Respite -The Times They are a Changin

 

I caught this old Bob Dylan tune on the radio this week. Seemed like a good pick for a Sunday respite.  It brought back memories. Good bad and indifferent.

At the time, our parents were worried about us. The Vietnam war, Lyndon Johnson, the bomb, and other things.

John Kennedy was assassinated. Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King. Kent State University when we learned the government in the form of the Ohio National Guard could turn on us, kill us, marching forward with fixed bayonets. A lesson never forgotten, seared white hot in our memory, for those of us who were on college campuses. For those of us who had a friend at Kent State.

My first political tome -The John Birch Society with “None dare call it Treason.” Of course it was tin foil hat material, or so they said. Was it? Were they?

Dylan came up with this tune and said it all, we thought at the time. We as kids were going to take on the world. Fix it.

Now forty years later the world is taking us on. And our kids. Now it is us that need to be the political activists. What happened? Who would have thought it was going to turn out this way?

Yet I would not change the time or place in which I had this life, not even for one nanosecond. I hit life’s jackpot.

I chose Peter Paul and Mary to do the song. I loved them, their folk songs and their concerts. I caught a concert in their early years with thousands of others, and lucky to catch them in the twilight year for Mary with a couple of hundred.

Only fitting that I choose a clip of them in their later years to sing it. Then, Crosby, Stills and Nash – Four Dead in Ohio. Here goes:

Senators Congressman do heed the call, don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall, for the times they are a changing.

 

 

Kent State University May 4, 1970. Are we going to go through this again? Four dead, 9 injured.

Four Dead in Ohio –

 

 

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Convicted Felon Testifies Against Kavanaugh

 

 

Post by Mustang.

Does anyone recall John Dean?  He was former White House Counsel under President Richard M. Nixon and played a key role in the 1973 Watergate scandal.  Now, long after Nixon passed away, Dean likes to tell folks that he warned Mr. Nixon that there was a “cancer” growing on the presidency. 

Of course, how can we ever know what he may (or may not) have said to Nixon?  He may have had that conversation in the same way that Senator Blumenthal from Connecticut was a hero from the Vietnam war.  But facts are inconvenient things, and John Dean ended up spending four-months in prison for obstruction of justice.  Yes, only four months.  It must have been the deal of the century for the rat who participated in unlawful behavior and then turned state’s evidence.

In any case, Dean added his two cents to Christine Ford’s three cents during the Senate Judiciary—Brett Kavanaugh hearing.  He is now warning the senate that confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh will lead to a White House takeover of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  We’ll examine this testimony in a moment, but first let’s take a look at Dean after serving four (4) months in prison in 1973.

Shortly after serving in prison for his role in Watergate, Dean became an investment banker, an author, and a lecturer.  There is serious money to be made on the lecture circuit; if you don’t believe me, just ask Billy Clinton.  In his books and lectures, Dean chronicles his experiences in the White House.  In 1976 he wrote a book titled Blind Ambition (actually written by someone else), and this was made into a TV mini-series in 1979.  So, life was good for Dean after becoming a felon.  Oh, Martin Sheen played the part of Dean in the series.  Of course.

Mr. Dean, in appearing before the committee, warned the senate that conservatives have constructed a court that is overly deferential to executive power, particularly since Republicans control both the House and Senate.  Dean said, “Under Judge Kavanaugh’s recommendation, if a president shot someone in cold blood on Fifth Avenue, that president could not be prosecuted while in office.”

Yes, he said that.  It is at this point that one begins to wonder how Dean became White House Counsel in the first place —or how he ever got to appear in front of such a powerful committee.  Crikey!  But GOP Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) did push back when he told Dean, “I think you and your co-conspirators hurt my country,” and then noting that Dean ultimately did the right thing after Watergate, added, “you only did it when you were cornered like a rat, and it’s hard for me to take your testimony seriously.”

Well okay, there is plenty of room in this country for divergent views, but I think Dean is seriously off track.  He seems to overlook the fact that if the Senate and House are in the hands of the GOP, it is only by the will of the people.  If the President of the United States is a Republican, it is by the will of the people. 

And if a Republican president nominates justices to the SCOTUS who view their role as interpreting the Constitution (as opposed to legislating), then it too must be —by extension— the will of the people.  I guess what stymies me with Dean and others is that how does a well-educated man get to be obtuse when it comes to fundamental American civics?

