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Happy 10th Anniversary - Established September 23rd, 1996 ^ | September 23, 2006

Posted on 09/22/2006 9:34:49 PM PDT by HAL9000

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To: Amanda King

Dose anyone what Jim uses for a sever, OS?

151 posted on 09/22/2006 10:32:40 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I did use spell check!)
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To: nopardons

hey, your FR birthday is my real birthday!

Well, not the same year, of course. :-)

152 posted on 09/22/2006 10:32:44 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: libsrscum; Jim Robinson
It's kind posts like yours that keep me here! Thanks libsrscum

Thanks Jim!

153 posted on 09/22/2006 10:34:34 PM PDT by endthematrix (“Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence.”)
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To: Howlin

Well that was us WEBBIES, because a lot of the time, the "new and improved FR" didn't work for us.

154 posted on 09/22/2006 10:34:58 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: HAL9000; Jim Robinson
Congratulations to Jim Robinson, he truly created the conservative web forum, not like that phony Al Gore, who simply claims to have invented the internet.

The difference between conservatism and liberalism: Doing somethng instead of bullsh!tting about something.


155 posted on 09/22/2006 10:35:12 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: HAL9000; Jim Robinson
Just a few days after FoxNews' 10th anniversary... it's a conspiracy!! ;^)

Domo Arigato, Jim-san!

156 posted on 09/22/2006 10:35:59 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: HAL9000

So, are we going for 10,000 posts? (Was that the limit?)

157 posted on 09/22/2006 10:37:08 PM PDT by Sofa King (A wise man uses compromise as an alternative to defeat. A fool uses it as an alternative to victory.)
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Topic: White Water

What Does July 4th Mean To Me?

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George Fallon

I remember fireworks displays that began with the National Anthem and ended with God Bless America.

I remember when it was known only as "Independence Day" and the stores down town that held big sales had American flags for the adults (ten cents) and pinwheels with stars and stripes for the kids (5 cents).

I remember when fireworks were legal for Americans to own.

I remember that every year, a couple of people got hurt or maimed because they weren't careful with the fireworks...about the same number who are hurt today now that they are illegal.

I remember when it meant parades and picnics where they played George M. Cohan songs and the people cheered.

I remember the soldiers and sailors and Marines in their uniforms, and the people cheered when they went by.

I remember when the American flag flew so high they had to lower it when they passed under phone lines.

I remember wearing my uncle's Marine Corps cap and thinking I was about the most dashing six-year-old on the planet.

I remember a feeling in my chest that I later learned was pride. When the local hero, a Medal of Honor winner, rode by in a 1952 Plymouth convertible and saluted me and called my name, I felt I could fly just like Superman.

I remember when it was a good thing to be a warrior and a Veteran.

That was in the days when we started the school day with a prayer, the pledge of allegiance and the singing of America.

That was in the days when everyone I knew was poor and wore hand me down clothes.

We played stick ball in the empty lot and put playing cards in the spokes of our second hand bicycles and caught catfish in the river with a pole made out of an old stick.

We went to the fireman's carnival at the fairgrounds and took hours deciding just how we were going to spend the nickle that Grandma gave us.

I remember "Crazy Mickey"...a retarded adult who used to take the hat off when the flag went by.

I also remember when it all changed...I think the whole world changed...

I remember that the town kept having parades but there was usually a contingent of War protestors that followed a block behind.

Then the parades gradually got shorter and the crowds thinned out.

Independence Day hasn't been the same for about 30 years now.

We still have the Parades, but fewer and fewer people show up. Those who do...I don't think many of them are there for the same reasons that we were back in 1955...

We still have the big sales in the stores but I haven't seen a red, white and blue pinwheel in years.

We still have the picnics but people don't talk to each other the way they used to...

In a lot of places, people tolerate veterans rather than respect them, and I think that's because Americans today take freedom for granted.

That happens when something is handed to you and you don't have to work for it.

