September 23, 2018

ROGER SIMON: Feinstein and Ford are Destroying the #MeToo Movement.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The Top Five Shameful Ways Democrats Have Tried to Thwart Kavanaugh’s Confirmation.

WAIT, SO THE FEINSTEIN LETTER WASN’T SENT TO FEINSTEIN? And the reason may be so Ford can escape False Statements Act liability? If this is true, it explains why Feinstein won’t turn over the unredacted letter.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to ‘Christine Blasey Ford-Proof’ Your Son.

The press has underestimated the mothers of America who are watching this process of destroying a good man with horror and anger. What can we do as mothers to make sure this doesn’t happen to our sons? It begins with training them from a young age to protect themselves from unscrupulous girls. A long time ago the worst you had to worry about was a girl trapping your son by getting pregnant. Now it’s much worse. Here are a few ideas with which to move forward in this terrifying #MeToo era.

Read the whole thing.

WAR ON MEN: Judge said Title IX official may have helped rape accuser lie. Ohio State just settled.

Ohio State University had terrible luck with U.S. District Judge James Graham over the past few years.

The day before Donald Trump’s election, the federal judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit against the public university by a student found responsible for sexual assault.

It claimed that the student’s hearing panel got “biased training” – dubious statistics about most men admitting to “sexually aggressive behavior” – and administrators hid “exculpatory evidence” from “John Doe,” including the suspicious timing of his accuser’s claim.

A year and a half later, Judge Graham hit a Title IX official with distressing news: She could be held personally liable for helping the accuser lie to the panel.

“A reasonable jury could find that Natalie Spiert” (below), a sexual violence support coordinator who served as advocate for “Jane Roe,” “knew or should have known that Jane Roe lied or misled the disciplinary board” and did not correct the record, the judge said in April. . . .

Spiert’s problems go beyond Graham’s rulings. Ohio State shut down her office, the Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit, and terminated its four employees including Spiert at the end of this school year.

It had been under internal investigation for two years before the university suspended the office in February, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The Ohio Health Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, known as SARNCO, told the university it had received reports that office staff “have written student conduct and other legal documents” and “told survivors they needed to embellish their stories.”

Documents reviewed by The Lantern found a “pattern of bullying, preferential treatment and lying” alleged against the office’s leaders, including Spiert, who had the title of assistant director when it closed.

A former support coordinator, Jill Davis, complained to the human resources office in 2016 that Spiert was “exaggerating her own abilities,” boasting she’d eventually run the office, falsely claiming she had received certain training and ignoring “evidence-based plans in lieu of her own experience” after finishing graduate school in 2015.

More troubling, Davis said Spiert told athletics coaches in a presentation that she knew they would “go home and beat their wives.”

Sadly, I don’t think she’s as much of an outlier in this field as I’d wish.

HOWIE CARR: Joe Kennedy’s tweet on sexual assault insensitivity is a bit much.

Maybe I missed it, but has JoJoJo tweeted out any denunciations of his House colleague, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who is also vice chairman of the DNC? Ellison, a Muslim who used to hang out with rabid anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, has been accused by two of his ex-girlfriends of physical abuse, and there are 911 calls from the terrified, bruised women on the record.

Has JoJoJo ever commented on Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who has admitted using his ex-wife as a punching bag, giving her a black eye — “it caused some discoloration of her left eye and some puffiness.”

Better put some ice on it, Mrs. Carper. Oh sorry, wrong Democrat pol — that was President Clinton’s medical tip to Juanita Broaddrick after he allegedly raped her. JoJoJo has never tweeted about that Democrat sex crime either.

How about Sen. Sherrod Brown, extinguished Democrat of Ohio. His ex-wife once filed court documents saying that “he struck and bullied me on several occasions.” Lucky for Brown the cops didn’t also charge him with impersonating a Kennedy!

How about New Jersey, where Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker has admitted to groping a woman at age 15? And how old were those working girls Sen. Bob Menendez was accused of partying with down in the Dominican Republic? How about the Democrat sheriff of Bergen County who was recently recorded on tape speculating about the sexual preferences of the state’s new unmarried female lieutenant governor?

