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It’s kind of sucky that the last two nominees have come from the same elitist prep school.

Where are the children of immigrants like usual?
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Post by BulletPark » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:11 pm

OnTheBall wrote:
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Is it funny to you to ridicule a man who is clearly under such severe stress, and whose family is also under severe stress, facing allegations that do not have a shred of evidence behind them?

Would you find it equally funny if BK was left-leaning too?
Yes.

Yes, I would.

Although the word I would use would be "ridiculous" rather than funny, as very little about this is funny.

I have no idea what the Australian SC is or even if you have one. I wouldn't be surprised if you decided everything by flipping a coin.

But if you're up for a US SC nomination, you have to go through processes. Sometimes these can be invasive, if there is rumor of wrongdoing in your personal behavior.

And you should display decorum and respect for the procedure.

If you really want the job, that is.

Does that help?

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Post by avalon_ » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:52 pm

Anyone watching this now? It's insane.

If he's confirmed, I hope he's impeached for lying. He lied about a lot of things yesterday. He's so partisan and blamed the democrats and will seek revenge. He lacks the temperament to be a judge. This is not someone who is worthy of this position.

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Post by Godjira » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:55 pm

He’s a Republican operative, not an normal judge. He worked inside the Bush administration. He wrote up the Star report.
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A group of senators just walked out.

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Lindsay Graham reminds me pf the judge in that Paul Newman movie The Verdict.
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Post by Barbarella » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:10 pm

C'mere, America voted Trump into the highest office, of COURSE this guy's gonna get in. It'd be remarkable if he didnt!

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Post by northern_goddess » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:13 pm

I can't believe OTB's outrage in this thread when we've all seen the things he's said about women and their behaviour. He's proven Leela's point with the meme.
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Post by avalon_ » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:18 pm

I liked Feinstein's speech a bit ago. I like how she pointed out his appalling behavior.

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A female friend (not a WASP!), said that BK reminds her of her first husband who abused her when he was drunk or hungover. She thought they should have done a blood test on BK before his testimony.

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Trump the stooge needed to place their operative on the court.
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Trump the stooge needed to place their operative on the court.
If placed, he can be investigated and, based on investigation results and sworn testimony, impeachment can be considered.
I think perjury, if proven true, would be cause for impeachment.

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I liked Feinstein's speech a bit ago. I like how she pointed out his appalling behavior.
oh, i missed that -- i'll look for it.

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Wasn't the prosecutor Mitchell also supposed to question Kavanaugh?

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If he's confirmed, I hope he's impeached for lying. He lied about a lot of things yesterday. He's so partisan and blamed the democrats and will seek revenge. He lacks the temperament to be a judge. This is not someone who is worthy of this position.
I raised this possibility once before. If the midterms work out I suspect he will be impeached. This will trigger the comprehensive investigation the senate committee has denied. His trial and removal by the Senate will hinge on that investigation I suspect. It may well serve as a precursor to a Trump impeachment.
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Wasn't the prosecutor Mitchell also supposed to question Kavanaugh?
Once Lindsay Graham spoke, the game changed. Mitchell was too soft spoken. The Trump era R's do better when they attack, as Graham did. So they pulled her.

The main thing they had Mitchell for was to question Ford. They didn't want any footage that could be used in TV ads of themselves grilling a woman like Ford over her assault allegations.

ETA: Or maybe that wasn't the real reason they pulled her...

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^ yep -- didnt wanna lose their Trump base. that's all they left at this point.
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i would have thought a softball prosecutor would have been ideal for kavanaugh unless they thought he'd crumble under examination by the prosecutor.

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Post by Logg » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:33 pm

The weird thing is, he's already shown he doesn't have the temperament to be a judge. But he's also shown himself to be extremely partisan in Beltway terms. They're basically putting a Republican operative on the bench who sees himself as a soldier of God (I suppose Scalia was the same way but without the blackout drinking, weird debt issues, and emotional instability).

Probably people are going to forget all about this once he takes his place on the court (or not), but it's weird to have basically a young Pat Buchanan on the Supreme Court. As mentioned above, with the specter of impeachment, having someone like him on the bench could be huge for Trump.

And finally, there are ways to break down and cry and then there are ways to break down and cry. Kavanaugh showed himself to be a cognitively damaged hysteric with moments of aphasia and echolalia (to borrow someone else's words), a quivering chin, and the petulance of a pre-teen ("What about you, what do you drink? Do you like beer? Do you?")

