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There just is no Rule of Law left in America….

July 31, 2012 1 comment

There just is no Rule of Law left in America. Whenever a lesser statute is allowed to supersede a Constitutional Right, this is TREASON because the Constitution cannot possibly be the Supreme Law of the Land.

Martin Armstrong at martinarmstrong.org,  [hat tip. Ol' Remus & The Woodpile Report]

When Is a Dog Sniff in Your Car Not a Search? | Volokh

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Jonathan H. Adler • July 27, 2012 11:42 am

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided United States v. Sharp, a dog-sniff case.  Here’s the court’s summary:

It is well-settled that a dog’s sniff around the exterior of a car is not a search under the Fourth Amendment. Defendant appeals the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress because a narcotics dog jumped into his car and sniffed inside the car before “alerting” to the presence of narcotics. The canine’s jump and subsequent sniff inside the vehicle was not a search in violation of the Fourth Amendment because the jump was instinctive and not the product of police encouragement. Therefore, we AFFIRM.

Here Come the Pitchforks: County Comes After Small Farmers With Big Fines – Even If They Have a Business License! | Daily Sheeple

July 30, 2012 1 comment

The assault on personal reliance, self dependency and the activities that made liberty-driven American agriculture the envy of the world in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries continues. On the heels of a an Oregon man being sentenced to jail for 30 days for rainwater collection and harvesting, Martha Boneta of Fauquier County, Virginia becomes the latest victim of a government boot to the throat:

Farmers in Fauquier County are planning to bring their pitchforks to an Aug. 2 hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals to protest the arbitrary treatment of one of their own. On April 30, Zoning Administrator Kimberley Johnson sent Martha Boneta an official cease-and-desist notice for selling farm products and hosting a birthday party for her best friend’s 10-year-old daughter on her 70-acre Paris, Va., farm without a special administrative permit. Read more…

This being Sunday,

July 29, 2012 Comments off

The Grey Enigma:

Too good! hat tip Cmblake!

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How Much Money Do You Really Need To Be Happy?

July 29, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

Forbes

So many of us work long, hard hours to provide for our families and children-often long hours away from home, maybe taking on extra jobs at times or hoping to get a raise in an effort to make our lives richer financially–working harder at the expense of sleeping and taking good care of ourselves in order to have extra money. It seems so many of us just aren’t content with what we have now. But is there a point at which striving to earn or acquire extra money can be counterproductive? Or, in other words, when having extra money just doesn’t make us “happy” anymore?

In a recent column in the the Sunday Review of the New York Times, Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton attempt to answer this question and by doing so create a perfect opportunity for us to reflect about the limitations of how the desire to…

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Codrea: Scalia Statement On Guns Clarifies The Future

July 29, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:


The courts are not going to save you.

Nor will the legislatures.

Certainly the executive branches will not.

Most of your neighbors will support your incarceration and/or murder.

Hell – you’re lucky if you can count on all of your nuclear family.

And they are coming.

You ready?

Ein Schweizer, sieben Deutsche.

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101 reasons why you need an “assault rifle” | Ammoland

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By Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law.  … A question we are all tired of hearing in the so-called “debate” over so-called “assault weapons” is, “why does anybody need one?”

Here is the answer once and for all: You need an assault weapon—

1. to help continue the American tradition of citizen/soldier.
2. for recreation.
3. to collect military small arms.
4. to get quick extra shots at more game while hunting.
5. to get quick extra shots at the same game while hunting. Read more…

Dollars vs Money | The Grey Enigma added a page (see above)

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DREAM Act rule gives illegals easy way to avoid charges | The Daily Caller

July 29, 2012 Comments off

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A top union official for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s administration has ordered ICE agents to blindly — and without any evidence — believe illegal immigrants if they claim they qualify for Obama’s administrative DREAM Act.

Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, explained …  “As we still wait on detailed guidance from the administration, it’s impossible to understand the full scope of the administration’s changes, but what we’ve seen so far concerns us greatly,”

Crane, said. “As one example, prosecutorial discretion for DREAMers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are: If an alien says they went to high school, then let them go. If they say they have a GED, then let them go.”

“Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything,” he continued. “Even with the greatly relaxed policies, the alien is not required to prove that they meet any of the new criteria...” via The Daily Caller.