Whether the SCOTUS is gaining too much power, or relinquishing its power to the presidency, is a matter of debate.  Senator Ben Sasse was recently eloquent when he argued that the US Congress have become lazy and ineffective, too willingly sending to the court matters that are actually the responsibility of the legislature.  Apparently, SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh agrees: his role, he said, is not political—it’s judicial. 

Democrats think the US government should take over everything … including health care.  In evaluating Kavanaugh, Democrats assembled a slate of witnesses who argued about the impact Kavanaugh would have on such “hot-button” issues as voting rights, access to abortion, and gun control.  Ah, the Democrats.  What a bunch of clowns. 

One might recall when Democrats controlled both houses of congress and the presidency, they passed Obama-Care in the middle of the night and sent it straightaway to the president for his signature.  No one in Congress read the measure before it was signed into law, and “We the People” were unaware that the law was less of a health care measure than it was a massive tax.  (Side note: If there was any justice inside the beltway, every member of Congress would be forced into the kind of health care system employed in the United Kingdom).

In spite of what John Dean thinks, the American Bar Association offers Judge Kavanaugh high ratings.  A consensus of his peers, involving 120 interviews and contacts with 500 people, rates Kavanaugh as “well qualified” for the SCOTUS.

Once more speaking about how the Congress doesn’t want to do its job, or the manner in which it passes off its own responsibility to others, how well does it sit with you that Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have relied on the testimony of a dangerously psychotic/delusional female and a convicted felon to help them decide whether or not to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.  That isn’t all … they also invited a 13-year old child who suffers with asthma who warned the senators that Kavanaugh wasn’t friends with the environment. 

Gad … we must be living in interesting times.

John Dean. February 17, 2017 Published. Just laying the predicate.

Ford caught in major lie, building permit in 2008 not 2012 for “two doors”

 

We ended up with precious few moments of any real interrogation by the “prosecutor” that the GOP hauled in for the questioning of Ford. The few claims she did make could easily be dismissed. The “fear of flying” being a case in point.

Lying to Congress is in fact a criminal matter. Clearly her statement about flying was a lie as was pointed out, she flew all over the world. The matter of her therapist notes. Did she show the Washington Post the actual notes or were they her oral representations? She didn’t know and this was only a few weeks ago? Her unwillingness to present the therapists notes to the committee. Then we had the so-called “lie detector” test and the unwillingness to acknowledge if any recordings were taken as well as other issues with it.

But the most compelling lie and the one that should clearly have her fined and jailed and totally discredited was this one:

 

Christine Blasey Ford told the US Senate Judiciary Committee that the memories of Brett Kavanaugh “first came up” when she went into counseling in 2012. In May 2012 Ford and her husband argued over her desire to add “a second front door” to their home. Ford told the committee on Thursday the desire for a second door was because Brett Kavanaugh made her “claustrophobic.”

 

As Paul Sperry reported on Thursday night. The Palo Alto building permits were issued to Ford and her husband in 2008 — NOT 2012.

Paul Sperry: Palo Alto bldg permit records raise questions about Ford’s testimony she completed an “extensive remodel” of home in 2012 & that this was seminal event that led her down path to coming out against Kavanaugh b/c she needed to add an escape door. Permit was issued in 2008.

 

 

The worst part of the hearing? Watching what appeared to be the Kavanaugh appointment slipping away by the GOP failure to intervene with the absurd non participation in the process.

Was I the only one that noticed the disbelief in Kavanaugh at the beginning of his questioning? Apparently abandoned by the GOP, the “prosecutor” looked to be the interrogator in chief?

So now it looked like he was going to be the one on trial after the soft glove treatment of Ford.

First having him “study” a sheet of paper defining what sexual behavior was? He would be permitted from time to time to refer back to it. Apparently if he got “confused” it seems as to what it was. Including in the definition was a sexual “grinding of the genitals” of sorts? Lordy I’m thinking, here comes another coke can moment.

After three of four turns of Dem attacks and her circling back around, the GOP woke up from their slumber. Thanks in no small part to Lindsay Graham.

I will add why wasn’t Ford’s yearbook explored? After all, Kavanaugh’s half of his testimony was about his yearbook.

 

1982 was a particularly wild year and Scribe 82 [that year’s yearbook at her school Holton-Arms] published multiple pictures of minors drinking heavily, beer cans stacked up, liquor repeatedly glorified, “boys, beer and “the ‘Zoo’ atmosphere”.

