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The Kavanaugh Affair, Continued… by The Elephant's Child

From Victor Davis Hanson:

Just when observers had concluded the desperate progressive opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could not stoop much lower, it most certainly did.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in the news recently for somehow unknowingly employing a Chinese spy as her gofer and chauffeur for 20 years, passed on information to federal investigators that weeks ago had come to her attention from an unnamed, unidentified, and anonymous female who claimed she was a high school acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s. Apparently, we were to believe that the once-anonymous informant had harbored a long-simmering, but heretofore never-voiced complaint of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, which coincidentally reached a peak of unsustainable resentment at the time of his nomination to the highest court in the land.

After days of gossip and innuendo to the effect that the likely next Supreme Court Justice might just be some sort of pervert, Anonymous finally came forward and identified herself as a victim of a then 17-year-old inebriated Brett Kavanaugh who (she says) sexually manhandled her in 1982 when she was 15. More specifically, the woman now alleges that Kavanaugh and another student at a high-school party entered a room inebriated, pinned her to a bed, and then groped her while she was clothed. Young Kavanaugh then allegedly attempted to take her clothes off her while he and his classmate, Mark Judge, both laughed “maniacally.” She adds that she had sought “medical treatment” for her unspecified injuries.

Here’s Paul Mirengoff ( a lawyer) at Powerline: “Another Kavanaugh Accuser Comes after Dem Lawyer Persuades Her She’s A Victim

Scott Johnson (also a lawyer) at Powerline adds:

Nevertheless, the Democrats may have achieved liftoff. According to FOX News, creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti has apparently let it be known #HeToo has a client waiting in the wings.

And here’s Steven Hayward, also at Powerline:  “I Told You So”

Steven Hayward adds his “Week in Pictures” which is all the jokes and cartoons of the week, this week mostly about the Kavanaugh affair. As he says, “there isn’t a black hole large enough to swallow up the liberal hypocrisy over this whole business.”

They started this thing off with a lengthy conversation about how if Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court , he would immediately ban legal abortions. Women everywhere had to rise up and get their congresspeople to dump Kavanaugh. Now, that Ms. Christine Blaney Ford has been identified as the accuser, and admits that her recollection is rather fuzzy at best, and needs protection from death threats (?) but her biggest accusation seems to be “groping” — the helpful media keeps referring to it as “rape” which nobody’s accused anybody about.

I seem to remember some Democrat, long ago, saying something about “you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer camp…”

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Are You Surprised at How Low the Democrats Will Go? by The Elephant's Child

Desperate, desperate, desperate Democrats. They have called President Trump every name in the bad name book, they have used every gimmick from Kathy Griffin holding up the mock bloody severed head of the President of the United States, to huge diapered baby balloons, marches on the Washington Mall, with rude signs indicating the hatred and despair of a (not quite) united American womanhood at the resident of the White House, and of course, leaving the usual mess behind for someone else to clean up.

A Special Counsel was appointed to investigate the possible collusion of the President of the United States with Russia, for that nation to interfere in the elections because if Vladimir Putin had not interfered, Hillary would have won. The President needed to be impeached, and Mr. Mueller was supposed to come up with the evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. but in order to be authorized to investigate impeachment, there first has to be some evidence of a high crime. Ooops.

Devin Nunes is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and they are looking into the strange behavior of the leadership of the FBI. Devin Nunes has been attacked by the Democrats here and in California, and now President Trump has ordered the documents of the Russian collusion investigation released to the public with redactions removed, except those essential to national security. It seems to be panic time, and oddly, John Brennan, former Director of the CIA seems very upset.

With all this hullabaloo going on, President Trump seems to be doing a rather splendid job in office. Vice President Mike Pence said the economy is booming because the Trump administration is rolling back Obama administration policies. Not, former President Obama, because you started the boom. More than four million jobs created since Trump took office, record low black and Hispanic unemployment, wages rising at the fastest pace in a decade , and the highest middle class income in recorded history. The Left’s war on energy is over, red tape is being destroyed and unnecessary regulations eliminated. The economy is growing at a healthy four percent, and President Trump is keeping his promises to the people.

Democrat propaganda has supposed to have turned the people against this unworthy (he tweets) occupant of the White House, and it’s not happening. His tweets are supposed to be “unpresidential” and unbecoming to the dignity of the office. Nobody seems to have noticed that they are largely strategic.

A President of the United States is just an ordinary man (or, at some point a woman) with all the flaws and foibles of an ordinary human being. We’re electing him as a CEO of the country to tidy up the place and keep things running and keep us out of trouble for four years, and if he does a good job, we’ll give him another four years. If you look back through the long list of presidents, there aren’t very many outstanding ones. We make a big mistake by falling in love with a president. We are not electing royalty, but a plain — one of us. We have kind of assumed that someone qualified for the presidency needs to have experience in government, but that may be wrong. We’ve thought that governors are our best bet, but we’ve got a large number of governors that are making a colossal mess of their states. It would seem that we need someone who knows how to manage things and get things done, in spite of political and media warfare.  Need I remind you that President Trump is donating his salary to the country?



