Latest on Kavanaugh
Sixty-five women who knew Judge Brett Kavanaugh in high school have signed a statement vouching for his good character and denying that they ever heard of him doing anything objectionable. And to his critics, that’s proof that he must be...guilty? While you shake off your mental whiplash, I’ll explain: if his defenders didn’t know there was some awful claim against him out there, they wouldn’t have been ready with to gather all those signatures it so quickly, so that proves it (whatever “it” is) must be true! After all, it’s not as if there’s some futuristic communications medium that allows you to instantly contact a bunch of people you went to high school with.
If you think that’s pathetic, you should know that they’re also now, to quote the National Review's David French, using Kavanaugh's good character against him. The left is attacking him as a potential sex creep because he coaches his daughters’ basketball teams and has made it a point to hire female law clerks.
So to be clear: if you support girls’ sports and giving women job opportunities, you’re a potential sex predator -- and if you don’t, you’re a sexist. Either way, you’re disqualified for the Supreme Court! I guess to the left, the only thing that doesn’t make a man a potential sex predator is putting on a dress and hanging out in the women’s bathroom.
Update on Hurricane Florence: at this writing (midafternoon Friday) the storm has made landfall and is lashing North Carolina with high winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges. Some cities have reported up to 18 inches of rain so far, and over 600,000 people are without electricity in the Carolinas. The hurricane also claimed its first casualties: In Wilmington, a mother and infant were killed and the father was hospitalized when a tree fell on their house. I hope you will keep them and everyone who’s in the path of this storm in your prayers.
In coastal New Bern, North Carolina, several hundred people had to be rescued after they failed to comply with evacuation orders and got trapped by rising waters. That not only puts them in danger, it also endangers the first responders who have to try to rescue them. So please, if you are given orders to evacuate, get out. Those who stubbornly refuse to save themselves should at least have the courtesy to think of the people who’ll have to risk their lives to save them from the consequences of their bad decisions.
Manafort strikes a plea deal
After being pursued, raided in his home in the middle of the night, indicted, jailed and slapped into solitary confinement before he was even convicted, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort struck a plea deal to avoid a second trial. He agreed to plead guilty to avoid a second trial on charges of foreign lobbying violations in his dealings with Ukraine and witness tampering. He could get up to 10 years in prison and has to forfeit some bank accounts and properties, but he’ll get to keep properties in Florida and Virginia, where his family lives. His attorney said Manafort “wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life.”
The deal also includes agreeing to “full cooperation” with the Mueller investigation, but Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani says they’re not concerned because, again, these charges have nothing to do with Trump’s campaign or Russian collusion – which, if you can remember back that far, is what Mueller was supposed to be investigating.
Is this plea deal really a case of justice being served against a particularly bad actor, or of a rogue prosecutor granted far too much power and leeway being allowed to hound a target for things a lot of people do until he cracks and pleads guilty just to make it stop? I guess the only way to know would be to appoint a brigade of similar prosecutors, each with bottomless resources, no investigative limits and the power to raid houses, businesses and even attorney’s records and hold people in solitary who’ve not even been convicted of anything, and turn them loose on every well-heeled lobbyist in Washington. I’ll bet that thought would terrify a lot of never-Trump DC dwellers into changing their tunes on a Ukrainian dime.
Even Ginsburg thinks partisanship over Kavanaugh is beyond the pale
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has recently become a heroine of the left with her unprecedented public statements against President Trump. A documentary about her life became an unlikely box office hit. But even she thinks that the partisan showboating in the Senate over Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation is beyond the pale.
As she notes, she was a well-known liberal who’d worked for the ACLU for a decade when she was nominated in 1993 by Bill Clinton, and the Senate still confirmed her 96-3. Back then, Republicans still held to the quaint notion that winning the Presidency brought with it certain powers, such as nominating judges, and that the Senate’s advice and consent role did not entail ripping his choices to shreds, slandering them in public or voting against them out of sheer spite. When the Senate Democrats have lost even Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it might be time to shut down the partisan slaughterhouse and go do a little soul-searching. Let me know if you find one.
Today in Fake News:
The New York Times slams UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for spending over $50,000 for custom mechanized curtains for the official ambassador’s residence in New York. Former Obama officials were quick to pile on with the criticism of her spendthrift ways. Oh, one thing the Times waited to mention until far down in the story: those curtains were installed last year, under a purchase order approved in 2016 by the Obama Administration.
If the Times is still America’s “paper of record,” it must be a broken record.
The Kavanaugh Letter
In act of embarrassing political theater that makes Cory Booker’s “I am Spartacus” self-immolation look like the Gettysburg Address, Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein produced a letter about some alleged mysterious shocking thing in the background of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh – but she can’t let anyone see what it says. It calls to mind the moment in every melodramatic Hollywood movie about McCarthyism (back when the left didn’t approve of and practice it) in which an unscrupulous Senator tries to slander someone by waving a sealed envelope that he claims contains the names of a dozen close associates of the target who are “communists!” but he cannot reveal them for national security reasons.
Of course, today, being accused of being a communist might actually earn Kavanaugh a few votes from the Democrats. But in this case, Feinstein not only didn’t tell the Republicans on the committee about the letter, she didn’t share it with the Democrats, either (my theory is that it’s a big nothing, but she knew if she told the Democrats, one of them would have leaked it by now – I’m looking at you, Sen. Booker.) Instead, after using it to tar Kavanaugh’s reputation with a vague, unknown accusation of…something…she claims she gave it to the FBI for further investigation. The FBI reportedly dismissed it and passed it to the White House to put in Kavanaugh’s background folder, which is standard operating procedure.
