63 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-1-18

  1. Going after the culprits….

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/lindsey-graham-promises-full-scale-probe-into-democrats-handling-of-ford-kavanaugh-allegation

    “Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., vowed Sunday to launch a thorough inquiry into Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to find out whether there was any wrongdoing in how they managed the sexual misconduct allegation Christine Blasey Ford leveled at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    “We’re going to do a wholesale, full scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter it from happening again,” Graham said during an interview on ABC News’ “This Week.”

    “The FBI will do a supplemental background investigation, then I’m going to call for an investigation of what happened in this committee. Who betrayed Dr. Ford’s trust? Who in Feinstein’s office recommended Katz as a lawyer? Why did Ms. Ford not know that the committee was willing to go to California?” Graham continued, referring to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Debra Katz, one of Ford’s attorneys who has been involved in Democratic politics in the past./”

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    More….

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/30/cotton-feinstein-ford-leaked-letter-854019

    “Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine whether it leaked a confidential letter from one of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday.

    Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, also said lawyers recommended to Christine Blasey Ford by Democrats will face a Washington, D.C., bar investigation for telling her that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers would not travel to California to interview her about her sexual-assault allegation.

    “They have betrayed her,” Cotton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “She has been victimized by Democrats … on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh.”

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  2. A really Flakey idea.

    Here’s Ricky’s favorite “principled conservative” selling out again to the Democrats.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/republicans-should-not-have-delayed-the-kavanaugh-vote/

    “You have opponents whose first and only objective is delay. From the start of the confirmation proceedings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, those opponents, Senate Democrats, have thus pushed for delay. At every turn. Of course they never come out and say that’s what they’re doing — they never come out and say, “We’ve abused the confirmation process and dropped a bomb at the eleventh hour, an uncorroborated, 36-year-old allegation of sexual assault, because we’re trying to delay the vote until after the midterms.” But delay is what they want.

    It doesn’t matter what sheep’s clothing the wolf comes in; the wolf is always delay. When they say, “We’re protecting survivors,” they mean, “We want delay.” When they posture that “women must be believed,” their aim is more delay. When they say, “The FBI must investigate to remove any cloud over the nominee,” the translation is: “Give us a delay so we can come up with new reasons for delay.”

    Get it?

    Dems say, “potato,” they mean “delay”;
    Dems say “tomato,” they mean delay;
    Tomato, delay, potato, delay;
    Let’s call the whole thing off.

    So, finally, we get to a committee vote over two weeks after it should have happened; after reopening a hearing that involved 31 hours of testimony from the nominee; after 65 meetings with senators and followed by over 1,200 answers to post-hearing questions, more than the combined number of post-hearing questions in the history of Supreme Court nominations. We finally get Kavanaugh’s nomination voted out of committee. And then, as a final floor vote is about to be scheduled and debated, Republicans — taking their lead from the ineffable Jeff Flake — agree to accede to one more Democratic request (really, just one more, cross-our-hearts . . .). And what would that be?

    What else? Another week of delay.

    The rationale for this delay is priceless: We need an FBI investigation. It is understandable that the public does not realize how specious this demand is. But who would have thought Senate Republicans were in need of a civics lesson?

    Let’s try to give them a brisk one.”
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    Jeff Flake, globalist fraud. And he freely admits he’s a traitor as well.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/jeff-flake-at-global-citizen-festival-feel-free-to-join-me-in-an-elevator-anytime/

    “Jeff Flake at Global Citizen Festival: ‘Feel Free to Join Me in an Elevator Anytime’”

    “Just one day after their mid-Judiciary Committee chat that helped to launch the FBI probe of the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Sens. Chris Coons and Jeff Flake made an appearance at the Global Citizens Festival, an annual concert held on the week of the United Nations’ General Assembly.

    “Hi, global citizen. I’m Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware,” Coons said.

    “And I’m Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona,” Flake added.

    “It was our personal relationship that made the politics of compromise that prevailed yesterday possible,” Coon said.

    “So we’re here to support bipartisan leadership on foreign aid,” Flake added.”

    Then, after Coons said that they want to “see democracy working here at home,” Flake continued on: “Thanks to all of you global citizens who have contacted us this year, you have texted, you have called, you have touched our hearts. Keep calling.””

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  3. Now we move to to Ricky’s favorite creepy porn lawyer and his latest fraud of a client.

    https://www.apnews.com/bccc4dd598df4e71bbf6c40ff4830373/3rd-Kavanaugh-accuser-has-history-of-legal-disputes?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP

    “Court records reviewed by The Associated Press show Swetnick has been involved in at least six legal cases over the past 25 years. Along with the lawsuit filed by a former employer in November 2000, the cases include a personal injury suit she filed in 1994 against the Washington, D.C., regional transit authority.

    Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told the AP that court cases involving her have no bearing on the credibility of her claims about Kavanaugh. Avenatti said the suit from her ex-employer — it was dismissed a month after it was filed — was “completely bogus, which is why it was dismissed almost immediately.”

    He told AP that he “fully vetted” Swetnick before helping her take her claims against Kavanaugh public.”
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    “Swetnick was on the other side of a civil case in 1994, as a plaintiff, when she filed a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. She claimed she lost more than $420,000 in earnings after she hurt her nose in a fall on a train in 1992.

