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  • I Remember... (VANITY)

    10/29/2016 12:25:18 PM PDT · by bannie · 6 replies
    selv | 29 NOV 16 | Self
    I remember when we were this intense back when billyblythe was running for president. Who really believed that his witch of a wife really would make it this far?
  • Fonda to add prints by dad's at Chinese Theatre

    05/10/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT · by bannie · 15 replies
    Yahoo! TV ^ | Apr 24, 2013 | SANDY COHEN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Fonda is planning to shed a few tears on Saturday. That's when the 75-year-old Oscar winner will place her hand and footprints next to her father's in the concrete shrine to celebrity outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre.
  • Hillary Strikes Back: Attaches U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to Obama White House Propaganda Messaging

    10/13/2012 6:30:02 PM PDT · by bannie · 154 replies
    Daily Mail UK on The Last Refuge Blog ^ | 13 OCT 12 | copied by sundancecracker
    The Clinton’s are clearly on a divergent path than President Obama. Hillary just Judo’d Obama in this informative article posted in the UK Daily Mail.
  • Strong Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Advisory in Japan

    DEVELOPING: A tsunami advisory was issued for part of Japan's northeast coast after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck offshore Thursday morning local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Read more:
  • The Power to Persuade

    02/12/2010 7:34:29 AM PST · by bannie · 6 replies · 657+ views
    Scientific American Mind ^ | March 2010 | Kevin Dutton
    This is only an excerpt. This article outlines six aspects of "supersuasion." 1. Simplicity ("Yes we can.") 2. Perceived self-interest (Convince 'em you care about 'em.) 3. Incongruity (not what you expect, where you expect it) 4. CONFIDENCE (You know more than they do; and everyone must know it.) 5. Empathy ("Ah feel yer pain.") 6. Humor (Disarming)
  • Today My Dad is 90!

    10/20/2009 6:20:13 PM PDT · by bannie · 41 replies · 682+ views
    Self ^ | 20 OCT 09 | Self
    I just wanted to shout about how fortunate I am! Today my father turned 90! Mom will be 90 next July.
  • THE POTUS: The Reality Show

    01/24/2009 11:10:30 AM PST · by bannie · 16 replies · 179+ views
    self ^ | 24JAN08 | self
    I just saw a tv ad for what I see as "The Obama Show" on the National Geographic Channel. It appears to be inviting us to a "documentary" about obama being introduced to Air Force One.

    10/25/2008 7:26:19 AM PDT · by bannie · 14 replies · 1,120+ views
    email ^ | 25 OCT 08 | self
    Obama reading The Post-American World.
  • Barack Obama's broken promise to African village

    07/26/2008 5:38:29 PM PDT · by bannie · 34 replies · 332+ views
    London's Evening Standard ^ | 25.07.08 Related Articles | David Cohen
    It is an extraordinary sight to walk into a basic two-room house under a mango tree in rural east Africa and discover what is essentially a shrine to Barack Obama. The small brick house with no running water, a tin roof and roving chickens, goats and cows is owned by Sarah Obama, Barack's 86-year-old step-grandmother. Inside, the walls are decorated with a 2008 Obama election sticker, an old "Barack Obama for Senate" poster on which he has written "Mama Sarah Habai [how are you?]", a 2005 calendar that says "The Kenyan Wonder Boy in the US", and more than a...
  • "White Guilt" = "Uncle Tom"

    06/09/2008 6:35:33 AM PDT · by bannie · 48 replies · 126+ views
    Self ^ | 9JUN08 | self
    It occurs to me that all of these people who are backing Obama-who-hates-them because of their "White Guilt" are the reverse equivilants of "Uncle Toms."
  • D.C. Madam was Killed to Protect Politicians

