Rep John Lewis: Scalia comment an affront to a cause ‘people died for’

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199 Responses to “Rep John Lewis: Scalia comment an affront to a cause ‘people died for’”

  1. February 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Scalia is an affront to humanity.

  2. 8 taiping1
    February 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    He’s a disgrace

  3. 9 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm


  4. 10 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama’s choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts.

    The vote was 71 to 26 to support the nomination. A total of 25 Republicans and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted against Lew’s confirmation.

    Lew, 57, had most recently served as Obama’s chief of staff. He succeeds Timothy Geithner, who completed a tumultuous four-year term in which he helped lead the administration’s response to the financial crisis and recession.

    Lew is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday. He will take over just one day before automatic spending cuts are set to take effect. He’s likely to take part in any negotiations to reverse the cuts, and also in key budget talks next month to continue funding the government.



  5. 14 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you, Rep. John Lewis. You have the moral authority to speak on this issue. You suffered for this law to pass and saw the difference it made.

  6. 17 vitaminlover
    February 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    What nationality is Scalia?

    • February 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      He’s Italian. His father was an immigrant from Sicily. His mother was born here but her parents immigrated as well.

    • February 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      American of Italian descent.

      • 25 isonprize
        February 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        …and Americans of Italian descent never suffer from discrimination and racism. /snark.

        Scalia and Thomas come from an intellectual place with which I am totally unfamiliar.

        • February 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

          I know. It’s not like Italians were welcomed with open arms when they came here. In fact, the immigration laws of the 1920s were passed precisely to keep undesirables from southern Europe out.

          • 27 isonprize
            February 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

            But, LL, that knowledge would require that a person do some research, have some concern about history, be interested in and sensitive to cultural issues. You know, all that book learnin’, that soshulist, marksist, public schoolin’

            I shudder to think what they have to say about YOUR kind… (you librarian types)

            • February 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

              You know, that’s something I discuss with my boss all the time. It’s amazing how many people come into the library looking for right wing books—FOR FREE!—and don’t take any notice that this is an institution which exists for everyone, regardless of their station in society. You know, a socialist institution. Makes me chuckle, then shake my head.

            • 29 jackiegrumbacher
              February 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

              Isonprize, he doesn’t even need to have all of that knowledge. He just needs to have a heart. Obviously he was put together without that vital organ and unlike the tin man, he’s likely never to acquire one. How you could sit in judgment for so many years of your life and have a complete and total lack of empathy for human beings is beyond me. I pity anyone in his life.

    • 30 vitaminlover
      February 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, guys. One would think that being descended from immigrants he would appreciate the struggle for civil rights. How soon they forget!

    • February 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Naughty me, but he is a “W#%p” and a gr$&$y one at that. Part of the racial entitlement league.

    • February 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      YO!!! JoJo just told me that you were trying to find me. Is your friend on Twitter?

      • 35 vitaminlover
        February 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Don’t know her ‘handle’ but if can share info with me I can get it to her. How doo you propose we go about this? Also thanks for responding!

  7. February 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I hope I dont find this SOB in a dark alley

  8. February 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I wish Scalia would take a cue from the Pope.

  9. February 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    • 48 amk for obama
      February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      So it’s going to be a done deal ?

      • February 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        Honestly AMK, I didnt hear all the oral arguements that Sol.Gen gave, but all reporting out of SCOTUS was parts are for sure going to be struck down. Silver lining, Jeff Toobin put his reputation on the ACA and got egg on his face. But I wouldnt put anything past this current SCOTUS. I almost think Roberts held up the ACA just to provide cover for this, Prop 8, and DOMA in this session. EVIL SOB’S

        • 50 amk for obama
          February 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

          supremes for life. yet another fuck-up in american system.

        • 51 jackiegrumbacher
          February 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

          I didn’t think that parts of the Voting Rights Act were under discussion. I thought it was one part–section 5. PBO urged people not to panic.

