Missing the Point

4F0152DA-31D5-4157-9910-024E50A64B8DWhether you believe Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford and the other women who have accused him of sexual misconduct is not really the point. Even if the FBI’s further background check did not uncover anything to corroborate the accusations, Kavanaugh’s demeanor during last Thursday’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee should be enough to disqualify him from a seat on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh entered that hearing room full of vitriol and animosity. He came in with both guns blazing. He delivered an angry, partisan tirade, treated several Democratic senators with abject contempt, and was evasive in responding to direct questioning. He also told a number of lies while under a sworn oath.

So put aside, if you can, the matter of sexual assault. Even if Kavanaugh hadn’t been accused of sexual misconduct, or lied under oath to the Senate, or identified himself as the victim of a pro-Clinton conspiracy, his behavior last week was disqualifying, his conduct unbecoming of any judge, much less one bound for the highest court in the land.

As to the FBI investigation, it was clear that, with the imposed restrictions of a limited investigation in a limited time period, the outcome was a foregone conclusion. “There’s nothing to see here.” So now the Republicans have political cover to elevate someone to the Supreme Court who has demonstrated that he lacks the temperament for the position.

But this, it seems, is the way in Trump’s America.

80 thoughts on “Missing the Point

    • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 10:21 am

      I knew there was a reason I liked Cory Booker.

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    • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 10:32 am

      That’s a lot of people’s position, but Cory is black and Democrat. So you’ve made your point.

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  1. Paula Light October 4, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I believe Brett was disqualified based on his shady finances and I’m disgusted with the wimpy Democrats for failing to hammer him on them early on. There was no need for this later sexual she said he said stuff. That said, I can buy Brett doesn’t remember half the shit he did at parties in HS and college because he was blackout drunk. So were his buddies. But he did lie under oath about his drinking, at minimum. It’s maddening now that the formerly undecided Senators are satisfied with that joke of an FBI report. How can that possibly be thorough? Oh, and is this the same FBI the right professes to despise because it’s full of deep-state Dems who hate Trump. But now the FBI is great cuz they gave the fratboy a pass. Bwahahahaha!

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    • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      When I was in school, I couldn’t just turn in a lot of paper with whatever typed on it and call it comprehensive. But anyway, you’re right. We didn’t even need to get here. And besides the big red flags we could already see, he was evasive (and dishonest) in earlier hearings as well. But now we know the answer to any question is “I was captain of the basketball team, I played football, I went to Yale, I worked my butt off.”

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  2. Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Actually by persuing baseless accusations of rape, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. The Democratic senators on the judiciary committee have not only undermined both the constitution and the Bill of rights. They have violated their path of office and committed treason against the American people. As well as proven that they do not have the temperament nor the integrity to required to fill their Senate seats.

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    • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      You obviously have no clue how our system/rule of law works, Dab…Dal…

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      • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 3:05 pm

        Having lived for over half a century I have a better idea of how our system and the rule of law is susposed to work as opposed to how it actually works.

        Indeed you are contributing to the corruption of the judical system by continuing to slander Brett Kavanaugh in spite of the fact that he is innocent of the false accusations levied against him.

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          • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 3:21 pm

            Wrong Again. It just so happens that false accusations of rape, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are far more common than most people realize.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 3:25 pm

              @Dabir. Please state your source for this revelation.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 3:34 pm

              Many years ago the us air force conducted a study of female personal who alleged they had been raped to avoid a charge of awol by returning late from leave. It was discovered that 60% of the accusations were false.

              During the Kobe Bryant rape trial a former prosecutor, who’d successfully won convictions of rape against the men he’d prosecuted, served as a media consultant. He estimated, based on his own professional experience, that 45% of rape accusations are false.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 4:11 pm

              Please cite the specific articles. Are you also aware that rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:18 pm

              Are you aware that it was democratic politicians who ushered in the the Jim Crow Era. Who would hang black men simply on the basis of a white woman’s word?

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:38 pm

              I rebloged your post on my blog and placed the source as a comment. You can read it there.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 7:42 pm

              Two wrongs don’t make a right. Indeed you are doing exactly what you are accusing President Trump of doing.

              If this continues the day will come when a woman’s career and life will be just as easily dedtroyed by a False accusation.

              Is that the world you want to live in?

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            • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 8:27 pm

              Duh? Maybe you could stop falsely accusing people.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 8:28 pm

              The difference in you and I is that I am telling the truth.

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            • Marleen October 5, 2018 / 12:46 am

              Lie detector tests (polygraphs) are for men and women (not only women)… just to clear up that confusion.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 5, 2018 / 5:05 am

              There was no confusion except for your own misconception in regard to lie detector tests.

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            • Marleen October 5, 2018 / 5:54 am

              So all you’re really doing is hoping Brett or ol’ Bart himself will never change his story — not even if he fails a lie detector test. Got it.

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            • Fandango October 5, 2018 / 7:42 am

              Marleen, forget about responding to this guy. It’s a lost cause. He’s an asshole, and all he’s doing is bating you.

