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KAVANAUGH HEARINGS CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AT ITS WORST

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1, SEPT. 28 pm. — In late developments Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to send Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate. They also agreed to delay the full Senate vote until the FBI could complete a new investigation into Kavanaugh with respect to the specific and narrow allegations made against him by Christine Ford. President Donald Trump ordered the probe, which will be limited to Ford’s charges. This will mark the seventh time Kavanaugh has been investigated by the agency.

The probe should put to rest the investigatory phase of the nomination. The agreement to get the FBI involved was hammered out in bipartisan fashion. Democrats got what they wanted: a close look at Ford’s claims. Republicans, too, “won,” requiring the FBI to complete its work within a week.

The burden of proof is on the accuser, and Kavanaugh must be considered innocent until proven otherwise. “Proven” means irrefutable hard evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt. Without this, the American system of justice collapses, with the new standard for verdicts not being evidentiary proof but an unsupported single-accuser allegation. Yes — police state territory.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 28-30, 2018) — THE PLANET initially planned to present the “how” of successful sticker or write-in campaigns as a follow up to our previous column. However, the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)hijacked that plan with the “Is That All You Got?” hearings, otherwise known to C-SPAN and history as “Allegation Uprise” or the Kavanaugh-Ford showdown. Our editorial board tells us that the column initially scheduled for today will run on Monday.

We could writes tomes on what occurred Thursday on Capitol Hill, but we won’t do that. It’s clear the hearings weren’t so much about finding Pilate’s “truth” as it was about displaying the respective political freak flags — 21 of them, 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

They flew high and waved in a gale of hot air, the partisan low fronts colliding with the high-pressure ridge coming from social media.

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Democrats disingenuously called for Kavanaugh to ask President Trump to re-open the FBI’s investigation, the piece of coal calling the chalkboard black. First, any senator could do that. Second, the SJC ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, received Christine Blasey Ford’s accusatory letter from Ford’s congresswoman on July 30 and sat on it for nearly six weeks, a time period when all of this could have been properly handled. Third, Kavanaugh has gone through a half dozen FBI checks. Fourth, the FBI only investigates. It doesn’t reach conclusions. In other words, it does what the SJC is required by law to do — and has already done. Fifth, when SJC Chairman Charles Grassley learned of Ford’s allegations, he immediately ordered staff investigations, with a full invitation for Democrats to participate. They declined. Sixth, the FBI learned of the Ford’s claims in July and found them not credible.

Feinstein’s delay in introducing Ford’s unsupported claims provide the smoking gun. She and the others who had or knew of the letter kept quiet through more than 35 hours of the SJC’s public questioning of Kavanaugh, under oath. They kept quiet during the investigatory phase of the nomination. They kept quiet and continued to withhold evidence during confidential sessions with the judge, never once bringing the allegations to the forefront and to his face. They kept quiet as Kavanaugh responded to more than 1,200 written questions from the committee — more than every other Supreme Court nominee in U.S, history COMBINED. Instead, they withheld the allegation throughout the entire proceeding. Only then, when everyone thought the process closed and the committee set for a vote, they acted.

Who buys that?

Who among us wishes to argue the action was anything other than political, aimed at delaying the confirmation at minimum and gunning down a defenseless Kavanaugh at max? Instead, Ford, her lawyers, Feinstein, and Feinstein’s staff waited until the exhaustive vetting process was complete to drop an 11th-hour, unsupported, 36-year-old allegation into the toilet they created from what should have been a fair and honest vetting process.

Ford proved to be a shaky accuser, not believable on the face of her testimony. Every witness that she identified as having been at the high school kegger, one she can’t place in time or in space, had no recollection of the event taking place. The supposed witnesses deny the event ever occurred. In her testimony, neither Ford nor her attorneys offered any supporting evidence, fantastically claiming it was up to Kavanaugh to prove it didn’t happen. That’s not how our system works. If someone files charges, the burden of proof falls to the accuser. The Democrats were only interested in smearing Kavanaugh, relying on the hysteria generated by social media to act as judge and jury.

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What has happened to America, where scurrilous and false claims can destroy the reputation of a jurist who has an unblemished career of public service and who in his private life is attested by scores of men and women to be a man of the highest character? What effect does this have on decent people who will now stay away from politics because they are not perfect and don’t relish the prospect  of being dragged through partisan mud?

What happened Thursday before the SJC was a national disgrace.

Today THE PLANET mourns this country’s loss of soul.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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265 Responses to “KAVANAUGH HEARINGS CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AT ITS WORST”

  1. Spagirl
    September 28, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    The Senate is going to be a very different place come January. I can’t wait. There is a silver lining to the last 24 hours. The November elections will be a game changer!!!

    • Art Seller
      September 28, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

      Spa yes,yes and yes. I am positive you will vote in November. In fact I’ll bet everything I own on you. Make sure I win !¡!!!!

