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  • Vanity: Suggestions for a high-performance business laptop?

    06/08/2016 6:19:23 AM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 47 replies
    me ^ | 6/8/2016 | Me
    I am about to embark on a career as an Independent Contractor -- I am a computer consultant (37 years) in the ERP space. I have some pretty good laptops now but I really think I need a high-powered, high-performance Wintel laptop. I would like to keep it at 15" to take with me, although I have a Surface (which I like but has idiosyncrasies) I use for mobility. This is business, not gaming (which I eschew), so I don't think Alienware and its derivatives are what I am looking for.
  • Looking for Freeper input on small business start-up (Vanity)

    02/22/2016 9:32:52 AM PST · by Alberta's Child · 101 replies
    Self | 2/22/16 | Alberta's Child
    I am looking to make a transition in my career this year, and I am starting the process of setting up my own consulting business in my industry. I've got a reputation and track record that my clients seem to value, and I'm looking to break free of the constraints of my corporate role. I will be working with a lawyer and a CPA once I get a little further down the road here (probably when I am ready to get an EIN#), but in the meantime I'd be interested in getting input from other Freepers who may have followed...
  • Semi-Official Thanksgiving Recipe/Advice Thread

    11/22/2015 11:06:59 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 94 replies
    22 Nov 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Go ahean Post 'em here.
  • Considering Home Schooling And Need Help (vanity)

    10/15/2015 4:48:41 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 85 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 10/15/2015 | me
    I just need general advice and links to resources on home schooling. I'm finding the topic a little daunting because I don't know where to begin. My kid is bright and being bullied relentlessly at school. Not by just the kids, but also staff. Admin do nothing because of nepotism, etc. He's 8th grade level, now. I'll leave this here and catch up later to replies. I know there are many FReepers here who home school and would appreciate feedback. I just don't know where to begin and I'm terribly disorganized. I'll make dinner and BBL. Thanks!
  • Lightning blew out my computer! Need to replace. Laptop this time?

    06/19/2015 2:43:57 PM PDT · by onyx · 159 replies
    Free Republic | Friday, June 19, 2015 | Onyx
    A huge thunderstorm ripped through here four days ago. It blew out my TV and my computer. My small town only has a Walmart and an Office Depot. I would prefer to go buy a new computer at Walmart. I'm thinking a laptop would be a better purchase. I have no idea how to install it on my own. I'm thinking of asking a clerk to come home with me to install it and I will pay him $50. I need this new computer installed before the start of our FReepathon on July 1 I will also need one that...
  • 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

    05/22/2015 10:12:39 AM PDT · by WILLIALAL · 32 replies
    PJ LIfestyle ^ | March 9, 2014 | Megan Fox
    Some politically incorrect parenting tips to make sure you don't end up with a Miley Cyrus wannabe in your family......
  • A chance to advance to US Postal Inspection Service, and where to move?

    02/12/2015 3:48:01 AM PST · by Crazieman · 64 replies
    Selfie | 2/12/2014 | Selfie
    I have a chance to apply internally for a position as US Postal Police Officer. I find the opportunity fascinating and exciting. Right now I have a steady schedule as a postal clerk in Wichita, Kansas, after downgrading from supervisor not long ago. Recently divorced, I have few ties other than immediate family. None of the positions available are anywhere near Wichita, and looking at the vast, truth-telling population of Free Republic, I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to change positions and move to any of the following locations that have opened up. San Francisco, CA Los Angeles, CA...
  • Bill would lift ban on VA doctors advising patients on medical marijuana

    11/22/2014 8:49:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    A new bill aims to make it easier for veterans to talk to their doctors about medical marijuana. The Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced Thursday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., would lift a ban Veterans Affairs doctors face that prevents them from giving opinions or recommendations on medical marijuana to veterans living in states where its use is permitted. "Post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside," Blumenauer said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post. “Sometimes even more so because of...
  • MARK CUBAN: Here's What Republicans Should Do Next

