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  • Why do Freepers have a problem with Glen Beck?

    07/25/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT · by MNDude · 39 replies
    I've seen some negative comments about conservative talk radio host "Glen Beck" in here lately. Wasn't he the one that brought a million conservatives to a rally in Washington DC? So I'm just curious, if there is one thing you don't like about Mr. Beck, what is it?
  • Enraged female motorist 'bites' tow truck driver......taken away for repossession

    07/25/2014 7:36:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 76 replies
    mail online ^ | Sadie Whitelocks
    FULL TITLE: Enraged female motorist 'bites' tow truck driver and smashes windows as her prized SUV is taken away for repossession A female motorist has been accused of savagely biting a recovery man after he arrived at her home to tow away her vehicle for repossession. Lakeisha Smith, 29, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, flew into a rage on Sunday evening when Scott Fowler came to pick up her prized Cadillac Escalade, with part of the event caught on camera. Cell phone-filmed footage shows her trying to drive the luxury SUV off the tow truck before manically smashing in all of...
  • Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

    07/25/2014 6:23:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 7-25-2014 | SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called upon political leaders not to "cling" to their posts at the cost of political stability as pressure mounts for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down. "The gravity of the phase Iraq is undergoing requires the concerned parties to bear their national responsibilities, which require sacrifice and not to cling to posts," the reclusive al-Sistani said in a statement read by his spokesman Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalaie at Friday prayers in the holy city of Karbala. "This government... should enjoy wide national acceptance so that it will be able to face...
  • Is the Walmart New U.S. CEO Right for the Job? (not even American)

    07/25/2014 6:16:13 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 15 replies
    The Street ^ | 7/24/2014 | Laurie Kulikowski
    Wall Street was generally unsurprised that Simon is leaving -- chatter that his departure may have been over disappointment at being passed up for promotion as Walmart's CEO earlier this year with the company instead choosing its international head, Doug McMillon. However, analysts seemed curious about Walmart's decision to pass over those underneath Simon to replace him, instead naming an executive who had been heading up its China and greater Asia operations. (please see link for full story)
  • Palestinians declare 'day of rage' as Kerry pushes cease-fire

    07/25/2014 5:54:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-25-2014 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, LAURA KING
    As the Israeli offensive against the militant group Hamas entered its 18th day, the Palestinian death toll reached 815 people, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials said. Thirty-two Israeli soldiers have been killed, along with three civilians on the Israeli side, one of them a foreign worker from Thailand. Israel and Hamas were both reported to be weighing a call for a humanitarian truce of at least five days put forth by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who has shuttled around the region this week in a bid to stem the fighting. A previous Egyptian-authored cease-fire plan last...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Friday, July 25, 2014

    07/25/2014 2:53:26 AM PDT · by sneakers · 12 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!
  • Michael Moore's lavish property empire is revealed in court documents as he and wife of 22 years div

    07/25/2014 2:17:54 AM PDT · by dennisw · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 July 2014 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Michael Moore's lavish property empire is revealed in court documents as he and wife of 22 years divorce The filmmaker and his producer ex-wife Kathy Glynn called it quits after 22 years, with the divorce finalized on Tuesday at Antrim County Circuit Court in Bellaire, Michigan The pair own nine properties, with Moore splitting his time between Detroit and New York And he seems to be aware of how he's perceived. In legal proceedings, he listed six media reports from 2011, which poked fun at the defender-of-the-poor's lavish life with headlines like 'Mansion Begs The Question: Is Michael Moore A...
  • Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly

    07/24/2014 10:06:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-29-2014
    A government newspaper says Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly. Citing a planning agency official, the China Daily on Friday said the results of an investigation into Qualcomm will be released soon. It cited the official as saying Qualcomm "has a monopoly" but gave no indication what possible penalties or orders to change its business practices the U.S. company might face.
  • Mount Rainier Could Be On The Brink Of A Monstrous Eruption

    07/24/2014 8:04:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    China Topix ^ | Jul 18, 2014 10:31 PM EDT | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    Mount Rainier, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the U.S. and in the world, is widely expected to erupt again. The only unknown facing scientists is when the massive stratovolcano, 4,392 meters tall and located 87 kilometers southeast of Seattle in Washington state, will finally explode. Scientists from the United States and Norway recently mapped the electric and magnetic signatures of magma flows beneath Mount Rainier (pronounced “ray-near”). They’ve also discovered a mammoth magma reservoir below the mountain that will fuel any eruption with massive magma flows. The research found out that magma or fluid molten rock is trapped...
  • Goat head rage....

