Absent More Information, Kavanaugh Must Be Confirmed

 

This isn’t a matter of “credibility,” though that’s how the left is going to try to play it. It isn’t about “always believing the woman” (an idiotic concept). It’s about provable or disprovable evidence. Absent that, the Senate must do what it would have done had the accusation not been made.

Here’s why. The Senate has a Constitutional obligation to confirm or reject this appointment. While every Senator is free to use whatever criteria he or she chooses in determining how to vote, the Senate as a whole has a duty to uphold the Constitution — and that means that the Senate can’t act in such a way as to make fulfilling that Constitutional duty impossible for all future Senates and all future confirmations.

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What I Took Away From the PA Grand Jury Report

 

When I heard about the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse by priests, my reaction was “How can this still be going on?” I suspect that is what most people thought. I have now reviewed the report which I call the “Shapiro Report” after the state Attorney General (the report’s actual name is oddly non-descriptive) and wanted to discuss at least one takeaway. The report has caused a sensation on the news and Twitter with even conservative, Catholic commentators calling for heads-on-plates and withholding of gifts and tithes until the bishops come up with satisfactory answers. The report is largely prosecutorial in its tone and that makes sense since it comes out of the AG’s office. I would agree that it is a bombshell, but I suspect that is what the AG’s office was going for.

Before I reviewed this report, and I waited a while to do so, I decided to re-read the John Jay College of Criminal Justice report on clerical sexual abuse. That report was commissioned by the church in 2002 was in response to the Boston Globe “Spotlight” reports which also occurred that year. It was released two years later but starting in 2002 the Catholic Church adopted new policies concerning suspected child abuse for priests, lay people working with children, volunteers, and children themselves. The reason I am familiar with the report is that by 2007 or so I was volunteering in our parish as many folks do. I had to go through what is called VIRTUS training on how to spot and prevent child sexual abuse and I still have to update that training from time to time. This led me to seek out the John Jay report to help understand what had brought this all on. I can remember feeling a bit put upon at the time. After all, what did I do?

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Chairman’s Letter Breathes Fire Against Democrats’ Delaying Tactics on Kavanaugh

 

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, wrote a scorching letter Wednesday to committee Democrats concerning their handling of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Since many of the impartial firefighters in the DC press corps are only providing a few quotes in their effort to oppose Kavanaugh, I have reprinted the entire text below. In addition, I bolded several stand-out passages in which Grassley clarifies the misperceptions on the issue.

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Should All High Schoolers Be Believed?

 

I used to be a youth pastor. I was serving at a church in Minneapolis back in 1988; it was small, dying actually. It was a downtown church that started a hundred years earlier when the congregants lived downtown. Now the congregants lived in a variety of suburbs and only attended the church because their parents did. The students went to many different schools, and there was a challenge to establish community. I felt I needed to reach out to every student and build a relationship with each and every one.

One day I heard one of the students was homesick. Cindy (not her real name) was a high school senior, an attractive young woman who attended church regularly with her parents and youth activities sporadically. I thought it would be a nice thing to drop off a care package for her. I got a basket, filled it with oranges, cold medicine, and a fashion magazine. I drove it to her house. She came to the door, we chatted briefly and I left.

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Quite Possibly the Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard a Woman Say

 

And that’s saying a lot. Something called “Ana Marie Cox,” who was formerly the Executive Editor at something called suck.com (I stopped reading the Wikipedia entry at that point), has weighed in on the Kavanaugh controversy as follows (emphasis added):

We need to judge Brett Kavanaugh, not just by what he may or may not have done, but how he treats a woman’s pain. And that is something I’m going to be paying attention to on Monday. How does he respond to what’s happening. Whether or not he agrees that this happened with her, does he take her pain seriously? Do the people interrogating her pain take her pain seriously? Now, I’ll give you a spoiler alert, I don’t think Brett Kavanaugh takes women’s pain very seriously, and I know that because of the decisions he’s made as a judge.