    • 52 nathkatun7
      February 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      I think Scalia is one of those right wingers who believe that the Supreme Court rulings in “Scott v. Sanford” (better known as the Dred Scott decision) and “Plessy v. Ferguson” were correctly decided. During the 1870s and early 1880s so called Southern moderates went around the country talking about “the New South” and the need for the federal government to rescind Reconstruction laws that had been enacted to protect the rights of former slaves, including, and especially, the right to vote. Guess what, beginning in the late 1880’s and through the firs decade of the 20th Century, the so called “New South,” which had supposedly changed from the old South of slavery, proceeded to enact Jim Crow laws that pretty much restored slavery without calling it slavery. Beginning in the late 1870’s through the first three decades of the 20th Century, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a series of decisions that rendered both the 14th and 15th Amendments meaningless, gave legal sanction to Southern state laws that discriminated against African Americans. Congress and the Presidents looked the other way.

      Although under Reconstruction African American participation in the political process was unprecedented, by the time the twentieth century began it was as if African Americans had never been in the political process. It took the Supreme Court 58 years before reversing the “Plessy” decision, which had given legal sanction to racial discrimination. And, it took 75 years before Congress passed the 1965 Voting Rights Act to do away with State laws that had prevented African Americans from voting and participating in the political process.

      It now appears that the conservative dominated U.S. Supreme Court is poised to return the country back to the era of Jim Crow. And, I truly believe that if it was up to Scalia, he probably would want to go back to affirming the Supreme Court ruling in the Dred Scott case, which plainly said that African Americans could not be citizens of the United states, and therefore “had no rights which Whites were
      bound to respect.”

  10. 53 isonprize
    February 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    re-post from last thread

    Given all of the foolish that Antonin Scalia has spouted today, I feel the need to post this ‘oldie, but goodie’ from Jay Smooth’s Ill Doctrine.

    How To Tell People They Sound Racist

  11. February 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    PBO: “Now if we can get the press out of the way….”


  12. 56 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    • 57 nathkatun7
      February 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Great tweet, Bill R! Before them in 1963, Medgar Evers, a champion of voting rights, was murdered in Mississippi. And, in 1965, during the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, three other people lost their lives: Jimmie Lee Jackson(yesterday, Feb 26, was the 48th anniversary of his death), Rev. James J. Reeb and Viola Liuzzo. We must pledge never to forget people, both Black and White, who were murdered because they believed in the right to vote for all people.

  13. February 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you Chips for posting the video!!


  14. 63 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  15. 64 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm

  16. 65 dotster3
    February 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    This is so important—–drs. group speak out on gun violence, spokesman a dr. working the emergency room the day of the Newtown massacre, say they need to talk to their patients about the risk of guns just as they would talk to them about other health risks. They see more damage from gun violence than any other health hazard—-ask the drs who work the emergency rooms any Fri. and Sat. night in any big city hospital—-and more and more—-any night in any hospital.

  17. 66 cookemom
    February 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I was replying to Chip’s post on the other thread, when this one popped up. My last post was close to the end of the last thread, so if you don’t mind, I’m re-posting it here. I’ll be missing the 8:00 live feed and PBO tonight, but I gotta go. See yous in the a.m.

    Here’s the post from the last thread:

    This is for the evening TOD crew. I posted it earlier for the afternoon shift. I’m asking a favor of all you TODdies to vote for my #2 daughter, Kelauni, in a contest sponsored by My Destinations, a travel company. She’s currently teaching English in Spain and this would be another great opportunity for her. To vote you must click on one of the icons in the ‘Vote For This Entry’ box next to her name. Also, if you don’t mind, please share with and ask your friends to vote for her as well. I really appreciate it. Thanks everyone!


  18. 74 auni
    February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I am so touched by Rosa Park’s statue. She looks so proud and strong–like a queen, Look at that beautiful face, the sturdy shoes that carried her through her long work days, that sensible hat–I love her.

  19. February 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Putting the ‘well regulated’ back in the 2nd Amendment.

    A few more common sense recommendations for Senator Leahy to ponder.

    We need way more than background checks and an assault weapons ban as you all know. The core of these recommendations is that training, license and insurance all entail positive, sustaining economic incentives for States & the private sector while not tampering with the ability of a person to fire a gun as well as own one.

    Yes We Can

  20. 77 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I have to say I get burned when Dem. Senators and Congress Reps are afraid to hold a Supreme Court Judge accountable and call him out when he attacks basic rights of American citizens as “racial entitlement” . We need to build some momentum of criticism of Scalia and call for his resignation.

    • February 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Couldn’t agree more Bill. What he said today was utterly shocking, but it seems like being a Supreme Court Justice gives you some kind of golden cloak that exempts you from any criticism – unless you’re a ‘liberal’ judge, of course. Every single Dem Senator and Rep, as you said, should have been enraged by this today and should have spoken out. I’m still struggling to believe it, even though it came from Scalia. He’s comfortable coming out with this bile, because he knows he can say what he damn well likes.

