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  • A Farewell From Luke Skyfreeper (vanity, opus)

    12/21/2007 11:41:53 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 52 replies · 105+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper | December 22, 2007 | Luke Skyfreeper
    This is to say FaRewell, FRiends; at least for a time. But I expect this to be a pretty extended time. Thanks for the fun, thanks for all the laughs, thanks for putting up with me. So why am I "going?" I am signing off in order to be able to devote my full time and attention to the achievement of certain important personal goals. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be enough hours in the day to be able to really do the other things I need to do, and freep too. Again, I expect this to be an extended...
  • CNN: "Female Security Guard Hailed as Hero"... "saved 'hundreds of lives'"

    12/10/2007 10:58:54 AM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 555 replies · 1,272+ views
    www.cnn.com ^ | December 10, 2007 | CNN
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) -- A Colorado Springs megachurch instituted security precautions after a shooting at a Denver area mission center earlier Sunday, saving "hundreds of lives" at the New Life Church, senior Pastor Brady Boyd said Monday. A New Life parishioner acting as a security guard shot and killed a gunman who entered the church Sunday afternoon after he had gotten no more than 50 feet inside the building, Boyd said.... Boyd said the female security guard was a hero in preventing further bloodshed, rushing to confront the gunman just inside the church. "She probably saved over a hundred...
  • Republicans Report Having Better Mental Health Than Democrats, Poll Finds

    12/01/2007 5:23:06 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 15 replies · 31+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2007 | Fox News
    Don't worry, be happy: If you're a Republican, those words should be easy to follow. A roundup of Gallup health polls over the past four years finds that Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to report having excellent mental health. The survey found that 58 percent of Republicans polled reported having excellent mental health. Only 38 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Independents reported the same. The study concluded it was unclear why there was such a strong correlation, but the relationship between party affiliation and mental health was virtually constant even within categories of income, age, gender...
  • 11/8 Update on Missing Child (Rowan Ford, age 9, SW MO)

    11/08/2007 6:59:29 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Neosho Daily News ^ | Nov 8, 2007 | Todd G. Higdon
    UPDATE: Sheriff holds another press conference Thursday afternoon on missing person case By Todd G. HigdonDaily News Staff Writer In the sixth day of the search for missing Rowan Ford, 9 of Stella, Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland informed the media at 3 p.m., Thursday, that Ford has not been found. "We have covered a lot of ground, followed up a lot of leads," said Copeland. "From day one, we were in assistance with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Today, they offered assistance with another 25 personnel." That brings personnel to 75 outside agency agents and officers. Law enforcements personnel...
  • Copeland suspects foul play in child's disappearance [Update post 145-Girl's body found]

    11/07/2007 11:31:44 AM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 601 replies · 709+ views
    Neosho Daily News (MO) ^ | Monday, Nov 5, 2007 | John Ford
    Copeland suspects foul play in child's disappearance By John Ford / Daily News Managing EditorPublished: Monday, November 5, 2007 4:34 PM CSTE-mail this story | Print this page Rowan Ford, 9, has been missing from her home in Stella since Friday evening. If you have any information about her, please call the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 451-8300 or 451-4242. COURTESY PHOTO Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of a 9-year-old Stella girl who has been missing from her home since late Friday night. Rowan Ford, 9, was reported missing at 6:50 p.m. Saturday by her mother and step-father...
  • What God Has Joined (original evangelical article on divorce)

    11/06/2007 5:31:05 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 27 replies · 225+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/05/2007 | David Instone-Brewer
    What God Has Joined What does the Bible really teach about divorce? David Instone-Brewer I was being interviewed for what would be my first church pastorate, and I was nervous and unsure what to expect. The twelve deacons sat in a row in front of me and took turns asking questions, which I answered as clearly as I could. All went smoothly until they posed this question: "What is your position on divorce and remarriage? Would you remarry a divorcée or divorced man?" I didn't know if this was a trick question or an honest one. There might have been...
  • Iraqi Judge: Execution Set for Chemical Ali (Ali's Necktie Party May Take Place at Any Moment!)

