Jan. 21st, 2009

helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I was browsing around and ran across the following excerpt from Wikipedia:

"Alien and Sedition Acts

The Alien and Sedition Acts were four bills passed in 1798 by the Federalists in the United States Congress—who were waging an undeclared naval war with France, later known as the Quasi-War—and signed into law by President John Adams. Proponents claimed the acts were designed to protect the United States from alien citizens of enemy powers and to stop seditious attacks from weakening the government. The Democratic-Republicans, like later historians, attacked them as being both unconstitutional and designed to stifle criticism of the administration, and as infringing on the right of the states to act in these areas. They became a major political issue in the elections of 1798 and 1800. One act — the Alien Enemies Act — is still in force in 2009, and has frequently been enforced in wartime. The others expired or were repealed by 1802. Thomas Jefferson held them all to be unconstitutional and void, then pardoned and ordered the release of all who had been convicted of violating them."

In 1798, there were the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans.

How things change with time, yet how they stay the same. I hope Obama will repeal the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" act of 2001 (Public Law Pub.L. 107-56).

I won't use the acronym because it's neither in the spirit of this country nor is it patriotic, much of it being in violation of the constitution.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Dream:

This is getting weird. I had the same dream for the third time. I was in a building with many floors. It was a large government/university-ish kind of building/complex. I knew that my cats Spooky and Sithreal were somewhere in the building, but I couldn't find them. Whatever this building is, it's not pretty - just functional and lifeless. The corridors and floors of the building seem to shift at times, making it harder to find anything. It's some kind of transition place - there's something temporary about it. There were elevators but they didn't take me to the right floor.

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In happier news, Steven Chu has been named the next Secretary of Energy. A Nobel prizewinner. Sounds good so far.

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In even happier news, according to [livejournal.com profile] sir_alf, this is squirrel appreciation day.

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