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  • The Idiots Guide to Wealth Creation; or How to Become a United States Senator

    05/24/2014 5:42:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn’t rich. Seventy times seventy millions can’t make him rich, as long as his poor heart is breaking for more. I am just about rich enough to buy the least valuable horse in your stable, perhaps, but I cannot sincerely and honestly take an oath that I need any more now. And so I am rich. But you, you have got seventy millions and you need five hundred millions, and are really suffering for it. Your poverty is something appalling.—Mark Twain to Cornelius Vanderbuilt He lies in little...
  • Mark Twain Denounced as Thought Criminal

    05/21/2014 5:45:58 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 41 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 19 2014 | Dave Blount
    To build a utopian America where everything is perfect as defined by our wise liberal ruling class, first the old America must be eradicated. That means erasing the heritage that makes the country what it is. National treasures like Mark Twain have to go: An effort to name a Lake Tahoe cove after American literary icon Mark Twain has been scuttled for the second time in three years, citing opposition from a tribe that says the writer held racist views of Native Americans. It should be noted that most everyone who lived in the 19th century held views of Indians...
  • Plan to name cove after Mark Twain scrapped after tribe complains (He was Racist)

    05/19/2014 7:55:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Joshua Miller
    "Samuel Clemens had racist views on the native people of this country and has captured those views in his literature," Cruz wrote in a letter to the board. He also took exception to a Twain quote about Lake Tahoe: "People say that Tahoe means 'Silver Lake' — 'Limpid Water' — 'Falling Leaf.' Bosh! It means grasshopper soup, the favorite dish of the digger tribe — and of the Pi-utes as well."
  • Mark Twain Denounced as Thought Criminal

    05/19/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT · by massmike · 20 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 05/19/2014 | Dave Blount
    To build a utopian America where everything is perfect as defined by our wise liberal ruling class, first the old America must be eradicated. That means erasing the heritage that makes the country what it is. National treasures like Mark Twain have to go: An effort to name a Lake Tahoe cove after American literary icon Mark Twain has been scuttled for the second time in three years, citing opposition from a tribe that says the writer held racist views of Native Americans. It should be noted that most everyone who lived in the 19th century held views of Indians...
  • Racism claim dooms bid to honor Mark Twain in NV

    05/18/2014 7:47:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2014 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A state panel has effectively killed a bid to name a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain, citing opposition from a tribe that says he held racist views on Native Americans.
  • America's Knockout Novel: The Adventures of Huck Finn

    12/10/2013 3:45:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Lee Culpepper
    With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twain’s classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most. Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twain’s timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry --...
  • Putin's devastating KO

    09/22/2013 7:10:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 22, 2013 | A.J. DiCintio
    No matter how profound the issues or scandals, the current administration's MO has been to avoid substance in favor of the corrupt politics of spin and ignore, ignore and spin, a strategy that, history teaches, often succeeds in gaining the confidence of a majority of the people. . . until the piper shows up. However, as polls reveal, no amount of duplicitous White House propaganda or disregard for pursuing truth can prevent the public from perceiving this reality: With respect to his influence regarding Syria and the rest of the world an effete, dithering, anchorless, contradictory Barack Obama has been...
  • 10,000 Threads Posted on Freerepublic

    06/26/2013 11:03:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 112 replies
    Vanity | 26 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Today, I posted my 10,000th thread on Freerepublic. I thought some reflection was appropriate. When I found Freerepublic in 1998, it was as though I had found a gold mine of truth in a desert of lies and spiked news stories. You had to work to find the nuggets, but they were there, instead of the fool's gold constantly being peddled by the MSM to a propagandized public. Freerepublic became my home on the net. Jim Robinson, as a Californian, has done a great deal to make up for all of the horrible ideas that have come out of that...
  • Bummed By Debate, Morning Joe's Meacham Clings To Prospect Of Romney's Political Death

    10/04/2012 9:58:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Watching Mitt Romney last night as he revived his campaign while demolishing President Obama was surely a bitter pill for Jon Meacham to swallow. On Morning Joe today, the former Newsweek editor sought to console himself. Meacham—twice—pointed out that although Mark Twain famously wrote that rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated, Twain did eventually die. Nice analogy, Jon! View the video here.
  • Where’s the ‘Probable Cause’?

