Since Scalia’s body was cremated 24 hours after death, what was in the coffin?
It is more than three years since the suspicious death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
We are told that on February 13, 2016, Scalia suddenly died in his sleep in his room in Cibolo Creek Ranch, a 1,700-acre ranch and luxury hotel in west Texas, only 15 miles from the US-Mexico border. To this day, Scalia’s death is shrouded in mystery. The things “that don’t fit together” include the following:
Author Jerome Corsi said Scalia was a pedophile and was murdered by a 13-year-old boy.
Adding to the mystery surrounding Scalia’s death is an emailby John Podesta, the longtime Democrat operative who was the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Dated just three days before Scalia’s death, the email made mention of “wet work” — a slang term of spooks which means assassination of a public figure.
True Pundit personnel, who have served in varying intelligence capacities and agencies for the United States, were floored this morning when combing the Wikileaks database of John Podesta emails.
Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, in a Feb. 9, 2016 email makes reference to an assassination. Using the term “wet work,” Podesta sent a cryptic email to Democratic strategist and heavyweight consultant Steve Elmendorf. The term wet work is an intelligence slang term with Russian roots. Defined it means to assassinate a public figure, diplomat or someone of political note.
Elmendorf replied to Podesta’s mysterious reference: “I am all in Sounds like it will be a bad nite, we all need to buckle up and double down”
We do not want to go down the conspiracy rabbit hole here based on one or two comments. However, Podesta’s email was sent on a Tuesday. By Friday, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia was found dead at a remote Texas resort. To say Scalia’s death was suspicious is putting it mildly.
No medical examiner on site to decipher cause of death
No U.S. Marshal protection detail accompanying Scalia
No functioning CCTV cameras on day of death
Scalia found clothed on bed with pillow over face
Scalia’s body mysteriously cremated before it could be examined
Resort owner large Obama contributor
And the list goes on and on
We are not alleging Podesta or Elmendorf played a role in Scalia’s death. That is a large leap and making such a leap is how news sites get a reputation for spreading conspiracy theories. But neither are doing themselves any favors by discussing the topic via email either. And the timing cannot be ignored, even by partisan detectives. Simply put: The optics look very bad.
When public officials and Beltway insiders, especially those working for Hillary Clinton, start and correspond to an assassination-themed email thread, they open themselves up wide for criticisms. Likewise this is the definition of poor judgment by both parties, discussing anything related, jokingly or not, to assassination. Podesta, after all, is running a campaign for the presidency of the United States and therefore his communications are held to a higher standard. And in a functioning Republic where law and order prevail, the FBI would want some answers too to the questions were are posing here. Any competent investigator would, based on the troubling timing alone. But, not Director James Comey’s FBI. Not this FBI.
Here’s the link to the Podesta email on Wikileaks. Below is a screenshot I took of the email:
On February 13, 2016, news came that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, had died in his sleep “of natural causes” at a luxury hunting resort, the Cibolo Creek Ranch in remote West Texas, where rooms are priced at $535 to $565 per night for two people.
Scalia was part of a private group of 36 people in a long Valentine’s-Presidents’ Day weekend blue quail-hunting vacation, courtesy (which means it was a freebie) of ranch owner John B. Poindexter, 71, a Houston billionaire and Democrat donor.
Scalia had a friend with him, 74-year-old prominent Washington lawyer C. Allen Foster. Poindexter and Foster, as well as an unknown number of Scalia’s “private group,” are high-ranking members of an elite secretive society called the International Order of St. Hubertus, supposedly dedicated to hunting and wildlife conservation. The U.S. chapter of the Order was inaugurated in the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. The Bohemian Club’s other location is the Bohemian Grove, where every summer male elites would cavort and worship a 30-ft. tall owl demon. (See “When Justice Scalia died from unknown causes, he was with high-ranking members of a secretive elite society“)
Independent investigative journalist Wayne Madsen has been reporting from west Texas. In his for-subscribers-only report of Feb. 15, 2016, “Scalia’s hunting ranch was meeting place for secret society,” Madsen describes Mexican “diablo” or devilish artifacts that are part of the decor of Cibolo Creek Ranch, which should be disturbing for a devout Catholic such as Antonin Scalia.
