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A family in the panhandle of Oklahoma was getting ready for church one spring morning. The mother and father had gotten all ready to go, but they were having trouble rounding up their boys. It was a splendid spring morning, and after a harsh winter the boys were enjoying playing. Thinking that it might not hurt to give them a little lead, the parents decided the boys would skip church and stay home with an uncle.
So the parents loaded up the carriage and headed off to the chapel, leaving the boys playing on the farm. After they had played for awhile, the uncle came out on the front porch with a piece of chalk, and asked them "You wanna see a neat trick?" Being boys, they were all too happy and eager. So the uncle drew a line on the porch and said, "Let me show you how to mesmerize a chicken." and sent the boys running to the coop to find a hen.
When they returned, he grabbed the chicken from them, placed it on the ground where its feet straddled the line, and then with his hand he pushed the chickens head down until it beak was touching the chalk line. Once in this position the chicken froze and stood like a statue with its beak stuck to the white chalk line.
This amused the boys to no end, and each of them darted off to grab their own chickens, so they could do their own trick. In short order the boys ran back and forth from the coop to the porch, placing chickens in the same silly position. Soon enough, they had emptied the hen house, and had about 70 chickens standing motionless on their front porch.
Shortly, while the boys were laughing at their feat, they heard the horses hooves and squeaking wheels of their parents carriage, returning from church. This fueled their excitement, just KNOWING that mom and dad would think that this was a total hoot. And, to be honest, mom and dad DID take a small, perverse bit of humor from seeing the site. However, what the boys didn't know was that the pastor was coming home with mom and dad.
When the carriage stopped, dad jumped up and ran to the house cursing. Of course, the embarrassment of the pastor knowing that the boys weren't sick would just literally kill him. So he began place kicking the chickens off the porch. Once removed from the line, they were able to animate again, and they were running and clucking around the yard. Feather flying, dads foot swinging repeatedly....it surely was a site. However the pastor was so insulted by the event he just turned his carriage around and went home without ever stopping.
Originally posted by Cygnis
So in your illustration the line is bad, and uncle sam is keeping our nose to the line.
Wouldn't that mean even by voting for other people in the "political" line, still be the same old line?