THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

  LOSSES POSTED in RED

        10/1/18…  15,827.47

        9/24/18…  15,836.60

        6/27/13…  15,000.00

      

 (THE DOW JONES INDEX:  10/1/18… 26,458.51; 9/24/18… 26,743.50; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for October 1, 2018 – THE JUDGE who was THURSDAY!

 

Much heat but little light was generated Friday as Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced his accuser in the sexual assault controversy that has imperiled his nomination and brought Congress (and America) to the brink of open civil war.

After the all-day ordeal, eleven Republican members and ten Democrats on the Senate confirmation committee deferred judgment until after the FBI has had a seventh investigation of the Judge, but the first including testimony from his principal accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University who alleges that she was raped by Kavanaugh and another boy at a party in 1982, when she was fifteen and he was seventeen.

The FBI has also agreed to take testimony from another victim, Deborah Ramirez, but appeared to be passing on the third accuser. Julie Swetnik (represented by none other than Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti).  Under the terms of an agreement between renegade Republican retiree Jeff Flake (R-Az) and the Democratic minority, the FBI has one week to conduct its scrutiny, after which the full Senate will vote on confirmation… barring the discovery of more sensational buried treasure... probably on or about Monday, October 8th.

The decision on timing for a vote will be up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, though the administration has authority over any investigation.

 

THE ORCHESTRATION of the MOMENT…

 

The Senate had been expected to launch into full debate over the weekend, with a final vote tentatively set for tomorrow. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., later told Fox News that Republicans had "reached an accord" on how to proceed, but did not give any details.

What details we do know are these: Kavanaugh and Blasey-Ford were both privileged private school students from wealthy families in the suburbs of Washington DC when the alleged incident took place.  Blasey-Ford. (whose parents are both registered Republicans) attended the exclusive Holton Academy; Kavanaugh, whose father was President of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (his mother was a judge) and who also resided in Bethesda, MD was a student at Georgetown Prep. where he excelled at sports, at academics and, according to classmates, drinking beer.

Georgetown is a Roman Catholic high school preparatory school… specifically, a Jesuitical school.  Adult members of the Society of Jesus… consider California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown… are famous for their sophistry, that can almost be considered glib in certain cases; many go into the priesthood, become lawyers or politicians, or administrators of the law.  They are sexually repressed (Kavanaugh claims he remained a virgin until well past his college years) and there have been critics (including Pope Francis I) who are questioning the role of Catholic educations as having some responsibility for the current ecclesiastical sex scandals.  And, although the Bible takes a jaundiced view of alcoholism… going so far as to condemn all Africans and African-Americans to a perpetuity of slavery “hewing wood and drawing water” for the sin of Ham who beheld his father Noah, drunk and naked in his tent… many, if not most Catholic clergymen are renowned for their willingness to ponder Ovid, Ecclesiastes, Penthouse (it was 1982!) or Brown v. Board of Education after a sip or two.  It’s what they do… the way that Muslims abstain from beer and bacon and bears as wander into suburban communities are fond of taking a dip in the local swimming pools.

Unfortunately, on or about the night of July 1, 1982, things turned ugly.

Kavanaugh denied all knowledge of the incident… perhaps because he was blackout drunk at the time, perhaps because it never happened and was made up in concert with assorted Democrats to block the confirmation process until after the midterm elections, now set for five weeks from tomorrow.  (Actually, the Supremes would probably be called on to rule if a new Democratic House subsequently rescinded its confirmation of Judge K; he might well be confirmed by a Senate with a few lame ducks quacking from the floor, but SCOTUS – divided along partisan lines four to four without the usual swing vote of retiring (now allegedly retired) Justice Anthony Kennedy) would probably deadlock again… setting up more legal wrangling over the confirmation process, with little or no hope of a resolution until somebody capitulated, compromised, or the 2020 elections changed the circumstances.

Both Kavanaugh and President Trump have sworn that they will never retreat, never surrender.

Kavanaugh went on to Yale, got his law degree and clerked for Justice Kennedy himself as well as for Monicagate prosecutor Kevin Starr, which explains (if not justifies) his contention that all of his troubles have been the result of a vengeful conspiracy by the Clintons, their allies in the Democrat party and unnamed, shadowy liberal or Communistic billionaires (George Soros?  Tom Steyer?  Assorted members of the Hollywood mafia?).  He was elevated from the D.C. district of the Federal Appeals Court, where he built a reputation as a solidly conservative but sane justice… during the original Blasey-Ford-less confirmation hearings, he replied to questions upon topics of the day like Roe v. Wade (abortion). Citizens United (dark money) and other partisan issues with a silver, Jesuitical tongue that left Democrats fuming, but unable to pin his tail to the wall.

