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  • Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State

    07/11/2014 11:31:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies
    Time.com ^ | 7/11/2014 | Justin Lynch
    Advancements in technology have fueled this White House's obsession with controlling the message. Jay Carney is free. But not loose – at least so far. After resigning as the press secretary for President Obama on June 20, Carney gave insight into the Obama administration’s handling of classified documents, and responded to criticism that this administration has been the most Orwellian in recent history. “I know — because I covered them — that this was said of Clinton and Bush, and it will probably be said of the next White House,” said Carney in a recent New York Times Magazine interview....
  • Pop-up Blocker Help, Please

    07/11/2014 11:22:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies
    7/11/14
    I am being buried by pop-ups. Every third screen I see is another pop-up, using either IExplorer or Firefox. When I log into FR I get a flashing pop-up to the left of the screen from "WebCrawl." It has never been this bad before. Recommendations, please for a blocker.
  • The BEST Obituary EVER

    07/11/2014 11:19:05 AM PDT · by Don W · 8 replies
    Victoria Daily Times-Colonist ^ | July 6,7- 2014 | George's daughter
    FERGUSON, George What to say about George? Certainly, no one could accuse him of having been a loving son, brother, or father. He'd gladly have stolen the shirt off your back and he was generous to a fault with other people's money. Was he a small-time con-man with grandiose schemes? Probably. But another view of him is that he was the most exciting member of his family and of the families he married into. He was a poor man's rhetorician who beguiled certain woman into buying into his promises and dreams. This latter view is lent some support by the...
  • Vasectomy linked with aggressive prostate cancer risk

    07/11/2014 10:59:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 10 Jul 2014
    Vasectomy linked with aggressive prostate cancer risk Thursday 10 July 2014 - 3am PST Prostate / Prostate Cancer Men's Health Cancer / Oncology In the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, find that vasectomy is associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a larger increased risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the US, where vasectomy is a common form of contraception, with around 15% of American men having the minor procedure, which...
  • Killer who raped and murdered ex-girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter is executed.....

    07/11/2014 10:51:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    mail online ^ | Jill Reilly and Ashley Collman
    FULL TITLE: Killer who raped and murdered ex-girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter is executed after last meal of chop steak, cherry ice cream and Dr Pepper A man who raped and killed an 11-year-old girl was executed today with the victim's grandmother watching from the witness chamber on behalf of her deceased mother. Eddie Wayne Davis, 45, declined to say any last words before receiving a three-drug injection at 6:30pm at Florida State Prison. He was convicted in 1995 on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Kimberly Waters, whose mother briefly dated Davis. For his last meal, Davis ate...
  • Israeli Leader Says He Feels No Pressure to Quit Bombing Gaza

    07/11/2014 10:29:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-11-2014 | ISABEL KERSHNER, FARES AKRAM and RICK GLADSTONE
    Brushing aside criticism of Israel’s four-day-old aerial attacks on Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he felt no international pressure to quit the operation and would not rule out a ground invasion to stop the barrages of rockets from Palestinian militants. “We are weighing all possibilities and preparing for all possibilities,” Mr. Netanyahu told reporters at a news conference in Tel Aviv. Mr. Netanyahu, who has spoken with the leaders of the United States, Russia and the United Nations among others since Israel began the aerial assaults, also said the Israelis had hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza...
  • Idaho inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

    07/11/2014 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 7-11-2014
    The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity. “We need to rebuild our infrastructure,” said Brusaw, the head of Solar Roadways, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, about 90 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington. His idea contains “something for everyone to like.”
  • Polar Vortex Knock-Off Headed Straight Toward Us

    07/11/2014 9:32:21 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 7-11-2014
    Trigger Warning: An unseasonable blast of cold air reminiscent of last winter's infamous Polar Vortex is headed our way next week. Tropical Storm Neoguri, off the coast of Japan, has initiated a chain reaction in weather patterns which, according to Weather Underground, will cause a ripple effect in the jet stream over western North America, resulting in a phenomenon "similar to the nasty 'Polar Vortex' pattern that set up during the winter of 2014." Guess we're still not done slurping up winter's blood from that snowman's skull. Fine, pass it over.
  • Feds run out of money fighting illegal immigration

