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Lee Creech
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A smartphone that doesn't need charging. I'm ready for that!
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The Second Amendment says, "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." To the eighteenth Framers of the Constitution this continued the English Bill of Rights that guaranteed Englishmen the right to have arms for their own defense and extended it with a right to bear arms. To the eighteenth-century mind this meant to use them in defense of the nation not just one’s self (hence the well regulated Militia).
This quaint idea of rights and responsibilities being part of the same concept has apparently escaped the simple minds of the NRA and their cadre of lunatics. The latest is a petition to deport Piers Morgan for questioning gun rights. The First Amendment, which guarantees more civil liberties than any other, gives Morgan the right to question the wisdom of the current interpretation of the Second Amendment. It gives him the right to call an activist “unbelievably stupid.” It gives him the right to be even more inflammatory in advocating gun control if he wants to be.
It appears rather than being responsible for defending the nation as part of the right to bear arms, some of these gun-rights maniacs want to destroy the First Amendment to keep their assault weapons. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. These are the things that have made western civilization thrive. If you are going to speak out for your right to keep a gun, speak out for these things too. And defend Morgan’s right (or your neighbors’ right) to disagree.
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I can't imagine that Baroness Thatcher thinks so!
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It is time for Congress to step in and shut down the USADA, NCAA, and other authoritarian governing bodies that issue sanctions arbitrarily. They all seem to be concentrated in Sports and filled with sore losers.
The truth is the world is full of lying cheating greedy bastards. Lance Armstrong not being one of them. 
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It's time for a trip to the library. I've just finished reading Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. I want to read his book, Civilization: The West and the Rest, but both books are pretty intense economic histories. I need to read something else in-between. I would prefer something fictional, and not too heavy. I don't want something too fluffy either. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
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My guess is that most US students of history know nothing much about Canada or the War of 1812. Here's an interesting take on it.
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When I was in graduate school, I very briefly worked for one of the curators on "Science in American Life." I have been to the Museum Services Center when this very shelter first arrived, seen it, and heard the conservators discussing how to make it ready for display. I also took a magnifying glass and went over and over a photo of another shelter to make sure that we had the right kind of canned goods, toothpaste, etc. in the collections to put inside this shelter. SAL was an old exhibit, but I hate to see it go. The exhibit sponsor never liked it that much, because they believed that it should glorify scientific discovery (a story of great scientists.) I hope that the Smithsonian will do another exhibition on the history of science, Science and tech are such a big part of our lives, it's worth examining, once in a while, how we got here and the effects, both good and bad, of our journey.
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I am not going to join the "debate" going on in the comments of the News Sentinel's article, but I noticed this quote attributed to Sen. Lamar Alexander: "The EPA's announcement is exactly the reason I have sponsored and voted for laws to stop dirty air from blowing into Tennessee ..." Now, I understand what he was trying to say, but the absurdity of voting against air blowing struck me as funny!
On a side note, if Alexander is successful in outlawing air blowing, he can stop tilting at windmills. Lastly, if air can't blow, and we can't use windmills to generate power, how are the other states supposed to produce the cleaner energy that Alexander wants to clean up the air in the Smokies?
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As a native North Carolinian, I was looking for mention of one of the better Eastern NC barbecue establishments. However, I think it is totally sane and justifiable to cross an ocean for meal after meal of barbecue.
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