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  • A Dreadful Occurrence

    07/04/2011 11:15:57 PM PDT · by ccmay · 17 replies
    Amsterdam (NY) 'Herald' | July 13, 1825
    I post this every year on July 4th. This is the obituary of my great-great-great-great-grandfather Selah Woodworth Jr., who blew himself up on July 4th of 1825 by double-charging a cannon during the celebrations. This bit of paper from our family Bible was printed while Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were both still alive.
  • Exotic Aircraft Identification Thread

    11/30/2010 5:00:39 PM PST · by ccmay · 263 replies · 8+ views
    Hidden | 11/30/2010 | Self
    Just for fun, how about we stump each other with exotic or unusual airplane photos. Upload to Tinypic so no one can cheat by looking at the image source. I'll go first. What is this aircraft?
  • VANITY: Best places to taunt the Left on the evening of Nov 2 ?

    10/09/2010 12:23:03 AM PDT · by ccmay · 42 replies
    None | 10/8/2010 | ccmay
    Where do folks think they will go to gloat and torment the Left on Election evening? DU and Kos police their places pretty well, especially around elections, and hit and run insults that will soon be deleted are no fun. I remember was a pretty free wheeling place with lots of despairing lefties and no moderators in 2004, but pretty much a ghost town lately. Huffington Post gives conservatives a fairly long leash and a lot of angry lefties that will rise to the bait, but if you piss off enough people you will get your account suspended. This...
  • Obituary - Lt. Col. Rezk Mohamed, D.F.C.

    08/03/2010 9:06:29 AM PDT · by ccmay · 10 replies · 5+ views ^ | 7/3/2010 | Unknown
    LT. COL. REZK MOHAMED U.S. Air Force (Retired) Lt. Col. Rezk M. Mohamed ll, U.S. Air Force (retired), 78, of Las Vegas, passed away July 30, 2010. He was born April 3, 1932, in Manhattan, N.Y., and was a 48-year resident of Nevada. Known by friends and relatives as "Col Mo" or just simply "Mo," he received numerous citations and awards while serving over 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. Col Mohamed is a graduate of the Nellis Center's USAF Weapons School and has himself flown over 100 missions as F-105 "Thud Driver" over North Vietnam during the Vietnam...
  • The Revolution Will Be Commercialized (re: Palin)

    04/26/2010 12:05:39 AM PDT · by ccmay · 28 replies · 1,264+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/26/2010 | Gabriel Sherman
    Sarah Palin is already president of right-wing America—and it’s a position with a very big salary.
  • Danica Patrick cited for speeding in Scottsdale

    12/31/2008 6:49:05 PM PST · by ccmay · 86 replies · 3,532+ views
    The Arizona Republic | 12/31/08 | Ofelia Madrid
    <p>Racecar driver Danica Patrick was pulled over for speeding earlier this month in north Scottsdale.</p> <p>The popular Indy car racer was pulled over Dec. 9 in a gold 2007 Mercedes near 14700 N. 100th St. for going 54 mph in a 35 mph zone, police said.</p>
  • Project Sarah (Vanity)

    10/26/2008 1:48:02 PM PDT · by ccmay · 2 replies · 340+ views
    self | 10/26/08 | self
    First let me say that I think McCain and Palin are going to pull off an upset victory. I will do all in my power to make it so. But I would like to start a thoughtful thread on where the Palin phenomenon will take us if they lose. I want to take a long-term view. Suppose we look back from 2030 or so, long after she has served as the first woman President, and saved our Constitution, our free-market economy, our democratic polity, and the Western way of life from the socialists and Islamists. How did she do it?...
  • Africans to whom Obama’s victory would be bad news

    10/26/2008 12:03:07 PM PDT · by ccmay · 8 replies · 695+ views
    Sunday Daily Nation (Kenya) ^ | 10/26/08 | Charles Onyango Obbo
    This evil white hand striking down a promising black, Hispanic, or Asian prospect is a central part of the narrative of the evil American empire. Take it away and more than 50 years of scholarship and political mobilisation in many countries will fall apart. If Obama is elected president, thousands of public intellectuals, radical professors and social activists, and nationalist politicians and journalists will be plunged into crisis. . . . . Ironically, the Republicans, although more openly racist, do better. It took George Bush, not Clinton, to appoint a Gen Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as America’s foreign affairs...
  • Getting in Palin’s Hair, or Close to It

    09/16/2008 10:47:41 PM PDT · by ccmay · 6 replies · 271+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/16/2008 | Jim Dwyer
    While any girl or boy can, technically, grow up to be president, only Tina Fey can become Sarah Palin, at least on “Saturday Night Live.” And even for her, that means a hairdresser, a team of wig makers, colorists and a pound of human hair.
  • Deep Red Road Trippers

