March 22, 2004
Wag the Duck
Warning: Disgust ahead.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a smug, self-referential BASTARD. I know I said that the Israeli government's tactic of firing missiles at wheelchair-bound quadriplegics is unsporting, at best, but Scalia is – to the best of my knowledge – fully ambulatory. So please, Sharon – feel free.
Posted by Highwaygirl on March 22, 2004 06:51 PM
to the category Political Rants
You forgot to say that he sucks.
I had the "pleasure" of seeing him while I was at Notre Dame, He judged some sort of mock trial. I also had a professor who served as his clerk. Or maybe it was two professors. I can't remember if the second was Scalia's clerk or Rhenquist's. Same thing. Smug fucks who do everything they can to make sure this country is an aristocracy.
For a real justice, look to John Paul Stevens. Brilliant thinker, and incredible writer. You can actually understand what the hell he is talking about. And what Scalia is to smugness, Stevens is to charm. Two quick stories about him.
A lawyer was making his first appearance in front of the Supreme Court. Due to nerves, he called the Justices "judges" on several occassions. One of the Justices chastized him, at which point Stevens leaned forward and said "don't worry about it counsel, the Constitution makes the same mistake." (Referring to the fact that the Constitution does in fact refer to Supreme Court "judges")
Clerkships still tend to go to males. But about 30 years ago it was a brand new thing for females to serve as clerks. One of the original female clerks was at a party attended by all of the Justices and their clerks. One Justice mistook her for a caterer, and told her to start serving drinks. Not wanting to disobey a request from a Supreme Court Justice, she started to do so, obviously highly embarrassed. Stevens noticed the situation, took the drink tray from her, and served people himself.
*hits Scalia with a lunch tray*
Scalia is, in fact, the inspiration for my whole *hits-whatever-with-a-lunch-tray* schtick.
Good stories, Overg! I think my new schoolgirl crush should be on Justice Stevens. Is he dead?
Although brain activity is not a requirement of sitting on the Supreme Court, Stevens is both still living and a Justice. He's the senior Associate Justice, "second in command" to only Chief Justice Rhenquist.
Basically, whenever you read language coming from the Court which makes you think "that really makes sense," chances are Stevens wrote it.