20 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-2-18

  1. An inconvenient truth.


    “Pedophilia Isn’t The Main Problem With Catholic Priests, Homosexuality Is”

    “The editorial board of the New York Times declared it had identified the source of “The Catholic Church’s Unholy Stain.” It names pedophilia and asks: “How have so many pedophiles been allowed into the priesthood?”

    The question was purely rhetorical because the board had an answer ready. It cited the usual grounds: “the all-male priesthood and the celibacy imposed on Catholic priests; the elitism, careerism and clericalism of the church hierarchy; the lack of transparency or accountability among bishops.” Most damning is “the power a man of God has over a child.”

    Every parent knows instinctively that sexual abuse of the young and vulnerable is an evil that cries out for punishment, swift and severe. Anything less mocks the harm done by abusive priests. Equally inadequate—and blameworthy—are expressions of sympathy for the abused that disguise the elephant in the rectory. The first responsibility is to call things by their right name.

    things by their right name.

    Ignoring the Issue Will Prevent Addressing It
    To casual readers, duly angered, the Times’ charge sounds about right. More thoughtful ones, however, will hesitate over the word pedophilia. With few exceptions, sexual abuse by priests has been visited overwhelmingly upon pubescent boys, and young men, most often teenagers. This is pederasty, not pedophilia. And pederasty is endemic to gay culture. (For an unsparing indictment of that culture by a gay man, read Jason Hill’s “Loveless, Narcissistic Sex Addicts” in The Federalist.)

    Without intending to, the Times’ studied determination to ignore homosexual predation as the culprit parallels the Catholic Church’s dilemma. How is the hierarchy to work at “restoring trust, instituting accountability, and eradicating the cancer of sexual abuse” without acknowledging a subject inoculated from judgment by reigning opinion?

    Homosexuality has been normalized, officially approved, ratified, and okayed. Since the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the roster of mental disorders in 1973, activists have parlayed homosexuals into a protected species, more like black rhinos or orangutans than moral beings. The church’s ancient description of homosexuality as an “objective disorder” is dismissed as the last gasp of the 19th-century Society for the Suppression of Vice.”

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  2. An interesting read.


    “Something of enormous global significance is happening almost without notice. For the first time since agriculture-based civilization began 10,000 years ago, the majority of humankind is no longer poor or vulnerable to falling into poverty. By our calculations, as of this month, just over 50 percent of the world’s population, or some 3.8 billion people, live in households with enough discretionary expenditure to be considered “middle class” or “rich.” About the same number of people are living in households that are poor or vulnerable to poverty. So September 2018 marks a global tipping point. After this, for the first time ever, the poor and vulnerable will no longer be a majority in the world. Barring some unfortunate global economic setback, this marks the start of a new era of a middle-class majority.

    We make these claims based on a classification of households into those in extreme poverty (households spending below $1.90 per person per day) and those in the middle class (households spending $11-110 per day per person in 2011 purchasing power parity, or PPP). Two other groups round out our classification: vulnerable households fall between those in poverty and the middle class; and those who are at the top of the distribution who are classified as “rich.”

    Our “middle class” classification was first developed in 2010 and has been used by many researchers. While acknowledging that the middle class does not have a precise definition that can be globally applied, the threshold we use in this work has the following characteristics: those in the middle class have some discretionary income that can be used to buy consumer durables like motorcycles, refrigerators, or washing machines. They can afford to go to movies or indulge in other forms of entertainment. They may take vacations. And they are reasonably confident that they and their family can weather an economic shock—like illness or a spell of unemployment—without falling back into extreme poverty.

    By classifying all households in the world into one of these four groups, using income and expenditure surveys from 188 countries, we are able to derive measures of the global distribution of income. Our social enterprise World Data Lab—the maker of World Poverty Clock—has refined these estimates and created a new interactive data model to estimate all income brackets for almost every country for every point in time until 2030 by combining demographic and economic data.

    A lot has been written about the world’s progress in reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty, as highlighted in the recent Goalkeepers report put out by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We believe that another story relates to the rapid emergence of the global middle class. This middle class story is probably bigger in terms of the number of people affected. In the world today, about one person escapes extreme poverty every second; but five people a second are entering the middle class. The rich are growing too, but at a far smaller rate (1 person every 2 seconds).

