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  • Florida Becomes 3rd Largest State Following California and Texas, New York Drops to 4th;

    12/27/2014 9:16:01 PM PST · 62 of 62
    BillyBoy to Taxman
    >> The problem is, all these Damn Yankees are moving to Flori-Duh, and bringing the politics that ruined their home states with them. <<

    Florida was a solidly Democrat state and part of the "solid south" before the Damn Yankees arrived and brought their politics with them.

  • Supreme Court poised to rule on Obamacare, gay marriage in new year

    12/27/2014 10:51:51 AM PST · 22 of 23
    BillyBoy to bert
    >> Obamacare is in my view toast. <<

    That's what we thought before Roberts turned traitor.

  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day 2014!!! Impeachment is Forever

    12/19/2014 2:28:12 AM PST · 19 of 68
    BillyBoy to kristinn

    FReepers figured out THIS GUY was a treasonous RINO at the time, then forgot about his actions during the Clinton impeachment and were brainwashed into believing he was "one of the good guys" for the next 14 years.

    Fortunately, King seems to have returned to despised RINO status lately. Better late than never!

  • Parents surprised to learn 9th graders being told they can choose gender, prep for sex

    12/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PST · 57 of 65
    BillyBoy to Impy

    Hmmm. We should try that with the n word. “It’s okay, we’re reclaiming the word positively by creating a Dept. of n***** studies”

  • Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

    12/15/2014 7:14:12 PM PST · 29 of 36
    BillyBoy to Wyrd bið ful aræd
    >> Looks like Kirk clinched it for this Murthy character.

    And now thanks to Kirk's treason, Obama can claim his commie was approved with "bipartisan" support.

    But not to worry, a bunch of freepers tell me that a guy from Kansas who votes conservative 95% of the time is MUCH worse than a 100% pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun grabbing, pro-illegal alien, cap n' trade socialist "Republican" from Illinois.

  • Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

    12/15/2014 6:51:14 PM PST · 25 of 36
    BillyBoy to PROCON; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican
    >> Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) was the only 'Pub for him. <<

    Well now, isn't that special?

    But, of course, we "had to" elect that marxist scumbag because he was "the best we can get". Instead of purging RINOs like him, we should spend ALL our time and money working to purge people who do what we want 95% of the time and are staunch allies of Ted Cruz *cough* Pat Roberts *cough* . Somehow this will result in a conservative majority.

  • Parents surprised to learn 9th graders being told they can choose gender, prep for sex

    12/15/2014 12:55:12 PM PST · 51 of 65
    BillyBoy to Impy

    “Genderqueer”? I thought it was “hateful” and “homophobic” to call them “queer” in public. Make up your minds, libs.

  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/14/2014 10:53:26 PM PST · 79 of 86
    BillyBoy to Tolerance Sucks Rocks; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican
    Incidentally, I decided to redraw the Illinois State Senate about 6-8 years ago, going on a hypothetical scenario where the system was changed to "1 Senator per county" to represent geographic interests like the U.S. Senate. To say the changes would be drastic is an understatement.

    About 2/3rds of the existing 59 senators would be forced into runoffs with other incumbents who represent parts of the same county (several of them represent multiple countries, so I went with the theory that they'd relocate to the county where they have the best chance of keeping their seat). Of course, this would include nearby every Chicago area state senator. Cook County, largest in population, would end up with a 34 incumbents being widdled down to 1, DuPage County would go from 9 to 1, Kane County would go from 4 to 1, and so on. The downstate senators would largely keep their jobs, though their districts would be shrunk down to about 1/5th of the area that they used to represent, since now they would only serve their home county and none of the surrounding areas.

    After the smoke was cleared, there would be about 20 incumbents left that keep their jobs, and about 80 "vacant" seats for countries that have no existing state senator and would have to hold new elections. In theory, I suppose some of the vanquished run-off Senators could carpetbag some county that's a 2 hour drive from them, and run for office there. Madigan would probably even be able to make it competitive by trying to fund credible Democrats in 50-60 downstate countries, but they'd have to run a lot of Lipinski or Poshard type Dems to have a shot at winning control of the IL Senate in a geographic-based system. By default, about 75% of the countries in Illinois vote Republican. If the IL GOP weren't incompetent and/or in bed with the Dems, it would certainly be possible in theory for the GOP to get a veto-proof majority in the IL Senate (winning 61 out of 102 country-senate seats), to balance out the Dems veto-proof majority in the Illinois house.

    I'd have to change the names to update my map, though. I had Emil Jones as the lone Senator left from Cook, and Kirk Dillard as the lone Senator left from DuPage.

  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/14/2014 10:31:51 PM PST · 78 of 86
    BillyBoy to Tolerance Sucks Rocks; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican
    >> Another idea is to overturn Reynolds v. Sims, so that one house of each legislature could represent people on a geographical basis (ideally, counties). That’s one house in each legislature that would not be subject to gerrymandering. (Whoever wrote the majority opinion in Reynolds v. Sims should have been impeached, convicted and removed, but that would be a rare bird indeed. <<

    Excellent point. That would do far more to bring state legislators back in line with what the "founders" envisioned, than simply repealing the 17th amendment and expecting modern day state governments to magically behave like their 1789 counterparts.

