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  • Are we ready to do what it takes to reclaim the Republican Party?

    05/30/2007 11:10:08 AM PDT · by dangus · 138 replies · 2,597+ views
    http://www.freerepublic.com/~dangus ^ | 5.30.07 | Dangus (Vanity)
    "Rebuilding" is a very trying experience for baseball fans. It's what owners do when they decide that the current team is overpayed, underperforming, and irreformable. They clear out the current regulars and make room for new talent. In the meanwhile, though, fans have to suffer through a few seasons of not even hoping to win. When done well, it works. The New York Yankees found themselves paying the highest salaries year after year in the 1980s. Although they had the best winning percentage overall for that decade, they had no division titles, let alone World Series championships, to show for...
  • VANITY POLL: Who would you vote for in the primary?

    05/22/2007 9:46:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 125 replies · 1,614+ views
    None ^ | 5/23/07 | Dangus Vanity
    It's been a long time since there was an official FR poll on this subject, and I'd like to propose certain conditions: 1. Who would you vote for, given the current field? A. Gilmore B. Giuliani C. Huckabee D. Hunter E. McCain F. Paul G. Romney H. Tancredo I. Fred Thompson J. Tommy Thompson 2. Who would you vote for, knowing that Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich would be candidates? A. Gilmore B. Gingrich C. Giuliani D. Huckabee E. Hunter F. McCain G. Paul H. Romney I. Tancredo J. Fred Thompson K. Tommy Thompson 3. Suppose it's after New Hampshire,...
  • Free Republic Poll, Part 2 (includes partials from Part 1)

    05/25/2007 11:27:14 AM PDT · by dangus · 43 replies · 1,153+ views
    1. Who would you vote for, given the current field? A. Gilmore B. Giuliani C. Huckabee D. Hunter E. McCain F. Paul G. Romney H. Tancredo I. Tommy Thompson 2. Who would you vote for, knowing that Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich would be candidates? A. Gilmore B. Gingrich C. Giuliani D. Huckabee E. Hunter F. McCain G. Paul H. Romney I. Tancredo J. Fred Thompson K. Tommy Thompson 3. Suppose it's after New Hampshire, and most of the lesser known candidates have dropped out. Who would you vote for? (PLEASE answer this one.) A. Giuliani B. McCain C. Romney...
  • 379 Denominations in a single nation

    05/11/2007 2:04:45 PM PDT · by dangus · 177 replies · 2,081+ views
    (German) Reformed Church in the United States (Original) Church of God Advent Christian Church African Methodist Episcopal Church African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church African Union First Colored Methodist Protestant Church Alaska Moravian Church Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Alliance of Baptists in the USA Amana Church Society American Association of Lutheran Churches American Baptist Association American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. American Baptist Convention American Baptist Mississippi Convention American Ethical Union American Evangelical Christian Churches American Evangelical Lutheran Church American Lutheran Conference American Rescue Workers American Unitarian Association Anglican Orthodox Church of North America Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene)...
  • The Media is lying about Religion in South America.

    05/11/2007 11:59:39 AM PDT · by dangus · 11 replies · 720+ views
    Once the nation with the fewest priests per nominal Catholic, Brazil now has more seminarians than it had homegrown priests in 1980. The number of major seminarians in Brazil has increased ten-fold since 1972. The rate of increase has been even higher in Peru and Bolivia, and comparable in the rest of South America. The source of claims of a collapse in Catholic adherence comes from statistical abuse of mainstream media sources. Take the instance of Brazil. Brazil’s black and mixed-race populace was recently largely unevangelized by Catholics as well as Protestants. In 1968, there were nearly 30 million adherents...
  • GOP Candidates Divided Evenly in Early Election Contests

    05/10/2007 3:33:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 21 replies · 749+ views
    Various ^ | 5/10/07 | Compiled by Dangus
    By February 6, the primaries should be settled, because most states will have held elections or caucuses by then. But only six states will likely make their decisions before February 5. And "front-runner" Rudy Giuliani is trailing badly in five of them. In Iowa, according to American Res. Group, John McCain leads Giuliani 26-19. Romney and Thompson are at 14 and 13 percent, each. In New Hampshire, according to Survey USA, Romney has built a sizeable lead, gaining 32% of the vote. Giuliani and McCain are virtually tied for 2nd, with 23 and 22 percent, respectively. In Nevada, Giuliani trails...
  • Chinese Baby Bust Reaches the College Years.

