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Anita Hill Redux

Advisor:  And so far, the only negative thing we’ve found is from some guy who dated her when she was sixteen.

BURNS:  Ah. And?

Advisor 3:  He, uh, he felt her up.

BURNS:  Bah! Not good enough!

The SimpsonsTwo Cars in Every Garbage and Three Eyes on Every Fish (1990)

Well, the attempted high tech lynching of Judge Brett Kavanaugh proceeds apace.  His anonymous accuser has come forward.  She is Christine Blasey Ford, a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University in California.  Here is the letter she wrote to Senator Feinstein:

July 30 2018
CONFIDENTIAL
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Dear Senator Feinstein;
I am writing with information relevant in evaluating the current nominee to the Supreme Court.
As a constituent, I expect that you will maintain this as confidential until we have further opportunity to speak.
Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980’s. He conducted these acts with the assistance of REDACTED.
Both were one to two years older than me and students at a local private school.
The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others.
Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stair well from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help.
Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with REDACTED, who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me.
From across the room a very drunken REDACTED said mixed words to Kavanaugh ranging from “go for it” to “stop.”
At one point when REDACTED jumped onto the bed the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom. I locked the bathroom door behind me. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them. I exited the bathroom, ran outside of the house and went home.
I have not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the assault. I did see REDACTED once at the REDACTED where he was extremely uncomfortable seeing me.
I have received medical treatment regarding the assault. On July 6 I notified my local government representative to ask them how to proceed with sharing this information . It is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything.
I am available to speak further should you wish to discuss. I am currently REDACTED and will be in REDACTED.
In confidence, REDACTED.
A few observations:
1.  She told no one about this at the time this allegedly occurred.  No complaint was made to the police.
2.  She does not recall the date, other than it occurred sometime in the early 1980’s.
3.  She cannot recall the address of the house.
4.  She first mentions this when she and her husband were in couples therapy in 2012.
5.  The notes of the counselor indicate that four boys were involved and no mention is made of the name Kavanaugh.  (Ford claims that the counselor was mistaken and her husband says that she mentioned the name of Kavanaugh at the time.)
6.  On the date of the incident she claims to have drunk only one beer, but she can’t recall how she got home that evening.
7.  She scrubbed her social media postings prior to coming forward.  Apparently she is a Democrat, contributed to Bernie Sanders in 2016 and has been a critic of the Trump administration.
8.  She claims that writer Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh was present.  He denies that what she is alleging is true.
9.  Her parents were involved in a foreclosure action in 1996, as the Defendants, in Maryland case 156006V .  The Judge on the case was Martha Kavanaugh, the mother of Brett Kavanaugh.  The case was dismissed by the Plaintiff early in 1997.
Docket Date: 02/04/1997 Docket Number: 10
Docket Description:
Docket Type: Ruling Status: Granted
Ruling Judge: KAVANAUGH, MARTHA G
Reference Docket(s): Motion: 9
Docket Text: ORDER OF COURT (KAVANAUGH, J./RICE, M.) THAT THE VOLUNTARY MOTION TO DISMISS IS HEREBY GRANTED WITH PREJUDICE AND THAT THE BOND FILED BY HARRY J. KELLY AS TRUSTEE SHALL BE RELEASED AND RETURNED FILED. (COPIES MAILED (

Needless to say this is a very weak accusation.  However, we are currently engaged in a national hysteria called the Me Too movement, and the Democrats will attempt to use this to torpedo the Kavanaugh nomination.  Failing that they will use this as a campaign issue against the Republicans, part of their War on Women meme.  That the reputation of a very good man will be dragged through the mud over an allegation that gives every sign of being false is of course of no consequence to them.

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Scandal

But anonymously posted accusations ought to have no place in any prosecution. For this is both a dangerous kind of precedent and out of keeping with the spirit of our age.

Emperor Trajan to Pliny the Younger

 

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

U.S.—In a shocking, exclusive new revelation, sources have reported to us that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may have cheated while playing “The Floor is Lava” during his childhood.

Republicans have been trying to push Kavanaugh’s nomination through, but if these allegations turn out to be true, it’s clear that any senator with a shred of ethics left must vote “no” on his confirmation.

