In April of 2009, a Florida judge struck down a local ordinance which prohibited wearing saggy pants in public, declaring the law "unconstitutional". (What, you didn't know that you have a constitutional right to walk about town with your pants around your knees? Consider yourself duly informed.) I blogged about a similar ordinance in 2007, but never followed up with the legal challenges. I know I should be outraged at stories of judicial insanity like this, but find myself wavering instead between despair and indifference. It's out of control, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. Please tell me I'm wrong.
At the same time, one may be encouraged by other stories which suggest that reality and ordinary common sense are hard to exterminate. Despite the best efforts of America's liberal intelligentsia to promote women to the forefront of everything, male writers still dominate in the world of publishing. Naturally, the news isn't being taken very well by some:
"Ack. This is so sickening. It reminds me of how Joanne Rowling had to put 'J.K. Rowling' on her American books, because it was felt that boys wouldn’t read books written by a woman. Sickening, sickening, sickening." - Laura
"As long as FAMILY issues are treated as WOMEN’S issues, women will have fewer opportunities to contribute in other areas, because so much of their collective time and energy must be spent on FAMILY. As long as women in this country are treated as less fully human than men, men will have more opportunities to contribute, and they will perpetuate their own perspectives, often by promoting the work of other men over that of women." - Leslie Spitz-Edson
This article by Mark T. Mitchell at Front Porch Republic, on the relevance of Wendell Berry's agrarianism to life in the city, is well worth a read:
Our entire economy, our very culture of work, leisure, and home is constructed around the idea of easy mobility and the disintegration of various aspects of our lives. We live in one place, work in another, shop in another, worship in another, and take our leisure somewhere else. According to Berry, an integrated life, a life of integrity, is one characterized by membership in a community in which one lives, works, worships, and conducts the vast majority of other human activities. The choice is stark: “If we do not live where we work, and when we work, we are wasting our lives, and our work too.”
The new film "Atlas Shrugged", based on the novel by Ayn Rand, looks to be as charming as its creator:
Here's the first part of a televised interview with the high priestess of atheistic capitalism in 1959: