Werewolves Of New London

Giles: Clearly we're looking for a depraved, sadistic animal.

Oz: Present. Hey, I may be a cold blooded jelly doughnut - but my timing's impeccable

-- From "Beauty and the Beasts"

Willow: Well, I like you. You're nice and you're funny. And you don't smoke. Yeah, okay, werewolf, but that's not all the time. I mean, three days out of the month I'm not much fun to be around either.

Oz: You are quite the human.

-- From "Phases"

Daniel "Oz" Osbourne, played by Seth Green, was initially introduced in season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the guitar player for the band Dingoes Ate My Baby. Taciturn and witty, he soon attracted the romantic interest of aspiring witch Willow Rosenberg. A visit to relatives changed his life when he was bitten by a baby cousin whose side of the family carried lycanthropy. As a result, he transformed into a werewolf three nights a month. To deal his affliction - in which he would lose all sense of self and become a mindless beast out to kill - he locked himself in a cage in the school library during the nights of the full moon. When the sun set, Oz metamorphosed into the monster, smashing himself against the bars of the cage in howls of fury. He awakened the following morning as his normal self having lost the memory of the events of the night.

Ordinarily possessing a zen-like calm when human, what made him lose his cool was the fear that his lycanthropy would cause him to hurt someone. Though an innocent victim of fate, he had the judgment to see his power, not as something to exploit, but rather as a weakness. He showed the militant humility of finding salvation in one's own shackling.

No such restraint is found among the black-robed brutes inhabiting the nation's highest court. They trod over individuals who wish to keep their homes against the raids of the powerful. They spare no pity for the terminally ill who want to die with dignity. Burdened with the weight of great power, they respond not by tempering it with great responsibility, but instead by indulging in its temptation.

For their refusal to bind their own hands, key Justices should be locked up in metal cages at strategic intervals coinciding with major Court rulings. For the public purpose, of course. Their power unleashed is a threat to society.

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