By John Ruberry

Here’s a reminder that we’ve moved beyond spirited debate within our political culture into rudeness and thuggery. Take a look at the selection of stories about that descent towards anarchy.

The most recent abomination occurred just two days ago as the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has harassed at a Louisville restaurant. All of these other stories are from 2018, except the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). He was seriously wounded by a liberal activist at a practice of the Republican congressional baseball team.

Each article involves, directly or indirectly, an elected Republican official, a current or former top member of a GOP administration member, or a candidate for public office.

Remember, a blue wave may be coming. Are you prepared for it?

Buzzfeed News: Angry protesters confronted Mitch McConnell at restaurant and threw out his leftovers.
Daily Caller: Georgetown protesters harass Mitch McConnell — Elaine Chao fights back
NBC 9 Denver: Mitch McConnell harassed by protesters at DC airport over Brett Kavanaugh vote.
TMZ: Ted Cruz and wife Heidi run out of D.C. restaurant … by Kavanaugh protesters.
USA Today: ‘God bless you’: Sen. Ted Cruz thanks women heckling him at airport over Kavanaugh vote.
Twitchy: Angry mob? Restaurant owner called a Nazi sympathizer for renting a room to Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.
Fox News: Minnesota House candidate says he suffered concussion in ‘politically motivated’ attack at restaurant.
Campus Reform: Former sec of state [Henry Kissinger, age 95] heckled at NYU.
Townhall: WATCH: Jeff Flake mobbed by screaming, rabid leftists after saying he’ll vote for Kavanaugh.
DCist: Update: Capitol Police have arrested more than 200 protesters at Kavanaugh hearings.
Gateway Pundit: Democrat senator defends ‘well justified’ harassment of Republicans by leftists over Judge Kavanaugh (VIDEO).
Fox 13 Memphis: Ole Miss professor under fire for urging people to harass senators in viral tweet.
CNN: Maxine Waters encourages supporters to harass Trump administration officials.
The Blaze: Pot-smoking protesters storm GOP lawmaker’s DC office; Capitol Police intervene.
Politico: Protesters chant ‘shame’ at DHS Secretary Nielsen at Mexican restaurant.
New York Post: Hillary Clinton’s hypocritical call for ‘incivil’ war.
Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Political Insider: Kavanaugh critics corner David Perdue at D.C. airport.
Eater: Red Hen Restaurant 86’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
USA Today: ‘It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.’: Scalise shooter raged on Facebook.

Did I miss an attack or two? Probably. Feel free to add any omissions in the comments section. Oh, don’t be timid about sharing this entry on social media. After all, a blue wave might be coming.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Visit the Imprisoned a corporal work of mercy
There is one fact about the Trump Criminal Justice reform business that needs to be pointed out.

Before I continue let me point out that the points that follow only apply to folks who are not incorrigible. If a person decides he prefers the financial, social or self esteem rewards that come with a criminal life and is willing to take the risks involved in same, no amount of reform is going to make a difference. The argument below only applies to people whose goal is to leave criminal life and get a 2nd chance to be a law abiding citizen.

The best way to get a 2nd chance if you are an ex-con is to have a shot at a job, because if you can support yourself and your family you are less likely to fall back on the underground illegal economy to provide either the necessities or the extra comforts that a person would like to occasionally have.

Now during times when there are more people seeking work than jobs available, an employer can pick and choose. In such an economy, such as the one during the Obama years a business owner is likely going to eliminate a person with a record from consideration, which is completely reasonable and rational decision. After all Why would you risk hiring a person with a criminal record in your employ when there are a dozen other people without such a record vying for the same job? Even worse is the fact that people looking for work in such a situation will take a job below their normal skill level. When this is the case the ex-con has little or no chance to find legal work is much more likely to fall into old illegal habits simply for the sake of survival.

And while this was the norm in the Obama Economy the Trump economy is a different animal.

