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  • Review of Ed Cline's "Sparrowhawk" which dramatizes events leading up to the American Revolution.

    05/25/2016 12:02:32 AM PDT · by Hugh Kenrick · 40 replies
    The Objectivist Standard ^ | Spring 2010 | Dina Schein Federman
    "The founding of the United States was among the most dramatic and glorious events in history. For the first time, a nation was founded on the principle of individual rights. Those interested in learning about Americas founding and its cause may turn to history texts. But history texts, even when their content is accurate, tend to be dry accounts of events. They lack the excitement of an adventure novel. Yet most novels set in the Revolutionary period are not good sources of information: Being works of fiction, they may take liberties with historical fact; and they often employ the American...
  • Kendall and Kylie Jenner to release a second novel

    05/24/2016 3:37:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | May 24, 2016 | Derek Lawrence
    Having already dominated the worlds of reality TV, fashion, modeling, social media, and internet gossip, Kendall and Kylie Jenner are giving their literary careers another go. The celebrity sisters, who previously dipped their toes into writing in 2014 with their debut novel, Rebels: City of Indra, are set to release a follow-up, titled Time of the Twins, to the science fiction story.
  • How Butterfly Genitalia Inspired Nabokovs Masterpieces

    05/20/2016 8:41:05 AM PDT · by Borges · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 5/18/2016 | SUSIE NEILSON
    By 1967, Vladimir Nabokov had published 15 novels and novellas and six short story collections. But as he told the Paris Review that year, It is not improbable that had there been no revolution in Russia, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterologythe study and classification of butterfliesand never written any novels at all. As most Nabokov readers know, the great Russian-American writer had a passion for butterflies. He published 18 science papers in the field of lepidoptery, and from 1942 to 1948 was de facto curator of lepidoptery at Harvards Museum of Comparative Zoology. As a lepidopterist, Nabokovs...
  • Julian Fellowes Presents Downton Abbey II: Just kidding: Doctor Thorne.

    05/20/2016 8:39:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | May 20, 2016 | Willa Paskin
    Downton Abbey just finished its six-season run two months ago, but if you have been fiending for British accents, period costumes, poorly managed hereditary estates, class tensions, love stories revolving around a young woman named Mary, and the nostalgic eye of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, here comes Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne. The miniseries, adapted from an Anthony Trollope novel, arrives on Amazon on Friday, having aired earlier this year in the U.K. under the simple title Doctor Thorne. For its move to America, the show has put on airs. These airs reflect Amazons ambitions, ones that will perhaps...
  • A Story In Emojis

    05/18/2016 2:20:41 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 14 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 5/18/2016 | blueunicoen6
    🌞 🏡 🍺 🍿 🚶🐕. 🐿 🏃 🌲 🐕 😱. 🐕 🛫 🐿. 👁 🕳 🏃 🐕 🚑 🏥. 🌅 🔪 🐿 ☠. ☎️ 🚔 👁 🚽. 💸 😭🐕 😛. 💩. P.S. 👺 🙀 👑 🐙 ☃ 🌊.
  • Meet the UC Berkeley Grad Who Created the Dothraki Language for 'Game of Thrones'

    05/17/2016 11:08:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez
    David Peterson has so far created 4,000 Dothraki words When the misogynistic, male Dothraki characters launch into curse-laden tirades on "Game of Thrones," viewers have a 35-year-old Southern California father and a University of California Berkeley graduate to thank for what they hear. David J. Peterson invented Dothraki, the language spoken by the crass race of nomadic horse warriors first described in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," on which the HBO series is based. "It's a lot of fun," he said Tuesday, in his first, interactive Facetime Live interview. Especially coming up with the curse...
  • 10 Worst Things Happening in SchoolsReally?!?