    10/22/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2014 | Colin Campbell
    Billionaire investor Mark Cuban has some advice for the Republican Party: Drop the social issues. "If I was going to give guidance to the Republican Party, ... I'd say, 'Stay completely out of social issues," Cuban said Tuesday morning on CNBC's "Squawk Box." The "Shark Tank" star and Dallas Mavericks owner said this would allow the GOP to communicate a strong message on the economy. "If you stay out of social issues, then the conversation from that side will only be about economics, and business, and growing business, and ideas," he said. "It should be easy!" Cuban also said he...
  • Some bits of wisdom.

    06/10/2014 11:05:56 AM PDT · by Taxman · 29 replies
    Vanity ^ | 06/10/14 | unk
    Some bits of wisdom! And a note to my friends and compatriots: I often hear people say that although they had lived their lives, and were fairly satisfied, they wouldn't want to live it over again. I disagree. I would like to do it all over again, but with more wisdom and a better sense of purpose. I wouldn't change very much, but I would not waste so much precious time, and I would do everything a lot better. And now an admonition: Always remember; when the issue is great, when the future of society depends on you, when it...
  • Good advice that you wish you had followed. (Vanity)

    05/31/2014 10:31:14 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 39 replies
    All of us have learned from sad experience by doing something we were warned by somebody older and wiser not to do. What's your regret? I'll start.... When I turned 18 (then the legal drinking age), my father said to me, "Son, NEVER get drunk on wine." About 2 years later, I learned how very right he was! I have since passed the same wise advice to my son.
  • What is the best advice you've ever received?

    05/24/2014 9:32:56 PM PDT · by MNDude · 203 replies
    Maybe it was some wise warning your dad once gave you, or maybe it was something useful your coach told you that still guides you today, but what would you consider that best advice you've ever received?
  • The Top 5 Things Graduating Students Need To Hear Before They Go Into The Real World

    05/24/2014 5:29:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | May 24, 2014 | John Hawkins
    All across America at this time of year, there are high school and college students graduating from our education system and heading into the real world. Here's a little advice for them from outside the liberal cocoon their teachers have weaved over the last few years. 1) You were not born special: Everyone is not a winner. Everyone is not a good person. Everyone doesn't deserve to have high self-esteem. Everyone doesn't deserve success. So, what about you? Are you special? Are you a winner? Do you deserve success? That remains to be seen because everything you've done in school...
  • 13 Tips for Landing a Wife (in the 19th Century)

    05/13/2014 10:37:28 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 41 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | May 13, 2014 | Therese Oneill
    The advice books written around the turn of the 20th century to teach women to make men happy are plentiful. Advice books in the same vein for men are rare. But in 1883, a Methodist minister named George W. Hudson wrote one such "advice for men" book—The Marriage Guide for Young Men: A Manual of Courtship and Marriage. It was self-published, perhaps due to perceived lack of interest in marriage manuals for men. Or maybe because traditional publishers couldn’t handle all the hard-core truth the Reverend was going to throw down.
  • DNC Gives Out Advice to Women: “Be Less Polite,” “Don’t Get that Tattoo,” “Go Easy”

    05/07/2014 12:18:23 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 57 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/7/14 | Aurelius
    In what was first called "advice to my younger self," then later "advice from some of those women" to the average girl, the DNC released confusing and often contradictory "advice" to young Democrat women. The advice specifically comes from DNC Women's Caucus Members. Some of the advice is common sense, and probably should be followed by both men and women: "be brave," for example. Then some is a bit random. The DNC itself makes specific note that "we all need a good pair of stretchy pants sometimes." Again, the DNC calls this advice for women in the Democratic party. The...
  • [vanity] Reloading advice for Springfield XDS compact 45

    04/07/2014 5:41:54 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 51 replies
    Optimum loads ^ | 4/8/2014 | blueflag
    Seeking advice and comment on the best reload spec for a Springfield XDS 3.3 compact 45.
  • Federal State Is Only Solution for Ukraine – Lavrov

