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  • Vodka (Vodka Vanity)

    01/01/2016 4:47:54 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 117 replies
    me | 01/01/2016 | me
    My brother in law bought me this bottle of Grays Peak Small Batch vodka for Christmas. Dang nice looking bottle. I haven't opened it yet. But I'm wondering who here has a preference for vodka and if you really can tell the difference between one American Vodka and another? This one is going to end up in white russians anyway. The Dude would doubtless approve.
  • Who with be the next candidate to drop out?

    11/11/2015 8:56:52 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 44 replies
    me ^ | 11/11/15 | me
    Who do you THINK will be the next candidate to drop out? I'm including the Democrats but excluding some of the Republicans who really aren't running any kind of campaign (Jim Gilmore, Lizzy Graham, Pataki...) Bonus points for picking when. Jeb Bush Ben Carson Chris Christie Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina Mike Huckabee Boddy Jindal John Kasich Rand Paul Marco Rubio Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Mark O'Malley Bernie Sanders
  • 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners

    11/10/2015 4:57:07 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 19 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 11/10/15 | Drew Silva
    National League C Yadier Molina, Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 2B Dee Gordon, Marlins 3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies SS Brandon Crawford, Giants LF Starling Marte, Pirates CF A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks RF Jason Heyward, Cardinals P Zack Greinke, Dodgers American League C Salvador Perez, Royals 1B Eric Hosmer, Royals 2B Jose Altuve, Astros 3B Manny Machado, Orioles SS Alcides Escobar, Royals LF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers/Mets CF Kevin Kiermaier, Rays RF Kole Calhoun, Angels P Dallas Keuchel, Astros
  • What song do you sing to yourself?

    11/08/2015 2:57:08 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 170 replies
    Me | 11/08/2015 | Me
    So I'm walking around the house singing The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun" to myself. And I wondered what other FReepers sing to themselves...
  • Retired MLB star Berkman: Tolerance is 'killing our country'

    11/06/2015 4:09:56 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2015 | Marissa Payne
    Six-time MLB all-star Lance Berkman used to be a star on a field, but a starring role in an advertisement against a recently failed Houston equality referendum has some in the city wishing he’d fade away. In the ad, which took a stand against the Houston equal-rights ordinance (HERO), the former Houston Astros and Texas Rangers player urged everyone to “vote no” because it would allow “troubled men” to use women’s bathrooms. (snip) The fight for Berkman, however, seems to only have just begun. After the ordinance failed, Berkman doubled down on his comments and said he wasn’t just worried...
  • World Series Game 4 thread. (Royals need to take one of three in NY to make me happy)

    10/31/2015 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 2 replies
    Me | 10/31/15 | Artemis Webb
    GO Royals!!
  • Why isn't Ted Cruz doing better in the polls? What's your opinion? (Vanity)

    10/22/2015 6:07:21 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 77 replies
    me ^ | 10/22/15 | me
    In every poll I see, Ted Cruz is a distant 4th, sometimes 5th. The guy has a very well organized ground game. He's knowledgable. He acts presidential. So why isn't he doing better in the polls? I'm interested in opinions.
  • Cubs vs Mets NOW! (Cubs better get busy) Royals take 3-1 lead in the ALCS

    10/20/2015 5:06:17 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 62 replies
    me ^ | 10/20/15 | me
    The Cubs have got to win this game or they're in trouble. Well, they're already in trouble, but it can get worse. Royals beat the stuffing out of the Blue Jays 14-2!
  • Baseball! Royals leading in ALCS game 2. Cubs and Mets tonight THE Thread!

    10/17/2015 4:06:29 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 81 replies
    Me ^ | 10/17/2015 | Me
    No doubt the ratings will be big for the Cubs/Mets game. Go Cubs!
  • Cubs beat Cards, Royals beat Astros, Rangers beat Rangers, Mets and Dodgers game 5 lovefest tonight!