    10/15/2007 8:24:12 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 189 replies · 3,599+ views
    Fox ^ | Monday, October 15, 2007 | Fox News
    BAGHDAD — Ali Hassan Majeed, known as "Chemical Ali," is set to be executed on Tuesday for his role in the deaths of up to 180,000 Kurds, an Iraqi judge said Monday.Munir Hadad, a senior judge of the Supreme Criminal Court, said the execution could take place anytime after 5:00 a.m. local time.
  • "Health Care Handouts for the Rich"

    10/12/2007 10:05:44 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper | 10/12/2007 | Luke Skyfreeper (vanity)
    The Democrats are skillful in grabbing political capital whenever conservative-leaning politicians cut into the amount of money Americans hand over to the government. They call this "tax cuts for the rich." Well, I think it's time that WE started pointing out, in clear "marketing-type" terms and phraseology, what the LIBERALS are about. A lot of what they're talking about now (as I understand it) basically amounts to expensive healthcare handouts for the rich. Let's call a spade a spade. Too often we have LOST the public debate simply because liberals understand how to package a concept in marketing language. So,...
  • Judge: 'Chemical Ali,' 2 others to be hanged

    09/04/2007 5:45:28 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 45 replies · 2,343+ views
    CNN ^ | September 4, 2007 | CNN
    Three members of the former Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein -- including the man known as "Chemical Ali" -- will be executed within 30 days, senior appellate Judge Munir Haddad said Tuesday. The appellate chamber upheld their sentences of death by hanging, which were imposed in June. The three defendants are Hussein's first cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, nicknamed "Chemical Ali;" Sultan Hashem Ahmed, military commander of the Anfal campaign; and Hussein Rashid Mohammed, deputy general commander of the Iraqi armed force, assistant chief of staff for military operations, and former Republican Guard commander.
  • Just Leaked From My Sources in the MSM [parody]

    08/25/2007 12:53:55 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 29 replies · 3,063+ views
    Confidential in the MSM | Next Week | Confidential Sources
    Upcoming cover, just leaked from one of my sources in the main stream media -- I can't tell you who as she would probably lose her job.
  • Freeper's daughter in pediatric intensive care after bike accident (urgent prayers requested)

    03/11/2006 7:35:59 AM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 573 replies · 6,856+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper | 3/11/2006 | Luke Skyfreeper
    For those freepers who pray, am requesting prayer for my 12-yo daughter who was in a bike accident yesterday afternoon. She has been diagnosed with damage to her pancreas and moved to pediatric intensive care. We don't know yet the extent of the damage. There are two scenarios that lead to surgery and one that leads to hospitalization and watching and letting her recover on her own. So we're praying for that but we just don't know at this point. Her mom is at the hospital with her, they spent the night in the emergency room and as mentioned have...
  • How Hillary Lost the Presidency (Vanity)

    01/31/2006 9:03:45 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 30 replies · 966+ views
    vanity | January 31, 2006 | Luke Skyfreeper
    (With reference to: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1569169/posts ) I quote from the article above: Worst camera cut: "If there are people inside our country who are talking with al Qaeda, we want to know about it--because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again." At which point Hillary Clinton smiled and slowly shook her head from side to side. That clip of several seconds, replayed over and over, is ALL it will take to kill a Hillary Clinton Presidential bid. If she claims to be tough on terrorism (as she undoubtedly will), the answer is that single clip. That single...
  • Freep This Poll! (Concealed Carry for Nebraska)

    01/11/2006 3:18:25 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 22 replies · 665+ views
    Omaha.com ^ | 1/10/2006 | omaha.com
    Poll is toward bottom...
  • WAL-MART SHOOTER LIKELY SAVED LIFE (ALBUQUERQUE)

    08/26/2005 3:34:09 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 67 replies · 2,297+ views
    KRQE News 13 ^ | 8/25/2005 | KRQE News 13
    ALBUQUERQUE -- A man attacking his ex-wife with a knife inside a southeast Albuquerque Wal Mart was shot and killed by a 72-year-old man Thursday evening.It all happened around 5:30 p.m. at the store on San Mateo near Zuni.  There was mayhem and confusion inside a southeast Albuquerque Wal Mart as employees and shoppers were sent fleeing by the sound of gunfire.The victim in this case is 46-year old Joyce Cordova. She is in critical but stable condition at this time at UNM Hospital.Albuquerque Police say Cordova had a long history of domestic violence with ex-husband Felix Vigil. A co-worker...
  • Lance Armstrong Wins 7th Tour de France

