“Check Out The Big ‘Strain’ On Brett”: GOP Commences Final Push for Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Vote as FBI InvestigationConcludes Morning Joe

Another current affairs program. They used to be a staple of my podcast listening but Joe and Mika fell victim to such a bad case of Trump derangement syndrome that it ceased being worth listening to. This is the first episode I’ve listened to (almost) in full in well over a year. They seem to be mostly back in their right minds.

Morning Joe

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the floor of the Senate to announce that the FBI investigation involving the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had been completed, and the findings will be shared with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning.

According to sources familiar with this morning’s schedule, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was the first to receive the FBI’s report, at 8 a.m. EST, for analysis. At 9 a.m., Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will then be allowed to view the findings.

The staggered release of the report will continue with GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m., Democratic members at 11 a.m., and remaining members of the Senate, afterward.

Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has already set a vote for the continuation of Kavanaugh’s confirmation for Friday. If Kavanaugh’s confirmation effort survives this next round of voting, the Senate can then debate for up to 30 hours, placing the first opportunity for a penultimate confirmation vote on Saturday morning.

That being said, a handful of Senators, on both sides of the aisle, still remain undecided on the Kavanaugh vote — most notably, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Both of whom have been targets of vigorous protests in the halls of the Capitol Building, leading Capitol Police to block some areas of the building off from media and civilians.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been doubling down on his and his base’s support of Judge Kavanaugh, attempting to “fire up” his loyal supporters by feeding off of and exploiting their distaste and distrust of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Joining us with her new reporting, out today, is White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News Shannon Pettypiece. 

She’ll explain how Trump is “tapping in” to core conservative values by drumming up unyielding and intense support of Judge Kavanaugh and, in turn, drumming up GOP-voter enthusiasm a little more than a month before the midterm elections.

What’s more, new polling out from Fox News, this morning, is showing that support for multiple GOP senate candidates across the country is up, amidst the confirmation fight of Brett Kavanaugh, indicating that President Trump’s push has some political merit.

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.

Arthur Sakamoto on Conventional Wisdom about Asian Americans: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #25

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I was listening to the episode ‘Arthur Sakamoto on Conventional Wisdom about Asian Americans: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #25’ and thought it was fascinating.

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The data are not being looked at fully and things a far more complicated and interesting than seems to be let on.

Trump’s Exoneration

We have a problem.

For the sake of this discussion let us presume that Trump and all connected with him are completely innocent of any form of wrong doing with respect to Russia. However, only you and I know this.

Now, allegations (which in this hypothetical are unfounded) have been made about Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Trump needs to be shown blameless so that this issue will be put to rest.

Here is the problem:

Who can do this?

Jeff Sessions? He is not credible simply by virtue of his appointment. The same problem holds true of the Assistant AG as well as the soon to be FBI Director.

I have been distressed by people’s propensity for #Russiantojudgement but that doesn’t mean we should never have a judgement.

I am confident we will find a way through this but I don’t see what that will be and it bothers me.

Drowning does not look like drowning

“Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult.”

“In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.”

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

In this brief (930 word) article the always illuminating Mario Vittone describes what drowning actually looks like.

Read it. Read it now.

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FBI Entrapment?

I have my misgivings about Glen Greenwald. Sometimes he seems more like an activist than a reporter. However, this seems to fall within the bounds of investigative journalism.


Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and Skepticism

This is not the first time I have heard of the FBI using these tactics. I am a huge fan of hunting down terrorists down. I believe we should put mad dogs down, but does poking a dog with a stick until he bares his teeth and then shooting him count as protecting us?

If the article is accurate then this practice needs to be stopped not just for reasons of justice and liberty but because it will piss off the people who will be the most likely to know of a threat. If they don’t trust the authorities they wont talk to them. This is not a new thought. It is a fundamental principle of law enforcement.

Way to Stay Classy Toronto

In the BBC’s Toronto Mayor Ford ‘threatened fellow school coach’ Ford has apparently not only used more than just crack, gone on drunken rants about killing people, made crude comments about oral sex at a press conference, and been accused of ordering a jail beating, he is NOW reported to have threatened a teacher and made “players roll in goose droppings.”

He was working as a volunteer school coach and was fired in 2013.

I like the part where he dismisses the documents from the school as “fictitious rumours and allegations.”

Apparently they can’t have him recalled.

Well, if he is re-elected, Toronto will truly have the government they deserve.