Blasey-Ford, so herstory goes, kept the assault a secret because she feared (even 30-some years after the fact) that her parents would be angry at her underaged drinking and, you know, ground her or something.  She stated that she escaped from the rape house by running past the drunken, lusty mob downstairs like the heroine in a slasher film, but claimed not to remember how she got home (or dealt with said parents) and finally penned an anonymous account, which she passed on to her local Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who passed it along to Committee Minority chair, Diane Feinstein. 

Here, another mystery arises.  Blasey-Ford said that she agreed to go public only after harassment from the fake and lying (and voracious) media who camped outside her home, begging for interviews.  Feinstein, individually and on behalf of her staff, denied leaking the contents of the letter to the press but did state that she concealed it from Republicans for over a month, out of concern for the privacy of the author.  (There have been some questions regarding this explanations).

Consequently, the allegation was exposed, controversy flamed and panicked Republicans finally agreed to let the Judge and the victim square off before the 23-person confirmation committee, after a couple of postponements.  Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Ia) designated a female prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, to question Blasey-Ford in lieu of the five-minute increments allowed Republican committee members for the very sensible reason that having a female rape victim grilled by eleven old, white men would look bad, perhaps as bad as the lambasting doled out to Anita Hill in her testimony against once and present Justice Clarence Thomas back in 1991.

 

THE TESTIMONY…

 

Blasey-Ford was sworn in, after which Mitchell opined: “I see that you are terrified, and that’s not right,” attempting to assure the witness that she was among friends.  The prosecutor cautiously guided Blasey-Ford through a herstory of the night in 1982, which she and a friend (identified as Leland Keyser) attended a party at a house in Bethesda, wherein all the adults were away and the boys in residence were Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge, another boy identified as P. J. and a fourth… then, as now, another mystery boy… were drinking beer and engaging in teenaged hijinks.

Blasey-Ford stated that she started up the stairs to use the second floor facilities when Kavanaugh and Judge attacked her from behind, pushed and beat her and threw her onto a bed in a darkened bedroom with loud music playing on a stereo. (Neither side ever asked her what song was playing.)  When she tried to scream, the SCOTUS nominee placed a hand over her month, causing her to fear that he would kill her accidentally.  Laying atop her, with Judge atop him, he attempted to “grind” his genitals into her, but apparently suffered from failure to launch and when the two drunken boys fell off her and the bed, Blasey-Ford ran out of the room and downstairs into the party room (into which Mssrs. K and J had been magically transported, but could only stare drunkenly while she ran out the door and into the street).  Unable to remember how she got home or what happened thereafter, the victim stated that she now suffered from PTSD due to the incident, including a fear of flying… somewhat undercut by the well-prepared Mitchell, who noted that she had flown to several distant, exotic locations, to which the witness replied “it’s easier when you’re on vacation.”

The partisan sniping had already commenced, with numerous interruptions of the process, when she answered an ambush question by Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) as to what she did or did not remember of the evening by stating that it was the laughter Kavanaugh and Judge shared… “Indelible in my hippocampus is the laughter.”  She is, after all, a psychologist and used other medical terminologies during the course of the testimony, perhaps impressing her expertise upon some, perhaps annoying others.

Under Mitchell’s gentle but firm inquisition, Blasey-Ford stated that she had voiced her outrage to “friends on the beach” anonymously tested the Washington Post on July 6th and 10th, inspired by the #MeToo movement and now feeling that it was her “civic duty” to stop the nomination of a staunch Catholic and conservative Judge (vetted and greenlighted by the Federalist Society and other right-wing think tanks dedicated to, among other things, reversing Roe v. Wade, re-criminalizing abortion… and perhaps birth control, too).  When no reply was forthcoming, she passed the contents of the letter on to Eshoo, who turned it over to Feinstein. 

(The Post finally sent one Emma Brom to interview Blasey-Ford, which interview resulted in an article on or about September 16th.)  See Attachment Nine

Sen. Chris Coons (D-De) interrupted again to submit more articles and stated that “boys will be boys” was far too low a standard in the instance of a lifetime appointment already being compared to a “job interview” rather than a criminal process, with its attendant caveats and protocols.

Blasey-Ford concluded the morning session by declaring that she had taken and passed a polygraph, administered by one Jeremiah Hannefin at a Virginia airport after returning from her grandmother’s funeral, commissioned and paid for by mystery persons… later determined to have been her attorneys.  She denied being “coached” and says that she remembers only crying during the session.

