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(Scalia...and some other people)   Look to the person on your right and left. If you can name one of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, you are better than they are. But you already knew that, didn't you, ya big lug you   (washingtonmonthly.com) divider line 190
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2010-06-02 08:39:45 AM
I can name all six
 
2010-06-02 08:43:52 AM
There's no reason for me to know the supreme court justices.

1. They aren't elected by me.
2. There's no term limit.
3. I'm not a lawyer.
4. I'm not a criminal.
5. I'm not involved in a pending lawsuit.

So basically, they are a bunch of people I have no control over who will never be running for office again who I have no desire to ever meet in a professional capacity.

As for Japan: We've just lost the PM... again.
 
2010-06-02 08:46:16 AM
*looks at list*

...BREYER!

/Fark.
//At least I'm in good company.
 
2010-06-02 08:49:05 AM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: *looks at list*

...BREYER!

/Fark.
//At least I'm in good company.


Justice Breyer was placed on the bench after making his fortune in the ice cream industry. It was his innovative "all natural" ice cream that only adds 90% of the fat a regular ice cream product does that catapulted him to legal and jurisprudence fame.
 
2010-06-02 08:51:38 AM
TexasPeace: I can name all six

You dope...it's an odd number so there won't be any tie votes.

The correct answer is eight.
 
2010-06-02 08:53:50 AM
I_C_Weener: Justice Breyer was placed on the bench after making his fortune in the ice cream industry. It was his innovative "all natural" ice cream that only adds 90% of the fat a regular ice cream product does that catapulted him to legal and jurisprudence fame.

You're thinking of former Justice Josef Häagen-Dazs, the first German-Dutch member of the Supreme Court, who delivered the swing vote in the case of Cake v. Pie (1977).
 
2010-06-02 08:56:20 AM
Ayatollah Kohmeni?
 
2010-06-02 09:09:00 AM
Elvis_Bogart: You dope...it's an odd number so there won't be any tie votes.

The correct answer is eight.


I know you're just being facetious but I lol'd hard at that.
 
2010-06-02 09:09:26 AM
I'll take Charlie Weaver to block.
 
2010-06-02 09:10:28 AM
Talon: Elvis_Bogart: You dope...it's an odd number so there won't be any tie votes.

The correct answer is eight.

I know you're just being facetious but I lol'd hard at that.


I don't get it.
 
2010-06-02 09:15:03 AM
Elvis_Bogart: TexasPeace: I can name all six

You dope...it's an odd number so there won't be any tie votes.

The correct answer is eight.


Beautifully done. I golf clap at you.
 
2010-06-02 09:19:11 AM
If they said, "Earl Warren" would that count as a correct answer? The survey doesn't mention current Supreme Court Justices.

/mmm legalese on a survey about the legal system
 
2010-06-02 09:27:20 AM
But won't I be raped by both of those people before sophomore year? I don't think my knowing David Souter's name will make it go any easier.
 
2010-06-02 09:40:32 AM
Mr. Coffee Nerves: But won't I be raped by both of those people before sophomore year? I don't think my knowing David Souter's name will make it go any easier.

"David Souter" might be their "safe word." Worth a try.
 
2010-06-02 09:43:08 AM
Nabb1: Mr. Coffee Nerves: But won't I be raped by both of those people before sophomore year? I don't think my knowing David Souter's name will make it go any easier.

"David Souter" might be their "safe word." Worth a try.


There's nothing safe about shouting David Souter. I wouldn't recommend it.
 
2010-06-02 09:44:12 AM
CM Punk can name all the Supreme Court justices, once again proving he's better than you.
 
2010-06-02 09:46:13 AM
Diana Ross
Mary Wilson
 
2010-06-02 09:47:39 AM
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolf.

What do I win?
 
2010-06-02 09:48:47 AM
I came up with seven. I suppose if I had thought about it a little longer maybe I would have remembered Kennedy and ... God damn it...*checks link again*...Stevens.
 
2010-06-02 09:55:00 AM
Well there's uh..the old one. And the other old one. The greasy italian. The kind of vanilla middle-aged white guy. Um. I think there was a robot. Or...maybe just a cyborg. He might be only half-robot. Oh and a black guy. And um. I definitely recall a robot.
 
2010-06-02 09:58:54 AM
I really like the work John Paul Stevens did with Led Zeppelin.
 
2010-06-02 09:58:55 AM
Aarontology: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolf.

What do I win?


Sorry, you forgot Olive the other Justice.
 
2010-06-02 10:00:27 AM
Secret Agent X23: I really like the work John Paul Stevens did with Led Zeppelin.

No, no, no... you're thinking of the naval commander that said "Don't Give Up the Ship".
 
2010-06-02 10:06:28 AM
I'm sitting between my kids(2 and 5) so I'm getting a kick...

/they didnt know
//kids are so farking stupid
 
2010-06-02 10:07:04 AM
I'm in a bar exam class right now. Does this still apply?
 
2010-06-02 10:08:35 AM
vernonFL: Diana Ross
Mary Wilson


snirk
 
2010-06-02 10:14:32 AM
I only know the ones who were on the Futurama episode "A Taste of Freedom."
 
2010-06-02 10:25:28 AM
OK, OK, I got this...

Bill Gates
Robert Bork
That Mexican chick
William Henry Taft
Gordon Brown
The black guy with the pube on his Diet Coke. Rodney King?
 
2010-06-02 10:26:58 AM
Where's Earl Warren when you need him?
 
2010-06-02 10:28:41 AM
7

I'm honestly very upset with myself about that.
 
2010-06-02 10:52:00 AM
Stupid subby, assuming farkers have people next to them. Be it the stench or the loner-ness farkers never have anyone next to them
 
2010-06-02 10:57:59 AM
Secret Agent X23: I really like the work John Paul Stevens did with Led Zeppelin.

He is famous for the quote, "I have not yet begun to fight."

dugitman: I'm sitting between my kids(2 and 5) so I'm getting a kick...

/they didnt know
//kids are so farking stupid



Heh heh.
 
2010-06-02 10:59:19 AM
DamnYankees: I'm in a bar exam class right now. Does this still apply?

Probably more so than in my office, where the guy to the left of me makes ME look right wing, and the guy to the right of me is a pigeon.
 
2010-06-02 11:02:04 AM
what_now: DamnYankees: I'm in a bar exam class right now. Does this still apply?

Probably more so than in my office, where the guy to the left of me makes ME look right wing, and the guy to the right of me is a pigeon.


Well yeah, he is to your left after all.
 