The Price of Gun Control |Dan Baum, Harper’s

July 28, 2012 Comments off

… It’s true that America’s rate of violent crime remains higher than that in most European countries. But to focus on guns is to dodge a painful truth. America is more violent than other countries because Americans are more violent than other people. Our abundant guns surely make assaults more deadly.  But by obsessing over inanimate pieces of metal, we avoid looking at what brings us more often than others to commit violent acts.

Many liberal critics understand this when it comes to drug policy. The modern, sophisticated position is that demonizing chemicals is a reductive and ineffective way to address complicated social pathologies. When it comes to gun violence, though, the conversation often stops at the tool, because it is more comfortable to blame it than to examine ourselves…via The Price of Gun Control—By Dan Baum Harper’s Magazine.

The U.S. Retail Collapse Accelerates | Jeff Nielsen, BBCanada

July 28, 2012 Comments off

…We see two things in the chart above on average American wages. First we see how (in real dollars) wages for the average U.S. worker have been falling steadily for more than 40 years. Those wages have now fallen by more than 50%, all the way down to the same levels as during the Great Depression. And we see how the U.S. government’s lies about inflation have almost entirely concealed this relentless collapse in wages. How convenient.

Meanwhile, we see the percentage of Americans who are actually working also plummeting downward, to a 30-year low. The collapse in wages has been accompanied by a collapse in employment levels. Combined, it translates into a collapse in consumer purchasing power of well in excess of 50%.

The great Economic Myth (naturally perpetuated by the U.S. government) is that “the world can’t live without” the American Consumer. The truth is that the rest of the world has been gradually learning how to live without the American consumer for the past 40 years, as the American consumer is literally less than half what he used to be. The real-and-obvious question instead is how will the U.S.’s consumer economy be able to survive the Death of the U.S. Consumer?… via Economy: The U.S. Retail Collapse Accelerates ETF DAILY NEWS.

Gun Control and Our Constitutional Rights, Once Politicians Get Their Foot In the Door…It is the Beginning of the End of Our Rights

July 27, 2012 1 comment

Originally posted on Delusions of Adequacy:

My deepest sympathy goes out to the families in Colorado.  The killer was an idiot, but if we didn’t have guns he would have found another way to do what he did.  He was evil and had his mind made up already.  I am not afraid to call evil what it is and history shows they will do what they do with whatever tool they can find.  People blow themselves up in the middle east which he may have done the same thing last week.  Booby trapping his apartment showed he thought he was going to die anyway.

THE POINT OF THIS POST

What galls me is the politicizingof this tragedy by some who have an agenda.   I do not wish to get into left vs. right on this discussion as it is about protecting our constitutional rights.  Once they take one away, they can take any or all…

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yep.

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Study Materials

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Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns (one can hope) | Reason

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night that he doesn’t “understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”

We’ve been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.”

Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong:

  • In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps.
  • In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects the same year–22 percent of those people were unarmed.
  • As Scott Reeder reported at Reason this morning, “Farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
  • And as Choire Sicha wrote earlier this year, “2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year.”  Read more…

The Attack On Chick-Fil-A Is An Attack On The Freedom Of Speech Of Every American | TAD

July 27, 2012 Comments off

click to pull up original article at The American Dream

If you are an American, your freedom of speech is under attack. Over the past week, remarks made by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy defending traditional marriage have sparked controversy all over the nation. Many Americans have expressed support for his remarks and many have expressed disdain for his remarks.  And all of that is fine, because in the United States people are supposed to be able to express their opinions. But in Chicago, Boston and other U.S. cities, politicians are actually promising to keep any more Chick-fil-A stores from opening because their CEO does not support gay marriage, and that crosses the line.  When politicians threaten to ban a business from their cities just because the CEO does not hold the “politically correct” position on a social issue that is an attack on the freedom of speech of every American. You see, the truth is that the enforcers of political correctness in America are very “tolerant” except when somebody disagrees with them… via The American Dream.

Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill – The Hill’s Video

July 26, 2012 Comments off

…The amendment was sponsored by Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg N.J., Barbara Boxer Calif., Jack Reed R.I., Bob Menendez N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand N.Y., Schumer and Dianne Feinstein Calif..  S.A. 2575 would make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices such as gun magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums of more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition…via The Hill’s Video.

The American Reaction To Death | Thoughts Aloud

July 26, 2012 Comments off

Once again some nutcase has misused his freedom to harm others. While this is a tragedy to the nation, and much more so to the friends and families of the victims, it once again illustrates something very odd (and, I suppose, very human?) about the way we as a people react to violent death. Very inconsistently!