More crickets from JoJoJo about all the above stalwarts of the Garden State Democrat party.

But it’s even more disingenuous for JoJoJo to be pitting the blast on anyone else, given his own family’s sordid record of abusing women.

Starting with his own father, a hot-tempered moron named Joseph P. Kennedy II. He put Pam Kelley in a wheelchair for life in 1973 on Nantucket in a Jeep accident. Then he hooked up with JoJoJo’s mother, Sheila Rauch. JoJoJo’s mom later detailed in a book how his father had “bullied” her and how frightened she had been by his misogynistic thuggery and volcanic temper.

Then there’s your cousin William Kennedy Smith. I once saw cousin Willie strolling into St. Edward’s in Palm Beach one Sunday morning with your dad. Willie needed divine intervention, because at the time he was on trial in West Palm for raping a young mother in Palm Beach.

Willie beat that rap after the judge refused to allow the jury to see sworn depositions from four other young women who claimed Cousin Willie had attacked them.

JoJoJo, did I miss your tweets on Cousin Willie?

The irony kills.

DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER LAUGHTER? PC is Killing Comedy. Will They Ban Laughter Next?

Wait, let me run Jeff Dunetz’s latest post past Sandra Fluke:

(Artwork by Jon Gabriel of Ricochet.com.)

Unexpectedly.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Georgetown prof: ‘Kreepy Kavanaugh,’ ‘GOP doesn’t care about women…F*** them.’ But here’s the best part: “Update: Dr. Fair responded to Campus Reform’s story about her previous Twitter comments after publication by personally attacking the reporter of this article. Fair also tweeted political talking points regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assault accusations against him, as well as her political disagreements with President Donald Trump. Fair did not take issue with the accuracy of Campus Reform’s article.”

PROF. JACOBSON: Democrats’ total personal war on Brett Kavanaugh should be a Midterm wake-up call for Republicans.

Plus:

And:

UPDATE: Cheryl Chumley: Christine Blasey Ford could indeed be lying. There’s a lot at stake here, so of course she could.

MORE: Summed up:

POWER SHOT: In the Philippine Sea.

FLASHBACK: The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s.

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: New Research Confirms We Got Cholesterol All Wrong: The U.S. government has pushed a lot of bad nutrition advice over the years. Maybe it should stop advising us on what to eat.

What I love is how the science changes, but the moralizing certainty never goes away.

September 22, 2018

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SO NOW THE LAST NAMED WITNESS HAS CONTRADICTED CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD:

As the Senate Judiciary Committee staff negotiates with attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, over a potential hearing on Thursday, Republican staffers are working to interview those who may have information about the alleged incident.

CNN has learned that the committee has reached out to a longtime friend of Ford named Leland Ingham Keyser.

On Saturday night, her lawyer, Howard Walsh, released a statement to CNN and the Senate Judiciary Committee..

“Simply put,” Walsh said, “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”

The lawyer acknowledged to CNN that Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

Keyser is the latest person alleged to be at the party to say she has no recollection of it.

“I understand that you have been identified as an individual who was in attendance at a party that occurred circa 1982 described in a recent Washington Post article,” a committee staffer wrote Keyser earlier this week.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations, telling sources he was “flabbergasted” when he learned of them.

“This is a completely and totally false allegation,” he said after Ford came forward. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”

In addition, two others have issued statements.

“I have no memory of this alleged incident,” said Mark Judge in a September 18 letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said he did not recall the party and never saw Brett Kavanaugh act in the matter Ford describes.

In addition, Patrick J. Smyth issued a statement. “I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,” Smyth said in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”

“Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women. To safeguard my own privacy and anonymity, I respectfully request that the Committee accept this statement in response to any inquiry the Committee may have.”

This is bullshit. Stop fooling around and take the vote.

