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Holes? perjury? conspiracy?

Where Is the Polygraph Trail Leading? Charles C. W. Cooke – “Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to Dr. Ford’s lawyers requesting more information.”

“At the time I thought Mitchell’s inquiries were strange — especially the first one. Now, I can see why they were asked. Or, rather, now I think it is pretty likely that they were asked because Mitchell knew the answer to them ahead of time (or thought she did; the ex-boyfriend could, of course, be lying). Perhaps this was a straightforward attempt to catch Ford in a lie. Or perhaps this is going somewhere else — somewhere none of us can intuit quite yet.

Blasey Ford facing perjury trap? Thomas Lifson – “It seems pretty clear to me that Rachel Mitchell knew about this letter and was getting Blasey Ford to go on the record under oath. My suspicion is that Ford was prepared for many days for her testimony, but her lawyers and handlers did not anticipate this line of questioning, so she winged it.”

“It is a possible indicator of the depth of the doo-doo Blasey Ford stepped into that Glenn Kessler-the so-called fact checker at the Washington Post, is trying to run interference and failing at it

Obviously, the key to taking the perjury trap beyond a he said/she said standoff would be the testimony of the person who allegedly received the coaching. Kate Prengel of Heavy.com has the goods on her

Christine Blasey-Ford Friend In Delaware Was Career FBI Agent and Likely Together During Accusation Letter Construct. sundance – “The media has begun to focus on the letter as outlining a lie told by Ms. Ford during recent congressional testimony… But the backstory to Ms. Monica Lee McLean is an even bigger story.” Connecting dots creates a picture of a very large and very ugly monster.

Investigate the Senate Democrat Wrecking Machine. Michelle Malkin – “Taxpayers have a right to know who sponsored the deliberate sabotage and abuse of the gallery pass privilege, which has been in place since 1890.” … “Leaky Sneaks. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. … Accuser Procurement. …”

Chuck Grassley: This frat party allegation ‘has all the markings of a tabloid headline’. John Sexton – “Sen. Coons of Delaware apparently forwarded another allegation about Judge Kavanaugh to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. Today, Grassley responded to Coons by pointing out the allegation in question isn’t really an allegation at all, more of a suggestion about something that could be made into tabloid fodder, at best

“The letter concludes with an admonition to Sen. Coons: “I…hope that, before forwarding an allegation in the future, you will first consider whether you’d want you or your staff to spend valuable time investigating it.”

The most remarkable thing about the current moment in our politics is that, urged on by their own desperations, Democrats have abandoned any pretense at having standards for these allegations. That’s how you get Sen. Feinstein referencing the allegations by Julie Swetnick before anyone has provided any corroboration of her story.

And the media, urged on by the Democrats and their own barely concealed impulses, is doing the same. …

Once the standards are abandoned completely, then we have vague accusations like this one appearing. Don’t forget, we’ve already seen other accusations like this which have been refuted or withdrawn. Last week, Grassley referred one of these allegations to the FBI for investigation

Sorry For Blurting It Out, But Christine Blasey Ford Is A Liar. David Horowitz – “And her story isn’t credible.”

“One thing I learned watching the witch trial of Brett Kavanaugh on MSNBC, is that a prestigious university in New York has a Vice President for Social Justice. (She is an MSNBC commentator).

This is the ideologically constructed atmosphere, which makes a latter-day witch trial like the Judiciary hearings possible. Christine Blasey Ford’s story is unbelievable on its face. She claims that after the alleged incident at the alleged party, where three of her friends (who have denied it) were allegedly present, she fled.

On the face of it, Christine Blasey Ford’s story is not only unsubstantiated. It isn’t credible. The destruction of Brett Kavanaugh’s reputation is the equivalent of a modern-day lynching – the third that Democrats have orchestrated in the last twenty-seven years. It’s despicable. At least Republicans like Lindsey Graham have laid that charge at the door of the Democratic culprits who worked so hard to accomplish it. But, as a nation, we have obviously not reached the point where we can grant women true equality by confronting their lies and their reckless accusations with the same candor and frankness we would if they were coming out of the mouths of men.

Fallout from the Kavanaugh Hearings: A Permanent Cloud? Victor Davis Hanson – “After the trial by fire, he could prove to be one of the most fearless, principled justices on the Court.”