  2. Wondrous
    September 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    Clinton’s..Americas Family.

  3. Pat
    September 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    You should read the MassLive board comments. Hundreds of people (maybe even thousands) on that board hate the far left agenda and will definitely not be voting Democrat in November. People here in Berkshire County are so isolated from what the rest of the country really thinks (and even parts of their own state) about what is happening in the real world. They think their isolated echo chamber of far left ideas is what everyone else wants. It’s amazing that in Springfield, MA so many people cannot stand Elizabeth Warren or anyone on the far left and they are not fooled about the Kavanaugh hearings and what is really happening.

    • Thomas More
      September 29, 2018 at 6:01 am #

      Elizabeth Warren will carry Springfield with 60% of the vote.

      • Pat
        September 29, 2018 at 6:24 am #

        Really Thomas More? Elizabeth Warren worries more about the issues of illegal immigrants and President Trump bashing than she does about the real issues facing her constituents.

        Also, Springfield, MA is very conservative compared to the Berkshires. The Eastern part of this state is very different from the rest of Massachusetts. They are wealthier with lots of jobs so they can indulge the far left craziness of Elizabeth Warren compared to the rest of this state that is struggling with REAL issues relating to lack of jobs, poverty, and homelessness that are NOT being addressed by Liz Warren.

        • Thomas More
          September 29, 2018 at 7:44 am #

          Good to see your finally out of bed.
          Liz Warren will bury Geoff Diehl in all parts of the state.

    • Bill Q
      September 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

      Thats not fake new Pat, but come, we are in Ma. Not Arizona.

  4. Moon River
    September 28, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

    Art Seller is obsessed with Trump. Trump lives rent free in Art’s head. Good deal for Trump. He knows real estate .

    • Art Seller
      September 28, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

      My prediction for what may occur with the confirmation. I think naugh should withdraw now. He was under oath. He lied. Even the smallest lie is perjury. Perjury is a felony and if convicted he can not return to his appellate judgeship. By withdrawing he can return to his judgeship. I do not know anything about the FBI but The Wiz does. He worked for ACSI assistant chiefs of staff of intelligence at the pentagon in Washington and MACV military assistance command Viet Nam known as the Pentagon East during the Viet nam war. His group of 7 would eventually be assigned as a special security detachment to the American Division in Chu Laid which was the biggest Division in the world. They provided all intelligence for the entire Americal Division and reported only to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President of the united states. All of them hold Top Secret Crypto Level 14 clearances and were all vetted by both the CIA and FBI. The wiz said when he read his clearance which is the highest military or civilian clearance one can attain the government knew more about him than he knew about himself. His friend Woody who was a B52 pilot during the war and flew missions every day over Viet Nam in which the wiz directed the strikes on the equipment he maintained will appear together on the Gman’s show soon to give everybody some understanding as to how the war was run. The FBI will turn up every stitch of information about naugh and if he feels that he told even the smallest lie he better withdraw and if he doesn’t and a lie is detected he will be finished and also could be sentenced to hard time for lying to congress. This is my opinion as to what I think could happen in this situation. We’ll see.

      • Moon River
        September 28, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

        I hope you know how to cook crow because that’s what you’ll be eating before long wind bag.

        • Bretts Ladies
          October 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

          Great blog Dan.

      • Acute Angina
        September 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

        I hear he used to tell Westmoreland what to do. He also invented the Krofta sandfloat bomb that blew stuff up and then cleaned the water.

        • Art Seller
          September 29, 2018 at 11:37 am #

          ??????????????? Sentence one yes sometimes. Sentence two ??????????. Get a life loser. The Gman is a hero you appear to be a very jealous Zero. You didn’t respond as to whether you were in the military. If you were let me guess your MOS was it potato peeler latrine orderly or drill PFC. Remember the truth will set you free. Scump lives in your brain and that is why you do not know right from wrong no more than Sump does. I feel sorry for you and I really mean it. I thought you were a crazed Lunatic and sadly I now know that you are a Crazed Lunatic. Don’t feel bad you have a lot of company and that is why the country is so Fowled up but we are going to correct this in November. Will you still be supporting Scump when he is in jail?

          • Johnny2Shoes
            September 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

            Art, from a previous post you stated anyone who served is and was a hero. Which is it? Those potato peelers fed a lot of hungry people. My tenant was a cook in the service and said, We cooks were treated pretty well in Vietnam.

        • Acute Angina
          September 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

          You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you in the ass. Unless of course you think your delusions are reality. What’s wrong with potato pealing? Didn’t clowns like you have to eat?

        • Moon River
          September 29, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

          He actually invented a drone that could shoot you and burn your house down.

      • Wondrous
        September 29, 2018 at 5:14 am #

        Art, you have been spot on. What is the end game for Trump, in your words. Did you see the Senator and the two Mayors photo op in the rag? they looked like they were at a funeral. Low Energy at best.

