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  • Hope and Despair: Being Muslim in America After 9/11

    09/11/2016 10:09:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies ^ | Sep. 11, 2016 | ALIYAH FRUMIN and AMANDA SAKUMA
    Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Islamophobia is on the rise in America.Anti-Muslim hate crimes are approximately five times more frequent than they were before 2001, according to the FBI. The past year has been particularly brutal, especially in the aftermath of Islamic State-claimed attacks in Europe and the San Bernardino shootings last December carried out by a Muslim husband and wife. More reports of mosque vandalism and attacks against those believed to be Muslim surfaced. Anti-Muslim rhetoric has also been given an enormous boost of pseudo-credibility and prominence by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
  • Letter to a Whiny Young Democrat (Mega-Ultra Barf-O-Rama Alert)

    11/05/2010 8:14:59 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/3/10 | Mark Morford
    Oh, now you've done it. See? You see what happens when you young liberal voters get so disgruntled and disillusioned that you drop all your party's newborn, hard-won ideas about Hope™ and Change™, without any patience, without really giving them sufficient time to mature, without understanding that hugely foreign, anti-American concept known as "the long view"? See what happens when you wallow in hollow disappointment, trudging all over your liberal arts campus and refusing to vote in a rather important mid-term election, all because your pet issues and nubile ego weren't immediately serviced by a mesmerizing guy named Barack Obama...
  • Liberals are Pathetic!

    01/20/2010 9:36:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 747+ views
    SFGate: City Brights ^ | 1/20/10 | Dr. Jim Taylor
    Disclaimer: No offense to those liberals who are not pathetic. Liberals were loving life during the campaign of then-candidate Obama. Finally, the end to the Bush regime and conservative tyranny. At last, the possibility of a new era of liberal power and progressive change. The base, as they say, was energized and mobilized, and it swept Barack Obama into the presidency (the economic crisis didn't hurt either). But, lately, much of what I've been hearing from the Left is a lot of bellyaching, BOO HOO, the stimulus package wasn't big enough, and whining, WAH WAH, the public option didn't make...
  • A Major Defection In The Conservative Blogosphere

    12/07/2009 2:17:58 PM PST · by steve-b · 136 replies · 4,113+ views
    Salon ^ | 2/4/09 | Alex Koppelman
    For much of this decade, Charles Johnson was one of the right's leading bloggers. His blog, Little Green Footballs, was famous for its focus on Islamic terrorism, but also for the role it played in "Rathergate" and in exposing various faked photography.... On Monday, Johnson made the split official, with a post headlined, "Why I Parted Ways With The Right." In it, he gave a list of reasons for the break... Johnson concluded the post saying, "The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff. I won't be going over the cliff with...
  • Knock It Off, Free Republic!

    12/02/2009 9:21:09 AM PST · by pissant · 533 replies · 10,654+ views
    XenoHistoran ^ | 12/1/09 | XenoHistorian
    I have been a minor participant at Free Republic, the Internet’s leading conservative forum, since September 2004. An online friend referred me to a discussion where members of Free Republic were talking about the 1952 and 1956 presidential elections, and using my maps from this page to make a point. I had to join FR to introduce myself to that group, and thank them for visiting. Because that was right after the “Rathergate” scandal, I thus became one of the “Pajamahadeen” that had just brought down the Sauronic eye of CBS. Being a “Freeper” has been an interesting and fun...
  • So Freepers don't like RINOs. I get it. But who's NOT a RINO? [vanity]

    12/01/2009 9:49:31 AM PST · by TruthHound · 159 replies · 2,452+ views
    I lurk this forum way too much. But it does give me my news fix and some interesting tidbits as well. I am in here enough to get a good gauge of the political celebs Freepers don't like. That would be pretty much everybody. I'm kinda sure nobody likes Mitt Romney. And as of 11/6/08, John McCain is a favorite whipping boy. Overall, the bulk of characters who stood on stage in the early GOP debates last year is tainted in some way. Giuliani, the cross-dressing gun-hater. Ron Paul, the anti-war drug-legalizer. Huckabee, the soft-on-crime wingnut. Yada yada... I'm aligned...
  • What's The Difference Between "Birther" And "Truther"?

