2013.10 Commentary: Are They Friendly Spirits?

With Halloween right around the corner, it's good to see that human beings have almost completely converted this one-time night of literal dancing demons to a fun-filled festival beloved by children all across America. But that's not to say that everybody has given up on the spooky stuff.

One of the scariest things I've heard this century is that Justice Antonin Scalia — 1 of the 9 people who determines what constitutes "justice" in America — seriously, sincerely, truly, devoutly believes that evil spirits are controlling many of his fellow human beings. Not metaphorical bad ideas, mind you, but actual physical demons, working for the literally extant baddest evil spirit of them all, Satan. And this guy helps determine how you have to live your life!

And he's only the one willing to say so in public. We can only guess what his stablemate Clarence Thomas is thinking*, because he never talks.

Grammatical tip: evil should only be used as an adjective, not as a noun.

It's an idea, a judgment, an opinion, a description, not an incarnation or avatar or embodiment thereof.

PS: Old farts like me will recognize the title of this posting as coming from Rocky's conversation with Bullwinkle as they got set to go to commercial break.

*if you'll pardon the unduly generous use of the term "thinking"