California Senator Feinstein dead at 90
…or as we were informed by one of our Ohio correspondents earlier today: “Another one bites the dust
Compiled from multiple web sources:
QUOTE: The oldest member of Congress has died. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) passed away at age 90 during the evening of Sept. 28, her chief of staff said Friday. Her cause of death has not been made public…
Ms. Feinstein became a U.S. senator in 1992. She was reelected five times. Before her time in Washington, she was San Francisco’s mayor and a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors…
Under the U.S. Constitution, states have the power to fill vacancies that arise in the Senate…
Ms. Feinstein’s seat was already set to become vacant in early 2025, as she had opted not to run for another term.
The race for the seat includes U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Republicans running include attorney Eric Early and businesswoman Sarah Sun Liew.
No Republican has represented California in the Senate since 1992. Democrats currently hold a majority in the Senate. With Feinstein, that majority was 51–49. Without her, it is 50–49. END QUOTE (Source: Epoch Times)
QUOTE: Feinstein was born Dianne Emiel Goldman1\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-famousfolk.com-1) on June 22, 193319\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-19) in San Francisco to Leon Goldman, a prominent surgeon;20\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-20) and his wife Betty (née Rosenburg), a former model.
Her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. Her maternal grandparents, the Rosenburgs, were from Saint Petersburg, Russia.21\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-background-21)
Although they were of German-Jewish ancestry,22\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-Stone2010-22) they practiced the Russian Orthodox (Christian) faith, as was required for Jews in Saint Petersburg.21\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-background-21)23\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-books.google.com-23)
Christianity was passed down to Feinstein’s mother, who insisted on her transferral from a Jewish day school to a prestigious local Catholic school, but Feinstein listed her religion as Judaism.24\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-24) …
Feinstein supported abortion rights during her Senate career.110\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-auto5-115) In 2003, she voted against a proposal to ban a method of abortion referred to as partial-birth abortion.115\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-120)
After the Supreme Court ruled against abortion rights in 2022, Feinstein called for congressional action to protect abortion rights116\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-121) and stated her support for lifting the Senate filibuster rule to allow such legislation to pass with a simple majority.117\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-122)…
Feinstein introduced the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which became law in 1994 and expired in 2004.135\(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#cite_note-Freedman-140)
In January 2013, about a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, she and Representative Carolyn McCarthy proposed a bill that would “ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing or importation of 150 specific firearms including semiautomatic rifles or pistols that can be used with a detachable or fixed ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and have specific military-style features, including pistol grips, grenade launchers or rocket launchers”. END QUOTE (Source: Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein
A few years ago, news (finally) broke that a long-time employee in Feinstein’s San Francisco office was a spy for the communist Chinese government. Here is how conservative columnist Marc Thiessen saw the situation. All *emphases* ours.
QUOTE: Explain the Chinese Spy, Sen. Feinstein || August 09, 2018
Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm?
Well, this month we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an “office director” on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep.
Feinstein acknowledged the infiltration but played down its significance. “Five years ago the FBI informed me it had concerns that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information,” Feinstein said in a statement — which means the breach took place while Feinstein was heading the Intelligence Committee.
But, Feinstein insisted, “he never had access to classified or sensitive information or legislative matters” and was immediately fired. In other words: junior staffer, no policy role, no access to secrets, quickly fired — no big deal.
But it is a big deal. I asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials how serious this breach might have been. “It’s plenty serious,” one former top Justice Department official told me.
“Focusing on his driver function alone, in Mafia families, the boss’s driver was among the most trusted men in the crew, because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car.”
A former top CIA clandestine officer explained to me what the agency would do if it had recruited the driver of a senior official such as Feinstein.
“We would have the driver record on his phone all conversations that Feinstein would have with passengers and phone calls in her car. If she left her phone, iPad or laptop in the car while she went to meetings, social events, dinners, etc., we would have the driver download all her devices.
“If the driver drove for her for 20 years, he would probably would have had access to her office and homes. We would have had the source put down an audio device in her office or homes if the opportunity presented itself.
Depending on the take from all of what the source reported, we would use the info to target others that were close to her and exhibited some type of vulnerability.”
“In short,” this officer said, “we would have had a field day.”
It seems improbable that Feinstein never once discussed anything sensitive in her car over a period of years. But let’s assume that Feinstein was extraordinarily careful and never discussed any classified information in front of her driver or on any devices to which he had access.
Even so, one former top intelligence official told me, “someone in that position could give an adversary a whole bunch on atmospherics and trends and attitudes which are from time to time far more important than the things we call secrets.” He added, “It’s like [having access to her] unclassified emails.” (And we all know no one ever exposes classified information on unclassified emails).
Washington is understandably focused on the threat from Russia. But according to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, “China from a counterintelligence perspective represents the broadest, most pervasive, most threatening challenge we face as a country.” END QUOTE (Source: The Washington Post. The rest of this story can be found here.)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has not yet revealed when he would make his choice to fulfill the unexpired term. Rumors have recently swirled that he might appoint his wife.
But that would be in contradiction to his statement some time ago that he would appoint a black woman. Newsom’s current wife does not look like a black woman. Newsom was once married to Kimberly Guilfoyle (divorced 2006), formerly of Fox News, now the fiancée of Donald Trump, Jr.
Newsom is also the nephew (by marriage) of that other California political jewel, Nancy Pelosi. Newsom has also stated he would not appoint any of the candidates already announced for the primary (mentioned earlier in this post).
Yes, another one bites the dust. Feinstein has performed her “exit—stage left.”
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Or perhaps more appropriate in this case would be these verses spoken unto the serpent:
Genesis 3:14 And the LORD (Yahweh) God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee [the serpent] and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed [Christ and His Body]; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.