I can’t stop thinking of the people of Ukraine.  I see photos of people fleeing with their pets. This invasion is not okay, and the response is showing what people want and need.

It seems resistance is working.  People in Russia are protesting this action, and Ukraine is defending themselves, and calling for help.  Perhaps, this time, humanity will prevail, and the wounds of this disputed region can heal.

I’m pleased with the Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Heather Cox Richardson has this to say about her:

Similarly, it seems to me a mistake to characterize Jackson as a part of a “radical progressive agenda” unless democracy itself has become such a thing. Jackson’s tightly reasoned briefs show a focus on democracy that is similar to that of her mentor, Breyer. She has become famous, for example, for a 2019 opinion rejecting the idea that a president’s advisors cannot be compelled to testify before Congress. “Presidents are not kings,” she wrote. “This means that they do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or blood, whose destiny they are entitled to control. Rather, in this land of liberty, it is indisputable that current and former employees of the White House work for the People of the United States, and that they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Like Breyer, as well, Jackson has a “reputation for pragmatism and consensus building,” according to former president Barack Obama, who nominated her as a district judge.

At today’s event, Jackson defined America as “the greatest beacon of hope and democracy the world has ever known.”C

Anticipating criticism suggesting that Jackson’s judicial experience has been brief, Vladeck also compiled a chart of the judicial experience of all Supreme Court justices since 1900. The information showed that Jackson’s 8.9 years of prior judicial experience is more than four of the justices currently on the court—Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Elena Kagan, and Amy Coney Barrett—had combined. It’s also more experience than 4 of the last 10 justices had at their confirmations, or 9 of the last 17, or 43 of the 58 appointed since 1900.

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