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  • If you're going to be in a disaster the best place to be is in a high trust society....

    08/24/2012 3:50:53 PM PDT · by djone · 12 replies ^ | Helen Smith
    (comments on science fiction author John Ringo) " American army officer, gives his observations about how important trust is in a society when there is a disaster. “Americans form voluntary random social alliances. Other societies do not. Low trust societies in the U.S. do not.” In other words, in America, groups of random strangers will get together to aid other people for no direct benefit to themselves. In a disaster, it is imperative for people to help each other to get through it and save as many lives as possible."
  • Trash-talking veep’s Tampa tantrum

    08/24/2012 10:44:37 AM PDT · by LucyT · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 23, 2012 | Michael A. Walsh
    In an electoral season of appalling gutter politics, the Obama campaign is about to test a new bottom. Contrary to tradition — which dictates that Democrats and Republicans respectfully lie low during their rivals’ presidential nominating conventions — Vice President Joe Biden will land in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican convention to try to upstage Mitt Romney’s coronation. “Are you going to Florida?” Biden joked to reporters...the other day. “I’m going to be the speaker at the convention.” Such trash talk is typical of the increasingly deracinated veep, whose motor mouth now seems beyond the control of even campaign consigliere...
  • Bracken: Night Fighting 101

    08/22/2012 4:49:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | 8-16-12 | Matt Bracken
    So how do you become a self-taught deadly warrior of the night? You begin in the daytime. Lay out a walking path through your neighborhood “Area of Operations,” a path with plenty of transitions across all types of urban, suburban and rural terrain. Culverts, gullies, overgrown chain link fences, woods, meadows, railroad tracks, bridges, power line right-of-ways, abandoned commercial properties and fallow fields will be your classroom. To begin, mark your route every twenty or thirty yards. Small torn rags stuck on fences and tree branches look fairly natural, and won’t be noticed. Walk and crawl through thickets, under fences,...
  • Dealing With Medical Emergencies (preppers)

    08/20/2012 8:52:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 20, 2012 | Bob Livingston
    The prepper can take many lessons from the situation that developed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. One lesson is that when the social order breaks down for a period of days or weeks, adequate medical care will disappear. So preparedness requires a medical kit. And no medical survival kit is complete without a good book or two on emergency medicine, anatomy, drug reference and medical terminology. Some good ones to choose from are:
  • Regarding Connecticut&New Mexico Leaning Tossup.What Are The Explanations?

    08/20/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT · by Ryan_Rubio_2016 · 35 replies
    Could Connecticut and New Mexico going from "Obama" to "Lean Obama" become a sign of things to come? What has happened in a blue New England state may hopefully be a new trend going into November. Maybe Connecticut turning purple is primarily due to the number of "Wall Street" residents living there and knowing what will happen to their fortunes or incomes if Obama is re-elected. Hopefully the trend will continue in September when New Jersey, Nevada and Minnesota turn purple giving Obama more states to worry about and less money and time to campaign in.
  • The Moral Case for the British Empire

    08/20/2012 9:53:51 AM PDT · by Bratch · 24 replies
    Prager University ^ | Aug 19, 2012 | HW Crocker III
    Is there a moral case to be made for the British Empire? To even ask the question at your typical university would be to invite derision. That's a shame because the British Empire's legacy is one Western Civilization should be proud of. We'd be living in a much less free and prosperous world without it. Historian HW Crocker III explains why in this eye-opening Prager University course.
  • ^ Paul Ryan Received With Enthusiasm In Colorado^

    Paul Ryan came and spoke today.... To say the crowd received Ryan with enthusiasm would be an understatement. In fact, his reception became literally thunderous, as many started stamping or pounding on the gym benches, and they repeated this several times when Ryan made strong points..... Ryan was all substance, avoiding cheap campaign shots yet repeatedly bringing the audience to their feet by making clear, powerful points about energy independence, the need to deregulate, fiscal soundness, the difference between a culture of self-reliance and one of dependence, and the doctrines of Natural Law and the Declaration of Independence. That’s right,...
  • Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote

    08/13/2012 3:13:11 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/12 | Erik Wasson and Daniel Strauss
    A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. Obama's 2012 budget failed 97 to 0 last May after Obama himself last April said he wanted deeper deficit cuts. The House earlier this year unanimously rejected Obama's budget. (Failed 414 - 0)
  • Brevard County, Florida primary election discussion

    08/10/2012 10:38:38 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 8 replies ^ | 10 August, 2012 | NonValueAdded
    Some decisions are easy: US Senate: Connie Mack Clerk of Court: Scott Ellis Property Appraiser: Dana BlickleyOthers, not so much: Sheriff: Ivey or Maddox? Public Defender: Rhodes or Trettis? State Rep 53: Holton, Tobia, or Trent? County Commission 1: Nye or Ware County Commission 3: Infantini, Mahaney, or Voltz? School Board 3: Kneessy or Paterakis? School Board 4: Henderson or Lewis? Port Authority 2: Evans or Matheny? Port Authority 4: Deardoff or Sheridan? Then there's all the very local stuff. Please post your recommendations.
  • Obamiasma: New term for what is happening to our country

