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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Judge rejects new trial in Gibson's case; documents detail settlement attempts
Yesterday’s story translated into non-legal language.
[CHRONICLET] A judge on Tuesday denied Oberlin College a new trial to once again defend itself in the case brought by the Gibson family and Gibson's Bakery over the college's behavior during student protests nearly three years ago.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi rejected not only a new trial, but also a request by the Gibsons that he award an additional $105,000 in interest on top of the already-awarded damages, according to court documents.

According to Miraldi's ruling, Ohio law allows the trial court to grant a new trial when one of the parties ‐ the Gibsons ‐ has been awarded "excessive or inadequate damages" given "under the influence of passion or prejudice."

That's not the case here, Miraldi found. In his ruling, he stated that the damages awarded the Gibsons were "not manifestly excessive" nor "influenced by passion or prejudice."

In a one-page ruling, Miraldi rejected Oberlin College's motion for "judgment notwithstanding the jury's verdict," which would have overturned the jury's verdict. He also rejected the Gibsons' request for additional interest on top of the damages already awarded, finding that Oberlin College did not act in bad faith during settlement negotiations that took place between January and June.

A jury awarded the Gibsons more than $44 million in compensatory and punitive damages after a six-week trial that ended in June. Miraldi reduced that amount to $25 million due to caps on damages in Ohio law and later awarded the Gibsons more than $6.5 million in attorney fees.
Posted by: Fred || 09/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oberlin's going down. Admit rate is now twice as high as for other selective liberal arts colleges. Yield rate is now half as high.

Their reputation is fast becoming a joke among the wealthy families on whom, increasingly, they will have to depend and who have many better choices for where to spend their $300,000 total 4-year college budget.

Revenues from tuition will likely not cover operating costs, given that they will lose on appeal and be forced to pay a massive judgment which their insurers have already signaled they will not cover.

An intervention is desperately needed.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  An university is a place of higher learning* - not an Antifa training camp.

*Well actually, to me, a university is a place you do research - and students are vermin that has to be tolerated. Kinda like flies and ants on a picnic.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 0:53 Comments || Top||

#3  It would be hard to justify a 300,000 debt for even an IT programming degree, compared to learning on the job!

American university costs need to come in 90%.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 2:43 Comments || Top||

#4  The main points, nearly everyone misses:
(a) Higher education should not be a way to earn more money.
(b) It is not good for most people.
(c) The worst kind of people to advance academically are the strait A students.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 2:48 Comments || Top||

#5  >(a) Higher education should not be a way to earn more money.

I disagree! Higher education should be to raise the productivity of the learner enough to pay the debt and more.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 4:13 Comments || Top||

#6  You forgot /sark, BP.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 4:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Er no. Higher education that isn't raising wages is wasted money.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 4:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Nonsense. Once higher education became equated with higher income, everybody started pushing into it - which led to lowering (if not virtual disappearance) of standards, everybody (but AOCs who benefit from degrees) bemoans.
Nowadays we have high school teachers too dumb to wash floors, and university professors who haven't had an original thought in their minds since the age of 2.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 5:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Then they simply shouldn't go (or university is not the place to offer that training).

Learning as a whole should be funded on the premise it raises wages AKA market-productivity.

At 10,000 taxpayer dollars per student per year I'd guess most pupils don't pay back their 13 years of school subsidies.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 6:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Then they simply shouldn't go

Tell people not to chase money, will you?

Learning as a whole should be funded on the premise it raises wages AKA market-productivity.

That's bull - these who learn to "raise their productivity" usually have zilch productivity. If you don't like your work, your work is worth sh*t!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 6:35 Comments || Top||

#11  I did a degree in IT.

Got taught some very useful things about the maths behind why computers and databases work the way they do (formal logic and set-theory).

You seem to think university should be some sort of benefits program for academic types? Or just close them all down?

I really am failing to understand why you think there's no connection between learning and productivity.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#12  I really am failing to understand why you think there's no connection between learning and productivity.

Because you can't make silk purses from sow's ears.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

#13  In my experience, high schools push college as if there is no other worthy goal. They neglect practical skills and vocational training. Today's high school graduate is qualified for absolutely nothing but the most menial types of unskilled labor and a lot of them have trouble with that. If they want to become electricians, beauticians or auto mechanics they have to go to a private trade school after high school. The question then becomes: Why not skip high school and go directly to the trade school?

If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer or scientist then you should go to college. Otherwise, you might have better luck as a brick layer. Skip that four or five years of non-productive education, skip all that debt and get on with your life. Skip a couple years of high school as well. You'll never miss it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/12/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||

#14  I think to be honest a few years of learning how the real world works is great for motivating people to learn.

