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  • Strenger than Fiction / Jewish liberals from all nations, unite

    05/03/2010 7:15:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 590+ views
    haaretz ^ | 5/3/10 | Carlo Strenger
    Diaspora Jews around the world are realizing the time has come to reject the right’s dictate that being pro-Israel means that you need to support the policies of Israeli governments, no matter what they do. The failure of the Camp David summit in 2000 and the onset of the Second Intifada have in stages swung the pendulum of Israeli politics to the right to the current government that includes Avigdor Lieberman - one of the most anti-democratic ministers Israel has ever had, who is moving Israel ever closer to the brink of total international isolation - and the Shas Party...
  • The Parent Problem in Young Adult Lit

    04/03/2010 5:46:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 820+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2010 | Julie Just
    ... Judging from The New York Times children’s best-seller list and librarian-approved selections like the annual “Best Books for Young Adults,” the bad parent is now enjoying something of a heyday. It would be hard to come up with an exact figure from the thousands of Y.A. novels published every year, but what’s striking is that some of the most sharply written and critically praised works reliably feature a mopey, inept, distracted or ready-for-rehab parent, suggesting that this has become a particularly resonant figure. ... Sometimes the parents are very, very busy, and sometimes they’ve simply checked out. The husband...
  • Fiction writer Janet Evanovich promotes anti-gun agenda

    03/18/2010 7:19:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 558+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 March, 2010 | Howard Nemerov
    Sometimes it takes deeper analysis to sniff out an anti-rights propagandist. (WIkipedia) At the repeated behest of my wife, I sat down to read my first Janet Evanovich book, Plum Spooky. You may wonder what a fiction writer has to do with gun rights. Unfortunately, far more than you might think, because modern media has learned how to promote their anti-self-defense message in more and more subtle ways. Welcome to the fantasy world of Stephanie Plum, a female bounty hunter who tracks down criminals who skip out of court appearances and their associated bail. She doesn’t like guns, but her...
  • Marjah, the city that never was

    03/12/2010 8:33:00 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 7 replies · 631+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Gareth Porter
    WASHINGTON - For weeks, the United States public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan war against what it was told was a "city of 80,000 people" as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marjah was a major strategic objective, more important than other district centers in Helmand. It turns out, however, that the picture of Marjah presented by military officials and reported by major news media is one of the clearest and most dramatic pieces of misinformation...
  • My Daddy

    02/21/2010 6:41:56 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 10 replies · 652+ views
    Steve Newton ^ | 2010 | Steve Newton
    An Old Sergeant Story
  • The Day the Dollar Died Series - Chapter XVI: Where Shopping is a Pleasure

    02/10/2010 1:33:34 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 723+ views ^ | 2-10-10 | "John Galt"
    “Our neighbors spoke with someone down the street who’s husband was taken away. She was allowed to visit him yesterday after two days with no visitors. Apparently this guy was active in the Tea Party movement and some of those right wing websites like Beck’s and Free Republic so they seized his computer, all of his guns, his two German Shepherds and his Jeep Cherokee."
  • What are your Favorite Adventure Books?

    02/05/2010 8:42:20 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 114 replies · 1,586+ views
    MtnClimber | February 5, 2010 | Vanity
    Was just wondering what the favorite adventure novels are for Freepers out there. Fiction or non-fiction.
  • The Mystery of Barack Obama Continues

    01/31/2010 9:16:28 PM PST · by narses · 135 replies · 3,639+ views
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | Steve Baldwin, Exclusive to Western Center for Journalism
    Most Americans don’t realize we have elected a president whom we know very little about. Pictured: Barack Obama’s Autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than perhaps any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his record. This should concern all Americans. A nation-wide network of researchers has sprung up to attempt to fill in the blanks, but...
  • I, SNIPER by Stephen Hunter

    01/13/2010 9:51:56 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Myself ^ | 13 Jan 2010 | Rummyfan
    Just finished Stephen Hunter's lastest Bob Lee Swagger novel, I, SNIPER, and it is excellent. I highly recommend it to all Freepers and all Hunter fans. One excerpt that sums up the MSM these days:The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them.... it's a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality they've never really experienced that's arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal presumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and the way they've chosen to live their lives....
  • – Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times (Guns, food and ammo...)

    08/02/2009 7:09:20 PM PDT · by appleseed · 21 replies · 2,071+ views ^ | August 1st, 2009
    Somewhere West of the Rockies - -(’s featured Gun Blogger of the Month, for August 2009, is the James Wesley, Rawles (JWR) is a survivalist author and lecturer. JWR is also the editor of “I’m also a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, and now work as a full-time blogger and freelance writer. This blog reflects my interests. I’ve been an enthusiastic survivalist since my teenage years. I grew up in the Bomb Shelter era, and that mind set just never wore off” says James Wesley, Rawles. The first amazing thing about the is JWR has not...
  • Book Review: James Rawles "How To Surivive TEOTWAWKI"

    10/04/2009 1:16:12 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 68 replies · 2,544+ views ^ | October 4, 2009 | Travis McGee
    James Wesley Rawles is probably one of the foremost survival preparation experts in America today. His website has more than 135,000 readers, he is frequently a guest on national radio shows, and he has been interviewed in many influential newspapers and magazines. The new reprint of his novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse” has been hovering around the #100 mark on the Amazon ranking list for many months, which is a remarkable record. “Patriots” is a combination of a novel and a survivalism textbook, which made it difficult for the book to excel in both directions at the...
  • Survivalist Novel Patriots Rates High in Amazon, Not Libraries(Bitter clinger must read)

