Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Kavanaugh Affair-The Fourth and Correct Point of View For Our Country

When it comes to the Kavanaugh affair there are at least four points of view one can take.

Let’s dispose of the first one right away since it is the most despicable.  

POV #1: Boys Will Be Boys

One can take the point of view that when it comes to sexual assault and sexual harassment, the acts don’t really matter.  This is pretty much the “Boys Will Be Boys” view point.  Males, particularly of a certain age-say up 90, just can’t control themselves when it comes to sex and women.  Women just have to learn to put up with it and get on with their lives.  Don’t complain.  Sexual harassment, assault and even rape are just to be expected in America and there is nothing anyone can or should do about it.  For obvious reasons, most but not all people who hold this point of view will not openly admit they think this way.  However, some do.  Fortunately, the number of people who really hold the “Boys Will Be Boys” point of view is very, very small.  If I am wrong about that, we are really in trouble as a nation.

POV #2: The Left-Wing Conspiracy

This is the point of view held by most Republicans I think, particular those who love Trump and watch Fox News.  According to this point of view, these accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are nothing more than a conspiracy on the part of the Democrats and Radical Left to deny Kavanaugh a seat on the court because they hate his stand on issues likely to come before the court and, anyway, they hate Trump.  The Democrats/Left have recruited left-leaning women to come forward and perjure themselves in support of “the Cause.”  Or, the Democrats/Left have found vulnerable women and have convinced them that they were abused and that the abuser was Kavanaugh. In reality, there is no truth whatsoever to the allegations against Kavanaugh because the women are either lying or delusional.  These charges should be put aside as soon as possible and Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

POV #3: The Republicans Must Be Prevented from Packing the Court with Conservatives

This point of view is held by most Democrats.  According to this point of view, Kavanaugh would be a disaster for the court and the country, not just because he would provide the court with a conservative majority that could overturn Roe vs Wade but a court majority that would do great harm to women’s rights in general, LBGT rights, the environment, consumer protection, voting rights and a host of other hard-won rights and privileges. Kavanaugh is the key to turning back the clock.  Accordingly, his confirmation must be stopped completely or, at least, delayed until after the mid-term elections where Democrats have a shot at gaining control of the Senate and the ability to prevent Conservatives from gaining control of the Supreme Court.  The recent allegations are a surprise, but a welcome surprise and offer the best chance the Democrats have to delay and perhaps prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  All progress toward confirming Kavanaugh should cease so the FBI can conduct a full investigation and determine the facts.

POV#4:  We Must Change How We Respond to Charges of Sexual Abuse and Harassment

This is a point of view that is held by most Democrats and, I think, a great many Republicans. It is non-ideological and non-partisan.  According to this point of view, America must change the way it responds to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse.  For too long, American women, particularly young women, have been reluctant to come forward and report male sexual misconduct because they justifiably feel they will not be believed and may even be accused of wrong doing themselves. Their complaint will be either dismissed out of hand and/or they will be charged with “trying to ruin a good man’s life” out of spite or for some other reason.  Even if their accusation is accepted as possibly true, the women making the accusation will be accused of “tempting the man” or engaging in some other behavior that provoked the attacked.  Blame is equally shared.  The man did wrong but so did the woman.  A message is sent to men, young men in particular, that their behavior toward women, treating women as sexual objects, will be ignored or, at least, not punished. They can do as they please without worrying very much about the consequences of their actions in the immediate or even distant future.

According to this point of view, the response to accusations of sexual harassment and abuse that I just described, and which has historically been the response to charges of sexual harassment and sexual assault in this country, must change.  If women are going to feel free to come forward and report sexual harassment and assault, then they must feel confident that the allegations they make will be taken seriously, regardless of whether they are initially believed or even believable.  Women must be confident that any charge of sexual wrong doing, no matter by whom or when or under what circumstances it occurred will be fully investigated and that their motives for making the accusations will not be pre-judged. In short, there will be an honest search for the truth.

