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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....02-25-03...There Will Always Be A Place For Freeps
FreeTheHostages; Billie | FreeTheHostages

Posted on 02/25/2003 5:41:22 AM PST by Billie

A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

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A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett.
MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17.
BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.

TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,
dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony
BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang

TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx
MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law
BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.

TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack

We now have eleven groups of veterans/active military; we will post each group of three or four twice a week, with thumbnail/links of the remaining seven or eight groups on each thread. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the group full-size.


GROUP 1A: TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1
GROUP 2A: TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc
GROUP 3A: TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf
GROUP 4A: TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

GROUP 9A: TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog. MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son. BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.
GROUP 10A: TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon. BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.
GROUP 11A: TOP: ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son. BOTTOM: AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset); WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.


by FreeTheHostages


Nutmeg and Zelig are a charming couple who live in a very small town in Connecticut - The "Nutmeg State." You’d want them on the Free Republic recruiting poster (if we had one). They’re just the way their photo looks, too: kind and decidedly intelligent, like all good Freepers!
They arrived at Free Republic in the perfectly normal way: by watching a proven criminal remain in the presidency for eight years and watching Democrats trash military votes. In the fall of 2000, Nutmeg was surfing political websites on the net as part of her volunteer work for the Rick Lazio campaign when she found Free Republic. Living in Connecticut she was "stunned" to see so many like-minded conservatives in one place here. She started doing "late night posting", and Zelig joined shortly thereafter. As he puts it, the 2000 election "ignited a spark. We just could not see four more years of the Clinton/Gore crowd."
Zelig says with wry humor that he will "never forget" what Dutchy, a fellow Tri-State Chapter member, said at a chapter meeting about possible non-rally projects to further the conservative cause. Looking a little deflated by much talk of non-Freep activities, a plaintive Dutchy asked: "There will always be a place for Freeps, won’t there?" Nutmeg laughs in agreement as Zelig relates the story. It’s clear that Nutmeg and Zelig admire Freepers such as Dutchy, who follow their principles and get "out there" often to help make the United States a better place.
Nutmeg and Zelig’s answer to Dutchy’s question is decidedly, "Yes, there’s always a place for Freeps." And in their case, it’s not always the same place twice! Let’s follow them as they travel up and down the Northeast Corridor.

New York, New York...
Nutmeg and Zelig have participated in several New York City, Connecticut, and Washington DC Freeps. Their Freeping career began with a "Welcome Rally" for then-Governor George W. Bush in front of David Letterman's studio in midtown Manhattan (Dubya was Letterman's guest, that day in October 2000). It was at that rally Nutmeg and Zelig met several Freepers for the first time, recognizing a few of them from photos posted on FR threads - particulary the Hillary-themed ones.
Nutmeg's goal that day was to find out just who those "Go Home Hillary" Freepers were, and to join them! It turns out the "Go Home Hillary" crowd were members of the Tri-State Chapter of Free Republic, a group of Freepers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The day after Election Day 2000, Nutmeg and Zelig didn't have much time to become dejected over New York Rep. Rick Lazio's loss of the New York Senate race to (ugh!) Hillary Clinton... the task at hand for all Freepers during the infamous Florida recount debacle was to get out into the streets - all over the US - in support of George W. Bush. Nutmeg and Zelig participated in several spirited Freeps in New York's Times Square, rallying for Dubya and supporting the counting of the military absentee ballots.

Rallying "in Our Own Backyard"
One of their favorite Freeps was at Senator Joe Lieberman’s residence in Connecticut. Zelig fondly remembers the date: December 2, 2000. The protest focused on the Gore camp’s discounting the military votes in Florida. Nutmeg notes that conservatives seemed to come from out of nowhere for that Freep. (It could have been Zelig who said that. When I interviewed them, they occasionally finished each other’s sentences!)
Nutmeg explains, "This amazing rally was led by fellow Connecticut Freeper RaceBannon." They just love him. "For once, conservatives far out-numbered the liberals... we must've had over 400 on our side for that one, to their 100 or so," says Nutmeg. "Of course the local media slammed us, calling us an 'angry mob', among other colorful things."

Nutmeg and Zelig have a son. Shortly after the December Freep of Joe Lieberman's house, their book-smart teenage son saw this photograph of his dad, Freeper Zelig at the Yahoo news site. The photo, which received fairly wide circulation via AP, caused him to exclaim to Nutmeg and Zelig: "I thought you two were boring!" LOL! Ah, the cruel lessons of reality. Zelig bemusedly describes the photograph as "striking a nerve" with his son.
**Gas money to Joe Lieberman’s house: Three Dollars.
Bullhorn: Twelve Dollars. Watching your teenage
son figure out you have a life too: Priceless.**


Freeping with the DC Chapter
on Their Home Turf
In January 2001, Nutmeg and Zelig attended the Free Republic "Count the Silverware" Inaugural Ball, absolutely thrilled that Washington DC had been (at least temporarily) taken over by conservatives. On the night before George W. Bush's inauguration, the Freepers gathered at Luigi's restaurant in Washington DC decided to Freep President Bill Clinton one last time, on his last night in office. Zelig says:
"While Clinton was up there signing pardons, our big group of Freepers walked from Luigi's to the White House. As we stood there in the cold rain (under the watchful eyes of several Secret Servicemen and policemen), DC Warlord Kristinn and Tri-Stater RaceBannon led us on our favorite chant: 'Bill Clinton! We have you surrounded! Put down the cigar... step away from the intern. And come out.. with your pants... UP!'"

