On Target!

Tropical Storm Isaac.

Gearing-up for my mental hurricane party!  I hope the Republicans are ready in Tampa.

Limited by the Plain Sense and Intention of the Instrument

From the Virginia Report of 1799:

That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting that compact; as no farther valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.

Designed Especially for the Instruction of the Slaves

In 1862, under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America, there was printed by the Office of “The Church Intelligencer,” a special catechism to be administered and answered orally by those who could not read (slaves).

Can you spot the typo?

From Lesson One:

Quest. WHO made the world?

Ans. God.

Q. Who?

A. God.

Q. What did God make?

A. The world.

Q. Yes, God made the world. Did He make any thing else?

A. He made all things in the world.

Q. What are some of the things in the world?

A. Water, trees, cattle, and men.

Q. What?

A. Water, trees, cattle, and men.

Q. Yes, God made the world, and all things in the world:–Who then made you?

A. God.

Q. What were you made of?

A. “Of the dust of the ground.”

Q. How do you know this?

A. God has told me so.

Q. Where has God told you so?

A. In His own book, called the Bible.

During the course of the War, the Southern Book of Common Prayer — virtually identical to the 1789 book with minor changes to the prayers for the President and Congress necessitated by the new national government — was printed thrice at London. Two of the printings were intercepted by the Union Naval Blockade, making this a very rare book both then and now.

The Church in the CSA also made available abridged and adapted forms of the Prayer-Book for the soldiers fighting in the Confederate forces.

The Root of All (Political) Evil

From Federalist No. 78 (emphasis mine):

If it be said that the legislative body are themselves the constitutional judges of their own powers, and that the construction they put upon them is conclusive upon the other departments, it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected from any particular provisions in the Constitution. It is not otherwise to be supposed, that the Constitution could intend to enable the representatives of the people to substitute their will to that of their constituents. It is far more rational to suppose, that the courts were designed to be an intermediate body between the people and the legislature, in order, among other things, to keep the latter within the limits assigned to their authority.

[W]henever a particular statute contravenes the Constitution, it will be the duty of the judicial tribunals to adhere to the latter and disregard the former.

Spes Scotorum

O Sancte Columba, spes Scotorum, ora pro me ad Jesum per Maria.


My rough translation from French to English:

Your great-great-grandmother, she had fourteen children;
Your great-grandmother had almost as many;
For your grandmother three were enough;
And your mother didn’t want any: you were an accident.

As for you, my girl, you change partners all the time.
When you do something stupid, you get out of it with an abortion.
But there are mornings you wake up crying,
When you dream at night of a big table surrounded by children.

* * *

Dégénérations by Mes Aïeux

Ton arrière-arrière grand-père il a défriché la terre
Ton arrière grand-père il a labouré la terre
Et puis ton grand-père il a rentabilizé la terre
Et puis ton ton père il a vendu pour devenir fonctionaire
Et puis toi mon ptit gar tu sait plus se que tu vas faire
Dans ton ptit trois et demi bien trop chère frète en hiver
Il te vient des envie de devenir propriètaire et tu rêve la nuit d’avoir ton petit lopin de terre

Ton arrière-arrière grand-mère elle a eu quatorze enfants
Ton arrière grand-mère en a eu quasiment autant
Et puis ta grand-mère en a eu trois c’tait suffisant
pis ta mère en voulait pas, toi t’étais un accident
Et puis toi ma p’tite tu change de partenaire tout le temp quand tu fait une connerie tu t’en sors en avortant mais ya des matin tu te reveille en pleurant quand tu rêve la nuit d’une grande table entouré d’enfants

Ton arrière-arrière grand-père a vécu la grosse misère
Ton arrière grand-père il ramassait les sents noir
Et puis ton grand-père il a miracle est devenu millionaire
Et puis ton ton père en a hérité et l’a toute mis dans ses REER
Et puis toi p’tite jeunesse tu dois ton cul au ministaire pas moyen d’avoir un pret dans une institution bancaire pour calmé tes envie de hold-uper la caissière tu lis des livres qui parle de simplicité volontaire

Tes arrière-arrière grand-parents il savait comment fêtez
Tes arrière grand-parent ça swignait fort dans les veillées
Puis tes grand-parents on connu l’époque yé-yé
Et puis tes parents c’etait les disco c’est la qu’ils se sont rencontré
Et puis mon ami qu’est-ce tu fais de ta soiré éteint donc ta TV faut pas resté encabanner heuresement que dans la vie ya des choses qui refuse de changé enfile tes plus beaux habilles car nous allons ce soir dansez

Looks Like All Hell’s About to Break Loose!

Radar Image, Central Florida, 21 August 2012, 3:32 PM.

Actually it already has.  One of my clients in Orlando is without power and has a failed UPS battery in the server room — a UPS that provides power to all of the network and VoIP equipment!  When the power’s back up, things will work, but they will have to listen to the incessant beeping of the failed battery backup until I can get a replacement installed.