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10/4/2018

Responses To FBI Report Are Unsurprising

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:51 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Hoo boy. What a morning.

After reviewing the eagerly anticipated FBI report, Sen. Grassley said that it “included “no hint of misconduct”. Not surprisingly, the Democrats declared it incomplete, and clearly it was limited in scope and time to benefit Kavanaugh:

“There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know,” Grassley said in a statement after being briefed on the FBI report by his staff. “It’s time to vote.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, later told reporters that “the most notable part of this report is what’s not in it.”

“We had many fears that this was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting all of the facts,” he said. “Those fears have been realized.”

Schumer said he disagreed with Grassley’s assessment that there is “no hint of misconduct” but declined to elaborate or take questions.

Not noted in the Washington Post’s report, is that the GOP did not provide a list of names for the FBI to reach out to, but rather the FBI made their own decision about with whom to speak:

Republicans on the committee said that they did not compile a definitive list of those the FBI should question and interview as part of their supplemental inquiry into allegations against Kavanaugh.

“We did not come up with a list of people that the FBI should interview. The FBI was requested to conduct an investigation into any and all credible accusations of Kavanaugh. The FBI made the decision from there as to who to interview,” Sen. Mike Lee explained.

Sen. Cornyn added that the FBI had “all the permission they need to interview who they think is necessary.”

Further, here is the reaction to the report by the five senators whose votes are in question:

Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), one of three Republicans who had not indicated how they plan to vote, said Thursday that “it appears to be a very thorough investigation, but I’m going back later to personally read the interviews.”

Shortly afterward, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who requested the investigation, told reporters that “we’ve seen no additional corroborating information.”

Collins, Flake and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are the critical votes that could ensure Kavanaugh’s ascension to the nation’s highest court.

On Thursday afternoon, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), a red-state Democrat whose vote Republicans were courting, said she would vote no on Kavanaugh. That leaves Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) as the only Democrat still undecided on the nomination.

Note: Jeff Flake still has concerns”

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Also, in North Dakota, which Heitkamp represents, the polls are not doing her any favors:

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has a double digit lead over Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota poll, with 53 percent of likely voters picking the Republican and 41 percent supporting the Democrat. Last month, Cramer led Heitkamp by 4 points in a survey of the race.

Given that, there is really no reason for her not to vote with the Democrats, because “Heitkamp knows what everybody else does: She’s soon to be a former Senator so she might as well impress a future Democratic employer.”

As of this writing, still unknown to us how they will vote are Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).

And finally, it seems that the most troubling aspect of this whole disgraceful debacle, the disturbing “Devil’s Triangle,” which became an utterly embarrassing talking point of attack by the left and various media outlets showing no partiality (wink! wink!), turnd out to be just what Kavanaugh said it was: a drinking game. No more, no less.

And because coincidences are always fun, it’s being reported that “Ford’s “beach friend” who helped her fabricate her anti-Kavanaugh smears, and whom Ford coached on polygraphs, just happened to be a FBI PR rep in the office of Preet Bharara, who used to work for Schumer on Judiciary.”

I just can’t even.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

160 Responses to “Responses To FBI Report Are Unsurprising”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (023079)

  2. Flake. LOL.

    The fact he is struggling with NEGATIVE CORROBORATION FROM HER WITNESSES plus given the timing and method on how this was handled says everything you need to say about Flake.

    Truly an evil man, coward, and duplicitous. Let me also add not representing Arizonans.

    RIH sir.

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  3. And yes to quote Kurt S … “NeverTrump is a gateway drug to liberalism.”

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  4. “Heitkamp knows what everybody else does: She’s soon to be a former Senator so she might as well impress a future Democratic employer.”

    Nothing to do with the Judge’s actual record or the inability to substantiate the accusation, just about preparing a post-Senate resume.

    Says it all really.

    harkin (f2bc98)

  5. Letters To Penthouse: w/all that icky sex talk, the GOP saw no need to hire anybody to read these hot pages, locked in a room, alone, w/themselves.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. “NeverTrump is a gateway drug to liberalism.”

    I disagree with this.

    Dana (023079)

  7. I see former Justice Stevens dissed Kavanaugh today which should give Flake all the cover he needs to run, hide, get that slot on MSNBC.

    Flake should really just move in with Charlie Crist and start a new party

    steveg (a9dcab)

  8. There’s one thing: As an incentive to induce the FBI interview her, Ford offered to let the FBI see her therapist’s notes.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  9. Its one thing to be never trumper like Flake and another to like only small doses of the guy like some here

    steveg (a9dcab)

  10. I wonder – what did Mark Judge (or the FBI) say about his employment history?

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  11. Is JPS past a “hunnit”? Fittingly he uttered his disapproval at a Del Boca Vista-like confab.

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  12. Yes, Heitkamp is now running for a cabinet post in a future Kamala Harris/Corey Booker administration. I look forward to her confirmation hearings, where I predict that a Sudanese brothel-owner specializing in underaged boys will identify her as his very best customer — let’s hear her prove otherwise!

    Cramer is ahead, but think how much you’ll enjoy knowing, when he wins, that you sent his campaign a buck or two when it could make the most difference in the tiny North Dakota media market.

    Note: The noxious vendor he’s using to process his credit card transactions is something called Spark, whose “app” automatically and by default creates in their super-duper secure servers an account in your name, in which it stores your credit card information. If they had an opt-out, I didn’t notice it, and I wouldn’t have known but for reading the fine print on their confirmation email.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  13. Cramer wasted no time:

    I’m deeply disappointed with Senator Heitkamp’s decision to vote no on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Clearly, she has decided to vote with Chuck Schumer, and not the people of North Dakota. #NDSen

    Dana (023079)

  14. @6. Meh. “NeverTrump”–

    “…it’s a drinking game…”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  15. “Clearly, she has decided to vote with Chuck Schumer, and not the people of North Dakota. #NDSen”

    Reality bites

    harkin (f2bc98)

  16. I believe (but easily could be wrong) that Michael Mukasey is as well-respected a former judge as one might find. Here’s his writeup:

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/10/04/on_the_question_of_judicial_temperament_138257.html

    Beldar: I’d donate, but then, as with charities, you never, ever, ever, get off their begging list. With the charities, I was finally driven to (a) unsubscribe from their dunning email lists; and (b) return their paper solicitation forms with “Please remove me from your mailing list” written across the front in black marker & returned in their own postage paid envelopes. (I’m cheap – I didn’t bother if it needed a stamp.) There are a few that are stubborn, stubborn, but my daily mailbox take is smaller & emptier than it’s been for years.

