Grit

Grit, it provides the grit to easily wander off to many places, such as Williamsport, PA. Grit Magazine was founded by the son of German immigrants who moved to Williamsport in the 1870’s. After his father died he quit school at 13 and went to work for a German language newspaper and the rest is history. Rural issues and values reportage brought out by Grit had circulation booming in the 30’s and 40’s and is still publishing today under a new regime. Then there is True Grit with John Wayne, what more need I say.

But Mark, I assume you want the grit of adversity and desperation that gets people to climb out of their misery and advance in life or business to riches and or  fame, if that is your thing. The numbers  of those people are legion scurrying about working, working, working, always hyper busy at something that will advance them toward their goal. It all seems so deadening and a waste of a life to be always spending yours to advance others so that the vacuum they create will pull you onward and upward. What a drag.

Personally, you might say it took grit to escape the male gender on my old birth certificate to the new female gender on my new birth certificate. Thank you New York State and whatever administration fostered this, might have been Spitzer or Patterson  or even a Cuomo. But all that grit talk  sounds so masculine and has really nothing to do with it. Gender reassignment surgery was a long and difficult journey with gatekeepers at every turn. Do you really want this? Well lets set up a new gate. Make you wait and contemplate suicide while the new gate demands more subservience to the  psychologist gods of passage.  On January 28, 2014 the final gate flew open and the junk no longer swung, it was all pushed inside and I reached a new plateau that lays out smoothly to the horizon.

Finally, there is Bela Marie Lugosi, you see her up top. She has the grit to keep up with me and to wait patiently as I while away my life at the computer or on other  sedentary foolishness. What she really wants me to do is for me to throw her ball over and over, now that takes grit for both of us.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the Grit info.

 

 

 

The U.S. Constitution Voting

The US Constitution,  Ratified by the states on March 4,1789, the states were directed to form state governments and  George Washington was inaugurated as President May 17, 1789

Article 1, Congress

Section 1, All legislative powers shall be held by a U.S.  Congress that shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Section 2, The House Of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the PEOPLE of the several states. The voters shall have the same qualifications as voters for the various state legislatures.

Section 3, The Senate shall be composed of 2 senators from each state, chosen by the STATE”S LEGISLATURE for a six year term.

Section 4, The times, places and procedures of the elections will be decided by the individual states.

Article 2,  Executive

Section 1, The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States. He shall hold his office for a term of four years and together with a Vice President chosen for the same term be elected indirectly by the people of the states. Each state shall appoint electors equal to the number of senators and representatives of that state, these electors shall meet and vote for both the president and vice president, (the electoral college).

Section 4,  The United States shall guarantee to each state in this union a republican form of government.

Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 12, Ratified June 15, 1804, Thomas Jefferson President. (This amendment was proposed to correct the problems of the  1801 electoral college election where Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for president and the House voted 35 times without a majority until a deal was brokered and Jefferson defeated the incumbent John Adams.)

The electors shall meet in their states and vote by ballot, separately naming their choice for  president and  vice president. . The sealed  ballots will be sent to the President of the Senate for counting and the congress will affirm the candidate with the highest presidential vote as president and the candidate with the  highest vice presidential vote as vice president. Additional changes were made to resolve tie votes.

Amendment 14, Ratified July 9, 1868, Ulysses S. Grant, President.

Section 1, All persons born or naturalized in the U.S. and subject to its laws are citizens of the U.S. and the state where they reside. No state shall make laws that abridge the privileges and immunites, nor  deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process, nor deny equal protection of the laws.

Section 2, Representatives will apportioned among the states based on the whole number of persons in the state, excluding untaxed Indians. When the right to vote in a national election is denied, the total number of male citizens aged 21 must be reduced must be reduced equally.

Amendment 15, Ratified February 3, 1870, Ulysses S Grant.

Section 1,  The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2, The congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 17,  Ratified April 18, 1913,  Woodrow Wilson, President

The senate shall consist of two members from each state, elected by the people of that state for six year terms. Vacancies to be filled an election.

Amendment 19, Ratified August 18, 1920, Woodrow Wilson, President.

The right of U.S. citizens shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on the basis of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce.

Amendment 22, Ratified February 27, 1951, Harry S. Truman, President.

Section 1, The president is limited to two, four year terms. A person who assumes the presidency for more than two years can only be elected to one, four year term.

Section 2, This article must be approved by 3/4 of the states within seven years.

 

Wikisource.org provided the constitutional wording.

Google provided the presidents names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Constitution Voting

The US Constitution,  Ratified by the states on March 4,1789, the states were directed to form state governments and  George Washington was inaugurated as President May 17, 1789

Article 1, Congress

Section 1, All legislative powers shall be held by a U.S.  Congress that shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Section 2, The House Of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the PEOPLE of the several states. The voters shall have the same qualifications as voters for the various state legislatures.

Section 3, The Senate shall be composed of 2 senators from each state, chosen by the STATE”S LEGISLATURE for a six year term.

Section 4, The times, places and procedures of the elections will be decided by the individual states.