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Senator Collins: A True Stateswoman in the Kavanaugh Brawl

 

Senator Susan Collins is my hero for the day. I am always wary of Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME) when any check on abortion-on-demand is at issue. However, Senator Collins has been a true stateswoman in the Kavanaugh hearings. She has sent a letter to Chairman Grassley, published on her Senate webpage, which will make the absolute best out of the mess intentionally created by Senator Feinstein.

Senator Collins proposed the Judiciary Committee hearing open with the attorneys for the accuser and the accused questioning the two of them. This would let the strongest questions be asked before Senators start grandstanding or pulling punches. Senator Grassley knows he has a problem: he has no female Senator on his side of the room, so the optics will be bad if they don’t roll over. The two attorneys are both women.

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Quote of the Day: Restore My Soul

 

Lord Peter Wimsey to the Vicar, Mr Tredgold in Dorothy Sayers’ Unnatural Death.

“S’posin’ one knows somebody who’s very, very ill and can’t last long anyhow. And they’re in awful pain and all that, and kept under morphia — practically dead to the world, you know…Well supposin’ somebody…was just to give ’em a little push off so to speak — hurry matters on…it doesn’t do the person any harm does it?”

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Christine Blasey Ford … It Makes Perfect Sense

 

Pretend you are a Democrat strategist. In 2018 that means that by definition you are a leftist. Your overarching mission is to shepherd the American evolution to a utopian collectivist state. As a prerequisite, the appeal of liberal democracy must first be weakened. Your job is to devise a strategy to undermine popular support for the United States Constitution.

Today, in the wake of the botched transformation of America (promised a decade ago), the enlightened social progress of the past century is suddenly imperiled. The health of the Living Constitution is under threat by a Supreme Court nominee — the second in two years — who respects that old, faded parchment written by white slaveholders over a hundred years ago.

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Then I Joined the Case … Now I’m An Abuser!

 

I’m going to begin with a confession. I’m an abuser of women.

In the Spring of 1979, my law enforcement fraternity went to a national conference in Sacramento. At the pool party after, one of my fraternity Brothers picked up one of my fraternity Sisters and threw her in the pool. (Yes, there were women in my chapter. It was an academic fraternity.) While he was carrying her, I tickled her feet, even though, or maybe because, I knew she didn’t like to have her feet touched.

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Why the Kavanaugh Accusations Enrage Me

 

There is a certain class of topics which excite my passions. I get particularly vexed and exercised when encountering stories of injustice — particularly injustice done in the name of or under the aegis of supposed righteousness.

That’s why stories like Cardinal Wuerl’s complicity in hiding and abetting a vast number of cases of priestly abuse anger me so deeply. Here you have an organization which is supposed to be the representative of the Heavenly Father on Earth, acting no better than a New York City teacher’s union, which puts intractably bad teachers into “rubber rooms.” It’s arguable that the Church acted worse, by putting those priests back into circulation to abuse again and again … all while obfuscating and frustrating attempts to investigate that very criminality.

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Me Too…

 

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No Excuses: Guns and Faith

 

We’ve arrived! My husband and I have taken a road trip, and the first part of our agenda is attending the Couples for Liberty five-day workshop at Hillsdale College—lessons on shooting guns and on understanding the Constitution. We originally signed up for the workshop in May, but we had court dates assigned for the same time and we had to be there. But we found out there were two slots open for Hillsdale’s September workshop. They let us make the switch, and we were delighted–

–until a few weeks ago I realized that Yom Kippur fell during the same week. (I thought I also had a conflict with Rosh Hashanah, but there wasn’t a scheduling problem.)

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If the Old US-China Game Is Over, What Comes Next?

 

Phrase it whatever way you prefer. As my CNBC colleague said today on “Squawk on the Street,” “I think the president is saying, ‘Hey, listen guys, you are not going to make as much money in China as you used to. That game is over.’”