    I've been saying for years that state legislatures should resemble the way the federal congress is organized, with one house representing population interests and another house representing geographic interests. The anti-17thers simply ignore the fact that the population vs. geographic differences is a far bigger distinction between the two bodies than elected vs. appointed (Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee will never be a Senator Shelia Jackson Lee because her ideology is nothing like Texas as a whole!). Its interesting the anti-17thers ignore this and claim we might as well abolish the U.S. Senate if its not appointed, but none of them are demanding we abolish state senates that DO represent the exact SAME interests of the state houses.

    Bottom line, if say, the Illinois State Senate was set up the way the U.S. Senate was, Cook County would only have 1 seat out of 102. Under the current gerrymandered map, they currently control over half the seats (same as they do in the Illinois House). Imagine the huge changes this would make is the political interests of state legislatures in New York, California, Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, etc., if the upper house was changed to represent geographic interests.

    I've heard going back to that system might take a constitutional amendment as well. Fine with me. We'd be far better off with a 29th amendment that repealed "1 man 1 vote" federal laws, than a 29th amendment giving modern state legislatures the power to appoint whoever they want to the U.S. Senate.

  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/14/2014 6:06:12 PM PST · 70 of 86
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy
    >> It’s disingenuous for anyone to make the claim “Lincoln would’ve been a Democrat today.” I think had any 18th or 19th century political figure (of either party) saw 21st century America, would’ve been horrified with its out-of-control size, spending and moral/anti-Christian degeneracy. I can even picture Benjamin Franklin raging like Charlton Heston at the end of “Planet of the Apes” when he saw Lady Liberty’s ruins on the beach. <<

    Indeed, that's even true with early 20th century politicians. I remember reading an interview with John Coolidge in the 1990s (who was himself in his 90s at the time) and they asked him what his father (President Calvin Coolidge) would have thought of today's politicians. Coolidge replied that his father would be very depressed if he could see what American politicians were like today, and that his father would be unelectable in the current political climate because BOTH parties were considerably left of where they had been in the 1920s, as well as far more morally degenerate.

    I'm also reminded of a story I read recently about the "century time box" in Detroit that was a time capsule opened after a century (buried 1990, unearthed 2000). The capsule contained letters from Detroit's government c. 1900 talking about their issues and priorities to their successors, and making predictions about the future. The Mayor of Detroit in 1900, William C. Maybury, wrote a predication that "In AD 2000, I think it not improbable that Detroit will enjoy a population of fully four million". and the Detroit police commissioner of 1900 wrote "crime is not very prevalent at the present time, and we now have occasional days when we are not called upon to make an arrest. We prophesy that arrests will be less frequent than now in comparison with the population.” Had they been able to come forward in a time machine to actually SEE Detroit in 2000, I can certainly imagine they'd react like Heston at the statue of the liberty.

    >> As for Sen. Stephen Douglas, given that he died quite early during the Civil War, he was already moving towards the Republicans (the group known as Douglas Democrats, some of its adherents did become Republicans), and might very well have switched parties before long. <<

    Douglas seemed to be a pretty firmly in the "lifelong Democrat and will remain so until I die" mindset, though I could imagine a scenario after the war where he would have to switch to the GOP anyway if he wanted to survive politically (the pro-war Democrats all basically got absorbed into the GOP after 1865), and its funny that people look at Lincoln and Douglas today as ideal examples of their party's ideologies in the 1850s, since both were considered squishy moderates in their respective parties and had more in common with each other than they did with the most extreme members of their own parties. They deliberately exaggerated their differences with each other during the Senate debates. It's bit like Rick Perry being presented as the anti-Romney Tea Party savior in 2012, when Perry had far more in common with Romney than he did with the Tea Party.

  • Billionaire David Koch Says He’s a Social Liberal

    12/14/2014 11:47:38 AM PST · 2 of 40
    BillyBoy to SoFloFreeper
    >> Koch, who supports abortion rights and gay marriage... <<

    It won't stop the Dems from demonizing him as an extreme right-wing Tea Party kook who "controls" every candidate that has an "R" next to their name on the ballot.

  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/14/2014 11:36:47 AM PST · 67 of 86
    BillyBoy to AuH2ORepublican; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA
    Unfortunately we hear the "two parties switched sides" BS from a wide variety of groups. In addition to the mainstream media and leftist Dems repeating this garbage (for the obvious reason that they want to blame "conservatives" and not southern New Deal Socialists for opposing civil rights), and the neo-confederates on "our side" repeating this nonscene, you'll also hear squishy "socially moderate" RINOs repeat this BS. "The GOP isn't about social issues!! The party NEVER stood for that until bible belt southerners HIJACKED the party!!!" blah blah blah.

    Funny, last time I checked, the GOP was founded on "social issues" and its very first platform denounced slavery as a moral evil and called for the preservation of traditional marriage. Of course, to hear the "no social issues" crowd tell it, they must have formed the GOP to promote tax cuts or something.

    A valid case could be made that historically, the Dems had a "conservative" FACTION of their party, and the GOP had a liberal FACTION of their party (I would argue we still do!), but not that the GOP was ever uniformly considered the left-wing party in the USA, nor the Dems ever uniformly considered the right-wing party in the USA.

