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  • Huge dip in U.S. deaths startles experts (Fewer People Dying under Bush Administration)

    04/22/2006 9:38:28 PM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 29 replies · 1,059+ views
    ATLANTA -- In what appears to be an amazing success for American medicine, preliminary government figures released Wednesday showed that the annual number of deaths in the U.S. dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004 -- the biggest decline in nearly 70 years. The 2 percent decrease, reported by the National Center for Health Statistics, came as a shock to many, because the U.S. is aging, growing in population and getting fatter. In fact, some experts said they suspect the numbers may not hold up when a final report is released later this year. Nevertheless, center officials said the statistics, based...
  • Hawaii residents paid highest taxes in the nation in 2004

    02/08/2006 6:19:46 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    Hawaii residents paid more state taxes in 2004 than residents of any other state in the country... Hawaii residents paid an average of $3,050 per person in 2004, while Texans paid the least — an average of $1,368. Every state but one collected more taxes per person in 2004 than it did a decade earlier... State taxpayer burdens increased by an average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. Only Alaska saw the amount it collects per person decline. Even when the numbers are adjusted for inflation, the individual tax burdens increased in 43 states. Rising education and Medicaid costs...
  • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid cost $1 trillion in '04

    12/28/2005 8:06:10 AM PST · by soccer_maniac · 25 replies · 689+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12-27-05 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid accounted for more than $1 trillion in the 2004 budget year, according to the Consolidated Federal Funds Report being released today by the Census Bureau. Overall federal spending was $2.2 trillion, an increase of 5 percent from 2003.
  • 48,802 Murders in the United States from 2002 through 2004

    12/12/2005 2:22:40 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 164 replies · 10,759+ views
    YEAR-MURDERS in the United States2002-16,204 Murders2003-16,528 Murders2004-16,137 MurdersTotal-48,802 MurdersLink: 2002 Statistics Link: 2003 Statistics Link: 2004 Statistics
  • Democrat Operatives Far More Involved In Voter Intimidation, Suppression In 2004

    08/02/2005 1:21:00 PM PDT · by BMC1 · 23 replies · 1,097+ views
    US Newswire ^ | August 2, 2005 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Center for Voting Rights Legislative Fund ("ACVR Legislative Fund") today released the most comprehensive and authoritative review of the facts surrounding allegations of vote fraud, intimidation and suppression made during the 2004 presidential election. The ACVR Legislative Fund report, "Vote Fraud, Intimidation & Suppression In The 2004 Presidential Election," finds that while Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of voter intimidation and suppression, neither party has a clean record on the issue. The report finds that paid Democrat operatives were far more involved in voter intimidation and suppression activities than were their Republican counterparts...
  • Terror Attacks Near 3,200 in 2004 Count (Terror incidents skyrocket )

    07/06/2005 1:25:37 AM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 5 replies · 466+ views ^ | July 6, 2005 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    A quirk in how the U.S. government defined terrorism meant that when Chechen rebels blew up two airliners almost simultaneously over Russia last year, only one was counted in an annual tally of terrorist attacks. On board one plane were 46 Russians. But the other had 43 Russians and an Israeli citizen - a foreign national that allowed the explosion to meet the U.S. criteria for international terrorism. A new database assembled by the National Counterterrorism Center that was to go online early Wednesday has broadened the definition of terrorism to include both bombings. In the process, the center has...
  • The Referendum of 2004

    05/14/2005 5:24:51 AM PDT · by billorites · 1 replies · 251+ views
    The Wilson Quarterly ^ | Autumn 2004 | Alan Wolfe
    The presidential election of 2004 is widely regarded as one of the most important in the past 100 years. But its importance does not derive from clear ideological differences between the candidates and the parties. For example, the two candidates generally agree about longer term goals in Iraq, however much they disagree about appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court or the rollback of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The election is important, rather, because the candidacies of President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry have been framed by two different theoretical understandings of the nature of American society....
  • 2004 Annual Report on the United States Government (no surprise to some)

