Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Nightmare

Christine Ford: The mouse that "roared"

By now, many readers are doubtless sick of reading about the latest whirligigs in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination brouhaha in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  They may have grown tired of all the speculative commentary about how or why the Dems have manipulated the Judicial hearings over Kavanaugh,  commentary with which they probably agree, and which explains how the Dems’ witch hunt plan suits their agenda to defeat Donald Trump and destroy Kavanaugh with the whiny testimony of an alleged rape victim. All in all, the whole charade has been and continues to be nauseous. As many commentators and even Republican Senators have remarked, the hearing’s vicious tone is unprecedented in our political history.

Christine Blasey Ford was obviously coached by her attorneys and the Dems on how and what to say in her testimony, and was probably coached on how to comport herself. I even suspect that she did not compose the typewritten testimony from which she read, as she played with her glasses and fussed with her hair, all the while playing to be a “nervous Nellie,” uncomfortable with her testimony with all eyes, ears, and cameras focused on her.

Wikipedia has an interesting observation on Shakespeare’s comedy, which has four interconnected subplots and a confusing cast of nineteen characters, not including dancing fairies. The comedy is less complex and confusing to follow than has been the Kavanaugh hearing.

In 1972, Ralph Berry argued that Shakespeare was chiefly concerned with epistemology in this play. The lovers declare illusion to be reality, the actors declare reality to be illusion. The play ultimately reconciles the seemingly opposing views and vindicates imagination.

Diane Feinstein and Company subscribe to this notion, and struggle to reconcile illusion and reality. She and her ilk “believe” Ford’s assertions, so, ergo, Kavanaugh “really” attacked Ford, with as much sutstance and evidence as wind storms on Pluto, and he’s automatically guilty (no amount of “mansplaining” by him or any other man will exonerate him). The illusion of guilt becomes a “fact” which must be further investigated by the FBI until the “truth” is discovered, thus delaying his nomination before the national elections at the end of the year. It isn’t as though Feinstein and her Democratic ilk place any importance on truth. Truth to them, if a malleable concept that can be fitted to their political agenda.

One Senator, aside from Lindsey Graham, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, let Feinstein have it with both barrels:

Starting at the 4:00 mark (video below) Kennedy admonishes: "To the person who leaked Dr. Ford's letter, to the person who breached Dr. Ford's anonymity, and to the person who did not tell her she could have avoided this by testifying privately in her home in California, you know who you are. You should bow your head in shame, in my opinion, and you should hide your head in a bag every day for the rest of your natural life." His remarks were clearly directed at Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), whose shenanigans were exposed at the hearings.

'It's not much consolation that in the last days of America the GOP finally found their tongues, but it has been a long time coming. Maybe they realize that if they don't do something about the hostile coup attempt, the cold war we've been in for the last few years could degenerate into a hot one. If the protesters outside Lindsey Graham's house manage to knock down his door, I have no doubt a hot war is what they intend. And instead of trying to calm the waters and cool passions, the Democrats are fanning the flames.'

Hiding their faces in a bag is not what Dems do. Shame is not in their vocabulary. They wiggle their butts, give all of us the finger, and continue to snort at us. They have power and see it threatened. No scandalous behavior is too low for the Democrats.

Take Jeff Flake, Senator from Arizona.

After announcing he would vote for Kavanaugh, he got mobbed by protestors and bought off by Feinstein and the Dems in a closed door meeting to demand, in “exchange” for his vote for Kavanaugh, yet another year of FBI investigation. Mike Walsh on Conservative News explains:
The flake that flipped

Jeff Flake flaked out and caved to the Democratic demand for an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. There is a reason why Democrats so desperately want this investigation, and, like everything else they say, it has nothing to do with getting to the truth.

Democrats are not interested in the truth at all, whatsoever. In fact, they've already said that Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court — no matter what the FBI investigation turns up. But it won't turn up anything, as they are well aware, because there is no evidence, there are no witnesses, and the accuser doesn't even know the year or place that this attack allegedly took place. They have absolutely nothing to go on. Nothing to investigate. The only thing they can do is ask the people who were allegedly involved or allegedly present. All of them have already been asked under penalty of felony and already denied that the party took place. What else can they say about a party that never occurred? There are only so many ways to say, "This didn't happen." Do Democrats want them to say it again in Greek? Do they need to draw a picture of the thing not happening? Do they need to sing it?

The investigation will accomplish nothing of substance and lead nowhere. So why are they so intent on it? Three reasons:

1) It will delay Kavanaugh's confirmation to give time for more dirt to be dug up.

2) It will delay Kavanaugh's confirmation to give time to put more pressure on squish Republicans.

3) They hope the FBI will follow irrelevant trails into unconnected but embarrassing matters, thus further destroying Kavanaugh's reputation.

 Not Diane Feinstein, but Michelle Pfieffer

as Titania, in the 1999 film of MND
And, it goes without saying, Democrats will demand another delay after this delay, and they will call the investigation unfair no matter how it's conducted or how it concludes. Neon Nettle reports:

In another obvious attempt to further disrupt Judge Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, his accuser Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer has called for the time limit of one week for the FBI's investigation into the allegations to be lifted. An agreement reached by the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay the full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct a week-long investigation into Dr. Ford’s accusations of sexual misconduct against President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.

Now, in a statement released by Ford's legal team, attorney Deborah Katz has demanded that there should be "no time limit" on the federal probe. That it should go on for  more weeks.

 The better to find more “dirt” on Kavanaugh, real or fabricated. The Dems won’t be satisfied with the FBI’s findings, even if it found that K assaulted a Martian on Venus.

