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Ronan Farrow: “New Allegation Of Sexual Misconduct Against Brett Kavanaugh.”

September 23, 2018

When Ronan Farrow reports a story……….wow.

This will add another dimension to the Brett Kavanaugh story which may start to make White House officials ponder an exit strategy.  At some point the narrative is no longer controlled by those seeking to advance the nominee, and instead the public backlash has more consequences than the benefits of pushing forward.   That is a political reality that is now coming close to taking hold.

The woman at the center of the story, Deborah Ramirez, who is fifty-three, attended Yale with Kavanaugh, where she studied sociology and psychology. Later, she spent years working for an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. The New Yorker contacted Ramirez after learning of her possible involvement in an incident involving Kavanaugh. The allegation was conveyed to Democratic senators by a civil-rights lawyer. For Ramirez, the sudden attention has been unwelcome, and prompted difficult choices. She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty. After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident. “I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted,” she said.

 

 

Over-Weight Football Player Clay Matthews Pounces On Opponent

September 23, 2018

Today James and I sat outside most the day reading.  Late this afternoon some passersby walked along and as we struck a conversation the topic of football came up. (That line of conversation was not started from us.)  Green Bay was plowed under as we took in the sun. Yawn.

But then a troubling story was told about the roughing from Clay Matthews.  Apparently last week Mathews, more or less, lifted a player and drove him harshly into the ground.  He was presented with a flag for that offensive behavior, and the same was given to Matthews today for a similar type of bad sportsmanship.

But the part that made me cringe was that instead of some strategic maneuver to make a play Matthews today used all of his weight to land squarely on a member of the other team.  I know nothing about football but think Matthews plays dirty.

As this conversation was playing out a man who lives down our street came by, and hearing this mess with over-weight guys, said the real action was taking place with lean and mean Tiger Woods and his winning ways on a golf course.

This weekend was the start of fall, and today as breezes came off the lake leaves let go of trees and floated about.  The sun was warm and there was every reason to be outside.  That people hunkered indoors to see over-weight guys plow into each other says a great deal about the national pablum that is provided to keep certain people docile on the couch.

And so it goes.

Best Book In Years…. “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”

September 23, 2018

Simply put this was the best book I have read in years.

Funny,  Well written.  Plotted perfectly.  And it had not one thing to do with the current headlines.  The book has been read and loved on an international scale with more than six million copies bought and treasured.  There is no way to underscore how much I loved it, and wish others to enjoy it, too.  As I blog this post James is reading and laughing as the pages turn.

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . .

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique.

Gun Industry Needs To Get in Line With Suicide-Prevention Efforts

September 23, 2018

As a nation we must get a grip on the matter concerning gun violence.

I was happy to read more about a joint effort to stem America’s rising suicide rate.  There has long been an effort to bring together two longtime adversaries: the medical community, which typically, and correctly, sees guns as a public health threat, and the firearms industry which is interested in more sales and less and less restrictions.

In 2016, the U.S. saw nearly 23,000 gun suicides, far outnumbering gun homicides.  Those numbers can not be accepted by any nation.

Therefore it is only proper–at the very minimum–that gun sellers and range owners step up and share suicide-prevention literature, teach workers to recognize distress among customers and welcome prevention advocates to firearm trade shows.

Let us be clear as a nation.  If gun merchants are going to peddle deadly weapons they also need to offer people help if they have any problems.

And Lord knows we have problems galore due to the gun industry.

Meet The Biggest Spender On Federal Elections In All Of American Politics

September 23, 2018

I contend this is not good for the political process.  Regardless of which side of the political aisle they claim.

Mr. Adelson plays an outsize, if largely behind-the-scenes, role in Israel. Long a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he began financing a free, right-leaning tabloid newspaper, Israel Hayom, in 2007 that many Israelis consider a mouthpiece for Mr. Netanyahu. It has since become the largest-circulation Hebrew newspaper.

Longtime supporters of Jewish settlement projects in the West Bank, the Adelsons have also pledged millions of dollars for the expansion of Ariel University, in the heart of the occupied territory, including a medical school that will be named for the couple.

Tense Family Gathering For Congressman Paul Gosar This Thanksgiving

September 22, 2018

I always said I had a brother akin to Billy Carter.   So we all can feel for the siblings of Congressman Paul Gosar.

“My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump. These disgruntled Hillary supporters are related by blood to me but like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family. Stalin would be proud.”

— Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), on Twitter, responding to his six sibling featured in an advertisement for his Democratic opponent.

Showtime In Washington

September 22, 2018

Lawyers for the woman who’s accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault decades ago when they were teenagers say they’ve accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request for her to tell her story.

But attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say in a letter to the committee’s Republican majority that they want to set up a time later Saturday to keep discussing terms of Ford’s appearance.

The letter says Ford ‘‘accepts’’ the committee’s request that in the coming week she would ‘‘provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct.’’

The lawyers say they are ‘‘hopeful that we can reach agreement on details’’ of Ford’s appearance.

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