    Swetnick, who described herself in court records as a model and actor, claimed she had “numerous modeling commitments” with several companies at the time of the accident but missed out them because of her injuries.

    To support her claim for lost wages, Swetnick named “Konam Studios” as one of the companies promising to employ her. A court filing identified Nam Ko, a representative of “Kunam Studios,” as a possible plaintiff’s witness for her case.

    Ko, however, told AP on Friday that he was just a friend of Swetnick’s and that he had never owned a company with a name spelled either way and had never agreed to pay her money for any work before she injured her nose. He said he first met Swetnick at a bar more than a year after her alleged accident.

    “I didn’t have any money back then. I (was) broke as can be,” Ko said.

    Ko said he has a hazy memory of Swetnick asking to use him as a “character reference” but doesn’t recall hearing about her lawsuit.

    “I thought it was for a job application,” he said.

    In answer to questions about the suit, Avenatti said: “This is all hearsay. … None of this is relevant, not one bit.”

    The paperwork filed in the suit includes a letter addressed to Swetnick’s attorney from Richard Zamora, who is identified as a marketing executive from a San Jose, California-based company called Fiber Sign Inc. In the letter, dated March 1994, Zamora said the company had been prepared to hire Swetnick as a model and spokeswoman and pay her a $60,000 base salary but offered the job to someone else after learning of her accident.

    Zamora later asked a court in Florida for a restraining order against Swetnick. The remaining court records don’t show the reasons he gave for asking for the restraining order, but indicate that the case was dropped less than two weeks later when neither party appeared in court.”

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  4. Now about that doxing of R’s last week. Looks like one of Congress’ favorite poverty pimps is behind it.

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  5. Make an example.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/36501/breaking-judiciary-refers-potential-false-ryan-saavedra

    “The Senate Judiciary Committee has referred potentially false allegations of misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to federal law enforcement officials for criminal investigation after the accuser recanted his story.

    The allegation was made by a Rhode Island man who claimed that an “acquaintance” of his had been raped by Kavanaugh in August 1985 on a 36-foot boat in Newport, Rhode Island after meeting him at a bar.

    “In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray, Chairman Chuck Grassley sought a criminal referral of the actions by a named individual who provided Congress with the information, diverting Committee resources from an ongoing investigation,” The Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement.”

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  6. Poor wrong again Ricky. You’d think he’d be sick of it by now, but nope……

    Once again, he gets Wile E. Coyote’d by Roadrunner Trump.

    It’s nice though that when Ricky loses, America wins! 🙂

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-30/president-trump-s-nafta-deal-with-canada-is-said-to-be-imminent

    “U.S. and Canada Reach Trade Deal to Keep Nafta Trilateral”

    “The U.S. and Canada have agreed on a trade deal that would save the North American Free Trade Agreement as a trilateral bloc, according to three people familiar with the matter.

    President Donald Trump has approved the developments and the expectation is that an agreement will be announced on Sunday night, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian officials are working on the final touches.

    U.S. and Canadian negotiators have been negotiating around the clock this weekend to make a Sunday midnight deadline that would allow the countries to sign the deal as the final act before Mexico’s outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto leaves office at the end of November.

    Reaching a pact with Canada allows the 24-year-old pact to remain trilateral and for the U.S. to check another box for its legislative process in the lead up to a congressional vote.

    Trump has said he wants to rename the deal the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement.

    Some people familiar with the talks credited Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner for helping smooth the path toward a deal. When it looked like negotiations had stalled or broken down due to friction between the U.S. and Canadian sides, Kushner kept talks going with aides close to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, including Gerald Butts and Katie Telford, three people said.

    Lighthizer and Kushner were at the USTR office in Washington on Sunday afternoon negotiating final details by conference call with the Canadians in Ottawa. U.S. officials have been keeping Trump in the loop on every step since Friday, two people said.”

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  7. From the article:

    “Three senior US officials involved in North Korea policy said this week that no progress has been made in moving toward serious negotiations on eliminating or even halting Kim’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

    So far, all three said, speaking on the condition of anonymity, the North has not even agreed to define basic terms such as “denuclearisation”, “verifiable”, and “irreversible”. Most of the steps it has said it has taken could easily be replaced or reversed.”

    So there are three more “traitors” for The Cult to try to identify while the rest of us go to work.

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  8. Spineless, like many who support him and his traitorous actions.

    https://amgreatness.com/2018/10/01/jeff-flakes-spineless-betrayal/

    “Watching the Senate Judiciary Committee’s final vote on Friday, it was hard not to feel sorry for Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). The shrieking and obstreperous women of Hillary Clinton’s “resistance,” bussed in by Democratic Party front organizations for the express purpose of physically confronting and intimidating him, appear to have done their job admirably. Flake was left with the dazed and frightened look of a man expecting a beating from his wife after coming home early and unexpectedly interrupting her romantic rendezvous with the pool boy.

    But as hard as it is to resist feeling compassion for a man unnerved in such a pathetic and unmanly manner, we are obliged to make the effort. When there are no children involved, the cuckold hurts only himself; but Jeff Flake’s cowardly and obsequious deference to the delusional mob does serious damage to another man, that man’s wife and children, and our nation.

