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  • Why hasn't McCain conceded? (VANITY)

    11/04/2008 7:20:25 PM PST · by mike182d · 36 replies · 4,154+ views
    With California, Oregon and Washington state, Obama crosses the 270 threshold - meaning there's no way he can win at this point. Is there something they know that we don't?
  • McCain's "win-win-win" Debate Situation. (VANITY)

    09/24/2008 4:56:56 PM PDT · by mike182d · 33 replies · 1,451+ views
    This guy
    With the dust still settling from McCain's surprise announcement to cease his campaign to return to the Senate, it occured to me how brilliant this move is. Predictably, Obama said "no" because he's the master of debating and will not take orders from McCain and, for McCain's part, he's criticized for using a "gimmick" to avoid having to debate Obama. There was an article two days ago (forgive my poor memory in identifying it) commenting on how it is customary for debates to be that single moment in politics when one candidate lauds the abilities of the other while downplaying...
  • U.S. to Give Iran Nuclear Technology

    06/06/2006 7:43:32 AM PDT · by mike182d · 90 replies · 2,743+ views
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 6/6/06 | George Jahn
    In a major concession, the United States is prepared to provide Iran with some nuclear technology if it stops enriching uranium, diplomats said Tuesday. The offer was part of a package of incentives presented to Tehran Tuesday by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, said the diplomats, who were familiar with the proposals. The diplomats demanded anonymity in exchange for discussing details of the offer, which was agreed on last week by six world powers in a bid to resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran.
  • Anyone else sick of death-toll "milestones?"

    09/20/2005 7:51:37 PM PDT · by mike182d · 19 replies · 587+ views
    Kinda' makes you sick when you think about it...
  • Is the Eminent Domain decision Constitutional?

    07/20/2005 7:03:46 AM PDT · by mike182d · 78 replies · 1,356+ views
    I was arguing over the eminent domain decision with a co-worker when they brought up the 5th Amendment: "...nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." She said it implied that the Government can take property for public use in so far as there is just compensation. Is this a correct interpretation of the 5th Amendment? Also, as I am not a Constitutional scholar, I am curious as to how the Eminent Domain decision differs from the 5th Amendment.
  • Women send up pink smoke to protest male-only conclave to elect pope

    04/19/2005 6:27:24 AM PDT · by mike182d · 174 replies · 14,403+ views
    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Before the cardinals locked into the Sistine Chapel had a chance to cast their first ballot April 18, a group protesting the lack of women's voices in the conclave gathered outside Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago to send up billows of bright pink smoke along with prayers for women to be heard. The event featured statements from several organizations supporting the ordination of women that called on the church to open its doors fully to women's participation. "At a time when young women are sold into slavery around the world, when war brings the rape of women,...
  • Eucharist sold on Ebay saved!!! (Original title too long)

    04/12/2005 12:56:41 PM PDT · by mike182d · 35 replies · 1,308+ views
    CALIFORNIA MAN RACES TO BUY HOST CONSECRATED BY JOHN PAUL II TO SAVE IT AFTER IT IS AUCTIONED ON eBAY There it was on eBay, the online auction house that almost revels in the blasphemous: an ad for a Host consecrated by John Paul II and whisked out of Rome by a non-Catholic who allegedly attended Mass at St. Peter's in 1998, the Pope's twentieth anniversary. "I am not a Catholic and do not believe I'm going to hell for selling this collectible," said the owner in a poorly spelled advertisement. "It's a memento from that great afternoon with Pope...
  • Brief History of April Fool's Day (Vanity)

    04/01/2005 7:50:49 AM PST · by mike182d · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Fact Monster ^ | David Johnson
    April Fool's Day is one of the most light hearted days of the year, yet it stems from a serious subject—the adoption of a new calendar. A Traditional New Year's Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new...

