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  • A Senate of the States Part: July 27th - August 6th, 1787

    12/11/2017 1:04:47 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | December 11th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The convention adjourned July 26th to offer time for a Committee of Detail to smooth the resolutions passed to date. In addition to its assigned duty, it occasionally added what it regarded as necessary clauses in the Constitution, such as the duty of the senate to resolve disputes between states. Delegates will reconvene on August 6th. The lack of public news from the convention was infuriating. During this recess, a member of the North Carolina delegation apologized to his governor; his oath of secrecy forbade discussion of the proceedings. James Madison’s father tried his utmost, with no success, to pry...
  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/10/2017 8:36:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 170 replies
    Squwaker ^ | 12/06/17 | Alisha Sherron
    Who were your ancestors? What is your ethnic background composed of? Sites like Ancestry.com and 23andme have always been some go to sources in answering all of your toughest questions. But how accurate are they? In a recent interview with Cracked, one of the major ancestry testing companies, (which specific company is unknown) spilled the beans on what really happens when you purchase an ancestry kit. While I can’t say I’m surprised, you may be shocked to learn that these ancestry sites aren’t always as accurate as they claim to be. Beyond this, they’ve also admitted to tampering with the...
  • "Saving K-12" -– Why you may want this book

    12/09/2017 3:02:39 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 30 replies
    Bruce Deitrick Price ^ | Dec. 8, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    1) Good Christmas present for smart people. Somewhat complex sophistries are explained in simple terms. It’s fun knowing how this stuff works. 2) This book is a guidebook to what’s really going on in our public schools. Weird, unproven theories and methods are commonplace, such as Sight-words to teach reading, Constructivism to teach knowledge, Common Core Math to teach arithmetic, and so on. Once you understand these gimmicks, then you can fight back more successfully against the school system. 3) A group, whether 2 people or 20 people, can use this book to initiate and focus discussions. You can pick...
  • New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!

    12/08/2017 6:14:07 AM PST · by gymbeau · 68 replies
    TechnoFile ^ | December 7, 2017 | Jim Bray
    New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!By Jim BrayTechnoFile.comIt may not be back completely but, as evidenced by the newly redesigned 2018 Honda Accord, it looks as if the honoured Japanese carmaker is back on track. Or at least well on the way.I've been particularly vociferous about my Honda angst in recent years. The company makes terrific cars - and they still do, for the most part - but somewhere along the way between adding all the new drivers' aids and pursuing ever more strict fuel economy mandates the company seemed to lose its...
  • A Senate of the States: July 21st – July 23rd, 1787

    12/07/2017 2:12:52 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | December 7th, 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Since delegates resolved, on July 16th, the most contentious issue of the convention, equality of state suffrage in the senate, they quickly hammered out over twenty other fundamental resolutions in the next week. The Connecticut Compromise smoothed the way toward fitting the remaining pieces of our Constitutional puzzle. Among unresolved fundamental resolutions were judicial appointments. James Madison’s Virginia Plan of Government envisioned a bicameral congress, comprising a popularly elected house of representatives, and a senate appointed by the house of representatives. It also featured a judiciary powerful enough to check congress. Not only could the judiciary veto unconstitutional laws, it...
  • Did Americans In 1776 Have British Accents?

    12/02/2017 9:17:33 AM PST · by gaggs · 154 replies
    Have you ever wondered if the Founding Fathers spoke with a British accent? I know I have. Well here is the answer. The typical English accent didn’t develop until after the Revolutionary War, so Americans actually speak proper English. Here comes the science.
  • A Senate of the States: July 14th, 1787

    11/30/2017 1:57:30 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 30th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As of this Saturday in mid-July, the familiar enumeration of specific powers in Article I § 8 and prohibitions in Sections 9 & 10 didn’t exist. Delegates had agreed to a single executive, a judiciary, a House of Representatives proportioned by population, and little else. From Madison’s notes it appears that most delegates assumed the new government would act only on the people, and not the states. Without knowing if the new government was to act on just the people (a national government) or the people plus the states (mixed national and federal), today’s proceedings were somewhat murky and confusing...
  • A Senate of the States: July 13th, 1787

