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

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


May
17
awarded  Commentator
May
17
comment Why do minor political parties in the US receive so few votes?
@TomAu: Exceptions don't prove rules.
May
17
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
@E1Suave: As we've discussed at great length, the law in question is not the 1869 ruling, it's the Constitution of which the 1869 ruling was an interpretation. I know what you said earlier; I disagree with you.
May
17
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
@E1Suave: The Supreme Court explicitly stated that secession was illegal in 1861; you are of course free to disagree with the Court. In the absence of prescience or time travel, every such ruling applies the legality of something that happened in the past.
May
17
awarded  Teacher
May
17
answered Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
May
16
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
let us continue this discussion in chat
May
16
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
@E1Suave: Your edited answer still says that the ruling implies that it was previously legal. You might want to clarify that. (Either way, I'm not going to push it any more than I already have.)
May
15
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
@E1Suave: I didn't say that secession was legal before the 1869 ruling, I said that the ruling didn't imply that it was legal before 1869. In theory, Supreme Court rulings do not create new law; only Congress can do that. The substance of the ruling (which I haven't specifically researched) would have been that secession was unconstitutional all along. I'm well aware that theory and practice don't always match.
May
15
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
The 1869 ruling doesn't imply that unilateral secession was previously legal. In theory, Supreme Court rulings interpret the Constitution and existing law; if the 1869 ruling was correct, it would have been equally correct before the Civil War (unless it was based on the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868).
May
12
comment Where is the location shown in this picture on a modern day map?
@sharptooth: You should post that as an answer. Following your link and going back one step, you can clearly see Our Lady of Vilnius Church, which appears in the upper right corner of the OP's photo. (As far as I can tell, the building in the center of the square no longer exists.)
Apr
21
awarded  Editor
Apr
21
revised Why did India turn down a permanent seat in the UN in 1955?
Clarify that it's specifically the Security Council
Apr
21
suggested suggested edit on Why did India turn down a permanent seat in the UN in 1955?
Feb
15
comment Has there ever been a serious effort to reform the US Electoral College system?
@Flimzy: How does it not answer the question? The question is whether there's been a serious effort to reform the system; the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is just that.
Feb
7
comment What was the first battle in history fought by vast-majority-% “distance-shooting” non-mechanized force?
"The French cavalry charged, completing the slaughter of the Genovese" -- I was about to ask about this (the Genoese were on the French side), but according to Wikipedia the Genoese tried to retreat and the French knights killed them for cowardice. Ick.
Feb
7
awarded  Autobiographer