    ColoComment (8277f9)

  17. #6 I disagree with this.

    We do indeed. But as with all gateway drugs, some fall into it and some don’t.

    #9 Its one thing to be never trumper like Flake and another to like only small doses of the guy like some here

    I am Trump fan who recognizes that flawed beats wicked, every day, and twice on Sundays.

    Democrats are wicked people.

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  18. Let me also add that flawed men on a righteous cause win conflicts.

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  19. flake
    flāk
    noun
    1. a small, flat, thin piece of something, typically one that has broken away or been peeled off from a larger piece.
    “paint peeling off the walls in unsightly flakes”
    synonyms: sliver, wafer, shaving, paring; More
    2. INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN
    a crazy or eccentric person.
    synonyms: ditz, space cadet, airhead, fool, scatterbrain, assh0le
    “Jeff can be such a Flake”

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  20. Some (e.g., Bret Stephens) of NeverTrump appear to be coming around.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  21. Or coming to, depending on your POV.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  22. If some looked pissed at their press conference, it’s because they were…

    “A Democratic congressional intern accused of publishing the private information of at least three Republican lawmakers allegedly threatened to leak senators’ childrens’ health information if a witness told anyone about his activities.
    Jackson Cosko, who recently worked as an unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was arrested for allegedly posting the personal information (or “doxxing”) of a number of senators including Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on Wikipedia — with information such as their home addresses and phone numbers. Graham, Lee and Hatch’s information was published on Thursday.

    According to a sworn statement by Capitol Police Captain Jason Bell, a witness Tuesday saw Cosko at a computer in a senator’s office, where he used to work, a day after two other unnamed senators’ information had been put on Wikipedia. Cosko is then alleged to have walked out, and hours later the witness received an email from “livefreeorpwn@gmail.com” saying: “If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and social [security numbers].”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/accused-doxxer-of-gop-senators-allegedly-threatened-to-publish-their-childrens-health-information

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  23. Bret Stephens will never “come to” or “come around.”

    His very prestigious employment and his personal life are 100% dependent on the Left.

    This is just a spontaneous fit to remind his social circle he is an “iconoclast” figuring he won’t suffer much given the depravity of the Left.

    Because even his social circle knows this deprave and immoral.

    Within 10 day, lest he be excised from Piano Bar Night Life or removed by Punchie from the job, Bret Stephens will resume his hysterical and/or factually false attacks on the President and Republicans.

    His Left Social Circle will deem him worthy of the token Republican moniker and remind him he can only veer out of that lane when the Left truly descends into evil (but only then).

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  24. @ ColoComment (#16): Yes, the mailing lists are a downside to scattering strategic donations widely. But I get a lot of enjoyment watching people whom I contributed to in their first key races, typically from smaller states, who are turning into the next generation’s leaders. It’s worth some email and snail-mail spam for me. If only I could spot up and coming publicly traded companies with the same degree of success I’ve had on politicians!

    Beldar (fa637a)

  25. The Real Reason the White House Told the FBI Not to Interview Christine Blasey Ford?
    Perjury Trap
    Imagine the legal/political nightmares when Dr Christine Blasey Ford changes her recollections, yet again.
    The spectacle of Ford being charged with perjury would be just too much.

    Neo (d1c681)

  26. democrats have no future in democrat party if they support kavenaugh. remember clinton got 3 million more votes then trump that number only grows as minority population increases as 200,000 minority kids turn 18(voting age) every month.

    lany (caa143)

  27. Beldar (#24):

    Your comment reminded me that I’d seen something recently on this year’s IPO market. WSJ article suggests that it’s a reminder of the 2000 tech runup.

    https://outline.com/mCpSdd

    ColoComment (8277f9)

  28. @25. Well, the FBI interviewing both Dr. Ford and then Judge Kavanaugh would have opened him up to clarifying or correcting some of his answers at the hearing or a possible ‘trap’ given some misleading answers in his testimony under oath at the hearing. This evening Judge Kavanaugh has now found it necessary to ink an op-ed released in the WSJ attempting to ‘clarify’ his temperament during the hearing. Unusual. Obviously there’s some concern there in retrospect trying to walk back some of it. BTW: “Under Oath”– ‘…it’s a drinking game.’ 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  29. Beldar (#24):

    WSJ recently had an article re: this year’s IPO companies. Article suggests that current crop reminds of 2000 run up to tech bubble.
    https://outline.com/mCpSdd

    Remember when WSJ had its “dart board” stock picks? I don’t recall, though, how that method turned out….

    ColoComment (8277f9)

  30. If I had a nickel for every time in the last two years I’ve heard someone use the term “perjury trap” who couldn’t (without Google) tell me the elements of the crime of perjury if their lives depended on it, I would be a very, very rich man.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  31. We’ve what amounts to a major difference, a chasm between the Center to Right and those on the Left. The Center-to-Right holds the lessons and tenets of the American Revolution close.

    The Left embraces the French Revolution, in every way.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  32. 26… here is a former poster, who may have been banned. Same talking points, just can’t recall the name.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  33. Judge Kavanaugh has inked this op-ed now posted the WSJ Op-Ed page. This op-ed is not written ‘under oath.’

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/i-am-an-independent-impartial-judge-1538695822

    Clearly there is some concern regarding the perceptions of his temperament from last Thursday’s proceedings. Just one phrase of note in his text: “My time in high school and college, more than 30 years ago, has been ridiculously distorted.” 

    But in his own words, from his 1983 Ocean City, MD., Beach Party letter acknowledged by his lawyers as his, signed ‘FFFFF, Bart”, Kavanaugh suggests warning the neighbors, characterizing himself and his friends as “loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us. Advise them to go about 30 miles…”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/02/us/brett-kavanaugh-georgetown-prep.html  

    “Ridiculous…”

    ‘… it’s a drinking game.’ 

