The Nazis won

I’m immersed in the third season of Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” and depression is setting in quickly. The premise is that the Axis powers won World War II. The former United States is divided into the Nazi occupied East, the Japan owned West, and the neutral territories along the Rocky Mountains.

And of course, as it used to be in the real world, the Nazis and the Axis are evil.

It seems like an appropriate show for this time because:

Here’s a photo of Women for Kavanaugh:

OK. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Let’s go to the tweet:

  1. My understanding of unpaid protesters is that they don’t drive around in custom designed buses. Which means someone paid for this and I’m sure it wasn’t the folks in this photo, unless of course they’re all rich, which can’t be possible because rich folks don’t ride buses. So they must be having their way paid to do what they’re doing.
  2. Only professional protesters know that you include Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles on the side of your professionally provided bus.
  3. Those signs look nothing like the hand-drawn, cardboard posters that I saw by the anti-Kavanaugh protesters today on the TV. They cost something, and they were expensive, along with the professionally fashioned T-shirts.
  4. There are 13 people in this Women for Kavanaugh photo. Seven of the Women for Kavanaugh are men. So women don’t even make up a majority of the Women for Kavanaugh cheerleaders.

And Spanky gets away with the bullshit in this tweet, because his fascist followers have no perception of reality.

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Judicial temperament: OR ELSE!!!

Because we don’t already have enough loud, lying sacks of shit in the highest ranks of government (from Americablog):

Kavanaugh’s claim: Kavanaugh claimed that the FBI has already investigated his background, pointing to the fact that he has had six background investigations for prior jobs.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “For the last 26 years, since 1992, I have served in many high profile and sensitive government positions for which the FBI has investigated my background six separate times. Six separate FBI background investigations over 26 years. All of them after the event alleged here. I have been in the public arena and under extreme public scrutiny for decades.”

The reality: The fact that the FBI conducted standard background investigations on Kavanaugh does not mean that the FBI has adequately investigated Dr. Ford’s allegations and other allegations against him.

In fact, despite repeated requests from Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, the FBI refused to reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation file or conduct any subsequent interviews with Dr. Ford or others.
urther, it is standard practice for the FBI to reopen files, and the FBI has done so more than a dozen times in the last three months alone. FBI background checks also do not typically cover the time before the subject is less than 18 years old, unless there is reason to do so, as there is now.
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Kavanaugh’s claim: Judge Kavanaugh’s central defense is that all four witnesses Dr. Ford identified as being present at the party have said that the sexual assault “did not happen.”

What Kavanaugh actually said: “Just on one thing, Mr. Chairman – the evidence is not corroborated at the time. The witnesses who were there say that it didn’t happen.”

The reality: This is not true. Only one person has said that the sexual assault did not happen—Brett Kavanaugh. The other three party attendees that Dr. Ford identified simply did not say that.

Mark Judge said “I have no memory of this alleged incident.” In a letter yesterday, Judge said “I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford.”
P.J. Smyth said “I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct.”
Leyland Keyser said that she has “no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without Dr. Ford” but that she believes Dr. Ford.
Kavanaugh also claimed that Mark Judge had made his statement under threat of perjury. In fact, at the time, Mark Judge’s statement was signed by his lawyer, and thus not sworn under oath.

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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh repeatedly has said that he has never in his life had so much to drink that he didn’t remember something. Kavanaugh also denied ever becoming aggressive when he drinks.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

The reality: Numerous people who spent considerable time with Kavanaugh during his high school, college, and law school years have confirmed that Kavanaugh frequently drank in excess and sometimes became belligerent.

