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Poetry (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • The rise of Donald Trump causes an outbreak of Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome

    03/18/2016 1:11:23 PM PDT · by Marcus · 13 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | March 18, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Thursday, the rise of Donald Trump as a malignant political force was the cause of an outbreak of Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome in the mind of a writer from Chicago named Steve Chapman. Chapman draws a direct line between Trump becoming the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and the rise of Palin as a political force of nature when she was selected as John McCain’s running mate in 2008. Palin, you see, is simply Trump in a skirt, something that may be hard for the rest of us to imagine, despite the fact that the lady from Alaska has...
  • Nail-Scarred Hands

    03/12/2016 6:27:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/16 | Jimmy Reed
    God loves His world — loves it so much that He set in motion a perfect plan to erase evil by offering sin’s ultimate redemption on a cross at Calvary In his superbly crafted poem entitled “The Creation,” famed African-American poet and educator, James Weldon Johnson, uses majestic imagery to explain how God built the cosmos. The Creator’s hands are key to this imagery, as illustrated in the following lines: Then God reached out and took the light in His hands, And God rolled the light in His hands Until He made the sun; And He set that sun a-blazing...
  • (Vanity) Rage, Rage Against The Dying (A Eulogy upon the 2016 Campaign)...with a nod to Dylan Thomas

    03/05/2016 7:00:43 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    Free Republic original content ^ | March 05, 2016 | grey_whiskers (adapted from Dylan Thomas)
    Do not go gentle into that GOP-e night, Glenn Beck should rant and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the Right. Though Trolls at their end know not left from right, Because their words had sporked no weasel they Do not go gentle into that GOP-e night. Good Freepers, the last wave by, crying how bright Their candidates might have danced with a Free Press, Rage, rage against the dying of the Right. Independents who caught and sang the Trump in flight, And learned, so late, to cheer him on his way, Do not go...
  • The Conservative Spring (Poetry)

    03/01/2016 5:34:19 PM PST · by txnativegop · 8 replies
    Personal | 1 Mar 2016 | txnativegop
    The Conservative Spring -- A Poem I The Constitution of the United States has been ignored. for too long. Its' adherents have stood by with anger. The constitutionalists demanded that it be followed but were ignored. Actions taken by liberals will no longer be ignored. Those who value the Constitution are being driven by a desire to correct the mistaken laws passed by the Left. They can't be ignored this election cycle. However, the call for correction has been ignored, by the American Left. The way the Constitution is understood will change in the aftermath of this election and the...
  • Marco Rubio George Soros Rupert Murdock and Fox News: The Cheap Labor Gang

    02/04/2016 11:36:44 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 16 replies
    cocachisright.com ^ | Feb. 4, 2016 | By Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Marco Rubio, George Soros, Rupert Murdock and Fox News are the Cheap Labor Gang. They are all in on a scheme to push amnesty down our throats. Here’s how it works: They win; we lose if we nominate Rubio. While Iowans showed they aren’t concerned about illegal aliens, (just 11% saw them as important) the rest of America is very concerned about them. A September CNN survey showed an astounding 9 of 10 Americans see illegals as an important issue. Among those very concerned about illegal aliens are Marco Rubio George Soros Rupert Murdock and Fox News. Their concern is...
  • Preppers' Twelve Days of Christmas

    12/24/2015 7:52:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    12/24/15 | Kartographer
    An oldie, but a goodie!
  • Statistics about Radicalization of Islamic Residents and other Muslims

    12/12/2015 2:31:01 PM PST · by delacoert · 14 replies
    December 12, 2015 | delacoert
    Statistics about Radicalization of Islamic Residents and other Muslims 1.       Studies have been done showing that in 8 out 10 US Mosques jihad messages have been preached. Messages stating the listeners should go from listening to the message and go kill an American infidel with a knife or a gun. 2.       From 5 to 25 percent of US Muslims are radicalized. 3.       According to Pew Research 1 in 10 native-born Muslim-Americans have a favorable view of al-Qaeda. 4.       About 1 in 5 British Muslim students would not report a fellow Muslim planning a terror attack. 5.       25% of Muslims...
  • Let's Settle It Once and for All in the USA - ALL Muslims Make A Public Declaration ...