Sen. Grassley, who had been forced into the role of a bouncer during the proceedings, breaking in like a football referee to put time back on the clock after interruptions and keep a modicum of order, wincing at the copious flattery offered by Democrats and condescension by Republicans before finally wrapping up the cross-examination of the witness and announcing a break for lunch.

So far, the process had been nominally civil.  This was to change.

 

Back from a (presumably) satisfactory lunch, Prosecutor Mitchell resumed her questioning of Blasey-Ford showing a somewhat harder edge in asking for specifics on the timeline of the evening.  This provoked numerous interruptions by Democrats… most of which were to simply heap flattery on the witness.  “You are speaking truth that this country needs to understand,” declared Cory Booker (D-NJ0 whilst submitting a sheaf of endorsements from unions, youth groups and even Mormons.

“You are not on trial,” advised Kamala Harris (D-Ca) and added that Blasey-Ford had passed the polygraph, named witnesses and consented to an FBI investigation, all of which “Kavanaugh has not.

“History will show that you are a true profile in courage.”

Grassley then ordered another recess… the questioning of Judge Kavanaugh would not be called to order until after 3 PM.  Once the hearing resumed, Brett came out swinging.  He denied that any of the other persons at the house… subsequently identified as that of Timothy Patrick (P. J.) Gaudette… and cast himself as the victim in the melodrama…

“My family and my name have been destroyed by false and vicious accusations… you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy.”

He continued in this vein awhile, citing “gangs, crazy stuff, fights on boats in Rhode Island” and a Democrat who had called him “Evil!”, blaming his ordeal on the Clintons’ long-cooling revenge for Kenneth Starr, and then made the ominous threat as is likely to resonate down the blind alleys of history for four, maybe five decades hence…

          “You sowed the wind, for decades to come I fear the country will reap the whirlwind!”

Amazingly, not one Democrat called him out on this threat to match or outdo a vengeful Clarence Thomas in smiting liberalism and its adherents so long as he is on the bench.

But Breitbart… reportedly President Trump’s favorite loudspeaker… certainly did.

They noted the nominee’s reference to the “widely-criticized treatment” Democratic senators subjected to Ronald Reagan’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork. “The behavior of several of the Democratic members of this committee at my hearing a few weeks ago was an embarrassment, but at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at borking,” BB quoted Kavanaugh.  “Those efforts didn’t work. When I did at least okay enough at the hearings that it looked as though I might actually get confirmed, a new tactic was needed. Some of you were lying in wait and had it ready. This first allegation was held in secret for weeks by a Democratic member of this committee and by staff. It would be needed only if you couldn’t take me out on the merits.”

Crying now, the nominee stated that he was not questioning whether or not Dr. Ford “may have been assaulted by some person, at some time, and in some place,” and vowed: “You may defeat me in the final vote, but you will never get me to quit.”

Next, he moseyed back in time to the idyllic days of 1982 when Ronald Reagan was President and a white boy from a good private school... even a white Catholic boy... had the world at his fingertips.  Kavanaugh cut lawns to raise money to go to football camp, doodled the events of past, present and future on the calendar which would become instrumental to his defense and, as he put it after a few halfhearted denials… perhaps fearing that the Maryland State Police would snatch him up long after the fact and put him through the public ordeal doled out to George W. Bush’s daughters... “drink beer with friends”.  (Although he did not specify his favorite brand, a Saturday Night Live parody asserted that the brewski was American… at which the Senate unanimously cheered and confirmed him.)

“I like beer!” the nominee swaggered defiantly.  “I still like drinking beer.  If everyone who ever drank beer in high school was accused of sexual assault, it would be an ugly place.”

Cringing and wrinkling his nose like a bad bunny, Kavanaugh declared I never had sexual intercourse in high school and for many years after... it was a matter of faith, respect and caution.  My defenders,” he added, knew thay’d be vilified if they defended me.”

“The FBI interviews...” Senator Feinstein began to ask a question, but Kavanaugh shouted her down; calling Swetnick’s accusations of a high school gang rape klub a “farce” and making much ado about semantics... “I never passed out or blacked out (while drunk), but I went to sleep.”  Prosecutor Mitchell asked if he had ever ground his genitalia on Dr. Ford or doctored his calendar – Kavanaugh denied both.

As the language grew ever more graphic, Grassley called for another break, during which the TV guest experts pounced.  On CBS, legal analyst Rikki Kleiman weighed in on Kavanaugh’s side, asserting: “You can’t fake that (authenticity),” and calling him a “counterbalance” to Dr. Ford.  When the Committee returned, attention turned from beer to the nominee’s student yearbook.

Puzzling over several arcane references attributed to or by Kavanaugh, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) elicited the following translations of 1982-speak from the nominee...

