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What FR means to me
My own grey amtter | Septmeber 8, 2005 | Kate

Posted on 09/08/2005 10:12:40 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich

This is a shamless vanity that somehow feel compelled to write. No I am not all weepy because I am PMSing....or because I am all girly and soft. I just finished reading 7 or 8 of the various after reports on the various freeping of the Sheehan and Code Pink(O) events and I felt all warm and mushy inside.


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This is a shameless vanity that I somehow feel compelled to write. No I am not all weepy because I am PMSing....or because I am all girly and soft. I just finished reading 7 or 8 of the various after reports on the various freeping of the Sheehan and Code Pink(O) events and I felt all warm and mushy inside.

I decided that I needed let my fellow freepers know what I have experienced during my years in Freepville.

1) Inspiration....I have watched women with babies, aging veterans, men and women brave long car rides and inclement weather to be there to make sure that another voice was heard...another opinion is counted. Especially the ever reliable DC chapter that has made answering Code Pink a mission on behalf of all of us.

2) Spunk...I have watched these very same people, at times outnumbered (but boy has that changed lately!!) using logic and facts and a whole lot of humor to easily outwit the left. Little Freepers get a microphone shoved in their face and rising to the occasion.

3) Class....I have seen these very same foot soldiers screamed at, sworn at, even physically assaulted by the so-called "peaceful" left and yet manage to maintain decorum. At times even monitoring and censoring some of our own when passions threaten to overshadow our overall mission.

4) Fun...I have had so much fun on my Freeps that, given the choice, my children would rather come with me than just about anything else. As my 8 year old said when asked if she wanted to go to a birthday party or come with me to counter an anti-war protest, she said, "I'd much rather heckle hippies with you mom."

5) Growth....I have learned so much from my fellow freepers. I don't always agree with everything that is posted here, but I have come to rely on the consistency of knowing that opinions and views will be presented, debated, researched and digested by many, many intelligent freepers and I am sure to learn something new every day.

6) Comfort....when I was a stay at home mom when I had babies, there were times I felt very disconnected with the world. Knowing that FR was my version of the office water cooler kept me connected and informed and help stave off some of the cobwebs in my sleep deprived mother's brain. And I have watched prayers requested and answered in our little online community and I am comforted in knowing that people here care.

7) Relief...relief that after a lifetime of watching the left control college campuses, the MSM, Hollywood etc., there was finally an active, spunky, humorous group to counter and educate and tweak....what a relief!!

8) Bravery...many freepers brave the scorn and downright meanness of family, co-workers and fellow citizens in their freeping. Many are one man freeps that most of us never hear about but I am convinced make a difference.

9) Wonder....a sense of wonder in the adage that one person really can make a difference. Jim R. was one person who wanted to make sure his voice was heard, and in have the cajones to make it happen...and it the process made tens of thousands of voices heard...and changed the face of the internet forever...

10) Excitement....at knowing that there is so much more work to be done and I will have the enjoyment of having many good people to work with.

Every once in a great while I look at DU. I am not sure why, I suppose it is like watching a trainwreck or a scary movie. You know it is horrid, and yet you look. What stikes me when I read 95% of what is posted there is how angry and bitter the tone is there. And how tragic it must be to live with those people as your "teammates". How depressing it must be to be that empty and angry all the time. How many complaints they have and how few solutions they offer.

It reminds me of a conversation I had with someone who is in the process of divorce from someone who seems insistant on make every step painful and ugly and punitive. He said, "She is just so angry." And I shuddered at the thought of living my life that way. So consumed by hate it blinds you to reason, blinds you to kindness, hate that oozes from your pores and, like a fungus, grows on everything you touch.

I suppose this is just my annual thank you to my fellow freepers for helping me learn and laugh and worry together.

1 posted on 09/08/2005 10:12:46 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich
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To: Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim; Fierce Allegiance; TheBigB; pissant

Stop making those big puppy dog eyes at me.


2 posted on 09/08/2005 10:14:10 AM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Yup! Now I KNOW I'm supposed to be here. Thanks!


3 posted on 09/08/2005 10:15:45 AM PDT by Mathews (Shot... Splash... Out!)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
FR is a powerful information resource and think tank. It is quick and responsive and enables Joe and Jane Average to have a multitude of powerful weapons in their arsenal against liberalism. It is the rallying spot for the right unmatched anywhere. There is nothing else like it.
4 posted on 09/08/2005 10:18:17 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: martin_fierro

SMN!


5 posted on 09/08/2005 10:18:18 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Now that taglines are cool, I refuse to have one.)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
Along with that:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1480305/posts

Media: negative and downbeat
Public: hopeful and uplifting
And the Democrats wonder why they're losing. ;)
6 posted on 09/08/2005 10:19:20 AM PDT by mosquitobite
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Kudos.


7 posted on 09/08/2005 10:19:56 AM PDT by Dominic Harr
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To: Names Ash Housewares

It really is the new version of a think tank, but more open and fluid and responsive than CATO or any of the other can be. Ideas are presented and dissected by the minute and has resulted, for me, an increased ability to argue, defend and explain my beliefs with more than just confidence....with pride.