    The main thing is not to let the familiarity induced by the endless repetition of the phrase “All allegations deserve to be heard” by Flake and his GOP colleagues wear away the statement’s manifest stupidity. No matter how many times it gets repeated, there are obviously plenty of allegations that have no place in a public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. And, indeed, Christine Blasey Ford’s charges against Brett Kavanaugh are a textbook example for demonstrating the idiocy of the mantra that Flake and so many of his colleagues were cowed into mindlessly reciting.”
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    “But, even were Ford’s allegations at all credible, it’s preposterous to suppose that they were serious enough to drag Judge Kavanaugh’s name through the mud at a public hearing. The Republican senators who consented to this circus ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    Stripped of her Teflon histrionics and clairvoyant claims about Kavanaugh’s intentions, supposing the events she described did occur, what do we have? She was pawed by Kavanaugh 36 years ago at a teenage drinking party from which she scarcely would have escaped if the two football players, who on her own account made no attempt to pursue her whatsoever, were really out to do her harm. But, even were her charges substantially more serious as well as having more than zero credibility, the fact that the alleged events happened in high school when Kavanaugh wasn’t even 18, together with the series of spotless FBI investigations he’s undergone in his long and very public career and the testimony of hundreds of women to his impeccable character over the intervening period make it reprehensible to publicly reveal these charges and put Kavanaugh through a politically motivated show trial, in which pages from his high school yearbook are blown up as if they were evidence from a rape victim’s forensic exam.

    Equally reprehensible was how the GOP’s weak-kneed capitulation kept out of bounds Ford Blasey’s high school yearbook ; which straightforwardly rather than in some secret code that only creepy porn lawyers and Democratic senators can crack, portrays her as a promiscuous drunkard hiring male strippers and preying on younger boys.”

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  9. The Flaky Flakery of Jeff Flake,

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/10/the_flakery_of_jeff_flake.html

    “Jeff Flake is the best player on the left’s team. He can always be counted on to aid the enemy when the stakes are high. Whenever Trump says something “controversial,” Flake seems always to be available to the press to throw Trump under the bus. Whenever the left does something unthinkable, Flake seems always to be around to legitimize the left’s lunacy.

    Late last week, Flake gave the left exactly what it wanted by delaying the Supreme Court nomination process. That’s the very purpose behind these baseless Kavanaugh accusations, after all, and Flake folded like a cheap suit. Flake’s treachery is so predictable that it almost makes you suspect he has a Cultural Marxist handler and that his disloyalty is less a matter of stupidity than design.

    Late Friday night, some left-wing radical screeched hysterically and aggressively at Jeff Flake in a Capitol Building elevator. Rest assured: Flake buckled, as he always does, to come to the left’s rescue in the 25th hour and perhaps change the course of history.”

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  10. Scott Lincicome should have an analysis in a few days. It does not appear that the new trade deal makes any major changes. If it is approved, it will make North American car manufacturing less competitive on the world market. That means it is probably a good time to buy Hyundai or Kia stock. Americans will pay more for their next Elantra or Optima.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45702609

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  11. More winning! 🙂

    Progress is slow, but things are progressing. But that’s fine, because sabctions will remain in place until it’s appropriate to remove them.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/more_winning_north_and_south_korea_begin_removing_mines_from_the_dmz.html

    “President Trump’s historic initiative on Korea continues to confound critics and succeed in easing tensions and working toward de-nuclearization, and ultimately open relations and re-unification. Hours ago, both North and South Korean military units began removing mines from the Demilitarized Zone, usually reckoned to be the largest concentration of land mines in the world.

    The land mine deployment was the first line of defense for both Koreas against invasion. This means that removal constitutes an actual, meaningful measure of trust. It demonstrates that the extensive talks between the two Koreas have produced results, for this move was agreed to earlier. Hyun-Jin Kim of the Associated Press reports:

    The agreement to clear mines, the first such effort since the early 2000s, was among a package of tension-easing deals struck by the Koreas’ defense chiefs on the sidelines of a leaders’ summit last month in Pyongyang. Aiming to reduce conventional military threats, they also agreed to remove 11 front-line guard posts by December and set up buffer zones along their land and sea boundaries and a no-fly zone above the border to prevent accidental clashes.”

    Nobody is saying that Kim Jong-il is a fully trustworthy actor, and vigilance is still required on matters of destruction of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. But this does mean that North Korea apparently is meeting its commitments, and that further de-escalation moves may well be forthcoming.”

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  12. New trade deal, progress with NK, and now even more winning? 🙂

    Poor Ricky. Looks like those tariffs you cry about are working.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/even_more_winning_china_announces_tariff_cuts_on_wide_range_of_products.html

    “No doubt, Trump haters will portray this move by China as minor and meaningless, for they cannot admit any success on the part of the 45th President of the United States. And so far, details are lacking, but this bulletin from Reuters reports that a “wide range of products” are to benefit from Chinese tariff cuts:

    China will cut import tariffs on textile products and metals, including steel products, to 8.4 percent from 11.5 percent, effective Nov. 1, the finance ministry said on Sunday. (snip)

    Earlier in July, China reduced import tariffs on a range of consumer items including apparel, cosmetics, home appliances, and fitness products to fulfil pledges to further open China’s consumer market.

