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ReUnion Thread: Calling All Pre-WOT Freepers with PRE- 9/11/2001 Join Dates
May 2, 2012 | Vanity

Posted on 05/02/2012 5:23:35 AM PDT by xzins

We are the Free Republic Pre-War on Terror Class of Freepers.

Having been a freeper for over a decade, and having experienced both a pre 9/11 presence here and a post 9/11 presence, having experienced the Hanging Chad Wars of GW's first election, Sore Loserman and all, what stands out for you regarding the growth of Free Republic over the years.

What are your thoughts on the independence of Free Republic, and Jim Robinson's decision to go advertisement free all these years. My first thought is that his financial independence is what has freed him to tell the GOP-E to stick it in their ear this year.

If he had to worry about sponsors dropping him, or well-heeled pubbies supporting him, that might have intimidated a lesser man.

We've been blessed these many years. What stands out for you in your decades plus experience on Free Republic?


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To: McGruff

Heard about it on Rush during the Clinton Lewinsky events. Started lurking from the Drudge link. Signed up a few years later.


101 posted on 05/02/2012 9:12:47 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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Buckhead taking out Dan Rather.

I also miss quidam. ~snicker~

102 posted on 05/02/2012 9:13:40 AM PDT by eureka! (Bless Our Troops. D*mn the Left.)
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To: McGruff
... I found a link to this site while reading The Drudge Report ...

November, 1997, when the internet finally arrived in west flyover. First stop was Drudge, and then started through the links. Spent about 3 hours on Free Republic that night, coming to the realization that I was not alone. Miss the flame wars, the banter, the WH basement corps, close your tags!, and so many long gone. Would probably still be lurking if not for a quick html primer by my TRT bud Labgrade (RIP.)

103 posted on 05/02/2012 9:14:22 AM PDT by kitchen (America or obama - you can't have both.)
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To: xzins

I send my regrets because I’m too old to attend a reunion this year. You all have a good time and then keep your comments to yourself because I may get a tear in my eye remembering all who have passed on to that great Free Republic in the sky. ;-)

I may even remember a few who were condemned to Zotland Hades.


104 posted on 05/02/2012 9:30:08 AM PDT by rw4site (Little men want Big Government!)
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To: xzins

A long time...

The smell of ozone as the Viking Kitties zot another troll...

Laz hitting everything in sight (”Stand aside, citizen, for I must hit that!”)...

Hugh and series...

SunkenCiv’s GGG and Catastrophism pinglists...

The one thing about this site, aside from the amazing amount of data, that keeps me coming back is the humor.


105 posted on 05/02/2012 9:32:30 AM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: rw4site

Wow! 1997.

Welcome home, grandpa!


106 posted on 05/02/2012 9:35:34 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: BrewingFrog

I agree about the humor.

I don’t brew. I roast.

Some excellent Ethiopian Harar the other day.

:>)


107 posted on 05/02/2012 9:37:08 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: KC Burke

Michael Rivero.


108 posted on 05/02/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

The list of the dear and departed is long indeed.

It seems like we started out wide and thin in interests and views opposing corruption, Clinton and the general left.

We now are deeper, but seeming to ever narrow.


109 posted on 05/02/2012 10:04:55 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: xzins

I remember the Free Republic demonstration in Washington that C-Span somehow labeled “pro-Clinton”.


110 posted on 05/02/2012 10:08:27 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: xzins

Late to the party but finally here!


111 posted on 05/02/2012 10:12:02 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Bigun

Bigun
Since Mar 16, 1998


112 posted on 05/02/2012 10:14:41 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: KC Burke
We now are deeper, but seeming to ever narrow.

It's these purges/self-purges. The kitchen of FR generates much heat....

113 posted on 05/02/2012 10:15:03 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: noexcuses
It's sad that this election primary has taken such a toll on our FR family.

This primary had nothing to do with that. The unabashed promotion of Mitt the Gay loving, Pro Abortion Candidate had everything to do with it. Fair warning was given if you didn't like it then you should have restrained yourselves and returned to high another day. Nothing says you have to post. I was a lurking reader, long before I jumped in.

114 posted on 05/02/2012 10:21:29 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period, and by election day you won't like him either.)
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To: icwhatudo

Hear Here!

I much prefer the FR of 1998, before there WERE any mods, to the FR of today due to the things you mentioned and more!