One of the things most obvious about our inconsistency is one of numbers. All over the world, every instant in time, some human is violently killing another. And, for the most part, we ignore it. In the mostly unknown killings in question, the killer failed to meet some mysterious threshold of body count for the killings in question to constitute a “national tragedy”. And, that threshold itself is somewhat inconsistent, varying (I suppose) with the general climate of killing in the world. Read more…

Afterburner with Bill Whittle: It’s a Miracle!

July 26, 2012 1 comment

Maryland gun permit law struck | Washington Times

July 26, 2012 Comments off

A federal judge has ordered Maryland officials to stop enforcing a law barring state residents from receiving concealed-carry handgun permits unless they provide a “good and substantial reason” to carry their weapons in public.

U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg on Monday lifted the stay on his March ruling, which struck down a Maryland law requiring applicants to prove that they need to carry a gun for workplace duties or as protection from a specific threat. The order goes into effect Aug. 7. Read more…

That’d be right – logging needed to protect… Northern Spotted Owl

July 25, 2012 Comments off

The Grey Enigma:

I think the top of my head just blew off! Arrrrrggggghhh!!!! GE.

Originally posted on JunkScience.com:

Oh, this is rich. After using the damned owl to decimate logging and virtually kill the industry it turns out “logging, thinning, or other fuel reduction activities in areas with high fire risk would be more than offset by improved forest health and fire-resistance characteristics, the scientists said, which allow more spotted owl habitat to survive in later decades“.

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July 24, 2012 1 comment

’2016: Obama’s America’ Asks Questions the Media Won’t Permit [Video]

July 24, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on John Malcolm:

By John Sexton | July 24, 2012 | Breitbart News

Last Wednesday I had the chance to attend the L.A. screening of Dinesh D’Souza’s new film “2016: Obama’s America.” The film is essentially a visual treatment of D’Souza’s book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”

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Thoughts on Fast & Furious, Ann Coulter | Ol remus and the woodpile report

July 24, 2012 Comments off

... Most Americans don’t care about whether Attorney General Eric Holder is hiding Fast and Furious documents because they don’t understand the story.  It put guns in their hands to strengthen liberals’ argument for gun control… This is such a jaw-dropping accusation, Republicans refuse to make it, says Ann Coulter in this article at her blog, anncoulter.com…

via ol remus and the woodpile report.

July 24, 2012 Comments off

Very well said, a must read. GE.

Election 2012 (hat tip to Bonfire’s Blog)

July 24, 2012 Comments off

Click to jump to Doug Hagmann’s article, Sunday, July 22, 2012,  over at Bonfire’s Blog… a thought provoker.

It’s legal: cops seize cell phone, impersonate owner | Ars Technica

July 24, 2012 Comments off

Everybody loves texting (click to jump to source article)

In November 2009, police officers in the state of Washington seized an iPhone belonging to suspected drug dealer Daniel Lee. While the phone was in police custody, a man named Shawn Hinton sent a text message to the device, reading, “Hey whats up dogg can you call me i need to talk to you.” Suspecting that Hinton was looking to buy drugs from Lee, Detective Kevin Sawyer replied to the message, posing as Lee. With a series of text messages, he arranged to meet Hinton in the parking lot of a local grocery store—where Hinton was arrested and charged with attempted possession of heroin. Read more…

Preparedness Essentials You Should Not Overlook

July 24, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on rmactsc:

When it comes to being prepared, the following are some essentials you should not overlook.

  • Keep your vehicles gas tanks full.  When your gauge shows 3/4 full make sure you fill up again at that point.  A full tank of gas has essential uses.
  • Keep at least 10, 5 gallon gas containers full, in a cool dry garage location and use stabil to increase their storage life.  Date the cans so you know when the gas needs to be used by.
  • Have a 10,000 watt backup generator available and have an electrician wire it so it is ready to run your house if the power is out.  Have a secure, security chain applied to keep it from being stolen.
  • Keep a 3 months supply of food and water stored for each member of your family.
  • Keep a 3 months supply of all common battery sizes available.
  • Have your well maintained firearms…

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“It’s Spreading”: US Census Reports Nearly 100 Million Poor in America; Worst Conditions in Fifty Years | SHTFPlan