    04/13/2012 7:05:10 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 281 replies
    national review ^ | 4-13-12 | John Lott
    The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct. The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the “affidavit of probable cause” is startlingly weak. As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I have read a number of such affidavits, and cannot recall one lacking so much relevant information. The prosecutor has most likely deliberately overcharged, hoping to intimidate Zimmerman into agreeing to a plea bargain. If this case goes to trial, Zimmerman will almost definitely be found “not guilty” on the charge of second-degree murder. The prosecutor wasn’t required to go to the...
  • Vanity - Have the 99%ers been reading Mark Twain?

    10/14/2011 12:57:51 PM PDT · by DManA · 3 replies
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court | October 14, 2011 | Self
    Just learned an interesting (I think) factoid. Roosevelt got the phrase New Deal from "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". Been reading Twain recently. Maybe the 99%ers have too? "I was become a stockholder in a corporation where nine hundred and ninety-four of the members furnished all the money and did all the work, and the other six elected themselves a permanent board of direction and took all the dividends. It seemed to me that what the nine hundred and ninety-four dupes needed was a new deal."
  • America's Mark Twain Conservatives

    09/16/2011 9:26:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2011 | Marvin Folkertsma
    Attempting to categorize conservatism in the 21st century runs the risk of plunging into the briar patch of academic labeling or the fever swamp of left-wing vitriol. In the first category, one finds such designations as conservatism, neo-conservatism, and paleo-conservatism, while those things liberals say about conservatives may be relegated to the realm of overheated political rhetoric. But this still leaves those sympathetic to conservatism with the problem of self-definition, especially during a time when Tea Party enthusiasts have captured so much attention in the context of discussions about conservative views. The word conservatism itself is usually and rightfully associated...
  • Famed fossil isn't a bird after all, analysis says (Archaeopteryx)

    07/27/2011 1:55:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | By MALCOLM RITTER
    One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all. Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite un-birdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, two years after...
  • Th Art of Language

    04/22/2011 5:59:02 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 28 replies
    The ability to speak, to use verbal representations of our thoughts, is one of the most striking differences between humans and animals. True, animals communicate with each other but there is no reason to suppose they are sharing anything more than an expression of feelings. It is not language in the sense humans use language, their thoughts. Since we also use language to to explain our thoughts, to ourselves and others, we should also be concerned with the clarity and skill with which we use language. With that in mind I would direct your attention to what two writers said...
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    01/07/2011 8:26:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 77 replies
    Virginia.edu ^ | 1884 (1885 in the US) | Mark Twain a.k.a. Samuel Clemens
    This thread will contain the entire text of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, who was not only a socialist, and never worked a day in his life, but also believed that William Shakespeare didn't write the works of William Shakespeare. IOW, he was a deeply flawed do-nothing who happened to become (temporarily) successful in middle age."All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn... American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." -- Ernest Hemingway, "Green Hills of Africa" (1935) related: The Elderly Man...
  • Uncomfortable 7th-grader spurs decision to drop 'Huck Finn' from class

    02/09/2003 6:10:14 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 58 replies · 693+ views
    PensacolaNewsJournal.com ^ | JANUARY 30, 2003 | Ginny Graybiel
    <p>Escambia School District teachers won't be sharing "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with students until they're in the 11th grade.</p> <p>School District officials made the decision after the principal at Ransom Middle School relayed a parent's concern over a seventh- grade class reading the racially charged Mark Twain classic about the teenage Huck floating down the Mississippi River with the escaping slave, Jim.</p>
  • Racial Switch Halts 'Huck Finn' Production

    05/22/2005 9:04:39 AM PDT · by FreeManWhoCan · 116 replies · 1,547+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/22/2005 | Associated Press
    GLENELG, Md. - A black Huck Finn and a white Jim might be OK for a high school production of Mark Twain's classic tale — but those performances had to be edited out of a C-Span talent show after the copyright holder objected to the cross-casting. ADVERTISEMENT Jay Frisby, a black student who played Huck, and Nick Lehan, a white student who played Jim, taped their performance of the song "Muddy Water" for "Close Up," a weekly show that highlights high school excellence. When the program aired Friday, the two Glenelg Country School seniors were introduced, but viewers were told...
  • Huck Hushed

    01/06/2011 7:24:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2011 | Staff
    Free Speech: No one should be surprised that the police of political correctness have finally begun rewriting literary classics. But their double standards of censorship are not about to stop at the racially offensive. The Montgomery, Ala.-based New South Books has published titles that include 2006's "Ali Dubyiah and the Forty Thieves," described as "the tale of the ruler George W. 'Dubyiah' Fratbush, son of the earlier monarch Wimpbush, and the Fall of the American Empire." In it, Dubyiah's "lust for power draws him into a gambit to take possession of the world, together with his band of thieves —...
  • A Taiwanese perspective on the Censoring of Huckleberry Finn.

