Friday, April 08, 2016

What Happened to Justice Scalia?

Nobody Seems to Know How Exactly Antonin Scalia Ended Up Dead Underneath a Pillow
J.K. Trotter
On the morning of February 13, the owner of Cibolo Creek Ranch, in the west
Texas town of Shafter, discovered the cold body of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in one of the ranch’s hotel rooms. The owner, John Poindexter, later told the San Antonio Express-News, “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled. He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap.”
In quick, confusing succession, local news outlets declared three different causes of death. First it was unspecified “natural causes.” Then it was a heart attack (or a “myocardial infarction”), which is considered a natural cause of death. Then, finally, it reverted to “natural causes” again—not a heart attack—with one additional detail: According to a local judge chosen to assess the circumstances of Scalia’s death, his heart had simply stopped beating. The confusion apparently arose from a quirk in Texas law that allows judges to officially attribute deaths to natural causes without personally inspecting the deceased person’s body. As a triple-bylined Washington Post report explained last night:
It [took] hours for authorities in remote West Texas to find a justice of the peace, officials said Sunday. When they did, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body — which is permissible under Texas law — and without ordering an autopsy.
One of two other officials who were called but couldn’t get to Scalia’s body in time said that she would have made a different decision on the autopsy. “If it had been me . . . I would want to know,” Juanita Bishop, a justice of the peace in Presidio, Tex., said in an interview Sunday[.]
In her interview with the Post, Guevera insisted that she issued her evaluation of Scalia’s death after consulting with on-scene law enforcement officers, who detected no signs of foul play, and Scalia’s doctor in Virginia, who disclosed that his patient had been dealing with unspecified health issues in recent weeks.
The judge did not elaborate on why she declined to have Scalia’s body undergo an autopsy. That decision is particularly notable given the fact that members of Scalia’s family apparently told employees of the El Paso funeral home where his service was held on Sunday that they did not want the state to perform an autopsy. The same decision seems even more conspicuous in light of unconfirmed reports that Scalia requested the cremation of his remains in his written will. A cremation would, after all, likely destroy any evidence of foul play.
(If the reports about Scalia’s requested cremation are true—and, as of now, there’s nothing beyond a few joking tweets to suggest they are—then his understanding of religious doctrine was slightly more flexible than he let on. You may recall that the justice was a devout Catholic who disputed the validity of the Second Vatican Council, a sweeping set of changes enacted by Church officials in the 1960s. One of those changes consisted of lifting the Church’s centuries-long ban on cremation. Considering the show he made of rejecting Vatican II’s legitimacy, the idea that he would ask to be cremated in his will is, if not unbelievable, at least fairly odd.)
As of Monday morning, it’s still unclear whether authorities will perform an autopsy on Scalia’s body, a state of limbo that has already inspired more than a few conspiracy-minded conservatives to demand more information about Scalia’s demise. According to CBS News, officials are still debating the next steps to take. The justice’s remains are scheduled to be transported on a Monday flight from El Paso to an undisclosed location in Virginia, near the home where Scalia lived with his wife, Maureen, and their nine children.
Did Obama Murder Antonin Scalia? The Conspiracy Theories, Explained
Ashley Feinberg
A dead Supreme Court Justice, a mysterious pillow, missing autopsies, the 10-year anniversary of Dick Cheney shooting a guy in the face, and he was a mere 79 years young. Whether or not these factors have any bearing on what happened to Antonin Scalia is irrelevant, because put together, it’s a conspiracy theorist’s dream come true.
For the hordes of amateur internet sleuths asking the questions no one else dares, the question is less what happened to Scalia than who. Some of their cases are more diligently compiled than others, and none of them totally make sense, but then again—that’s what They want you to think.
So, to support the pursuit of truth, here are some of the best Scalia conspiracies the internet has to offer. Trust no one.
Obama Murdered Scalia
Is there anything Barack Hussein Obama wouldn’t do?
Exhibit A: Obama was told hours before the public knew
According to (what else but), President Obama knew about Scalia’s death hours before the information became publicly available. They point us to a report from DC Whispers, which, according to the internet’s leading Jade Helm conspiracy resource, “routinely publishes controversial reports based on inside sources”:
Word reached the White House hours before formal media announcements were made regarding longtime Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia having been found dead while vacationing at a Texas resort. First the speechwriters were summoned to provide the appropriate tone for Barack Obama’s remarks.
During that same time, Obama and Valerie Jarrett were already initiating a long-standing plan for what they viewed as a prime opportunity to make Mr. Obama relevant once again and an opportunity that the President was said to be thrilled to have before him.