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  34. Haiku @ 30. wendell! And likely also Perry in an earlier incarnation! Same talking points, same style!

    nk (dbc370)

  35. Timing:

    BREAKING: Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines says he needs to be in Montana this weekend for his daughter’s wedding, throwing Saturday’s confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in doubt

    Priorities.

    Dana (023079)

  36. @33. It’s the party of ‘Family Values.’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  37. Republican politicians are far more honest than their Democrat counterparts. Why? Because of Republicans try anything even slightly devious, they will get caught and there will be no one to run interference for them. Democrats, OTOH, can conspire in public, get caught, get caught again, and most of the press will not only ignore it, but call those reporters who DO report it GOP suckups.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  38. if they hadn’t rape hoaxed Roy Moore we wouldn’t really need Daines to be there

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. I wouldn’t miss my daughter’s wedding if I were being appointed to the Supreme Court.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. But Air Force Two could be the solution to The Daines Dilemma?

    nk (dbc370)

  41. 32… lol, nk. Wendell was fairly recent.

    After his all over the landscape commentary, I thought perry was being held incommunicado in an institution for teh criminally insane.

    Veselnitskaya dies in copter crash…

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  42. @36. Who or what is Roy rogering these days, Mr. Feet? Give us an update.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  43. No just her handler karapetyan sic,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  44. Could be a swap for a Tester yes vote. I made a deal with God for the Cubs WS win in 2016, I’ll make a deal for a Van Dyke guilty verdict.

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  45. Veselnitskaya dies in copter crash…

    Her? Not her cutout?

    nk (dbc370)

  46. @28 Beldar .. If I had a nickel for every time in the last two years I’ve heard someone use the term “perjury trap” who couldn’t (without Google) tell me the elements of the crime of perjury if their lives depended on it, I would be a very, very rich man. [ Emph. added ]
    Bless your heart! I do declare, you handsome devil you, that while I surely do like the cut of your jib, oughten you not to be hangin’ about with such mountainous teams of roustabouts and hooligans as that, notwithstandin’ the riches that such intemperate carousin’ might otherwise offer?

    Q! (86710c)

  47. Mr. Moore’s walking with the LORD Mr. DCSCA

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  48. She always looked like a stereotypical “Tia” instead of a devious Russian to me.

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  49. I hope it’s not before Monday. I’ve been meaning to buy a couple of extra boxes of ammunition and I might not get around to it before that.

    nk (dbc370)

  50. I disagree with this.

    Dana (023079) — 10/4/2018 @ 3:01 pm

    Have you seen Jennifer Rubin or Bill Kristol lately?

    NJRob (1d7532)

  51. Young babuska lady in training,

    narciso (d1f714)

  52. Good spies don’t look like spies.

    nk (dbc370)

  53. here’s a nice discussion about how sleazy trashy disgusting and unprincipled Ben Sasse is

    He read into the Senate record a story by Caitlin Flanagan, a writer for The Atlantic, about her sexual assault in high school. Clearly choking up, Gentle Ben then scolded his absentee colleagues: “If that doesn’t make you cry, there is something wrong with you.”

    lol caitlin flanagan

    sounds like boyfriend’s become something of an estrogen junkie

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  54. They’ll wait until the 5 hour mark of the Marathon for the 2 hour countdown for verdict, box in the “good” ones in the churches, then have free reign FAW/STK order on anyone in the streets.

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  55. Like Monica mclean, btw some of the mote notorious of the Holton arms gang, samantha and Martha, we signers to the open letter.

    How do you think the gifted handles the x men mythos

    narciso (d1f714)

  56. No not teh Natalya, my wife was mislead by a headline.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  57. so far it’s been pretty dismal

    i think they should consult with the Legion showrunners

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  58. It took a while for the first season to really get going, arrpund the times the frost sisters got into the game.

    narciso (d1f714)

  59. the frost sisters and the super-fun asian chick are the freshest things they got going on

    but the polaris girl’s a drag on the show and her girly boyfriend’s even worse

    and the cop guy with the dead daughter’s useless

    it just doesn’t come together and piffle like when vampire bill and amy talk about their feelings is really toxic given the overall lack of momentum

    the riva lady needs work too – she doesn’t bring any real presence to the table

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  60. Comixology just released the third issue of Secret Agent Deadpool and it’s been sitting there all day waiting for me to read it but I did some laundry both the darks and whites even though I was going to do only the whites but then I thought why not do the darks too and then I made a pot of farfale because I saw that I had finished all my Hersheys and I was down to only two hot dog buns and one sub roll and I get insecure when I don’t have enough carbs in the house so I had a plate of farfale with grated parmesan and a little melted butter and the two hot dog buns with honey and reading Secret Agent Deadpool after that would have just been too much indulgence if you know what I mean.

    nk (dbc370)

  61. Me either, nk. Had one, one to go. One of the greatest days I’ve had.

    mg (0a8fd4)

  62. Well hes supposed to become a purifier, a vigilante, like that group in the later seasons of agents of shield.

    Yes rival needs to clean up, chop chop, she’s supposed to be their version of magneto.

    In x men 3, magneto lost his abilities but in days of future past he still has then, unless they wiped the earlier film from canon.

    narciso (d1f714)

  63. McConnell is probably bluffing; they most likely don’t have the votes as of tonight. Otherwise, Kavanaugh’s op-ed, released in the WSJ tonight, would probably never have been written and published this evening. Like his heated remarks delivered at last Thursday’s hearing, the carefully crafted piece was clearly written ahead of time and not inked off the cuff. Only this time around, his musings were probably shown to somebody ahead of time.

    If the votes were there tonight the op-ed would likely never have been published. As the old political adage goes, if you’re explaining, you’re losing.

    What a mess.

