Listening to Blasey-Ford versus Kavanaugh on the NPR Special Report from 9 am to 5:48 pm, I realized that it was redux of William Faulkner's salacious “potboilers” Sanctuary (1931),  Requiem For A Nun (1951), and a 21st century adaptation of The Dred Scot Decision (1857) in the Senate outcome: “White women have no rights that a White man need respect.” Combining the plots of Sanctuary and Requiem helps in illustrating how Blasey-Ford dissects memory.  And from this divine her devotion to civic duty, and from Dred Scott observer the price she paid.


Magill's Cyclopedia of Literary Characters annotates the cast of characters of Sanctuary (some of which you will recognize from the Senate Hearing and Speeches):


Popeye, a cruel, passionless killer who is symbolic of the ruthless, sterile, materialistic exploitation that destroyed the antebellum social order of the South.  Ironically he is executed for a murder he did not commit.


Temple Drake, a college girl of good family who is attacked by Popeye and then sent to live the life of a prostitute in a bawdy house in Memphis.  Her family removes her from the house of ill repute, but her life has been ruined.


Lee Goodwin, a moonshiner who tries to protect Temple from a group of bootleggers and who is accused of murdering Tommy, a gang member actually shot by Popeye.  He is convicted, but before he can be sentenced, he is burned to death by a mob that storms the jail to take him.


Gowan Stevens, a college student whose irresponsible conduct cause Temple to become Popeye's victim.


Ruby Lamar, Goodwin's common-law wife, who helps the officers locate Temple in Memphis.


Horace Benbow, a lawyer who defends Goodwin and who is symbolic of the early Southern historical tradition.


Tommy, a bootlegger whom Popeye kills, and whose death Goodwin is accused.


Miss Reba (Rivers), the madam of the Memphis bawdy house.


Red, a young customer of Temple who is killed by Popeye's gang because Temple hopes to escape from Popeye and run away with him.


Judge Drake, Temple's father, a wealthy, old-fashioned Southerner.


Senator Clarence Snopes, a corrupt, modern Southern politician.


Van, a moonshiner who fights with Goodwin over Temple.


The Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature gives a precis of Sanctuary:

Sanctuary is a novel by William Faulkner.  The acts of violence—Temple Drake's rape and Tommy's murder—central to the story set the lawyer Horace Benbow on a quest for justice that ends in his realization that the law is often more closely related to public opinion than to the unbiased aims of justice.  Believing the accused murderer, Lee Goodwin, to be innocent, Benbow unsuccessfully attempts to give shelter to Goodwin's common-law wife and their infant son, and to find out the truth from Temple Drake, a witness to the murder temple falsely testifies against Goodwin to protect Popeye, the rapist and real murderer, and Goodwin is killed by the townspeople.  She reappears 20 years later in Faulkner's Requiem For A Nun (1951).


Temple Drake (Reader's Encyclopedia) is a character in Sanctuary and Requiem For A Nun, is a seventeen-year old college student in Sanctuary, Temple is a provocative and irresponsible girl who is raped and confined in a brothel by Popeye.  She perjures herself at the murder trial of an innocent man, less out of malice toward the accused than out of indifference.  In Requiem for a Nun she persists in her former attitudes by refusing until the very end to see herself as anything but the victim, a respectable woman wronged by circumstance.



Kavanaugh (an elite who did not come-up through the Courts) considered his seat on the Supreme Court as his birthright (Genesis 27:12-38), this is why he was reduced to tears and lashed out at the Clintons and the Left to be the cause of his downfall, not his alcohol induced bad behavior.  Moreover, this outburst revealed his political unconscious: “Revenge of the Clintons”, and as Chief Justice J. Paul Stevens declares, “his temperament unfitness to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings

Christine Blasey Ford, left, and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AP and Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)

Christine Blasey Ford, left, and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AP and Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A special live broadcast with analysis following the testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.


David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. (@DavidGSavage)

Mike Allen, co-founder and editor of Axios. (@mikeallen)

Ginger Gibson, political correspondent for Reuters. (@GingerGibson)

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CNN: "A day that will resonate in history" — "It could be one of those Washington days that define a political era.

"When Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and his original accuser Christine Blasey Ford deliver dueling testimony on Thursday, they will conjure drama of an intensity unusual even in the Trump administration.

"Take it from the commander in chief himself, who said of a day steeped in political, legal and judicial consequences: 'I think it's going to be a very, very, important day in the history of our country,' President Donald Trump said in New York on Wednesday evening.

