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    03/08/2015 7:18:56 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 69 replies
    me | 3/8/15 | me
    ROUND 7 - THE FINAL - OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 15 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Final Pair! Vote for your favorite! No reply, no vote. A tie will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday.

    03/01/2015 6:30:25 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 48 replies
    me | 3/1/15 | me
    ROUND 6 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 8 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Final 4 in just 2 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday.

    02/23/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 51 replies
    me | 2/23/15 | me
    ROUND 5 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, March 1 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. The Great 8 in just 4 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end (hopefully) the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act

    02/16/2015 5:35:44 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 50 replies
    me | 2/16/15 | me
    ROUND 4 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. Sweet 16 in 8 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite of each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act

    02/15/2015 3:21:30 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 44 replies
    me | 2/15/15 | me
    We have a TIE from Round 3 to BREAK! (What is it with 1983? No one seems to be able to separate the songs!) #4 1983 "Down Under” Men at Work versus #1 1983 "Every Breath You Take" Police

    02/09/2015 7:24:26 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 30 replies
    me | 2/9/15 | me
    ROUND 3 OF THE '80S TOURNAMENT OF CHART-TOPPERS COMMENCES! Votes due: Sunday, Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm Eastern. Sweet 16 pairs of songs! Vote for your favorite in each pair shown. No reply, no vote. (You may abstain from any pairs.) Any ties will be broken with a run-off which will end the following Monday. Format: Yearly rank/seed - year - song title - act

    02/08/2015 5:00:50 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 32 replies
    me | 2/8/15 | me
    We have a TIE from Round 2 to BREAK! #3 1983 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara versus#5 1983 "Beat It" Michael Jackson

    02/01/2015 3:52:05 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 60 replies
    me | 2/1/15 | me
    ROUND 2 of the greatest hits of the '80s begins! Due date: Sunday, Feb 8 @6:00 pm (Eastern) Had to cut short the Round 1, as the response wasn't enough. Will try weekly rounds from now on. This Round takes the top 6 songs of each year of the '80s, and pairs them in brackets along with the best #7s as voted in Round 1.

    01/25/2015 7:37:02 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 53 replies
    me | 1/25/15 | me
    OK, FREEPERS, LET'S START THIS CONTEST FOR THE GREATEST SONG OF THE '80S. The baseline for the contest is the top 7 hits of each year of the '80s, as compiled by BILLBOARD. This is not based on personal preferences, biases, prejudices, or counter-culture reactivity. The rules in general will be to vote for everything shown. No equivocating, ties, or omissions. Votes will only be counted if the "ballot" is complete. ROUND 1 We begin by using the #7 songs of each year and paring them from 10 songs to 4 (to set up brackets for the rest of the...
  • (VANITY) How about a music play-off for best '80s songs?

    01/22/2015 6:34:07 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 129 replies
    me | 1/22/15 | me
    What does everyone think of a music play-off bracket-type poll for best songs of the '80s?
  • Urban Outfitters' Hillary Clinton Nutcracker Is Horribly Sexist

    11/12/2014 6:45:56 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    Yahoo! Style ^ | November 12, 2014 | Laia Garcia
    Urban Outfitters is back in the spotlight again for their questionable product choices. This time it’s for the Hillary Clinton Nutcracker, an actual nutcracker in the shape of, you-guessed-it, Hillary Clinton. These days it seems as if Urban Outfitters’ marketing plan is largely based around generating press on derogatory items such as a “one of a kind sweatshirt featuring the Kent State University logo” with a suspicious blood-like spatter, and an array of T-shirts that perpetuate stereotypes against Native Americans, Mexicans, Jews, and Irish among others (at least the fact that no one is safe is slightly comforting?). 
  • This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

    10/04/2014 10:01:13 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 90 replies ^ | october 4, 2014 | Robert Sorokanich
    Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation's home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid's weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won't find any animation on broadcast this morning. It's the end of an era. Yes, The CW, the final holdout in Saturday morning animation, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend. This week,where you once saw shows like Cubix, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z and Kai, Digimon Fusion, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, you'll instead find "One Magnificent Morning," a block of live-action educational programming. It's the end of...
  • Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner

