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  • Paul Revere's Ride

    04/18/2014 2:56:09 PM PDT · by IronJack · 14 replies
    Longfellow ^ | 1860 | Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,-- One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the...
  • Who Watches the Watchers?

    06/29/2012 4:23:45 PM PDT · by IronJack · 12 replies
    06/29/2012 | IronJack
    The smaller-government Right is reeling from Wednesday's Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the health care "reform" law derisively known as Obamacare. But conservatives shouldn't be too surprised by the ambush sprung on them by the high court. In fact, the ruling points out a fundamental weakness in the conservative strategy. The problem is, we relied on the Court to do the work of the Legislature. The abomination of Obamacare never should have passed through Congress. The Court never should have had to rule on its constitutionality because it never should have become law in the first place. Chief...
  • Big Anti-HHS Rally in Minneapolis

    06/08/2012 11:22:47 AM PDT · by IronJack · 6 replies
    Personal observation | 6/8/12 | IronJack
    Just passed by a large anti-Obamacare rally at Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Looked like 250 - 300 people there, all well behaved but vehement in their opposition to this unconstitutional infringement on our liberties. Turnout was easily five to ten times the maximum any of the OWS rallies drew.
  • A God Too Big to Fail

    12/07/2009 6:29:07 PM PST · by IronJack · 17 replies · 472+ views
    12/07/09 | IronJack
    With the recent exposure of damning emails among the Climate Research Unit staff at the University of East Anglia, the world now knows what many global warming skeptics have suspected all along: the fix is in. Over years of “research,” facts were omitted, others were exaggerated. Methodologies were adopted that understated the decline in global temperatures, while those that indicated rising temperatures were given prominent place. Even in the most sacred precincts of science, Truth was made whore to politics. And in the end, the entire notion of man-made climate change is justifiably suspect. But has that malfeasance shamed the...
  • To Protect and to Serve

    10/30/2007 3:30:34 PM PDT · by IronJack · 10 replies · 36+ views
    vanity ^ | orig. 2/1/00 | IronJack
    Frustrated by the brutality of serial murders, many states have resurrected their death penalty statutes, or have enacted newer, more precise legislation that puts particularly heinous criminals at risk of execution. The Left, ever the champion of the undeserving, has, predictably, assailed the death penalty as state-sanctioned murder. A due regard for the gravity of the sentence impels us to examine its moral underpinnings, and derive a valid benefit from an act most distasteful to our Judeo-Christian ethic. The death penalty has often been accused of diminishing the value of life. That is partially correct. It sends a clear signal...
  • Don't Cry for Zark

    06/10/2006 8:23:11 AM PDT · by IronJack · 19 replies · 551+ views
    vanity ^ | 06/10/06 | IronJack
    <p>The Suspect Left, always quick to undermine America’s successes, didn’t take long to minimize the death of Abu al-Zarqawi at the hands of allied troops. Zarqawi and seven of his henchmen were killed by half a ton of explosives at a dubiously named safe house near Baghdad, culminating an intense, months-long manhunt involving dozens of units from all allied sectors and a progression that reads like a Ken Follett novel. With Zarqawi dies the twisted zeal responsible for the beheading of Daniel Berg, other predations that defy the name of civilization, and a large portion of the partisan strife that threatens the stability of the nascent Iraqi government.</p>
  • Implausible Deniability

    08/08/2005 7:10:24 AM PDT · by IronJack · 15 replies · 544+ views
    free republic ^ | 08/07/05 | IronJack
    Last week, in a village not far from Lahore, Pakistan, Shehzad Tanweer was memorialized for his role in the July 7 bombings in London. The village, home to Tanweer’s ancestors, swelled that day, as thousands came to pay their respects to a man they dubbed “a hero of Islam.” Tanweer’s bomb at London’s Aldgate Station killed seven people and injured dozens more. Simultaneous explosions elsewhere in downtown London killed 45 others. Defenders of Islam are fond of reminding Westerners that the mad bombers are not acting on behalf of Islam, and represent a twisted faction of extremists bent on random...
  • Media Whores

