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It's been a blast but it's time to say goodbye (GOPcap's opus)
4/20/04 | me

Posted on 04/20/2005 9:22:15 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist

I'll keep this short and simple. After six years of membership on FR I've decided to resign from the forum today. I'll keep checking my freepmail for a few days and wind down my posts here, so if any of you wish to contact me please do so there and I will provide you with a means to do so. I hope to continue future posting activities elsewhere - perhaps a blog - but only time will tell.

It's truly been a blast and left me with many fond memories, but all good things had to come to an end. My favorites comprise a long list, the most noted being the exposition of Rathergate, leading freeps of Algore in the 2000 recounts, protesting Hildebeast's book tour, and giving her impeached husband a freeper's welcome to Texas on several of his visits. Thank you to all who made these events fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the past few months have made it clear to me that FR and I are drifting apart on key issues of conservatism. I'll spare the details, pausing only to state that it isn't just the usuals like illegal immigration, but also things like religion, the culture of political correctness, an overall decline in reasoned civil conversation that used to flourish here, and the purposes and uses of the site in general. More concerning, for the past few months I have been unable to even obtain rational discourse and commentary on many routine threads and issues without being personally maligned and attacked - many times out of the blue and on topics unrelated to the given thread - by a small, petty-minded, and vitriolic group of posters who conduct themselves in a manner unbefitting of what this forum used to be when I joined in 1999, and do so with apparent impunity.

I also find that I simply don't have the time to post as much as I once did, and regrettably so.

I'll leave it at that, as my fond memories outweigh the unpleasant ones. A time arises when parting courses on friendly terms is best before something less desirable arises. Therefore I have volunteered my resignation. To everyone who has made my FR experience enjoyable, I thank you and wish you only the best.


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Thanks again all & drop me a line over the next couple of days.
1 posted on 04/20/2005 9:22:17 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist
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To: GOPcapitalist

Later...


2 posted on 04/20/2005 9:24:29 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: GOPcapitalist

It's no fun if you don't name names, he said slyly.


3 posted on 04/20/2005 9:24:41 AM PDT by general_re ("Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt." - Reinhold Niebuhr)
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To: GOPcapitalist

As you wish.....


4 posted on 04/20/2005 9:24:51 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: lentulusgracchus; Humidston; HoustonCurmudgeon; Flyer; PetroniDE; Ron H.; Xenalyte; BellStar; ...

Thanks all - It's been fun!


5 posted on 04/20/2005 9:25:19 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist ("Marxism finds it easy to ally with Islamic zealotism" - Ludwig von Mises)
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To: GOPcapitalist
Oh sure, leave us to deal with the crazies. ;) Take care!
6 posted on 04/20/2005 9:25:57 AM PDT by secret garden (Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it. - Mark Twain)
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To: GOPcapitalist; Admin Moderator

awwwww dont quit!

JR needs to add a new feature allowing people to click a button and report frivolous, idiotic or any other type of inapporpriate response.

A database could keep track, and after a certain number a look-see could be made and the offender eliminated.

It is impossible to read and monitor ALL threads, but when one person gets number of 'hits' it can then be checked out..


7 posted on 04/20/2005 9:26:19 AM PDT by Mr. K (All your UFO are belong to us (gosh I miss that))
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To: GOPcapitalist
I hate to see you go........
Take care of yourself...
8 posted on 04/20/2005 9:27:35 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: GOPcapitalist

Pretty childish, are you an attention seeker at work too ?


9 posted on 04/20/2005 9:27:52 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: GOPcapitalist

I certainly sympathize and understand..

Good Luck !

Tiamat


10 posted on 04/20/2005 9:28:36 AM PDT by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Mr. K

My experience is that most of this comes from folks who have signed up in the last 6 - 12 months, but perhaps that's just my imagination.


11 posted on 04/20/2005 9:28:48 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Mr. K

Ahh, something new for me to abuse. LOL.:) It's actually a pretty good idea...


12 posted on 04/20/2005 9:28:54 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Democratic Underground- where dim wits go to be impressed by the intellect of half wits.)
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To: GOPcapitalist

Well, nuts. Happy trails, though.


13 posted on 04/20/2005 9:28:58 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: GOPcapitalist

Do not go good America friend person is person do not go good friend time is time life is life be good be strong:}}}}}}}}}}}}}}Thank you I do read what you have had write this is good:}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}O.K do not go Thank you"GOPcapitalist"


14 posted on 04/20/2005 9:29:10 AM PDT by anonymoussierra ("Et iube me venire ad te, ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te in saecula saeculorum. Amen."Totus Tuus!!!!)
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To: GOPcapitalist
...... for the past few months I have been unable to even obtain rational discourse and commentary on many routine threads and issues without being personally maligned and attacked .... by a small, petty-minded, and vitriolic group of posters who conduct themselves in a manner unbefitting ....

I want names.

