Chicago Leaders Seek More Tourists…

… So they came up with an idea to spend even more money that they don’t have. They propose a multi-million dollar deal to hire some French puppeteers – they have 50 foot high puppets.

If this happened anywhere but Chicago that place would be a laughingstock. But in the windy city it’s business as usual.

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From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago has come up with a really big idea to boost tourism: giant puppets roaming the city’s streets for days in an elaborate theatrical presentation.

A multimillion-dollar deal is in the works to make Chicago the stage for Royal de Luxe, a French street theater company featuring marionettes as tall as 50 feet, during the summer of 2016, according to sources.

Chicago would be the first foray into the U.S. for Royal de Luxe, and officials confirmed Friday that talks are underway to bring the giant puppets to town.

“The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events talks to artists and organizations from around the globe on a daily basis about bringing performances to Chicago,” said Jamey Lundblad, a spokesman for the city. “We’ve spoken with Royal de Luxe and believe their unique street theater productions have a positive social and economic impact on their host cities.”

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The end of childhood…


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The Night of the Easter Bunny

Tonight is the night the Easter Bunny comes and drags naughty little boys and girls off to his dark hutch. It is right next to Yule Yetta’s shed.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Passion of the Christ

I know that this has been our Good Friday Night Movie since we started doing Friday Night at the Movies but there is no more appropriate movie for Good Friday Night than this one, otherwise it would have been published here already.

I have always described this movie as the greatest Love Story that Hollywood ever put to film. It is about the greatest Love Story that has ever existed. It is about the oldest Love Story there is, a Love Story that is ongoing and this very Love Story is one that you and I are a part of. Even though I have known this Love Story all of my life, I learn more about it each day. Since the last time I published this movie here I have learned some very incredible things about how God loves his children. I had hoped to try to share that story with you around Easter time and haven’t been able to fully express myself in a way that can be understood. I’ll not try to tell you what I’ve learned during this observance of Good Friday.

One way that I try to express the Love that God has for us to someone who is going through hard times is by sharing his words with them. The words I choose were given to us by Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and its Righteousness and all these things (Blessings you are seeking) will be added unto you”. The response I often hear, almost word for word is “Yeah, I know. I’m trying to get my act together. I just can’t go through the doors of a Church with my life the way it is now. I need to come into God’s house when I have something more to offer”.

What is it that you have to offer God? He created the Cosmos. The Stars in the Heavens are more numerous than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on this planet. What is it that you have to offer that he doesn’t already have? What is it that he can’t have unless you give it to him?

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Understanding Newspeak

For those who may not know, Newspeak is the official language the government imposes on the people in George Orwell’s book 1984. Wikipedia says this about Newspeak:

Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, peace, etc. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as “thoughtcrime.”

Those of us who read the book never expected anything like Newspeak to actually become mandatory – but it has. Here are a few examples:

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Hat tip to Weaselzippers for the image.

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I am loving this…

I really need to plan another trip.

My son will never see anything like this about the site of his war.

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USA Today: “No militia means more intrusive law enforcement”

Yes this appeared in USA Today. No it wasn’t written by one of their staff writers. It was written by Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Law Professor at the university of Tennessee.

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Professor Reynolds

Our Framers didn’t envision a free state with the current level of government control.

But although the militia survives in vestigial form in the statute books, as a functional institution, it no longer exists. For law enforcement, the militia has been replaced by professional police, with SWAT teams, armored vehicles and Nomex coveralls; for military purposes, the militia has been replaced by the National Guard, which despite a thin patina of state control is fundamentally a federal military force.

This makes life easier for the federal government. In 1912, when the federal government tried to send militia units into Mexico, the militias balked, noting that the Constitution allowed them to be called out only to repel invasion, suppress insurrection, or enforce the law — not to invade other countries. Surprisingly, perhaps, Attorney General George Wickersham agreed, leading to a change in the law that produced the modern-day National Guard, a force that is not so limited. Since then, America has been far more active abroad.

But this departure from the system the Framers set up has encouraged more intrusive law enforcement at home, and more military action abroad. So I’ll ask you: If a well-regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state, then are we insecure? Or unfree? Or both?”

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Obamacare is a lot like Crystal Pepsi

BUMPED: As Obama enjoys his “Mission Accomplished” moment and promotes his fictional 8 million number like a carnival barker, you need to remember Crystal Pepsi and why it failed.


Remember Crystal Pepsi? Think back to about 1993.

Crystal Pepsi was rolled out in 1992 with much fanfare and and a huge advertising campaign. Sales were good. In fact, they were better than Pepsico had expected. Sales were very good.

