Similarly, there is simply nothing constitutionally suspect about the under-recognized “judicial shout-out.” Judges are not unlike rappers and bloggers: They like to pay their respects. Rapper 50 Cent in Ghetto Quran Lyrics offers:
Shout out to Clanvis and Clutch, Bob Dre, Black Will
If the flow don’t kill you the Mac will
Which is pretty much the same thing Justice Breyer does in the 2000 case Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government:
The approach taken by these cases is consistent with that of other constitutional courts facing similarly complex constitutional problems [after which he cites European and Canadian Courts]. – from “Foreign Exchange” by Tim Wu, in Slate
yes, he really said that. no, I did not make that up.