July 23, 2012 Comments off

It’s bad out there. Really bad.  As world leaders finally begin to admit that we are smack dab in the middle of another Great Depression and the economy stands at the cusp of another earth-shaking collapse of the financial system, the US census reports that nearly 100 million Americans are now classified as living in poverty or are considered “near poor.” Read more…

55% of Americans Believe that the Government Will Take Care of Them if Disaster Strikes | Truth is Treason

July 23, 2012 1 comment

If a major emergency happened in the United States, do you have faith that the government would take care of you?  Amazingly, even after all of the examples to the contrary that we have seen in recent years, a solid majority of all Americans actually believe that the government will be there for them when things hit the fan.  According to a new survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the authorities will come to their rescue when disaster strikes. Read more…

‘You Didn’t Build It’ Illustrates the Liberal Collective’s Dreams and Tactics

July 23, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on John Malcolm:

By Kurt Schlichter | July 22, 2012 | Breitbart News

The “You didn’t build that” fiasco, including the incoherent spinning Obama’s minions around the mainstream media have been doing ever since, provides us not only a wonderful opportunity to peek inside the liberal hive mind but a chance to dissect and examine their damage control tactics as well.

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Shock revelation: City of Aurora, Colorado would have ARRESTED anyone who STOPPED the Batman massacre with a concealed weapon

July 23, 2012 2 comments

Originally posted on The Red Pill Guide:

via: NaturalNews
Sunday, July 22, 2012
by: Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) Two days ago I asked the commonsense question, “Why didn’t anyone fight back against James Holmes, the shooter who shot so many people in the Batman movie theater?” See that article here: http://www.naturalnews.com/036537_James_Holmes_Batman_shooting.html

Now the answer has become clear: Because Aurora, Colorado already has strict gun control laws on the books that make it:

• Illegal to carry a concealed weapon, even if you’re a law-abiding citizen.

• Illegal to discharge a firearm in public unless you are a peace officer.

Thus, any person who would have shot James Holmes and stopped the massacre would, themselves, have been arrested as a criminal!

In Aurora, Colorado, it is illegal to stop a massacre

“I cannot help but think, if one person in that audience was carrying a gun with them, that person could have saved lives. Unfortunately – despite what some…

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What IF he is RIGHT ???

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Always Have An Exit Plan

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Obama Proposes Federal Paychecks for Local Teachers

July 23, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on John Malcolm:

By Lindsey Burke and Jason Richwine | July 19, 2012 | The Foundry

This week, President Obama proposed a new $1 billion federal program that would establish a “Master Teacher Corps” in 100 locations across the country.

This is not the first time the Administration has proposed subsidizing teacher salaries, but it is the first proposal that would give federal-issued paychecks directly to local teachers.

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25 Signs That Middle Class Families Have Been Targeted For Extinction

July 23, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on The Awakened Zombie:

The middle class in America is being systematically wiped out, and most people don’t even realize what is happening. Every single year, millions more Americans fall out of the middle class and become dependent on the government. The United States once had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class is rapidly shrinking and government dependence is at an all-time high. So why is this happening? Well, America is becoming a poorer nation at the same time that wealth is becoming extremely concentrated at the very top. At this point, our economic system is designed to funnel as much money and power to the federal government and to the big corporations as possible. Individuals and small businesses have a really hard time thriving in this environment. To most big corporations these days, workers are viewed as financial liabilities. Most corporations…

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The moon, stars, and planets are lining up for another attempted gun grab

July 23, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on A TowDog:

You knew it would be coming…

With the Aurora Colorado shooting a fresh wound on our national psyche, the stampede of politicians who want to appear to do something to avert a future event from occurring is beginning.

Already Democrats like Sen. Frank Lautenberg are rushing forward with bills no doubt already crafted for such an occasion:

“Let’s stop wasting time and start saving lives,” Lautenberg, D-N.J. said on his Twitter account. “Congress must prioritize a ban on high-capacity gun magazines.”

At least one other lawmaker has already called on President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney to address the issue.

“Soothing words are nice,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a radio interview, “but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a…

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Dear GOP: This

July 23, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on A TowDog:

I’m pretty sure the GOP assumes conservatives will fall in lockstep the way the Democrat does with blacks, Latinos, gays, etc, but…There’s rumblings.

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July 23, 2012 Comments off

The Grey Enigma:

Probably best if you are sitting down when you read this, GE.