Wealth is flaunted, poverty is shunned, honor and courage are given lip service by politicans who never served or risked anything.

The veteran community is shrinking and a couple of generations from now when we're all gone, our great grand children will have to learn the hard way that Freedom isn't something you once once and keep forever.

Freedom is a perishable comodity that has to be protected if it is to endure.

Today, fat cats and slackers who never fought for anything, are eagerly surrendering the rights and freedoms that were handed to them. They are willing to trade honor for a new car every couple of years, a time share in the Poconos and an occasional government handout.

And that's ok for them...but they are also throwing away our rights and freedoms with their own.

Higher taxes, erosion of the Bill of Rights, government agency mission creep...

A veteran has to wonder what it was all for.

It brings to mind the last verse of song about a crippled Australian veteran of Gallipoli in WW1:

So now every April I sit on me porch
And watch the parade pass before me.
And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reviving old dreams and past glory,
And the old men march slowly, all bone stiff and sore
They're tired old heros from a forgotten war
And the young people ask "What are they marching for?"
And I ask myself the same question.
But the band plays Waltzing Matilda,
And the old men still answer the call,
But as year follows year, more old men disappear
Someday,no one will march there at all.
But we can change all that if we really want to.

Let this year's 4th of July fireworks display serve as a wake up call to all of us. Let's work to bring back the Freedoms and liberties and ideals that our Veterans fought for.

I want to be able to light Roman Candles and sparklers in my back yard again.

I want to be able to decide for myself if I should wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle.

I don't want someone who never rode a motorcycle to decide for me.

I want to quit smoking because it's bad for me...not because politicans double the price of a pack of cigarettes.

I'm not really into guns, but I want to be able to keep one in my home if I choose.

I don't want people who are afraid of what they might do with a gun telling me that I don't need one. Need has nothing to do with it. Nobody needs a gun or a muscle car or a microwave oven for that matter, but if they want one and haven't forfeited that right by committing a violent crime, I think they should be free to do so.

I want to be able to watch what I want to on television and to read what I want and think what I want without special interests dictating the rules to me.

I want to never have to worry about being Politically Correct. Some people believe it would make the country a more orderly place if everyone were issued a social security number at birth.

If I had my way, I would see to it that everyone was issued a copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I would also make it a law that they read and memorize the entire thing. Then everyone would realize that our Founding Fathers felt the individual has the right to do anything he wants, as long as he doesn't infringe on the rights of others.

But I digress....

Until things change around here, I guess that to me, the 4th of July will be a reminder of those good old days when we all knew where we stood in the world...

On the 4th of July I will raise the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance with my hand over my heart and I will think of my grandparents and parents and aunts and uncles who helped save the world 54 years ago.

I'll watch the parades of yesterday in my mind and I'm sure I'll look foolish to anyone who sees me...But I'll be exercising my right to do so and I'll feel good about it.

Then for the rest of every year, I'll do whatever I can to bring those days...those values...back again...for all of us.

I salute you Jim Robinson as a true American Patriot, and for serving our great country!
USMC 1967-1973 2nd Force Recon Sniper
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To: CHIEF negotiator
I salute you, sir. Thanks for refreshing my memories.
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To: CHIEF negotiator
USAF 1973-1983: T/Sgt. USAF Veterinary Service

I want the same things as you my friend. Thanks......
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158 posted on 09/22/2006 10:38:36 PM PDT by Revel
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To: HAL9000

Jim Rob and FreeRepublic saved my life back then when The Liar in Chief was stinking up our White House!
God Bless you, Jim Robinson!

159 posted on 09/22/2006 10:38:48 PM PDT by Halcontent
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To: HAL9000
10th Anniversary , huh?

Well, Isn't that just peachy!

160 posted on 09/22/2006 10:39:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families --
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To: Rte66
How DID you manage to lurk that long, without dying to join and post?
161 posted on 09/22/2006 10:40:20 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: HAL9000; Jim Robinson
Just wow!

