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  • [PopSci] Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments [Debate is bad for science] (barf)

    09/24/2013 6:37:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 9/24/2013 | Suzanne LaBarre
    Comments can be bad for science. That's why, here at PopularScience.com, we're shutting them off.It wasn't a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.That is not to suggest that we are the only website in the world that attracts vexing commenters. Far from it. Nor is it to suggest that all, or even close...
  • A FReeper's Guide to Palin / Perry Threads

    09/11/2011 11:27:47 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies · 1+ views
    elsewhere on FreeRepublic ^ | 9-12-2011 | grey_whiskers
  • Warren Jeffs and the abandonment of tradition [Real MormonISM]

    08/15/2011 4:17:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Nathan B. Oman
    Last week, a Texas jury convicted Warren Jeffs, leader of the polygamist FLDS Church, of two counts of child sexual assault...For Americans who are increasingly interested in the religion of the two Mormons running for president, Jeffs' conviction raises what could appear to be difficult questions about modern Mormonism. There is no formal connection between Jeffs' FLDS Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... From 1852 until 1890, however, the Mormon Church did publically teach and practice polygamy... Given that history, many Americans ask themselves whether Jeffs' cocktail of religious authority, polygamy and child sex represents some...
  • Was Polygamy, in the Nineteenth Century, Started by the FLDS Church, or the LDS Church?

    08/15/2011 4:53:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 99 replies
    Faith and Reason Forum.com ^ | 2003 | Donna Morley
    During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions, Oliver Cowdery (one of the three “witnesses” to the Book of Mormon) had proof of Smith’s adultery and confronted him on it. Smith denied to Cowdery that he was in any such activity. Cowdery would be excommunicated from the Mormon church on several counts including, “by falsely insinuating that he [Smith] was guilty of adultery.” 1 Emma’s suspicions were confirmed when she caught Joseph and 19-year-old Eliza Partridge locked in a...
  • The Transfiguration of Brigham Young

    08/08/2011 7:38:05 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    When Joseph Smith died in June of 1844, the Mormon Church faced a succession crisis. Mormon historian Richard S. Van Wagoner explained, “Despite frequent kidnaping and assassination attempts, Joseph Smith established no firm policies regarding presidential succession in the event of his death. The resulting confusion threw the prophetic transition into turmoil. He simply had not expected to die at thirty-eight. Never given to full disclosure to any man or woman, the prophet’s public and private statements between 1834-44 suggested at least eight different methods for succession, each pointing to different successors with some claims to validity.” (“The Making of...
  • Mormon leader faces deportation

    04/30/2011 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    KSTU (Fox 13, Salt Lake City) ^ | April 29, 2011 | Arikka Von and staff
    DRAPER, Utah— Federal officers arrested 53 year old Felix Callejas, his wife and two of their children at their home April 19. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a judge ordered Luca Callejas to return to El Salvador in 2008. Callejas' other family members got the same deportation order in 2009. The family appealed and their case was dismissed earlier this month. Callejas is the president of a Spanish speaking LDS Church branch in Draper. Concerned church members called local activist Tony Yapias saying they're now afraid to go to church. “The whole membership was devastated over what happened,” says Latino...
  • Friday Minute: 10 member-missionary tips [Real Mormonism]

    04/30/2011 4:28:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 29, 2011 | William Monahan
    In a recent survey by pollster Gary Lawrence of how Americans view "Mormonism," a whopping 77 percent said they were not sure Mormons are Christians. Understanding how the public views us can improve our responses to gospel questions. SNIP 2. Ditch the lingo. Gary Lawrence is a respected pollster and adviser to the missionary department. He suggests we use simple terms to which our Christian friends will relate: Use "Christianity" instead of "gospel," "re-established" instead of "restoration," and "men changed" instead of "apostasy." 3. Stay on message. Only 12 percent of Americans know our central message. It is this: We...
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS ABOUT MORMONS?

