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  • Judge rejects boy's plea (State takes boy from family)

    03/14/2005 2:41:42 PM PST · by austinTparty · 32 replies · 1,080+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | 3/8/05 | Titan Barksdale
    YADKINVILLE A district-court judge in Yadkin County ruled yesterday that 11-year-old Micheal Beam should remain in the group home where he was placed after he found an unloaded BB pistol in his book bag and reported it to school officials. After a 40-minute hearing, Judge David Byrd said that he did not have the authority to "reverse a fellow judge's decision" that ordered Micheal to stay at Yadkin County Group Home for possessing a weapon at the school he attended, Yadkin Success Academy. Although Micheal's parents said that he has been depressed since living at the group home, Byrd said...
  • A Case Where You'll Want The Little Guy to Lose

    08/11/2003 8:46:34 AM PDT · by austinTparty · 4 replies · 170+ views
    WSJ (subscription required) ^ | August 11, 2003 | Lee Gomes
    <p>Sometimes in a David and Goliath story, you want to root for Goliath.</p> <p>SCO, a small Utah software company, has made news lately by suing IBM, in its capacity as a big user of Linux. SCO also has its sights on all the other users of Linux, the free operating system that most people consider a bright spot of the modern tech world. Linux, after all, is run by volunteers, and its ever-growing popularity keeps Microsoft up at night. In other words, what's not to like?</p>
  • Tim Blair fisks Dr. John Carroll's Terror: A Meditation on the Meaning of September 11

    10/07/2002 5:33:34 PM PDT · by austinTparty · 13 replies · 1,575+ views
    Tim Blair's blog ^ | October 8, 2002 | Tim Blair
    Tuesday, October 08, 2002   DR. JOHN CARROLL is a reader in sociology at Melbourne's La Trobe University. That is to say, he is paid to educate young adults. This bland statement of fact may mean nothing to you now, but let's see how you feel after we've finished examining the highlights from chapter one of Carroll's awesomely pretentious and imbecilic new book, Terror: A Meditation on the Meaning of September 11 … The highjacked planes were flown through the bright early-morning American east-coast sky. This is the hour of Apollo, the sun god, who presided over ancient Delphi. His...
  • Klamath Gothic

    10/06/2002 9:28:51 PM PDT · by austinTparty · 46 replies · 427+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 7, 2002 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    <p>Once again, the environmentalists in Oregon's Klamath Basin are throwing tantrums and filing lawsuits over water and fish. The difference this time is that the grown-ups are back in charge at the federal agencies.</p> <p>In April of 2001, scientists from the Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service issued reports saying that the area's endangered sucker fish and salmon needed more water. Over the years, the Clinton administration had filled these agencies with scientists who weren't above issuing junk science in service of green political aims.</p>
  • CHALLENGE FACING AMERICA -- (House of Representatives - September 17, 2001) - Rep. Rohrabacher

    10/17/2001 11:55:31 AM PDT · by austinTparty · 22 replies · 664+ views
    House Floor Speech ^ | 9/17/01 | Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
    CHALLENGE FACING AMERICA -- (House of Representatives - September 17, 2001)[Page: H5707] --- &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under the Speaker's announced policy of January 3, 2001, the gentleman from California (Mr. ROHRABACHER) is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, it is in deep sadness that I rise today to speak to my colleagues and to set down a record that is, I believe, necessary to understand the horrible loss that we have suffered. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;During these last few days, most of us have experienced a deep and painful sadness. Now that sadness, ...
  • American Icon

    10/15/2001 11:42:36 AM PDT · by austinTparty · 16 replies · 2+ views
    NRO ^ | 10/14/01 | Andrew Stuttaford
    American Icon Our secret weapon, Evil Bert. Mr. Stuttaford is a writer living in New York. October 15, 2001 8:45 a.m. t was a moment of laughter in a month of murder, the return of harmless absurdity to a world gone mad. The background was not promising. Bangladeshi Osamaniacs had gathered in their capital city, Dhaka, to show their support for bin Laden and their hatred for you and me. They marched as such mobs always do, violently, noisily, and under the banners of jihad, an embarrassment, I hope, to their faith and a disgrace, I know, to their country. ...
  • After the Action Report: Austin SAS Rally

