Sunday, September 20, 2020


Ruth might like it if Mitch McConnell would do the right thing and  pass a Coronovirus bill (along with the approximately 400 House bills sitting on his desk) before pushing for a new Supreme Court nomination.

Do the right thing for Ruth and The American People!

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

What they said then



I guess we'll be finding out soon if these GOP people will stick to their principles based on what they said in 2016.

Anyone want to place a bet?

The GOP has no principles.  And they're in the process of proving that right now in the hours after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Let's go back to 2016  - -  -


After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.  Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”  McConnell sneeringly called the principle the “Biden rule,” referring to remarks in 1992 from then-Sen. Joe Biden, who urged the Senate president to delay a hypothetical confirmation until after the election if a vacancy did appear, following the contentious confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas.


Senator Lindsey Graham:
“I want you to use my words against me. 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."  AND in 2018, he said:  “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election” 


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “I don’t think we should be moving on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term — I would say that if it was a Republican president .”

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.): “It makes the current presidential election all that more important as not only are the next four years in play, but an entire generation of Americans will be impacted by the balance of the court and its rulings. Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have all made statements that the Senate does not have to confirm presidential nominations in an election year. I will oppose this nomination as I firmly believe we must let the people decide the Supreme Court’s future.”


Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa): "We will see what the people say this fall and our next president, regardless of party, will be making that nomination."

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.):  "In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country. For this reason, I believe the vacancy left open by Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until there is a new president."

John Hoeven from N.D: "There is 80 years of precedent for not nominating and confirming a new justice of the Supreme Court in the final year of a president’s term so that people can have a say in this very important decision."

Rob Portman from Ohio: "It is common practice for the Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term, and it’s been nearly 80 years since any president was permitted to immediately fill a vacancy that arose in a presidential election year.”

Paul Ryan, House speaker:
"This has never been about who the nominee is. It is about a basic principle. Under our Constitution, the president has every right to make this nomination, and the Senate has every right not to confirm a nominee. I fully support Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley's decision not to move forward with the confirmation process. We should let the American people decide the direction of the court."

Sen. Charles Grassley
 (R-Iowa) Senate Judiciary chair: "A lifetime appointment that could dramatically impact individual freedoms and change the direction of the court for at least a generation is too important to get bogged down in politics. The American people shouldn't be denied a voice. Do we want a court that interprets the law, or do we want a court that acts as an unelected super legislature? This year is a tremendous opportunity for our country to have a sincere and honest debate about the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system of government."

John Cornyn, R-Texas, Senate Judiciary member: "The next justice could change the ideological makeup of the Court for a generation, and fundamentally reshape American society in the process.

At this critical juncture in our nation's history, Texans and the American people deserve to have a say in the selection of the next lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

The only way to empower the American people and ensure they have a voice is for the next President to make the nomination to fill this vacancy."

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.): “I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): "It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.): “Vice President Biden’s remarks may have been voiced in 1992, but they are entirely applicable to 2016. The campaign is already under way. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.”

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.):
“The very balance of our nation’s highest court is in serious jeopardy. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will do everything in my power to encourage the president and Senate leadership not to start this process until we hear from the American people.”


Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.): “The next President must nominate successor that upholds constitution, founding principles.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.): “I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court by their votes for president and the majority party in the U.S. Senate.”

(source for above quotes: Mother Jones)




Last night, approximately one hour after the announcement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg death we hear this from McConnell

"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." 

Once again showing the world exactly what a crass and disrespectful man he is.


Let the Republican hypocrisy begin. 
 








Friday, September 18, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

Rest now You Giant 

You Warrior 

You Brilliant Brave Soul 

You who gave Us Courage 

And Hope 

Rest now 

More than a Trail Blazer

You didn’t make history 

You changed it 

Reshaped it 

Course corrected 

You who gave Us all of You 

Fought for Us with all of You 

With every moment God gave You 

With every Breath 

Rest now 

It’s Our turn 

To take up Your mantle 

To not lose sight 

To push on 

You taught Us how to fight 

You made Us more than soldiers 

You leave an Army in your wake 

You taught Us what legacy is 

To give more than we take 

Rest now 

You Champion

You Queen  

You Glorious 

Forever #RBG 

Forever Our Hero 

Notorious 

        - - -  Leslé Honoré



Joan Baez, artist




Voting Early

 

No election in my lifetime has been as important as this one.  



I honestly believe democracy is at stake and, frankly, another four years under this present administration frightens me.


So.  Donald and I have filled out our ballots and will drop them off at the courthouse voter drop box.


Sadly, I just wouldn't feel comfortable mailing them this year.  And don't trust electronic voting machines.


What has this country come to that voter suppression - very real voter suppression - is even a thing?





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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Saying a temporary goodbye to Facebook

 

No one has loved Facebook more than me.


Until I didn't.


I love spending time, even virtual time, with friends and family.


Sharing stories, photos, memories.


Discovering new artists, poets, authors.


And then today I was hacked.


