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  • Ex-CIA officer charged with giving reporter secrets

    01/06/2011 3:57:16 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    A former CIA officer was arrested on Thursday on charges of illegally disclosing national defense information about Iran to a New York Times reporter who wrote a book. The U.S. Justice Department said Jeffrey Sterling, 43, was charged with six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawfully keeping national defense information, mail fraud, unauthorized conveyance of government property and obstructing justice.

    12/18/2014 3:10:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    AP ^ | December 18, 2014 | BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday. About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once tax returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them. "Everybody's return will get processed," Koskinen told reporters. "But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly getting a refund. This year we may not have the resources, the people to provide...
  • Venezuela: U.S. flooding market with fracking-produced oil

    12/10/2014 5:06:25 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 86 replies ^ | December 10, 2014 | EFE
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blasted the United States Wednesday for its large-scale use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying it is flooding the market with oil produced with environmentally destructive methods. The United States, one of the world's biggest practitioners of fracking, a controversial technique that involves pumping a pressurized fluid - usually composed of water, sand and chemicals - into a shale formation to create a fracture in the rock layer and release trapped petroleum or natural gas - has used that technology to double oil output to 8.5 million barrels per day in six years.
  • Dems weigh options on Benghazi panel

    05/07/2014 9:50:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats are still weighing their options about whether to participate in a special probe into the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, party leaders said Wednesday. Following a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus Wednesday morning, the leaders said they're awaiting Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) response to requested changes to the panel before they'll decide whether to participate. "We'll wait for a written response from the Speaker's office, and we in the leadership, in consultation with our members, will make a decision going forward as to how we'll deal with this," said Rep. Joe...
  • Rev. Wright gives a thoughtful, passionate, reasonable, embracing lecture in Kansas City [Barf]

    04/26/2014 5:56:32 PM PDT · by JCG · 9 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | April 24, 2014 | Lewis W. Diuguid
    No one gasped Wednesday night at St. James United Methodist Church as the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. spoke. No one in the packed multiracial audience got up in disgust and walked out. But people did laugh a lot, applaud a great deal and gave the controversial pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago a standing ovation after his hour-long lecture titled “Another World is Possible.” Wright made headlines in 2008 for sermons viewed as critical of America when he was presidential candidate Barack Obama’s longtime minister. Obama denounced Wright, left the church and went on to...
  • Israelis March against Austerity Budget

    05/11/2013 3:21:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Israelis marched late Saturday in an echo of mass cost of living protests in 2011, but this time their ire focused on finance minister Yair Lapid who came to power in January on the coattails of that protest movement. 2,000 people gathered in central Tel Aviv, an AFP journalist said, to protest against an austerity budget due for cabinet debate on Monday. The budget is expected to raise income tax and VAT while slashing government spending, including social benefits. Rallies were also scheduled for Jerusalem, Haifa and elsewhere on Saturday, but local media reported just 150 taking part in Haifa...
  • Lego to pull 'anti-Islamic' Star Wars toy set following Muslim furor

    04/02/2013 8:55:49 AM PDT · by BCW · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01 APR 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    As TheBlaze reported back in January, Austrian Muslims became outraged when they saw that Lego, a popular children’s toy company, created something they viewed as anti-Islamic in nature. Following months of intense angst and debate, Lego has reportedly agreed to stop making one of its Star Wars toy sets in an effort to temper the storm. ...He also smokes a water pipe and keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave. Furious Muslim critics complained that the Lego set’s Asian and oriental figures were “deceitful and criminal” characters such as gun-runners, slave masters and terrorists.
  • Immigrants denied mental health services

    03/20/2013 9:42:05 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Indy Week.Com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Billy Ball
    Angelica Velazquillo's fight for mental health care for undocumented immigrants began not in a hospital room but in a busy downtown Charlotte intersection. In September 2011, Velazquillo, then a 25-year-old undocumented woman brought to the U.S. when she was 4, joined nine protesters who blocked traffic, chanting "undocumented and unafraid." Charlotte police arrested the group, charging them with impeding traffic and disorderly conduct, offenses that sparked their deportation proceedings. Their deportations were later dropped and they were ordered to perform community service, a decision the group credited to the public interest in their case. "It was a turning point," she...
  • Rude surprise: French fed up with own incivility

