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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: MissEdie

51 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:07 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: kristinn

31? That's really old for a pig.


52 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:11 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Vision
The chair is against the wall.

AWI8M    RLZJQ     2STRA     NZPRK   ENDS

/johnny

53 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (They want to die in jihad. I'm here to help, in whatever small way I can. Generally by cooking...)
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To: kristinn

As much as I'd like to be able to claim some credit for the demise of the ditzies, I'm pretty sure the reaction to their treasonous sentiments is a lot more broad-based than just FR members.


54 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:34 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Islam delenda est)
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To: Doctor Raoul

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

Ahem, the Viking Kittens don't go for that kind of stuff. I suspect that must have been someone at Geffen records.


55 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:42 PM PDT by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: kristinn

It seems the only free speech princess Natalie valued was her own and she found out the American people took a dim view of the content of hers while on foreign soil.


56 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: kristinn

Typical liberal. It's always someone else's fault. They never want to take responsibility for their own actions.


57 posted on 10/07/2006 1:18:48 PM PDT by ru4liberty
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To: kristinn

She's mad because we are not doing as she tells us. How dare we disagree and not buy their records or go to their concerts?

I'd like to see her engage in a little honesty and say that what she really wants is the money and no back talk.


58 posted on 10/07/2006 1:19:30 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: Allegra
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting We're just a bunch of Lovable Fuzzballs!
59 posted on 10/07/2006 1:19:42 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Islam is the Death Cult of Perpetual Outrage!)
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To: Allegra; Seeking the truth; dalereed

She's right, you know. One example is the Freeper-led boycott of Morgan Stanley for paying Bill Clinton to give a speech right after he left office in disgrace. Morgan Stanley issued a public apology and Clinton had to go overseas for most of the year to get paid gigs.


60 posted on 10/07/2006 1:19:47 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
"They can take down someone singlehandedly and I don't think Americans are aware of that.

Wow. What's the formula? The Clintons and Jimmy Carter (among many others)are still around!

61 posted on 10/07/2006 1:19:59 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: george76

Who knew you could buy golden Hefty's Cinch-sacks(tm)?

62 posted on 10/07/2006 1:20:26 PM PDT by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: BlessedBeGod

Power? She thinks that if someone tells someone what to think then they do.

James Madison had her pegged. Those who take your money do not respect your ideas.


63 posted on 10/07/2006 1:21:02 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: kristinn

Natalie--we're not part of any group that seeks to bring anyone down. Clinton did it to himself and so did you. We're simply Americans who view the nation as a force for good. We believe in freedom. We do not wish to be attacked and believe it is the duty of the country to fight enemies. You don't. We don't but your CD's. Simple as that.


64 posted on 10/07/2006 1:21:29 PM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: Allegra
Let's see...who shall we destroy next?

The list is sooo long! Decisions, Decisions.

65 posted on 10/07/2006 1:21:47 PM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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To: george76

LOL

Beautiful!


66 posted on 10/07/2006 1:21:57 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: kristinn
An organised group known as the Free Republic set out to bring the band down.

I thought it was Bush's fault.

67 posted on 10/07/2006 1:22:24 PM PDT by Darth Republican
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To: AmishDude

"petite?"

As sows go, uh, scuse me, big fat hens.

Until reading these remarks I didn't know that I was supposed to have been buying their records and their bull sh-t too.


68 posted on 10/07/2006 1:22:59 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: BamaAndy

The best thing about my personal boycotts is that they cost me nothing.


69 posted on 10/07/2006 1:23:35 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: RikaStrom
Come to think of it, Nancy Pelosi is first on my list, this week.
70 posted on 10/07/2006 1:23:48 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Islam is the Death Cult of Perpetual Outrage!)
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To: george76

Petite? Compared to what?


71 posted on 10/07/2006 1:23:51 PM PDT by CinnamonBear
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To: kristinn
Morgan Stanley issued a public apology and Clinton had to go overseas for most of the year to get paid gigs.

I'm pretty sure that the Morgan Stanley employee who hired Clinton to speak at their conference was fired, too.

72 posted on 10/07/2006 1:24:11 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Rocko

Her fury at our non compliance with her dictates is just an unanticipated bonus.


73 posted on 10/07/2006 1:24:29 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: monkeywrench
To borrow a phrase commonly used in reference to Karl Rove:

Free Republic, you magnificent bastard.

74 posted on 10/07/2006 1:25:08 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: kristinn
An organised group known as the Free Republic set out to bring the band down

Really ??? I didn't know that I was part of an organized group ... where are the stratagy meetings held? Is there a Vicar and a Sargent At Arms? I didn't know that I was being recruited into this cult called Free Republic until this Dixie Chick told me so ....... in all, I didn't get the memo

/shrug off /sarc off

75 posted on 10/07/2006 1:25:09 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: kristinn
"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."

After Dan Ratherbiased did they really think they had a chance?

76 posted on 10/07/2006 1:25:13 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: kristinn

"THE" Free Republic?

Can't she at least get the name right?


