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More Accusers, More Denials Ahead of Thursday Kavanaugh Hearing: Reason Roundup

Plus: The Trump administration plans to make China our new "bogeyman."

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The New Yorker details alleged flashing from the Supreme Court nominee. It's only Monday and this week's news cycle is already promising to be a hot and enraging one.

Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Kavanaugh will also testify on Thursday.) But since yesterday, Ford's story has taken a back seat to new allegations against the nominee, some reported by The New Yorker and some tweeted by lawyer Michael Avenatti.

The New Yorker story, penned in part by celebrity journalist Ronan Farrow, details an alleged 1983 incident in which Kavanaugh supposedly exposed himself to a Yale classmate named Deborah Ramirez. The story drew swift praise from the expected corners and became potent fuel in the fight from Democrats against Kavanaugh's nomination. But it's also full of doubt-inducing details. For instance:

  • Ramirez admits to "significant gaps in her memories" of the night in question.
  • Ramirez herself said she was reluctant to definitively name Kavanaugh as one of several men who flashed her and others at this party. Ramirez decided she was certain it was Kavanaugh only after consulting with an attorney last week and supposedly recovering hidden memories.
  • The New Yorker contacted six Kavanaugh and Ramirez classmates who were allegedly around for the incident in question or may have known about it (according to Ramirez) and none said they remembered it happening.

Meanwhile, The New York Times says it contacted "several dozen" people "in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge." The Times also notes that "Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself."

Unlike Ford's story—in which Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge allegedly attacked her after pushing her into a bedroom alone—the penis incident Ramirez has described supposedly took place in a crowded dorm-room party and involved people yelling up and down the halls about Kavanaugh's antics. So a lack of corroborating witnesses poses a bigger problem to its credibility.

As some Republicans claim that all the accusations against Kavanaugh are politically motivated, the New Yorker piece is also attracting criticism for helping people conflate Ford's more believable and serious claims with charges that could be more easily discounted.

Others are defending its publication, no matter how flimsy the underlying story may be, because Senate Democrats and Republicans allegedly knew of the claim and are looking into it, making it newsworthy regardless of its veracity.

Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti—most well-known recently for serving as Stormy Daniels' lawyer in her dealings with Michael Cohen and Donald Trump—claims that there is a third person who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Avenatti has not yet revealed the person's identity or details of the story, but he has tweeted an email suggesting (without evidence) that Kavanaugh and his friends regularly accosted drunk girls at parties and gang-raped them.

"I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge," said Avenatti on Twitter last night. (Judge is the person accused of assaulting Ford with Kavanaugh 36 years ago.) "We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn." Avenatti specified that his client is not Ramirez.

In other Kavanaugh-related news: Ed Whelan, the author of last week's crazy mistaken-identity theory that accused a random man of attempted rape, offered to resigned as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, but the board did not accept his resignation and has instead placed him on indefinite leave.

FREE MARKETS

Trump plots to turn Americans against China. Perhaps in order to help sell the president's terrible trade war, the Trump administration plans to launch a brand new anti-Chinese propaganda effort, according to Axios. Two administration sources have told the outlet that an "administration wide" campaign against China would be broad and substantial.

"We're not just going to let Russia be the bogeyman," said one, using a term for bad guys who are by definition mythical.

"Neither administration official explained why the administration is pursing this now," writes Jonathan Swan.

QUICK HITS

  • Since the passage of FOSTA, which made adult advertising a federal crime, more women and girls in the sex trade are "landing… back on the streets, where dangers also lurk," reports AP.
  • More than a dozen New Mexico foster kids are suing over the state's atrocious foster-care system.
  • California's new cottage food law is "a game changer for talented home cooks."
  • D.C. residents who get caught smoking pot in public will now simply receive a citation rather than being taken into custody.
  • Alabama sheriffs swear they'll stop diverting money for state jail food to buy beach houses and other personal goods.
  • The always ace policing team in Maricopa County, Arizona, faces a lawsuit after arresting and charging the wrong man with 10 counts of sexually exploiting children. Though the man shared a first and last name with the real perpetrator, he had a different middle name, was 27 years older and five inches shorter than him, and had different hair and eye color.
  • An Idaho sheriff blamed his wife after a meme mocking women who wait to report sexual assaults was posted to his Facebook page.

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  1. The New Yorker details alleged flashing from the Supreme Court nominee.

    Finally, a hanging chad for America to analyze.

    1. Hello.

      /puts index card to forehead.

      I see another Duke scandal in the not too distant future.

    2. Y’know, two could play this game.

      “It wasn’t Brett Kavanaugh. The person who exposed themselves to Deborah Ramirez was me. Yes, I was 7 at the time, and don’t ask why I was hanging out at Yale by myself at a college party, but that cock in her face was my swingin’ seven year old cod. I can understand how she mistook me for Brett Kavanaugh, given how thoroughly shitfaced she was.

      I recognize now that this was an unacceptable act, but I plead the naievete of youth.”

      1. “Now you’ll never grow up to be on the Supreme Court, you’ll have to settle for President.”

        (Actually adapted from a Mark Russell joke)

  2. Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti-

    Stop right there.

    1. This has all become a joke. But it will work. We all know nobody will read the article. All anybody will see is “Second woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault.” with no other context. They know this. They do this on purpose. It makes me want to go full MAGA and scream FAKE NEWS! Hopefully all it does is drive up Republican enthusiasm so they can keep the Senate. IDGAF that Dems will take the House. The Senate confirms judges.

      1. Why the fuck did Grassley agree to having the hearing on Thursday when they gave her today as a deadline?

        I mean, I know they are the Stupid Party, but come on.

        1. A more accurate descriptor is the cuck party.

          1. Y’know, I used to think that was the dumbest adjective ever, but… it’s growing on me. It’s disturbingly accurate at times.

            “The hearing is on Monday. Your presence is not optional. Be there on your own, or be prepared for the US Marshals.”

        2. He needs to hold onto Jeff “Snow” Flake’s vote or Kavanaugh is toast.

          1. I don’t care if he’s toast personally, but you never give in to these people, it lets them know they can run all over you.

          2. He needs to worry about holding their voters.

            If a majority cannot even deliver SCOTUS justices — what is the point?

        3. Grassley should have “Eat shit and die” on a loop. If so, Republicans would hold both Senate and House in 2018.

        4. Perhaps Sen. Grassley could foresee the consequences of pushing a nominee through with the appearance of partisan heedlessness, then having damning information about the installed justice emerge over time?

          1. Nah, hicklib, more likely it would turn out the same way the Thomas hearings did.

          2. They already did the interview process. This is absolute bullshit political smearing and anyone with half a brain can see that.

            But then, you don’t even have half a brain, so I guess it’s to be expected. Congratulations on being even more of a trash human than buttplug and Tony.

          3. Demanding that the committee seriously consider 35 year old uncorroborated and unproveable allegations is partisan heedlessness on the part of the Democrats

          4. Just like the ACA?

        5. He’s a farmer. As long as she testifies before the harvest, he’s fine.

        6. Why the fuck did Grassley agree to having the hearing on Thursday when they gave her today as a deadline?

          You’re confused. The deadline was 10PM on Friday. which Grassley extended.
          Toady was the scheduled hearing, not a deadline, which Grassley agreed to change, probably because he was making a fool of himself.

          Apparently, one can be totally ignorant of even widely-reported news, as long as they swear total allegiance to Herr Drumpf.

          1. The fact that Grassley extended the deadline and moved the hearing, just proves my point even further that the Republicans are the Stupid Party.

            And someone can get a word wrong and not be in the pocket of Trump. And no, thinking this is a smear campaign does not mean you have to think Kavanaugh would be a good SC Justice.