    05/02/2007 6:10:24 AM PDT · by dangus · 24 replies · 1,073+ views
    The population of college-aged Chinese is about to collapse. In the late 1960s, China's first great baby boom peaked, the product of soaring fertility rates, which soon fell dramatically under Mao's harsh repression. The number of births fell dramatically, at first, until the decreasing fertilty rates stabilized. Once the baby boomers reached child-bearing years, however, a second boom was created, not because the fertility rate rebounded, but simply because of the dramatic increase of the population of fertile women. There will be not much of a third wave. The second boom is entering their child-bearing years, but the first wave...
  • The cooperation of faith and works

    04/26/2007 9:41:46 AM PDT · by dangus · 58 replies · 717+ views
    The sinner does not draw himself to Christ, but it is Christ who draws the sinner to Himself. Thus, the sinner has no merit of his own when he receives Christ, whether in prayer, or in baptism; the merit is entirely Christ's, earned through the outpouring of His blood upon the cross. Any work which helps draw the sinner to salvation, or any fruitful work at all, is not the work of Man, but is work of God, merely enacted through Man, who needs only submit to God. Man because Man is totally unworthy of receiving Christ, but it is...
  • Global Warming Alarmists Make a Mockery Even Out of Global Warming "Consensus."

    04/19/2007 8:34:22 AM PDT · by dangus · 109 replies · 2,020+ views
    The following is based on observations accepted by the global-warming consensus, and does not attempt to refute or even provide contradictory evidence. Is the Earth warming? Yes. With extremely advanced statistical techniques, scientists have been able to cut through all the background noise of weather patterns and cyclical fluctuations to detect a tiny increase in temperature over the past 100 years. To be precise, there have been two warmings in the past century, each about three decades long, and each of about one third of one degree, separated by a pause of about three decades. These increases are by no...
  • Summation of Virginia Tech killer's ties to Islam

    04/19/2007 4:47:03 AM PDT · by dangus · 158 replies · 7,285+ views
    The following are ties Cho had to Islam. They are not offered as proof of anything, but merely to prompt consideration or disproof of any links. Cho’s father lived in Saudi Arabia as a young, single man. His sister works for a State Department contractor which oversees billions of dollars of aid for Iraq. Previously, she worked in Bangkok. (1) Both of Cho’s plays are about sexual abuse. (2) Bangkok is a city famous for its sex trade, which caters especially to Muslim businessmen. Cho’s rampage was on Holocaust Remembrance day. Although probably a happenstance, one of the professors he...
  • Was Virginia Tech killer a Muslim terrorist? (Some minor hints he was.)

    04/17/2007 3:50:27 PM PDT · by dangus · 216 replies · 8,496+ views
    I read the following from Little Green Footballs: "Apparently, South Korean student Seung Hui Cho signed his note, “Ismail Ax,” and also wrote those words on his arm. All other signs right now point to this being a deranged individual with a history of odd behavior (not a “sudden jihadi”), but this is very curious." Hotair.com suggests that he meant only to refer to a story by an author named Ishmael: You probably already know this, but in James Fennimore Cooper’s story “The Prairie,” the settler Ishmael Bush, who is attempting to escape from civilization, sets out across the prairie...
  • What would a male-only religious service look like?

    04/11/2007 12:28:15 PM PDT · by dangus · 25 replies · 1,986+ views
    Silliness ^ | 4-11-07 | Dangus
    A couple of recent posts referred to male-only congregations. It made me wonder what a Protestant, male-only service would look like. Let's see some suggestions, folks. (Many of these would be offensive to Catholic and other high-church sensibilities, but so are most uniquely Protestant practices. That said, the intention is not to bash others, or to be prurient; keep this in good fun. This is farce, not bitter satire!) Holy Water applied by Super Soaker. “The Word of the Lord” changed to, simply, “Word!” “Change my heart, O God” replaced with “Drop kick me, Jesus” Kiss of Peace handshake replaced...
  • Collapse of Primary System Leads to Talk of Brokered Conventions

    04/10/2007 9:42:12 AM PDT · by dangus · 67 replies · 2,683+ views
    Compiled ^ | April 10, 08 | Dangus
    Senator Obama joked with David Letterman, "I think it is possible that in that kind of situation, we might have to have a brokered convention and, Dave, we might turn to you." It's a stupid joke, but it may reveal that the prospect of a brokered convention is already on candidates' minds. And it already seems likely to some, due to a complete breakdown of the primary system. The Wall Street Journal's Brian Carney says, "The presidential primary system as we have known it for 35 years is dead. History books will record that the era that began with the...
  • Is the GOP Overlooking its Brightest Star for President in 2008?

