Am I Sick?

Harvey Weinstein is on trial in NYC for sexual assault. I just read that charges have been dropped  regarding his first accuser, Patient Zero of the Metoo movement.

It turns out she had a friend  with her on the night in question, who remembers the events differently, but who was coached by a police detective to stay silent about the exculpatory facts.

Why does this make me happy? 


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Overcoming Evil with Good

I’ve  been tuning in every night this week to Trump’s rallies.  He is out there all over the country, enthusiastic capacity crowds overflowing every venue!

It’s not payback.  I mean, we can name a handful of the pusillanimous pachyderms who have actually worked to accomplish the goals of their own party’s popular president, notably Mitch McConnell with the judicial nominees. ( oh and please don’t tell me the Don is “unpopular” cuz, as I said,  I’ve been watching these rallies!)

But in general,  I don’t think many of us feel the GOP really has had Trump’s back, do we?

Yet he’s out there, he’s everywhere,  busting his butt for all these GOP congressional candidates!  Hilary could never handle  the schedule he’s keeping!

I am really proud of our president.  Hail to the Chief!!


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#manytoo

Kinda OD’d on news and commentary this weekend…was it really only yesterday I heard most of Collins’ speech?  Last night that I watched Trump walk on stage in Kansas with tears in his eyes?

But today,  it seemed whenever I passed the TV, or switched it on just to reassure myself that the Dems  hadn’t blown up the Capitol, I heard a woman talking about sexual,assault, about why they don’t  report it, and so on ad nauseum. 

In Pa, i guess in August, a report was released detailing abuse of boys (nearly all boys)  by priests. (These weren’t toddlers; they were y’know, pretty boys just at the dawn of puberty) That  was a big deal.  Our legislators immediately set out to extend the statute of limitations.  Paul Rahe  wrote two great pieces on R> right before I was banned.  (I kinda think the fact that I took on our gay attorney on that  thread had something to do with my exile too, but–come on! He suggested the priests had no choice, really, because the larger society had driven them underground–and nobody  called him on it! )

But here’s  my point: all those erstwhile boys were..fondled. All these erstwhile girls were fondled. Many were penetrated. Male and female , they didn’t report these incidents at the time,  nor later, for, like half a lifetime.  And they’ve been getting on with their lives all these years.

Ford is interesting: was her account one of child molestation,  or was she , ah casting  herself more like Weinstein’s “victims”?   She was “only” 15, but her falsely accused assailant was a minor too.

But is there anybody, of either gender, who has not experienced something like this?

Tying  these two news threads together, is it occurring to anybody else that maybe this kind of experience is just one of the slings and arrows to which humanity in general is always exposed?

is it really such a big deal?

And can everybody go back to just keeping quiet about it in public, please? 


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So Easy!

Here in our generally quiet, sparsely populated county in northeast Pa,  the county courthouse has been abruptly  closed for business several times in the past week. Someone called in a spurious bomb threat.

It’s soooooo easy to prevent litigants from pursuing their causes, recently bereaved persons from initiating probate proceedings, citizens from applying for firearm permits, marriage licenses  and passports!

Say, how much does a “burner phone” cost?   Whatever, that is the only financial outlay required of the particular terrorist behind these disruptions so costly to the county.

I can’t  believe nobody thought of this simple but effective means to disrupt and delay the Senate vote yesterday!

This isn’t a call to action: I don’t see how our county is ever going to put an end to this.  I mean, If it were just one person making all the calls, he or she would inevitably brag about it to someone, who would tell someone else, etc.  But there may be many people who  have been or will be tempted to give it a try.  Why not?  There seems to be no downside for the perp.  He or she is probably standing around in town,  watching the cops block off the streets and divert traffic away from Courthouse Square, snapping pictures of the Hazmat-suited teams entering to do yet another sweep of the building.

It seems like this would be irresistible to certain personality types.   And like I said, it’s so easy  you almost can’t blame them for giving in to their desire!


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Would You Believe Your Own Daughter?

I have seen a lot of Kavanaugh supporters  challenged by commentators using this question.  And I have faced it from my own daughter, I’m sorry to say.