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            • Marleen October 5, 2018 / 8:25 am

              It was fine to point out the logic (and heart), but I’ll drop it.

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        • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 3:18 pm

          He may or may not be innocent of the accusations (although I don’t think he is innocent), but he’s definitely not innocent of lying under oath during a Senate hearing and he’s not innocent of lacking the temperament, judgement, and demeanor to be a Supreme Court justice.

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          • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 3:27 pm

            Not only is he innocent but his willingness to defend himself by not allowing the democrats on the committee walk all over him. Is compelling proof that he does indeed have the temperament to serve on the highest court in the land.

            On the other hand those on the left have unintentionally demonstrated the depth of their own depravity and lack of honesty and integrity.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 3:31 pm

              And I suppose you think Trump has the temperament to serve as POTUS. If you say yes, that says it all. I think it’s time for you to pick up your football and go home.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 3:36 pm

              It’s long past time for you to stop lying to yourself and take a good long look in the mirror.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 4:41 pm

              Okay, enough. Keep this crap up and I’ll block you.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:44 pm

              That’s cowards and losers do when they lose a debate. As I said before I rebloged your post and placed the information in a comment. I strongly suggest you read it.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:03 pm

              I’m neither left nor right and in the past l have criticized those on the right just as much as those on the left.

              I could not vote for either Trump nor Clinton with a clear conscience during the last election.

              That said the reaction and actions of the left towards President Trump have clearly shown beyond the shadow of a doubt:

              The willingness of the left including the mainstream media, the democrats and left leaning activists to deliberately with both malice and forethought: to lie, distort, align and outright falsely accuse those who oppose them of the very same moral depravity, sexual perversion and crimes of which they themselves are guilty.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 4:44 pm

              I said enough. Go peddle your bullshit elsewhere.

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    • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Well, you are entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong you are.

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      • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 3:19 pm

        My opinion is based on personal experience and 25 + years of researching these issues. As opposed to the outright lies manufactuated by the femonist and their allies.

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        • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 3:24 pm

          Years of research watching Fox News and Breitbart.com? Based on MY personal experience and MY 25+ years of researching these issues, you are delusional, mistaken, and uninformed.

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          • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 4:21 pm

            Whether someone is guilty or not, dab…dal… the possibility of innocence doesn’t mean no one should listen to an accusation at all. The logic of people like you is if a tree falls in the woods, it didn’t happen if more than one person didn’t hear it. And if more than one did hear, hide as many away as possible [or pay them hush money].

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:28 pm

              Guilt has to be established beyond the shadow of a doubt by evidence – not mere accusations.

              If you were really serious about this issue you would also go after the Democratic politicians accused of rape, and other violent crimes against women instead of ignoring them.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 4:48 pm

              “Guilt has to be established beyond the shadow of a doubt by evidence – not mere accusations.” That’s true in a court of law. The hearing in the Senate is not a court of law. It’s to determine if someone is suitable for the job for which he is being considered. But given your inability to comprehend, I’m not surprised that you fail to understand that.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:52 pm

              This was no ordinary job interview since Kavanaugh testified under the threat of being charged with perjury if he was caught lying.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:58 pm

              On the other hand Ford testified under oath and made an unsubstantiated accusation that she could not prove. She now needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law possible along with those who aidded and abetted her.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 5:02 pm

              Dabir, please stop monopolizing my post. You and I do not agree and there’s nothing you can do to change my mind, and nor is there anything I can do to change your mind. So give it a rest.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 5:26 pm

              Fandango if you can not stand the heat of being disagreed with, you are better off staying out of the kitchen.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 6:39 pm

              Dabir, YOU are the one who is standing in MY kitchen and you’re making a mess. So run off and play in your own kitchen, please.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 4:59 pm

              And yet he lied anyway.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 5:03 pm

              Do you even realize that by continuing to defame Kavanaugh publicly without proof that you are guilty of commiting a crime: it is called defamation of character.

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  3. J-Dub October 4, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Exactly! I am sickened by this entire circus. Very depressing.

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    • Sight11 October 4, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      As I said in the earlier post this comment box seems also foreign to me except Jim, what’s up buddy..?

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      • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 9:47 pm

        Well, some far right asshole hijacked the comments section on this post. So yeah, it seems kinda foreign to me too.

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  4. Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Falling Star Burning Brightly and commented:
    http://www.mediaradar.org/research_on_false_rape_allegations.php

    About Half of Rape Allegations are False, Research Shows

    False allegations of rape are believed to be more common than many persons realize. These are the findings of four research studies:

    A review of 556 rape accusations filed against Air Force personnel found that 27% of women later recanted. Then 25 criteria were developed based on the profile of those women, and then submitted to three independent reviewers to review the remaining cases. If all three reviewers deemed the allegation was false, it was categorized as false. As a result, 60% of all allegations were found to be false.1 Of those women who later recanted, many didn’t admit the allegation was false until just before taking a polygraph test. Others admitted it was false only after having failed a polygraph test.2

    In a nine-year study of 109 rapes reported to the police in a Midwestern city, Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin reported that in 41% of the cases the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred.3

    In a follow-up study of rape claims filed over a three-year period at two large Midwestern universities, Kanin found that of 64 rape cases, 50% turned out to be false.4 Among the false charges, 53% of the women admitted they filed the false claim as an alibi.5

    According to a 1996 Department of Justice report, “in about 25% of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI, … the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing.6 It should be noted that rape involves a forcible and non-consensual act, and a DNA match alone does not prove that rape occurred. So the 25% figure substantially underestimates the true extent of false allegations.

