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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>TRUTH: December 3, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Murchison.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>The Anglican Church of Canada clutches its throat at the prospect of &mdash; Lord have mercy &mdash; shutting down its ministries and works 20 years from now. You know &mdash; putting up the &ldquo;Closed&rdquo; sign, the public demand for said ministries dwindling more with every passing year. So sharply have Anglican membership rolls declined since 2000 that, according to an internal study, naught but the buildings will remain in 2040.</p>\n<p> WHICH, as many will recognize, is an odd assumption to entertain concerning any of the Lord&rsquo;s enterprises &mdash; the same Lord who parted the Red Sea (I&rsquo;ll come back to this) and seems easily capable of repopulating empty churches and moving powerfully forward. Canadian Anglicanism&rsquo;s prospects nevertheless put in mind the consequences of life in an age when, seemingly, you don&rsquo;t have to believe anything.<br />\n The ongoing deconstruction of belief &mdash; the dismissal of truths you or others see as nontruths &mdash; leaves humans free to believe as they like. &ldquo;Truth&rdquo;? Who says so, pal? Falsehood? What might that be but someone else&rsquo;s truth turned around and dressed in new clothes?<br />\n Truth happens to be the special currency of religion. A church &mdash; a faith &mdash; invites acceptance of its premises, presenting them as needful and valid. Say you don&rsquo;t want to believe. In that event, you keep away from the church and its ancient truths, such as that very instrumental truth we hear of every year at this time: the Savior&rsquo;s birth.<br />\n We&rsquo;re constantly encouraged to get rid of unwanted beliefs. We are well acquainted, for instance, with &ldquo;fake news,&rdquo; meaning anything disparaging of President Donald Trump. Trump&rsquo;s trope isn&rsquo;t unique. The Never-Trump media, the impeachment lobby &mdash; these groups take pleasure in dismissing Trumpian rhetoric as shot through with lies and frauds.</p>\n<p> WHO STARTED the great set-to over credibility in politics is unclear &mdash; probably both sides, each reacting to the other. Wrong and right lack their former statuses as political touchstones. It&rsquo;s all opinion, point of view, real stuff versus made-up junk. A phone call to the Ukraine is either &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; or an impeachable offense. How do we know which, the standards for verification having been compromised? The very possibility of verification &mdash; from the Latin &ldquo;veritas,&rdquo; meaning &ldquo;truth&rdquo; &mdash; having been bent out of shape?<br />\n You can see how, in such an environment, Christianity&rsquo;s &ldquo;truth&rdquo; claims can be seen as wobbly, and participation in Christian rites &mdash; in Canada at least &mdash; seen as a time-wasting enterprise.<br />\n So &ldquo;prove&rdquo; to me God opened that Red Sea! Prove it how? With a cellphone shot? Nah, some Hebrew PR guy could have faked the shot. We can&rsquo;t, it seems, in experiential terms, prove squat. Try to show me in physical terms you did what you said you did. Either I trust you or I don&rsquo;t.<br />\n Here we are, adrift on a vast sea of claims and counterclaims. Canadian Anglicanism&rsquo;s plight stems &mdash; if I may tender a claim of my own &mdash; from the shriveling of the human capacity for belief in the unseen. What happened to authority as credibly worked out in teaching and practice over long ages? It savors of &ldquo;authoritarianism,&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t it? Actually, no. Authoritarianism is someone making you do certain things. Authority is ancestral, made more credible by the witness of the credible. You can call the Virgin birth of Jesus, the origin point of the present season, fake news if you like, but that&rsquo;s just your unvarnished opinion &mdash; against the grave and loving testimony of minds and mouths designated over the centuries as wise and fruitful.<br />\n Nobody in the 21st century can compel belief in the perfection of Trump&rsquo;s phone calls or in the right of the New York Times to consign the caller to the ninth circle of political hell. Yet where does this leave us? Swaying back and forth, forever and ever, between competing viewpoints? Uncertain what to believe and what not to? Disabled from the planting of things beautiful to us but, for all anyone knows, worthless to life at large?