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Meanwhile, I’ve noticed a strange feel in the air, like a ginger is trying to steal my soul


A Credible Witness?

How many hundreds, or perhaps thousands of times, have we, in the last fortnight, heard Dr. Christine Basey-Ford referred to as a credible witness? Yeah, me, as well. But is she?

First, she is not properly, in modern usage, a witness at all, she was a participant, granted if we believe her version, an unwilling participant, but she participated in it, if only as a victim. Yes, she is witnessing her account to the Judiciary Committee, but that is a somewhat different definition. She is in fact, the plaintiff or the complainant.

Then there is that word credible, which has become a seemingly necessary prefix to the word witness. Oxford dictionary defines it as follows:

Able to be believed; convincing.

Ok, there is the first problem, I’m not likely to find her more credible because every left-wing rag in western civilization tells me she is. Deciding her credibility is my job, or at least the job of the Senators on the committee. That is why we go through the whole rigamarole of testimony. It helps us to define whether a witness is credible.

The witnesses looks and demeanor matter, as does their consistency. In this case, her looks, and general demeanor fit with her c.v. But her voice sounded more like an entitled, whiney, teenager than an Adjunct Professor with a Ph.D. in her 50s. The voice was jarring, not of a piece with the rest. And little things matter, like facial expression, remember this picture from yesterday:

That look, just like it is on Strzok, is the look of a smug, self-satisfied person who has outsmarted themselves, and thinks they have put one over on somebody. It speaks pretty loudly against credibility.

What makes a credible witness? Well, it certainly helps if there is more than one. In this case, we have Dr. Ford, the supposed victim, accusing Judge Kavanaugh, naming four people who were there, all of whom, including her best friend, deny that it ever happened. That works strongly against credibility.

And along that line, we have seen much of Judge Kavanaugh wife, children, parents, friends, and all the rest. Dr. Ford either is, or at least was, married, she certainly has, or at least had parents, and likely siblings, and one hopes, friends. Where are they all, we have heard nothing from any of them, and a cursory Google search brings up nothing on point. Has she driven away all human contact, or are they simply not willing to support this charade. I have no clue but am curious. And that too, speaks to her credibility or perhaps incredibility.

It is also useful if one can speak to when and where, here the only witness seems to have no clue at all, really. That doesn’t speak as much to credibility (although it does, to a point) as to making the whole thing unactionable because it is inconceivable that it can either be proved or disproved. In other words, it’s a story, maybe a fable. Perhaps a lesson as to why teenage girls should not get drunk at parties, but little more.

Then we have to compare her credibility to that of Judge  Kavanaugh, the accused here. It would be difficult to find another person whose c.v. is more consistent, from childhood to today. A smart, conscientious overachiever, who always shows respect to everybody and,, more than most, to women, and who promotes women professionally if anything more than is equitable.

Yep, he likes beer, and when he was young, he liked to party, perhaps a bit too heartily. Well, I hate to say it, but quite a few of us did, and when we were 16, we made stupid fart jokes too. My high school yearbook burned down in my folk’s house, so you can’t introduce it into evidence, and that’s a good thing for me.

But the thing is, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh, is not consistent, not his professional life, not his personal life, not his religious life. Not even his impassioned statement. How many of us could sit there and listen for hours to some person tell unsupported derogatory tales about us, and not at some point burst into an impassioned defense? In fact, I found his self-control admirable.

Then there is the way the committee Democrats, above all Senator Feinstein, handled the matter.

Hiding the accusation, instead of passing it along so it could be properly (and quietly) examined by the committee investigators and/or the FBI. Referring her to a highly partisan law firm who a arranged a non-credible lie detector test, which is nothing of the sort in the first place, done once again by a partisan operator, and then outing Dr. Ford as a ‘Hail Mary’ bomb when all other ammunition had been expended, against (supposedly) Dr, Ford’s own wishes. With friends like Diane Feinstein, one has no need for enemies.

Essentially Diane Feinstein poisoned whatever chance Dr, Ford’s accusation ever had, which wasn’t much since the process is evidence-based, and there still ain’t any.

So, in the final analysis, is Dr. Ford a credible witness? No, she is not. I’m sympathetic that something of this sort may have happened to her at some point but am completely convinced that it was not by Brett Kavanaugh.

In fact, this whole kerfluffle has become an incredible demonstration of arrogance and disdain for the proper evidence-based procedure by the Democratic Party and looks rather like an attempted fascist take over of the government, incredible as that seems.


Raping Justice

Senator Chuck Grassley

And so we all wait, with bated breath, to see whether Dr. Blasey Ford will deign to speak with the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Personally, I doubt it, mostly because her motives might come out. But I’m no expert, nor do I want to be. Who is? Probably as much as anyone, R.S. McCain is, and he wrote about it in The American Spectator yesterday. Let’s take a look.

