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  • Maybe We're Missing the Biggest News (Obama's vacation "detour")

    08/18/2014 4:38:48 PM PDT · by The Duke · 41 replies
    Self | Aug 18, 2014 | The Duke
    Apologies in advance for this humble vanity post, but I thought this was an important topic that might otherwise slip under the proverbial radar. Earlier today I had FOX News on in the background and heard the newscaster speculating about the need for Obama's unscheduled vacation detour back to DC when, as we are so often reminded, he can not only discharge his duties from remote locations, but can actually do his job while putting on the fairway or lounging in a jacuzzi. It occurred to me that anything distracting him from his vacation would have to meet two criteria:...

    01/31/2014 9:42:25 PM PST · by The Duke · 85 replies
    self ^ | Feb 1, 2014 | self
    Hi All, This posting is to announce the publication of my new book "When There is No FEMA - Survival for Normal People in (Very) Abnormal Times". Before posting this I coordinated with JimRob to receive guidance on how to do this properly. This professional, textbook-quality, 500+ page book represents the culmination of 3 years of painstaking research and authorship, and is intended to be the definitive reference for anyone interested in modern day disaster preparedness. Topics covered include: Disaster Planning Bugging in and bugging out Emergency food and water Emergency fuel and power Raising small livestock (chickens, rabbits, etc.)...
  • Oops: Android contains directly copied Java code, strengthening Oracle's case (updated)

    01/21/2011 7:07:20 PM PST · by The Duke · 17 replies ^ | Jan 21, 2011 | Nilay Patel
    Florian Mueller has been killing it these past few months with his analysis of various tech patent suits on his FOSSpatents blog, and today he's unearthed a pretty major bombshell: at least 43 Android source files that appear to have been directly copied from Java. That's a big deal, seeing as Oracle is currently suing Google for patent and copyright infringement in Android -- which isn't a hard case to prove when you've got 37 Android source files marked "PROPRIETARY / CONFIDENTIAL" and "DO NOT DISTRIBUTE" by Oracle / Sun and at least six more files in Froyo and Gingerbread...
  • How the Tea Party might Lose (and how it could Win)

    12/08/2010 4:58:45 AM PST · by The Duke · 10 replies · 4+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | Dec 8, 2010 | Rich Bryant
    DISCLAIMER: One reading this article might wrongly conclude that the Tea Party is exclusively aligned with the Republican Party – a belief that I would like to dispel immediately. I have met some very decent and principled Democrats at Tea Party events, and would like fewer things better than to see them bring the universally-applicable principles of the Tea Party to their own side of the political spectrum. The references to the Republican Party in this article only reflect my own personal experiences and affiliation. For the past many months I have been attending various Tea Party and other similar...
  • The America that Was

    09/07/2010 6:45:46 PM PDT · by The Duke · 4 replies ^ | Sep. 7 2010 | The Duke
    I try very hard (and almost always successfully) to restrain myself from posting vanities, however I stumbled into a video clip that so captures the spirit and the reality of the America that we have lost, that I could not help but share it here:
  • Poll: What Future are Obama and the Democrats Crafting?

    11/10/2009 7:36:49 PM PST · by The Duke · 16 replies · 592+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | Nov 10, 2009 | Rich Bryant
    Lately I’ve been wondering what type of future the current leadership in Washington is creating for us, so I thought I would publish this little poll to allow visitors to vote for what well-known Hollywood movie best portrays that future. Cast your vote! Here's the link:
  • In Defense of Capitalism

    10/26/2009 11:04:06 AM PDT · by The Duke · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | Oct 24, 2009 | R. Bryant
    Lately I have observed any number of our leftist US leaders denouncing the “evils of capitalism” and simultaneously suggesting that if we would just launder our money through the government that life would be so much better. Pardon my cynicism, but I can’t help but be just a little suspicious when the fox proposes to stand watch over the hen house(!) Until last night these thoughts had been simmering more in my subconscious than they had been finding their way to my voice and keyboard. However, last night I happened to accompany my wife on a shopping trip to look...
  • The Problem with Liberalism is the Liberals Themselves