    10/15/2015 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 119 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10/15/15 | Me
    My Cardinals lost. I'm going to pull for the Cubs to go the whole way! I was glad to see the Royals win. My hometown of Springfield Missouri used to be a Royals stronghold before The Dark Years. My wife still has a bobblehead of George Brett on the entertainment cabinet. The Rangers...I don't know what to say. That 7th inning was the strangest and ugliest inning of baseball I've ever seen in my life. As for tonights game between the Mets and Dodgers, it certainly won't lack for enmity. Don't expect kissing and making up after it's over.
  • Warner Bros. Teams Up With Legendary for Kong and Godzilla

    10/15/2015 7:02:55 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/14/15 | Ben Fritz
    Already home to superheroes, young wizards and Legos, Warner Bros. is making room for some monsters. The studio announced Wednesday it has reached a deal with Legendary Pictures to release Kong: Skull Island in 2017, sequel Godzilla 2 in 2018, and the mash-up Godzilla Vs. Kong in 2020.
  • Mets' Ruben Tejada fractures lower leg on Chase Utley's hard slide

    10/11/2015 5:02:28 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 59 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/10/15 | Mark Saxon
    LOS ANGELES -- Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada suffered a fracture to the fibula of his lower right leg in a nasty collision at second base Saturday night in the seventh inning of a Game 2 loss to the Dodgers in the NL Divison Series. The Dodgers' Chase Utley slid late and hit Tejada hard just as Tejada was turning around to attempt a double play on a grounder hit by Howie Kendrick. Tejada flipped over Utley and landed hard on his left side. The Dodgers went on to score a total of four runs in the inning en route to...
  • 10/9/15 MLB Thread. KC wins. StL winning. Dodgers/Mets yet to play. Oh, and the BlueJays suck.

    10/09/2015 5:07:46 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 66 replies
    Me ^ | 10/9/15 | Me
  • Non-Official Thread For NL Wild Card, Cubs at the Pirates. 8:00 P.M. Eastern

    10/07/2015 2:18:09 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 74 replies
    Me ^ | 10/7/15 | Me
    I will try to post one of these for each series also, NOT EACH GAME, or something like that. Thanks to ken5050!
  • Astros advance, end Yankees' season

    10/07/2015 5:39:35 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 86 replies
    AP ^ | 10/7/15 | HOWIE RUMBERG
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A year ago, no one could've pictured this. Yet here they were, Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, soaking in champagne, merrily posing for a victory shot on the mound at Yankee Stadium. After all that losing, this was one October win to remember. Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled New York for six innings of three-hit ball. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros beat the Yankees 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game. "Nobody really gave us anything at the start of...
  • Rangers win AL West on final day; Angels' loss puts Astros in playoffs

    10/04/2015 3:40:26 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 51 replies
    AP ^ | 10/4/15
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers finally clinched the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. Hamels pitched a three-hitter, Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead homer and the Rangers beat the Angels 9-2 Sunday, eliminating Los Angeles from playoff contention. A year after their 95 losses were the most in the American League, two months after they were still eight games out of first place and three days after ensuring themselves a postseason spot, the Rangers wrapped up their sixth division title. Texas plays its first AL division series game since 2011 on...
  • Derek Jeter exited, Alex Rodriguez returned and the Yankees are back in the playoffs

    10/02/2015 8:13:29 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/01/15 | Andrew Marchand
    NEW YORK -- There was an old-school vibe as the New York Yankees celebrated their wild-card-clinching win in the home clubhouse in the Bronx. Rap songs from Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys played on the stereo system. The song "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" blasted at one point during a very happy, but subdued, champagne celebration. The song seemed appropriate because this Yankee team is an overachieving bunch that has exceeded most expectations. "No one thought we would go anywhere this year, but we have come together the last eight months and it's been...
  • Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk in gay marriage row

    09/30/2015 4:19:38 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/30/15 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    A Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples secretly met Pope Francis during his visit to the United States last week, a meeting she called greatly encouraging. The Vatican confirmed the pope's meeting in a brief statement on Wednesday. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband met the pope during the Washington leg of his U.S. visit, she and her lawyer told American media.
  • Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers make franchise history with third straight title

    09/30/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 9/29/15
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw lingered on the field a few moments longer than the rest of his Los Angeles teammates, then looked up at the cheering fans in Dodger Blue, smiled and tipped his cap before quickly disappearing into the dugout and heading off to celebrate. Kershaw pitched the big-money Dodgers to their third straight National League West title, tossing a one-hitter as Los Angeles beat Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants 8-0 on Tuesday night. Kershaw allowed just a third-inning single and struck out 13, and now he'll get a chance to erase those sour postseason memories...
  • Cubs clinch first playoff spot since '08 with Giants' elimination (Mets,Jays,Pirates in too!)

