Skip to comments.Happy 10th Anniversary FreeRepublic.com - Established September 23rd, 1996
Posted on 09/22/2006 9:34:49 PM PDT by HAL9000
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Dose anyone what Jim uses for a sever, OS?
hey, your FR birthday is my real birthday!
Well, not the same year, of course. :-)
Well that was us WEBBIES, because a lot of the time, the "new and improved FR" didn't work for us.
The difference between conservatism and liberalism: Doing somethng instead of bullsh!tting about something.
Domo Arigato, Jim-san!
So, are we going for 10,000 posts? (Was that the limit?)
What Does July 4th Mean To Me?
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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 SniperPosted by: CHIEF negotiator (firstname.lastname@example.org) *
07/02/98 08:47:49 EDT
I want the same things as you my friend. Thanks......
From: vetvetdoug 07/04/98 00:05:52 EDT
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!
Well, Isn't that just peachy!
Jim, we owe you more than can be expressed.
Live long and well!
Many, Many, THANKS JIM!!!
Yes, one man CAN make a difference.
"That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
-- Abraham Lincoln
Starr: "Foster Suicide"
The Most Dangerous Man in WashingtonBehind the scenes with Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr -- the quiet but deeply ambitious lawyer who's on the trail of the 'Clinton scandals'
Starr has resolved one matter: the Foster suicide. NEWSWEEK has learned that Starr has decided, after an exhaustive examination of the forensic evidence, that the White House lawyer in fact shot himself at Fort Marcy Park, Va. That is the same conclusion reached by the Park Police and by Robert B. Fiske Jr., Starr's predecessor as the Whitewater special prosecutor.
Democracy in the Bible and History
The Biblical Importance of Rule by LawBy Kevin J. Price
So, what form of government did the founding fathers intend for the United States? Well, recall the statement of Franklin, "a republic, if you can keep it." Recall, also, your pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands...
"Republic" is virtually a lost term in the American lexicon, but it was an important idea throughout American history. It was the only term used by Presidents to describe our country until Woodrow Wilson used the term "democracy" in relation to the U.S. entrance into World War I, when he said in 1917 that we needed to "make the world safe for democracy." There is no public record of this term used by a President before this date.
White House Scandal SheetRonald Reagan had the Iran-Contra scandal. Richard Nixon resigned over Watergate. Even Dwight Eisenhower was forced to fire Chief of Staff Sherman Adams for exchanging political favors for a vicuna coat.
But departing White House aide George Stephanopoulos predicts Bill Clinton will escape the curse of the second presidential term. Clinton got his troubles out of the way in the first term, Stephanopoulos said. Easy for him to say. Hes leaving.
For those sticking around, Clintons second term is surely starting under a cloud, as the Democrats face allegations of wrongdoing on several fronts. From questions over the Democratic National Committees solicitation of contributions from overseas sources to an investigation over what the White House may have offered in return for those donations, the Democrats fund-raising apparatus is about to undergo serious scrutiny.
Independent investigations of Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros and former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy will continue. And the Supreme Court may well decide that Clinton should stand trial in a sexual-harassment suit filed by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones.
You have the prospect of a half-dozen federal investigators looking into alleged impropriety in his administration, says Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog group that monitors government ethics. Its an incredibly ominous set of circumstances. I dont think any president in my lifetime has entered office with as many dark clouds, and that includes Richard Nixon.
For the benefit of those of you trying to sort through the quagmire, MSNBC presents this Scandal Sheet.
The questions that lingerWe offer questions -- from Whitewater to Filegate, Paula Jones to the Clinton Cabinet -- that voters should ask themselves on the way into the voting booth today.
A Cancer on the PresidencyBy JEROME M. ZEIFMAN
Sadly, as a life-long Democrat and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of the Nixon impeachment inquiry, I cannot in good conscience vote to re-elect Bill Clinton. Having reached this decision, I am proud to be among those Democrats who have chosen principle over party. Defeating Mr. Clinton would help revive the traditional moral values of the Democratic Party -- as they existed under Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Carter.
Having long championed traditional Democratic causes, I simply cannot accept Mr. Clinton's shameless election-year surge to the right as his chosen means of winning a second term. And like most if not all traditional Democrats, I have grave reservations about the Clintons' morality and ethics. In my view there is now probable cause to consider our president and first lady as felons, who are likely to be indicted after the Nov. 5 election.
The Case for CharacterBy Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, II
"Bill Clinton would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground to tell the truth." So said an Arkansas official familiar with Clinton on CNN during the 1992 presidential campaign. Democratic Senator Bob Kerry has said, "Clinton is an unusually good liar. Unusually good. Do you realize that?" Senator Kerry did not make this observation during the heat of a primary battle but this past January in Esquire Magazine. Kerry is not only a Democratic Senator, but is also a leader of his party and Chairman of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee. Senator Kerry knows whereof he speaks.
Forget what this says about Clinton - what does it say about us. We are told that Clinton is leading by a significant margin in his campaign to be our next president. (51% to Dole's 38% according to last week's Wall Street Journal/ABC poll.) We are told that "character" does not count. We are told that a candidate's "personal life" has no relevance to the office of President and has no "traction" as a political issue. Indeed, we are even made to feel ashamed for raising the issue. (On July 15th Clinton said, "I think character is a legitimate issue and I look forward to having that discussion." But, whenever the issue of character is mentioned Clinton dodges the discussion by claiming any question about his character is a viscous, Republican-motivated "personal attack.")
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Not me... I don't even know what Jim uses for a beeber...
Is it? I'll have to remember that! :-)
From poopy pool to the massive "CHINA TREASON" banner at the clinton impeachment rally in DC, I've had a blast!!! Thanks!!!
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. ;-)
And thanks for this thread, Hal!
I was posting somewhere else, lol. Not being quiet, at any rate.
WooHoo! May FR have Many, Many more successful years!!
That brought tears to my eyes.
You're a Christmas baby, too, huh? Happy Birthday!
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.
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.
I say we take Wednesday off and go out and get drunk.
Time to remember, lest we forget.
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.
Yep, good thing about a Halloween birthday over a Christmas birthday is you don't get cheated out of presents.
LOL- I'd like to have read that exchange!
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...
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!
Fighting moonbats? On what forum?
Wow, congrats to Jim.
Won't a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY do?
Many others too; sadly.
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!
Wow, congratulations Jim and thank you for a great 10 years. BTW, today is also my 12 year anniversary with my wonderful wife.
A true crime one, of "mixed" representation. Lots of nice people and 1-2 dips.
Last time I was really drunk was that time in Kazakhstan in 1993, and I don't ever want to relive that.
Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs Fightin!
Sounds interesting. :-)
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....I won't tell if you don't. LOL
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.
Yup...Even the old white water and freerepublic graphics are no longer on the FR server as far as I can tell.
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