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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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To: Clara Lou
Does Maines feel vindicated in any way, now that supposedly more than 70 per cent of Americans are opposed to the war in Iraq?

Gee, and I thought we had all of the power here at FR> Hey Nat, do you suppose the MSM has any power since they have bashed the war and the President for 5 + years now? Or is that more truth than you can deal with?

301 posted on 10/07/2006 5:27:13 PM PDT by ladyinred (RIP my precious Lamb Chop)
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To: darkangel82
"It will be good target practice for the viking kitty/zot crew as well."

Very true! I have my nukes at the ready! My left hand is paralyzed though, and it's slowing me down bigtime....

302 posted on 10/07/2006 5:30:05 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: kristinn

That's hysterically funny. Free Republic is simply another forum for free speech. I thought she was all for free speech? I guess she figures free speech is okay, as long as the speech is hers ....


303 posted on 10/07/2006 5:35:00 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Kelo must GO!! ..... http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Issaquahking

Another vast right wing conspiracy victim?


304 posted on 10/07/2006 5:42:18 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: kristinn
If we were that powerful...there would be much bigger fish to fry than the Chicks.

This is for Natalie: You are very talented and while the Bush comment in London was tone deaf, you could have recovered—without even having to change your opinion of the man. Politics do not make for long-term alliances and quickly fade away. It is also important to note that while I was never a fan, I respect your work. However, I know personally many fans of yours that were hurt deeply by your attitude towards them. So, let me explain.

What did you in once and for all, was to tell your fans that you were too good to be in the fifteen disc changer with Reba and Toby. You didn't need those kind of hicks in your parade. That may not be what you intended folks to hear, but that is the way it came across.

It wasn't about politics...it was about insulting the intelligence and integrity of people who brought you to the dance. You became more than just ashamed of a President, you became ashamed of your fans who often support the President...you called them ignorant and deemed them not nearly cool enough for you.

You did more than just abandon them. In an effort to justify your own behavior, rather than defending your position, or apologizing for unnecessarily politicizing your music, you lashed out and hurt the people who loved your music. You told those who made you a success and remained loyal to you despite political differences...that they were worthless because they had the audacity to disagree with you.

Frankly Natalie, that was stupid and showed me an awful lot about your character. A perfect illustration of ingratitude and arrogance. It shouldn't surprise you when those folks felt insulted and walked away. I don't blame them. Name one reason why they should stay around someone who is embarrassed by their mere presence?

There will be others who come along with as much, or perhaps more, talent than you have. If we are lucky, they will understand what gratitude is. They will appreciate and respect to those who paid hard-earned money to pave their own road to success. And they will be loved in return.

But for now, enjoy the fancy parties and the uppity friends. You've certainly earned them. I wish you the best of luck.

305 posted on 10/07/2006 5:48:36 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: pollyannaish

well said Pollyannaish. You should send it to her.

In her apology to Bush, she actually said
"I hope everyone understands, I am just a young girl who grew up in Texas.... I heard LOTS of people disrespecting the President. So, I guess I just assumed it was acceptable behavior."

(Throughout her apology, she is quite sarcastic)


306 posted on 10/07/2006 6:00:25 PM PDT by sasha123
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To: kristinn

LOL! What the hell are they doing Down here, anyway?


307 posted on 10/07/2006 6:02:27 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: sasha123

Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't care enough to send it to her personally. If she reads it fine. If not, eh. In any case, she will reap the natural consequences of her behavior.


308 posted on 10/07/2006 6:02:51 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: cripplecreek

Let me second (or more accurately, at this point, something in the low hundreds) that, FRiend.


309 posted on 10/07/2006 6:04:21 PM PDT by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: kristinn

It just warms the heart, doesn't it?


310 posted on 10/07/2006 6:25:02 PM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: dirtboy
As warm and fuzzy as it makes me feel when she says that we did it to her, she has nobody to blame but herself. Free Republic did not make her say all the stupid things she said about our President and things she said to and about her fans. Free Republic did not make her wear a stupid FUTK shirt. Many of their fans would have given them a second chance, maybe a third but she blew them all. The name of the tour says it all. Not ready to make nice. You blew it Natalie. Enjoy what you have wrought. Grasp at a few straws to try and salvage something.
311 posted on 10/07/2006 6:34:52 PM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: Doctor Raoul
Nats forgot to mention that FR buggered her cat too...