And yet they discontinued the product. Why? It turned out that Crystal Pepsi buyers were consumers who were already Pepsi customers. Virtually all of the Crystal Pepsi marketshare was taken from Pepsico’s mainline cola product. Sales looked good but almost every sale of Crystal Pepsi resulted in a commensurate drop in sales of Pepsi Cola.

This is called market cannibalization and it can make a failing product look good as it creates a very negative impact on sales performance of the company’s existing related products. The joy of the Crystal Pepsi product team came with commensurate suffering among the Pepsi Cola team. The net effect was the increased cost of separate production and distribution lines but no real increase in revenue. Crystal Pepsi had to go.

How is that like Obamacare? Almost nine out of ten Obamacare enrollees already had insurance.

Most of the people who have signed up for Obamacare coverage already had insurance, raising questions about how the healthcare overhaul will reduce the number of uninsured Americans, a new survey reveals.

Just 11 percent of those buying through the healthcare exchanges were uninsured, a McKinsey & Co. study of 4,563 consumers discovered, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, nearly two thirds of the people jumping into Obamacare were switching from individual or employer-paid insurance plans.

Obamacare was aimed at providing insurance for 25 million of the 48 million Americans who were uninsured in 2012, partially by expanding state-run Medicaid programs.

So tonight, as Obama praises the number of people who have signed up for Obamacare, remember two terms: 1) Market Cannibalization and 2) Crystal Pepsi.

We can rest assured that, in the coming years, Obamacare will be as relevant and successful as is the clear, crisp Crystal Pepsi is today.

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Moonbat Heaven: ‘Fartpacks’ For Cattle

At first I thought they included a hose to the animal’s anus, but no, they poke a hole in the cow’s side to tap the gas directly from its stomach. There is video, in Spanish, at the link. The contraption was developed in Argentina.

The United States will undoubtedly fund this.

Trapped wind? Flatulent cows have come under renewed scrutiny by scientists who are hoping to reduce soaring levels of greenhouse gas pollution. Scientists in Argentina believe they have come up with a solution - cow backpacks that can be used to trap the animal's natural gas

Trapped wind? Flatulent cows have come under renewed scrutiny by scientists who are hoping to reduce soaring levels of greenhouse gas pollution. Scientists in Argentina believe they have come up with a solution – cow backpacks that can be used to trap the animal’s natural gas

On Friday, the Obama administration stated that it would make a multi-pronged attack on cow flatulence, in an attempt to cut methane emissions.
As a result, windy cows have come under renewed scrutiny by scientists, who plan to capture their harmful emissions and convert them into ‘green’ energy.
But scientists in Argentina believe they have come up with a solution – cow backpacks that can be used to trap the animal’s natural gas.

The ‘fartpacks’ extract 300 litres of methane a day from a tube inserted into the cow’s digestive tract and convert it into enough energy to run a car for 24 hours.

Read more at the UK Daily Mail

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“Harry Reid to be awarded 2014 Incitement to Civil War Trophy by citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh”

Heh. “Incitement to Civil War Trophy” sounds just about right. Harry Reid has done more to inflame the freedom-loving Americans than anyone else so far this year.

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Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, will be awarded the 2014 “Incitement to Civil War” Trophy by Alabama citizen journalist and Second Amendment activist Mike Vanderboegh at a ceremony at the Cliven Bundy Ranch on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Vanderboegh, who with fellow writer David Codrea first broke the Fast and Furious scandal story in a series on the Internet in December 2010 and January 2011, is in Nevada to show support for the Bundy family and their struggle with the federal government.
Said Vanderboegh, “When Dirty Harry Reid tells us that ‘This isn’t over’ and calls the Bundys and their supporters “‘domestic terrorists’ he is using — literally — the ‘bully pulpit’ to solicit the next American civil war. Reid is a corrupt bully and he understands that this struggle is not about tortoises or cows or even the vast spaces of the American west claimed by the federal government, it is about power, federal power to use naked state-sponsored terrorism to compel the American people to do what the perfumed princes of Harry Reid’s Mandarin class insist is for their own good, even if it kills them.”
“It was the misbehavior and jack-booted thuggery of the Bureau of Land Management run by Reid’s toady that motivated people to come to the Bundys’ defense. This is about two fundamentally different answers to this question: ‘Does the government serve the people as the Founders intended, or will the people be servants of the government?’ Harry Reid believes that the people should serve the government — or else. For inciting the federal government into planning for another Waco, Reid more than deserves this award.”

Email Mike Vanderboegh Here

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Deseret: “Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers”

We seem to be seeing more of this. I wonder if it will ever come to anything.

From the Deseret News:

Rep. Mike Noel R-Kanab

Rep. Mike Noel R-Kanab

SALT LAKE CITY — Multiple rural county sheriffs from Utah testified Thursday about the abusive use of police power by Bureau of Land Management rangers or forest protection officers with the U.S. Forest Service.