    01/07/2011 8:09:16 AM PST · by GraceG · 10 replies
    Next Media Animation ^ | 01/07/2011 | NMANews
    The NMA News, the animators of the Tiger Woods Thanksgiving Debacle sound off about the Censoring of Huckleberry Finn.
  • New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the N-word

    01/05/2011 7:02:51 AM PST · by Huck · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | January 5, 2011 | Keith Staskiewicz
    <p>What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books' upcoming edition of Mark Twain's seminal novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will remove all instances of the N-word -- I'll give you a hint, it's not nonesuch -- present in the text and replace it with slave.</p>
  • New Edition Of 'Huckleberry Finn' Will Eliminate Offensive Words

    01/04/2011 5:24:19 PM PST · by Borges · 84 replies
    NPR ^ | 01/04/11 | Mark Memmott
    Saying they want to publish a version that won't be banned from some schools because of its language, two scholars are editing Mark Twain's classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to eliminate uses of the "N" word and replace it with "slave," Publishers Weekly writes. The edition, from NewSouth Books, will also shorten an offensive reference to Native Americans. As PW says, "for decades, [Huckleberry Finn] has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country, relegated to optional reading lists, or banned outright, appearing again and again on lists of the nation's most challenged books, and all for its repeated...
  • New edition of Mark Twain to remove racial slurs

    01/03/2011 7:16:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 86 replies
    theaustralian.com.au ^ | Jan. 4, 2011
    A PUBLISHER is planning to release a new edition of two of Mark Twain's classic novels that replaces the racial slurs used throughout the books with less offensive language. NewSouth Books will release a single volume containing both novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, overseen by Twain scholar Alan Gribben, Publisher's Weekly said. In both, the n-word is replaced with the word "slave" and the word "Injun" is removed. "This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colourblind," said Mr Gribben, the head of the English department at Auburn University at...
  • Teacher wants to expel Huck Finn

    01/19/2009 2:18:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 2,075+ views
    latimes.com ^ | January 19, 2009 | Kim Murphy
    Reporting from Ridgefield, Wash. -- John Foley figures he has pretty much maxed out on explaining to African American mothers why it's OK to call a black man the N-word -- as long as it's in a novel that is considered a classic. For years, English teachers have been explaining away the obvious racism in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." And for years, the book that perhaps best explains Americans' genetic predilection for hitting the road, only to later find themselves, has stayed near the top of many high school reading lists. However, with an African American about...
  • 'Huckleberry Finn' pulled from classes after parent complains

    11/03/2006 6:54:37 PM PST · by Stoat · 242 replies · 5,072+ views
    The Lansing State Journal ^ | November 3, 2006 | AP
    'Huckleberry Finn' pulled from classes after parent complains Associated Press  TAYLOR - Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" has been pulled from high school classes after a parent of a black student complained that a teacher had students read portions aloud.There is only one black child in the English class where the book, which contains racial slurs, was read aloud and acted out, The Detroit News reported Thursday.The book will remain on the shelves at Taylor School District's high schools. The district's curriculum committee will recommend to the school board whether the book should have a future...
  • New edition removes Mark Twain's 'offensive' words (PC Barf Alert)

    01/04/2011 7:18:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/4/2011
    Mark Twain wrote that "the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter." A new edition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" will try to find out if that holds true by replacing the N-word with "slave" in an effort not to offend readers. Twain scholar Alan Gribben, who is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books, said the N-word appears 219 times in "Huck Finn" and four times in "Tom Sawyer." He said the word puts the books in danger of joining the...
  • Huck Finn Gets Some Changes (I'll give you one guess)

    01/04/2011 2:08:14 PM PST · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 010411 | Mike Krumboltz
    Acclaimed by critics, scholars, and -- of course -- readers, Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the great American novels. The book has been reprinted countless times, adapted into movies, and translated into just about every language under the sun. But should it be updated for today's times? News that the manuscript would undergo some changes sent shockwaves through the Search box. According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books plans to release a version of "Huck Finn" that cuts the "n" word and replaces it with "slave." The slur "injun," referring to Native Americans, will also be...
  • New edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' to lose the 'n' word

