APRIL 21, 2012 2:10PM

HAPPY BDAY IGGY POP! REPOST: POPJUSTICE

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(In honor of Iggy Pop's 65th birthday today, I am reposting this piece from May 4, 2009. Love you, Iggy, and I'm still holding out hope you could save the SCOTUS yet.)


I have been thinking more about whom President Obama should nominate to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice David Souter. A lot of people are thinking about this, including Professor Sherrilyn Ifill, who teaches at the University of Maryland School of Law. She wrote this article that appeared on CNN.com today, and I am in complete agreement with her:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/04/ifill.court/index.html

The gist of the article is that for the last 20 years, all appointed Supreme Court judges have come from appellate courts, and Professor Ifill would like to see lawyers from other areas of practice be considered as well. Of course she is right. When you limit the kind and type of experience you bring to a court in this way, you limit the depth of the Court’s view. There are gifted legal scholars that have chosen not to serve on the nation’s appellate courts, and they could serve the Court just as well or possibly better. You cannot know if you cut them out because recent precedent has gone a certain way. The best possible person for the position should always be sought out. It’s the SUPREME COURT, after all, not the “Appellate Court Finishing School.” SUPREME, I say!

As a matter of fact, there are no set qualifications for becoming a United States Supreme Court Justice. You don’t even have to be a lawyer, although all of them have been…to date.

HMM.

If I were President, me, I know who I would nominate: The Right Honorable James Newell Osterberg, Jr. You may be more familiar with his musician’s moniker of IGGY POP. Yes, I would wish to appoint Mr. Osterberg to the highest court of the land, and I will tell you why:

-- Iggy is one smart dude. Don’t let all that shirtless and reckless rock n’ roll excess fool you; underneath that punkish and abused exterior is the heart of an intellectual. Don’t believe me? Hey, the guy, when not working with David Bowie or the Teddybears or The Stooges or the Boss Martians or scads of other musicians, actors, filmmakers, and artists, might be writing an article for a scholarly journal, as he did in 1995 in Classics Ireland.

-- He brings the outsiders’ view to an insular place…way way way outsider, like former drug addict, physically-challenged person (he has one leg markedly-shorter than the other), and once played both a vacuum and a blender onstage. Take that, Clarence Thomas!

-- He’s old enough to know stuff and young enough to shake things up.

I have total faith that Mr. Osterberg would surround himself with the finest and coolest legal clerks available, that he would study and consider each case to the best of his ability, and would be removed from the bench after one term for calling out the other judges or standing on tables.

I will never be President, and Iggy Pop will never sit on the Supreme Court. But maybe it is indeed a good thing to think outside of the box a bit for our next judge, even if one of the progenitors of modern punk/hard rock music could never make it through the confirmation process. I’d even take someone who liked the Stooges.




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Glad you reposted as I've only been on OS for a little over a year now. BIG fan of Iggy (he'd get my vote) ... oh, and the Supreme Court Justices ... spent many years in legal but more years following the likes of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, David Bowie, blah, blah, blah, ginger (her too).

Happy Birthday Iggy!!

May be notes of interest:

If you've never seen "Velvet Goldmine" ~ rent it!
Kris Kristofferson is a Rhodes Scholar? Who says brains, beauty/brawn, and talent can't mix? ;-}

~R~
Oooops ... didn't mean the *?* after Kristofferson as he IS a Rhodes Scholar!
I remember being about 16 in the late sixties and listening to a live radio broadcast from a rock concert in San Francisco. The announcer was some older broadcaster, and I can still remember the amazement in his voice as he said, "Iggy has taken off his shirt, and he is jumping into the crowd! Ladies and gentlemen, Iggy Pop has disappeared into the crowd!" like he was narrating the fall of the Hindenburg or something...
Thanks, eyespye and Frank! Hey Frank... check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuT5kMoYc1w