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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM

Scalia's hat is a reference to Sir Thomas More

I guess he sees Obama as Henry VIII, which would be a nice break from the Mao, Stalin comparisons.

http://walshslaw.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/about-justice-scalias-headgear/

The twitterverse is alive with tweets about Justice Scalia’s headgear for today’s inauguration. At the risk of putting all the fun speculation to an end . . . 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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Reply Scalia's hat is a reference to Sir Thomas More (Original post)
Enrique Jan 2013 OP
Dawson Leery Jan 2013 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2013 #2
redwitch Jan 2013 #3
JNelson6563 Jan 2013 #4
longship Jan 2013 #20
yurbud Jan 2013 #22
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #23
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2013 #5
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #9
elleng Jan 2013 #26
DonCoquixote Jan 2013 #6
meow2u3 Jan 2013 #7
malaise Jan 2013 #32
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #8
marybourg Jan 2013 #10
RB TexLa Jan 2013 #11
marybourg Jan 2013 #12
RB TexLa Jan 2013 #27
LeftInTX Jan 2013 #13
WolverineDG Jan 2013 #29
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #14
Cha Jan 2013 #16
Whovian Jan 2013 #15
MADem Jan 2013 #18
Bucky Jan 2013 #17
musette_sf Jan 2013 #19
longship Jan 2013 #21
Tom Ripley Jan 2013 #24
Princess Turandot Jan 2013 #25
Paladin Jan 2013 #28
Ikonoklast Jan 2013 #30
Paladin Jan 2013 #31
libtodeath Jan 2013 #33

Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:49 PM

1. Better Henry VIII than the Pope.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:51 PM

2. Scalia has delusions of grandeur; he's no Thomas More.

The one thing he does have in common with More is a fifteenth-century world view.

This is the painting:

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:51 PM

3. I want to rec your reply.

and give you a DUZY too!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:51 PM

4. Well said!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:14 AM

20. Nice! Except More lived in the 16th century

But Scalia would probably liked the 1st century better.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:18 AM

22. He reminds me of the judge in THE LAST DAYS OF SOPHIE SCHOLL

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:24 AM

23. +1

 

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:59 PM

5. I commented previously that what Scalia has in common with Thomas More

is a fifteenth-century world view. Upon further research, however, I discovered that Scalia is a whole lot less enightened and modern than More was, for his time:

More took a serious interest in the education of women, an attitude that was highly unusual at the time. Believing women to be just as capable of academic accomplishment as men, More insisted upon giving his daughters the same classical education given to his son. The academic star of the family was More's eldest daughter Margaret, who attracted much admiration for her erudition, especially her fluency in Greek and Latin. More recounted a moment of such admiration in a letter to Margaret in September 1522, when the Bishop of Exeter was shown a letter written by Margaret to More:

When he saw from the signature that it was the letter of a lady, his surprise led him to read it more eagerly... he said he would never have believed it to be your work unless I had assured him of the fact, and he began to praise it in the highest terms... for its pure Latinity, its correctness, its erudition, and its expressions of tender affection. He took out at once from his pocket a portague (A Portuguese gold coin)... to send to you as a pledge and token of his good will towards you.

The success More enjoyed in educating his daughters set an example for other noble families. Even Erasmus became much more favourable towards the idea once he witnessed the accomplishments of More's daughters.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_More

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:20 PM

9. I read that and all I could think is

Fat Tony is unworthy. Completely and totally unworthy. It is sad despite all the obstacles More faced to become a decent person, he managed. And he paid the price with his life. It seems the king didn't appreciate a man of convictions,

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:40 AM

26. AND:

'He also helped originate the phrase "grasp at straws" to mean "desperately trying even useless things", in Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation.

Intellectuals and statesmen across Europe were stunned by More's execution. Erasmus saluted him as one "whose soul was more pure than any snow, whose genius was such that England never had and never again will have its like". Two centuries later Jonathan Swift said he was "the person of the greatest virtue this kingdom ever produced," a sentiment with which Samuel Johnson agreed. Historian Hugh Trevor-Roper said in 1977 that More was "the first great Englishman whom we feel that we know, the most saintly of humanists, the most human of saints, the universal man of our cool northern renaissance."'

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:00 PM

6. If he wants to play Thomas More

I would gladly see him lose his head at a London Tower, he is guilty of treason after all.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:16 PM

7. DUzy of the week! Touche!

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:16 AM

32. I'd settle for impeachment

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:18 PM

8. Not fit even to carry the Saint's chamber-pot.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:28 PM

10. I just went and looked at my law school graduation picture

(from a Catholic University, although I don't know if that matters) and yup, I was wearing one pretty much like that.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:32 PM

11. A Jesuit school? Yes that matters and is the reason for it.

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:51 PM

12. No, not Jesuit.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:19 AM

27. Oh, guess the other orders do it too. Lot's of graduation things are silly

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Response to marybourg (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:34 AM

13. I thought it looked like he was graduating from somewhere

I was thinking, "Is there some academic thing going on here"?

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Response to marybourg (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:58 AM

29. It looks like the hat they gave us to wear at mine too

http://capsandgownsdirect.com/doctoralregalia/jd.html

Ours didn't have the yellow tassel though.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:37 AM

14. I thought he was using it to hide his horns!

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:48 AM

16. Zing!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:40 AM

15. No, it's a reference to a Catholic theocracy that he so misses.

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:01 AM

18. It is a reference to a Catholic, Thomas More (since he got it from that society),

but it was a fairly common headgear back in the day.

Here's a Protestant wearing the same hat:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex (c. 1485 – 28 July 1540), was an English lawyer and statesman who served as chief minister of King Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540.

Cromwell was one of the strongest advocates of the English Reformation. He helped engineer an annulment of the King's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, so that Henry could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Supremacy over the Church of England was officially declared by Parliament in 1534, and Cromwell supervised the Church from the unique posts of vicegerent for spirituals and vicar general.


Henry got rid of him, too...

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:48 AM

17. Strange. Scalia reminds me more of Dennis Moore than Thomas Moore.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Riding through the land
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Without a merry band
He steals from the poor
And gives to the rich
Stupid bitch


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Response to Bucky (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:02 AM

19. i had that thought too

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Response to Bucky (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:17 AM

21. Give me all your lupins!


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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:54 AM

24. Yep, it was a learned "fuck you" to Obama

Fat Tony can delude himself with:
"If any person or persons, after the first day of February next coming, do maliciously wish, will or desire, by words or writing, or by craft imagine, invent, practise, or attempt any bodily harm to be done or committed to the king's most royal person, the queen's, or their heirs apparent, or to deprive them or any of them of their dignity, title, or name of their royal estates..."

but he is still just a thug with a law degree.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:29 AM

25. Here's the Holbein in situ at the Frick in NYC...

http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/the-frick-collection/artwork/sir-thomas-more-hans-holbein-the-younger/324243/museumview/

On the other side of the fireplace is Thomas Cromwell, who helped engineer More's beheading in 1535. (Cromwell also helped engineer Anne Boleyn's execution on a trumped-up charge of adultery. But he served a fickle master: Henry had him beheaded in 1540.)

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:25 AM

28. I Expect Scalia To Be Wearing This Goofy Hat In Future Editorial Cartoons. (nt)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:31 AM

30. Look for just the hat to show up in Trudeau's depictions of him.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #30)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:14 AM

31. Yeah---Just The Hat, Speaking Right-Wing Gibberish. Perfect! (nt)

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:44 AM

33. He is a disgusting piece of shit and unfit for the court.

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