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Fox’s upcoming reality series Utopia remains a bit of a mystery, but at least one mission statement has now been made clear: It aims to prove that “a Christian jarhead can get along with a liberal, leftist lesbian.”
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What do you think Utopia will be? The conservatives do all the work and the leftists make accusations of unfairness, whine about everything and then take everyone’s stuff?
(A follow up to this original post)
Ha!: Now George Lucas Might Be Sued In Chicago Over New Museum Plan
If George Lucas thought he was free of NIMBYism and aesthetic snobbery when he decided to relocate his planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to Chicago last month, he was wrong. Open-space advocates in the Windy City are promising to sue over the Lucas museum plan, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting, because the land that Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up, adjacent to Soldier Field along the lakefront is supposed to be preserved as open space according to a city ordinance.
They say the plan for the 95,000-square-foot museum, which would house Lucas’s growing collection of movie posters, memorabilia, and graphic art by the likes of Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell, violates “city ordinances that were designed to preserve space adjacent to Lake Michigan for public use.” Also, Bears fans are potentially impacted because the surface parking lots in questions are vital for NFL tailgating.
This is, of course, hilarious, because Lucas decided to snub San Francisco in June after the Presidio Trust snubbed him — deciding not to accept his proposal for the Sports Basement property next to Crissy Field — and after Mayor Lee offered up the waterfront property at Piers 30-32, originally slated for the Warriors Arena. Lucas chose Chicago’s offer after spending considerable time in the city in recent years with his new wife, Mellody Hobson, who resides there.
Looks like there are NIMBYs and anti-development people in every city, George. And they don’t want your $1 billion museum either. [ More ]
For totally selfish reasons, I hope he moves it back to San Francisco.
Would you watch The View if Tammy Bruce was one of the co-hosts?
Sarah Palin Helps Cast The View – Tammy Bruce As ‘Anti-Rosie’?
The best way on TV to shut up a loudmouth is with another loudmouth. I’ve learned that Tea Party advocate Tammy Bruce – the outspoken nationally syndicated radio show host, author, and Fox News talking head – is being considered for a hosting slot on The View as the so-called “anti-Rosie”. What makes this especially interesting is that Bruce reportedly was suggested to the show by Sarah Palin. “I don’t think Sarah Palin is being considered to be a panelist on the show. I think she’s working behind the scenes to help them cast the conservative,” an insider tells me. “Tammy and Palin are close friends, and I think they are hot on Tammy because of Palin. They want the show to be politically combative, and Tammy would certainly be the anti-Rosie in every possible way.” [ MORE ]
The Sweetest Friendship Ever
FARMINGTON, Minn. – For nearly a decade Bryan and Anika Rychner had little interaction with the elderly man next door.
At best, they’d flash a wave or say hello in passing.
That changed last year when their son Emmett, just 2-years-old at the time, decided to pay Erling Kindem a visit.
“They kind of bonded over the tomatoes in his garden,” said Ankia, “because Emmett loves tomatoes.”
Now seeds planted in a garden have bloomed into an unlikely friendship between 3-year-old Emmett and 89-year-old Erling — a World War II veteran who flew combat missions in Europe.
“Every time he saw me out there he would come running over,” laughs Erling, remembering those early visits from the boy next door who would ask, ‘Erling, got any ‘matoes?’”
Soon Erling and Emmett were racing lawn mowers, Erling on his John Deere garden tractor and Emmet on his battery operated toy riding tractor.
Emmet wasn’t quite able to pronounce his R’s yet, but his mother remembers hearing him in pursuit of his friend .”Eh-ling, want to wace?” he would ask.
The friendship deepened during daily visits over the months to come. [ MORE ]
Watch the video here (I would post but it’s auto play). Have Kleenex handy.
Legal marijuana sales begin today in Washington state
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Washington became the second state Tuesday to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor’s note as customers eager to be the first to buy pot lined up outside stores.
People began purchasing marijuana at 8 a.m. at Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling pot as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the store opened.
Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot. Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1.
Colorado already had a regulated medical marijuana system, making for a smoother transition when it allowed those dispensaries to start selling to recreational pot shops on Jan. 1.
Washington’s medical system is unregulated, so officials here were starting from scratch as they immersed themselves in the pot world and tried to come up with regulations that made sense for the industry and the public. The regulations include protocols for testing marijuana, what types of edibles should be allowed, requirements for child-resistant packaging, how much criminal history is too much to get a license, and what types of security systems pot shops and growers should have.
Washington law allows the sale of up to an ounce of dried marijuana, 16 ounces of pot-infused solids, 72 ounces of pot-infused liquids or 7 grams of concentrated marijuana, like hashish, to adults over 21. [ MORE ]
Great. Another reason to be proud of the state I live in.
-leading to leftist historians to the consensus that Thomas Jefferson and the Founders intended that a a vigorous government was needed to protect individual rights. *head*desk*
Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776.
Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less.
The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., concerns a period that appears right after the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the transcript, but almost certainly not, she maintains, on the badly faded parchment original.
