Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $83,105
94%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $4.9k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!!

Society (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Still Rattled By Trump’s Tweet, Jimmy Kimmel Blames Netflix for Oscar Ratings Collapse

    03/07/2018 8:14:11 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 7, 2018 | John Nolte
    Obviously still rattled by President Trump mocking his record-low Oscar viewership, a defensive Jimmy Kimmel blamed Netflix for the historic ratings catastrophe. Early Monday morning, Trump poked fun at the Oscars with a tweet that read, “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!” An already defensive Kimmel fired back with this bit of fake news, “Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY.” Actually, according to Rasmussen, one of the most accurate pollsters of the 2016 election, Trump is sitting at a healthy 48 percent job approval rating, and...
  • Why authoritarian rule is not Russia’s history — or destiny

    03/07/2018 1:56:03 AM PST · by NorseViking · 15 replies
    WaPo ^ | Daniel Rowland
    Editorial cartoon by Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 29, 2017. (Reprinted with the permission of Joel Pett) Is this the real Russia? In this editorial cartoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Joel Pett draws on what is probably the most common stereotype of Russian political culture: that Russia was, is now and always will be authoritarian, even dictatorial. Note that Pett signals this by drawing the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square, built by Ivan the Terrible in the middle of the 16th century. But recent research shows that the czar’s power was more limited, and the nobility’s power greater,...
  • Talking Heads’ David Byrne Apologizes for All-Male Album

    03/06/2018 8:57:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 6, 2018 | Christian Gollayan
    On Monday, David Byrne apologized for not working with any women on his new album, “American Utopia.” When promoting his new album on Thursday, the former Talking Heads frontman thanked his collaborators on Instagram— all of whom were male, according to the BBC. SNIP “David Byrne has a special place in my heart, but it seems like women don’t have a place in this American Utopia,” tweets music writer Lauren Martin. SNIP
  • College student beat up boyfriend over breakup: cops

    03/06/2018 5:36:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 203 replies
    A college student in Connecticut landed in jail after she apparently didn’t take a breakup well, police said. Kathryn A. Mahoney, a Fairfield University student, was arrested Thursday for allegedly punching her boyfriend in the face when he suggested they stop dating, The Fairfield Citizen reported. Police said Mahoney, 19, responded to being dumped by striking him in the stomach and nose, leaving him bleeding.
  • Gary Oldman’s Son Says Domestic Abuse ‘Did Not Happen’

    03/06/2018 4:22:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 6, 2018 | Kristopher Tapley
    Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman’s son has issued a statement in defense of his father, whose character has been questioned by media outlets throughout the awards season due to domestic abuse accusations stemming from an alleged 2001 incident. Gulliver Oldman, the 20-year-old son of the “Darkest Hour” star and former model Donya Fiorentino, called out “clickbait journalism” for perpetuating an episode he declares “did not happen.” Noting that he’s a supporter of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Gulliver adds: “I can see how coming out with a statement to combat an allegation must look. However, I was there at the time...
  • Trump: Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY

    03/06/2018 7:42:23 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 6, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!
  • Dad forces son to run to school in rain as punishment for bullying other students

    03/06/2018 9:11:58 AM PST · by BBell · 78 replies
    https://www.yahoo.com/ ^ | 4/6/18 | Alex Lasker
    A video of a Virginia father's unorthodox punishment for his bullying son has gone viral. Bryan Thornhill shared a Facebook Live video on March 1 showing his 10-year-old son running to school in the rain as punishment after he was kicked off his school bus for three days for bullying another student. In the video, Thornhill says that he "does not tolerate" and "cannot stand" bullying, and refers to the unusual punishment as "old school, simple parenting." The father of two also claims that since his son has been running the mile trek to school every day, his attitude has...
  • Qantas cops flak for Spirit of Inclusion directive for staff to cut out ‘gender-inappropriate’ terms