Thanks to the Me Too Movement, some progress is being made on changing how we respond to sexual harassment and assault charges.  According to this view, a lot more needs to be done and the Kavanaugh charges are a place to start.  In fact, to ignore the Kavanaugh charges when the man charged is being considered for the highest court in the land, would send a message to women that in spite of the Me Too Movement, nothing has or will change.  A thorough investigation of the Kavanaugh charges will send a powerful message to American women that they are and will be heard.  If Kavanaugh is innocent of the charges that have been made, then a thorough investigation is the best way to clear his name.  Free of these charges, he can proceed with his life, even to service on the Supreme Court if that is what the Senate decides. The accusers can take some comfort that they go a fair hearing.  If the charges are found to be true, then Kavanaugh’s accusers will be vindicated. The wrong done to them will not be undone but, at least, they and others like them will be able to take some comfort in the knowledge that things may finally be changing.  

According to this view, a thorough investigation of the charges against Kavanaugh is not just the right thing to do but the ONLY accepted response or point of view that makes sense for our country.

Let me know your point of view.  I hope for the future of women and our country, that you pick POV #4.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Satan is Behind Attack on Kavanaugh

It’s not the Democrats or hated Liberals that have ganged up on poor Judge Kavanaugh, the truth can now be told.  These accusations of sexual misconduct are coming from none other than old Beelzebub himself—Satan.  We have that from one of the world’s foremost demon detectors, Bryan Fischer or the American Family Association.  Fischer says the fight to save Kavanaugh’s confirmation is “the biggest conflict between good and evil that we have seen in the last year.”  Apparently, there have been many good vs evil conflicts that Fischer has witnessed but this is the biglyist.  We reached out to Fischer for last year’s biglyist good/evil struggle but don’t have his answer yet.  Of course, everyone knows the biglyist good vs evil struggle in 2016 was between God’s candidate Donald Trump and Satan’s favorite Hilary Clinton.

According to Fischer what we are witnessing today is nothing less than “big league spiritual warfare” where one man who remained a virgin most of his life and never had even a beer unless it was root, stands alone, with a few billion dollars from the Koch Brothers and the help of God’s warriors Trump, Saint Mitch and Arch Angel Grassely against Satan and the Democrats and female demons of hell. That’s right, the “the forces of hell” are out to get this good man, this saint, this..well..really goodly conservative guy who will save the unborn babies.  Fischer isn’t having any of this.  The forces of goodlyness are aligned.  The soldiers of Heaven will have no more of these accusations.  Fischer has issued the call to arms.  “We say to Satan, ‘Satan, if you’re going to get to Brett Kavanaugh, you are going to have to go through us, because we are standing firm in the strength and the power of the Lord,'”

I don’t make this stuff up folks.

Read more:

Monday, September 24, 2018

Third Kavanaugh Accuser Expected to Go Public Wednesday-Republicans Don’t Care

A third woman (or man) is expected to go public Wednesday with an accusation of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh according to the victim’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Republicans are already preparing to employ their Trump-taught “Deny and Attack the Accuser” strategy to attempt to bully the new accuser into submission as they have attempted with the first two.  

Mitch McConnell has announced that Kavanaugh will be confirmed at the earliest opportunity regardless of the charges against him and/or the will of American voters.  Republicans are confident that women of America will forget their rush to put an accused attempted rapist and sexual predator on the Supreme Court without an real investigation of the charges against him.  Republicans appear confident that they have little to fear from a backlash from American women and the Republican stable of old white male conservatives will be returned to power in November.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Question About the Kavanaugh Affair that Republicans Refuse to Answer

I reached out to a number of Republican Senators with a very simple question:

If you found credible evidence that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape a 15 year old when he was 17, would you still vote to place him on the U.S. Supreme Court?

None answered the question.