2010-06-02 11:02:34 AM
Ha! 99% of you can suck it.

Okay, it did take me 9 minutes, but most of that was for Breyer.
 
2010-06-02 11:03:10 AM
tototototo: what_now: DamnYankees: I'm in a bar exam class right now. Does this still apply?

Probably more so than in my office, where the guy to the left of me makes ME look right wing, and the guy to the right of me is a pigeon.

Well yeah, he is to your left after all.


exactly. When *I* call someone a damn dirty hippie...
 
2010-06-02 11:24:57 AM
Seeing as how every time a Supreme Court Justice is nominated, everyone says that it's the worst thing ever and that person will surely destroy America, I think I've got this one:

THE SUPREME COURT

1. Skeletor
2. Adolphus SuperHitler
3. Galactus
4. The left arm of John Wayne Gacy
5. A candiru fish
6. Pedo Bear
7. Space Saruman from that one Star Wars movie
8. The Medellin Drug Cartel
9. Antonin Scalia

Bow before my superior civics knowledge, ignoramusi.
 
2010-06-02 11:26:08 AM
DamnYankees: I'm in a bar exam class right now. Does this still apply?

I'm also sitting in a bar at 8:30 in the morning, and nobody around me knows the answer either!


/Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey, Happy, Sneezy, Bashful and Doc.
//Creepy, Sleazy, Filthy, Junkie and Horny weren't confirmed by the Senate.
 
2010-06-02 11:31:35 AM
FloydA: //Creepy, Sleazy, Filthy, Junkie and Horny weren't confirmed by the Senate.

Huh? Clarence Thomas has been seated for years.
 
2010-06-02 11:39:39 AM
Let's see....

1. Judge Dredd
2. Judge Reinhold
3. Mike Judge
4. Judge Joe Brown
5. Judge Wapner
6. Simon Cowell
7. Judge Ito
8. Judge NotAndYeShallNotBeJudged
9. Wynonna Judge
10. Judge Apatow
11. Judge Hirsch

HA! See, most of you only got nine. I went for the extra credit.
 
2010-06-02 11:46:14 AM
I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.
 
2010-06-02 11:49:16 AM
Cagey B: Bow before my superior civics knowledge, ignoramusi.

hey you got the number right. odds are that puts you in the top 10%.
 
2010-06-02 11:50:58 AM
Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Oh yeah?

Well I can count to three, and I'm American! So there, Mr. smart guy.
 
2010-06-02 11:59:14 AM
Lessee...

Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Dumpy, Easy, Sleazy, Queezy, Pot, and of course, Breyer.
 
2010-06-02 12:07:26 PM
Rev. Skarekroe: OK, OK, I got this...

Bill Gates
Robert Bork
That Mexican chick
William Henry Taft
Gordon Brown
The black guy with the pube on his Diet Coke. Rodney King?

You forgot Poland.
 
2010-06-02 12:34:54 PM
Scalia
Thomas
Sotomayor
Alito
Chief Justice Roberts
Ginsberg...still on, but retiring soon, I think

...and...uh...that's it.

Damn. I missed Stevens, Kennedy and Breyer.
 
2010-06-02 01:12:46 PM
The only Justice that I can remember is that one chick who ripped up the picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.

/not really
 
2010-06-02 01:24:02 PM
I can court to potato
 
2010-06-02 01:25:28 PM
I bet you can't name the 7 houses in the British Parliament either.

/I can name all the justices
//I always forget Breyer until I realize I'm short one, though
 
2010-06-02 01:27:57 PM
dugitman: I'm sitting between my kids(2 and 5) so I'm getting a kick...

/they didnt know
//kids are so farking stupid


lol
 
2010-06-02 01:29:37 PM
Slab Bulkhead
Fridge Largemeat
Punt Speedchunk
Thick McRunfast
Blast Hardcheese
Fist Rockbone
Smash Lampjaw
Punch Rockgroin
Rip Steakface
 
2010-06-02 01:31:28 PM
Clarence Thomas


Thats all I got.
 
2010-06-02 01:31:46 PM
CSB:

My first year in law school, Scalia came to speak. So, a few dudes were having a smoke in front of the school, and one dude was trying to get the other dude to play softball that afternoon. Dude2 said, "I think I'm going to that Scalia thing." Dude1 said, "fark Scalia. Come play."

Turns out Scalia was standing right behind him. So Scalia said, "it's a beautiful day. I think I'd play softball."

Only cool thing Scalia has ever said or done in his life.
 
2010-06-02 01:33:46 PM
madmann: Let's see....

1. Judge Dredd
2. Judge Reinhold
3. Mike Judge
4. Judge Joe Brown
5. Judge Wapner
6. Simon Cowell
7. Judge Ito
8. Judge NotAndYeShallNotBeJudged
9. Wynonna Judge
10. Judge Apatow
11. Judge Hirsch

HA! See, most of you only got nine. I went for the extra credit.


You forgot:

Judge to be Named Later
Judge Not in this Film
The Russian Judge
 
2010-06-02 01:34:25 PM
I'm most amazed that Thomas is the most well known.
 
2010-06-02 01:34:35 PM
madmann: Let's see....

1. Judge Dredd
2. Judge Reinhold
3. Mike Judge
4. Judge Joe Brown
5. Judge Wapner
6. Simon Cowell
7. Judge Ito
8. Judge NotAndYeShallNotBeJudged
9. Wynonna Judge
10. Judge Apatow
11. Judge Hirsch

HA! See, most of you only got nine. I went for the extra credit.


You forgot Judge Judy, so with the extra credit, the most you can get is a "B". Sorry.
 
2010-06-02 01:34:44 PM
I'm sitting next to one of you...

/If it helps, 4 of them were familiar AFTER I read the list.
 
2010-06-02 01:35:48 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Slab Bulkhead
Fridge Largemeat
Punt Speedchunk
Thick McRunfast
Blast Hardcheese
Fist Rockbone
Smash Lampjaw
Punch Rockgroin
Rip Steakface


Not sure how you missed Chief Justice Big McLargeHuge.
 
2010-06-02 01:36:48 PM
Justice Raindrops
Justice Roses
Justice Whiskers
Justice Kittens
Justice Copper
Justice Kettle
Justice Woolen
Justice Mittens
and ofcourse
Chief Justice Brown (Paper Packages Tied Up With String)
 
2010-06-02 01:36:50 PM
farm4.static.flickr.com


The American public is woefully uninformed...more at 11.


/I bet if you surveyed average people about our form of government, at least 95% of them would say our government is a democracy.
 
