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Choir Boy Brett Shows His Belligerent Side

by Oui Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 08:34:16 AM EST

In all of his earlier testimonies, Trump's pick Kavanaugh managed his composure as a SC nominee. When under pressure from testimony of Christine Blasey Ford who alleged an assault by Mr Kavanaugh 36 years ago had "drastically" affected her life, he returned mad as hell that in such a late stage he could be upended by a woman. That's life Brett. A Supreme Court Justice appointment is a life sentence.

Oh btw Cat, do YOU like beer? Ever had a few too many or can't remember where you were the night before? Passed out on top of a half clad girl or young woman? Consent or no consent or was she intoxicated too? Worked my ass off for academic honors, top of my class, kept a calendar of my activities in 1982, put a fictional entry in my yearbook, helped many women throughout my career, am loved by my mom and dad. Even the US president loves this type of guy to put him on the highest court of law in the exceptional United States of America. Wow, wow!

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Brett Kavanaugh's credibility has not survived this devastating hearing | The Guardian Opinion |

They say there are no heroes and no leaders left in Washington. Well one showed up in front of the Senate judiciary committee, and her name is Dr Christine Blasey Ford.

Victims are supposed to be many things: suffering creatures who struggle to withstand the klieg lights of a court, or a hearing. Ford was something else entirely.

Her pain was clear each time her voice cracked and her eyes welled with tears. But her courage, decency and honesty were even clearer as she walked carefully over ground she plainly never wanted to revisit from her teenage years.

The contrast with the US supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could not have been greater. He was hot and bothered from the outset, fiddling with his shirt cuffs, sniffing incessantly, anxiously unscrewing small bottles of water, spraying accusations across the political landscape.

He lapsed into his old role as a political hack, accusing a wide range of actors for his suffering: the media, the Democrats on the judiciary committee, a vast leftwing conspiracy, the Clintons. He predicted political Armageddon as sex was weaponized to destroy reputations, notably his own, as he was just on the verge of success.

"For decades to come I fear the country will reap the whirlwind," he declared. "When I did at least OK enough at the hearings that it looked like I might actually get confirmed, a new tactic was needed. Some of you were lying in wait and had it ready."

As a federal appeals court judge, Kavanaugh's performance was jarringly unbalanced and at times unhinged.

As a former staffer to Ken Starr, the man who investigated Bill Clinton's sexual scandals in excruciating and public detail, Kavanaugh seemed oblivious to his part in the very whirlwind that swept him up.

Brett Kavanaugh's role as deputy to Alberto Gonzalez and the rules of torture | ADA Watch - April 2006 |

American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh until FBI investigates assault allegations

In a strongly worded letter obtained by CNN Thursday, the organization said it is making the extraordinary request "because of the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law," siding with concerns voiced by Senate Democrats since Christine Blasey Ford's decades-old allegations became public.

"The basic principles that underscore the Senate's constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI," said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

"Each appointment to our nation's Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote," Carlson wrote. "Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate's reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court."

[Update-1] A Friend Named Judge …

More than just symbolism!

Those who knew Brett Kavanaugh during his youth have described his hard-drinking habits — but he portrayed himself differently during his Senate hearing | Business Insider |

Judge wrote a book, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” chronicling his struggles with alcoholism when he and Kavanaugh were both at Georgetown Prep, one of the most prestigious high schools in the Washington, DC, area.

The book includes a character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” [NYT] who was described as a heavy drinker who at one point puked in someone’s car.

Kavanaugh also made references to drinking in his high school yearbook, including that he was the treasurer of the “100 Kegs or Bust” club.

James Roche, who was Kavanaugh’s roommate at Yale University during their freshman year, recently described him as someone who was “frequently unusually drunk” [NYT] and sometimes “belligerent and mean” when inebriated, The New York Times reported.

Similarly, Elizabeth Swisher, who also knew Kavanaugh at Yale, said it would be a “lie” if someone claimed Kavanaugh never blacked out from drinking during his college days.

According to The Times, a group of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates also claim he once got so drunk he tried to break into the back of a friend’s pickup truck and subsequently refused to cover the cost of the damage.

