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Look out, me first

Jul 13th, 2018 2:48 pm | By

Piggy goes visiting.

Never even mind that she’s a monarch. She’s his host, she’s his senior, she’s a great deal smaller than he is.

Piggy should stay at home until he can learn to behave.



Cancel the meeting

Jul 13th, 2018 11:38 am | By

Much of the US government is saying on Twitter that Trump should cancel the meeting with Putin.

Journalists and legal experts agree.



No Perry Mason

Jul 13th, 2018 10:14 am | By

New charges.

Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The announcement came just a few days before President Trump is expected to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.

The 11-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy by the Russian intelligence officials against the United States, money laundering and attempts to break into state boards of elections and other government agencies.

The indictment is part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trumpniks on Twitter are jumping up and down shouting that none of this has been connected to Trump.

The thing about that is, even if no connection to Trump is ever found, that won’t change the fact that he’s Russia’s chosen candidate, and that’s not for altruistic reasons. Given the closeness of the election it seems likely that without the Russian fixes he would have lost. That’s still important even if his nasty little fingers were not in it.

American intelligence officials and lawmakers are concerned that the Russians are also trying to meddle in the upcoming midterm congressional elections in November. Mr. Trump said on Friday that he planned to tell Mr. Putin when he meets with him to stay out of those elections.

“I know you’ll ask will we be talking about meddling?” Mr. Trump told reporters. “And I will absolutely bring that up. I don’t think you’ll have any, ‘Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me.’ There won’t be a Perry Mason here, I don’t think, but you never know what happens, right? But I will absolutely firmly ask the question. And hopefully we’ll have a very good relationship with Russia.”

Oh, whew, that’s a relief.



A very sensitive man

Jul 13th, 2018 9:40 am | By

A slice or two from the Sun interview.

Trump has total power. Nobody on his White House staff tells him what to say, or questions him when he says it.

When Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced our scheduled ten-minute slot was almost up, the President swiftly interjected: “No, give them a little bit more.”

We stayed for 28 minutes, with no more prompts to go.

Secondly, he is a very sensitive man, constantly saying how much various people like him. It clearly pains him today that he is not being welcomed to Britain as a hero and our most important ally.

Well, “sensitive” is putting it nicely. It could imply sensitivity toward other people too, and we know that’s not right. Outrage at slights to the self coupled with brutality to all others doesn’t really add up to “sensitive” – it’s more narcissism.

Trump has admitted he “feels unwelcome” in London as a major ­security operation was launched for his arrival in the UK yesterday.

But the tycoon insists real British people “love the President of the United States”.

Mr Trump told The Sun he will be largely staying away from the capital to avoid huge street protests of up to 200,000 today.

But he blamed them on politicians — singling out his nemesis, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Revealing he has been told of the 20ft “Trump Baby” blimp that will be flown above Parliament Square today, he said: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.

“I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”

Says the whiny baby who publicly insults other people constantly.

Mr Trump added: “You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party — 92 per cent. Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe.”

He can’t mention Lincoln without calling him “Honest Abe.” I suppose that’s the only thing he knows about Lincoln.

He thinks quite highly of Brenda.

Mr Trump said: “She is a tremendous woman. I really look forward to meeting her. I think she represents her country so well.

“If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman.”

If only we could say “you don’t see, like, anything embarrassing” about him.



Gathering

Jul 13th, 2018 8:55 am | By

Go go go.

The camera pans south to catch the crowd filling every bit of space as far as the eye can see.



Little method

Jul 13th, 2018 8:27 am | By

Not surprisingly, many European leaders have decided Trump is not so much a calculating enemy as an out of control lunatic moron.

Trump’s wildly unpredictable performance over two days in Brussels left many European leaders convinced that there is little method to the American president’s rhetorical madness, and simply no way to anticipate what he might do next.

“Nobody knows when Trump is doing international diplomacy and when he is doing election campaigning in Montana,” Danish defense minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said. “It is difficult to decode what policy the American president is promoting. There is a complete unpredictability in this, and one of the things you need in this alliance is predictability towards Russia.”

Well that’s what you get when a real estate promoter slash reality tv personality with zero education or experience in any field relevant to government gets himself elected president of the US, all the more so when the huckster refuses to learn anything at all even after getting elected.