There’s only one possible answer, and I don’t see why nobody ever  gives it:

Yes,  I would believe my daughter if she told me she had been assaulted.  Because I know her.  I’ve known her all her life, from babyhood till the present day.  She has never lied to me.  I have comforted her in distress, I have observed her in anger, countless times.  I could not be deceived.

But when I eveluate such a claim by a person I do not know,  my only possible basis for belief or lack thereof cannot be personal knowledge of this stranger.  Nor can Such knowledge be acquired on one occasion of observation of her ( well, not usually:once was more than enough to convince me of Swetnick’s duplicity..) .    No, as Sen. Collins did, i need to look at the circumstances as presented by witnesses and other evidence.

Does that seem cold and dispassionate?

I submit the only alternative is uninformed  credulity.

“Uninformed  credulity”  is  the very opposite of experience-based credulity: the faith I would put, without examination, in any account given by my own daughter.

So please, leave my daughter out of this.

And that’s what every Kavanaugh supporter should be saying when hit with the “your own daughter”  sandbag.

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Calumny

i just read s slew of articles about Leland Keyser.

Remember what Ford testified,  when confronted with Keyser’s denial that she was at That Party and her assertion that she does not and never did know Kavanaugh?

With an evasive, squirming pantomime of “if I can’t say something nice I won’t say anything at all” Ford squeaked out that Leland has “health problems” and Ford was “glad she’s taking care of herself”.  Also that Leland had sent her a text “apologizing”.

This gave the nation the impression that maybe Keysor had dementia, or had suffered a stroke.  Therefore, she lied to Congress about the party and her acquaintance with Kav just to get out of being questioned.  

In other words, Ford whimpered: ooh, please, don’t make me say it,  she’s a felon and she betrayed me, but,  Congress, forgive her,  for she knows not what she does!

Actually, Keyser’s health problems are totally orthopedic,  not  involving cognition.  Her  relatives are furious that Ford threw Keyser to the lions of the Senate, and they have spoken out to that effect.  But you don’t know that, do you?  Cuz it wasn’t reported.  At this point you can still easily find many reports to thi she effect by searching Keyser’s name, but hurry!  They might all be scrubbed soon.

(Didja know Keyser’s first husband was Lefty pundit Bob Beckel?  Maybe Ford just took it for granted Keyser would want to help the cause.)

Ford didn’t contact Keyser before making her accusation. Why? Well, if she had, she would have had no allegedly “friendly” witness’ name to put forward. Better to take her chances,  and blame Keyser if it didn’t work out.

WHY is there this tacit agreement that if Ford’s story is to be refuted at all, it has to be done without impugning Ford’s own honesty?

How many times, from BOTH sides, have we heard the shibboleth that Ford “wanted to remain private” while destroying Kavanaugh’s life?  SOMEONE (but not DiFi, of course!) “betrayed”  mousy, shy li’l Chrissie.

I admire Sen. Collins for her clear-eyed review of the facts of the case. ( I almost have to grudgingly admire the far more difficult fest of the Dems in NOT seeing  the facts which are staring them in the face..)

Still! It  is taboo to come out and say what the “evidence” mercilessly indicates:

Ford made it all up.

I hope Leland will write a book about the effect this slander has had upon her life.

 

 

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Brad Press

Bradkey Unmanning, yclept “Chelsea”, told an audience in London that life in the US is like being in prison.

Security cameras everywhere!  (That is too funny, considering London is far better blanketed with video surveillance than our cities–and earlier) …and:

Walls all around our country!  (Oh, if only….but sadly, circumvallation remains the Impossible Dream…)

Refresh my memory: did we the taxpayers have to pay for his  voluntary surgical mayhem and  beauty treatments?   (What the heck did they do with his Adam’s apple?)

If we didn’t pay while he was oh-so-inhumanely incarcerated, then who did?  Who pays for his ongoing hormone treatments?

Was he ever, really, a man?

when a guy has voluntarily undergone castration, well what’s left to lose?

Hey! I know: cut off his US passport!


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Plymouth Rock Lands on Us

Okay, so sexual horseplay at 17, the height of the hormonal storm, is now evidence of demon possession.