    05/20/2005 4:55:56 AM PDT · by IronJack · 13 replies · 646+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 05/20/05 | IronJack
    In the Looking Glass world of journalism, it’s not unusual for an editor to have a file of obituaries on hand for people who aren’t even dead yet. The obits are written months, even years in advance for people who seem to have a looming date with the Reaper, but whose mortality has not yet expired. To save time during the frantic scramble that inevitably follows a famous death, news folks keep a bio updated, ready at a moment’s notice. The dinosaurs in the old-fashioned media would do well to dust off their own obits, because the recent Newsweek disaster...
  • Saying Goodbye to Dan Rather

    03/08/2005 4:57:41 AM PST · by IronJack · 81 replies · 2,068+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 03/08/05 | IronJack
    Dan Rather retires on Wednesday. Across the country, champagne is already chilling. It is the end to a ugly, saga of bias, discrimination, and utter lies against the right. For half a century, Dan Rather has been as welcome in conservative camps as a flyspeck on a wedding cake. He will not be missed. But the old-line media will not mute his passing. It will be lauded as the zenith of a long and noble career, a fitting end for a man who gave so much in the service of Truth. Rather will be lionized by people as corrupt and...
  • "Stingy" This, Mr. Egeland

    12/29/2004 5:07:39 AM PST · by IronJack · 236 replies · 3,514+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Dec. 29, 2004 | IronJack
    The water hadn’t receded from the beaches in Sri Lanka before some trash-talking UN crony was lamenting the inadequacy of the United States’ response to the recent tsunami. Early Monday, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland accused the United States of being “stingy” with its relief effort. Egeland later backed away from his complaint, but not before earning the ire of many Americans who immediately volunteered time and money to the relief campaign. The United States government pledged an initial contribution of $15 million. No word yet on how much individual citizens have contributed to the pool, but traditionally,...
  • Yawning Over Abu Ghraib

    05/27/2004 4:20:07 PM PDT · by IronJack · 82 replies · 1,302+ views
    freerepublic ^ | 05/27/04 | IronJack
    In a world besotted by toxic moral equivalence, it actually makes sense to equate the treatment of Iraqi prisoners with the brutality suffered at the hands of Saddam Hussein, or, as some have suggested, the Gestapo torturers of the Third Reich. But aside from its inflammatory properties, such a comparison has little use as a diagnostic tool or a logical yardstick for measuring the degree of the offense, at least anywhere in the real world. These incidents, we’re led to believe, recall the tyranny of Saddam’s regime, and tarnish the moral credibility of the allied mission in Iraq. As though...
  • There's Plenty of Shame to Go Around

    05/10/2004 3:54:35 PM PDT · by IronJack · 21 replies · 146+ views
    IronJack ^ | May 10, 2004 | IronJack
    Seems half the world is enraged at the recent revelation that some Iraqi prisoners of war were “abused." And the other half is apologizing for it. But before we beat our breasts and rend our robes, let’s take a calmer look at exactly what happened. The charges are that, on a handful of occasions, Iraqi detainees were stripped naked and photographed in degrading positions. Apparently this is an offense of some magnitude in the sexually convoluted world of Islam, and a cultural breach of unimagined proportion. I guess the protocol with filthy, half-mad religious zealots captured by your soldiers is...
  • Janet Let the Dogs Out

    02/04/2004 4:53:18 PM PST · by IronJack · 46 replies · 312+ views
    Original ^ | Feb. 4, 2004 | IronJack
    So one of Janet Jackson’s puppies slipped the leash during Sunday night’s big Super Bowl halftime show. Offensive? Sure. Tacky? Of course. But there’s nothing surprising about any of that. Tacky, tawdry, crassly sexual - those are modern-day show biz’s trademarks. Complaining about a loose booby during a hip-hop pop-slop halftime show is like complaining that the floor at the car wash is wet. MTV-style “music” is nothing but soft-core porn these days. Why would the Super Bowl be any different? And spare me the anguish expressed on behalf of “the children.” First of all, it’s not children making a...
  • Iraqi TV Cuts Back

