This was a great contest with many truly clever captions. Alas, the writers of FOTM are obliged to vote for what each considers to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.
And the winner of the 186th FOTM Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points, is . . .
Kevin J Lankford!
Here’s the winning caption:
“Oh! By the way Lisa, I need a new chauffeur. You don’t happen to have any Chinese connections, do you?”
In second place are dkolb 2010‘s two captions, LibSick, pigpen51, Richieand Tim Shey, each with 4 points. Pigpen51 received two #2 votes; the others each received one #1 vote. Here are their respective captions:
dkolb 2010: “Dianne, what would you charge to haunt a house?”
dkolb 2010: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein badgering Sen. Lisa Murkowski: ‘I told you Lisa that my reserved parking space is clearly marked; Witch Parking Only All Others Toad.'”
LibSick: “OK, I’ll vote against Kavanaugh, but you had better keep your part of the bargain to send busses of illegals to Alaska to vote for me!”
pigpen51: “You promise me, Dianne, if I vote no, you will get my name off the Clinton’s hit list?”
Richie: “Where’s my lunch money, b*tch?”
Tim Shey: “Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!” (from Shakespeare’s MACBETH Act I, Scene V)
Andy, Jerry C, Joseph BC69, and Mad Celt are in 3rd place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their respective captions:
Andy: “No Diane, I’m staying in the closet!”
Jerry C.: “But Dianne I really do need my knee caps.”
Joseph BC69: “When next do we two meet again, by heath and moor,/or behind the Senate’s door?”
Mad Celt: “Diane: Let’s tell everyone Kavanaugh felt you up at the senior prom.
Lisa: But it wasn’t Kavanaugh! It was Ulysses S. Grant!”
WELL DONE, EVERYONE!
Congratulations, Kevin J Lankford!
Here’s your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!
This is the 186th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!
Here’s the pic (h/t DCG):
About the pic: The pic of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 85, apparently badgering Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), 61, was taken around the time of the Kavanaugh hearings. Murkowski was the only Republican senator who voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
You know the drill:
Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread(scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM!
FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered.
This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
To get the contest going, here’s my caption:
Feinstein: “Remember the dead horse’s head scene from The Godfather?”
By the way, according to an Italian government report, the country’s mayors and local administrators received 212 threats from organized crime in 2010, especially in Italy’s underdeveloped south. The most common ways to threaten administrators who refuse to collude with the Mafia are to burn their cars, mail them envelopes containing bullets, or send boxes with severed animal heads, an act reminiscent of a memorable scene involving the head of a racehorse in “The Godfather.” (Reuters)
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From Fox News: The arrest of a Democratic congressional intern this week for allegedly publishing the private information of three Republican lawmakers, with police investigating more possible incidents, underscores what has become an increasingly confrontational approach by the anti-Trump ‘resistance.’
Jackson Cosko, who recently worked as an unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was arrested for posting the personal information of Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on Wikipedia — including their home addresses.
Fox News learned Wednesday that Capitol Hill police are investigating additional doxxing incidents involving at least two senators, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. It was not clear if Cosko — who worked with other Democratic lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. — was involved.
Cosko had worked in a host of roles in the House and Senate, including as press assistant and legislative correspondent, according to his LinkedIn page.
Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Thursday that the wide range of charges against Cosko, including witness tampering and burglary, suggests there could be more to the case than meets the eye.
“With seven different charges out there, it really does makes it sound like it’s more sophisticated and widespread because now you see Sen. Rand Paul is also having issues,” he said, although he added that it wasn’t clear if Cosko was connected to the Paul case.
While it was not clear what the motivation was behind the posting of personal information (known as “doxxing”), Graham, Lee and Hatch have been outspoken defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations against him. The doxxing on Thursday came moments after Graham had scorched Senate Democrats in a fiery speech for what he called “an unethical sham” in their treatment of Kavanaugh.
The incident marks the latest in escalating attacks against Republican lawmakers and Trump administration officials — particularly in relation to the Kavanaugh controversy — by far left-wing activists, which have occasionally picked up the support of Democratic lawmakers.
A day after the doxxing, two female activists cornered Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in an elevator on Friday and screamed at him, with one of them repeatedly demanding he look at her as she accused him of suggesting her own sexual assault “doesn’t matter.”
