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  • July Gun Sales Crush Previous Record (2.2 million checks)

    08/02/2016 3:10:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    The number of gun-related background checks performed in July far exceeded those of any previous July, newly released numbers from the FBI show. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed nearly 2.2 million checks last month. That represents an increase of almost 600,000 checks over the previous record set last year. It is also an increase of more than a million checks over July 2011. The July record is the latest in a string of 15 record-setting months for firearm background checks. July also saw an increase over June’s numbers as the gun industry’s seasonal lull comes...
  • What Is It We're Celebrating, Exactly?

    07/04/2016 5:04:58 PM PDT · by vannrox · 16 replies
    zero hedge ^ | Jul 4, 2016 9:02 AM | Tyler Durden
    What Is It We're Celebrating, Exactly? Submitted by Eric Peters via,The Fourth of July has become like Christmas – a kind of ersatz celebration with forms but not much significance.What is it we’re celebrating, exactly?A historical event – the successful separation of the colonies from the British empire.The secession of the colonies. Their rejection of the arbitrary authority of the British king and parliament.Good for the colonists.What about us?Do we not also live under the authority of arbitrary government? A president and Congress?An endless conga line of bureaucrats and apparatchiks?Sometimes, we get to vote for some of them. Our...
  • Breaking: US Air Force Cancels Two UK 4th of July Shows Due to “Severe and Credible” Threats (VIDEO)

    07/02/2015 9:03:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/2/15 | Jim Hoft
    Breaking: US Air Force Cancels Two UK 4th of July Shows Due to “Severe and Credible” Threats (VIDEO) Jim Hoft Jul 2nd, 2015 9:40 pm 6 Comments The US Air Force cancelled two air shows planned on Independence Day in Great Britain because of threat there is considered severe and credible. The two-day festival was due to be hosted by US crew based in RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall, England. The Daily Mail reported: The U.S. Air Force has cancelled planned Independence Day celebrations at a Norfolk RAF base due to the increased risk of a Jihadi terror attack. The two-day...
  • September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar weather next week

    07/24/2014 9:05:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    WaPo ^ | 24JUL2014 | Jason Samenow
    Following in the footsteps of the record-setting cool air mass in mid-July, a second blast of air with polar origins will invade the eastern U.S. to close July. Like the original, the sequel will be glorious. This taste of September may not be quite as strong mid-July’s version, but should produce temperatures 10-20 degrees below normal across a large swath of the eastern U.S. by early Tuesday.
  • Ice on Lake Superior in July

    07/11/2014 8:41:48 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 39 replies ^ | 11JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    The mainstream media tries to pretend that ice remained on Lake Superior “only” into June. “How about July?”asks reader E Stephens. “We should name icebergs still floating in Lake Superior in July after infamous AGW scientists. This one is Gavin,” says Tilly LaCampagne via Twitter. See photo dated 11 July 2014:
  • 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:
  • Your Favorite July the 4th Recipe's

    07/04/2013 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Good Food ^ | 7/4/13 | Nachum
    What do you plan on eating today? Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs? Some of us even douse it all with chilli. Oh, and what will you wash it all down with? Here is one to start it off... Beef burger with sweet potato chilli chips Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Toss the chips with the oil, 1 tsp chilli flakes and some seasoning. Arrange in a single layer on a large baking tray and cook for about 30 mins, turning halfway through. Put the mince, remaining chilli flakes, onion, Parmesan, tomato ketchup and lots of black pepper in a large...
  • IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

    07/04/2013 7:28:37 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 60 replies
    The declaration of Independence ^ | July 4, 1776 | Good men
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...
  • July 2012 Ratings: CNN Continues to Struggle (Down another 20% in past year)

    08/01/2012 8:35:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    TV Newser ^ | July 31, 2012 | Merrill Knox
    CNN was down double digits across the board in July. Compared to July 2011, the network is -20% in Total Viewers and -23% in A25-54 in Total Day. In primetime, CNN is down -23% in Total Viewers and -26% in the demographic. [Snip] Compared to the July 2011, Erin Burnett‘s 7pm hour — home last year to “John King USA” — is down -21% in both Total Viewers and younger viewers. “Piers Morgan Tonight” is down -18% in Total Viewers and -24% in A25-54 viewers. The 10pm edition of “Anderson Cooper 360″ is down -34% in Total Viewers and...
  • Obama thanks military at July Fourth celebration

    07/04/2012 5:13:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/4/12 | staff
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is marking the Fourth of July by thanking service members and their families, who he said "represent what is best in America." The president, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, hosted a barbecue and concert Wednesday for the families on the White House South Lawn. Obama saluted "this generation of heroes" for their service and sacrifice to defend American freedoms, specifically thanking them for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice and working to get out of Afghanistan.