    08/18/2009 3:54:55 AM PDT · by The Duke · 6 replies · 585+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | Aug 18, 2009 | Rich Bryant
    The recent, fierce debates over health care reform have given reason to pause and ponder those aspects of health care in our nation that I would like to see changed. As does virtually everyone, I know far too many fine and deserving people who are ill-served (or not served at all) by our health care system as it currently exists. And, for those conservatives advocating that our current system is “just fine”, I would point out that our practice of linking health care to one’s employer is itself a distortion of free market capitalism. And so I listen to the...
  • Holding my Manhood Cheap

    07/21/2009 5:01:39 AM PDT · by The Duke · 17 replies · 495+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | July 21, 2009 | Rich Bryant
    The events unfolding today in Honduras conjure within my consciousness the immortal, stirring words of Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day Speech from his play 'Henry V'. In this scene King Henry V of England, confronted with an overwhelming foe on the battlefield, bolsters the courage of his meager army before battle. And yet it is not the entire scene that echos faintly in my mind, but rather the final line: "And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day." Never in...
  • How Atlas will Shrug

    04/01/2009 12:56:58 AM PDT · by The Duke · 40 replies · 1,525+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | Apr, 1, 2009 | Rich Bryant
    The state of the US economy and the anticipation of increased taxation has inspired numerous references in recent weeks to the book "Atlas Shrugged", by the late author and philosopher Ayn Rand. In her fictitious book Rand anticipates a time when those who create wealth within the social order, and from whom that wealth is forceably extracted for the benefit of others, eventually express their frustration by ceasing their labors. Those drawing the parallel to today’s reality suggest that we are now approaching a scenario when the real producers of today’s society will cease to produce, resulting in dramatic social...
  • What does a $Billion mean to YOU?

    03/18/2009 1:35:52 PM PDT · by The Duke · 11 replies · 295+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | March 18, 2009 | Rich Bryant
    With all this talk of billions and trillions of dollars being thrown about by politicians, one thing I've not seen is anything that relates this to the cost to the individual taxpayer. So, I've taken up the challenge to do a little math using numbers that are well sourced or universally-accepted (see my sources listed below). Here are the numbers I'm working with: 1. There are 300 million Americans (see references #1 and #2 below). 2. 60% of Americans are between ages 19 - 64 (see reference #3 below) 3. 40% of Americans pay no taxes (a number I've never...
  • A Question for America's Creditors

    02/15/2009 4:18:01 PM PST · by The Duke · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Traywick's Corner Blog ^ | Feb 15, 2009 | Rich Bryant
    To Whom it May Concern in China, India, Saudi Arabia, and Elsewhere, When they return from their hedonistic jaunts to Italy and elsewhere, America’s “leaders” will return to gorge themselves at a self-awarded political feeding frenzy. As is their tradition, the preferred source of funding will be the acquisition of debt which they intend to bequeath to their children, great grandchildren, and any other generations that may possibly follow. Yet they will be faced with one final task before beginning the feast, which is to locate lendors who will purchase their treasury notes (aka “IOUs”). There are but a few...
  • Will the Sleeping Giant of Conservatism Awaken? (vanity)

    11/03/2008 7:59:41 PM PST · by The Duke · 33 replies · 1,350+ views
    Self | Nov 3, 2008 | The Duke
    During the days of the Clinton adminstration Freeper political activism sprung up on many fronts, and took many forms ranging from political protests and counter-protests to regional gatherings, media events and marches on the nation's capital. Freepers could be found virtually every weekend near the White House (believe me, you couldn't miss 'em!). The "Freeper Air Force", in the form of message-toting bi-planes, flew over major cities and sporting events. In short, Free Republic was the left's worst nightmare. Since that time many of those activist Freeers have come and gone - some to their eternal reward. But there are...
  • What Nobody is Saying About a National 55 MPH Limit

    07/12/2008 12:37:30 PM PDT · by The Duke · 164 replies · 198+ views
    Self | July 12, 2008 | Self
    Please pardon this "original material" vanity posting, however all the talk this Saturday morning (and previously) of re-imposing a nationwide 55 MPH speed limit has motivied me to take up the keyboard to make an important point that seems to be being missed in this debate. That point is that imposing such a limit inherently places a value on peoples' time. Let's do the math. Since both sides have been claiming that this speed limit will result in fuel savings of 2% from traveling at 70 MPH, then let's do the math using those numbers. We'll also use a vehicle...
  • Employers Put Health Coverage in Workers' Hands