Ralph Club – Kavanaugh’s word for throwing up, he confessed that he had a weak stomach,

         Boofing – flatulence (K denied a cryptic reference to one “alumnus” named “Renate”), and

          Devil’s Triangle – a drinking game, played with three glasses of something stronger than beer.

(Subsequently, self-proclaimed experts disagreed... “Ralph Club” was alcohol-related vomiting, “boofing” was the act of having alcohol poured into one’s anus and the “Devil’s Triangle” was just another term for the plain ol’ three-way... said experts refrained from commenting on the implications of the latter two on Brett’s tight relationship with his bros.)

After John Corn (R-Tx) warned that rejection of the nominee would result in “criminal exposure” without specifying to whom this might apply... Kavanaugh, Blasey-Ford, the unnamed, un-present witnesses or even the Democratic Senators... Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn) reiterated the victim’s willingness to take a polygraph and be vetted by the FBI, asking where was Mark Judge?

Kavanaugh interrupted, asking the Senator if she had ever had blackouts while drinking or, for that matter, had ever gotten stinking drunk and done things she later regretted.

Grassley, sensing a gender-bender called for another recess, hoping to cool things down.  But when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a crony of McCain’s and occasional thorn in the President’s big toe, took center stage, all pretense of decorum and civility flew out of the room like rats being carried off by buzzards.

Graham: If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us. What you [Democrats] want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that. Not me.

You got nothing to apologize for. When [you see Justices] Sotomayer and Kagan, say hello because I voted for them. I’d never do to them what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy. Are you a gang rapist?

Kavanaugh: No.

Graham: I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through. Boy, you [Democrats] all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham. That you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None.

She’s as much of a victim as you are. God, I hate to say it because these have been my friends, but let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend. Do you consider this a job interview?

Kavanaugh: The advice and consent rule is like —

Graham: Do you consider that you’ve been through a job interview?

Kavanaugh: I’ve been through a process of advice and consent under the Constitution which —

Graham: Would you say you’ve been through hell?

Kavanaugh: I’ve been through hell and then some.

Graham: This is not a job interview.

Kavanaugh: Yeah.

Graham: This is hell. This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap. Your high school yearbook. You have interacted with professional women all your life, not one accusation. You’re supposed to be Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high school. And all of a sudden you got over it. It’s been my understanding that if you drug women and rape them for two years in high school, you probably don’t stop.

Here’s my understanding. If you lived a good life, people would recognize it like the American bar association has the gold standard. “His integrity is absolutely unquestioned. He is the very circumspect in his personal conduct, harbors no biases or prejudices. Entirely ethical. Is a really decent person. Is warm, friendly, unassuming. He’s the nicest person.” ...

One thing I can you should be proud of: Ashley, you should be proud of this. That you raised a daughter who had the good character to pray for Dr. Ford. To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics. ...

I hope you’re on the Supreme Court. That’s exactly where you should be. And I hope that the American people will see through this charade. And I wish you well. You well. And I intend to vote for you, and I hope everybody who’s fair minded will.

 

The donkeys returned to the hunt.  Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct) stated that the core of what all parties here were seeking was “credibility”.  He noted that the yearbooked Renata Dolphin had denied having sex with the judge (or with Judge, who had had his lawyer sign his affidavit) and had suffered great harm.  Was “alumnus” code for “whore” he asked the nominee, whose stammering about attending Red Sox games elicited further accusations, like “Do you say that the motivation of Dr. Ford was revenge on behalf of a left-wing conspiracy?”

Thom Tillis (R-NC) revived the “search and destroy” chestnut and accused Democrats of a contempt of process by boycotting prior hearings and, in case they were victorious, purchasing URLs to start fundraising and lobbying for STOPx (x being other potential nominees).  Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked whether Kavanaugh drank beer on weekdays and, as he was waving the calendar, the nominee admitted “Yes... July 21st, skis and brewskis.”  Booker then asked if the people who believe Dr. Ford are despicable.

Ted Cruz (D-Tx) doubled down, citing the despicability of both Democrats and the media, but noted that “...even the New York Times refused to mention Sanchez and Sweatnick.”  Turning sentimental, he said: “Watching your mother’s pained face has been heart-wrenching,” and adding that the calendar was proof of Kavanaugh’s veracity.  He then charged the despicable donkeys of exploiting Ford as cruelly as the nominee by leaking the letters to Eshoo, Feinstein and the WashPost.

“Somebody leaked it,” he accused Feinstein, “if it was not you, was it your staff?”

DiFi retorted that Fords friends had leaked it.

