Friday, February 27, 2004

At least he paid for the hunt himself

I don't think this as big a deal as the outing with the VP - I don't think Scalia is a dirty guy. Do I like him, not always. Was this the best idea PR-wise? No. But guess what - life tenure's a bitch, and this doesn't rise to the level of impeachable offense.

I think it's lame that he likes shooting little birdies. Especially when the birdies are specifically put there to be shot - it's like overstocking a lake for fishing - honestly, where's the challenge?

Other highlights:
"Bond said that because the trip was two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Scalia had told them in advance that he did not think it wise to fly from Washington with his own firearm. So, Bond said, "I loaned Scalia a gun. I have plenty.""

Aww, well, that's sweet.

"Back in Kansas, Bond and Graves said Scalia had earned their respect as a marksman. At one point in the field, the hunters were surprised by a quail, and Scalia shot the bird in midflight.

"He came back with a bag full of birds," McAllister said, "cleaned and packed in ice, ready to take back on the plane to Washington.""

Good for him. (full disclosure: I was a crack shot on Nintendo's Duck Hunt game as a child, so I know a fair bit about this kind of thing). The real question is: how many pieces of carry on luggage do dead birds count for?

I do dislike anything that encourages Americans to maintain a healthy distrust of government - but I also have a fair bit of judicial-branch hostility, so if they get taken down a peg or two every so often, whom am I to complain.

Just keep electing Republicans who can appoint their friends - then no one will disappointed when all expectations are lived up to.

Scalia Took Trip Set Up by Lawyer in Two Cases

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