Once people stop school they seldom return.

might be best to keep some people who could learn later in.

There's a massive amount wrong with university education for the masses, especially taxpayer subsidised. But the alternative just hasn't emerged, (mainly because of the subsidies for incumbents and tax structures) but you go to war on ignorance with the teachers you've got.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 11:38 Comments || Top||

#15  1. Stop this insanity of pushing 70% of the 18 year-old population to go on to college. Most people simply lack the ability to do advanced college work. By pushing them to go to college, you are either degrade the value of college or demoralize the underprepared, or both.

No more than 20% of the population should be allowed to do actual college work i.e. explore ideas in the arts and sciences (science today is so intertwined with engineering that these fields are almost interchangeable).

2. Convert the majority of our failing 2nd- and 3rd-rate small private colleges - Moody's says 25% of all colleges are on the edge of bankruptcy; there are literally thousands of them - to vocational training centers or trade schools.

3. Beef up middle school and 9th and 10th grade English and Math, and allow kids to leave secondary school and enter a vocational school after 10th grade.

4. For the college/university-bound 20%, limit their choices to no more than FIVE schools. End the massive admissions fraud created by "holistic admissions" practices that seek to m"build the class" with "well-rounded applicants" who've built hospitals in Nicaragua and raised funds for transgendered Venusians and overcame adversity to become captain of their Instagram Yachting Team etc etc.

Force any college or university to evaluate the applicants solely on merit defined by standardized test scores on the SAT/ACT plus 3 Subject Tests; interviews with actual tenured professors; and least important, high school grades. This is the U.K. model of university admissions, and it works beautifully, with no corruption and without triggering grade inflation and the ridiculous college prep arms race

5. Watch our nation's productivity soar as real merit and intellectual curiosity become the standards by which we promote young people to the leading professions.

Watch the economy take off as millions of our young people who can't handle college are trained for useful and well-paid

Watch the insane growth in college loan indebtedness finally begin to clear and offer young people some hope of leaving mom's basement, getting a useful job and starting a family.

Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#16  In my experience, high schools push college as if there is no other worthy goal.

In my experience* the rot starts in K-12. A lot of people would be better off to learn a profession via apprenticeship after the 8th grade. And a lot of teachers shouldn't be allowed near kids. And school programs - formulated by the best education psychologists - are (intentionally or not) serve to suppress and alienate the 1 in 1000 students capable of independent and creative thinking.

Today's high school graduate is qualified for absolutely nothing but the most menial types of unskilled labor and a lot of them have trouble with that.

And overwhelming majority is unsuited to university studies. Because they don't learn - they're trained to solve exams - like circus animals are trained to perform - and to complain until their grades are raised. And they continue the same way when they reach college**. And because of these complaints teaching standards constantly decrease - try actually teaching and see what'll happen to you. And don't start me on research that (present day) straight A students do after they reach tenure. .

*I've taught elective courses in TAU and Weizmann Institute. I've taught high school math/chemistry/biology as sub teacher. I've taught calculus in equivalent of US community college. I give private lessons. I've worked for an private lesson via Internet company were I would teach a first grader counting on fingers and a twelve grader calculus or quantum chemistry within a single hour.
Until recently, when the field collapsed because of a bunch of new firms offering the same service (MBAs are sheep), I derived most of my income by writing students' term papers.
I've more/diverse teaching experience than any school teacher or university professor you ever met.

**Ever wondered why so many make false complains: sexual harassment, racism, genderism? Look at their grades before and after the complaint.

IN SUMMARY: If we were secretly ruled by a bunch of aliens determined to dumb down human race - nobody wants a but of too smart slaves, what would they do differently?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#17  You seem to think university should be some sort of benefits program for academic types? Or just close them all down?

I think there should be places to do basic research and there should be fostering of original thinking and creativity (and by creativity I don't mean writing new applications for smartphones).

p.s. I don't know how it is in your neck of woods, but in Israel most IT startups are founded by math/physics graduates - not credentialed programmers.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 12:23 Comments || Top||

#18  What grom said.

Everyone who's tutored or taught reasonably ambitious young people has come to the same conclusion as academic psychology researchers who study intelligence: there is a bell curve distribution of cognitive ability, and it is pointless and counterproductive to pretend that most people can do advanced analysis of abstract concepts.

The goal is NOT to enable everyone to do advanced math and analysis of abstract ideas. That's a fool's errand that has made education the most f---ed up part of our society.

