October 8, 2018

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100818)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.


At American Thinker — Clarice on the Kavanaugh character assassination:

Here’s a quick recap of the flimsiness of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations …:

  • She refused to hand over the results of her polygraph.
  • She refused to hand over her 2012 therapist’s notes.
  • She said she was afraid to fly, but has flown dozens of times.
  • Since she did in fact fly, she offered no other reason for the delay.
  • She said she wanted anonymity but contacted [the Washington Post] multiple times.
  • Said she got advice from “beach friends” but didn’t mention that the primary one was a former FBI lawyer, Monica McLean, who worked for Preet Bharara, a man Trump fired. She also failed to mention, when talking of her Beach friends at the hearing, that Monica was sitting right behind her.
  • She had a perfect memory of 1982 but couldn’t remember basic things from the previous 10 weeks.
  • She’d been drinking.
  • She changed the year of the alleged attack.
  • She named 4 people, but had no backers.
  • She couldn’t remember how she got home even though her story had her escaping the house far from home, pre-cell phone.
  • She gave no location or any details that could be researched for verification.
  • She never told anyone and never claimed PTSD prior to Kavanaugh’s name circulating 30 years later.
  • She said that she put the 2nd door on her house because of PTSD, but evidence shows it was to get around zoning laws to create a rentable apartment.
  • She said she didn’t know that Grassley offered to come to her, even though it was broadcast nationally.
  • She feigned no knowledge of polygraphs even though her ex’s sworn statement said she’d coached Monica McLean how to beat it in the 1990s, and in any case her profession should have at least well acquainted her with it.
  • She co-authored a paper on repressed memory creation years before she claimed to have one.
  • Nothing is known of her pharmacology, but given her past alcoholism, her visits to a therapist and her general presentation, odds are high that it’s extensive.
  • She scrubbed her social media. We know from a pussy hat photo that she was rabidly anti-Trump.
  • She had zero family or friends with her, not from the 80s nor from today. She was surrounded only by Democrat Party handlers.
  • Constant cries of bravery & “nothing to gain” vs a $700,000 GoFundMe and a career boosted a la Anita Hill.
  • Literally all there is her word vs all of the above. Not a shred of evidence.

I would add to this excellent summary – one of those she claimed at the “event” in question, Leland Keyser, whom she characterized as a lifelong friend, informed the committee that McLean had pressured her in a vain attempt to get her to change her statement to support Ford’s account.

The later claims of sexual predation by the nominee were even more fantastical and were rightly dismissed out of hand.

There should be hell to pay for this — and it probably won’t happen.


While on this topic, one of the “latter claims,” rightly dismissed out of hand, concerned alleged and repeated gang rapes.

There should be hell to pay for those who promoted this — and it probably won’t happen.

Note the results of a Google News search on “false gang rape kavanaugh.” Hardly any of the first 20 results even cryptically note how utterly and obvious false this charge was.


Also related, a Colbert Show producer exposed the other key element of the Stop-Kavanaugh agenda, which is to deter good people like Brett Kavanaugh from entering public life:


There should be hell to pay for this — and it probably won’t happen.

Positivity: California governor vetoes campus ‘abortion pill’ law

Filed under: Education,Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Sacramento, California:

Oct 1, 2018 / 02:00 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Sunday that would have mandated that public universities in the state offer abortion inducing “medication” through campus student health centers starting in 2022.

The bill, SB 320, was “not necessary,” Brown said in his veto message signed Sept. 30, as abortion services are already “widely available” off campus. Governor Brown is a public supporter of abortion rights.

Student health centers at California’s public universities do not provide abortions, but they do provide referrals to abortion facilities. However, many of these centers do distribute the “morning-after pill,” which can block fertilization or prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a uterus.

Kathleen Buckley Domingo, senior director of the Office of Life, Justice & Peace for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said that she was “grateful” Brown vetoed the bill.

“He recognized that this bill was unnecessary for California and did not empower our college women, but only offered more abortion for our state,” said Domingo.

Instead, Domingo said she hoped the state would pass bills to assist college students who are already parents. Such legislation would “ensure women’s Title IX protections for pregnancy are known and understood, and to make childcare and family housing for student mothers and fathers readily available and accessible for California women.”

Her comments were echoed by executive director of the California Catholic Conference Andy Rivas, who said that “Hopefully next session we can convince legislators to pass a bill that students and universities really need, one that provides financial support for students with children.”

Rivas said he was not surprised by the veto, and that students “were not pushing for passage” of the bill and universities “did not want the responsibility of providing abortion pills to students.”

Pro-life advocates also applauded Brown’s move. Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee-turned-pro-life advocate, said that the veto was a “huge victory for not only the pro-life movement in California, but the students at these universities” as well.

“These drugs are dangerous and are often not discussed truthfully with women who decide to take them to end their pregnancy,” Johnson told CNA. …

Go here for the rest of the story.