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  • Canada Finds Ship That Vanished in the Arctic Nearly 170 Years Ago

    09/10/2014 7:27:52 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 12 replies
    Mashable ^ | September 10, 2014 | AP
    One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could unlock one of history's biggest mysteries and swell Canadian pride. Last seen in the 1840s while under the command Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels. Harper said the discovery would shed light on what happened to Franklin's crew. Franklin and 128 hand-picked officers...
  • Franklin student enters plea in bus sex assault (Lesbian)

    09/06/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by csvset · 50 replies
    WVEC ^ | September 5, 2014 | Nancy Drury Duncan
    A Franklin student who sexually assaulted two fellow volleyball team members on a school bus after a trip to a game in Northampton County was escorted to jail in tears after she pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. Aerial Darden, who was 17 at the time of the offense and a senior team captain, organized a group that held down a 13-year-old teammate, placed a pillow over her face and touched her inappropriately. The victim was on her first trip with the team. The attack came after Darden and others held the arms and legs of...
  • Fourth of July 2014: “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

    07/04/2014 4:39:44 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-4-2014 | MOTUS
    Well, I know someone who’s not invited to this year’s White House 4th of July BBQ: Consider this my contribution to your Independence Day celebration; somebody else can bring the baked beans this year. It’s obvious that Joanie is suicidal, most likely due to one too many face lifts. Butt as long as I’m covering things that are not true, I would like to point out that the rumor circulating about Big Guy visiting a Mosque on the 4th are likewise not true. As they say, good satire contains an element of truth, and great satire is totally believable.Now, back...
  • Penn State starting to get the surprises that come with James Franklin's hire: David Jones

    05/01/2014 11:13:45 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 6 replies
    PennLive ^ | May 1, 2014 | David Jones
    It was a couple of weeks ago during that beautiful day of the Blue-White game and I was taking goofy videos of tailgaters consuming the sunshine and other things. The mood was festive. One of the young adults who I featured in a video asked me with enthusiasm how I felt about James Franklin. He was on a recruiting roll. I said levelly that I would've chosen deposed Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak instead but we'll see how it goes. The guy contorted his face as if I'd just offered him a bowl of Brussels sprouts. "Are you kidding?" he...
  • Trick or Treat? [Vanity]

    10/09/2013 6:27:51 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 15 replies
    October 09, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    In advance of Halloween, can you guess which historic figure the IRS's Sarah Hall Ingram was mocking as she stood before Congress today?:
  • Federal Reserve Board Issues Redesigned $100 Note

    10/08/2013 8:10:54 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies ^ | 10-8-2013 | Federal Reserve
    For Immediate Release October 8, 2013 Federal Reserve Board Issues Redesigned $100 Note The Federal Reserve on Tuesday began supplying financial institutions with a redesigned $100 note that incorporates new security features to deter counterfeiters and help businesses and consumers tell whether a note is genuine. Distance, demand, and the policies of individual financial institutions will influence how quickly the redesigned notes reach businesses and consumers around the world. “The new design incorporates security features that make it easier to authenticate, but harder to replicate,” said Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome H. Powell. “As the new note transitions into daily...
  • Woman killed, 2 hurt in GR shooting

    07/16/2013 7:19:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    WOOD ^ | July 14, 2013
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman was killed and two others were hospitalized after getting shot in Grand Rapids in the early hours of Sunday. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. outside of a home in the 300 block of Brown Street near Madison Avenue SE, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. Shanetta Latrice Franklin, 26, was shot and killed. Family and friends said she has three children. "Now her kids ain't even got their mama no more, and I ain't even got my twin sister no more," Franklin's sister Lanetta said. "You all killed my sister for...
  • Reported theft of Romney tax records being probed

    09/05/2012 6:15:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 5, 2012 | STEPHEN BRAUN and ERIK SCHELZIG
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public.
  • FLASHBACK - Group claims they hacked Franklin company, stole Romney's tax records