These two also made the 7-hour drive from Connecticut to DC for the DC Chapter’s Freep of the White House Media Correspondent’s dinner last May. As you can see, their amicability extends to liking the same signs.




CPAC 2003 - Arlington, Virginia
Nutmeg and Zelig went to CPAC in Virginia this year to see what they could learn. Plied with a cold beer after a long CPAC day, Zelig waxes philosophical:
"This may sound sappy, but I think Nutmeg and I both are coming of age politically, and the more we read and become involved, the more we realize how much has to be done."

Here Nutmeg and Zelig are sharing an after-hours moment with some Freepers at CPAC when in walks a Navy Lieutenant looking for a place to eat. We invited him to eat with us, (he’s on the left in the foreground in the above photograph), and our guest remarked on how nice everyone was at CPAC. He started to talk about his political views, how at-home he felt at the conference, etc. So Nutmeg said, "Oh, you should join Free Republic!", and Zelig said, "You would love it!" Hence Warrior Nurse joined Free Republic. (Welcome, Warrior Nurse!) Who could resist the Connecticut charm of these two?

Out in Cyberspace (Especially Nutmeg!)

Nutmeg is very concerned about media bias and maintains her own ping lists to flag Freeper friends to interesting threads, and to help get the word out on upcoming rallies. She acknowledges that she does a lot of posting with a cheerful smile, and indeed does have a presence here. If you’ve been out and about (and c’mon... Billie will kill me for saying it, but you shouldn’t spend *all* your time on this thread!), you’re sure to have seen Nutmeg’s reflective posts in many threads.

OK, in this photo, Nutmeg and Zelig aren’t actually in cyberspace. But see the twinkle in Nutmeg’s eye? She’s thinking of what to post next, and where! She said with a hint of complaint after a beer at CPAC that "most of the Freeper action is in the big cities," but (LOL) we all know that a lot of the Freeper "action" happens at Nutmeg’s keyboard!
If media bias is one of Nutmeg’s core concerns, sign Zelig up as very concerned about moral character in our leadership, and blocking Hillary Clinton’s election as President. (Hmm, now what would those two issues have to do with each other?) ;) Go Zelig!

Now We’re at FR’s Finest

Well, look where they are now! Don’t Nutmeg’s rosy cheeks and flashing eyes and Zelig’s businessman-look go together perfectly? If you were their neighbor, you’d invite them over for some coffee, with nutmeg. So let’s share a cup with

Nutmeg and Zelig,

Two of FR’s Finest!



02-24-03 MJY1288

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To: Molly Pitcher; dansangel
You're welcome, guys, but I'm at this point pretty convinced that Billie could make *anything* I wrote look nice! Aren't Nutmeg and Zelig perfect for our non-existent recruiting poster?
21 posted on 02/25/2003 6:21:08 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Warrior Nurse
Warrior Nurse, good morning. I expect you're pretty busy nowadays. But we mention you in today's profile in connection with that Connecticut couple we shared a beer with at CPAC. BTW, DC Chapter has a rally to support our troops this Saturday, and I haven't forgotten the promise I made to you to hold up the sign you wanted.
22 posted on 02/25/2003 6:21:22 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: LadyX; nutmeg; zelig
Aw thanks.

LOL, Nutmeg is so *everywhere* on this forum that shortly after I posted in that (concededly high-schoolish) "freepers that you stalk -- I mean follow about to see what's interesting" thread that Nutmeg was good at finding "trouble" -- posting this to someone else -- Nutmeg shows up to thank me! LOL, I really think she reads multiple threads at once!! Whenever I see Zelig posting, I find myself thinking: "LOL, what he'd do to Nutmeg so he could get to the computer?"
23 posted on 02/25/2003 6:24:01 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: nutmeg; zelig; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; Mama_Bear; dutchess; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin
Check out this comment on a thread I posted this morning ...

GWB at podium, next to a large screen TV with image of SH
GWB....Good Evening ,I have been looking forward to this debate for sometime....
CUT to.. scene of cruse missile entering target building and blowing up
GWB ( snickering ) to wide screen TV with snowy picture...
GWB..... Live from New York it’s Saturday Night !

