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During oral arguments today,he called the VRA a 'perpetuation of racial entitlement' as if he has any clue of what that actually means.

Seriously, folks. Here is a Supreme Court Associate Justice calling the law that keeps his ilk from discriminating against minorities an 'entitlement'.

The latest extension was approved by a 99-0 vote in the Senate and 390-33 in the House... both bodies in 2006 were controlled by REPUBLICANS! Yet Scalia openly scorns the motives of those voting for it:

“I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any Senator to vote against continuation of this act,” Scalia said during oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder. “They are going to lose votes if they do not reenact the Voting Rights Act. Even the name of it is wonderful — the Voting Rights Act. Who is going to vote against that in the future?”
There are so many things wrong with Scalia's statement I don't have time for them all. But let's just look at one:

If Chambliss, or Wicker, or Sessions, or Graham, or any other Republican Senator from the deep south votes FOR the VRA extension (and they ALL did, BTW), are they going to gain votes or lose them?

Let's see.... if they vote for it, they will just possibly convince a few black people to vote for them, but IMHO they will lose FAR more votes from their white cracker base.

So here we have Antonin Scalia, that self-appointed scourge of 'judicial activism', attacking one of the most important and widely supported laws in the land - which has been upheld 4 times by the Supreme Court - as if he and his 4 conservative buddies have some special perspective from within their insular thought bubble.

And, of course, Scalia's sidekick Thomas (or is it the other way around?), sitting there in mute testimony to absolutely everything that is wrong with Republican views on race. Does Clarence Thomas actually think that conservatives and Republicans actually like and/or respect him? And to think he actually replaced Thurgood Marshall on the court.

Corporations are people, you see, but minorities actually aren't. After all, he's an 'originalist', and the original Constitution clearly stated that blacks were 3/5 of a 'real' person, didn't it?

I keep deluding myself that the conservative block on the Supreme Court has hit it's limit, but with this, on top of yesterday's tortured ruling on warrantless wiretapping, my delusion is shattered.

Let's see if I understand yesterday's ruling: American's can't complain about warrantless wiretaps unless they can prove they were wiretapped, but they can't prove it without getting information from the government, but the government doesn't have to give them that information unless they can prove they were wiretapped, but they can't.... oh, never mind. Short version: Big Brother is here to stay.

I can't see this boding well for the marriage equality cases coming up next month.

OK, rant's over.... sure wish it made me feel better.

Cheers.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:05:21 PM PST

  •  It's Not Entitlement......It's Protection (4+ / 0-)
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    too many people, scribeboy, a2nite, ExStr8

    And the Alabama attorney who said it's discriminatory to ask states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana & Virginia to continue preclearance while other states don't have to preclear, has a fallible argument.

    He is essentially saying other states are suppressing the vote & they don't have to preclear.  In other words, let us keep suppressing because they're doing it too & getting away w/ it.  

    Could he possibly have been thinking of the 37 states who came up w/ new voter ID laws, decreased early voting, cut polling places etc etc, etc this year.

    Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennysylvania.....I'm talking to you.

    Scalia is an activist judge....plain & simple & ugly.  

  •  I agree! (4+ / 0-)

    Personally, I am deeply committed to voting as a racial entitlement.  I absolutely wish to see it perpetuated.  It is SICKENING that a Supreme Court Justice could utter those words with a sneer in his voice.  What a vile human being he is.

  •  rec'd for the title alone (1+ / 0-)
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    ExStr8

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:36:36 PM PST

  •  databob - I think conservative actually do like (0+ / 0-)

    and respect Justice Thomas very much. He is one of their heroes.

    He doesn't speak during oral argument as a protest. He thinks the other Justices ask too many questions, and don't allow counsel to answer them fully.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 07:44:57 PM PST

  •  My departed father had a pet phrase (1+ / 0-)
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    Just Desserts

    That he reserved for particularly nauseating goons. My mother did not like the phrase so he saved it for the truly vile.  

    Prick with Ears.

    In his mind,

    Joe McCarthy was a Prick with Ears.

    Richard Nixon was a Prick with Ears.

    Karl Rove was (and remains) a Prick with Ears.

    And if he were still alive, I am sure he would agree with me that

    Justice Scalia is a Prick with Ears.

  •  Scalia doesn't even (1+ / 0-)
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    ExStr8

    believe in the right to vote, since it isn't specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:17:46 PM PST

  •  We need to mount a massive protest (0+ / 0-)

    In front of the U.S. Supreme Court to force Justice Scalia to resign.  If the U.S. Supreme Court can't be fair in its judgement (and it should), then we must start by pushing Scalia to resign.

    I don't care how long it takes or whatever it takes, we must stay on until Scalia is OUT OF THERE.

  •  Does anyone doubt (0+ / 0-)

    that Scalia is an avid fan of Fox News and Rush? This aging right-wing specimen is rapidly losing his senses and we in America are the victims.

    Most of us have observed that aging increases one's desire to speak whatever damn opinion you want to because your age makes you entitled. Hah - guess I can call it a "Scalia Entitlement."

    This trait can bring out all their suppressed racism. I'm sure everyone who reads Daily Kos has a relative or friend who has become completely socially unacceptable to be around because of aging and constant Fox News watching. I certainly have one or two of these. I mourn what Fox and the right-wing have done to a large chunk of the "great generation". It is all the more alarming when one (or more) of these folks serves on our Supreme Court and makes decisions which negatively affect us, our children and grandchildren and the hope we have for this country.

    Why it was decided that people should serve for life in this position is beyond me. It is a downright dangerous precedent.

    Now, we can only escape his decisions through death, because I seriously doubt he is going to pull a "Pope B" on us and resign.

  •  He's evil nt (1+ / 0-)
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