Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dan Cirucci On The Radio With Christine Flowers!

Don't miss this!
Click here to listen to Dan's conversation with Christine Flowers on WPHT radio as he examines the latest developments in the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
You'll enjoy the inimitable take of Dan and Christine as they defend rule of law, due process, presumption of innocence and other increasingly quaint notions!

Oh, The Stunningly Vibrant Colors Of Autumn!

We took all these photos earlier today during a visit to beautiful Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ. Enjoy!

'A Strange Inversion Of Constitutional Norms'

From a brilliant analysis by Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review:
The “process” of memorializing Ford’s testimony involved a strange inversion of constitutional norms: The idea of a statute of limitations is ossified; hearsay is legitimate testimony; inexact and contradictory recall is proof of trauma, and therefore of validity; the burden of proof is on the accused, not the accuser; detail and evidence are subordinated to assumed sincerity; proof that one later relates an allegation to another is considered proof that the assault actually occurred in the manner alleged; motive is largely irrelevant; the accuser establishes the guidelines of the state’s investigation of the allegations; and the individual allegation gains credence by cosmic resonance with all other such similar allegations.
And there's more:
The lesson of the hearings transcends the Kavanaugh confirmation. We were presented with two radically different and now competing versions of American jurisprudence and due process, one traditional and constitutional, one fluid and revolutionary. It will be up to Americans, ultimately, to decide by which version they wish to conduct their lives.

Kavanaugh Kapade Kharacters Kategorized . . . . .

It can be difficult keeping up with the crazy characters in the Kavanaugh Kapades.
So, we've decided to do a thumbnail sketch of some of them for you -- and we've especially focused on the more nefarious characters in the bunch.
In no particular order, here goes:

Jeff (The Fake) Flake: Sort of like the prairie scarecrow as drama queen. Stay away -- far, far away.

Cooky Chris Coons: The wonky weasel of Wilmington. With a JD and a divinity degree, he can presumably fleece you while he's invoking the almighty.

Ditzy Dianne Feinstein: AKA DIEfei, could be the original Wicked Witch of the West.

Crazy Mazie Hirono: The South Pacific version of DIEfei. Does she use the same bootblack to color her hair?

Schmuckie Chuckie Schumer: We cannot improve on the original warning: Don't EVER get between him and a camera crew. Doesn't quite make us long for Harry Reid, but he's workin on it.

Bitchy Richie Blumenthal - The scent of stolen valor follows one of the most reptilian characters in a cavalcade of miscreants.

Shifty Sheldon Whitehouse - From the tiniest of states, he daily defines the term lilliputian.

Snorey Corey Booker - As this self-absorbed gas back drones on and on, the one saving grace is that he's an instant cure for insomnia.

Will It EVER Be Enough For Them? Will It?

Saturday, September 29, 2018

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Top Posts - Week of 9/22

This Week's Absolute MUST Reads . . .

-The Wall Street Journal
“Judge Kavanaugh was right to call the confirmation process a ‘disgrace’ in his passionate self-defense,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s “allegation should have been vetted privately, in confidence, as she said she would have preferred. Instead ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein held it for six weeks and it was leaked—perhaps to cause precisely such a hearing circus.”

“Consumer confidence rose in September, notching its highest level in about 18 years. The Conference Board’s index rose to 138.4 this month from 134.7 in August,” Fred Imbert reports. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions remains extremely favorable, bolstered by a strong economy and robust job growth,” said Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s director of economic indicators.