    05/13/2001 6:46:00 PM PDT · by austinTparty · 273+ views
    5/13/01 | austinTparty
    It was a hot and sunny day today in Austin, on the South Steps of the Capitol, where about 150-200 people gathered for the Mother's Day Rally in support of our 2nd Amendment Rights as an answer to the now-registering-as-an-NGO-with-the-UN-group, Million Mom March. Although the event was a joint AIMM/SAS rally, many FReepers were in attendance. Wonderful Ms. Basil, ChefKeith, theSarce, Gracey, Surendi(?sp... from Bryan), BatLady, TXBubba and family, MommaTexan and others whose nicks escape me all attended (please, folks, add to this list for me!). We heard from several speakers, including the marvelous "REJOYCE" from Houston, Bastrop County Commissioner ...
  • Quebec's Commanding Heights

    05/02/2001 2:33:34 PM PDT · by austinTparty · 233+ views
    Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | May 2, 2001 | Pete du Pont
    Quebec's Commanding Heights Antitrade protesters push for world socialism, against freedom. BY PETE DU PONT Wednesday, May 2, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT It is easy to misunderstand what was going at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. The thousands of protestors were not concerned citizens fighting to save the jobs of American steel workers or French farmers. They were not championing world peace and free health care (although they may be for both). And while their ebonics-sounding chants ("one two three four, we don't want free trade no more!") focused on stopping world trade, their agenda is more ...
  • After the Action Report: Austin FReepettes at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Opening

    04/27/2001 5:55:49 PM PDT · by austinTparty · 190+ views
    self
    President George W. Bush was scheduled to speak today at a private event celbrating the opening of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The anti-(fill in blank here) protestors were organizing a protest, and the Austin could not go unrepresented. Basil, TheSarce, austingirl, Gracey and I all planned to meet there with signs to provide some balance. Basil, austingirl and I met up at approximately 10:30 am in order to make it to the event at 11am. We were somewhat thwarted in our efforts to arrive in a timely manner by the road closures around the museum, causing us ...
  • Reagan in Full (Book Review)

    01/27/2001 1:10:28 PM PST · by austinTparty · 146+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/27/01 | Jay Nordlinger
    NRO Weekend, January 27-28, 2001 Reagan in Full On the new collection Reagan, In His Own Hand. By Jay Nordlinger, NR&#146;s managing editor &nbsp; Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America, ed. by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson (Free Press, 549 pp., $30) e were awfully excited when we first heard about it &#151; “we” being Reaganauts (to use the original term), and “it” being a cache of documents in the former president’s own hand. We had always known he was an inveterate writer, and a formidable ...
  • Admit it: You're Guilty--What are your Guilty Pleasures? (keep it clean (well, relatively, anywa!!!)

    01/26/2001 8:28:26 PM PST · by austinTparty · 838+ views
    moi | 1/26/01
    Ok, FReepers, it's late on a Friday night. It's time for another "thread that ate the server". Think of this one as a confessional for all those things you never wanted to admit you love... disco, polyester fashion, Twinkies and milk, Janet Reno in high heels. Come on, sit down, draw up a chair, and admit to your guilty pleasures! I swear, you'll feel much better...
  • A Night at the Ball: austinTparty finally reports in (with PIX!)

    01/25/2001 8:09:16 PM PST · by austinTparty · 592+ views
    Finally made the trip to the photomat and got my pix developed, so here's my (WAY) After-the-action report: After arriving LATE on Friday night, and calling over to Luigi's and hearing everything that we were missing, TheSarce, FranceforBushinAustin and I repaired to our suburban hotel (you take what you can get less than a week in advance) and decided to rest up for the morning. We rode in on the red line from Silver Spring, in front of a packet of NOW! gals (?) on their way to protest. Upon arrival at the station, we squished our way out into ...
  • Will America Still Love Colin Powell?

    01/11/2001 12:10:25 PM PST · by austinTparty
    TIME.com ^ | 1/11/01 | Tony Karon
    Will America Still Love Colin Powell? Undiplomatic Dispatch: Being an American hero won't help him do his new job, says TIME.com's Tony Karon BY TONY KARON There's a temptation, in a nation that builds its icons on templates forged in Hollywood, to imagine Colin Powell as some kind of movie hero. Just like those we love best on the big screen, he's handsome, commanding, possessed of a sonorous voice and a compelling story &#151; all of which combine to stir feelings of admiration, comfort and well-being. His triumphs satisfy some of our unspoken emotional desires. Of course, there's something delusional ...
  • The Blunder: Why the Chavez withdrawal is a mistake for Bush.