    04/30/2009 4:32:08 AM PDT · by appleseed · 18 replies · 1,392+ views
    Libray Journal ^ | 4/14/2009 | Lynn Blumenstein
    So, a title shoots to the top of’s sales ranking within days of its release and libraries are caught off-guard—only a handful have it on hand and another few wait for its delivery; it’s already on backorder at Baker & Taylor (B&T). This scenario occurred with the April 7 release of Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles, which hit #6 last week on Amazon but was #33 today. (The book, initially published as shareware and then by a Christian publishing house and POD house Xlibris, has been reissued by Ulysses Press, which...
  • Duck and Cover: It’s the New Survivalism

    04/05/2008 5:57:03 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 36 replies · 263+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6 April 08 | By ALEX WILLIAMS
    ...Preparedness activity is difficult to track statistically, since people who take measures are usually highly circumspect by nature, said Jim Rawles, the editor of, a preparedness Web site. Nevertheless, interest in the survivalist movement “is experiencing its largest growth since the late 1970s,” Mr. Rawles said in an e-mail, adding that traffic at his blog has more than doubled in the past 11 months, with more than 67,000 unique visitors per week. And its base is growing. “Our core readership is still solidly conservative,” he said. “But in recent months I’ve noticed an increasing number of stridently green and...
  • J.W. Rawles to be guest on Laura Ingraham's show Monday(author of "Patriots")

    10/04/2009 10:31:10 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies · 608+ views ^ | 10-4-09 | J.W. Rawles
    Sunday October 4 2009 Notes from JWR: I'm scheduled to be guest on the Laura Ingraham syndicated talk radio show tomorrow (Monday, October 5th), to discuss preparedness topics, from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM Eastern Time (8:15 AM to 8:45 AM Pacific Time.) She is heard on more than 300 radio stations, on XM Radio, and on the Internet in both live streaming and podcasts.

    12/30/2009 5:53:53 PM PST · by freedomyes · 3 replies · 528+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Dec 30 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Jesus informs John that Gentile pagans will have their diabolical way in Jerusalem for the last half (42 months divided by 12 equals three-and-a-half years) of the about-seven year Tribulation period, the latter closing out the Church Age. The Church Age began with the First Coming of Christ. The Church Age will conclude with the Second Coming of Christ. The “trampling” includes the AntiChrist desecrating the next Temple to be constructed as well as laying low by his armies’ might the city of Jerusalem.
  • A Gun Rights Carol: Marley's Ghost

    12/22/2009 3:53:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 332+ views
    Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 December, 2009 | Daniel White
    That Marley was dead there could be no doubt. All the papers carried the news, the coroner had performed a thorough autopsy, and Scrooge himself had identified the body and bore witness at the funeral. Was Scrooge certain in his identification? Of course he was! Scrooge and Marley had been friends for more years than either could remember and both considered the other to be family. In reality, each others’ only friend and the only family either cared to associate with. Marley was a long time politician spending many years at different levels of politics, holding the office of U.S....
  • Our First FReeper Book Club: Atlas Shrugged

    01/15/2009 10:32:08 AM PST · by Publius · 376 replies · 9,697+ views
    A Publius Essay | 15 January 2009 | Publius
    Over the past few weeks, Ayn Rand’s classic, Atlas Shrugged, has been mentioned in articles in the Wall Street Journal and among conservative and libertarian bloggers. Two questions are being debated by those who have read the book. Are we living in a time line that follows the book? What chapter are we in? Besides those who have read the book, there are FReepers with little awareness of Rand and her work. Some are turned off by the length of her works of fiction. Some of a more religious bent have problems with Rand’s atheism. Some wish she had left...
  • Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border

    12/12/2009 9:34:58 AM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 65 replies · 1,759+ views
    boingboing ^ | December 11, 2009 | Cory Doctorow
    <p>My friend, the wonderful sf writer Peter Watts was beaten without provocation and arrested by US border guards on Tuesday. I heard about it early Wednesday morning in London and called Cindy Cohn, the legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She worked her contacts to get in touch with civil rights lawyers in Michigan, and we mobilized with Caitlin Sweet (Peter's partner) and David Nickle (Peter's friend) and Peter was arraigned and bailed out later that day.</p>
  • Heart of the Assassin

    09/14/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by mrmystery · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 9-14-2009 | Dave Forsmark
    Perhaps the most anticipated popular fiction offering of the year for readers of this column is Heart of the Assassin, (Scribner, $25.95) Robert Ferrigno's final volume in his trilogy about a future America split by civil war and dominated by Islamic rule.
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    10/02/2009 8:21:19 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 167 replies · 3,198+ views
    10/02/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. I always ask this because I consider most Freepers to be extremely well-read, possibly some of the more well-read groups on the Web. What you are currently reading can be anything - a technical journal, an NY Times bestseller, a classic novel, in short anything. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this thread". It became un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading "The Approaching Fury: Voices Of The Storm (1820-1861) by Stephen Oates. This book covers the major controversies and...