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The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!


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ON DANCER....

A little help from our friends: Santajet_1 NASA has enlisted Santa's help to test out its new  NASA-Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on Christmas Eve.

The SLF -- which stands for Sleigh Landing Facility during the holidays -- will be dark and quiet, but it won't be empty, reports NASA. The NASA-KSC airspace is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a Military Radar Unit (MRU) controller, says NASA. When Santa slips into Brevard County under cover of darkness, the radar controller will be following his every move from a brand-new, state-of-the-art traffic control tower, assures the agency.Nasa

"We've been in contact with Santa, although for security reasons I can't elaborate," said Ron Feile, lead air traffic controller with Space Gateway Services (SGS). "Santa knows about the control tower, and he's very pleased that he can help us give it a shakedown," he said.

December 23, 2004 | Permalink

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