    01/25/2008 2:15:25 PM PST · by The Duke · 83 replies · 98+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan 23, 2008 | Julie Appleby
    Nick Trikolas plans to drop health insurance for his employees and give them money to buy their own coverage. He says doing so will put him in the vanguard of a movement by employers searching for answers to rising health costs. "This may be the future of health insurance," says Trikolas, CEO of Ilios Partners in Chicago, which plans to switch its 100 employees from group to individual coverage this year. ...
  • Prediction: Bad guys on "24" tonight end up not being Muslim

    01/14/2007 5:08:29 PM PST · by The Duke · 50 replies · 1,410+ views
    Self | Jan 14, 2007 | The Duke
    Please pardon the vanity, however I feel moved to make a prediction as I watch the opening scenes of "24" tonight. In these opening moments the rampant terrorist actions being portray are being described as the workings of Muslims. My prediction is that when all is said and done the perpetrators fit a more "mainstream demographic".
  • A Simple and Telling Question Regarding the Roe vs. Wade issue?

    01/10/2006 2:35:20 AM PST · by The Duke · 12 replies · 529+ views
    Self | Jan 10, 2006 | The Duke
    The issue of Roe vs. Wade vis-ŕ-vis the Samuel Alito confirmation begs a telling question which I thought worthy of a vanity posting today. The question is simply this "If so many of our leaders specifically stipulate Roe vs. Wade as the litmus test for suitability to the Supreme Court, then doesn't that indicate that this specific law is, for them, the most important law of the land?" If this were not the case, then these leaders would be preoccupied with Alito's positions on any number of other important questions. Were a fetus a living human being, then I could...
  • Stopping the Signal: Broadcast Flag Update #2

    11/14/2005 3:36:13 AM PST · by The Duke · 2 replies · 533+ views
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | Oct. 10, 2005 | Danny O'Brien
    Not long ago we updated you on the MPAA and RIAA's shenanigans to smuggle the Broadcast Flag through the United States Senate. Those who paid attention during "Schoolhouse Rock" will realize that's only half of the duo's burden. To make the Flag law, they must march it past the House of Representatives, too. Now the second shoe has dropped: 20 members of the House sent an open letter to Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet (part of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce), and its ranking member, Edward J. Markey. All 20...
  • Thoughts on Expediting Houston Evacuations

    09/22/2005 11:53:11 AM PDT · by The Duke · 43 replies · 1,099+ views
    Self | Sep 22, 2005 | The Duke
    I thought it might be constructive to bring the fine minds of Free Republic to bear on measures that might be taken, even at this late hour, to expedite the evacuation of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Rita. Free Republic gets enough eyeballs on a daily basis that it's entirely possible that good ideas may find their way to the right people. As an example, might communications via simple AM radio channels be employed to faciliate the flow of traffic? A sign traveling against traffic down the shoulder of the road could instruct drivers to tune to a specific...
  • All Lawyered up and Nobody to Sue

    11/02/2004 10:40:01 PM PST · by The Duke · 7 replies · 110+ views
    Self | Nov 3, 2004 | The Duke
    There's been so much anticipation of the 2004 presidential election being contested in court, but the results seem to be shaping up to be virtually unchallengable.
  • Were the 9/11 terrorists Democrats or Republicans?

    10/13/2004 3:38:06 PM PDT · by The Duke · 18 replies · 899+ views
    The Daily Times ^ | 9/14/2004 | Editorial Staff least eight of the 19 hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon three years ago were registered to vote in either Virginia or Florida while they made their preparations for 9/11. ... (excerpt - ref. full article)
  • Suggested Nom De Guerre's for Dan Rather - Dick Tracy style!