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i would have thought a softball prosecutor would have been ideal for kavanaugh unless they thought he'd crumble under examination by the prosecutor.
The Dems still got to interrogate him. The Republicans weren't going to be hard on him; they were just going to be hard on Ford.

Kavanaugh reminded me of the way Dan White is portrayed in the lead up to the Moscone Milk killings.

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Logg wrote:
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the petulance of a pre-teen ("What about you, what do you drink? Do you like beer? Do you?")
I LIKE BEER!! I PLAYED SPORTS!!
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Yes.

Yes, I would.

Although the word I would use would be "ridiculous" rather than funny, as very little about this is funny.

I have no idea what the Australian SC is or even if you have one. I wouldn't be surprised if you decided everything by flipping a coin.

But if you're up for a US SC nomination, you have to go through processes. Sometimes these can be invasive, if there is rumor of wrongdoing in your personal behavior.

And you should display decorum and respect for the procedure.

If you really want the job, that is.

Does that help?
Come on. You know damn well that this goes beyond that. It's character assassination by political opponents.

After this fiasco, a yank should not be making fun of other countries' legal processes.
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I can't believe OTB's outrage in this thread when we've all seen the things he's said about women and their behaviour. He's proven Leela's point with the meme.
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Post by BulletPark » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:16 pm

No OnTheBall, Weepy Pee-Pee peed his panties in full public view.

You can't fucking keep it together better than that?

You have no business being in the USSC.

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Post by BulletPark » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:41 pm

Yeah, I wasn't too impressed with that either. But responding to a moment of crisis or inspiration is different than crying because people are being mean to you.

But what the fuck am I talking to you for?

You stink of great big Alex Jones-style oily tears trickling down your plump red pock-marked cheeks.

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Post by birdlite » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:43 pm

So Obama crying because children were killed by a domestic terrorist = Kavanaugh weeping because he was called on his lies about high school and college.

Bringing up Kavanaugh's own High School Yearbook entry= character assasination
Saying that Obama was born in Kenya and was trained to be a Muslim operative while in school = verifying Obama's qualifications

Got it.

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Gosh! Triggered.
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Post by Annotated » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:53 pm

Kavanaugh was getting choked up thinking about what the evil tards had done to his family, especially his young daughters.

But as we know, tards care as much about young girls as they do old, delusional women.

If they can use the whores in some way to get power, they most certainly will.

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Hey, they don't call him AndyBoxOfRocks for nothing.

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Annotated wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:53 pm
Kavanaugh was getting choked up thinking about what the evil tards had done to his family, especially his young daughters.
Oh, yes, the daughters. Clearly on his mind. That and beer. He likes beer. Do you like beer? Have you ever gotten blackout drunk?

WELL HAVE YOU???????

Won't someone think of the daughters?

Is it true you actually have a couple of kids yourself?

God, how they must hate you.

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Hey, they don't call him AndyBoxOfRocks for nothing.
Poor triggered righty.
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I assume he is bonding with Brent by weeping into his keyboard and screaming IT'S NOT FAIR IT'S JUST NOT FAIR while listening to music his parents just don't understand.

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His daughters who he cares about so much that he thought nothing of using them to try to get sympathy from the committee. ""Little Liza, all of 10 years old, said to Ashley, we should pray for the woman."

How disgusting.
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Annotated wrote:Kavanaugh was getting choked up thinking about what the evil tards had done to his family, especially his young daughters.

But as we know, tards care as much about young girls as they do old, delusional women.

If they can use the whores in some way to get power, they most certainly will.
Have you read any of the profiles on Kavanaugh?
Talk about a whore.

But let's talk about using girls and women.
Of the 65 women who signed the letter of support, only 2 remain.

Who brought a team of girls into a hearing that had a great chance of discussing the "coach's" sexual and alcoholic exploits?

And what kind of example is he set to g for his daughters? He had a choice on whether or not to lie under oath. He could have said " I was a drunken ass in High School and college, but I have no memory of any incident like the one described. I made an effort to change my life...blah blah blah."

But he chose, instead to lie.
And lie. And lie

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Can you imagine what the current Supreme Court Justices are thinking right now? How dreadful to have to try to work and make extremely hefty decisions with someone who has temper issues, yells, berates, is not just ,and is completely biased. FOR LIFE.

