random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  "Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder, and you will be crushed."

tagged: women, feminism, activism, chants, resistance, struggle, South Africa
  — chant, Chant by South African women during the 1956 campaign against pass laws. Quoted in Black Women's Gumbo-Ya-Ya, p.133..

alabama – imprisoning pregnant women like it’s 2020 in Gilead

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

How did I miss this Alabama story? Greg L. Gambril, a DA in south Alabama (Covington County), is prosecuting women for endangering their fetuses under a chemical endangerment law intended to protect children from meth labs — “chemical endangerment of child”. “When drugs are introduced in the womb, the child-to-be is endangered. It is what […]

obedience & expelled

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Obedience has never been my forte but every now and then I try it out just for fun. Or else, just because the radio waves directly into my brain will stimulate the pain center unless I do as told. So, direct from central squidelicious headquarters: This dumb movie named Expelled is being released the eighteenth […]

of penumbral emanations and scholarly trends

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Speaking of penumbra yet again (1, 2) , I had previously blogged about a Circuit split on laws banning sex toys — it was Valentine’s Day, and I was feeling a bit whimsical, so I wished for a “penumbra” that would strike down stupid laws. LawPundit “ha[s] an opinion” on my wish for a penumbra […]

circuit split on sex toys

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Well, the 5th Circuit (Texas) has just said that Texas’s anti-sex-toy-law (memorably mocked by Molly Ivins in this video, available at youtube via pandagon) is unconstitutional, relying heavily on Lawrence (or so I hear, via pharyngula); I haven’t read the case yet). This looks like a pretty clear Circuit split with the 11th Circuit (Georgia, […]

on insanely stupid, homophobic, racist, white Republican legislators

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Bloggers & media have been all over the latest in a long, long series (at least as long as i have been reading the news, which is 20+ years now*) of sexcapades by Republicans and religious right leaders: Florida state legislator Bob Allen (R), who solicited an undercover cop for a blowjob in Titusville, FL, […]

florida protected from stoner librarians

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Or at least those who stuck around for the drug tests. After Gainesville, Florida, implemented drug testing for its library volunteers, the number of volunteers, most of whom were senior citizens, dropped from 55 to 2. Bill Maher gave this story the fisking it deserves, and radref at Radical Reference pointed me to it to […]

how the personal became political

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

EFF15 How I Became a Freedom Fighter — A story in two parts: Part 1: As a teenager in the 80s, I knew libraries were pretty cool. I used them to pursue various odd interests too embarrassing to blog (e.g., the various sequels to The Scarlet Pimpernel). When things were unspeakably tough for me at […]

hear, hear

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

siva calls out the folks who keep on talking to men in the public interest tech community & ignoring the women who’ve laid the groundwork: SIVACRACY.NET: Siva Vaidhyanathan’s Weblog: Y (Chromosome) the Same Old Faces? [thanks to copyfight] and an nyu student demonstrates to j. antonin scalia understand that the private sex practices of consenting […]

looming challenges to federalism

Friday, November 26th, 2004

i’ll be interested to see how the conservative, pro-federalism, pro-states’ rights, GOP-run government (and the conservative intelligentsia which carries their theoretical water) handles some of the upcoming challenges to federalism: medical marijuana laws state & regional initiatives on global warming: for instance, California’s mandatory cap on greenhouse-gas emissions will have to be signed off on […]

kerry-bush debate #3

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

okay, wtf? no questions on the environment? or the patriot act? what kind of domestic debate is this?

David Cobb (G) on privacy & freedom

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

A presidential candidate has an IP policy. Whoo-hoo! David Cobb, Green Party presidential candidate, doesn’t like genetic patents, thinks the patent system needs reform, is proud his website is on open source software, and thinks we should codify caselaw striking down shrinkwrap licenses. (Take that, BNetd case!) (A recent Dan Gillmor column shows that by […]

patriot act ruling – must read

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

more stuff to read – piling on – too fast – sinking. patriot act ruling in favor of the aclu. [Doe v. Ashcroft decision (pdf)


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