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Vanity ^ | 26 May 14 | Xzins

Posted on 05/26/2014 5:44:46 PM PDT by xzins

Free Republic gets about 40,000 unique hits a day. Going to the state donor numbers, we get about 2300 donors. That is about a 5.5% rate of readers to donors.

My testimony is that Free Republic is the best website on the internet. Notice that I didn't say, "the best conservative, small government, pro-God, pro-Life, pro-Gun, etc." website. That is true, but Free Republic is more.

I just had a near real time discussion with a FRiend on freepmail.

I've had zero pop-ups, ads, thefts, etc. since 1998. It was all discussion all the time. Where else do you get that? I’ve used my credit card in our secure system also since 1998 and I’ve never had a problem. Target, Michaels, and Neiman Marcus should be so good.

This is the best discussion software ever created. Bar none. I can track every comment I've made, every response to it, and I can reply and reply again and again and again. All of that without the dreaded outline gradually indenting until all that remains is the right side of the screen page.

There are links back to previous comments, there are links that bring up all responses to a comment.

It amazes me how much like a conversation Free Republic is.

AND, we have a moderator staff dedicated both to free expression AND to maintaining the conservative identity of Free Republic and to banging heads when necessary. They get their marching orders from our main man, Big Jim Thompson, who, with his brother Matt Dillon, keeps the riffraff liberal troll deadbeats away from our town.

So, if you're part of the 94%, then Mitt Romney was talking about you. It got him in trouble.

It'll probably get me in trouble.

Brother, can you spare even a dime?


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You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
1 posted on 05/26/2014 5:44:46 PM PDT by xzins
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To: All; onyx; RedMDer; jazusamo

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.


2 posted on 05/26/2014 5:45:21 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Tell it, Brother!


3 posted on 05/26/2014 5:53:21 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I’m always surprised that that many people can’t come up with that much money in a week or less.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 6:01:48 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

That might be the best vanity I’ve ever read.


5 posted on 05/26/2014 6:02:25 PM PDT by scripter
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To: xzins

I remember when I first joined, 2004, they never took this long and it was common to complete them in 1-2 weeks. Looks like it’s just me and you on this thread. Apparently, 95% of FReepers don’t want to hear about this.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 6:04:54 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: xzins

bravo


7 posted on 05/26/2014 6:05:11 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: scripter

Thanks Scripter. You’re another really long time Freeper.

It’s always been a blessing. Aren’t you the mind (and sweat) behind the origin of the moral absolutes page?


8 posted on 05/26/2014 6:05:23 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins; All
Well done, my FRiend, you nailed it!

Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

9 posted on 05/26/2014 6:06:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: xzins

true


10 posted on 05/26/2014 6:08:03 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: xzins

My hubby always says....100% of the work is on the backs of 5%.

May He continue to bless FR ;)


11 posted on 05/26/2014 6:09:53 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: xzins
$0.16 a day, just $0.16 a day, $5.00 a month would almost eliminate the quarterly fund drives...

is there ANYBODY here that can NOT afford $5.00 a month???

just askin

12 posted on 05/26/2014 6:10:42 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: jazusamo

You are another long time FRiend, Jaz.

It’s been an honor supporting our troops with you throughout the years. Hope you had a meaningful Memorial Day.


13 posted on 05/26/2014 6:10:42 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

BTTT


14 posted on 05/26/2014 6:11:37 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: xzins

I’ve seen comments such as, “Well, I don’t like this particular poster, so I don’t give.” Or “No, I don’t contribute, but I hope everyone else does.” (I really did see that).


15 posted on 05/26/2014 6:12:25 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: xzins
I did join in 2000 but without thinking, started another account in 2002 so I guess I am long time freeper.

I think it was wagglebee who started the moral absolutes list—I started a subscription based homosexual agenda list.

16 posted on 05/26/2014 6:12:55 PM PDT by scripter
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To: xzins

It took me way too long to become a regular contributor. It was one of those - mañana things - I will get to it later.

