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  1. Astolat commented on Doonesbury 16 days ago

    Shh, don’t wake the sleeper under the bridge…

    If she was a Brit I was going to say send her back here, we’d love some politicians who didn’t go to Eton and Oxford. But she’s not – did you mistake United Nations for United Kingdom? Anyway, a US citizen father who had presumably spent at least five years in the US after 18 but before 40 when she was born should mean she is a natural born citizen, even though not by b eing born on American soil.

  2. Astolat commented on Doonesbury 29 days ago

    After a couple of pints and pork pie, we sing of nothing elseā€¦
    (Not).

  3. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Read the About Doonesbury sidebar. It’s there every day. Trudeau is working on other projects, so only Sunday;s strip is new for the time being.

  4. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Yes, the idea of a body corporate being a separate legal person is a general common law approach (although according to Wikipedia it builds on Roman Law principles: I never took Roman Law so have no idea), and as far as I know it holds in all common law countries without needing a statutory basis.

    I hadn’t realised you had extended constitutional rights to corporate persons. Although Europe now has many similar principles to your constitutional rights, at least as interpreted by SCOTUS, in its law , they come specifically from a convention on human rights, so don’t apply to companies. It also means that simply establishing the “personhood” of great apes would not give them rights to autonomy in Europe in the way that is being argued in the US.

  5. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    The french are STILL quite happy to stick it to us Brits. And, to be fair, vice versa.

  6. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Yes, we find it slightly … odd … that you are so keen on our royalty when you were at such pains to chuck them out a couple of centuries ago. On the other hand, the current crop are rather more appealing than mad King George.

    I wasn’t aware that we had any influence at all on your foreign policy; over here the relationship is seen as precisely the opposite.

    As for the two world wars, the general British view is that the Americans eventually work out what is the right thing to do, but always two years late, and in the case of WWII only when Japan made your minds up for you…

    Now, where are my asbestos underpants when I need them?

  7. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Picking up on the “snotty teenager” comment from yesterday, if the BBC Harry Enfield sketch of Kevin turning thirteen didn’t make it to that side of the pond, watch it here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLuEY6jN6gY&feature=kp
    It’s nearly 25 years old now, so the clothes and the references are all well out of date, but the basic message is still as valid as ever…

  8. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Following from yesterday, some more details of both the attack and the later, inspirational, likfe of Kim Phuc are here:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8678478.stm
    There is also a lot all over the net about the meeting with the US veteran who, at most, was involved in ordering the attack (which was actually carried out by a South Vietnamese pilot). However, the sources on this all seem so partial it is hard to know who to trust.

  9. Astolat commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    To all those commenting on what @LeoAutodidact said, I think the clue is in his name…

  10. Astolat commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    Feels like it, sometimes…