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Judge Kavanaugh's High-School Sex Life Becomes Focus of Fox News Interview: Reason Roundup

Plus: Why is Latin America’s murder rate so high?

screenshot/Fox Newsscreenshot/Fox News"I did not have sexual intercourse...in high school." Much like the infamous 1990s Bill Clinton statement that it calls to mind, Kavanaugh's comment to Fox News last night—even if we take it as 100 percent true—doesn't actually exonerate him of the conduct of which he stands accused.

Christine Blasey Ford claims that a teenage Kavanaugh groped her, pushed her down, and attempted to take clothes off; Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh and other college boys exposed themselves to her and others at a party. Whatever you think of these allegations, Kavanaugh's virginity is possibly true and, technically, irrelevant.

It did lead to some good "incel" jokes, at least?

As Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch wondered in yesterday's podcast, "Will public discourse ever recover from the Kavanaugh hearings?"

One potentially nteresting part of Kavanaugh's Fox News interview relates to a woman named Renate, who went to a girls prep school nearby and whose name appears throughout Kavanaugh's senior yearbook from Georgetown prep. Boys including Kavanaugh mention being a "Renate Alumni," and there's a poem about how if it's late and you need a date, you could call Renate.

Kavanaugh insisted via his lawyer that there was no untoward meaning to these references. Kavanaugh and Renate "attended one high school event together and shared a brief kiss good night following that event," said a statement. "The language from Judge Kavanaugh's high school yearbook refers to the fact that he and Ms. Dolphin attended that one high school event together and nothing else."

To be clear—and this should really go without saying, but these are touchy times—these high school boy brags certainly don't mean Kavanaugh was a rapist, that he did the things of which he is accused by Ford and Ramirez, nor that he's unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

But come on—the implication is clearly that this girl was "easy" and the boys had hooked up with her sexually. This is Kavanaugh's first personal explanation that rings as clearly and ridiculously untrue. He should've just let that line of criticism go and said nothing or used it as an opportunity for a small bit of reflection on 1980s high school boy culture that could've worked to his advantage.

For her part, a now-grown Renate denied having hooked up with these boys in high school and having kissed Kavanaugh.

Somehow, this has become the state of our national discourse.

A confounding article at Jezebel yesterday argued that we need to start bringing "the nationwide #MeToo movement" to bear on the "gray areas." Yet the news cycle over the past 24 hours has made it abundantly clear we're already there.

Watch the full Kavanaugh interview here.

Per Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa), a Thursday hearing is set to feature testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford.

FREE MINDS

Made in the USA. "Latin America wasn't always the most murderous region in the world." But now, "with just 8% of the world's population, Latin America accounts for roughly a third of global murders," reports The Wall Street Journal. And "nearly one in every four murders around the world takes place in just four countries: Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia."

The reasons for its rise as a murder capital are complex, but many center on the growing importance of gangs in these countries since around the middle of last century. And while the Journal article tends to tiptoe around it, the rise of these gangs comes in large part thanks to the U.S. drug war.

"In the 1950s, Singapore and Caracas"—the largest city in Venezuela—"had very similar murder rates, between 6 to 10 per 100,000 residents," notes the Journal. "Nowadays, Singapore's murder rate is 0.4 per 100,000 residents. In Caracas, the government doesn't bother to count. The nongovernmental Venezuelan Violence Observatory estimates the country's murder rate is roughly 110 per 100,000—about 34,000 a year."

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It's "a disguised effort to expand the #PatriotAct." The House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill that borrows language from the PATRIOT Act and would increase the feds ability to snoop on consumer bank and financial records. This time, it's not "terrorists" that are the ostensible target but "human traffickers."

But as Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) rightfully noted, this is simply a ploy to pass unpopular surveillance-expanding measures. It's "a disguised effort to expand the #PatriotAct," tweeted Amash on Saturday. "GOP leaders put 'Fight Human Trafficking' in the title to conceal the bill's true purpose: to give the government more power to unconstitutionally spy on law-abiding Americans without a warrant."

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "I did not have sexual intercourse ... in high school."

    Ouch.

  • Conchfritters||

    Loser -

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    #metoo

  • loveconstitution1789||

    #WhyIDidntReport

  • Rich||

    *** elbow bump ***

  • lap83||

    He probably got good grades too. What a dork

  • D.D. Driver||

    "even if we take it as 100 percent true—doesn't actually exonerate him of the conduct of which he stands accused."

    Yes. But the week of unequivocal denials (under penalty of perjury), would exonerate him (unless Kavenaugh has committed perjury).

