So on the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the American left is resurrecting their role in one of the most sickening episodes in modern history.
Allow me to hold my nose and recap. Kavanaugh was nominated last summer by President Trump to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy. Replacing a moderate with a reliable conservative was more than the Left could stomach. After the confirmation hearings which turned up nothing apart from a sterling record of jurisprudence, we learned of an alleged “smoking gun.” Christine Blasey Ford claimed Kavanaugh and a friend drunkenly groped her in high school. Ford offered compelling testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but it was missing a key element. Contemporary corroborating evidence. Everyone else whom she said was there denied anything happened.
After that came other allegations against Kavanaugh—each more unbelievable than the previous one. They got so outlandish as to be comical. Yet, the media solemnly treated each as though they were the gospel. The New York Times and Washington Post’s pages were teeming with stories that had little do with the truth and everything about the alleged “culture” of DC-area Boy’s Prep schools in the early 1980’s. It was the Duke Lacrosse Case all over again. Everything rich, white and male was assumed to be evil.
The allegations were crafted as they were for a reason. Proving a negative is impossible, especially 35 years after the fact. As such, Kavanaugh was in a no-win situation. People were demanding he prove that he did NOT try to rape someone. 35 years ago. As a drunken teenager.
Fortunately enough Republicans in the Senate saw the shitshow for what it was and confirmed Kavanaugh. Voters evidently remembered as well. Two vulnerable Senate Democrats who were calling for Kavanaugh’s head on a pike were ousted a couple of months later in their re-election bids. Elections have consequences.
In the year since, Kavanaugh has proven to NOT be a rubber-stamp for Conservative positions. He has even earned praised from liberal judicial icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But to the Left, he has remained the epitome of evil white privilege.
This weekend, the New York Times published an article based on a review of an upcoming book by two Times reporters. You know, reporters. The unbiased/unimpeachable/totally non-partisan arbiters of the truth. “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation” was written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.
The article regurgitated Deborah Ramirez’s story that a drunken Kavanaugh flashed her at a party at Yale and put his private parts in her face. Ramirez’s original testimony admitted she was very drunk at the time. The Times article quotes another man who claimed he saw it. But further scrutiny reveals he only heard someone talk about it. That is quite different. Someone who is a reporter should know that.
Molly Hemingway with the Federalist actually got a copy of the book. She reports that the Times article left one a pretty crucial detail:
“The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event. Seems, I don’t know, significant.”
After about 36 hours of this horseshit marinating in the public consciousness, the Times FINALLY noted that what they printed was actually debunked by other reporting in the book that the piece was excerpted from.
In days of media accountability and honesty (yes, such days existed) an editor would get fired for allowing a columnist to omit such a crucial fact from their story. The columnist would be fired and blacklisted. And no, I don’t want to hear “well at least they ADMITTED their mistake and tried to fix it!” That ship left port some time ago. It is not a “mistake” when you continue to do it. And when the “mistakes” all flow in one direction, they are not mistakes.
This weekend, the top two trends on Twitter were #ImpeachKavanaugh and #KavanaughLied. Kamala Harris and other Democratic Presidential candidates called for impeachment hearings. Perpetual Pandering ain’t easy.
So…why all of this? Well clearly the Times is interested in helping their reporters sell books. That they have to revisit one of their sorriest chapters and further defame a man whose only provable sin is disagreeing with them seems like a minor concern to the Times. Or maybe even something MORE sinister is involved.
Ginsberg is not healthy. Having Trump able to nominate her replacement will give the court a strong conservative majority. This same court is poised to take up cases soon on gun rights and other seminal issues that *should* be handled legislatively—but have far too often been remanded to the judicial system for resolution.
Could the continual slamming of Kavanaugh as “illegitimate” be paving the way to provide moral cover for states who don’t want to abide by certain SCOTUS rulings? A 21st century form of “massive resistance?” If the High Court rules that Trump can rescind DACA, will some states claim the ruling null and void because it came from three justices (Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Thomas) that they despise as see as less-than-legitimate? If the high court rules that a citizenship question CAN be added to the Census, will certain states revolt?
Jeez I hate this. I look terrible in tinfoil.
As for this craptacular article, The New York Times will get away with this because the standard of proof to claim libel or slander against the media is high. And I still think that is a good thing. A free press should have reasonable protections in order to be “free.” But in the court of public opinion, the verdict has long since been rendered.
I realize it’s a classic case of “not all leftists” who have behaved poorly in the wake of David Koch’s death. But there have been enough to give me pause.
