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  • Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary'

    09/09/2012 10:55:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 8, 2012 | Amanda Wilcox
    Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary' the plane narrowly missed the tree line in their backyard was smoking on the way down. It brushed the top of the trees, the belly of it did. You could see pinecones falling 1st Lt. Kristin Dalton said the smoke was the result of “fluid leaking onto hot parts of the aircraft similar to if you spilt oil on a hot lawn mower. But she added that “just because the aircraft was smoking and there was a fluid leaking does not mean that (the pilots) lost control of the aircraft in any way....
  • Michael Moore: "President Romney" – How to Prevent Those Two Words From Ever Being Spoken

    09/07/2012 4:31:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    MichaelMoore.com ^ | September 7, 2012 | Michael Moore
    In two months we Americans will go to the polls once again to decide who the president will be for the next four years. We will not be allowed to vote on those who wield the true power in this country. On November 6th we will not vote for the chairman of ExxonMobil or JPMorgan Chase or Citibank or the Premier of China. That day will come, but not this year. Now, I know there are a goodly number of you out there who believe there's not a snowball's chance in Kenya that Barack Obama will not be re-elected to...
  • Was the revolution lost in Tunisia and Egypt?

    09/05/2012 10:30:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Sep 2012 | Not Identified
    First it was the media, now it is the artists. Censorship in the birthplace of the so-called Arab Spring - Tunisia - is back. The government has already been accused of clamping down on reporters. And now, two Tunisian artists have been charged. Their crime: creating sculptures that the authorities say are harmful to public order and good morals. Nadia Jelassi's work is of a veiled woman surrounded by rocks and suggests she is being stoned, while Mohamed Ben Slama's work is of a child with ants streaming from a schoolbag that spelt out "God". Meanwhile in Egypt, two journalists...
  • Huntsville Man Charged with Fraud and Unauthorized Wearing of Military Medals

    09/03/2012 11:05:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    FBI ^ | August 28, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama
    BIRMINGHAM—A federal grand jury today indicted a Huntsville man for fraud and unauthorized wearing of U.S. military uniforms and medals, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Haley, III announced. The FBI and U.S. Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated the case. An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Chris Graham with: one count of fraud in relation to (possessing) identification documents, two counts of wearing of the U.S. "Army Combat Uniform" (without authorization). eight counts of unauthorized wearing of U.S. military badges, decorations, or medals (on combat uniform?). 15 years in prison...
  • What Christie left out of his Jersey miracle story

    09/02/2012 9:51:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 29 | Mark Lagerkvist
    "Christie did spearhead legislation that increased pension contributions by public employees, tweaked benefits and halted cost of living increases," but did little or nothing to stop the costly practice of 'double-dipping.. which allows well-connected officials to 'retire,' start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state, often the next day or week." The most prominent of the double-dippers exposed recently just happens to be Christie's deputy chief of staff, Louis Goetting, "who gets $228,860 a year - $140,000 in salary, plus $88,860 as a state retiree." New Jersey Watchdog found at least 60 double-dippers in New Jersey...
  • Navy SEAL Author Rejects the Pentagon's Legal Threat

    08/31/2012 9:34:58 PM PDT · by Rabin · 36 replies
    .theatlanticwire ^ | August 31 | John Hudson
    Defense Department's top attorney , "all remedies legally available" against the publication of No Easy Day, (of the) firsthand account of the mission (which culminated in the demise of 0 bin Laden). "You are in material breach and violation of the nondisclosure agreements you signed," wrote Pentagon general counsel Jeh Charles Johnson. The letter; threats of a criminal prosecution seizure of as well as go after publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group. In a written response, "Mr. Owen sought legal advice about his responsibilities before agreeing to publish his book and scrupulously reviewed the work to ensure that it...
  • Was the Civil War Actually About Slavery?

    08/30/2012 2:40:56 PM PDT · by PeaRidge · 431 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 8/29/12 | James Oakes
    On 6 November 1860, the six-year-old Republican Party elected its first president. During the tense crisis months that followed – the “secession winter” of 1860–61 – practically all observers believed that Lincoln and the Republicans would begin attacking slavery as soon as they took power. Democrats in the North blamed the Republican Party for the entire sectional crisis. They accused Republicans of plotting to circumvent the Constitutional prohibition against direct federal attacks on slavery. Republicans would instead allegedly try to squeeze slavery to death indirectly, by abolishing it in the territories and in Washington DC, suppressing it in the high seas, and refusing federal...
  • RNC Day 3: Fear of a black incumbent (Smell their desperation!)