    09/14/2008 1:23:58 PM PDT · by ccmay · 8 replies · 615+ views
    Self | 9/15/08 | Self
    My friends and I here in safely-Republican Arizona are wondering how we might best help out the party in neighboring "purple" states on Election Day. We've taken the Monday through Wednesday off work, and want to make a road trip to either Nevada or Colorado to help with the "ground game" of getting our voters to the polls. Do we contact the campaign, or the state Republican parties, or what? Is it better to go to Democratic strongholds like Denver or Las Vegas, or to concentrate on the rural areas? We can provide our own vehicles and pay for our...
  • Sarah's Secret Service Code Name

    09/06/2008 11:12:41 AM PDT · by ccmay · 37 replies · 197+ views
    Self | 9/6/08 | Self
    So does anyone know yet what the Palin family's Secret Service code names are? I assume that for Sarah herself, there can be no other: BARRACUDA. The First Dude might like SLED.
  • Apple profits surge 67%; shares soar

    10/22/2007 2:29:01 PM PDT · by ccmay · 29 replies · 101+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 10/22/2007 | Ben Rooney
    NEW YORK ( -- Apple Inc. reported that profits in its fiscal fourth quarter surged 67 percent due to strong sales of Mac computers and the iPhone. Results trounced Wall Street's expectations.
  • Shock burns cable thief beyond recognition

    10/08/2007 1:28:37 PM PDT · by ccmay · 86 replies · 3,284+ views
    Reuters News Service ^ | 10/8/07 | Reuters Staff
    Reuters story- not quoted.
  • Rebel with a Cause: The Optimistic Scientist

    04/10/2007 6:39:53 PM PDT · by ccmay · 9 replies · 443+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 10 April 2007 | Benny Peiser
    Freeman Dyson: My optimism about the long-term survival of life comes mainly from imagining what will happen when life escapes from this planet and becomes adapted to living in vacuum. There is then no real barrier to stop life from spreading through the universe. Hopping from one world to another will be about as easy as hopping from one island in the Pacific to another. And then life will diversify to fill the infinite variety of ecological niches in the universe, as it has done already on this planet. ... Concerning the climate models, I know enough of the details...
  • The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs

    03/25/2007 10:52:32 AM PDT · by ccmay · 7 replies · 745+ views
    The American Scientist ^ | May-June 2006 | Robert S. Gable
    The most toxic recreational drugs, such as GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and heroin, have a lethal dose less than 10 times their typical effective dose. The largest cluster of substances has a lethal dose that is 10 to 20 times the effective dose: These include cocaine, MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine, often called "ecstasy") and alcohol. A less toxic group of substances, requiring 20 to 80 times the effective dose to cause death, include Rohypnol (flunitrazepam or "roofies") and mescaline (peyote cactus). The least physiologically toxic substances, those requiring 100 to 1,000 times the effective dose to cause death, include psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana, when...
  • Don't Go Bust: A turncoat narc offers tips on how to move your weed

    02/09/2007 5:47:22 PM PST · by ccmay · 102 replies · 2,400+ views
    The Dallas Observer ^ | 2/1/2007 | Keith Plocek
    He looks like a good cop. He's got the 'stache, the short-cropped hair, the pushed-out chest and the shiny badge. He sounds like a good cop too; drawled and official. He's got a TV reporter's microphone in his face and a brick of marijuana in his hand, and he's answering questions—not in the "I just accidentally Tasered an old lady" kind of way, but with a grin of accomplishment. The total bust was in the neighborhood of 275 pounds. This is the old Barry Cooper. Top cop. Total prick. He claims more than 300 felony drug arrests during his eight...
  • VANITY: Need luxury Christmas present recommendations for wife

    12/19/2006 5:48:12 PM PST · by ccmay · 31 replies · 938+ views
    12/19/2006 | Myself, ccmay
    This is directed at upper crust ladies or those who would like to be. I am quite well off, but have lousy fashion instincts, taste and sense for what women want. For my wife's present I typically just go to Tiffany's or Louis Vuitton on Christmas Eve, and buy what the cutest sales girl recommends. I had to do this for a number of years before my wife forgave me for the cookbook I gave her one year. I'm trying to do better this time. Any women want to tell me what's hot among the ladies who lunch this year?...
  • Drowning my sorrows. . . What are YOU drinking?