    On the issue of free trade, yes, that's one issue where a good case could be made that the two parties "switched sides". Interesting enough, the late 19th century era Republicans and Democrats didn't have many ideological differences at all nationally, so the one issue they'd argue about endlessly was tariffs.

    Basically its not so much that the GOP "changed", but that the Dems ended up on the "wrong side of history" on every major issue over the last century, so they changed their views after losing those battles on issues like civil rights and suffrage for women, etc. That's what makes it so ironic when they piously lecture us now that we better cave to their POV or we'll end up on the "wrong side of history".

    Furthermore, they were even "on the wrong side of history" in all the battles where their viewpoint WON and became the law of the land... for example, the income tax amendment (Democrats swore up and down at the time that the average American would never pay a cent and it would only affect filthy rich fat cats who would happily fill out income tax forms), the 1965 Immigration "reform" act (Democrats swore up and down at the time that it wouldn't affect the demographics of this country in any way, nor encourage people from third world countries to immigrant en masse in the USA), and now the latest thing to bite them in the butt with being on the "wrong side of history" is Obamacare.

    Maybe in 2040 or so, they'll be arguing "Yes, Democrats passed Obamacare and destroyed health care a generation ago, but Democrats back then were the conservative party. They're not like TODAY'S Democrats".

    I wouldn't put it past them.

  • Immigration hawks eye Enzi's move to take budget committee gavel

    12/14/2014 1:31:32 AM PST · 31 of 33
    BillyBoy to nathanbedford; Impy
    >> Thank God we didn't replace him with a Rino. <<

    Very true, since RINO Liz Cheney would have voted the SAME WAY on passing a $1.1 trillion budget with pork (which is why her pals in the Washington establishment & Bush administrator were bankrolling her campaign INSTEAD of Wyoming citizens), PLUS she whould have voted to the LEFT of Enzi on numerous issues like amnesty right now.

    Incidentally, the corrupt Chicago machine Democrats in the Illinois state legislature just voted to have an "Article V" convention like you want. The Illinois Republicans in the state house voted almost uniformly AGAINST it. Obama's mentor Mike Madigan (who is the longest serving state house speaker in the nation & Chairman of the Illinois Democrat Party) totally agrees with you that things would be sooooo much better if state legislatures could do whatever they want and thumb their noses at any and all federal laws restricting their power over their citizens. Isn't that special?

    Google him sometime. You'd get along splendidly. Mark Levin should invite him on the show sometime so he can tell Americans how awesome state legislators with absolute power are.

  • Immigration hawks eye Enzi's move to take budget committee gavel

    12/14/2014 1:30:16 AM PST · 30 of 33
    BillyBoy to nathanbedford; Impy
    >> Thank God we didn't replace him with a Rino. <<

    Very true, since RINO Liz Cheney would have voted the SAME WAY on passing a $1.1 trillion budget with pork (which is why her pals in the Washington establishment & Bush administrator were bankrolling her campaign INSTEAD of Wyoming citizens), PLUS we should have voted to the LEFT of Enzi on numerous issues like amnesty right now.

    Incidentally, the corrupt Chicago machine Democrats in the Illinois state legislature just voted to have an "Article V" convention like you want. The Illinois Republicans in the state house voted almost uniformly AGAINST it. Obama's mentor Mike Madigan (who is the longest serving state house speaker in the nation & Chairman of the Illinois Democrat Party) totally agrees with you that things would be sooooo much better if state legislatures could do whatever they want and thumb their noses at any and all federal laws restricting their power over their citizens. Isn't that special?

    Google him sometime. You'd get along splendidly. Mark Levin should invite him on the show sometime so he can tell Americans how awesome state legislators with absolute power are.

  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/13/2014 9:48:58 PM PST · 49 of 86
    BillyBoy to beelzepug; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
    >> The Woodrow Wilson years were an unmitigated disaster. <<

    Gosh, you mean the DemonRats weren't "the conservative party back then"? A bunch of useful idiots on our side have "informed" me that "prior to the 1960s", the Democrats were "honorable and patriotic", and that they were the right-wing party in America, where the GOP were "the liberals back then", until both parties magically decided to "switch sides" around 1965 or so.

    So you're saying the Wilson administration doesn't fit into this fantasy. Hmmm.

  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/13/2014 9:45:35 PM PST · 47 of 86
    BillyBoy to GeronL; Impy; Clintonfatigued
    >> The federal government should definitely not be involved in drawing districts <<

    Neither should state politicians, IMO. They should be drawn by a computer with the criteria being to make them as compact and equal in population as possible. Then legislatures actually WOULD represent the state as a whole, rather than the interests of one particular segment of the state.

  • BlackElk Speaks! Recovery continues

    12/12/2014 6:16:18 PM PST · 8 of 21
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj; BlackElk; Impy

    Excellent news!! We miss BlackElk’s contributions on FR!

  • Sen. Ted Cruz: 'Torture is Wrong. Unambiguously. Period. The End.'