    “I’m not that terrible. I have a wife and a child and a dog. They’re rather fond of me. Even the dog doesn’t think I’m a monster.” – Captain Queeg [Humphrey Bogart] ‘The Caine Mutiny’ 1954

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  64. A more recent version, from a different perspective:

    https://www.amazon.com/James-Bond-VARGR-007/dp/1606909010

    Narciso (d1f714)

  65. pasta sounds good but i’m in the mood for curry lately

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  66. Power is not only what you have but also what the enemy thinks you have.

    Hmm. Were Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals really Alinsky’s Rules For Texas Hold’Em?

    nk (dbc370)

  67. @45. Misery seeks company, Mr. Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  68. I hate reading/hearing about carbs, my wife has me dieting with her before our son’s wedding, and it has been pretty grim, slim pickins around Casa de Haiku… for 2 months now.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  69. I have been underweight most of my life. The only thing that has succeeded in making me gain weight is forced inactivity, and that slowly; and I lose the weight quickly — and I mean pants falling down within two weeks — if I cut down my calories.

    nk (dbc370)

  70. Speaking of the oh-so-flawed new or “expanded” fbi investigation in the Kavanaugh matter – and segueing seamlessly into discussions of other frauds, pranks or hoaxes . . . God bless the Social Sciences. Or a “good grief” sub-set thereof.

    ” . . . Yascha Mounk, a political scientist at Harvard, called the hoax ‘hilarious and delightful’ on Twitter. In an interview, he said of the authors, ‘What they have shown is that certain journals, and perhaps to an extent certain fields, can’t distinguish between serious scholarship and a ridiculous intellectual hoax.’ . . .”

    Q! (86710c)

  71. We have already seen that with the “global warming scientific consensus”. Snorfle!

    nk (dbc370)

  72. Has anyone taken a look at mounks research?

    Narciso (d1f714)

  73. Avocado, tomato, eggs, Col. 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily.

    mg (9e54f8)

  74. @70 nk .. global warming … Snorfle! [sp?]

    Yo, yo, nk! You’re behind on the curve, my ancient friend . . . you snooze, you lose . . . The received knowledge (GOP-flavor [hot & salty, very salty]) now is that yeah, global warming’s here and it’s real, but it’s too late to do anything about it, really, in any economically responsible or realistic way.

    C’mon man! Don’t be a dinosaur! Eschew (gesundheit) Eschew living in the past! Don’t be a dinosaur, oh ancient one! Be a dinosweet-n-salty!

    Q! (86710c)

  75. I have been underweight most of my life. The only thing that has succeeded in making me gain weight is forced inactivity, and that slowly; and I lose the weight quickly — and I mean pants falling down within two weeks — if I cut down my calories.

    nk (dbc370) — 10/4/2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Genetic lottery. Lift more.

    NJRob (1d7532)

  76. 72… good God, man I’d die of hyponatremia!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  77. My wife is wearing me out… she tells me daily, “you should never eat til you’re full, only eat until you don’t feel hungry.”

    She holds her right hand out – palm up – and says, “you should only eat a handful of whatever you’re eating”, and then she gets a worried look when she sees me eyeing her hand.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  78. That’s somewhat problematic,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  79. I wish there were global warming. I want milder winters and longer growing seasons. I don’t care if Malibu which is only 16 feet above seal level loses a couple of yards of beach. Or the whole town. I live in Chicago and the surface of Lake Michigan is 460 feet above sea level.

    What I want stopped is the socialism masquerading as environmentalism and the hypocrisy. Does the Earth accept carbon taxes and carbon credits and cool down when every consumer pays the first and rich jerks like Kerry with five luxury homes, a private plane and a 76-foot motor yacht pay the second?

    nk (dbc370)

  80. (74) Damn Yinzer chicks…and is Villegas a Pirates kid?

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  81. The brain level of the average protester:

    Z
    @Theboldtype_z
    MY MOM AND AMY SCHUMER ARE GETTING ARRESTED TOGETHER AND AMY SAID HI TO ME

    Not much different than those who cheered on the Juice with signs saying “Go OJ!!!”

    harkin (f2bc98)

  82. global warming’s here and it’s real, but it’s too late to do anything about it, really, in any economically responsible or realistic way.“

    Good thing Trump pulled out of the Paris swindle. Would have been money for nuthin’.

    harkin (f2bc98)

  83. There is something we can do about global warming. Get rid of the internet and all but the most vitally necessary electronic devices. That’s what has been causing the spike in the last 20 years — the proliferation of electronics. Manufacturing them, transporting them, connecting them, and powering them requires energy and unless they’ve repealed the laws of thermodynamics that energy ends up as heat pollution.

    nk (dbc370)

  84. @81 nk I wish there were global warming. * * * I don’t care if Malibu * * * loses a couple of yards of beach. Or the whole town. I live in Chicago.

    There you go! Malibu, Miami, Tucson . . . no skin off your nose, and why should it be otherwise? Hell, you’ll be dead in 10-20-30 years most likely (I sure will be, anyway), so where’s the beef, really? And dead and gone as well so very many of those socialism-touting masquerad[ers] living large and falsely in environmentalism and [] hypocrisy. Good riddance to ’em all. It’s simply nature’s way (o.k. . . . w/ some assistance from the folks that brought us the industrial revolution in its several iterations). But the point is we’ve likely tipped already, so stands to reason there’s nothing left to do but pick up our chips and cash ’em in. I frankly have little sympathy for those who will have exercised so little foresight and strength of character as to allow themselves to be born into the future-world-to-come — so riven (as it promises to be) with severe upheavals in earth-air-water patterns, not to mention social strains and dislocations. Like I could do anything about it anyways! We. Have. Tipped. Already. (Biscuits (that’s “cookies”, for the Yanks out there) are still available on the Lido Deck. Thank God.)

    Q! (86710c)

  85. First of all, its incredible arrogance to think we can affect the weather,second climate is cyclical, that’s why Mann deleted the medieval warming from the charts. It would raise too many questions, that’s when the plague came about, but because of a different vector, which would be rats the venetians and the genoans were handling in the black sea colonies they brought home.

    narciso (d1f714)

  86. Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way. We’ll muddle through, old chap (that’s leg protection cowboys wear shortened from “chaparral” the thorny bush it protects them from).

    nk (dbc370)

  87. On that point, contrary to their pleas what the chorus in ‘The wall’ wanted was thought control after all.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  88. The “Dark Side Of The Moon” album is my favorite. Thinking back on my youth and watching my daughter now, I wonder if schools should not be playing “Time” (the song I linked) instead of the Star Spangled Banner to the students every morning.

    nk (dbc370)

  89. I love the fact that libersls are willing to tell the workd’s poor that because of CAGW delusions they are not to benefit from the advances in energy or technology and must suspend their desire for a better life.