[Update-2] The Jesuit Challenge – Second Thoughts

The Editors: It is time for the Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn | America the Jesuit Review |

h/t Cat @EuroTrib

[Source: The Jesuit Curia in Rome]

Yes, I like amber ales, a stout or black and tan on occasion. I prefer scotch or red wine to all of it. I know; what's the relationship? I don't know.

When I was in college, Canadian Moosehead was a treat as Budweiser dominated the markets and pizzeria joints (by the pitcher). Legal age was 18 when I arrived. Students could buy a six-pack or keg from Chapel Wines to roll to their room. A customary Old Campus welcome, first week, featured an array of tented bars, sponsored by Ican Tremember. Alcohol was never served in residential colleges or Commons --except for one or two extraordinary events I cannot remember. "Tailgate" parties were I thing I had no use for --too far, too cold, bad football. I heard wine, beer, and spirits were served at such "gatherings".

One of my roommates was a "belligerent drunk" sometimes. She had graduated in the same high school class as another roommate of mine. The two were long-time friends but not drinking buddies.

There were less than a handful of commercial estalishments in New Haven in walking distance equipped with proper wet bar. Anchor, Rudy's, Maury's. The Student Government Association (SGA) funded parties in residential colleges. Beer (by the keg) and non alcoholic beverages were served in darkened dining halls, cleared for dance. Ican Tremember party scheduling or pattern.

I have never drunk so much that I passed out, but I have wished I would. I was stationery at those times. But dancing on tables has occurred. < wipe tears > Once I climbed the Old Campus fence and electrocuted myself.

That's all I've got.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 03:26:56 PM EST
It's a weird, recurring error of mine. I don't recall about my time there often enough to contemplate why.

On the other hand, I rented the one apartment above Rudy's with four other women. Rudy's was a rowdy place with a decent kitchen. Mory's, not so much.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 03:42:42 PM EST
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Love it! Thx for sharing :)
by Oui on Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 04:03:15 PM EST
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Magazine of Jesuits urges withdrawal of Kavanaugh nomination, 28 Sep
America [magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States] in July had endorsed Kavanaugh on the grounds that he might have provided the Supreme Court with the vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The Catholic Church firmly opposes abortion.

"Anyone who recognizes the humanity of the unborn should support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh," the editors entitled their July 9 editorial, before Ford's accusation was made public.

In their new editorial, America's editors said they were still committed to finding a justice with Kavanaugh's textualist approach to jurisprudence that is suspicious of the kind of judicial innovation that led to the Roe decision. But they said Kavanaugh was not the only candidate available.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 05:11:34 PM EST
Speaking of secret societies, I was "tapped" by two. Oddly, enough so was one of my senior year roommates. We overlapped in one. It was not "DEKE", of course.

DKE is a fraternity. It is by no means a secret fraternity. Every year its leadership collected pledges from male athletes among the freshman class --some scholarship, some legacy-- whose housing was integrated with the general population. DEKE leadership lived off campus in corporate-owned property which could not be mistaken for a secret society "tomb". Hillhouse Ave, iirc. No one in their right mind deliberately attended a party all the way over there.

I admit, I've no idea with what um customs Kavanaugh struggled to conform as a member. So it was with some dismay to learn from reporting, for example, that passer-by could recite a"degrading" ditty from 1983 that he was heard to sing for his initiation on Cross Campus green.

DEKE was the only fraternity that survived Kingman Brewster's ban hammer in the '70s, when persons of the female persuasion were first admitted. And there were no sororities during my tenure ... unless some enterprising reporter of today invents one. There are hundreds of clubs to plumb. Personally, I'd go after those acappella groups --immensely annoying, patent travesties of wholesome fun. Not unlike boys choirs.

< eyebrow >

I've read with interest and surprise various investigations (as above) into the depravity of Yale College living. I'll send a warning to Asian Parents Against Discriminatory Admissions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 05:45:04 PM EST
President Trump had no other choice after intervention in the Judiciary Committee by the conditional YES vote by Jeff Flake (with support by two other senators).

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump defers to Senate after Jeff Flake calls for FBI investigation - as it happened | The Guardian |

Drama in Washington as Flake urges one-week delay on final Senate floor vote so FBI can investigate claims against Kavanaugh.

Here's a clip of Jeff Flake's dramatic intervention before the committee vote:


  • The Senate will ask the White House to order the FBI to carry out a week-long background check on Brett Kavanaugh, before voting on whether or not to confirm him.