    Import tariffs on wood and paper products, minerals and gemstones will be cut to 5.4 percent from 6.6 percent, the ministry also said in its statement.

    Average import tariffs on over fifteen hundred products will be lowered to 7.8 percent from 10.5 percent, the ministry said.”

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  13. Ah! He is an actual conservative. From the article:

    — Flake’s conservative credentials are sterling. As a leading crusader against earmarks during the aughts, he was a favorite of the Club for Growth and a thorn in the side of GOP leaders like Tom DeLay and Dennis Hastert. He was one of only two dozen House conservatives in 2003 who had the courage to buck George W. Bush, then hugely popular with the base, on Medicare expansion.

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  14. So while Trump was donating to Hillary, Pelosi and Schumer and grabbing #%$&#%, Flake was fighting for conservative principles in Washington. More from the article:

    ‘Flake has a 93 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, 95 percent from FreedomWorks, 100 percent from National Right to Life and an “A” from the National Rifle Association. The idea that he’d change parties is laughable to any serious person – and all 99 of Flake’s Senate colleagues. Not only did he vote for the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare last week, he tried to persuade Arizona’s senior senator, John McCain, to join him.’

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  15. One advantage in bilateral trade treaties is that the terms can be changed without affecting treaties with others. So if the treaty with Canada becomes disadvantageous, it can be changed without affecting our treaty with Mexico. ;–)

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  16. Flake crumbled. He can say it wasn’t because of the elevator ambush by Democratic activists, but having read his letter of support for Kavanaugh, then having seen the video, I don’t find that claim credible. However, I suspect this will backfire badly on Democrats. So it’s probably not a bad thing in the long run, though it does prolong the nation’s (and the Kavanaugh familiy’s) discomfort—mostly because of the non-stop media coverage.

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  17. Something to keep in mind when considering the behavior of alleged victims of sexual assault is that the effects of those assaults often damage victims psychologically and emotionally, so that they do things that are later used against them to “prove” their unreliability as a witness. Many turn to drugs or alcohol, or go through a lot of bad relationships, or do unreasonable things in their lives.

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  18. The Reading Eagle?

    Bwahahahaha!

    You’d be better off just sticking to the NYTimes, as even they are more accurate.

    But I must ask, why an AP editorial from 2017?

    Are you trying to show us that Flake used to be a conservative, before the TDS set in?

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  19. For anyone who thinks Ford’s story might be convincing…..

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/36519/prosecutor-questioned-ford-shreds-her-case-5-page-ryan-saavedra

    “Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor who questioned Christine Blasey Ford last week during a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a five-page memo that was released on Sunday that outlines why she would not bring criminal charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    Mitchell’s memo notes nine significant problems with Ford’s testimony and underscores that her case is “even weaker” than a “he said, she said” case.

    “A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove,” Mitchell states. “But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.”

    Here are the nine problems outlined in Mitchell’s memo:

    1. Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happened:

    In a July 6 text to the Washington Post, she said it happened in the “mid 1980s.”

    In her July 30 letter to Senator Feinstein, she said it happened in the “early 80s.”

    Her August 7 statement to the polygrapher said that it happened one “high school summer in early 80’s,” but she crossed out the word “early” for reasons she did not explain.

    A September 16 Washington Post article reported that Dr. Ford said it happened in the “summer of 1982.”

    Similarly, the September 16 article reported that notes from an individual therapy session in 2013 show her describing the assault as occurring in her “late teens.” But she told the Post and
    the Committee that she was 15 when the assault allegedly occurred. She has not turned over her therapy records for the Committee to review.

    While it is common for victims to be uncertain about dates, Dr. Ford failed to explain how she was suddenly able to narrow the timeframe to a particular season and particular year

    2. Dr. Ford has struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name:

    No name was given in her 2012 marriage therapy notes.

    No name was given in her 2013 individual therapy notes.

    Dr. Ford’s husband claims to recall that she identified Judge Kavanaugh by name in 2012. At that point, Judge Kavanaugh’s name was widely reported in the press as a potential Supreme
    Court nominee if Governor Romney won the presidential election.

    In any event, it took Dr. Ford over thirty years to name her assailant. Delayed disclosure of abuse is common so this is not dispositive.

    3. When speaking with her husband, Dr. Ford changed her description of the incident to become less specific:

    Dr. Ford testified that she told her husband about a “sexual assault” before they were married.

    But she told the Washington Post that she informed her husband that she was the victim of “physical abuse” at the beginning of their marriage.

    She testified that, both times, she was referring to the same incident.”

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  20. Her (the expert’s) conclusion?

    “The activities of congressional Democrats and Dr. Ford’s attorneys likely affected Dr. Ford’s account”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/10/conclusion-the-activities-of-congressional-democrats-and-dr-fords-attorneys-likely-affected-dr-fords-account/

    “Ford came across during her testimony as someone with deep emotional problems, which may or may not be related to the alleged assault and Kavanaugh.

    Mitchell went through these factors and more. Here is her conclusion:

    In the legal context, here is my bottom line: A “he said, she said” case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.”