    05/16/2016 2:12:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Education News and Views ^ | March 31, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A progressive organization published a list of the ten worst things in education. You can learn a lot about why public schools are mediocre by looking at this list. The ten items provide a distillation of what progressive/liberal educators value, and conversely what they consider not worth mentioning. Progressive/liberal thinking dominates our schools, so this is not idle chitchat. Some of the ten items may be problems but they are hardly the worst. As youll see, there is almost no mention of academic failings, namely, that kids dont master basic skills nor learn much essential knowledge. (Youll also notice a...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(week of 5-16-16)

    05/15/2016 5:35:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 47 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 5-16-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Comic book artist Darwyn Cooke dies at 53

    05/14/2016 6:46:29 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 6 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 14 May 2016 | DERRIK J. LANG
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Darwyn Cooke, the comic book artist best known for his vibrantly imaginative work on DC superheroes and noir crime stories, has died. He was 53. Cookes wife, Marsha Cooke, said he died Saturday morning at his home in Florida following a battle with lung cancer. Cooke famously reimagined the Justice League members in 2004 with a signature retro style in DC: The New Frontier. His other work included gritty adaptations of Richard Starks Parker novels, a modern interpretation of Catwoman and the Solo graphic novel series, which earned Cooke an Eisner Award, considered to be...
  • The Danger of the Black Lives Matter Movement (Shocking Crime Stats Laid Bare- Gasp)

    05/11/2016 5:44:17 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 42 replies
    Imprimis ^ | 4-27-2016 | Heather mac Donald
    Standard anti-cop ideology, whether emanating from the ACLU or the academy, holds that law enforcement actions are racist if they dont mirror population data. New York City illustrates why that expectation is so misguided. Blacks make up 23 percent of New York Citys population, but they commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime, according to victims and witnesses. Add Hispanic shootings and you account for 98 percent of all illegal gunfire in the city. Whites are 33 percent of the citys population, but they commit fewer than two percent...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 5-9-16)

    05/09/2016 2:35:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 5-9-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • The Female of the Species by Rudyard Kipling

    05/04/2016 1:55:53 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 19 replies
    The Female of the Species WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside. But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail. For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man, He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can. But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail. For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. When the early Jesuit...
  • The Challenge To Liberty

    05/04/2016 12:01:12 PM PDT · by fella · 6 replies
    For the first time in two generations the American people are faced with the primary issue of humanity and all government - the issue of human liberty. Not only in the United States but throughout the world, the whole philosophy of individual liberty is under attack. In haste to bring under control the sweeping social forces unleashed by the political and economic dislocations of the World War, by the tremendous advances in productive technology during the last quarter-century, by the failure to march with a growing sense of justice, peoples and governments are blindly wounding, even destroying, those fundamental human...
  • History of Islam Book Recommendations

    05/04/2016 7:05:08 AM PDT · by Luna · 34 replies
    Hello, Freepers, I haven't visited Free Republic in a while, but I know this is the best place if one wants unrevised history book recommendations. I know some things about the bloody origins of Islam, but I would like to further my knowledge.
  • Bulldoze Jane Jacobs

    05/04/2016 5:01:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | May 4 2016 5:30 AM | Peter Moskowitz
    Wednesday is the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, the journalist and urban theorist whose 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, changed the trajectory of New York and cities everywhere. In the book, Jacobs argued that the preceding century of urban planning had essentially arisen on a foundation of nonsensethat the old, white men who advocated for highways and high-rises, wide streets and buildings set back from sidewalks by acres of grass, were not only clueless but were actively destroying American cities. Instead, Jacobs wrote, cities should be built with communities and street-level interaction in mind. []...
  • Yearbook Prank Lands High School Student Felony Charge

    05/03/2016 4:11:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    KRQE ^ | 5/3
    An Arizona high school student is facing a felony charge after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in the school yearbook. Mesa police say 19-year-old Hunter Osborn was arrested after they were alerted to the picture over the weekend. A police document says the Red Mountain High School team photo shows Osborn exposing his penis through the top of his waistband.
  • The disease of theory: Crime & Punishment at 150

