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  • Spock Has a Sister .. No, Really, and the New 'Star Trek: Discovery' Trailer (GADZOOKS!)

    07/23/2017 3:18:59 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 8 replies ^ | July 22, 2017 07:52pm ET | Michael Doran
    Among the reveals Saturday at the "Star Trek: Discovery" panel at San Diego Comic-Con is that lead character Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is the biological daughter of Spock's mother Amanda , and Spock's father Sarek is her surrogate father. The character was also raised on Vulcan. As to how the show is going to thread the needle of introducing a heretofore unrevealed major character in Star Trek canon, Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman told the Comic-Con audience, "We're aware. You'll see where it's going, but we are staying consistent with canon."
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - July 23, 2017 - [Prayer]

    07/23/2017 12:14:35 AM PDT · by Faith · 4 replies
    July 23, 2017 | Faith
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Moscow hit by snow, rain and hail

    07/22/2017 7:37:14 PM PDT · by Openurmind · 31 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 7/21/17 | Robert W. Felix
    21 July 2017 – The Emergency Situations Ministry extended an emergency warning including the collapse of trees, damage to power transmission lines, damage to the roofs of houses and unstable structures. The department asked everyone to be cautious: if possible, wait out the bad weather inside, and if already out on the roads to beware of billboards and shaky structures. Also advised not to park cars under trees and billboards. Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link
  • Mexican religion involving human sacrifice gaining status among criminals

    07/22/2017 5:58:27 PM PDT · by Hadean · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 22, 2017
    A Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice and devoted to "Holy Death" is growing in popularity among drug traffickers and violent criminals, prompting Texas officials and the Catholic Church to warn about honoring the so-called "Saint Death." Authorities are speaking out about the religion devoted to La Santa Muerte, which translates to “Holy Death” and "Saint Death," that has gained popularity steadily since the late 1980s among Mexican-American Catholics. “She’s not a saint. There is nothing good that can come out of praying to her,” Sante Fe Archbiship John Wester said in February. “We have a lot of saints who...
  • PHOTOS: Drag Queen Storytime at the Indianapolis Public Library (Insanity)

    07/22/2017 5:00:17 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 18 replies
    WRTV ^ | Jul 22, 17 | none
    Pics here. Thank God there were that few people here locally that are F'n LOCO.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS ~ 23 July 2017

    07/22/2017 5:00:16 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 53 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The Whole World !! | The Canteen Crew
          ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS Most of us become familiar with the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," fairly early in our childhood days. Significant others, who happen to be adults, seem to stumble over themselves in being the historic "first" to teach the young child this bit of wisdom. Hmmmmmmm, I stumbled upon a quote for those of us who are adults with a burning desire to pass the Golden Rule on to our young children of today: "We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us...
  • India 3rd largest terror target after Iraq and Afghanistan: US report

    07/22/2017 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Neeraj Chauhan, TNN
    Highlights o India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016 o According to the report, out of 11,072 terror attacks in 2016 worldwide, India bore the brunt of 927 o The US analysis labelled Naxals as the third most deadly terror organisation in the world after IS and Taliban [Caption] The Modi government has decided not to seek a political outreach and concentrate on intensive security operations. NEW DELHI: India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016, with higher fatalities and injuries than its restive neighbour, according to...
  • Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea

    07/22/2017 12:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies ^ | 07-15-17 |
    Top 10 Oregon counties for gonorrhea Updated July 15, 2017 Posted July 11, 2017 A gonorrhea epidemic has hit Oregon amid public health concerns that the disease is becoming immune to standard treatment. Since 2012, cases have nearly tripled statewide, affecting just about every part of Oregon, including rural counties where infections have been traditionally low. Officials in some counties have become so concerned that they’ve launched public awareness campaigns, with ads on dating sites, Facebook and Google. In others, specialists have gone door-to-door, trying to track down infected people and their partners to get them treated. “We came to...
  • Tennessee county inmates get reduced jail time for getting a vasectomy

    07/22/2017 12:49:23 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | July 20, 2017 | Amanda Jackson
    (CNN)Yes, you read that right. Inmates in White County, Tennessee, can shave 30 days off their jail sentence if they undergo an elective birth control procedure. Both male and female inmates can volunteer for the new program. Women receive a Nexplanon implant in their arm, which provides up to three years of continuous birth control. Men undergo a vasectomy. The procedures are free and conducted by the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Houston man must pay child support for kid that's not his

    07/22/2017 12:41:29 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 149 replies
    Houston Chronical ^ | 7/21/2017 | Fernando Alfonso III
    A Houston man is on the hook for $65,000 in child support for a child that's not his. Gabriel Cornejo, 45, took a DNA test proving a child his ex-girlfriend had 16 years ago was not his. The test was too late. In 2003, a child support court in Houston ruled that Cornejo owed his ex-girlfriend child support because, she claims, there was no way he wasn't the father.
  • Judicial Watch Asks Trump Administration to End Congressional Obamacare Exemption

    07/22/2017 11:53:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | JUNE 23, 2017
    Judicial Watch requested the Trump administration stop members of Congress and their staff from unlawfully purchasing, with taxpayer subsidies, health insurance through the District of Columbia’s small business exchange. ... Because the ACA limits the purchase of insurance on a small business exchange to employees of small businesses – and Congress is not a small business – the ACA unequivocally requires that certain members of Congress and congressional employees purchase insurance on an individual exchange created either by their state of residence (or by the District, if they are a D.C. resident) or by the federal government for that state....
  • This is How Social Justice Warrior Faculty Do Things at Harvard