There are millions more jobs then there are job seekers. Not only are skilled workers no longer settling for unskilled job but even unskilled workers are getting the chance to go far. Given this situation there is never a better chance that a hiring manager, desperate to fill positions will decide to overlook qualities that might have once been disqualifying.

What does that mean for sentencing reform, it means that instead of releasing an ex-con into an environment where he or she is bound to fail and likely to re-offend said ex-con is released into an environment where he or she is most likely to succeed in finding gainful employment and have a chance to prove their value as a productive law abiding citizen.

Even better the paucity of people available to work causes upward pressure on wages make it more likely that said employment will provide enough to make more profitable but risky criminal behavior less of an attraction.

That’s what the Trump boom means. More ex-cons more likely able to find work at wages high enough to discourage the choice of an illegal alternative.

It is the best prison reform program in the world and brings a whole new meaning to the hashtag #jobsnotmobs

Stormy Daniels 2015 via Wikipedia

In the first paragraph, this story has already destroyed the fantasies of millions of 14-year-old geeks around the world. “You mean, even if I become so rich that I’ve got my own private tropical island, I don’t get to have sex with any 22-year-old woman I desire?” Disturbing.

Robert Stacy McCain All Girls Named Tonya The Disturbing Case of David Copperfield Sun Aug 3 2009

Yesterday news came that Stormy Daniels suit pursued by Democrat Superlawyer Michael  Avenatti  a small piece via Hotair

 In short, should Plaintiff publicly voice her opinions about Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump is entitled to publicly voice non-actionable opinions about Plaintiff. To allow Plaintiff to proceed with her defamation action would, in effect, permit Plaintiff to make public allegations against the President without giving him the opportunity to respond. Such a holding would violate the First Amendment.

But here’s the part of the decision that will really sting. The judge says Daniels has to pay Trump’s attorney fees:

Having granted the Special Motion and denied Plaintiff leave to amend, the Court finally holds that Defendant is entitled to attorney’s fees. Texas law is unambiguous that “the TCPA requires an award of ‘reasonable attorney’s fees’ to the successful movant.” Sullivan v. Abraham, 488 S.W.3d 294, 299 (Tex. 2016). “A ‘reasonable’ attorney’s fee ‘is one that is not excessive or extreme, but rather moderate or fair.’”

The full court order is at Hogewash (who btw knows a bit about be targeted by frivolous lawsuits).  Avanatti will of course appeal but I want to focus on Ms. Daniels for a moment.

For many years Ms. Daniels made a living in a highly visible trade which, while obsessively “acting” is in effect prostitution that is having sex with other people for money albeit sex with a defined group of people also being paid and on film.  A trade by which women, the primary stars, are often exploited for example a person is generally paid by the scene and has no rights to residual checks if the “performance” is viewed or used again so these women supplement their income by tours as strippers and occasionally permitting rich non-professionals to have their way with them for a large fee, particularly when such women begin to get older and realize that their marketability in their chosen field begins to diminish exponentially.

That being the reality it would be no surprise if Ms. Daniels seeing the chance for a large payday accepted the invitation of a very wealthy individual, say a famous Hotel mogul, who expressed an interest in Ms. Daniels sexually and accepted a large fee for her company for a night under a strict non-disclosure agreement.

(On a side note, while it’s a neutral objective fact that Ms. Daniels is a sexually attractive woman for myself I’d not do this even if I was so inclined and rich enough to afford it.  Imagine having your sexual performance judged by a person who not only has sex for a living, but has that sex with other people who also have sex for a living.  It would be like paying a retired NBA player for a game of one on one, sure he’d say something nice on the court about your skill when it’s over and you might repeat that to a pal but you both know with his pals  he’s laughing about the joke amateur who thought he had game).

Now let’s presume for the sake of this argument that this is what happened between Ms. Daniels and Mr. Trump as a private citizen.