15 posted on 04/20/2005 9:29:10 AM PDT by Skooz (Host organism for the State parasite)
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To: John Lenin

I"m pretty sure this was the type of thing he was referring to.


16 posted on 04/20/2005 9:29:47 AM PDT by ruiner
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To: GOPcapitalist
sorry to see you GO!!!!

free dixie NOW,sw

17 posted on 04/20/2005 9:29:52 AM PDT by stand watie (being a damnyankee is no better than being a racist. it is a LEARNED prejudice against dixie.)
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To: GOPcapitalist
Ahhh - I long for the good old days as well. This site was great when conservatives could have intelligent debates about current issues. It would appear those days are long gone :(

Have a good life!

Later
18 posted on 04/20/2005 9:30:28 AM PDT by al_again
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To: GOPcapitalist

Understand completely!


19 posted on 04/20/2005 9:31:48 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- J.C. for Oklahoma Governor -- Run J.C. Run; Allen in 2008)
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To: GOPcapitalist
This won't do.

Your Opus made zero mention of how unfairly you were treated during the Schiavo affair.

No one is allowed to Opus unless that criteria is met.

20 posted on 04/20/2005 9:31:55 AM PDT by Sam's Army (Fight them)
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To: GOPcapitalist

Er, um, why don't you do like most people and just ignore the "small, petty-minded, and vitriolic group of posters"? I usually just blithely skate right on by their posts.

Are there actually people on Free Republic who feel they MUST pay attention to threads or posts they do not want to read?

And if so ... Why?


21 posted on 04/20/2005 9:33:25 AM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: GOPcapitalist; F16Fighter

Well, just like f16fighter, you'll be back


22 posted on 04/20/2005 9:33:29 AM PDT by pissant (Fishing is a man's sport!)
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To: GOPcapitalist
Obligatory Opus pic:


23 posted on 04/20/2005 9:33:42 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: anniegetyourgun
My experience is that most of this comes from folks who have signed up in the last 6 - 12 months, but perhaps that's just my imagination.

Yes. That's been my experience as well. It's unfortunate, but the FR crowd that I joined six years ago is a different group of people from the ones today. Some of the old liners are still around and I thank them for the memories as well as welcoming new participation, but the general clientel of the site has changed since the heydeys I remember.

24 posted on 04/20/2005 9:33:45 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist ("Marxism finds it easy to ally with Islamic zealotism" - Ludwig von Mises)
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To: GOPcapitalist

We haven't always seen eye to eye, but it was always fun debating and agreeing with you.

Have fun in all that you do in the future.


25 posted on 04/20/2005 9:34:16 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (3-7-77 (No that's not a Date))
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To: GOPcapitalist

Might you just go into occasional lurk mode until the petty minority that trouble you push too many buttons? I don't understand you (and some of the other relative old timers) totally writing this place off. Oh well. Best of luck out there and keep fighting the good fight...


26 posted on 04/20/2005 9:34:26 AM PDT by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: anniegetyourgun
My experience is that most of this comes from folks who have signed up in the last 6 - 12 months, but perhaps that's just my imagination.

It's not your imagination. Believe me.

27 posted on 04/20/2005 9:34:30 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: GOPcapitalist

Don't let a small herd of nitwits run you off!


28 posted on 04/20/2005 9:34:39 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: ruiner

Opus posts are lame. Ever since Willie Green declared his there has been a rash of them. It really screams out, childish rant. Two words. Grow up !


29 posted on 04/20/2005 9:35:39 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: SandyInSeattle

Actually - I think it is a very large herd!


30 posted on 04/20/2005 9:35:54 AM PDT by al_again
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To: ruiner

ruiner wrote:


I"m pretty sure this was the type of thing he was referring to.





You think?

I do.

And I am eye-balling the doors, too.


31 posted on 04/20/2005 9:37:29 AM PDT by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GOPcapitalist
Coward !!!!

(I am sorry I couldn't resist Only kidding !!!!)

Good Luck !
32 posted on 04/20/2005 9:37:37 AM PDT by fairtrader
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To: JennysCool
Are there actually people on Free Republic who feel they MUST pay attention to threads or posts they do not want to read?

When I joined I promptly learned to use the ignore feature.

When someone starts getting personal I ignore their replies and do not respond.

It's an easy to use feature and it's free.

33 posted on 04/20/2005 9:38:21 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: John Lenin

What? Willie Green's gone? Man, am I out of the loop...


34 posted on 04/20/2005 9:38:21 AM PDT by Sam's Army (Fight them)
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To: GOPcapitalist

I have never known you to be a quitter, to walk away when things got tough.

I hope you reconsider before they pull the plug.


35 posted on 04/20/2005 9:39:00 AM PDT by Flyer ( ~ Get STOMPED ~ askGONPO.com ~)
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To: GOPcapitalist

Yeah, a whole bunch of people signed up in the fall of 2004, after Rathergate got us publicity. Many of these are disruptive.