While working in the Bush White House, in an email after a weekend with law school classmates, Kavanaugh wrote: “Excellent time. Apologies to all for missing Friday (good excuse), arriving late Saturday (weak excuse), and growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice (don’t recall). Reminders to everyone to be very, very vigilant w/r/t confidentiality on all issues and all fronts, including with spouses.”
Dr. Elizabeth Swisher, Kavanaugh’s friend at Yale, said: “Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him. I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling.” … “But it’s not credible for him to say that he has had no memory lapses in the nights that he drank to excess.”
James Roche, Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate at Yale, said “although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”
Lynn Brookes, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s, said last night “there is no doubt in my mind that while at Yale, he was a big partier, often drank to excess and there had to be a number of nights where he does not remember.”
Kit Winter, Kavanaugh’s other freshman roommate at Yale, says that Kavanaugh and his friends were “loud, obnoxious frat boy-like drunks,” who were the “hardest drinkers on campus.”
Another Yale Classmate who wishes to remain anonymous said that “she had frequently been drunk with him at parties. She hadn’t seen him become belligerent, she said — instead, he could often be found slumped over, asleep, during and after parties.” “ ‘He drank a lot — he wasn’t falling asleep reading a book … I would suggest that very few people in the ’80s in the circles we were in did not sometimes go’ to the point of being blacked out.”
Kavanaugh’s good friend Mark Judge describes a man named “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” who “puked in someone’s car the other night” and “passed out on his way back from a party.” (Judge, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Alcoholic, at 52).
Kavanaugh himself recounted a story of “falling out of the bus onto the front steps of Yale Law School at about 4:45 a.m.” He continued: “Indeed, as a classmate of mine and I were reminiscing and piecing things together the other day, we think we had more than a few beers before the banquet.” [Kavanaugh, Remarks at Yale Law School Federalist Society Banquet, 4/23/14]
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh claimed that he has always treated women “as friends and equals” and “with dignity and respect.”

The reality: Judge Kavanaugh’s time in high school and college paints a very different picture.

Kavanaugh’s yearbook page contains an entry that reads “Renate Alumnius.” This entry also appears on Mark Judge’s page, on the pages of Kavanaugh and Judge’s football teammates, and in several other places in the yearbook. “Renate” refers to Renate Schroeder Dolphin, who attended a nearby girls’ Catholic school. According to the New York Times, “Two of Judge Kavanaugh’s classmates say the mentions of Renate were part of the football players’ unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests.” Ms. Dolphin, who signed a letter of support for Kavanaugh along with 64 other women earlier this month, was unaware of these yearbook entries, and told the Times that “the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way.” [NYT, 9/24/18] Kavanaugh denied all of this under oath before the committee.
Kavanaugh’s yearbook page also includes the following other possible references to sex and women: “Judge – Have You Boofed Yet?”; “Devil’s Triangle”; “Wendy Whitney Fan Club”; and “Maureen – Tainted Whack.”
Kavanaugh claimed that “boof” referred to flatulence, and that “Devil’s Triangle” was a drinking game akin to “quarters.” According to the New York Times, “what he [Kavanaugh] just said about the meanings of ‘boofed’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ is not true.”
During his time at Yale, Kavanaugh was a member of the “Truth and Courage” secret society, and the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity, both of which had reputations for heavy drinking and poor treatment of women.
One woman who graduated from Yale explained that while “[o]ther societies were looking for a prestigious family background, or your GPA,” Truth and Courage was “organized around having sex with coeds.” [BuzzFeed, 7/11/18]
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh claimed that he and Dr. Ford “did not travel in the same social circles.”

What Kavanaugh actually said: “Dr. Ford did not attend one of those schools. She attended an independent private school named Holton-Arms and she was a year behind me. She and I did not travel in the same social circles.”

The reality: Judge Kavanaugh himself confirmed that Holton Arms students were likely at some of his social gatherings.

In a September 17, 2018 interview with Committee staff, Kavanaugh said regarding his high school social life: “I would imagine that there were Holton Arms girls there on occasion and I was friends with a couple.”
During Dr. Ford’s appearance before the Committee, she testified that she dated Chris Garrett — the same “Squi” referenced by Kavanaugh in his calendar — and that is how Ford came to meet Kavanaugh.
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Kavanaugh claimed that polygraphs are not reliable.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “They’re not admissible in federal court because they’re not reliable, as you know.”

The reality: As a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh has ruled otherwise — finding that polygraphs are in fact reliable.

In a 2016 case, Kavanaugh wrote: “As the Government notes, law enforcement agencies use polygraphs to test the credibility of witnesses and criminal defendants. Those agencies also use polygraphs to ‘screen applicants for security clearances so that they may be deemed suitable for work in critical law enforcement, defense, and intelligence collection roles.’ . . . The Government has satisfactorily explained how polygraph examinations serve law enforcement purposes.” (Sack v. United States Department of Defense, 823 F.3d 687 (2016))
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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Judge Kavanaugh suggested that he did not drink on weeknights.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “The event described by Dr. Ford, presumably happened on a weekend because I believed everyone worked and had jobs in the summers. And in any event, a drunken early evening event of the kind she describes, presumably happened on a weekend.”

The reality: According to Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar from 1982, on July 1 — a Thursday — Kavanaugh wrote “Go to Timmy’s for Skis w/ Judge, Tom, Pj, Bernie, Squi.”

BOOKER: I’m — I’m talking about the calendars that you provided during these dates.

