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  • Glenn returns to celebrate 25 years of Right to Work in Idaho

    08/05/2010 11:23:26 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 6 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 4 Aug 2010 | Dan Popkey
    One of the most polarizing figures in Idaho history is marking a triumph that changed the workplace and solidified the Republican hold on Idaho. Gary Glenn, now 52, was the baby-faced but ruthless leader of the long campaign to make Idaho the 21st of 22 states to outlaw "union shops," where workers are obligated to pay dues as a condition of employment. After the passage of Right to Work in 1985 over the veto of Democratic Gov. John Evans, voters affirmed the change 54 percent to 46 percent. The subsequent emasculation of a key component of the Democratic base has...
  • Labrador moves campaign office to Boise (ID CD 1)

    08/05/2010 11:09:30 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 9 replies
    BOISE — U.S. House hopeful Raul Labrador’s cash-strapped campaign has moved to downtown Boise to conserve resources, setting up a new headquarters outside the congressional district he wants to represent. The penny-saving move underscores Labrador’s difficulty in fundraising compared to his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, who has more than $1 million on hand and holds a 16-to-1 cash advantage. Labrador, a two-term Republican state lawmaker, opened his campaign headquarters in Eagle in June, a month after he upset decorated Iraq veteran Vaughn Ward to clinch the Idaho primary in late May. Labrador is now challenging Minnick for Idaho’s...
  • The (R)Ad Council and Progressives

    08/03/2010 1:13:51 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 3 August 2010 | John Peeples
    Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been around for a long time as a product of governmental mandate -- a price traditional media pay for the use of broadcast bandwidth. PSAs are messages for the common good, at least in theory. PSAs are so pervasive that we scarcely notice them; they are like the persistent, oft-repeated criticisms and directives of our spouses that we tune out at regular intervals. But just as with our spouses' admonishments, we can not ignore PSAs completely. They seep into our subconscious, and we absorb the droning messages. Didn't someone named Huxley or Orwell write a...
  • The End of Wishful Thinking

    07/20/2010 12:53:45 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 19 July 2010 | Ben Stein
    I am sixty-five now. I have lived through many recessions. The first one I remember clearly was in 1958 and the worst one, by far, until now, was the one in the late 1970s stretching into the early 1980s, when we had double-digit inflation and double-digit unemployment simultaneously. That should have been impossible, but thanks to union Cost of Living Adjustment contracts and skyrocketing oil prices, it was indeed possible. But the current recession, which really started with some very tense days in late 2007 and began in deadly earnest when Hank Paulson, possibly the most incompetent Treasury Secretary of...
  • Michael Moore Caught Stealing Other’s Work

    07/13/2010 12:21:12 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 11 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 13 July 2010 | Warner Todd Huston
    Filmmaker Michael Moore, famed for his propagandistic left-slanted portrayals of America in such films as Roger and Me, Bowling for Columbine, and Sicko, is under fire for lifting the work of a writer from the Knoxville News Sentinel and reposting it on his own site in total despite that copyright laws disallow such a practice. On his site Random Mumblings the News Director of Innovation for the Knoxville News Sentinel, Jack Lail, reported that Michael Moore lifted an entire story and its accompanying video production from his newspaper’s website and reposted it all on MichaelMoore.com. Not only did he lift...
  • Safety of gay people topic of Salt Lake discussion

    07/13/2010 10:55:39 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 21 replies
    ABC4.com (KTVX-TV) ^ | 13 July 2010 | Unattributed
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The safety of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is the topic of a Tuesday night town hall meeting at the Salt Lake City Library. The Utah Pride Center says a panel will hold a discussion with police officers, prosecutors and community representatives. Pride spokesman Michael Westley says the group will release the results of a survey of 500 people on safety questions. Westley says nearly 70 percent of the respondents say they feel an increased sense of safety related to housing and employment discrimination issues. Only 26 percent of respondents said they feel...
  • HuffPoster: Atticus Finch A Feminized Male 'Not In Any Traditional Sense Manly'

    07/11/2010 10:13:14 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 70 replies · 2+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11 July 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    Did you ever consider the lead character in Harper Lee's fabulous "To Kill A Mockingbird" to be a feminized male not in any traditional sense manly? Atticus Finch, one of the greatest male figures in modern American literature? Well, that's what Jesse Kornbluth wrote at Huffington Post on the 50th anniversary of this fabulous book being published. For those that are fans of this novel like so many Americans, the following quotes from this astonishingly silly piece are guaranteed to offend: "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a woman's book. Written by a woman, Harper Lee, but more, written by a...
  • What does a Klansman – like Robert Byrd – have to do to win the approval of the NAACP?