Hussein calls for debate with Bush -
Iraqi leader tells CBS anchor he
won't destroy banned missiles

24 posted on 02/25/2003 6:24:26 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: Molly Pitcher
You're welcome! Can you believe they drove 7 hours to the Media White House Correspondents dinner? They had so much fun doing the Freep, too: they were just, well, real cheerful. Like I say, these are 2 that if they lived near you, you'd definitely want them over for coffee!
25 posted on 02/25/2003 6:25:52 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Billie; All
Oh my gosh!! LOL, I just realized that you write your name in your intro "good morning" post with a nutmeg! How cool is that?
26 posted on 02/25/2003 6:26:47 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Billie; ST.LOUIE1; dutchess; LadyX; The Thin Man
such fun to work with, too
BR> I think your graphics are magic. But you already know that. I post for another reason: to note the complete absense of any links in this thread. :)
27 posted on 02/25/2003 6:28:59 AM PST by FreeTheHostages (we might as well get this part over with, The Thin Man)
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks for that post -- I think that's the daydream we're all experiencing right now, no? First thing I thought of when I heard about Saddam's offer was: oh good, then during the debate our boys would know where he was located.

Thanks for the coffee!
28 posted on 02/25/2003 6:30:04 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: JohnHuang2
Good morning, King. :)
29 posted on 02/25/2003 6:30:50 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning! Your airline is always right on time. :)
30 posted on 02/25/2003 6:31:18 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: FreeTheHostages
Good morning FTH. I hope all is well with you.
31 posted on 02/25/2003 6:32:29 AM PST by Aeronaut (Give praise and thanks to the Lord and feel alright!)
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To: The Mayor
Yes! Click on the link!!

What a beautiful website you're creating, Rus!
May God lead many to orders for your lovingly crafted
fine furniture and homes.

Anyone can purchase a cheap cookie cutter 'make do' item,
but it is obvious you put your heart into your work.

God bless you and your beautiful family.


32 posted on 02/25/2003 6:32:36 AM PST by LadyX ((( Thank you, Lord, for our Free Republic Family )))
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To: deadhead
Good to see you here, Colleen!
Always love your colorful replies, and you, of course...:))
33 posted on 02/25/2003 6:37:27 AM PST by LadyX ((( Thank you, Lord, for our Free Republic Family )))
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To: FreeTheHostages
Howdy ! Yep, if I could I would like to see a picture of Rather with Saddam instead of this guy ...
34 posted on 02/25/2003 6:39:36 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: MeeknMing
LOL. Now, I didn't have *that* fantasy: Rather and Saddam together when Saddam was located -- until you mentioned it.

Saddam has killed too many people. He should get the death penalty in summary fashion. Cruise missle to Baghdad: $3 million. Deployment to make it possible: $20 billion. Saddam's demise: priceless.
35 posted on 02/25/2003 6:41:59 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: All
For those of you wondering where our guest of honor is, do consider that the last post from our Nutmeg was at:

"posted on 02/25/2003 1:35 AM EST by nutmeg (Liberate Iraq - Support Our Troops)"

LOL. So hopefully she's getting some much-needed rest after a solid day of posting. :)
36 posted on 02/25/2003 6:44:01 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: FreeTheHostages; Billie
"I post for another reason: to note the complete absense of any links in this thread. :)"

And that is my prearranged cue to post to FreeTheLinks a good morning...:))


37 posted on 02/25/2003 6:44:04 AM PST by LadyX ((( Thank you, Lord, for our Free Republic Family )))
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To: LadyX
LOL. "FreeTheLinks" Sigh/LOL
38 posted on 02/25/2003 6:45:21 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: FreeTheHostages; Billie; nutmeg; zelig
Beautiful article about nutmeg and zelig. Thanks, Billie and FTH.

Congratulations, nutmeg and zelig! FreeTheHostages is relentless when she is digging out information for an FR Finest article; but she always does an outstanding job of writing. We in the DC Chapter love to have you both join us whenever you can. Keep on FReeping On!
39 posted on 02/25/2003 6:46:29 AM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops!)
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To: Billie
Aboard the Mobius Triangle

A wee bit of last night’s activities.

See that the anchor is catted, Pippin.
Black gang below!
Haul off!

The bay is crowded tonight.
Lookout Billie aloft.

Avast there, LadyX.
Easy on your oar.

Keep ‘er close hauled, Scuttlebutt.
Ahead 1/10 impulse until we are in the channel, Meek.
Diver Dave, you can’t use a sextant at midnight.

Signal from carrier off port bow: “God speed, Mobius Triangle.”
Reply to carrier: “Ever vigilant, USN!”

Serve the mid rats, Pippin.
Aquamarine, pipe in some soft music.

Several subs off starboard, sir.
That’s their home.

Coast Guard cutter coming fast on port side, Cap’n.

See it on aft viewing screen, lodwick. What’s the story?

Subspace scuttlebutt is it is after an incoming tanker loaded with illegal aliens, sir.

Humblegunner, give ‘er a hail and “Good luck.”

Lot of history has sailed past here, sir –- Lexington, Enterprise, Arizona, Halsey, Midway, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Pusan, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Ranch Hand, Star Light, Tet -- much history.

Passing Point Loma.
Dilithium crystals coming on-line.
Short range sensors on.
All systems are “Go.”
We are clear of the Bay, sir.

Ahead one half impulse to convoy rendezvous point, Meek.

Aye, aye, Cap’n.

40 posted on 02/25/2003 6:46:38 AM PST by ofMagog (I finally became at peace with myself when I gave up all hope of a better yesterday.)
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