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Second Woman Alleges Kavanaugh Sexual Offense While At Yale


      Those pesky women inspired by the #MeToo movement have decided they are no longer going to keep quiet about being victims of sexual assault or harassment by powerful men. It appears that Brett Kavanaugh's sexual abusiveness was not limited to one event in high school. Thank goodness for the #MeToo movement!


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      Gaza Dreams, Our World - BBC World News


          Hard hitting humanitarian documentary, available now.

          With nearly two million people living in miserable conditions in Gaza, the Israeli blockade has taken its toll on mental health there.
          Against the backdrop of the border clashes earlier this year this film goes deep inside the minds of the people of Gaza to explore the mental health issues affecting many there. 30 mins.


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          Opinion | The Case For Impeaching Kavanaugh


              OK, here's an odd twist that I had not thought of at all.
              1. Kavanaugh's accuser, Blasey Ford, is telling the truth
              2. There's at least some--maybe a lot--of evidence to support her
              3. The GOP-led Judiciary Committee and US Senate decide to give her no hearing, to carry out no investigation at all, and
              4. Brett Kavanaugh, in a party-line vote, is confirmed as a Justice of the US Supreme Court.
              End of story, right? No justice, no peace, no hope.
              But is there another way, one the GOP and the US Senate cannot stop? How about this?--


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              Opinion | This I Believe About Blasey V. Kavanaugh


                  Bret Stephens, now a columnist for the NYTimes, is, by standards of 20 years ago, a reasonable conservative. He's now roundly dismissed by many GOP "conservatives" as a traitor to the party or at least a RINO. His current column is, he makes quite plain with his repeated "I believe ..." structure, just his opinion. I disagree with one of his statements (he seems to be suggesting that the timing of any hearings related to Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should be tied in some way to the midterms; it shouldn't). Otherwise, I think he's correct and reasonable:

                  I think this may be the most important part of his column:

                  I believe the F.B.I. should be given a few days to conduct an investigation before a Senate hearing for Blasey is held. I believe that following the precedent set by George H.W. Bush during the Clarence Thomas hearings is reasonable and should not push a vote beyond the midterms. I believe this is important for the Senate to fulfill its advise and consent function.

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                  Kavanaugh Ally Looked Dr. Ford Up On LinkedIn Before Her Name Was Known



                      Because there's a paywall, I copied and pasted this article in its entirety. Please read it and marvel.


                      September 21 at 9:05 PM

                      A conservative legal commentator on Friday denied communicating with the White House or Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh about his theory that the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault was mistaking him for someone else.

                      “I have not communicated at all with [White House counsel] Donald McGahn or anyone at the White House, or Judge Kavanaugh, about the topic of the Twitter thread,” Ed Whelan said in a brief interview with The Washington Post.

                      Whelan, president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, declined to discuss his since-deleted tweets speculating on who might have assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s or whether he had spoken with other top Republicans about the matter.

                      Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to pull off her clothes at a party in Montgomery County, Md., while they were teenagers has upended his Supreme Court confirmation process and threatened a nomination that Republicans believed was headed for a straightforward conclusion this month.

                      Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has strongly denied the allegations, saying in a statement that he has “never done anything like what the accuser describes.”

                      [Kavanaugh accuser won’t testify Monday but open to doing so later next week]

                      Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, for the second day of his confirmation hearing, Sept. 5. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

                      Whelan’s claims on Twitter on Thursday evening that Ford might have been assaulted by someone else raised immediate questions about whether he had spoken to or coordinated with Republican leaders about his theory.

                      Republicans on Capitol Hill and White House officials sought to distance themselves from Whelan’s claims, saying they were not aware that he was going to suggest Ford could have been attacked by a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s.

                      Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh’s confirmation effort and is close friends with Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society, who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

                      On Sunday, Ford noticed that — even before her name became public — Whelan appeared to be seeking information about her.

                      That morning, Ford alerted an associate via email that Whelan had looked at her LinkedIn page, according to the email, which was reviewed by The Post. LinkedIn allows some subscribers to see who views their pages. Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after The Post shared her name with a White House spokesman and hours before her identity was revealed in a story posted on its website.

                      A White House spokesman said Friday that neither Kavanaugh nor anyone in the White House gave Ford’s name to Whelan before it was disclosed by The Post.

                      After The Post contacted the White House for comment Sunday morning, deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah called a number of Trump allies to warn them about the upcoming story, according to a person familiar with the calls who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. He disclosed Ford’s identity to a number of these people but did not talk to Whelan, the person said. Other White House officials, including McGahn, also made calls, a second person said.

                      Whelan did not respond to a request for comment on how he first learned of Ford’s identity.

                      Kavanaugh and his allies have privately discussed mounting a defense that would not question whether an incident involving Ford happened, but instead would raise doubts that the attacker was Kavanaugh, The Post reported Thursday.

                      In the wake of Ford’s allegation, Kavanaugh told White House officials and Republicans on Capitol Hill that it was potentially a case of mistaken identity, according to people who heard his comments or were familiar with the discussions. Kavanaugh did not respond to requests for comment.