    07/24/2005 7:48:52 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 265 replies · 5,038+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | July 24, 2005
    Fox Sports reporting Lance Armstrong has won his 7th Tour de France. Here's to an incredible athlete.
  • Notes from Sean Hannity's Interview of Patricia Anderson (Former Schindler Family Lawyer), 3/31/05

    03/31/2005 2:55:46 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 36 replies · 1,333+ views
    Sean Hannity show | 3/31/05 | Luke Skyfreeper taking notes on interview
    My Notes from Hannity's Interview of Patricia Anderson, 3/31/05. Saturday, Feb 24, 1991. Terri spent $80 at the hairdresser's. Resulted in big fight with Michael over the money. Michael had gone to work, fight was not resolved before he left. Terri's friend asked if she wanted to come over for the night, or for her to come to Terri's for the night. Terri said no, I'll pretend to be asleep when he gets home. She went to 430 mass, then to friend's house. Friend had chef from Italy friend. Bobby (Schindler, I think) came over and asked if she wanted...
  • Employers expect to increase hiring ("Demand... has finally surpassed... the current workforce")

    03/16/2004 7:06:27 AM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 51 replies · 235+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/16/2004 | CNN/ Manpower
    <p>Employers expect to increase hiring Manpower survey finds U.S. companies' hiring plans most bullish in three years.</p> <p>NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Strong demand for their products and services is prompting U.S. employers nationwide to say they will soon hire more workers than they have in the past three years.</p>
  • [Missouri] Concealed gun opponents ask Supreme Court for rehearing (the circus continues!)

    03/11/2004 8:17:41 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 41 replies · 420+ views
    AP/ Kansas City [Red] Star ^ | 3/11/04 | JIM SUHR
    Concealed gun opponents ask Supreme Court for rehearing JIM SUHR Associated Press ST. LOUIS - St. Louis County police said Thursday they would continue to refuse applications for concealed firearms permits, saying Missouri's largest county expects to challenge the new law as an illegal unfunded mandate. The announcement came the same day concealed gun opponents asked the Missouri Supreme Court for a rehearing on their claim that the state failed to provide full funding for sheriffs' new duty to process applications and issue permits. Last month, the court upheld the Legislature's right to legalize concealed guns but declared that the...
  • Mother to take custody of kidnapped daughter (declared dead as newborn 6 yrs ago)

    03/08/2004 12:45:45 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 9 replies · 138+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/8/2004 | CNN
    <p>The mother, Luz Cuevas, had been told the child died in a fire six years ago in Pennsylvania, but she discovered the girl allegedly had been kidnapped by a family acquaintance and was living not far away.</p> <p>The child, named Delimar, was 10 days old when her mother last saw her in December 1997. Cuevas saw the girl, now 6, at a birthday party in January and was struck by the child's resemblance to her and her other children. A DNA test proved Cuevas was the child's mother.</p>
  • "Bush Cost Me Everything."

    02/04/2004 12:56:57 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 12 replies · 238+ views
    email (edited slightly by Luke Skyfreeper) | 2/2/2004 | email
    Bush cost me my job, my kids and my home Dear Editor, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak my mind. I lost my job this past year. When Clinton was president I was prosperous and secure, but in the past year, we had to close up shop completely. We simply could not compete with foreign labor. The foreign competition was willing to work long shifts for low pay under very bad conditions. Many of these workers even died on the job but still others carried on. Such competition could hardly be called "fair." I had worked in...
  • Michael Moore Replaces Bush as Google's "Miserable Failure!"

