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  • History of Islam Book Recommendations

    05/04/2016 7:05:08 AM PDT · by Luna · 28 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 · 26 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 nonsense”—that 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 · 39 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 · 7 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.Noah’s 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 ark’s trip to Brazil, the barge will likely begin to bring Noah’s 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 Shakespeare’s 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 Bard’s 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...
  • Brontë’s 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 Da’wah 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 crisis—including 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, it’s 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 association’s “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 children’s 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
  • Book: Torn Asunder-The Second American Civil War

    03/27/2016 1:14:37 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 14 replies
    Vanity | 03/27/2016 | Roger D. Strahan
    There has been a reoccurring thought- that POTUS would declare martial law if he saw his legacy about to go down the drain. So, I wrote a book along this line. Essentially, I believe that there would be a schism, with much of the south and midwest declaring their allegiance to the Constitution and resisting the Washington dictates. Some states would sit it out, others, like California, would support martial law. If interested, the book is out there on Amazon Unlimited. Those that have read it think it is a good read.
  • FR Book Club: April - "Run to the Phantom"

    03/26/2016 12:51:40 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    1pitech's father ^ | March 26, 2014 | R. Ibbetson
    During a national emergency, a liberal Marxist-leaning political leadership takes absolute control of the United States. Martial law is declared and elections are suspended. This leadership morphs into a complete Communist-style government. All dissent is brutally repulsed. Two young university students, Peter Blake and Natalie Biriukova, become active leaders in the resistance movement. They soon fall in love. In time they are targeted by the government and forced to go on the run. A feared and notorious Compliance Officer, Nicholas Snoopczech, is hot on their trail. He is hated and feared by Americans, especially those who are brave enough to...
  • Free Political fiction book for Kindle at Amazon!

    03/26/2016 7:04:22 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 11 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 03-26-16 | Paul Ibbetson
    I wanted to share my father's full length political fiction book, "Run to the Phantom." It's free for the next few days for kindle so please enjoy it and share it with your friends. I know he would appreciate some reviews. He is a conservative as am I. So, no cost. Just enjoy the story for FREE and thanks for the review.
  • FREE book on debating the political left!

    03/25/2016 1:07:57 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 03-25-16 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    My pocket guide for debating the political left is FREE for next few days at AMAZON and I wanted to pass it on to everyone. Please enjoy it and share it with your friends. It has a lot of good information and always of good value during the election season. No cost, just enjoy. Would love readers to leave an honest review if you get the chance.
  • Radar Scan of Shakespeare's Grave Confirms Skull Apparently Missing

    03/24/2016 10:53:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 24, 2016
    Shakespeare's skull is likely missing from his grave, an archaeologist has concluded, confirming rumors which have swirled for years about grave-robbers and adding to the mystery surrounding the Bard's remains. Four hundred years after his death and burial at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon, central England, researchers were allowed to scan the grave of England's greatest playwright with ground-penetrating radar. But in the area under the church floor where the Bard's skull was expected to be, they found signs of interference.
  • Kate Beckinsale means business in first Love & Friendship trailer [Austen juvenilia]

    03/24/2016 6:21:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | March 23, 2016 | Joey Nolfi
    Kate Beckinsale is cracking down on her fellow actors in the first full trailer for Oscar nominee Whit Stillman’s Sundance costume comedy, Love & Friendship. The clip, released Wednesday, introduces Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a widow who retreats to her in-laws’ estate as a means to escape circulating rumors about her social life. While there, she attempts to find a suitable partner for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and herself. The film, adapted from Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, features a supporting cast that includes Chloë Sevigny as Alicia Johnson, Xavier Samuel as Reginald DeCourcy, and Stephen Fry as Mr....
  • Word of The Day

    03/22/2016 7:35:22 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 9 replies
    Mansplaining : Stating accurate, verifiable facts. Especially when these facts are inconvenient to the feminist worldview, or contradict feminist talking points. It is often used by a feminists who makes an incorrect claim in support of their narrative, and someone responds with something refuting the feminist’s claim, which she (usually it’s a she) cannot counter.......
  • 'Mommy I just want to die': How little girl whose story is told in Miracles from Heaven

    03/21/2016 1:54:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/21/16 | Laura Collins
    She recalls: 'Suddenly Abbi came in, quite hysterical and said that Anna had fallen in the tree. I thought she'd just climbed a little too high and because she was so sick she'd slipped and got stuck.' Abigail physically grabbed her mother and dragged her the several hundred yards from their house to the grove of trees where the accident had happened. Christy says: 'When I got there, Adelynn, who was 7 at the time, was at the base of the tree digging in the mud with a little bit of metal. 'I said, "What are you doing? Where's Annabel?"...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! Week of 3-21-16

    03/21/2016 12:56:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 40 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 3-21-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • How Dolch Words Cause Illiteracy and Dyslexia

    03/20/2016 7:29:25 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 61 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 14, 2008 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    We must eliminate sight-words from the public schools. That's the only way to save reading, and the only way we're going to save the schools themselves. The Education Establishment is great at creating jargon, convoluted theories, propaganda, lies, fake research, and new packaging for failed ideas. Average parents don't stand a chance of understanding all this nonsense. So here is a little video, 7 1/2 minutes, that explains almost everything you need to know about phonics, sight words, Dolch words, high frequency words, dyslexia, and how they are all connected. There is some very intense music which I still love;...
  • OverDrive Big Library Read for March: American Sniper by Chris Kyle

    03/18/2016 2:21:20 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 5 replies
    OverDrive The Big Library Read ^ | 3/17/2016 | OverDrive
    AMERICAN SNIPER SELECTED FOR BIG LIBRARY READ, THE WORLD’S LARGEST LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Memoir of U.S. Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, will be available as free eBook and audiobook plus a podcast interview with his widow CLEVELAND— March 17, 2016 – For a two week period, American Sniper will be available for millions of readers worldwide in the largest digital book club through libraries. Big Library Read, facilitated by OverDrive, is a program that connects readers around the world with the same eBook and audiobook at the same time. There will be no waitlists for this popular book. Starting March 17,...
  • UC proposal on intolerance says 'anti-Zionism' is unacceptable on campus (PC patrol)

    03/16/2016 1:40:35 PM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 15th 2016 | Teresa Watanabe
    University of California officials are proposing to include "anti-Zionism" as a form of discrimination that is unacceptable on campus, according to a long-awaited draft statement on intolerance released Tuesday. The inclusion immediately drew sharply divergent reactions, with pro-Israel groups hailing it as a needed step to protect Jewish students from hostility and those supporting Palestinian rights criticizing it as a naked attempt to suppress criticism of the Jewish state. Scholars were similarly divided over whether a statement meant to express the UC regents' principles against intolerance should include Zionism -- historically an international movement to establish a Jewish homeland and...
  • Timely quote from Vaclav Havel

    03/13/2016 1:54:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeDude · 14 replies
    The Power of the Powerless To the memory of Jan Patocka "The Power of the Powerless" (October 1978) was originally written ("quickly," Havel said later) as a discussion piece for a projected joint Polish Czechoslovak volume of essays on the subject of freedom and power. All the participants were to receive Havel's essay, and then respond to it in writing. Twenty participants were chosen on both sides, but only the Czechoslovak side was completed. Meanwhile, in May 1979, some of the Czechoslovak contributors who were also members of VONS (the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Prosecuted), including Havel, were arrested,...