    11/07/2006 11:02:11 PM PST · by ccmay · 25 replies · 396+ views
    Self | 11/7/06 | ccmay
    Well, two years ago I posted this thread: Whee! I'M TOASTED! Cheers to W! What are YOU drinking?. Well-lubricated hilarity ensued for the rest of the evening. Once again I find myself half-sloshed on an election evening with no work scheduled for the following day, but this time the champagne remains untouched in favor of several stiff glasses of scotch on the rocks. Ahhh, alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. So sayeth Homer J. Simpson. Anybody else want to get soused along with me? Name yer poison, and bottoms up! -ccm
  • New Campaign Shows Progress for Homeless

    06/06/2006 10:33:23 PM PDT · by ccmay · 9 replies · 406+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 6/7/2006 | Eric Eckholm
    DENVER — Arthur Sena spent years living in a hole that he had dug near the railroad tracks. He would probably still be there, defying offers of help from social workers and using cardboard to ward off the chill, if Denver had not adopted a radical strategy of putting homeless people into apartments of their own, no strings attached.
  • Democrat Landlord Bilks Republican's Homeless Shelter

    12/24/2005 6:26:19 AM PST · by ccmay · 42 replies · 2,139+ views ^ | 12/23/2005 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    A liberal lawyer in Los Angeles is threatening to throw nearly three dozen homeless center residents back on the streets because of something he finds indefensible: The center's founder is a Republican and voted for President Bush.
  • Are Lawyers Being Overbilled for Their Test Preparation?

    12/05/2005 1:10:32 AM PST · by ccmay · 39 replies · 990+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/4/2005 | Jonathan D. Glater
    MANY executives dream of dominating their industries the way BAR/BRI does the business of helping law school graduates prepare for bar examinations. Every law student knows BAR/BRI. Hundreds of thousands of them have taken its courses to pass the bar, an essential step in most states before a law school graduate can practice law. . . . But now BAR/BRI could use a few lawyers itself. Some of the people who paid the fees, took the courses and passed the bar have turned on the company, which is owned by the Thomson Corporation of Stamford, Conn. Represented by an aggressive...
  • Sex, power, and the Monica factor (Interns still being mistreated in D.C.)

    04/26/2005 3:31:38 PM PDT · by ccmay · 29 replies · 1,497+ views
    The Telegraph (London) ^ | 4/26/05 | Abbie Finfrock
    Seven years on, Washington interns are still struggling to shake off the Lewinsky tag, finds Abbie Finfrock It is 11am in Washington DC. Here I am, an ingénue 20-year-old intern, sipping my coffee and desperately trying to figure out how my tape recorder works so I can accurately cover an event at the American Enterprise Institute think-tank, when a man in his late fifties walks over and offers to help.
  • Pet Free Republic peeves-- please contribute.

    11/30/2004 10:23:30 PM PST · by ccmay · 381 replies · 4,166+ views
    Self | 11/30/04 | ccmay
    There are so many things that make FR great. It's my favorite place on the Internet and I am proud to support it financially. However, there are a few things that have been getting under my skin too. Jokes about the "72 virgins" every time there is news of a Muslim terrorist being killed. Please. Over the last three years, every possible variation of the virgins joke has already been done. Hundreds of times. It is far, far beyond cliché by now. Jokes about spitting one's food or drink on the screen or keyboard, in response to someone else's humorous...
  • Magical Election Tampering: SHUT IT DOWN!

    11/09/2004 7:12:44 AM PST · by ccmay · 6 replies · 359+ views
    LiveJournal Pagan Community ^ | 11/2/2004 | DragonTDC
    Ok, I can understand the restlessness I've been feeling since yesterday. There's a lot riding on this election, and passions are running high on both sides, so naturally eceryone and their naked brother who has an ounce of Power and no clue about Shielding is leaking energy like a hair dryer in a bathtub. So it's Shields Up for me, but I'm still getting enough bleedover to make me jittery and a little manic if I don't concentrate. That's all to be expected. What wasn't expected was that once I filtered out all that background noise, I started hearing a...
  • Whee! I'M TOASTED! Cheers to W! What are YOU drinking?

    11/03/2004 8:58:33 PM PST · by ccmay · 118 replies · 1,405+ views
    Vanity | 11/3/2004 | Self
    So I got home today, wanting to toast our illustrious President and his smashing re-election. Didn't get to last night. Started with a bottle of Iron Horse bubbly, from Sonoma County. Wife happy to celebrate with me but not much of a drinker. Drank 5/6ths of the bottle myself. Beloved wife has roasted chicken stuffed with wild rice and wrapped in bacon, with a raspberrry/chipotle sauce, waiting for me. Decided the fruit called for a Pinot Noir. In honor of our good friends the Aussies, opened up a Yarra Yering Pinot from 1999. Lovely cherry bouquet, a little more smoke...
  • ARIZONA: Time to put the screws to local CBS advertisers!

