Cartoons provoke sexual assault debate

Cartoon by Bruce McKinnon

The Star: Halifax cartoonist’s response to Kavanaugh hearing goes viral

MacKinnon said he was compelled to draw the cartoon, which was published in the weekend edition of The Chronicle Herald, to illustrate what he believes to be a crucial example of how allegations of sexual abuse are treated in North America.

“In a year that was so dominated by the #MeToo movement and the changes that I think we all hope will come from that, this seems to be an almost watershed moment and a very pivotal one for America”.

“I think it’s important that people face up to it. It is disturbing. But it’s exactly the scenario (Ford) described.

“So if we don’t talk about it, if we turn away from it and pretend it isn’t there, we’re not going to solve the problem.”

“I was surprised by the response and really encouraged by the fact that there was so much discourse that came from it, so much open debate,” he said.

“There was a lot of nasty stuff out there too, no question. It does underscore the deep divide and the real polarization of opinion here and in the U.S., but that’s what an editorial cartoon is for: to provoke debate, and hopefully, in the larger picture, some things get worked out.”

A similar cartoon:

But this issue has other important considerations that can’t be ignored either.

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  1. David

     /  October 2, 2018

    The Republican chair of the committee offered to have the committee fly to California, agreed to give her a weeks delay to drive across the country (she lied and flew), they offered to have the hearings in private, they agreed to most of the conditions she put down including the restricted number of people allowed in and the number of camera,s. They really couldnt have been more accomodating and helpful in facilitating her. They then used a sympathetic sex crime prosecutor note not a defense lawyer to gently ask her benign questions in an empathetic tone.
    What else could they have done.

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    • They could have got the FBI to do a proper investigation.

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      • PDB

         /  October 2, 2018

        Haven’t all the people that could have possibly been interviewed been spoken to already? If so what else could be investigated considering the nature of the accusation and how long ago it supposedly occurred?

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      • David

         /  October 2, 2018

        If Feinstein had confidentially advised the committee 6 weeks ago when she met Ford they could have done one. At present we have all of her witnesses testifying under oath to the committee that they have no idea what she is talking about so there is literally nothing for the FBI to investigate except perhaps Ford herself. The FBI background check will probably give a fig leaf of cover for some Senators to vote for him, who knows it may work in Kavanaughs favour.
        There is a Bar investigation into her lawyers as they never informed her of an offer which breaches their standards. The DOJ is prosecuting a guy who made a false allegation against Kavanaugh about assaulting someone on a boat.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  October 2, 2018

        Marcy Wheeler eviscerates the report produced by the Gooper’s hired gun who was fired by the GoP part-way through her questioning of kavanaugh for exposing inconsistencies in his testimony .

        Rachel Mitchell, has released a report that is generating the desired upon headlines from credulous journalists. It should take reporters no more work than to compare what Mitchell claims in her memo with what actually happened last Thursday to declare it a sham report. But since journalists are reporting it as an honest submission, I guess I’ll have to debunk it.

        https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/10/01/rachel-mitchell-is-not-very-good-at-propaganda/

        And Wheeler’s not the only expert to gut the hired gun’s report. Here’s a link to a colleague of hers, Matthew Long, a former sex-crimes prosecutor who was trained by Mitchell in the Maricopa County attorney’s office. Long writes that the hired gun’s memo was “disingenuous” and inconsistent with Mitchell’s own practices as a prosecutor

        https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/10/rachel-mitchells-former-colleague-slams-her-kavanaugh-memo-as-absolutely-disingenuous/

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 2, 2018

          Joe’s daily report from the echo chamber.

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          • David

             /  October 2, 2018

            And he is consistently fact free.

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  October 2, 2018

            Diss me all you like the pair of you, but neither of you have rebutted the facts laid out in both links I posted.

            You’re both full of yourselves – so go ahead. Rebut the facts…

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 2, 2018

              I wouldn’t waste my time, Joe, but just for your entertainment here is one picked on a ten second scan of your Mother Jones link:

              Mitchell stated in her memo that potential witnesses named by Ford have “either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them” in signed statements submitted to the committee. “That’s absolute bullshit,” said Long, again arguing Mitchell is applying a different standard to Ford’s case than she would to an investigation her own office was pursuing. “It’s bullshit because all we have are these signed statements, which are unreliable.

              Your Lefty clown asserts a statement is bullshit and then confirms it was accurate.

  2. PDB

     /  October 2, 2018

    The last cartoon points out the real issue of the other two cartoons – regardless of personal opinion Kavanaugh has not been found guilty of anything, and from what I’ve seen no evidence apart from the shaky recollections of the accuser. To then say 100% he is getting away with rape is just wrong as is the suggestion that he thinks rape is a laughing matter.

    #metoo and the like fall over when they take away all the rights of the man to the point that a woman accuser must be believed regardless of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

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  3. Patzcuaro

     /  October 2, 2018

    This has been the most retweeted cartoons I’ve come across which would indicate that it has hit a nerve.

