Category Archives: Citizenship

Obama’s Eligibility and the 20th Amendment

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Jill Biden, Vice President-ELECT Joe Biden, President-ELECT Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama wave to the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Between November 6th, A.D. 2012 (the date of our most recent presidential election) and January 21st, A.D. 2013 (the date of the next President’s inauguration), Barack H. Obama holds two offices.  During this 75-day period, Mr. Obama is both:

1) the President of the United States (serving from January, A.D. 2009 through January 21st, A.D. 2013); and,

2) the “President elect” (who will be inaugurated on January 21st, A.D. 2013 to begin his next, four year term of office.)

The 75-day period between the election and the inauguration allows for a fairly smooth transition whenever a current President is replaced by a newly-elected President.

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in 2012 Election, Citizenship, Obama


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14th Amendment citizenship

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English: 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, page 1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several of this blog’s readers were commenting on 14th Amendment citizenship.  I respond as follows:

Article 1 Section 2 of The Constitution of The State of Texas declares in part, “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit.”  This tells me two things: 1) That State constitution is a trust; and 2) the “people” of that State are the beneficiaries of that State constitution/trust.

From that information, I presume that 1) all constitutions are trust indentures; 2) in every State constitution, the “people” are the beneficiaries; and 3) if you want to claim any of the rights secured by a constitution, you had better not appear in the capacity of a “person,” “inhabitant,” “occupant” or “citizen,” etc.–you’d better expressly claim to a “man made in God’s image” and one of the people of a particular State of the Union.

I also believe the federal Constitution is a trust, but it’s not yet absolutely clear to me if the beneficiaries of the federal Constitution are “We the People” or the individuals States of the Union. It’s also not clear to be that there’s a distinct difference between the “States” and the “People”.

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Mind, Body & Soul?

Español: Fresco en la Capilla Sixtina.

Sistine Chapel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I was “bobbing for apples” (reading Supreme Court case law) today, I found:

FindLaw: STURGES v. CROWNINSHIELD, 17 U.S. 122 (1819)

which declares in part,

“. . . . Well was it said by a learned judge, that such freedom would be a mockery: nay, worse, it would be aggravated slavery and complicated misery! It is admitted, that the state has a right to the service of its citizens.”

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“How To Sneak Past a Nazi Checkpoint”

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These videos are short, sweet and hilarious.

They are anecdotes and they don’t absolutely prove that the strategies employed in these instances will work again for others.

Also, part of the effectiveness of these strategies may be based on the presence of a passenger in the vehicle who is using a video camera.  It may be that gov-co is at least as intimidated by the “subjects'” video camera as by their questions.

In either case, the videos are short, sweet and hilarious:





Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Citizenship, Identification, Questions, Video


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Is Obama a Keynesian?

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Tragi-comedy in the body politic–or, how the morons will take over the world.





Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Citizenship, Humor, Obama, Video