    09/04/2014 1:11:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 262 replies
    Slate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Amanda Marcotte
    The home-cooked meal has long been romanticized, from ’50s-era sitcoms to the work of star food writer Michael Pollan, who once wrote, “far from oppressing them, the work of cooking approached in the proper spirit offered a kind of fulfillment and deserved an intelligent woman’s attention.” In recent years, the home-cooked meal has increasingly been offered up as the solution to our country's burgeoning nutrition-related health problems of heart disease and diabetes. But while home-cooked meals are typically healthier than restaurant food, sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton from North Carolina State University argue that the stress that...
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 106 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • Going Home

    07/24/2014 4:34:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    SHREVEPORT, La. -- "Goin' Home." It keeps going around and around in my head as we drive around my old home town -- the slow, sweet musical theme Dvorak used for the largo in his New World symphony. By writing lyrics for it, a gifted pupil of his turned it into a kind of modern Negro spiritual, putting into words the plaintive, elegiac spirit of the music -- and the longing felt by anyone homesick for an irretrievable past: Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a-goin' home; Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home. It's not far, jes' close...
  • Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them?

    04/01/2014 8:51:27 AM PDT · by jxb7076 · 79 replies
    Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them? America needs a visionary for the future! During the past, and recent presidential election we hear the all too familiar suggestion of “returning to the good old days.” Every candidate talk about returning America to a sense of values. I don’t know about you but each time I hear, or heard that suggestion I get a little queasy in the stomach accompanied by a little bewilderment, confusion, and absolute disgust! Whenever I hear the suggestion I often wonder exactly what period in time they want to take us back to! Could...
  • Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them?

    03/31/2014 12:04:07 PM PDT · by jxb7076 · 35 replies
    Hubpages ^ | jxb7076
    Civil rights, human rights, gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights - it’s all wrong – it’s nothing but a rollover problem from the good old days that was never resolved. Read more at:
  • Putin uses Olympics cash to start Soviet-style fitness program

    03/27/2014 1:27:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:22pm EDT | Alexei Anishchuk
    President Vladimir Putin launched a program to improve the physical fitness of Russians on Monday, using funds from the Winter Olympics to revive a Soviet-era plan. Speaking at a meeting with officials in the Kremlin, Putin said that reinstating the plan, first introduced in the 1930s under Joseph Stalin and known in Russia by the acronym GTO, would “pay homage to our national historical traditions”. […] Putin frequently harks back to the Soviet era to appeal to nostalgic Russians. …
  • I Miss Ronald Reagan (total vanity)

    11/02/2013 7:25:32 PM PDT · by workerbee · 54 replies
    11/2/13 | Me
    I miss Ronald Reagan.I miss having a president that loves this country.I miss having a president who is OF this country!I miss the optimism he inspired, for us and for the world.I miss his humbleness and his humor.I miss his leadership, and his class.Thank you - Rest in peace, Mr. President.
  • The Rehabilitation of an Old Emotion: A New Science of Nostalgia

    07/13/2013 5:03:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 10, 2013 | Clay Routledge
    A Swiss physician named Johannes Hofer coined the term nostalgia in the late 17th century to describe what he considered to be a cerebral disease unique to Swiss mercenaries fighting wars far from home. Fast forward over three hundred years to the present day and nostalgia is everywhere. Old movie franchises are resurrected and rebooted, songs and albums that represent “the classics” for any given generation are remastered and rereleased, and old video games are given a high definition facelift and resold. Communities and civic organizations all over the nation host retro-themed recreational events (e.g., classic car shows, blast...
  • When I Was A Kid: Reflections Of A 50-Year-Old American

    01/16/2013 3:10:17 AM PST · by Cocoa2012 · 53 replies
    The Family Security Foundation ^ | 01-16-2013 | EDWARD L. DALEY
    The United States of America was the greatest nation in the history of the world, bar none, and just about every American school kid knew why
  • A Nostalgic New Year's Look At The 1950s

    12/31/2012 6:51:01 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 27, 2012 | Mark Hendrickson,
    New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m feeling nostalgic this year. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the decade of my childhood—the 1950s.In October, my wife and I saw a play in which people weary of the hectic pace of contemporary life could escape to an “authentic” 1950s community where the more relaxed pace of the past had been recreated. In the play, the benefit of relocating to the ’50s was a simpler, less stressful life, but it came at a price—enduring...
  • Wonderful Days Of The Past

    10/30/2012 5:49:54 AM PDT · by knarf · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | October 30, 2012 | unknown
    Enjoy .... I did.
  • I Miss...

