Impeach Scalia!…

SkyHarbor, 2013/02/27 

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has said many stupid and hateful things and appreciably slowed America’s march into the future over his career on the SCOTUS. But his comments today in court absolutely convinced me that this person has NO BUSINESS being on the highest court in the land. NONE. Get him OUT. NOW.

Supreme Court –
Justice Antonin Scalia referred to Congress’s renewal of the Voting Rights Act as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement”, during Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearing on the law—a comment that one voting-rights advocate denounced as “shocking.”

Also, all SCOTUS proceedings are to be recorded BY LAW and made freely available to the citizenry. Starting IMMEDIATELY.



  1. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Any doubts that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still necessary should be put to rest when you recall all the ‘Voter ID’ laws and early voting restrictions we saw during the 2012 campaign.

    Comment on 2013/02/28 @ 12:05 am

  2. byronius wrote,

    Yeah, I’m so on board with that. Scalia’s the worst thing that ever happened to the modern United States; worse than 9-11, worse than Pearl Harbor. In fact, the best thing you can say for him is that he’s directly responsible for somewhat less human death and misery than Stalin or Hitler.

    So far.

    ‘Some men just want to watch the world burn.’ Scalia is one of those men. No better angel guides that master-criminal.

    Comment on 2013/02/28 @ 10:47 am

  3. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Unfortunately, the current House of Representatives makes a Scalia impeachment nothing but a pipe dream [the procedure to impeach and remove a sitting Justice is the same as to impeach/remove a President].

    Maybe Scalia will choke on his scampi and save us all the trouble –

    Comment on 2013/02/28 @ 2:03 pm

  4. SkyHarbor wrote,

    On a linguistic note, I’d like to point out the good Rev. Al Sharpton’s remarks outside the Supreme Court in the beginning of the Rachel Maddow video excerpt at the top of this post.

    Notice the odd (to Euro-based ears) grammar of Sharpton’s comments, particularly the last one,

    “rob us from the right to vote”

    ‘Standard’ English grammar would have it “Rob FROM US…” reversing ‘us’ and ‘from’.

    I won’t re-litigate the ‘Ebonics’ argument here, but I will assert that most black Americans would hear nothing amiss in Sharpton’s phrase. For this grammar IS correct for most Bantu languages, such as those spoken in West Africa. I marvel that vestiges of Africa are SO long lived in the very speech patterns of those whose admittedly unique history wrenched them away from those shores so very long ago!

    Comment on 2013/02/28 @ 4:12 pm

  5. Max wrote,

    Any ideas on “aks” instead of “ask”? This one seems quite prevalent. BTW – I didn’t know you spoke Bantu. :) The talents at NW never cease to amaze.

    Comment on 2013/03/01 @ 12:04 pm

  6. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Max: Not 100% sure, but it’s very common. ‘AKS’ or ‘AX’ is easier to enunciate than ‘ASK’, but I don’t think ‘laziness’ is the issue. It’s probable that it goes back quite a long time and that that’s the way the word was first learned in many households… and not exclusively black ones BTW. But it’s standard in Ebonics.

    We often have trouble with ‘R’s too. ‘LIBRARY’ and ‘FEBRUARY’ are often mangled. And ‘NUCULAR’ is a well known Southern mispronunciation of ‘NUCLEAR’.

    In general, words tend to simplify over time. It’s a major pressure in language evolution. ‘AX’ has connotations of race and a lack of education though, so it’s doubtful if it’ll ever replace ‘ASK’ in English.

    If you’re interested, there’s more info here about the creole dialect ‘Gullah’ from which many African-American words and idioms descend.

    P.S. My Mom was an English major and was very strict about language usage with us kids. I remember being scolded for saying ‘Fred and me’ instead of ‘Fred and I’. It turns out that ‘Fred and me’ is fine grammatically – though many will still claim it isn’t!

    Comment on 2013/03/01 @ 2:49 pm

  7. SkyHarbor wrote,

    addendum: I’m reminded of the ‘grammar’ we were taught in Primary school. ‘I’ instead of ‘me’ of course, but other stuff too. Do you remember ‘parsing’ (or ‘diagramming’) sentences and rules like ‘never split an infinitive’? That junk goes back hundreds of years and is largely bogus.

    ‘To go’ is an infinitive verb, but “To boldly go where no man has gone before” splits the infinitive ‘to go’ with ‘boldly’. It turns out that many of these rules come from Latin, which HAS NO WAY to split infinitives. English just doesn’t fit into Latin grammar!

    Just sayin’ 😉

    Comment on 2013/03/01 @ 3:24 pm

  8. Max wrote,

    My Mom has only gotten more strict about correcting my grammar mistakes. Despite her lessons I still screw up ‘fewer’ and ‘less’ (sometimes on purpose just to piss her off). I blame that one on the supermarkets with their ’15 items or less’ signs. My theory is you learn from what you read. I generally have good spelling and grammar because I read a lot of books (usually well edited). I remember almost nothing of the formal rules of English grammar. Do I really need to?

    Comment on 2013/03/01 @ 5:57 pm

  9. Max wrote,

    I don’t want to go into a ‘kids these days’ rant, but I really think we might be slipping into a whole new level of English butchery with a generation raised on texting and auto-correct. Technology giveth and taketh away.

    Comment on 2013/03/01 @ 6:01 pm

  10. Max wrote,

    One of the chuckles I got out of Hamlet’s Blackberry was the author’s sardonic reference to the “compose” button in email programs. As if most emails are worthy of being considered a composition.

    Comment on 2013/03/01 @ 6:04 pm

  11. SkyHarbor wrote,

    A salient portion of this morning’s Chris Hayes ‘UP’ show on MSNBC – further discussion of the Voting Rights Act debate currently before the Supremes.

    re #9: Max, your argument is as old as the hills, but it is well taken none-the-less. Sort of like ‘Valley Girl’ speak on the cell phone (and I grew up in the ‘valley’ in question!).

    The brutal fact is that language will do as it damn well pleases, and the bemoaning of the ‘degradation’ of the language by the younger generation won’t change it one whit!

    We’re watching evolution in action – like it or not!
    OMG! Gag me with a spoon! 😉

    Comment on 2013/03/02 @ 1:20 pm

  12. Max wrote,


    Mouse over for translation.

    Comment on 2013/03/02 @ 2:42 pm

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