Now picture yourself as Stormy Daniels in 2018 at age 39.  While you’ve moved toward writing and producing your own films while still appearing here and there and you know that age is catching up to you and your marketability is down and the Democrats approach you.  They convince you that you might be able to do much better by skirting or ignoring any NDA.  You get a high profile lawyer and you press a suit against the President and they deliver.  You’re on the news every single day.  You start finding yourself making appearance on shows like the View, 60 Minutes, Jimmy Kimmal Live.  Your strip shows suddenly are drawing huge fees, generating press coverage and even Trump fans are curious to see you and are willing to pay to do so.  The left is so enamored with you that a city in California West Hollywood even holds a “Stormy Daniels” day and present you with the key to the city and article after article continues to give her publicity.

But now the worm has turned.  Daniels lawyer who was the darling of CNN for months is now the left’s fall guy not only for the success of the Kavanaugh nomination but perhaps even for the sudden reversal of Democrat fortunes in the fall elections.    And with her suit thrown out,  barring a win on appeal Daniels will be responsible for President Trump’s legal fees which given the months of litigation are likely to be considerable, perhaps even larger than the original non-disclosure agreement.

Furthermore now that this has gone from a promising scandal to yet another failed attempt to bring down the president,  the left, now that she is of no further use, will discard her.   Sure she might draw a few eyeballs at various strip clubs but her days of being celebrated as a media hero and the financial rewards thereof are gone.  She’s is now used and damaged good to be discarded as all inconvenient and ineffective tools of the left, a tool whose only legacy are the addition of the words:  “Creepy Pron Lawyer’ to the current lexicon.

What a gift to her Husband and Children that legacy is.

Bottom line, based on the evidence (old magazine article, non disclosure agreement etc) it is a reasonable, if unproven, conclusion that back when he was a private citizen Donald Trump had sex with Stormy Daniels, but it took the anti-Trump left to really f*** her over.

Closing thought 1:  In fairness while the Democrats have f***** Stormy Daniels over she is returning the favor with this exchange:

Because if there is one thing the Democrats the face of the opposition to Donald Trump to be it’s a porn star attacking the size of the President’s penis.

Closing thought #2 Compare that photo of Ms. Daniels from 2015 to the pictures you see today. Is it just me or has she aged an awful lot in 3 years. I wonder why?

“Mr. President, if we understand you correctly, you think that we of the Confederacy have committed treason; that we are traitors to your government, that we have forfeited our rights and are proper subjects for the hangman. Is that not about what your words imply?”

There was a pause while they waited for Lincoln’s answer, and presently he gave it.

“Yes” he said. “You have stated the proposition better than I did. That is about the size of it.”

Shelby Foote The Civil War a Narrative Red River to Appomattox Page 777

As Democrat hopes for the taking the US Senate Disappear and their hopes of taking the House fade away and the left continues to wonder all that went wrong, it’s important to realize just how significant the left’s decision to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh was.

Yes the attack on Kavanaugh awoke the GOP base in a way that the GOP was not able to do themselves

Yes the attack on any conservative judge put Democrats like Phil Bredesen in an impossible position, oppose Kavanaugh and lose the Red State voters you need or support him and lose the base (unless as James O’Keefe reveals the base assumes you’re lying through your teeth)

But the most important thing the Kavanaugh business did was inform NeverTrump republicans that they were no different than any other conservative in their eyes.

You see Brett Kavanaugh was a creature of the establishment, as white bread a white bread guy you could get who had been specifically picked to avoid exactly the type of thing that ended up happening to him.

When the MSM went all in on the attacks and the Democrats sicked “protesters” on Senators in elevators in the senate itself the reality of what the left actually thought came though in a way than an interview with Hillary Clinton or a speech by Maxine Waters and

Like Alexander Stephens who was shocked that Lincoln saw no difference between Jeff Davis and him, one of the biggest critics of the Confederate President the Never Trump republicans have finally realized that to the left they and Trump are the same enemy to be destroyed if they are the way.