115 posted on 05/02/2012 10:23:38 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: MichaelP
The discourse was more refined then...

Amen! Very much so!

116 posted on 05/02/2012 10:29:04 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Alamo-Girl

NO!

Not now! Not ever! That is unvarnished HISTORY dear lady!


117 posted on 05/02/2012 10:31:59 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Bigun

Thank you for your encouragement, dear Bigun!


118 posted on 05/02/2012 10:36:15 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: KC Burke

ABSOLUTELY!

All points!


119 posted on 05/02/2012 10:38:27 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: xzins
... what stands out for you regarding the growth of Free Republic over the years.

Bush v Gore, 2000

120 posted on 05/02/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (OBAMA!!'s name is all caps as sarcasm to indicate a lack of respect, as he does not deserve it)
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To: xzins

Free Republic is an American original.

Simply brilliant.


121 posted on 05/02/2012 10:47:40 AM PDT by stevestras
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To: xzins

I prefer the FR I enjoyed years ago to the echo chamber it has become more recently.

I ALWAYS donated to the former but will not to the latter.

What do we accomplish when we are consumed with PREACHING to the choir?


122 posted on 05/02/2012 10:49:17 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: cuban leaf

Never mind. It was inappropriate for me to make that suggestion. But, I have not regretted what I have donated, even though I do not agree with all that goes on here. This is the best pplace and the quickest place to find th enews.


123 posted on 05/02/2012 10:53:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

—This is the best pplace and the quickest place to find th enews.—

I agree, mainly on the sheer diversity of subjects.


124 posted on 05/02/2012 11:00:46 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: xzins

Just checked myself and have been here since February 1, 2001. The best thing about this site is that it is independent as a conservative site.


125 posted on 05/02/2012 11:09:06 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: xzins

Ooooh! I do like my coffee, but I refer to beer brewing.

Last weekend I brewed up a batch of what I call “Hearty American Ale” which is a lighter in color than pale-ale, but full-bodied, mildly hopped ale which goes quite well with the Lower Texas Springtime and Early Summer.

Summer is for hefe-weizen and my famous Blackberry Dunkle-Weizen. Oh yeah...


126 posted on 05/02/2012 11:09:16 AM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: Dead Corpse

I signed up in Dec. 2000 under an old name. I FELLOW FREEPER. I forgot the password....LOL!


127 posted on 05/02/2012 11:13:19 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: xzins; RaceBannon; Jim Robinson

WOW...takes me back to the days of protesting with the likes of Race Bannon in front of Joe Lieberman’s house in New Haven, CT during the 2000 election.

Thank you Jim Robinson for starting FreeRepublic and giving us like-minded people a home to gather in.


128 posted on 05/02/2012 11:15:41 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: BrewingFrog

please post a recipe with instructions in one of the chat forums

seriously!


129 posted on 05/02/2012 11:18:30 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: Dead Corpse

” Wondering how much stuff Hillary stole when they carted her ass out...”

Plenty!


130 posted on 05/02/2012 11:22:14 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: All; 2nd amendment mama
Thank you Jim Robinson for starting FreeRepublic and giving us like-minded people a home to gather in.

It's Freep-a-Thon Time

And Donations are Needed

To Keep the Lights On

Vote "Yes" with Your CASH!

131 posted on 05/02/2012 11:23:02 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: Alamo-Girl

Now there’s a name I remember. Just tried going to your website and it was blocked by my company’s DearLeader filter. I’d consider that a complement.


132 posted on 05/02/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: Dead Corpse

LOL!

133 posted on 05/02/2012 11:28:45 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: xzins

I’m A+bert.


134 posted on 05/02/2012 11:28:55 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: xzins

Although I’m not of the class of 2001, or earlier as far as membership I was lurking in that era, regardless I wanted to add some food for thought for everyone on the matter of the advertisements on site.

The advertisers do have clout as to what will be presented at the site they advertise, and I do mean language, metaphors, pictures, etc.

If FR goes with advertisements the advertisers will demand their own code of language governing metaphors, innuendoes, pictures, etc.

In other words I fear we lose some of the personality that is FR if advertisers are accepted to the site.

Just a thought.


135 posted on 05/02/2012 11:33:54 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: xzins
(We have the same join date!)

Me Too!

I think, that was THE DAY Drudge first posted about the "Stained Blue Dress"....