    05/11/2008 10:46:33 AM PDT · by bannie · 84 replies · 219+ views
    Notorious D.C. Madam Debra Palfrey, whose long list of powerful prostitution clients kept the nation's lawmakers quaking, was murdered! That's the buzz rocking the Internet and filtering through political circles after she was found hanging by a nylon rope in a shed next to her mother's home in Tarpon Springs, Fla., earlier this month. Just weeks before her death, Palfrey, 52, had been found guilty of running a call-girl service that catered to Washington's power brokers. She faced four to six years in prison and was stated to be sentenced on July 24 but was appealing the vereict. So far,...
  • Obama Caught Up in Gay Murder Scandal

    05/11/2008 10:30:09 AM PDT · by bannie · 37 replies · 4,632+ views
    The Globe (yes, I know!) ^ | 19MAY08 | Jeffrey Rodack
    Choir director at White House Hopeful's controversial Chicago church shot to death. Presidential hopeful Barack [Hussein] Obama has become tangled in a gay-murder probe rocking his controversial Chicago church as insiders ask: How much does he really know about the choir director's savage slaying? So far, Chicago cops' investigation into the murder of the Trinity United Christian Church's gay choir director has come up empty. But a top Chicago private detective tells GLOBE he believes the shooting death of 47-year-old Donald Young may be connected to Obama, who belongs to the church once headed by scandal-scarred preacher the ["]Rev.["] Jeremiah...
  • Caption Hillary the Blow-Up Doll.

    04/30/2008 6:21:30 PM PDT · by bannie · 49 replies · 303+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 30APR08 | Elise Amendola
    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., shows the media a Hillary doll made of balloons given to her by a supporter, Tuesday, April 29, 2008, on her press plane in Raleigh, N.C

    04/19/2008 10:11:18 AM PDT · by bannie · 37 replies · 83+ views
    Selv ^ | 19APR08 | Self
    "He's TWO...TWO...TWO CANDIDATES IN ONE!"He speaks for "both Americas"! As Barry, he speaks for FOLKS! He truly understands how it is to be rich, white and detested. As Barack Hussein Obama, he speaks for Brrro's! He truly abhors white, rich "FOLKS" who are all bigoted slave-owners.Yesiree! Vote for Barry/Barack the candidate with TWO FACES!
  • Caption Time! Li'l Chel IS Her Mother's Daughter!

    04/18/2008 4:34:25 PM PDT · by bannie · 40 replies · 155+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 18APR08 | It's a Picture!
  • YAHOO LOTTERY OFFICE Dear Winner...Your E-mail Account Has Won US$1,000,000.00 Dollars!!

    03/24/2008 12:19:38 PM PDT · by bannie · 19 replies · 959+ views
    self ^ | 24MAR08 | self
    TODAY--IN MY E-MAIL--I found it!!! "YAHOO LOTTERY OFFICE Dear Winner...Your E-mail Account Has Won US$1,000,000.00 Dollars!!" And...if THAT weren't enough, I also found THIS e-mail in the very same load of...well, load: "Target Promotion Group [BANNIE], Your $1,000 Target Gift Card has arrived - Confirm For Shipment!"
  • Caption Barry Hussein Obamma

    02/23/2008 7:24:55 PM PST · by bannie · 225 replies · 9,436+ views
    Self ^ | 23FEB08 | self
  • Duchess of Cornwall's diamond necklace outshines Queen (Taudry Cammy Strikes Again!) (CAPTION-ABLE!)

    11/24/2007 6:15:30 AM PST · by bannie · 206 replies · 897+ views
    World News dot COM dot AU ^ | 24 NOV 2007 | Rebecca English
    Its five strands of diamonds covered her decolletage and made the Queen's jewels look quite modest as they attended the Queen's banquet for the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday. But Camilla didn't deliberately set out to overshadow her mother-in-law - the Queen gave her permission to borrow it from the royal collection. Camilla's favourite couturier, Anna Valentine, designed her a simple duck-egg blue dress and matching stole to set off the necklace, estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. The Duchess added the Queen Mother's Boucheron tiara, a set of diamond earrings and...
  • Security Concerns Erase Appearance by Clinton

