Notes from 20 March 2017

How things change:

In 1986, Justice Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 98 to 0.  On some accounts, Gorsuch is a well-qualified judge and the next Scalia.

SCOTUSblog review of Gorsuch.

So…

In 1993, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 3.

Confirmation of Clarence Thomas: 52-48.

Confirmation of Sotomayer: confirmed by 63-37

When did McConnel say he wanted to make Obama a one term president? October 2010.

Obama says “Elections have consequences…I won.”

Expanded quote in the New York Times: ““Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won. So I think on that one I trump you.”

Filibuster in the United States Senate in Wikipedia.

Recommended reading and watching:

The Whistleblower

The Siege of Jadotville

The Handmaid’s Tale

(Margaret Atwood says Trump has made it a best seller again)

“It’s too early to say”

A farmer gets a horse, which soon runs away. A neighbor says, “That’s bad news.” The farmer replies, “Good news, bad news, who can say?”

The horse comes back and brings another horse with him. Good news, you might say. The farmer says, “Good news, bad news, who can say?”

The farmer gives the second horse to his son, who rides it, then is thrown and badly breaks his leg. Bad news, says a friend.

The farmer replies, “Good news, bad news, who can say?”

The horse comes back and brings another horse with him. Good news, says a friend.

The farmer gives the second horse to his son, who rides it, then is thrown and badly breaks his leg.

“So sorry for your bad news,” says the concerned neighbor.
“Good news, bad news, who can say?” the farmer replies.

In a week or so, the emperor’s men come and take every able-bodied young man to fight in a war. The farmer’s son is spared.

Good news, of course.

So is Trump good or bad for the Left? Or the Right?

“Too early to say.”

 

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