By the way, Leland Keyser is Democrat Bob Beckel’s ex-wife.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Christine Blasey Ford Agrees to Testify Next Week — With Conditions.

OPEN THREAD: Disport yourselves in the comments.

WELL, THAT’S A NICE EFFORT TO DISTRACT FROM THEIR CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE: New York City’s Subways Are Slow, Crowded and Smelly—Officials Say Part of the Problem Is You.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Japan’s Space Agency Is About to Land Bouncing Rovers on an Asteroid.

UPDATE (From Ed): Japan successfully lands robot rovers on an asteroid’s surface.

(Bumped.)

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: Obesity ‘epidemic’ turns global.

—Headline, BBC News, October 23rd, 2007.

● Chaser:  Why we’re proud of our fat bodies — Photographer Alice Zoo speaks to six women about body positivity and fat activism.

—Headline, BBC News, today.

THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR BAD ECONOMIC PREDICTIONS: Continually Mistaken, Chronically Admired. From his admiration of Hugo Chavez’ economic policies to his predictions about Fannie Mae, Joseph Stigliz has proven that you don’t have to be correct to be a celebrated left-wing economist. (To be fair, Paul Krugman deserves priority for this discovery.)

I’M SORRY, BUT LIKE “MICROAGGRESSIONS,” “MICROCHEATING is worthy of no more than micro-concern.

THE NEW COLOR LINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: I can’t help but believe that Heman Sweatt would be baffled by the move toward campus separatism.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Politicized Entertainment Award Shows Continue to Hemorrhage Viewers.

JONAH GOLDBERG ON THE ZERO-SUM THINKING BEHIND GROUP RIGHTS:

I am making a moral point rather than a political or geopolitical one. Nation-states, for example, can hold grievances against other nation-states on all sorts of issues. It is right for Armenians to demand an apology from Turkey for the Armenian genocide, even if it was long ago.

But at the ground level, intergenerational guilt is one of the oldest and nastiest bigotries, because it is among the most natural. For much of human history, people were born into communities that were in large part defined by their hatred for other communities.

We see it all over the place on the issue of race. Some argue that white people today should carry some of the guilt for slavery. Never mind that many white people today are descended from people who: did not immigrate here until after slavery ended, were not slaveholders in the first place, were not considered “white” when they moved here, etc.

But, as much as I find such arguments unpersuasive and often ludicrous, I can at least understand them on an emotional level.

I can’t quite get my head around the idea that men today should suffer or be treated unjustly to make amends for how men, now long dead, treated women, now long dead.

And yet, this is now the very definition of a woke take.


Someone get Matt a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird stat!

Read the whole thing. Though to be fair, in today’s environment, there’s always the risk that Dowd would view Atticus Finch as “American literature’s most celebrated rape apologist.”

Related: Screw due process: Ron Fournier says to “stop the whataboutism and defend every woman.”

As Jamie Kirchick of Tablet tweets, “It’s been very revealing this week to see some of the loudest voices in the ‘protect norms’ crowd suddenly dispense with the norm of presumed innocence.”

THIS IS NOT ENCOURAGING: Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs.

THIS WEEK IN MEDIA BIAS HISTORY: I Didn’t See ‘Any Brutality’ in North Korea.

 

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Recalling Dianne Feinstein’s ‘gracious tribute’ to sex-harasser Bob Packwood.

WELL, GOOD: Study: Fewer U.S. teens having sex, most using birth control.

BREAKING: Terrorists Attack Iranian Military Parade, Killing at Least 25.

HEY, THAT MEANS THERE’S A 95% CHANCE THAT DRINKING WON’T KILL YOU, RIGHT! WHO: Alcohol a factor in one in 20 deaths worldwide.

SPACE HISTORY: Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin.

POKING A HOLE IN PROFESSOR FORD’S FEAR OF FLYING.

MARK RIPPETOE goes off.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “If you wanted to harm the prospects of minority students, to diminish their chances in life, while congratulating yourself and being applauded by your peers, what would you do differently?”

Read the whole thing.

