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  • The untold good news story of America today

    06/23/2018 7:35:56 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 June 2018 | Tom Geoghegan
    Political bickering has long been a roadblock to getting big things done in the US but a grassroots movement getting few headlines could yet herald a new American age of change. A green giant in a loin cloth would seem an unlikely indicator for what some describe as a revolution under way in the heart of America. But the Jolly Green Giant statue on Highway 169 in rural Minnesota wears a 48-inch (1.2m) smile for a reason. Accompanied by the slogan Dream Big, he typifies a sense of hope and renewal in the nearby city of Blue Earth that is...
  • New Data Reveals Americans Rediscovering Small Towns

    03/25/2018 5:42:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/25/2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    If you’ve ever lived in a small town or city, these new census figures will not surprise you:More Americans, especially retirees, are moving to small towns for the safer, cleaner, more affordable life. Even those younger Gen X types who put off families for the bright lights of the big city are moving out of there, usually to suburbs.One major reason for urban flight is the rising cost of housing, which if you’re paying rent, is like burning money. City populations are still growing slightly but much less than before and mainly because of immigrant arrivals. In the last...
  • Americas forgotten towns: Can they be saved or should people just leave?

    01/04/2018 7:07:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2018 | By Heather Long
    One of the great debates in American politics and economics in 2018 is likely to be how to help the country's forgotten towns, the former coal-mining and manufacturing hubs with quaint Main Streets that haven't changed much since the 1950s and '60s. Many of these places turned out heavily to vote for Donald Trump. He talks often about wanting to help them, but it's unclear how he can. Traditional economics says people living in these struggling towns should just move. Many of the United States' urban centers (and surrounding suburbs) are booming. If jobs are plentiful in Denver (unemployment rate:...
  • How Trump made small-town America matter again (Must read)

    01/22/2017 11:06:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Salena Zito
    The first time Donald J. Trump stepped onstage in Pennsylvania in April 2016 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, it was clear something very different was going on in this state, with this candidate. It was not because the rally was massive, or because it was boisterous, or that it was poorly organized, though all those things were true. Having already attended 18 of his rallies throughout primary states across the country, I found, in fact, that it looked very familiar. It was different because it was in Pennsylvania. It was a campaign that was designed to fail from...
  • Why Is Obama Flooding Small Towns In The Most Conservative Parts Of America With Refugees?

    02/01/2016 8:44:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/01/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Why are small towns in conservative states being specifically targeted for refugee resettlement? Of course the Obama administration will never publicly admit that this is happening, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is going on. Just look at the uproar that refugee resettlement is now causing in small communities in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Kansas. The Obama administration has deemed large cities such as Washington D.C. to be “too expensive” for the refugees, and so large numbers of them are being dispersed throughout smaller communities all over the nation. If you drop a few hundred...
  • Sarah Palin: Small towns is the soul of our country, despite the opinion of the Seattle Weekly

    05/30/2013 6:21:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 17 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Thursday May 30, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    Small town America is the soul of our country, despite the opinion of the Seattle Weeklys Ellis Conklin and the lamestream media. Todd and I are on our way to congratulate the graduating class in Republic, Washington, this Saturday and Im honored and touched by their ingenuity, tenacity, and invitation to speak to these young Americans about to begin their futures. Small town America is our heart; it may not be the Ivy Leagues or what Ellis and the media deem acceptable, but these students and this town represent what is good and right about America and the small towns...
  • Tips on Community Gardens, Rural, and Small Towns

    01/19/2011 8:00:42 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 2 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Jan. 18th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Community gardens are gardens that more than one family plants, weeds and harvests together. They were called Victory or war gardens in the past because they were planted when the country was at war and helped provide AdChoices food for Americans. Rising grocery prices,recalls and health and environmental concerns have brought them back. Does a community garden fit rural and small towns? Like a gardeners glove!
  • "SMART" Growth meets small town America

