Flake is an uncomfortable being

I could not possibly add anything to this characterization of the Senate’s only certifiable “FLAKE”. He is what he is, and always has been…a self-serving, dishonest, truly despicable excuse for a human being (gosh! I hope I didn’t offend ‘Jeffie’). He obviously sees an opportunity to be “one of a kind”…THE person who blocked a fully qualified, eminently eligible nominee for the Supreme Court from being confirmed.

He chose not to run for reelection because his constituents realized he was a 24 karat phony and he could not win. Those are pretty astute folks in Arizona,      DLH

POSTED in POWERLINE  BY JOHN HINDERAKER
JEFF FLAKE, TRAITOR

“Traitor” is normally considered a harsh word, but it is the only printable thing I have called “Republican” Senator Jeff Flake since he announced, a few hours ago, that he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. His concern is the ridiculously stale allegation by Democrat professor Christine Ford that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to kiss her at a party when they were both high school students more than 30 years ago.

Kavanaugh unequivocally denies Ford’s allegation, and the only witness to the event (per Ford), Mark Judge, says “It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.” I think Ms. Ford is pretty obviously lying (don’t get me started on the friendly “lie detector test” that the Washington Post says she passed), or, on the most charitable explanation, possibly has Brett Kavanaugh confused with someone else.
In any event, the idea that a 30 to 40 year old story of this sort–He tried to kiss me! He lay on top of me!–that has never been heard before, can derail the nomination of a man who by all accounts, including those of political adversaries, is of the most sterling possible character, is ridiculous.

Despite the feebleness of Ford’s complaint, it is easy to understand why the Democrats are clinging to it like a life raft. But what could possibly prompt Jeff Flake, who ran for office and was elected as a Republican, to join in their attempt to block one of the most superbly qualified jurists ever appointed to the Court? There is only one answer: his insane hatred for President Trump.

Flake is a never-Trumper. Like a number of others for whom I once had considerable respect, Flake has elevated his hatred for our president over every principle of politics and public policy. He would rather subvert his own allegedly conservative principles than allow President Trump to exercise his constitutional powers as president. Words can hardly express how contemptible this is.

Flake is a member of the Judiciary Committee, so Kavanaugh’s appointment cannot proceed to the Senate floor without his vote. (It goes without saying that there is no Democrat on the committee who will follow his or her conscience rather than the Schumer party line.) Flake has resigned from the Senate effective the end of this term, so this could be his parting shot against the party and the principles he claimed to represent. He is not yet a party-switcher like Jim Jeffords–remember him? He was briefly celebrated–but he might as well be. Rarely have I witnessed anything so disgusting in the world of politics.

Jeff Flake should be ashamed of himself. One can only hope that he sees the light between now and Thursday, when the Judiciary Committee vote is scheduled to be held.

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The Demons “Hail Satin” pass to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Kurt Schlickter writing at Townhall  hopes the revenge to the essentially uncorroborated accusation against Supreme Court candidate Bret Kavanaugh of a sexual assault of sorts that allegedly occurred in high school when the supposedly involved were minors  is similar to the Clarence Thoma history.  That situation was also a celebrated last minute accusation (in Thomas’s case a big so what if it were true) was not enough to stop a fine God-fearing ,Constitution-honoring justice from sitting on the bench. We think Kavanaugh should be considered innocent and confirmed. We can only hope that his service on the bench would be as stellar as Thomas’s. On that we withhold  judgement for now.  Some excerpts from `Schlickter

Let’s review. As I write this, a liberal who doesn’t have the moral courage to subject herself to cross-examination is presuming to besmirch the integrity of someone who has never had his integrity questioned in any serious way. Well, it has been besmirched in an unserious way, by T-Bone’s buddy Spartacus as well as by that idiot Kamala Harris, but they didn’t lay a finger on him because the dumbnamic duo’s allegations were such transparent baloney.

But now we need to pause the confirmation so we can further investigate her inconsistent claim (Was it four dudes? Two?) that an ancient relic/senator sat on for three months? Or something. Sounds legit. Whatev.

Victim status, whether based upon truth or lies – because people do lie, and all the time – does not give you any special privileges or special rights. Instead, it gives you duties and obligations, whether that is cosmically fair or not. See, if you propose to inflict damage upon someone, even if justifiable, you bear the burden of proof. You have to prove it; the accused doesn’t have to disprove your amorphous innuendos. You have the duty to back up your claims, in public, and subject yourself to the greatest engine for the ascertainment of truth humanity has yet invented, cross-examination by a zealous advocate for the accused who is doing his best to show that you can’t be trusted.

