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ZOT: The irony of Free Republic

Posted on 03/22/2004 11:28:05 AM PST by sandbag

I was hoping, with a name like Free Republic, that this would be a place for intelligent debate of political issues. Unfortunately, I miscalculated. After vaguely disagreeing with someone over an issue, I was repeatedly called a "troll" and promptly banned from posting. I tried again several hours later only to meet the same fate. Is everyone here aware of the fact that sometimes, from opposing points of view, one is able to learn something? That fact works in both ways too, meaning I, as an opposing point of view, could possibly learn a few things from you. Instead, you apparently choose to remain in a sheltered environment where only viewpoints aligned with yours exist. I suppose ignorance truly is bliss?

Go ahead, delete this post, ban me, whatever. Just know that "Free Republic" is an amusing misnomer.


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1 posted on 03/22/2004 11:28:06 AM PST by sandbag
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To: sandbag
Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes...
2 posted on 03/22/2004 11:29:06 AM PST by Grit (www.NRSC.org)
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To: sandbag
Zot


3 posted on 03/22/2004 11:29:26 AM PST by chance33_98 (Profile Page Updated: Press Releases Links added , new banners, Kerry graphics :))
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To: sandbag
Oh quit sandbagging and tell us how you really feel.
4 posted on 03/22/2004 11:29:37 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: sandbag
sandbag aka custserv aka orlando44, fredericknice, jedthejed, harry3, hannitized, Tom of Texas, jim_peters, mark_peters, GeorgeWill, someoneyoutrust, sammysosa, xbobx, T.Nast, HamSandwhich, BossTweed, et al, zotted.

Here's a typical post from this troll, actually, one of his more "intelligent" political debate posts:

ZOT: George W. Bush is an idiot [WARNING Post contains intelligent leftist debate, ie, the "F" word]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1100567/posts
5 posted on 03/22/2004 11:41:29 AM PST by Jim Robinson (warning: some parts of this post may be plagiarized - some parts may be sarcasm - no parts edible)
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To: Jim Robinson
Ah, he's been outted, just like John Kerry.
6 posted on 03/22/2004 11:45:06 AM PST by taxesareforever
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To: sandbag
Honestly, don't you have anything better to do with your life? Seriously.
7 posted on 03/22/2004 11:45:54 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: sandbag

8 posted on 03/22/2004 11:46:16 AM PST by Gringo1 (All contents of this post may be contrived,made-up,or just plain not true at all.)
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To: sandbag
I suppose ignorance truly is bliss?

If that's true, you must be a very happy person.

9 posted on 03/22/2004 11:46:40 AM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: sandbag
Actually, the poster makes a pretty cogent point.

Don't hurt me.
10 posted on 03/22/2004 11:47:31 AM PST by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Jim Robinson
Ah, yes, I've seen some of those. "He" wants us to learn something from intelligent discourse, eh? Riiiiiight.
11 posted on 03/22/2004 11:47:52 AM PST by FourPeas (Preview? I don't need no stinkin' preview.)
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To: sandbag
Go ahead, delete this post, ban me, whatever.

I don't know what you are crying about, you got your way, after all.

Toodles!

12 posted on 03/22/2004 11:48:08 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: sandbag
Just know that "Free Republic" is an amusing misnomer.

Yeah, we exercise our right to Freedom of Association. And we don't care to associate with you. I'm sure there are plenty of other sites out there who will accept you with open arms. I would suggest you respect our rights by going to one of those.

13 posted on 03/22/2004 11:48:32 AM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: Skooz
Have you ever tried to go to a liberal site and have an intelligent conversation?
14 posted on 03/22/2004 11:49:03 AM PST by FourPeas (Preview? I don't need no stinkin' preview.)
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To: Skooz
"Actually, the poster makes a pretty cogent point."

Sure he does. See my post #5 above:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1103098/posts?page=5#5
15 posted on 03/22/2004 11:49:50 AM PST by Jim Robinson (warning: some parts of this post may be plagiarized - some parts may be sarcasm - no parts edible)
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To: Skooz
Actually, the poster makes a pretty cogent point.

By lying about the extent of his previous posting/banning history on FR.

