One of the 20th Century's most famous photos depicts Lyndon Johnson taking the Oath of Office on Air Force One after the assassination of JFK. The (now-former) First Lady is at his side, with blood on her clothes.

Most people don't notice that the person swearing him in is a woman. She remains the only woman to swear in a president. Her name is Sarah Hughes, and she was just the third woman ever appointed to the Federal courts when JFK appointed her in 1961. She began her career on the bench as a state district court judge in Texas in 1936 – 18 years before women were even allowed to sit on juries in Texas.

Also, note that anyone over 65 was alive at a time when some states didn't allow women on juries. Is America great again yet?

40 thoughts on “NPF: DISRUPTED TIMELINE”

  • Interesting that Texas didn’t allow women on juries, I wonder what the “reasoning” was. Also seems to be pretty unconstitutional, and we know how much Texans love them some Constitution*.

    * Except the parts they don’t, yet somehow are still claimed to be divinely inspired.

  • I don’t think this qualifies as NPF, but it is interesting. Anyway, I think Roy Moore said that to truly MAGA, we have to go back to the antebellum years, and JESUS CHRIST, IF THAT DOESN’T DISQUALIFY HIM FOR THE SENATE IN 2017, WHAT THE AF DOES???

  • Leon, Moore said that to a black man in answer to his question about "when do you see America as having been great?'

    Moore said (all paraphrases from memory) that it was great when families stuck together and supported each other, that we may have had slavery then, but people were united and it was better.

    My jaw was on the floor. a) That he can think that. b) That he can say it, out loud, to a black man's face.

    Imagine the inside of a mind for whom others don't exist at all. Even when the physical evidence is right in front of him.

  • MAGA? Slowing the pace of financialization might help, but I don't see them surrendering any power for the greater good easily.

  • defineandredefine says:


    Let's be honest – if his remarks on Islam and homosexuality, along with his flagrant disregard for both the constitution and rule of law via the federal courts didn't immediately disqualify for office, there wasn't much chance that anything would. Case in point – the allegations of sexual assault against him. That shit didn't work either. Why would a remark about how great America was under slavery?

  • ahem

    Regardless of whether you are new or have been around forever, or read every day or once per year, or hate it but still read it for some reason, lately I have had this nagging feeling that a lot of people (who comment, otherwise I have no clue what you're thinking in response) are missing the point. So, here is the Big Reveal: this isn't and never has been about Politics. It's a blog about bad logic. Bad arguments. Conservatives are not The Enemy. Centrists aren't either. The whole point, and what gives me some small amount of pleasure, is to make fun of bad arguments and the motives of people who make them. Usually the motive is either 1) they are lying to you, and think you're stupid enough not to notice that their argument makes no sense or, 2) they're really bad at logic and don't understand that the argument doesn't make sense (or, more often, is totally inapplicable to the point).

    Hilarious; apparently everyone who disagrees with your politics is guilty of bad logic.

    Personally I am a tremendous fan, but must subtract points from your overall lifetime score due to lack of introspection.

  • Feel free to cite some definition of "Conservatives" not predicated on tribal enmity to oh, let's say "liberalism" or "progress" …or "women."

    Needs must a hobgoblin of nonfoolish consistencies be
    Ere for random bloody and chaotic seas

    (this sounded better in my head with 1970s background porn guitar riffs)

  • @Safety Man! I ran into the "no women on juries" mindset in 2015 when I last had jury duty–only it came from the woman in the waiting room sitting next to me. I had nothing better to do with the morning (that is, I was stuck in a room waiting to see if I was going to be called into a courtroom or not), so I listened to see if I could learn something.

    Here's the logic: the woman didn't work, and of course it goes without saying that stay-at-home wives are VERY VERY BUSY people and it's simply impossible to find a friend, family member, or legitimate baby-sitting service to watch a school-age child during the day. So stay-at-home wives should get special dispensation from serving on jury duty (presumably unlike working mothers, who never, ever need to worry about childcare?)

    Since we seem to be careening into The Handmaid's Tale, it wouldn't surprise me that many politicians also hold this view.