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  21. Don’t believe the hype above. Everyone wins.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/10/canada-mexico-u-s-reach-new-nafta-deal/#more-261439

    “When it comes to automobiles, those with “75 percent of its components manufactured in Canada, Mexico or the United States” will qualify for zero tariffs while those autos “should have at least 30 percent of the work on the vehicle done by worker earning $16 an hour. That gradually moves up to 40 percent for cars by 2023.”

    Canada also opened up its dairy market to America, which is YUGE due to Canada’s complex dairy market. Canada limits “how much dairy can be produced in the country and how much foreign dairy can enter to keep milk prices high” in an effort to keep the dairy farmers from going into bankruptcy:

    U.S. negotiators say they got a major victory by forcing Canada to eliminate the pricing scheme for so-called “Class 7” dairy products. That means U.S. dairy farmers can likely send a lot more milk protein concentrate, skim milk powder and infant formula to Canada (and those products are relatively easy to transport and store).

    Chapter 19 remains intact to the delight of the Canadians:

    Chapter 19 allows Canada, Mexico and the United States to challenge each other’s anti-dumping and countervailing duties in front of a panel of representatives from each country. This is generally a much easier process than trying to challenge a trade practice in a U.S. court. Over the years, Canada has successfully used Chapter 19 to challenge the United States on its softwood lumber restrictions.

    Canada and Mexico received assurance that President Donald Trump will not “pound them with auto tariffs.” However, the steel tariffs remain for now.

    Democrats and unions enjoy the new labor and environment rules:

    The new USMCA makes a number of significant upgrades to environmental and labor regulations, especially regarding Mexico. For example, USMCA stipulates that Mexican trucks that cross the border into the United States must meet higher safety regulations and Mexican workers must have more ability to organize and form unions. Some of these provisions might be difficult to enforce, but the Trump administration says it is committed to ensuring these happen — a reason U.S. labor unions and some Democrats are cheering the new rules.

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    I’m not lying when I say that unions like the new labor rules. The Teamsters approved of this language in the deal:

    Many labor officials say they’ve been pleasantly surprised with strong language in the agreement pushing Mexico to bolster its unions, including protecting “the right to strike.” American unions have argued that the lack of such provisions in the original Nafta meant the pact encouraged factories to relocate south of the border in search of cheaper workers.

    “We…note with approval the considerable progress on workers’ rights,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement, calling them “superior to the original Nafta, and also to the Trans-Pacific Partnership” negotiated by President Obama. (Mr. Hoffa was also pleased with Mr. Lighthizer’s success in getting Mexico to agree to a longstanding Teamsters demand imposing new restrictions on Mexican trucking in the U.S.)

    Lori Wallach at the left-leaning Public citizen said this “deal includes some important improvements which we have long advocated.” Ian Bremmer even called it a win.”

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  22. Traitor.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/09/report-flake-wasnt-pressured-he-masterminded-the-kavanaugh-delay/

    “Report: Flake wasn’t pressured, he masterminded the Kavanaugh delay”

    “According to a report published by Politico, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) chose to appear pressured when, in fact, he masterminded the latest Kavanaugh delay. His subsequent media statements about his motivations and his media appearances in light of this report suggest Flake’s true motivations are far less pure than he would have us believe.

    Flake’s focus on optics, on his raw ambition (for 2020?), and on the kind of “swamp creature” political maneuvering surrounding this planned reversal paints for the American people a hideous and disturbing portrait of the Arizona senator.

    On Friday, Flake told the Atlantic that he insisted on the seventh FBI investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh because he was trying to save two institutions, the Senate and the Supreme Court. During this interview, he also explained that he was deeply moved by Chris Coons’ pleas and decided that it was up to him, Jeff Flake, to “bring a little unity,” to stop our country “coming apart on this.” A move that apparently brought Coons near tears.

    To follow up on his preening media tour, Flake showed up on 60 Minutes with Coons in tow. CBS is revealing parts of this interview leading up to its Sunday night airing.”
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    “Flake’s positioning of himself as some sort of unifying force whose sole mission is to save the Senate and SCOTUS because he is driven by patriotic desires for national unity is unraveling, however.

    The plot to further stall the Kavanaugh nomination was hatched Thursday night in Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) office. Also allegedly in attendance were Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). The four put their heads together and realized that as only Flake serves on the Judiciary Committee, they couldn’t pull off their devious plot without the assistance of another Senator serving on the committee.

    They somehow landed on Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and as noted above, Flake has been putting him to good use as a political prop and general useful idiot.

    Politico reports:

    In Susan Collins’ third-floor office in the Capitol, she and her Republican colleagues Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — joined by Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia — agreed they had the power to make or break Kavanaugh. And without settling on precise details, they decided to use their leverage to insist on a process that would allow them to reach a comfort level with Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and seek more information, rather than to kill his Supreme Court nomination outright, according to two people familiar with the meeting,

    What resulted on Friday afternoon threw Washington into chaos and guaranteed another week of uncertainty and suspense surrounding Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Just hours after Flake endorsed Kavanaugh and seemed to put him on a path to the high court, the Arizonan said he first wanted a week-long FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that the judge assaulted her. It was a victory for Democrats who’d been demanding such a probe, to no avail, and promises to define the retiring Flake’s legacy as someone who refused to let Kavanaugh get a vote while under a cloud of doubt.