IN THE MAIL: From George Gilder, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy.

Plus, Gold Box and Lightning Deals.

MARK ZUCKERBERG PROMISES TO NEVER REVEAL MANY, MANY HORRIBLE SECRETS HE KNOWS ABOUT THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT PRIVACY.

It’s satire — but is it, really?

ANDREW SULLIVAN: America: The Land Of Brutal Binaries.

After a while, the crudest trigger points of tribalism — your race, your religion (or lack of it), your gender, your sexual orientation — dominate the public space. As Claire Lehmann, the founding editor of the refreshingly heterodox new website Quillette has put it, “the Woke Left has a moral hierarchy with white men at the bottom. The Alt-Right has a moral hierarchy that puts white men at the top.” The looming midterms will not be about health care or executive power or constitutional norms (although all these things will be at stake). They will primarily be about which tribe you are in, and these tribes are increasingly sorted racially and by gender. The parties are currently doing all they can to maximize these tribal conflicts as a way to seek power. This isn’t liberal democracy.

Yep. This sort of thing used to be regarded as wrong by both parties, but that changed 50 years ago.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tulane mandates new students take “Race and Inclusion” course.

BELIEVE ALL WOMEN: Keith Ellison says his accuser fabricated domestic violence abuse story, can’t be sure others won’t ‘cook up’ allegations.

Related: Keith Ellison pounded about abuse at debate. Watch him blame accusers, say women can make things up!

He’s co-chair of the Democratic Party. They’re allegedly investigating him, but they’re slow-walking it past the election:

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said a month ago it would investigate after a former girlfriend accused Mr. Ellison of emotional and physical abuse, but since then the party has said nothing as the probe fades largely from view.

That’s undoubtedly by design, said Larry Jacobs, professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, who characterized the investigation as an exercise in damage control aimed at providing the party with political cover if more allegations erupt.

“I think of this not as an investigation to uncover facts and make a public release that would hurt the Democratic Party before the election,” Mr. Jacobs said. “That’s not what this is. This is closer to political insurance in case there are revelations that become a kind of October surprise for Ellison and then hurt the entire DFL ticket.”

Karen Monahan, the Sierra Club organizer who levied the abuse allegations Aug. 12, weighed in Friday by accusing state Democrats, including DFL chairman Ken Martin, of working behind the scenes to squelch support for her.

“It is not democratic for @kenmartin73 & others from the @MinnesotaDFL to call people and tell them to stop showing support for justice and truth in this case or threaten to take away contracts and resources if they show support,” she said on Twitter.

That’s different because shut up.

CHANGE: Iceland’s proposed ban on circumcision rattles Jews, Muslims. “It’s like they’re closing doors for Jews and Muslims, that they’re not welcome in Iceland.”

JAVELIN DUET: Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, fire two FGM-148 Javelin Missiles in a volley fire exercise. The photo was taken in Michigan. Here’s a Javelin “demonstration” in another locale: Syria.

OF COURSE SHE DID.  STANDARDS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:  Mazie Hirono Took Money From Democrat Who Admitted to Hitting Wife.

BELIEVE ALL WOMEN: Michigan woman who lied about being raped on college campus sentenced to jail.

PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF. Incorrect diagnoses responsible for 80,000 deaths per year.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIALIZES: The Presumption of Guilt: The new liberal standard turns American due process upside down.

The last-minute accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is an ugly spectacle by any measure. But if there is a silver lining, it is that the episode is providing an education for Americans on the new liberal standard of legal and political due process.

As Ms. Hill and Sen. Hirono aver, the Democratic standard for sexual-assault allegations is that they should be accepted as true merely for having been made. The accuser is assumed to be telling the truth because the accuser is a woman. The burden is on Mr. Kavanaugh to prove his innocence. If he cannot do so, then he is unfit to serve on the Court.

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This turns American justice and due process upside down. The core tenet of Anglo-American law is that the burden of proof always rests with the person making the accusation. An accuser can’t doom someone’s freedom or career merely by making a charge.