16 posted on 03/22/2004 11:50:27 AM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: Jim Robinson
Oh good grief.

They certainly are coming out of the woodwork lately, aren't they?
17 posted on 03/22/2004 11:50:33 AM PST by RikaStrom (When picking allies, 2 things to consider: 1) Can they shoot, 2) Will they aim at your enemies?)
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To: FourPeas
Yes. I have tried. Didn't work out. They are so consumed with seething hatred that rational discourse is an impossibility.
18 posted on 03/22/2004 11:50:49 AM PST by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: sandbag
I've been banned at DU for nothing more than saying I was a conservative.

But here's the thing....as a matter of freedom of assembly and the freedom to direct ones own private holdings in a legal manner, I think political boards have every right to purge those they don't want around. Free Republic, DU, whomever has no obligation whatsoever to provide a platform for any and every viewpoint that exists. And many here are saavy enough to know where they can find opposing viewpoints if they want.

19 posted on 03/22/2004 11:51:19 AM PST by sirshackleton
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To: sandbag
He’s athletic!


20 posted on 03/22/2004 11:52:06 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: sandbag
Change your user name to 'airbag'.

21 posted on 03/22/2004 11:52:06 AM PST by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: FourPeas
Have you ever tried to go to a liberal site and have an intelligent conversation?

Have you ever tried to order a kosher BLT?

22 posted on 03/22/2004 11:52:11 AM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: Jim Robinson
Could he honestly have believed that you did not have records of his previous posts?
23 posted on 03/22/2004 11:52:41 AM PST by KJacob
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To: Jim Robinson
sandbag aka custserv aka orlando44, fredericknice, jedthejed, harry3, hannitized, Tom of Texas, jim_peters, mark_peters, GeorgeWill, someoneyoutrust, sammysosa, xbobx, T.Nast, HamSandwhich, BossTweed, et al, zotted.

Point well taken. My Troll Radar may need recalibrating.

24 posted on 03/22/2004 11:53:05 AM PST by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Jim Robinson
[WARNING Post contains intelligent leftist debate, ie, the "F" word]

Well, this guy did prove there is no such thing as intelligent leftist debate.

I'm surprised that that he was posting under different names but using the same IP. You would think that Teresa would have given him a big enough allowance to have more than one ISP. But maybe he spent all his allowance on Snow Boards and athletic supporters? Oh, and Botox. And hair dye and having those eyebrows shaved. All that stuff adds up to a lot of Ketchup.

25 posted on 03/22/2004 11:53:15 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: sandbag
ignorance truly is bliss

We'll defer to your personal experience.

26 posted on 03/22/2004 11:53:52 AM PST by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: sandbag

27 posted on 03/22/2004 11:54:27 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: sandbag
ZOT!

28 posted on 03/22/2004 11:54:41 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: chance33_98
LOL~
29 posted on 03/22/2004 11:55:41 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: sandbag



 
 


 
 

sandbag

30 posted on 03/22/2004 11:56:36 AM PST by Johnny Gage (How can someone "draw a blank?")
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To: sandbag

31 posted on 03/22/2004 11:57:26 AM PST by redhead (Sending THE LOOK your way....)
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To: sirshackleton
I was banned at DU for saying I believed abortion was wrong...I said many Democrat Catholics believe the same way.

Those people are sick. They celebrate the death of innocents over there.
32 posted on 03/22/2004 11:57:35 AM PST by I got the rope
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33 posted on 03/22/2004 11:58:47 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Uh, um......thanks for posting that um, "interesting" link to an... um, "interesting" post by him. Gee........no need to tell anyone why he was given the ZOT, LOLOL! And one of his names was "someoneyoutrust" hahahahah!!! Hope he scurries on back to DU where he belongs.
34 posted on 03/22/2004 12:04:35 PM PST by Reborn
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To: Jim Robinson
Wow, he was really.. *cough* coherent wasn't he...
Mind if I take him to the back 40 and 'beat the snot out of him like a throw rug'?
35 posted on 03/22/2004 12:09:24 PM PST by Darksheare (Fortune for teh day: Typos are a way of life and make cash for teh spellcheckers, contribute today!)
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To: dirtboy
Have you ever tried to order a kosher BLT?

