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Happy 239th birthday, America!
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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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Unveiling The Statue of Liberty by Edward Moran, 1886

On October 28, 1886 thousands of spectators—including Moran—gathered for the dedication of the statue. Moran’s Unveiling the Statue of Liberty (1886) depicts the moment when the assembled warships fired a 21-gun salute to welcome President Grover Cleveland onto Bedloe’s Island for the dedication ceremony. In the painting, ships flying French and American flags fill the harbor as smoke from the salute rolls across the island; above, Liberty stands clear, torch raised to the sky. In her other hand, she holds the tablet of the law, upon which is inscribed the date of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776.

More here: http://www.whatsoproudlywehail.org/curriculum/the-american-calendar/unveiling-the-statue-of-liberty-by-edward-moran

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This is persuasive campaigning!

#hillary2016 #readyforhillary
 
Stop whatever it is you're doing and watch this.

Then share this a dozen times. THIS is a great way to change opinions.

Notice they didn't start with 'Look at all these fancy places Hillary has lived in!' Too often we lead with that frontal attack, and it misses the mark. It just looks like a personal attack, and it's EXACTLY why the Clintons were so successful fending off charges against them in past years.

Instead, these guys made it an engaging game that drew people in and got them interested in trying to match the candidates with the houses.

Then BAM! After they're listening, after they're engaged in ONE SIMPLE IDEA - matching fancy houses to candidates - they spring it on the participants that ALL of the homes are places Hillary lived.

And think about this: the message is still about Hillary and the obscene money the Clintons have made in politics - nothing is watered down. It's just presented in a better way.

It's time to rethink what we lead with when we're trying to reach people who aren't as politically aware and active as we are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L5hn5B8TYI
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Bobby Jindal - troll level: expert
"Tanned. Rested. Ready." That's the slogan on Gov. ;Bobby Jindal's first official ;campaign shirt. And yes, "tanned" is supposed to be a reference to Jindal's brown skin tone. "The liberal media that developed this week was disgusting: Apparently Bobby isn't brown enough...
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Take a break from all the hatred over the Confederate flag and gay marriage to enjoy this moving performance of our National Anthem.

#patriotic   #patriotism   #NationalAnthem  
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A real gift for today. BRAVO!
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That moment when Eulogy Jones gets a little sump’n sump’n before heading back out into the wasteland.

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What about Clover, the worst slave ever
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Caution: Looking at these pics could make your head asplode.

#caturday   #owl   #cats  
Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are an adorable pair of best friends that love to hang out, play together and nap at their home in Hukulou coffee shop in Osaka, Japan. The cafe occasionally gets other owl visitors as well, and it also sells fun owl-themed crafts and good, but it looks like these two are the stars of the show.
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The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea

   In a beautiful pea-green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,

   And sang to a small guitar,

"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,

    What a beautiful Pussy you are,

         You are,

         You are!

What a beautiful Pussy you are!"


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Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!

   How charmingly sweet you sing!

O let us be married! too long we have tarried:

   But what shall we do for a ring?"

They sailed away, for a year and a day,

   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows

And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood

   With a ring at the end of his nose,

             His nose,

             His nose,

   With a ring at the end of his nose.


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"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."

So they took it away, and were married next day

   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;   

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

   They danced by the light of the moon,

             The moon,

             The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.


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It's no longer enough for everyone to tolerate the fringe Left, now they demand that everyone must submit to their views or be destroyed.
 
‘Comply’ is the new ‘Coexist’
The left has abandoned the classical liberal concept of “live and let live” for a Jacobin purge of counterrevolutionary thought. Over on Twitter, blogger Ace of Spades suggested that the left replace their COEXIST bumper stickers with a design that better reflects their new piety.

So +Jon Gabriel created a new COMPLY logo for the progressive movement. Coexist? That's SO last decade.

https://ricochet.com/comply-is-the-new-coexist/
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Intolerance of intolerance is not intolerance. 
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“By ignoring what the ACA actually says, in favor of what the King majority believes the statute ought to have said or what it thinks Congress meant to say, the court upset the entire constitutional balance.”

Also known as legislating from the bench.

#obamacare   #scotuscare   #unconstitutional  
 
Undermining the rule of law was the name of the game last week. 
In King vs. Burwell, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act permits individuals who purchase insurance on the federal exchange to receive taxpayer subsidies. Though the King decision pleases the ACA’s ardent supporters, it undermines the rule of law, particularly the Constitution’s separation of powers.
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Also known as Post-Constitutional America, the slippery sl-o-o-o-o-o-o-pe you find after jumping the shark. 
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And now for some much-needed catharsis!

(Insert Tim Allen man-grunt here)

#military   #guns  
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Things just got awkward in Vault 326.

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Over the past few weeks, I've seen many of my friends post about uncircling or “unfriending” people who disagree with them on gay marriage or the Confederate flag. So I thought it might be time to dust off this post I wrote before the 2012 election and re-publish it to apply to our current state of incivility. Please to enjoy.
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THOUGHTS ON POLITICS AND FRIENDSHIP

As we approach another election, I’d like to make a request to all my friends — especially those who are politically active. And I write the following with the admission that I’m just as apt to partisanship as the next guy.
 
Let’s all take a step back and breathe. Let’s not allow politics to get in the way of “real life.”
 
Don’t be so quick to dismiss someone just because they vote for a certain political party. Just because someone doesn’t share your political affiliation, that person isn’t automatically a villain.
 
Your friend’s worth isn’t determined by whether they vote for a candidate with a “D” or an “R” beside their name. Whether someone chooses the Democrat Party or Republican party doesn’t make that person good or bad. If this person is your friend, they’re your friend for a reason. Stay focused on that rather than something posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.
 
Neither political party holds the high ground. For every example you can cite, the other side can likely return the volley.
 
Similar to that is this: Don’t fall for agitprop which is promulgated on websites, blogs, emails, radio and TV broadcasts without first vetting it for yourself. Look at both sides and do your homework before making up your mind. You do yourself a disservice by simply regurgitating talking points which have been disseminated by someone with a political agenda. I’ve fallen for this too many times to mention, and I’ll wager you have, too. Crow doesn’t taste very good. And we’re going to be hip-deep in it before this election is over.
 
Reasonable people can differ on issues. We can, and should, discuss ideas on their merits. And after all sides have had their say, it’s entirely possible that nobody’s mind has been changed. That’s fine. But even in dissent, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be polarized and divided. That simply serves to make us easier to control as a populace, and we surrender our power as We The People when we are so easily herded into groups.
 
Disagreeing over  a social or economic issue is no reason to sever a relationship. If your opinions are so fragile that they can’t tolerate the views of someone else, you’ve got some bigger issues to examine within yourself.
 
 Just my $.02, your mileage may vary.

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+Julie Pascal I really like the way you said that. Excellent! Wish I could reshare that on my google+page :)
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12th generation American and father of three daughters. A Nerd who has leveled up to Geek. Collector of tattoos. Lover of craft beer and top-shelf rum, bourbon, and scotch. Practitioner of Kobu Shin Ryu kenjutsu and Mugai Ryu iaihyodo (Japanese swordsmanship). I occasionally dabble in illustration and writing. According to Myers-Briggs, I'm an INTJ.

Politically-speaking, I'm a Constitutionalist who believes in individual liberty, capitalism, and the free market. I get along with folks of all political stripes so long as respect is reciprocated. 

Whatever I choose to do, whether it's work or personal, I take it very seriously. But myself... not so much.

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