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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: AppyPappy
She graduates high school this year and will be attending James Madison University.

Wow. Either she grew up real fast, or we're getting old. ;~))

201 posted on 05/02/2012 6:38:24 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: BobinIL

2000 election was rough. In 2004 I had the jacket from Unfit for Command taped in the back window of my Massachusetts registered pickup. Used to get about 50-50 thumbs up and middle fingers. To Xzins question... I adore the lack of ads and the dependence on sponsors. I would stay if Jim decides to move to an ad based model and would certainly pay for an ad free version. I’d like it to stay the way it is, but with Freepathons taking longer every quarter, I understand the need to at least look at alternatives. j_tull 10/15/2000


202 posted on 05/02/2012 6:38:38 PM PDT by j_tull ("I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.")
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To: ComputerGuy
I’m drawing a blank on that one :)

See if this helps.


203 posted on 05/02/2012 6:44:38 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Ditto

Yeah, we are old


204 posted on 05/02/2012 6:48:10 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Drew68

WHAT?! Classy’s back?!


205 posted on 05/02/2012 6:51:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: BlueLancer
moose bit my sister and All Your Base Are Belong to Us
206 posted on 05/02/2012 6:56:56 PM PDT by j_tull ("I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.")
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To: AppyPappy
Yeah, we are old

Yep. They say time flies when you're having fun.

Seems the older I get, the faster it seems to fly by. But I am having some difficulty remembering all the fun I have had lately. Maybe just a heart beat counts now. ;~))

207 posted on 05/02/2012 7:02:49 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: xzins

Signed up I think April ‘99 but lurked from almost the beginning. First saw JR’s writings on the Prodigy Whitewater board pre-FR days. Check my profile for my history. Loved the activism here in the early days. And the research. Was cleaning out some old files recently and found the old printed pages from posters here researching the various Clinton scandals. Incredible! I agree with others who have posted that sadly the tone has become one of a circular firing squad recently. Obama (and those backing him) is worse than Clinton. He has to go.


208 posted on 05/02/2012 7:22:35 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: AppyPappy

wasn’t it the manager’s dinner where Yellow Rose’s car broke down and you saved her... or that’a the way she told it


209 posted on 05/02/2012 7:37:09 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: McGruff

Wow! I’m honored to be blocked. Thank you for letting me know, dear McGruff!


210 posted on 05/02/2012 7:48:38 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: KC Burke

Been here since 12 Feb 1998. Haven’t missed too many days since. Met some of the old timers at the Oct 1998 March for Justice on the Mall in DC.


211 posted on 05/02/2012 8:00:08 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

your sign up date is about when I started regular lurking.

didn’t sign up till I had been on a MS chat room with YRofT, Two Thirds Vote Aye, RAH, amom, Towanda and other fine posters for some weeks the next spring.


212 posted on 05/02/2012 8:14:02 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: amom

get over here


213 posted on 05/02/2012 8:15:58 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: AppyPappy

Wow! How the time flies! Turn around and they’re all grown up.

God bless her. You too.


214 posted on 05/02/2012 8:23:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: G Larry
The most recent disappointment is loss of members and reduced quality of posts and comments, due to the purge of Romney supporters.

It doesn’t matter whether their support was luke warm or simply getting behind the obvious nominee, they weren’t welcome here.

Yes, this is frustrating. It feels like people are heading for the exits. The Freepathon seems to confirm this.

Meanwhile, people are calling Michelle Bachmann a whore over on another thread for endorsing Romney. Classy.

215 posted on 05/02/2012 8:24:53 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: dalereed

Thank you very much, dalereed. We’re determined to keep her on the straight and narrow path, but man are we ever catching the flak for it. Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!!


216 posted on 05/02/2012 8:26:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: xzins

I joined in Nov 2000 but was lurking some several years before that. I think we should not have advertising. I give a little each month. If all active freepers gave just a little we could avoid it.

I loved the long research posts - I miss those. We still have them but I don’t see them as often - maybe they are off on a hidden area or something. If any of you are in the super secret classified research group and would invite me to join I promise to just be quiet and listen! :-)

I also loved the funny threads, inside jokes etc. Laughing helps us keep our sanity in these crazy times.

I have learned so much about conservatism here. Read so many books recommended by knowledgeable freepers. I wish we could condense the knowledge here to teach our younger generation.

