Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's back!

For tonight, anyway. Yes, it's Thursday Constitution Blogging.

You may have thought it would be about the recent FISA vote in the Senate or some court decisions relating to the rights of prisoners and captives but it is much more mundane this evening.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
While being driven about last Sunday afternoon I saw some beads hanging from telephone wires.

I asked Belle and Maggie if they knew anything about this. With a very offended air they informed their old man that, on the advice of Carlo Verro, Esq., the family attorney, they were claiming the Fifth Amendment on the grounds that anything they said might - with heavy emphasis on "might" as if to say it would certainly not conclusively do so - tend (more emphasis) to incriminate them.

They then smiled as if to say "gotcha, Mr. Constitution Blogger."

I have very lippy, but beautiful, daughters.

Pray for New Orleans. People are not only still working hard to recover from Katrina but Belle and Maggie will be here this weekend without parental supervision.

[Carlo, the family boar, and a scruffily handsome one at that, is the attorney of this clan. He has also been known to play nurse when daddies were feeling under the weather.]
--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Have a good trip home, Paul. Those girls are gonna run wild while you're gone. I just know it.

In the area in New Orleans where you work, there are two good restaurants. HerbSaint on St. Charles and Girod near Lafayette Square and MiLa, the restaurant that you took a picture of, on Common and Carondelet. I have not been there, but it's getting rave reviews.

Near where you are staying, there's Mimi's - yes - on Jefferson and Le Parvenu on Williams Blvd. in Rivertown. If you want a good meal, try any of those restaurants. I don't think you'll find killed vegetables there.

FranIAm said...

You are one trusting father to leave the girls alone in such a city...

But they have been raised well, so I won't worry.

Too much!

As for the Constitution and what is left of it... I am very worried indeed.

Paul said...

Thanks, Mimi. I knew the locals would come to my rescue! You're the best.