Antonin Gregory Scalia (1936-2016)

I saw Justice Antonin Scalia for the first time while I was watching an excellent documentary called ETHICS IN AMERICA. I highly recommend that everyone take the time to watch this incredible series. It will, without a doubt, make you think long and hard about what you consider right and wrong. During the intro to each of the ten 1-hour videos, Justice Scalia says, "We do not all start on an even playing field... but we are all expected to play by the rules of honesty and ethics." He gave me the distinct impression that he put a great deal of thought into his answers and responses, and I have considered him honest and ethical ever since.

Almost everyone knows that I have very little respect for the Supreme Court in general, however Justice Scalia has always been my favorite. He is well known for his clearly stated, sometimes harshly worded, opinions. He didn't hesitate to say exactly what he thought. I didn't always agree with him, but there was never any doubt where he stood on any issue.

Naturally, as a strong Second Amendment supporter, I admire his politically incorrect decision in Heller v Washington DC, which is supposed to be the first Second Amendment argument before the Supreme Court since 1968. Scalia says, "Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment. We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right." He also says, "Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct."

Needless to say, I would have hugged this man enthusiastically if I had ever met him face to face. I must confess that there were still an issue or two that I would have felt obligated to debate him on. In 2003, in Lawrence v Texas, the Supreme Court Struck down an anti-sodomy law in Texas. In his dissent, Scalia said that the decision was the "product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda." Then, he went on to say that the decision essentially ended a practice of passing "moral legislation." How many times have I heard (or said) "You can't legislate morality"? The LAST thing I want government doing is passing laws because a subset of the population is trying to legally enforce their interpretation of morality.

However, in spite of the few disagreements I might have had with him, Justice Scalia was always professional, courteous, and personable. I am genuinely saddened to learn of his unexpected death. I extend my sympathy to his family, friends, and associates.

Now I am concerned about who will take his seat on the bench. I certainly don't want our sitting president making appointments to the highest court in the United States. I'm fairly sure that a Republican Senate will veto anyone proposed before the next election. However, I am still mildly traumatized by the appointment of Justice Sotomayor to the federal bench. While watching her confirmation hearing she was asked for her position on private property rights. Her response (as I remember it) was, "You don't have any." If the next person elevated to the Supreme Court holds the same ideology, this country is in serious, serious, trouble.

Anyone with an opinion is invited to include it at the end of this newsletter.

It would not surprise me one

It would not surprise me one iota to learn that his death was intended by others. No autopsy, immediate enbalming, pronouncements of cause of death by those who examined NOTHING.....

[mjb: Nobody will ever accuse me of being a government apologist, but... I haven't seen or heard anything that makes me think he was deliberately removed from the bench. As a person familiar with heart problems, the one thing all doctors can agree on is that they can happen totally unexpectedly. So until I learn about a "smoking gun", I will assume that the justice expired without help.]

Judge Scalia

I saw pics of his chest, and there were many serious bruises, and a puncture wound, presumably from one of those "Heart Attack Guns that shoot ice bullets. No, there is no doubt that it was murder, in my mind, and someone mentioned that it was for the same reason LaVoy was murdered.

[mjb: There have been so many people claiming that Justice Scalia met with foul play that I have to be open to that possibility. I will continue to investigate, but it is difficult to sift the truth from all the information available on the internet.]

I went to LaVoy's funeral. It was open casket. A hat, sos to speak, had been made to cover the top of his head, which looked to be blown off. Three shots to kill him, then kept on shooting, for a total of nine rounds, then one of them flipped the finger at him. I knew him personaly, and he was/is a very righteous man, buried in his temple cloths.

The Bundys also, are very righteous. Cliven, Ryan, and Ammon. It is so sad to see what is going on in this country, and the MSM not reporting the truth unless it makes the government look good..