    04/29/2005 9:48:55 AM PDT · by Eagle of Liberty · 1 replies · 287+ views
    US Congressman Christopher Cox ^ | April 29, 2005 | Kerretarded
    Annual Report on the United States Government When Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, the federal government was spending $200 billion per year more than it took in, and was borrowing more than $100 billion per year from the Social Security Trust Fund. Republicans ushered in an era of fiscal restraint, and balanced the federal budget for the first time since 1969. This enabled us to change the nation's deficits to surpluses, so that we borrowed less and lowered interest rates. Lower interest rates, in turn, produced greater investment and, greater investment produced more jobs and higher take home...
  • In the jailhouse now: U.S. prisons swell by nearly 900 inmates per week in 2004

    04/25/2005 8:49:41 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 38 replies · 1,207+ views
    Billing Gazette ^ | April 25, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates each week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation's prisons and jails held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government reported Sunday. By last June 30, there were 48,000 more inmates, or 2.3 percent, more than the year before, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The total inmate population has hovered around 2 million for the past few years, reaching 2.1 million on June 30, 2002, and just below that mark a year later. While the crime rate has fallen over...
  • 2004 Darwin award Winners!

    04/07/2005 2:46:47 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 38 replies · 3,434+ views
    unknown | unknown
    It's that time again! The Darwin Awards this year are classic. These awards are given each year to bestow upon (the remains of) that individual, who through single-minded self-sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable elements from the human gene pool. 5th RUNNER-UP Goes to a San Anselmo, California man who died when he hit a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope on a foam pad. 22-year old David Hubal was pronounced dead at Central Mammoth Hospital. The accident occurred about 3 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff's department said. Hubal and his...
  • Economy Closes Out 2004 With Momentum

    03/30/2005 4:53:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 209+ views
    , AP ^ | Wednesday March 30, 6:54 pm ET | Jeannine Aversa
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The economy closed out 2004 with decent momentum and appears to have picked up some speed since then, raising hopes of a better climate for jobs. With the economy chugging ahead -- but not too rapidly -- Wall Street staged a jubilant rally. The broadest barometer of economic health, the gross domestic product, advanced at an annual rate of 3.8 percent over the final three months of last year, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The rate, the same as the one estimated a month ago, improved upon the initial reading of 3.1 percent pace for the fourth...
  • The Best Victor Davis Hanson Quotes Of 2004

    03/13/2005 1:33:47 AM PST · by Marguerite · 45 replies · 2,765+ views
    Rightwingnews ^ | John Hawkins
    "There may well be even more terrible things to come in Iraq than what we have seen already, but there will also be far better things than were there before. And there will come a time, when all those who slandered the efforts — the Germans, the French, the American radical Left, the vicious Michael "Minutemen" Moore, the pampered and coddled Hollywood elite, the Arab League, and the U.N. will assume that Iraq is a "good thing" like Afghanistan, and that democracy there really was preferable — after they had so bravely weighed in with their requisite "ifs" and "buts"...

    03/06/2005 5:32:21 PM PST · by A. Pole · 13 replies · 3,598+ views
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. ^ | 2005 | Warren E. Buffett
    [...]A budget deficit in no way reduces the portion of the national pie that goes to Americans. As long as other countries and their citizens have no net ownership of the U.S., 100% of our country’s output belongs to our citizens under any budget scenario, even one involving a huge deficit. As a rich "family" awash in goods, Americans will argue through their legislators as to how government should redistribute the national output – that is who pays taxes and who receives governmental benefits. If "entitlement" promises from an earlier day have to be reexamined, "family members" will angrily debate...
  • Buffett Says Berkshire Saw a 'Lackluster' 2004

    03/05/2005 12:53:33 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 14 replies · 499+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/5/05 | KAREN RICHARDSON
    Investor Warren Buffett took the blame in his annual report for a fall in his Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s 2004 earnings. "My hope was to make to make several multi-billion dollar acquisitions that would add new and significant streams of earnings to the many we already have," Mr. Buffett, head of the Omaha, Neb., insurance and investment vehicle wrote in his 26-page annual report. "But I struck out." The source of Mr. Buffett's guilty complex comes from the company's change in book value -- assets minus liabilities -- a measure he likes to use to gauge Berkshire's performance. Last year, the...
  • Best and Worst Films of 2004 (Michael Medved)