    03/20/2014 9:25:14 AM PDT · by Heartlander2 · 25 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/20/2014 | Andrey Stenin
    MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) – Making Ukraine a federal state is the only way to stabilize situation in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. “We want to understand, who exactly will represent legitimate authorities in Kiev. In this regard we have a proposal: first of all, a constitutional reform should be held, so that interests of all Ukrainian citizens and regions are respected. This is the only basis for forming legitimate authorities, legislative and executive, central and regional,” Lavrov told members of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. “And we are convinced that the...
  • and some smarter advice from Mr Coolidge for John Boehner

    12/13/2013 8:44:30 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 14 replies
    Da Tech Guy On the Radio Blog ^ | 12/13/13 | Da Tech Guy
    I have never been hurt by what I have not said Calvin Coolidge Basil: This is typical. Absolutely typical… of the kind of… ARSE I have to put up with from you people! You ponce in here, expecting to be handwaited on hand and foot while I’m trying to run a hotel here! Faulty Towers Warldof Salad 1979 Yesterday I gave some advice on deciding whether or not to support the Ryan Murray budget deal. In my opinion judging the bill based on those factor and calling on your congressman and senator to vote accordingly is smart. There are decisions...
  • Advice for the Young on ObamaCare

    12/04/2013 4:14:52 PM PST · by grumpa · 12 replies
    Off Grid Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Off Grid Blogger
    If I were a young person, I would think twice about signing up for ObamaCare. Besides the website being a huge hassle, here are some reasons to just BLOW IT OFF: --It is not worth the price you are being charged to pay for yourself AND us older folks who don’t need your help, AND pay for a lot of things you don’t need that are required in ObamaCare policies (like sex-change operations). --Not only are you paying for old people’s healthcare, you will be paying an estimated 18% more for insurance over your lifetime. It’s a bad deal!...
  • Sens. Rubio and Paul grapple with a hurricane named Ted (political consultants "share")

    10/23/2013 4:47:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are seeking to stay relevant in the debate over ObamaCare, but they might as well be shouting in a hurricane. A hurricane named Ted. During this month’s fiscal standoff, Sen. Ted Cruz attracted the most attention of any possible White House hopeful on Capitol Hill. GOP strategists say Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has seized the role of Tea Party standard-bearer, giving him an edge with conservative activists. The grassroots army Cruz built over the last few months could help him in Iowa and other primary battlegrounds if he decides to...
  • Verse of the Day

    10/02/2013 1:36:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    Bible Gateway ^ | October 2, 2013
    Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25 NIV
  • Nine Things Never to Say to Your Boss

    09/28/2013 11:39:10 AM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | Megan Malugani, Charles Purdy
    2. “That just isn’t possible.” Always speak to your boss in terms of what can be done. For instance, rather than saying “We can’t get this done by Friday,” say “We could definitely get this done by Monday, or if we brought in some freelance help, we could meet the Friday deadline.” When you talk to your boss, think in terms of solving problems for her, not in terms of putting problems on her plate. 6. “It’s not my fault.” Are you a whiny 8-year-old or a take-charge professional? Assume responsibility and take steps to fix a problem that you...
  • Memo to an Applicant

    09/23/2013 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Dear Job Applicant, It was wholly a pleasure to be asked to look over your writing samples and offer my appraisal of your prospects as a writer of opinion. I am much complimented. And hasten to send you a few notes for future reference: --Offer the reader original, even provocative, thought. Don't settle for the conventional clichés employed by your side of the political spectrum, whatever it may be. Be ideologically unreliable. It's more interesting. For both you and the reader. Think your subject through, don't just react the way you're expected to. Or appeal to the lowest common...
  • Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal? [video only]