Article 2,  Executive

Section 1, The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States. He shall hold his office for a term of four years and together with a Vice President chosen for the same term be elected indirectly by the people of the states. Each state shall appoint electors equal to the number of senators and representatives of that state, these electors shall meet and vote for both the president and vice president, (the electoral college).

Section 4,  The United States shall guarantee to each state in this union a republican form of government.

Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 12, Ratified June 15, 1804, Thomas Jefferson President. (This amendment was proposed to correct the problems of the  1801 electoral college election where Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for president and the House voted 35 times without a majority until a deal was brokered and Jefferson defeated the incumbent John Adams.)

The electors shall meet in their states and vote by ballot, separately naming their choice for  president and  vice president. . The sealed  ballots will be sent to the President of the Senate for counting and the congress will affirm the candidate with the highest presidential vote as president and the candidate with the  highest vice presidential vote as vice president. Additional changes were made to resolve tie votes.

Amendment 14, Ratified July 9, 1868, Ulysses S. Grant, President.

Section 1, All persons born or naturalized in the U.S. and subject to its laws are citizens of the U.S. and the state where they reside. No state shall make laws that abridge the privileges and immunites, nor  deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process, nor deny equal protection of the laws.

Section 2, Representatives will apportioned among the states based on the whole number of persons in the state, excluding untaxed Indians. When the right to vote in a national election is denied, the total number of male citizens aged 21 must be reduced must be reduced equally.

Amendment 15, Ratified February 3, 1870, Ulysses S Grant.

Section 1,  The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2, The congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 17,  Ratified April 18, 1913,  Woodrow Wilson, President

The senate shall consist of two members from each state, elected by the people of that state for six year terms. Vacancies to be filled an election.

Amendment 19, Ratified August 18, 1920, Woodrow Wilson, President.

The right of U.S. citizens shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on the basis of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce.

Amendment 22, Ratified February 27, 1951, Harry S. Truman, President.

Section 1, The president is limited to two, four year terms. A person who assumes the presidency for more than two years can only be elected to one, four year term.

Section 2, This article must be approved by 3/4 of the states within seven years.

 

Wikisource.org provided the constitutional wording.

Google provided the presidents names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dog Heist

This is only speculative fiction. The dogs never happened. We finally made the big move into town, the place has a great chain link fence around the backyard. The children love it. Anyway, the house being a duplex, there is a mirror of our fence, within that side are four dogs.From a Chihuahua to a Doberman, the smaller the dog the better fed it seemed. But this is about the Dobie, we called him Boyfriend as we never knew his name. Boyfriend was at the bottom of the pecking order and unfortunately he only got the scraps and leavings of the other three. A finer or friendlier dog you could not find; Boyfriend was skin and bones, the sun left shadows along his ribs and his spine was just as bad. I presume that this caused him to have leg and foot problems as he was almost always standing and when he got up from lying down he was obviously in pain as he got his four legs in position to hold himself up. The saddest part really was that he wanted to run with our dogs, but the fence and his pain only allowed him longing looks and a sad whine of disappointment.

To softer hearts this was untenable, a positive phone call turned into a plan to save Boyfriend and give him a new home with safety and happiness assured. It was a simple plan, in broad daylight, a dog heist. The car was started and put it in place on the street, the passenger door was open and the seat back pulled forward. The engine was running and the transmission in gear, ready to speed away from the scene of the crime. The other culprit  had the dangerous job; they took a leash through the unlocked gate, hooked up Boyfriend and he was spirited  away to the car and a safe new future.

A friend knew of someone who was looking for a replacement for their stolen Doberman, but the friend immediately fell in love with him and decided that Boyfriend had found a home with the friend and their dog. The starving pooch ate three bowls of food and two bones before settling down for a nap. A chance call to a friend in Dog Enforcement found Boyfriend moving along again. First to the dog impound and then quickly moved on to someone trained in mistreated dog recovery; Boyfriend was finally on the way to a secure future.

Life quickly got ugly for the dog’s owners, the sheriff’s office hit them with multiple charges of dog abuse that led to substantial fines and other sanctions. All of this ultimately led them to move away from the scene of the crime and give the true criminals, the dog heister’s, safety from prosecution and the need to continue to fain ignorance of the crime in the future. As upon return to the house right after the heist, one of the neighbors came over to ask if we had seen the dog, as it was missing. The response to that question was as bold as brass and false. “I was out most of the day and I have not seen anything. Sorry.” Nothing  more shall be said of “The Dog Heist”.

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Christmas Morning

     Quiet, Bela sleeping at my butt in the chair as I force myself to type. Roomie asleep as always, seriously, she is in bed 24/7 as migraine attacks continue.  Beautiful sunny day here, but I have to clean snow off cars soon. As for me, nothing to say. Are Transgender people always apart and alone? Or is it just me, unable to connect with others, FEAR that ugly wolf asleep by the front door, another gatekeeper keeping me in and and alone and others out. Fulfillment is a slippery goal that is never reached, probably my own fault for a lack of effort.