    07/11/2014 9:13:44 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-11-2014
    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Customs and Border Protection are due to run out of funds by mid-August and mid-September, respectively, if the amount of migrants crossing the southwest US border from the likes of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador continues apace, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday. Should Congress refuse to offer emergency funding, "we will have to go to a harsh form of reprogramming that will take money away from some vital homeland security programs I am sure members of this committee care a lot about," Johnson said at a Senate Appropriations...
  • Ok everyone my wife and I are planning next summer's vacation...has anyone...

    07/11/2014 8:37:03 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 15 replies
    11 Juny 2014 | US Navy Vet
    ...ever been to the "Calgary Stampede" AND...
  • Vasectomy can increase risk of developing lethal prostate cancer

    07/11/2014 8:12:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 10 Jul 2014 | Laura Donnelly and Claire Carter
    Men who have a vasectomy face an increased chance of developing prostate cancer and a higher risk of contracting the most aggressive form of the disease, a study has found. The Harvard research on 50,000 men, the largest study to examine the link between sterilization and cancer, found that those who had the procedure had a 10 percent greater chance of developing the disease. It also found a sharp increase in the risk of contracting the most aggressive form of prostate cancer, although this type of the disease is still relatively rare. The dangers appeared to be highest among men...
  • Big businesses promise Obama they'll pay their suppliers faster

    07/11/2014 7:29:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    biz journal ^ | 7-11-2014 | Kent Hoover
    President Barack Obama can't keep children from entering the U.S. illegally, but he can jawbone big businesses into signing a pledge to pay their suppliers faster. So goes this "Year of Action" at the White House. The White House announced its SupplierPay initiative Friday morning. Large companies ranging from Apple to Westinghouse Electric Co. have committed to either accelerating their payments to their small suppliers or helping them access working capital at a lower cost.
  • Frmr Teacher Charged with Online Solicitation of Minor, Again

    07/11/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    nbc29 ^ | staff
    A former Western Albemarle High School teacher already facing charges is back in jail. Waynesboro police arrested John Daniel Patterson Jr. for child porn and solicitation of a minor. This is round two of charges for Patterson. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patterson in April when he thought he was talking to a 13-year-old boy, but it was actually a police sting. After his first arrest, police say they discovered Patterson did have an online relationship with a real teenager. That's what Waynesboro police arrested him for Wednesday morning.
  • #TheOstrichIsLoose

    07/11/2014 7:08:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    Self | July 11, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    I just started a new Twitter hashtag, #TheOstrichIsLoose in reaction to the White House #TheBearIsLoose . Feel free to post your Ostrich I the White House observations there.
  • Costco Keeps Twisting the Truth about D'Souza and Hillary Books (Vanity)

    07/11/2014 6:23:08 AM PDT · by illiac · 14 replies
    Self | 7/11/14 | Self
    In response to why Hillary's book was not taken off the shelf...here is the reply: Dear XXXX, The decision to keep her book in stock in our locations is purely sales based as well. The books that are currently stocked in our stores have met our sales threshold, and so we continue to carry them. I might suggest visiting Costco.com for further information from our CEO regarding this matter. Thank you, Sarah S. Member Service Center Costco Wholesale Corporation I do know that there hare many copies of her books in the local Costco - habe neen since published....does not...
  • Trading halted in mystery stock CYNK after runup

    07/11/2014 6:20:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-11-2014
    Federal regulators on Friday halted trading in CYNK Technology [ CYNK 13.90  +0.00 (+0.00%) ], the mysterious over-the-counter stock that ran from a few cents to over $21 in a month. The stoppage was ordered at 8 a.m. EDT by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for an "extraordinary event," according to the OTC Bulletin Board. Read More Penny stock soars to $6B, and even the auditor is perplexed
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Friday, July 11, 2014