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Tipping the boat endangers all passengers

Atticus Finch Was on the Wrong Side. Rich Lowry – “In today’s #BelieveAllWomen environment, due process isn’t what it used to be.”

“Lee’s novel is deeply out of sympathy with a moment when on college campuses, and in the culture more broadly, due process isn’t what it used to be, when it is often thought to be a hateful act to insist that allegations of sexual misconduct be proven.

A refresher on the story: It is told from the perspective of a young girl, Scout, who is the daughter of a small-town lawyer named Atticus Finch (played by Peck in the movie). The setting is Depression-era Alabama. Finch is unpopular in town because he has decided to take on the defense of a black man named Tom Robinson who is accused of rape by a young white woman.

And this is where the story, in contemporary terms, goes off the rails.

Atticus Finch is not the man for this moment, but we need him, and his reasoned yet unshakable commitment to fairness and justice, more than ever.

First Principles Are at Stake in Kavanaugh Confirmation. Tom Coburn – “Still, in the midst of the circus, two quiet and enduring questions about American first principles remain unanswered that are critically important for future generations.” He shows bias and contradicts himself with the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy but does otherwise have a point.

“Still, in the midst of the circus, two quiet and enduring questions about American first principles remain unanswered that are critically important for future generations.

If senators love the Constitution as much as they say they do, they should define total victory not as vesting power in the court, but devolving power from the court. Republicans and Democrats should embrace, not fear, democracy.

Second, in America you can’t be pro-victim and pro-justice and confused about the rule of law and the presumption of innocence. In our system, the accused is innocent until proven guilty. The alternative to the rule of law is either the rule of rulers or mob rule.

In the rule of rulers, each new dictator or regime gets to write new rules favorable to that regime. In mob rule, truth gives way to frenzy. Justice isn’t determined by facts but by whatever side of the mob can scream the loudest or intimidate most effectively. The Senate exists to protect all Americans, especially political minorities, from tyrannical rulers and mobs.

And the frenzy of the mob is on display, but only from the Left, just ask Flake or, now, McConnell.

A Showdown Like No Other. Conrad Black – “The militant feminist movement is certainly a powerful force, but it is not as strong or durable as the solid majority of Americans who oppose a justice and appointments system of denunciation. As Kavanaugh and others have pointed out, it is totalitarian to convict people without evidence.”

Website that archived Blasey Ford’s high school yearbook disappears from Google-owned Blogspot. Thomas Lifson – “I have no knowledge of why The Cult of the 1st Amendment was removed, but I do know that Google has amply demonstrated that its employees harbor an animus toward conservatives.”

On this, see LEAKED EMAILS: Senior Google Search Engineer Advocates for Censorship of ‘Terrorist’ Marsha Blackburn. Allum Bokhari – “A senior software engineer at Google with responsibility for a key feature of Google’s search engine labeled Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) a “violent thug” and a “terrorist,” who Google shouldn’t “negotiate” with, according to internal emails obtained by Breitbart News. The employee also defended the censorship of her campaign ads on social media.”

How Low Can They Go? [Updated]. John Hinderaker – “Some of these people aren’t just misinformed, they are evil. How, exactly, are we supposed to coexist with them as fellow citizens of a republic?”

I’ll Drink to Confirmation. Steven Hayward – “The point ought to be clear: With six previous FBI background checks of Kavanaugh, unless the FBI is unusually incompetent (possible, as we’ve seen in the whole Trump campaign saga), testimony of overconsumption would very likely have come up before. And some of Kavanaugh’s accusers on this point, such as one of his freshman year roommates at Yale, have obvious motives for lying about him, as it is well established that they didn’t get along.”

Eliminating presumption of innocence. Don Surber – “The Marxist Mob’s attack on Judge Brett Kavanaugh is part of a multi-decadal plan to eliminate the Constitution — which Marxists slander as a a slave document.”

“The hearing and the FBI witch hunt (and I am sure the Deep State will find something) are a specific attack on the presumption of innocence.

The Marxist Democrats can deny constitutional rights to a sitting federal judge, imagine what they will do to you.

America’s Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution specifically to prevent the sort of takeover of America desired by Marxist Democrats.