Laz?

312 posted on 10/07/2006 6:37:30 PM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: Guenevere

A petite hydrant?


313 posted on 10/07/2006 6:41:57 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Colorado Doug; Lazamataz
Laz?

You know the rules. If you are gonna accuse a freeper of buggering a cat, you gotta ping them.

314 posted on 10/07/2006 6:45:17 PM PDT by dirtboy (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: The KG9 Kid
"(Free Republic is) ... the same group that went after (former US president) Bill Clinton and (gay actress) Ellen DeGeneres."

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

Yeah, I dont' remember anyone going after her either... Oh well, maybe it was some weekend we weren't here KG9Kid.

315 posted on 10/07/2006 6:47:10 PM PDT by GOPJ (Quickest way to put the Foley scandal behind us is for Foley to switch parties - BufordP)
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To: Ditter
Here is how it works Natalie, you are free to sing/talk and we are free to NOT listen.

BINGO

316 posted on 10/07/2006 6:48:31 PM PDT by GOPJ (Quickest way to put the Foley scandal behind us is for Foley to switch parties - BufordP)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Lucky you!


317 posted on 10/07/2006 6:50:16 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
Too funny. I made a lot of phone calls but in truth, did not have much luck. One local country station did stop playing these idiots singing the national anthem at noon.

I guess that was just a little too much.

318 posted on 10/07/2006 6:51:38 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: kristinn
I want to thank the Bildabergers, the Illuminati, my mom, dad, oh and that one guy that waved at me at the crosswalk yesterday, couldn't have done it without you all.
319 posted on 10/07/2006 6:54:56 PM PDT by Xenophon450 ("Study the past, if you would divine the future." - Confucius)
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To: kristinn
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.

The Great and Powerful FR!

FUNM

320 posted on 10/07/2006 7:07:04 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: Little Bill
When we FReeped the Chix in Boston, I think that there were only 10 of us.

Ah, but a very powerful 10 you were!

BTW, did you guys remember to get your paychecks for that Freep?

;-)

321 posted on 10/07/2006 7:12:39 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn
Is this the first time they are actually admitting that they are suffering a bit from people "boycotting" them? It seems they always have had other excuses, like needing to cancel their tours for their big movie. Wow. They are now saying that they are being hurt, not just re-adjusting . They are gone, big time, and now they actually are realizing it.

TC

322 posted on 10/07/2006 7:20:12 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: dirtboy; Lazamataz
My mistake. I was just thinking aloud and figured that if there was any buggering to be done . . well, Laz came to mind. My apologies to Lazamataz for failing to ping.
323 posted on 10/07/2006 7:27:56 PM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: concretebob
I spent 18 months as a co-driver on a moving van, with a guy who had every Slim Whitman album, on 8-track, ever recorded.

Then you have heard "Blood in the saddle" That was something. I have to say that it's possible Natalie sings better, maybe.

324 posted on 10/07/2006 7:34:33 PM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the FRee publicity Chicken brains! We'll be here for a while after you break up, cause you can't sell any concert venues outside of Berkeley and Cambridge (I doubt even the Commies in Austin will want to listen to your mainstream Nashville factory cookie cutter crap.)


325 posted on 10/07/2006 7:55:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you wearing boxers?)
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To: Colorado Doug; Lazamataz
I was just thinking aloud and figured that if there was any buggering to be done . . well, Laz came to mind.

And that was a most reasonable presumption, my son.

326 posted on 10/07/2006 7:57:08 PM PDT by dirtboy (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: kristinn
When do I get my secret decoder ring for making Natalie disrespect the president on foreign soil?

When do I learn the secret handshake for making her attack fellow country star Toby Keith and using foul language to do it.

When do I get my marching orders for making her belittle her own fans?

When do I get the keys to the secret dungeon for making Natalie dis country legends Reba and Buddy Holly?

I want my secret FReeper stuff!

What should we make her do next?

327 posted on 10/07/2006 8:03:05 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: kristinn
we weren't willing to put ourselves out there to be made to look stupid

"Made to look stupid??"

