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Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit / WikiCommons

Here’s the Wall Street Journal editorial board, attempting, with gentlemanly politeness, to dispense with Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as quickly as possible:

“Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

“This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers.” But . . .

“The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the cauldron of a therapy session to rescue a marriage. Experts know that human beings can come to believe firmly over the years that something happened when it never did or is based on partial truth. Mistaken identity is also possible.”

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn't doing enough to protect the 50 million school children and seven million teachers and staff who spend time in U.S. private and public schools from asbestos exposure.

That's the conclusion of a report released Monday by the EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency's internal watchdog.

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Film students and faculty members at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University are putting the finishing touches on a film titled The Trump Prophecy: A Voice of Hope - A Movement of Prayer. While some are lauding the project, others are calling it another political gift to Donald Trump by conservative Christian evangelicals. 

According to Christian Today's Samuel Smith, "The film focuses on the prophecy of a retired Florida firefighter named Mark Taylor, who claims that God told him in April 2011 that Trump would one day become president. Although Taylor initially thought that meant that Trump would become president in 2012, the prophecy was ultimately fulfilled in November 2016."

Taylor's prophetic claim was described in his 2017 book, The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow... and What He Says Is Coming Next.

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Brett Michael Kavanaugh 2004 CSPAN / WikiCommons

Disability comes in many forms. Mine -- a genetic mutation presenting similarly to muscular dystrophy -- came in the form that made high school into an isolating experience. Going to parties was never an option, so I turned to the internet. I found communities that accepted me and didn't care about my disability. They were communities filled with people that shared my interests, and also middle-aged white men.   

Discussions rarely turned to politics, but I was fascinated when they did. Tax reform, the welfare state, burdensome regulations, the rights of the individual, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, immigration ... These were the things the grown-ups talked about and, if you were a "serious" person, this was what you believed -- at least according to them.

It was the first time I had seen those ideas expressed explicitly, but they were, and are, all around us. They float around like radioactive dust just waiting to be breathed in so they can fester and grow inside us. 

Monday, 17 September 2018 08:02

Why History Matters in the "Land of the Free"

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Politics is no mere abstraction. It's not something that happens somewhere else to other people. There are no other people. In the US, there is only We the People. We have an obligation to the principles we claim to stand for to stand up for ourselves and for all with regard for nothing more than that someone else is as good as us simply by virtue of being alive on this Earth.

BO 0917wrpPresident Barack Obama. (Photo: Robbie Wroblewski / Flickr)

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In reality, Obama's "57 States" comment (made before he became president) was perhaps the most widely condemned verbal error of his entire life, and people only knew about it because mainstream media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times first reported it.

But "57 States" shows us the double standards of the conservative media, and their willingness to go to any lengths to serve as apologists for Trump and their desire to smear Obama no matter how trivial the excuse.

Ron 0914wrpGOP Rep. Ron DeSantis. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

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Why is a man who has all the credentials of a top-notch intellect so seemingly bereft of intelligent things to say or intelligent solutions to genuine problems? Surely he could craft elegant conservative approaches to the challenges of government? Yet he returns again and again to socially divisive statements to problems that often aren't problems, and when they are, don't apply to governing at the state level.

Why does Ron DeSantis want to be governor of Florida? At this point it's hard to tell.

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florence NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

A 2012 law could make North Carolina more vulnerable to hurricanes like Florence, which is expected to approach the state later Thursday, CBS reported.

The law banned policy makers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for sea level rise, which is expected to make flooding from storms like Florence worse.

"Currently the unspoken plan is to wait until the situation is catastrophic and then respond. We must begin the retreat now," retired Duke University coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey wrote in a recent op-ed for Raleigh's News & Observer.

The law came as a response to a 2010 Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) report that predicted sea levels on the Carolina coast would rise 39 inches by 2100, putting 2,000 square miles of property at risk, The Charlotte Observer explained.

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There's almost no such thing as voter fraud, even though the Trump administration — and Republicans in general — affect to be so afraid of it they've had to develop a system guaranteed to purge voters from the rolls in enormous numbers.

They're keeping America safe! From nothing.

This, you might say, is the elephant in the room, politely unacknowledged even when the Republican system, very much embraced by the Trump administration, is critically analyzed. It's called the Interstate Crosscheck System, developed by Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor, and its flaws are unavoidably — indeed, grotesquely — obvious.

But before that matters, I think it's crucial to establish the fact that voter fraud — bad citizens, or worse yet, "illegals," voting twice, indeed, driving from one state to another (Georgia to Illinois, say) in order to do their part to swing a national election — is itself a complete fraud. However, trumpeting the fear of such non-existent behavior is absolutely brilliant.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:34

Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Pennsylvania

BoomPA 0912wrpA pipeline explosion seen from a distance. (Photo: KOMUnews / Flickr)

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A pipeline exploded in Beaver County, Pennsylvania at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning, causing a large fire and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes in the area.

The 24-inch natural gas line, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary Sunoco, was buried three feet deep and activated only a week ago on Sept. 3.

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