    Why does it matter that a middle-class tipping point has been reached and that the middle class is the most rapidly growing segment of the global income distribution? Because the middle class drive demand in the global economy and because the middle class are far more demanding of their governments.”

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  3. More good news, and the potential for even more.


    “Like the Energizer Bunny, the Trump economy just keeps marching ahead and pounding that drum. Last week, Boeing announced that it has been awarded a $9.2-billion contract from the DoD to produce the new T-X jet trainer and training program the USAF will use to train pilots for the foreseeable future. I confess that when I first heard during the Obama administration that Saab was involved with the Boeing proposal, my immediate suspicion was that the jobs and income from this lucrative contract might be going offshore, as both Italy and South Korea were also in the running. It was all too easy to imagine a new economically incompetent or, worse, corrupt Clinton administration handing this fat domestic plum to a foreign aircraft-fabricator to piously and foolishly signal their utopian assurances to the larger community of the world.

    But that was before Trump’s election and his promised Make America Great Again economic renaissance made my concerns as obsolete as the fifty-year-old training aircraft in current use. Yes, Saab is partnered with Boeing and will share in the federal largesse, but this beautiful new aircraft will be 90% American-built, creating 17,000 lucrative aviation industry jobs in 34 states.”

    And the potential for more good news….


    “Monday, the White House announced a new agreement among Mexico, Canada, and the USA to end the NAFTA treaty and replace it with the USMCA treaty. Donald Trump has managed to confound the pundits again and get an agreement likely to expand the economy of the USA. His genus is that he managed to give both Canada and Mexico a winning situation, so all nations benefit. The loser is likely to be China, as more material sourcing and manufacturing will occur in North America. With improved economic conditions, the Republicans hope to maintain control of both houses of Congress.

    This is more likely since Monday’s announcement. The latest polling data indicate that the Republican base is coalescing behind nominees of its party. A Marist poll conducted 9/26/18 shows that 93% of Republicans intend to vote for the members of Congress from their districts compared to 88% a month ago. Further, the generic poll found that Democrats lead 48-41% but that the range has narrowed since last month, when it was 12%. Those data were collected just after the death of Senator McCain, when the media ran wall-to-wall coverage aimed at hurting Donald Trump. That damage has now passed us.

    In the Midwest, the lead in generic polling shows Democrats leading, 48-43%, but that has narrowed from 51-37% a month ago. This substantial change shows how fluid the election outcome may be. With all the negative news in the mainstream media, one would doubt that Donald Trump has any support nationwide. In this poll, 87% of Republicans approve of Trump’s job performance compared to 81% a month ago. Nationwide Trump’s approval rating is at 42%, up 3% in a month. With about 5 weeks to go before the election, this gap is likely to continue to narrow. Most analysts argue that a gap of over 6% equates with a change in control of the House. One should also note that in this poll the percentage of Democrats exceeds Republicans.

    The Democrats are motivated to turn out, as they want to undo the 2016 election. However, recent developments may encourage a more substantial Republican turnout. This may give Republicans an edge. The Brett Kavanaugh nomination process is a national disgrace. The blooding of Kavanaugh with unsubstantiated allegations by Dr. Ford and the later accusers is threatening to mothers who fear the same treatment against their sons. This might narrow the gender gap, where women substantially support Democratic candidates. Mark Penn has shown that when people are told that the three witnesses provided by Dr. Ford do not agree with her contentions, polling numbers supporting her decline significantly.

    In a Harris poll released today, Trump’s approval rating is now 46%. The Real Clear Politics poll average is 44%, so this is consistent. Generally, approval of the president helps mitigate the damage in midterm elections, where the party not in the White House gains seats (generally over 25). In the Senate, ten Democrats from red states are struggling to maintain their seats. It is likely now that Republicans will gain one or more seats.”

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  4. Contradicting a sworn statement?

    Even creepy porn lawyers know that’ll get you in trouble, right?…


    “Julie Swetnick, the third woman to publicly accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, appeared during a Monday night TV interview to contradict a claim she made against the Supreme Court nominee in a sworn declaration last week.

    Swetnick, in her sworn statement, alleges she “became aware of efforts” in the 1980s by Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Preparatory School classmate Mark Judge, among others, to “spike the punch at house parties I attended with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘no.'”

    But when asked by NBC News Monday whether she saw Kavanaugh slip substances into drinks at those gatherings, Swetnick said she only witnessed him “by” the punch.”

