Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $48,452
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 55%!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!

Keyword: travel

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Fur Dodger: Cat rides the bus for free by hopping on and off at his local station...

    12/15/2011 8:03:50 AM PST · by algernonpj · 54 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2011 | Jessica Satherley
    A pet cat named Dodger is living up to his name, by taking free bus trips from his home town. The ginger moggy, who was named after the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, has taken to hopping on and off the public transport at the bus station near his home. The 15-year-old cat even sits on bemused passengers’ laps as the bus makes up to 10-mile round trips from Bridport to Charmouth in Dorset. ... A spokesman for bus firm First said they didn’t mind Dodger on their buses but didn’t actively encourage him. ... 'Given this cat is elderly...
  • Forbes: PR is top holiday destination

    12/06/2011 7:43:41 AM PST · by cll · 9 replies
    Puerto Rico has been picked by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top Christmas destination, winning recognition for a marathon and spirited holiday season marked by good food and drink and warm weather. “Who says you need scarves and snow to have a truly authentic Christmas?” Forbes reports. “Multi-colored lights look fantastic strung through palm trees, the coquito tastes a little like eggnog that’s mostly coconut, and a roasted, seasoned pork shoulder often muscles out turkey for center stage at a Puerto Rican Christmas table. The well-known New York-based business publication worked with travel experts at Lonely Planet and...
  • Confirmed: President Obama campaigns on the taxpayers’ dime more than previous presidents

    11/28/2011 6:13:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/28/11 | Tina Korbe
    The White House dismisses the data, but, according to a study by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. naval academy assistant professor and expert on presidential travel, President Barack Obama has visited swing states “on official business” more times in a shorter span than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. The Wall Street Journal reports: Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 17 of his third year in office, Bill Clinton held 40 events over 24 days in the battlegrounds of his time, according to data compiled by Brendan Doherty, a U.S. Naval Academy assistant professor who is widely viewed among political scientists...
  • White House Denies Targeting Swing States in Obama Travel Schedule

    11/28/2011 6:01:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/28/11 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – The White House on Monday rejected charges that President Obama is traveling on the taxpayer dime to campaign in swing states more frequently than any of his predecessors, saying a new study doesn't take into account that Obama "expanded the political map dramatically" in 2008 so that states not previously considered battlegrounds now are. White House spokesman Jay Carney argued that a Wall Street Journal study that showed Obama has attended 54 events in 11 battleground states over 42 days between Jan.1 and Nov. 17, 2011,
  • Red Skelton on Thanksgiving

    11/23/2011 8:36:09 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 6 replies
    This taken from ”The Thanksgiving Turkey,” an episode of “The Red Skelton Show” where Red Skelton plays his Clem Kaddiddlehopper at the first Thanksgiving. At the very end of the episode, Red Skelton addresses the audience and says: “Now I have a little something to say on behalf of our American home. In the year 1620, a group of hardy, determined people crossed the Atlantic in quest of a land where they might live freely, and worship above a whisper. These Pilgrims found such a home, known as the United States of America, and history tells us that our...
  • Marketing America: The ‘United States of Awesome Possibilities’

    11/10/2011 2:47:41 PM PST · by posterchild · 2 replies ^ | Nov 10, 2011 | Zachary Roth
    Say hello to the "United States of Awesome Possibilities." That's the tagline for a new ad campaign designed to promote the U.S. of A., an effort to boost business and leisure travel in order to spur economic growth, Advertising Age reports. The campaign, set to launch next year, is the brainchild of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (CTP), a private-public partnership formed to encourage tourism, with a marketing budget of $200 million. The corporation calls the push "the first-ever coordinated global marketing effort dedicated to welcoming international travelers to the United States." The group said in a press release that...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Qantas grounds entire fleet

    10/29/2011 12:03:51 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies ^ | 29th October 2011
    QANTAS has grounded its entire domestic and international fleet of aircraft and will lock out all staff involved in its industrial dispute from Monday night. The incredible move, coming in the middle of a bitter dispute with staff, will strand thousands of passengers in Australia and around the world. "We are grounding the Qantas fleet now," Qantas chief Alan Joyce has said. This means: * passengers in 12 planes at airport gates at the time of the announcement had to disembark; * 64 planes currently in the air, carrying 7000 passengers, are continuing to their destinations, but passengers with connecting...
  • Jack the cat supporters will boycott American Airlines until it finds missing pet

    10/23/2011 2:30:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10-23-11 | staff
    Angry passengers have started a boycott of American Airlines after it lost a cat named Jack in the baggage area at New York's John F Kennedy Airport seven weeks ago. Supporters of Jack the cat yesterday held a day of action at the airport to raise awareness of the missing moggy. The weeks may have passed, but the anger over the airline’s failure to find him is growing. The Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK Facebook page now has more than 15,000 followers. It is updated daily with hundreds of comments from supporters. The aim of...
  • Fight Erupts Over First Lady's Travel Costs

    10/05/2011 2:02:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    A fight has broken out between the White House, its defenders and a conservative public watchdog group over first lady Michelle Obama's travel costs and how they are calculated. The dispute stems from a Judicial Watch release yesterday, reported by Whispers, that said the first lady's June goodwill mission to Africa cost $424,142 just for her Air Force C32A. Judicial Watch said it used Pentagon calculations to come up with the price to taxpayers, multiplying the hourly cost of $12,188 by the number of flight hours, 34.8. [Read: Michelle Obama's Africa Trip Cost More than $424,142.] The White House later...
  • 'There's a woman on my bonnet and I can't get her off!'(Driver w/gf hanging on car calls police)

