Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

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  1. Of course she damaged goods. They’re all damaged goods. All of them Otherwise they wouldn’t let themselves be used by Democrats like this, would they?

  2. Senator Leahy says we should have an FBI investigation. He points to the Anita Hill case. He says he believed Anita HIll. IIRC, didn’t the FBI conclude there was no way to determine guilt?

  3. Interesting. She has testified that Chris Garrett originally introduced her to Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. This the same Chris Garrett who Ed Whalen theorizes that she may have mistaken for Kavanaugh. She denies that such a mistake in identity occurred.

  4. Note that she does not name the friend who caused her to become acquainted with Bret Kavanaugh.

    A professional association between the parents has not been identified (Mr. Blasey and Mrs. Kavanaugh worked in very different segments of the legal profession, and there would have been close to 10,000 lawyers in greater Washington at the time), no one has contended the two families were personal friends, they didn’t live all that proximate to each other (about 8 miles apart in a county which at the time contained about 500,000 people living in its suburban tracts), nor were any of the Blasey children enrolled at Georgetown Prep. If they were at all acquainted, there has to be a discrete event or a person who introduced one to the other because they would not have crossed paths ordinarily.

  5. She has testified that Chris Garrett originally introduced her to Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.

    Supposedly Mr. Garrett has some technical managerial position with a company in Alberta. I don’t know that he’s had anything to say about all this It would seem audacious to make this claim if it were false but she’s already been undercut by two other people in addition to Mark Judge.

  6. According to Dr. Ford, why is the news media not the villain here?

    As far as I can tell, the media’s left her in peace and published just two photographs of her, one taken around 1984 and one taken recently which makes her look rather more handsome than she actually is. The unfortunate Mr. Judge, who has been roadkill in this whole imbroglio has been stalked with candid shots distributed of his mug and the contents of his car.

  7. Art, actually according to her testimony, she came forward because the press was camped outside of her house, was invading her privacy, was hounding her at work and even coming into her classroom. To me, that sounds rather villainous.

  8. “It becomes a verdict on whether women should be believed, not about the facts of what happened that night.” That is the assessment of the CBS round table. Take it for what it s.

  9. ‘How you acted in high school and college could shine a light on the type of person you are.’ Again, CBS. Eeek. So much for the Animal House generation.

  10. Art, actually according to her testimony, she came forward because the press was camped outside of her house, was invading her privacy, was hounding her at work and even coming into her classroom. To me, that sounds rather villainous.

    Did you see any shots of people on her lawn?

    Here’s a brain squeezer: how would they know it was her unless someone in Eshoo’s office or Feinstein’s office was handing out her name? And if they’re so assiduous about keeping tabs on her, how come no one’s taken and published but one picture of her?

  11. She is now being questioned about her mythical fear of flying. She admits that she frequently flies although she doesn’t like to fly. She says that she hoped she could be interviewed at her home. The Committee offered to send staffers to take her deposition on the West Coast where she lives. She refused the offer. The claim that her fear of flying prevented testimony on Monday is bunk, total bunk. The Democrats simply wanted to delay the hearing.

  12. The Republican chattering heads on twitter and television are so full of cowdung, it’s unbelievable. They’re so intent to avoid standing up to this circus that their cowardice is contemptible.

  13. Let us pray for Congress during this whole sad debacle. Yes, I know, not Roman, but I like these prayers.

    MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for the people of these United States in general, so especially for their Senate and Representatives in Congress assembled; that thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be establish among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

  14. Art, I’m simply pointing out that according to Dr. Ford, it was the actions of the press that compelled her to come forward. I’m not saying it happened one way or another. I’m saying that she, who the press has declared totally believable, and some Democrats agree, has said it was thus. I find that interesting.

  15. The Senate tends to be the Home of Fake, but Cory Booker raises Fake to a smarmy art form.

    He’s gotten away with it. The newspapers never looked into his employment history or discovered where he actually lived. Off-brand outlets and bloggers interviewed people living on the block of the structure he used as a voting address and they said you see security personnel loitering about, but do not see the mayor and the house has no furniture on its ground floor. Try to find any information on the “Newark Youth Project” of which he said he was (his claim) the executive director. He supposedly did legal work for some NGO in New York which does appear to exist (whether or not he actually worked there), otherwise, it’s just elected offices. And, of course, important crime metrics in Newark grew worse during his time in office. The man is absolute unadulterated hype.

