Sad, Shameful Saturday

When women cried, no one cared. When a white man cried, he got a seat on the Supreme Court. Now those are powerful, privileged tears. What a sad, shameful day for America. We’re one of the most advanced countries in the world, and yet we still leave our women behind.

When I read the final result on his confirmation, I felt so helpless and hopeless. I closed my phone and watched my wife nursing our newborn. The love and the calmness between them helped subsided my anguish. The only thing I could do was to give her a kiss on her forehead.

I wanted her to know that she is respected and appreciated. Seeing her popping ibuprofens and acetaminophens to relieve the pain from the gruesome C-section hurt me so much. The confirmation of a man who is accused of sexual assault to the Supreme Court is a big blow to women. Fortunately, my wife does not let politics affect her. Emotional wise, she is much stronger than I. Yes, I am the bitter bitch in this marriage.

Then again, I can’t do anything other than vote. Vote is the only way to fight back. I can’t wait til November 6.

The Elevator Pitch

Ms. Ana Maria Archila and Ms. Maria Gallagher had given one of the most powerful elevator pitches ever. I have listened to the same clip on various podcasts, and yet it brings tears to my eyes every time. Thank you. Thank you.

Mercatus Uses Private Email Server

David Dayen reports in The Intercepts:

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a university-based think tank funded by outside interests including the Koch family foundations, uses a private email server for its communications, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation.

The setup allows Mercatus employees to have “@mercatus.gmu.edu” addresses, without the content of the emails passing through the university email system. Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, emails from a publicly funded university could be considered public records, and having a private email server would help get around that requirement.

Just astonishing.

The Crisis of the Supreme Court

With life-time appointment for justices, the Supreme Court was meant to be apolitical, and yet it is as partisan as the other two branches. The justices had voted based on partisan lines rather than following the law. As a result, the Supreme Court is a battle ground for the two major parties. The G.O.P doesn’t even care if its nominee is or was a sexual predator. Thanks to the Republican, the Supreme Court has been stained with Clarence Thomas and now we’re about to have yet another sexual-assault justice on the bench. How can we respect the Supreme Court with justices like these two awful men?

From Supreme Court to Jail Cell

A third woman has come out accusing Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He should withdraw immediately before more women come forward. His desperate claim of being a virgin throughout high school and many years after is fucking bullshit. I am so grateful for these women speaking out. Kavanaugh is a sexual predator and a fucking liar. He can’t be on the bench of the highest court of the land. He should be joining Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein.

Even Comey Got Played

Jane Mayer writes in the New Yorker:

At some point in 2016, the F.B.I. had received unverified Russian intelligence describing purported e-mails from Lynch to a member of the Clinton team, in which she promised that she’d go easy on Clinton. An unnamed source told the Post that the intelligence had been viewed as “junk.” Nonetheless, Comey has reportedly told aides that he let the disinformation shape his decision to sideline Lynch. Fearing, in part, that conservatives would create a furor if the alleged e-mails became public, he began to feel that Lynch “could not credibly participate in announcing a declination.” A subsequent report, by the Justice Department’s inspector general, described Comey’s behavior as “extraordinary and insubordinate,” and found his justifications unpersuasive.

The Russians were so good even the director of the F.B.I. was fooled.

WTF NYT?

Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt report in the New York Times:

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

Is this a satirical reporting? Very disappointed with New York Times. These guys are going to get Rosenstein fired and bring the Mueller investigation to an end.

The Sucking-Up Party

Susan B. Glasser writes in the New Yorker:

In his twenty months as President, Trump has seen firsthand the shift on the Hill among formerly skeptical elected Republicans, most of whom (aside from Sessions) were not enthusiastic supporters of his Presidential campaign. The South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham called Trump a “kook” when he ran against him in the 2016 primaries, before becoming one of the President’s closest confidants in the Senate and his frequent public defender. Ted Cruz, another 2016 rival, called Trump “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar” before endorsing him; now he’s bringing Trump to Texas to campaign for him in an unexpectedly close November race. Few senators, however, have flip-flopped on the subject of Trump more dramatically than Dean Heller, the highly vulnerable Nevada Republican who welcomed the President for a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Thursday. A few weeks before the 2016 election, Heller was quoted memorably as saying he was “a hundred per cent against Clinton” and “ninety-nine per cent against Trump.” But that was then. Today, Heller considers Trump a “great leader” and told Republicans in a call to drum up interest in the rally beforehand, the Times reported. “We’re so thrilled to have the President.”

What a bunch of Trump-suckers.

Stay Home

Jeremy W. Peters and Elizabeth Dias report in the New York Times:

Worried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration that Senate Republicans and the White House are not protecting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh more forcefully from a sexual assault allegation and warning that conservative voters may stay home in November if his nomination falls apart.

Yes, evangelical fuckers who don’t give a fuck about women’s right should just stay the fuck home. You will do a great service for this country by not voting for the GOP bag of dicks.