2010-06-02 01:37:05 PM
I could only name 7, and I read supreme court cases all day long. Of course, my problem is trying to remember the temporal order. I guess I wouldn't get any points for being able to name 20 other justices who have served previously.
 
2010-06-02 01:37:09 PM
Abe Vigoda
Ace Frehley
Busta Rhymes
Erin Gray
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force
Dr. Nick Riviera
The sparkly dude from 'Twilight'
Chuck Woolery
Steve from The Jerry Springer Show
 
2010-06-02 01:38:51 PM
Lupine Chemist: I'm most amazed that Thomas is the most well known.

Anyone that has been to watch oral argument would be amazed to hear that he is alive.
 
2010-06-02 01:40:08 PM
Are we counting Thomas as a whole Justice or just 3/5th of one the Way the Founders Intended?
 
2010-06-02 01:40:13 PM
If you can name one of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, you are better than they are.

I can, and I am, yet for some reason this does not endear me to them.
 
2010-06-02 01:40:21 PM
Yes, but 94% of Americans do know that the Supreme Court is just a regular court with sour cream and tomatoes.
 
2010-06-02 01:40:46 PM
madmann: Let's see....

1. Judge Dredd
2. Judge Reinhold
3. Mike Judge
4. Judge Joe Brown
5. Judge Wapner
6. Simon Cowell
7. Judge Ito
8. Judge NotAndYeShallNotBeJudged
9. Wynonna Judge
10. Judge Apatow
11. Judge Hirsch

HA! See, most of you only got nine. I went for the extra credit.


*snorts*
 
2010-06-02 01:41:19 PM
But what about the SECRET Supreme Court Justice: Big McLargehuge?

And don't forget about taco supreme, burrito supreme, chicken supreme, supreme pizza, the actual Supremes, and the supreme time I had with your mother last night!

Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

a3.twimg.com
 
2010-06-02 01:41:46 PM
Pet Peeve: People who are indignant when average people don't know trivia about a field they have dedicated their life to. I certainly don't get pissed that people don't have the top business schools or the Fortune 10 memorized.

Other pet peeve: the phrase "pet peeve".

/I still got six of the nine (or is it eight...)
 
2010-06-02 01:42:36 PM
Fundamentalist haircut smirking guy
Old bow tie guy
Grumpy mobster guy
Have no idea what he looks like but he's not related to JFK guy
Pubic hair coke can black guy
Sophia Petrillo lady
Looks like a pretty decent fellow guy
Maria lady
 
2010-06-02 01:43:00 PM
www.asention.com
 
2010-06-02 01:44:47 PM
RubberBabyBuggyBumpers: Fundamentalist haircut smirking guy
Old bow tie guy
Grumpy mobster guy
Have no idea what he looks like but he's not related to JFK guy
Pubic hair coke can black guy
Sophia Petrillo lady
Looks like a pretty decent fellow guy
Maria lady


Guy that got beat up in school a lot guy

/ftfm, stupid list fail
 
2010-06-02 01:44:52 PM
Better? Really?
 
2010-06-02 01:45:47 PM
Most probably can't even name both Senators for their state much less the entire supreme court.
 
2010-06-02 01:46:37 PM
doglover: So basically, they are a bunch of people I have no control over who will never be running for office again who I have no desire to ever meet in a professional capacity.

Not knowing Supreme Court Justices means you probably don't keep up with or understand what the Supreme Court is up to. What the Supreme Court is up to heavily impacts how the laws thrown out by Congress are interpreted which reflects on the bozos who appoint them.

In summary; I wish you weren't allowed to vote for being ignorant and rationalizing the reason for it so poorly.
 
2010-06-02 01:47:23 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Aarontology: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolf.

What do I win?

Sorry, you forgot Olive the other Justice.


+1
 
2010-06-02 01:47:40 PM
It's funny, I can name all the right-wing justices. I thought Ginsberg's retirement had made room for Sotomayor, and I forgot about O'Connor altogether. Apparently I just don't do well with female justices.
 
2010-06-02 01:47:44 PM
Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Ditto, but that only came from reading America: the book. Sadly, I can name none of the judges on the SCC.
 
2010-06-02 01:47:44 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I_C_Weener: Justice Breyer was placed on the bench after making his fortune in the ice cream industry. It was his innovative "all natural" ice cream that only adds 90% of the fat a regular ice cream product does that catapulted him to legal and jurisprudence fame.

You're thinking of former Justice Josef Häagen-Dazs, the first German-Dutch member of the Supreme Court, who delivered the swing vote in the case of Cake v. Pie (1977).


...and who retired in 1997 to be replaced by Justice Benjamin N. Jerry. Nice try, counselor.
 
2010-06-02 01:47:51 PM
girlslikestatus: Pet Peeve: People who are indignant when average people don't know trivia about a field they have dedicated their life to. I certainly don't get pissed that people don't have the top business schools or the Fortune 10 memorized.

Yeah, there's a lot of complaining in political science about how little people know about who represents them - you hear stats like this about the number of people who can name their congressman or senators. But people do pretty well if you give them the names of their representatives and ask what office they hold, which is more like what happens when they go to vote.
 
2010-06-02 01:49:17 PM
DarthBrooks: If they said, "Earl Warren" would that count as a correct answer? The survey doesn't mention current Supreme Court Justices.

/mmm legalese on a survey about the legal system


Ruth Bader Ginsberger!

/it's fun to say
//not to type
 
2010-06-02 01:50:19 PM
Heh, I got all nine right, but that's only because I have no life.
 
2010-06-02 01:50:40 PM
image3.examiner.com

Look at me, now look at him. I got two tickets to that thing you love...now they're diamonds....


And I'm on a horse.
 
2010-06-02 01:52:13 PM
Bag of Hammers: Most probably can't even name both Senators for their state much less the entire supreme court.

Christ! I can name both of mine as well as all five House Reps. I need a hobby.
 
2010-06-02 01:52:54 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Slab Bulkhead
Fridge Largemeat
Punt Speedchunk
Thick McRunfast
Blast Hardcheese
Fist Rockbone
Smash Lampjaw
Punch Rockgroin
Rip Steakface


www.kaijuhq.org

Approves.

Beat Punchbeef
Buck Plankchest
Stump Chunkman
Dirk Hardpeck
Rip Steakface
Slate Slabrock
Crud Bonemeal
Brick Hardmeat
Roll Fizzlebeef
 
2010-06-02 01:54:40 PM
StreetlightInTheGhetto: I bet you can't name the 7 houses in the British Parliament either.