Of course, while Kavanaugh accuser and the Democrats have called for a full investigation of the charges by the FBI, the Republicans, who would have to call for an investigation, have refused to do so.  Could it be they don't want to know the truth?  Could it be they think the FBI might find credible evidence of Kavanaugh's guilt?  And if it did, then Republicans would have to answer may question in word and deed.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wake Up Women of America. Your Legal Rights Are On the Line.

It is no secret that Donald Trump and Trump Republicans have been conducting a war on women’s rights in the name of “Make America Great Again.”  If these right-wing, women -hating zealots get their way, the clock on women’s legal rights will be rolled back, way back.  

Most women in this country today, I think, understand that Republicans are not their friends when it comes to their legal rights.  However, I am concerned that many young women take for granted rights that they enjoy today that ARE NOT secured by the U.S. Constitution.  With one exception, ALL of the rights in the timeline below that women in the United States enjoy today can be taken away by a right-wing Republican controlled Congress and/or right-wing Supreme Court such as we will get when accused attempted rapist, Brett Kavanaugh, is confirmed.  

I want every young woman, indeed every woman, to imagine what it would be like to find themselves living in an America like it was prior to 1900 or 1920 or 1960 and so on.  Don’t think it couldn’t happen.  It can and it will happen if Donald Trump and his supporters get their way.  

Let’s go back to what Trump Republicans think were the “good old days” when they say “America was great.” Consider this American history. Note: It is only a partial list of the legal rights that are on the line for women.

Before 1900 in the U.S:
  • Women were generally considered to be inferior to men both physically and intellectually just because they were women.  
  • Women could not study or work outside the home.  
  • Married women had no legal identity separate from their husbands.  
  • The main and only job for most women was to give birth and care for children.  Women had no other value to society.  
  • Married women were generally not allowed to go outside their homes for any reason without the approval and permission of their husbands.

Before 1920:
  • Women did not have the right to vote in all states.  At least that is now protected by 19thAmendment.

Before 1965
  • Married women could not legally purchase contraception in all states. 

Before 1970:
  • Women could be fired from their job if they got pregnant.
  • Courts did not recognize sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • A woman could not apply for or obtain a credit card on her own.
  • A married woman could not refuse to have sex with her husband.  Legally there was no such thing as marital rape.
  • A woman could not get a divorce without showing a reason such as adultery.  There was no such thing as a No Fault Divorce.

Before 1972:
  • Non-married women could not legally purchase contraceptives in all states.

Before 1973:
  • In most states, a woman could not get a legal abortion for any reason

Before 1974:
  • Non-married minors could not legally purchase contraceptives in all states

Those are just a partial list of rights women can lose.  Trump Republicans already have control of Congress and the Presidency.  They are poised to take control over the Supreme Court. When that happens, Trump Republicans will be free to start implementing their long-term plan to return women to their status in pre-1900 America.  

Trump Republicans CAN BE STOPPED but only if Democrats win in the November elections.  Republicans seem determined to place an accused attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. That means Democratic control of the House and Senate is vital.  

I call on all American women to VOTE DEMOCRAT and ONLY DEMOCRAT this November.  This may be your last chance to preserve more than 120 years of progress toward equal treatment for women under the law.

Attempted Rape is Just a “Hiccup”? That’s What Republicans Think

Republican Senator Dean Heller (Nev) has finally said what most Republicans believe.  The attempted rape charges against Kavanaugh are just a “hiccup” on his way to confirmation a justice on the Supreme Court.  Republicans plan to move ahead to put Kavanaugh on the court after a pretend-investigation of charges that, in truth, they don’t really see as that serious or disqualifying even if proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be true.  You see, in the hearts and minds or the white male Republicans attempted rape is excusable in “boys will be boys” terms.  It is just a "hiccup." See:

What about it women voters of America?  Is it okay to treat attempted rape as “just a hiccup”?  I don’t think so.  Heller and the rest of them needed to be hiccuped out of office.

Send Republicans that message this November.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Republicans Don’t Want to Hear the Truth About Kavanaugh. Here is Why?