[mjb: I, too, believe that LaVoy and the Bundys are righteous and honorable people. That helps to legitimize our cause to the millions of Americans who are still unaware of the political corruption that takes place in this country. The Second American Revolution has begun. The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. The time has come.]

Property Rights

Michael, when Sotomyer made that statement concerning Property Rights that 'we have none', I'd like to point out to you the ACT OF 1871 .....this clearly states WHY we don't have rights to our assests .......Nancy Battle

Allodial title.

The first time a property tax was levied and paid (mid-1800s), the allodial title died.
If you want to find who owns your real property, just refuse to pay it. 

There are some areas in the west that were parts of Spanish Land Grants that are still soveriegn and Nevada briefly had a modified kind of this but it was limited to 99 years and could not be passed on to heirs.

It has been gone so long, an attorney friend of mine knew nothing about it since it is no longer taught in law school.


Antonin Scalia

This man was murdered! I came full circle on my position on this Justice. I apposed him at first and ended up embracing him and his positions on the Supreme Court.

[mjb: That is a harsh indictment! One that requires proof. Please don't make accusations without at least an attempt to justify your statement.]

Judge Scalia autopsy

Judge Scalia should automatically have an autopsy as any elected or appointed official in the governmnent should this day and age.  That should be understood before taking office.  Has nothing to do with family or friends wishes.

The loss of Antonin Scalia

Like many others, I fear for the loss of all of the Constitution except perhaps that error made by our Founders when they included the phrase "general welfare" if the current anti-American administration is allowed to choose another left-leaning justice to replace our champion of the Republic, Justice Scalia.

We simply cannot continue down the path forged by the socialist politicians who seemingly have infiltrated both major parties without bankrupting the nation and its citizens.

[mjb: I agree that the Constitution has lost a valiant defender, however there are 310 million Americans that can come to its defense without being on the Supreme Court. The number of Americans who think that the United States is a democracy depresses me.]

Article on Justice Scalia

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Justice Scalia’s Great Heart


Submitted for your consideration, another view of Antonin Scalia:

Is the beatification of Scalia really warranted?

Check out this article and decide or yourself if the excessive gushing over Scalia's time on the bench is really warranted:

Why after the demise public figures do we so ardently seek to ignore the full picture picture (Abe Lincoln is another great example)? When did "truth seeker" become a term of derision?

Roman Catholic Church. the official act of the pope whereby a deceased person is declared to be enjoying the happiness of heaven, and therefore a proper subject of religious honor and public cult in certain places.

mjb: I am unaware of the pope making reference to Justice Scalia, so your use of the word beatification is a gross exaggeration. I assume that you feel that too many positive comments about Scalia ignore whatever imperfections he may have had. Nobody is perfect, of course (although I figure I come pretty close). You are entitled to your opinion, however I think that you prefer to focus on your disagreements with this jurist, and you are the one ignoring the good things he has done. I hope that people are more generous when it's time to do your eulogy.]

Ethics in America

It must be really good.  Amazon shows its "Unavailable" and "We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock."  Never saw that before!  Boy, I hope we didn't round that bend already...

Antonin Gregory Scalia

I believe with all my heart that Justice Scalia was murdered.  The law in the State of Texas is clear:  If the deceased has not been examined by a physician within 3 days of his death, and the physician can verify that the deceased suffered from a chronic, possibly mortal illness, and that he is sure that the cause of death is that illness, THERE MUST BE AN AUTOPSY!  The federal government has a habit of destroying evidence that they don't want brough forth (can anyone say Oklahoma City Bombing, Jack Kennedy?  It is really a long, tragic list.), and in doing so, hide murder and mass murder.  Come on now, people, raise your hand if you really believe that the pristine bullet found on President Kennedy's gurney passed through both the Governor of Texas and the President of the United States.  Come on, up with them!  No takers.  I DIDN'T THINK SO.  No, we can't prove it, because the evidence has been effectively destroyed.  But you'll never convince me he died naturally.

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