/I can name all the justices
//I always forget Breyer until I realize I'm short one, though


I can. Let's see there's
Parliament Full Flavor
Parliament Lights
Parliament Ultra Lights
Parliament Menthol Full Flavor
Parliament Menthol Lights
Parliament Menthol Extra Lights
and Parliament Super Slims
 
2010-06-02 01:55:04 PM
www.apbspeakers.com
 
2010-06-02 01:57:38 PM
Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

I could think of three Canadian justices and I'm American.

/Bunch of farkin' Commies, too.
 
2010-06-02 01:57:41 PM
Hugh Jackman?
 
2010-06-02 01:58:51 PM
I can name the following elected representatives:

1 member of school board
City Councilor
Mayor
State Assembly
Governor
Lt. Governor (actually appointed)
Insurance Commissioner
State Controller
Senators
Representative
President

Can't name:

County Board of Supervisor member
State Senator (I can't believe I forgot it! I was remembering the previous)
A bunch of unimportant people who should be appointed
 
2010-06-02 01:59:49 PM
It's pretty useful information if you want to be able to tell people you know their names, that's about it.
The people that know their names are also fond of learning obscure synonyms and talking with a nasally white guy voice....and Linux.
 
2010-06-02 02:00:30 PM
Imminent Death: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Slab Bulkhead
Fridge Largemeat
Punt Speedchunk
Thick McRunfast
Blast Hardcheese
Fist Rockbone
Smash Lampjaw
Punch Rockgroin
Rip Steakface



Approves.

Beat Punchbeef
Buck Plankchest
Stump Chunkman
Dirk Hardpeck
Rip Steakface
Slate Slabrock
Crud Bonemeal
Brick Hardmeat
Roll Fizzlebeef


Bob Johnson
 
2010-06-02 02:01:10 PM
I can name the big six every time. The three less important justices elude me.
 
2010-06-02 02:02:40 PM
girlslikestatus: Pet Peeve: People who are indignant when average people don't know trivia about a field they have dedicated their life to. I certainly don't get pissed that people don't have the top business schools or the Fortune 10 memorized.

Other pet peeve: the phrase "pet peeve".

/I still got six of the nine (or is it eight...)


Pet Peeve: People who find these things trivial.
Pet Peeve: People who can't combine this fact with:

Four in 10 Americans say President Obama made a good or excellent choice in nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a Gallup poll finds.

Pet Peeve: People with an opinion on the SCOTUS who know nothing about the SCOTUS. Gee, whatever could the possibly be basing their opinion on? Maybe I'm being harsh, Stevens has only been on the court for 35 years and is already on his way out. Maybe it's the high turnover the SCOTUS has.
 
2010-06-02 02:05:54 PM
If you can't name at least one Supreme Court Justice, I officially hate you.

I mean, how hard is it to remember Allen Ginsberg?
 
2010-06-02 02:06:34 PM
Justice Mario
Justice Luigi
Justice Bowser
Justice Peach
Justice Dry Bones
Justice Wario
Justice Waluigui
Justice Yoshi

and I recently unlocked Justice Daisy
 
2010-06-02 02:07:19 PM
Sybarite: StreetlightInTheGhetto: I bet you can't name the 7 houses in the British Parliament either.

/I can name all the justices
//I always forget Breyer until I realize I'm short one, though

I can. Let's see there's
Parliament Full Flavor
Parliament Lights
Parliament Ultra Lights
Parliament Menthol Full Flavor
Parliament Menthol Lights
Parliament Menthol Extra Lights
and Parliament Super Slims


Sybarite: StreetlightInTheGhetto: I bet you can't name the 7 houses in the British Parliament either.

/I can name all the justices
//I always forget Breyer until I realize I'm short one, though

I can. Let's see there's
Parliament Full Flavor
Parliament Lights
Parliament Ultra Lights
Parliament Menthol Full Flavor
Parliament Menthol Lights
Parliament Menthol Extra Lights
and Parliament Super Slims


Most of these will have to retire within a few months according to FDA law:

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/business/local/article/B-TOBA08_20100507-2154 0 6/342990/

Philip Morris USA had been phasing in new packaging that complies with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban on terms like "light" or "mild" on cigarettes. The ban takes effect June 22.
 
2010-06-02 02:10:07 PM
...but if you can correctly name all nine Supreme Court justices -- a feat I don't consider especially difficult -- you're part of just 1% of the country.

Heh what a smug prick.
 
2010-06-02 02:11:43 PM
DarthBrooks: If they said, "Earl Warren" would that count as a correct answer? The survey doesn't mention current Supreme Court Justices.

/mmm legalese on a survey about the legal system



Call me cynical if you want, but if most people can't even name one current justice, even after all of the high profile news stories in the last few years involving their very public Senatorial dog & pony shows confirmation hearings, then there's no chance that many people were answering Earl Warren.

I loved listening to the entire confirmation hearings of the last few justices on Cspan. Very entertaining, if only to listen to the justices outwit the Senators, especially Roberts. Roberts was obviously the smartest guy in the room during his.
 
2010-06-02 02:12:29 PM
PYROY: It's pretty useful information if you want to be able to tell people you know their names, that's about it.

It's not that the ability to remember their names is, by itself, important. No one, except maybe your high school history/civics teacher, cares about that directly. It's that, if you are unable to name even one, it is evidence that you do little to no reading of the news and that your political ignorance is nearly complete.
 
2010-06-02 02:12:32 PM
I_C_Weener: Secret Agent X23: I really like the work John Paul Stevens did with Led Zeppelin.

He is famous for the quote, "I have not yet begun to fight."


You mean that ugly Frenchman who invented Existentialism?
 
2010-06-02 02:13:29 PM
Kennedy you have failed me for the last time...
 
2010-06-02 02:16:56 PM
long dong silver
 
2010-06-02 02:17:27 PM
dudemanbro: ...but if you can correctly name all nine Supreme Court justices -- a feat I don't consider especially difficult -- you're part of just 1% of the country.

Heh what a smug prick.


No kidding. It's sad that people can't name one. But a guy who writes for a column titled "Political Animal" doesn't find it difficult to name all 9 SC justices? Color me shocked.

I'd like you all to know I can correctly identify 100% of a specific set of facts within my own specialized field and don't consider it especially difficult, even though 99% of the country cannot. Suck it.
 
2010-06-02 02:17:31 PM
Aarontology: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolf.

What do I win?


No, no, he's on CNN, not the Supreme Court...
 
2010-06-02 02:17:31 PM
I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Yes, but 94% of Americans do know that the Supreme Court is just a regular court with sour cream and tomatoes.