    07/11/2014 2:55:26 AM PDT · by sneakers · 16 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Articles of Impeachment

    07/10/2014 8:29:00 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Articles of Impeachment adopted by House Judiciary Committee on July 27-30, 1974 RESOLVED, That Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanours, and that the following articles of impeachment to be exhibited to the Senate: ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF ITSELF AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AGAINST RICHARD M. NIXON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS. Article...
  • Snake house: Teacher pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

    07/10/2014 7:38:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LA times ^ | Jeremiah Dobruck
    A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. In January, animal control officers found at least 400 snakes inside William Buchman's Santa Ana home, the Daily Pilot reported. About 240 of the non-venomous pythons were dead or died soon after being collected from the house, and more than 150 of the still-living snakes were malnourished, authorities said at the time. After Buchman's guilty plea, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced him to three years of probation and 100 hours...
  • How to make a carrot clarinet (YouTube)

    07/10/2014 7:16:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    TedxSydney 2014 ^ | 7-10-1-4 | Linsey Pollak
    This presenter makes a clarinet out of a carrot. For real. And it sounds great! Click on the link in Reply #1 to see.
  • Burger spicier than pepper spray sends UK journalists to hospital

    07/10/2014 5:49:11 PM PDT · by equalator · 59 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7-10-2014
    Arron Hendy and Ruari Barratt were dining at U.K. eatery Burger Off. Each took one bite of the “XXX Hot Chili Burger.” Minutes later, Barratt began suffering from severe stomach pain and soon lost feeling in his hands. His legs also began shaking and his eyes rolled to the back of his head, reports The Argus. The sauce uses a concentrated piri piri chili sauce from India. Gambardella estimated that the sauce measures between seven to nine million units on the Scolville scale. Tabasco sauce comes in around 2,500 – 5,000, while pepper spray ranks 500,000 to five million units.
  • Race row as kids' clothing line matches T-shirt of a monkey's body with a hanger that pictures....

    07/10/2014 4:25:52 PM PDT · by equalator · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-10-2014 | Snejana Farberov
    A San Diego-based clothing company has landed in hot water over a photo showing its T-shirts featuring the body of a monkey paired off with a customized hanger depicting the face of an African-American boy. The offensive image was shared on Twitter Wednesday, sparking indignation among users who lambasted the manufacturer, Just Add A Kid, for allowing this to happen. The clothing brand, which is owned by the company Thanks A Million, quickly went into damage control mode, responding on Twitter that the incident was the result of a misunderstanding
  • Will Company's Owned By Jehovahs Witnesses Have To Include Blood Transfusions In EBP's? (Hobby Lobby

    07/10/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    7/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Will they have to cover something like this under the Employee Benefit Program if that employee wasn't a JW, or could they say that they now have a religious exemption, too? I wonder what other can of worms the recent SCOTUS ruling will open up...
  • What's So Dang Funny About the Illegal Invasion ?

    07/10/2014 3:12:32 PM PDT · by kingattax · 41 replies
    7-10-14 | kingattax
    At a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry about the invasion of thousands of illegals into the United States, obama seems to find this very amusing. the two-bit queer meatpuppet gets more despicable by the minute. impeach this world class A hole
  • Military defense

    07/10/2014 3:19:37 PM PDT · by LoneRangerMassachusetts · 9 replies
    Self | 7/10/2014 | Self
    I'm listening to chuck bagel talk to troops. Eyes are glazed over in the audience. He is one of the most uninspiring speakers I have ever heard. God help us if we are ever attacked.
  • Woman With Two Husbands Looking for Two More

