Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Guide to the Scalia Assassination Conspiracy Theories

Within a few hours of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death at a West Texas resort over the weekend, conservative talk radio hosts and bloggers began to question whether the 79-year-old justice in ill health had really died of natural causes—or if something more nefarious was afoot.

According to media reports, Scalia was found dead in his room at the Cibolo Creek Ranch on the morning of Saturday, February 13. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes over the phone, after hearing from local law enforcement officers who assured her that the justice was in a state of repose and there were “no signs of foul play.” Guevara also heard from Scalia’s doctor in Washington, who relayed that the justice had several chronic health conditions. Pronouncing a death over the phone is permissible under Texas law.

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Inspection- Trump and Christie in a Tree, Kiss…

by Ken Carman

 Well, it’s “nice” to see that Mr. Christie has finally figured out how to operate a bridge to somewhere, or in this case “someone.” Damn shame it’s Donald Trump, but I would have expected nothing better.
 Folks, I’ve been dealing with bullies since I was young, mostly because I learned early that ignoring them may work for the occasional tosser who simply taunts a time or two. But at least among the species known as machobullybuttheadikus, sometimes the only real option is to out bully them. And there’s no doubt both Christie and Trump are bullies. Read more

The Governing Cancer of Our Time

We live in a big, diverse society. There are essentially two ways to maintain order and get things done in such a society — politics or some form of dictatorship. Either through compromise or brute force. Our founding fathers chose politics.

Politics is an activity in which you recognize the simultaneous existence of different groups, interests and opinions. You try to find some way to balance or reconcile or compromise those interests, or at least a majority of them. You follow a set of rules, enshrined in a constitution or in custom, to help you reach these compromises in a way everybody considers legitimate.

The downside of politics is that people never really get everything they want. It’s messy, limited and no issue is ever really settled. Politics is a muddled activity in which people have to recognize restraints and settle for less than they want. Disappointment is normal.


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The Speaker for the Dead: Antonin Scalia and the Truth

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For a long time now, I’ve been waiting with diligent patience to write three articles: One on the passing of former President George W. Bush, one on the passing of former Vice President Dick Cheney and one on the passing of now-former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The novelist Orson Scott Card developed, in his writings, an idea for someone known as the Speaker for the Dead. A Speaker does not spit-polish and shine the departed at the graveside, doesn’t eulogize inflated greatness or create a polite fiction to please and soothe. The Speaker tells the unvarnished truth about the one going into the ground: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Today, I stand as Justice Scalia’s Speaker for the Dead.

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