    04/17/2011 2:58:04 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 309 replies
    Various | April 17, 2011 | Vanity
    HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS ABOUT MORMONS?   If you were to desire to enter the exclusive LDS-Mormon club, you would have to be agree to the church doctrine including this:   First Presidency Doctrinal StatementsIt is not only his discourses that form the basis of Joseph F. Smith's doctrinal legacy. During his presidency, several important documents signed by the First Presidency and/or the Twelve were issued that still serve as a touch stone of Latter-day Saint belief. One such document, The Origin of Man: By the First Presidency, was issued in 1909 during a time when evolution was gaining attention...
  • Face the Future with Faith [Real Mormonism]

    04/15/2011 7:32:45 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Lds.org ^ | April 2011 | Russell M. Nelson
    SNIP Teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. 4 Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps all of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith. Obedience allows God’s blessings to flow...
  • How Well Do You Know Mormon Church Leaders of the Past?

    04/13/2011 7:43:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | April 7, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Last month (March 2011) Ensign magazine included a challenge titled “How Well Do You Know Our Church Leaders?” It consisted of 15 details from the lives of the 15 current Prophets, Seers and Revelators of the LDS Church. Readers were invited to match the names with the facts. The Ensign challenge included things like figuring out which leader once raised rabbits or worked on an oyster boat. The lives of LDS leaders throughout the history of the Mormon Church reflect much more interesting details than those included in the Ensign article. So I here add my own version of “How...
  • The Way of the Disciple {Palm Sunday-Mormon]

    04/12/2011 12:34:33 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Ensign ^ | May, 2009 | Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    The Way of the Disciple President Dieter F. UchtdorfSecond Counselor in the First Presidency  Now is the time to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, become His disciples, and walk in His way. Today is the day the Christian world traditionally calls Palm Sunday. You will remember that it was on that Sunday nearly 2,000 years ago that Jesus Christ entered the city of Jerusalem during the final week of His mortal life. 1 In fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy, 2 He rode in on a donkey, and as He did so, a great multitude came out to greet the...
  • Christian churches, including the Latter-day Saints, share many hymns

    04/10/2011 4:36:54 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 10, 2011 | John Enslen
    Four decades ago, when my wife Dianne and I were active Baptists, somehow we ended up with a Baptist hymnal in our home. This same kleptomaniac-like behavior has surfaced on multiple occasions with respect to LDS hymnals. We even have an LDS hymnal embossed with “Joseph Smith Memorial Building.” Our Baptist hymnal is a...once widely-used, 1956-copyrighted edition published by Convention Press... SNIP Recently I searched our current 1985 edition of "Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" to determine how many of these hymns are common to our older Baptist hymnal. One might be surprised to learn...
  • Report: Human error, inadequate fire alarm contributed to Provo Tabernacle fire (Mormonism)

    04/10/2011 3:21:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 236 replies
    ABC4 (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 31, 2011
    PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Provo City Fire Department has released the full report on the December Provo Tabernacle fire. The 135-page report outlines events leading up to the fire from December 17th that destroyed the historic landmark in Provo. Trax Lighting and AV arrived at the Tabernacle a few days before the fire to setup lighting for a concert that was to be taped by BYU Broadcasting. During the setup of a lighting truss, a technician said he set aside two lamps that were part of the in-house lighting system. Fire officials believe these lights were placed...
  • Common myths about Mormon women: Cathy Chamberlain speaks to the LDS Business Conference

    04/10/2011 3:50:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 9, 2011 | Jamshid Ghazi Askar
    PARK CITY — Cathy Chamberlain spoke about recognizing and remedying common misperceptions of women in the LDS Church, at the 4th Annual LDS Business Conference. "There are a lot of myths out in the world about who Mormon women really are," Chamberlain said Friday in Park City. "The most common myth outside of the church is that LDS women are second-class citizens in the church. Among our own women, they're not sure their roles are as important as men's roles. "We've got some cultural myths we've got to remove, and it's become a mission of mine to figure out how...
  • Reflections of a Non-Mormon Historian

    04/07/2011 5:51:50 PM PDT · by delacoert · 35 replies
    Signature Books Library ^ | Lawrence Foster
    Until the past thirty-five years the very idea of Mormon history was viewed as something of a joke by most professional historians. Despite the massive outpouring of dissertations and books devoted to studying Mormon history, virtually none were known or treated seriously outside the ranks of a handful of western history buffs, social historians, and other enthusiasts with highly specialized interests. Brigham Young University dissertations were seen as providing the classic stereotype of the genre. No matter what the topic, each dissertation seemed to begin with Joseph Smith's first vision and end with a reaffirmation of the author's faith in...
  • Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings - Mormon