    01/09/2001 5:43:38 PM PST · by austinTparty
    NRO ^ | 1/8/01 | John Miller & Ramesh Ponnuru
    Why the Chavez withdrawal is a mistake for Bush. By NR&#146;s John J. Miller &amp; Ramesh Ponnuru &nbsp; he withdrawal of Linda Chavez as the nominee for secretary of labor is severely disappointing. It certainly bursts the bubble of enthusiasm so many conservatives felt just last week, when George W. Bush completed his cabinet selection, and his team looked so good. Chavez is a popular and principled conservative. She handed her formal withdrawal today with grace and dignity. She would have been a tremendous asset to the White House. Abandoning Chavez barely a week after tapping her may be ...
  • AFTER THE ACTION REPORT--AUSTIN, GROUND ZERO VICTORY RALLY-

    12/13/2000 9:10:57 PM PST · by austinTparty · 230+ views
    12/13/00 | austinTparty
    What a night to be in Austin! For those who watched us on TV--it was a thousand times better to be here in person. The crowd was slowly gathering around 8pm Central, when theSarce and I arrived...we were listening to the radio and Gore's concession speech and did not notice the crowd growing. We met up with austingirl, novembercharlie, imfightingmad (with trusty 1/2 mile megaphone!), gracey and emmapeel in front of the Governor's Mansion, where we were directed by the DPS troopers to stand on the media side of the sidewalk. The crowd was chanting off and on "PRESIDENT BUSH, ...
  • After Rally Report--Austin Rally 12/09/00

    12/09/2000 1:11:57 PM PST · by austinTparty · 253+ views
    12/09/00 | austinTparty
    FReepers once again responded to the call--approximately 60 people showed up today at the Governor's Mansion to Rally for the Rule of Law. anymouse, theSarce, austingirl,novembercharlie, Imfightingmad, batlady, TexanaRed, Bandera, 13thWarrior, emmapeel and many others made their presence known by shouting out slogans such as: Al and Joe will fade away No More Gore! No more lies, no more spin Give Al Prozac and let Bush in! TheSarce handed out fliers printed with extracts of the SCOFLA(w) dissenting opinion, and Sore/Loserman Survival Certificates. One man who plans to start checking in to FreeRepublic was selling Sore/Loserman shirts at cost ($5)... ...
  • There was no one left to speak out for me (vanity)

    12/09/2000 7:01:03 AM PST · by austinTparty · 279+ views
    12/9/00 | austinTparty
    First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me — and by then there was no one left to speak out for me. — Pastor Martin Niemöller As the old typewriter phrase goes, "now is the time for all good men to come to the ...
  • --CenTex FReepers--Austin Rally 12/9/00

    12/07/2000 8:54:57 PM PST · by austinTparty · 217+ views
    various | 12/07/00 | austinTparty
    Okay, all of you Central Texas FReepers and lurkers, your presence is once again required (requested?) at the Governor's Mansion. There is another rally this Saturday from High Noon to 4 pm. Other Bush/Republican groups will be there. In light of all these rapidly multiplying court cases, we need to keep our eyes on the prize, and help justice prevail. Please put www.freerepublic.com (or dubyadubyadubya.freerepublic.com, if you choose) somewhere on your sign, so that we can identify one another. Come join us for a FReep - it's about the Rule of Law!
  • Valenti's Tribute to the Heroes of Freedom

    12/07/2000 10:53:43 AM PST · by austinTparty
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 12/04/00 | Linda D. Kozaryn
    Valenti's Tribute to the Heroes of Freedom By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 4, 2000 -- Jack Valenti, Hollywood's film industry leader, has a deep-rooted respect for the men and women who serve their country. In his mind, the phrase "duty, honor, country" remains the hallmark of freedom. Valenti, president and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, is a World War II veteran. He flew 51 combat missions as an Army B-25 bomber pilot in Italy and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals and two Distinguished Unit ...
  • Col. Sanders Roasts Some Ducks

    12/05/2000 12:28:19 PM PST · by austinTparty · 123+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/05/00 | Dave Shiflet
    12/05/00 3:25 p.m. Col. Sanders Roasts Some Ducks Judge Sauls is the right man for the moment. By Dave Shiflett, a writer living in Midlothian, Va. &nbsp; f it is true that Big Al has now been reduced to the status of a recently decapitated chicken &#151; still running, still squawking, but only a few steps from the stewpot of history &#151; it is fitting that the fellow who swung the fatal blade was N. Sanders Sauls, now known as Col. Sanders by his many admirers. To some, the evidence suggests that Judge Sauls's presence in this drama reveals ...
  • Seminole Ballot-Challenger Paid for Anti-Cheney Ads (LINK ONLY)