    08/29/2012 11:28:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Independent Weekly ^ | August 29, 2012 | Barry Yeoman
    I’ve covered national political party conventions since 1980. I know how amped-up the rhetoric can get on both sides. But I have never heard so much fear of an incumbent as I’ve witnessed during this week’s Republican National Convention. “Every election we hear that this is the most important election in our lifetime,” Sharon Day, who co-chairs the Republican National Committee, told delegates last night. “This election is more than that. It is the most important election in our nation’s lifetime.” She compared GOP activists to the United States’ Founding Fathers: “What they started, what they believed in, we must...
  • EDITORIAL: The Five Reasons Why I Plan to Vote for Obama

    08/28/2012 8:28:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Kittanning Paper ^ | August 28, 2012 | Saundra McKee, retired educator
    After weeks of op-ed pieces against our President, I’d like to offer a dissenting viewpoint. I like and respect and consider Jack Bennett a friend, but disagree with him politically. I have no doubt that it will set off a series of tyrannical rants from the right, and that’s okay. I’m a liberal Christian, sixty-two year old female, Democrat and retired educator (in order of importance to me). For as long as I can remember my litmus test for those I vote for is based on a quote from the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey: “The moral test of government...
  • 10-Foot-Tall Anti-Romney Neon Sign Erected In Newbury Park Neighborhood (Owner a "Repub/Christian")

    08/28/2012 11:46:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    KCAL-TV ^ | August 27, 2012
    NEWBURY PARK — Complaints poured in Monday about a 10-foot-high wooden structure and neon sign in a quiet Newbury Park neighborhood that says “Romney’s Racist Heart Dotcom. Save the GOP.” “It’s obnoxious. It’s an eyesore here. I wish it was gone,” said one neighbor. Steven Showers, 59, built the display after doing research into Mormonism after it became apparent that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would get the Republican nomination for president, according to the Ventura County Star. “I love it. It’s the way I designed it,” Showers said.
  • Playing the Racism Card and Probably Winning (If you're GOP/Conservative/Tea Party-you're a racist!)

    08/27/2012 5:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | August 27, 2012 | Prairie Weather
    Over at the Plum Line, they’re saying that Romney is channeling Lee Atwater. Lee Atwater is one of the nasty playground bullies who adhered to the Republican party like a piece of used toilet paper, lowering its reputation and making way for ethically-challenged, “anything goes” politicians the Republican party now has in the House and on its campaign trails. When Atwater died, he left behind Rove and other dodgy characters like Dick Armey to carry on the right’s effort to fracture and pillage America. Their kind of narrow self-interest has been emblematic of Republican politics for thirty years now. Racism?...
  • Occupy Tampa Live Video Feed Up at RNC 2012 (And they're already begging for things)

    08/26/2012 8:27:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Muncie Free Press ^ | August 26, 2012 | K. Paul Mallasch
    TAMPA, FL - While the mainstream media hasn't really been reporting that much on activities of either the Occupy Tampa group or the anarchists that are expected to show up, the Occupy Tampa folks have got their LiveStream up and going. (There have been a few reports from big media like Newsday and the NY Daily News. ) If weather gets out of hand, the Occupy Tampa website is asking for help with shelter.They also have a plea out for attorneys to help them. They wrote: "Recently we’ve dealt with an increasing amount of police harassment. On the night of...
  • Porter Stansberry: "You'll probably disagree with this"

    08/25/2012 9:20:39 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 5 replies
    Growth Stock Wire ^ | August 25, 2012 | Porter Stansberry
    "We've averaged $1.5 trillion a year in federal deficit spending since OBAMA! was elected. That's about 41 cents out of every dollar the government spends. These new debts will total more than $6 trillion by the end of OBAMA!'s first term. It's hard for most people to understand what this means because the numbers are so big, they simply don't compute. Think about it this way... That $6 trillion OBAMA! has borrowed is not only more money than any other president has ever borrowed before... But it's more money than every president has borrowed combined. When OBAMA! took office in...
  • The Ugly Mitt: By Playing Racist Birther Card, Romney Proves He Deserves The Zero He Got In Poll

    08/25/2012 1:17:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mitt Romney -- maybe he wasn't happy with the hatchet job by Trump and Sununu? By playing the racist "birther" card, America's first serious Mormon Presidential candidate has concluded that his best chance of winning the White House is to rally his Republican base including the Tea Party and hope for a few bad things to also happen. Speaking at a campaign rally in Michigan today before a crowd of a few thousand, the desperate Republican candidate said: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born...
  • Romney: Hooray for Whiteness! (Down the rabbit hole...)

