knows how to tell a good story.

  132. F0337 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    What is it with the decapitation thing?

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/22/virginia.tech.death/index.html

    Ugh, that story you linked:

    “Li Was A Struggling Immigrant … he knows now it was completely wrong.”

    So true. Has be been paroled yet? It is Canada after all.

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  133. F0337 says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Beautiful Naked Blonde Chick offers herself to one ‘Barry Newman’

    Yep it’s Hollywood.

  134. So true. Has be been paroled yet? It is Canada after all.

    He’s served his time, and is out, apparently.

    What is it with the decapitation thing?

    I can’t make head nor tail of it. Derb does note that the Chinese have a “lurking” fascination with cannibalism, though.

    Hell, why not? They eat anything else that moves.

  135. F0337 says:
    @NickG

    Also you get carjacked and murdered every so often.

  136. F0337 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You’re under some kind of weird understanding that these people care one little bit that we know they are lying.

    Thank you. ‘Bout time someone realized this.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  137. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Chief Seattle

    As research for his new novel, Gary Shteyngart took Greyhounds cross country.

  138. F0337 says:
    @22pp22

    Just be glad you’re far away, in a relatively safe and civilized place. That being said, though, The Anti-Gnostic is right that your country is also quite vulnerable.

    • Agree: Cagey Beast
  139. Johnny789 says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    I have had the hallucinations as well, but mine were dogs running across the Ohio Turnpike at 6 in the morning.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  140. F0337 says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Honestly, it’s not the fault of the people who actually make the country something the nefarious groups of creeps want to manipulate to their own ends.

    A fair point, and lately I’ve been considering that it’s mainly the Anglo-Nordic concept of Fair Play which has done them in, in the long run. They really didn’t think these ‘other people’ were going to be so destructive and tribalistic as–frankly–they have always been.

    This raises the possibility that a certain Christian naïveté is also responsible.

  141. Johnny789 says:

    I once drove from Long Beach, CA to Reedsville, WI in 36ish hours. My friend and his wife weren’t too excited for me to show up at 2 in the morning.

  142. Who needs a video when you’ve got the chorus on dashcam footage?

  143. Art Deco says:
    @JimB

    her mediocre college pedigree belies,

    She attended a Public Ivy (UNC Chapel Hill) for her undergraduate degree. She cadged a research degree from USC. US News identifies 240-odd post-baccalaureate programs in psychology. USC’s they rank 26th. With a few exceptions, the programs ranking higher than USC’s are at swank private research universities or at Public Ivies. She’s done all right.

    She’s also published extensively (more than 80 papers), though there are only a few papers on which she was the lead author.

  144. F0337 says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I posted my clip before all of the other, much better, clips appeared

    This forum is rapidly devolving into a back-and-forth of youtube clips, which is to say it’s ending up like every other forum which permits youtube links. The proprietor should perhaps consider this.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  145. Art Deco says:
    @Anonymous

    For an example, think Dennis Hastert.

    Hastert was being bled financially after he left Congress. I don’t think anyone’s established his blackmailers had any interest in policy or were bleeding him while he was in office. The one detractor who clearly hated him personally (Jolene Burge) just wanted him humiliated and wasn’t blackmailing him at all. (Burge seems to have blamed Hastert for her brother’s homosexuality and every bad thing that happened to him after 1971; she went so far as to make a loud and obnoxious scene when Hastert attended her brother’s funeral in 1995).

  146. Purpleslog says: • Website

    She could take a train.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  147. JimB says:

    A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you’re talking about a half-hour to 45 minutes worth of digging. And who knows who’s gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all fuckin’ night.

  148. Alfa158 says:
    @PiltdownMan

    I had a crocodile pizza once in Wellington. Tasted like chicken that had been fed fish. Must have been a specialty that leaked over from Australia, since I’m not aware that crocs are native to New Zealand. Another lovely place though.