The goal should be to create a society in which nobody is a nobody, and everyone belongs and is valued because of his or her meaningful contribution. And in which the brilliant people are enabled to explore and rise as far as their curiosity and talents will take them.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||

#19  there is a bell curve distribution of cognitive ability,

There are also bell curve distributions for other equally important abilitys. The key one I noticed in the IT classes I taught was diligence aka motivation. There are a surprising number of smart folks that don't give enough of a shit to actually work hard.
Posted by: AlanC || 09/12/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

#20  Yes, there are multiple bell curves for multiple dimensions of personality, of which cognitive intelligence is just one.

The psychologists describe diligence/motivation as "Conscientiousness."

Interesting: the ex-Google engineer, James Damore, highlighted this trait in his letter to Google HR about the desired traits for Google engineers. Famore noted that the vast majority of engineers at Google are involved in maintenance of code that a handful of more brilliant engineers wrote, optimizations of minor things, etc.

Most engineers hired by Google therefore need to be exceptionally "conscientious" (academic psych-speak) or diligent (your phrasing). They do NOT need to be exceptionally intelligent, let alone brilliant.

Also interesting: Conscientiousness tends to be associated with politically conservative people. Damore noted also that women tend to score much higher on another of the five main dimensions, what the psychologists call "Neuroticism" or what most people would call, using a less, uh, emotionally-loaded term, simple emotionalism.

Damore noted that the ideal maintenance engineer ie the basic description of the vast majority of Google engineers is simple who is extremely HIGH on the Conscientious dimension, LOW on the Neurotic dimension, and above average on Cognitive Intelligence. A highly conscientious person completes tasks even when they're boring or distasteful.

This describes to a T most of your apolitical (or politically conservative) male programmer types who work hard enough to get through a rigorous CS program. It does NOT describe the vast majority of women college grads, or even most women CS grads.

For this lucid, eminently reasonable observation, Damore was fired.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 14:49 Comments || Top||

#21  p.s. I don't know how it is in your neck of woods, but in Israel most IT startups are founded by math/physics graduates - not credentialed programmers.

Interesting, grom. Agree with you on this.

The two most brilliant people I've met in tech are two Israeli entrepreneurs, each involved in an extremely arcane area of technology, and each with a PhD from a top Israeli university in, respectively, Philosophy and Physics.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||

#22  There are a surprising number of smart folks that don't give enough of a shit to actually work hard.

That's that I always tell Grom Jr "work hard & suck up to teachers, or you grow up a bum like your father". But would he listen?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 14:58 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Booker Introduces Bill Requiring Gun Owners to Obtain 5-Year Federal License
[PJMedia] Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has introduced legislation that would require gun owners to obtain a 5-year federal license to "buy and possess" a firearm.

The licensing process outlined in the Federal Firearm Licensing Act would be handled by the U.S. Department of Justice.

"When I put it first out it was criticized by other people in the field as going too far -- that's gun licensing -- that if you need a license to drive a car in America you should have a license to buy a gun and to own a handgun," Booker said on Tuesday at the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) conference.

Booker predicted that federal licensing for firearms would lower the number of shootings that occur.

"Connecticut did it -- 40 percent drop in shootings, 15 percent drop in suicides, but this is more than just what the plan is," Booker said.

According to Booker's office, the federal license would need to be "renewed every five years, at which point the applicant would have to go through a background check and undergo firearm safety training again." The bill would grant DOJ the authority to "revoke a license if the individual poses a danger to himself/herself or others" as well as "require the DOJ to regularly conduct checks to ensure that individuals are in compliance with the federal license requirements."
The right to bear arms isn't granted by the government. The 2nd amendment isn't there for the ease of the government. It is there to tell the government that the right SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
Keep it up and you guys will have a civil war.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/12/2019 09:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NBD, my TX carry license is good for 5 years.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/12/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Poll tax just in another form. The Donks are big on those sort of things - taxing enumerated rights.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/12/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  That warm liquid running down bookers back is NOT WARM spring rain. A YELLOW liquid bath is what I Think this JACKASS needs, BY THE PEOPLE!
Posted by: ranture || 09/12/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't even own a gun, and shit like this makes me want to go out and buy some guns. And lots of ammo.
Posted by: Raj || 09/12/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#5  I would recommend it Raj. There will be some kind of violent civil conflict soon (beyond what has happened so far).

Get armed and get trained.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/12/2019 14:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Gun sales are going back up! And so are canoeing accidents I suspect.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 09/12/2019 15:44 Comments || Top||

Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation
[Chicago Tribune] Less than a year into office, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough faces potential federal court oversight of hiring amid a watchdog’s accusations that she’s “running an illegal patronage employment system.”

