Ameritopia: the comic version

Doug Ross has provided an excellent cartoon/comic adaptation of the close of Mark R. Levin’s book ‘Ameritopia:  The Unmaking of America‘.  It’s simple and easy to understand, and provides great talking points when arguing with those who insist on ‘reinterpreting’ the Constitution or try to portray it as a ‘living document’ without certainty of meaning.  Here’s just one frame, quoting Thomas Jefferson, to illustrate how useful it is. I highly recommend that you read the whole thing, then bookmark its location for future reference. Peter

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A tragic reminder to SECURE YOUR FIREARM!

I’ve harped on the fact that you need to secure your ‘ready’ firearm, either by keeping it in a holster on your person, or keeping tight control of the handbag or briefcase in which you’re carrying it.  Tragically, there are still those who don’t . . . and sometimes, like today, that turns deadly. A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday. . . . [Sheriff’s department spokesman Stu] Miller said the young boy was left in a shopping cart,

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A strike by any other name . . .

. . . is still a strike. It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage. NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned. The dramatic drop comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to hold an emergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration. . .

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I’d have thought they’d be a bit prickly . . .

I was surprised to learn of a new use for old Christmas trees. Do You Green is using a novel manufacturing technique to turn pine into a soft fabric that has been described as “soft as silk with the feel of cashmere and the coolness of linen”. Smooth and thin, this material is ideal for lingerie, such as knickers, bras, slips or negligees. According to Sophie Young, founder of Do You Green, “You won’t want to wear anything else after touching it.” The company claims that the fabric, which is produced by dissolving pine trimmings in an enzyme bath, helps

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Dave Barry sums up 2014

The inimitable Dave Barry has put up his annual survey of the year just past.  Here are a few highlights from 2014. JANUARY In Colorado, the new year begins on a “high” note as the sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal. Despite dire predictions from critics that this will lead to increases in crime and addiction, state law-enforcement officials report that if you stare for a while at the flashing lights on top of their cars, you can see some amazing colors. FEBRUARY President Obama hosts a state dinner for French President François “Le Muffin de Stud” Hollande, who arrives

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Doofus Of The Day #806

Today we have a double Doofus award – one to each side of the law in this incident in England. A bungling raider who leapt from a supermarket roof will never walk properly again after he landed in the arms of the law on top of a police car. David Hawkes and his uncle John Campbell were trying to smash their way into a branch of Sainsbury’s when officers closed in after a tip-off. In a desperate bid to avoid capture, Hawkes jumped off the roof, but shattered his leg in four places when he landed on top of a

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This is why NO political party can be trusted

I’m obliged to fellow blogger Maddmedic for putting up a most interesting series of Venn diagrams, showing the relationship between individuals working in (or who used to work in) various sectors of the economy, who then went on to play important roles in Big Government (and often moved from there back into the private sector). Here’s the first diagram, showing individuals who’ve served in both Big Government and Big Oil.  (Click the image for a larger view.) There are many more such diagrams at the link.  They illustrate the incestuous relationship between Big Business and Big Government in a way

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That’s a cool truck – literally!

Courtesy of reader Andrew M. we find this 2013 publicity/advertising video from Canadian Tire.  They took a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 truck, stripped off the body, stiffened the chassis, and built a new body out of 14,000 pounds of ice. The project was intended to promote the company’s Motomaster Eliminator battery, which for the test was chilled to -40° Centigrade (which is the same as -40° Fahrenheit, for those interested in mathematical oddities).  I’d say they succeeded. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Andrew.  Keep ’em coming! Peter

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Emergency self-defense

John Lott posted nine recent cases of self-defense where a homeowner or resident had to use a firearm at terrifyingly short notice to stop an intruder.  Reading them reminded me once again of how vulnerable most of us are to a no-notice home invasion. Ask yourselves these questions. Do you have, right now, on your person or immediately to hand, a loaded firearm? If not, how far away (in both distance and time) is a loaded firearm, and how long will it take you (including entering a safe combination, loading the gun, etc.) to get it into your hands and

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Creativity and imagination

I’ve always said that I have a logical/intellectual mind, but I’m not much good at artistic stuff – the ability to think in images rather than in words.  That’s still true, I think, but it may be becoming less so.  I’ve recently been challenged to re-think my approach by a couple of inspirational video clips. The first is about Inge Druckrey, artist and designer, who’s the wife of Edward Tufte.  It’s previewed in this article. Rather than retreading Druckrey’s biography—she was born in Germany in 1940, worked as a graphic designer in Switzerland in the mid-1960s, and has since held

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