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Free Republic and the New Media
Self | 09/12/2004 | Chris Davis

Posted on 09/12/2004 4:54:35 PM PDT by writer33

It all started in 1988. President Ronald Reagan’s second term was ending, Americans were ready to launch the presidency of George H.W. Bush, and in Sacramento, California, a “loveable little fuzzball” stepped behind a microphone, replacing Morton Downey, Jr, and giving us his brand of conservative truth. It was astonishing. It was exhilarating. And it was unheard at the time. Before 1988, Americans had been treated with the nightly news from the “Big Media.”

The “Big Media” owned the airwaves of our televisions. Every morning, noon, and night we were fed stories, pictures, and commentary from a leftist press. A media content in spreading the truth that served its purpose, giving us little tidbits of salacious information, but not reporting the full story. Facts had been withheld to give the unaware their view of the world and how it should be. Their mission: Save the world by keeping people ignorant of the truth. And just like the song, “Along Came Mary,” along came Limbaugh.

Limbaugh perforated our eardrums with common sense and startling commentary. His sharp wit and sarcastic humor brought a smile on our faces. His love of country and support of our troops spurred a belief that was held in the majority of Americans’ minds. America loved it. They loved Limbaugh. They loved the truth. In fact, America loved the truth so much they gave him his own television show in 1992. This opened the door to audiences that had never heard from Limbaugh before. A chance to spread “a disease caused by casual contact.” A chance to open American eyes to the “Big Media.” CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN hadn’t seen the like of it. They were in shock and awe. They were furious. They were overwhelmed at the number of stations Limbaugh overtook. They didn’t know how to respond to this “loveable little fuzzball.” So they did what they always do: Manipulate the facts and distort the truth about Limbaugh. Before long, his books were on shelves, spreading more conservative views on topics of interest to Americans, topics such as National Security, Feminism, Abortion, and Liberalism. Now, even more Americans had become aware of Rush Limbaugh. Suddenly, the “Big Media” had to compete for the attention of the American people. As Rush said before, “There wasn’t any of this fifteen years ago. I know. I was there at the creation.” He was. And we are forever grateful.

Through all of this, a cable news channel was created. Fox News, a channel that reported the whole story. They were young and brash, and in 1996, they gave a young, fire-breather his debut on Hannity & Colmes. Sean Hannity began to slice and dice liberalism on a cable news network. His efforts in broadcast journalism led him to his own radio show on September 10, 2001. Not only does he reach millions on his television show, but is second only to Rush Limbaugh in talk radio with nearly 400 stations across the nation. As conservatives, we were starting to get a stranglehold on the old monopoly of the “Big Media.” We were fighting mad and it was showing.

And there would be more to follow. More talk show hosts to come. More conservative news, exposing the truth of the spin in the “Big Media.” There would be the internet, the new age of conservative news, opinions, commentary, and information throughout the globe. Soon, a gutsy, young journalist would risk it all and shake the foundations of the White House from the internet. Matt Drudge risked his entire reputation, career, and livelihood by breaking the Monica Lewinsky story. This no nonsense conservative uncovered what no “Big Media” would uncover. He would expose the corruption and debauchery under the desk in the Oval Office.

Matt Drudge was the beginning of the internet and the new media. Now, Americans of all stripes of red, white, and blue could access news. In the last year, Drudge has had nearly three billion visitors to his site, which is broadcast every Sunday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. eastern standard time. Drudge began the wave of the conservative future. No longer did conservatives have to call in to their favorite talk radio program to express their frustration of the liberal media. No longer did they have to sit idly by their televisions throwing pillows at the television while ranting and raving at the blatant media partisanship. Now they had a new outlet. They had a forum called Free Republic.

Through the brainchild of Jim Robinson, a forum was created where Americans of all flavors could rant, rave, and could even continue the pursuit of conservatism while crushing the socialistic tyranny of the “Big Media.” In a statement on their website, Jim Robinson states, “In our continuing fight for freedom, for America and our constitution and against totalitarianism, socialism, tyranny, terrorism, etc., Free Republic stands firmly on the side of right, i.e., the conservative side.” And in that statement, sums up the mission of conservatism and Free Republic. Now we’re dangerous to the “Big Media.” Now we’re available to everyone. We’re in homes, in offices, and in laptop computers. We’ve become an infectious disease that will debilitate the Democratic Party and liberalism’s veined effort to garnish power. We’re putting a stranglehold on a defunct enterprise known as CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN.