    12/05/2000 10:32:32 AM PST · by austinTparty · 40+ views
    LALATimes ^ | 12/05/00 | Scott Gold
    Here is the link to the story. Starts as follows: "The attorney behind a lawsuit charging that Republican operatives altered flawed absentee ballot request forms in Seminole County spent more than $100,000 on Al Gore's campaign, including as much as $60,000 on a television spot attacking Dick Cheney..."
  • Disruptor alert! Freepoftheday aka lots of other names spamming the FR bandwidth

    12/03/2000 6:21:33 PM PST · by austinTparty
    various ^ | 12/3/00 | self
    Okay, okay, I know about 1 line vanities, but this spell-check-challenged cant-accept-his-candidate-didn't-win jerk has been eating up bandwidth all day under various nicks. I don't care which candidate you supported, but please hit the abuse button whenever he/she/it shows up with his/her/its irrelevant diatribe. And let's help keep the bandwidth available for intelligent discourse.
  • Austin Rally Report 12/2

    12/02/2000 2:42:23 PM PST · by austinTparty · 197+ views
    many ^ | 12/2/00 | austinTparty
    It was another cold day in the trenches for Austin FReepers... There was a good turnout, but not as many as last weekend. It was difficult to estimate attendance, as TXDPS has instituted a new policy whereby demonstrators are allowed to march around three sides of the block of the Governor's Mansion, but not on the side where the vehicle exit is located. This forced us to wait at two stoplights in order to cross the road, making for a traffic jam effect on the flow of people. Many FReepers were there: Mercy with his wonderful mutt, Jeff_Head (who was ...
  • Respect Diversity: The Electoral College is the Will of the People

    11/29/2000 10:53:17 AM PST · by austinTparty · 225+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | No date given | Julie Ann Ponzi
    Respect Diversity: The Electoral Vote is the Will of the People By Julie Ann Ponzi The worst part about the political drama unfolding in Florida may be what the “experts” are saying about the Constitution. They tell us that the Electoral College is an outdated and outmoded form of calling presidential elections.&nbsp; They tell us that the only reason it was ever created was out of a fear of the stupidity of uniformed voters.&nbsp; As Hillary Clinton put it last week in her call to abolish the current system with a constitutional amendment: “I’ve always thought we had outlived ...
  • Clinton creates presidential transition council

    11/27/2000 1:02:12 PM PST · by austinTparty
    AFP ^ | 11/27/00 | AFP
    Tuesday, November 28 4:47 AM SGT Clinton creates presidential transition council WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (AFP) - US President Bill Clinton said Monday he was creating a special council to ensure "a smooth transition" to power for whoever wins the fight to succeed him, Democrat Al Gore or Republican George W. Bush."The council will provide the president-elect's team with coordinated services, especially regarding personnel matters. This action and other efforts by the cabinet will well ensure that we are as prepared as we can possibly be for an orderly transition to the new administration," he told reporters.
  • Victory Rally at the Governor's Mansion in Austin

    11/26/2000 8:03:34 PM PST · by austinTparty · 201+ views
    Self ^ | 11/26/00 | austinTparty
    Just go back about one hour ago from the celebration in downtown Austin. Saw the multitude chanting on tv and couldn't resist a little victory party. Brought the two kiddos, so was a little restricted in my movements, but there was a huge crowd there. Hard to estimate the size, because we were all required to stand on the Press side of the street, but the crowd was about 15-20 deep the whole city block. There was a diverse crowd: lots of grannies/grampas, people with kids, college students, lots of families, Hispanic, African-American, and I even spoke with a Conservative ...
  • Bill Daley says Gore will sue to force Miami-Dade Recount!!!

    11/22/2000 9:48:38 AM PST · by austinTparty
    MSNBC ^ | 11/22/00 | self
    Bill Daley just announced in a press conference that Gore will sue to force Miami-Dade to recount.
  • FREEPERS on FOX!!!

