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Not Ready to Make Nice (Dixie Chicks in Australia, STILL Whining About Free Republic)
AdelaideNow ^ | Sunday, October 8, 2006 | Kirsten Heyson

Posted on 10/07/2006 1:04:19 PM PDT by kristinn

It's hard to believe this petite, well-mannered Texan - sitting opposite in a Sydney harbourside hotel - caused the kind of stir the music industry has not seen since John Lennon sang about being crucified in 1969.

It's the day before the band's first Australian concert on their Accidents and Accusations world tour.

Maines looks younger than her 31 years.

SNIP

Aware she may sound "bizarre", the 31-year-old believes the vitriol directed at The Dixie Chicks was part of a right-wing conspiracy.

An organised group known as the Free Republic set out to bring the band down.

The organisation's power, she says, comes through the internet. The site has thousands of subscribers, all of whom were encouraged to destroy the band's music and boycott the radio stations that played it.

"It's scary how much power they do have," she says. "They can take down someone singlehandedly and I don't think Americans are aware of that.

"It's the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."

In the beginning, Maines says, they tried to fight their detractors. Their management tried to alert radio station programmers to what was happening.

"But they weren't open to it and just thought we were grasping at straws to try and salvage something," she says.

"It was just bigger than we could fight and we weren't willing to put ourselves out there to be made to look stupid if people weren't willing to investigate this thing and be open to it."

SNIP

"For the Free Republic we were a dream come true; they made it their mission to take us down. Apparently we were not supposed to think like this because we play country music."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: careerindumpster; clueless; crymeariver; dixiechicks; paidtobestupid; smellyskanks; yankeehens
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1 posted on 10/07/2006 1:04:20 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
"It's scary how much power they do have," she says. "They can take down someone singlehandedly and I don't think Americans are aware of that. "It's the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."

Boy, freedom of speech sure can be a bitch, can't it? Better to only allow liberals to have it when they rant from the stage.

2 posted on 10/07/2006 1:06:08 PM PDT by dirtboy (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: kristinn

Let me be the first to welcome the new Aussie members who will visit FReeRepublic in response to the fat chick's ranting.


3 posted on 10/07/2006 1:07:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: kristinn

Hey Natalie, here is my Free Speech comment and I hope you read this thread on Free Republic. BITE ME!


4 posted on 10/07/2006 1:07:27 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (If you speak against your own, you have chosen the wrong side.)
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To: kristinn

She's Delusional. OSU vs BGSU is a much happier thought...for Buckeyes.


5 posted on 10/07/2006 1:07:29 PM PDT by combat_boots (The MSM: State run Democrat media masquerading as corporations)
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To: dirtboy

LOL!


6 posted on 10/07/2006 1:07:41 PM PDT by fishergirl (Choose your vices carefully, then be loyal to them.)
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To: kristinn

Is this even true ? I know I don't give 2 spits, one way or the other for the Dixie Chicks


7 posted on 10/07/2006 1:07:48 PM PDT by stylin19a ("Klaatu Barada Nikto")
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To: kristinn

Natalie is too stupid to admit she was wrong when she opened that gaping hole in her face. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Whatever.


8 posted on 10/07/2006 1:07:49 PM PDT by Clara Lou (I love my Firefox 2.0.)
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To: kristinn

Bwahahahahahahahaha!


9 posted on 10/07/2006 1:08:05 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: kristinn

On another note a real country singer will be touring Australia soon. Folks could save their money and catch Dwight Yoakam.


10 posted on 10/07/2006 1:08:33 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: kristinn

petite?


11 posted on 10/07/2006 1:08:43 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: kristinn
"It's scary how much power they do have," she says. "They can take down someone singlehandedly and I don't think Americans are aware of that.

We can!!! Okay then, guys, who is next? So many targets, so little time. LOL

12 posted on 10/07/2006 1:08:57 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: kristinn

On another note a real country singer will be touring Australia soon. Folks could save their money and catch Dwight Yoakam.


