How to make your house smell wonderful: Pick a half bucket of purple (Italian) plums from Resolute’s tree, follow Gen MacManaman’s instructions in “Dry it~You’ll like it” (copyright 1973), put 5 trays of sliced fruit in my Excalibur dehydrator [Thanks, Frosty], turn it on, at 145° for 2 hrs, then 110° til prunes are leathery, about 20 hours. A wonderful plum aroma permeates my whole house!! I am a happy camper! :-)
So! For the 6th annual Constitution Day Celebration (which is premature as that day is actually September 17th), Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, spoke about her experiences as a women, and as an observer of the women’s rights movement in the law. Some of my observations and her opinions:
- Justice Ginsburg has a fantastic memory for dates and cases.
- At one point the justification for women not being able to vote despite being persons and citizen entitled to rights under the Constitution was that children were also persons and citizens and they shouldn’t be able to vote either.
- There were 9 women in her matriculating law school class of 500 at Harvard.
- Law firms were pretty open about not wanting to hire women. One of the reasons was that women were thought to be too fragile to be exposed to the bar brawls that might occur between men (lawyers are notorious drinkers). Justice Ginsburg found this illogical. Why then they didn’t prohibit women from also being waitresses as they were far more exposed to brawls than women lawyers would be.
- If female lawyers found that when they could get a job, if they were as good or better than their male counterparts, they could find another job at another law firm easier.
- She wrote the plaintiff’s brief for the Supreme Court case Reed v. Reed. The background for the case was a fight over the executorship of a son’s estate. Unfortunately, the Reeds’ son was depressed and committed suicide, and Sally Reed wanted to be the executor of her child’s estate (which was not more than $1000 in value). However, Idaho law stated than when two people equally situated sued for executor, the man must be the preferred choice. This law was the first struck down under the 14th amendment.
- In Justice Ginsburg’s brief, she added as coauthors Dorothy Kenyon and Pauli Murray (coined the term “Jane Crow” laws, about the sexism black women faced) because at the time they were older and could no longer write the brilliant briefs they once did, and she felt that their work deserved to be recognized. She felt she was building off their successes.
This is Part 1. Part 2 (just a text post) coming up!
Let progress continue!
225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On August 31, 1789, a bill to Provide for the Safe Keeping of Acts, Records, and the Seal of the United States was introduced in the Senate. The bill was signed into law on September 15, 1789.
The Act set precedent for record keeping as an important function of the government. The Act renamed the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Department of State ( statedept) , and its leader was named the Secretary of State. The Act stated that the Secretary of State was to see that each bill, order, resolution, or vote was printed in at least three public newspapers in the United States; sent to each congressman and each state’s Executives; and that the original records would be kept with the Secretary of State. Finally, the Act established the Great Seal of the United States, and the Secretary of State as the seal’s custodian. Believe it or not, the Secretary of State still retains this responsibility!
Record keeping was a monumental task for the government. Each bill, order, resolution, and vote was kept and stored wherever space was found. This meant some legislation was stored in office basements or garages, some hidden away in file cabinets, some simply lost or destroyed, and almost all were poorly preserved. With the intention of this Act in mind, Congress established the National Archives in 1934 to properly preserve the records of the federal government.
An Act to Provide for the Safe Keeping of Acts, Records, and the Seal of the United States, and for Other Purposes, 8/31/1789, SEN 1A-C1, Records of the U.S. Senate
I am re-posting this for Kathryn Hull.
Constitution Day/Citizenship Day is September 17th.
"The United States functions under the longest living Constitution in the history of the world. The only way it might continue is if political knowledge is passed on, “says Director of the Mount’s Institute for Leadership, and Professor of Political Science, Dr. Paul Manuel.”
“Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when the U.S. Senate passed a bill designating the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. September 17 is the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.”
For more information, please see the Constitution Day resource page hosted by Phillips Library, at http://msmary.beta.libguides.com/constitution. [Quoted from Mount St Mary University Tumblr page.]