+1 I loled
 
2010-06-02 02:18:51 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Aarontology: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolf.

What do I win?

Sorry, you forgot Olive the other Justice.


And Robbie.
 
2010-06-02 02:19:27 PM
Can you name one member of the U.S. Supreme Court? If so, you're better informed than nearly two-thirds of the country. If you can name all nine, you beat 99% of the population.

Good trick, because there are only 8 at the present time.
 
2010-06-02 02:20:04 PM
Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Ditto.

Now can you name any of the judges on OUR supreme court?
 
2010-06-02 02:22:27 PM
jekxrb: Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Ditto.

Now can you name any of the judges on OUR supreme court?


What I was trying to figure out was I was at the Canadian border and saw a pillar, one for each province, except one was missing....isn't Ninavut (or whatever) a province now? They had NW Territories pillar, so I was kind of confused. I mean, it's not like it was created last week, it's been around for a few years.
 
2010-06-02 02:23:16 PM
i.ytimg.com

Paula.
 
2010-06-02 02:23:34 PM
More importantly, can you name the toppings on a Pizza Hut SUPREME pizza?
 
2010-06-02 02:24:58 PM
I could think of 6 off the bat, had to cheat for the rest of em. In fairness though, I think it's less important to remember individual names and more important to remember the general ideology and the conservative/liberal balance in the court; especially since the court tends to vote in ideological blocs and just 1 or 2 swing votes can decide a case.

Although, the Palin-American voters are so stupid I doubt that they know we have three branches of government.
 
2010-06-02 02:26:58 PM
Now I know why I love this forum so much ... leave it to Fark to turn a Supreme Court thread into something truly funny.

Madmann ... time to quit the day job and hit the comedy circuit. Your list had me in stitches.
 
2010-06-02 02:30:35 PM
Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

I got all 9 but I'm nerdy that way.

What's worse is that I (and mostly like you and practically every other Canadian) couldn't name a single justice on the SCOC.

/SCOC may be my new favorite word
//"Don't like the way things are? Talk to the SCOC!"
 
2010-06-02 02:32:39 PM
Y'all need another excuse to waste some time, dontcha??

Sporcle quizzes:

Can you name the Supreme Court Justices? All of them? (new window)

Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)
 
2010-06-02 02:32:40 PM
PumpUpDaFark: Hugh Jackman?

What kind of porn name is that
 
2010-06-02 02:34:23 PM
GacysBasement: More importantly, can you name the toppings on a Pizza Hut SUPREME pizza?

yep, sure can:

Cardboard
Chinese plastic toy shavings

There ya go.
 
2010-06-02 02:39:49 PM
How could I forget their names after seeing the nekkid photoshops of them in Jon Stewart's America book? *Shudders*
 
2010-06-02 02:44:47 PM
Elvis_Bogart: TexasPeace: I can name all six

You dope...it's an odd number so there won't be any tie votes.

The correct answer is eight.


I'll take six, eight is too many.

(I got 7 of 9)
 
2010-06-02 02:46:26 PM
Off the top of my head:

Roberts
Scalia
Scalia's hand-puppet, Thomas
Kennedy
Ginsberg
Sotomayor
Stevens
Alito
John
Paul
George
Ringo

Dammit, I'm slipping. I can't remember the names of the other 5.
 
2010-06-02 02:49:33 PM
Talon: Elvis_Bogart: You dope...it's an odd number so there won't be any tie votes.

The correct answer is eight.

I know you're just being facetious but I lol'd hard at that.


THIS
 
2010-06-02 02:51:07 PM
acad1228: Bag of Hammers: Most probably can't even name both Senators for their state much less the entire supreme court.

Christ! I can name both of mine as well as all five House Reps. I need a hobby.


You have five House Representatives for your district?

Damn. I am waaaay under-represented.
 
2010-06-02 02:55:38 PM
ecmoRandomNumbers: Off the top of my head:

Roberts
Scalia
Scalia's hand-puppet, Thomas
Kennedy
Ginsberg
Sotomayor
Stevens
Alito
John
Paul
George
Ringo

Dammit, I'm slipping. I can't remember the names of the other 5.


Mick, Keith, Charlie .......
 
2010-06-02 02:59:02 PM
So, I punted on Breyer and Stevens.

But I do know that the SCOTUS ruled yesterday that we do not have the right to remain silent. Really.
 
2010-06-02 03:01:59 PM
lennavan: Four in 10 Americans say President Obama made a good or excellent choice in nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a Gallup poll finds.

Pet Peeve: People with an opinion on the SCOTUS who know nothing about the SCOTUS. Gee, whatever could the possibly be basing their opinion on? Maybe I'm being harsh, Stevens has only been on the court for 35 years and is already on his way out. Maybe it's the high turnover the SCOTUS has.


Well that's why you shouldn't put a second of effort into interpreting opinion polls where it's obvious people can't have a real opinion, otherwise you're going to spend a lot of your life ridiculously frustrated. These ridiculous polls are conducted so news outlets can feel they are reporting, while they are rarely scientific.

The criteria I'm guess are people are happy/pissed it's Obama that's doing the picking or happy/pissed it's a woman.

Although I take a big interest in the high court, there isn't a huge need for people to know their names they aren't elected and are appointed for life. I would wager a guess that most voter know the President appoints Justices and their vote for the President is the closest they come to putting people in the SC.
 
2010-06-02 03:02:29 PM
BuckTurgidson: But I do know that the SCOTUS ruled yesterday that we do not have the right to remain silent. Really.

No, they ruled that if you want to end police questioning via your right to remain silent, you need to explicitly invoke it. Not somewhat-silent-except-for-occasionally-answering-questions.
 
2010-06-02 03:04:42 PM
kidgenius: What I was trying to figure out was I was at the Canadian border and saw a pillar, one for each province, except one was missing....isn't Ninavut (or whatever) a province now? They had NW Territories pillar, so I was kind of confused. I mean, it's not like it was created last week, it's been around for a few years.

The NW Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut are not provinces. They're territories. They have a slightly different status and a lot less autonomous governing power than the provinces. And you're correct, Nunavut was created quite a number of years ago, in 1999. I don't know why it didn't have a pillar.

craig328: What's worse is that I (and mostly like you and practically every other Canadian) couldn't name a single justice on the SCOC.

Nope, I couldn't either. I'm kind of ashamed I know more US judges than Canadian.
 
2010-06-02 03:05:15 PM
John Marshall?
 