    11/19/2007 12:09:09 PM PST · by bannie · 26 replies · 29+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | | Sunday, Nov 18 2007 9:05 PM | na
    Security concerns led to cancellation of a high-ticket fundraiser for Hillary Clinton originally scheduled for Sunday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The breakfast event, sponsored by Bakersfield group Sikh Americans for Hillary '08, could have brought in more than $1.5 million to Clinton's presidential campaign coffers. One thousand tickets ranging from $1,500 to $2,300 a plate were on the table for the Democratic hopeful. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had been scheduled to appear. But security personnel who looked over the site, said Dr. Shivinder Deol, one of Clinton's local Sikh supporters, decided it was too risky.
  • Mattel recalling more Chinese-made toys

    08/14/2007 8:55:14 AM PDT · by bannie · 19 replies · 729+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 14 August 2007 | NATASHA METZLER
    Toy-making giant Mattel Inc. issued recalls Tuesday for about 9 million Chinese-made toys that contain magnets children can swallow or which could have lead paint. The recalls includes 7.3 million play sets, including Polly Pocket dolls and Batman action figures, and 253,000 die cast cars that contain lead paint. The action was announced on the company's Web site and at a news conference here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Nancy A. Nord, acting CPSC chairman, said no injuries had been reported with any of the products involved in the new recall. Several injuries had been reported in an earlier...
  • Caption the Grifters (Hil n Bil)

    08/03/2007 11:22:34 AM PDT · by bannie · 52 replies · 1,441+ views
    Some guys blog ^ | 3 AUG 07 | self
  • American Soldier Statue by Iraqi Artist, Kalat

    07/18/2007 8:42:01 AM PDT · by bannie · 18 replies · 1,230+ views
    eMail ^ | 17 JUL 07 | e-mail
    This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood , TX The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad . Kalat was so grateful for the Americans liberation of his country; he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors...
  • Obituary; Missing in Action Soldier Raturned Home

    07/15/2007 5:37:06 AM PDT · by bannie · 4 replies · 725+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | 15JUL07 | Obit Editor
    Moshier, Jim E. Corporal Jim E. Moshier August 3, 1943 - June 11, 1967 After 40 years "missing in action", Marine Corporal Jim E. Moshier will finally rest near his father, brother, and the son he never met. At midday on June 11, 1967, Jim and 10 other Marines perished when their helicopter was shot down on a reconnaissance mission in Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam. Because of heavy enemy presence, immediate efforts to search and recover were not possible. Further recovery attempts, which resulted in 4 additional casualties, were also unsuccessful. Only recently have Jim's remains been positively...
  • FCC Ownership Rules Blamed For Total Dominance By Right-Wing Talk Radio

    06/23/2007 1:47:26 PM PDT · by bannie · 91 replies · 2,268+ views
    Hollywood Daily of LA Weekly ^ | 21 JUN 07 | Nikki Finke
    You're not wrong if you think Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity never shut up, whereas Ed Schultz or Randi Rhodes barely get air time on the radio. The Center for American Progress and Free Press just released the first-of-its-kind statistical analysis of the political make-up of talk radio in the United States. It confirms that talk radio, one of the most widely used media formats in America, is dominated almost exclusively by conservatives. The new report entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” blames the FCC for the current imbalance, in particular the regulatory body's elimination of clear public...
  • Caption Hillary--Again.

    03/29/2007 7:11:15 AM PDT · by bannie · 55 replies · 261+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 29MAR07 | self
  • The Ides of March

    03/15/2007 5:23:33 PM PDT · by bannie · 6 replies · 324+ views
    self ^ | Ides of March | self
    oooooooooo....... It's the Ides of March.

    02/05/2007 5:52:31 PM PST · by bannie · 128 replies · 2,150+ views
    Still-Vain-Self ^ | 5FEB07 | Vain-Self
    Today--in a parking lot full of new cars--my old '86 Cutlas Supreme was stolen!! WHADDA' SHOCK!!
  • VANITY OF VANITIES! My baby brother was just on SWAT on TLC!!!

    01/02/2007 9:15:23 PM PST · by bannie · 42 replies · 670+ views
    self ^ | 2JAN07 | self
    My "baby brother" was just a hero on the re-inactment show, "SWAT"!!!! I'm so proud!!! At one point the narrator said that these policemen have families who love them. I wanted to say, "That's ME!"
  • "The Raven" I have a question.

