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I'm a programmer and all-around nerd living in San Diego, California.
I work at JetHead Development Inc.

E-mail: Keith.S.Thompson@gmail.com


Aug
15
comment Early attempts to abolish slavery in USA
"The US Constitution placed a ban on the importation of slaves, which took effect in 1808." -- The Constitution didn't ban the importation of slaves. Rather, it prohibited any ban on such importation, either through legislation or through amendment. That prohibition expired in 1808.
Aug
11
comment Who said that Saddam Hussein had WMDs?
It may be difficult to distinguish between people who believed he had WMDs and people who said they believed he had WMDs.
Aug
5
comment When did the practice of formally “declaring war” cease and why?
@T.E.D.: Close. The US declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania on June 5, 1942. Reference
Aug
1
comment Has there ever been an attempted military takeover of a democracy in the western world?
@user357320: I think Luke was referring to 1933, not 1944.
Jul
26
comment What was the first major historical event to be photographed?
One could argue that the first photograph was a major event.
Jun
28
awarded  Supporter
Jun
25
answered How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
Jun
23
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
23
revised European painting of a man standing on a dragon with his sword drawn, who painted it/what century is it from?
Replace with link to clearer image on Wikipedia
Jun
22
suggested approved edit on European painting of a man standing on a dragon with his sword drawn, who painted it/what century is it from?
Jun
9
comment How could Plato know 9,000 year old stories about Atlantis?
That's evidence, but not proof; Troy wasn't discovered until the 19th century. (I'm not suggesting that Atlantis was real.)
Jun
6
comment How Did The US Justice System Lose Sight of Intent?
@jfrankcarr: Ok, but I thought the question was about the intent of the authors of the law. Mandatory minimums do exactly what they're intended to do.
Jun
3
comment How Did The US Justice System Lose Sight of Intent?
How do mandatory minimum sentences ignore intent? Are you talking about the intent of the authors of the law, or the intent of the accused?
May
31
comment Has the US Congress ever repealed a law?
@GeorgeStocker: The 18th and 21st amendments are Constitutional amendments, not legislation, and therefore not what the question is about.
May
31
comment Has the US Congress ever repealed a law?
@Anixx: The US constitution is only 225 years old.
May
26
comment What are the differences between actual Roman Catholicism and American Catholicism?
Papal infallibility is not relevant to this particular question. The doctrine doesn't say that every statement by the Pope is infallible; it only applies when he speaks "ex cathedra". One study lists only 7 occurrences in history, none related to contraception. Reference: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_infallibility (I'm American but not Catholic.)
May
20
revised Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
added 1137 characters in body
May
19
comment Where is the location shown in this picture on a modern day map?
@sharptooth should get credit (and should have posted his comment as an answer).
May
18
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
@E1Suave: I have answered both parts of the question. If you can't understand that, there's no point in discussing this any further. (The most recent chat invitation was accidental, please disregard it.)
May
18
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
let us continue this discussion in chat