    05/15/2013 5:51:29 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    WSMV ^ | Sep 19, 2012 8:03 PM EDT
    A Middle Tennessee company is at the center of a mystery that could turn the political race upside down. The Secret Service wants to know if a group hacked into Price Waterhouse Cooper's computer system in Franklin and got Mitt Romney's tax records. "Right through here and it was just lying on the floor there," Peter Burr recalled.
  • Poor Richard's Almanack complete, unedited, originally sourced

    02/02/2013 8:04:49 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    Searching Google Books for Poor Richard's has become somewhat of an exercise in frustration for me. Typically, what you will find are compilations. Authors who have looked at Franklins' works and decided what should be considered "greatest hits" quotations. Consider me uninterested. So I finally got my hands on a copy from the library which contained the original constructs of Poor Richards' as Franklin wrote them, that way I would know what to search for. Below, you will see where to find all of them online, in their original context. 1733, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1737 ,1738, 17391740 ,1741, 1742, 1743,...
  • London Olympics: U.S.' Grevers, Franklin win 100m backstroke; Lochte fourth in 200m freestyle

    07/30/2012 3:47:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    LONDON (AP) Michael Phelps has yet to win a gold medal, and Ryan Lochte's star is fading. So along comes Melissa "Missy" Franklin, yet to start her senior year in high school, to restore American swim hopes at the Olympics. Coming back less than 14 minutes after swimming a semifinal heat, the Colorado teenager won the first gold medal of what figures to be a dazzling career, rallying to win the 100-meter backstroke Monday. "Indescribable," the 17-year-old Franklin said. "I still can't believe that happened. I don't even know what to think. I saw my parents' reaction on the screen...
  • NBC News: Prosecutors weighing criminal charges against Spanier

    06/11/2012 8:03:46 AM PDT · by StopGlobalWhining · 31 replies
    Penn State Daily Collegian via Twitter ^ | June 11, 2012 | Anna Orso
    Former Penn State President Graham Spanier could face criminal charges in relation to the Jerry Sandusky case now that prosecutors have uncovered new evidence, NBC News reported this morning. According to NBC, prosecutors uncovered emails sent in 2001 in relation to what former assistant coach Mike McQueary reported he saw in a Lasch Building shower. McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, testified that he saw Sandusky doing something that appeared to be "severe" and "sexual" in nature. Emails uncovered by investigators suggest Spanier conferred with former Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, saying it would be...
  • Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? (Ambassador's London residence)

    04/14/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the house. No, Franklin didn't engage in a murder spree in between penning Poor Richard's Almanack and flying kites in lightning storms. In fact, it's unlikely that the bodies were murder victims at all. The bones were...
  • 'What Does FDR Stand For?' Americans Bungle Basic Presidential History (VIDEO)

    01/12/2012 7:55:39 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 23 replies ^ | Jan 11 | Staff
    'Factor' producer surveying the folks about presidential politics and leadership. Most of them have a hard time even identifying past U.S. presidents, let alone remembering their policies and accomplishments.
  • Pro-life activist beaten, arrested for handing out pro-life flyers.

    08/25/2011 4:26:54 PM PDT · by freemike · 18 replies
    Mass Resistance ^ | 8/25/11 | freemike
    On August 11, Peter D'Attilio was merely handing out 2-inch-wide pro-life bookmark flyers at a local fair in Franklin, Massachusetts when he was arrested, handcuffed, and beaten by police while his hands were cuffed behind his back. massresistance
  • Inside the 'kill box'(CA)

    08/03/2011 6:14:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 August, 2011 | David Codrea
    "The five deputies made a kill box around the car and emerged with assault weapons. We were ordered out of the car at gun point. [More]" I had Timothy Veldman on my show today--he's the guy who, along with his friends, was accosted by police for...going shooting. On private land. With permission. And they were driving back home at the time. I think this story needs to go viral, because this kind of crap could happen to any of us. Here are some Americans enjoying their day and their freedom--safely and responsibly--and the ones who introduce jackbooted arrogance under threat...
  • Ben Franklin, Peace Titan