Scott Morefiel also writing at Townhall has an excellent article about the accusation:  Excerpt)

The alleged incident left Ford so traumatized, apparently, that she neglected to go public or even file a police report for … wait for it … 36 years.

And it’s not like she didn’t have plenty of opportunities during those nearly four decades. Yet, Ford was silent with Kavanaugh clerked at the Supreme Court, silent when he was a White House attorney, and still silent after Kavanaugh became a U.S. Circuit Judge in 2006 – a process that required a lengthy and controversial Senate confirmation – and all the years thereafter, even as he weighed in on important cases regarding the environment, separation of powers, human rights, and criminal procedure, among others.

Now, on the eve of Senate confirmation, Ford – a California clinical psychology college professor who just happens to be a registered Democrat – decides that justice MUST be served. It’s her “civic responsibility,” don’t you know.

So yeah, color me skeptical.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford told the Post. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Sounds serious, and it would be if it were true. But most people who almost get killed by criminals “trying to attack” them, you know, go to the police. But Ford, Ford actually told nobody until 2012 while in couples therapy with her husband of then-10-years. Even then, notes from the therapy say nothing of Kavanaugh’s name, only that she was, the Post reported, “attacked by students ‘from an elitist boys’ school’ who went on to become ‘highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”

. . .
Still, even the most skeptical among us might acknowledge that something may have happened that evening in 1982. Ford supposedly passed a polygraph test, so if those can be trusted we know at least she believes it. But what exactly? An attempted rape? A misplaced grope? A clumsy, unwanted kiss? A drunken make-out session that led to nothing? All of it’s up in the air, and when you’re looking 36 years in the mirror, especially if you’re a liberal knowing you could score a much-needed goal for the #Resistance, it can pretty much become whatever you need it to be.

And things only become more complicated when you enter the murky, controversial world of “psychotherapy,” where dreams and imagination can become reality, at least in one’s own mind. A world Ford is apparently neck-deep into, for it was apparently only after “going through psychotherapy” years later that Ford “came to understand the incident as a trauma with lasting impact on her life.”

On that note, the following quote isn’t definitive or even necessarily applicable, but it’s certainly something to consider:

“To quote the American Psychological Association, there is ‘little or no empirical support’ for the concept of repressed or dissociated memories of sexual abuse,” writes Psychology Today’s Temma Ehrenfeld in a 2015 piece about the repression of childhood memories. “False memories are well-documented in legal history. We are vulnerable to what psychologists call ‘suggestion’ and can innocently construct false or ‘pseudomemories’ of events that never occurred, if they are encouraged by someone we trust. One disturbing 2007 study found that when people recalled sexual abuse in childhood during therapy their account was less likely to be corroborated by other evidence than when the memories came without help. Sadly, well-meaning therapists have done their patients harm.”

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Waldo pokes his head out of hiding

AT LAST! U S Attorney John Huber, appointed 9 Months Ago By A G SESSIONS To Investigate Clinton Email Scandal And DOJ Lawlessness, Issues Major Statement! America Stunned!:

At least this explains Huber”s whereabouts, he has been hot on the trail of wifty jurisprudence, which has reduced his attention span for other matters, like Constitutional  legitimacy, people above the law, etc.

“MARIJUANA IS AGAINST…FEDERAL LAW…”, Huber Reveals

In related news: Rachel Maddow faints on camera; “End of the Republic” Schumer declares; “we knew Huber was tough, but we never expected this…”, statement issued by Robert Mueller office.                 DLH

US Attorney for Utah: Important detail has been lost in medical marijuana debate

More importantly:

Why Hasn’t U.S. Attorney John Huber Talked to Bruce Ohr Yet? 

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Chris Coons, another day at the office , another stupid comment… 

This is another of those “superior Democratic party candidates” that Karl Rove has repeatedly bemoaned that the GOP doesn’t have in sufficient quantity…you know, like JEB Bush…

CHRIS COONS IS IN THE SENATE, DELAWARE HAS ONE LESS VILLAGE IDIOT (It still has Joe Biden); SURELY DEMOCRAT CHESTS MUST SWELL WITH PRIDE WHEN THEY SEE CHRIS EXPOUND HIS WISDOM ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

(All in all, the world might be slightly better off had a ‘witch’ won in ’08.)       DLH

Heeere’s Chris (Via the Daily Wire):

“In one case – and we are going to turn this over to the police, but unfortunately, of course, the person didn’t leave a name or number – but they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers,” Senator Susan Collins  told the Journal.

