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Last Saturday, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, leaving a vacant seat in the nation’s highest court and opening a vacuum into which conservatives poured their wildest obstructionist agendas and kooked-out conspiracy theories. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” a special Scalia-themed edition of The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Phyllis Schlafly

Of course it isn’t enough to block President Obama from appointing Scalia’s replacement — it is incumbent upon Senate Republicans to block any and all appointments to federal courts. This is the latest gospel from Phyllis Schlafly, writing in her column published Monday.

Schlafly writes:

Several GOP candidates promised to appoint a justice who will interpret the Constitution as it was written, rather than changing it as liberals want. But by now it should be painfully obvious that picking good judges is not sufficient to stop liberal activism by the courts.

Of course Senate Republicans should block President Obama from filling this Supreme Court vacancy in an election year, and they have 80 years of precedent on their side. But Republicans should go further and block nominations for all the other vacancies in the federal judiciary, too.

Schlafly was not content to leave it at that of course — the conservative activist, who has previously railed against abortion, same-sex marriage, the Equal Rights Amendment, and even microbrew, enjoined Congress to basically tear down the entire judicial system because, you know, liberals.

“Congress should also defund use of taxpayer money by the Department of Justice to push the liberal agenda in the liberal courts,” she wrote. “Congress should cut back on the funding for the courts themselves, too, and eliminate rather than fill some of the vacancies.”

In other words, no judges at all are better than judges who want to move the country forward.

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. AlfredSonny February 19, 2016

    Is Phyllis Schlafly physically shooing to fly la Constitution away?

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    1. The lucky one February 19, 2016

      Is there ANYONE in the US whose opinion is more irrelevant than Phyllis Schlafly?

      1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

        Bill Kristol?

        1. TZToronto February 19, 2016

          There you go again. ROTFL! It’s a great day for humor!

  2. AlfredSonny February 19, 2016

    My dear Glenn Beck, have you ever thought of an espionage where God is fed up with conservatism and wants Obama to appoint a liberal?

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    1. Don Meaker February 19, 2016

      Because every one knows that G-d hates the righteous, and loves people who murder their babies, right? Anyone? Bueller?

      1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

        And there you go believing right-wing propaganda again. Fact is, fetuses at the stage where more than 95% of abortions are performed ARE NOT BABIES!! they’re FETUSES!!

        And even that is beside the point, because the GOP’s agenda of shutting down safe abortion clinics IS NOT reducing abortions, it is actually increasing them; and on top of that, it is increasing the likelihood that women will end up dying in a botched abortion – often done by a quack or even attempted on themselves.

        What zealots like yourself refuse to realize, is that women do not choose whether or not to have an abortion based on what some idiots like you think and do – like making them illegal. Having an abortion is a purely personal decision women make based on their current condition in life.

        So should they choose to have an abortion, if idiots like you have made them illegal and closed down safe abortion clinics, they will travel to where abortions are still legal to have one – if they can afford to travel – or they will either seek an abortion on the black market (which may be in a back alley or warehouse or some other sleazy place); or they may even choose to attempt the abortion on themselves; and that’s where the rub comes in, because previous to Roe vs Wade, women dying in botched abortion was commonplace news in the papers.

        And idiots like you are also refusing to realize that Planned Parenthood talks tens of thousands of women out of having abortions each year – so when you shut them down (where only 3% of what they do is abortions); you’ve shut down a place THAT TALKS WOMEN OUT OF HAVING AN ABORTION!! That’s why studies have shown THAT MORE ABORTIONS OCCUR WHERE THEY’RE ILLEGAL THAN WHERE THE ARE LEAGAL!!

        So you see, your comment is really focused on yourself!! IT IS IDIOTS LIKE YOU THAT ARE CAUSING MORE ABORTIONS TO HAPPEN!!!

        YOU’RE PRO-FETUS, NOT PRO-LIFE!!!

        1. TZToronto February 19, 2016

          Numbers are a liberal trick, kind of like science, which is God’s enemy. It’s not fair to cite statistical evidence when right-wingers know that the right-wing mind (what there is of it) knows everything–these people just KNOW. Numbers just gum up the works!

          1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

            The truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, but it’s never the nut job’s friend.

        2. David February 20, 2016

          You are an idiot. Making abortion illegal causes more abortions? Right. “They made abortion illegal, so I am going to go get pregnant and have an illegal abortion.” Do you post this type of stuff to get a laugh?

