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How To Take Over Free Republic (And Your Life, Too!)
Free Republic | May 11, 2012 | by Lazamataz

Posted on 05/11/2012 5:04:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz

How do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try,

Recently, a friend came to me with what he perceived to be the failings of Free Republic. I wrote back: "....JR is really not interested in people advising him on how to run the forum. He's had success with his own direction.......Seriously man. Don't stress this so hard. It is what it is, and you have no power over other people/places/things. Hell, you don't even have power over YOURSELF. That's GOD'S power. Just suit up, show up, color in within the lines, and enjoy what you can in the forum. You know what's off limits. So do I. I live within the boundaries, without complaint and grateful for my blessings."

It is a good life lesson, using Free Republic as the catalyst. How many of us struggle mightily against the circumstances in our life, only to find that we have made utterly no difference? Maybe we have even made things worse, for our interference. We human beings have tiny little three-pound brains. What makes us believe we know best, how our reality should be? Often, what we believe is best for us, turns out to nearly kill us. Similarly, that which we believe is horrible for us, turns out to change us, positively, for the best. It is clear we do not know what it is that will make us prosper.

Many of us live in a perpetual state of anxiety or fear, or regret or remorse. These are wasted emotions. These emotions sap your energy and have no positive effect. Regret and remorse are utterly incapable of changing the past, and since we truly cannot know what is good or bad for us, how can we profit from fear or anxiety? It is best if we leave the particulars of our lives to the will of our God, however we understand Him.

This suggestion works well for atheists, too, since all of us have a God of our understanding. Perhaps, for the atheist, their God is an impersonal and uncaring universe. It still works. Let the results be decided by someone or something other than yourself. When we stop trying to control events around us, much better things come to pass than we had ever envisioned.

This is not to say we don't participate. We do. We show up every day, and we do the next right thing. This is not to say we don't make plans. We do. We are simply willing to get out of the way should the God of our understanding have something better in store for us. In my experience, when I get out of the way of God, the most amazing things happen to me. When I try to control some things, my fat sausage-fingers manage to make it much worse.

Back to the topic of this forum: We all have directions we believe the forum should go. Yet, if we did succeed in altering the forum's direction, we might end up destroying it outright.

So, how do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try.


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1 posted on 05/11/2012 5:04:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: TheOldLady; Cyber Liberty; CatherineofAragon; Slings and Arrows; Responsibility2nd; doorgunner69; ..
The Official Lazamataz Sometimes-Funny, This-Time-Not-At-All-Disturbing Ping List

74 Satisfied Customers!™

2 posted on 05/11/2012 5:06:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Very good post.


3 posted on 05/11/2012 5:06:51 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Lazamataz
I don't mind people trying. If a good idea comes from someone's efforts, it would be worth it.

However, don't expect results from every effort you try to change FR--it's won;t happen.

4 posted on 05/11/2012 5:07:43 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Lazamataz

The numbered satisfied customers thing is a bit disturbing to me. lol. /sarcasm


5 posted on 05/11/2012 5:07:53 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Jim Robinson; Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator
Thought you guys (and gals, if some of the mods are female) might get a kick out of this.

If anyone tells you how Free Republic should be run, simply point them here, to "How To Take Over Free Republic."

LOL!

6 posted on 05/11/2012 5:08:38 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: GeronL
The numbered satisfied customers thing is a bit disturbing to me. lol.

73 Satisfied Customers, 1 Unsatisfied Customer!™

7 posted on 05/11/2012 5:10:26 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: GeronL

Thank you, kind sir!


8 posted on 05/11/2012 5:11:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: ShadowAce
I don't mind people trying. If a good idea comes from someone's efforts, it would be worth it. However, don't expect results from every effort you try to change FR--it's won;t happen.

I agree, and mentioned that we should not stop participating. Like you said, don't get invested in the results. Those aren't in your control.

9 posted on 05/11/2012 5:13:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Hear! here!


10 posted on 05/11/2012 5:14:54 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Lazamataz

I’m late to the party - as usual. Is there an attempt to change FR? Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!


11 posted on 05/11/2012 5:15:27 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Lazamataz

Keeping FreeRepublic free.

Right on, Laz.

Our arms are too short to box with God. His ways are not our ways, but they are perfect in all respects.