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avalon_ wrote:
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Can you imagine what the current Supreme Court Justices are thinking right now? How dreadful to have to try to work and make extremely hefty decisions with someone who has temper issues, yells, berates, is not just ,and is completely biased. FOR LIFE.
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Of the 65 women who signed the letter of support, only 2 remain.
Got a link for that?

I saw three of them on TV just the other day.

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northern_goddess wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:06 pm
His daughters who he cares about so much that he thought nothing of using them to try to get sympathy from the committee. ""Little Liza, all of 10 years old, said to Ashley, we should pray for the woman."

How disgusting.
That was my reaction, too. How can you use your daughters in order to cast yourself in a better light in the committee??! Puke. You're supposed to protect your daughters/children and keep them out it.

And when graham was ranting and giving kudos to kavanaugh, that HUGE SMIRK that crossed kavanaugh's face. wtf.


Then there's his getting out of control and belligerent towards the senator who asked him about drinking and blackouts. Not answering and being aggressive and turning it personal towards her. WTF.
I mean, sure he apologized later, but THAT was his immediate reaction. It's very telling about his character.

And his saying this was all revenge for the clintons. my jaw literally dropped.

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Then there's his getting out of control and belligerent towards the senator who asked him about drinking and blackouts. Not answering and being aggressive and turning it personal towards her. WTF.
I mean, sure he apologized later, but THAT was his immediate reaction. It's very telling about his character.
He only apologized after his lawyer told him to, during the break. Yes, he looked like a very aggressive bully-boy.
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Potpie wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:02 pm
northern_goddess wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:06 pm
His daughters who he cares about so much that he thought nothing of using them to try to get sympathy from the committee. ""Little Liza, all of 10 years old, said to Ashley, we should pray for the woman."

How disgusting.
That was my reaction, too. How can you use your daughters in order to cast yourself in a better light in the committee??! Puke. You're supposed to protect your daughters/children and keep them out it.

And when graham was ranting and giving kudos to kavanaugh, that HUGE SMIRK that crossed kavanaugh's face. wtf.


Then there's his getting out of control and belligerent towards the senator who asked him about drinking and blackouts. Not answering and being aggressive and turning it personal towards her. WTF.
I mean, sure he apologized later, but THAT was his immediate reaction. It's very telling about his character.

And his saying this was all revenge for the clintons. my jaw literally dropped.
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strife wrote:
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Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:06 pm
Potpie wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:02 pm
And when graham was ranting and giving kudos to kavanaugh, that HUGE SMIRK that crossed kavanaugh's face. wtf.
And his saying this was all revenge for the clintons. my jaw literally dropped.
He only apologized after his lawyer told him to, during the break. Yes, he looked like a very aggressive bully-boy.
Yep, pure Prep entitlement.
Not the way this SC gig was supposed to go. This guy has been living in a endless manic moment, he can't cope, so don't expect him to.
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It's amazing that people can actually believe that she's credible, but happens to be wrong about this--the actual identity of the man who assaulted her
Well, that's the most sympathetic of the options.

The other very distinct option, of course, is that she's batshit crazy.

I mean this is a woman who wanted to put two front doors in her house and was so insistent about it, it led her and her husband into therapy. (Can you say cuckoo?)

On top of that, the witnesses she listed, including a lifelong friend, say the party never happened in their world. And her lifelong friend says she has never even met Kavanaugh.

So, yes, she seemed to believe what's in her head, but it certainly appears that what's in her head is not so connected to reality. (I mean two front doors? ... Think about it. Is this a woman grounded in reality?)
Turns out that second front door may not have had much to do with her alleged sexual trauma....

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:01 pm

Cooch, do you think the second front door was installed as an escape route that she needed psychologically as a result of the alleged sexual trauma she suffered 30 years ago in high school, as she testified to? Or do you think the second front door was to allow a separate access to her house for paid tenants as suggested in the "right wing blog"? Which do you thing is true? And by the way, I'm not expecting an honest answer from you.

I'm not a Trump fan or voter, nor do I particularly like Kavanaugh, but I do think Ford was lying about the reason that second front door was installed on their property.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:14 pm

I should add that I have nothing at all against the woman for cashing in on her Palo Alto real estate. :lol:
But let's try not to lie about it in front of the US Senate.

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I believe she was assaulted. She has faced death threats since telling her story.
Kavanaugh has lied many times.

I would trust her testimony more than that of a man who has lied under oath.