    11/27/2017 1:41:47 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 27th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Up to now, the convention’s great divide was between the large and small states. Today, focus drifted toward the rift between north and south, non-slave vs. slave-holding states. The 3/5 rule and expected rapid population growth in the southwest disturbed some northern delegates. If slaves and whites filled new states as anticipated, southern states would soon dominate the House of Representatives. Abruptly, yet understandably, the aristocratic Gouverneur Morris (PA), who recently recommended doing away with the states, turned about in support of equal state suffrage in the senate as a counterbalance to a fast-growing south. Only a northern state senate...
  • Swedish Academy Entangled in #Metoo Sex Scandal

    11/24/2017 12:09:14 PM PST · by SaveMySweden · 2 replies
    SMS - Save My Sweden ^ | 11/24/2017 | Brünnhilde
    In a new twist to the snowballing #Metoo scandal in Scandinavia, sexual harassment accusations have even reached the Swedish Academy, which is responsible for choosing the Nobel Prize in Literature. In chorus, thousands of female journalists and representatives of other trades drafted joint petitions to protest sexual assault.
  • A Senate of the States: July 3rd – 10th, 1787

    11/20/2017 1:46:19 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 20th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As John Locke related in his Two Treatises of Government, the legislative power is the essence of republicanism. Despite the lessons of the great Enlightenment philosophers and the Framers’ long experience in colonial and free republican affairs, they experienced much difficulty in designing a suitable, stable, effective legislature for a young and growing society. 1 Yesterday’s grand committee met to address the basis of representation in the legislature. What compromise could overcome large state objections to parity among the states in the senate? Recall that large states feared small state dominance over taxation, and that the small would disproportionately burden...
  • A Senate of the States: July 2nd, 1787

    11/16/2017 2:15:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 16th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Gouverneur Morris Warns of a Uniparty. The convention slogged on as the large/small state standoff continued over the question of representation in the senate. I will follow a different course today and let a little-known Framer, Pennsylvania’s Gouverneur Morris take center stage. We can thank Morris for the precise text and prose of our Constitution. As chairman of the Committee of Style, he not only smoothed and connected resolutions, he occasionally inserted clauses on his own initiative, which the convention typically accepted as written. Where history tagged James Madison as the father of the Constitution, Morris was its acknowledged...
  • A Senate of the States June 29th – June 30th, 1787

    11/13/2017 1:29:45 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 13th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    While we take for granted today that the Framers breezily agreed to a compound republic of the people and the states, the issue still was unresolved five weeks into the convention! Tempers flew as arguments ranged on the one hand, from forming a national, democratic republic which did away with the states, and on the other, to keeping the existing Articles of Confederation. In late June, delegates far more resembled steely political negotiators than a band of brothers. What kept them going through the long summer was fear of the future if they did not come up with an adequate...
  • Reflections on Terrorism, Dumb and Smart

    11/08/2017 5:57:13 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 7 Nov 2017 | Angelo Codevilla
    Peggy Noonan’s observation in the Wall Street Journal that the most recent jihadist mass murderer is “an idiot”—unlike the men who perpetrated 9/11, but like all who have struck us since—provokes more thought than likely went into it. Noonan correctly notes that 9/11 led us to expect more attacks with comparable planning and execution. Instead, we’ve been hit by random idiots, the most sophisticated of whom (the Bataclan murderers) operate at an elementary infantry level. So what? Our ruling class concludes that more and better policing has precluded attacks on the scale of 9/11, limiting Islamist terrorism to a level...
  • A Senate of the States: June 26th, 1787

    11/02/2017 1:30:26 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 2nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Swamp-Creatures. Meeting in Convention, delegates once again considered the Fourth Resolution, which dealt with senatorial elections, term length, age qualification, salary, and eligibility to additional offices. The answers to these issues will frame the senators’ dual-loyalty to the general government and their states. Under the Articles of Confederation, allegiance to the states was so strong that state interests typically superseded the interests of the nation. In turn, this led in part to the deteriorating social and economic conditions which pushed reluctant states to convene in Philadelphia. On the other hand, too strong an attachment to the capital city was...
  • A Senate of the States: June 14th – June 18th, 1787