    07/24/2014 6:00:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 10 replies
    Me | July 24, 2014 | Self
    I was driving through northern Illinois last night listening to a call-in program on WGN in Chicago. People were calling in all upset about the goat's head sent to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts at Wrigley Field. Some guy called in from Indiana and said, "Why are you all so upset because someone sent a goat's head to Wrigley Field? Aren't you the guys that sent a horse's ass to the White House?" I almost ran off the road!
  • Climate change: Could we engineer greener humans? (Smaller, aversion to red meat & hibernate)

    07/24/2014 3:32:27 PM PDT · by equalator · 35 replies
    BBC Future ^ | 7-16-2014 | Frank Swain
    “We can artificially induce intolerance to red meat by stimulating the immune system against common bovine proteins,” he says. Liao envisions a medical aid like a nicotine patch that makes you sick if you try to eat red meat. Such a patch might sound like science fiction – and for now it is – but evidence has recently surfaced that people bitten by the lone star tick, native to the southern US, subsequently developed allergies to red meat, forcibly pushing them toward a vegetarian lifestyle.
  • Arrest warrant issued for man with tuberculosis

    07/24/2014 3:13:18 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 16 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/24/14 | AP
    <p>STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Central California have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who they say is contagious and has refused treatment.</p> <p>San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said Thursday that police are looking for 25-year-old Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a transient who comes from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.</p>
  • Rep. Latham wants to beef up agency performance requirements

    07/24/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 7-23-2014 | Stephanie Wasko
    Rep. Tom Latham's (R-Iowa) "Lean and Responsive Government Act" requires agencies to use continuous process improvement measures for better efficiency and effectiveness. Latham, who introduced the bill July 16, said the methods require agencies to "set clear, measurable goals, analytically evaluate overly bureaucratic systems and reduce Washington red-tape in a sustainable manner," according to a press release. Many major corporations, as well as small businesses, commonly practice continuous process improvement methods, the bill stated, and have successfully reduced costs and improved goods and services. In addition to the private sector, the Defense Department, along with several other agencies, has implemented...
  • California man, 80, guns down pregnant home invader: ‘I shot her twice, she best be dead’

    07/24/2014 7:44:31 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 103 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/24/14 | BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    California man, 80, guns down pregnant home invader: ‘I shot her twice, she best be dead’ Tom Greer killed the woman after she and a man jumped him and robbed his Long Beach house Tuesday night. The couple fled after he showed his revolver, but the woman was killed as she tried to run away. BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN They came to the wrong house. An 80-year-old California retiree shot dead a pregnant woman as she and a male accomplice tried to flee Tuesday night after breaking in and robbing the man’s home in Long Beach. And Tom Greer has no...
  • Floral thefts from veterans' cemetery

    07/24/2014 7:43:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Artificial flowers and flags are being pulled at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It’s not that they are prohibited, it’s that they are being pilfered and Cemetery Administrator Joe Larson cannot fathom why people are stealing them from in-ground burial sites. Apparently the thefts happened Saturday night and it wasn’t until a woman let Larson know on Monday that the artificial flowers from her loved one’s grave were taken, noting they were not there on Sunday. “We’ve had a number of other complaints this week about the stealing of artificial flowers and flags, but no real...
  • Meriam Ibrahim lands in Italy, on way to US; Update: Meets with Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | Ed Morrissey
    There’s plenty of bad news already coming over the transom today and we’ll get to all of it, but one story we’ve followed here has a happy ending. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, has left Khartoum and landed in Rome, greeted by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the airport. Italy helped the US mediate her release with Sudanese officials in a quiet effort launched a few weeks ago:
  • What is Change Blindness and Why Does it Happen?