The angry dude behind the counter said something about not serving "shmendrik"...is that a kind of Israeli bacon?

36 posted on 03/22/2004 12:17:09 PM PST by FourPeas (Preview? I don't need no stinkin' preview.)
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To: sandbag
Does this qualify as an opus?
Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty.

(I miss the Viking Kitties...)
37 posted on 03/22/2004 12:55:24 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Now EX-democrat!!)
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To: sandbag
I have found great debate here as we all do not agree with everything everyone here says. Now if you are cranky that liberal views are not encouraged, I suggest you read the home page which clearly states the mission of the site. If you want debate, I suggest the Democratic Underground. They are very open and willing to kindly debate (I'm hoping that, though you can't seem to grasp the concept of this forum, you will be able to grasp sarcasm).
38 posted on 03/22/2004 1:31:59 PM PST by hilaryrhymeswithrich (Herman Cain for the U.S. Senate.....this Georgia man is in YOUR future!)
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To: sandbag
FR...a place for intelligent debate of political issues

It is. That is why you were banned.

39 posted on 03/22/2004 1:35:06 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (LWS - Legislating While Stupid. Someone should make this illegal.)
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To: sandbag
After vaguely disagreeing with someone over an issue, I was repeatedly called a "troll" and promptly banned from posting. I tried again several hours later only to meet the same fate

The simple, demonstrable fact that you feel posting to be an example of (your own words) "intelligent debate" damns you not only as a liar, but a jaw-droppingly inept one as well.

Now: kindly crawl back underneath that footbridge, and wait for the next stray billy goat or something.

40 posted on 03/22/2004 2:57:01 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: sandbag
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41 posted on 03/22/2004 2:59:44 PM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: Jim Robinson
You can slink and slither, but you cannot hide from the Mighty Zot!

Impressive run, though.

42 posted on 03/22/2004 3:06:34 PM PST by don-o
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To: Bush_Democrat
(I miss the Viking Kitties...)


Still here, ready to battle Trolls at a moments notice...
43 posted on 03/22/2004 3:07:38 PM PST by wjcsux (Charter Member, Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: sandbag; Zavien Doombringer; 4mycountry; Constitution Day; VRWCmember; Poohbah; dighton; ...

44 posted on 03/22/2004 3:08:19 PM PST by mhking (The UN was supposed to be the last, best hope for peace...it failed.)
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To: Jim Robinson; hchutch
Johnny Cochran sez:

If the troll is a Moby bot, the Admin Mod must ZOT!
45 posted on 03/22/2004 3:14:19 PM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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Sorry you couldn't stick around, sandbag !

Viking Kittens - Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song


It's dead, Jim.

46 posted on 03/22/2004 3:16:13 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Poohbah; sandbag
haha !


47 posted on 03/22/2004 3:17:25 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: FourPeas
And just how do you propose THAT would happen?

Liberal and intelligent do not co-exist.

A few years ago on AOL I went into a lib then a conservative chat room. The Lib room was just full of insults and personal attacks. The conservative room had only personal attacks when a lib jumped in and did a TYPE-BY (drive-by without bullets or a car)
48 posted on 03/22/2004 3:18:14 PM PST by Michael121 (An old soldier knows truth. Only a Dead Soldier knows peace.)
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To: sandbag
Get some professional help. You're a sick puppy.

To have posted a completely rational thread after the thread you posted a few days ago, says to me you could be a danger to yourself and to others.
49 posted on 03/22/2004 3:19:11 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: All
Let's have a nuanced, penetrating discussion.

What sort of troll was this?

Was it a DUmmy ANSWER-BOT troll?

Or was it one of the rarer, but far more amusing Libertyposer anarcho-rightist Buchanonite trolls?

You see, we must identify the substrata of the dustbin of history from which our interloper has sprung, so that we can better understand the root causes of their dementia. Or something.

Libertypost is the sort of place you go if you've already joined the miltia.

DU is the sort of place you go if you think everybody who doesn't revel in Planned Parenthood's quarterly "production" numbers the way you do, is the militia.
50 posted on 03/22/2004 3:20:21 PM PST by Belisaurius ("Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Ted" - Joseph Kennedy 1958)
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