30 January 2012

Merlin 2:24 “Hamadryad”

Merlin 2:24 “Hamadryad”
M.J. Banks

A verdant green floor with patches of the blackest soil, the roots of straining fingers holding the sediment without impediment for smooth greys and wrinkled dark barks, the air hangs thick with a river for an overcast sky the clouds heavy pass hastily, the sound of nigh is dense beyond its foremost distance causing silence and the sounds of nature to be captured in condensation. The brightest white of quite delight the plight of right where summers knight a unicorn stands rangy, a swift charger of speed as any steed standing with mud only to its hooves no deeper even if it were to concede to sleeping as if it were not keeping watchful eye and eating moss to feed. Upon its gentle brow a majestic horn, the spiral shadow of it the only color not fair, at zenith a pointed thorn so sharp to be a blade suspect to oft forbade its daring foes forewarned who do not live to tell their tale or so much tell it well if they had stayed, the books have done it well relay this day that knaves do not avail.

Turns of the wind have brought the cold of season’s shifting, the trees are strong and their branches high without hitch and pine, the cones have begun to drop and the few leafy trees are weakened in the wind, the phoenix’s glory is turgid and distempered by the frigid air. As the skies pass in unrest the ground is a stricture layer of fog that covers the entire forest, intractable through the clouded ground the phoenix fails to move any farther and sits contemptibly stubborn, the fog that rolls is at their knees and it grows from the phoenix a slowly billowing nest of cloud.

Standing replete of desolation on a dreary midday overcast where the air is heavy and the darkness tall as the trees, in the forest they spy a unicorn, the likes of which beheld they never yet. It is showing signs of anger behind Alerion and Troy and as he begins to slide from the phoenix it turns its limber neck to see the white horse with a horn on its head, without haste the phoenix leaps into the air before its wings can even open, Troy struggles to stay saddled as they vault upwards and stirring the fog with flustering wings on char that glow as embers in the passing wind. The unicorn scrapes its front hoof on the dirt and snouts to display anger, its head lowers and eyes take forward a stare anxiety as it faces Merlin, he holds a wand as he watches the creature.

Ana: “Is that necessary?”
Merlin: “It scared the familiar didn’t it?”

Ana prepares for the worst as she plays a fire with her fingertips, the unicorn notices her and him again with a restless nature, a sacrosanct and infinitesimal window of light begins to glow at the end of the wand, the unicorn resigns its anger and bowing sighs a silent breath of steam into the fog covered floor, it partially looks to the left, then turns to the right and runs into the afternoon of autumn.

Nick: “That was worth what is this dreary life.”
Merlin: “If another one comes you can fight it for us.”
Nick: “I would rather you turn it to stone.”
Merlin: “If that wouldn’t just anger it, I don’t know if I could.”
Nick: “We’re not alone.”
Ana: “Perhaps, but I’ve never met one who’s lived to talk of a unicorn.”
Nick: “No, I mean we’re not alone again.”

A shirtless boy stands in the forest with skin covered or colored by ash, his hair is dark the color of blackened oil with accordant sheen, tattered trousers and filthy feet, sick to seem the woes of lost at night the child leans against the nearest tree as if wounded and tired, a ruse to keep concerned travelers the child disinterested of hunting the unicorn is sick with vampirism, with a wild smile of fangs the vampire child attacks Nickolas.

Ana reaches to pull the blood fiend from Nickolas, putting her hand between them she fiery blasts it away from him, it sees Merlin and attacks him opportunely but is tossed into the air with the power of harnessed lightning that flashes at first contact against his skin, thrown to the ground a safe distance from the other and stunted an arrow lands piercing into its leg from on high.

Merlin: “Resend it to God.”
Nick: “A redress with no questions?”
Merlin: “It will not answer, and if there are more, we’ll know soon enough.”

Nickolas thrusts a knife into the creature, it does not make a sound only hissing and violent resistance that doesn’t last, a raven is calling in the distant fog. The silence unnatural breaks as the figure of the ice witch in the distance vanishes just as soon as she is spotted, captured only in a glimpse, as the skies have washed ashore the wind still blows with thin tepid rain.

The tree spirits gather, dryads, soldiers of the earth, some with seeds in and falling from their hair, in warren of a marcher lord, quietly approaching.

The ground is soft and long forgotten by travelers, there is bright darkness on the moss covered ground, at midday the fog is gone but the sun doth not shine. They find a road in the woods and follow it, they are quiet and tiring and between dawn and dusk they make camp, as Merlin sits roadside Nickolas and Ana make their way into the land fervently covered in moss, leaving him to notice how the road narrows barely noticeably. Troy lands briskly and gracefully on phoenix Alerion and looks for the others, Merlin points to the woods without speaking and putting his finger to his lips he shushes him.

