Saturday, February 13, 2016

Antonin Scalia Dies at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died today after a hunting trip. Appointed by Reagan, he was a long-serving justice and one of the court's most far-right members. His death sparks a political debate for 2016 as Senate Majority Leader (and Republican) Mitch McConnell wants to delay his successor until next year when we have a new president as the Senate gets to approve the president's nominee. This is how terrible politics have gotten when Republicans think we can last a year without a full Supreme Court. The reason they have nine justices is to prevent tie rulings. You think we can last a year or more? Maybe we need new leadership in the Senate as well?

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  1. Again Adam.
    "To comment would be superfluous" - a disgraceful state of
    affairs.
    I did not think that "Gerrymandering" would go so high as the Supreme Court of the USA.
    They are replaced here in Australia and I should think all other democracies as quickly and properly with all legal ramifications taken into consideration as possible.
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin
    PS: The final episodes of "Downton Abbey" start here - AT LAST - on Monday evening.

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    1. Good on President Obama - he still has over 300 days left in his second term of Presidency and he will USE his constitutional rights and nominate a candidate to be " scrutinised, questioned and probably terrified" by a panel of senators.
      The US constitution with all its good points and the few silly ones can not be manipulated by bloody Republicans to suit their causes. Having watched on the news, parts of the latest "circus" of the Republican stage another "free for all slanging match on nonsense", one has to wonder where intelligence has gone on the Republican side - maybe too many "praying to God" sessions - ha ha!
      B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  2. I met him and shaked his hand! He spoke at my law school more than once. It makes me feel old and sad. :(:(

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  3. I ran across this in the news (online) yesterday.

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  4. His rulings against LGBT rights were homophobic diatribes. Our community will certainly not miss him.

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  5. Considering the state of party politics in the U.S., I would bet that Democrats would be saying the same things as Republicans are now if roles were reversed, and there was a Republican President and Democratic Senate on an election year...and then Republicans would be saying how bad the Democrats are for not letting their pick go through. Although I didn't agree with all of his rulings, I'm sorry to see Scalia go.

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