Victor Davis Hanson Writes About E. Jean Carroll

83 Million?
by Victor Davis Hanson

Donald Trump in furor stormed out of a New York courtroom for a while, in the defamation suit brought by author and dating/boyfriend/sex-advice columnist E. Jean Carroll.

It was just settled against Trump for $83.3 million! The Carroll suit was largely subsidized by Reid Hoffman the billionaire capitalist, and mega-donor to the Democratic Party and leftwing causes.

The subtext of Trump’s rage, aside from the outrageous monetary size of the defamation ruling, is that he was facing—and angered—a leftwing claimant, a quite hostile leftwing judge, and a leftwing New York jury.

The civil suit serves as a mere preview of four additional leftwing criminal prosecutions, leftwing judges, and leftwing juries to come—all on charges that would never had been filed if Trump either had not run for president or been a liberal progressive.

Yet here we are.

The E. Jean Carroll case is the most baffling of all five. She, the alleged victim, did not remember even the year in which the purported sexual assault took place, nearly three decades ago. Observers have pointed out dozens of inconsistencies in her story.

It was never clear what were the preliminaries that supposedly (Trump denies meeting her) led both, allegedly, willingly to retreat together to a department store dressing room, where during normal business hours the alleged violence took place.

Moreover, the sexual assault complaint came forward decades post facto—and only after Trump was running for and then president.

Carroll eventually sued him for battery, but well after the statute of limitations had expired and thus the case seemed defunct.

Her claims of defamation injuries arise from being fired from her advice column job at ELLE magazine.

She claimed that Trump’s sharp denials and ad hominem retorts led to her career ruin. But the loss for anyone of a column at 76 does not seem such a rare occurrence, and the absence of a salaried job in one’s late seventies for four years does not seem to equate to a $83 million hit.

And note the allegation that her dispute with Trump led to her firing was strongly denied by the very magazine that cut her loose.

But then another strange thing happened. In 2022, a new law (“The Adult Survivors Act”) was passed in the New York legislature. It also post facto established a twelve-month window (beginning six months from the signing of bill) that permitted survivors of long ago alleged sexual assaults suddenly to sue the accused long-ago perpetrator—regardless of the previous statute of limitations.

That unexpected opening suddenly gave Carroll’s prior unsuccessful efforts a rebirth. And she quickly refiled with the help of arch-Trump hating billionaire Hoffman.

Yet the bill may have been introduced with Trump particularly in mind—given the legislator who introduced it, Brad Hoylman-Siga, was known as another Trump antagonist.

More interestingly, he had earlier introduced and had passed another Trump-targeted bill. That “TRUST” act had empowered particular federal Congressional committees to have access to the New York State once sealed tax returns of high-ranking government officials—such as Trump.

That bill’s generally agreed subtext was a green light for anti-Trump members of Congress to obtain legal access to Donald J. Trump’s tax returns.

So there is an eerie feeling that the New York legislature may have abruptly passed legislation that was aimed at the past conduct of Donald Trump but only after he entered the political arena.

While these are not quite bills of attainder, there is something unsettling if they are post facto laws aimed at targeting the most famous and controversial man in America and the leading candidate for the presidency.

In essence they were targeted statutes designed to make Trump’s prior legally unactionable behavior suddenly quite legally actionable.

Trump will be subject to such special treatment all summer and fall.

Prosecutors Bragg, James, Smith, and Willis will synchronize their court business for maximum effect.

Trump again will face leftwing prosecutors, judges, and juries on charges that are politically driven, involving alleged behavior that is either usually not criminalized or not to the same degree as Trump’s case. (Do we remember the nearly $375,000 federal fine belatedly leveled at an exempt Obama but only five years after his 2008 illegal garnering of, and not reporting, foreign campaign contributions?)

The stakes are higher each day as Trump closes in on the nomination and thus becomes the hope of half the country to end the Biden madness.

Somehow Trump will have to stay calm, give no opening to his legion of hostile prosecutors, while conducting a nonstop campaign against Biden (and for a while Hayley), and while fighting to keep his name on various state ballots.

