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BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES! A plea to all FReepers... mostly new, a few old
FreeRepublic ^ | 11-7-04 | Red State Denizens & me

Posted on 11/06/2004 2:24:20 PM PST by cgk

Now that the Election is over, and we've let the rest of the country know Loud and Clear where we stand, and who we stand behind... it appears to be a good time to get re-organized here on FR.

Perhaps it's the euphoria that isn't quite wearing off at the 5% mandate the President earned and was given voluntarily by all of us. Maybe it's the fact we picked up even more seats in both the Senate and the House. Maybe it's just knowing Sen. Daschle has been voted out.

Whatever it is... we need to get back to work. "W2" is just the beginning of our battle. If you've been over to DU lately... they're not exactly throwing in the towel, and neither should we.

HOWEVER - this seems to be a good time to remind everyone a couple of things. Flame away, I expect it, because I know I am by no means some kind of old-timer around here breaking my seniority out at every perceived slight. Then again, I've been waiting for one of those "since the 90s" FReepers to say this, and haven't seen it yet.

To those of you who found us after the Buckbeak/CBS Memo scandal... many of us (not all) do not consider FreeRepublic a Blog. Because the MSM has labeled FR as a blog, doesn't make it so. FreeRepublic is considered by most (from what I've read here since before the CBS debacle) as a Forum. A Blog has been commonly defined as a website hosted by one (or so) people - where they post their thoughts. An online diary. People comment or analyze on that person's thoughts sometimes. Sometimes not. Here on FR we comment on various articles, news events, editorials, and call out for action.

All that being said - because FR is not by common definition a "blog" - your every thought does not need, nor sometimes deserve its own thread. If you feel you really need to share something with everyone, it is best posted in the General/Chat forum.

Next... PLEASE PLEASE USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION! It can be found below, in its own link, and it is also found on the Main Forum page as a Handy little Box above all the current threads.

Hot tip: Searching for an exact title is less successful than typing in ONE keyword FROM the title of the article you're trying to post. Especially when people miss spelling errors in their titles, and change the titles of the articles. Searching for ONE word works, especially when it's by DATE.

We can all understand the excitement and confusion of Election Day, exit poll madness, and Arafat and his 72 lives.

There are pros and cons to duplicate postings.



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1 posted on 11/06/2004 2:24:21 PM PST by cgk
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson; Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator

I am out of line in any of the above, I welcome your input. I'm not a newbie, but I don't run this place either. :)


2 posted on 11/06/2004 2:25:14 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: cgk

Because the MSM has labeled FR as a blog..

Who cares???

3 posted on 11/06/2004 2:27:24 PM PST by ml1954
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To: cgk

UNNNNGH


4 posted on 11/06/2004 2:30:59 PM PST by OSHA (George W Bush - 59,054,087 <----- That's ME (The dumb one on the end!))
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To: cgk
We can't actually clean it up until Arafat is completely dead, which may take weeks.

He is scheduled to die again at 0700 tomorrow.

5 posted on 11/06/2004 2:32:55 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

;) So I should've saved all this until the SOB was actually in the ground?


6 posted on 11/06/2004 2:35:12 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: DainBramage
He is scheduled to die again at 0700 tomorrow.

LOL!

7 posted on 11/06/2004 2:35:24 PM PST by silent_jonny (Victory is sooooo sweet!)
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To: ml1954

May be its an ambitious project. But since Free Republic is in California, we should try our darndest best to make California a red state so that by 2008, we got more electoral votes to start with.

(1) First let's make the legislature conservative on the next election - 2006.

(2) We should convince the Christians and Catholics that their only hope for a moral culture is getting rid of the liberals in the legislature. It will be hard because you have the unions to contend with. But with a plan and the resources we should be able to do it.

Any suggestions?


8 posted on 11/06/2004 2:38:12 PM PST by El Oviedo
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To: ml1954; cgk
Here on FR we comment on various articles, news events, editorials, and call out for action.

I don't think we care what the label is, we care how the forum is used.

Thanks, cgk.

9 posted on 11/06/2004 2:38:24 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: DainBramage
He is scheduled to die again at 0700 tomorrow.

So that means that we shouldn't post Debka's three Arafat obituaries between now and then.

10 posted on 11/06/2004 2:39:38 PM PST by KarlInOhio ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC Chief Terry McAuliffe, 11/2/04)
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To: cgk
Well, I agree with the need for such a thread for sure,

but the each Arafat death can spawn 20 vanities in minutes.

11 posted on 11/06/2004 2:40:45 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: cgk
Already Posted

:-D

12 posted on 11/06/2004 2:43:47 PM PST by NewLand (God Bless America and God Bless President Bush!)
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To: Dolphy
I don't think we care what the label is, we care how the forum is used.
True enough! Heehee... To quote Kerry (you can kick me now) "I've always hated labels. And I don't abide by labels..." and "Labels don't mean anything"...

You're right. We do care how the forum is used. And I am proud that this forum is represented in the world as a "Conservative website" for news reference.

