Kavanaugh and the Fifth

Written by: Colin Offenbacker

Amendment V of the United States Constitution says:

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Christine Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, has leveled accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The accusations relate to a supposed incident dating back over 30 years ago, while the two were high school students in suburban Maryland. Since this is a simple blog post I will not go into all the details of this situation here, we will however be speaking about it at great length on this upcoming show, so keep an eye out for episode 32 when it drops early next week. Today I’ll be focusing on an amendment to the US Constitution, an amendment which I feel has been getting overshadowed by the righteously emotional context of the #metoo movement. We’re talking about the 5th amendment, particularly the aspect which addresses what is commonly referred to as “due process”.

As this last week has unfolded I’ve seen articles from Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Salon, The Guardian, the list goes on and on, attacking Judge Kavanaugh’s character. This is a side-effect or perhaps a byproduct of the raging culture war our country finds itself engulfed in. Given an opening by a single unsubstantiated accusation, opponents of Kavanaugh’s nomination and possible confirmation to the Supreme Court have attacked him with unrelenting force and yet again were witnessing a trial in the unruly court of public opinion. Guilty until proven innocent.

Whether or not Kavanaugh should or should not have his nomination confirmed by the Senate Judicial Committee has become yet another battlefield in the aforementioned culture war. I would also argue that the entirety of this hearing in particular was so mired in the bog of political partisanship, the true responsibilities of the committee couldn’t and wouldn’t have be met with or without these accusations. Regardless of this we still see the articles and hear the political pundits call for Senators to vote his nomination down or at the very least delay their vote until an FBI investigation can be conducted.

This call for an FBI investigation is what troubles me. Yes it is true that the President can call on the FBI to run an investigation into these allegations but it’s not generally the FBI’s job to do such things unless specifically directed by the President, and in this particular case there doesn’t seem to be any real evidence for them to even begin an investigation. There has been no evidence brought forward, no addresses, no real time-line and no way to prove Kavanaugh’s guilt, just the name of a supposed accomplice and a story from one of the parties involved. Just because Judge Kavanaugh is in the special circumstance that he is, he does not forfeit his right to due process under the law. It is hard to come to terms with especially when in the #metoo era, but every single citizen of the United States of America has the unalienable right to due process under the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution regardless of how guilty or innocent “we know” they are. If the situation in the Washington Post article where Ford details her recollection of events is entirely true, I am in no way saying that it is not, Kavanaugh still has the right to due process under the law and should not have his rights infringed upon. Unfortunately, I believe it would take a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not Kavanaugh’s status as a nominee is protected under the 5th Amendment or perhaps some other legal statute.

For now, I’ll reserve my own judgment on his guilt until if and when any evidence surfaces that could proves such, otherwise he is innocent until proven guilty. The hearing made available to Ford by the committee chairmen Senator Grassley should be carried out and then a vote on Kavanaughs confirmation should be taken. It’s unfair and frankly unAmerican to presume such guilt, this ideal is literally written into the foundational document of our Democratic Republic and should not be treated lightly, fore it could be you who is next called upon to prove your innocence in the court of public opinion, it could be your career, your livelihood which is threatened by an unsubstantiated accusation.

I am by no means a big fan of Judge Kavanaugh, frankly if I was a Senator on the committee I would vote against his nomination strictly based off of some of his answers given during the hearings. I simply refuse to rush to judgement when faced with an unsubstantiated claim of sexual assault and believe thrashing a persons life based solely off such accusations is simply unjust.  I do hope that if he is indeed guilty of such a heinous act, justice will prevail.

Episode 31!

A son is announced to Salt of The Streets and the boys talk about days 2 and 3 of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, the massive abuse and cover up scandal within the catholic church, and recent guests of Mr. Joe Rogan, astrolabes and Arabs, why Columbus is a dick but VERY important, Offie has fantasy questions and Don makes his first round of public picks in a packed SPORTS!!

 

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” 12 Rules For Life ” Series, Part 3

Rule number 3 of Dr.Petersons book is “Make Friends With People Who Want The Best For You”. Again, I don’t like to give too deep of a summary because I don’t want to steal the knowledge or deprive anyone the opportuinty to purchase the book and read it themselves, but I like this chapter in particular because Dr. Peterson gives some insight into the town in which he was raised and uses a close personal example that I had a very easy time relating to.