The better to turn Kavanaugh’s confirmation into an unending nightmare.

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Democrats’ Code

The Feinstein stare
 It is ironic that a code of civil law, in which an innocent man is innocent of a crime unless proven guilty, was established under the aegis of a tyrant: Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the Napoleonic Code, adopted in 1804.

The Napoleonic Code (French: Code Napoléon; officially Code civil des Français, referred to as (le) Code civil) is the French civil code established under Napoleon I in 1804.

It was drafted by a commission of four eminent jurists and entered into force on 21 March 1804. The Code, with its stress on clearly written and accessible law, was a major step in replacing the previous patchwork of feudal laws. Historian Robert Holtman regards it as one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world.

….Article 294 of the Napoleonic Code of Criminal Procedure allowed the defendant to have a lawyer before the Court of Assizes (judging felonies), and mandated the court to appoint a lawyer for the defendant if the defendant did not have one (failure to do so rendered the proceedings null).

The new American criminal code, to judge by the conduct of the Judiciary Committee for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court, is that he is guilty until proven innocent, on the mere improvable assertion that he committed a crime several decades in the past.

Proving Kavanaugh’s innocence is not an option for the Democrats. He is guilty. Period. No questions asked.

Lawyers representing a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of decades-old sexual assault have released a polygraph report conducted as part of an effort to establish the credibility of her claim.

“On August 7, 2018, Christine Blasey reported to the Hilton Hotel, 1739 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090, for the purpose of undergoing a polygraph examination,” the report explained. “The examination was to address whether Blasey was physically assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh while attending a small party in Montgomery County, MD.”

The accusations have stalled the nomination of President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, who had been slated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

It is beyond suspicion that Senator Diane Feinstein likely cast about for a way to foil Trump and get Kavanaugh’s nomination scotched. Determined to defeat Donald Trump, it is possible that she or her wonks searched for a cat’s paw to write a letter claiming that she was assaulted by Kavanaugh in 1982. That cat’s paw turned out to be Christine Blaley Ford.

Ford’s potholes: We learned today that Ford cannot remember:

 Time/date/location of party - Who drove her to party - Who was at party - Who pushed her into room - Who drove her from party - Date/who paid for her polygraph - Grandmother's funeral date? But "100% sure" it was Kavanaugh 36 yrs ago!

No corroborators. 2-3 friends deny it happened (or have no recollection of such an event) through sworn statements. Can't remember where party was. Can't remember who brought her to the party. Doesn't know who paid for polygraph (her lawyers).

Doesn't know if polygraph was recorded for video and/or audio.  Went with polygraph, instead of industry standard 'forensic interview' Afraid to fly (even though she flies regularly here and there to exotic locales on business and leisure.

Ford claimed a fear of flying, but that didn’t stop her from flying. Her attorneys “omitted to inform her that Senator Grassley offered to send several Judicial Committee people to California to hear her testimony. When asked about that her attorneys would not let her answer the question. The Western Journal reports:

It seems that even though senators offered to travel to Blasey Ford’s home state of California to meet with her, the anti-Kavanaugh accuser was completely unaware of this possibility … and either Democrats or the woman’s own attorneys may have never told her this was an option.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, had publicly extended an offer for an inquiry into the Palo Alto University professor’s claims to take place near her home location, which would eliminate the need for her to fly across the country — something that she said was difficult because of an apparently non-existent fear of flying.

But strangely, Ford seemed surprised when she was reminded of the offer, and her attorneys quickly pushed themselves in front of the microphone to stop her from talking about it.

In the beginning of the hearing with Ford, Kavanaugh fired back at the Dems with both pistols:

Judge Brett Kavanaugh delivered a fiery opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon, responding to accusations of sexual misconduct decades ago: “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace … You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ‘search and destroy.'”

Senator Lindsey Graham minced no words, either. Business Insider reported:

[To the Dems he said] "What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020. You've said that. Not me. You've got nothing to apologize for," he said [to Kavanaugh].

"When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello because I voted for them. I would never do to them what you've done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics," he added, referring to President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Addressing Democrats and then Kavanaugh, Graham said, "You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford.  None. She's as much of a victim as you are. God, I hate to say it because these have been my friends. But let me tell you, when it comes to this, you're looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend."

Graham enlightened Kavanaugh and the public during his allotted time.

“Are you aware that at 9:23 on the night of July the 9th, the day you were nominated to the Supreme Court by President Trump, Senator Schumer said, 23 minutes after your nomination, ‘I’ll oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have. I hope a bipartisan majority will do that same,'” Graham asked.

HotAir has some salient comments:

From colleague Connor Marley. Feinstein on Ford. Says Ford "is a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted, on this..I can't say that everything is truthful. I don't know."

On the one hand, what else can she say? As surely as the sun rises and sets, every Democrat in the Senate, Feinstein included, will claim to believe Ford over Kavanaugh by next Monday evening. But in the meantime they have to remain nominally undecided on the facts of what happened. They’re staying open-minded ‘n stuff until the hearing.

Feinstein, in so many words, says she believes Ford:

“Look I believe she is credible. What we have wanted is an investigation carried out to look at the facts before there was a hearing. The republican majority is apparently not going to do that. But based on what I know at this stage she is credible.”

The Dems also believe there was a connection between Donald Trump and the Russians, and spent about a year and a half looking for it, finding nothing.  They seem to be hooked on looking for mirages, in Russia and in Maryland, and creating them if they don’t shimmer on the road to power. The Dems, like Napoleon, have an appetite for supremacy.