Thursday, March 30, 2006

You take rights away from your mother with that mouth?

Boston Herald via Eschaton:

Smith was working as a freelance photographer for the Boston archdiocese’s weekly newspaper at a special Mass for lawyers Sunday when a Herald reporter asked [Justice Scalia] how he responds to critics who might question his impartiality as a judge given his public worship.

“The judge paused for a second, then looked directly into my lens and said, ‘To my critics, I say, ‘Vaffanculo,’ ” punctuating the comment by flicking his right hand out from under his chin, Smith said.

The Italian phrase means “(expletive) you.”

Not only did Scalia apparently graduate from the Italian office of the Dick Cheney School of Public Relations, but he tried to deny that the incident involved any expletive or obscene gesture, saying the reporter "incorrectly characterized" the incident.

The photographer quoted above stepped forward to back up the reporter's story.

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