    02/24/2005 12:48:29 PM PST · by mike182d · 2 replies · 435+ views
    Pope Pope John Paul II has had an operation to perform a tracheotomy, according to reports.The operation was carried out to ease the pontiff's breathing difficulties after he was rushed to a Rome hospital with breathing difficulties.Sources in Italy said the operation took around 30 miinutes. The 84-year-old pontiff was taken to hospital with similar flu-like conditions in early February. "He had the same symptoms as last time, including fever and some breathing difficulties," a Church source told the Reuters news agency. The Vatican confirmed the Pope had suffered a relapse of the flu. "For that reason he has been...
  • BREAKING: Doctors considering tracheotomy for Pope...

    02/24/2005 11:02:48 AM PST · by mike182d · 48 replies · 1,824+ views
    CNN news
    Just heard it on CNN now...

    02/24/2005 7:08:02 AM PST · by mike182d · 80 replies · 1,510+ views
    President Bush, who has pledged to reform the U.S. tax code in his second term, today praised the flat tax implemented by Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda of the Slovak Republic. During their meeting in Bratislava, Bush, without prompting, made a point of touting the flat tax: “I complimented the Prime Minister on putting policies in place that have helped this economy grow. The most important responsibility we have at home is to make sure our people can find work. And the president put a flat tax in place; he simplified his tax code, which has helped to attract capital and...
  • Church needs better evolution education, says bishops' official

    02/07/2005 7:30:07 AM PST · by mike182d · 318 replies · 2,156+ views
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Catholic educators need better teaching programs about evolution "to correct the anti-evolution biases that Catholics pick up" from the general society, according to a U.S. bishops' official involved in dialogue with scientists for 20 years. Without a church view of human creation that is consistent with currently accepted scientific knowledge, "Catholicism may begin to seem less and less 'realistic' to more and more thoughtful people," said David Byers, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Science and Human Values from 1984 to 2003. "That dynamic is a far greater obstacle to religious assent than evolution,"...
  • Church plans to bury fetal remains

    01/21/2005 6:53:40 AM PST · by mike182d · 22 replies · 367+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 21, 2005
    BOULDER, Colo. -- A Roman Catholic church plans to bury the ashes of up to 1,000 aborted fetuses Sunday to mark the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, prompting scathing criticism from family planning groups. Boulder Abortion Clinic director Dr. Warren Hern, who had no idea the mortuary working with his clinic had been sending ashes to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, said the decision was "a cynical exploitation of private grief for political purposes." Chuck Myers, the director of Crist Mortuary, has an agreement with the clinic to collect and cremate tissue and had been giving the ashes to...
  • Is CNN American Morning driving anyone else nuts today?! (Vanity, of course)

    01/21/2005 6:11:29 AM PST · by mike182d · 7 replies · 268+ views
    In addition to expressing their distaste for the Inaugural speech, Cafferty took the pleasure of announcing a show they are having this weekend about how the support for Iraq is lower than the support for the Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive. He concluded with this plug by adding "and we'll focus on why more Americans aren't doing more to bring our troops home." No bias in that reporting. THEN...they have the audacity to do a "news" story on how the Bush's saluted fellow Texans during the parade (with the "longhorn" symbol made with an extended pinky and forefinger). They...
  • Report suggests changes in exit poll methodology

    01/19/2005 8:13:43 AM PST · by mike182d · 19 replies · 597+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, Jan. 19th 2005
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Exit polls overstated John Kerry's share of the vote on November 2, both nationally and in many states, because more Kerry supporters participated in the survey than Bush voters, according to an internal review of the exit-polling process released Wednesday. The report said it is difficult to pinpoint precisely why, in general, Kerry voters were more likely to participate in the exit poll than were Bush voters. "There were certainly motivational factors that are impossible to quantify," the report said. Problems with the numbers first surfaced on Election Day, when exit polls showed Kerry with a 3-point...
  • Ga. Schools to Appeal Evolution Ruling