13 posted on 10/07/2006 1:09:14 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: combat_boots

but a MUCH happier thought then your's - AWBURN GOT BEAT!!!! Roll Tide


14 posted on 10/07/2006 1:10:04 PM PDT by BamaDi (Lord Byron - you were one class act!)
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To: stylin19a

The Ditzy Chicks are like most other modern liberals. They look to dark conservative conspiracies to explain why they keep getting hosed by public opinion. It beats examining the more obvious possibility that maybe, just maybe, their dumbass opinions are not as popular with the masses as they wish to believe.


15 posted on 10/07/2006 1:10:08 PM PDT by dirtboy (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: kristinn

Three years later and Maines is still as dumb as a bag of rocks.

It's not FR, Natalie, it's you. You dissed our president on the eve of war in a foreign country, and you didn't think your fans would rebel? Nobody twisted their arms. They became aware of what you said because of postings on forums like FR, and THEY decided not to buy your records.

I've had lots of people that tell me to boycott this and that, but I make the decision myself after getting informed. I don't buy products of people that disrespect our country or undermine it. Period.


16 posted on 10/07/2006 1:10:08 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: kristinn
The Dixie Chicks have every right to express their political opinions, even in places where people have paid to hear their music, not their opinions. However, people also have every right to disagree with the opinions of the Dixie Chicks and to express their disagreements in public venues (like Free Republic) and by not buying Dixie Chicks music and concert tickets.

Politics is always a pay-to-play venue.

17 posted on 10/07/2006 1:10:48 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: kristinn

"They can take down someone singlehandedly"

Gee, are we that powerful? Why should we worry about the election then?


18 posted on 10/07/2006 1:11:13 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: kristinn
I suppose one could drop a few pounds by whining and crying. I didn't realize that FR was that powerful. If we indeed can ruin someones life, I have a list. Fat Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Soros, Carville and Begala..... Oh hell, I can't list them all here.
19 posted on 10/07/2006 1:11:20 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: kristinn
"My audience...how they adore me!"

-- Bugs Bunny

20 posted on 10/07/2006 1:11:20 PM PDT by Rocko ("Ned Lamont doesn't know anything. You might as well vote for Michael Bolton." -- O'Reilly)
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To: kristinn

Nats forgot to mention that FR buggered her cat too...


21 posted on 10/07/2006 1:11:24 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: All

Everyone, it's time.

The chair is against the wall.


22 posted on 10/07/2006 1:12:07 PM PDT by Vision ("As a man thinks...so is he." Proverbs 23:7)
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To: kristinn
"It's scary how much power they do have," she says. "They can take down someone singlehandedly..."

Damn right, b!tch. All Your Base Are Belong to Us. Got it?

:-)

23 posted on 10/07/2006 1:12:08 PM PDT by Allegra (Super Elastic Bubble Plastic!)
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To: AmishDude

petite.....I think they must mean SHORT!


24 posted on 10/07/2006 1:12:50 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: fish hawk
I didn't realize that FR was that powerful.
Yes, who knew?? I guess this means that the 2008 election is in the bag. I can relax a bit.
25 posted on 10/07/2006 1:13:20 PM PDT by Clara Lou (I love my Firefox 2.0.)
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To: kristinn
Holy molly, we're that powerful?
And to think, we don't even have decoder rings or a secret handshake like the Masons.

Anyway if we are, we should 'target' Venezuela and bring down Chavez. Now that would be something :-)

(but the Ditz forget - we DID get Dan Rather)

26 posted on 10/07/2006 1:13:48 PM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: kristinn

27 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:06 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Ping to you.


28 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:06 PM PDT by Rocko ("Ned Lamont doesn't know anything. You might as well vote for Michael Bolton." -- O'Reilly)
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To: dirtboy

Yeah, she thinks freedom of speech should only be for those who think like she does. She needs to get over it and take responsibility for what she said. It is her own fault.


29 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:19 PM PDT by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: kristinn

Hmm ... the 'North Dallas Rich Chicks' are still at it.

(Yes, I wrote 'North Dallas Rich Chicks' and that is a disparaging term ...)


30 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:20 PM PDT by _Jim (Highly recommended book on the Kennedy assassination - Posner: "Case Closed")
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To: kristinn
Natalie's been whining for well over three years now about the same thing.

Isn't there some special FR award we can bestow upon her for that?