    07/24/2014 5:58:59 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 20 replies
    BrainSmartSuccess.com ^ | February 6th, 2012 | Chris Hughes
    Change Blindness: In visual perception, change blindness is a normal phenomenon of the brain which show in light that the brain does not have a precise representation of the world but a lacunar one, made of partial details. Despite the name, this phenomenon does not affect the eyes but the brain, and as such is bound to happen to all the human senses. This phenomenon is still in research, but results suggests that the brain estimates the importance and usefulness of information prior to deciding to store them or not. Another issue is that the brain cannot see a change...
  • Question Gets Boy, 4, Banned From Doughnut Shop

    07/24/2014 5:57:23 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 69 replies
    Newser ^ | July 24,2014 | Rob Quinn
    A curious 4-year-old in Monroe, Conn., is going to have to get his doughnuts elsewhere after asking a Doughnut Inn customer the wrong question. Justin Otero's mother says the boy asked the customer if she had a baby in her belly and was told no. "My response was, 'Oh my goodness, I'm so embarrassed, I'm so sorry,'" the mom tells WFSB. But she says that while the customer was forgiving, managers refused to allow her in the store with her son, saying, "'He's not allowed in here, he's rude.'" The mom says she plans to get doughnuts somewhere else with...
  • Poll: Californians support global warming rules - unless gas prices rise

    07/24/2014 5:43:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    SanLuisObispo.com ^ | 7-23-2014 | DAN SMITH
    Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California’s annual environmental survey also found majorities oppose the greater use of fracking for oil exploration (54 percent), increased offshore oil drilling (51 percent) and building more nuclear power plants (64 percent). California’s cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will include fuels as of Jan. 1. That has prompted an oil industry-backed campaign for a delay or repeal amid predictions that the cost of gas...
  • Christie Administration Announces Release of Supplemental Home Energy Assistance Benefits

    07/24/2014 5:08:09 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    The Christie Administration today announced that approximately 267,273 households throughout New Jersey receiving home energy assistance through the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will soon receive supplemental benefits.  “I am pleased that my administration will be able to help New Jersey families this year by providing additional benefits to eligible households to help them pay their home heating bills for the current winter season,” said Governor Christie. Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive supplemental benefits. The benefits are available because LIHEAP funding for the year increased beyond the original projection provided...
  • 'Spoiled' New Jersey teen Rachel Canning says boyfriend choked her, gets restraining order

    07/23/2014 3:41:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Daily News ^ | 23/7/14 | Meg Wagner
    The New Jersey teenager who sued her parents has received a domestic violence restraining order against the boyfriend her mom and dad always hated. Rachel Canning, 18, made headlines last year when she moved out of her family's Lincoln Park home, then demanded her parents pay her child support. The family had been fighting for months over Rachel's wild behavior.... .....
  • Condom Dresses Actually Exist Thanks to Designer Adriana Bertini

    07/24/2014 4:32:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    My Daily ^ | 7-24-2014 | Ellen Stewart
    Upon first glance of Brazilian artist Adriana's creations you wouldn't know they were actually made of condoms. But they are. And they're kind of beautiful. The Sao Paulo-based artist makes dresses from expired or defective condoms to promote safe sex as social activist encouraging AIDS/HIV prevention. The 43-year-old's designs are currently being exhibited at the International AIDS conference in Melbourne and are a sight to behold.
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Thursday, July 24, 2014

    07/24/2014 3:17:02 AM PDT · by sneakers · 21 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!
  • Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her

    07/24/2014 1:49:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion activists claim pro-lifers are engaging in a “war on women:” by passing legislation to protect women and unborn children from abortion. But a new expose’ video catches a Planned Parenthood staffer engaging in her own war on women. The pro-life group Live Action released the third installment today in its “SexEd” investigative series, showing a Planned Parenthood staffer in Portland, Oregon offering disturbing sex counseling to someone she thinks is a fifteen-year-old girl. The video clearly shows the counselor encouraging the young girl to allow herself to be victimized in violent sexual encounters with her partner. The staffer tells...
  • China Has Given More Than $40 Billion in Continued Aid to Venezuela