  21. February 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm


  22. February 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Scalia is a perfect example of why the one branch which definitely merits term limits is the judicial branch.

  23. February 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • 89 lamh36
      February 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Man it was really sad to see the father of the kid killed in Newtown with his portrait of him and his son at the hearing.

      I know it may be sexist, but there is still just something powerful about a man crying in full view of anyone other than family.

      The sight of my uncles at the funeral of my grandmother after Katrina, with red eyes and tears. still affects me today.

  24. February 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  25. February 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Dudette? What am I missing? Why have you gone green on Twitter? Is that a geeky thing?

  26. February 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Speaking of evil people…..This may be a Mubarak situation, but seems a little more credible.

  27. February 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  28. February 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Any confirmation??

  29. 109 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  30. February 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    OK, I don’t watch Chris Hayes and I don’t really care to. But this kind of white mansplaining disgusts me:

    • 119 Jovie
      February 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Why would he say something so Flippant?

      • 120 cman
        February 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Maybe I am missing something. Why is this flippant?

        • February 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

          It’s just so facile and obvious, as if it takes someone white like him with such gravitas to explain what discrimination is all about for everyone. We live it every day.

          • 122 amk for obama
            February 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

            yup. preachy white dood essplaining racial things. How many seconds did he think about racism before he tweeted it?

          • 125 cman
            February 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

            It is obvious, but in light of Scalia’s and a majority of the conservative justices’ arguments today, it does bear repeating. We may live it everyday, but others who do not, noticing and talking about this discrimination is important. It is more voices on the right side of the argument that has moved us forward. We would be better served by focusing more on shunning voices that want to act like everything is now fixed since we have the first African American president (many people believe this). I am always for choosing battles wisely and this tweet by Hayes seems quite tame.

            • February 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

              He isn’t being preachy. He’s telling the truth. I just wrote a long article showing the parallels between what happened during Reconstruction and what the Republicans are doing now. Their strategy is quite simply the Mississippi Plan revisited.

              • 127 nathkatun7
                February 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

                “He isn’t being preachy. He’s telling the truth.” I agree with you, FayPax. I normally can’t stand Chris Hayes

                • 128 nathkatun7
                  February 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

                  By the way, one of the reasons things went backwards for Black people after Reconstruction was the abandonment of Blacks by the so called Progressive Republicans.

                  • February 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

                    The fact that they were killing Blacks and their supporters like they were wild game and running them off of their land probably had a lot to do with that.

      • 130 japa21
        February 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        That is flippant. It is reality.

        • 131 japa21
          February 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm

          Meant to say this isn’t flippant. Obvioulsy, AAs and Latinos and other minorities know the truth of it.. But I think a lot of whites tend to get complacent and think it is all moving in the right direction and will continue to do so.

      • 133 Nena20409
        February 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        After the Civil War and the end of slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation was passed…..within 10 yrs, thins went back wards, KKK, Jim Crow, organized lynching, etc.

    • 134 nathkatun7
      February 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Meta, I think in this case Chris Hayes is absolutely spot-on!

  31. 135 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Murkowski puts hold on Interior nominee-


    Here we go again!

    Battered wife syndrome? Get public so fed up with government that they don’t care about benefits anymore.

  32. February 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    FYI y’all…

    Congressman John Lewis will be on Rachel’s show tonight.

    Here is a link to Rep. Lewis’ appearance on Colbert Report last June, when Colbert told Rep. Lewis that Stephen attended MLK’s “I Have a Dream” 1963 speech in his mother’s womb. Rep. Lewis looked genuinely touched.


  33. February 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  34. 138 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Rosa Park’s statue is gorgeous. . . adding to my list of sites to see on my next (soon) trip to DC.

  35. February 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    OK there’s been a lot news/events today.. But this cannot be overlooked, at Gun hearing L.Graham get his ass tore in half by Police Chief

  36. 144 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Woodward is a cretin.

    Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about – and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.

    Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill. “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” the official typed. “You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim.”


  37. 149 amk for obama
    February 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Ironic that on the day Ms Park is honored, the rw supremes are leaning towards gutting VRA. Is america trending towards apartheid south africa ?