  16. Art, I’m simply pointing out that according to Dr. Ford, it was the actions of the press that compelled her to come forward.

    She had an attorney lined up who scheduled a polygraph. It was a matter of days between when Feinstein dropped her stink bomb and Blasey’s name was published. Are you saying that press was camped out all around her but keeping her name unpublished?

  17. Art, No. I’m saying that by her statements, she has said it was the press. I’m not rendering judgment. For all I know Senator Feinstein sent Ninjas in to kidnap her and force her to go public. I’m saying that she, who the press and a growing number of Democrats have declared completely credible and to be believed, has put the blame pretty much on the behavior of the press. I’d think the press would answer that. That’s all.

  18. So, what was the prosecutor getting at? My guess – and I’m no lawyer – she seems to struggle with facts from weeks ago. She also was clearly pushed along by the Democrats, who didn’t suggest doing what should be done in these cases. That’s what I got.

  19. She testified that her friend Leland as health problems, implying that is the reason why she can’t recall a party where her good friend left in a hurry after being nearly raped. If this were a trial the jurors would be rolling their eyes at this point.

  20. Art, No. I’m saying that by her statements, she has said it was the press.

    And I’m telling you that complaint is no more believable than any other complaint she has.

  21. She testified that she dated Chris Garrett for a while.

    Unless I’m mistaken, the Garretts lived in Chevy Chase and the Blaseys in Potomac. There’s 13 miles between the two addresses. Unless I’ve confused his family with someone else’s, Christopher Garrett had a pair of sisters. I suppose if one or the other had been enrolled at ‘Holton-Arms’….

  22. Art, I’m not saying it is or isn’t. I’m saying the press – who she is accusing – has called her entirely credible and believable. Multiple Democrats have said they believe her, no questions. So by that, shouldn’t they be condemning the press? My point is, she has been declared absolutely believable by the same ones who should be hanging their heads if they really think she is believable. But they’re not. Why not? Do they not really believe her? Or do they not care that they are the cause of so much of her pain, at least according to her? That is the whole point.

  23. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter whether Dr. Ford is right about the assault, lying, or mistaken. Unfortunately, I don’t think it matters what Judge Kavanaugh says or how credibly he says it.

    All that matters to this nomination is whether the political realities carve off two GOP Senators or not. All that matters in the larger sense is that this tactic worked brilliantly and we will see it repeated again and again since such claims cannot be effectively defended against if Congress lacks the guts to use its contempt powers… Which it does.

    There are serious broader ramifications for society as folks are schooled in the art of slander and libel and the inability of folks to defend against claims. We’ll see it replayed in schools, work, and social organizations whenever someone seeks to move someone on.

    Dems don’t care about the broader results, of course. Republicans don’t care enough to act either. This is going someplace terrible and I am not sure there is a way to survive such an assault or to prevent against it.

  24. Art, it seems so simple.
    1. Dr, Ford said it was the behavior of the press that compelled her to come forward though she didn’t what to. I’m not saying she lied. I wasn’t there. I don’t know hearts and souls. I just know that’s what she said.
    2. The press, and Democrats, have declared her entirety believable and trustworthy and credible.
    3. I find it interesting that they are missing the fact that if she is so believable – per their own testimony – then why aren’t they discussing the role that the press played in her having to come forward into this horrible process? They’ve dwelt on how brave she is, and how horrible it is she has to go through this. And yet, per her believable testimony, they are the ones who made it happen.

  25. then why aren’t they discussing the role that the press played in her having to come forward into this horrible process?

    Because they don’t care and have no reason to. This isn’t that difficult.