    I have heard *credible allegations* that the entire Reason staff is dishonest and full of shit.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    What a joke this thing is. If there is a showdown on Thursday, the winner will be the person with the best acting coach, thus "more believable".

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "If" ?

    Lefties will try and heckle any talking but the 'victim'.

  • Cy||

    The absurdity is so comical and sad. I feel like I'm watching a bad Michael Bay drama from the early 2000's. I just wish there were more explosions.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Does this depend on what the definition of the word "is" is?

  • Tony||

    Sounds like he could only get to dry humping a girl he was pinning to a bed.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Yes, you have summarized the lie very well.

  • Tony||

    It's a lie because... what? He has an (R) next to his name? Is that it?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It comes off as a lie because the allegations are shakier than crack heads playing Jenga.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    It comes off as a lie because the allegations are shakier than crack heads playing Operation.

  • Rat on a train||

    I have never had sex in any school.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its gonna be a Democrat bloodbath election 2018.

    Nixon won in a landslide in 1972, when the same SJW bullshit carried over from the 1960's to the 1970s..

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    LOL, at this point I'm convinced you're a parody account.

    The Democrats were already on track for a massive #BlueWave before Kavanaugh's #MeToo problem. Now that it's clear Drumpf is trying to rush through a Supreme Court nominee who's been credibly accused of sexual assault, Democratic voters are even more energized.

    Weeks ago I was only predicting Democrats would win the House. Now I'm confident they'll take the Senate as well. And that will allow them to remove Orange Hitler from office in 2019 when Mueller delivers his final report.

  • perlchpr||

    11/10

    Calling LC a parody account is on par with the "mature enough to take sex change hormones, but too immature to drink soda" line.

  • Here for the outrage||

    9/10

    The fun hashtags are my favorite

  • Inigo Montoya||

    So public accommodations laws don't apply to Latinos, I guess. Or is it a case of public accommodations for me but not for thee?

    Oh wait, I forgot: racism/bigotry/sexism/homophobia are only only bad when they are applied to people who are right-thinkers. It's Carte Blanche to use any and all of those against people on "the other side."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was shouted out of a D.C. restaurant.

    Order up!

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Stop This Idiocy And Confirm Him
    "Oh, you can't do whataboutism!" hiss the Cheese-eating surrendercons. Baloney. Whataboutism is a moral necessity, because it disarms the hypocrisy the left wields like a battle axe by illustrating the undeniable truth. Democrats don't care if Kavanaugh grabbed that girl, and they don't really think it should disqualify him if he had. They just don't want him on the Supreme Court because that will make them lose power. And power is all they care about.

  • Shirley Knott||

    Someone needs to do some 'compare and contrast' with revered left-wing icons and Kavanaugh.
    Cesar Chavez and Che Guevara would be good places to start.

  • Rich||

    This. Don't forget the guy who started Kwanzaa, too.

  • Libertymike||

    You mean the negro nihilist who beat women with karate batons, whipped them with electrical cords, and put their toes in vices?

    You mean the guy that the Rev. Al worshipped as a young man?

    You mean the guy who was actually tried and was convicted of felonious assault and did time?

    You mean Ron Ndabezitha Everett Karenga?

  • Rich||

    IIRC, soldering irons were involved as well.

  • Libertymike||

    You know what else was involved?

  • Vernon Depner||

    Fried chicken? Malt liquor? Menthol cigarettes?

  • damikesc||

    Hell, lets do something easier.

    In the recent spate of progressives attacking statues of racists et al, a bust of Lincoln was attacked in Chicago.

    Yet a statue of white supremacist Stephen Douglas was not and is not even apparently controversial.

    Why? He was far more of a white supremacist than Lee. But it seems a lot of people want to ignore the actions of Northern Democrats before, during, and after the Civil War.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I strongly suspect that many of these progressive geniuses have no idea who Stephen Douglas was.

  • damikesc||

    I suspect progs love to demonize Democrats from the SOUTH and ignore that ones from the NORTH were every inch as bad.

    Northern Democrats voted unanimously against the 14th and 15th Amendments and 80% voted against the 13th.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Don't bring Ice Cube into this.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke gets called out on false claims about his past DUI and trying to flee the scene.

    "My Volvo did not have drunken vehicular intercourse with that truck."

  • Tom Bombadil||

    ..... Miss Lewinsky.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Authorities later detained Spec. Ryan Keith Taylor, a 24-year-old soldier assigned to Fort Polk, in the April 2017 incident.

    In June, after first pleading innocent, Taylor pleaded guilty to manufacturing and detonation of a chemical weapon, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph said in a statement. The chemical was identified as chlorine gas.

