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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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Free Republic: The choice of a conservative generation!
1 posted on 09/12/2004 4:54:35 PM PDT by writer33
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To: writer33

I'm proud to be here, even though I arrived a bit late.


2 posted on 09/12/2004 5:08:30 PM PDT by canalabamian (Common sense, unfortunately, is not very common)
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To: canalabamian

Likewise as well.


3 posted on 09/12/2004 5:12:15 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

The MSM is becoming obsolete and has lost credibility, although it was kind of cool that the LA Times quoted from one of my posts today.


4 posted on 09/12/2004 5:16:38 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: blackbart.223; HitmanNY; Stellar Dendrite; Glenn; Lokibob; kellynla; lainie; jobim; ...

Ping a ling!


5 posted on 09/12/2004 5:34:13 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Always Right

Just as I say, "Free Republic has some of the finest minds I'll ever know."

I wasn't kidding with that remark. There are a lot of experts here on this forum. This isn't a forum for blithering idiots.


6 posted on 09/12/2004 5:36:43 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

And don't forget our beloved freepers from around the world who join in and add their perspective and news too, that goes unreported here.


7 posted on 09/12/2004 5:45:17 PM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: OldFriend

That's for sure.


8 posted on 09/12/2004 5:46:48 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

What a wonderful post. I swear I heard patriotic music playing while I read. I am going to print this out and save it along with several other special pieces from FreeRepublic. This is history in the making and I want my grandchildren to read all about it someday.

Thanks Freepers!


9 posted on 09/12/2004 5:48:03 PM PDT by jamaly
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To: writer33

This place has been a godsend for me, I was beginning to doubt that there were any traditionalist people left, living on the left coast liberalism was overwhelming me. I found a new hope that there were still people out there that thought like I do. All I can say is I found this place at the right time in my life.


10 posted on 09/12/2004 5:48:13 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: writer33
“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.

No kidding. I couldn't be prouder of our "resident experts" in all areas. Thanks for the ping.

11 posted on 09/12/2004 5:48:27 PM PDT by RightWingMama
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To: writer33
No FR does not have "experts" we have knowledgeable and credible authorities covering a plethora of subjects coupled with an unbelievable archive research staff.

The MSM uses "experts" (has beens under extreme pressure).
12 posted on 09/12/2004 5:56:21 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: canalabamian
"I'm proud to be here, even though I arrived a bit late."

I'ts never too late! What is that expression..."better late than never". Well the battle has been joined troops....lets roll!

13 posted on 09/12/2004 5:58:45 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: writer33
Great synopsis.

It's not the "Big Media" anymore. Hahahahahh.

It's the Dino-in-the-tarpit Media.

14 posted on 09/12/2004 6:03:08 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: writer33
Perspective, clear as a bell..

FR, cutting thru the liberal BS a path to knowledge.

15 posted on 09/12/2004 6:04:48 PM PDT by LowOiL (Christian and proud of it !)
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To: writer33; jmstein7; backhoe; Madame Dufarge; SheLion; Howlin; metesky; MadIvan

Very nice. I've taken the liberty of pinging a few...;-D; and some of them have ping lists too...;-D

Just a note to everyone: Please, if you can, become a monthly donor. Think about it! We have hardware and software to support, expenses here--please, I'm asking. I'll even get rid of my tag line if you'll just agree to sign up to be a monthly donor! "You" is the person reading these words right now, who is not already a monthly donor, in case anyone is wondering...;-D


16 posted on 09/12/2004 6:05:01 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Grandma is beating off the Indians, and they keep on coming.)
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To: writer33
They had a forum called Free Republic.

I'd say Free Republic is like a modern-day Paul Revere ... sounding the alarm from house to house when the enemy approaches, yet banding together to surround a friend who wishes us well ... a community with family from sea to shining sea ... and blessed by God.

17 posted on 09/12/2004 6:17:57 PM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Judith Anne

Thank you, ma'am. I appreciate it.


18 posted on 09/12/2004 6:28:43 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

Great post !And a big thank you to all those here, for the wealth of information you have posted!That is what makes this place great!


19 posted on 09/12/2004 6:31:47 PM PDT by tapatio (Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.)
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To: RightWingMama; SandRat

"No kidding. I couldn't be prouder of our "resident experts" in all areas. Thanks for the ping."

Yes. There are experts. Just like I'm an expert at pest control. I'm only good at writing, but you oughtta see me at pest control. I can live eat and breathe insect activity. I guess that makes me good at battling liberalism. I used to lower forms of life. :)

And you're welcome, mama.


20 posted on 09/12/2004 6:32:03 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: tapatio

"Great post !And a big thank you to all those here, for the wealth of information you have posted!That is what makes this place great!"

Thank you for reading it and thank you for being a great American! I a merely humbled to be part of this great forum. My words can't express that enough.


21 posted on 09/12/2004 6:34:40 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: jamaly

I am humbled at that response. I don't know if I deserve that adulation. In fact, I'm just honored to be part of this great forum. So, thank you.


22 posted on 09/12/2004 6:35:59 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

The post of the month! Good job writer33.


23 posted on 09/12/2004 6:36:37 PM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: Judith Anne
Please, if you can, become a monthly donor.

I can donate a lot more every three months then what I can monthly.

Sorry, but I donate more every three months then what it would add up to once a month.


24 posted on 09/12/2004 6:37:57 PM PDT by SheLion
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To: TruthWillWin

I don't know about that, but thank you for such a remark. Of course you know I couldn't have done it had you not been a part of this great forum. So, I thank YOU for being a great, conservative American.