It’s something that has been true for a long time, but it took Brett Kavanaugh to finally teach that lesson, just in time for election 2018.

There are a lot of people wondering why key Democrats have been going along with insane protesters who claw at doors or scream at the senate as they vote or harass people at dinner ete etc etc.

An awful lot of folks at my side don’t get it. They presume that they somehow don’t understand how this looks in swing states and districts that they need to win.

I would like to offer an alternate theory, I think they DO believe this is harmful but they feel they have no choice but to go along.

The left decided long ago that the violent and insane left were useful, they encouraged them as a counter to the Tea Party and even as they progressed toward full socialist, full violent and full crazy they decided that the Trump victory was so critical that they couldn’t back away from them since they were the only young people in their party who had any actual energy and they demonstrated that energy in the Kavanaugh protests, expecting the GOP to stand down.

Alas for the left Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and the rest decided not to be bullied and refused to give these people power over them, and by standing up and showing courage they will inspire others in the GOP to have courage when faced by these people.  This is bad for the left and Democrats.

But that’s not the worst of it

What’s worse for them is they have discovered that once you give such people power and authority over you and your candidates they will use that power to gain more power and they realize that if they cross these people who beat Rand Paul, tried to murder a GOP congressional candidate, attempted to drive folks like Sarah Sanders and Ted Cruz from public places, and of course tried to murder congressman Steve Scalise they might turn on them.

Simply put they’ve created a monster and if the monster can’t terrorize the armed GOP willing to stand up to them they will have to settle for intimidating the left that nursed them until they could grow strong.

History could have informed the professional left that this would be the result of this foolish decision but alas for them didn’t take the advice that Mr. Kipling gave in his poem on the subject whose refrain remains true:

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

I suspect it might be a generation before the Democrat left recovers from this.  They decided to pay the InsaneGeld and now will never get rid of the Insane

by baldilocks

Chicks on the Right blog documents one of the most pathetic public displays within memory.

As new Justice Brett Kavanaugh was being sworn into the Supreme Court, there were protesters outside, pounding on the Supreme Court doors. MSM media covered that they were pounding on the doors. But they didn’t actually cover how crazy it truly was.

In a quick private ceremony with no media invited, Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy who he is replacing, as his wife, Ashley held the bible and his children were by their side. Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath and Kennedy administered the Judicial Oath. (…)

[Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters] broke through a police line, storming the doors, cult-chanting, “our courts.”

But then they lose it completely. Here they are, hysterically screaming to “shut it down,” pounding, kicking and actually clawing at the 13-ton Supreme Court solid bronze doors, trying to get in.

There are several videos at the link and they are extremely entertaining, if you don’t think about what preceded it or what this type of mass temper tantrum portends.

Our representation in congress tried — and succeeded — in smearing a man to deny him a seat on the High Court. He was still sworn in but, as we’ve seen many, many times in the past, all it takes for a lie to be believed by a significant portion of the population is continuous repetition. Leftists figured this out a long time ago.

Add to several players (accuser, female lawyer, and others I don’t feel like looking up) to a planned smear campaign and what do you get? The death of a man’s reputation.

Justice Clarence Thomas called it a high-tech lynching all those years ago when the same tactic was used on him and that is exactly what it is — the stringing up of a man’s name. We’ve see how long the effects of the one against him have lasted.

Such efforts are nearly Emmett Till-ian in their destructiveness.

Speaking of Emmett Till, several others have pointed out that 14-year-old Till was murdered because a woman lied about him.

When this type of lie is believed, mobs form. Mobs are, by nature, demonic, and, therefore, composed of nutbags. They are Legion.

Those harridans clawing at the High Court doors are the spiritual children of those who murdered Till and those who freed his murderers.

No wonder they are crazy.

Will they outdo themselves if (when) the midterm election is successful for the Republican Party?