    02/25/2005 11:49:15 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 48 replies · 2,027+ views
    At the end of December, Michael Medved gave his lists of best and worst films for 2004. Best: 10. Finding Neverland 9. Saints and Soldiers 8. The Aviator 7. In Good Company 6. Spiderman 2 5. Danny Deckchair 4. America's Heart and Soul 3. Friday Night Lights 2. Passion of Christ 1. The Incredibles Worst: 10. Torque 9. Scooby-Doo 2 8. Chasing Liberty 6. Welcome to Mooseport 5. Life Aquatic 4. Catwoman 3. Alexander 2. Havana Nights 1. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (Note: I missed number 7 on his list...)
  • Catholic polarization reached new peak in 2004 election, speaker says

    02/23/2005 8:30:42 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 33 replies · 578+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Feb-22-2005 | Jerry Filteau
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Addressing a national gathering of about 100 diocesan social action leaders, a religion researcher said Feb. 19 that the divisive polarization long felt in the U.S. Catholic community reached a new peak in the 2004 election season. A "more ominous" element of the election-year divisions, said William A. Dinges, a professor of religious studies at The Catholic University of America and a member of the university's Life Cycle Institute, was the "vitriolic and escalating" rhetoric and "uncivil behavior, characterized by confrontation, harassment and attempts at intimidation." He said much of this was fueled by a relatively small...
  • US Customs and Border Protection Releases FY 2004 Report

    02/21/2005 11:18:06 AM PST · by Marine Inspector · 36 replies · 659+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | February 19, 2005 | Jim Kouri
    US Customs and Border Protection officers seized over 100 tons of narcotics and apprehended more than 69,000 immigration violators at Southern California ports of entry during federal fiscal year 2004 that ended September 30. The 14,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police reviewed the achievements of the CBP and reported them to its membership, which includes police chiefs, commanding officers and directors of security throughout the nation. CBP was formed in March 2003 under the Department of Homeland Security, unifying the operations of Customs, Immigration and Agricultural inspectors and the Border Patrol working at and between the ports of entry....
  • 2004 Was Fourth-Warmest Year Ever Recorded

    02/10/2005 3:23:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies · 1,296+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 10, 2005 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    Last year was the fourth warmest since systematic temperature measurements began around the world in the 19th century, NASA scientists said yesterday. Particularly high temperatures were measured over Alaska, the Caspian Sea region of Europe and the Antarctic Peninsula, while the United States was unusually cool. But the global average continued a 30-year rise that is "due primarily to increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," said Dr. James E. Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in Manhattan. The main source of such gases is smokestack and tailpipe emissions from burning coal and oil. The highest global average...
  • 04 Senate: Demonrats heavily outspent Republicans

    01/31/2005 9:19:18 PM PST · by dangus · 38 replies · 1,081+ views
    I've analyzed the spending by both parties in the Senate race. With the exception of Pennsylvania, the Democrats spent 50% more on the Senate races. Democratic candidates were financially non-competitive in only 6 races, whereas the Republicans were financially non-competitive in twelve. Republicans were 17-4 in states where they were financially competitive. Republicans won four states where they were significantly outfunded by their opposition; Democrats won none. None of this data includes independent expenditures and "issues advertising" which was virtually exclusively Democratic. Money raised but not spent is not included [These results exclude the Pennsyvlania race, because the FEC data...
  • 25 Congress Members Flouted Law by Taking Taxpayer-Funded Salary for Unexcused Absences

    01/28/2005 7:18:36 AM PST · by yoe · 7 replies · 1,003+ views
    National Taxpayers Union ^ | Jan 26, 2005 | Peter J. Sepp - Annie Patnaude,
    This may be a repost but an important one.Alexandria, VA) – Even though President Bush took the oath of office last week, taxpayers still have one piece of unfinished business from the election: some federal lawmakers – including many seeking higher office – received thousands of dollars in salary overpayments for being away from their jobs during 2003 and 2004. According to a study released today by the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), an obscure federal statute still on the books requires Congressional absentees to forfeit their pay unless they or a family member are ill; but leaders have failed...
  • 2004 economy was the best in five years

    01/29/2005 5:11:39 PM PST · by Nascardude · 17 replies · 570+ views
    The economy finished 2004 with its best performance in five years despite slowing in the final stretch. The outlook ahead: a moderate jog, rather than a sprint. The broadest barometer of the country's economic standing, the gross domestic product, clocked a 4.4 percent increase for all of last year spurred by brisk consumer and business spending, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The latest snapshot of GDP, which measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States, exceeded the 3 percent registered in 2003 and marked the strongest showing since the 4.5 percent gain of 1999. "When...
  • Papers Outline Iraq's Progress in 2004