Jim, we owe you more than can be expressed.

Live long and well!

162 posted on 09/22/2006 10:41:08 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: HAL9000

Many, Many, THANKS JIM!!!

Yes, one man CAN make a difference.

163 posted on 09/22/2006 10:41:08 PM PDT by EternalHope (Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
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To: HAL9000
Thank you Mr.Robinson

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164 posted on 09/22/2006 10:41:17 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: ThomasThomas
Dose anyone what Jim uses for a sever, OS?

Not me... I don't even know what Jim uses for a beeber...

165 posted on 09/22/2006 10:41:24 PM PDT by Zeppo
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To: Larry Lucido

Is it? I'll have to remember that! :-)

166 posted on 09/22/2006 10:42:36 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Jim Robinson

Congrats Jim!

From poopy pool to the massive "CHINA TREASON" banner at the clinton impeachment rally in DC, I've had a blast!!! Thanks!!!

167 posted on 09/22/2006 10:43:34 PM PDT by icwhatudo (The rino resistance futile?)
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To: HAL9000; Jim Robinson
A very hardy and hugh congratulations and thanks on the success--and of ALL of our good fortune--in your establishment of this top drawer forum, JimRob. You should be very proud that Free Republic is THE gold standard and go-to site for the free exchange of Conservative ideas, ideals and information--attracting great synergy of wit and wisdom--in the dissemination and constant quest of TRUTH.

And the TRUTH shall set all who see it here, FRee. It can't be conveniently tucked away in places like Ted Kennedy's gin cabinet, or Dan Rather's Courage Cabana, anymore.

Thank you for the weighty and considerable service and benefaction which you tirelessly provide, JimRob. I'm grateful for the privilege of being here. I try hard to keep my potty mouth in check. Well...kinda sorta. ;-)

Happy tenth!

And thanks for this thread, Hal!

168 posted on 09/22/2006 10:43:36 PM PDT by Miss Behave (You can't negotiate with people who want to kill you more than they want to live. ~Caller to Hannity)
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To: nopardons

I was posting somewhere else, lol. Not being quiet, at any rate.

169 posted on 09/22/2006 10:44:04 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: HAL9000

WooHoo! May FR have Many, Many more successful years!!

170 posted on 09/22/2006 10:44:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Revel

That brought tears to my eyes.

171 posted on 09/22/2006 10:44:52 PM PDT by nopardons
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172 posted on 09/22/2006 10:46:39 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Rte66


173 posted on 09/22/2006 10:47:37 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Larry Lucido

You're a Christmas baby, too, huh? Happy Birthday!

174 posted on 09/22/2006 10:48:00 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: HAL9000; Jim Robinson
The first six month's posts--all on one page:

Pretty cool.

175 posted on 09/22/2006 10:48:17 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: nopardons

Sorry I got your hopes up that it could be done. You may lower your expectations now.

OTOH, much of my time was alongside moonbats, so it was pixel-to-pixel combat.

176 posted on 09/22/2006 10:50:11 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: Jim Robinson; HAL9000

Thank you!! Thank you for giving me a place to grow, to learn, to vent - a place to collect my thoughts instead of yelling at the TV. OK I still yell at the TV.

Thank you Jim and to the whole FreeRepublic Team.

177 posted on 09/22/2006 10:50:45 PM PDT by malia ("How do you get a ceasefire with terrorists"? John Bolton)
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To: HAL9000
Jim, King of the political jungle...

178 posted on 09/22/2006 10:51:00 PM PDT by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, MMP AZ 2005, TxMMP El Paso, Oct April 2006, TxMMP/MMP-LAREDO)
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To: nopardons
Is it? I'll have to remember that! :-)

I say we take Wednesday off and go out and get drunk.