I look forward to finding out — from a distance. Those creatures are dangerous.

RELATED: The Kavanaugh Witches vs the Kavanaugh Prayers and the Inconsolable Rage of the Left

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Kim Davis on being released from jail & a leftist pounding on the doors of the Supreme Court

As I’ve been watching the left continue its violent push to make the rest of us comply with their demands and the craziness of their Kavanaugh stuff to the point where we actually had a Democrat editor justifying the shooting of Steve Scalise as the natural consequence of his votes.

Seeing all this I couldn’t help but think of the contrast between their actions and those of Kim Davis.

For those of you who have forgotten Kim Davis is the former Democrat who refused to issue gay marriage licences with her name on them in Kentucky when the Supreme Court imposed Gay Marriage overriding the laws of her state and others.

She sought compromise, her opponents would have none of it:

Davis didn’t seek publicity, those who choose to force her hand did, as marriage licences were available just a few miles away. Even as the country’s media and elites demonized her and pundit after pundit attacked her she went to court to defend her position citing her religious beliefs seeking a compromise that would allow her to function without her name being on marriage certificates.

She was threatened with jail, and accepted it:

On Thursday the judge in the case gave her one last chance to fold her card, she declined saying it was a heaven or hell issue to her. So the judge had her jailed, meanwhile four of her five deputies agreed to issue the licences to gay couples as he commanded and on Friday began doing so.

And did so without anger or hate

Kim Davis has gone to jail without fear, without complaint. She did not scream defiant curses, she did not call for violence in her name. Her only worry was disobedience to the Lord.

And when the courts decided that she should be freed how did she react

Kim’s Davis’ entire speech was about God and serving him and thanks and love for her supporters.

No critique of the judge, no anger over her imprisonment, no fancy words about the political irony of a bunch of Republicans defending an elected democrat. No talk about the likelihood of her being re-imprisoned. Everything completely consistent with the dignity of the stand she took for the sake of her soul and others.

And when offered muscle to protect her from all those who were threatening her in person and online she declined:

Given her situation the offer of armed protection must have been attractive, she has been vilified and hated not only by the left for her principled stand but by some on the right objecting to her civil disobedience on law and order grounds. How easy would it have been for her to accept this offer of protection. How comforting might it have been to know people considered her so important they were willing to fight for her. How tempting.

I’m pleased to say she did not give into this temptation:

Oath Keepers has been contacted by Kim Davis’ legal team at Liberty Counsel, and they have, on her behalf, declined our offer of assistance in protecting her from a possible repeat incarceration by Federal District Court judge David Bunning. We will, of course, respect her wishes, and are hereby issuing a stand-down for our security volunteers who were planning on deploying to Morehead, Kentucky on Monday.

She didn’t even fire or critique her deputies who issued the licences that she would not:

Now the last thing the left could hope for was that she would fire her deputies, allowing them to attack her for demanding a conscience exception while not allowing her subordinates to do the same.

Alas poor leftists, that was not to be:

Before starting her workday, Davis appeared defiant, saying she will not issue any marriage licenses that go against her religious beliefs. But she left the door open for her deputies to continue giving out marriage licenses to same-sex couples as long as those documents do not have Davis’ name or title on them.

The marriage license that the couple received said “pursuant to federal court order” on it, and instead of listing Davis’ name and Rowan County, it says city of Morehead, the county seat.

Her willingness to stand without violent confrontation, taking the penalties prescribed by law and not attack those who went after her had a salutary result at the ballot box:

Alas for our liberal friends the voters of Kentucky clearly knew which side they were on too and it wasn’t close

Bevin was able to defy pundits, political insiders and polling — including one released by his own campaign in October that showed him losing — and emerge a winner Tuesday night.

In the end, it wasn’t even close. Bevin won 107 of the state’s 120 counties on his way to a nine-point victory.

Who made the compromise she sought a legal reality

“To ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored, I took action to revise the clerk marriage license form,” Bevin said in a statement.