        • Art seller
          September 29, 2018 at 10:53 am #

          Wondrous The end game for trump will make the SCJ hearings look like a bedtime story. Naugh has 3 accusers Scump has over 20. I mentioned yesterday that the Bluminthal vs Scump case has been advanced for trial by a federal judge. There has been no response from the Trumpeters on this board. This case will lead to so many investigations by the FBI that soon Scump will need two crutches to stand up. Scum balls like naugh and scump can stand up for only so long but the American public will be coming to the bench in November with their Verdict on Scump et al

          • Art Seller
            September 29, 2018 at 11:15 am #

            To 12, angina, moon Fritz TDs and pat and God knows how many more names this person posts under, do you think that the further FBI investigation is going to sink Naugh. Please try to respond intelligently as I always try to with opinion and supporting factual information. You have made a fool of yourself for so long it can only be up hill for you. I think. Let’s have some good dialog. That’s what all sane people on this board are looking for. Your drivel does not lend to the conversation. I have only posted on this site for a short time and I have seen nothing intelligent from you posts other than you support scump. That’s fine but tell us why. We are all waiting for your response

        • Art Seller
          September 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

          J2S yes my opinion everyone who served is an American hero. Potato pee!ers cooks everyone who served is a hero in my book.I was trying to figure out what job “MOS a soft skull whom I believe never served had in the military. Cooks if you were lucky to be in a base camp were highly revered as a good meal might be the only enjoyment a soldier would have. If anyone thinks I was trying to denigrate any mi!itary person I apologize as I certainly did not intend to. To all that served you are all heroes and thank you for your service

        • Art Seller
          September 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

          J2S yes all that served were indeed heroes. Cooks if you were lucky to get to a base camp were revered. A good meal might be the only good thing to happen to a soldier for weeks on end. I can see how What I said might be minconsrtued and I apologize to any one who feels slighted but I assure you that isn’t what I intended. To all that served in any capacity you are a hero and thank you for your service. You are all special Americans. You are and were the cream of the crop of your generations

  5. Moon River
    September 28, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    Trump lives rent free in Art’s head. Save your hot air for the winter.

  6. The School committee
    September 29, 2018 at 2:54 am #

    Pat,Pittsfield is in bad shape because a corporation was in control of its citizens. When you support right wing policies you hand your life over to poison land,cancer,and its beyond most thoughtful people to understand why would anyone who grew up in the Berkshires support a weak meaningless EPA or you don’t want healthcare that state and municipal and federal employees have.You love Walmart building on Tyler street for the convienance of buying God knows what.This is a store that is sworn to cheap labor.They don’t want to pay for health insurance.Do you really think Betsy Devos wants public school to educate American students,no she wants corporations to educate.Organized labor is bad and freedom to work for low wages is good.They know how to convince you by saying it over and over and then you repeat over and over….Unionized educators are bad for America….Corporate propaganda has won you over

    • Pat
      September 29, 2018 at 6:11 am #

      So many wrong statements in your post School Committee. Where to start? I don’t want public education to be controlled by the far left so that students are indoctrinated with messages like “you have at least 50 genders” and “socialism is good because big government should take care of us”. Also not teaching the history that shows how socialism is bad for countries and avoiding teaching civics courses. This is the current state of education in this country.

      Walmart is not low income and pays more per hour than many successful and very liberal companies right here in the Berkshires.

      Congress specifically asked that they and their families not be put on government paid healthcare because they knew how bad it would be and how many things it would NOT pay for.

      • danvalenti
        September 29, 2018 at 7:20 am #

        Socialism, communism, fascism, and other centrally planned forms of government have historically never worked out when actually implemented. As theories, they all work perfectly well. The only form that has experiential and historical success — not perfect, but at least successful in a functional way — is capitalism. Absolutism has many advantages but they have yet to translate into real-life merit.

        • 12 Gauge
          September 29, 2018 at 10:19 am #

          Most elected democrats are one of those isms……and too many republicans lean that way too.

        • h
          September 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

          Dont forget none of these older tradition concepts had a stock market.

      • The School committee
        September 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

        We are the least socialist country in the world,we are not communist.We are very conservative capitaslist…..whete do you get this stuff.

  7. Shelly Liver
    September 29, 2018 at 5:21 am #

    Poor pat,moon fritz and all the others, Mr.Judge is waiting for you in the closet ,hopefully they’ll start coming out of the woodwork and others also on ScumP’s impeachment.

    Don’t forget, Judge only has to say how drunk Kavanaugh got and he’s put the Kavanutt testimony in serious jeopardy. Then there are the other three-four-five…..

    • Pat
      September 29, 2018 at 8:06 am #

      Keep hoping Shelly. Lots of kids get really drunk in high school. It proves nothing.

      The middle class will again determine the November elections. The wealthy people in the Northeast who hate President Trump will be the losers.

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      Shelly alias Gaetani – as usual, all hot air. Mark Judge is a recovering alcoholic and cancer survivor who struggles with anxiety and depression. Not exactly a dependable witness. Why don’t you go back and get lost in one of your multiple personalities instead of slinging your mud and hatred at respectable people like Judge Kavanaugh?

      • Art Seller
        September 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

        Fits I told you many times I am everyone who posts on the planet and bring plenty to the table for good serious dialog. There are 4 posters on the planet who are not me and I assume you are all four. I can tell because all four could not be individuals as there couldn’t be 4 individuals as crazy and unhinged as you. Please try to contribute to the dialog and stop trying to tell us how mixed up you are .We get it.

