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  • Alabama abortion clinic owner sees rise in protests since Obama election (a conspiracy!)

    06/02/2009 7:07:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 734+ views
    WHNT TV ^ | 6/2/2009
    <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The owner of an Alabama abortion clinic that was once hit by a deadly bombing says protests at the clinic have increased since President Barack Obama's election.</p> <p>Diane Derzis said Monday the fatal shooting of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller appears to be part of a pattern that's taken hold since the vote last year. Derzis said she has been seeing more protesters outside her clinic in Birmingham, and their rhetoric is getting tougher.</p>
  • Senior Veterans Set to Compete in Golden Age Games

    06/01/2009 5:58:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 263+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 1, 2009 – Nearly 700 American military veterans from conflicts ranging from World War II to the Persian Gulf war arrived here today to prove that their best days are still ahead of them as they prepare to compete in the 23rd Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games. Judy Tarter, a 73-year-old Navy veteran walks through the registration line for the 23rd Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games June 1, 2009, in Birmingham, Ala. Nearly 700 senior veterans ages 55 and older registered to participate in the athletic competitions here. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st...
  • 10 Commandments judge runs for Ala. governor again

    06/01/2009 10:38:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 552+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/1/9 | PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press Writer
    Montgomery, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Ten Commandments judge is running for governor again. Roy Moore's campaign Web site went up Monday morning, inviting supporters to sign a pledge to help elect Moore governor.
  • Shelby assails large gov't role in General Motors

    05/29/2009 6:38:58 AM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 19 replies · 889+ views
    AP ^ | 1 Hour ago | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Richard Shelby said Friday the government should have allowed the marketplace to decide General Motors' fate and that the huge federal stake in the company puts Washington on "the road to socialism." Shelby, ranking Republican on the Banking Committee, argued that the financially beleaguered GM could have saved "lots of money" if it had chosen six months ago to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. "What I worry about" is Washington's large interest in the company, the senator said in a nationally broadcast network interview. "It's basically going to be a government-owned, government-run company ... a...
  • Left-Wing Smear Machine Takes Fight to Sen. Sessions Home Turf in SCOTUS Battle

    05/28/2009 5:20:42 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 9 replies · 952+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 28, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    You'd expect to see this in the liberal blogosphere or possibly some of the national mainstream media outlets with an obvious agenda. But now some of the preemptive strikes against Republican senators leading up to the Senate confirmation hearings and eventual vote to confirm President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, are finding their way into local newspapers. An op-ed published in The Anniston (Ala.) Star on May 28 by Ari Rabin-Havt, the managing director of the left-wing Media Matters Action Network, attacked the new ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. ...more...
  • Shock!Big Dem Donor Group Allowed to Keep 6 Chrysler Dealerships Open..Local Competitors Eliminated

    05/26/2009 10:09:11 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 79 replies · 5,289+ views
    Are we looking at the biggest political scandal since Watergate? Big Dem Donor Group allowed to keep all 6 Chrysler dealerships open.... Local competitors eliminated by Obama's task force!! Earlier it was reported that the Obama Administration may have targeted GOP donors in deciding which Chrysler dealerships would have to close their doors. Now there's this... RLJ-McLarty-Landers is owned by three men. One was the former Chief of Staff for President Clinton. One is the founder of Black Entertainment Television and a huge Obama supporter. All 6 of their Chrysler dealerships will remain open. And, get this... Their local competitors...
  • Senate Republicans block vote on Obama judicial nominee (Jeff Sessions (AL) Leads the Charge)

    05/22/2009 11:33:15 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 950+ views ^ | May 22, 2009 |
    Republicans temporarily blocked Senate committee action on President Barack Obama's first judicial appointment, attacking the nominee for rulings based on separation of church and state. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned the fitness of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana to be promoted to a federal appeals court in Chicago.
  • Birmingham police beating video: Five officers fired (no mention of perp trying to kill cop)

    05/20/2009 8:45:37 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 14 replies · 1,757+ views
    The Birmingham (AL) News ^ | 20 MAY 09 | Carol Robinson
    Birmingham police beating video: Five officers fired Posted by Carol Robinson - The Birmingham News May 20, 2009 9:08 AM Five Birmingham police officers have been fired for a January 2008 beating of an already-unconscious suspect with fists, feet and a billy club, a battering caught on videotape until a police officer turned off the patrol car camera, city and police officials said today. Authorities believe the video, [see the full chase here:] taken after a high-speed chase by several area law enforcement agencies ended when the fleeing suspect's van flipped, has been seen by numerous Birmingham officers and...
  • Birmingham police beating video: Five officers fired