    03/06/2018 5:16:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The West Australian ^ | Monday, 5 March 2018 2:30AM | Tyron Butson
    Aussie airline Qantas has copped flak for telling employees to stop using words like “guys” and phrases like “mum and dad”. Qantas staff were encouraged to use partner and spouse instead of husband and wife, and parents instead of mum and dad because it excludes some LGBTI families, according to the new advice. The directive came in an information pack sent out to employees from the company’s People and Culture Group. […] The information pack also declares that Australia was not settled peacefully; and as such, all staff should say “colonization”, “occupation” or “invasion” instead of “settlement”. …
  • 36 exotic animals disappear from Florida wildlife sanctuary after fake 'help yourself' ad

    03/06/2018 4:24:20 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/6/2018 | Richard Luscombe
    The advertisement on Craigslist was specific: “Free exotic animals. We’re a sanctuary going out of business. Go around back and help yourself.” Early on Sunday morning, somebody did just that, driving a truck up to the rear gate of the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami and loading up seven ring-tailed lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds and 13 tortoises. The internet posting, however, was a fake. Now the sanctuary owners want their animals back, fearing they could die in days without the specialist care they need. “We’ve been violated,” a sanctuary volunteer, Cindy Robert, said of the disappearance...
  • Texans not interested in signing players who kneel: agents

    03/05/2018 7:36:53 PM PST · by MountainWalker · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/5/2018 | Justin Terranova
    The Texans are becoming the face of the anti-kneeling portion of the NFL. The Houston Chronicle spoke to two agents who said the team would not consider signing players who were seen kneeling during the national anthem. The report states that it’s not a directive from within the organization, but there is an understanding of which players Houston should pursue in free agency. It’s not Texans owner Bob McNair’s first foray into this controversy. McNair, according to ESPN, said in a league meeting last season that the league was letting “inmates running the prison.” Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped...
  • The Democrats as Russian Dupes, 2018 Edition

    03/05/2018 6:39:19 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5 Mar, 2018 | Noel S. Williams
    No wonder the Russian meddlers are laughing – the Dems are wittingly colluding in sowing discord through sleazy identity politics and by fostering extreme multiculturalism. Lacking substantive policy ideas, their main hope for electoral success is to divide and conquer. Russia is a major geopolitical adversary, which makes the Democrats the enemy within. The thread that binds our great tapestry of cultures was woven by our founding fathers "in order to form a more perfect union." Their system of checks and balances ensures that rationality and compromise establish a balance between our contradictory instincts of cooperation and competition. Their emphasis...
  • Islamophobia is on the rise in Spain [according to anti-“Islamophobia” group]

    03/05/2018 5:12:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 5 March 2018 15:59 CET+01:00 | Daniela Michanie
    There were 546 reported incidents of Islamophobia in Spain in 2017, according to a report released Friday by the Citizens’ Platform Against Islamophobia (PCI). […] The most frequent type of incident cited were those of “defamation, slander, and libel,” in which Muslim men were accused of being “violent, sexist, chauvinists, pedophiles, backwards, intolerant, or terrorists,” while Muslim women were characterized as being “submissive, oppressed, ignorant, or backwards.” The second leading category of incidents was those of discrimination or negation of rights. The report used the European Union’s definition of discrimination, citing it as the “conduct, action, or omission by which...
  • Should Germany get rid of the word 'fatherland' from its national anthem?

    03/05/2018 3:34:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 5 March 2018 11:57 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    On Sunday, the German government’s equality commissioner made headlines by suggesting that it was time to make the national anthem less macho. So will erasing the word “fatherland” do the trick? Kristin Rose-Möhring, equality commissioner in the Federal Family Ministry, believes it is high time that Germany changes the wording of its national anthem to make it more gender equal, newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported. The word Vaterland (fatherland) should be replaced by Heimatland (home land) and the word brüderlich (brotherly) should be replaced by couragiert (courageous), she suggested in an internal government letter seen by the tabloid. “Why don’t...
  • Flippy the Burger Flipping Robot Is Now Cooking at the CaliBurger Fast Food Chain