    . . . . But the Flake-led rebellion, however long it lasts, had been building for nearly two weeks.

    Though Murkowski, Collins and Manchin all endorsed the FBI investigation on Friday, Flake needed another partner to pull off his move because none of them serves on the Judiciary Committee. So Flake, who’s been mocked for writing a book blasting the Trump presidency only to vote for his agenda, teamed up with a Democrat.

    Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has spent his eight-year Senate career making earnest attempts to build relationships with Republicans, at times to liberals’ annoyance. He and Flake have taken trips around the world together as part of their duties. And on Friday afternoon, with a Supreme Court seat on the line, it all paid off.

    Coons, who appears to be a hapless victim of Flake’s skullduggery, was then blindsided by Flake’s announcement that he was insisting on a further delay and investigation.”

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  23. I’ve known several victims of rape. Self-destructive behavior is not uncommon. I also had a friend who used a therapist to retrieve forgotten memories of sexual assault. She was very unstable, as were her memories. She told a mutual friend a [completely false] story about my husband beating me! The sad part is, I think she actually believed her own fabrications, and it destroyed her family and her life. When I heard Dr. Ford’s voice and saw her testimony, I just shuddered and thought ‘deja vous’. She sounds like she is damaged and needs help, but I did not find her credible as others seem to have. I hope she gets the psychiatric help she needs. Truly.

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  24. I know that the Branch Davidians and The People’s Temple both identified “traitors”. The Dear Leader in both of those cults was very promiscuous, dishonest and manipulative.

    However, I don’t recall Jim Jones or David Koresh falling for a foreign dictator or being laughed at by his own cult.

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  25. From the article linked about Jeff Flake, his concerns about the dismal state of conservatism seem to revolve around our rejection of the global ideology that has bound republicans together for at least 40 years. This is not an intrinsic part of conservatism.
    Debra

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  26. Everything he does is a disaster or a con. Helsinki, the NATO meetings and the Lester Holt interview were disasters. Let us be thankful for the cons. The Kim romance is probably just a con, but could turn into a disaster.

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  27. Trump for the win….

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/canada-u-race-against-midnight-deadline-revamping-nafta-005101248.html

    “The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, rescuing a three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone that had been about to collapse after nearly a quarter century.

    In a big victory for his agenda to shake-up an era of global free trade that many associate with the signing of NAFTA in 1994, President Donald Trump coerced Canada and Mexico to accept more restrictive commerce with their main export partner.

    Trump’s primary objective in reworking NAFTA was to bring down U.S. trade deficits, a goal he has also pursued with China, by imposing hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs on imported goods from the Asian giant.

    While the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) avoids tariffs, it will make it harder for global auto makers to build cars cheaply in Mexico and is aimed at bringing more jobs into the United States.

    Since talks began more than a year ago, it was clear Canada and Mexico would have to make concessions in the face of Trump’s threats to tear up NAFTA and relief was palpable in both countries on Sunday that the deal was largely intact and had not fractured supply chains between weaker bilateral agreements.

    “It’s a good day for Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters after a late-night cabinet meeting to discuss the deal, which triggered a jump in global financial markets.

    In a joint statement, Canada and the United States said it would “result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region”.

    Negotiators worked frantically ahead of a midnight ET (0400 GMT) U.S. imposed deadline to settle differences, with both sides making concessions to seal the deal. The United States and Mexico had already clinched a bilateral agreement in August.

    “It’s a great win for the president and a validation for his strategy in the area of international trade,” a senior administration official told reporters.

    Trump has approved the deal with Canada, a source familiar with the decision said. U.S. officials intend to sign the agreement with Canada and Mexico at the end of November, after which it would be submitted to the U.S. Congress for approval, a senior U.S. official said.”

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  28. It’s been 3 hours since I checked, so I looked again.

    Yep. Flake is still a traitor, and now his delusions of grandeur have been exposed.

    He’s shilling for Dems because he’s a traitor and can’t win re-election thanks to Trump. So this “principled” man sells out for revenge.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/10/01/jeff-flake-fbi-investigation-not-a-chance-reelection/

    “Republican Sen. Jeff Flake admitted on Sunday that had he been running for re-election in Arizona, requesting the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh would have made him unelectable to the Senate.

    The Arizona senator voted “yes” to advance Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and into the full Senate on Friday with the condition that an FBI probe would briefly investigate Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual abuse against the judge.

    Flake notably announced that he would not be running for re-election in October 2017. CBS News’ Scott Pelley asked Flake if he had been seeking to hold his Senate seat, would he have been able to demand an investigation.

    “No,” Flake responded on “60 Minutes.” “Not a chance.”

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  29. Debra: I believe that something happened to her.
    However:
    She wrote a paper and sent it to several people. What did she expect to happen Some say that she is a victim and is being used.
    But she had to know that something would happen with whatever she provided.
    i.e. She is not completely innocent in this.

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  30. It’s not just me that thinks so…..

