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  • Who Were the Beatniks? (Vanity)

    11/25/2012 2:47:21 PM PST · by DustyMoment · 127 replies
    Various | Various | Various
    A lot of FReepers tend to blame Baby Bomers for the ills of the world. The fact is that the Baby Boomers didn't originate a lot of the counter-culture activities of the 60s, they learned them from the Beatniks. So, to help clarify where the Hippies came from, you have to know and understand who the Beatniks were. Here is their story: Beatnik History Imagine it is the year 1959. You are seated at a table with a bottle of cheap red wine, a cigarette glows red in the ashtray. The place; a smoky, dimly lit, seedy, little bar in...
  • Springfield explosion cause: 'Human error,' Massachusetts fire marshal says

    11/25/2012 2:37:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    The massive explosion that rocked Springfield's entertainment district, leveling a strip club and injuring 21 people, was caused by "human error," according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. Officials said a thorough, block-by-block investigation since Friday's blast indicates the city's gas system is safe, intact and functioning properly. The probe will now focus on the Columbia Gas employee responsible for puncturing a gas line with a tool, and whether proper protocol was followed in the build-up to Friday's explosion. The blast injured 21 people, damaged more than three dozen buildings, and prompted a large-scale evacuation of the city's downtown...
  • KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt

    11/25/2012 2:35:18 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    TBI ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    KRUGMAN: This Is The Chart That Debunks What Everyone Says About The National Debt Joe WeisenthalNov. 25, 2012, 11:05 AMPaul Krugman posts a simple chart that makes a profound point. It compares the yield on UK debt vs. US debt. What should stand out for you, instantly, is that the two countries borrow at virtually identical rates, and have for years. What this should show to people is that much of the popular stories that people tell about sovereign debt is a myth. Countries that borrow in their own currencies and can "print" at will don't have default risk, so...
  • Walmart stands firm against the opening post election attacks by Obama’s Union thugs

    11/25/2012 2:33:46 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Nov 25, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Immediately after Barack Obama’s reelection his union masters beat their chests and growled their demand for “Card Check” the decidedly anti-American dream of Big labor to use physical intimidation to force all of America to be unionized. Under this demented scheme union goons would be allowed to threaten and intimidate workers to scare them into voting to unionize thereby allowing union bosses to steal a portion of their paychecks each week in return for keeping their jobs. Democrats love this because as the crooks and lowlifes they are they look forward to union kickbacks of this extorted money which they...
  • Ketzaleh: Even the 'Best' Likudniks Can't Change Party Policy

    11/25/2012 2:28:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | David Lev
    Candidates running in Sunday's Likud primary have gone out of their way to emphasize their right-wing sensibilities, but even the rightest of the right Likudniks were unable to stop their party from undertaking one of the most devastating blows to the philosophy of love of the Land of Israel – the disengagement from Gaza and Northern Samaria. While former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – still in bed in a comatose state – broke away to form Kadima before the actual destruction of the communities in Gush Katif, he was a Likud Prime Minister, and many of the forming members of...
  • Padre Island National Seashore remains nearly as wild as it did 50 years ago

    11/25/2012 2:26:59 PM PST · by patriot08 · 39 replies
    Corpus Christi Caller Times ^ | 11/25/2012 | David Sikes
    Outside of Padre Island, there is not a beach in the country where visitors can drive for more than 60 miles without seeing a utility line, light pole, street, boardwalk, commercial or residential structure. Padre Island National Seashore represents the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. And 66 of the park's 70 miles of beach are open to vehicle traffic. It has been that way long before Padre Island National Seashore was established 50 years ago this year. Most of the park remains as wild as it has ever been. (exercpt) Horine said the national seashore stands...
  • McCain to GOP: Embrace ‘bigger tent,’ ‘leave the [abortion] issue alone’ [VIDEO]

    11/25/2012 2:25:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    On “Fox News Sunday,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said the GOP has work to do, including embracing “a bigger tent” to attract a bigger constituency. “I think we have to have a bigger tent. That’s — no doubt about it,” McCain said. “And, obviously we have to do immigration reform. There is no doubt whatsoever that the demographics are not on our side. And, we are going to have to give a much more positive agenda. It can’t be just being against the Democrats and against Harry Reid and against Obama. You got to be for things, and we have...
  • Toronto Vs Calgary 2012 100th Grey Cup Final - CFL Championship thread 6pm EST

    11/25/2012 2:15:24 PM PST · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    Toronto Vs Calgary 2012 100th Grey Cup Final - CFL Championship thread 11/25/12 6pm EST. NBC Sports Network(US) and TSN (Canada) or watch here
  • If Reason and Compromise don't Work, how about Music? Civil War could be a bad Alternative.

    11/25/2012 2:08:29 PM PST · by DanMiller · 14 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 25, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Music and verse have long encouraged churches, nations and others. Perhaps it's time to try that again. Yesterday, I posted this piece because it provided a brief respite from the horrors of what now passes for civilization. It includes two YouTube videos of "flash mobs" doing their bit for good and a rendition of The Impossible Dream. Descending from my cloud of euphoria, I began to wonder whether music and verse might inspire us to understand what we need to do before it becomes too late. During the years of Irish Rebellion, songs of revolution inspired many. During the War...
  • Scientists: Galapagos tortoise can be revived