    09/26/2015 6:16:10 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 36 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/26/15
    The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008. The Cubs were assured of at least an NL wild-card slot Friday night when San Francisco lost to Oakland 5-4, eliminating the Giants from playoff contention. The sign outside Wrigley Field lit up with "Cubs Clinch Postseason Berth'' after it became official late Friday night. Fans gathered around to take pictures and mark Chicago's return for the first time since 2008.
  • Soldier Punished for Interfering in Child Assault by Afghan

    09/23/2015 7:17:05 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09/22/2015 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON The Pentagon and the White House condemned on Monday reports that Afghan forces who worked with U.S. military personnel sexually assaulted boys, and members of Congress complained about a U.S. soldier being forced out of the military because he intervened in 2011, attacking an Afghan police commander he believed was raping a child. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and others are questioning whether the U.S. military routinely discouraged troops from intervening in such sexual assaults. Hunter said Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland must leave the Army by Nov. 1, because his intervention to stop a child rape triggered...
  • Sandy Koufax's refusal to pitch on Yom Kippur still resonates

    09/22/2015 1:39:46 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/22/2015 | Jim Caple
    Half a century ago, when Los Angeles Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax chose not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins because it fell on Yom Kippur, Elliot Strom was a 15-year-old baseball fan in Toronto. After attending services that morning, Strom, who acknowledges that at the time he "wasn't the best synagogue attender in the world," told his father he planned to stay home that afternoon and watch the World Series on TV rather than return for late services. This did not go over well. "My father was very unhappy with me,'' Strom recalls....
  • Cardinals make playoffs again, despite potentially derailing injuries

    09/20/2015 5:58:43 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 18 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/20/2015
    The St. Louis Cardinals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the major leagues Saturday, but it wasnt anything they did. The San Francisco Giants loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, a few hours after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-4, made sure St. Louis will make the postseason. This is the fifth consecutive season the Cardinals will make the playoffs, a run of postseasons that is a franchise record for the team with the second-most World Series titles (11). St. Louis success this season -- the Cardinals have by far the best record in baseball (92-56)...
  • Top GOP pollster: Here's the only thing that can tear down Donald Trump

    09/16/2015 3:37:28 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/16/2015 | Maxwell Tani
    SIMI VALLEY, California A top pollster who has analyzed the motivations behind Donald Trump supporters says that there's only one thing that the real estate mogul can do wrong: Not be himself. Ahead of the second Republican debate in Simi Valley, California, on Wednesday, Republican pollster Frank Luntz told Business Insider that the only one way that Trump can lose support is if he forgoes his outspoken style. It's an outcome that Luntz doubts. "The key to Donald Trumps success is authenticity. The moment he comes across as the other candidates, the moment that he comes across as a...
  • Rangers' latest late rally pushes Texas past the Astros

    09/16/2015 9:25:53 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 39 replies
    ESPN ^ | 09/15/15 | Jean Jaques-Taylor
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' red-clad fans stood on their feet clapping in unison before the start of the ninth inning, anticipating something special Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. They never sat down. Three batters into the inning, the Rangers had their seventh walk-off win of the season. Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly to center field scored pinch-runner Drew Stubbs with the winning run. Texas 6, Houston 5. The Rangers, left for dead in late July when they fell nine games behind the Houston Astros, will wake up Wednesday morning in first place for the first time this season.
  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Mayim Bialik: It's Not "Trendy to Be Observant or Religious in..."