    01/25/2004 12:16:05 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 30 replies · 211+ views
    Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it RIGHT HERE first! Once again, FreeRepublic scoops the world! As of 2:07 pm Central Standard Time, Jan 25, 2004, Michael Moore has replaced our United States President as Google's preferred pick for "miserable failure." An article published just two days ago in Britain's Guardian newspaper commented on the, um "rising star" of Michael Moore in the Google search engine category. At that time, former US President Jimmy Carter was at the number two spot, and Moore was at third. Google's preferred pick is found by typing the words in the search engine window, then...
  • Howard Dean Goes Nuts on the Internet! (Dean Remixes)

    01/23/2004 7:56:36 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 61 replies · 370+ views
    deangoesnuts.com ^ | 1/23/04 | Luke Skyfreeper
    Howard Dean -- the toast of internetdom! Er, sort of. Dean is all the, um... rage... these days, and nowhere does it show more than at DeanGoesNuts.com, a site that brings to mind the "Star Wars Kid" internet video remix phenomenon. In just 3 days, the owner of www.DeanGoesNuts.com, a college student in Indiana, has compiled nearly FIFTY creative remixes of Dean's Tuesday night speech in Iowa. Sound like a lot? Not hardly. Caner Ozdemir (who, interestingly, seems to be a staunch Howard Dean supporter) has stopped accepting new submissions for the weekend in order to put together some submission...
  • FReep this poll - Concealed Carry (Missouri)

    01/23/2004 9:38:19 AM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 19 replies · 154+ views
    poll at st louis today ^ | 1/23/04 | Luke Skyfreeper
    <p>Hint: Both New Mexico and Missouri Constitutions have provisions that the state-recognized right to keep and bear arms doesn't include a right to carry concealed. The language in the New Mexico Constitution is STRONGER than that in the Missouri Constitution. New Mexico Constitution says "shall not permit." Missouri Constitution only says "shall not justify."</p>
  • Million Mom March Admits 'We Are Losing Battle Against Dangeroushiddenguns'

    01/07/2004 9:40:15 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 19 replies · 125+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper | January 7, 2004 | Luke Skyfreeper (vanity)
    MILLION MOM MARCH ADMITS 'WE ARE LOSING BATTLE AGAINST DANGEROUSHIDDENGUNS' January 7, 2004, Washington, D.C. - Sarah Brady of the Brady Campaign United With the Million Mom March today issued the following statement: "Today, the Governor of Ohio proved that he is a complete, absolute idiot and an obvious gun-toting right-wing fanatic wacko by caving in to pressurefromthedangerousgunlobby and agreeing to sign Ohio's dangeroushiddenguns bill into law." "In spite of the fact that more than half of all Americans live quite happily in States that have shall-issue concealed carry laws, and in spite of the fact that the balance of...
  • "It's Not Racial Barriers That Keep Blacks From Prospering."

    11/26/2003 11:25:55 AM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 92 replies · 1,573+ views
    Reprinted on the web from Issues & Views, Summer 1991; introductory comments added ^ | December 6, 1963 | SB Fuller (with commentary by Luke Skyfreeper)
    Forty years ago next week, a prominent black businessman, SB Fuller of the Fuller Products Company, addressed the National Association of Manufacturers. Because Fuller refused to "toe the party line," his speech touched off a firestorm of rage that would lead to much of black America boycotting his businesses -- thus destroying much of his fortune. Nevertheless, although his business enterprises were forced through bankruptcy, he managed to hold on to at least a portion of his wealth. When the great businessman died some 25 years later, at age 83, he was still quite a prosperous man. SB Fuller was...
  • I Quit! Overworked Employees Are Fed Up: A Survey Finds 8 Out of 10 Americans Want a New Job

    11/11/2003 10:09:44 PM PST · by Luke Skyfreeper · 22 replies · 359+ views
    CNN/ Money ^ | 11/11/2003 | Leslie Haggin Geary
    <p>I quit! Overworked employees are fed up: a survey finds 8 out of 10 Americans want a new job.</p> <p>New York (CNN/Money) - Ready to quit? You have plenty of company.</p> <p>Many employees are overworked, stressed out, fed up -- and eager to quit their jobs once the economy picks up. In fact, worker angst is so pronounced it has surprised even the most tuned-in human resource professionals. They say employee anger is now almost palpable.</p>
  • Sign the Star Wars Kid Petition!

