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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-04 04:41
Subject: [links] Link salad heads east
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ELF test? "Geoffrey the subtle salmon" — English as a Lingua Franca.

Eclipse Shadow Cone Over PatagoniaAPOD is on a roll this week.

Kosher Burkas — Umm...

GOP shows historic amnesia on spending cutsAlas, historical amnesia appears to have affected some readers, many of whom are under the impression that President Bush actually believed in small government and that recent Republican congressional leaders actually opposed federal spending. I'd be a lot more impressed with the GOP's current anti-spending stance if it bore even the vaguest connection to how these same GOP leaders governed while in the majority.

If Only The Right Would Leave The Constitution AloneTaken together, that's 10 constitutional amendments proposed, endorsed, and/or introduced by leading Republicans over the last decade. [...] Given the alleged reverence for the Constitution in far-right circles, the irony is rich.

?otD: What color is your parachute?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (revisions, WRPA)
Body movement: airport walking
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 241.4 (yikes!)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently (re)reading: Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-08-04 13:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The fact that the right proposes Constitutional amendments is, in fact, a sign of respect for the Constitution. People on the left have pretty much given up on Constitutional amendments since the ERA failed. Instead, the left works to achieve its ends by getting judges to find emanations and penumbras of Constitutional provisions that prohibit, allow, or require whatever it is that the left wants.

Let's look at the death penalty issue as an example. I think it should be clear beyond any reasonable doubt that the framers of the Constitution and its amendments believed the death penalty to be Constitutional (since the Constitution refers to capital crimes and both the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments consider the possibility that a person could be deprived of life under due process of law.) Yet the left's approach is not to say, "There ought to be a Constitutional prohibition on the death penalty, so let's pass a Constitutional amendment to do that." Instead, the approach is to stretch current Constitutional provisions to reach the result they want--Justices Brennan and Marshall voted to overturn all death penalty sentences.

Similarly, with the gay marriage issue, the framers did not believe they were granting a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Yet the approach on the left is not to pass an amendment to grant that right, but rather to stretch Constitutional provisions to create a right that did not exist before.

The Constitution provides a way for itself to be changed: the amendment process. The right still respects that; the left used to, but no longer does.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-08-04 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would argue that it's more the amendments the right proposes, while any attempt to move in on what they hold dear causes them to clutch the constitution to their chest and wail "doesn't anyone respect this infallible document anymore?"

Try suggesting amending that bit about guns, for example. That one's virtually untouchable, and unalterable.

But then I see no difference between extending a definition or an amdendment.

( but then, I live where we extended the rights to same sex marriage 7 years ago, and yes, we have a constitution, and bill of rights, so I just don't GET the issue. All citizens have the exact same "package deal" of rights, end stop, not just those whose sex lives we approve of.)

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scarlettina: English lurks in an alley
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-08-04 14:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:English lurks in an alley
Interesting post about ELF. I wrote about a similar phenomenon I noticed at work a couple of years ago. I didn't realize it had a designation or was being studied. Very cool.

The story about the burkas of the Haredim was troubling. Frankly, there's nothing Kosher about them. Modesty is one thing, smothering yourself in fabric is another. I'm glad to see the Haredi rabbis moving to prohibit this trend. It's not traditionally Jewish and it's a bad, bad symptom of the evolution of the Haredi community.
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