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Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, viagra buy or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, buy or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.


Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Greetings friends and welcome back to Eye Bleed Ink. I know that things here have fallen COMPLETELY off the map in the past few months which from the posts I’ve been making I think you can all understand as to why. Fear not, I am still here and planning to get back to work soon. My new job has been keeping me busy but they’ve also been keeping me very happy as well, and all I can say to that end is that I think I have finally found home in my work life.

My other job as an IT admin for Occupy Nashville and the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken up all of my free time and beyond, and it doesn’t look to slow up any time soon. For those of you who still don’t know anything about Occupy Nashville or the Occupy Wall Street movement I strongly urge you to visit our sites and learn about what is going on and the changes we are trying to implement. Everyone, not just Americans, should be deeply concerned with the state of the global economy just to name one of the many problems we are facing. Please visit, read, and educate yourself.

Now, onto the stuff you come here for. COMIC BOOK STUFF!!!  😀

As stated above my free time has been nil so trying to keep up with the comic world has been difficult to say the least. What I have had time for in recent weeks was to finally watch 3 films which I had been highly anticipating, and which most of you out there have probably already watched half a dozen times or more by now, but I’m going to review them anyway. First up…

Captain America: The First Avenger

I have to admit this one had me worried, not only because of the “original” Hollywood flop but also because Cap has never been done justice outside of the print world. Another issue that had me concerned was about who was playing the role of Steve Rogers which turned out to be Chris Evans of Fantastic Four fame. With the addition of him into a second Marvel role I began to worry that Marvel and Hollywood were starting to lose touch. We already had Rebecca Romijn jumping from her role as Mystique from the X-Men to the love interest in The Punisher with Tom Jane which opened to widely mixed reviews. I’ll not even go into my views on Spider-Man 3.

But much to my surprise I was taken aback and very pleased to see how much they did to keep the story and the nostalgia of the era intact. Captain America has never been one of my favorite super heroes but over the years I have gained more interest and respect in the character especially with concerns to The Avengers whose other members I have followed since my childhood. The all star cast of this movie certainly ups the anti and strong character presences really make this movie work and the special effects (as nice as they are) play 2nd fiddle in my opinion. Both Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Philips and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull both deliver spot on performances and Evans delivers the perfect embodiment of Steve Rogers both before his transformation and certainly after as well.

All in all this movie gets two thumbs up from me and I would recommend it for anyone who is just getting into comic books and wants to spring board into the back stories and lore of the characters.

 

 

X-Men: First Class

It’s no secret that the X-Men are one of my all time top five favorite Marvell titles and I stayed in a state of perpetual nerdgasm as soon as this movie was announced. This is one of those movies that only got me more excited with each announcement and bit of info that was leaked as to cast and plot, though all of that did nothing to prepare me for just how great this movie turned out to be.

Though I dare say this is not the official story of the beginning of the X-Men it pulls from many of the most popular of the X-Men time lines and meshes them beautifully together to create the quintessential story that ties all of the titles and stories together to set things off in the right chronological direction. What was drastically refreshing was to see the writers take this Marvel time line and overlay it into our own historical events, in this case the Cuban Missile Crisis, which makes the story a bit easier to digest for new comers to the franchise.

Another refreshing site in this movie was the return of Kevin Bacon to the silver screen playing Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire Club, who gives a great performance from start to finish. As well the insight into how Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto) become friends and later end up on opposite sides of the fence certainly gives the movie a lot of weight as does the relationship of Raven Darkholme (Mystique) to Professor X and the transformation of Hank McCoy into full Beast form which stems from “cure” research that is performed later in the franchise. All in all, much like Captain America, this movie is perfect for the hardcore geek and the new comers alike. Another two thumbs up from me, and I’d give it more if I had the extra thumbs.

 

 

Cowboys & Aliens

Now this movie came completely out of left field for me. I had heard all of the geek-buzz surrounding this film but I had little to no background on it other than Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and the gorgeous Olivia Wilde were part of it. Of course the fact that Jon Favreau was directing helped sway me to give the movie a shot as well.