    05/03/2016 7:04:40 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 7 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | May 2016 | Gary Saul
    The disease of theory:“Crime & Punishment” at 150 by Gary Saul Morson On theory’s deleterious effects in Crime and Punishment. One hundred and fifty years ago, when Dostoevsky published Crime and Punishment, Russia was seething with reform, idealism, and hatred. Four years earlier, the “tsar-liberator” Alexander II (reigned 1855–1881) had at last abolished serfdom, a form of bondage making 90 percent of the population saleable property. New charters granted considerable autonomy to the universities as press censorship was relaxed. The court system, which even a famous Slavophile said made his hair stand on end and his skin frost over, was...
  • What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza, a Book Review

    05/02/2016 3:58:10 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 05/02/2016 | Tamara Wilhite
    Dinesh D'Souza has received a lot of attention for his documentaries like "America: Imagine The World Without Her" and "Obama's America", both looking at what factors shaped Obama and the US' influence on the world. This older book is a good look at the influence Christianity as a whole has had on the world and the United States.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 5-2-16)

    05/02/2016 3:26:22 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 5-2-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Beowulf - A Translation by Seamus Heaney

    04/29/2016 8:46:09 PM PDT · by zeugma · 27 replies
    Zeugmaweb.net ^ | 4/29/16 | Self
    Something My Father-in-law reminded me of the other day.... One of my most precious memories of the time with my wife who passed in September 2016, was several years ago. We were taking a road trip. I believe that it was one to see my family in Alabama, with a side trip to Memphis to see Elvis' mansion and take in some blues. So, we're like gonna be on the road for hours and hours. We had plenty of music, via an mp3 player and an FM transmitter that it plugged into so we could listen through the car speakers....
  • Noah's Ark is Coming To San Diego

    04/29/2016 1:49:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Caroline Howe
    A Dutch-built ark plans to travel the world and stop along California's coast.Noahs Ark will travel to San Diego, but not without making a few stops first. Beginning this summer, the massive boat will be shipped by barge 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Fortaleza, Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games and later onto Rio de Janeiro for the Paralympic Summer Games, according to the Ark of Noah Foundation director, Herald Janssen. Shortly after the arks trip to Brazil, the barge will likely begin to bring Noahs Ark to the California coast. "We cannot promise how long it...
  • 100 books to change your life

    04/29/2016 9:05:38 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Apr, 2016 | Martin Chilton
    e all have memories of books that have ignited our imaginations but is there one special book that has changed your life? That's the premise behind a fascinating new collection of essays featuring contributions from writers, politicians and actors, who discuss the book that holds a special place in their hearts. Among the contributors are Sofia Coppola, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers and Jodi Picoult. The entry I particularly liked was from the country music singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash, who seemed to capture what Marcel Proust said about there being no days of our childhood we live so fully as...
  • Charles Schulz Museum Opens Snoopy-Centric Outpost in Tokyo

    04/27/2016 7:50:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa has opened a Snoopy Museum in Tokyo. The new outpost will exhibit portions of the California collection on a rotating basis every six months. The opening exhibit is "My Favorite Peanuts," curated by Schulz's widow Jean. Boing Boing noted that fans can purchase exclusive merchandise as well as grab a bite in the Cafe Blanket restaurant or the confectionery. Snoopy's creator, Charles M. Schulz, started the wildly popular "Peanuts" series while living in Minneapolis. He relocated to Sebastopol in 1958, then Santa Rosa in 1969, where he lived until his...
  • Belfast rectory that inspired Narnia author CS Lewis may be set for listed status

    04/26/2016 9:32:08 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 April 2016 | Rebecca Black
    CS Lewis was baptised at St Mark's Church off the Holywood Road in east Belfast and attended it as a child. The old rectory beside it would also have been familiar territory to the author as it was once home to his grandfather, the Rev Thomas Hamilton, who was the first rector at St Mark's. A distinctive lion's head-shaped door knob on the rectory is even believed to have inspired the key character of Aslan ...
  • Testosterone Poisoning (and what to do about it)

