- In the beginning, our country adopted the Constitution with ten amendments, which are known as the Bill of Rights.
- There have been 11,539 proposals in Congress to amend the Constitution. Typically, each of our two-year Congresses has considered 200 or so amendments.
- Methodically over these years Congress has in addition to the Bill of Rights passed, and our states have ratified, seven amendments.
- The 13th amendment in 1865 abolished slavery
- 16th in 1913 created income tax
- 18th prohibited alcohol
- 19th in 1920 gave women the right to vote
- 21st in 1933 repealed the 18th alcohol prohibition,
- Six amendments were awaiting full ratification (75%, or at least 38 states required) and two more are now essentially dead. As ratification must occur within seven years, realistically, there are today zero amendments being considered by states.
- A full Constitutional Convention, but this won't happen anytime soon, for the last one occurred in 1787.
- Two-thirds vote in each house of Congress.
- An Amendments Convention. But this is not exactly easy, for:
I'm not that concerned about the President controlling the military to attack me, nor Governor David Ige dominating my freedom with the national guard. The British have left and, save for a few terrorists and criminals, I feel safe without any gun ownership. The details on how you control guns (and the restriction to own a gun can be as Draconian as possible as far as I'm concerned--third party liability and life termination of anyone convicted of a gun crime) and how long this will take are postings of future days.
For example, what about homicides per million to the left?
But, ah, there is the National Rifle Association, and politicians are actually afraid to be placed on their removal list.
Typhoon Chan-hom is at 105 MPH and shows a track now just north of Miyakojima at Category 4 strength, with landfall just north of Taizhou, then materially weakening on land before heading towards Zhejiang Ocean University located on the Zhoushan Archipelago and Shanghai.
Slightly north of Chan-hom is Typhoon Nangka at 135 MPH, with gusts up to 160 MPH. Thankfully, Nangka is avoiding population centers, and models show the storm turning north, weakening, and heading for Japan:
There is a tropical depression east of the Big Island of Hawaii, expected to become Tropical Storm Ela and move north of the islands. However, two models show Ella's eye crossing over Honolulu on Saturday. In any case, a lot of rain would be expected: