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  • Can It Happen Here?

    10/02/2014 8:34:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Can it happen here? It is happening in Europe where French polls show that the National Front's Marine Le Pen would win the election for president if elections were held tomorrow. Something like it has happened in Italy where an anarchist comedian, the happily named Beppe Grillo, garnered 25 percent of the vote last year. Most spectacularly, it almost happened in the United Kingdom last month. What am I talking about? An election in which the lowly voters overcome the professional pols and vote their minds. Now there is evidence that it can happen here. In the United...
  • Catalonia's Scottish dreams on hold as top court postpones independence vote

    09/29/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/29/2014 | By Andrés Cala
    MADRID — At first glance, Catalonia's face-off with Madrid over independence looks like it has much in common with the recent Scottish secessionist crisis, which panicked countries and markets alike. But the upcoming vote, which Spain’s highest court unanimously suspended after the Spanish government officially challenged it on Monday, shares little with Scotland's, other than the ultimate goal. The regional leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree Saturday setting Nov. 9 for the referendum. But, whenever the referendum might take place, the fundamental difference is that Catalonians are not being asked to decide whether to break away from Spain,...
  • Scots Vote Against Independence, but Controversy Continues in Britain

    09/26/2014 1:32:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was a relatively close-run thing: 45 percent voted for an independent Scotland, just 383,000 fewer than voted for Scotland to remain part of the now-not-necessary-to-be-renamed UK. Had Queen Elizabeth II not allowed herself to be overheard telling a churchside crowd that Scottish voters should "think very carefully" about the issue, the...
  • Scottish Independence Referendum

    09/25/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 11 replies
    Self ^ | September 26, 2014 | Huckfillary
    American secessionists and states' rights advocates are rightly disappointed by the outcome of the September 18 Scottish Independence Referendum.  Given the decisiveness of the outcome, the result was probably never in doubt. The Queen didn't even have to break a sweat, in keeping with her lifelong abstinence from productive labor.  I'll bet she's never even broken a fingernail polishing the royal silverware.  But I digress. Americans of every political persuasion have every reason to be troubled by the Scottish plebiscite. Not because of the outcome, but because we do not have the same right to secede from our Union by...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • Scottish independence: First referendum results declared

    09/18/2014 6:04:31 PM PDT · by blueyon · 264 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 9/18/14 | ?
    The first results are coming in for the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country.
  • Scottish independence: Latest YouGov poll predicts No win (54-46)

    09/18/2014 3:34:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/18/2014 | Unattributed
    THE last YouGov poll of the Scottish independence referendum has suggested the No campaign has edged ahead with 54% of the vote compared to 46% of Scots voting Yes. YouGov bases its prediction on the responses of 1,828 people after they voted today, together with those of 800 people who had already voted by post. Today’s respondents had previously given their voting intention earlier this week. By recontacting them, we could assess any last-minute shift in views.
  • +++ SCOTTISH REFERENDUM LIVE BLOG +++

    09/18/2014 12:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Follow Breitbart London's LIVE coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum on our live blog below: James Chapman (Mail) @jameschappers Kids at Yes rally outside Scottish Parliament. Pipes playing. Feels like a vigil #indyref 2:06 PM - 18 Sep 2014 5 Retweets 3 favorites 09/18 14:06 by Donna Edmunds Back in October last year Russell Brand made waves by urging people to incite revolution by not voting. He admitted in an interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted, and never intended to, but went on to exhort people not to vote, claiming that democracy needed to be swept away....
  • Shetland may reconsider its place in Scotland after yes vote, says minister

    09/18/2014 11:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 17, 2014 | Esther Addley
    Oil-rich Shetland may consider becoming a self-governing territory like the Isle of Man rather than stay part of an independent Scotland in the event of a yes vote, the Scotland secretary, Alistair Carmichael, has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Carmichael said if Shetland were to vote strongly against independence but the Scottish national vote was narrowly in favour, then a "conversation about Shetland's position and the options that might be open to it" would begin.
  • Is the vote on Separation for Scotland a referendum on Progressives?

