They're playing Vivaldi's "Autumn" at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
After hearing of Justice Ginsburg's death, I got to wondering...
She wasn't the first female justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Who were the others?
Sandra Day O'Connor was the first, starting in 1981 and finishing in 2005. She retired in 2006, and was replaced by Samuel Alito.
(Another woman I greatly admire. This Westerner had to be tough to survive...and prove herself. She is one of the very few justices who retired earlier, rather than have her post vacated because she died or was 'incapacitated.' )
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was next, from 1993 - 2020.
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Sonia Sotomayer, (2009 - present)
Elena Kagan, ( 2010 - present)
Both were appointed by President Obama.
President Trump has also appointed two judges, so far:
Neil Gorsuch (2017-present)
Brett Kavanaugh (2018 - present...
who could forget the raucous sessions surrounding Kavanaugh's appointment...)
Interestingly, both men are in their 50s...and the youngest members of the Supreme Court. (Gorsuch is a born-and-bred Coloradoan, in case you didn't know.)
John Roberts, the Chief Justice, has been serving since 2005. He, like Samuel Alito, was appointed by President George W. Bush.
By the way, the person to appoint the most Supreme Court Justices was Dwight Eisenhower, with 5. Richard Nixon appointed 4; so did Reagan, if you count elevating one to Chief Justice. All the other modern Presidents, with the exception of Gerald Ford (1) and Jimmy Carter (0), nominated two Supreme Court Justices.
As far as federal judges in general, Reagan nominated the most -- with Bill Clinton coming in a close second. Take a look at the graphic here for specifics. William Henry Harrison, who caught a chill on Inauguration Day and died 31 days later, is the only American president not to nominate any judges of any kind.
The trees by our mailbox are dropping cones by the dozen. I've been looking at them, and wondering if there was something else I could do, besides using them as fire starters.
Voila -- pine cone crafts! Like hedgehogs...
Gnomes for your next Nativity scene or fall harvest display?
Or just painted variegated-style.
Go here for more. Thanks for sharing, Spruce Crafts.
This is the serene time of year for me.
My reports: almost finished. (I do have revisions on the book to do.) Some quilt restoration will demand watching movies while I work. (Oh, darn.) We've tidied up the trailer some, and the Brick is busy doing more repairs. Exciting, huh? But peaceful, nonetheless.
We're planning a trip up into the mountains this week, to see what the leaves are doing. This is peak season for 'leafers' in Colorado, as these photos from last year show.
Maybe we could clear up the problems via his 'Ask Me Anything' Instagram account -- but as of 9/10, he still isn't answering. Oopsies. Well, at least he posted a video.
"Back from the brink of financial oblivion." (From The Escape Artist) I would have liked more specific details, but this is still interesting.
A family plunges 300 feet down a mountain road -- and lives!
How to store your fruits and veggies long-term. (From One Hundred Dollars A Month)
Little ways to stretch your money -- straight from Dave Ramsey himself.
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg had no problem with an "11th hour nomination" for a Supreme Court justice -- after all, she argued, the President is still the president, even in his last year.
Wait a minute -- she said this? Yes, back in 2016.
P.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham agreed in 2016 -- only he changed his mind now -- because 'circumstances are different.' Hmmm...could this be politically motivated, instead of ethical?
“I want you to use my words against me,” Graham said on the Senate floor four years ago. "If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”
Top ten forbidden colors. In part because they use poisonous elements in their making. (From Listverse)
"Holy Water" -- by We the Kingdom. A rowdy worship song that is so much fun! (And needed, in these uncertain times.)
Incredible backyard discoveries. (From Buzznicked)
How to curse in 15 different languages, courtesy of Samuel L. Jackson. Um, thank you... I guess.
"What are the cleverest scams you've come across?" Quora has some of the most interesting (and stupidest) questions ever.
Simple -- but effective! -- ways to keep your daily life organized. (From the -- what else -- Everyday Girl)
The story of a waiter sidelined by Covid in March-- and what he did. A difficult story with plenty of hard times -- but gutsy.
45 cheap meals that will get you through rent week. (From Bon Appetit)
A mom smacks her 16-year-old for throwing things during a riot (er, 'protest'). Whoa.
"Alexa, how can I get rich?" A surprising -- and helpful -- answer. (From The Retirement Manifesto)
Have a great week. Kick some leaves for me.
As you know, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday.
"Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one's colleagues or different points of view. Her opinions, including well-known decisions about the equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.
A fighter to the end... may her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world."
He had more to say than that. Read it for yourself here.
Proving that you CAN disagree with someone, yet still respect them.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today (9/18). She was one of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices -- and its only female justice. She was 87, and had struggled with ill health for some time. (More about her here.) [Update: my readers have my back -- she wasn't the only female justice, but she did predate her colleagues by some years. See reader comments for the other justices.]
I didn't always agree with Ginsburg's politics, but I admired her verve, can-do attitude and thoughtful comments very much. She made me think -- that is a high compliment I can not always give.
She will be missed.
|Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016 (Wikipedia)|
One huge appraisal collection report finally done (21 + 48 pages)...more to go. Three drum lessons on the cuff...and I'm starting to hear patterns in the music. A whole collection of Rusty Wilson Bigfoot stories to read after reports are done -- and a recipe book of Great British Cooking (really??) to try out.
I may actually be making progress!
And it's September -- warm days and lovely, cooler evenings. There's more to do...but it's getting done. Hooray!
I'm chugging away at finishing off reports... Meanwhile, some random samplings of my favorite hobby: Things I Don't Understand.
I'll be back soon. Enjoy.
P.S. Just heard that our beloved University of Michigan will be playing college football this season, after all! But we have to wait til near Halloween for the first game. I'll console myself with Georgia's fine defensive Bulldogs til then, I guess. At least the Big Ten's decision cleared up another... well, you know.
Now here we go...
|Can you tell me what's so funny about this???|
|Or the quarter...|
|Guess the falling rocks got to it first.|
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We're back to sort-of summer heat, though last week's snowstorm introduced some cooler breezes. Every day brings three or four hours of heat, and I think, "Oh boy -- it's back." Then evening comes, and the coolness moves in. The trees are really starting to change now, and the evenings make me think about homemade soup, cinnamon rolls -- and lots of movies. The Brick is happy to enjoy all three.
They're playing Vivaldi's "Autumn" at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Short...but sweet.