8 posted on 09/08/2005 10:20:32 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Nice post! Now will you show us your warthog please? ;@)


10 posted on 09/08/2005 10:22:43 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: Constitution Day; TheBigB; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; Owl_Eagle; Petronski; The SISU kid; ...
FR means Anna Kournikova pics to me. WOO HOO!

Oh, yeah, politics & general news, too.

11 posted on 09/08/2005 10:23:45 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: martin_fierro
How about these?


12 posted on 09/08/2005 10:24:33 AM PDT by Constitution Day (SMN!)
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To: mosquitobite; hilaryrhymeswithrich
"And the Democrats wonder why they're losing. ;)"


13 posted on 09/08/2005 10:24:58 AM PDT by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
...an increased ability to argue, defend and explain my beliefs with more than just confidence....with pride.

And with the data to back you up. I've shocked more than a few people by handing out the pictures of the school buses in New Orleans. A photo really is worth a thousand words. :=)

15 posted on 09/08/2005 10:26:15 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Bommer

It is actually not a warthog....and it is on my lower back...and it is a Reagan tribute that some at the Freeper ball got to see :))


16 posted on 09/08/2005 10:27:45 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

WHOA, I'll agree to that.


17 posted on 09/08/2005 10:28:46 AM PDT by JimWforBush (Alcohol - For the best times you'll never remember)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
6) Comfort.... there were times I felt very disconnected with the world. Knowing that FR was my version of the office water cooler kept me connected and informed and help stave off some of the cobwebs in my sleep deprived mother's brain.

I'm with you there especially now that I'm out of the country and no longer hanging around the water cooler. FR is the first site I hit every day.
18 posted on 09/08/2005 10:29:21 AM PDT by schwing_wifey (Coffee, Today's Toons, and Flaming Trolls - Yeeeaaaarrrgggggg PDT +9hours)
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To: Jim Robinson
Most people only get such a nice tribute at their funerals! You may want to take a look at this :-)
19 posted on 09/08/2005 10:30:02 AM PDT by zlala ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." -Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

You pretty much summed up EXACTLY how I felt back in 1998 when I happened across FreeRepublic. Actually I believe I heard about FreeRepublic from Rush Limbaugh.

Regards,


20 posted on 09/08/2005 10:32:22 AM PDT by AMERIKA
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich; martin_fierro; mikrofon
Plus, you can post in your pajamas any time of the day or night.

(Hmmm . . . "post in your pajamas" . . . maybe I better rephrase that. . . .)

21 posted on 09/08/2005 10:32:30 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (FReepers in Their Sleepers)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
"I'd much rather heckle hippies with you mom."

That needs to become your tagline;)

22 posted on 09/08/2005 10:33:16 AM PDT by ChefKeith ( If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking...)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Thanks for your 'shameless vanity'......to which I add my DITTO & BTTT

You GO Girl!!!!!


23 posted on 09/08/2005 10:33:37 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Say 'Goodnight' Cindy.....Your 15 minutes are up!)
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To: Charles Henrickson; mikrofon

L O L


24 posted on 09/08/2005 10:35:27 AM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Or as Mrs. Buckhead has noted...blogging boxers....


25 posted on 09/08/2005 10:37:39 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: schwing_wifey

When I spent the summer in Europe and had only BBC and CNN international..I stopped at a cybercafe every day and FR was the first stop...even before e-mail...the kids finally were like ..."Mom...its noon...shouldn't we go check the real news now??"


26 posted on 09/08/2005 10:39:55 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: ChefKeith

LOL...a proud moment...inline with daughter #1 asking, on her tour of CNN with her 3rd grade class "So...have you noticed a change in ratings since Fox news came on the air?" LOL ...those little buggers can think on their toes...


27 posted on 09/08/2005 10:41:35 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

She has come for the Holy Grail, SEIZE HER!

:)
28 posted on 09/08/2005 10:44:41 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne (The alternative media is our Enigma machine.)
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To: TheForceOfOne

Last summer, when there was a chance that Kerry was going to be near us, my oldest ran up to her room to make her sign...she was 11 at the time...it said,

John Kerry
Your mother was a hampster
And your father smelt of elderberries


29 posted on 09/08/2005 10:47:36 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

That's funny!

Hey, I have learned a lot here on FR and I enjoy it. There's always plenty of laughter to be found to keep the stress level down too.

I enjoy listening to Rush everyday too.


30 posted on 09/08/2005 11:04:36 AM PDT by TheForceOfOne (The alternative media is our Enigma machine.)
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To: TheForceOfOne

Yup. Ditto. BTTT.
You took the words right out of my mouth.

Love elderberries. LOL!


31 posted on 09/08/2005 11:06:57 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

ROFLMAO!!!!!

I asked a friends little girl that I had not see for a few years "how did you get so big?" Her reply was "they keep feeding me and I keep growing"

Got any pics of the reaction from the cnn people?