Moments later, Flake demanded an FBI investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh — forcing GOP leaders, faced with little room for error on Senate votes, to accede. It was not clear if the dressing down caused Flake to waver, but he later told The Atlantic that the incident “struck a chord.”
Days earlier on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi were hounded out of a restaurant by protesters peppering the senator with questions about Kavanaugh and chanting “we believe survivors” and “cancel Kavanaugh.” His Democratic opponent in the Texas Senate race, Beto O’Rouke, condemned the incident and said his family “should be treated with respect.”
The tactic of hounding lawmakers and Trump officials out of restaurants became more prevalent in June, when White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were driven out of restaurants amid the backlash over the separation of illegal immigrant families at the border.
That move was encouraged by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who days later called on supporters to confront Trump officials in public spaces.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she told a crowd.
In July, Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ., who recently compared himself to Thracian gladiator Spartacus, told supporters to go to Capitol Hill and “get in the face of some congresspeople.”
This week, Republicans have been pushing back against such tactics. Some have pointed to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., at a Republican baseball practice last year as a reminder of how heated rhetoric can lead to much worse.
Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Paul, wrote in an open letter to Sen. Booker, saying that she now keeps a loaded gun by her bed after her family has “experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level.”
“I would call on you to retract your statement,” she said. “I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”
The Daily Caller reported that Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and his wife were chased through Reagan National Airport by activists — who kept yelling at him even as he tried to use the bathroom.
On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Perdue blamed Democrats for inciting such behavior, and read quotes he said were inciting harassment of Republicans in public.
“This is America, but these are the tactics of the Brownshirts in Germany in the 1930s, Mr. President,” he said. “Unacceptable. Totally irresponsible.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), whose personal driver of 20 years is a Chinese spy, received Christine Blasey Ford’s letter accusing Supreme Court nominee U.S. District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh on July 30, 2018, but made no mention of the letter nor questioned Kavanaugh about Ford during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 4-day hearing on the nomination, Sept. 4-7.
Feinstein sat on the letter and waited until September 12 — the day when the Committee had been scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination — to forward the letter to the Justice Department.
On September 27, Kavanaugh and his accuser appeared before the Judiciary Committee, after which Feinstein and other Democrats demanded an FBI investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh, although the FBI had already thoroughly investigated him six times.
On October 3, the FBI completed its 7th investigation of Kavanaugh and submitted its report to the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee. The FBI’s supplemental background report on Kavanaugh, to which all senators have access, concluded that there is no corroboration for the allegations made by Ford or a second Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez.
On October 4, Feinstein and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference on the FBI report. Feinstein complained that the FBI had not interviewed either Kavanaugh or Ford (both, of course, had already testified under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee), and accused the Trump White House of “blocking” the FBI “from doing its job” and “tying its hands”.
Then it was Schumer’s turn to speak. Standing behind Schumer, Feinstein was visibly distraught, fighting back tears.
The following is an analysis of Feinstein’s body language during the press conference by Mandy O’Brien, who calls herself “Dr. Bombard”:
Feinstein was showing “extreme stress” as seen in how she held her head and shoulders and her hands in a tight grip, and her strained smile.
Deception, when Feinstein said “I had to leave” before she could read the entire FBI report.
“Putting on an act of strength” as Schumer began talking.
Fear, as her eyes pulled in in some inner thought unrelated to what Schumer was saying.
With her mouth tightly closed, her eyes glistened. She fights back tears, holding her head higher so that the tears won’t drain outward. All her movements are unrelated to what Schumer is saying, but have to do with her personal thoughts.
This afternoon, two senior Senate sources told Fox News the FBI has completed its investigation on sexual allegations against Supreme Court nominee U.S. District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The FBI’s supplemental background report on Kavanaugh concluded, “There is no corroboration for the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez”. The report will be sent to the White House before it goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The report will be secured in a Capitol Hill basement room for all 100 senators and 9 staffers to come and read.
It is not clear whether any part of the FBI report will be made public, but Thune acknowledged “some of it will probably make its way out into the public and into the mainstream. But most importantly, at least right now, is that all senators who are going to have the responsibility to vote on this nomination have an opportunity to review it, assess it and come to their own conclusions about what’s in there.”
