Daily Archives: August 3, 2010

Why the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is important

Read this: At the Bar – But for the 14th Amendment, the Bill of Rights might not guarantee very much. – NYTimes.com.

Currently the battle is about preventing foreigners from having their children becoming American citizens. But the 14th Amendment is about much more than that. It is part of the Reconstruction Amendments that were created after the Civil War. They are three of them, and according to Wikipedia: “The Thirteenth Amendment (both proposed and ratified in 1865) abolished slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment (proposed in 1866 and ratified in 1868) included a redefinition of citizenship, the Privileges or Immunities Clause, Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. The Fifteenth Amendment, (proposed in 1869 and ratified in 1870) grants voting rights regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude”. 

I find it mindboggling that anyone in the United States, especially anyone who knows the history of these amendments, would think of changing them. But read about them and decide for yourself.

How men can dress for hot weather and not look like a slob/juvenile

How? By following the example set by this man at The Sartorialist.

He is wearing a simple outfit, but his shirt is a very casual dress shirt: white, loose, and rolled up; it makes him more dressed up than someone in a T shirt or a polo/golf shirt. Likewise his shorts are also casual, but they are dressier than cargo pants or swim trunks. Finally, he uses accessories really well and they also dress him up. Not to mention that he is wearing shoes, not sandals or swim shoes. It’s a great outfit that would look great reading in a park or on a patio in terribly hot weather. Smart.