    03/30/2003 7:16:33 AM PST · by IronJack · 23 replies · 193+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Mar. 30, 2003 | IronJack
    The Iraqi information organ Al-Jizzrag today announced that, in order to direct all of its resources to “repelling the infidel invaders who are slaughtering our citizens, including women, children, fluffy bunny rabbits, and little harp seals with their liquid, pathos-oozing eyes,” Iraqi National Broadcasting is reducing its programming lineup to only the top ten shows currently airing. Those programs will be: 10. The Saddam Family 9. Replace the Nation 8. Who Wants to Bury a Billionaire? 7. Outlaw & Disorder 6. Meet the Oppressed 5. Grisly Saddam 4. Hairy King Live 3. This Old Palace 2. Archie’s Bunker And the...
  • Anti-war Protests: Celebrations of Irrelevance

    03/24/2003 4:50:57 AM PST · by IronJack · 17 replies · 81+ views
    Free Republic ^ | March 25, 2003 | IronJack
    It must have become obvious to even the most myopic American that the recent anti-war protests are simply partisan politics with a nostalgic flavor, Po Mo posturing with a Sixties glaze. They’re embarrassing spectacles, showcases of willful ignorance. And given that their organizers can’t respond cogently to logical questions – What would you have us do? Why do you think George Bush is more of an enemy than Saddam Hussein? – it is apparent that these are less anti-war rallies than anti-Bush rallies, less a philosophical statement than a political one. The company line from the Left these days is...
  • The Lowest High Ground on Earth

    02/17/2003 4:55:05 AM PST · by IronJack · 16 replies · 248+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Feb. 17, 2003 | IronJack
    America-haters around the world took center stage this weekend, in an organized demonstration of pro-Iraq, anti-war sentiment reminiscent of the Vietnam riots in the Sixties. A shadowy global network of resistance suddenly materialized, all mysteriously singing the same hymns and chanting the same rhetoric. It was a remarkable example of manipulated spontaneity, as choreographed as a Balanchine pas de deux. It has been planned and organized by sinister forces ever since the roar of outrage drowned similar mushy sentiments after 9/11. I picture socialist cells in garrets across Europe drinking cut-rate vodka and whooping it up over guttering candles and...
  • The Winds of Anti-War Blow

    01/27/2003 5:31:29 AM PST · by IronJack · 15 replies · 160+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Jan. 27, 2003 | IronJack
    The anti-war crowd was out last weekend, in case you missed it. Except for the desultory listlessness, you could almost have imagined you were back in The Sixties, milling around the Mall waiting for Abby Hoffman to burn his draft card. But aside from some frenzied blather from the dais, there was little energy in this movement, little sense that it was anything but a token gesture by a gang of left-wing bomb-throwers with some time on their hands and a lot of party buddies. It's not war they oppose; it's George Bush. And they don't oppose him because he's...
  • Exit, Stage Left ... Please!

    10/16/2002 9:15:24 AM PDT · by IronJack · 36 replies · 711+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Oct. 16, 2002 | IronJack
    Now that war with Iraq looms large, the Left’s merry band of celebrity fellow travelers is out like a swarm of moths on a klieg light, disparaging the administration, casting aspersions on the military, and feigning grievous umbrage that makes Hamlet look positively upbeat. So far, we’ve heard from the regular cast: Baldwin, Sheen, Streisand, Michael Moore, Julia Roberts. Now Harry Belafonte, another dusty dummy from the crypt of irrelevance, has added his foreign policy insights, which are as useful as the Donner Party’s road map. This crew is what you get when you drag a copy of the Communist...
  • Tempest in a Parking Lot

    09/24/2002 4:21:00 AM PDT · by IronJack · 32 replies · 225+ views
    Etherzone ^ | 09/23/2002 | John Guthmiller
    The Madelyne Toogood (!) case has captured the attention of the armchair set all across this country. Various grumblings have been heard, from “Hang the bitch” to “Whose business is it?” I won’t presume to judge the slovenly cow – oops! – but it occurs to me that this whole story is a fabrication along the lines of Jessica McClure. It is a media creation, wholly undeserving of the attention it has received, and hardly a credit to either our country or our journalists. Where’s the meat in this story? The pathos of the little girl? The demonic rage of...
  • Question on Legal Precedents