    “Nowhere is the dilemma more acute than in Obama’s laudable Power Africa initiative, which aims to increase electricity generation and access to modern energy services in six poor, African countries.

    This matters, because almost half the world’s inhabitants or about 3 billion people burn dung, cardboard and twigs inside their houses to cook and keep warm. The consequent indoor air pollution kills 3.5 million people each year making it the world’s deadliest environmental issue.

    Allowing these poor countries to get electricity access could get rid of this indoor air pollution while doing an amazing amount of good. It could allow families light to read at night, a computer to get in touch with the world and a refrigerator to keep food from spoiling. It would also allow businesses to produce more competitively, providing jobs and economic progress.

    But the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the main U.S. development finance institution, prefers mainly to invest in solar, wind and other low-emissions energy projects. Over the past five years, OPIC has invested in more than 40 new energy projects and all but two were in renewables……

    …..A new paper by Todd Moss and Ben Leo from the nonprofit think tank, Center for Global Development, puts it very clearly. If Obama spends the next $10 billion on gas electrification, he can help lift 90 million people out of poverty. If he only uses renewables, the same $10 billion can help just 20 million-27 million people. Using renewables, we will deliberately choose to leave more than 60 million people in darkness and poverty.

    Of course, you can legitimately argue that cutting CO2 emissions is more important than helping poor people. But you cannot claim, as many greens would like to do, that there is no tradeoff — that you can magically achieve both lower CO2 emissions and still help more people.

    It seems immoral to me to want to reduce CO2 emissions through denying the very poorest energy access while we in the West continue to get more than two-thirds of our much higher energy consumption from fossil fuels.

    The only way to sustainably tackle global warming is to dramatically increase investment in green R&D which will eventually make green energy so cheap everyone will want to switch.

    But right now, we have a moral responsibility to help lift as many people out of poverty as possible.

    Our development aid should be used to help 60 million more people out of poverty, not as a tool to make us feel virtuous about facile, green choices.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/08/bjorn-lomborg-africa-energy/5284631/

    Btw – The USA has managed to beat their CO2 emission reduction goals due to fracking. Most European countries have failed to meet their goals.

    harkin (f2bc98)

  90. nk – DSOTM is also one of my favorite albums. Making the album is filled with great stories, from Claire Torry’s vocals on Gig to Richard Wright’s use of a chord he heard on a Miles Davis song for a transition.

    harkin (f2bc98)

  91. Yes it’s an insightful song,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  92. @91 harkin .. Btw – The USA has managed to beat their CO2 emission reduction goals due to fracking. Most European countries have failed to meet their goals.

    Harkin – tell me it ain’t so! We have goals anymore? CO2 emission reduction goals? Sez who? Where? Links, man! Links! Does Trump know about this? Kelly? Is this a Deep State Reach-Around? Sounds potentially scandalous to me, but I’ll admit, I don’t tend to keep up much on things environmental.

    Q! (86710c)

  93. @87. Except it’s not. Human activity affects weather and climate patterns. Start w/a heat bubble over concentrations of concrete created by humans known as cities. Then flip to the end of the book and steal a peek at plans for terraforming Mars.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  94. Well we could look at heat island distortions to the record and move on from there,

    Mars has little atmosphere, and low gravity, some natural cataclysm like a,Coney collision pr

    Narciso (d1f714)

  95. @96 Narciso .. Well we could look at heat island distortions to the record and move on from there,[Para.] Mars has little atmosphere, and low gravity, some natural cataclysm like a,Coney collision p

    Hey … huh? Are we really talking about rabbit-bumpings now? (Inter alia?) And why? Oh. Nevermind. I probably read it wrong. Or something.

    Q! (86710c)

  96. What they want is the new feudalism. Make the price of energy unnaturally high, based on dubious computer modeling.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  97. @97 harkin .. Thanks, but really, I’m not going to read through 6 or 4 year old articles to attempt to find support for (or elucidation concerning) your proposition that the US has CO2 emission reduction goals under the Trump administration. As Dana Carey (?) used to say “Doesn’t seem prudent.” (Not that I’m saying DJT’s not intimately on top of the matter (so-to-speak), or that he’s not all-but-literally-girded-up-with-and-all-damn-over such goals (ditto); just that I’m unaware of any, of any significance or concern. So to speak.)

    Q! (86710c)

  98. I’m not to read it’s heresy against the epistles of Mann and oppenheimer,,Not to mention that nitwit from NASA.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  99. Three of the best sites for real science of the GW issue.

    https://judithcurry.com

    http://joannenova.com.au

    https://wattsupwiththat.com

    harkin (f2bc98)

  100. The thing about trolls is that they’re transparent until they’re exposed to light and then they turn to stone. See, Pratchett, Terry, The Light Fantastic

    nk (dbc370)

  101. Hansen is his name, of course it took a hack of that east Anglia archive to reveal what was going on behind the curtain.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  102. “I’m not to read it’s heresy against the epistles of Mann and oppenheimer,”

    Is climate hero Michael Mann still claiming he won a Nobel prize?

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/michael-mann-retracts-false-nobel-prize-claims-in-humiliating-climbdown/amp/

    harkin (f2bc98)

  103. Kits .like opening the ark, the lightning will emerge forthwith, this is the key to every other narrative about the innocent gitmo detainees. The gentle giant the movie review that went awry, down to Mrs fords delusional adventure.

    narciso (d1f714)

  104. @96. And water.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  105. @105 You know, Harkin, I’m often still amazed as to why folks have such a hard time saying … “Oh, I got that wrong” or “I misunderstood you . . .”. So, you talk about “US CO2 emission reduction goals”, and I say, what’s that (etc.) and you provide me with ancient links that cannot possibly relate to current “US CO2 emission reduction goals”, and I note that, and you come back with another set of links that have the same failing. You just post the links (no language, no quotes, no citations – nothing relevant), leave a bit of snark, and skedaddle. Why do people do that, Harkin? Why do you figure?