          1. Independent1 February 20, 2016

            No wonder you’re so clueless – based on one of your posts above; you’re from that state that’s been sending America all these idiot politicians!! Texas – the cesspool of America.
            And I don’t care whether you agree with that or not – any state that ranks in the bottom 10 of every one of 23 subjective socio-economic measures that compare itself to other states IS A CESSPOOL!!! (And by the way, thousands of people that Texas is suckering to come there, are fleeing the state when they eventually realize what a hellhole Texas has become under failed GOP governance.)
            And please don’t try to tell me that you think when a woman finds out she’s pregnant who determines she doesn’t want to be, that she runs out and says “Have the idiot Republicans in my state made abortion illegal??”
            Come on clueless!! Hundreds of thousands were going on each year long before Roe vs Wade – when there was no law edicting they were legal. The only difference was they were being performed on the black market or by the woman or maybe her boyfriend themselves. Which is why thousands of women were dying each year in botched abortions!!!
            You’d better get you’re head out of the sand and come back out of your fantasy land!!
            For your information, there are far fewer abortions happening today than at any previous time since Roe vs Wade. And part of the reason for that is as PP clinics expanded across the nation, PP was talking more and more women each year out of abortions and providing more and more women living in poverty with the contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies before an abortion was needed.

          2. David February 20, 2016

            Again, your unsubstantiated rantings. Let me get this straight, you believe life magically appears in a fetus at the 90 day mark? Not 89, but 90? Not 89 days, 23 hours, but 90? Well, the murderous scum at PP share your twisted view.

          3. Independent1 February 20, 2016

            You just don’t get it do you lowlife!! I am anti-abortion. I’m for whatever reduces abortions. And the idiocy that you right-Wingers are off on IS NOT ONLY INCREASING ABORTIONS IT’S RESULTING IN MORE WOMEN DYING IN BOTCHED ABORTIONS!!. MANY BOTCHED ABORTIONS THAT WOMEN IN RED STATES EVEN TRY TO PERFORM ON THEMSELVES!
            THOSE ARE FACTS WHETHER YOU’RE TO STUPID TO BELIEVE THEM OR NOT!!!!

          4. David February 20, 2016

            If you are “for whatever reduces abortions”, then defund PP!

          5. Independent1 February 20, 2016

            I see why Texas is the cesspool of America, there apparently are just too many stupid people like you in Texas. You just can’t get it through your mentally retarded brain that PP is one of the reasons that there are less abortions in America today than there were 2-3 decades ago even though there are more than 75 million more people in America.

            As I’ve already explained, which you seem too clueless to grasp, not only does PP talk thousands of women out of going through with an abortion, they prevent thousands of potential abortions a year by providing low income females with contraceptives they otherwise couldn’t afford, they also provide males with condoms that they otherwise couldn’t afford.

            And you seem to be too much of a nincompoop to understand that whatever abortions PP SAFELY PERFORMS, are going to happen even if PP is shut down; IN FACT, MORE ARE GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THERE ARE FEW IF ANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS LIKE PP THAT TALKS THOUSANDS OF WOMEN OUT OF EVEN HAVING AN ABORTION.

            So when you suggest that PP should be defunded YOU ARE PROVING YOUR ABSOLUTE STUPIDITY WITH RESPECT TO THE ABORTION ISSUE!!!!!!!!!

            AND YOU ARE PROVING THAT YOU ARE CLEARLY PRO-FETUS AND NOT PRO-LIFE!!!!!

          6. David February 21, 2016

            Please, take your medications and find a safe place. Using logic is a tad bit beyond you. Have a blessed day.

        3. plc97477 February 20, 2016

          The problem with the idiots on the right is they actually believe that women who get pregnant out of wedlock should die unless it is someone they love then they cough up the money for whatever is needed.

      2. charleo1 February 19, 2016

        You stick to pretending to know what your God thinks. That’s always worked out so well for men in the past.

  3. AlfredSonny February 19, 2016

    The day Justice Scalia who mixed State with Church and patronized the Koch events died, the justice in America is saved.

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    1. The_Magic_M February 19, 2016

      And if one of the liberal judges had died, Beck likely wouldn’t have claimed this was God’s plan to energize Democratic voters – we’d be hearing claims of how this was “God’s punishment for the Obergefell ruling” 24/7.

  4. Dominick Vila February 19, 2016

    What worries me the most about the comments made by charlatans, such as those highlighted in this article, is not so much what they said, which is consistent with what mentally ill people have said since the beginning of mankind, but the millions of Americans who listen to their rhetoric…and believe it!

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    1. AgLander February 19, 2016

      Practicing psychiatry without a license are we??

      1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

        Welcome troll. Where have you been, and how did we ever carry on a conversation without you? Go on, say something else!

      2. Dominick Vila February 19, 2016

        Most of the potential patients are beyond professional or unprofessional help. That is, unless The Apprentice is the pseudo Healer In Charge.

      3. The lucky one February 19, 2016

        Some diagnoses write themselves.

        1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

          Good one!!

      4. Joan February 19, 2016

        Abow has been known to diagnosis psychological problems based solely on a photograph, just saying.