    01/04/2011 6:59:28 AM PST · by MissTed · 74 replies
    EW ^ | 1/3/11 | Keith Staskiewicz
    What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books’ upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s seminal novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all instances of the “n” word—I’ll give you a hint, it’s not nonesuch—present in the text and replace it with slave. The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it. “Race matters in these books,” Gribben told PW. “It’s a matter of how you express that in...
  • Scotch, Cigars, Family - Mark Twain Awakens After 100 Years

    12/21/2010 11:05:02 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | December 21, 2010 | Joel Leyden
    Scotch, Cigars, Family - Mark Twain Awakens After 100 Years By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Hartford, Connecticut ---- December 21, 2010 ..... Before there was Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube - there was Mark Twain. Quicker than the digital status updates that we have all become familiar with, Mark Twain's creative, aggressive and friendly wit jumped all over the globe touching millions. Making them smile, laugh and reflect. This American legend, globe trotting journalist and renowned author born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Mo. in 1835, who worked on a Mississippi river boat and at the age of 13...
  • Dead 100 Years, Mark Twain Lets Loose

    10/19/2010 10:14:57 AM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 17, 2010 | Jeff Glor
    It's been 100 years since Mark Twain died, after declaring, "If I cannot swear in heaven I shall not stay there." Wherever he is, a century later, the words and stories he left behind live on . . . > ...President Theodore Roosevelt is "one of the most impulsive men in existence" . . . the American soldiers Roosevelt sent to the Philippines Twain called "uniformed assassins" . . . and then there's his Italian landlady, who's "excitable, malicious, malignant, vengeful, unforgiving, selfish, stingy, avaricious, coarse, vulgar, profane, and obscene" . . . and that's just for starters. > ...our...
  • Mark Twain finally gets recognition in Nevada

    09/19/2010 6:44:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies
    hosted ^ | Sep 17 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Mark Twain is finally getting some recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name as a newspaper reporter nearly 150 years ago. The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names has voted to name a cove on Lake Tahoe's northeast shore for Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain's real name. The name now goes to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for final action. Nevada historians believe the site is where Twain accidentally started a wildfire in 1861 while preparing to cook dinner over a campfire. He later assumed his pen name as a reporter in nearby...
  • Mark Twain to tell all - 100 years after death

    05/24/2010 3:36:11 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 44 replies · 1,216+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 24/5/2010 | staff reporter
    Mark Twain's autobiography is finally to be published later this year, and a section is on his scandalous relationship with a woman who became his secretary after his wife died. The writer, who created Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, had instructed that his autobiography should not to be published till 100 years after his death. Mark Twain died April 21, 1910. He left behind nearly 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs along with handwritten notes that said he didn't want them to be published for at least a century. The Independent reported Monday that the University of California, Berkeley, will release...
  • That Coal-Fired Furnace in the Sky

    05/21/2009 7:08:57 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 11 replies · 2,027+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 22 May 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Did anybody else notice that the phrase “global warming” has largely disappeared from public discourse? All but the slowest enviromentalists have dropped that phrase because for the last three years the globe as been cooling off. So, the new phrase is “climate change.” As a public service, I’d like to explain this phrase by reference to a pair of coal-fired furnaces, one in Birmingham, Alabama, the other one in Baltimore, Maryland. My mother grew up in Birmingham almost a century ago, in a rambling, wood-framed house on Warsaw Street. It had sleeping porches for summer heat, and a coal furnace...
  • The Killing of Julius Caesar "Localized"

    03/14/2009 6:31:51 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 17 replies · 764+ views
    Mark Twain Short Story | 03-14-2009 | Captain Peter Blood
    Being the only true and reliable account ever published; taken from the Roman "Daily Evening Fasces," of the date of that tremendous occurrence. Nothing in the world affords a newspaper reporter so much satisfaction as gathering up the details of a bloody and mysterious murder and writing them up with aggravating circumstantiality. He takes a living delight in this labor of love--for such it is to him, especially if he knows that all the other papers have gone to press, and his will be the only one that will contain the dreadful intelligence. A feeling of regret has often come...
  • A “study” claims guns being stored unsafely: what would Mark Twain say?