    Why, for example, did you not confess that the word “goal” appeared on exactly zero of the 3 webpages you last linked to? Did you not understand that the discussion in question concerned [US] CO2 emission reduction goals — as I stated, and highlighted, in my original post? And as I repeated in my second post? Did you not understand? Really?

    It’s fine to say you don’t know. Even if you said (or simply thought) before, that you did know. It’s fine not to know. It’s fine to be wrong. We all do it. Some of us, often. It’s OK that you cannot point me to what are the current administration’s CO2 emission reduction goals. They may not exist. For all I know, they do not exist. They may exist, as well, and I simply don’t know. That will be fine as well. My not knowing will be just fine. Frankly, I do not care.

    For your information (as if you care, which you may well not) – the closest thing on any page you linked to (that I noted, at least) – which was even kind of vaguely on point to the discussion is this:

    With all the hub-bub regarding the Trump administration’s plans to abandon the Paris Climate Accords, United Nations Energy Programme Chief Erik Solheim may have summed up what has occurred on the greenhouse gas reduction front in the U.S. over the last decade-plus best when he recently said:

    “In all likelihood, the United States of America will live up to its Paris commitment, not because of the White House, but because of the private sector.”

    Translation: America is reducing emissions because of affordable abundant natural gas made possible by fracking, which has also helped U.S. GDP grow 20.4 percent since 2005. No other major industrialized country can boast this historic and unprecedented decoupling trend.

    Obviously, that does not answer the question of what US policy goals are (aside from suggesting “The Market! The Market! The Market!”, perhaps), and if there are, in fact, any CO2 emission reduction goals, and if so, what they are in any detail. But, there you are.

    Q! (86710c)

  106. GOOOOOOOAL

    mg (0a8fd4)

  107. Mahalo mr mg!

    If you like classical, blues, fusion and drinking games you might like Cry Bastion!

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  108. MY MOM AND AMY SCHUMER ARE GETTING ARRESTED TOGETHER AND AMY SAID HI TO ME

    Not much different than those who cheered on the Juice with signs saying “Go OJ!!!”

    harkin (f2bc98) — 10/4/2018 @ 8:13 pm

    If Amy Schumer reads her arrest report on stage it will be her most original bit in years:

    COMEDIANS IN COURTHOUSES GETTING CUFFED: LENNY BRUCE AND GEORGE CARLIN, DECEMBER 1962

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  109. “Obviously, that does not answer the question of what US policy goals are (aside from suggesting “The Market! The Market! The Market!”, perhaps), and if there are, in fact, any CO2 emission reduction goals, and if so, what they are in any detail.”

    Step one might be narrowing the focus down to ‘what’s good for the US Market’, since only the US has so far supported and maintained a population that both cares seriously about the environment and takes effective collective action to care for their own.

    Strikes me as a more worthy, achievable, and ‘actually good for the US itself in the long run’ goal than ‘pick a CO2 number that sounds good and aim for it.’

    Why are US people talking about US meeting CO2 emission goals when we are manifestly nowhere near the biggest worldwide actor in terms of the pollution, emissions, or general population density that has the largest impact around the world?

    Do you think ‘moral leadership’ is going to convince China, whose approach to ‘recycling’ was to simply be the middleman for dumping the carefully sorted items on whatever existing Indian Ocean garbage dump they could find? The Globalist is perfectly happy to mouth the pieties of environmentalism while obligating none of his slaves to actually live by it!

    Quit the performative morality and start thinking about how you can act locally to make your country both rich and cooperative enough to afford a generalized environmental concern. Rest assured that the majority of poor countries worldwide have no issues with maximally urbanizing, piling up trash, and having their people live in it. You’ll find that John Muir-style wildlife nostalgia won’t really work on them.

    Pencil-Necked Pundit (3f0ee7)

  110. This evening Judge Kavanaugh has now found it necessary to ink an op-ed released in the WSJ attempting to ‘clarify’ his temperament during the hearing. Unusual. Obviously there’s some concern there in retrospect trying to walk back some of it. BTW: “Under Oath”– ‘…it’s a drinking game.’ 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 10/4/2018 @ 5:05 pm

    Scott Peterson’s temperament was to smile when asked if he killed his wife and unborn child.

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  111. @33. It’s the party of ‘Family Values.’

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 10/4/2018 @ 5:39 pm

    I’m sure the happy couple has been shacking up anyway. Did you know that premature births run 55% higher in Republicans?

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  112. I’m a happy camper – I’m moving this weekend, and I just discovered that I’m changing congressional districts!

    My old (48th) district was represented by Dana Rohrabacher; his own party’s majority leader says that he’s paid by Putin. I would not have been able to vote for him.

    Republicans > Democrats > Russians

    But my new home is in the 45th district, represented by the equally-embattled, but non-traitorous Mimi Walters. After Spanky’s public sex acts on Putin in Helsinki, she said:

    Putin cannot be trusted. Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections is undeniable and unacceptable.

    That sounds like the Republican party I supported until 2016. So I won’t have to vote for a Democrat for Congress for the first time in my life!

    (Full disclosure: I did vote for a Democrat for Senate in 2016, since there were only her and Kamala Harris on the ballot…I’ll probably leave the Senate part of the ballot blank this year)

    Dave (445e97)

  113. @114. Disqualified for a SCOTUS seat, qualified for a hot seat; is the Big House electric or gas these days, PP… @115. They run richer, PP.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  114. @114. Disqualified for a SCOTUS seat,

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 10/5/2018 @ 1:31 am

    So director of Planned Parenthood maybe?

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  115. @118. PP, PP? Pshaw. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  116. Mr DCSCA

    That joke’s so good Amy Schumer is going to steal it.

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  117. I had a little fun with a meme generator. Feel free to steal it: Django

    Pinandpuller (c1f23b)

  118. @ Bob the Builder, #3:

    to quote Kurt S … “NeverTrump is a gateway drug to liberalism.”

