Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $85,145
!Woo hoo!! And now less than $2.9k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Latest Articles

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Consideration of a Brief Remark in Pope Benedict’s New Book

    12/07/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Along with many of you, I am reading Pope Benedict’s latest book, volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth, on the infancy narratives. I was very moved at a very brief reflection that he made on Mary, as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider on her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved by the faith of the Blessed Mother and intrigued too, for she is a woman wrapped in silence. The Pope’s words capture both her faith and the mystery of her. Here is what the Pope says:I consider it...
  • Charles Barkley says carrying gun gives 'sense of peace'

    12/07/2012 1:51:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    USA TODAY | Dec 5, 2012 | Sam Amick and Michael Hiestand
    Here's the link.
  • Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

    12/07/2012 1:50:17 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Scientific American ^ | December 4, 2012 | Robert Martone
    The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm. The physical connection between mother and fetus is provided by the placenta, an organ, built of cells from both the mother and fetus, which serves as a conduit for the exchange of nutrients, gasses, and wastes. Cells may migrate through the placenta...
  • BBC Video: Private notice question on Syria ( British -- Questions to the Foreign Minister)

    12/07/2012 1:45:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2012/12/04 16:05:31
    Private notice question on Syria Any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people would be "abhorrent and universally condemned", Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has said.***************************************Video att Website.
  • 73% of New Jobs Created in Last 5 Months Are in Government

    12/07/2012 1:40:46 PM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/7/2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey ( - Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June. In the same five-month period since June, the number of...
  • Calls mount for Psy's concert for Obama to be nixed after anti-American lyrics surface

    12/07/2012 1:38:06 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/7/12 | RHEANA MURRAY
    Fiercely anti-American lyrics from Korean rapper Psy have been unearthed just two weeks before the star is scheduled to perform for President Obama. The “Gangnam Style” singer calls for U.S. soldiers to be killed in one song, prompting a short-lived petition to ax Psy from the bill at the Christmas in Washington celebration. The petition had fewer than 500 signatures when it was pulled offline for violating terms, according to In 2004, Psy rapped on a South Korean metal band’s song, “Dear American,” at a protest concert, The Washington Post reported. “Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing...
  • Consumer Credit Rises $14.2 Billion in October - Federal Consumer Credit Up $6.9 Billion

    12/07/2012 1:35:56 PM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/07/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Reserve announced today that consumer credit rose $14.2 billion in October. The Federal government (aka, student loans) accounted for $6.9 billion of the increase. Quite an increase since January 2009! Overall, here is the revolving credit versus the non-revolving credit growth. Non revolving credit (auto loans and student loans) has boomed when revolving credit is relatively flat. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays … with your auto and student loans! Remember, you start paying soon graduates!!
  • Mr. Obama, do we bailout Detroit today, USA tomorrow?

    12/07/2012 1:35:09 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 6 replies ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    In fact, Ms. Watson said it was the President’s obligation to help Detroit because “our people in an overwhelming way” voted for him, so “there ought to be a quid pro quo.” Because 75% of Wayne County voters supported Obama, Watson says that Detroit leaders should bring home “some bacon” as they did during the Jimmy Carter administration. Maybe Ms. Watson does not realize that vote buying is illegal. Her attitude is typical of many Obama supporters who want something such as a check, a phone, a job or in this case “some bacon” from the federal government.
  • All Of The Fiscal Cliff Polls Have Been Pretty Brutal For Republicans

    12/07/2012 1:29:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/07/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    As negotiations on a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" enter the final three weeks, Republicans face a stark reality: The American public continues siding with President Barack Obama and Democrats on issues crucial to any potential deal. Polls taken over the past month have continually shown that a post-election bump for the President, combined with the relative unpopularity of Republicans, gives Obama a lot of leverage in the debate. Voters overwhelmingly support the key element of Obama's plan for a deal — raising taxes on incomes above $250,000. They also support blanket entitlement cuts, which is what the GOP...
  • Debka: Paris Sources: NATO-Arab Syria Intervention Imminent (modeled after Libyan operation)

    12/07/2012 1:28:23 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Debkafliles ^ | December 7, 2012, 3:09 PM
    Sources close to French Defense Ministry reported Friday, Dec. 7, that a Western-Arab military intervention against the Assad regime is due to begin shortly with the participation of the US, France, Britain, Turkey, Jordan and other anti-Assad Arab nations. (reference is to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar’s special forces) Our military sources add that the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle carrying a complement of marines is deployed in the Mediterranean, having joined the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and at least five British warships which are also carrying a large marine force. In the second and third weeks...
  • Show This To Anyone That Believes That Taxes Are Too Low

    12/07/2012 1:24:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 12/07/2012 | Michael Snyder
    Every year average Americans pay dozens of different types of taxes, and yet many of our politicians are very open about the fact that they want to raise rates even higher and invent even more ways to bleed us all dry. Someday historians will look back and be absolutely amazed at how stupid we were. We have the most complicated tax code in all of human history and at this point the federal tax code is more than four times as long as the entire collected works of William Shakespeare. In many places it is so incomprehensible that nobody...
  • Psy rapped about ‘killing Yankees’ in the past: report (Obama's 'Christmas' Guest...)