POLITICS 10/01/2018 06:24 pm ET Updated 2 days ago
All The Lies Brett Kavanaugh Told
The Supreme Court nominee fibbed throughout his entire confirmation hearing. Republicans don’t seem to care.
By Paul Blumenthal and Jennifer Bendery
You can't even be honest about what a fart is, Mr. Kavanaugh.

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath, his nomination is over.

“Oh, yes,” Flake told CBS News’ Scott Pelley.

Well, Senator? Do we have some news for you! Kavanaugh lied throughout his confirmation hearing. He told big lies and easily disprovable small lies. This may not even be the first time he has lied under oath: former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said Kavanaugh lied to him in his 2006 confirmation hearing for his current seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

So, Sen. Flake, we now present to you all the lies Kavanaugh told in last week’s hearing — at least all the ones we can prove.

(A Flake spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.)

Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations are ‘refuted’
A key point made by Kavanaugh throughout his defense was that Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations were “refuted” by three contemporaries alleged to have been at the party where she said he sexually assaulted her. Those alleged attendees said, under penalty of perjury, that the event did not take place, Kavanaugh argued.

“Dr. Ford’s allegation is not merely uncorroborated, it is refuted by the very people she says were there, including by a longtime friend of hers,” Kavanaugh said.

“The evidence is not corroborated at the time,” he said at another time. “The witnesses who were there say that it didn’t happen.”

But none of the alleged party attendees ― Mark Judge, Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth ― ever refuted anything Blasey claimed. They simply said they could not recall attending such a get-together.

“I have no memory of this alleged incident,” Judge said.

“I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct,” Smyth said.

Keyser said that she has “no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where [Kavanaugh] was present, with, or without Dr. Ford.” She added that while she can’t remember the event from 36 years ago, she believes Blasey’s allegations. She reiterated this after Kavanaugh’s misleading testimony.

Blasey explained that there was no reason for them to remember the party. “It was not one of their more notorious parties because nothing remarkable happened to them that evening,” she said.

‘Never attended a gathering’ like the one described by Blasey
“I never attended a gathering like the one Dr. Ford describes in her allegation,” Kavanaugh said.

But according to Kavanaugh’s calendars from the summer of 1982, which he submitted as evidence in his defense, he did.

As he said himself, “The calendars show a few weekday gatherings at friends’ houses after a workout or just to meet up and have some beers.” He says that he never attended a gathering like this, but that’s obviously false because the type of gathering he said he did attend is exactly the kind she described.

“None of those gatherings included the group of people that Dr. Ford has identified,” he also said.

On July 1, Kavanaugh wrote that he planned to go “to Timmy’s for skis w/Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi.” “Skis” are “brewskis,” a popular slang term for canned or bottled beer in the early 1980s.

So he gathered for brewskis with two of the three people Blasey said she remembers being there. Small gathering? Beer? Judge, Brett and P.J.? Check, check and check.

Brett Kavanaugh's own calendar shows that Christine Blasey Ford's story checks out.
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Brett Kavanaugh’s own calendar shows that Christine Blasey Ford’s story checks out.
Blasey and Kavanaugh ‘did not travel in the same social circles’
“She attended an independent private school named Holton-Arms, and she was a year behind me,” Kavanaugh said. “She and I did not travel in the same social circles.”

In that July 1 calendar entry about drinking “skis” with friends, he lists “Squi,” the nickname for his high school classmate Chris Garrett. Blasey testified that she briefly “went out with” Garrett in the summer of 1982.

Kavanaugh also admitted in a separate Sept. 17 committee interview that he was friends with Holton-Arms girls. “I would imagine that there were Holton-Arms girls [at parties] on occasion, and I was friends with a couple,” he said.

‘I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out’
“I drank beer with my friends,” Kavanaugh yelled in his opening statement. “Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

It shouldn’t matter if someone who likes to drink beer or used to binge-drink to the point of blacking out goes on to have a successful career. What is at issue is that Blasey alleged that Kavanaugh was “visibly drunk” when the alleged assault took place. It’s possible Kavanaugh had drunk too much to remember the event.

Kavanaugh repeatedly stated that he has never blacked out in his life. Numerous people who knew him in college and high school said this was likely impossible, based on the number of times they saw him staggering drunk.

“Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him,” said Dr. Liz Swisher, a college friend of Kavanaugh’s. “I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling.”