    08/24/2012 7:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Care2 ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jeff Fecke
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney cracked a birther joke on Friday, underlining just how much his campaign is banking on the vote of white people. Speaking in his native state of Michigan, Romney said, “I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised. Where both of us were born.” He then added, “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” The Obama campaign fired back. In a statement, the campaign said, “Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices...
  • The GOP’s Vitruvian Man (Do not read at meal or snack-time or w/beverages)

    08/24/2012 10:09:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Tucson Sentinel ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jimmy Zuma
    Leonardo da Vinci’s arguably most famous drawing is called the Vitruvian Man. You’ve seen it; it’s the one where a buff man is stretching out in two positions inside a circle. Also called The Proportions of Man, it got us thinking about what a Vitruvian Republican might look like. What are his “proportions?” The Republican Party’s latest draft platform was completed this week, just in time for next week’s Tampa convention. It gives us a pretty good idea of what Republican Man looks like. According to the platform, who is a Republican voter voting to elect? 1. A manly man...
  • Russian Policy on Iran and Syria in State of Disarray

    08/22/2012 8:46:38 PM PDT · by Rabin
    Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 9 Issue: 157 ^ | August 16, 2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Last month, the Russia Navy announced it was assembling a task force in the Mediterranean: a frigate, two corvettes, five landing craft (with, 3 reinforced Marines companys ) and a tanker. “to defend Russian shipping in the event of a naval blockade" of Syria by NATO naval forces. By the end of July, the two landing ships from the Black Sea fleet returned to Sevastopol. This month, the three landing craft from the North Fleet remaining “are planned to dock in Tartus” – the Russian naval base in Syria. After docking in Tartus, the Russian military command planned to send...
  • Why Ryan's Hope Would Be An American Nightmare (Obnoxious and wrong on many levels)

    08/22/2012 8:26:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Black Star News - New York's Leading Investigative Newspaper ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Howard University
    THE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee announced that he has selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice presidential running mate. Conservatives are hoping against hope that this selection will relaunch Romney’s campaign by providing the necessary policy focus that has been lacking up to this point. Conservative columnist Paul Gigot recently wrote, “The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election…Against the advice of every Beltway bedwetter, he has put entitlement reform at the center of the public agenda…” Gigot calls Ryan “a man of...
  • Ted Rall: Romney-Ryan extremism could revive liberal support for Obama (Stunningly bad)

    08/19/2012 9:52:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | August 19, 2012 | Ted Rall
    Soviet citizens had to be Kremlinologists, studying subtle linguistic and tonal shifts in state propaganda, noting the seating order of party leaders at official functions, in order to predict the future direction of their lives. So too are we Americans, for without any way to really get to know our politicians—their press conferences and interviews are too infrequent and carefully stagemanaged, unchallenged by compliant journalistic toadies — we are reduced to reading signals. Even to an alienated electorate, the tealeaves are easy to read on the Republican side. Between Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, his team...
  • Socialist Roseanne Barr compares poor Republicans to pro-Nazi Jewish police (Like George Soros?)

    08/18/2012 1:22:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 14, 2012 | Joe Newby
    Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate Roseanne Barr compared America to pre-war Berlin and agreed that poor Republicans are like the Jewish police, the pro-Nazi units who "collected people for forced labor, guarded the ghetto fences and gates and eventually seized people for deportations," Twitchy reported Tuesday. "[A]merica is currently just like pre war berlin & EVERYONE is a Jew now, (sic)" she tweeted Tuesday. "And poor republicans are the Jewish police," one person responded. "[Y]es," Barr replied. "If you are a low-income Republican, Roseanne Barr considers you the moral equivalent of a Jew who oversaw the deportation of other...
  • Ten Reasons Romney's Hard Right VP Is a Smart Choice (Keyboard & monitor destruction warning)

