A story was floating around today that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made an "obscene gesture" during a recent speech. Reports are sketchy as no one seems sure if the gesture in question involved the middle finger (or, if you're British, two
fingers). It seems obvious that the gesture he must have made was the rubbing of
the fingers under the chin in a sweeping motion. He did, after all, say after
making the gesture, "that's Sicilian!" I guess that's a take-off of "that's
amore!" Anyway, if we want to know if it was obscene or not, we should probably
dig up his old court brethren Potter "I know it when I see it" Stewart. I would
doubt it could be considered obscene as I've seen Snoopy make the gesture on one
of the Peanuts specials.Anywho, if I were a conspiracy theorist (which I am
not), I would wonder if the MSM is trying to lay the groundwork for an
impeachment of the Left's judicial bete noir. It seems like there have been a
lot of stories about him lately. Granted, a lot of it is of his own making with
his controversial comments, but has he only recently started speaking this way?
And today, there's a column from Ronald A. Cass of Boston University's School of Law:
The game now is to find a way of making it seem that Scalia's personal life
and conduct commit him to positions on important legal issues in a way that
interferes with his ability to decide matters impartially - not because Scalia
has in fact done so and not because his accusers care about impartiality.
Instead, the game matters because Scalia is the leading voice for a set of legal
propositions that run counter to the political, social, and constitutional
agenda of the dominant voices in almost every major element of America's
Read it all.
UPDATE: The drive-by media has officially declared it... It has begun:
Gannascoli's take on Scalia's gesture, made minutes after he took
Communion, comes amid continuing furor surrounding the episode.