Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Why all sane Americans should support the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh
I understand that some reasonable people might not agree with Justice Kavanaugh's legal philosophy (legal philosophy, not politics) and prefer a different judge. But Kavanaugh is obviously a legal mind of very high caliber and qualified for SCOTUS. From that standpoint, there's no argument against him.
What his opponents have done is to level completely unsubstantiated and unsupportable calumnies -- smears -- against him at the last minute, in a fashion that makes it almost impossible to respond, and then demand the nomination be suspended. What has been done is completely outside of the Constitution and the rule of law, and substitutes lies and a hysterical mob in their place. If this works, this will become the norm, the new rule. Reasoned argument will have no place in such a world, and it will be anything goes.
Suppose, for example, I point out that Justices Kagan and Sotomayor viciously attacked me many years ago. Like Dr. Ford, I'm unsure what year it was, and the people I've suggested were witnesses deny knowledge of the alleged events, but still... Obviously Justices Kagan and Sotomayor should be indefinitely recused until we get to the bottom of this, right?
Russians Down in Flames
"We" at Unforeseen Contingencies are never happy hearing about our fellow human beans losing their lives, but it's not as upsetting when people are killed while making trouble, and even less so when they are hoist by their own petard. Even if the Russian government's charge against Israel is true (and the Israelis deny it), the Russians have no legitimate complaint, for three reasons. First, they are intervening in Syria to support a vicious dictator, Bashar al-Assad. Second, they are supporting Islamists there (Iran and Hezbollah). Third, they trained and armed the Syrians. There's a kind of irony in that the Russians themselves took the steps that killed their men -- intervening on the side of evil, providing the arms and training, and then sending their men to be killed. "We" don't find their protests persuasive.
Let's add insult to injury. It gets worse. The Russian protests are utterly hypocritical. Russia provided the Buk missile battery that shot down Malaysian Air Flight MH17 over Ukraine, murdering 15 crew members and 283 passengers. The missile was Russian Army equipment, directed from Russian territory. It was deployed in support of the unprovoked invasion of a peaceful neighbor. The same leaders who perpetrated this slaughter of innocent civilians are now whining when their troops are killed -- by their own allies -- while perpetuating injustices? Wow! What chutzpah!
Russia is a rogue nation. It would be wonderful if the Russians could change course, but until they do, it's important we keep that in mind.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Approve Justice Kavanaugh Now!
The smear on Kavanaugh is a political strategy. Prior to Kavanaugh’s selection as nominee, Stream.org posted an open letter to whomever would be the nominee, telling them that exactly this sort of thing would happen and that it would be one of the greatest trials of his/her life.
When Kavanaugh was announced, “Women’s March” put out their pre-written generic press release spewing outrage over the selection, forgetting to fill in the blanks with the name of the nominee.
The Ford accusations were brought in underhandedly and in backdoor fashion precisely because they are libel. Of course this fraud doesn't want to testify. By all evidence she's a liar. The Democrat party had similar contingency plans for any Trump nominee; this was just filling-in-the-blank.
Of course I cannot prove that, but one has only to pay attention to what these evil people are doing. There's nothing honest in this. I’m astonished by the naïveté of non-leftists who treat seriously the Democrats’ disinformation campaign. These are people who, standing in front of a leftist firing squad, will natter on about left’s “good intentions.”
The Republicans must confirm Kavanaugh. This is far more serious than merely filling a Supreme Court vacancy (which is extremely serious). If the Democrats get away with this they will use such tactics again and again and again. The rule of law will be over, and what follows will be horrific.