The Case against Kavanaugh Is Collapsing. David French – “There is entirely insufficient evidence to prove even one of the terrible allegations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.”

Betsy Newmark stays away from her TDS to provide a comprehensive summary of French, Fund, et al in today’s Cruising the Web. “When you hear the Democrats whining that a one-week FBI investigation is insufficient for looking into Kavanaugh, remember this.

Fight Together or Fall Apart. William L. Gensert – “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a watershed moment for the republic. This is the moment we decide who we are and who we will allow ourselves to be.”

“More than 200 years ago the Founders set out in our Constitution a set of rules for the United States of America. For years, these rules were inviolable. They constitute the framework upon which Americans have built the most successful nation, and the only viable democratic republic to have ever existed.

The dreams of the Founders, of a place where work and merit decide success or failure, will be gone. It will be replaced with a country where there are no rules. Where those who have power and its intendant wealth are all that matter. Truth will have no place in this progressive utopia, because “truth” will become subjective, defined by the whims of those in power and becoming merely what they say it is. And most of all, this will be a place where an enemy can be eliminated by accusation, because the presumption of innocence has been replaced by guilty until… whatever or whenever.

Because most of all, for the Democrats to succeed in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” we must refuse to fight. Kavanaugh came out fighting last Thursday, and so did Graham. Trump fights. It is high time the rest of us did so as well. The stakes have never been higher. I weep for this nation and weep for our future if we don’t.

For it has never been truer that for evil to succeed all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing.

Some folks are trying to rock the boat to tip it over. Perhaps enough of the others are considering the risk that they will end up in the brink sufficiently high to do something about it?

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Who Was behind the Flake Set-Up? John Fund – “ACORN’s tactics live on in the senator’s elevator confrontation with activists from a Soros-backed group.”

“On Friday morning, two women raced past reporters and security officers and blocked a senators-only elevator in the U.S. Capitol. They cornered Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who had just announced he was going to vote yes on moving Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination out of the Judiciary Committee and onto the Senate floor for a full debate. The women wouldn’t let Flake leave until they had yelled at him, face to face, for several minutes. Anyone who thinks the two left-wing activists acted without a well-thought-out plan hasn’t read The Intimidation Game by Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal.

Perhaps because the women expressed such raw emotion, few media outlets dug into their political activism. Archila is an executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy; she had spent the previous week in Washington engaged in protests against Kavanaugh. Gallagher is a 23-year-old activist with the group. The Center is a left-wing group that is heavily funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Indeed, as of 2014, the Open Society was one of the three largest donors to the group.

It’s a sign of media bias that the people from the well-funded groups behind the anti-Kavanaugh protests are described merely as “activists” and that their political motives and origins are largely unexplored.

Two ‘Brave’ Women Didn’t Confront Jeff Flake In That Senate Elevator – George Soros Did. DCWhispers – “Well, in actuality, they are paid political operatives of Mr. George Soros – the same Mr. Soros who has openly advocated for the destruction of U.S. sovereignty. Funny how the Establishment Media neglects to include that bit of information in their coverage.”

James Comey’s forked tongue goes into overdrive. Monica Showalter – “It’s obnoxious stuff, given that it involves piling on against Kavanaugh, but hey, anything to Get Trump and return from the wilderness of irrelevance.”

“Whoa! Channels the president? Kavanaugh channels the president by defending his honor? Kavanaugh, the man with the spotless, six-times-FBI-certified clean record? Hit by a barrage of false — and out of the blue — charges, cooked up with suspicious involvement of Democratic and leftwing political operatives? And now to defend one’s honor and long record of honesty from false charges is channeling Trump? That’s some logic.

After that, Comey takes a shot at Republican voters.

The left’s complaints about equal representation in Senate won’t stop. Taylor Millard – “One of the ‘best’ (note sarcasm) things about the hearings concerning Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the fact it’s exposing the contempt some on the left have for the Constitution.” This one is about representation of both states and the people.

New low in Kavanaugh battle: stop coaching girls basketball. Karen Townsend – “There is no floor for the ugly accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

“The implication is, of course, that Kavanaugh has now gone from accused sex offender to potential pedophile. How else are we to interpret such a hideous comment? I don’t even want to think about where this goes by the end of next week. The mob mentality hell-bent on destroying Judge Kavanaugh, and this includes his family, knows no boundaries.