    10/15/2003 8:21:19 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 22 replies · 70+ views
    vanity | 10/15/2003 | Luke Skyfreeper (vanity)
    Just signed the Star Wars Kid petition... I'm not sure whether the Star Wars kid actually *wants* to be in Star Wars III, but hey, why not help give him the chance? Here's the petition: Help put the Star Wars Kid in Star Wars III And more info: Star Wars Kid becomes Internet StarParents file lawsuit over Star Wars video
  • Song Swappers Flock to Invitation-Only Internet (Recording Industry is

    10/06/2003 10:54:13 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 6 replies · 324+ views
    CNN ^ | Oct 6, 2003 | CNN
    <p>SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Just as Prohibition drove drinkers underground in the roaring '20s, the music industry's crackdown is pushing many song swappers away from the open Internet and into what amount to cyberspace speakeasies.</p> <p>These high-tech Cotton Clubs usually require users to be trusted or at least know someone inside. The files being traded, instead of out in the open, are encrypted -- the 21st century equivalent of hiding bathtub gin under a fake floorboard.</p>
  • The Missouri Miracle [how a 12-year struggle brought about a MO license to carry law]

    09/24/2003 1:09:36 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 10 replies · 98+ views
    Western Missouri Shooters Alliance ^ | September 2003 | K. L. Jamison
    THE MISSOURI MIRACLE by K. L. Jamison In 1990 WMSA Board member Keith Rice went through the concealed carry provisions of the various states and made two lists. One list consisted of provisions he liked, the other was provisions he didn't like. He presented these lists to the WMSA Board with the motion that we write a concealed carry bill for Missouri. The Board processed these proposals into three lists; one we liked, one we didn't like, ant the last we didn't especially like, but would take if it meant passing a bill. I took these lists and wrote a...
  • Missouri lawmakers show arrogance with gun issue [WARNING: make-your-blood-boil alert!]

    09/15/2003 7:55:05 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 20 replies · 162+ views
    The Kansas City [Red] Star ^ | 9/15/2003 | Mike Hendricks
    Missouri lawmakers show arrogance with gun issue By MIKE HENDRICKS Columnist I'm wondering how long it'll be before they bring back cockfighting and bear baiting in Missouri.Not long, judging by the contempt most state lawmakers have for the electorate.Last week, the General Assembly reversed the outcome of a statewide election by allowing Missouri residents to carry concealed weapons.So why not cockfighting while they're at it? The people voted against that, too, yet we know how much weight a little thing like a public vote means to most Missouri lawmakers these days.Zip.It's "to heck with the people" with these folks.And here...
  • Missouri weapons law has many exceptions

    09/13/2003 9:38:31 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 14 replies · 104+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 9/13/2003 | Kevin Murphy and Mike Sherry
    OK, you are a Missouri resident planning to carry a concealed weapon under a new law that kicks in next month. You are in your car, weapon in your breast pocket, ready to defend yourself any place, any time. That may be what Missouri lawmakers intended when they overrode Gov. Bob Holden's veto of a concealed weapons bill on Thursday, but there will be all sorts of instances in which carriers will have to disarm. Driving into Kansas? Pull over and put the gun away or risk arrest, because concealed weapons are prohibited there. Same goes for Missouri border states...
  • Missouri: House overrides third Holden veto (BWAAAAAA!!!)

    09/12/2003 11:04:25 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 52 replies · 276+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 9/12/2003 | ap
    <p>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In a historic rebuff of a Missouri governor, lawmakers overrode a third veto of Democratic Gov. Bob Holden -- this time, declaring it illegal for governments to sue the gun industry over the social costs of gun violence.</p>
  • FReep this poll on concealed carry!

    09/12/2003 10:51:47 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 8 replies · 10+ views
    http://www.stltoday.com/missouri ^ | 9/12/2003 | St Louis Post-Dispatch
    <p>Do you think Missourians will be safer because concealed weapons will be legal?</p>
  • [Missouri] Senate overrides veto of abortion waiting period (DOUBLE HITTER IN MO TODAY!!)

