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  • Karen Gravano Says Mob Life Had Its Perks

    02/10/2012 10:35:50 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/10/12 | Friends of Ours
    Mob Wives reality star Karen Gravano is releasing her memoirs Mob Daughter on Valentine's Day, and the families of victims murdered by her father ex-Gambino underboss Sammy the Bull are apoplectic as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "My brother was killed by Sammy, then he was killed again when he wrote his book and now he's being killed a third time in her book," said Roseanne Massa, whose brother Michael DeBatt was shot dead in 1987 on Salvatore Gravano's orders. "Having our family members killed over and over again is not a way to hold to our...
  • Freedom Fest Global Financial Summit Founder Mark Skousen Speaks Out--02-04-2012

    02/06/2012 11:20:02 AM PST · by appeal2
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 02/06/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    When Mark Skousen started Freedom Fest in 2002 he didn't think he was giving birth to a movement. Now, it's a decade later and thousands of people around the world are aware of Freedom Fest and routinely attend its events. I caught up with Mark at the Global Financial Summit in the Bahamas last week. As a freedom loving person, Mark was anxious to create a place where fellow freedom lovers could gather and start fighting the ever increases governmental encroachments. Far from being a US phenomena, governments across the globe have had an ongoing undeclared war on individual freedom...
  • Bringing Freedom to Afghanistan - An interview with one man fighting for liberty in the Middle East

    01/31/2012 2:36:01 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/31/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Professor Abul Ahrar Ramizpoor was 9 years old when troops from the U.S.S.R. intervened in Afghanistan in 1979. He remembers standing with his family, feeding their small library of books one-by-one into a fire. They had heard stories of the Soviet communists murdering “intellectual” Afghan citizens and Ramizpoor’s father wanted to keep his family safe. Ramizpoor and most of his family survived the 10-year Soviet occupation of his home country. Today he is married with two young children and works as a United Nations human rights officer. He has also started Afghanistan’s first free-market think tank promoting classical liberal values....
  • Dr. Yaron Brook Explains Why Ayn Rand Was Right--01-27-2012

    01/27/2012 1:25:57 PM PST · by appeal2 · 14 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 01/27/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Dr. Yaron Brook has led the Ayn Rand Institute for the past 11 years. He believes the most important debate of out time is not economic but philosophic: you are not your brother's keeper. Rather, your primary purpose is to the live the best life that you possibly can. This means being your own master and living on YOUR terms. You will be the most successful when you are the freest to pursue your goals and dreams. Unfortunately, this important debate is all but ignored during most political campaigns. Until we address this threshold issue, not much human progress will...
  • Tom Clancy takes the gloves off..latest bad guys are carbon copies of George Soros and Lynn Stewart

    01/26/2012 10:46:13 AM PST · by ken5050 · 26 replies
    one man's opinion....
    Tom Clancy's latest thriller, "Locked On" is, as always, a really good read. Many FReepers, like myself, have been fans ever since "The Hunt for Red October." There is one thing however, that is suprisingly different in his newest novel.
  • iBooks Author is cool, but will not save education

    01/21/2012 6:48:31 PM PST · by walkwu · 34 replies
    John's Wise Thoughts ^ | 21 Jan. 2012 | John Walker
    If you paid any attention to the rumblings in the technology industry this week, you would know that Apple released a piece of software that will supposedly revolutionize the educational industry. iBooks Author is the culmination of many years of internal developments at Apple. Modernizing education was, of course, the passion of Apple's late legendary leader, Steve Jobs, and was the project he most wanted to see come to light. Let me be clear, what Apple released Thursday, Jan. 19., is revolutionary. It will change many aspects of education within the United States and potentially worldwide. However, it will not...
  • Some Book Reviews, Politics, Delaware News, True Crime

    01/18/2012 2:46:53 PM PST · by Fishtalk · 2 replies
    Pat Fish's Blog ^ | 1/18/12 | Pat Fish
    Just a couple of recent Blog posts of mine that might be of interest to Freepers. Some book reviews, some politics, some Delaware news. Book ReviewBringing Adam Home-Time for Adam Walsh to Receive Some Justice Delaware NewsThe Race for the 6th Senatorial District-the Controversy, Christine O'Donnell Betrays True CrimeGod Bless Eve Carson-She Wanted Her Killers to Pray With Her. More True Crime Political NewsWhat's New, What's Old, What the Jug-Eared Dictator Does Now Book Review"Turn Right at Machu Pichu" by Mark Adams-Who Knew Exploring Could Be funny?
  • Capitol Punishment

