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  • Olney’s Support the Troops Rally 2012 WRAP UP - Pic Heavy

    01/01/2013 5:32:39 PM PST · by trooprally · 18 replies
    Our Olney Support the Troops Rally is still going strong. With the economy and election putting a damper on 2012, our regulars and not-so-regulars standing tall. Jimmy Valentines Brother made it up one Saturday when we needed help. We also had several passer-bys stop and stand with us along with numerous joggers and walkers thank us for our support of the troops including FReeper MomToThree. As her screen name indicates, having 3 kids makes it hard stand with us. But her and the kids always enthusiastically wave as they drive by. Many of the others who stopped by are active...
  • CNN: Clinton Itching To Testify on Benghazi Issue

    01/01/2013 5:27:45 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/30/2012
    From the CNN transcript.........ELISE LABOTT, is a CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORTERLEMON: Yes. And -- and also traveling with her, you said would -- you know, she's relentless and she is one of those people from -- you know, her husband and her, I've seen them at events, every hand they shake, they're the -- usually the first people to enter the room and the last people to leave. And she is committed as Secretary of State and the president has said as such -- as much just recently over the past couple of weeks. ............................. .................LABOTT: She was, you know,...
  • Mass. Lawmaker in Voting Scandal Quits Office

    01/01/2013 5:21:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Jan 01, 2013
    Updated: A Massachusetts lawmaker who agreed to plead guilty to casting invalid absentee ballots in 2009 and 2010 has submitted his resignation letter. State Rep. Stephen Smith submitted a letter dated Monday to the state's top election official, Secretary William Galvin. Galvin said Tuesday Smith's signed letter states, "I respectfully decline to accept this office."
  • Beware of the Mormons!

    01/01/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by District13 · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Current | LDS Church
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTyQr-U_bJE&list=UUM6L02IavEXd8IxrZF75dMw&index=3
  • Hundreds Take the Polar and Penguin Plunge

    01/01/2013 5:13:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Jan 01, 2013 | John Guice
    While some people may have been sleeping after a night of celebrating, hundreds got up early this morning and rushed into the chilly ocean waters. The third annual Polar plunge in Fall River benefited the Forever paws animal shelter. Fall river council woman Pat Casey took the plunge,not an easy feat for a young woman her age.she's seventy years young. She's been taking the plunge for three years. She's says, it's for a good cause. At the Penguin plunge in Narrangansett,some people have been taking it for thirty years, one family I talked to says they're doing it in the...
  • Abortion Effect: U.S. Seeing Slowest Population Growth Since 1930

    01/01/2013 5:05:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    After almost 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the United States — and longer in states that okayed abortions pre-Roe — the U.S. population has been decimated to the point that the nation is seeing the lowest population growth since the 1930s.Abortion has destroyed not only one generation of Americans but a second as well — people who should be boosting the fertility rate in their childbearing years now who were victims of abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. In total, more than 55 million Americans are been victimized by abortions and millions more were never born because their parents...
  • Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

    01/01/2013 4:59:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 | Pumza Fihlani
    Nomasonto Mnisi says her skin colour is "a self-esteem issue" South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela's rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black. A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want "white skin". Local musician Nomasonto "Mshoza" Mnisi, now several shades lighter,...
  • Pelosi: House can pass bill with Democratic help (Boehner surrenders to Pelosi, too...)

    01/01/2013 4:58:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Rachel Weiner
    Echoing her words at a press conference earlier in the day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Tuesday afternoon for an up-or-down vote on the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate. She wrote on Twitter that she was confident the bill would pass the House with a “strong majority” of House Democrats.
  • Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Deal: "A Complete Surrender On Everything" (video)

    01/01/2013 4:57:01 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 1, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's possible that this is a prelude to a challenge, Thursday, to Boehner's leadership by Eric Cantor. I think it would be quite naked to do it at this late hour as a result of a split over the vote. Look, there are a lot of conservatives in the Republican caucus in the House who hate the bill, and for good reason. This is a complete surrender on everything. The ratio of tax hikes to spending cuts is 40:1 rather than 1:1, or 1:2 or 1:3. So, it was a complete rout by the Democrats. So it's understandable....
  • List of FR Posting Help Threads

    01/01/2013 4:54:08 PM PST · by delacoert · 7 replies
    My Profile ^ | January 1, 2013 | delacoert
    List of FR Posting Help Threads: FR Posting Guidelines by Admin Moderator on April 07, 2006. FR Lexicon by batter on September 8, 2008. FR Exerpt Only Site List by Jim Robinson on December 29, 2012. How to post Gannett articles title/link by iowamark on May 31, 2007. Way too many duplicates and vanities by Admin Moderator on July 27, 2004. The Proper Care and Feeding of the Free Republic Keyword Feature by Admin Moderator on September 20 2006. Guidelines on the Religion Forum by Religion Moderator on June 22, 2012 Guidelines on Hatred and the Religion Forum by Religion...
  • Giles County cancels school Wednesday : Narrows could be site of next school massacre

    01/01/2013 4:54:08 PM PST · by AppyPappy · 6 replies
    PEARISBURG -- Giles County schools will be closed Wednesday to give law enforcement officials an opportunity to brief teachers and school administration about a website that mentions Narrows schools in a discussion about the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn.
  • Cantor ‘stands with Boehner,’ spokesman says (GOP surrender to Obama is back on track...)