    09/11/2003 2:11:43 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 22 replies · 226+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 9/11/2003 | Bill Bell
    <p>Women seeking an abortion in Missouri will now have to wait.</p> <p>The Missouri Senate voted 23-8 Thursday to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for all abortions.</p> <p>The Missouri House overrode the measure on Wednesday by a substantial margin.</p>
  • Senate overrides veto of concealed guns bill

    09/11/2003 1:23:48 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 64 replies · 100+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 9/11/2003 | Terry Ganey
    <p>Missouri Sen. Jon Dolan, R-Lake Saint Louis, talks to reporters shortly after arriving in the State Capitol from his military assignment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in Jefferson City, Mo.</p> <p>The Missouri Senate voted Thursday in favor of concealed weapons, meaning Missourians will be able to start carrying hidden guns.</p>
  • AFTER 12-YEAR STRUGGLE, MISSOURI SENATE OVERRIDES HOLDEN'S VETO TO PASS LICENSE-TO-CARRY INTO LAW!

    09/11/2003 12:48:32 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 166 replies · 428+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper reporting live | September 11, 2003 | Luke Skyfreeper
    The Missouri Senate has JUST NOW OVERRIDDEN GOV. BOB HOLDEN'S VETO OF LICENSE-TO-CARRY, by the narrow margin of 23 to 11! 23 votes were required to override, and we barely made it -- but we made it. We were helped out in key swing votes by Senator Jon Dolan, who flew in from military duty in Cuba for this and the abortion override vote, and also by Senator Michael Gibbons, who voted against the original bill. No one knew until today how Senator Gibbons would cast his vote. These are certainly not the only Senators who deserve to be thanked....
  • Showdown in Jefferson City Over Conceal Carry Bill

    09/11/2003 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 4 replies · 7+ views
    Newschannel 5, KSDK, St. Louis ^ | 9/11/2003 | KSDK, Channel 5, St. Louis
    (KSDK) -- Thursday, Missouri lawmakers could make it legal for citizens to carry concealed weapons. All it needs is a veto override. Members of the state House voted to override Governor Bob Holden's veto on Wednesday. Now, the final vote will come from members of the state Senate. Michael Meyer with the Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance supports the bill, but he says handgun advocates expect a very close vote on the issue. Critics of the bill include Mickey Rosen, a member of the Missourians Against Handgun Violence organization. Rosen says the more guns there are in circulation, the greater the...
  • MISSOURI CCW VETO OVERRIDE SESSION: Live Watch Thread!

    09/11/2003 9:26:03 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 33 replies · 395+ views
    The Missouri Senate | 9/11/2003 | Luke Skyfreeper
    The Missour State Senate is almost certain to vote TODAY on whether to override Governor Bob Holden's veto of Missouri's Right-to-be-Licensed-to-Carry bill. The House has already overridden the veto. All that now stands between us and License to Carry in the State of Missouri is a vote by the Missouri Senate.It's going to be close. Very, very close. 23 "yea" votes, out of 34, are required to override Gov. Holden's veto and pass License-To-Carry into law. Senator Jon Dolan, away from the Senate on active military duty, has been considered to be a crucial vote, if not, very possibly, the...
  • "War On Terror Haiku: The FreeRepublic Collection"

    09/10/2003 11:30:08 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 3 replies · 8+ views
    vanity | September 11, 2003 | Luke Skyfreeper
    OK, folks, someone on another thread sparked this thought, and I just can't shake it. I think we ought to have a beautiful and inspiring FreeRepublic collection of War on Terror haiku. Osama Bin Laden, the loony one-eyed mullah, Kim Mentally Il, 9/11, Arafat, Uday, the French, and the despicable anti-Americans are all fair game. Here's my offering: Osama flaps lips Never forget, whack them all -- Peace comes with soft rain.
  • THE COMING JOB BOOM: "The long-term tragedy is that offshoring can't snatch ENOUGH skilled US jobs."

    08/20/2003 3:56:23 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 90 replies · 896+ views
    Business 2.0 | September 2003 | Paul Kaihla
    THE COMING JOB BOOM Judy Reed is a buyer in a buyer's market, and frankly, that has its advantages. The vice president for human resources at Stratus Technologies, a Maynard, Mass., maker of high-reliability servers, Reed never lacks for attention at parties and dinners in this employment-starved economy. When she does post a job, she gets four times the volume of responses she got three years ago, and some job seekers even follow up with Christmas cards. If she wanted to, she could fill every opening at a salary 15 percent below the going rate -- as, in fact, many...
  • Young, Black and On Track: How Mentoring Can Help African-American Boys Succeed