The Koch brothers being cast as evil incarnate was mostly created through the efforts of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…and amplified by many willing accomplices. While cowardly using the immunity offered by speaking on the Senate Floor, the odious Reid blasted the Koch brothers, accusing them of trying to “buy the country”. He called the Kochs “un-American” for their right-wing activities. From there, it was easy to cast them in the role of villain. Remember, this was years before the American left had Donald Trump upon whom to train their sights.
It was textbook Saul Alinsky. Identify a target, and throw everything you’ve got against it. And it stuck. Before Trump burst on to the national political scene, the Koch Brothers held the mantle of “rich guys the left loves to hate.”
It’s not surprising for nameless, faceless posters surfing the fiery edges of 4-Chan and Reddit to say despicable things about someone who’s died. That’s what they do. But the number of verified leftists who gleefully cheered about David Koch’s demise, hoping that he suffered exquisitely before he passed, was enough to turn my stomach.
The mainstream media even got a few sidelong blows in. In announcing Koch’s death on Friday, the New York Times described him as a funder of the “right-wing libertarian movement.” That is, to put it charitably, a very clumsy description. The L.A. Weekly called him an “infamous right-wing billionaire”. OK.
Here’s the thing. The Kochs were not even Conservative—at least not by the contemporary definition. David Koch was a supporter of gay rights, abortion rights, drug legalization, and much else that does not fall under the current “right wing” agenda. As a Libertarian Presidential candidate, Koch advocated for the abolition of Social Security, the FBI, the CIA, and public schools. Later, he said government should consider defense spending cuts and tax increases to balance the budget. That’s edging in to liberal/progressive ideals. Koch industries has also been a conspicuous supporter of Justice Reform, specifically efforts to reduce sentences and lower incarceration rates. Over the past couple of years, Koch Industries has been involved in the immigration debate, supporting immigration reform—-including legal paths to citizenship for DACA recipients and reforms to the existing visa lottery program. This is at odds with President Trump. That is usually a recipe to earn you LOTS of brownie points from the Left.
They were conspicuous philanthropists. The Koch Foundations have kicked in an estimated $1.5 billion or so to an array of causes and institutions most liberals love. Those include public television, medical research, higher education, environmental stewardship, criminal justice reform and the arts. The theater in which the New York City Ballet performs facility had become run down. The Kochs put up $100 million for renovations and ongoing maintenance. A more detailed list of their philanthropy would take all day to compile.
But that’s not good enough. The far left demands total ideological purity. And if you work against their holiest of holies, Climate Change and Universal Health Care, then you are eligible for the full range of their fury. In these two areas David Koch was unambiguously libertarian. And that was MORE than enough for hard-left Progressives to actively celebrate his death…and in some cases, wish the brothers a speedy reunion.
The demonization of the Koch Brothers is the perfect modern-day example of political and social scapegoating. The facts of the life and times of David Koch suggest a complicated history of wealth, altruism and activism—a story that does not so nearly fit into the binary “Right vs. Left” paradigm. But no…people were told to hate them. So they hated them. Even beyond the grave.
Seeing how the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has behaved in the aftermath of David Koch’s death further convinces me they should be in charge of nothing more substantial than a lemonade stand.
So let’s recap, shall we?
Israel this week denied a requested visit from two members of the US Congress. Rashida Tlaib (pictured, left) and Ilhan Omar are vocal supporters of the BDS movement, which encourages governments and private business to divest themselves of economic cooperation with Israeli entities.
By Israeli law, any supporter of the BDS movement is NOT to be allowed into their nation. As such they were denied entry. Predictably, Omar and Tlaib shifted to their default “victim” setting. They claimed the denial was over their religion and their magical “women of color” status.
Tlaib took to Facebook and pointed out that this would deny her what would likely be her final chance to see her 90-year old grandmother. The Israeli interior minister offered her a chance to apply for a Humanitarian visit instead. As part of that, Tlaib would have to promise not to participate in any anti-Israeli activities during her visit.
Tlaib made the formal request and agreed to the terms. The Ministry then granted her request. This morning, Tlaib publically announced she would decline. She said,
“I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”
Wait a minute, dunce. You *agreed* to their terms in a letter requesting the visit. Specifically, you promised to “respect any restrictions” and “not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit.” And when they agreed, you suddenly decided their terms were “racist and oppressive.”
It’s obvious to anyone paying attention what your gambit was here. If Israel had denied the request you would have deployed “Full Metal Victim” mode, claiming the apartheid state was preventing a “woman of color” from doing nothing more than visit her grandmother, despite your agreeing to the terms of the visit. But even with their approval, you have still sickeningly deployed the victim card, claiming their terms were racist and oppressive.
