Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $19,559
22%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 22% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Latest Articles

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Fiscal Cliff’s Hidden $1 Trillion Tax Hike (CLIFF? What Cliffffffffffff.........?

    12/29/2012 7:57:40 PM PST · by yoe · 26 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | December 28, 2012 | John Kartch
    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare’s twenty new or higher taxes amount to a net $1 trillion over the next decade, 2013-2022. These tax increases are already permanent law due to Obamacare. They include the medical device tax, the surtax on investment income, the individual and employer mandate non-compliance penalty tax, the medical itemized deduction “haircut,” the hike in the Medicare payroll tax rate, and others. These tax increases total exactly $1 trillion over the next ten years: 2012 CBO Report on Revenue Effects of ObamacareTax Hike Provisions Tax Hike 2013-2022
  • "Simeon's Song: What a Way to Go!" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/29/2012 7:51:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 30, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40)This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters 1 and 2, dealing with the events surrounding the birth of Christ. We’ve especially been looking at the canticles we find in Luke 1-2, those poetic, psalm-like pieces included there. We’ve looked at three so far: Mary’s song, the Magnificat; Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus; and the song of the Christmas angels, the Gloria in Excelsis. Now today we wrap up this...
  • What I Learned in the Poverty War - Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor.

    12/29/2012 7:49:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | Peter Cove
    Nearly half a century ago, I dropped out of graduate school and enlisted as a foot soldier in AmericaÂ’s War on Poverty. Today, IÂ’m still on the front lines, working to move people out of dependency and into employment. But with an important difference: IÂ’ve become fed up with the useless policies that I once supported, and IÂ’m trying to change the strategy of our bogged-down army. We know for certain that income transfers, the preferred tactic of generations of liberals, have utterly failed to end poverty. My firsthand experience with welfare clients has shown me why: being on the...
  • Deport me? If America won't change its crazy gun laws... I may deport myself says PIERS MORGAN

    12/29/2012 7:47:22 PM PST · by Boiler Plate · 130 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 29 December 2012 | Piers Morgan
    Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider deporting myself.
  • If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Which Would Win?

    12/29/2012 7:38:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 102 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 | Jon Davis,
    These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period. After the breakup, many wondered which states would come out in control of the power void created by the dissolution of the United States. There were many with little chance against several of the larger more powerful states. The states in possession of a large population, predisposition for military (i.e.) military bases, and a population open to the idea of warfare fared the best. In the long term, we would look to states with self-sufficiency and long...
  • Chelsea Clinton, Still NBC’s Pretend Journalist [List Your OWN Pretender Here!]

    12/29/2012 7:36:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Daily Download ^ | 12/29/12 | David Zurawik
    I know there are questions on my beat larger and more pressing than who’s worse as a TV journalist, Chelsea Clinton or Jenna Bush Hager, the presidentially-connected, pretend correspondents at NBC News. But I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine. I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss program started by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church, and I can say with absolute certainty that she has not improved one lick in the last year. In fact, I think...
  • NYCC 2012: “Robotech” Panel Report

    12/29/2012 7:31:26 PM PST · by Kolath · 12 replies
    Toonzone ^ | 10/13/2012 | Ed Liu
    Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever hosted the Robotech Panel at New York Comic Con 2012, giving a quick rundown of the state of the Robotech universe before opening up the bulk of the panel to audience Q&A (and giving away a pretty hefty pile of Robotech swag to people asking questions). He quickly breezed through the many properties available now, including the original anime (snip) So, repeat after me: Tobey Maguire is attached only to produce the movie, and the rumors that he will be playing Rick Hunter are not true. Until the script is finished, discussions about directors, actors, or...
  • 2012-10-12 - Syrian air defense base overrun by opposition near Aleppo, Syria (Were the Missile Atta

    12/29/2012 7:28:38 PM PST · by Magen David · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on October 12, 2012 | Guardian Mario
    When looking back at the missile attacks against Israel last month by the Hamas Terrorist organization in Gaza, it is hard not to make a few observations. As rapidly as the unsolicited attacks began, they ended in the same fashion. We must ask ourselves, what was achieved by Hamas? There are certainly many valuable pieces of information that were inadvertently released by Israel to their enemies during Operation Pillar of Defense. Among these were Israel’s plan of response to a missile attack. This is understandable though because in any act of defense against your aggressor, your defensive posture will be...
  • Craig R. Whitney on Living With Guns - A liberal's case for the Second Amendment

    12/29/2012 7:21:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nick Gillespie & Todd Krainin
    "A lot of our gun control measures are aimed at people who would obey the law and get the permits. How does keeping me or you from having a gun really control gun violence in Washington or New York City?" asks Craig R. Whitney, a former New York Times journalist and author of the new book, Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment. From the earliest settlement at Jamestown to the renewed debate over so-called assault weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has always been contentious. The earliest...
  • Work Begins on Dorms for Catholic Students at Two Secular Universities

    12/29/2012 6:59:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/28/12 | Laura Dodson
    Catholic students at one secular university in Florida soon will have a dormitory all their own. In a historic collaboration, Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, Fla., Anthony J. Catanese, president of Florida Institute of Technology, Matt Zerrusen, president of the Newman Student Housing Fund, and Salvatorian Fr. Douglas Bailey, chaplain of Catholic campus ministry at the school, participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking for Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Student Residence on Dec. 7. The ceremony was the second in as many months at a secular university in which housing specifically designated for Catholic students is being constructed. A...
  • Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    12/29/2012 6:57:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 141 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 29, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings. … The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually...
  • Arab League Pins Hopes on Obama's Second Term

