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  • WWII codebreaker Alan Turing gets royal pardon for gay conviction

    12/24/2013 9:14:14 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 102 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/24/2013 | Reuters
    Mathematician Alan Turing, who helped Britain win World War Two by cracking Nazi Germany's "unbreakable" Enigma code, was granted a rare royal pardon on Tuesday for a criminal conviction for homosexuality that led to his suicide. Turing's electromechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unravelled the code used by German U-boats in the Atlantic. His work at Bletchley Park, Britain's wartime codebreaking centre, was credited with shortening the war. However, he was stripped of his job and chemically castrated with injections of female hormones after being convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man. Homosexual sex...
  • JIM ROBINSON AS THE NEW JOSEPH FARAH - STABBING THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT IN THE BACK [Re:Giuliani]

    04/24/2007 10:22:39 AM PDT · by Al Simmons · 781 replies · 27,258+ views
    On one the few rational minds left around here - but for long | 4/24/2007 | Al Simmons
    About me: Lurker - since 1998 Member - since 1999 In self-imposed exile - since April 2007 The tone of the debate and the attacks on long-time fellow Freepers for the cardinal sin of daring to support Rudy Giuliani in early 2007 around here have really saddened me. Instead of fighting the enemy FR is now imposing an 'ideological purity' test on FR members. The well-oiled train has gone off the rails and Mr. Robinson risks becoming the next Joe Farah - a fellow who started a great website for conservative news and opinions, but who gradually drifted off to...
  • End of an Affair [Plame]

    08/31/2006 10:08:00 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 317 replies · 7,530+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 1, 2006
    <p>WE'RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years. But all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame's cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.</p>
  • 'War' on Christians Is Alleged. Conference Depicts a Culture Hostile to Evangelical Beliefs.

    03/29/2006 1:04:29 PM PST · by Crackingham · 226 replies · 3,331+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/29/6 | Alan Cooperman
    The "War on Christmas" has morphed into a "War on Christians." Last December, some evangelical Christian groups declared that the religious celebration of Christmas -- and even the phrase "Merry Christmas" -- was under attack by the forces of secularism. This week, radio commentator Rick Scarborough convened a conference in Washington on the "War on Christians and the Values Voters in 2006." The opening session was devoted to "reports from the frontlines" on "persecution" of Christians in the United States and Canada, including an artist whose paintings were barred from a municipal art show in Deltona, Fla., because they contained...
  • CNN X's Cheney's face but what about the small hidden text

    11/22/2005 9:31:23 AM PST · by American Backslapper · 74 replies · 4,777+ views
    According to Matt Drudge, "A careful review of the tape also shows a white colored 'X' transposed over Cheney's face during the speech as well." ...but what about the text below? What does the fine print below the big X say? Does it shed additional light on the sinister plot by CNN to make a mockery of the Vice President's important address to the American Enterprise Institute and the nation?
  • Who Won the 'West Wing' Live Debate?

    11/07/2005 6:32:13 AM PST · by advance_copy · 87 replies · 2,587+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/7/05 | Frazier Moore
    NEW YORK - Who won the debate?
  • Is Living Together Before Marriage Totally Accptable? ...Freeper Insight Needed

    07/31/2005 3:19:52 PM PDT · by mlmr · 322 replies · 5,317+ views
    7.31.05 | mlmr
    So I have been trying to rent an apartment in my home...and all I have answering the ads are boyfriends and girlfriends. No matter what social status, no matter what income level, I am seeing unmarried twenty, thirty and forty year old couples who want to live together. If I question them, they don't even understand why I am asking. These are Christians and Jews. I was so surprised to find that it would be so difficult to find a young married couple. Tell me Dear Freeper...am I totally out of the ballgame to expect to find a young married...
  • NYT: Money-Shifting Uproar Shakes World Jewish Congress

    11/30/2004 11:00:54 AM PST · by OESY · 3 replies · 724+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2004 | STEPHANIE STROM
    he World Jewish Congress is in turmoil, two decades after the billionaire Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. rescued it from crushing debts and propelled it to remarkable successes. With just a few dozen employees and an $8 million annual operating budget, the congress, a nonprofit organization, brought to light the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations chief, and forced Swiss banks to pay more than $1 billion to settle Holocaust-related claims. Now the organization that criticized those banks for their lack of transparency and accountability finds itself under attack on similar accusations - and from within the Jewish...
  • Incest Repellent? If gay sex is private, why isn't incest?

    04/24/2003 7:31:58 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 227 replies · 1,436+ views
    Slate ^ | 4/23/03 | William Saletan
    This week, the Associated Press published an interview with Rick Santorum, the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate. Referring to a pending case involving sodomy laws, Santorum argued, "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery."David Smith, the communications director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's leading gay rights organization, accused Santorum of "disparaging an entire group of Americans." "He's advocating that a certain...