    04/06/2011 11:00:03 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 43 replies
    Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings An ordinance is a sacred act performed by a man who holds the priesthood. Baptism and the sacrament are examples of priesthood ordinances. Some ordinances may be performed by brethren who hold the Aaronic Priesthood. But most ordinances are performed by Melchizedek Priesthood holders. This section gives directions that a priesthood leader should follow when performing an ordinance. Brethren who perform ordinances should prepare themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit. They also should make sure the ordinance meets the following requirements: All ordinances must be performed in the name of Jesus Christ. All...
  • U pres. says religious freedom eroding, urges LDS to join ACLU

    04/06/2011 10:46:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    KSL.com ^ | April 5, 2011
    SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah President Michael K. Young has a strong message for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says freedom of religion is eroding in America and he urges Mormons to join the American Civil Liberties Union. While speaking at the annual conference of the LDS International Society on Monday at Brigham Young University, Young said religious freedom is about free will and agency. "We should be among the most passionate civil libertarians in the world," Young said. He expanded this during the question and answer period following his presentation by...
  • Mormon Profits and Lying

    04/05/2011 1:15:18 AM PDT · by delacoert · 78 replies · 8+ views
    Steve Cuno ^ | 10/26/2010 | Steve Cuno
    I once observed to a Mormon friend that Gordon B. Hinckley, late president of the Mormon Church, publicly lied when it suited him. No, I didn’t simply up and assault my friend’s faith. That would be bad manners. He and I discussed religion often; this happened to come up in the course of one of our conversations. “Lied?” said my Mormon friend. “Name one instance.” Without having to think hard or research, I came up with three: 1. When Hinckley served as an assistant to his predecessor, Ezra Taft Benson, he repeatedly assured church members that Benson was actively engaged...
  • Lying for the Lord [Not the typical version / Well worth the read]

    04/05/2011 2:04:14 AM PDT · by delacoert · 10 replies
    Mormon Think ^ | Ken Clark
    "The right to lie in the service of your own interests is highly valued and frequently exercised"-Nero Wolfe I began this list when I was a full time employee of the LDS Church Education System (CES). I worked as a Seminary Principal/teacher, Institute teacher/Director, and Stake CES Coordinator from 1975 - 2002. My last assignment was brief. I signed a Letter of Agreement with CES to serve as the Director of the Pullman, Washington LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to Washington State University in July 2002. I resigned from CES a month later. I carry fond memories of the students,...
  • MORMON LYING

    04/03/2011 7:34:45 AM PDT · by delacoert · 90 replies
    Earthlink ^ | 2001 | Richard Packham
    Introduction If Mormonism itself is not the "one true religion" as it claims to be, then that claim, of course is not true, and is a lie. If Joseph Smith did not really see angels, and if he did not really translate the Book of Mormon with divine help, then those claims are lies.But the purpose of this article is not to deal with those broad issues, since the amount of evidence that would be required to demonstrate the falsity of those claims (and the other broad claims of Mormonism) is more than can be dealt with in a small space. Rather,...
  • Joseph Smith Is Tarred and Feathered [LDS lesson in children's class ages 8-11]

    04/03/2011 8:11:07 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 628 replies · 1+ views
    Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History   “Lesson 21: Joseph Smith Is Tarred and Feathered,” Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History, (1997),110Purpose To help each child desire to develop a forgiving attitude. Preparation 1. Prayerfully study Doctrine and Covenants 64:8–11, 15–16 and the historical account given in this lesson. Then study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the historical account. (See “Preparing Your Lessons,” pp. vi–vii, and “Teaching the Scriptural and Historical Accounts,” pp. vii–ix.) 2. Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will involve the children and best help them achieve the...
  • The Biblical Jesus vs. the Book of Mormon Jesus