    01/25/2005 4:49:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 302+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2005 – In less than a year, Iraqi military ground forces have grown from one operational battalion to 21 – and counting. Iraq's navy now sports five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment. The country's air force has three operational squadrons equipped with nine reconnaissance aircraft and three U.S. C-130 transport aircraft. And Iraq's special operations forces include a counterterrorist force and a commando battalion. These count among a multitude of accomplishments across the spectrum of the Iraqi interim government, reported in a series of just-released fact sheets by Multinational Force Iraq...
  • What was the most STUPID or FUNNIEST thing said during the campaign? (Besides "Kerry will win")

    11/03/2004 5:54:58 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 212 replies · 4,531+ views
    11/03/04 | Self
    My suggestions are Walter Crockite's accuastion of Karl Rove conspiring wth OBL to get the tape released last week. A close second was when Rather said that they would keep with CBS longstanding integrity and would not call Ohio until they were sure.
  • 53 Journalists Killed in 2004

    01/06/2005 4:10:13 AM PST · by kattracks · 18 replies · 670+ views ^ | 1/06/05 | U.S. Newswire
    The following report on journalists killed on duty was released today by Reporters Without Borders: In 2004: -- 53 journalists and 15 media assistants were killed-- at least 907 journalists were arrested-- 1,146 were attacked or threatened-- at least 622 media were censoredIn 2003:-- 40 journalists and 2 media assistants were killed-- at least 766 journalists were arrested-- 1,460 were attacked or threatened-- at least 501 media censored On January 1, 2005-- 107 journalists and 70 cyber-dissidents were in prison around the world The Deadliest Year in a Decade At least 53 journalists were killed in 2004 for doing their...
  • 'Pajamahadeen' Named Most Creative Word of the Year for 2004! (mainstream media is watching..)

    01/12/2005 8:08:56 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 23 replies · 695+ views
    Seattle Post ^ | 1/9/05 | American Dialect Society
    Word of the Year- 'Purple state': A new representation on the US political slang map (for undecided) Most Useful- 'phish': to acquire private information via a digital ruse.Most Creative- 'pajamahadeen': Online bloggers who challenge and fact check traditional media outlets.Most Euphemistic:- 'badly sourced': False. Most unnecessary- 'carb friendly': Low in carbohydrates.Least likely to succeed- 'FLOHPA': The collective abbreviations of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, states said to have been impoirtant in the 2004 US Presidential election.
  • Serving a Nation at War: The Year in Pictures

    01/10/2005 10:37:18 PM PST · by No Longer Free State · 7 replies · 387+ views
    U.S. Army ^ | 31 December, 2004 | Various
    Go to the thread. See the pictures. Hear the music. Know what your Army was doing last year.
  • 2004 Free Republic Eagle Award Winners!

    01/10/2005 6:45:09 PM PST · by Eagle Awards 2004 · 226 replies · 5,697+ views
    Free Republic | 1-10-05 | 2004 Eagle Awards Committee
    <p>Congratulations to all those nominated! The slate was very stiff this year and we're sure it was a tough call for all voters. We will be contacting all winners and you can help speed up this process by dropping a FReepmail to "Bob J" and giving him your contact information! Please let us know if you will be at the FR Ball!</p>
  • American Dialect Society's Words of the Year

    01/09/2005 8:14:58 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 17 replies · 503+ views
    Some of the words chosen by the American Dialect Society as 2004's words of the year: - Word of the Year: red state, blue state, purple state: together, a representation of the American political map. - Most Useful: phish: to acquire passwords or other private information (of an individual, an account, a web site, etc.) via a digital ruse. - Most Creative: pajamahadeen: bloggers who challenge and fact-check traditional media. - Most Unnecessary: carb-friendly: low in carbohydrates. - Most Euphemistic: badly sourced: false. - Most Likely To Succeed: red, blue, and purple states. - Least Likely To Succeed: FLOHPA: The...