      • Art Seller
        September 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

        Fits Respectable people like Judge Kavanaugh? Have you been watching the confirmation hearings? He is as respectable as scump and we all know what an upstanding fine man he is. I imagine you think Bill Cosby was railroaded. You my enemy are delusional and don’t seem to be able to tell right from wrong but the American people will respond to you and your ilk in November and I would suggest you start packing your suit case so that you can go visit scump and Kavanaugh in jail once we the decent Americans send them packing. Like I said you are a very confused individual and are in no ones league. I don’t even no what league to put you in and normally I am good at it. When the Gman has something to say to the people on the planet he identifies himself. Why don’t you let us know who you are. You throw stones at him under a pen name because you are a coward. One person’s league you are not in is the Wiz’s He would have you signed sealed and de!ivered before you could say jack rabbit You have seen him on his show. How do you think you would fare with him? I will pray that you never cross paths with him as you know he hates gobsigs like you and would have you rolled into a ball and put you out at the curb with the rest of the garbage. You know what he has done in his lifetime now tell us what you have done and remember the truth will set you free.

  8. Bill Q
    September 29, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    Making the presidents life a living hell is the objective of the media. But Kavanaugh is a skunk, and should be removed by Trump.

    • Pat
      September 29, 2018 at 6:36 am #

      Anyone who is nominated by President Trump as a Supreme Court nominee will be treated just like Mr. Kavanaugh because this is a swing vote position on the Supreme Court and the left has stated they will fight tooth and nail to keep a conservative out of that position. Everything is allowed including what we are currently witnessing with Mr. Kavanaugh. Even before anyone knew about these allegations, Mr. Kavanaugh was treated horribly during the first part of the hearings with all of the screamers interrupting.

      The left is saying this is all about abortion, but everyone knows it’s about keeping control of the Supreme Court for their far left agenda. They don’t want the Supreme Court to follow the constitution. They want the Supreme Court to make their decisions based on politics.

    • The School committee
      September 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

      Trump uses media,hes an expert media guy and he plays his voters through ,where else ? The media

  9. Pat
    September 29, 2018 at 6:17 am #

    Massachusetts is an extremely liberal state, but the Springfield, MA area is very conservative. Springfield, MA is NOT a wealthy area.

    • Harrison
      September 29, 2018 at 9:31 am #

      Springfield has close to 7 times more democrats than republicans according to Wikipedia.

    • Thomas More
      September 29, 2018 at 9:33 am #

      Very conservative Springfield has one state senator and four state representative. They are all democrats.

      • Pat
        September 30, 2018 at 7:34 am #

        All of what you say may be true, but if you read blogging from the Springfield, MA area, there are a lot more people complaining about Democrats than in this area. Get on MassLive if you don’t believe me.

      • Pat
        September 30, 2018 at 7:35 am #

        Thomas More, everyone in Massachusetts has the same state senator.

  10. Pat
    September 29, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Joe Biden repeating over and over and very intensely that FBI investigations in the case of sexual misconduct are as follows:

    “The next person who refers to an FBI investigation as being worth anything obviously doesn’t know anything. They do not reach conclusions. They do not make recommendations.” Joe is pretty fired up about this.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/36317/heres-what-biden-thought-about-using-fbi-report-ryan-saavedra

    • Mr. Fritz
      September 29, 2018 at 7:27 am #

      Great post, Pat.

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 29, 2018 at 9:10 am #

      So now if it is convenient you like what the liberal democrat says? How pathetically hypocritical you are Pat.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 29, 2018 at 10:18 am #

        Even broken clocks are right 2 times a day.

      • Pat
        September 29, 2018 at 11:02 am #

        I have voted Democrat in the past Johnny Absurd and really consider myself to be an independent voter. I voted for more Dems before the party turned so extreme. I voted for Bill Clinton for his first term, but not for his second. I vote for Dems in the area because really what choice do I have since they are the only ones running. It’s better to be an Independent voter because you don’t get overly involved in “my party is better than your party” nonsense.

        • Spagirl
          September 30, 2018 at 4:16 am #

          Pat
          I am also an independent voter. I vote it as I see it on the issues. There is nothing worse than a staunch party voter. Voting for the party and blind to the issues.

    • Art Seller
      September 29, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

      Pat Sean Hanity owns your brain. I don’t think you have ideas of your own left. Have you been trying to broaden your scope by watching other media sources other than Fox? Your being transformed as that is the goal of fox to turn everyone of their deciples into mindless parrots I think your indoctrination is complete and from now on you should post under the pen name Hanity. What ever happened to you?

      • Pat
        September 30, 2018 at 7:32 am #

        Do you think all women need to get their thoughts from other people? Doesn’t sound like you are very respectful of women’s thinking Art Seller.

  11. Halo
    September 29, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    Give up Trump.

  12. Moon River
    September 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    Moon Bats and democrats . Before you eat crow marinate it your favorite whine.

  13. Johnny2Shoes
    September 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Next they will want to have Kavanaugh’s 10 year old daughter come in and hand her a doll and say, show us where did daddy touched you. I’m not a fan of his and should the evidence show these allegations to be true then he deserves what he gets. This process is disgusting in its tone alone.