    07/05/2010 9:05:21 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 11 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1 July 2010 | Mike Riggs
    What would a Klansman have to do to gain the good favor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)? Since its inception, the KKK has killed thousands, assaulted and maimed exponentially more, rigged elections and terrorized voters and politicians alike. “Sorry” probably wouldn’t cut it. Spending like a drunken sailor, however, might just do the trick. At least, that’s all it took for the NAACP to abandon its race-baiting long enough to forgive former KKK leader Robert Byrd for the transgressions of his mid-20s.
  • The Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

    06/30/2010 1:45:25 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 44 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 30 June 2010 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Happy 234th birthday America! The War Between the States Sesquicentennial, 150th Anniversary, runs from 2010 through 2015. The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans has an information page. Make it a family affair to attend the events planned throughout the USA . The National SCV Sesquicentennial Commission has a website. The fading photos and stories of Union and Confederate Veterans from that summer of 1913, shaking hands, sharing a meal and trading war stories is a special part of our National Heritage well worth sharing. Do young people know who Gen. Robert Edward Lee, Major Gen. George Edward Pickett and...
  • "I Don't" (The case against marriage)

    06/28/2010 8:58:52 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 11 June 2010 | Jessica Bennet and Jesse Ellison
    Every year around this time, the envelopes begin to arrive. Embossed curlicues on thick-stock, cream-colored paper ask for “the pleasure of our company” at “the union of,” “the celebration of,” or “the wedding of.” With every spring, our sighs get a little deeper as we anticipate another summer of rote ceremony, cocktail hour, and, finally, awkward dancing. Sure, some weddings are fun, but too often they’re a formulaic, overpriced, fraught rite of passage, marking entry into an institution that sociologists describe as “broken.”
  • Source: Utah to Pac-10 is imminent

    06/16/2010 1:07:51 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 24 replies · 371+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 16 June 2010 | Unattributed
    Utah will join the Pac-10 Conference as its 12th team -- with an announcement coming as soon as Friday, a source tells ESPN. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah's Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting Thursday afternoon. The meeting agenda was not revealed. Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson, interviewed Tuesday, would only say that he has been in contact with the Pac-10 regarding Utah. "I did state yesterday morning that I had not spoken to [Pac-10 commissioner] Larry Scott," Thompson said during a break at the Collegiate Commissioners Association meetings. "Twenty-four hours is a long timeframe."
  • Wherever Did You Get That Idea? (MD Prep School Students Create Fantasy Sex League)

    06/10/2010 2:32:51 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 13 replies · 901+ views
    Heritage Foundation's "The Foundry" ^ | 10 June 2010 | Chuck Donovan
    All across America, on web sites and among social networking groups, sports fans are playing in fantasy baseball leagues. Even Major League Baseball operates a particularly sophisticated site that allows participants to draft players and create their own rosters, all to compete against other fans. The goal is to demonstrate skill in assessing the attributes and predicting the performances of athletes. Harmless fun. Now it’s come to light that a group of male students at Landon School, an upscale Maryland college prep academy, created their own fantasy sex league last fall. Not harmless at all. First of all, the online...
  • Obama Losing Independents to . . . Ron Paul?