13 posted on 11/06/2004 2:44:43 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: cgk
To those of you who found us after the Buckbeak/CBS Memo scandal...

Who the heck is "Buckbeak"?

14 posted on 11/06/2004 2:45:03 PM PST by Ryan Spock
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To: NewLand

LOL! You know, I actually searched before I posted this? To be sure the title wasn't "taken" - which was strange in this place that it wasn't.


15 posted on 11/06/2004 2:45:56 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: cgk
>I am out of line in any of the above, I welcome your input

Infiltration

16 posted on 11/06/2004 2:46:41 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: cgk
Can I add the following stick of dry wood to the fire?

Some of the uberkooks over at DU are certainly entertaining in their own way (much like watching the dove fly into the brick wall in Shrek 2). However, can we please be mindful that the vocabulary of the mental midgets over there is full of the f word and worse, and strive not to quote those words over here when quoting DU posts?

17 posted on 11/06/2004 2:47:27 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: Ryan Spock; Buckhead; Admin Moderator

Sorry. Buckhead ;)

I deserve a sound slap for that one, sorry. I wasn't a part of that thread and my memory is terrible.

(Can that be fixed, Almighty Mod? I screwed up royally...)


18 posted on 11/06/2004 2:47:42 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: cgk

But how do you get the newbies to read this?


19 posted on 11/06/2004 2:47:43 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (don't be lazy look it up))
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To: Dolphy

I don't think we care what the label is, we care how the forum is used.

Point taken. I'm new here so I won't complain much. My only gripe is the number of vanities. But I'm assuming that the rules have been relaxed for awhile because of the election.

20 posted on 11/06/2004 2:48:14 PM PST by ml1954
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To: Ryan Spock; cgk; Buckhead
Who the heck is "Buckbeak"?

I think cgk was channeling Harry Potter when this was written. Buckbeak is a mythical creature in that series of books. BuckHEAD is a Freeper.

21 posted on 11/06/2004 2:48:57 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: asgardshill

Yes yes yes... thank you. It can't be said enough.


22 posted on 11/06/2004 2:49:17 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: cgk

Did you check with Tom Wolfe before using his book title?


23 posted on 11/06/2004 2:49:30 PM PST by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU (Democrats unglued), I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: ml1954
Because the MSM has labeled FR as a blog..

Who cares???

Because we try to be accurate and credible on this site and we do not want to be confused with the many blogs that have little or no credibility nor any concerns with accuracy.

24 posted on 11/06/2004 2:50:48 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (9-11 is your Peace Dividend)
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To: El Oviedo

we should try our darndest best to make California a red state so that by 2008, we got more electoral votes to start with.


Before we do this we need to shore up the electoral college, and develop and pass legislation that ensures one qualified citizen, one vote.


25 posted on 11/06/2004 2:50:50 PM PST by mlmr (The End is Near.)
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To: asgardshill

Cripes. I deserve another slap for that. I've read them and you just reminded me of that fact.


26 posted on 11/06/2004 2:50:58 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: cgk

Neither can the very valid points you brought up in this thread. Thank YOU.


27 posted on 11/06/2004 2:51:25 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: cgk

No kicking:) I was just highlighting your point and post which I think is timely.


28 posted on 11/06/2004 2:51:32 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: cgk

It's a good post. I liked it! Keep up the work...we could use some fresh leadership on "the boards" around here, IMHO.


29 posted on 11/06/2004 2:54:25 PM PST by NewLand (God Bless America and God Bless President Bush!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Because we try to be accurate and credible on this site and we do not want to be confused with the many blogs that have little or no credibility nor any concerns with accuracy.

You don't really expect the MSM to make this kind of distinction, do you? I get your point but the MSM is savagely attacking all Internet news sources they don't control. It's a turf war.

30 posted on 11/06/2004 2:54:27 PM PST by ml1954
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To: El Oviedo
As the GOP proved nationally, it will require planning and discipline. Let's "begin with the end in mind" (a GOP majority in Sacto in 2004) and work back from there.

We may want to start a new thread on this since we seem to be somewhat OT already.

31 posted on 11/06/2004 2:55:46 PM PST by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: asgardshill

The bulkhead is the wall, the overhead is the ceiling and your boondockers are firmly anchored on the deck.


32 posted on 11/06/2004 2:56:23 PM PST by battlegearboat (...shoving off and underway...)
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To: cgk

Is this a vanity?

BTW nice bio page!


33 posted on 11/06/2004 2:57:48 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: NewLand

The only leader over here is 2... she leads me to the kitchen, to the yard, to her bookshelves, to the movie shelf, to the toyboxes, to the bathroom ... ;).

Just the way I like it.


34 posted on 11/06/2004 2:57:55 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: ml1954
You don't really expect the MSM to make this kind of distinction, do you? I get your point but the MSM is savagely attacking all Internet news sources they don't control. It's a turf war.

Which is why we cannot let them define us as bloggers. We need to be clear and to communicate who we are and what we stand for.

Just like conservatives have done for the past 50 years, we need to educate the masses about our motives, goals and standards.

