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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: 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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To: george76

Is she dressed as a baked potato for Halloween in that picture? Good God realize what you look like before going out in public.


351 posted on 10/07/2006 9:21:04 PM PDT by Dmitry Vukicevich (Serbia was attacked to appease Moose slammers, Thanks Bill)
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To: Xenophon450

Don't forget Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, the Diebold Company and Karl Rove's weather machine.


352 posted on 10/07/2006 9:21:44 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (When he was two, Bauer glared at his parents..they immediately went into witness protection)
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To: ZULU

a Fierce snake would be nice, or box jellyfish or a blue ring octopus. Man it seems like everything in Australia can kill you.


353 posted on 10/07/2006 9:25:43 PM PDT by Dmitry Vukicevich (Serbia was attacked to appease Moose slammers, Thanks Bill)
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To: Jim Noble
We're organized?

Yeah, dontcha 'member we meet the third Friday of every month at ol' Jim's place (or is it every second Tuesday of the month at Billy Bob's place?) whatever...

354 posted on 10/07/2006 9:26:50 PM PDT by CAWats (Post to Free Republic without knowing HTML. Click my name.)
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To: Dmitry Vukicevich

She should hire someone to dress her.

She can not dress herself.


355 posted on 10/07/2006 9:30:32 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Dmitry Vukicevich

Yeah even the spiders - check out Funnel Web Spider - they can bite through shoes.

We really NEED the Serbs in the Balkans more than ever.

The battle of Kosovo should be commemorated by the expulsion of all Muslims from European soil and the return of Hagia Sophia to the Orthodox Church as a Christian place of worship.

May heaven damn the Clintons.


356 posted on 10/07/2006 9:31:17 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: kristinn

357 posted on 10/07/2006 9:36:16 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("..a creature from the prehistoric past. The terrible, fearsome, Croco-Stimpy! ")
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To: kristinn

Presumably Maines has never heard about the travails of Sinead O'Connor who found out first hand how troublesome it can be to venture into the affairs of a higly placed person.

Who's Sinead O'Connor? - that's the result as well as the question. A couple of years from now there will also be the question "Who's Natalie Maines?" Deal with it beeyatch!


358 posted on 10/07/2006 9:36:41 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: I still care

"I don't buy products of people that disrespect our country or undermine it."

Remember that Target is owned by the French!


359 posted on 10/07/2006 9:39:22 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: ZULU
Amen brother. My mother still hates Clintoon for attacking her people. God I love the lady. But it will not happen until we get the UN "peacekeepers" out of there. I still don't understand why the antiwar dummies haven't been protesting Kosovo or our involvement in the Balkans that is still present today. I guess selective outrage allows them to sleep when a Democrat attacks an ally but get their panties in a wad when a Republican attacks a group that has threatened an end to our way of life.

I look forward to visiting Australia one day. The wildlife alone has my adrenaline pumping.
360 posted on 10/07/2006 9:41:43 PM PDT by Dmitry Vukicevich (Serbia was attacked to appease Moose slammers, Thanks Bill)
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