Veteran anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman said in a new legal filing that Yarbrough has put the politically connected into jobs that are supposed to be free from such influence, asked her employees for campaign contributions on their private cellphones and transferred certain supervisors to far-flung offices in hopes they’ll quit.

Yarbrough, who was under federal court oversight in her previous job as recorder of deeds, called Shakman’s latest allegations “outrageous” and “preposterous.”

“Everything that I’m being accused of is just simply not true,” said Yarbrough, who also is vice chair of the Illinois Democratic Party led by House Speaker Michael Madigan. “We’ll have our day in court.”

Shakman is asking U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier to appoint the first-ever federal monitor in the clerk’s office to investigate and recommend reforms as well as examine hiring and personnel practices under Yarbrough. At a Wednesday hearing, Schenkier ordered Yarbrough to file a formal response in 30 days and asked the two sides to discuss potential information available about the disputed matters for further review.
Posted by: Fred || 09/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Forget it Jake, its Chicago. The only way you can clean out the cockroaches apparatchiks is to bomb the place like we did Berlin '44-'45, then de-nazify it all.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/12/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Looking at EU, I ask myself - did you succeed?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 11:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, as much talk as Brussels puts out, no one is worried that the Germans or the French (et al) are going to be 'marching' into anybody's but their own capital anytime soon.

On the other hand, it is this date in history when the Poles arrived at Vienna to stop the 'Religion of Peace' from further European conquests.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/12/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Containment worked.

Contain the Party of Race-Mongering and Corruption to its urban strongholds and dominate the suburbs and rural areas.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 11:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Andrew McCabe Will Be Charged By The DOJ
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 16:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under:


Should consider a quick dash for the border while he can.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 09/12/2019 17:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Progress.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 17:07 Comments || Top||

#3  That should enhance his CNN resume.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/12/2019 18:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm sure there will be considerable commentary about how political - and unfair - it is, and how Trump should be impeached, instead.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/12/2019 18:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Surely Trump's DOJ has him and his passport on a watch list. He shouldn't be allowed to flee the country he needs to face justice.
Posted by: jpal || 09/12/2019 18:54 Comments || Top||

Giant Anti-Socialism Banner To Fly Over Houston Before Democratic Debate, Paid For By The Trump Campaign
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 10:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Awesome. The shrill chorus of anti free speech comsymps whining about it will be an added bonus.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/12/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  We will have to have a class of troll higher than master now.

Trump level troll. He is truly the best at it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/12/2019 11:44 Comments || Top||

#3  I gotta see this.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/12/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  only cost $7,500

Much better than blowing twenty times that on high price consultants to advise on what to comment in response to Dem craziness.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/12/2019 12:17 Comments || Top||

#5  $7500 will return $1 Mil+ in media hysteria
Posted by: Frank G || 09/12/2019 13:39 Comments || Top||

Elizabeth Warren Lined Campaign Pockets With Big Donor Cash Prior to Presidential Run
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 01:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oops...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/12/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 - OUCH!
Posted by: Frank G || 09/12/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

ABC News Warns Democrat Presidential Candidates to ‘Avoid Expletives’ During 2020 Debate
[BREITBART] ABC News producers sent an email to Democrats ahead of Thursday’s 2020 Democrat presidential debate, warning candidates to avoid expletives.

Citing FCC guidelines for broadcast television, ABC sent guidance to 2020 Democrat candidates through the Democrat National Committee, according to two CNN news hounds.

Interesting wrinkle to debate prep this week.. @RebeccaBuck and I have learned that @ABC through the DNC has sent the campaigns all an email asking their candidates to "avoid cursing or expletives in accordance with federal law and FCC guidelines."

ABC News noted in the memo that the debate would be broadcast without a delay, which would not allow them to edit out foul language.

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke;
...Kennedyeque businessman, musician, skateboard artiste, and politician who represented Texas' 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. Beto is a Latino nickname for people whose names end in "erto," like "Roberto" or "Alberto." He is seeking the Dem nomination for President in 2020 because he has nice hair and lots of teeth. He was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of a prep school and Columbia University, which is not in Texas. In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council. He was elected to Congress in 2012 after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary. He declined to seek re-election in 2018, instead running for the Senate against Republican Ted Cruz, running a campaign that drew national attention because of his skateboarding skills. A few months after he lost, he announced his campaign for President...
has received media attention for his use of the f’word in recent weeks to react to mass shootings and guns in America.

His preference for profanity led to his campaign releasing a t-shirt to cement his use of the word to talk about mass shootings.

He also spoke on a podcast with Jemele Hill about his appreciation for the word fuckstick.

