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The Amendments: Three

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.  (source)

This is a reactionary Amendment.  Basically, during the time right before the Revolution (and during, I’m sure), the British tended to tell people that they needed to share their homes with their troops during war time.  When the war ended, the British decided to keep on quartering soldiers in private homes during peace.  Its one of the items that started warming up the revolution. It’s hard to imagine that happening today, but the men who wrote this document wanted to make sure it didn’t.

There isn’t much to say on this one.  As far as I know it’s pretty much never debated that the Government could actually come to your home and say “Guess what, Roomies!?”

For a more modern example, I googled the third amendment and found a case in Nevada where a homeowner claimed the local police violated their third amendment rights by forcibly invading their home to use it against a neighbor they were investigating and staying for 9 hours.

It has also started to come up to relate to surveillance state by police/government but its debatable on whether the amendment would include “cyber soldiers.”

Posted in history, tv reviews

Mary Queen of Scots & Reign

So I’ve been reading those “Today in HIstory” pages again, and one of the events of today was the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Which reminded me of Reign.

For those of you unaware, Reign is a CW teenish drama about the Queen’s life.  It’s not historically accurate, so I call it history crack.  It’s sometimes fun to watch just to see how they deal with the real history in there their attempts to make a period drama fit for their intended audience of young adults.  It doesn’t always go successfully.

One of the major historical issues was that they aged everyone up.  Mary is 16 at the time of the show’s opener, brought to France to marry Prince Francis, the Dauphin of France.  Now that she marries the Prince is accurate, but they were much younger in real life.

Also Frances on the show has a older half-brother named Sebastian.  He’s not a real person, at least not that anyone is aware of.  His parents are real, but he isn’t.  The real life Equivalent of Bash’s mother had only daughters with the King.

The real reason to watch this show is Meghan Fellows.  She plays Catherine de Medici, the Queen of France.  She spends the first season trying to get rid of Mary, who she suspects will be the death of her son, and then the second season working with Mary to prevent the death of her son.  (historically, her son dies early as King, and is succeeded by another one of her sons.  Which I think she actually outlives as well.)

This show is still on the air, although it seems to have finally dealt with the big major plot issue, and that was the fact that alot of these characters died early deaths.

So if you don’t mind historical inaccuracy, but love costume design, Meghan Fellows, and soapish dramas, you should watch this show.

Posted in American History, history, Politics, Uncategorized

This Day In History

I looked up what important things happened today in history (other then it being my cousin’s birthday) and some pretty interesting things came up on the Google Search.  I took most of this information from and the New York Times “On This Day” feature.


On February 4, 1789  George Washington was unanimously elected by the electoral College.  He’s the only president to do so.

Also, on this day 6 years earlier Britain formally acknowledged they were done with the Revolutionary War.

Confederate Congress

In 1861, The Confederate Congress (a provisional one anyway) opened for business, thus starting


Snow White

One of Disney’s most known films (probably because its one of the firsts) is released on this day in 1938

Yalta Conference

(1945)Basically this is the photo op picture we always see when talking about the end of WWII and they show us that picture of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin sitting out on the Lawn as if they are talking about the latest football game rather then what to do in the last months of the war.  It did however start to show that the Alliance was not as strong as it could have been, and the cracks that caused the ‘Cold War’ formed.


Yasir Arafat helps found the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1969.

Patty Hearst

I don’t really know much about what happened here, but Patty Hearst may be one of the most famous kidnapped women in American history.  Today’s the anniversary of her kidnapping in 1974, so 41 years ago.  She eventually served a prison sentence for her involvement with the Symbionese LIberation Army’s activities.  She was pardoned in 2001 by President Clinton.


Its no more as of February 4, 2003.  Its now several different countries.

For more events, try this page.