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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


Nov
22
comment What were French actions against Germany during September 1939?
@DVK: I know, but I only have enough rep here to make a suggested edit, and as I recall it would have to be at least 6 characters. I thought it would be easier for the OP to make the edit.
Feb
17
comment Time of day first traffic light exploded
I presume you mean 1868, not 1968. (It might also be useful to know why you're asking.)
Feb
3
comment When did we discover air?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. 8-)}
Jan
7
comment Did genocide occur in the Football War?
Do you mean "prosecuted" rather than "persecuted"?
Nov
1
comment Natural born citizen
"His mom was a US citizen, so he is." Do you mean "His mom was a US citizen so he is a natural-born citizen."?
Oct
23
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
Typically, it's the candidate who got a plurality of the popular vote, not necessarily the majority. Third-party candidates can easily result in no candidate getting an absolute majority (more than 50%). As for your third point, if a third-party candidate got some electoral votes, that could send the election to the House. That's not particularly likely.
Sep
5
comment Did Ted Kennedy turn to the Soviet Union for help winning an election?
Even given the most unfavorable interpretation, I don't think this would qualify as treason against the United States, which shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. There was no state of war between the US and the Soviet Union, so they were not legally enemies.
Aug
17
comment First US police officer killed in the line of duty
Why post-Constitution; wouldn't events under the Articles of Confederation count?
Aug
16
comment Has any foreign embassy ever been entered without permission?
@mgb: I found your comment confusing until I realized you're talking about a different incident, one involving the Iranian embassy in London. I'm leaving this comment in case anyone else makes the same mistake I did.
Aug
16
comment Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
@knut: That sounds plausible. Perhaps having the nobility speak one language and the commoners speak another is as good a way to establish dominance as imposing one language on everyone. (This is entirely uninformed speculation on my part.)
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
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.