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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: eastforker

Lots of FReeper women did not care for her/his flirting with all the FReeper guys!


51 posted on 05/02/2012 6:19:12 AM PDT by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: xzins

The FR protests in LA during the 2000 election fiasco were fun. In front of the federal building. My sign said W1. I had a baby in a stroller. I still have a baby in a stroller but that particular baby is 15 now.

FR has been my little sanity living in Liberalville as I do. Thank you, JR. I enjoy it and I use it and I need it, so I donate.

When I came here, Clinton was President. We all agreed then about presidential politics. We thought bush was a conservative. We could vote against the Goracle and For someone too, back then.

And we had to be sitting at a desk to freep back then. Now we can freep in the dentist chair, the woods, even in the air. Long live FR!


52 posted on 05/02/2012 6:19:35 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: xzins
signed up Fed 201 but lurked for a couple of years before that. Freeped at work,when school blocked the site, bought my own computer and went on the “new” dial up service.....Who of thunk that would be all that was available for over ten years.

Lots of good memories. Miss the Dose and it's predecessors. Dad always referred to it as “the backyard fence..America has a big backyard” Good downtime to just chat about life and living. It built good relationships that are still fondly remembered.

Was on the Buckhead threat, the spaceship explosion and remember the night a local exposed JJ's love child to the world...You heard it first without spin on FR.

Then there's the research threads. Most are moved to chat or another hidden site so that FR can securely research and brainstorm their topic out of reach of prying eyes. It may be the most valuable feature on FR. Freedom on speech and thought at it's best.

Humor...and more humor...If we didn't laugh we'd all be crying. Thank God for the quick wits of freepers. My dogs always looked at me funny as the tears flowed while laughing out loud literally

53 posted on 05/02/2012 6:21:28 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: xzins

It seems the purges have done little to “increase the peace”. While epic individual flame wars like One Who Knows vs The Republican will never be outdone, the overall civility on FR seems to be getting a bit worse.

Love to see more article posting and investigations into democrats than the constant bashing and rehashing and multiple reposting of old articles of why every republican who is not 100% perfect is a rino scum. Many are but sometimes it feels like a circular firing squad in here.

When you start seeing people calling DeMint a rino, see homosexual pro-hillary websites promoted, see people trash Santorum for speaking on moral values while they support a globull warming serial adulterer with 3 wives who thinks Romney is too tough on illegals, and see people actually talk about how they are voting Obama...it makes you realize how much things have changed.

That being said, Free Republic is still the #1 site for news and commentary. Right or wrong, Jim seems to be the only one out there with the balls to stand up to the GOP-e in any meaningful way. Given the choices we have in this election, some are going to go third party, some are going to hold their noses (again) and vote for the GOP nominee to stop Obama. Hopefully we can get thru this remembering we are on the same team.


54 posted on 05/02/2012 6:24:34 AM PDT by icwhatudo (Tax codes and spending don't get 14 year olds pregnant and on welfare. Morality Matters.)
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To: eastforker

Lets not forget the late night parties in the yahoo chat room when FR went down.


55 posted on 05/02/2012 6:25:51 AM PDT by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: Interesting Times

Heard about it first from you on the FR cruise. just WOW!


56 posted on 05/02/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: boomop1
Aha !

A Blast from the Past!

Still recall the live discussion threads we had back in the day.

YOU can call me a "Newbie", as I wasn't here until April 98.

LOL

57 posted on 05/02/2012 6:27:31 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: All
By the way, was working on some graphics to illustrate the crappy choices we have in this election. Let me know what you think or feel free to give me some other suggestions:


58 posted on 05/02/2012 6:28:59 AM PDT by icwhatudo (Tax codes and spending don't get 14 year olds pregnant and on welfare. Morality Matters.)
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To: xzins

Been a member since the 2008 prez campaign. Thought about donating to FR a couple of times. Still don’t understand why I am not authorized to post to activism. At least FR is free and loads quickly on a smart phone. Ads will probably slow FR down - then I’ll just go with twitter until ads take over there.


