RBG’s last wish

Commentary with a little “News with a Twist

Trump insinuates Justice Ginsburg’s granddaughter lied.

Shocking? Not really.

Donald Trump has attempted to cast doubt on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish, baselessly claiming a statement released by the supreme court justice’s family was written by Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer, prominent Democrats in Congress.

Clara Spera

The statement, by Justice Ginsburg’s granddaughter, Clara Spera, a Harvard-educated lawyer said,

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Honoring RBG

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I wrote yesterday about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In that post I focussed on the unfeeling, ghoulish, (and in the case of Mitch McConnell, hypocritical) statements of the President of the United States and the Majority Leader of the Senate within hours of her passing.

The president’s comments were especially unnerving:

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!”

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RBG – RIP

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On this Rosh Hashanah, with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the hope for a “Sweet New Year” feels somehow empty

Today, Jews all around the world celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Since I’m not a particularly religious man, and certainly no Biblical scholar, forgive my having to use Wikipedia as my source:

Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎), literally means “head of the year.” The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally “day of shouting or blasting.” It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”), ending with Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּיפּוּר) “Day of Atonement” as specified by Leviticus 23:23–32 that occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere

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Who’s the Biggest Nut-Case in the World?

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Competing today: President Donald John Trump (I)* and Attorney General William ‘Lower the Bar’ Barr

(*Impeached)

Welcome Around the Block readers to the latest edition of “Who’s the Biggest Nut-Case in the World?”

Today, our reigning champion, the sitting President of the United States, Donald John Trump (I) will face challenger William ‘Lower the Bar’ Barr, the current Attorney General of the United States.

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Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

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Normal times would suggest a Russian dictator calling the President of the United States a “Useful Idiot” would dominate the news. But these aren’t normal times.

In his first interview, Lt. Col Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, says Trump goes out of his way to try to please the Russian president – that he is Putin’s “Useful Idiot.”

Yet this astonishing revelation hardly made a dent in the news. It was not even among the top news stories of the day. Why? Because on the same day as the publishing of Vindman’s comments by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic (yes The Atlantic), this happened: (here’s the link to The Atlantic article: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/09/alexander-vindman-trump-putin-useful-idiot/616341/)

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AP: Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers

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You can’t make this up!

With all the news focussing on Bob Woodward’s book and his 18 (count them, 18) taped interviews with Donald Trump who, in doing these interviews, solidified his standing as not only the worst president in the history of the United States, but possibly the stupidest man in the history of the United States, you might have missed this news, from the AP.

I’ve reprinted the article in its entirety. But I did want to point out one quote from Mike Pence, who, despite accepting the QAnon invitation, had earlier dismissed QAnon as a “conspiracy theory.” It’s a quote that solidifies his standing as not only the worst vice president in the history of the United States, but possibly the most sycophantic man in the history of the United States.

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WHITMAN: It’s Time for ‘Republicans and Independents for Biden’

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Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman writes why she is chairing the new group Republicans and Independents for Biden

Christine Todd Whitman is the national chairwoman of Republicans and Independents for Biden. She was the 50th governor of New Jersey and administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration during the Bush administration from 2001 to 2003.

Governor Whitman wrote the Op-Ed, “It’s time for ‘Republicans and Independents for Biden” for InsideSources.com. It has since been republished in many newspapers around the country.

I’ve reproduced the opinion piece in its entirety below:

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Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

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The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg details what we already knew: Trump is not a patriot; he’s a narcissist who not only doesn’t understand service to the country, actively denigrates it.

(Note: Today’s Around the Block was going to be devoted to Attorney General William Barr’s outrageous interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. You know, the one in which the chief law enforcement officer of the United States would not say that voting twice is illegal. But Barr’s boot-licking is old news.)

Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic magazine, published a stunning, but unsurprising article about President Donald John Trump’s views of patriotism, military service and those who, unlike him, served our country: they’re “losers” and “suckers.” In supporting this astonishing point of view from the sitting president of the United States, Goldberg quotes Trump’s former White House chief of staff, four-star Marine general John Kelly, “(Trump) can’t fathom the idea of doing something for someone other than himself.”

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Germany says Putin critic poisoned – Western leaders outraged!

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But not all Western leaders

Multiple news organizations have reported that Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent used in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy, the German government said Wednesday, provoking outrage from Western leaders who demanded Moscow provide an explanation.

But not all Western leaders.

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Paraphrasing Groucho!

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After seeing Trump’s latest rant with Laura Ingraham, all I could think of was the great Groucho Marx

As expected, at about 60 days out from the election, the polls are tightening. And that tightening should worry almost every American.

I say almost because I know that some of you aren’t worried – in fact you’re probably relishing the idea of four more years of Trump. After all, even though Trump didn’t deliver on most of his campaign promises, he did make one come true: He has, and is, presiding over the massive “American carnage” he predicted.

Groucho Marx once wrote in his resignation letter to the Friar’s Club, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”

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