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Today is My 12th Anniversary on Free Republic
self ^ | December 30, 2010 | exit82

Posted on 12/30/2010 7:05:50 AM PST by exit82

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To: VRWCTexan

VRWC—how are you! You Texans are great folks!

Can you believe that—a few short months and you’ll be here 13 years. Wow.

Happy New Year!


51 posted on 12/30/2010 7:51:17 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: sauropod
Still full of piss and vinegar tho’.

LOL! I would have been sorely disappointed if that were not true Pod!

I don't post nearly as much as I once did either. Like it or not this place HAS changed over the years.

Great to "see" you again!

52 posted on 12/30/2010 7:52:06 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: sauropod
Hey FRiend,

We have all come a long way! On the day I learned about FR, I was watching Dan Rather dictate and interpret the election on See B.S. Let us not forget where we have taken Conservatism since then!

53 posted on 12/30/2010 7:52:09 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: exit82
Mea culpa -- it was the woman "exit" whom I met. Nevertheless, great essay!

There are two "Prov"s on FR as well, Prov1322 and Prov3456, and I have met both of them (one male and one female) as well; so you and I will just have to meet one of these days.

54 posted on 12/30/2010 7:52:54 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I have you beat by a few months too. Aug 1998 but actually I had another screen name from before that. Had I known that sigh up dates were recorded I might have kept it. I wonder if you can find a discarded sign up date.


55 posted on 12/30/2010 7:53:34 AM PST by Ditter
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To: exit82

Thanks, I still miss him. We used to drink our coffee together in the mornings and bitch about politics before our day began. I got to see his “Fire the Liar” sign first!


56 posted on 12/30/2010 7:53:44 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: exit82
Another '98 alumnus here.

FR has been an "island of sanity" from which I still cannot break my dependence. And why would I want to anyway?

The other day FR was down and I thought "what if FR went down for good" (because of net neutrality, Jim Robinson just getting sick of us and leaving, etc.) and I got cold sweats.

The value FR has had for me is hard to put into words.

57 posted on 12/30/2010 7:53:51 AM PST by what's up
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To: astounded; Jim Robinson

astiunde, how cool was that. Buckhead took down Dan Rather and CBS NEws while they were deliberately trying to influence a Presidential election.

That was one major way Free Republic affected history. Imagine if that horseface old Commie, John Kerry, won in 2004! ((((Shudder)))


58 posted on 12/30/2010 7:53:59 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: sauropod

Many of us were aware of her. Few could have predicted that she would provide the ray of hope for conservatism in the context of the 2008 elections, which is the topic of the essay.


59 posted on 12/30/2010 7:54:22 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: exit82
It all started here.
60 posted on 12/30/2010 7:54:32 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Texas Fossil
FR is still the best of the best.

You got that right. Adrianna Huffington still wants to be us.

And don't mess with Texas!!! Thanks, and Happy New Year to you!

61 posted on 12/30/2010 7:58:35 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

My twelth year was in October. It has been an interesting 12 years. Especially the last 2.


62 posted on 12/30/2010 7:59:03 AM PST by Galactica
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To: no-to-illegals

Thank you,my FRiend. I hope 2011 will be great year for you and yours.


63 posted on 12/30/2010 7:59:33 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: laotzu

Yes—”italians” LOL!!!!

And picture loading—how upset everyone would get! Especially if you didn’t size them properly. Man, it take forever to load.


64 posted on 12/30/2010 8:01:22 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

Happy Anniversary!


65 posted on 12/30/2010 8:01:42 AM PST by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: exit82

Congrats. My 12th is coming up in March. ;-)


66 posted on 12/30/2010 8:01:48 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: Bigun

No, Bigun, but I am of that vintage. My high draft lottery numbers kept me out in ‘72, and the war ended in early ‘73.

I was in college then.

If you were there, you have my utmost admiration. Our politicians lost that war, not out armed forces.

The shame of it is that some of them are still in office on DC.


67 posted on 12/30/2010 8:04:29 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: FReepaholic

Hey, I always respect my elders—of which you are one!

