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Way to change the subject! I’ve read those documents – I guess we all took the same courses in high school and college back in the day. The founders made a bicameral legislature to balance out popular vote vs. “elder statesmen”, yes, but clearly did NOT want to give so much voting power to the slave states because it’s even more unbalanced for them to get representation by total population when a lot of the population is treated like farm animals. And yes, the slave states (mostly warmer, rural, and farming) were hesitant about joining a union that was already leaning towards outlawing slavery (not as financially worthwhile in cooler, city-based, and industrial areas). So I stand by my contention that the unbalanced minoritarian anti-democratic [small d] representation of the Senate was partly due to the slave states – although the fact that the unbalance is over 4x as bad now as it was then was caused by multiple other factors.During the first half of pregnancy, the developing fetus is not at all human looking, and is not at all ready to exist outside the womb; that’s why there is a big difference between “miscarriage” and “stillbirth”. The Old Testament tradition clearly places all value on the mother, and considers the loss of a pregnancy to be an injury against the mother rather than against any potential “person”. Of course our law isn’t supposed to be based on religion (see that First Amendment you mentioned), but the historical basis for common English law that our founders were basing their structure on is pretty clear.
No. The founders clearly planned to have a FEDERAL government so that the colonies became UNIFIED (hence the name they chose, “United States”). Yes, details were left to the states – because of the insistence of the slave states on maintaining slavery. And reciprocity between states, the “Full Faith and Credit Clause”, does not mean that everyone has to drop to the lowest common denominator; again, because of the insistence of slave states. The consistent root of all arguments over states’ rights is SLAVERY. Do you want your country and your government to be based on SLAVERY? Hmm. Maybe you just don’t expect that you personally would become a slave?
All pregnancies, from the very first official recording (e.g. any doctor visit, MUST list the father. All fathers MUST be legally and financially responsible for ALL medical care for their fetus from that first official recognition (correction, it will be already considered their “child”). All fatherhood, especially contested cases, MUST be verified by genetic testing. All biological males (let’s start with Selective Service age, probably should go down to 16 or even 12) must submit blood and sperm samples for genetic testing, to be recorded in a government database (which of course will now be available for crime scene and rape kit testing). All accusations of rape MUST be tested; after all, it is the sacred duty of government to protect all children, including ensuring that all children are connected to their parents. Any men feeling uncomfortable? Too bad. Take responsibility.
Would you feel differently if the kid were talking to his kindly and clever old grandpa? or preacher? Maybe this is all Socratic dialogue exposing the inner contemplation of a child growing into adulthood, and Frazz is just an anthropomorphic personification.
Standard poodles were originally bred to be large retrievers, and it takes a lot of intelligence (and restraint) for a carnivore to retrieve hunted food (without taking a bite) secure in the knowledge that it will get fed later. It’s the lap-dog version that yaps.
In my experience (and I am not a cynologist), little yappy dogs are yappy because they have been bred too small to have enough spare neurons to rub together, while the larger dogs – mostly “working” breeds – have been bred for intelligence along with size.
Oil companies announced record quarterly profits this morning. So all of the press statements about how the “high price” is due to “decreased availability” or “war” are just bullshit – the high price is because the oil companies can work in collusion and get away with it.
RIP Norman Thelwell, artist of the Britsh countryside
FWIW nuking hurricanes was not a new idea just because a new ignoramus suggested it. https://www.wired.com/story/nuking-hurricanes-polar-ice-caps-climate-change/