(An interjection from DJI Managing Editor Brian Doohan: Feinstein is probably the most dishonest and self-serving Senator on either side of the aisle; her scheming to be chosen Walter Mondale’s vice in 1984 included provoking a “police riot” similar to Chicago 1968 to bolster her law and order credentials; I had to roam across the country by Greyhound telling protesters not to come to San Francisco unless they were into maximum streetfighting.  Feinstein lost the nomination to Geraldine Ferraro, who dropped out of sight... too bad it wasn’t DiFi.  She was absolutely capable of throwing Ford under the bus.)  More on this in Attachments 7 (A through D) – two from the left, two from the right.

After Kavanaugh told California’s other Senator Kamala Harris that he had not taken a polygraph because he considered them “unreliable”, Jeff Flake stood up to call the process imperfect... “but it’s all we got.”  We’ll never move beyond doubt, he added, so we should all have humility.

John Kennedy (R-La) tried to elevate the tenor of the disaster.  “Do you believe in God?” he asked.  After the judge said that he did, Kennedy commanded: “In front of God and Country, looke me in the eye and tell me are Dr. Ford’s allegations true?”

Kavanaugh replied “No!”, repeated the process with reference to Ramirez and Sweatnick, and the long day’s journey was over.

 

DARK HORSE TRADING, and…

 

Democrats and Republicans both went home to bed (and, for some, a brewski or six) and returned on Friday, bleary-eyed and draggle-tailed and ready to approve the nomination and pass it on to the full Senate to be voted on – perhaps as early as today.  Overnight, the American Bar Association had de-endorsed Kavanaugh, calling for an FBI investigation, and the Jesuit magazine America rescinded its endorsement.  (See Attachments Three and Five)

Grassley wearily recited the rules: the committee would take its vote, although either outcome would not result in a final decision.  They could recommend or not, but the matter would still be taken up by the full Senate where, as had long been the case, speculation centered around the two female Republicans... Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska... and a potential dark horse, Arizona’s Jeff Flake, a hard conservative who had been having so many policy and personal differences with President Trump that he had retired, rather than seeking re-election.  Further, he had been mousetrapped in an elevator by two MeToo-ish protestors, both claiming to be sexual assault victims... rather than screaming for the police, the Senator listened to their ranting and, apparently, gave thought to the reasoning behind the rhetoric overnight.

Still, it was a jolt to Don Jones (and especially to Donald J. Trump) when Flake arose in the middle of proceedings and dragooned Delaware Democrat Coons out of the room and disappeared into what was later revealed to be a phone booth... entering as a mild-mannered right-wing Republican, but emerging as a liberal superhero.  A deal had been cut... Flake would vote to pass on Kavanaugh to the full Senate with a positive recommendation, but only if the FBI was given a week to clean up loose ends (and hiding witnesses) and do their job.  Mitchell said that the process would be illegal were this a criminal proceeding but, since it was only a job interview, or whatever, she washed her hands of the matter.

Even Fox News acknowledged that “the call throws into doubt whether Kavanaugh can win enough support,” and that… “(t)he development caught the White House by surprise, just as the momentum started to shift in Kavanaugh's direction.”

“Somebody’s got to explain this to Trump,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, told reporters, modestly. “I guess that will be my job.” 

Minutes later, when asked by reporters whether he's willing to re-open a background investigation, President Trump said: "I'm going to rely on all of the people, including [Sen. Chuck] Grassley, who is doing a very good job. That will be a decision that they are going to make and I suspect they will be making some decision soon." 

The FBI contacted and interviewed Ramirez over the weekend, but apparently has no plans to soil its hands with Sweatnick or, especially, her lawyer... Avenetti was duly outraged, but most of the media gave him little or no coverage.  And there the matter stands... the Senators returned to their desks today, wondering what would next drop out of the sky.  (It was an alleged bar fight that the not-so-majestic magistrate had engaged in three years after, in 1985... Democrats crowed that this incident was only thirty-two years old (!) not thirty-six.)  President Trump, citing the immediacy of the moment, told embattled Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to take a hike... he’d fire him after the Committee or the full Senate decided upon Kavanaugh, or maybe after the midterm elections, or maybe not at all.

 

PEANUT GALLERIES, POWERFUL and NOT and…

 

If the politicians were taking a breather, the media... lying, failing or not... were cooking with gas.  The usual suspects clocked in with their usual partisan pieties.

Celebrity journalist Ronan Farrow expressed liberal indignation.  “E-mails show Republican Senate staff stymied a Kavanaugh accuser's effort to give testimony. "I’ve never encountered an instance where the Committee has refused even to speak with an individual or committee.”