“He was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk,” said James Roche, a freshman-year college roommate of Kavanaugh’s. “I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that while at Yale, he was a big partier, often drank to excess, and there had to be a number of nights where he does not remember,” said Lynn Brookes, a college classmate.

Kavanaugh and his friends were “loud, obnoxious frat boy-like drunks,” who were the “hardest drinkers on campus,” according to Kit Winter, Kavanaugh’s other freshman-year college roommate.

“I definitely saw him on multiple occasions stumbling drunk where he could not have rational control over his actions or clear recollection of them,” said Daniel Livan, who lived in Kavanaugh’s dorm. “His depiction of himself is inaccurate.”

“The fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker,” said Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s. “I know because, especially in our first two years of college, I often drank with him. On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer.”

Ludington added, “I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.”

Kavanaugh’s assertion that he has never blacked out from drinking is further challenged by his own stories and emails.

In a 2014 speech at Yale, Kavanaugh recounted his fun partying days with a story about “falling out of the bus onto the front steps of Yale Law School at about 4:45 a.m.” after attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. He then admitted that he and a friend had to put together their memory of the drunken night the next day.

“Indeed, as a classmate of mine and I were reminiscing and piecing things together the other day, we think we had more than a few beers before the banquet,” Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh, in an email to friends after a fun weekend vacation, apologized for getting belligerent after losing games of dice and said he didn’t remember it happening.

“Excellent time,” reads Kavanaugh’s email dated Sept. 10, 2001. “Apologies to all for missing Friday (good excuse), arriving late Saturday (weak excuse), and growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice (don’t recall). Reminders to everyone to be very, very vigilant w/r/t confidentiality on all issues and all fronts, including with spouses.” (Emphasis added.)

Kavanaugh told Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) that a "boof" is a fart. That's not what Kavanaugh's former classmates said i
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Kavanaugh told Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) that a “boof” is a fart. That’s not what Kavanaugh’s former classmates said it means.
‘The drinking age was 18 in Maryland’
“My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends,” Kavanaugh testified. “The drinking age was 18 in Maryland for most of my time in high school, and was 18 in D.C. for all of my time in high school.”

The legal drinking age was raised to 21 in Maryland when Kavanaugh was 17 years old in 1982, which is when Blasey’s alleged assault took place.

Not only is Kavanaugh wrong about the drinking age when he was in high school; he wasn’t even 18 years old (the incorrect drinking age he claims) when he recorded his own beer drinking on his calendar at the time.

Who cares about a little underage drinking? It wouldn’t matter if this weren’t about two bigger issues: the event in question and whether Kavanaugh is credible. His dishonesty here shows he gets even the little things wrong.

‘Boofs’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’
“Judge, have you boofed yet?” The question appears on Kavanaugh’s 1983 senior yearbook page. It corresponds with Judge’s page, which says, “Bart, have you boofed yet?” Kavanaugh’s entry includes other terms that refer to heavy drinking (“100 kegs or bust” and “Beach Week Ralph Club”) and a curious phrase, “Devil’s Triangle.”

What does “boof” mean? And “Devil’s Triangle”? The first term “refers to flatulence,” Kavanaugh said in response to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and the second is a “drinking game” akin to quarters.

But many people, including Kavanaugh’s classmates at Georgetown Prep, said that’s not what those terms mean and that’s not what Kavanaugh was referring to at all. “Boof” has a history of being a slang term for anal sex, and “Devil’s Triangle” refers to sex between two men and one woman.

“Based on extensive interviews by me and @katekelly with Kavanaugh’s former Georgetown Prep classmates, what he just said about the meanings of ‘boofed’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ is not true,” tweeted David Enrich, who broke the story about Kavanaugh’s yearbook writings.

‘Renate Alumnius’
In his high school yearbook, Kavanaugh listed himself as a “Renate Alumnius.” (The misspelling of “alumnus” is in the original text.) This was a reference to Renate Dolphin, a female contemporary who attended a Maryland Catholic girls’ school.

“That yearbook reference was clumsily intended to show affection and that she was one of us,” Kavanaugh testified. “But in this circus, the media’s interpreted the term is related to sex. It was not related to sex.”

But two other Georgetown Prep classmates of Kavanaugh’s told The New York Times that it was related to sex. The prep school boys who wrote “Renate Alumnius” in their yearbooks intended it as a claim of conquest ― that they had some kind of physical relations with her.

“They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” Sean Hagan, one of Kavanaugh’s high school classmates, told The New York Times.