    WaPo story on Chlorine Gas bomb

  • Conchfritters||

    Lawyer and TV-news staple Michael "Avenatti has a tendency to sensationalize and make his various crusades more about himself than about getting at the truth."

    Well, the guy does want to run for President.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    "Latin America wasn't always the most murderous region in the world." But now, "with just 8% of the world's population, Latin America accounts for roughly a third of global murders," reports The Wall Street Journal. And "nearly one in every four murders around the world takes place in just four countries: Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia."

    Once Robert Mueller and the #BlueWave Congress remove the white nationalists who currently control our government, the US can help fix this problem by opening its borders to Brazilians, Venezuelans, Mexicans, and Colombians. If they're not safe in their home countries, the only humane, libertarian thing to do is let them move here.

    #OpenBorders
    #AbolishICE
    #NoBanNoWall

  • lap83||

    #MurderersArePeopleToo

  • Rich||

    "with just 8% of the world's population, Latin America accounts for roughly a third of global murders," reports The Wall Street Journal.

    RACIST!

  • MasterThief||

    A good parody, yet it is a bit too pointed and shows that the writer is actually an opponent of open borders. While this is rationally what current open border proponents unwittingly advocate for, the acknowledgement of it shows more of a reason to be against it. In a perfect world, I'd support unlimited or loosely regulated immigration. The problem is that doing so degrades the cultural homogeneity of a region and actually lessens freedom. Diversity can be a strength, but it also weakens the bonds of a people. For socialism to work, all the people involved must be strongly interested in the success of other members of the group and of the group as a whole. For utopian libertarianism to work, people have to take care of their own interests and leave eachother alone unless absolutely necessary.

  • Libertymike||

    Diversity is dystopia.

  • Here for the outrage||

    10/10!

    thats the good stuff right there

  • JFree||

    Looks like glyphosate may be a big source of pollinator decline. The vector being the weedkillers impact on the gut bacteria of bees (probably shared by other animals too not just bees). Where those bees with impaired gut bacteria then die in much larger numbers when exposed to pathogens later.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Lets see if science is used to manage the conclusions of this study or will Lefty hysteria take over and go on a banning streak.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    What are you some kind of science denier?

  • JFree||

    So far it looks like the only hysteria is righty hysteria denying that science can even test something like glyphosate on gut bacteria of bees because:

    1. pollinators are apparently not in decline so obviously there can be NO impact on gut bacteria of bees and
    2. they use words like microbiome which is obviously Trotskyite dogwhistling for 'white genocide' or 'proggies GOTV'.
    3. Tulpa has gone into full-on all-caps vomit spewing. He needs either oxygen or just to choke on his vomit and get it over with.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Oh goody, more phys.org "science."

  • JFree||

    Apologies. I lost the link to patrioticaryanelephantscience.gop which properly curates stories by vetting them through fundamentalist precinct captains in order to ensure that community standards classify them as 'science' rather than 'obscenity' or 'fake science'.

  • ||

    I saw the word 'microbiome' and bailed.

    The bees died because glyphosate (the minimal amount they consume) perturbed their microbiome! Quick! Get some bee homeopaths on the case to cure the imbalances in their humors.

  • JFree||

    Well you're gonna have to do a bit better than linking to a garbled nonworking version of a website that is apparently a pest removal company in Orange County. BTW - here's the working version of that beebusters.com site. Pretty sure they don't have an opinion at all on either glyphosate or pollinator decline

  • JFree||

    No the link doesn't work. It goes to a 403-forbidden. Obviously from the link address you are using some mobilewebsiteserver to serve links. Well guess what - THAT ISN'T THE REAL LINK THEN. And I'm using a desktop so I need the ACTUAL FUCKING LINK YOU DICKWAD.

  • JFree||

    Every other link on this page works for me. If you think I'm gonna adjust my network because some obviously deranged baboon says to do so; then - please - just choke on your own vomit already

  • JFree||

    Goodbye

  • Dillinger||

    who's gonna sue o/b/o The Bees?

  • Rich||

    The House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill that borrows language from the PATRIOT Act and would increase the feds ability to snoop on consumer bank and financial records. This time, it's not "terrorists" that are the ostensible target but "human traffickers."

    How about snooping on congresscreature records and targeting corruption?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Meet the Russian bots of Reddit.

    In Russia, bot tops you.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Lawyer and TV-news staple Michael "Avenatti has a tendency to sensationalize and make his various crusades more about himself than about getting at the truth."

    And that's why we love him.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "The female population in the Shelby County Jail has grown by about 50 percent over the last three-and-a-half years,"

    I bet they're still not equal to men. #equalityWhen?

  • Griffin3||

    What do we want?
    Prison Equality!
    When do we want it?
    Now!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Caged Heat!