We begin with disquieting furniture, objects, and paintings, including a baby’s crib and made-up single beds inexplicably placed in the outside passage waysof the ranch, which is a 5-star resort (all photos are by Wayne Madsen):
(1) A baby’s crib
(2) Made-up single beds lined up in an outside passageway:
(3) A fire pit outside Scalia’s room, the “El Presidente” suite:
There was evidence that on the evening that Scalia died, there was a party outside his suite. There was ash still in the pit, some broken glass, and cigar ashes in the ashtray. Scalia was an avid cigar aficionado.
(4) A box of matches next to the ashtray, with a cover depicting the ancient Mayan practice of human sacrifice:
(5) Reproduction of a Roman pagan painting outside the dining room where Scalia had his last meal:
Madsen notes that the painting “evoked memories of the pre-St. Valentine’s Day Roman pagan holiday of Lupercalia, celebrated around February 14th and known for drinking and orgies.” In Roman mythology, Lupercus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan.
Then there are the explicitly-satanic artifacts:
A statue of a devil in a corridor leading to Scalia’s room. Beneath the devil are a dead (?) woman, a human skeleton, and little children:
A row of devil masks on a wall of Cibolo Creek Ranch’s dining room where Scalia had his last meal:
Here are closeups of four of the devil masks overlooking Scalia as he dined:
Scalia was Catholic. If I found myself in a hotel/resort with these devil masks and statue, I would hightail myself out of the hotel in a jiffy.
John Poindexter is the Houston billionaire owner of Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in Presidio County, west Texas, who, on February 13, 2016, found the body of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his resort room.
Scalia’s “El Presidente” suite at Cibolo Creek Ranch (photo by Matthew Busch/Getty Imaages)
“We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. Everything was in perfect order. He was in his pajamas, peacefully, in bed.His bed clothes were unwrinkled. He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap.”
The next day, February 15, at 4:05 a.m., I took this screenshot of the mySA article as proof of the Poindexter quote, in case mySA scrubs the article:
Understandably, Poindexter’s comment about “a pillow over his [Scalia’s] head” led to speculations of foul play.
On Feb. 15, Poindexter’s comment was picked up by Drudge Report, with the headline “pillow over head”:
Drudge Report screen shot – 9:00 AM EST 02-15-2016
On February 17, Poindexter “clarified” his comment to the New York Daily News that “There was a pillow over his head, not over his face. The face was entirely clear.”
And now, the latest.
David Warren reports for the AP that according to a Presidio County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained by The Washington Post on Feb. 23, nothing appeared out of place around Scalia’s bed. “Three pillows were stacked to elevate Scalia’s head. A top pillow appeared to have toppled onto his eyes and forehead but didn’t appear positioned to impede his breathing.” Scalia’s “arms were at his side atop the bed covers, which were pulled up to his chin. The bed covers were smooth and creased and showed no sign of a struggle.”
That is one magic pillow!
First, it was over Scalia’s head.
Then, it was above Scalia’s head, whose face was “entirely clear”.
Now, the pillow is neither over nor above Scalia’s head, but partially covering his face (“toppled onto his eyes and forehead”), although the pillow made sure to position itself so as not to “impede his breathing”.
I can hardly wait for the magic pillow’s next feat of gymnastics . . . .
On February 13, 2016, news came that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, had died in his sleep “of natural causes” at the 5-star resort Cibolo Creek Ranch in remote West Texas.
John Poindexter (photo by Matthew Busch/Getty Images)
Scalia was part of a private group of 36 people in a long Valentine’s-Presidents’ Day weekend blue quail hunting vacation, courtesy of ranch owner John B. Poindexter, a Houston billionaire and Democrat donor.
Scalia arrived at the resort around noon on Friday, Feb. 12, and was vital and in good spirits at dinner that evening. When he didn’t appear for breakfast Saturday, resort owner John Poindexter went to his room to check on him and found him dead, “with a pillow over his head.”
After his “pillow” remark fueled speculations of foul play, Poindexter later walked back on his remark, insisting that he had meant the pillow was above Scalia’s head, not over his face.
Scalia’s death came at a decidedly inopportune time for conservatives because he left a Supreme Court now equally divided 4-4 between conservatives and liberals, at a time when the Court is set to rule on many important, but controversial, cases, including abortion, affirmative action, climate change, gun rights, illegal immigration, Obamacare, separation of church and state, and unions.