    07/18/2013 4:29:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 7-16-2013 | InstituteForJustice
    In May 2013, John Rosemond — America's longest running newspaper columnist—received an astonishing order from the Kentucky attorney general: Stop publishing your advice column in the Bluegrass State or face fines and jail. The attorney general and Kentucky's psychologist licensing board believe that John's column, which is syndicated in more than 200 papers nationwide, constitutes the "unlicensed practice of psychology" in Kentucky when it appears in a Kentucky newspaper. Kentucky's crackdown is part of a national surge in the abuse of occupational licensing laws to censor advice. On July 17, 2013, John joined the Institute for Justice to fight back...
  • The Perils of Giving Advice (Advice for couples: Don't give advice)

    06/25/2013 7:38:12 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2013 | Elizabeth Bernstein
    Advice giving, especially unsolicited, is tricky. Being on the receiving end can be annoying and make us defensive. But giving advice can be frustrating, as well, particularly when the intended beneficiary of our wisdom makes it clear it isn't welcome—or takes the same recommendations we've been giving for months from someone else. The whole advice issue is typically hardest to navigate with the person we know the best: our spouse or partner. In a series of six studies that followed 100 couples for the first seven years of marriage, researchers at the University of Iowa found that both husbands and...
  • Vanity (need advice on job to deal with a former bad supervisor)

    06/16/2013 11:15:36 AM PDT · by ak267 · 26 replies
    self | 06-16-2013 | self
    I'm in the process of interviewing for a job and the application lists references (which I listed) but they want to talk with former employers. NE has a law stating that former employers can talk about former employees (within certain bounds). A few years ago, I had falling out with a former boss where she verbally snapped at me (within ear shot of other workers). In addition, I was having problems with my father's health (terminal cancer) and the closing out of his estate (messy situation). I explained my condition to the HR department and I offered two weeks notices....
  • Dave Says Here Are the Necessities

    05/07/2013 1:48:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, Can you please define “necessities” in today’s world while trying to get out of debt and live on a budget? Matthew Dear Matthew, Whether you’re talking about the world today or 50 years ago, necessities haven’t changed. Necessities are still food, shelter, clothing, transportation and utilities. We’re talking about needs versus wants. The problem is that many people were never taught that there’s a difference between the two—a big difference. Most people have enough food to eat and a decent place to live. Those are necessities. I’m not talking about eating out or having a big, fancy house....
  • Vanity--Just bought an RV Tailer. Now what?

    05/01/2013 7:58:48 AM PDT · by Vermont Lt · 96 replies
    5/1/2013 | Me
    I just took the plunge and purchased a small travel tailer (25 ft.) My wife and I will use it for mostly stationery camping at a lot we own on a lake in Northern VT. We have all of the power and water hook-ups there, and it will be our vacation and weekend home for the summer. The trailer is brand new and has all of the normal, mid range functions: Refrig, TV, stereo, Queen bed, one slider, shower, etc. I am writing to ask other trailer owners what things they would get at the outset to make their lives...
  • Perez Group Gave Immigrants ‘Don’t Snitch’ Advice for Raids

    03/22/2013 5:58:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 3/22/13 | Katrina Trinko
    President Obama’s labor-secretary nominee Tom Perez has a long association with CASA of Maryland, a group that serves immigrants and runs day-laborer centers. Perez was on CASA’s board from 1995 to 2002, and while it doesn’t appear he’s had any official ties since then, as a Montgomery County Council member Perez promoted a day-laborer site that was ultimately run by CASA. An example of CASA’s attention to illegal immigrants can be found in a booklet that was updated in 2008. The booklet, which can be viewed on CASA’s website here,
  • Zbigniew´s Advice To Obama: Tell Netanyahu No War To Stop Iran Getting Nukes