    10/03/2012 1:02:17 PM PDT · by Doc Savage · 119 replies
    October3, 2012 | Doc Savage
    The other day I heard the voices of Ozzie and Harriet on the radio , and I suddenly realized how much I missed them. I also miss Don Knotts, and Paul Lynde, and 'Horshack' and 'Fred Mertz'. I miss 'Buck Rogers' and 'Ming the Merciless' and crisp, clear autumn Saturdays at my college football games. Guess I could go on forever. Just wondered what you guys missed?
  • What Year Would You Return to for a Vacation (or forever if you choose)

    07/09/2012 7:04:08 AM PDT · by madison10 · 52 replies
    Self | July 9, 2012 | Madison10
    This health care/tax and the upcoming election is depressing me and I'm longing for another time and place: I'm thinking 1997--I do not want to be a child again, nor do I want to relive other, rather awful, portions of life. Being 38 years old was good, I had a good job, my husband still had 20 years to work, we only had two dogs, there was still hope. See what I mean? Where would you like to go and why? Doesn't have to be personal history, could be history in general.
  • 13 Tech Sounds You Just Don’t Hear Anymore

    06/07/2012 10:43:43 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 96 replies | via Yahoo ^ | Jun 6, 2012 | By Avram Piltch
    As we move toward an age of quiet gadgets that do everything possible not to get in our way, we’re losing our appreciation for all the magic under the hood. Not long ago, the sounds our devices made reminded us that they were doing something truly important, whether that task was connecting us to the Internet or bringing us back to the beginning of our favorite VHS movies. A child born today has a greater chance of hearing a real cloned dinosaur roar than a busy signal. But for those of us who lived through the beginning of the PC...
  • Should I buy this house? (vanity, but important to me!)

    05/13/2012 12:49:41 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 93 replies
    Hi, My Dad passed away a few years ago and my Mom, it has recently been determined, needs round the clock care so must go into a nursing home. My father's Grandmother, then single due to her husbands death, bought this home in 1902 (I have the original deed) after having to sell their farm and lived there, renting to boarders to make money. She later saved up to buy another home and rented out rooms there during the Depression, all on her own. When she passed away, each of her daughters were given a home, which they fixed up...
  • Ok everyone let's get away from all of the DEPRESSING STUFF...

    04/20/2012 12:46:56 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 163 replies
    20 April2012 | US Navy Vet
    ...what was the most POSITIVE Nostalgic memory all of you have from your Childhood.
  • (Nerd Alert!) Rare Star Trek Photos Show Green Orion Slavegirls Like You’ve Never Seen Them

    03/03/2012 12:28:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 78 replies · 1+ views
    IO9 ^ | Mar 2, 2012 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Rare Star Trek Photos Show Green Orion Slavegirls Like You’ve Never Seen Them The original Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," included a lot more of the scenes where Vina is turned into a green Orion slavegirl who dances for Captain Pike — but they were cut because they were too saucy for prime time television. Now, some rare Trek behind-the-scenes pictures include a brand new look at the unshown parts of Vina's dance sequence. Including a part where the poor slavegirl gets whipped. Turns out being an Orion slavegirl isn't all dancing and quoting poetry. Tom Redlaw, aka Bird of...
  • Sha Na Na ~Papa ooo Mow Mow

    12/02/2011 5:34:52 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 82 replies
    Papa ooo Mow Mow
  • Dinah Shore - 1959 Chevy spot

    11/14/2011 11:27:29 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 71 replies
    Chevy ad from 1959 featuring the late, great Dianh Shore. The days when the chrome was thick and the women were straight!
  • Day In The Life Of A 1950's Small Town (1952 documentary)

    10/06/2011 3:39:22 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies · 1+ views
  • Lack of Leadership Creates Reagan and Thatcher Nostalgia at Summer Davos

    09/16/2011 8:27:40 AM PDT · by CutePuppy
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2011 | CNBC
    The global crisis and a perceived lack of leadership in the West seem to be creating nostalgia for two previous leaders who radically reformed their countries, albeit with plenty of controversy. But what's even more striking about this sense of déjŕ vu, is that the names of American President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - two leaders, who fought for freedom and rallied the West against Communist rule - were being invoked by a senior Chinese policymaker at the summer Davos in Dalian, China. “The U.S. economy needs fundamental reforms, bigger reforms, bigger policy changes than President...
  • Hillary nostalgia peaking in new Bloomberg poll (Buyer's Remorse?)