    12/11/2015 2:11:10 PM PST · by delacoert · 36 replies
    December 11, 2015 | delacoert
    "Muhammad taught "love not hate," and "peace not violence."One-by-one one have all Muslims voluntarily and peacefully walk up to and stand on a podiuium, talk into a microphone so the whole frickin' world can hear and say it. If you want to be taken at your word that you belong in Ameria like everyoe else, then just express your good will ... ONCE ... so everyone can hear it.
  • Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

    11/21/2015 9:05:47 AM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 21, 2015 | Michel Evanchik
    As the Long March of the left burns and hacks its way through the nation's remaining cultural institutions-reenacting the Cultural Revolution on American soil-and Europeans who balk at being invaded by the Vanguards of Islam are condemned as Islamophobic bigots, it's appropriate to reflect upon the words of a woman who is considered by many to be America's greatest poet. She captures the surreality of living in a time and place where rational thought has been cast out of the public square Much Madness Is The Divinest Sense To a discerning eye Much sense the Starkest Madness 'Tis the Majority...
  • PONY UP!

    11/16/2015 6:22:01 PM PST · by piytar · 20 replies
    Vanity ^ | 16-Nov-2015 | piytar
    PONY UP. Sick of Freepathons. Free Republic is THE source for conservative news and insight on the Web. Contribute something, lurkers and posters. Given the several thousand visitors per month, you must think this place has some value. So give something -- even just a DOLLAR per month -- and take care of our (OK, actually Jim's) home! Don't be an entitlement minded free-loader! Now for the poetry: There was once a place called Free Republic, But I could not give a buck, So Free Republic is Gone, And now all I have is LSM all day long. PS I...
  • Enya: "Dark Sky Island", first release in 7 years to debut November 20th.

    11/11/2015 6:11:49 AM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 37 replies
    enya. com ^ | 11/11/15 | Celtic Conservative
    Just pre ordered the new Enya album. As a part of the pre order you get 2 songs off the release. The songs are titled "Echoes In Rain" and "So I Could Find My Way". If these 2 songs are any indication of the way the rest of the album is, Enya should be able to purchase a few more castles in the near future. The first song "Echoes In Rain" is a bright strident tune with Enya's trademark sound- deeply layered voice and instrument tracks with hints of both classical and ecclesiastic music. But more than that, this is...
  • VANITY - A song for our struggle and a gift for Jim Robinson (hope he likes it)

    10/21/2015 2:31:10 PM PDT · by 100American · 3 replies
    Me ^ | 5/30/2009 | Me
    The Free Republic Dance When we were children We did as we were told They say it’s wrong to play to win It get’s worse as you get old Try to force you to conform To do things their way Break down your inner Republic Even tell you how to play But deep inside you were so sad No joy was in your life And when you tried to be yourself Their words cut like a knife Eventually you start to see You have to take a chance Be who your are Do what you do And do the Free...
  • Damon Whitsell's How2becomeachristian Apologetics Network ON FACEBOOK

    10/15/2015 11:55:47 PM PDT · by damonw · 2 replies
    How2BecomAChristian Apologetics ^ | 10/16/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    I have been blessed to serve the Lord and his people full time for about 15 years. Coming from a family with 3 different cults, I have studied theology and cult apologetics off and on for over 30 years. PLEASE SHARE THIS SITE WITH YOUR FRIENDS. I have many years of work, about 40 apologetics webites, here for people to benefit from. It is my goal that in all things that I do, my Lord Jesus will be glorified and His will to be done in my life and on earth as it is in heaven. May His will be...
  • The Raven

    10/15/2015 5:11:32 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 13 replies
    Edgar Allen ^ | 1/1/1111 | Poe
  • INTRODUCING The How2BecomeAChristian Apologetics network