    03/22/2013 9:43:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/22/13 | Mark Finkelstein
    Zurprise, zurprise: Zbig wouldn´t go to war to stop Iran getting nukes. On Morning Joe today, Jimmy Carter´s former national security adviser had some advice for President Obama: tell Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that America will not go to war against Iran. Attacking Iran´s nuclear facilities would surely be an act of war. Yet doing so might well be the only way to prevent the ayatollahs from getting the A-bomb. Unfortunately, neither Joe Scarborough nor anyone else on the panel including daughter Mika asked Brzezinski
  • Advice for the Young Rhodie

    03/20/2013 2:22:31 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    New Rhodesia Dispatch ^ | 3/15/13 | John deWitt
    Advice for the Young Rhodie by John deWitt One of the more plaintive and persuasive comments to date on NRD came from reader “Dan III”, responding to my post a while ago on asset allocation in Obama’s America. In so many words, Dan III suggested that a post more responsive to the average American’s circumstances would be more useful than the one I had written.More than 90% of the comments I’ve moderated on NRD have been very welcome and I think about all of them – thank you, readers. Since Dan III’s comment, I’ve been thinking about what advice I’d give...
  • Need some help from some tax experts.

    01/21/2013 7:44:02 PM PST · by Jaguarmike · 16 replies
    Any of you guys (or ladies) self-employed, and have your own S Corporation? What kind of tax deductions are you allowed to take? I have an accountant, and he's going over all of my deductions, but I'm trying to find more. For example, I pay for my health insurance - and the accountant says that tax deductible. So it stands to reason that my prescription medication (which I pay for out of my own pocket) should be tax deductable too.
  • Seeking Election Night Snack Food Advice

    10/26/2012 2:35:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 71 replies
    Self | October 26, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, the Coupon Stars have properly aligned again so I can get pretty much any food I want for FREE for the next few weeks. I already have a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka which I traded for in my South Florida Barter King guise and will supplement that with iced coffee in order to stay awake until late at night watching the returns.So what snack food would go good with these drinks? I don't want anything too heavy. Just light and fun to eat. Sushi sounds like a good idea but what else? I am open to suggestions.
  • Romney's Military Advisory Council has more than 300 retired general officers

    10/19/2012 10:03:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10-17-12 | Josh Rogin
    The Mitt Romney campaign announced Wednesday it has stood up a Military Advisory Council made up of more than 300 retired generals and admirals who are ready to do battle for the Republican nominee. "I am deeply honored to have the support of so many of our most accomplished military leaders," Romney said in a statement. "Together we will restore our military might and ensure that America can defend and protect our interests, our allies, and our people, both at home and abroad. I will never forget that the greatest responsibility of an American president is in exercising the role...
  • Vanity - Want to try Indian food for the first time

    10/13/2012 6:57:52 PM PDT · by MarkL · 168 replies
    10/13/2012 | Me
    I'm looking for some advice on trying Indian (like Raj Kuthrapali Indian, not "come to our casinos" Indian) food for the first time.
  • Freepers' Debate Advice to Romney and Team (Add Yours)

    09/30/2012 11:45:18 AM PDT · by Yaelle · 118 replies
    All of us | 9/30/12 | Self
    Let's get it started in here. The Romney team may not have thought of everything. What are some important things you think Mitt should get across? I'll start. First off, we are in enemy territory with these moderators always. So Mitt needs to answer his own questions FIRST, and spend a few seconds at the end of his response to truly slap an answer down to the idiot question actually asked. Mitt needs - NEEDS!- to get the word SOCIALIST or SOCIALISM in there. He doesn't need to call Obama one, but he needs to say something like "controlling and...
  • German official: Obama should get his own debt under control before handing out free advice

    06/25/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot ^ | June 25, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    In a not-so-subtle rebuke of President Obama’s tendency to offer unsolicited recommendations on how Europeans should handle their debt crises on Sunday evening, Germany’s finance minister suggested that perhaps His Munificence should focus on his own problems before trying to fix everybody else’s. Wolfgang Schaeuble told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview late Sunday that “people are always very quick at giving others advice.”He says: “Mr. Obama should first of all take care of reducing the American deficit, which is higher than in the eurozone.” An unfortunate and embarrassing truth — the EU’s debt-to-GDP ratio is well over eighty percent,...
  • Trampling Freedom of Speech: State Tries Censoring Online Advice Column