    07/23/2014 11:12:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    wsj ^ | 7-24-2014 | KEJAL VYAS
    China Has Given More Than $40 Billion in Loans Since 2008 in Exchange for Oil. Mr. Xi and his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, signed more than a dozen financial and bilateral cooperation agreements, including a renewal of a joint development fund in which China will contribute $4 billion that Venezuela will repay with an additional 100,000 barrels a day in crude. "Everything we do with China is for the happiness of our people," Mr. Maduro said during a televised signing ceremony on Monday. Venezuela exports more than 500,000 barrels of oil a day to China, with nearly half of it...
  • UN human development report faults inequality

    07/23/2014 10:30:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    wcbd 2 ^ | 7-24-2014 | ELAINE KURTENBACH
    Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report. With nearly a third of humanity poor or vulnerable to poverty, governments need to put a higher priority on creating jobs and providing basic social services, the United Nations Development Program said in the report, launched in Tokyo. It warned that improvements in longevity, education and income, which are the three main...
  • Woman Hospitalized After Botched Three-Day-Long Abortion on Her 20-Week-Old Baby

    07/23/2014 7:38:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | Carole Novielli
    The OC Weekly has reported that a woman who was under arrest was taken for late term abortion at the Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA) abortion clinic in Long Beach. Following her visit to FPA for the 20 week abortion the prisoner suffered an incomplete abortion and had to be hospitalized. The botched procedure was performed in 2012 but is only coming to light after the Orange County District Attorney’s Office published their investigative report on the death of the fetus. From the story: On March 13, 2012, Huntington Beach police arrested a woman identified in the report as...
  • Jews In Israel Under Assault.No Angry Responses From Wasserman,Schumer&The Rest?

    07/23/2014 4:57:26 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 18 replies
    Israel at war with Hamas. Endless rockets hitting/taking out targets,injuring&killing innocent individuals in Israel.So why aren't the Jewish Liberal Leaders showing any outrage towards the Democrat Run White House? You would think that by this point we would have had a Hashtag,"Wasserman.Stop Bombing My People"conversation by now.But when they are in dire straights in Nigeria,Michelle is right on the case!So where are the likes of Bernie Sanders,Steve Israel,Chuck U.Schumer and Anthony Weiner during these weeks of attacks on the nation they so dearly care for?Maybe Jewish Democrat Leaders are selfish,and see put their party first?and just ignore those dying/suffering in...
  • Rural vs Urban Survival

    07/23/2014 3:54:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 7/22/14 | Selco
    What you have with you is what you gonna have for some time if you find yourself in urban survival scenario. If you have stored food and water most probably you can count on that only for some time, before situation changes or you manage to find some more supplies. There are ways to obtain resources at the beginning of SHTF in the chaos, but it is not like in the movies, and you can count on the fact that mostly you will be late for these events and more organized units such as local gangs control who gets what...
  • Pat Condell Takes on Hamas vs Jews in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 20 2014 | Pat Condell
    Pat Condell Takes on Hamas vs Jews in Gaza
  • Freep a poll! (Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written?)

    07/23/2014 1:51:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    http://www.headlineoftheday.com/ ^ | 7-23-14 | Headline of the day
    Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written? No, the IRS is allowed to change it. I don't know. Yes, and let the chips fall where they may.
  • This Grandfather Allegedly Cured Liver Cancer With Homemade Cannabis Oil

    07/23/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 77 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 7-13-2014 | Lizette Borreli
    Mike Cutler, a 63-year-old grandfather, allegedly killed his cancer cells with homemade cannabis oil, after receiving his second liver cancer diagnosis in five years. The cancer survivor was first diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 after he blacked out at work, after which he then received an organ transplant in November of that year. However, last year, his health took a turn for the worst when he found out new cancerous cells were attacking his new organ. A liver transplant and a second cancer diagnosis later, Cutler decided to buy marijuana from a dealer and make his tablets from the...
  • Clarence Page: Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality

    07/23/2014 10:21:14 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Kentucky.com ^ | 7-23-2014 | CLARENCE PAGE
    Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, N.C., Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse. Eaton is black. The three men testing her were white. The time was the early 1940s, when trying to vote was difficult and even dangerous for African-Americans. Contrived "literacy tests" were one of the milder obstacles that were deployed to suppress the black vote in the South. Now 93, Eaton is back in court. This summer she is the lead plaintiff...
  • Boehner in Squeeze Between Ohio Exporters, Republican Ex-Im Foes