"In Room 226 in the Dirksen Senate Office building, Kavanaugh will effectively stand trial after three women came forward with accusations about his conduct as a teenager in the alcohol-fueled youth party culture of the early 1980s.

"'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out,' Kavanaugh will tell senators, while denying all the accusations against him, according to an advance excerpt of his remarks. Kavanaugh also denied new accusations released in Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts Wednesday night.

"But first, Ford will step forward to tell her story — exposing herself to the world, instantly becoming an icon of the social revolution unleashed by the #MeToo moment and putting her own reputation and her family's safety at risk."

NBC News: "What to know about the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford Senate..." — "Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, will testify for the first time publicly about her experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday — followed by testimony from Kavanaugh himself.

"The high-stakes hearing comes a day before the committee is expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, as scheduled by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Tuesday. Senate Republican leaders are aiming to hold a full Senate floor vote on the nomination by early next week, with the hopes that he would be confirmed and sworn in as a justice soon after the high court's new term opens on Monday."

This program aired on September 27, 2018.


Braley on Grassley: A 'farmer' with no law degree


03/25/2014 02:43 PM EDT

Updated 03/25/2014 06:51 PM EDT

Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate.

The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas.

“If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary” Committee, said Braley, a trial lawyer by training who is running to replace Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. “Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary.”

Braley is the sole Democratic candidate in a race that could, as he alludes to in the video, help determine which party controls the Senate after November. He faces whoever emerges from a crowded Republican primary field that includes state Sen. Joni Ernst, businessman Mark Jacobs and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker.

Ernst demanded Braley apologize to Grassley and “and every other farmer in Iowa.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Braley issued a statement of apology for his comments, noting that he respects the GOP’s Grassley and is descended from a family with a farming background.

“I apologize to Sen. Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” Braley said. “My parents both grew up on Iowa farms during the Great Depression. It deeply influenced who they are and who I am, and gave me a profound appreciation for what farmers do for the world.”

The Democrat also insisted that he’s the better candidate for Iowa’s farmers.

“There is a clear choice in this race between Mark Jacobs and my other opponents who support policies that are bad for Iowa farmers, and the work I’ve done hand in hand with Iowa farmers to grow Iowa’s farm economy and create good paying Iowa farm jobs,” Braley said in the statement.

Alan Fram et. al. Of the Associate Press write in McConnell: Dems aiming 'mud and muck'--Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday (10/2) accused Democrats of opening “the floodgates of mud and muck” against Brett Kavanaugh to derail Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination over accusations of sexual assault in the 1980s as “the politics of personal destruction.”

The GOP's no-compromise pledge

10/28/2010 08:09 AM EDT

If Republicans take the House as anticipated on election night, voters can expect to hear the customary talk about coming together with Democrats for the good of the country.

John Boehner is shown.

Boehner says his party's plan for the president's agenda is to 'kill it, stop it, slow it down."

President Barack Obama inevitably will extend a hand across the aisle as well.

But that’s Tuesday. Right now, the tone is a lot different — with Republicans pledging to embrace an agenda for the next two years that sounds a lot like their agenda for the past two: Block Obama at all costs.

And even Obama’s pre-election appeals to cooperation are wrapped in an I’m-still-the-president tone that suggests that Americans will be looking at two opposing camps glaring at each other across the barricades — gridlock all around.

Here’s John Boehner, the likely speaker if Republicans take the House, offering his plans for Obama’s agenda: “We're going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Obama frequently reminds voters he believes all the delay in Washington this year is the Republicans’ fault.

“So I hope that my friends on the other side of the aisle are going to change their minds going forward, because putting the American people back to work, boosting our small businesses, rebuilding the economic security of the middle class, these are big national challenges. And we’ve all got a stake in solving them. And it’s not going to be enough just to play politics. You can’t just focus on the next election. You’ve got to focus on the next generation,” Obama said a recent event in Rhode Island.

It is popular to compare 2010 with 1994. Pundits point to a rejection of an overreaching Democratic president, a swing of moderate and independent voters to Republican ranks and a grass-roots groundswell that brings dozens of new faces to Washington.

But the second part of the prediction foresees that Obama will moderate his goals, Republicans will cool their tone and Washington will be able to responsibly address major issues.

Republicans are sounding like they’re not interested in that part.

To be sure, some of this is political trash-talk, each side trying to stoke up its partisans in the closing hours of the election. Republicans have premised much of their whole campaign on one idea — stop Obama — and it’s put them on the cusp of taking the House and scoring big gains in the Senate, so there’s no reason to quit now.