  • damikesc||

    Cinemax needs new late night movies. This is how you get late night Cinemax movies.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "The female population in the Shelby County Jail has grown by about 50 percent over the last three-and-a-half years, according to the latest jail figures." https://t.co/i1aXUCTGAp pic.twitter.com/FBR1dWrAJw
    — Just City (@JustCity901) September 24, 2018

    Parity with the male population? It better be.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Just look 10 seconds above. Diabolical Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Someone needs to say it:

    Ford: Lying.
    Ramirez: Lying.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Glad someone finally said it.

  • D.D. Driver||

    Wait. Who said what? I wasn't paying attention.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We have until Wednesday to tell Congress not to give the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security the power to intercept and destroy private drones it considers a "threat," including those being used to document ICE facilities. https://t.co/DIHrfSQneC
    — EFF (@EFF) September 24, 2018

    Man your drones and see if they have the balls.

  • Rich||

    Is James O'Keefe considered a "private drone"?

  • Rich||

    Jimmy Kimmel Suggests Cutting Brett Kavanaugh's Penis Off If He's Confirmed

    Hmm. How about sterilizing everyone who makes more than $1M/year?

  • lap83||

    He also says....
    "What 17-year-old keeps calendars of his social engagements?" Kimmel asked. "No wonder he was a virgin"

    Progs can never even seem to keep track of what they pretend to believe. Their only consistency is in being horribly insulting

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Prediction: Jimmy Kimmel will be #MeToo-ed out of show business. All this SJW posturing in recent years has been a futile attempt to build up some kind of goodwill/immunity.

  • Ska||

    The guy whose biggest claim to fame was having big titty girls jumping on trampolines is now making a living being a metoo agitator.

  • TW||

    Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    He's a comedian (allegedly). Are we really going to judge jokes on logical consistency?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    No, but maybe judge political grandstanding on logical consistency. #BringMyPenisHome

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Stop taking Kimmel seriously. The problem will solve itself.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Kimmel not funny. Must take serious.

  • lap83||

    When comedians start using their act to almost exclusively make political points they lose the right to have their jokes judged purely on humor.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    And it gets worse when their jokes are missing that secret ingredient.

  • damikesc||

    Sad that the funny guy on their show didnt get a big show. Carolla was always funnier.

  • damikesc||

    Sad that the funny guy on their show didnt get a big show. Carolla was always funnier.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    That's super sad.

  • 68W58||

    Carolla's big show is his podcast. As he says, it's his pirate ship-he does what he wants and doesn't have to answer to anyone.

  • Fancylad||

    Jimmy Kimmel said that? Jimmy Kimmel of The Man Show?

    Prog hypocrisy really is bottomless.

  • perlchpr||

    I suggest "we" punch Jimmy Kimmel in the neck, repeatedly.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I would suggest we rip out Kimmel's Funny Bone, but he doesn't have one.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Somehow, this has become the state of our national discourse.

    Riiiiiiight. It's not because of scumbags like you and your friends in the media.

    It just sort of happened........... "somehow".

  • Rich||

    Well, wouldn't you rather have "Idiocracy" rather than "1984"?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    ' "For her part, a now-grown Renate denied having hooked up with these boys in high school and having kissed Kavanaugh."

    Somehow, this has become the state of our national discourse. '

    Which you perpetuate, and it isn't a national discourse, it is a Washington bubble and retards discourse.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    So this supposed walking rape machine couldn't even close the deal on a simple good night kiss?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    What's wrong with a kiss, boy? Hmm? Why not start her off with a nice kiss? You don't have to go leaping straight for the clitoris like a bull at a gate. Give her a kiss, boy.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Seems like Kavanaugh made a credible accusation. Why isn't lizzie asking for an FBI investigation to prove that she wasn't? That is how things work now, isn't it?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...the rise of these gangs comes in large part thanks to the U.S. drug war.

    The rise of armed gangs here, too.

  • Libertymike||

    Speaking of gangs, looks like your black & gold gang came armed and loaded last night.

    #FitzMagicspellended

  • Fist of Etiquette||

  • Mazakon||

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    More to the point, why would an innocent man demand an FBI investigation to clear his name? Must be that "if you have nothing to hide, you don't have anything to worry about" Oceania logic.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Waiting for Schumer's proposed legislation making smearing a felony so we can get the FBI involved.

  • damikesc||

    Funny, i didnt see the Dems demanding in depth investigations of the Clintons.

  • perlchpr||

    BECAUSE THERE IS NO FEDERAL CRIME ALLEGED YOU IGNORANT FUCK!

