Map Madison Wisconsin in1867 – Republicans Have Redacted Ninety-Nine Percent of the Constitution

 

Map Madison Wisconsin in1867

Map Madison Wisconsin in1867. Perspective map not drawn to scale. the legend on this beautiful map lists notable sites such as the capitol building, the German Catholic Church, the Soldiers Orphan Home and the local “lunatic asylum”.

Tombstone Arizona Mines Map1881

Tombstone Arizona Mines Map1881. I just liked this quirky map so much I had to post it today. I have a copy twice this large and you still cannot read the small print of the individual mines. Yet it is an a nicely done piece of historic art if nothing else. a Mr. Frank S. Ingoldsby put a lot of thought and consciousness attention to detail. Though the beauty of the map does obscure the terrible legacy of what many of those mines, pretty much unregulated, left as their environmental legacy on the land and local water supply.

 

 

Bill Maher continues to be an equal oportunity offender, though this says more about the blatant hypocrisy of a certain political partay and the fact that they are clueless to that hypocrisy,

During the last segment of Bill Maher’s show on Friday, he criticized both gun owners and liberals who appeared not to care that the majority of our civil liberties have been compromised as they duke it out over gun control.

“New rule: someone has to tell America’s gun nuts to stop wetting their amy surplus pants about losing the Second Amendment. It’s not your Second Amendment rights that are under attack — it’s all the other ones,” he began.

He went on to say that last month, the Senate voted to reauthorize a program that can “collect data on any American citizen and hold onto it forever. They can look at your emails, your texts, your Skypes, and not a peep out the crowd that’s always bitching about what the framers intended. In fact, the answer from almost everyone seems to be, ‘Oh what the hell, the airport screeners have already seen my ass anyway.’”

“Call me old school, but I don’t want the feds googling what I’m googling. It’s bad enough when Netflix pries into my private life. ‘You watched the Walking Dead and Zombieland. You might also like this interview with John McCain.’”

“Doesn’t anyone care that this is the new normal? I guess not, because gun nuts don’t care and neither do liberals,” he said, reminding liberals that they accused Bush of “wiping his ass with the constitution” for the warrantless wiretapping program but seem to have no problem’s with Obama doing the same thing.

“The only thing that still has bipartisan support in Washington is not giving a shit about privacy,” he said.

He also said that while gun owners feel that guns protect them more than laws or courts. “They think that’s what prevents the government from going too far. Without guns, Obama would become an emperor and force everyone to gay marry, but he can’t because a guy in Kentucky named Skeeter has a .22.”

But while they were buying guns, “that’s when we lost all the stuff in the Bill of Rights, about trials and juries and warrants” and that there is “nothing left for the guns to protect.”

There is some Democratic hypocrisy and I appreciate the humor pointing that out, though I would include the the circumstances of that hypocrisy. During the 2008 and 2012 elections there were political choices on the table. In neither case Obama versus McCain or Obama versus Romney would liberals get everything on their wish list. We were adults. We looked at the candidates, we checked off the list of pluses and minuses and voted accordingly. Certainly the recent renewal of domestic surveillance provisions in the Orwellian named Patriot Act contains some repugnant legislation. That does not mean they are not on the list of things that the Democratic base is working on and would like to see revised. In comparison, the people who think guns equals rights, that think semi-automatics with large magazines and guarantees of freedom are one and the same, have no problem with the tyrannical government talking away a big chunk of their civil liberties. If guns are not their to protect your first, fourth, freedom from cruel or unusual punishment, freedom from fines without due process, the right of habeas corpus or the right to an independent judiciary, than the only right conservative gun fetishists care about is the right to have an urban assault weapon to protect themselves from overly aggressive deer. This is a wonderful post that puts things in proper moral perspective, As gun biz was hiring 13,000 people a year, its product was being used to kill more than twice that.

Note that Republicans who shed tears over the prospects of not having a 13 shot mag for their 9mms have no problem with Republicans laying financial Russian-roulette for the nation’s economy, The Republican Debt Ceiling Gambit Is Unconstitutional

House Republicans are backing away from their threat to plunge the United States into a catastrophic budget default and will instead pursue the somewhat less reckless strategy of passing a three-month increase in the debt limit. According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the bill will also contain a provision cutting off congressional pay unless both houses meet a particular milestone: “If the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay.”

Before Cantor gets too excited about this plan, however, he may want to familiarize himself with the Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

There is no election between now and three-months from now, so no law that would cut off congressional pay can take effect then. The Constitution is very clear on this point. Indeed, Republicans should have discovered this fact when House members read the Constitution aloud on the House floor last Tuesday.

To be sure, it is good news that House Republicans appear to be realizing that they can no longer hold the fate of the entire world economy hostage to their narrow agenda. But they aren’t allowed to violate the Constitution either.
Update

Buzzfeed’s John Stanton reports that Republicans claim their “no budget, no pay” provision is constitutional because “it doesn’t change the level of pay but withholds it” until a subsequent date. This claim, however, is not consistent with the text of the Twenty-Seventh Amendment. The Constitution forbids laws “varying the compensation” of members of Congress, not just laws that change the amount of their pay. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the verb “vary” means “to make a partial change in : make different in some attribute or characteristic.” Changing the timing of congressional pay makes a change in some attribute or characteristic of how members are compensated.

Maybe we could start an exchange program. Conservatives turn in their assault weapons and get a free copy of the constitution the rest of us read, the one with all the amendments.

 

 

I’m going to try not to do much in the way of loner posts about this apparently growing phenomenon, but i will mention stories as they develop, Sandy Hook truther won’t quit
Florida professor James Tracy tells Alex Jones’ radio show that like 9/11, Newtown was “a drill that went live” VIDEO

Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy is standing by his controversial views on the Sandy Hook massacre, saying in a radio interview today that “crisis actors” may have been used to “embellish” the shooting, just as they did in 9/11.

[WATCH] Actor Danny Glover tells students 2nd Amendment was created to protect slavery. It’s all faux outrage in the comments. Glover is crazy, doesn’t know history, etc. No one bothered to look past the garbage history that conservatives regularly swallow from the Limbaughs, Drudges and Gleen Becks. Slavery might not have been the only reason for the way the 2nd amercement was worded, but preserving slavery was a large part of it.

Ralph Nader has developed some quirks I don’t care for over the last 10 years, but he can still do some math, Open Letter to Mark Duke, CEO of Walmart: Take the Lead on Raising Minimum Wage

Walmart has about one million workers, give or take, in the U.S. who are making less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than workers made in 1968. This is remarkable for another reason – today’s Walmart worker, due to automation and other efficiencies, does the work of two Walmart workers from 40 years ago. A federal minimum wage, inflation-adjusted from 1968, would be $10.50 today. The present federal minimum wage is $7.25 – the lowest in major Western countries. In Western Europe and Ontario, where you have operations, you must currently adhere to minimum wages of $10.50 or more.

[  ]…Raising your workers’ wages to a $10.50 minimum would cost your company less than $2 billion (deductible) on U.S. sales of more than $313 billion. Fewer Walmart workers would have to go on varieties of government relief. Some of that $2 billion would go to social security, and Medicare with more going back into purchases at Walmart.

If America’s CEOs in general would act like moral patriotic Americans it would solve a lot of problems including Medicare funding and boosting the economy by increasing the buying power of millions of workers.

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