They are asserting it is time to rein in the authority the agencies should have never been allowed to exercise.

Sheriffs from San Juan, Kane and Garfield counties spoke in favor of HB155, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, which proposes to limit BLM rangers and forest protection officers from exercising police power over state and local laws unless someone’s safety is at risk or federal contracts are in place with local police agencies.

“You cannot use our (laws) to arrest our people and issue citations,” Noel said. “We don’t believe they ever had that authority. Our chief law enforcement officer is the locally elected sheriff who is accountable to the people every four years.”

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Bob Owens Hits Another One Outta The Park

It’s his post at Bearing Arms. He calls it, “The Cancer, The Militia, And Cliven Bundy“. Owens agrees that Bundy broke the law but he says that that doesn’t make him wrong. Why? As with so many laws in the past it’s the law that is wrong this time.

After listening to many opinions and perspectives I’m coming closer to drawing some conclusions. For starters, as a legal matter, Cliven Bundy doesn’t have a legal legal to stand on.

That doesn’t remotely mean that he’s wrong.

From the moment the ink was dry on the parchment creating it, the federal government has used, abused, and expanded its power into a grotesque mockery of what the Founders envisioned. The federal government was never supposed to occupy more land than it absolutely needed to function, much less control huge swathes of entire states. They have made their tyranny “legal” by passing laws and writing regulations, but legality is merely a concept… it doesn’t mean that laws stripping power from the citizenry are moral, or constitutional, or that we should blindly obey them.

The subjugation of women was legal. Slavery was legal. Most importantly, the democides of more than 262 million souls by their own governments in the 20th century alone after first disarming them were legal.

In far too many instances, and especially in regards to corrupted governments, “legal” merely means that a self-serving government has given itself carte blanche to pillage the citizenry—and kill them, if needed—in the name of itself.

You can ask President Obama what he thinks of “mere legality” and the importance of following laws as they are written.

It has become painfully obvious that the most apt metaphor describing our bloated and out-of-control government is that of an aggressive cancer. It started out small, but it inevitably, irresistibly began corrupting the body that created and sustains it. It is arguably in an end phase, a final burst of destructive energy, where it threatens to destroy the host entirely and itself in the process.”

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Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid warns us that the battle over the ranch is far from over, and that the citizenry cannot be allowed to win:

Reid tells News4′s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.

In Reid’s diseased mind, the government must win, because the government must always win. The cancer must be fed.

It’s worth noting that the actions of the BLM and federal authorities in this case have been stated to be their method of “resolving” the case. I think Stefan Molyneux of Freedom Radio put it succinctly when he said that their method of resolution boils down to:

Give us all your cattle to pay the fines we imposed on you to save a tortoise we are currently euthanizing… Or we will shoot your family.”

The situation at the Bundy Ranch is not over. There exists the very real possibility of the federal government advancing yet again with heavily armed agents against the ranch and those who refuse to concede to the federal government’s “legal” tyranny.

If they commit such a crime—and a clear moral crime it will be, regardless of the so-called legality of it—the federal government could very well find itself under attack across the nation from citizens who have simply had enough of the cancer that is a corrupt and tyrannical government that has shown a willingness to throw constitutionality and legality to the wind in order to advance its own agenda of consolidating power and stripping the Republic of even the illusion of liberty.

Never has the need for a well-armed citizenry been more apparent.”

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Global Sea Ice Over 1,158,000 sq km Above Normal

“North America had a historically cold winter”, I said.

“North America is not the globe,” he responded. “Regional anomalies are not indicative of the global climate.”

“But global ice cover is up and what’s up with Antarctic ice?” I asked.

Antarctic Is Demolishing Old Records

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Drudge does his thing…

Dems warned: Don’t say ‘recovery’…

FLASHBACK WHITE HOUSE: ‘Summer of Recovery’…

FLASHBACK TREASURY: ‘Welcome to the recovery’…

FLASHBACK HARRY REID: ‘We are in a recovery’…

FLASHBACK BIDEN: ‘recovery.gov’…

Obama urges Dems to ‘lean into’ Obamacare for midterms…

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Onion: New al Qaeda Threat

This one is probably the most credible al Qaeda threat to date.

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.

“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”

“And unfortunately, based on information we have from intelligence assets on the ground, this plot is already well under way,” he added.

Read it all.

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Obama budget adds $6.6 trillion to deficit.

6,600,000,000,000.00

President Obama’s budget adds $6.6 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday.

That estimate is significantly worse than the $4.9 trillion in deficits predicted by the White House. The CBO used its own less rosy estimates of the economy to complete the analysis.

The CBO said by 2024, the deficit would be $746 billion, or 2.8 percent of the economy.
The Office of Management and Budget had said by 2024, the deficit would fall to $434 billion or 1.6 percent of the economy under the budget. In 2013, the deficit was 4.1 percent of the economy.