I thought I’d post some links to some funny, sad,and informative FR threads:

Do not post to me Repost http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2356290/posts

How addicted to Free Republic are you? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2370662/posts

Free Republic Lexicon – with definitions and allusions to lots of inside jokes, flame wars, popular (or infamous) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2077468/posts

Freeper Memorials. Interesting to see that Tony Snow and Andrew Breitbart were both freepers (we old timers knew that but some newbies might not) from way back along with many other dear Freepers that we miss so much.
http://www.freerepublic.com/memorial/memorial.htm

Master ping lists (I’m not sure if this is the most up to date) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1811878/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162751/posts

And finally , just for fun, the infamous stuned beeber post
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162751/posts


217 posted on 05/02/2012 9:02:20 PM PDT by boxlunch
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To: BlueLancer

Beat me to it!!


218 posted on 05/02/2012 10:06:45 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Ditto

Hillary’s Lovely Legs!


219 posted on 05/02/2012 10:13:17 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: xzins

I can’t imagine how I’d have gotten thru the 2000 election, and 9/11 without Free Republic. I rarely go more than a couple of days without checking headlines.

July 10, 2000


220 posted on 05/02/2012 11:46:26 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: SoDak

Also, I miss Registered. I have a ton of his work saved. I absolutely enjoyed the Traficant threads, too, classics.


221 posted on 05/02/2012 11:57:34 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: xzins

bookBUMP


222 posted on 05/03/2012 12:21:32 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: KC Burke

That was the Truth Rally in Lafayette Park. Hottest day of the year.


223 posted on 05/03/2012 5:04:34 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: xzins

I remember Eschoir, murrymom, ...some lady (I forgot her name) who tried to tell Jim how to run the place and then got mad and left, Deep in the Hurtgen Forest, Lucianne Goldberg’s dalliance with FreeRepublic...then she got mad and left. Then there was some prophet-like oracle guy who would pretend to have secret information about what was going to happen (I forgot his name) then he got mad and left. As you can tell, my memory is not what it used to be.


224 posted on 05/03/2012 5:28:01 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: boxlunch; Alamo-Girl; P-Marlowe
What a great collection of links, boxlunch. Thanks. I was reading the beeper link, and honestly, I really was "laughing out loud"!
225 posted on 05/03/2012 5:45:05 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: All; RedMDer
Red, hope you don't mind my borrowing.





226 posted on 05/03/2012 5:46:24 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 joined early in 2000, I think. My fondest memory was the FR Inauguration Ball when George W was elected the first time. Sweet party after all the Sore-Loserman crap we had to deal with. It was snowing hard in DC that night so I decided to ride the Metro to the party instead of driving. On the subway I met up with several Texans on their way to the ball and we were all just yukking it up over Bush winning when I noticed this skinny liberal kid glaring at us the whole time, obviously because Gore lost. That was worth it!


227 posted on 05/03/2012 6:12:14 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: xzins

Excellent!


228 posted on 05/03/2012 6:15:23 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: xzins
Been here since 11/28/2000. Came on board during the furor over Bush/Gore.

Memories?

Sore/Loserman
"Thailand?"
The Guild
Day in the Life of GWB
Meeting fellow patriots from around the country
Buckhead calling BS on Dan Rather and CBS - within 15 minutes of the report
The 9/11 thread
Phone conversation of 3/27/2002
BKO
registered
Jim Robinson
rintense
AppyPappy
WhyIsaTXGirlinPA
Cyber Liberty
Jolla

229 posted on 05/03/2012 6:38:55 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: boxlunch
And finally , just for fun, the infamous stuned beeber post

Photobucket

230 posted on 05/03/2012 6:39:09 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: TexasNative2000

Lots of memories in that list, TxN, and all combined I’ll bet they account for hundreds of thousands of posts.

Amazing what goes on here at Free Republic.


231 posted on 05/03/2012 6:50:01 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: boxlunch; xzins

Excellent, boxlunch! Thank you for the links!


232 posted on 05/03/2012 10:05:23 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: mware

Thank you so much. I had no idea.


233 posted on 05/03/2012 11:15:13 AM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: xzins

Staying ad free is good. But every purge has left a bad mark on the place. Political discussions here used to be fun, now they’re an echo chamber, and if you ain’t gonna echo stay off the thread. Still a good place to hang out.

April 23 2001


234 posted on 05/03/2012 11:21:28 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: xzins
"What stands out for you in your decades plus experience on Free Republic?"