In Kavanaugh fight, Democrats move goalposts far, far away. Byron York – “Now, a key issue is Kavanaugh’s teenage drinking, and whether he testified truthfully to Congress about the amount of beer he consumed in high school and college more than three decades ago, and the effect it had on him.”

“The new developments raised two questions. One, did Kavanaugh actually lie to the Senate about his drinking? And two, why are Democrats, now that they have finally won the FBI investigation they wanted into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, suddenly making a bigger deal of his drinking?

The problem, of course, is that is all anti-Kavanaugh theorizing. There’s no evidence to support it, just as there is no evidence beyond Christine Ford’s word to support the original attack allegation. But it’s what Democrats have to work with right now, and it’s why they are trying to change the subject from alleged sexual misconduct to Kavanaugh’s teenage drinking.

Do You Trust Kavanaugh’s Inquisitors With Our Future? David Catron – “The Democrats just demonstrated their governing philosophy.”

“If you want to know how life as an American will change if the Democrats win majorities in the House and Senate, an illuminating glimpse of that dystopian future was provided during last Thursday’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The transparently counterfeit compassion received by Christine Blasey Ford and the remorseless cruelty meted out to Brett Kavanaugh constitute a perfect microcosm of the Democratic governing philosophy — fake empathy for the vulnerable and unremitting malice toward the “deplorable” majority of Americans who oppose their increasingly authoritarian agenda. The Democratic Party has no real ideology beyond an insatiable lust for power.

So where are all the “moderate” Democrats on this garbage? They are silent. Despite the brazen lies red state Democrats like North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin tell their constituents, they are not weighing the “merits” of the Kavanaugh nomination.

And it’s not just men who worry. Mothers, sisters, and daughters of good men fear the consequences of a Kavanaugh defeat under such circumstances.

All of which brings us back to the future, and what kind of America we want to leave for our children. The Democrats and their supporters frequently present themselves as social justice warriors. But they don’t really seem very partial to actual justice as codified in the Constitution as well as millennia of tradition and common law. The presumption of innocence, to coin a phrase, is the golden thread of English and American common law. And it applies to the Public Square as well as the courts. You can’t have genuine justice without it, and you can’t privilege females over males in its application. That’s what the Democrats are willing to do for the sake of power, and it’s precisely why they aren’t fit to govern.

Dems Spend Millions To Mislead Voters About Pre-Existing Conditions. Investor’s Business Daily – “Democrats want health care to be a major deciding issue in the midterm elections and are spending a fortune running campaign ads. Too bad most of the ads make the false claim that Republicans would take away protections for pre-existing conditions.”

“The GOP proposals aren’t perfect, a point we made in this space many times. But ObamaCare as it exists today is a disaster. It promises affordable coverage, but makes it impossible for millions to get it. And it requires massive taxpayer subsidies to bring individual insurance within reach of anyone.

The massive health care ad campaign may help Democrats win control of the House, and possibly the Senate, in November. But if they do, they’ll be the ones responsible for figuring out how to deal with the ObamaCare mess they created eight years ago.

Our Present Discontents, Then and Now. Steven Hayward – “One of Burke’s famous essays was “Thoughts on Our Present Discontents,” and we could use a Burkean restatement on that theme just now.”

“There are many passages in his most famous work, Reflections on the Revolution in France, that perfectly describe the temper and disposition of the left today. One of the salient traits of the left today, often remarked upon, is how angry and humorless they are. I think it goes beyond rage and a perverted and immature sense of injustice, and explains the categorical loathing of Western civilization itself that goes beyond mere “liberal guilt”—leftists actually loathe themselves. In speaking of the revolutionaries and Jacobins who thought they could and should tear down everything, Burke writes: …

Take care, neo – “It’s rather trite and formulaic, but it’s a convenient way to say take care of yourself, be kind to yourself, relax, enjoy and also be careful. – And it seems to me very appropriate for this moment in time to say to you all: take care.”