    08/17/2012 12:25:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Tyee ^ | August 17, 2012 | Don Hazen
    It's a big step toward getting the Koch brothers' hand-picked star close to the presidency. When U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan, the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman, to be his running mate, progressives went on a happy-thon. That Romney chose the House Budget Committee chairman known as the architect of draconian budgets that would make huge cuts in every aspect of the safety net -- not to mention his quest to turn Medicare into a voucher program -- just seemed like a major blunder. Many were gleeful and shocked that Romney would seemingly play right into the Obama...
  • Michael Moore runs with Joe Biden’s ‘back in chains’ comment

    08/15/2012 8:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 15, 2012 | Staff
    Michael Moore✔ @MMFlint When our democracy is hijacked by Wall Street, the too-big-to-fail banks and the Koch brothers, then we are ALL in chains. 15 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Never mind that the White House itself has chosen to double down on Vice President Joe Biden’s comment to a crowd in Virginia Tuesday that a President Mitt Romney would “put y’all back in chains.” Moore, Biden admirer and author of “Stupid White Men,” has deemed the backlash “made-up outrage,” picked up the tasteless metaphor and run with it. Michael Moore✔ @MMFlint When u finish college $100K in debt, YOU...
  • Navy submarine commander relieved of duty a week after taking command

    A week after taking command, the USS Pittsburgh (a fast-attack Los Angeles Class sub), commander was relieved of duties for unspecified allegations of personal misconduct, the Navy announced on Sunday. A spokeswoman said no details will be available. The Navy is investigating.
  • Puppet Man (Craziest Paul Ryan rant yet? You decide)

    08/11/2012 10:21:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Blog Critics ^ | August 11, 2012 | Pam Messingham
    As I read that Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as a running mate, I heard "Puppet Man," by the 5th Dimension, echoing through my head. I wondered if this choice, worse than Palin could even pretend to be, would wake up the 50 percent who chant the "Star Spangled Banner" even though they are clueless as to what that song signifies. I’m sure the tune gets blurred between shouts of Hallelujah and Ave Maria. I have to laugh at this choice. Obviously, Mitt and his puppeteers aren’t concerned with the vote. The majority of independents are lost on Mitt’s choice....
  • Complaint About 'Hooker' Kids Clothes Goes Viral

    08/11/2012 10:17:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Aug 12
    Swedish high street fashion chain Lindex has been hit by an online storm after a woman’s complaint about their “hooker-like” clothing range for young girls went viral. The woman who made the complaint, children’s author Malin Stehn from southern Sweden, posted a message on the Facebook page of Lindex, voicing her disappointment after shopping for her 9-year-old daughter. “I was extremely disappointed by the range. Is it really the wish of the ‘marketers’ (producers and consumers) that nine-year-olds should dress like, excuse the expression, hookers???” The message was posted on Tuesday morning, and has since received over 55,000 likes on...
  • Emma Cowing: Tramp-Stamp Takes on Acceptable Status

    08/11/2012 10:05:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WHEN I was 17 years old, I got a tattoo. Looking back, I’m not sure I thought it through. Determined my parents shouldn’t find out, I had the offending article inked on to my ankle, thus ushering in a ten-year period during which I only ever appeared in their presence wearing knee length socks or ankle length skirts. I looked like an Amish woman who’d just escaped from a particularly busy threshing season on the farm. Finally, fed up with tripping over my hems and on holiday with my mother in the middle of a hot summer, I came clean,...
  • Is This an NBC Olympic Video, or an Adult Video Preview?

    08/11/2012 10:00:21 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 49 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 08/12/2012
    A producer at NBC recently decided to make a video called "Bodies in Motion", showing off Olympic athlete's bodies in various states of competition. Unfortunatley, the music production department chimed in, adding uber-creepy porn-like music to the clip. Critics slammed the network for what seemed like the blatant sexualization of athletes competing for Olympic gold. NBC promptly pulled the video, but left us wondering - What were they thinking? Via LiveLeak: Someone at NBC Apparently Approved This Creepy, Porny Video of Female Olympians. Have you barfed yet today? Get thee to a drain of some kind before watching this video...
  • Support Mark Neumann Bus Tour [Tea Party Express: WI and MO]

    08/05/2012 7:20:53 PM PDT · by Syncro · 101 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | August 5, 2012 | Staff
    Support Mark Neumann Bus Tour Posted on August 5, 2012 August 7th – August 9th, 2012 Day 1: Tuesday, August 7th La Crosse, WI – 2:00-2:45 PMEau Claire, WI – 5:30-6:15 PM Day 2: Wednesday, August 8th Superior, WI – 8:30-9:00 AMWausau, WI – 1:30-2:00 PMMadison, WI – 5:30-6:15 PM Day 3: Thursday, August 9th Milwaukee, WI – 10:00-10:45 AMFond du Lac, WI – 12:45-1:15 PMAppleton, WI – 3:15-3:45 PMGreen Bay/ De Pere, WI – 5:30-6:15 PM  
  • Arizona Tax Defier Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Fraud and Tax Conspiracy

