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  • (from April 22, 2016) Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old

    06/09/2016 4:55:27 PM PDT · by SteveH · 51 replies ^ | April 22, 2016 | David Shultz
    When it comes to the origin of Western fairy tales, the 19th century Brothers Grimm get a lot of the credit. Few scholars believe the Grimms were actually responsible for creating the tales, but academics probably didn’t realize how old many of these stories really are. A new study, which treats these fables like an evolving species, finds that some may have originated as long as 6000 years ago. The basis for the new study, published in Royal Society Open Science, is a massive online repository of more than 2000 distinct tales from different Indo-European cultures known as the Aarne–Thompson–Uther...
  • Santorum Desperately Launches Anti-Cruz Ad, No One Has Told Him He’s Polling at .8%

    01/04/2016 1:05:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 4, 2016 | J.D. Durkin
    According to the newest polling date made available to us by Real Clear Politics, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is faring badly. Very badly. In fact, at 0.8%, Rick Santorum is polling slightly better than myself into the race for the Republican nomination, and I'm proud to say I have not spent a dime on my campaign. So what does a hapless former state Senator with a major Google problem do when he sits currently in eleventh place and has yet to make it to the main debate stage? Waste his money attacking the second-place candidate: Texas Senator Ted Cruz....
  • Hillary Clinton Explains How Broke They Were

    06/16/2014 5:52:43 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 9 replies
    Retired Texas Vet | 6-16-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    Hillary Clinton (aka Mrs Slick Willy) today explained the extent of them being "dead broke" and how they adapted. Hillary stated that Bill (aka Slick Willy) used to hang out at the Salvation Army Store to pick up the used clothes that Slow Joe Biden brought in for tax deductions. The well used suits were tailored by the talented Hispanic maid into the famed Hillary pant suits. The under shorts were usable by Slick Willy once the skid marks were bleached down and dyed over by the maid. Chelsea was signed up for the "free meals" programs at her private...
  • Angelina Jolie takes Richard Dawkins to task for saying we shouldn't teach children about Santa

    06/06/2014 5:49:10 PM PDT · by windcliff · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-6-14 | Sam Creighton
    As sparring partners go, a Hollywood actress and an evolutionary biologist would not appear to be a natural fit. However, Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie, 39, and controversial scientist Professor Richard Dawkins, 73, have found themselves inadvertently at loggerheads over whether children should be allowed to read fairytales. Miss Jolie, who plays an evil fairy godmother in her latest film Maleficent – a spin on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty – said fairytales play an important role in how she raises her six children, using ‘a little magic’ to impart important moral lessons. The other day, one of the kids lost...
  • Benghazi Ghosts Haunt White House

    05/07/2013 6:46:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 | Mona Charen
    My iPhone buzzes on a regular basis with "news alerts" from Politico, The Hill and other sources. Politico provides breathless, this-cannot-wait-till-you-get-to-your desk "breaking news" sirens on every hiccup emanating from the White House. On April 22, for example, the news flash permitted me to learn without delay that "President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will on Thursday attend a memorial service for the victims of last week's explosion in West, Texas." When three career employees of the State Department announced their intention to testify before Congress -- contradicting the Obama administration's carefully constructed storyline about events in Benghazi,...
  • "Grimm": A sly, modern spin on the fairy tale

    10/28/2011 1:27:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Salon ^ | October 28, 2011 | Matt Zoller Seitz
    Everybody knows the modern world lacks enchantment. As a premise, that assertion is unprovable, but movies and TV shows have been saying it forever, so we just accept it as a trope, like, “The suburbs are shallow” and “When the railroads came, the Wild West became civilized.” Any program built around it is therefore better off not dwelling on it, and focusing its energies instead on other, more basic pleasures: characterization, plot, atmosphere. Two new network shows are built around fairy tales and the absence of magic in modern life — ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” which debuted Sunday at...
  • Fairytale Journalism