            But please, tell me more about how I’m a Trump loyalist you deranged old man.*

            *Just defending myself from Mikey’s asinine aggression and cyber-bullying.

            1. The fact that Grassley extended the deadline and moved the hearing, just proves my point even further that the Republicans are the Stupid Party.

              That was NOT your point. A DIVERSION.
              And you’ve just admitted that your original assertion was “confused” t — as I said.

              PROOF OF YOUR ASSHOLERY

              Why the fuck did Grassley agree to having the hearing on Thursday when they gave her today as a deadline?

              You’re confused. The deadline was 10PM on Friday. which Grassley extended.
              Today was the scheduled hearing, not a deadline, which Grassley agreed to change, probably because he was making a fool of himself.

              CORRECTION: Your fuckup was WORSE than what I said originally.
              The Friday deadline was for a DECISION ON A WEDNESDAY HEARING.

              We all know how much you authoritarian THUGS prefer demands over negotition.

              you deranged old man

              (sneer)

              1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano has another bitchfit.

                1. Proving one’s point = bitchfit
                  DOCUMENTING lies = bitchift.

                  Ridiculing the Authoritarian Right (here) = bitchfit.

                  So, who’s dealing with facts .. and who’s bitching (with childish name-calling)?

                  1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano claims his drunken rantings are “proving one’s point.”

      2. A GOP that actually cared about communicating a message of always being skeptical of government could handle these types of situations better. The GOP that is “no, trust our version of government: will not be able to handle this.

        1. Reagan’s party is long gone.

          1. Chuck Grassley was first elected Senator in 1980. He came in on the Reagan wave.

            1. I thought he came in on the ethanol wave? That seems to be his constituency.

            2. We should have been waving him goodbye a long time ago.

      3. It makes me want to go full MAGA and scream FAKE NEWS! Hopefully all it does is drive up Republican enthusiasm so they can keep the Senate.

        I didn’t vote for Trump. This shit makes me want to vote for him or any other candidate who would cover the swamp in oil and set fire to it. I wonder how many Germans were like “Murder 12 million Jews? Why not? Fuck it!”

        1. You might be on to something there. I believe that is how Nazis were, and are, made…

    2. Avenatti’s been hanging around with porn stars for so long that he’s actually starting to believe that real life is like a porn movie. And it wouldn’t shock me at all if it came out that Daniels is paying the guy in trade.

      1. Severe denial is a mental affliction.

        1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano certainly is an expert on being mentally afflicted.

  3. Trump plots to turn Americans against China.

    Is he just going to retweet that article about their social credit surveillance system a bunch?

  4. Trump plots to turn Americans against China.

    The Chinaman is not the issue here.

    1. Only Trump could nuke China.

      1. Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

    2. “The *Orange* Peril”, then?

      1. Every time a trade policy is micturated upon in this fair globe…

        1. You think the carpet pissers did this?

    3. Don’t worry, the “Libertarian” Reason magazine will come to the defense of Communist China. Some will even claim that Communist China is not Communist and that everyone should ignore the Communist Party which runs the government and owns and controls large parts of the Chinese economy

      1. the Communist Party which runs the government and owns and controls large parts of the Chinese economy

        And the Taiwan economy too but borders are just, like, your opinion man.

    4. Shut the fuck up, Donny.

  5. There’s only one way to settle this: Ford and Ramirez cat fight to see who gets to be Queen Victim.

    1. A true Spartacus moment.

  6. Since the passage of FOSTA, which made adult advertising a federal crime, more women and girls in the sex trade are “landing… back on the streets, where dangers also lurk,” reports AP.

    AP journalists maybe should have look into that earlier.

  7. D.C. residents who get caught smoking pot in public will now simply receive a citation rather than being taken into custody.

    All the revenue without the expenditures.

  8. Abortion, Not Ford Allegations, Top Hirono’s Kavanaugh Opposition
    “Even before all of this happened, [Kavanaugh] had credibility issues in his ? three days of testimony,” Hirono told host Jake Tapper during CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “He’s very outcome-driven in terms of how he views cases before him, and so I had issues with his credibility.”

    By “outcome-driven,” Hirono said that Kavanaugh has an “ideological agenda” that results in his “inability to be fair in the cases that come before him.” The Hawaii Democrat said Kavanaugh is particularly unfair in cases involving abortion….

    Hirono said she puts “his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases. His credibility is already very questionable in my mind and in the minds of a lot of my fellow judiciary committee members, the Democrats.”

    Kavauagh is “very much is against women’s reproductive choice,” Hirono told Tapper,…

    1. If abortion is such a critical human right and overwhelmingly approved of, why is it necessary to use a euphemism like “women’s reproductive choice” to talk about it?

      1. why is it necessary to use a euphemism like “women’s reproductive choice” to talk about it?

        Because they describe the constitutional principle,. not the slur word invented by goobers who don’t know that abortion has been common for all of human history (herbal), and became illegal only when it became a surgical procedure (late 19h century)

        Likewise, marriage was not a religious sacrament until 1500 years after the death of Christ.
        But what are facts to the Christian Taliban?

    2. At least she’s admitting the real reason–because she’s among the handful of people who are deluded enough to actually believe that Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the court means the end of Roe v. Wade.

      What’s really sad about these people is that they’re among the small minority of Americans who support abortion all the way up to and including the moment when the baby’s head emerges, but they have an outsized influence on the debate because the mass media class is part of that group. Most everyone else supports restrictions on it, including “pro-choice”ers, it’s just a question of the degree to those restrictions.

      1. At least she’s admitting the real reason–because she’s among the handful of people who are deluded enough to actually believe that Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the court means the end of Roe v. Wade.

        And that Roe v. Wade means a bloody tide of women’s bodies as the result of all the unwanted pregnancies.

        1. That presumes that something Hirono said is not a calculated lie meant to garner votes. Hirono – or any politician – being truthful is not my default assumption.

      2. Abortion up to the point of natural birth is as authoritarians as banning it at conception.

        To libertarians and all educated people, each unalienable right is absolute. (Check a dictionary)
        Thus BOTH extremes on abortion are seeking to use government force to make one absolute right superior to another absolute right. As Jefferson and the founders weep in their graves.

        she’s among the handful of people who are deluded enough to actually believe that Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the court means the end of Roe v. Wade.

        As always, you humiliate yourself with tribal bigotry. A large number on BOTH left and right think Kavanaugh is a threat to Roe v Wade. We informed people know that Trump campaigned on ending abortion, virtually the sole reason for his support among Evangelicals (aka Christian Taliban), who have sold their souls and disgraced Jesus Christ..

        Left – Right = Zero

        (show us your raging hatred now)

        1. “Left – Right = Zero”

          There it is…

        2. Dumbfuck Hihnsano confirms his delusion that Kavanaugh would end Roe V. Wade.

          Dumbfuck Hihnsano’s IQ = Zero

          1. (show us your raging hatred now)

            barfman2018|9.24.18 @ 1:08PM|#
            *barf*

            Cowardly Evasion. Infantile

            gimmeasammich|9.24.18 @ 1:10PM|#
            “Left – Right = Zero”
            .

            Cowardly evasion. Uses it wrong!

            Red Rocks White Privilege|9.24.18 @ 1:54PM|#
            Dumbfuck Hihnsano confirms his delusion that Kavanaugh would end Roe V. Wade.

            Psycho liar, self-evident.

            I said: “A large number on BOTH left and right think Kavanaugh is a threat to Roe v Wade.”
            Libertarians are neither left nor right.

            Dumbfuck Hihnsano’s IQ = Zero

            (snort) Libertarians are neither left nor right
            YOU said only liberals believe Kavanaugh is a threat to Roe v Wade. (smirk)

            Not a single word on what I actually said. Just the predicted hatred. (there will be more, thugs)

            1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano is ass-mad that no one takes his lunatic ravings seriously.