    07/29/2012 9:35:11 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 41 replies
    KOMO News ^ | July 27, 2012 | THOMAS ADAMSON
    <p>PARIS (AP) - It's a July evening on the terrace of the legendary Cafe Flore. A coiffed woman sips chilled wine, another savors her chocolate eclair.</p> <p>The one thing to complete a perfect picture of Parisian life? A dash of French rudeness.</p>
  • EC President Blames US For Financial Crisis in Europe

    06/19/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | June 19, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The G-20 summit off to a great start if you like fireworks, endless bickering, and finger-pointing. Otherwise these summits are totally useless. When asked by a Canadian journalist "Why should North Americans risk their assets to help Europe?" EC President José Barroso replied "Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy." The Guardian has further details in Barroso blames eurozone crisis on US banks. The opening day of the G20 summit was threatening to deteriorate into a fractious row between eurozone countries and other non-European members of...
  • Vanity.... My post was pulled because it mentioned Affrmitive Action.

    06/10/2012 11:07:29 PM PDT · by MrPiper · 76 replies
    World news | Today | Me
    I guess FR is as PC as CNN and MSNBC, there was a day when FR could talk about anything, I guess Obama beat down JR too. :-(
  • [LDS] Group calls on Santorum to disavow pastor over Mormon comments

    03/14/2012 2:51:59 PM PDT · by T Minus Four · 207 replies ^ | March 14th, 2012 @ 10:50am |
    SALT LAKE CITY -- An LDS-oriented group is calling on GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to disavow a pastor who made anti-Mormon comments earlier this week. In a news release, MormonVoices, which is associated with the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, called for Santorum to "condemn the anti-Mormon comments made by his supporter, an honorary Florida chairman, the Rev. O'Neal Dozier" of the Worldwide Christian Center. On Monday Dozier said "the Mormon religion is prejudiced against blacks, Jews and native Americans." He called Mormonism a "racist" religion and called on Romney to renounce it. The Church of Jesus Christ...
  • Obama Blames Founding Fathers

    Pres. Obama: “Our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” Uh, that’s because the Founders were trying to prevent exactly what you are trying to do, Mr. President. They did not want the Federal Government to dominate the life of every citizen from cradle to grave. They wanted people to be free – to earn their own keep and keep what they earn. What a concept.
  • So what's up? I had a couple of posts yanked...

    11/27/2011 6:56:48 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 96 replies
    Is there trouble with the site or did I do something wrong? One was a story about a five-legged lamb and the other was a story about video games in men's bathroom urinals.
  • Gov. Haley calls reporter 'little girl' over story

    09/10/2011 5:18:34 AM PDT · by John 3_19-21 · 22 replies
    Anderson Independant Mail ^ | 9/9/11 | Jim Davenport A.P.
    It's A.P. sorry.
  • Gen X stymied by baby boomers hanging on to jobs

    09/18/2011 2:04:40 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 269 replies
    Cleveland Dot Com ^ | Saturday, September 17, 2011, 11:06 PM | clevelanddotcom
    NEW YORK -- In Tiffany Spaulding's 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry, she has worked for three companies, two of which no longer exist, and relocated to four states. Now 39 and living in Brookfield, Conn., she hasn't had a promotion in five years and says she sees no chance to advance, stuck behind a wall of baby boomers. She would quit and turn her hobby of jewelry design into a business, she says, if not for the home and school loans that eat up half her salary. Spaulding, according to a new report, is a typical member of the...
  • Foreign J1 Students Protest About Working at Hershey's (Video)