Davis’s team was delighted:

“This is a wonderful Christmas gift for Kim Davis,” the group said. “Kim can celebrate Christmas with her family knowing she does not have to choose her public office and her deeply-held religious convictions.”

I think driving Kim Davis from the Democrat party will cost them for decades to come.

And in the final irony David Ermold one of the men who forced the confrontation that sent her to jail ran couldn’t even win the Democrat primary to unseat her despite a ton of money from bigtime liberals

A gay Kentucky man who was denied a marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis nearly three years ago has lost his bid to unseat her. 

David Ermold had been seeking the Democratic nomination for county clerk in Tuesday’s primary in Rowan County, Kentucky. Though Ermold’s high-profile campaign raised more than $200,000 from supporters, including donations from Amy Schumer and Susan Sarandon, he lost to challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. in the four-way primary, the Lexington Herald-Reader reports

and liberals in the press are still angry, particularly as she has a book out:

Holier-than-thou public figures such as Gov. Matt Bevin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and evangelist Franklin Graham rallied to Davis’ cause. Those three have now written promotional blurbs for her book, which has the arrogant title, “Under God’s Authority.”

“When history called upon Kim, she was both ready and willing to respond,” Bevin wrote. “Will the same be said of you?”

Pardon me while I pound my fist.

if she’s pounding her face now wait till Kim Davis gets re-elected again.

Screwtape:   When humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all the pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, only believe in us, we cannot make the materialists and ethics. At least, not yet.  I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalize and mythologize their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us [demons and devils], (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The “Life Force”, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits”—then the end of the war will be in sight. 
C. S. Lewis The Screwtape letters #7

A final post on the Kavanaugh nomination before we move onto real life.

One of the more interesting stories on the Kavanaugh front was reported on by Stacy McCain

Friday at midnight, a group of witches will cast a “binding spell” against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following a ritual devised for this occasion by a Baltimore-based wizard. Michael M. Hughes is author of Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change, and leads a Facebook group for “resistance witches and magicians.”

Wednesday, Hughes published instructions for an “Emergency Ritual” intended to prevent the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, whom Hughes calls a “lying, entitled, arrogant, rapey piece of garbage.” Those participating in the ritual are directed to use two candles, a tarot card and other implements, while reciting various magical incantations,

I saw the tweets go out on this and as a Catholic I naturally counted with the Rosary of Our Lady.  As I said on twitter:

Now this is a perfectly natural response for a devout Catholic to this, but what I found interesting was the lack of response on the left to this. We didn’t get leftists give speeches about science, or insisting that this is all hokum or that these people would be better off protesting or voting. They simply ignored it.

Given they had reported on witches trying to hex Trump in puff pieces like this one at the daily mail:

Men and women worldwide had pledged to cast a spell under the crescent moon
Singer Lana Del Ray had earlier tweeted a photo of herself saying: ‘At the stroke of midnight Feb 24… the ingredients could be found online’
Twitter was flooded with photos of witches posting photos of their spell set up

or this one at the Huffington post which published the items for the hex

The spell instructions have gone viral, and there is a group on Facebook dedicated to answering all the questions people may have.

Performing the spell takes a good deal of dedication, including amassing the following:

or Vox

“My thought from the beginning,” he told Vox, “was that Trump’s presidency was surreal and abnormal, therefore there was a need to counter him and resist his administration beyond the normal channels like public protests, petitions, emails, and calls to representatives.” Hughes, likewise saw the spell’s efficacy as, in part, granting a kind of power to its participants: “One very powerful element of the spell is its ability to allow participants to take back their power from the out-of-control administration.”

or Patch

Ever since Catland Books began hosting these ceremonies, Bracciale pointed out, the president and his administration have suffered repeated scandals and setbacks. (Among them the damning testimony of ex-FBI Director James Comey, a confession from Donald Trump, Jr. that he cavorted with the Russians, all those failed attempts to lock down a White House spokesperson and the horrible joke that is Trumpcare.)