    04/04/2011 10:36:55 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 108 replies
    exmormon.org ^ | unknown
    The Biblical Jesus vs. the Book of Mormon Jesus (From a post on exmormon.org) Special thanks to who ever posted this originally (sorry I forgot your name) and aknowledgement to Gordon Hinckley who said "we worship a different Christ". LDS members believe that they are singularly blessed with a record of the earthly ministry of Jesus from his life in Palestine, his visit to the Spirit World, and his visit to the Americas. Yet, a chronological reading of the story of Jesus’ last week in Palestine to his ministry in the America, using LDS scripture, leaves one puzzled as...
  • Mormon/LDS Youth iPhone App & Expanded Website

    04/01/2011 11:58:16 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 142 replies
    More Good Foundation ^ | March 29, 2011 | Staff
      Mormon youth, 12-18-year olds, are at least as mobile as any Milennial, and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they now have access to a new iPhone app, LDS Youth, that allows them to view video messages from peers worldwide, access stories, thoughts, articles, and inspirational messages through their portable devices. With each amenity, is the share-feature, enabling youth to spread encouragement by phone among their peers and families.This app comes in conjunction with a newly updated LDS/Mormon website, Youth.lds.org (“Mormon” is a nickname for members of the Savior’s restored Church named in...
  • Joseph Smith's successful and unsuccessful proposals to church leaders' wives (Mormon)

    03/31/2011 3:17:24 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Recovery from Mormonism ^ | March 31, 2011 | Various-sourced
    When the family organization was revealed from heaven—the patriarchal order of God, and Joseph began, on the right and the left, to add to his family, what a quaking there was in Israel. Says one brother to another, "Joseph says all covenants [previous marriages] are done away, and none are binding but the new covenants [marriage by priesthood sealing power]; now suppose Joseph should come and say he wanted your wife, what would you say to that?" "I would tell him to go to hell." This was the spirit of many in the early days of this Church. ....
  • New Joseph Smith Papers Book Provides Unprecedented Access to Early Revelations [Real Mormonism]

    03/28/2011 4:42:25 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 106 replies
    LDS Newsroom ^ | March 25, 201 1 | Press Release
      25 March 2011 — Salt Lake City News Release The Joseph Smith Papers series continues to put historic materials into the hands of modern readers. On 23 March 2011, the Church Historian’s Press released the latest book in the landmark project, Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations.As a prophet of God, Joseph Smith received many types of divine communication, and this new book presents those revelations as they were printed during his lifetime. Together with its predecessor, Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books , the books make the early revelations more accessible than ever before for...
  • The Inauthentic Niceness Syndrome

    03/20/2011 7:46:01 PM PDT · by delacoert · 15 replies
    LDS Women Converse ^ | November 21, 2010 | Julie
    "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all," says Thumper rabbit in the movie Bambi.  Sounds nice enough, right?  Not to me. Unfortunately, we tend to promote this philosophy as the ideal.  But it isn't...it's simply another form of oppression and tyranny.  (I know what you're thinking: "Thumper??!  An oppressive tyrant??!  Get a grip, Julie!")  Just stay with me, dear reader, and hear me out...:) Rather than speaking truthfully and ethically to each other, we suppress reality and truth in the name of inauthentic "niceness."  With no constructive outlet, we're more likely to use subversive, underhanded...
  • Does Religion Make You Nice? Does atheism make you mean?

    03/20/2011 10:09:37 AM PDT · by delacoert · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | Nov. 7, 2008 | Paul Bloom
    Many Americans doubt the morality of atheists. According to a 2007 Gallup poll, a majority of Americans say that they would not vote for an otherwise qualified atheist as president, meaning a nonbeliever would have a harder time getting elected than a Muslim, a homosexual, or a Jew. Many would go further and agree with conservative commentator Laura Schlessinger that morality requires a belief in God—otherwise, all we have is our selfish desires. In The Ten Commandments, she approvingly quotes Dostoyevsky: "Where there is no God, all is permitted." The opposing view, held by a small minority of secularists, such...
  • Nicety Niceness

