Canadian country crooner Brett Kissel trick-or-treats in Headingley, Man. – Winnipeg

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A special trick-or-treater stopped for candy in Headingley, just outside of Winnipeg, for Halloween this year.

Canadian country singer Brett Kissel posted on social media thanking the Manitoba community for letting his family of five (including the dog) go door-to-door for candy.

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Kissel said he knew being on tour would make the Halloween tradition difficult for his daughters, who are 2 and 1.

But the family parked the tour bus in Headingley and threw on costumes anyway.

“Our bus driver, when we pulled up between Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, pulled over in a nice subdivision, a nice residential area so we pulled our bus over,” Kissel told 680 CJOB.


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Kissel’s family sported Little Mermaid characters. Even his dog got in on the fun.

“I wasn’t dressed like a country singer that’s for sure, I had a big white beard and dressed up like the King of the Sea,” Kissel said.

“The licence plate is true. It genuinely is ‘Friendly Manitoba,’” Kissel posted on social media.

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Brett Kavanaugh: un juge en déficit de crédibilité

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Les premières minutes du témoignage de Christine Blasey Ford, jeudi, devant la Commission judiciaire du Sénat, étaient bouleversantes. Elle n’oubliera jamais que Brett Kavanaugh et son copain Mark Judge riaient profusément en l’agressant, ce soir de l’été 1982, dans une chambre à l’étage d’une maison cossue du Maryland. Le récit qu’elle a fait des événements aura mis en lumière de façon poignante une vérité essentielle : à savoir que la violence sexuelle cause des blessures profondes et indélébiles. Mme Blasey ne peut pas ne pas avoir inspiré énormément d’empathie parmi les millions de personnes, femmes et hommes, qui l’ont écoutée.

Le candidat à la Cour suprême de Donald Trump — lui-même un homme porté sur l’opinion que les femmes ne sont que des objets — était déjà en déficit de crédibilité quand il s’est à son tour présenté devant la commission en après-midi, tant l’image de bon garçon qu’il a voulu présenter lundi soir en entrevue à Fox News a été contredite depuis deux semaines par les accusations d’agression portées contre lui par au moins deux autres femmes, ainsi que par les histoires relayées au sujet de ses beuveries quand il était étudiant. Dans une déclaration rendue publique mercredi, l’une d’entre elles, Julie Swetnick, a témoigné avoir vu MM. Kavanaugh et Judge saouler et droguer des jeunes filles « afin qu’elles soient victimes de viol collectif ». Elle a affirmé avoir été elle-même victime d’un viol collectif en 1982 et que M. Kavanaugh était présent.

Il est difficile de concevoir que M. Kavanaugh ait pu sauver sa réputation dans l’opinion publique américaine à l’issue de son témoignage de jeudi. Ce qui n’exclut pas qu’il se soit défendu avec un certain aplomb. Contre le « je suis sûre à 100 % que c’était lui » de Mme Blasey, il a nié par le menu les affirmations de la professeure de psychologie, en avocat de formation manifestement bien préparé. Mais comme le processus de nomination des juges à la Cour suprême des États-Unis est une opération partisane à l’extrême, ceux qui l’appuient seront tout à fait disposés à fermer les yeux sur ces graves allégations au nom de l’installation à la Cour suprême d’une majorité de juges campés bien à droite qui défendront bec et ongles les positions de la National Rifle Association et s’emploieront à défaire les acquis féministes en matière de droit à l’avortement.

En fait, l’énergie avec laquelle les républicains et M. Trump s’acharnent malgré tout à vouloir rescaper la candidature de M. Kavanaugh illustre éloquemment la tentative de noyautage de la vie politique américaine à laquelle se livrent les ultraconservateurs dans tous les domaines, à contre-courant de l’évolution générale de la société américaine vers des positions plus libérales.

Dans l’histoire culturelle et sociale des États-Unis, le témoignage de Mme Blasey — et le courage dont elle fait preuve dans un monde où la violence sexuelle continue d’être une réalité largement tue — n’en est que plus marquant. Son témoignage vient surligner le chemin laborieusement parcouru par le mouvement féministe depuis 1991, quand Anita Hill, qui accusait de harcèlement sexuel le candidat à la Cour suprême Clarence Thomas, avait été reçue en audition par plusieurs élus républicains avec un mépris détestablement patriarcal. Mépris sexiste doublé de racisme, comme Mme Hill est Afro-Américaine. « Je n’avais pas de mot-clic », disait-elle récemment en référence au mouvement #MeToo.

Les sénateurs républicains de la commission, tous des hommes, se sont donc tenus dans leurs petits souliers face à Mme Blasey, comme, pour eux, l’enjeu politique est colossal. Lire la confirmation de M. Kavanaugh avant les législatives de mi-mandat de novembre, dans un contexte où le Parti républicain risque de perdre sa majorité à la Chambre des représentants et au Sénat. Au regard des seules allégations portées contre lui, sa candidature devrait pourtant être retirée immédiatement. En fin de compte, les législatives américaines sont le théâtre d’une grande bataille qui semble vouloir se solder par la mainmise de la droite sur la Cour suprême et une percée démocrate au Congrès, portée par l’électorat féminin.

