Supreme Court Justice Scalia Dead At Age 79

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    Just when you thought the 2016 presidential election couldn't get any crazier...

    Hold on to your hats, people!
     
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    Obama will presumably pick a conservative to replace him.
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it
     
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    I rarely agreed with him on the hot button topics he is involved in, but he was obviously a very smart individual with a difficult job. RIP
     
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    All his other picks have been lesbians so maybe he'll pick Hillary.
     
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    The media will relentlessly question Hillary and Bernie about who they think Obama should nominate to the bench and they must attack each others choice. That will provide some mighty entertaining debate moments. Hillary will certainly nominate a black female (Oprah?) to pander to the SC primary voters, but I wonder who Bernie will chose?

    The GOP will get this question as well, but to a lesser degree.
     
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    I guess he has learned if god was happy with him or not.
     
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    Well people can stop wondering if Justice Ginsberg will retire... at least for a week or so.

    May Scalia rest in peace.
     
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    You know what? Good. Scalia was a schmuck who couldn't tell the Bible from the Constitution.
     
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    I'm sure he could. I've seen the Constitution and it doesn't look anything like a Bible.
     
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    Shameless stolen from twitter:

    This would be an excellent day for Justice Clarence Thomas to continue his tradition of just doing whatever Justice Scalia does.​

    Endorsed!
     
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    May he rest in peace.

    Not surprised by some of the comments here, especially the ones that posted them.
     
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    I concur. Honestly, the man had a family and many friends. How much will it cost anyone today to show some respect for their time of sorrow even if you despised every opinion Justice Scalia ever wrote (which is doubtful; you might take a look at a few some time).

    His opinions were widely seen as models of clarity even by people who did not agree with many of them.
     
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    Agreed, it seems compassion, courtesy, and respect are things some people just don't care about.
     
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    If a liberal justice had died SOME conservatives would gloat as well IMHO. Condolences to the family
     
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    I wonder how they did it. A little polonium in the marinara sauce? A pinch of cyanide in the grappa? Or perhaps a random umbrella poke on a rainy Texas day? In any case, Hillary obviously knows the indictments are coming down and she is prepping the SCOTUS for her inevitable appeals process.

    Bernie might want have a Geiger counter the next time he noshes on his knish.
     
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    True, sadly, it just goes to show how divided we are as a country.
     
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    While there were numerous Court decisions and opinions made by Scalia that I disagreed with; one has to admire and respect both his legal scholarship and his commitment to upholding the integrity of the United States Constitution and the rule of law generally.

    To me, one of his most important rulings was the Heller case; which overturned Washington DC's blanket ban on handgun ownership by private citizens. While many liberals were disappointed by that ruling, I think a fair-minded person could see that such a broad law clearly was at odds with the words of the Second Amendment. But perhaps less well known - but ultimately more important - was that the Heller opinion outlined three clear exceptions that were, in Scalia and the other majority Justice's opinions, lawful: That there could be legal limits on the types of weapons; that there could be limits on the right to carry concealed weapons; that the Government had the right to restrict ownership from felons and the mentally ill; and that laws could prevent the carrying of weapons in sensitive places. In Justice Scalia's own words:

    Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited.

    I do wish, sometimes, that some of our gun enthusiast community would keep that phrase in mind. For their good as much as anyone else's.

    Lastly; the sad passing of Justice Scalia will create an opportunity for Barack Obama to appoint at least one more Associate Justice before his term ends. Adding to the impressive picks of Sotomayor and Kagan - this will further cement President Obama's mark on the future of this country.
     
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    Horrible timing. The last thing we need is another ****ing statist on the SCOTUS.
     
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    The last great mind on that bench. Funny, engaging, sharp as a tack.

    His best friend on The Court was his ideological opposite: Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
     
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    Utah Senator Mike Lee's communications director predictably and immediately tweeted this

    What is less than zero? The chances of Obama successfully appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Scalia?
     
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