    03/05/2018 1:50:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    ktla.com ^ | 03-05-2018 | by Rich DeMuro
    A burger-flipping robot named Flippy is now cooking up hamburgers at a fast food restaurant called Caliburger. A robot named Flippy is now in the kitchen at a fast food restaurant called CaliBurger in Pasadena. We were there for a preview event where Flippy made us some lunch. Flippy is a brand new, burger flipping robot now cooking at a chain called CaliBurger, which serves up California style burgers and fries. "The key to success in the restaurant industry is consistency. So anytime you go to a CaliBurger anywhere you know that the patty will be cooked exactly the same,"...
  • TV Ratings: Oscars Drop to All-Time Low 26.5 Million Viewers [-19%]

    03/05/2018 1:10:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 03-05-2018 | Michael O'Connell
    The telecast stumbles an unfortunate 19 percent from 2017. A comparatively uneventful Oscar telecast led the way on TV Sunday night — though updated numbers have the telecast somewhat predictably stumbling to an all-time low. The telecast, nearly four hours long, stumbled 19 percent from the previous year to 26.5 million viewers. That's easily the least-watched Oscars in history, trailing 2008 by more than 5 million. Overnight returns had the lengthy ABC telecast averaging a 18.9 rating among households between 8 and 11 p.m. ET. Compared to the same stat for 2017, the night the wrong best picture winner was...
  • Handmaid’s Tale Author: Mike Pence Is ‘Model’ for Forced-Birth Dystopia

    03/05/2018 10:41:53 AM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Mar 5, 2012 | Katie Yoder
    <p>The vice president fits in with Margaret Atwood’s story of a forced-birth dystopia, according to the author herself.</p> <p>In an interview published Thursday by The Irish Times, author Margaret Atwood revealed that Vice President Mike Pence (not President Trump) is like the “puritanical model” that she “imagined” while writing The Handmaid’s Tale.</p>
  • Frances McDormand's Oscar stolen, suspect arrested for grand theft

    03/05/2018 10:24:08 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 5, 2018 | JOI-MARIE MCKENZIE and JULIE SONE
    Best actress winner Frances McDormand has been reunited with her Oscar after it was stolen from her table inside the Governor's Ball, the official Oscars after-party. The "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" actress was spotted at the party getting her Oscar engraved. The 60-year-old star realized later that it had gone missing.
  • Only One Country Ready to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, According to Scientists

    03/05/2018 9:55:01 AM PST · by qaz123 · 54 replies
    SputnikNews ^ | 05Mar18 | Society
    Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which requires a minimum of 47 soldiers per 1,000 citizens for a country to survive if the dead were to rise, only North Korea, which has 47.4 military personnel per 1,000 residents, has any sort of chance of surviving a zombie outbreak.
  • Any "No Agenda" listeners out there?

    03/05/2018 9:40:11 AM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 5 replies
    Eric Pode of Croydon ^ | 5 March 2018 | Eric Pode of Croydon
    If you are not listening to "No Agenda", the greatest podcast in the universe, do check it out. New shows are posted every Thursday and Sunday.I don't know of anyone who can dissect the weekly MSM anti-Trump frenzy, and the mentality of SJW's (known on the show as "Dimension B") quite as well as the hosts Adam Curry and John Dvorak (Yes, that Curry and that Dvorak).Click above, or http://www.noagendashow.com/
  • Police: 2 Injured In Massive Brawl, Stabbing At Chuck E. Cheese

    03/05/2018 8:32:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    philadelphia.cbslocal.com ^ | 03/05/2018 | Staff
    GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — Police are investigating after two people were injured in a massive brawl and stabbing outside of a Chuck E. Cheese in Gloucester County on Sunday night. The Deptford Police Department says officers were dispatched shortly after 6 p.m. to the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant along the 1500 block of Almonesson Road. When officers arrived people were actively fighting in front of and inside the restaurant, according to police. Police say 15 to 20 people were involved in the fight. Officials say an unidentified female was found with a minor stab wound to her hip, and...