I cut my political teeth on Watergate. It was the first political event during my lifetime that I followed obsessively and I remain deeply addicted to any nuggets of Watergate-iana. It was also the source of considerable familial tension as the shit slowly hit the fan during. My father was not only a Republican but had been a Nixon delegate at the 1972 GOP Convention. His thesis was that Nixon was too smart to have allowed so much dumbassery to go on. I was then, as now, of the school that even smart people do stupid things and let things … Continue reading Confessions of a Watergate Junkie
That really shouldn’t have to be a headline, right, but how many of these do I complain about to you guys, panels of journalists talking about how journalism’s glory days have passed by and kids today don’t read and everybody’s just interested in Kardashians now and everything sucks? I either attend one of those things or read about one happening elsewhere once a week, which is why I drink so much. Finally, on Friday, I went to one that was inspiring instead of hectoring. It was in conjunction withThe Daily Cardinal’s 120th anniversary, and was actually two panels, one of … Continue reading Cardinal’s Pulitzer, Emmy Winners Optimistic About Journalism’s Future
Suit up, folks – the fit has hit the shan over in greater Freepistan for sure.
When I put last week’s “Downfall” parody together, I had no idea how closely reality would follow satire, but it has, and more.
…had become this:
Let’s put this FReepathon to bed. We have bigger fish to fry.
April 27, 2012 | 2ndDivisionVet
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 6:56:50 AM by2ndDivisionVet
Everyone please send whatever you are able to, whether it is $10, $100 or $1,000+.The DUmmies, Morons, Kos Kiddies and that crew are laughing up their sleeves. Jim may have to make this site members only or allow ads. Better for us to just help with what we can. Maybe you can donate as a memorial for a lost loved one, a servicemember who never made it home or was disabled defending our country. Perhaps you’d like to give to keep free discussion alive and to show them that we’re not knuckling under. I’m sure a well thought out or prayerful meditation will lead you to see the need and how you can help. If every registered FReeper and our lurkers would each just help out with a fin or a sawbuck, or better yet a Ben Franklin, we could put this to bed and get on with the conservative cause.Comment #2 Removed by Moderator
To: 2ndDivisionVetYes, ya’ll haven’t smeared Romney near enough to re-elect your favcrite house negro President.
Perhaps you’d like to give to keep free discussion alive (???????)
Insulting FReepers is not exactly the best way to solicit funds.
You may want to reflect on why contributions are way off.
To: 2ndDivisionVetI believe that there used to be a model of free discussion here. But, the number of zots over opinion as opposed to violation of posting rules gives credence to those who say that this model has ceased to exist.
You know that I speak my mind. What you don’t know is that I have received well over a dozen messages in the past two years from freepers who said that they were afraid to post similar opinions for fear of being zotted.
That’s the fact of it…many long-time freepers do not feel “free” to discuss. I believe that the pendulum will swing back but in the mean-time FR will lose good people.To: wtc911
If FR survives the next four years of Obama, I will be pleasantly surprised.
Try harder next time, perhaps threaten my life.To: Peter from Rutland
Aren’t we the little martyr?And your “house negro” comment sure doesn’t hurt those enemies of FreeRepublic who constantly attempt to paint us all as hood wearing Klansmen or skinhead neo-Nazis.
Just what a troll would do.To: WatchOutForSnakesAsk all the people who have been run off over a simple difference of opinion
Bless your heart. It’s not a simple difference of opinion.
1. A Conservative bastion cannot support a socialist.
2. Conservatives are fighting Republican liberals for control. Surrendering is just that, surrender. Why would they ever believe conservatives “line in the sand” if we cave to them again?
3. Principles matter.
To: Peter from Rutland
The originator of this post is doing a fine job of “putting this FReepathon to bed”.
I wonder if he is actually an anti-freeper looking to put the final nail in FR as we have known it.35 posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 8:52:03 AM bySecond Amendment First (“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not…” – Thomas Jefferson.)To: wtc911You are so correct. I have been a member since 2001 and have always been quite loyal. However, the insults and constant badgering that is currently allowed has soured me on the site. Believe me I am extremely conservative, but feel that it is more important to remove Obama than anything else. That is obviously no longer the objective on this site. Instead it seems to be to insult anyone who believes as I do.
Because this site is supported by we who contribute, I don’t understand the thinking that only some peoples ideas can be heard. Of course, if I am an Obama backer I should be insulted and banned, but that is far from the case. It will unfortunately destroy the site. I am so sad, because I have always loved this site. i just don’t come here any more because of the insults.44 posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 9:05:19 AM byw1andsodidwe (Barrak has now won the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
To: Second Amendment Firstthose being banned are the ones silenced for expressing their opinions.
The owner has made clear that Conservative FR will not support a socialist. Those banned for various reasons know the rules. They made a choice.