    05/28/2011 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/25/201 | REINHARDT KRAUSE
    Benjamin Franklin owed the French for recognizing American independence, loaning money and entering the Revolutionary War against Britain. None of that, though, stopped Franklin from putting America's interests first and risking antagonizing the French when he negotiated a peace treaty with Britain. America won much better terms from the Treaty of Paris, signed in September 1783, than the Colonists had hoped for. On top of Britain's acceptance of U.S. independence, the treaty set America's boundary in the West at the Mississippi River — giving the young nation plenty of room and resources to grow. The problem was France, as well...
  • Bill O'Reilly gets hostile to the Gospel

    04/28/2011 6:13:54 PM PDT · by publius321 · 107 replies
    It was interesting to watch Bill O’Reilly begin to turn hostile toward Franklin Graham regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ. He pressed Graham to answer questions regarding the fate of people who live “good” lives but die without accepting Christ as their savior. Franklin seemed to handle the question with much more back-bone than his father Billy Graham. (See Larry King interview when King pressed on the same question. The Rev, Franklin answered the question by saying that Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me”. O’Reilly...
  • Franklin Graham Says Obama, Tucson Memorial Service 'Scoffed' at Jesus

    01/20/2011 4:09:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    politics daily ^ | 1/20/11 | David Gibson
    President Obama garnered praise from across the political spectrum for his moving speech last week at the memorial service for the Tucson shooting victims, including from his usual critics on the right, but the Rev. Franklin Graham can't be counted among them. In a speech on Tuesday at John Brown University, a private Christian college in Siloam Springs, Ark., the son of the revered evangelist Billy Graham voiced "dismay" at the way the Tucson memorial service was conducted, arguing that it was not as explicitly religious -- apparently meaning "Christian" -- as those following the Oklahoma City bombing and the...
  • Rev. Franklin Graham denounces “outrageous” accusations hurled at Palin by the left and media

    01/13/2011 10:51:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies ^ | 1/13/11 | cubachi
    The smear job against Governor Sarah Palin is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Reverend Franklin Graham, one of the voices of reason in this whole situation, calls out the decrepit media for utilizing the tragedy of the shootings, to attack a political opponent. There is no need to place blame whatsoever on political opinions nor politicians for a madman’s murder of innocent human beings. Graham said: “I have been shocked at the reports from those suggesting that former Governor Sarah Palin has some level of responsibility for the horrific shooting. She was extremely helpful to Samaritan’s Purse in...
  • ESPN Broadcaster Ron Franklin Pulled From Air After Calling Jeannine Edwards 'Sweetcakes,’

    01/03/2011 10:09:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    My Fox DC ^ | 1/3/11 | Newscore
    Veteran ESPN broadcaster Ron Franklin was pulled from the air before Saturday's Fiesta Bowl after he called ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards "sweetcakes" during an off-air spat, Sports By Brooks reported Sunday. Franklin and Edwards were scheduled to work together for Friday's Chik-fil-A Bowl and the incident occurred in a pre-game production meeting also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. When the conversation turned to the subject of Gilmore's wife Marie being elected mayor of Alameda, Calif., Edwards tried to join in but was shut down by Franklin, according to the report. “Why don’t you leave this...
  • Ben Franklin Again Says It All

    12/29/2010 6:05:15 AM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 5 replies · 3+ views
    Walter Williams Home Page ^ | c. 1700's | Ben Franklin
    "I am a mortal enemy to arbitrary government and unlimited power. I am naturally very jealous for the rights and liberties of my country, and the least encroachment of those invaluable privileges is apt to make my blood boil." --Ben Franklin Thank you Benjamin. We need more like you in today's day and age.
  • When Ben Franklin Met the Battlefield