Below are 13 questions we should ask about Scalia’s death:
1.It is not uncommon for people to sleep with a pillow or pillows above one’s head. As an example, I sleep on a pillow and with 3 pillows behind and above my head. So, even assuming Poindexter’s clarification is true — that he saw a pillow above, not over, Scalia’s head — why would Poindexter make a special note of thatto mySA (My San Antonio)?
2.Why did Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who is not a medical professional, pronounce Scalia had died of natural causes without a physician or medical examiner examining the body?How on earth did Guevara know? (Guevara said “law enforcement” officers at the scene, who are also not medical professionals, told her there was no foul play.)
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara
3.Why was there no autopsy of the body of a Supreme Court justice who died hundreds of miles away from home? Detectives say it is standard operating procedure to treat such deaths as homicides, until proven otherwise.
4. When exactly did Scalia die? On the night of February 12 or in the early morning of February 13? (We’ll never know the answer to that question because there was no autopsy.)
5. Why was Scalia’s body so quickly embalmed, less than 24 hours after it had been found?
6.Was Scalia’s freebie private charter plane to and stay at Poindexter’s ranch a case of payback and conflict of interest? Scalia had found in favor of Poindexter in an age discrimination case (Hinga, James V. Mic Group) against Poindexter’s company before the Supreme Court last year. Although Poindexter was adamant that he did not pay for Scalia’s air travel to the Cibolo Creek airport on a private executive jet, Madsen says other reports indicated that Scalia’s air travel was provided gratis by Poindexter. Madsen points out that:
Unlike elected politicians who are bought-and-paid-for by special interests, judges, especially life-serving Supreme Court justices, not only interpret existing law but often make decisions that become rooted in case law. And those decisions can affect every man, woman, and child in the United States.
At the very least, Scalia’s apparent conflict-of-interest in accepting a free trip from a Supreme Court litigant demands a federal law enforcement investigation. Perhaps it was Scalia’s possible violation of ethics and the law that created the kerfuffle surrounding the lid being placed on details concerning his sudden death.
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7.Who was Scalia’s “friend” who accompanied him from Washington?
8. Who were the other 34 fully comped guests in Scalia’s group? Why are their identities a closely-guarded secret?
9. Why is every major “player” in Scalia’s death a Democrat? — ranch owner John Poindexter; county judge Cinderela Guevara; and Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez, who is described by his challenger in the upcoming Democratic primary election, former deputy sheriff Caesar Melendez, as incompetent and owned-and-operated by special interests in the county.
Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez
10. Why did Dominguez, et al., violate Texas law and county procedures in Scalia’s death?Melendez said Sheriff Dominguez had violated all standard Presidio County procedures in the death of Scalia: Scalia’s room was not quarantined as a potential crime scene nor was an in-person inquest conducted. Melendez said even dead Mexican migrants found in the desert received better treatment than Scalia. One such death last year not only involved an autopsy but the area where the migrant’s body was found was secured as a potential crime scene. Melendez said that sudden or unattended deaths like that of Scalia are always treated as homicides until deemed otherwise from collected evidence, including, at a minimum, an eyes-on inquest. Although Scalia’s family requested that no autopsy be performed, Texas law requires a legitimate medical inquest, which was not conducted in Scalia’s case.
11. Why was Scalia’s body taken to a funeral home 3½-hours’ drive away in El Paso, when there are two funeral homes much closer to the ranch? They are:
A funeral home in Marfa which can embalm bodies, only a half-hour drive from Cibolo Creek Ranch, according to former deputy sheriff Melendez.
Alpine Funeral Home in Alpine, Texas, a one-hour drive from the ranch.
As Wayne Madsen writes:
Scalia’s body was inexplicably transported to El Paso in an Alpine Funeral Home hearse. El Paso is a three-and-a-half hour drive from the Cibolo Creek resort. Scalia was embalmed at El Paso’s Sunset Funeral Home and flown out of El Paso International Airport on a private plane to Washington, DC. The funeral director who embalmed Scalia said it is standard procedure to flush bodily fluids, including blood and urine, into the municipal sewage system. Sheriff candidate Melendez said that is not the normal procedure in Presidio County where Scalia died because with a high water table there is always the potential for contamination from sewage system leeching potentially dangerous fluids into the fresh water supply. Arid desert counties like Presidio take clean water seriously. Someone obviously wanted Scalia moved out of Presidio County to El Paso where there would be no trace of blood or other bodily fluids that could have later yielded clues as to what drugs were in his system when he died.