    05/20/2009 8:44:27 AM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 106 replies · 3,173+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | May 20, 2009 9:08 AM | Carol Robinson
    Birmingham police beating video: Five officers fired Five Birmingham police officers have been fired for a January 2008 beating of an already-unconscious suspect with fists, feet and a billy club, a battering caught on videotape until a police officer turned off the patrol car camera, city and police officials said today.
  • Stimulus yet to reach 'double-whammied' Selma

    05/17/2009 4:04:28 PM PDT · by jmranchman · 17 replies · 839+ views ^ | 5/19/2009 | John King
    SELMA, Alabama (CNN) -- To cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge into Selma is to share a stage with history. And these days, it is to come face-to-face with a bleak present. Storefront after storefront is closed, and many of the buildings in the famous photos from the days of the historic March 1965 events have fallen into disrepair. "It is very depressing," Selma Mayor George P. Evans tells us during an evening walk down Broad Street in downtown. "People are not buying. People are not spending. Businesses are going out of business." This is the heart of Alabama's "Black Belt,"...
  • Oklahoma convicted child killer Donald Gilson executed.(Bonus from Alabama tonight).

    05/14/2009 8:54:48 PM PDT · by Birch T. Barlow · 5 replies · 901+ views
    NewsOK ^ | Published: May 14, 2009 | By SEAN MURPHY
    McALESTER — Proclaiming his innocence and saying he would see his victim in heaven, a man convicted of battering his girlfriend's 8-year-old son and stuffing the dead body in an abandoned freezer was executed Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.--snip--Gilson became the second person to be executed this year in Oklahoma. Gilson was convicted of first-degree murder in 1998. The boy's remains were found in an abandoned freezer outside a mobile home in rural Cleveland County. An autopsy showed two fractures to the boy's skull, a tooth missing from his right jaw and fractures to his collarbone, shoulder blades, ribs,...
  • 'Old South' frat targeted over Confederate event

    05/13/2009 7:39:51 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 34 replies · 1,318+ views
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A white fraternity that traces its roots to the Civil War and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is again facing complaints over its antebellum-themed events. This time, University of Alabama alumnae are upset after Kappa Alpha Order members wearing Confederate uniforms and carrying battle flags paraded past a historically black sorority as the women celebrated the group's 35th anniversary. The fraternity has been forced to halt its "Old South" festivities on some campuses because of claims of racial insensitivity, and Alabama members have apologized for pausing in front of Alpha Kappa Alpha's sorority house during this...
  • The Right Person for the High Court

    05/13/2009 9:02:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies · 508+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/13/2009 | Senator Jeff Sessions
    If President Obama nominates to the Supreme Court a highly qualified individual with a distinguished record that demonstrates judicial restraint, integrity and a commitment to the rule of law, his nominee will be welcomed in the Senate and by the American people.But if the president nominates an individual who will allow personal preferences and political views to corrupt his or her decision making, he will put before the public a central question: Are we willing to trade America's heritage of a fair and neutral judiciary -- anchored in the rule of written law that applies equally to all people --...
  • Attn: SC/GA/TN/AL Freepers - (Patriot Guard Alert)

    05/10/2009 5:55:57 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 15 replies · 974+ views
    Me | 5/10/09 | GeorgiaDawg32
    On Tuesday, May 12, we will be escorting Spec. Ryan C. King from the funeral home in Dallas, Georgia to the National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. Spec. King was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 1. If any FReepers would like to join us for this mission, you are more than welcome. You need not be a PGR member to ride with us, and you need not ride a motorcycle. Staging information for this mission is as follows: TUESDAY May 12 Staging at Ingles Supermarket (270 Merchants Sq. Dallas, GA 30132) at 0900. Kickstands up at 0945 We will...
  • Alabama Legislature Approves Red Light Cameras

