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January 10, 2013

The Second Amendment in Context

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Pequot war

Pequot war

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American militia firing at the British infantry from behind a split-rail fence during the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781.

Alfred Jacob Miller  - Snake Indians Testing Bows

Alfred Jacob Miller – Snake Indians Testing Bows

There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights.[5] One version was passed by the Congress,[6] while another is found in the copies distributed to the States[7] and then ratified by them.

As passed by the Congress:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.[8]

(Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Text>)

Don’t you think it’s time the US of A enter the 21st century?

All images courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

January 2, 2013

Weapons of the Second Amendment

Weapons of the Second Amendment

I’m just sayin’….

October 13, 2010

A Tribute to Noah

Our southern neighbors have chosen today as National Fossil Day, part of Earth Sciences Week, established by the American Geological Institute to “…help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. While Canada is well known for its fossil sites, (and its fossilized Conservative government) we don’t seem to take part in the celebration. Allow me to offer my best wishes to all those south of the border who are paying tribute to the earth by honoring fossils:

(Shell fossil photographed high in a mountain pass above a glacier in Jasper National Park. Deposited there by the mighty hand of God when he caused a world wide flood to destroy all people who sinned more than Noah by the massive forces of plate tectonics that continue to shape the earth.)

Hat-tip to Panda’s Thumb..

July 28, 2010

Carl Safina on the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

The unseen effects of the Gulf oil spill. From Ted Talks:

July 15, 2010

Rethink Alberta?

Or should we just keep oiling along?

Creating a stir in Alberta, Corporate Ethics International has begun a campaign to make people think twice before visiting the province. From the CBC:

Corporate Ethics International launched billboards in four U.S. cities Wednesday that compare Alberta’s oilsands to the environmental disaster caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We’re just trying to create pressure that motivates the Alberta government to come to the table to talk to these groups about a solution,” said Michael Marx, executive director of the group.

The billboards were placed in Portland, Ore., Denver, Seattle and Minneapolis, four centres that generate many U.S. visitors to Alberta.

March 5, 2010

Smithsonian has Videos

Smithsonian.com has launched a new video page which has covers history, science, nature, the arts, travel, world culture and technology. This selection covers the evidence of natural selection and evolution at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum.

more about “Finding Evolution at the Natural Hist…“, posted with vodpod
February 21, 2010

Pawn the Odium

Here I am, a Canadian who doesn’t care about hockey. So I turn on the TV to catch a bit of the Olympic Games. What do I see? Two players in a face-to-face collision and then a third falls over them both. All three are Canadian hockey players.

If I had known hockey was so entertaining I would have begun watching ages ago…

Er…USA 3, Canada 2.

I think that means we lost.

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