12. If Scalia had been in poor health, why did his physician permit him to travel to a remote ranch where guests are required to sign a liability waiver because of the lack of nearby medical facilities?County Judge Guevara, who declared Scalia dead of natural causes over the telephone, without having viewed the body, said she had spoken to Scalia’s physician in Washington, Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, who claimed Scalia was in poor health. As Madsen writes:
That was a surprise to those who were with Scalia before and during his trip to the West Texas ranch. They claimed Scalia appeared healthy at the ranch and before he left. Scalia was also fit enough to travel to Hong Kong and Singapore on a business trip two weeks before his stay at the Cibolo Creek Ranch.
Regular guests at Cibolo Creek Ranch are required to sign a medical waiver whereby they agree not to hold the ranch owner liable if they become sick or are injured. The reason cited is the lack of nearby medical facilities. Monahan’s agreeing to allow Scalia to travel to such a locale appears odd if, in fact, Scalia was as ill as was later claimed by Monahan.
13. Given all the above, why did Scalia’s family insist there be no autopsy on his body and demonize legitimate questions as “conspiracy theories”?Are they not interested in the truth of how and why their beloved husband, father, and grandfather died?
In his book Return of the Heroes, Australian writer Hal G. P. Colebatch observed that “the artsnot only mirror social and cultural values, but are powerful forces to shape lives and behaviour.”
Colebatch, of course, is not the first person to make that observation. Indeed, it was an Italian Marxist named Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) who, disagreeing with Karl Marx’s dictum that culture is merely a reflection of economic fundamentals, identified the critical importance of culture. Gramsci maintained that to attain political power, one must first transform a society’s culture and attain cultural hegemony. That is why Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union had a government organ called the Ministry of Culture. This is why many governments today, including those of China and North Korea, retain such a ministry.
The Left have been transforming American culture for many decades now, by polluting and degrading pop culture and entertainment, via pop music, movies, and TV. Among the latter are cartoons, now called “adult animation,” the most puerile of which is Fox Broadcasting Company’s Family Guy — an animation sitcom created by the vile Seth MacFarlane, about the Griffins, a family consisting of a mom, an obese dad named Peter, 3 children, and their pet dog Brian who talks and spews obscenities. (See “Fox’s Family Guy portrays Jesus as sex-crazed adulterer“)
It is said that one method to transform U.S. culture is predictive programming. Here’s a definition:
Predictive programming is a subtle form of psychological conditioning provided by the media to acquaint the public with planned societal changes to be implemented by TPTB.
If and when these changes are put through, the public will already be familiarized with them and will accept them as ‘natural progressions’, as Alan Watt (*) calls it; thus lessening any possible public resistance and commotion.
Predictive programming therefore may be considered as a veiled form of preemptive mass manipulation or mind control, courtesy of our puppet masters.
If you go to this link, you’ll find some examples of predictive programming in movies.
TV programs such as The Simpsons, another “adult animation,” and Family Guy also engage in predictive programming, the latest example of which is Family Guy‘s foreshadowing of the recent death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia:
Family Guy also foreshadowed the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013; actor Robin Williams’ alleged suicide in 2014; the bodies plunging from the Twin Towers on 9/11; the London bombing on July 7, 2005; and Bruce Jenner going “transgender”.
Are these all mere “coincidences” or predictive programming? You decide.
Despite the suspicious circumstances of Antonin Scalia’s death — Cibola Creek Ranch resort owner John Poindexter said he had found Scalia dead on the bed “with a pillow over his head” — there will be no autopsy, nor will there ever be one.
That’s because, less than 24 hours after his body was discovered, Scalia’s body is already embalmed.
Jason Whiteley reports for ABC affiliate in , WFAA, that Saturday night, Scalia’s remains were discreetly driven by van overnight from the resort to the Sunset Funeral Home in El Paso. The van was escorted by a procession of Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and U.S. Marshals Service vehicles.