    • Moon River
      September 30, 2018 at 7:14 am #

      They might want to do that with Barry’s brother.

  14. Halo
    September 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Incredible intellect by the Planet, and a couple posters here in particular, Bull Durham and Art Cellars.These two specifically are very informative,knowledgeable and forthright. Other than the Planet himself, who admits sometimes he’s over the top, we have some very brilliant readers on here. Thank you general v.

    • Non Essere Uno Stronzo
      September 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

      Non Essere Uno Stronzo

  15. Mr. Fritz
    September 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    40 illegal aliens rounded up by ICE throughout New England, in a 3-day sting operation. Make my day!

    • u
      September 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

      There goes my gardening.

    • Art Seller
      September 29, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      Where are they sending you? I hope it is very far from here.

  16. AlskanBushClowns
    September 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    As Art predicted on just about everything coming true.I would like to ask him about Amanda’s a pain article in the Berkshire Eagle. The City is going to experiment with new technology, could Art Sellers explain exactly What That Is???? Is it viable, will taxpayers take a bath?

  17. SisterGoldenHair
    September 29, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    How many of you boys would survive an FBI probe back to 10th grade? Obama and Clinton and Trump would have been deemed unfit to hold office. Once your name is out there all it takes nowadays is one person looking for her 15 minutes. It will now be known as being “Kavenaughed”. His odds of surving this are between 2 and 8 percent. I doubt very much, even if he was in bed with her, it was anything more than a kid trying to get some action and she freaked out. What articles of clothing were removed? How do you try to remove a one piece bathing suit without removing outer clothing first? He would never have been able to explain it away now so he said it didn’t happen, even if it did.

    • 12 Gauge
      September 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

      The word is that the FBI is going to reactivate Cracker Jakubowicz to head up the investigation.

      • Art Seller
        September 29, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

        12 If that’s the case the case will never be solved. A fools fool with absolutely no personality. Where do these nuts come from?

    • Shelly Liver
      September 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Mama Cass asked her (Ford) if she was paying for her polygraph, she said she didn’t know. Just looked at he pr go fund me page, it’s up to 700,000. ……them the book of course. Speaking engagements,T V….

      • danvalenti
        September 29, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

        SHELLY
        Her story is full of more holes than there are in Blackburn Lancashire. But her unsupported accusations have set her up for life. Good career move! Welcome to America, ca. 2018. What a country.

        • dusty
          September 29, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

          Dan I am curious as to what you think her motivations are. You do realize this is causing great pain and disruption to her and her family’s life? It seems quite a stretch to me that she would do it for political reasons.

          • Spider
            September 30, 2018 at 6:06 am #

            Well, Dusty, perhaps all the money she will be getting (and probably has already received) will ease those terrible pains.

            Money can and has bought many testimonies!

  18. X-Lachs Lounge
    September 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    Art Seller…..watch this about your piece of crap stolen valor hero Bluminthal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_MAB-bX7Ug

  19. C. Trzcinka
    September 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    I think the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings is another attempt by Democrats to reverse the results of the 2016 election. They are willing to entertain any claim no matter how outrageous. Calling and getting an “investigation” is simply calling for an eternal process. There will be a continual series of claims that need to be “investigated”. It would have happened with anyone the GOP propopsed.

    None of this happened with Sotomayor, Kagan or Gorsuch.This is not because of the person but the position. The Democrats want a Supreme Court that legislates a progressive agenda which they cannot get by the ballot. They need the judiciary to do it.

    On the specific claims, psychologists routinely find that information acquired after an event alters the memory of the event. In short, all of our memories are wrong, in at least some facts. The book “Invisible Gorilla” is full of examples. An op-ed in the WSJ described how a psychologist got people to remember that they interacted with Bugs Bunny in DisneyWorld, some even recalled “inappropriate touching”. This is impossible. Bugs Bunny is not a Disney character. It is entirely possible that Kavanaugh and Ford are not lying and are reporting what they actually remember but their memories are wrong.

    In both civil and criminal trials, uncorroborated eye witness testimony has little weight. There are many people whose DNA shows they have been wrongly convicted by independent eyewitness testimony that was just wrong (see the Invisible Gorilla for some examples). Outside of a court, we all have the presumption of innocence and the right to confront the claims made by accusers. If you claim that for some positions we do not have this right you will open the process to the circus we see with Kavanaugh. We should be ashamed of this circus.

    Furthermore, I think their memories are irrelevant. Both Ford and Kavanaugh have led exemplary lives ( maybe Ford should know better about her memories). Both had questionable experiences as teenagers but have learned from them. Kavanaugh has a long record that shows what he will do on the Supreme Court. He will make a good justice.

    • 12 Gauge
      September 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

      .You’ve hit the nail on the head.

    • mi
      September 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

      So, Ford had anxiety and trauma because of this event,for decades, and it was perpetrated by the tooth fairy?

    • The School committee
      September 29, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

      What are some of Kavanaughs positions on issues?

      • 12 Gauge
        September 30, 2018 at 7:12 am #

        positions on issues are irrelevant for SCOTUS. they are there to determine constitutionality of laws. nothing else.

