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  • The Zombie Amendments To The Constitution You've Probably Never Heard Of

    03/11/2018 6:03:22 AM PDT · by Fzob · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | March 10, 2018 | Ron Elving
    The first 10 changes to the Constitution were easy. Since then, it has been an uphill battle every time, and some of those battles are, at least technically, still undecided. We are speaking of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and those first 10 are, of course, better known as the Bill of Rights. They provide some of the most important guarantees of freedom associated with the U.S. Constitution — even though they were added years after the Constitution was first written in the summer of 1787. It wasn't that the framers of the Constitution didn't believe in freedom of...
  • I've been a FReeper since 1998 and still don't know what the activity tab does

    12/30/2017 4:54:06 AM PST · by Fzob · 147 replies
    12/30/2017 | Me
    I figure I should know what thee Activity Tab feature does now that I am approaching my 20th year. Any help is appreciated
  • Trump Defiles the Sanctity of Government, and It Drives the Center-Left Mad

    05/14/2017 2:10:57 PM PDT · by Fzob · 32 replies
    FEE ^ | Friday, May 12, 2017 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
    Has the center-left ever been more apoplectic about a presidency? It can’t have been this nuts even during the Nixon presidency. Every day, their publications fill up with articles that are breathless to the point of hysteria about the disgrace that the Trump administration is bringing to the affairs of government. His incessant tweeting, his violations of protocol, his attacks on the press, and even the very existence of this administration has them in permanent meltdown. Here is an example. I’m leaving the over-the-top language from Charles Blow’s New York Times piece just to provide flavor: I feel as if...
  • A look at Steve Bannon and his years at Harvard Business School

    11/27/2016 3:30:05 AM PST · by Fzob · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/26/2016 | Matt Viser
    From the very first day, Steve Bannon made an impression. In a Harvard Business School classroom of about 90 people in 1983, he took a seat in the “skydeck” — a spot at the top giving him a view of the entire class. The marketing professor pointed up at Bannon, calling on him — without warning — and asking that he present the case study they were supposed to have read before coming to class. The case was on Fieldcrest blankets, the acrylic bedding available at most department stores. “This,” Bannon began, “is a sleepy industry.” The tense classroom cracked...
  • Unsolved - Baltimore’s spiking murder rate

    01/02/2016 4:37:48 AM PST · by Fzob · 67 replies
    The Economist ^ | 11/21/2015
    IT HAS been a bloody year in Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city. On November 14th the police department reported the city’s 300th homicide in 2015, a total not seen since 1999. The surge in killings in the majority-black city of roughly 623,000 began after the death on April 19th of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was fatally injured while in police custody. Since Mr Gray’s death the city has recorded 244 homicides, a 78% increase over the same period in 2014, representing more than 100 additional deaths (see chart). Criminologists and city officials disagree as to the causes. Some...
  • Prayer request for my wife

    11/13/2015 6:58:50 PM PST · by Fzob · 92 replies
    11/13/2015 | ME
    This afternoon Mrs. FZob was in a car accident that broke her pelvis and fractured a few vertebrae in her neck. She should recover fully. But we need a few days to know for sure. And we will have a pretty long recovery process. Please say a prayer for her speedy and full recovery. Thanks
  • NLRB Turns Government Into Kafka's Nightmare

    12/24/2014 12:12:51 PM PST · by Fzob · 20 replies
    e21- Economic Polices for the 21th Century ^ | 12/23/2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    In The Trial, written a century ago in 1914, Franz Kafka paints a portrait of an unimaginably oppressive government with secret laws and trials in which the individual is crushed. Today, in 2014, Kafka would not have to invent these circumstances. He could find them in real life, at the National Labor Relations Board. It’s up to the 114th Congress to keep the NLRB in check.On Friday, just before the holidays, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced that he had issued complaints against McDonald’s franchised restaurants and McDonald’s USA, the parent corporation, as joint employers.  Workers complained that they...
  • The Sci-Fi Book Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

    09/12/2014 5:32:37 PM PDT · by Fzob · 201 replies
    Popsugar ^ | 09/06/2014 | NICOLE NGUYEN
    Happy National Read a Book Day! Celebrate with these essential sci-fi classics. Space, dystopian futures, robots, technology, aliens . . . what is there not to love about science fiction, a genre that stretches the imagination and offers a glimpse into what lies in a galaxy and time far, far away? Now that you've indulged on the most compelling, classic epic fantasy series, it's time to switch gears. Onward, futurists! We recruited our own POPSUGAR editors to help compile the ultimate list of geeky reads. And this week, we're showcasing the best sci-fi narratives, with all the traditional elements of...
  • World's largest solar plant scorching birds in Nevada desert

    02/16/2014 2:30:44 AM PST · by Fzob · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/15/2014 | Fox News
    A stretch of the Mojave Desert has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, but the milestone is being met with criticism from environmental groups concerned about the effect of solar energy on desert wildlife. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating tortoises to assessing the impact on plants. The $2.2 billion complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy Inc.,...
  • Shutdown Puts Federal Worker Union Rights in Jeopardy

    10/05/2013 3:10:28 AM PDT · by Fzob · 16 replies
    Labor Notes ^ | October 04, 2013 | Howard Egerman
    Not only are some federal employees working without knowing whether we’ll be paid, we’re also doing it without union representation on the job. -.....(The horror) So we find that Congress, besides possibly creating a new class of involuntary servitude for federal employees, has also acted to attempt to bust our union. (Seriously?)
  • 8 People Planned Parenthood Hates the Most