    08/24/2015 4:20:41 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 51 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 08/22/2015 | Natalie Stone
    Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik believes that "it's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles." The Jewish married mother of two told Fox News that she received a lot of negative attention after taking a trip to Israel. "I've gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel," she said about her trip to visit a friend in the Israel Defense Forces. "That's what's amazing...simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, 'I've gone to Israel,' I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually...
  • Price of new Amazon tablet could be big attraction

    09/28/2011 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/28/11 | Alistair Barr
    (Reuters) - Inc is expected to launch its long-awaited tablet computer on Wednesday, sporting a low-enough price to give Apple Inc's iPad some serious competition for the first time. At a news conference Wednesday morning in New York, Amazon will likely unveil a seven-inch tablet that will let users read e-books, download digital music and video games and stream movies and TV shows. Analysts expect the tablet to be priced around $250, roughly half the price of Apple's dominant iPad, which starts at $499. "If Amazon prices the Kindle Fire at $250, it has the potential to become the...
  • The world is an evil place and why I don't click on articles about child murders

    08/30/2011 7:04:13 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 19 replies
    Vanity | 083011 | Artemis Webb
    There's an article posted this morning, "Mother 'bludgeoned daughters 7 and 4 to death with a hatchet after failed pregnancy". It's not that the poster doesn't have a right to post a legitimate news story. It's not that the poster is doing anything morally wrong by posting it. Indeed I have no doubt that the poster is as sickened and grieved by the murders of children as any other decent person is. Maybe it's just me. I used to drive slowly past the bad wreck and crane my neck to see "whatever there was to see" Now I want to...
  • Best Pizza Places in the U.S. (Coastal Bias BS)

    08/22/2011 2:05:32 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 81 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | 082211 | Food & Wine
    Here, we've chosen the best places for pizza around the country from new guard spotsincluding a Bay Area pizzeria that uses locally milled flourto the nearly century-old East Coast institutions started by the original pizzaiolo obsessives that loyalists still (rightfully) love.
  • Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

    08/22/2011 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 08/22/11 | Yahoo! News
    The memorial sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between memorials honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader. The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin: The Location on The Mall:
  • Chicago police must pay 330k for killing dog in home raid

    08/19/2011 8:10:23 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 63 replies
    The Lookout ^ | 08192011 | LIz Goodwin
    A federal jury says Chicago law enforcement must pay $330,000 to a family after officers shot their dog during a home raid that turned up no illegal activity. Thomas Russell, then 18, opened the door to his home in February 2009 to find police officers with their guns drawn. He asked if he could lock up his 9-year-old black labrador, named Lady, before letting the officers inside. The Chicago Tribune describes what happened next: Police refused the request and came into the house, the lawsuit said. When Lady came loping around the corner with her tail wagging, Officer Richard Antonsen...
  • shows Obama reading from a teleprompter...I'm stunned!

    08/09/2011 9:03:01 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 21 replies ^ | 080911 | Artemis Webb
    During the 2008 election cycle Yahoo! was a huge supporter of the Obama candidacy. Since he took office little has changed. The mantra has been: Obama = wonderful, wise, brilliant Conservatives = racist, stupid, greedy One thing that was a constant was that Obama was never shown reading from a teleprompter. If Yahoo! showed that, it might interfere with the image that words of wisdom simply flowed extemporaneously from his lips like water from a mountain spring. Well I'm not under the delusion that Yahoo! is suddenly becoming anything other than a leftist site, but still our take our little...
  • Predictions: Who will be the GOP nominee in 2012?

    08/04/2011 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 161 replies
    Vanity ^ | 110411 | Artemis Webb
    Your opinions... Who will be the GOP nominee? Who will come in 2nd and 3rd? Will Obama keep Biden as his VP nominee? Try to play nice.
  • Mysterious company dissolves after giving $1 million to pro-Romney PAC

    08/04/2011 9:02:54 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 37 replies
    The Ticket (Yahoo News) ^ | 080411 | Holly Bailey
    Did someone create a company for the sole purpose of giving to a political action committee trying to boost Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign? That's what it looks like. As The Ticket reported earlier this week, three firms gave $1 million apiece to Restore Our Future, a conservative "super PAC" planning to spend millions to help Romney's White House bid. One of those companies was W. Spann LLC, a mysterious New York-based company that apparently closed up shop last month shortly after its contribution to the pro-Romney PAC. As NBC News's Michael Isikoff reports, the company was formed in March...
  • Needing advice on a fall vacation to GETTYSBURG.