-The Washington Free Beacon
“President Donald Trump spoke about globalism and national sovereignty in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday,” Jeffrey Cimmino writes. “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live, work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return,” the President said.
-Fox News
“President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a major agreement of Trump’s trade agenda Monday, on a busy day at the U.N. General Assembly,” Frank Miles reports. “This agreement will reduce bureaucracy and increase prosperity in both of our countries. Workers in South Korea and America will find new customers and new opportunities to expand and grow,” President Trump said.
-CBS News
“President Trump vowed Monday to work with the United Nations and its member countries to fight drug trafficking and addiction across the globe,” CBS News reports. “U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres applauded Mr. Trump for ‘focusing a global spotlight on the world drug problem,’ adding, ‘we have never needed it more.’”
-The Associated Press
“Premiums for a popular type of ‘silver’ health plan under the Affordable Care Act will edge downward next year in most states, the Trump administration's health chief announced Thursday,” Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports. “Azar's numbers were in line with a broader independent analysis earlier this month by Avalere Health and The Associated Press, which found premiums and markets stabilizing nationwide.”
-The Daily Signal
“It’s hard to believe that just two short years ago, our economy was limping along with no sign of a massive boom around the corner. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, the pivotal factor in the last two years has been President Donald Trump,” Michael Busler writes. “The real median income is set to hit a record level by the end of 2018.”
-Washington Examiner
“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley charged Wednesday that former Secretary of State John Kerry's ongoing talks with Iran are ‘anti-American,’” as they undermine U.S. diplomacy, Pete Kasperowicz reports. “What Secretary Kerry did was not only disrespectful, it was hurtful to America,” Ambassador Haley said.

'One Of the Greatest Turncoats And Cowards . . . "

The Book On Booker? Well, You Decide . . . . .

From our friends at Save Jersey
By Matt Rooney (reprinted with permission)

It’s a full-time job keeping tabs on the aberrant behavior and many, many hypocritical actions of Senator Gropacus (“Cory Booker”), Save Jerseyans. Sometimes it’s exhausting. You’re welcome.
The Kavanaugh hearing is revealing all this to a national audience for the first time; here in New Jersey, we’ve known he is bat-shit crazy for years. Booker’s own confessed teenage groping incident (which he admitted in a column while he was still at Stanford) got a ton of traffic on this site when we brought it back up last week.
More recently? In 2017?
You may’ve forgotten or never knew to begin with, but Booker told the press that Bob Menendez (then under indictment for bribery) MUST be treated as innocent until proven guilty.
“He’s innocent until proven guilty. So he is an innocent man,” Booker said at the time, donating $20,000 to Menendez’s legal defense fund. “If he’s proven guilty, I think there’s going to be some serious appeals because I think there are some fundamental constitutional questions that I’ve never seen in a case like this.”
There’s still NO corroborated evidence that Judge Brett Kavanaugh did anything untoward, but that hasn’t stopped Booker from calling for his withdrawal.
Menendez escaped prison narrowly via mistrial BUT the Senate ethics committee severely admonished him and ordered the senior senator to repay $1 million in improperly-accepted gifts.
Why Booker lost his faith in the due process and the presumption of innocence in ONE short year is something a mainstream reporter should ask him. I would myself but, as regular readers know, the coward has blocked me on Twitter.

Can You Be 100% Certain And . . . WRONG?

The following is from a very informative interview with a cognitive psychologist posted at via AFP News Service  Pay attention!
Q: Does it make a difference if someone says they are 100 percent sure?
A: "Sometimes people are very, very certain and wrong. In DNA exonerations, you will find many instances where people start out being uncertain... they'll look at some photos and say, 'Well, that one looks the closest, I guess.'
"But by the time they get to trial, they've become vastly more certain, and therefore more persuasive.
"So you see in these cases how someone who is now very certain, was once not so certain. In those cases, we need to ask what made them become so certain."
Click here to read lots more posts from the Dan Cirucci Blog! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

She's 100% Sure With 0% Evidence, And MORE!