    I will never support Donald Trump. The available evidence shows him to be a terrible person. In fact, he is basically what Brett Kavanaugh is accused of being.

    But Brett Kavanaugh, on the available evidence, is not that kind of man. He is a good man, a good husband and father, who committed the only unforgivable sin in this day and age — he believes that what something says is a guide to what it means. For this, he has been falsely pilloried for behavior that, even if it were true, would not constitute the tenth part of the lifetime “achievements” of the “sainted” Ted Kennedy.

    So, sign this NeverTrumper up as someone who applauds the President on his selection, and who wants to see Kavanaugh confirmed without another moment’s delay.

    (But I guess that’s exactly what a liberal would say, eh, Bob? Let me know when you hear something similar from Sen. Feinstein.)

    Demosthenes (7fae81)

  119. meanwhile President Trump’s making poor doddering hollywood buttboy Ronald Reagan look like something just slightly to the right of Michael Dukakis

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  120. Maxine Walters the Stalinist prog you consider a step up, Rohrabacher aided the forces of Shah Maywood, when it mattered.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  121. #123 —

    Nancy Reagan will haunt you from the grave for that one. I don’t even get what you are trying to do with comments like that.

    Appalled (c9622b)

  122. Six people now confirm that Devil’s Triangle was a “quarter’s like” drinking game with three glasses arranged in a….wait for it…..triangle. Go figure.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/kavanaugh-hearings-devils-triangle-drinking-game/

    AJ_Liberty (165d19)

  123. oh my goodness the most vapid and useless first lady in history couldn’t haunt a doily at a Sunday afternoon bridge party

    i used to serve at grandmama’s bridge parties

    me and my lil brudder

    we’d walk amongst the tables refilling iced tea glasses

    fetching shawls

    discretely setting plates of pimento cheese finger sammiches here and there

    bringing cars around and such

    and then everybody died the end

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  124. A person close to the former classmates said it was her understanding that mutual friends of Dr. Ford and Ms. Keyser, including Ms. McLean, had contacted Ms. Keyser after her initial statement to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn’t remember the party — not that it had never happened — that she should clarify her statement, the person said, adding that the friends hadn’t “pressured” Ms. Keyser.

    Yes, it’s straight up witness tampering.

    Neo (d1c681)

  125. hrmmm thinking about it now

    i think old nancy like her freak daughter would’ve stood with mitt romney and added her two cents to the chorus of approving voices applauding the death of due process in rape hoax America

    that was just kinda how she rolled

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  126. Say No to Drugs worked until its gains were frittered away under the Arkansas Inhaler (or was undercut by D.A.R.E. being a free how-to seminar in the schools).

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  127. I thought the adoptee Mike was legit, but then he became a big time NT as well.

    urbanleftbehind (61ee40)

  128. didn’t work for Patti

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  129. yes yes they’ve all dishonored Ronald in their own special way Mr. urban

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  130. If you recall, this Monica McClean is the lady that Ford’s ex-boyfriend said was coached on passing polygraphs by Ford.

    “A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford’s, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/friend-of-dr-ford-felt-pressure-to-revisit-statement-1538715152?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/n6dl9rPNMn

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  131. here’s a better link Mr. Colonel

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  132. Six people now confirm that Devil’s Triangle was a “quarter’s like” drinking game with three glasses arranged in a….wait for it…..triangle. Go figure.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/kavanaugh-hearings-devils-triangle-drinking-game/
    AJ_Liberty (165d19) — 10/5/2018 @ 5:22 am

    Every other teenager from the 80’s confirms that that is the story we told dumb adults when asked what a Devil’s Triangle really was.

    Colonel Klink (1f9938)

  133. Well pikachu has an untactful way of pointing out that Reagan couldn’t move the embassy to Jerusalem

    Narciso (d1f714)

  134. #122

    So, sign this NeverTrumper up as someone who applauds the President on his selection, and who wants to see Kavanaugh confirmed without another moment’s delay.

    It’s worth considering that no other choice in ‘16 would have taken it this far with the possible exception of Cruz. I’m not sure even Cruz would have stuck it out this far.

    frosty48 (6226c1)

  135. So any witness tampering charge here, rhetorical.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  136. Sadly the Reagan children prove once again that no matter your professed values, the values of your desired social circle drive your actions and behavior, no matter how deplorable and evil it may be.

    Reagan’s kids (other than the grateful one not of his loins) are all garbage. Products of a toxic culture in LA where belonging “in the club” is all that matters.

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  137. #138 The fact Cruz has gone out of his way to help Trump tells me he would have folded on Kavanaugh.

    Takes a special kind of crazy to tell everyone to f-off and do it my way because IT IS THE RIGHT WAY.

    Cuz Trump was really really wrong in how he handled Cruz and Cruz has plenty of reason to despise him. Unlike Jeb! and others, Cruz embraced many of Trump’s policy positions and vice-versa. No reason to lie about Cruz in the way he did. None.

    Bob the Builder (9af831)

  138. I’m not sure even Cruz would have stuck it out this far.

    And Stormy Daniels can’t tell us because she hasn’t seen Cruz’s.

    nk (dbc370)

  139. Oh guess who is McLean lawyer, former?? Deep state cabal player David laufman

    Narciso (d1f714)

  140. Now to his credit, laufman would go along enthusiastically with strzok and pages reindeer games, but he didn’t put an end to it either.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  141. So any witness tampering charge here, rhetorical.

    no charges but the evidence is overwhelming that the dirty fbi routinely and without compunction tampers with witnesses and doctors testimony

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  142. And Stormy Daniels can’t tell us because she hasn’t seen Cruz’s.

    Stormy Daniels, a double-crossing extortionate prostitute, reportedly fears for her safety.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  143. The younger Reagan kids confirmed Freud’s Oedipal theories, but what difference at this point does it make? Aren’t they like really old now?

    nk (dbc370)

  144. @134 & 135 Col & happy

    Can’t get behind the firewall at WSJ, but if FoxNews’ account accurately reflects the WSJ reporting, what’s the beef?