    09/17/2014 5:43:18 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 8 replies
    9/17/2014 | Self
    As the Scottish vote for independence hangs over London like a fog, I sit back and wonder why (if yes wins)? Up to young adulthood, when I thought of England I thought of the Queen, Knights of the round table, 007, William Shakespeare ... all the historical fact or fictional persona. Now, after some 50 years I think of unfettered Muslim immigration who have no plan to acclimate to their new country, but have come to change it, change it by bankrupting it through social welfare and high birthrates and are being enabled by European Progressives. I wonder if Scotland...
  • Will Scotland vote yes: Bookies change their odds on Scottish independence

    09/17/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    City AM ^ | 09/17/2014 | by Billy Ehrenberg
    After a few days of relatively small changes, most bookies have changed their odds on a Scottish Yes vote.Of 23 bookies, only one (Betway) thought it more likely than yesterday that Scotland would vote Yes, while all but two showed odds shortening on a No vote.By doing some simple maths it is possible to work out the implied percentages, and betting companies have their money firmly on a No vote. The median probability across 23 bookies is that there is an 83.3 per cent chance the UK will stay together and a 22.2 per cent chance of a split.This...
  • Why are liberals so vehemently, rabidly against Scotland's Independence? (Vanity)

    09/17/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by paladinan · 72 replies
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  • Why Scotland looks like the canary in the independence coal mine

    09/17/2014 12:11:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/17/2014 | Mark Leonard
    Scotland’s drive to independence has been interpreted by many as a throwback to ancient identity politics – but many of the trends on display in the Scottish referendum have more to do with the politics of the future than those of the past. The polls show that this week’s vote is too close to call. There is still a chance that the “No” campaign will ultimately prevail – something that I dearly hope will happen both for the sake of the Scots and the rest of the Britain. But whatever the result of the vote, I think we must recognize...
  • Bill Clinton: Vote ‘no’ in Scotland

    09/17/2014 5:35:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Former President Bill Clinton has issued a statement urging Scots to reject the upcoming independence referendum. In a statement released through the pro-unity Better Together campaign, the 42nd president said Scots could send “a powerful message of both identity and inclusion” by voting to stay within the United Kingdom.
  • The Seriously Nasty Party: With one day to go, damning evidence of the bullying intimidation…

    09/16/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:59 EST, 16 September 2014 | John Stevens
    The dark side of the campaign for Scottish independence can be laid bare today. In a string of sinister incidents, separatists have used bullying and intimidation to cow their rivals. Pro-union voters have endured stone-throwing, been called traitors and faced threats that their houses will be torched. Many are now said to be too scared to show their support for fear of reprisals that might follow a defeat for the nationalists in tomorrow’s vote. …
  • Sean Connery on Scottish Independence

    09/16/2014 9:23:34 AM PDT · by all the best · 98 replies
    New Staesman ^ | March 4, 2014 | Sean Connery
    Having been on this journey to independence for more than 50 years, it seems to me that the arguments have been kicked about like a bladder on a beach. But as the 18 September approaches and, one by one, the scare stories are burst, a new sense of opportunity and hope for the future is now in sight. Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change. More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can. So, with our colourful history, strong identity,...
  • In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

    09/16/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no. Queen Elizabeth II went so far as to tell Scots on Sunday, "I hope people will think very carefully about the future." The queen was savvy to urge Scots to look ahead, not behind. The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 after the Scotland Act 1978 allowed for local control. It is a marvel of modern architecture located off Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Its open architecture and use of glass, oak and sycamore display a determination to root...
  • Obama urges Scotland not to ruin America's 'special relationship'..by voting for independence

    09/16/2014 6:48:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tom McTague
    Barack Obama tonight urged Scottish voters not to break apart ‘one of the closest allies we’ll ever have’ by voting for independence on Thursday. The dramatic intervention, just three days before Scotland goes to the polls, will infuriate Alex Salmond - with the battle for independence set to be decided by the smallest of margins. Up to half a million voters remain undecided - with concerns over the future of Scotland’s place in major international organisations like the EU, Nato and the UN still hotly debated.
  • Scottish Independence Leader Appears to Equate Israel, Islamic State

    09/15/2014 7:31:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/15/14 | Lazar Berman
    Days before Scotland votes in a referendum on independence from Great Britain, the Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond appeared to equate Islamic State terrorism and Israel’s military campaign this summer against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the separatist leader responded to a question about the beheading at the weekend of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State, describing the murder as an act “of unspeakable barbarism” and later stressing, “The Muslim community of Scotland isn’t responsible in any shape or form for atrocities or extremism in
  • Investors pull Ł17bn from UK as banks ratchet up Scottish independence pressure

    09/14/2014 2:00:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/12/14 | Peter Spence, and Alan Tovey
    nvestors have pulled money out of the UK at the fastest pace seen since the financial crisis of 2008 amid fears that Scotland will break away from the Union, triggering a broader political crisis.
  • George Soros Warns "This Is The Worst Possible Time" For Scottish Independence

    09/11/2014 10:54:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/11/14 | Tyler Durden
    This is the worst possible time for Britain to consider leaving the EU – or for Scotland to break with Britain.
  • Britain says not making contingency plans for Scottish independence