    08/12/2002 6:43:51 PM PDT · by IronJack · 10 replies · 444+ views
    vanity ^ | 08/12/02 | IronJack
    Apologies for the vanity, but I'm trying to research the Supreme Court cases that ruled the police have no obligation to protect individual citizens, that their duty is to society as a collective, rather than to the individual elements. Can any of our more scholarly inclined (and archivally unchallenged) FReepers cite those cases?
  • SBSC Releases Business Climate Rankings

    08/04/2002 11:34:56 AM PDT · by IronJack · 2 replies · 67+ views
    SBSC newsletter ^ | 08/02/02 | Small Business Survival Committee
    This week, the Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC) released its 7th annual “Small Business Survival Index 2002,” the annual rankings of the states policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship. “The ‘Small Business Survival Index 2002’ compares how state governments treat small businesses and entrepreneurs. Since small business is the true driving force behind economic growth, every state and local lawmaker should be concerned with the well-being of small business. Unfortunately, while politicians across the philosophical spectrum regularly praise small business, actual policies too often fail to line up with such rhetoric”, said SBSC chief economist Raymond J. Keating, author...
  • Ready, Aim, Coulter!

    07/08/2002 4:59:49 AM PDT · by IronJack · 67 replies · 316+ views
    Free Republic ^ | July 8, 2002 | IronJack
    Somewhere in my Internet travels, I have come across an picture of Ann Coulter in cutoffs, sitting on a rather dilapidated porch, with what appears to be a bolt action rifle up to her shoulder sighting on something off camera. If the rifle had been a submachine gun, it would have made the perfect jacket photo for Ann’s new book, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right. Coulter, ever known for her rapier wit and relentless defense of conservatism, is in finest form in this recent work, which ironically, just ascended the New York Times bestseller list. In a homey...
  • Barriers on the Road to War

    06/17/2002 7:07:16 AM PDT · by IronJack · 24 replies · 303+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 06/17/2002 | IronJack
    Like an advertiser trying desperately to sell a mediocre product, the Hate America First crowd keeps changing its message on the war against terrorism. The latest essay is “We can’t win against evil.” The war on terrorism is a lost cause, they claim, a fool’s errand, a quest for an unholy grail. Since we can’t eradicate it, or only at such a terrible cost, we should abandon the struggle. It’s the mating call of the moral coward, or the sonorous belch of the comfortable burgher who doesn’t want to risk getting wrinkles in his Dockers. This is not a war...
  • What Does Our Flag Mean?

    05/27/2002 7:12:35 AM PDT · by IronJack · 4 replies · 704+ views
    BPOE Lodge #225 1028 | May 27, 2002 | Ben Guthmiller
    The American flag stands for children, innocent in their youth, teenagers, ambitious in their dreams, and veterans, humble in their honor. When I see the flag, it reminds me that the children of America are born with the hope that their generation will advance our society at least as far as their parents did. The flag stands for the dream of every teenager to become a successful adult, happy in their family, safe in their home, and prosperous in their occupation. The flag stands for honor we owe to our veterans, for those who have fallen on the battlefields and...
  • To Those Who Stood Their Watch

    05/27/2002 6:52:30 AM PDT · by IronJack · 15 replies · 26+ views
    Free Republic ^ | May 27, 2002 | IronJack
    Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori. -- It is altogether fitting and proper that a man lay down his life for his country. We all know – moreso since the horrors of Sept. 11 – that the United States military is our nation’s guardian, the faceless phalanx that walks the wall and protects our way of life. When that way of life is threatened and damaged, as it was in the skies that day, even amid the cries of anguish and anger is heard a clarion call to arms. Ordinary men and women turn from their well-worn lives to...
  • Birthing the Monster

