Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Why are you guys so b-o-r-i-n-g .....eh?

Good Day Readers:

For better or worse, right or wrong, good or bad compared to their American counterparts Canada's Supreme Court Justices are b-o-r-i-n-g. For evidence one need only watch Catherine Clark's interview show on the CPAC channel. She's been talking with each of the Justices.

Never is heard a disparaging word much less any coarse imprecation, off colour humour or OMG the F-bomb! Everyone sits there prim and proper with a permanent smile riveted on their faces. Ne're is heard any tough, hard hitting questions.

Canadians need to help the Supreme Court Justices raise their public profile. How? Why not a line of mugs, T-shirts (Imagine what you could put on them!), a line of dart boards with the group or individual, rap songs, portraits by unknown, amateur artists, YouTub videos - the sky's the limit.

Now compare our approach with that of the Americans.

Clare L. Pieuk

Ruth Bader Ginsburg loves her notorious R.B.G. nickname, knows about Biggie now

By Kim Makarechi
Friday, August 1, 2014

Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the Supreme Court in 1993, but she’s occupying a new place in popular culture these days. Adored by fans of her writing in cases such as Hobby Lobby, in which she authored a blistering dissent (sample line: “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield”), Ginsburg has been canonized on the Internet’s unofficial record of relevancy: Tumblr.
There’s Notorious R.B.G., a blog that puns on the name of the late New York rapper Notorious B.I.G. The Web site collects Ginsburg news items and tribute material from all over the Internet.
Ginsburg is also featured prominently on Beyoncé Voters, a Tumblr blog where inspirational lyrics by the singer are transposed on images of the court’s justices. Here’s one particularly popular image:
But that’s not all: there are T-shirts with Ginsburg’s crowned mug on them ($28), and mugs bearing Ginsburg’s face (on sale for $11.99). On Etsy, a fan’s portrait of the justice ($40) is described as such: “Custom portrait of our lady of dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The perfect piece for your home or office or gift for the feminist or liberal in your life.”

In an interview with Katie Couric, Ginsburg reveals that she knows about her new nickname and has seen the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr. “She has created a wonderful thing with Notorious R.B.G.,” Ginsburg said during the Yahoo News interview. “I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious. And they—they explained that to me.”

“Most of it I think is very funny,” the 81-year-old justice told Couric. “There is a rap song, and there is one using the words from the Hobby Lobby dissent. I haven’t seen anything that isn’t either pleasing or funny on the Web site

Fans of Ginsburg’s strong opinions (and the Internet-meme factory) are in luck: she dispelled rumors that she was planning to step down soon, saying, “All I can say is that I am still here and likely to remain for a while.”


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