Still a satisfied customer.


12 posted on 05/11/2012 5:15:54 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: GeronL

—The numbered satisfied customers thing is a bit disturbing to me.—

Yeah. Does the thread have a “happy ending”. ;-)


13 posted on 05/11/2012 5:16:13 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf; Lazamataz
Maybe. But I am not going to ask Laz that. Besides what is life without a little Mystery.
14 posted on 05/11/2012 5:21:02 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
I’m late to the party - as usual. Is there an attempt to change FR?

24 x 7 x 365

15 posted on 05/11/2012 5:23:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
Just hit him, Laz

(in the high school Mitt Romney bully sense, of course).

16 posted on 05/11/2012 5:26:54 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Julia!!!!!! Don't Let Him Fool 'ya!!!!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Can’t change something tat works so well.


17 posted on 05/11/2012 5:29:00 AM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: Lazamataz

Anyone can change Free Republic.

Go here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/manage-blocks

Or here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/my/settings

Change you can believe in.


18 posted on 05/11/2012 5:29:16 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

LOL

Leave it to you.

LOL


19 posted on 05/11/2012 5:29:49 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Just suit up, show up, color in within the lines, and enjoy what you can in the forum.

BTTT


20 posted on 05/11/2012 5:30:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Lazamataz

Am I the only satisfied customer in Montana? Keep it coming, by the way. Excellent post!


21 posted on 05/11/2012 5:32:48 AM PDT by holly go-rightly
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To: Lazamataz

Nice advice, Laz. Past history indicates people will not ever quit telling JR how to “fix” it, change it .LOL..or to go back to “How it used to be”


22 posted on 05/11/2012 5:32:52 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Lazamataz

23 posted on 05/11/2012 5:35:04 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Lazamataz

ok, time to whip out the old calculator /s


24 posted on 05/11/2012 5:35:47 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Lazamataz
In my experience, when I get out of the way of God, the most amazing things happen to me.

Amen to that!

I don't think anything is wrong with FR. Lively debate is all part of the fun - and keeps us accountable to the facts of any particular subject.

We are miles and miles ahead of any other forum out there in terms of intelligence and humor. Not to mention - diversity of race, religion, age and opinion on how to get things done.

Personally, my biggest laughs have come from reading the posts on this forum. From Hatt Baby, AYBABTU, Tourist Guy, Looter Guy, etc. We have our own history and lexicon, fercryinoutloud!

No matter how lousy my day is going, I can always "escape to Freeper Island"! And I think we should all be grateful for it.

25 posted on 05/11/2012 5:36:48 AM PDT by RMDupree (I'm not really here.)
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To: Lazamataz

We choose to be happy.
There are other choices, but in the long run, I’d rather be happy.

Because the happiest people don’t have best of everything they are just make the best out of everything they have.


26 posted on 05/11/2012 5:37:36 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Lazamataz

Trying to change FR would be like trying to change the Catholic Church.


27 posted on 05/11/2012 5:40:59 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Lazamataz
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

28 posted on 05/11/2012 5:41:48 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Lazamataz

May I suggest a topic for your next essay? How to disagree with a fellow Freeper without name calling and personal attacks.


29 posted on 05/11/2012 5:42:09 AM PDT by csmusaret (Obama's new slogan: "Fo Mo Mo Fo.")
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To: Lazamataz

I agree wholeheartedly!


30 posted on 05/11/2012 5:42:32 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: Lazamataz

I agree wholeheartedly!


31 posted on 05/11/2012 5:42:43 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: Lazamataz

I agree wholeheartedly!


32 posted on 05/11/2012 5:42:43 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: Lazamataz
Comparing following FR to blind faith in God now?

Just wow - can kissing up get anymore pathetic?

33 posted on 05/11/2012 5:43:25 AM PDT by fml
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

And you can tell I agree wholeheartedly by the number of times I said so, lol!


34 posted on 05/11/2012 5:43:42 AM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: fml
Comparing following FR to blind faith in God now? Just wow - can kissing up get anymore pathetic?

No comparison whatsoever. Free Republic and Jim Robinson are no more akin to God than you or I.

However, this issue did become a good catalyst for the larger life-lesson.