  149. JimB says:
    @Art Deco

    She attended a Public Ivy (UNC Chapel Hill) for her undergraduate degree. She cadged a research degree from USC. US News identifies 240-odd post-baccalaureate programs in psychology. USC’s they rank 26th.

    These are not exactly schools for geniuses, and psychology is a pseudoscience. Factor in that 50% of this woman’s grey matter has been dissolved by Jack Daniels and flushed through her kidneys, and I stand by my point.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  150. Cortes says:
    @Jack D

    In Norman Lopez’s “Arctic Dreams” there’s an astonishing side-by-side display of two versions of highly indented coastline of a peninsula – one linedrawn freehand by an experienced Inuit fisherman, the other product of the official mapping agency. They are very similar.
    If memory serves, Bruce Chatwin’s “Songlines” has several examples of amazing spatial awareness and representation by Aboriginal Australian people.

  151. Lurker says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Hey, I’ll be visiting Wensleydale this time next week.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  152. Lurker says:
    @Johnny789

    Driving when exhausted – I’ve also had dog hallucinations.

    These telephone junction boxes are commonplace in the UK and usually near the road. One night, while already starting to get confused about which side of the road I should be on (had recently been driving in Europe). I saw one of these green boxes and thought “My God thats a big dog!”

  153. Lurker says:
    @F0337

    But we hope that, by constantly drawing attention to it, people who don’t yet see it’s all lies will take notice. We’re trying to get the attention of the undecideds.

  154. Anon[155] • Disclaimer says:
    @22pp22

    Hey man as long as you have a good life that’s all that matters. Who cares about what happens to anyone else in the world right

    • Replies: @22pp22
  155. 22pp22 says:
    @Anon

    If there was something tangible I could do, I would do it. Any suggestions?

  156. @Louis Renault

    Well, in Vegas, Malley No-Show was 50:1 against. That was the movie The Gauntlet. Haven’t read all the comments, but I may be the only one here that actually remembered that tidbit, let alone watched the thing. It was a bent shit-can of a movie.

    Malley No-Show. 50:1. I agree with all, she’s a no-show, even if she shows. If you’ve never seen the big-time, Wall-to-Wall broadcast spectacle of a Senate Hearing in person understand, TV soen’t do any of it justice. Not only are you in the spotlight, you are under a magnifying glass and the sun is above. And there you are, just you and your game and your lies or your truths, on display. They tremble, they quake under certain questioning, they have tunnel vision. Ya have to see it to believe it. I don’t think she’s going to show up, or show up as credible. But then, pharmaceuticals or a couple of shots of booze might gird her loins, who knows? Hillary will be happy to send Dr. Feelgood.

    Absent that, she’s been ensconced in the sheltered good life, her every word accepted without question, or else. She’s had it made her entire life, never been talked back to in her entire career. But this here, she’s on trail of sorts. Best of all, there will be no breaks for Democrat questioning, pandering and slobbering. Trey Gowdy will have no small say about the tenor of the questioning, this is a slander and even Feen-Steen knows she’s busted on her improprieties here. She should be kicked off Judiciary for holding out her insider knowledge on this for months now and deliberately releasing it at the 11th hour, 59th minute. And the supposed object of the Judge’s affections ought to be flogged when this is over for the damage done. If the Feminist tyrants win this, Kav should sue for defamation.

  157. @Anonymous

    Route 66 over the top from Kingman to Oatman is pretty torn up, unless they’ve redone it in the last ten years. Hairpin bends with chunks of tarmac missing at the edges, big dropoffs, derelict trailers. Oatman is wonderfully preserved though.

  158. tyrone says:
    @Rob McX

    She hasn’t been able to get that penis off her mind ever since …….the face not so much.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @Anonymous
  159. @Anon

    I won’t do the link, but Dave Dudley sings

    I got me ten forward gears
    And a Georgia overdrive
    I’m takin’ little white pills
    And my eyes are open wide

  160. midtown says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Odds are that they have a final demand and don’t show. The Judiciary Committee should then hold a vote right then.