Happy New Year to you and yours!


68 posted on 12/30/2010 8:06:10 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: sauropod

Hey, sauropod! How have you been? And WHERE have you been—I miss you around here!

Happy New Year to you!


69 posted on 12/30/2010 8:09:23 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Bigun

Dittos.


70 posted on 12/30/2010 8:09:37 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Yes we have!

Dan Rather is today a joke, in no small part because of US!


71 posted on 12/30/2010 8:10:43 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Hi, Arrowhead! I’m glad you signed up too—I have enjoyed your posts over the years.

Happy New Year!


72 posted on 12/30/2010 8:10:48 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Ol' Sox

Thanks, Ol’Sox! Congratulations on your FIRST decade here.

A Happy New Year to you and yours!


73 posted on 12/30/2010 8:12:32 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Albion Wilde

We’ll see. She is the brightest hope, but the well has been poisoned pretty badly.

There were some recent people that she supported that are also not conservative. Vetting process is still going on. My antennae are up.


74 posted on 12/30/2010 8:12:44 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: exit82

Thanks my FRiend! I was there in 66-67 and suppose that I wrongly inferred that you were there from your earlier writings.

You are exactly right about who lost the war over there and the fact that they are (at least some of them) STILL dealing us misery in Washington!


75 posted on 12/30/2010 8:14:30 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: exit82

I still check in from time to time. Don’t have the time to hang out like I used to.

12 years older and a little less wiser... ;-)

Happy New Year to you and yours. ‘Pod


76 posted on 12/30/2010 8:17:25 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: ironman

IRONMAN!!!

A tear just came to my eye. I remember you from the DC Chapter, and that you competed in triathalons, if I recall correctly.

I am so glad you are still here. The history of the early years of the DC Chapter could not be written without you.

You are one of the reasons Free Republic became such a great site.

Thanks so much for checking in—I had wondered what happened to you. Don’t be a stranger,OK?!!

I wish you a wonderful New Year, ironman.


77 posted on 12/30/2010 8:17:45 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

I signed up Jan 5th, 1998....!! You must live near Toms River with a handle like Exit 82.


78 posted on 12/30/2010 8:18:46 AM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

PF, how are you doing?!! Good to hear from you. It’s been quite a decade. Your screenname makes me chuckle. I wonder if we are ALL really psycho-freeps sometimes.


79 posted on 12/30/2010 8:20:15 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: ironman; exit82

How’d I miss this one?

How’s it goin’ guy?


80 posted on 12/30/2010 8:21:53 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: exit82

Thanks and Happy New Year to you too.


81 posted on 12/30/2010 8:23:47 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Whether corruption is in politics, science, education, research, etc., always follow the money.)
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To: CanadianYankee

CY—congrats on your upcoming 12 year anniversary.

That is one reason that I love Free Republic—folks here share some very deeply held values about freedom and America that I shared. Without this on-line community, we felt that we were alone and could do nothing.

Which is precisely what the enemies of freedom want.

Happy New Year to you!


82 posted on 12/30/2010 8:24:25 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

Class of 1998 checking in and reporting for duty!


83 posted on 12/30/2010 8:24:55 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Explorer89
We sure ARE twins. A great day for the both of us, eh what?

Well, I'm a Gemini (June), so it figures I have a long-lost freeper twin, LOL.

Leni

84 posted on 12/30/2010 8:25:45 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: wita
...and Free Republic marches on.

Amen, wita.

Happy New Year to you!

85 posted on 12/30/2010 8:26:13 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: glennaro

Thanks, glennaro. The Class of ‘98 is a great class. Glad we are both part of it.

Happy New Year to you!


86 posted on 12/30/2010 8:27:20 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82
Adrianna Huffington still wants to be us.

The Left will never be "the best". Human central planning never has and never will work. The flaw is that the smartest humans cannot possibly understand how the "world works". That understanding is in Gods hands. Freedom is the natural state, not subjection. Freedom Works.