    06/10/2010 11:54:35 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 16 replies · 517+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 10 June 2010 | Daniel Foster
    The latest PPP survey on hypothetical 2012 match-ups shows President Obama leading the field of Republican hopefuls. But not so among independent voters: One thing that's very interesting about these numbers is that Ron Paul is the most popular out of the whole group with independents. They see him favorably by a 35/25 margin.
  • The Big Ten and Midwestern Identity

    06/06/2010 10:50:15 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 12 replies · 20+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6 June 2010 | Steve Chapman
    In the Midwest, we don't have damp, blustery fall days: We have Big Ten weather. We don't have mammoth land-grant universities: We have Big Ten schools. You may insult our climate, our politicians or our Miss America contestants, but not the Big Ten. Right now, people in high positions are talking about expanding the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference. What they may overlook is that it's not just a sports association. It's an identity in a region that needs one.
  • Idaho, 12 other states sue federal government over new health law

    03/23/2010 2:00:21 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 13 replies · 680+ views
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | 23 Mar 2010 | Staff
    Idaho joined with 12 other states in suing the federal government Tuesday immediately after President Obama signed the new health-care bill into law. Thirteen Republican state attorneys general sued to block the law, calling it unconstitutional. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said the lawsuit was needed to "stop this insanity." "The sovereignty of the state of Idaho is very important to us," Otter said in an televised interview on Fox News. The lawsuit says the health care reform law infringes on the sovereignty of the states by imposing onerous new operating rules that they must follow, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden...
  • A Way Out of Soviet-Style Health Care (Milton Friedman)

    03/20/2010 12:31:04 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 9 replies · 752+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 Mar 2010 | Milton Friedman
    Editor's note: The following is excerpted from an article with the same headline by Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman that was published in the Wall Street Journal on April 17, 1996. Friedman died in 2006. A related editorial appears nearby: In a chapter in his novel "The Cancer Ward" titled "The Old Doctor," Alexander Solzhenitsyn compares "private medical practice" with "universal, free, public health service" through the words of an elderly physician whose practice predated 1918. . . Mr. Solzhenitsyn himself had no personal experience on which to base his account and yet, in what I have long regarded...
  • A Pyrrhic Passage? (Victor Davis Hanson on Obamacare vote)

    03/19/2010 1:15:30 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 15 replies · 984+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 19 Mar 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    At an outdoor rally today, the president described the health-care debate as a referendum on the “character” of the country, and I do believe he was correct. The president is pushing legislation that a clear majority of the people dislike, and whose details neither he nor his supporters can explain in simple language. Its ends-justify-the-means passage will require legislative gymnastics that border on the unconstitutional, and in Orwellian fashion are designed to reassure its sheepish supporters that they can appear not to be voting for the bill they vote for. And to achieve a House majority, Obama must offer an...
  • Coalition says Minnick backs Democratic health bill — but he doesn't (ID CD 1)

    03/19/2010 11:33:48 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 7 replies · 397+ views
    WASHINGTON – A loose coalition of conservative interests with ties to Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Project, the Tea Party and similar causes plans a protest outside of Rep. Walt Minnick’s office this weekend, with the claim that the Democratic congressman co-sponsored one of the health care bills being considered by Congress. But their assertion is untrue. Minnick never sponsored such legislation. Minnick, who was one of 39 Democrats to vote against health care legislation in November, has said repeatedly over the past week that he has will not support the bill on Sunday when it is now expected to come up...
  • (ID Gov.) Otter first gov to sign law saying state will defy a requirement to buy insurance

    03/17/2010 11:45:12 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 19 replies · 620+ views
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | 18 Mar 2010 | Brian Murphy
    Democrats in Washington, D.C., hope to pass health care reform soon, but Republican state leaders in Idaho are preparing to go to court to fight it. Gov. Butch Otter signed the Idaho Health Freedom Act on Wednesday in his first public bill signing of the 2010 session. "If I am (first), I'm glad," said Otter, who was flanked by several Republican lawmakers. At least 36 other states are considering similar legislation in response to the drive by President Obama and congressional Democrats to expand health insurance to 30 million uninsured Americans, in part by requiring them to buy insurance. Virginia...
  • ABC Links American Christians to Anti-Gay Death Penalty in Uganda

    03/15/2010 2:50:52 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 10 replies · 580+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 15 Mar 2010 | Brad Wilmouth
    On ABC last Wednesday, both World News and Nightline featured a report filed by correspondent Dan Harris in which he linked the activities of some American evangelical Christian pastors with anti-gay hatred and attempts by Uganda’s parliament at passing death penalty legislation to punish homosexuals in the African nation. Each of the reports focused on the extreme views of American pastor Scott Lively and Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, without including the views of more mainstream American evangelical leaders. On World News, anchor Diane Sawyer teased: "Gay terror: Have some American evangelical ministers helped threaten the lives of homosexuals in Africa?"...
  • (Utah) Rep. Garn resigns following hot tub confession