The accuser has to prove the allegation in a court of law or in some other venue where the accused can challenge the facts. Otherwise we have a Jacobin system of justice in which “J’accuse” becomes the standard and anyone can be ruined on a whim or a vendetta.

Another core tenet of due process is that an accusation isn’t any more or less credible because of the gender, race, religion or ethnicity of who makes it. A woman can lie, as the Duke lacrosse players will tell you. Ms. Hirono’s standard of credibility by gender would have appalled the civil-rights campaigners of a half century ago who marched in part against Southern courts that treated the testimony of black Americans as inherently less credible than that of whites. Yet now the liberal heirs of those marchers want to impose a double standard of credibility by gender.

A third tenet of due process is the right to cross-examine an accuser. The point is to test an accuser’s facts and credibility, which is why we have an adversarial system. The denial of cross-examination is a major reason that campus panels adjudicating sexual-assault claims have become kangaroo courts.

Well, to be fair, this “standard” will be flipped 180 degrees as soon as Democrats think it’s in their advantage to do so.

YOU WILL NEVER FIND A MORE WRETCHED HIVE OF SCUM AND VILLAINY: Accused Sexual Harassers Thrived Under NBC News Chief Andy Lack.

MICHAEL FARADAY, THE FATHER OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, WAS BORN 227 YEARS AGO TODAY: He was the son of a blacksmith and received only a basic formal education. But at the age of 14, he was lucky enough to apprentice to a kindly bookbinder and bookseller. Reading the books in his master’s shop was an eye-opening experience for him. In that way, he educated himself.

At the age of 20, Faraday impressed Britain’s then-leading scientist/inventor, Humphry Davy, who hired him as his scientific assistant. But there was a small catch: In addition to his scientific duties, Faraday was assigned to act as Davy’s valet while Davy and his wife were on an extended tour of Europe. This would have been a somewhat unusual arrangement. Scientific assistants were ordinarily well-educated and hence well-treated. But Davy’s wife was keen on keeping the low-born Faraday in his place. She saw to it that he would eat and sleep with the servants.

Still, that didn’t stop him from being one of the most consequential men of his generation—surpassing even Davy himself. Faraday’s experiments with electromagnetism and electrochemistry were groundbreaking. It was through his painstaking efforts that electricity became a practical source of energy that could fuel the new technologies that mushroomed around it.

As his fame grew, Faraday was called upon to give public lectures at which he tried his best to convey that beauty of the natural world as he saw it. “I am no poet,” his lecture notes read, “but if you think for yourselves, as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your mind.”

The poets of the day–like Percy Bysshe Shelley, author of The Necessity of Atheism—were sometimes atheists. Many were convinced that the natural world as it was being revealed by scientists like Faraday was inconsistent with a belief in God. But Faraday himself saw no such inconsistency. He was a devout Christian—specifically a Sandemanian. On his deathbed, he was asked, “Have you ever pondered by yourself what will be your occupation in the next world?” His last words: “I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The New Color Line At The University Of Texas.

Civil rights leaders once dreamed of a day when Americans would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, but today a different message is being spread at the University of Texas and other college campuses. “Diversity” means singling out certain races for special treatment.

UT’s extensive diversity bureaucracy effectively creates a separate education experience for “students of color,” with programs like the African American Male Research Initiative, the Black Student Leadership Institute, the Black Male Education Research Collection, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the African & African Diaspora Studies Department. . . .

Higher education, integrated even in the Jim Crow south with the support of federal troops in 1963, is returning to racial separation. Some colleges have separate dorms—designated “safe spaces”—for black students. At the University of Texas–which the Supreme Court forced to desegregate in 1950, prior to Brown—colorblindness is being replaced with racial division. The mind-bending irony is that this return to the odious color line is being led by African-American students and academics in the name of diversity!