    07/02/2011 2:12:54 PM PDT · by Cardhu
    Al Jazeera ^ | July 2nd 2011 | Imran Garda
    Journalist Johann Hari's admission of plagiarism from previous texts and incorporating them into the dialogue of his interviews has provided manna from heaven for those of us who have nothing better to do with ourselves. My colleague Paul Rhys has already explored this in one way, and here's another from me: ANCHOR: The top stories tonight: Attacked for not praying - religious extremism on the rise! And ... Family planning gone awry, how it's alleged one woman terrorizes her countless children. [MUSICAL STING, TITLES AND JIB SHOT] ANCHOR: A warm welcome to the Newshour, thanks for joining us. In the...
  • 16 Flood Victims Raised from the Dead in Brazil

    01/23/2011 10:37:12 PM PST · by Dscott_FR · 149 replies
    Healing Herald ^ | 1/22/2011 | Bethel Church
    16 Flood Victims Raised from the Dead in Brazil Saturday, January 22, 2011 By Bethel Church (RSS) A nurse is leading a mission team of doctors and nurses to Brazil. They left on Jan 13, 2011. They are still there until the 28th. On the 12th there had been massive flooding in Brazil and over 600 people died. They were not going for this reason but the timing of their trip just happened to coincide. Only one on the team had ever experienced the power of the Holy Spirit or miracles for that matter!! She had asked her friends to...
  • Mike Argento: Mailman unwelcome at tea party (barf alert)

    04/15/2010 8:56:36 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 28 replies · 886+ views
    York (PA) Daily Record ^ | 4-15-2010 | MIKE ARGENTO
    So, the other night, my friend Dr. Mo called to tell me about his close encounter with the tea party people, or 912 Patriots, or whatever those people who messed up traffic on Market Street last Saturday call themselves. Dr. Mo's real name is David Moyar, but if I were to identify him as that, at least half the people who know him wouldn't know who I was talking about. In the interest of full disclosure, Mo is an old friend, by which I mean he's old and a friend. (He has also taken money from me in poker games,...
  • Terrible lizards trapped by terrible Flood

    03/05/2009 6:57:01 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 127 replies · 3,465+ views
    Terrible lizards trapped by terrible Flood Tas Walker A trail of fossilized claw marks found in northern Spain reveals the desperation of animals struggling to escape drowning in the Genesis Flood. ... That the footprints were preserved at all indicates the dinosaurs were engulfed by abnormal conditions. Today footprints are quickly obliterated, especially on a beach or in a strong current. But in the sandstone in Spain even the delicate features of the scratches were preserved, which means that sediment covered the tracks (and the ripple marks) soon after the dinosaur struggled past...
  • Churches celebrating the ‘Year of Darwin’: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4
  • Politically correct parents ditch 'offensive' traditional fairy tales

    01/08/2009 8:22:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 1,041+ views ^ | January 6, 2009 | Claire Ellicott
    For most, they are innocent tales that define childhood. But some parents are ditching fairytales, believing they are politically incorrect or 'too dark' to read to children, a survey has found. One in four mothers has abandoned the likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel in favour of The Gruffalo or The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written in 1969 by Eric Carle. One in ten parents even said Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs should be re-titled - because 'the dwarf reference is not PC'. Rapunzel is considered 'too dark' and Cinderella outdated, because she is forced to do the housework. The poll...
  • Traditional fairytales 'not PC enough'

    01/07/2009 11:13:55 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 40 replies · 830+ views ^ | 05 Jan 2009 | Graeme Paton
    Favourites such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel are being dropped by some families who fear children are being emotionally damaged. A third of parents refused to read Little Red Riding Hood because she walks through woods alone and finds her grandmother eaten by a wolf. One in 10 said Snow White should be re-named because "the dwarf reference is not PC". Rapunzel was considered "too dark" and Cinderella has been dumped amid fears she is treated like a slave and forced to do all the housework.
  • Camelot

    11/12/2008 2:23:01 PM PST · by jadedtom · 14 replies · 447+ views
    SON OF TOM TOM, THE CYBERS' SON ^ | 11-12-08 | Tom Axtell
    Camelot or the return thereof...