    07/16/2011 11:33:51 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 61 replies
    Vanity ^ | 07/16/2011 | me
    My wife and I are thinking of an October trip that would include Gettysburg. We want to fly into the area and would probably take a bus or some type of shuttle, not a rental car, into Gettysburg for however many days we need to stay. So I need some advice from knowledgeable FReepers (Is there any other kind of FReeper?): First of all what city should we fly into? Baltimore and Harrisburg look most likely. I know Gettysburg has an airport but it doesn't appear to have major carriers. Does anybody know if bus or shuttle service is available...
  • Gingrich's Charity Paid Money to Gingrich's Business

    06/14/2011 10:07:08 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 061411 | Elspeth Reeve
    A charity founded by Newt Gingrich paid Gingrich's for-profit company $220,000 over two years, ABC News reports. The non-profit, Renewing American Leadership, was meant to spur conversation about restoring Christian principles in Washington, and mostly did that through letters seeking donations. The list of people who responded to those letters with checks was given to Gingrich--something that would be very valuable to a potential presidential candidate building support early in the campaign. ReAL, as the non-profit is called, also paid full-price for Gingrich's books and DVDs. ABC News asked Gingrich for comment ahead of a speech in New Hampshire, but...
  • The Official HOBBIT Titles And Release Dates!

    05/30/2011 8:13:13 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 37 replies ^ | 053011 | Nordling
    We've known about this unofficially since March, but it's official now - New Line, MGM, and Warner Brothers have announced that Peter Jackson's HOBBIT films are titled THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, to be released December 14, 2012, and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, to be released December 13, 2013.
  • Official: 232 people are 'unaccounted for' after Joplin tornado

    05/26/2011 10:25:14 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 13 replies
    KY3 ^ | 052611 | KY3
    JOPLIN, Mo. -- State officials said Thursday morning that they don't know the whereabouts of 232 people who likely were in the city on Sunday afternoon when the tornado hit. Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director Andrea Spillars released a list of the names. She urged survivors to check in. Officials said previously they believe people who are "unaccounted for" aren't necessarily dead or trapped in debris. They say many are probably safe and but failed to tell friends and family where they are. Cell phone service in Joplin remains spotty. Spillars said officials know some of the missing...
  • Analysis: Romney is the guy to catch in GOP field (Hurl Up A Lung Alert)

    05/23/2011 8:32:35 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 052311 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON Mitt Romney is emerging as the man to catch in the narrowing Republican presidential field, grabbing a clear head start in fundraising, organization and experience despite vulnerabilities that still might undo him. With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels becoming the latest respected Republican to forgo a candidacy, many party insiders say the field is largely set. And Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Olympic Games organizer, is in front. "It's Romney's to lose," said Scott Reed, a GOP consultant who managed Bob Dole's presidential campaign. He said Romney's biggest advantages are his personal wealth, fundraising know-how and experience as...
  • So what do you think of Rick Perry?

    05/17/2011 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 70 replies
    vanity ^ | 051711 | me
    just askin...
  • Mitch Daniels: The man who could reshape the Republican field

    05/09/2011 8:42:39 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 110 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 050811 | Chris Cillizza
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels continues to keep the political world waiting, saying recently that he will announce within weeks whether he will run for president in 2012. The Republicans decision which could come as soon as Thursday at the Indiana Republican Partys spring dinner, where his wife, Cheri, will be the keynote speaker could have an impact well beyond just one man saying yes or no, however. The GOP presidential race has been defined by relative chaos and weakness among the field. That was reinforced at last weeks first presidential debate of the season, which, aside...
  • Web's bin Laden 'death photo' (just the photo) is fake

    05/02/2011 11:46:01 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 11 replies
    msnbc ^ | 050211 | Stokes Young
    From NBC's Courtney Kube: A senior U.S. official says that they are still deciding whether to release a still photo of dead bin Laden. "It is really, really graphic," the official said, adding that U.S. officials are trying to decide whether it is just too graphic to put out. New link, 10:50 a.m. ET: From The Guardian: (Linked page contains graphic image): The bloodied image of a man with matted hair and a blank, half-opened eye has been circulating on the internet for the past two years. It was used on the front pages of the Mail, Times, Telegraph, Sun...
  • Palin Reacts to bin Laden's Death (SHE'S IN ON THE CONSPIRACY TOO!)

