Anyway. In other news, the press is jumping on Antonin Scalia because he did that Sicilian gesture where you turn your palm towards yourself and scrape your bunched fingers under your chin towards the person you're insulting. You know, like the picture! This is how it went down, according to Peter Smith, an associate professor at Boston College who took the photograph:
“The judge paused for a second, then looked directly into my lens and said, ‘To my critics, I say, ‘Vaffanculo,’ ” punctuating the comment by flicking his right hand out from under his chin, Smith said.I don't like Scalia's views on interpreting the Constitution, or much of anything, and I think he's a dangerous guy to have on the bench right now, but is this obscene gesture thing really worth an article? Does it really matter that he flipped off a photographer? Why is this being treated like Scalia shot a guy in the face? Maybe a slow news cycle, or maybe because Scalia got caught in a lie. Originally he was saying he hadn't made the "(expletive) you" gesture, but in the photo above, which came out later, he is, clearly, doing the gesture. I mean sure looks like an idiot, and it's not really dignified, but it's his right to gesture however he wants to, isn't it? Besides, I'm tired of dignified justices. They should all be able to say "(expletive) YOU!" whenever they feel like it. Why else have lifetime appointments?
The Italian phrase means “(expletive) you.”
Anyway, the March edition of the Literary Smackdown is in its final hours. Just one more day to go for judgin'. Kris Baucom joined the fray with a new entry just last night, (the 10th entry!) so check out his story and all the others and see what all the chatter's about. Or just comment on my blog. I'm out. Peace!