    07/03/2009 1:23:04 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 296+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 7/3/2009 | Moneyrunner
    This whole cap and trade thing reminds me of a discussion I took part in as part of our citys Master Plan Rewrite Committee. As part of the Master Plan Rewrite we filled out an SGRAT survey (Smart Growth Readiness Assessment Tool, a product of Michigan State University). It allows you to evaluate your city by SMART growth standards. The intent of SMART growth is to stress the reuse of property and so inhibit urban sprawl. If I am not boring you yet, here are the ten tenets of SMART growth. 1. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices(...
  • The Man Who Programmed Sarah Palin (Pegler heads up)

    09/15/2008 7:23:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 44 replies · 465+ views
    Gawker ^ | 11 September 2008 | hard to tell from article
    Scully wrote the speech [Palin's acceptance speech] largely before Palin was selected. Which makes sense. But the parts that seemed tailored specifically to her? Who wrote those? Specifically, the line about small towns, and how they grow great people? That line, as was revealed this week, was written by a very bigoted columnist named Westbrook Pegler. That line seems like a landmine of unintentional readings: it was written by a racist, about a man who became president when the old man before him died. Not really a single good interpretation there, right? Well either someone more wacky and right-wing than...
  • The Coming Re-Becoming

    07/28/2008 9:55:29 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 13 replies · 227+ views
    kunstler.com ^ | July 28, 2008 | James H. Kunstler
    The Coming Re-Becoming Everywhere you turn in this nation, you see a society primed for implosion. We seem unaware how extraordinary the American experience has been, especially in the last hundred years. By this, I don't mean that we are a better people than any other society -- these days, ordinary people in the USA make an effort to appear thuggish and act surly, as though we were a nation of convicts -- but for decade-upon-decade, we were very fortunate. Even the Great Depression of the 1930s may seem like a relatively peaceful and gentle "time out" from a frantic...
  • Full Metal Jackasses; Part Two (Like The Godfather)

    04/14/2008 6:51:27 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 13 replies · 109+ views
    Redstate.com ^ | 14 April 2008 | .cnI redruM
    Barak Obama has now explained why small-town, penny-ante peckerwoods like moi utter vicious anti-trade and anti-immigrant rhetoric. He also explains why we like playing around with guns, bibles and other things Barack thinks are too dangerous to allow in public without arrogant, liberal supervision. He took a fund-raising junket to San Francisco and figured it would be safe to let the hemline of his Trotskyite slip show. While amongst the condescending, self-selected elite by the bay, he had the following to say about small town America. Its not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion...
  • Obama outburst in Pennsylvania Shame, shame, shame

    04/13/2008 5:54:41 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 140 replies · 481+ views
    tribune-review ^ | salena zito
    Obama outburst in Pennsylvania Shame, shame, shame TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Salena Zito ABC News is reporting that Barack Obama launched into a fiery offensive tonight in a speech before the United Steelworkers Union in Steelton, Pa. Obama, in response to Sen. Hillary Clinton criticisms of his 'bitter' remarks, said "Shame on her, shame on her, she knows better."
  • Obama, Now on the Defensive, Calls Bitter Words Ill-Chosen

    04/12/2008 9:09:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 128 replies · 685+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2008 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and JEFF ZELENY
    Senator Barack Obama fought back Saturday against accusations from his rivals that he had displayed a profound misunderstanding of small-town values, in a flare-up that left him on the defensive before a series of primaries that could test his ability to win over white voters in economically distressed communities. For a second day, Mr. Obama sought to explain his remarks at a recent San Francisco fund-raiser that small-town Pennsylvania voters, bitter over their economic circumstances, cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who arent like them as a way to explain their frustrations. Acknowledging Saturday that I didnt...
  • Bitter? Clinging to Guns? No, Dumb as a Box of Rocks

