Back in September, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Former Workplace Creeper Clarence Thomas gave a speech at the University of Notre Dame. In it, he chastised judges for becoming too political. “The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous,” he said. Then a huge Vortex of Irony formed over Justice Thomas, and pulled him and all attendees into a void, never to be seen again. Not really, but such criticisms are rich coming from the Federalists Society’s 2016 keynote speaker. The Deeply Hurt Feelings of the Supreme Court’s Conservatives theme … Continue reading Supremely Anti-Democratic
Iowa Stubborn. Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Chuck Grassley
The Ego Has Crash Landed. Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Michael Avenatti
It’s been another bad weather week in New Orleans. I’m actually looking forward to what is forecast to be a hot weekend because I’m so tired of rain and being weather-aware. Hell, it’s not even hurricane season yet. Btw, my name is on the hurricane list and I don’t mean my pen name, Adrastos. I’m not displeased, I don’t mind scaring people.
Beatles month continues with one by George Harrison. He wrote this week’s theme song for The Beatles 1966 album Revolver. It was their first record to take a walk on the experimental side, especially in Lennon’s songs. George’s lyrics for I Want To Tell You are somewhat surrealistic hence the Max Ernst featured image. Max is my go-to surrealist.
We have four versions of I Want To Tell You for your listening pleasure: The Beatles original, George live with Eric Clapton’s band, The Smithereens, and Jeff Lynne from the Concert For George.
Like George, my mind is filled with things to say. I’ll share them after the jump.
I mean, how even are you supposed to do this job? Fallout from the #MeToo movement continues to be one of the most polarizing topics in our current political climate. For parents of sons, navigating complex and sensitive conversations with their boys about sexual consent, harassment and assault, and respect for women and LGBTQ people is difficult enough, especially when they’re young. And, it’s only compounded by the fear President Trump is helping to spread that young men could be unjustly accused. Here’s an idea. Just spitballing. Just throwing this out there. A suggestion for you to pass on to your young men. DON’T RAPE … Continue reading You Guys It Is HARD Telling Boys Not to Rape
Last fall, I devoted much of my blog-tention to the Kavanaugh Mess. I wrote some 20 posts about it and even created a category devoted to all things Justice Bro. I’d effectively retired the category until today when it roared … Continue reading The Return Of The Kavanaugh Mess
Adrastos takes a look at the campaign with 27 days to go. Continue reading First Draft Potpourri: Campaign Notes
Sorry for using the word mess twice in the post title. It does, however, describe the state of the nation after the messy confirmation of Justice* Bro. He earned his asterisk by lying to the Senate and the way the … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: The Mess We’re In
I lasted for 2/3 of Collins’ speech and couldn’t take any more. It was not the speech of someone who agonized over her vote; except for lip service to Roe, it was a speech Senators Cornhole or Graslley could have given. She sounded like Kavanaugh’s floor manager instead of a reluctant yes. It’s high time for the MSM to stop calling Collins a moderate. She’s a conservative and always has been one. Enough. Kavanaugh will be confirmed tomorrow but the mess isn’t over. It’s time to take the fight to the hustings and get our voters ready to turn out … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Susan Collins Is Horrible
“What do you do with a drunken Justice?” Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Best Protest Ever
I did not plan to write about the Kavanaugh Mess again tonight. The last piece was written on the fly. It was quite literally instant analysis: I wrote it in 30 minutes. Not bad for a rush job if I say so myself, and I do. That blog post was written and posted before I heard about the latest weird twist in this dizzy drama: Kavanaugh’s Wall Street Journal op-ed article. This is yet another unprecedented development: Supreme Court nominees do NOT write articles defending their demeanor and judgment: “I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: The Curious Case Of The Last-Minute Op-Ed Article
Jeff Flake got what he wanted: political cover to vote aye on the Kavanaugh nomination. I hope Susan Collins writes him a nice thank you note: if she votes aye, it will reduce the odds of a primary challenger in 2020. Collins lives to get re-elected: she doesn’t do anything with the power she has as a Senator, after all. Collins has described the FBI probe as “a thorough investigation,” which means the country is thoroughly screwed. The investigation was cursory at best, a cover-up at worst. Instead of summoning our “better angels,” the Kavanaugh Mess has shown American politics … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: W Is For Whitewash
Adrastos’ latest roundup of the fast moving Kavanaugh confirmation story. Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Red Red Whine & Prolific Pukers
“When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school. It’s a wonder I can think at all.” Continue reading Schooldays
The GOP’s magic word is Himpathy. Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Monday Roundup
My goodness – did Jeff Flake step in it, or what?
President Trump Reacts to Jeff Flake’s Call For a Delay on Kavanaugh
Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
Posted on 9/28/2018, 4:59:07 PM by Kaslin
Speaking from the Oval Office Thursday afternoon, President Trump responded to new calls by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to delay a full confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh until the FBI investigates sexual assault claims from nearly 40 years ago.