  • Two Republican senators, including Jeff Flake, have said such a move is a condition of their agreeing to vote for him, forcing the hand of the majority leadership.

  • Mark Judge, who refused to testify to the Senate committee, says he will cooperate with the investigation.

  • Earlier, that committee voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination after Flake, a Republican, asked for the FBI investigation.

President Trump Orders FBI to Investigate Kavanaugh Allegations | RollingStone |

by Oui on Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 09:17:54 PM EST
Trump's Quest to Get Kavanaugh on Supreme Court Hangs on FBI
limitations of FBI "supplementary investigation"; try to act surprised when request for parallel investigation by independent prosecutor Mueller pops up

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 29th, 2018 at 06:45:23 PM EST
FYI: It's a miracle that the judiciary committee did not act this information or instruct Ms Mitchell to pursue this line of questioning.

The temptation to impugn the credibility of sex crime "survivors" is legend, never inculpatory and only derogatory. Civilized people do not question the motive for "outcry."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Sep 30th, 2018 at 09:28:46 PM EST
Holes in memory?

Brett Kavanaugh doesn't remember encounter with Christine Blasey Ford.

How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims?  

Please no hit jobs on women coming forward in sexual assault cases. Ms Ford was 15 years old at the time.

See my earlier comment on toxic masculinity and politics.

I'm a Jesuit. How should I respond to toxic masculinity and #MeToo?

by Oui on Sun Sep 30th, 2018 at 10:53:44 PM EST
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I don't give a damn how old they are.

NO ONE gets categorical power to condemn another. NO ONE

That political authority is precisely what the #metoo cohort demands. "No means No" is a license to kill in the mouth of unscrupulous people.

The US penal system in littered with false-positive DNA, fingerprints, and circumstantial "evidence."

Do I have to mention Emmett Till - Roscoe Jenkins ever time some evokes an episode from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" with their anonymous "survivor" story?

Nothing in Anglo common law automatically grants trust to an "accuser"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 07:48:18 PM EST
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Women are quite capable of lying as persuasively as any man.


Tell me I'm wrong.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 08:02:41 PM EST
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I am waiting.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 08:43:16 PM EST
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Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | The Guardian Opinion |

But it was the nominee himself who delivered a masterclass in male privilege, flushed and raging at the impudence of those who dared stand between him and the seat he believed was his right. He gave explanations that were so implausible they simply had to be false, he implied without evidence that one female Democratic senator had a drink problem, he lashed out at a supposed leftwing conspiracy, alleging this was all "the revenge of the Clintons" coming across as a partisan political hack with an honesty problem rather than a would-be member of the nation's highest court.

In a hearing that was a test of credibility, it's useful to imagine how this would have played out if the roles had been reversed. If Ford had behaved like Kavanaugh, she would be instantly dismissed as a hysterical, vengeful woman who could not be believed. Yet Republicans on the senate judiciary committee agreed unanimously to promote him until one demanded an FBI investigation. Given what we now know about him and his temperament, it's a wonder he's allowed to serve on any court at all.

This episode will leave a lasting cloud over the supreme court and its standing in US national life. For their system to work, Americans need to see the judiciary as wise, just and above the fray. If Kavanaugh is approved on Tuesday, they will know their supreme court includes two men credibly accused of sexual misconduct, one of whom has a temper he can't control.  

by Oui on Sun Sep 30th, 2018 at 10:52:23 PM EST
The US was almost not sexist in 2016. Hillary Clinton could have a charm tour through the Midwest instead of raising self-awareness of "deplorables", and history would have been made.

Progressives are habitually blind to backlash to their stances. Regardless of merits of particular cases, this earnest #MeToo is posing a dilemma to men: should it be normal that unsubstantiated proclamations (be it of women) should reflexively derail quality of some human lives? However "toxic" it may look, this dilemma may force people to take very narrow smug positions regardless of other compromises.

by das monde on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 09:29:59 AM EST
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This episode will leave a lasting cloud over the supreme court and its standing in US national life.

I thought the SC choosing the President back in 2000 already left a lasting cloud over the court. But for most Americans, these clouds don't seem to last long. I suspect the same will be the case for Kavanaugh, much as we would like these clouds to last.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 1st, 2018 at 09:38:12 AM EST
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