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BTRTN: A Simple Case of "She Said, He Lies"

Born To Run The Numbers makes the case that we don't need to know whether the allegation of sexual assault is true to conclude the Brett Kavanaugh should not be on the Supreme Court:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/10/btrtn-simple-case-of-she-said-he-lies.html

Excerpts: In the past week, we have witnessed Kavanaugh -- under oath -- exhibit eight distinct behaviors which each raise grave doubt about whether we have found “the best candidate for the job.” A number of these actions are individually disqualifying. In aggregate, they provide a portrait of a grossly flawed candidate who does not belong on the Supreme Court...
(Reason #) 8. White lies matter. Mr. Kavanaugh, you were under oath on Thursday. Oath means “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Even when it is embarrassing.It is embarrassing that you littered your high school yearbook with juvenile code for alleged sexual exploits that seem calculated to make you appear more experienced, more macho, and more of a bad boy than you ever dreamed of being. And you are not fooling us. “Boofing” is not farting. A “Devil’s Triangle” is not a drinking game. And “Renate Alumnius” does not mean that you think she’s a heckuva swell girl. Those are all lies told under oath. You can say that those are cute little white lies, the kind you can justify because they aren’t really about the essential issue of whether or not you assaulted Dr. Ford. But you know what, Judge Kavanaugh? White lies matter. Under oath, lies don’t have a color. Under oath, lies are like Supreme Court confirmations. They are completely binary. Yes or no. They happen or they don’t. They are or they are not. There is no white lie and no gray area. They are keenly relevant as commentary on character. Hey, if you lie about the small stuff, that's a pretty darn good indicator that you'll go for it on the big stuff, too. You told a white lie under oath? There’s another word for that. Perjury. And there is also another word for perjury. Felony. Guess what that one translates to? Disqualification.
Posted by reggieandlee | Mon Oct 1, 2018, 08:30 AM (0 replies)

BTRTN: A Simple Case of "She Said, He Lies"

Born To Run The Numbers makes the case that we don't need to know whether the allegation sexual assault is true to conclude the Brett Kavanaugh should not be on the Supreme Court:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/10/btrtn-simple-case-of-she-said-he-lies.html

Excerpts: In the past week, we have witnessed Kavanaugh -- under oath -- exhibit eight distinct behaviors which each raise grave doubt about whether we have found “the best candidate for the job.” A number of these actions are individually disqualifying. In aggregate, they provide a portrait of a grossly flawed candidate who does not belong on the Supreme Court...
(Reason #) 8. White lies matter. Mr. Kavanaugh, you were under oath on Thursday. Oath means “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Even when it is embarrassing.It is embarrassing that you littered your high school yearbook with juvenile code for alleged sexual exploits that seem calculated to make you appear more experienced, more macho, and more of a bad boy than you ever dreamed of being. And you are not fooling us. “Boofing” is not farting. A “Devil’s Triangle” is not a drinking game. And “Renate Alumnius” does not mean that you think she’s a heckuva swell girl. Those are all lies told under oath. You can say that those are cute little white lies, the kind you can justify because they aren’t really about the essential issue of whether or not you assaulted Dr. Ford. But you know what, Judge Kavanaugh? White lies matter. Under oath, lies don’t have a color. Under oath, lies are like Supreme Court confirmations. They are completely binary. Yes or no. They happen or they don’t. They are or they are not. There is no white lie and no gray area. They are keenly relevant as commentary on character. Hey, if you lie about the small stuff, that's a pretty darn good indicator that you'll go for it on the big stuff, too. You told a white lie under oath? There’s another word for that. Perjury. And there is also another word for perjury. Felony. Guess what that one translates to? Disqualification.
Posted by reggieandlee | Mon Oct 1, 2018, 08:30 AM (0 replies)

BTRTN: Hey, Republicans... Doing the Right Thing on Kavanaugh is Also the Shrewd Thing

Born to Run the Numbers realizes that it can't persuade Republicans by using tired old tactics like facts and logic, so it appeals to the GOP's Machiavellian self-interest to convince it to do the right thing.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/09/btrtn-hey-republicans-doing-right-thing.html

Excerpts: "Given these two realities, the smartest thing that the Republicans could do right now is stop the process cold in its tracks, cancel Thursday’s hearing, and gracefully accede to the chorus of requests that the FBI to open investigations into the two sexual misconduct allegations that have now been aired against Kavanaugh. Indeed, it would be smart to announce now that the investigations are likely to require two months to complete. This would set expectations that an adequate inquiry would not be completed until after the elections, but still well within the current Congress’s 'lame duck' period.

