Happy 227th #ConstitutionDay!

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through programs, and resources from the National Archives:

Have you ever been to the usnatarchives to see the Constitution in person?  

Bonus question - have you ever slept over in the same room as the Constitution?


Constitution of the United States

Item From: General Records of the United States Government. (05/14/1787- 09/17/1787)

The Federal Convention convened on May 14, 1787 in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to revise the problematic Articles of Confederation. Since only two states had delegations present, any substantive debate was postponed until a quorum of seven states was attained on May 25th. After exhaustive deliberation well into the middle of June, the Convention concluded that the Articles were not salvageable and needed to be replaced with something that represented their collective interests while ensuring their continued independence.

Through subsequent closed sessions, the delegates continually debated, drafted and redrafted the articles of this new Constitution until it resembled the one we have today. The main points of contention were how much power was apportioned to the Federal Government, how many Congressional representatives were allotted to each state, and whether these representatives would be directly elected by their constituents or appointed by their state legislatures.

This new Constitution was the cumulative result of many minds coming together to conceptualize and debate the future course of the country. Through subsequent generations it has been amended and reinterpreted many times, but its continued success stems from adherence to these early promises of representation and compromise.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DQ6Y

Frederick Douglass Portrait, First of an African-American, Unveiled at Maryland Governor's Mansion

Frederick Douglass Portrait, First of an African-American, Unveiled at Maryland Governor’s Mansion

Gov. Martin O’Malley; Maryland’s first lady, Katie O’Malley; artist Simmie Knox; Eddie and Sylvia Brown; Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence, and her husband, Khephra Burns; and Ted Mack, chairman of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture

The portrait, the first of an African American to grace the halls of the…

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"Wot!" he yelped, stepping back and frowning a bit. "Wot’s wrong with me anyways? … Did ye see something ye shouldn’t have, lass?"


First Die of the Great Seal of the United States, 1782.

Item From: General Records of the United States Government. (03/04/1789)

This brass die for the front-side of the Great Seal was first used on September 16, 1782 to engrave its design onto softer metals. It differs from the modern seal by using a crested eagle instead of a bald eagle.  This die was in use until 1841. Interestingly, a die for the reverse side of this 1782 seal was never cut.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/Dy7H

Raising Non-Violent Kids

Your child’s environment – whether at home, at school or socially – can greatly influence how they may behave in the future.

FindYouthInfo.gov, a government website focused on youth issues, found that in 2012, more than 630,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 were admitted to the hospital due to violence-related injuries.

If you’re worried that your child is at risk for violent behavior, there are some factors that may indicate a problem.

Risk factors for violent youth

During their teen years, some kids may behave violently because of some risk factors found in their environment.

Note: Some of these risk factors may be out of your control. However, it is recommended that you keep them under consideration.

At home

From an early age, young people could be exposed to:

  • Violent behavior between parents
  • Severe punishments
  • Parents who are frequently absent or don’t pay attention to their children
  • Rejection or emotional distance from parents
  • A broken home

At school

Youth may exhibit behavioral problems such as:

  • Teasing or bullying other students
  • Skipping class
  • Exhibiting either aggressive or introverted behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating or exhibiting hyperactive behavior
  • Developing learning issues or failing classes

In society

Young people could be considered violent if they:

  • Harass or provoke kids that are their same age or younger
  • Have been arrested before age 14 for committing a crime
  • Belong to a gang or other violent group
  • Take drugs or drink alcohol
  • Have been treated for psychological or emotional issues

Tips to prevent youth violence

You can help prevent violent behavior in your child by following these recommendations:

  • Spend more time with your child and include everyone in family activities.
  • Don’t argue with your spouse in front of your child.
  • Form a bond with your son or daughter. Communicate with your children if they have any problems or issues.
  • Make respect and open communication a priority in your home.
  • Do not give out severe or violent punishment.
  • Be aware of your child’s friends, but do not be overprotective.


STRYVE is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national initiative helping families and communities prevent youth violence.

FindYouthInfo.gov is a collaboration among 18 government agencies that supports programs and services for the prevention of youth violence.

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Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon will be the next American crew space transportation systems!

Boeing and SpaceX are expected to have their spacecraft proven and flying from U.S. soil in 2017, including completing a test flight with a NASA astronaut to the International Space Station. These companies won’t have to complete the development work by itself – NASA’s spaceflight experts in engineering and technology will work closely with the teams to make sure everything is as safe and reliable as it can be.