    03/25/2002 4:04:09 AM PST · by IronJack · 11 replies · 26+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 03/25/02 | IronJack
    We in this country are justifiably proud of our response to the Sept. 11 attacks. We came together to dig through the rubble of the Trade Center and the Pentagon, and dispatch our military on an errand of endless danger. We dug into our pockets and our hearts, and showed the generosity that is the hallmark of this nation in times of crisis. Those traits - grit, compassion, nobility - are virtues, and we have every right to congratulate ourselves. But courageous as our overt responses were, we've been shown as cowards in a more subtle light. Our moral courage...
  • Horowitz Takes the Battle to the Enemy

    03/12/2002 1:50:38 PM PST · by IronJack · 9 replies · 128+ views
    (Los Angeles, CA) Noted author David Horowitz placed a full-page ad in Monday's edition of the quot;Harvard Crimsonquot; dealing with the Left-wing bias on that college's campus and faculty. The ad highlights the political bias in Harvard's hiring process which excludes Republicans, Conservatives and white Christian males and is quot;typical of colleges across the country. This repression is more pervasive and more effective than the repression of Communists during the McCarthy era,quot; according to a Horowitz spokesman. An example of how this bias affects professorial attitudes can be seen in the opposition of the Harvard faculty to tax cuts. 80%...
  • Transcript of Alan Keyes CPAC Interview

    03/11/2002 1:40:21 PM PST · by IronJack · 45 replies · 110+ views
    Free Republic Network ^ | Mar. 11, 2002 | Free Republic Network
    FREE REPUBLIC NETWORK and Radio FRN Present: Live from CPAC ALAN KEYES - Declaration Foundation IronJack: Good morning. IronJack and The Shrew here at the Conservative Political Action Conference Washington D.C. year 2002, speaking today with a gentleman known very well to Free Republic, Dr. Alan Keyes. Keyes: Hi! IronJack: Dr. Keyes, welcome to CPAC. Welcome to Free Republic. Keyes: Thank you. Appreciate it. The Shrew: We really appreciate you being here. You know how much support you've had from Free Republic over the years. You've gotten staff and supporters and lots of people have been backing you. Keyes:...
  • Polls: Lies Writ Large

    03/11/2002 4:50:05 AM PST · by IronJack · 8 replies · 136+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Mar. 11, 2002 | IronJack
    In 1981, a poll was conducted that asked quot;Do you agree or disagree that the 1975 Public Affairs Act should be repealed?quot; The results were dramatic: 24 percent of those polled said the Act should be repealed. Only 19 percent would have allowed it to stand. The remainder had no opinion one way or the other. But almost half (43 percent) of the polled respondents had a strong opinion. Trouble is, there is no such thing as the Public Affairs Act of 1975. The legislation never existed. Those polled were responding to a fiction, an issue manufactured from whole...
  • Congress Receives Small Business Ratings

    03/08/2002 4:27:05 PM PST · by IronJack · 6 replies · 126+ views
    Small Business Survival Committee ^ | Mar. 8, 2002 | IronJack
    Washington, D.C.#151;The Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC) has released its annual scorecard which rates how members of Congress voted during 2001 on key small business issues. SBSC#146;s scorecard rates lawmakers based on 12 key votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and 12 votes in the U.S. Senate impacting small businesses. Included in this years ratings are votes on issues as reducing taxes and regulations, death tax elimination, capital gains tax relief, expanding U.S. markets overseas, reducing dependence on foreign energy, and making health care more affordable. Lawmakers who voted in favor of small businesses at least 80% of the...
  • Invisible Ink: The Shrinking First Amendment

    02/25/2002 3:36:49 AM PST · by IronJack · 63 replies · 6+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Feb. 25, 2002 | IronJack
    The Constitution of the United States is stored at the National Archives, displayed in an airtight case made of special glass that filters ultraviolet light. Certain wavelengths of light, it seems, cause chemical changes in the parchment, and can cause the ink to fade. In some places, the ink is barely legible. That must be what happened to the authors of the so-called Campaign Finance Reform legislation passed in the last year by both House and Senate. The ink on the First Amendment must have faded so badly that Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold and Representatives Chris Shays and ...
  • God's Back in His Heaven