When a Croatian journalist confronted Trump about his inconsistencies, the president flatly denied there were any, and he repeated a defense of his own sanity that he had made when previously questioned about his fitness for the presidency.

“We understand your message, but some people ask themselves, will you be tweeting differently once you board the Air Force One?” the reporter said.

Trump, speaking at his news conference before leaving the summit, replied: “No, that’s other people that do that. I don’t. I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius.”

But of course he does do that, he just did it at the G 7 meeting a couple of weeks ago.

But leaders who spent the first 18 months of Trump’s presidency thinking there might be a method to his chaos creation — and struggling to discern what it might be — now seem to have concluded that it’s just chaos, and that Trump himself may not understand what he’s doing.

While Washington has long ago grown numb to Trump’s unrelenting mayhem, the president’s two days of undulations in Brussels, rolling between enraged criticism and boastful, happy proclamations, left many leaders feeling queasy.

His bouncing makes them seasick.

Us too.

A senior NATO official said leaders had concluded that they simply could not rely on anything Trump said.

“You know the way he speaks, you cannot take him literally,” the official said.

A short summary of that is ” he is a liar.”



The insults continued for page after lurid page

Jul 13th, 2018 8:07 am | By

It’s going very well, very well.

Donald Trump, straight-talking disruptor-in-chief, grants an interview to the Sun, a newspaper in so many ways the US president’s natural forum. The interviewer’s 10-minute slot stretches to 28; the interviewee is clearly enjoying himself, and the resulting headlines – “May has wrecked Brexit”, “US trade deal is off” – appear slap-bang in the middle of the prime minister’s grand opening effort to convince him of the contrary.

The insults continued for page after lurid page, including dismissive comments about the prime minister’s new plan for Brexit (“I think the deal is not what the people voted on”); about Theresa May’s conduct of the negotiations (“I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me … she wanted to go a different route”); and – dear, oh dear – about the “very talented guy”, Boris Johnson, who “would be “a great prime minister”, whom he was “surprised and saddened” to see leaving government.

Hey, he was just being honest. Fake news!

The conundrum facing No 10 now is whether and how to respond. The sunnily cautious comments of the foreign office minister, Alan Duncan, on the BBC this morning, suggested that the official decision was to grin and bear it, rather than engage in anything more dramatic.

Probably for reasons to do with known outcomes from descent into wet soil to combat Sus domesticus.



A Yank abroad

Jul 13th, 2018 7:54 am | By

Yes that’s a good look.



Poor Brenda

Jul 12th, 2018 4:48 pm | By

Trump thinks he’s popular in the UK.

Even as the president’s aides choreographed a visit designed to have Mr. Trump spend as little time as possible in London and to keep him out of sight of any protests, he seemed unfazed.

“I think it’s fine,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference in Brussels before setting off for a two-day working visit to England followed by a weekend in Scotland.

“They like me a lot in the U.K.,” he added. “They agree with me on immigration. I’m going to a pretty hot spot right now, a lot of resignations.”

Says the guy who’s had more resignations from his administration than any president ever, by a wide margin. Everybody likes him a lot, it’s just that they can’t wait to get away from him.

Mr. Trump has expressed a fondness for British pomp and circumstance, and an admiration for Queen Elizabeth II. He is scheduled to have tea with the queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

I hope the Corgis bite him.

At Windsor Castle, west of London, where Mr. Trump and his wife are to meet Queen Elizabeth II, protests are expected. The president and the first lady will then travel to the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, where they will spend the weekend. But it will hardly be peaceful.

“Donald Trump is not welcome here,” the Scottish Labour and Scottish Green parties said in a statement. “The horrific scenes at the Mexican border are a repudiation of decent human values. Caging children like animals is barbaric. We cannot roll out the red carpet for a U.S. president that treats human beings this way.”

The “Trump Baby” balloon may follow the president to Scotland. Thousands of people have also signed a petition asking permission to fly the balloon over the Turnberry golf course, where the president is expected to play on Saturday.

Please say yes. Please please please.