    12/07/2012 1:23:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/7/12 | NY Post
    Before Psy became an international singing sensation with his infectious hit “Gangnam Style,” the Korean rapper sang about “slowly and painfully” killing American soldiers. Psy, who recently earned the title of most-watched YouTube video of all time, protested the presence of 3,700 US troops in Korea during a 2002 concert, according to a Mediaite report. WATCH: PSY SMASHES COPY OF US TANK AT CONCERT AUDIO: PSY'S ANTI-AMERICAN RAP (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE) Some of the "Dear American" lyrics he rapped: "Kill those [bleep]ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives / Kill those [bleep]ing Yankees who ordered them to torture /...
  • Why US Air Corps Servicemen Were Allowed to Wear Such Badass Bomber Jackets in World War II

    12/07/2012 1:22:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    Why US Air Corps servicemen were allowed to wear such badass bomber jackets in WWII In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly has put together a fascinating and sobering article that both commemorates and explains why members of the US Army Air Corp were allowed to customize their bomber jackets to such outlandish and extreme degrees. The Army, not known for its lax uniform standards, allowed their air-bound servicemen to decorate their jackets with pictures of scantily clad pin-up girls, favorite comic characters, lucky charms, and any other assortment of icons. The reason, says historian...
  • New York AG Takes On "Reciprocity" Gun Bill

    12/07/2012 1:20:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Nov. 30 2012 | James King As it currently stands, the Second Amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to own firearms. But each state is permitted to place its own restrictions on the types of firearms -- and the manner in which they're possessed -- that people are allowed to own.A bill making its way through Congress would grant "reciprocity" for gun owners in states where they don't actually live. In other words, if you can carry a concealed handgun under Ohio law, an Ohio resident can carry a concealed weapon in New York -- regardless of New York's gun laws.The bill is designed...

    12/07/2012 1:19:21 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Friday December 7, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    As House Speaker John Boehner continues to hide the details of what happened and why during his conservative purge of House committees, House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan is eschewing comment and instead directing all inquiries about the purge to Boehner’s office. For several days, spokespeople for Ryan – the Republican Party’s most recent vice presidential candidate who’s widely rumored to be positioning himself to run for president in 2016 – have refused to answer any questions about whether Ryan was involved and, if he was, what role he played. Then, on Friday, Ryan spokesman William Allison would not...
  • The World’s Best — and Worst — Places to Live 2012

    12/07/2012 1:18:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIME ^ | 12/07/2012 | Regina Wang
    Before it had a chance to recover from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people in 2010, Haiti was hit by a drought this past spring, followed by a tropical storm, two months of heavy rains, and eventually, Superstorm Sandy. No wonder the disaster-torn country is considered one of the worst places to live, according to a new global study of infrastructure and quality of life by New York City-based consulting firm Mercer. According to Mercer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s quake-ravaged capital, has the world’s worst infrastructure when judged by metrics including the availability of electricity, fresh water and public...
  • The Job Market Still Su***

    12/07/2012 1:18:54 PM PST · by zeestephen · 13 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 07 December 2012 | Anthony Mirhaydari
    Something odd is happening at the Bureau of Labor Statistics - The unemployment rate has fallen rapidly - But the job market is not getting better - It's actually getting worse
  • Did Radio DJs Kill Kate Middleton’s Nurse?

    12/07/2012 1:17:56 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 82 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 8, 2012 | JP
    Once upon a time I was an aspiring media professional. My very first foray into the business was as summer newspaper intern with The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Near the end of my internship, I was given an assignment that haunts me to this very day. I was told to go out to a Cleveland suburb where a shooter was reportedly spraying bullets in a residential neighborhood. When I arrived at scene, police had cordoned off the block where the shooter – a troubled 17 year-old kid – was holed up in his house. After what seemed like hours, but probably...
  • APNewsBreak: Corps not budging on Miss. River flap

    12/07/2012 1:11:51 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 7, 2012 | By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, in a Thursday letter obtained by The Associated Press, told lawmakers from Mississippi River states she doesn't consider it necessary to boost Missouri River flows into the Mississippi — something the politicians urgently had sought. Darcy, a top Army Corps official, noted this week's revised National Weather Service...
  • Does the RNC really want a corporate lobbyist as chairman?

    12/07/2012 1:06:39 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/6/12 | Timothy Carney
    The last few days have seen plenty of talk about former congressman J.C. Watts as RNC chairman. I liked J.C. Watts’ congressional record. He also was a good interview. He’s youngish. He’s black. All these things are in his favor. But once he left Congress he became a K Street lobbyist for corporate clients, many of whom were asking the federal government for money. That hardly seems like the future of the GOP. Watts’s lobbying clients include giants like AT&T, and green-energy companies lobbying for renewable-fuel standards like Syntroleum, plus government contractors like Lockheed Martin. Most of clients seem innocuous...