    09/16/2011 7:33:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/16/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    At least, Barack Obama has to hope it’s peaking, rather than continuing to build. Bloomberg headlines the poll results with an explicit slam at Obama: “Clinton Popularity Prompts Buyer’s Remorse.” So far, the numbers aren’t overwhelming, but they are growing: The most popular national political figure in America today is one who was rejected by her own party three years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Nearly two-thirds of Americans hold a favorable view of her and one-third are suffering a form of buyer’s remorse, saying the U.S. would be better off now if she had become president in 2008 instead...
  • 70s Movie

    08/27/2011 9:19:25 PM PDT · by Blind Eye Jones · 83 replies
    Blind Eye Jones
    Does anybody remember a teen movie from the early 70s about two kids hitching up, one involved in a robbery with a gun, a car and maybe Steve Miller music (like Take The Money And Run or The Joker). It was a B or C movie and looked colorful (Hawaii or California). It might have also had the word Rose in it. If anybody can remember that far back and remember the movie title -- you are truly amazing!
  • For those from Brooklyn, NY: Remember Buddy's Fairyland Kiddie Park?

    08/19/2011 6:28:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    Buddy's Amusement ParkALL AROUND THE OUTSKIRTS OF CANARSIEI went to this one acre amusement park as a kid in the 1970s. Unfortunately it closed down in 2002.
  • Do you remember these? (nostalgic flash video)

    08/18/2011 5:05:10 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies
  • 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

    07/22/2011 5:55:13 PM PDT · by Justaham · 107 replies ^ | 7-22-11 | Nathan Barry
    There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks. That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias …
  • Why the 90's never left

    06/10/2011 10:59:05 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 33 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | June 9, 2011 | George Lang
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- This seemed like it was all happening way too soon. In April, the romantic comedy “Something Borrowed” began to unspool its lazy, Kate Hudson-flavored comedic romance at a special screening, and it was just chock full of zany side characters, wedding preparations, romantic triangles, lawyers partying in the Hamptons, yada, yada, yada. At any rate, Hudson’s character asks Rachel, played by Ginnifer Goodwin, to go check out a 1990s cover band at the M1-5 Bar in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood for her wedding reception. So she’s listening to this band of guys with gelled hair (except for...
  • My (very slimming) week as a 50s housewife. Amanda Cable loses weight and finds inner peace

    04/12/2011 4:50:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 12, 2011 | Amanda Cable
    Scientists say Fifties housewives consumed far fewer calories and were much fitter and healthier than modern women. We asked writer Amanda Cable to spend five days as a housewife in still-rationed 1953 and keep a diary. Amanda, 41, lives in Blackheath, South-East London with photographer husband Ray, 45, and children Ruby, 12 and twins Charlie and Archie, nine. MONDAY: My day begins at 7am with a bloodcurdling scream. My children have discovered I have confiscated their phones and gadgets. They storm into my room but stop dead at the sight of me in a tight-waisted cotton dress, and applying full...
  • Here's a Real Blast from the Past: 1957 Woolworth's Lunch Menu

    04/08/2011 2:57:25 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 71 replies · 3+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 8, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Couple years before my time, but I sure remember eating there and similar places back in the sixties.   I also recall when prices were in this vicinity, too... back when a dollar was a dollar: One time when I was about twelve, just walking through the isles of Woolworth's with my buddy for what I don't remember...  I found a $20 bill on the floor. There was nobody around, so I kept it... a lot of money to a kid who mowed lawns for like $3 apiece.  BUT, I insisted my friend take half, 'cuz he was there...
  • THEN AND NOW: Scully makes it all special

    03/29/2011 11:49:11 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 31 replies
    The Sun ^ | 3/28/11 | Jim McConnell
    Jack Norworth, the lyricist of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," never saw a baseball game until years after he wrote the song. But that's OK. You don't have to see a game to appreciate the game. Just turn on your radio. Likely, your father took you to your first baseball game. Likely, he tried to explain it. Likely, he failed. Enter Vincent Edward Scully, formerly of the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn, now of Chavez Ravine. ...Come spring, and the baseball cards arrived at the Owl drugstore like swallows returning to Capistrano. "Who's Who In Baseball" showed up on the...
  • Does any FReeper live where he/she can buy SunCrest orange soda?

