March 27, 2006


Judicial intemperance: Scalia flips message to doubting Thomases (Laurel J. Sweet, March 27, 2006, Boston Herald)

Minutes after receiving the Eucharist at a special Mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a special blessing of his own for those who question his impartiality when it comes to matters of church and state.

“You know what I say to those people?” Scalia, 70, replied, making an obscene gesture under his chin when asked by a Herald reporter if he fends off a lot of flak for publicly celebrating his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs.

“That’s Sicilian,” the Italian jurist said, interpreting for the “Sopranos” challenged.

“It’s none of their business,” continued Scalia, who was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s Catholic Lawyers’ Guild luncheon. “This is my spiritual life. I shall lead it the way I like.”

Calls to mind the most honest moment in the career of Nelson Rockefeller.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2006 7:25 AM

Thats Sicilian, the Italian jurist said, interpreting for the Sopranos challenged.

Apparently Sweet,Laurel is one of the challenged. I didn't see the event but if it's the typical gesture from the chin it is not obscene; it's a blow off. It's not the finger. She's a dunce out of her league and her pen should be taken away until she grows up or is limited to writing what she knows something about. Give her the horns.

Posted by: Genecis at March 27, 2006 7:55 AM

The obscene gesture observed in Italian neighborhoods in New York involves the elbow and forearm. As Gen says, under the chin means buzz off.

Posted by: erp at March 27, 2006 8:34 AM

Italian jurist?

Posted by: Brother Qiao at March 27, 2006 11:55 AM

You know, you oughtn't use the phrase "doubting Thomases" in an article about the Supreme Court unless you're making a somewhat clever reference to the Justice.

Posted by: Timothy at March 27, 2006 1:38 PM

Right on, Timothy.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 27, 2006 3:15 PM

Scalia the Italian Jurist. Sort of like Gots, the Italian pedantic curmudgeon.

Apparently only "real" minorities rate the
hyphenated "-American" tag.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 27, 2006 5:11 PM