Common Sense Soapbox
20 hrs
I don’t know who’s house it happened at or even what year it happened. I don’t know if I got there before everyone else or after. I don’t know how I got there or how I got home over 8 miles away (at the age of 15).
My life time friend doesn’t remember any of this ( and the other 3 people I said were there testified under oath they don’t know anything about this).
I have a fear of flying , but have no problem jet-setting all over the world while on vacation. I’ve been on airplanes more in the past two months than most people in a year, but my fear is completely legit.
I don’t know who paid for my hotel and polygraph test( the afternoon of my grandmothers funeral, or maybe it was the next day, who knows). And guess what? I flew there. Oh and that polygraph, it was only two questions, neither of which were about Kavanaugh. But hey, I passed so that’s all that matters. And my PhD in psychology definitely, in no way, helped me with it or my testimony today.
My friends on the beach encouraged me to continue contacting the media with my story (because we were running out of time). I can’t name them, so we’ll just call them beach friends. Yet while giving such great advice, none were willing to be character witnesses. Meanwhile, Judge Kavanaugh had hundreds of character witnesses step up in a matter of days.
My lawyers, out of the kindness of their hearts, are helping me for FREE yet I have a “needed” gofundme page that currently is sitting at $473,622. I’m so desperately in need of help there’s even a second gofundme with $209,987. I promise though I’m not getting anything out of my testimony, that money is just going to cover my expenses.
I’m super smart. I have a PhD and I teach graduate students. I know lots of big words, but it should be totally believable that I don’t understand basic questions.
I was the only person in the United States that didn’t know Congress agreed to come to me instead of me going to DC. They really do care about my flying phobia after all.
Get the picture yet, America?
For those of you that want to know about the polygraph, you can see it here:

Sounds Like A Good Idea To Us . . . .

And let's start with Jeff Flake, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski.

Oh, Yeah . . . About That FBI Supplemental Probe

Endless Harassment, Threats, Bullying, Mob Rule!

So Jeff Flake announced he would vote to advance the Kavanaugh nomination and this is what happened -- he was cornered in an elevator and harassed.
This is the way it is. This is a mob. What the DemocRATS want is mob rule, pure and simple -- those who disrupt, those who threaten, those who get in your face, those who shout the loudest, Those who chase you out of a restaurant or harass you at home, those who bully and harass - they win. Everybody else-- shut up! This is the Democrat prescription. This is what they want America to be.
This cannot stand!

Now it's been reported that the Democrats walked out of the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing to hold a news conference! Sounds about right!

Oh, No: DON'T Turn It Over To The Mob!

From a brilliant editorial in the Wall Street Journal:
The female friend Ms. Ford says was at the home the night of the assault says she wasn’t there. The number of people she says were there has varied from four to five and perhaps more, but every potential witness she has cited by name says he or she doesn’t recall the party. 
She still can’t recall the home where the assault took place, how she got there or how she got home that evening. She has no witnesses who say she told them about the alleged assault at the time—until she first spoke of it at a couples therapy session 30 years later in 2012. Mr. Kavanaugh’s name doesn’t appear in the notes of her therapist. . . . 
This nomination isn’t only about the fate of a single man whose reputation can be discarded like some tabloid celebrity. This is about the future of the Supreme Court and who will control the Senate. If Republicans reject Mr. Kavanaugh based on what we know now, millions of voters will rightly be furious.

But as important, a rejection will bring dishonor to the Senate. It will validate the ambush and smear politics that Democrats are using. And it will turn Supreme Court nominations over to the justice of the social-media mob and the politics of accusation. It’s time for Senators to stand up and confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

A Pillar Of Our Justice System; A Moral Template

Our thanks to Matt Rooney of Save Jersey for this cogent observation!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

THIS Is What Everybody's Talking About!

Delighting In Destruction, They All Laughed!

Shame on 'em! ALL of 'em!

The Quick Take On Dr. Ford: Round One . . .

