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Scalia Rocks!

By Lloyd the Idiot

When I heard that Justice Antonin Scalia was coming to Tysons, I knew I had to be there.   You see, I’ve been a big fan of his for more than 20 years and have written about him many times, but I had never seen him live.  So, I got a ticket as soon as they went on sale, and got to the venue early so I’d be among the first in line.  When the doors opened, I ran to the front and got a seat right next to the stage.

He didn’t disappoint.

He opened with his biggest hit, “Originalism,” and played it over and over, which was just fine for this audience.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, originalists view the Constitution as a text with fixed definition and scope.  Originalists apply the Constitution to changing times by extrapolating the Founders’ original intent and applying it to current events.  In other words, the Constitution is what it is, and it is what it always has been.  The originalism tune Scalia played today covered everything from the death penalty to abortion to sodomy on the right, to criminal rights on the left.  He also sang his familiar refrain that, if you can get enough people together, you can pass a law and create rights not otherwise recognized in the Constitution.  Pretty simple way for Americans to address changing times and mores.

While he was also very, very funny, he didn’t pull any punches when discussing his liberal brethren or in chastising them for their judicial activism.  Such activism, he said, does a disservice to the very point of any constitution, which is to provide stability and predictability.  Indeed, construing the Constitution as a “living” document, pretty much means that the Constitution says whatever you want it to say on any particular day.  His candor in rebuking his colleagues in that regard was, to me, the most surprising part of an awesome show.

The only disappointing thing about his performance was that he didn’t play Freebird.

“Staggering” and “Absurd” Decision from SCOTUS on Prison Release

By Lloyd the Idiot

Jutice Antonin Scalia has it right again, calling a Supreme Court decision requiring the release of more than 30,000 prisoners in California “staggering” and “absurd.” 

Although the majority opinion, authored by Justice Kennedy, cites constitutional shortcomings in the overcrowding of California prisons, Scalia puts the situation in proper perspective, writing simply “terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order” which he characterized as “the most radical injunction in our Nation’s history.”

He couldn’t be more right.  This perversion of the rights secured by 8th Amendment is certain to lead directly to the rape, robbery and murder of many innocent people.  And all so that these convicted felons don’t have to live in a gymnasium or wait for their free health care.

State of the Union: Didn’t Watch, Don’t Care

By Lloyd the Idiot

The state of the union address is much like the weather report.  A lot of bold statements by some overconfident yahoo that likely will never come true anyway.

I’ve always  liked Justice Scalia’s approach – just stay home and see what’s on HBO.

“That’s What Democracy Is All About.”

By Lloyd the Idiot

scaliaIn a recently published interview with Justice Antonin Scalia, he let it all out – everything from the role of the Supreme Court to the inferiority of Washington pizza.  I particularly like this quote, which undoubtedly will unnerve many.

“You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society. Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box. You don’t like the death penalty anymore, that’s fine. You want a right to abortion? There’s nothing in the Constitution about that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it. Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.”

Where’s the outrage? Obama authorizes assassinations of U.S. citizens

By Brian S

this-is-an-outrageAs we’ve watched the Democrats frothing at the mouth over the last two weeks about Governor McDonnell’s Confederate History Month proclamation while giving a pass to Senator Jim Webb’s unabashed love of the Confederacy, one of the things that has bothered me the most is the blatant hypocrisy of some in the Democratic party. I know this shouldn’t surprise me – both sides tend to say one thing and do another (Newt Gingrich speaking about ‘family values’ comes to mind), but when it is such a 180 degree change – particularly on an issue that seemed so core to the other side’s belief system, it still surprises me.

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When I first read that President Obama had placed Anwar al-Aulaqi, the former Fairfax County cleric who now resides in Yemen and was linked to the Fort Hood Shooter and the Christmas underwear bomber, on a list of CIA approved targets, I wasn’t surprised. As an operational member of Al Qaeda, he’s up there with the rest of the Al Qaeda leadership on our hit list.  After a few seconds though, I realized that the President was basically authorizing the legal assassination of a U.S. citizen – without due process, without a jury trial, without any of the Constitutional protections that his status as an American citizen affords him.  And a quick search of Google showed that, other than Keith Olbermann and Glenn Greenwald over at Salon.com, the great liberal punditocracy has basically ignored this story.  No wall-to-wall coverage.  No angry panels on Meet the Press. Why?

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