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  •  I have absolutely no idea (none)
    what conceivable basis there could be for concluding that use of the nickname "Scalito" is ethnically insensitive.

    His name is Alito.  He votes like Scalia.  Thus, "Scalito."  It wouldn't make a difference if he were Irish, or Jewish, or Cambodian.  If his name sounded like that of any sitting Supreme Court justice with a similar voting record, he'd get the same kind of nickname.  

    According to Drudge, the group making the complaint is the National Italian American Foundation.  As far as I can tell, NIAF's website does not complain about the use of "Scalito."  The news release about Alito's nomination makes no mention of any objection, although it does say that he has "impeccable character" and that his "intellect and qualifications are above reproach."  

    If there is a basis for concluding that "Scalito" is offensive to Italian-Americans, NIAF and the others who are apparently pushing this meme ought to provide one or shut up about it.  

    •  Didn't you know (none)
      it's ethnically insensitive to put a "sc" infront of someones name?

      I would be so pissed if someone called me "scbawbie".  

      Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space because there's bugger all down here on Earth.

      by bawbie on Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 02:09:02 PM PST

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    •  The ONLY reference (none)
      I've seen is this entry in Wikipedia:

      "Some who claim he is ideologically similar to United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia have nicknamed him "Scalito," (a portmanteau of "Scalia" and "Alito" that appears to have originated in a 1992 National Law Journal article). Philadelphia journalist Shannon P. Duffy claims to have coined the nickname. [9] However, a diminutive suffix is considered an ethnic slur to some Italian-Americans, because it suggests both a "little Scalia" or a "little fish scale."
      (scroll down to Trivia)

      No cites or evidence for the "ethnic slur" assertion; and the "diminutive" is the "ito" portion, which is part of his true name - Alito.

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      by Catte Nappe on Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 02:22:50 PM PST

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      •  Wikidipedia is stupd on this..... (none)
        ...the nickname does not add any diminutive suffix. That's already part of Alito's name. The nickname adds a prefix.

        It's cute and funny, but we can't resort to name calling. The guy is a judge. We can, however, be respectfully derisive and skeptical of his committment to American values of civil rights and liberties for all.

        "What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

        by Bensdad on Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 02:30:25 PM PST

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        •  It's way better than his previous (none)
          nickname; which, according to Slate, was "Little Nino."
        •  Name calling? (none)
          Who's calling names?

          Judge Alito is known as "Scalito" because of his judicial philosophy.  That's a promise kept in my book.  And I'm willing to put time, money, and effort into helping the President get a deserved up-or-down vote.

          With a nickname like Scalito, how can you go wrong? He's been on my A-list for quite some time, and I think that's true of most conservatives who pay attention to the Supreme Court debate.

          I looked up his name in Wikipedia. Normally I wouldn't trust it on any controversial issue or person, but I loved this line:
          His ideological likeness to United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has earned him the nickname "Scalito."
          I like him already.

          Alito is often called "Scalito" which suggests he'd be more than OK.

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          by Catte Nappe on Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 04:41:56 PM PST

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