    10/15/2015 8:01:46 AM PDT · by damonw · 2 replies
    DamonWhitsell.com ^ | 10-15-15 | Damon Whitsell
    Just in case any of you would ever want to see what I do online just look at the link below. There are about 40 of my Christian Apologetics websites I have made in the last few years there. HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY EXCERPT: "I have been blessed to serve the Lord and his people full time for about 15 years. Coming from a family with 3 different cults, I have studied theology and cult apologetics off and on for over 30 years. It is my goal that in all things that I do, my Lord Jesus will be glorified...
  • Ben Stein, Meet Dad

    10/02/2015 6:40:02 PM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    The Nav Log ^ | 10/2/15 | ip5683
    I was cruising the web and came upon the latest edition of Ben Stein’s Diary on The American Spectator. His essay is called “War,” and it is unusually long for Mr. Stein’s input to the Spectator. It is a bit rambling yet charming, as most of Mr. Stein’s essays are, and then, while meditating upon all the great inventions from and great work done by Americans, he says this: “… And someone had to invent the system of private property so I could be in my own home, not in a crowded tenement, and then some many people had to...
  • I have a dream (about Jane Fonda)

    09/26/2015 4:44:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    I have a dream Unpublished Work © 2005 Mike Swagerty 1966-67 USMC There was a time I thought I’d live forever, I was too damn tough to die But after all these years of abusing myself I’m damned if I know why And it’s looking like my living days will soon be in my past But there’s one thing, Lord, that I need from you, before I breathe my last. I’ve probably asked for too much while I was taking up my space But, I need to ask for one more thing, before I leave this place. If you’ll...
  • The Voice of Free America

    07/04/2015 7:19:48 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill
    Youtube ^ | October 11, 1951 | Jimmie Osborne
    THE VOICE OF FREE AMERICA Like the voice of free America, I am pleading now with you, Let’s all shout the word of freedom Throughout Europe and Asia, too. There is no place like our nation, It is led by God’s own hand. Let’s defeat the oppressor And bring peace to every land. Oh, the voice of free America It beams throughout the world, Tells the honest way of life To man and woman, boy and girl. Let’s thank God for all our freedoms. He’s been good to you and me. Let’s unite the willing nations And keep the whole...
  • Suggested Christian Church "Gay" Wedding Ceremony…

    06/29/2015 7:19:03 PM PDT · by FiddlePig · 25 replies
    ReckNecoBlogger Blog ^ | 6-29-2015 | RedNeckoBlogger
    Suggested Bible Based Christian Church Gay Wedding Ceremony… We gather today under threat of legal prosecution and persecution… to unite Adam and Steve legally in a union they call “marriage” but in fact is a mockery of God’s most sacred sacrament. God created marriage, man did not... for one man and woman only. So though required by law… this union cannot be blessed by God. As a counsel to the participants, I ask them to accept as Savior our Lord Jesus Christ… and seek His ways and repent of this abomination forced upon this church. (vows now to be spoken...
  • Word For The Day,

    06/17/2015 2:10:03 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 56 replies
    ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". poltroon hear it pronounced adjective Def: 1. characterized by complete cowardice Origin: First use - 1845 Related forms: chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, craven, dastardly, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], cowardly, pusillanimous, recreant, spineless, unheroic, yellow Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
  • WORD FOR THE DAY: WASTREL

    06/05/2015 4:54:50 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 40 replies
    ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". wastrel - wey-struh l hear it pronounced noun Definition: 1: a wasteful person; spendthrift; prodigal 2. an idler or vagabond 3: one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently : profligate Origin of WASTREL "spendthrift, idler," 1847, from waste (v.) + pejorative suffix -rel. First Known Use: circa 1841Synonyms:fritterer, high roller, profligate, spender, spendthrift, squanderer, waster, prodigal Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • God and Evil: My Answer for Michael Savage

    05/31/2015 11:23:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/15 | Selwyn Duke
    A proper exercise of free will — one that lends much happiness and meaning to the life God gave us. Torture, pain, beheadings, the murder of children…. If God exists and is all good, how could He allow such suffering and evil? This is a common question, and a lament often an impediment to faith. It also was addressed recently on the Savage Nation radio show, where host Michael Savage — exhibiting his versatility and talk virility — will sometimes broach that certain thing we’re supposed to discuss even less than politics. His answer to the question was contained in...
  • Federal appeals court rules NSA cell phone data collection illegal

