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Sep 24, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
So, the walk-out/speak-out that happened at 1:00 PM today wound up being pretty pivotal in at least one way. #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh, and Deborah Ramirez are trending (Ramirez with a whopping 323K tweets) after being pushed out by the morning cycle.
Twitter is registering more tweets for Deborah Ramirez than Rod Rosenstein. That's amazing. Everybody who tweeted her name should feel a little proud.
Like, "just" tweeting about something and getting something to trend is not the only thing that has to be done for real change to happen, but in the modern world it's a barometer of where the conversation is, where public will is.
Her admitting to uncertainty gives the ring of veracity. A liar would be sure. Her account still places Kavanaugh at a party where the kind of sexual assault/"horseplay" he denied happening around him occurred, and others identified him as the culprit.

The fact that both Ramirez and Blasey Ford have been open and honest about the limits of their own perceptions and recollections is a good sign that their accounts weren't even exaggerated for effect. A manufactured account would have details like time and place.
I would not expect a con artist to name witnesses that even she admits would have no particular reason to remember the events. That would be beyond a rookie mistake.
Even the disparity between how the therapist wrote it down and how Christine says it happened speaks to this. If she were trying to spin another unrelated event into an accusation against Kavanaugh, she wouldn't have "changed" the details that were documented.
I suggest you re-read her account. She's very clear that Kavanaugh was there next to her but that she wasn't sure whose penis was in her face. So she can't swear that it was him, and she didn't. Just that he was there, and people said it was him.

Again, I would expect a liar with a rehearsed story to be very clear on the sequence of events and who did what, when. They'd have all the details nailed down. Deborah Ramirez told reporters what she knew, and was clear about what she didn't.
And I don't want to downplay what Deborah Ramirez experienced, but even if it wasn't Kavanaugh, that he was there and then denied any involvement or contact with that kind of "horseplay" (sexual assault) is disqualifying by itself.
Other details in the story from people who knew Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge paint a story that is consistent with the experiences of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh was, in his mind, a "party boy", which by his definition of a good time is a gang rapist.
And even if there is not sufficient evidence for any one case to secure a criminal conviction decades later, there's obviously too much of a cloud over him for him to ever serve as a credible justice on the highest court of the land.
"She smiled with him in pictures."


Again, I'm referring specifically to her account. The account she gives is: Brett Kavanaugh was next to her before it happened, and then afterwards she heard someone saying that Brett Kavanaugh did it. This is all in one paragraph in the New Yorker.

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Oct 8, 2018
So, electric kettles. Let me see if I can't convert some other white US-born people over.

Here are some reasons:

1. You can set specific temperatures, not just heat things to a boil. Get closer to the ideal temperature for your tea, spend less time waiting for it to cool.
2. If you need boiling water to pour into or over something, not just like a single serving for instant whatever, you've got it in a nice kettle with a spout and an insulated handle.
3. You never have that thing where surface tension has stopped the water from actually boiling even though it's at temperature, and when you move it and disturb the water it explodes all over your hand (Google it, if you don't know this thing.)
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Oct 8, 2018
Twitter's specific policy on Dehumanizing Speech is better than I had feared; it's more specific, covering only comparisons to animals (vermin, pests) or tools for a specific purpose. You can give feedback here. Mine focused on implementation.…
The Dehumanizing Speech policy being specific is important because if (let's dream big here) it is enforced as written, you can avoid getting suspended for talking about TERFs by saying their beliefs are garbage or their actions are garbage.
My feedback focused on the unequal way in which Twitter's existing policies have been supported. White guys making clear references to genocide, murder, stalking children, etc., get "We have to look at context, this was clearly not serious" replies while their victims get banned.
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Oct 7, 2018
For the record, I do hope Brett Kavanaugh's life is ruined. I hope his marriage has been irreparably strained. I hope his social life is in the toilet. I hope he feels no joy at his win. I hope he only stops waiting for the other shoe to fall when it does, like a guillotine blade
My ~*preference*~ would be that he suffer some sort of institutional consequences, even if it was merely not being confirmed to a lifetime position on the highest court in the land, where he will have power over millions.

But the right decided that's off the table.
I hope anyone who comes before the SCOTUS who is even tangentially liberal, left, or Democratic makes an issue out of his participation in the case so that he has to spend his whole career justifying and defending his presence on the bench.
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Oct 7, 2018
Well, @RadioFreeTom thinks saying "No problem." implies there's a problem so forgive me if I'm not crowning him a king of situational analysis. What he's calling Trump's "rhetorical excess" is largely projection. The idea that we win by *not* pointing out what they're doing...
...just gives Trump and his party the full benefit of that projection, in that they get to smear their opponents while being insulated from accurate accusations. We've been ceding control of the narrative to them for decades now and it hasn't worked.
The reason @RadioFreeTom wants the Democrats to settle down and be good little children is because up until two hours ago HE WAS A REPUBLICAN and when this is all done he hopes there's a slightly more couth and presentable version of the Republican Party that's still in charge.
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Oct 7, 2018
We've got GOP voters talking about drinking liberal tears with their beers, we've got a GOP president lying his backside off to his rally and then telling Jeanine Pirro he wants to hold women "liable" for talking about rapes... I don't see the centrists asking them to be civil?
Isn't it weird how absolutely no pundit wrote an editorial saying that Lindsey Graham's fire and brimstone sermon isn't going to win over the middle? Isn't it strange that no one tells Chuck Grassley that his angry interruptions are going to hurt his party?
There was a lot of talk about whether or not Kavanaugh's vitriolic testimony would hurt him but I didn't see a lot of neutral or centrist-identified people saying that it *should*.
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Oct 7, 2018
So let me tell you another reason we need to not back down, not sit down, not be quiet: coward that he is, Donald Trump is at his most dangerous when he feels like he's on top of the world.
The horse race headlines are saying that Donald Trump had his best day as president, and I'm sure he felt it. He just came through a knock-down, drag-out fight and won a battle that people had been telling him to drop for weeks, so right now no one can tell him anything.
If he gets it in his head that maybe he should fire Rosenstein? No one's going to be able to talk him out of it. He might even do it just to extend the high, or see how far he can take it.
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