</p>\n<p> THE PAST half-century or so of American history, with its takedown of authority and truth, makes inevitable the moral frenzy that is our daily bread. And will, say, impeachment help to make truth accessible, credible as in the olden time? Pardon me as I roll on the ground, laughing hysterically.</p>\n', created = 1576396037, expire = 1576482437, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:a4cf3d9bb8ffd0ebddf17c9235184b21' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HOMELESSNESS: October 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Murchison.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" />&#39;</p>\n<p>The &ldquo;progressive,&rdquo; so to speak, vision of politics and public life envisions tighter and tighter government control over economic life, along with looser and looser controls over human behavior. I think you&rsquo;d refer to the overall design as a paradox: a clash of methods and objectives.</p>\n<p> ELIZABETH WARREN wants corporations subjected to unprecedented government oversight. Austin&rsquo;s and San Francisco&rsquo;s ruling classes favor, for the homeless, just about all the freedom you could imagine to use the public streets as a bedroom or restroom, in the name of, I don&rsquo;t know ... liberty? Liberty for those who avail themselves of these governmentally granted entitlements? Everyone else enjoys the right to step over the trash, the used drug needles, the discarded food and the excrement left lying around by the governmentally entitled.<br />\n The other day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decided it was time the political leadership of the state&rsquo;s capital city clean up &mdash; literally clean up &mdash; Austin&rsquo;s San Francisco-like act. Citing statute after statute, Abbott gave Mayor Steve Adler until Nov. 1 &ldquo;to demonstrate consequential improvement in the Austin homelessness crisis and the danger it poses to the health and safety of the public.&rdquo; Otherwise, said the governor, &ldquo;I will direct every applicable state agency to act to fulfill my responsibility to protect the health and safety of Texans in your jurisdiction.&rdquo;<br />\n This was news because few other governmental officials in modern America go to the trouble of instructing progressive America to clean up its act.<br />\n As bad as things may be in Austin, once lovely San Francisco &mdash; where you may formerly have left your heart and your pocketbook &mdash; is becoming a refuse dump. Writes Heather Mac Donald in City Journal, the Manhattan Institute&rsquo;s peerless organ of urban analysis, &ldquo;(Drug) users dig for veins in plain view on the sidewalk&rdquo; in a city that distributes &ldquo;more than 4.5 million syringes a year, along with Vitamin C to dissolve heroin and crack,&rdquo; and &ldquo;uneaten comestibles litter the sidewalks and gutters,&rdquo; and homeless encampments are home to &ldquo;Third World diseases,&rdquo; e.g., typhoid, and &ldquo;assault seems to have been normalized...at least when committed by the homeless,&rdquo; and, well, perhaps you get the idea.</p>\n<p> DOWN THIS grungy, dangerous road, progressive politics have led a community formerly envied for little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars &mdash; now widely pitied for growing resemblance to a zoo. I cannot say whether Abbott took a look at Frisco&rsquo;s evident pride in letting people do what they want and, accordingly, said, &ldquo;No, sir, not here, not in Austin.&rdquo; He performs a large public service by cracking down while the cracking is good: before political mythology crowds out good sense and good government.<br />\n The mythology of homelessness as a product of capitalist society dates back to the Ronald Reagan years. It makes no more sense now than it made in the &lsquo;80s. Mac Donald, who went among the San Francisco homeless, asking questions, tells us 42% of the homeless, according to a street poll this year, &ldquo;reported chronic drug or alcohol use,&rdquo; while 39% &ldquo;said that they suffered from psychiatric conditions.&rdquo; (She suspects both figures are too low.) Jeff, a 50-year-old wine and drug addict, tells her, &ldquo;San Francisco is the place to go if you live on the streets.&rdquo; Lack of affordable housing isn&rsquo;t the problem. &ldquo;No other American city,&rdquo; MacDonald writes, &ldquo;has built as much affordable housing per capita, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.&rdquo; What&rsquo;s missing from the picture is &ldquo;a commitment to a single standard of behavior for all and an insistence that rights carry with them reciprocal responsibilities.