    05/10/2009 3:03:27 PM PDT · by Ken H · 8 replies · 852+ views
    theNewspaper ^ | 05/09/2009 | n/a
    Alabama governor to decide whether to retroactively declare illegally issued red light camera tickets legal. The Alabama state legislature this week sent a bill authorizing Montgomery's use of red light cameras to Governor Bob Riley (R) for his signature. The city has been using automated ticketing machines since May 2008, but the local measure authored by state Senator Larry Dixon (R-Montgomery) and state Representative David Grimes (R-Montgomery) is designed to retroactively protect the city from any lawsuit challenging the legality of the first $1 million worth of tickets already issued without authorization. "The city, by Ordinance No. 10-2007, hereby validated...
  • Ala. man executed for 1993 murder of SC officer

    05/08/2009 8:54:19 PM PDT · by Birch T. Barlow · 19 replies · 1,063+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Friday, May 8, 2009 | By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press Writer
    (05-08) 15:31 PDT Columbia, S.C. (AP) -- An Alabama man convicted of killing a police officer has been executed in South Carolina.Thomas Treshawn Ivey was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. Friday in the state's death chamber in Columbia. The 34-year-old made no final statement. Ivey had been awaiting execution since 1995, when he was convicted of killing Tommy Harrison. Prosecutors said Ivey shot the 38-year-old Orangeburg police sergeant in 1993 after trying to pass a bad check.
  • Sessions Not Necessarily Opposed To Gay Supreme Court Justice

    05/08/2009 12:04:12 AM PDT · by balch3 · 41 replies · 2,140+ views
    CBS ^ | May 6, 2009 | Igor Kosof
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the key Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that he could support a gay Supreme Court justice, The Hill reports. “I’m not inclined to think that’s an automatic disqualification,” Session said of the prospect of a gay justice. Gay rights groups have called on President Obama to install an openly gay justice. “I may disagree with some legal opinion on those issues, but I think fundamentally it will be up to the president to submit somebody who would unite the country and would be a clear statement of a mainstream judge who commits himself to...
  • Did Sessions Say Abortion is Not a Problem for Judicial Candidates?

    05/07/2009 6:29:21 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 13 replies · 962+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 5/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Michael O'Brien over at The Hill reports that Senator Jeff Sessions (R, Ala.) told Fox News recently that he had no litmus test on abortion for judicial candidates and that a judge that had pro-abortion views could get his vote for confirmation. This might alarm anyone that is vehemently anti-abortion. It should also alarm all those conservatives that pushed for Senator Sessions to be made the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...but hold your outrage for just a minute. Let's more closely look at what he said. Read the rest at
  • Help show how this anti-Jeff Sessions report is misleading

    05/07/2009 10:00:52 AM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 13 replies · 898+ views
    America's Voice ^ | 5/7/09 | America's Voice
    [Note: The link is a hit piece on Jeff Sessions, and it would be great if everyone could take a part of it and show how they're lying, misleading, taking things out of context, and so on. Simply dismissing this as not affecting you personally is not an effective thing to say. Simply saying, 'consider the source' is not effective. In order to counteract things like this, you have to show those who might be swayed by the report how the report is wrong.] From the link: Senator Jeff Sessions is one of the leading (and loudest) voices against comprehensive...
  • Sessions says he’d consider gay Supreme Court nominee

    05/06/2009 4:36:16 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 79 replies · 2,696+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 6, 2009 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday he could consider a gay nominee for the nation’s highest court. “I’m not inclined to think that’s an automatic disqualification,” Sessions said of a gay nominee. He said he intends to consider only the nominee’s legal judgment when deciding his support for Justice David Souter’s proposed replacement. “I may disagree with some legal opinion on those issues, but I think fundamentally it will be up to the president to submit somebody who would unite the country and would be a clear statement of a mainstream judge...
  • Politico Dredges Up 26-Year-Old Story for Hit Piece on Sen. Sessions; Uses Liberal Talking Points

    05/06/2009 10:12:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 1,853+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Now that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. has been named the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, some on the far-left are gunning for Alabama's junior senator. The battle is happening as President Barack Obama is on the verge of naming an appointee to the Supreme Court to fill void of Justice David Souter.Some of the left-wing points that suggest Sessions has racist tendencies were incorporated into a May 6 Politico story by John Bresnahan and Manu Raju. "By elevating Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to their top spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republicans have selected their chief inquisitor for...
  • Jeff Sessions's Chequered Past