The Kavanaugh pawing supposedly happened in 1982, during the summer after her sophomore year…

10th grade seems to have been a ritual initiation into the “Holton party scene”. Another sophomore girl threw multiple all night benders, the highlight of which featured a male erotic dancer in gold g-string…

1982 was a particularly wild year and Scribe 82 [that year’s yearbook at her school Holton-Arms] published multiple pictures of minors drinking heavily, beer cans stacked up, liquor repeatedly glorified, “boys, beer and “the ‘Zoo’ atmosphere”.

“Lastly one cannot fail to mention the climax of the junior social scene, the party. Striving to extend our educational experience beyond the confines of the classroom, we played such intellectually stimulating games as Quarters, Mexican Dice and everyone’s favorite, Pass-Out, which usually resulted from the aforementioned two.”

The caption on the right side of the image mocks the faculty and parents, “Come on, you’re really too young to drink.”

 

In conclusion, I hope and pray Kavanaugh receives confirmation. He deserves it. Full stop.

As for the GOP? This comes to mind, “Get out of the old road if you can’t lend a hand, cause the times they are a changing.”

Two men tell Senate not Kavanaugh but they who assaulted Ford

 

I say she is a no show. But if she does I am at the ready.

Two men tell Senate that they, not Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford

 

Two men tell Senate that they, not Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford … Man apologizes for making false allegation against Kavanaugh … men have come forward to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to claim that they are..

Two men have come forward to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to claim that they are the ones who actually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford during a house party in 1982 — and not Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans on the committee released a timeline of events late Wednesday, which included details about their interactions with the two men who admitted to the attacks.

Just getting more and more bizarre. Thanks GOP you really done yourself something.

 

By now we are up to how many accusers against Kavanaugh? By the time this posts I am sure it will be more. No need to be clever here. I have the popcorn at the ready. My blood pressure meds. I am a go. Now for the hearing? Will Ford show? Doubtful at this point.

Of all the creatures who are attacking Kavanaugh, Blumenthal is the most disgusting.

Why we should believe Blumenthal? Let’s nail this fellow.

Blumenthal Repeatedly Says ‘It’s Not About Me’ When Asked to Respond to Trump’s Vietnam Attack

Spartacus Booker and sidekick Harris – Going to be one heck of a rodeo

 

 

Spartacus:

 

Joe Biden – ‘FBI reports and investigations are useless’ circa Clarence Thomas

 

This is just an example of the unprincipled Democrats. It has nothing to do with a Democrat position or what they truly believe.  It it all anti whatever and will put together any argument to obstruct.  They sound more unhinged as time goes on. Guilty. Now prove your innocence.Trump calls it a con game. That it is.

Joe Biden has called for the FBI to look into the accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, but back in 1991 he sang a different tune to the Judiciary Committee as it grappled with Anita Hill’s allegations against Justice Clarence Thomas.

“The next person that refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything,” Biden, then the Democratic chairman of the committee, said at the time. “FBI explicitly does not in this or any other case reach a conclusion. Period.”

 

 

H/T: National Review

What’s it all about? Kavanaugh or an Obama Phone?

 

In the future this will be known as the week that was. What’s it all about Alfie? Kavanaugh? Or more of the swamp?

Great comments yesterday on my post:

….’1000s and 1000s and 1000s of Trump supports at everyone of his rallies.’

Surely we are on the side of being fired up. Yes the deplorables – red bloodied Americans “get’ what this Kavanaugh issue is about. It has nothing to do with Kavanaugh but for the heart and soul of our Republic. The Constitution.  We love our God and Guns. Independence. Less government interference. The Deep State beckons.

 

Then:

….but the cities….festering with their mouths open for another “I want me an Obama Phone” and much much more.

Another month or so we will know.

Kavanaugh’s nomination doomed? Does it fire up voters or demoralize

I don’t have much to add to Laura Ingraham’s tweet. Grassley, the senile old coot negotiating the testimony of these “accusers” was and is a joke. Anyone who watched the hearing could have figured it. You know the drill. Trombone player Grassley – he says he feels like a second trombone player – needs this laid at his feet.

The only question is what will be the GOP voters response? Demoralized or fired up? Not to say I want to say I told you so, but I told you so. Once I posted Rosenstein’s involvement I knew we were through. Rosenstein’s 300 Attorneys ‘helped’ vet Kavanaugh – now Sexual abuse charges

Laura Ingraham Tweet:

Republicans on the Committee—you allowed this coordinated smear storm on Kavanaugh and blew up the process. Ken Starr was right—last Thurs vote shd never have been moved.

Laura Ingraham added,

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