    11/10/2006 12:11:15 PM PST · by dangus · 272 replies · 9,754+ views
    11/10/06 | Dangus
    Meet George "Sonny" Purdue, the most popular major-state Republican governor in America. In a year of devestating losses, he handily beat his Democratic challenger by a 3-to-2 margin. Gov. Purdue is a vet in two ways: He is a former Air Force Captain and a Doctor of Veterinary medicine. With his wife, Mary, he is a father of four children, and foster parent of eight. He was also a University of Georgia walk-on quarterback, and will appear as a coach in the movie, "We Are Marshall" Since his election in 2002, Georgia has improved from 50th in the nation on...
  • UNREPORTED IN HOT SENATE RACES: Democrats broke while Republicans' powder is dry

    10/25/2006 8:38:08 AM PDT · by dangus · 65 replies · 3,842+ views
    Analysis of FEC reports ^ | 10/25/06 | Dangus
    One must be careful to make too much of a given Senate candidate appearing broke at the 3rd-quarter FEC filing time. After all, the national parties and major donors can rescue a strong candidate’s foundering finances. And certain costs, such as advertising, may even still have been paid up front. But when so many candidates from one party, who have been very strong, are suddenly out of cash, while the other party is cash-rich, something may be afoot. In this case, the Republicans continue to use their strategy which produced surprise wins in 2002 and 2004: They are keeping their...
  • Could UNDERpopulation Threaten Global Financial Systems?

    10/19/2006 12:06:39 PM PDT · by dangus · 26 replies · 1,653+ views
    The demographic situation of the world is not simply overpopulation. In many regions of the world, it is severe underpopulation. Globally, there is a mix of both. Yet the focus has been nearly exclusively on overpopulation, to the point where underpopulated groups foolishly try to reduce their own population. This could have devestating effects. In the early 1960s, the earth's population was expanding at a rate of 2.2% per year. At that rate, it would double every 32 years. By the year 2050, the Earth's population would be over 20 billion. As recently as a decade ago, many demographers guessed...
  • The Masonic Era of Judicial Tyranny.

    09/12/2006 10:51:48 PM PDT · by dangus · 318 replies · 5,891+ views
    The era of the free-masons. Between 1937 and 1958, an amazing succession of publicly Masonic Supreme Court justices were appointed to the Supreme Court. Collectively, they radicalized American politics. Since their ascension, it can truly be said that every major socio-political change in America has been brought about by judicial, rather than legislative, means. They utterly dominated the Supreme Court during the Warren, Stone, and Vinson courts (1941-1969.) At times, as many as eight of the nine justice were Masonic. The following is a listing of Masonic US Supreme Court justices appointed in the last 70 years. This is no...
  • The candidates for 2008 you don't know, (and one you may only think you know)

    09/11/2006 10:33:29 PM PDT · by dangus · 75 replies · 4,527+ views
    Most of the speculation of who will be the next President focuses on senators, who almost always lose. This article examines some of the other potential nominees who have gotten less attention. Keep in mind that most presidential nominees were not among the most-discussed candidates two years before the election. Sonny Purdue is the most popular governor of any state with more than five electoral votes, and his overall approval ratings have taken off while he takes on more and more positions which drive Democratic voters nuts: reversing his Democratic predecessor's centralization of pedagogic education, refusing to allow aliens to...
  • Zogby confirms what poll rumors said: Santorum closing in hard on Casey

    09/10/2006 10:31:42 PM PDT · by dangus · 59 replies · 2,249+ views
    Zogby and the Wall Street Journal released a poll only two weeks after their last one. It represents a loss of 3.5 for Casey and a gain of 1.2% for Santorum. The Romanelli factor is unknown. Casey's lead has dropped from 9% in July and August to 4.1% today. The margin of error for poll was 3.3%. The polling was done between August 29th and September 5th, which means that only the last three days of polling would have covered the Meet the Press debate. The Casey performance's effect on this poll may be minimal. A 4.1% difference is closer...
  • Blog: Democratic Poll Shows Santorum in Virtual Tie With Casey!