    06/11/2008 4:54:04 AM PDT · by Revelation 911 · 19 replies · 22+ views ^ | James E. Talmage
    CHAPTER 39 MINISTRY OF THE RESURRECTED CHRIST ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE By considering the apostolic ministry in immediate sequence to our study of the Lord's ascension from the Mount of Olives, we have departed from the chronological order of the several personal manifestations of the risen Savior to mortals; for very soon after His final farewell to the apostles in Judea He visited His "other sheep," not of the eastern fold, whose existence He had affirmed in that impressive sermon concerning the Good Shepherd and His sheep. Those other sheep who were to hear the Shepherd's voice and eventually be...
  • A Few of FR's Finest..Every Day....02-20 & 21-08....Warm Fuzzy Wednesday & Thursday

    02/20/2008 6:12:11 AM PST · by DollyCali · 145 replies · 507+ views
    February 20, 2008 | DollyCali
    Welcome to Warm Fuzzy Wednesday and Thursday at the Finest. For those who start counting the days on Monday until the weekend, we're halfway there! So we're here to banish those doldrums and make you smile inside! Please feel free to post sweet graphics and/or little stories that make you feel all warm and fuzzy - or just come by and give us a smile. Only two more days 'til the weekend! A special addition this week is we are adding Fairy Tales. What Fairy Tale in your youth made you happy and provided the aura of “magic“ in...
  • Presidents Can't Control The Economy

    02/05/2008 7:56:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 81+ views
    IBD ^ | Febrary 5, 2008 | RobertSamuelson
    As the economy weakens and the campaign intensifies, we'll hear more of James Carville's familiar refrain: It's the economy, stupid. Well, it ain't — or, at least, shouldn't be. I'm not claiming that Carville is wrong about voting. People vote their pocketbooks. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, the economy overshadows Iraq as the most important issue by a 39% to 19% margin. What I'm saying is that this sort of voting is shortsighted. It rewards or punishes candidates for something beyond their power. We have a $14 trillion economy. The idea that presidents can control it lies between...
  • A new study:THE DISASTER OF SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE in France's welfare state

    12/24/2007 5:00:56 AM PST · by Ulysse · 6 replies · 210+ views
    Le Figaro | 12/21/2007 | Ivan RIOUFOL
    Many people here know that socialists/liberals like to tell people/voters sedative fairy tales as one can see during this US presidential electoral campaign... But the facts are hard and true.... A new study about the french National Healthcare from Georges LANE,economy professor at Paris-IX-Dauphine University,was published by "Contribuables associés" very recently(=associated taxpayers)and aired by the magazine "Valeurs Actuelles" last week.... And the result is stunning: 1/Actually the average french worker is paying more than a half of hese incomes for a partial health coverage.For a full health coverage french have to take another insurance. 2/Despite this huge taxes the "Social...
  • Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani and Double Standards

    11/14/2007 4:06:53 AM PST · by George W. Bush · 197 replies · 541+ views ^ | 13 Nov 2007 10:56 am | Andrew Sullivan
    <snip> There are plenty of reasons to be perturbed when loons and hate-mongers support a candidacy. But this game of guilt-by-association can be played endlessly. I tend to place greater emphasis on loons and hate-mongers that candidates actively seek out. Pat Robertson is a loon and an anti-Semite and a vicious homophobe who blamed Americans for 9/11. Giuliani didn't receive some unsolicited money from him; he actually stood on a platform and embraced him. Why one standard for Paul and another for Giuliani? If Obama embraced Louis Farrakhan as a supporter, you think Goldfarb and Kirchick would be silent? They'd...
  • Explaining the Shooting of Governor John Connally