  26. All that matters to this nomination is whether the political realities carve off two GOP Senators or not.

    None of the 2-4 GOP troublemakers are in danger of ‘political realities’ should they vote ‘yes’. Three of them might be if they vote ‘no’: Flake because it might kill off a K Street hire (if he’s interested at all in that) and Collins and Murkowski should it stoke primary challenger. Collins and Murkowski are not young women and may be planning to retire anyway. Collins has 36 years under her belt as a federal employee and is due a premium pension by virtue of beginning her federal service prior to the reset of federal pensions in 1984. These four will do what they want.

  27. Put the TV on for Kavanaugh. He’s knocking it out of the park (should take a minute to blow his nose). Good job slamming the Dems on the committee. He’s doing well establishing that he is not a monster.

  28. Tito, then we get Amy Coney Barrett. Neither she nor Kavanaugh will forget how vile the Dems are. But that does nothing for Kavanaugh’s reputation.

  29. This is painful to listen to.

    What a horror these Hearings have become.

    Those involved need to spend some time on their knees in this life or they will be suffering greatly in the next.

  30. Kavanaugh was astounding in his solitary speech and I am so glad he cleared things up with the woman,Renate,from the year books. I
    stopped listening though at Mitchell joining in…Republicans must resist the temptation to overworry about the female vote and Kavanaugh made any backsliding by them difficult at least in the solitary speech.

  31. My heart is really hurt for him and his family. Truly hurt and upset at the rat bastards who have been playing nothing but games with These United States, all of us. I truly feel for him.
    Wrongfully accused!
    I truly believe this now.
    No doubt.

    Let’s keep the prayers up.

  32. Question.

    If he is sworn in as SC Justice after this monkey business, I will have even more respect for him when he rules without prejudice. Especially when the left is facing a difficult decision. If ..No..When he is sworn in the left can count on having pucker factors of 9+ ! ( Buttocks )

    Hang in there Judge K!

  33. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is on fire! I have not thought much of him in the past, but he is a hero today. He is ripping the Democrats to shed. He says they are attempting to destroy the Judge purely to gain power, and he prays to God they never get it. Magnificent!

    “You’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong place at the wrong time!”

  34. The Judge states that there was hard feelings between him and his freshman roommate James Roche, who has called the Judge a belligerent drunk on occasion. Anyone who has gone to college and been put in a dorm room with a complete stranger to live with for an academic year can empathize. I had some roommates who were great and some who Saint Francis of Assisi would have wanted to slug.

  35. My goodness…this is going to backfire on the rotten left. People will see through this! Enough I pray, that come midterms they will leave the left and vote the right. Those on the fence. It can make a difference!

    To the left..to Senator Feinstein…it will be this Fiasco that you the left instigated that will win seats for the right come November.

  36. Dave, at times he didn’t handle Leahy and Durbin very well. He could have simply stated that he was the nominee and not in charge of running the judiciary committee when continually asked about FBI investigations. He could ask why Difi didn’t ask for an investigation as soon as she got the letter.

  37. I think my jaw dropped when I heard (was listening on my Iphone during work breaks) Rachel Mitchell, the so-called expert sex-crimes prosecutor from Arizona, ask Judge Kavanaugh, “Are you aware that there is no statute of limitations in the State of Maryland on this type of crime?” (Apparently Maryland has no statute of limitations on felony sex offenses.)

    I couldn’t believe it. She is setting him up—now, 37 years later— for a state criminal investigation?

    I would have fired right back at her, “What EXACTLY are you saying? This is an allegation and you are calling me a perpetrator of a crime?”

    But—he is a federal judge, and he has never been directly accused or personally attacked, and simply took it in the face.

    Never, never.

  38. “Are you aware that there is no statute of limitations in the State of Maryland on this type of crime?”

    Unless I’ve missed the citation, Maryland has a tight statute of limitations generally and this isn’t listed as an exception.

  39. “I think my jaw dropped when I heard (was listening on my Iphone during work breaks) Rachel Mitchell, the so-called expert sex-crimes prosecutor from Arizona, ask Judge Kavanaugh, “Are you aware that there is no statute of limitations in the State of Maryland on this type of crime?” (Apparently Maryland has no statute of limitations on felony sex offenses.)