    03/13/2010 11:50:57 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 37 replies · 2,010+ views
    ABC4.com ^ | 13 Mar 2010 | Jessica Gail
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - In a letter to Speaker of the House, David Clark, Representative Kevin Garn resigned as Representative from the 16th House District on Saturday morning. --snip-- Garn's resignation comes days after confessing to hot tubbing with a 15-year-old in 1985, and later paying her $150,000 to conceal the story.
  • Romney: GOP's 2012 nominee must be Reaganesque

    03/08/2010 1:41:26 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 58 replies · 120+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 March 2010 | Joseph Weber
    Republican leader Mitt Romney said Monday the GOP nominee in the 2012 presidential election will have to bring together divided factions of the party. "Whoever becomes the nominee of our party needs to be, as Ronald Reagan was, a big-top Republican welcoming conservatives of all types in our party," he said during an interview with The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show.
  • Vaughn Ward, Rep. Walt Minnick spar over money from Rep. Charles Rangel (Idaho 1st CD)

    03/07/2010 11:28:06 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 3 replies · 80+ views
    Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, has announced the list of charities that will receive $10,000 Minnick got from Rep. Charles Rangel's National Leadership PAC for the 2008 election. Rangel, D-N.Y., stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, after he was admonished last week for taking two corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean in violation of House rules. Meanwhile, Republican challenger Vaughn Ward said Minnick should donate an additional $44,290 in contributions collected from individuals and political action committees in 2008 by another Rangel group, the Rangel Victory Fund, and transferred to Minnick.
  • Question Concerning Posting on FR Via Mobile Web (Vanity)

    03/02/2010 11:55:24 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 10 replies · 354+ views
    Recently, I got a new cellphone with mobile web access. It appears as though it's kind of difficult to navigate through FR using a mobile browser, so I was curious to know if there are any sort of settings that I need to change to make browsing a little easier. Also, it took me several attempts to try and log in using my phone. Is this typically a problem? Thanks in advance.
  • Ohio ABC TV Station Presents Democrat Press Release as News Story

    02/24/2010 9:40:29 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 14 replies · 429+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 24 Feb 10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us on the right like to claim that the Old Media is just an arm of the Democrat Party. Of course some of that on our part is bombast, but incidents like this tend to make conservative’s complaints seem more like right-on-target truth than over-the-top complaining. On February 23, ABC TV Channel 7, WTRF News (Wheeling, West Virginia/ Steubenville, Ohio), posted on its website what was originally credited as a story written by reporter Bob Westfall. Unfortunately, though, this posting was only posing as a news story as it was nothing but a word-for-word re-posting of Democrat Ohio...
  • Asperger's Officially Placed Inside Autism Spectrum

    02/10/2010 1:37:39 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 51 replies · 1,146+ views
    National Propaganda Radio ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | Jon Hamilton
    Asperger's syndrome is really just a form of autism and does not merit a separate diagnosis, according to a panel of researchers assembled by the American Psychiatric Association. --snip-- But a new draft fifth edition released Wednesday moves Asperger's officially into the autism category, provoking a wide range of responses among people with Asperger's — some of whom say they do not want to be labeled as autistic.
  • What Do Sarah Palin and Jesus Christ Have In Common? (Whose side is Red State on, anyway?)