    08/10/2012 10:22:22 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | Friday, August 10, 2012 | Un-Named,
    Office of Public Affairs, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Richard Kellogg Armstrong, 77, of Prescott, Ariz., was sentenced today to 108 months in prison plus an 660 day prison term and $1,021,500 of fines. Plus $1,678,834 and forfeit, two residences and a personal aircraft. (neither his wife nor dog has been shot) Armstrong was found guilty of one count of mail fraud, eight counts of filing false claims, three counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to defraud + 10 acts of contempt of court. “The sentence in this case demonstrates that...
  • Manuel Castro, Chick-fil-A vandal deserves a reward not criminal charges (Compares to MLK, Jr.)

    08/10/2012 3:50:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 10, 2012 | Gregory Kelley
    There is a thin line between free speech and criminal action. Actually that line is supposed to be broader than you think. Free speech is protected as long as it is not a lie used with malicious intent or an expression that destroys other people’s property. So, how do you know when you have crossed over from freedom of expression to freedom to be in handcuffs? Ask Manuel Castro. Wait, you don’t know who he is? Of course you do or gay individuals should. He is the guy that wrote the words “TASTE LIKE HATE” all over the Chick-fil-A in...
  • DEA Announces Largest Single U.S. Strike Against Mexican Drug Cartels

    08/08/2012 10:14:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Contact: Terri K. Wyatt Special Agent/PIO, (214) 366-6900 ^ | October 22, 2009 | DEA Public Affairs,
    “ATF’s arrest of defendants in Project Coronado highlight the almost inseparable link between illegal trafficking of firearms and narcotics between the U.S. and Mexico,” said ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. “ATF ... focuses its investigative tools on criminal groups such as La Familia, ... It is alleged that La Familia used proceeds from the sale of drugs to purchase or obtain hundreds of firearms that were then moved illicitly to Mexico.” Project Coronado through OCDETF., (Special Operations Division), DEA, FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service and ATF, as well...
  • Why? Why Aurora, Ft. Hood, Gabby Giffords, VA Tech...(Blech!)

    08/07/2012 2:30:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Patch ^ | July 24, 2012 | Heather Borden Herve
    Will it ever stop? Not at the rate we’re going. Will it stop with absolutist arguments from either side on the gun debate? Not with the ‘You’ll-only-pry-this-weapon-out-of-my-cold-dead-hands’ mentality nor with the ‘Make-all-guns-illegal' argument either. Why? Why does Aurora happen? What does it say about us as a culture, that this kind of thing happens here? That it happens here more than it happens any other place in the world? We’re not at war at home. We’re not in a place where suicide bombings happen, and we’re not currently engaged in a religious or territorial war within our own borders. Why...
  • Giants Facebook Page Hacked, Calls Chick-fil-A President (Explitive)

    08/05/2012 11:45:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Aug. 3 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    We can only imagine how delighted San Franciscans were yesterday when they learned their hometown baseball team had weighed in on the whole Chick-fil-A flap with this pointed post: SNIP Although we wouldn't put it past the Giants to pop off in defense of gays, this Facebook message, which, by the way got eight likes in a matter of seconds, was nothing but a bored hacker at work. According to sports blogs, the Giants were one of many baseball teams whose Facebook accounts were hacked this week. It all started when the Yankees posted this very surprising message about team...
  • Just a Little Venting

    08/05/2012 6:50:59 PM PDT · by Wharthog1775 · 27 replies
    My head | Wharthog1775
    I know everyone is worked up about the presidential election but let's talk about something else for a moment. Lets talk about citizenship, the 2nd amendment, and the supreme court. Starting with citizenship, why are we born citizens? I think Heinlein had it right. Everyone, even the natural born Americans should have to earn citizenship. Everyone born here should have basic inalienable rights, but they should not be able to vote unless they are a citizen. Military service should guaranty citizenship assuming there was no dishonorable discharge. Otherwise you should have to keep your nose clean graduate high school and...
  • Do we really need to own guns? (Yes, he's serious)

