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  • Weaponizing the First Amendment: How Free Speech Became a Conservative Cudgel

    06/30/2018 12:43:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/30/18 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm. The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public unions a devastating blow. The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment to reject a California law requiring religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about abortion. Conservatives, said Justice Kagan, who is part of the court’s four-member liberal wing, were “weaponizing the First Amendment.” The two decisions were the latest in a stunning run of victories for a conservative agenda that...
  • Traveling All 50 States, Mowing Lawns For Elderly, Disabled, Single Moms And Vets For Free

    06/16/2018 2:24:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 6/15/18
    ATLANTA (CBS/CNN) — One good deed is turning into many, many more and a surreal US tour. **SNIP** This inspired him to start the Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a foundation that not only mows lawns for those in need but also works to inspire young men and women to make a difference. **SNIP** To defray the cost of his expenses, Smith said he’s funded by donations, including those by lawnmower companies that donate equipment. He takes submissions to decide what lawns he’ll mow, both on his website and on social media. He said it’s important to teach kids about...
  • Breast cancer screening failure 'shortened' up to 270 lives [single-payer]

    05/02/2018 6:10:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Sky News ^ | May 2, 2018 | By Sanya Burgess
    Up to 270 women may have had their "lives shortened" after the NHS failed to invite them to breast screenings, the Health Secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt made the announcement as he said the government will order an independent review into NHS breast cancer screening after hundreds of thousands of women were not invited for screening. Some of the women have since developed cancer. Making a statement to the Commons, Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said there could be 135 and 270 women who "had their lives shortened as a result", adding it was "unlikely to be more than this range...
  • "Terrorism" Turkish Style

    04/16/2018 3:23:59 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 8, 2018 at 5:00 am | Uzay Bulut
    "Erdoğan has cynically referred to these students as 'terrorists,' vowed to expel them from Boğaziçi University, and to deny them the right to study at any other university. We have heard this kind of verbal attack from Erdoğan before and it was followed by the detention of thousands of academics, journalists, artists, and human rights advocates." Ankara does nothing to prevent ISIS from selling Yazidi women and children in Turkey; allows unspecified numbers of people to use Turkish territory as a point of entrance into Syria and Iraq to join ISIS or other jihadist groups; hosts and aids Hamas,...
  • Here’s how we can make Turkey’s president pay a price for his crackdown on journalists

    04/06/2018 3:20:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5 at 10:41 AM | Michael Rubin
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s ruler for 15 years, has established himself as Turkey’s most consequential leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the republic’s founder. But while Ataturk’s legacy was to orient Turkey toward the West and lay a foundation upon which successors could cultivate democracy, religious tolerance and a reasonably free press, Erdogan seeks the opposite: He has placed Turkey firmly in the Islamic bloc and increasingly prefers Russia over NATO. He fans the flames of religious incitement not only against Jews and Christians, but also against Muslims who reject his more conservative views.It is time for the United States and...
  • Why States Should Abandon the ‘Free College’ Movement

    03/19/2018 9:34:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/19/2018 | Jennifer Walsh
    Subsidies reduce motivation, distort the education market, and often end up reducing students’ motivation. The “free college” movement, fueled to a large degree by Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential bid, is a response to concerns about increasing college-tuition rates, concomitant stagnation in state and federal grants, and a corresponding student-loan debt load that has ballooned to roughly $1.4 trillion. Indeed, inflation-adjusted data provided by the College Board shows that the average sticker price of higher-education tuition (excluding room and board) over the past ten years has increased 32 percent for two-year public colleges, 37 percent for four-year public colleges,...
  • I refuse to enter a gun free zone...unless...

    02/28/2018 12:00:23 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 23 replies
    Feb 28, 2018 | MosesKnows
    I refuse to enter a gun free zone...unless...there is a armed guard.
  • Anyone use free online tax services to file federal taxes?

    02/02/2018 1:04:54 PM PST · by Hot Tabasco · 43 replies
    2/2/18 | Hot Tabasco
    Has anybody here used an online tax service to file their taxes?
  • Cuomo wants to let Dreamers go to college for free

    01/25/2018 3:01:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/24/18 | Carl Campanile
    Gov. Cuomo wants to give another break to immigrant Dreamers by extending free public college tuition to students who were brought into to the United States illegally as kids. Cuomo tucked a provision in his $168 billion budget plan that would amend state education law to make the undocumented students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship program, which covers tuition costs for students from families with incomes of up to $125,000. On Tuesday, he said the state would continue providing Medicaid to Dreamers regardless of any federal changes to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival Program, or DACA.
  • Church Chuckles

    01/10/2018 2:47:24 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    email from a friend | 01/10/2018 | unknown
    Why Go to Church? One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, "I'm not going." "Why not?" she asked.  "I'll give you two good reasons," he said. "One, they don't like me, and two, I don't like them."  His mother replied, "I'll give you two good reasons why you SHOULD go to church: One, you're 59 years old, and two you're the pastor!" The Picnic  - A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town's annual 4th of July picnic. ...
  • For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever Amen

    01/04/2018 7:12:23 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 1-4-18 | Bible
    Posthumous awareness is yours for the taking as you enter My gates of Thanksgiving and fill My courts with praise for Truly as you enter in My likeness I arise in you ! My words become yours and your words become My knowledge for you HAVE obtained The Mind of CHRIST that "IS" The Manifold Wisdom of God Himself in an eternal manner for His Glory "as" The Kingdom of ZION above all kingdoms for this is the inheritance of The Sons and Daughters of The Living GOD "YAHWEH" 8888888 EPHESIANS 3:8-11 8Though I am less than the least of...
  • Florida lost more than $45 million after tolls suspended during Hurricane Irma.