    • danvalenti
      September 29, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      Thank you, CT. This is the best comment so far on the Kav Kangaroo Trial.

      • C. Trzcinka
        September 30, 2018 at 7:50 am #

        Thanks Dan. I think your term Kangaroo Trial is well put. We have rules and procedures in real courts to (hopefully) eliminate this circus. If Flake had not lived up to his name, it would be over on Tuesday.

        • danvalenti
          September 30, 2018 at 8:44 am #

          Yes, CT, and now Kav, Ford, their families, and the country are put on hold for a few more days of a probe that will interview the same people (and some new ones) who will stick to their stories, present a report to the panel, which will then forward its recommendation to the full Senate for a vote. And for what? For the claims of a single accuser whose malleable story does not come with evidence. That is enough now in America to ruin someone. Flake anguished over this, came out Friday morning supporting Kav, then caved to pressure from Dems (or was it “Kaved”?). Was he bought? At what price? What a mess. Prediction: When all is said and done, Kavanaugh takes his place with the Supremes after their Oct. 1 session begins, and the Court if finally fully stocked, like a fridge full of beer.

          • Doomiedoger
            September 30, 2018 at 10:02 am #

            Can we come back to this post in one week Dan?

  20. H
    September 29, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    Hit the nail after three attempts, the first two hit you in the head.Fake News.

  21. SisterGoldenHair
    September 29, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    Nice to hear from you C. T. and you are correct, of course. I believe Kavenaugh never said he wasn’t ever at a gathering with her but rather he didn’t recall being at one and even if they were at one it doesn’t prove Ford correct. It seems like her trauma coincides nicely with her career and education. And really, even if it did happen, in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that big of a deal, a couple half lit kids playing grab ass, 36 years ago and she sat on it until now. it’s not like she was actually raped and I question how much her trauma is really caused by this and not something else, or someone else. I mean really, she thought he was going to kill her??? Gimme a break, she’s got issues. And as Mr. Mixedpickle says to Superman in an episode “got any witness, got any legal evidence?”. If the Yale incident really happened, so what – he shows his penis in a drinking game and she touched it accidentally.

  22. SisterGoldenHair
    September 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    Art,

    Dan might gett 300 posts this column as you suggest and thanks to you because you already have over 30 – I lost count at 33, or was it 32? Got go to bed now and dream of the boy in high school that grabbed my butt.

    • Art Seller
      September 29, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

      Sister weren’t you the bar maid at the red bat in New Ashford that spilt a drink on me and expected that I tip you. I wish I knew how loose you were then I could have fixed you up with many of the types you so admire who could do as they please as naugh thought he could without consequence. You are a disgrace to your sisters.I hope you get some help. Your post tells us all we need to know about you. You should apologize to every woman on this board. You are a Disgrace.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        September 29, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

        Art, weren’t you the glory hole attendant in the men’s room at that place?

      • SisterGoldenHair
        September 30, 2018 at 1:06 am #

        Artie, sounds like I hurt your feelings. I have been a bartender and a server but never a maid although I see why guys like a maid in a qute cleaning outfit. Not sure what you looked like 36 years ago or how many beers you had that night but the only drink I “spilt” or is it “spilled” , on a guy is the one who’s crouched got soaked with the beer I poured on him because he so richly deserved it. Was that you? And it was The Red Lion Inn for me never heard of the red bat. I was only loose when I drank one too many and would loose my inhibitions but I was never a beer slut. And most of the time I only had one beer, like Ford.

        • U
          October 2, 2018 at 4:29 am #

          Lol,red bat.

      • Pat
        September 30, 2018 at 7:48 am #

        SisterGoldenHair doesn’t deserve to be called “loose” just because she believes Brett Kavanaugh and doesn’t side with Ms. Ford. Shame on you Art Seller!! You should apologize to all women for assuming she is “loose” because she has a different opinion than you!

  23. h
    September 29, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    Night S,sleep tight,don’t let bed bugs bite.

  24. May Hemm
    September 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    The good judge conveniently left out some details. Let’s see what Mr. Judge has to say. Do you believe Judge Kavanaughs
    wife believes him$…the good wife. Let’s see what happens.

    • Spider
      September 30, 2018 at 6:56 am #

      That’s funny “May”, Kavanaugh has left out some details? And she hasn’t? But we can forgive her faulty memory.

      • danvalenti
        September 30, 2018 at 8:52 am #

        SPIDEY
        Yes, she displayed a faulty memory, a.k.a. as a selective memory. She had a Fear of Flying, which was why she withdrew her earlier boast through her lawyer that she would appear before the committee. Funny how she was a frequent flyer for vacations and work, with no problem-o. She waits 36 years to report a drunk lad copping a feel at a high school kegger. She doesn’t know where, whose house (so the owners can’t be asked), when (so it can’t be nailed down), how she got there (too young to drive), how she got home and with whom. But she remembers she had EXACTLY one beer that night. Oh yeah, and none of the witnesses she mentions have a memory of such an event. What a memory! Her story must be dismissed on its face.

        • Thomas More
          September 30, 2018 at 9:40 am #

          She took the polygraph, he won’t. One of them is lying, one is telling the truth. Just depends whose side your on if your an onlooker as we are.