    03/21/2011 2:13:54 PM PDT · by delacoert · 13 replies
    About Mormonism ^ | September 26, 2008 | nebula0
    Let me state from the outset that my purpose here is not to argue that Mormons are meaner than anyone else. I don’t think that. What I am going to argue though is that Mormons aren’t nicer than anyone else either. I’d say if you could get into the heads of Mormons you’d discover that they are thoroughly human, no nicer or meaner than any other large group of people. Now if you don’t know about Mormonism, the above might seem trivial to you, but consider this, when people talk about knowing Mormons, what is one of the things they...
  • The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/18/2011 9:02:56 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 14 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Spencer J. Condie
    The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World    By Elder Spencer J. CondieOf the SeventySpencer J. Condie, "The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World", Ensign, July 2003, 32–36   What Jesus did during the hours between His death and Resurrection provides the doctrinal foundation for building temples.   “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). After Jesus spoke these words from the cross, His immortal spirit took leave of His physical body. His lifeless flesh was laid in a sepulchre, and a stone sealed its entrance.A brief time later, angels declared to a group of women gathered at His tomb, “He...
  • Facts Seventh Day Adventists won't tell you

    03/02/2011 10:22:55 AM PST · by OrthodoxKirkPresbyterian · 75 replies
    MacGregor Ministries ^ | 2001 | MacGregor
    Seventh-day Adventists won't tell you they are behind the "Revelation Seminars" they sponsor. They act all" interdenominational" if questioned. Watch out for these SDA outreaches as well: Voice of Prophecy, Faith for Today, It is Written, The Quiet Hour, Amazing Facts etc. They also hide behind Heath oriented shows on the networks, and sponsor stop-smoking clinics etc, all as introductions to Seventh-day Adventism. They very much want to be perceived as Evangelical Christians, seeking a place on the ministerial fellowships. All this is good PR for them, but what do they really believe? What facts won't they tell you? They...
  • Gribble insanity trial jury selection begins (A REAL MORMON)

    02/28/2011 8:20:01 AM PST · by Colofornian · 47 replies · 1+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | Feb. 28, 2011 | KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
    The insanity trial of admitted killer Christopher A. Gribble begins Monday with the selection of jurors who will decide whether Gribble was legally insane when he and Steven Spader slaughtered a Mont Vernon mother and maimed her daughter during a random 2009 home invasion. His trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court likely will differ from that of his machete-wielding accomplice Spader, found guilty by a jury Nov. 9 of all six counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and related charges. Gribble, a Brookline Eagle Scout, admitted he stabbed and slashed local nurse Kimberly L. Cates, 42, to death with a...
  • Mormon Errors [Mormonism/Anti-Christian]

    02/11/2011 6:56:37 AM PST · by delacoert · 39 replies
    BibleFacts ^ | Anonymous
    In 1820 a 15 year old boy named Joseph Smith said that the angel Moroni (other versions say God or three angels) appeared to him and told him all churches were wrong, their professors were corrupt, and all their creeds were an abomination. So in 1830 he Founded The Mormon cult. He said the true Gospel had not been preached for 1800 years, and Mormonism is the only true church. Joseph Smith was assassinated in Carthage Illinois in 1844.The teachings of the cult are as follows:  A race of gods, {advanced humanoids from a planet orbiting the mysterious star...
  • Tech Thread Flame War Cease Fire Declared (vanity)

    07/24/2010 5:49:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 203 replies · 2+ views
    (self) ^ | 2010-07-24 | Dayglored
    Jim Robinson has laid down the law with regard to tech thread flame wars. I am motivated to make sure we tech-thread-heads are aware of this. This vanity is a heads-up with regard to Jim's comments last night, and I've added a few thoughts of my own as an observer. Here's what Jim said: To All: [That goes for everyone.] I don’t see any reason whatsoever to be having flamewars on FR over computer products. Those who have a problem with Apple should just not buy the product and that takes care of that. Don’t come to FR to flame...
  • 7 anti-Apple cliches that need to die

    05/31/2010 8:14:20 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 122 replies · 1,331+ views
    TUAW ^ | 29 May 2010 | Chris Rawson
    7 anti-Apple cliches that need to dieby Chris Rawson (RSS feed) on May 29th 2010 at 8:30PMPC vs. Mac flamewars are older than the web itself, but it seems like the more popular/successful Apple gets, the more heated the argument gets on both sides. Almost any debate about the relative merits of one platform or another is guaranteed to degenerate into an all-out shouting match. In the midst of all the fighting and name calling, the oddest thing happens: almost every time, you'll see a lot of the same points being raised by both sides again and again. Some of...
  • (Turncoat Charles Johnson - Little Green Footballs) Right-Wing Flame War!