    04/26/2016 3:56:35 PM PDT · by pabianice · 45 replies
    Liberty Island ^ | 2/24/16 | Harris
    ...So I will place a deadly weapon in my child's hand and I will teach him to use it. Something died in me just now, because I wrote that, but still I will give my boy a gun so he will learn how to kill and how not to kill before he kills something by accident like I did with his mom while she sat on the bed. Men aren't safe. I wish I had known this before we got Andrey started and so I want to teach it to him sooner than I learned it. Women aren't safe either...
  • Prince Charles Plays Hamlet for Shakespeares 400th Anniversary

    04/23/2016 10:36:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Deccan Chronicle ^ | Apr 24, 2016
    Some 10,000 people turned out in Stratford, central England, to see a parade revved up by a New Orleans jazz band.Prince Charles joined top British actors live on stage in a surprise crack at playing Hamlet, as thousands of William Shakespeare fans packed The Bards hometown for the 400th anniversary of his death on Saturday. The heir to the throne joined the likes of Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen and David Tennant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for the culmination of a day of parades, dancing and fireworks.et was set.
  • Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616

    04/23/2016 1:18:02 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    self | 4/23/2016 | self
    William Shakespeare died three days before his 52nd birthday. He died within a month of signing his will, a document which he begins by describing himself as being in "perfect health". Wondering if this notable date has been reported in the MSM, seeing as how they are all students of literature/s
  • Post Your William Shakespeare Observations

    04/23/2016 8:31:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 187 replies
    Self | April 23, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Exactly 400 years ago on this day, William Shakespeare passed this mortal coil. His effect on the English language was YUUUUUGE. Therefore I am asking for general observations on The Bard. p.s. PLEASE DON'T post conspiracy theories about how the true author of the Shakespeare plays was really somebody else. That stuff is old AND annoying. It was SHAKESPEARE who wrote it.
  • Amazon Kindles Hacked? Users reporting hundreds of Kindle Fires getting all data wiped.

    04/22/2016 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 20 replies
    Self, Amazon user website | 22 April 2016 | RACookPE1978
    Many hundreds of Amazon Kindle Fire users are reporting their Kindle registration data and all account information stored on their Kiindle electronic readers have been wiped clean - the kindle has been returned back to zero-zero or original empty. No name, no account, no stored books, no stored videos or audio or music, not even a single piece of anything loaded on the device. On the Amazon feedback site, there is no solution. No one has reported losing power or physical harm (dropped the kindle, dipped it in water or a tub, lost power completely, nor did anything but "turned...
  • Bronts revolution (Charlotte was born 200 years ago yesterday)

    04/22/2016 9:27:09 AM PDT · by Borges · 20 replies
    Financial times ^ | 4/21/2016 | Claire Harman
    The classic status of ‘Jane Eyre’ can obscure just how shocking its radical ideas were at the time. No one would be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth on April 21 were it not for her first and most famous novel, Jane Eyre, which has never been out of print since it was published in 1847 and is now a cornerstone of our literary culture. It’s easy to see how it got there. Brontë’s skilful telling of a Cinderella love story between a poor plain governess and her surly master has an irresistible power and many elements of...
  • Lavish (2.5 million$) Library of Islamic Knowledge For Everyone, Says Houston Mayor

    04/21/2016 5:00:03 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 67 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 4-21-2016 | Merrill Hope
    The Library of Islamic Knowledge officially opened last weekend in downtown Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner, joined by former Houston Rockets Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, cut the ribbon of the lavish $2.5 million dollar library housed within the Islamic Dawah Center.Broadly defined, Dawah means preaching, proselytizing or calling non-believers to Islam. Dawah is viewed in classic Islamic law as a communal obligation, meaning it is the general responsibility of the Muslim community, says Kyle Shideler with the Center for Security Policy.
  • Police: Man claiming to be from the future steals food from Arby's (Could it be?)

    04/20/2016 5:39:47 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-18-2016 | Austin Prickitt
    The Arby's manager told police Anderson jumped on the front counter and demanded food. The man then jumped off the counter and allegedly grabbed the manager and forced her towards a wall. The manager told police the man then grabbed a hand full of bacon and chicken and walked out of the business. "He was possibly under the influence of some sort of narcotic or intoxicant or suffering from some type of break with reality. He did mention that he is from four years in the future and that is how people will get food during that period of time,"...
  • Bernie Sanders Was Asked to Leave Hippie Commune for Shirking, Book Claims (He Talked Politics!)