    2. idamag February 19, 2016

      I remember when people talked, like that, and we moved away from them, careful not to laugh.

    3. David February 20, 2016

      Kind of like Hillary Clinton!

  5. charleo1 February 19, 2016

    One might think Scalia’s own family would be demanding a full investigation. And yet, didn’t so much as request an autopsy. Hmm. This really goes deep! They should all be taken into protective custody immediately, so as to find out who is threatening them into silence. I would also expect the High Court, Congress, the national press, and television networks to be shut down, and the President could be confined to house arrest, and the country put under military rule, until such time as a gathering of Evangelical Ministers can pray on this. So as to let the Nation know how to best to protect our liberties, and freedom from the Devil, and the evil Federal Gov. He controls. Yes, Jesus take our hands, and lead us thru! Now, can I have my own RW radio show too???

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  6. AgLander February 19, 2016

    Of course Obama did not kill Scalia…..he’s much too busy destroying an entire country.

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    1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

      You’re funny. What trailer park are you from?

      1. AgLander February 19, 2016

        Why do you ask? Searching for a housing upgrade?

        1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

          No one wants to buy your trailer.

      2. Joan February 19, 2016

        This is your idea of a cogent response? Are you implying that people who live in modular homes are less intelligent?
        I really think that we should let the whingnuts secede? They are holding the rest of us back. Let them have their country with no IRS, no EPA and sh!t schools.

        1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

          That’s kind of what they already have in what they classify as red states!! What should be the GOP’s shining example of a red state, Texas, is the cesspool of America. It ranks in the worst 10 when compared to other states in 100% of 23 socio-economic measures?? That sounds pretty bad to me – and certainly that’s not what we want these idiots to turn America into (they’ve already caused America to fall behind a lot of nations in the world in a number of measures like the quality of our infrastructure and health care; and even longevity).

          1. David February 20, 2016

            “Cesspool”? Ha ha ha! Is that why we have so many people moving here from those paradises up north?

        2. Eleanore Whitaker February 19, 2016

          Joan…The reality is that since the Civil War ended, Yankees have been supporting the Corn Pone Kings and Queens and the Mutton Chops and Dixie Belles with our tax dollars.

          The proof is found at the GAO.gov site…every Republican state is getting $1.35 to $1.87 for the $1 they pay in federal taxes. While Dem states get an average of 55 cents for our tax dollars.

          I have relative in the south in FL, GA, Va and TX. These are states that also get billions in tax subsidies for prison industries, gun manufacturing, military industries and Big oil.

          They believe it is their right to take as much of our tax dollars. Which leaves us paying higher taxes in Dems states to pay for our states’ needs and to support their. It is NO coincidence that Paul Ryan headed the House Ways and Means Committee where he and his Republican majority decided from which states the most tax revenue would be “alloted.” It is also no surprise that the House has a Republican majority. They are the ones deciding where your tax dollars are dispersed…85% goes to Republican states.

        3. RED February 19, 2016

          Yes

        4. charleo1 February 19, 2016

          You are correct. I apologize to any modular home owners I may have offended. However having lived in a trailer myself, a little different thing than a modular home. But it’s really not the trailer that makes the occupant less intelligent. It’s the occupant that’s lived in it for 30 years, and thinks it’s all Obama’s fault.

          1. TZToronto February 19, 2016

            You’re very funny today.

          2. charleo1 February 19, 2016

            It’s wacko Friday, Hurrah!!!!

        5. dpaano February 19, 2016

          Unfortunately, Joan, they talk a big talk, but they will NEVER secede because they know where their bread is buttered. They KNOW that if they were to leave the United States and form their own country, they’d be broke in a heartbeat!!!

    2. Independent1 February 19, 2016

      I think Republicans have been doing a much better job of that. I mean, what more could you ask for than having all GOP-run states lead the nation in:

      People dying 2-6 years younger than people in Democrat run states??

      Than the fact that 29 of 31 states where people are the most broke and on the verge of bankruptcy are GOP-run states?

      Than the fact that more than 90% of the states where people have and are able to spend the least amount each year to live are GOP-run states.

      Than the fact that GOP-run states BY FAR lead the nation in every form of dying prematurely than you can even think up??

      Than the fact that all 10 of the states that survey groups access as being the most miserable states to live in and with the worst quality of life are all GOP-run states??

      And I could go on and on, but just those little tidbits should give you the right picture that it ‘s the GOP that’s working to destroy America!!

      1. idamag February 19, 2016

        Hey, my paper reported, this morning, that Idaho now leads the nation in taking more from the government than thy give. Idaho is red, red, red.

      2. David February 20, 2016

        Your “statistics” are laughable. “GOP run states”? Governor? Senate? House? For how long? Please provide this supporting data.