    09/18/2004 11:26:38 PM PDT · by ccmay · 7 replies · 584+ views
    E-mail to KPHO-TV (Channel 5, Phoenix) - 9/18/2004 | 9/18/2004 | Myself
    Here's the text of a message I sent to a couple of management types at the local CBS affiliate in Phoenix, KPHO (Channel 5). I would encourage other FReepers in Arizona to follow suit. Pressure on LOCAL advertisers and LOCAL CBS affiliates is the best way to get rid of the liar Dan Rather. Complaining to nationally-advertising companies or the CBS headquarters is fine, but nothing would get their attention like a large local auto dealer calling up the GM of a CBS station and grilling him about Rathergate. --------------------------------------------------------------- To: Seth Parker ( Cc: Cassandra Corke ( Seth, Too...
  • Ohio physicians fight back: Panel documents frivolous lawsuits

    02/23/2004 10:13:27 PM PST · by ccmay · 6 replies · 404+ views
    American Medical News ^ | 2/16/2004 | Tanya Albert
    Ohio physicians fight back: Panel documents frivolous lawsuits The aim is to set a legal precedent that will encourage physicians and discourage lawyers. By Tanya Albert, AMNews staff. Feb. 16, 2004. Wanted: Blatant examples of frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits filed against Ohio physicians. Reward: A chance to recover the money spent defending the lawsuit and put lawyers on notice that physicians are going to stand up to meritless suits. "We are looking to find the most egregious cases to bring forth as test cases in the court and shed light on the issue," said Almeta E. Cooper, the Ohio State...
  • Get over it, Carr tells jobless lawyers

    12/12/2003 4:06:24 PM PST · by ccmay · 48 replies · 370+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 12/7/2003 | Alex Mitchell
    Premier Bob Carr has a blunt message for the hundreds of Sydney lawyers out of work because of his Government's law reforms: "Get retrained and start another job." He was unmoved by the report that the entire 14th floor of Wardell Chambers in Martin Place, employing 23 barristers and support staff, will close its doors on December 31. Offering no apology for the jobs shake-out in law practices following his legislative assault on "the culture of litigation", Mr Carr said: "The fact is there will be fewer jobs for lawyers, but with their education they are well placed to go...
  • Iraq protesters deface British war monument in France

    04/01/2003 1:32:35 PM PST · by ccmay · 30 replies · 356+ views
    Vandals have defaced one of the biggest British war cemeteries in northern France with graffiti condemning the US-British invasion of Iraq, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) said. Insults aimed at British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush were sprayed in red paint over a monument to Britain's dead from World War I and discovered by a gardener last Thursday. "It was removed by the afternoon but not before a couple of coach loads [of visitors] had been through and seen it - we are pretty hacked off and I am pleased to say the French...
  • College student accused of setting up hidden camera in dorm room

    03/07/2003 3:32:38 AM PST · by ccmay · 5 replies · 2,473+ views
    AP ^ | 3/7/2003 | AP
    Piscataway, New Jersey-AP -- A college student in New Jersey has been arrested for allegedly hiding a camera in a dorm room in an attempt to spy on his roommate and the roommate's girlfriend having sex. Officials at Livingston College say the student linked the camera to the Internet and planned to watch with some friends from another room. But his plan was foiled when the couple spotted the camera and called police. The student was charged with intercepting an oral communication. A spokeswoman for Rutgers University -- which oversees Livingston -- says the school may also take disciplinary action.
  • You Don't Own Me: Touring the glamorous homes of the opponents of Prop. R

    10/20/2002 3:53:12 AM PDT · by ccmay · 12 replies · 438+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | 10/16/2002 | MATT SMITH
    You Don't Own Me Touring the glamorous homes of the opponents of Prop. R, which would allow thousands of renters per year to buy their own apartments You want fabulous? I'll show you fabulous: It's spending a sunny Bay Area Friday in the top-down convertible of realtor-to-the-S.F.-stars Kean Brewer; it's heading across the Bay Bridge toward the stunning six-bedroom, four-bath digs of San Francisco housing activist Randy Shaw, visiting the delightful Spanish Mediterranean West of Twin Peaks home of publisher Bruce Brugmann, or the lovely Haight-Ashbury duplex of growth-control advocate Calvin Welch; it's spending an entire morning soaking in the...
  • Heroic Bystander Beats The Daylights Out Of Maniac Driver After Police Chase

