Guess Nino Didn't Give Up Cursing for Lent
Because Wonkette is a family blog -- with just a soupcon of assfucking -- we're showing you this G-rated picture of Justice Antonin Scalia, with all five fingers raised.
Justice Antonin Scalia goes hunting with Dick Cheney. But in case you need more support for the proposition that Nino is the coolest, most bad-ass justice on the Supreme Court, consider this report from the Boston Herald:
Minutes after receiving the Eucharist at a special Mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a special blessing of his own for those who question his impartiality when it comes to matters of church and state.
"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia, 70, replied, making an obscene gesture under his chin when asked by a Herald reporter if he fends off a lot of flak for publicly celebrating his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs.
"That's Sicilian," the Italian jurist said, interpreting for the "Sopranos" challenged.
Considering how much we drop the F bomb around here, Justice Scalia is a man after our own heart. Can you believe that he flipped someone the bird with bits of the Eucharist still between his teeth? Cert denied!
(We love Cheney for the same reason, since he used the F-word on the floor of the U.S. Senate. And we have lots of other reasons for loving Cheney too.)
Update: This post is the subject of a correction/clarification.
More evidence of Scalia's coolness after the jump.
Further demonstrating that he just doesn't give a damn, Justice Scalia recently offered an earful to those who argue that Guantanamo Bay detainees have rights under the Constitution or treaties like the Geneva Convention. Newsweek reports:
During an unpublicized March 8 talk at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, Scalia dismissed the idea that the detainees have rights under the U.S. Constitution or international conventions, adding he was "astounded" at the "hypocritical" reaction in Europe to Gitmo. "War is war, and it has never been the case that when you captured a combatant you have to give them a jury trial in your civil courts... If he was captured by my army on a battlefield, that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy."
In light of these remarks, some have called for Justice Scalia to recuse himself in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the upcoming Guantanamo detainee case. But that's just silly. We all know that he'll vote against the Gitmo detainees; we don't need him to tell us!
Finally, cementing his position as the bad boy of One First Street, Nino recently admitted that he doesn't read footnotes. So Ruthie, stop wasting your time with them. Maybe then you can ditch those hideous glasses.
Judicial Intemperance - Scalia Flips Message To Doubting Thomases [Boston Herald]
Should Scalia Recuse Himself from Gitmo Case? [Newsweek]
Supreme Court Releases Transcript of Oral Argument in Cuno [TaxProf Blog]
Disclosure (just like real journalists): Justice Scalia interviewed one of us for a clerkship, but didn't hire us. It hasn't affected our impartiality, since we barely remember the encounter. The main thing we recall is that the pants of his dark, pinstriped suit were too tight in the seat. (We weren't checking out the Supreme Butt; it's just that he turned his backside towards us as he was sitting down.)