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Monday, April 30, 2007 

Stevens Dissents

Scott v Harris...
"Had they [the younger majority of Justices] learned to drive when most high-speed driving took place on two-lane roads rather than on superhigh-ways-when split-second judgments about the risk of passing a slow-poke in the face of oncoming traffic were routine-they might well have reacted to the videotape more dispassionately."


And...
"...like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. 'Give me five bees for a quarter,' you’d say.
"Now where were we? Oh yeah -- the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."

or...

"Big deal! When I was a pup, we got spanked by presidents 'til the cows came home! Grover Cleveland spanked me on two non-consecutive occasions!"
Compare and contrast.

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Um, Counselor? The remark completely removed from its context and reproduced by you is the second half of a footnoted aside, mocking the majority's somewhat grandiose characterization of a portion of the video.

It's what we old-timers understand as a "joke," and, better yet, a joke at the expense of Justice Scalia.

Surely you can do gooder than that.

The post, comparing a distinguished Justice of the Supreme Court to a cartoon character, is what we youngsters understand as a "joke," or at the very least, "humorous." It was not meant to be taken as serious legal analysis.

While I am in no way destined for a career in comedy, I like to have a little fun here and there on my blog. I will try gooder in the future to make it clear when I'm trying (and apparently failing) to be funny.

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Don't get me wrong, I appreciated and enjoyed your whimsical jape - notwithstanding its lack of candor before the tribunal.

In fact my own reaction to Justice Stevens's chiding of the majority was similar, until I apprehended its sly Nino-mockery.

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