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  • Let's Have Another Dan's Bake Sale at GOP Convention

    05/01/2012 4:06:46 PM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh via YouTube ^ | 5-1-2012 | TheRobb7
    A fellow FReeper who was there, mentioned the phenomenon during a recent discussion about how screwed we are with Romney as the GOP standard-bearer. It got me wondering....what if this happened in Tampa during the convention? The same non-violence, the same desire to see conservatism carry the day. I realize that the OWS types will be there protesting, but the effect of 80,000 Tea Partiers on downtown Tampa would be something that couldn't be ignored. Here's the video link from Limbaugh's old TV show:
  • Middle Class Mick

    05/01/2012 2:25:38 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 9 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | 5/1/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Midway through a Julie Burchill column in the Guardian bemoaning the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I was startled to learn the following: Although fewer than 10 percent of British children attend private schools, their alumni make up over 60 percent of the acts on the U.K. pop charts. Twenty years ago, it was 1 percent. There's always been a bit of this, of course: Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics and made more money singing the songs of hardscrabble Mississippi bluesmen than the gnarled old-timers who'd lived those lyrics could ever dream of. But he was "middle class"...
  • Apple Could Offer Own Wireless Service, Observer Says (To bypass AT&T and Verizon Wireless)

    05/01/2012 2:17:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 05/01/2012 | By PATRICK SEITZ
    Apple (AAPL) soon might bypass AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications (T) and Vodafone (VOD), to offer its own mobile wireless service directly to customers, according to an industry observer. Veteran wireless industry strategist Whitey Bluestein made the bold prediction while speaking at the Informa MVNO Industry Summit in Barcelona, Spain, according to BGR. Apple has the distribution channels and customer base, with more than 250 million credit card numbers on file for iTunes users, to make the move, Bluestein said. But to do so, Apple itself would have to subsidize its iPhone for customers, Bluestein says....
  • California.. New Law to ask state contractors: Are you straight or gay?

    05/01/2012 1:51:59 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 27 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 5-1-12 | cakid1
    California.. New Law to ask state contractors: Are you straight or gay? State Assembly Speaker John Perez runs the Assembly Its not the law of the land yet. But a bill moving through the state Assembly would ask state contractors if they’re gay. The bill passed in the Assembly. The measure would allow business owners to identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. Only one Republican voted for the bill.
  • French organization says Google search engine's auto-complete is anti-Semitic.

    05/01/2012 9:05:55 AM PDT · by trotskylvalia · 5 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/30/2012 | Eriq Gardner
    Google has been hit with a lawsuit in France for suggesting that certain celebrities, including News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Mad Men star Jon Hamm, are "Jewish." French organization that fights discrimination, say that by connecting persons with an often persecuted religious minority, the web giant is overseeing “the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”
  • NY Tabloids Responded To Amar'e Stoudemire Punching A Fire Extinguisher With Some Epic Headlines

    05/01/2012 6:58:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2012 | Tony Manfred
    <p>Amar'e Stoudemire went and attacked a fire extinguisher last night after the losing to the Heat, and now he'll possibly be out for the season with a lacerated hand.</p> <p>This morning, as you can imagine, the New York tabloids responded with some solid headlines.</p>
  • How Elite Colleges Still Feed Wall St.’s Recruiting Machine

    05/01/2012 6:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/01/2012 | Laura Newland
    Three and a half years have passed since the onset of the financial crisis, and the public hasn’t changed the way it talks about Wall Street and its future. Journalists, politicians and even the Occupy movement have shaped our discussion by analyzing — and often attacking — the bankers at the helm. Again and again we read about the forces driving the industry today, when we should be looking to the people who will lead Wall Street tomorrow. Though recent media reports suggest that elite students are growing disillusioned by Wall Street, the numbers are unconvincing. Among the class of...
  • Sarcastic May Day poster?

    05/01/2012 4:38:27 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    May 1 | ctdonath2
    Looking for office-suitable poster/picture retorts to May Day. If anyplace has 'em it'll be FR!
  • A Poll That Should Be Taken;Why Not Ask The 50 Million Food Stampers?,Romney Or Obama?

    04/30/2012 7:33:36 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 6 replies
    When it comes to taking polls,who are they asking?Working Americans,Unemployed Americans?,Financially Suffering Americans?.It would be interesting for Gallup and Raz to take sample polls from the 47/50 Million adults on food stamps/government suppliment,etc. who they will vote for. Do you think 70% of them are so happy with their newer lower standard of living that they will giddy to vote for Obama? Especially when they have found out about the millions he and Moochele have spent on vacations?
  • 'Your' Car Won't Be After 2015

    04/30/2012 5:10:46 PM PDT · by Twotone · 59 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 25, 2012 | Eric Peters
    Mandatory "Event Data Recorders" will even know you're speeding in reverse. After a certain point, it's not paranoia. The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named "Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act," also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation -- already passed by the Senate and likely to be passed by the House -- will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are...
  • President Mini-Me and the 2012 Election

    04/30/2012 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 30, 2012 | Andrew B. Wilson
    Mitt Romney is running against a different man than the Pied Piper of "transformational change" who danced and floated to victory against John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Romney's opponent is that man's clone -- scaled down to one-eighth the size. He's a much smaller and distinctly meaner version of the Barack Obama of four years ago, and he knows how to fight in only one way -- small and dirty.
  • Virgil Goode wins the nomination for Constitution Party!