    09/08/2006 11:00:23 PM PDT · by dangus · 15 replies · 781+ views
    Rick Santorum (R-PA) was recently as many as 20 points behind. He had shown clear signs of making a strong come-back, pulling to within single digits, apart from a fluky-seeming Gallup/USA Today poll showing him trailing by 18. Then he trounced Bob Casey, Jr. in the debates. Now, there are rumors he has pulled to within the margin of error, and the source is none other than Casey's own polling! [National Review]: An internal Casey polls shows Santorum within the margin of error. [National Review Citation]: Casey's handlers are at loggerheads as far as when/if/how to go negative. The fear...
  • Never let facts get in the way of a supposed Democratic takeover (No Republican polled is losing.)

    09/06/2006 7:43:50 PM PDT · by dangus · 38 replies · 2,082+ views
    Pundits of every stripe have been treating it as a forgone conclusion that the Democrats would pick up many seats in the House. Most suggest that the Democrats are in strong shape to gain the fifteen needed to take control. There's only one problem with that theory: while the generic surveys show the Democrats with a significant, although quickly shrinking lead, when faced with a real, live Democrat -- not their idealized 1940s populist, but a real, dyed-in-the-wool blame-America Democrat -- they decide the Republicans aren't so bad after all. So far. Now, it's only election day, and it's true...
  • Pray for Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R-MD) and his campaign to become a U.S. Senator

    09/03/2006 11:01:55 PM PDT · by dangus · 24 replies · 1,001+ views
    DC insider ^ | Now! | Me!
    I spoke last week with a former top-level member of the Reagan administration, who has humbly faded into anonymity, but who is a very devout and pro-life Christian and a wondrously strong prayer warrior. This person was pleading... most assuredly not expecting me to post to such a forum... for prayers for the election of Liuetenant Governor Michael Steele to the United States Senate. She insists he is a wonderful man, dedicated profoundly to prayer. He is a daily communicant, a grace of extraordinary devotion among Catholics. Please pray for the election of Michael Steele, and if you live in...
  • The RINOS and the DINOS

    08/09/2006 2:59:40 PM PDT · by dangus · 34 replies · 780+ views
    The most liberal republicans: (The score represent the portion of ACU-selected votes that the congressmen voted with the Conservative union. 12 SENATOR Chafee RI 20 Shays CT 32 SENATOR Collins ME 32 SENATOR Snowe ME 33 Leach IA 36 Kirk IL 40 Johnson CT 42 Gilchrist MD 44 McInnis CO 45 SENATOR Specter PA 48 Simmons CT 56 SENATOR DeWine OH 58 Tim Johnson IL 60 Biggert IL 60 Fitzpatrick PA 61 Shaw FL 62 Smith NJ 63 Foley FL 63 Freylingheusen NJ 65 LaHood IL 67 Gerlach PA 68 SENATOR Voinovich OH 69 Regula OH 70 Weldon PA 70...
  • [VANITY] Novelty or blasphemy? Papal Action Figures!

    08/02/2006 9:05:23 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 158 replies · 1,708+ views
    August 2, 2006 | Alex Murphy
    This was inspired by the discussion had on the thread Christian Retailing and the Great Commission. No disrespect is meant in posting the following (and no, this isn't satire) Was websurfing earlier this evening, and quite accidentally (seriously!) stumbled across the following toys:Pope Innocent III action figure Armed with his formidable power of excommunication and an intimidating scroll inscribed with Latin text, this 6-inch tall, hard plastic model of the youngest Pope will soon have all of your other action figures lining up for confession. Read the back of the illustrated blister card and you'll find that Pope Innocent III...
  • Senator Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bust To Be Unveiled at the Museum of Sex

    07/26/2006 10:26:09 AM PDT · by dangus · 324 replies · 10,398+ views
    National Review ^ | July 26, 2006 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    (If you're thinking what you're thinking is just a joke; you might be horrified to know that any play on words in the original title is intentional.) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- New York, NY- July, 26 2006—- A presidential bust of Hillary Clinton is set to be unveiled at the Museum of Sex on August 9, 2006 at 10 am. Accentuating her sexual power and bolstered by the presidential seal, The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Woman President of the United States of America will be officially open for public viewing on August 9 for a limited six...
  • 2nd-Quarter Wrap-Up of Senate Campaign Funds: Looks Pretty Good for Individual Republicans