    09/08/2014 3:33:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 58 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | reuters
    Cameron's spokesman said: "No. There has been no change here. The government's entire focus ... is on making the case for the UK staying together."
  • Don't let me be last Queen of Scotland: Monarch in talks with PM over UK break-up

    09/08/2014 5:57:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | September 7, 2014 | Jason Beattie and Victoria Murphy
    The Queen is said to be privately horrified at the prospect of Scotland voting for independence from the UK. It is believed the referendum – which could make the monarch the last Queen of Scotland – dominated her discussions with Prime Minister David Cameron on his annual visit to Balmoral at the weekend. The growing panic over the break-up of the UK was fuelled by a YouGov poll which put the nationalist Yes campaign ahead by 51% to 49%. Buckingham Palace aides said the Queen had asked for daily updates on the state of the campaigns.
  • Pro-union camp ‘in chaos’ as poll puts nationalists ahead

    09/07/2014 2:06:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | September 7, 2014 | Parker, Dickie and Gray
    George Osborne was on Sunday scrambling to head off a surge in support for Scottish independence with a promise of more powers for Holyrood, but behind the scenes some senior Tories were preparing for possible defeat. ... Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon, claimed in a tweet that Mr Salmond’s private polls gave the Yes vote an advantage of 54-46
  • Scottish independence: 'People of Scotland are winning,' says Salmond

    09/07/2014 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 7 September 2014 | bbc
    Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has dismissed as ''a panic measure" plans to give Scotland greater autonomy, if voters decide to stay in the UK.
  • UK to give Scotland more powers if shuns independence: Osborne

    09/07/2014 2:46:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 7, 2014 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government will set out plans in the coming days to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if it rejects independence in a referendum on Sept. 18, British finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday.
  • Poll puts Scottish independence campaign ahead for first time

    09/06/2014 2:47:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 118 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 06 Sep 2014 | Edward Malnick
    The campaign to separate Scotland from the rest of the UK is in the lead for the first time ahead of the independence referendum later this month, according to a new poll. A YouGov survey found that the pro-independence campaign, led by the Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, had a two point lead of 51 per cent over the unionists’ 49 per cent. The poll for the Sunday Times is the latest evidence of a dramatic surge for the Yes campaign, which has seen the campaign recover from a 22 point deficit in just one month.
  • Scottish independence: 5 reasons yes is winning

    09/06/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 125 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 4 September 2014 | Mike Small
    None of this is supposed to be happening at all. Better Together is supported by every major media outlet in Scotland as well as in London. It has the full research resources of the British government and the backing of big business. Yet there now seems to be an irresistible momentum towards yes. This week saw polls showing a massive eight-point swing to yes in the last month alone, with women and Labour voters leading the way. Photos of people queueing up to register to vote in Glasgow have been circulating. Maybe they were people queueing up to defend the...
  • Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap

    09/01/2014 11:04:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies
    telegraph ^ | 01 Sep 2014 | Press Association
    Support for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to a new poll. The No camp are now six points ahead of the Yes campaign, down from 14 points in mid-August and 22 points early last month, excluding undecided voters. The latest YouGov poll found that, excluding ''don't knows'', 53% of those questioned planned to vote No, while 47% would back Yes. This compares to 57% for Yes and 43% for No in mid August and 61% for Yes and 39% for No at the beginning of last month.
  • Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum

    08/25/2014 7:53:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/24/2014 | JASON DOUGLAS AND JENNY GROSS
    EDINBURGH -- Campaigners for an independent Scotland are struggling to convince voters that their ancient nation will be better off if it leaves the U.K. Undecided Scots like Calum Carruthers, a 36-year-old father of two from Dunblane, a cathedral town near Edinburgh, are weighing the potential benefits and risks of ending the country's longtime partnership with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. "Emotionally, my instinct is it would be a good thing," said Mr. Carruthers, who works at a bank. But he added that the economic uncertainty is a huge concern, underscoring the dilemma many Scots are grappling with: "There's an...
  • Scotland will be the wealthiest country ever to have gained its independence

    08/25/2014 12:30:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    yesscotland.net ^ | August 21, 2014 | Angus Millar
    It’s a bold claim – but one that is absolutely correct. Scotland is, according to the Financial Times, one of the top twenty wealthiest countries in the world. Over the past five years, Scotland has been better off than the UK as a whole to the tune of Ł1,600 per person. And we’ve generated more tax per head than the rest of the UK in each of the last 33 years. In fact, we are richer per head than the UK, France and even Japan. It is hard to imagine that any other nation has been as well-placed as wealthy...
  • Who needs a man once an Alaska girl has mastered the chain saw?

