Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $42,557
48%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 48%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

News/Current Events (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Marco Rubio aka Water Boy

    02/14/2013 5:50:35 PM PST · by Vendome · 109 replies
    Vanity | 2/14/2013 | Vendome
    Freepers! Marco Rubio is just great and what a sense of humor. This is exactly how to respond to liberal hubris and their synthetic, hibrow, intellect. You need this water bottle if only to get Marco notice from now on. He is going to be Yuge and you need to support him.
  • Exclusive: Judicial Watch Breaks USDA Training Video Labeling Pilgrims 'Illegal Aliens'

    02/14/2013 5:46:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/14/13 | staff
    Wednesday night on The O’Reilly Factor, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, broke a series of previously unreleased US Department of Agriculture Videos featuring required “Cultural Sensitivity Training.” The program required employees to chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens,” never to use the word “minorities” and to replace it instead with “emerging majorities,” and other similarly leftist tripe. The sensitivity training sessions taped here were held on USDA premises, and is part of what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack termed the department’s “new era of Civil Rights” and “broader effort towards cultural transformation at USDA.” The training sessions were created by...
  • Report: L.A. County Sheriff Awards Carry Permits to Friends, Donors

    02/14/2013 5:38:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | february 14, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Public records show Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who is known for being stingy with concealed-weapons permits in an anti-gun jurisdiction, may be giving out permits disproportionately to his friends and political supporters and donors. L.A. Weekly obtained public records for all of the 341 active concealed-weapons permits in addition to the 123 applications for permits that were denied over the last 18 months. The records show that of all the people who were denied a permit, only one had contributed to Baca. Baca's friends and campaign donors disproportionately make up the list of those who have active permits....
  • Chemical velcro sticks underwater

    02/14/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 February 2013 | James Urquhart
    Ferrocene 'hooks' (yellow) fit into cucurbituril 'loops' (grey) to hold the two sheets of silicon together © Wiley-VCHSouth Korean scientists have developed a chemical velcro that shows promise as a strong and reversible underwater adhesive. The team suggests it could have many applications that require controllable adhesion in aqueous environments.Previous efforts to create underwater adhesives have mainly focused on biomimetic catechol-based polymers that are secreted by marine organisms, including mussels. However, these require curing agents and work by covalent crosslinking, which results in permanent adhesion.Now, Kimoon Kim and colleagues at Pohang University of Science and Technology, have developed a reversible...
  • Charred remains found in cabin positively ID'd as Christopher Dorner, police report

    02/14/2013 4:57:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | February 14, 2013
    Charred remains found in a burned out California cabin have been positively identified as that of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said the remains were identified through dental examination in the autopsy. Authorities said other personal effects were found in the cabin, including Dorner's license. Miller did not give a cause of death. The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning that he would bring "warfare" to...
  • IG: Add LG Chem to Obama’s green-tech subsidy flops

    02/14/2013 5:26:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    hot air ^ | february 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administration’s $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall. After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of their batteries installed in a consumer vehicle, the local NBC affiliate produced this report on the way taxpayer money got spent:
  • Arizona debates driver's licenses for immigrants

    02/14/2013 5:25:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 02/14/2013 | Associated Press
    After Mabel Muńoz was stopped by police while driving to her college dormitory, the honor student was
  • Benghazi Attack Was Retaliation For Brennan’s Secret Al-Qaeda War

    02/14/2013 5:24:39 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | February 14, 2013 | Kris Zane
    Obama with his “we can’t wait for Congress to act” ... there is one man who wields more power than Obama: CIA appointee John Brennan. ... recently discovered that Brennan, running something akin to a fiefdom with his drone assassination program, has the power to decide who lives and who dies and doesn’t have to provide evidence to any entity that the “target” presents any threat to America—even if they are an American—even if the American is living in the United States ... the United States, leading up to the 2011 Libyan civil war had been flooding Libya with literally...
  • Former San Diego mayor (party unknown) acknowledges using charity for gambling, losing $1 billion

    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband's charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker — and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. O’Connor, the mayor of California’s second largest city from 1986 to 1992, pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt. An attorney for O’Connor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had severe health problems,...
  • Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job

    02/14/2013 5:20:58 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 13 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers' jobs. "I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing...
  • Ex-girlfriend: Dorner was stressed out, bottled up