25 posted on 09/12/2004 6:38:49 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
.....and let me add: YEE HA!
26 posted on 09/12/2004 6:39:39 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: DoctorMichael

Thank you, Doc.


27 posted on 09/12/2004 6:42:22 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
"Free Republic: The choice of a conservative generation!"

Kudos to a 'passionate Conservative'. . .and congratulations on the publication and success of your book! Truly inspiring ;^)

28 posted on 09/12/2004 6:50:04 PM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: quidnunc

Ping!


29 posted on 09/12/2004 6:50:33 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: cricket

No. Thank you. The people that read my book and essays get all the credit. It couldn't happen without YOU. Just like this forum.


30 posted on 09/12/2004 6:52:28 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

Good article Writer. The MSM once had something priceless. They had the full attention, and the trust of America. But like an old maid who once commanded the attention of dozens of suitors, the MSM finally realized in a RUSH, that there is a new FOX on the block. The suitors don't come around anymore. Stubbornly the old maid holds onto pride in past glory, and would RATHER never admit that things have permanently changed. In a FreeRepublic, old maids don't really like "choice."


31 posted on 09/12/2004 7:00:16 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: writer33

ANd you expect me to comment on this, Chris????

My dear FRiend, you do major justice to your screen name.

Superb piece.


32 posted on 09/12/2004 7:02:14 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: writer33

Thanks for the ping. Good history lesson on conservative liberation. We need to get these essays out there to the media. Although I'm a bit fearful that when they realize the threat we are they will find a way to shut us down.


33 posted on 09/12/2004 7:02:25 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: writer33
"I wasn't kidding with that remark. There are a lot of experts here on this forum. This isn't a forum for blithering idiots."

. . .and if there is some 'blithering' it is intelligent blithering!

34 posted on 09/12/2004 7:03:03 PM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: writer33
Just like I'm an expert at pest control................I can live eat and breathe insect activity.

Glad to hear that - when can I expect you by the farm to rid me of the flea and fly infestation I have???????

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(just kidding)

35 posted on 09/12/2004 7:05:18 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: WVNan
"Although I'm a bit fearful that when they realize the threat we are they will find a way to shut us down."

For sure it is on Hillary's list; and Kerry surely has a special plan for the internet. . .

Demrat facts speak for themselves; our Country cannot survive - as we know it - by voting for any Democrats - anywhere. . .

36 posted on 09/12/2004 7:07:42 PM PDT by cricket (Don't lose your head. . vote Republican. . .)
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To: SheLion

Quarterlies are just as good as monthlies!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not the amount that counts, but the fact you care enough!!!!!


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37 posted on 09/12/2004 7:07:49 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: cricket

I've thought for a long time that we need to construct an e-mail chain. I think it could be done. Each one of us should know the e-mails for at least 25 Freepers. If we had to communicate we could send messages around the world in short order. We could post the names of everyone who is on our list, but not their e-mail addy. That way anyone who is not on a list could get on one. The e-mail exchange would be privately done.


38 posted on 09/12/2004 7:23:19 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: writer33
Hey, nicely done! I think you did a very good job with this post.
39 posted on 09/12/2004 7:23:41 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Gabz

Thank you. Even though I haven't seen you for a while. You're far too kind.


40 posted on 09/12/2004 7:26:20 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: cricket

That's right. Only intelligent blithering allowed. :)


41 posted on 09/12/2004 7:28:29 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

God bless you, writer33. You are a fine representative of Freeperdom and a skillful writer. Thanks for the great analysis and summary.


42 posted on 09/12/2004 7:28:32 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Pukin Dog

You at least are partially responsible. I hope you can live with yourself. ;-)


43 posted on 09/12/2004 7:29:19 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Gabz

Since you live on a farm, fleas are going to be alot harder to get rid of. However, do you have horses? If so, what color is your house? There are a lot of things that can be done for flies now a days.


44 posted on 09/12/2004 7:30:40 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33
Yes. There are experts. Just like I'm an expert at pest control. I'm only good at writing, but you oughtta see me at pest control. I can live eat and breathe insect activity. I guess that makes me good at battling liberalism. I used to lower forms of life. :)

OK, here's a test. How do you get rid of ants??? We have ants who think they are relatives. They never leave!

45 posted on 09/12/2004 7:30:42 PM PDT by RightWingMama
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To: Faith

Thank you. I know I can always rely on a little faith.

;-) Thank you for being part of this great forum.


46 posted on 09/12/2004 7:31:59 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: RightWingMama

"OK, here's a test. How do you get rid of ants??? We have ants who think they are relatives. They never leave!"

One. What state are you in? Two. What kind of ants are they? Small or large? Black or red? Or are they black and red and medium sized? It all starts with identification. Then, you go from the source.

Chris


47 posted on 09/12/2004 7:39:10 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: writer33

"Kind" is generally not a word most folks around here would use to describe me :)

I've been around - it was just a really weird summer for me, but I think I'm starting to get out of the mallaise that has been affecting me. (school starting ha something to do with that!!!)


48 posted on 09/12/2004 7:41:31 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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To: RightWingMama
Bay leaves and borax. Keeps them out of places.

Sugar laced with Arsenic they will carry to kill the queen in your gates. Ant traps.

Find the wet places they are hiding in and dry them out.

49 posted on 09/12/2004 7:42:06 PM PDT by bvw
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To: writer33

LOL!!!!!!!

The term "farm" was definitely meant as a joke, although we do live out in the country and have about 2 acres...........but no horses!!!!


50 posted on 09/12/2004 7:43:49 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - lots of wind and destruction.)
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