*The unidentifiable sounds I make at first remind me of my Aunt Mary – my favorite aunt and the best aunt in the world – who didn’t curse. She, instead, made up her own cuss words where the more vulgar, such as my father or myself, might naturally curse. Since I lived 2 doors down from her for so many years, I apparently picked this up.
Only instead of using the technique to replace cuss words, I seem to have greedily added it to my already extensive storehouse of vulgar verbiage.
After an amazing discovery that led to just over two days of freezing, heating, freezing, heating; old-fashioned, long hand chem notes, and near magical results – all recorded, for myself only – I had an accident.
Hearing it over a year later was almost – almost – worth it.
(Although most of it is incoherent in terms of actual words, the thing I mutter at the end is, “Okay. I gotta take a picture.”)
Thank you for excusing my personal little crap surrounding the occasional post meant for public consumption.
(Some due diligence that I can’t seem to get past feeling responsible to do, even for random verbal journaling.)
Sometimes called “Wild Bill,” Associate Justice William O. Douglass, appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt in April of 1939 and who served through November 1975 (the longest term served by any SCOTUS judge) was, to say the least, an interesting Supreme Court justice.
What I’m focused on here is the extraordinary impact he had on our environment, not just legally, but as an influencer of public opinion. In one case, when Congress was pushing to fill and pave the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to make a road, and The Washington Post was regularly editorially opining that this was a great idea, Justice Douglass dared the editorial board to go for a walk with him on the canal and quite publically bet them that if they would just do that, they would change their minds immediately.
They did and they did.
Not only did Congress’ bill go down in flames, but the canal was protected with the right of way of a national park.
Douglass also fought the Army Corps of Engineers when he saw a threat to the preservation of the beautiful Buffalo River in Arkansas “as a free flowing river in its natural state.” This helped the Ozark Society and the growing environmental movement to reach enough of a groundswell to convince congress to enact a designation of the Buffalo River as America’s first National River.
So, it should be clear that he was pretty cool.
This first clip is my 11 second exclamation on trees having standing:
Below is my whole “trees have standing” audio exposition, mixing Wikipedia with my constant editorializing, as well as such enlightening asides as,
In between all that is Douglass’ excellently reasoned legal rational for why, of course,
Along with other issues concerning the environment, free speech, and just “Wild Bill” Douglass in general.