Newspapers v. Maryland News

I’ve been following a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by a group of newspapers against the Maryland Election Commission seeking to overturn a vague and patently unconstitutional law dealing with online political advertising. It turns out that I have a dog in that fight because there are months when the traffic here at Hogewash! is sufficient for the law to apply to this blog.

The newspapers are seeking a preliminary injunction prohibiting the State from enforcing the law. A hearing is scheduled on their motion on 16 November before Judge Paul Grimm. I plan to cover that hearing.

Stay tuned.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

One of the points made in the defense of Brett Kavanaugh has been the fact that people who engage in the sort of conduct alleged against him are usually serial offenders, and no other women had stepped forward. Indeed, every other woman who knew Kavanaugh and who did step forward spoken in his favor, until the last minute. The New Yorker has now published a claim that Brett Kavauagh exposed himself to a girl while he was a student at Yale. This second story was also being worked by several of the usual suspects in the Main Stream Media, and none of them, including The New Yorker, have been able to been able to find a witness to confirm the story. In fact, the New York Times has reported that none the potential witnesses they have interviewed could corroborate the story. This tale appears to be even flimsier than the Ford accusation, but that has not prevented Senator Feinstein from asking that the Ford/Kavanaugh hearing finally scheduled for Thursday be postponed until this new claim can be investigated by the FBI.

And Michael Avenatti has come out from under his rock, saying he represents a woman with “credible information about Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.”

It’s unfortunate, it’s hysterical, it’s panic stricken, but Democrats are proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain comments here.

It Ain’t a Case of He Said/She Said Anymore

It’s now a case of she said/they said. Now that the fourth potential witness named by Christine Ford has told the Senate Judiciary Committee under penalty of perjury that she doesn’t know Brett Kavanaugh and wasn’t at the supposed party where the alleged assault occurred, all four of the Ford’s witness have disputed Ford’s story.

It will be interesting to see if her lawyers can help her craft a story to tell the Committee that will avoid problems under 18 U.S.C. 1001.

An Exception to the Rule

“Believe all women” appears to be the rule the Democrats want us to follow on claims of sexual abuse, but apparently an exception is allowed if the alleged abuser is a Democrat candidate for office. Congresscritter Keith Ellison (D-MN) is the beneficiary of this exception because he is running for Attorney General in Minnesota.

BPR reports that Ellison has attacked the credibility of his accusers, Karen Monahan and Amy Alexander.

During a post-primary debate Friday evening on Twin Cities PBS’ “Almanac” program, one of the moderators noted that 40 percent of Minnesota voters consider these allegations against the congressman to be a factor in whether or not they intend to vote for him come November.

In response, he tried discrediting both Monahan and Alexander, making it sound as if they were just spurned lovers. The reactions from both the debate moderators and his challenger, Republican candidate Doug Wardlow, suggest they didn’t believe him.

There’s video of Ellison’s comments at the link.

Senators Feinstein and Hirono were unavailable for comment.

Our Betters

Kevin D. Williamson has a post over at NRO that starts out with

Progressives conceive of themselves as a caste apart, a special and specialized group of enlightened men and women whose job it is to organize other people’s lives for them, a necessity because those people are too dumb to do it for themselves.

Read the whole thing.

A good deal of the panic among the Progressives seems to stem from a fear that the 2016 election could be a sign that a significant portion of the rest of us are wising up.