  • There's a book called The Way We Never Were, written in 1993 by Stephanie Coontz. The book takes on 200 years of American family life, and it will not shock any of the G&T readers to learn that family life was never the way it was portrayed in 1950s-era sitcoms. Check your public library for it, or order it off Amazon for as little as $2.

  • Thanks for this picture, Ed! My history classes never went up to the 1960s. Heck, we never made it past WWII, and I suspect the only reason we covered WWII at all when I was in high school was that I lived in Hawaii, where the bombing of Pear Harbor was a Big Frickin' Deal, and most of our teachers were children in the 1940s.

  • This is why I just shut up and listened when women like my aunts were all inspired and tearful about Secretary Clinton's run for President.

  • @ Mo:

    This blurb:

    "Late in life, William F. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin. Capitalism is "boring," said the founding father of the American right. "Devoting your life to it," as conservatives do, "is horrifying if only because it's so repetitious. It's like sex." With this unlikely conversation began Robin's decade-long foray into the conservative mind. What is conservatism, and what's truly at stake for its proponents?"

    from the page you linked to is a nice little reveal of the inner "fucking-off" of the conservative "thinker". So, Buckley was a bit like L. Ron Hubbard in inventing a religion he himself had no faith in.

    That last bit:

    "What is conservatism, and what's truly at stake for its proponents?"

    would be tantalizing, if I didn't already know that what the want is the unchecked ability to hurt people who they don't like and, of course, have sex with children.

  • Oh, hey friends. We have a full-fledged imperialist scumbag and war criminal in our midst (Monty being Doug Feith, or someone who is apparently happy to link to his personal site).

    An excerpt of his execrable life and work:

    "Feith played a significant role in the buildup to the Iraq war.[14] As part of his portfolio, he supervised the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, a group of policy and intelligence analysts created to provide senior government officials with raw intelligence, unvetted by the intelligence community.[15] The office, eventually dismantled, was later criticized in Congress and the media for analysis that was contradicted by CIA analysis and investigations performed following the invasion of Iraq. General Tommy Franks, who led both the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the Iraq War, once called Feith "the dumbest fucking guy on the planet".[16][17]"

    Doug Feith was responsible for selling America the ginned up bullshit of the Iraq war, resulting in the deaths of anywhere between 200,000 and a 1,000,000 Iraqis, destabilizing the entire fucking region and making it ripe for an ISIS takeover.

    Doug Feith belongs in the Hague, drinking a vial of poison right before they pass the life sentence.

  • JC – Cue Zombie John Stuart Mill to shamble in and intone:

    Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.

  • @democommie

    Sorry, I would have said that Doug Feith's head should be gently rolling into a basket in front of a crowd of cheering onlookers, but I feel like that sort of justice isn't appreciated by some of the posters here.

    Then again I hope that one day W., Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condi, Yoo, Gonzales, Pipes, Perle and Feith will all be at the Hague or hanging from lamp posts somewhere.

  • @Katydid, I distinctly remember that my stepmother was exempted from jury duty because she was (at the time) a full-time stay-at-home mom. This was sometime in the early 90s in the state of New York. And I don't think that's so terrible either. Of course, it doesn't negate your basic point.

  • @Anori, my larger point (which I see I neglected to make–shouldn't post without proofreading), is that there's so much push from the whackaloon fringes to limit women to kinder, kuche, kirch (children, cooking, church). The Dominionists who have been trying to work their way into the highest echelons of gov't since the 1970s believe this, and Roy Moore has made statements that women shouldn't be allowed to hold jobs, run for office, or vote (Ann Coulter has also weighed in that women shouldn't be allowed to vote).

    Forbidding women from jury duty is just another step backwards.

    I remember when women couldn't manage their own bank accounts or have credit cards in their own name–even if they had jobs.

    Treating women like they're imbeciles incapable of functioning like adults is very dangerous and not at all good.

  • @ Katydid, et al

    I suspect a darker motivation, when I served on a jury the judge was nice enough to recognize us, and she pointed out that serving on a jury is one of the few civil duties required of us as citizens. Ergo, denying women juryship is a step towards the MAGA day’s before women could vote.