    08/05/2012 2:26:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2012 | Joseph Cotto
    Following the Aurora shooting, the subject of gun control has returned to our national dialogue. Earlier this week, I wrote about my plan for firearms safety. The article itself was quite popular in terms of readership, but not so much when it came to reader commentary. What I proposed was quite simple; that a thirty day waiting period for firearm sales be mandated by the government. During this time, law enforcement officials would conduct a series of comprehensive background checks on all purchasers. If nothing negative were to turn up, then an individual could retrieve his or her gun after...
  • David Frum: Fried chicken for Jesus

    08/04/2012 10:00:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 4, 2012 | David Frum
    Welcome to 21st century America, where everybody is a victim. Once upon a time, victim status was the reserved property of a few minority groups. No longer! Americans have opened the doors of self-pity to all. White or black, rich or poor, straight or gay, male or female: all believe themselves uniquely persecuted and oppressed. This July, a humble fried chicken sandwich became the symbol of two competing persecution narratives: gays vs. Christians. The sandwich is made by Chick-Fil-A, a 1,600-store restaurant franchise owned by the billionaire Cathy family of Atlanta, Georgia. The Cathy family have generously supported Christian causes:...
  • Vote - Are Women's Beach Volleyball Uniforms Too Sexy?

    08/04/2012 9:56:20 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 102 replies
    There is a controversy brewing at the London Olympics and it doesn't involve judges, steroids, or tanking matches (we're looking at you Badminton) - it involves bikinis. Critics are claiming that not only are the women's beach volleyball uniforms too sexy, but that photographers seem to be focusing an inordinate number of their images on certain parts of the female anatomy. Are the Olympics women's beach volleyball photos too sexy? That is the claim being made by some people who find that too many pictures of these female Olympians are filled with crotch shots and close-ups of women's derrieres in...
  • Vote - Are Women's Beach Volleyball Uniforms Too Sexy?

    08/04/2012 9:56:10 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 14 replies
    There is a controversy brewing at the London Olympics and it doesn't involve judges, steroids, or tanking matches (we're looking at you Badminton) - it involves bikinis. Critics are claiming that not only are the women's beach volleyball uniforms too sexy, but that photographers seem to be focusing an inordinate number of their images on certain parts of the female anatomy. Are the Olympics women's beach volleyball photos too sexy? That is the claim being made by some people who find that too many pictures of these female Olympians are filled with crotch shots and close-ups of women's derrieres in...
  • Networks That Fawned Over Obama's World Tour Mock Romney's International 'Blunders'

    08/03/2012 8:35:19 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 02, 2012 | Scott Whitlock
    Mitt Romney's week-long international trip resulted in unrelentingly negative coverage from the big three broadcast networks, a stark change from the glowing press awarded to then-candidate Barack Obama's world tour in 2008. While "MSM" pr0mod Obama rock star (from the Associated Press: "It's not only Obama's youth, eloquence and energy that have stolen hearts across the Atlantic...."), Romney endured a focus on gaffes and the trivial.
  • Should Scientism be considered a religion on Free Republic?

    06/30/2008 4:41:23 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 531 replies · 241+ views
    June 30, 2008 | Kevmo
    The crevo threads typically degenerate into name calling. Recently, the Religion Moderator declared that "science is not religion", and did not publish the criteria for such consideration. My suggestion to the evolutionist community has been to acknowledge that Scientism is a religion and start to utilize the protections offered under the religion tags that are different than other threads (due to the intensity of feelings over religious issues). So this thread is intended to be an ECUMENICAL thread under the tag of SCIENTISM. The intent is to keep discussion civil. I would like to see a straightforward discussion over the...
  • Markey, Schumer Call on Temporary Block for CNOOC-Nexen Deal

    07/30/2012 8:47:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    RigZone ^ | Monday, July 30, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in calling for the United States to issue a conditional block CNOOC's proposed acquisition of Canada-based Nexen, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Markey said that Nexen has drilled for oil in the U.S. without paying royalties and that, if the merger proceeded, would result in a "massive transfer of wealth" to China at the expense of the American taxpayer, the Wall Street Journal reported. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to block CNOOC's proposed acquisition of Canada-based energy company Nexen until the...
  • Newsflash. Chick-fil-A run by businessmen, not 7 year old children

