Not much news worth repeating on this end... Charlie is doing well and is back outside roaming the yard and scoping out the woodpile for mice. No ill effects from his ordeal, save for one of his nine lives being used up!
I'm in the process of getting interior painting estimates, a unexpectedly difficult process. I didn't think it would be that hard to actually get a painting contractor to submit a bid. I've had 6 contractors come out, walk through the house, promise an estimate in a day or two, and voila... nothing. One bid. The house is very, very old. It needs a fresh coat of paint. Some minor repairs. I do not expect it to look like the Taj Mahal, but the one bid I did get made me laugh out loud. Apparently this contractor didn't really want the job. His bid was so high it was almost insulting. So the quest continues, and maybe with a little luck I'll find someone who actually wants to work. (And one that is reputable, reliable and licensed!)
Yesterday I stumbled upon an article from June, 2008 about how Oklahoma passed legislation regarding their state being a "Sovereign" state.
Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and, according to these resolution's own language, each of these states is "serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates."
The Tenth Amendment states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
Traditionally, this language has meant that the federal government is limited in its scope and cannot usurp the sovereign powers of states. In recent decades, however, as the size and reach of the federal government has expanded, many have come to question whether Washington has stepped on states' rights and gotten too big for its breeches.
I wish I had paid more attention in school. I had to go back to my American History books and look for it... yes, there it was. Each state is already a sovereign state.
Charles Key, the Republican state representative who authored the resolution, told WND that he introduced it because he believes the federal government's overstepping of its bounds has put our constitutional form of government in danger.
Oklahoma State Rep. Charles Key
"The more we stand by and watch the federal government get involved in areas where it has no legal authority, we kill the Constitution a little at a time," he said. "The last few decades, the Constitution has been hanging by a thread."
Follow thislink for more information about other states doing exactly the same thing.
I don't know about you but I think it's about damn time.
I also read somewhere.... and I can't find it now so I can substantiate this claim... that Obama has approached several senators to discuss repealing the 10th Amendment.
Thanks for all your comments.... as always, I look forward to hearing from you.