Eventually Merlin and Troy begin to converse in isolation of what behooves purpose betwixt what has vexed withal forthcoming, the subtle questions of kin and despicable advice of brethren, jesting and discourteous in admission to the treatment of levity, indifferently apropos pecuniary costs of spells in store against the future, defraying éclat in consummate quandary the stage is set and trap endeavoring livelihood. Through the consolation of a thousand savage comforts Nickolas and Ana after hours on the forest floor decide to rejoin party with impoverished improvements of questionable safety standard, there are dryads gathering.

Thy wood people are armed unto the tooth, spears and daggers, bows and arrows, sharp thorns and cusps. Charged to protect the vampire they believe Merlin and his fellows to be guilty of murder. They make the trees grow over the unsuspecting phoenix but the boughs fear the eternal fire and refuse to grasp, but the hysteria is crossing inception as Troy rides aback with arrow strung and drawn tautly, in flight a view of many foes. Highly calculated the smaller Apple nymphs move first they approach cautiously but Nickolas does not wait to attack, perhaps of having met them before this he fights as if battling a deadly bounty. Out of love Ana battles, her touch doth not fatality as irreverently it dries them to brown bark. Nickolas proves that they can be killed. Not as small a second wave of Walnut nymphs slightly larger than the last emerge, Troy rides into flight as the trees begin a deadly nest, Merlin uses the power of an echo to send the wind away from him in all directions.

While they gather themselves the phoenix and Troy make clear from trees as their senses are deafened, the phoenix flies blind as its vision returns sharing the affliction with Troy. Ana takes one of the creatures by the throat in the commotion just before she is cut. The nymph cannot breathe as she takes its dagger and sets it afire before throwing it into the ground. A flame tries to slowly spread from the ground where the dagger is struck. A mightier group of soldiers emerge from the Ash trees, this time as nymphs they are as tall as Troy and their skin tougher still, and larger still are the nymphs from the Oak and are tall as Merlin. A few of them step forth with their fingers in the air or their palms forward to usher a growth of the moss and mist that does not so easily singe, outnumbered they stop their fighting with many spears pointing to them.

From behind the shoulders of others comes their margrave, a regal dryad warrior of frontier carrying a hollow spear wrapped in vines holding clench a sharp silver tear at its end. Nickolas from raze and separated throwing his sharpened knives is begrudgingly brought to them with bloody knuckles by wooden warriors with knives stuck or broken in their hardened skin.

Margrave: “Do not move fire gods.”

Merlin looks to Ana who shrugs then smirks symbolizing uncertainty, the dryads forcibly escorting Nickolas toss him to his knees before the others.

Ectra: “This one is already dead.”
Marcru: “He says that he is not with them.”
Margrave: “Is this the familiar Nickolas?”
Ana: “Pay up.”
Merlin: “I’ll have to owe you.”
Nickolas: “Perhaps I am, perhaps I am not, what is my consolation?”
Margrave: “You were forbidden trespass to the moss.”
Merlin: “Then should he not stand trial.”
Margrave: “That is where you are going.”

Through the forest of many short springs with spears at their heads, higher and more ethereal is the frost of morning having never left the waning day as the walk to fears of a carrion paragon of a raving maniac presiding over a dryad court.

The sky is falling and cloudy ceiling is lower, there is an abrupt disdain close to numb and inflexible spawning, the sound of breaking rock and tumbling gravel from the spirit of the fog. Despondent from abundant convenience, sitting amid the green pine, bleeding a thick coat of pitch sap, a mortised stronghold growing new boughs and burgeoning leaves of flourish, tenured and proscribed terror in autonomy, an awful lot and a Hamadryad. A judge king of nature known for silent subtle shadows in droves and boasting the amenities locals prefer including the rustic isolation of wilderness. Merlin begins seeking ways to evaluate destructive and powerful faculties in the most objective manner possible. The actuarial anxiety is sickness agleam anent a gallant slew of faces fiat and flagrant heath. The nymphs set in lieu of content climb trees as if strength were not relevant.

Hamadryad: “You stand at a court with several charges, a twelvemonth of unicorn terror remains portent by you.”
Merlin: “Where are we?”
Hamadryad: “Where the trees are poets and the saints were to dwell in their stone house.”
Nickolas: “I did not mean to disturb, they are unbeknownst to the import of this dilemma.”
Merlin: “We carry no charge of burden thee, what cause to this?”