Freerepublic.com went after Don Jones with chainsaws and tire irons.  THIS is the Democrat party. Any decent person who belongs to this party should do the honorable thing and resign their party affiliation. To remain in this party after this display, is to enable and support this toxic cancer of a party.

 

Around the country, editorial and op-ed scriveners at the failing, lying press also had what they had to say.  The New York Times, waxing non-partisan, did list a sampling of views left, right and center (See Attachment Four), although its own take was decidedly sinistrial (or just downright sinister to the red staters.)  Some other editorial excerpts from assorted publications highlighted the geographic, as well as ideological and gender divides...

 

Arizona Republic

Brett Kavanaugh swung ... and missed the most important part of his defense

I would think that a man who has been through the sheer hell Kavanaugh describes…would not just ask for an FBI investigation to probe the claims now lodged by three women…he’d demand it.

Arizona Republic (again)

Brett Kavanaugh hearing is just the latest reminder of how deeply misogynist we are

Even in these supposedly woke days of #MeToo, the view endures that what happens to women/girls is less important than what happens to men/boys.

Beldar (Remulak Post via Twitter)

Confirm him and get this 'resistance' clown show farce over with. Democrats don't deserve to be called Americans, the scheisters.

Boston Globe

Brett Kavanaugh and the tears of a bully

Brett Kavanaugh was as mad as a privileged white man can be at the prospect of losing a coveted seat on the US Supreme Court to a girl who wasn’t part of his Georgetown Prep social circle...

Boston Herald

At long last the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process is over and after a committee vote yesterday it now falls to the full senate for a vote.

If we have learned anything, though, from this nomination process, it is that Democrats do not mean to do anything but obstruct and disrupt for as long as they can, right up until the midterm elections in November.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should call the vote in the full Senate as soon as possible. Ideally Flake’s concerns can be appeased with a grand gesture on behalf of McConnell, but the minority party has shown no good-faith effort to work in a bipartisan fashion in seating the next Supreme Court justice. They should vote, now.

Chicago Tribune

 

Send job applicant Brett Kavanaugh a rejection letter

There are many conservative judges in the pipeline who are unlikely to be dogged by the sorts of multiple, ugly allegations of past sexual abuse that are now hanging over Kavanaugh’s head.

Chicago Tribune

The Kavanaugh vote delay: Smart move, senators.

Dallas Morning News

In the wake of John McCain’s death, the country — and even more surprisingly, our nation’s capital — experienced a few blessed days when partisan rancor was washed away by tears of grief and love of country.

Then came Tuesday, when the bitter divisiveness that has defined Washington in recent years returned with Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Frequent disruptions by protesters and interruptions by Senate Democrats calling for a delay in the hearings led Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, to call the scene “mob rule.” Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, heard something altogether different, calling it the “noise of democracy.”

How unruly was opening day? As Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley recalled Wednesday, “Democratic senators interrupted the hearing 63 times before lunch, and in the audience 70 people were arrested yesterday who were following their lead.” (9/8)

Denver Post

If some of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s lower court opinions and dissents were applied at the highest court of the land, it’s possible state and local bans on semiautomatic assault rifles would be struck down and that the religious beliefs of some bosses could dictate whether insurance covers contraception for many women.

These are outcomes we cannot support, and outcomes that we know many, if not most, Coloradans would not support.  (9/10)

Des Moines Register

Even if Kavanaugh is innocent, his confirmation could damage the Supreme Court.  (9/28)

Fort Wayne IN News-Sentinel

News-Sentinel.com has in this space repeatedly warned Indiana’s Democratic senator, Joe Donnelly, that if he failed to support President Donald Trump’s pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court in the full Senate confirmation vote, he would risk losing his office in the November election.

Donnelly said in his statement Friday, “As I have made clear before, sexual assault has no place in our society. When it does occur, we should listen to the survivors and work to ensure it never happens again. That should not be a partisan issue.”

While we agree with that statement, we cannot justify his apparent conclusion either that Judge Kavanaugh is guilty, although no conclusions were made in the hearing on Thursday, or that there is any purpose served in an FBI investigation. Kavanaugh should be innocent till proved guilty, and he has certainly not been proved guilty.

Voters should respond to a Donnelly “no” vote against Kavanaugh on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with a “no” vote against Donnelly’s bid for another six years in Washington, D.C.

Fox News

 

Confirm Kavanaugh -- He rightly called out the politics of 'search and destroy'

Kavanaugh was right to call the confirmation process a “disgrace”...whatever one thinks of Christine Blasey Ford’s assault accusation, she offered no corroboration or new supporting evidence.