    07/22/2017 11:52:19 AM PDT · by PPSman · 6 replies
    Target Liberty ^ | July 22, 2017 | Robert Wenzel
    A faculty committee at Harvard charged with re-evaluating the University's year-old social group penalties has resulted in a bizarre outcome calling for barring student membership in “fraternities, sororities, and similar organizations." An in-depth report by Harvard's school newspaper, The Crimson, reports that a May 12 vote by the committee on options to deal with social groups resulted in the "ban all social clubs", the most severe option among 10 options, actually came in third in voting by the committee with only 7 out of 27 votes.
  • Trump says military "bigger, better, stronger" at USS Gerald R. Ford commissioning

    07/22/2017 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 22, 2017
    President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy's newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military's strength. "When it comes to battle, we don't want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me," Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier. "American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world," he added. "America's might is second to none."
  • Sarah Jones’ Family Awarded $11.2 Million in ‘Midnight Rider’ Suit

    07/22/2017 10:58:23 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 21 replies
    Variety ^ | June 17, 2017
    Sarah Jones’ Family Awarded $11.2 Million in ‘Midnight Rider’ Suit A Georgia jury has ruled in favor of Sarah Jones’ family in its civil suit against CSX Transportation in connection with the camera assistant’s 2014 death and awarded them $11.2 million. The state court jury in Savannah, Ga., decided unanimously to award the family nearly $2 million for pain and suffering and $9.2 million for the economic loss from Sarah Jones’ life, according a spokeswoman for the attorneys for the family. The jury also assigned CSX 35% of the fault. Other defendants are production company Film Allman and Rayonier. Jones...
  • For Democrats, There's No Fool Like an Old Fool

    07/22/2017 10:07:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | July 22, 2017 | Jeff Crouere
    Despite the continual drama surrounding President Trump and his administration, it is comforting to know that his political opposition is in total chaos. Since the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama, Democrats have lost over 1,000 state legislative seats across the country. While Democrats have total control of the Governorship and state legislatures in only five states, today Republicans have the most legislative seats in the history of the party. With 33 GOP Governors, control of the U.S. House, Senate and White House, the Republican Party dominates the national political scene today. Unfortunately for the President, Democrats still maintain control...
  • Tesla Battery, Subsidy and Sustainability Fantasies

    07/22/2017 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies ^ | July 22, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s cars emit about 3% of what their predecessors did. Then it was oil imports: electric vehicles (EVs) would reduce foreign dependency and balance of trade deficits. Bountiful oil and natural gas supplies from America’s hydraulic fracturing revolution finally eliminated that as an argument.Now the focus is on climate change. Every EV sale will help prevent assumed and asserted manmade temperature, climate and weather disasters, we’re told – even if their total sales represented less than 1% of all U.S. car and light truck...
  • Lynch elementary schools will lose the 'Lynch' due to racial implications (Portland, Oregon)

    07/22/2017 9:15:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 93 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 21, 2017 | Janaki Chadha
    The national movement to change racially offensive names of buildings, sports teams and landmarks will soon touch a group of schools in southeast Portland. Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View elementary schools will shed their "Lynch" before the upcoming school year in response to growing concern about the word's racial connotations. The schools, part of the Centennial School District, were named for the Lynch family, which donated land over a century ago to build the first of the schools. But Centennial Superintendent Paul Coakley says many newer families coming into the district associate the name with America's violent racial...
  • Days After It Filed Suit Against His Administration, Trump To Skip NAACP Speech

    07/22/2017 9:15:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies ^ | July 20, 2017 | Jack Davis
    On the same week the NAACP sued the Trump administration over its voter fraud commission, NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell criticized President Donald Trump for not speaking at this year’s NAACP convention, which kicks off this weekend in Baltimore. On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump was invited to speak but is not attending the event. “My understanding is that the invitation has been declined for this year, but certainly the invitation for dialogue with that group would happily take place, and we would certainly like to be able to continue to do that,” Sanders said....
  • Rollicking YAF Seminar Exposes the Terrible Cost of “Hipster” Socialism

    07/22/2017 9:13:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | July 22, 2017 | Humberto Fontova
    “They saw in Castro and Che Guevara the hipster who in the era of the Organization Man had joyfully defied the system,” wrote President Kennedy’s adviser Arthur Schlesinger Jr back in 1961. Indeed, this “hipster” cachet hovers around the leaders of the Cuban Revolution and persists to this day, despite a half century of Stalinist crimes. Then thanks largely to President Obama’s recent “rapprochement” with these “hipsters,” Stalinist Cuba became the absolute “coolest” place on Earth. Last year close on the heels of Katy Perry, the Rolling Stones and the Obama family itself, Karl Lagerfeld showcased his Chanel “cruise line”...
  • Treasury Deep-Staters Go After ExxonMobil on Trumped-up Charges

    07/22/2017 8:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 21, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    ExxonMobil – a favorite whipping boy of the left – found itself back in the deep state’s crosshairs this week.The Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Asset Control, a haven for burrowed bureaucrats, announced it has fined the energy giant $2 million for purportedly violating sanctions by dealing with a Russian businessman who had been placed economically off limits to Americans because of his involvement with Russia’s effective takeover of Ukraine. In March 2014, President Obama issued an executive order that gave the Secretary of the Treasury the power to designate Russian officials viewed as contributing to the Ukraine problem and...