    06/01/2012 7:32:13 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 31 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    As far as diet goes, I believe you should adhere to the old adage “everything in moderation” and avoid extreme regimens of all kinds. I don’t know what you think of this counsel, but North Carolina’s position seems to be the following: I just broke the law. Blogger Steven Cooksey found this out the hard way — when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition ordered him to take down part of his diet-advice website. The 51-year-old resident of Stanley, North Carolina, became passionate about nutrition after a 2009 hospitalization during which he learned he had Type II diabetes and was...
  • Sweden: 6 out of 10 imams give illegal advice. "Deeply regrettable that they live up to all the

    05/18/2012 5:05:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/18/12 | Robert
    wedish State TV (SVT) has made its own Undercover Mosque as part of the investigative series call Uppdrag. Translated from Swedish by Nicolai Sennels, Sydsvenskan, May 16: "Women advised not to report to the police": With hidden cameras and secret telephone recording equipment, two women went to the country's ten largest mosques to ask for advice regarding polygamy, abuse and sex without consent. Tonight's Uppdrag, broadcast on SVT, documents that the advice of the mosque's representatives are often contradictory to Swedish law. ... Six out of ten mosques advised the woman not to report the beatings to the police. At...
  • I need some help for my nine year-old nephew diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

    05/02/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 66 replies
    myself | May 3, 2012 | proud American in Canada
    My nine year-old nephew has been diagnosed with Adrenocortical carcinoma. My sister lives near Madison, Wisconsin, and is seeing a doctor there for him. He is on mitotane and probably some other drugs I'm not aware of. Apparently the prognosis is not good, like a one-in-five chance of making it through five years. A friend of mine mentioned the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia; apparently one of the best pediatric cancer specialists works there. My sister is doing everything, and I mean everything. Supplements, massage, Reiki therapy, in addition to everything the doctors recommend. She also has him enrolled in clinical...
  • GBTV: Advice from former victims of Communism

    04/15/2012 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/15/12 | GBTV
    Glenn invited people who had lived under communist rule to GBTV tonight. What advice did they have for people here in America?
  • What to do? What to do?

    02/05/2012 7:32:41 PM PST · by lyby · 83 replies
    lyby | Feb 5, 2012 | lyby
    I am a 52-year-old mother of three children - a 24-year old grad student, a 21-year old college senior, and a 13- year-old 7th grader. I am a public school teacher of Math to 7th graders. I am concerned about the welfare of our country, our Constitution, and the hope (NOT Obama's) for our nation. PLEASE help me to understand what is happening to our country. I am dismayed by the garbage I am hearing and reading. I have been involved in local politics. I could NOT suffer the bullsh*t, so I resigned from the county Republican Executive Committee, after...
  • Uncle Sam Tells Americans How to Get Out of Debt

    01/23/2012 9:15:46 AM PST · by Altariel · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | January 19, 2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    After saddling the country with as much new debt as the rest of the world combined in one year flat, one would think that Uncle Sam wouldn’t have the cojones to dish out debt advice to others. But one would be wrong. In an unwitting self-parody worthy of Froma Harrop on The Daily Show, the Federal Trade Commission has created a step-by-step web guide for Americans “Knee-Deep in Debt.” The first step, says the agency, which represents a government that went over 800 days without passing a budget, is: create a budget! Get a “realistic assessment of how much money...
  • Enlistment Advice Needed For Son

    12/26/2011 8:59:45 AM PST · by PUGACHEV · 107 replies
    I've been here ten years and this is my first post. I know many here have experience in the different services, but I have none. My son, who is 24, wants to enlist and make the military a career, but does not know which branch to enlist in. He has a high school diploma, no involvement with drugs, and no criminal record except, unfortunately, a DWI and several traffic related misdemeanors. He is intelligent, fit, athletic, and handsome. His interests are ice hockey, video games, and girls, in that order. He is a quiet person with a low arousal type...
  • Need Handgun Advice (for a gift)