  161. 22pp22 says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    I hope s/he’s making a decent wage.

  162. JimB says:

    Hm. It’s interesting that Kavanaugh’s accuser emerges from Palo Alto at a critical juncture in history when the great Silicon Valley tech monopolies are threatened with being broken up by a populist president who thinks they have become too powerful. No doubt, a big part of the antitrust spadework will require important appeals to the Supreme Court. What self-interested Google or Apple CEO wants a bunch of disinterested Constitutional originalist justices deciding the fate of your company when what you really need are some lefty boot-lickers.

  163. sabril says:

    I’m surprised that nobody has yet mentioned “Deathrace 2000″

  164. Logan says:

    Three days on Amtrak.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  165. duncsbaby says:
    @F0337

    He was set free to roam and sin no more as of February, 2017. Sweet Canadian justice.

  166. Anonymous[391] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    When I read about the case, I was puzzled by the “wearing a diaper” detail …

    but when reading Israel Shamir’s piece on Toilet Wars in Space, i recalled the incident and it made sense.

  167. Dtbb says:
    @Dtbb

    I guess nobody remembers “Gumball Rally”? It is pretty forgettable.

  168. @22pp22

    First, before I forget again, I swear you’d written to me specifically that you live in Cyprus. Did you live there before?

    Next, don’t take this the wrong way. I was going to use the word “smug”, but that’s not really right. Just don’t be too complacent (that’s the right word) about your 2-island idyllic land of zeal (?). Lots of the same stuff is and will be happening there too. I’ve read of some of it. I suggest you get involved when/where you can.

    Re your anecdote: That was the American way on the State and moreso county level long ago, but States aren’t States per US Constitution anymore. They are nothing but provinces now. BTW, I could tell you 2 slightly-funny stories about the lieutenant Gov. of my state, but I try not to get into details. After all, I live on Cyprus… or something. ;-}

    • Replies: @22pp22
    , @22pp22
  169. @JimB

    Had to be back at work, alas. A buddy and I took two weeks, drove from DC to Portland, OR, then down to San Francisco, to Santa Barbara, a number of side trips around there, down to LA, out to Vegas, then back to LA. He flew home and I drove the rented minivan back.

    Somewhere in Oklahoma I was browsing the rental contract and saw we weren’t supposed to be out of DC, MD, or VA. When I turned it in and the rental car clerk said “8,800 miles? That doesn’t seem right” I said “yeah, that’s gotta be wrong”.

  170. It’s interesting that Kavanaugh’s accuser emerges from Palo Alto at a critical juncture in history

    And what about the symbolism? Palo Alto means “long stick” and the plan is that Kavanaugh will get the short end of the stick.

    I am not into conspiracy theories or anything, but as Sherlock Holmes said to Watson in The Sign of Four:

    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

  171. @Art Deco

    That link someone posted to the letter is telling. It has grammatical mistakes, awkward phrasing, and even a change in font and spacing that one might not expect from someone who’s been published in academic journals.

    It could be claimed that Ford was upset when she wrote it, but as one deconstructor (Blumenthal, I think) noted, this is a letter to Congress. It would ordinarily be reviewed and revised before being sent.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  172. @F0337

    Mea culpa. Perhaps this applies to the posting of images too.

    Henceforth moderation.

  173. Art Deco says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    Recall Norman Maclean’s memoirs of his youth. He attended high school in a small town in Montana. His father was the local Presbyterian parson. At the time, you typically left school around age 15 (likely earlier in Montana) and took wage work. He was on track to a high school diploma and tertiary schooling (of the sort his father received but of which only 6-8% of his cohort received). His mother discovers when he’s around age 16 that he hadn’t learned to scan poetry, so she takes it upon herself to teach him at the kitchen table. His mother was the issue of a small town in Manitoba, IIRC, and her father was (unlike her husband) not out of the professional stratum. The liberal education people once had in this country used to be much more focused and literary. Christine Blasey is two generations down from Norman Maclean and had the jumbled liberal education swank institutions provided their charges ca. 1983.