Another Georgetown Prep classmate wrote a ditty about Dolphin clearly documenting that their reference was not about friendship: “You need a date / and it’s getting late / so don’t hesitate / to call Renate.” They were saying she was easy.

Dolphin had signed a letter to the committee with 64 other women in support of Kavanaugh after Blasey’s allegations emerged. When the Times contacted her about the “Renate Alumnius” yearbook reference, she said she had not known about it and that it greatly hurt her to learn of it.

“I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means,” she told the Times. “I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”

A statement from Kavanaugh’s lawyer Alexandra Walsh to the Times said that her client and Dolphin attended a high school event once and “shared a brief kiss good night following that event.”

“I think Brett must have me confused with someone else, because I never kissed him,” Dolphin said through a lawyer in response.

And yet Kavanaugh said the reference was “not related to sex” after claiming a kiss that the woman in question denies.

Kavanaugh testified that his yearbook reference to being the biggest contributor to the "Beach Week Ralph Club" was about spi
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Kavanaugh testified that his yearbook reference to being the biggest contributor to the “Beach Week Ralph Club” was about spicy food making him vomit, not about partying and drinking to the point of puking.
‘Beach Week Ralph Club, Biggest Contributor’
Kavanaugh listed himself as the biggest contributor to the “Beach Week Ralph Club.” Beach Week is a party week in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area where high school students go to nearby beaches to drink heavily. “Ralph” is slang for “vomit.” When Whitehouse asked Kavanaugh about this reference, he said it was about spicy food.

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“I’m known to have a weak stomach, and I always have,” Kavanaugh testified. “In fact, the last time I was here, you asked me about having ketchup on spaghetti. I always have had a weak stomach.”

“So the vomiting that you reference in the Ralph Club reference, related to the consumption of alcohol?” Whitehouse followed up.

To which Kavanaugh sputtered a non sequitur reply about how he went to Yale: “Senator, I was at the top of my class academically, busted my butt in school. Captain of the varsity basketball team. Got in Yale College. When I got into Yale College, got into Yale Law School. Worked my tail off.”

“Did it relate to alcohol? You haven’t answered that,” Whitehouse pressed.

“I like beer. I like beer. I don’t know if you do,” Kavanaugh sneered.

“OK,” Whitehouse said, as Kavanaugh weirdly pressed the senator on whether he liked beer and what he preferred to drink.

It is simply laughable to consider that “Beach Week Ralph Club, Biggest Contributor” is in reference to anything other than drinking so much alcohol that one vomits.

‘No connections to Yale’
“I have no connections there,” Kavanaugh insisted regarding his ties to Yale University, where he went as an undergraduate and for law school. “I got there by busting my tail.”

But his grandfather, Everett Edward Kavanaugh, went to Yale for undergrad. The Intercept dug up a copy of his grandfather’s yearbook, showing him as a student.

Yale has said that 20 to 25 percent of its students are classified as legacy students.

No one accused me of sexual misconduct ‘until last week’
“Throughout my 53 years and seven months on this Earth, until last week, no one ever accused me of any kind of sexual misconduct,” Kavanaugh declared in his Sept. 27 hearing.

But Blasey alerted Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the committee, of her allegations in July. Blasey publicly revealed herself in a Sept. 16 article in The Washington Post.

Mark Judge’s memoir was ‘fictionalized’
Kavanaugh’s friend Judge wrote a book titled “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” in which a character named Bart O’Kavanaugh (sound familiar?) vomits on someone’s car during Beach Week and passes out.

Kavanaugh denied that he was the inspiration for O’Kavanaugh. “He wrote a book that is a fictionalized book,” he said in his hearing.

But a note at the beginning of Judge’s book states, “This book is based on actual experiences.”

Judge Alex Kozinski
Kavanaugh repeatedly denied knowing that Judge Alex Kozinski, a mentor for whom Kavanaugh clerked from 1991 to 1992, was a sex predator who harassed women in his office and maintained a private server in his offices for porn. Kozinski is the most important judicial figure, aside from now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Kavanaugh’s life. Kozinski introduced Kavanaugh when the latter was nominated to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

It’s impossible to know if Kavanaugh provided misleading testimony when he said the revelations about Kozinski were a total surprise and “a gut punch.” But it seems very unlikely.