59 posted on 05/02/2012 6:32:21 AM PDT by ExxonPatrolUs (Gov The People, Buy The People, Bore The People.)
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To: icwhatudo
LOL Shame you can't get pictures of their polygamist ancestors with their multiple wives....Choices?
60 posted on 05/02/2012 6:33:45 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: xzins
Got here through Drudge and his Whitewater link. Had to re-register in ‘98.
There was so much humor and creativity back in the day. “Clinton you're surrounded. Drop the cigar and come out with your pants up!”
I miss the art of MIA and PJComix
There was more courtesy back then. I was so happy to know there were other truth seekers out there.
We were all so hungry for unfiltered information.
61 posted on 05/02/2012 6:46:31 AM PDT by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: Yaelle
FR has been my little sanity living in Liberalville as I do. Thank you, JR. I enjoy it and I use it and I need it, so I donate.

Same here, Yaelle. I donate.

Better discussion software than Free Republic's does not exist. I've seen the other formats at newspapers, blogs, etc., and they don't even come close to "pings", multiple addressees, tracking posts, replys brought to your attention....it goes on and on.

SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BECAUSE IT HAS THE BEST DISCUSSION SOFTWARE ON THIS PLANET AND ALL KNOWN OTHERS.
THE BEST DISCUSSION SOFTWARE IN THE GALAXY!

62 posted on 05/02/2012 6:46:52 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: cuban leaf

Well, then you’ve existed on the backs of all those who both donate AND give time to poliicians and to FreeRepublic. It’s time you stepped up to the plate and kicked in a few bucks.

I’m existing on SS and manage to spare $$ for a monthly. I work full time and take no salary most months, so you can too.

Keep FR ad free.


63 posted on 05/02/2012 6:49:44 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xzins

Been your FRiend since August 17, 1998.. The day Clintoon went before the grand jury to admit his improper relations with Monica, and the day Sammy Sosa hit #47 to tie Mark McGuire in their infamous home run battle.. It seems there was a lot more investigative reporting by members in the earlier days and not as much pettiness. It still amazes me how many experts in so many different fields are members here. I still remember the morning that the space shuttle Columbia broke up on her return to earth and the news breaking on FR with eyewitnesses to it before the MSM even began to report it. I’ve always enjoyed the Canteen and still miss Tonkin. Can count on Laz always ready to Hit It. Have had my eyes seared by unannounced photos of Helen Thomas. Have always known FR to be hugh and mostly series and helped make it so. Not many websites have been around for 14 years, especially forums, and the history making continues. Thanks for helping us remember where we have been, may we learn from our past and have a better future.
“Never Forget”!!


64 posted on 05/02/2012 6:54:18 AM PDT by OKC Patriot ("Never Forget"!)
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To: G Larry

Indeed!

All you say in #20.


65 posted on 05/02/2012 6:55:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xzins

whitewater
mena
paula jones
monica
Downside Legacy
Clinton’s a Liar (CAL)
Clarity
Yellow Rose of Texas and the running thread
Don Morgan and the “cadre”
Ash Alerts
Night of the Long Knives
Eschoir
Deep in the Hurtgen Forest
Trixie
RAH
“I was there, where were you” MrConfettiMan (the true sincere activist)
SneakyPete
A+Bert
Jack Thompson
Arator and his polls on Brigadeer support
tpaine
OWK (versions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1)
Askel5
Towanda
StormOrphan and the cow thread
Breaking Drudge early on the Jesse Jackson love-child and pissing Matt off.
the search for Huck on 9/11

Watching the stealth bombers take off in the pre-dawn later that year and throwing my fist in the air.


66 posted on 05/02/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: xzins

This is an old handle of mine that has since been replaced for professional reasons.

I am in complete support of Jim Rob keeping FR conservative, and not merely Republican.


67 posted on 05/02/2012 6:59:12 AM PDT by sittnick (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: xzins

ping for later reading. I’d like to hear the thoughts of the earlybirds.


68 posted on 05/02/2012 6:59:31 AM PDT by SueRae (The Tower of Sauron falls on 11.06.2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Actually, I was contemplating going ten bucks a month here last summer. But then something happened here that eliminated that possibility for the foreseeable future. I won’t say what it is on a public thread.


69 posted on 05/02/2012 7:01:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: xzins
Being pissed off about all the W keys being removed from White House staff keyboards...

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

70 posted on 05/02/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

—Keep FR ad free.—

I prefer ad-supported. It’s why I’ve never had cable TV and never went to satellite car stereo.

I’m one of those people that has watched and read ads my entire life but virtually NEVER bought anything due to an ad. So I’m living off the “fat of the land”.