&rdquo;<br />\n Responsibilities? How bourgeois! How old-fashioned! We don&rsquo;t have a money problem around here; we have a moral problem, in that the old norms in our souls have been switched off. You could probably say that&rsquo;s how we got President Donald Trump. It&rsquo;s how we got a lot of things, such as the progressive misidentification of &ldquo;bad&rdquo; as just another human trait groping for understanding.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S LONELY and dangerous there on the battlefield for those who, like Abbott, would push back against civic degradation. If you want one more reason to cheer him on as he confronts Austin city government, well, there it is.</p>\n', created = 1576396038, expire = 1576482438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f4e3afdcc462e4d5bdbef652b5b30f88' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HOMELESSNESS: October 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Murchison.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" />&#39;</p>\n<p>The &ldquo;progressive,&rdquo; so to speak, vision of politics and public life envisions tighter and tighter government control over economic life, along with looser and looser controls over human behavior. I think you&rsquo;d refer to the overall design as a paradox: a clash of methods and objectives.</p>\n<p> ELIZABETH WARREN wants corporations subjected to unprecedented government oversight. Austin&rsquo;s and San Francisco&rsquo;s ruling classes favor, for the homeless, just about all the freedom you could imagine to use the public streets as a bedroom or restroom, in the name of, I don&rsquo;t know ... liberty? Liberty for those who avail themselves of these governmentally granted entitlements? Everyone else enjoys the right to step over the trash, the used drug needles, the discarded food and the excrement left lying around by the governmentally entitled.<br />\n The other day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott decided it was time the political leadership of the state&rsquo;s capital city clean up &mdash; literally clean up &mdash; Austin&rsquo;s San Francisco-like act. Citing statute after statute, Abbott gave Mayor Steve Adler until Nov. 1 &ldquo;to demonstrate consequential improvement in the Austin homelessness crisis and the danger it poses to the health and safety of the public.&rdquo; Otherwise, said the governor, &ldquo;I will direct every applicable state agency to act to fulfill my responsibility to protect the health and safety of Texans in your jurisdiction.&rdquo;<br />\n This was news because few other governmental officials in modern America go to the trouble of instructing progressive America to clean up its act.<br />\n As bad as things may be in Austin, once lovely San Francisco &mdash; where you may formerly have left your heart and your pocketbook &mdash; is becoming a refuse dump. Writes Heather Mac Donald in City Journal, the Manhattan Institute&rsquo;s peerless organ of urban analysis, &ldquo;(Drug) users dig for veins in plain view on the sidewalk&rdquo; in a city that distributes &ldquo;more than 4.5 million syringes a year, along with Vitamin C to dissolve heroin and crack,&rdquo; and &ldquo;uneaten comestibles litter the sidewalks and gutters,&rdquo; and homeless encampments are home to &ldquo;Third World diseases,&rdquo; e.g., typhoid, and &ldquo;assault seems to have been normalized...at least when committed by the homeless,&rdquo; and, well, perhaps you get the idea.</p>\n<p> DOWN THIS grungy, dangerous road, progressive politics have led a community formerly envied for little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars &mdash; now widely pitied for growing resemblance to a zoo. I cannot say whether Abbott took a look at Frisco&rsquo;s evident pride in letting people do what they want and, accordingly, said, &ldquo;No, sir, not here, not in Austin.&rdquo; He performs a large public service by cracking down while the cracking is good: before political mythology crowds out good sense and good government.<br />\n The mythology of homelessness as a product of capitalist society dates back to the Ronald Reagan years. It makes no more sense now than it made in the &lsquo;80s. Mac Donald, who went among the San Francisco homeless, asking questions, tells us 42% of the homeless, according to a street poll this year, &ldquo;reported chronic drug or alcohol use,&rdquo; while 39% &ldquo;said that they suffered from psychiatric conditions.&rdquo; (She suspects both figures are too low.) Jeff, a 50-year-old wine and drug addict, tells her, &ldquo;San Francisco is the place to go if you live on the streets.