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Dec 27, 2006


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Now, Ed: "sic"?

Clearly, I meant "fer nigh on 20 year," a colloquial construction.

Hey, you journalists let GWB get away with "Nuke-lee-uhr," right?

I hope all is well at house-o-Cone.

David Wharton

Good post, Mike. Keep on shining that light.

[Aside: you mean *nucular* for GWB, right? Language Log has an interesting post on the topic.]

Guilford Native

Does this candidate have 'real world' experience, or only info that he has read in a poly sci book?

Also, is he from NC?

Connie Mack Jr

Does this candidate have 'real world' experience, or only info that he has read in a poly sci book?*GN
Why don't ask Congressman Price. He serve on the same Poly Sci staff at Duke, before jumping into Reality politics

Also, is he from NC?* Guilford Native

The Constitution of North Carolina makes no reference to a citizen of this state as a candiate for office about the length of time or birth as a requirement in seeking a politicial office.

If that being the case, half of this state would not be consider " True North State Citzens"


Points deducted for overstating the harm caused by blank bills.

A few bills are "blank" when they are filed for introduction, which is the very beginning of the legislative process. Before any bill can pass a committee (much less the floor of either chamber), it has a substantive title, and content.

So it isn't accurate to describe a blank bill as one that is "passed at the end of a session..." because by the time a formerly blank bill passes, it is no longer blank. The bill has become a vehicle for someone's legislation.

And while it is true that lawmakers don't always get adequate time to read a bill (often, a budget bill) before voting on it, the language has to be there. It can't be "written in later, at the discretion of the speaker or a small number of cronies."

The organization Munger cited

correctly categorized blank bills. But the good professor dropped the ball in his explanation.


Thanks to JB for the clarification. That is an important distinction, and I did (as you say) get it wrong.

And, the "is he from NC?" question is a fair one, I think. Separate from constitutional restrictions, I mean. Though CM, Jr. makes a good point, here as always. Good on ya, CM!

If yall actually care, I come from Florida, but went to Davidson for college, over near Charlotte, in 1976. Went away for grad school, but have now lived in NC for well over 20 years.

So, I am a native-born southerner, and have been here more than the median citizen of any of our metropolitan counties. If it matters, Jim Martin was born in Georgia, and grew up in South Carolina. He was later a PROFESSOR at Davidson. So, there: It was good enough for Jim Martin to have sense enough to move to the greatest state in the Union. So it's good enough for me!

As for Ed: lordy. I can't even MISspell nuclear correctly. Yes, I meant "nuke-yoo-lar". I think I'll just go take a nap.

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