|In one hand is the gun, and in the other is a basketful of groceries; the gun makes it possible to have the groceries, while the groceries provides incentive to have the gun. We genuinely take it for granted that we can go to the store whenever we want, and know whatever we want will be there; we pick it up, pay for it and walk out without having to wait in lines, take rain checks, compromise because it's not in stock, worry about starving or doing without, etc., and that's because our military protects our interests overseas and at home. This store behind Frank is the exact opposite of the stores we see in both Contagion and World War Z. So it's ironic that such a tough guy like Frank Moses would become such the perfect home-maker, however, without the tough guys like Frank Moses, "home-making" wouldn't be possible. In the store, Marvin calls Frank "kemosabe, a direct reference to the Lone Ranger; why? In The Lone Ranger film with Johnny Depp, Tonto says that kemosabe means "wrong brother," but in the original TV series, it meant "good scout," and we can see Frank not only being able to scout out the problems in the film, but also "scouting" each person's skills and strengths so he can recruit them to help him. Additionally, just as Iron Man 3 knew The Lone Ranger would cite the Sand Creek Massacre incident from history (please see Season Of Terror: Iron Man 3 for more), and Iron Man 3 pre-empted that discussion, so the next line Marvin says is, "They're coming," we also hear Brad Pitt's Gerry Lane say in World War Z. Whereas Lane means "They're coming," to be the United Nations coming to save them, because America can't save itself, Marvin's reference is to the enemies coming trying to destroy us.|
Kryptonite is NOT mentioned in this year's blockbuster Man Of Steel, rather, it hearkens back to the days of Lex Luther and the Superman of 1978. Kryptonite is a radioactive material from Superman's home Krypton and is his Achilles' Heel, weakening him when nothing else can; like Superman, the "Golden Warrior" Frank Moses (as Edward Bailey describes him) has a natural weakness but if he's weak, he can't save the world, and that's what Katja is to Frank: assured self-destruction.
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Why are the flowers in Frank's garden yellow? When Frank needs to know if he can trust Katja, he asks her a validity question to see if she had really gone by his house years earlier and questions her about the color of the flowers in his front yard and she correctly answers they were yellow. In the language of flowers, yellow means friendship (although just the color yellow symbolizes different things) and that statement in Frank Moses' front yard--the statement of the US in our international policy--is that of friendship: we don't start wars, we defend the rights of others and will go where there is all ready a fight, but we didn't start World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War on Terror, etc., others started those; we want peace for all, just as we want it for ourselves, but we know there is a price for freedom, but it's a price worth paying. Just as Frank was minding his own business, and didn't launch the nightshade operation, so America didn't start this war; just as Frank doesn't back down from the fight, so America shouldn't back down from the fight either, although you wouldn't know that by Obama's policies.
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