    06/30/2012 5:51:12 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 6.29.12 | Ben Shapiro
    Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas -- with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.
  • Treasury reports $1.09T deficit through July (and Commiecare™ hasn't even hit yet)

    08/10/2011 4:40:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/10/11 | Erik Wasson
    Treasury reports $1.09T deficit through JulyBy Erik Wasson - 08/10/11 03:13 PM ET The Treasury Department on Wednesday reported the nation has run a $1.099 trillion budget deficit through July. The deficit is about $70 billion less than last year's budget deficit at this point in the fiscal year. The reason is higher government revenues, the Treasury statement said. Total spending has increased this year from $2.921 trillion to $2.992 trillion, but receipts to the government are up from $1.753 trillion to $1.893 trillion. The fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The latest figures on the budget deficit come after...
  • Heat Index in Paducah: 153!

    07/11/2011 2:44:14 PM PDT · by Renfield · 30 replies
    At 5:20 PM EST(4:20 local time), 7-11-2011, the Weather Underground website showed the heat index in Paducah, KY, to be 153 degrees (99 degrees with a 92 degree dew point). I've never seen it like this. (I'm in another part of the state, where the heat index is a paltry 111...I feel like a piker). Post your astounding summer weather reports hot is it where you are?
  • Happy 4th Of July 2011_Blessed Be Our God and Savior Jesus Christ

    07/04/2011 8:38:02 PM PDT · by AnthonyDavar · 4 replies
    Patriot Statesman ^ | 7/4/2011 | Anthony
    NEVER FORGET THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID WHEN GOD BECAME MAN AND PROVIDED US THE MEANS FOR OUR SALVATION. NEVER FORGET THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID BY BRAVE PATRIOTS WHO BY GOD’S GRACE WERE ABLE TO GRANT US THE LIBERTIES WE NOW ENJOY! Amazing to discover that in the minds of early Patriots, the 4th of July signified a religious holiday like Christmas. To many of the followers of Jesus Christ, who by The Grace of Almighty God, had helped form this nation of ours, God who became Man had granted us freedom of knowing God and becoming like Christ;...
  • July 4 warning: Texas says don't go to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

    07/03/2011 5:34:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies · 2+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 7/3/11 | Mary Forgione
    The state of Texas is warning Americans to avoid travel to the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo this holiday weekend because of an anticipated surge in drug cartel violence aimed at Americans. In a news release Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff's Office said their sources indicated that the Zetas drug cartel was "planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend." Steven C. McCraw, the department's director, also said in the statement: "According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity,...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... July, 2011

    06/30/2011 10:09:07 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 2,202 replies
    7-1-2011 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie; Meg33
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • It's will she or won't she as Sarah Palin's non-campaign hits overdrive

    06/06/2011 4:44:48 AM PDT · by onyx · 25 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 06, 2011 12:00AM | Christina Lamb
    Sarah Palin, left, poses with celebrity impersonator Cecilia Thompson in Boston last week, Source: AP ~snips~ Reporters were reduced to begging for a hint of what time she might be leaving and then jumping red lights just to keep up. "Even we don't know where we're going the next day," said her father, Chuck Heath. "It's been fun, sneaking out the back of hotels, leaving at midnight." It was a chance for revenge on the media, which was not kind to Palin when she was chosen as John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. "Three years ago, it...
  • Private sector sees job gains in July (42,000 jobs added !)

