Well, it wasn’t so good: the Red Sox lost the second game in a double-header to the hapless Orioles….
1. Tempted. I am considering posting the “Bad Guy” essay on Facebook. It is certain to upset people, a lot of them, some good long time friends. I don’t generally try to upset people, friends or not. The echo chamber on social media, however, has become unbearable, with the most extreme, unsupported, unsupportable, declarations from the dregs of the progressive talking points attracting likes and cheers, and no glimmer of perspective, objectivity, and certainly not ethics peeking through the muck. I guess I want to upset them, like you want to slap a hysteric, or throw ice water on two brawling drunks. Nothing I write will accomplish anything positive with people this infected with hate and bias.
I guess posting it would be unethical.
2. This shouldn’t even qualify as an “allegation.” The Times: reports that Julie Swetnick “said she witnessed Judge Kavanaugh… lining up outside a bedroom where ‘numerous boys’ were ‘waiting for their “turn” with a girl inside the room….Ms. Swetnick said she was raped at one of the parties, and she believed she had been drugged. None of Ms. Swetnick’s claims could be independently corroborated by The New York Times, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, declined to make her available for an interview…. Unlike two other women who have accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, one who went to college with him and another who went to a sister high school, Ms. Swetnick offered no explanation in her statement of how she came to attend the same parties, nor did she identify other people who could verify her account…. In her statement, Ms. Swetnick said that she met Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge in 1980 or 1981 when she was introduced to them at a house party in the Washington are… She said she attended at least 10 house parties in the Washington area from 1981 to 1983 where the two were present. She said the parties were common, taking place almost every weekend during the school year. She said she observed Judge Kavanaugh drinking ‘excessively’ at many of the parties and engaging in ‘abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, “grinding” against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls’ clothing to expose private body parts. I also witnessed Brett Kavanaugh behave as a “mean drunk” on many occasions at these parties.'”
If the allegations are true, there must be many, many other witnesses. Where have they been all these weeks? And why would she go to “at least 10 house parties” if they were as she described? The NYT suggests there’s a gap in the account because Swetnick doesn’t say how she got to go to the same parties as Kavanaugh. We’re told Swetnick grew up in Montgomery County, Md., and graduated from Gaithersburg High School — a public school — in 1980 and attended the University of Maryland. That puts her in a less elite crowd. She’s also 2 years older than Kavanaugh and graduated from high school 3 years before he did, so it makes it a little hard to picture them at the same parties. Did older, state-college women go to parties with prep school boys years younger than them? If they did and the boys raped them, repeatedly and systematically, how could the boys get away with it, and why are there not many more women coming forward with the same allegations? And why are we getting this through Michael Avenatti?
Picky, picky! All that matters is to continue the narrative, and undermine public trust in Kavanaugh. This woman’s account makes no sense. I have had eager believers say, “But it’s a sworn statement!” Yeah, and any lawyer would tell her that the chances of her lying her head off in a matter like this leading to actual charges are the same as winning the lottery. I’ve been researching how often clear perjury is prosecuted. Almost never, even for statements under oath in court. All Swetnick has to say is “Oops. I must have been confused. I was so sure when I signed that statement.”
3. And now this: Here’s the latest one. Note that each succeeding “allegation” is less credible. In an interview transcript released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday night, we learn that Senator. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) received a call from a man who claimed his “close acquaintance” had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh and pal Mark Judge on a docked boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985. The anonymous constituent said his friend was assaulted “by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark.” After the anonymous women told the caller, he and another man, also un-named, confronted “Brett” and “Mark” and beat them up.
“I was not in Newport, haven’t been on a boat in Newport, not with Mark Judge on a boat, nor all those three things combined,” Kavanaugh responded. “This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I don’t know what they’re referring to.” Yet this anonymous sourced story was the lead on tonight’s local news in Northern Virginia. If this story doesn’t delay the vote, then I guarantee someone will come up with another one
Kavanaugh denied the allegations“I was not in Newport, haven’t been on a boat in Newport, not with Mark Judge on a boat, nor all those three things combined,” he said during the interview. “This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I don’t know what they’re referring to.”
4. Tales of the Bad Guys, Cont. In Austen, Planned Parenthood convinced the Hyatt to cancel a screening of a new movie about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The producers of “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” which opens in theaters Oct. 12, had arranged a sneak preview to be screened this weekend at the same time Planned Parenthood hosts a $400 a plate gala dinner. The Hyatt, which had accepted a deposit and agreed to reserve the space, told the movie-makers that the screening was canceled for “security reasons.” Meaning that Planned Parenthood told the hotel that it couldn’t guarantee that its members wouldn’t take action against the film, and Hyatt, cowardly as most corporations are even when some backbone is essential to preserving freedom of expression, allowed the same strategy used on college campuses to silence conservatives work here. It’s the old “You’re inciting violence by making me attack you” trick.
5. One more clue as to why transparent political strategies work with the American public. Diane Tirado, an eighth grade history teacher at West Gate in Port St. Lucie, defied the school’s “no zero” policy, and was fired for it. As stated in the student and parent handbook, the lowest score any student can receive for an assignment is 50, even if that student doesn’t turn in the assignment at all. Got that? Do a half-assed job, you get 50. Don’t do the work at all, still get 50. What a deal!
When several students didn’t turn in a project, Tirado gave them zeroes anyway. The school fired her.
Local TV station WPTV talked with a parent of a student at the school who agrees with the policy.
“You don’t know what’s going on at home, and what you see is front level, because if my son blatantly chooses not to do it, he knows he’s got an issue. Ain’t that right?” the parent said.
Uh, yeah, sure, okay!
Yikes. Based on that trenchant argument, apparently a no-zero policy has been the norm in Port St. Lucie for a long, long time.