    10/23/2017 2:11:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 23rd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    June 14. William Patterson (NJ), spooked by the developing Virginia Plan, asked for a one-day adjournment to work on an improved federal design. June 15. He submitted the New Jersey/Patterson Plan. The Committee of the Whole will take up the amended Virginia and New Jersey Plans tomorrow. June 16. Since I previously blogged my observations of the New Jersey Plan here, I intended to overlook the proceedings of June 16th. However, the day had an impact on the issue of proportional v. equal representation of the states in the senate and is therefore worth a look. John Lansing (NY) and...
  • A Senate of the States: June 12th – June 13th, 1787

    10/19/2017 1:37:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 19th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As of June 12th, the evolving senate still had no powers beyond those of the Confederation. Additional powers arrived after delegates determined its institutional shape and characteristics. At issue was the senate’s relationship with the lower house and the executive branch. Governor Randolph reminded the committee “the democratic licentiousness of the state legislatures proved the necessity of a firm senate.” The best model was the senate of Maryland, which consisted of fifteen members appointed to five-year terms by an electoral college of two electors from each county and one each from the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland_Senate] Yet, even...
  • Salon’s Top 'Conservative’ List Is Nearly All 'Never Trump' Liberals Who Hate the Right

    10/16/2017 11:16:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-16-2017 | Kristine Marsh
    Salon’s Top 'Conservative’ List Is Nearly All 'Never Trump' Liberals Who Hate the Right Kristine Marsh October 16, 2017 Over the weekend, liberal online magazine Salon put out a highly mockable list of their top “25 Conservatives Actually Worth Following on Twitter.” The story made a splash on social media, because it seemed Salon’s only criteria for being a “worthy conservative” is that you had to be an outspoken “Never-Trumper” and a fierce critic of the right. Brownie points if you support Obamacare and spew profanities at the president. What didn’t count? Actually being a smart, thoughtful commentator on conservative...
  • A Senate of the States: June 7th – June 11th, 1787

    10/16/2017 1:08:52 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 16th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    On June 7th, John Dickinson (DE) motioned "that the members of the second branch ought to be chosen by the individual Legislatures." The separate question of proportional or federal (equal) representation in the senate carried over into July, and nearly wrecked the convention. Senatorial election by the states solved two unacceptable aspects of the Virginia Plan. First, the Lower House elected the VA Plan’s Upper House. Nearly all the convention delegates had served in their respective state houses or congress, and were aware of the out-of-doors deal making and corruption certain to occur under the VA Plan. An Upper House...
  • A Senate of the States: June 1st – June 6th, 1787

    10/12/2017 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 12th, 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    On the first and second days of June 1787, the Committee of the Whole grappled with the 7th Resolution of the Virginia Plan: "that a national Executive be instituted, to be chosen by the national Legislature-for the term of ------ years &c to be ineligible thereafter, to possess the executive powers of Congress &c." Along the way of debate on the executive, John Dickinson (DE) would segue into the composition of the second house of congress, the infant United States Senate. The Framers’ starting point was the British monarchy. It could not be otherwise. While a chief executive armed with...
  • Senate Democrats Obstruction Damaging Senate As Senate Democrats oppose President Trump’s nominees

    10/11/2017 2:28:39 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Republican National Lawyers Assn ^ | 10-10-2017 | Michael B. Thielen
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Senate Democrats' Obstruction Is Damaging the Senate As Senate Democrats oppose President Trump’s judicial nominees for bad reasons and no reasons, they are damaging the Senate as institution long-term. A quick example of each. The Democrats are using procedural motions to delay the confirmation of NON-CONTROVERSIAL nominees: The Senate has confirmed just seven judges this year, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. There are 149 judicial vacancies right now, compared to the 108 Trump started the year with. Trump has so far sent nominees for 50 of the current vacancies. . . . The majority leader...