    08/04/2010 6:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/04/2010 | Caroline Valetkevitch
    Private sector employment rose slightly more than expected in July, easing some concerns about labor market weakness ahead of a key government jobs report later this week. Private employers added 42,000 jobs in July, compared with a revised gain of 19,000 in June, the report by a payrolls processor ADP Employer Services showed on Wednesday. The rise in hiring was slightly higher than an estimate from economists surveyed by Reuters for a gain of 40,000 private-sector jobs. The June ADP figure originally was reported as a gain of 13,000 jobs. However, while above market expectations the gains still show the...
  • GOP Lawmakers Want Explanation of Draft Memo on Amnesty for Thousands

    07/30/2010 10:48:51 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/30/2010 | Fox News
    A group of Republican senators has written to top immigration officials in the Obama administration asking them to reveal whether large-scale plans are under way to provide a so-called non-legislative version of amnesty. The lawmakers cite an 11-page draft document written by staff to the director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service that says they are reviewing several executive orders and other mechanisms that effectively would serve as a substitute for comprehensive immigration reforms.  The objective would be to promote “family unity, foster economic growth … and reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States...
  • Obama Administration Considers Bypassing Congress on Immigration Reform (Green Cards for Illegals)

    07/29/2010 8:30:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 83 replies · 18+ views
    Pro Publica ^ | Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Marcus Stern
    The Obama administration, anticipating that Congress might not pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, is considering ways it could act without congressional approval to achieve many of the objectives of the initiative, including giving permanent resident status, or green cards, to large numbers of people in the country illegally. The ideas were outlined in an unusually frank draft memo prepared for Alejandro N. Mayorkas, director of the federal agency that handles immigration benefits, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). The memo lists ways the government could grant permanent resident status to tens of thousands of people and delay the deportation...
  • Computer Evidence Ties Leaks to Soldier

    07/29/2010 8:54:10 PM PDT · by DaveTesla · 53 replies · 2+ views
    Investigators have found concrete evidence on computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning that link him with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a U.S. defense official said. The disclosure came as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged Thursday to "aggressively investigate the leak" and find ways to prevent further breaches, and told reporters that he had invited the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist the probe. Defense officials said the FBI was investigating whether civilians aided Pfc. Manning in providing the information to WikiLeaks, a Web-based group that this week released 76,000 secret reports from Afghanistan. Pfc. Manning already was...
  • The Missing 13th Amendment

    07/29/2010 10:33:39 AM PDT · by USALiberty · 26 replies ^ | July 29, 2010 | David Dodge, Researcher, Alfred Adask, Editor
    In the winter of 1983, archival research expert David Dodge, and former Baltimore police investigator Tom Dunn, were searching for evidence of government corruption in public records stored in the Belfast Library on the coast of Maine. By chance, they discovered the library's oldest authentic copy of the Constitution of the United States (printed in 1825). Both men were stunned to see this document included a 13th Amendment that no longer appears on current copies of the Constitution. Moreover, after studying the Amendment's language and historical context, they realized the principle intent of this "missing" 13th Amendment was to prohibit...
  • US v. Arizona (full text of ruling)

    07/28/2010 11:21:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    US District Court for Arizona ^ | 07/28/2010 | Susan Bolton
    US v. State of Arizona and Janice K. Brewer
  • SEC Says New FinReg Law Exempts It From Public Disclosure

    07/28/2010 7:02:25 AM PDT · by Doogle · 72 replies · 1+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 07/28/10 | Dunstan Prial
    Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act. The law, signed last week by President Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from "surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities." Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot. That argument comes despite...
  • 'JournoList' group tied to White House, radicals

    07/27/2010 9:27:44 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 6 replies · 2+ views
    WND ^ | July 28, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    Among the individuals who were part of the controversial "JournoList" e-mail group were activists with ties to the White House and a socialist group closely linked for years to President Obama. Other members of JournoList were activists from a far-left think tank that has been partnered with ACORN and was founded with input from Obama. The group, Demos, may have been instrumental in securing the appointment of Obama's former "green jobs" adviser, Van Jones, who resigned after it was exposed he funded a communist organization. JournoList – a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists and like-minded professors and activists...
  • About that mosque (Before claiming Freedom of Religion, find out who's funding ground zero mosque)