        1. Independent1 February 21, 2016

          Shown below is a pretty good list of GOP-run states mixed in with a handful of purple states. Go ahead, tell me which of these is not what I’m describing; because these are a bunch of the states that rank so poorly in America in so many categories.

          Below is a list of the 25 states in America where people earn so little wages, that they are the 25 states in America that have the smallest PER CAPITA personal consumption spending in the nation (note that although Texas ranks 2nd behind California in state GDP that it ranks 34th in the nation in personal consumption spending showing how miserably low the average jobs in Texas pay):

          State/Per capita personal consumption in thousands
          MS/29.3
          AR/29.4
          AL/30.5
          KY/31.8
          NC/32.1
          OK/32.3
          SC/32.3
          WV/32.3
          UT/32.4
          ID/32.6
          GA/32.8
          LA/33.0
          IN/33.8
          AZ/33.9
          NM/33.9
          NV/34.5
          TX/34.5
          KS/34.7
          MO/35.1
          IA/35.3
          OH/35.3
          MI/36.2
          WI/36.3
          FL/36.4

          PS: Note that not one of these is a ‘true’ Blue State!!!!!!!!
          .

          1. David February 21, 2016

            Guess what, DA. For your figures to even begin to be relevant, we would have to know the cost of living in those States v. any others. How does it feel to be shown up as an idiot?

          2. David February 21, 2016

            Do you have the guts to tell us where you live?

    3. Independent1 February 19, 2016

      And have you conveniently forgotten that it’s the GOP that’s writing laws (or trying to write laws) across the nation:

      that restrict their citizens voting rights; making it harder for people to vote (in violation of the Constitution)!

      that allow employers to essentially treat people like slave labor by paying them as little as they wish; resulting in people who work in ‘right-to-work’ states earning 18 to 23 percent less than people in other states thereby suppressing their quality of life!

      that put restrictions on whom people can love and marry!

      that allow businesses to discriminate against their employees and to deny healthcare coverage THAT THEY don’t believe in (as if they have a right to edict their beliefs on others)!

      that actually restrict what women can do with their own bodies!

      Talk about destroying liberties and our democracy – that’s been the agenda of the GOP for more than the last 4 decades!!!

      1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

        Lander is for all of that. What he means by Obama “destroying the entire country,” is his unforgivable trespass on a job reserved for White people.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker February 19, 2016

          The South Shall Rise Again…on our tax dollars. Fly the Stars and Bars…The Rebels Won the Civil War! So they rewrite history, lie, like like and somehow expect edicated people to believe their garbage …all on our tax dollars? Think again of Grand PUbbahs of Moronity.

      2. Don Meaker February 19, 2016

        Restricting voting rights to those who should actually vote would be a good thing. Restricting the right of party activists to vote multiple times seems to me to be a correct policy, for everyone except the party that had over 100% voter turnout in their most corrupt districts, and of that 100% voter turnout, 100% voted for their candidate.

        Corruption has been the agenda of the Democratic Party for the last 150 years.

        1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

          Wow!! You really suck up to those right-wing lies and conspiracy theories, don’t you. If that’s the case, how come the GOP has spent years and millions of dollars trying to prove voter fraud and aside from a very little handful of cases hasn’t been able to: resulting in judges negating excessive voter restriction laws in a number of states DUE TO THE LACK OF PROOF OF VOTER FRAUD??? Explain that please!!

          1. plc97477 February 19, 2016

            And the handful of cases were repugs trying to win however they can.

          2. Independent1 February 19, 2016

            Yeah, the majority of voter fraud has been shown to be Republicans rigging voting machines or intentionally mishandling voting forms or actually attempting to extort people’s votes either via the phone or even while they’re in a voting line (by suggesting that they’re qualified to take their vote and then conveniently discarding them if the vote isn’t for a Republican).

          3. charleo1 February 19, 2016

            Or giving out the wrong election date. Or telling the people likely to vote for your opponent, that your opponent just dropped dead, or is dropping out, or is under investigation. Or once hugged Obama, and is now infested with Socialist cooties. Then show them a doctored photo as proof.

          4. idamag February 19, 2016

            During the Obama-McCain campaign, a registrar in Colorado went dor to door registering only Republicans. In California, custodian found a pile of Democrat registrations in a trash can.

          5. BillP February 19, 2016

            He will never offer any provable facts. The rate of voter fraud prosecution is infinitesimal, it’s in the ten thousandths of a percent but that doesn’t stop the trolls from claiming it exists.

          6. idamag February 19, 2016

            Less than 1% over a ten year period and some of those were felons who did not know they had lost their right to vote.

        2. Jan123456 February 19, 2016

          Restricting the right of party activists to vote multiple times seems to
          me to be a correct policy, for everyone except the party that had over
          100% voter turnout in their most corrupt districts, and of that 100%
          voter turnout, 100% voted for their candidate.