    Obamiasma: This is the malevolent fog that is creeping across our country Definition of "MIASMA", per 1 a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease 2 an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt
  • Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and Why to Eat Rat Meat

    08/05/2012 3:38:58 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 5, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Recipes for the Post-Apocalypse: How and Why to Eat Rat Meat Rat is a readily available street food in some Southeast Asian countries, and earlier editions of The Joy of Cooking contained instructions on the proper butchering of squirrels. But rodents have fallen out of favor in most Western cuisines, relegated to mere vermin. So how would you go about cooking a rat if you'd never tried it before? Laura Ginn did just that recently, breaking her lengthy vegetarianism to how to butcher and prepare rodent meat. Ginn is an artist whose work largely incorporates survival skills such as skinning...
  • The Danger of a Corrupted Constitution

    08/04/2012 3:48:54 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 28 replies
    History Rhymes. Our colonial ancestors did not revolt against an awful British Constitution. On the contrary, they admired what was to that time, “that noblest improvement of human reason.” There was no shortage of admiration for the British system of Commons, Lords and King, which blended so well the Aristotelian forms of republic, aristocracy and monarchy. Through the balance of the British Constitution, its citizens were the freest on earth. Even members of the Stamp Act Congress gloried in “having been born under the most perfect form of government.” Arch Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry, during the Virginia debates over ratification of...
  • U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights

    08/02/2012 3:53:27 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 12 replies
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  • FReeper Recipe Thread (August 2012)

    08/01/2012 2:24:57 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 33 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | August 1, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the FReeper Recipe Thread for July 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or seven- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe.
  • The "Romney/McDonnell Ticket".Two Presidents For The Price Of One?

    07/31/2012 5:32:41 AM PDT · by Reality_News · 32 replies
    As we are nearing the long awaited "Who Shot JR Moment",It's safe to assume it's down to Ryan,Portman,Rubio and McDonnell. Portman is considered the "Vanilla Candidate" and Romney would choose him if he desperately needed Ohio.But keep in mind,Neighboring McDonnell could do the trick. As we all know,Romney is going to choose someone who is very prepared to be President god forbid anything happens to Mittens,and also a VP who could run a very succsesful campaign in 2016. McDonnell could help carry Virginia,Ohio,The Carolina's and maybe even Pennsylvania. he would definitley "Energize And Reload The GOP Ticket".
  • Can You Vision A Paul Ryan VS Joe Biden Debate? Funniest V.P. Debate Ever?

    07/30/2012 6:31:58 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 15 replies
    First of all,for those of you who predicted a Romney/Ryan ticket,you have to admit his chances are getting better,so now,can you just imagine a Ryan/Biden debate? Bring out the Beer,Soda,Chips and Popcorn! Ryan as we all know is highly respected and very very intelligent! Then again,Bin Biden is the complete opposite. This debate will be the equivalent of Ronald Reagan VS The Cookie Monster!
  • Defenestration - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

    07/25/2012 11:03:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2012 | MerriamWebsterOnline
    The fascinating story behind many people's favorite word.
  • How Much Did Obama Spend On Vacations&Green Energy Projects?And Now Out Of Campaign Cash!

    07/23/2012 5:41:44 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 2 replies
    Maybe Bambi was so confident that back in 2009/2010 he had no doubt he could raise a billion for the 2012 campaign.And what has he been doing in the meantime?Million Dollar Vacations? Spending our tax dollars as if it was growing on trees? and the 100 or so billion spent on green energy and the Chevy Volt? And to think that the 52% of Americans who voted for him assumed he was the smartest dude in the room.And look at where their hero is now! 100 days till election week and no more money to attack "President Mitt Romney".
  • Video - Obama is out of touch with you!

    07/21/2012 12:41:49 PM PDT · by Wolf13 · 4 replies ^ | 7/21/12 | Wolf13
    President Obama and Democrats claim that Republicans are out of touch with ordinary Americans. But it's Obama who's scandalously out of touch with most Americans. Here's proof.
  • For Only $23,999.00 ... the Ultimate Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

    07/20/2012 11:22:40 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | July 18, 2012 | Tim Hornyak
    For Only $23,999.00 ... the Ultimate Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit Your last hope: The $24,000 zombie survival kit Don't expect big firepower from this gear collection, but it does have a few tools that could keep you alive among the undead. My preparations for the coming zombie apocalypse came down to one thing: a baseball bat. But this kit from OpticsPlanet makes me think I'm being terribly naive. The Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research, and Operations) Zombie Kit is the mother of all undead survival kits. For a whopping $24,000 you get oodles of tools, protective gear, cases, and weapons accessories....