2010-06-02 03:06:33 PM
Here's seven of them:

news.bbc.co.uk
 
2010-06-02 03:06:58 PM
phaseolus: Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)

Roe v. Wade
Kramer v. Kramer
The Scopes trial thingy

My brain just doesn't remember things like that. It is dumb that way. I think it's the beer that did it in.
 
2010-06-02 03:08:11 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Secret Agent X23: I really like the work John Paul Stevens did with Led Zeppelin.

No, no, no... you're thinking of the naval commander that said "Don't Give Up the Ship".


The hell you say. The correct quote is "I have not yet begun to litigate," as I recall it.
 
2010-06-02 03:08:44 PM
Sigh, I am in a corner.
 
2010-06-02 03:09:15 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: But I do know that the SCOTUS ruled yesterday that we do not have the right to remain silent. Really.

No, they ruled that if you want to end police questioning via your right to remain silent, you need to explicitly invoke it. Not somewhat-silent-except-for-occasionally-answering-questions.


So I can't actually remain silent.

I suppose I could write down, "I choose to remain silent", but first I'd have to ask for a pencil and paper. Maybe pantomime would work.
 
2010-06-02 03:13:31 PM
BuckTurgidson: So I can't actually remain silent.

I suppose I could write down, "I choose to remain silent", but first I'd have to ask for a pencil and paper. Maybe pantomime would work.


You don't have to say a word, the police just don't have to stop questioning you. Just like you have to ask for a lawyer to get one. I would imagine you need to actually speak to invoke that right too, just add in another sentence that says you're invoking your right to remain silent.
 
2010-06-02 03:14:18 PM
Last of the Crazy People: Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Ditto, but that only came from reading America: the book. Sadly, I can name none of the judges on the SCC.


full frontal!

I'm American, but I can at least name the Prime Minister, Governor General, and all the provinces and their capitals, and I get about half the Canadian-centric jokes on THH22M or Rick Mercer Report when I'm on the elliptical and watching CBC.

I think that's gotta put me in the top 99% of Americans. Knowing the rules of curling would've thrown me in the top 99.5%, but thanks to the last Olympics now everyone knows the awesomeness.
 
2010-06-02 03:14:24 PM
rodeofrog: CSB:

My first year in law school, Scalia came to speak. So, a few dudes were having a smoke in front of the school, and one dude was trying to get the other dude to play softball that afternoon. Dude2 said, "I think I'm going to that Scalia thing." Dude1 said, "fark Scalia. Come play."

Turns out Scalia was standing right behind him. So Scalia said, "it's a beautiful day. I think I'd play softball."

Only cool thing Scalia has ever said or done in his life.


This story really puts a human face on what is otherwise an evil, undead zombie-robot sorta thing sent here to destroy us from within.
/shudder
 
2010-06-02 03:15:23 PM
BuckTurgidson: YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: But I do know that the SCOTUS ruled yesterday that we do not have the right to remain silent. Really.

No, they ruled that if you want to end police questioning via your right to remain silent, you need to explicitly invoke it. Not somewhat-silent-except-for-occasionally-answering-questions.

So I can't actually remain silent.

I suppose I could write down, "I choose to remain silent", but first I'd have to ask for a pencil and paper. Maybe pantomime would work.


www.iidc.indiana.edu
 
2010-06-02 03:18:51 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: So I can't actually remain silent.

I suppose I could write down, "I choose to remain silent", but first I'd have to ask for a pencil and paper. Maybe pantomime would work.

You don't have to say a word, the police just don't have to stop questioning you. Just like you have to ask for a lawyer to get one. I would imagine you need to actually speak to invoke that right too, just add in another sentence that says you're invoking your right to remain silent.


They ruled that remaining silent implicitly waives your right to remain silent. Yes really.

We only have the right to attempt to remain silent, and the police have the right to try to wear us down by questioning us potentially indefinitely.

In the past, the police had to carry a card so they could correctly advise me of my rights.

Now I'll have to get a lawyer to draft me a card to carry around so I know how to correctly claim my rights. Woulda been nice if SCOTUS coulda provided that wording for us.
 
2010-06-02 03:21:50 PM
As Carlin used to say.... think about how dumb the average person is, and then remember half the people are dumber than that.
 
2010-06-02 03:24:35 PM
BuckTurgidson: Woulda been nice if SCOTUS coulda provided that wording for us.

"I refuse to answer any more questions until I have been in contact with a lawyer."

There. Was that so hard?
 
2010-06-02 03:24:46 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2010-06-02 03:26:55 PM
Olmy's Jart: There. Was that so hard?

You a lawyer?
 
2010-06-02 03:27:32 PM
BuckTurgidson: They ruled that remaining silent implicitly waives your right to remain silent. Yes really.

No really. "Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, said a suspect who goes ahead and talks to police after being informed he doesn't have to has waived his right to remain silent."

They ruled that if you start answering police questions, you have waived it. Not invoking a right is not the same as waiving it.

We only have the right to attempt to remain silent, and the police have the right to try to wear us down by questioning us potentially indefinitely.

Yup, just like they don't have to send for your lawyer until you explicitly ask for it.

Otherwise, under your system, what's the cutoff point for someone implicitly invoking their right. If they don't say anything for 30 seconds? 1 minute? 5 minutes? 20 minutes?
 
2010-06-02 03:34:42 PM
Pfft... everybody knows it's Stig, Nasty, Dirk and Barry. Nasty was the one who was misquoted as saying they "were bigger then God" He actually said they were bigger then Rod, as in Rod Stewart, but yet people still believe the lie.
 
2010-06-02 03:35:21 PM
I only got one, but non-American so I'll take it.
 
2010-06-02 03:35:27 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: Otherwise, under your system, what's the cutoff point for someone implicitly invoking their right. If they don't say anything for 30 seconds? 1 minute? 5 minutes? 20 minutes?

How long after you get the full cold shoulder do you stop trying to chat someone up? I'd say a coupla minutes is plenty.
 
2010-06-02 03:38:10 PM
BuckTurgidson: How long after you get the full cold shoulder do you stop trying to chat someone up? I'd say a coupla minutes is plenty.

Police interrogation != "chatting someone up"
 
2010-06-02 03:44:23 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: How long after you get the full cold shoulder do you stop trying to chat someone up? I'd say a coupla minutes is plenty.

Police interrogation != "chatting someone up"


Police interrogation == "interviewing a fellow citizen, whose safety and rights the police are paid and obligated to serve and protect regardless of suspected offenses".
 
2010-06-02 03:45:22 PM
BuckTurgidson: Police interrogation == "interviewing a fellow citizen, whose safety and rights the police are paid and obligated to serve and protect regardless of suspected offenses".