    02/14/2013 5:18:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 2/14/13 | Joe Sterling
    CNN) -- An ex-girlfriend of slain murder suspect Christopher Dorner said the former L.A. policeman worked in a pressure cooker and she was afraid he would target her after she heard he was the object of a manhunt. "It was very scary, and, you know, I made a decision to speak out because if anything had happened to me, I'd want my family to at least have an idea about maybe who it was," Arianna Williams told CNN on Thursday. ~~SNIP~~ "He would come over to my house and sometimes there would be firearms laying around. I just attribute that...
  • Time For Firearms Manufacturers to Draw the Line

    02/14/2013 5:00:34 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Sean Sorrentino
    Raleigh, NC --(Ammoland.com)- How much is your profit margin worth? Lenin famously said that “capitalists will sell us the rope we use to hang them.” Should firearms manufacturers sell guns to the police who will enforce gun control laws? Should they sell arms to the states that do not respect the rights of their residents? LaRue got the ball rolling. Olympic Arms came out strong. EFI appears to have added New York to the list they already maintained of locations they simply wouldn’t support. Templar Custom has joined in. And York Arms not only joined, they cancelled actual New York...
  • Rahm Emanuel Toying With 2016 Presidential Run, Sources Say

    02/14/2013 4:59:35 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2/14/13 | Lloyd Grove
    Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Grove—as long as Hillary doesn’t. And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is said by well-connected Democrats to be considering with the idea of running for president if Hillary Clinton opts out of the 2016 race. It’s unclear who raised the subject—Emanuel or the donors—and the mayor’s press secretary didn’t offer any clarity on who said what to whom. However, Tarah Cooper sent a photo of Emanuel's scrawl on yellow legal paper vowing "not ever" to run for "for...
  • York Arms Cancels All Its New York Police Orders

    02/14/2013 4:54:27 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Buxton, ME --(Ammoland.com)- Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York. We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York. As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies. For “civilian” customers residing in New York: At your choice, we will: •Complete your order and ship to a dealer of your choice outside of NY. •Refund your payment in full. •Hold your items...
  • Carnival Triumph Tow Rope Breaks, Prolongs Passengers’ Misery

    02/14/2013 4:33:20 PM PST · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    The passengers of the Carnival Triumph (probably) never imagined that they’d get to extend their trip by several days. They certainly didn’t picture themselves living like 19th-century steerage passengers, if 19th-century steerage passengers had cans of Pringles and defecated in plastic bags. The cruise ship, as you may recall, had an engine room fire on Sunday, stranding the ship in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal power, sanitation, and access to hot food. If the passengers of the Triumph needed anything, it was for their return to shore to be delayed even further. Naturally, earlier this afternoon the rope attaching...
  • Van Jones: Rubio Is ‘Dangerous’ to Democrats

    02/14/2013 4:32:26 PM PST · by Drew68 · 37 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 13 Feb 2013 | Cyrus Afzali
    Sen. Marco Rubio’s delivery of the GOP response to the State of the Union shows he’s a force the Democrats must reckon with, says former White House advisor Van Jones. The Florida Republican poses a “dangerous” political threat to Democrats because of his keen ability to emotionally connect with voters, Jones said.
  • Obama asked to settle couple's baby-name dispute

    02/14/2013 4:29:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    "I'm going to leave this up to you guys," he said, explaining that if the couple decided against his choice, the girl would forever think the president of the United States didn't like her name. "Tell Eleanor or Alice not to forget to be awesome." ~~SNIP~~ "If it’s a boy and you want to name it Barack," he said, "that’s fine."
  • Egypt floods Gaza tunnels, cut Palestinian lifeline

    02/14/2013 4:26:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/13/2013
    Up to 200 smuggling tunnels shut since Egyptian President Morsi took office; some 30% of all goods reach Gaza through tunnels. Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years. Reuters reporters saw one tunnel being used to bring in cement and gravel suddenly fill with water on...
  • Muslim woman: Jews don't rape us, unlike Arabs

    02/14/2013 4:24:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 2-13-13
    An Arab Muslim mother from northern Israel who is aspiring to a life in politics called out fellow Arab women on Tuesday for failing to differentiate between the Jews and Arabs with whom they are in conflict. Commenting on a Facebook event page protesting the sexual harassment and torture of female activists in Egypt, Anet Haskia (who was interviewed in the latest issue of Israel Today) said Palestinian women should take a close look and realize how humane their Jewish "enemies" really are. To the Palestinian women who commented on that event page, and apparently tried to draw Israel into...
  • No homework on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?

    02/14/2013 4:16:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” -- designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule homework and exams -- lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much. [Snip]...