Kozinski was first accused of “sadistic” and “abusive” behavior in 1985. When the allegations emerged, the Senate Judiciary Committee reopened hearings into his nomination after it already voted to send his nomination to the full Senate. He was still confirmed to the 9th Circuit.

Reports about his harassment of female clerks and his maintenance of a website hosting porn came out in 2008. Kozinski was also known to send to a listserv wildly inappropriate content that demeaned women. He was admonished in 2009 and stepped down as chief judge of the 9th Circuit in 2014. Yet Kavanaugh appeared with Kozinski at a Federalist Society event in 2015.

Kozinski’s behavior was not unknown. Legal reporters Dahlia Lithwick and Ian Millhiser have written that they knew about Kozinski. Yale Law School students told HuffPost that professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, who are married to each other, intimated that they avoided clerking with Kozinski because he was known to sexually harass women. Chua is friends with Kavanaugh, has directed multiple students to clerk with him and endorsed his nomination.

Heidi Bond, one of the women who came forward in 2017 to tell their stories of harassment at Kozinski’s hands, wrote in Slate, “Kozinski’s sexual comments — to both men and women — were legendary.”

“Having clerked in his chambers, I do not know how it would be possible to forget something as pervasive as Kozinski’s famously sexual sense of humor or his gag list, as Kavanaugh has professed to in his hearings,” Bond wrote.

Kavanaugh said in his hearing that he could not remember receiving emails from Kozinski’s email list, known as the “Easy Rider Gag List.”

It’s hard to confirm what Kavanaugh knew about Kozinski. It would be possible to find out if he ever received some of those creepy emails Kozinski sent to his listserv, but Kavanaugh did not offer to search his emails to find out.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh are pol
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh are political “smears.”
William Pryor nomination
William Pryor was nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in 2003. Pryor, a protege of now–Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was controversial for his views on abortion. Kavanaugh, who handled judicial nominations for the White House at that time, denied that he personally handled Pryor’s nomination when he was questioned during his appeals court confirmation hearings.

“I was not involved in handling his nomination,” Kavanaugh said. “I am familiar generally with Mr. Pryor, but that was not one that I worked on personally.”

But emails showed that Kavanaugh was consulted on Pryor’s nomination.

“How did the Pryor interview go?” Kyle Sampson, a Bush-era Justice Department staffer, emailed Kavanaugh in 2002. “Call me.”

This email did not refute Kavanaugh’s careful testimony, as he said he was “not involved in handling this nomination.” But Democratic senators felt that he misled with his testimony. When he was asked whether he lied or misled about this during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, he responded, “As I recall at least, I was not the primary person on that.”

Judge Charles Pickering Sr. nomination
During Kavanaugh’s 2006 confirmation hearing for his seat on the D.C. Circuit, he was asked about his role in the Bush White House during the 2001 nomination of Charles Pickering Sr. to a seat on the 5th Circuit. Pickering had solicited letters of support for his nomination from lawyers who had business before his court in Mississippi. Kavanaugh was asked whether he knew about those letters of support.

“My first question is this,” then-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) asked Kavanaugh. “Did you know that Judge Pickering planned to solicit letters of support in this manner before he did so? And if not, when did you become aware that Judge Pickering had solicited these letters of support?”

“The answer to the first question, Senator, is no,” Kavanaugh replied. “This was not one of the judicial nominees that I was primarily handling.”

But recently disclosed emails show that Kavanaugh played a significant role in Pickering’s nomination process, which dragged on into 2004 because of a Democratic Party filibuster. Kavanaugh was often the only person included on emails about Pickering’s nomination and helped place op-eds and news stories to help the nominee.

This doesn’t directly refute Kavanaugh’s statement that he wasn’t “primarily handling” the Pickering nomination. Feingold, however, believes he was misled at the time by Kavanaugh.

“Taking all his testimony together, we see a clear pattern emerge: Brett Kavanaugh has never appeared under oath before the U.S. Senate without lying,” Feingold wrote in a HuffPost opinion piece.

Warrantless wiretapping
When Kavanaugh was nominated to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, he was asked whether he knew anything about the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping policy.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pressed Kavanaugh on whether he had ever seen “documents relating to the president’s [National Security Agency] warrantless wiretapping program.”

“I learned of that program when there was a New York Times story — reports of that program when there was a New York Times story that came over the wire, I think on a Thursday night in mid-December of [2005],” Kavanaugh said at the time.

Emails that came out during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, however, tell a different story on both accounts.