Originally posted on Video Rebel's Blog:

‘Debts that cannot be paid will not be paid.’

Michael Hudson

The average American works 7 months a year before being allowed to keep any of the money they work for. But that figure is deceptive. The occupation government gives orders to shut down coal fired generation plants because they emit carbon dioxide. Then they give exemptions to plants owned by or doing business with General Electric. This forces up utility rates so you are actually working more than 7 months a year to support this tyrannous government. 35 million Americans will be forced in a few months to pay $8,000 each for health insurance unless they get into a government plan which will cost them a few thousand dollars a year for a worthless policy that will not give them the coverage anyone would want.

Wages are going down. They are 40% lower in real terms than in 1970…

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Chuckie Schumer Tells Bernanke: ‘Get To Work, Mr. Chairman’ – Wall Street Dominates ‘Schumer’s List’ | The Daily Bail

July 21, 2012 Comments off

Oh yes, you can be sure that ol’ Chuckie Schumer is going to be looking out for the little guy.  I am of the opinion that there is a special place reserved in hell for this sniveling, self-aggrandizing piece of crap.

The headline quote from the Wall Street-owned Schumer has made the rounds.  Chuck basically spends 5 minutes pleading with B-52 for more QE.  The quote comes at the very end of the clip.   Captured Senator contributor list is below. Guess which bank is #1…

click to jump to post at Daily Bail

via The Daily Bail.

Airport scanning technology is a transparent victory for terrorism | The Observer

July 21, 2012 Comments off

Security devices that invade our privacy are about to take a giant leap forward with a scanner that can tell what you had for breakfast from 50 metres away

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FAA Has Authorized 106 Government ‘Entities’ to Fly Domestic Drones | CNSNews.com

July 21, 2012 Comments off

Since Jan. 1 of this year, according to congressional testimony presented Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized 106 federal, state and local government “entities” to fly “unmanned aircraft systems,” also known as drones, within U.S. airspace.“

We are now on the edge of a new horizon: using unmanned aerial systems within the homeland,” House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul R.-Texas said as he introduced the testimony…via CNSNews.com.

Disinformation Continues as U.N. Arms Treaty Takes Shape | NRA-ILA

July 21, 2012 Comments off

In New York this week, the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty continued trying to draft a treaty to impose worldwide controls on small arms, including civilian-owned firearms.

The NRA has made clear its opposition to any treaty that includes civilian firearms, and continues to note that a majority of the United States Senate stands with American gun owners in opposition to such a treaty. We have led the effort to mobilize opposition to the treaty in Congress, and not only a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate, but also 130 House members, have voiced strong opposition to the treaty. Ignoring that reality, U.N. conferees are working to regulate not only civilian small arms, but also ammunition and firearm parts.

Anti-gun treaty proponents continue to mislead the public, claiming the treaty would have no impact on American gun owners. That’s a bald-faced lie. Read more…

6-minute Pixar video: how the 99% finally see, end 1%’s obvious crimes

July 20, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on The Red Pill Guide:

via: WashingtonsBlog
July 20, 2012

Pixar Animation Studios averages making more money per film than any other film studio. Perhaps the reason is people recognize and are attracted to powerful truths slightly veiled in allegories; as in this six-minute video.

A Bug’s Life (1998) is about two societies: one numerous slave society of ants and a small psychopath-led parasitic society of grasshoppers.

The movie opens showing the ants lost in routines of slavery and most literally dominated by fear to the extent they cannot/will not see what’s right in front of them. They are hostile to obvious-superior innovation of one ant that challenges them to think.

Continue Reading At: WashingtonsBlog.com

 

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Never allow a crisis to go to waste?

July 20, 2012 1 comment

The Grey Enigma:

Sadly, I have to agree with this post.

Also have a click at this:  Get Ready – the Gun Control Fanatics are Crawling out of their Caves over at Understanding Freedom…

And Dark Knight’ Shooting To Be Exploited For Political Gristat Mountain Republic.

Originally posted on Cmblake6's Weblog:

You know the administration is not going to waste this. Fast and Furious didn’t work, try a mass murder in Aurora, Colorado. You know what’s coming. With this administration, I wouldn’t be surprised if this shooter was recruited.

What would have happened if a number in the crowd had been armed and able to return fire? But they weren’t. Why? And now the left will use this to try to make the crowd even more guaranteed defenseless.

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