    And according to former Colorado prosecutor Craig Silverman, “For 16 years, I was a kick-ass prosecutor who made most of my reputation vigorously prosecuting rapists. … I was amazed to see all the false rape allegations that were made to the Denver Police Department. … A command officer in the Denver Police sex assaults unit recently told me he placed the false rape numbers at approximately 45%.”7

    According to the FBI, about 95,000 forcible rapes were reported in 2004.8 Based on the statements and studies cited above, some 47,000 American men are falsely accused of rape each year. These men are disproportionately African-American.9

    Some of these men are wrongly convicted, sentenced, and imprisoned. Even if there is no conviction, a false allegation of rape can “emotionally, socially, and economically destroy a person.”10

    1 McDowell CP. False allegations. Forensic Science Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 1985

    2 Ibid.

    3 Kanin EJ. An alarming national trend: False rape allegations. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1994 http://www.sexcriminals.com/library/doc-1002-1.pdf

    4 Ibid., p. 2, Kanin reports that in the city studied, “for a declaration of false charge to be made, the complainant must admit that no rape had occurred. … The police department will not declare a rape charge as false when the complainant, for whatever reason, fails to pursue the charge or cooperate on the case, regardless how much doubt the police may have regarding the validity of the charge. In short, these cases are declared false only because the complainant admitted they are false. … Thus, the rape complainants referred to in this paper are for completed forcible rapes only. The foregoing leaves us with a certain confidence that cases declared false by this police agency are indeed a reasonable — if not a minimal — reflection of false rape allegations made to this agency, especially when one considers that a finding of false allegation is totally dependent upon the recantation of the rape charge.”

    5 Ibid., Addenda.

    6 Connors E, Lundregan T, Miller N, McEwen T. Convicted by juries, exonerated by science: Case studies in the use of DNA evidence to establish innocence after trial. June 1996http://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles/dnaevid.txt

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    • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Kavanaugh didn’t want to take a polygraph test.

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      • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 6:24 pm

        So what polygraph tests are not inadmissible as evidence.

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        • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 6:41 pm

          Again, Dabir, you’re talking about a court of law, which is not what a Senate hearing to evaluate a nominee is. It’s not that difficult to understand that.

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          • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 6:49 pm

            As in a Court of law Ford testified under oath without providing evidence that backed up her story. If The Senate votes to reject Kavanaugh based on her story his career will be destroyed; leaving him liable to prosecution for perjury and branded as guilty as charged.

            Hence the same rules of evidence used in a Court room do indeed apply!

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 7:11 pm

              Please Dabir, I’m begging you. Go play in your own sandbox.

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            • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 7:14 pm

              As long as you and Marleen continue to challenge me I will respond.

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            • Fandango October 4, 2018 / 7:27 pm

              Is that all it will take to be rid of you? Fine, I will simply ignore you going forward. Nighty nite.

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      • Dabir Dalton October 4, 2018 / 6:29 pm

        As the accuser the onus was on Ford to prove her accusation was true – she didn’t and her story was so full of holes that it is clear she was lying.

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      • Marleen October 4, 2018 / 6:56 pm

        Dab… Dal… said (Oct. 4th 4:32),

        Of those women who later recanted, many didn’t admit the allegation was false until just before taking a polygraph test. Others admitted it was false only after having failed a polygraph test.

        And, then…
        October 4, 2018 / 6:24 pm he says,
        So what polygraph tests are not [sic.] inadmissible as evidence.

        What wrong with you, Dab. I’m paying attention. Are you?

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  5. James October 5, 2018 / 4:58 am

    At the risk of being called names again, I tend to agree that there’s a missed point to be considered, and in my opinion this is it (sorry, I didn’t get to this sooner, but I had a long day yesterday).

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    • Fandango October 5, 2018 / 7:40 am

      If Kavanaugh’s nomination goes through, the real losers are the American people and the integrity of Congress and a trust in the institutions (including the Supreme Court) that run this country.

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      • Marleen October 5, 2018 / 8:31 am

        I think that might be what they want.

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      • James Pyles October 5, 2018 / 10:34 am

        As I mentioned in that post, plus the one I wrote today, I think the American political process is toast no matter how the vote goes.

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        • Marleen October 5, 2018 / 11:16 am

          I tuned into Tucker Carlson recently again. It’s always surreal and extremely disappointing (so are other shows there). One of the bizarre things he said as if he was serious was that the current ACLU is messing up an ACLU that the right has liked all this time.

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  6. Melanie B Cee October 5, 2018 / 11:51 am

    “….this is the way in Trump’s AmeriKa…” Yeah. Dammit. 😡 Can we individually secede?

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