Friday, March 31, 2006

I got your right to choose right here

In a continuing theme of public political faces inexlpicably misbehaving in front of cameras (see Silvio), Justice/ Official-right-wing-nutjob/ Dick-Cheney-hunting-buddy-who-escapes-unharmed Antonin Scalia was in Boston recently for a speech, and looked RIGHT AT A CAMERA before making this obscene Sicilian gesture:

The Boston Herald first reported the story, which was refuted by Scalia (did he not recall the lens directly in front of his face?), and today the photographer came forward with the photo. The Herald printed it:

Amid a growing national controversy about the gesture U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the freelance photographer who captured the moment has come forward with the picture.

“It’s inaccurate and deceptive of him to say there was no vulgarity in the moment,” said Peter Smith, the Boston University assistant photojournalism professor who made the shot.
Despite Scalia’s insistence that the Sicilian gesture was not offensive and had been incorrectly characterized by the Herald as obscene, the photographer said the newspaper “got the story right.”
Smith said the jurist “immediately knew he’d made a mistake, and said, ‘You’re not going to print that, are you?’ ”

That's right, the lovely lifetime benchwarmer made the gesture in a church. He and Dick have more in common than just shooting small animals (everyone remember when Cheney told Sen. Patrick Leahy to "go fuck yourself"?).

And as for the alleged ambiguity of the whole gesture, we know a vile motion when we see one. We even asked Giovanni the pizza-owner for confirmation.

It's cool though, we'll get him when he's up for re-election. Wait...

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