“The FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh was always compromised” links

FBI Director Christopher Wray admits that the FBI received 4,500 tips about Brett Kavanaugh, which were then sent to the White House and Donald Trump’s people dictated which leads needed follow-ups. This is completely disgusting. [Jezebel]
Zendaya & Lewis Hamilton star in Valentino’s fall campaign. [RCFA]
Balenciaga says trash bags are IN. [Dlisted]
LOL we’re never going to call her Jennifer Affleck. [LaineyGossip]
Meat eaters are so, so mad at Cracker Barrel right now. [Pajiba]
Wow, Mariah Carey & Bryan Tanaka are still together? [Just Jared]
A Q&A with Mic. Carter of L’Uomo Strano. [OMG Blog]
Thom Browne’s small Resort collection is cute? [Go Fug Yourself]
Review of Not Okay, which sounds not… good. [Gawker]
Kendall Jenner & Devin Booker are back together. [Egotastic]
People get real about their jobs and salaries. [Buzzfeed]
Finally, monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency. [Towleroad]

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  1. bettyrose says:

    I can’t even talk about Brent Kavanaugh. The amount of power this rapist has over women’s bodies and lives is maddening. I really just can’t think about it right now.

    As for being a vegan, I’m so grateful for the many many options now available. It used to be hard to even get a real salad at a restaurant (iceberg lettuce with carrot shavings doesn’t count). But I’m afraid to ever say the word “vegan.” I tell waiters that I’m vegetarian with lactose intolerance when asking about ingredients. I do have lactose intolerance, it’s not a lie, but I live a vegan lifestyle in everything from food to cosmetics to household products. Because I genuinely prefer animals to people. I never criticize anyone for not being vegan (my partner isn’t but he doesn’t get a say in our household products, and I do my best to steer him towards ethical animal products). But I don’t understand the hate for vegans, the outrage. It seems to come largely from men, and often has the same tone of derision and mockery they use towards feminism. For why?

    • P says:

      The male hate for veganism is weird, isn’t it? It was kind of parodied by Ron what’s-his-name in Parks and Rec, but I also think some people took up that attitude unironically. My gut says the hate for vegans comes from a place of deep insecurity and fear of mercy and compassion for creatures lower on the “food chain,” similar to the patriarchy’s apparent derision and disrespect for children. I’m basically badly paraphrasing that quote about how a society treats its lowest-class members tells you everything you need to know about that society. (More bad paraphrasing! Sorry!)

      • Emily says:

        Men have been told protein is manly. So not eating animal protein is seen as feminine. And since the patriarchy doesn’t like women, they don’t like vegans. I think that’s why.

        On a side note, men in North America often eat WAY too much meat. I know at least two men with gout.

    • Jennifer says:

      I can’t speak to the men thing, other than the usual “men hate women in general,” sort of thing. But I think a lot of people don’t want to put the work into being vegan (or be forced to put in the work for other people who are vegan), and/or they feel guilty for not being vegan around a vegan. Vegans are voluntarily choosing that difficulty level, as opposed to people with food allergies who don’t have a choice about it. Accommodating a vegan makes things harder. I would assume that sort of thing would be why, sorry.

      • Lucy says:

        As a vegan of 25 years AND now food allergy mom, in my experience people lose their minds WAY MORE over being asked to be mindful of and/or accommodate an allergy. Not even going to touch the “difficulty level” comment.

    • JanetDR says:

      Agreed on Rapey McPukeshoes.
      I have been a vegetarian for 35 years, and more or less vegan now (I periodically get sucked back in by cheese). I never proselytize at people and frankly hate it when asked at a meal.
      The only time I will mention it is if I’m going to dinner at someone’s house so they won’t feel badly if they stick meat in everything, and I’ll even offer to bring a vegan dish so they don’t have to go to extra trouble.
      For me, it’s all about the animals and the planet. I don’t really WANT fake meat, but I have had some impossible burgers when traveling, nice to have options!

    • Emmi says:

      I think men are just so used to being unchallenged because they made the rules in this world and now some people have decided they find it unethical and frankly disgusting that animal products are in absolutely everything we consume. And if you refuse, that refusal is a constant reminder that you think they’re wrong. You don’t even have to say anything. Just don’t participate and you remind them. I think women are used to being openly and hatefully criticized so they care less.

      It’s just a theory but what else couldn’t be?

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Every single chief justice appointed under that traitor Trump must be impeached. Every. Single. One.

    The corruption from the FBI to the Secret Service has been devastating. They ALL have to go.

  3. Julia K says:

    Never should have been confirmed. Never. I believe Christine B Ford and this man has no business sitting on the highest court in the land. I really wonder what the other justices think about him. Maybe someday we’ll find out, or his wife will get fed up and talk.

    • antipodean says:

      I totally agree, Julia K, it will be the wife who brings him down in the end. You just have to look at her face in that picture behind him. I bet his face matches his piggish habits at home, and every other situation he is in. I feel so sorry for her being associated with this vile person, who has no business calling himself a “judge” of others!!! However, she chose him, and sticks with him, for now…so who knows? He is the absolute personification of deep misogyny and toxic male entitlement.

      • Julia K says:

        The picture of his wife looks like she may have already checked out.

      • Deering24 says:

        Yeah, she looked miserable at his confirmation hearing. Some savvy editor should offer her a book contract that will enable her to dump Creep and live free with her daughters.

