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  •  What ever happened to strict constructionism? (1+ / 0-)
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    Article 1 of the US Constitution lays out the powers of Congress.  Exactly what in Article 1 authorizes Congress to change local place names?

    Unless there's interstate commerce in mountains, it seems to me that this is a matter for the State of Nevada.   There isn't shale oil there, is there?

    In general the names of natural features are whatever the locals call them. Human institutions can choose to call themselves whatever their chartering entities will allow.  So if the locals don't like the name "Pig's Eye, MN", and the Minnesota legislature doesn't object, then "Saint Paul" it is.  But if the locals in Webster Mass call the largest body in town "Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg", then that's its name, even if its name in the USGS GNIS database is "Lake Chaubunagungamaug" and the highway signs say "Lake Webster".

    So if the congressman wants to name this place, he's going to have to turn it into a park or national monument.   And then the mountain will still be called whatever the locals call it, but perhaps in a few decades the new name will stick.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:58:01 PM PDT

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