    05/05/2009 4:49:59 PM PDT · by steve-b · 58 replies · 2,570+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 5/5/09 | Sarah Wildman
    Last week, after Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter switched his party affiliation from red to blue, Alabama senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III seemed all but assured to replace him as leader of the Republican bloc on the Senate judiciary committee. And thus an uncomfortable light shined once again on a man plainly hidden in the ranks of the Senate for a dozen years now. A man known to be one of the most consistently conservative legislators on Capitol Hill. A man noted for his obstructionist tendencies. A man with a chequered history linked to America's racist past. A man, who has...
  • Joke’s over: Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen goes straight

    05/03/2009 4:10:43 PM PDT · by james500 · 10 replies · 1,320+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | 5/3/2009 | Maurice Chittenden and John Harlow
    AFTER 10 years of fooling people with his outrageous alter egos, Sacha Baron Cohen, the British comedy actor, is to switch from stunts to conventional roles. ... He fooled the Alabama national guard into posing with him while he wore a camouflaged thong. But then he tried to dupe a club of septuagenarian ballroom dancers – who had already seen Borat. ... Murray Echols, 75, said: “We gave them more than they planned for. We called the police who told his crew never to show their face in town again.” The dancers went on to expose Baron Cohen’s dummy companies...
  • Alabama Rep. Artur Davis Didn't Vote for Hate Crimes Bill. Don't Look Surprised

    05/02/2009 5:09:57 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 13 replies · 975+ views ^ | May 1, 2009 |
    By a vote of 249-175, Congress passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which gives federal hate crimes protection to queers and provides federal funding for local and state law enforcement agencies to investigate hate crimes. Generally voting along party lines, the Democratic majority pushed the bill through, which now heads to President Obama's desk. But then there's the case of Alabama Rep. Artur Davis, the only eligible member of the Congressional Black Caucus who did not vote for the bill. Surprised? Don't be. Back in 2007, Davis famously became the only CBC member not to vote for...
  • 1,000 Pounds of Fertilizer Stolen; Police Searching for Burglars (Alabama)

    05/02/2009 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Stoat · 98 replies · 3,434+ views
    WHNT-19 News ^ | April 30, 2009 | Clarissa Stephens
    1,000 Pounds of Fertilizer Stolen, Police searching for burglarsClarissa Stephens, Shoals Bureau ReporterApril 30, 2009Burglars targeted a Tuscumbia business early Thursday morning. What's most alarming is what the thieves took from business. The stolen property is potential dangerous material. Approximately 1,000 pounds of high-grade nitrate fertilizer was taken from Greens Keepers on Gann Boulevard in Tuscumbia. The company handles fertilization and weed control for residential and commercial lawns. The owner, John Wagner, says he's been in business for twelve years and nothing like this has ever happened. "It's very unusual," says Wagner. "It was a very big shock to walk...
  • All Eyes on Grassley for Judiciary Republicans’ Post-Specter Shuffle

    05/02/2009 5:31:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 948+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | May 1, 2009 | Kathleen Hunter and Bart Jansen
    As Senate Republicans scramble to determine who will succeed Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Charles E. Grassley , R-Iowa, has some decisions to make — and perhaps even some favors to call in. In the coming days, panel Republicans must decide who will be ranking member for the rest of the 111th Congress. In the end, they may have to choose whether to install a conservative hard-liner — Alabama’s Jeff Sessions — now or preserve a spot for a more moderate “Old Bull” — Grassley — in the 112th Congress. For the various factions...
  • Probable Swine Flu in North Alabama

    04/29/2009 7:34:16 PM PDT · by rlbedfor · 22 replies · 1,418+ views
    Two probable swine flu cases in North Alabama
  • ROBERT DEWITT: Media outlets in short supply of fair, balanced news

    04/27/2009 4:22:23 PM PDT · by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch · 22 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Tuscaloosa News ^ | April 27, 2009 | Robert DeWitt
    The American news media should provide this country with a 'marketplace of ideas.' It would like to provide Americans with a company commissary. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, company towns were common. A saw mill, steel mill or coal mine built a town around the industry and supplied life's basic necessities, including a retail store. The mills and mines sometimes paid in 'script' fake money redeemable only at the company store. Sometimes they allowed workers credit at the company store and deducted the store bill from the workers' checks. The mines and mills not only controlled what...
  • Morgan County Shooting Under Investigation

