Kavanaugh – An Independent View

On Friday the Senate Democrats won a small battle over the Senate Republicans when they convinced Republican Jeff Flake to announce that he wanted a week delay and to further investigate Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I also heard that Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins went along with Flake’s demand. The Republicans need their votes.

Anyone who watches politics knew the fight over Trump’s nomination was coming.

Over the years we’ve had the Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas nomination process that turned nasty. Recently the Merrick Garland nomination was shut off by the majority Republicans, which was called a cheap tactic on one side and a great move on the other side. Others being nominated to the highest court could have turned nasty, too, if maybe they kept a calendar and drank some beer in high school. (I did one of those)

What goes around comes around. If the sides were flipped you can be sure the Republicans would try to win at all costs.

This “winning” turns my stomach and it should turn yours. It does give me something to write about.

Today we are concentrating on a prep school guy who may have assaulted a high school girl at some place she can’t remember, on a date she can’t remember, and she does not remember how she arrived at the unknown location of the alleged assault or how she left that unknown location.

We don’t have to believe her, but many do.

We don’t have to believe him, but many do.

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Caught My Eye…

It’s not what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you are not. ― Denis Waitley

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. There may will be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Kavanaugh & Ford
  • 2018 Montana Pre-Election Survey
  • About that Poll
  • Bullock & I-185
  • Congressional Approval Ratings
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Ford vs Kavanaugh

When President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, was derailed the Democrats cried foul and said how unfair it was. Now that President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is possibly being derailed, the Republicans are crying foul and saying it is unfair.

Welcome to politics in 2017-18. It’s a dirty business. I must admit the only thing better than watching a bunch of rich people beat each other up in Congress, is watching a bunch of rich people beat each other up on the football field on Sundays.

Surely the Republicans must have thought that the Democrats would use whatever they could to stop a Trump nominee. The Trump nominee had to be super clean. I know, don’t call you Shirley.

The Democrats found something on Brett Kavanaugh – from his high school days a mere 36 years ago – that could bring down the nomination. The Democrats waited until the 11th hour to spring it – those dirty rascals.

Full disclosure – I don’t remember my high school days, and I am around the same age as Kavanaugh. It was all kind of a fog. I still believe the movie “Dazed and Confused” was about my life.

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The Sunday Message

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. – Ronald Reagan

It was recently announced that President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is set for a confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. (ABC News)

In July, NPR did a story about the religion of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court reporting, “… for most of U.S. history, the court, like the country, was dominated by Protestant Christians. But today, it is predominantly Catholic and Jewish.”

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Thursday Numbers

I love sarcasm. It’s like punching people in the face with words. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Mega Millions jackpot, the Davidson family, unemployment, Turnberry golf resort, Troy Downing, Kilauea volcano, Supreme Court, NFL Training camps, Trump & Russia, Kansas City Royals & Boston Red Sox, Congressional Pig Book, Blockbuster video, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

I’m against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman’s choice. – Nancy Reagan

Many people felt that Nancy Reagan was trying to be on both sides of the abortion issue by what she said in that quote.

That seems to be the answer some people have these days – it’s kind of like “walk a mile in her shoes” before you judge.

One of the quotes that I like most that deals with abortion came from former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming:

I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.

With the process of appointing a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court beginning this week, Gallup Polling released the results of a poll about Roe v. Wade:

As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Currently, 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned.

It’s not like the Justices of the Supreme Court check the polls before deciding a case.

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