    10/08/2010 2:51:14 PM PDT · by Palter · 10 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 08 Oct 2010 | Brooke C. Stoddard
    Most famous today as a founding father, inventor and diplomat, Franklin also commanded troops during the French and Indian War Weapons ready, slogging into the deserted village, the men and their commander were appalled at what they saw: dead soldiers and civilians and evidence of a hasty retreat. The commander ordered quick fortifications against further attack, then burial parties. The orders came from an unlikely figure: Benjamin Franklin, 50 years old, already rich, retired from his printing business and notably famous for his inventions. He had received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society of London in 1753 for his...
  • Secular Progressives Defaming Jefferson, Franklin, & Adams

    09/30/2010 4:56:20 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 6 replies
    I think Jefferson sorely misunderstood in his theology. His politic was too often identified as atheism. Jefferson might be described today as a Libertarian, running counter to most of his contemporaries who were zealously Christian, bleeding into their political views. Comments like, "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." This comment was simply to say that government had no place in religion, it should be...
  • Aretha Franklin cancels concerts because of fractured ribs, pain (Tax-cheat Charlie's B-day nixed)

    08/05/2010 3:10:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/04/10
    Aretha Franklin cancels concerts because of fractured ribs, painBy the CNN Wire Staff August 4, 2010 9:34 a.m. EDT (CNN) -- Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has canceled two free concerts in New York because of an injury, according to a statement issued by her publicists Wednesday. "Due to fractured ribs and pain in the abdomen, it was necessary for Ms. Franklin to cancel and reschedule the two concerts," said the statement from spokeswoman Gwendolyn Quinn. Franklin's doctors have advised her to come in for tests immediately, the statement said. Efforts are being made to reschedule the concerts at the...
  • Happy (Early) Fourth of July from my pre-schoolers! (VIDEO)

    06/29/2010 6:19:30 AM PDT · by Publius772000 · 5 replies
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 06/29/10 | Michael Naragon
    It's that time of year... all three of my children are sick with summer colds. To cheer them up last night, I went to the folks at JibJab and, with the help of their website, produced this video. I've watched it about 700 times at this point, and I thought some of you might enjoy it as well. So before I begin writing my scathing analyses of Kagan, the Arizona immigration case, Obama's golf game and other pressing matters, I'm going with a humorous diversion :)
  • Franklin County Deputy Shot And Killed (While off-duty, house hunting...)

    06/27/2010 6:18:09 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 38 replies · 3+ views
    WSMV Nashville, TN. ^ | 06/27/2010 | WSMV
    BELVIDERE, Tenn. -- Friends and co-workers of Deputy Mike Claiborne said he was out house hunting when he was shot and killed Saturday night. According to authorities, Claiborne, 25, was with his girlfriend when he was shot in the head at a residence on Rowe Gap Road. Claiborne was off-duty at the time, said investigators. Neighbors said Larry White lives at the home, and has experienced several break-ins. They added that White may have thought someone was attempting to burglarize his home. It was still not clear what led up to the gunfire. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it...
  • Warning: This Is What Change REALLY Looks Like

    03/24/2010 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies · 589+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-24-10 | Gerry Ashley
    Not one to miss an opportunity to gloat, President Obama proudly proclaimed, “This Is What Change Looks Like,” upon the passage of the monstrous pile of crap known as HR 3590 (“Healthcare Reform”). While the bulk of the septic ooze doesn’t actually kick in until 2014, the part that is shoved up the back-side of American workers and businesses will, unfortunately, kick in soon in the form of higher taxes (both overt and hidden). But what else can we expect from the crap sandwich foisted on us by the Democrats? Tragically, far more than meets the eye...
  • The Late, Great State of Franklin

    02/06/2010 11:17:55 AM PST · by jay1949 · 12 replies · 451+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | February 6, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    For many Northeast Tennesseans, the State of Franklin represented the apparently inevitable conflict between liberty and corrupt government. The State of Franklin certainly was in keeping with the character of the Backcountry settlers who had come to this rugged area to secure land and liberty and were determined to preserve their rights to both.
  • Big Banks - "Too Big to Fail" vs. Big Government - Too Big NOT to Fail