    07/25/2006 6:21:45 PM PDT · by dangus · 5 replies · 574+ views
    Herb Kohl (D-WI) is going broke. He has spent nearly $2.9 million already. His campaign is in debt $4.7 million, although that debt presumably is money he has lent his campaign from his personal fortune. He has raised $4.8 million, although I don’t know how much of that is his personal fortune, or whether his debts are from previous campaigns. He has less than $2 million in the bank. He doesn’t have an official opponent, yet. I know Wisconsin Freepers have told me to write this race off, but if Kohl’s fundraising is that poor, I suspect there will be...
  • BLEG: Any prominent conservative Protestant converts from Catholicism?

    07/25/2006 3:28:30 PM PDT · by dangus · 194 replies · 2,853+ views
    Vanity ^ | 6/22/06 | Dangus
    Many Catholic apologists are former Protestant theology- or divinity-students, who, as a result of their studies, came to concur with the Catholic side of many theological debates: Marcus Grodi, Peter Kreeft, Scott Hahn, Dave Armstrong, Mark Shea. The deeper they drew into their faith, the more the pull of Catholicism became irresistible. There certainly are plenty of ex-Catholics out there in protestant ministries. Most of them could be called “apostates” without offending conservative Christians. They no longer fit in as Catholics because they didn’t like some teaching of the Catholic church, such as those against homosexuality or divorce, and once...
  • Time to stick a fork in Sen. Chafee (Was: Chafee Now Trailing by 5)

    07/19/2006 12:58:49 PM PDT · by dangus · 59 replies · 1,796+ views
    Rasmussenreports.com ^ | 7/18/06 | Rassmussen
    It doesn't look good for Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, whose support has gone from bad to worse in the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll of Rhode Island's U.S. Senate race. Chafee now earns just 41% of the statewide vote and trails Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse by five percentage points. In June, with 44% support, Chafee was a bare two points ahead of Whitehouse; in April he had scraped a three-point advantage. Chafee continues to be challenged for the Republican nomination by Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey as Republicans show their disaffection with the incumbent. Now trailing Whitehouse 29% to 57%, Laffey...
  • Free Sources of Software Superior to Microsoft, etc.

    07/18/2006 2:53:00 PM PDT · by dangus · 99 replies · 1,188+ views
    Vanity ^ | 7/18/06 | Dangus
    Free Software? Perhaps you've heard of the Open-Source software movement, but thought maybe they were cheap, college-student-written, "Brand X" knock-offs. Maybe you presumed the only people who could use such programs wore pocket protectors and broken bifocals. Or maybe you had recent experience and found the installation too confusing, with "targzs," incomprehensible "readme files," etc. The open-source movement has come of age, armed with self-extracting files, crossplaform capabilities, and extensive documentation. (That means you simply download the program, and it installs itself; it works on any operating system including, yes, Windows --not just UNIX -- and it teaches you how...
  • 'tis the season for a Supreme Court retirement (vanity)

    06/29/2006 8:54:45 PM PDT · by dangus · 29 replies · 3,163+ views
    None ^ | 6/3/06 | Dan
    As the Supreme Court wraps up its session, there has been so far fairly little attention paid to the fact that this is when U.S. Supreme Court retirements are typically announced. All of the last 14 retirements were announced between May 14th and October 1st of their respective years; the last to retire outside of those dates was Charles Whittaker, whose doctor ordered him to retire on account of a worsening disability making it impossible for him to sit at his bench. Of those 14, 9 announced their retirement between June 12 and August 3rd, a space of only seven...
  • The Dirty Dozen (True RINOs), and the last respectable Democrats (sadly, DINOs is an apt name)

    06/19/2006 4:40:37 PM PDT · by dangus · 33 replies · 2,302+ views
    The following is a list of Republicans that the party would truly be better off without. They are listed from liberal to moderate. Their rankings are largely based on recent American Conservative Union scores, slightly modified to reduce the effect of outlying data and to recognize regional voters' demands. The Dirty Dozen: CT Christopher Shays IA James Leach NY Sherwood Boehlert CO Scott McInnis VA Tom Davis IL Mark Kirk CT Nancy Johnson MD Wayne Gilchrest CT Robert Simmons MI Carol Schwarz NH Charles Bass NH Bradley The "Good" Democrats: MS Gene Taylor OK Daniel Boren TN Linc Davis LA...
  • Art gallery loses head, displays plinth (modern art at its best!)

