Sunday Roast: Antonin Scalia is no more*

Via RawStory (various headlines):

“On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement on Saturday, calling Scalia, 79, an “extraordinary individual and jurist.”

My dear old Mom always said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”  So here’s me sitting quietly…

Here’s how Antonin Scalia’s death changes the balance of the court and alters the 2016 presidential race.

Minutes after Scalia’s death right-wingers seek to block nominee Obama hasn’t even appointed yet.

Obama speaks about passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia.  Our President is such a kind man…

Jon Stewart shreds Scalia’s marriage-equality dissent:  “He had no problem telling voters to ‘f*ck off’ in Citizens United.  Feel the Bern…

And finally, this apropo headline from The Onion:

Justice Scalia Dead Following 30-Year Battle With Social Progress

*HT to John Cleese in Monty Python’s “Dead Parrot” sketch for the headline of this post.

This is our daily open thread — Leave your thoughts in the comments section, while I sit here quietly.

42 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Antonin Scalia is no more*

  1. I’m not hearing much about who Scalia was with on this hunting trip. He’s had a history of hobnobbing with individuals with a vested interest in how the Supreme Court rules on current cases. So, was he someone’s guest at this resort?

  2. Alex Jones: ‘My Gut Tells Me’ Antonin Scalia Was Murdered

    When they kill somebody they say, “it appears to be natural causes, nothing to see.”

    And I wish it was natural cause, but man, my gut tells me no. And if this is an assassination, this signifies that they are dropping the hammer.

    Alex Jones’ gut tells me that Alex Jones’ diet may have a built-in flaw, maybe two or three of them, and that those dietary flaws have gone to his head. Sotospeak.

  3. Bernie just cut Chris Wallace up over a study done by so-called expert Kenneth Thorpe, about why Vermont didn’t adopt a single payer system for healthcare. He had the rebuttal ready and didn’t miss a beat. Look for the video later.

  4. Aren’t you glad these people weren’t your parents?

  5. William Rivers Pitt: There’s an old joke about a man who would buy a newspaper every day from a paperboy, scan the front page, and then throw the paper away in disgust. After a while, the paperboy asked him why he kept throwing the paper away. “I’m looking for someone in the obituaries,” the man replied. “But, sir,” said the paperboy, “the obituaries are on page 30.” The man looked at him and said, “When the son of a bitch I’m looking for dies, he’ll be on the front page.”

    … and there he is.

  6. Bob Schieffer (on Reliable Sources): ‘The people who are hardcore Trump supporters, I’m not sure they hear what he’s saying, I think they’re just happy that he’s saying it.’

  7. Betty Bowers on Twitter: “This would be an excellent day for Justice Clarence Thomas to continue his tradition of just doing whatever Justice Scalia does.”

  8. The Republican Debate Finally Proved It’s Not Trump Who Has Lost His Mind – Charles Pierce

    It’s the rest of them.


    Tell me truly—how does that spectacle not destroy the credibility of the Republican Party for at least a decade?

    How does that freak show not blow up the party’s claim to have serious policies to help govern the country? How does that carnival of unimaginative invective add up to a governing philosophy? How does that massive, chewy clusterfck add up to a single rational moment of human thought? I don’t care if these guys believe in evolution or not, but they at least should try to demonstrate while they’re on TV that, somehow, we’ve come a respectable distance as a species since we tottered out of Olduvai Gorge. I’ve seen better organized riots. I’ve heard more coherent dialogue from cats mating in an alley. I once heard a squirrel being eaten by a coyote. The squirrel had better manners while it was being devoured, and was better spoken besides. Christ above, somebody separate these clowns before they hurt their brains some more. Tailgunner Ted Cruz said more than he knows, not least because he doesn’t know what “literally” means.

    How did Charles Pierce stay hidden for so long?

  9. Elizabeth Warren Rips Into Republicans For Pledging To Block Supreme Court Process

    “Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did — when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.

    “Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. I can’t find a clause that says ‘…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.’

    “Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold would threaten both the Constitution and our democracy itself. It would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that — empty talk.”

    • Yay! I shared it with just a few people at work the other day. I had hesitated to send it to the new ‘girl’ in our CSR dept, because so far I haven’t heard her even swear (while some of us are cussing like sailors). Then she got some really nasty customer on the phone – which I have to say is actually pretty rare – so I went ahead and sent it, saying “this is for when you get one of THOSE customers” – she loved it. 😀

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