    07/10/2014 3:08:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Bulawayo24 ^ | 27 June 2014
    57-year-old Emma Chaleka, a traditional healer from Zimbabwe, is living with two husbands and intends to add two others and bring the total number of her husbands to four according to Myzim. Chaleka claims that her husband was failing to satisfy her hence she 'acquired' another husband and her dream is to have four husbands under one roof. Emma confirmed her marriage to Sikabenga and Mudenda saying she is prepared to have four husbands as long as they live peacefully and respecting their 'duties'. The polyandrous marriage has is the talk in Gadzema heights suburbs and Emma said that her...
  • Valet Baby (Censored) #GoPro (Baby Truett born on the steps of the Hospital)

    07/10/2014 1:12:26 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/4/2014 | Troy Dickerson
    Video Linky Here
  • Abortion Backer Who Assaulted Pro-Lifers: I Had The Right to Attack Them

    07/10/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The abortion backer who attacked a pro-life teen in a profane rant captured on video yesterday is defending her actions and has no intention of apologizing. Pro-life activist Seth Drayer was physically attacked (video below) while leading a group of pro-life students in sharing the pro-life message in downtown Columbus, Ohio today. The video shows a woman in a Burger King shirt attacking the pro-lifers. createdequal2She says, ““You’re just a white f—— privileged racist f—— male who doesn’t stand for women’s rights.” The abortion advocate adds, “No uterus, no right to talk about it. Understand, Mother f—–?” The abortion backer...
  • Your Congressman refuses to stop Mexico Border games, choosing to work for the Ford Foundation

    07/10/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    Vanity | 7/10/2014 | Self
    The most any Congressman is doing about the Federal importation of illegal aliens is spewing political rhetoric. This is a pre-planned operation that has been the focus of the financial elites and the hundreds, if not thousands, of well-endowed foundations in their foundation system for over a decade. Fedgov leaders know all about this program, but will never discuss it publicly. They will always do nothing to hinder the foundation system's goals. All one has to do is research a little on the foundations' (like Ford Foundation) websites, where they happily disclose their seemingly unending desire to help corporate America...
  • Long-Anticipated World's Tallest Water Slide Is Now Open for Business (Video)

    07/10/2014 12:41:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Mashable ^ | 7-9-2014 | JESSICA PLAUTZ
    Before park visitors go down the slide, they'll have to go up: 264 stairs to a platform higher than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. Before even being allowed to climb the stairs, visitors must step onto a scale to ensure the combined weight of the two or three people who will be on a single raft does not exceed 550 pounds. After passing that, a park worker reads a two-page list that is part warning and part disclaimer. One of the warnings listed is the possibility of death.
  • JOE SCARBOROUGH: GLENN BECK'S BORDER GESTURE 'CHRIST-LIKE,' OUT OF 'JESUS’ HANDBOOK'

    07/10/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7-10-2014
    “A lot of people are saying that he's actually playing into Barack Obama’s hands, that he's playing by Obama’s handbook,” Scarborough said. “He’s actually playing by another person's handbook, Jesus’ handbook. I mean, this is -- Jesus was very clear. He said the people that are blessed are those that understand I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I needed clothing, and you gave me clothes.” “What Glenn Beck is doing is the most Christ-like thing anybody can do, and so for a lot of people on the right who...
  • Vanity: Spoiler Alert: Last minute of the new Dan Rather movie revealed.

    07/10/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by DManA · 13 replies
    Selfie | 7/10/14 | Selfie
    Don't ask me how I got it but this is the last minute of Redford's new Rather movie. "LOOK! It's old man Rather!" "ZOIKS! "That's right. I made it all up. I wanted to scare folks away from George Bush. And I would have gotten away with it to if it wasn't for you nosy Freepers! [General Laughter] [cut to scene of front door of CBS headquarters. Rather comes flying out and lands in the gutter. Seen rubbing his behind. ] [Closing theme rises]
  • WTO heavyweights to launch tariff talks on green goods

    07/10/2014 10:56:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 7-9-2014 | JIJI, BLOOMBERG
    GENEVA – Japan and 13 other members of the World Trade Organization said Tuesday that they will start negotiations to cut tariffs on green products such as wind turbines and solar panels. The 14 countries and regions, which includes the United States, the European Union and China, aim to expand trade in these products through tariff reductions at a time when demand for measures to cope with climate change is growing. The negotiations will chiefly cover 54 items, such as solar power panels and wind power generators, which members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have already agreed to cut...
  • Dinesh's "America" now the #1 bestseller on Amazon for all books.

