Tuesday, 3/5/13, Public Square



by | March 5, 2013 · 6:00 am

13 responses to “Tuesday, 3/5/13, Public Square

  1. Scalia continues to be a scorched earth kind of embarrassment to the judicial profession. Either the guy is losing his mind or he’s decided to just toss decorum, ethics, and legal scholarship to the winds. I never thought I could support impeachment of a SCOTUS justice, but he’s getting so far afield of what a reasonable and respected justice would be that I think he’s approaching impeachment territory.

    Of course, as long as the House remains more nuts than Scalia, it will never happen. But this guy needs to move along before he destroys what little credibility SCOTUS has after Bush v Gore and Citizens United.

    I think history will just him and his opinions harshly, but I doubt Nino cares. He’s having too much fun throwing poo against the wall and smearing himself and everyone around him.

  2. Hoping 617 and Zippy will weigh in here as I’m not too knowledgeable about SCOTUS history, but has there ever been a justice so blatantly political in his associations, his off the bench remarks and his questions and opinions from the bench? We joke about Congress critters needing NASCAR suits with their corporate sponsors’ names on them, but could this be the first sitting SCOTUS justice who should also proudly be displaying his benefactors?

    • PP, the closest would be Justice Douglas in his later years (when imho, he should have already retired). I seem to recall controversey over Chief Justice Marshall back in the day, and some academic criticism of the CJ at the time of Plessy v. Ferguson (I’m too lazy to research his name) but otherwise, I draw a blank. Perhaps Zippy can add his thoughts.

      Justice Scalia reminds me of Justice Douglas in many ways, not the least of which is his seeming decline in that magic thing known as “judicial temprament”. There seems to me to be similar declines in quality of opinions, and while I’m no fan of Justice Scalia, I find little comfort in his apparent willingness to follow the path of Justice Douglas as time continues to pass.

  3. With a hat tip to Indy, it seems all bad things were ushered into the American mainstream by St. Ronnie RayGun. Including his appointment of Scalia.

    And what damage wasn’t done by RayGun was continued or introduced by Shrub. Oy. And now Jebbie wants his entitlement? He wants to be elected POTUS in 2016?

    To quote Micheal Moore, “Dude, I want my country back!”

  4. Scalia seems bored and cocky (at best). He’s in a job he will leave feet first or when he darn well pleases, and a position higher than few will ever attain. He seems to enjoy being outrageous and as inappropriate as a very fine line of his own devising allows. He crossed my personal line of what is appropriate a long time ago.

    Reagan, the presidency from which woes flow. Even the ‘sequester’ started during his presidency. We could slightly change the old idiom and say the Reagan presidency is the root of all political evil.

    • Amen to that, Fnord. We’re still paying for the effects of the RayGun years. Imagine how long we’ll have to pay for the Shrub years. And if Jeb is successful? Just shoot me now.

      I heard on the Ed Show last night that Jeb Bush Jr. is thinking of running for Congress in Florida and of course Jebbie’s other evil spawn, George P. is going to run for office in Texas.

      To paraphrase Shakespeare, “who will rid us of this meddlesome lot?”

      Heheheh. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Hillary whip Jebbie’s ass?

  5. Jeb Bush is on a book tour. He is already taking positions on immigration different than what he wrote in the book fresh off the printing presses. His only explanation, “we wrote this book last year, not this year.” His name will give him access to publicity few writers would receive, he’ll sell books and makes big bucks, even tho what he says today is opposite of what he wrote in the book. I tell ya, this world of money over principle is a really weird one.

    In Immigration Wars, co-authored with immigration lawyer Clint Bolick, Bush agues that denying a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrations is “absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences.” Those who enter the country illegally, Bush contends, should “start the process to earn permanent legal residency” after pleading guilty to breaking the law and paying “applicable fines or perform community service.” But they should not have access to “the cherished fruits of citizenship”

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday that he would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

  6. rick liebst

    One would think that if in print it would be so hard to deny what someone has said. But that does not seem to be the case in quite a number of cases.
    It has to be one of two cases, either you honestly believe that no one is paying attention. Or that people are just that stupid that you can deny it at any time and no one will notice or care as long as it is something that they agree with or want to have in your own world/

  7. This is very good, worth the just over 6 minutes.

  8. Now that the Sequester is being unleashed, it’s time to take a look at some of the propaganda posters of Reverse World War II. Learn all about the fight to come apart!

  9. rick liebst

    Here is one of those which could fall into the realm of the unimaginable. Eric Holder has said that the use of drones to attack those that have been deemed to be warranted within the United States is not ruled out!