    01/14/2010 1:16:30 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 108 replies · 2,174+ views
    Red State ^ | 14 Jan 2010 | Erick Erickson
    I don’t know what it is about Sarah Palin that sets people off, but there is very little in between. The reaction people have to Sarah Palin is very much the reaction many people have to Jesus — both offend and disgust the secular values of some and with others failing to embrace either sends you straight to hell. Judging by my conversation with Governor Palin a few weeks ago when I asked her why the left has more compassion for Al Qaeda than for conservative women and minorities, I think she gets it and finds some humor in it....
  • **THE 2009-10 BCS National Championship Game Live Thread**

    01/07/2010 12:10:45 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 451 replies · 8,568+ views
    Well, here it is, the final game of the 2009 college football season. For much of the bowl season, I've had to work, get my car fixed, and Google search any insignificant question and computer problem my grandparents call me about. (You would think with their age and guile they'd have the answers to various things readily available. You would think). So needless to say, this has kept me from my assigned college football commenting duties. For that I apologize, but tonight I will get the festivities going. So without further ado... The BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. Texas...
  • Rock The Vote Encourages Youth To Use Sex To Pass ObamaCare

    12/20/2009 12:13:42 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 60 replies · 2,322+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 20 Dec 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    The political advocacy group "Rock the Vote" has a new video out encouraging young people to abstain from having sex with folks opposed to healthcare reform. Sadly, this isn't your run of the mill call for celebacy, for the video also instructs youth to use sex to get people to change their minds on this issue.
  • **The 2009-10 Bowl Games Thread**

    12/18/2009 12:54:55 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 632 replies · 6,996+ views
    We have now reached college football's very own exhibition post season known as the bowl season. Already, I can hear some grumblings from a few of you about why I should watch the St. Petersburg Bowl or the Papajohns.com Bowl when there's plenty of Christmas parties to attend and plenty of women to underwhelm. Well, can't argue with that, see you guys next year! (Just kidding). Okay, so as is custom with the bowl games thread, each day a bowl game is being played, I will ping the list and do my usual mildly sarcastic preview of each bowl game....
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 14: Championship Week**

    12/03/2009 12:22:17 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 412 replies · 5,485+ views
    We have officially reached a milestone in the season. The first of which is that I now don't need any clever or anecdotal introductory paragraph to get your neurons firing in anticipation of the upcoming week. The second is that we now have a pretty clear indication of who will be playing where and a very highly touted, yet scaled down, slate of games. Before we begin, let's honor the conference champions thus far in 2009. So if you're an Ohio State Buckeye, TCU Horned Frog, Troy Trojan, or Boise State Bronco, break out the sparkling grape juice and overturn...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 13: Rivalry Week**

    11/25/2009 9:32:16 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 248 replies · 3,488+ views
    Hopefully you'll forgive me for being candid, but this week may not be my most well written thread of the season. Family is coming into town, I actually have to work on Thanksgiving, and I actually have an excuse to watch one of the Thanksgiving NFL games. But aside from that, it's that week of the season that encapsulates the spirit and tradition of college football. Of course, that means one thing here on the FR College Football Ping List: it's rivalry week! Often our rivals perform the menial tasks associated with life: cleaning toilets, digging ditches, waiting our table...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 12: Trophies**

    11/19/2009 12:40:47 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 270 replies · 3,184+ views
    When you get right down to it, who doesn't love a good trophy? A trophy may end up becoming a thing of the past in most facets of human civilization, but there will always be a home for the physical manifestation of the internet meme "Pwn3d" in the great game of college football. In the professional game, there is really truly only one trophy that people really want and that has Vince Lombardi's name etched on it. But in the college game, there are trophies for nearly every type of game you can think of. Some contests have a bronze...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 11: Thank You**

    11/11/2009 1:33:54 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 246 replies · 3,638+ views
    Nile Kinnick may not have reached the average American life expectancy even when he was alive. But one could argue that the life he did live was extraordinary anyway. A very talented athlete as well as a gifted student, Kinnick enrolled at the University of Iowa and would eventually play football. By the time Kinnick was a sophomore, most folks that were associated with Hawkeye football knew they were witnessing a once in a generation kind of student-athlete. (And don't underestimate how good of a student Kinnick was. It's extremely rare to see that sort of thing anymore out of...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 10: Miscellany**

    11/05/2009 2:24:43 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 224 replies · 2,941+ views
    With November now upon us, I have a few disjointed things lying around on my desktop that have been there for several weeks, and since they're all not compelling enough by themselves to introduce a thread, I'll go ahead and get them out of the way now and regroup with some much better philosophy for the next few weeks or so. --Here is a neat quiz that might give some of you grief. Name the 26 teams with the most all-time wins in the Division Formerly Known as I-A in 7 minutes or less and you get to brag about...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 9: Cliches and Coachspeak**