    05/02/2011 6:42:14 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 248 replies
    Fox ^ | 050211 | Sarah Palin
    By Sarah Palin Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. Its a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy. This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaedas other numerous attacks, and for all...
  • Carl Douglas Defends Kung Fu Fighting After Racism Charge

    04/30/2011 8:25:00 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 24 replies ^ | 042811 | eurweb
    *The 1974 song Kung Fu Fighting is making headlines after an entertainer in the UK was arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated harassment for performing the tune in a local bar. According to the Daily Telegraph, Simon Ledger was arrested after a 32-year-old Chinese person overheard the song being performed in the Driftwood Bar in Sandown, Isle of Wight, and promptly made a complaint. A Hampshire Police spokesperson said the man claimed he had been subject to racial abuse. The song, which features the lyrics There was funky Chinamen from funky Chinatown, reached number one in the US and UK charts...
  • What do you have against Tim Pawlenty?

    04/28/2011 1:13:44 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 71 replies
    Vanity ^ | 042811 | me
    Before everybody starts flaming me let me make myself clear. I don't support or oppose Tim Pawlenty. I just know that a lot of FReepers hold him in only slightly higher esteem than they do Mitt Romney. So if you don't like Tim Pawlenty I'd like to know why. I'm a blank slate on the subject of the guy.
  • Sarah Palin's Iowa Operation Seems Non-Existent

    04/28/2011 12:19:37 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 73 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 042811 | Erik Hayden
    Sarah Palin hasn't been getting as much attention lately as a presidential candidate. Maybe that's because people don't think she's actually running. If the former Alaska governor wants to keep up appearances, however, she's going to have to do a better job laying the groundwork in Iowa, that bellwether first-in-the-nation caucus state. But, looks like she's not doing very well at that either: her operation in Iowa is non-existent. The Los Angeles Times tried looking for it: Iowa's Palin for President operation pretty much consists of one guy with a computer in Storm Lake and another who is crisscrossing Iowa...
  • Percentage of black baseball players drops again

    04/21/2011 6:53:00 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 22 replies · 1+ views
    AP Sports ^ | 042111 | RONALD BLUM
    NEW YORK (AP)The percentage of black players in the major leagues dropped again on opening day this year even as the sport again received a top overall grade for racial diversity. Baseballs grade for gender hiring declined slightly, according to the annual study released Thursday by Richard Lapchicks Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. Baseball received an A for racial diversity in hiring, the same grade as last year, and a B-minus for gender, down from a B. Its overall grade remained a B-plus. A one-year difference like this must be seen with...
  • What Actually Goes On at Olive Garden's 'Culinary Institute' in Tuscany?

    04/18/2011 9:52:10 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 149 replies
    Time ^ | 041811 | MICHELE TRAVIERSO
    It's not a good week to be Olive Garden. First, a parent spoke out about her child accidentally being served sangria. Now, the Internet is buzzing about the restaurant's famed Tuscan cooking school. Olive Garden, the Italian food chain, claims to have a Culinary Institute of Tuscany, located in a charming 11th century hamlet of Riserva di Fizzano, in the world-class foodie area of Chianti, Tuscany. (See a day's worth of food around the world.) An anonymous poster on Reddit claims that she has been a manager for the popular Italian restaurant chain, and that the "cooking school" where chefs...
  • Tim Lincecum pitching in slow motion (in case you never knew why pitchers have to ice their arms)

    04/12/2011 9:57:13 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 041111 | Red Bull Moments
    Just freakishly unreal. I saw something very similar to this decades ago of a shirtless Nolan Ryan throwing in super slow motion. It's amazing the trauma intentionally inflicted in a second.
  • Oscar Winner Tom Hooper Directing 'Les Miserables' Musical Next

    03/25/2011 8:55:45 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 13 replies
    Deadline ^ | 032411 | Alex Billington
    Les Mis is back! Deadline reports that Universal has won the bidding war to develop a "full-blown musical adaptation" of Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo's seminal classic published in 1862, with Oscar winning British director Tom Hooper of The King's Speech looking to direct. While anything could happen with the director over these next few months, since he is getting offers left and right now, Deadline states "this is the first film he's begun negotiations on since winning the Oscar" but were told "it would definitively be his next film." From King's Speech to Les Mis! Cameron Mackintosh, who...