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  • 1. 1grod  |  December 3, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Scalia's majorityism-theocracy The opinion piece by Richard Posner et al again calls upon us to 'go figure'. While it does not state 79 year old Antonin's logic in a number of instances leads to undermining not only the authority of the individual justice but the authority of the court, but imo it is implied. [In Canada justices retire at 75.] Examples of flawed logic are given – because child molesters and gays are both minorities, there is no distinction between them in law; because American system of government makes the nation subordinate to nine unelected lawyers, it is not a democracy; because religious belief trumps other constitutional provisions, there is no absolute requirement to be bound by Supreme Court decisions, and because Supreme Court decisions technicallyonly bind the parties to the case, there can be no assumption of generalizability of decisions. Many commentators have characterized Justice Scalia's pronouncements as tantrum-like. Now a respect jurist is just calling him out.

  • 2. RnL2008  |  December 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Justice Scalia is at odds within himself and needs to step down by his own admission because he is UNABLE to rule without bias in certain cases……yet few anti-gay folks would want him to step down as they believe like he does……..this man may be a lawyer, but in my opinion he is a BIGOT and needs to retire to the fossil graveyard!!!

  • 3. tx64jm  |  December 4, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Puerile Posner

  • 4. RnL2008  |  December 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Justice Scalia is a biased SOB who has made it quite clear that he has issues with Gays and Lesbians having the same rights as other Americans do.

    SCOTUS DIDN'T find or INVENT a new right solely for Same-Sex couples to marry…….what the 5 Justices did was rule that like with race, the State CAN'T place a restriction on one's FUNDAMENTAL right like marrying is WITHOUT a compelling reason or interest and the States FAILED to give a justifiable reason that would pass at least rational review…… the same time, the Justices CORRECTED an error that was made regarding Baker vs Nelson.

    Marriage has been ruled a FUNDAMENTAL right 14 times previously before Obergefell and SCOTUS ruled in accordance to previous precedent.

    Justice Scalia is just upset that his tantrums AREN'T getting him anywhere and like the other 4 Justices, their place in history has been cemented in to show them for the hateful people they are!!!

  • 5. VIRick  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Posner has been on Scalia's case now for quite some time because Scalia uses what he refers to as the "originalist" approach, that is, Scalia tries to flip back to what he claims was the "original" intention of the writers of the Constitution, a line of "thought" which Posner points out to be disingenuous at best, and down-right bigoted at worst, because among other things, it tends only to be invoked by Scalia to advance his own pet causes. Plus, as Posner continues to re-iterate, Scalia may be old, but he's not THAT old so as to be a contemporary with the writers of the Constitution. Scalia thus does not hold some golden key which unlocks the minds of the now-dead writers. Besides, as Posner also points out, such a pretentious "originalist" approach is also dangerous, as it appears to rebuke precedent,– but of course, only when Scalia does not like the established precedent.

  • 6. RnL2008  |  December 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Nice comment…… I think is spot on. Judge Posner knows after reading many of Justice Scalia's dissents EXACTLY what he means in them and like many of us knows that there is a lot of animosity and bigotry towards a group of individuals that Scalia knows little about.

  • 7. GregInTN  |  December 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Liberty Counsel: Please Vote For Kim Davis As TIME Magazine's 2015 Person Of The Year –

    Via press release from the Liberty Counsel:

    Kim Davis has been nominated for TIME magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year. Vote for Kim at… Who more than Kim Davis has influenced the news in the past year? Kim Davis inspired a nation and the world to fight for religious liberty when she chose a prison cell rather than sacrificing her conscience.

    Well, I can certainly think of a few people more inspiring.

  • 8. A_Jayne  |  December 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Time offers 59 candidates for the honor, and readers can vote, apparently – not only those who subscribe to the publication. If Liberty Counsel can get enough people to click on the link and choose her, Davis could win with a small plurality in such a large group. The poll can be shared and tweeted. The deadline to vote is Sunday, Dec 6.

    I urge everyone to vote, then share and tweet widely to counteract the "vocal minority" Liberty Counsel is trying to mobilize…

  • 9. A_Jayne  |  December 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Some restrictions apply – voters must have a Facebook or Twitter account to validate their vote – since I have neither, I am unable to see what further restrictions may arise – but each face offers a "yes" or "no" button, so perhaps an up or down vote can be entered for each of the 59?

    . . .

  • 10. VIRick  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Since Liberty Counsel is also Kim Davis' counsel-of-ill-repute, one would hope that TIME would have some method to disqualify any votes for Kim Davis dredged up by Liberty Counsel as being a conflict of interest.

  • 11. RnL2008  |  December 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Glad I read the rest of your comment, because basically that was going to be my point…..and really, is Liberty Counsel actually qualified to nominate Kim Davis for such an award? My guess is no because they obviously have NO idea what qualifies as a Good person!!!

  • 12. RnL2008  |  December 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Kim Davis is NOT worthy of being Person of the Year for ANY year. She's a bigot and NOTHING more!!!

  • 13. allan120102  |  December 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    India: Amazingly 95% of the population wants gay sex to be decrimilize. I hope it happens soon.

  • 14. guitaristbl  |  December 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    While I would really like this poll I find it highly fishy personally.

  • 15. KryptonKid  |  December 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    This looks like a self-selected Facebook poll. That makes it highly skewed.

  • 16. Christian0811  |  December 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    The Irish Oierchtas has passed a bill repealing the more broad religious exemptions to its antidiscrimination law! Good for them!

  • 17. VIRick  |  December 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Oierchtas = Parliament for English-speakers.

    I dislike this insistence on the Irish use of Gaelic in all things political/governmental, given that Gaelic is a language which almost no one on the islands speaks, writes, understands, or uses except to make some overdone political points. Yes, we all know Ireland is Ireland (and it ought to be united as one national republic), but almost everyone there only speaks, writes, understands, and uses English.

  • 18. itscoldoutside  |  December 4, 2015 at 6:14 am

    The referendum campaign is in full swing in Slovenia. This is a video produced by the haters. It's in a different language, but you get the general garbage of it. Total absence of any rationality, just a quick and dirty appeal to infantilism. Of course this is how campaigns are won and they've outdone themselves this time.

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