He told the story of someone he know that was not able to live up to the potential that seemed to be very obvious to the people around him. A lot of things played into that such as inability to function productively while stoned, low aspirations even just in the job he had and also chose friends who didn’t push him to be better than he was. It did not take me long at all to find paralells to these in my life.

In Highschool I had a friend that we will call Thomas. I was introduced to him through another friend I had who we will call Hillary. The two of them were dating and we all became best friends. We spent everyday together and shared all of our drugs and cigarettes and alcohol, but not exactly equally. For whatever the reason was Hillary generally went along with whatever Thomas said, which became a problem after a while. Thomas had some emotional problems that I was never 100% clear on but for which he took fair amounts of very heavy drugs including calonopin, xanax and things of that nature and to this day I’m not convinced they were all correctly prescribed.

After they were together for a while Hillary took on the same positions and opinons of Thomas and in turn was much more difficult to have deep emotional conversations with and even speak generally about what we might do with ourselves. Thomas and I would make trades if one of us had cigarettes and the other had weed, but I always had to give away more cigarettes and never got quite as much weed. The argument was commonly made that becuase at the time I had been stealing to support our habits, the drugs or alcohol I was providing were not as valuable as what they were providing because they were earning money doing chores or what-not and then purchasing the drugs.

None of this ever made sense to me, but because I didn’t have a good view of myself I was able to subconsciously convince myself that’s what I deserved, because that is what I had. It took Hillary and Thomas having a baby about two years after him and I had met and them continuing on with the unhealthy habits we had, for me to see that I didn’t need that in my life, and that we all deserved better than what we had.

At the same time that all of this was happening I had another friend, my best friend, who I am proud to honestly say his name is Trent’n. He has been my best friend for 10 years, amd my son will bare his name. Not even a week ago, Trent’n and I nearly got into a screaming match in a mexican restaraunt because he felt at the time that I may not be trying as hard as I can to reach my potential, and specifially that I may be allowing people in my life to deny me opportunities before I had asked for them.

We took a break from the conversation and finished later on a much more similar page and fully understood what the miscommunication was and what the other was trying to get at. I was only ever frustrated because I knew at a certain pont that we were talking about different things and maybe the beers we had been drinking were making it hard for us to see that. I also knew and never ever doubted that that only happened because my best friend wants abolsutely nothing but the best for me. The whole thing started because he thought maybe I should be making more money. In a world where my largest stresser and generally largest concern is dollars, it is nothing but love for me to hear my best friend want me to be valued the way he sees me.

It is layed out extraordinarly clearly in this chapter how vitally important it is to make friends with people who want the best for you. A set of people who care deeply for eachother will always do everything they can to make sure the other is in an advantageous position in their lives. It allows you to see the true value in yourself and in turn begin to identify a viable and legitmate path for your life. After having realized that Trent’n is the best friend I could have asked for and is the one I deserved the entire time, I could never go back. And I could never ask for anyone better for a best friend.

 

-Donavan Phillips

Episode 30!

In episode 30 Offie and Don go over the anonymous OP ED from the New York Times, the new book ” Fear: Trump in The White House “, the first day of Brett Kavanaughs confirmation hearing, and Nikes new ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick, the blue wave may actually be legit, why no one deserves more than anyone else, getting high at work might be acceptable at some jobs, rest in peace Mac Miller and Burt Reynolds, and of course, SPORTS!!

 

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Talking the Talk before Walking the Walk

Hey everyone, Offie here with your weekly blog post. Today I want to pose a question to anyone and everyone whom may read this.

Is a good idea poorly explained still a good idea? Particularly when speaking on topics of politics and governmental policy.

This question came to mind while I was watching one of Joe Rogan’s latest episodes on YouTube. Episode #1167 featured the Libertarian candidate for the Governorship of New York State, Larry Sharpe. When I first saw his name pop up on my phone as my podcast list refreshed I was filled with excitement because I saw Larry Sharpe on an episode of The Rubin Report and was pleased with what he had to say. We won’t go into everything that was discussed on either show right here, we’ll save that for an episode of the podcast, maybe even this upcoming episode, there’s just simply too much to try and cover. I do however recommend anyone interested in a “realistic” Libertarian take a listen or catch it on YouTube.