And all you have to do is let them know you're invoking those rights. It's not hard.
 
2010-06-02 03:48:05 PM
Lando Lincoln: phaseolus: Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)

Roe v. Wade
Kramer v. Kramer
The Scopes trial thingy

My brain just doesn't remember things like that. It is dumb that way. I think it's the beer that did it in.


Alien V. Predator
Ali V. Frazier
Kramer V. Godzilla
 
2010-06-02 03:48:51 PM
It's easy to name the justices:

The gay couple -Scalia and Thomas
The two chicks-Ginzburg and Sotomayor
The swing vote-Kennedy
The Bush twins-Roberts and Alito
The ice cream guy-Breyer
The geezer-Stevens
 
2010-06-02 03:53:13 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: Police interrogation == "interviewing a fellow citizen, whose safety and rights the police are paid and obligated to serve and protect regardless of suspected offenses".

And all you have to do is let them know you're invoking those rights. It's not hard.


I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.
 
2010-06-02 03:54:38 PM
BuckTurgidson: I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.

This rings true in my ears and heart.
 
2010-06-02 03:54:46 PM
BuckTurgidson: I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.

Yes you do. Or are you saying the police need to have a lawyer ready and waiting for you whenever they talk to you?
 
2010-06-02 04:03:20 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.

Yes you do. Or are you saying the police need to have a lawyer ready and waiting for you whenever they talk to you?


Are you saying that my rights are like a magic spell, if I don't say the words they don't exist?
 
2010-06-02 04:05:15 PM
BuckTurgidson: Are you saying that my rights are like a magic spell, if I don't say the words they don't exist?

No. I am saying the same thing the Supreme Court is saying. When it comes to Miranda Rights, you have those rights, and if you want to *use* them, you need to *say so*. Not using a right is not the same thing as waiving it.
 
2010-06-02 04:05:40 PM
I knew Judge Scalia from Tom the Dancing Bug because Justice Scalia is an awesome superhero!
 
2010-06-02 04:16:45 PM
TexasPeace: I can name all six

Well, there's Simon, Randy, Ellen, Paula, and the Chick Who Replaced Paula. Who am I missing? Are you counting Ryan?

/Actually, I knew at least 5/9, and I ain't even American.
 
2010-06-02 04:28:36 PM
FloydA:

Alien V. Predator
Ali V. Frazier
Kramer Bambi V. Godzilla
 
2010-06-02 04:29:48 PM
BuckTurgidson: YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: Police interrogation == "interviewing a fellow citizen, whose safety and rights the police are paid and obligated to serve and protect regardless of suspected offenses".

And all you have to do is let them know you're invoking those rights. It's not hard.

I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.


Then shut the hell up and you keep them. You can't expect the police to read your mind to know whether or not you want to be interrogated, especially when you're answering SOME question like the article said the perp did.

How liberal do you have to be in order to feel like there are never any repercussions for your most stupid of actions like talking when you have a right to remain silent?
 
2010-06-02 04:32:01 PM
jekxrb: Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Ditto.

Now can you name any of the judges on OUR supreme court?


Our what now?
 
2010-06-02 04:35:17 PM
Does "corrupt stooge #4" count?
 
2010-06-02 04:37:49 PM
This Looks Fun: BuckTurgidson: I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.

This rings true in my ears and heart.


Yeah, you have the right to remain silent... stfu, don't confess and you keep that right. You waive the right by talking to the cops without the only words being "I invoke my fifth amendment rights" or "I want an attorney present for my questioning."

You have a right to possess firearms. Does that mean that the government has to purchase and deliver them to you? So have your waived your right by not buying one?

You have a right to freedom of speech. Does the government have to speak for you? Have you waived your right by remaining silent?

Yes, by default you have rights. You don't have to recite a magical incantation for them to be used . In some cases, though, you need to speak to request a lawyer. You need to go to Walmart to purchase a gun, possibly while registering. You need to say something out loud to exercise your freedom of speech.
 
2010-06-02 04:56:33 PM
How about us foreeeners?

Oh right, we don't really exist.
 
2010-06-02 05:00:17 PM
Mobkey: Our what now?

Indeed.

Who knew we had one?
 
2010-06-02 05:10:45 PM
osgeek: BuckTurgidson: YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: Police interrogation == "interviewing a fellow citizen, whose safety and rights the police are paid and obligated to serve and protect regardless of suspected offenses".

And all you have to do is let them know you're invoking those rights. It's not hard.

I inherently have those rights, I don't need to explicitly invoke them. The only thing I should be need to be explicit about is if I choose to waive them.

Then shut the hell up and you keep them.


No, if I shut the hell up I have implicitly waived them, according to the Supreme Court.
 
2010-06-02 05:12:52 PM
osgeek:

Also, I hereby remind you of your right to decaf.
 
2010-06-02 05:17:28 PM
BuckTurgidson: No, if I shut the hell up I have implicitly waived them, according to the Supreme Court.

It would help if you actually read the decision or any of the articles about it.

You *waive* the right if you start cooperating with the police by answering their questions. If you say absolutely nothing, you have neither invoked nor waived the right and the interrogation may continue.
 
2010-06-02 05:30:58 PM
YouWinAgainGravity: BuckTurgidson: No, if I shut the hell up I have implicitly waived them, according to the Supreme Court.

It would help if you actually read the decision or any of the articles about it.

You *waive* the right if you start cooperating with the police by answering their questions. If you say absolutely nothing, you have neither invoked nor waived the right and the interrogation may continue.


Until ... ?
 
2010-06-02 05:46:50 PM
I already knew I was better-informed than 2/3 of the country. Sadly.

I'm amused that people are referencing the fact that the SC are appointed for life as a reason why they don't know/don't need to remember their names. Because it is awfully hard to remember the names of 9 people who hold the same job for decades at a time.

As opposed to the names of all the people on American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, your favorite sports team, etc.
 
2010-06-02 05:49:04 PM
jekxrb: Mobkey: I could think of 3 and I'm Canadian.

Ditto.

Now can you name any of the judges on OUR supreme court?


Sooooo easy: Howe, Gretzky, Lemieux, Richard, Orr, Hull Sr., Messier, Lafleur, and Esposito.
 
2010-06-02 05:55:35 PM
BuckTurgidson: Until ... ?

Until one of:

1) They decide to stop
2) You say "I am invoking my right to remain silent"
3) You say "Ok, I confess"
 
2010-06-02 05:57:48 PM
Lando Lincoln: phaseolus: Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)

Roe v. Wade
Kramer v. Kramer
The Scopes trial thingy

My brain just doesn't remember things like that. It is dumb that way. I think it's the beer that did it in.


