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The Bill of Rights

First 10 Amendments to the Constitution

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Bill of Rights

The First 10 Amendments to the
Constitution as Ratified by the States

December 15, 1791


Congress OF THE United States
begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday
the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.:

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

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.

Luke 3:7-14

Luke 3:7-14  (NKJV)
 John the Baptist Preaches to the People 
7     Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
 8     Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
 9     And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
 10     So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”
 11     He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
 12     Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
 13     And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
 14     Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

What shall we do then? To this question John the Baptist gives three answers:

In verse 11, he tells the people that we are to give to the needy from the excess that God has given to us.

In other words, we as individuals are to help those among us who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are to personally care for the needy and poor, the orphans and widows, the sick, and others in need of help, within the means (money, possessions, time, energy, talent, skills, etc.) God has given to us.

In verse 13, John tells the tax collectors (and this goes for everyone, not just tax collectors) that we are to deal honestly with others.

In verse 14, he tells the soldiers (and this goes for anyone in any position of power or authority over anyone else) to not abuse their power or authority over others.

Friday, October 24, 2014

CDC admits Ebola is "Droplet Spread"

Droplet spread means that no actual direct physical contact is needed. It is possible for Ebola to be transmitted via droplets (cough, sneeze) over short distances - about 3 feet according to the CDC. Again, this is without physical contact with the patient. An infographic (see below) has been released by the CDC explaining the difference between "airborne spread" and "droplet spread."

The CDC has previously given many strong assurances that Ebola could only be spread by direct contact. They are now explaining that they define "direct contact" to mean "within three feet" without actual physical contact being necessary.

Most non-medical folks typically think of direct contact meaning actual physical contact, and of coughing and sneezing when they hear the term "airborne." The shorter-distance, "droplet spread" is a technical distinction that many people are not aware of, leading to some confusion.

The bottom-line is that the CDC is now admitting it is possible to get Ebola without direct physical contact with an infected person, although very close proximity (within about three feet) is necessary.

Click the images below for larger versions of the CDC inforgraphic. It is also available for download as a .pdf.

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News Analysis for Oct 24, 2014

Ebola and Enterovirus

By now, you have heard of the new Ebola patient in New York City.  A doctor who had recently worked in West Africa with Doctors Without Borders, has tested positive for the disease. This is the first case of Ebola in New York, and the fourth in the USA. The doctor, Craig Spencer, actually passed through the new "enhanced" Ebola screening at JFK Airport, bringing into serious question the effectiveness of the enhanced screenings.

Dr. Spencer sought treatment after developing diarrhea and a 100.3 degree fever. Despite being well within the 21-day "at risk" period after having contact with Ebola patients, he spent much of the previous 24 hours in public with his fiancee and several friends, riding the subway, and bowling. This calls into question the effectiveness of self-monitoring and self-quarantine.

Ebola continues to spread in Africa, as Mali is now reporting its first case. Mali is the seventh African nation to experience Ebola this year (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria, and Congo are the other six, although WHO considers Congo a separate outbreak).

Dr. James Lawrenzi, in an interview on the Alex Jones' Show, has claimed that the government is covering up many Ebola-like cases in the US, even before Patient 0 in Dallas. I am highly skeptical of Lawrenzi's claims. Why cover up some cases, but not the others? If the government was truly suppressing news of Ebola in the US, and making patients "disappear," they would have also done so in the four Ebola cases we know about.

There is some good news on Ebola: the countries of Senegal and Nigeria have recently been declared Ebola free. Both countries credit their success in combating Ebola to be due, in part, to sealing off their borders to people from the other infected countries.

Also, the two nurses in Dallas to contact Ebola have recovered from the disease. The first nurse, Nina Pham, has already been released from the hospital.

While we are distracted by Ebola, the Enterovirus D68 outbreak continues in the United States and Canada, having killed 8 Americans and 1 Canadian, so far. The mainstream media continues to downplay this outbreak, due to its politically inconvenient origins. Evidence continues to mount that the outbreak is related to the 60,000+ illegals from the border crisis earlier this year. The good news is that it appears the outbreak may have peaked and will soon begin to decline (unfortunately, too late for those already dead or paralyzed).

Obama's Weakness

Not only did Jimmy Carter disrespect Barack Obama's leadership recently, but now a top Iranian official has mocked Obama as "the weakest of U.S. Presidents." And the Russians continue to try to provoke the United States and our NATO allies with repeated incursions with both aircraft, and now submarines

Obama's weakness has inserted itself in the current election cycle, with democrats running away from Obama (at least four Democratic candidates have refused to say if they voted for Obama or not), and at least one calling him "irrelevant."

Obama generates no fear or respect from our enemies, nor does he inspire confidence among our friends and allies.

Three Things You Need to Know About the Bible

The following video is a brief, simple explanation of how the Orthodox Church understands the Bible. Since I am now including some spiritual content on this website, some folks might be interested to know how I understand the Bible. The video is part of the Be the Bee series by the Youth & Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Bee the Bee - Three Things You Need to Know About the Bible