In a letter today to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team said she has not yet heard from the FBI about scheduling an interview with her.
The FBI has not interviewed either Kavanaugh or Ford. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said there is no need to interview either Kavanaugh or Ford, who have each given one media interview and faced questions from the Judiciary Committee, because the FBI “pretty well know what both of them are going to say.”
Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, told Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” that “obviously,” the FBI report “will enable the process to move forward and we hope that we’re going to have the votes to get [Kavanaugh] confirmed when it’s all said and done.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) set up a procedural vote for as early as Friday on the Kavanaugh nomination. McConnell has filed a petition for a cloture vote, which if successful would limit debate on the nomination and start the clock ticking on a final 30-hour waiting period before the Senate votes to confirm the nominee. McConnell said, “It’s time to put this sickening display behind us. The Senate will vote on this nomination this week.”
Assuming at least 50 senators agree to end debate, Kavanaugh’s final confirmation vote will come Saturday.
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 advantage in the Senate and can only afford to lose one vote before Kavanaugh’s nomination would be scuppered. Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tiebreaking vote. Thune said, “It’s an audience of three that we have to win over, at least at the moment,” referring to the three RINO senators Jeff Flake (Arizona), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). No Republicans, however, have said they will vote against Kavanaugh.
Actress Alyssa Milano (R) listens to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. – Kavanaugh was to testify in front of the panel next on Thursday afternoon, having stridently rejected the allegations of sexual abuse by Blasey Ford and two other women in prepared remarks. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Look up boys…
Actress Alyssa Milano is seen ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERS
Last Thursday actress attention whore Alyssa Milano attended the Kavanaugh hearing as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
What do you think a grown woman would wear to such an event? Well if you are Alyssa, you’re going to wear a blouse that exposes your surgically-enhanced cleavage.
There are standards for dressing for events that are to be taken seriously (such as job interviews, court appearances and let’s say, oh, a senate judiciary committee hearing).
What you wear to a certain event creates an image or perception of the type of person you are and is critical to presenting yourself and your credibility. You want to dress for a positive impact, not the wrong kind of attention.
I’m guessing Alyssa wasn’t provided a script, stylist or costume designer for this event.
Beverly Ann Barnum is a longtime Facebook reader of Fellowship of the Minds.
She wrote this essay to inform “all those clamoring for an FBI investigation into the Ford/Kavanaugh situation.”
WHO: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, accuser; Judge Bret Kavanaugh, defendant; Mark Judge, witness; Patrick J. Smyth, witness; Leland Ingham Keyser, witness.
WHAT: All named witnesses declare, under oath of committing felony perjury, it never happened. Ford’s best friend Leland, said Ford never ran in the same crowd as Kavanaugh. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford claimed that in the early 80s, perhaps the summer of 1982, she attended a party somewhere near Columbia Country Club in Montgomery County, Maryland. She neither remembers how she got there, nor how she returned home. She does remember it was before she obtained her driver’s license. She mentions four boys and two girls were there, or maybe more. She was only able to provide names for four: Brett, Mark, PJ, and Leland. Although she was never asked why she was upstairs in the first place, since most nearby homes have at least a powder room on the first floor, she claims she was in an upstairs bedroom with Mark and Brett. Here, she was thrown onto the bed and Brett attempted to take off her clothing, ground himself against her and put his hand over her mouth. She feared for her life. Mark threw himself onto the bed and they all fell onto the floor. She recalls the boys laughing hysterically at her expense. She escaped into the bathroom and later went downstairs and outside, returned home and no police report was filed. In order for any investigation to occur, either then or now, plaintiff must file a police report and Ford did not. Recent requests by Democrats to investigate were met with a refusal because it was a 1982 misdemeanor and the statute of limitations expired after one year. She was too afraid to mention the incident to anyone until 2012, when she first divulged it in couples therapy. The emergent memory was so strong she claims she had to install a second front door in her home in order to have an additional way to escape in case of another attack. But the building permit for this door was issued in 2008, reportedly to connect to a room she rents out.
WHEN: Time unknown, date unknown, probably in the summer of 1982 prior to Ford obtaining a driver’s license.