    07/28/2012 6:25:45 PM PDT · by bigLusr · 29 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 7/27/2012 | Cheryl Phillips
    Thanks for the info. I have added this statement to my post: "Please note: I have reached out to Chick-fil-A via email and on their Facebook page for a statement about this situation and they have not responded. This article will be updated when I receive an official statement from Chick-fil-A."
  • US House Rejects Obama Offshore Drilling Plan

    07/25/2012 9:19:47 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Rigzone ^ | July 25, 2012 | Karen Boman
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected the Obama administration's proposed five-year offshore drilling plan... Under the president's plan, (the next) a lease sale is scheduled for offshore Virginia in 2017 House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), "President Obama's rewritten offshore plan represents a giant step backwards for American offshore energy production and a giant lost opportunity to create over a million new American jobs,"...
  • EPA Scientists Receive Presidential Honor

    07/24/2012 11:38:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    yosemite.epa ^ | 07/23/2012 | News Releases from Headquarters
    Two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists were named as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award, is being given to EPA’s Dr. Mehdi Hazai and Mr. Adam Eisele, (and 96 others) as the highest (0nly) honor in the early stages of "independent" research. "Early" EPA Career Mr. Eisele developed and used air sampling to identify and characterize local sources of air pollution in (1 to 2 mile high community elevations). His research is being used to identify community health risks due to... oil and gas production sources. "Early" Career Dr. (EPA...
  • Our rights in crowded theaters (Please don't read while eating)

    07/22/2012 9:00:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 22, 2012 | James Rowen
    Every American student who's taken a civic class has heard Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s admonition that free speech under the US Constitution doesn't give you the right to shout "fire" in a crowded theater. So the right to bear arms under the 2nd amendment - - written at a time when citizen militias might be needed to fend off the British or a foreign power intent on undermining the new Republic - - shouldn't mean someone has the right to barge into a crowded theater, open fire and slaughter people with powerful guns and ammunition obtained legally. Yet we...
  • Why aren't 'Booty Pop' boy's parents in jail?

    07/22/2012 5:15:11 PM PDT · by redreno · 24 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Published July 11, 2012 | By Dr. Keith Ablow
    Carla and K Roundtree, parents of a 6-year-old rapper and Tyler Council, producer of the boy's “Booty Pop” music video should be legally charged with child sexual abuse, convicted and made to register as sexual offenders. The parental rights of his parents should be suspended, pending an investigation by child protective services. Why?
  • N.Korean Army Chief 'Refused to Go Quietly

    07/21/2012 11:58:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    chosun ilbo ^ | July 22, 2012 | un-named
    A gunbattle broke out when the North Korean regime removed army chief Ri Yong-ho from office, leaving 20 to 30 dead. Some intelligence analysts believe Ri, who has not been seen since his abrupt sacking earlier this week, was injured or killed in the confrontation.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the NAACP

    07/13/2012 10:34:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    DoJ ^ | July 10, 2012 | witheld
    – nationwide – homicide is the leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 15 and 24... nationally, only 8% of white voting age citizens, while (according to some recent studies) 25% of African-American voting age citizens, lack a government-issued photo ID it’s why the leadership of organizations like the NAACP ... remains as vital as ever. It’s also why, today’s Justice Department has made an unprecedented commitment to protecting the safety – and potential – of our children
  • Am I Not Supposed To Support Trayvon Cause I'm White? (Worse than it sounds)

    07/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Global Grind ^ | July 10, 2012 | Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief & political dir. for Russell Simmons
    It was Thanksgiving. A very cold November afternoon. I must have been 19 or 20 years old...home for the holiday from UCLA, where I was studying theater. My bube (grandmother) was still alive. My entire family sat around the dinner table, doing what the Skolniks love to do...talk politics. Of course we ate turkey. cranberry sauce. mashed potatoes. the usual. a little tofurkey for the vegetarians in the crew. The tone was light. Soft jabs. No heavy punching, since we all come from the same political cloth. But when the conversation turned to race, the tone got a little bit...
  • Bank On Yourself - ???

    07/08/2012 6:45:55 AM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 19 replies
    I've searched and found only one mention, a joke, about bank on yourself here on FR. I listen to talk radio and one station WDTK - The Patriot, advertises bankonyourself.com so I thought I'd check it out. It has to do with a concept of over-funding a whole life insurance policy that you can earn interest on at a much higher rate than a savings account, and of course you can borrow money from it as well. Recently my business changed mortgage lenders and switched from paying an escrow for the property tax to maintaining my own in a credit...