  • @ Katydid, @ anori
    All citizens who serve on juries are being taken away from their regular work or duties, and thus have to deal with the problem of how their duties are fulfilled in their absence. This is true of people who work outside the home as well as stay-at-home people with child care responsibilities.
    There are two larger issues. One is the individual issue of women being viewed as less than full citizens (not permitted to serve on juries). Less than full citizenship can be related to less than full agency, as in the requirement that women not be given financial instruments in their own name (I absolutely remember this in my lifetime, and not in a southern state, either.)
    The other big side of this is, when women are not on the jury pool, women DEFENDANTS don't get the same quality of justice.

  • @Sheila; excellent point that if no women are in juries, then women defendents don't get the same quality of justice.

    Every bit as disturbing to me as the potential for women to be excluded from juries are the women who sabotage themselves–"Oh, tee-hee-hee, I'm just a woman, you can't expect me to be able to think!" and the ones who buy into the whole Domionist "complementarian" bullshit that women are never ever to leave the home unless they're under the direct control of a man, not to mention the "ZOMG, my 10-year-old is going to have to spend an hour at a friend's house after school so I can spend one day every decade or so on jury duty–OTHER PEOPLE ARE RAISING MY CHILD!!!' nonsense.

    My kids grew up in a dual-active-duty household, which meant sometimes one parent or the other was TDY while the other was working and raising the kids. As a result, they see adults as capable people who don't have to be wrapped up in cotton and carefully protected from the world, and that by god, it IS possible to work and run a household. It's just so depressing that 5 decades after the 1960s, some part of the populace clings to the "kinder kuche kirsch" view of women.

  • @Katydid – the word for church is Kirche; kirch (in your first post) is close, but it's not a word. Kirsch (in your second post) is brandy. Definitely required when contemplating the folks for whom Kinder/Kuche/Kirche is a way of life.

    It can also get worse… some add Kammer (literally "chamber" but sometimes can mean "room"), Keller (the cellar, where food is stored), and Kleider (clothing).

  • @German, thank you for taking the time to correct me (this is not sarcastic, it's genuine). My Dutch friends spell it kirke so I was guessing at the German spelling and I failed.

    I agree that when raising kinder, kirsch is required! I hadn't heard the add-ons, just the first 3. Makes sense, though; religious fundamentalists always want the women to be cloistered and completely incapable of functioning in society.

  • "The other big side of this is, when women are not on the jury pool, women DEFENDANTS don't get the same quality of justice."

    I would dare say that women defendants are not the only ones. Blacks, poors, immigrants–you name it.

  • "It can also get worse… some add Kammer (literally "chamber" but sometimes can mean "room"), Keller (the cellar, where food is stored), and Kleider (clothing)."


    Also, nowadays with allathem 2ndmendment types stockin' up on teh gunz, you could add Kimber1911 and Kalashnikov. That might make somethem good ol' boys have a thought.

  • "my 10-year-old is going to have to spend an hour at a friend's house after school so I can spend one day every decade or so on jury duty–OTHER PEOPLE ARE RAISING MY CHILD!!!' nonsense."

    Them dominionist babez are more worried about their Himmeljugend getting bad ideas about freedom, sex and drugs and rock'n'roll.

  • @Demo; in my lifetime, I've lived through being a kid in an era when most mothers didn't work and their idea of child-raising was to let the kids out in the morning with stern warnings not to come back until college…to now with 80% of all mothers in the workforce and the concern-trolling that a 17-year-old getting off the bus a half-hour before the parents get home is "terrified!" and "abandoned!" Of course it's the mother who's expected to give up any sort of life and instead dedicate herself to helicopter parenting her kids.

  • If the world were truly just, Donald Trump would be hocking 17-year-old Hyundais in a vacant Youngstown, Ohio lot and Roy Moore would be his mascot on the sidewalk, holding a “No Credit, No Problem” sign, dressed in a giraffe costume, and using his lunch breaks to masturbate in the bathroom of the Arby’s across the street. But life ain't fair, and White Mediocrity rules Washington, so all we can do is hide the diaper bags.

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  • Read Caro's "The Passage of Power", for some interesting background on how Judge Hughes was selected by Johnson to administer the Oath of Office.

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