    01/09/2005 6:07:51 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Texans For Texas ^ | January 7, 2005
    Action Update - Issue 26 :: January 7, 2005 Texans For Texas unanimously picked George W. Bush as the 2005 Tall Texan for exemplifying the Cowboy Spirit. Although not born a Texan, the State of Texas has overwhelmingly adopted him as a true son. Congratulations W! Enjoy a few of our reader’s nominations from across the state… 2005 True Texan Readers Nominations “George W. Bush has shown his True Texas Spirit! He has always done what he thought was right, and he decided to Whoop-Ass, even when others wanted to back down.” LeAnn Sharp, Utopia, Texas ”Gov. Perry. He is...
  • Here’s to a Good Year: A Look at Employment Gains in 2004

    01/09/2005 11:10:02 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies · 600+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 7, 2005 | Alison Fraser & Rea S. Hederman, Jr.
    Today the Department of Labor released its December jobs report highlighting the creation of 157,000 jobs in the payroll survey and a 5.4 percent unemployment rate. Overall, 2004 was the strongest year for job creation since 1999, with over 2.2 million new jobs created.[1] It is hard to recall that as recently as the fall of 2003, many feared that the country was mired in a "jobless recovery." How different things look today now that the economy has created new jobs in each of the last sixteen months. Since President Bush enacted his 2003 tax cuts, the country's base of...
  • Jindal: Rookie Of The Year

    01/07/2005 3:09:13 PM PST · by Ellesu · 5 replies · 292+ views ^ | 1/5/2005 | Jeff Crouere
    For most new congressmen, it takes time to get accustomed to their new surroundings and their new position. However, for 33 year old Bobby Jindal, LA´s new 1st District Congressman, the initiation period will be almost non-existent. Yesterday, Jindal was officially sworn in as Congressman after winning his election with an overwhelming vote of 78%. Jindal has experience in Washington D.C. working as the Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He also served as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In Louisiana, Jindal´s...
  • Hiring for 2004 Hits Five-Year High

    01/07/2005 1:16:10 PM PST · by The_Victor · 17 replies · 524+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 1/7/2005 | LEIGH STROPE
    WASHINGTON - Employers hired workers in 2004 at the fastest pace in five years, with overall payrolls rising by 2.2 million. December's job growth was a bit lower than expected, with the unemployment rate holding at 5.4 percent. President Bush (news - web sites) called the numbers "very positive," but economists weren't quite so enthusiastic. One said the year went out "like a cow: beefy but docile." The Labor Department (news - web sites) reported Friday that employers expanded their payrolls by a net 157,000 in December, bringing the year's increase to the highest level since 1999. That year, 3.2...
  • Biggest Story of 2004? Democrats' Obituary

    01/06/2005 6:28:26 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 791+ views
    In the local newspaper in Kona, Hawaii, the “Top Ten of 2004” by Associated Press writer David Crary listed the number one story of 2004 as the U.S. election. The number-one listing read as follows: “1. U.S. ELECTION: After vanquishing Howard Dean, John Edwards, and other Democratic rivals, Kerry seemed to have a strong chance of ousting Bush. But the Massachusetts senator struggled to explain his stance on Iraq, underestimated the sting of negative ads and – in the end – narrowly lost the pivotal swing state of Ohio after a campaign in which Bush, over and over, insisted he...
  • Victor Davis Hanson : Pledging blood, treasure for reform in death struggle with Islamic fascism

    01/06/2005 5:35:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies · 710+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1-6-05 | Victor Davis Hanson
    This New Year, Americans should reflect on what we have accomplished in over three years of hard war since being attacked on Sept. 11. The Taliban and Saddam Hussein are gone — but without the envisioned millions of refugees and hundreds of thousands of dead. Women lined up to vote in Afghanistan, of all places. Baathist criminals are to go on trial in Baghdad. American troops are no longer guarding Wahhabist Saudi Arabia. For the first time since the 1950s, long-needed military redeployments are also underway from Germany to South Korea. Elections are days away in Iraq. There has not...
  • Yet Another Year Bites the Dust

    01/06/2005 2:49:03 PM PST · by Dustin Hawkins · 2 replies · 226+ views
    2004 was a year not to be quickly forgotten. It was a year of natural disasters. There were hurricanes and earthquakes, a massive tsunami and, of course, Theresa Heinz-Kerry. It was the year of elections, from those in the United States to those in Afghanistan and Ukraine. A great defender of freedom passed on in Ronald Reagan, as did the “father of modern terrorism," Yasser Arafat. As the New Year approaches we will not forget those servicemen who died fighting for our country nor those who lived doing so. We look forward to the prospect of peace, as elections in...
  • Blog Readership Surged 58 Percent in 2004