    02/18/2002 3:38:52 AM PST · by IronJack · 51 replies · 342+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Feb. 19, 2002 | IronJack
    One of the reasons the Left is more successful than the Right on the rhetorical battlefield is that they've sabotaged the Right's strongest weapon: its morality. The Right argues from a standpoint that Truth will always out, and that Right will always triumph over Wrong. However, the Left has excelled at blurring that clear distinction, and at diluting the definition of Truth until it no longer serves as impermeable armor. It no longer suffices to stand on the high ground and serve as a sterling example; firstly, because, being human, we on the Right aren't necessarily any more sterling that ...
  • Cracks Appear in Media's Ivory Tower

    01/28/2002 3:22:45 AM PST · by IronJack · 130 replies · 748+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Jan. 28, 2002 | IronJack
    Now that Bernard Goldberg has turned the microscope on the left-wing double-dealers at CBS News, media moguls from coast to coast are locking arms in a phalanx of denial. The Establishment modus operandi is predictable: discredit the messenger with a barrage of slurs, innuendoes, slander, and outright lies. Michael Kinsley, effete Ivy League editor of Slate magazine, called Goldberg “dim” and “drunk on self-righteousness” for suggesting that CBS News President Andrew Heyward is aware of his crew’s bias but will never publicly admit it. Tom Shales from Electronic Media Online gets even uglier. Goldberg is “a full-time addlepated windbag”, “a ...
  • A Handy Guide to Terrorist Organizations

    01/21/2002 3:59:31 AM PST · by IronJack · 5 replies · 18+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Jan. 21, 2002 | IronJack
    With the Afghan campaign nearly complete - albeit lacking the impaled and rotting head of Osama bin Laden - the US Janitorial Service is looking for other toilets to clean. Some have suggested we dethrone Saddam Hussein. Others whisper that Somalia is still begging to be flushed. And there's always Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia … However, this is not a geographical battle but an ideological one. It is not nations we're seeking to clean up, but the colonies of lowlifes that populate those cultural infections. To help clarify the targets, I've taken the liberty of presenting this handy summary of ...
  • Goldberg Book Rips Media Bias

    01/20/2002 5:44:59 AM PST · by IronJack · 43 replies · 170+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Jan. 21, 2001 | IronJack
    In February of 1996, veteran CBS reporter Bernard Goldberg wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal in which he criticized the liberal slant so often at work in network newsrooms. The 1000-word piece earned Goldberg banishment and eventual retirement from the network where he'd worked for nearly 30 years. And it got Dan Rather hotter than a West Texas armadillo crossing the blacktop. Now no longer gainfully employed at CBS, Goldberg has torn open the doors to the inner sanctum of the network news organization in his new book, Bias. Sketchily written, the book seems rushed into print to ...
  • Black bigotry, white racism differ

    01/12/2002 10:05:34 AM PST · by IronJack · 142 replies · 7,710+ views
    Editorial, presumably syndicated ^ | Jan. 10, 2002 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    "Black people cannot be racist." It's been maybe 20 years since the first time I heard some member of the black intelligentsia say that on an afternoon talk show. Naturally, all hell broke loose. Years later, all hell still awaits repair. I base that assessment on the response to something I did in a recent column. Namely, I defined racism as "this practice of demeaning and denying based on the darkness of skin." Man, what'd I want to go and say that for? The flood of letters has been unrelenting, dozens of aggrieved Caucasians wanting your poor, benighted correspondent to ...
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    12/23/2001 6:34:51 AM PST · by IronJack · 30 replies · 668+ views
    Free Republic ^ | November, 1999 | IronJack
    I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet, the words repeat, Of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men." In a dank cement factory in Qinghai Province, a roomful of naked workers process animal hides into leather. The slaves are kept naked because the chemicals soak their clothes and burn their skin so badly they become useless. In horrifying cold and darkness, they soften hides by day, then retire to rat-infested barracks to catch a few hours' tortured sleep before they are kicked from their pallets for another day. The leather they ...
  • Poll: What Colleges Are the Worst?