According to Susan Collins Blasey-Ford is not a liar, just confused.  Collins confuses “That night” when Blasey-Ford states the party was in daytime.  Collins, “more likely than not” is her standard, yet, silent on Merritt Garland.  Faith in FBI ordered by Trump who has declare it as an enemy-of-the-state engaging in a Witch Hunt (against himself). 

Collins by cutting the ground from under Blasey-Ford (as Faulkner wrote about women in** Light In August); tarring her with the guilt of Eve in the Garden for leaking to the press, aids Trump's propaganda at his rallies reinventing-reformatting the Dred Scott Decision: “White women have no rights to her body that a White man need respect.”

Protesters Gather in Washington and Other Cities to Oppose Kavanaugh Vote

Protesters opposed to the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court flocked to Washington on Saturday, and protests were scheduled as well in other cities across the country.

Crowds started forming in front of the Supreme Court and at the US Capitol around 9 a.m. ET and grew through the morning.

Some protesters returned to the steps of the Capitol in the early afternoon, and an undetermined number were detained. More than 300 have been arrested in anti-Kavanaugh protests this week in the nation’s capital.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 6: A protestors are as demonstrators occupy the steps on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in protest of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, October 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Hundreds were arrested by Capitol Police during the demonstration. The Senate is set to hold a final vote Saturday evening to confirm the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Demonstrators arrested Saturday who were arrested earlier — and paid a fine and were released — will not be allowed to pay a fine and be released again, the Capitol Police told CNN. Instead, they will be taken to central booking, where they will remain until Tuesday, because Monday is a federal holiday. This also would apply to those who disturb the Senate floor from the gallery.

Anyone arrested Saturday for the first time can pay a fine and be on their way, police said.

The Senate vote was expected to be held midafternoon. Kavanaugh’s confirmation appeared to be a sure thing after Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support Kavanaugh.

Demonstrators held signs calling Kavanaugh a bad nominee because of sexual assault allegations against him and saying the selection process seemed to be biased against women. One woman displayed a sign saying “Predators Club” with pictures of Kavanaugh, Justice Clarence Thomas and President Donald Trump.

Protesters deny Trump claim: We weren’t paid

Protesters have confronted lawmakers on the street and in elevators throughout the week. It was not known if they would employ that tactic Saturday or try to get inside the Capitol.

A demonstration was scheduled for Saturday outside Collins’ office in Portland, Maine, to show opposition to her support of Kavanaugh.

A group gathered there Friday and fell silent when she announced her decision, CNN affiliate WGME reported.

Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2018. – The US Senate is expected to confirm conservative judge Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice on October 6, offering US President Donald Trump a big political win and tilting the nation’s high court decidedly to the right. (Photo by CHRIS KLEPONIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s just this feeling of being utterly ignored,” Jenny O’Connell of Portland told WGME on Friday. “Susan Collins just made a huge choice to ignore her constituents and survivors (of sexual assault).”

The senator was elected in 1996 and would be on the ballot in 2020 if she decides to seek re-election.

According to postings on Facebook, protests also were scheduled Saturday in at least 10 other cities, including New York, Cleveland, New Orleans and Tucson, Arizona.

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Barbershop: Local Radio Call-In Hosts React To Kavanaugh Confirmation Process


NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Kerri Miller, the host of MPR News at Minnesota Public Media; Charlie Sykes, host of the Daily Standard podcast; and Liz Ruskin, a reporter with Alaska Public Media.

Trump Orders EPA To Lift Regulations On Ethanol


President Trump is set to end ethanol regulations — to the praise of farmers and criticism of environmentalists. E15 is banned during summer months because of smog concerns.


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Comment by mary gravitt on October 10, 2018 at 3:47pm

Bret Kavanaugh seat on the Supreme Court was saved by the fact that White Women have no rights to their bodies that White men need respect.  I hope this brings home to all women why its important to vote for yourselves and your human rights.  I hope as James Cleveland sings that "this too will pass on November 6, when we through the bastards out.

I souldn't be so selfish and wish that the Tea-Party GOP voters get everything they deserve and wish for because they are living in interesting times.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 11, 2018 at 5:33am

"Bret Kavanaugh seat on the Supreme Court was saved by the fact that White Women have no rights to their bodies that White men need respect."

Your assertion should not be limited to "White Women".

Comment by mary gravitt on October 12, 2018 at 2:07pm

Why I comment on White women is that some White Republican women think that they are out of the conversation.  I cannot understand why any woman would want to be a Republican because they all have glass ceilings.  Carlie Furaino, is a good example of a talented White woman who could not be taken seriously.


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