71 posted on 05/02/2012 7:02:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: xzins

Seems like we did more stuff in the beginning, like meetups and protests. Still love it.


72 posted on 05/02/2012 7:04:39 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: xzins
Well, we finally did get rid of Ash!

The discourse was more refined then...

Mike

73 posted on 05/02/2012 7:07:34 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: MichaelP

Hadn’t thought about Ash for some time. Lots of visual spam. LOL.

(We have the same join date!)


74 posted on 05/02/2012 7:09:37 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: capt. norm

“Seeping” is a rather apt word...


75 posted on 05/02/2012 7:14:12 AM PDT by LexRex in TN ("A republic, if you can keep it.......")
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To: xzins; capt. norm
The Downside Legacy is still there though I should probably drop it after all this time.
76 posted on 05/02/2012 7:14:44 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: McGruff

Yep. I found it through the Drudge link, too, and lurked for many months before creating an account.


77 posted on 05/02/2012 7:19:44 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: xzins

Ah yes, the Clinton days. And the “W” primaries, and the Gore debates. Rathergate...

It’s all coming back to me now.


78 posted on 05/02/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Alamo-Girl; capt. norm

Please...never, EVER drop it. It is so well done. So many hours of hard work, wonderful organization, and factual information.

Wish we had the same on Obama.


79 posted on 05/02/2012 7:25:36 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 not sure what exactly brought me to Free Republic, maybe a web search on Waco....but I have been here since. News, information, the concept that we have people knowledgeable in virtually every field gives us a unique ability to debunk the BS in the media, and there is a lot of that, even more than there was.

Over the years, the information has kept me here, the ability to dispel some of the BS eliminates a lot of day-to-day frustration and knowing there are others of like mind doesn't hurt. I can even watch a little MSM 'news' now without breaking a TV (or at least being sorely tempted to do so).

80 posted on 05/02/2012 7:25:44 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I can even watch a little MSM 'news' now without breaking a TV (or at least being sorely tempted to do so).

TV manufacturers worldwide echew the day that Free Republic went online. TV breakage dropped drastically.

Laptop manufacturers celebrated, though, due to spewage onto laptop screens from ROTFLMAO moments on FR!

LOL!

81 posted on 05/02/2012 7:29:06 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: ROCKLOBSTER

01/23/1998. Lurks, occasional poster and now a monthly supporter. When I want to know what is happening I stop here first.
Thank God for the freedoms we have and hopefully he will forgive us as a nation from straying from his word. More important is personally keeping his word.

Thanks Jim Rob for your outstanding work and commitment to the founding principles of this country.


82 posted on 05/02/2012 7:31:45 AM PDT by pcpa
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To: xzins
Thank you so much for your encouragements, dear brother in Christ!

The DSL was necessary in the pre-Google days to find stuff quickly. I do wish though we had some organized listing of Obama's downside legacy - there's too many phrases to remember to take advantage of Google, Bing or whatever.

83 posted on 05/02/2012 7:33:45 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: pcpa; Alamo-Girl
occasional poster and now a monthly supporter

Blessings on you, pcpa, for sharing the load, for not just talking the talk but walking the walk.

Due to freep-a-thons, Free Republic is NOT a bought and paid for subsidiary of the GOP-e.

Support Your Freep-a-Thon now!

84 posted on 05/02/2012 7:44:56 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 also remember lurking around during the Elian Gonzalez mess and the Janet Reno assault to take him back to Cuba. Also the Black Hawk down in Somalia. Clinton working the crowd somewhere and was chewed out by a conservative woman for allowing our military be put in that situation. the news media wouldn’t hardly carry it but it was all over this website. Those were some sad times, kind of like now and the 70’s No wonder I love the 80’s so much.


85 posted on 05/02/2012 7:45:19 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: xzins

I think I’m Halloween, 1998. Doesn’t seem like almost 14 years but that’s what it is if my math is correct.


86 posted on 05/02/2012 7:48:05 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: KC Burke

,,,that full-page ad in the Washington Times...still have my copy.


87 posted on 05/02/2012 7:52:08 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BlueLancer

what became of her?


88 posted on 05/02/2012 7:57:20 AM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

uhhhm, ‘she’ apparently wasn’t


89 posted on 05/02/2012 7:59:07 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq (font size=10 finger=middle))
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To: xzins

Well, since you asked...

I’ve been here almost every day for more than a decade. I read far more than I post. FR is far and away the most important web site for me. Nothing else comes close.

