Any astrologer worth her salt would tell you that there is not a lot of good that you can expect from a grand Supreme Court argument over the future of health care, held on a day when Mercury is retrograde, Saturn is retrograde, and Mars is retrograde. And, since, like global warming, astrology is easily refuted, except by observation, allow me to make this observation on the madness of the zeitgeist.
The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times conspired this weekend to deprive Socrates of his wits and reaffirm the verdict of Orestes:
There are numerous tales and stories associated with Pallas Athene, including her name, which was originally simply Athene. One day she was sparring with her foster sister, Pallas, daughter of a local sea-god and more than likely a cousin of hers, when Daddy Jupiter distracted her, causing her to accidentally kill her sister. As part of her grief, she set her name before her own.
She was seen as a protector of cities, a prophetess, and invincible in battle. Mythologically, she helped Hercules with his labors, assisted Odysseus in his voyage from Troy, and gave Perseus a hand disposing of Medusa. She also gave Athens the gift of the olive tree, beating out Poseidon’s gift of the horse. To appease him, the gods deprived Athenian women of their citizenship, their vote, and the right to give their children their surname. Thus, from that point on, women began to lose their rights and this was blamed on Athene.
This was further reinforced in the trial of Orestes, which boiled down to who the true parent of a child was, the mother or father. Since Pallas Athene was born of a man, she testified that it was the male parent who was most important. Apollo, who defended Orestes, also stated that the mother only provided a place for the seed implanted by the male to grow. Needless to say, this did not move feminism forward….
Which is, when you think about it, what we’re debating in the Forty-Nine states that have either passed or considered legislation that, in essence, enshrines that most important and sacred seed to the detriment of the physical choice of the women in whom said seed has been sprouted. Continue reading