    One of my close relations has a sideline editing other people’s writing – academic papers, legal briefs, &c. She’ll be happy to tell you that the writing skills of extensively educated professionals are all over the map and that there’s often a disjunction between a person’s spoken and written English.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  174. Art Deco says:
    @JimB

    These are not exactly schools for geniuses,

    It has occurred to me that some denizens of these comboxes have a fanciful conception of their own talents.

    and psychology is a pseudoscience.

    We had this conversation before. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  175. @Art Deco

    I’ve never seen anything like a straight account of what, exactly, she got her terminal degree in at USC.

    I’ve read variously that she got her degree in “educational psychology” and “counseling psychology”. Both of those, in the vast majority of cases, come from schools of education, not of schools which would contain the standard psychology department. Ordinarily, they award Ed.D.s, not Ph.D.s, though it seems that the USC school of education may award a Ph.D. in what it calls “urban education”, as I recollect. But nothing about the title of Blasey’s dissertation would suggest “urban education” — presumably something to do with education in the inner city.

    Schools of Education notoriously lack rigor and are far less selective than the standard academic disciplines.

    If Blasey got her degree from the school of education, that would have nothing to do with the psychology department at USC, or the ratings and standards of that department.

    Would it kill some reporter to get a clear account out of USC as to who, exactly, awarded her degree, and what that degree was?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Art Deco
  176. Jack D says:
    @candid_observer

    It wouldn’t kill the reporter but it might kill his career. Nazis like Kav warrant microscopic investigation. Kav is said to have taken a drink in high school and we know the brand of beer and its ABV and how many ounces were consumed. Obama snorts a mountain of cocaine up his nose in his 20′s and the press is not at all interested.

    This is, in short, CRIMESTOP, as Orwell predicted:

    CRIMESTOP means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to [the prevailing ideology], and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. CRIMESTOP, in short, means protective stupidity… orthodoxy in the full sense demands a control over one’s own mental processes as complete as that of a contortionist over his body.

  177. @Dr. X

    I always thought it meant “put the hammer down.”

    Yes. Deciphering 1970′s American regional slang:

    East Bound and Down: Down is shorthand for “put the hammer down”.

    “Put the hammer down” = press the accelerator to the floor.

    Borrowing from authenticjazzman:

    Captain Tripps, authentic descendant of founding stock Scots-Irish (not the Whiskey kind) redneck hillbillies (from both North and South of the Mason-Dixon Line).

  178. @Art Deco

    I’ve heard of that generation. My grandfather had to quit school and work in a factory when he was in his early teens. He read Shakespeare for fun.

    I’ve seen tests 11-year-old working class boys had to take to get further schooling in Edwardian England. I couldn’t pass one now, let alone at 11. DM showed excerpts from a journal kept by a 9-year-old groundskeeper’s daughter from around the same time: her vocabulary and penmanship were phenomenal.

    One professor I had collected rhetorics and compendia used by pioneers and people in rural areas so they could give their families some general culture. They usually had some basic arithmetic questions so people learned to keep household accounts, penmanship models in the back, and canonical texts such as excerpts from Shakespeare, “Give Me Liberty,” and Cicero’s Catiline speeches. That and the Bible gave some of those 19th-century hicks a better education than our sophisticated millennials have.

  179. @Steve Sailer

    22 hours is rushed but not ridiculous. I did a slightly longer–1100+mi–trips in the midwest several times, usually in 18-20hrs, but once in 15 with only two very quick gas/pee stops in Texarkana and Jackson Tn–solo. But i was young.

