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Nooze, almost all bad...
I think the hardest thing to believe is that Jesus Castillo was found guilty of selling an adult comic, from the adult section of the store, to an adult police officer, and convicted because the DA convinced the jury that all comics are really intended for children. I can't imagine a world in which the same argument would have worked for books or for films. -- Neil Gaiman.


The Supreme Court today decided not to hear the appeal of Jesus Castillo, a man who, as Neil Gaiman expressed above, was convicted of obscenity for selling a comic to an adult. Here's the DA's closing argument:

This medium, the medium that this obscenity is placed in is done so in an appealing manner to children. Comic books, and I don't care what type of evidence or what type of testimony is out there, use your rationality, use your common sense. Comic books, traditionally what we think of, are for kids.


Disgusted yet?


If you haven't chosen to vote for anybody but Bush yet, start choosing now. While I'm not at all happy with the implications of a leftist government in the White House, I much prefer that to the complete and utter swing to the beyond-right that has happened now. The Cwistians are so happy right now with the backlash against gays and lesbians following the ruling in Lawrence v. Texas that they're hoping now is the time to push forward a Constitutional amendment to secure special rights for heterosexuals.


Jordan's parliament has rejected a bill that would outlaw "honor killings" and punish men who kill women relatives who are suspected of bringing shame on the family. Charges have frequently been dropped against husbands, brothers, and fathers who killed their wives, sisters, and daughters for having sex (or being believed to have sex) outside of marriage. One father killed his daughter after she was raped, claiming that her lack of virginity was shame enough to justify his actions.


Take a look at this: It's the front of the new $20 bill. I don't know about you, but the way the eagle on the left is positioned, facing right, holding the arrows close and the olive branch as far away as anatomically possible, is rather disturbing. And, if I recall correctly, in heraldry an animal facing right is considered aggressive and warlike.

Hail Caesar!


In its latest bizarre legal tactic, the American Family Association has claimed that the presence of a Gay/Straight Alliance Club, with its pink "this is a safe zone for gays and lesbians" stickers, may be discriminating against those children who want to make no place safe for gays and lesbians. Since that's a religious tenant, the GSA's existence may infringe on the civil rights of religious bigots.


The rules are different for Dean. Okay, I'm going to come out of the closet and say that, barring the miraculous appearance of an viable, economically responsible candidate, I'm going to be putting a clothespin on my nose and vote, perhaps even actively campaign, for the socially responsible candidate Howard Dean, in the hopes that he unseats Bush. But Ruth Coniff points out how the "liberal" media is mistreating Dean while pussyfooting Bush.


Word of the day: Are you a member of the reset generation? Did you grow up with video games and simply choose to "reset" your "play" buttons by changing jobs, partners or friends, instead of trying to cope with and learn from your difficulties?

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off
Current Music: Megumi Hayashibara, Just be awake

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jorjedatoy From: jorjedatoy Date: August 5th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

new money

In heraldry, is that an animal facing your right or it's right? That eagle appears to be facing it's left. On the back of the current $1 bill, there is an eagle facing it's right, which is the side on which it holds the olive branch. According to literature, this is supposed to signify that we choose peace over war.

That eagle seems like it's in a slightly awkward position, but then so does the eagle on the back of the $1. That one seems like it flew into a window, the way it's wings and feet are all spread out.

blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: August 5th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: new money

According to the Treasury web-site, the large eagle to the left of Jackson is modelled on sculptures made contemporaneously with Andrew Jackson's presidency. To me, it looks like it was squished into place, without the space to properly spread both wings. The claws look similarly squished.

You will note that even with the claw with arrows squished in, it is still facing the olive branch.

There is another, smaller eagle/shield combo to Jackson's right, which is facing the other way.

The eagle on the back of the $1 is from the Great Seal of the United States of America, specifically the obverse side. Traditionally, heraldic and seal symbology had little to do with each other. Heraldry was designed to be easily recongnised from a distance, while seals were designed to be complicated and hard to fake, even when subject to close scrutiny.

The text of the enacting legislation describing the seal doesn't mention which way the Eagle faces, but for the Great Seal, it's always been depicted as facing its right talon, which IS specified as holding the olive branch.
jorjedatoy From: jorjedatoy Date: August 5th, 2003 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: new money

Thanks for the explanation.

codevixen From: codevixen Date: August 5th, 2003 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
God, Elf... don't you have any good news today? That's all really upsetting. Unfortunately, the only one I have a real rebuttal to is the adult comics one.

Haven't these people ever heard of Japan?? Or does Asia not exist in their world except to be a SARS-infested smeghole? Manga, people, manga. 10-year-old kids seeing violence and gore and nudity (and this is appropriate, too) - are they going to start cracking down there too?

Besides... I don't think that many children actually read comic books. Have you ever seen a 7-year-old on the bus with their parents, flipping through Superman? They're actually mostly teenage boys, and older people who grew up with comics. I think they can handle it.
elfs From: elfs Date: August 7th, 2003 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
But that doesn't matter to the good citizens of Texas. The jury was made up of twelve people, probably mostly elderly, who remember comic books as something for boys ages eight to twelve. Demon Beast Invasions is violent and pornographic, and it's not like the Superman they remember, and that's all they care about.

I'm completely sure that the DA knew that, played on it, and enjoyed every minute of his railroading that poor man into conviction.
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elfs From: elfs Date: August 7th, 2003 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not giving him a bad economic rap on the basis of his record; I'm quite sure that given the money he had, he spent within his limits and encouraged his legislature to do the same.

I give Dean "a bad economic rap" because of where he chose to spend that money. I tend to be hardcore libertarian on a lot of fiscal issues, and any man who says "our first task is to get every American into the health care system and then we'll figure out how to make it work" doesn't appeal to me.

But he's better than Bush, who's apparently not interested in making it work. At all.
nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: August 5th, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: reset generation


Another useless piece of kid bashing.

'Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! Kids like we were, they're different! They don't have the same tolerance for banging their head against a well over and over as a means of success!'

Frankly, I'm still surprised at the degree to which many adults seem to agressively fail, almost deliberately, to sympahetically understand kids and teens and would rather, as in the short piece Elf links, jump immediately to the least generous assumption possible. If someone bloody wants to play basketball and spends all his time on the bench, why is there this expectation that he'll just sit there bored while not being played?
voltbang From: voltbang Date: August 5th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
barring the miraculous appearance of an viable, economically responsible candidate,

Vermont's budget is balanced. None of the other presidential candidates can claim that they have been part of a balanced budget recently, if ever. I don't know that I entirely agree with every line in his budget or the other priorities he assigned on the path to that balanced budget, but just getting it balanced is the first, minimum, requirement.
elfs From: elfs Date: August 7th, 2003 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yes. I'm concerned mostly about his priorities as he's stated them. That said, hi's got to be better than "spends like Carter, panders like Clinton" W.
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