    08/30/2011 4:56:46 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/16/2011 | Youtube
    Linky Here From another website: "I'm going to get downvoted for this, but if you do the math its... not as ludicrous as they make it seem. The guy worked 40 hours and was expecting $334 (I'm assuming after taxes). This comes out to $8.35 an hour... while its definitely not awesome pay, its still above minimum wage. He received $130 after subtracting living costs, this means the company charges $204/week for housing, which comes out to $816/month. If this includes utilities and such, its actually a decent rate for a one BR apartment. The "conditions" these students face...
  • When a gay minister moved to a small Southern town (Presbyterian)

    07/05/2011 3:59:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 126 replies
    Courier Journal ^ | 5 July 2011 | Brett Webb-Mitchel
    As an out Presbyterian preacher, I'd experienced prejudice before. But nothing like what I faced in North CarolinaI was reading "Home in Henderson" -- the unofficial city website for a small town in North Carolina where I had recently moved to preach -- when I came across the blog entry. It was posted under the pseudonym "Church Reporter." "A friend that attends the First Presbyterian Church told me to do a Google search on their new minister Brett Webb-Mitchell," the entry began. "Having done so, I have only three comments to make on the pastor selection: 1. Who is responsible...
  • Enough is Enough (Vanity)

    06/14/2011 4:20:58 PM PDT · by parksstp · 203 replies
    Right Side of My Brain ^ | 06-14-2011 | Parksstp
    Okay Folks, Enough is Enough! I have enjoyed participating in this forum for a long time because I enjoy supporting the conservative values people like JimRob, the Tea Party, and other decent Americans hold dear to. It's obvious we are in the fight of our lives for the long-term survival of this country. 2012 is clearly a major turning poing that could very well decide whether or not America survives. Because of this importance, it is paramount we select the right candidate, the true conservative that will stand with us on all the conservative specturms (social, economic, domestic, and foreign...
  • Ben-Gvir: They Provoke, then Complain

    06/01/2011 12:44:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/6/11
    Land of Israel activist Itamar Ben-Gvir slammed far-left activists on Wednesday after clashes in the Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood of Jerusalem. The leftist demonstrators were in the neighborhood to protest the presence of Jewish families there, and to protest Jerusalem Day celebrations. “The anarchists are responsible for the trouble in Jerusalem, and it's a shame the police give them a free hand,” Ben-Gvir said. “They broke into the courtyard of a Jewish home in Shimon Hatzaddik, incited, provoked, waved terrorist flags, and now they're whining.”
  • Sarah Palin's Abuse of Power (They're verklempt!)

    11/13/2010 4:39:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Technorati's The Palin Report ^ | November 13, 2010 | Robyn Good
    I don't know who is more disgusting, Sarah Palin for taking various and unfair extreme measures to try to get her teen activist daughter Bristol to win Dancing With The Stars or the fools who go along with her and call in and vote for Bristol Palin, saving her from elimination for weak dancing every week. The weekly trips home for Bristol to rehearse in front of Sarah and the other painful Palins just prove that the show is full of crap and has lost any credibility it may have ever had. Obviously the producers want to keep Bristol around...
  • All about Youtube's most insane and clueless troll

    09/30/2010 11:55:21 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | NHSTATEGOP Your typical liberal troll. He is also the same as the Jewish crybaby who had a fit when some Black Hebrew Israelites mocked him Including scenes of him as well as the drivel he posts. (VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!)
  • Disappointment as US high school students snub 'lesbian-friendly prom'

    04/07/2010 7:56:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 448 replies · 7,713+ views
    Disappointment as US high school students snub 'lesbian-friendly prom' Senior prom fell far short of the rite of passage Constance McMillen was hoping for when she began a legal battle to challenge a ban on same-sex dates. Published: 7:00AM BST 07 Apr 2010 Constance McMillen Photo: AP The 18-year-old lesbian student said that she was one of only seven students to show up at a private party chaperoned by school officials. She said the rest of her peers went to another private event where she wasn't invited. "It was not the prom I imagined," she said. "It really hurts my...
  • Top ten: Things that have gotten old at FR [Vanity]