    3. For the past two years, Evangelical leadership has offended even rank-and-file Evangelicals.

    4. That is funny with Roe being perhaps the ur example of an outcome based Supreme Court decision.

  9. Alabama sheriffs swear they’ll stop diverting money for state jail food to buy beach houses and other personal goods.

    EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THEIR RIGHT BY LAW TO BE REWARDED PERSONALLY FOR FRUGALITY.

    1. Exactly, you want a lean, efficient government, you better incentivize it.

    2. They think they’re extras in “O Brother Where Art Thou.”

      (Yes, I know, Mississippi not Alabama)

  10. the author of last week’s crazy mistaken-identity theory that accused a random man of attempted rape

    select top 1 owner_name as rape_suspect from zillow order by newid()

  11. Though the man shared a first and last name with the real perpetrator, he had a different middle name, was 27 years older and five inches shorter than him, and had different hair and eye color.

    That man’s name? Brett Q. Kavanaugh.

    1. Damn liberals don’t even understand that the Q stands for Quality

  12. “Ford’s more believable and serious claims”

    And those would be….?

    1. Top selling pickup truck?

      1. Well played.

      2. Too bad she wasn’t included in the recent recall.

        And Chevy pickups had a big recall too. Unfortunately, nothing from Dodge RAMirez yet.

    2. She went to parties and drank heavily as a teenager. I believe that part.

      1. Kavanaugh was a much heavier drinker in high school, as vividly described by Mark Judge in one of his books on alcoholism, wild parties and sex. You won’t hear that on Pravda Fox.

    3. I know, right?

  13. Ramirez decided she was certain it was Kavanaugh only after consulting with an attorney last week and supposedly recovering hidden memories.

    I. can’t. even.

    1. Hidden memories is another ridiculous psuedoscience we need to deal with. Same with polygraphs.

      1. She was presented with a briefcase full of hidden memories with non-sequential serial numbers.

    2. Ridiculous.

      “I remember getting dick slapped in the face three decades ago, but I’m not sure who, and I’ve been calling around asking friends but they can’t remember, either.

      Oh fuck it: it was the SCOTUS nominee.

      Anyway, it was traumatic #metoo.”

    3. Too many people remember the satanic panic for that to ever work again .

    4. Remember when people viewed the McMartin Preschool trial as a judicial farce at the level of the Salem witch trials and NOT as a really good idea?

      Well, the PRESS didn’t — they were suckers for this idiocy back then — but remember when even Reason laughed at this? Good times.

      Our media is a good justification to limit freedom of the press. We aren’t losing much if these imbeciles are blocked from reporting stuff they don’t like. They ALREADY do that.

  14. An Idaho sheriff blamed his wife after a meme mocking women who wait to report sexual assaults was posted to his Facebook page.

    Never let the ball and chain access to your social media. Who knows what kind of misogynistic content they’ll post.

    1. Which is worse, that he had the meme on his Facebook page or that he blamed a woman for it being there?

      1. Can’t even keep his woman under control, amirirte fellas?

        1. That’s why I’M single, haha. Ha, heh. Hmm. *Sobbing*

      2. That he had a Facebook account in the first place.

        1. Sheriffs are often more politician than police.

  15. KEITH ELLISON DEFENDS HIMSELF AGAINST ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE, SAYS HE’S NOT SURE WHAT OTHERS MAY ‘COOK UP’
    “In this political environment, I don’t know what somebody might cook up,” Ellison said. “But I can tell you that there is absolutely nobody that I’m aware of ? who’s threatening or suggesting or has ever made a prior accusation.”

    1. Never fear, Keith. The rape accusation Pez only works against Republicans.

        1. It might be on the paperwork, but nobody will remember it until they talk to an attorney.

          1. “Mammaries! They were hidden *mammaries*!”

        2. Supposedly Trump mingled with Epstein but they “were not pals”.

          You would think the media and anti-Trumpers could pursue this story to get Trump, if Trump was doing something illegal.

          The Lefties cannot pursue it because both Hillary and Bill are neck deep in illegal activity relating to Epstein, so a command decision was made to avoid the topic entirely.

  16. Others are defending its publication, no matter how flimsy the underlying story may be, because Senate Democrats and Republicans allegedly knew of the claim and are looking into it, making it newsworthy regardless of its veracity.

    So you’re saying…. if someone makes an accusation about somebody else, and someone in power knows about this accusation, that makes it OK to plaster it all over the Internet even if it’s false?

    1. why not it worked for the pee dossier

  17. Trump Trade Taxes Will Exceed Obamacare Taxes Next Year
    by Bryan Riley, Demian Brady September 18, 2018

    https://goo.gl/84LGX8

    By about four times if anyone is interested. Obamacare taxes = $34 billion
    Trump taxes more than $150 billion

    About the National Taxpayers Union Foundation

    National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization that shows Americans how taxes, government spending, and regulations affect them. When it recognized the need to help taxpayers be more effective partners in the policymaking process, our 501(c)(4) affiliate National Taxpayers Union founded NTUF in 1978 as the Taxpayers Foundation. We were officially re-christened under our current name in 1987.

    1. That’s how the income tax cut will be “paid for”. Duh.

    2. I know you’re just a tribal fanatic for your team but you know, it IS possible for people to be opposed to BOTH obamacare taxes and tarriffs right? I know it’s hard for your little tribal brain to understand that not everyone is like you and doesn’t go 100% for their team and 100% for the other arbitrary team, but it in fact possible.

  18. Perhaps in order to help sell the president’s terrible trade war, the Trump administration plans to launch a brand new anti-Chinese propaganda effort…

    “Which one is China again honey?”

  19. MIT study puts end to lowball estimate of illegal immigrants frequently thrown around. Double it!
    The study published Friday by Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi, a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, estimates there are about 22.1 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. today. Most frequently cited estimates put the number between 11 and 12 million.

    Even the lower bound of the MIT study’s range, 16.7 million, is nearly 50 percent higher than the 11.3 million estimated by the Pew Research Center for 2016.

    1. I see your 5 million and raise you 10 million!

    2. “Fucking MIT racists!”

    3. Good job MIT. It’s good to see someone out there looking at the data and providing some fresh analysis.

  20. Ramirez admits to “significant gaps in her memories” of the night in question.

    She’s just asking questions.

    1. Just running it up the pole, see who salutes. If you knowwhatimean.

  21. Roy Moore was just a dry run for Kavanaugh. In the Moore case, you had one accusor who said he assaulted her. That accuser turned out to be a complete nutcases that no fair person could ever believe. Then you had a bunch of women who didn’t accuse Moore of anything other than being a single guy in his 20s who dated young but of legal age woman and never did anything illegal or wrong except offend the fashionable sensibilities of our elite class. But, somehow that turned into “he has so many accusers you must believe him” as if enough people telling a lie enough times makes it true. And since Roy Moore is some evangelical hillibilly who didn’t go along with gay marriage and everything else our elites tell us to go along with, the GOP establishment media turned on him and laughed when it ended his carreer.

    Now those same people who bought these same sorts of lies are shocked that the liberals would do it to one of them. Kavanaugh is a prep school Harvard man. He is associated with the Bush’s and the right people. You can’t treat him like some deplorable. Yeah well, Progressives and can will. They are doing to Kavanaugh exactly what they did to Moore. It doesn’t matter that the woman’s story is even more absurd than the first accusation. Hey, if enough women say it, he must be guilty. That was the standard the Right Wing jackass media set with Moore. Why should it be any different here?

    1. Roy Moore is a fucking crazy theocrat. That wouldn’t have stopped me from voting for him, but let’s not delude ourselves that he was anything else.

