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Today in Supreme Court History: October 23, 1991

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10/23/1991: Justice Clarence Thomas takes oath.

Justice Clarence Thomas

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  1. Was that the last time he spoke?

    1. “Was that the last time he spoke?”

      Is that even relevant? The quality of his written work has been outstanding.

      1. “Relevant?” To what?

    2. Spoke in 2006, then again in 2016, and in 2019.
      Great technique. Imagine how much it rattled the lawyers to get the first question in 10 years.

      1. Is rattling the lawyers considered a desirable consolation prize among hopeless casualties of the culture war?

  2. My friends who are into porn tell me that the British male porn star whose professional name is Long Dong Silver really isn’t very attractive or good at his work. Therefore, the Senate should have rejected Clarence Thomas. We need Supreme Court justices to have a discerning eye for beauty.

    Similarly, Antonin Scalia should have been rejected because of his horrible taste in music. He liked Puccini. Puccini’s music is noise about nothing, wandering melodies, tiresome harmonies, pointless stories about one-dimensional characters. In fact, Puccini’s operas are the reason soap operas are called soap OPERAS. I once chorused in Madame Butterfly and almost fell asleep on stage. PLEASE, Mr. President, next time a seat becomes available, appoint someone with decent taste in music, someone who likes Mozart, Monteverdi, Gluck, Purcell, Verdi, Alban Berg, or Johann Strauss!

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