Read more from NASA Administrator Bolden: http://go.nasa.gov/1mbOZd9

South Park Season 17 Commentaries - What I Learned

What I learned from the Season 17 South Park DVD (Commentaries):

  1.  Trey Parker wants to punch people who use the speaker phone on their cells in public (Matt Stone admits to doing it at home, but claims not in public).  Gotta agree with Trey on this one.  (Let Go, Let Gov)
  2. Even though he’s a huge gamer, Trey admits that he doesn’t get Minecraft, which means he’s officially old.  (Informative Murder Porn)
  3. Matt thinks that Brad Pitt’s character in World War Z is a selfish prick.  Plus, they almost killed Token off (when Cartman shot him), but decided against it.  (World War Zimmerman)
  4. Matt and Trey were grateful for the power outage that meant they missed their first deadline/air date ever because they claimed they were already “fucked” trying to finish it in time.  Trey believes that everyone thinks he caused it, but it was caused by some jackoff who hit a utility pole down the street.  But, Trey claims he would have driven his car into a utility pole if he had thought of it.  (Goth Kids 3:  Dawn of the Posers)
  5. Matt and Trey still love ripping on Canadians after 17 years.  Plus, Matt and Trey really have rich people problems – they both really, really hate Crestron because the systems they installed in their homes do not work properly.  (Taming Strange)
  6. David Lee Roth visited the South Park offices – Trey said it felt like a tornado blew through the office.  It inspired them to put Van Halen in the episode, but claimed they didn’t get any “special favors” – no song clearance discount.  Van Halen songs are expensive to clear.  (Ginger Cow)
  7. Trey and Matt love Game of Thrones, but are frustrated because they feel like it is not moving fast enough towards dragons and zombies.  THEY WANT DRAGONS AND/OR ZOMBIES, DAMMIT!  (Black Friday)
  8. Recruiting factions does not make for good TV (it’s just like watching people shopping), but Princess Kenny does (which was taken from the video game)!  Also, Matt plays FIFA on Xbox, so any friends who play on PlayStation do not get to play with him – it’s a tough life, Matt.  (A Song of Ass and Fire)
  9. Matt thinks Black Friday (the shopping day, not the episode) is “shitty and sad”.  Matt and Trey claim that even if they were still poor, they would not stand in line for hours to save $50 on a Blu-ray player (it’s not a “rich people problem”, like they have with Crestron, because they claim their non-Rich friends agree).  (Titties and Dragons)
  10. Matt and Trey hate the Lord of the Rings movies because they’re too long.  Trey thinks Peter Jackson doesn’t know how to edit his own shit.  Matt thinks Game of Thrones is Lord of the Rings for adults because they have real, adult problems and relationships.  “Lord of the Rings is kid shit.”  Plus, Trey thinks all pictures and videos of Kim Kardashian are air-brushed.  (The Hobbit)

moteinthedark replied to your post:I am surprised there aren’t more social justice…

I see Reason magazine articulating these views sometimes. Radley Balko is all about police brutality. Roderick Long is basically “gov’t enriches the rich at the expense of the poor.” Bryan Caplan is pro-immigrant and anti-war. There’s lots.

So what appeals to me ideologically about libertarianism is that it’s not (largely) a collection of claims of the form ‘the government screwed up at this, the government screwed up at that’. It’s also not (at least, the smart ones don’t endorse) the much stronger claim ‘the reason the government is bad is because of X Intrinsic Human Condition.’ 

It’s the in-between claim ‘Not all government endeavors are bad. But outside a few clearly identified functions of government, no one who is convinced they have an agenda that should legitimately be carried out by the state is justified in believing that. And if we allow things to be done by the government just because there’s a sufficiently strong argument for doing them, the result will be more harm done than if we enforce the rule ‘never let the government do the thing, even if we have a good argument for letting the government do the thing’.

There are parallels to Eliezer’s ‘For the good of the tribe, do not cheat to seize power even when it would provide a net benefit to the tribe. You can formulate smart libertarianism as ‘for the good of the tribe, do not implement the program through the state even when it would provide a net benefit to the tribe’, because our political system is corrupted hardware if anything is.

So objecting to various things the government does is great, and basically all the liberals and leftists I know feel strongly about immigration, war, and police brutality. But I haven’t seen anything that feels like it’s coalescing into a leftism-tinged version of the above.

Does that make any sense?

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of:

Heart disease
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Breathing problems
Gallbladder disease
Some kinds of cancer

But excess body weight isn’t the only health risk. The places where you store your body fat also affect your health. Women with a “pear” shape tend to store fat in their hips and buttocks. Women with an “apple” shape store fat around their waists. If your waist is more than 35 inches, you may have a higher risk of weight-related health problems.

Source: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/overweight-weight-loss.html