We don’t know what’s in the letter other than via media rumors. It’s reportedly not even written by the person allegedly involved, but by someone who claims to have heard the story (in other words, it’s useless hearsay from nearly 40 years ago) that supposedly involves an incident that dates back to when Kavanaugh was in high school.
By some accounts, it involves him having a sexual relationship with a girl (we know how opposed Democrats are to teenagers doing that), while another rumor says it’s about him and another teen boy locking a girl in a room at a party as a prank, but she got out. How can we allow this monster to walk among us?
I’m sure glad nobody’s holding me accountable today for every dumb thing I did in high school (I can only imagine how my career would have suffered if the public knew that I once took a date to a Mexican restaurant and stole a bite of her enchilada when she was in the ladies’ room.) And can you imagine the idiotic stunts some of those Senators pulled in high school, considering the stunts they’re still pulling now? I don’t see how doing childish things when you’re a child disqualifies you for the Supreme Court when doing childish things as an adult obviously doesn’t disqualify you for the Senate.
Sen. Feinstein should be ashamed of herself for pulling such a transparent, desperate, last-minute smear job, as should any so-called “journalistic” outlet that enables her by repeating this as anything other than a premise for ridicule.
Justice Thomas comments
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is known for being taciturn, for keeping his opinions to himself and letting his written rulings speak for him. But last week’s Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearings, where Senate Democrats turned one of the most important functions of government into a revival of “Laugh In” without the laughs, was too much for even the normally close-mouthed Justice Thomas to let pass without comment.
And when he does make a public comment, it’s always worth listening to, especially this time. I won’t even excerpt it because you need to see the video or read everything he said about how the legitimacy of pubic institutions can only be maintained when the people entrusted with them act with integrity, honesty, ethics, morals, honor and respect for the law instead of comparing themselves to Spartacus. Sen. Booker, that rap you just felt was Justice Thomas’ gavel conking you on the head from afar.
Those of you who watch my TBN show “Huckabee” (I assume that’s everyone, of course) will remember my guest Brandon Straka. He’s what you’d assume to be a prime demographic for the Democrats: he’s young, single, gay, a New Yorker and an aspiring actor who’d always been reflexively liberal (in other words, he’s the opposite of me, but we had a terrific conversation.) One day, Brandon realized that the Democrats who claimed to speak for him had started embracing everything he found abhorrent: threats, violence, vandalism, intolerance, weaponizing federal agencies to slander and investigate political opponents and silencing any views that weren’t in lockstep with theirs. So he bravely posted a YouTube video explaining why he was walking away from the Democratic Party.
That video lost him some friends, but it went viral and inspired thousands of other decent people who also thought the modern, hateful Democratic Party had left them to join him. It grew into the #WalkAway movement, to encourage the silent majority of Americans to stand up against the left’s growing violence, intolerance, censorship and name-calling. It grew so big that Brandon began organizing a Walk Away March in Washington on October 26-28th, the weekend before the midterm elections (WalkAwayMarch.com). That’s when someone at Facebook (the pinky-swear totally unbiased social media platform) found a way to silence him.
Straka posted a link to a radio show where he was to be a guest. It happened to be hosted by Alex…Oops, almost forgot: “He Who Must Not Be Named!” You know, that rightwing guy whom all the social media sites chose as the person who was so out there, nobody would protest if they censored him – which conveniently provided a camel’s nose in the tent for their escalating censorship of people, ideas and words that the left find too difficult to refute rationally.
This is the slippery slope argument in action, and the reason why the Founders and, once upon a time even the ACLU, defended even the most offensive speech: because if you agree that some speech isn’t constitutionally protected, then someone has to determine what speech is and isn’t allowed, and that’s the kind of absolute power that corrupts absolutely. Soon, nobody has free speech except those who agree with the speech police.
Anyway, because of that innocent link, Facebook banned Straka, conveniently at the exact time he needed to promote the Walk Away March. And it being a grassroots movement, he was counting on using Facebook to promote it.
Facebook got a lot of bad publicity and reinstated Straka’s site, blaming the ban on one of these random errors that only seem to happen to conservative users. Of course, a liberal “journalist” tried to turn Straka’s fight to be reinstated into something nefarious, claiming he knew he was reinstated and was trying to gin up publicity by playing the victim, when Straka says that despite their claims, Facebook never contacted him to apologize or tell him his account was being reinstated.
Griping about Facebook or liberal media bias is fun, but there’s something more constructive that you could do. Brandon is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@usminority and following him there will get you updates on the march. And if Twitter pulls a Facebook, you can always learn more at his own website www.WalkAwayMarch.com. I have a feeling a lot of people will be leaving the social media giants to return to their own websites. If enough of you share that web address far and wide, then Brandon won’t need Facebook -- which seems to be bent on making all the conservatives and even moderates and reasonable liberals in America ask themselves, “Do I need Facebook either?”
Huck's Criminal Mastermind
Finally, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a genuine Huck’s Criminal Mastermind, but this would-be armed robber in Aurora, Colorado, made Woody Allen in “Take the Money and Run” look like a master thief by comparison. I don’t want to ruin the hilarious surprises in the surveillance video, so let me just say that it’s a rare occurrence when having your pants fall down to your ankles is only the second-most embarrassing thing that happens to you at your job. Since this is Colorado, I can’t help wondering if maybe he was robbing that store to get money for more legal marijuana.