    Most sexual assaults will have no witnesses so without physical evidence it comes down to she said/he said. Also a lot, if not the majority of sexual assault go unreported. It is concerning that more than one person is claiming to have been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, there could well be more but they don’t want to revisit the past. This is not the violent sexual assault by a stranger but the pushing past no by someone in your social group where you are meant to be safe.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  October 2, 2018

      Accuser 3 has no credibility whatsoever, and accuser 2 couldn’t be sure if it was Kavanaugh or not. What is disturbing is that sudden and recent claims of uncorroborated decades old offences are being given any credence whatsoever.
      Arguing over what a 17 year old may or may not have done with a 15 year old at a party when the protagonists are now in their 50’s is stunningly stupid.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 2, 2018

    Most sexual assaults will come complete with a time and place and context – all of which can be verified even if there are no witnesses to the assault. This piece of nonsense has none but comes complete with alleged witnesses all of whom deny it happened.

    But don’t let mere facts interrupt your political character assassination.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 2, 2018

      WordPress misplaces the reply again – to Patz.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  October 2, 2018

      Typical lemming-for-trump lies.

      None of the witnesses deny the allegations took place. They all state that they don’t remember or have no knowledge. They don’t corroberate Ford but they don’t exonerate kavanaugh either.

      Mark Judge:
      “I have no memory of this alleged incident,” ”do not recall the party” and “never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”

      Patrick J. Smyth:
      “I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.'”

      The lawyer for Keyser:
      “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, without, Dr. Ford.”

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 2, 2018

        Clutching at straws yet again, Joe. Stellar witnesses for the prosecution, aren’t they? Like those who say Ford was a cheerleader party girl frequently wasted.

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      • David

         /  October 2, 2018

        Geez Joe that is a reach, even for you.

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      • PDB

         /  October 2, 2018

        Hence the problem for Kavanaugh in proving a negative – i.e. proving something never happened. In that case anybody that says they have no evidence of anything untoward is firmly for the accused, not the accuser. It is up to the accuser to provide evidence, even such basic stuff as when/where it apparently happened.

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      • God

         /  October 2, 2018

        “None of the witnesses deny the allegations took place.”

        Love your work Joe. This is a masterful bit of manipulation, Trump would be proud.

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  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  October 2, 2018

    The texts between Berchem and Karen Yarasavage, both friends of Kavanaugh, suggest that the nominee was personally talking with former classmates about Ramirez’s story in advance of the New Yorker article that made her allegation public. In one message, Yarasavage said Kavanaugh asked her to go on the record in his defense. Two other messages show communication between Kavanaugh’s team and former classmates in advance of the story.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/mutual-friend-ramirez-kavanaugh-anxious-come-forward-evidence-n915566

    It seems a very odd move for a Supreme Court nominee to be personally involved in speaking to witnesses in a pre-emptive attempt to discredit impending testimony against him

    Kavanaugh testified under oath that the first time he heard of Ramirez’ allegation was from the Sept. 23rd New Yorker article.

    The NBCNews messages show he knew about Ramirez before the New Yorker article was published.

    The guy’s a liar

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    • David

       /  October 2, 2018

      If you read the whole article someone got a text message say Kavanaugh could have been in touch with someone who knows Ramirez and they dont know but it could be about her claims..its utter tripe.

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    • MaureenW

       /  October 2, 2018

      Yes, I heard he didn’t eat all of his vegetables one time in 1974

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  6. David

     /  October 2, 2018

    Avanetti,s client has been interviewed by MSNBC and aside from being a fact free interview she has named 4 witnesses to back up her claims, one is dead, two cant be found and the fourth denies her claims.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 2, 2018

      Oh, well, that proves it; no need to waste time on a trial, just execute Mr K.

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  7. High Flying Duck

     /  October 2, 2018

    Reposting this from World view because it is relevant:

    Matt Damon was on SNL mocking Kavanaugh for being angry at being called a rapist. Obviously Kavanaugh should have been just fine with it:

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  8. High Flying Duck

     /  October 2, 2018

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  9. Joe Bloggs

     /  October 2, 2018

    This is a really poor look for choir boy kavanaugh

    They had just come from seeing the English reggae band UB40 at a nearby venue in New Haven, Connecticut, when they saw a man who resembled the lead singer. The man told the trio he wasn’t the singer and brusquely told them to stop looking at him. Kavanaugh couldn’t let the comment pass, according to one of the two friends with Kavanaugh that night.

    Kavanaugh first cursed at the man. After the man responded in kind, Kavanaugh threw a beer in his face, said Charles Ludington, a former Yale basketball player who’s now a history professor at North Carolina State University. The act precipitated a brawl that drew in their other friend — Yale basketball star and future NBA player Chris Dudley — and eventually prompted a call to police.

    Kavanaugh was frequently “belligerent and aggressive” after drinking and had lied to senators about his experience with alcohol, Ludington said in a statement released to the news media Sunday. The barroom fisticuffs were the most searing example of Kavanaugh’s behavior he remembers, Ludington said in an interview with Bloomberg News, where he expanded on his statement for the first time.