    05/07/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/07/15 | Robert Laurie
    A nice first step. This afternoon, a New York federal appeals court ruled that the NSA’s warrantless collection of domestic phone data is illegal. This will come as welcome news to those of us who would rather not trade freedom for a false sense of security. As the New York Times reports: In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the Act permitting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to collect business records deemed relevant to a counterterrorism investigation cannot be legitimately interpreted to permit the...
  • Garland, Texas Foiled First ISIS Attack on American Soil

    05/05/2015 6:07:34 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/05/15 | Judi Mcleod
    The Free West owes a debt of gratitude to Garland, Texas where it was proven for once and for all to the outside world: Islamic terrorism can be made to lose face. It seems the left hand never tells the right hand what it’s up to down at Foggy Bottom. Within days of the foiled terrorist attack outside the exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Garland Texas, comes the news that the United States is offering “big payouts” (“strictly confidential”) to anyone who has “information” on key ISIS leaders. “The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program...
  • Pat-a-cake or else

    04/04/2015 4:59:31 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 5 replies
    April 4, 2015 | Not John Milton
  • Everybody Does It: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Refrain

    03/10/2015 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/15 | Al Kaltman
    Benghazi: So Americans died And about the attack she lied Everybody Does It: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Refrain Hillary Clinton wants to be president of me and you To get elected there is nothing she wouldn’t say or do Her husband is a philanderer but she doesn’t care As long as the mainstream media keeps Bill’s womanizing off the air He’s a charming rascal who from foreign governments gets lots of money There’s no conflict of interest, just a coincidence that’s funny Think nothing of it Everybody does it As Secretary of State she traveled a lot But as for accomplishments...
  • Robbing the Revolutionary Communist Party USA of its innocent children

    01/04/2015 10:39:26 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/15 | Judi McLeod
    Resist socialism because resisting socialism is fighting communism It’s early days in 2015. Do you know where your children and grandchildren are? Well on their way to a Common Core-trained empty life of Communism, where only the elite like Barack Obama’s children and his top advisor Valerie Jarrett’s daughter and potential grandchildren can possibly escape it. While out and out communism is making hostages of the children, worried and looking for intervention is where their parents and grandparents should be. Let there be no room for lost time through second guessing. The violent blowback to the Michael Brown, Eric Garner...
  • The Simple Faith of Humble Men

    11/27/2014 8:06:37 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | William Kevin Stoos
    Then yet a thousand times more thankful should our people be for this nation’s bounteous wealth, her strength and liberty “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand. And as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone to many. Let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.” (William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth County, 1621) Thankful they assembled there, A humble Pilgrim band, To praise their God in silent prayer That He should bless their land. Through winter unforgiving, Through pestilence and war, Those grateful few yet...
  • ID: Coeu d'Alene City Council Scoffs at the Law

    09/11/2014 3:57:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Coeur d'Alene City Council. Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state.  The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is pushing Idaho governments to follow the state law.   Most have been doing so, at least when notified.  Coeur d'Alene seems to have less respect for the rule of law than most.  ...
  • The Hangman

    08/19/2014 2:41:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1964 | Maurice Ogden
    Into our town the Hangman came. Smelling of gold and blood and flame and he paced our bricks with a diffident air and built his frame on the courthouse square The scaffold stood by the courthouse side, Only as wide as the door was wide; A frame as tall, or little more, Than the capping sill of the courthouse door And we wondered, whenever we had the time. Who the criminal, what the crime That the Hangman judged with the yellow twist of knotted hemp in his busy fist. And innocent though we were, with dread, We passed those eyes...
  • "Impeachment" - A Parody of the Beatles' "Revolution"

    07/30/2014 8:21:29 AM PDT · by mononymous · 7 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 7/30/2014 | Mononymous1
    You say you want his impeachment Well, you know We all want to replace the man You tell me that it’s a solution Well, you know We all want to replace the man ‘Cause when you talk about destruction Don’t you know that’s what he’s a-bout I don’t know if it’s gonna be alright Alright, not right You say there’s no other solution Well, you know Boehner’s got a suing plan The DNC wants a contribution Well, you know They know how to run a scam But if you want money from people with minds that hate All I can...
  • Keeper of Names