      1. (John’s favorite type fellow conservative)

        1. Shriek prefers Harvey Weinstein, his favorite type fellow shitlib.

          1. God, Shreeky’s defense of that actual rapist was disgusting.

            1. I am consistent with HW and Kavanaugh alike.

              They both equally deserve due process.

              1. Nice to see you have changed your opinion on Weinstein after your disgusting defense of him.

                1. I haven’t changed shit on HW.

                  The Peanuts here all declared HW a rapist without due process. I still say he should be tried before deeming him guilty.

                  Same with the Aborto-Freak judge.

                  1. “I haven’t changed shit on HW”

                    You’ll notice he has posted no links to his previous comments to prove his consistency.

                  2. “I haven’t changed shit on HW.

                    The Peanuts here all declared HW a rapist without due process. I still say he should be tried before deeming him guilty.”

                    Projection ain’t just a river in Egypt.

              2. I am consistent with HW and Kavanaugh alike.

                Lol–dude, stop lying.

                1. Shreek ( the stupid fucker who can’t remember his password) is a rape apologist. It was so disgusting it made Citizen X leave.

            2. “God, Shreeky’s defense of that actual rapist was disgusting.”

              He’s a convicted rapist?

      2. He was an easy target. It was good practice.

      3. He was. But so fucking what? That doesn’t make him guilty of sexual assault. If you were not retarded, you would understand that someone’s political or religious beleifs are not what makes them guilty.

      4. Your comment is related to John’s post how?

        1. It doesn’t. Sadly, it is becoming difficult to have a rational conversation on here.

          1. Yep. For a site named “Reason”, ….

            1. Oh, I’m already drinking. (GMT+3)

      5. What disqualified him for me was being slapped down twice by the USSC.

    2. Huh, I was wondering why I had a seizure this morning. Clearly it was God warning me that the Roy Moore argument was going to come back!

      1. It is true. It amazes me how people let their opinion of the person influence their opinion of the evidence. It doesn’t matter what you think of Moore. The allegations against him were nearly as absurd as the ones against Kavanaugh. The only difffernce is that people are generally stupid and irrational and can’t see past their dislike of someone and look at the facts.

  22. I have been voting Libertarian to help the party keep ballot access. I’m going straight GOP next time. If Reason is ‘libertarianism’, then fuck it.

    1. Once the Democratic Party is fully destroyed as a political force, then go back to voting for any decent Libertarian candidates.

  23. And people mocked Pence for not allowing himself to be in a room alone with a woman other than his wife.

    1. Even that won’t protect you if they can get away with simply fabricating vague stories.

      1. From 30 years ago. That you never told anyone about. That have horribly suspect timing. That no one else will corroborate. That match your political views….

        1. Yeah. They’re really trying to make this as ridiculous as possible.

    2. And people mocked Pence for not allowing himself to be in a room alone with a woman other than his wife.

      No joke.

      Any man who would ever be alone with a woman without recording equipment everywhere is a fucking idiot in this day and age.

      1. Yes. Worst case… if the evidence is damning you can sell it online for a pretty penny.

      2. At least, if you have any ambitions for becoming wealthy and/or a public figure.

        I don’t know if any data is available, but I do wonder who many 30 year-old “memories” come to light against men who don’t have any money.

        1. Probably a fair amount. They’re just jerks who get sent to buttfucking jail, or lose custody of their kids in the divorce hearing.

    3. ‘…and his wife held me down!!!1!’

  24. It’s so encouraging that women like Ramirez, Ford, and Feinstein are willing to speak truth to power and prevent Orange Hitler’s attempted Supreme Court takeover. Kavanaugh’s nomination is finished, Drumpf won’t have time to appoint anyone else, and the next justice will be similar to RBG, which is great news for libertarians.

    #Resist
    #SaveRoe
    #OverturnHeller

    1. Did Judge K show his dick to Feinstein too? Now that is some poor judgment!

      1. “Did Judge K show his dick to Feinstein too? Now that is some poor judgment!”

        It was a competition. Feinstein released the Ford documents after it was clear she lost.

      2. You might have that backwards.

    2. Ford
      RAMirez
      KhrushCHEV

      What a coincidence.

      #StillWIthHim
      #InternsToo
      $ChildrenToo

    3. I see you’ve given up on the hashtag LibertariansForStatistSlavers, or for Feinstein, I forget which.

  25. “The always ace policing team in Maricopa County, Arizona, faces a lawsuit…”

    Actually the events described happened under the previous sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

    Or is guilt by association now a core libertarian tenet?

    1. Few people split hairs over whether a policeman or a deputy show up to harass them.

    2. Is this really the hill

      Phoenix police were involved in at least 23 of those shootings as of May 29. In comparison, Phoenix police shot 21 people in all of 2017.
      “This year for us has been concerning,” Fortune said of the spike in fatal shootings.

      … you want to die on?

  26. Why the fuck do you conservatives care so much about Kavanaugh?

    Federalist Society Aborto-freak authoritarian anti 4th Amendment cookie-cutter judges are a dime a dozen. Just get a new one already.

    1. One who’s immune to fake accusations, presumably?

    2. Aborto-Freak sounds like a particularly unsettling pre Hayes Code classic.

      1. That is the MO of the Federalist Society.

        1- take a position like being anti-contraception
        2- invent a bullshit theory like “Originalism” to fit your theory and negate ‘stare decisis’.

        1. should read

          invent a bullshit theory like “Originalism” to fit your POSITION and negate ‘stare decisis’.

          1. Exactly. It’s the purely emotional, outcome-based jurisprudence of the “originalists” that makes them so dangerous. Reality-based left-libertarians like us know that the LIVING CONSTITUTION approach is far more scientific and produces intellectually rigorous results. Like the idea that abortion rights are in the Constitution, but gun rights are not.

            #SaveRoe
            #GunSense
            #BanAssaultWeapons

          2. Shriek, whither your concern for the defenseless and embryonic?

            Do not the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” resonate?

            Should not a judge consider the life, liberty, and the future pursuit of happiness by the unborn in deciding whether a #metoo mother can murder in the name of procreative freedom?

            Perhaps, the real aborto-freaks are the #metoo Machiavellian murderesses.

            1. Fetuses, even in the third trimester, are just clumps of cells. They have no “rights.”

              #ILoveScience

              1. Did not a famous female jurist once quip, “Roe is on a collision course with science?”

              2. Now that’s some impressive work! Keep it up, I look forward to your book.

              3. 10/10. Well damn done, sir. 😀

    3. As a left-libertarian, I usually agree with you, but you’re wrong here. “Just get a new one” isn’t a viable option for the Drumpf regime ? and that’s a good thing for us! There simply isn’t enough time to confirm anyone else before the #BlueWave Senate is in session. And if Putin’s Puppet’s party even tries, the progressive / libertarian alliance will find a way to block that person too.

      Like I said yesterday, Drumpf’s presidency unfortunately isn’t over yet, but his ability to reshape the Supreme Court is gone. Kennedy’s seat will remain vacant until the next Democratic president fills it with someone like RBG.

      1. We are going to get another old woman at deaths door?

        1. I’ll have you know that RBG is in excellent health. You’ve probably been tricked by those terrible “dank memes” that appear to show her falling asleep in her chair.

          But what I meant was the next Democrat in the White House will appoint someone in their late 40s or early 50s who shares RBG’s libertarian-friendly judicial philosophy.

          1. RBG’s libertarian-friendly judicial philosophy

            *choke*

            Dude, you are on fire today.

        2. The media keeps saying how healthy RBG is. Yet when a narrative alert went out a few months back, every Lefty held their breath because they thought she was dead.

