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March 2017



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You weren't using that, were you?

For those of you who were playing along at home:

Miranda Warning?

1. You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.

2. Anything you do or say may be used against you in a court of law.

3. You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future.

4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning if you wish.

5. If you decide to answer questions now without an attorney present you will still have the right to stop answering at any time until you talk to an attorney

6. Do you know and understand your rights as I have explained them to you?


Oh, how about these? A classic, required reading where I come from.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

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.

Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.


"Just to put your minds all at ease, I have four words for you that I know will relieve you greatly," Kerry told the fund-raiser. "How does this sound — Vice President Hunter Thompson."

Bravo for activist scientists, however. We obviously need them to counteract those right-wing activist judges.


Any chance of getting some U.N. observers in here to keep an eye on this election? I'm just asking.


Any chance of getting some U.N. observers in here to keep an eye on this election? I'm just asking.

They wouldn't let them in last time to oversee the recount, so I doubt it, however much we might want them to.

And I see the Florida Board of Elections is already purging 'felons' from their electoral rolls. Last time they did that, they purged not only the felons, but anyone who shared a birthday OR a surname with them...

They haven't yet managed to reinstate most the people who have demonstrated that they were wrongly purged, four years ago.
Interestingly, the show The Dead Zone has been using all of the different ways one can corrupt an election as a hook. Purging felons, electronic voting, you name it.

I'd like observers here,too. We'll never get them.

Vice President Hunter Thompson? That amuses me.
Any chance of getting some U.N. observers in here to keep an eye on this election? I'm just asking.

Somehow I doubt the Powers-That-Be would let that happen.

I just like how the very same electronic vote machines that Florida is using to 'solve' its problems have been dismissed by California as unreliable and easily hacked. This should be a very, very interesting November.


And let's not forget that the CEO or owner of the company who manufactures the machines is a massive Bush-backer. That's not a conflict of interest at all.
There's actually a push on to get those Diebold machines used in as many startes as possible.

Including Nevada.

They essentially run on a 286--same engine as Diebold ATMs.

Jimmy Carter has watched elections in other countries, but I doubt the Republicans would allow him to do it in the US. :(


You people and your 'laws' and your 'constitutional rights' and your sqeamishness about 'privacy'. Just go back to watching television or whatever you do and let us take care of it. Matter of fact, don't even vote. I'll let you in on a secret.. all this election stuff is fixed anyhow.

-- George W. Bush, Exalted High Commander of Planet America.

PS.. Ignore that 'Exalted High Commander' stuff.. that's not supposed to come out until after November

Thanks for That

But should the U.N. keep an eye on Florida or the United States?

Oops, my bad. EnronTexas is a separate nation... and they're trying to annex Florida.

(Apologies to residents of Texas and Florida, but I could not resist the low fruit.)

The sad thing is that your edited Miranda and Bill of Rights is not a joke.

Hi. I'm new here, and sarcastic humor is my middle name. You have been warned.

Re: Thanks for That

Come on in.

It's not just the current administration, either. This has, as they say, been going on for a while.

Re: Thanks for That

Thanks, don't mind if I do.

Yes, too true. In between hummers Bill Clinton was whacking--er, hacking, away at our rights, too.

All we need now is a constitutional convention to make the changes "holy writ."

Eh... I'm thinking about rephrasing that. Overstating the obvious... frightening myself, too.

Wonder if there will be amendments like this one:

1003. Thou shalt not interrupt thy betters during the rapture.
I registered to vote today.
Any chance of getting some U.N. observers in here to keep an eye on this election? I'm just asking.

I still trust the Bushies way more than I trust the UN. Oil for Food, anyone?