    11/29/2009 11:45:33 AM PST · by Man50D · 84 replies · 2,362+ views
    November 28, 2009 | Man50D
    This morning I posted a thread titled " Obama Orders 1 Million US Troops To Prepare For Civil War". My comment, " Fact or speculation? You decide", in the thread I posted clearly indicated no particular position for or against and with the assumption Freepers could openly debate the merits, or lack thereof, and provide input concerning the article located at another website as has occurred with many other dubious articles posted at FreeRepublic in the past. The thread was pulled with the premise the article was based on the "trutherism" subjectively defined as a conspiracy. I then posted a...
  • Anti Palin comments are counter-productive and should not be tolerated among us. (Vanity)

    11/14/2009 10:57:36 AM PST · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 220 replies · 6,378+ views
    Those of you. You know who you are. I don't care who you are or what your reasoning is. Your siding with the maistream media against Palin is doing nothing to help Republicans or Conservatism in general. You are hurting your own cause. Unless you are a DU troll. Or a liberal Republican who has no idea what the heck you are even talking about. Ani Palin comments (such as "shes not fit to be President") should be seen as trolling and should not be tolerated on Free Republic, any conservative web site or any conservative setting. While I am...
  • Is globalism and "free trade" what's destroying the GOP? (America-first vanity)

    05/09/2009 12:47:21 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 765 replies · 7,796+ views
    Yesterday I happened upon a post by a fellow FReeper. In retrospect, I am sorry for responding rudely to their post - and I hope they happen upon this apology. The post was presenting their heartfelt opinion that American industry and our system itself must be allowed to come apart so that something better can replace it. It was a Rand-ian position. The system is becoming oppressive, therefore we must weaken it.
  • Bill Clinton Has 'Never Seen a Candidate Treated So Disrespectfully Just for Running'

    05/25/2008 12:04:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies · 175+ views
    Bill Clinton Has 'Never Seen a Candidate Treated So Disrespectfully Just for Running' May 25, 2008 2:25 PM ABC News' Sarah Amos reports: Former President Bill Clinton in South Dakota today delivered a harsh critique of how his wife has been treated during her presidential bid, telling the crowd that he has "never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running," and that, "she will win the general election if you nominate her. They're just trying to make sure you don't." Clinton spent more than six minutes calmly discussing what he called a "frantic effort to push her out"...
  • What if Ann Coulter Were a Liberal and Inserted a Conservatives Name

    03/10/2007 10:55:14 AM PST · by joesbucks · 60 replies · 1,361+ views
    3-10-07 | self
    I have long thought that Ann Coulter has done more harm than good with certain of her writings and comments. Notice I've written certain, but you must take from those words the inference not all. Yes, certainly some of it has been very funny. Often there's a deep dish of irony served. Other times it takes someone like her cut through the chatter and name names and characterize situations.The comment made at CPAC recently was one of those times where she stepped over the line when lampooning either someone or a situation or political correctness or whatever rationalization her supporters...
  • Being abandoned by cut and run Republicans/conservatives

    11/07/2006 10:43:24 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 97 replies · 2,023+ views
    Nov. 8, 2006 | self
    It is a simple axium that "If you think you are a whe inner, you might be right, but if you think you are a loser you will probably be right." This said, no matter how bad things looked over the past many months, I never allowed my doubts to overcome my essays. I was not a candidate. I did not see any value in saying defeatist things. Being "realistic" was not a chioce for me. My doubts were real to be sure. The poll of Freepers that showed just a 79% support rate for the GOP gave me plenty...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...
  • Whew, that was close [Katie Couric, Japanese Emperor & Womenpriests]