“One of her offices received a “three-foot-long cardboard cutout of male genitalia” from unhinged liberal protesters.”

*Harassment that is “well justified,” according to Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, from Delaware.

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Step away from the ledge people . . .

We are still posting — we merely had a platform problem.

Not the political one –  the Word Press platform that we depend on.  Anyway it is resolved now having just posted a  commentary by DLH.   Maybe I have an idea now as to how to get up and running quicker in the future if the problem recurs. Much admiration for the GoDaddy support team in walking me through the solution. Will try to get caught up with scintillating posts tomorrow.

R Mall

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“Spite”…thy name is McCain?

It’s not a widely reported story. Nor is it of great moment against the background of the many large and serious stories breaking almost by the hour.

We believe, however, that it deals with a subject of very recent massive press coverage.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday included the story as a minor note on page A4, in its “Campaign Wire”:

Headlined “McCain’s Family Objects to GOP Ads”.

According to the story, John McCain’s family is criticizing House Republicans for using video of the late senator in ads, so soon after his passing and without the family’s permission.

In Arizona, the GOP is reusing a 2016 campaign commercial. In Michigan, an ad shows McCain criticizing a former Obama administration official who is challenging GOP Rep Mike Bishop.

According to the Journal report, however, the McCain family is not objecting to the use of the late senator’s image in ads by a Democrat who is challenging GOP Rep Leonard Lance in New Jersey (The story noted that the Democrat obtained the family’s permission.)

A McCain family spokeswoman issued this statement: “The…family believes it’s unfortunate that the senator’s image is being weaponized this election season.”

Well, isn’t that special?

Apparently it’s OK to “weaponize” the senator’s image by a Democrat, but not by Republicans. (And may we wonder how those past GOP campaign ads or videos of the McCain image were paid for…with funds raised from GOP voters? So when did they become the ‘private property’ of the “McCain family” and his party must get their permission to reuse them?

Yes, it appears that the family continues the proud John McCain tradition…to get hurrahs from liberal media, stab in the back the people of your own party who put the late senator in office… “reach across the aisle” to show your displeasure toward a fellow Republican if he defeated you regardless of his success in implementing policies you seemed to support in your campaigns…betray your supporters if it offers the chance for ‘payback’.

It is difficult to conjure more spitefulness than the late senator and his family exhibited as they dropped from the funeral invitation list former campaign aides, even his VP running mate, and the president of the United States. And, obviously, the tradition continues!

RIP Senator McCain; Long Live The Establishment!      DLH

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“DINE FEIN’ HAS HER ‘SPARTACUS MOMENT’

  • Feinstein’s announcement about Brett Kavanaugh and the FBI smells, looks and feels like a political stunt
  • In his column, excerpts below, Becket Adams seems to call it right on the money.

To briefly recap what is known now:

– Feinstein was given a letter, third hand, from an anonymous writer who did not wish to be identified…nor the way I read it, didn’t even wish the incident the letter apparently described to be publicized??? It has been suggested that the letter contains some sort of allegation regarding Brett Kavanaugh.

– Ever the dependable, never the political politician, Senator Feinstein proclaimed that she would certainly respect the writer’s wishes. Then she turned the letter over to be “investigated”, presumably by the FBI.

– Although Feinstein had the letter in her possession for the past 7 weeks or so, she did not make any reference to it at any time throughout the Kavanaugh hearings before the Senate.

– The”incident” is reported to be something that happened when the letter writer and Kavanaugh were in HIGH SCHOOL??!!

– So…the courageous Dianne Feinstein should really have to answer some questions. Among them:

1- Feinstein: “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” the statement said.

It added, “That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”

She “honored” the decision by announcing she had turned it over to “investigative authorities”??? Boy! I’d never ask the Feinstein to “honor” any request for me! And why did she, in honoring the letter writer’s decision, ‘turn it over to…authorities’? To do what? As Mark Stein noted, who were the “investigative” authorities? The Juvenile Court?