As has been seen so often in the long Israeli-Arab feud, most of what we see is carefully-orchestrated psy-ops. Presenting a narrative with staged evidence to buttress one’s stance.
Rep. Tlaib….you are a filthy snake. You don’t give a flying f*ck about your “sity.” At least no more than she can be used to push your anti-Israel narrative. You are willing to forego what might be your last opportunity to see your grandmother because what’s the point of even going if you can’t trash Israel?
In short, your hatred for Israel eclipses any love you may have for your grandmother. But who are we kidding? You don’t have “love” for anyone or anything. Only unbridled and limitless hate.
In their Sunday edition yesterday, the Washington Post devoted an entire page showing the name of EVERY victim of mass shootings in the United States over the past 50 years. I’m sure it was meant to be a powerful and thought-provoking image. But the thoughts it provoked in me were probably NOT the ones the Post’s Editorial Staff intended.
Since 1966 there have been 165 mass shootings in the United States with 1196 victims. Employing simple math (we’re still allowed to do that, right?) shows that 22 people a year are killed in mass shootings in a country of more than 300 million people.
This is what one of my PoliSci professors at Virginia Tech called, “virulent innumeracy.” That is to say, trying to take something that is exceedingly rare and make it appear MUCH more common by presenting it in an emotionally-charged manner. The goal, of course, being to use the emotional impetus from those presentations of facts to spur major policy changes.
How rare are fatal mass shooting victims? Well, consider that 700,000 people have died in the US since the AIDS epidemic began. That comes out to more than 25K annually. Last year alone, 70-thousand people died of opioid abuse. According to the National Weather Service, the number of fatal lightning strikes in the US each eclipsed 25 in all but two years over the past decade.
If you want a political spin, consider partial-birth abortions—the procedure that abortion supporters assure us is as rare as an oyster in the desert. There are 10,000-12,000 such abortions every year. That is 700% greater than the number of mass shooting victims.
It goes without saying that any senseless death is tragic and we should always endeavor to do better. But that effort should also reflect the severity of the problem. No one feels compelled to reduce the national speed limit to 20 MPH in order to cut into the number of highway automobile deaths. There is a reason for that.
And when the proposed solutions to an issue begin inching into Constitutional territory, the “problem” we’re addressing had best be on the level of the Bubonic Plague. If you are going to talk about taking away gun rights, at least acknowledge you are messing with a constitutional right on par with freedom of religion, voting, free speech, privacy. And then treat that with the gravity it deserves.
In a nation full of *thinkers,* this effort at emotional blackmail by the Washington Post would fall flat. People would run the numbers and see that mass shootings are comparatively quite rare. Sure, there would be concern over the recent upward trend, and a willingness to explore reasons why that is the case. But people would also see that since these are such rare occurrences, chipping away at basic Constitutional rights as a response would be (pardon the pun) overkill.
Unfortunately, we are NOT a nation of thinkers. We have been conditioned to be a nation of *feelers.* As such, this effort will join many other emotional appeals being pushed by politicians and pop culture to make people more open to the idea that mass shootings are as common as bad traffic…and drastic action is needed…NOW.
Yes…politicians lie, exaggerate, demagogue and pander 24/7. That’s what they do. If we raised hell every time this happened we wouldn’t have time to take a piss.
But this goes beyond the usual partisan hackery. This is borderline libel—and 100% inappropriate.
Today marked the five-year anniversary of the fatal confrontation involving Michael Brown and a police officer in Ferguson-Missouri. No need to re-hash the details. We remember it all too well…and the violence that followed when a Grand Jury concluded there was not enough evidence to indict the officer.
What far too many people choose NOT to remember are the results of two separate Justice Department probes. They concluded that there was no credible evidence Brown held up his hands and said “Don’t Shoot” after Officer Darren Wilson drew his gun. Did you read that? The whole “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that developed in the wake of the shooting? IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. A rational person would feel pretty damned stupid after adopting a narrative based on something that was fabricated. But that didn’t stop this lie from becoming accepted as the truth by many.