    07/10/2014 8:26:28 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 30 replies
    Any thoughts why?
  • 100 Protest abortion issue outside Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare

    07/10/2014 8:23:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    news8000.com ^ | 7-9-2014 | Brittany Schmidt
    One woman even traveled from hours away just to join the protest. "I just came today, I have been here a few other times,” said Diane Dorman, a pro-life activist. "It's a long drive for me, so I come when I can stay a long time, when I feel like it can be meaningful,” said Dorman. But Dorman said that the two-hour drive is nothing when it comes to fighting for what she believes in. "From the very beginning, I've come to realize that life begins at the moment of conception,” said Dorman. "It's unfathomable that a doctor here would...
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Teacher Arrested on Sexual Assault of a Child Charges

    07/10/2014 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    NBC26 ^ | Alex Hagan
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Brown County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of a 27 year-old Hobart man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child. Wayne Makela was arrested Wednesday. The Brown County Sheriff's Department says he is a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Lutheran school in Green Bay. Investigators say the assault may have happened to a child under the age of 16. The suspect was in a position of trust at a church and school in Green Bay, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School confirmed to NBC26 that the suspect teaches a...
  • Prostitute 'injected married Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin (Partial title)

    07/10/2014 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 100 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 July 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A high-priced prostitute injected a married Google executive with a fatal dose of heroin before callously stepping over his dying body to finish her glass of wine, police have revealed. Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on Friday in the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old father-of-five and former Apple exec, aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz, California last November. Tichelman, who met her clients through a website called Seeking Arrangement, had exchanged texts and emails with Hayes and met with him a few times before the deadly November 26 encounter. That day, they met on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at...
  • Reply from Costco Regarding D'Souza Book Vanity)

    07/10/2014 7:19:40 AM PDT · by illiac · 25 replies
    Self | 7/10/14 | Self
    Dear XXXX, We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale. Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on Costco.com. This includes our selection of books. Our book buyers are solely interested in book sales, and do not favor any political persuasion over another. Recently, after deciding to sell the book "America: Imagine the World Without Her", beginning on June 1, a decision was made to pull the book from sale on July 1. This decision was based solely on the number of copies sold during that month, and had...
  • Defiant Obama Refuses to Visit Border: I'm 'Intimately Aware' of Everything Taking Place

    07/10/2014 6:03:01 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07-09-2014 | Tony Lee
    I'm posting this in chat as I don't consider it news and, frankly, though it didn't come up in a search, I'm not completely sure it's not posted prior with a different headline and I didn't see it. I think it's appropriate to prompt specific discussion about the meaning of this statement the Puppet made, "Nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of or briefed on." President Barack Obama
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiles with Taliban official in ‘captivity’ pic

    07/10/2014 4:09:42 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/10/14 | Joe Tacopino
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiles with Taliban official in ‘captivity’ pic By Joe Tacopino This POW looks more like a BFF. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, is seen in a new image mugging for a picture with a jolly jihadi who ­casually has his arm resting on Bergdahl’s shoulder. The bro-hug was posted Wednesday to the Twitter ­account of someone associated with the Islamic Emirate of ­Afghanistan, according to Fox News. The supposed captor was identified by The Middle East Research Institute as a since-slain Taliban commander, Badruddin Haqqani.
  • Desire a national Fair Tax or Flat Tax!