      2. As a left-libertarian

        WTF is a “left libertarian”? Someone who is both socially liberal AND fiscally liberal? That’s a fucking liberal, dipshit.

    4. Why the fuck do you conservatives care so much about Kavanaugh?

      He’s only being falsely accused of attempted rape, exposure, and drugging women to let men run a train on them.

      No harm, no foul, right?

      Meanwhile, your side still champions Joe “That is BAD touching of little girls” Biden, the Clinton family, etc.

    5. You really are a garbage human being.

      1. It’s funny that shreek thinks we will forget about his pro-rapist history.

    6. I blame Yale. That school has produced so many rejects that it’s about time we chose our leaders from a different school.

    7. Really! The Comstock laws kept birth control illegal from 1873 through the Herbert Hoover Crash and Depression. Another Quaker like Hoover or Nixon or Christianofascist like “death to dealers” Bush ought to be easy to scare up in Alabama or Tennessee. The Coathanger Abortion Amendment the Prohibition and God’s Own Prohibitionist parties knee-jerked to the LP drafting of Roe v Wade will eventually work. It says so right there in the Book of Mormon, next to the chapter on Millerite prophesy calculations and Klavern Rules of Order. What’s wrong with Beauregard on the Suprema Corte?

      1. Exaggerated Hank.
        But only slightly.
        A hair.

  27. I don’t know how many people are giving this woman credibility, but the handful of leftists I hear chatting at work are not. They still expect Kavanaugh to be confirmed. Interestingly, they expect someone MUCH more hostile to their politics to get nomin if he isn’t confirmed.

    I guess they were lying when they feigned outrage about him being the anti-christ.

    1. Perhaps the best prospect for the liberal-libertarian alliance is to have Judge Kavanaugh confirmed (after a creepy, hurried hearing conducted by result-driven old white men), then have strong evidence concerning Justice Kavanaugh’s past (drinking, “horseplay,” Devil’s Triangle, etc.) emerge over time, providing a better foundation for enlargement of the Supreme Court in a few years.

      1. Yes, let’s pack the expanded bench with rapists. Good call rev.

        1. Like wants like.

        2. Keep your eyes closed, and your ears covered.
          It’s easier than knowing what’s going on outside the Fox/Breitbart/Infowars/StormFront bubble.

  28. Ramirez admits to “significant gaps in her memories” of the night in question.

    However, the memories between those speech-slurring gaps are *rock solid*.

  29. Time for some REAL NEWS:

    Stormy Daniels compares Trump’s privates to ‘the mushroom character in Mario Kart’

    “I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in ‘Mario Kart’,” Daniels writes in the upcoming book, according to The Guardian.

    The “mushroom character,” as Mario fans know, is a cute little fellow named Toad.

    https://goo.gl/zCjozS

    1. Keep Toad out of this shit. He’s been a stalwart part of the team since SMB2.

    2. *** crosses “Business Insider” off list of serious publications ***

    3. “Time for some REAL NEWS:

      Stormy Daniels”

      I loled.

    4. Yeti pubes? Such creative writing.

      1. Trump should claim that it was actually STEVE SMITH who Daniels banged.

      2. Are men supposed to be trimming down there now? I didn’t get the memo.

        1. Well you should have! It’s called manscaping. It’s hygienic.

    5. Isn’t revenge porn and all BAD?

      I remember hearing that for a while.

      I guess the Fappening wasn’t a “bad” thing after all, huh?

      1. All adult porn is good.

        After all it is you conservatives who deny an individual’s Right to Privacy.

        1. How about the embryo’s right to privacy? He or she probably doesn’t favor the forcible use of forceps.

          1. Embryos are not “persons” or “citizens” per the US Constitution.

            1. Quote that for me.

            2. Buttplug citing progressive views on blacks to dehumanize babies.

              Nothing if not consistent as hell.

        2. It wasn’t conservatives going after “revenge porn” you troglodytic moron.

        3. All adult porn is good.

          So, you’re coming out saying the feminists are full of shit and the laws against revenge porn should all be repealed post haste?

          Holy cow, if this the first time you’ve ever come out AGAINST progressive orthodoxy?

    6. How much did he pay her to lay there again? Maybe stop being annoyed and put some effort into the service you’re providing.

      1. She says he paid nothing.

        He says it never happened.

        Some people are gullible enough to believe him.

        1. So she fucked him for fun? It seems pretty obvious they’re both lying.

  30. Whelan, the author of last week’s crazy mistaken-identity theory that accused a random man of attempted rape, offered to resigned as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, but the board did not accept his resignation and has instead placed him on indefinite leave.

    Indefinite *paid* leave? Is that ethical?

    1. What Whelan did was no different than Pizza gate. If you assume the person is guilty, suddenly all of the dots connect. If they were ever to catch Jon Podesta sodomizing a child in a Satanic ritual in the back of a pizza joing, everything said in pizzagate would make sense. Without that, it is just connecting dots by assuming your conclusion, otherwise known as confirmation bias. The exactly same sort of BS was seen when the 4chan idiots alledegedly “solved” the Boston Marathon Bombing.

      It would be one thing if Whelan had spouting this theory in some drunken tweet or in a private conversation. But, he took his time and thought about it and developed it and really seemed to think he had solved the case. The fact that it never occured to him that he was assuming the guy’s guilt and was making a completely baseless slander against an innocent person, even though he had that long to deliberate before doing it, is a devistating critque of both Whelan’s character and intelligence. This wasn’t a mistake or a case of speaking out of turn. It was a deliberate act by him and one that he honestly thought was the correct path.

      No one that stupid has any business being in charge of anything and certainly shouldn’t have a law liscense. What a moron.

      1. Yes, it may be far-fetched, but what are the chances Whelan’s libel was undertaken as part of a calculated plan to differentiate irresponsible defamation from “courageous” and “credible” claims from a sexual assault “victim” by the #metoo mafia?

        1. I don’t know. I think he is just dumb. A lot of these “top men” are.

          1. Yeah, agree on just being dumb and Occy’s razor and all.

            Because I am pretty good (in real life) at sniffing out grifters and liars, I will admit that I have a tendency to look at Machiavellian angles.

        2. Seems to me that it’s time to find a male student of Ford’s that is willing to claim she sexually harassed him. I mean, if one side is going to hunt everywhere for anyone to speak out against Kavanaugh, you need to maintain SOME balance of power, right?

  31. It’s only Monday and this week’s news cycle is already promising to be a hot and enraging one.

    Lots of twists, in panties and elsewhere.

    1. Dear Penthouse…..

      1. Having met with my attorney, I’ve remembered a great story to share with you!

        1. You see, I always hoped this would happen to me…

  32. Perhaps in order to help sell the president’s terrible trade war, the Trump administration plans to launch a brand new anti-Chinese propaganda effort, according to Axios. Two administration sources have told the outlet that an “administration wide” campaign against China would be broad and substantial.

    “We’re not just going to let Russia be the bogeyman,” said one, using a term for bad guys who are by definition mythical.

    “Neither administration official explained why the administration is pursing this now,” writes Jonathan Swan.

    That the Left views Russia as more dangerous than China has always been absurd and ridiculous.

    1. It’s not about being dangerous. The left hates small Eastern European countries, too.

      It’s all about hating people who gave up on communism.

    1. Imagine how LOW they’d be without humans, though?

      Shouldn’t somebody ask climate activists why they haven’t killed themselves yet to save the planet?

    2. You don’t understand all the sea rise was in the middle just like it does with old men they get fat in the middle

  33. I realize it’s been over 30 years, but what’s really stood out about Kavanaugh’s accusers, besides their reliance on a pseudoscientific means to remember what a randy Chad this buttoned-up autist actually was, is how poorly they’ve aged compared to him in that time period. Both of them look like they consider “wine” to be one of the four food groups, and it shows in their wrinkly, pickled visages.