"Explain that you are stopping the process and asking for an FBI investigation because that is the only way that you can forever clear your fine boy’s reputation. Explain to them you expect that the FBI will find that young Brett was clean as a whistle. Explain to them that if the FBI does indeed exonerate him, you will confirm his appointment in the lame duck session of Congress that will take place from election day until the new Congress is sworn in... when you are certain to still hold your Senate majority. Explain that if the FBI finds no evidence of wrongdoing, it would be extremely hard for Murkowski, Flake, Collins, and even some Democrats to withhold support for Kavanaugh. You will have the votes you need. Donald Trump will get the Supreme Court Justice he wants..."

"Hey, Senate Republicans, I don’t care if you do the right thing for all the wrong reasons. Just do the right thing."

BTRTN: Hey, Republicans... Doing the Right Thing on Kavanaugh is Also the Shrewd Thing

Born to Run the Numbers realizes that it can't persuade Republicans by using tired old tactics like facts and logic, so it appeals to the GOP's Machiavellian self-interest to convince it to do the right thing.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/09/btrtn-hey-republicans-doing-right-thing.html

Excerpts: "Given these two realities, the smartest thing that the Republicans could do right now is stop the process cold in its tracks, cancel Thursday’s hearing, and gracefully accede to the chorus of requests that the FBI to open investigations into the two sexual misconduct allegations that have now been aired against Kavanaugh. Indeed, it would be smart to announce now that the investigations are likely to require two months to complete. This would set expectations that an adequate inquiry would not be completed until after the elections, but still well within the current Congress’s 'lame duck' period.

"Explain that you are stopping the process and asking for an FBI investigation because that is the only way that you can forever clear your fine boy’s reputation. Explain to them you expect that the FBI will find that young Brett was clean as a whistle. Explain to them that if the FBI does indeed exonerate him, you will confirm his appointment in the lame duck session of Congress that will take place from election day until the new Congress is sworn in... when you are certain to still hold your Senate majority. Explain that if the FBI finds no evidence of wrongdoing, it would be extremely hard for Murkowski, Flake, Collins, and even some Democrats to withhold support for Kavanaugh. You will have the votes you need. Donald Trump will get the Supreme Court Justice he wants..."

"Hey, Senate Republicans, I don’t care if you do the right thing for all the wrong reasons. Just do the right thing."

BTRTN: The Op-Ed Goal? Revealing the Flaw in the 25th Amendment

Born To Run The Numbers, with its contrarian view, sees a different reason behind the Op-Ed in The New York Times

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/09/the-op-ed-goal-revealing-flaw-in-25th.html

Excerpts: “No one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis?” Huh? I don’t buy this for one second. Cheap Throat uses this justification to rationalize the insurgents’ decision to not invoke the 25th Amendment, but their solution is to slow-jam a coup...

"Here’s a different theory altogether. Perhaps Cheap Throat undertook this entire exercise to educate the population of the United States of America on the profound flaw in the Twenty-Fifth Amendment...

"And this is where the essential flaw in the 25th Amendment becomes apparent. The entire functionality of the amendment rests on the agreement of one person… a person who is inevitably intensely biased by virtue of his or her proximity to the human being who is president and to the presidency itself...

"It is an interesting thesis: that the entire purpose of the Op-ed was to point out the flaw in the 25th Amendment, and then create a situation in which Pence would have the perfect motivation to employ it."