A decade ago this used to be a real free discussion site
Then you haven’t been paying attention. For the whole life of FR there have been “lines in the sand” and there has been those who chose to cross them.49 posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 9:17:00 AM byDJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)To: 2ndDivisionVet“Free discussion…” LOL! How can you even post such a lie.I told the goon squad last January they were losing donations due to their stupid antics of Zotting, tattle tailing(sic) and brow beating posters that don’t tow(sic) the line. Now you come with your tin cup in hand wondering where the money went.It’s NOT the economy but you all won’t listen anyways.51 posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 9:20:20 AM byladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)To: norwaypinesavageI don’t believe that telling the truth is “stirring the pot”. Sometimes the truth hurts, but that’s usually when it most needs to be said.
That is not what you are doing. This is a fund raising thread
(Clouseau) “Not any-meure.”
To: DJ MacWoW
Principles matter? Are you kidding. They are so fluid here, I’m not even sure they exist. Many of the “Go Newt!” crowd were flaming him as a liberal they couldnt vote for as late as last December.
Spoilers, as always, within.
A bit of Squeeze for a Sunday morning. It’s an odd duck of a video though: it was filmed in Los Angeles whereas the song evokes strolling through the Portobello Market in London. Oh well, it’s a good tune: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Sunday Street
You find a $100 bill on the ground. You’re only allowed to spend it on yourself. What do you buy? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread
Here’s a photo taken by TPM’s Benjy Sarlin: Continue reading Caption This: Mitt the Sandman Edition
Our ferrets are not deprived. They have a giant plastic container filled to the brim with various kinds of old sweatshirts, sleeping bags, round pet beds, fuzzy blankets, and other such things designed especially for them to nap in. Yet more often than not, we’ll find Riot on the table, curled up in Mr. A’s hat: A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging
Spent the past two days talking to a wide array of school-aged kids as part of various festivals, conferences and fairs. Once this post is over, I’ll pack a bag and head off to the Daily Cardinal’s 120th anniversary celebration, for what is likely to be even more of the same. I spend a lot of time with college students who are forced to take my classes. This is one of the downsides of teaching a class that is a prerequisite for pretty much everything else in the major. Some students come through and actually care about the material while … Continue reading Are there any questions? Why not?
I’m finally settling in to a routine at the new shop and I’m online on work days again. I was experiencing serious withdrawak symptoms; not as bad as the wine handgover after the grand opening. Anyway, a wee gray and white kitty showed up on Wednesday, demanding entry. I’m pretty sure that she’s someone’s cat since she’s so friendly (much friendlier than Della) so I’m not letting her come inside. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Shop Cat Wannabe
How it’s done. A. Continue reading Fuck Yeah Norway
I’m legendary among my friends and readers for loathing exclamation points. I used to be an agnostic on the subject but it’s out of control in the interweb era: some folks use them like ketchup and pour them over everything. Actually, I have a cousin who used to put peanut butter on everything even my mom’s homemade moussaka. I hope he’s outgrown this disgusting habit but at least he’s from the Norwegian side of the family and those people consume shit like lutefisk and pickled herring. <shuddering> Where the hell was I? Oh yeah, an article that my friend Karen … Continue reading The exclamation point blues
Dr. A and I went to a free sneak preview ofThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotellast night. It’s a pretty good flick set in India with a stellar veteran cast that makes me feel young: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith to name a few. This post, however, is not about the movie. We sat behind an elderly woman who not only seems to go to every free movie in the New Orleans metro area BUT to know everyone else who does. There’s quite a sub-culture out there, which doesn’t surprise me but something else did: the sneak … Continue reading Queen Of The Schnorrers
Never let it be said that everybody went along: Over and over again, in Afghanistan and Iraq, in Guantánamo, in secret CIA black sites and at CIA headquarters, in the Pentagon, and in Washington, men and women recognized the torture for what it was and refused to remain silent. They objected, protested, and fought to prevent, and then to end, these illegal and immoral interrogations. While the president and his top advisers approved and encouraged the torture of prisoners, there was dissent in every agency, at every level. The documents are full of these voices. In fact, it is thanks … Continue reading Some People Spoke Up
FromAlbum4 Or maybe it’s a Nightmare on Elm Street. Anyway, I guess in the future, or, in this case, the recent past, every Republiclown lunatic will be famous for fifteen minutes…or the front runner for presidential nominee. True, I had to fudge a bit, pun intended, by adding Chris Christie as filler, along with Jeb… Meanwhile, down in Florida, Bat Boy defies his critics and announces he will seek re-election in 2014. FromAlbum4 Continue reading A Trip Down Memory Lane