Fox News (again)

 

At Kavanaugh hearing, Democrats' outrageous conduct victimizes him, For…

Most people who are grievously wronged react with outrage. In his statement and testimony, Kavanaugh expressed such righteous indignation. His defense of himself was forceful and convincing.

NBC News

 

Brett Kavanaugh accusations: Republicans' skepticism about unreported gang rapes is ignored.

It doesn't take much to understand why many victims wouldn’t report their assaults for years. But it does require listening to women.

New York Times

In a more virtuous world, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be deeply embarrassed by the manner in which he has arrived at the doorstep of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

He was nominated by a president who undermines daily the nation’s democratic order and mocks the constitutional values that Judge Kavanaugh purports to hold dear.

Now he’s being rammed through his confirmation process with an unprecedented degree of secrecy and partisan maneuvering by Republican senators who, despite their overflowing praise for his legal acumen and sterling credentials, appear terrified for the American people to find out much of anything about him beyond his penchant for coaching girls’ basketball.  (9/7 pre BF)

Oshkosh (Wi) Northwestern

At this point, Republicans need to listen to Flake and whoever joins him and pause their rush to confirmation to get more questions answered. An investigation by the FBI or special counsels named by Republicans and Democrats would have been better before the committee held its hearing. Witnesses should have been subpoenaed. But an FBI inquiry now is better than a stampede to confirmation. No honest inquiry into Kavanaugh's fitness to serve on the Supreme Court can end without a further search for the truth.

At a minimum, Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh whom Ford has alleged was an accomplice and witness to the assault, should be interviewed by the FBI. Judge's lawyer said Friday his client would cooperate.

S.P. (Twitter)

I am getting tired of all of this......Someone needs to run a full background investigation on Christine Blasey Ford and see what comes up. Interview the people that she has dated in the past and see just what kind of person she really is... At 15 years old running around, drinking and partying with older guys???? Back in my day we had a name for girls like that..... and they were very popular with all of the guys.. Someone should start a "Go Fund me Page" for full background checks on all of the accusers and publish the results..... I would donate for that......

San Francisco Chronicle

On Friday morning, Flake was confronted by a 23-year-old woman named Maria Gallagher at the Senate building. In an excruciating exchange captured on video, Gallagher told Flake that she had been sexually assaulted and that his yes vote for Kavanaugh was a way of “telling all women that they don’t matter.”

Shortly thereafter, Flake announced he would not vote yes on final confirmation until an FBI investigation had taken place. There’s no other way forward for a country at odds over this critical court seat.

San Jose Mercury News

After a week of political whiplash, Republicans and President Trump have finally agreed to an FBI investigation of the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Amid all the political grandstanding, three lessons emerged:

• Blasey Ford’s agonizing testimony was not only credible but also believable. Her opening statement and the bravery she displayed in answering questions revealed to the nation the pain survivors face when they come forward.

• Kavanaugh’s angry attempt to marginalize Blasey Ford’s testimony as a partisan attack was the best evidence yet that he does not have the judicial temperament to serve on the Supreme Court, or as a judge at any level.

• Twenty-seven years after the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, society has made virtually no progress in how we deal with cases of sexual harassment and assault. It’s unacceptable.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Senate wisely waits for the facts on Kavanaugh.

Tampa Bay Times

FBI investigation is best way forward.

Trump, Donald J.

Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!

USA Today

 

Kavanaugh vs. Ford testimonies cry out for an investigation before a vote

At this point, Republicans need to pause their rush to confirmation...No honest inquiry into Kavanaugh's fitness to serve on the Supreme Court can end without a further search for truth.

USA Today (again)

 

Senators tried to discredit Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

We cannot allow Ford, Swetnick and Ramirez to bear the slings and arrows strewn by social media trolls, so-called men’s rights activists and public commentators who operate in bad faith.

Wall Street Journal

The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, and on Monday it caused Republicans to delay a confirmation vote and schedule another public hearing. Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.  (9/17)

Washington Post

 

What was Rachel Mitchell doing?

This was a woman unsophisticated in the legal process and political warfare who tried to navigate her way through a hellish experience that could not possibly inure to her benefit.

WRAL (Raleigh, NC)

Why Kavanaugh wasn't believable and why Blasey Ford was

What a study in contrasts: Where Christine Blasey Ford was calm and dignified, Brett Kavanaugh was volatile and belligerent...where she was credible and unshakable...he was at some points evasive...

 

Foreigners simply shook their heads over the crazy Americans and consoled themselves with history (or herstory, as it were).  Right-wingers reminded their base of the borking that had been dished out to Robert Bork back in the day.  CBC Canada was not the first, nor the onliest to dredge up the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill kerfuffle.  “The dramatic and emotional testimony heard Thursday at the U.S. Senate judiciary committee drew comparisons to a similar hearing years ago, when another Supreme Court nominee was facing questions about alleged sexual misconduct.”  See Attachment Eight.  More at https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/kavanaugh-ford-thomas-hill-1.4841559

CNN scanned the globe for reactions, finding that most of them were not pretty.  Kavanaugh “did himself no favors” was their verdict.