And after this week, prepare for “wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging!”

The FBI reportedly has already talked to at least ONE Yale classmate who remembers, as Kavanaugh himself repeatedly asserted, that he drank a lot in college. Surely, more will follow.

Okay let’s review: fraternities and sororities on campuses are nationwide organizations whose purpose is to facilitate getting booze to minors.  If any chapter gets in trouble, the nationwide org deploys legal swat teams to the rescue.  My daughter, a recent graduate, wisely turned down the presidency of her sorority’s chapter because she would have had to sign a pledge, under oath,  that absolutely no drinking ever went on at the sorority’s parties, and during her tenure,  never would!

It is unconscionable that these organizations  so blithely  require and encourage these undergraduates to perjure themselves.  (Especially now, when people get no indulgence for the follies of their extreme youth.)  But: they DO, and have long done so–and we all knew it.

Sexual experimentation, drinking and even psychedelics used to be considered a hallmark of the college experience.  As baby boomers came of age and assumed power, there was almost no one who could deny using pot, for instance.  Nor were they expected to deny  it.

But now, the revelation that a lot of drinking went on at Yale, even among future federal judges! is about to be painted as shocking, damning , iniquitous.

Mark my words,  by the end of this week, America’s white males  will have to tremble, not only at the memory of their initial sexual escapades, but at the memory (or lack thereof )  of their encounters with the jolly old demon Bacchus.

William Bradford, founder of the Plymouth Bay Colony, had escaped to Leiden, in protestant Holland,  with his band of religious separatists, where they were cheerfully accepted.

Why’d they leave Leiden for the inhospitable wilderness?

Because Holland was too tolerant, too much given to  pleasure and comfort! The young people were, as Bradford put it “getting the reins off their necks”.    So Bradford’s flock  petitioned  King James for a charter and set off for Jamestown.  They migrated,  not seeking religious freedom ,but religious hegemony, especially over their children.  The Mayflower, blown off course,  pitched up on the famous Rock.

And now, three centuries and ninety eight years later!–

that intransigent Rock, that great, cold boulder  of  censorious, self-denying anhedonia–

is about to crash down on us.

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Kill All The Lawyers

No matter what the final reviews of the “Kav and Hag” double bill last week,  it’s clear, my brothers and sisters at the bar, that it’s we lawyers who are going to suffer the greatest damage to the greatest number.

I would’ve thought no one could do our profession any more damage than Michael Cohen, recording confidential communications with his client.  But I was wrong.

i just saw Lindsey Graham vowing to investigate the conduct of “Ford”‘s attorneys in the last few weeks.  I put her name in quotes because it became clear, even though Mushy Mitchell wasn’t trying to clarify it, that those lawyers don’t represent her.  That represent the Demoncrat  senate members who  referred  her to ’em.

It seems indisputable now that Katz & Co did not communicate to Ford  Grassley’s offer to go to Ca and meet with her in private.  She  must have been the only person in America who did NOT know this.  She testified that if she had known,  she would have been happy to host the Judiciary Committee representatives!   Her attorneys had written a response to  Grassley acknowledging the offer, saying their client “appreciated” the many options. (Did the attorneys also make up the lie that Ford is phobic about flying: she herself blithely testified to flying to, and up and down, the East Coast…)

Graham will face an uphill battle, and I’m afraid nothing may come of it.  The same Dems who say Kav wasn’t entitled to due process because last week’s “hearing” wasn’t a criminal trial, will suddenly be all about  attorney-client confidentiality.  The Left is an irony-free zone.

We lawyers, each of us an officer of the court, an  officer of the law, are Liberty’s sword.  Shame, shame on the unworthy and perverse  among our number.

There are rules of our profession which prohibit such treachery and outright deceit toward the tribunal and toward the client.  Let’s see some enforcement.


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No More to Lose

I’d like to see Judge Kavanaugh sue Ford for slander.

Oh yeah, I know, Oscar Wilde’s debacle shows how dangerous that can be..and Judge K is  a “public figure” so, like,  almost impossible to win.

But there’s only one defense to a defamation action:

truth.