35 posted on 11/06/2004 2:58:15 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (9-11 is your Peace Dividend)
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To: battlegearboat
The bulkhead is the wall, the overhead is the ceiling and your boondockers are firmly anchored on the deck.

Boy, that brings back some memories.

(But they didn't call them "boondockers" in my day. Caesar's Tenth Legion wore only sandals) ;)

36 posted on 11/06/2004 2:59:19 PM PST by asgardshill (Bad Liberal - No Kool Aid)
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To: cgk

Buckhead (and the blogosphere) had a effect on SeeBS News rather similar to Buckbeak's on Draco Malfoy: arrogance resulting in a good thrashing.


37 posted on 11/06/2004 3:00:01 PM PST by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: ml1954

I get your point, too (following along)...

I can always just be happy we're being "misunderestimated" while we continue to actively pursue our own Mandate.

;)


38 posted on 11/06/2004 3:00:46 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: macbee

"an effect". Sorry.


39 posted on 11/06/2004 3:01:23 PM PST by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: cgk
If you've been over to DU lately... they're not exactly throwing in the towel
More like chewing on it while beating their heads on the rubber walls.

-Eric

41 posted on 11/06/2004 3:08:19 PM PST by E Rocc (Flipper is floating upside down in Lake Erie.)
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To: cgk
Oh no, another vanity, and, to make things worse, one about vanities. I think I'll start my own thread - a vanity complaining about vanities about vanities.

Seriously though, I don't understand why more of these one line vanities don't get pulled. I think, the top most idiotic vanity I ever saw was titled something like: "Rush is smoking today!" and the entire text it contained below the title was this: "x". If it were up to this cat posters who cannot form a thought into a complete paragraph would be banned outright. And then there are the militant university educated functional illiterates who cannot tell between "it is" and "its" and between "you are" and "your" (among other advanced English subjects.) There is one and there are many, got it?! Peeves. We could go on...

42 posted on 11/06/2004 3:10:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: DainBramage

He is scheduled to die again at 0700 tomorrow.




How many virgins does he have now?


43 posted on 11/06/2004 3:12:31 PM PST by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: Revolting cat!
We need a Vanity to ban Vanities


Hank Williams, Jr. lyrics
LYRICS
This is a coalition to ban coalitions I ain't a politician but I've got views
Some folks want to ban cars some want to get rid of Fender guitars
Why don't you do your thing and we do our thing too
Now they want to take my cigarettes and all my good whiskey
And these damn coalitions they're after you and me
They want to get rid of my forty fours and all the R rated films
If they only knew how much we'd all love to get rid of them
And this is a coalition to ban coalitions the views of a musician yeah I've got some
Some folks want to ban cars some want to get rid of electricguitars
Why can't everybody else leave everybody else alone
Now the latest thing they want to stomp out is violence on TV
And the worst of all is that Oscar winning rabbit Bugs Bunny
Farewell Foghorn Leghorn so long Yosemite Sam
They're missin' with our heroes and we got to stop them now
And this is a coalition to ban coalitions...
44 posted on 11/06/2004 3:15:41 PM PST by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: cgk

Bump


45 posted on 11/06/2004 3:17:43 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: El Oviedo
We should convince the Christians and Catholics that.....

Just curious what, is the difference between a Christian and a Catholic........?

Are they not one and the same?

OR......?

46 posted on 11/06/2004 3:19:01 PM PST by VOYAGER (!)
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To: Revolting cat!
I think, the top most idiotic vanity I ever saw was titled something like: "Rush is smoking today!" and the entire text it contained below the title was this: "x"

LOL! I think I saw that one too... one of the many straws I collected. If you start your thread, ping me. And your peeves are mine too... I just bite my tongue.

Its a fact, their is no disputing it, Your awesome! (joke).

47 posted on 11/06/2004 3:20:30 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: bushpilot

:)


48 posted on 11/06/2004 3:20:51 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: asgardshill
Re: when quoting DU posts?
What do you mean *when* quoting DU posts?

DU posts are not allowed in this forum.

I recognize that after a victory such as W2 it's fun to watch them squirm, but as a rule, we should not cut and paste, cross link or otherwise promote "liberaldrivel.blah" in this fine conservative forum.

49 posted on 11/06/2004 3:24:48 PM PST by ChadGore (59,313,309 Bush fans can't be wrong.)
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To: asgardshill

I agree about the language. It really bugs me to be reading along and have to wade through trash talk, explicit sexual innuendos, trash gay descriptive language. Each and every time I see it, I think of "what if one of my friends came here and saw that after I had mentioned FR?".

I would be embarrassed. There is so much good here - why cheapen it all by throwing all in the gutter?

Frankly as much time as I spend here, I prefer a professional respectable place. So, when I run across this stuff - I hit the abuse button and let the moderators decide it if is worthy of FR or not.

Those that choose to use trash language must accept that others choose to use the abuse button.


50 posted on 11/06/2004 3:24:59 PM PST by ClancyJ (Middle America is what makes America - not the Liberal "elitists" and the Media)
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