    09/22/2004 3:22:47 AM PDT · by The Duke · 37 replies · 692+ views
    Self | Sep 22, 2004 | Self
    It seems to me that the Memogate/Rathergate scandal has grown to such proportions that the time has come for Dan Rather to earn a nickname or two. In the old Dick Tracy cartoons the gangsters had nicknames that reflected their various attributes. If Dan Rather was to appear as the villian in a Dick Tracy cartoon what are some appropriate nicknames you might suggest?
  • India "Just Says No!" to Outsourcing

    09/18/2004 5:49:16 PM PDT · by The Duke · 20 replies · 613+ views ^ | Sep 19, 2004 | Tamil Nadu
    No outsourcing by railways: LaluSunday September 19 2004 00:00 ISTCHENNAI: Indian Railways will not outsource production of materials needed by it, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has said. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said all the materials required would be produced at the railway facilities only, and that workshops and factories owned by railways would be revived soon. The Railway ministry was ready to provide overtime allowance for employees so that all requirements of the railways, including coaches, locomotives, wheels and others were manufactured in factories and workshops owned by the public sector organisation. "We do not follow...
  • What are other things a President "could" Do?

    06/17/2004 4:19:07 AM PDT · by The Duke · 7 replies · 294+ views
    Self | Jun 17, 2004 | The Duke
    Ex-preident Bill Clinton now states that his reason for having an affair with Monica Lewinski was because "he could". Given this reasoning it occurs to me that there are MANY things that a President "COULD" do: Start a nuclear war Suspend constitutional rights Incinerate a church full of innocent children in Waco, Texas
  • ONLINE POLL: How many pardon's will Gray Davis sell?

    10/11/2003 6:54:01 PM PDT · by The Duke · 9 replies · 224+ views
    Self | Oct 11, 2003 | The Duke
    It occurs to me that discredited, disgraced, evicted politicians are pretty much one-trick ponies ... that trick being the selling granting of pardon's to imprisoned felons. I'm willing to out on a limb here and predict that Governor Gray Davis is a politican of such character. I've put together an online poll where you can vote for how many pardon's you think Gov. Davis will sell grant. See the following links to vote and/or to view results: Gray Davis Pardon Poll - Click here to VOTE Click here to VIEW RESULTS
  • What Tenth Graders are Saying about God in School

    09/06/2003 8:29:29 PM PDT · by The Duke · 10 replies · 274+ views
    Tenth graders' mailing circle | Sep 06, 2003 | Unknown
    In light of the many perversions and jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of...
  • Regarding Argicultural Policy - Have we Lost our Minds?

    06/12/2003 11:08:36 AM PDT · by The Duke · 10 replies · 165+ views
    The Duke | June 12, 2003 | The Duke
    Today I received an email from my father - who has run the family farm all his life - and I found some of the information he shared with me about the state of agriculture in this nation disturbing: Milan {TN] is probably going to look like a ghost town with most of the factories closing. The world trade agreement is beginnig to look like the "world give away". We developed all the technology and then we give it away. It's the same with farming. We have all the biotech. seeds for farming now and the American Farmer is charged...
  • Honoring the Astronauts, but neglecting the Marines?

    02/04/2003 10:03:02 PM PST · by The Duke · 20 replies · 186+ views
    Self | Feb 5, 2003 | The Duke
    As I reflected on the tremendous human beings that we lost in the Columbia disaster this past week I could not help but compare not only my own response, but the response of our nation and our media, to the recent death of four US Marines in a tragic helicopter accident just a few short weeks ago in Texas. In meditating on this I found myself wondering, "what is the difference?" My initial thoughts were that the fate of our astronauts deserved additional attention because they were the very "best and brightest". But then, while watching the young Marines-in-training on...
  • Air Force railroading its own pilots?

    01/03/2003 4:22:58 AM PST · by The Duke · 64 replies · 305+ views
    Self | Jan 03, 2003 | The Duke
    Lately, if you've been paying close attention, you will have noticed minor news coverage of two US pilots, involved in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, which resulted in the unfortunate deaths of four Canadian soldiers, being hung out to dry by their/our own US government. U.S. Air Force Pilots Charged Criminal charges have been brought against two U.S. Air Force pilots responsible for the friendly fire bombing of Canadians in Afghanistan in April 2002. Four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight others injured when a U.S. F-16 fighter jet dropped a bomb on the Canadian soldiers who were on...
  • 911 or Trent Lott: Which is the bigger news story?