Just a reminder.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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You should never, under any circumstances, be allowed to defend yourself with a gun….

Behold the anti-gun loons…

When asked if a person who believes their life is in danger should be able to defend themselves with a firearm, one protester simply said, “No.”

“Only a law enforcement officer should be allowed to use weapons,” she said. The same woman also told Joseph that he shouldn’t be able to carry a gun in a bad neighborhood, because he shouldn’t be walking around in a bad neighborhood in the first place.

Frankly, they all seem a little senile to me.

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This Smacks of Disinformation. If Real. WTF?

Antisemitism is forever descending on America and landing on Europe.

World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to “register” with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, and Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the language of the leaflets “is beyond unacceptable” and condemned whomever is responsible.

“In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable — it’s grotesque,” he said. “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.”

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Instant Justice

I would love to see many, many more stories just like this one…

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NRO: “Bundy vs. BLM: A Visceral Reaction”

I think this National Review writer gets it. He has put into words what many of us couldn’t. Throughout the Bundy stand-off the question we had wasn’t. “Did Bundy break the law”. He admits that he did.

The concern instead has been about the fierceness and violent way the feds reacted.

Bundy’s cattle should have been prevented from grazing on public lands if the fees had not been paid. Instead the BLM destroyed his property, killed two prize bulls, threw a woman to the ground, and tasered at least one of the Bundy’s.

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Now they are talking about an attack on the Bundy ranch. For what?

To intimidate them and others; to display a level of force that discourages others from resisting. Simple as that.

One can be a supporter of the rule of law and still recoil in anger and disgust from the militarized display of force by the federal government toward Clive Bundy.

The disproportionate nature of the government’s reaction to Bundy suggests this has less to do with delinquent grazing fees than it does with the selective assertion of raw governmental power — sending a message not just to Bundy or a disfavored group, but to America as a whole. The same federal government that deploys Bureau of Land Management shooters tricked out like SEAL Team 6 directs Border Patrol agents to flee from aggressive illegal immigrants. The same federal government that would fire and prosecute federal agents who physically restrain border-crossers sends agents to tase and sic German shepherds on ordinary Americans exercising First Amendment rights.

One can acknowledge that the government has the right — in fact, the responsibility — to enforce the law, yet object that this administration habitually enforces the law in a capricious, arbitrary, and discriminatory manner. They imperiously go after a Bundy while excusing scores of miscreants whose get-out-of-jail-free card is membership in a politically-correct class. They regularly waive legal requirements out of sheer political expediency. They fail to defend duly enacted statutes with which they, the enlightened, disagree.”

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The Solution To Climate Change: The Hoover Deluxe

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The UN says the last chance to save planet Earth may be vacuuming CO2 out of the sky and burying it.
And, they’re serious.

In order to stave off the worst of global warming’s consequences, the world’s nations must find a way to reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050. That’s one of many claims made in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The new report also suggests vacuuming up vast amounts of CO2 from the skies and storing it underground may be the most viable solution for mitigating the greenhouse gas effect in the short term.

It’s the third report on climate change released by the IPCC, a group of international climate scientists organized under the auspices of the United Nations. The group’s second report, which was released last month, predicted serious environmental and economic catastrophe in the latter half of the 20th century, should calls to slow global warming continue to go unanswered.

This latest report, released on Sunday, weighs the efficacy and plausibility of a variety of climate change policy solutions and mitigation options.

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I’m Surprised He Lived

He’s in Critical condition. The driver of the mini van is in fair condition.

The remains of the Smart Car

The remains of the Smart Car

According to police, Mumey was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van in the southbound lane of Jacob Tome Highway about 4 p.m. when his vehicle crossed the center line and veered into the northbound path of a 2013 Smart Car driven by Laroue, police said.
At that point, police added, the vehicles crashed head-on.”

The mini van is almost drivable

The mini van is almost drivable

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Gawker: “Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month”

This is a joke, right?

No it isn’t.

Progressives take care of their own.

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I’d be smug too

In late February, the City University of New York announced that it had tapped Princeton economist and New York Times blogger Paul Krugman for a distinguished professorship at CUNY’s Graduate Center and its Luxembourg Income Study Center, a research arm devoted to studying income patterns and their effect on inequality.

About that. According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest role in our public events” and “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative.” It is not clear, and neither CUNY nor Krugman was able to explain, what “contribute to the build-up” entails.

It’s certainly not teaching. “You will not be expected to teach or supervise students,” the letter informs Professor Krugman, who replies: “I admit that I had to read it several times to be clear … it’s remarkably generous.” (After his first year, Krugman will be required to host a single seminar.)”

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They Didn’t Worry About Desert Tortoises, Did They?

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