  • perlchpr||

    Sorry, that's a response to Schumer, in case it wasn't obvious.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    The FBI should investigate until Ford's story is corroborated, or until forever, whichever is longer.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Anything to avoid Hillary from being investigated for publicly admitted crimes of mishandling classified information.

  • damikesc||

    People talking about how bad the GOP is on the 4th and 5th Amendments --- and, mind you, they are bad.

    Remember, THIS is the alternative. A group markedly worse.

    These were the same Dems outraged when police investigated Rep Jefferson's office for the money he was bribed with, right?

  • Ken Shultz||

    Psychologists were able to implant a memory of having met Bugs Bunny at Disneyland, something that is impossible because Bugs Bunny isn't a Disney character.

    "One set of studies asked people to evaluate adver-tising copy. They were shown a fake print advertisement that described a visit to Disneyland and how they met and shook hands with Bugs Bunny. Later, 16% of these subjects said that they remembered meeting and shaking hands with Bugs Bunny [13].In follow-up research carried out by Grinley in my laboratory, several presentations of fake advertisments involving Bugs Bunny at Disneyland resulted in 25–35% of subjects claiming to have met Bugs Bunny [14].

    Moreover, when these subjects were subse-quently asked to report precisely what they remembered about their encounter with Bugs Bunny, 62% remembered shaking his hand and 46% remembered hugging him. A few people remembered touching his ears or tail. One person remembered that he was holding a carrot."

    ----Nature

    http://staff.washington.edu/eloftus/2003Nature.pdf

  • Ken Shultz||

    Our memories recombine with various experiences we have and reinterprets them based on what's happening now. Our minds fill in the gaps in our recombined memories with various features. These people weren't lying--they remember what they remember. They may have gone to Disneyland and met Mickey Mouse. It's just that their memories are inaccurate.

    Adam Smith tells us that customs and traditions evolve in such a way as to be superior to whatever some perceived elites might inflict on us from above--just like participating in a market makes stupid people behave as if they know what the market knows. I think that's what we're looking at here with the insistence that distant memories be corroborated by evidence and other testimony--beyond a reasonable doubt.

    The sincerity in someone's voice while they recount their story on camera in front of a senate committee is certainly no substitute for corroborating evidence.

  • Rich||

    The sincerity in someone's voice while they recount their story on camera in front of a senate committee is certainly no substitute for corroborating evidence.

    Unfortunately, it depends upon the context of "substitute". 8-(

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    This reminds me of the time that Brett Kavanaugh groped Bugs Bunny at Disneyland. He wasn't holding a carrot.

  • Rich||

    LOL

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Has anyone ever heard Kavanaugh say "wascally wabbit?" I think we need an FBI investigation.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    This reminds me of the time that Brett Kavanaugh groped Bugs Bunny at Disneyland.

    It was one of the times that he dressed up like a girl bunny. Did you see what he was wearing? He was practically asking for it.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez||

    Author of "The Memory Illusion" was able to implant a memory of committing a crime in 70% of study participants after 3 conversations. (PDF article)

    Memory is very fluid, and the more often we access a memory, the more it is reconstructed and adapted. This is why eyewitness testimony is so flawed, and frankly, should be given very little relevance in court proceedings. In 35 years, there is no doubt that any memories of any event, especially traumatic ones, would be embellished, just by the nature of memory.

  • Vernon Depner||

    Sometimes a carrot is just a carrot.

  • SIV||

    I saw Liz re-teeted d something about a political youtuber who didn't know what "reactionary" means. That was amusing but I wonder if she is aware she works for a reactionary magazine that advances a reactionary ideology and that many (but certainly not all) of her colleagues are reactionaries?

  • SIV||

    "re-tweeted"

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    I prefer the original version.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    HuffPost Politics: "I don't know what somebody might cook up," Rep. Keith Ellison said Friday when asked about the possibility of future abuse allegations.

    Conservatives are pouncing on abuse allegations made against Keith Ellison. "If you believe Kavanaugh's accuser, do you also believe Ellison's?" they ask. But that's a false equivalence. Ellison is not currently being considered for a lifetime appointment to our nation's highest court.

    #LibertariansForEllison
    #LibertariansAgainstIslamophobia

  • Rich||

    Indeed it's a false equivalence. Ellison is a powerful politician and lawyer who has been a U.S. Representative since 2007 and Deputy Chair of the DNC since 2017.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Yeah, he's only looking to be the top law enforcement officer for a U.S. state. He doesn't need to be law-abiding for that, now does he?

  • perlchpr||

    It's a false equivalence because there's actual evidence against Ellison, not just someone's word on the subject (which has been repeatedly contradicted).