    12/18/2002 1:45:32 PM PST · by The Duke · 22 replies · 275+ views
    Self | Dec 18, 2002 | The Duke
    Having noted that all US television networks seem to be well along to devoting as much television air time to coverage of Trent Lott's politically incorrect minor gaffe as was devoted to the 911 tragedy in which well over 3000 innocent Americans lost their lives, I find myself wondering which is the bigger news story? And when Al Queda sees this coverage do they see a politician in trouble, or do they see an enemy who is so pathetically stupid that they are emboldened to strike again?
  • Ann Coulter: Daily Quote

    11/26/2002 7:17:54 AM PST · by The Duke · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Ann Coulter: Slander | 2002 | Ann Coulter
    Daily Ann Coulter Quote "Liberals believe their fabulous wealth is a product of their unique brilliance, and the rest of us should live like aboriginals to preserve the view." Ann Coulter - "Slander"
  • Ann Coulter quote of the day

    11/25/2002 8:41:15 AM PST · by The Duke · 22 replies · 344+ views
    Slander (by Ann Coulter) | 2002 | Ann Coulter
    Daily Ann Coulter Quote "Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now." Ann Coulter - "Slander"
  • A Wink and a Nod to Voter Fraud

    11/04/2002 6:21:11 PM PST · by The Duke · 10 replies · 208+ views
    Self | Nov 4, 2002 | The Duke
    I noticed this afternoon while watching FOX news that there was only a passing mention of cases of voter fraud that have recently been brought to light. The host of the program simply flashed his winning smile and quickly and seamlessly switched to another topic. Why shouldn't voting fraud be taken as a serious matter in ths country? I find it totally outrageous that tomorrow I will take the time to go cast my ballot, only to have my vote negated by some criminal enterprise - only to have some yuppie news reporter treat it with a smarmy smile and...
  • A Dumb Question from a Florida Voter

    09/12/2002 5:24:07 AM PDT · by The Duke · 10 replies · 29+ views
    Self | Sep 12, 2002 | The Duke
    Two days ago we had the primary elections here in Florida, and during virtually the entire election Bill McBride was royally trouncing Janet Reno in the bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. Only yesterday did I learn that, amazingly, Janet Reno had caught up to within two percentage points of McBride, and that the results of the election were still in doubt. Ostemsibly this was because the results from "South Florida Voters" had come in. I also heard yesterday that final results were not available because all "South Florida" precincts had not yet apparently delivered their ballots to be...
  • Share your own stores of "Faux Free Trade"

    08/31/2002 6:29:14 PM PDT · by The Duke · 11 replies · 24+ views
    US Post Office | Aug 31, 2002 | The Duke
    Today I was standing in line at the local Post Office when an elderly lady in front of me handed a package to the clerk to be mailed to Ecquador. The clerk inquired as to the contents of the fairly bulky package to which the woman answered that she was sending shoes to her grandson. The clerk thumbed through a notebook, looked up at the woman, and stated that it was not permitted to send shoes to Ecquador. She quietly took back her package and left the building. All this in my mind really begs the question of NAFTA and...
  • Is reinstatement of the draft at hand?

    08/04/2002 3:08:09 PM PDT · by The Duke · 112 replies · 895+ views
    Various | Aug 4, 2002 | The Duke
    Lately, even as I hear the war drums incessantly beating with regard to Iraq, I've heard numerous radio ads reminding all "young men" that registration for "selective service" is "the law". Could it possibly be that a ressurection of the draft is being contemplated? And if so will this draft be "selective" in the sense that it won't "select" the children of our national leaders(?) (as apparently was the case with Vietnam?) My own three boys are a few years from being eligable for such a draft, and I've shared with them my belief that the integrity of our leadership...
  • Janet Reno, courting the con vote in Central Florida

    06/10/2002 2:20:08 AM PDT · by The Duke · 20 replies · 234+ views
    WFLA Radio | June 10, 2002 | The Duke
    Yesterday it was reported on Tampa's WFLA radio that Janet Reno and "summer intern" Martin Sheen had dropped by the Baptist Church of College Park to promote her campaign to be the next governor of Florida. For those who are not familiar with Tampa, College Hill is that section of our fair city that is the most utterly destitute. Based on reputation alone I would say that College Park might be considered similar to South Central LA, or certain areas in Washington DC that the experienced traveler would actively avoid out of concerns for personal safety. What was Reno's "message...
  • Tonight a great opportunity to change laughable name "Office of Homeland Security"

