SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

July 16, 2013

SCOTUS Hunting pals

Supreme Court justices Kagan, Scalia become hunting buddies

By Dave Golowenski FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Elena Kagan, a reputed liberal on the U.S. Supreme Court, apparently has become a hunting pal of Justice Antonin Scalia, often characterized as one of the court’s conservatives.

“I shoot birds with him, fairly — you know, two or three times a year,” Kagan said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado last weekend. “And we actually went out to Wyoming this past fall to shoot deer and antelope. Uh, and we did.”

Kagan’s remarks, The Atlantic magazine reported on its website, drew some negative reaction from the audience. Not deterred, the justice, who grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, acknowledged that on the fall trip with Scalia, “I shot myself a deer.”

She made the promise to ask Scalia to take her hunting if her appointment to the court by President Obama was confirmed, Kagan said. The justice said a fall trip to hunt ducks with Scalia is planned.

(My Comment:

Amongst my personal philosophies, many things are entwined and perhaps, mixed-up.  Paramount and maybe #1 is Family.   That isn’t so much a choice thing as it is coming from  marrow – it’s just how things are.  This is not in the least dependent on reciprocity or so-called fairness , logic, good or common sense and so on.  It is an automatic issue from self to “other”  whomever is  in that circle, be it umbilical or otherwise.  Some of us can seem weird in the choices we seem to make, but the heart wants what it wants.

Not too far removed from that would have to be the broader, wider “other” which, again is not limited by anything other than choice and could be found only amongst the very few or with those found all over the world, essentially, our friends.  It can be seen that far more unites us than separates us.   

So here I am an admitted eccentric and odd-ball. .  .   .   ..   reading the above ‘small’ reference from the newspaper covering someone else’s predilection to the unusual ‘choice’ and I’m wondering what’s wrong with me?  Why do I feel numb and so ‘brought down’?  The imagination gets carried away and a crummy sense of betrayal sets in.   So sue me, I’m just being petty!   Everyone is entitled to their own choice of friends.     Maybe she just isn’t who we all thought she was, a strong voice for the people, that the people really and truly need on the highest court in the land.

I’m just not myself.   I’m still leaking with this heaviness from the Zimmerman trial and what is so easy to perceive as flat-out injustice. and betrayal of the system.  Sometimes, no matter how much one might want to be a bigger person, see the positive,  it is hard to try to make a pile of Roses out of a dung pile.    Sorry,  not one of my better days.  Jan)

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