                      Nevertheless, White House officials and Kavanaugh were caught off guard by the claims Whelan made on Twitter, according to a senior official. Top aides including McGahn, Shah and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway were frustrated by his tweets, which they believe did not help Kavanaugh, officials said.

                      Whelan, a former Supreme Court clerk to the late justice Antonin Scalia, is a well-connected stalwart of the conservative legal establishment. He and Kavanaugh served at the same time in the George W. Bush administration, when Kavanaugh worked in the White House Counsel’s Office and Whelan was the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, according to the biography posted on the website of the center where Whelan works.

                      Whelan also worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1992 to 1995 as a senior staffer to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), then the panel’s top Republican, according to congressional testimony he gave in 2015.

                      Shortly after Ford went public with her allegations in an interview with The Post, conservatives began floating the idea that she was misremembering the night of the alleged attack — or mistaking the identity of her attacker.

                      “Somebody’s mixed up,” Hatch told CNN on Monday after speaking privately with Kavanaugh.

                      “Mistaken identity is also possible,” the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board wrote Tuesday.

                      Whelan hinted throughout the week on Twitter that he was gathering information that would vindicate Kavanaugh and show Ford “got the wrong guy.”

                      The tweets circulated and came to the attention of the White House and senior Republicans on Capitol Hill, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

                      On Thursday, Whelan posted detailed and unverified exhibits as he identified a possible location for the party where Ford said she was assaulted, including a map, floor plans and photos of a house in Chevy Chase and photos of a former Kavanaugh classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School. The theory was discussed on “Fox and Friends” and promoted by right-wing online media outlets such as Gateway Pundit.

                      Ford dismissed the notion that she had identified the wrong person, saying in a statement late Thursday that she knew both men and had “socialized with” the classmate and once visited him in the hospital.

                      “There is zero chance that I would confuse them,” she said in a statement.

                      Whelan apologized Friday morning for naming the former classmate and suggesting he could have been responsible for the alleged assault.

                      “I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it,” Whelan tweeted.

                      The former classmate, now a middle school teacher, did not respond to a note requesting comment left at his house.

                      [Trump questions credibility of Kavanaugh accuser, lashes out at Democrats]

                      Whelan’s hints at an alternative explanation for Ford’s account had piqued the interest of Kavanaugh allies and Senate Republican staffers.

                      Matt Whitlock, a spokesman for Hatch, was among those who called attention on Twitter to Whelan’s promise of information that would refute the charges against the judge.

                      Once Whelan laid out his specific theory — including naming a possible other suspect — Whitlock deleted his tweet and distanced himself from the effort. He said in a statement Friday that he did not know what Whelan was planning.

                      “He didn’t share details about what he had, how it would exonerate Kavanaugh, and certainly not how he would reveal it,” Whitlock said in a statement, adding that Hatch, while longtime friends with Whelan, “had no idea what Ed was planning.”

                      On Twitter and in columns for National Review Online, Whelan has been one of Kavanaugh’s most active defenders, pushing back against those on the right who have suggested he is not sufficiently conservative.

                      Whelan is no stranger to controversy online, having apologized in 2009 for revealing the identity of pseudonymous blogger “Publius” and retracted a post in February 2017 arguing that “liberal judicial activism” contributed to the shooting death of a Whittier, Calif., police officer.

                      “I have tried to follow a practice of scrupulously correcting my errors and of not making points that I can’t responsibly support. I wish that others would follow this same practice,” he wrote in a post about the retraction.

                      Robert Barnes, Josh Dawsey, Sharon Dunten, Seung Min Kim and Michael Kranish contributed to this report.

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                      Life In Eastern Kentucky


                          Eastern Kentucky is a beautiful place. It's lush and green... The Daniel Boone Pkwy will take your breath away as the Appalacian Mountain range bump onto the Blue Ridge Mountains Range.

                          There is such poverty but the culture as well as the beauty would suffer with industry and what comes with it. What's a Progressive to do?

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                          REAL GANGS


                              Real gangs as we know are quite dangerous, they threaten, maim, kill, steal. These thugs on the Hill, want to do all of that in a slick way, take your Healthcare, your Social Security, and cut Medicare and withhold Medicaid. They are out to even take the air you breathe and water you drink and turn them into a profitable enterprise. So many of these things are life threatening, and crucial to our very lives. These criminals are conning you into thinking they have the countries best interest at heart, they don't have a heart or soul, just bought and paid shills for their drug lords and oil barons. They work for defense contractors sending our troops into wars to make profit. The troops come back in either body bags or prosthetic body parts, also profitable. The investments are made in the funeral business and newly designed limbs, and oil and gas and weapons of mass murders and the banks that fund it all. They have invested heavily in big pharma and healthcare, after they make us ill with half poisoned food, they get to doctor it all with expensive medicines. Gone are the days of the decent moral leaders who wanted to make a real difference, they were replaced decades ago by thugs and gangs out to line their own pockets at the expense of the lives of others. Time to build a real wall, a wall of honest and caring politicians who don't take big corporate dollars. We must have that shield to keep out the riffraff and gang thugs stealing our lives, safety, and security. VOTE THEM OUT!

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                              The "Bankruptocracy"

                              3 minute video from the middle of 2017

                              NB. ("international nationalists")

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