    I couldn’t believe it. She is setting him up—now, 37 years later— for a state criminal investigation?”

    No, she was lending credence to his testimony by showing that he was unafraid of criminal prosecution because he is an innocent man.

  40. In fact, Maryland has no statute of limitations for felony sex crimes, what Rachel Mitchell was inferring:

    From the national org RAINN (“Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network”) website:

    “Maryland:

    Has this state eliminated the statute of limitations for all felony sex crimes? Yes. Maryland has no statute of limitations for any felony sex crime.”

    “Does this state reduce a statute of limitations if a victim chooses not report? No. A victim’s choice to report or not report does not affect the statute of limitations.”

    https://www.rainn.org/state-state-guide-statutes-limitations

  41. I don’t remember where I read it, but there’s no statute of limitations on the felony of forcible rape (which isn’t anywhere near what Ford alleges occurred). If she was groped drunkenly, that’s a class 4 misdemeanor.

    Maybe. Think I saw that in a comment on a post on Rod Dreher’s blog. But it’s okay. Everybody on the internet is not only an expert on the subject matter at hand, but also and always, a truthful whitefoot, never a lying blackfoot.

  42. State of Maryland code, Criminal Law sec. 3-310 , attempted rape in the second degree (by force or threat, what Ford alleged) is a felony. Penalty is imprisonment up to 20 years.

  43. attempted rape in the second degree (by force or threat, what Ford alleged) is a felony.

    She didn’t.

    I’d like someone to point to the text in the Maryland code to which RAINN is referring. The text I located said no such thing.

  44. She is setting him up—now, 37 years later— for a state criminal investigation?

    Even if Maryland does not have a statute of limitations, there could be arguable due process concerns bringing rape charges for an incident 37 years ago.

  45. Doesn’t matter what the truth is. This is battle space prep for the midterms and beyond. It doesn’t really matter to the Left if Kavanaugh is confirmed or not. But if he isn’t, then so much the better.

    Especially if Ginsberg drops dead in the next two years.

  46. No less than three times at the beginning of her testimony does Ford look up to the right with a proud smirk on her face as though she has satisfied the devil himself. I am looking for the timeline on video. Look for it.
    From that time forward I knew she was lying like an old rug.

  47. Open threads inspire me:
    Legislatures must ratify all laws passed or made by the administrative state. That monstrosity Bill C16 in Canada must be ratified by the Legislature.
    Any regulations made by the Colorado Human Rights Commission must be ratified by the Legislature of Colorado.
    This truth inheres in the Constitution as surely as the truth that Congress must ratify all treaties and agreement made by the executive branch.
    The governor of Virginia may pass a restrictive environmental regulation which must be ratified by the Legislature, by We, the people.
    Congress must ratify all laws passed by the Supreme Court, that is, redefining the human being as having no soul and thereby imposing atheism on the people; redefining marriage without the marital act for sodomites; redefining pornography, the lie, the perjury about human sexuality as free speech; redefining chaos as freedom;
    The Supreme Court decides if a law is constitutional. Laws are made by Congress.
    I believe that this is called democracy.

  48. Dave G-
    I had no trouble following your point.

    **************

    The statue of limitations thing is defensible, from what I’ve heard, but would likely fail when applied to a crime committed at a time when there was a limitation.

  49. The citation for there being no statute of limitations on certain felonies in Maryland according to RAINN is based on two case law decisions, Massey v. State 320 Md. 605, 610, 579 A. 2nd 265, 267 Md. (1990)(Actually a welfare fraud case originally), and Greco v. State, 307 Md. 470, 478 1986 515 A.2d, 220, 224. “In the absence of specific statements the state meet institute prosecution at anytime with regard to felonies.”

    As to attempted rape in the 2nd°, I refer people back to Christine Ford’s original statement that Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth and attempted to sexually assault her.

  50. Should have been “In the absence of specific state limits, the State mayinstitute prosecution at any time”of certain felonies.

