Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $85,535
97%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 97%!! Less than $2.5k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much! God bless.

Latest Articles

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Real Story

    12/24/2012 6:32:37 PM PST · by Bratch · 17 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Ron Futrell
    Every year at this time, the topic comes up around our house: "What is your favorite Christmas show?" Every year I give the same answer. That little ol' half hour special that first aired in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas.Oh, the scene with the sad looking Christmas tree is nice, the kids singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" is touching, but the most daring moment of any Christmas special is when Linus teaches Charlie Brown the real meaning of Christmas and he recites Luke Chapter 2 from the King James Version of the Bible.The Linus monologue lasts about a minute,...
  • Scientists 'Surprised' to Discover Very Early Ancestors Survived On Tropical Plants, New Study...

    12/24/2012 6:20:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Science News ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | University of Oxford
    An international research team extracted information from the fossilised teeth of three Australopithecus bahrelghazali individuals -- the first early hominins excavated at two sites in Chad. Professor Julia Lee-Thorp from Oxford University with researchers from Chad, France and the US analysed the carbon isotope ratios in the teeth and found the signature of a diet rich in foods derived from C4 plants. Professor Lee-Thorp, a specialist in isotopic analyses of fossil tooth enamel, from the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, said: "We found evidence suggesting that early hominins, in central Africa at least, ate a diet...
  • Santa in a Jeep - 1941 at Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center

    12/24/2012 6:20:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | December 1941 | Retronaut
    1941: Santa in a Jeep “The panzer “Santa”, with well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the barracks in Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Corps and it isn’t hampered by lack of snow in Virginia. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center” - US Army Center of Military History
  • Anxiety Rises As Americans Face Start of Obamacare

    12/24/2012 6:14:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Byron York
    This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans' lives. That's the way President Obama and the law's Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health care well past their re-election campaigns. But Obamacare will be here soon, with an Oct. 1, 2013, start of enrollment in insurance exchanges and a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for full implementation. The political results could be deeply painful for Democrats. During the campaign for Obamacare, President Obama pledged repeatedly that his health care...
  • Newtown, and a New America

    12/24/2012 6:08:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    An entire country is in shock as we continue to watch the funerals of these innocent children and adults in Connecticut. It's not merely shock, but horror and revulsion, at the second-bloodiest school shooting in our history. It is sickening even to rank them in this way, to admit that there have been so many as to require it, but it is true: yet another child has killed yet more children in cold blood. We don't have to worry about foreign terrorists coming to our country: we are better at hurting ourselves than they are at hurting us, and we...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Merry Christmas!! ~ 25 DEC 2012

    12/24/2012 6:06:10 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 114 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
            LUKE 2:1-20 King James Version (KJV) 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,...
  • Japan Threatens Takeover of BoJ

    12/24/2012 5:59:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A very serious question that investors face today regards whether Japan is or isn't serious about politicians taking over Japan's central bank. Personally, I think the politicians are serious, as well as "seriously wrong". If you think that I am wrong, please consider Yen Declines After Abe Says He May Change BOJ Law. The yen declined versus its peers after incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said he will consider changing the law on the central bank unless it boosts its inflation target to 2 percent next month. Abe said on Japan’s Fuji Television yesterday that he will consider revising...
  • Tree of Life

    12/24/2012 5:49:54 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Mark Baisley
    My son, Allan, and I set out on a perfect Colorado winter day to secure this year’s Christmas tree.  We ventured deep into Pike National Forest in the Rocky Mountains as we have every December for the past 22 years, this time near Kenosha Pass.  A 16’ Douglas fir now offers a stately welcome for holiday visitors to our home. While I love this tradition, the idea of bringing a tree into your house and covering it with decorations does seem a bit disconnected from the origins of the holiday recognition.  I recalled having a book in my personal library,...
  • Can we really stop mass shootings?

    12/24/2012 5:45:24 PM PST · by umgud · 33 replies
    Self ^ | 12/24/12 | umgud
    According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011, there were 12.664 total homicides. 8,583 of those murders were committed with firearms, a number that has been trending down for years. In 2011 there were 3 mass shootings that produced 19 deaths and many more injured. The FBI defines mass murder as four or more murders occurring during a particular event with no cooling-off period between the murders. We have had 61 mass murders in the last 30 years (since 1982). In 2012, we have had a banner year with 6 mass murder events totaling 63 deaths. Our latest mass...
  • Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

    12/24/2012 5:43:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    MentalFloss ^ | 12-24-2012 | Matt Soniak
    December 24, 2012 Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa? Matt Soniak On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.“Yes Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.Nothing but silence in response.“Sir?” This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.Silence again.“Sir?...
  • Obama, Holder Push to Loosen Gun Sale Restrictions—for Legal Immigrants

    12/24/2012 5:25:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | Matthew Boyle
    While the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted a national gun control debate, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will still push to allow immigrants to purchase firearms more easily. Normally, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requires legal aliens to live in a state for 90 days before buying a gun. The ATF does this through a rule attached to the Gun Control Act of 1968. In June, Holder’s DOJ proposed to eliminate that 90-day residency requirement rule. “This rule would finalize the interim final rule published on...
  • Mr.L: Mitt Romney Wasted America's Time Running for President in 2012 (defends Palin).

