Topix Has Nothing on a Hundred Years Ago

I’ve been doing a little research and it turns out that we’re just a hundred years removed from quite a crime in Watseka. Mrs. Sayler here in the dress and Dr. Miller there in the middle were convicted of killing Sayler’s husband, Miller by shooting him and Sayler for putting him up to it.

Sayler got three years.

There was some talk of a new trial, but I didn’t see if it happened.

But the real character is Miller’s wife, who says she begged Sayler to stay away from Miller and all but accuses Sayler of witchcraft, with her power to make Miller do anything she wanted and Mrs. Miller saying that Dr. Miller feared her. See here and here.

Mrs. Miller still seems firmly committed to the idea that she can be a good enough wife, even in these circumstances, that Dr. Miller will return to her.

And that, my friends, is why I’m glad we have feminism–so that the Mrs. Millers of the world can kick their lovers-husband-murdering husbands to the curb and feel bad for it not at all.

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On the Other Hand

After reading excerpts from O, I’m feeling better about my own writing. Seriously? Is it just me or does that shit read like fanfic, bad fanfic? It’s like they were all “Oh, we have this great premise and the marketing and promotion we do for it is going to rock” and then like three weeks ago someone was like “Oh, fuuuuuuuck me, we forgot to have someone write the book. We better get the interns on it.”

It’s Going to be a Long Legislative Session

I don’t know how I’m going to write about this shit for Pith. I’ve already gone from angry to depressed. Maybe we women need to hire step-dads to go advocate for us downtown, since we don’t count as real Tennesseans worthy of liberty.

At this point, I’m just waiting to see which sadistic fuck it is who’s going to sponsor the bill to require your doctor to sexually assault you before you can have an abortion. Then they’ll claim criticism of the bill is just unreasonable hyperbole. And we’ll explain why it’s not. And it won’t matter.

They’ll find a way to defund Planned Parenthood, mark my words. Because it doesn’t matter to them. Even the ones who can’t behave can just send their “problems” to Illinois.

Our only hope, really, is that there are enough Republicans who want to govern like grown-ups that they’ll keep the fringe in line.

But that’s pretty slim.

I’d like to get to the point where it’s funny, but I’m not there yet.

It’s a Bad Time to Be a Woman in Tennessee

I was flipping through Representative Hardaway’s legislation to try to find his bill raising the age on strippers from 18 to 21. And, Lord Almighty, he’s got a ton of legislation designed to “keep bitches in line.” I mean, even the stripper legislation is not just about raising the age–because you know, we women are delicate flowers, old enough to kill and die for our country, but still needing a man to decide for us whether we can fucking take our clothes off–but about regulating the shit out of these women, making them submit to background checks, providing the state with their height and weight, two pictures of them, like you need special clearance in order to qualify for the privilege of having men throw dollar bills in the general direction of your naked tits?

If 18 year old strippers make you uncomfortable, Representative Hardaway, I recommend you not go to strip clubs and look at them. If you’re not going to strip clubs, what’s the damn problem?

Oh, right, because when you look at that bill in relation to the rest of the legislation he’s filed, you know what his damn problem is: women.

The most vile piece of legislation he’s filed so far? HB 0083 under “Domestic Violence” which requires people who seek an order of protection but fail to get it to pay for the court costs of the person they’re seeking it against. And, yes, it’s filed under “domestic violence” so we know just who these people are–victims of domestic violence.

Can’t we trade Hardaway to the Republicans for a player to be named later?

Oh, speaking of dumbass Democrat things. I was up in Robertson county this weekend and I didn’t see one sign, not one, for the Democrat running up there. Have we just conceded that race?

This is the thing I love about the whole “put money on races you’re sure you can win” strategy. And by “love” I mean find so fucking stupid and shortsighted. If you’re in a position like the Democrats are and will be for the next few years, with huge losses and probably dribbling losses coming, you’re just protecting an ever shrinking pool of seats. That’s not actually doing anything to strengthen the Democratic position.

But if you fight, at least a little, in every battle, there’s a chance to surprise your opposition.

This is not the tactic the Democrats have chosen to take.

Which is too bad for people in this state who need them.

You know, like women, who might want the government to stay out of our business. But, believe, we have gotten the message that we aren’t the Tennesseans who deserve more freedom.