77 posted on 10/07/2006 1:25:25 PM PDT by gabidale89
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To: kristinn; Fred Nerks
Read the article, not surprised that natalie maines is still dumber than a stick. I love her comment -

While fellow country music artists such as Reba McEntire and Toby Keith publicly denounced the band, support did come from unexpected quarters. "I've made good friends because of it, but Bruce Springsteen was amazing. He put a letter on his website . . . and Barbra Streisand, etc...

Lay down with dogs, stand up with fleas! The company she keeps shouts who she is...another leftist, liberal, b*#ch.


For th record natalie, I took my only dixie witches album and tried out my new birdshot on your clay pigeon.
78 posted on 10/07/2006 1:25:43 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Trust can't be bought)
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To: Moonman62

Ha!


79 posted on 10/07/2006 1:26:14 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: wagglebee

Methinks she doth project too much. She wants to say what she wants without any response-- just pay up.


80 posted on 10/07/2006 1:26:26 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: DumpsterDiver

Perhaps the writer used the word 'petite' to portray Natalie as little David against the Goliath - Free Republic.
Natalie needs to quit whining and get over it. No one wants to listen to her music or her opinions. She singlehandedly ruined her own career.


81 posted on 10/07/2006 1:26:56 PM PDT by antceecee (Western countries really aren't up to winning this war on terror... it might offend the terrorists.)
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To: kristinn

Our power comes through the internet.

We are legion.

We cannot be stopped.

We never forgive.

We never forget.

Lol. :p


82 posted on 10/07/2006 1:27:00 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Condor51
And to think, we don't even have decoder rings or a secret handshake like the Masons.

Are you telling me that you don't have your decoder ring? Everyone knows you have to have your ring and the secret handshake to get into a freep

83 posted on 10/07/2006 1:27:20 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: kristinn

You know I wish we did have the power this nut thinks we have. If only. Actually libs are simply stunned and angry that anyone or any group would have the gall to question what they do. If we've made her life miserable in any small way, then I'm glad.


84 posted on 10/07/2006 1:27:45 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Issaquahking

I stopped buying Springsteen records, too. Saved me about $150 in the past few years.


85 posted on 10/07/2006 1:27:59 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

We be hugh...and the power we have is series.


86 posted on 10/07/2006 1:28:36 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Every single day provides at least one new reason to hate the mainstream media...)
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To: Allegra
Let's see...who shall we destroy next?
You forgot to rub your hands together with glee as you said that.
87 posted on 10/07/2006 1:28:49 PM PDT by Clara Lou (I love my Firefox 2.0.)
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To: Pharmboy

And mooses can't bite our sisters. All beebers are stuned, as well. We are all powerful.


88 posted on 10/07/2006 1:29:53 PM PDT by Clara Lou (I love my Firefox 2.0.)
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To: Constantine XIII

LOL

More like Natalie should have taken Marketing in college as she failed to understand who her customers were.


89 posted on 10/07/2006 1:30:20 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: kristinn
Aware she may sound "bizarre",

Good!

;-)

That's a first step!

90 posted on 10/07/2006 1:30:22 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: kristinn
An organised group known as the Free Republic set out to bring the band down.

Compliments are nice and all, but they destroyed themselves. Their insistance on blaming the messenger is interesting psychologically, but delusional nonetheless.

91 posted on 10/07/2006 1:30:35 PM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: fishergirl

LOL indeed! She made some bad choices and is becoming quite unhinged as she wreaps what she sows.
And I noticed the portly Maines forgot to mention Dan Rather?
Please, more credit where it is due Ms. Ditzy.


92 posted on 10/07/2006 1:30:35 PM PDT by JerseyDvl ("If you attack Americans, we'll defend your right to do it."- The Democrat Party)
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To: kristinn

If they'd lose some weight, I might listen to them.


93 posted on 10/07/2006 1:30:45 PM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: Pharmboy

Bwhahahahahahaha


94 posted on 10/07/2006 1:30:52 PM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: kristinn

95 posted on 10/07/2006 1:31:03 PM PDT by Registered
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To: kristinn

Yea, yea, gnat...we've been looking for a way to get you since you were just a little tike. We always hoped that--some day--you'd eat your foot JUST SO we could, finally, get you!

< / s >

Hey, chickee...PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS. Get some!


96 posted on 10/07/2006 1:31:25 PM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: saganite
Went to see Dwight Yoakam many years ago,ticket was $15.00 and he played for 3 hours,all the while continually thanking the audience.

Geat music and a class act.

97 posted on 10/07/2006 1:31:26 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: cripplecreek; Fair Go; GMMAC

Ping!

;-P


98 posted on 10/07/2006 1:31:32 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: gotribe
If they'd lose some weight, I might listen to them.

As in at least 1/3 body mass?

99 posted on 10/07/2006 1:32:01 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: fabriclady

That's what I say. Who cares what these fat, dumb-ass, socialist, Anti-American, terrorist appeasing bitches have to say about ANYTHING?


100 posted on 10/07/2006 1:32:05 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (U.S. out of the U.N., and the U.N. out of the U.S.!)
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