We have further proof today that Kavanaugh may be an attempted rapist and unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

A classmate of Christine Basey Ford confirms that attempted rape incident DID HAPPEN and that many students at her school heard about it at the time.  She recalls drunken parties like Ford described.  She says at the time “the drinking ensconced in the puritanism and hypocrisy of that elite, privileged, mostly white, Catholic, Washington Society, was completely out of control.”

In spite of this confirmation, Republicans refuse to ask the FBI to investigate the charges and/or have the Senate Judiciary Committee interview anyone other than Christine Ford and Kavanaugh.

Greg Sargent in the Washington Post explains why Republicans are so reluctant to conduct any investigation of Christine Basey Ford’s allegations.  It is not because they doubt that Ford is telling the truth. Just the opposite.  A real investigation, even if it proved that what Ford says happened never happened, would delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation, possibly until after the mid-terms and that might be fatal to putting him on the Court.  The Democrats have a shot at winning control of the Senate, not a great shot but a possibility.  If they do win control, the only way Republicans can get Kavanaugh on the Court (and the ultra-right, Pro-Life, anti-abortion Republican base demands Kavanaugh’s appointment as the best way to overturn Roe vs Wade)  is to confirm him during the lame-duck period before the newly elected Democrats take over.  That would such a blatant disregard of the will of the voters as to further endanger Republican chances in 2020.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Five Reasons to Believe Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford has finally come forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape.  Why should she be believed over him.

1. If Ford was making up this story, why would she say a third party who was a friend on Kavanaugh was in the room at the time?  This is a person who could say he was there and nothing happened.  He has refused to do so, merely saying that he "doesn't remember" and doesn't want to get involved. See:

2. If Ford was making up the story, why would she make it up as part of a therapy session six years ago as she did?  There was no political purpose for doing that.

3. If Ford was making up the story, why would she have resisted going public with he story for so long?  And, why even now is she resisting public testimony?  (See number 5 for why)

4. If Ford was making up the story, why would she risk taking a lie detector test that might show she was lying?  She took the test and passed?

5.  Why would Ford make up such a story knowing that she would come under vicious attacks from Republicans and Trump supporters when she has nothing to gain professionally or personally from being caught telling a lie and a great deal to lose?  Ford knows what happened to Anita Hill.  Every woman of her age knows what Republicans did to Hill and that Democrats at the time failed to protect her.

Balance this against the record of Brett Kavanaugh.

1.  Kavanaugh has a lot to gain (a lifetime appointment to. the Supreme Court) from denying Ford's story.

2.  Kavanaugh is known to have lied before to Congress and under oath.  See:

3. As Former Senator Russ Feingold has written, "Kavanaugh himself has a casual relationship with the truth ― and in that, he fits right in with the way President Donald Trump and his party behave. " Trump and the Republicans are the last people who would criticize Kavanaugh or anyone else who supported their agenda for lying to the American people.  They do it all the time. For Trump it is SOP, particularly when it comes to charges of improper sexual behavior toward women.   See:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Republicans Find Kavanaugh Rape Accusation Funny and Defensible

Donald Trump Jr. apparently thinks that attempted rape is funny or at most just innocent child’s play.  Check out his post.

Ed Rollins, co-chairman of the pro-Trump Great America PAC thinks that if only men who have never tried to rape women are qualified then “no one will ever want or be able to serve in government or on the judiciary.”

A lawyer “close to the White House” agrees.  He apparently thinks just about every man has tried to rape a woman at some time and therefore that having an instance of attempted rape in one’s background  is pretty normal.  He said, “If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.”

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and a top Trump supporter thinks that a nominee’s “less than perfect behavior in high school” shouldn’t be held against them.  He says ““Let’s all step back and think about our own perfect behavior when we were in high school….I think there have been enough people from both parties, although far more liberals than conservatives, who have received such allegations… Not many, however, have been accused of things that they may have done in high school—but something that was bottled up until now.”