    01/18/2010 10:04:56 PM PST · by delacoert · 402 replies · 8,549+ views
    January 18, 2010 | delacoert
     10. Blog hawking (I know, I know, we're supposed to be nice.)  9. Run-on, single-paragraph posts 8. Pings to Jim Robinson with kiss ass complements 7. Posting "hugh and series", "stuned beeber" or "Bush's fault" 6. A post asking a noOb if they are sure they're logged in 5. Passive-aggressive keyword epithet war 4. Satire posts that fool you (the rest are hilarious) 3. Viking Kitties (just kidding... love ya'... really...  who'd poke fun at you...  rah roh.) 2. Vanities 1. ...
  • So Freepers don't like RINOs. I get it. But who's NOT a RINO? [vanity]

    12/01/2009 9:49:31 AM PST · by TruthHound · 159 replies · 2,452+ views
    I lurk this forum way too much. But it does give me my news fix and some interesting tidbits as well. I am in here enough to get a good gauge of the political celebs Freepers don't like. That would be pretty much everybody. I'm kinda sure nobody likes Mitt Romney. And as of 11/6/08, John McCain is a favorite whipping boy. Overall, the bulk of characters who stood on stage in the early GOP debates last year is tainted in some way. Giuliani, the cross-dressing gun-hater. Ron Paul, the anti-war drug-legalizer. Huckabee, the soft-on-crime wingnut. Yada yada... I'm aligned...
  • Is there an easier way to post photos?

    10/11/2009 5:10:17 AM PDT · by CalvaryJohn · 30 replies · 1,388+ views
    I was wondering if there is an easier way to post photos here. Every time I want to post one of my own photos, I have to upload to Photobucket and grab the HTML code. Is there a program or Firefox add on that can assign HTML code when the file is saved?
  • OPINION: Why California can't be governed

    06/25/2009 9:49:45 PM PDT · by thecodont · 63 replies · 3,696+ views
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | June 25, 2009 | By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
    Afew [sic] hours after California voters approved his Proposition 13 tax-cut measure on June 6, 1978, a bibulous and exultant Howard Jarvis dropped his pants for the benefit of a few reporters gathered in his suite at the L.A. Biltmore Hotel. A reporter had asked Jarvis why he was limping, so his ostensible reason was to show a large, ugly bruise, which he'd suffered in a fall a few days before, on his ample, boxer-clad behind. The surprise gesture, however, also afforded the earthy and profane Jarvis a chance to display his contempt for the press and, by extension, the...
  • email from VA dems...whining about GOP refusal to "feed at the trough

    04/13/2009 11:22:53 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies · 518+ views
    Dear xxxxxx, $125,000,000. That's how much of our money won't be coming here to help struggling Virginia families, thanks to a partisan maneuver last week by Bob McDonnell and the Virginia House Republicans. They chose to reject $125 million of our federal stimulus money, sending it back to Washington instead of boosting Virginia's economy and helping Virginia families. It's time for us to Stand Up for Virginia. Today, we are launching a grassroots petition that empowers Virginians to express their outrage over this dangerous decision - and calls on the Republican House of Delegates to fix the mess they made...
  • All I Wanted for Christmas Was a Newspaper - Bloggers are no replacement for real journalists

    12/27/2008 11:43:59 AM PST · by shoptalk · 92 replies · 1,899+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2008 | Paul Mulshine
    When my colleague at the Newark Star-Ledger John Farmer started off in journalism more than five decades ago, things were very different. After covering a political event, he'd hop on the campaign bus, pull out a typewriter, and start banging out copy. As the bus would pull into a town, he'd ball up a finished page and toss it out the window. There a runner would scoop it up and rush it off to a telegraph station where it would be blasted back to the home office. At the time, reporters thought this method was high-tech. Now, thanks to the...