  • damikesc||

    I wouldn't say there is a ton of evidence, just accusations.

    But there is an amazing lack of contradictory evidence.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    But come on—the implication is clearly that this girl was "easy" and the boys had hooked up with her sexually. This is Kavanaugh's first personal explanation that rings as clearly and ridiculously untrue.

    You guys are really reaching for shit. I don't think this straw is going to keep your narrative afloat.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    One potentially nteresting [sic] part of Kavanaugh's Fox News interview relates to a woman named Renate

    Not only is it not nteresting; it's not interesting either.

  • Rich||

    Wait.

    There once was a girl named Renate
    ...

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Who was a well known reprobate.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    But the incel in Kav
    said her you can have,
    He's quite a mastur at 'bate

  • Rich||

    Beautiful.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    5 stars.

  • MasterThief||

    Applause line.

  • Dillinger||

    was caught with Nominee en flagrante.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    That's a sic burn.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "As Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch wondered in yesterday's podcast, "Will public discourse ever recover from the Kavanaugh hearings?" . . .

    If anything, the Kavanaugh hearings suggest that we still haven't recovered from the Clarence Thomas hearings.

    If we dismiss uncorroborated accusations--despite their subject--that might mean we're finally on the road to recovering from the Clarence Thomas hearings.

  • damikesc||

    We've had decades of re-writing the Thomas hearings to show we learned nothing.

    People too young to follow it back then act as if Hill had evidence on her side. She had, literally, nothing. They interviewed numerous women and NONE of them saw anything close to what she claimed. She also followed him to multiple following jobs, even after the new boss asked her to stay.

    But one cannot note that these days without being mean and hateful.

  • Necron 99||

    I love how liberals are saying it has to be true because no one would put themselves in this position willingly.
    Hill received the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession's "Women of Achievement" award in 1992.
    Hill was selected as a Fletcher Foundation Fellow in 2005.
    Hill was awarded the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award by the Ford Hall Forum in 2008.
    Hill serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont
    Hill's opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 is listed as No. 69 in American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century.
    Hill was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
    Hill was inducted as an honorary member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority at their National Executive Board Meeting in Dallas, Texas in 2017.
    Hill was awarded an honorary LLM degree by Wesleyan University in 2018.

    Looks like a career move to me.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Per Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R–Iowa), a Thursday hearing is set to feature testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford.

    Bold prediction: the hearing is going to be a complete clusterfuck, everyone who believes Ford will still believe Ford, everyone who believes Kavanaugh will still believe Kavanaugh. Nothing will be determined one way or the other, but that won't stop partisans of all stripes from declaring victory. Yet somehow the world will continue to rotate on its axis on its way around the sun.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Cynical, yes. Asshole, I don't think so.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    No, I'm an asshole alright.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I'll take your word for it sans clicking.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    It's just the video for the famous Denis Leary song "I'm an Asshole." What did you think it was? A Rick-roll video? I'm not that big of an asshole. ... Or am I?

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke gets called out on false claims about his past DUI and trying to flee the scene

    Jesus, this should have been the easiest kill ever--"Yeah, the police report accused me of driving drunk and trying to flee the scene. I did some stupid things when I was in my 20s, and I learned my lessons from that. I don't feel that this ultimately disqualifies me to serve in the Senate."

  • MasterThief||

    The actions from his youth shouldn't disqualify him. His rejection of provable facts certainly doesn't help his claim. Frankly, I mostly like Cruz and know nothing of Beto. I don't think that past stupidity should be eternally held against a person, but can still be held as a point in evidence of their character.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Well, sure. That's what makes his response so head-slappingly bad. The information on the incident is in the public record; he had nothing at all to gain by claiming it didn't happen, especially since it appears that it finally scared him straight after being something of a hellraiser in his 20s.

    That he'd still straight-up lie about it despite all evidence to the contrary shows he'd actually make a great Senator, so maybe he can spin that as a point in his favor.

  • Sevo||

    "National Parks Hit Hardest by Climate Change, Study Finds"
    [...]
    "...Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Wisconsin-Madison performed a first of its kind analysis that found average temperatures in national parks increased at twice the rate of the rest of the nation while rainfall totals have decreased more than other areas of the country...."
    https://www.courthousenews.com/national-
    parks-hit-hardest-by-climate-change-study-finds/

    I'd suggest selling them off to developers and pave 'em over.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    average temperatures in national parks increased at twice the rate of the rest of the nation

    I don't suppose that most of the national parks being located in massive desert areas would have anything to do with this.

  • Rich||

    And the fact that the parks are sooooo crowded with tourists!