    12/11/2014 4:46:30 PM PST · 305 of 358
    BillyBoy to OneWingedShark

    The quote you used (”that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added”) doesn’t in any way claim that non-citizens are eligible for the same Constitutional rights that citizens are given, such as voting and so forth. Liberals certainly wish they were, however.

    Unfortunately for both you and liberals, the Supreme Court (which DOES determine the intent of the Constitution) has ruled numerous times that the Bill of Rights does NOT apply to non-citizens. Illegal aliens don’t have the right to own guns, either. Cry me a river:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/12/court-illegal-aliens-dont-have-2nd-amendment-rights/

  • Judy Baar Topinka dies early Wednesday morning after stroke

    12/10/2014 8:44:07 PM PST · 28 of 54
    BillyBoy to EternalVigilance; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; Petruchio
    >> I know one is not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but I do worry that someone reading this thread may not realize that this individual was a pro-abortion liberal Illinois Combine Republican. Just to be clear. <<

    Regarding Topinka's career, I've followed the "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" rule, but you make a valid point.

    I understand being polite about her years of "public service" and saying she was a nice lady out of respect for her friends and family, but numerous responses from conservatives have gone far beyond that, and reinvented JBT as some kind of selfless beloved conservative icon who fought tirelessly for taxpayers and saved the IL GOP. You can even see one glowing JBT-was-a-conservative-hero post on this very thread.

    I'm reminded of the saint-like depictions of Ariel Sharon when he passed away earlier this year. If you knew nothing about the man's treasonous record as PM, you'd think he was the Ronald Reagan of Israel from the ridiculous propaganda on Twitter.

  • Judy Baar Topinka dies early Wednesday morning after stroke

    12/10/2014 8:34:19 PM PST · 27 of 54
    BillyBoy to AuH2ORepublican

    The mistake was understandable. She held the post of Treasurer for 12 years.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz: 'Torture is Wrong. Unambiguously. Period. The End.'

    12/10/2014 7:47:00 PM PST · 200 of 358
    BillyBoy to Bettyprob
    >> Cruz is standing up for the Eight Amendment <<

    The eighth amendment does not apply to non-citizens (and neither do any of the other amendments.) Try again.

  • Judy Baar Topinka dies early Wednesday morning after stroke

    12/10/2014 6:39:53 PM PST · 18 of 54
    BillyBoy to AuH2ORepublican; TheRightGuy; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

    I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Rauner didn’t name someone like Tom Cross (the recently defeated RINO combiner who narrowly lost his race for State Treasurer in 2014). TheRightGuy suggested Rauner would probably give it to Cross as a consolation prize (either way, Cross will get some cushy state government appointed job in a Rauner administration), and I’m inclined to agree that The Powers That Be would most likely reward Cross with Topinka’s job, now that there’s an opening.

    One ideal scenario floated by a conservative friend of mine is to appoint Chris Lauzen (currently Kane Co. Board president) as Comptroller in Jan., and then Lauzen could run in November as an incumbent and most likely win. (Lauzen was previously the GOP nominee for Comptroller in 1998, when he lost to pampered politician’s kid Dan Hynes). If Rauner did that, I’d have to stop calling him George Ryan 2.0. That being said, I think it would happen when hell freezes oer.

  • Judy Baar Topinka dies early Wednesday morning after stroke

    12/10/2014 4:46:11 PM PST · 15 of 54
    BillyBoy to AuH2ORepublican; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

    Rauner’s making an argument now that Quinn should appoint one of Topinka’s deputies as temporary State Comptroller, and the Rauner would then re-appoint that person in January to serve until a special election can be held:

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Rauner-Wants-Quinn-to-Appoint-Kimme-as-Temporary-Topinka-Replacement-285415731.html

    Wasn’t there some situation like that in Florida, where the outgoing lame duck RAT governor and incoming GOP Governor (Jeb Bush at the time) agreed on filling a vacant Supreme Court appointment during the month of December? Here it is:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Quince

  • Judy Baar Topinka dies early Wednesday morning after stroke

    12/10/2014 4:15:37 PM PST · 11 of 54
    BillyBoy to AuH2ORepublican; Dr. Sivana; Impy; PhilCollins; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs

    A bit off-topic but very interesting (and I don’t feel like starting a new thread just for it).

    Apparently the Illinois state legislature has voted almost entirely along party lines to have a “convention of the states” where the state legislators could make changes to the U.S. Constition. It was the Chicago machine Dems voting WITH the Levin crowd to do this, the Illinois Republican legislators voted NO:

    http://lincolnreport.com/archives/387412

    So as I noted earlier, it seems Mark Levin and Mike Madigan are on the same side here... they think things would be sooooo much better if America if we just give state legislatures absolute power to do whatever they want and to strike down any federal law they don’t like.

    Thing that make you go hmmmm....

  • ‘Rick Perry in 2016’ building momentum

    12/10/2014 3:30:09 PM PST · 32 of 87
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj

    Well, he’s talented at being a political hack. He puts a ton of energy into pandering.

  • ‘Rick Perry in 2016’ building momentum

    12/10/2014 3:21:48 PM PST · 22 of 87
    BillyBoy to TexasFreeper2009
    >> I also hope and believe that he has seen the light on the illegal immigrant issue <<

    You hope and believe wrongly:

    a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3206399/posts

    9/21/2014 - Governor Rick Perry reaffirmed his support of allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, while U.S. citizens from other states continue to pay higher out-of-state tuition rates.