    01/23/2010 1:25:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 2,088+ views
    NYT ^ | Janury 21, 2010 | Jonathan Dee
    Right-Wing Flame War! By JONATHAN DEE Published: January 21, 2010 Charles Johnson has been writing a blog for almost as long as the word “blog” has existed. A bearish, gentle-voiced, ponytailed man who for three decades enjoyed a successful career as a jazz guitarist accompanying the likes of Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke, Johnson has always had a geek’s penchant for self-education, and in that spirit he cultivated a side interest, and ultimately an expertise, in writing computer code. His Web log, which he named “Little Green Footballs” (a private joke whose derivation he has always refused to divulge), was...
  • Jim Gilchrist Gives Major Endorsement to Mike Huckabee

    12/12/2007 8:28:38 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 81 replies · 114+ views
    The Minuteman Project Website ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | Jim Gilchrist
    Jim Gilchrist Gives Major Endorsement to Mike Huckabee Tuesday, December 11, 2007 LITTLE ROCK , AR - In Iowa today, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee received a major endorsement from Jim Gilchrist, founder of the multi-ethnic Minuteman Project. Huckabee said he was honored to receive the endorsement. "No one can question Jim's commitment to this country and the immigration problem. He has mobilized a group of volunteers to go to the border and draw attention to the issue of immigration. All of us want a policy where people come to this country through the front door,...
  • Hacker war between Sweden and Turkey

    10/15/2007 1:09:36 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 31 replies · 330+ views
    Svenska Dagbladet ^ | 15 october, 2007 | Negra Efendic
    [Tanslation ScaniaBoy] A hacker war between Turkey and Sweden has erupted. Last week Turkish hackers attacked thousands of Swedish sites on the Internet, and this weekend Swedish hackers revenged by publishing pornographic pictures of the prophet Muhammed. The Turkish attacks started several weeks ago. Swedish Web-hotels were attacked and thousands of home-pages were erased, and sometimes the attackers left political messages. On Saturday the Swedish hackers hit back. They had localised a Turkish discussion forum where some of the hackers were registred. The database with names and passwords for all the members to the site was stolen, Per Hellqvist, head...
  • Dad wasn't dad after all, but still owes child support

    02/10/2007 7:19:53 PM PST · by ellery · 452 replies · 6,997+ views
    A Florida Supreme Court case raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and legal responsibilities. Sixteen months after his divorce, Richard Parker made a devastating discovery. A DNA test revealed that his 3-year-old son had been fathered by someone else. Mr. Parker immediately filed a lawsuit claiming fraud by his apparently unfaithful ex-wife. He took his case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. Last week, the Florida justices ruled 7-0 against him. They said that Parker must continue to pay $1,200 a month in child support because he had missed the one-year postdivorce deadline for filing his...
  • The challenge to Darwin’s theory of evolution – Part 4

    10/20/2006 9:43:10 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 115 replies · 1,867+ views
    World Peace Herald ^ | October 18, 2006 | Sekai Nippo
    TOKYO -- In the background of the birth of Intelligent Design theory is the explosive increase over the past half century in our knowledge about cells. Scientists have discovered that cells are filled with tiny molecular machines not even dreamed of during Darwin’s era, when the cell’s structure was unknown. The example of a molecular machine easiest to understand, and researched for long time, is the bacterial flagellar motor. Various kinds of bacteria depend on this machine to generate propellant power. Scott Minnich, Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Idaho and a leading ID scientist states, “The flagellar...
  • Longest Running Flame Wars (Vanity)

    10/13/2006 1:22:07 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 46 replies · 799+ views
    N/A | 13 October 2006 | Axhandle
    I was just curious, what is the longest running flame war on Free Republic (or other message boards)? Please post your link with start and end dates (approximate, if necessary).
  • Looking For Political Sparring Partners? Find 'Em At Essembly.com

    07/25/2006 9:25:34 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 25 replies · 566+ views
    MTV.com ^ | 7-18-2006 | Shana Leonard
    With divisive issues like gay marriage, the war in Iraq and immigration reform permeating our daily lives, it seems like everyone has an opinion on today's contentious political climate. So where can the politically minded turn for a worthy debate? The new online social network Essembly.com provides a place for political junkies and newbies alike to weigh in on topics ranging from social security to the relative hotness of Ann Coulter and Hillary Rodham Clinton without alienating friends or arguing until they're blue in the face. The brainchild of recent Harvard graduate Joe Green, Essembly fuses the now-familiar MySpace-style social-networking...
  • Where are all the Hariet Miers supporters now???