Don Jones obviously loved or hated the proceedings, if he and the Joneses had time to remain glued to his television.  The Dow was down slightly… blame Elon Musk who is slowly going crazy.  Bad week for music, Spirit suit against Led Zep’s “Stairway” but Little Roger’s Gilligan parody isn’t.  Marty Balin and Otis Rush pass on.

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

See a further explanation of categories here

                                                                          ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                              

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

        INCOME

(24%)

6/27/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

9/17/18

9/24/18

OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 points

9/24/18

+0.35%

Oct. 2018

1,494.59

1,494.59

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   22.73

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

10/1/18

+0.06%

10/8/18

684.41

684.81

debtclock.org/    32.235

 

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

9/24/18

    nc

Oct. 2018

1,167.12

1,167.12

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000     3.9

 

Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

10/1/18

-0.04%

10/8/18

551.22

551.44

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6.225.5

 

Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

2%

300

10/1/18

-0.20%

10/8/18

545.53

547.14

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    11,832

 

Workforce Participation

Number (in millions)

Percentage (DC)

2%

300

10/1/18

+0.25%

 -0.001%

10/8/18

283.47

283.47

Americans in/not in workforce (mil.)105

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  61.76%

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

9/24/18

 -0.32%

Oct. 2018

150.59

150.59

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate 62.70

 

OUTGO

(15%)

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

8/13/18

+0.2

10/8/18

965.48

965.48

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.2

Inflation – Food

2%

300

8/13/18

+0.1

10/8/18

276.74

276.74

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.1

               - Gasoline

2%

300

8/13/18

+3.0

10/8/18

281.57

281.57

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +3.0

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

8/13/18

-0.2

10/8/18

261.72

261.72

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm      -0.2

               -  Shelter

2%

300

8/13/18

+0.3

10/8/18

279.46

279.46

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3

       WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

10/1/18

 -1.07%

10/8/18

482.49

477.34

Dow - 26,458.31

 

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

10/1/18

Sales  -0.94%        Valu. -0.89%

Oct. 2018

195.48        239.08

193.65        236.95

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics nc

Sales (M):  5.29 Valuations (K):  267.2

 

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

9/24/18

+0.09%

10/8/18

256.27

256.27

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    58,151

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

      NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

10/1/18

+0.27%

10/8/18

381.13

381.13

debtclock.org/       3.304

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

10/1/18

+0.33%

10/8/18

249.57

249.30

debtclock.org/       4.220

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

10/1/18

+0.06%

10/8/18

338.93

338.74

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    21,505

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

10/1/18

+0.08%

10/8/18

360.46

360.21

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    71,191

 

       GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

10/1/18

-0.51%

10/8/18

314.62

312.96

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6.257

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

9/24/18

-1.26%

Oct. ‘18

167.36

167.36

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/exh1.txt 211.1 nc

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

9/24/18

-0.38%

Oct. ‘18

127.54

127.54

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/exh1.txt 261.2

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

9/24/18

-7.58%

Oct. ‘18

100.50

100.50

Do the math.

 

 

     

                                                                         SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX           (15%)

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

10/1/18

  -0.3%

10/8/18

439.81

438.49

Trump touts himself at UN; dictators laugh.   He threatens Venezuela and OPEC, greenlights Rohyngya slaughter, redlights Puerto Rican statehood.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

10/1/18

  -0.1%

10/8/18

223.65

223.87

Dutch police round up seven evildoers.

 

Politics

3%

450

10/1/18

     nc

10/8/18

441.73

441.73

Trump signs $855 B budget that nobody is happy with.  House greenlights another whopping tax cut for the rich.  And side-takers take sides during Kav hearings.

 

Economics

3%

450

10/1/18

  -0.1%

10/8/18

445.14

444.69

OPEC caps production.  Ford loses a bil on tariffs, Sears, Starbucks and Uber lose money and Tesla loses a lot of money after SEC sues Smokin’ Elon Musk.  Arby’s buys Sonic (and its two annoying pitchmen).  Fed raises interest rates and mortgage rates hit 7 year high.

 

Crime

1%

150

10/1/18

  -0.4%

10/8/18

232.29

233.22

Plastic gunmaker extradited for sex crimes.  LA homeless murderer nabbed… he’s an illegal immigrant

 

 

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

Environment/Weather