Multiple witnesses claim a 7-year-old Kavanaugh leaped from the couch to a pillow on the floor, but his foot clearly touched the carpet, rendering him “out.” However, the boy didn’t quit, but claimed he didn’t touch the carpet, saying “Nuh-uh!” when his friends pointed out the rules violation. “I totally didn’t!” he said. “My foot was like a million miles away from the lava. I’m still in, suckers!”

Go here to read the rest.  Of course the witnesses wish to be anonymous and will not be subject to questioning.  The shade of Henry VII, under whose reign the Star Chamber act of Parliament was passed in 1487, gives two thumbs up to this procedure.

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Zina Bash and Leftist Insanity

One of the hilarious aspects of the concluded Kavanaugh hearings was the contention by very loosely wired Leftists on social media that Zina Bash, a former law clerk of Brett Kavanaugh, who sat behind him during the hearings, was giving a white power signal, which leftists contend is the “OK” hand sign.  The ancestry of Mrs. Bash consists of Mexicans and Jews who fled from the Holocaust.  The next day Mrs. Bash, obviously a woman of spirit, engaged in a little trolling.

 

 

My favorite comment about this exercise in Leftist insanity was made by a normal man, who remarked that he had noticed Zina Bash, who is a rather attractive lady, but he hadn’t been paying any attention to her hands.

However, perhaps I have been too harsh on the Left.  There are examples of notorious race-baiters using the “OK ” symbol:

 

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Street Theater

The first two days of the Kavanaugh hearing have been periodically interrupted by deranged, and I do not use that term lightly, protesters.  Why the room has not been cleared of spectators is anyone’s guess.  I assume the Democrats, at least initially, welcomed these protests while Republicans doubtless think there is political mileage in having the nation see just how loosely wired the far left tends to be.  Confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominees have become increasingly useless over the past thirty years, as the partisan alignments of the parties have hardened, and inquiry into a nominee’s qualifications has descended into endless political posturing.  However, at least in theory, this is important work that the elected members of the Senate are about.  To allow this work to be interrupted by every fool who wishes to get some vanity air time, some of the protestors were taking selfies, is a debasement of our Republic.  The hearing room should be cleared of spectators, and Congress should enact a law making protests in a hearing room during a Congressional hearing a low-level Federal felony.  Currently such disruption is a misdemeanor.  If people want to engage in this type of street theater at Congressional hearings, a higher price needs to be paid.

6

Stop Imposing Your Catholicism on Those Poor People!

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an alarming show of religious extremism and complete disregard for the separation of church and state, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was spotted by news reporters serving food to the homeless.

Kavanaugh performed the frightening display of religious devotion alongside an organized group of radicalized Catholics, whose extremist mission appears to be helping the needy. Local news crews leaped out of the bushes and caught him in the act, asking him, “What do you have to say for yourself, BIGOT?”

“It is disturbing that a SCOTUS nominee can so flagrantly practice his faith in the public sphere without fear of reprisal,” read an opinion piece published on Politico. “We want justices who don’t have an inherent bias for lifting up the poor and enacting mercy and, well, you know—justice.”

The writer went on to compare the Catholic judge’s actions to “something out of The Handmaid’s Tale,” stating that if the United States doesn’t start vetting judges for extremist positions like being a member of one of the world’s largest religions, “we will soon be living in a theonomy.”

Go here to read the rest. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more threatening to so many vested interests in this country than a believing Christian.

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It’s Kavanaugh

President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a veteran of 12 years on the Federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the most important of the Federal appellate courts below the Supreme Court, due to the nature of the cases that arise in the seat of the Federal government.  A Catholic, he has a long judicial paper trail which will be mined by both opponents and proponents.  Go here to read his dissents and concurrences.  A good, solid pick.  I get the impression that he is a man deeply rooted in faith and family.  He is familiar with DC, having spent most of his career there, and unlikely to go native as a result.  I largely voted for Trump hoping against hope that he would do a good job picking Federal judges and justices, and he is amply repaid my confidence in him.