That errant spot of ink, she believes, makes a difference, contributing to what she calls a “routine but serious misunderstanding” of the document.
The period creates the impression that the list of self-evident truths ends with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she says. But as intended by Thomas Jefferson, she argues, what comes next is just as important: the essential role of governments — “instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” — in securing those rights.
The logic of the sentence moves from the value of individual rights to the importance of government as a tool for protecting those rights,” Ms. Allen said. “You lose that connection when the period gets added.”
Correcting the punctuation, if indeed it is wrong, is unlikely to quell the never-ending debates about the deeper meaning of the Declaration of Independence. But scholars who have reviewed Ms. Allen’s research say she has raised a serious question. [ MORE ]
“Hey Lefty! Yeah. You. The Declaration of Independence doesn’t need correcting. You do.”
…an oldie but goodie. I think we’ve posted this every year on July 4th.
Barbie Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs
With 150 jobs under her belt, Barbie recently created a LinkedIn page where you can view her resume.
Taking on the personality of ‘Entrepreneur Barbie’, she hopes to encourage young girls to “dream big” with her profile.
Barbie wrote in a posting, “My new business is ‘Dream Incubator’ where I act as a consultant, helping girls around the world play out their imagination, try on different careers, and explore the world around them. Our company tagline is ‘If you can dream it, you can be it!’”
The empowerment-focused page also has a shout-out to women entrepreneurs and tips for business inspiration.
Check out Barbie’s profile here.
I thought this was cool as there is a section that tells girls/kids about business and what it is to be an entrepreneur. There is no shouting about birth control and the glory of government. No feverish demands for free stuff that taxpayers can provide because you think that you are entitled to it. The colors are soft and feminine- unlike the scary poster “art” from Sandra Fluke yesterday. There’s no indication of or finger pointing to Republican’s WarOnWomen. There are ways to “empower” women and girls without being a part of the brutish screeching collective. It’s a positive message to girls that you don’t hear much of in the shouting social media of fancy do nothing hashtags and uninformed impulse commentary on Facebook.
At least she didn’t use Comic Sans.
Newcastle Brown Ale had a big hit with its “If We Made It” ambush campaign around the Super Bowl. Now, the British brewer has done something similar for July 4.
The new campaign, from Droga5, is called “If We Won,” and it imagines what America would be like if Britain had won the Revolutionary War. It also continues the tradition, begun last year, of celebrating July 3 as Independence Eve—so the Brits can sneak in with their bangers and mash ahead of Independence Day on July 4.
It’s all a bunch of bollocks, of course—or rather, no bollocks.
Stephen Merchant kicks things off with the amusing video below. Elizabeth Hurley and Zachary Quinto will join the campaign with their own videos in the coming days. There will be 16 pieces of filmed content in all, “to help Newcastle celebrate the land that nearly became ‘Great Britain 2,’ ” the brewer says.
-that headline was too good to improve on.
SAN ANTONIO Texas (Reuters) – Grammy-award winning pop star Phil Collins said on Thursday his music wealth helped him satisfy a boyhood fascination with the Alamo and he would donate his extensive collection of artifacts from the 1836 battle for a museum at the Texas shrine.
Collins, 63, said he became fascinated with the Alamo story when he was growing up in the 1950s watching the television series “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” starring Fess Parker. The series chronicled the frontier legend of Crockett, who eventually died as one of the defenders of the Alamo.
Collins went on to amass the largest known private collection of memorabilia from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo.
“Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper,” the former Genesis drummer and vocalist for hits including “Against All Odds” and “Another Day in Paradise” told reporters in front of the famed structure in San Antonio, Texas. He kept the items at his home in Switzerland.
The collection includes rare items such as a rifle owned by Crockett, as well as one of the original Bowie knives, made famous by Alamo defender Jim Bowie, said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, whose office runs the Alamo.
“I was like a dog with two tails as they say in England,” Collins said. “The exact place where my collection should be housed is the place where it came from.”
The collection will be placed on a rotating-basis display at the Alamo, where the version of the battle often taught in the U.S. schools holds that Crockett and the rest of the 160 men fighting in the battle for Texas independence were killed in combat.
The collection will begin arriving in Texas in the next few months.
New Teaser Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Shows Why Big Government Is Scary
The newly released teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 will remind everyone why no other recent pop culture phenomenon is as strikingly libertarian.
The teaser depicts President Snow, ruthless dictator of the fictional North American country of Panem, rallying viewers of a government-run propaganda TV station to pledge total support to his rule as creepy buzzwords like “UNITY” appear on screen.
His speech is accompanied by cheesy background music straight out of a modern political ad, though it finds a menacing note as Snow’s threats grow more explicit:
“Ours is an elegant system conceived to nourish and protect. Your districts are the body, the Capitol is the heart. Your hard work feeds us, and in return, we feed and protect you. But if you resist the system, you starve yourself. If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed. I know you will stand with me, with us, with all of us, together as one. Panem today. Panem tomorrow. Panem forever.”
…and yet it’s very likely that fans of this movie vehemently hate the TeaParty. Just saying’.