          I don’t suppose you have any proof of this. Just be careful as the 100% claims have been largely debunked.

        3. Grannysmovin February 19, 2016

          Please provide the proof of this mass voter fraud, that warrants denying a person their right to vote? Oh that’s right there is none as proven by your own party. Please tell me about how fair and balanced the gerrymandering of districts are. Please provide you documentation to support you claim “Corruption has been the agenda of the Democratic Party for the last 150 years.”

          1. idamag February 19, 2016

            I think we ought to look at 10,000 franchised voters being removed from the files in Florida during Jeb Bush’s term as governor.

          2. dpaano February 19, 2016

            Yeah, let’s talk about Bush being “elected” over Gore….that’s a good point to bring up when you talk about corruption in our voting. If it weren’t for his brother being Governor of Florida, being buddies with the powers that be in the Florida legislature, and having a totally partisan/conservative Supreme Court, Bush would NEVER have been elected and NEVER had the opportunity to totally screw up this entire country (as well as the Middle East)! Yeah, let’s talk about that!

        4. charleo1 February 19, 2016

          Right, because there ain’t no way a lilly white country such as yours would legally elect a Black Kenyan Muslim for President.
          Or you want to claim that has nothing to do with anything?

    4. idamag February 19, 2016

      Ignorance is destroying our country.

    5. Mr Corrections February 20, 2016

      Destroying the country with more jobs and health insurance, I guess. Heck, if it wasn’t for the idiotic Bush wars and tax cuts, he’d actually have reduced the debt substantially by now.

  7. plc97477 February 19, 2016

    Of course, 79 year olds who have never seen an exercise they like are not known to die before./s

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    1. Jan123456 February 19, 2016

      Especially if they are overweight smokers.

    2. idamag February 19, 2016

      OMG, we had three people, in our newspaper; obits who died the same age as Scalia this morning. They were murdered.

      1. dpaano February 19, 2016

        Of course they were, and probably by Republican politicians!!!

        1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

          Republicans do have a knack for having people in the states they govern die prematurely at earlier ages than in non GOP-governed states.

          1. David February 20, 2016

            You are so right! Just ask the Clintons…

          2. Phil Christensen February 21, 2016

            Careful. That pile of bodies may just tip over.

  8. Don Meaker February 19, 2016

    No judge is better than a bad judge.

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    1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

      Well then. Things should be much better in America because we just lost one very bad judge who could clearly be BOUGHT AND PAID FOR!!! (The idiocy of Citizen United and his bastardizing of the 2nd Amendment in 2008 proves that!!)

      1. David February 20, 2016

        You don’t have a clue about what the 2nd Amendment means. Didn’t you google about it like I suggested?

    2. Grannysmovin February 19, 2016

      Recent article: Scalia’s Resort Trip Was Gifted By a ‘Friend’ Who Had Business Before the Supreme Court http://usuncut.com/news/scalia-hunting-trip-was-a-gift/

      Koch Brothers private Corporate fundraising political meetings featured such notable leaders as Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. A Supreme Court justice lending a hand to a political fundraising event would be a clear violation of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, if it wasn’t for the fact that the nine justices have exempted themselves from much of the ethical rules governing all other federal judges.

      1. idamag February 19, 2016

        Judges who let themselves be winded and dined by special interests should be disbarred.

    3. charleo1 February 19, 2016

      It’s why Somalia is doing so well. No courts, no judges, lawyers, police, no big bloated government, taxes, regulations, nothing but happy! happy! happy! all the live long day!!!

      1. TZToronto February 19, 2016

        Thank you for my big laugh of the day!

    4. dpaano February 19, 2016

      And to you, a “bad” judge would be one that voted conservatively in lieu of voting judicially…..is that correct? The Supreme Court Justices are “supposed” to be non-partisan, or haven’t you heard that? Of course, most GOP’s seem to think that a conservative judge should ALWAYS vote conservatively and NOT use their God-given brains and vote without being along party lines. What this court needs is a moderate judge….someone that would vote per the law and not per his party’s feelings.

      1. idamag February 20, 2016

        A good judge is neither liberal nor conservative. They vow to be fair and impartial. Then they do things like legislate from the bench and select a president. They try to dismantle civil rights. They five more power to special interests by passing the Citizens United. By these actions you can see a bad judge is a threat to Democracy.

    5. Mr Corrections February 20, 2016

      With Scalia dead, there’s one less bad judge.

  9. OTTMAR February 19, 2016

    What drugs are they on?

    Reply
    1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

      You have wonder don’t you? Or maybe, what’s in the water in some of our states?? Too much lead?? (Excessive lead does lead to brain damage – I wonder if that’s what’s ailing so many Republicans these days.)