    01/18/2005 6:53:09 AM PST · by mike182d · 826 replies · 9,551+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 1/18/2005
    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Members of a suburban district's school board plan to challenge a federal judge's order to remove stickers in science textbooks that call evolution ``a theory, not a fact.'' In a 5-2 vote, the Cobb County school board decided to appeal last week's ruling. Board members said U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper's order to remove the stickers immediately ``amounts to unnecessary judicial intrusion into local control of schools,'' according to a statement. Monday's decision came after board members met with lawyers for three hours in a closed session. -- snip --
  • Does anyone have a police scanner?! (somewhat urgent vanity)

    01/11/2005 3:29:13 PM PST · by mike182d · 43 replies · 2,234+ views
    In Tallahassee, FL, there are about seven cop cars, an ambulance, SWAT team, several unidentified "police" vehicles, fire truck, et cetera right in my neighborhood, but the cops will not tell us anything remotely informative. From what I've gathered, its a hostage situation... Is there anyone who might be able to provide greater detail???
  • Yahoo! News: Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theorist Offers $100,000 Prize

    12/22/2004 7:59:18 AM PST · by mike182d · 30 replies · 892+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Wed. Dec. 15th | Larry Fine
    I didn't find this article in a Freep-search, so I figured I'd post it for a good laugh.
  • (VANITY) Need a freeper's help with the DUmmies!

    12/16/2004 8:56:30 AM PST · by mike182d · 12 replies · 533+ views ^ | Oct. 27, 2004 | Maria Vitale Gallagher
    The DUmmies have posted a thread with "proof" that the abortion rate rose during Bush's term. This article is excellent and COMPLETELY debunks the theory, however... I need someone to post this as I cannot and I do not have an email address apart from a "free host that is not accpeted by the Democrat Undergound" to complete registration there. I drives me nuts that people live in such ignorance...
  • (COMPLETE VANITY) O, Holy Night comedy?

    12/15/2004 7:23:08 AM PST · by mike182d · 11 replies · 775+ views
    Does anyone know where I can find that version of "O, Holy Night" that came out a year or so ago that is sung by a man who is competely tone deaf?
  • Truth and Freedom

    11/18/2004 6:41:41 AM PST · by mike182d · 4 replies · 611+ views
    I. The question      In the mind of contemporary man, freedom appears to a large extent as the absolutely highest good, to which all other goods are subordinate. Court decisions consistently accord artistic freedom and freedom of opinion primacy over every other moral value. Values which compete with freedom, or which might necessitate its restriction, seem to be fetters or "taboos," that is, relics of archaic prohibitions and fears.      Political policy must show that it contributes to the advancement of freedom in order to be accepted. Even religion can make its voice heard only by presenting itself as a...

    11/05/2004 7:40:27 AM PST · by mike182d · 13 replies · 620+ views
    In a recent interview with Dan Rather, Sen. Kerry announced that he does not concede the election. When questioned about this unusual turn of events, he explained: "I actually did concede before I didn't concede, Dan." After being told that Karl Rove would deem this move as just another flip-flop, he replied: "I have had one position throughout this election; one consistent postion, and that is that every vote should be counted."
  • Where can I find this video of President Bush last night? (Vanity)

    11/03/2004 9:15:28 AM PST · by mike182d · 24 replies · 824+ views
    I just saw it again on CNN right now, but remember when Bush called all the press into the White House to see how confident they were of how things were going? As they're zooming into President Bush's face, on the end table with the lamp, I could have sworn I saw an icon of the Blessed Mother with the Infant Jesus sitting on the table. I've seen this clip several times on the news, but if anyone can direct me to a video file (or confirm from their own observation), I would greatly appreciate it!
  • Is it legal to distribute copies of Stolen Honor? (vanity)

    10/23/2004 12:43:45 PM PDT · by mike182d · 22 replies · 1,034+ views
    I have a program on my computer that can convert video files into a format playable on DVD players. So, I was wondering if it would be legal to buy a spindel of blank CDs, produce mass copies of this, and distribute to Dems door to door (and Repubs too!) to get the word out. Is this kocher(sp?)?
  • Kerry/Edwards itinerary