    11/25/2012 1:45:43 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | November 22, 2012 | Frank Bajak
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tortoise of his species after all. Researchers say they may be able to resurrect the Pinta Island subspecies by launching a cross-breeding program with 17 other tortoises found to contain genetic material similar to that of Lonesome George, who died June 24 at the Pacific Ocean archipelago off Ecuador's coast after repeated failed efforts to reproduce.
  • Forensic profiler: Obama confessing election fraudConcludes 'in his secret fury he stole

    11/25/2012 1:41:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    WND ^ | 11/25/12 | Bob Unruh
    A forensic profiler whose previous cases have included the Natalie Holloway disappearance and the O.J. Simpson double murder says Barack Obama is confessing to stealing the 2012 president election. “Obama appears to unconsciously confess on multiple occasions that in his secret fury he stole the 2012 presidential election – continuing his attacks on our nation,” Andrew G. Hodges, M.D., told WND in an assessment of Obama.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Great Gatsby" (1949)

    11/25/2012 1:32:44 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1949
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2jh6XkjrHU&list=PL9pRcaYn5SdyILL3bVgSfwDcTJYlRujfV&index=1&feature=plpp_video Today's feature is the 2nd film version and 1st talking one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel about the mysterious Jay Gatsby and the decadent rich Long Islanders of the Jazz Age. This version has been harder to find. I don't believe it's ever been officially released on home video and it's rarely if ever aired on TV. I suppose Paramount may have limited exposure of it in favor of its better known lavish 1974 remake with Robert Redford. Not a perfect film(the death of Myrtle is unintentionally hilarious) but worth watching for fans of the novel. Alan Ladd...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 11/25 7-11pm est

    11/25/2012 1:32:17 PM PST · by Vision · 41 replies
    WAMU ^ | 11/25/12 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio programs... Listen Live Info
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

    11/25/2012 1:31:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Bleache Report ^ | November 25, 2012 | Justin Onslow
    It wasn’t a pretty game, but for Browns fans, beating the archrival Pittsburgh Steelers was a thing of beauty. The Browns forced seven turnovers in the game, and held the Steelers to just 231 total yards. Only 49 of those yards came from Steelers running backs—a unit which combined for four lost fumbles. Cleveland’s offense didn’t exactly play a great game, but it did just enough to protect the football and eat up clock. The Browns turned over the ball just once, which came in the form of a pick-six to Lawrence Timmons on their first drive. Trent Richardson paced...
  • NV lawmakers seek to repeal anti-communist law

    11/25/2012 1:30:31 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    AP ^ | November 24, 2012
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada legislative panel has decided it's high time to repeal a state law that allows job discrimination against communists. The 12-member Legislative Commission unanimously decided this week to introduce a bill at the 2013 session that would repeal a law that was passed in 1951 during the anti-communist fervor of the Cold War. The law allows employers to reject job applications from communists and their sympathizers, and to fire any communists in their workforce. .... Legislative staffers told the Las Vegas Review-Journal The law was passed during an era of renewed fears that Communists...
  • (Vanity) Demographics Are Not Destiny, or, It's Just How We Roll

    11/25/2012 1:22:31 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers | 11-25-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In the aftermath of President Obama's unexpected re-election, and the even more unexpected further erosion of GOP power in both the House and Senate, the usual GOP firing squad has swung into action. Some have blamed the loss on Romney's incompetent GOTV tool, Orca; others on various flavors of conservativism, from the religious right to those who favor restrictions on immigration; still others blame the problem on the infamous "47% remark" and Obama's pandering to the single mom demographic. And of course, one of the siren calls from the usual group of DC-consultant-whores and Democrat moles and turncoats, is that...
  • 12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself

    11/25/2012 1:20:02 PM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 13 replies
    12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. - Mae West You know you’re on the right track when you can repeat each of the following headlines to yourself, honestly. (And if you can’t, this list gives you something positive to work on.) 1. I am following my heart and intuition. Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Live the life you want to live. Be the person you want to remember years from now. Make decisions and act on them....
  • Four more years of Obama: America will move forward (Cover your keyboard)

    11/25/2012 1:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftain ^ | November 25, 2012 | Major Dave Mynatt (US Army, Retired)
    I have a slightly different perception of the recent election than many of my friends on the political right. I believe the Republican leadership must now be in some form of catatonic fixation about the results, seeming to believe anything but the obvious and clear: Americans reject the Republican philosophy. In reviewing the election cycle, some things are so clear they cannot be ignored. The Republican money machine must have known from the beginning that it could not win the election on a comparison of principle or policies. Instead, it salted the country with elected and appointed officials who distorted...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin: Medicare, Medicaid Fair Game in Talks to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

    11/25/2012 1:06:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/25/2012 | By George Stephanopoulos
    Sen. Dick Durbin said today that his Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate should be willing to address entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid in deficit reduction negotiations. “From my side of the table, bring entitlement reform into the conversation,” Durbin said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Social Security — set aside … doesn’t add to the deficit. But when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, protect the integrity of the program, but give it solvency for more and more years.” But Durbin ruled out raising the age of Medicare eligibility as a potential reform. “We’ve got to...
  • 'Gun dorms' attract 0 students at CU campuses

    11/25/2012 1:02:27 PM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    TheDenverChannel ^ | 11/25/2012 | staff reporter
    BOULDER, Colo. - Colorado's new segregated "gun dorms" for students with valid concealed-carry permits have attracted zero students. The Daily Camera newspaper reports that since the University of Colorado's Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses began segregating dorms for students with valid concealed-carry permits this year, not a single student has asked to live where guns are allowed. On Aug. 16, CU announced it would establish residential areas for students over age 21 with a permit to hold a concealed handgun. In all other dormitories, guns are banned.