    1. They look especially bad when you consider they were both rich prep school girls. They have the money to take care of themselves and still look that bad. UGH.

      1. Booze is almost as bad for a woman’s appearance as meth. It just takes longer for the effects to kick in.

        These women who brag about being “cool wine aunts” never consider the probability that they’re actually alcoholics. Really, though, there isn’t much difference between someone who compulsively has to drink half a bottle or more of wine every night to relax, and some hobo getting pissed on a 40, except for their social class.

        1. there isn’t much difference between someone who compulsively has to drink half a bottle or more of wine every night to relax, and some hobo getting pissed on a 40, except for their social class.

          The hobo has a soul.

  34. “As some Republicans claim that all the accusations against Kavanaugh are politically motivated…”

    Along with everyone else with a shred of common sense.

  35. Germany and France said they’re working on financing solutions to sidestep U.S. sanctions against countries such as Iran, including a possible role for central banks.

    The discussions, which also involve the U.K., are a signal that European powers are trying to get serious about demonstrating a greater level of independence from the U.S. as President Donald Trump pursues his “America First” agenda.

    “With Germany, we are determined to work on an independent European or Franco-German financing tool which would allow us to avoid being the collateral victims of U.S. extra-territorial sanctions,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday during a meeting with press association AJEF. “I want Europe to be a sovereign continent not a vassal, and that means having totally independent financing instruments that do not today exist.”

    bloomberg news

    Way to go you fucking imbecile Con Man. The USD will no longer be our greatest strength.

    1. Perhaps this means they’ll be willing to fund their own continental defenses, too.

      1. shriek is all about foreign intervention and ridiculous military spending….as long as the President has a (D) after his name.

    2. Germany and France said they’re working on financing solutions to sidestep U.S. sanctions against countries such as Iran, including a possible role for central banks.

      Well, Iran is one of the few countries that equal Germany and France in hating of Jewish folks.

      “With Germany, we are determined to work on an independent European or Franco-German financing tool which would allow us to avoid being the collateral victims of U.S. extra-territorial sanctions,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday during a meeting with press association AJEF. “I want Europe to be a sovereign continent not a vassal, and that means having totally independent financing instruments that do not today exist.”

      Grand. Pull the base out of Germany. Pull all troops out of Germany. Get tight with Poland and let Western Europe die.

      Funny — most of European countries are poorer than WV. Few are much richer than MS.

  36. So, to date, they have nothing, nada, against Kavanaugh that wouldn’t get laughed out of any court in the nation.

    We’re witnessing the destruction of a man and his character for political ends, nothing more.

    Think about that.

    1. No. It’s far more egregious than that. We’re witnessing the forging of a very young Supreme Court justice as a sharp and relentless weapon against the left that will be on the bench for over 3 decades.

      This was a REALLY stupid move by the left. But, usually they can’t see past their ideology to see they’re setting up another instance for a Trump like event. If Kav is “too conservative” for them, just wait until they see what their reaction to Kav produces.

      1. I agree it will fail, but that’s thanks to our Constitution.
        But just consider the intellectual depths the Left have sunk to in their desperation. They are literally what our Founders set out to counter and neutralize.

      2. I would disagree here. Except for the 2A he’s pretty much a dream justice for big government progressives. There’s nothing he will ever stop congress and the executive branch from doing. And he has pretty much said as much.

      3. Amy Barrett should be working with a DC real estate agent now, so she rather than her seller get the advantage of rise in housing prices between now and when RBG finally dies.

  37. So, Farrow claims she came forward because Senate Democrats were looking for accusers.

    I’m wondering if they reached out to her…about six days ago.

    1. “I’m wondering if they reached out to her…about six days ago.”

      Feinstein has probably reaching out since she got the original letter from Ford in July. And they couldn’t find anybody else to came forward. So she wisely sat on it. Then in desperation at the 11th hour, when it was clear that Kavanaugh would be confirmed she decided she had nothing to lose.

  38. “But since yesterday, Ford’s story has taken a back seat to new allegations against the nominee, some reported by The New Yorker and some tweeted by lawyer Michael Avenatti.”

    I knew there was a reason I hated Democrats, women, and lawyers.

    1. Not all lawyers are Democrats, women, or the creepy porn variety.

      1. Let God sort ’em out.

  39. The Trump administration plans to make China our new “bogeyman.”

    China is building man-made islands in the South China Sea to create a defensive zone for advanced warning of the US Navy trying to defend Taiwan.

    1. Whatever. Borders are just like, uh, your opinion, man.

    2. The islands aren’t for advanced warning. They server as tangible claims on territory. You can claim an island, not a portion of open ocean. Furthermore, the new island allows the Chinese to put in an airbase to aggressively patrol anything near their claim.

    3. “to create a defensive zone for advanced warning of the US Navy trying to defend Taiwan.”

      Also, geographically, the islands aren’t anywhere near Taiwan. Look at a map. This has nothing to do with Taiwan.

      1. Its the same strategy that the Imperial Japanese used. A Defensive ring. Its why they are adding air defenses and airfields.

        The Chinese wanted to test deep sea building of these islands because it will be easier to build island in more shallow ocean near Taiwan.

        Taiwan, The Philippines, Japan, and SE Asia are giant land based airfields that the USA can use in time of war. China would isolated on all sides by Russia, India, Afghanistan, SE Asia, and ocean.
        China Island building for military purposes

  40. Judge Judy would laugh these accusations off.

  41. “Ramirez admits to “significant gaps in her memories” of the night in question.”

    But what the hell, she’ll go ahead and demolish the guy’s career anyway, ’cause TRUMP!

  42. In light of the recent accusations against Kavanaugh, and with the help of my therapist/lawyer – who moonlights as a NYT reporter, I have finally mustered up the courage to tell my own story.

    It was February 29, 1983 somewhere in Minnesota and I was headed over to the local Whole Foods to pick up a cake for my dorm’s yearly beach party. As soon as I got to the bakery section, I heard catcalling. I looked over to see Brett Kavanaugh, who was the bakery clerk on duty. He was sneering and making a horribly sexist gesture that I don’t quite recall. It was awful and I almost felt embarrassed for wearing nothing but a towel in the store. But I assured myself that it was my right to wear whatever I want without any man so much as looking or talking to me….

    1. I walked up to the counter and Brett said in a slimy voice, “Here’s your cake you stupid whore, I put a secret ingredient in it just for you.” He looked around to see we were completely alone in the store, so he threw it at me. But not before I noticed the icing on top which read “Happy Botched Abortion, Whore” Most of the semen cake landed on the parka I was wearing, but enough of it got onto my skin to trigger an allergic reaction from the gluten. I quickly grabbed a Benadryl from my purse and then passed out to the sound of him laughing and unzipping his pants.

      When I came to, I was wearing a sexy red handmaid’s costume and my mom and friend, who had accompanied me to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, were standing over me. They had seen the whole thing. You can ask them, but my mom and sister were brainwashed on FB so they’ll probably say I wasn’t even born until later that year.

      That’s all, I hope my story gives other victims the courage to speak out. It’s never too late, until the midterms have passed.

      1. February 29, 1983 – well done.

        The #metoo mafia will cite that as evidence of your credibility because it underscores the fact that victims undergo horrific trauma and that it is not inconsistent with survivors’ memories tending to state factual impossibilities.

        1. We have leap years in Minnesota too, dontchaknow

          1. interesting news if you had one in 1983

      2. Tell it again, but this time use your sexy voice.

        1. Inattention to detail is the sexiest

        2. Funny, I read it in my head in your sexy voice Red Tony.

  43. “”?An Idaho sheriff blamed his wife after a meme mocking women who wait to report sexual assaults was posted to his Facebook page.”‘

    When the #whyIdidnotreport meets #silenceisconsent

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  45. >>>celebrity journalist Ronan Farrow

    celebrity. journalist?