Even the more restrained Mayor Pete Buttigieg
..the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
dropped the word "bullshit" in an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show in New York, which was censored on the YouTube video of the interview.
Posted by: Fred || 09/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "We know you're dumb sh*ts. You know, you're dumb sh*ts. But lets try to fool the public."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  keep an exception for "SHITSHOW" - but restricted to titles and captions describing the event.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 0:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Let’s compromise and allow cursing in Spanish.
Posted by: Airandee || 09/12/2019 6:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Or swearing in Gaelic for the fake mexican?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 6:19 Comments || Top||

#5  But... but... how else are they gonna be edgy and hip like all the cool kids?
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/12/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Beto O'Rourke - "Fuck this fuckin' shit!!!"
Posted by: Raj || 09/12/2019 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  What's ABC going to do? Bleep them out?

Most likely, ABC doesn't want to show this crop of lightweight Dem candidates for what they are. Incompetent losers!
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/12/2019 10:48 Comments || Top||

#8  *wink*wink*

(really all they have)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/12/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Five second time delay on the broadcast so producers will have time to bleep the expletives.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/12/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#10  No, the public has a right to know who has the foulest mouth!

But I shan't be watching, anyway.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/12/2019 16:52 Comments || Top||

Sununu: Joe Biden ‘Confused,’ ‘Useless’ During Clarence Thomas Confirmation
[BREITBART] Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
was reportedly "confused" and "useless" as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, according to the chief of staff of late-President George H.W. Bush.

John Sununu, who as Bush’s chief of staff from 1989 to 1991 oversaw Thomas’s confirmation, told the Washington Examiner on Saturday that Biden was paralyzed by inaction during the episode, especially after Anita Hill came forward to level accusations of sexual harassment against the then-nominee. In particular, according to Sununu, Biden struggled with whether or not to allow Hill to testify in front of his committee about the purported harassment.

"One of the reasons it got so difficult is that the chairman of the committee was relatively useless," Sununu said of the former vice president, before adding Biden "was confused" throughout the entire process.

"He didn’t know whether he wanted to do the right thing or whether he wanted to cave in to the liberals that were trying to really, in a very disgraceful way, ruin the reputation of a very good man, currently Justice Thomas," he said.

Biden, who at the time was serving his first stint as chairman of the judiciary committee, eventually did "cave in to" the pressure and allowed Hill a platform upon which to speak. Hill’s testimony, however, did not sink Thomas, but only served to muddy the initial accusations and divide large segments of the country.

Biden, himself, voted against Thomas, but admitted to a colleague in 1998 that he believed Hill "was lying" given the way in which she answered questions in front of the committee. Despite the admission, Biden has sought to downplay his role in Thomas’s confirmation in recent months.

Shortly after before announcing his campaign, Biden reached to Hill directly to offer "regret" for the manner in which she was treated during the confirmation. The former vice president offered a broader apology of sorts in late-April during an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.

"I believed her from the very beginning, but I was chairman. She did not get a fair hearing. She did not get treated well. That’s my responsibility," Biden said at the time. "As the committee chairman, I take responsibility that she did not get treated well."
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#1  In other words, typical Slow Joe.
Posted by: Raj || 09/12/2019 12:47 Comments || Top||

New State Department Documents Reveal Last-Minute Efforts by Obama State Department to Undermine President Trump
[JUDICIALWATCH.ORG] Judicial Watch today released 90 pages of heavily redacted U.S. Department of State documents showing Obama State Department officials’ efforts to disseminate classified information to multiple U.S. Senators immediately prior to President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
’s inauguration. The information, which included raw intelligence, purported to show "malign" Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Among the senators receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN).

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a June 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a February 2018 request seeking records of the Obama State Department’s last-minute efforts to share classified information about Russia election interference issues with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-01381)).

A January 13, 2017, email from Hera Abbasi, a former congressional advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, suggests that the intelligence community was providing "raw intel" to Sen. Warner. Such an exchange almost certainly would have been coordinated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI): "Yes, that is correct. Warner/raw intel stuff is going thru IC channels." (Abbasi previously worked in Speaker Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. On-again-off-again Speaker of the House. It's not her fault when they lose, but it's her accomplishment when they win. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace and occasional senior... uhhh... moments...
’s office and was a 2017 Next Generation National Security Fellow at the liberal Center for a New American Security. Abbasi donated $725 to the Clinton campaign and Act Blue during the 2016 election cycle.)

The documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show early in the process of gathering and clearing classified information ‐ beginning a day after Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) formally asked Attorney General John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, unsuccessful presidential candidate, and utterly failed Secretary of State...
for "intelligence products" and "raw intelligence" on Russian involvement in the 2016 election ‐ Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield brings Senior Advisor and Investigations Counsel Zachary Schram into the loop in a January 5, 2017, email chain, in which she says Schram would help "figure out the best way to get these to the Hill." Frifield was an Obama appointee who previously served as Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Chief of Staff. (Frifield contributed $2,700 to the 2016 Clinton campaign.)

On January 11, 2017, former State Department Senior Congressional Advisor Katherine Harris sends an email to Abbasi; Naz Durakoglu, who was a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an and Eurasian Affairs; Kathleen Kavalec, and others: "If we are not going through our standard CDP [Collection Due Process] process, others in H need to weigh in on how to move these to the Hill."

In emails written on January 10 and 11, 2017, from Abbasi to Durakoglu and Kavalec, Abassi expresses the need to get the documents cleared "as soon as possible (ASAP)."
Posted by: Fred || 09/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I do not recall John Kerry being AG.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 09/12/2019 6:03 Comments || Top||

#2  State, Justice and the intelligence agencies still need a thorough enema.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/12/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Love the in-line. Thanks.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 09/12/2019 13:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Banana republic.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 14:59 Comments || Top||

#5  We are going to have these "citizen of the world types" until either the ivy school programs that produce them are shut down or contact with any such program is ruled to disqualify an individual from government service in any capacity.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/12/2019 18:14 Comments || Top||

De Blasio’s ridiculous robot tax
[SILIVE] We’ve all known for a while that Mayor Bill de Blasio
...cryptocommie mayor of New York and for some reason a Dem candidate for president in 2020. Corrupt and incompetent, his qualifications for office seem to consist of being married to a black woman, with whom he honeymooned in Cuba. He has a preppy-looking son named Dante, whose Divine Comedy involved getting his back hair up when a police car drove past him slowly...
’s "presidential campaign" never really got off the ground.

And now even de Blasio himself finally seems to know it, saying that he’ll have a good hard think about this whole White House thing if he doesn’t qualify for the Democratic debate in October. This after the mayor didn’t make the cut for this week’s debate.

But de Blasio’s still out there plugging away. He was in Puerto Rico the other day, looking to make the U.S. territory a front-burner issue in the campaign.

Needless to say, de Blasio didn’t have to elbow supporters and news crews out of the way during his visit. The circus has moved on without him.

Also part of this last-gasp de Blasio push is an op-ed he penned for Wired, talking about how he would tax companies that use robots in place of human workers.

The is de Blasio’s idea of a political Hail Mary, the thing that’s going to inject new life into his presidential campaign?

De Blasio wrote that he would create a federal agency to oversee automation. The agency would be called the Federal Automation and Worker Protection Agency. Or, FAWPA.

Really rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? De Blasio better hope that people don’t confuse it with DARPA, the shadowy, cloak-and-dagger "military innovation agency."

So, new taxes on business. And a huge new bureaucracy. De Blasio sure is good at checking those progressive Democratic boxes.

Under a President de Blasio, companies would undergo a permitting process for any automation that displaces workers. Those workers would have to be given new jobs with equal pay or would have to receive severance packages in line with their tenure at the company.

The robot tax would require companies that eliminate workers through automation to pay five years of payroll taxes up front for each employee eliminated.

The revenue generated would go toward infrastructure projects and new job areas like green technology, giving displaced workers a place to land.

If there is much revenue, that is. Because what this de Blasio plan mainly does is create a huge disincentive for companies to automate. Or a big incentive for them to hide their robot assets. Because automation is supposed to save money, not cost yet more money. De Blasio’s plan actually stifles innovation. Companies could just move their robots overseas. Good luck tracking them.

And where would it end? Would we slap a tax on ATMs, which have eliminated bank teller jobs? Or fast-food kiosks, which have replaced human workers? What about those self-checkout machines at the supermarket? Maybe we’ll find a little surcharge tax for using them at the bottom of our grocery receipt.
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The horse drawn plough was a pretty bad idea!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/12/2019 4:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "Bzzt.. deet.. Hoot Who's this DeBlasio ? Denying me maintenance. Me ? Bzzt.. deet... I do the work of ten smelly tuna sandwich eaters in an hour !"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/12/2019 6:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Under a President de Blasio, companies would undergo a permitting process for any automation that displaces workers.

Even if the workers are in China?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 6:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Even if the workers are in China? --g(r)omgoru

The idiots people believe in the pipe dream that the US economy doesn't need manufacturing jobs (or resource extraction jobs). They work in the service industry, government bureaucracy, or live on government support and believe that their paychecks are untouchable. They have already helped kill the steel industry and are happy that all those "messy (underclass) blue collar jobs" have gone overseas...
Posted by: magpie || 09/12/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  A robot tax? Will de Blasio be taxed under this proposal. Or will he be taxed under the Green New Deal for putting out too much carbon?

