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Pick me up

DKM works for a bank. Not a bank in trouble, thankfully, but a bank. So she has been really really really busy. If she owes you something – it will be out on Saturday.

In an effort to make up for our lack of commenting and her growing pile of unanswered emails…we present ‘happy perky’ photos for your amusement.

A Bun Bum

Bun Bum

Grumpy Sophia on another super secret project

Sophia

And a chocolate smile

Chocolate smile

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

The Comstock Law and Seized books

From WIKI– The Comstock Act, (ch. 258 17 Stat. 598 enacted March 3, 1873) is a United States federal law which made it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, and/or lascivious” materials through the mail, including contraceptive devices and information. In addition to banning contraceptives, this act also banned the distribution of information on abortion for educational purposes following the ideal of “Hear no Evil, See no Evil.” Twenty-four states passed similar prohibitions on materials distributed within the states.[1] Collectively, these state and federal restrictions are known as the Comstock laws.

The sale and distribution of obscene materials has been unlawful in most of the American states since the early 1800s, and has been prohibited by federal law since 1873. The federal anti-obscenity laws are still in effect in 2008 and are enforced,[2] though there are extensive debates on what is “obscene.”

Some impacts of the Comstock Act:

  • Ulysses was barred from the United States as obscene for 15 years, and was seized by U.S Postal Authorities in 1918 and 1930. The lifting of the ban in 1933 came only after advocates fought for the right to publish the book
  • In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, Voltaire’s critically hailed satire, claiming obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different edition. In 1944, the US Post Office demanded the omission of Candide from a mailed Concord Books catalog.
  • Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Defoe’s Moll Flanders, and various editions of The Arabian Nights were all banned for decades from the U.S. mails under the Comstock Law of 1873. Officially known as the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act, this law banned the mailing of “lewd”, “indecent”, “filthy”, or “obscene” materials. The Comstock laws, while now unenforced, remain for the most part on the books today; the Telecommunications Reform Bill of 1996 even specifically applied some of them to computer networks. The anti-war Lysistrata was banned again in 1967 in Greece, which was then controlled by a military junta.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s autobiography Confessions was banned by U.S. Customs in 1929 as injurious to public morality.
  • In 1954, the Providence, RI, post office attempted to block delivery of Lenin’s State and Revolution to Brown University, citing it as “subversive”.

Shipping to Canada?  Not these books!  Just some of the books which can not be shipped from the US to Canada.

  • Bierce, Ambrose: The Devil’s Advocate: An Ambrose Bierce Reader
  • Burroughs, William: The Naked Lunch
  • Duras, Marguerite: The Man Sitting in the Corridor
  • Irving, John: The Hotel New Hampshire.
  • Rice, Anne: The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
  • Selby, Hubert Jr.: Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Steinbeck, John: The Way
  • Wilde, Oscar: Teleny
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23 responses

  1. Wow, this must be a really busy and strange time to work for a bank. I have a feeling things will get worse before they get better, but hang in there. Crazy times never last.

    2-October-2008 at 1:00 am

  2. Hey, wait. Does DKM owe us anything?!?!

    The Man says: “Oh! A cookie! … DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE?”

    The Investor says: BUN!

    Bogdan says: “I live with children!”

    2-October-2008 at 1:23 am

  3. It does seem like a crazy time to be working for a bank. I hope everything gets smoothed out so that you guys can get more Sophia and bun time!

    2-October-2008 at 1:29 am

  4. Wowee! That’s a lovely Bun Bum if ever we saw one.

    2-October-2008 at 8:45 am

  5. Two of Mom’s nephews work for banks – neither are currently in trouble. One nephew is a bank branch president and the other is in the investment funds analyst/research arena. We hope both of their respective banks stay out of trouble. We also hope DKM’s bank stays out of trouble. Actually, we wish they would ALL stay out of trouble.

    Do we all get a cookie?

    2-October-2008 at 9:04 am

  6. Those pictures were guaranteed to make us smile — the bun bum and Sophia and, oh yes, the CHOCOLATE smile!

    2-October-2008 at 10:40 am

  7. Argg, banking must be crazy these days. Boyfriend and are very good at picking banks that will be sold…….Can I have a cookie? I have two bun bums, though that shot of Orlando’s is ‘specially cute!

    2-October-2008 at 12:32 pm

  8. A few of our favoritest fings! We emailed you a link to a cute bun/kitty fing. Low priority – dat will be on the interwebs furever.

    Mom’s glad DKM’s bank isn’t one of the ones in trubble.

    2-October-2008 at 1:43 pm

  9. My Daddie works for a bank, too. And it has been a wild and crazy time for him also.

    2-October-2008 at 2:30 pm

  10. All excellent pictures!
    Especially the middle one! -Slick

    2-October-2008 at 2:33 pm

  11. Look like quite a few beans are working with banks…such a difficult time…but we hope that all who do find things smoothing out very soon and we all can get back on track.

    purrsssss

    2-October-2008 at 3:36 pm

  12. Thanks fow the cheewy pictoowes..we can all use them..I’m glad youw bean is not in twouble at hew bank
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

    2-October-2008 at 5:24 pm

  13. Helloooo Sophia, Zippy sez “grouchy” is the new norm fur cats…Speedy and Sadie love bunny bums and mom wants you to send her 10,000 chocolate bars before she looses her mind, oops, too late.

    2-October-2008 at 9:00 pm

  14. cute bun bum!
    hey, your blog looks different…or is it just that mommy has been staring at the computer all day every day for a week and what is left of her brain has shorted out?

    mommy has those Anne Rice books. she’ll try to remember not to mail them to Canada.

    3-October-2008 at 12:01 am

  15. I like the ‘Bun Bum” :)
    Mom likes the cookie!!!
    I did not know some books could not be sent to Canada.
    WOW!!
    Purrs Mickey

    3-October-2008 at 12:13 am

  16. LIKE BUN BUNNS

    CATS ARE STUPID

    MUSY HAVE COOKIE …..

    3-October-2008 at 1:45 am

  17. furrybutts

    Cute bun bum!!

    Sophia is a woman of mystery, so many secrets she has ;)

    Chocolate!!I want!!

    3-October-2008 at 5:26 am

  18. No way to not smile after seeing those pictures!

    3-October-2008 at 1:04 pm

  19. 10/10 for the Bun Bum!

    3-October-2008 at 1:23 pm

  20. more bun bums, more bun bums hehehehehe ~Rabbie

    3-October-2008 at 6:18 pm

  21. We’re glad DKM works at a bank that’s not in trouble.

    4-October-2008 at 2:37 pm

  22. All you can do is hang in there and wait for things to get back to normal. We’re sending hang-tough vibes your way, DKM…

    Is there anything cuter than a bun bum?

    4-October-2008 at 7:56 pm

  23. Oh oh, I wonder how my local bookstore got copies of (since a bought all three books)

    The Naked Lunch, The Way, and Teleny.

    14-October-2008 at 9:56 pm

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