179 posted on 09/22/2006 10:51:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Revel; CHIEF negotiator; harpseal; Flyer; TexasCowboy

Time to remember, lest we forget.

180 posted on 09/22/2006 10:51:58 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: HAL9000

Wow! Congratulations and thanks JimRob. 10 years - I think I first visited here in 1997 and lurked for about 3 years before finally signing up. LOL.

181 posted on 09/22/2006 10:52:49 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Rte66

Yep, good thing about a Halloween birthday over a Christmas birthday is you don't get cheated out of presents.

182 posted on 09/22/2006 10:53:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Billthedrill

LOL- I'd like to have read that exchange!

183 posted on 09/22/2006 10:54:34 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: HAL9000

thanks :O)

184 posted on 09/22/2006 10:56:16 PM PDT by ezoeni
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To: HAL9000; jimrob

Thank you, Jim Robinson.

Had your life turn out as you had prayed it would, in the beginning when all was dark, would this world have been as it is now? Had your life been as you had hoped it to be, would we have been so blessed?

Had you not started FreeRepublic, where would this United States have been without you?

This is a meaning of triumph; you took your hardship and turned in into victory. You never quit - and here we are...

thank you.

185 posted on 09/22/2006 10:56:22 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Jim Robinson

To all the years of keeping the fire to the feet of the Republic,


10 more year!?, Nah, in ten years we'll be worrying about the upstart Conservative pirate videoblog tv channels stealing FR marketshare. Hope to be here still for the 20th anniversary!

186 posted on 09/22/2006 10:56:29 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Rte66
That's okay.....I was marveling at your shyness or your reticence. LOL

Fighting moonbats? On what forum?

187 posted on 09/22/2006 10:57:01 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Howlin

Wow, congrats to Jim.

188 posted on 09/22/2006 10:58:14 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Larry Lucido
I've never been drunk. :-)

Won't a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY do?

189 posted on 09/22/2006 10:58:21 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Billthedrill

Many others too; sadly.

190 posted on 09/22/2006 10:58:51 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Larry Lucido

Oh, no. Today's Halloween? I don't have a costume!**

(I should have said a Christmas *gleam in Daddy's eye,* I suppose.)

**But I *do* have the candy!

191 posted on 09/22/2006 10:59:14 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: HAL9000

Wow, congratulations Jim and thank you for a great 10 years. BTW, today is also my 12 year anniversary with my wonderful wife.

192 posted on 09/22/2006 10:59:27 PM PDT by fightin kentuckian
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To: nopardons

A true crime one, of "mixed" representation. Lots of nice people and 1-2 dips.

193 posted on 09/22/2006 11:01:00 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: nopardons
Oh, all right. :-)

Last time I was really drunk was that time in Kazakhstan in 1993, and I don't ever want to relive that.

194 posted on 09/22/2006 11:01:57 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: fightin kentuckian

Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs Fightin!

195 posted on 09/22/2006 11:02:15 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: Rte66

Sounds interesting. :-)

196 posted on 09/22/2006 11:04:15 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Larry Lucido

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....I won't tell if you don't. LOL

197 posted on 09/22/2006 11:04:56 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: HAL9000
How can I even begin to say I thank you for everything, including my sanity.. Is it 10 years already? We have been through a lot together.. :)
198 posted on 09/22/2006 11:11:13 PM PDT by carlo3b ("Leave the gun, take the cannoli")
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To: Roscoe Karns
I'd like to have read that exchange!

Gone now, I fear. You recall that FR was quite a bit rougher in those days and stuff that would get you banned for life these days was commonplace back then. Frankly I was pants-peeing scared to hit the Post button that first time.

FR remains an intimidating place to post, and that is as it should be. You don't bring training wheels to a racetrack.

199 posted on 09/22/2006 11:13:05 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Yup...Even the old white water and freerepublic graphics are no longer on the FR server as far as I can tell.

200 posted on 09/22/2006 11:15:58 PM PDT by Revel
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