  • MARK LEVIN WOWS STATE LEGISLATORS: 'TAKE YOUR POWER BACK' [excellent video at source]

    12/08/2014 10:31:23 PM PST · 65 of 66
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; sickoflibs

    State legislators, take your power back!


    I'm WAY ahead of you on this one, buddy...

  • Republicans have the most seats in Congress since 1947 after triumphs in Louisiana

    12/08/2014 7:55:38 PM PST · 21 of 21
    BillyBoy to sickoflibs; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
    Repeal the 17th, impeach John Roberts (I'm sure Obama will appoint someone MUCH better as his replacement!) elect Liz Cheney (before repealing the 17th, of course... but those wonderful patriotic state legislators who want to Save Our Republic will surely appoint someone even better anyway!), elect the Donald or Newt as President of our beloved Republic, get Texas to secede and keep Perry as leader for life and keep giving in-state tuition to illegals from other countries, but kick out all the yankee transplants, convince Americans that "democracy" is the most evil form of government EVER (communism can't hold a candle to the dreaded democracy!) have an article V convention and enact whatever the God-like Mark Levin says is a good idea, since his opinions are infallible. The result will be utopia.

    Did I miss any Levinite talking points? ;-)

  • How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

    12/08/2014 6:57:09 PM PST · 44 of 50
    BillyBoy to terycarl
    No, Eastern Orthodox Christians are catholic (small c), not Catholic (upper case C) Churches. The latter example are Churches in union with Rome.

    Similar to how there are libertarians (lower case l), in many political parties, but Libertarians (upper case L) are members of the Libertarian Party. Period.

  • How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

    12/08/2014 12:03:30 PM PST · 25 of 50
    BillyBoy to righttackle44
    >> There are a number of non-Catholic churches that do not consider themselves protestant. <<

    Yes, there are indeed non-Catholic churches that aren't Protestant. They're known as Eastern Orthodox.

  • Republicans have the most seats in Congress since 1947 after triumphs in Louisiana

    12/08/2014 11:00:52 AM PST · 18 of 21
    BillyBoy to Amendment10; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
    >> As far as I can tell, the vague stories concerning bribery and corruption in the Senate before the 17th Amendment (17A) was ratified are what’s left of the propaganda <<

    Want to educate our friend Amendment10 about the "vague" stories about pre-17th amendment bribery that he claims were "propaganda"?

    Reminds me of the left claiming stories of dead people voting are just "right-wing propaganda" made up for the purposes of suppressing minority voters.

  • Republicans have the most seats in Congress since 1947 after triumphs in Louisiana

    12/07/2014 9:33:18 PM PST · 6 of 21
    BillyBoy to Amendment10; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; sickoflibs
    >> And if it weren’t for the ill-conceived 17th Amendment, the Senate might have kicked House-impeached lawless Obama out of office by now. <<

    Wow! Not only does repealing the 17th ensure all the new Senators will be clones of Patrick Henry, it also magically ensures the House of Representatives (which would still be directly elected by DEMOCRACY anyway... the worst form of government EVER, mind you!!!) will be much more conservative and impeach Obama. Yes sir, the moment the 17th is repealed, all the duly-elected Congressman will have a "come to Jesus" moment and replace Boehner with Speaker of the House Mark Levin, too.

    Given that repealing the 17th can magically effect other political bodies that have nothing to do with its passage, we can rest assured that repealing the 17th will also cure cancer, end world hunger, stop broken marriages, and ensure there are rainbows and unicorns around every household in America.

    Of course the thing it repealing the 17th would NEVER do is give us the situation we had in the Senate immediately prior to the passage of the 17th, when it was filled with a bunch of corrupt government appointed hacks (several of whom got indicted for attaining their Senate seat through bribery), which happily passed the 16th amendment and didn't give a hoot about "saving our Republic".

  • (Vanity) Media racist narrative: Landrieu last white democrat from South...uh, Bill Nelson (FL)

    12/07/2014 8:09:27 PM PST · 16 of 18
    BillyBoy to Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican
    >> The original Northern transplants to Florida were the first people in the state to vote Republican. <<

    Yep, before all those eeeeeeeeevil yankee transplants arrived, Florida was part of the "solid south" controlled completely by DemonRats and loyally supported the FDR-Truman socialist big government programs. Before Walt Disney showed up, Orlando was just some unknown sleepy gas stop in the middle of nowhere. The first GOP governor since reconstruction was elected in 1966, the first GOP senator since reconstruction was elected in 1968. The influx of northerners who DIDN'T blindly worship the RAT party because "my daddy and his daddy and his daddy and his daddy were Dems" is the reason why Florida became the swing state it is today.

    SO ironically, the earlier post that FL would be "solid red" if it weren't for northerners altering the FL electorate is correct. It would still be in the hands of communist RATS (see Maryland for an example).

    If anything, the northern states have become more liberal than they were in the 50s because of the influx of SOUTHERN transplants like Jesse Jackson who "tell us how to do things". I would gladly take our transplants back in exchange for theirs.