    01/03/2005 7:56:45 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 183+ views
    Click Z ^ | 1/3/05 | Rob McGann
    If 2004 was, among other things, the Year of the Blog, that development occurred in terra incognita for most online Americans, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Pew found blog readership increased sharply, up 58 percent, between February and November 2004. This, despite the fact 62 percent of adult American Internet users still have no clear idea what a blog actually is. "The story is, blogs are catching on," said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & Amercian Life Project, "Not just on the creator side, but also on the demand side....
  • Hi, New Year 2005; Bye 2004

    01/01/2005 7:36:31 AM PST · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 263+ views
    BAYOUBUZZ.COM ^ | 12/31/2004 | Mike Baham
    Without loquacious preface or elaborate "Late Show" computer animation, I present to you the top ten domestic (sorry Yusho) stories of 2004...with a smattering of wisecrack commentary thrown in gratis! 10. The Flu Scare Orson Welles´s War of the Worlds looked pale next to the flu vaccine shortage terror American seniors were subjected to by the press. Though the Bush Administration was an easy target to point at, the real blame for having to rely on imports goes to government regulation and ambulance chasin´ by trial lawyers that made domestic production of flu shots unprofitable. Got a cough? Thank an...
  • NOBLE AND KNAVE OF THE YEAR - (Fine choices by Washington Times!)

    01/01/2005 12:43:03 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 1,394+ views
    WASHINGTONTIMES.COM ^ | January 1, 2005 | Editorial Staff
    In its third year, the Noble and Knaves Contest has become something of a tradition here on the editorial page. If not quite as highly regarded as Time Magazine's Person of the Year, our contest is absolutely more democratic, since you the readers decide. And you didn't make it easy for us: This year's vote tally was the closest in the contest's history. With the frontrunners changing every day, we recalled John Kerry's concession-speech promise to make every vote count. Fortified by his words, we labored on. And just as the ball was about to drop in Times Square, the...
  • List of UNPRECEDENTED events in the History of Mankind that took place in 2004

    12/31/2004 5:45:19 PM PST · by Truth666 · 19 replies · 1,624+ views / google ^ | December 31, 2004 | self
    2004 - A milestone in the history of mankind. This is the right time to list the UNPRECEDENTED events that took place. But also the right place, since many of those events were recognised as UNPRECEDENTED first in freerepublic. Here is a start for the long list, in the category "Mankind - Free Will" : October 29, 2004 - people of one nation (actually of 25 nations) give up their independance Or to use the words of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian premier : "Never in history have we seen an example of nations voluntarily deciding to exercise their sovereign powers...
  • Dave Barry's 2004 year in review

    01/01/2005 10:04:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 1,237+ views
    Dave Barry's 2004 year in review By Dave Barry Looking back on 2004, we have to conclude that it could have been worse. "HOW??" you ask, spitting out your coffee. Well, OK, a giant asteroid could have smashed into the Earth and destroyed all human life except Paris Hilton and William Hung. Or Florida could have been hit by 20 hurricanes, instead of just 17. Or the Yankees could have won the World Series. But no question, 2004 was bad. Consider: • We somehow managed to hold a presidential election campaign that for several months was devoted almost entirely to...
  • Ah, yes, it was a very good year for all of the bad guys (by beautiful mind Michelle Malkin)

    01/01/2005 12:59:07 AM PST · by nanak · 44 replies · 1,752+ views ^ | 12/31/2004 | Michelle Malkin
    The year 2004 was a good one for terrorists, violent gang members, law-breakers and fraud artists seeking safe haven in America. Let's reminisce: The rise of MS-13. The savage El Salvador-based gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), has now penetrated more than a dozen states. In May, a Fairfax, Va., teenager had his fingers chopped off in an MS-13 machete attack. In November, Washington, D.C.-area police received warning that MS-13 is plotting to ambush and kill them when they respond to service calls. Active in alien, drug and weapons smuggling, MS-13 members in America have been tied to numerous killings, robberies, carjackings,...
  • Stocks Slip on Day But Up for 2004

    12/31/2004 6:33:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/04 | Mark McSherry
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended the last day of 2004 slightly down on Friday, but the main U.S. indexes posted their second successive year of gains following a fourth-quarter rally. In light trading, a late flurry of profit-taking pulled the indexes lower, after a rebound in steel stocks had offered support earlier in the session. Shares of drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co., manufacturer of antidepressant drug Prozac, fell 1.3 percent to $56.75. The British Medical Journal said it has sent documents to U.S. regulators that it said appear to suggest a link between Prozac and suicidal behavior. The...
  • What were the funniest FR threads of 2004?