31 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:31 PM PDT by Allegra (Super Elastic Bubble Plastic!)
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To: kristinn
Maines looks younger than her 31 years.

She's only 31?

"It's scary how much power they do have," she says. "They can take down someone singlehandedly and I don't think Americans are aware of that.
"It's the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."

You forgot Dan Rather, honey.

32 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:42 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: AmishDude
petite?

Yeah, petite brain.

33 posted on 10/07/2006 1:14:50 PM PDT by rivercat (Welcome to California. Now go home.)
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To: Clara Lou

LOL! I didn't think that far ahead, but you are right.


34 posted on 10/07/2006 1:15:24 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: kristinn
Poor baby. Performers are, after all, special people with the unalienable right to spout any stream of nonsense they like from the stage without risking criticism in return. It's right there in the Constitution. You betcha.
35 posted on 10/07/2006 1:15:30 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: BamaDi

When did Auburn get beat? WE came very close last Thursday night- I was at that game, and even though we lost I have to say it was one of the best football games I've ever seen. I know Steve Spurrier won't admit it, but I thought the Gamecocks did very well. Getting back to the thread's topic- who gives a rat's butt what a Dixie Scank thinks? :0)


36 posted on 10/07/2006 1:15:32 PM PDT by MissEdie (Liberalscostlives)
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To: kristinn
"(Free Republic is) ... the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."

We went after Ellen Degeneres? I don't recall anything organized. We just thought her show sucked.

37 posted on 10/07/2006 1:15:46 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: cripplecreek
What did we supposedly do? The Fat Chick can't be that stupid! She brought herself down with her comments. You mean it never occurred to her that her fans are 100% Red Blooded Patriotic Americans? Oy!
38 posted on 10/07/2006 1:16:14 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Islam is the Death Cult of Perpetual Outrage!)
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To: kristinn; ElectricStrawberry

Good to see you again at the Murtha Rally. When we FReeped the Chix in Boston, I think that there were only 10 of us.


39 posted on 10/07/2006 1:16:26 PM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: AmishDude
petite?

The writer must be using "petite" as a euphemism for short.

40 posted on 10/07/2006 1:16:44 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: george76

EEEwwwwwww, I'm getting ready to cook supper for my husband shortly, thanks for ruining my appetite! Oh well, more for him!


41 posted on 10/07/2006 1:16:51 PM PDT by MissEdie (Liberalscostlives)
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To: The KG9 Kid

LOL! I don't recall going after Fat Nat!


42 posted on 10/07/2006 1:16:54 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Islam is the Death Cult of Perpetual Outrage!)
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To: Allegra
Isn't there some special FR award we can bestow upon her for that?

I'm afraid their award days are ending.

43 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:01 PM PDT by Rocko ("Ned Lamont doesn't know anything. You might as well vote for Michael Bolton." -- O'Reilly)
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To: kristinn

Each of the Dixie Chicks three previous albums sold about 10 million units. This current album was given about a hundred million dollars of free publicity. The lead single had an orchestra, a choir, and about a dozen straight weeks as VH-1's most played song. The result:

20 million? Nope.
At least 10 million, right? Nope.
5 million? Nope.
3 million? Nope.
Not even 2 million. And it's down to #69 on Billboard.


44 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:04 PM PDT by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: nuconvert
Gee, are we that powerful?

Let's see...who shall we destroy next?

Singlehandedly, of course.

45 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:09 PM PDT by Allegra (Super Elastic Bubble Plastic!)
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To: Allegra

" some special FR award ..."

An all she-can-eat-buffet.


46 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:11 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fish hawk

Surely only Karl Rove is this powerful.


47 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:26 PM PDT by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: Clara Lou
"Natalie is too stupid to admit she was wrong when she opened that gaping hole in her face. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Whatever."

Who cares, now why did I even read this loony story.
48 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:43 PM PDT by fabriclady
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To: kristinn

Natalie still doesn't understand freedom of speech. Here is how it works Natalie, you are free to sing/talk and we are free to NOT listen.


49 posted on 10/07/2006 1:17:44 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: kristinn

Two chicks and a pig.


50 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:00 PM PDT by chiefqc
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