The Kavanaugh Tactic

The New York Times has confirmed by deed what they recently stated in words.  They have said that they will not allow even handed journalistic procedures to stand in the way of defeating President Trump and his agenda.  Brother, was that an understatement.

Printing the Kavanaugh hit piece as they did, with the disqualifying fact removed from the story that the alleged victim denied any knowledge of the event, puts to rest any doubts about whether the New York Times is a newspaper.  It’s a newspaper only in the sense that Soviet-era Pravda was a newspaper.  The Times records the propaganda of the Progressive Establishment and if any news finds its way into its pages assume an accident was responsible.

But, let’s be clear about what the New York Times and other entities on the Left are trying to do with this Kavanaugh nonsense.  They talk about impeachment but they know that without a large majority in the Senate conviction is more or less impossible.

What they actually want to accomplish is create the appearance of a conflict of interest so that Justice Kavanaugh will be under pressure to recuse himself on cases involving women and sexual politics.  It’s smart and ugly.  It also shouldn’t be allowed to succeed.  This is no different from what they did with Justice Thomas back during the Anita Hill travesty.  All of this “a woman has to be believed” nonsense is patently formulated to disadvantage men.  There is no reason to accept any of it and only a fool would agree to the limitations it introduces to the American legal process.  We can assume that from now on any man who comes up for Senate approval will be put through this same kind of charade.  We might as well get through these next few cases and harden ourselves to shrugging off this process as just another case of fake news that we have to endure.

Hopefully, this will piss off Kavanaugh so much that he’ll take a special satisfaction in voting against any of the positions that the feminists hold near and dear.  Justice Thomas can show him the ropes on that one.  And when RBG’s successor is sworn in next spring hopefully it’ll be someone equally unacceptable to the screeching harridans of the left.

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 27 – Sounds and Silences

Roswell Flemington is the owner of a company that makes model ships.  He’s a former sailor who shouts and rings bells and plays records of naval battles at sound levels high enough to shake the plaster from the ceiling.  He constantly harangues his employees in nautical terms and at full volume to run a taut ship (in a manner of speaking).  Next we meet Mrs. Flemington just as she is telling her husband that after twenty years of noise, she is leaving him to escape the insanity.

Roswell embraces her departure but as she leaves, he suddenly becomes hypersensitive to sound.  Even a dripping faucet becomes as loud as a gong.  Roswell goes to his doctor but the medical man declares his ears perfectly normal.  He sarcastically recommends a psychiatrist and after running out of other options that is where Roswell goes.  The psychiatrist attributes Flemington’s problem to an anxiety problem associated with his mother’s dislike of noise when he was a child and the transference of this anxiety to his relationship with his wife.  The psychiatrist convinces him that the malady is completely psychosomatic and once Flemington believes him the problem goes away.

When Roswell gets home, he finds his wife preparing to leave and just for spite he tells her that he has discovered that he can shut out his wife’s voice from his mind merely by willing it.  He attempts it and finds it true.  In the final scene he decides to celebrate by playing one of his recordings of a naval bombardment at full volume.  But although we can see the furniture shaking from the sound Roswell can hear nothing.  He has permanently shut himself off from sound completely.

Roswell is played by John McGiver, a well-known character actor of the time with a very distinctive voice.  He and Penny Singleton (who was the voice of George Jetson’s wife Jane, among other things) who plays his wife Lydia give the material everything they’ve got.  But let’s face it.  This is not much of a plot to work with.  There are some comical moments so I’ll be kind and say B-.

 

Arizona Supreme Court Protects Small Business from LGBTQ Coercion

A small business in Phoenix just won a first amendment case against a Phoenix Arizona ordinance that would have forced them to provide artwork for a same-sex marriage that they object to on religious grounds.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/461621-arizona-supreme-court-rules-local-business-can-refuse-to-make-wedding

After the success of the Supreme Court rulings in Colorado and Washington it looks like some small sliver of sanity is returning to First Amendment legislation.

Hopefully enough precedent will build up to give SCOTUS the guts to make a more sweeping decision against this sort of thing in general.

 

 

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 26 – I Am the Night—Color Me Black

In a small town in the Midwest Sheriff Charlie Koch is getting up to go to work.  His wife Ella criticizes him for getting up in the middle of the night but he tells her that even though it’s pitch dark outside, it’s morning.  He tells her to have breakfast ready for a condemned prisoner named Jagger who is being hanged that morning.

When Charlie gets to the jail Deputy Pierce remarks on how strange it is for it to be so dark at eight o-clock in the morning.  Pierce is upbeat about the hanging but is upbraided by the local newspaper owner Colbey for having perjured himself by lying about powder burns he had seen on the victim.  And Colbey indicts himself and Koch for not doing more to bring the facts to the attention of the court.  We also hear that Jagger killed a “bigot” who burned crosses on lawns.  We are led to believe that maybe it was self-defense.

Colbey goes in to talk to Jagger.  He asks Jagger if he wants to talk to a priest but Jagger says he doesn’t believe in God.  Jagger tells Colbey that all he feels is fear and anger.

At the scaffold a crowd assembles to watch the hanging.  Reverend Anderson a black man asks Jagger if he enjoyed shooting the victim and Jagger says he did.  Then Anderson tells the crowd that Jagger was guilty.  Jagger rebukes him.  But based on what Anderson says the guilt he is talking about is not legal guilt for murder but guilt for the sin of hate.  Jagger jeers at the crowd and tells them that he will choke and dance for them but he won’t ask for forgiveness.

Jagger is hanged and it gets even darker until the crowd says they can’t see almost anything.  Reverend Anderson theorizes that the blackness is hate and that the crowd has so much of it that they can’t hold it in anymore so it is escaping into the air and enveloping the whole town.

The sheriff, deputy and newspaperman return to the jail and Pierce tries to encourage them by claiming that any minute now the fog will break up and the sun will emerge as bright as ever.  Colbey turns on the radio and we hear that other dark spots are appearing at especially hateful places around the world.  The radio mentions the north of Vietnam, a street in Dallas, Texas, a prison in Hungary, Birmingham, Alabama and the Berlin Wall.

Rod Serling was a pretty straight forward progressive.  So naturally his convictions show up in his work.  But only in a few episodes does he let it get out of control.  Unfortunately, this is one of those.  The litany of straw man moments is long.  The man Jagger killed was a cross-burning bigot who intimidated black people.  The perjured deputy, the cowardly sheriff and newspaperman.  The death penalty claiming an innocent man.  The crowd baying for blood at the foot of the gallows.

The episode is not without artistic and storytelling merit.  In fact, if it had just been evenhanded, I think it would have made its point.  No one can deny that the world is full to overflowing with hate.  We all feel it and suffer from its effects.  But Serling always points the finger of blame at those he sees as his political enemies, namely the non-progressives.  It’s his default move.

In deference to the competent acting I’m going with a C.  If I were judging it on honesty the grade would be much lower.