Wut thatt

Jul 12th, 2018 4:09 pm | By

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Portland Place tomorrow

Jul 12th, 2018 12:31 pm | By

Southall Black Sisters is out there protesting Donald.

Here is our banner that we have created especially for Women’s March London #BringTheNoise march, we are meeting at Portland Place from 11 onwards tomorrow, march moves off at 12.30. Join us! We stand in solidarity with all those who will be protesting against Trump’s visit to the UK. In the interlinked and globalised world we live in, Trump as the so-called leader of the so-called free world, isriding a tsunami of racism and misogyny which normalises the resurgence of right wing extremism which we are witnessing across Europe and indeed the world. The intolerable separation of migrant families from their children is not simply going on in the US but also in the UK and other parts of Europe. We want to draw attention to those links and the insidious ways in which US policies resonate internationally. As BME women, we stand up and say: No, not in our name, not on our watch.
Banner created by Shakila Taranum Maan

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Stable geniosity

Jul 12th, 2018 11:54 am | By

Trump continued his spoiled brat routine all the way to the end.

Even as he declared that the American commitment to the trans-Atlantic alliance “remains very strong” ahead of his summit meeting next week with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, he continued to assail close partners and further strain diplomatic relations.

In the closing hours of the two-day gathering in Brussels with leaders of the other NATO nations, he forced a last minute emergency meeting to address his grievances over spending. Then he called a news conference to claim credit for having pressured NATO members to boost their defense budgets “like they never have before.”

That claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of both Italy and France, who disputed that they had made any new pledges for boosting spending, adding to the sense of disarray.

The White House hastily called the news conference amid reports that Mr. Trump had unleashed a tirade at a closed-door morning meeting against member countries he complained were still not spending enough on their militaries. Mr. Trump used the news conference to hail himself, again, as a “stable genius,” saying he deserved “total credit” for pushing the allies to increase their military spending by more than previously agreed to.

It’s funny that he picks those two qualities to insist on, when he so conspicuously lacks both of them. He’s the stupidest and most chaotic US president any of us have ever seen.

Asked whether Mr. Trump had threatened to leave NATO, Mr. Macron said, “Generally, I do not comment on what goes on behind the scenes, but at no moment did President Trump — neither bilaterally nor multilaterally — say that he was intending to leave NATO.”

Mr. Trump himself said, “It all came together at the end, and yes, it was a little tough for a little while.” He added, “But ultimately, you can ask anybody at that meeting, they’re really liking what happened over the last two days.”

Well, maybe, but if so we haven’t heard about it yet.

Mr. Trump said that, after a weekend in Scotland at Turnberry — a golf course and Trump business that he plugged in the news conference as “magical” — he would go “to a pretty hot spot” to meet with Mr. Putin.

Not supposed to do that. Nope. Not supposed to use official news conferences in his role as president to advertise his golf courses. Nope nope nope.

Currently he’s in the helicopter between Regent’s Park and Blenheim. I hope he’s airsick.



How nice

Jul 12th, 2018 11:03 am | By

Oh good god.

A nice note from that nice Mister Kim. Isn’t that nice. Isn’t that nice? It’s so nice. It’s so nice it’s very nice. It’s nice when notes are nice. I like nice things. Nice things are nice. Great progress being made!



After facing a backlash

Jul 12th, 2018 10:24 am | By

The pitfalls of being woke:

Dundee’s children and families convener has apologised after being blasted over a series of expletive-laden outbursts on social media.

Not just expletives though. “Expletive” is a bit of a euphemism, as so many words that name this behavior are. There is swearing, and then there is…that thing there is no one word for, that is about expressing hatred of people for being female or not white or lesbian or gay or foreign and so on. Saying fuck is one thing, and calling people cunts or niggers is another. The Dundee guy did both.

Councillor Gregor Murray launched into a stream of explicit tirades on Saturday following reports of an anti-trans protest at a London Pride event.

The protest wasn’t “anti-trans.” It was anti some of the claims of some forms of the ideology of some trans activists. There’s a big difference.

The councillor, who identifies as gender non-binary, described a group of women blocking the front of the march as “utter cunts” and asked a fellow Twitter user, “where’s your fucking solidarity you transphobic b*****?”. (“bugger”? I’m not sure.)

