Better 148 years late then never, the state of Mississippi has finally ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, thanks in part to the work of an immigrant doctor inspired by the movie Lincoln.
According to the Clarion-Ledger, Dr. Ranjan Batra sat down to do some post-Lincoln Internet research, only to discover that Mississippi never officially ratified the 13th Amendment because of a clerical oversight.
In fact, both chambers of the Mississippi legislature had voted in favor of ratification in 1995, but the Secretary of State never filed the paperwork with the federal government, until Dr. Batra and another civic-minded citizen pointed out the error earlier this month…
On Feb. 7, Charles A. Barth, director of the Federal Register, wrote back that he had received the resolution: "With this action, the State of Mississippi has ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."
Watch out, America! Mississippi has stepped boldly into the 1870s and there's almost nothing it can't do now, unless that thing involves timely execution of basic government functions.
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Much to the surprise of of those liberal Democrats who have not paid attention to anything the president has done or said over the past four years, the White House may support cuts to Social Security as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations with House Republicans.
Specifically, the administration suggested replacing Social Security's current system of annual cost-of-living benefit increases with an adjustment mechanism that relies on something called a chained Consumer Price Index, or "chained CPI."
Policy experts like the idea because the inflation formula currently used to calculate Social Security benefits fails to take into account substitution effects. That is, when broccoli becomes expensive, Americans spend more of their money on spinach, without necessarily increasing their grocery budget. Just kidding, Americans don't eat vegetables. In fact, it's easier to explain Chained CPI via Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and let you decide which is more palatable:
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The Obama administration claims to be in favor of transparency and civic participation, but lately, it's been deleting citizens' petitions from the "We the People" website, undoubtedly a prequel to the mass purges of political dissidents soon to befall the United States. And to think, all these people were petitioning for was a right to punch Grover Norquist "once, and only once, square in the dick." Was that too much to ask?
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