    10/28/2009 11:33:03 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 325 replies · 6,024+ views
    My high school English teacher, Mr. Wood, used to do something to essays that I'd write to attempt to pass his class. Anytime I would use a cliche or something that he thought was trite, he'd deduct a certain percentage from my final grade on that particular paper. If it was doing an assignment on an author that I didn't care too much for, like that uncle fornicating commie George Bernard Shaw, I was particularly obnoxious in my rhetoric and that would just enrage him even further. Looking back on it, Mr. Wood always seemed like he was either the...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 8: Statistical Dead Heats**

    10/22/2009 1:39:20 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 304 replies · 4,312+ views
    This most recent Sunday afternoon is when we approached the second half of the season and with that came the first BCS rankings. That dreaded three letter acronym we love so much does give rise to several talking points, chief among them are which teams deserve to be where they are. And let's face it, when it comes down to brass tacks with the BCS standings, most only look at the top 5, and maybe the top 10 in the very least. Take Boise State for example at #4. After two very underwhelming games in the past few weeks against...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 7: The Board Room***

    10/14/2009 9:31:43 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 382 replies · 5,543+ views
    Internet message boards, you know, like this one, are if nothing else a sociological petri dish. In a forum as vast as this one, it's possible for me to perform assigned FR College Football Live Thread hosting duties and get a pretty good pulse on what a lot of have on your minds about your team as well as other people's teams. It's perhaps my favorite aspect about keeping this ping list is all of the observations and banter between some of you, friend and foe alike. The past few days I've been lurking on several message boards devoted to...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 6: The Sun Shines South**

    10/08/2009 12:53:55 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 266 replies · 3,314+ views
    Hyperbolic though it might be to say that there is nothing on earth like college football in the South (and particularly the SEC), it's by and large a true statement. Many out there, even on this thread, abhor the perceived hubris and self-importance of the members of this conference often have. Living in the western United States and being a fan of a school that is doing its damndest to enact as many Saturday traditions of its own, I've often held to the sentiment that the schools in the states of the artist formerly known as the Confederate States of...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 5: At The Polls**

    09/30/2009 1:28:43 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 235 replies · 3,279+ views
    Do you remember the old adage, "those that can, do. Those that can't, teach. Those that can't teach become guidance counselors?" Well, I suppose if you can't become a guidance counselor you can always vote in the AP College Football Poll every week. Now, in terms of BCS standings, the AP is useless. However, it should serve as a reminder as to why nobody subscribes to newspapers anymore. If you go to this handy link, you can see in all its glory how each AP voter voted in their top 25 each week. In his weekly press conference on Monday,...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 4: Uniquely American**

    09/24/2009 2:43:43 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 153 replies · 2,635+ views
    Do you ever stop and wonder what it is about this great game of college football that keeps you watching, that keeps you going to games and reading this, the FR College Football Live Thread every week? Surely I can allow my own ego to run amok here and say that certainly you must come back here every single Saturday because you're wondering who I'll make fun of each week, and let's face it. Anytime you have the opportunity to have a few laughs at Joe Biden's expense, you're doing your fellow man a wonderful service that no government program...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 3: Video Killed The Radio Star**

    09/16/2009 11:10:35 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 393 replies · 5,294+ views
    Back before my job contained some actual responsibility, there was the perpetual temptation (and I did give into it much of the time) to watch videos on YouTube. While there's nothing more annoying in life than some yay-hoo droning on about the dreaded neocons scrambling their brains, there are those special occasions where you will find something that is worth your time and effort. Anymore, the internet has become a classic sports network of its own, with people finding film of games from days gone by and even more recent games getting posted just after they occur. In this the...
  • **THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 2: Believe The Hype**

    09/10/2009 2:12:09 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 309 replies · 6,712+ views
    We have completed a mere one week of play in the college football season and and we've already seen some things that some of us would prefer to unsee. What began with a punch Thursday night on "The Blue" ended on Labor Day evening in Doak Campbell Stadium with a team looking for a punch of a different variety and coming up short. (I'll do my best to console our Seminole fan FRiends later). In between, we had many blowouts, a few good marquee games, and a victory in Big D that could set the tone for the season to...
  • ***THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 1: Getting To Know You***