  38. 151 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    FLUIDIC: Metal Air Recharged from DOE ARPA-E on Vimeo.

    Our nation’s modern electric grid is limited in its ability to store excess energy for on-demand power. As a result, electricity must be generated on a constant basis to perfectly match demand.

    Grid-scale storage technologies have the potential to shift this dynamic, revolutionizing how our grid uses and distributes energy. Reliable, high-performing storage technologies could provide a considerable amount of power on very short demand, lowering costs to utilities and consumers alike.

    These powerful technologies would enable renewable sources of energy – often limited by their intermittency – to be more effectively integrated into the electric grid. Robust grid-scale batteries, for instance, could store energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels, to be deployed when the sun isn’t shining or the wind stops blowing.


  39. February 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    To those of us incensed at Scalia and the conservatives on the Court in regards to the VRA, read Deaniac’s new post: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/02/the-coming-backlash-to-destroy.html

    • 153 Eveingeorgia
      February 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      I need to read something, LL. I feel the dagger John Lewis referenced in my very soul. Off to read DEANIAC.

  40. 154 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  41. 155 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  42. 156 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  43. 157 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  44. 158 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  45. 159 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

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  48. February 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    • 164 amk for obama
      February 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      cue collective explosion of wingnutz’ heads.

      • 165 Dudette
        February 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        Oh they’re already hot, because he said something to the effect that Americans have “the right to be stupid” in his speech in Germany as he was discussing the concept of free speech. See #johnkerry in Twitter. I didn’t hear that speech. But he’s right. That’s why we have such a crappy Congress now, because we let stupid people have a voice.

  49. February 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  50. February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

  51. 170 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Dear God, this may be asking for too much; but could you make a way here to a situation in which PBO replaces Scalia with a person of color or a woman?

    The one caveat/condition to accompany such a replacement is that Scalia be alive and of sane mind to see this new PBO-nominated Associate Justice, be confrimed and take this hater’s spot

  52. February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Yes We Know

  53. February 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

  54. 178 amk for obama
    February 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  55. February 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Ladies and gentleman I propose a Woodward ban through the weekend. He makes my blood pressure go to unhealthy levels!!!

    • 181 nathkatun7
      February 28, 2013 at 12:25 am

      I don’t mind a bit because Bob Woodward is sounding and acting like Sean Hannity. He belongs on the Hannity and Limbaugh hate shows. What infuriates me is when the MSM presents him as a credible journalist.

  56. 182 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Here we go.

  57. February 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  58. 190 JER
    February 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  59. 192 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  60. 193 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  61. 194 desertflower
    February 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    My brain is exhausted from a long day and trying to catch up on all the news of the day…..is it possible that Scalia really wants to be Pope? I hear there’s an opening at the Vatican….I think he may be more suited for that! I hope that man rots in hell.He makes a mockery of the laws and values of this country.

  62. 195 4morefor44
    February 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    bob woodward is still alive!?!? wow.

  63. 197 globalcitizenlinda
    February 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Why are so many of these beltway types (e.g. woodward) trying to make themselves the story instead of the policy under discussion??

    The White House needs to ignore them & their tantrums and let us oridnary folks go after them.

    May be some ppl have forgotten the fact that from the moment PBO was re-elected many started speculating how PBO’s second term will be involved in “scandals” based on the track record of prior POTUS.

    I had this hope for a scandal from so many the media that all these recent personal attacks are making me suspect that they are many hoping to be the ones that take PBO down – may be I am just lacking the trust of MSM

    Based on the eagerness of the status quo to destroy PBO’s Presidency, I hope those in Team Obama hanker down & prove them wrong

    • 198 EDP4BHO
      February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Hello global, and TOD. Have no time but to lurk anymore, but your comment about taking down PBO- THAT IS EXACTLY what they are attempting. Couldn’t stop him from a second term- they are damn fucked up about it, actually, so the devils are salivating over any thing to kill this uppity black man, figuratively if not literally. The present climate on the court and the congress- neither of which deserve my capitalization- exhibits the rabid hatred they feel for this travesty known to them as a President Barack Hussein Obama. How dare he think he can run Amerikkka. Okay, I’m out. 😀 Nite all. Be blessed.

      • 199 globalcitizenlinda
        February 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        this agenda is very clear – read or listen to the transcripts immediately following PBO’s re-election

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