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Monday, February 15, 2016

Scalia, pizza, guns and death

Antonin Scalia - RIP

  • The passing of Justice Scalia is a sad event, but from listening to Republicans you would think he was the Second Coming of the Founding Fathers.  
  • Scalia, like all of us, was a mixed bag of ideas. Some ideas were Conservative and others were not.  In some cases Scalia defended the all-powerful state against average people.

On Chicago Style Pizza

(Politico)  -  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia served up a slice of justice this weekend, dishing on the problem with Chicago style pizza: It isn’t actually pizza.

“It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza,” Scalia told the Chicago Sun-Times. “[It] shouldn’t be called pizza.”

“It should be called ‘a tomato pie.’ Real pizza is Neapolitan [from Naples, Italy],” he said to the Sun-Times in February 2012. “It is thin. It is chewy and crispy, OK?”

2nd Amendment

Scalia was responsible for the majority opinion in a seminal Second Amendment case, writing for the court in a 5-4 ruling that upheld the right to have guns for self-defense in the home.
Turning aside a District of Columbia ban on handguns, Scalia leaned on English and colonial history in declaring that the individual right to bear arms clearly exists and is supported by the 'historical narrative."
You know this does not end well
Scalia properly defended violence as free speech

1st Amendment

In an opinion that name-dropped Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Homer's Ulysses, Scalia rejected attempts by California to restrict the sale or rental of violent video games to children.
A state, he wrote in the majority decision, has the authority to protect children from harm, "but that does not include a free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed."
California's argument would make more sense, he added, if there was a longstanding tradition of restricting "children's access to depictions of violence, but there is none."
What to make, he wrote, of how Cinderella's evil stepsisters get their eyes pecked out by doves? Or of Odysseus, a hero of Greek mythology, blinding Polyphemus the Cyclops with a heated stake?
"And Hansel and Gretel (children!) kill their captor by baking her in an oven," he wrote.
"I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn't want to do it. I felt I owed it to them."
Pro-Killing Children

How is killing children "Conservative"?

Scalia famously dissented from a 5-4 decision that declared the execution of juvenile criminals to be unconstitutional. 

He took a similar stance in 1989 when he wrote the opinion, Stanford v. Kentucky, that allowed states to use capital punishment for killers who were 16 or 17 when they committed their crimes.

Make Gay Sex Illegal

Again, Scalia wanted Gay sex to be illegal.  How is Big Government watching consenting adults in the bedroom "Conservative"?

Scalia dissented from a seminal gay rights opinion that struck down a Texas law banning sodomy.

Scalia, taking the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench, accused his colleagues of having "taken sides in the culture war" and having largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda.

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