From Anchorage, AK to Miami, FL, we’re spread across the United States in search of one crushing blow to end the “Big Media’s” tyranny over the news, to stop the lies, and end the oppression of facts from news commentary, such as 60 Minutes. We’re here to mobilize and stop the incestuous relationship with the Democratic Party and their socialistic tendencies. In a nutshell, we are here to end liberalism’s final, desperate grip on a media that has become so partisan they’ve lost all objectivity. Free Republic, this group of “amateurs” has put their testicles in a vice and tightened ‘em down.

But the media doesn’t know the full power of Free Republic. The media doesn’t know it is made of up individuals across the globe. “Amateurs” of all walks of life, willing to make the leap in refuting liberal terrorism in the press. From housewives to airline pilots, from ministers to talk show hosts, and from architects to engineers, comprise diversity so great that the media’s group of so-called experts can’t keep up. We even have our own range of military personnel from every branch of service, willing to battle lies and distortions within the media elite. And as much as we hate to admit it, we have lawyers that lurk, lawyers that Freep, and lawyers that make sure no lawsuit is left behind.

From our makeup, we are Americans: Conservative Americans. Americans united in one common goal: We won’t stop till the mission is complete. For we are the new media. We are the new truth in America. We are the amateurs that have rocked the status quo. These merry bands of amateurs, known as Freepers, have shown their expertise at exposing the truth. This forum called Free Republic will supercede the admonishment of the liberal media and conquer all those that oppose us. After all, we are the best in the world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Free Republic is made up of some of the finest minds I’ll ever know.” And for that, I am forever grateful for their expertise. I am forever grateful for this new media.


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To: canalabamian

better late than never!!!


51 posted on 09/12/2004 7:44:04 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: bvw

Don't jump the gun. First off. You don't want people just handling arsenic. This industry doesn't even use that stuff anymore. Borax is a good idea because it's boric acid. It all depends on the ant as well.


52 posted on 09/12/2004 7:44:08 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Gabz

What color is your house?


53 posted on 09/12/2004 7:45:00 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

Nice work!


54 posted on 09/12/2004 7:45:03 PM PDT by Constitution Day (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: writer33

please put me on your ping list if you have one, thanks


55 posted on 09/12/2004 7:45:12 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: bvw

Thanks!


56 posted on 09/12/2004 7:45:54 PM PDT by RightWingMama
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To: Constitution Day

Thank you for being a nice, conservative American. You deserve more credit than I do.


57 posted on 09/12/2004 7:46:34 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

You're already on my ping list! I only ping my original material though.


58 posted on 09/12/2004 7:47:52 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

Thanks for the ping-a-ling....I almost didn't hear it, due to the sound of the "DING - DING - DING" as CBS goes down for the eight count.


59 posted on 09/12/2004 7:48:37 PM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: writer33

"I am forever grateful for this new media."

Since you said FR has some fine minds, let me tease you with mine to remind you the singular of "media" is "medium." But since your syntax allows a potential poetic license use, I'll let it slide ;)


60 posted on 09/12/2004 7:49:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: writer33

Sort of a cream color........why?????


61 posted on 09/12/2004 7:50:18 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: Pegita

"I'd say Free Republic is like a modern-day Paul Revere"


The Commies are coming!!
The Islamofascists are coming!!!


62 posted on 09/12/2004 7:51:03 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: ErnBatavia

And it's a wonderful feeling to hear that sound!