KAVANAUGH: Oh, that’s in the — in the summer after a football work out when we went over to…

BOOKER: You drank on weekdays, yes or no, sir?

KAVANAUGH: … In the summer when we went over to Timmy’s house (ph) on July 1st, that would indicate, yes.

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Kavanaugh’s Claim: Kavanaugh claimed that the FBI has already investigated his background, pointing to the fact that he has had six background investigations for prior jobs.

What Kavanaugh actually said: “For the last 26 years, since 1992, I have served in many high profile and sensitive government positions for which the FBI has investigated my background six separate times. Six separate FBI background investigations over 26 years. All of them after the event alleged here. I have been in the public arena and under extreme public scrutiny for decades.”

The reality: The fact that the FBI conducted standard background investigations on Kavanaugh does not mean that the FBI has adequately investigated Dr. Ford’s allegations and other allegations against him.

In fact, despite repeated requests from Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, the FBI refused to reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation file or conduct any subsequent interviews with Dr. Ford or others.
Further, it is standard practice for the FBI to reopen files, and the FBI has done so more than a dozen times in the last three months alone.
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Other Kavanaugh lies under oath:

Kavanaugh claimed that it was legal to drink in Maryland when he was in high school. It was not.
Kavanaugh claimed that “ralphing” referred to vomiting due to his “sensitive stomach” to “spicy food,” and not alcohol. In view of Kavanaugh’s history of excess drinking in high school and college, as reported by his friends at the time, this stretches credulity.
Kavanaugh claimed that the reference to “FFFFFFourth of July” in his high school calendar was an inside joke about one of their friends who used to say “fffffff*ck” by attenuating the F sound. In fact, others have argued that it stands for “French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them.”

I hear people compare this to the Clarence Thomas hearings. Now, I think Thomas has been a horrible justice and has done significant damage to this country through his rulings, but Clarence was accused of sexual harassment. Kavanaugh is accused of attempted rape and almost accidental manslaughter.

There is no comparison.

A reminder that Spanky has always been a scumbag

This is actually what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. When the World Trade Center was collapsing, the orange toilet paper stain was bragging about how he now had the tallest building in Lower Manhattan.

So when he says shit like this:

 

Just remember, he’s always been vermin. And when he defends alleged rapist in sex assault accusations, he’s speaking from experience. Babyman is also a rapist who got away with it. Charges weren’t filed with “local Law Enforcement Authorities” because he was rich, owned the NYPD and threatened to have the women he assaulted killed:

In 1994, Trump went to a party with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire who was a notorious registered sex offender, and raped a 13-year-old girl that night in what was a “savage sexual attack,” according to a lawsuit filed in June 2016 by “Jane Doe.” The account was corroborated by a witness in the suit, who claimed to have watched as the child performed various sexual acts on Trump and Epstein even after the two were advised she was a minor.

“Immediately following this rape Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not killed,” Jane Doe wrote in the lawsuit, filed in New York.

 

Spanky and his Scotus pick

But unlike the orange compost heap, he’s not a liar, right?

But, but conservatives will turn against him if the attempted rape charges are proved to be true, right?

[A] startling number of conservative figures have reacted as if they believe Ford, and have thus ended up in the peculiar position of defending the right of a Supreme Court Justice to have previously attempted to commit rape—a stance that at once faithfully corresponds to and defiantly refutes the current Zeitgeist. These defenders think that the seventeen-year-old Kavanaugh could easily, as Ford alleges, have gotten wasted at a party, pushed a younger girl into a bedroom, pinned her on a bed, and tried to pull off her clothes while covering her mouth to keep her from screaming. They think this, they say, because they know that plenty of men and boys do things like this. On these points, they are in perfect agreement with the women who have defined the #MeToomovement. And yet their conclusion is so diametrically opposed to the moral lessons of the past year that it seems almost deliberately petulant. We now mostly accept that lots of men have committed sexual assault, but one part of the country is saying, “Yes, this is precisely the problem,” and the other part is saying, “Yes, that is why it would obviously be a non-issue to have one of these men on the Supreme Court.”