    Another one of those “studies” showing that guns might be unsafe (who knew?) has come out. Here’s a quote: “Over 70 percent of families surveyed reported not storing their firearms safely in their residence,” said Robert DuRant of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. “This concerns us a great deal because having guns in the home increases the likelihood that they will be used in a suicide or unintentional injury.” The good doctor would have also wanted to point out, I am sure, that, if a family didn’t have a gun in the house, then of course that missing...
  • The Arab immigrants that started to call themselves (in the 1960's as) "Palestinians"

    12/04/2007 5:51:40 AM PST · by PRePublic · 13 replies · 618+ views
    The Arab immigrants that started to call themselves (in the 1960's as) "palestinians" The Arabs in the Holy Land - Natives or Aliens? Unknown to most of the world population, the origin of the "Palestinian" Arabs' claim to the Holy Land spans ...http://www.ldolphin.org/palestinians.html   The True Identity of the So-called Palestinians.The current myth is that these Arabs were long established in “Palestine”, until the Jews came and “displaced” them. The fact is, that recent Arab immigration into the Land of Israel displaced the Jews. That the massive increase in Arab population was very recent is attested by the ruling of...
  • District, activists settle 'Huck Finn' dispute

    11/01/2007 10:30:23 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 53 replies · 152+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 11/01/2007 | JESSAMY BROWN
    HALTOM CITY -- The Birdville school district superintendent will apologize in writing to a student offended by a lesson on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and teachers will get cultural sensitivity training. Those were the agreements reached Wednesday after a 90-minute meeting between school officials, 17-year-old Ibrahim Mohamed, his parents and a coalition of activists offended by the teacher's repeated use of a racial slur that is in the text of the classic 1884 Mark Twain novel. The school district has removed the book from the Richland High School student's class and has allowed him to enroll in a different...
  • VANITY

    10/21/2007 1:58:19 PM PDT · by Sarah · 24 replies · 93+ views
    Today | Sarah
    Please Help me find the Mark Twain passage where he deals with the 'redemption' of a drunk and the bliss and hopes pinned on the success, and the obvious falling back into alcoholism of a town drunk. (I remember it being a few pages...) I've spent HOURS trying to find it. Thanks, Sarah
  • A Toe-Tapping Good Time

    10/05/2007 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 23 replies · 775+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 5 September 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    As often as possible, I share time well-spent with America’s greatest humorists and philosophers. This week it is Mark Twain and Thomas Sowell. That combination is not as odd as it first seems. Philosophers dig down to basics, to find and state the truth. Think about it, humorists do the same, but faster. Humor is truth by surprise. Mark Twain wrote: “When I arrived in Virginia City, there were eleven saloons, five jails, and some talk of building a church. It was no place to be a Presbyterian, and I did not remain one long.” In those two sentences, he...
  • Mark Twain Says Congress is an Idiot

    08/08/2007 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 21 replies · 2,883+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 August, 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Mark Twain has been dead for a number of years. He often voiced his opinion that Members of Congress were not the sharpest tools in the shed, but he hasn’t actually made such a comment in more than a century. Still, an issue arose last week which allows me full permission to condemn Congress again in Mark Twain’s name. This concerns the sailing of the Delta Queen. Practically everyone, even in land-locked states, knows the Delta Queen. She is the last surviving original-style paddlewheel boat to sail on the Mississippi. She was built in 1926 for use on the West...
  • They're reprehensible (The Peoples representatives that is.....MUST READ !!!!!!)

    07/20/2006 4:53:31 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 43 replies · 1,483+ views
    WND ^ | July 18, 2006 | Mychal Massie
    Well spoke Mark Twain when he said: "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself." The truth be told not, only are they idiots, but many of them are the worst examples of humanity – and none is a better portrait of same than Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., but I am getting ahead of myself. I justly brand these carrion the worst kind of human beings because of their relentless attacks against our military men and women. Theirs is not simply over-the-top foolish comments, they are personal, ad-hominem attacks directed at men...
  • Presbyterians Running Loose in America!

    06/09/2006 6:06:53 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 29 replies · 860+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 June 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This column was inspired by Michelle Malkin, whose work I much admire. Her latest article is, “It’s the Jihad, stupid.” I’ll explain home-grown terrorism in the US, Canada, England, France, and a few hundred other nations around the world, in terms even the dumbest Member of Congress should understand. I won’t name names, just initials: There’s RD in the Senate (Ohio) and CMcK in the House (Georgia), for example. Imagine that Presbyterians were running amok all over the world. Bombing restaurants, kidnaping people, cutting off heads, and making videos of all that for the Presbyterians who weren’t there and missed...
  • Puckett and Reeve, Gone before Their Time