    12/27/2006 8:49:48 PM PST · by bannie · 20 replies · 607+ views
    self ^ | 27DEC06 | self
    I have searched the Internet for an answer to a litarary/historical question I have about Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," and I have had no success. It struck me that FreeRepublic is the best Brain Trust I know of, so...
  • Who's Whose Kid in Hollywood

    12/16/2006 10:21:50 AM PST · by bannie · 31 replies · 926+ views
    Self ^ | 15DEC06 | self
    On another thread the subject of neoptism of hollywoodies came up, and it seemed that it might be interesting to pool knowledge about who in Hollywood broke into the tight movie union because of their connections. Who's Whose Kid in Hollywood Nicholas Cage is Francis Ford Coppola's nephew. Anyone who saw him in Peggy Sue Got Married KNOWS he only got hired because of his uncle. He got to learn by being an apprentice in the trenches--that's a gift. Kate Hudson is Goldie Hawn's daughter.Gwennie Paltrow is the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner.
  • L.A. judge again rules against Kern in dispute

    11/23/2006 7:05:30 AM PST · by bannie · 16 replies · 491+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Wednesday, Nov 22 2006 | JAMES BURGER
    Kern County's sludge ban suffered another blow Wednesday from U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess of Los Angeles. Last week, Feess issued a tentative ruling that stopped Kern County from enforcing the sludge ban while Kern fought off a legal assault from the city of Los Angeles, Orange County and the businesses that haul and farm sludge for them. Feess said in court that the Kern ban, enacted as Measure E by local voters on June 6, violated state recycling laws. On Wednesday, Feess issued a formal ruling that upheld those two previous decisions. But this new ruling went further....
  • L.A. gets temporary victory in sludge fight

    11/14/2006 3:16:16 AM PST · by bannie · 20 replies · 327+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Monday, Nov 13 2006 10:05 PM | JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer
    L.A. gets temporary victory in sludge fight Ruling lets city, Orange County continue trucking waste to Kern LOS ANGELES -- The city of Los Angeles and Orange County can continue spreading their treated sewage sludge on Kern County farmland under a tentative ruling issued Monday in U.S. District Court. The ruling overturns, at least for now, the Measure E sludge ban passed by Kern County voters in June. Judge Gary Feess said he believes state laws that push for recycling of all solid waste -- including sewage sludge -- take precedence over the Kern County ordinance that bans spreading treated...
  • Manatees May Be Smarter Than We Think (Hugh is mentioned!)

    11/11/2006 5:04:21 AM PST · by bannie · 31 replies · 936+ views ^ | Nov 11 7:25 AM US/Eastern | JENNIFER KAY
    Back in 1902, a scientist examining the smooth, grapefruit-size brain of a manatee remarked that the organ's unwrinkled surface resembled that of the brain of an idiot. Ever since then, manatees have generally been considered incapable of doing anything more complicated than chewing sea grass. But Hugh, a manatee in a tank at a Florida marine laboratory, doesn't seem like a dimwit. When a buzzer sounds, the speed bump-shaped mammal slowly flips his 1,300 pounds and aims a whiskered snout toward one of eight loudspeakers lowered into the water. Nosing the correct speaker earns him treats. Hugh is no manatee...
  • Rapist in India to Be Slapped 51 Times as Punishment

    11/10/2006 9:30:14 AM PST · by bannie · 30 replies · 1,013+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | Friday, November 10, 2006 | ah-dunno
    LUCKNOW, India ? A man in northern India will be publicly slapped 51 times as punishment after village elders found him guilty of raping a neighbor who is deaf and mute, a village chief said Friday. The elders stepped in to review the case because local police had failed to arrest the accused man after a complaint was filed by the victim's husband, village head Badr-ul Hasan told The Associated Press. "Police told us that since the woman is deaf and mute, she is not able to narrate the incident," Hasan said. Village courts generally settle land disputes and other...
  • Who's Called YOU, Lately?