63 posted on 09/12/2004 7:51:11 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: freedumb2003

"Since you said FR has some fine minds, let me tease you with mine to remind you the singular of "media" is "medium." But since your syntax allows a potential poetic license use, I'll let it slide ;)"


Thank you, freedumb. You're too kind. I'll take my whippin' like a men. ;-)


64 posted on 09/12/2004 7:52:33 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Gabz

It is now a known fact that flies are attracted to lighter colors, such as white, beige, cream, etc... Do you have alot of flies nesting on the eaves of your home? If so, the best you can do is to have broadcast applications around the foundation and eaves to reduce the population in the area. And then of course, when winter sets in, nature will take care of itself.


65 posted on 09/12/2004 7:54:23 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

I should have added I like your writing style.

You should send that for publication -- Rushbo at least.


66 posted on 09/12/2004 7:54:38 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: Gabz
when can I expect you by the farm to rid me of the flea and fly infestation I have

The solution is as close as your local ACE hardware!


67 posted on 09/12/2004 7:54:55 PM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: Gabz

One more thing: Flystrips.


68 posted on 09/12/2004 7:55:08 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
"Ping a ling!"

Pong a long!!! (grin)

Oh! I saw a great bumpersnicker yesterday... BUSH! THANK GOD!!!

69 posted on 09/12/2004 7:57:33 PM PDT by SierraWasp (God Bless AMERICA...The most exceptional nation ever to exist on EARTH!!! (except to Demonicrats)
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To: writer33
No longer did they have to sit idly by their televisions throwing pillows at the television while ranting and raving at the blatant media partisanship.

I don't know about you, but not once have I ever thrown a pillow at my television set. :o)

This has your heartwarming and innocent style "written all over it". Good job, Chris!

70 posted on 09/12/2004 7:58:26 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: freedumb2003

Oh, no. You can't do that now. You've already insulted me. I'm still pulling the John Kerry out of my back. :) HA! Just kidding!

Thank you for the nice compliments. But I don't know if it's quite publishing material. Besides, most of what I do is for conservatism. It isn't about my popularity either. And I do understand you're point. Thank you so much for the nice compliments.


71 posted on 09/12/2004 7:58:27 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

Interesting. I've never looked for "nesting flies"..in fact I've never heard of it..........but what you are saying is making sense because where the worst problem with them outside is where all the awnings are and so they get in every time a door is openned or there is a tear in a screen.

About winter setting in and nature taking it's course - of that I am aware!!!!!

My apologies, I did not mean to hijack your thread (but I just couldn't resist)


72 posted on 09/12/2004 7:59:06 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: writer33

Okay. I think that many of the low cost and effective ant traps still use arsenic -- don't have any in house right now. The brand name ones use more complicated poisons.


73 posted on 09/12/2004 8:01:09 PM PDT by bvw
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To: RightWingMama

Call in the uncles!!!


74 posted on 09/12/2004 8:02:20 PM PDT by SierraWasp (God Bless AMERICA...The most exceptional nation ever to exist on EARTH!!! (except to Demonicrats)
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To: SierraWasp

That is a great bumpersticker. And truer than it is funny.


75 posted on 09/12/2004 8:05:34 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: ErnBatavia

Bellieve me - I've been there!!!!!!!!!!


76 posted on 09/12/2004 8:05:49 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: writer33

Truth is the essence of the best humor!!!


77 posted on 09/12/2004 8:08:44 PM PDT by SierraWasp (God Bless AMERICA...The most exceptional nation ever to exist on EARTH!!! (except to Demonicrats)
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To: Gabz

It's too late! You've hijacked the thread and I'm hitting the report abuse button now.... :) Just kidding!

Of course flies have to nest. Haven't you just watched a fly. They fly around and light. They can't keep flying. Even they must light. And by placing a residual based product under the eaves and awnings. They light on the product, then clean themselves, ingest the product and it's adios.


78 posted on 09/12/2004 8:09:13 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

I have flystrips all through the house........and hanging water fly traps outside.

The weather has been so weird this summer that it's beyond weird. Friends just 20 miles south haven't seen a flea at all, but wre inundated with ticks...and we haven't seen a tick.........the flys have been different. Those with central A/C don't have the flies inside, just outside. those of us without central a/c have both.


79 posted on 09/12/2004 8:09:28 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: SierraWasp

That is so true!