    09/30/2011 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 28, 2011 | RICHARD HARTLEY-PARKINSON
    (edit) Things turned nasty when their relationship broke down and there was a long-running dispute over shared items from their home. Finally, Dicken went to Miss Kift's mother's home in nearby Llandudno, snatched the TV from the hallway and loaded it into the back of his Jaguar.Miss Kift was having none of it, her sister Josie told Llandudno Magistates Court. She got into the driver's seat in a vain attempt to stop him driving away.Dicken dragged her out of the car and threw her to the ground. But when he saw what he described as a group of angry people chasing after him,...
  • Amanda Knox likely to be acquitted, says prosecutor

    09/07/2011 1:45:52 PM PDT · by Justaham · 14 replies ^ | 9-7-11 | Nick Pisa
    An Italian court has rejected a request for new testing of crucial DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox appeal, as a prosecutor predicted the American will be acquitted of the Meredith Kercher murder. Court appointed experts have criticised the way the original forensic investigation was carried out by police, raising hopes 24-year-old Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, will be cleared. Meredith, 21, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was in Perugia as part of her Leeds University and had only been in Italy for two months before she was brutally murdered in 2007. Knox and Sollecito were jailed in December...
  • California stem cell agency's travel plans irk Jerry Brown

    08/22/2011 11:26:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/22/11 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, like his predecessors, ordered state agencies and departments this year to restrict employee travel, and after reviewing out-of-state travel requests, his office said most obeyed. Except, in Brown's view, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which proposed as "mission critical" about two dozen international trips, including to Paris, Amsterdam, Australia and Japan. Meeting with foreign scientists and government officials, said Robert Klein, then chairman of the stem cell research agency's independent oversight committee, was necessary to share research and pursue international funding agreements worth millions of dollars. "More than 20 million Californians live in families where a...
  • When does airport security become physical assault?

    08/14/2011 7:21:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 August 2011 | Fiona Foster
    With the holiday season underway, intimate security checks at American airports are continuing to upset travellers. When passengers refuse the full body scanners they may be submitted to what authorities are calling an enhanced pat-down. Politicians are calling for them to be outlawed but the department of justice has threatened that flights whose passengers are not screened will be cancelled. Nancy Campbell, a 33-year-old from Brooklyn, compared the experience to being "sexually assaulted". ... enhanced pat-downs could prove counterproductive: "There's encouragement from the government to have our eyes on the ground and help make our country safer but if the...
  • Need Freeper Help in Connecticut

    08/15/2011 10:29:31 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 47 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Just learned I need to move to Connecticut - Fairfield County area (like within 30 days) . I have questions that are not for Realtors, but for Freepers. You know the ones.
  • Wealthy Mexicans fly, rather than drive, to Texas

    08/13/2011 8:29:15 PM PDT · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, August 13, 2011 | By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press
    (08-13) 10:48 PDT McAllen, Texas (AP) -- As drug violence rises, Mexicans with means accustomed to making weekend jaunts to Texas are increasingly taking to the skies to bypass one of their country's deadliest states. Read more:
  • Democrat Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayers’ dime for Senate hearing

    08/12/2011 11:16:14 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies ^ | August 12, 2011 |
    Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday. The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for August 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.” Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui....
  • EU set to charge U.S. airlines for carbon tax

    07/29/2011 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 21 replies
    Logistics Management ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jeff Berman
    An edict from the European Union (EU) focused on emissions reduction is drawing the ire of the United States Congress and the air cargo industry. Under its so-called Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU is calling all airlines to pay taxes to the EU as part of a “cap and trade” for carbon allowances in an effort to reduce air emissions created as a result of their flights in EU airspace. The EU ETS was created in 2005. According to the EU, the ETS places a cap—or limit—on the total amount of certain greenhouse gases that can be emitted by...
  • Upscale Budget Accommodation In Singapore

    07/18/2011 2:36:54 PM PDT · by expatguy · 2 replies
    An American Expat in Southeast Asia ^ | 19 July 2011 | expatguy
    A recent article in the Jakarta Globe states that some backpacker hostels in Singapore are going upmarket, to cater to a rising number of backpackers with bigger budgets.   Well, this isn't entirely true.   It isn't just backpackers looking for reasonably priced place to stay but businessmen and tourists as well who have been looking for a decent place to stay without having to pay an arm and a leg. If you are looking for a hotel room in Singapore expect to pay anywhere from S$200 (US$165) to S$600 (US$493) a night.  On the high end, Singapore has some of...
  • 'Sadness' prevalent as America's Space Shuttle era comes to an end

    07/08/2011 12:23:45 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 37 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | July 8, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – For those fascinated with America’s Space Shuttle program and the exploration of space, today is a bit bittersweet. Today is the end of an era of NASA-led spaceflight. The Atlantis Space Shuttle took off this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final mission – and the last mission of the remaining Space Shuttle fleet. We wish the crew a successful mission and a safe return. At a very early age I was fascinated with space travel and the exploration of space. The final Apollo mission – Apollo 17 – took place when I was...
  • Rep. Ron Paul: Abolish TSA (Proposes 'American Traveler Dignity Act')

    07/05/2011 1:35:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 5, 2011 | Keith Lang
    The Transportation Security Administration should be abolished, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) said over the weekend. Speaking on his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" audio address, Paul said that recent reports alleging a 95-year-old woman was forced to remove her adult diaper and an eight-month-old baby's diaper was inspected showed the TSA was overzealous. "The press reports are horrifying," Paul said. "Ninety-five-year-old women humiliated, children molested, disabled people abused. Men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas, and involuntary radiation exposure. “If the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be...