Having said that, I would like to see FR financed with ads. I have donated in the past but have no plans to do so in the future. I just don’t like the NPR style of raising funds. Capitalism is good.

Another thing. It seems to me that there are far more overtly religious postings than there used to be. I am not anti-religious, in fact as a former Christian, I still have an affinity with Christianity, especially as it relates to culture and politics. However, I find myself irritated by the growing number of overt religious threads, that, it seems to me, do little more than use up bandwidth.

Having said all that, I fully recognize that this is Jim’s forum and he can run it as he chooses.


90 posted on 05/02/2012 8:00:59 AM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: Lucas McCain

financial independence allows philosophical independence

JMHO....but I think I’m right.

Lots of small donations lessens the impact the withdrawal of any one donor might have.

Huge sponsors with ads can threaten withdrawal and to keep the site going they would have to receive concessions.

I don’t think FR is as religious as it used to be. ALL religious threads used to be on the open forum. Surely you remember.

There was a religion forum created to handle religious threads....those that weren’t also related to actual news. (The Catholic Contraception ObamaCare Controversy, for example)


91 posted on 05/02/2012 8:16:44 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: brivette
"what became of her?"

Apparently, "she" was actually a "he" ...

92 posted on 05/02/2012 8:17:55 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: Springman

What’s your story. How did you find this place?


93 posted on 05/02/2012 8:23:07 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: xzins; pcpa

Indeed. Thank you, dear pcpa!!!


94 posted on 05/02/2012 8:26:29 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: xzins
My personal BLUF (Bottom Lines Up Front) when it comes to the Free Republic -

Free Republic allows me to make any article that appears on the site mine. I can read it and if I think it is important enough or I have something significant to add I can do so. No other media outline provides this to me.

The news is no longer some impersonal pixulated image on a flat screen backed up by a nice voice and some cool graphics!

Free Republic also tells me that my opinions aren't out in left field somewhere. In fact, the reports from the LMSM are the ones away out in “left” field not me.

95 posted on 05/02/2012 8:26:42 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: xzins
Fond memories of:

1. The Bill Clinton statue I won at the North Texas Freeper get-together at Pappadeaux's in Euless/Bedford many years ago.

2. Sore Loserman: we still have the signs safely stored away.

96 posted on 05/02/2012 8:26:54 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: xzins
The best thing that has ever happened to Free Republic is the slow but steady banning of the Nazis who infested it when I first came here. Some of them hung on for an incredibly long time (and there may still be some here), but what a difference! I spent half my time here arguing with those pieces of slime (who couldn't be convinced by any facts, of course, because the Dogma was that the Jews were responsible for all the evils that have ever happened in the world).

Anti-Semitism has been against the rules of FR from the very beginning, so all these vermin were in open violation of the rules. JR is very patient with everyone, and while this sometimes lets undesirable elements remain longer than they should, it's better than having a hair-trigger temper and banning people at the drop of a hat.

I think Jim has done everything right. While the site is down from time to time, it's never been hacked and is open to all. Accepting ads may eventually become necessary, but Jim has avoided it because he doesn't want his political positions to be unduly influenced by anyone he might be beholden to.

And I'm personally very grateful to him for putting up with me, a neanderthal troglodyte Theocrat from the Bible Belt who spent most of his life searching for The Truth and when he found it, found it alienated him somewhat from some traditional American concepts. I hope he'll continue to put up with me on the grounds that I am upfront and honest about my "heresies" (and that I alone am responsible for my outrageous opinions) and find FReepers to be the most well-informed and intelligent community on the Web for discussing these things.

May FR endure until it is no longer needed (if such time ever comes), and I hope I will always be indulged by being permitted to post my often outrageous comments here.

97 posted on 05/02/2012 8:37:59 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: xzins

We’ve lost a lot of amazing Freepers over the years. I was here during the whitewater years and then signed up Jan 98. Whatever Jim decides to do I trust will be the best.


98 posted on 05/02/2012 8:43:28 AM PDT by hope
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Outrageous?

I don't remember you being outrageous.

(I'd use the word "incendiary" instead :-)

99 posted on 05/02/2012 8:57:26 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
Outrageous?

I don't remember you being outrageous.

(I'd use the word "incendiary" instead :-)

But I'm such a nice boy!

100 posted on 05/02/2012 9:06:01 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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