    03/22/2002 12:34:46 AM PST · by ccmay · 7 replies · 397+ views
    KPHO - TV 5 - Phoenix ^ | 3/21/2002 | (AP)
    Dump Truck Chase Ends in Crash Wild Truck Pursuit Phoenix, March 21 (AP) -- A crash ended a 40-minute police pursuit early today in Phoenix involving a dump truck. The truck was involved in two other accidents before it collided with a car at Bethany Home and Central, flipped on its side, clipped a traffic light and then slid to a stop. The truck driver got out and began to run. But a witness, Doug Click, chased him down with a small baseball bat and police officers quickly took him into custody. The truck driver was taken to a hospital,...
  • Can we please cool it with 'Allah running out of virgins?'

    11/29/2001 4:54:31 PM PST · by ccmay · 80 replies · 327+ views
    self | 11/29/2001 | self
    This is just an observation and a simple request. Feel free to disregard. I have yet to see an article where we are discussing killing the Taliban that does not include a comment regarding the famous 72 virgins. As in "Boy I hope Allah doesn't run out of virgins" or "They better warm up the virgins now." I don't know why this bothers me so much, but I am starting to notice it on EVERY SINGLE THREAD dealing with the Tallies. Sometimes half a dozen times or more. Can we call it off, and show some originality? Freegards, -ccm
  • Berkeley Boycott! Here's some E-mail addresses

    10/22/2001 10:48:21 AM PDT · by ccmay · 9 replies · 504+ views
    self | 10/22/2001 | self
    Mayor City Council City Manager Fire Dept. Newspapers Chamber of Commerce, other associations & major businesses State Assemblyhag for Berkeley
  • Post Cartoonist Herblock Dies

    10/07/2001 10:16:37 PM PDT · by ccmay · 33 replies · 17+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/8/2001 | J. Y. Smith
    Herblock, 91, the Washington Post cartoonist whose witty and frequently ferocious drawings provided some of the most memorable images in the history of American political discourse and earned him the highest honors of his profession and the nation, died last night at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had pneumonia. (See link for full article)

    09/08/2001 6:02:22 PM PDT · by ccmay · 92 replies · 27,172+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 8 Sep 2001 | Matt Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SAT SEPT 08, 2001 10:21:39 ET XXXXX WASTING AWAY: WHITNEY HOUSTON'S FRAIL APPEARANCE STUNS CROWD NEW YORK -- The crowd watched in shock as a frail Whitney Houston hit the stage Friday night during the Michael Jackson concert at Madison Square Garden. As this photo shows, one of the world's most vital pop stars has become a shell of her former self in the year and half since she last publicly performed. The 37-year-old velvet-voiced wonder sang for under 5 minutes, but images of Houston completely wasting away into skeletonism -- and appearing to be at ...
  • Real Stalinists need FReeping

    04/20/2001 3:44:49 AM PDT · by ccmay · 19+ views
    Here's an interesting Stalinist discussion group I ran into on Yahoo the other day. Needless to say, I am already banned from the group after only two posts. Perhaps my 'comrades' on FR would like to pick up the torch? Here's the group description: This is a group for admirers of Stalin everywhere. Non-sectarian and undogmatic, this group will seek to promote historical, theoretical and political discussions around this great figure of the 20th century.
  • Woman injured in fogger explosion at L.A. home

    04/09/2001 7:24:32 AM PDT · by ccmay · 10+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/7/2001 | AP Wire
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An explosion at a house being fumigated with 30 fogger-style "bug bombs" burned a woman, shattered the windows and lifted the roof three inches, authorities said. The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, was treated at a hospital for first- and second-degree burns to her legs from the heat of the blast, fire spokesman Jim Wells said. The explosion occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday. "The lady had activated about 30 foggers, and while activating the last one in the kitchen area, an ignition source, possibly a stove pilot light or a water heater, caused ...
  • Is this the 'Dead Zone' moment for Al Gore?

    11/20/2000 8:20:36 AM PST · by ccmay · 14+ views
    vanity | 11/20/00 | ccmay
    Is the military-ballot fiasco the 'Dead Zone' moment for Al Gore? Remember the Stephen King movie-- Christopher Walken plays a psychic who can read a man's future when he shakes his hand. He meets a presidential candidate (Martin Sheen) and has a vision of him initiating a nuclear holocaust, so he decides to assassinate him. Sheen panics and grabs a nearby child to shield himself from the bullets. Neither Sheen nor the baby are injured but the picture makes the cover of Time, and Sheen's career is ruined. So Al Gore sees that his presidential campaign is going down the ...