Thrilled, you say, Mr. Hussein Obama? How very curious, indeed.
Exhibit B: The Judge who blocked an autopsy was previously accused of a murder coverup
Now that Justice Scalia’s body has been embalmed (at the “family’s” “request,” so they say), any hope that an autopsy might reveal the truth is null and void. Which is awfully convenient considering the fact that the usual justice of the peace for Presidio, Texas, Juanita Bishop, just so happened to be indisposed that day for a “work-related event.”
The justice that took her place, Judge Cinderella Guevara, had previously not ordered an autopsy on a young girl whose parents allegedly would have preferred otherwise, according to this blog post from a Daily Kos user named “Singing Lizard.”
Exhibit C: The last roadblock to Obama’s global climate change agenda
Conveniently for Obama and his coterie of climate change alarmists, Scalia’s death came just a few days after the Supreme Court blocked Obama’s centerpiece climate legislation. But now, with that pesky judge out of the way, there’s a good chance the plan will move over to the D.C. Circuit Court, where it’s very likely to finally get approved.
Exhibit D: Huge if true

Sure—unless it’s a false flag attack from the Republican base to rally their voters.
Scalia Dead: Eyes Wide Shut With Queen Of The Damned
By Paul McGuire
March 1, 2016
While staying at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Presidio County, Texas, Justice Scalia died in his room. One might think he actually died of natural causes except the official narrative keeps changing like something from Alice in Wonderland. First a pillow is found completely over his head; then the pillow is found just on the top portion of his head. When the reports of Scalia’s death first came out there was no mention of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine being found on the nightstand next to him, although, as one who suffered from sleep apnea, he normally needed one. Then, mysteriously, the Washington Post reported that Justice Scalia was found lying in bed with his arms to his side and “his bed covers smooth.” Clearly the Washington Post is trying to tell us something. Who sleeps without ever moving a muscle so that bed covers are smooth? Certainly not a man who had sleep apnea.
A man with sleep apnea tosses and turns like crazy during the night, snoring very loudly, except for the countless times he becomes silent and it appears he is almost dying and then all of a sudden there is a loud gasping for air! A man with sleep apnea doesn’t wake up with his covers smooth. John Poindexter (owner of Cibolo Creek) said Scalia retired around nine p.m. saying he wanted a long night’s sleep. This would have indicated that he was probably very tired because, having sleep apnea, he did not sleep well, so he would have almost certainly plugged in and physically put on the (CPAP) machine breathing mask. At the very least, he would have taken sleep medication because he would have wanted to make sure he slept. Either of these two choices alone would have demanded an autopsy. But let’s suspend logic for a moment, since apparently the authorities charged with carrying out their duties threw logic out the window before they knew any facts to begin with.
The authorities in were Sheriff Danny Dominguez and the Justice of the Peace, Cinderela Guevara. She did not come out to view the body and refused to order an autopsy, and declared that Scalia had died from “heart failure,” then changed it to “natural causes.” This is contrary to Texas law when someone dies alone, no doctor is present before or after death, and the cause of death is unknown (despite all of Cinderela’s magical pronouncements).
As it turns out Justice Scalia belonged to a secret society…the International Order of St. Hubertus, whose American branch was started in 1966 by members of the Bohemian Club associated with the Bohemian Grove. This where things begin to sound conspiratorial, because in an identical manner the Illuminati founded Skull and Bones at Yale University in 1832 as Chapter 322 of a pre-existing German secret order. Apparently, members of the International Order of St. Hubertus, who wear long green robes and use terms and symbols (like the Maltese Cross) also used by the Masons, the Rosicrucian’s, and the Knights Templar), were having a meeting at the Cibolo Ranch. When you see the artwork and the decorative masks hanging prominently on the walls of the resort it looks like something from Stanley Kubrick’s movie Eyes Wide Shut. The artwork is dark and demonic with skeletons and a disfigured woman with her eyeball ripped out of its socket. Just the normal kind of artwork which you would have at a normal spa designed to relax you.
It’s almost as if the artist who decorated the Cibolo Creek Ranch is the same one who painted the sinister paintings of World War III and the apocalypse on the walls of the Denver International Airport. According to a Washington Post article entitled “Justice Scalia Spent His Last Hours With Members of this Secretive Society of Elite Hunters” dated February 24, 2016, “the Society of St. Hubertus, an elite international men’s only hunting club has its roots going back to 1695 in the Czech Republic.”