    11/06/2006 8:40:48 PM PST · by bannie · 157 replies · 1,766+ views
    My little old brain ^ | 6NOV06 | Myself
    I've been very popular lately! Important people have been calling ME! So far, the major callers have been The Governator and Mr. Clint Eastwood! I feel so special!
  • Public School Teachers

    09/13/2006 8:21:18 PM PDT · by bannie · 69 replies · 1,276+ views
    My little old brain ^ | 13SEP06 | me
    I keep seeing people drag public school teachers down. If you don't like what teachers are doing, direct conservative people--your children?--into the profession so that it can be changed. That was what the liberals did in the '50's and '60's.
  • Feds: Local men sold defense secrets

    09/07/2006 4:35:46 PM PDT · by bannie · 14 replies · 680+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Thursday, Sep 7 2006 2:26 PM | unk
    Two Bakersfield men are among a trio indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for selling secret defense information and equipment to Yemen, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said. Amen Ahmed Ali, 56, of Bakersfield is in custody. He will appear at a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Bakersfield. Ali is accused of receiving secret defense documents from an undercover government agent and sending them via fax and courier to Yemen, according to a release from Scott. Ali did this between June 25, 2005 and Aug. 31, 2006. A second Bakersfield man, Mohamed Al-Rahimi, 62, of Bakersfield, remains at...
  • Caption Time

    06/23/2006 9:43:47 AM PDT · by bannie · 62 replies · 1,784+ views
    The Washington Tomes ^ | 23JUN06 | Self
  • Mixing Human Cells Gets Exotic

    06/19/2006 11:30:10 AM PDT · by bannie · 24 replies · 485+ views ^ | 18JUN06 | Paul Elias
    On the sun-splashed Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Yale University researchers are injecting millions of human brain cells into the heads of monkeys afflicted with Parkinson's disease. In China, there are 29 goats running around on a farm with human cells coursing through their organs, a result of scientists dropping human blood cells into goat embryos. The mixing of humans and animals in the name of medicine has been going on for decades. People are walking around with pig valves in their hearts and scientists have routinely injected human cells into lab mice to mimic diseases. But the research is...
  • Following the Birth of Death: A Quarter Century of AIDS

    06/08/2006 12:33:37 PM PDT · by bannie · 15 replies · 502+ views
    SPIEGEL ^ | June 8, 2006 | Stefan Schmitt
    When doctors in California reported the first AIDS cases in 1981, they had no idea why their young homosexual patients were dying. While researchers were looking for the virus, it travelled around the globe. From 1967 to 1979, the medication Pentamidin was prescribed only twice -- in the entire United States. But in 1981 five patients suddenly required it urgently, all of them in hospitals in the West Coast metropolis of Los Angeles. All five were suffering from a rare form of pneumonia, triggered by Pneumocystis carinii. These protozoa attack only patients with severely compromised immune systems. And this was...
  • The Issue: Measure E (Taking LA's fecal waste)

    06/06/2006 7:33:52 PM PDT · by bannie · 12 replies · 491+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Saturday, Jun 3 2006 11:44 PM
    The drama Even if Measure E passes overwhelmingly — as expected — Kern’s fight to keep imported sewage sludge off local farmland will be far from over. A coalition of Southern California sewage districts and private-industry interests is waiting in the wings to take legal action after votes are counted. For betting types, the real question might be: How many hours until the first lawsuit is filed? The background At its root, Kern’s battle over sludge is something of a David-and-Goliath struggle. Since the mid-1990s, Southland cities and counties have been trucking their treated human and industrial sewage over the...
  • This Day in History: Polio Vaccine Declared Safe and Effective

    04/12/2006 11:15:06 AM PDT · by bannie · 25 replies · 453+ views
    The Free Dictionary ^ | 12APR06 | unk
    Polio Vaccine Declared Safe and Effective (1955) Jonas Salk was the American physician who developed the polio vaccine. It was first tested on monkeys and then on patients at the D.T. Watson Home for Crippled Children. In 1952, Salk tested the vaccine on volunteering parties, including himself, his laboratory staff, his wife, and his children. In 1954, national testing began on one million children, aged 6 to 9, who became known as the Polio Pioneers. On April 12, 1955, the vaccine was declared safe and effective. How does the vaccine work?
  • Addiction!