Well, I gave the movie a shot and I have to say I’m on the fence about it. The acting is fine, the special effects are fine, the story is fine, but for some reason it lacks somewhere that I haven’t been able to pinpoint yet and it will probably take me watching it about 3-4 more times before I figure out what it is that bugs me about this movie. For a bang-bang shoot-em-up action flick it does well and it’s entertaining enough that you can watch it from start to finish without getting bored but it’s certainly not a movie that I would tout as a blockbuster nor likely to generate a sequel.

I’m giving this movie one thumbs up as it is more of a “lazy Sunday” type of flick. It’s the type of movie if you’re flipping channels and see that it’s on you’re likely to jump into it where ever it is in the movie to watch it knowing you haven’t missed much by way of plot or storyline.

 

 

So, that’s all I’ve got for now because that’s all I’ve had time for though I hope things start to balance out a little more allowing me to get back to doing artwork and certainly reviewing more geek media as it comes out or as I’m able to get my hands on it. As always Stay Tooned and I will update again as soon as humanly possible!

Greetings one and all, I’m going to step outside of the box today for this post. Normally I would just update on projects that are (or aren’t) getting done, but this time around I’m actually going to try and get all of you out there involved in my projects as well as review some things that I have found to be very worthy of your time and money.

First off we have this poll which will be running for a week starting today. This poll was originally posted on the EBI Facebook page (as was the previous poll) but this is turning out to be problematic in getting people to get involved. What’s more, when I am actually able to get people involved the poll usually ends up in a tie once the deadline hits. I’m hoping that by hosting the polls here on EBI directly that it will be easier for everyone to participate and lessen the odds of hitting another tie when all is said and done at the deadline.

So please, get your votes in over there to the right side of the page. I’m anxious to get to work on another project, and what’s more these “projects” will be part of an upcoming e-Commerce page that I will be creating later this month to sell original art and prints. Moving along to the reviews…

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“The Avengers – Earths Mightiest Heroes” Season 1

I had the pleasure of watching the entire season 1 of Marvel’s “The Avengers – Earths Mightiest Heroes” from start to finish about a week ago. Marvel has always impressed me throughout the years with it’s animated series offerings and this time is no different. This series is perfect for those who are just getting into the lore of the Marvel Universe and are looking for a way to quickly get caught up, especially with the Avengers movie in the works. There is a lot in the series that will appeal to both adults and kids alike, the story and action move at just the right pace to keep you wanting to see more after each episode.

I’m personally looking forward to season 2 but in the meantime I recommend going out and grabbing a copy of season 1 so you’re ready not only for season 2 but also to give you a refresher on the formation of the Avengers. If you don’t have the fundage you can watch “most” of the episodes on Marvels website however I have to warn you that whoever they have running their video archives apparently doesn’t understand the concept of numerical or linear ordering as the episodes are in no way shape or form listed in order. You’ll spend more time trying to find the next video in the series than you will actually watching the show, but I guess that’s the price you pay for free media.

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Anthrax – Worship Music

Turning to my musician side, I’ve been waiting uber-impatiently for this album to get released ever since they released “Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t” off the album a couple of months ago. I was blown away to find that Joey Belladonna was back with the band, which was a very welcome announcement, though I do miss John Bushs’ vocal styling as W.C.F.Y.A was a killer album and the best in Bushs’ run with the band (in my opinion anyway).  Though still lacking the presence of Danny Spitz on lead guitars, the guys are sounding just like the Anthrax we all know and love.

At current count I’ve listened to the entire album about 6 times now and I’m still in love with every song, which is rare for me. Given my bias from being a professional musician myself I find myself critiquing just about everything I listen to “almost” as much as I criticize my own writing and playing. Anthrax has been one of those bands that I’ve always had a hard time finding any music they’ve done that I don’t like.

All in all this album gets an 11 out of a possible 10 from me and I’m highly recommending you go out and grab a copy today, especially for those of you who are old school Anthrax fans. To Joey, Scott, Charlie, Frank, & Rob – This album has exceeded all of my expectations, fantastic job and I hope you guys are planning to stop in TN on the tour.

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That’s all I’ve got for now, time to get back to doing all the things that are quickly turning my week into a giant cluster-frak. More to follow later, Stay Tooned!!!

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