    Without McCain to pull his strings the puppet has no master, so now he freelances for Dems instead, hoping they’ll make him a real boy when all is said and done. He’s not very bright. He’s a coward with an agenda to run 3rd party and throw the election to Democrats, because he’s sooooo “principled.”

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/10/01/jeff-flake-isnt-truth-seeker-hes-coward/

    “There’s a great quote from the poker movie “Rounders”: “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” Time and time again, Sen. Jeff Flake has allowed the left to use him as a tool to advance their agenda.

    Flake’s desire to be accepted and loved by the left all too often ends with him knifing conservatives in the back. Repeated attempts to be liked by his enemies has now morphed into Flake working against the small-government ideals he once claimed to champion.

    Flake didn’t delay Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation vote out of some sense of higher moral duty. Giving the FBI another week to take the same sworn statements we already have on record isn’t going to move anyone a single step closer to determining if Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. For all his weakness, Flake knows this. For all his flaws, Flake is not an idiot. Well, not entirely.

    I say “not entirely” because he seems to miss an essential awareness of reality. Flake is constantly being played for a fool by the left because he relates to the leftist’s desire to live in a world of make-believe. He thinks there can be some “return to civility” in Washington. If he can just shine enough Democrat shoes, pick up their dry-cleaning, or maroon himself on an island with enough of them, then all will be nice and civil.

    His efforts at “civility” all too often end with him siding with the enemy. ”
    —————————–

    “We walked into Flake’s office at meeting time, exchanged a few pleasantries, and then I asked for his endorsement. He didn’t say “Yes.” He didn’t say “No.”. He didn’t ask my positions on taxes, abortion, immigration, or anything else. He didn’t ask about my religious beliefs or my family life. He didn’t laugh in my face and tell me to get out of his office.

    All of those things would have been perfectly acceptable and understandable. Instead, however, he said something I’ll never forget, and to this day it makes my stomach turn. He looked me right in the eye and said, “What did John McCain say?”

    That’s who Flake is. That’s who he was, and it’s who he’ll always be. He is wholly reliant on stronger men to make his decisions for him. McCain was once that man for him. It didn’t even occur to him to say yes or no when asked for an endorsement.

    Now he has turned to Democrats, who know they can use Flake to further their goal of stopping Kavanaugh, the same way they used him to try and pass the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. Flake is the 15-year-old boy who shoplifts for a street gang “because they were nice to him.”

    True peace can only be found on the other side of war. Flake simply lacks the necessary equipment to fight the political battles we need. The modern left is weaponized. They are not interested in your peace gestures. The left is only interested in dominating you.

    Men like Flake had their place, but that place no longer exists in modern America. Flake is made for a world of bubblegum and unicorns and campfire giggling with Democrats. That world is gone, and his efforts to live on the Fantasy Island of Civility are now kneecapping conservative causes and judges.”

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  31. Ricky, the article you linked @8:03 used the terms ‘globalism’ and ‘global ideology ‘. That is what I was referring to.
    We have discussed these terms before, but I woll say they can be used to cover ddiverse ideas.
    Debra

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  32. Hmmmmm…..

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  33. Oh boy. 😲

    Let the pearl clutching begin! Trump just pointed out an inconvenient truth.

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  34. So many holes in the story.

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/10/01/epic-thread-highlighting-number-of-times-ford-changed-her-story-and-other-huge-tells-should-terrify-senate-dems/

    “Before sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell even released her memo detailing why no reasonable prosecutor would bring Ford’s case forward, Margot Cleveland had written a fairly lengthy and EPIC thread about the number of times Ford changed her story and ‘tells’ she saw during her testimony.

    The key about telling the truth is that no matter how many times you tell it, it doesn’t change. No matter how important it is to tell your truth, it doesn’t change. No matter who is on your team of attorneys or which Democratic senator is eyeballing you for narrative, the truth doesn’t change.

    And considering how much Ford’s truth changed … makes us wonder.

    Read this entire thread.”

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  35. Mitch says that despite the obstruction, they’re voting this week.

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  36. Which is good, because they’re already moving the goalposts for the next attempted delay.

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  37. I sincerely hope this is true. A price needs to be paid for what they’ve done to this man, his family, his reputation, and the country.

    You want investigations, you got ’em. But these aren’t the investigations they were hoping for, and they can continue after Kavanaugh’s is wrapped up and he is confirmed.

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  38. Huh. Go figure.

    Fallout.

    Why it’s almost like voters might be siding with Kavanaugh, Trump, and R’s……..

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/36534/fallout-missouri-sen-claire-mccaskill-falls-behind-paul-bois

    “Following Brett Kavanaugh’s powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Democrats opposing him from their not-so-comfortable red state seats are beginning to feel the heat. One poll shows Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri now behind her GOP opponent in a tight midterm race.

    According to The Federalist, the new poll by Remington Research Group “found that of the 1,555 likely Missouri voters surveyed late last week, 48% said they were planning to vote for Republican candidate Josh Hawley while 46% said they planned to vote for McCaskill.””

    Even worse for McCaskill is that her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh served as one of the deciding factors for voters to come out against her, with 49% saying it affected their decision. Only 42% said McCaskill’s opposition to Kavanaugh motivated their support.