  10. joeham1 February 19, 2016

    We all better hope and pray he wasn’t murdered. Washington is out of control and the president is part of the problem.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker February 19, 2016

      Well let’s see…JFK was killed in Texas and he was a Democrat. Can we assume that the Republicans murdered him? Or do you mentally ill nuts of the right look for any tiny hope of lobbing blame on a president who unlike your Texas assshat puppet is squeaky clean. Can’t believe it can you? So accumstomed to crooks of the GOP that a squeaky clean president gets up your butts?

      1. Nick February 19, 2016

        Here is a crazy conspiracy theory for all to run with: Ted Cruz is behind the death of justice Scalia because Scalia would not support Cruz’s claim to be a natural born citizen. Justice Scalia was the last remaining judge that approved the law in 1986 that gave birth rights of natural born citizens to military families that had children born overseas. The law did not include children born prior to 1986. Cruz who is running for president had to take action so he can get far in this race. What a good time to do this when every conspiracy will point to a democrat.

      2. joeham1 February 19, 2016

        The republicans probably did kill Kennedy. Obama is certainly capable of having Scalia killed too. Your sheep to your party so your not capable of believing anything bad like that. Squeaky clean? Your an idiot as always!

        1. charleo1 February 19, 2016

          Enlighten all us “sheeple” Einstein. You’ve got it all figured out.
          Start with he’s Black, and work down from there.

          1. idamag February 19, 2016

            He should take his proof to the FBI.

          2. dpaano February 19, 2016

            They’d laugh him out of the building!!!!

          3. idamag February 20, 2016

            I know, but he thinks he is smart. Don’t laugh at him, he might get angry.

          4. dpaano February 22, 2016

            Ooooh, I’m scared…..almost as scared as I am of Trump (which, if elected, would be VEEERRRRY scary)!

          5. joeham1 February 19, 2016

            Puppets like you aren’t allowed to be enlightened. Face it. The black man and white men could of had the Italian man killed so they could get their agenda through. I know your a dumb fu#& but this out of control hate between the right and the left is ruining the country. The moronic hacks in both parties are making sure they demonize each other as much as they can to keep the hate going. The no talent as* clown that is our president and the last no talent a*s clown we had before this one are by far the 2 worst presidents in our history!

      3. idamag February 19, 2016

        That, which our Founding fathers feared is coming to pass – that ignorance would destroy Democracy. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison also feared that political parties would cause division and chaos. They cause worse than that.

    2. Mr Corrections February 20, 2016

      Yes, there’s no way an morbidly obese sedentary man, already over his life expectancy, died of natural causes. It was obviously a MURDER CONSPIRACY.

      1. joeham1 February 20, 2016

        Could of been and probably was natural causes. Who knows? The nasty left and right are both capable of anything. Both parties will say or do anything to get what they want

        1. Mr Corrections February 20, 2016

          yes it would be irresponsible not to wildly speculate based on nothing at all, probably

  11. Eleanore Whitaker February 19, 2016

    In the US Pay to Play has gone national. They pay to play in government. When my state had enough of the pay to play politicians, laws were passed to distance politicians from cronysm and special interests. The only reason it is so out of control today is because the 1% have 99% of the money.
    A book I once read about the Inquisition showed that the guiltiest always preyed on the most innnocent burning witches and anyone who appeared to be too innocent to the too guilty. Now you see where the GOP today really is.

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    1. idamag February 20, 2016

      Let me give you Idaho as an example. I met a guy who was a professor in animal husbandry.. He was traveling around the country, visiting various meat plants. He was doing a study. He was watching a rancher unload cattle. There were two boys with the rancher. One was telling my friend that the other boy was his brother and his cousin. He proceeded to explain . My friend asked me, later, if Idaho was like Mississippi. I told him that we were trying. One year Mississippi was on the very bottom for quality of education. Idaho was sixth from the bottom. Right now, we have a representative, from the back country who has introduced a bill to make it mandatory to study the Bible in school. She is one of the three who walked out on a Hindu prayer to make a statement.

  12. jakenhyde February 19, 2016

    It’s amazing to me how absolutely stupid and unthinking these conspiracy theorists are. If they had half a brain, they’d realize that if Obama were going to off Scalia, he’d have done it early on in his administration when he had democrat control of the senate. Any new prospective justice he might have appointed back then would have been a shoo in for the court.
    Honestly, every day that passes these right wing nuts prove how impossible it is for them to think for themselves. I’d be surprised if they can even tie their own shoes. Ahhh….they probably all wear loafers.

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    1. Paul Bass February 19, 2016

      I have to upvote because of ‘They all wear loafers’!