          • danvalenti
            September 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

            THOM
            She took a polygraph paid for by her lawyers. The questions and answers were general and not illuminating. Polygraphs are inadmissible as evidence in court, and if this were a trial, this one would be particularly useless. Did it ever occur to you that the lawyers set this up so they could truthfully say, “Well, our client took a polygraph and passed.” They didn’t say the Q and As were meaningless. Also, it isn’t necessarily so that one is lying and one is telling the truth. Logic dictates that. The neutral observer must come down to the fact that she alleges an event for which she had no evidence and therefore cannot prove. We still have the presumption of innocence in America, do we not?

  25. Cos
    September 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    It’s one thing to grind and attemp to unclothed a woman, but its not o k to muff her,strong arm her and laugh about it while doing it,is it’s?

    • Indianapolis Jones
      September 29, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

      Confabulation

    • SisterGoldenHair
      September 30, 2018 at 1:16 am #

      Cos,

      It is totally and completely wrong to rape or actually attempt to rape a woman. I don’t call 2 drunken teens grab assing with another and laughing all the way and tumbling off the bed an attempted rape. Good thing she only had one beer and remembers that 36 years later so we all can believe her. How convenient. I was just saying what most men are afraid to say – even if it happened it wasn’t that big of a deal, and to carry that 36 years and have all kinds of issues over it strange. Something else going on.

      • Pat
        September 30, 2018 at 7:25 am #

        I agree SisterGoldenHair. What is going on is trying to destroy a good man because he happens to be a conservative and would be the swing vote on the Supreme Court. Ms. Ford seems to be a very troubled individual with lots of issues.

  26. The school committee
    September 30, 2018 at 4:00 am #

    It is not a trial but the allegation will be investigated so if true its to be considered by the Senators.I think that the more proven thing to consider is his consumption of alcohol.He did lose composure defending his drinking.Its a very large part of who he is he will be making good old boy decisions about women.Trump wants to outlaw choice for women and make it criminal and this is the guy that will get it done.Im guessing the support here is also in favor of legislating women’s office visits to their gynecologist.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 30, 2018 at 7:20 am #

      Don’t worry SC. You’ll still be able to have your lady parts taken care of.

    • Pat
      September 30, 2018 at 7:21 am #

      You are telling lies School Committee. President Trump does not want to outlaw choice for women and make it criminal. Dems are just using abortion to fool women voters into thinking that that is their real motivation for trying to destroy Brett Kavanaugh. Their real reason is POWER. The Dems want to control the Supreme Court to further their radical agenda for this country. The want to control this swing vote.

  27. Johnny Absurd
    September 30, 2018 at 4:12 am #

    This guy has anger management issues as well as a bias against democrats. And what was that with the in your face sarcasm to the judicial committee? This is a guy qualified for the supreme Court? Forget about sexual abuse issues, he is not qualified on any level.

    NEXT???

    • CosbiesLadies
      September 30, 2018 at 4:38 am #

      Agree like you and Art state, he doesn’t have the Temperment, nor the character to be a Supreme Court Justice. If you were being interviewed for a job, would you scream at the HR person interviewing you?

      • dusty
        September 30, 2018 at 6:52 am #

        Watching him made me think he had been drinking just before he went to the hearing. He acted like someone who had had a few brewskis. He should have been given an alcohol test and then a lie detector tests asking if he had been drinking. My guess is he would have blown a 2.5.

        • mi
          September 30, 2018 at 8:36 am #

          He was drinking at the hearing,could have been Vodka, the drink of Russia.

      • Moon River
        September 30, 2018 at 7:23 am #

        JA, that’s akin to saying concentration camp survivors shouldn’t be angry at Nazis.

    • Spagirl
      September 30, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      Johnny Absurd
      I agree, this is looking at the guy’s behavior without bias of party or anything else. He is a current sitting judge. He should be disqualified. If this was a hearing for a Company the guy would have been all done.

  28. Pat
    September 30, 2018 at 7:15 am #

    Clarence Thomas called his accusations “a high tech lynching for uppity blacks.” He called it a circus. That they might as well hang him from a tree. Do you think he was angry Dusty, Johnny Absurd, and others?

    Was Clarence Thomas unfit for the Supreme Court because he was angry about sexual misconduct allegations? His accusations were not even as horrible as Brett Kavanaugh being called a “gang rapist”.

    • SisterGoldenHair
      September 30, 2018 at 7:56 am #

      That’s right Pat and he still got confirmed but he wasn’t a white male and people were afraid of being painted a racist. Kavenaugh was rightfully indignant. Good for him for taking the gloves off. Now only if Caccaviello will take the gloves off and go after Harrington before the show is over.

    • Spider
      September 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      Exactly, Pat! If it was OK for Thomas to get very angry, why not for Kavanaugh. What the h—- is the difference?

      Someone out there explain that one to me!!!!

  29. Doomiedoger
    September 30, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    May I point out that she was not the hysterical one in the room. She was not the one disrespecting the committee. Can we just wait a few days before putting a crown on Kavanaughs head?