    01/22/2010 5:04:12 PM PST · by publius321 · 180+ views ^ | January 22, 2010 | MrArbitrage
    After the stinging blow to healthcare this week, Barack Obama has shifted his focus to “Big Banking”. (Whenever they add the word “BIG” it makes it much more diabolical - akin to “Big Tobacco”.) He has proposed that strict limits be imposed on the size and trading activities of the nation's biggest banks. The most offensive part: Barney Frank and Chris Dodd of all people have the temerity to...
  • Ben Franklin on Real Science

    12/18/2009 10:16:11 PM PST · by bogusname · 6 replies · 487+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2009 | John Armor
    As most of you know, the international recognition of me as a scientist began with the day that I captured lightning with a kite. Had I done that experiment the way the popular myth says, I probably would have been electrocuted, an early end to an ordinary career. You probably recall that my formal education ended when I was 14. After that, I bought and read every worthwhile book I could find. I died in 1790, but one aspect of the Other Side that I can share with you is that we get to read and see whatever interests us...
  • Ben Franklin: On Science

    12/13/2009 6:41:44 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 26 replies · 1,360+ views
    Special to FreeRepublis ^ | 12 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Ben Franklin: On Science by Ben Franklin As most of you know, the international recognition of me as a scientist began with the day that I captured lightning with a kite. Had I done that experiment the way the popular myth, I probably would have been electrocuted, an early end to an ordinary career. You probably recall that my formal education ended when I was 14. After that, I bought and read every worthwhile book I could find. I died in 1790, but one aspect of the Other Side that I can share with you is that we get to...
  • CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations):Franklin Graham Repeats Attack on Islam

    12/11/2009 4:44:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies · 1,489+ views
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | 12/11/09 | CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations)
    Muslim civil rights group calls for meeting to clear up 'misconceptions' WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today requested a meeting with Christian evangelist Franklin Graham to discuss his latest remarks attacking Islam. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it has received a number of complaints from concerned Muslims who watched an interview last night on CNN during which Graham stated in part: "...we have many Muslims that live in this country. But true Islam cannot be practiced in this country. You can't beat your wife. You cannot murder your children...
  • First Great Seal Committee – July/August 1776

    11/28/2009 4:02:56 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies · 338+ views
    "Resolved, That Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America." – July 4, 1776, Journals of Continental Congress For the design team, Congress chose three of the five men who were on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Although these distinguished committee members were among the ablest minds in the new nation, they had little knowledge of heraldry. To help convey their vision, they chose the artist Pierre Eugène Du Simitière to work with them.
  • Proposed Oyster Ban Unites Local Businesses to Fight Economic Threat

    11/09/2009 5:08:13 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 17 replies · 584+ views ^ | 6 November 2009 | Press Release
    A surprise proposal by the FDA to ban the commercial harvest and sale of Apalachicola Bay raw oysters has Franklin County business and tourism leaders reeling from the implications and united in their resolve to derail the proposed economic threat. The FDA proposal has not only shocked commercial seafood interests all along the Gulf Coast, it has stunned local business and tourism leaders - especially when they learned that the FDA officials had not analyzed the economic impacts of such a proposal.
  • Defense analyst in spy case was FBI double agent

    07/28/2009 10:17:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 464+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/28/09 | Bill Gertz
    Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon analyst convicted of revealing classified information, says he worked undercover as an FBI double agent to gather information on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States before the bureau turned on him and pressured him to plead guilty to spying for Israel.
  • I am not a spy (Lawrence Franklin, AIPAC)

    07/23/2009 2:54:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies · 454+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Thu., July 23, 2009 | Yossi Melman
    He was arrested, subjected to humiliating interrogations, accused of spying for Israel, lived under the specter of a 13-year prison term and sold everything he owned to pay for his legal defense. But Lawrence Franklin, 63, a former senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, an intelligence expert, university professor and senior official in the U.S. administration, did not crack.
  • The Five Greatest Americans? You might be surprised...

