“I, being born a woman and distressed …”

One of my favorite sonnets:

I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair, and feel a certain zest
To bear your body’s weight upon my breast:
So subtly is the fume of life designed,
To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,
And leave me once again undone, possessed.
Think not for this, however, the poor treason
Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,
I shall remember you with love, or season
My scorn with pity, —let me make it plain:
I find this frenzy insufficient reason
For conversation when we meet again.

—Edna St. Vincent Millay

… The explication I wrote for Mr. Padgett at Millsaps was the first time I realized that close reading was one of my skillz. He wanted to know where I learned to read like that. I didn’t tell him that I was too lazy to do research on secondary sources, so I just focused on the text instead. Or, I dunno, maybe I did tell him that.

One of the problems with fighting ISIS

Retweeted this Olivier Roy piece this morning, but it bears an extra holler.

One of the problems with fighting ISIS is that, frankly, none of the potential allies in the area really cares all that much about ISIS – they have other fish to fry. Continue reading

If you’re going to elevate a dissent above a Supreme Court decision …

… maybe a dissent by John Roberts isn’t the one you should be elevating? Given that he required no “constitutional anchor” to gut the Voting Rights Act?

Dickinson, Coleman go Roy Moore/Kim Davis on gay-divorce case?

Four months after the State of Mississippi conceded error in light of Obergefell, the MSSC has granted a gay woman’s motion for entry of judgment, returning her divorce suit to the DeSoto chancery court where she can proceed to seek a divorce from her wife.

Here is the order. Waller, Randolph, Lamar, Chandler, and Pierce agree. Pierce files a separate statement, as do three objecting justices. Continue reading

Judicial races in Madison County MS & other election stuff

WJTV has the most updated figures I’ve found this morning, and it looks like James Walker has won the new chancery seat. The circuit-court race is unclear to me, but on the assumption that the site is reporting Madison-only and Rankin-only votes for this two-county district, Steve Ratcliff has 12,469 votes thus far, Chris Walker 8,346, and Marty Miller 9,643; a fourth candidate may allow Ratcliff to avoid a runoff. But these numbers may not be accurate; no one seems clear how to report on a judicial race across more than one county.

In the Rankin judicial races, seems that Haydn Roberts will be a chancery judge.

In other news, the truck driver lost instead of Vicki Slater’s getting to lose the governor’s race; Mississippi voters declined to fund their public schools; and the campaign slogan of “Hood and Obama sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G” has once more failed to work for a politically-dimwitted Republican candidate for AG. Also, Jane reports that Forest Allgood lost re-election, leaving me unclear who is now the most despicable district attorney in Mississippi.

Open election thread, folks? Rejoice, gloat, mourn, inform.

… Here are the WAPT numbers for the Madison-Rankin circuit race (82% of precincts):

Steve Ratcliff 10,953 50%
Chris Walker 5,914 27%
Marty Miller 3,626 16%
Michael Wolf 1,510 7%

UPDATE: The MadCo Journal reports (Thurs. 11/5):

Steve Ratcliff and Marlin “Marty” Miller are headed into a runoff for the new circuit judge seat for Madison and Rankin Counties.

Ratcliff, of Madison, won Madison County with nearly 50 percent of the vote and finished second in Rankin County with nearly 30 percent of the vote. Miller, of Rankin County, finished third in Madison County votes with 16 percent and first in Rankin County with 34 percent.

So, a Madison vs. Rankin runoff. It also confirms that James Walker won the chancery race.

Names under which I have saved various “final drafts”

  • Brief for Appellee FINAL
  • Brief for Appellee REALLY FINAL NOW
  • Brief for Appellee EVEN MORE FINAL
  • Brief for Appellee THE FINAL FINAL

… And now these are all in a folder titled “Drafts of Drafts.” I’ll see your Gödel and raise you an Escher ….

Miss. S. Ct. posts last docket calendar of 2015; COA hails State

here. No COA list yet.

In other news, the COA will visit Miss. State to hear two oral arguments on November 12. This press release gives details, including details about the cases (both criminal). (One’s the murder appeal of a retired MSU professor, so that may garner some attention.) Would-be law students in Starkpatch, take note.