But, it really bothered me. I knew that I was benefitting form the site and not holding up my end of the deal. I am not giving much every month, but I am giving some.

And it feels good. Give yourself the gift of contributing to Free Republic.


17 posted on 05/26/2014 6:13:45 PM PDT by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: xzins

Monthly Donor here using Paypal.

It makes life easy for the Donor and it can make the Freepathon’s a thing of the past if everyone got on board.
You would also give Onyx a break by signing up.

Even with a minimum of Five bucks a Month it won’t kill anybody and as the “As Seen on TV” guy used to say, “set it and forget it”.

If you decide that you need to Post one last Vanity and walk away because Laz said he wouldn’t hit something that you would, you just let Jim know and you’re off the hook.

Easy as Pie, and I don’t even Bake, I just eat.

BTW - I was never part of the 5%, but it looks like I am at FR. I would prefer to be part of the 100%.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 6:14:03 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: Chode

I heard there was a Haitian refugee who was surfing and landed on Free Republic who couldn’t afford 5 bucks a month.

Him I would believe.

All others pay cash. :>)


19 posted on 05/26/2014 6:14:03 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: scripter; wagglebee

Awesome work, my friend.

Wagglebee has disappeared into the beyond, I’m afraid, and I hav never been able to find out what happened.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 6:15:57 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

And a dog named boo...
Traveling and a living on the land...


21 posted on 05/26/2014 6:16:18 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Kickass Conservative

$5 a month is possible for just about anyone with very, very few exceptions. They probably think, “$5 isn’t worth the trouble.”

Well, (1) It is worth it to Free Republic, and (2) You can always make it $10.


22 posted on 05/26/2014 6:20:32 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Tell it!!!


23 posted on 05/26/2014 6:21:26 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: Pikachu_Dad
Travellin' and livin' off the land
24 posted on 05/26/2014 6:21:35 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: xzins

I heard wagglebee was busy with work. If I remember I’ll look for wagglebee’s number and perhaps call tomorrow.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 6:21:37 PM PDT by scripter
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To: scripter

We miss Wagglebee!


26 posted on 05/26/2014 6:22:58 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

That’s the problem with being in chat.

Maybe some powerful being could move it to news/activism.

The other problem might be that it’s Memorial Day and there are more people swilling their last beer than surfing the web.


27 posted on 05/26/2014 6:23:01 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: scripter

Honestly, I feared he passed on and was never given honors because no one was sure what happened. If you can look him up, then please do. It would be a relief to know he’s still among the living.


28 posted on 05/26/2014 6:24:34 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

If people use this for one of their news sources then they ought to apply a certain amount of worth to it.

If every name seen on here contributed a little every month we might not have a need for these quarterly events.

I feel sorry for Jim to have to push this so far into each quarter.

Cmon, lets put this over the top.


29 posted on 05/26/2014 6:29:56 PM PDT by kempster
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To: kempster; Jim Robinson

I agree.

I’d hate having this website gone. 2nd place doesn’t even exist after you’ve been on Free Republic.


30 posted on 05/26/2014 6:33:01 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Chode

“...is there ANYBODY here that can NOT afford $5.00 a month???”

I double that. Automatic PayPal transfer. Pay for what you enjoy.


31 posted on 05/26/2014 6:43:57 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: xzins

> You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.

Ain’t that the truth. Next year I will hit 10 years here (actually I’m already over 10 if lurking counted) and have been a monthly donor via Paypal for a couple years. I can’t imagine daily life without FreeRepublic.

Your vanity was exactly on the mark!!


32 posted on 05/26/2014 6:47:20 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: xzins

BUMP


33 posted on 05/26/2014 6:47:58 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: dayglored

Lurking counts in my book. That takes me back to the beginning of 1998....only a few extra months...but free republic was the best from the beginning.

This software Big Jim has developed is inspired. Truly.


34 posted on 05/26/2014 6:54:40 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Chode

Wish I had $5 in my pocket.

Laid off 2009. Only sparse part-time work since.
Can’t even fix my broken window. It’s all taped up for a year now.


35 posted on 05/26/2014 7:09:40 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: bicyclerepair

Then you have my prayer that you find a job. When God answers that prayer, THEN send that $5.


36 posted on 05/26/2014 7:11:39 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: bicyclerepair

Just tossed in another donation. You’re covered...


37 posted on 05/26/2014 7:12:06 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: Jane Long

Meaningful Memorial Day, Jane.

I pray this nation (and this website) knows the true source of blessing.


38 posted on 05/26/2014 7:15:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins; BykrBayb

I don’t have wagglebee’s number so I sent him an email but it bounced back saying the mailbox was temporarily disabled. I’ll see what if anything else I can find.


39 posted on 05/26/2014 7:17:02 PM PDT by scripter
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To: scripter; BykrBayb

I hope you can break through, scripter. I’ve wondered about the suddenness of his disappearance for a long time now.


40 posted on 05/26/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Agreed - best vanity - really tho, it’s not vanity - a good word and thought for all.

Actually been a Freeper since ‘91 though it says my join date was ‘99 (never figured that out), and more than glad to be a monthly supporter.

If you’re a frequent visitor, indeed - please consider a regular contribution.......


41 posted on 05/26/2014 7:19:43 PM PDT by Arlis
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To: xzins

Look Newbie( just joking with that comment). Thanks for this thread. I use this site for most of my news. I was on chat with some one in La Mirada, Ca and during chat that Earthquake hit. I did not feel it(about 60 miles away, but I opened another screen, checked here and had magnitude and epicenter immediately.


42 posted on 05/26/2014 7:20:31 PM PDT by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: Mark

News! I wish I’d mentioned news in that vanity.

FR news is as fast as any news network and in many cases, FR has scooped them...in just the way you mention.


43 posted on 05/26/2014 7:23:16 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Arlis

Thanks, Arlis. Here’s praying that many will donate.


44 posted on 05/26/2014 7:24:20 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: bicyclerepair
it was a general statement and i know there are those that truly can't, and for those that can't there is no explanation necessary or required... least of all to me

i pray things turn around for you Sir soon

45 posted on 05/26/2014 7:26:32 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: xzins
Great job! The only thing that bothers me is that you've been here about 6 months longer than me. ;-)

And yes, I love this place too...

46 posted on 05/26/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

Every now and then I run across some of the original freepers. Makes me feel like a newbie. :>)

IF you are a 1997 Freeper, please raise your hand.


47 posted on 05/26/2014 7:32:28 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins; trisham; RedMDer; Jim Robinson; Windflier; onyx; Lakeshark
I first Found FR. sometime in 2007 when I was in College doing research on the U.S. Navy's Retention of the Iowa Class Battleships, and I found a FR thread about the subject, I wondered if this was a political site or not.

I soon found my self coming back to catch up on the News and read the Commentary.

Even back 5 years ago sitting here trying to pick my name would I have ever thought I would have learned so much, and shared so much.

It is now 5 years later that I understand what FR really is. It is the Bleeding Edge of News Scoures. When Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck says "Show Prep", they really mean "I (or my staff) were browsing FR's Latest Articles Page".

Sarah Supports F.R.

You can too!

Donate Please!

48 posted on 05/26/2014 8:00:42 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: xzins; Jim Robinson

It also has the best forum format. I think those who complain need to try the other one’s i have been on.

No way to quickly see replies to your posts,
and that usually appear in small boxes when you post them,
and or you cannot paste preformatted text without the software messing it up when posted,
and or cannot use html,
and or cannot post links till you make 50 posts,
and cannot post more than 1600 characters,
and or comboxes have small font size you cannot change,
and or mods (vs. the best here) are eager to show their authority,
etc.

Keep it the way it is, while a Firefox ext. called BBCodeXtra can help if you want to make custom scripts to post as html.


49 posted on 05/26/2014 8:02:50 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: xzins
The other problem might be that it’s Memorial Day and there are more people swilling their last beer than surfing the web.

I have yet to defile myself.

50 posted on 05/26/2014 8:04:06 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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