    06/30/2009 7:32:01 AM PDT · by Publius772000 · 64 replies · 1,761+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 06/29/09 | Michael Naragon
    While sitting in the Advanced Placement institute a week ago, the instructor posed a question to the history educators in the room. “Not counting presidents or their wives,” he began, “who would you consider the five greatest, most influential Americans in history?” My mind began to cycle through the most important figures to grace the stage. My first choice was John Marshall. As the first significant Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he established the principle of judicial review, greatly expanding the power of the Court and making the Constitution, according to Jefferson, “a mere thing of wax in the...
  • The AIPAC Case Fallout

    05/01/2009 5:44:03 PM PDT · by bluejay · 14 replies · 926+ views
    WSJ ^ | MAY 2, 2009 | WSJ Editorial Opinion
    The real scandal in this case starts with the attempted criminalization of policy differences and legitimate lobbying, and ends up in the wiretapping of Congress and the wrecked careers of Messrs. Rosen, Weissman and Franklin. This smacks of abuse of power, and somebody at Justice should be held to account.
  • State of Franklin? The Lost State of America - Very Interesting

    04/23/2009 7:46:03 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 25 replies · 1,161+ views ^ | 04 23 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    Did you know that in 1786 there was a US State formed, by the name of Franklin? It's true: In August 1784 delegates from three of the eight western counties of North Carolina met in the town of Jonesborough. There was a vote (by no means unanimous, a gentleman by the name of Tipton was vocal in his opposition) and on the 23rd of the month they declared the lands independent. The state of Franklin was born. Opposition was immediate - North Carolina published a manifesto condemining the formation of the new state. In fact it brought about the first...
  • Bonfire of the Platitudes

    04/10/2009 8:31:45 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 21 replies · 1,654+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 April 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    President Obama’s trip to Europe last week offered several more opportunities to observe his speeches. I listened to several of them, to see if they had changed at all. They had not. On my desktop I have stored two Doonesbury cartoons from decades years ago. Back then, when many of Doonesbury’s characters were still the same ones we both knew in college, I admired his work. (That was before his politics turned vicious and non-factual, shall we say._ The best of a cartoonist’s skill is to skewer his subject with a handful of words and a few strokes of the...
  • (Vanity) Source needed for Benjamin Franklin quote

    02/09/2009 9:30:38 AM PST · by edh · 20 replies · 1,637+ views
    "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. " I pulled a Benny Hill and had assumed Ben Franklin said this since it seems that virtually any "Ben Franklin Quote Site" claims he said/wrote this. However, I cannot find a citation regarding this quote. Does anyone know the history behind this quote and where it first appeared? Where exactly did Franklin say/write this (i.e. does some kind of record exist that he coined this?). A friend actually brought up that this "quote" was only "documented" as recently as 1988 (see...
  • Aretha's hat sparks a trend (really?) - Franklin desperate to be Hussein's food advisor

    01/24/2009 7:05:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 47 replies · 1,079+ views
    KLTV ^ | 1/23/09 | Molly Reuter
    Aretha's hat sparks a trendPosted: Jan 23, 2009 07:32 PM EST By Molly Reuter TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On Tuesday, when Aretha Franklin performed in front of millions at President Obama's inauguration with her large hat, ahe started a new fashion trend. Now, an East Texas store has been flooded with calls. KLTV decided to go to "One More Pair" in Tyler to find out what this new buzz is all about. "Ring-ring!' "One More Pair! May I help you," asks Jennifer Johnson, owner of "One More Pair". Her phone has not stopped ringing since Tuesday. Aretha Franklin's celebrity status...
  • Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams and James Madison: Young America’s Fight with Islamism

    01/12/2009 9:24:07 AM PST · by AndrewWalden · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | January 11, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    In light of the ongoing naval battles with Muslim pirates operating from Somalia.... America has been fighting Islamists for longer than many realize. Even before independence was declared, American ships were pirated, and their Christian crews enslaved, by Muslim pirates operating under the control of the “Dey of Algiers”—an Ottoman Islamist warlord ruling Algeria.... Lacking the ability to project U.S. naval force in the Mediterranean, America tried appeasement. In 1784, Congress agreed to fund tributes and ransoms in order to rescue U.S. ships and buy the freedom of enslaved American sailors....
  • Could Obama be the new Roosevelt? [Barf Alert!]