WHERE: Place unknown, some home in Montgomery County, Maryland, probably near the Columbia Country Club.
Motive One: To use the newly minted phrase, “create a moral panic”. Democrats would have you believe it is because Brett Kavanaugh is being hired for a lifetime job and for this, should have a totally unblemished character. This 11th hour allegation should provide, beyond any reasonable doubt, an adequate reason to reject his application, despite being totally unprovable and totally opposed to an otherwise spotless reputation. Kavanaugh passed six previous FBI investigations. This motive is relatively improbable because more than 100 friends, classmates and coworkers have written and spoken to the quality of his character. Mark Judge has agreed to testify to the FBI.
Motive Two: Brett Kavanaugh’s mother was a judge with ties to a foreclosure of the Blasey Maryland residence and this is REVENGE. This motive is also improbable because the home was not actually foreclosed and his mother’s ties were distant to the case.
Motive Three: Some Republicans would have you believe Democrats, the Deep State and Nevertrumpers within the Republican Party want to use any possible means to delay the Kavanaugh confirmation beyond the 2018 Midterm elections, hoping they will reclaim the majority necessary to prevent a conservative judge from being appointed to the Supreme Court.
Motive Four:As payback for what the Republican majority did to President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. Probably another contributing factor for motive three.
HOW: This is where it gets interesting, with evidence pointing to Motive Three as the most logical answer. Since high school yearbooks entered the discussion re. Kavanaugh, with allegations that he habitually partied, got drunk and even might have passed out with no recollection of events, it is only fair to also point out Ford’s yearbook records. Holton Arms, the private girls’ school Ford attended, might be a role model for “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Girls partied, got drunk and bragged about being sexual predators. Logic and knowing most teens frequently do things of a questionable nature, might indicate the alleged sexual assault, if it actually happened, would be plausible for either Kavanaugh or Ford. Kavanaugh’s online yearbooks were not scrubbed from the Internet; Ford’s have been. Pages from hard copy remain and have been shared.
Kavanaugh was blindsided by the accusations. His family receives death threats. He has no GoFundMe website to pay for legal expenses. Ford has pro bono attorneys, she testified she does not know who paid for her polygraph and her GoFundMe donations are nearing one million dollars at this writing.
Ford sent an accusatory letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein in July, after having previously contacted her congressional representative who initially suggested a course of action. This letter has been examined and found to have typographical inconsistencies. It does not mention Kavanaugh by name. Writing experts furthermore claim it could not have been written by someone with a Ph.D. There were at least 14 glaring elementary mistakes that a published author with a Ph.D. should not have made. Rumor has it that the same or very similar letter has been seen before, prior to the Justice Gorsuch confirmation.
Feinstein suggested hiring attorneys she knew. Ford also requested Feinstein keep information confidential. During a lengthy confirmation process, Kavanaugh was asked nothing about this incident, by either Feinstein or any of the other nine Democratic senators on the Judicial Committee. Instead, Feinstein sat on the letter for more than a month, saving it to use at a later critical juncture. That critical juncture was September 12, when the Judiciary Committee was scheduled for a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
There are procedures specified by the Senate Judiciary Committee for having investigators handle affairs quietly. But Feinstein forwarded the letter to the Justice Department, which someone from her office or Ford herself leaked to the Washington Post. What ensued was a very public planned or unplanned media circus.
The choice of attorneys is interesting. Kavanaugh’s lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, is a high-powered, Washington, D.C. lawyer who represented multiple top Clinton aides involved in the FBI email investigation during the campaign. She’s also a long-time Democratic booster, and is married to CNN contributor David Gregory. As for Dr. Ford’s attorneys, Debra Katz was a campaign fundraiser for Clinton during her 2016 campaign; Michael Bromwich resigned from his law firm because the partners objected to his decision to represent Ford. Bromwich was also the face of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s legal team.
Brett Kavanaugh and his life are an open book, documented by his written judicial record. In contrast, there are many red flags in Christine Ford’s life and connections, pointing to a left-wing political agenda:
(1) Ford’s ties to George Soros: According to The Washington Times:
Look at what’s going on with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings for the Supreme Court, and the fingerprints of George Soros are all over it.