    07/08/2014 8:58:16 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 43 replies
    Steve Peacock, poet | n/a | Steve Peacock
    (Based an actual encounter in an inner-city Trenton, NJ charter school). A poem.Keeper of Names By Steve Peacock Why do so many black students’ names end with “-quan” and “-asia,” the middle-aged white teacher inquires of the sole black educator in the break room. As I understand it, she replies humbly, (so as not to claim expertise on the matter), “quan,” like “DaeQuan,” has African roots. But what about “asia”? We’ve got Ta’Asia, Ti’Asia, Sequasia, Shyasia? I am truly unsure, she says. Still, he persists. There’s also Arquasia, Tintasia, and… I said I don’t know. Then there’s Quintasia, Sashasia… Oh...
  • For the Boys of Pointe du Hoc

    06/06/2014 8:48:16 PM PDT · by andy58-in-nh · 10 replies
    6/6/2014 | andy58-in-nh
    For the Boys of Pointe du Hoc Wide white cliffs arose before us In the smoke and bleak of dawn, Steel shells raining death down on The beaches where we died. Into the fast and foreign swells We swept our souls and kept Our faith with those left far behind The day our worlds fled time. While they who ventured on and climbed And beat against the shores Would carry forth our names as if They'd always been their own. The sand, once soiled by life exposed The sea, its secrets bared Now rest the same in soft repose As...
  • Execution (a poem)

    04/29/2014 3:39:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Eatgrueldog ^ | 4/27/14
    Execution Her hair has been shorn Her face cut and bruised Her flowing gown torn The beauty once in her eyes Faded Drone strikes Warrant less searches Roadblocks and pat downs Eaves dropping Secret eyes and ears Always listening Always watching Be careful what you do Or they may come after you Swat teams and armored cars Men clad in black Weapons at the ready Waiting to attack They have her now Imprisoned Cold shackles hold her hands Her breath is low and shallow Seems that death Is now at hand
  • If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

    04/17/2014 12:34:57 PM PDT · by Tanniker Smith · 8 replies
    My cousin Patricia read the following poem at her mother's funeral yesterday. (That would be my Aunt Pat.) There wasn't a dry eye in the place. And if that didn't get you, then her sister Debbie, in her eulogy, remembering those who have left us since last August did: my Mom, their sister Barbara, my niece Lisa and most recently, our cousin Mary Ann. Attrib. David M. Romano, 1993 If Tomorrow Starts Without Me… If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;...
  • Táin Bó Cúalnge -- The Irish Cattle raids.

    04/16/2014 6:22:40 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 6 replies
    http://adminstaff.vassar.edu/sttaylor/Cooley/ ^ | 1st century AD. | sstaylor (translation, Vassar College)
    Everything you want to know about Cattle raiding, water rights, grazing rights, oppressive governments and misguided people. Provides a nice break from the current Bundy news cycle monopoly. Táin Bó is the base of several Irish stories involving cattle and politics, of which Táin Bó Cúalnge is but one, 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley'.
  • Stand up for true English!

    01/14/2014 9:28:06 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 15 replies
    01-14-2014 | WesternCulture
    What was so great about Chaucer? Some people seem to think he more or less invented the English language. Well, did he? By no means. Discussing authors, should anyone ever compare Chaucer to the likes of Hamlet, Petrarch or Dante? Never. Geoffrey's major source of influence, Giovanni Boccaccio, was a pretty good writer of short stories, but on the other hand, Western literature really could've done without him. In style as well as content, Chaucer was an unaccomplished Boccaccio impersonator. There are plenty of good reasons to admire Britain, but contrary to what is regarded as an axiomatic truth in...
  • WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON

    12/17/2013 3:39:47 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 51 replies
    Vaeh and Me | Dec 17, 2013 | Mesta
    IN DREAMS In dreams my hair is long againMy legs and arms are strong againI can hear the music 'round aboutAnd hear the children laugh and shoutI can play and make that Flyer goAnd make angels in new fallen snowOn the steps outside, stop on each rungCatch frosty snowflakes on my tongueSwing the baby 'round and 'roundUntil we both fall dizzy on the groundGiggling and shivering but never coldThe child in me never growing oldBut it's love, always love, that warms the soulStill strong though I'm no longer wholeWhen the sun so rudely awakens meAnd when my dream has...
  • Book Review, "Taps on the Walls"

    12/16/2013 6:18:13 AM PST · by Portcall24 · 10 replies
    Taps on the Walls - Poems from the Hanoi Hilton ^ | 2013 | Major General John Borling
    worked for Major General John Borling when he was a Colonel in the basement of the Pentagon. I’ve been in touch with him and received permission to share one of the poems from his book. In addition to the poems being well developed and written, what is unique is the fact that originally they were NOT written. That’s right. All of these poems were developed in his and his fellow POW’s minds over several years while sitting in small solitary cells in the Hanoi Hilton. John was there almost 7 years. The poems were memorized and communicated between each other...
  • Free Fall! US Monetary Base Keeps Rising While M1 Multiplier And M2 Velocity Keep Falling

    As of October 31st, the Federal Reserve of St. Louis monetary base keeps accelerating. stlouismonetarybase Here is the monetary base (white) and the Fed’s balance sheet (pink). monbasefedbal And the M1 Money Multiplier keeps falling. So, $1 created recirculates through the economy very slowly. m1multip110113 And the M2 Money Velocity keeps falling as well. Low GDP is the culprit and M2 Money supply growth isn’t firing up the economy. m2velo110113 Here is M2 Money Velocity and the Case-Shiller 20 metro index since 2000. House price growth and lending helped spur velocity through 2006, but it has been downhill since then....
  • The Blind Men and the President

    10/18/2013 4:57:36 AM PDT · by Claud · 14 replies
    Free Republic original | 10/18/2013 | Claud
    The Blind Men and the PresidentWith scant apologies to John Godfrey Saxe, whose poem is a theological atrocity. Six voters of Ameristan,
 To morals not inclined, 
 
All cast a vote for President
 
 (Though all of them were blind)
 To serve as confirmation
 
that they had an open mind. The First in vaunted academe
 who, happening to hear 
 
a telepromptered eloquence,

 did shed a happy tear: 
 
“For once we have a President 

 as smart as we are here!” The Second in a nightclub

 an obscenely fevered fray,
 Shouted that a magazine

 Announced it clear as day.
...
  • Obamandias

    10/17/2013 5:53:28 AM PDT · by Claud · 41 replies
    yours truly (original) | 10/17/2013 | Claud
    Obamandias I met a traveller from a bankrupt land
 Who said: Two vast and empty vaults of stone
 Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
 Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
 And fly-ridden lip, and sneer of cold command,
 Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
 Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
 The hand that built that and the heartless Fed:
 And on the teleprompter these words appear:
 "My name is Obamandias, Kenyan king: 
Look on my works, ye Whitey, and despair!" 
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
 Of that hope and change,...
  • Dueling Punch Bowls: Gov’t Mortgage Guarantees And The Fed Stimulus (Holder Declares War!)

    08/21/2013 11:07:16 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As President Obama and Congress discuss housing finance reform, we have to discuss the government mortgage guarantee. You know, the one that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac furiously denied, but it turned out that they were wrong. Since 2008, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA control over 90% of the mortgage market and The Fed has taken unprecedented measures to keep mortgage rates low. Finally, investors are flocking into housing again. Part of the allure is the government mortgage guarantee. Government loves guarantees (and pseudo-guarantees) in the form of social safety nets. Social security, Medicare and other entitlements (that...
  • There Will be Gov’t Mortgage Guarantees (And The Government WILL Drink Your Milkshake)!