If only Republicans weren’t such racist assholes these days, he laments: Time was, Republicans could appreciate how people would be so determined to enter the Promised Land that they would ignore the law. It was the GOP iconRonald Reagan who in 1986 supported and signed an immigration bill offering absolution to nearly 3 million undocumented foreigners. “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though some time back they may have entered illegally,” he declared unashamedly. The Dream Act once had considerable Republican support.Robert Gates, George W. Bush‘s defense secretary, … Continue reading Steve Chapman Finds a Nut
The post seasonannus horriblus continues for the New Orleans Saints. This time it’s an accusation that GM Mickey Loomis is into wiretapping, bugging and eavesdropping according to ESPN and its one, count ’em one, anonymous source. This accusation looks a mite thin to me and theguy who has done all the sound work at the Dome for eons doesn’t buy it. The feebs and state po po are looking into this accusation, why I don’t know. This allegedly happened between 2002 and 2004 and the statute of limitations has run so there’s no chance of criminal prosecution. In short, this … Continue reading Listen to me
I’m inclined to call people what they want to be called: hearing folks call Ali, Cassius Clay, made me wince. I was down with Keith Wilkes becoming Jamal and even Lloyd Free morphing intoWorld B Free. I have, however, struggled with calling the irascible and cranky Ron Artest, Metta World Peace. Yeah, I know it’s part PR stunt and part emotional palate cleanser but it bugs me.He’s been on fairlly good behavior since joining the Lakers but had a relapse of nastiness the other night: He’s said he’s sorry and I believe it. He’s also claiming that it was purely … Continue reading Still Artesty
Catapulted to national notorietyafter getting thoroughly lampooned on The Colbert Report, perennial Tennessee Republican candidate Basil Marceaux has brought his fight to abolish gold-fringed flags, slavery at traffic stops and other nefarious tools of big government to the race for the Tennessee State House.Sadly, he’s hit a road bump: Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern on Monday morning sentenced him to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court. She did so after the Soddy Daisy resident first told her, “You’re out of order.” Then, as he was leaving the podium, he said, “I run for everything. And when I … Continue reading Where Are They Now, Tennessee Edition
A Chinese company is marketing-get ready-Helen Keller sunglasses: Deliberate irony or innocuous oversight? Neither, apparently. A Chinese company now marketing Hellen Keller-brand sunglasses said it found inspiration in Keller’s personal traits (rather than her blindness), the Wall StreetJournalreports. Still, though, it’s a bold (and perhaps questionable) move, especially considering the company’s motto: “You see the world, the world sees you.” While some might have guessed that the firm chose to brand the product without understanding the full implications, Keller’s actually a widely-known figure in China, discussed in classrooms across the country. Chen Wenjing, one of the company’s spokespeople, told theJournal … Continue reading Charming
Charles Krauthammer would like us to show China and Russia whose dick is the biggest, like we used to back when we were led by real men and not Socialist chicks: Nor for the private sector to get us back into orbit, as Obama assumes it will. True, hauling MREs up and trash back down could be done by private vehicles. But manned flight is infinitely more complex and risky, requiring massive redundancy and inevitably larger expenditures. Can private entities really handle that? And within the next lost decade or two? Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Gene Cernan are deeply … Continue reading Government Spending is Bad Except When It’s AWESOME
Past seasons ofMad Menhave usually had one episode that’s a clinker:Far Away Places is season 6’s dud. There were some interesting ideas such as Roger’s acid trip but they weren’t well executed. The episode felt flat and ennervated. It may set up some interesting stuff down the road but on the whole it was a bummer, man. Fly me, I’m Roger: I didn’t care for the acid trip. A few moments were fun-the musical vodka bottle and Bert Cooper’s face on currency-but overall it was a bad trip, man. Perhaps it was the first batch of the brown acid Wavy … Continue reading Mad Men Thread: Bad Trips
Also kids, on their iPhones, and there’s nothing but Kim Kardashian out here, andit’s just made everything suck all the time: To the shock of most sentient beings, Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet. Though few expected Facts to pull out of its years-long downward spiral, the official cause of death was from injuries suffered last week when Florida Republican Rep.Allen West steadfastly declared that as many as 81 of his fellow members of theU.S. House of Representatives are communists. What the tits do “the 24-hour … Continue reading The Internet: Will It Never Stop Ruining Everything?
Oh, Ted, Ted, Ted – what have you done now, boy?
You were a obnoxious self-aggrandizing jerkoff when I met you in 1975, and age doesn’t seem to have mellowed you much. Homeboy had just realized (in 1975) that playing mediocre guitar wasn’t gonna bring back the Amboy Dukes salad days, and had resorted to running around in a loincloth and grunting into the mike to entertain people.