      • Josephine says:

        sorry, but women that marry men like that enable their behavior. they provide coverage for them. i don’t buy that she’s a victim in any way. she strikes me as part of that vile group of women that make excuses for the filfth they are married to and think that other women deserve the sick crap their men dole out.

  4. Truthiness says:

    The writing on the Cracker Barrel article is so freaking hilarious. “Cauliflower is what happened when broccoli sinned in a past life.” Lmao

    • Bettyrose says:

      Cauliflower is crazy sinful. You can deep fry it, mash it, grill it, cream it … there’s almost no food you can’t fake with it.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I swear to the wonder that is our universe, when I read anything about number 45 and anyone associated, I get 250% triggered.

  6. Tiffany:) says:

    The Kavanaugh information is so infuriating. Every day, our government shows how easily it is corrupted. Every day, we are shown there are no consequences for that corruption. Christopher Wray is STILL the director of the FBI.

    • Erin says:

      Totally agree. I have anxiety so I’ve always been “on” and feel like I could never really relax (I’ve tried a lot of meds but none have been long term helps) but the last 6 years have really just drained me. I feel like a shell of a person. How is that not a conflict of interest? Sending the leads to the people who were dead set on getting their guy on the court? A ten year old could tell you this makes no sense and stinks to high heaven.

  7. MrsF2u says:

    Wray has to go – right now.

  8. YummSalad says:


  9. Sean says:

    It’s long been FBI policy to hand over all background information to the “client” who then decides what to do with it.

    That was the FBI’s policy before Trump and that is the FBI’s policy now. It certainly needs to change but this isn’t something new.

    • Erin says:

      Yeah, I don’t see how this policy makes sense and it definitely needs to change. The illusion of checks and balances I learned about in school have long since vanished for me.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Our world is just disgusting re: Kavanaugh. Evil will always triumph.

  11. Giddy says:

    Kaiser, I’m so glad that you keep using those insane pictures of Kavanaugh. Let those pictures of him frothing at the mouth during his hearings follow him forever. Unfortunately, this “news” doesn’t seem new to most of us, as we were horrified by this man and believed Christine Ford.

    • Josephine says:

      men like him are way too fragile to be in a position of power. he literally proved that he could not handle himself.

  12. Shoesaholic says:

    I don’t feel I properly understood the word “trigger” until this guy. I’m pretty sure the response I get in my stomach when I have to think about him is a triggered feeling.

    • Tiffany:) says:

      Hugs to you. I share your feelings. His whole hearing brought up so many memories for me…so many that I had to create a list on my phone of all of the horrible things men have done to my body, just as a way to document it. The experiences were real, they did real damage to my heart and mind, and yet I think I had packed them away just to survive my youth. His hearing made them all come rushing back, and it was overwhelming.

      Knowing that THOUSANDS called into the FBI to discuss his behavior is really depressing.

  13. Stacey Dresden says:

    I believe Christine Blasey Ford, a scientist, patriot and feminist hero!

  14. Liz55 says:

    If a male professor with a great career, a family, and everything to lose had accused Kavanaugh of trying to beat him up in an alley to steal his wallet, he never would have been confirmed.

    At a minimum, the Senate would have forced the eyewitness to testify.

  15. Yonati says:

    I’m with you, Mabs. I was triggered his whole presidency. And even worse between election day 2020 and January 20, 2021.

  16. MsGnomer says:

    No post yet on Anne Heche shenanigans? Today’s events top her year 2,000 story….

    news from Y2K
    “According to television station KSEE, one Fresno Co. deputy wrote in a report, ‘She proceeded to tell me that she was God and was going to take everyone back to heaven with her in some sort of spaceship.'”

    Anne, thanks for the wacky news item, but please take care.

    • Barbie1 says:

      Poor Anne Heche. Her mental illness got the better of her. So damn sad. Hope she recovers.

  17. Jessica says:

    The salary transparency article was really interesting! I was actually shocked at what some of those professions pay. For so long, I’ve felt underpaid and that everyone else was making so much more than me! After reading that article, I realized my pay was really about average. I recently got a new job with a significant pay bump, and in light of that salary, it is absolutely shocking how little we pay some crucial roles like nurses and teachers!

  18. Lucy says:

    I’m seeing reports that DOJ is communicating with trumps lawyers about possible charges 🤞🏻

  19. AnneL says:

    I understand why people feel triggered by Kavanaugh. I’m older than most people here, and I remember guys like him. He was a year ahead of me in college. I didn’t know him, and frankly I didn’t even know that the stupid fraternity he was in existed. Fraternities only started up again at Yale in the 80s because they raised the drinking age in Connecticut.

    I had a friend in my college class who tried to come forward with info about Brett K but was rebuffed. It was about the s**t that went down at his fraternity that my friend observed because he was briefly there at a party as a freshman. He was a snarky guy and a heavy partyer so they probably thought he wouldn’t care, but he did. It was gross. Brett is gross. I still can’t believe they let him on the Court.

    They all suck. Every one of them appointed by a Republican sucks. Roberts is maybe a tad better but only by a hair and that’s not saying much. Their names will all live in infamy. Even Kansas, which really is a very reliably Red state right now, gave their hideous ruling the thumbs down.

  20. JRenee says:

    We knew the “investigation ” was severely compromised by the sheer number of limitations of what would be further investigated. Mitch McConnell is responsible for the shitshow that is now the SC. No 1 man should wield the power that he did. There wasn’t a true balance of power. He was/is a dirty underhanded being who had his own agenda that the American people will pay for with generations to come.
    I still am concerned for Dr. Ford’s safety.