Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On Kavanaugh

The first two allegations were, while weak due a lack of corroborating evidence and the fact that all direct witnesses have categorically denied the existence of the events in questions (and in one case denied knowing Kavanaugh at all), at least somewhat plausible. There was a chance that such an event could have evaded the notice of the many background investigations that have been run of Kavanaugh, as unlikely as it seems. This most recent one though, accusing him of attending gang rape parties?
Brett Kavanaugh has undergone six background investigations. At least one of these was an SSBI (Single Scope Background Investigation, done for all clearances above "Secret").
This isn't some "Hey we checked a database and you don't have a criminal record". This is a "We went and talked to your old next door neighbor. And your friends growing up. And your mom. And that girl you kissed in the fifth grade. And the dude you bullied in the second grade. And your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate. And he said you did weed in the sixth grade, so you don't get a clearance."
The chances that an SSBI would miss Gang Rape parties is beyond ludicrous, to the point where if the accusation is true, we've got bigger problems than who the next SCOTUS justice is.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lest we Forget

17 Years ago, a paradigm changed. Hijacking ceased to be something you could expect to survive so long as you stayed calm, followed orders, and got down on the ground as soon as SWAT/HRT/SAS/whoever stormed the plane, and became something where you HAD to assume you were going to die. Let us mourn the dead, but let us also celebrate the heroism of Flight 93, who upon hearing about the earlier hijackings, acted decisively and with courage.