    03/07/2006 8:41:33 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 882+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 7 March 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two excellent human beings died this week, long before their time. One thing connects Kirby Puckett, baseball player, and Dana Reeve, actress and widow of Christopher Reeve. It is Ernest Hemingway’s immortal definition of heroism, “grace under pressure.” This man and this women were both heros. Kirby Puckett was a Hall of Famer, one of the finest athletes in Minnesota in any sport. As an outfielder and slugger for the Minnesota Twins, he made the impossible seem natural with his skills. There’s an article in the Pioneer Press, “Weren’t the Cheers Only Yesterday?” which captures the magic of his ability....
  • 'Honest Leadership'

    01/18/2006 5:15:14 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 10 replies · 554+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | January 18, 2006 | Seadog Bytes
    Given recent revelations in the news regarding the 'Left' doing everything possible to suppress the contents of the "Barrett Report", I seriously doubt that the  perfect irony  of the below news photo... (and the included original Reuters caption immediately below it) ...will be lost on ANYONE.   http://www.seadogbytes.com/sbimages/HillaryHonest.jpg  
  • Statistics, Lies and Damned Lies on Military Recruitment

    12/18/2005 11:16:10 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 15 replies · 2,429+ views
    Special to Free Republoic ^ | 18 December, 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    What follows is the lede from a Baltimore Sun article today (Sunday) about Army recruitment as reprinted in The Day in New London, Connecticut. It demonstrates, again, the truth of Mark Twain’s dictum, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” "Washington — The Army met its recruiting goal for November by again accepting a high percentage of recruits who scored in the lowest category on the military's aptitude tests, Pentagon officials said Thursday, raising renewed concerns that the quality of the all-volunteer force will suffer. "The Army exceeded its 5,600 recruit goal by 256 for November, while the Army Reserve...
  • Ben Franklin’s Greatest Invention

    12/08/2005 11:07:42 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 129 replies · 5,316+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 Nov., 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Even today, sources on inventions list six by Franklin that are still in active use today. One of those sits in my back hall, cheerfully and economically heating the back of my home – the Franklin stove. Another sits on the bridge of my nose as I write this – a pair of bifocals. But this is about Franklin’s greatest invention, one that the lists never mention because it is mere words, not a physical object. Franklin made seven trips to Europe, as a diplomat and scholar. He was welcomed into all the learned societies that existed in Europe then....
  • Lies, D*mned Lies, and the Washington Post

    05/05/2005 5:42:25 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,232+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 6 May 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Last week the Washington Post along with ABC News put out the results of a national poll on a wide variety of issues. I read the poll, and several articles about the poll. Clearly, Mark Twain’s famous quote, “lies, d*mned lies, and statistics” applies here. This is not a matter of differences of opinion, nor of editorial judgments. This is bald-faced lying by the newspaper and network editors. They published statistics that any competent college graduate would have known were false. Many in the MSM republished the Post-ABC poll without an independent review to see if the poll’s results were...
  • Condi Rice & Pierce Flanigan’s Father’s Hat

    03/14/2005 3:00:35 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 19 replies · 1,837+ views
    Pierce Flanigan, Jr. died this week, aged 93. But this is about his hat, not his death. And it is about the absurd series of questions asked of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice by Tim Russert on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Russert’s effort to pin her down on whether she is running for President in 2008 spanned five straight questions. Pierce, III has been my good friend since we went to school together, and later were college roommates. Along the way, Dr. Carl Zapfee of Troop 35 made us both Senior Patrol leaders in the troop. He assumed, correctly, that...
  • Mark Twain: DEMOCRATIC RATIFICATION MEETING

    01/24/2005 3:34:21 PM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 15 replies · 995+ views
    San Francisco Daily Morning Call ^ | 7 September 1864 | Mark Twain
    News doesn't need to be current to be relevant. Apparently, San Francisco Democrats have not changed in 141 years. Unfortunately, neither have Californians -- they're still voting for Democrats. _____________________________________________________ The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, September 1864 DEMOCRATIC RATIFICATION MEETINGSeveral hundred men and boys of all political colors, were gathered at the Plaza last evening to see the sky rockets, look at the pictures and hear the music and speeches. It was expected, of course, that all the apostles and prophets, saints and martyrs of the peace makers and the Constitution preservers would display themselves, no matter how diverse...
  • Mark Twain

    01/13/2005 12:16:25 PM PST · by Snagglepuss · 5 replies · 316+ views
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  • Reflections on Government

    12/08/2004 1:32:17 PM PST · by OESY · 11 replies · 893+ views
    email | December 8, 2004 | Unknown
    1) Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ............Mark Twain 2) I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. ........Winston Churchill 3) A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. .............George Bernard Shaw 4) A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. ............G. Gordon Liddy...