    12/29/2012 6:50:02 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/29/2012, 9:43 PM | Gil Ronen
    Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Saturday called on US President Barack Obama to be "proactive" in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his forthcoming term, according to AFP. "We hope that the new American administration adopts a policy of conflict resolution rather than conflict management," Arabi said during a visit with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr to the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmud Abbas. Arabi said that in the four-hour meeting with Abbas they discussed the Arab League's promise to provide an economic "safety net" of $100 million a month to alleviate the effect of Israeli...
  • Man Fatally STabs Wife at Irving Food Pantry

    12/29/2012 6:47:48 PM PST · by GeronL · 26 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 12-28-2012 | Deborah Fleck
    DMN police reporter Tanya Eisener posted this news on the DMN Crime Blog about a murder at Irving Cares today: Authorities say an Irving man fatally stabbed his wife Friday morning at an Irving nonprofit and food pantry. Roy Lee Gooden, 47, has been booked into the Irving city jail on a charge of murder, jail records show. His wife has been identified as Sharon Gooden, 55. The fatally stabbing occurred about 11 a.m. Friday at Irving Cares at 440 South Nursery Road. A woman who answered the phone at the food pantry referred comment to police department.
  • U.S. evacuates embassy in Central African Republic amidst rebellion

    12/29/2012 6:44:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    BNO News ^ | Posted about 43 mins ago
    BANGUI -- The United States on Thursday evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic after Seleka rebels seized parts of the impoverished but resource-rich nation, raising fears that the capital Bangui could fall within days. Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said Ambassador Laurence D. Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui on Thursday along with several private U.S. citizens. "As a result of this suspension of operations, the embassy will not be able to provide routine consular services to American citizens in the Central African Republic until further notice," he said. Ventrell reiterated that the...
  • Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in the new year

    12/29/2012 6:42:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ap ^ | 12/29/2012 12:51:12 PM ET | Alicia Chang
    Curiosity will now head for Mount Sharp in mid-February after it drills into its first rock. "We'll probably be ready to hit the pedal to the metal and give the keys back to the rover drivers," mission chief scientist John Grotzinger said in a recent interview at his office on the sprawling NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus, 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles. The road trip comes amid great expectations. After all, it's the reason the $2.5 billion mission targeted Gale Crater near the Martian equator. Soaring from the center of the ancient crater is a 3-mile-high...
  • Hillary Clinton is the Horatio Gates of our time…

    12/29/2012 6:41:27 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Sentry Journal ^ | 12/29/12 | John Carey
    I believe Hillary Clinton is the Horatio Gates of our time. Horatio Gates was a Major General during Revolutionary War. He was also a complete phony and if you ask me history has been far too kind to him. His most notable achievement was his victory at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777; however most scholars now agree that it was that actions of General Arnold and General Lincoln during that battle that ultimately led to the victory and that Gates contributions were minimal at best. Gates, whom Arnold called ‘the greatest poltroon in the world and many other genteel...
  • "Stars" Anti-Gun Video Spoof - Pulled By Youtube?

    12/29/2012 6:40:09 PM PST · by kiryandil · 26 replies
    me
    Apparently, there was a parody of the "Stars" anti-gun video on Youtube that was picking up a head of steam, so they had to pull it. Probably a personal favor to Barack. Here's the original "Heads Filled With Mush" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlUSo7otKJ4
  • Guess who’s getting a pay raise? (And Guess who's paying for it?)

    12/29/2012 6:34:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/30/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Some days, it seems like there’s just no limit to what you can do with an executive order. The most recent addition to the list of many hundreds of EOs signed by Barack Obama lifts a freeze on the pay rates for certain DC denizens. The largest beneficiary of this largess (skimpy though it may be) is a name which may come as a surprise. President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President...
  • Lawmakers working on last-minute farm bill extension ($8/gal milk scare)

    12/29/2012 6:31:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:44pm EST | Charles Abbott
    Lawmakers in the House and Senate agriculture committees are working on a short-term extension to the expired U.S. farm bill, and plan to vote on the extension by Monday, the final day of 2012, a Congressional source said on Friday. The proposed extension to farm legislation that expired in September would be for “some months” but for less than a year, the source said. If an extension is passed, the United States would avoid reverting to 1949 “permanent law” and a potential spike in the retail price of milk to as much as $8 a gallon in 2013. …
  • Maine Restaurant Owner Plans Protest Against Pro-Life Women by Giving Away Free Food

    12/29/2012 6:16:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    CN ^ | 12.29.2012 | Heather Clark
    Portland, Maine – A restaurant owner in Maine is using free food as part of a devised plan to assemble area residents in protest against a number of pro-life women that minister to abortion-minded mothers outside of the local Planned Parenthood. Mike Fink of Mike’s Restaurant in Portland states that he is staging a protest next Friday because he opposes the presence of the women and their children at the abortion facility, which is located next door to his business. “Normally, we do not get involved in religious or political debate because it is a waste of time,” Fink wrote...