Week In Review
September 30, 2018
The Past Is
by Matt Bors
I hear people talk in generalizations, I check what they say against
other perspectives. The Past Is The Past
by Matt Bors (from September 26th) illustrates the perspective
beautifully by showing people with a different take on the
pronouncements defending Brett Kavanaugh with obliviously wide
Some generalizations are worth
Do toward others as you would
have others do toward you.
Innocent until proven guilty.
in this sort of situation, that for every person who comes forward
about sexual assault, there are one or two who do not.
Music Association: Avril Lavigne
- ComplicatedNew Hero
Gallagher at The ElevatorSeptember
Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced he would be voting for the confirmation
of Brett Kavanaugh at 9:25am in the Hart Senate office building. Six
minutes later, Senator Flake met Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila
at a fourth floor senators only elevator.
started, then Gallagher told Senator Flake, “I
was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me. I didn’t tell
anyone, and you’re telling all women that they
look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t
what happened to me... that you will let people like that go into the
highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their
Flake stared down
with the elevator door propped open.
Flake if he had a response, and he
I need to go to the hearing. I just issued a statement. I’ll
be saying more, as well.
When the Senate judiciary committee voted to send Kavanaugh’s
confirmation out of committee and to the full Senate, Flake announced
that his support for Kavanaugh hinged on a new FBI investigation and
said that he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without it.
knew a small, private elevator could lift everything up
Music Association: U2 - ElevationBraveryWatching
the Testimony of Dr.
Christine Blasey Ford
eyes are watering while watching the testimony of Dr.
Christine Blasey Ford this morning.
That this victim
of sexual assault has been threatened and driven out of her
home is worse than awful.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
is incredibly brave to recount the worst moment in her life.
course, Mark Judge should be subpoenaed and the FBI should be called to
investigate all the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
is the re-victimization of the victim.
Music Association: John Michael
Montgomery - I SwearStop
Rape & Sexual Violence
We must end violence
and harassment against women and girls.
Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick should be
treated fairly, impartially, and with respect. Their stories should be
fully examined without bias or prejudice. Certainly, enough stories
Kavanaugh have come to light to warrant an FBI
alleges Brett Kavanaugh and a friend steered her into a room at a party
in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh violently pinned her down and tried to
undress her, groping and grinding on her and putting his hand over her
mouth when she began screaming. Deborah
alleges Kavanaugh, also a freshman at Yale, exposed
himself in front of her. Kavanaugh's Yale roommate James
believes Ramirez, saying, “I
did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember
Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.
alleges Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge at high
school parties would get girls “inebriated and disoriented
so they could be “gang
” by a group of boys.
must raise a higher standard than the backlash Prof. Anita Hill
received in 1991 for accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual
should be forced to account for all that and defend his actions. It may
not be our job to impose sanctions on him, but it is our job to make
his pattern of revolting behavior clear, piece by painful piece.
Aren’t we failing to fulfill our duty to the American people
we willingly ‘conspire’ with the [Justice] in an effort to conceal the
true nature of his acts?”
Music Association: Nickelback -
Figured You OutToo
“It's too soon to start throwing
out the towels, Mr. President.
Music Associations: Alabama
Shakes - Hold On & Santana - Hold OnBy the NumbersFlorence
Visits The Carolinas
September 13, 2018Hurricane
a category 2 hurricane, is bearing down on North and South Carolina
today. Two of South Carolina's busiest highways, Interstate 26 and US
501, are westbound only for evacuations. Florence is expected to park
for days and is expected to produce
catastrophic flash flooding. That makes Flo the most annoying Flo since
the Progressive Insurance advertiser.
So how's FEMA
A few months ago, the Trump administration relocated
from FEMA's regional operations, response and recovery, and mission
support budget over to ICE to detain
and deport thousands more migrants
(12,800 migrant children
in September). Trump
change. And 20,000
pallets of spoiled bottled water
still sit on a runway in Puerto Rico after FEMA's bungled Hurricane
Maria assistance, where 2,975 people died from the storm. What could go
On the other side of the world, Super Typhoon
has sustained winds of 180 mph and is expected to hit the northern
Philippines late Friday or early Saturday (Sept. 15), threatening 10
Music Association: Scorpions -
Rock You Like A HurricaneThe Difference One Person Can
of 87 elephants
have been found near the Okavango Delta
wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, killed and stripped of their
The government of Botswana
disarmed its anti-poaching units in May, a month after President
Mokgweetsi EK Masisi
was sworn into office.
is home to the largest elephant population in the world. Large-scale
poaching was rare before guns were taken from the anti-poaching forces,
Mokgweetsi Masisi -
Please stop the
senseless mass slaughtering of elephants. Please re-arm the
Masisi is just now returning
, the top importer of elephant tusks... along with
the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States.
you wish to make a difference? President Masisi can be reached on Twitter
Music Association: Fleetwood Mac
- TuskWarning: the images of
slaughtered elephants in news links are very disturbingAnd it's been 12 years
today since Steve Irwin went to that great animal sanctuary in the sky.Star
September 2, 2018
It's great to
see flags lowered to honor the life of Aretha Franklin.
McCain deserves that honor too, as a war hero and distinguished
senator, if you ignore that domino he toppled over in 2008, which led
Music Association: Amy Grant -
Gifs of Cats and Kittens Part 1