Cllr Murray added: “Get to fuck with your medieval views, you horrible bigot. Stonewall started with trans people. Don’t you fucking dare sully it with your anti-trans bullshit.” [Asterisks replaced by letters where possible]

The children’s convener has now admitted the use of such crass language “reflects badly upon my city and my party” after facing a backlash over the outbursts.

But “crass” isn’t the real problem. Sure maybe it’s not a great look for a councillor to be throwing the fucks around on Twitter, but it’s a horrendous look for a councillor to be calling women “utter cunts.”

Gregor Murray, naturally, is ignoring that fact entirely.

Cllr Murray said: “Over the weekend, a small minority of Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists attempted to disrupt Pride in London. They misrepresented the history of our LGBTI Community, and attacked many of my friends and colleagues.

They didn’t attack anyone.

“In my anger, I used a lot of crass language which was not appropriate. I took their messages personally, and reacted in a manner which reflects badly upon my city and my party.”

Again: “crass” is not the issue. He’s letting himself off way too easily there.

Councillor Murray’s actions have repeatedly caused chaos for fellow councillors and politicians.

Cllr Murray, the authority’s equality spokesperson, was also called out last year by then Scottish Labour Kezia Dugdale for “blatant sexism” after he branded a women’s group campaigning for equal representation as “absolute roasters”.

The Urban Dictionary is helpful on “roasters”:

Scottish slang. Can be used to describe someone who is making a complete cunt of themselves.

Ok then. Councillor Murray is a Scot so there you go.

Lovely wee man.



Problem child

Jul 12th, 2018 6:48 am | By

So it all went very well, apparently.

NATO diplomats are dumbfounded by President Donald Trump’s barrage of acidic rhetoric at the annual summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

Trump came out brawling in his first public comments, accusing NATO ally Germany of being “a captive of Russia,” calling members of the alliance “delinquent” in their defense spending and insisting they increase it “immediately.”

“It’s like the world has gone crazy this morning,” one senior European diplomat told CNN. “Trump’s performance was beyond belief.”

Because he’s a genius and an original and a drainer of swamps.



The shirt off her back, and their lives

Jul 11th, 2018 5:22 pm | By

Wendi Winters fought back.

Janel Cooley, a survivor of the shooting that killed Winters and four others, spoke about her experience for the first time in an interview with The Capital. She said she watched from under her desk as the 20-year newspaper veteran rose to meet her attacker.

Winters charged forward holding a trash can and recycling bin, said Cooley, a sales consultant. Winters shouted something like, “No! You stop that!” or “You get out of here!” like she was warding off an unwanted dog.

“She may have distracted him enough that he forgot about me because I definitely stood up and was looking at the door,” Cooley said. “I’m sure he wasn’t expecting … anyone to charge him.”

Winters’ colleagues agree she saved their lives. Of the 11 employees in the office during the attack, six survived.

Winters once gave fellow reporter Rachael Pacella the shirt off her back when Pacella spilled gasoline on her clothes before an important interview. She checked in on photojournalist Paul W. Gillespie incessantly after his brother died. Intern Anthony Messenger, who started at The Capital weeks before the attack, said Winters always tried to make him feel comfortable.

The survivors say her charge gave them time to hide or get out.



Some employees were offended by the column

Jul 11th, 2018 4:48 pm | By

The Daily Beast reports:

Business Insider removed a post about portrayals of trans individuals in Hollywood after staff complained internally about the column, saying the article did not meet the publication’s standards.

On Friday, conservative columnist Daniella Greenbaum published a piece titled: “Scarlett Johansson is being unfairly criticized for doing her job after being cast as a transgender man.”

Several Business Insider staff told The Daily Beast that some employees were offended by the column.

The publication took down the piece on Friday, and appended an editor’s note to the page on Tuesday saying that “Business Insider removed the column because, upon further review, we decided it did not meet our editorial standards.”

So it must have been pretty bad then. Let’s read the archived version:

Scarlett Johansson is the latest target of the social-justice warrior mob. The actress is being chastised for, well, acting.

She has been cast in a movie in which she will play someone different than herself. For this great crime — which seems to essentially define the career path she has chosen — she is being castigated for being insufficiently sensitive to the transgender community.