Most of the Democratic Presidential candidates today marked the five-year anniversary. For the most part, they focused on the incident, and the subsequent formation of Black Lives Matter. But two of the front-runners took it a disgusting step further. Below are the comments of Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
Words mean things. “Murder” has a very specific meaning. Harris, as a former prosecutor, most certainly knows what it means. Warren, as a former Harvard Law Professor, most certainly knows what it means. Murder is the non-justifiable taking of a human life. Murder does NOT include what happened five years ago in Ferguson-Missouri. Every single inquiry showed it was a justifiable shoot.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder made this a cause celebe in 2014. If there were ANYTHING wrong with this shooting you can bet your life savings that Holder’s DOJ would have uncovered it. But they didn’t. Because it was a clean shoot. A terrible incident, but one where the blame rested SOLELY with the deceased.
These comments should be immediately retracted and a sincere apology offered to Officer Darren Wilson. But since both Warren and Harris are liberal media darlings, they don’t have a thing to worry about. It is highly unlikely they will face a tough round of questioning from the reporters who follow their campaigns. They check enough “Woke Boxes” to permit them to get away with most anything.
Being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry. Even if you indirectly accuse someone of murder.
Would you like to see Fake News? I mean—not just Fake News. But pure unadulterated horseshit? Here you go. Fresh from this afternoon with the Daily Beast.
A photo made the rounds last night of a bunch of high school boys wearing Mitch McConnell t-shirts kissing, “choking,” and giving the thumbs-down to a cardboard cutout of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It, of course, was stupid and idiotic. And of course AOC made an issue of it since she is the queen of Passive-Aggressive Victimhood.
Mitch McConnell’s re-election team responded, saying these were high schoolers, not members of their campaign staff. “Team Mitch in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning act toward life-sized cardboard cutouts of any gender.”
Enter the Daily Beast. Their headline said something that McConnell’s campaign not only did not say…but did not even IMPLY. (see below)
Of course, the sub-moronic AOC re-tweeted the article using the fabricated phrase, “Boys will be Boys.” And the reliably-shitty Newsweek followed up with a story on AOC’s re-tweet of a quote THAT WAS NEVER SAID!
Within hours “Boys will be Boys” will be trending on Twitter…it will be the go-to phrase for Feminist rage-harpies as they rail against Mitch McConnell…it will trigger PTSD in people who still think Brett Kavanaugh was a serial rapist.
And nothing will happen. Tomorrow, another suck-ass media outlet will follow the Dan Rather Principle and try to discern motivations, rather than merely reporting facts. They will falsely attribute words to a (conservative) source—and we’ll do the same effing thing on Thursday, Friday, etc. etc.
And liberals will be mystified as to why no one trusts the media.
Once again…”Fake News” doesn’t have to contain factually incorrect information. More often it simply amplifies misleading information while minimizing or ignoring clarifying information.
Example #41,981,023 appeared in a photo released overnight by the Reuters Wire Service. It shows a woman, a child and a soldier in a desert area. This is the official caption Reuters used.
I must say this is pretty masterfully crafted. The caption does not mention the soldier’s nationality. The clear implication is that he is American, since the Narrative tells us that every American involved in border enforcement is a Bigoted/Nazi/Fascist/Trumpian/Puppy-Kicker. It was designed to create responses ranging from the solemn (“This is Trump’s America), to much more indignant diatribes.
The photo, however, did not include some crucial context. This is a Mexican soldier who stopped them in Mexico. The photo is intentionally angled low enough not to show any of the flags or ID on his uniform because that would let everyone know this is a Mexican soldier. That changes the photo’s dynamic. By quite a bit. What blows it into angstrom-sized pieces is information that is buried in the EIGHTH PARAGRAPH of the accompanying story.
“Lopez Obrador’s spokesman Jesus Ramirez said the image was an example of the National Guard doing its job of looking after public security. He said the soldier did not impede Perez from crossing, but advised her of the dangers of doing so.”
That’s right. Not only is this not an evil American guard…it’s a Mexican guard. And he’s NOT preventing them from crossing the border…he is merely advising them on the perils of the subsequent journey. Technically, she’s begging to be let out of Mexico.
Like all Fake News, this information is presented in such a manner so as to provide the news outlet plausible deniability once they’re called out. That can argue that the caption includes no mention of the soldier’s nationality…and that the clarifying information IS included in the story.
But again, Reuters and other progenitors of Fake News know that 75-80% of their consumers do not look past the picture and/or headline of a story. This was crafted in such a way to generate maximum outrage from those who oppose Trump’s border policies; while burying information about the photo that does not jibe with the narrative. Reuters engineered this to be shared by angry Trump opponents, while maintaining their journalistic integrity—or whatever remains of it.
One upshot is that the photo and it’s gross misrepresentation is bringing one uncomfortable fact to light. Mexican soldiers are doing FAR more to secure the US border than are American Democrats.