    07/10/2014 4:06:02 AM PDT · by Texask9 · 54 replies
    Lets get fair tax passed.
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Thursday, July 10, 2014

    07/10/2014 3:09:54 AM PDT · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Quinn and Rose are off the air, and we await word that they are returning soon. (Stand by) Meanwhile, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will meet in our usual spot - same time, same station - as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, but we all stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Jersey Boys -- 4 stars and 4 thumbs up

    07/10/2014 2:28:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    self | 7-10-14 | Vanity
    We saw Jersey Boys last night in our local movie theatre. It is the story of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, a singing group of the 1960s, and their rise to fame. It is an adaptation of a stage play. The movie is directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, which is eyebrow raising in itself because it does not seem like a typical Eastwood topic. I approached this movie with some trepidation because of the big, fat R after the title. Normally, I avoid R-rated movies; and I could not find out why it received this rating. However, the...
  • Giants consider ban on ‘culturally inappropriate’ attire

    07/10/2014 12:52:36 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 29 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, July 9 at 9:07pm | Kale Williams
    The [San Francisco] Giants are contemplating a new kind of dress code at AT&T Park, one that could keep certain types of politically incorrect gear out of the stadium. The proposal stems from a brouhaha that arose after a fan, who appeared to be Caucasian, donned a headdress at Native American Heritage Night. The fan was approached by two Native Americans who asked for the headdress and then refused to give it back, according to a report from USA Today.
  • Social Security Numbers And Noncitizens

    07/09/2014 10:08:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    SSA.gov ^ | August 2013
    Generally, only noncitizens authorized to work in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can get a Social Security number. Social Security numbers are used to report an individual’s wages to the government and to determine a person’s eligibility for Social Security benefits. You do not need a number to get a driver’s license, register for school, obtain health insurance, or to apply for school lunch programs or subsidized housing. In almost all cases, if you apply for a Social Security number and card with your immigrant visa application, you do not have to visit a Social...
  • Is This Love? Surrogates, Gay Couples, and Motherless Babies

    07/09/2014 9:35:06 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7-9-2014 | Jennifer Hartline
    The story of two gay men in Texas who became fathers of twin boys via a surrogate appeared in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago, posted by a woman voicing her support for the men and her anger over their legal predicament. Each man is the biological father of one twin, and each wants to legally adopt the biological son of the other. Because Texas does not recognize same-sex "marriage", the law will not allow the adoption or for the birth certificates to reflect the two fathers as parents of both boys. So began the cry of discrimination...
  • Religious Freedom in Peril

    07/09/2014 9:15:52 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    ny times ^ | 7-9-2014 | NICHOLAS KRISTOF
    A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith. Muslim extremists in Iraq demand that Christians pay a tax or face crucifixion, according to the Iraqi government. In Malaysia, courts ban some non-Muslims from using the word “Allah.” In country after country, Islamic fundamentalists are measuring their own religious devotion by the degree to which they suppress or assault those they see as heretics, creating a human rights catastrophe as people are punished or murdered for their religious beliefs....
  • Eddie Murphy Will Be Back in Detroit for 'Beverly Hills Cop 4'

    07/09/2014 7:53:00 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 80 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 27, 2014 | Ryan Reed
    Eddie Murphy's headed back to Detroit in the upcoming fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. According to the Associated Press, the state of Michigan approved $13.5 million in film incentives, based on an estimated $56.6 million of filmmaker spending in the state. The film will be shot in and around Detroit, creating jobs for an estimated 352 workers, the Michigan Film Office announced on Thursday. Beverly Hills Cop 4 – the first in the series since 1994 – will find Murphy reprising his role as police detective Axel Foley. Describing the plot, the film office says the character...
  • Justin Bieber pleads no contest in egging, will pay $81K restitution

    07/09/2014 7:06:22 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    la times ^ | 7-9-2014 | CHRISTIE D'ZURILLA
    Justin Bieber entered a no-contest plea Wednesday on a misdemeanor vandalism charge in connection with the January egging of a Calabasas neighbor's house, earning himself two years' probation along with a host of other penalties. In addition to formal probation, he was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to pay $80,900 in restitution, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. He'll also have to partipate in an anger-management program and stay away from the victims for two years. The restitution amount is much higher than the $20,000 damage estimate that had been previously...