Merlin looks around as if to mention the dangerous situation, but slowly turning as to count enemies and look for an exit, the hamadryad rises and walks toward him as they both keep partial focus on the sky. The nature king stops and looks to Nickolas.

Hamadryad: “He must pay the price of his churl machination lest his forsake the thrice.”

Nickolas struggles to resist being grasped by the guards on his arms as the hamadryad tilts the spear point to Merlin.

Hamadryad: “Thine vetoed sylvan.”
Ana: “What?”
Merlin: “We’ve killed their pet.”
Hamadryad: “More than a pet druid, an emissary now overset, missing of your mistake.”
Nick: “To be pore in meditation…!”
Ana: “…and of grief…”
Hamadryad: “To stand the test of time, the perennial heartbeat of the forest, the veins of reach to being leaf, too cold the sky!”
Nick: “Nourished by mother earth,” consolatory, “sated by the tears of the Valkyrie.”
Hamadryad: “…and what is earth exegete? Do you know wizard?”
Merlin: “I presume you want me to say Asgard…”
Hamadryad: “… o lo, the Aesir… guardians who are nowhere, and do nothing…”

The margrave looks to the east and then the west, a nod of affirmation to the guards and Nickolas is taken unto seizure.

Nick: “I’ll be fine, hasten thee to Vanogan or be viands.”

Nickolas poorly beseeches his beloved Ana as he is torn unequal by tethered yoke. The soldiers put vines about his arms, a pusillanimous growth that becomes an intrepid overgrowth, in the distance he lets out a scream as the vines begin to tear him into the swamp, and Merlin looks to the Hamadryad, breaking the angered stare with the forest king. Hamadryad tilts his head and listens to the air, the sound of Nickolas ends with his breath being crushed, falling into a ground of broken boughs, through branches and dying dry vines, pine and chestnut cones and burs and strewn leaves, which once had stood the mist, sand-buried and eaten by the roots of many ages.

With not a taste of stirring fog, steam and mist evade the skin of the Hamadryad, acclimate to the air, another dryad comes forthwith from the nearby tree to climb and watch the funerary embrace of Nickolas.

Hamadryad: “A voice in the mist wishes your death…”

Merlin grabs the spear of hamadryad with one hand and the other a blast of wind to push him back, with a heavy turn Merlin spins in a circle and wields the spear’s blade across the throat of the king.

Merlin slides across aback athwart the ground slalom as ice steppe, from above the phoenix and Troy the fire tamer shoot a flaming arrow to the ground next to Ana. With magic she raises a pillar flame and paints a circle in the air around her, with her hands outward her sides it blasts, burning bark stretching into the distance igniting several of her foes and dismounting others from their oversight in the limbs, an expanding circular wall of fire just as other adversaries are mired drying to arboreal anchors while the vanguard flame echoes into the evening lighting the way thru the trees. She is gone and running thru the scape before they can cope as reinforcements come from the distance and beneath the ground turning clod and moss.

In the distance she flees tearing a trail of cursed earth behind her as they close near, following the light the best of their hunters glide, pausing in stretching reaches for her but forced to move from tree to tree to tarry and gaining ground. Causing aversion in her pursuers Troy flies and pulls her into the air away from them, by locking hands upon arm she is lifted pursuant to the sky.

Ana: “Put me down, I cannot endure the overture of fire.”
Troy: “Are you certain?”

It is anything but certain as her eyes turn dullish, the color seems to fade as the bird exhausts a swooping tug of cold and earth pulls the phoenix, Ana displays a listless fever and signs of fainting and aphasia, a graceful tho slightly cumbersome landing the flailing dizzy Alerion, she dismounts then opens her eyes.

The whites of her eyes are burning sand around the black lines of her skin, she glows slightly thin in the dusking light, her fingernails so molten they could scrape steel as a thin layer of fire rolls from the back of her hands up her arms, and fire in her footsteps. As soldiers of earth’s growth approach the fearful phoenix shakes its head and takes again to flight. The closest soldier drives with hands forward to choke her but is split in two and turned to ashing embers, others suffering explosions of magic deposition, her hands with blasts she raises fearsome resistance and drives them to escape her torrid assault.