&rdquo; Lack of affordable housing isn&rsquo;t the problem. &ldquo;No other American city,&rdquo; MacDonald writes, &ldquo;has built as much affordable housing per capita, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.&rdquo; What&rsquo;s missing from the picture is &ldquo;a commitment to a single standard of behavior for all and an insistence that rights carry with them reciprocal responsibilities.&rdquo;<br />\n Responsibilities? How bourgeois! How old-fashioned! We don&rsquo;t have a money problem around here; we have a moral problem, in that the old norms in our souls have been switched off. You could probably say that&rsquo;s how we got President Donald Trump. It&rsquo;s how we got a lot of things, such as the progressive misidentification of &ldquo;bad&rdquo; as just another human trait groping for understanding.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S LONELY and dangerous there on the battlefield for those who, like Abbott, would push back against civic degradation. If you want one more reason to cheer him on as he confronts Austin city government, well, there it is.</p>\n', created = 1576396038, expire = 1576482438, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f4e3afdcc462e4d5bdbef652b5b30f88' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: October 2, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Murchison.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>There&rsquo;s so much to say about Nancy Pelosi&rsquo;s impeachment gig that one hardly knows where to start. But here&rsquo;s a live possibility: We start with Sen. Lindsey Graham&rsquo;s characterization of how this game is to be played.</p>\n<p> WE&rsquo;RE TRYING to &ldquo;try the president of the United States based on hearsay,&rdquo; the South Carolina senator says &mdash; that is, on the claims of unidentified actors and agents for whose credentials Pelosi isn&rsquo;t prepared to vouch publicly. Although, inasmuch as these claims seem to put the president in constitutional jeopardy, Pelosi apparently believes them. She says to take her word for it: &ldquo;A president of the United States would withhold military assistance paid for by taxpayers to shake down the leader of another country unless he did him a political favor &mdash; that is so, so clear.&rdquo;<br />\n Except that it&rsquo;s not clear in the least. Nor is it likely to become clearer in the context of the cynical brawl to which the House speaker has lent her authority &mdash; the outcome of which none can reliably predict, certainly not the speaker herself.<br />\n Back to Sen. Graham&rsquo;s indisputable charge, that hearsay evidence is the force driving this locomotive &mdash; to wherever. Fans of &ldquo;Perry Mason&rdquo; used to know about hearsay. It&rsquo;s saying something happened because a second party told you it happened. Or someone else told the somebody who told you. Upon hearing hearsay testimony from the witness box, Perry would forcibly interrupt: &ldquo;Objection, Your Honor. This is hearsay. Witness did not see the document signed/the gun pointed/the car stolen.&rdquo; &ldquo;Objection sustained,&rdquo; the judge would reply, taking Mason&rsquo;s point. On from there, with Mr. District Attorney Burger obliged by the rules of evidence to prove so-and-so really, truly happened.<br />\n Consider the quality of the &ldquo;evidence&rdquo; in the whistleblower complaint; &ldquo;I have received information ...&rdquo;; &ldquo;Attorney General Barr appears to be involved ...&rdquo;; &ldquo;Over the past four months, more than half a dozen U.S. officials have informed me ...&rdquo;; &ldquo;The information provided herein was relayed to me ...&rdquo;; &ldquo;I was not a direct witness to most of the events described ...&rdquo;; &ldquo;(I)n almost all cases, multiple officials recounted fact patterns ...&rdquo;</p>\n<p> OBJECTION, Your Honor! &ldquo;I have received&rdquo; &mdash; received what, exactly? And when? And from whom? &ldquo;(A)ppears to be involved&rdquo; &mdash; appears to whom? And the basis for that judgment is what? &ldquo;(M)ore than a half dozen U. S. officials&rdquo; &mdash; may we have names? May we have credentials? And possible motives?<br />\n &ldquo;I was not a direct witness.&rdquo; Ah, here we come to it. Who is &ldquo;I&rdquo;? The name of our mystery informant is ... what? We don&rsquo;t know. Congressman Adam Schiff and his House Intelligence Committee, leading the impeachment inquiry, don&rsquo;t propose letting us know. They want his identity kept secret &mdash; so that we, the voters, can do what, pray? Perhaps say, &ldquo;Oh, thank you, Mr. Informant. And thank you, Mr. Schiff. What a relief for us simple-minded voters. We know that capable people are looking after our interests &mdash; whatever those interests may be!