    10/10/2017 12:32:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Orlando Weekly ^ | September 23, 2017 | Jim Turner, the News Service of Florida
    More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, Florida's Turnpike system estimates. However, the estimated $3 million-a-day impact is not expected to hinder operations of the system or ongoing work programs, “as impacts such as toll suspensions due to a hurricane are taken into consideration during the annual budgeting process,” turnpike spokesman Chad Huff said in an email Friday. Funding 404 full-time positions, the turnpike system is budgeted at $1.57 billion for the current fiscal year, which began July...
  • Free Book! [Vanity]

    09/15/2017 5:32:54 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 17 replies
    Self | 15 Sept. 2017 | Politically Correct
    Morning Freepers. Finished writing and publishing a book for the Kindle in the Fantasy genre.Pursued: A Modern Christian Fantasy It’s free this weekend. Today (Sept. 15) through Sunday (Sept. 17). Here’s the cover blurb. It started with dreams. Dreams so real they scared her. Dreams where something dangerous was pursuing her. Dreams that suddenly collide most uncomfortably with reality. Elise Franklin is a young college student with a seemingly normal life until she meets a most unusual Navajo Indian on the reservation near Shiprock, New Mexico. Now her world is rapidly spinning out of control. She is pushed into more...
  • ‘Free college’ is a new rallying cry in California

    09/05/2017 7:42:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 5, 2017 | by ALEXEI KOSEFF
    Concern over soaring tuition rates and ballooning student debt has propelled a rapidly expanding campaign for free public higher education at the local, state and even national level. In California, lawmakers, gubernatorial candidates and education advocates are among those pushing for ways to get rid of fees and other costs for some students. Some higher education experts noted that California already has arguably the most generous financial aid system in the country. It spends more than $2 billion annually on programs such as the Cal Grant, which covers up to four years of tuition at UC and CSU for low-...
  • Free Republic - Slow again

    07/27/2017 9:50:48 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    self | 7-27-17
    What's up with FR?
  • Ancient Trove of Sore Loserman Bumper Stickers Unearthed!!

    07/21/2017 10:03:59 AM PDT · by Technocrat · 32 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/21/2017 | Technocrat
    While organizing my basement a few weeks ago, I discovered an incredible trove of Sore Loserman bumper stickers, almost 200 of them, which are not doing any good at all in my basement. They are very much like the white version at the link. So starting now, for every $30 contributed to Free Republic, the contributor will qualify to have their very own piece of history mailed directly to their domicile. All you have to do is freepmail me your address and the link to where you brag about your new acquisition and associated contribution in the fundraiser thread. So...
  • Saturday Snickers

    07/15/2017 5:51:54 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    email friends | 7/15/2017 | unknown
    A good old Alabama boy won a bass boat in a raffle drawing. He brought it home and his wife looks at him and says, "What you gonna do with that. There ain't no water deep enough to float a boat within 100 miles of here." He says, "I won it and I'm a-gonna keep it." His brother came over to visit several days later. He sees the wife and asks where his brother is. She says, "He's out there in his bass boat", pointing to the field behind the house. The brother heads out behind the house and sees...
  • When there's no school lunches, food vans help fill the gap

    06/04/2017 4:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | June 4, 2017 | Allison Colburn
    Operation Food Search is launching an expanded summer program this week, providing free meals to children under the age of 18 who would normally eat breakfast and lunch at school. Some of the meals will come from food truck-like vans. Starting Monday and continuing through Aug. 11, program leaders plan to distribute more than 100,000 meals to hungry children in St. Louis and St. Louis County, exceeding last year’s record. The summer program, now in its sixth year, has grown from providing 5,000 meals in 2012, Executive Director Sunny Schaefer said....
  • Best Free Sites to Legally Stream Movies

    04/20/2017 9:18:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Make Tech Easier ^ | 4/20/17 | Ryan Lynch
    It’s no secret that the future of entertainment is streaming, and the future is now. After the meteoric success of Netflix, virtually every content provider on the planet was eager to get in on the streaming game. For many, the arrival of streaming services meant finally ditching their cable companies and their astronomical bills. Unfortunately, would-be cord cutters found that Internet streaming could still be costly. With Amazon, Hulu, HBO, SlingTV and countless others all throwing their hats into the ring, subscription fees can add up quickly.In addition to these paid options, there are a plethora of subscription-free websites that...
  • Woman freed from ISIS captivity wants to join YPJ (Kurd female military)

    04/19/2017 5:38:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017, 11:43 | HEYSEM MISLIM
    Fatma Ĺžerif from Raqqa, freed from ISIS who used her as a slave for three years, wants to take up arms and join YPJ ranks now. All those freed from ISIS captivity has a story, mostly a painful one. Fatma Eli Ĺžerif is one of those women. Fatma Eli Ĺžerif, mother of three, is a woman from Raqqa. Her husband lost his life 8 years ago. She has been struggling to save her children from ISIS over the past one year. During the latest SDF offensive in the region, the woman and her children have been freed from ISIS. Speaking...