  • Mark Levin: State Legislatures Have ‘Duty’ to ‘Restore Our Republic’

    12/04/2014 7:52:24 PM PST · 18 of 21
    BillyBoy to Publius; Impy; fieldmarshaldj
    >> I should note that if 34 states petition Congress for an Amendments Convention using Georgia's language to restrict federal power and enhance state power... <<

    ...every single one of the Democrat delegates from Illinois will eagerly vote in favor of it. If there's one thing King Mike Madigan would LOVE, it would be having even MORE direct power over the lives of Illinois citizens. They just hate that pesky federal laws like the 2nd amendment get in the way of their desire for absolute tyranny.

  • Mark Levin: State Legislatures Have ‘Duty’ to ‘Restore Our Republic’

    12/04/2014 7:05:01 PM PST · 15 of 21
    BillyBoy to Impy

    Interestingly enough, numerous RAT legislators in the Illinois General Assembly have announced they strongly support a Constitutional Convention of the states:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3233521/posts

    Obviously, they must be outstanding patriots who want to reign in control of the feds and enforce the 10th amendment in order to restore our Republic to what the founders (and Mark Levin, his name is interchangeable with Thomas Jefferson) envisioned.

  • Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

    12/03/2014 12:41:05 PM PST · 288 of 294
    BillyBoy to sickoflibs; ConservingFreedom; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; ...
    >> Lets see how this test case in CO works out <<

    The headline to this article has already answered that question. Not that any of the "weed is harmless and a bunch of people going around stoned in public won't hurt anyone" people on the left OR right will admit they were wrong.

    >> I don't want a national King who calls himself conservative either. <<

    I agree, but as Impy noted, check out post #3 on this thread. It seems some freepers are actually advocating that:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3228427/posts?page=3#3

  • Knesset votes to dissolve; new elections called for March 17 (Likud primary January 6th)

    12/03/2014 12:18:09 PM PST · 2 of 2
    BillyBoy to Dave346

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance that Danny Danon is to the right of Netenyahu on social issues? I really have question a “conservative” government that happily supports abortion on demand and gay “rights”. Israel’s liberal abortion policies kill more Jewish babies than Hamas could ever dream of.

  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

    12/03/2014 11:59:34 AM PST · 37 of 579
    BillyBoy to NKP_Vet
    >> But, there is a significant difference between the Bible of the Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church, which has added seven books,” Slick wrote. <<

    Really, and when did Catholics "add" those seven books? Last time I checked, they were in the bible canon from the start, then protestants decided to REMOVE seven books in the 1600s.

  • Report: Obama Picks Ashton Carter to Be Next Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 7:24:01 AM PST · 21 of 36
    BillyBoy to pepsi_junkie
    >> I'm honoured and happy," Carter tweets. <<

    Hmmm. He also appears to be British.

  • Report: Obama Picks Ashton Carter to Be Next Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 7:22:41 AM PST · 19 of 36
    BillyBoy to shove_it
    He sounds like a cross between Demi Moore's former boy toy Ashton Kutcher, and annoying early 2000s pop singer Aaron Carter:

    Obama must be going after the teenybopper vote.

  • BREAKING: Obama Endorses Mary Landrieu

    12/01/2014 8:44:24 PM PST · 111 of 128
    BillyBoy to Impy
    In theory, the runoff would be close if Col. Rob Maness pulled a "Milton Wolf" and actively tried to undermine Cassidy and the Louisiana GOP during the campaign, with his supporters urging people vote Landrieu to "teach the GOP a lesson"

    Unfortunately for Landrieu, while Wolf if an @$$, Maness has class and is totally supportive of the GOP nominee.

  • Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

    11/30/2014 9:13:55 PM PST · 147 of 294
    BillyBoy to Impy
    >> More DUIs in CO now involve weed rather than booze <<

    Gee, how's all that "weed is harmless and marijuana users never hurt anyone" talking point working out for our libertarian and liberal friends?

  • Presidency-minded Sarkozy wins party leadership (former French prez)

    11/29/2014 10:02:05 PM PST · 14 of 14
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj; Impy
    >> He’s come out against queer marriage <<

    Madame Sarkozy seems to have missed the memo on this, she's militantly in favor of the homo agenda, which effectively makes her husband's "opposition" to it worthless. Reminds me of Ahnuld's token "support" for Bush in 2004 while his wife and kids were all pimping Kerry.

    >> and moved right on immigration too <<

    Again, similar to how Romney took a "more conservative" position on immigration in 2012, in order to win the GOP nomination. Now he's showing his true colors. It meant nothing. Sarkozy has to appear "tough" on this issue because the neo-NAZI crowd is exploiting the issue and wooing voters by running as immigration hardliners.

    >> I tell you, I’d much prefer him to the socialist Hollandaise sauce or the Nazi slag LePen. <<

    Hmmm. Between the unofficial socialist, the official one, and the NAZI, I'll take None of the Above. There's similarly no decent choice in countries like Russia (Putin's leading opponents were an outright Stalin-style communist and a neo-NAZI), and Northern Ireland. From what I've heard though, Holland's actually done one or two decent things, and I can't remember "conservative" Sarkozy doing anything good in office (his fan club here on FR gushed over him because his kids & wife were cute and he liked to vacation in America, as if that magically excused decades of French deceit and backstabbing. Iran's President should take a cue from that and announce he wants to vacation here every year, so therefore it doesn't matter how much he wants to wipe Israel off the map and murder anyone who brings a bible into the country).