Merlin is desperate to leave the combat as he drifts over the underbrush, he holds the weapon he has stolen and uses it to cut at whips made of vine and pierce the hearts of his foes by driving them into trees, he must keep moving when not warring. Ana approaches what she hears in the distance attacking and destroying another batch of woodland nymphs to scare others into retreat, Merlin sees them catch and begin covering her with roots, and she blasts out of the enrapturing growth as he fends for himself. Merlin is striking what he can with lightning, from his free hand, from the silver spearhead, and when he pierces an enemy with it he strikes them from their core.  He fights his way toward Ana, they dread her but hate and attack him, and after laying them low he takes to her aside and they begin running for dear life.

The wizard is alive anew with torn clothes as the magic of the lunar light embellishes him, swift over scene he sweeps pulling Ana behind himself a fiery tumult burning in the wind, but they are halted as they are surrounded. Merlin’s make is torn clothes and Ana clean but abashed, the Hamadryad stands before them with a strap around his neck, staring with angered eyes.

Ana: “Travail he in working with his hands, which is good.”
Merlin: “That he has whereof he shall give to needy.”

Merlin holds out his arm, the age told in the lines on his palm and a message by a frozen teardrop in his possession, rolling from his hand it falls to the ground, at the earth it begets a wave of white fire in all directions. The area is woven rigid and broken with bodies fallen to the blast, giving them both the chance to run again, beyond the power of the light in the dark recesses of the forest more nymphs follow to assault, but lo and beholden is a clearing to a field covered in moonlight.

Ana is reinvigorated to run but her wounds are filled with white light and she is struggling to continue, from their side she blasts a predator and continues paces from the forest line, while fleeing the dryads Merlin pulls her into the field as she is weak. They do not follow but throw spears at them both, tho wisely they are not looking behind their escape. In several moments they realize they are not being followed into the pasture, but the spears are still flying so they run again to further distance themselves, eventually stopping to see the little green men waiting by and crawling in the trees, some caterwauling and others without motion.

Ana: “Why did they halt?”
Merlin: “I don’t know, I’ve never had to run from one before, I can’t help but think he got us into something I could’ve calmed by word.”
Ana: “No, they wanted him dead already.”

Their respite besets a golden dale of wild grass in a moonlit pasture with the silence of the moon.

Ana: “I feel like piss, what was that spell?”
Merlin: “It eats at fiery spirits, and unfortunately the last one I had.”

There is deference to the night, the scribes of fate and the endless morrow, heard not more, as distance and darkness become eternally compelling fears that by sunders steps them on their make to refuge.

24 January 2012

Caedmon's Hymn

Now scaling here again heaven-reich's ward,
Majesty, might, and his wisdom,
Work elder-father so he under gives,
Each draft or after laid,
His first scope old [those who] live in barns,
Heaven to roof holy stems,
Then Midgard mankind's ward,
Each drafting after to-day,
For them in fold, free, almighty.

First sang Caedmon, this song.

// Cædmon (A.D. 658-680)
Cædmon's Hymn

1 Nu scylun hergan hefaenricaes uard
2 metudæs maecti end his modgidanc
3 uerc uuldurfadur sue he uundra gihuaes
4 eci dryctin or astelidæ
5 he aerist scop aelda barnum
6 heben til hrofe haleg scepen.
7 tha middungeard moncynnæs uard
8 eci dryctin æfter tiadæ
9 firum foldu frea allmectig

Primo cantauit Cædmon istud carmen.

10 January 2012

Federalism Abject

Federalism Abject: I was indirectly asked by some whiny liberal who said, "Is it crazy to ask fundamentalists to interpret the constitution as literally as they interpret the Bible?" (I prefer the word manic) so here I am giving it a go.

The Declaration of Independence

"In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people." Slavery is not allowed, tyrants are not people.

The Constitution of the United States

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 1 "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." Czars are unconstitutional.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 2 "The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." Federal Subsidies to States must be reevaluated and resolved in less than ten year intervals.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 5 "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide." Allows a posse for the purpose of ending absenteeism and tardiness.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 8 "To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings." The Allowance of Eminent Domain.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 8 "To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof." The Allowance of Executive Order.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 9 "The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person." Congress can permit restrictions on illegal immigration in a single or all states after year 1808 A.D., it may also fine individual states no more than $10 per illegal resident, per year.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 9 "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." #Obama-care and other mandates of purchase is and are unconstitutional.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 9 "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid" Federal purchase mandates are constitutional.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 9 "No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another." Relocation of business cannot be impugned or denied without violation of current law. (Boeing/NLRB 2011)

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 9 "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." Possible uncertainty is duly regarded to titles granted by fascist theocracies, as well as, the title of Czar granting privileges relegated unapproved is unconstitutional. See: Article 2 § 2.