Could she prove truth?  When  all 4 eyewitnesses she named have sworn they cannot corroborate her accusation?  Even if they were to change their minds, well, that’d mean they already lied  under oath  once, so why believe ’em now?

what would happen  if Ford were actualLy subjected to a cross- examination? Y’know, about FACTS?

Well, if he doesn’t get confirmed, and the Dems pursue impeachment in his current judicial post, as they threaten, he will have no more to lose.


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Angry White Male

Diane Feinstein reminds me of someone, but it’s just now I realized who: Shelob.  She is the malevolent spider, she had Kavanaugh right at the heart of her web a few weeks ago, but–patience! Not yet! He will be even more succulent later, just on the very  verge of triumph, just when he thinks he’s safe…

Stripped and bloody, in agony, trammeled by the ancient spider’s sticky, heretofore invisible filament, Judge Kavanaugh stood before Congress this week.

A man who had everything, and who had now lost everything.

A man whose only consolation now (and it isn’t much) was this ONE chance to speak the truth.  ( Love it that they now refer to Ford’s testimony as “her truth”, as if, y’know, facts are at the service of the speaker..)

But, tsk tsk–he wept.  He railed. He raised his voice.

So now–(Shel0b  has already said it:) what further proof need we?

He does not have the “temperament” to serve on the Supreme Court.  So angry.

Yes, we have at last seen the “angry white male ” we heard so much about during Trump’s campaign. ( No, that wasn’t Trump, who was imperturbable and seemed to be having fun throughout,.)

Is it too much to hope the American people also saw WHY he was angry?

Is it too much to hope they might think, there but for the grace of God go we all?

To continue the Tolkien motif:Up, Sting, and slit the spider’s foul belly wide open.


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Pulling the Handmaid’s Tail

Heterosexual relations are now suspect.  I was recently told by a young woman  that a woman’s consent to sex has to be “enthusiastic and continuous”  or else it’s not really consensual.  In other words,  it’s rape  if the woman gets kinda bored before it’s over.  I guess we all hafta  be like Molly Bloom in the last few pages of Ulysses: yesyesyesyesyesyesyes……

In Atwood’s book there is a class of female sex slaves whose only purpose in life is breeding.   It’s the only way this society can perpetuate itself, because the upper class women are sterile. ( is that a  prescient vision of what has been demonstrated since the book came out (1985): the more education  women  receive, the fewer children they have?)

in other words, the normal, traditional means of finding and choosing  a biological mate from one’s own social and cultural milieu  have been fatally disrupted.

Just like now. 

This reminds me of the heady earlier days of Sisterhood, when feminists wanted to be completely free to pursue a career and  have children, a scenario which presupposed the existence of a class of female domestic servants.

If women of the best educated societal level will no longer participate in the mating game, which involves the preliminaries of sexual experimentation and parasexual byplay involved in sorting potential mates–

Then yes:  the only way to perpetuate the species (and I believe that is a “drive” which will assert itself) will indeed be to develop a class of breeders, like in Handmaid’s Tale and its worthier  predecessor in our canon: Brave New World. 

Girls, when you don those red Handmaid’s Tale costume habits this Halloween:

Don’t let those white blinders prevent you from seeing where you’re going. 


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Momentito!

All day I’ve been haunted by scenes of high school dorm life.  And I’m talkin’ a girls’ school!  But still :gross!

The occasion is of course “Kavanaugh third accuser”( although she does  not  accuse him, personally, of anything).  Still: Bad, I thought.  Real bad.

But  tonight,  I read that she’s 3 years his senior.

She graduated high school in 1980–and 2 years later,  she’s still going to many, many high school parties?  A college sophomore hangin with the high schoolers?

Who does that?

Besides, doesn’t that mean she was an adult in 1982? Over 18 , at  least, maybe even 20 years old?

If she didn’t graduate till she was 18, she might even have been 21: in which case, surely, she broke the law by not reporting all that underage drinking..

So, um, if anybody’s up for charges of illicit sex, it’s her.

  She’s trawling  these parties held  by minors where she knows they will be drunk, and knows there will be sex! 

Julie, you don’t smell too good…


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