32 posted on 09/08/2005 11:10:11 AM PDT by ChefKeith ( If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking...)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
FR is a powerful information resource and think tank. It is quick and responsive and enables Joe and Jane Average to have a multitude of powerful weapons in their arsenal against liberalism. It is the rallying spot for the right unmatched anywhere. There is nothing else like it.

Ditto and Bump!!

33 posted on 09/08/2005 11:12:31 AM PDT by A message (Not in the mood for the MSM, Democrats, Communists and Socialists. Somebody take out the garbage.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
FR is a powerful information resource and think tank.

FR is the first Open Source think tank. It is a vast depository of common sense and logic supplied by everybody: housewives, retirees, soldiers, sailors, doctors, lawyers, scientists, ministers, technicians of every trade, professors, politicians, businessmen, grandparents, and every other productive walk of life you can imagine.

34 posted on 09/08/2005 11:12:58 AM PDT by EricT.
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To: ChefKeith

I wish...it was one of the few fieldtrips I missed (baby brother was sick) so I had to hear about it (over and over again I might add!!) from the pther parents on the trip.


35 posted on 09/08/2005 11:20:25 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Constitution Day; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; Owl_Eagle; Petronski; ...
I get to hang out with my kewl buds!

Plus, Anna Kournikova pics! :)

36 posted on 09/08/2005 11:23:09 AM PDT by TheBigB (I have waaaay too many of Chandler Bing's lines memorized...)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
The camaraderie and all that other sappy stuff is nice, but have ya tried the popcorn out front ?

If ya flash him that warthog, the Snackbar Moderator'll dump some extra butter on for ya...

37 posted on 09/08/2005 11:24:48 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: TheBigB

We're just like one big online happy sorority a week before Cotillion.


38 posted on 09/08/2005 11:25:17 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: Names Ash Housewares

your posting ...
"FR is a powerful information resource and think tank. It is quick and responsive and enables Joe and Jane Average to have a multitude of powerful weapons in their arsenal
against liberalism. It is the rallying spot for the right unmatched anywhere. There is nothing else like it."

To which I say, DITTO! And, DOUBLE DITTO!


39 posted on 09/08/2005 11:25:25 AM PDT by Countyline
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dammit ! wrong pic...


40 posted on 09/08/2005 11:26:52 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Judging by our band picture, that's actually pretty accurate. ;o)


41 posted on 09/08/2005 11:27:29 AM PDT by TheBigB (I have waaaay too many of Chandler Bing's lines memorized...)
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To: TheBigB; AnOldCowhand; Allegra; BerthaDee; Conspiracy Guy; Clemenza; cyborg; Dashing Dasher; ...
Hey B!!!

I get to hang out with my kewl buds!

My thoughts exactly!!!

FF (Favorite FReeper) ping....

42 posted on 09/08/2005 11:31:30 AM PDT by The SISU kid (Politicians are like Slinkies. Good for nothing. But you smile when you push them down the stairs)
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To: The SISU kid

I love that alphabetized ping list, partly because I'm on it!


43 posted on 09/08/2005 11:33:28 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: The SISU kid
I certainly have to say that I love FR, warts and all.

It has definitely made me more well informed than most people I know in the real world, sharpened my debating skills, and some of the people around here are sooooo goddanged funny.

44 posted on 09/08/2005 11:36:14 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: The SISU kid
Thanks for the ping!
Yeah, I get to hang out with my cool buds.

I get smarter by reading all kinds of great stuff.

I'm able to research and be able to carry on coherent arguments with incoherent libs.

I get to have fun!
45 posted on 09/08/2005 11:36:27 AM PDT by najida (I'm ashamed to share the same chromosomes with Blanco.)
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To: The SISU kid
You are so cute Kid.... thanks for the ping. ;]
46 posted on 09/08/2005 11:37:06 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink sinks)
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To: The SISU kid; TheBigB
I love ya, kid. And I couldn't agree more.

And this is THE site of sites for info and ideas.

And as usual, thanks for the ping. Gotta run, kid. MUAAAHHH!!!

47 posted on 09/08/2005 11:41:51 AM PDT by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

And hilaryrhymeswithrich (what a great moniker, LOL,) THANK YOU for this thread. You are SO right.


48 posted on 09/08/2005 11:43:14 AM PDT by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: The SISU kid

FR makes me laugh so hard. I'm in a much better mood because of all you freepers.

And I've learned so much in my 9-10 months here.

And I've learned not to take it personally.

And I've learned not to get involved in certain discussions because I'll get flamed.

And I've learned I can depend on certain freepers to keep me entertained and informed.


49 posted on 09/08/2005 11:43:21 AM PDT by peacebaby (Wasting my time standing in the waiting line.)
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To: The SISU kid; najida; Dashing Dasher
Thanks Sisu for ping sweetie... I love guys..group hug!!

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

50 posted on 09/08/2005 11:46:22 AM PDT by PaulaB (Move out of "Camp Complaining")
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