    07/23/2014 10:02:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7-23-2014
    The 80-year-old bank founded during the New Deal helps foreign companies buy U.S. goods by guaranteeing loans and providing other financing. The bank last year backed $37.4 billion in exports, and says it has returned a profit to the Treasury of more than $3.4 billion since 2005. Ohio manufacturers are top users of Ex-Im Bank financing. From 2007 to 2014, Ohio ranked sixth for exporters who have used the bank to help finance their overseas sales, with 253 Buckeye State businesses making use of its services to support $2 billion in exports, according to data from the bank.
  • Former Gov. Sarah Palin weighs in on Alaska's current oil tax debate

    07/23/2014 7:07:00 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    Alaska Dispach News ^ | July 22, 2014 | Laurel Andrews
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a phone interview with Alaska Dispatch News on Tuesday that she plans to speak out against oil company-funded efforts to maintain the oil tax structure put in place in January. “I don’t want Alaskans to be deceived,” she said.
  • ‘There’s a Chance I Could Run’ for President Again by Eddie Scarry | 8:28 am, July 23rd, 2014

    07/23/2014 5:57:07 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7-23-2014 | Eddie Scarry
    Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may be down but she wants everyone to know she’s not out. “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running (in 2016),” Bachmann said in a new interview with Real Clear Politics. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.” Politics watchers will recall Bachmann’s first failed run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. After winning the not-that-significant Iowa Ames Straw Poll in 2011, she enjoyed a brief...
  • Movie In The Works About J.R.R. Tolkien And C.S. Lewis – Together!

    07/23/2014 4:09:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Narnia meets The Lord of the Rings in a new movie project slated for release next spring. Tolkien & Lewis will delve into the historical relationship between two of the greatest epic fantasy writers of all time: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. ADVERTISEMENT Hard-core fantasy fans know that Lewis and Tolkien were friends and colleagues, but the average movie-goer may not even realize that the two authors were connected at all, though their best-known works have become blockbuster Hollywood movies. Indeed, there is much exciting history between the two legendary British authors, and each heavily influenced the other. According to...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    07/23/2014 3:22:16 AM PDT · by sneakers · 12 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!
  • Snowden revelations: NSA spied on prominent U.S. Muslims (Article Translated From German)

    07/22/2014 10:45:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Qantara.de ^ | 7-17-2014
    Nihad Awad is a born in Jordan Palestinian living in the U.S. for more than two decades. He is co-founder and CEO of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the largest Muslim civil rights organizations in the United States. He was an advisor to Al Gore and met Presidents Bush and Clinton as well as several U.S. Secretary of State. His e-mails were monitored from 2006 to 2008. "As a citizen I am beside myself that the government spies on activists. Though we have done so much for society in this country, we are still suspected." Awad believed...
  • My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

    07/22/2014 7:41:18 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 14 replies
    Concord Monitor ^ | 7-19-14" | Matt Murray
    We are well into the 2014 election season, and there’s a lot at stake. Not just control of the U.S. Senate, as newly minted New Hampshire resident Scott Brown ignores his GOP primary opponents in his rush to target incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Not just the perversity quotient of the U.S. House, as primary voters sort through which candidates – representing which wing of the Republican Party? – will challenge Democratic incumbents Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter. Not just the balance of power in the New Hampshire General Court, as we’re still trying to forget – or at least recover...
  • Caught speeding in Alaskan hometown, Sarah Palin answers: ‘I wasn’t speeding, I was qualifying’

    07/22/2014 6:59:58 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 61 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | July 22, 2014 - 7:15pm | The Times-Union
    TMZ first reported the incident and she told them "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying," according to the website.... Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/2014-07-22/story/caught-speeding-alaskan-hometown-sarah-palin-answers-i-wasn-t-speeding-i-was#ixzz38Fjr2xDT
  • Have You Started Getting Ready for Hard Times

    07/22/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 118 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 7/22/14 | LS
    When Paul Revere’s alarm, “The Redcoats are coming!”, was sounded through the countryside centuries ago, it was made to people who were prepared to meet a challenge. Whether the coming challenge in our present day is one of economics or something else, will you be prepared to respond when the alarm is sounded? Here are some ideas you should consider as you get started in your preparations for whatever hard times might await:
  • Sexist or helpful? Chinese women drivers get big, pink parking spaces