Boo.  Hiss.


What's with people who don't have enough in their own lives to keep them busy and happy that they have to do really ridiculously stupid stuff like mess with someone else's Facebook account for God's sake?  Bless their hearts.


Pitiful.


So it's actually a good thing for me.  I had cut back on my time there because it seems to be a place where the mean crazies live. 


Now, for awhile, I'll just use my little piece of the internet world that I own and share what I want to share right here.  Or at my webpage - https://kayewilkinsonbarley.com/



Today I have no news.


 I'm reading a good book.  Natasha Lester's "The Paris Secret."  And, so far, it's excellent!


Enjoy your day - Stay safe, stay in touch, and VOTE VOTE VOTE!







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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday ramblings

 It's a dreary day in the NC mountains.


A perfect day, I think, to curl up in bed with coffee, cookies, and Annabelle spread across my feet.





In my continuing attempts to limit what I hear coming out of the mouth of The Village Idiot, who becomes crazier and more dangerous by the day, I'm still limiting my Facebook time.  (Here's where I insert my chant:  "VOTE!  VOTE!  VOTE!")


I'm doing a lot of cooking 



and baking 




and reading.


Last night I finished an ARC of a debut novel that blew me away.


One of those books containing passages so lovely that you have to re-read and savor each word.


 
"In this intimate debut novel, a woman returns to her small Southern hometown in the wake of her mother's sudden death--only to find the past upended by stunning family secrets.

Lila Bruce Breedlove never quite felt at home in Wesleyan, Georgia, especially after her father's untimely death when she was a child. Both she and her brother, Henry, fled north after high school, establishing fulfilling lives and relationships of their own, steeped in art and culture. In contrast, their younger sister, Abigail, opted to remain in Georgia to dote on their domineering, larger-than-life mother, Geneva. Yet, despite their years-long independence, Lila and Henry both know they've never quite reckoned with their upbringing.

Now, when their elderly mother dies suddenly and strangely, found among the dense vines of the muscadine arbor behind the family estate, they must travel back to the town that raised them. But as Lila and Henry uncover more about Geneva's death, shocking truths are revealed that upend the Bruces' history as they know it, sending the pair on an extraordinary journey to chase a truth that will dramatically alter the course of their lives.

With deep compassion and sharp wit, Pamela Terry brings to life the culture and expectations of a small Southern town that values appearance over authenticity--and where the struggle to live honestly can lead to devastating consequences."


The description does not do the book justice.

It's this and so much more. 

What makes a book special?  Sets it apart from other books you read and enjoy?

It's characters that have dimension and personality.

It's the author's voice and word choice.

Phrasing and pacing.

Descriptions that place you so deeply in the story you're able to actually see the scene being described.  And feel it.

Pamela Terry is an author I think we're going to be hearing a lot about in the future.

"The Sweet Taste of Muscadines" won't be available until March - AND it'll be worth the wait. Not to worry - I'll be back to remind you! 

I was lucky enough to run across it at NetGalley and even luckier when my request to read it was granted.  

It's one of those books I'll be sharing with friends and family.


While I was up way past my bedtime reading Ms. Terry's book, two books by two of my favorite authors popped up on my Kindle.  (Have I mentioned how much I love the magic of my Kindle?)

Natasha Lester's "The Paris Secret," 




and Mark Pryor's "The French Widow," (the 9th book in the Hugo Marston series)




Now to decide which to read first . . . 


Wishing you a good day!




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Friday, September 11, 2020

The Names by Billy Collins


Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night.
A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze,
And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows,
I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened,
Then Baxter and Calabro,
Davis and Eberling, names falling into place
As droplets fell through the dark.
Names printed on the ceiling of the night.
Names slipping around a watery bend.
Twenty-six willows on the banks of a stream.
In the morning, I walked out barefoot
Among thousands of flowers
Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears,
And each had a name --
Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal
Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins.
Names written in the air
And stitched into the cloth of the day.
A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox.
Monogram on a torn shirt,
I see you spelled out on storefront windows
And on the bright unfurled awnings of this city.
I say the syllables as I turn a corner --
Kelly and Lee,
Medina, Nardella, and O'Connor.
When I peer into the woods,
I see a thick tangle where letters are hidden
As in a puzzle concocted for children.
Parker and Quigley in the twigs of an ash,
Rizzo, Schubert, Torres, and Upton,
Secrets in the boughs of an ancient maple.
Names written in the pale sky.
Names rising in the updraft amid buildings.
Names silent in stone
Or cried out behind a door.
Names blown over the earth and out to sea.
In the evening -- weakening light, the last swallows.
A boy on a lake lifts his oars.
A woman by a window puts a match to a candle,
And the names are outlined on the rose clouds -
Vanacore and Wallace,
(let X stand, if it can, for the ones unfound)
Then Young and Ziminsky, the final jolt of Z.
Names etched on the head of a pin.
One name spanning a bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled into the skin.
Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names in a green field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a hat
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.