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  • Man tries to use Zillow to prove Kavanaugh's innocence and ends up owning himself

    This has to be a glitch in the simulation, right?  Ed Whelan, a former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative lawyer, tried to use Zillow to prove Brett Kavanaugh's innocence and ended up going down a deep, deep rabbit hole of a conspiracy theory.  SEE ALSO: #DearProfessorFord: Actresses support Brett Kavanaugh's accuser ahead of hearings Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat, was accused of sexual assault by former classmate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Although Kavanaugh's nomination was met with resistance, calls for him to step down intensified when Ford publicly stated that he assaulted her during a high school party. Although many people jumped to defend Kavanaugh, Whelan went way deep. Let's walk through Whelan's Twitter thread and attempt to unpack this mess.  Okay, I’ll begin laying out some information concerning Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 "Dr. Ford may well have been the victim of a severe sexual assault by someone 36 years ago," Whelan writes on Twitter. "Her allegations are so vague as to such basic matters as when and where that it is impossible for Judge Kavanaugh to *prove* his innocence."  Kavanaugh’s home was 3.6 miles away; Smyth’s 4.3 miles; Judge’s 10 miles; and the female classmate’s 7 miles. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 Using addresses found in a yearbook and details provided to the Washington Post , Whelan laid out four locations on Google Maps.  Then, he says he was able to locate a possible house where the alleged assault happened on Zillow, which shows the floor plan of the house.  Here is a house that is barely a half-mile from the Columbia Country Club. Street address: 3714 Thornapple Street, Chevy Chase. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 According to Whelan, Kavanaugh's classmate Chris Garrett lived in that home at the time.  Who lived in this house? Chris Garrett, a Georgetown Prep classmate, friend, and football teammate of Brett Kavanaugh’s. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 Using the floor plan, Whelan reasons that Dr. Ford's account of her assault matches up with the house's layout. Then he says that because of the way the house is laid out, "someone leaving the house down the stairs and out the front door wouldn't be seen from the family room." He's casting doubt here, and suggesting it could have been anyone.   She says the gathering took place in a “small family room.” See the family room in the upper left of the floor plan. Someone leaving the house down the stairs and out the front door wouldn’t be seen from the family room. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 Whelan then casts more doubt by implying Chris Garrett was possibly responsible. He uses a screenshot of a sleazy Facebook interaction to prove that Garrett was friends with Mark Judge, who was allegedly in the room at the party in question.  Garrett was good friends with Mark Judge. Their friendship appears to have continued long after graduation, as this 2012 Facebook exchange shows. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 Whelan even goes as far as to post side by side photos of the two men, claiming they look alike and could be easily confused. Spoiler alert: they both look like doughy bros as teenagers, and as doughy middle-aged bros now.  "Kavanaugh categorically denies being at the gathering and committing the assault," Whelan writes. "Beyond his countless character witnesses from then and now, Judge and Smyth have informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that they recall no such gathering at which Kavanaugh was present."  And here are Kavanaugh and Garrett now. - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 But then Whelan backpedals in an effort to not get sued by Garrett for, you know, publicly accusing him of assaulting Dr. Ford: Which is lawyer speak for ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. "It is regrettable that private citizens are being drawn into this," he concludes his conspiracy thread, as if he didn't just drag a private citizen into this. "If the matter had been handled as it should have been, the Committee would have investigated the matter over the summer and resolved it privately to everyone's satisfaction without the smearing of Kavanaugh and the dragging the names of others into the public eye." Ford dismissed Whelan's Twitter thread in a statement to the Washington Post : His wild rollercoaster of a thread shot up to Twitter's trending list on Thursday evening and became the butt of the internet's jokes.  brb, using zillow to prove there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll - Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) September 20, 2018 DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE ZILLOW - Alex Halpern, official angry librarian (@HalpernAlex) September 20, 2018 ah we've reached the evil doppelganger I found on Zillow portion of the confirmation hearings - Jeff Hanneken (@jeffjh14) September 20, 2018 "Now see, if you look at the Zillow photos..." - Eric Fidler (@EricFidler) September 20, 2018 Using the Ed Whelan strategy, I can now proudly claim that Charles Manson had nothing to do with Sharon Tate's murder... it was for sure 1970s Kenny Loggins. - Brendan Smith (@blacksab67) September 21, 2018 To be clear, I have no idea whether Ed Whelan is QAnon, and I therefore do not state, imply or insinuate that Ed Whelan is QAnon. But they sure do sound alike, and probably live within the same general area. - Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 20, 2018 Law & Order: Zillow Floor Plan Unit - pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 20, 2018 But Whelan seems pretty adamant that he's cracked this case.  "Bottom line: I believe that a fair assessment of this evidence powerfully supports Judge Kavanaugh's categorical denial," he insists on Twitter.  Nobody tell him about the Denver airport, guys.  WATCH: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Jeff Bridges 'come together' to promote student activism

  • Toddler's 'Disney princess eyes' due to rare genetic condition

    "I’ll just tell her God made her that way for a reason. Everybody has something that makes them different."

  • Josh Gordon, who has massive #12 tattooed on his back, will wear #10 for the Patriots

    Thanks to Tom Brady, newest New England Patriot Josh Gordon will wear #10 despite a tattoo that suggests otherwise.

  • AT&T has a fantastic $30-a-month, totally unlimited data plan - but you need an Airstream to buy it

    While all four major carriers all offer "unlimited" data plans these days, every one of them comes with more strings attached than something called "unlimited" should reasonably have. They're all subject to deprioritization -- basically non-guaranteed throttling -- under certain circumstances, and limitations on video quality and hotspot data mean that using them for anything other than standard smartphone usage is a non-starter. From time to time, carriers offer special deals to limited groups that aren't available to the general public. For example, last year Verizon offered an unlimited hotspot deal to members of the Family Motor Coach Association for just $50 a month. The deal was pulled almost immediately, seemingly because people were joining the FMCA just to get the deal. AT&T is now trying something similar, but with a more foolproof way to limit the number of people that can sign up. The plan is available to owners of new Airstream camping trailers, according to  Fierce Wireless . The plan offers a full year of completely unlimited data for $360, which works out to $30 a month -- far, far less than any equivalent unlimited plan. Most intriguing is the lack of deprioritization or throttling: Interestingly, an AT&T representative confirmed to FierceWireless that the carrier's new “Airstream Connect” service is not subject to the data restriction applied to many of the operator's other unlimited services. On its smartphone plans, as well as its hotspot plans for connected cars, AT&T warns that network data speeds may be slowed after a customer uses 22 GB per month. That throttling restriction doesn't apply to AT&T's new unlimited service for Airstream RVs, the carrier said. This seems like a smart (if limited) move from AT&T and Airstream right now. For campers on the go, having a good (and affordable) internet connection is a big deal, so this could be a legitimate selling point for the new Airstream. For AT&T, it will serve as a limited trial to see how realistic similar offerings are, and potentially might expand to other connected vehicles in the future.

  • Accuser of Trump's court nominee sets conditions for testifying

    Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee to decide whether to testify at a high-stakes hearing it has scheduled for Monday. A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday. Politico, citing an unnamed source, said Ford's lawyers wanted Kavanaugh to appear first.