Or as my AEI colleague Derek Scissors writes in a new blog post, “…the Sino-American economic relationship is going to shrink, sooner or later.”

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We May Not See the Tsunami Until It Is Upon Us

 

In two recent posts I discussed forecasts for the November midterms, including predictions about the potential for a Blue Wave and the odds of Republicans maintaining control of the Senate. But those polling numbers, interesting as they are, may not capture an aspect of the forthcoming blue wave. That aspect was touched on recently by both Sen. Ben Sasse on the latest episode of The Remnant and Harry Enten writing at CNN: Turnout sometimes just overwhelms the polling.*

It’s important to understand how pollsters operate. They don’t just call up 1,038 random people and the chips fall where they may. Pollsters balance the sample they look at based on what they think turnout will look like on Election Day. Using dissimilar turnout models, two different pollsters, working from the same data set, could come up with different numbers. So pollsters make educated guesses as to what the turnout will be in a various elections, based on voter enthusiasm.

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S.O.B.

 

Order and Laughter

101 years ago today, my father, Eaton Jackson Bowers, III, known to all as “Jack,” was born. A walking bundle of contradictions, he crackled and sparked with energy like a severed high voltage wire, and had only two speeds: high and asleep. Always impatient but ever dutiful, he loved to travel, but hated change. He dressed impeccably, practiced straight-laced Victorian manners, and kept all his things orderly and polished to perfection. Outwardly he was the grand Southern Gentleman, charming, hospitable and openhanded.

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Me and Brett and the Aliens

 

It happened sometime during the summer of 1997. My recollection of the events is a little bit fuzzy because the memory itself is now old enough to buy a drink, and I never bothered to write it down … besides, who would write something like this down? It might prove embarrassing later.

At any rate, that was the summer between my high school graduation and starting college, and I was working as an intern in the lab at my father’s office. My folks had left for the week on a trip and taken my younger sister with them, so I was watching the house by myself. After I got home that night (again, I can’t recall if it was a Monday … but whatever) I went about my business of sorting out the animals and fixing some food. That’s when I got an unexpected knock on our door.

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Hypocrite’s Tale

 

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Welcome to Seattle

 

Seattle’s Mayor, Jenny Durkan, held a town-hall meeting in Lake City, in North Seattle. Here is a bit of what happened (from the KOMO web site):

“The city government works for the people, and more and more these days there’s more disconnect between people and their government,” Mayor Durkan said. “I think it’s really important to get into communities and listen to what’s working, what’s not working, how we can get better.”

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How Much is a Jewish Life Worth?

 

On Sunday morning, we awoke to the terrible news: Ari Fuld, a fierce advocate for Israel both on and offline, had been tragically murdered while shopping for his family. Ari’s full name is Aryeh, which means lion, and like the lion he was, despite getting stabbed in an artery, he managed to get up, chase his attacker, jump a wall, and neutralized him with a pistol before collapsing.

In the wake of his funeral, a family friend has put together a fund to benefit his wife and four children. As of this writing, it had raised almost half a million dollars from around the world.

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No! Just, No!

 

Sorry, but with all due respect to everyone trying to be respectful and even-handed, the Senate should not devote a single second, a tenth of a second, a microsecond, to the supposed charges against Brett Kavanaugh.

Line it up. Senator Feinstein has for over a month sat on an unsubstantiated 30-year-old allegation of teenage misconduct brought by a progressive activist against a respected jurist, and then brought it forward at the last minute in an attempt to stall the process and if not thwart the nomination, to smear the integrity of the nominee so that he is forever tainted.

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Trump Orders Declassification of FISA-Related Documents

 

From the White House:

At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

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Right Angles, Legal Correspondent, Reporting from Washington!

 

Right Angles, Legal Correspondent, Reporting from Washington!

Amid all the controversy swirling around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a new bombshell! This reporter has learned of yet another dire accusation against the beleaguered judge, and I will share it with you now. I think you’ll agree that this will sink this nomination for good:

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