The topic at hand when this question came to mind was centered around the “plan” Mr. Sharpe has in store for the education system of New York State if actually elected. It seems to be a plan right in line with the major Libertarian narrative, remove the federal governments involvement, which would essentially cut $4 billion out of the states education budget, while simultaneously giving back full control of the education system to the state government. Joe being the excellent interviewer he is, couldn’t just let that pass without some form of a thoughtful and detailed response from Sharpe. The two became rather hung up on this topic for a long while which was rather frustrating to listen to.

Myself being the rather libertarian minded person I found myself answering Joe’s questions about what to do about this cut in funding out loud, screaming at my computer screen like Don watching a football game on TV, simply jaw dropped by the lack what I would call a rather simple answer. Sharpe did offer some bits and pieces of an answer, but never seemed to form them well enough to satisfy Joe, or myself to be perfectly frank. It led me to think that perhaps it was simply in the way Sharpe speaks, he’s a fast talking New Yorker who can bounce around while trying to get to a point, a point I felt was never reached to satisfaction.

I walked away from the interview thinking that while I may like his ideas, I don’t think he was able to articulate them well enough for everyone to understand them properly, especially those whom would be suspicious or skeptical of the idea from the onset. My own answer to my question will be revealed on the show this week but we would LOVE to hear from you in the comments down below.

If you tell us what your answer is and explain why you think that, I’ll read them out on the show this week! Anonymity is always an option so don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts. Remember, as Jordan Peterson said, “When you have something to say, silence is a lie. And tyranny feeds on lies.”

So here it is one more time. Is a good idea poorly explained still a good idea?

Episode 29!

On this episode Offie and Don take on their first listener requested topic of the Yemen crisis, a memory of the life of Senator John McCain, and the current discussions around trade in North America, a quick look at the possibility of the space force, Jurassic Park Ride at Universal Studios, how X-Men SHOULD be done, and fantasy teams in The League of $560 in a loaded SPORTS!!

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” 12 Rules For Life ” series, part 2

The second rule in the book is “treat yourself like someone you are responsible for taking care of”, something that at first I was slightly confused by but after having read the chapter was obviously enlightened on. One of the strange things that always strikes me about psychology is its ability to boil people down to basics and at the same time enlighten you on particular events and circumstances in your life.

The first example given by the great Dr. Peterson is medication. It is incredibly common for people to be on medication. 45% of the population is on some kind of medication and it is also incredibly common for people to not take them correctly. I don’t mean abuse them, I mean not even taking them reliably. It may or may not surprise you that it’s far less common for people to forget to give their animals or children their medication. I remember when Penny got fixed. I set it up for a Thursday so I could take the rest of that day and Friday off to be with her. I had timers on my phone to make sure she got her meds because I couldn’t stand the thought of my poor little puppy being in pain.

I have IBS and it gets pretty bad sometimes. I take a probiotic with 40 billion live active units in it twice a day. At least I’m supposed to. I take one with my vitamins in the morning which makes it easy to remember and I have a timer set to go off at 5:30 everyday that many of you have heard on the podcast. Even with this timer I might take the second probiotic 3 times a week. I know it makes me feel better, but for some reason I can rarely get myself to take the pill the moment the alarm goes off, but you bet your ass I didn’t to give Penny her pills.

I think that’s natural, and I think that’s part of what Dr. Peterson is trying to say in this chapter. But not all natural behavior is healthy behavior. It is natural to want to help other people, but it is deeply unhealthy and self destructive to allow helping others to impact the time you take to care for yourself or give enough time to the people around you. There is no reason that you don’t deserve to be treated as well as your significant others or children or even your dog. You are just as much of a person and carry just as much potential and meaning as any of them. It is natural to want more and better for the people around you, but those are also things you should want for yourself.

As the title of the chapter and the rule itself implies, you should certainly be treating yourself like someone you are responsible for taking care of. If this were the case my stomach would be in slightly better shape, and my wife would eat fish eggs and meditate everyday. It is hard to break these cycles and do what you know in your heart and mind is best, but first you need to convince yourself that you deserve it, that you are worthy of whatever you are capable of providing for yourself. A large portion of this chapter focuses on just that, helping you realize that you DO deserve it and you are worthy. If you’ve read the book let me know what this chapter meant to you, if you haven’t I suggest you pick it up today. We’ll see you on Saturday.

 

-Donavan