    06/06/2002 4:31:01 PM PDT · by The Duke · 44 replies · 185+ views
    Self | June 6, 2002 | The Duke
    It strikes me that tonight would be an excellent time for Pres. Bush to change the laughable name of the "Office of Homeland Security". I thought peasants in South Africa had "homelands", and that here in America we've traditionally used the word "domestic" in designating agencies that dealt "domestic" issues. I realize this whole "homeland" terminology probably plucks more strongly at the heartstrings of the soccer moms as they willingly relinquish their constitutional rights, secured with the blood of their ancestors, in exchange for a pat on the back and a worthless assurance of "security" from some equally worthless...
  • FLASH: Journalist Discovered to be Clairvoyant!

    05/09/2002 5:27:55 AM PDT · by The Duke · 3 replies · 153+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 9, 2002 | John Otis
    BELLAVISTA, Colombia -- Broken pews, shattered figures of Christ and the smell of decomposing human flesh greeted the Rev. Antun Ramos on Wednesday when he returned to his church, which dominates this fishing village on the Atrato River. The parish priest recalled that 300 men, women and children sought shelter here last week amid fierce combat between Marxist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary forces. The villagers figured that this house of God, with its sturdy concrete walls, would protect them. "It was the safest place in the village," said Ramos, as he picked up two dented copper chalices from the bloodstained...
  • The Bill Press Fallacy (is it AOK to dis the Prez?)

    04/02/2002 4:06:07 AM PST · by The Duke · 15 replies · 173+ views
    Self | Apr 2, 2002 | The Duke
    Last night Bill Press of CNN was a guest on Hannity and Colmes and was discussing the legitimacy of voicing opposition to the President on matters other than those related to the war. Mr. Press advocated, for example, the legitimacy of opposing the President on issues pertaining to "the environment". Personally I don't find myself an ardent supporter of the current administration simply because it's proven to be significantly to the left of my position on the political spectrum, however I must take issue with Mr. Press' assertion that there is any legitimacy at all in detracting from the President...
  • How the Left can Save the Day in Israel

    03/08/2002 9:30:11 AM PST · by The Duke · 4 replies · 12+ views
    Self | Mar 8, 2002 | The Duke
    In a world clutching at straws for a solution to Israel's Palestenian problem one solution, which has already proved itself in terms of nation-shaping, has yet to be considered. I'm speaking of course of the left's successful'divestiture' push which so many years ago led to the transformation of South Africa from a gleaming jewel of the world to the "worker's paradise" we see today. Why any sane, civilized person would want to initiate such a national transformation is not readily apparent to me, however in the policiy of divestiture we see a force that can apparently reshape nations. If divestiture ...
  • Andrea Yates, no fiend of ours!

    02/20/2002 4:33:55 AM PST · by The Duke · 13 replies · 196+ views
    Self | Feb 20, 2002 | The Duke
    There was a time that some here may be old enough to remember when those who committed henious, unspeakable crimes for no rational purpose were labeled "fiends" and found themselves bound for execution or were locked away in the most secure facilities that could be constructed. Such people were shunned by society and, at best, became the grist for stories meant to send a chill up the spine of the storyteller's audience. Such "fiends" inspired roles in film that were designed to similarly tingle the spine, cause the pulse to race a bit, and maybe encourage a date to snuggle ...
  • Online Poll: Freeper Opinions Wanted

    01/21/2002 8:10:00 AM PST · by The Duke · 16 replies · 28+ views
    Self | Jan 21, 2002 | The Duke
    I'm conducting a study to determine the degree to which conservatives believe in "conspiracies", and would greatly appreciate your response. I've set up an anonymous online voting area - the following link will allow you to record your vote. To review the poll results without voting click on the second link. Conspiracy Poll View Current Results
  • Are Offshore Software Developers "Laundering" Stolen Software?

