Skip to comments.ReUnion Thread: Calling All Pre-WOT Freepers with PRE- 9/11/2001 Join Dates
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?
Wow. Either she grew up real fast, or we're getting old. ;~))
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
See if this helps.
Yeah, we are old
WHAT?! Classy’s back?!
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. ;~))
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.
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
Wow! I’m honored to be blocked. Thank you for letting me know, dear McGruff!
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.
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.
get over here
Wow! How the time flies! Turn around and they’re all grown up.
God bless her. You too.
It doesnt matter whether their support was luke warm or simply getting behind the obvious nominee, they werent 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.
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!!
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.
Master ping lists (Im not sure if this is the most up to date) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1811878/posts
And finally , just for fun, the infamous stuned beeber post
Beat me to it!!
Hillary’s Lovely Legs!
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
Also, I miss Registered. I have a ton of his work saved. I absolutely enjoyed the Traficant threads, too, classics.
That was the Truth Rally in Lafayette Park. Hottest day of the year.
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.
Please click the link.
The Republic you save may be your own.
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!
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
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.
Excellent, boxlunch! Thank you for the links!
Thank you so much. I had no idea.
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
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...
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.
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!
Since Aug 8, 1998
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.
Knock it off! LOL.
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.
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.
Surely you are joking. He was a liberal troll from day 1.
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.
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.
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.