    07/26/2010 8:59:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 5+ views
    New York Post ^ | 07/26/2010 | NY Post Editorial
    If freedom of religion means anything in the United States, it means that Mus lim-Americans have a right to congre gate and worship wherever they please -- including places those with vivid memories of 9/11 may find distasteful. But that doesn't mean the people behind a planned mosque blocks away from Ground Zero are acting like good neighbors -- or good citizens. Exhibit A: Their secrecy about who'll actually be funding the project. Granted, the groups leading the mosque-building effort seem just fine. The Cordoba Initiative, led by Kuwaiti-born Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, says it's devoted to "interfaith tolerance," while...
  • Afghanistan war logs: Story behind biggest leak in intelligence history

    07/26/2010 9:42:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 58 replies
    Guardian ^ | JUly 25, 2010 | Nick Davies
    US authorities have known for weeks that they have suffered a haemorrhage of secret information on a scale which makes even the leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war look limited by comparison. The Afghan war logs, from which the Guardian reports today, consist of 92,201 internal records of actions by the US military in Afghanistan between January 2004 and December 2009 – threat reports from intelligence agencies, plans and accounts of coalition operations, descriptions of enemy attacks and roadside bombs, records of meetings with local politicians, most of them classified secret. The Guardian's source for these is...
  • White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber

    07/25/2010 12:02:37 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 255 replies · 8+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 26, 2010 | Jason Allardyce and Tony Allen
    <p>THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be "far preferable" to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.</p> <p>Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.</p>
  • Revealed: The Obama Donor List

    07/23/2010 9:33:47 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Emerging Corruption ^ | 07/24/10 | Anita MonCrief
    For a number of years traditional print media has been on life support, but after the revelations from Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller, it looks like someone finally pulled the plug. The expose on Journolist, a now defunct, listserv that included hundreds of liberal journalists, detailed: the Journolisters’ attempt, during the 2008 presidential campaign to kill and bury stories about Obama’s relationship with “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright; their push to deliberately smear innocent conservative journalists and politicos as “racists” and “bigots” their twisted passion to see Rush Limbaugh killed off and dead; their intolerant desire to have the government censor and...
  • JournoListers Conspired To Destroy Sarah Palin Day McCain Picked Her

    07/22/2010 8:26:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 22, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    New e-mail messages published by the Daily Caller Thursday show a coordinated effort by the JournoList's members to destroy Sarah Palin the moment she was named John McCain's running mate on August 29, 2008. Some even discussed how the former Alaska governor's decision to have a Down Syndrome baby rather than abort it could be used against her. As the attacks ensued, the Nation's Chris Hayes wrote, "Keep the ideas coming! Have to go on TV to talk about this in a few min and need all the help I can get." Witness America's so-called journalists conspiring to destroy a...
  • Kagan promoted Shariah

    07/21/2010 8:53:50 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 11 replies
    thehill ^ | Today | morris
    Having worked with Elena Kagan at the Clinton White House, Dick was inclined to see her as a political moderate, worthy of support as the best one could expect from the Obama White House. But no more. Thanks to the work of the Center for Security Policy Director Frank Gaffney and the writing of Andrew McCarthy of the National Review Institute, there has emerged a compelling reason to vote against Kagan’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice: her support for Shariah law while she was dean of Harvard Law School. Islamists are seeking to spread Shariah law by inducing American...
  • NAACP Statement on the Resignation of Shirley Sherrod (Thanks Andrew Breitbart, kinda)

    07/19/2010 10:04:09 PM PDT · by kristinn · 95 replies · 4+ views
    NAACP ^ | Monday, July 19, 2010 | Press Release
    (BALTIMORE, MD) NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous issued the following statement today after learning of the resignation of Shirley Sherrod of the United States Department of Agriculture: “Since our founding in 1909, the NAACP has been a multi-racial, multi-faith organization that-- while generally rooted in African American communities-- fights to end racial discrimination against all Americans. We concur with US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack in accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod for her remarks at a local NAACP Freedom Fund banquet. Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her...
  • Obama Moves away from 'Freedom of Religion' toward 'Freedom of Worship'?