&rdquo; Like &mdash; I would suggest &mdash; undoing the results of the 2016 election.<br />\n On hearsay evidence &mdash; nothing proved, nothing established, nothing contextualized &mdash; it&rsquo;s proposed we start an impeachment war sure to deepen political hostilities, roil our economic arrangements and likely undermine foreign respect for our power and ideals, all with no guarantees of visiting harm upon Donald J. Trump.<br />\n The point, then, the point! What are we trying to accomplish here? I shrug. Who knows? These days, in American politics, one doesn&rsquo;t look around to estimate consequences; one just pulls the grenade pin.<br />\n Funny coincidence: It&rsquo;s the very course the speaker recommended during the Affordable Care Act debate. &ldquo;We have to pass the bill,&rdquo; Pelosi informed us, &ldquo;so we can find out what&rsquo;s in it.&rdquo; We have become as a people, it would seem, moral slobs, barely alert to the finer points of dispute resolution.</p>\n<p> THE POINT applies, I am bound to point out, to the tweeter in chief and his regular moods of self-absorption, which invite anxieties. He, the speaker and Congressman Schiff were made for one another, and for our time. So was our unnamed whistleblower. Of his certitudes we know nothing, save that they&rsquo;re his own, and that we the people &mdash; confused slobs as we are &mdash; need to harmonize with the voices of Those Who Know Best.<br />\n Objection, Your Honor! Objection!</p>\n', created = 1576396039, expire = 1576482439, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:18d2c93ec26b335eca5fe1a4cd483f34' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: September 24, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Murchison.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>We can&rsquo;t seem to have a news event (and everything that happens in our capital city is a capital-E event these days) without the searing cry in the background, drowning out all other discourse: &ldquo;Impeach! Impeach!&rdquo; You might call it an echo of the old exhortation, &ldquo;Hey, somebody get a rope!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> ONE THING must be clear before we proceed: Nothing that follows can be construed as laughter at a whole range of voter frustrations with the style and performance of Donald Trump, who, as the Wall Street Journal has rightly noted, is his own worst enemy. My point, I hope, is larger. It is, namely, the growing exhaustion of our moral resources and capacity for patriotic outrage on account of how we&rsquo;re fast turning into a hang-&rsquo;em-high society.<br />\n Leave aside Trump for the moment. Let us cast our minds back, oh, a week or so ago to the drumhead court-martial and sentencing of Brett Kavanaugh. Drumhead? No one had time to seek out and find a bass drum around which to convene the national tribunal that gathered instantly on reading grubby allegations about &mdash; what else? &mdash; Justice Kavanaugh&rsquo;s alleged sexual misdeeds several decades ago. He was awful to women, it was reported &mdash; yes, without corroborative evidence. But we&rsquo;re supposed to know, after the past year, how awful the justice is on the unproved, highly, highly, highly dubious allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.<br />\n So a majority of Democratic presidential candidates, without a shred of evidence, called for impeachment. Said Beto O&rsquo;Rourke: &ldquo;We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.&rdquo; We know what? And we know it how? On Beto&rsquo;s say-so? Hmmm.<br />\n &ldquo;Sentence first &mdash; verdict afterwards,&rdquo; demanded the Red Queen in Wonderland. To which piece of moral instruction the sensible Alice rejoined, &ldquo;Stuff and nonsense!&rdquo; (What do you want to bet a 21st century girl of spunk wouldn&rsquo;t muzzle herself with a modest word like &ldquo;stuff&rdquo;?)</p>\n<p> LEWIS CARROLL understood human nature in a way worthy of study today &mdash; if he could get an audience. The modern American capacity for stuff and nonsense is growing, with the encouragement of the social media community (so to call it) and of politicians glad to be relieved of the duty of thinking through a complicated matter. Or, for that matter, a straightforward one &mdash; such as guilt. Impeach! What an easy way out! Says it all, in smoke and thunder.