    Older, doing the family vacation thing, the wife and i would swap about every couple hours, get in refreshing naps, get you gas and caffeine beverage of choice and roll along pretty well. Of course, it’s much better if there’s a stop or two where the kids can see stuff and run around or better hike a bit and get some tired on. (People now act like it’s impossible to put the kids in the car and go anywhere, which is weird given the entertainment now, plus the safety, quiet and comfort of the cars much improved.)

    LA-Denver would definitely be better if you’d gotten going early. Then you can take a break at say Bryce, or push through to Moab and do an evening walk/hike in Arches–highly recommended– and get a hotel night’s rest. Your all night drive is kind of tedious. Though at least you were going through the Glenwood Canyon piece and the pass at Vail and summit with the Eisenhower tunnel all in daylight to enjoy them.

    80-90 hours–four days, three nights–is a quite tractable cross country trip if you have a buddy and are mostly just driving not seeing anything. A week lets you stop and see some stuff along the way.

  180. Anonymous[174] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    It reminds me of people who praise Switzerland as a nice place to live. It’s nice because it’s small and isolated (by mountains rather than sea). The problem with Switzerland is that it’s very expensive and only rich foreigners can afford to live there. I expect the same will be true of New Zealand in the future.

  181. Anonymous[253] • Disclaimer says:
    @22pp22

    Doesn’t NZ have a leftist government, now and/or usually?

  182. Lagertha says:
    @tyrone

    Did Paula Jones accurately describe Bill’s penis, therefore he had no choice but to settle the case? Does anyone else remember something like this, or is this completely misremembering?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  183. Anonymous[126] • Disclaimer says:

    The MSM triumphantly proclaimed this morning that there are now several people who signed letters testifying that they heard Ford claim that she was sexually assaulted in the past, some claiming they heard her say by a judge or more specifically Kavanaugh. Leaving off that we are to go entirely off an assumption of their honesty with no evidence, there is the far more damning fact that this is essentially worthless for actually proving he did what is claimed. They are not testifying they saw him they are testifying hearsay. If somebody steals the bike of a guy who lives down the street from you and he tells some people his evidenceless suspicion that you did it (even though you didn’t), it adds not one iota of evidence to their original claim that you did it. At best it only supports that she is not just suddenly claiming this now when a critical politically charged Supreme Court seat is in play (if the witnesses to her testimony are to be trusted). At worst (for her) it’s evidence of defamation towards Kavanaugh if she can’t provide evidence.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  184. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    As Steve pointed out early in this circus, Ford “recovered” her memory of being assaulted by Kavanaugh in 2012, right at the time when Kav was mentioned as a potential conservative S. Ct. nominee for Romney. (And right at the time when she was having marital troubles and was maybe looking for sympathy or leverage or an explanation of why she was always acting like a bitch to her husband even though he was a nice cucky kind of guy). So her accusations against him did not begin 35 years after they happened – she only waited 30 years to tell anyone. Much better.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  185. @22pp22

    I sat down in a cafe and the person on the other side of the table was a government minister

    That sort of thing happens all the time in states of four million or less. Sometimes bigger.

    Al Franken grinned at me his first full day out of the Senate. (Perhaps he was delirious.) Not too long thereafter, I bumped into the man whose seat he took, Norm Coleman, and related the incident to him.

    At the time our Constitution was adopted, we had about the same population New Zealand has today. Most of our states were even whiter, too.

  186. RAPE TRAIN (somewhat after Beatles “Taxman”)

    CHORUS (soprano/alto/tenor):

    Rape train!
    Chugga chugga chugga on the RAPE TRAIN!

    BASSO PROFUNDO:

    And when you hop onboard
    And you’re looking for a seat…

    CHORUS INTERRUPTUS: Rape train!

    BASSO DESCANTO:

    Never take the caboose,
    You know it’s juicy and loose…

    CHORUS INTERRUPTUS: Rape train!

    It’s a work in progress. I need a couple more verses to flesh it out, something incorporating Ms. Swetland’s disclosure that she participated in ten rape trains conducted by “Grope” Kavanaugh, like: One rape train makes you a victim, Ten rape trains makes you an enthusiast.