Brown v. Board of Education
OR Emp. v. Smith
Lawrence v. Texas
Loving v. Virginia
DC v. Heller
Lemon v. Kurtzman
Citizens United
upcoming: CLS v. Hastings
upcoming: Bilski

/off the top of my head
 
2010-06-02 06:06:27 PM
endosymbiont: Lando Lincoln: phaseolus: Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)

Roe v. Wade
Kramer v. Kramer
The Scopes trial thingy

My brain just doesn't remember things like that. It is dumb that way. I think it's the beer that did it in.

Brown v. Board of Education
OR Emp. v. Smith
Lawrence v. Texas
Loving v. Virginia
DC v. Heller
Lemon v. Kurtzman
Citizens United
upcoming: CLS v. Hastings
upcoming: Bilski

/off the top of my head


How about Murray v. Curlett?
 
2010-06-02 06:36:18 PM
endosymbiont: Lando Lincoln: phaseolus: Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)

Roe v. Wade
Kramer v. Kramer
The Scopes trial thingy

My brain just doesn't remember things like that. It is dumb that way. I think it's the beer that did it in.

Brown v. Board of Education
OR Emp. v. Smith
Lawrence v. Texas
Loving v. Virginia
DC v. Heller
Lemon v. Kurtzman
Citizens United
upcoming: CLS v. Hastings
upcoming: Bilski

/off the top of my head


You sound like a 2L. I have no idea which case Bilski is, though.

/is a 2l.
 
2010-06-02 07:21:29 PM
If you're praying for your government as you're commanded to do, you end up knowing who they are.
 
2010-06-02 07:24:35 PM
deciusmaximus: Now I know why I love this forum so much ... leave it to Fark to turn a Supreme Court thread into something truly funny.

Madmann ... time to quit the day job and hit the comedy circuit. Your list had me in stitches.



Thanks. Too late. Threw about 5 years at it. Developed an aversion to ramen noodles. Found a corporate overlord. The End.

I probably could have made it, though... if I'd been luckier and funnier. And willing to leave the sticks.
 
2010-06-02 07:29:38 PM
i think that is what they are going for when they refuse to air the hearings on tv and generally live low key lives.
 
2010-06-02 08:09:47 PM
img526.imageshack.us

"Also, in a rare double-whammy decision the court finds polygamy constitutional."
 
2010-06-02 08:24:48 PM
I keep a note on my iphone of the scotus for just this sort of day.

Im both serious, and very sad now at how pathetic my life has become.

..im still not removing my constitution iphone app though- nor my bookmarks to famous speeches like the Gettysburg Address.
 
2010-06-02 08:39:58 PM
Easy: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, later replaced by Cindy Birdsong

www.cedarville.edu
 
2010-06-02 08:56:31 PM
I work at a shop where everyday there is a different trivia question. If you get the question right, you win a lighter. Last Friday's question (or actually a non-question) was "Name one current Supreme Court Justice." Only 11 people out of the 340 or so people that came through that day could name one, and I was one of those 11 people.
Scallia won at a count of 3, where Thomas, Ginsberg, and Sotomeyer had a three-way tie for second at a count of two. (Fun fact: Both of the customers that guessed Ginsberg referenced how much she looks like a man.)
 
2010-06-02 09:47:15 PM
HeartBurnKid: endosymbiont: Lando Lincoln: phaseolus: Can you name some landmark Supreme Court cases? (new window)

Roe v. Wade
Kramer v. Kramer
The Scopes trial thingy

My brain just doesn't remember things like that. It is dumb that way. I think it's the beer that did it in.

Brown v. Board of Education
OR Emp. v. Smith
Lawrence v. Texas
Loving v. Virginia
DC v. Heller
Lemon v. Kurtzman
Citizens United
upcoming: CLS v. Hastings
upcoming: Bilski

/off the top of my head

How about Murray v. Curlett?


How about Marbury v. Madison? McCullough v. Maryland? Dred Scott? I dare say those are pretty landmark as well, one might even say seminal. Sad that such important decisions were not on that list at the link.
 
2010-06-02 10:22:08 PM
Four conservatives (Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Scalia).
Two moderates (Kennedy, Breyer).
Three liberals (Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor).

I've memorized them in case I'm every stopped on the street by some news or TV show, I will be able to answer correctly.

// oh god, i just sensed the vast emptiness of my life :-0

i861.photobucket.com
 
2010-06-02 10:45:13 PM
What happened to Ginsburg? and I thought everyone knew Antonin!
 
2010-06-02 11:11:50 PM
Let's see. Off the top of my head...Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, John Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor, John Paul Stevens.

(checks Wikipedia)

...aaaaaaand it looks like I'm one of the one-percenters. How do you like me now, motherfarkers?

/kind of stoked
 
fdr
2010-06-03 02:05:23 AM
mongbiohazard: DarthBrooks: If they said, "Earl Warren" would that count as a correct answer? The survey doesn't mention current Supreme Court Justices.

>snip
I loved listening to the entire confirmation hearings of the last few justices on Cspan. Very entertaining, if only to listen to the justices outwit the Senators, especially Roberts. Roberts was obviously the smartest guy in the room during his.


He showed his smartness by not remembering the lines at Obama's swearing in and they had to re-do it afterwards. Duuuah.
 
2010-06-03 10:59:44 AM
Oreminer: "Also, in a rare double-whammy decision the court finds polygamy constitutional."

I can't wait to tell my husbands!
 
2010-06-03 11:44:54 AM
girlslikestatus: lennavan: Four in 10 Americans say President Obama made a good or excellent choice in nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a Gallup poll finds.

Pet Peeve: People with an opinion on the SCOTUS who know nothing about the SCOTUS. Gee, whatever could the possibly be basing their opinion on? Maybe I'm being harsh, Stevens has only been on the court for 35 years and is already on his way out. Maybe it's the high turnover the SCOTUS has.

Well that's why you shouldn't put a second of effort into interpreting opinion polls where it's obvious people can't have a real opinion, otherwise you're going to spend a lot of your life ridiculously frustrated. These ridiculous polls are conducted so news outlets can feel they are reporting, while they are rarely scientific.


Yeah, this was my point. Even if they are conducted in a scientific way they are still essentially meaningless. Sure the majority of the population is for/against ________. But how many of them really know what _________ is? Or (in politics specifically) how many of them simply voted for/against it because of what political party it was affiliated with.

"Are you for President Obama's..." stop right there, no more need be said of course I'm for/against it.
 
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