The people who appear willing to believe Ford include Rod Dreher, the American Conservative writer, who tweeted, “I do not understand why the loutish drunken behavior of a 17 year old high school boy has anything to tell us about the character of a 53 year old judge.” The former congressman Joe Walsh tweeted, “If stupid, bad, or drunken behavior as a minor back in high school were the standard, every male politician in Washington, DC would fail.” An anonymous lawyer close to the White House told Politico, “If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried.” Bari Weiss, the Times opinion columnist, said, on MSNBC, that she believed Ford, and then asked, “What about the deeper, moral, cultural, like, the ethical question here? Let’s say he did this exactly as she said. Should the fact that a seventeen-year-old presumably very drunk kid did this—should this be disqualifying?” On Fox News, Ari Fleischer said, “How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue took place in high school? Should that deny us chances later in life?” (Donald Trump, of course, called for the execution of the Central Park Five when they were teen-age rape suspects, and, as recently as 2016, continued to call them guilty, though they were exonerated by DNA evidence.)

What’s surfacing in these comments is something that has, up until now, mostly been dodged, or left unspoken: that it has traditionally been accepted for men to sexually assault women, particularly at parties, particularly when they’re young. But the fact that this behavior has been tacitly understood as permissible does not mean that people—even while young, even while drunk at parties—have understood it to be O.K. It’s true that our earliest sexual experiences tend to be messy and confusing, and that this is, to some degree, inevitable and natural. It’s also true that, even in the Reagan era, and even to a sloppy and inexperienced teen-ager, preventing someone from screaming in fear during a sexual encounter is a stunningly clear and universally recognized sign that something is wrong. (On Tuesday, a female high-school student tweeted, “the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to understand consent’ narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed.”) Kavanaugh’s defenders are putting plainly a previously euphemized message: white and wealthy teen-age boys have the right to engage in criminal sexual cruelty as long as they later get a good job, start a family, and “settle down.”

The GOP is full of sharks. Spanky’s Scotus nominee is just another one of them.

Brett Kavanaugh, when he was the hatchet man for Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton in the bogus Whitewater affair (look it up, youngsters) and the Monica Lewinsky affair, wrote this:

And the hatchet man also spread lies about Hillary Clinton around the same time:

Kavanaugh was apparently particularly interested in Rush Limbaugh’s odious suggestion to his legions of listeners that Foster had been murdered in an apartment secretly owned by Hillary Clinton. He spent three years and $2 million attempting to dig up dirt on the dead man, at one point demanding that Foster’s teenage daughter give the authorities specimens of her hair — an apparent attempt to prove or imply that a hair found on Foster’s jacket had belonged to Hillary Clinton.

Kavanaugh asked everyone involved about this nonexistent affair between Clinton and Foster — even, eventually, Clinton herself. It later became clear that Kavanaugh knew all along that Foster had committed suicide, and that he had used the power and resources of the independent counsel’s office to lend credibility to vulgar sexual rumors about the first lady, in the process needlessly torturing the family of a dead man.

Let’s just say there is more than one way to assault someone. In this case, which is proven, he assaulted two women: Hillary Clinton and Vince Foster’s widow, Elizabeth.

Kavanaugh is a scumbag right wing hack who has no problem assaulting women verbally. So molesting a 15-year-old girl while he was in high school fits right into his wheelhouse.

Since he is on the record for going after the Clintons for real and imagined consensual sexual affairs, there is no logic on Earth that justifies him not being investigated for attempted rape.

And just to reiterate: The Republicans are trying to push an alleged sexual assaulter onto the Supreme Court. And the Republicans didn’t even give a hearing to a Supreme Court nominee whose only scandal was that he was nominated by a black president.

The Republican Party needs to be destroyed. And I have the perfect analogy for the spirit in which it has to be done.

I was on a beach near Hollywood, Fla., about 40 years ago with my then-girlfriend. It was a normal day, until we saw a guy come out of the water with a baby shark attached to his leg. The shark had bitten him and wouldn’t let go.

The guy rushed to the beach. pried the shark off his leg and proceeded to grab it by the tail and smash it into the ground, over and over again, until he appeared to wear himself out. Then he threw the shark to the ground and got a big rock and smashed it into the dead fish over and over again until he appeared to wear himself out. Then he caught his breath and grabbed the shark by the tail and proceeded to smash it into the ground, over and over again. Then he threw the shark to the ground, got the rock again and repeatedly pounded the dead fish until he appeared to wear himself out. Then he caught his breath again, grabbed the shark by the tail and smashed it into the ground over and over again.

This went on forever. The guy was swearing at the shark the whole time.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking, “Gee, if I had been bitten by a shark, I would be screaming for someone to get me to the hospital.”

I looked at my girlfriend and asked, “Should I stop him?”

And now I fully understand why the obvious answer was, “No! Of course not!”

The GOP has become the shark attached to my leg. Where’s that rock?