    07/18/2010 5:21:46 PM PDT · by upchuck · 42 replies · 6+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | June 18, 2010 | Randy Sly
    Since the initially strong language on religious freedom used in President Obama's Cairo speech, presidential references to religious freedom have become rare, often replaced, at most, with references to freedom of worship. A purposeful change in language could mean a much narrower view of the right to religious freedom. As Catholics, this is an area where we must remain vigilant. These small changes can be used to change our perception of rights and freedoms. The change in language was barely noticeable to the average citizen but political observers are raising red flags at the use of a new term "freedom...
  • First They Came for the Bloggers…

    07/18/2010 9:14:37 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies ^ | 7-17-2010 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    From TorrentFreak: Quote: After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse”. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result. End Quote Yesterday, an event took place here in the United States that got little comment – cue the crickets… WordPress host Blogetery and 73,000 WordPress...
  • Former DOJ Colleagues Confirm Whistleblower Adams’ Accusations [Link to affidavit]

    07/15/2010 9:19:22 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 15, 2010
    Sworn affidavits from Hans A. von Spakovsky and Karl Bowers, who worked with J. Christian Adams in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, offer broad confirmation of the whistleblower's accusations of bias in enforcing voting rights.
  • Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Health Records, Says HHS

    07/15/2010 4:14:42 PM PDT · by pissant · 176 replies
    CNS ^ | 7.15.10 | Matt Cover
    New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. The obesity-rating regulation states that every American's electronic health record must: “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.” The law also requires that these electronic health records be available--with appropriate security measures--on a national...
  • Students Ordered to Stop Praying Outside Supreme Court Building

    A group of Christian students was ordered to stop praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on May 5 because a court police officer told them it was against the law. The students were part of a junior high school American History class at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Arizona. After taking pictures on the steps of the Supreme Court building, their teacher gathered them to a side location where they formed a circle and began to pray. According to Nate Kellum, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a police officer “abruptly” interrupted the prayer and ordered the group to...
  • The Democrats' Economic Attack On Families of Special Needs Children

    07/07/2010 9:26:10 PM PDT · by RavenATB · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Americans For Tax Relief ^ | 1 July 2010 | Ryan Ellis
    Take a look at what the coming tax increases do to families of children with special needs…
  • Fourth of July by the numbers (American Spirit Strong Even in Tough Times, despite Hussein)

    07/04/2010 8:12:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/02/10 | Natalie Doss
    Fourth of July by the numbersOver $600 million will be spent on fireworks, $111.1 million on charcoal by Natalie Doss Forbes updated 7/2/2010 9:37:56 AM Economic woes don't stop America's patriotic spirit. This year citizens will celebrate the Fourth of July in numbers as big as ever. In fact, they could spend upward of $3 billion on holiday weekend parties, food, entertainment and travel. According to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Independence Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey (conducted by BIGresearch, a consumer research firm based in Worthington, Ohio), 87.8 percent of all Americans will take part in some sort...
  • The last hurrah of summer

    As the last firecracker sizzled in the night, I heaved a sigh of relief. It is not that I do not enjoy a good firework display, but after all, when you have seen one firecracker they are all just about the same. The thing they all have in common is they cost money. That is my problem. Blowing up bushels of dollars in the air does not seem very exciting to me. But the Fourth of July celebration has a different meaning for me. Certainly, I revere and celebrate the patriotic significance of the Fourth of July and faithfully pray...
  • The 'Deem'n Pass' budget (w/Paul Ryan video)

    07/04/2010 10:04:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 4, 2010 | Cindy Simpson
    Once again, the Democrats have shown a willingness to bypass procedure to further their own agenda.  As Human Events' Connie Hair reported yesterday: Last night, as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that "deemed as passed" a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the "deeming" document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget. The procedural vote passed 215-210 with no Republicans voting in favor and 38 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against deeming the faux budget resolution passed....
  • White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill

    07/03/2010 9:03:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 342 replies · 3+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/3/10 | Noel Sheppard
    White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill By Noel Sheppard Created 07/03/2010 - 11:28 The White House Thursday enacted stronger rules to prevent the media from showing what's happening with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that evening, "The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches -- 65 feet." He elaborated, "Now, in order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain...
  • Thomas Jefferson's Reset Button: Americans have a duty to resist tyrannical government

    07/02/2010 8:20:15 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2010 | Editorial
    After independence, Jefferson explained that the Declaration was "an expression of the American mind" intended to "give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion." The result is a timeless document the spirit of which is as applicable today as it was then. The people have the means at their disposal to take back our country and the government from the disconnected oligarchy in Washington. However, this only works if Americans actually step up. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the country will only be a republic if the people are strong enough to keep it.
  • Why Is the Gulf Cleanup So Slow? [Because govt bans skimmers that only remove 99.99% of oil]