    If Holland has done one or two decent things IN SPITE of being an outright unabashed Socialist, I'm reminded of the situation in Mexico where the "ultra corrupt left-wing party" actually turned out to be an improvement over the allegedly "conservative" party down there.

    >> If he hadn’t been so mediocre the first go-around, he’d not have lost to Hollande. They need new blood. <<

    Good point. Polls have also shown that the one way the UMP can manage to lose to Holland despite his unpopularity is to nominate the even less popular Sarkozy again. I'm reminded of the Oberweis crowd shoving him down our throats because he has "name ID" (none of it good, but hey, at least people have heard of him).

  • Presidency-minded Sarkozy wins party leadership (former French prez)

    11/29/2014 9:37:07 PM PST · 11 of 14
    BillyBoy to Impy
    >> His main foe for the UMP POTFR ( ;) ) nomination appears to be Alain Juppé, who is to Sark’s left. <<

    Yikes. That would be like liberal closet Democrat Bruce Rauner beating ultra liberal closet Democrat Neal Kashkari in a bid to be Chairman of the RNC.

  • VANITY: Freeper Blackelk is in hospital, kidney failure, in danger of death

    11/29/2014 7:27:33 PM PST · 71 of 169
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj; BlackElk; Dr. Sivana; Impy; chicagolady; AuH2ORepublican; PhilCollins; ...

    Prayers being sent for BlackElk. He’s a great freeper and his presence on the Illinois threads is a wonderful contribution to the discussions here.

  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer Debuts

    11/28/2014 9:59:37 PM PST · 63 of 119
    BillyBoy to fieldmarshaldj
    >> Any truth to the rumor that Jabba will be back, and this time played by Karen Lewis ? <<

    I heard Jerrold Nadler is ticked about losing the role after his gastric bypass surgery, especially since he originated the character.

  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer Debuts

    11/28/2014 9:40:20 PM PST · 60 of 119
    BillyBoy to Impy; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; NFHale; hockeyfan44; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs

    One thing I heard they’re recycling from the prequels is Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s really unnecessary since the character has been dead since the end of the original 1977 Star Wars (when he was played by Alec Guinness). Nevertheless, he appeared in the two sequels (when Guinness played him as a ghost) and in all three prequels (when McGregor played young Obi-Wan). Apparently McGregor will now be older, dead, ghostly Obi-Wan Kenobi. The only way that WON’T be cringeworthy is if they use aging makeup and do it well enough so he’s made up to look exactly like the late Alec Guinness.

    That being said, McGregor was good in the prequels. At least Hayden Christensen won’t be returning. I bet they bring Darth Vader back from the dead, though.

  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer Debuts

    11/28/2014 8:49:04 PM PST · 57 of 119
    BillyBoy to Perdogg; Impy; sickoflibs; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; Bender2; stephenjohnbanker; GOPsterinMA
    >> No lens flares? <<

    Heh. My first thought as well. J.J. Abrams sure pumped them into every frame of his Star Trek movies. But the "trailer" here is only 30 seconds long so it didn't really show much of anything. I can't believe people are getting "excited" so much by it. There's still a year to go before the movie so it will probably be a while before there's a real trailer actually showing important parts of the movie.

    >> The Abrams reboots of Star Trek are pretty crappy aside from advances in FX and cinematography. But to under 40s it must look spectacular. <<

    Ahem. I'm "under 40" and old enough to remember Star Trek: The Next Generation on TV. The biggest problem with Abrams Trek movies were not what we saw on screen, but what we DIDN'T see on screen. I have yet to see these guys give us a storyline with substance and quite frankly, I don't think they're capable of it.

    >> I am with you, I have never understood why Jar Jar annoyed people but the Ewoks didn’t. <<

    People complained about the Ewoks back in 1983, and accused Lucas of making the third film too lighthearted and marketed to children. Then the prequels came around 16 years later and made the Ewoks look like Apocalyse Now in comparison. Jar Jar had to be one of the most obnoxious characters in movie history. All that being said, I never "got" why Chewbacca is beloved by Star Wars fans in the original story. He's just a one-dimensional "alien sidekick" like Jar Jar, albeit less annoying and not an offensive sterotype. Once you've seen him growl in the first movie, you've pretty much seen everything you need to see about Chewbacca. His relation with Han Solo reminded me of the way Timmy reacts to Lassie. He makes the same sound all the time and his human sidekick instantly knows what he wants. Chewbacca: Ahhwwwwwooo! Han Solo: I told you, Chewie, we can't stop for fried chicken right now! You should have picked some up at the last outpost. Chewbacca: Ahhwwwwwooo! Han Solo: Oh yeah? Well, same to you, pal!