The mixed feelings of anger and sadness felt on the morning of September 11, 2001... Anger at the fact that we were being attacked, even though I knew it was bound to happen at some point. (A hunch also held by so many others that have noted the extreme hatred of the U.S. that is witnessed while stationed outside CONUS.) The sadness at the loss of friends in the South Tower of WTC. The sadness at the loss of fellow freeper BKO, who was on American flight 77 when it hit the Pentagon...

And now, as I type this, I sit in sadness once more... I just went down the entire memorial page (link found at the bottom of the home page) recalling the names of Freepers that have passed and the exchanges we shared. I know that they are in a better place...

235 posted on 05/03/2012 12:14:20 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: xzins
I missed this thread until right now.

I must not post enough.


236 posted on 05/03/2012 1:38:40 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx; RedMDer; trisham
I must not post enough.

Absolutely, Onyx. You are seldom around. How does your conscience allow you to deal with missing entire blocks of minutes on FR?

You need one of those boiling egg timers to alert you when 5 minutes have gone by.

LOL

237 posted on 05/03/2012 4:54:33 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; onyx; trisham

238 posted on 05/03/2012 5:00:05 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: xzins

I think I joined in 97 or 98, I know I almost got lynched on Nov 4, 1999 in Hartford, I posted a hugely popular thread then

but our join dates got changed once, didn’t they?

and, yes, it was ME who told someone to keep posting breaking news while I was in the shower!


239 posted on 05/03/2012 5:09:12 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Romney would surrender to Islam as fast as Obama promotes it)
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To: xzins

Since Aug 8, 1998


240 posted on 05/03/2012 5:13:30 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Romney would surrender to Islam as fast as Obama promotes it)
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To: xzins; RedMDer; trisham

You’re all so sweet. You truly are.

I wish I would have spotted your wonderful thread earlier. I’ve enjoyed reading the comments.

We’ve all made life long friends over the years. God bless Free Republic, Jim and everyone here.


241 posted on 05/03/2012 5:16:15 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: RedMDer

Knock it off! LOL.


242 posted on 05/03/2012 5:17:10 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: xzins
expose media bias. force people to think, to confront theie implied objectivity of the glowing box, to understand the cycle of democrat dependence and economic slavery. that's what this site is about to me, and enables me to do.

(10/24/2000)

243 posted on 05/03/2012 5:17:33 PM PDT by Libertarian4Bush (if you voted for obama, I have no respect for you. you're either a loser or a sucker. sorry!)
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To: xzins

Been around FR for a lot of years. It has been, is, and will remain my political stabilizer. All other news sites are only peripheral to FR.


244 posted on 05/03/2012 5:20:56 PM PDT by Helen
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To: Delta 21

245 posted on 05/03/2012 5:30:57 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: mware

I tried to locate that JonBenet “Thailand” thread in search but couldn’t locate it. If I recall correctly, about 45 out of the first 50 responses were “Thailand?” - All within a matter of a couple of minutes. One of the funniest occurrences ever here on FR.


246 posted on 05/03/2012 5:31:23 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: ComputerGuy

Surely you are joking. He was a liberal troll from day 1.


247 posted on 05/03/2012 5:32:47 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: Windflier

I miss Non-Sequitor.

n00b here. I miss that guy like I miss a boil on my butt.
_________________________
Really! Most freepers celebrated for weeks. Maybe that is another one of NS’s aliases.


248 posted on 05/03/2012 5:38:23 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: KC Burke

I spent a lot of time in that MS chat room, over a period of a couple of years. Had a great time with those peeps. I haven’t seen any reference to Doctor Raoul on this thread. He hasn’t been around for a while now.


249 posted on 05/03/2012 5:39:28 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Helen; onyx; RedMDer; wmfights
All other news sites are only peripheral to FR.

I agree wholeheartedly, Helen. Free Republic is the very first site I go to when I click the machine on. I go to it for news, commentary, religion, humor, fun, chit-chat, and just stream of consciousness clicking and reading.

I believe the best religion discussions anywhere on the web take place on Free Republic.

I believe the best news commentary takes place here.

I believe the most principled conservatism takes place here.

And, I believe it is really, really quick in getting the news out. For example, the Junior Seau suicide was on FR yesterday only minutes after it was released to the public.

FR beat every newspaper, and probably most broadcast media.

250 posted on 05/03/2012 5:40:06 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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