  • Tom Bombadil||

    WTF? Are we to conclude the most hyperbolic Climate Change Scientists are being sent to National Parks?

  • Juice||

    Somehow, this has become the state of our national discourse.

    You're just now noticing that politics is like high school? Where the hell have you been?

  • Dillinger||

    everything is like high school.

  • Sevo||

    "49ers Fans Pleading Team To Sign Colin Kaepernick After Jimmy Garoppolo Injury"
    https://nesn.com/2018/09/49ers-fans-
    pleading-team-to-sign-colin-kaepernick
    -after-jimmy-garoppolo-injury/

    Well, four of 'em anyhow. And these are the sort of folks who watch people on crutches hoping they'll trip and do a face-plant.

  • Libertymike||

    They are also the sort of folks who don't know football.

    Mulattoes who are 3-16 in their last 19 starts and who have a career sub 60% completion are not entitled to an NFL job nor are they heroic.

  • KDN||

    3-16 in their last 19 starts and who have a career sub 60% completion are not entitled to an NFL job

    Similar stats haven't kept Fitzpatrick or McCown from finding work, and they can't run like Kaep or throw as hard. That should be a lesson for the SJW Jesus to grow up and act like an adult while he still has any physical tools left, but I think most of his supporters will just treat as further evidence of Old White Man collusion.

  • Libertymike||

    Has Fitzpatrick ever gone 3-16 over any 19 game skein? I don't think so.

    His career completion percentage, as of this morning, right at 60.00.

    Plus, Fitz is the only guy to post three consecutive 400 yard games.

    I'd rather have FitzMagic.

  • Sevo||

    "...or throw as hard...."
    Or as inaccurately. Ever see Kaep's throw find a receiver more than 5 yards downfield? Me, neither.
    Ever see him try to get a play off in 40 seconds and fail? Yeah, me too. About 15 times each game.
    Ever see him look off a receiver? Nope.
    He should be in jail for impersonating a NFL QB

  • Sevo||

    This for KDN

  • KDN||

    Splitting hairs about W/L over a small sample is a shitty way to judge anyone, but Fitz has certainly had bad 20 game stretches of play. After his age 29 season Fitz was a sparkling 18-33-1 (including a 5-14 run in his age 28-29 seasons which is not materially different than recent Kaep's 3-16 one).

    His career completion percentage, as of this morning, right at 60.00.

    Fitz got better as he got older. After his age-29 season, Fitz loses on comp %, TD%, INT%, and every yds per attempt metrics. Some of that is a function of Kaep playing on a pretty loaded Niners squad, but there's no way to get around the fact that Kaep is at least as good as Fitz was at the same point in their careers. He's a bottom-third starting QB in the league, in line with the Fitzes, McCowns, and Foleses of the world. You can have a pretty good career in that line of work, provided you play the part of a good teammate as your team endlessly tries to replace you, but those guys are ultimately forgotten. Kaepernick would rather be famous, and is leveraging his alternate means for maintaining that celebrity.

    I'd rather have FitzMagic

    Whatever floats your boat. Your not hoisting a trophy with either, so it's ultimately a moot argument.

  • damikesc||

    Did they forget why Colin ain't a QB there in the first place?

    Defenses figured him out and shut him the fuck down.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    To be fair, he couldn't be any worse than CJ Beathard.

  • damikesc||

    I dunno. I watched his last season. When Blaine Gabbert is likely a better player, you're awful.

  • An Owl Named Dur||

    It's pure genius. With our starting QB and RB out for the season and our playoff hopes utterly dashed, let's hire a polarizing figure, who failed here once before, and who is guaranteed to piss off half of our fans.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "Judge Kavanaugh's high school sex life becomes focus..."

    More like "lack of", Amirite fellas?

  • Rich||

    More like "fuck us", Amirite fellas?

  • Ken Shultz||

    "UNITED NATIONS—The U.S. said it would contribute an additional $185 million in humanitarian aid to Myanmar and Bangladesh to help minority Rohingya Muslims displaced by a government campaign that a U.N. report said amounted to genocide.

    The Monday pledge came as diplomats met privately on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly to discuss ways to address the crisis and direct funds to critical emergency services like shelter, food and health care."

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-.....1537848117

    To those who think the government should engage in helping the world's refugees, I'd like to point out that there are things we can do to help them short of bringing them here to the U.S. by the thousands.

  • Libertymike||

    Yes, the US can prevail upon the Saudis, the Jordanians, the Kuwaitis, the Emirates, the Nigerians, and, of course, the Israelis and the South Africans to take in all of the displaced Muslims and to have them pick up the entire tab.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    I have no problem with this whatsoever, provided that we also provide humanitarian aid to the minority victims of Muslim-perpetrated genocide in many countries in the Middle East and Africa.