    12/08/2011 2:18:53 PM PST · by RightOnline · 64 replies · 1+ views
    12/8/2011 | RightOnline
    Hey, fellow FReepers. I've seen threads like this over the years but darned if I can seem to find or access any of them, soooooooo..... I'm looking for advice on a handgun purchase. The gun will be a Christmas present for my lady friend who happens to be a professional armed security officer (and supervisor, trainer, etc.,etc.). She currently owns a Glock .40 cal semi-auto (her work weapon) and a pretty sweet S&W .38 revolver. She's a CCW permit holder; well-trained. Since there are SO many FReepers here with scads of experience in such things, I'm looking for some suggestions...
  • Advice on a Bank Error

    10/09/2011 5:18:17 PM PDT · by Marie · 83 replies
    self ^ | 9OCT11 | self
    My daughter is a full-time college student working part-time (minimum wage) for a large, national corporation. Last week, she went to her bank kiosk to deposit her check. The check was supposed to be for just over $300. The computer changed the amount to more than $1,098,000. She came straight home and reported the error to the bank. They said that it would take 24 hours to fix it. Apparently, the 'fix' was to drop the $1,000,000 and just give her the $98,000 and change. Her company honored the check and deposited that amount. She's really frustrated. It's been four...
  • Advice and help needed from FReepers who've managed to quit smoking

    10/04/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT · by Marie · 114 replies
    me ^ | 4OVT11 | self
    In January, I'm planning on having a major surgery and I cannot have this operation until I quit smoking. I've been trying to quit for the last 17 years and I haven't been able to make it for more than a month. I can get past the immediate horror of it all. I'm using Chantix to help me with that. (Chantix was the easiest way to quit that I've found so far.) But what always gets me are the 'crazies that don't go away. Even after the habit is broken - after the cravings are gone - I find myself...
  • Best Rifle Scope?

    05/29/2011 1:13:35 PM PDT · by Washi · 66 replies
    FreeRepublic | 5/29/2011 | Washi
    O.K. All of you firearms experts: I had hoped to go to the range today and sight in my new Remington 700 .308. However, the winds here are 20mph with gusts in the 30s. Not conducive to an accurate zero. I also realize that I'm probably going to want to put a better scope on the rifle than the cheap one that it came with. So, what rifle scope would you recommend? What should I look for in a good scope. What should I avoid? What scope, in your opinion, represents the best value for a reasonable price? What tips...
  • Goldman Plunges, As Market Cap Shrinks By $8.3 Billion Just Since The Matt Taibbi Takedown

    05/21/2011 6:32:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    If you haven't been paying attention, Goldman Sachs shares have been in freefall. They lost over 3% Friday amid a slew of headlines about imminent subpoenas related to Blankfein, the firm's activities during the crisis, and just generally for being the much-reviled Goldman Sachs. The stock has lost over 10% in just the last week since Matt Taibbi wrote his latest takedown, costing the firm over $8 billion in market cap. From its 52-week high made earlier this year, the stock is off 24%. At $134, it's only barely above its $129 book value, meaning that either A) people don't...
  • Vanity post about Outer Banks area

    05/09/2011 8:33:43 AM PDT · by mimi from mi · 50 replies
    Any Freepers familiar with or living in the Nags Head/Outer Banks area of N.C.? To celebrate our upcoming 50 year wedding anniversary, our five children have rented a very large home for a week that will accommodate all 20 of us in Nags Head, right on the Atlantic Ocean, with elevator, pool, hot tub and many other amenities. None of us have ever visited that area, so even though I’ve received their travel guide about the area, I would put more credibility in personal experiences. Any suggestions for restaurants, deep sea fishing, golf courses, etc.? Any points of interest we...