The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When watching (if you have the stomach for it) Obama’s State of the Union show tonight, with his laundry list of Nanny-State proposals and usurpation of our God-given rights, remember that nothing of this world lasts forever. That includes nations.

The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans; none stood the test of time.

They do, however, have one thing in common. They all lasted several hundred to several thousand years. We may not be so lucky.

In 1787 a crowd gathered outside the hall where the Constitutional convention was held in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. As the doors were opened and the delegates began to emerge, a woman identified only as Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”

With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

The more I learn of the founders of our nation, the more convinced I am that they were and are still the greatest collection of minds to walk this earth. They were divinely inspired and prescient.

Franklin knew, as did the other founders, the republic, like children, must be nurtured and given constant attention, lest they stray down the wrong path. In the case of the republic, it is the path toward tyranny.

The founders charged the citizens of this country to actively pursue righteousness in our elected officials, and to remain alert to the activities at every level of government.

With each passing decade, we have become forgetful and complacent. The average American today knows little to nothing of our own founding or the original intent of our government, or what those people endured to allow us the opportunity to rule ourselves.

Yet over time we have willingly squandered that opportunity to instead choose to be ruled by those who should serve us.

Some would say that the citizenry is just too busy to be bothered by such things. As our society has “evolved” and “progressed”, it is said that things have just become too complicated and the founders could not have foreseen the problems of today. Woodrow Wilson said just that as he advocated for a “Living Constitution“. read more

Anti-Cop Sentiment Spreads to Pittsburgh

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s become an all-out assault on local police forces across the country. It began in Ferguson and quickly spread from city to city. Violent protests turning to unprovoked attacks on police.

All this cheered on by Al Sharpton and his race hustling traveling roadshow. Then it jumped from black race baiters to progressive white politicians.

We’ve all been witness to the rift between ultra-liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his unwarranted attacks on his own police force, the NYPD.

No one is denying that there is racism everywhere and that the police are no exception. However, it is a minuscule segment of any force and the same for society in general.

Yet these politicians insist on perpetuating the myth that racism and “race relations” are worse than ever. By some warped logic they must feel that by throwing their own cops under the bus, it will help the problem that they are creating.

And so it is with yet another city and another progressive Mayor. This time in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Some of us have seen the ridiculous picture of the new Pittsburgh Chief of Police, Cameron McLay, photographed holding up a homemade sign on New Year’s Eve that said “I resolve to challenge racism @work,” with the words “# end white silence” underneath. read more

Baby Selfies?

With the demographic of social media users getting younger and younger, it should come as no surprise that one entrepreneur has tapped into an altogether untouched market – babies.

The New Born Fame, created by Laura Cornet, a student at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, looks like a mobile dangling over a baby’s crib.

The toys attached, however, are actually cameras and GPS trackers that post online when triggered by motions made by the baby.

Starting them young: The New Born Fame, created by design student Laura Cornet, looks like a mobile dangling over a baby's crib - but it lets the newborn post pictures and videos online

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Selfie Sombrero

As London Fashion Week gets underway, fashionistas everywhere will be trying to outdo each other this weekend. And here’s one accessory that’s sure to make you stand out – and give you a picture to prove it.

A 20-year-old designer who has dressed Lady Gaga and Rita Ora has created a giant, glittery selfie-taking sombrero.

The bright pink number is the result of a collaboration between London-based Christian Cowan-Sanluis and Acer, and features a top of the range tablet dangling off the side.

Snap happy: The Selfie-Hat is the result of a collaboration between Christian Cowan-Sanluis and Acer

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Bringing up Baby … Jihadists

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We’ve all heard the saying: “There are no bad children – only bad parents”. I would add bad teachers and other role models such as religious leaders, coaches, sports figures and Hollywood dopes who can also adversely influence children.

For example; seeing a kid who constantly uses foul language, has a quick temper or bullies others – one usually only has to look to the parents or other “role models” to find they’ve “learned” the behavior.

This is what I thought of as I saw a disturbing image last week. It was a tweet of a child, no more than five or six years old, holding a doll up by the hair. The doll was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and the little boy was dressed in a black balaclava with a black ski mask covering his face. He was holding up the doll in his right hand and in his small left hand was a large knife. Behind him was the black flag of the Islamic State. read more

Is This the iPhone 6?

Apple is putting the finishing touches to its iPhone 6 handset, which is expected to be unveiled in San Francisco on September 9th.

The handset is set to be unveiled in 4.7inch and 5.5inch versions.

New images claiming to show the finished 4.7inch version have surfaced online, showing a new rounded design.

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The images show a curved design with a larger 4.7inch screen

The handset is expected to be unveiled on September 9th in San Francisco.

The handset is expected to be unveiled on September 9th in San Francisco.

Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, the high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel’s slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve.

It is thought the phone could boast a flexible and scratch-proof sapphire screen, which is about to go into large-scale production in the US.

The screen is tipped to be ‘Retina display+’ with a 1,704×904 resolution.

Experts also predict a faster A8 processor, better rear-facing camera – possibly with changeable lenses – and wireless charging support.

It may also include a heart rate sensor like the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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iPhone 6 Secrets Leaked

The latest leaked images of the iPhone 6 appear to give weight to a number of separate rumours that have been doing the rounds for months.

They show a protruding camera, for example, which was first reported on in April, recessed volume controls, which were hinted at during the start of the month, and an embedded logo.

The images are purported to be of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and were leaked by Russian designers Feld and Volk.

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The leaked images were posted by Moscow designers Feld and Volk and claim to show the rear shell (pictured) and an embedded logo, alongside a cable that is said to be used for the home button. The images are purported to be of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model, which is expected to launch on 9 September

Reports of a protruding camera originated from Chinese site Weibo in April after an anonymous supplier working at Foxconn leaked the information online. read more

Beard Garden

It used to be that having an out-of-control beard alone would get you hipster street cred.

Now, thanks to a new trend emerging in boho strongholds across America, you’ve got to add flowers to your facial hair to stand out.

Men in places like Brooklyn, Portland, and San Francisco, are adorning their faces with blossoms; seemingly for the sole purpose of artistic portraits.

Floral delight: A new hipster trend is flooding boho America, which sees men weave flowers into their beards, including Chris Brinlee Jr, shot by Daniel Bruce Lee (pictured)

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Amazon 3D Handset

Amazon’s much rumoured ‘holophone’ is set to be announced by Jeff Bezos on June 18th, the shopping giant has confirmed.

It today released a teaser video showing people’s reaction to the phone.

It is believed the the device will use retina-tracking technology to make images on the smartphone’s display appear to ‘float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles.’

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The best pictures yet of Amazon's smartphone show off its slim design

 

HOW IT WILL WORK

The device has a front facing camera in each corner of the screen.

These extra cameras are used to track the position of the user’s face and eyes in relation to the phone’s display.

This allows Amazon’s software to make constant adjustments to the positioning of on-screen elements, altering the perspective of visuals on the screen and making them appear to be in 3D – without the need for glasses.

 

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