Where were you in the spring of 1982? Can you verify your whereabouts and produce evidence to establish that you weren’t molesting prep-school girls in suburban Maryland? Christine Blasey Ford insists she’s a victim and, while the main suspect is Brett Kavanaugh, perhaps no man can be entirely sure he won’t be summoned before the Senate Judiciary Committee in some future investigation.

Feminist “rape culture” discourse, which has sowed a climate of sexual paranoia on university campuses in recent years, has escaped its native habitat and is now wreaking havoc in our politics, to say nothing of its damaging effect on our culture. Do I want to discuss what allegedly happened at a party in Montgomery County, Maryland, on an unspecified night in 1982? Do you want to read such a discussion? Do any of us want to watch such a claim litigated on national TV with Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser testifying in front of a Senate panel, with cable-news pundits endlessly rehashing every angle of the sordid saga day after day?

No, we don’t. Particularly since it is apparent that while somebody may have attacked Dr. Ford, this entire attack is nothing but politics and a further unhinged scream of rage that Donald Trump is President.

One who sees clearly, perhaps because this is even more prevalent in the UK, is Laura Perrins, Co-Editor of The Conservative Woman. She notes:

First, the allegation is serious – namely that Kavanaugh held down Ford, groped her, attempted to remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to call out. As I said, they were both minors at the time. However, secondly, and let’s be clear, there is no way this allegation can be seriously or fairly challenged either in a court of law (it is 36 years ago and I believe out of time under statute of limitations) or in the Senate politically. [Maryland, where the incident supposedly took place, apparently doesn’t have a statute of limitations, but that isn’t relevant, really. The Democrats, and Ford, don’t want justice, they want Kavanaugh destroyed. Neo]

The Democrats have set up a checkmate scenario here: any challenge by the Republicans against the testimony of an event that happened 36 years ago will be seen as bullying and harassing victims of sexual assault. In the #MeToo era this is toxic. As CNN gleefully pointed out: ‘If Republican senators attempt to impugn her character, they will disgrace themselves in the eyes of the American people.’Checkmate.

In sum, Kavanaugh is seriously limited in his defence. In fact many on the Left are saying that, as it will be men asking questions of the accuser, this disqualifies them straight off. So if the Judiciary committee don’t call Ford, they are not taking the allegation seriously. If they do call Ford, they are disqualified from asking her any questions by the mere fact of being men. Checkmate.

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary committee, could have brought this to the attention of the committee and FBI weeks ago. Instead she kept quiet, knowing it would leak eventually. And so the media circus continues and the show trial begins. Where were you, Brett Kavanaugh, 36 years ago, at a time we can’t specify, on a day we can’t specify, in a place we can’t specify? If this sounds Kafkaesque, it’s because it is.

One of the reasons I love ConWom is because of plain common sense like this, and she’s right, there is no way out? Or is there. Gateway Pundit tells us that Sen Grassley laid down the law yesterday.

“It is not the FBI’s role to investigate a matter such as this,” Grassley wrote, “The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee.”

“You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story. I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday. In the meantime, my staff would still welcome the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ford at a time and place convenient to her,” said Grassley.

“The Constitution assigns the Senate, and only the Senate, with the task of advising the President on his nominee and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit. The job of assessing and investigating a nominee’s qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone”

The short form of that is well known to all Americans of my generation: “Put up or shut up”. And that is the key. Conservatives have allowed the left to bully us for decades, and of course, they have taken advantage. When we elected President Trump we gave conservatives permission to fight back. And that is the key. Bullies stop bullying when they get a few sharp punches to the nose. You know it, I know it, we all know it. It’s time and past time for a brawl on this playground.

R.S. McCain ends this way:

Whether Ford’s accusation is true or not, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein orchestrated the leak and subsequent release of Ford’s letter, not merely to sink Kavanaugh and level accusations in a way that would make it difficult for the judge to defend himself, but also to try and delay Republican efforts to confirm any nominee until after the midterms.”

There is only one possible way to resolve this. “We the People of the United States” are still sovereign in our national affairs, and the verdict in the case of Ford v. Kavanaugh will not come from the senators in the hearing room, but from the people themselves on Nov. 6. May God grant us the wisdom to judge rightly.

Amen. From his keyboard to God’s eye. I think the people will. If the Senate caves to this bullying, well, they will never have another chance to put a solid Constitutionalist on the Court. This is the last trench, the battle must be won.

And you know, even Sens. Flake, Collins, and Corker appear to be on board. Maybe they, like us, have finally figured out that enough is enough.

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