    01/01/2013 4:52:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Rachel Weiner
    A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pushed back Tuesday afternoon against the suggestion that by coming out against the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate, the congressman was undercutting House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
  • Grizzly Bear Charge Captured by Filmmaker

    A B.C. filmmaker says he's lucky to be alive after narrowly avoiding a grizzly attack while filming in the Robson Valley, southeast of Prince George. Leon Lorenz, who lives in Dunster, B.C., was filming grizzly bears in a nearby valley when he spotted a bear and her cub. Mother bear charged through the trees right at Lorenz. He recalls thinking, "This is for real.
  • Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

    01/01/2013 4:46:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    <p>These shocking pictures may look like something out of the Great Depression - but in fact they show life in the last years of the Soviet Union, less than three decades ago.</p> <p>Shop shelves were often bare, it was normal to have to join a long queue if you wanted to buy groceries and many of the people looked ground down after a century of desperate poverty.</p>
  • Eric Cantor Leads GOP Charge Against Senate Cliff Bill

    01/01/2013 4:46:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01/01/2013
    Last-minute efforts to step back from the fiscal cliff ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal that would prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into a recession. House Republicans complained that a bill passed by the Senate in a late-night show of unity to prevent a budget crisis contained tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans but no spending cuts. Some conservatives sought to change the bill to add cuts. That would set up a high-stakes showdown between the two chambers and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets that...
  • Cowboy With Three Horses Causes Stir in Suburban Marin

    01/01/2013 4:45:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 12/31/2012 | Will Jason
    The manure on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was the first sign of something unusual. "You don't often see horse manure going down the main roads," said Linda Novy of Fairfax, who spotted the droppings Sunday. The source was revealed Monday when a lone cowboy led three horses through the heart of suburban Marin, tied them to a bicycle rack in downtown San Anselmo and walked into Hilda's Coffee Shop for a snack. The cowboy was Doc Mishler, who has been riding around the United States on and off for a decade to raise awareness of children's hunger. Mishler began his...
  • Embracing Anarchism Is Like Making Love To A Cactus, Prickly At Best

    01/01/2013 4:44:46 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces | 01-01-13 | Skookum
    The Anarchist Coloring Book An OWS activist and his pregnant girl friend were arrested on bomb paraphernalia charges. The arrests have brought forth images of Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, the friends and former neighbors of the Obamas. Both couples are from privileged backgrounds and have excellent educations. Of course, there is a difference, Ayers is an admitted communist with the proverbial lower case "c". The more recent wanna be terrorists, Morgan Gliedman, a Park Avenue child of wealth and privilege, who now has the distinction of giving birth to her daughter while incarcerated; and her boyfriend...
  • Our debt isn't the problem (Why worry about balancing the federal budget at all?)

    01/01/2013 4:43:34 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 22 replies
    NewEconPerspectives ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephanie Kelton
    Look, up in the sky! It’s a “fiscal cliff.” It’s a slope. It’s an obstacle course. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress. This hastily concocted mix of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases for all was supposed to force Congress to get serious about dealing with our nation’s debt and deficit. The question everyone’s asking is this: On whose backs should we balance the federal budget? One side wants higher taxes; the other wants spending cuts. And...
  • Analysis: 77% of Households to See Tax Increase

    01/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | John D. McKinnon
    The fiscal cliff bill’s impact would be far-reaching for American taxpayers, and particularly painful for very high-income households, according to a new analysis. About 77% of American households would see a tax increase compared to their 2012 tax levels, according to the analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. The biggest impact for most households comes from the expiration of a two-percentage-point payroll-tax break that existed for 2011 and 2012. It basically hits all working people. But the bill also contains sizable tax increases for the wealthy, compared with 2012...
  • List: No love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'

    01/01/2013 4:35:07 PM PST · by Badabing Badablonde · 6 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 12/31/12 | Jeff Karoub
    DETROIT (AP) — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. "Spoiler alert" is among them. So are "kick the can down the road," ''trending" and "bucket list." . . . "Spoiler alert," the seemingly thoughtful way to warn readers or viewers about looming references to a key plot point in a film or TV show, nevertheless passed its use-by date for many, including Joseph Foly, of Fremont, Calif. He argued in his submission the phrase is "used as an obnoxious way to show one has trivial information and is...