“The level of outraged anger I see on the right side of the blogosphere is as high as anything I’ve witnessed before. It’s a different kind of anger than usual, a feeling that a Rubicon has been crossed. Shared values? Don’t think so. Rule of law? Gone. It really strikes home that, as a commenter here wrote recently: “The differences go to the metaphysical level, to the depths where conversation can only elicit, as a famous philosopher once said, an incredulous stare.”

The comments I read yesterday on articles at liberal sites exhibit a level of gleefully vengeful vitriol that rivels anything I’ve seen before online, and that’s saying a lot. It’s not just the invective, it’s the form it takes and the huge number of people expressing it. Just to take one example, there’s a vicious hatred toward Brett Kavanaugh for the crimes of having gone to private school and being a white man.

I see a lot of evil out there right now, and I see it laughing with delight. So I need to turn away sometimes and take care.

Facebook Blackout: I’m a Traitor to My Gender Because I Won’t Participate in the Virtual Burka Protest. Jenny North – “Friends, I am going to let you in on a secret operation to make the men of this world feel really bad.”

“But let me tell you something – you untamed, misbehaving, radical feminists – you are standing in the place of the patriarchy when you order me to do something I think is counterproductive and stupid. So I am going to think for myself, and politely decline to join your man-hating club. I know many of you proclaim that you don’t hate men, but you need to look a little more closely at your actions. What you do isn’t meant to enlighten men, it is meant to shame them.

Feminists wanted a sexual revolution, but come to find out they can’t handle it the morning after. They wanted women to be in the locker room, but come to find out they can’t handle a little rough talk. They wanted to be taken seriously, but come to find out they have made a mockery of themselves by presenting as fragile teenagers who need chaperones and vocal coaches. Women need to take responsibility for themselves and quit blaming their shortcomings on men. Men have graciously moved out of the way, but please let’s not expect them to be doormats too.

Epitaph for a Dying Culture. Victor Davis Hanson – “The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and their endless sequelae have ended up as an epitaph for a spent culture for which its remedies are felt to be worse than its diseases. Think 338 B.C., A.D. 476, 1453, or 1939.”

“The coordinated effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court required the systematic refutation of the entire notion of Western jurisprudence by senators and much of the American legal establishment. And there was no hesitation in doing just that on the part of Senate Democrats, the #MeToo movement, and the press.

So everything from Facebook and Twitter censorship to politically recalibrating the order of Google searches serves the larger collective “good.” Even ancient ideas of wealth and poverty fade before our current ideology. If riches are used for social change, even if cynically and for careerist and self-interested reasons, then how they were obtained or otherwise used is irrelevant; if not, then they are proof of greed in their acquisition. Multibillionaire George Soros might be a wanted felon in France or have attempted to break the Bank of England and thereby ruin small depositors. But his wealth is welcomed because he invests a small percentage of it in progressive causes and thereby purchases his own progressive insurance and protection. As did the Catholic Church in the Dark Ages of yore, the Progressive Church now sells indulgences.

If we look to consensual government for hope, we see instead the courts and the permanent administrative class more often as the new governance. Their directives are to obstruct or overturn residual popular forces of tradition and custom, whether that consists of overriding bothersome federal immigration law, or advancing states’ rights ideas of nullification such as “sanctuary cities.”

An idea of retirement is not merely a house by the lake or a cottage on the coast to die in peace, but now a mental refuge in which we are at last free from 24/7 sermonizing and worry over thought crimes, both in person and electronically—a world in which a sermonizer on a computer screen or in a television set does not lecture us for perceived shortcomings without acknowledgment that he is more likely than not to also fail to meet his own standards of morality.

In other words, America is resembling the medieval Balkans, where spent traditionalists fled to the mountaintops, abandoned the plains of a dying culture to the new zealots who stormed in under the pretense of civilization.

WaPo goes all in on socialism with an attack on capitalism. Jazz Shaw – “People with very little exposure to actual socialism are either asking questions or, in some cases, eagerly adopting the label of socialist. Of course, this flies in the face of democratic capitalism, the foundation upon which our society has grown and thrived. Who will make sense of it all?” … “This sort of cheerleading for socialism is spreading like a plague. People need to remember that socialism almost always ends the same way and you need look no further than Venezuela in 2018 to see where that road leads.”

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