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Kavanaugh asked John Yoo, an Office of Legal Counsel lawyer who helped justify warrantless surveillance and torture programs, “Any results yet on the [Fourth Amendment] implications of random/constant surveillance of phone and e-mail conversations of non-citizens who are in the United States when the purpose of the surveillance is to prevent terrorist/criminal violence?”

While Bush did not authorize the NSA surveillance program until 2002, Kavanaugh’s email indicates he was aware of discussions about the program before he said he learned about it from news reports.

Yoo defended Kavanaugh, stating that he was not involved in the development of the NSA program known as Stellarwind.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has said Kavanaugh "was not forthright" with him about his access to Democratic strategy documents
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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has said Kavanaugh “was not forthright” with him about his access to Democratic strategy documents that Republican aides stole from Leahy in 2003 and passed to George W. Bush’s White House, where Kavanaugh worked. “I’m bothered by it.”
Stolen emails
In 2003, Kavanaugh received information based on documents that were stolen from Senate Democrats by a Republican staffer. This included one fully copied stolen document. The documents provided inside information about Democrats’ strategy to oppose Bush’s judicial picks.

Leahy, whose documents were stolen, asked Kavanaugh about this in 2006. He denied knowing the source of the information he received.

Leahy returned to this question during Kavanaugh’s hearing last week ― this time with access to Kavanaugh’s emails from the time. One of those emails included the first draft of a memo composed by Leahy’s staff, although it was not labeled as such. Another came with a subject line of “Spying,” although this one simply suggested the author had a “mole” among Democrats providing intelligence on their strategy.

Leahy pressed Kavanaugh on the draft memo, which he said was “obviously taken from my internal emails.” He asked, “Did any of this raise a red flag in your mind?”

“It did not, Senator, because it all seemed consistent with the usual kind of discussions that happen,” Kavanaugh responded.

As to the question of the “mole” email labeled “Spying,” Kavanaugh chalked it up to bipartisanship, saying, “There was a lot of bipartisanship among the staffs. There were a lot of friendships and relationships where people would talk to — ‘Oh, I’ve got a friend on Sen. Ted Kennedy’s staff’ or ‘I have a friend on Sen. Hatch’s staff or Sen. Specter’s staff.’ That kind of information sharing did not raise red flags.”

Kavanaugh never apologized to Leahy about receiving or using the stolen documents. Leahy concluded, “It’s fair to say that he was not forthright with me, and I’m bothered by it.”

When he learned of Deborah Ramirez’s allegations
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asked Kavanaugh on Sept. 27 when he first learned that Deborah Ramirez, a classmate from Yale, had alleged Kavanaugh once shoved his penis into her face as part of a joke.

“In the last — in the period since then, The New Yorker story,” Kavanaugh replied, referencing the Sept. 23 story about Ramirez’s allegations written by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.

NBC News reported on Oct. 1 that Kavanaugh’s team had reached out to former classmates via text message to get them to rebut Ramirez’s allegations prior to the publication of The New Yorker article.

Two former classmates of Kavanaugh and Ramirez ― Kerry Berchem and Karen Yarasavage ― discussed efforts by Kavanaugh and his lawyers to get Yale classmates to tell the press that the allegations were false.

“In one message, Yarasavage said Kavanaugh asked her to go on the record in his defense,” NBC reported. “Two other messages show communication between Kavanaugh’s team and former classmates in advance of the story.”

Oddly, in a private interview with committee members held on Sept. 25, Kavanaugh indicated that he did know about the allegations before The New Yorker article was published

In the printed transcript of this interview that occurred two days before his public testimony, Kavanaugh complained that Ramirez was calling former classmates to see if they remembered the alleged incident. “And I, at least ― and I, myself, heard about that, that she was doing that,” he said, admitting that he knew about it ahead of time.

It’s not clear why Kavanaugh provided a different response in his public testimony on Sept. 27.

Sucking up to Trump
“No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination,” Kavanaugh said moments after President Donald Trump announced his nomination.

Not only is this an impossible claim to prove ― one would have to review the details of every past president’s vetting process for every Supreme Court nominee ― but it certainly appears that Trump did next to no consulting on his court pick. He was given a list of possible nominees by the Federalist Society, a conservative group that has tremendous sway over Trump’s judicial nominees, and told to pick one.

It took Trump two weeks to pick Kavanaugh from the list. For some contrast, President Barack Obama spent about a month reviewing his options before nominating Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the court.
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