    04/27/2009 4:25:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 553+ views
    waaytv ^ | 26 April, 2009 | na
    Morgan and Limestone County officials continue to investigate a weekend shooting in Morgan County. It happened at 8:45 Saturday night on Garrett Road in Priceville. According to the Limestone County Sheriff's Department, Tim Garth of Belle Mina shot brothers Ricky and Sam Brown. Ricky brown was taken to Huntsville Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His brother Sam was shot in the leg. Authorities say the two brothers initially assaulted Garth at his home. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says the case has not been ruled as a murder yet, and there may be indication the incident was self-defense. No...
  • Auburn councilman removes Confederate flags from cemetery

    Mary Norman, president of Auburn (AL) Heritage Association, said she was at her family's burial plot in Pine Hill Cemetery when Councilman Arthur Dowdell removed the small Confederate flag from her great-grandfather's grave Thursday afternoon. "He pulled up the flag, snapped it in two and put it in his car," said Norman, who is white.
  • Fight Property Rights Abuse (Eminent Domain, Blacks, and Montgomery)

    04/26/2009 6:31:01 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | April 26, 2009 | David T. Beito
    What is happening in the cradle of the modern civil rights movement? Jimmy McCall would like to know. 'It was more my dream house,' he laments, 'and the city tore it down ... It reminds me of how they used to mistreat black people in the Old South.' In 1955, Rosa Parks took on the whole system of Jim Crow by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus. Today, McCall is waging a lonely battle against the same city government for another civil right: the freedom to build a home on his own land. Though McCall's...
  • NASCAR - The Aaron's 499 - from Talladega - on FOX, Sunday 4-26-07 at 1:00pm ET -- Race #9 of 36

    04/22/2009 4:24:19 PM PDT · by glock rocks · 791 replies · 8,498+ views
    . The Aaron's 499 Sunday 1:00 pm ET on FOX from Talladega Superspeedway SPEED Pre-race show at 11:30 ETFOX Pre-race show at 1:00 ET Green Flag 2:16 Please visit the FR Canteen - Dedicated to our troops, veterans, and their families: The FR Canteen God Bless Our Troops Please pray on this day, and every day, for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm's way around the world in defense of our liberty, and for the families awaiting their safe return.
  • Black official removes graves' Confederate flags

    Black official removes graves' Confederate flags (AP) — AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Several Confederate flags placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers got pulled up by a black Auburn city councilman, who called them symbols of racism and hatred. Mary Norman, president of Auburn Heritage Association, said she was at her family's burial plot in Pine Hill Cemetery when Councilman Arthur Dowdell removed the small Confederate flag from her great-grandfather's grave Thursday afternoon. "He pulled up the flag, snapped it in two and put it in his car," said Norman, who is white.
  • County and city leaders battle illegal immigration issue

    04/23/2009 10:24:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 436+ views ^ | April 23, 2009 | Elizabeth Gentle
    HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Since Friday's deadly accident that may have involved an illegal immigrant, the topic has once again become a talker. Many want to know what, if anything, can be done to stop it. Illegal imigration is a problem, especially for law enforcement. There aren't enough trained officers to deal with a growing Hispanic population. That's why city and county leaders are fighting for change. Felix Ortega was charged with murder in the deaths of two teens who died in a fiery car crash Friday night on Airport Road. Nearly a week later, Huntsville Police still have not...
  • Long Live Conservatism! Long Live Liberty! (2nd qtr '09 FReepathon thread IX)

    04/22/2009 1:10:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 142 replies · 6,794+ views
    It's been said that conservatism has different meanings for different people. It may not be textbook, but without a whole lot of navel gazing, here's what it means to me and what Free Republic is all about: In a word, Freedom! In two words, Preserving Freedom. In a handful of words as stated by our Founding Fathers, to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity! America was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal by God and that our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are granted directly by God...
  • Grisly slayings brings Mexican drug war to US

    04/18/2009 3:46:22 PM PDT · by AuntB · 34 replies · 1,858+ views
    AP ^ | April 18, 2009 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA
    COLUMBIANA, Ala. – Five men dead in an apartment. In a county that might see five homicides in an entire year.... A type of crime, and criminal, once foreign to this landscape of blooming dogwoods had arrived in Shelby County . Sheriff Chris Curry felt it even before he laid eyes on the grisly scene. He called the state. The FBI. The DEA. Anyone he could think of. "I don't know what I've got," he warned them. "But I'm gonna need help." The five dead men lay scattered about the living room of one apartment in a complex of hundreds....
  • 'Ammunition Accountability' Legislation. (No ammo sales after 6/30/2009)

