Scalia and His Cobweb Thinking
"abortion, gay rights are easy cases"
When I was young (~So Much Younger Than Today~) I use to refer to OLD as cobwebby (especially hinting at cerebral activity). I believe this was because whenever I encountered something really decrepit or older than dirt, it had certain characteristics; like a funny unique (older than dirt) odor and was accompanied by a gazillion shuddersome cobwebs. So as I merrily journeyed toward senility, I would refer to some old people (especially old men who would flirt with me) as full of cobwebs, not so much because of their physical features; it was their thinking that seemed to drip with creepy spider webs, to me.
So it was, full-of-cobwebs meant to me that these oldsters could only view the world in terms of rules and laws from a by-gone era. You know those days when superstitions dominated the consciousness of the times i.e.
If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.
A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.
It is bad luck to walk under a ladder.
To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck.
A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.
(OK, Im getting way to Halloweenie, you can read more at: http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/scary1.html)
Anyway, back to Full-of-Cobwebs, some of those who identify with the Right-Wing Tea Party Movement have so many cobwebs living within their brains cells, its a wonder they can live in this day of hi-tech and science. Actually they do have problems living in, The Today (which must seem very frightening to them). That is why they resort to antiquated superstitions to cope. Whats really chilling about this is the fact that some of these cobwebby folks are leaders in high places who with tons of webs in their belfries, have the power to make us all live by their archaic way of thinking.
Anthony Scalia is one such loony, TALK ABOUT POWER, he can send us all back to the dark ages with one full swipe of a pen. I came across this article this morning telling how this Supreme Court justice thinks (or thinks through an entanglement of cobwebs). Another disturbing factor, the man is proud of it! SAY WHAT? Please read the article below. Thinkingblue
PS: Here are a few quotes from another cobweb-loon who has the power to turn (OUR) life into a Dracula movie:
If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole ... VICTIMS OF LEGITIMATE RAPE DON'T GET PREGNANT! Todd Akin
Terrorist Doctors are giving abortions to women who aren't actually pregnant Todd Akin
This is benign but still noteworthy: Todd Akin Says McCaskill Is Not 'Ladylike' ... (COBWEBBY epitomized!)
Scalia says abortion, gay rights are easy cases
By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Antonin Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve.
Scalia calls himself a "textualist" and, as he related to a few hundred people who came to buy his new book and hear him speak in Washington the other day, that means he applies the words in the Constitution as they were understood by the people who wrote and adopted them.
So Scalia parts company with former colleagues who have come to believe capital punishment is unconstitutional. The framers of the Constitution didn't think so and neither does he.
"The death penalty? Give me a break. It's easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state," Scalia said at the American Enterprise Institute.
He contrasted his style of interpretation with that of a colleague who tries to be true to the values of the Constitution as he applies them to a changing world. This imaginary justice goes home for dinner and tells his wife what a wonderful day he had, Scalia said.
This imaginary justice, Scalia continued, announces that it turns out "'the Constitution means exactly what I think it ought to mean.' No kidding."
As he has said many times before, the justice said the people should turn to their elected lawmakers, not judges, to advocate for abortion rights or an end to the death penalty. Or they should try to change the Constitution, although Scalia said the Constitution makes changing it too hard by requiring 38 states to ratify an amendment for it to take effect.
"It is very difficult to adopt a constitutional amendment," Scalia said. He once calculated that less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, residing in the 13 least populous states, could stop an amendment, he said.
In a lengthy question-and-answer session, Scalia once again emphatically denied there's a rift among the court's conservative justices following Chief Justice John Roberts' vote to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law. Scalia dissented from Roberts' opinion.
"Look it, do not believe anything you read about the internal workings of the Supreme Court," he said. "It is either a lie because the press knows we won't respond they can say whatever they like and we won't respond or else it's based on information from someone who has violated his oath of confidentiality, that is to say, a non-reliable source. So one way or another it is not worthy of belief."
"We can disagree with one another on the law without taking it personally," he said.
More Here: http://news.yahoo.com/scalia-says-abortion-gay-rights-easy-cases-073501926.html___
The issue of gay rights, or more specifically same-sex marriage, is expected to be a big
one in the term that began this week. While the justices initially were scheduled to discuss
the topic at their private conference in late September, it now appears likely that they will
not make a decision about whether to take up a gay marriage case until after the
presidential election, which would mean arguments would not take place until the spring.
The justices have a variety of pending appeals they could choose to hear that deal in one
way or another with gay marriage.
One set of cases looks at whether same-sex couples who are legally married can be
deprived of a range of federal benefits that are available to heterosexual couples. Another
case deals with California's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and federal
court rulings striking down the amendment. An Arizona case deals with a state law that
revoked domestic partner benefits, making them available only to married couples.
Arizona's constitution bans gay marriage. More Here: http://news.yahoo.com/scalia-says-abortion-gay-rights-easy-cases-073501926.html