In the interest of promoting solidarity, UT offers black students a separate lounge area on campus in which to congregate, study, and socialize. The lounge, which serves as a hub for UT’s black community, is, appropriately, named after black separatist Malcolm X. UT’s Multicultural Engagement Center, a student resource office within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, hosts a number of black-only events, including a separate graduation ceremony (dubbed Black Graduation), described as “an annual program that gives graduates the chance to commemorate and cherish all the accomplishments, memories, and challenges throughout their college years. Furthermore, it is an occasion for parents and families of graduates to meet with Black faculty and staff to gain a greater insight on the journey of their students.”

The MEC was founded in 1988 in response to the anti-apartheid movement at UT. To protest South Africa’s discriminatory racial policies, black students at UT incongruously insisted on their own center to “centralize academic, social and financial information for African American and Hispanic students.” Promoting diversity, it turns out, requires treating students differently on the basis of race and ethnicity: “The MEC continues to serve as a resource for students of color at The University of Texas at Austin as well as empowers them to be the agents of social change.”

Sigh.

ROGER KIMBALL: After Kavanaugh, A Way to Take the Spectacle Out of Confirmations.

After Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, I hope that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his colleagues will take the opportunity to revise the way the confirmation process proceeds. Henceforth, the candidate should meet in private with senators over the course of a few weeks. Then the Judiciary Committee should vote on whether the candidate should be put forward for a vote of the Senate. Then the Senate should vote. No public hearings. “Advice and consent” does not mean “attempted public execution.” In this sense, if the public revulsion against the intended destruction of Brett Kavanaugh fails, Dianne Feinstein and the pathetic Christine Ford may have done an inadvertent public service. I am not sure that they would then deserve our thanks, though (should this reform come about) the consequences of their actions would certainly merit our gratitude.

The origin of Supreme Court confirmation hearings is in anti-semites’ opposition to the confirmation of Justice Brandeis; it’s not a glorious tradition.

AND SINCE WE ARE SPEAKING OF CRAZY:  Bob Woodward’s “Fire” is more like smoke and fractured mirrors by Amanda S. Green.

CHANGE THE LOCKS, THROW HER STUFF OFF THE BALCONY GET A RESTRAINING ORDER AND LET’S MOVE ON WITH LIFE, PEOPLE:  It’s like having an argument with your crazy girlfriend: the latest from Ford.  She is a sad, pathetic human being, who needs to just go away. Most people should get over these crazy games in elementary school.

ROBERT FRANCIS O’ROURKE (WHAT IS THIS BETO THING, PALE MAN? BOBBY, MAYBE.) SHOULD JUST TAKE CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD AND GO HOME. WE’VE HEARD QUITE ENOUGH CRAZY FROM BOTH OF THEM:  Ted Cruz Challenger Beto O’Rourke Calls Police Officers “The New Jim Crow”.

GOOD:  President Trump Weighs In.

THESE ARE THE CRAZY YEARS:  Deep State Outed by . . . The NY Times?!?!

THE STRINGS HAVE BEEN CUT, CNN:  When the puppets won’t cooperate: CNN surprised by women’s reaction to Kavanaugh case.

PINCHES BRIDGE OF NOSE. OKAY, DEMS, WE AGREED TO LEGALIZE POT BECAUSE WE, CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERTARIANS GOT TIRED OF THE EXCESSES OF THE WAR ON DRUGS.  BUT NO ONE, NO ONE, SHOULD EAT THE STUFF FOR EVERY MEAL, THE WAY YOU GUYS ARE DOING:  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel suddenly concerned Trump may…invade Venezuela.

I TOO SUPPORT HIM, BECAUSE THE ACCUSATION AGAINST HIM IS UN-PROVABLE AND INNOCENT TILL PROVEN GUILTY IS THE LAW OF THE LAND:  Seventy-Five Women Voice Support for Kavanaugh.   And if the democrats manage to destroy his SC nomination, I suggest every woman (and man) out there take to the papers accusing every single elected democrat of rape.  Because it’s time they ate the cake they’re baking.

SAME OLD MICHAEL MOORE: Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9″ — Fake News On Steroids.”