<br />\n However, large implications arise from &ldquo;the easy way.&rdquo; We should consider them carefully.<br />\n First is the precedent that people like our friend Beto are setting for evidence-free judgments. To save time, naturally. What your viscera tell you you needn&rsquo;t explain. Yelling is all it takes.<br />\n A second implication is the certain effect on perceptions of fairness and justice. Justice? Surely that&rsquo;s no longer the point. The point is results. We get a rope around a certain so-and-so&rsquo;s neck. And what do you know? Lynching isn&rsquo;t the bad thing we were coming to see it as being.<br />\n Then we really get down to cases: principally, political lynching as the fallback solution to problems with foes and adversaries, who &mdash; because they differ with you on significant points, philosophical or practical &mdash; seem to merit punishment. Maybe they do merit it, depending on what may come to be known through calm investigation &mdash; assuming such an ideal still exists. However, impeachment is designed as a last resort, which is why Nancy Pelosi hasn&rsquo;t resorted to it. She knows what a mess it would create.<br />\n For all but the worst and foulest cases, the democratic remedy for abuse is supposed to be &mdash; gee whiz &mdash; an election: a popular referendum on the accused, resulting in affirmation or rejection. The impeachment lobby can&rsquo;t wait for the people to speak? What astounding impatience in Trump&rsquo;s case. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll says 69% of voters dislike Trump personally &mdash; and hence, by inference, might well be up for casting him from office.</p>\n<p> OR MAYBE not. You can&rsquo;t successfully predict the stakes a year hence. You can predict one thing: Should the law of the noose become the law of modern politics, the effects on justice, the political process and democracy itself would fail to gratify &mdash; just for one example &mdash; the men in long-tailed coats who began this whole American enterprise.</p>\n', created = 1576396039, expire = 1576482439, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1944db0054af0cfce87e83cc2d0d6e2c' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>MEDIA BIAS: September 17, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Murchison.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>We live in extraordinary times, do we not? No one I know can remember, so far as I am aware, discussion of the sexual apparatus of a Supreme Court justice accused, prior or subsequent to confirmation, of reprehensible sexual behavior at a college party.<br />\n Was Earl Warren so accused? Was David Souter? Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? There was the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill mashup, to be sure, the facts of which &mdash; Coca-Cola cans and all &mdash; proved to be beyond proof, with many hoping we&rsquo;d seen the last of he said, she said battles over, at bottom, matters of constitutional interpretation.</p>\n<p> THEN CAME l&rsquo;affaire Brett Kavanaugh, whose history hardly needs rehearsing &mdash; in large measure because various progressives seem unable to live with their failure in 2018 to produce evidence of anything wrong with a justice they just don&rsquo;t trust. A man accused of sexual abuse plain has to be guilty &mdash; right? &mdash; or Donald Trump wouldn&rsquo;t have nominated him to our highest bench.<br />\n &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So here comes Round II in the battle to pull down Justice Kavanaugh by making life as miserable as possible for him. The charge? Of course, sexual misconduct &mdash; you can read the New York Times for the full scoop &mdash; with guilt imputed to Kavanaugh in his Yale days by a Yale student of nonelite social background, Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh is supposed to have ... well, you can read it in the Times if your stomach is resilient. A few of us journalistic old-timers are feeling creaky and cranky over the liberties today&rsquo;s media takes concerning truths that turn out not to be so true.<br />\n Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly write in their new book, &ldquo;The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,&rdquo; that they found &ldquo;credible&rdquo; the accusations levied against Kavanaugh last year by Christine Blasey Ford, without any evidence at all. They didn&rsquo;t claim to prove anything; their &ldquo;guts&rdquo; further whispered to them of Kavanaugh&rsquo;s shameful behavior to Ramirez. Never mind his flat denials.