    (1) She (Keyser) said (initially) she had “no recollection” of the party (but believed Ford);
    (2) as I recall it, there was pretty universal and wide-spread reaction on the right, that Ford’s account “had been refuted” by all identified participants (save Ford) – i.e., including Keyser;
    (3) this sort of reaction – stating that Keyser’d “refuted” Ford’s account – is a wholly inaccurate as to the meaning of “refute” (at least how that word is employed by a great swath of educated English speakers);
    (4) in reaction to that mis-characterization, Ford’s friends/acquaintances/allies reportedly “urged” Keyser to say the same thing again (I do not recollect that party and by the bye (obviously), this not a “refutation” of Ford’s account, but simply reflects that I cannot collaborate her account), if in fact that statement of non-recollection was accurate;
    (5) apparently Keyser wrote just such a supplemental “clarification”, calculated to attempt to squash the block-headed mis-reporting -slash- mischaracterization of what she’d written earlier.
    (6) Indeed, as I recall it (and the transcript bears it out) Kavanaugh himself had falsely asserted in his testimony before the SJC that Ford’s account had been thus “refuted”:
    Dr. Ford’s allegation is not merely uncorroborated, it is refuted by the very
    people she says were there, including by a long-time friend of hers. Refuted.

    Sheesh.

    Q! (86710c)

  145. it says something about Ronald that every member of his entire family has happily pissed on his legacy in turn

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  146. what’s the beef?

    the dirty fbi chick had absolutely no business leaning on poor sick vulnerable leland keyser in an attempt to get her to change her testimony

    especially given the fact that she herself appears to have lied about the help Christine Ford gave her on her own polygraph test

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  147. whoops. @ 148 ^ “… I cannot corroborate … “, not “collaborate”. Silly me. (Part of my brain knew that wasn’t quite right as I wrote it, but I paused not long enough to inquire further.) Apologies, in any event.

    Q! (86710c)

  148. See Patterico’s newest post.

    Colonel Haiku (3ad005)

  149. Memo to Bart: in the 70’s when President Ford pushed swine flu inoculations on the citizenry it was ‘shots for the masses.’ It was also ‘…a drinking game.’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  150. “I just can’t even.”
    I know what you mean there:

    Florida Man Arrested After Threatening To Kill Politicians Who Vote No on Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

    http://time.com/5416674/florida-kavanaugh-vote-threat/

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  151. Thank you for updating. I’m looking for this.

    instagram (d78259)

  152. Q @ 150: Summarizing what, according to Q, seems to be true

    (1) She (Keyser) said (initially) she had “no recollection” of the party (but believed Ford);

    No that’s not what she initially said

    She initially said she had no recollection.

    A Washington Post reporter later reported that she said that she believed Christine Blasey Ford.

    I felt there was obviously pressure put on her and so it appears.

    Ford’s friends/acquaintances/allies then claimed this Washington Post report undermined the statement that she did not recall any such gathering.

    This ignored the fact that Leland keyser ALSO had said in her statement:

    “Simply put, 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,”

    Christine Blasey Ford had claimed that she and her friends had seen Brett Kavanaugh enough to recognize him, saying, in her prepared testimony.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/09/27/kavanaugh-hearing-transcript

    During my freshman and sophomore school years, when I was 14 and 15 years old, my group of friends intersected with Brett and his friends for a short period of time

    This statement from Leland Keyser (then Leland Ingham) directly contradicted Christine Blasey’s testimony, and they did not deal with this (undoubtedly hoping that most people would be unaware of that point)

    It was not an accident that they did not deal with this.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  153. (In her testimony, Christine Blasey Ford also claimed that Leland Keyser had apologized to her for the statement, and had health problems and it had bene written by her lawyer

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/09/27/kavanaugh-hearing-transcript

    MITCHELL: OK. And when you – when you did leave that night, did Leland Keyser – now Keyser ever follow up with you and say hey, what happened to you?

    FORD: I have had communications with her recently.

    MITCHELL: I’m talking about like the next day.

    FORD: Oh no, she didn’t know about the event. She was downstairs during the event and I did not share it with her.

    MITCHELL: OK. Have you been in – are you aware that the three people at the party besides yourself and — and Brett Kavanaugh have given statements under penalty of felony to the committee?

    FORD: Yes.

    MITCHELL: And are you aware of what those statements say?

    FORD: Yes.

    MITCHELL: Are you aware that they say that they have no memory or knowledge of such a party?

    FORD: Yes.

    MITCHELL: OK. Do you have any particular motives to ascribe to Leland?

    FORD: I guess we could take those one at a time. Leland has significant health challenges, and I’m happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs, and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she texted me right afterward with an apology and good wishes, and et cetera, So I’m glad that she’s taking care of herself.

    This was probably perjury, and it certainly wasn’t baxcked up by the FBI interviews, or we;d have heard about it.

    Texted her right away. Sure. NOT!

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  154. (2) as I recall it, there was pretty universal and wide-spread reaction on the right, that Ford’s account “had been refuted” by all identified participants (save Ford) – i.e., including Keyser;
    (3) this sort of reaction – stating that Keyser’d “refuted” Ford’s account – is a wholly inaccurate as to the meaning of “refute” (at least how that word is employed by a great swath of educated English speakers);

    They started saying that before the Washington Post report came out. They ignored the attempted refutation even later. But after all, the first statementbwas sworn – the second didn’t contradict it and was newspaper hearsay. Refuted, is however, the wrong word.

    (4) in reaction to that mis-characterization, Ford’s friends/acquaintances/allies reportedly “urged” Keyser to say the same thing again (I do not recollect that party and by the bye (obviously), this not a “refutation” of Ford’s account, but simply reflects that I cannot collaborate her account), if in fact that statement of non-recollection was accurate;

    (5) apparently Keyser wrote just such a supplemental “clarification”, calculated to attempt to squash the block-headed mis-reporting -slash- mischaracterization of what she’d written earlier.

    Where’d you get that from?

    Apparently she did not, and reiterated in her FBI interviews what she had said the first time, and also reported pressure being put on her to recant.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)


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