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  •  Scalia is Scalia (6+ / 0-)

    He is a real genius at sophistry.  Maybe this inmate was exonerated, but he will just find another example and never really look back at what he wrote.

    It would actually be interesting to really get to know him - as repulsive as I find his decisions, I'd love to understand what makes him tick.  I suspect at the root of it is some combination of fear of change and a sort of bravado and hubris about being right, combined with a great flexibility with respect to interpreting "facts".  A really interesting combination of extreme rigidity and perverse flexibility.

    Anyway, each of the conservative justices have their own psychological makeup, some verging on pathology. If Scalia is a strange and extreme mixture of rigidity with flexibility, Clarence Thomas seems like he can almost be distilled down to insecurity and rage. That's so very ugly. Thomas' pathology is uninteresting, disturbing, and not something that one would want to experience or try to understand. Scalia? He's interesting. He's a fit subject for some Faustus or Daniel Webster and the Devil style narrative, perhaps without a happy outcome.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 07:37:56 AM PDT

    •  Yuck. (1+ / 0-)
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      ...He's a genteel Rush Limbaugh with actual power - a DANGEROUS combination.

      Change the charter of corporations to serve the public interest BEFORE fiduciary concerns. 100% of Republicans and HALF the Dems are AGAINST We The People. We need TRUE Progressives, NOT Republican-Lite Dems - like Hillary, Pelosi, Feinstein...

      by RTIII on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 08:49:21 AM PDT

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    •  Let me save you a bunch of words here. (1+ / 0-)
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      Clarence Thomas is simply dumb as a post.

    •  According to Robert Altemeyer's research (4+ / 0-)

      into Authoritarian personality types, Scalia is exactly what the Religious Right was holding out for in a Supreme Court justice: both an Authoritarian follower of Catholic dogma on sex (but not social justice), and an Authoritarian leader eager to impose his views on others—the worst combination. Such people are completely inflexible in their views, believe themselves to be vastly superior to others, have no self-awareness, and think that lying, cheating, and stealing in pursuit of their goals is God's will, if they believe in God at all. Scalia evidently does, but many do not, and simply put on religiosity as a con.

      See also Paul Weyrich, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter, Tom Delay, Dick Cheney, and so on.

      I will have Diaries on the next two Mondays on John Dean's Conservatives without Conscience, which applies the research to actual Republicans, and Altemeyer's The Authoritarians in my Grokking Republicans series for the Readers and Book Lovers group.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:34:04 AM PDT

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