    06/15/2006 8:14:28 AM PDT · by azemt · 56 replies · 3,224+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6-15-2006 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - One of Britain's most prestigious art galleries put a block of slate on display, topped by a small piece of wood, in the mistaken belief it was a work of art. The Royal Academy included the chunk of stone and the small bone-shaped wooden stick in its summer exhibition in London. But the slate was actually a plinth -- a slab on which a pedestal is placed -- and the stick was designed to prop up a sculpture. The sculpture itself -- of a human head -- was nowhere to be seen. "I think the things got...
  • For the survival of the species, read this. (Re: romance in "blue-state" church groups)

    06/11/2006 10:23:04 AM PDT · by dangus · 32 replies · 1,502+ views
    I don't even know. ^ | June 11, 2006 | Dangus
    I took a good year off from relationships so I could concentrate on my graduate studies. It’s very interesting being an impartial observer. I live in a very “blue-state” region of a red state. Most of the people I know who have gotten married were about 39 ½. They are all very good, even admirable Christians, but they have waited so long to reproduce, they’ll be lucky if all the plumbing still works. From my observations, it’s downright crazy how preposterously dysfunctional the dating scene is. For the survival of the species, I offer my observations. Ladies (and if you’re...
  • Hi - I'm new here and like to post random items I receive in email, please don't ZOT me.

    06/10/2006 4:25:12 PM PDT · by concernedcitizenusa · 95 replies · 6,860+ views
    snopes ^ | 6-10-2006 | ConcernedCitizenUSA
  • Global Temperature and Atmospheric CO2 over Geologic Time

    06/05/2006 8:11:34 PM PDT · by jaime1959 · 24 replies · 9,746+ views
    Clearlight.com ^ | Sept. 2003 | Monte Hieb
    Global Temperature and Atmospheric CO2 over Geologic Time 
  • Malvo and the War Debate (ZOT!!! Why not to go off antipsychotic meds without a doctor’s guidance)

    05/29/2006 6:48:25 AM PDT · by DanPride · 80 replies · 4,217+ views
    Me | Today | Dan Pride
    I am curious why none of the media covers the most important aspect of the Malvo shootings. If you look at Newspapers on the dates when the shootings are underway you discover something I find quite interesting. The shootings begin to dominate the news the day before the debate on the Iraq war starts and they catch them the day after the declaration of war??? If you ask most people "do you remember the debate about starting the second Iraq war", they will all answer "yes of course". But if you followup with the question "name one point in the...
  • What is a FReeper? (zot)

    05/30/2006 12:41:24 PM PDT · by Uddercha0s · 183 replies · 7,024+ views
    5/30/06 | Uddercha0s
    I recently received a reply to a post that stated: "This should be beneath a "freeper". Sad." So I asked.. what is it that makes a FReeper? My reply (and I will admit was tasteless) was also questioning. It stirred controversy and was removed? Why Moderators? Can you not tell me? Did it not meet with your "FReeper" mentality? According to all posted guidelines it should be listed but no, you chose to delete it. Yes.. I'm the first one IBTZ, I'm sure you'll nick me for speaking up..
  • The DaVinci Code crashes after big opening weekend

    05/28/2006 11:30:50 PM PDT · by dangus · 202 replies · 9,696+ views
    The way I see it, Dan Brown should be very happy for Fandango, which allowed millions of theater-goers to see "The Da Vinci Code" before reading the reviews. Normally, movies don't crash, losing 57% of their audience in the second weekend. Especially not when the 2nd weekend is a holiday weekend and the first weekend was not. But normally people who see movies this stupid have already invested in their Jar-Jar Binks Happy Meal Action Figure. Go figure that the Happy Meal featuring a dead, naked museum curator with a pentagram scratched in his back didn't sell to well. (OK,...
  • Sodom-on-the-Hudson Chicks: The Does Anyone Remember Molly Seidel or Emily Erwin?