BTRTN: The Op-Ed Goal? Revealing the Flaw in the 25th Amendment

Born To Run The Numbers, with its contrarian view, sees a different reason behind the Op-Ed in The New York Times

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/09/the-op-ed-goal-revealing-flaw-in-25th.html

Excerpts: “No one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis?” Huh? I don’t buy this for one second. Cheap Throat uses this justification to rationalize the insurgents’ decision to not invoke the 25th Amendment, but their solution is to slow-jam a coup...

"Here’s a different theory altogether. Perhaps Cheap Throat undertook this entire exercise to educate the population of the United States of America on the profound flaw in the Twenty-Fifth Amendment...

"And this is where the essential flaw in the 25th Amendment becomes apparent. The entire functionality of the amendment rests on the agreement of one person… a person who is inevitably intensely biased by virtue of his or her proximity to the human being who is president and to the presidency itself...

"It is an interesting thesis: that the entire purpose of the Op-ed was to point out the flaw in the 25th Amendment, and then create a situation in which Pence would have the perfect motivation to employ it."

BTRTN August 2018 in Review: Seven Days in Mayhem

Born To Run The Numbers's monthly review of an August that was bad even before August 21 triggered "seven days in mayhem."

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/09/btrtn-august-2018-month-in-review-seven.html

Excerpts:"The historical significance of the Trump administration may well prove to the existential battle between the rule of law and a president who does not respect it. If so, August is sure to be recorded as a month in which both sides brandished their weapons as the United States careened toward what seems to be an inevitable showdown between unbridled executive power and the efficacy of checks and balances to contain it...
"It appears increasingly possible that Donald Trump will try to shut down the Mueller investigation. It remains unlikely that he would try to act on this before the mid-terms, as that would risk further damaging his party’s prospects in the election. Yet he has to be conscious of the fact that the longer he waits, the more time he is giving Mueller to develop evidence, explore plea deals, secure indictments, and put together his final report...
"Within the narrow time frame of major headlines surrounding Manafort, Cohen, Sessions, and McGahn came the sad news that Senator John McCain had elected to end treatment for brain cancer. The President took the occasion of the widely-revered Senator's passing to fully demonstrate that he is a small and bitter man indeed. As glowing tributes to the genuine military hero and former Republican Presidential candidate cascaded across the airwaves, Trump grumpily folded his arms for 48 hours and refused to say a word about McCain until shamed into doing so. In short, the month of August culminated with Seven Days in Mayhem."
Posted by reggieandlee | Tue Sep 4, 2018, 08:03 AM (0 replies)

BTRTN August 2018 in Review: Seven Days in Mayhem

Born To Run The Numbers's monthly review of an August that was bad even before August 21 triggered "seven days in mayhem."

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2018/09/btrtn-august-2018-month-in-review-seven.html

Excerpts:"The historical significance of the Trump administration may well prove to the existential battle between the rule of law and a president who does not respect it. If so, August is sure to be recorded as a month in which both sides brandished their weapons as the United States careened toward what seems to be an inevitable showdown between unbridled executive power and the efficacy of checks and balances to contain it...
"It appears increasingly possible that Donald Trump will try to shut down the Mueller investigation. It remains unlikely that he would try to act on this before the mid-terms, as that would risk further damaging his party’s prospects in the election. Yet he has to be conscious of the fact that the longer he waits, the more time he is giving Mueller to develop evidence, explore plea deals, secure indictments, and put together his final report...
"Within the narrow time frame of major headlines surrounding Manafort, Cohen, Sessions, and McGahn came the sad news that Senator John McCain had elected to end treatment for brain cancer. The President took the occasion of the widely-revered Senator's passing to fully demonstrate that he is a small and bitter man indeed. As glowing tributes to the genuine military hero and former Republican Presidential candidate cascaded across the airwaves, Trump grumpily folded his arms for 48 hours and refused to say a word about McCain until shamed into doing so. In short, the month of August culminated with Seven Days in Mayhem."
Posted by reggieandlee | Tue Sep 4, 2018, 08:02 AM (0 replies)
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