    10/25/2006 7:54:41 AM PDT · by BILL_C · 458 replies · 10,646+ views
    Shown on FreeRepublic for the first time. | October 25, 2006 | Bill Charleston
    It’s fall, the temperature is falling, the leaves are turning and with November here, we have some repeats to watch on the cable networks. The History Channel will show one of their favorites, ABC’s documentary “Beyond Conspiracy” featuring Peter Jennings and a computer animation which shows a bullet that hit President Kennedy’s back four inches below his collar but then the bullet allegedly exited his neck after nicking the upper part of the knot of his tie, and then it goes down at approximately a 25 degree down angle to hit Governor Connally in his back. It’s amazing what computers...
  • Let Sleeping Beauties Lie (Review: Anthology of Children's Literature marks genre's end)

    08/02/2006 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | August 2, 2006 | Dorothea Israel Wolfson
    Let Sleeping Beauties Lie By Dorothea Israel WolfsonPosted August 2, 2006This essay appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Click here to send a comment.   A review of The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English edited by Jack Zipes, Lissa Paul, Lynne Vallone, Peter Hunt, and Gillian Avery  Parents have always fretted about what to read to their children, and experts have always been ready with advice. In their educational writings, John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau together mentioned only three books worthy of a child's mind. Locke recommended Aesop's...
  • It’s Time To Go RINO Hunting By Herman Cain

    06/10/2006 9:34:32 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 17 replies · 926+ views
    The New Voice ^ | June 7, 2006 | Herman Cain
    It’s Time To Go RINO Hunting By Herman Cain June 7, 2006 The split in the majority party between conservatives and RINOs – Republicans in Name Only – first became apparent during last year’s debate over proposals to restructure the Social Security program. The chasm has only deepened this session in debates and votes in Congress on immigration, tax policy, spending and judicial nominees. Whether we agree or not with all aspects of President Bush’s agenda, we at least know his positions. Conversely, Congressional Republicans are like a lost ship adrift at sea with no captain or compass. President Bush’s...
  • Peripatetic Edwards still has star power

    04/07/2006 1:50:37 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 526+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Apr 07, 2006 | Barbara Barrett and Bill Krueger
    John Edwards is still a rock star. The former U.S. senator was in the nation's capital Thursday to help U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy push for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The pair, joined by about 100 supporters, held a short rally in a park outside a Senate office building. Kennedy, a darling of liberal Democrats, seemed nearly an afterthought for many of the supporters. They wanted Edwards to shake their hands, pose for pictures, sign their posters. A nearby rally of parents with autistic children wrapped up (there are a lot of rallies on Capitol Hill), and the...
  • Bill Maher: Christians have neurological disorder

    02/18/2005 8:16:23 AM PST · by RobinOfKingston · 88 replies · 2,300+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 18, 2005 | Unk
    Bill Maher: Christians have neurological disorder Says parents 'drill' religion into kids' heads using biblical 'fairy tales' Posted: February 18, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Bill Maher Television personality Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," says Christians and others who are religious suffer from a neurological disorder that "stops people from thinking." Appearing as a guest on MSNBC's "Scarborough County" this week, Maher told host Joe Scarborough: "We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies....
  • Elfland's Ethics

    11/20/2004 7:55:56 AM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 251+ views
    The Tarpeian Rock ^ | Emily Snyder
    Mention the word “Fairy Tale” and suddenly the mind is full of animated heroines, picture books and counterpanes, and the fatal name of nursery. “Oh yes!” the sage parent exclaims, “Fairy Tales. I remember those. Dragons and knights and damsels in distress. Frogs what needed kissing. All nonsense of course—but good enough for children. Nothing real in them at all, though. Fit for Pan.” But not, apparently, for Hook. We have become, alas, a world of disillusion, robbed of those uncharted lands that the imagination could label Here be dragons. We are told, like Wendy, that we must “grow up.”...
  • 2004 DNC Platform

