DURST: Swashbuckling Justice

Am I the only who thinks it odd that nobody said anything to Chief Justice Rehnquist when he showed up with the four gold stripes on the arms of his robes?The story goes, he attended a local performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe" and saw a magistrate in the play with the fancy detailing and copied it. What would have happened if he had come across Carmen Miranda in "Down Argentine Way" on AMC and shown up with a head full of fruit? Would people still have held their tongues?How bout if he had seen "Zorro" on an inflight movie? Can't you imagine him wearing one of those thin eye masks, ripping a giant "R" in the suits of the House managers with a brisk flick of his foil after the putting forth of another specious argument? Think of him naked from the waist up with a headband after a sneaking out to a particularly sweaty performance of "Lord of the Dance?" What if he had been influenced by a performance of "Cats?" Or Kiss? Or that scene in "Something About Mary" involving hair products?Maybe we're all lucky he keeps his spectating on a semi classical basis.Will Durst got in trouble when he attended the Trial of the Century last Saturday and laughed at a question asked about the destabilization of the government if Bill was acquitted. The Chief Justice glared at him without amusement.

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