87 posted on 12/30/2010 8:28:22 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Albion Wilde; Exit148

No mea culpa necessary, my FRiend.

I hope we meet someday, preferably at a rally in DC where about one million patriots show up and force Congress to fly right!

Here’s a shout out to a great Freeper lady that you met—Exit 148.


88 posted on 12/30/2010 8:30:02 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: what's up

I had the same reaction as you did, when recently FR seemed to be down. I actually thought the puppetmasters in DC started their control of the Net, and we were a primary target!!

Where would we be with out FR, indeed.

Happy New Year to you and yours.


89 posted on 12/30/2010 8:35:15 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I see now. Pablo is a very fortunate man.


90 posted on 12/30/2010 8:38:48 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Galactica

Congrats on your dozen year anniversay, Galactica.

BTW, I agree with the sentiment on your homepage. I hope Sarah Palin will be a great conservative President as well.

Happy New Year to you and yours!


91 posted on 12/30/2010 8:40:56 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: kristinn; Angelwood; BufordP; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; trooprally; TAdams8591; onyx; AGreatPer; ...

C’mon over here. Some oldtimers showed up!

Happy New Year to all of you!


92 posted on 12/30/2010 8:47:19 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

FYI, I was retiring from the US Army at that time and was in DC for that rally. I got to meet some guy in a Fedora who tried to talk me into staying in until the next president. Turns out the Fedora wearer was Drudge. Real nice event. There was a family there with ten kids who were protesting abortion, with big placards and everything. I took the whole bunch out to lunch and had a grand time.


93 posted on 12/30/2010 8:58:38 AM PST by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Victor

Victor, congrats on your upcoming 13th anniversary. Yes, I lived in Toms River at the time, but moved to southern DE almost 5 years ago, to escape NJ’s insane high taxes.

Happy New Year to you!


94 posted on 12/30/2010 9:04:59 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

2 Kool, looks like the CLass of ‘98 is always reporting for duty! And there’s lots left for us to do.

Happy New Year to you!


95 posted on 12/30/2010 9:06:35 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: wbarmy

wbarmy, thanks for sharing that memory of the March for Justice. Glad to got to meet Drudge. I remember one of the pseakers there was a very young Ann Coulter.

And thank you for your service to our country. Happy New Year to you!


96 posted on 12/30/2010 9:09:27 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: sauropod; exit82
Life is good. Yes, I have gone into semi-Freeper street activity retirement. The White House regular Freep, then the Gore-Wars, then at the Chinese Embassy....I was back at it last year down in DC for the anti-Obamacare rallies though. Lurk on the site all the time. Still racing a lot and going fast. :-)
97 posted on 12/30/2010 9:14:40 AM PST by ironman
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To: exit82
Congratulations to a fellow Class of 98'er! It's been a fast 12 years hasn't it? I didn't realize how long I'd been here until reading your post, I've been around since June 28th, 1998. Guess I'll have to wait until I'm a "teenager" here on FR to celebrate now!

Best wishes on your FR Birthday, hopefully you have many, many more to come!

98 posted on 12/30/2010 9:15:15 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: sauropod; Bigun
Still full of piss and vinegar tho’.

Well, well, well! Look what the cat dragged in and hacked up on the middle of the family room carpet!

Sauropod, when haven't you been full of piss 'n vinegar? And Bigun, my friend it's been way too long. Reading through this thread has brought back names I haven't seen in a long, long time along with some pretty fond memories.

Don't know about either of you, but I really don't like how the Republican Party rolled-over after the election and gave Obama damn' near everything he wanted in the 'lame duck' session. If the incoming Leadership doesn't undo it in a big hurry in the next congress, the next election in 2012 is going to be a bloodbath - with yours truly right in the middle of it helping make it happen.

Care to join me? The planning is already underway...

99 posted on 12/30/2010 9:19:17 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

Thank you, usconservative! And I’ll come to your 13th anniversary party in six months.

Happy New Year to you!


100 posted on 12/30/2010 9:21:15 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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