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Can you pass a 1954 8th Grade Civics Test?

100 Questions:

Photos of an actual completed test are at the link.

1-20: List the cabinet positions and the people who hold these positions at the present time.

20-29: Give the names of the justices of the Supreme Court.

30-51: Tell the provisions of each of the amendments to the Constitution.

52. What is the Bill Of Rights?

53. Who is the President of the U.S.?

54. Who is the Vice-President of the U.S.?

55. What is an unwritten law?

56. (Missing)

57. Two things necessary to any good government are ___.

58. The plan of government for the U.S. is the ___.

59. A constitutional law is ___.

60. An unconstitutional law is ___.

61. A law is declared unconstitutional by the ___.

62. The President chooses a cabinet in order to ___.

63. The Constitution grants all lawmaking powers to ___.

64-65. The two houses of Congress are ___ and ____.

66. The Constitution established two houses of Congress because ___.

67. The number of representatives from each state is determined by ___.

68. The Speaker of the House is ___.

69. The number of Senators from each state is ___.

70. A Senator is elected for ___.

71. The presiding officer of the Senate is ___.

72. The Vice-President does not have a vote in the Senate unless ___.

73. A president pro tempore is ___.

74. The life of each Congress is ___.

75. Congress convenes in regular session on ___.

76. The president may call Congress into session ___.

77. The power to enforce the laws is given to ___.

78. The President’s term of office is ___.

79. If a President dies, he is succeeded by ___.

80. The President must be a ___ citizen.

81. How old must a President be?

82. The oath of office is administered to the President by ___.

83. The President takes office on ___.

84. The President can make treaties if ___.

85. The highest law of the land is ___.

86. The Supreme Court may annul laws if___.

87. A quorum for Congress is ___.

88. A filibuster is ___.

89. The number of Supreme Court justices is ___.

90. A write of habeus corpus is ___.

91. A bill of attainder is ___.

92. An ex post fact law is ___.

93. A reprieve is ___.

94. A pardon is ___.

95. Who regulates inter-state commerce?

96. What is naturalization?

97. What is piracy?

98. Does a dictator consider the welfare of the people?

99. Can a government function without the power to raise money?

100. Do wealth and power alone make a nation happy?

Write the preamble to the Constitution.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Mar 2, 2016, 05:15 PM (11 replies)

Irony of Ironies: NY Daily News recommends those fleeing Trump to move to real Authoritarian State

The most well-rounded country

Trust expats who have already fled their countries: Singapore might be your best bet. The island nation boasts the top quality of life for expats, according to a 2015 survey of expats by InterNations, a 2 million-person strong network of migrants.

The Asian county earned the title for its slew of high-paying jobs, welcoming atmosphere, stellar health care facilities and top-notch public transit. English, one of Singapore's four official languages, is used frequently, especially in urban areas, so communication barriers are limited for Americans.

What Lee didn’t embrace, of course, was the Western conception of pluralistic democracy and free expression. The country does hold regular elections, but Lee’s People’s Action Party has held power continually since 1959, and, during his long prime ministership, opponents of the regime were routinely rounded up and imprisoned. Foreign publications that tried to report on Singaporean domestic issues, such as the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review, found themselves sued or banned. Even in recent years, with Lee’s son, Lee Hsien Loong, occupying the prime minister’s office, the harassment of dissidents has continued, as has the enforcement of pettier measures, such as the ban on chewing gum. In 2010, introducing a report that documented some of the regime’s practices, a senior official at Human Rights Watch described Singapore as “the textbook example of a politically repressive state.”
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Mar 2, 2016, 10:37 AM (8 replies)

Today's E.O.D. (not Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Cocktail

In what I hope to make a semi-regular series, here is the 2nd Pre-Prohibition cocktail.

This one is a variation on the Aviation. It first appeared in Harry Craddock's "The Savoy Cocktail Book",1930. Harry Craddock was a bartender, originally from Britain, who fled the US after Prohibition to the Savoy Hotel in London.

The Casino

makes 1 cocktail

2 oz gin
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz maraschino liqueur
dash of orange bitters

Very refreshing drink. I prefer my cocktails shaken, but if clarity is important tou you, stirring is perfectly acceptable.

If authenticity is important to you, this should be made with Old Tom style gin, or Dutch style Ginever.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 06:57 PM (1 replies)

A civilized way to end the workday

Behold, the Medium Martini:

1oz London Dry Gin
1/2 oz Dry French Vermouth
1/2 oz Sweet Italian Vermouth

Garnish with Lemon Twist
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Feb 29, 2016, 07:02 PM (8 replies)

So I collect Cold War memorabilia

And I learned something cool the other day. My wife had to go in for a medical test that involved her drinking radioactive Barium. One of the things we have are several surplus Civil Defense Geiger Counters.


I learned that I can actually track her path through the house with the Geiger Counter. For a short period her footsteps and the chairs she sits in are slightly "hot". It really doesn't mean anything in particular but I just find it really cool.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Sun Feb 28, 2016, 08:24 AM (6 replies)

Ads you could never get away with today

Can you imagine the outcry from these today?

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Feb 25, 2016, 04:12 PM (15 replies)

Own a wireless mouse? You're at risk.

They broke in like it was nothing. They could have wiped my hard drive, stolen my files, or practically anything nefarious you can do with a computer.

All because I had a wireless mouse dongle plugged into my laptop. And all they needed was a simple antenna that costs as little as $15 at Amazon.

Thankfully, "they" were a pair of security researchers from a company called Bastille, and every company that builds wireless mice and keyboards has already been alerted to the issue. If you have a Logitech Unifying receiver, there's already a fix. (Here is a link to a patch provided to us by Logitech: RQR_012_005_00028.exe.)

But if not, you too might be vulnerable to this technique. They're calling it a "Mousejack."

What Bastille security researcher Marc Newlin discovered was this. If you can send out a wireless signal that pretends to be a wireless mouse, most wireless USB dongles will happily latch onto it -- no questions asked. Then, you can have that fake wireless mouse pretend to be a wireless keyboard -- and start controlling someone else's computer.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Feb 25, 2016, 11:18 AM (6 replies)

Brian Sandoval vetted for USSC

Breaking News Feed ‏@pzf 7m7 minutes ago
JUST IN: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, being vetted for Supreme Court pick - NBCNews
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 01:36 PM (73 replies)

PA Governor announces he has Prostate Cancer

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has prostate cancer, according to a statement released Wednesday morning.

“Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early. My doctors made the diagnosis after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities. In consultation with my doctors, I have a planned treatment schedule that will begin in the coming weeks. Those treatments will last the next several months, but they will present no impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor. Prior to beginning treatment, I will take a brief time to spend with my family. I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.”

Wolf spoke about the diagnosis Wednesday, telling reporters at a news conference that the treatment would be routine. He did not get into specifics, but he did say it would not involve chemotherapy.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 11:07 AM (3 replies)

Funny aircraft maintenance reports from UPS

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet" which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots ("P") and solutions recorded ("S") by maintenance engineers:

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 09:56 AM (3 replies)
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