2- She sat on that (that’s an unpleasant visual right there) letter for SEVEN WEEKS? Throughout the hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination, waiting until one week before the confirmation vote?! Wouldn’t a matter of such “urgency” called for its exposure immediately so that proper evaluation by the Judiciary committee could be conducted?

3- What is this “serious” 30 year or so old allegation regarding two kids in high school? (Did he dip her pigtails in the ink well? Sorry, Dianne, they quit having ‘inkwells’ the year after you left the schoolhouse). Surely he didn’t call her a ‘ho’ 3 decades or so before it was popularized in song and verse by former President Obama’s favorite rapper.

Oh well. That’s enough. There probably has been or most certainly will be much better accounts and analysis of this story written than we can do justice to. Just put us down as ‘memorializing’ this crude, clumsy, disgusting tactic by the 84 year old.           DLH

Dianne Feinstein’s announcement about Brett Kavanaugh and the FBI smells like a political stunt  

Either Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has the goods on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, or she has gone full Harry Reid.

My money is on the latter.

The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee released a tortuously cryptic statement Thursday claiming her office has referred a Kavanaugh-related matter to federal law enforcement officials.

“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” the statement said.

It added, “That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”

Feinstein reportedly learned of the Kavanaugh allegations from a letter sent to her by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif. Feinstein also reportedly first learned of the allegations in July. If true, it means she has been sitting on this supposedly very serious matter for the better part of seven weeks.

Thursday’s statement comes just hours after the Intercept published a report, titled “ Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document From Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats.” That story claimed the Feinstein letter may or may not describe “an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school.”

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported Thursday that the letter alleges an episode of “sexual misconduct” between Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said separately in remarks to BuzzFeed News that, “This matter has been referred to the FBI for investigation.”

BuzzFeed News said it contacted “the woman believed to be the subject of the letter.” The anonymous woman declined to comment. BuzzFeed News also contacted noted #MeToo attorney Debra Katz, who is believed to be representing the woman believed to be the subject of the letter (isn’t this fun?). Katz declined to comment, saying, “There’s nothing to say.”   . . .

Never mind what’s in the letter. Never mind that Feinstein’s statement is written in such a way as to suggest the absolute worst without saying anything. Never mind that this announcement was clearly calculated for maximum scandal (she can announce the federal referral, but nothing else? Come on).

Feinstein’s aim is to contribute to the cloud of innuendo that Democrats have tried to build up around Kavanaugh, hoping it will scare GOP moderates away from a “yea” vote.

Whether Feinstein’s letter is as serious as advertised is yet to be seen. Kavanaugh may have actually done something terrible when he was in high school!

Then again, the fact that the letter reportedly pertains to a thing the judge may or may not have done while in high school suggest very loudly that this entire episode is a desperate and damned disgraceful political stunt.

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AP “History Books”…let’s count the lines

Previously we commented on how “AP” (“advanced placement”) history books “for the smart kids”, supposedly written by thoughtful objective historians, use Associated Press “AP”  for their ghost writers.

Read this article from Courtney O’Brien at Townhall which provides references to a more extensive critique of the situation in history text books . . . and what to do about it at the local level.  (excerpt)

History Expert Sounds Off on School Textbook That Has Inaccuracy on ‘Almost Every Other Page’ 

Conservatives have long complained about schools’ use of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. But, a popular AP U.S. History textbook, The American Pageant, written by Thomas Bailey, David Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen, is also riddled with inaccuracies. That’s according to Daniel Oliver, chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute.

“Almost every other page” has liberal bias, Oliver charged during an interview with Townhall on Tuesday.

His “favorite” example, he said, is the book’s section on Alger Hiss. It’s well known that Hiss was a communist who was supplying information to the Soviet Union, Oliver relayed. He was convicted of perjury in 1948. Yet, in The American Pageant, the authors write that Hiss was being chased by Richard Nixon, a “red hunter,” and that he got caught in “embarrassing falsehoods.”

Oliver calls the description “extraordinary” and “ridiculous.”

“He was a communist,” Oliver said. “But the left decided to take the position that he was not.

Oliver and his team expose what they believe are other misinterpretations in trueamericanhistory.us. For instance, they note how the authors praise Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “suave and conciliatory” and a “master politician,” while avoiding how he “often tried to initiate and use government subsidies to win targeted voting groups, which ran up the national debt to record amounts” and “had trouble telling the truth,” ERI writes.

It’s also up to public institutions like ERI to “come in and raise a ruckus so that school boards will pick better textbooks.”    . . .

Text book decisions are not solely the realm of local school boards.  State legislation about integrity in presentation should be considered as well as attention to the state education bureaucracy and its influence.  But it is a sad commentary that conservatives have largely abandoned  children to local school boards often dominated by NEA types and the university teacher mills and their program of post modern indoctrination .

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Speaking of a prominent Yalie

This guy has a history of treasonous anti-Americanism. Recall his “secret negotiations” with North Vietnam, his remarks before Congress (“US troops cut of ears, attached electrodes to genitals and…”, his illustrious military career (4 months in V’nam, 3 Purple Hearts, none resulted in even one day ‘rehab’)?

To me, John Kerry is the number one “most nauseating public figure” to come along in my lifetime (a considerable length of time). Should he be convicted and executed for treason? Works for me, however, in these United States, there is no real history of execution for treason. Any attempt to even prosecute is not likely to happen, given that John Kerry’s antics are celebrated by the left as heroic.

So while John Kerry is, as the left often describes political opponents, a “piece of excrement”, he will continue to be hailed as a hero by those who despise our nation.

Unfortunately his activities are likely to cause many deaths of American soldiers and patriots in the future.

I only wish this guy could be banished from America forever and exiled to Iran to live out his days in the country he so admires.      DLH

Washington Free Beacon article by Adam Kredo September 12, 2018 (excerpt)

Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy
Shadow diplomacy aids Iran’s regional pursuits 

Former Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed that he has been conducting rogue diplomacy with top Iranian officials to salvage the landmark nuclear deal and push the Islamic Republic to negotiate its contested missile program, according to recent remarks.

Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary’s onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration’s back.

“I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration’s authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country’s fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.

Kerry’s comments are in line with previous reporting on his behind-the-scenes attempts to save the nuclear deal and ensure that Iran continues receiving billions in cash windfalls. These payments were brought to a halt by the Trump administration when it abandoned the nuclear agreement and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran that have nearly toppled its economy and sparked a popular revolution.

Kerry said he met Zarif in Norway, Munich, and other international forums.

As Iran continues to plot terror attacks across the globe and transport weapons to regional hotspots in Syria and Yemen, Kerry has tried to help Zarif preserve the nuclear agreement with European nations.

“What I have done is try to elicit from him [Zarif] what Iran might be willing to do to change the dynamic of the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said. . . .

Kerry said he has offered blunt talk to Zarif in order to push the regime to accept restrictions on its foreign interventionism.   . . .


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Yale is a frivolous school, should students attending it be eligible for a student loan?

AND THIS IS CALLED”AN ELITE UNIVERSITY”!!!
And there’s concern that students are going into major debt to get degrees that are not likely to lead to jobs they can make a living at???    DLH

This from The Daily Wire

Yale Survey Of Its Freshman Finds More Who Identify As LGBTQ Than Conservative 

According to a Yale Daily News survey of freshmen students, more students of the class of 2022 identify as members of the LGBTQ group than identify as conservatives, Protestants or Catholics. According to the survey, a paltry 9% of the freshmen surveyed identified as “somewhat conservative” with a miniscule 1% identifying as “very conservative.” Meanwhile, almost 5% of the students surveyed identified as gay, over 9% identified as bisexual or transsexual, and 8% identified as “asexual, ace spectrum or questioning their sexual orientation.”

As The College Fix noted, the total of students identifying as LGBTQ or asexual outnumbered the 16% of students identifying as Protestants and the 15% identifying as Catholics.

As Yale University notes:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBTS) at Yale promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on the historical and contemporary experience of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people. It also fosters critical analysis of queer and normative sexualities, the formation of sexual and gender minorities, and the role of sexuality in culture and politics across the world.

One conservative student from Texas noted that although he was concerned that his professors would not deal well with his perspective, the students were far more obviously hostile. He said, “My professors have been very welcoming of discussing certain topics that wouldn’t otherwise be discussed. But the student body is different, there are some students who I’ve run into where our conversations have quickly devolved into them yelling at me, and I just wanted to escape


Frankly I thought the percentage of LGBTS for the institution is low.  I’ve felt the best presumption about a Yale alumnus is that they are more like 75% one or another of LGBTS or even less manly. Just say’n.     R Mall,  consider:

 

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