    01/17/2012 7:33:35 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties
    Noman Says ^ | 1/13/12 | Noman
    Jack Abramoff's political confession, "Capitol Punishment," promises to provide a respite from daily reports of government corruption, civil liberties violations, abuses of power, constitution shredding, mad power grabs, cover-up, phoniness and lies emanating from the current White House. He sounds like a one-of-a-kind guy: "a power-lifting, football playing, Orthodox Jewish, right wing Republican opera buff. You know the type." It's good to know that his ordeal didn't rob him of his sense of humor. Abramoff was exhibit A-Z in the museum of corrupt Washington types: homo-lobbyist. What makes that laughable is the suggestion that any one person sits at the...
  • A Letter from Dr. Tim LaHaye to South Carolina Pastors and Evangelicals (ENDORSES NEWT!!)

    01/14/2012 12:02:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 2+ views
    The Vault ^ | January 14, 2012 | Dr. Tim LaHaye, author "Left Behind" series
    Dear fellow South Carolina evangelicals and pastors: You may find this hard to believe, but in 1947-48 I was the pastor of the Oolenoy Baptist church in Pumpkintown, S.C, thirty five miles out in the country from Greenville. It was there that I was ordained to the Gospel ministry and have been in the Lord’s work for over 64 happy years. The reason I am writing you is because as a South Carolinian, you are in a strategic position to help America at this historic time in our nation’s history. During the last three years our nation has been led...
  • MEMRI Spoofed

    01/12/2012 9:06:30 AM PST · by pabianice · 2 replies
    MEMRI.COM | 1/12/12
    MEMRI - The Middle East Media Research Institute - has for years been an invaluable source for revealing the double talk and outright flood of lies coming from the Arab world about Israel in particular and Jews in general. MEMRI can be found at I accidentally entered .com vs. .org and found a spoof site, It carries Arab propaganda against Israel, Jews, and for good measure Christians. Its main organ seems to be Jerusalem World News, which carries stories about evil Jews and Christians working to harm Islam. As noted above, one current story is about Israeli Jews...
  • New Hampshire Primary Day Plus One, and The Invisible Men

    01/11/2012 12:09:50 AM PST · by quicksilver123 · 5 replies
    These New Times ^ | 1/11/2012 |
    It’s an anniversary of sorts. It was four years ago this week, the day after the New Hampshire primary when I first began to become an invisible man. It all started when I fell down dead on the living room floor. Apparently, a lifetimes of cigarettes, brownies and Italian sausage has consequences. At midnight, without any warning other than mild heartburn, I collapsed and heard my wife call 911. She alternated between assuring me that I was fine and telling the 911 operator that if they didn’t get there soon, I would be gone. Within minutes there was the loud...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Review of Grisham's Latest Book, The Litigators

    01/04/2012 11:46:04 AM PST · by appeal2 · 3 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 01/04/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    John Grisham has been an international, best selling author for nearly 20 years. His specialty, legal thrillers like The Firm, The Rainmaker, The Litigators and many others; Grisham has also written a couple of children's legal thrillers as well. He's sold over 250 million books, ranking him among the most successful authors on the planet. I've enjoyed his earlier works; but recently, I've found that his work was starting to feel like it was written from a standard outline. However, his latest work, The Litigators, seems to have broken this formulaic mold. The story centers on David Zinc, a Harvard...
  • Did Santorum Strike Nerve?