    10/05/2008 4:07:58 PM PDT · by melt · 56 replies · 744+ views ^ | 10/0608 | William Rees-Mogg
    No one can yet know when the world economy will reach its low point and begin what may be a long climb to recovery. In the past week we have seen a couple of political events that have already proved not to be turning points: the summit meeting in Paris and the passage of the Paulson plan through Congress. These were no more than village halts on the railroad to depression. However, we do know when the last global banking crisis was turned round, when confidence started to recover. Indeed, the Great Depression has precise dates for its beginning, which...
  • Important: On the Press as an Unofficial Tribunal - Ben Franklin

    09/01/2008 12:48:06 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 10 replies · 162+ views
    Annals of America - Encyclopedia Britannica ^ | 9/12/1789 | Benjamin Franklin
    POWER OF THIS COURT It may receive and promulgate accusations of all kinds against all persons and characters among the citizens of the state, and even against all inferior courts; and may judge, sentence, and condemn to infamy, not only private individuals but public bodies, etc., with our without inquiry or hearing, at the court's discretion.IN WHOSE FAVOR AND FOR WHOSE EMOLUMENT THIS COURT IS ESTABLISHED It is IN FAVOR of about 1 citizen if 500, who, by education or practice in scribbling, has acquired a tolerable style as to grammar and construction so as to bear printing, or who...
  • Franklin's Thirteen Virtues - Good Advice

    07/07/2008 6:39:57 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 32 replies · 605+ views
    Many, I'll pick one... ^ | Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation. 2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation. 3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time. 4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. 5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself:i.e. Waste nothing. 6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions. 7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and...
  • Inuit Oral Stories Could Solve Mystery Of Franklin Expedition

    06/26/2008 5:59:47 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,739+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 6-25-2008 | Randy Boswell
    Inuit oral stories could solve mystery of Franklin expedition Randy Boswell, Canwest News Service Published: Wednesday, June 25 More than 150 years after the disappearance of the Erebus and Terror - the famously ill-fated ships of the lost Franklin Expedition - fresh clues have emerged that could help solve Canadian history's most enduring mystery. A Montreal writer set to publish a book on Inuit oral chronicles from the era of Arctic exploration says she's gathered a "hitherto unreported" account of a British ship wintering in 1850 in the Royal Geographical Society Islands - a significant distance west of the search...
  • Atlanta mayor takes political shot at Bill Clinton

    01/21/2008 1:17:55 PM PST · by Wally_Kalbacken · 5 replies · 108+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 01/21/08 | By AARON GOULD SHEININ
    With former President Bill Clinton standing not 20 feet in front of her, Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin took what appeared to be a political shot at the former president's comments about Barack Obama's candidacy. Speaking at the 40th annual MLK commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Franklin said the country is on the "cusp of turning the impossible into reality. Yes this is reality, not fantasy or fairy tales." Clinton, in supporting his wife Hillary's bid for the Democratic nomination, recently took heat for using the term "fairy tale" to describe Obama's depiction of his stance on the war. Franklin...
  • Lobbyists or Spies?

    11/06/2007 1:31:58 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 11 replies · 230+ views
    Wall Street Journal (editorial) ^ | November 6, 2007 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    Government insiders who engage in unauthorized leaks of classified information are violating their oaths, breaking the law, damaging national security and deserving of punishment. Sometimes those outside government who receive secrets and pass them to others are also breaking the law and deserve punishment. The latter category includes enemy spies. But what about American lobbyists -- and journalists -- who receive secrets and pass them along? In an important trial set to begin in January, the Justice Department has irresponsibly confused the distinction between spying and lobbying. Keith Weissman and Steven J. Rosen, two former employees of AIPAC, the pro-Israel...