'Tweren't no manufacturing required, sweetie.

328 posted on 10/07/2006 8:04:12 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: kristinn

Dixie Pigs??? Weren't they a band back in the 90s??

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


329 posted on 10/07/2006 8:07:20 PM PDT by bray (Voting for the Rats is a Deathwish)
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To: dirtboy

The price of living in the entertainment bubble. Once they departed from country musics, they were surrounded by people who felt nothing but hatred and disdain for the kind of people she grew up with.


330 posted on 10/07/2006 8:12:01 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: kristinn
"It was just bigger than we could fight and we weren't willing to put ourselves out there to be made to look stupid

You already did that, cow.

331 posted on 10/07/2006 8:19:50 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for President Bush and our country.)
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To: Bahbah
We can!!! Okay then, guys, who is next? So many targets, so little time. LOL

Lets start with Pelosi. Shes goin' down!

332 posted on 10/07/2006 8:21:18 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for President Bush and our country.)
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I really need to contact the post office...

I'm not getting my paychecks from the International Bankers, I haven't been getting my "mind-numbed robot" marching orders from Rush, and now I learn that I never got my orders from JimRob on trying to ruin the careers of the Dixie Twits!

This just isn't right! For some reason I'm not getting this important stuff, but I still get all the junk mail!

Mark


333 posted on 10/07/2006 8:25:28 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Clara Lou
And mooses can't bite our sisters. All beebers are stuned, as well. We are all powerful.

And we all like cheese.

334 posted on 10/07/2006 8:30:11 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for President Bush and our country.)
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To: fish hawk

Just pick out a name from you list and tell us who we should go after next.


335 posted on 10/07/2006 8:45:32 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: dirtboy

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

Go ahead, dirtboy, take a bow.......I just did : )


336 posted on 10/07/2006 8:47:51 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: beckysueb

: )


337 posted on 10/07/2006 8:48:19 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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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."

Huh? I don't recall anybody having a fit about Ellen DeGeneres. Besides, Clinton took himself down. All we had to do was watch him self destruct.

338 posted on 10/07/2006 8:49:44 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: kristinn

Uh, Dixie Chickie poo poo, you are all morons. Please say no more. SHUT UP AND SING!!!!


339 posted on 10/07/2006 8:50:09 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: SandyInSeattle

And Clinton is still on self destruct : )


340 posted on 10/07/2006 8:51:40 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Ain't that the truth.

How can we miss him when he won't go away?


341 posted on 10/07/2006 8:53:06 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Holey moley!


342 posted on 10/07/2006 8:55:25 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for President Bush and our country.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

Clinton has a perverse need to be on camera, and to be loved..........Didn't help his rape victims much when they refused to "worship" him.


343 posted on 10/07/2006 9:05:08 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: MarkL

Maybe you're in the Opus Dei division, like I am. We don't get paid, we just do it for the joy of it.


344 posted on 10/07/2006 9:11:01 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: kristinn; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Not my normal type of ping, but Fat Nat's little rant literally had me laughing out loud!


345 posted on 10/07/2006 9:11:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("The Democratic Party: Against buggering youths for almost a week now." --IMAO.us)
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To: kristinn

So, if I'm reading this right, I'm a member of a powerful, organized, right-wing conspiracy.

Cool.


346 posted on 10/07/2006 9:15:11 PM PDT by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: kristinn

Freedom for me not for THEE! God I hate the Drip*y Sl*ts


347 posted on 10/07/2006 9:15:54 PM PDT by Dmitry Vukicevich (Serbia was attacked to appease Moose slammers, Thanks Bill)
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To: kristinn

I hope they meet up with some Aussie wildlife - like Taipans and Salties.


348 posted on 10/07/2006 9:17:13 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: CAWats

Shhh..dont tell everyone youre getting it for free...Everybody will want it.


349 posted on 10/07/2006 9:17:24 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (When he was two, Bauer glared at his parents..they immediately went into witness protection)
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To: GOPJ

ive been here every week since 1998, and I don't remember anyone going after Ellen.

She seems nice enough..never noticed her being a nasty woman..


350 posted on 10/07/2006 9:20:05 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (When he was two, Bauer glared at his parents..they immediately went into witness protection)
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