    “When asked to comment on the apparent walk back, Swetnick’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said: “We have multiple witnesses that support the declaration. We look forward to speaking to the FBI and providing those witnesses.”

    Swetnick has not been approached by the FBI as it conducts a supplemental background investigation into the accusations leveled at Kavanaugh, according to Avenatti. The bureau has to complete its probe within the week before the Senate pushes forward with Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.”

    Good thing for her the feds haven’t talked to her yet, because lying to them will get you Scootered.


  5. On yesterday’s news thread, there was a quote from an article that said: “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.”

    But cops and prosecutors will tell you that victims, or eyewitnesses, seldom tell the story the same way twice. Minor elements change slightly, or are mentioned in one telling but not in another. If someone actually does tell the same story the same way repeatedly, then that is an indication that they are lying, and have practiced their story to get their “facts” down pat.

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  6. Debra (referring to our comments from a couple days ago or so) – You said that you were pointing out that there were more than two options. My other comment, about the way Kavanaugh used “boofed” in his note to Mark Judge, was alluding to that third option, which i felt seemed doubtful because of the wording of that quote.


  7. Also on yesterday’s thread, it was said (by Debra) that Dr. Ford comes across as emotionally damaged. I agree with that. I tend to think that she was a victim of some sort of assault at some time, but not necessarily by Kavanaugh. Someone wrote (I forget where, maybe here on the blog) that she seems to really believe it happened the way she tells it. I feel bad for her.

    I hate seeing things written about her that tear her down in vicious ways, calling her a liar or worse. (The same for things like that against Kavanaugh, too.) Yesterday on Facebook, one of my Christian friends posted a thing that compared photos of Dr. Ford and Mrs. Kavanaugh at the hearing. The person who made the post chose a photo that happened to capture Dr. Ford smiling, like she may have laughed a bit at something, while the photo of Mrs. Kavanaugh showed her frowning. The implication was that Dr. Ford was enjoying herself. The little blurb under it said “I’m Hoping a Good Dose of Instant KARMA hits this Bitch.” 😦

    I hated seeing that at all, but especially from someone who is an outspoken Christian. I guess he didn’t read those articles I shared about the 9th commandment (which included more than only not bearing false witness).

    All this vitriol and hatred against people “on the other side” is quite dismaying and disturbing, especially when I see it from fellow believers.


  8. Kizzie,

    I’m starting to think she made the whole thing up, with the help of her shrink. If this is what her recollection is based on, it’s junk, like the so-called “science” behind it. Did she and her therapist “create artificial situations” to “assist in her treatment” and she now believes them to be true?


    “Kavanaugh Accuser Co-Authored Study Citing Use Of Hypnosis To Retrieve Memories

    An academic paper co-authored by Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford cited hypnosis as a way to retrieve traumatic memories.

    “Christine Blasey Ford, a California woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape in the 1980’s, co-authored an academic study that cited the use of hypnosis as a tool to retrieve memories in traumatized patients. The academic paper, entitled “Meditation With Yoga, Group Therapy With Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-Term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial,” described the results of a study that tested the efficacy of certain treatments on 46 depressed individuals. The study was published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology in May 2008.

    While the paper by Ford and several other co-authors focused on whether various therapeutic techniques, including hypnosis, alleviate depression, it also discussed the therapeutic use of hypnosis to “assist in the retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to assist in treatment.

    Ford’s paper cited a controversial 1964 paper on the use of hypnosis to treat alcoholics and claimed that “hypnosis could be used to improve rapport in the therapeutic relationship, assist in the retrieval of important memories, and create artificial situations that would permit the client to express ego-dystonic emotions in a safe manner.” The study by Ford and her co-authors also used “self-hypnosis” to help treat their randomized sample of patients.”


  9. I guess it only makes sense that creepy porn lawyers would mostly have creepy clients too.

    The 3rd accuser is a nut.


    “The ex-boyfriend of Julie Swetnick, the third woman to make uncorroborated, lurid allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, told Fox News exclusively on Monday that she had threatened to kill his unborn child and at times even bizarrely asked him to hit her.

    “Right after I broke up with her, she basically called me many times and at one point she basically said, ‘You will never, ever see your unborn child alive,'” Richard Vinneccy said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

    According to Vinneccy, Swetnick told him at the time, ‘I’m just going to go over there and kill you guys.'”

