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Free Republic | 12/29/01 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 11/29/2001 11:32:06 PM PST by Jim Robinson

Very sorry if the thread I posted yesterday entitled "Is Free Republic a Fraud? Is it time for Free Republic to go away?" startled some of you. The thread was posted simply to allow the people who are criticizing Free Republic and accusing us of fraud to have a place to post their charges, and also to allow those who support FR a place to voice their opinions on whether we should continue or fold up. The anti-FReepers have long held that if only the FReepers knew the truth about me and the fraud of FR, then they would all go away. Well, time will tell if many people have been swayed by their tales of horror, but no one can say that I did not give them a chance to get it all out into the open.

Now I'm happy to say that I have absolutely no intent of ever shutting down Free Republic. The only reason that was in my title was because of the AFers claim. I have stated on many occasions that Free Republic will be on the air as long as the FReepers feel it is needed and viable. If the WP/LAT is successful in bankrupting me or the corporation, then we will find another way to keep our discussion site running. There is absolutely no way that they can shutdown our right to assemble on the internet and voice our opinions and criticisms of the government and or of the so-called free press. In that, we will persevere, I guarantee you!

I want to thank all of you who have suggested various ways to change our operating model to one profiting by selling subscriptions, or advertising, or merchandise or other commercial ventures, but have to say that we cannot do any of those things at this time. We are restricted from engaging in any commercial business because of the fair use laws. Now, some of this might change in the future depending on clarification from the court if we win on appeal or at the Supreme Court level, but I wouldn't bet on it. As long as we are posting full text articles we will probably have to remain non commercial.

I also want to thank all of you who have posted your supporting comments. I'd like to reply to all of them, but looks like the count is now running to 2,000 and beyond and there is no way that I can respond to each one individually. I thank each and every one of you and I thank God that you are on our team. Same goes for all of you who are donating to keep FR on the air. We would not be here without your support and we all appreciate it very much.

Thanks again and God Bless America!

Regards,

Jim Robinson


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To: Fiddlstix
It's about time you showed up with the donuts and coffee. I haven't been able to leave this thread long enough to eat. Thx.
151 posted on 11/30/2001 5:09:16 AM PST by zip
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To: Jim Robinson
Nicely done, good sir. Too bad for the AFR's and DUr's whose hopes you probably got up. Have a great weekend...
152 posted on 11/30/2001 5:12:48 AM PST by eureka!
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To: Jim Robinson
I've read the replies through 151 and have to agree with all of the expressiohs of respect for all you do, so MEGA DITTOS to those pro FReepers' responses from Missouri.
153 posted on 11/30/2001 5:15:00 AM PST by zip
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To: Jim Robinson
Whew!
I thought for a little that I was going to have to go back to the desert.
I'm SO glad I don't have to go back.
Big freedom loving BUMP!
154 posted on 11/30/2001 5:15:59 AM PST by Just another Joe
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To: nopardons; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Snow Bunny; FallGuy; LadyX; Norb2569; Billie
"Have you rebanned the perminetly banned ?"

Hi, old friend.
I'd like to keep these guys around for a little while.
I tried my new flame thrower yesterday, and it works great!
I'd like a chance to scorch their bootie!

155 posted on 11/30/2001 5:16:25 AM PST by COB1
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To: Jim Robinson
Bump! Great news!!
156 posted on 11/30/2001 5:20:28 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Jim Robinson
All I can say is YAAAAHOOOOOO!!!!

Yesterday's thread was a scary experience. I did not drudge throught the 2000+ replies (the count the last time I looked). I was depressed enough just reading your post. I'm glad to see you have no intention of giving up the fight. I'm with ya....and so will be my checkbook!!! Thank you so much for all you do.

P.S. As a capitalist at heart, I hope you can find a way to make a fortune from FR. Make it a members only paying site (or pay-to-post), I think you and John and anyone else in the organization, deserve to be rewarded for developing one of the best sites on the net. (Judging by my habits, it is the best!!!)

157 posted on 11/30/2001 5:21:58 AM PST by PjhCPA
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To: BADJOE
Quarterly fundraiser will start tomorrow.

It's already tomorrow in China. I think I'll warm up a little.

Donate To Free Republic To Help Keep The Lights On!!!

Btw, I missed seeing you in Dallas. Everything went OK with the flight?

158 posted on 11/30/2001 5:26:08 AM PST by Topaz
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Jim Robinson
Heard on the music box last night and GREAT job to all.

Thank you Jim. For all you do this "Let's Roll" is for you!

Eaker

159 posted on 11/30/2001 5:27:22 AM PST by Eaker
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To: michigander; Vermonter; Willie Green
I can't get the span style html to work. What the heck is going on? Anyone know?
160 posted on 11/30/2001 5:29:03 AM PST by Topaz
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson, thank you for this site. Those who would whine and bitch about it ... are in reality not worthy of it. I know it is a 1st Amendment issue and that guarantees everybody has the right to express their thoughts. It sure as heck doesn't mean that everyone else must agree with them! These whiners need to grow up, grow a thicker skin or just move on!