He was so proud that he was gaining market share that he neglected to notice that people were coming to see him for the same reason people lined up at the sideshow – to gawp at The Geek. He was the sad kind of guy who shits in the punch bowl at a party to get attention, and thinks “Wow – I’m finally really popular – they’re all looking at me!”, when all he was really doing was providing the partygoers with a freak show.
And now this:
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:31:51 AM byBeaten Valve
Washed up rocker and reality TV star Ted Nugent appeared at the NRA’s national convention in St. Louis. Nugent, a longtime NRA board member and regular presence at conventions, rallied the NRA faithful on Saturday to vote for Mitt Romney: “Your goal should be to get a couple thousand, per person who’s here, to vote for Mitt Romney in November.”
Nugent called President Obama a criminal and denounced his “vile, evil America-hating administration” which is “wiping its ass with the Constitution.” Taking it a step further, he said that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” “If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re done,” he continued.
Supreme Court justices also came under assault by Nugent, who claims that the court’s more liberal members have signed a declaration against Americans’ right to self-defense: “We’ve got four Supreme Court justices who don’t believe in the Constitution. Does everyone here know that four of the Supreme Court justices not only determined you don’t have the right to keep and bear arms, four Supreme Court justices signed their name to a declaration that Americans have no fundamental right to self-defense.” Nugent concluded with a call to cut off the heads of Democrats in November: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
Just like the rest of us “old timers”, senility slowly eats away at our brains. Some faster than others.
I think Ted has gone “soft” in more way than one.
To: Beaten Valve“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Yeah, sure Ted…
To: Beaten Valve
Do we not like the Nuge now?
Apparently – at least according to some. It’s much easier when you’ve got someone else to tell you how to think.
After today, ‘we’ won’t like Michele Bachmann either.
(referring to her Mittens endorsement that day)
Do we not like the Nuge now?Yeah, shortly not many to still like around here huh? 🙂
To: alturaIt looks like you people won’t have any heroes left …
Soon. Very soon.
I think the moment we are all waiting for is if and when Sarah Palin endorses the evil, lying leftist.
Dick Cheney was close, but Sarah is the one who will really push the boat out.
Ted Nugent Implies He’ll Kill Obama: Secret Service Looking Into Explosive Comments
ibtimes.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Howard Koplowitz:
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:18:27 PM byFree ThinkerNY
Calls are mounting for Republicans and specifiaclly, Mitt Romney, to denounce right-winged rocker Ted Nugent’s suggestion that he’d kill President Obama as the Secret Service says they’re looking into the matter.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent told the NRA’s annual convention in St. Louis over the weekend, Right Wing Watch reported. Nugent, an outspoken gun rights advocate, is an NRA board member and surrogate for likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Nugent spoke at the convention to push NRA members to persuade others to vote for Romney.A Secret Service spokesman said agents are aware of Nugent’s comments “and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up,” New York magazine reported.
To: Free ThinkerNY
Ted said no such thing
and the Obama administration is simply fabricating Ted’s words so that they will have an excuse to put Ted Nugent and other great American Patriots in Democrat run Prison Detention camps.
To: Free ThinkerNY
Secret Service Looking Into Explosive CommentsThey’ll look into it right after the finish looking into the Black Panthers bounty on George Zimmerman’s head…right?
To: Free ThinkerNY“A Secret Service spokesman said agents are aware of Nugent’s comments “and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up,”
Yes, they will fly him to Columbia for interrogation. . . .
Since everyone else posts pet photos, I guess I should show off my roommate’s pet. It’s a rat. I call it Ratty. She’s a cute little rodent, I must admit. Yeah, it’s blurry. You try getting a rat to sit still. Kinda hard to believe they’re plague vectors, no? So there you go. Continue reading Oh Yeah
My money’s on the nuns: The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents 80% of America’s 57,000 nuns, was the subject of a lengthy of investigation led by Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio. The resulting report noted the good work they did with the poor and in running schools and hospitals, but also documented what it called a “grave” doctrinal crisis. It said the sisters were promoting radical feminist themes and criticised US nuns for challenging the bishops, who it said were “the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals”. The Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, is to … Continue reading Nuns vs. Bishops
The tribute to Levon Helm continues with 4 tunes from a 1970 show in Pittsburgh at the Syria Mosque; not sure why it was called that but I doubt if any Assads were present. Despite some of the nonsense floating about the interweb about Levon being *the* lead singer of the Band, they had 3-Levon, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel-all of whom contributed to the rich and unique harmonies of the group. And they’re all gone and greatly missed: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Four by The Band
Because I’m spending all this weekend and most of next week/end on a major volunteer effort, and because I know you’re all do-gooder liberal elites: Do you do any volunteer work? If so, what? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread
Here’s another one of the late Levon Helm’s signature songs: Continue reading Friday Night Music: When I Paint My Masterpiece