I know that in the end I’ll probably just be a page, or maybe even a chapter in your book. Even if that’s the case, I hope I’ll be one you go back and read often. And as you run your fingers over our words,
I hope you smile.
How are you doing? You getting sleep? Eating your vegetables? I can send you some vitamins if you’d like. Would you like that? Would you like me to make a dark pact with the underworld on your behalf? I’m sure I can talk to some witches; they are historically pro-choice.
I’m thinking of sending over a gift card for a fish supplier. Are you getting your fatty omega-3′s? Just don’t eat anything undercooked, okay.
You wish you could’ve learned to play piano. You wish you could’ve started drawing when you were young. You wish you could’ve figured out who you wanted to be before you graduated college. You wish you could’ve learned to love yourself sooner. Well you know what? You didn’t. And that’s just something you’re going to have to learn to deal with. But just because you didn’t do it sooner, doesn’t mean you can’t start now.
The “Pray for Betty White” movement is cute and all, but I think the person who really needs our prayers right now is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a liberal member of the United States Supreme Court. Being a Jewish woman and a big advocate for women’s rights, her presence on the Supreme Court has really helped American law move towards equality. For example, Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same sex-wedding, is a big advocate for equal voting rights, and as a feminist, her voice and vote in the Supreme Court has helped protect women’s reproductive rights for years.
The problem is, Ginsburg is 83 years old (the oldest member) and a cancer survivor. If she passes away, Trump will be in charge of replacing her presence on the United States Supreme Court, and you can be sure that he’ll replace her with somebody who is against everything she stands for.
At the moment, the Supreme Court consists of 4 liberal members, 3 conservative members, and Justice Kennedy, who is a conservative swing (a conservative member that occasionally sides with the liberals). The confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch would give conservatives a potential edge of 5 to 4, which means conservatives could control what cases enter the Supreme Court for a vote, as well as the results. It only takes a simple majority of 5 votes to overturn a case. Nevertheless, we have fared well in a 4 liberal, 4 conservative, and 1 conservative swing court before. It’s not good, but not the end of the world.
Ginsburg’s passing would give the conservatives a concrete 5 votes, and a potential 6 votes, which would give conservatives the ability to overturn any major court case, including Roe v. Wade (abortion rights) and Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage).
On top of that, Supreme Court justices serve life terms, so you can bet Trump will elect a YOUNG conservative, meaning conservatives have the potential to completely control the Supreme Court for GENERATIONS to come.
Lawrence Joseph Bader, a cookware salesman from Ohio, disappeared in 1957 whilst on a fishing trip at Lake Eerie. Authorities found his empty boat, tackle, but Lawrence was nowhere to be seen. A freak storm made it probable that Bader had been injured and died. In 1960, he was officially declared dead. His wife, Mary Lou, was heavily pregnant with their fourth child and was understandably devastated. That was until, in 1965, Bader was miraculously found alive; Living as John ‘Fritz’ Johnson, a local TV personality, in Omaha, Nebraska.
It was only by sheer coincidence that Lawrence was recognised. On February 2, 1965, Johnson was at an archery tournament in Chicago when he was spotted by an old friend. Bader’s 21-year-old niece, Suzanne Peika, then approached him to have a look. Convinced, she asked him, “Pardon me, but aren’t you my Uncle Larry Bader, who disappeared seven years ago?” Johnson laughed it off, but Mrs. Pieka insisted that had his fingerprints compared with Bader’s military records. They matched. Johnson was now faced with the fact that all his memories were false and that he had two wives.
This case has been described as one of the most baffling amnesia disappearances on record, and it will never be properly answered as Lawrence/John had no recollection of the events leading up to it.