Johansson is set to play a transgender man in an upcoming film, “Rub and Tug,” a film based on the true story of transgender massage parlor owner Dante “Tex” Gill. The announcement quickly garnered a reaction.

Trace Lysette, a transgender actress who plays Shea on “Transparent” took to Twitter: “And not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived… so twisted. I’m so done.”

Well, the crack about “the social-justice warrior mob” hints that the point of view is conservative, because “social justice warrior mob” isn’t really a popular label on the left, even among people who try to keep the left honest, i.e. criticize it from within. But I don’t see anything shocking enough to spell “withdraw the piece!!”

Her framing of the issue, which has been echoed by other actors and activists, is off base. “Stealing” narratives — or, more charitably, playing parts — is precisely what actors are hired to do. But that reality seems to have been forgotten. CNN wrote a story about the issue entitled, “These trans actors could have been cast instead of Scarlett Johansson in her new movie.”

It’s hard to imagine people having the same reaction in other scenarios — a rich actor being hired to play a poor person; an actor whose real-life parents were still living being hired to play an orphan; a perfectly nice, upstanding member of society being cast as a rapist; or an actor with no scientific experience being cast as a paleontologist.

Yet all of these examples (and dozens more) could also be strangely characterized as “stealing” narratives. I’m sure there’s a class on how to do just that at the Yale school of Drama.

Still not seeing any thought crime.

A New York Times story on the fallout described the online backlash as being “led by transgender actors, who argued that such casting decisions take opportunities away from members of marginalized communities.”

What they fail to acknowledge is that the job of an actor is to represent someone else. Johansson’s identity off the screen is irrelevant to the identities she plays on the screen. That’s what she’s paid for. And if she does her job, she’ll make everyone forget about the controversy in the first place.

And that’s all there is. I don’t see anything that justifies withdrawal of a published piece. It’s not an attack on trans people or even a questioning of the meaning of “gender identity”; it simply questions the idea that you have to be an X in order to play an X (and, implicitly, the idea that Xs should be hired to play Xs because they should get the jobs). That is not a good reason to withdraw a published piece.

People have gone nuts on this subject.



To be as rude and offensive as possible

Jul 11th, 2018 4:06 pm | By

The Daily Beast is harsher.

The explosion was almost instantaneous—over breakfast, no less—at the beginning of this year’s NATO summit in Brussels. With cameras switched on, and no question they were recording, Donald Trump told his Atlantic Alliance counterparts that Germany is “totally controlled by Russia.” Berlin buys from Moscow more and more of the natural gas it uses. So, in one of his trademark versions of common sense, which commonly ignores basic history and fundamental facts, he asked why the U.S. should spend a lot of money to defend Germany from Russia if Germany was dependent on Russia for energy. Trump incorrectly inflated Germany’s reliance on Russian energy to convey, yet again, a picture of NATO as a protection racket and the U.S. demanding its envelope of cash be heavier.

What was surprising here to many Europeans was not the issue of Germany’s energy supplies or defense budget, which ought to be discussed, but the way it was raised, quite consciously, to be as rude and offensive as possible to America’s richest and most powerful ally on the continent. This after Trump turned the meeting last month in Canada of the G7 most economically advanced democracies into an acrimonious debacle. (He not only insulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel there, he threw a Starburst candy at her.)

Being rude and offensive is his only talent…well, that and being cloyingly sweet and loving to authoritarian shits.

“The mood here is mix of concern, disappointment, anger and disgust,” said retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, who until October led the U.S. Army’s European contingent and who attended the NATO summit.

“I expected bad, and I kept telling people to expect bad, but it is still surreal to see,” one current NATO official told The Daily Beast. “Everyone is in disbelief, worried [NATO’s] credibility is shot, bracing for what comes out of the private sessions—this thing is just getting started and we still have to make it through the substantive sessions, which will be long and boring. We definitely know we’re going to have do clean-up; we just don’t know the extent of the damage or whether anyone will take us seriously. And there is still the UK trip and the Helsinki trip, which will color everything here.” (Trump is headed to England and Scotland before his July 16 summit with Vladimir Putin in Finland.)