    “It was sort of a general feature of hanging out with Brett in college,” he said in an interview. “When you’re having beers on a Friday or Saturday night, that was kind of Brett’s shtick. He was aggressive. He was belligerent.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-01/kavanaugh-college-visit-to-bar-erupted-in-fight-classmate-says-jmqwga1s?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_medium=social&utm_content=business&utm_source=twitter

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  October 2, 2018

      Either that or it is heresay about something that happened over 30 years ago and is completely irrelevant.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 2, 2018

        Even if it’s true, it’s irrelevant.

        It’s like saying that someone who shoplifted as a teenager must be an arsonist now; it’s about as logical.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  October 2, 2018

        Comes complete with a police report.

        And kitty, I respectfully disagree with your comparison. Much of the criticism of kavanaugh has at its heart issues with alcohol. And this guys behaviour in the recent hearing – aggressive, belligerent, emotional – suggests nothing’s changed in that respect.

        Says nothing about the lies of course, but then alcoholics become very practised liars.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  October 2, 2018

          The police report doesn’t say Kavanaugh did anything wrong – he was simply interviewed.

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  10. Joe Bloggs

     /  October 2, 2018

    So here’s a thought experiment for the hammerheads:

    You’re an employer, a big employer, the biggest
    You are offering a lifetime appointment onto a senior team
    The pool of candidates is large
    And the appointee doesn’t need official qualifications – not even age, citizenship, or residency

    So why kavanaugh?
    Given the talented alternatives, why kavanaugh?
    Given the taint of alcohol and accusations of violence, particularly sexual violence, why kavanaugh?
    Is kavanaugh really the very best candidate this White House can produce for this lifetime appointment? Really?

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  October 2, 2018

      He graduated from Yale College cum laude, with a degree in American history,

      “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified individuals ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court. He has demonstrated integrity, influence, and experience in his twelve years as a judge on the second most powerful court in the land. On top of this, he authored over 300 opinions while on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kavanaugh is a graduate of the prestigious Yale Law School, served as an associate counsel to the White House, and as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy.” – Lester Munson is a visiting fellow at George Mason’s Scalia Law School

      “Yale Law School’s professor Akhil Reed Amar, a leading expert on Constitutional Law and Originalism, whose notable students include Kavanaugh, Chris Coons, and Cory Booker, called the nomination of Kavanaugh Trump’s “finest hour, his classiest move”. Amar also remarked that Kavanaugh “commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, and jurists”.

      Self-described “liberal feminist lawyer” Lisa Blatt also said that “Democrats should support Kavanaugh.”

      Benjamin Wittes, an official at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover Institution and a vocal critic of Donald Trump, expressed support for Kavanaugh but said that he would be confirmed “for all the wrong reasons” in an article attacking partisanship surrounding Supreme Court nominations.

      The American Bar Association (ABA) gave Kavanaugh a unanimous “well qualified” rating for his nomination.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  October 3, 2018

        these seem like good points but not really – the ABA withdrew its support and Yale has told kavanaugh he’s no longerf welcome as a teacher

        ps benjamin is an old old friend of kavanaugh’s – and that’s why lawfare has not said a word about the accusations leveled at him

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  October 2, 2018

      “On paper, Brett Michael Kavanaugh may be the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in generations.

      Like Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas, he has served on the second-most powerful court in the nation. Like Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch, he brings more than a decade’s experience as a federal appeals court judge. And like Justice Elena Kagan, he has worked at the side of a two-term president.

      But Kavanaugh’s 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, combined with his Yale pedigree, Supreme Court clerkship under retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and top posts under President George W. Bush, give him a résumé the court’s current justices can’t match.”

      “I have interviewed many candidates for the federal bench, including Roberts and Alito,” said Bush’s former attorney general, Alberto Gonzales. “There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court. He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy.”

      More than anyone else in conservative legal circles today, Kavanaugh, 53, has been viewed as a Supreme Court justice-in-waiting. While waiting, he has written some 300 opinions and sent 41 of his law clerks to similar posts at the high court — far more than any of his competitors for the nomination.”

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  11. David

     /  October 2, 2018

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ex-boyfriend-says-kavanaugh-accuser-julie-swetnick-threatened-to-kill-his-unborn-child-was-exaggerating-everything

    Interesting bio of Avanatti,s client and Kavanaugh accuser. I dont think it will end well for this lady who has literally claimed she attended 9 gang rape parties before at the tenth one it happened to her, its like we have entered a parallel universe.

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  12. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 2, 2018

    This summarises where all this is going:
    https://townhall.com/columnists/kevinmccullough/2018/09/30/10-reasons-the-fbi-will-clear-kavanaugh-n2524076

    Interesting that Trump’s approval rating has been rising through all this. Hysterical women piss off both sexes and so do the politicians who shamelessly deploy them.

    Come in Joe.

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  October 2, 2018

      Trumps approval rating has bounced back from a fall, ie it is back where it was. Slightly misleading to say risen , this implies a higher rating.

      So we have a hysterical woman, Ford came across as rational, she answered questions put to her. Kavanaugh on the other hand came across as hysterical, ranting and avoiding answering questions.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 2, 2018

        I said it has been rising through all this and it has. It’s touching the highest point it briefly reached earlier and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here with the Canada trade deal signed and elections.

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