You thought I was going to play the damn song, didn’t you? (When Drew Barrymore’s hair moved like that in “Firestarter,” it meant she was about to fry someone…)
1. Good for Mike Judge, the school pal of Justice Kavanaugh, for not letting the disgusting smearing of the judge by Kamala Harris and other Democrats (and the media, of course) sink completely into the memory hole. Judge has another of several articles he’s written on the “Get Kavanaugh by any means necessary” hearings, and it’s as informative as it is infuriating. He writes,
When they got desperate, the left dragged out Julie Swetnick. Remember her? She was the pawn of then-lawyer, now-convicted-felon Michael Avenatti. She told the disgraceful Kate Snow of NBC News that she was gang raped at a party where Brett and I were also present. The claim? That she “saw boys gathered outside closed rooms at parties but did not know what was happening behind those closed doors until she says she herself was attacked around 1982.” Swetnick said she was drugged and then “shoved into a room” where she was “raped by more than one man.” Swetnick says Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were in the same part of the house earlier that evening but she cannot be sure if they were involved. “I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me,” she said.
...So what about that Swetnick police report? Jackie Calmes, a journalist at the Los Angeles Times, has tried to find it, [writing]: “County officials never did search for any Swetnick police filling. The 1982 records had not been digitized, and the county records custodian told me in September 2019 that no one, including Avenatti, would pay the $1,260 charge for looking through three thousand boxes of hundreds of microfiche files for the year. I paid the county to do so, but rescinded the work order when Swetnick, in a brief interview before the search began, retracted her claim that she was assaulted in 1982. She’d specified that year in both her sworn statement and her NBC appearance, but a year later told me it could have been 1980 or 1981.”
Wow. Not only was I a criminal mastermind at seventeen, I was wheeling and dealing early as fifteen. It was probably around the same time I was living at the Playboy mansion. There was a police report to prove it. Strangely enough, neither the media nor their hero Avenatti would bet $1,260 that it even existed.
I will never forget—nor forgive—the experience I had during the Kavanaugh fiasco, when two female Massachusetts attorneys and bar administrators, co-presenters with me in a bar program, smirked, rolled their eyes and gave each other “what a sexist!” winks and nods as I politely explained during lunch that Blasey-Ford’s unsubstantiated account of a conveniently-timed recollection of an alleged sexual assault at a time and place she couldn’t remember by a teen-age Brett Kavanaugh should never have been allowed before the Senate, and that the feminist and progressive assumptions that Kavanaugh was guilty because they wanted him to be was unconscionable. The two women were so insufferably smug and condescending, and they had nothing to justify their position but Leftist certitude.
2. If a horrible journalist calls a horrible journalist a horrible journalist whom you agree is a horrible journalist, does that horrible journalist’s accusation count as bolstering your opinion? Michael Wolff, which Ethics Alarms fairly described in 2018 as a “venal slug,” was the author of “Fire and Fury,” a collection of anti-Trump gossip, rumors and lies that even Wolff admitted couldn’t be substantiated. Naturally the juiciest of his anonymously sourced tales were repeated by the news media and bolstered by partisan fact-checkers like Snopes, which wrote about one Wolff- inspired fantasies, “not such an unlikely turn of events, given how improbable much of 2016 and 2017 were.” Yet as you can see on this clip from the weekend, Wolff, of all people, confronted CNN’s ridiculous Brian Stelter by saying, “You are one of the reasons why people can’t stand the media. Sorry! It’s your fault!”
Now, I wouldn’t believe Michael Wolff if he said the sky was up and the land was down. What is the ethical response to something like this? (When Stelter asked why Wolff agreed to come on his show if he was so terrible, Wolff answered that he had a book to promote.)
3. Good to know what Mayor Bowser’s priorities are…
That was the scene after a panic ensued in Nationals Park when gunshots were heard during the game two days ago. The same day, a 6-year-old girl had been killed in another shooting incident. The day before, the Washington Post ran a story about D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plans to make the mural spelling “Black Lives Matter” down 16th Street, which she ordered last summer as a rebuke to President Trump and a love note to the Marxist, anti-cop, anti-white movement, a permanent, landscaped plaza. Ann Althouse read the comments to the piece so we wouldn’t have to, including this one:
“Mayor Bowser’s graffiti is made permanent with our tax dollars, while Black children die from increasing Black violence in DC ever more frequently….Most recently, a six-year-old girl yesterday. Priorities reassessment needed, Mayor Bowser. Black lives mattering shouldn’t be about memorializing your political stunts.”
But Black Lives Matter is a political stunt.
4. Finally, there is hope. Why? American aren’t as stupid as their elected leaders think they are. Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) decided that a multi-million-dollar lottery with a 1:49,000 chance of winning would be enough to convince people to take what they saw as an unreasonable risk from a vaccination they were skeptical about since health officials have changed their stories more times than Bill Clinton. But the number of weekly vaccinations in Colorado dropped by more than two-thirds between the start and end of the state’s vaccine lottery, essentially duplicating the same curve established in the weeks before the announcement of the insulting lottery stunt.