On the eve of a new Supreme Court session, the firebrand justice discusses gay rights and media echo chambers, Seinfeld and the Devil, and how much he cares about his intellectual legacy (“I don’t”). On September 26—a day that just happened to be the 27th anniversary of his swearing-in as associate justice—Antonin Scalia entered the Supreme Court’s enormous East Conference Room so casually that one might easily have missed him. He is smaller than his king-size persona suggests, and his manner more puckish than formal. Washingtonians may know Scalia as charming and disarming,
Comments: Some interesting answers to the writer´s questions. I don´t know who this Jennifer Senior is, but I don´t like her attitude here. It´s a long article.
Recently heard him speak at the Lanier Library in Houston. He is likable and well spoken. I was one of only a few non-attorneys there but he spoke for all to understand. I was greatly impressed by his obviously deep held belief in the constitution and his faith. Good he is on the court. We need him.
Notice how she quickly changed the subject after "The Screwtape Letters."
Loved this response regarding his work now: "But it does seem easier than it used to. And that worried me. You know: Maybe I’m getting lazy. You know, I’m not doing it as thoroughly, or whatever. But after due reflection, I’ve decided the reason it’s getting easier is because so many of the cases that come before us present the issue of whether we should extend one of the opinions from the previous 27 years that I’ve been here, which I dissented from in the first place!"
Enjoyed this; thanks for posting. The Q & A format was refreshing.
Ah how refreshing to hear the voice of reason, sanity. The interviewer is obviously a moonbat, attempting to getting him mired/bogged down in liberal topics most don´t spend too much time thinking about. ´ seems to wish he´d say something outrageous they can go around crying about. He didn´t take the bait, ha ha. Too bad about the rabbits-more unfairness in liberal la la land. lol. I have a lot of respect(some other justices-not much if any) for him and he harkens back from the good ole days.
I’m sorry to have offended you! Have you read The Screwtape Letters?
Yes, I have. So, there you are. That’s a great book. It really is, just as a study of human nature.
The annotated version of The Screwtape Letters was released this morning (I got the Kindle version). Paul McCusker, who did the annotation, had an article online this morning entitled The Very Real World of Screwtape. Worth reading ... google it.
Praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behaviour, according to a new study. People turn to prayer ´as a coping response to the high demands in life´ and are rewarded with increased strength and ability to resist temptation, researchers said. Previous findings have shown that when people try hard to control their emotions and thoughts, the risk of aggressive outbursts and binge drinking or eating rises. But the latest study, by German psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim, found that praying helps people maintain self-control. ´A brief period of personal prayer buffered the self-control
Despite recent progress at HealthCare.gov, a raft of problems will remain beyond the Obama administration´s Saturday deadline to make the troubled federal insurance website work. The news isn´t all bad: Users say the site looks better, pages load faster, and more people are getting through to sign up for health plans. But technical problems still affect HealthCare.gov´s ability to verify users´ identities and transmit accurate enrollment data to insurers, officials say. The data center that supports the site faces continuing challenges, and tools for processing payments to insurers haven´t been built. Technical staff in Washington have been racing up to
Bill Elliot was a cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums. He was talking about paying the ObamaCare fine, going without health insurance and “letting nature take its course.” He went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance. Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003. That’s a
The other day, Pope Francis delivered what has been described as a stinging critique of unfettered capitalism and “unbridled consumerism.” As I mentioned on Morning Joe Wednesday, free markets and capitalism are responsible for more wealth and prosperity — for more people — than any other economic system ever devised by man. We should continue to point that out, but this doesn’t mean Pope Francis’ concerns aren’t valid. Just as conservatives must make the moral case for free markets, we must also concede that we live in a fallen world full of greed and sin. It is not inconsistent to
With ObamaCare revealing that except for lies and incompetence Emperor Obama is naked, all around the country voters are turning against the president´s political party and anyone who made it possible for ObamaCare to rape the middle class. Just a few months ago, the media thought the government shutdown would benefit Democrats in the 2014 midterms. Today the National Journal reports that a wave is building that will hand Republicans control of the United States Senate. A third of America´s one-hundred U.S. Senators are up for re-election every two years. Of the 33 or 34 facing a 2014 election, the
LAHORE: Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday. “A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The event was arranged by the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA). From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women,
BEIJING - Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5" - the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs. Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on. Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution. A media officer at Beijing´s Xicheng district administration bureau said the hundreds of barbecue grills were confiscated over a three-month campaign
HOUMA, La. -- Police in Houma are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a deacon Sunday afternoon. Police say a 17-year-old homeless boy, Leron Calloway, who police believe is armed and dangerous, is a person of interest in the case. He´s wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Connely Duplantis, a Catholic deacon who, shortly after giving out communion at Annunziata Church, was gunned down at his parent´s house. "I just saw a person pass, and then I heard ´Boom!´" That´s Drussela Duplantis describing the moments leading up to her son Duplantis getting shot right outside her
Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva. Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented. The White House released a multi-page fact sheet containing details of the draft agreement shortly after the deal was announced. However, Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal as “invalid” and accused Washington
For pet owners across the country, you should rejoice! Your pets are eligible for Obamacare benefits. Colorado resident Shane Smith received a letter informing him that his dog, Baxter, was successfully enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. Smith’s own policy was cancelled under Obamacare, so he decided to enroll with the government’s program. During the application process, which he decided to do by phone, he was asked several security questions; he used his dog’s name for one of the codes. An error in data collection obviously occurred. Smith facetiously said, “It’s awesome that they [Connect for Health Colorado]
Actor Alec Baldwin confirmed with the Gothamist that he will not be returning to MSNBC. In typical Baldwin fashion, the actor raged against those who he sees as his oppressors: the celebrity site TMZ and those he describes -- Andrew Sullivan and GLAAD´s Rich Ferraro -- as being part of the "fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy": Showing a video in which I call someone a [snip]... you can´t really tell what I´m saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase ´TMZ´s enhanced audio´ exists. ´TMZ´s enhanced audio.´ And then with The Post... there´s nothing you can do
NEW YORK – Police are investigating if a 72-year-old woman is the latest victim of the so-called “knockout game,” a violent trend in which youths sucker-punch unsuspecting strangers for kicks. Mira Harpazi was walking two blocks from her home at the Starret City housing complex in Brooklyn when she was punched in the face by a man in his 20s, CBS 2's John Slattery reported. Like other alleged ”knockout” victims, she was not robbed, but left on the street injured. The attack was the most recent in what may be a disturbing series of similar assaults. Online videos from various
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates. Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history. What´s more, he suggests,
The hits to President Obama´s popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday. "If you remember, I´ve gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you´ve got nowhere to go but up." "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy and they knew I was working on their behalf," Obama said in the network´s exclusive. A CNN Poll of Polls complied
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
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The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom. The cliché, advanced by the media and the now infamous HBO TV show "Game Change," was that Palin helped to cost McCain the election because of her "controversial" personality. In fact, typical of most vice presidential running mates, Palin had a marginal but largely positive effect on McCain´s standing with the voters. She certainly did not drive away independents and moderates, who along
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The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country´s highest office is bad for the United States, a university professor argued this week. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York University, says deciding whether a president deserves a third, fourth or more terms should be left to the American people, not the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on the position. As background, here´s an excerpt from the amendment, ratified in