136 posted on 05/02/2012 11:43:47 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: xzins
Been around for awhile, monthly donor since I found out you could do that. I pay for value received and I receive a lot of value here. Others can do whatever they please, but I won't have a lot of sympathy for non-donors complaining about ads.

Best political site on the net. Period.

137 posted on 05/02/2012 11:50:53 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: McGruff

My story too! I subsequently joined under a different name, then dropped out after I graduated college in 2000. Lurked off and on for many years, but didn’t seek to post anything because I didn’t feel I had anything worth saying. Couldn’t recall the password to my old name and couldn’t find it anywhere when I rejoined, so I figure it must have been purged along the way.


138 posted on 05/02/2012 11:51:47 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: BlueLancer

I used to read all of Coyote’s posts. They were usually very long, but always were very educational. A lot of history about the left. I miss him.

And Michael Rivero’s tin foil threads were... Interesting. I bet he’s a 911 Truther these days.

I also miss the Smoky Back Room chat room here. It was awesome, there was a core group there, not many of us left now. :(

Whatever Jim wants for the site, I support it.


139 posted on 05/02/2012 11:53:36 AM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Newt Gingrich 2012 - The Man With a Plan)
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To: rockinqsranch

I agree. Advertisers will stink the place up and clutter it with junk and pop-ups.

No thank you!


140 posted on 05/02/2012 11:54:27 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: xzins

I’m posting to see when my sign-on date was.


141 posted on 05/02/2012 11:58:19 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: BlueLancer

Funny. Moose bit my sister was one of my first thoughts too.


142 posted on 05/02/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: mware
02/11/99.

I'm good.

143 posted on 05/02/2012 11:59:25 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: xzins; PJ-Comix; martin_fierro; mikrofon
I joined on November 17, 2000. Somebody told me about a place called "Free Republic," and that a lot of people were singing a song I had written the week before, i.e., "The Palm Beach Pokey." Since then, I've posted (acc. to my profile just now) a total of 923 threads and 39,838 replies.

Besides the serious threads, I've especially enjoyed the fun ones, in particular, PJ-Comix's DUmmie FUnnies (of which I am the co-host), as well as the ongoing give-and-take with martin_fierro and mikrofon.

I fully support FR's "pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government" conservative philosophy. At the same time, I recognize how good conservatives, equally holding to that same philosophy, may differ on strategy when it comes to the presidential election this fall. I believe it's a difference in strategy, not philosophy, that is at the heart of the recent difficulties here.

144 posted on 05/02/2012 11:59:25 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Constitutional and social conservative Republican who wants to win)
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To: xzins

I used to browse Ldot at work (it always got through the internet filter where FR didn’t)...until the lovely morning when one of the ads on that site uploaded a virus (a phony virus-scanner, ironically) to my work PC. I was out of action for a day and a half until it could be cleared.

After that, it was FR all the time, filter be damned.


145 posted on 05/02/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: DallasSun
Ah but do you remember THAILAND

or

SQOW

146 posted on 05/02/2012 12:01:32 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Good post, Charles.

I don’t know that we’ll all agree, but I do think we’ll survive.

Some pipsqueak like BarryO isn’t big enough to kill the spirit of this freeperland haven.

He’s a nerd, a doofus, a teleprompter ninny, a 57 state scholar, and Mooch lives off our dollar.

Nothing to fear there.

Don’t tread on us!


147 posted on 05/02/2012 12:20:22 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: xzins

25 Sep 1998
Turned onto FR by Drudge;to Drudge by Mary Matalin.Recruited by Canteen and was active there for many years. Mostly lurk now.Went to DC with FR in Dec 98 where I was proud to meet JR.


148 posted on 05/02/2012 12:22:16 PM PDT by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: xzins
What stands out for you in your decades plus experience on Free Republic?


* * * ASH ALERT * * *

149 posted on 05/02/2012 12:29:33 PM PDT by glock rocks (optimist , pessimist? I'm an awesomist - There's a dragon in that glass!)
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To: xzins

A local friend of ours told us to look up Free Republic in ‘98 or ‘99. He was a lurker back then so we lurked until 2004. My husband printed out the Sore Loserman sign then enlarged it for use at local Freeps (Omaha)during the 2000 election. We got lots of comments and the occasional ‘bird’. Good times, good times.

I learned to post on FR and to this day, I can barely work any other board because they don’t work ‘right’ ;-)


150 posted on 05/02/2012 12:30:05 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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