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18 thoughts on “Con Law Intro pg 3

  1. Kereth Midknight said:

    . . . checks and balances! No, wait, with the three branches of government! No, wait, with theory of governance! No, wait, with English history! . . .

    Oh, no, wait, this is the Illustrated Guide to Law. We’re going to start with Janey. Janey is a nice old lady, has twelve grandkids, drives a harley, etc. She’s also a major celebrity for her hit single “@#$% you, youngsters, I ain’t knitting @#$%!” You know the drill. Today, somebody threw a rubber chicken over the fence at a children’s birthday party (one the the clowns tripped on a stray present wrapper). The rubber chicken landed in the road, unobserved, in front of Janey’s speeding motorcycle. Janey did not survive the accident.

    Now, usually this would be simply tragic, but because of Janey’s celebrity status, this is a national disaster (or so the media would have us believe). Now Jim the Congressman wants to drum up some extra public support by calling for stricter controls on rubber chickens. He also wants the new law to retroactively punish the clown and to double penalties for the use of said chickens in the presence of Janey’s surviving relatives (they’re probably traumatized, right?) We’ll see shortly how much of this he’ll be able to manage, but before he can even bring that law to congress, we need to introduce another important player. That’s right, it’s time to bring in:

    The LOBBYIST ($) . . .

      • Robert said:

        I think I know how this works:
        For all practical purposes, what matters is not what the Constitution says, but rather what the Supreme Court says it says, and they can find some excuse to say it says (or doesn’t say) pretty much whatever they want it to say (or not say, as the case may be).

        • David M said:

          Not just what SCOTUS says it is, but also various district and appellate courts as precedent.

          I get so tired of the politicians who thump their CATO pocket constitutions. Thump this one instead:

          The Annotated Constitution (HTML: PDF:

          It’s literally like the Bible – there’s the text, and then there are the rabbinical interpretations that actually make up the Law. You gotta have them both.

    • See, this right here is why we really need a thumbs-up button.

    • Esurnir said:

      I absolutely want to see Janey now in the comic. Please Nate make this happen and her Harley riding single.

  2. Cyrus Nash said:

    Is there a way to script the site so that when you add several new pages at once, the front page redirects to the first new page, instead of showing the very most recent page? Or maybe there could just be a link to the beginning of the current chapter/section.

    • SPACKlick said:

      The save my place button saves the page you clicked it on. If you use iMacros on Firefox you can set a bookmark that goes to whatever place that links to.

      There’s probably a techie way to set the loadbutton function to play on arriving at the site, the issue would be not setting it to run every time you visited a comic. Possibly having a blank page that just runs that script so you can bookmark your saved page would be the way to go.

  3. Antistone said:

    This is not quite what you asked for, but note that you can get to the start of any chapter via the “Contents” page, and there are also buttons to save and load your current reading position.

  4. Chug said:

    *sings* We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union…

      • REC said:

        Provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare…

        • Funny how that last bit often gets left out when people thump it like it’s a bible…

        • and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…

          [Trivia Time! The priest who married my wife and me (Jay Sidebotham) was one of the animators for Schoolhouse Rock!]

          • Y. Exeter said:

            …do ordain and establish this Constitution…

            • Chug said:

              This Constitution… for the United States of… America!

              • Chug said:

                (oops. wish we could edit comments)

  5. Raen said:

    The rainbow motif has me thinking “Obergefell”…

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