    Swetnick is represented by anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti. He did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Vinneccy’s allegation, but in an interview on CNN Monday night, he cast doubt on Vinneccy’s credibility and characterized him as an estranged ex-boyfriend.

    Vinneccy, who said he dated Swetnick off-and-on for seven years, maintained that Swetnick never once mentioned to him her extraordinary claims, apparently made for the first time last month, that Kavanaugh had engaged in systemic gang rapes decades ago. He said the relationship spanned from 1994 to 2001.

    “Never, never once [did] she mention that to me,” he said. “We used to talk about everything. She never once mentioned that at all. … If you ask me personally if I believe her, I don’t believe her. I really don’t believe her. Nobody knows Julie Swetnick better than me.”

    He added that while he was not aware of Swetnick’s political tendencies, “She always wanted to be the center of attention. . .. She was exaggerating everything. Everything that came out of her mouth was just exaggerations.””


  10. And it looks like we have even further confirmation that McCollough was right.


    1. happened yesterday when Grassley referred the recanter.


    2. Feinstein has been confirmed as well. All that’s left now is 3. for the other shoe to drop on Ford’s activist Dem lawyers.



  11. It looks like Ford may have perjured herself.


    “Real estate and other records undercut a key part of Christine Blasey Ford’s account of why she finally came forward with charges of attempted rape against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after some 30 years.

    Ford testified last week that she had never revealed the details of the alleged attack until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. She said the memories percolated up as they revisited a disagreement they’d had over her insistence on installing a “second front door” when they had remodeled their Palo Alto, Calif., home.

    The need to explain a decision her husband “didn’t understand,” Ford testified, pushed her to say she wanted the door to alleviate symptoms of “claustrophobia” and “panic attacks” she still suffered from an attempted rape allegedly perpetrated by Kavanaugh in high school during the early 1980s.

    “Is that the reason for the second door — front door — is claustrophobia?” asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. “Correct,” Ford replied.

    Ford never specified when the renovation took place, leaving a possible impression that it and the therapy session happened around the same time.

    But documents reveal the door was installed years before as part of an addition, and has been used by renters and even a marriage counseling business.

    “The door was not an escape route but an entrance route,” said an attorney familiar with the ongoing congressional investigation. “It appears the real plan for the second front door was to rent out a separate room.”

    The discrepancy raises fresh doubts about Ford’s candor and credibility amid other inconsistencies, congressional and other knowledgeable sources say, including her purported “fear of flying.” Ford initially refused to submit to an interview with the committee because of an alleged airplane phobia, but investigators established that she had taken a number of flights back East this summer, and had previously flown to Hawaii, Costa Rica, French Polynesia and other South Pacific islands.

    Palo Alto city records show that a building permit for an additional room and exterior door was issued to Ford and her husband on Feb. 4, 2008 — more than four years before the May 2012 therapy session where, she says, she first identified Kavanaugh as her attacker.

    All the remodeling, including a new bathroom, was completed by February 2010. The only additional permits issued to Ford at her Palo Alto address are for “solar panels” on the roof, a “solar hot water system” in the garage, and an “electric vehicle charge station” for the driveway — all of which were issued after 2012.”


  12. Oh good, further escalation is just what’s needed.


    “Suspected Ricin Sent To President Trump And Secretary Of Defense Mattis (Ricin Scare At Cruz’s Office Connected?)”

    “Packages believed to contain the deadly poison ricin were sent to President Trump, Defense Secretary Mattis, and Admiral John Richardson on Monday. CNN reports the Secret Service has confirmed such a letter was sent to Trump but says it never reached the White House:

    An envelope addressed to President Donald Trump contained a substance suspected to be ricin and appeared to be connected to similar envelopes sent to the Pentagon, a law enforcement source told CNN.

    Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility on Monday have initially tested positive for ricin, according to a US defense official.
    When asked about the letters sent to the Pentagon, a Secret Service spokesman told CNN that “the Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the President on Oct. 1, 2018.”

    The FBI picked up the two packages sent to the Pentagon but hasn’t yet said what if found in them. Ricin is a byproduct of castor oil production and does not happen by accident. We’ll have to wait for more information on that. Meanwhile, the NY Times notes that ricin has been a part of previous terror plots:”


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