36 posted on 04/20/2005 9:40:05 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: GOPcapitalist
More concerning, for the past few months I have been unable to even obtain rational discourse and commentary on many routine threads

JR is going to have to reign in the Cleti - they're ruining what used to be a great forum.

37 posted on 04/20/2005 9:41:10 AM PDT by lemura
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To: al_again

What they may lack in numbers they make up for in shrillness.

I can think of one right now who behaves like a complete screaming banshee, attacking without warning or provocation. I ignore him/her/it.


38 posted on 04/20/2005 9:42:34 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Flyer

Thanks for the encouragement & I plan to remain fully active in politics. The issues around here run deeper than that though. Freepmail/email me and I'll give you the scoop some time. I don't want to leave FR on a sour note though


39 posted on 04/20/2005 9:42:53 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist ("Marxism finds it easy to ally with Islamic zealotism" - Ludwig von Mises)
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To: GOPcapitalist
Whatever. I've been here since very early on -- well before registration was initiated -- and I'd have to agree with you that the standards of discussion are not what they once were. And, it is true that most of the stalwarts of those days are gone, many of whom I considered cyber-friends.

I post substantially less than once I did, but I continue to scan FR daily -- more often, truth to tell -- and still find it very often an excellent source of information. Blogs have lessened the dependence we once had on FR for collating interesting information, but it is still the best source for breaking news in many ways.

Take care.

40 posted on 04/20/2005 9:44:35 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: GOPcapitalist

I thought I heard trumpets




41 posted on 04/20/2005 9:45:02 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Honor and Dignity)
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To: GOPcapitalist
Bye.
42 posted on 04/20/2005 9:46:14 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Never underestimate the will of the downtrodden to lie flatter.)
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To: al_again
I guess I don't understand resigning. Are you paying a membership dues? Does membership bog down your machine?
Sincerely, One of those vermin that has joined in the last 12 months and continues to be willing to give the fairy-tale believers some slack because their fantastic beliefs just may end up being good for society as a whole.
43 posted on 04/20/2005 9:46:40 AM PDT by Lekker 1 ("There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be attainable"- Albert Einstein)
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To: ruiner

Usually people give up or leave when they can't defend their positions or know they are wrong.


44 posted on 04/20/2005 9:47:10 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: GOPcapitalist

Are you interested in selling your screen name? I'm serious.


45 posted on 04/20/2005 9:49:11 AM PDT by RushCrush (Blind Rushbot)
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To: GOPcapitalist

It's a shame that you have decided to part company with us. I have been in here since the beginning as well. A good thing to do is change screen names. There are the Democrap underground types that pick you out from the search function and send you flames just to tick you off. Don't let them get to you. Like I said, create a new screen name and keep going. the troublemakers will eventually become tired and fade away.


46 posted on 04/20/2005 9:49:24 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Kerry is a member of the Democratic Socialists of Amerika)
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To: John Lenin
Was that necessary?
47 posted on 04/20/2005 9:49:58 AM PDT by AZConcervative
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To: GOPcapitalist
I've been on this forum for a little over 7 years now and have come to the conclusion that I must concentrate on the good people on FR (by far the majority), and ignore the idiots. FR's IQ (idiot quotient) HAS increased of late and I attribute that to the fact that the liberals are getting VERY desperate!

If you feel you must go, I understand and wish you well. If, after a time, you would like to return, I'm sure you would be welcome.

48 posted on 04/20/2005 9:50:19 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: GOPcapitalist
It seems to me that FR does not define conservatism, it simply reflects was passes for conservatism in the real world.

I think an excellent example of this was the recent Terri Schiavo case. In my opinion, given that this was NOT a case of euthanasia, the true conservative position would have been to honor the patient's wishes -- not promote judicial activism and federal government intervention.

Now, I don't know if this was the type of thread to which you were referring, but I do know that quite a few Freepers had your attitude and said they were leaving.

It won't take too many more threads like that, filled with emotion-based propaganda, distortions of the truth, outright lies and name-calling in every other post to result in more true conservatives leaving what is starting to look like that other "forum".

49 posted on 04/20/2005 9:51:10 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: expatpat
Yeah, a whole bunch of people signed up in the fall of 2004, after Rathergate got us publicity. Many of these are disruptive.

I've long believed that many banned ex-posters returned in that so-called "Class of '04" you're referring to while a flurry of activity was going on. I've encountered probably half a dozen or more "new" posters who joined around the time of Rathergate who posted messages to me as if they knew me from past threads, even though I'd never seen them before and they joined a few days or weeks earlier. One of them from early 2005, I soon found out, was some joker I had reported sometime in the previous year for posting neo-nazi material on several "Smokey Backroom" threads. He was promptly dealt with as he should've been, but many disrupters from the Class of '04 are not and it has drastically changed the posting composition of this forum from what it used to be from '99-'03.

50 posted on 04/20/2005 9:52:11 AM PDT by GOPcapitalist ("Marxism finds it easy to ally with Islamic zealotism" - Ludwig von Mises)
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