    12/07/2008 8:15:32 AM PST · by a real Sheila · 162 replies · 4,282+ views
    12/7/08 | A REAL SHEILA
    I saw a blog several years ago asking folks to write about the worst Christmas gift they ever received. It is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Knowing the sense of humor most freepers have, I would like to hear your answers and stories.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Supreme Court to Consider Obama Citizenship Case

    12/06/2008 2:00:18 PM PST · by Deepest End · 87 replies · 4,599+ views
    Arkansas Matters ^ | December 6, 2008 | RNS
    The decision on granting a hearing challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship is still pending. The "Washington Times" reports that the U.S. Supreme Court held a private conference Friday morning to discuss whether to take up a lawsuit but it was not on the list of court orders for the day. According to the "Times" a Supreme Court spokesman said the decision to hear the case will most likely be announced next week.
  • Why John McCain is Losing

    10/13/2008 7:41:44 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 13 replies · 906+ views ^ | October 9, 2008 | Roger F. Gay
    It’s not the economy. Sure – if the economy was better, it would be good for Republicans. Everybody knows that, which is why the McCain campaign could never bet too many chips on the economy as part of a winning formula. Sure, the Democrats – including Barack Obama and Joe Biden – did cause the financial industry meltdown but what does it matter? There is a Republican in the White House and it’s easier to imagine that presidents rule with magic wands than to learn the basics of the American democratic system, let alone learn the modern history of financial...
  • The Rich Pay Their Fair Share

    10/06/2008 10:04:54 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 9 replies · 565+ views
    WSJ Opinion ^ | 10/7/08 | Andrew Biggs and Kent Smetters
    ... The media typically report how each candidate's plan would change the tax code relative to current law: the size of the typical tax cut or increase that accrues to low, middle or high earners. So it is widely reported that John McCain would mostly cut taxes for the rich while Barack Obama would mostly cut taxes for the middle class. But how much a given income group gains or loses from a specific tax reform tells us nothing about either the fairness or efficiency of the tax code after such changes have been implemented. ...But can we conclude that...
  • Abolish the vice presidency (No mention of Biden????)

    10/02/2008 3:28:39 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 22 replies · 622+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 2, 2008 | Bruce Ackerman
    The founders messed up. We should do away with the office. Sarah Palin is the product of a design flaw -- the unintended consequence of the founders' decision to create the vice presidency. For two centuries, presidential nominees have used the office to balance the ticket by naming a running mate from a different region, or one who speaks with a different ideological accent to a specific constituency. This means that a president's death generates a double shock: The nation not only mourns a fallen leader, it must deal with a replacement who may push politics in a new direction.
  • Response Email from the Obama Camp

    09/04/2008 6:22:36 AM PDT · by Global2010 · 30 replies · 995+ views
    I wasn't planning on sending you something tonight. But if you saw what I saw from the Republican convention, you know that it demands a response. I saw John McCain's attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign. But worst of all -- and this deserves to be noted -- they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process. You know that despite what John McCain and his attack squad say, everyday people have the...
  • Democrats Call to Tax the Rich

    05/04/2008 11:07:38 AM PDT · by econjack · 53 replies · 146+ views
    Author | 5/4/2008 | econjack
    Both Hillary and Obama have explicitly stated that we need to "tax the rich" so each pays "their fair share". I recently came across a report titled DISTRIBUTION OF CERTAIN FEDERAL TAX LIABILITIES BY INCOME CLASS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2000, as Prepared by the Staff of the JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION. The following table from that publication is interesting. Income Category...................Individual Income Tax ................................................Income......Percent Less than $10,000.......................-5.........-0.6% 10,000 to 20,000........................-7........ -0.8% 20,000 to 30,000........................10..........1.1% 30,000 to 40,000........................30..........3.4% 40,000 to 50,000........................39..........4.4% 50,000 to 75,000.......................114.........12.9% 75,000 to 100,000......................113.........12.8% 100,000 to 200,000.....................213.........24.1% 200,000 and over...................... 377.........42.7% Highest 10%........................... 587.........66.4% Highest 5%.............................478.........54.0% Highest 1%.............................297.........33.6%...
  • Searching for a thread.

