Beware the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?)

Van Halen – Hot for Teacher

Today’s Quote: “Beware the Ides of March.” — William Skakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene 2, line 33.

I saw on the news this morning that yet another school teacher has gotten into trouble for having sex with a 17-year-old male student. I have a few questions for her. Was the sex that good? Was it so good that it was worth throwing away your career, doing prison time, and being forever labeled a sex offender? If you seduced him, will you remember him as fondly as I’m sure he’ll remember you? If it was his idea, then you’re just another notch on his gun; he got what he wanted and you paid the price. Either way it was a case of incredibly poor judgment on your part. You didn’t really think a 17-year-old boy could keep getting laid a secret, did you? He’d be shouting it from the rooftops. I know I probably would have. [Edit] I can’t imagine that a 17-year-old boy would be that good a lover. Maybe she wanted to teach him. Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson.

Looking back on my high school days, I wish some hot teacher had seduced me. Hell, at 17, I was hoping any female would want to go out with me, let alone have sex .

I haven’t been able to collaborate the story, but I read recently that there was once a time in America when it was commonplace for women to nurse wherever and whenever the need arose, even in church or other public places. No one thought anything of it and women didn’t feel obligated to cover themselves or the baby.

The criminalization of breasts allegedly began in the 1920s when an unnamed company was trying to market a new product, infant formula, without much success because breast feeding was the preferred method. In order to create demand for formula, they had to make people believe that breasts were unsanitary, vulgar, and something to be disdained. Naturally, the proper replacement was their infant formula because it was, according to the company, sanitary and wholesome.

Just like today, one of the best tools for turning something benevolent and harmless into a thing of evil that threatens our very moral fiber is religion. The company enlisted the services of a well known puritanical protestant bishop to get the fire and brimstone machine rolling. Soon laws began to be enacted, criminalizing women’s breasts and officially making them indecent. By the 1930s it was evident the smear campaign was a success when formula became preferred 3 to 1 over breast milk.

In recent years, breast feeding has begun to make a comeback but we still have to deal with the criminalization of a woman’s body. It seems to me that to require a woman to cover up in a place or situation where a man can be shirtless is discriminatory and makes her a second class citizen. Undoing four generations of cultural conditioning is no easy task and it’s almost impossible for common sense to prevail in today’s cultural-religous-political climate.

Obscure Music Trivia Quiz:
1. What modern minimalist composer wrote the musical score for big films like The Hours and The Truman Show and small films like Koyannisqatsi? A) Mark Isham B) John Barry C) Philip Glass
2. What Hungarian conductor served as the director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 through 1991? A) Zubin Mehta B) Sir Georg Solti C) Karl Bohm
3. What conductor served as musical director for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1965-69), the San Francisco Symphony (1970-76), and has a concert hall named after him at Tanglewood? A) Andre Previn B) Seiji Ozawa C) Kurt Masur
4. Which opera star sold more recordings in 1990 than all but Elton John and Madonna? A) Luciano Pavarotti B) Beverly Sills C) Placido Domingo
5. Who was named after her mother for a song about the wind in the film Paint Your Wagon? A) Brandy B) Mya C) Mariah Carey

It was really slow today so I redid my main genealogy page. I split it up into five pages by content in preparation for when I add more stuff to it. Hey, it helped pass the time. Maybe this weekend I’ll update the information. Even over the LAN, it still takes a while to upload 4500 pages.

Music Trivia Answers:
1. C) Philip Glass
2. B) Sir Georg Solti
3. B) Seiji Ozawa
4. A) Luciano Pavarotti
5. C) Mariah Carey [They Call the Wind Mariah]


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “Beware the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?)”

  1. Here’s what the Ohio Revised Code says:

    § 3781.55. Right to breast-feed in place of public accommodation.
    A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted.
    “Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code.
    HISTORY: 151 v S 41, § 1, eff. 9-16-05.

    For a summary of breastfeeding laws for all states, go to


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