“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fourth of July Pop Quiz

(Amarillo, Texas)

1. George W. Bush stated in his commutation of “Scooter” Libby’s sentence that a prison sentence was just too harsh. The actions that led to Libby's conviction-- exposure of an undercover federal agent—undoubtedly “gave aid and comfort” to the enemies of the United States. What is the name given to the crime of “adhering to [the United States’] Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort” in Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution?

B. What was the punishment for this crime under 18th century common law (when the Constitution was written).

C. Judging this punishment to be slightly-- harsh -- how did the U.S. Congress “commute” it in 1790?

2. Does the writer of this story-- reprinted in the Amarillo Globe-Republican with a similar headlie-- know that Cindy Sheehan vowed yesterday to continue to be politically active?

3. How many stories about pit bull attacks has the Globe-Republican printed since last July 4?

4. The bald eagle—“America’s symbol”—whose resurgence from endangered species status is trumpeted on the Opinion page of the Amarillo Globe-Republican was saved by the Endangered Species Act. Has the Endangered Species Act been primarily supported by a) conservatives or b) liberals?

5. Has the Globe-Republican given its subscribers a price break since they fired most of their reporters and started using primarily wire stories?

(see comments for answers)