    04/11/2008 6:22:14 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 92 replies · 366+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 12 April 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    In San Francisco last week, Senator Barack Obama, Democrat candidate for President, made a certain statement about people who live in small towns in Pennsylvania. He is about to undergo a primary in that state against Senator Hillary Clinton, the other remaining Democrat candidate for President. Why should a comment made by a candidate in San Francisco about people who live in Pennsylvania be of the slightest interest to the people who live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina? Simple. Almost half of the people here, in the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina, also live in...
  • Small Town Pep Rally

    11/03/2006 7:54:49 AM PST · by mpackard · 1 replies · 350+ views
    I know that perhaps a vanity is frowned upon so I'll keep it as short as possible. Tonight Vancleave High School in MS hosts its first play off game ever. My office is next to the high school so I went outside to participate in the pep rally.
  • Up with the big boys in sales of condoms

    08/06/2005 10:05:59 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 27 replies · 488+ views
    Bucks Free Press ^ | 5 August 2005 | James Webb
    RAMPANT lovers have helped High Wycombe's Asda supermarket come fourth best in condom sales out of 280 stores nationwide. The branch, in Holmers Farm Way, shifts around 700 packets of six every week, which is the equivalent of more than 250,000 single condoms every year. An Asda spokesman said: "When it comes to condom capitals, High Wycombe is in the top five best selling stores in the whole of the UK." The food retailer's sales analysis computer Retail Link, which is capable of tracking sales of individual items by store every 15 minutes, revealed its Bridge of Dee store, in...
  • Round Two of the Alcohol Debate Begins in Littlefield

    07/01/2005 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 47 replies · 406+ views
    KCBD NewsChannel 11 ^ | 1 July 2005 | Staff
    Round two of a familiar debate is brewing in Littlefield over alcohol sales. Citizens will battle it out at a November 8th election. The controversy is whether or not to allow packaged liquor sales in the city. Littielfield residents are no stranger to this issue, you'll recall a similar election failed by only 27 votes last September. Now that another election is set opinions from both sides are circulating. Proponents say it comes down to driving and money. You may only see poker chips and decks of cards at Chad Wright's poker hall, but look closer and you could see...
  • The Mayor Drives herself

    05/03/2005 7:20:33 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 1 replies · 156+ views
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 1 May 2005 | Kevin J. Dwyer
    Being mayor isn't all about running the city council meetings and listening as residents praise or pillory what the city government does. There's a whole lot more to the jobs 14 men and two women are running for in seven Southeast Texas cities. "It's a lot of hard work and a lot of time away from your family for what some people would consider very little in return," Silsbee Mayor Regina Lindsey said in a phone interview. Being mayor means that along with her duties inside City Hall, Lindsey -- who is paid $25 per meeting -- also attends an...
  • Kerry Ignores Small Town America (Flyover Country Alert)

    07/19/2004 12:31:43 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 22 replies · 992+ views
    Bush-Cheney '04 ^ | July 19, 2004 | Various
    In todays Reads, Kerry doesnt know rural America, and it shows in his policies. Plus, why people on either side of the marriage debate cant trust Kerry to take a consistent position. Morning Reads: Kerry Ignores Small Town America When it comes to the issues that matter to small town and rural America, John Kerry is trying hard... to lose the training wheels. A number of recent stumbles demonstrate that Kerry's recent discovery of rural America is far from complete -- and while the Senator from Massachusetts may dismiss rural communities as flyover country as he jets from campaign stop...
  • The Suicide Of Marlboro Man <p> The Price Of Freedom Is Slavery. Sort Of. A Little Anyway

    12/11/2002 3:13:04 PM PST · by Orion · 14 replies · 285+ views
    Fred On Everything ^ | 12/8/2002 | Fred Reed
    The Suicide Of Marlboro Man The Price Of Freedom Is Slavery. Sort Of. A Little Anyway The other days I was reading G. Gordon Liddy's book of conservative nostalgia, When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country. He paints a sunset picture of former times when America was free, farmers could fill in swamps without violating wetland laws, and guns were just guns. People were independent and had character, and made their own economic decisions. The market ruled as it ought, and governmental intrusion was minimal. The picture is accurate. I lived it. I wish it would come...