Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Today -100: September 7, 1916: Of strikes, baffled mosquitos, and blasphemies

Street car/subway strike in New York, so the NYT may be distracted for a while.

The president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad says it will defy the 8-hour act until the Supreme Court – none of your lesser courts, mind you – orders it to do so. It seems Congress failed to put in enforcement provisions because they didn’t imagine the railroads would outright refuse to obey the law.

Headline of the Day -100:

Don’t click on the link; the imagery the headline invokes is far superior to the dull reality.

The National American Woman’s Suffrage Association convention decides to change none of its policies, you know, the ones that haven’t been working the last few years. It won’t drop its non-partisan stance (which in practice would have meant supporting the Republicans, since the Southern-dominated Democrats are opposed to the federal amendment or any federal interference with their sexist voting laws that might lead to federal interference with their racist voting laws). The convention rejects motions to concentrate solely on federal or solely on state suffrage measures.

Lord Alfred Douglas – yes, Oscar Wilde’s Bosie – applies for a blasphemy summons against Irish novelist George Augustus Moore (or, as deems him, a teacher of automotive technology at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado) for his new book The Brook Kerith (about a Jesus who didn’t die on the cross and, um, became a Buddhist). The magistrate refuses to issue a summons, saying that Moore has a perfect right to write based on the assumption that Jesus was merely a man.

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