    04/30/2012 4:43:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    4/30/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Go to the Constitution Party website. I don't know too much about Mr. Goode, but I will be now be seeking to find out more about him. But I do know that as with Ronald Reagan, he too was once a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party - but then went beyond that to the Constitution Party in the end. Despite not knowing too much about Goode, he can't possibly get the Cons. Party nom, and yet be worse than Romney or Obama. Given what we have seen today, with the Romney campaign saying that Romney advised the Obama administration...
  • Lonely life of the techno-addict as thousands go up to 48 hours without speaking to another human

    04/30/2012 1:46:33 PM PDT · by traumer · 17 replies
    Technology-addicts regularly go 48 hours without speaking to anyone in person, a study has found. A significant three per cent of adults fall into a so-called ‘digitally dominant’ group which will mainly communicate via text, email or video calls. It suggests technology – from smartphones to iPads – is helping to kill off physical and social interaction among those obsessed with the devices. According to researchers for digital marketing agency dnx, adults in the digitally dominant group are four times less likely to go to a shop than average. Most Britons use digital technology but a majority do so in...
  • Freep This Poll!

    04/30/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by tickedoffnow · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-30-12 | Unknown
    CNN US section running poll: Do you feel Florida's 'stand your ground' law is helpful or harmful?
  • Rather: Romney Has ‘Good Chance of Beating’ Obama

    04/30/2012 12:21:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 10:47 AM | Newsmax Wires
    Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather says presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has a 50 percent chance of beating President Barack Obama in November. “I have no idea what kind of president [former Massachusetts] Gov. Romney will make, but I do think … he has a good chance of becoming president,” Rather told Politico. “President Obama is even money at best at this particular time … His odds right now are 50/50 in my book.” Obama performs much better campaigning than as president, said Rather, who is promoting a new book, “Rather Outspoken: My Life In the News.”...
  • Labour already rues the day it let Ken (Livingstone) run for Mayor (of London)

    04/30/2012 11:32:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 30 April 2012 | Jenni Russell
    This mayoral contest should have been Labour’s to win. The economy is tanking, the austerity strategy is clearly failing, and every big political story since the Budget has made the Government look either incompetent, heartless, craven or possibly corrupt. Lurching from granny tax to cash-for-Cameron, petrol hoarding to cosy communications with Rupert Murdoch’s men, the Conservatives have abruptly lost much of the public’s trust. Last week, their poll ratings tumbled to just 29 percent, 11 points behind Labour, a record low. But those ratings aren’t reflected in London’s mayoral race, where Boris Johnson has consistently remained in the lead. In...
  • Microsoft gears up for fight with Apple, Amazon by investing in Barnes & Noble's Nook

    04/30/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/30/2012 | Phil Wahba
    Microsoft will invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader, gaining a foothold in the fast-growing e-books market as the bookseller gets more firepower to compete against's Kindle and Apple's (AAPL) iPad. The move comes as Microsoft is looking to generate excitement around its tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system, expected on the market around October. The deal announced on Monday includes Microsoft taking a stake in the bookseller's college bookstore division. It also means that the two companies have settled their patent dispute. Shares of Barnes & Noble soared nearly 70 percent on Monday, while Microsoft shares were...
  • 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

    The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right. A few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets. I learned that the "best of the best" tend to share the following eight core beliefs. 1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield. Average bosses see business as a conflict between companies, departments and groups. They build huge armies of "troops" to order about, demonize competitors as "enemies," and treat customers as "territory" to be conquered. Extraordinary...
  • Forward?--Calling Ken Kesey

    04/30/2012 9:19:30 AM PDT · by sonrise57 · 31 replies
    I couldn't help but think of this when I heard Obama's new campaign slogan.
  • American Companies with the Most Customers

    04/30/2012 8:54:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/30/2012 | Charles B. Stockdale
    Last week, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced that it sold 35.1 million iPhones worldwide in the latest quarter. The figure is large, but not extraordinary. Some consumer products and consumer electronics companies sell their products to a considerably larger number of customers — in the U.S. alone. 24/7 Wall St. examined the corporations operating in the largest U.S. consumer-based industries to find the largest companies based on customer count. The customer bases of many of these companies are in the tens of millions. Each company operates in an industry that provides a product or a service to an extremely wide spectrum...