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  • Is "reactionary" a communist word?

    07/23/2017 5:49:49 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    Generally speaking, if someone is running into a litany or a rant and denouncing you as a reactionary, that person is probably a communist. That is, in the 21st century. But what if the year is 1912? "Reactionary" is a word that statists of all stripes love to use, even those who do not behold the Communist viewpoint. In a speech denouncing the GOP, the DNC, and anybody else who he didn't like, Theodore Roosevelt said the following: I merely want to discuss the difference of policy between the Progressive and the Democratic Party and to ask you to think...
  • The Wreck of the Hillary Clinton (song parody)

    07/23/2017 5:09:07 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-11-2016 | "Gordon Athletesfoot" (Al Doane)
    With all the joy and drama of those tumultuous days last November, somehow this little song parody of Gordon Lightfoot's 1970s hit "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" escaped my attention but it deserves a look-see. FReepers will no doubt understand the lyrics. The sound and video quality are a bit subpar but, lyrically, it's a solid work. Enjoy!
  • How Classic Cartoons Created a Culturally Literate Generation

    07/23/2017 2:02:30 AM PDT · by iowamark · 73 replies ^ | July 18, 2017 | Annie Holmquist
    I recently picked up Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court for the first time. Finding the plot rather amusing, I began relaying it to my father over the weekend. Because he had never read the book, I was rather surprised when he began asking informed questions about the story. In no time at all, he was the one schooling me on plot elements I had not yet reached. “Wait a minute,” I asked. “Are you sure you’ve never read this book?”“No, never have,” he replied, “but I saw a cartoon version of the story when I was...
  • I've put up most of my 9/11 recorded video on YouTube

    07/22/2017 5:47:53 PM PDT · by mairdie · 68 replies
    I've edited out small pieces from what I recorded after 9/11 and the pieces are in a News Playlist on YouTube.
  • ‘Dunkirk’ Flying To $51M; ‘Girls Trip’ Driving To $28M+; ‘Valerian’ Still A Disaster With $16M+

    07/22/2017 4:22:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | July 22, 2017 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    WRITETHRU, Saturday, 7:30 AM after 12:53 AM post: Refresh for chart… Dunkirk is excelling with a $19.7 million opening day, bound for a $51M opening weekend at 3,720 venues. That’s a very good start for this movie I’m told, one that will enable this British World War II title to leg out to a 3x multiple. Director Christopher Nolan’s previous movie Interstellar posted a three-day of $47.5M and churned a near 4x multiple at the domestic B.O., ending with $188M. His films just have great holds.
  • WW2 Luftwaffe fighter ace flies in RAF Spitfire for the first time

    07/22/2017 7:00:32 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 25 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | June 28, 2017 | Telegraph Reporters
    A German Second World War pilot has made his maiden voyage in a Spitfire seven decades after he flew for the Luftwaffe. Hugo Broch, 95, who last flew in 1960, took to the skies above Kent on Tuesday as a passenger in a British TR9 MJ627 Spitfire. Born on January 6 1922, Broch is a former Messerschmitt 109 fighter pilot and Luftwaffe ace. During his career, Broch flew 324 combat missions and shot down 81 enemy aircraft on the Eastern Front, including 18 Soviet Sturmoviks. His score included twelve double victories and three triple victories.
  • Accountability, or lack thereof...

    07/21/2017 8:51:43 AM PDT · by Rustybucket · 2 replies
    7/21/2017 | Rustybucket
    In order for a body to be accountable, action must occur.
  • Vanity - McCain & Mueller must go.

    07/21/2017 7:38:02 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 44 replies
    John McCain, after making a statement proclaiming publicly, that he will return to the Senate to remain with his friends and to continue to hate, envy, taunt and harass his enemies, is neither sound of mind or body. This gent is now living in "Looney Tunesville" 100%, through no fault of his own (Cancer has destroyed him). McCain has already amply demonstrated for all to see, he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The good Governor of Arizona needs to declare McCain unfit to serve his office and immediately replace him with Ms. Kelly Ward. POTUS, Donald J....
  • The Greatest Generation Just lost another Hero

    07/20/2017 8:42:54 PM PDT · by slouper · 69 replies
    Me | 08/20/17 | SCB
    I just wanted to let the community know that my Dad past away last night at 95 years . He was an American hero, a World War II B17 pilot with the 8th Air Force 379th Bomb Group out of Kimbolton Airfield England. He flew 25 missions and returned to be an B29 flight instructor at Roswell New Mexico. He became a petroleum engineer after graduating from OU and travelled the world with his family drilling wells for Mobil Oil and providing energy for all of us. BTW, I asked him about the Roswell incident , he was there at...
  • Fox News - God Bless the USA - WITH CHRYON - 20 Sep 2001

    07/20/2017 12:31:33 PM PDT · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Fox news music video on 20th Sep 2001 tape. "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood. This version shows the historical chryon running, showing what was going on.
  • Today is Moon day!