    08/17/2014 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 104 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | August 16, 2014 | Laureli Kinneen
    NOME -- I used to joke and tell my friends that other than for obvious reasons, I only need a man to operate my chain saw. Because really, I’m an Alaska girl, and can bleed the line when I run out of fuel at the house. I thaw my pipes when they freeze. I can change a flat tire, butcher a caribou and catch, filet, smoke and can a silver salmon. Oh, and shoot a few ptarmigan with a .22 for dinner. You know. Normal stuff. But here’s the thing. I’ve relied on a man for seven years to supply...
  • UKRAINE: "Ukraine is currently going through a crucial time for its independence." Yatseniuk

    07/20/2014 1:51:11 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    censor.net ^ | 20.07.14 18:58
    Ukraine is currently going through a crucial time for its independence. On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, during the all-Ukrainian pilgrimage in Zarvanytsia in Ternopil region, to which he joined with his wife, Theresa, with Censor reference to the Government Portal. Along with tens of thousands of faithful, the head of the Government attended the liturgy in the Mari spiritual Center Zarvanicy. Upon completion of the liturgy, He appealed to Ukrainians from all corners of the country and from abroad who have gathered in Zarvanytsia village. "At the moment Ukraine is going through a critical period. So...
  • Leninist Scotland Can Go Its Own way

    07/11/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 42 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    <p>Watching last night's Question Time, which was in Scotland and devoted half of its time to the question of Scottish independence - it was also the last QT before the September referendum -, confirmed and strengthened my opinion that England would be far better off without Scotland.</p>
  • Declaration of Arms Before Independence

    07/08/2014 6:36:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Most everyone knows about America's 1776 Declaration of Independence. But did you know that on July 6 a year earlier, Congress initiated a Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms? It's true. According to History, on July 6, 1775, just a day after our Founding Fathers issued their Olive Branch Petition to King George III, Congress gave just reason for taking up arms against Great Britain. In the declaration, they wrote they would rather "die freemen rather than to live slaves." Three months earlier, patriot resistance and "the shot heard round the world" had fired off in...
  • Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: Calvin Coolidge July 5th 1926

    07/04/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    July 4th 2014 | Cripplecreek
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the...
  • Be proud, America: Ignore the doom and gloom, ours is a great country

    07/04/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Liz Peek
    As a mother, it is almost impossible to imagine sending a child on a long and dangerous journey, alone, into the unknown. And yet that is what tens of thousands of parents in Mexico and Central America have done, hoping their children will find sanctuary in the United States. That tells you a great deal about the terrible violence and poverty in other countries. It also tells you a great deal about the United States.
  • Happy Independence(?) day

    07/04/2014 11:38:55 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 4, 2014 | Dan Miller
    To be independent is to be free -- not to receive free stuff paid for by others but to pursue our own happiness without diminishing the abilities of others to pursue theirs. Under King Obama we have lost much of our independence.Bill Whittle posted this video one year ago, on July 3d. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqZkTsmv4kw] Video link How would you answer the question at the end of the first verse of our national anthem?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdP1CQEboIo] Video link Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? Illegal Aliens [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jatwPTk1jWM] Video link...
  • You Won’t Believe What These Americans Think We Celebrate on Independence Day (Video)

    07/04/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-04-2014 | TRN
    Radio show host Edward Woodson, took to the streets of South Florida to ask it’s citizens what we celebrate on the 4th of July.We need to seriously examine what we teach our kids in schools, and immigrants in the so-called “civics” tests they are required to take before becoming U.S. citizens. Brace yourselves... WATCH:
  • The American and French Revolutions Compared–Sean Busick

    07/04/2014 10:03:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/4/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    On this Independence Day, it is valuable to revisit this topic. There is no doubt that we on the Right are the followers of the American tradition, while those on the Left follow the French. This alone explains a lot. Here, then, is Sean Busick’s superb essay… One of the many differences between the American and French Revolutions is that, unlike the French, Americans did not fight for an abstraction. Americans initially took up arms against the British to defend and preserve the traditional rights of Englishmen. The slogan “no taxation without representation” aptly summed up one of their chief...
  • On America's birthday, do we still believe in America?

    07/04/2014 9:09:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2014 | Newt Gingrich
    the Gallup numbers show that in 2006 the United States was one of the top countries in the world when it came to satisfaction with freedom. By 2013 it had dropped out of the top 25% of all countries. A country in which 4 out of 5 people believe their government is corrupt is a country teetering between a populist uprising and a collapse into cynicism, passivity, and fatalism. These results suggest we will either renew our commitment to the rule of law, the punishment of corruption and the insistence on honest self-government or we will cease to be America...
  • DAD, WHAT'S UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG?

    07/04/2014 5:13:44 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 20 replies
    Vanity | July 4, 2014 | Nathan Bedford
    DAD, WHAT'S UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG? "Is that when the thirteen colonies broke away from England?" My ten year inquired out of nowhere at 6 AM German time this morning. "Yeah, why do you want to know, eat your breakfast," I mumbled, too sleepy to be very curious. "Because I am afraid my teacher will ask me, since I am wearing this T-shirt and I'm the only American in the class." With an effort, I adjusted my gaze upward to his white T-shirt. It was brand new. Prominent on his breast was an image of the flag and below that: OLD NAVY FREEDOM...
  • If Only Thomas Jefferson Could Settle the Issue

    07/03/2014 5:35:14 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 39 replies
    NY Times--front page ^ | July 3, 2014 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less. The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    07/03/2014 5:31:34 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 103 replies
    Happy Independence Day FReeper FRiends!!!I am posting this on Thursday so we can have some silliness before the Holiday weekend.  Today is the anniversary of the day America broke up with England  To celebrate, I found a little song someone wrote on Tumblr:Cuz if you liked it then you shouldn’t have put your rules on itIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have put that tax on itDon’t be mad once you see our freedom hitIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have badly governed itWo oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, wo oh...
  • Iraq Kurdistan independence referendum planned

    07/01/2014 12:10:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/01/2014
    The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region has told the BBC he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months. Massoud Barzani said that Iraq was already "effectively partitioned". While the Kurds would play a part in a political solution to the crisis caused by jihadist-led Sunni Arab rebellion, independence was their right, he added. Meanwhile, the first session of Iraq's new parliament has been adjourned after deputies failed to elect a new speaker. Acting Speaker Mahdi al-Hafez called off proceedings after most of the Sunni and Kurdish members of the House of Representatives did not return after a...
  • Movies, Music and TV for INDEPENDENCE DAY?! [Vanity]

    07/01/2014 7:32:59 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 12 replies
    7/1/14 | Self
    With a natural 3 day weekend coming for the 4th of July, Independence Day 2014, we have plenty of time for some of our favorites in movies, music and TV! What are you, my fellow FReeping Patriots, going to be enjoying? In your answers some of your fellow readers might find missing gems so offer up your favorites, famous and not.An EASY query for the scholars, what are the other non-floating Federal Holidays?
  • The American Flag Daily: Caesar Rodney's Ride

    07/01/2014 6:07:32 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 1, 2014 | JasonZ
    With the Delaware delegation deadlocked on the question of approving the Declaration of Independence in the Continental Congress, Caesar Rodney rode 70 miles in a thunderstorm the night of July 1, 1776 to arrive in Philadelphia as the vote for independence began the next morning. Rodney cast the deciding vote for Delaware in favor of independence, and would eventually sign the Declaration on August 2, 1776. Rodney's ride is depicted on the back of the Delaware quarter, issued in 1999.
  • Israel's Netanyahu calls for supporting Kurdish independence

    06/29/2014 1:16:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-29-2014 | Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Ralph Boulton
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support for Kurdish statehood on Sunday, taking a position that appeared to clash with the U.S. preference to keep sectarian war-torn Iraq united. SNIP----- "We should ... support the Kurdish aspiration for independence," Netanyahu told Tel Aviv University's INSS think-tank, after outlining what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions under strife between Arab Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. Kurds, Netanyahu said, "are a fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence".
  • Kurdish independence now being supported by … Turkey?

    06/18/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Ace and HuffPo, I’m suspicious that a story potentially this big has been confined so far to a Kurdish news outlet. If you’re looking for signs of an impending partition of Iraq, which all of entire western media is, they don’t come any bigger. Where’s the Drudge siren?A few days ago, I tweeted that with Iraq in chaos, the Kurds might as well declare independence and upend the regional table entirely, to which maybe 50 people instantly replied, “What about Turkey?” Well, what about them? The Kurds of Iraq have the right to decide the future of their...
  • Republic of Iceland Seventy Years Old Today

    06/17/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT · by Leifur · 7 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | 17.06.2014 | ALËX ELLIOTT
    Today is 17th June, Iceland’s national day. It is a public holiday and one of the biggest festival days of the year. There are many official and unofficial events in practically every city, town and tiny village across Iceland. A parade featuring a brass band, the scouts and police in ceremonial uniform are widespread; as are speeches by local officials and a reading by Fjallkonan – the mountain woman. The mountain woman wears an ornate version of the Icelandic national costume, with gold trimmings. Symbolically, she is the spirit of the nation. In Reykjavík, the ceremony takes place on Austurvöllur...