    05/12/2013 3:35:15 AM PDT · by Fzob · 7 replies
    Matt and Pat Archbold ^ | May 03, 2013 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Lila Rose - You can't overestimate the intensity of hatred that Planned Parenthood feels for Lila Rose. You see, representatives of Planned Parenthood never talk about abortion or babies in public. It's weird. Planned Parenthood aborts babies. It’s what they do. It’s their job.
  • Starbucks CEO: We support marriage equality, and if you don’t like it, sell your stock

    03/21/2013 7:17:53 PM PDT · by Fzob · 107 replies
    LGBTQNATION ^ | 03/21/2013
    Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz on Wednesday defended the company’s decision to support marriage equality, and told investors that if they weren’t on board, they could sell their stock and go elsewhere. Howard Schultz Last year, the Seattle-based company announced its support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, prompting opponents of the measure — notably the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage — to launch a boycott of Starbucks. At the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar described Starbucks’ first-quarter performance as disappointing, and suggested that was due in part to the boycott. “In the first fill quarter after...
  • Study: Less Than 10% of Indian MBA Graduates Are ‘Employable’

    03/11/2013 7:33:48 PM PDT · by Fzob · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal India ^ | December 12, 2012 | Preetika Rana
    India’s estimated 3,300 business schools churn out tens of thousands of management graduates each year. But only a small fraction of them are “employable,” or possess basic skills necessary to work in sectors ranging from marketing to finance, according to an unpublished study. B-School graduates are finding out the hard way. Hitesh Kumar, who completed his MBA from a business school in Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, earlier this year, has been unable to find a job as an investment banker. ............... Aspiring Minds based its conclusions on a so-called “employability test” it conducted on 32,000 MBA graduates...
  • FreeRepublic is back in my favorites list (Vanity)

    03/10/2013 10:29:06 AM PDT · by Fzob · 9 replies
    vanity | 03/10/2013 | Fzob
    Whomever fixed FR I want to say thank you. I had almost stopped posting or visiting over the last few years because the site was so slow it made me nuts trying to participate.
  • The Four-Year Honeymoon Will the press ever give Obama tough coverage?

    01/06/2013 3:25:31 AM PST · by Fzob · 36 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 01/14/2012 | Fred Barnes
    President Obama never disappoints. When the monthly unemployment rate fails to drop, forget it. What’s important is the number of jobs created. But when the rate actually does drop, forget the growth (or lack of it) in jobs. It’s the rate that matters. And don’t blame Obama for the persistence of slow economic growth and high joblessness. That’s the “new normal.” As for the millions of dropouts from the job market, that’s no big deal, hardly worth more than a passing mention. Full credit is due Obama for his role in the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He was...
  • The Doghouse

    12/08/2008 7:06:07 PM PST · by Fzob · 19 replies · 811+ views
    JC Penny ^ | ? | ?
    See what life is like inside the doghouse.
  • Everything seemingly is spinning out of control

    06/22/2008 4:04:46 AM PDT · by Fzob · 3 replies · 48+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Jun 21, 3:14 PM ET | ALAN FRAM and EILEEN PUTMAN
    Horatio Alger, twist in your grave. The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country's sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance. The sense of helplessness is even reflected in this year's presidential election. Each contender offers a sense of order — and hope. Republican John McCain promises an experienced hand in a frightening time. Democrat Barack Obama promises bright and shiny change, and his large crowds believe his exhortation, "Yes, we can." Even so, a battered public seems...
  • Belgium releases 14 terror suspects

    12/22/2007 7:06:19 AM PST · by Fzob · 7 replies · 103+ views
    Yahoo (ap) ^ | 12/22/07 | PAUL AMES
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian authorities on Saturday released 14 suspects detained over an alleged plot to free an al-Qaida prisoner after a court decided there was insufficient evidence to hold them for more than 24 hours, the Federal Prosecutor's office said. ADVERTISEMENT The government's Crisis Center said the investigation was not over. And Lieve Pellens, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said tightened anti-terrorism measures triggered by the arrest of the suspected Islamic militants on Friday would remain in place over the holidays. "We think there is still a threat," Pellens said in a telephone interview. Police picked up the 14...
  • Green Peace using kids to spread propaganda (YouTube Video)

    09/03/2007 4:17:29 AM PDT · by Fzob · 13 replies · 362+ views
    YouTube ^ | unk | Green Peace
    We Won't Be Cute, We Won't Be Patronized & We Won't Be Denied Our Future
  • Transformers the Movie: like Pearls before Swine

    07/13/2007 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Fzob · 11 replies · 470+ views loonies ^ | 07/06/07 | JohnySinoman
    I'm completely bewildered, pissed and nauseatingly disappointed at all of us Americans in general. Here we have a movie that is slated for release on 7-4-7: July 4th, 2007, Independence Day (Big fat f*kin hint!) It is THE blockbuster movie of the summer with soaring ticket sales. So... the movie begins with an intro describing the evolution of a particular race of beings on another planet, and how like all races, they were ultimately separated by one question, whether to wield power for good or for evil.... okay familiar, right? So fast forward ahead... Two waring factions of Alien life...