  30. X-Lachs Lounge
    September 30, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    She was not the one being lied about,

    • Pat
      September 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

      True. Clarence Thomas refused to listen to the testimony of Anita Hill just like Kavanaugh didn’t listen to his accuser’s testimony. In Kavanaugh’s case he said he was writing what he was going to say. Thomas said he had “heard enough lies” and did not want to listen to Anita Hill.

      Clarence Thomas was so angry he said he didn’t even care about the Supreme Court nomination since he was fighting for his family and his reputation at that point.

  31. May Hemm
    September 30, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Christine 15 now has upwards to 800 grand on her go fund me page. Do you realize If Kavanaugh writes a book it would be a best seller. Planet? You in? Right up you’re Alley.

    • Harrison
      September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      Probably titled Brett likes Beer.

  32. Asterrick
    September 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Or Brett was not involved becauses he was so smashed he can’t recall.

  33. h
    September 30, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    Or in heaven there ain’t no …..s that why it’s done down here.

  34. Harlan RinkleNutts
    September 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    Kavanaugh should de-submit. The Bum.

  35. Halo
    September 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    I would like to thank Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for bringing to light a very serious problem we have in our Country. Sexual Assault. How can we really begin to believe any of Josh Kavaanughs testimony,really. You go Girl.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      You never heard of Juanita Brodrick?

    • Supernatet Harenae
      September 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

      Who?

      • Dilly Dally
        October 2, 2018 at 4:39 am #

        Think she was one of the Supremes. Let’s see now..Caccaviello. Got it.

  36. Johnny2Shoes
    September 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    I see the ambulance chasing lawyer is melting down over his clients allegations that the scenic train conductor supposedly drove are being ignored.

  37. Chuck Garivaltis
    September 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    241 responses – so far. Great pieces, Dan. Can not get much better than this . Great job.

    • Thomas More
      September 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      I think you would find Chuck that there would be about 150 if you remove art seller and pat.

      • Art Seller
        September 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

        Thomas Moore. Please add to the conversation. Next week I will shoot for 400 posts. I do not agree with pat but I am glad she posts often because she adds to the conversation and brings information that is pertinent and I can learn a thing or two from her but nothing from you. Please add to the conversation.Your last post doesn’t add to the conversation and was meant as a put down. You can not affect me and I hope you have no negative affect on Pat

      • Bretts Ladies
        October 2, 2018 at 4:44 am #

        149 without you TM.

    • danvalenti
      September 30, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

      CHUCK
      Thanks. And proud to have you part of it.

  38. May Hemm
    September 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Planet is truly a Pittsfield Legend Chuck, just as yourself! Chuck, how about a little story? political!

  39. X-Lachs Lounge
    September 30, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

    Retail dollar sales of beer last year $111.4 billion U.S.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      September 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

      Only Kavanaugh enjoys beer.

    • Bill Q
      October 2, 2018 at 4:49 am #

      Heard there was a u haul backing up into the Supreme Court full of beer.

  40. h
    September 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

    Beer and attempts to ravage young woman after consumption, just like our Presdent.

    • Art Seller
      September 30, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

      Once this FBI investigation is completed and if all three accusers Ford ,Ramirez and swetnik and one other and their corroborators are allowed to be fully investigated by the FBI Kavanaugh is burnt toast. There is some talk that not all will be allowed to be part of this FBI probe and why not? Scump to his credit says all with information should be included in this investigation but the dinosaurs on the committee and you all know who they are are trying to severely limit the FBI investigation by limiting accuser allegations. Never the less just a few of the individuals that Ford alluded to will sink Naugh. He denied he was and is a pass out drunk and can not stand to be criticised . His appearance at the hearing showed that he was the type of individual that Ford said he was. He tried time after time to dismiss his abuse of alcohol and the accusers and their witnesses will prove beyond any doubt that he was a hard partier. So what will this lying get KAvanaugh. It will get him a felony charge of lying to congress and if found guilty which he certainly will he can not serve on the SC and he will not be able to go back to his judgeship in the appellate court. So there it is. My opinion based on a lot of reading and studying. Does any one agree or disagree? Give us your opinions based on facts and also so we can get 300 posts on the planet. Will that be a record Dan? I love posting but like reading other peoples opinions better. Of course I think that there are quite a few who post that do not add to intellectual conversation but I am sure many look at me the same way. This city is the most poorly run city I have ever lived in. The bulk of the politicians remind me of a circus act especially eight of the eleven councilors and Secretary tired as the Gman calls her and all of the school committee. The Gman is still out of town but should be back Tuesday. He asked me to pass along that he will describe the procedure of microbes to reduce energy costs associated with aeration and being looked at as cost saving step at the sewer plant when he gets home

  41. The school committee
    October 1, 2018 at 7:28 am #

    Yes he does Pat,your not telling the truth….

  42. CosbiesLadies
    October 2, 2018 at 4:53 am #

    Just heard on T V the key ingredient to a good Pizza, is Water. Who’d have thought? Stinky water….stinky pizza!

  43. mi
    October 2, 2018 at 5:03 am #

    No need for any more investigation, he lied, that’s what was needed.