    09/09/2006 12:32:24 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 15 replies · 596+ views ^ | September 7, 2006 | SISTER J. Chittister, OSB
    The day Katie Couric became the first woman anchorperson of a prime time news broadcast, Princess Kiko of Japan gave birth to a baby boy. If you think the two items are unrelated, you’re right. If you think the two items are related, you’re right, too. The question is, Why. Here’s the problem: If you’re a girl, we have a little good news, a little bad news for you. The good news is that you, too, can grow up to be Katie Couric. The bad news is that you cannot yet grow up to be empress of Japan. The question...
  • Dixie Chicks documentary could be election issue

    08/22/2006 11:30:09 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 125 replies · 3,334+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/22/06 | Gregg Goldstein
    The politically charged documentary "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" has been picked up for worldwide distribution by the Weinstein Co. A release is tentatively scheduled for the fall, possibly right before the November elections. The film revolves around the aftermath of singer Natalie Maines' statement at a 2003 London concert, where she said, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." It chronicles death threats, political attacks and radio boycotts against the country trio, and that could make the film a political hot potato as well as potential ammo should longtime Democratic...
  • The Unknown Values in Gas Equation

    12/19/2005 4:57:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 453+ views
    Ukrayinska Pravda ^ | 17.12.2005 | Lidiya Skurativska
    On Wednesday December 14 an event occurred which does not leave much space for doubts that the “gas blackmail” exercised by Russia has got nothing to do with the gas itself. The “Gasprom” stand with regard to the price of gas had undergone a miraculous change. The price that the Russian monopolist is demanding for its product has gone up from $160 per 1000 cubic meters to $230. This means that a fair price is absolutely out of the question if to consider the Russian motivation in this matter. Simply because prices for such a commodity never undergo rapid changes,...

    04/05/2005 1:59:55 PM PDT · by GianniV · 244 replies · 6,319+ views
    President Bush selected his father and Bill Clinton over Jimmy Carter for the official delegation attending the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the Carter Center claimed Late Tuesday. "President Carter expressed to the White House a desire to attend the Pope's funeral," an official said. Carter "was informed that the official delegation would be limited to just five people, and there were also others who were eager to attend." "The Carters always relish the memories of Pope John Paul II being a delightful personal guest at the White House in 1979, on a pope's only visit to our nation's...
  • Poohbah's Opus

    04/01/2005 4:26:00 PM PST · by Poohbah · 1,974 replies · 42,594+ views
    Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, sayeth Qohotoleth... | 01 April 2005 | Poohbah
    First, this is NOT an April Fool's joke. I am leaving Free Republic. Over the past two years, civility and thoughtful discourse has vanished from this site, replaced with demands for ideological conformity that are straight out of Stalinist Russia or China's Great Cultural Revolution, and unrelenting uncivility if said conformance is not forthcoming. This trend began with the California recall election, where certain posters were allowed to flame the living beejezus out of those who didn't wholeheartedly support Tom McClintock, or thought that he wasn't running a campaign capable of winning. It extended into the Keyes campaign last year,...
  • Time to leave the GOP?

    03/31/2005 7:39:11 AM PST · by 1stFreedom · 251 replies · 3,573+ views
    For over a decade I’ve tried to convince people in the pro-life movement that leaving the Republican Party wasn’t a good move. The past few days has changed my mind, and I started to write this article when the news broke that Terri died. Florida has shown us that the best that the GOP has to offer is a losing strategy. For decades abortion has remained “legal” due to the same problems which were present in Florida: an arrogant judiciary and an unwilling executive branch. The call for Jeb to refuse to enforce the illicit orders of Judge Greer went...
  • I Apologize

    07/29/2004 7:41:35 PM PDT · by sirwarlok069 · 48 replies · 1,782+ views
    July 29, 2004 | sirwarlok069
    To All: First of all I posted something that appeared to be in favor of our President. As far as the validity of the story, well that has to be approved or disproved. I didn’t think that by posting this story would generate such negative feelings against me. As far as the one who called me a coward I beg the differ with you My posting some of my reply’s was not to hide my comments but to reply directly to the individual without getting everyone else involved that shared other than negative opinions .I did not deserve all the...