Constitution of the United States. Article 1 § 10 "No state shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility." The People of the United States are not required to recognize or give allegiance to any Entity foreign or domestic; Compulsory unionism is unconstitutional.

Constitution of the United States. Article 2 § 2 "He [POTUS] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments." All appointments can be nominated by and must be given the consent of the Senate, even if it is in recess, if consent has not been attained during a recess of Congress the POTUS must wait until it reconvenes and condoning occurs; Congress can pick the candidates for these positions.

Constitution of the United States. Article 2 § 2 "The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session." Open position of "inferior Officers" can be assigned a new employee by the POTUS during a recess of Congressional but only as the responsibilities of that individual until the end of the immediately next session, upon which time a new or renewed appointment must be made complicit to the required approval of the senate, as is the Law.

Constitution of the United States. Article 2 § 3 "He [POTUS] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States." The leader of the free world, is allowed any guest, has power of executive order, and is the commander in chief.

Constitution of the United States. Article 3 § 3 "The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed." Detainees are culpable to the laws of their homlands which if they have broken are in contempt to those laws and applicable punishments, wherein not being citizens allows those crimes reflected as being properly dealt as they would elsewhere and not as US citizens, Habeas corpus is a patriot's luxury.

Constitution of the United States. Article 4 § 1 "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof." Citizens of the US must be able to attain their public records, or state organizations and entities, across state boundaries, interstate information internet. Example, when moving to Indiana from California, an existing driver should be able to transfer his/her records from a CA-DMV to the IN-BMV without necessity to request archived records as an individual, as both are state agencies, but one cannot. This is unconstitutional, and inconvenient.

Constitution of the United States. Article 4 § 4 "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence." No compulsory unionism, no protected castes, zero class-warfare.

Constitution of the United States. Article 5 "no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate." Representation is neither compulsory nor voluntary, it is your duty as leaders.

Constitution of the United States. Article 6 "All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation." We are all capitalists now.

Constitution of the United States. Article 6 "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding." It is not recommended to commit treason or treachery against the US.

Constitution of the United States. Article 6 "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Atheists can hold-office, religion is allowed in all forms of government relations, such as education, elected office, and emissary responsibilities - but is not mandatory.

The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 - 10)

Amendment 1 "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." No state church. Freedom of religion anywhere. Freedom of speech anywhere in any format. Rational gatherings in irrational times are allowed. Freedom of religion includes not being mandated to insure and provide anything that contravenes the practices of faith, god willing they do not harm a living soul, such as the mandates of abortion, contraceptives, and sterilization, which ObamaCare violates alongside violating freedom of speech by having purchase mandates, a natural decision of citizens does not include a mandate of purchase by a fascist government. (Obama lectured by the constitution for many years, perhaps the anti slavery amendment, it was in Chicago, ...fool)

Amendment 2 "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." Allows armed forces and additional state militias in times of war or cartel conflicts, an absolute right to weaponry and guns.

Amendment 3 "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." No quarter.

Amendment 4 "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." Privacy duly respected if without harm to others, due process policing with specific target and/or surgical strike.

Amendment 5 "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." Capital offenses are not the sole responsibility of disaffected private citizens nor 'infamous crimes' such as the wars of extinct populations and civilizations, persecutory racism is unjustifiable - unless a military trial or public endangerment of a militant representative. US doesn't allow double-jeopardy court cases, self-incrimination, theft, or fascist use of eminent domain privileges.

Amendment 6 "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." Citizens whom have not committed treason are due a swift public local trial in court with knowledge of who is pressing charges and incriminating witnesses, a defense council adamantly pursuing knowledge of the accusers insomuch just representation.

Amendment 7 "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." if more than $20, you might have a jury trial, facts cannot be revisited and purposed to suit the whims of others, and are only cited, as is the law it/they cannot be given as fact to an irrelevant case.

Amendment 8 "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." Bail cannot by a complicit lean on the ability to pay a bail amount, though can be leveraged to limit mobility of danger, cruel and unusual punishment is morally weighted by the relative crime committed, as ethically measured can be equal in sentencing as the crime.

Amendment 9 "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Protectionism is the likely factor of damage created by recklessness, one can breath if they do not suffocate others, one can work if it does not damage the institution, one can walk if not on the backs of the bruised. This is also known as the harm principle: the actions of individuals should only be limited to prevent harm to other individuals. The breadth of this contention is relegated by the prevalence and debate of, law.

Amendment 10 "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." Similar to 9, if the free world does not consist of it then states have jurisdiction, pervasively all roles of freedom exist with the people and Not with any government entity.