    12/10/2001 8:16:38 PM PST · by The Duke · 24 replies · 401+ views
    Self | Dec. 11, 2001 | The Duke
    Lately I've been visiting some of the online programming-work-for-hire websites in an effort to market my own company, and I've noticed something *very* interesting. I've noticed offshore software development firms located in semi-developed countries such as India and Russia bidding extremely low prices for very complex and sophisticated projects. I'm talking prices so low that they are ridiculous even when considering the cost-of-living differential between them and the US. For example, were I to submit a project for a clone of eBay I may very well get back numerous bids ranging from $1200 - $3000 (US dollars)! No one can ...
  • Putting this whole "Freerepublic Fraud" Issue to Rest

    11/29/2001 5:20:04 PM PST · by The Duke · 54 replies · 236+ views
    Self | Nov 29, 2001 | The Duke
    Today I read JimRob's posting in which he addressed recent accusations made by detractors of FreeRepublic that there was some sort of financial shenanigans associated with the funding of this forum. There are very few things in this world that I will any longer claim to be certain of, but one of those things is the integrity of JimRob and the running of this forum. I thought I might take this opportunity to share with interested forum participants exactly why I am so certain that these claims of "fraud" are completely groundless - and in doing so also provide ...
  • How can a "non-superpower" have a sub like the Kursk?

    11/25/2001 9:03:32 AM PST · by The Duke · 35 replies · 16+ views
    Self | Nov 25, 2001 | The Duke
    I've been watching Tony Snow this morning on the Fox News channel interview supposed military affairs expert Dr. Ken Adelman about current world events. As the two went out of their way to denegrate the significance of Russia on the world stage, I couldn't help but ponder for a moment the ambition that is required for any nation to produce a submarine like the Kursk. I also find it interesting how any pundit who discusses the "once-superpower" status of Russia seems to squirm just the tiniest bit. One finds oneself wondering in what other dangerous areas the Russians continue to ...
  • In Bill O'Reilly the Media Confuses Integrity with Conservatism

    11/23/2001 3:45:58 AM PST · by The Duke · 25 replies · 182+ views
    Self | Nov 23, 2001 | The Duke
    Lately one hears the leftist media inaccurately labeling the ascendent Bill O'Reilly as being "conservative", and yet Mr. O'Reilly has never promoted himself as such. In fact, over the months and years that I've listened to Mr. O'Reilly's comments I distinctly recall him having lent voice to ideas that were anything but conservative. I recall, for example, Mr. O'Reilly voicing support for organized labor in a way that is fairly liberal. I would submit that the media flaks don't (or won't) recognize Bill O'Reilly as a liberal because, after so many years of seeing "gangster-types" such as those who ...
  • The Myth of "Free Trade"(?)

    11/08/2001 10:07:55 PM PST · by The Duke · 14 replies · 5+ views
    Self | Nov 9, 2001 | The Duke
    The other day I was talking with a potential customer about a computer programming project, when he shared with me that for a particular project he absolutely had to hire a Canadian software developer due to the rules that exist in Canada. As I contemplated this I started to recall all the vocal defenders of "free trade", and found myself wondering if free trade might actually be a myth. Shortly thereafter I happened to be listening to a radio program that claimed that personal computers imported into China from the US were subject to very high tariffs, and as a ...
  • PC or Civilization, America Gets to Choose One

    11/03/2001 3:13:28 AM PST · by The Duke · 3 replies · 123+ views
    Self | Nov 2, 2001 | The Duke
    The events of Sep 11, coupled with recent threats to America's internal infrastructure (i.e. threats recently discovered to the Golden Gate Bridge and other major bridges in the Midwest), have placed America in the position of having to choose beteeen the insanity of "political correctness" (PC) and the very underpinnings of her civilization. If America is to continue in the pursuit of PC then it becomes impractical to address the threats posed by terrorism. For example, rather than focus their investigative energies largely on the Islamic population, law enforcement personnel will be compelled to invest those energies in low-probability threats ...
  • Suggestions for other jobs to "federalize"

    11/02/2001 11:42:18 AM PST · by The Duke · 36 replies · 19+ views
    Self | Nov 2, 2001 | The Duke
    With all the talk of federalizing the security people working at all the airports I'm thinking that perhaps it might not be a bad idea to contemplate federalizing other job descriptions. Since we now know that one or two commercial airliners can basically bring the mightiest nation in the history of the universe to it's knees - then surely we should also nationalize all aircraft stewards, stewardesses, pilots and co-pilots(?) And, shouldn't we be a little pro-active and imagine other terror attacks of an entirely different nature which might be directed against us? How about federalizing all employees of all ...