    09/03/2009 12:26:58 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 472 replies · 5,894+ views
    Hello and welcome to the maiden voyage of the 2009 college football season here on the FR College Football Ping List. Since we have some newcomers to the list, I thought now would be as good of a time as any to show everyone how the thread works and the kind of merriment the thread entails. Every week, I select the most compelling games and write down pertinent observations on each game (or, failing that, throw in a joke or two and you can sit there and pretend like what I just wrote was funny). Since I can't comment on...
  • Players, coaches, games to watch (the 2009 College Football Season is almost here)

    09/02/2009 11:44:00 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 49 replies · 1,325+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 2 Sept 2009 | Ivan Maisel
    After a month of previews, features, arguments and rankings, we're hours away from the kickoff of the 2009 season. Indulge us, please, for one more top 25. Here's my list of the top things to watch as the season gets under way. This is not a ranking, mind you, but merely a list. The items stretch from the games Thursday night to the games in December and January. Here are the players, coaches and games to watch to get a sense of how this season will unfold. And trust us: It really is, at long last, about to start. 1....
  • (Video) Lou (Holtz) Picks Notre Dame For BCS Title Game

    08/29/2009 1:29:44 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 48 replies · 1,077+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 22 Aug 2009 | Unattributed
    Lou Holtz discusses the AP Top 25 poll and then defends his choice of Notre Dame for the BCS title game
  • Blue and orange Bud Light 'Fan Cans' could be pulled from stores (beer cans in team colors)

    08/28/2009 12:30:16 PM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 29 replies · 1,387+ views
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | 26 August 2009 | Staff
    MILWAUKEE - Anheuser-Busch InBev is dropping its "Fan Cans" promotions from communities around the country where colleges, including Boise State University, have complained that the effort - which sells cans of Bud Light in school colors - promotes underage drinking and infringes on trademarks. The cans have no college logos, names or other identifiers - just 27 color combinations.
  • Sarcasm or threat: Did Rex Rammell cross the line? (ID Gubernatorial Candidate)

    08/28/2009 11:46:56 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 5 replies · 667+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 28 August 2009 | Staff
    At a GOP rally Tuesday in Twin Falls, someone shouted "Obama tags." Rex Rammell said: "The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those," the Twin Falls Times-News reported. Rammell, a former elk rancher and Senate candidate who is challenging Gov. Butch Otter in 2010, said he was being sarcastic. The reaction: "He and his party should tone down the violent rhetoric," said Idaho Democratic Chairman Jim Hansen. "It distresses me that the governor and the Republican leaders of the state immediately ... didn't say, 'This doesn't reflect our party.' " Jonathan Parker, executive director of Idaho's GOP, did just that...
  • SEC Primed To Produce Another BCS Champion (Its Your 2009 SEC Preview)

    08/26/2009 9:12:48 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 24 replies · 1,617+ views
    Rivals.com ^ | 14 August 2009 | Mike Huguenin
    SEC schools have won the past three national titles, and Florida appears primed to make it four in a row this season. Urban Meyer's Gators return their entire starting defense - and each of their defensive second-teamers from a season ago - as well as Heisman-winning QB Tim Tebow in their quest to win their third national title in four seasons. They look to be head-and-shoulders better than anyone else in the SEC East. The SEC West, though, should be an intriguing race. Defending division champ Alabama has to rebuild its offense but has what should be a stout defense....
  • Mountain West's Best All Harbor BCS Dreams (your 2009 Mountain West Preview)

    08/25/2009 10:22:25 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 14 replies · 527+ views
    Rivals.com ^ | 16 August 2009 | Steve Megargee
    One of the biggest threats to Utah's perfect season last year came from within the Utes' conference. TCU went to Utah in November and led for most of the night until the Utes drove 80 yards and scored the winning touchdown with 48 seconds remaining in a 13-10 victory. Utah went on to cap an undefeated season with a Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. One year later, the Horned Frogs have reason to believe they can be the Mountain West Conference's next BCS party crasher. Utah returns only three full-time starters on offense from its undefeated team. BYU has won...