    2. Nick February 19, 2016

      Here is a crazy conspiracy theory for all to run with: Ted Cruz is behind the death of justice Scalia because Scalia would not support Cruz’s claim to be a natural born citizen. Justice Scalia was the last remaining judge that approved the law in 1986 that gave birth rights of natural born citizens to military families that had children born overseas. The law did not include children born prior to 1986. Cruz who is running for president had to take action so he can get far in this race. What a good time to do this when every conspiracy will point to a democrat.

  13. Grannysmovin February 19, 2016

    Glen Beck: Let’s get this straight: God allowed Hitler to kill Jews and did nothing to stop it, God allowed Jonestown and did nothing, God allowed 9-11 and did nothing, God allowed Mass Shootings at schools, movies, houses of worship and does nothing, God allows ISIS to continue their terrorism and does nothing. However God kills or allows Scalia to die in order to put Cruz in the white house? Anyone who believes this trash does not believe in God, what you believe in is a cruel, vindictive, capricious, and unjust being and says that Christianity is the most perverted system every imagined,.

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    1. dpaano February 19, 2016

      It’s just the way the conservatives’ consciences works…..or don’t.

  14. Timmi February 19, 2016

    Dude was old and fat. A mere 20 or 30 years ago he wouldn’t have made it to 79.

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  15. ps0rjl February 19, 2016

    Schlafly is an idiot. Her own hero Ronald Reagan nominated a Supreme Court justice in his last year.

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  16. idamag February 19, 2016

    phyllis shafly: your ignorance is showing. You are one of the back country yoeman,George Washington warned us about. There is more to the constitution than the first and second amendments.
    All the rest of you murder conspiracists, how lucky you are that Reagan closed the mental hospitals.

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  17. dpaano February 19, 2016

    Apparently, to Beck, it’s better to have a 5-4 SCOTUS on the conservative side rather than a 5-4 SCOTUS on the liberal side…..what a hypocrite! How about a SCOTUS that is going to do their actual jobs without partisanship? Wow, what a concept!!! The judges are NOT supposed to vote with their party (but that happens, as we ALL know), but they are supposed to vote with the law of the Constitution.

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    1. Independent1 February 19, 2016

      I never cared for Scalia and personally felt because of his strong opinionated nature that he really wasn’t suited to be a Supreme Court Justice. And I was definitely against his voting for the Citizens United travesty and for personally bastardizing the 2nd Amendment in the disastrous 2008 ruling that claims all Americans have the ‘right’ to own a gun – when the 2nd Amendment absolutely does not say that; but I just came across some comments in an e-mail from FAIR that really kind of made me sit back and ask – How could a man so misguided actually have been appointed to the Supreme Court for life (and it’s this kind of revelations that really make be determined to believe that SCOTUS judges should only serve for 18 years and then rotate off the court. There is actually a group pushing to have that happen.)

      But see this from FAIR and ask yourself if a man with these misguided ideas should be serving on the SCOTUS for life:

      This week on CounterSpin: The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia sent shockwaves through the political and media world; but for many the real shock was hearing a man eulogized as gracious and thoughtful who called the Voting Rights Act a “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” complained of the law profession’s “anti-anti-homosexual culture” and argued that mere “actual” innocence is no reason for the state not to kill someone.

      1. dpaano February 19, 2016

        It also makes me, at least, wonder how Clarence Thomas got elected to the Supreme Court…..he’s the least knowledgeable judge in the bunch. It’s no wonder he sits on his butt behind that dais, doesn’t say anything of any substance, and agreed with everything Scalia said even when it was wrong!!! These were all Republican nominees…..it’s time for change….we need some moderates in that court. We need people who will vote judicially and NOT based on their party. We need judges who are not bought and paid for by lobbyists or party members… which is the reason we have the Congress that we have today.

        1. Charlotte Sines February 19, 2016

          Kinda makes you wonder what will Clarence Thomas now that there is no one at the other end of the leash.

          1. dpaano February 22, 2016

            You got that right….but he does what his wifey tells him to do and votes whatever she tells him to vote. Pretty sad, but Scalia was his God! Now he’s treading water! And people wonder why he sits on that bench and doesn’t say a word EVER….it would only show how little he knows about being a Supreme Court Judge.

        2. David February 20, 2016

          You don’t know the first thing about law or judicial decisions.

          1. dpaano February 22, 2016

            And you don’t know the first thing about anything, especially ME!! Get a life, okay? And, for your information, I studied judicial law in law school, so I think I can honestly say I know a little bit about it, which is a little more than you obviously know!

          2. David February 22, 2016

            “Judicial law”? I am not familiar with that topic. What law school? When? Are you saying you have J.D.? Where are you admitted to practice?

          3. dpaano February 22, 2016

            Figures you wouldn’t be familiar with the topic…..and, in answer to your question, USC; yes, I have a J.D., and I passed the bar in California probably long before you were born. Enough said!

