“Are you willing to request that the White House direct the FBI to investigate the current allegations against you?”

I hadn’t watched most of the hearings that were conducted Thursday, with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh as primary witnesses. I figured that I’d catch the evening news and hear the wrap-up at that time, but when I dialed up CBS at 6:30 PM Thursday, I was confronted with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, still in full swing. Senators Feinstein, Grassley, and Cornyn were having a discussion regarding whether the Senate in the person of one of its members, had been responsible for the outing of Dr. Ford. Once that issue was resolved, questioning of Judge Kavanaugh was passed to Senator Kamala Harris. Her first question was the one listed above. I listened as Kavanaugh answered in virtually every way possible, except to say simply “Yes” or “No.”

Maybe this is too obvious to be bothered with, but let’s be real here. Christine Blasey Ford did NOT want to come forward. She presented herself to Senator Feinstein and asked her to maintain their communications and Ford’s status as secure and private, until her name found its way to the press. At that point Dr. Ford came forward and the process of her being admitted to testify before the Judiciary Committee began, culminating in the meeting referred to here. Nota bene: She really didn’t want to do this. Indeed, early in her prepared statement, she declares bluntly: “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified.” Nevertheless, she was motivated to expose herself to that scrutiny anyway, because she thought her experience of 36 years ago was a crucial datum which she was obliged to provide to that committee. In addition, as has been reported by multiple sources, she has received death threats and been forced to evacuate her home, along with her children, to maintain her own security … when she could have just as easily stayed at home and done nothing.

Dr. Ford and at least three other women have been exposed to light they did not seek out for themselves. They did so because their experience with Supreme Court Justice Candidate Brett Kavanaugh sufficiently disturbed them that they could not remain silent. Because of this, their lives will be dislocated, at least temporarily if not over a considerable length of time because they chose to speak up. CNN reports that Dr. Ford’s testimony earlier Thursday was “credible” and consistent with her previous statements. She has taken and passed a polygraph test. Calls have been made even before the aforementioned question for the FBI to reopen its investigation into Brett Kavanaugh’s history, yet no such inquiry has been initiated. And Brett Kavanaugh will apparently not answer a straightforward question which would lead to such additional research.

Why is that? I have an idea:

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
-- John 3:20

Sometimes the bible actually gets it right.  ’Nuff said.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on September 28, 2018 at 3:13pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee proved itself a Rethuglican kangaroo court this morning, voting along party lines to advance "Above the Law" Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. This without hearing from Mark Judge or any other witnesses, this without an FBI investigation into these credible allegations, which could have cleared Kavanaugh.

Related: the message to my senators in Writing to Congress.

... Sometimes the bible actually gets it right.

Reminds me of the article "As Authoritarians Band Together, We Need a Global Opposition Movement" (Truthout) -- Israeli authoritarians don't see hard-right Holocaust denial as a deal-breaker in foreign leaders; plus discussion of Trump, Putin, Erdogan, etc. The photo of Israeli protesters features signs in English with "Stop the Killings!" and signs in Hebrew with what turns out to be a Bible quote, from Psalms: "Turn from evil and do good."

(Good advice, when removed from its context of seeking and fearing "the Lord".)

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2018 at 9:12am

There were a whole bunch of men present that day who were embarrassing themselves, with Kavanagh and Graham at the top of the list. Kavanaugh's facial expressions reminded me of a petulant child who'd been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Meanwhile, Dr. Ford presented herself remarkably well.

Unfortunately, none of this may mean a damn thing.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 28, 2018 at 7:25am

The whole Kavanaugh side of the hearings was sad, pathetic, and upsetting. However shameful as it was, as I write this, I'm not optimistic. Evidence? Lindsay Graham's diatribe.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2018 at 6:01am

The silence was deafening! Cries for help, appeals for compassion, seeking someone or something to stop the assaults, whether rape, molestation, bullying, exploitation or violence in the family, physical, sexual, or emotional, the silent response occurred generation after generation. 

Helplessness grows out of such neglect. Discounts, trivializations, put-downs, and demonizations yield no freedom. 

Women and men, girls and boys, scarred by cruel assaults by those of society who harm them, scream silently. Years go by. The silent screams, once aroused by an incident suddenly jars awake those withheld outcries. Once again, the vocal sounds become discounted, trivialized, put-down, and demonized with the label #MeToo!

#MeToo comes from centuries of self-censorship in the attempt to escape the embarrassment of being ignored. One who hears the cries of the #MeToo population empowers those helpless people to gain the strength needed to demand justice. 

We have learned of the gang-rapes committed by disgusting young men in positions of privilege, beginning to realize that these episodes may have been handed down from the fathers to the sons. Certainly, we now witness the despicable attitudes of the President of the United States as the leader of privileged men in our Legislative and Judicial Branches of Government. The Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee comprises 11 men, all following in the unscrupulous footsteps of their leader without a sense of shame. 

Remember the experiences of girls, raped by boys, in what we now call "Date rapes, who had to go through a legal process now referred to as "The second rape?" Girls didn't count when facing the judges that didn't want to harm the reputations of the boys.

Who are the members of the GOP Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin G. Hatch (UT), Lindsey Graham (SC), John Cornyn (TX), Michael S. Lee (UT), Ted Cruz (TX), Ben Sasse (NE), Jeff Flake (AZ), Mike Crapo (ID), Thom Tillis (NC), and John Kennedy (LA).

I will be watching the result of the judgment of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2018 at 10:57pm

Sadly very true, Frankie, as evinced by those ridiculous, testosterone-soaked outbursts from the likes of Lindsey Graham and his fellows, which were partisan yet utterly tone-deaf to the overall situation.  At this point, we can only hope that the committee vote, and more importantly the full Senate vote, might possibly reflect a greater wisdom than was in evidence today.

The hope is thin, I'll grant you, but I will insist that it IS there.

Comment by Frankie Dapper on September 27, 2018 at 10:39pm

When the scum of the usa elect Trump who grabs em by the pussy and treats women as objects the unspoken reality is that it is no big deal if K. has attempted rape or otherwise sexually exploited women.

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