Archive for March, 2008

DC v. Heller – It’s On!

Posted in Politics on March 18th, 2008

Starting today, March 18, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on District of Columbia v. Heller, Case #07-290. Finally, after over 70 years the US Supreme Court will hear a case whose basis is whether the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution is an individual right or a collective right.

A couple of quotes relevant to the issue:

[Those] who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right [are] courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like.

— Alan Dershowitz
Harvard Law School

Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est
(“A sword is never a killer, it’s a tool in the killer’s hands”)

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca “the younger”
circa (4 BC – 65 AD)

The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected by the end of June. It is obvious that the ruling could have a far-reaching impact on gun control laws in the United States. What seems less obvious to the US populace in general is that the court’s ruling could also have far reaching impact on the fundamental freedoms of every single person in the US.

Related Reading:

Barron's AP U.S. Government and Politics, 10th Edition
The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides
Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry
The Second Amendment on Trial: Critical Essays on <em>District of Columbia v. Heller</em>
The Supreme Court

No Pleasing Women

Posted in Humor on March 13th, 2008

A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband.

Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch… You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. .

On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 – These men have jobs and love the Lord.

The second floor sign reads:

Floor 2 – These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids.

The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 – These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are extremely good looking.

“Wow,” the woman thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads:

Floor 4 – These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead good looking and help with the housework.

“Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it!” Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads:

Floor 5 – These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 6 – You are visitor 4,363,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day!

H/T to funlok.com

Related Reading:

The 50 Funniest American Writers*: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
More Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
The Best Joke Book (Period): Hundreds of the Funniest, Silliest, Most Ridiculous Jokes Ever
How To Write Funny: Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint For Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing (Scott Dikkers' How To Write) (Volume 1)

BTW About Texas…

Posted in 2008 Election on March 12th, 2008

Remember how Bill Clinton described Texas as a Do or Die race for his wife’s campaign. He specifically pointed out to the crowd that winning in both Texas and Ohio were prerequisites for Hillary gaining the Democratic nomination.

If she wins Texas and Ohio I think she will be the nominee. If you don’t deliver for her, I don’t think she can be. It’s all on you.

— Former US president Bill Clinton
February 20th, 2008, Beaumont, TX

Well, after a long delay, the final results from Texas are at last counted and recorded. Obama won Texas. Hillary lost! Though Clinton won more delegates than Obama in the Texas Primaries – 65 to 61, Obama won more delegates in the Texas Caucuses – 38 to 29.

Final Texas Totals:

  • Barack Obama won 99 Texas delegates
  • Hillary Clinton won 94 Texas delegates

One has to wonder what Hillary will do now – besides taking Bill to task for making such an ill-advised statement in Beaumont, TX. A lot of publicity surrounded Bill’s Do or Die claim, and it looked at first like Hillary had pulled it off – albeit by the slimmest of margins. Now that it has been shown that she did in fact lose Texas, one can be assured that there will be an even greater media storm over her husband’s comment.

Related Reading:

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter
Obama/McCain: Election 2008
It Takes a Village: Picture Book
Politics (Dover Thrift Editions)
AP® U.S. Government & Politics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course)