So what we are witnessing is not even the extralegal efforts of Steele/Fusion GPS, Perkins Coie/DNC/Hillary Clinton in 2016, or the 2020 “Russian disinformation” ruse/change the voting laws/infuse half a billion dollars to absorb the work of the registrar machinations against Trump.

We are way beyond all that. The legal system itself, hand-in-glove with leftwing politicos (compare campaign boasts of James and Willis, or prosecutorial visits to the January 6 committee and the White House) is turning the process of balloting and elections into an embarrassing farce.

Still, Trump will have to soldier on. He must stay controlled amid the tsunamis, not play into the hands of his accusers, and remember that he may soon be the only eleventh-hour hope to stop this mockery of American law, customs and traditions.

[little tree] By E. E. Cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

Holiday Blues

Walked down the street
Looked at my shoes
Walked down the street
Got the holiday blues

Looked in the window
Frowned at myself
Looked in the window
Saw the empty shelves

All of them shoppers
Cleaned out the store
All of them shoppers
Arrived at four

Can’t do a thing
While I got these blues
Can’t make up my mind
About these red shoes

Looked at the sky
Looked all around
People aren’t smiling
All I see are frowns

Where is the spirit
Where is the joy
Where is the fun
Gonna buy me a toy

Bye bye you shoppers
Don’t run yourselves down
Me and my blues
We’re leaving right now

© Catherine Evermore. All rights reserved.

Gay Sex In The Senate Hearing Room

I don’t know what would possess two gay men to have gay sex in the U.S. Senate hearing room.  What I do know is that I’m really pissed off over this latest “woke” insanity.

I’m sick of Joe’s son, Hunter Biden, the drugged out tax evader boohooing about having to testify before Congress. This is the same Hunter Biden who videotaped himself having sex with hookers and smoking crack. He’s admitted to snorting Parmesan cheese off the carpet. What a guy!

A Democrat won’t allow a dead pedophile’s flight log to be released to the public. What does Dick Durbin have to hide?

Joe Biden invites the freaks to the WH. Joe Biden hires the freaks to work in the WH. The Democrats force debauchery down our throats every chance they get.

Our local mayor, Donna Deegan, has a cousin who is in prison for distribution of child pornography. Of course, this same mayor was the grand marshal in this year’s gay pride parade. Sick of the Democrats yet?

I’m ready to see them all voted out of office in 2024.

Just to be clear. I get it that people love who they love. Big deal. Do you see straight couples going around bragging about being straight? Do you see them having sex in the halls of Congress?

Well, I guess you could include Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky playing around in the Oval Office. Bill lied about it, and then he admitted it was true. He got impeached. Bill Clinton is a slimy Democrat.

It’s time to clean up the mess in Washington and send decent people to Congress. We’ve had enough of the “woke” bullshit. Put a stop to the liberals literally destroying America, and send Joe Biden to Delaware for good.

I’m done!

© Catherine Evermore. All rights reserved.

Rest In Hell

“I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.”
~Anne Lamott

I’m not one to dance on the grave of someone who passed away. At least I didn’t think so until now.

Someone who shall remain nameless and who made my online life a living hell for many years has died.

This is all I have to say. ~CE

 

 

Veterans Day in America

big ones and small ones

short ones and tall ones

veterans come in all

shapes and sizes

we call them heroes

for many different reasons

i remember

sitting by the side of the road

watching a parade go by

honoring those

who served our country

so proud and brave

remembering the heroes

who did not return

respect was always paid

as the crowd

went silent

flags waving

then people cheering

bands and cheerleaders all in step

little did we know

way back then

that some would grow up to be

 heroes

in so many different ways

some would go off to wars

in foreign countries

some would serve here

at home

never knowing

from one day to the next

when they would be called upon

to perform

a heroic duty

we see veterans every day of our lives

not everyone gets a parade

but that does not make them

any less appreciated

Welcome Home

Good and Faithful Veterans

and

Thank You

© Catherine Evermore. All rights reserved.