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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Harvard University discovers error in US constitution

Historians at the prestigious university in Cambridge Mass have recently discovered that due to the different attitude to spelling in 1787, there has been a massive misunderstanding about the rights of citizens in America.
 The right to bear arms as expressed in the constitution, was originally intended to support the desire of men and women of the 18th century to wear sleeveless dresses and blouses without fear or favour.
 Politicians of all parties are now seeking to address this issue, and to apologise for the more than two hundred years of misunderstanding that has resulted.       (C) Quilljar 


Blogger Vest said...

Despite a 25 year stint in the RN Gunnery dept - I have nothing but skin and hair to display on my bare arms or body. Burn and wound scars yes; plus a missing digit.
I have never owned or used a firearm since 1966.

Gerry do you really believe the word was misspelt?

January 22, 2013 6:02 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Vesty, it was a tongue-in-cheek piece written by a guy using the pseudonym Quilljar. I think he was taking the piss out of Yanks blathering on about the right to bear arms. :-)

I liked it so much I thought I'd post it here.

He's one of your old countrymen and he flew Fairey Gannets whilst serving in the Fleet Air Arm.

He's a nice fellow (but don't tell him I told you so) and these days he's an author and loves sailing yachts around the Greek isles (the bastard!!! :-)

January 22, 2013 10:58 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

Betcha the NRA will say that reinterpreting a misinterpretation of the Constitution is unconstitutional.

Alternatively we could say that the Constitution means exactly it what it says, neither more nor less, and everyone has the right to carry a flintlock (or a matchlock or something).

January 23, 2013 8:54 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

@AndrewM: I wish someone would psych test all NRA members, nay, all applicants for gun licenses.

January 28, 2013 5:31 AM  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

surely the right to bear arms means if we want brown furry ones we can have them?

I hope you are safe from all the aggressive weather dear Gerry.

February 02, 2013 10:40 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I totally agree, dear H. :-)))

We've had lots of rain and all-time record heat, but otherwise we're fine. I fear though that with the future more extreme weather predicted, that these here Blue Mountains might end up having to be renamed the Charred Graveyard Mountains. :-(

February 03, 2013 4:50 PM  
Blogger Davoh said...

um, coping with individual, um, 'letters'? Wot ya expect from a nation that takes the "you" out of 'honour' ... and 'colour'

February 05, 2013 4:54 PM  
Blogger Davoh said...

There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights.[5] One version was passed by the Congress,[6] while another is found in the copies distributed to the States[7] and then ratified by them.

As passed by the Congress:

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.

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

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.[8]

Um, somewhere, somehow the notion of 'a well regulated militia' seems to have been forgotten.

February 05, 2013 10:28 PM  
Blogger AndrewM said...

@Davoh: very good point. Now I'm struggling to understand what 'well regulated' means. I get the idea that Jefferson wanted a proficient and capable militia, but I don't think that's what 'well regulated' means.

And, of course, if all of these trigger-happy gun owners are part of a militia, then it's perfectly OK for them to have assault rifles.

Best be careful what we wish for.

February 06, 2013 8:30 AM  
Blogger Davoh said...

"interpretation" is the key point here. From my point of view - best left to - in this case - USA Supreme Court Judges ..

However, as an Aussie born and bred under the Westminster system of governance ... have extreme trouble trying to understand how the "Washingtonian" system of governance works.

February 09, 2013 12:08 PM  
Blogger Davoh said...

From my point of view - methinks that sort of thing translated into the USA paramilitary, part time "National Guard".

February 09, 2013 12:15 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

R U OK ?

February 15, 2013 9:30 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yes, Vesty, I'm still here. Thanks for your concern.

Just suffering from a wee case of blogger's block.

February 16, 2013 7:32 AM  
Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

blogger's block affects us all
(marshall stacks has been resting backstage for ages) from time to time, even HighRiser had it (once).

Jeepers will ya get a look at Vest's beefcake photo up there. He could send that to the Florida chick#2 who was emailing Gen. Petraeus.
(funny how that whole thing has been BURIED. it's because there was an official statement that the military intel that Chick #1 revealed, was not 'treason', when it is clear it was a worse breach than any intel revealed by Pte BM.)

re fires: we had a lightning caused one here, and a resident said that they would not have been able to get out if they had tried. because so many sightseers blocked the roads, jeez I loathe People.
(readers here not included in that of course)

February 17, 2013 8:52 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

Pic 1960, Little Sober island, Trincomalee Ceylon now Sri lanka.age 34.

February 18, 2013 12:23 PM  
Blogger Davoh said...

And yep, Gerry - methinks the "Pilgrim Fathers" would be somewhat horrified as to what they 'unleashed' ... heh

March 02, 2013 10:06 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions..."

March 03, 2013 6:42 AM  

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