    05/03/2008 10:49:46 PM PDT · by bad company · 113 replies · 211+ views
    I'm looking for a thread. I'm sure it's a pretty old thread. It's very special to me. It reminds me of better times on this site. I'm not sure of the name. the name really isn't very important. I don't even remember the topic of the thread either. Maybe this last clue will help. It's the last thread I read in which there were no posts whining about immigration. Yeah that's going to be a tough one I know. Maybe somebody has it bookmarked.
  • Why Is It OK to Hate Fat People? (Whiny "Diversistas" really reaching, hayna?)

    04/16/2008 11:13:11 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 115 replies · 6,697+ views
    DiversityInc ^ | 15 April | Eric Hinton
    It's OK to pick on fat people in the workplace … isn't it? Apparently, too many people think the answer is yes, according to a new study from Yale University, which found discrimination against overweight or obese people may not only be the last "acceptable" bastion of prejudice, it may actually be more pervasive than discrimination based on race. "We found that weight discrimination is very common in American society and it occurs virtually as often as racial discrimination," Rebecca M. Puhl, one of the study's authors, tells DiversityInc. "In fact, among women, weight discrimination was actually more common than...
  • FAA says no way to American Airlines (Barf Alert)

    04/11/2008 4:48:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies · 165+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, April 11th 2008 | XANA O'NEILL and ADAM NICHOLS
    American airlines begged the feds Thursday to let it keep its fleet aloft, saying the fastenings that need to be checked pose no safety threat. The answer was no. The airline has grounded 2,500 flights since Tuesday, causing chaos for passengers nationwide, while it inspects latches and clamps on wiring covers as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA yesterday ordered the 300 Boeing MD-80 jets to remain parked while mechanics made sure wire ties were exactly 1 inch apart and clamps faced the right way. More than 900 flights were scrapped yesterday, and the airport havoc is expected...
  • N.M. alien tourism ad stirs controversy

    11/26/2007 2:27:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 199+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/07 | Mark Evans - ap
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Instead of highlighting New Mexico's picturesque desert landscapes, art galleries or centuries-old culture, a new tourism campaign features drooling, grotesque office workers from outer space chatting about their personal lives. The 30-second TV spots — which lead in roundabout fashion to the tag line that New Mexico may be "the best place in the Universe" — are provocative, funny and bold. But to increasingly vocal critics, the state-financed ad campaign is a possible threat to the well-being of the state's $5.1 billion tourism industry. In other words, while the ads may yield a chuckle or two, the...
  • I May Or May Not Leave Free Republic

    01/01/2008 12:13:53 AM PST · by B-Chan · 91 replies · 389+ views ^ | 2008.01.01 | B-Chan
    I May Or May Not Leave Free Republic I'll decide after I finish this bottle of champagne.
  • A bluff that needs to be called

    10/28/2007 8:58:14 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies · 62+ views
    Power Line ^ | October 27, 2007 | Paul Mirengoff
    Senate Democrats who had previously praised Michael Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, are now threatening to vote against him because he has declined to opine on whether waterboarding constitutes torture and is therefore illegal. Joe Biden, a key member of the Judiciary Committee, has said he will not vote for Mukasey unless Mukasey states that waterboarding is illegal. And Chuck Schumer has declared through a spokesman that he "is waiting for Judge Mukasey's answer before passing any judgment." Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy has postponed the vote on Mukasey's nomination pending the nominee's answers on waterboarding and other...
  • (GEICO)'Cavemen' series gets a new criticism: It's racist

    07/26/2007 10:19:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies · 3,756+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | July 26, 2007 | GLENN GARVIN
    The producers of ABC's new sitcom Cavemen, based on a series of popular advertisements for the insurance company Geico, were ready to defend themselves against charges of rampant commercialism. But the charge that their show about put-upon Cro-Magnons in the modern world has racist undertones took them by surprise. ''I actually didn't know we would catch so much hell,'' Cavemen writer Joe Lawson ruefully told a room full of highly critical critics at a gathering of North American television writers here Wednesday. ``That's a pleasant surprise.'' Cavemen, which features shaggy Cro-Magnons trying to make their way through a hostile Homo...
  • Theo-con Pope tries to force all of us back to the Middle Ages (CINO Crying from Ireland)

