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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Homer-Simpson Test

I'll try to name the Bill of Rights from memory.

1st: freedom of press, speech, religion: no establishment/free exercise, peaceful assembly, petition for redress of grievances

2nd: right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

Put that in your militia pipe and smoke it.

3rd: No troops in homes during peacetime.

Don't see the Third cited very often.

4th: No unreasonable search and seizure, persons, houses, papers, effects. Warrant preference, issued on probable cause.

5th: Grand jury, self-incrimination, due process, compensation for property condemned.

6th: Speedy and public trial.

7th: Trial by jury

8th: No cruel and unusual punishment.

9th: Unenumerated rights.

10th: Reserved powers of states and citizens, would be nice if the courts respected it.

But do they ask me? Of course not.

And it figures I'd forget most of the Sixth Amendment, as I studied that one in law school. "Right to counsel" who needs it? You'll get no witnesses, and LIKE IT!

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