Category: Contests

Contest #7 Closed

No winner for Contest #7.  We will be suspending the contests for a while.  Check back frequently as we plan to start up again before too long.…


Contest #7 Extended!

We don’t have a correct answer to the contest question, so we’re going to extend the contest another week!…


Contest #7 is Open!

We have a new contest… click here to see!…


Contest #6 – Closed

We have a winner for Contest #6! Check back on Sunday for Contest #7.…


Contest #6 is Open!

You can get to the contest at this link.  Good luck!…


Contest #5 Winner!

constitution_small.jpg“Geniousproductions” got the correct answer to this week’s contest!

The question was: The US Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation. Technically, this could have been considered an illegal act. Why?

The answer is, the Articles of Confederation required that all of the 13 states must approve any changes to the Articles.  The Constitution was not ratified by all 13 states at first, and yet the country began operating under the new Constitution despite that (accepted because the Constitution only required 3/4 of the states, or 9 at the time, for approval)… a second rebellion of sorts.

Despite breaking the “rules” to achieve this, the country got over it, and nobody is really in a position to challenge the legality of the document since eventually all …


We Have a Winner for Contest #4!

Demosthenes is this week’s winner!

You may recall the question was:

Hypothetical question: If President Bush, Vice President Cheney, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate President Pro Tempore Byrd, Secretary of State Rice, Secretary of the Treasury Paulson, Secretary of Defense Gates, Attorney General Mukasey, Secretary of Interior Kempthorne, and Secretary of Agriculture Schafer were all killed, who (today) would be next in line to become President?

The answer is Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt. Only because both Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, whose Cabinet positions are next in line after Secretary of Agriculture Schafer, are ineligible. It is required that one succeeding to the Presidency fulfill the Constitutional prerequisites for the Presidency, which includes age, birth and …


Contest #4 – Not Solved Yet!

We’ve had some great responses to Contest #4, but have not seen the correct answer yet!  Don’t forget, you can try once per day.…


Contest #4 is Ready!

We are ready for Contest #4.  You know the drill… and this week, the winner gets a $10 gift certificate to Audible.com!…


Contest #3 Closed with No Winner

As disappointing as it may be, we’re closing Contest #3 without a winner.

As you may recall, the question was:

Provide the textual portion of the US Constitution that describes the well-known concept of Judicial Review, which gives the Federal Judiciary the authority to determine the constitutionality of US or State laws. Then, please name the first Justice to implement Judicial Review in the United States.

John MarshallThis was a trick question, since the US Constitution does not expressly give the Judiciary Branch the power to review the constitutionality of laws. This power exists based solely on the precedent set the first time it was exercised by the Supreme Court in 1803 in the case of Marbury v. Madison. John Marshall (that’s him at the left) …


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