    Am I a terrible person because I laugh out loud every time I hear the phrase “rape train”?

  187. @Lurker

    I envy you. The weather might not be great, but the look and feel of the place will enchant you.
    The cheese is the least of the attractions.

    If you’ve time, walk through Dentdale, and spend a day in Sedbergh, browsing through its bookshops and admiring the crags of the surrounding unspoilt countryside.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  188. That sort of thing happens all the time in states of four million or less. Sometimes bigger.

    I was eating BBQ in San Antonio sometime in the 80s, and the governor, Mark White, came over to say hello.

  189. @Buzz Mohawk

    Best case: There is a vote, Kav narrowly loses, serves as the bloody shirt that gets us a congress that can do some real work.

  190. tyrone says:
    @Purpleslog

    been there ,done that. JUST NOT WITH THE KAV

  191. Best case: There is a vote, Kav narrowly loses, serves as the bloody shirt that gets us a congress that can do some real work.

    Remember James Watt? He was replaced by someone much quieter and far less environmentalist. A Pyrrhic victory for the other side.

  192. Anonymous[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @tyrone

    Well, she did say that she was upset because as a devout Catholic she never wanted to see a male appendage until she was married. Nothing in her biography suggest she has been married, so apparently this is the only one she’s ever seen.

  193. Anonymous[210] • Disclaimer says:

    If the rape train story is to be believed then this group in this time frame was drugging girls and then having sex with them in succession. If true then how does the alleged Christine Blasey fit the modus operandi? She claims to have drank one beer and apparently wasn’t drugged because she still maintained her senses. The third male partygoer, you would think if this was an established pattern of activity, would be there to secure the bedroom door and he wasn’t.

    It therefore seems impossible to believe both stories, that on one hand there was a smoothly run gang rape operation going and on the other hand the Blasey allegations describe a fumbling, incompently run situation.

  194. 22pp22 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I was born in the UK.

    I have lived in NZ for a long time and am married to a Kiwi. I have dual UK/NZ nationality.

    I understand your doubts as I move around alot, but don’t worry, I am not a Blasey Ford. I am telling the truth.

    You can read through all the things I have written as 22pp22 and you will see that they are consistent.

    I have lived in Cyprus and have permanent residency. I have also lived in Japan, Costa Rica, Korea and Germany.

    I consider myself Kiwi first, British second and am also loyal to Cyprus, but I do not consider myself in any way Cypriot as I speak Standard Greek badly and Cypriot Greek not at all.

    I speak German, French and Japanese well and Spanish badly.

    I am not complacent about my future in Central Otago. I am aware that we are living on borrowed time.

    Also the three faults that Kiwis recognise in themselves are:

    1). Smugness
    2). The crab-in-the-bucket syndrome
    3). Drunken foul language

  195. 22pp22 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    This is the explanation of my life I gave to Piltdown man earlier in the comment thread. You should do your research a little better before accusing someone of dishonesty.

    “I have fixed my life so that I have very little to do with diversity.

    I live here most of the time and when we I do venture out of the country it is to Cyprus where I have permanent residency. Queenstown has an international airport and Sydney Airport is the only place I need to go to ever that has in-your-face funkiness.

    We use Cyprus as a base for visiting Eastern Europe and are thinking of taking a staycation in Bulgaria.

    New Zealand has always been biracial and Polynesians make up maybe ten percent of the local population. We do have fruit-pickers from Vanuatu, but they are on short-term visas. There are none around at the moment.

    Mataura is a rough as guts Maori settlement, but overall there is little friction.

    It is a six-hour drive to Christchurch, and we only pass through one town of any size, Geraldine (pop 2000), 95% white at least.

    Christchurch does have its share of Asians, many of them students. I can’t remember when I last saw an African.

    I understand that our pleasant little community is living on borrowed time, but I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.”