We’re on a runaway train. Good luck to all of us.

As François Heisbourg, one of the continent’s most respected defense analysts, noted, Trump has been dissing NATO for decades, but now as president his views count. And Heisbourg’s numerous sources tell him that the G7 meeting last month was, behind the scenes, even worse than most headlines made it seem, with Trump talking about the E.U. essentially as a rival rather like China, only weaker. And in private as as well as public likening NATO to Nafta: a bad deal for America.

“Trump has a vision of the world in which everything is bilateral and the United States can monetize its power,” said Heisbourg. “Turning NATO into a protection racket, that is the best fate that he promises us.”

Well in all fairness, two is as high as he can count.



Kelly wanted eggs bacon and spam

Jul 11th, 2018 3:51 pm | By

Trump is at the NATO meeting embarrassing us all, as usual.

President Trump kicked off his trip to Europe with a biting critique of the United States’ longtime allies, declaring at a breakfast meeting that Germany “is captive to Russia.” Next to him, three of his senior officials seemed uncomfortable at times, pursing their lips and glancing away from the table.

I watched the video this morning, feeling ill as always – he looks like an intrusion, an eruption, a mistake. He looks like the one person in the room who does not belong there – a passing Tupperware marketer who wandered in by mistake.

In the clip shown above, Trump begins by citing German imports of Russian gas as evidence that “Germany is totally controlled by Russia.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remains stoic as Trump lays out his complaint, but U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly look uncomfortable. Hutchinson appears to avert her gaze from her NATO colleagues sitting across from her, while Kelly looks down, then shifts his body and glances away, lips pursed tightly.

Of course, it’s impossible to say exactly what was going through the minds of Trump’s aides.

In a statement to The Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.”

NATO must immediately increase its spending on full breakfasts for visiting Americans, all the way up to 4%.



Kavanaugh the carpool dad

Jul 11th, 2018 10:48 am | By

Why on earth would the Washington Post run a piece by a carpool buddy of Brett Kavanaugh’s letting us know what a super-nice guy he is?

When I saw the title I honest to god thought it was satire:

I don’t know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy.

It sure looks like satire, doesn’t it, but she’s serious.

Her qualification for writing the piece is that she lives in Chevy Chase.

Much has been written about Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, but the discussion has focused on his record as a federal judge and in his legal career. I’d like to talk about him as Coach K. Like the one at Duke University, this Coach K also is a mentor to student-athletes who love basketball. But his players are sixth-grade girls.

STOP.

Stop right there. Not another step.

Yes of fucking course the discussion has focused on his record as a federal judge and in his legal career, because he’s been nominated to be on the Supreme Court. Our only interest in him is because of his nomination to be on the Supreme Court. He’s not our future roommate or next door neighbor or babysitter or blind date. We don’t care about him personally; we shouldn’t care about him personally.

This is not a soap opera or a tv cooking competition. Kavanaugh’s personality and character and taste in literature are not relevant and not our business; his record as a federal judge and in his legal career very much is. It’s insultingly frivolous to pretend that his basketball coaching is worth reading about in the Washington Post.

Brett’s older daughter and mine have been classmates at Blessed Sacrament School, a small Catholic school in the District, for the past seven years. On evenings and weekends, you’re likely to find Brett at a local gym or athletic field, encouraging his players or watching games with his daughters and their friends. He coaches not one but two girls’ basketball teams. His positive attitude and calm demeanor make the game fun and allow each player to shine. The results have been good: This past season, he led the Blessed Sacrament School’s sixth-grade girls team to an undefeated season and a citywide championship in the local Catholic youth league.

I don’t care. Nobody should care.

Except for the Catholic part. That is relevant, and it continues the trend of filling the court with Catholics. There are liberal Catholics who don’t do what the Vatican tells them to do, of course, but it’s still worth paying attention to – but as a matter of world view and judicial philosophy, not as a matter of basketball coaching. Yes even for girls.

I’ll leave it to others to gauge Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications for the Supreme Court as a jurist. But as someone who would bring to his work the traits of personal kindness, leadership and willingness to help when called on, he would receive a unanimous verdict in his favor from those who know him.

I repeat – what is the Post doing publishing childish drivel like that?