“I’m going to let the Senate handle that. They’ll make their decisions. They’ve been doing a good job and very professional. I’m just hearing a little bit about it because I’ve been with the president of Chile and were talking about some very important subjects. I’m sure it will all be very good. I guess the vote was a positive vote but there seems to be a delay. I’ll learn more about it as the day goes on. I just heard about it because we were together,” Trump said. “I’m going to rely on all the people, including Sen. Grassley who is doing a very good job. That is going to be a decision they are going to make and I suspect they’ll be making some decision soon whether to take a vote or do whatever else they want to do. I will be totally reliant on what Sen. Grassley and the group decides to do.
To: KaslinIt any way to lead or even communicate any support for your nominee. Rather, it says it’s ok to trash him and toss him under the bus
To: max americana
Tony Schwartz, who spent a year and a half with him as the ghostwriter for his best-selling The Art of the Deal in 1987, said the fact that Trump “has no attention span” should be an “explicit” issue in the current election. O’Donnell, who put out a tell-all book in 1991 but had kept quiet since then up until recently, wrote last month in his local paper that he’s “horrified” by the possibility of a President Trump partly because Trump’s “attention span was so small it was almost impossible to have a strategic conversation with him.”
Trump himself hasn’t exactly put these fears to rest with recent remarks. He told reporters from the Washington Post he doesn’t like to read long reports (“I want it short”), and he said on MSNBC he’s not overly worried about readying for the upcoming debates against assiduous policy wonk Hillary Clinton (“I’ve seen people do so much prep work when they get out there, they can’t speak”).
It has been a difficult week. I was so exhausted from writing about the Kavanaugh mess that I briefly considered pulling the plug on this week’s extravaganza. I decided it was best to muddle through and provide a modicum of comic relief to my readers. That choice was made easier by the Flake Gambit, which at the very least kicks the can down the road a week. Besides, I like beer and cannot recall if I’ve ever been black-out drunk. Have you? Holy crap, I sound like Judge Bro.
This week’s theme song is credited to Lennon-McCartney but is Pure-D Macca. Got To Get You Into My Life first appeared on my favorite Beatles album, Revolver. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
We have two versions for your listening pleasure: the Beatles and the equally fabulous cover by Earth Wind & Fire.
Now that we’ve had some Macca therapy, let’s meet on the other side of the jump.
Judge Bro to be promoted to Justice Bro. Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: It’s Over (Not Quite)
Adrastos on Kavanaugh’s testy tetchy testimony. Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Act Two Instant Analysis
Christine Brasley Ford (hereinafter CBF) is a superb witness. She’s smart, emotional, wise, and absolutely credible. As a scientist, she is able to explain the science behind her own PTSD. As the husband of a med school professor, I am not surprised: they need to know how to present and explain things in terms that people can understand. Btw, I hate to fly but will do so if need be so I get what CBF said on that subject. As to the GOP’s gambit to have Rachel Mitchell do the questioning, it’s a flop. The choppy format makes it impossible … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Act One Instant Analysis
Brett Kavanaugh goes from Like A Virgin to Like A Robot. Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Like A Virgin
I originally planned to write a non-Kavanaugh Mess post this morning. I was naive. I should have known that all hell was going to break loose when I took a break from political news yesterday. As you have surely heard by now, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow have published another credible account of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh. This time it was while he was student at Yale and the accuser is a former classmate, Deborah Ramirez. In her student days, she was apparently a prim and proper type who preppie louts like Kavanaugh enjoyed taunting. Her … Continue reading Another Fine Kavanaugh Mess Redux
Senate Republicans aren’t the only ones willing to do anything to secure a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court. Enter Ed Whelan who is a major player in the DC conservative legal establishment as well as a friend and associate … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess: Reckless Disregard
Remember when Senate Republicans were in disarray on the Kavanaugh nomination? That was so Monday. They’ve moved on to the lie, deny, and misdirect phase of the nomination process. Last night Lawrence O’Donnell scorched Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch for … Continue reading Another Fine Kavanaugh Mess: The Big Bluff
I was almost hesitant to write about the Kavanaugh mess because the situation is so fluid. It’s like confidently predicting where a tropical system will strike when it’s off the coast of West Africa. Those who are convinced that a judiciary committee vote will take place on Thursday *could* be right. As of this writing, delay is in the air. And delay is not Brett Kavanaugh’s friend. I was relieved when Christine Blasey Ford came forward on Sunday. I had gotten tired of the Feinstein bashing. She was between a rock and a hard place: a constituent (her boss) had … Continue reading The Kavanaugh Mess
Adrastos on the Kavanaugh-Guttenberg incident. Continue reading No More Mr. Nice Judge
I really hadn’t planned a sequel to Monday’s GOP SOP post but it’s time for another acronym fest. The GOP SCOTUS SOP is what could be called the “nice guy narrative.” We’ve seen it many times over the years as … Continue reading GOP SCOTUS SOP
Adrastos on the nomination of Republican pod person Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Continue reading Invasion Of The Federalist Society Body Snatchers