    10/15/2004 1:21:35 PM PDT · by mike182d · 6 replies · 341+ views
    On my mother's deathbed at home...I mean, the hospital she said..."Protest, protest, protest!" JOHN KERRY'S SCHEDULE Friday, October 15 In Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio (all times are Eastern) 6 p.m.: Holds rally. Fountain Park, Sheboygan, Wisc. 7:15 p.m.: Departs Fountain Park en route Appleton, Wisc. 8:45 p.m.: Holds a rally. Lawrence University. The Lawn at Alexander Gymnasium, Appleton, Wisc. 10:40 p.m.: Departs Outagamie Regional Airport en route Dayton International Airport. 11:40 p.m.: Arrives Dayton International Airport. Wright Brothers Aero, 3700 McCauley Drive, Vandalia, Ohio Saturday, October 16 John Kerry will begin his Ohio bus tour with an event in Xenia....
  • Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed (by Repubs.)

    10/13/2004 6:11:20 AM PDT · by mike182d · 56 replies · 1,500+ views
    (Oct. 12) -- Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash. Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected. The I-Team has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. Thee focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.
  • FReepers...what's the final consensus on the CIA WMD report?

    10/08/2004 12:06:18 PM PDT · by mike182d · 19 replies · 510+ views
    I'm confused...does the report itself say "no WMDs found" or that Saddam was not producing any more WMDs after 1991? I thought the report clearly points out 53 chemical weapons found in 2004 but they were pre-1991?
  • FReepers! I need your help! (Vietnam debate related)

    10/07/2004 11:28:29 AM PDT · by mike182d · 50 replies · 1,297+ views
    I'm trying to debate with someone that we lost Vietnam, not because of military faults, but because of the anti-war effort. Does anyone know where I could find concrete evidence of us winning the war from a purely military standpoint before pull-out?
  • UPDATE: Shots fired into Knox Bush/Cheney headquarters

    10/05/2004 8:57:51 AM PDT · by mike182d · 348 replies · 9,086+ views
    <p>An unknown suspect fired several shots into the Bearden office of the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign Tuesday morning.</p> <p>The headquarters are located at 4618 Kingston Pike, next to Noveau Classics and in the same shopping plaza as Long's Drugstore.</p> <p>According to Knoxville Police Department officers on the scene Tuesday, it is believed that the two separate shots were fired from a car sometime between 6:30 am and 7:15 am. One shot shattered the glass in the front door and the other cracked the glass in another of the front doors.</p>
  • Why the Iraqi war IS like Vietnam

    09/27/2004 9:24:39 AM PDT · by mike182d · 4 replies · 275+ views
    I'm hoping a more educated writer and intellectual can make this argument valid in the mainstream, but I've been doing a lot of thinking about Vietnam in relation to the Iraqi war and I began to get furious for the following reason: We lost Vietnam because of the anti-war protestors. The leader of the North Vietnamese Army thanks people like John Kerry and the anti-war movement in America for helping them to win the war. How? From a military standpoint, we have the North Vietnamese beat - so much so they were willing to throw in the towel. Why didn't...
  • Bush and Kerry......tied?

    09/16/2004 11:02:27 AM PDT · by mike182d · 18 replies · 1,292+ views
    Ok, so I'm reading this and something just doesn't add up...
  • New thoughts on gun control...

    09/14/2004 2:34:53 PM PDT · by mike182d · 22 replies · 586+ views
    I was thinking about the whole gun control debate and for some reason when I heard that they were specifically trying to limit weapons that possessed military functions...a light bulb went off in my head. If I'm not mistaken, our founding fathers didn't grant us the right to bear arms for no apparent reason. Nor could it be in case someone decided to invade America, for it would seem likey that the military would help to arm those needed to fight. If I'm not mistaken, the right to bear arms and the creation of militias go hand in hand. I...