    12/21/2001 3:25:33 PM PST · by IronJack · 209 replies · 1,641+ views
    Free Republic Network/Ed Watch ^ | Dec. 21, 2001 | IronJack
    In an effort to plan our first Ed Watch campaign, I am looking for colleges and universities that are the worst offenders of traditional American values. They may be havens for Leftists, Marxists, or other cultural traitors. They may sponsor curricula that promote anti-Christian values, anti-familial activities, or racial dissent. They may waste taxpayer money or advance a trivial or useless agenda. Whatever the case, they are institutions of liar learning that need to be "outed." FReepers: Who are they?
  • Dead Man Walker

    12/12/2001 3:56:39 AM PST · by IronJack · 102 replies · 602+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Dec. 12, 2001 | IronJack
    The parents of John Walker, the American-turned-Taliban POW who is being held by Marines near Kandahar, have predictably risen to his defense as have a handful of other hand-wringers on the Left. He's just a good boy who made some mistakes, they claim, a nice, happy boy-next-door type who has always been free to chase his dreams, wherever they led him. This time, they led him to a jumbled cellar in northern Afghanistan, huddled in cold, creaking darkness while American bombers circled overhead and opposition forces dropped hand grenades all around him. He and his compatriots were the last of ...
  • Butt Out, Hillary

    12/09/2001 6:05:51 AM PST · by IronJack · 126 replies · 1,596+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Dec. 9, 2001 | IronJack
    At least one Afghan heroine was not impressed with Hillary Clinton's recent offer to guide liberated Afghan women into Western feminist consciousness. Not content with masterminding the most successful marriage in presidential history and cornering the market in cattle futures and Arkansas real estate, Ms. Clinton is drawing on her street-scuffed background (Wellsley, the Rose Law Firm, the Executive Mansion) to advise Afghan women on gender issues. In a column for Time.com, Sen. Clinton (D - N.Y.) offered her insightful analysis on gender politics in war-torn Afghanistan, and a roadmap to social parity for that country's deprived female population. Gen. ...
  • Liberated Afghanistan Looks to America

    12/01/2001 6:29:35 AM PST · by IronJack · 28 replies · 4+ views
    Free Republic Exclusive ^ | Dec. 1, 2001 | IronJack
    Most Afghan citizens like and respect the United States, even after their shabby abandonment at the hands of the superpower following the expulsion of the Soviet Union in 1989, according to one of the nation's foremost experts on internal Afghan politics. "We are not at war with Afghans or Afghanistan," said Thomas Gouttiere, dean of the Department of International Studies and Programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and chairman of the department's Center for Afghanistan Studies. UNO's Center is the only college institute in the United States dedicated solely to monitoring Afghanistan's economy, culture, and political climate. Gouttierre, ...
  • Any Vets Wanna Share a Thanksgiving Story?

    11/22/2001 6:28:53 AM PST · by IronJack · 82 replies · 704+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Nov. 22, 2001 | IronJack
    I'm always interested in the stories vets have of their "holidays" on the job. Any of you ground pounders, fly boys, salts, or jarheads got a tale to share about a Thanksgiving you spent in uniform?
  • Muddled East versus Wild West

    11/19/2001 5:56:54 AM PST · by IronJack · 44 replies · 526+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Nov. 18, 2001 | IronJack
    Calls for retribution following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, from negotiation to irradiation. Those reactions in turn have resurrected the anti-war relics from their crypts, and cities resound with platitudes unspoken since the Summer of Love. The PC line, though, has remained constant throughout: Muslims are our friends. We shouldn't judge the majority by the acts of an extreme few. The turban cowboys in the Middle East are just like you and me, except they're hairier and they fly planes into buildings. But other than that … That equivalency argument is ...
  • Afghan Idyll

    11/12/2001 9:24:44 AM PST · by IronJack · 2 replies · 256+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Nov. 12, 2001 | IronJack
    From a distance, Afghan society appears as repressed as Torquemada's housemaid. But upon closer inspection, one finds that they are party-crazed hedonists who make a Berkeley frat house look like a Franciscan abbey. Let's take a closer look at some of the wacky antics of those fun-loving turban-winders, while there are still enough of them left to constitute a statistically valid sample. For example, what does the average Taliban child do when the bell rings and school's out for the day? Well, first of all, the bell doesn't ring. It runs on electricity and there hasn't been power in the ...
  • The Pacifist Response to 9/11