    08/21/2013 10:25:35 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As President Obama and Congress discuss housing finance reform, we have to discuss the government mortgage guarantee. You know, the one that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac furiously denied, but it turned out that they were wrong. Government loves guarantees (and pseudo-guarantees) in the form of social safety nets. Social security, Medicare and other entitlements (that are kept off-balance sheet) already amount to $70 trillion. And according to economist James Hamilton, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s share of the off-balance sheet liabilities amount to $4.9 trillion. This is the formerly implicit guarantees for Fannie and Freddie that are now explicit....
  • The Return of the Adjustable-rate Mortgage? (Almost 100 Basis Points Less Than 30 Year Fixed)

    08/09/2013 9:26:20 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    About 20 percent of Quicken mortgage applications are for adjustable rates, up from 5 percent earlier this year. Why? As Treasury and mortgage rates started to rise around May 1st, housing affordability has declined. As a result, more borrowers start selecting the lower mortgage rate product hwhich is the 5/1 ARM. armsfrms080913 The spread between the 30 year FRM and the 5/1 ARM is 93 basis points, indicating that the 5/1 ARM is almost a full 1% less expensive. armfrmspread080913 Now, you may say “Why should I use a 5/1 ARM when everyone is saying mortgage rates will rise???” A...
  • Obama Meeting With Greek Prime Minister As Troika Wants Greek Homes Repossessed

    08/08/2013 10:08:33 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Today, President Obama is meeting with the Greek Prime Minister. Hopefully the President isn’t seeking fiscal tips from Greece! Sadly, unemployment in Greece continues to rise and is at 27.6%. greekunemp Even more sad, Eurostat Unemployment Greece People Under 25 Year of Age is 58.7%. Appartently, Greece is “No Country For Young Men,” like the USA. greekyouthunemo Clearly, unemployment in Greece is a sad and terrible problem. To rub salts in their wounds, Greece’s international lenders are pressuring the coalition government led by Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras again to lift a ban prohibiting banks from...
  • All Aboard “The Titanic”! Obamacare Enrollment Starts In Just 8 Weeks!

    08/05/2013 12:26:29 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As a former resident of Ohio and a current resident of Virginia, I was stunned to see the growth in insurance premiums under Obamacare. In Ohio the cost of a basic “bronze” plan for a 25 year old will virtually triple to $1,956 a year. A 25 year old will in Virginia will see a 252% increase for the cheapest (or bronze) plan. BRONZEPlans In other words, it is the Unaffordable Healthcare Act. At least for some. How bad is Obamacare? SO BAD that the Administration unilaterally delayed until 2015 the enforcement of a requirement for businesses to provide workers...
  • Obamacare Disaster: Cadillac Coverage Should Be Renamed “Titanic” Coverage

    08/05/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Trying to forecast housing demand is complicated by the abysmal slowdown in jobs growth and more and more young people living in their parent’s basement than before. Another complicating factor is the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare). [The American Action Forum is an excellent source of information on Obamacare]. As a former resident of Ohio and a current resident of Virginia, I was stunned to see the growth in insurance premiums under Obamacare. In Ohio the cost of a basic “bronze” plan for a 25 year old will virtually triple to $1,956 a year. A 25 year old will in...
  • Obama assigns job of gun confiscation to the Centers for Disease Control

    07/26/2013 9:03:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/26/13 | Doug Book
    “Ideally, handguns, which account for more than half of all homicides in the United States, should be banned completely, but we recognize that this is not currently politically feasible,” wrote Dr. Karl P. Adler in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (1) For years the confiscationist left have fought a losing battle in their attempt to repeal the rights of 100 million American gun owners. Even with the benefit of what dedicated gun grabbers undoubtedly considered a God-send–the brutal murder of 20 children in Newtown, Mass–the right to keep and bear arms has been so jealously guarded and...
  • No Country For Young People (Unemployment, Obamacare Premiums, Homeownership Rates)

    07/25/2013 12:29:44 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As high schools and universities turn out more and more students (like George Mason University), I felt it was time to review the economic environment facing the young people in the US, aka “Millennials.” My conclusion? This is no country for young people. At least in the current state of affairs. Let’s start with healthcare premiums under the “affordable” healthcare act. According to a study by the American Action Forum, 45% of respondents who are currently covered report they would no longer purchase health insurance and would instead pay the penalty each year if their premium costs increase 30% in...