  196. 22pp22 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I actually feel slightly miffed at being called a liar, when I have been totally consistent. Please read the comment I wrote to Piltdown Man BEFORE you called me dishonest. I resent any suugestion that I am like Blasey Ford.

    “I have fixed my life so that I have very little to do with diversity.

    I live here most of the time and when we I do venture out of the country it is to Cyprus where I have permanent residency. Queenstown has an international airport and Sydney Airport is the only place I need to go to ever that has in-your-face funkiness.

    We use Cyprus as a base for visiting Eastern Europe and are thinking of taking a staycation in Bulgaria.

    New Zealand has always been biracial and Polynesians make up maybe ten percent of the local population. We do have fruit-pickers from Vanuatu, but they are on short-term visas. There are none around at the moment.

    Mataura is a rough as guts Maori settlement, but overall there is little friction.

    It is a six-hour drive to Christchurch, and we only pass through one town of any size, Geraldine (pop 2000), 95% white at least.

    Christchurch does have its share of Asians, many of them students. I can’t remember when I last saw an African.

    I understand that our pleasant little community is living on borrowed time, but I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  197. @22pp22

    Dude, you took my comment COMPLETELY the wrong way. I was in NO WAY calling you a liar. I simply asked if you had written before that you lived in Cyprus! That’s a question, not an accusation.

    In fact, as I just read your first reply, I felt kind of vindicated to myself as far as my long-term memory goes. I didn’t feel like looking back through all your comments, as it was a year ago +/- some months. Is that right? You may not remember writing to me that, but I remember that I had a question to you as you indicated that your residence was much better than America in some political aspect (maybe it was the PC, the Police State – lack thereof, I mean, but again, I can’t recall it all.)

    I am now amazed at my memory, because I had made the association of “22pp22″ with “lives in Cyprus” with is not easy, as it’s not like your handle has an obvious meaning (or I’m too lame to figure it out ;-}

    I was asking you that question long ago in order to get an example of some place that may be a good bug-out location, the way things are going here.

    I hope you read this before you get any further upset about it.

    • Replies: @22pp22
  198. Da Wei says:

    She writes: “Both were 1-2 years older than me…”

    Pronouns have become logic defying obstacles these days, even for this me-so-stupid Stanford professor.

    The best article I’ve seen on this Dr. Ford ruse is on Wayne Jett’s site, classicalcapital.com
    His questions get to Dr. Ford’s possible connection with:
    1 intelligence agencies in general;
    2 Stanford based research or service for US intel agencies;
    3 psychiatric conditioning or training for intel operatives under MK-ultra or other.

    Regarding the author of the letter, the term “intelligence” must be used in the broadest possible sense.

  199. 22pp22 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I am sorry I misunderstood you.

    I don’t mind being insulted on other fora, but it would hurt on Unz as this is my sanctuary.

    I am glad that is cleared up. I will be less quick to take offense in future.

  200. Olorin says:
    @Desiderius

    There’s snow and glacial melt in them thar cascading hills.

  201. Olorin says:
    @Logan

    My first thought as well, though I once drove from Yellowstone to Atlantic City with a friend in under two days. Got 47 mpg too.

    • Replies: @Logan
  202. @PiltdownMan

    Fair enough, but why was it stupid?

  203. Art Deco says:
    @candid_observer

    She was in the psychology department at USC. Her professional publications are all over the map in their subject matter. Her dissertation topic was a child development study. She finished the dissertation in 1996 and it was accepted the following year.

  204. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    As Steve pointed out early in this circus, Ford “recovered” her memory of being assaulted by Kavanaugh in 2012,

    Again, the counselor’s notes said, four assailants, late teens, and had no names for the assailants.

  205. anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lagertha

    I have a vague recollection that itwas claimed she described a symptom of Peyronie’s Disease: an abnormal curvature due to chronic inflammation of the tunica albuginea.

  206. Logan says:
    @Olorin

    Right, but I suspect you weren’t in the best of shape on arrival!

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