    05/26/2006 7:28:02 PM PDT · by dangus · 63 replies · 4,747+ views
    none ^ | 5-26-06 | Dangus
    Long, Long ago, in a pickup truck far, far away, Molly Seidel and Emily Erwin were just two rather talented, Southern musicians. Then, like the Little Rascals' remake of "Faust," (or, "Damned Yankees,") Natalie Maines was plunked in their midst. Ms. Maines is a short, stubby woman of no obvious talent or beauty. But her rock-and-roll attitude was just the twist that the Dixie Chicks needed to differentiate themselves from the kind of passable bluegrass music that is most useful for the background music of a Ken Burns documentary. Up through 2002, with the exception of "Landslide," the Dixie Chicks'...
  • 35 OF NOAM CHOMSKY'S BIGGEST WHOPPERS --35 'Big Lies' By The Biggest Leftist Liar Of Them All!

    05/24/2006 5:53:33 AM PDT · by Apolitical · 65 replies · 3,074+ views
    A. Top 10 Chomsky Lies About Communist Mass Murderers 10. THE LIE: “in comparison to the conditions imposed by US tyranny and violence, East Europe under Russian rule was practically a paradise.” THE TRUTH: The communists murdered 4.5-5 million people in Ukraine; 400,000 in Poland; 360,000 in Romania; 300,000 in Belarus; 200,000 in Hungary; 100,000 in East Germany; 100,000 in Lithuania; 70,000-100,000 in Yugoslavia; 30,000-40,000 in Bulgaria; 20,000 in Czechoslovakia; and 5,000 in Albania. Other atrocities included the murder of over 500,000 POWs in Soviet captivity and the mass rape of at least 2 million women by the Red Army...
  • Can the Da Vinci Code be a hit, despite critical assault (some satire included)

    05/19/2006 6:40:58 AM PDT · by dangus · 59 replies · 790+ views
    As the Da Vinci Code's approval ratings (15%) appear to be settling far beneath even President George Bush's immigration program, and left-wing conspiracy theories begin to sprout up that the whole controversy is just Karl Rove's evil plot to distract America from the Iraq War / Halliburton / The Washington Nationals' bullpen woes, I thought I'd see if it were possible that such a poorly reviewed movie could become a hit. So I checked the list of 324 movies which have made $100 million for any movies which seemed like they could have gotten such low ratings. These, then are...
  • Analysis of New CIA Data: IRAQI WAR SAVED 100,000 LIVES +

    05/06/2006 8:31:30 PM PDT · by dangus · 27 replies · 2,559+ views
    CIA, Index Mundi ^ | NOW | Dangus Research
    As of May 2, 2006, the CIA has updated its World Fact Book data on Iraq's death rate. The new data shows a death rate of 5.37 per 1,000 per year. This is down from 6.4 per 1,000 per year in 2000. Given a population of over 26,000, a decline of 1.03 fewer deaths per 1,000 people translates into 27.5 thousand people per year. Since Bush's election, the declining death rate indicates that over 100,000 people fewer died than would have died at the death rate in Iraq in 2000. Death rates are declining around the world, but the sharp...
  • The origins of the Easter Bunny

    04/08/2006 3:48:41 PM PDT · by dangus · 21 replies · 4,940+ views
    various ^ | April 9, 2006 | Dangus
    Well, here comes another religious holiday, and with it another slew of slanders and lies against the church; wild accusations put forth first by pagans, Satanists, and anti-Christian atheists, but popularized in Christian circles by greedy preachers trying the practice of “market differentiation” to continuing their money-making. This time, it’s Easter. The truth is that we don’t really know why Easter is called Easter. It’s unique to the English-speaking peoples of the Earth. The rest of Christendom calls it “passover,” or some similar word, such as “pasqua.” The Christ-haters teach that Easter is a pagan festival, really. But men such...
  • Immigration: A cause of growth of the American Catholic Church?

