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Celebrating Repeal Day; image from Brownie Points BlogHappy repeal day!

December 5th is the anniversary of the day the United States repealed the Eighteenth Amendment and gave us all the constitutional right to consume alcohol. [trivia source] [image source]

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I had to turn off the NPR live coverage of the Gates confirmation hearing because I kept typing phrases I found funny into the PTA newsletter I'm preparing for print.

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I saw trshtwns01 late this morning so I have been dancing around singing "panang" to the tune of that M.I.A. song again, but no-one's around to hear it so you're all safe. T., I'll send you a list of menu options either later tonight or tomorrow.

I looked up my favorite toy store in Denver to find pictures of the menagerie of non-monkey sock animals I mentioned to her. They don't have the rhinoceros I like so much online, but they do have a sock gorilla, a sock turtle, a sock moose, a sock bear and a sock frog. Cute! Last time I was there I bought the "beep-beep car" that's my Travel user icon and Laurel charmed her way into a whole bunch of things, including a pair of castanets that look like a ladybug. I think I like toy stores a little more than the average adult.

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I dared myself to sit down and type up meeting minutes as soon as I got home from the meeting last night. Around noon, I got an e-mail from one of the recipients of said minutes (which I'd mailed as an attachment with a summary of the actionable items as the main body of the e-mail) that read "Thank you! You rock!" and I am feeling absurdly proud of that.

I'm going to let Laurel get some free time in on the computer before dinner. I'll be around later after tonight's meeting since House is a repeat tonight ("Three Stories", the Carmen Electra cameo episode). It's a rather embarrassing reflection on our cultural literacy that 54% of poll respondents on the House website didn't understand the "thirty pieces of silver" reference at the end of the new episode that aired 28 November 2006. Hint: the episode's title is "Finding Judas". *palm to forehead*

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polyhymnia
Dec. 5th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the House info. I won't worry about getting home in time then.

I was also pretty stunned that people didn't get the reference. I mean, duh. (I didn't watch the ep but I did read come commentary on TWoP.)
oddharmonic
Dec. 6th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
The next new House episode is the 12th. Fox will be repeating the two-part "Euphoria" episodes on the evening of the 11th.

I read the medical commentary at Polite Dissent.
polyhymnia
Dec. 6th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Those are great, thanks for that tip as well! I've often wondered about the medicine. Now I can find out!
gamahucheur
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Actually, the Twenty-First Amendment was written to ensure that it did not guarantee such a right:
  1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
  2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
  3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
The effects of Section 2 are at least two-fold. First, Federal control over interstate commerce was abridged; in the absence of this section, states could have prohibitted domestic manufacture and purely intra-state transactions, but inter-state sales would have remained the province of the national government. Second, any significance here of the Fourteenth Amendment is also negated.

In fact, the Twenty-First Amendment doesn't even prevent the Congress from now outlawing inter-state commerce in alcohol. And, if Congress more ambitiously sought to impose national prohibition by ordinary statuory law, then courts could entertain the same specious arguments as are now being used to prevent states such as California from decriminalizing some drug use.

The whole state of Mississippi was still a dry state until 1966. And, as I mentioned to the Woman of Interest just yester-day, some municipalities in various states continue to be dry.
oddharmonic
Dec. 6th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I liked the sentiment of having a constitutional right to drink. Thanks for the explanation since I was intellectually lazy. (You may now sentence me to lashing with a wet noodle.)

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the majority of the town of Burleson, less areas within Tarrant County, was dry until voters overturned that last month. I snickered when I found it the town had been dry since I knew the town as the place where it's illegal to sell adult toys (cf. Joanne Webb) and a state representative said at a school board meeting: "I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird but, if it has those words [profanities] in it, it doesn't belong in our schools."
idemandjustice
Dec. 6th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
On a completely unrelated note, I made a necklace for Laurel.
oddharmonic
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
If you want to hold onto it until we meet for lunch or something when we're in Colorado later this month, you'll have a pint-size fanclub. (:
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