    07/10/2007 9:08:50 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 108 replies · 1,455+ views ^ | 7/10/2007 | Justine McCarthy
    Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by children on his arrival for his annual holidays in Lorenzago di Cadore, northern Italy yesterdayI STUMBLED upon a Latin Mass last winter. It was grim, joyless, interminable and disquieting. There was no music. Nobody shook hands or brought gifts to the altar. It was as exuberant a celebration of creation as an expired fly left to rot on a window sill. The only fanfare that threatened was the persistent, pedantic locking and unlocking of the little gate in the altar railing. A priest passed through this gateway at one stage, came to the side...
  • French Wine Growers In Crisis

    07/05/2007 4:31:59 PM PDT · by blam · 63 replies · 2,470+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-5-2007 | Henry Samuel
    French wine growers in crisis By Henry Samuel in Olonzac Last Updated: 2:25am BST 05/07/2007 As Richard Bourchet gazed across a dusty mass of gnarled, upturned vines in Olonzac, in the Corbières, south-western France, the European wine reform announced yesterday was far from his mind. Unable to pay his bills, 'vigneron' Richard Bourchet has been forced to destroy his vines in Olonzac, south-west France Only a few hours before these vines were neatly aligned and bearing the local carignan grapes but, unable to pay his bills, Mr Bourchet has uprooted several hectares that he has carefully tended for 25 years....
  • Chilling the French whine

    05/21/2007 6:46:01 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 5 replies · 728+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | May 21, 2007 | Rachel Marsden
    As new French President Nicolas Sarkozy took office, Islamic terrorists reportedly threatened a "fierce battle at the heart of Sarkozy's capital." Finally, a sign that France is on the right track. Sarkozy says he won't tolerate Muslims "killing sheep in their bathtubs" and having a bunch of wives -- a ballsy position when your country hosts Europe's largest Muslim population. For all the criticism leveled at France, 53% of the country had enough sense to vote for this guy. Being part French, that makes me damn proud. Still, when I was a panelist on an American TV show this week,...
  • Checkpoint For Latinos, Not Drunks, Critics Charge

    05/10/2007 1:53:29 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 22 replies · 654+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 10, 2007 | Stephanie Czekalinski and Matthew Marx
    Checkpoint for Latinos, not drunks, critics charge Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:50 AM By Stephanie Czekalinski and Matthew Marx THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH More coverage Some central Ohio Latinos say they were targeted this past weekend when law-enforcement officials ran a checkpoint for drunken drivers on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, just blocks from apartment complexes with heavy immigrant populations. Instead of the arrests netting a large number of people who had too much to drink, they largely hauled in unlicensed drivers, nearly all of them with Latino names. The DUI checkpoint has drawn criticism from Latino community leaders. The checkpoint...
  • New Immigration Law is Raising Questions for Many

    05/10/2007 8:26:02 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 23 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 5/10/07 | Simpson, McNutt and Estus
    Thu May 10, 2007 New Immigration Law is Raising Questions for Many By Susan Simpson, Michael McNutt and John Estus A lack of funding for an immigration reform bill signed into law this week has some state officials worried about who will pay to enforce it. Many are concerned about where local law enforcement agencies will find the money and jail space to catch and hold illegal immigrants. Others note the bill is not set to go into effect until November, giving those affected by the law plenty of time to make changes. Meanwhile, state colleges and universities wonder what...
  • Not Sure Why I was Deleted...

    05/03/2007 8:33:58 AM PDT · by MrJapan · 153 replies · 3,077+ views
    MJ | MJ
    I have NO idea Why FREEREPUB deleted my last post... It was about non-USA (non-American) citizens and their view on USA... (Being that they have NO right to judge OR view OR tell USA what to do)... FREEPER, I NEVER typed a vulgar word that a child of ANY AGE would not, could not, and SHOULD not be able to read. IF you want to ban me after this message because I spoke against your deletion of my last message (which had NO offensive words to/from/about children)... then I SHALL and WILL label you to the same level as wikkipedia...

    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...