    10/31/2005 9:23:20 PM PST · by nowings · 46 replies · 1,240+ views
    Now that we have a real Scotus nominee where are all the Miers supporters. Be consistant if you can.
  • Mother sets fire to her daughter's gloating rapist

    06/25/2005 5:15:44 PM PDT · by aculeus · 235 replies · 6,134+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 26, 2005 | By Peter Upton in Alicante
    A Spanish mother has taken revenge on the man who raped her 13-year-old daughter at knifepoint by dousing him in petrol and setting him alight. He died of his injuries in hospital on Friday. Antonio Cosme Velasco Soriano, 69, had been sent to jail for nine years in 1998, but was let out on a three-day pass and returned to his home town of Benejúzar, 30 miles south of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca. While there, he passed his victim's mother in the street and allegedly taunted her about the attack. He is said to have called out "How's your...
  • GayPatriot Goes Silent

    03/30/2005 11:19:59 AM PST · by finnman69 · 11 replies · 504+ views
    outletradio.com ^ | 3/28/05 | Christian Grantham
    GayPatriot Goes Silent March 28, 2005 GayPatriot, the anonymous gay Republican blogger, has officially signed off. In a statement, no explanation was given. With GayPatriot's permission, I am now able to recount the real story. On Friday, GayPatriot posted "WANTED: GAY TERRORISTS" in which he identified gay activists and bloggers John Aravosis (Americablog) and Michael Rogers (BlogActive) as terrorists. Wanted for crimes against the gay community. Wanted for repeatedly conducting outing witch hunts against gays who do not believe in radical liberal anti-American ideals. For repeated violations of privacy of gay Americans. For conducting systematic civil liberties attacks on gay...
  • Girl, 17, jailed for ringing phone

    11/20/2004 10:02:03 AM PST · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 502 replies · 8,086+ views
    Newsday ^ | Rick Brand
    A ringing cell phone landed a 17-year-old Patchogue girl facing drug charges in a jail cell this week after an angry district court judge sentenced her to 21 days for contempt.Mariela Acevedo of 21 Hammond St. incurred the wrath of District Court Judge Salvatore Alamia on Tuesday. As she awaited her hearing, an electronic device went off in Alamia's Central Islip courtroom and he warned everyone to shut off all cell phones and pagers or face contempt charges."If you don't know how to shut it off, go outside and introduce it to the heel of your shoe, he said according...
  • Texas Sodomy Law Challenge in Supreme Court

    12/02/2002 10:18:20 AM PST · by polemikos · 759 replies · 1,698+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 2, 2002 | staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide a challenge to a Texas law that makes it a crime for gays and lesbians to have consensual sex in their own homes, agreeing to consider overruling its 1986 decision that upheld state sodomy laws. The high court said it would hear an appeal by two men convicted of engaging in "homosexual conduct." They argued the law violates constitutional privacy and equal protection rights, subjecting gays to criminal penalties while allowing different-sex couples to engage in the same conduct. The justices also said they would consider overturning...
  • Weekend vanity... What kind of forum poster are you? (illustrated examples)

    08/24/2002 7:38:15 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 184 replies · 3,334+ views
    Flame Warriors ^ | N/A | some guy
    mostly funny site... an artist who made drawings of a ton of internet forum posting archetypes.... 2 examples to start you off, not necessarily residing on FR!: Archivist Archivist saves and squirrels away each and every discussion forum message. Do you remember having a bad day back in 1996 when in one of your messages you may have said a few things that were...well, perhaps a little...hasty? Don't worry, Archivist still has it and will post it to the forum if you begin to get the upper hand in battle. Archivist can be a very effective and fearsome Warrior.Weenie Weenie...