    03/24/2011 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 94 replies
    Self | 3/24/'11 | Zionist Conspirator
    Once upon a time, back in the days of my childhood, there was an orange soda (or as we called it, an "orange Co-Cola") called SunCrest. NB: this is SunCrest, not to be confused with Sunkist orange soda, which was only introduced in the late Seventies). I vividly remember drinking buying bottles of this out of the Coke machine at the local laundromat when my family was washing. SunCrest was created and originally marketed (1938) by the NuGrape people. But in 1982 it was bought by the Monarch company of Atlanta, GA and it became very scarce, as Sunkist pretty...
  • Grandma had a lot of life’s lessons to teach

    02/07/2011 1:03:14 PM PST · by abbyg55 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2-7-11 | Joe Fitzgerald
    Billy O’Donnell wasn’t looking for a story because, as he readily noted, “My grandmother never did anything earth-shattering.” Yet he couldn’t help adding, “But we sure could learn a lot from her.” Her name was Delia Lane and she died last week at 106. To me, she symbolized the American Dream,” he said. “She was 18 when she came here from Ireland where she grew up on a farm in the village of Kilskeagh, one of the fields of Athenry. She came because there was no work back home. Usually we picture immigrants making a tough voyage, but she always...
  • My first and only shameless 10th anniversary vanity

    12/08/2010 4:25:21 PM PST · by catfish1957 · 45 replies
    December 8, 2010 | Catfish1957
    I have never posted a vanity thread, but if and when I did it I wanted it to be on my 10th anniversay as being a Freeper. Yeah I lurked back in '98 during the Lewinsky debacle, but it took a chorus of "Getting Out of Dick Cheney's House" to take the plunge.Through the years I think most of us have had small differences on matters, but in essence this site is like a family, and I truly think some of the best people in our great country regularly post here.Till Decemember 8, 2020 Best Freegards>CF1957
  • Elgin Park, 1953

    03/15/2010 11:39:42 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 3 replies · 5,747+ views
    Welcome to Elgin Park ^ | 2010 | Michael Paul Smith
    A series of photographs of Elgin Park, Pa., c. 1953-1959.
  • Historical Nostalgia Can Be A Good Thing

    01/25/2010 10:15:17 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 2 replies · 230+ views
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 01/25/2010 | Richard Williams
    One of the criticisms oft' heard from certain historians and bloggers is their disdain for what they refer to as "celebratory history" or, what one might call a "nostalgic" view or perspective of history . . .
  • Video Memories

    01/23/2010 7:09:32 AM PST · by traderrob6 · 8 replies · 535+ views
    OpiniPundit ^ | 1/23/10 | traderrob
    Anyone with an adolescent sister in the mid 60s would be all to familiar with this bloke. Notice the rag stuffed in the mandolin, it's what gave it the distinctive sound, and how about that suit Peter Noone is wearing, classic And for all you screamin middle aged teeny boppers out there.....he was 17.
  • Missing George W. Bush

    11/15/2009 9:26:04 AM PST · by FromLori · 81 replies · 3,299+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 11/14/09
    It’s an old joke. The drunk says, “I miss my wife.” His friend asks, “Where did she go?” The drunk replies, “I traded her for a bottle of whiskey.” “You miss her, huh?” “Heck no, I’m thirsty again.” I’m thirsty again, for the sense of security that I felt when George W. Bush was president. After nine months of The One’s narcissism, excessive Congressional spending, and in the aftermath of the horrific Fort Hood massacre perpetrated by a crazed Islamic Jihadist, America’s Obama binge has worn off. Even some noteworthy liberals are wondering if we wouldn’t be better off today...
  • Worst of East Germany too easily forgotten

    11/09/2009 4:24:01 AM PST · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 1,431+ views ^ | November 9, 2009 | Jennifer Macey
    The Berlin Wall anniversary is a reminder that people smugglers were once regarded not as the scum of the earth but as heroes. Hartmut Richter was one. He fled East Berlin five years after the wall was built by swimming across one of the canals that separated the city. He then helped another 33 people escape by smuggling them across the border in his car. Twenty years on, he worries about what is called Ostalgie - nostalgia for the old East Germany. The former German Democratic Republic has largely been romanticised in film, fashion and design. But Mr Richter warns...