    04/03/2006 11:45:46 PM PDT · by dangus · 2 replies · 2,086+ views
    Further church membership notes, relating to ethnicity: Consider two facts: First, the Catholic Church in America is growing. Second, the Hispanic population in America is exploding. Cardinal Mahony and radio talk-show host Mike Savage both seem to think the second fact is the explanation for the first. They have polar-opposite feelings about this fact, and they both show high contempt for each others’ feelings. (Not that Cardinal Mahony singled out Mike Savage by name.) But are the two related? The Census Bureau’s 1990 data report 22.3 million Hispanics. By 2003, that number increased to 39.9 million. Various studies have found...
  • Megachurch Attendance in America

    03/31/2006 4:39:47 PM PST · by dangus · 66 replies · 2,378+ views
    Yesterday, I posted an article about new data from the National Council of Churches about the decline of mainline Protestant churches. The NCC had no data to report about non-denominational churches. Several posts referred to "non-doms" and megachurches. Turns out there was a very recent study by the Hartford Institute for Religious Research, that found 1336 "megachurches." (Although the study supposedly defined "megachurches" as having more than 2,000 attendees per weekend, 124 churches did not meet this definition.) This is a substantially greater number than has been tossed bout in research; a 2001 study found only about 800. Most of...
  • Protestant Churches Disappearing; More Catholics Than Total of All 19 Prot. Denominations Listed

    03/30/2006 9:45:17 PM PST · by dangus · 159 replies · 5,602+ views
    The National Council of Churches' have just reported church membership for the 2006 yearbook. It's quite an interesting picture: The Catholic Church is the largest and numerically fastest growing church in America, with 67.8 million members, a growth of about 563,000 members. Many non-denominational churches, not listed in the report, have been growing rapidly in the recent past. Proportionally, the fastest growing church in America is the Assemblies of God, (10th largest) growing at a 1.81% rate, by adding 50,000 members. That's over twice the growth rate of the Catholic church, but 1/10th of the increase in members of the...
  • March for Life images

    01/27/2006 10:49:57 AM PST · by dangus · 79 replies · 6,128+ views
    Things Will Change ^ | 1/27/06 | Dangus
    Incredibly, this is only a very small portion of the march: Two of the photographers interviewing some Franciscans. (Prolifers: The Force IS With Them.) Supposedly, this is a very large rosary. I think someone came up with a great way of keeping their group together: The march's lead group At that age, it's easy to like a media ham: Two of the web site's creators/photographers, Mike and his very lovely girlfriend, Jessica:Let's pray some day there are this many people from Ave Maria University on the INSIDE of the Supreme Court building!: Another photographer/creator of the web site.
  • A special message from the Department of Troll Control, come and get it!

    01/12/2006 8:39:35 AM PST · by dhls · 6,335 replies · 37,707+ views
    Department of Troll Control | Another Ignorant Troll
    Fellow Americans, there comes a time every mans life when we must give up ourselves before we are worthy to recieve. There comes a time in this war on terror when in order to protect liberty, we have to give it up in the mean time for safty. That's right folks. Today, Americans have forsaken the creator for the creation and have decided that they would value our "civil liberties" than protecting western civilization and rich white people from the tender mercies of radical Islamic terrorists. Selfish liberals insist and whine that Bush has no right to spy on Americans...
  • Bye-bye Delay! So long crooks! Goodbye world, I'm gone by ZOT!

    01/08/2006 6:43:32 PM PST · by SoLongCrooks · 317 replies · 9,527+ views
    Yaa, you repukes are not doing so well, huh? Imagine, you repukes control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and appointed 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices. Yet the Supreme Court thre out sodomy laws in all 50 states and recognized the right of government to seize land for any reason. And you couldn't pass your Social Security changes could you? Sorry, that was your last shot. Come November, we're going to start seeing more Democratic faces in the House. It's the end for you guys. You guys are celebrating when Bush's numbers go *up* to 45%. Then Faux...
  • Bush's Job Growth WORST in 50 Years (Roll out the red carpet for this “staunch Bush supporter.”)

    01/03/2006 8:29:33 AM PST · by intruder alert · 344 replies · 12,727+ views
    bopnews ^ | Hale Stewart
    Bush’s giant Right Wing Noise Machine (RWNM) loves to preach about the Bush economic miracle. In fact, the RWNM’s current thinking is Bush doesn’t spend enough time talking about his economic triumphs. If only he did, then everyone would fall in line and believe in the great Bush economic miracle. There is one problem with this argument: it’s a lie. Any way you look at the Bush economy, it comes up short. Today, I want to compare Bush’s job creation record with other economic recoveries. As usual, Bush comes up way short. The national Bureau of Economic Research has identified...