 Women of America and men who respect women are you watching and listening?  Send a wakeup call to Republicans in November that attempted rape isn't funny and accusations of rape should be taken seriously regardless of time or age of he victim and aggressor.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Where is the Wage Growth Under Trump? Doesn’t Exist

Trump said his tax cuts would be a wage boom to workers.  We were all going to get rich or, at least richer, thanks to all of the economic gains that would trickle down to us from the tax savings he and the Republican Congress gave the rich.  White House economist Kevin Hassett has even bragged that “wages have gone up faster than we (Trump Republicans) thought.”  The tax cut worked so well say the Trump Repubs that they just might do another.

Well, the numbers are in and the average America is not seeing a lot more cash in his/her wallet from the Trump tax cuts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the true facts are mostly bad news which will come as little surprise to the average American:

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private, nonfarm payrolls haven’t changed at all over the last year under Trump.

Real average hourly wages for the 80% of American workers who are “production and nonsupervisory employees” actually DECREASED.

Note:  Real wage growth grew 4.7% during Obama’s first year and were 2.4% and 1.8% the last two years he was in office.  They have declined every year since Trump took office. And, as noted, were NEGATIVE Trumps second year.

Read the analysis here:

Read the numbers here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

EPA Tells Employees to Lie About Climate Change

Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo to its employees instructing them on how to talk about Climate Change.  When asked about human activity as a possible cause of Climate Change, EPA employees are being told to say:

Human activity impacts our changing climate in some manner. The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue.

While there has been extensive research and a host of published reports on climate change, clear gaps remain including our understanding of the role of human activity and what we can do about it.
Read the EPA Talking Points email in full here:

THE TRUTH—These EPA Talking Points are a LIE

All of the following American Scientific Societies have issued statements that directly contradict the  the EPA memo:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Medical Association
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
The Geological Society of America
U.S. National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Global Change Research Program
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Additionally, nearly 200 scientific organizations worldwide have issued statements agreeing with their American counterparts that climate change is real and that it is primarily caused by human action.

97% of all scientist who have published research on Climate Change agree that Climate Change is real and extremely likely due to human activity.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Armed Teachers and Security Guards Aren't the Answer to School Murders Like Packland

Parkland Had an Armed Security Guard-He Couldn’t Stop the Massacre

The Republican solution to mass murder in our schools is to have more armed security guards and armed teachers in our schools.  The solution they propose to gun violence in schools is MORE GUNS IN SCHOOLS.  But, is that the solution?

How much time would armed security guards and/or armed teachers have to respond to an unexpected attack?  Here is what we learned at Parkland.

According to the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Parkland High School had an armed security guard.  It did not help.   Kids still died.

 “He was on campus and he was armed,” Israel said. “At this point, the only thing I can tell you definitively is he never encountered Cruz.”

Here is the timeline of what happened at Parkland according to Time

2:21 p.m.

The shooter allegedly enters the school and takes his AR-15 out of a case. He begins shooting into three classrooms, returning to two of them, shot into another classroom, then shot into two more classrooms before dropping his rifle.

2:28 p.m.

The suspect is believed to have run outside, mixing in with students who were running away from the scene.

Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 14 in JUST 7 MINUTES.

According to Quora, the average owner of an AR15 uses a 30-round magazine.

“For an average shooter, you’re talking about a top speed of about two shots per second, which means you’re emptying a mag in 15 seconds. Reloading takes maybe four seconds, so it’s 19 seconds to empty a mag and recharge. So the effective rate is about 90 rounds per minute, not counting the time it takes to aim.”

Cruz easily could have fired 630 rounds (90 x 7 minutes) in the time he was in Parkland.  AND, the security guard at Parkland with a gun had no warning a mass murderer was about to enter the school. 

Bottom Line: No matter how many “good guys with guns” were in Parkland that day, the chances are they would not have had time to stop Cruz.