Jan 21, 2013

Justice Sotomayor Also Went To New York To Appear On The Daily Show

So she didn’t just ask the Vice President to reschedule his oath for a book signing. She was going to New York to film a spot with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. I knew the book signing (which attracted only 200) could be rescheduled. Jon Stewart, not so easy. Especially Jennifer Lopez appearing tomorrow and Christopher Walken on Thursday.

The episode is airing right now, though I doubt it was filmed yesterday.  I saw on Twitter that Stewart told her that she “is now in one of the most secure jobs in the country.”

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Update: You know, it seems from the video the she recorded the interview on Monday. They mentions swearing in Biden twice. Or, they filmed it in advance, and made it seem like it was filmed Monday (when it was to be aired). That would be a lot of travelling. Sunday morning swearing in Biden. Sunday afternoon to NYC. Sunday night go back to DC. Monday afternoon inauguration. Monday afternoon back to NYC for interview on Daily Show. Monday night back to DC for the Court on Tuesday morning (I’m not sure if she was present for the handdown). In any event, I withdraw my comment above.

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Jan 21, 2013

The First Family’s Smartphones

This is a perfect shot. The entire first family is staring down at their phones. Though, I wonder who is sending the first family emails on inauguration day?

obamasSasha is thinking. “Dammit, Twitter is down. Thanks, Dad!”

H/T SportSlant

 

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Jan 21, 2013

What would the Oath have been like if Roberts voted to strike down Obamacare?

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Jan 21, 2013

President and Chief Justice Sign Martin Luther King Bible

Via Mike Memoli, NBC Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell tweets that Martin Luther King Jr.’s Family asked the President and Chief Justice to sign MLK’s bible. And they both did. Wow.

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[tweet https://twitter.com/KellyO/status/293460467601514497]

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 Update: ABC News has more:

ABC’s Avery Miller reports President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts signed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible today, at the request of the family.

In his life time, it was King’s “traveling Bible,” according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

“An avid reader who was constantly on the road, Dr. King typically traveled with a selection of books that included this Bible,” the PIC wrote in a statement about the Bible written when they announced Obama would use it in his ceremony. “It was used for inspiration and preparing sermons and speeches, including during Dr. King’s time as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.”

 

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Jan 21, 2013

Scalia The Originalist: His Skullcap is a Replica of the One Sir Thomas More Wore

University of Richmond LawProf Kevin Walsh writes:

The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.

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I kinda see the resemblance.

H/T Michelle Olson

Update: Walsh talks to ABC News:

To find that answer, ABC’s Sarah Parnass spoke with Scalia’s former clerk, Kevin Walsh.

Walsh, who now teaches at University of Richmond School of Law, said the association of Catholic lawyers to which he belongs, St. Thomas More Society of Richmond Va., presented Scalia with the hat in 2010.

The hat is a replica of one worn by St. Thomas More in his most iconic portrait, done by Hans Holbein, according to Walsh.

When giving Justice Scalia the hat, the members of the St. Thomas More Society thought it would be a nice memento. “If nothing else it would be suitable for university functions,” Scalia said.

Walsh said the significance of Scalia’s wearing the hat likely doesn’t go beyond function. In the past, Scalia has worn a skull cap, much like the one Justice Breyer sported today. But the skull cap doesn’t have earflaps – the More hat does.

“That one’s warmer,” Walsh said, comparing the hat Scalia wore today with the one he wore to the 2009 inauguration. “I’d say it’s more functional.”

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Jan 21, 2013

Justice Scalia was thinking, “I know how you could reduce health care costs.”

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.  We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.

From Inauguration.

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Jan 21, 2013

The Oath: Part IV

President Obama shaking hands with Chief Justice Roberts.

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Justice Sotomayor administers the oath to Vice President Biden.

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You can see the Justices in the lower left-hand corner. Justice Scalia is wearing his dapper beanie. Tony Mauro has more on the skull caps.

justtices-wdeangleHere you can see Roberts and Sotomayor:

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Scalia has the skull cap!


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I saw Kagan but couldn’t get a screen shot.

Here is the back of Justice Thomas:

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H/T Atlantic, a pic of Scalia’s hat.

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Update:

University of Richmond LawProf Kevin Walsh writes:

The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.

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I kinda see the resemblance.

H/T Michelle Olson

Update: Here is the video, and the official White House video.

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Update: The New York Times has a great shot of the entire stage. I cropped out the Justices.

In the front row, closest to the President, are Scalia, Sotomayor, and Thomas. Next row are Breyer, Ginsburg, Thomas, Kennedy (who is not labelled, but wearing the cap). In the last row are Justices Kagan and Alito, who is sitting next to James Taylor.

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Senator John Cornyn tweets this pic of the Justices at the inauguration.

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[tweet https://twitter.com/JohnCornyn/status/293460283245076481]

Update: And from WaPo. Justice Ginsburg is hidden behind Justice Scalia. You can only see her hat.

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Jan 21, 2013

Taleb on “media-driven neuroticism”

Taleb also writes about media-driven neuroticism about tragedies from Black Swan events:

Consider that every day, 6,200 persons die in the United States, many of preventable causes. But the media only report the most anecdotal and sensational cases (hurricanes, freak accidents, small plane crashes), giving us a more and more distorted map of real risks. In an ancestral environment, the anecdote, the “interesting,” is information; today, no longer. Likewise, by presenting us with explanations and theories, the media induce an illusion of understanding the world. And the understanding of events (and risks) on the part of members of the press is so retrospective that they would put the security checks after the plane ride, or what the ancients call post bellum auxilium, sending troops after the battle. Owing to domain dependence, we forget the need to check our map of the world against reality. So we are living in a more and more fragile world, while thinking it is more and more understandable. To conclude, the best way to mitigate interventionism is to ration the supply of information, as naturalistically as possible. This is hard to accept in the age of the Internet. It has been very hard for me to explain that the more data you get, the less you know what’s going on, and the more iatrogenics you will cause. People are still under the illusion that “science” means more data.

Very salient advice in today’s political climate.

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Jan 21, 2013

“New Yorkers are as New York-centric as Texans are Texas-centric.”

I guess now I’m both? Or neither? In any event, I moved from New York to Texas.

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