35 posted on 05/11/2012 5:48:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: RMDupree; Lazamataz

“No matter how lousy my day is going, I can always “escape to Freeper Island”! And I think we should all be grateful for it.”

Indeed. I can always count on my fellow FReepers to make me laugh, even on the days when it seems that the world has gone nuts, and I am ever grateful for that.

Thank you Lord, for free will, AND FreeRepublic ; )
Tatt


36 posted on 05/11/2012 5:49:16 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: y6162
THAT'S DIRTY POOL!

No fair. No fair, I say.

37 posted on 05/11/2012 5:49:46 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
If it ain't broke don't fix it. Leaving aside the foment over the 'Pub primaries, there's been a lot of dead wood cut out recently. A bunch of folks were just kind of drifting along and some had drifted all the way over to the other side. I predict JR will have to take out the trash again soon thanks to the "national conversation" moving back to homo rights. That particular issue has rotted a few heads, including some that surprised me. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

In other words, it's all good. FR is fine the way it is.

38 posted on 05/11/2012 5:49:46 AM PDT by jboot (Emperor: "How will this end?" Kosh: "In fire.")
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To: Lazamataz

lol.

I was wondering if those “satisfied customers” have any relationship to the “I’d hit it” posts. /sarcasm


39 posted on 05/11/2012 5:49:59 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Lazamataz

Good advice, especially to all ***noobies***, Laz. Oh wait, I’m still considered one, too. Still, very good advice on many fronts.


40 posted on 05/11/2012 5:50:43 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Lazamataz

Holy cow. All these years all I’ve heard is Laz would hit it, and all that. I didn’t know you were such a great writer. Your message this morning was very good. Nice to meet the other Laz!


41 posted on 05/11/2012 5:53:16 AM PDT by Kratos
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To: Lazamataz

There are many things I love about FR; things that have kept me on this site since 1998 (and why it’s always my browser’s Home Page). Among those things is the fact that FR “evolves” without “changing”. Look-and-feel are similar to the earlier days, but with added functionality and ease-of-use, for example.

Back then, posts tended to be longer, more thematic, more prosaic. One would think very, very carefully before posting; the bar was set pretty high.

Still, the “evolution” of FR hasn’t been bad in terms of content. It’s more free-form now; more interactive. The cast of characters has grown, changed, and expanded in terms of styles and backgrounds.

As FR continues to evolve, I’ll be here to be either funny, acerbic, sometimes angry, occasionally thoughtful.....but always appreciative of what we have, thanks to Jim and John Robinson.

Best site on the Internet, hands down.....and Laz, you’re one of the guys who keeps me coming back here every day.


42 posted on 05/11/2012 5:54:03 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Lazamataz
However, this issue did become a good catalyst for the larger life-lesson.

Being what?

Point me to where God has punished those who question him on this earthly estate?

43 posted on 05/11/2012 5:54:59 AM PDT by fml
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To: Lazamataz

Excellent, Laz, excellent.


44 posted on 05/11/2012 5:55:24 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Lazamataz
Can you put me on your ping list?

Thanks

45 posted on 05/11/2012 5:56:12 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Lazamataz

Are you a friend of Bill W.?


46 posted on 05/11/2012 5:58:49 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Lazamataz
> 74 Satisfied Customers!

Great essay, Laz.

May I request that you increment to "75" with the addition of "dayglored"?

Thanks!

47 posted on 05/11/2012 6:00:28 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Lazamataz
My brain weighs nine pounds.
48 posted on 05/11/2012 6:01:37 AM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Lazamataz
I liked your post very much as I have been scolded by JR and his posse as well for posting what they call "soft porn". Is not a picture worth a 1000 words? Are we right wingers not men?
Much like you, I just let it roll of my back and continue to enjoy FR which I find not only informative but fun. Not to mention that I have a clear conscience as I pay for the privilege of being a second class citizen. =) Ya know, just like Ct!
You are legend on FR. I salute you.

49 posted on 05/11/2012 6:02:57 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Lazamataz

XLNT!!!

It is best for me to remember that my mind is a dark, dangerous place and best not to go in there alone.

Reflection of what I have done this day, attempt to do better the next and apologize where necessary.

My motorboating through someone else’s waterspace ain’t good for nobody.


50 posted on 05/11/2012 6:02:57 AM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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