    04/20/2009 2:33:55 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 79 replies · 6,155+ views
    email | 4/20/2009
    Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009. It has already started: 'Ammunition Accountability' Legislation. Remember how Obama said that he wasn't going to take your guns? Well, it seems that his allies in the anti-gun world have no problem with taking your ammo! The bill that is being pushed in 18 states (including Illinois and Indiana) requires all ammunition to be encoded by the manufacturer, a data base of all ammunition sales. So, they will know how much you buy and what calibers. Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009 unless the ammunition is coded. Any...
  • A Tragedy That Needs To Be Politicized

    04/21/2009 6:29:50 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 3 replies · 653+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 21 April 2009 | .cnI redruM
    Sometimes, despite the best of our intentions, the worst truly happens. Unacceptable and inexcusable evil strikes the innocent down dead. It does so for no reason, and it does so for nobody’s benefit. Evil, simply just is. Other times, the worst of consequences should and could have been prevented. Huntsville, Alabama teenagers Leigh Anna Jimmerson and Tad Mattle appear to have been stricken down by just such an act of unconscionable non-random malice. They were rear-ended by a drunken driver Friday night and killed. The drunken driver was obviously in our country illegally. I’ll repeat in a voice of outrage...
  • 'How hate crimes laws forced me into exile'

    04/21/2009 4:48:11 AM PDT · by kindred · 30 replies · 1,587+ views
    WND ^ | April 20, 2009 | Alyssa Farah
    Artur Davis, D-Ala., admitted that the law would not protect a pastor from prosecution. Scarborough reported the U.S. plan is to be voted on in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. "Hate crimes laws are actually 'thought crimes' laws that violate the right to freedom of speech and of conscience," warned Liberty Counsel. "Hate crimes laws will have a chilling effect on people who have moral or religious objections to homosexual behavior. Evidence of a person’s beliefs will be used against any individuals who are even suspected of criminal activity. "Hate crimes laws are unnecessary, as criminal laws already provide criminal...
  • Pass the ammunition (ammo sales are booming)

    04/21/2009 7:11:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies · 3,113+ views
    Powerline ^ | 4/21/2009 | Scott Johnson
    We are in the midst of a national ammunition shortage. Provoked by an AP story attributing the shortage to military demand (i.e., Presient Bush), Bob Owens started writing about the shortage in 2007. Owens debunked the AP story claiming the military's consumption of ammunition was responsible for police ammunition shortages in the United States. Owens revisited the subject in February of this year, reviewing possible causes of the current shortage. Sales of ammo are booming, making it what Glenn Reynolds calls "an economic bright spot." Last month ESPN took a look at booming ammo sales, including an interesting Google Trends...
  • PETA protesting mass chicken dance at NASCAR race in Alabama

    04/21/2009 12:24:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies · 1,150+ views
    WHNT 19 News ^ | April 20, 2009 | n/a
    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — PETA is taking on what it describes as a new affront to animals: NASCAR fans doing the chicken dance. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked Guinness World Records Inc. on Monday to ignore an attempt to set a world record for the largest group chicken dance at the Talladega Superspeedway, site of the Aaron's 499 race on Sunday. The reason? KFC is the sponsor of the record attempt, and the animal rights group says the fast-food company is cruel to chickens. A KFC spokesman defended the company's treatment of animals and said it hoped...
  • The Tax Day Tea Party a huge SUCCESS!! Gov, media shocked and speechless!! (FReepathon thread VIII)

    04/20/2009 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 258 replies · 12,205+ views
    Do not believe the nattering nabobs of negativity. The Nationwide Tax Day TEA Party/Tax Revolt was a huge success!! What we need now is MORE and LOUDER!! Obama has no clue. Being confronted by millions of fed-up citizens is new to him. He never expected the otherwise docile American people to rise up against his wannabe Marxist/fascist totalitarian regime. He's now lashing out at us through the Dept of Homeland Security as if We the People are his enemy. Well, we are! And he now knows it. And he's scared witless!! And the media has been reduced to the speechless,...
  • Woo hoo!! Over 600 TEA Parties, 750,000 patriots, all 50 states engaged!! (FReepathon thread VII)