“Just look at Kellyanne Connway,” Bracciale said. “It looks like the life has been sucked out of her. She looks like she’s wasting away before our eyes.”

You might wonder why only Stacy McCain found this newsworthy, when in the past this kind of thing was worth at least an uncritical puff piece. I suspect they did not because they realized that not only would this news if disseminated to the general public would not only hinder their ultimately failed effort to stop Kavanaugh but might have added fuel to the GOP voter fires that have now been reawakened just a month before the midterm election.

Suffice to say these spells were ineffective or rather as I would put it our prayers were more effective which brings up my second point. Observe this tweet concerning the two sides in this process

Note the absolute rage in those opposed to Kavanaugh vs the peace in the side of the other. It was a contrast noted by J. Christian Adams who was in the senate Gallery during the vote, at PJ media:

I was in the Senate gallery this afternoon when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. You would have thought I was at an exorcism in an insane asylum.

Perhaps you were watching on television and heard the disruptions, though you certainly didn’t see them. The attenuated audio probably didn’t catch the frightening, incoherent shrieking – including the lingering screaming and howling as they were being dragged down the hallways outside the gallery.

If there was any doubt that the opposition to Kavanaugh was unhinged, uncivil, disruptive, rude, and borderline nuts, my experience in the gallery made it clear.

Now again as a devout Catholic this is no surprise. These people are fighting to continue the demonic human sacrifice of children on the altar of materialism (You must abort that baby or your prospects in life will be destroyed). Stacy McCain in a follow-up piece said:

Once the party of the working man, Democrats have become the party of the screaming woman. Trump has literally driven them insane.

I think there is actually something more to this, something rather sad.

During the Obama years there were many frightful reverses that directly affected Christians in general and Catholics in particular. They were painful and discouraging but we were able to fall back on the words of Christ to handle it even when Christians were jailed we understood it was part of the Job Description:

Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

and through that perseverance, prayer and  our faith in God we saw it through.

Contrast this to the left.  They have rejected God, they have rejected religion and have made their politics their faith, when they fail, when they lose, what do they do, what CAN they do.  Who can they turn to?  Not to God they consider devout Christians the enemies, to their witchcraft, it has no utility or power, to the left that has used them, what can they do but use them again.

They have nothing, so naturally all they can do is shout and scream to the air in vain frustration without hope or consolation.

If you want to see what a post Christian society looks like, it looks like a lot of protesters making noise in frustration and without hope

They are sheep without a shepherd, without the good Shepherd.  They are to be pitied and prayed for

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It’s no secret that the Left’s by-any-means-necessary (a.k.a unhinged-take-no-prisoners-search-and-destroy) opposition to now-Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation is their pathological fear that he will provide the 5th vote on the SCOTUS to overturn the abominable (and abominably-reasoned) Roe v. Wade decision. It may very well be that this subject falls within the 7% of cases on which Justice Kavanaugh and Judge Garland disagreed on the DC Circuit Court, and it may also be true that Justice Kavanaugh views abortion as “settled precedent,” but the Left simply cannot take that chance. This is the reason that Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation was subject to so many sabotage attempts.

With the votes on cloture and confirmation coming up earlier in the week, Planned Parenthood tweeted this:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Senators vote NO on Kavanaugh
Or else we’re coming for you

Let’s leave aside for now the possibility that another James Hodgkinson will see this an an invitation to physically assault (or worse) senators. This is clearly a threat that PP will use their considerable financial clout to campaign against senators who would not vote against Justice Kavanaugh. So where do they get their money? Obviously, a considerable amount comes from performing abortions (and apparently illegally selling the remains thereof), a revenue stream that would be in jeopardy if Roe v. Wade were overturned. But the other major revenue stream for Planned Parenthood comes from the federal government, which means, from us, the taxpayers.

