October 2nd, 2008


A Rare Meme!

Okay, even I can get behind this particular meme.

As ganked from mizkit 

As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historical your lj. (Any decision, as long as it’s not Roe v. Wade.)

Ladies and Gentlemen, let's talk Edwards vs Aguillard!

Louisiana had passed a "Creationism Act" which prohibited any teaching of evolution in public schools unless the course also included the teaching of biblical creationism.

In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Brennan in 1987, the Supreme Court struck down Louisiana's "Creationism Act" because it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

The state tried to argue that the law was simply designed to promote academic freedom by ensuring that students would hear about more than one theory on the origins of life, but the Court correctly noted that teachers were permitted to present more than one such theory before the law had been passed. The actual purpose of the law, then, had to be to make sure that creationism was taught if anything at all was taught.

Brennan found first that the Act did not have a secular purpose, and second that it did not advance academic freedom and restricted the abilities of teachers to teach what they deemed appropriate.

(text courtesy of About.com's section on supreme court rulings about religious liberty)

As far as Palin's gaffe, I cannot say that I myself am a walking encyclopedia of Supreme Court cases, but even I could have come up with some of the classics--the Dred Scott case, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. Board of Education--and some of the recent rulings, if not by case name, like the Supreme Court's upholding rights of Guantanamo detainees in the face of the Bush Administration. And I'm not a professional politician, but an easily-distracted product of sophmore American History.

ETA: It's been pointed out that apparently Palin merely can't name any cases she disagrees with, not necessarily that she can't name any cases at all. Well. That's fair. Let us be fair by all means.

After all, it's entirely possible that she agrees with all the other Supreme Court decisions, right?

(okay, okay, I can't do it. Even with that caveat, even *I* could have whipped out Plessy vs. Ferguson, which I damn well hope that Palin and I are in agreement about. Sheesh.)

Scent Blogging!

I realize it's been a long time, what with the move and all, since I did any scent blogging,* but I had to share the latest.

I've been using the Villainess Smooch! products for exfoliating the naughty bits, as per a reader suggestion, and let me say, this actually works REALLY well. I haven't had a tenth of the ingrown hair problem since I started using it, but when I ran out a week ago and hadn't been using it, I promptly acquired three. So I recommend the stuff highly, particularly if you're in the habit of shaving your nether regions and don't really want to subject the area to the tender mercies of a loofah.

Works well on the face, too.

Generally I use the Ginger Snapped smooch, which is a sort of aggressive cinnamon-and-ginger scent that I enjoy. But in the spirit of experimentation, I picked up "Wasabi" and tried it out this morning.

And you know, I rather like it. It's less wasabi and more a very sharp green-tea-and-citrus, with black pepper notes. It's pretty powerful and astringent, but it's a very clean, sharp smell. I went ahead and ordered the Whipped! body cream version. ("Smashing," the pumpkin and ginger version, is absolutely my favorite, but it's been discontinued, so I'm having to find replacements. This isn't remotely similiar, but it's a nice change.) 

Readers may ask, at this point, exactly WHY I would want my genitals to smell like wasabi, to which I will simply say "Dude. If you'd ever seen Kevin at a sushi bar, you would not be asking." Kevin does sushi the way some people do heroin, and at roughly the same pricetag. He is the sort of person who asks the sushi chef "What do you have today that's interesting?" and will wind up with bizarre stuff that they don't put on the menu. I used to be a straightforward California roll/tuna roll/kappa roll woman, but Kevin has expanded my sushi horizons to areas that I didn't neccessarily want it expanded.** Although I do have to admit, the flying fish roe with quail egg on top was pretty cool.

So, in conclusion, if Villianess made a wasabi and pickled ginger body scrub, I would be slathering that stuff on, and Kevin would probably be late for work four days out of five. That is all.

*For some of you, I know, not nearly long enough.

**Don't be fooled. "It's like pudding! Pudding that tastes like the ocean!" as a description of sea urchin leaves out the key bit about it being heart-stoppingly vile.