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Friday, June 27, 2008

Keith Olbermann is a Moron

Keith Olbermann called Justice Scalia the Worst Person in the World last night - apparently Keith is now a legal scholar. Skip ahead to approx 2:20 in the video:



Unfortunately for Keith, Scalia ridiculued the very point that Keith raises in the piece, namely that the 2nd Amendment only refers to weapons in existence at the time of the Bill of Rights (the flintlock, Chinese hand cannon, etc, etc). If only Keith had taken the time to read the first few paragraphs of the majority opinion, he might not have made a fool of himself.

From Page 8 of the majority opinion:

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Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997), and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35–36 (2001), the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding..
[...]
I'm sure Keith would say that the First Amendment is only intended to apply to the pamphlet, newspaper, etc and cannot be extended to cover the internet, YouTube, radio, or satellite, cable, or over-the-air television.

What a complete moron.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Jason said...

The Constitution is a living, breathing document that adjusts to our modern society with a wide range of penumbral rights that lie undiscovered in the ether...oh wait, the Second Amendment? That was a limited-time only deal that applied only if your were in the Militia, wore a three-pointed hat and used a 13-century Chinese hand cannon. It's pretty clear. You've got to be really creative to see some sort of individual right in "the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Monterey John said...

This is news? Olbermann is an idiot? I'm shocked! Shocked!

The only thing that amazes me is that he is on cable at all. The total absence of journalistic standards that he represents is appalling. His profound lack of legal knowledge cannot come as a surprise to anyone.