    >> I think that stupid Rastafarian wannabe Jar Jar Binks should have been boiled alive in a steaming vat of Wampa poop. <<

    Heh. I'm too young to remember the premieres of the original Star Wars movies (I wasn't even in preschool yet when Return of the Jedi was released in '83), but remember when the Star Wars prequels came out back in the summer of '99, and honestly it was the most OVERHYPED movie "event" in my life. There were stories of Star Wars fans camping out all night to get tickets to the TRAILERS and then walking out after seeing a preview of their beloved prequel. People acted like it would be the greatest movie event of our lifetime and you MUST see this movie in theaters because you owe it to your grandkids to say you saw the Phantom Menace on the big screen. Now people laugh at those ridiculous prequels as two hour ILM commercials marketed to seven year olds. I really hope we don't have to go through this again ("OMG OMG OMG Star Wars will be soooo amazing") sixteen years later.

    >> Man, after being burnt by the awful prequels and Abrams’ mixed bag reboot of Trek, I don’t WANT to like it, but I’m liking it (so far). <<

    Take away the "I'm liking it so far", and that's how I feel. I can't get "excited" about this, although to be fair it looks OKAY so far and I can't imagine how it could be worse than the prequels. Of course, I'm never been a huge Star Wars fanboy... I enjoyed the originals on video on the 80s and 90s as fun popcorn escapist entertainment, but it was never a huge event to me, it was just a fun trilogy ala Indiana Jones (and I never bought into the hype for the now universally loathed fourth Indiana Jones movie, either! To this day I haven't seen it, and I'm glad I realized they should have stopped after the third one)

    >> Did not capture the attention of my 11-year-old, second-generation, Star Wars nerd. Nor the first generation one, for that matter. Gonna have to really improve upon the prequels, otherwise they’re just going to be known as the Star Wars Suquels. <<

    I've always been much of a Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan. Ironically, Abrams basically turned the Star Trek prequels INTO Star Wars (silly fantasy movies about fighting 'bad guys'... Kirk hanging off a cliff in every movie and engaging in laser battles with evil troops is very Star Warsish), so it makes sense he's doing the real Star Wars now. As Fieldmarshaldj noted, in an ideal world we could get revenge by turning Star Wars into Star Trek and making a philosophical Star Wars movie about exploring the unknown. Fat chance of that ever happening, though...

    >> I have zero interest in any of these “Star Wars” flicks. Based on Abram’s abortion/attempted reboot of the “Star Trek” franchise, I can see these films being PC bilge with massive plot holes that are either ignored or band-aided over with special effects, just like in the “Star Trek” reboot. <<

    Yep. That's why I can't get excited even if it looks "okay" so far.

    >> The masses will go see them and the films will generate metric tons of revenue Yep the bank account awakens. I’ve heard that they often reach the point of diminishing returns with sequels, prequels, and reboots of franchises. Not to over simplify, but its like these reboots and sequels just aren’t the same. Doesn’t tell the story the same way, doesn’t leave you with the same feelings as the originals. Just my opinion that I have been disappointed by many sequels and reboots. <<

    Hollywood has ruined a lot of iconic franchises. What they did to the Pink Panther should be a crime. I'm seeing so many projects "in development" now that I wish they'd have the dignity to let the franchise rest. We don't need a Terminator "reboot", Poltergeist remake, another Jurassic Park sequel, etc. I heard the Robocop remake was mediocre and they managed to make an even worse Superman film than the previous attempt at a revival. There's only a few franchises that are doing well. Examples include X-Men, Planet of the Apes, and James Bond (in SPITE of Daniel Craig)

  • 'A.D.' Series' Trailer Released Slated for Easter Sunday Premiere (Osteen Alert)

    11/28/2014 7:47:43 PM PST · 44 of 44
    BillyBoy to Gamecock
    >> there is Papist representation on the panel. <<

    On the real panel, yes, not on your proposed improved version.

    >> I didn’t object to his presence, only the two heretics. <<

    Well since you don't see Cardinal Wuerl as a heretic, I suppose its a positive sign. He wouldn't be my ideal choice for a panel anyway, though I agree he's a better choice than Jakes and Osteen.

  • 'A.D.' Series' Trailer Released Slated for Easter Sunday Premiere (Osteen Alert)

    11/28/2014 4:55:00 PM PST · 42 of 44
    BillyBoy to Gamecock
    >> I am Protestant, so sue me. <<

    Again, your list is fine if they were being consulted about a biopic about a reformation figure that is being marketed to a protestant audience. However, they are being consulted about a new testament adaptation that is being marketed to all Christians. Your list is no more appropriate for that purpose than if I were to come up with an exclusively Catholic list of consultants and claim they represent a diversity of Christendom. You would rightfully complain that those consultants would be appropriate for something that airs on EWTN, not for something marketed to all Christians.

    >> are you happy with Osteen and Jakes being 50% of the experts? <<

    I'm not happy with their choices, but that's Hollywood for you. I've heard their "Noah" adaptation is pretty much a bizarre sci-fi movie that has almost nothing to do with Genesis, so if A.D. turns out to actually be faithful to the New Testament figures, I will be pleasantly surprised. When Mel Gibson wanted to do a faithful version of version of Christ's crucifixion, he pretty much had to self-fund and do it outside the usual Hollywood system.