After arriving at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Sunset Funeral Home embalmed Scalia’s remains, according to Chris Lujuan, a funeral home manager. Embalming is required by Texas law before a body can be transported out of state.
Lujuan said Scalia’s remains would likely begin the journey back to northern Virginia sometime today, Feb. 15, though it’s uncertain exactly how the body would be transported.
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara
Meanwhile, Cinderela Guevara, the county judge in Alpine, Texas, who at 1:52 p.m. on Saturday had declared Scalia to have died from “natural causes” without even seeing his body or obtaining the professional judgment of a physician or medical examiner, told WFAA that Scalia’s heart had stopped beating during his sleep.
Duh! If someone dies, that automatically means his heart had stopped beating!
Guevara will be the local official who signs his death certificate.
Guevara earlier had told WFAA that the likely cause of death was myocardial infarction or a heart attack. She changed it to “natural causes” after she:
Asked the sheriff and U.S. Marshal if there were any signs of foul play, and was told “Absolutely not.”
Conferred with Scalia’s personal physician, who had not accompanied Scalia to Texas and therefore had not seen his body. Guevara spoke to the doctor at at 8 p.m. Saturday night. She said that the physician said Scalia had had a medical visit on Wednesday and Thursday for a shoulder injury, just before he left for Texas. The doctor had done an MRI, and said Scalia suffered from several chronic ailments. As a result, Guevara said “I felt comfortable what I knew was going on with him [Scalia] physically.”
Guevara said she will fill out the official death certificate to be permanently filed in Presidio County after Sunset Funeral Home collects Scalia’s vital information.
Here’s a timeline I’ve compiled of what happened:
• Friday, February 12, 2016: Scalia arrived at Cibola Creek Ranch in West Texas. Was “animated and engaged” during dinner.
• At around 9 p.m., Feb. 12: Scalia went to bed in his “El Presidente” suite.
• By 10 p.m., Feb. 12: “Everyone” in Scalia’s private group of 40 was in bed.
• Sometime during the night of Feb. 12 or morning of Feb. 13: Scalia died.
• Saturday, Feb. 13, at around 8:30 a.m.: Poindexter went to Scalia’s room to wake him up. Found door locked; no answer.
• At around 11 a.m., Feb. 13: Poindexter discovered Scalia “in bed, a pillow over his head. Everything was in perfect order. He was in his pajamas, peacefully, in bed.His bed clothes were unwrinkled.” (Source: mySA)
• After lunch on Feb. 13: Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez reached Judge Guevara in Alpine on her mobile phone.
• At 1:52 p.m., Feb. 13: Guevara pronounced Scalia dead. She had planned to drive to the ranch — about 30 minutes south of Marfa — but returned when a U.S. Marshal told her by phone: “It’s not necessary for you to come, judge,” because she was not asking for an autopsy, having determined Scalia had died of “natural causes”.
• At 8 p.m., Feb. 13: Scalia’s personal physician called and spoke with Guevara.
• Night of Feb. 13: Scalia’s body was transported by van from Cibola Creek Ranch to El Paso, Texas.
• At 3:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 14: Scalia’s body arrived at Sunset Funeral Home in El Paso, where it was promptly embalmed, less than 24 hours after Poindexter had found the body in the suite.
Yesterday, America suffered a grievous loss when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — 79, pro-life, Christian, Constitution originalist, conservative in every sense of the word, and a towering intellect — was found dead. (See “Rest in peace, Justice Antonin Scalia“)
Scalia was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in West Texas, reportedly as part of a private group of about 40 people. He arrived at the resort on Friday. When he didn’t appear for breakfast Saturday, someone went to his room to check on him and found him dead.
We are told Scalia had died in his sleep on the night of February 12 or in the early morning of February 13, 2016, of natural causes — a heart attack. (New York Post)
The “someone” who found him dead has been identified.
He is John Poindexter, 71, Houston businessman and the owner of the 30,000-acre Cibolo Creek Ranch. But get this: Poindexter said he found Scalia dead, on the bed, WITH A PILLOW OVER HIS HEAD.
John Poindexter (photo by Matthew Busch/Getty Images)
Poindexter described Scalia as “animated and engaged” during dinner on Friday night: “He was seated near me and I had a chance to observe him. He was very entertaining. But about 9 p.m. he said, ‘it’s been a long day and a long week, I want to get some sleep’.” Everyone was in bed by 10 p.m.