    07/20/2017 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Nateman · 32 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/20/1960 | Nateman
    48 years ago today life on Earth made a visit, for the first time, to another world. On July 20 , 1969 , Neil Armstrong made a small step for a man upon the lunar surface. The last such momentous event in the history of life was 240 million years ago when animals emerged from the sea to walk upon land. Unlike that ancient walk after this giant leap mankind meekly went back to Earth to concentrate instead on other ways of redistributing income.
  • The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States

    07/20/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies ^ | 1895 | Ida B. Wells-Barnett
    Chapter 1 (The rest of the ebook at the source) THE CASE STATED The student of American sociology will find the year 1894 marked by a pronounced awakening of the public conscience to a system of anarchy and outlawry which had grown during a series of ten years to be so common, that scenes of unusual brutality failed to have any visible effect upon the humane sentiments of the people of our land. Beginning with the emancipation of the Negro, the inevitable result of unbribled power exercised for two and a half centuries, by the white man over the Negro,...
  • Why the (true) history of 'Dunkirk' matters

    07/20/2017 6:51:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 19, 2017 | Tom Rogan
    Never has so much ignorance been rendered on such a great feat by so few. Such is the historical record of reviewers of the new movie, "Dunkirk." First, a brief historical primer. Dunkirk was the site of the British Army's evacuation from northern France in May-June 1940. The evacuation was made necessary after the British Army in France, deployed as the British Expeditionary Force, was encircled by a rapidly advancing German army. Thanks to the immense courage of rearguard forces, RAF pilots, and British civilians (who lent their boats to the effort), 200,000 British soldiers and 140,000 French, Belgian and...
  • Santa Cruz’s Historical African-American Baseball Team

    07/19/2017 5:15:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Nearly erased from local history, the Santa Cruz Colored Giants challenged baseball’s racist rules in the Jim Crow eraIn the spring of 1907, a fascinating story appeared in the pages of the Santa Cruz Surf, one of the community’s three robust daily newspapers in that era, chronicling a baseball game played at the city’s popular athletic field, Vue de l’Eau, at the end of the streetcar line near the corner of Woodrow Avenue and West Cliff Drive. “North Santa Cruz Team Defeated by Colored Nine,” the Surf headline proclaimed. “An exciting game of baseball at the Vue de l’Eau...
  • Dunkirk - one Freeper's opinion

    07/19/2017 6:53:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 82 replies
    19th June 2017
    I just got back from seeing Dunkirk and I was impressed. Speaking as a military historian it seemed accurate enough for a film that is quite clearly stated to be a fictional account with fictional characters not a docudrama. I was worried that a modern treatment might head towards the politically correct or the overly mawkish, but, it delivered what I was hoping to see. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag...
  • Incident on Chappaquiddick Island (1969)

    07/18/2017 6:48:56 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 137 replies
    Shortly after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car, but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. The senator did not report the fatal car accident for 10 hours. ---SNIP--- Kennedy escaped the car and then dove down in an attempt to retrieve Kopechne from the sunken Oldsmobile. Failing, he stumbled back to the cottage, where he enlisted Gargan and another friend in a second attempt to save Kopechne. The three men were unsuccessful; her body was not...
  • Film Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

    07/18/2017 4:26:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 17, 2017 | Todd McCarthy
    Christopher Nolan's new film follows soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France as they're surrounded by the German army and evacuated during the eponymous World War II battle. Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece. These are not the first words you expect to see applied to a giant-budgeted summer entertainment made by one of the industry's most dependably commercial big-name directors. But this is a war film like few others, one that may employ a large and expensive canvas but that conveys the whole through isolated, brilliantly realized, often private moments more than via sheer spectacle, although that is...
  • Vanity - McConnell & Ryan must go, like right now.

    07/18/2017 12:43:32 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 23 replies
    Short & Sweet.....Mitch McConnell & Paul Ryan must either, resign their leadership posts or, be voted out by the GOP Caucus. These anti-Trump, low life, do nothing, incompetents, should lose their jobs "TODAY"!!! We sent them to Washington to support our POTUS (Trump). They have done no such thing!!! When Congress convened on January 3, 2017 Both McConnell & Ryan should have had healthcare legislation 100% ready to be voted on, repealing Obamacare. They had nothing, because they thought life would be fine with Hillary Clinton as POTUS!!! You know what they are, these two buffoons, traitors to the POTUS,...
  • Napoleon Dynamite? Watters Quizzes Jersey Beachgoers on Bastille Day

    07/17/2017 3:38:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 17 July 2017 | Jesse Watters
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  • Neocons Enlist in Anti-Trump #Resistance

    07/17/2017 3:16:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 15 July 2017 | James W. Carden
    The neocons, who have influenced U.S. foreign policy since the 1980s, inflicting grave damage on U.S. interests and the world, are reinventing themselves as soldiers in the anti-Trump #Resistance In these summer dog days of the Trump presidency, good news is hard to come by, but in late June it was reported that the successor institution to William Kristol’s Project for a New American Century, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), was shutting its doors for good. FPI was founded in 2009 to give the displaced neocons who had worked for President George W. Bush a platform from which to endlessly...