    04/18/2009 11:36:17 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 222 replies · 12,308+ views
    Click here to support FR ^ | April 18, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Congratulations FReepers and Patriots! According to Henchster's ongoing tallies, we've surpassed 750,000 participants in our nationwide Tax Day TEA Party/Tax Revolt! Woo hoo!! All 50 states fully engaged! Over 600 cities represented and reports still coming in! Huge turnout, huge SUCCESS!! Elected officials take note: DO NOT TREAD ON ME!! Tyranny, usurpation, corruption, overreaching, big spending, high taxing will no longer be tolerated! We the people are FED-UP and we're not going to take it anymore! Ignore us at your own peril! All Congressional seats, all elected offices throughout the land at risk! Revolution is in the air!!
  • Tea Parties Continue... Athens, AL

    04/18/2009 1:33:28 PM PDT · by WayneM · 17 replies · 1,075+ views
    Self | 18APR09 | Self
    The Tea Parties Continue. Get used to it, libs! This is from Athens, AL, and was held today. I counted at lease 225 in attendence, which is not too shabby for a town with less than 20,000 population. Good speakers (Alabama State Rep. Mickey Hammons, talk show host Will Anderson, and several others). The only bad thing about being next to US HWY 72 was that the speakers were often drowned out by the horns honking. Much cheering, horns blaring, and thumbs up from the passers-by. VERY encouraging. The strange thing is that I was unable to find anyone who...
  • Woman makes cup of tea after being shot in head

    04/18/2009 11:02:16 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 33 replies · 1,503+ views
    Police and doctors hailed the survival of Tammy Sexton, 47, as miraculous after a bullet from a .38-calibre handgun struck her squarely in the forehead, passed through her skull and exited through the back of her head. She is expected to make a full recovery, while her husband shot himself dead after the attack on his wife. But law enforcement officers in Jackson County, Mississippi, were also astonished that Mrs Sexton offered them tea when they arrived at her home after the shooting. Sheriff Mike Byrd said: "When the officer got there she said, 'What's going on?' She was holding...
  • House Democrat Leaders: Tea Partiers Are Racist, Nazi, Gun Nuts

    04/16/2009 11:58:07 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 102 replies · 4,854+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 16, 2009 12:31 PM | Posted by Brian Faughnan
    If the Obama administration has taken flak for suggesting that conservative groups might be home to domestic terrorists, it looks like some House Democrat leaders are willing to go even further: But in an interview on Fox TV in San Francisco, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) chalked up the GOP grass-roots effort as “AstroTurf.” “This initiative is funded by the high end; we call it AstroTurf, it's not really a grass-roots movement. It's AstroTurf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class,” Pelosi said....
  • Huntsville Alabama Tea Party

    04/16/2009 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Paratrooper · 13 replies · 760+ views
    2,000-3,000 attended Tea Party in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tea Party Participants...LIVE Thread, please post pics and updates here

    04/15/2009 5:29:39 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 794 replies · 45,929+ views
    Please post what is happening at your tea party here, your location and attendance...and as always, lots of pictures:)
  • Non-Partisan Group Estimates Number of Electoral Votes in Each State in 2012

    04/14/2009 5:46:54 PM PDT · by CalifScreaming · 24 replies · 1,867+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | April 14, 2009 | Richard Winger
    After the 2010 census has been held, the number of seats held by each state in the U.S. House of Representatives will change. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently estimated what the 2010 reapportionment will mean for each state. Eight states are expected to lose one seat each, in the U.S. House and in the Electoral College. They are Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. States that will gain will be Texas (3 seats), and one each for Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah. If the bill now pending in Congress to expand the...
  • Roy Moore, Alabama's "Ten Commandments Judge," Says He's Likely to Run for Governor

    04/12/2009 6:52:16 PM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 888+ views
    Birmingham News ^ | April 12, 2009 | Hannah Wolfson
    Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's very likely to run for governor again next year. Moore told the Associated Press that he plans to announce his decision June 1. That's when he could start raising money for the Republican primary in June 2010. "Right now I'm very inclined to enter. I feel there is a need, and I feel I'm well qualified for the position," he said. Moore, 62, garnered just 33 percent of the GOP primary vote when he ran against Gov. Bob Riley in 2006. But Riley can't run again in 2010. In that...