Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,831
Woo hoo!! And now over 89%!! Less than $9.2k to go!! Less than $400 to the yellow!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

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  • Reverend Al's new flock

    04/07/2006 2:58:47 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 6 replies · 438+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 04/07/06 | Errol Louis
    Here in New York, the Rev. Al Sharpton tends to be seen as a perennial political outsider and gadfly - his detractors inevitably dismiss him as a publicity-seeking hustler - but that cynical, out-of-date view ignores the impressive political network Sharpton has diligently been building from coast to coast. In a dozen or so black communities where elders tend to monopolize leadership of the churches, schools, civic groups, political clubs and other key institutions, Sharpton has been busy grooming young, ambitious candidates for office. By playing the role of mentor, promoter and fund-raiser, Sharpton does what many shortsighted black politicians...
  • Lafitte graceful, charming, but still considered a pirate

    12/13/2003 11:26:10 PM PST · by Holly_P · 11 replies · 197+ views
    Shreveport Times ^ | 12/14/03 | Editorial
    Contemporaries described the smuggler Jean Lafitte as "graceful and elegant in manners ... accomplished in conversation." Women found him charming. Some of the leading figures of New Orleans openly associated with him. But to young Louisiana Gov. W.C.C. Claiborne, there was just one word for Lafitte: "pirate." Even so, as historian Bennett H. Wall records, "It was not the privateering and occasional piracy ... that particularly annoyed Claiborne and the government of the United States. ... Rather, it was the fact that Lafitte and his men openly flaunted customs laws by selling their booty at much lower prices than legitimate...