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Bad Santa…

For more merriment, see Sketchy Santas.  (And for another real treat see the masterful Terry Zwigoff film memorialized in the title of this missive.)

As we make a list and check it twice, we might celebrate Virginia’s (the state’s, not the doubting young girl’s) ratification of the Bill of Rights. As the tenth consenting state (of 14 at the time), Virginia pushed the first ten amendments to the Constitution past the two-thirds necessary to take effect; and on this date in 1791, they became law.

(Congress had actually passed 12 amendments in 1789, and sent them to the states for ratification.  As to the two amendments not adopted, the first concerned the mechanics of the population system of representation, while the second prohibited laws varying the payment of congressional members from taking effect until an election intervened. The first was never ratified, while the second was finally ratified more than 200 years later, in 1992.)

The Bill of Rights (source: National Archives)

Written by LW

December 15, 2009 at 1:01 am

Excuses, excuses, excuses…

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As we hit the snooze button, we might recall that on this date in 1790, The Philadelphia Spelling Book was copyrighted– the first book to be protected under copyright laws passed by Congress  “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution).

Since 1790, copyright (and for that matter, patent) law in the U.S. has strayed beyond that Constitutional purpose  (see, e.g., “Patently Absurd” or “Caution! Pile Up Ahead!“).  Wander over to Creative Commons for a look at an alternative that works– and works in the spirit of the Framers…

source:  Library of Congress

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