Would you rather spend Thanksgiving Day with the family or look for discounts at Target, K-Mart or RadioShack? You’ll have more choices this year as more and more chains are opening on the holiday. But Nordstrom, Costco and others are striking back, staying closed and boasting that they’re more “family friendly.” Is opening on America’s Day of Thanks a kind of secular sacrilege, or should the marketplace decide? Also, Governor Brown’s latest appointment will help re-shape the State Supreme Court. Why is it called a “mind blower?”
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“There was something terribly offensive… about this violent, gluttonous, materialistic shopping holiday eating up the one day we’re just meant to be thankful for what we have.” That’s according to Brian Rich, a marketing worker at a credit union in Idaho who’s “Boycott Black Thursday” page on Facebook is booming.
When he was first Governor in the 1970’s, Jerry Brown appointed the first woman, first Latino and first black to the State Supreme Court. Two of them were later recalled by the voters. In his third term as Governor, he appointed two law professors, but he waited until after election to his fourth term this month before naming a successor to retiring Justice Joyce Kennard. Now he’s chosen a young, African-American woman, Leondra Kruger, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Administration. Gerald Uelmen, a law professor at Santa Clara University and student of the judiciary, calls the appointment a “mind blower.”
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