Around 8:30 the next morning (Saturday), Poindexter went to Scalia’s room to wake him up. The room’s door was locked and Scalia did not answer. So Poindexter went for an outing with a friend of Scalia who had accompanied the Supreme Court justice from Washington.
Scalia’s “El Presidente” suite at Cibolo Creek Ranch (photo by Matthew Busch/Getty Imaages)
Three hours later, Poindexter returned and, in his words, as quoted by mySA (My San Antonio) reporter John MacCormack, “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head.Everything was in perfect order. He was in his pajamas, peacefully, in bed.His bed clothes were unwrinkled. He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap.”
Hello? Who sleeps with a pillow over one’s head???
Scalia did not have a pulse and his body was already cold. After consulting with a doctor at a hospital in Alpine, Poindexter concluded resuscitation would have been futile, He then contacted federal authorities, at first encountering a series of answering services because he was calling on a weekend: “Ultimately they became available and handled it t superbly. They flew in by helicopter. They told me to secure the ranch, which I did until this morning.”
Scalia’s body was moved to the Sunset Funeral Home in El Paso, about 3 hours away, arriving at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Spokesman Chris Lujan said the funeral home was chosen by Scalia’s family and at the advice of a family friend. The El Paso County medical examiner’s office said they hadn’t received any information regarding the possibility of performing an autopsy.
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara
It took hours for authorities in remote West Texas to find a justice of the peace — Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who “pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body — which is permissible under Texas law — and without ordering an autopsy.”
Guevara said she had spoken to law enforcement officials at the scene, who assured her “there were no signs of foul play,” as well as Scalia’s physician in Washington, who said that Scalia had suffered from a host of chronic conditions. Guevara is awaiting a statement from Scalia’s doctor that will be added to his death certificate when it is issued later this week. Guevara also said reports that Scalia had died of a heart attack are not true, insisting that “He died of natural causes.”
A manager at the Sunset Funeral Home where Scalia’s body was taken said that his family made it clear they did not want an autopsy.
Scalia had been set to rule on a number of very controversial and divisive cases before the Supreme Court, now evenly split 4-4 between conservatives and liberals:
Abortion: Next month, SCOTUS will hear the most significant abortion case since 1992, centering on Texas, on whether states can legally impose restrictions on abortion that do not put an “undue burden” on access to the procedure.
Obamacare: SCOTUS is expected to rule on Zubik v. Burwell, on whether Obamacare’s requirement that employers must provide female employees with no-cost access to birth control, including abortifacients, violates religious nonprofits’ religious freedom. The plaintiffs include the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Unions: Scalia was the swing vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case challenging the legality of “fair share” fees that unions charge nonmembers to cover costs associated with collective bargaining.
Affirmative Action: In Fisher v. University of Texas, on the use of affirmative action and race in college admissions, Scalia had argued that affirmative action shortchanges minorities by putting them into an environment where they cannot perform as well as other students.
Separation of church and state: In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley, on whether religious schools can continue to be denied publicly-funded grants, Scalia had argued that, if a democratic majority wants to, banning state lawmakers from funding religious schools would impede the free exercise of religion.
Climate change: One of Scalia’s last official acts as a justice was to deliver a large dent in Obama’s climate legacy, providing one of five votes to stay the Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon emissions from power plants.
Immigration: In April, SCOTUS will argue a challenge to Obama’s use of executive orders to allow up to 5 million more illegals to apply for quasi-legal status and work permits.
Gun rights: The National Rifle Association maintains that Scalia’s death puts gun rights in jeopardy because, given the ages of SCOTUS judges, the next president will have a chance at choosing four judges. The NRA plans to spend over $20 million on the upcoming election to push gun rights. “In my view, all the chips are on the table in this election because the impact is who gets the Supreme Court,” said the NRA’s chief, Allan D. Cors in an interview with Secrets this month.
Here’s a screenshot I just took of the “pillow over his head” quote in John MacCormack’s report for mySA. I inserted the red-colored bracket around the quote, and the red arrows. Note the date and time when I took the screenshot: 4:05 AM, 2/15/2016).