    04/19/2016 7:53:22 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Apr 19,2016 | Blake Seitz
    [The irony is strong with this one...] Sanders' 'endless political discussion' distracted the hippies from their work Bernie Sanders was asked to leave a hippie commune in 1971 for sitting around and talking about politics instead of working, according to a forthcoming book. We Are As Gods by Kate Daloz, scheduled for release April 26, chronicles the rise and fall of the Myrtle Hill Farm in northeast Vermont. Daloz, a Brooklyn writer, was in a special position to write a history of Myrtle Hill: she was raised near the commune in a geodesic dome residence with an outhouse called the...
  • Letter to Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle about The Mote in God's Eye {from Robert A. Heinlein}

    04/14/2016 11:57:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    (This is an archived PDF file. Please click the link to read it.)
  • Jerry Pournelle Wins the National Space Society Robert A. Heinlein Award

    04/13/2016 9:21:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    File 770 ^ | April 12, 2016 | Mike Glyer
    National Space Society members have voted the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award to Dr. Jerry Pournelle... (This award is distinguished from the Heinlein Award given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and co-funded by The Heinlein Society, and the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities administered by The Heinlein Trust.)
  • Amazon launches $290 Kindle Oasis, its thinnest e-reader ever

    04/13/2016 8:50:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Appleinsider ^ | April 13, 2016 | Staff
    In announcing the Oasis on Wednesday, Amazon said its ultimate goal is to make the hardware eventually "disappear," delivering the simplest possible experience for readers. In the retailer's words, the Oasis is "another step toward this mission," weighing in at 4.6 ounces and measuring 3.4 millimeters at its thinnest point. In order to achieve this svelte design, Amazon trimmed battery life on the Kindle itself, and developed a new dual-battery design. The Kindle Oasis ships with an included charging cover that delivers "months" of uptime, according to Amazon.
  • Europe: A Better Plan for Refugees (George Soros' Plan for "Helping" Europe Absorb More Muslims)

    04/12/2016 6:10:37 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 21 replies
    NY Books ^ | 4-9-2016 | George Soros
    A humanitarian catastrophe is in the making in Greece. The asylum seekers are desperate. Legitimate refugees must be offered a reasonable chance to reach their destinations in Europe. It is clear that the EU must undergo a paradigm shift. EU leaders need to embrace the idea that effectively addressing the crisis will require surge funding, rather than scraping together insufficient funds year after year. Spending a large amount at the outset would allow the EU to respond more effectively to some of the most dangerous consequences of the refugee crisisincluding anti-immigrant sentiment in its member states that has fueled support...
  • New book reveals the world's most incredible loos

    04/12/2016 6:47:39 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 04:52 EST, 12 April 2016 | Caroline McGuire
    A new book by Lonely Planet called Toilets: A Spotter's Guide features pictures of the world's wackiest loos There are more than 100 WCs featured in the book from places like Antarctica, Alaska, Brazil, Finland and Zambia The book says: 'Whatever you prefer to call them toilets are a window into the secret soul of a destination'
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 4-11-16)

    04/11/2016 2:07:58 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 4-11-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Holy Bible On List Of Challenged Books At Libraries

    04/11/2016 10:00:19 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    DFS CBS LOCAL ^ | 11 APRIL 2016 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible. You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, its a violation of church and state, says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released its annual 10 top snapshot of challenged books on Monday, part of the associations State of Libraries...
  • Henry Huggins, Ramona Author Beverly Cleary Turns 100

    04/11/2016 10:03:46 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    KPIX ^ | 11 APRIL 2016 | CBS/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) As she turns 100, the feisty and witty author Beverly Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins in the childrens books that sold millions and enthralled generations of youngsters. I was a well-behaved little girl, not that I wanted to be, she said. At the age of Ramona, in those days, children played outside. We played hopscotch and jump rope and I loved them and always had scraped knees. Ramona, perhaps her best-known character, made her debut in Henry Huggins with only a brief mention....
  • New York City Council Honors Convicted Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg

    The New York City Council Monday honored Ethel Rosenberg, the convicted Soviet spy who was executed for treason at the height of the Cold War. The proclamation honors Rosenberg on her 100th birthday for leading a 1935 strike against the National New York Packing and Supply Co. Eighteen years after the strike, Rosenberg, husband Julius, and her brother David Greenglass were indicted by the federal government for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. Ethel Rosenberg was wrongfully executed in 1953 which resulted in her two young children becoming orphans, said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm said. Although nothing can...
  • Italy Bookshops Refuse to Stock Mafia Family Book

    04/09/2016 11:23:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 April 2016
    Bookshops across Italy are refusing to stock a new book written by the son of one of the country's most notorious Mafia bosses. Signs have appeared in store windows from Sicily to Milan advising customers that the book - called Riina Family Life - won't be found on the shelves and can't be ordered either. It's written by Giuseppe Salvatore Riina, whose father, Toto, is serving multiple life sentences for murder. On Wednesday, state broadcaster Rai provoked outrage by airing an interview with the younger Riina, himself a convicted mobster. The first sign was posted in the Sicilian city of...
  • How Police Failed to Find America's First Serial Killer

    04/08/2016 11:48:57 AM PDT · by Bratch · 32 replies
    Esquire ^ | APRIL 5, 2016 | SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH
    Between December 1884 and December 1885, six women and a twelve year old girl were found murdered in the small city of Austin, Texas, their bodies mutilated by axes, knives, bricks and even iron rods that had been driven into their ears. At the time, the concept of a serial killer was unknown. Clueless police officers and bumbling private detectives initially made arrests of uneducated young black men. But as the murders continued, panic-stricken citizens began to speculate that a diabolical but brilliant "Midnight Assassin" was on the loose: a man driven to destroy one woman after another in almost...
  • FREE ebook Survival Prepping: When it hits the fan, have a plan

    04/06/2016 7:36:28 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 16 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 04-06-16 | Paul Ibbetson
    I just wanted to share another FREE ebook at Amazon that I thought our Free Republic readers might enjoy. It's titled Survival Prepping: When it hits the fan, have a plan. It has some good information. Again it's FREE. There are so many good readers here, I wanted to share it. If you get a chance to leave a review that would be great but not required. The kindle has opened up a new way of keeping and reading books and I hope you enjoy the information. Enjoy! It will be FREE for the next 5 days.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 4-4-16)

    04/05/2016 5:41:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 4-5-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Sikh-American Army Officer Wins Ability to Serve with Beard, Turban

    04/03/2016 10:06:07 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04032016 | FRANCES KAI-HWA WANG
    In a decision by the U.S. Army Thursday, Capt. Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, has received a long-term religious accommodation to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban in accordance with his Sikh faith. In December, Singh a West Point graduate, Army Ranger, and Bronze Star recipient received a temporary accommodation to serve in the military with his articles of faith intact. In March, a U.S. district judge issues a temporary restraining order against additional non-standard, discriminatory testing. According to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing Singh with The Becket Fund for Religious...
  • JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

    04/02/2016 5:45:46 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 22 replies
    http://vaincourt.homestead.com/ ^ | n/a | A. Larry Vaincourt
    Larry Vaincourt's classic poem was first published in his 1987 Remembrance Day newspaper column. There are several incorrect versions of this poem circulating the web; below you'll find the original text. JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today) He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past. Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one. And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke, All...
  • Trump Says His 'Rich' Muslim Friends Could Enter Country Under A Ban

    When pressed by Matthews, Trump added, "I have, actually, believe it or not, I have a lot of friends that are Muslim and they call me. In most cases, they're very rich Muslims." "But do they get into the country?" Matthews then asked. "Oh, they'll come in," Trump responded, later adding that the ban will have exceptions.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 3-28-16)

    03/28/2016 3:21:28 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 3-28-16 | Dr. Michael Savage