    07/28/2004 7:28:23 AM PDT · by Smartaleck · 11 replies · 721+ views
    DNC ^ | July 2004 | DNC
    Doesn't appear this has been posted on FR for discussion? The proposed 2004 is located in PDF form here{59B09D55-4544-4D5F-965C-8DBD20B51054}/Platform%202004%20-%20by%20Comm%20(2).pdf For comparison, the 2000 platform is located here
  • Bill Clinton's Memoir Set for June Release

    04/26/2004 1:40:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus · 25 replies · 246+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2004 | Linton Weeks
    "My Life" by Bill Clinton, the long-anticipated memoir of the former president, will be published in late June. The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, president and editor-in-chief of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House. The first printing will be 1.5 million copies. Clinton will be reading an abridged version of the book for Random House Audio.
  • Textbook on Arabs removes blunder

    04/15/2004 11:28:01 PM PDT · by kattracks · 67 replies · 1,196+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/16/04 | George Archibald
    <p>An Indian tribe has forced distributors of an Arab studies guide for U.S. teachers to remove an inaccurate passage that says Muslim explorers preceded Christopher Columbus to North America and became Algonquin chiefs.</p> <p>Peter DiGangi, director of Canada's Algonquin Nation Secretariat in Quebec, called claims in the book, the "Arab World Studies Notebook," "preposterous" and "outlandish," saying nothing in the tribe's written or oral history support them.</p>
  • Fairy Tales are now bad for kids (No more Cinderella, Snow White,or Sleeping Beauty)

    12/04/2003 5:04:10 PM PST · by Jimmyclyde · 33 replies · 873+ views ^ | Dec 3, 2003
    Tue 25 Nov 2003 ) Fairy Tales 'May Cause Children Low Self-Esteem' By Mark Sage, PA News, in New York Parents who read fairy tales to their children may be causing them low self esteem, US social scientists said today. Classic stories, which have been passed down the generations contain so many stereotypes they could be just as harmful as the sexual images paraded in pop videos, it was suggested. “There is a lot of association between beauty and goodness and then conversely between ugliness and evil and laziness,” said study co-author Liz Grauerholz. Ms Grauerholz, an associate professor of...
  • The Times Forgives Itself

    05/17/2003 1:38:03 PM PDT · by RAT Patrol · 15 replies · 183+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | May 14, 2003 | Al Knight
    Denver Post al knight The Times forgives itself By AL Knight Denver Post columnist Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - The difference between an explanation and an excuse, it is said, is normally several hundred words. The New York Times, a publication that is not accustomed to being outdone, used up 7,200 words last Sunday in offering its excuse for having hired and promoted the now-discredited Jayson Blair as part of its racial-diversity program. Blair, it turns out, was not only prone to writing fiction but was also just too clever for The Times' editors. The newspaper now claims Blair hid...
  • Ruining our Young

    02/09/2003 2:46:42 PM PST · by dts32041 · 6 replies · 177+ views
    Fred Reed on Everything | 10 FEB 02 | Fred Reed
    Ruining Our Young Reflections On A Confederate Schooling February 10, 2002 Yesterday I listened to a discussion, aired by the radio station of the University of Guadalajara, on how to get Mexican children to read more, which it seems theirs don't either. A group concerned with the question had compiled a solid list of suggested reading for Mexican students (including Dumas and Robert Louis Stevenson). I wish them well. What caught my attention was that, as Mexico tries to raise its standards, we have sought to lower ours, with notable success. It seems a perverse thing to do. My daughters...
  • PBS: Fairy Tales of Islam

    12/02/2002 3:12:34 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 21 replies · 209+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | December 1, 2002 | Larry Leonard
    November 21, 2002 -- Of all the lies told during the PBS series recently aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting, Islam - Empire of Faith, the greatest is the one told tonight....(snip) A socialist, which is the same as a communist or a fascist or a progressive or a liberal -- all of those flags flap in the same wind -- divides to conquer. During the last century, they set labor against management, black against white, rich against poor, and male against female, to name a few examples....(snip) For Complete Article, Please Click Here.