But let’s go back to the connection of the Society of St. Hubertus with the Bohemian Grove, where numerous U.S. presidents, senators, congressmen, heads of multi-national corporations, and world leaders attend. When the elite gather at the Bohemian Grove they participate in a “mock” sacrifice ceremony called the “Cremation of Care,” in front of a giant owl statue which symbolizes the ancient god of the Canaanites: Moloch. In the Old Testament we read how the Canaanites would offer up their infant children to Moloch and burn them alive as a sacrifice to this demon god. When the ancient Israelites would rebel from the Biblical god they would also participate in the worship of Moloch. But the question has to be asked: why do so many members of the elite, including U.S. presidents, participate in a “mock” worship ceremony to the pagan god Moloch where they burn effigies of human infants? On whatever level you look at this, it is extremely dark, sick, and satanic.
We may never know exactly how Justice Scalia died, but his involvement in a secret society connected to the Bohemian Grove raises far more important questions. In our book The Babylon Code, I and my co-author Troy Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, look at the important role secret societies have played in world events and in the founding of America up until present times. In Stanley Kubrick’s movie Eyes Wide Shut the famous satanic cult-orgy scene where the participants were wearing masks to hide their true identities was filmed in one of the Rothschild castles.
While we focus in on how Scalia died and consider the probability that he was assassinated, the bigger question is who were the other 35 members of this secret cult who were at the Cibolo Creek Ranch? We may never know the answers to these questions because their identities have not been made public.
One final note. If you think those masks that were left up on the wall of the Cibolo Creek Ranch were left there by accident and that the empty beds eerily lined up in the hall on the way to Scalia’s room were there because they were cleaning, you better think again. Whatever happened at the Cibolo Creek Ranch was done in plain sight, as Kubrick suggested with his play on words in the title of his movie, Eyes Wide Shut, or we could say, “Eyes Wide Open!” For the average American who lives in a surreal trance state, it does not matter if their eyes are wide open because even when they appear to be open, they are actually “wide shut.” One of the most powerful men in the world, Justice Scalia, died under very questionable circumstances. With so many critical decisions before the Supreme Court, Scalia’s mysterious death, can appear very convenient.
But, ultimately for the mass majority of Americans it does not matter because most of them will have already forgotten. Scalia’s death is just another image among countless images of death and chaos which remain buried in the collective consciousness of America’s kaleidoscopic soul. May God have mercy on us all, or we to will walk with “eyes wide shut” into Hades hand in hand with the Queen of the Damned.
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Paul McGuire is the author of 22 books, such as the best-selling, The Day the Dollar Died and Are You Ready for the Microchip? Paul is the host of the syndicated television show, The Paul McGuire Report. Paul McGuire hosted the nationally syndicated talk radio show, "The Paul McGuire Show" for 10 years. Paul McGuire is a television commentator and has been a frequent guest on the Fox News Network and CNN.
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At fifteen years old, Paul was demonstrating with radical activist Abbie Hoffman and made an honorary member of the Black Panther Party. However, while studying Altered States of Consciousness at the University of Missouri, Paul had a miraculous experience hitchhiking in a remote area similar to the movie Field of Dreams. Paul re-thought his socialist and humanist world view and rejected it as completely false. Paul has devoted his life to communicating truth to people.
Supreme Court Justice Scalia — Murdered By A Hooker
By National ENQUIRER Staff
Posted on Mar 4, 2016
In a bombshell world exclusive, The National ENQUIRER has learned that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was a highly planned “political assassination” orchestrated by the CIA and carried out by a $2,000-a-night hooker! A top Washington, D.C. source said the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist at a remote Texas ranch just 15 miles from Mexico was part of a “shocking conspiracy that tracks back to the CIA and the White House!"
Why Some People Believe Scalia Was Murdered
By R. Kelly Garrett  
On February/22/2016
This article first appeared on The Conversation.
The Conversation following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on February 13, a former criminal investigator for Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department named William O. Ritchie, took to Facebook.
“My gut tells me there is something fishy going on in Texas,” he wrote.
With those words, Ritchie helped draw national attention to an emerging conspiracy theory: that Scalia may have been murdered.
According to The Washington Post, Ritchie continued that he was “stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia,” before pointing out the many flaws he saw in published accounts on the subject.
Ritchie wasn’t the first to float this conspiracy. Conservative radio talk show host Alex Jones suggested as much in a video he posted to Facebook on the day of Scalia’s death (“The question is: Was Antonin Scalia murdered?”).
The next morning, the Drudge Report pointed out that the judge was found with a pillow over his head, presumably providing additional evidence of foul play. Conservative political commentator Michael Savage also weighed in, wondering, “Is it a conspiracy theory to ask questions that are so obviously in need of answer, or is it just common sense?”
