Weekend Open Thread: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg — young, midlife, and old. And while she got even older than that, she still died a few months too soon.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died today, Friday Sept. 18, on (depending on the hour) either the last day of the ending year on the Jewish Calendar or the first day of the new one.

Her final wish has been reported to be that she wanted her replacement to be appointed by the winner of the 2020 election.

Sen. Mitch McConnell has announced that — despite his having extended the replacement of her good friend Justice Antonin Scalia for almost a year after his death so that President Obama’s pick would not be seated — he will do his best to get President Trump’s next appointment through the Senate.

Donations to his opponent, fighter pilot Amy McGrath — which may be the only way to get his attention — may be made here.  God save the United States and this Honorable Court.

This is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about that or whatever else you want — cognizant that the Publisher and Managing Editor are both in very bad moods.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)