  46. ” the New Yorker piece is also attracting criticism for helping people conflate Ford’s more believable and serious claims with charges that could be more easily discounted.”

    Gotta say, I’m not having much trouble discounting Ford’s claims.

  47. >>>Trump plots to turn Americans against China.

    wasn’t wearing Go China! shirts before T.

  48. I’m just laughing my ass off at how big of a circus this whole thing has become.

    Confirm him, or don’t. I’m not sure I really care at this point. It’s not like Kavanaugh was God’s gift to libertarians in the first place.

    I do find it interesting to consider, assuming that Ford’s story is a deliberate lie, how libel laws may be modified to accommodate this behavior. Right now I think it must be the case that a prosecutor has to prove that Ford knowingly and intentionally lied. So would her “recovered memories” be enough of a defense? If so, *should* they?

    1. “accommodate” may be the wrong word. More like “include”.

    2. “I’m not sure I really care at this point.”

      And yet you continue to pontificate stupidly.

      1. The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion

    3. That’s what I meant about them rolling over up thread. Just hold the vote already. It’s not like the Democrats were gonna confirm anyway. If Grassley can’t convince enough Reps to confirm, then just vote and be done with it and move on to the next nominee.

      As far as the libel laws, I could definitely see them getting changed to include this behavior.

  49. some tweeted by lawyer Michael Avenatti.

    At this point, a lawyer tweeting allegations has more credibility than Ford’s story.

    1. Even if it’s Michael Avenatti?

      1. Especially if it’s Michael Avenatti.

  50. Others are defending its publication, no matter how flimsy the underlying story may be, because Senate Democrats and Republicans allegedly knew of the claim and are looking into it, making it newsworthy regardless of its veracity.

    Didn’t they play the Steele dossier the same way? Plenty of news outlets had seen the dossier and passed on reporting on it because it was too sketchy even for their low standards, but once Comey talked to Trump about it, why suddenly it became “newsworthy”.

    Look, I’m not saying that the Democrats are running a child sex-slave trafficking ring out of a DC pizza joint, I’m just saying that some people are taking the story seriously enough that they feel compelled to defend Democrats against the charges. When is the NYT or CNN going to dig into this Pizzagate thing and give us a multi-part series of stories detailing their investigation into every last scrap of information on the issue? Whether or not there’s any substance to the rumors, isn’t it newsworthy that people are talking?

  51. Gee, what was NOT included today? That would be a FOURTH witness (and personal FRIEND of ford) of the supposed ford fiasco submitting a written statement until penalty of perjury stating that the incident did not happen.

    Instead we get same vague hand waving that this second, pathetically weak and already refuted allegation somehow INCREASES the credibility of Ford’s fever dreams.

    So for the record:

    Four statements under penalty of pejury that the incident didn’t happen. One statement NOT under penalty of pejury (she submitted the letter to a congresswoman and not feinstein) that it did. Totally uncredible. But add in a second allegation again with no corroborating witnesses and witnesses saying it didn’t happen and suddenly it all becomes more credible.

    Realize that this has destroyed reason’s credibility for years. Not that that matters to the stable of pre-Vox millennials or aging leftist boomers, but the foundation should be appalled at what its publication is issuing as they will have to live with the consequences. Good job.

  52. A little background on the sheriffs stealing from jail inmate food budgets (I grew up in prison town and retired as a corrections officer from the Seattle jail.) A hundred years ago it was common for both jail and prison inmates to eat extremely well by historic (and modern!) standards.

    The reason is that large jails (like Seattle’s) and state prisons usually had prison farms, to include dairies, butcher shops (with real knives), bakeries, and very large gardens verging on commercial agriculture, especially of potatoes and corn.

    Consequently, inmates often had to face breakfast with a choice of sausage or bacon, fresh baked bread, fresh eggs, and fresh milk. The other meals were just as sumptuous. Being incarcerated in the old days was tough because discipline and order were tough and no disrespect was tolerated, but eating well was a major consolation, especially during the great depression 1930-1942.

    What ended the good meals for jail inmates in Seattle was that the farm land simply became too valuable and the county sold it off. Today inmates eat meals calculated by dieticians to keep them alive and costing about 65 cents a plate. Michelle Obama might approve of some of the dishes, but to most people the fare appears a lot like cruel and inhumane treatment.

    1. As long as it’s farm to table, with the prisoners doing the farm labor, the old system sounds better.

      That was the old-style way of burning off the fat you got from eating.

    2. Let them eat cake?

  53. They cannot allow Mark Judge to testify. He has two published books, both detailing his lengthy battle with alcohol. tracing back to high school. He describes his school (rich preppy males) as “awash with alcohol,” plenty of drunken parties and sex.

    Both books say he uses fictitious names.The key scene describes a classmate who pukes into a car then passes out.
    The classmate’s name is given as “Bart O’Kavanaugh” (wink, wink)

    I’m sure this will come up in the Thursday hearing. And I wish we could see it asked of Judge, and the look on his face!

    I see the Clarence Thomas hearings also refused witnesses other than Anita Hill. Why are so many sexual predators conservative Republicans? And why do they seem so determined to screw themselves for the midterms?

    (This article looks like another loyalty oath requirement for Trumpsters)

    1. Why are so many sexual predators conservative Republicans?

      LOL.

      1. Would you like a list, Diane?
        The ones from Fox News alone outnumber the other side, for the past 5 years.
        LOL

        1. Epstein.
          Weinstein.
          Clinton, Bill
          Kennedy, John F.
          Kennedy, Ted.
          Kennedy, Bobby
          Hell, how many producers who used the casting couch to get access to pussy were conservatives? ANY?

          You’re bad at this.

          1. No shit. There have been a few other DNC politicians too like Ellison.

          2. The ones from Fox News alone outnumber the other side, for the past 5 years.

            You’re bad at this.

            You can’t count to five
            Also stupid enough to confuse consensual sex with sexual predators. (smirk)

            Anything else?

            1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano can’t even provide the list.

              1. Has anyone asked for one?

                1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano claims there’s a longer list, but is too stupid to provide it.

                  1. Has anyone asked for one — as I requested??

                    Longer than WHAT?. Nobody has provided ANY names within “the past 5 years”

    2. Damnit, the Hihnswarm autosocks have arrived early to shit up the thread.

      1. Why do so many conservative Republican evade reality?

    3. When I was in college, we were awash in alcohol too. I also found that girls got excited about weed and cocaine. Forgot to check and see what political affiliation they had – was too busy trying to get laid like literally everyone else in college.

      1. When I was in college, we were awash in alcohol too

        This was high school.
        Pay attention.

        The classmate’s name is given as “Bart O’Kavanaugh” (wink, wink)

        Evasion.

        Forgot to check and see what political affiliation they had –

        Irrelevant

        was too busy trying to get laid like literally everyone else in college.

        How many women did YOU assault?

        1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano shows that he never got laid in high school.

    4. I fail to see how any of that is particularly troubling for Kavanaugh. You seem to be saying that getting drunk and having sex in school disqualifies you for the Supreme Court 30 years later.

      The only thing that will disqualify him is a proven allegation. So far we have some very credulous accusations.

      1. I fail to see how any of that is particularly troubling for Kavanaugh.

        Are you stupid or a liar?.

        You seem to be saying that getting drunk and having sex in school

        It’s about sexual assault.

        So far we have some very credulous accusations.

        How would you know?

        1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano the stupid liar gets his SJW on.

          1. Only SJWs oppose rape, says the sex pervert.

            1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano is jealous that the class goblin wouldn’t even suck his micropeen.