First there was a report from June in the Daily Caller that found “a new political advocacy group that vowed to put $5 million behind an effort to stop … Kavanaugh’s confirmation has significant ties to the liberal financier” Soros
What are those ties?
The group, Demand Justice, established in 2018, gets its money from the Sixteen Thirty Fund — and the Sixteen Thirty Fund received roughly $2.2 million from the Open Society Policy Center, one of Soros’ outlets, between the years of 2012 and 2016.
And Demand Justice’s entire mission is to advance a progressive agenda through the courts.
“[Our goal is to] sensitize rank-and-file progressives to think of the courts as a venue for their activism and a way to advance the progressive agenda,” DJ’s executive director, Brian Fallon, said to The New York Times.
But that’s not all.
Debra Katz, the attorney representing Kavanaugh’s accuser — Christine Blasey Ford — is vice chair of the Project on Government Oversight, an organization that has been directly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
Katz is also a hefty Democratic donor, giving thousands of dollars over the years to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other leftist candidates, as Front Page Mag reported.
Well, besides being a “professor” at the off-brand university, she also works at a major university down the street from Palo Alto. She just so happens to head up the CIA undergraduate internship program at Stanford University. Christine Blasey Ford’s brother, Ralph the third, used to work for the international law firm of Baker Hostetler. The firm created fusion GPS, the company who wrote the Russian “dossier”. They later admitted it was only a collection of field interviews. Baker Hostetler is located in the same building where the CIA operates three companies called Red Coats Inc, Admiral Services and Datawatch. They are operated by Ralph Blasey II. He is the father of Christine and Ralph III. Christine and Ralph III’s grandfather was Nicholas Deak. Former CIA director William Casey acknowledged Deak’s decades of service to the CIA.
(3) Ford’s ties to the abortion industry: She has profited from an abortion drug. Natural News reported:
Ford works for a pharmaceutical company that manufacturers an abortion pill drug, whose profits could be strongly impacted by future Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights. Corcept Therapeutics (Corcept.com) manufacturers and markets an abortion pill drug called mifepristone, and Christine Blasey Ford is a co-author of at least eight published scientific papers produced by the pharmaceutical giant to promote its pills. You can see Blasey’s name listed on several publications at this Corcept.com web page detailing their research papers. Corcept Therapeutics, Inc., a $166 billion market cap company (stock symbol CORT) reportedly has current annual sales of $216 million. The company offers just one drug, mifepristone, which is widely known as an “abortion pill” or RU-486. The controversial site Gateway Punditfirst broke this story. It seems to have all its facts straight. And it leaves out a key one: Ford actually worked as “director of biostatistics for Corcept Therapeutics in Menlo Park,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (H/T Tiger Droppings.)
So the one person with a remotely plausible story attacking Kavanaugh, whose story Democrats saved as a Hail Mary pass, turns out to have profited directly from an abortion drug. Imagine if an anti-gun SCOTUS appointee were just about to be confirmed, then some right-wing woman came out with vague, unprovable charges. Then we learned that the accuser had worked for a company that made AR-15s. How much credence would the media give her?
Even though Roe v. Wade is established abortion law and it would take another case brought before the Supreme Court to change anything, Democrats, Planned Parenthood and radical feminists are so protective of the right for unrestricted abortion, they use this as a perceptive wedge against the Pro-Life segment of the population. The Supreme Court, according to Constitutional provisions does not and can not legislate on its own. By stacking the court with liberal judges, the left wants to enable the court to legislate as well as rule.
A forensic accountant should be appointed to ”Follow the money!”
Ford as a political activist: Ricki Seidman, a Democratic operative and former Clinton White House official who is now an advisor to Mrs. Ford, said in July (at roughly the same time as the letter was submitted) that she predicted a “strategy” forming to destroy Brett Kavanaugh.
She suggested a “strategy will emerge” to destroy Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court in a conference call with the American Constitution Society in July. “I do think that over the coming days and weeks there will be a strategy that will emerge, and I think it’s possible that strategy might ultimately defeat the nominee,” Seidman said in audio that was recorded by the Republican National Committee’s War Room. “And whether or not it ultimately defeats the nominee it will, I think, help people understand why it’s so important that they vote.”