  51. The statue of limitations thing is defensible, from what I’ve heard, but would likely fail when applied to a crime committed at a time when there was a limitation.
    It is called “ex post facto” law. Constitution: Article I, section 9-10. That is, passing a law after the fact to prosecute a crime where the was no law. To remove the statute of limitations of this case would be writing an “ex post facto” law.

  52. Dave Griffey–

    “At this point, you’re making sense only to yourself.”

    1. Dave, you make perfect sense to me.

    2. Art Deco often gets needlessly hateful and condescending in their comments.

  53. Alan Dershowitz, on Tucker Carlson Fox News 9/27/18: “ Rachel Mitchell was completely incompetent and her cross examining because she has no experience and asking the right type questions.”

    It’s dandy to play the fine point lawyerly games perhaps in a bench trial, where are you have a competent legal head, to understand the points being made; but this is not a formal trial setting. It is a political show drama yet with serious implications.

  54. Because it was a political show drama, I think the point was to keep the focus on the fundamental unfairness of the process to Kavanaugh. If the Republicans had gone after Ford hard, the focus shifts to the fundamental unfairness of the process to her.

    Rachel Mitchell did alright.

  55. Mary DeVoe, regarding the issue of Maryland statute of limitations on certain felonies, there was never a change in the law but that Maryland had never stipulated specific limitations on prosecution for certain felonies.

    As a result, and two different cases a Mr. Massey, (welfare fraudster) and a Dr. Greco (Medicaid fraudster) came along and tried to have their convictions overturned on appeal by stating that the statute of limitations had expired.

    The appropriate Maryland courts of appeal affirmed that since the legislature stipulated no statute of limitations that meant prosecution could happen “forever”. The Maryland state Supreme Court refused to review those rulings and so they stand. Hence the Leftist argument that Kavanaugh could be prosecuted on attempted rape in the 2nd° charge.

    And don’t think that they won’t try to impeach Kavanaugh if they win in November. Another reason to get your next-door neighbor only vote every four years to show up and vote November 6 .

  56. And don’t think that they won’t try to impeach Kavanaugh if they win in November. Another reason to get your next-door neighbor only vote every four years to show up and vote November 6 .

    Impeachment requires a supermajority in the Senate, which the Democrats haven’t had since 1966. Unless they’ve got pix which show Kavanaugh with a dead girl or a live boy, it’s not happening. They block him Tuesday or it’s over.

  57. I guess it’s a good thing for them they’ve got all weekend to come up with something.

    And the more outlandish, the better. It’s the seriousness of the charge don’ch’ya know?

  58. STEVE PHOENIX: Thank you… and I live in Maryland…I am sure that they will try to impeach Kavanaugh…but only through the females. The males do not count…well maybe “I am Sparticus” because Sparticus is not white Feinstein will do her best.
    Is it fair to use male votes when it suits your agenda but not ordinarily?
    With God’s help Ginsburg will be called to testify before the eternal court of Divine Justice and Feinstein can grapple with Amy Comy Barrett.
    These hearings are a good education for our young people.

  59. ROE V. WADE WILL BE OVERTURNED AND SATAN’S NEST OF WARLOCKS AND WITCHES WILL BE DISENFRANCHISED AND EXORCISED
    Roe v Wade will be corrected with or without Judge Bret Kavanaugh
    Roe v. Wade disenfranchises every sovereign person who is male of his seed.
    Roe v. Wade extorts tax money from disenfranchised sovereign persons who are male to fund abortion.
    Roe v. Wade has aborted 32,000,000 disenfranchised sovereign persons who are male, of the 64,000,000 sovereign persons who are disenfranchised and aborted.
    Constitutional penumbras and emanations of un-enumerated, innate, human rights cannot violate the sovereignty of the human person, his innate enumerated human rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God”(The Declaration)
    Satan’s nest of warlocks and witches must be voted out of office.

  60. No one has asked why the Ford’s would consult a marriage counselor rather than an architect concerning a renovation of their house.

  61. No one has asked why the Ford’s would consult a marriage counselor rather than an architect concerning a renovation of their house.

    Because the technics weren’t the issue. The issue was that he wasn’t acceding to something silly that she wanted.

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