    11/10/2001 7:57:10 AM PST · by IronJack · 7 replies · 147+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Nov. 10, 2001 | IronJack
    The pacifist community recognizes that the unprovoked assault on American citizens demands retaliation. But in keeping with its cherished policy of non-violent resolution, it has formulated an appropriate level of response to these outrages. Below is a list of the phased retribution to be exacted from the Taliban and those who would assail the American way of life. Phase One - Set the stage. Amass a sizable strike force in the Gulf of Oman. Said strike force should consist of small, low-drag units of insurance salesmen, Jehovah's Witnesses, and rude old people. Intercept the Taliban's electronic communications and substitute playful ...
  • Sinister New Terrorism Threat

    11/04/2001 7:56:25 AM PST · by IronJack · 30 replies · 6+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Nov. 4, 2001 | IronJack
    Authorities are warning nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country of a new terrorist threat that surfaced after the National Security Agency intercepted satellite telephone conversations between operatives in Europe and Iraq. According to federal authorities, terrorist groups have seeded toilet paper with sand and other abrasives, then snuck the contaminated bumwipe into grocery stores, public restrooms, and paper goods warehouses. "We think their target is crotchety old people," said M. Donald Dodo, a senior agent for the Federal Bureau of Sanitation. "We think they're trying to introduce hemorrhoid-genic substances into the domestic keester kleenex supply. We're not ...
  • Man Held in Anti-bin Laden Protest

    11/04/2001 7:50:21 AM PST · by IronJack · 16 replies · 324+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Nov. 4, 2001 | Christopher Burbach
    A Viborg, S.D., man was in an Omaha jail Saturday after he scaled a fountain and refused to descend for more than two hours while waving a U.S. flag and burning a flag bearing Osama bin Laden's image. Police arrested James. P. Wainscoat, 60, at 5:20 p.m. Friday on suspicion of trespassing, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. He was being held in the police jail on $18,000 bail. The incident began about 3 p.m. when Wainscoat, carrying a box, climbed the approximately 15-foot-high fountain at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said Paul Kosel, campus security manager. ...
  • Revisiting the Sins of Yesterday

    10/29/2001 5:00:19 AM PST · by IronJack · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Oct. 29, 2001 | IronJack
    It has been occasionally considered noble, in the past, to stand as the sole defender of an unpopular position, when doing so endangers a career, a public reputation, or even a life. One of the citations in John Kennedy's Profiles in Courage involves Edmund Ross, the crusty Missouri senator who defied his constituents and demolished his political career by casting the deciding vote against Andrew Johnson's impeachment conviction. We all like to think of ourselves as the courageous, if naďve, child from the Andersen fairy tale who boldly reported that the Emperor had no clothes. And it is invigorating to ...
  • The Enemy is Among Us

    10/22/2001 5:26:50 AM PDT · by IronJack · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Oct. 22, 2001 | IronJack
    We all know our enemies, right? They're the bandana'ed Bedouins of bedlam, the mullahs of mischief, the rug-riders of the sandy outlands clutching an AK in one hand and a dogeared copy of the Koran in the other. And they live halfway around the world, in a nation that six months ago was identified on most globes as "This Space for Rent." Not so. Sure, the misfits and moral cripples in the Taliban are our immediate foes. They're the poltroons who turned US airplanes into misguided missiles. They're the front line in this battle for the outhouse basement. But there ...
  • Meeting Islam Halfway ... to Hell

    10/01/2001 4:31:45 AM PDT · by IronJack · 41 replies · 487+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Oct. 1, 2001 | IronJack
    September 11th's unprecedented assault on the World Trade Center may prove the event that galvanizes moral support in defense of American interests, much to the chagrin of the attackers, and probably to the ultimate detriment of Islam around the world. For in the appalling slaughter of innocents, the Muslim extremists demonstrated a savagery that must disturb even the most complacent bystander, and force those spectator nations to declare their allegiance either to the enlightened faith of the West, or to the dusty regime of terror that marks the laughably named "Cradle of Civilization." Religion begets morality (though some would debate ...