    12/31/2004 8:04:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 113 replies · 5,081+ views
    One of the things I appreciate most about Free Republic is the humor. As JimRob says about FR posting: "And we always have fun doing it." So what were the funniest FR threads of 2004? Here are a few to get us started: Funniest Category or Type of Thread The "Caption" threads. John Kerry, Howard Dean, and the rest gave us plenty of "photo opportunities." One of the funniest was this thread posted by dead: Bwaaaaahaaaaa! My new favorite Soccer Kerry picture just released by Reuters! (Unfortunately, old caption threads lose a lot of their pics as the news photos...

    12/31/2004 10:48:47 PM PST · by LisaMalia · 20 replies · 1,914+ views
    I'm not a fan of "new" country. When it comes to country music, I mostly like Hank, Patsy, and Ernie.....
  • These People Died in the Year 2004

    Quite the list. To many HTML codes to list all of them here. Perhaps one of FR's HTML experts can post the list. Some of them you may not know past away this year.
  • Christianity rises again in 2004

    12/31/2004 6:50:47 PM PST · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 889+ views
    Winnipeg Sun ^ | 12/31/04 | John Gleeson
    About three months before the release of Mel Gibson's hugely popular and controversial film, The Passion of the Christ, a new Beatles album hit the street. Let It Be Naked was, of course, a reissue; but unlike so much of the Fab Four material released during the previous decade, it was an important album. Let It Be might not have been the best of the mature Beatles, but the unadulterated version -- stripped of Phil Spector's baroque production and free of the shameless clunkers (mostly from McCartney) that spoil more recognized classics like The White Album and Abbey Road --...
  • 2004: Highlights And Lowlifes

    12/31/2004 12:38:27 PM PST · by pissant · 12 replies · 652+ views ^ | 12/29/04 | Ann Coulter
    The single biggest event of 2004 was the Election Day exit poll, which, like John Steinbeck's "The Short Reign of Pippin IV," made John Kerry the president for a few moments. But in a move that stunned the experts, American voters chose "moral values" over an America-bashing trophy husband and his blow-dried, ambulance-chasing sidekick. The second biggest event in 2004 came on Sunday, Dec. 26, when The New York Times referred to an organization as a "liberal research group." (I think it may have been the Communist Party USA, Trotskyite wing, but, still, it's progress.) CBS eminence Dan Rather was...
  • 2004: The Year Space Tourism Finally Took Off

    12/31/2004 11:22:42 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 194+ views ^ | 12/29/04 | Brian Berger
    The dream of opening space to the general public was given a tremendous boost in 2004 with SpaceShipOne’s prize-winning suborbital jaunt and congressional legislation to help establish a space travel industry in the United States. But even the biggest champions of commercial spaceflight acknowledge that a vital space tourism market is still years from becoming reality.
  • 2004 Marks Major Gains and a New Vision for NASA

    12/31/2004 11:25:50 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/27/04 | Brian Berger
    As U.S. President George W. Bush prepared to step onto the stage at NASA headquarters Jan. 14 to issue a call for returning to the Moon and venturing on to Mars, a robotic rover dubbed Spirit was already preparing to roll off its landing platform onto the surface of the red planet.
  • FR's own "little list" the MOST Obnoxious person of 2004..who "never will be missed.."

    12/31/2004 11:25:10 AM PST · by ken5050 · 115 replies · 2,715+ views
    one man's opinion
    Listening to the Mikado on New Year's Eve day can be dangerous. It's my favorite Gilbert & Sullivan piece, especially the brilliant, "I've got a Little List" ditty sung by the Lord High Executioner. As everyone in the media talks about the hi-lights, and low lifes, of 2004. So, who's the ONE person, or personality of 2004 you'd like to make dissappear, and why?