    01/03/2012 11:07:43 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 3, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Whether he wins the Iowa Caucuses or not, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has apparently hit a raw nerve in higher education. “Let’s look at colleges and universities,” he said in Mason City, Iowa. “They’ve become indoctrination centers for the left.” “Should we be subsidizing that?” Evidently, merely calling for shutting off the federal spondulix is tantamount to repression. “Santorum shows his great commitment to the First Amendment by declaring that the federal government should punish institutions for their ideology,” John Wilson writes on the academe blog. “If colleges aren’t supporting Republican ideas, Santorum tells us, the government should de-fund...
  • Suggested Readings: The Best Books of 2011

    12/31/2011 12:08:25 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 12/28/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    This list is my opinion of the best nonfiction books on the subject of economics, policy or law that came out in the year 2011 (with one exception). Though it is probably too late to pick these books up in time for Christmas, readers are encouraged to look into the after-holiday sales and check out some of the best work from the past year. “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans” – Gov. Mitch Daniels Daniels is the current governor of Indiana. He was also the speaker at a recent Mackinac Center event, where he gave a taste of...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Are School Teachers Obsolete--Episode 139

    12/29/2011 11:13:58 AM PST · by appeal2 · 9 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 12/29/2011 | Kerry Lutz
    Richard F. Miniter has an intriguing article in Richard believes the advent of the Kindle and the Nook will lead education back to its original methods, namely autodidacticism. In his article, A World Without Schoolteachers, Richard describes personal experiences and references a large body of evidence supporting the fact that home-schooled children routinely out perform their public school rivals in standardized testing as well as national spelling and geography bees. However, home-schooling isn't for everyone. If a parent is not available due to work demands, then who will supervise the student? We don't want to end up with the...
  • Tim Tebow: Bestselling Religious Author of 2011 for "Through My Eyes" book

    12/28/2011 1:35:35 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 4 replies ^ | December 26, 2011 | CleanTVcom
    Well, the statistics are in and NFL football star Tim Tebow has yet one more sterling accomplishment--but this one is not about football. It's about his book, "Through My Eyes," about his Christian life story. With staggeringly high sales, Tim Tebow has become the #1 best-selling religious author in America for 2011. Tim explains how his dad told him early in life that becoming a star gives a person a platform for good or evil. He also taught Tim that success opens the door to all sorts of temptations. So Tim purposed in his heart to become a good role...
  • [Book Review on Daily Mail Asks If ] U.S. President Richard Nixon Had Gay Old Time With Cuban Mobst

    12/27/2011 4:55:28 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 42 replies
    Apparently we'll be referring to Richard Nixon -- the nation's only President to resign in disgrace -- as "Tricky Dick" for another reason. In the newly released biography Nixon's Darkest Secrets veteran Washington reporter Don Fulsom alleges the 37th President who served from 1969 to 1972 "may have had an affair with his best friend and confidant, a Mafia‑connected Florida wheeler-dealer named Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo who was even more crooked than Nixon" as reported by Tom Leonard for the Daily Mail: Bebe Rebozo was a short, swarthy, good-looking Cuban-American businessman with a history of failed relationships with women and close...
  • Lord of the Rings - Yearly Ritual

    12/26/2011 5:31:35 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 51 replies
    12/26/11 | dagogo redux
    Every year now for a number of years my wife and I watch the entire six disc extended version of the Lord of the Rings during the gloomy Northwest winter around the Thanksgiving-to New-Years time. It helps us through the winter gloom, but since Obama's election it also helps us maintain hope and courage. I grew up on Tolkien before he was well known, and it probably shaped me in ways I can scarcely appreciate. My wife on the other hand, from the Third World, had no inkling of Tolkien until this movie cycle came out. We are both very...
  • "And Mary brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus." Matthew 1:25

    12/25/2011 10:16:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coachis Right ^ | 12/25/2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    A young quarterback who dropped to his knee after humiliating the Chicago Bears in an unbelievable overtime win is doing more to exemplify his faith in God to our young people than a president’s dismissive Sunday golf games. The example of Tim Tebow’s mother refusing to abort him when her doctors told her to do so is in stunning contrast to Barack Obama’s actions in the Illinois State Senate when he voted against the Baby Born Alive bill. Remember when he said soon upon entering the White House that America is no longer a Christian nation? Just go to
  • The birth of Jesus Christ as found in Luke 2:1-20

    12/25/2011 10:10:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/2011 | Luke
    In this time of worry about the future of our nation let us pause to remember the gift God gave us on the first Christmas morning. Here is the story of Christ’s birth as told to us by St. Luke @2: 1-20) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to...