The playbook of the Dems is always to tax everything.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/12/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#6  already helped kill the steel industry

The unions had a big role too:

Rank & file: Self interest = "muh paycheck + insulation from consequences of being lazy"

Union leadership: Self interest = "muh paycheck + politicians sucking up to me"

Both groups got what their short sightedness bought.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/12/2019 15:12 Comments || Top||

GOP holds N Carolina House seat but shows frailty in suburbs
[APNEWS] Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades. But his narrow victory didn’t erase questions about whether President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
and his party’s congressional candidates face troubling headwinds approaching 2020.

Bishop, a state senator best known for a North Carolina law dictating which public bathrooms transgender people can use, defeated centrist Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday. Bishop tied himself tightly to Trump, who staged an election eve rally for him in the district, and Tuesday’s voting seemed no less than a referendum on the Republican president, who quickly took credit for the triumph.

"Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night," Trump tweeted. No polling has emerged publicly that showed Bishop with a deficit of that magnitude. Operatives from both parties and analysts had long said the race was too close to call.

The results in the district underscored the rural-urban split between the parties, with Bishop, 55, running up substantial numbers in outlying areas and McCready eroding GOP advantages in suburban areas. McCready’s moderate profile resembled that of many Democrats who won in Republican-leaning districts in the 2018 midterms and, even with the loss on Tuesday, showed the durability of that approach.
Posted by: Fred || 09/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Our State LEG came into session today. The democrats asked the house if they could attend the 911 ceremony.

No one had a problem with it.

By the time the democrats got back, they found out the State Budget was already passed.

Tactics my friends.
Posted by: newc || 09/12/2019 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  McCready’s moderate profile resembled that of many Democrats who won in Republican-leaning districts in the 2018 midterms

And, once elected, followed the (insert your own adjective) "Squad" like a herd of ship.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 3:28 Comments || Top||

#3  "Sheep", I meant "sheep"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 3:31 Comments || Top||

#4  ...I don't know, seems the ships of a convoy all travel in the same direction in relatively tight formation.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/12/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#5  😂
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

#6  'frailty in the suburbs'? When's the last time these clowns been to 'the suburbs'? Talk about the whiff of pure bullshit.
Posted by: Raj || 09/12/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#7  One analysis shows rural blacks defecting. So keep concentrating on those suburbs, dem consultants and media shills...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/12/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#8  #2, absolutely right. We live in the Charlotte suburbs (not in the 9th district) and had to endure endless commercials by McCready showing himself to have been a Marine, a family man going to church, a small business owner, etc.

The question my wife and I asked each other was, why in the world is this man we're seeing on TV a Democrat? Something doesn't add up.
Posted by: Tom || 09/12/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Ilhan Omar recounts ‘complete horror’ of 9/11 attacks in somber video
[NYPOST] Lightning-rod Rep. Ilhan Omar
...Somali-American Dem representative from Minnesota. She is apparently married to her brother and may be her own grandmaw on her mother's side...
‐ who previously sparked outrage with a comment minimizing the 9/11 terror attacks ‐ posted a somber video on Twitter on Wednesday commemorating the anniversary and recounting the "complete horror" she and her family felt following the terror attacks.

"On September 11th we experienced one of the most horrific terrorist attacks that we have ever lived through as a nation. Today, we remember the victims, the first responders and their loved ones. #Neverforget," the Minnesota Democrat wrote on the post, which included the nearly minute-long video.

"I was 18 years old when that happened. I was in a classroom in college and I remember rushing home after being dismissed and getting home and seeing my father in complete horror as he sat in front of that TV. And I remember just feeling, like the world was ending," said Omar, who, along with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, are the only two Moslem women in Congress.

"The events of 9/11 were life-changing, life-altering for all of us," she said. "My feeling around it is one of complete horror. None of us are ever going to forget that day and the trauma that we will always have to live with."
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#1  That new fancy man of hers worth the money she pays him?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 0:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Complete horror when they got tired from dancing and ran out of sweets to hand out...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/12/2019 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Of course they were in complete horror. Little did they know, there was nothing to fear. She was kissing her future in the country goodbye. Every sasquatch was. And then their neighborhood mullahs told them to be of good cheer. And carry posters and hug passersby and make a shew of praying for victims.