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I believe Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers because they’re credible, not because I ‘believe all women’

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Brett Kavanaugh maintains that he “never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever.”

The U.S. Supreme Court nominee spoke to Fox News on Monday, seated strategically, it would seem, next to his wife, Ashley. She claimed on camera that he was a decent man—that is, not the sort of guy who pins a woman down and forces a hand over her mouth in order to muffle her screams while he tries to rape her.

Emma Teitel writes that Brett Kavanaugh’s defence against sexual assault accusations — namely, that he was a virgin when the alleged incidents happened — is completely irrelevant to the accusation. “A virgin, after all, is perfectly capable of committing sexual assault.”
Emma Teitel writes that Brett Kavanaugh’s defence against sexual assault accusations — namely, that he was a virgin when the alleged incidents happened — is completely irrelevant to the accusation. “A virgin, after all, is perfectly capable of committing sexual assault.”  (T. J. KIRKPATRICK / The New York Times)

Kavanaugh — who presently stands accused of assaulting two women, Christine Blasey Ford in high school and Deborah Ramirez in college — seconded his wife’s claim and made another: Ford’s allegation was spurious because he, Kavanaugh, was a virgin when the alleged assault took place.

Conveniently, Kavanaugh failed to explain how his then-chastity is relevant to an accusation of attempted rape. A virgin, after all, is perfectly capable of committing sexual assault, unless you’re under the truly spurious impression that anything short of forced intercourse is not a big deal.

Ramirez, meanwhile, alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party and thrust his penis in her face, an act that, once again, meets the definition of sexual assault, even if a mere virgin is the one carrying it out.

Whether Kavanaugh did these things, we don’t know. (There will be a formal hearing on Thursday.) In the meantime, however, some will tell you they do know. In fact, many already assert that Kavanaugh is guilty because they “believe all women,” a mantra that, I have to admit, makes me deeply uncomfortable. To believe all women, after all, is to assume the guilt of all alleged predators, unless of course the alleged predator is also a woman, in which case the imperative paralyzes you.

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And I don’t believe it’s wise or right to assume the guilt of anybody who has not stood trial, nor been subject to a formal investigation. I also fail to understand how anyone can advocate in good faith for an investigation into the Kavanaugh affair while at the same time maintaining that they “believe all women.” If you wholeheartedly believe one party’s account in the absence of an inquiry, what purpose does the inquiry serve? Your mind is already made up; new evidence will not change it.

Personally, I find Kavanaugh’s accusers credible because there is nothing to be gained for anyone by going public with an assault allegation, unless it’s a litany of pain. And I understand why any friend or relative of an alleged victim might take an absolutist stance about the truthfulness of an accuser — that’s what friends and relatives do. But for anyone else, journalist or not, the absolutist road is a tricky one to travel.

In short, I don’t believe all women. But I also don’t believe Brett Kavanaugh. And if I’m put off by a trend of absolutist thinking in feminism, I’m even more put off by the notion that the #MeToo movement “has gone too far.” Too far for whom exactly? For Harvey Weinstein, for Bill Cosby, for Jian Ghomeshi and Louis C.K.? (The latter an accused predator whose penance didn’t involve jail time, but a vacation from the spotlight followed by a standing ovation upon his return to it.)

#MeToo detractors like to argue that thanks to the movement, ordinary men live in a culture of fear—that they can’t so much as ask a girl to dance or give her a hug without risking an assault accusation. This argument would be a bit more credible if the high-profile men routinely targeted by #MeToo were under fire for garden variety creepiness: for, say, making the occasional salty joke at a board meeting. But that’s not by and large what this moment is about. This moment is about exposing dangerous, serial, abusers to the bracing light of day.

Women claimed that Ghomeshi punched and choked them. Cosby and Weinstein allegedly raped them. Louis C.K. allegedly masturbated in front of them without their consent. And in this case, Kavanaugh allegedly attempted to sexually assault one woman and forcibly thrust his penis into the face of another without her consent.

These aren’t allegations of garden-variety creepiness. They are allegations of serious assault and harassment.

And yet, in the minds of many conservatives, including the panel of Republican women who recently spoke out in defence of Kavanaugh on CNN, the judge’s alleged sins were minor and commonplace.

Here’s one such Republican voter, Gina Sosa, on the matter: “But we’re talking about a 17-year-old boy in high school with testosterone running high. Tell me, what boy hasn’t done this in high school?”

What boy hasn’t pinned a girl down against her will and held his hand over her mouth? Well, most of them, I hope.

It’s odd, Conservatives love to accuse Liberals — and feminists especially — of hating men. But do you not have to have a profoundly dim view of the male gender to believe that Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged crimes are normal? Or am I the only person left on earth who thinks that most men are decent human beings?

Emma Teitel is a columnist based in Toronto covering current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @emmaroseteitel

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