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milestogo

(16,829 posts)
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 03:21 PM Dec 2023

So I was in a meeting at work when the news about O'Connor broke.

I don't want to give a way too much but, these people SHOULD KNOW who is on the Supreme Court and should have known that this justice retired 17 years ago. And then people started talking about how "there's going to be an opening" and "Biden's going to shift the court" and "this couldn't have happened at a worse time". I just kept quiet.

I was stunned. I haven't even heard her name in years. How could anyone think she was still on the Court?

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So I was in a meeting at work when the news about O'Connor broke. (Original Post) milestogo Dec 2023 OP
Because they are stupid? flying_wahini Dec 2023 #1
You should have noted openly that O'Connor was no longer on the court. LuvLoogie Dec 2023 #2
Proverbial palm face at the willful ignorance Ninga Dec 2023 #3
Bush replaced her with Samuel Alito, another candidate for worst SC Justice of all time. patphil Dec 2023 #4
It's very discouraging and worrisome. yardwork Dec 2023 #5
and they vote...........face palm............rescind their citizenship IA8IT Dec 2023 #6
And they reproduce. 3catwoman3 Dec 2023 #14
Well, I cannot stand on my high horse, for some reason I thought she was already dead!! Coventina Dec 2023 #7
So did I!! TSExile Dec 2023 #10
I think she retired to take care of her husband, who was in poor health. milestogo Dec 2023 #12
Yes!! Term limits!! TSExile Dec 2023 #13
Yes, I did too. n/t japple Dec 2023 #18
Maybe Alito can replace her as an ex-justice? gratuitous Dec 2023 #8
Maybe Alito can replace her an an ex-living human being jcgoldie Dec 2023 #9
Sounds like mission accomplished MSM to me. IrishAfricanAmerican Dec 2023 #11
LOLLLLL GuppyGal Dec 2023 #15
I don't know whether it's lack of interest or just addiction to Fox and other right-wing media, but the level Lonestarblue Dec 2023 #16
Frankly I think that "Americans work and don't have time to keep up with stuff" Sky Jewels Dec 2023 #21
Don't be surprised. cab67 Dec 2023 #17
I remember the night John Lennon was shot. milestogo Dec 2023 #19
People. Are. Stupid. live love laugh Dec 2023 #20
Did they figure it out later? nilram Dec 2023 #22

LuvLoogie

(7,167 posts)
2. You should have noted openly that O'Connor was no longer on the court.
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 03:23 PM
Dec 2023

You really wouldn't have to say anything else. Hold a mirror up to their oblivious stupidity.

Ninga

(8,303 posts)
3. Proverbial palm face at the willful ignorance
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 03:25 PM
Dec 2023

of supposed adult voting age Americans. It’s stunning ignorance. Yet opinions.

yardwork

(62,076 posts)
5. It's very discouraging and worrisome.
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 03:26 PM
Dec 2023

I feel as if I was more aware in high school of current events and how are government works than many supposedly educated adults are now.

I'm sorry to sound like a curmudgeon but our democracy is in a fragile state and people need to wake up.

That must have been startling and depressing for you to witness.

milestogo

(16,829 posts)
12. I think she retired to take care of her husband, who was in poor health.
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 04:32 PM
Dec 2023

But generally speaking, these justices work too long. I don't think most people want to work up until the day they die.

TSExile

(3,191 posts)
13. Yes!! Term limits!!
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 04:35 PM
Dec 2023

If term limits had been established YEARS ago, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we're in right now with SCOTUS.

Lonestarblue

(10,572 posts)
16. I don't know whether it's lack of interest or just addiction to Fox and other right-wing media, but the level
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 05:30 PM
Dec 2023

of historical ignorance in this country is pretty astonishing. I understand that working people do not necessarily have a lot of time for news, but one would think that knowing the current members of the Supreme Court might be helpful.

Sky Jewels

(7,333 posts)
21. Frankly I think that "Americans work and don't have time to keep up with stuff"
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 06:04 PM
Dec 2023

is a bullshit excuse used to let Americans off the hook. People in other countries also work but are able to keep up with the news of the world. And many of them know far more about US politics and history and current events than the average American! It doesn't take much time of effort to skim a few headlines online or even flip through an actual newspaper.

cab67

(3,060 posts)
17. Don't be surprised.
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 05:38 PM
Dec 2023

I teach highly intelligent college students. I've stopped being surprised at what they don't know.

I've met students who appear to believe a President can fire Supreme Court justices at will; who were unaware that WW2 was fought in both Europe and the Pacific; and who found it hard to believe that bats and whales are mammals.

I gave a quiz a while back that asked students some questions about pictures of various animals. The token mammal on this quiz was usually a human, and I often used pictures of celebrities who'd recently died - and that year, I used just-deceased George Harrison. One student wrote on their quiz, "Wasn't he in some band?"

As a grad student many years ago, I helped grade a midterm on which the professor showed a picture of the earth with a big wedge cut out. The point was to have students identify the various layers of the earth - crust, mantle, inner and outer core. A sizable number identified the crust as the atmosphere. One of the other TA's asked a student why they'd done that. The student pointed to South America and asked, "Isn't that a cloud?"

And don't get me started on unintentionally funny misspellings.

milestogo

(16,829 posts)
19. I remember the night John Lennon was shot.
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 05:45 PM
Dec 2023

I told my roommate and she said "Wasn't he one of the Beatles or something?"

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