Every so often, there is an attempt at legislation to prevent federal tax dollars from being used to fund abortions, which would effectively defund PP. Their counterargument to that is that they don’t use the federal money for abortions, they just use it to fund all the other supposedly-great work they do. Anyone with even a basic understanding of accounting or just common sense knows that this is pure sophistry since any money they receive that can be spent on other things frees up money from other revenue streams to be used for abortions.

But obviously, one of those other tasks to which the federal money is being spent is campaign contributions to democrats. So, similar to public-sector unions, PP is taking money from the federal government and using it to enrich the campaign coffers of democrats. So, if RvW is overturned and PP gets defunded, democrats lose a large portion of their campaign funds. All that blather about “preserving a woman’s right to choose” is simply a cover for democrats protecting a campaign revenue source that we are providing and that republicans are thus far too docile to remove.

Let’s hope that this most recent disgusting display by the Left, including congressional democrats and Lisa Murkowski, could be just the thing that republicans need to finally get some backbone along with an increased majority to finally stop this financial merry-go-round. How about simple legislation that prohibits corporations and unions that receive federal money from donating to political campaigns?

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By John Ruberry

Sometimes I watch television programs so you don’t have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC’s This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge.

Of course the show was dominated by the circus surrounding the drawn-out confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last night as the newest US Supreme Court Associate Justice.

“I talked to a woman from UltraViolent who was paid,” Vice News’ Washington bureau chief Shawna Thomas told Karl on the program “she helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.”

Karl interjected, “So there were paid,” but then Thomas jumped back in, “There were people that were paid by organizations like UltraViolet to try to harness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing.”

UltraViolet, which I haven’t heard of until this morning, is left-wing female advocacy group.

Well one of those “viral moments” was the screaming attack on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)  in a Capitol elevator. This is not, to paraphrase a favored chant by leftist protesters, how democracy is supposed to look like.

Another moment was the regular stream of shrieking interruptions during the Senate Justice Committee hearings for Kavanaugh.

Another viral moment were the mobs that swarmed the Capitol building over the last few days.

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” President Donald Trump remarked on Twitter on Friday. “Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love!”

Now notice that Thomas didn’t say that the protesters were paid, as Trump claims. Perhaps they were, but let’s look back at her comment about the woman from UltraViolet who “helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.” Hmmm. That makes these protests much less spontaneous. Think astroturf, not grass roots.

Yesterday there was a Cancel Kavanuagh march in Washington that of course achieved nothing other than letting a bunch of leftists to blow off steam, assuming they had any steam left. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women’s March National, and CPD Action, an advocacy group connected to the Center for Popular Democracy, were behind that anger fest. The people running these organizations, and their lieutenants, are almost certainly paid.

Shame! Shame! Shame! was active in the effort to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Now that is rich. MoveOn was formed, to well, “move on” from the investigation of Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When is the left going to have its defiant #MeToo moment with the Clintons? They’ve certainly had that moment with Kavanaugh in regards to the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford. Oh wait, I forgot, Kavanaugh is a Republican justice nominated by a Republican president. Silly me.

The anti-Kavanaugh protests are just the latest street theater performance of a play that goes back to the 1960s, as are the arrests. And once again I have to ask, what happens to those shrill screechers–and I’m just citing one series of instances–who were arrested for disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings at the US Capitol. Will they be prosecuted? Or will a sympathetic prosecutor quietly drop the charges against them so they can scream another day? Are we still a nation of laws?

And while the rank-and-file protesters may not have been directly paid, I have some more questions. Who designs and purchases the matching T-shirts many of them wear? Who pays for the travel expenses for the rabble rousers? Who writes the checks for those professionally printed signs and posters?

There is money, to be sure, perhaps big money, behind these confrontations and rallies.

UPDATE 9:15 EDT: I have video of Thomas’ admission:

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.