As a PR practitioner I'm compelled to pay attention to the optics: Dr. Ford has the voice and, to some extent, the demeanor of a pre-teen girl.
She uptalks, sort of like a Valley Girl.
She sort of waddles along in this milieu and I would imagine this might make her a sympathetic figure to SOME women, though probably not to most men.
But somehow it all doesn't fit together. It doesn't add up.
This sort of vaguely juvenile vulnerability doesn't always jive.
Because she also says she specifically remembers certain things (and presumably doesn't remember other things) because of "neurons" in her brain. Yet, it needs to be explained to her what "exculpatory" means (remember she holds a Phd.) and she doesn't know who paid for her lie detector test or how her legal bills are being paid. Presumably, all the rest of us know that she was invited to testify in California (so as not to have to fly since she's afraid of flying, or NOT?) but she never knew she was invited to testify on home turf.
She very much seems to know most of what she needs to know and, somewhat curiously, NOT much of anything else.

Released: Kavanaugh's Complete Opening Statement

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's opening statement for a scheduled hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as prepared* for delivery:

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.

Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are lastminute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.

As I told this Committee the last time I appeared before you, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I am and will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone—not in high school, not in college, not ever.

Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously. Those who make allegations deserve to be heard. The subject of allegations also deserves to be heard. Due process is a foundation of the American rule of law.

Dr. Ford’s allegation dates back more than 36 years, to a party that she says occurred dring our time in high school. I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.

The allegation of misconduct is completely inconsistent with the rest of my life. The record of my life, from my days in grade school through the present day, shows that I have always promoted the equality and dignity of women.

I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge.

*We thought this would be Judge Kavanaugh's complete statement at the time. Obviously (and to his great credit) he had much, much more to say. His testimony was a total triumph -- a true tour de force. He was devastatingly effective!

Just Think About This For A Moment . . . OK?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Troubled Past Of Newest Kavanaugh Accuser

Julie Swetnick, the newest accuser of Judge Kavanaugh seems to have a contentious and troubled background, including some legal skirmishes. From the Wall Street Journal:
In 1993, she [Swetnick] filed a criminal harassment complaint with state prosecutors in Maryland against a podiatrist and his wife, alleging repeated phone calls, according to court records, but the case was withdrawn two months after it was filed. 
In 2001, Ms. Swetnick was the defendant in a domestic-violence case filed by Richard Venneccy in Miami-Dade County, Fla. The case was dismissed when both parties failed to appear in court in March of that year, according to court documents reviewed by the Journal.

Roughly a decade ago, Ms. Swetnick was involved in a dispute with her former employer, New York Life Insurance Co., over a sexual-harassment complaint she filed, according to people familiar with the matter. Representing her in the complaint was the firm run by Debra Katz, the lawyer currently representing Dr. Ford. The company ultimately reached a financial settlement with Ms. Swetnick, the people said.
A spokesman for New York Life confirmed that Ms. Swetnick worked there as an agent for less than two years, from 2006 to 2008. She didn’t list her work there on a résumé posted online. . . .  
Records show Ms. Swetnick also had recent run-ins with tax authorities. In 2015, Maryland’s comptroller filed a lien against her in Anne Arundel County, a suburb of Baltimore and Washington, for more than $30,000 in unpaid taxes. The state demanded about the same amount in interest and penalties for a total bill of $62,821. The state released the lien in 2016.

In 2017, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien on Ms. Swetnick’s Washington apartment for $40,303 in unpaid taxes, and released it in March, saying the tax bill had been paid.
And then there's this from Swetnick's ex-boyfriend, via Politico:
“Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife and threatening to do harm to my baby at that time,” her former boyfriend said in a telephone interview with POLITICO. "I know a lot about her.”

"She’s not credible at all,” he said. “Not at all.”

Mailer Shows Voters How To #WalkAway Now!

As part of its 2018 voter registration push, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania is encouraging Democrats to #WalkAway from their Party’s run to the socialist left.

With a mailed voter registration form, the Pennsylvania Republican Party is encouraging Pennsylvanians registered as Democrats to switch to the Republican Party if they are fed up with: their party’s race to the socialist left, the Democratic Party’s condoning of violent extremist group Antifa, seeing extreme candidates hijacking their Party, or seeing leaders time and again propose tax increases.
The mailer can viewed HERE.

