Let's talk about another inconsistency in Dr Ford's testimony against Judge Kavanaugh, shall we?
We've heard that Christine Ford and her husband were in counseling together in 2012, and that some of their issues centered around the stress of an extensive remodel of their Palo Alto home.
The Fords bought their house in 2007. The remodel permits were issued in 2008, and the work completed by 2010. The work included making an area that could be accessed by a separate front door. Now, the rules in Palo Alto are kind of strict. You can have a space like that (I'd call it a mother-in-law suite) in your house, if you are using it for living or a home office.
But you can't use it as rental property.
During Ford's testimony last week, Senator Feinstein asked why she had two front doors, was it because of her claustrophobia. And Ford replied yes, it was. She's claustrophobic and therefore needs to have another space to race out of her house when she is struck by an attack.
Except, later on, Ford says that Google interns stay in that separate space. Google interns. Hmmmm. Do you suppose Dr. Ford is altruistic enough to let Google interns live there rent free? Because certainly she wouldn't be violating any city ordinances, would she?
And how does she get access to that second front door, if there are Google interns or college students in that area?
Interesting questions. From RealClear Investigations:
Palo Alto city records show that a building permit for an additional room and exterior door was issued to Ford and her husband on Feb. 4, 2008 — more than four years before the May 2012 therapy session where, she says, she first identified Kavanaugh as her attacker.
All the remodeling, including a new bathroom, was completed by February 2010. The only additional permits issued to Ford at her Palo Alto address are for "solar panels" on the roof, a "solar hot water system” in the garage, and an “electric vehicle charge station” for the driveway -- all of which were issued after 2012.
Other documents, including health care-provider registration records, reveal that a marriage counselor listed Ford’s home address as her place of employment, ostensibly using the extra room and door for her clinical practice. That marriage therapist, Sylvia Adkins Randall, sold the home to the Fords in 2007, but continued to maintain the address for her business.
Oh, that's funny. A therapist rented out the space for her office. A licensed therapist who specializes in treating “disturbing memories from the past." When contacted by RealClear Investigations, Ms Randall did acknowledge that she does couples therapy, but declined to say whether or not the Fords were her clients.
We have a therapist who treats "disturbing memories", a potential client who has co-authored papers on the problems of memory, and an issue with violating Palo Alto city ordinances.
You know what else is odd, given Dr. Ford's claim of claustrophobia? She didn't install an escape door on her beach house in Santa Cruz. This July, the same month she wrote to Senator Feinstein, Ford applied for permits to build a front porch and new decks at the home, located on Seaside Street in Santa Cruz. There is no application for a second front door, however, and the recent permits are the only ones applied for since 2007.
How about that?
This also makes me wonder if she was exhibiting something less than full truthiness when she was asked about the polygraph test she took in August of 2018. You know, the one she did the day of or the day after her mother’s funeral, the one she might have flown back across the country for?
When Rachel Mitchell, the sex crimes prosecutor from Phoenix, was questioning Dr. Ford she asked, “Have you ever given tips or advice to somebody who was looking to take a polygraph test?” Dr. Ford’s under-oath answer, “Never.” That’s pretty definitive. Never.
Except, overnight, the former boyfriend of Dr. Ford, a man whose name is not yet known, delivered a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that might contradict her.
The former boyfriend states that he met Dr. Ford in California around 1990, and that they were in a relationship for about 6 years from 1992 to 1998. He said that during that time, one of her dear friends, Monica McLean was interviewing with either the Department of Justice or the FBI, and as part of the interview process she would be subject to a polygraph test.
The former boyfriend stated that “I witnessed Dr. Ford help McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam. Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam. Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology.”
The letter also goes on to note that Dr. Ford had been able to fly around Hawaii in a propeller plane, never complained of claustrophobia, and never lived in a house with two front doors.
I’m glad Dr. Ford got to share her testimony. It’s a great object lesson when it comes to Believe All Survivors. But, you gotta have something you survived, first.
I’m not sure Dr. Ford meets even that small criteria.
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)