September 21, 2018

OPEN THREAD: Make this one special.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BETTER HOSPITAL FOOD. I’m concerned that they’re more interested in getting people to eat less meat than in actually making food taste better.

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THE HAMMER OF AHMET: Over at Ed Driscoll.com, I have a lengthy review of the new #MeToo, “Toxic Masculinity”-themed autobiography by Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive hired by Ahmet Ertegun’s Atlantic Records, along with some thoughts about the product that Atlantic and MTV were distributing to millions of American teenagers in the 1970s through the 1990s.

(Bumped.)

THE NARRATIVE KEEPS CHANGING:

Oct. 2016: In a Time of Trump, Millennial Jews Awaken to Anti-Semitism Trump is forcing young Jews to confront anti-Semitism for the first time!

Sept. 2018: Trump embraces a dangerously broad definition of anti-Semitism Trump is trying too hard to protect young Jews from anti-Semitism!

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Climate Activists Continue Worldwide War on the Poor.

On Monday, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 100, which requires the state’s utilities to obtain all their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.

Before signing the bill, Brown said the legislation was “sending a message to California and to the world that we’re going to meet the Paris agreement.” In fact, it will only increase the hardships that California’s climate policy imposes on the poor …

Which helps to answer the question the L.A. Times asked in January: Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

Hey, when did Fox Butterfield move to the west coast?

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies.

NIKKI HALEY REVEALS THAT THE NYT KNEW THE CURTAIN STORY WAS NOT TRUE.

I hope she’s reported this to the Times itself — I hear they’re looking for this sort of news.

Or as Dan Rather famously said, “If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I’d like to break that story.”

BIDEN CITES DELIVERANCE GAY RAPE IN KAVANAUGH COMPARISON, GETS STORY WRONG.

To be fair, it’s not the worst plot detail that Joe has mangled over the years.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: The Interrogation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Josef K., call your office.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Discreetly tracking down sex partners to stop a surge in STDs.

INDEED: Yes, Rejecting Kavanaugh Now Would Disgrace Him.

HMM: This soon-to-open brewery is betting big that Denver will learn to love beer made out of grapes.

I’ll try almost anything once.

NRA DEMANDS D-RATED TENNESSEE DEM RETRACT AD FEATURING OLD RATING: ‘It’s not 2002, you’re not governor and you’re not A-rated by the NRA,’ group tells Phil Bredesen.

Related: Bredesen ‘Bought and Paid for by Chuck Schumer’ by Failing to Support Kavanaugh, Blackburn Says.

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Will getting a lobster stoned cut the pain of boiling it alive?

JUNIOR ANTI-SEX LEAGUE: Yandy Pulls Its ‘Sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale Costume After a Swift Backlash.

FRENCH COURT ORDERS FAR-RIGHT LEADER MARINE LE PEN TO UNDERGO PSYCHIATRIC TESTS AFTER SHE SHARED IMAGES OF ISIS ATROCITIES:

Do you not see where this is going? Do you not see why it must be stopped cold?

The Soviet Union used to declare dissidents criminally insane and imprison them in psychiatric units. And now the same sort of thing is manifesting in the West, by those who want to preserve liberalism at all costs. Those who challenge the regime, even with facts and images, will be taken to court and forced to submit to tests to prove that they are not criminally insane.

A breathtaking irony: the French state is doing this to silence those who criticize barbarians who would destroy liberalism.

Partying like it’s 1789.

DISPATCHES FROM THE NETWORK OF CHARLIE ROSE AND LES MOONVES: CBS Warns of GOP Being ‘Clueless and Insensitive Men’ Again.

Related: “CBS News was warned three different times about Rose’s behavior. That puts CBS News president David Rhodes, brother of Ben Rhodes, squarely in the limelight. Ben Rhodes was Present Obama’s foreign policy speechwriter, who devised the plan to blame the Benghazi terrorist attack on a YouTube video. Ben Rhodes, who has a Master’s degree in fiction writing from NYU, is the brother of the CBS News chief.”