<br />\n The Times ran with Pogrebin and Kelly&rsquo;s instinctual indictment, into which they inserted a fresh accusation &mdash; well, not an accusation, exactly. It was more an intimation. A classmate &ldquo;saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party ... but the FBI did not investigate (last year), and (the classmate) has declined to discuss it publicly.&rdquo; A female student who supposedly figured in the narrative &ldquo;declined to be interviewed, and friends say she does not recall the episode.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WHERE, OH, where to begin. With the nitro, the Times has handed its critics &mdash; headed by Trump? An attack by Trump on someone else&rsquo;s veracity has in it the elements of ridicule. Where was that hurricane headed, Mr. President? But that little miscue hides now behind the massive spectacle of America&rsquo;s &ldquo;newspaper of record&rdquo; carelessly, heedlessly, without verification, slinging mud at a member of the nation&rsquo;s high court. What is this supposed to do for the Times&rsquo; credibility &mdash; on anything, not just the usual anti-Trump stuff?<br />\n And what of the Democratic presidential candidates led down this noisome garden path? As Kamala Harris tweeted, Kavanaugh&rsquo;s &ldquo;place on the court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.&rdquo; Oh, urp! This from California&rsquo;s former chief legal officer! Warren, late of the Harvard Law faculty, took the same stance. Also Juli&aacute;n Castro.<br />\n I would go beyond the obvious necessity of spanking those who practice or fall for malicious journalism. The matter is much larger than this. I would inquire: How in the world have we come to this cultural point? What does it say of us as a society that formerly honored institutions, along with candidates for the presidency, suddenly see themselves free for a good roll with the pigs? Is it because in modern times we have so diminished our moral standards that the behavior of pigs seems normal?</p>\n<p> SUCH ARE THE sentiments of &mdash; as I have already confessed &mdash; a journalistic old-timer nurtured in newsrooms where verifiable facts might lead somewhere or nowhere at all. It would be silly to depict the old-timers as wielding sharp steel blades that cut through all deception and cunning. They lost their own way often enough. 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William Murchison

12/04/2019 - 6:18pm
TRUTH: December 3, 2019 The Anglican Church of Canada clutches its throat at the prospect of — Lord have mercy — shutting down its ministries and works 20 years from now. You know — putting up the “Closed” sign, the public demand for said ministries dwindling more with every passing year. So sharply have Anglican membership rolls declined since 2000 that, according...
10/11/2019 - 5:03pm
HOMELESSNESS: October 8, 2019 ' The “progressive,” so to speak, vision of politics and public life envisions tighter and tighter government control over economic life, along with looser and looser controls over human behavior. I think you’d refer to the overall design as a paradox: a clash of methods and objectives....
10/11/2019 - 5:03pm
HOMELESSNESS: October 8, 2019 ' The “progressive,” so to speak, vision of politics and public life envisions tighter and tighter government control over economic life, along with looser and looser controls over human behavior. I think you’d refer to the overall design as a paradox: a clash of methods and objectives....
10/05/2019 - 11:07pm
IMPEACHMENT: October 2, 2019 There’s so much to say about Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment gig that one hardly knows where to start. But here’s a live possibility: We start with Sen. Lindsey Graham’s characterization of how this game is to be played. WE’RE TRYING to “try the president of the United States based on...
09/24/2019 - 10:17pm
IMPEACHMENT: September 24, 2019 We can’t seem to have a news event (and everything that happens in our capital city is a capital-E event these days) without the searing cry in the background, drowning out all other discourse: “Impeach! Impeach!” You might call it an echo of the old exhortation, “Hey, somebody get a rope!...
09/18/2019 - 11:53am
MEDIA BIAS: September 17, 2019 We live in extraordinary times, do we not? No one I know can remember, so far as I am aware, discussion of the sexual apparatus of a Supreme Court justice accused, prior or subsequent to confirmation, of reprehensible sexual behavior at a college party. Was Earl Warren so accused? Was David Souter? Was Ruth Bader...
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