80 posted on 09/12/2004 8:10:03 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Gabz

You shouldn't have to worry much longer. You're far enough north that the weather will make it's own change very soon. Once you get your first real frost, then most of the flies are gone.


81 posted on 09/12/2004 8:14:21 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

Too much information - YUCK............But I will trust your expertise and acquire some residual product ASAP!!!!

But I did tell my husband about what you said about the color of the house.......I think you made his month....we're getting ready to start buying new siding and I think he was in favor of a darker color than I was envisioning!!!!!!!

and now back to our regularly schedulled conservatism programming.......


82 posted on 09/12/2004 8:15:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: writer33

I've got close to 2 months before the first real keeper frost here. But thanks to your help - at least I know how to take care of the problem next year.

FR is not just for conservative news - it's for information exchange!!!!!

Both are good things.


83 posted on 09/12/2004 8:18:36 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: Gabz

Information exchange and thread hijacking! :) HA!


84 posted on 09/12/2004 8:29:58 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
Now we’re dangerous to the “Big Media.” Now we’re available to everyone. We’re in homes, in offices, and in laptop computers. We’ve become an infectious disease that will debilitate the Democratic Party and liberalism’s veined effort to garnish power.

And this is how it should be........and we all know is becoming bigger and larger and mightier on a daily basis.

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(who's thread hijacking?????????)

85 posted on 09/12/2004 8:35:27 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: writer33

BTTT


86 posted on 09/12/2004 8:37:49 PM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Gabz

Clicking report abuse on my mouse..........now! Hehe!

Thanks for the input. I hope I helped with the fly problem.


87 posted on 09/12/2004 8:44:20 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: EdReform

Thanks for the bump.


88 posted on 09/12/2004 8:44:47 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

If you ever hit abuse on me - I would know that I had over stayed my welcome at FR!!!!!!!

You know I love reading your writing and always do, even if I have been absent in my comments recently.

(Thanks for the fly info - I really do appreciate it)



I think I will go back to the goofy game I've been playing, the football game is on in the other room, I'll check the Hurricane thread one last time and then call it a night.

Talk to you soon!!!!!!


89 posted on 09/12/2004 8:49:25 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: arasina

Thank you.


90 posted on 09/12/2004 8:50:00 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Gabz

Have a good night, senorita.


91 posted on 09/12/2004 8:52:48 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Steve Newton

Ping!


92 posted on 09/12/2004 8:59:05 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

gee that would drive me buggy. sorry for the bad pun but you're right pest control - liberal control; too bad we can't use organophosphates on them. only we can have the 2mg atropine and 2 pam chloride.


93 posted on 09/12/2004 10:16:08 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Unfortunately, atropine won't work on liberalism. It's a disease that goes straight to the nervous system. It takes a lot of positive pressure ventilation, prayer, and hours and hours of Rush Limbaugh just to stabilize 'em.

And yes, I'm afraid to say the old organophosphates are gone. Thanks to the Environmental Protect You Agency.


94 posted on 09/12/2004 10:21:10 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
and I used to like malathion 50% solution. That was great stuff, rose aphids didn't stand a chance. Course a bottle of malathion, a home chemistry set, surplus mask and new filters, heavy duty rubber gloves, rubber chemists apron...... you get the picture.
95 posted on 09/12/2004 10:25:52 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: writer33; Gabz
There are a lot of things that can be done for flies now a days.

Get a flyswatter for starters! Old baseball cap works too! :D LOL

96 posted on 09/12/2004 10:26:56 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: writer33

Definitely-worth-keeping bump. Great piece, Chris.


97 posted on 09/12/2004 11:28:38 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Judith Anne

bttt


98 posted on 09/13/2004 1:55:31 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Judith Anne; writer33
Very well said, writer33.

Free Republic is America's electronic liberty tree, and thank God for it.

Thanks for the ping, Judith Anne and if I may be so bold:

FREE JUDITH ANNE'S TAG LINE!

99 posted on 09/13/2004 2:27:04 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: writer33

BTTT!!!!!!


100 posted on 09/13/2004 3:03:12 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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