Tucker Carlson Exposes Google: Is Anyone Surprised? by The Elephant's Child

At National Review, there is a book review of “Life after Google” The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, by George Gilder.

In the shadow of Mount Hood in Washington State, six miles west of the dam in the Columbia River that holds back the Dalles (rhymes with “pals”) rapids, Google maintains its main data center. Three glass-walled warehouses, each one 10 million cubic feet, contain 75,000 computer servers linked together by thousands of fiber-optic cables, all crammed together as tightly as possible to reduce any signal delays. High-security gates and fences keep out unwanted visitors, while ad­vanced millimeter-wave body scanners examine every person, employee, and visitor entering the building.

This is the heart of the Google empire, which today is worth almost $800 billion (the valuation of Google’s holding company, Alphabet), putting it only a couple of hundred billion dollars behind Apple Inc. and Amazon. As George Gilder notes in his new book, “empire” is a fitting word to describe Google. The size and reach of the company is unprecedented in the history of computing. Its ability to process an ever-growing database consisting of thousands of petabytes (“peta” meaning 1 quadrillion, or a million billion) and handle 1.5 trillion searches every year means that it powers large sections of the U.S. economy. It also shapes our culture and mindsetand increasingly our political system. Yet Google itself, Gilder argues, isn’t best understood as a business at all. It’s a utopian cult, powered not by technology but by a philosophyone could even say a theologythat is about to meet its nemesis.

Gilder, a cofounder of the Discovery Institute in Seattle, has a long record of debunking conventional notions about how the world works. His groundbreaking book Wealth and Poverty (1981) debunked the idea that capitalism is driven by greed; Men and Marriage (1986) overturned the notion that chasing down so-called deadbeat dads was good social policy. His book on the microchip revolution, Microcosm (1990), made Moore’s Lawthat the output of advanced digital technologies such as microchips will double every 18 monthsa household term.

In his new book, it’s Bell’s Law that gets the center spread. Named after Digital Equipment Corporation engineer Gordon Bell, Bell’s Law states that every decade a hundredfold drop in the price of processing power creates a new computer architecture. This is what is happening now, Gilder argues: A new architecture for handling data and information is taking shape that will shake the Google empire to its foundations.



Democrats Want Control, But What Do They Mean By Control? by The Elephant's Child

google_2015_logo_detailFrom the Washington Free Beacon, Sept. 13, 2018:

Former Google research scientist Jack Poulson has resigned from the company over its decision to move forward with a censored search engine approved by the Chinese government for use in the country.

Poulson quit after he raised concerns with his supervisors about Google’s secret project to release a censored search app in China, ultimately determining the company was willing to “capitulate” to China, the Intercept reported.  …

“I view our intent to capitulate to censorship and surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a forfeiture of our values and governmental negotiating position across the globe,” he wrote. “There is an all-too-real possibility that other nations will attempt to leverage our actions in China in order to demand our compliance with their security demands.”

Poulson said around five people have resigned for the same reason. When the project, codenamed Dragonfly, was reported in the press, he was one of many both inside and outside the company demanding answers from the tech giant. Not only did they fail to answer him, Google executives even refused to show up to a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing and answer questions about their activity in China.

From Foreign Policy: “48 Ways to Get Sent to a Chinese Concentration Camp: Something terrible is happening in Xinjiang”

From Daily Wire.com:Google Built China a Prototype Search Engine That allows Government to Spy On Citizen’s Search Queries”

From Reuters: Chinese Official says China is educating, not mistreating. Muslims”

From The Wall Street Journal: By Walter Russell Mead: “Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China:“Beijing risks blowback as it exports surplus economic capacity to Africa and Asia.

From ABC.net.au: “Leave no dark corner” China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over it’s 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges—for others, punishment.

Do read the whole thing, particularly the last piece just above. Note the facial recognition. Democrats here at home want control. Just what do they mean by control?

What is it that George Soros wants, that he is so ready to plow in big money to influence? Nancy Pelosi has already been somewhat clear in declaring that they will immediately end the tax cuts that have created such a booming economy, because they only(in spite of vast evidence to the contrary), went to the very rich. But it is also rumored that Democrats are determined to get rid of Pelosi as a potential Speaker, once again.

We were taken aback at the crazy Democratic reaction to the election of President Trump – calling it Trump Derangement Syndrome – almost as if it was all a big joke. It isn’t. Someone, and I forget who, explained that the Democrats were terrified when the Tea Party movement broke out. Republicans weren’t supposed to protest, be activists, Democrats depended on their polite objections, not actual confrontation. We might keep that in mind.



An Encouraging Word: by The Elephant's Child

An encouraging word from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at Powerline.

“You’ve watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics. … In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court… Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re gonna plow right through it and do our job.”



My Summary of the Entire Kavanaugh Extravaganza by The Elephant's Child

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The Kavanaugh nomination continues to dominate the news. Democrat propaganda efforts have seen to that. I don’t know just who does their propaganda, but they have become quite good at it. If you recall, with the women’s march, the bellyaching by feminists that they don’t yet occupy all the really important positions in the country, and of course, the #Me-Too movement, sexual abuse has become a big prominent deal.

Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Senator Charles Schumer has spoken out to say essentially that no, we cannot have a conservative or a Republican appointed to the Supreme Court, because Democrats have to be in the majority and in charge. As the time for Kavanaugh’s hearing approaches, lo and behold, at almost the very last minute Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has a letter from a woman who claims that Brett Kavanaugh abused her when they were in high school 36 years ago. Senator Feinstein has had the letter since July, but just didn’t think of making it public until just before the Kavanaugh hearing, Purely a coincidence of course.

The woman is identified as Christine Basely Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University. She claims that at a party 36 years ago the high school boys were all drunk, Kavanaugh held her down and put his hand over her mouth, and she was very frightened. When was this? She can’t really remember. Well, where was this? She can’t remember where the party was. She can’t remember how she got home. Did she tell anyone? About 12 years ago when she and her husband were in couples counseling, she suddenly remembered and told the therapist. Palo Alto University is a college for psychology and counseling.

Chairman Grassley says they will arrange to hear her on Monday. She will not come on Monday. She wants the FBI to investigate the whole thing before she will testify, because she has received death threats and nasty calls. The FBI doesn’t do investigations to determine who is right in a he-said she-said argument. Women’s march feminists assume, with help from Democrat propagandists that she was raped, but she has never claimed that as far as can be determined. She says she won’t testify until she can be protected because she is very frightened — death threats. The question seems to be can she drag out the contretemps long enough to get the Kavanaugh  nomination dumped? Raise enough suspicions? Etc. Etc. Etc.

Kavanaugh is adamant that it never happened. His friend from high school also says it never happened. Many women who knew Kavanaugh in high school say Kavanaugh was always a perfect gentleman. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Hollywood celebrities, whose names I do not recognize, but I’m not very up-to-date, are quick to chime in and demand that Ford be given a hearing, #Me-Too, Etc. Etc. Etc. Why are we forced to listen to Hollywood celebrities who are famous because they once appeared on a screen somewhere, who know nothing whatsoever, but demand to be listened to because they once appeared on a screen somewhere? They have no claim to any expertise, they just like to sound off, and lazy reporters can just pick up what they said online.

That’s my best summary of what is happening. Let me know if my summary is haywire. The propaganda is skillful, the Democrats are deeply opposed to the Constitution and want it abolished, because it is a brake on their quest for control. They particularly hate the Electoral College, citizenship laws, free speech, the first and second amendments, and most of the rest of it as well. Obama used to say that the Constitution was wrong because it said what the government may not do, to the people, and it should have said what the government must do — for the people.

ADDENDUM: Here’s Breitbart’s timeline of events, far more comprehensive than mine. The Thursday date would apparently make it too late for Kavanaugh to be confirmed for the new court session, which begins October 1.   Democrats have again “suggested” that Clarence Thomas is a proven sexual predator, With the  Thursday date for testimony, the Democrats’ game is exposed. They are not nice people, and they play very dirty. And their goal is power and control.

Here’s Powerline’s list of Ms. Ford’s demands:

Citing “sources,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reports on the demands Christine Blasey Ford and her legal team are making as a condition for her testifying about her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh:

Ford team wants NO questions from lawyers, only Qs from Committee members, #Kavanaugh cannot be in the room, Kavanaugh must testify FIRST – more to come …

These demands are absurd. No questions from lawyers? I guess Ford wants to be able to claim she’s being persecuted by an all-white-male panel. She doesn’t want a woman to examine her, which I imagine is what the Republicans have in mind.

ADDENDUM II

Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) set a final deadline today for Judge Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers to agree to have her testify at a hearing next week.  If Ford’s lawyers do not reach an agreement to one of the options they have been offered, Grassley will schedule a committee vote on Kavanaugh for Monday.



Trump Buries The Old-World Order by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson had a new column up yesterday at the Hoover Institution’s “Defining Ideas” in which he explains our history in statecraft and diplomacy, and what he calls the Old-World Order, since the end of the Second World War, He explains how we got here and where we are today, and what the Trump administration is doing about it. It’s not long and I found it fascinating to have it all put together so concisely.

The present continuance of institutions such as the EU, NATO, UN, and others suggests that the world goes on exactly as before. In fact, these alphabet organizations are becoming shadows of their former selves, more trouble to end than to allow to grow irrelevant. The conditions that created them after the end of World War II, and subsequently sustained them even after the fall of the Berlin Wall, no longer really exist.

The once grand bipartisan visions of American diplomats such as Dean Acheson, George Kennan, George Marshall and others long ago more than fulfilled their enlightened promises. The U.S. in 1945, unlike in 1918, rightly stayed engaged in Europe after another world war. America helped to rebuild what the old Axis powers had destroyed in Asia and Europe.

At great cost, and at times in both folly and wisdom, the U.S. and its allies faced down 300 Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions. America contained communist aggression through messy surrogate wars, avoided a nuclear exchange, bankrupted an evil communist empire, and gave Eastern Europe and much of Asia the opportunity for self-determination. New postwar protocols enforced by the U.S. Navy made the idea of global free trade, commerce, travel, and communications a reality in a way never seen since the early Roman Empire.

Do read the whole thing, you’ll be glad you did.




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