Monday, January 15, 2018

Owner's of the law

"You Americans have wrong ideas of the nature of your constitution; you contend that the king's instructions to his governors are not laws, and think yourselves at liberty to regard or disregard them at your own discretion. But those instructions are not like the pocket instructions given to a minister going abroad, for regulating his conduct in some trifling point of ceremony. They are first drawn up by judges learned in the laws; they are then considered, debated, and perhaps amended in Council, after which they are signed by the king. They are then, so far as they relate to you, the law of the land, for the king is the Legislator of the Colonies." I told his lordship this was new doctrine to me. I had always understood from our charters that our laws were to be made by our Assemblies, to be presented indeed to the king for his royal assent, but that being once given the king could not repeal or alter them. And as the Assemblies could not make permanent laws without his assent, so neither could he make a law for them without theirs. He assur'd me I was totally mistaken. I did not think so, however, and his lordship's conversation having a little alarm'd me as to what might be the sentiments of the court concerning us, I wrote it down as soon as I return'd to my lodgings. I recollected that about 20 years before, a clause in a bill brought into Parliament by the ministry had propos'd to make the king's instructions laws in the colonies, but the clause was thrown out by the Commons, for which we adored them as our friends and friends of liberty, till by their conduct towards us in 1765 it seem'd that they had refus'd that point of sovereignty to the king only that they might reserve it for themselves.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018

Fortune cookie

a favor today belongs to your tomorrow

A fortune cookie is a crisp and sugary cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil with a piece of paper inside, a "fortune", on which is an aphorism, or a vague prophecy. The message inside may also include a Chinese phrase with translation and/or a list of lucky numbers used by some as lottery numbers, some of which have become actual winning numbers.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Where in the world

is this Christmas tree
это Рождественская елка

at a friends house down the street from me USA

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Take your children home

Source article By Courtney Tanner  · August 06, 2017
Song Source

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Both Sides Now

Joni Mitchell's album was one my first because it made sense.   

Sources:  Getty Images/Ringer Illustration  article By Lindsay Zoladz   

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A bird in the thicket

Is there a bird there
Hidden in the thicket
Unseen by most

There lies a bird
He is there
See bird See bird See

If we look we can see
Do you see
I do

Friday, December 15, 2017

Yet another desk shot

Early three megapixel Nikon with wide angle lens - the first digital cameras of any worth were pricey  some better than others  attaching a good lense to any camera makes a difference  phone cameras are software versions of hardware (glass)