    07/01/2010 9:27:17 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    Wall. St. Journal ^ | July 2, 2010 | Paul H. Rubin
    First, the Environmental Protection Agency can relax restrictions on the amount of oil in discharged water, currently limited to 15 parts per million. In normal times, this rule sensibly controls the amount of pollution that can be added to relatively clean ocean water. But this is not a normal time. Various skimmers and tankers (some of them very large) are available that could eliminate most of the oil from seawater, discharging the mostly clean water while storing the oil onboard. While this would clean vast amounts of water efficiently, the EPA is unwilling to grant a temporary waiver of its...
  • Pelosi Sneaked Approval of Vote on Debt Com, Recommendations, Vote Happening Tonight

    07/01/2010 8:51:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Fire Dog Lake ^ | 01 July 2010 | Jane Hamsher
    FDL has learned that in a last minute move, Nancy Pelosi sneaked language into the rule that the House is voting on tonight regarding war funding. Embedded in the rule is the requirement that the House will vote on the deficit commission’s recommendations in the lame duck session if they pass the Senate. The commission, co-chaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, is packed with members who favor the raising the retirement age to 70, means testing, and private accounts. Many also support investing 20% of the Social Security trust fund in the stock market. It’s ironic that yesterday Pelosi...
  • President Obama’s “Deer In Headlight” Moment

    06/30/2010 1:24:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    Strata Sphere ^ | Jun 30 2010 | AJStrata
    Update: Reader Tarpon has some excellent observations regarding EPA rules to oil spills, which someone should have been reading in the White House months ago: Yep, Obowma should have read the EPA oil spill emergency plan — Contain the spill at the well, time is of the utmost urgency. And they further state, ‘at all costs keep the oil off the beaches and out of the estuaries’.EPA and NOAA — First line of defense ‘fire booms; which the government was supposed to have on hand for just such an emergency — But had none, zip, zero, nada one fire boom.And...
  • Elena Kagan demanded sex-change operation benefit for Harvard students.

    07/01/2010 10:21:04 AM PDT · by yoe · 99 replies ^ | June 30, 2010 | Constituent letter
    <p>Breaking: Elena Kagan demanded sex-change operation benefit for Harvard students.</p> <p>Kagan's team forced Blue-Cross, Blue-Shield to pay for sex-change operations as a benefit for students as Dean of Harvard Law.</p> <p>Our breaking news report by Amy Contrada and Peter LaBarbera, just published this morning at, contains links to 2006 and 2008 articles from the Harvard Crimson newspaper, proving Elena Kagan teamed up with the Lambda "Trans-gender Task Force" as Harvard Law Dean overseeing the administrative team that forced Blue-Cross, Blue-Shield to provide sex-change operations as a paid benefit, including breast enhancement or breast-removal (but not yet genital mutilation) for students or faculty who suffer from "gender identity disorder." The partial sex-change operations must be fully covered by insurance premiums, as Kagan's administrators demanded they be funded as an "equal right."</p>
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... July, 2010

    07/01/2010 3:58:14 AM PDT · by JustAmy · 2,774 replies · 12+ views
    JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • Early numbers show cool July for Iowa

    08/02/2009 4:10:14 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies · 484+ views ^ | 8/1/2009 | AP
    (AP) — DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa climatologist says temperatures are the coolest this July than any other on record in the state according to preliminary statistics. Climatologist Harry Hillaker says that's good news for Iowa's agricultural crops like corn and beans. Hillaker says the best crop yields are during cooler summers. The lowest July average temperature in Iowa was in 1891 at 68.3 degrees. This July the average has been 68.1 degrees. But Hillaker says more temperature reports could alter that number. There was a low temperature of 42 degrees in Sheldon, Sibley and Spencer on July 19...
  • When The Rain Comes

    08/01/2009 6:26:27 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 366+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 1, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Remember when politics and weather were separate topics? Those were the good old days. From my little knoll in the mountains, the weather has been cool and rainy - - no yardwork in these conditions, so I've been playing a couple of little games - - "Find The Sunspots" and "Find The Hurricanes." Oops . . .