    07/22/2014 4:18:10 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-22-2014 | Nadine Kalinauskas
    It's 2014. We should be well beyond the "women can't drive" sexism. But at one Chinese shopping mall, this clearly isn't the case. At the Dashijiedaduhui — or "World Metropolis" — centre in the northern port city of Dalian, there are now parking spaces designated for women outside its main entrance. Marked in pink and about 30 cm wider than the average parking spots, signs above them read: "Respectfully reserved for women." "We just wanted to make things easier for women, who make up most of our customers," said mall manager Yang Hongjun, a woman herself.
  • The 65M People Who Voted For Obama,Was It Worth All Of The Chaos,Scandals,Horrific Attacks?

    07/22/2014 3:55:20 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 73 replies
    But I Voted For Obama For "Free Stuff",And I Am Entitled!.So how do these 65.9 Americans feel now that they are indirectly responsible for the horrific events of the last 2 or 3 weeks?,Was the free-stuff worth watching thousands of children suffering and dying trying to cross the border?,Was voting for a liberal worth what happened in the Ukraine along with god knows how many innocent people have died in the mid-east?And now here we are 5.5 years into the Obama Administration and thanks to these 65 Million"Selfish/Greedy" Americans, we are beyond a Nation In Fear!And to think we were...
  • Californians Will Be Asked in November Ballot Whether They Want to Overturn Citizens United

    07/22/2014 3:51:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 7-22-2014 | Rebecca S. Myles
    California voters will have a chance in the November elections to vote on a ballot measure asking them if Congress should amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Governor of California signed into law Senate Bill 1272 on July 16 -- the Overturn Citizens United Act -- to put the advisory question on the November 2014 ballot. The group behind the initiative is Money Out Voters In, who were supported by Common Cause. Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to accountable government in the public interest. "This is a great day for...
  • George Harrison tree is felled by beetles

    07/22/2014 3:12:11 PM PDT · by dware · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07.22.2014 | Reuters
    A tree planted in memorial to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison following his death in Los Angeles in 2001 has been killed by bark beetles amid California's epic drought, a local official said on Tuesday.
  • Bill’s secret ‘mistress,’ the ‘Energizer’

    07/22/2014 2:30:40 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 33 replies
    pagesix.com/ ^ | 7/2//14 | Richard Johnson
    Bill’s secret ‘mistress,’ the ‘Energizer’ By Richard Johnson Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum. Kessler is no stranger to the controversies surrounding the Secret Service. He broke the story that Secret Service agents protecting President Obama in Cartagena, Colombia, hired prostitutes, and put the president in...
  • Adult Swim's 'Black Jesus' Comedy Offends Christians With Pot-Smoking, Beer-Drinking Jesus

    07/22/2014 1:44:07 PM PDT · by equalator · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7-22-2014 | Katherine Weber
    The new "Black Jesus" comedy has some protesting the depiction of Jesus as a marijuana-smoking, beer-drinking character in the show. Paul Scott, a self-proclaimed minister of the Messianic Afrikan Nation, has called for a boycott of the upcoming comedy, arguing that it "[makes] a mockery of the concept of a Black Messiah." ADVERTISEMENT According to his blog, the North Carolina-based minister argues that "the show does a disservice to the Black leaders and theologians who have dedicated their lives to advancing a Black Liberation Theology," adding that he believes "the Black community needs to see a proper image of a...
  • George Harrison memorial tree killed by... beetles

    07/22/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    USA Today ^ | 7/22/14 | USA Today/LA Times
    USA Today. No excerpts. Just title and link. http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/07/22/george-harrison-memorial-tree-killed-by-beetles/12985001/
  • It's My Birthday!!!

    07/22/2014 8:51:58 AM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 42 replies
    The Wayback Machine ^ | 7/22/2014 | FP
    Signed up July 22, 1999. Please help me celebrate and take look at the linked postAt the time, it was the second longest thread on FR. The longest was Arthur McGowan's "Please Don't Ping Me." It had 1100 replies. So click the link to see some old friends, many are still here. Unfortunately some have passed on or passed out.