In response, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio, made the following statement:

“Across Pennsylvania, we continually hear about disillusioned Democrats who feel they are no longer at home in their Party.

“Democrat leaders and Party bosses are no longer able to rationally argue over pertinent policy positions dealing with government spending, tax rates, and welfare reform since they have become a Party that is racing to the socialist left, have embraced open borders, and continue to try and insert government in previously-uncontemplated aspects of American lives.

“The Pennsylvania Republican Party wants to let disillusioned Democrats know they have a home in the Republican Party, which stands for limited government, respect for the rule of law, and fiscal accountability.

“In order to make the switch as easy as possible, voters can fill-out and return the mailed form to their county voter registration office, or simply go to to switch their Party registration."

Yet Another List Where NJ Ranks Dead LAST!

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that $1.5 billion in tax increases imposed by New Jersey Democrats this year have cemented the Garden State’s last-place ranking in the Tax Foundation’s newly released 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.

Sen. Tom Kean said that $1.5 billion in tax increases imposed by Democrats have cemented N.J.’s last-place ranking in the Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index. (Tax Foundation)
“Nobody should be shocked that raising business and income taxes by more than $1 billion would hurt New Jersey’s competitiveness,” said Kean. “What’s shocking, however, is how New Jersey Democrats fail to see how their destructive policies hurt middle-class families who may lose jobs, raises, and an opportunity to build financial security.”

According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey has dropped from 42nd to 47th place in state rankings of corporate taxes since last year, and from 48th to 50th in individual income taxes. Both are key components that contributed to the state’s overall 50th place ranking for business tax climate.

Kean said that additional legislative changes (S-2989) to the corporate business tax (CBT) being rushed by Democrats this week would exacerbate the problem.

“Even after this last-place ranking, New Jersey Democrats are continuing their efforts to cement the Garden State’s reputation as a bad place to do business,” added Kean. “Their new CBT legislation represents another policy shift that again changes the state’s tax treatment of some of our largest employers after major changes imposed several months ago. This continued instability in our state’s tax policy poses a very real threat to New Jersey’s efforts to retain employers when those businesses can find more predictable and tax-friendly environments in other states.”

NJ Hall Of Fame Gets Permanent Home!

The New Jersey Hall of Fame – home to many of the Garden State’s best and brightest – now will have a home to call its own.|

The Hall of Fame, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala induction ceremony, to date has used a mobile museum as its home. The permanent home will be part of the American Dream retail and entertainment complex, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

The groundbreaking for the new home took place this morning. 

Don Ghermezian, President of American Dream, says, “We are very proud to be the new home for The New Jersey Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame museum will be a state-of-the-art facility that will showcase the incredible contributions and outstanding achievements of so many inspiring individuals that have called New Jersey their home. The Hall of Fame will complement and enhance our property’s exceptional offering of entertainment, performing arts, culinary and retail experiences that will draw over 40 million visitors annually.”

Jon F. Hanson, the Hall of Fame’s chairman of the board, adds: “We are beyond excited to have a place to call home, and thrilled that it will be at American Dream. We are proud of the rich and important contributions our inductees have made to New Jersey and beyond, and our new home will allow us to showcase our state to so many more people.”

“The NJHOF leadership thanks our founders and family of supporters for helping us to create one of the ultimate symbols of Jersey pride,” Steve Edwards, president of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “This exciting new attraction and learning center will have an immeasurable impact on the pride of New Jerseyans, and will help inspire its visitors to realize their highest and best sense of self, with a moral excellence of character.”

The New Jersey Hall of Fame permanent museum will be located within several minutes of many attractions at American Dream, including Legoland Discovery Center and Sealife Aquarium, a DreamWorks Water Park, a Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Cirque de Soleil and KidZania. An estimated 40 million are expected to visit the American Dream complex annually. The Hall of Fame has entered into a long-term lease at American Dream. Terms were not disclosed.