“No Limits” Whether You Like It Or Not

When reading these types of news stories (Yes, in Your Country: Judge Says City of Philadelphia Can Take Artist’s Studio, Turn It Into Grocery Store), it’s good to keep in mind that it wasn’t simply “the court” which ruled in Kelo that the govt can take your property to give to another for their private use, it was specifically a 5-4 split with Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer in the majority. O’Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas all STRONGLY dissented…

Would it be difficult for HuffPost, Slate, Salon and others to add a short, simple line in these cases about who they mean by “the court”? Definitely easy, yet they don’t, so learn from that what you will.

But at least remember, when places like the Huffington Post and other news sources decry the Kelo decision by “the court” and the disastrous havoc it wreaks upon individual property rights, that lovely judgment was brought to us by the “progressive” bloc of the Supreme Court. Part of their consistent effort to answer the question, “What are the limits of government power?” with the answer, “Limits? We don’t need no stinking limits!”

A Writing “Trick” or “Treat”?

A lot of people don’t appreciate how hard it is to tell a story through narrative mediums like books and songs, but especially film. That’s why I always find it interesting hearing about the little things people do that made it “work”. James Gunn mentioned in an interview recently that the script for Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t going together until he stumbled across the idea of the Walkman cassette player. That little plot bit tied things together and created dramatic & comedic opportunities that just made everything “work”.

This came to mind just now after I finished watching that Jude Law movie “Sky Captain” for the first time since I originally saw it. Regardless of the fact that it starts with a bunch of action, I actually was pretty bored until something little happened, Gwyneth Paltrow’s reporter/photographer character Polly gets her camera bag blown up in a mine. It left her with just her camera and “2 shots left”. The rest of the movie is set against this little bit of dramatic tension. Is this big unbelievable fantastic thing happening before us, the MOSTest biggest unbelievablest fantastic thing that will happen or should she save the shots for the NEXT big thing? This little tiny thing, a throw away item, then all of a sudden infused the story with a pacing, anticipation and humor that had been missing until then.

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