You may read the articles now of indignant reminiscence of 'the terrible times faced by American muslims after 9/11', when they had to act against instinct to show false loyalty for months. Until a compromised media and the deepState conveniently steered conversation and attention to other matters.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/12/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#4  She lies, she danced in the streets with the rest. I don't care what she says, she can never be trusted.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 09/12/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, guessed Bee on this one.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/12/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 09/12/2019 11:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Skidmark?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||

#8  "Oh my goodness daddy! Some people have done some things!"
Posted by: Matt || 09/12/2019 12:33 Comments || Top||

#9  The moderators here delete things that make them feel funny. It's the only explanation I can find for their random deletions that violate no rule.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/12/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Kinda like life.
Two rules I have learned:
1. Don't threaten to make domestic martyrs.
2. Mods care that you're here. They won't allow anything stupid to stand that will mess you up later.
2a. Corollary: when everything you say is stupid, with attitude...you won't get much airtime.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/12/2019 20:09 Comments || Top||

#11  yep. Things I've learned in life.
Don't piss off or antagonize;
your servers at restaurants.
the police.
your favorite blog moderators.
(wife always pissed off, doesn't matter)
Posted by: Texhooey || 09/12/2019 20:52 Comments || Top||

#12  Skidmark?

The last time a moderator got spam copped, it was Frank G. He did it to himself a few weeks ago because he decided what he’d posted was inappropriate. Some years ago I did the same thing, and felt very loved because y’all were were so indignant at the thought that I was being mistreated. The memory still warms my heart.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/12/2019 21:25 Comments || Top||

#13  We do love you, TW. Herb, not so much.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 09/12/2019 21:48 Comments || Top||

#14  I love all you guyz
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 22:17 Comments || Top||

New York Times remembers 9/11 as the day airplanes became sentient and killed 2,000
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] I count at least two problems in this since-deleted tweet. First, there is no mention of who carried out the 9/11 attacks or what motivated them. That is like writing a headline memorializing the Aug. 3 El Paso, Texas, mass shooting and not once mentioning that there was a white nationalist gunman involved.

Second, and I hate to be the one to say this, airplanes lack agency. They did not take aim or crash themselves. The snuffies flying them did.

In case you think the Times’ bizarre choice of words Wednesday morning is due to the limitations of Twitter, I am here to disabuse you of that notion. The report that this tweet linked to, titled "Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11," had all the same issues.

The article's second paragraph read originally: "Eighteen years have passed since airplanes took aim at the World Trade Center and brought them down." There were also no mentions of the words "terror," "terrorist," or "terrorists" anywhere in the body of the story as it appeared originally on the Times’ website. The closest the report came to mentioning the ill intent behind Sept. 11 was when it recalls Mayor Rudy Giuliani "was heralded for his leadership as mayor of New York when it was attacked." So at least there is an admission that it was an attack, although there is no explicit admission that it was an attack by people. It might as well have been an earthquake. In its original publishing, the report's sole mention of "terror" appeared in its subhead, but nowhere in the story itself.

I am not alone in thinking this is all rather absurd. The Times editors appear to agree, at least once scolded. The article now includes at least two references to terrorism. The report's second paragraph now reads, "Eighteen years have passed since snuffies commandeered airplanes to take aim at the World Trade Center and bring them down."

Considering the role that terrorism played in the attacks, and the way in which terror shaped U.S. foreign and domestic policy for the next 18 years, it must have taken the writers more effort not to mention terrorism in an article detailing Sept. 11 memorial events than to mention it. And the readers, unwilling to spend so much energy blinding themselves about the story, had to point out the problems.

You just have to wonder to yourself: What is the motive behind all that effort?
Posted by: Fred || 09/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The motive is obvious: Own the narrative.

Or what NYT Editor Dean Baquet calls "the story."

As Baquet stated clearly in the recent NYT staff meeting, "the story" was Russiagate, and when that failed, "the story changed" to all racism, all the time.

There is no way to be honest, accurate and intelligent and still fit an account of jihadi mass murder into the latest NYT "story." Hence the absurd contortions.
Posted by: Lex || 09/12/2019 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Am I allowed to think Timothy McVeigh hit the wrong building?
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 09/12/2019 6:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, if guns kill people why airplanes can't?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/12/2019 6:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Once again the media reflects the ultimate denial or distortion of reality. They claim that planes killed nearly 3000 people on 9/11, denying that radical Muslims killed these people.

Similar attitudes are shown by the MSM when it comes to mass shootings as reflected in “guns kill people and we must control firearms” rather than acknowledging that people shoot people.

For some reason, the exception is climate change where people are at fault according to the MSM rather than climate change being a natural process that has occurred over eons of time. Were it not for climate change, we’d be living in the Ice Age.

Posted by: JohnQC || 09/12/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

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