    5. They cannot allow Mark Judge to testify. He has two published books, both detailing his lengthy battle with alcohol. tracing back to high school. He describes his school (rich preppy males) as “awash with alcohol,” plenty of drunken parties and sex.

      Look at the libertarian over here. Kids drinking and fucking?!? Why, I thought only red state rubes cared about that.

      I see the Clarence Thomas hearings also refused witnesses other than Anita Hill.

      Outside of the every woman who worked with both of whom and said her allegations were false, you mean?

      1. Look at the libertarian over here.

        Versus a fucking liar like you?

        Kids drinking and fucking?!? Why, I thought only red state rubes cared about that.

        This is about sexual assault, Sluggo.

        Libertarians follow the Non Aggression Principle.
        That means, ummmm, no initiation of force.

        I see the Clarence Thomas hearings also refused witnesses other than Anita Hill.

        Outside of the every woman who worked with both of whom and said her allegations were false, you mean?

        They didn’t testify either. (sneer)

        I’m QUITE sure you can make an even bigger fool of yourself. Try again!

        1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano the Puritan Prig.

          1. Opposing rape = Puritan Prig, says the loser, (smirk)

            1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano confirms he’s an incel. (smirk)

  54. I don’t really understand this motive behind this obvious manufactured hit job on Kavanaugh.

    He’s pretty much the big government progressive’s dream justice except for the 2A. He’s everything they want. If he had a D after his name they’d probably overlook the 2A thing like they did with Bernie. These idiots are trying to sink one of the few appointees from Trump that is the most inline with their desires for a SCOTUS justice. What if this hail mary works and he appoints an actual consitutional conservative? It will be a disaster for them. As it is, they’re looking at a new team member like Roberts.

    1. You know there’s a midterm coming up in five weeks, right?

      Why wouldn’t blue state Democrats want to make it a referendum on both Trump and rape. I mean, for goodness’ sake, rape is almost worse than Trump to blue state Democrats!

      In this manner, our leaders are chosen.

      I’m getting nostalgic for the way we used to choose our leaders–not so long ago:

      Obama campaign: Romney strapped a dog to the roof of his car and drove all away across the country like that!

      Romney campaign: Obama ate dog growing up in Indonesia.

      1. I understand that might be the goal, and they are all cretins, but damn, they are playing with fire when they got handed a gift basically. It could really go the wrong way for them if K steps down and Trump appoints someone else.

  55. “Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday”

    Christine Blasey Ford “agreed” to testify?

    Christine Blasey Ford insisted on testifying.

    Christine Blasey Ford threw a temper tantrum because she couldn’t dictate terms to the senate, and they delayed the confirmation proceedings to confirm a Supreme Court judge because it was soooooooooooooo bad.

      1. We try to be nice, but yes, the whore Ford is a liar.

        1. We try to be nice,

          (snort)
          So, how did you make a total fool of yourself, uppage also.

          1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano linking to his own stupidity again.

  56. “Ramirez decided she was certain it was Kavanaugh only after consulting with an attorney last week and supposedly recovering hidden memories.”

    Calling this a witch hunt is unfair to witch hunts.

    In the Salem witch trials, they weren’t using testimony based on memories of things that may or may not have happened 35 years before, and, moreover, the eyewitnesses may have been, unwittingly, under the influence of a hallucinogenic fungus.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…..ccusations

    What’s our excuse?

    1. What’s our excuse?

      Twitter. And Russians.

  57. Hey Robbie Suave – You should read Elizabeth’s piece on the Kavanaugh story. It’s an example of reasonable and efficient journalism…You need to learn kid. We’re all pulling for you.

  58. Let us put this in perspective.

    Paula Jones first publicized her accusation against President Bill Clinton in 1994.

    Women overwhelmingly voted for Clinton in 1996. (Bob Dole actually won the male vote that year.)

    It is pretty clear to me how relevant indecent exposure is to the qualifications of high office.

    1. I wonder if Ramirez had any comment on the Paula Jones allegations, or whether she supported Clinton in 1996. That would truly be interesting.

      1. Look how many still support his wife. She did either did not believe Bill’s accusers or she did but pretended not to do so in public. If you asked her point blank about those allegations today, her answers would not fly well with the #metoo crowd. Assuming that crowd wouldn’t just ignore it.

        1. Why would the crowd ignore it?

  59. Ramirez decided she was certain it was Kavanaugh only after consulting with an attorney last week and supposedly recovering hidden memories

    When we get to recovered memories we know we’ve gone a bridge too goddamn far.

    (Is K an awful person, or was he then? Possibly!

    But this accusation doesn’t shed any light on that, because recovered memory is nonsense bullshit we should never trust.)

  60. Reason’s favorite nation, Iran, had it military members attacked during parade.

    BBC- Iran attack during parade

    1. Fucking psycho.

      Reason’s favorite nation, Iran

    1. Fucking liar

      Fatties are causing Earth to wobble on axis

    1. To be fair, the dyslexic actress meant to #ansbansbansbajsbas

      1. Do you mean Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, who also did not report a sexual assault for 30 years?

        To be fair, the dyslexic actress meant to #ansbansbansbajsbas

    2. Silence equals consent

      So I’ve been told.

    3. Says hateconstitution1789, who claims ENTITLED to suck the gummint teat … but ONLY him!

      loveconstitution1789|2.8.18 @ 3:08PM|#

      My retired father loves politics and we often discuss the nature of things.

      I cannot get him to openly discuss social security and medicare reform with cuts. He is just hoping to check out before our debt crushes the USA. Its selfish as shit.

      TROLL says more crushing debt is okay .. if lines HIS pocket!

      Insults HIS OWN FATHER, “selfish as shit” … but DEFENDS his own sucking at the gummint teat! (OMG)

      WHINES that a multi-trillion debt increase is “giving my own money back ” … FROM WHERE?

      BY STEALING FROM HIS OWN CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN … with MORE :crushing debt … but HE is not selfish as shit!!! Trolling for goobers.

      What kind of fiscal conservative DENIES federal debt steals from our future … his own children? Brainwashed Republican goobers … as DANGEROUS as … brainwashed Bernie goobers.
      HE’D CUT HIS FATHER’S BENEFITS, AND STEAL FROM HIS OWN KIDS, TO INCREASE HIS CASH, BECAUSE … HE’S “ENTITLED.”

      The left borrows trillions for free stuff
      The right borrows trillions for free tax cus
      Two sides of the same statist coin.

      Left – Right = Zero

      (Will this trigger him again?)

      1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano is paranoid that someone else will use up his old-age government bennies.

      2. Ellis Wyatt – Hihn = Sock Puppet

        1. See what happens when two conservatards LOSE on the issue.
          Buybuyloser says I’m Hhn. Other goobers say I’m Mary Stack. (sneer)

          1. Dumbfuck Hihnsano was raped by his daddy, that’s why he uses sockpuppets out of embarrassment.

            *This message brought to you by Red Rocks White Privilege, one of two HnR commenters to be named twice on Dumbfuck Hihnsano’s Enemies List* (sneeeeeeer)

  61. “to make China our new “bogeyman.””

    Because what could go possibly go wrong with Emperor Xi ruling the world?

    Reason is increasingly hot for commies. Like all Globalists. China is their ideal society.

  62. This is becoming a Hollywood documendacity with Christine Ford as Nevada Taylor and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as Ed Johnson on the Walnut Street Bridge–based on actual events in United States v. Shipp, 203 U.S. 563
    Lynch mobs have been the pattern for banning peyote, beer, weed, LSD, nuclear reactors, birth control and now carbon dioxide. Racial collectivism is gradually replaced by pseudoscience, but the lynch mob phenomenon is the same.

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