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|Tuesday, November 14th, 2006|
|Wednesday, September 6th, 2006|
|Friday, September 1st, 2006|
|Thursday, August 10th, 2006|
|Thursday, August 3rd, 2006|
"And if the Jury of Women shall find that the Prisoner is quick with Child of a quick Child then Execution of her shall be stayed until she shall not be quick with Child of a quick Child and shall be hanged presently for it will not availe her to be young with Child. And yet whether she be with Child or not, Judgment shall not be delayed, but shall be presently given against her, that she shall be hanged, only the Execution of the judgment shall be stayed untill the next Assizes.
"If after she is reprieved and delivered of her Child, and before the next Gaol deliver, she shall be with Child again, though she be quick with Child, Execution shall not be stayed, but shall be put to Execution presently; but the truth of the matter being enquired of, and found ; the Sheriff or Gaoler which had the custody of her shall be fined for keeping her so slackly that she had the company of a man."
- The Office of the Clerk of the Assize Containing the Form and Method of the Proceedings at the Assize, and General Gaol-Delivery as Also on the Crown and
Nisi Prius Side
(Second Edition, 1682)
There’s been a rather lively scholarly debate on the status of fetal personhood in the English Common Law going back at least as far as Cyril Means’ "The Law of New York Concerning Abortion and the Status of the Foetus, 1664-1968", with brilliant and learned partisans of various stripes spilling gallons of ink in attempt to prove that the Common Law had a consistent and discernable position on the issue.
In so far as I can determine, the preceding citation has never come up. It seems to stand for the propositions that:
1) Personhood vests in the fetus at quickening;
2) Quick fetuses are acceptable collateral damage in the Crown’s war on murderers, housebreakers, poisoners, arsonists, horse-thieves, coin-shavers and witches.
3) Sexually predatory jailors should be dealt with through the judicious deployment of fines and euphemism. Current Mood: Green
|Thursday, June 8th, 2006|
I am strangely charmed by the adventures of baby Sobek
. Current Mood: Green
|Friday, April 7th, 2006|
|Saturday, March 11th, 2006|
| This campaign site
, by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, seems dedicated to painting Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. as an unholy (and somewhat contradictory) fusion of Oscar Wilde and Jack Johnson.
I'm genuinely surprised to see a candidate smeared as "fancy" in 2006. Current Mood: Violet
|Thursday, March 9th, 2006|
| Current Mood: Grey
|Wednesday, March 1st, 2006|
|Monday, January 2nd, 2006|
|The Seamy Underbelly of Fawcett City
I ran across this
the other day while (unsuccessfully) googling around for an obscure early case study on asbestosis. It's a horrible, charming 1954 attempt to encourage smokers not to quit in the face of evidence of ill health effects published by Fawcett Publications, Inc., creators of Captain Marvel
.So, if you are a confirmed smoker, smoke without fear. Smoke like Sir James Barrie, who saw Peter Pan in a maze of smoke rings and captured that elfin spirit, to the eternal delight of English-speaking peoples. Sir James wrote thus of the glorious eruption of Elizabethan life: "I know, I feel, that with the introduction of tobacco England woke from a long sleep. Suddenly a new zest had been given to life. The glory of existence became a thing to speak of. Men who had hitherto concerned themselves with the narrow things of home put a pipe in their mouths and became philosophers. Poets and dramatists smoked until all ignoble ideas were driven from them, and into their place rushed such high thoughts as the world had not known before." Advice to smoke without fear may seem wildly irresponsible at the present time when the country is swept by a wave of hysteria about cigarettes.Fawcett's Wikipedia article
, which I ran across trying to confirm that there weren't two publishing entities of that name, is an interesting read as well. Current Mood: Aqua
|Thursday, December 8th, 2005|
|The Wrathful Dispersion Controversy
a) appears to be one of my doppelgangers, judging by the illustrations in his user pics and b) has written the most satisfying bit of parody I've read in months. You should really go read it
He even manages to capture the essence of Scientology in less than fifty words, off handedly, as a side point.One cynical observer has likened WD to Scientology, which "is a religion for purposes of tax assessment, a science for purposes of propaganda, and a work of fiction for purposes of copyright." Current Mood: Yellow
|Tuesday, December 6th, 2005|
|Monday, October 31st, 2005|
I just pointed wiremeshmother
at this New Yorker Article
(caution: contains a description of bear on girl sex) regarding I. Lewis Libby's 1996 novel The Apprentice
and he proposed the most delightfully brilliant concept: the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Republican Erotica.
I'm seriously debating registering contemporaryrepublicanerotica.com and posting a collection of excerpts and reviews. Current Mood: Green
|Tuesday, October 4th, 2005|
The family as a matter of course must ever be the bed-rock of human society. But it is estimated that at present there are not less than three and one-half million bachelor-women in the United States. It is fair to presume that hundreds of these, if not thousands would, if married, quite likely be miserable wives with an equal number of wretched husbands! Human society should provide for such as these. ...
The heart-yearnings for maternity by worth unmarried women can be gratified outside of wedlock without losing self-respect or social recognition. There will always be enough to choose family life to maintain its stability, but, I repeat that motherhood and purity do not depend on wifehood and taht in well ordered society we might have respected bachelor mothers. The operative procedure of artifical impregnation is simple, painless and without risk. ...
However, the world is not yet ready for this innocation. Perhaps it will be by the beginning of the twenty-first century.
-- Dr. E. B. Foote, Sr., Plain Home Talk on Love, Marriage & Parentage
According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother throu gh assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court.
Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.
As it the draft of the new law reads now, an intended parent "who knowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproduction procedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorized reproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will be the same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice of artificial reproduction."
-- "The Crime of 'Unauthorized Reproduction'
", Laura McPhee Current Mood: Red
|Monday, September 26th, 2005|
|Sunday, September 25th, 2005|
|Life Imitates Grant Morrison
(guardian.co.uk, not to be confused with the Manhattan Guardian
) reports that Hurricane Katina may have released a pod 36 cybernetic dolphins armed with poison dart guns.
This invites several questions:
Is the questionably sourced article accurate?
Would I be a bad person for hoping so?
If the Invisibles
was a hypersigil
intended to bring about a revival or large growth in interest in the occult/bring about a greater desire for free will, was We3
a hypersigil intended to unleash cyborg animals to destroy us all?
If so, does that mean Morrison really is the superior magician
to Moore? Current Mood: Gray
|Saturday, August 27th, 2005|
| Everett True
, is an early revenge/power fantasy character in the Taxi Driver
He's a man of strong opinions, and he never hesitates to express them. True was an early, militant member of the fat acceptance movement 
, a family man 
, and a wearer of vintage clothing 
True was a strong supporter of the ethical treatment of animals 
, provided those animals were larger than a breadbox 
He also weighed in on the child free movement 
and spelling reform 
Something of a feminist, he takes a hard line on the dehumanizing male gaze 
and on matters of impractical girls' fashion 
While I don't care for many of his opinions, nor his preferred technique for expressing them, I appreciate that he doesn't blunt his edges when confronted by authority figures 
. (I wonder if that last one a certain General Slocum
inspired reluctance to trust church picnics.)
The maintainer of the pages insists
that True is no sociopath, but I think there is some evidence to the contrary 
. Current Mood: Yellow
|Tuesday, August 16th, 2005|
|Saturday, August 13th, 2005|