    11/22/2000 9:21:47 AM PST · by austinTparty
    FReepers are in full evidence with Sore/Loserman signs!!! However Reporter (no name on screen) says protestors getting their cue from GOP...
  • Miami-Dade votes NO on recount

    11/22/2000 9:13:20 AM PST · by austinTparty
    FOX NEWS ^ | 11/22/00
    The election canvassing board voted unanimously to stop manual recount, and the numbers from November 8, 2000 will be submitted as valid.
  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recount

    11/21/2000 5:53:57 PM PST · by austinTparty
    fox news ^ | 11/21/00
    Fox News just reported the Supreme Court Ruling. The Court ruled in favor of recounts up until 5 pm this Sunday, and that SOS Harris MUST certify them.
  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recount

    11/21/2000 5:53:42 PM PST · by austinTparty · 72+ views
    fox news ^ | 11/21/00
    Fox News just reported the Supreme Court Ruling. The Court ruled in favor of recounts up until 5 pm this Sunday, and that SOS Harris MUST certify them.
  • Let's all do the recount Hokey Pokey

    11/21/2000 12:40:32 PM PST · by austinTparty · 198+ views
    Independent News-UK ^ | 11/21/00 | Mary Dejevsky
    Let's all do the recount Hokey Pokey By Mary Dejevsky 21 November 2000 "You mean to tell me that those old ladies in Palm Beach can play 25 bingo cards simultaneously, without missing a single number &#150; ever &#150; but can't punch a ballot?" Alas poor Floridians, especially the blue-rinse ladies, who find themselves taking the rap for what all America believes was the historic voting mess that ruined the 2000 presidential election. "Indecision 2000", or whatever you like to call it, has entered that very specific zone of folkloric ephemera in which America has come to specialise. Where ...
  • Bush team files new papers with Supreme Court

    11/21/2000 11:06:51 AM PST · by austinTparty · 134+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/20/00 | Tony Snow
    Just heard Tony Snow on Fox News announce that the Bush Camp has filed new papers with the Supreme Court of Florida asking that they not establish guidelines for ballots--also in conjunction with this, and in response to Supreme Court Justice questioning yesterday, they noted that Florida law contains a 22 (or was it 27--anyway, bear with me, the math works out) day window from December 12 for contesting ballots. This deadline was passed yesterday. In other words, the dimpled ballots which were set aside MAY NOT be counted if the Supreme Court does not expressly include them in a ...
  • Harris's Harassment-Chivalry compels me to defend Florida's secretary of state.

    11/20/2000 1:34:19 PM PST · by austinTparty · 344+ views
    Wall Street Journal/Opinion Journal ^ | 11/20/00 | TUNKU VARADARAJAN
    CITIZEN OF THE WORLD Harris's Harassment Chivalry compels me to defend Florida's secretary of state. BY TUNKU VARADARAJAN Monday, November 20, 2000 12:01 a.m. EST After this infernal business in Florida is over, I propose to set up a small, private dining society. We shall gather formally once every year--possibly at one of the university clubs in Manhattan--dress in black tie, and toast a lady who stands today reviled and dishonored. I shall call the society the "Katherine Harris Circle." And although I have never met Ms. Harris, the secretary of state for Florida, I hope she will consent ...
  • Bush won't get keys to transition office yet

    11/20/2000 1:25:32 PM PST · by austinTparty · 106+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/20/00 | George Archibald
         The White House has ordered the General Services Administration not to turn over keys of the presidential transition office to Texas Gov. George W. Bush, even if he is declared the winner in Florida. Federal law requires the GSA administrator to &#34;ascertain&#34; the apparent winner in a presidential election and sign forms allowing the winner to begin obligating $5.3 million in appropriated funds for the presidential transition through Jan. 20.     But the White House has ordered GSA and other federal agencies not to proceed with any transition activities &#34;until the time when the election is decided,&#34; presumably by the Electoral ...
  • Make It Up

    11/20/2000 1:07:05 PM PST · by austinTparty
    National Review ^ | 11/20/00 | Richard Lowry
    avid Boies's message to the Florida Supreme Court in his initial presentation this afternoon was clear: Make it up yourself. Boies repeatedly cited the court's "broad equitable power," which is just legalese for invoking the sheer legislative and executive power of an activist court. In a possibly encouraging sign, the justices questioned Boies skeptically. They focused on the fact that there has to be some deadline for counting the votes, or all of Florida's voters would be disenfranchised when the state misses the federal deadline for electors voting. The subtext here was that the legislature has already addressed this ...