Kathryn Hull petitioned the City of Pacific Council and Mayor Leanne Guier to proclaim September 17, 2014 as Constitution Day in Pacific WA. And so I expect it to be so, tonight at the Council Workshop, ‘cuz you don’t mess with a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) “Honarary (Washington) State Regent”, her DAR colleagues, or friends (including me, pcs editor).
9-15-2014, Pacific WA.
8:20 PM UPDATE: This on ramp is now open. At this time, there are several emergency vehicles on the shoulder. Once past vehicles and flares, drivers should be able to merge onto Hwy 167. Caution recommended.
At approximately 7PM, Sunday: Stewart Rd on ramp to 167 NB still closed, but it looks like fire response is wrapping-up….
Pacific WA Council Videos:
(Left to right: Stacy Oliveira, Mayor Leanne Guier, Josh Putnam )
Part 1 _ Pledge, Oops…Pledge of Allegiance, Roll call
Part 2 _ Pot Zoning Hearing, Public Comments (Health Clinics cuts, 5K Run, Constitution Day/Citizenship Day Sept 17)
Agenda Item 4: Public Hearing. Marijuana Interim Zoning Ban “extension”, which was passed July 28, 2014, requires a public Hearing within 60-days. The Public Hearing is introduced by City Attorney. Interim “ban” length is discussed. Public Comments are taken. Hearing is closed.
Agenda Item 5: Public Comments for Items not on the Agenda are taken. Council is asked to address projected cuts of over $2 million in King County’s 2015 public health budget, which will close clinics, reduce services, and generate negative consequences; to consider a YMCA 5K run “fundraiser” in Pacific; and Mayor is asked to proclaim September 17th as Constitution Day/Citizenship Day in the City of Pacific.
Part 3_Reports, Park usage fee waiver, and grant MOU
Part 4_Police Accreditation, Public Works Manager Nominee Interview
(recess to executive session)
Part 5_Votes to Confirm Public Works Manager, & to Approve Consent Agenda
“EVERYONE DESERVES A LIFETIME”
I am helping Julie Webb today at her 3-Day 60 Mile Walk entry fee FUNDRAISER , 5:3- to 8PM, at Northwest Brewery, 1091 Valentine Ave. SE, Pacific WA. 98047!!!
All donations go to Susan G Komen foundation,
to help find a cure for breast cancer.
The3Day.org/Donate, participant:Julie Webb.
Posted by pcs editor.
and Yes, I did help drink all six brews on the Sampler tray.
My Favorite is “Crazy Bitch” ! jrf
HOW IT WAS 120 YEARS AGO
USGS “Land Classification Sheet”, Tacoma Quadrangle, 1894-95.
Full Color lithograph, with key to land cover…
Several copies are kept at the Tacoma Public Library, Main Branch, Northwest Room, (in the part of the building which was a “Carnegie Library” philanthropic gift from the Carnegie Foundation),
S 11th and Tacoma Avenue S, Tacoma WA.
Maps include some of the earliest of the Pierce County and King County areas…
I have also included 2 black and white maps of the mouth of the Puyallup River, showing the “Devin claim” and creeks and river as they were before the river delta/estuary was filled and industrialized…and a view by artist Albert Bierstadt, looking toward the Mountain.
And you wonder why salmon species are endangered and Puget Sound needs to “be saved”?
Leanne Guier’s “Ice Bucket Challenge” Videos by PCS
(1) Who made the Challenge? http://youtu.be/Ci2kE615eVY
(2) Kids: “Are you the mayor ?” http://youtu.be/Vuw7MF1-l_k
(3) ”Mayor, Mayor” chant http://youtu.be/VJuVDCx5nhE
(4) Mayor Leanne Guier: “Bring it”, and She Is “Iced”!
+ Joanne Futch takes the Challenge http://youtu.be/c-fHDXt4kr0
(5) Ice came too fast for Katie Garberding http://youtu.be/IBD2OHYTaLg