          4. David February 22, 2016

            Hmmm….well, your bio says that you were a military officer for 23 years; a member of MENSA; and, have an MBA. No mention of practicing law or a JD. Furthermore, you think that you passed the Bar exam before I was born. Not likely. In fact, I was born in 1954; graduated from the Univ of Okla Law School; and am licensed in Oklahoma and Texas. Been practicing for 34 years. I don’t think you are an attorney.

          5. dpaano February 22, 2016

            Although I don’t have to explain to you….I am 70 years old (born in 1946). I went into the Women’s Army Corps in 1964 (when I graduated high school). I was on active duty for 3 years, and when I got out, I immediately joined the Army Reserve and finished my 20 years+ in the Reserves. Yes, I am a member of Mensa, I do have a MBA, and I am (or was) an attorney. I passed the bar when I was in my mid-30’s.

          6. David February 22, 2016

            So you are a member of the California Bar Association?

          7. dpaano February 23, 2016

            Not any longer…..haven’t practiced for 5 years now. It wasn’t a very rewarding career for me, and I went off in another direction.

          8. David February 23, 2016

            It’s called the State Bar of California…

          9. dpaano February 23, 2016

            Duh, of course it is. I don’t believe I designated a particular name for it, but apparently you seem to think it’s important. Get a life, okay? I don’t have time to continually respond to your ridiculous questions that have NOTHING to do with the subject at hand.

          10. Mike February 26, 2016

            USC.”University of Spoiled Children”

        3. Mike February 26, 2016

          Please, in this forum, remember, “in my opinion”. It clarifies fact from BS.

      2. idamag February 20, 2016

        I didn’t either. Scalia was never impartial.

    2. idamag February 20, 2016

      We do not need partisanship in the Supreme Court. If the justices are ideologues, they cannot be fatr and impartial.

      1. dpaano February 22, 2016

        You’re probably right at this point, but we can always hope!

    3. Mike February 26, 2016

      Ahh nooo! It’s having 5 to 4 on the constitutional side.

  18. Sand_Cat February 19, 2016

    How can anyone even stand to watch these idiots long enough to write this column?

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  19. oldfed February 19, 2016

    The republicans should give Barak’s nominees the same deference that Barak gave W’s nominees

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    1. Mr Corrections February 20, 2016

      Yes, it’s only sensible that important decisions be made based on who hurt the GOP’s fee-fees previously.

    2. Daniel Max Ketter February 20, 2016

      Well me & Linda Rae would love to see either Nancy Pelosi or Maxine Waters appointed to that honorable seat. It would balance out the Supremes, and prevent any of the whacko religious right like clarance thomas from messing with pro-choice issues. Abortion is a RIGHT that we have and roe-vs-wade should continue to be honored. God bless our Democratic party.

      1. Mike February 26, 2016

        Daniel, whatever you are sitting on is turned up too high.

        1. Daniel Max Ketter February 27, 2016

          Sitting on wisdom and knowledge.

          1. Paul Bass February 28, 2016

            Maybe, but you probably laugh last at jokes….

      2. Paul Bass February 26, 2016

        It really should be Diana Ross, or maybe Mary Wilson.

        1. Daniel Max Ketter February 27, 2016

          That is a STUPID reply.

          1. Paul Bass February 28, 2016

            no, it is a CLEVER retort. You’re the one who mentioned “the Supremes”.

    3. Daniel Max Ketter February 22, 2016

      The republicans should approve…approve…approve…

    4. Daniel Max Ketter March 6, 2016

      Dan and Linda Rae Ketter are hands down Williamsburg white trash couple of the year

    5. Daniel Max Ketter April 3, 2016

      ITS FAT DANNN KETTER FROM WILLIAMSBURG VIRGINIA…AND HIS UGLY OLD HAG WIFEY LINDA RAE GLIDDEN

    6. Daniel Max Ketter April 6, 2016

      But Linda Rae Ketter is brutal to look at and smells like a pig??

    7. Daniel Max Ketter April 12, 2016

      My dear Linda Rae Ketter is about as feminine as Bruce Jenner

  20. Mr Corrections February 20, 2016

    That picture is deeply unpleasant.

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  21. Phil Christensen February 21, 2016

    Obama will name a replacement. The Senate will advise and consent. Republicans will roll over. Liberal panties will untwist. Day follows night.

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  22. FireBaron February 21, 2016

    In any other civilized country, Phyllis Schafley would have been institutionalized by now.

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  23. clcman February 21, 2016

    Wait a second… John Poindexter!? As in “former Rear Admiral and guy who got jailed for taking part in Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra affair John Poindexter”? Man, Savage really will accuse anybod- Oh, wait. Different guy. Apparently the Scalia ranch-owning John Poindexter was an Army Captain instead. Who knew?

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