Blasey Ford is cited in a San Jose Mercury News article as opposing President Donald Trump, including a science march in California last year where she donned a version of the “pussy hats” worn at the January 2017 Women’s March, angered by the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research.
Discovery: Little hard evidence about the alleged event is available. Kavanaugh produced a calendar/diary for the summer of 1982, which indicated he was out of town for much of the summer. When he was home, there were only a few occasions to attend a party. But Kavanaugh had good reasons for not attending each of the few parties, e.g. taking a SAT exam the following day.
Ford turned over a problematic lie detector record during which only two questions were asked and neither mentioned Kavanaugh by name. Beth Wilkinson, Kavanaugh’s attorney, is interested in seeing the therapy sessions notes, which she says are important to corroborate claims made by Ford. “Apparently in those notes, there’s a differing story about how many people were present at the party, there’s no mention of Judge Kavanaugh, and so all that information would be very important to determine whether there’s any corroboration of this allegation,” Wilkinson said on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday.
At every step of the way, Ford and her team have managed delay after delay, sometimes for reasons that rise to the level of malpractice by her attorneys. Apparently Ford was not advised that senate investigators would come to her in California after she objected to flying. In contrast, from day one, Kavanaugh has asked for and agreed to cooperate with any opportunity or investigation to clear his good name against this defamatory allegation.
The FBI presents facts, not conclusions, facts which are up to courts and trials to prove or disprove.
Judiciary Committee Democrat members displayed a holier than thou attitude when questioning Kavanaugh. This is more evidence of creating a “moral panic.” You would think, listening to them, the alleged crime rose to the level of a serial killer’s 30th victim rather than a sole youthful indiscretion. Rather than use questioning time to actually ask Kavanaugh to answer questions, getting the information they so repeatedly say they want from the FBI, they chose to pontificate and cast irrelevant character aspersions about Kavanaugh such as, “Do you drink on weekdays?”
(1) If Kavanaugh is not confirmed, his reputation and employment opportunities are stained forever.
(2) If his confirmation is delayed until after the mid-term election and the majority party is flipped, his reputation remains stained and he will not be confirmed.
(3) If he is confirmed, his judicial decisions will always be thought by some to be as flawed as those by Judge Clarence Thomas, whom Anita Hall had accused of sexual harassment.
Whatever the final outcome of this case, whether Ford wins or loses, whether Kavanaugh is confirmed or not, the entire process has been so poisoned that it is America that loses.
“What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy’s life based on an accusation? I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know where it happened. And everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen. I’m just being honest. Unless there’s something more, no I’m not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this.” –Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
When you type a letter, do you keep switching font styles and font sizes?
While I sometimes italicize or bold, I’ve never switched to a different font style or font size in the course of typing a letter. Who does that?
Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of SCOTUS nominee U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, does!
Recall that on Sept. 12, the day when the Senate Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the committee whose personal driver of 20 years is a Chinese spy, blocked the vote by forwarding Ford’s “confidential” letter to the Justice Department.
In the letter, dated July 30, 2018, Ford accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting then-Christine Blasey 36 years ago in 1982 (date unknown), at a high school party in some home in Montgomery County, Maryland (address unknown). According to Ford, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, and attempted to remove her clothes against her will.
Ford does not remember the address of the house. That is odd since, according to TruthFinder, her father, Ralph G. Blasey, had owned a home in Potomac, Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1982, Christine was 15 years old, a high school student, and would be living at home in Potomac — in the same Montgomery County where the house party was.
Since Ford’s letter became public knowledge, all four alleged eye-witnesses of the alleged sexual assault have denied any knowledge. Two of the alleged witnesses are friends of Ford: Christina King Miranda was a schoolmate; Leland Ingram Keyser, a longtime friend of Ford, denies even having been at the party. Another alleged witness, Patrick J. Smyth, also denies any knowledge of the party.
“This shit is even more edited than Barry Soetoro’s birth certificate. Look closely. Multiple fonds EVERYWHERE.”
“It appears like a fill in the blanks letter. Kavanaugh’s name was added AFTER the original draft”
“Might have been created by the Obama BC forger.”