But as someone who has studied how and why misperceptions emerge and spread, Ritchie’s words struck me as noteworthy. Unlike Savage or Jones, Ritchie’s livelihood isn’t dependent on appealing to a conservative audience or making shocking allegations.
To the contrary, this is a man who made his living investigating crimes through the accumulation of evidence and the judicious use of reason. It is at least plausible that his primary motivation is to ensure that the truth is known.
The Scalia conspiracy theory is likely to strike many—especially liberal Democrats—as hard to fathom. Why should anyone be surprised at the death of a 79-year-old man when the  average life expectancy of a man in the U.S. is 77?
Why is the decision by Scalia’s family not to have an autopsy performed met with skepticism?
And why second-guess the U.S. Marshals Service, an agency  charged with protecting justices of the Supreme Court, when it concluded that there was no foul play?
Is It Really So Strange?
It may be tempting to assume that reasonable people are immune to conspiracy theories, but doing so would be a mistake. Research into misperception, rumor and conspiracy theory suggests that even reasonable individuals can reach conclusions that don’t align with the best available evidence.
Researchers have identified numerous strategies that individuals use to assess what is true. Under the right circumstances, each can lead to misperceptions. For example, if a claim is consistent with other things you know, you will likely find it easier to understand, which in turn makes it seem more truthful—a phenomenon that has been called the illusory truth effect. Claims that contradict a prior belief, in contrast, tend to elicit counterargument.
The coherence and explanatory power of a causal story also influence whether it is believed. Individuals will often stick with a plausible explanation even if the available evidence doesn’t support it. In a  classic study, researchers found that individuals would continue to attribute a warehouse fire to paint held in a storage room even after they were told—and could recall—that the storage room was empty at the time of the fire.
For those who see government-supported conspiracies as an everyday reality, the suggestion that Justice Scalia’s death is part of a coordinated plot to gain political advantage may well seem sensible, even if solid evidence is lacking. Without knowing anything about Ritchie’s political views, we can’t say whether this was a factor here, but it is likely to play a role in some individuals' assessments.
One final consideration that individuals use when assessing whether a claim is true is the belief of others. The more often we hear a claim,  the easier it is to believe—especially claims that come from people we know and trust.
For example, one of the most important predictors of what Americans think about the risks posed by climate change is what members of Congress say and do about this issue. The more Democrats voice support for the issue, and the more Republicans are critical of it,  the more polarized Americans have become.
In light of this, we should expect Donald Trump’s  recent speculations about the Scalia conspiracy theory to contribute to growing public concern about this possibility.
The Challenge of Setting the Record Straight
Notably, research suggests that misperceptions—including belief in unsupported conspiracy theories—are  not primarily due to a lack of information. Nor can such beliefs be attributed to so-called media echo chambers.
My colleagues and I have found that most Americans consume news  from a diverse range of outlets. (And if you’re skeptical of analyses based on Americans’ self-reported news exposure, note that behavioral studies yield similar results, both  online and  off.)
So is there anything we can do to defuse the Scalia conspiracy theory or others like it? Many studies, including  this one by a colleague and me, find that attempts to correct misperceptions often fail. Sometimes they  fail spectacularly. Indeed, some scholars conclude that humans are hopelessly irrational, that emotional biases  will always win out.
Yet, even if we are inherently emotional beings, there may still be hope for humans’ ability to reach reasoned conclusions. Studies suggest that fact-checking—whether by the  media or by  members of one’s own social network—can help promote more accurate beliefs. Fact-checking can also  motivate political leaders to be more careful about the claims they make.
Some of the best strategies—as journalist Craig Silverman points out in his article “Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content”—include focusing debunking efforts on the idea, not the person, and being mindful of the biases described here. (Other good reviews of correction strategies are  here and  here.)
There may also be things that individuals can do to reduce the biases to which all humans are prone. We can, in psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s  words, “think slowly,” striving to reduce our reliance on intuition and gut feelings, instead focusing on more thorough examination of the evidence. Indeed, there is evidence that when individuals are made aware of their biases,  they are often able to compensate.
But this will not always be enough, since there is ample evidence that  reasoning skills and  careful thought can actually increase bias.
Taken as a whole, research suggests that even thoughtful individuals with good intentions—including Ritchie—are prone to embrace claims for which there is little evidence, and to defend those claims in the face of contradictory evidence. This is particularly likely when stakes are high, when outcomes are hard to explain or accept, or when a claim is consistent with one’s political values.
The evidence suggests that Ritchie’s speculations are wrong, but there is nothing surprising about his suspicions.
R. Kelly Garrett is associate professor of communication, The Ohio State University.