    01/26/2006 6:43:59 AM PST · by bannie · 83 replies · 1,604+ views
    Self ^ | 26JAN06 | self
    FreeRepublic is addictive!!!
  • VANITY: What have you learned in the last 25 years?

    12/18/2005 11:08:33 PM PST · by bannie · 195 replies · 2,588+ views
    me, me, me, me, me ^ | 18DEC05 | me, me, me, me, me
    So...what HAVE you learned in the last 25 years?
  • What If the Retirement Plan You Paid Into for YEARS, Told You That You Couldn't Have Your Money?

    09/18/2005 7:09:35 PM PDT · by bannie · 151 replies · 3,276+ views
    SELF | 18SEP05 | Self
    What if you had invested in a retirement program for years, and were told that you couldn't even have your investment back because you had another job with a retirement program? That's what's happening to this public school teacher: The government had decided that teachers--only teachers--can't have their investment back. While others were beginning their teaching careers as younger people, I was in the United States Army. I paid into Social Security at this time--as part of my anticipated retirement. After I was honorably discharged, I worked for the DOD on an Army base. I paid into Social Security at...
  • Bakersfield leads call of the right

    08/12/2005 6:22:12 AM PDT · by bannie · 6 replies · 306+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Thursday August 11th, 2005, 10:45 PM | GRETCHEN WENNER
    When Trice Harvey heard a new study ranks Bakersfield the eighth most conservative city in America -- just behind Gilbert, Ariz. -- he sighed. "I'm a little bit disappointed we got seven people ahead of us," said the former county supervisor and Republican state assemblyman. "I got work to do, I guess." Bakersfield earned the top conservative spot in California, outflanking Orange, which scored 10th in the study released Thursday by the Bay Area Center for Voting Research. ... Kathleen Faulkner, a Bakersfield attorney whose liberal credentials include an ACLU sticker in her office window, also sighed when hearing the...
  • The Penalty for Treason

    08/06/2005 10:21:35 AM PDT · by bannie · 5 replies · 404+ views
    Self ^ | 6AUG05 | Self
    I keep seeing acts of treason being reported in the news. The potential penalty seems to be a few years in prison. What happened to hanging treasonous pigs? Without death for these actions, we are bound to lose our freedoms.
  • "Did he or did he not kill a woman at Chappaquiddic" Ann Coulter

    07/27/2005 6:38:35 PM PDT · by bannie · 920 replies · 24,823+ views
    Fox News ^ | 27 JUL 05 | Self
    <p>On Hannity and Colmes, While discussing the requirements of a Supreme Court nominee, Ann just sarcastically noted that it was ok to kill a girl at Chappiquiddic. Colmes said that was a low blow and that comment was below her.</p>
  • Fires All Over the Earth

    07/22/2005 9:48:36 AM PDT · by bannie · 25 replies · 479+ views
    NASA ^ | 22 July 2005 | Me
    This very UNscientific mind of mine wonders: Is this much fire activity normal? How can people in those reeeeally lit-up areas of Africa survive?
  • Group Breaking Mold

    06/06/2005 8:12:51 AM PDT · by bannie · 3 replies · 322+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Sunday June 5th, 2005 | CHRISTINE BEDELL
    Revealing you're a black Republican is a bit like "coming out of the closet," say Damon Smothers and Keith Wolaridge. Family and friends are generally accepting, they say, but some acquaintances give you a hard time. They think you're crazy and call you "Uncle Tom" and "traitor." To avoid all that, some black GOPers don't discuss their status at all. "African-Americans who are Republicans take it on the chin a whole lot," said Smothers, a 35-year-old educational psychologist. "Some feel safer voting Republican and keeping it to themselves." So to let people know black Republicanism is no oxymoron, Smothers and...