“the name Kavanaugh is different too. In one of them the ‘a’ is right up against the ‘K’. In another, the line of the ‘u’ is taller than the others. In another, the letters are uneven. Maybe it’s just the copy but it seems like a computer or typewriter would always be the same spacing, etc. It’s been my experience that those ‘discrepancies’ occur when someone tries to change a document.”
“Who sends a sloppy letter like that to a U.S. Senator? And she didn’t even sign it with her full legal name, just her maiden name.” (Note: Christine Ford, 51, is married to Russell Biddel Ford, 56, a senior director at Zosano Pharma(ceuticals), Fremont, CA. Her maiden name is Christine Margaret Blasey.)
“She vacationed in mid Atlantic until August 7th. It would be interesting to note if she had airplane phobia back then and drove cross country with her family.” (Note: Politico reported that Ford had refused to testify before the Senate, claiming she didn’t want to fly to Washington because she’s uncomfortable in “confined spaces”.)
Here’s a timeline, according to Christine Blasey Ford:
Some day on 1982 – Sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, 17, at a party with 4 other teenagers in a house (address unknown) somewhere in Montgomery County, MD, on an unknown date in 1982. Cannot remember who threw the party or how she got home. Claimed to have received unspecified “medical treatment regarding the assault” (date and facility unknown). Did not go to the police or told anyone about the alleged assault, not even to her parents or siblings (according to Ford’s “close friend” Kirsten Leimroth in an NPR interview).
1983: Said nothing.
1984: Said nothing.
1985: Said nothing.
1986: Said nothing.
1987: Said nothing.
1988: Said nothing.
1989: Said nothing.
1990: Said nothing.
1991: Said nothing.
1992: Said nothing.
1993: Said nothing.
1994: Said nothing.
1995: Said nothing.
1996: Said nothing.
1997: Said nothing.
1998: Said nothing.
1999: Said nothing.
2000: Said nothing.
2001: Said nothing.
2002: Said nothing.
2003: Said nothing when President George W. Bush, on July 25, nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit.
2004: Said nothing, as the Senate stalled Kavanaugh’s nomination for nearly 3 years.
2005: Said nothing.
2006: Said nothing when the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended confirmation of Kavanaugh, when the Senate confirmed his nomination, and when he was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
2007: Said nothing.
2008: Said nothing.
2009: Said nothing.
2010: Said nothing.
2011: Said nothing.
2012: Talked about the alleged sexual assault in couples’ therapy, but according to the therapist’s notes, did not name Kavanaugh. Ford’s husband, Russell B. Ford, claims that his wife mentioned Kavanaugh’s last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court. (Washington Post)
2013: Described a “rape attempt” when she was in her late teens, in an individual therapy session.
2014: Said nothing.
2015: Said nothing.
2016: Said nothing.
November 8, 2016: Donald Trump was elected US President. Ford becomes an anti-Trump activist.
July 6, 2018: Notified her “local government representative to ask them how to proceed with sharing” her information of having been sexually assaulted 36 years ago.
July 9, 2018: President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
July 30, 2018: Christine Blasey Ford wrote confidential letter, with changing font styles and font sizes, accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault 36 years ago.
H/t FOTM readers EddieBG & Big Lug
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Ricki L. Seidman, 63, is a longtime Democrat Party cadre and a former Clinton administration official (Assistant to the President; Deputy Communications Director). She also actively worked against the Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork (1987) and Clarence Thomas (1990), and prepped Anita Hill before she testified before the Senate, claiming she had been sexually harassed by Thomas. Seidman was instrumental in getting the Anita Hill story made into a HBO television series.
On June 27, 2018, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation, effective July 31, 2018.
On July 9, 2018, President Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, to the Supreme Court.
From September 4 to 7, 2018, the Senate conducted hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
On September 12, 2018, the day that the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the committee whose personal driver of 20 years is a Chinese spy, blocked the vote by forwarding to the Justice Department an anonymously-written letter, dated July 30, which accuses Kavanaugh of “sexual misconduct” with an unnamed woman when they were both high school students 36 years ago.
Four days later on Sept. 16, the author of the letter went public and identified herself as Christine Blasey Ford, 52, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in northern California.
On Sept. 20, 2018,The Hill reported that Christine Ford had hired Ricki Seidman to be her political adviser to help her navigate a potential hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Seidman confirmed her role in an interview with Politico.