    If genocide against minority Muslims is wrong (and it is), than so is genocide against minority Christians.

  • MasterThief||

    Wait... who in the US pledged that money and aid? What does that aid do to the root cause of human suffering?

  • damikesc||

    HEY.

    I thought Trump HATED Muslims.

  • Eddy||

    "Who did the nominee know and when did he know her?"

    By the way, this isn't asked for the sake of prurient interest, but simply because it's less boring and depressing thant issues like the looming national debt or whether the Supreme Court will go back to applying the Constitution or whether it will turn into a Council of SJW Guardians imposing orthodoxy on matters involving wokeness.

  • Libertymike||

    So, you approve of the cuck genuflection to SJW orthodoxy by postponing a vote and presiding over Thursday's kabuki theatre as demanded by the #metoo mafia?

  • Eddy||

    Yes, that was the meaning...of my *joke.* (rolls eyes)

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    By the way, does anyone out there how the smug, smarmy cultural lefties mocked the so-called "Pence Rule", so named because Mike Pence tries very hard to avoid being alone with a woman who isn't his wife, especially in a social type of situation?

    Doesn't seem quite so hilarious now, does it?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    It was an insult to women. No woman would ever falsely accuse a man. That's why every woman must be believed and men must not refuse to have a meal with women (and pick up the check).

  • damikesc||

    You're aware his high school sex life became an issue because the Dems are claiming he tried to RAPE A GIRL in high school with no evidence, right?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Sort of. He could have tried to rape a girl and still be a virgin. But, in the interview, he brought up his "never had sexual intercourse in high school plus many years".

  • ||

    Look, the point is, I think we would all remember when Kavanaugh lost his virginity better than Brett Kavanaugh would. Otherwise, it's entirely possible that Ford is a moron with a meaningless fuzzy memory and we're persecuting the guy for no real reason.

  • D.D. Driver||

    It's a sneaky trick. He just meant that he didn't have sex *literally* in the high school. When he was off campus he practically lived in poontown.

  • Tony||

    What a fucking liar.

    One man's lifelong ambition to be on the supreme court is not the same thing as your own individual interests, morons.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    And your logging on is not the same as having a double digit IQ.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    And your logging on is not the same as having a double digit IQ.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Echo test.

  • Eddy||

    The quickest way to get the platinum bar

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    I bet I'm one of the few people here who understood that reference right away!

  • KDN||

    Accusation 1: Sensationalizing of a minor incident, probable that the principals were mixed up in hindsight.

    Accusation 2: I don't doubt that the woman woke up to a dick in her face after passing out at a party sometime during college, and I'm sure the culprit not only had done it at previous parties, and then moved on to do it to someone else at that very party. Fucking with people who pass out is part of the host's responsibilities, like cleaning the keg lines and breaking up fights. Was that Kavanaugh? I doubt it, there's no history of exhibitionism there.

    Accusation 3: Oh, get the fuck out of here. Contrived, hysterical nonsense designed to pique the interest of those credulous about the supposed campus rape epidemic. It's a failed Lifetime movie pitch getting a second life.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Not to mention that Accusations 1 and 2 were "recalled" with the help of pseudoscientific memory repression therapy, a method that Scientologists use to extract large sums of money from dumbshit Hollywood celebrities.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    "The female population in the Shelby County Jail has grown by about 50 percent over the last three-and-a-half years, according to the latest jail figures."

    *looks around*

    Is... is this not what we meant when we said we wanted more equality?

  • ||

    Christine Ford: I don't know exactly when or where but Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted me 35 yrs. ago.
    "US": OMG! Are you OK? We'll get the bastard for what he did.
    Kavanaugh: I didn't even have sex in HS or even for a couple of years thereafter.
    "US": Phbbt! Yeah, right. Fucker.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    They evidently picked the wrong guy to fuck with.

    Kavanaugh will fight, not withdraw his name for consideration.
    Kavanaugh is saying that he was a virgin, when the Left is accusing him of sex crimes.

    Kavanaugh gets serious street cred for fighti8ng Lefties like this.

  • Robert||

    The Free Minds piece seems oblivious to Singapore's drug war. Why are murders so much fewer there if drug war is responsible for more murders in Caracas?

  • Vernon Depner||

    we need to start bringing "the nationwide #MeToo movement" to bear on the "gay areas."

    Fixed it.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    I remember thinking the presidential elections of 2004 couldn't get any worse with everyone discussion who did what on what day during the war in Vietnam. Now it's which boy did what with which girl on which day in high school in the 1980s. And this is literally making headlines.

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