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May 13, 2005



One of the following people is a Supreme Court Justice: Clarence Thomas, and "Reader."


CT is an absolute disgrace, for several reasons. Sleeping (which i have witness at _four_ arguments) during oral argument is incredibly rude -- sure, he may not find it valuable, but willing himself to stay awake for a couple of hours every few weeks should not be a difficult task.

His opinion in Hamdi is simply repellent. Ditto his Morrison concurrence, which is a laughable return to the primitive & formalistic legal reasoning of the 19th century (oh no, surely manufacture isn't commerce!)

His cigar smoking is also extremely obnoxious & an example of his disregard for others -- my understanding is that the SC has a special dispensation from the general Federal ban on smoking in Federal buildings, which permits him to puff stinkily away on his little death sticks, which (for him) has the added bonus of making cancer survivor Ginsburg retreat to an office on a different floor from the rest of the Justices.

And, of course, this doesn't address _any_ of the hideous (and very, very likely true) charges levelled at him during his confirmation hearings.

He should never have been appointed in the first place, and his unhinged jurisprudence since simply validates that conclusion.



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