    08/15/2003 9:32:05 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 34 replies · 1,534+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/10/03 | Tavares Stephens
    YOUNG, BLACK AND ON TRACK How mentoring can help African-American boys succeed BEN GRAY / Staff Benjamin Brisbane: Senior, Shiloh High School. GPA: 3.8. Plays violin, keyboards and drums; sings and dances; will major in music education. Brandon Cooke: Sophomore, Morehouse College. GPA: 3.4. Psychology major, hopes to work in law enforcement or in U.S. intelligence. Tavares Stephens: English teacher at Morrow High School, mentor to young black men, worked with each of these students. William Findley Jr.: Freshman, Morehouse. Graduated high school at 16. GPA: 3.5. Licensed pilot; aeronautical engineering major; aspires to be a commercial aviator. Babatunde Balogun:...
  • Welcome to the "Hard Times Saloon!"

    08/06/2003 6:33:21 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 99 replies · 1,332+ views
    8/6/2003 | Luke Skyfreeper
    Over the last few months, I've run into quite a few other Freepers who are either unemployed or underemployed, and generally going through majorly tough times in this economy. So I'm starting this thread as a "watering hole" for all of us here who, like me, are currently living on the edge financially and job-wise. Of course, you don't have to be in dire straights to join in the discussion. You can simply be interested in those of us who are. In fact, since one useful function of this thread can be to pass on job-hunting tips or maybe even...
  • "Gigli" Reaches the Rarefied Stratosphere of IMDB's 100 Worst Movies of All Time List

    08/03/2003 12:34:56 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 103 replies · 476+ views
    vanity | 8/3/2003 | Luke Skyfreeper (vanity)
    "Gigli," the new Ben Affleck / Jennifer Lopez appears set to make movie history as one of the worst movies of recent years. The film currently appears at # 2 on IMDB's list of the 100 worst films of all time, displacing even the god-awful "Manos -- the Hands of Fate," which has enjoyed a fairly long run as the worst film ever made. A film this bad, however, can be terrific entertainment -- especially when you read some of the reviews of others who have plopped down their money to see the turkey: Viewer reviews at imdb.com And for...
  • Help Pass MISSOURI CCW: All Hands On Deck to Please FReep One-Term Bob!!

    06/30/2003 8:18:02 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 25 replies · 228+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper/ GCLA | 6/30/03 | Luke Skyfreeper/ GCLA
    FELLOW MISSOURI CITIZENS: As you may know, a very highly-refined CCW bill passed both houses of the Missouri legislature earlier this year, against threats by Governor "One-Term Bob" Holden to veto it. To date, he has not done so. However, he must shortly take action on the bill one way or another, or it will pass into law. According to the Governor's office, he has only until July 14th to veto it. Of course, action on his part could come at any time. IT'S MAJOR CRUNCH TIME. IT'S TIME FOR GOV. HOLDEN TO HEAR FROM YOU AND ALL IN MISSOURI...
  • Has Hillary's book of lies already peaked?

    06/16/2003 11:44:50 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 32 replies · 44+ views
    vanity | 6/16/03 | Luke Skyfreeper
    Looks like Hillary's book may have already peaked? It's dropped from #2 to #3 sales rank on Amazon.com, and from #2 to #166 at bn.com. Amazon still ranks it well ahead of Ann Coulter's new book Treason, but the Barnes & Noble site has them almost even. My guess about this work of fiction is that its sales are largely due to media hype. Once that goes away (yes, I know the media loves Hitlery but people are going to get sick of it soon), I bet this thing drops like a rock.
  • THE LUKE SKYFREEPER ABORTION DOCTRINE

    06/06/2003 9:46:51 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 557 replies · 335+ views
    Luke Skyfreeper (vanity) | June 6, 2003 | Luke Skyfreeper
    Years go by, and the abortion struggle rages on. I would like to suggest that the following doctrine is a basis for an uneasy resolution to the political conflict; one that may eventually come to be accepted by all. Abortion should be legal, but only up to a certain date. We need to define, as best as we can, when we are dealing with a human being.The current definition of the law afford NO recognition that a developing child is a human being until the moment that child leaves his or her mother's womb. Anyone who pays the faintest attention...