    12/24/2012 5:22:51 PM PST · by Kolath · 87 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/24/2012 | Mr L
    n an article in the Boston Globe, Tagg Romney reveals that his father Mitt Romney had very little desire to run for president and really wasn't interested in the job. Therefore, Mitt Romney wasted millions of dollars in donations and everyone's time by running for president. Did this shock us conservatives? No. Tagg Romney's comments in this article confirms what most of us conservatives knew about Romney already. A important prerequisite for running for president is simple—you must want the job and also play to win. If the republican party does not clean up its act in the near future...
  • ‘Dystextia': Gibberish texts sound stroke alarm

    12/24/2012 5:10:37 PM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:22pm EST | Ivan Oransky
    Imagine you were a devoted husband, waiting to hear from your wife ... after a visit to the obstetrician, and you saw these on your phone:"every where thinging days nighing""Some is where!" ... You'd probably be tempted to make sure your wife got to the emergency room... A[n] MRI - revealed that part of the woman's brain wasn't getting enough blood, clinching the diagnosis. Fortunately, her symptoms went away quickly, and the rest of the pregnancy went just fine after she went home from the hospital on low-dose blood thinners. The case, say three doctors from Boston's Harvard Medical...
  • With Election Over, Americans Find They Were Duped By Democrats And Obama

    12/24/2012 5:08:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/24/12 | editorial
    Politics 2012: It hasn´t been two months since Barack Obama won re-election, but already we´re finding out things that were kept from us during the campaign. Expect to hear more in the coming months. lElections are clarifying events, we´re told. But sometimes what they clarify is merely the gap between what we were told during the campaign and the reality on the ground. Often, the two don´t match. That´s certainly true with Obama. How often in recent weeks have we learned that what we heard on the campaign trail from the Obama camp, and which were echoed by
  • Bad care is inevitable in the NHS

    12/24/2012 5:06:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/24/12 | Harry Mount
    That´s not to say it´s excusable, just that the appalling neglect of 38 patients at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is the logical result of the NHS´s untenable management structure. Imagine if everything at Tesco´s was free but rationed, and subject to delivery delays of several months. Then throw in the fact that there are no other free alternatives. You would have a nightmare on your hands--huge queues, attracted by the free goods, then further stretched by the long delays. Imagine how the staff would then behave--harrassed by the limitless demand of customers, but also in a tyrannical position of
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

    12/24/2012 5:01:47 PM PST · by mandaladon · 178 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Dec 2012 | Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • Election reform: 4 day, Saturday-Election Day voting period

    12/24/2012 5:00:22 PM PST · by chiller · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/24/12 | Paul Bedard/Secrets
    In a bid to get voters focused on the critical post-presidential debate period of national campaigns, a leading political advisor is pushing to scale back early voting to just the last four days of the election. "People really shouldn't be voting until the debates are finished. We should concentrate on the campaign and the choice until then," said Larry Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. (snip) Other suggestions from Sabato: Email voting for soldiers overseas; federal election standards and deadlines; no fault absentee voting where people don't have to provide an excuse; and printouts from electronic...
  • What Subjects Do You Think Will Be Featured in Next Season's "South Park?"

    12/24/2012 4:58:31 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    Self | December 24, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    What subjects do you think will be covered in next season's "South Park?"Note that I am not asking what SHOULD be featured. "South Park" tends not to cover political subjects much so just post what your predictions are of what will be covered, NOT what you want to be covered. I'll lead off with my predictions: 1. Gangnam Style dancing. How can they not cover this especially since it recently reached a BILLION hits on YouTube? 2. Kim Jong-il. Okay, maybe my mind is on Koreans right now (see above) but I think the chubby little nerd with the bad...
  • Chino PD Investigating Alleged Fight At Park Between ’200-300′ Youth Football Parents

    12/24/2012 4:45:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 24, 2012 12:56 PM
    CHINO (CBSLA.com) — An alleged weekend fight between parents of youth football players at a San Bernardino County park is under investigation, authorities said Monday. The fight took place Saturday afternoon at Ayala Park during a Pop Warner tournament, Michelle Van Der Linden of the Chino Police Department said. Chino police received several calls reporting a fight at the park around 3 p.m. The fight reportedly involved “as many as 200-300 people,” Van Der Linden said in a statement. However, witnesses said the brawl only involved a handful of men who may have been drinking. When officers arrived, the scene...
  • Sinful Robot developing fully-immersive virtual reality sex game

    12/24/2012 4:43:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012
    Sinful Robot is developing "the world's first series of fully-immersive erotic encounters." (Sinful Robot) It was only a matter of time. The world’s first series of “fully-immersive erotic encounters” is being developed by a new California-based startup. In other words, virtual reality sex is finally on its way. The new company, Sinful Robot, is producing the game for the virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, which is currently in development. Co-founder and creative director Jeroen Van den Bosch hopes to navigate his way through the uncanny valley and deliver an "erotic adventure game” that feels, well, real.