Now, an audio has surfaced of political operative Ricki Seidman plotting a strategy to defeat Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. The audio was recorded sometime in July 2018.
The audio begins with a female voice asking Seidman “what are the best tools that Progressives have to challenge” the Kavanaugh nomination.
Seidman responded by acknowledging that given the Republican majority in the Senate, it is not “extremely likely” that the Democrats can defeat Kavanaugh’s nomination (beg. 0:34 mark):
“So, I will say at the outset that while I think that looking at the numbers in the Senate it’s not extremely likely that the nominee [Kavanaugh] can be defeated, I would absolutely withhold judgment as the process goes on, and I think that I would not reach any conclusion about the outcome in advance.”
Seidman then touts her experience of having worked “on one side or another” of Supreme Court nominations since William Rehnquist, which is hard to believe because the Senate confirmed Rehnquist’s nomination in December 1971 when Seidman was 16-17 years old.
Seidman continues (2:01 mark):
“I think that the way in which ultimately the Kavanaugh nomination needs to be approached is understanding what that standard is and the fact that Kavanaugh doesn’t meet the definition. I worry a little bit about, um, I think in this initial period, my sense is that everyone still scurrying to figure this out, and in terms of the groups that care about the issues, Justice Kennedy’s [resignation] announcement was a surprise and caught most — not everyone — people flat-footed, and the [Trump] administration knows this and that is partly why there’s a rush to nominate someone so quickly. I actually think that Kavanaugh was likely already chosen at the point that Kennedy would resign and that there was a nice show of considering people, for the White House’s political reasons.
But I do think that over the coming days and weeks, there will be a strategy that will emerge, and I think it’s possible that that strategy might ultimately defeat the nominee [Kavanaugh]….”
Then Seidman points out that Kavanaugh’s problem is the absence of women among his endorsers (5:30 mark):
“Of the 34 people who were the endorsers [of Kavanaugh] put out by the White House…none of them were women. Not a single one of them were women.And I don’t think it’s an accident that Kavanaugh spent so much time in his remarks talking about women because that is a clear problem with his record.”
Seidman acknowledges that only two Republicans would likely vote against Kavanaugh — Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Seidman calls that “something that we have to get beyond” (7:50 mark).
Sure enough, a “strategy” did emerge “over the coming days and weeks” after Seidman said those words — a “strategy” that targets what Seidman had identified as Kavanaugh’s biggest problem, the lack of women among his endorsers.
And the strategy was to have a woman suddenly come forth, 36 years later, accusing Judge Kavanaugh of attempted rape.
From Fox News: Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitterto mock the age of prominent Republicans, calling on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to retire – despite lefty leaders being the same age.
“Grassley and hatch – too old – they should be done – come on – at thanksgiving we don’t let the 85 year olds carve the turkey #retire,” O’Donnell tweeted.
Hatch, the Senate president pro tempore and third in the presidential line of succession behind Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Grassley are two of the GOP’s most prominent members. Many Hollywood liberals, including O’Donnell, are currently upset that many Republicans continue to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual harassment allegations.
Grassley is 85, while Hatch is 84 years old. But several prominent Democrats are in the same age range. Liberal icons Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Dianne Feinstein are both 85, Maxine Waters is 80, Nancy Pelosi is 78 and Bernie Sanders is a spry 77 years old.
A 2014 Gallup poll showed the average retirement age is 62.
O’Donnell, 56, has a decades-old feud with President Trump and she has been an outspoken critic of his administration. Some of her followers were offended by her call for the older Republicans to retire.
“I hate to bring this up but discriminating against someone because of their age is just as wrong as any other form of discrimination. Their behavior was the same decades ago. Approaching 70 myself, I’ll match wits with you any time you’d like,” one user wrote.
“Not cool,” another follower added. “Plenty of 85 year old people are as sharp as ever.”
Just last year, CNN published a story headlined, “The Democratic Party has an age problem,” that noted the ongoing problem with the advanced age of some liberal leaders.
“Democratic leaders across both the legislative and executive branches are generally older than leadership on the other side of the aisle,” CNN’s Ryan Struyk wrote before noting the average age of Democrats on Capitol Hill was 61, while the average Republican was 57.2 years old.
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