Sunday, December 21, 2008

I Can't Believe You Tagged Me!

Oopsies! It has been quite some time since I last blogged…must be because I have been pretty busy. Apparently I have been tagged, and the rules of blogging do not allow another blog to be posted until I have responded to the tag; at least that is what I have been told…it sounds a little fishy to me though. I wonder how that could be enforced. Regardless, here are my responses to the tagging.

3 Favorite Shows

  • Chuck
  • Heroes
  • The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • The Office (I know that’s four, but I can’t leave any of them out)

3 Favorite Restaurants

  • IHOP, Emily loves to share daddy’s pancakes
  • Maggiano’s (family style eating at its best)
  • Anything relatively inexpensive (Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, etc.)

3 Things that Happened Yesterday

  • Went to the DC temple with Liz
  • Re-sized some ammo in 45ACP (great combo, eh? Temple and ammo?)
  • Wrapped a bunch of presents

3 Things to Which I am Looking Forward

  • Christmas with most of the family
  • A new house (I am actually looking forward to the difficult work which lies ahead to build it)
  • Spending time with my family in the house

3 Things on my Wish list

  • Free labor for house mentioned above
  • Cheap financing for said home
  • Completed home by end of 2009

3 Things I Love

  • ALL of my family
  • One-on-one dates (with Emily and Liz)
  • The temple

3 Things I can’t Stand

  • Impatience
  • Too many people in a small space…and all the noise and confusion it brings
  • Those that do not take responsibility for their actions…”no, society did NOT make you do it!”

People to Tag

  • Jared Nowland
  • You! If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Thank you for your patience while we experienced the aforementioned blogging delays.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Article VI

Almost finished with the articles of the constitution...then on to the amendments. This one is pretty much self-explanatory. It does have an interesting combination of clauses though, but all add to establish this constitution as the supreme governing document in the United States.
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Only one more article, and then to the amendments. With the amendments, I will try to give a little background to the amendment if I have any time to investigate a little. Maybe I will even add a few pictures...the articles did not seem to lend themselves to pictures.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Article V

Now for the fifth article. As you can read, this one establishes the procedure for ammending the constitution. So here is the text of the article:
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

After reading, it really is amazing that we have had ANY amendments given the fact that it requires 2/3 of the states even to bring up an amendment to the constitution, and 3/4 of the states need to ratify it. I guess the original authors took the business of amending the constitution seriously. It lends some credence to the fact that the amendments are truly important, and an integral part of the constitution. I can't wait to get to the amendments; I love them (at least most of them.)