    “The incumbent Democrat is in a hotly contested race, and support for Hawley has been surging in the polls over the past month,” reports The Federalist. “The Real Clear Politics poll average puts Hawley ahead of McCaskill by one point and shows that the race has grown increasingly competitive going into November.””

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  39. Creepy porn lawyer is now on the hot seat as well.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/01/megyn-kelly-avenatti-time-put-shut-julie-swetnick/

    “The only thing Republican voters have in common with establishment Democrats in Washington at this point is their mutual desire to see Avenatti humiliated. For different reasons, of course. Righties want payback for months of Stormygate drama, lefties want him to implode before he gathers momentum as a Trumpy outsider in the 2020 primaries. If Swetnick’s “rape parties” allegation ends up being as thin as it looks, he’s going to be knifed on all sides for it.

    And not just by partisans with policy agendas. He’s made an enemy of Alan Dershowitz by criticizing him for defending Trump on Russiagate. So Dershowitz paid him back today with an op-ed wondering whether Swetnick’s “rape parties” originated with her or perhaps instead with a certain media-obsessed lawyer willing to do anything to ingratiate himself to liberals ahead of a far-fetched presidential run.”
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  40. Does the Cult think that association with pornography is bad? Careful! Careful! We don’t want any cultist to be branded as a “traitor”.

    Remember:
    1. Dear Leader has appeared in two pornographic movies.
    2. Dear Leader owned and operated a strip club in one of his casinos.
    3. Dear Leader proudly displays one or more Playboy covers with his picture in his penthouse. Mrs. Jerry Falwell was hilariously photographed right below the picture.
    4. Dear Leader allowed his mistress (now the First Lady) to pose for pornographic photos on his airplane.
    5. Avenatti may represent porn stars. Trump has affairs with them while his wife (of the moment) is home with their baby.

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  41. An interesting memo to read (includes some extensive remarks along with a detailed timeline of the story)

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4952137/Rachel-Mitchell-s-analysis.pdf
    ____________________________

    Memorandum
    TO: All Republican Senators
    FROM: Rachel Mitchell, Nominations Investigative Counsel
    United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary DATE: September 30, 2018
    RE: Analysis of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Allegations

    Please permit me this opportunity to present my independent assessment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Before I do this, I want to emphasize two important points:

    1. This memorandum contains my own independent assessment of Dr. Ford’s allegations, based upon my independent review of the evidence and my nearly 25 years of experience as a career prosecutor of sex-related and other crimes in Arizona. This memorandum does not necessarily reflect the views of the Chairman, any committee member, or any other senator. No senator reviewed or approved this memorandum before its release, and I was not pressured in any way to write this memorandum or to write any words in this memorandum with which I do not fully agree. The words written in this memorandum are mine, and I fully stand by all of them. While I am a registered Republican, I am not a political or partisan person.

    2. A Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, especially not a prosecution. …

    … There is no clear standard of proof for allegations made during the Senate’s confirmation process. But the world in which I work is the legal world, not the political world. Thus, I can only provide my assessment of Dr. Ford’s allegations in that legal context.

    In the legal context, here is my bottom line: A “he said, she said” case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.

    * Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happened. …

    * Dr. Ford has struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name. …

    * When speaking with her husband, Dr. Ford changed her description of the incident to become less specific. …

    * Dr. Ford has no memory of key details of the night in question—details that could help corroborate her account. …

    * Dr. Ford’s account of the alleged assault has not been corroborated by anyone she identified as having attended—including her lifelong friend. …

    * Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of the alleged assault. …

    * Dr. Ford has struggled to recall important recent events relating to her allegations, and her testimony regarding recent events raises further questions about her memory. …

    * Dr. Ford’s description of the psychological impact of the event raises questions. …

    * The activities of congressional Democrats and Dr. Ford’s attorneys likely affected Dr. Ford’s account. …
    _______________________________________

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  42. If the Judiciary cmttee wants to investigate lying under oath they might want to start with Kavanugh.

    I thought he was too ready for a defense of the accusations. Turns out he was contacting former classmates on July specifically to refute accusations. He knew or anticapated it. He also knew the women quite well. Many of his lies are minor and unnecessary yet he lies routinely. The refusal to accept wrong doing, errors and responsibility is troubling and narcissistic. He should’ve been straight forward about his drinking and student behaviour; its his temperament and reaction not his youthful behaviour which should discredit him

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  43. Not a big fan of Trudeau but he won that round. Its essential NAFTA 2.0 with very few changes on the Cdn side. Dispute resolution mechanism, supply management intact, and culture industry protection are all kept. In exchange Trudeau gives a few percent of the industrial milk market and auto export ceiling so high its above the Cdn production capacity. He kept his base happy. Some are disappointed the steel tariffs are still here but that was never a concern for him. Electorally Hamilton the centre of Cdn steel industry always votes for the socialist NDP.

    And the US even did the heavy lifting with Mexico. The US gained concession from the Mexicans that benefited Canada. Thanks. And we still look like the good guys.

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  44. “Does the Cult think that association with pornography is bad?”

    The Cult thinks your fixation on creepy porn lawyer and Stormy Daniels was bad. It went on for months with you, until you realized he wasn’t really helping your case anymore. That’s what was bad.

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