Colt .45

161 posted on 11/30/2001 5:30:29 AM PST by Colt .45
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To: Fiddlstix
Good morning, nice tree!
162 posted on 11/30/2001 5:34:08 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Jim Robinson
Glad to know that your previous message was only an accomodation of the antiFRs.

Today's message was more like the "life, fortune and sacred honor" speech that I would expect to hear from such a profound patriot as yourself. Glad tidings!

163 posted on 11/30/2001 5:35:21 AM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: Jim Robinson
By my contribution and by my dollar a day, I show you how I feel about you and all the efforts made to keep this show on the road. Small wonder why certain elements want the thread out of business - the liberal media are suffering greatly because they lost their exclusive right to our ear. Keep on keeping on!

Bring on the Freepathon - hooray for our side!

164 posted on 11/30/2001 5:36:41 AM PST by okimhere
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To: Jim Robinson
Whatever complaints people may have about FR, among them should not be any accusations concerning your integrity, which has always been exemplary.

Are Inspector Harry Callahan and Arator now barred again, or are they still provisionally allowed posting privileges?

165 posted on 11/30/2001 5:38:12 AM PST by Gargantua
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To: Topaz
I vaguely remember John removing 'span' for some reason a while back. Guess it still doesn't work.
166 posted on 11/30/2001 5:39:51 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Topaz
Willa says she called and left a message on your machine, that I made my flight.

If I hadn't made it, it would have been good to see you.

167 posted on 11/30/2001 5:43:44 AM PST by BADJOE
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To: Jim Robinson
Was greatly relieved to read todays response to that possibly record setting thingy about yesteryear, mojo, navigator, eschoir, arator, and other known accelerants er fire starting agents. All I can say is WHEW!

I tried really hard to understand what the beef was, but I just must be one of JimRob's stupid sheep, because I didn't get it, and I'm not sure it is possible to "get it". It is a disease I don't want or need. God bless FR.

168 posted on 11/30/2001 5:46:19 AM PST by wita
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To: Jim Robinson
On the team and proud of it. Go FReepers! Long Live FreeRepublic!!
169 posted on 11/30/2001 5:46:43 AM PST by ironman
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To: JohnHuang2
Thanks for the ping, John. My post is way down on the list because there are so many dedicated Freepers posting to it, thank God.
170 posted on 11/30/2001 5:46:45 AM PST by okimhere
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To: okimhere
You're quite welcome!
171 posted on 11/30/2001 5:47:52 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim, first, a great big thank you for all you do and for giving us a forum to discuss, plan, organize, and just hang out. What a wonderful service you provide.

Anti-FReepers, get a life. This is Jim's forum, and if we want to send him money to continue to offer the service he is offering, we will. Nothing you can do about it. Don't like what's happening here? Don't like the way Jim runs the forum? Don't think that FR is a conservative web site forum by your standards? Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Got some ideas on "subscriptions/donations". Post a little later.

172 posted on 11/30/2001 5:48:09 AM PST by Texas2step
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To: Jim Robinson
When first I saw that "Breaking News" yesterday I clicked on it, half expecting to find it had been pulled--or that it was new enough that no one had hit the "abuse" button yet . . .

I had second thoughts, tho, when I saw the byline.

173 posted on 11/30/2001 5:48:14 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: Jim Robinson
YeeHa! Long Live Free Republic!
174 posted on 11/30/2001 5:49:55 AM PST by SolitaryMan
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To: Jim Robinson
Bump. The checks in the mail.
175 posted on 11/30/2001 5:53:40 AM PST by DoctorMichael
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To: BADJOE
Willa says she called and left a message on your machine, that I made my flight.

That's odd, I do not recall getting the message. Anyway, I'm glad you made your flight ok, maybe next time.

With the "Is Free Republic a Fraud" thread and the misunderstanding with chuck I have felt a little unsettled, but today I am feeling good and am optimistic about the success of the Christmas freepathon. Quick and easy is my prediction!

Btw, I have been thinking that the WIMom and 2ndmost technique should be held back for at least a week or two, imho.

176 posted on 11/30/2001 5:56:31 AM PST by Topaz
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To: Vermonter
Damn the luck! I have been using that same span style for coming on three years!!!
177 posted on 11/30/2001 5:57:32 AM PST by Topaz
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To: nopardons
"Have you rebanned the perminetly(sic) banned ?"

Er, not yet.

Testing.....

Testing.....

Am I logged in?

178 posted on 11/30/2001 5:57:37 AM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Jim Robinson
A membership fee taken monthly, or yearly would be a good idea.
179 posted on 11/30/2001 5:58:52 AM PST by wingnuts'nbolts
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To: Mudboy Slim
"Now, when do we get to stick our chompers into anothe FundRaiser?! I gots some idears fer uppin' the ante!!"

You won't have to be nervous for long, the new fundraiser starts tomorrow, Saturday!!!

180 posted on 11/30/2001 6:03:08 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Jim Robinson; glock rocks; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; JohnHuang2; Jeff Head; AuntB; Miss Marple
Jim thanks for be there and providing this service for all of us!

I have referred to Free Republic as your invention for conservatives to win the war against the left wingers.

Yesterday glock rocks, came up with a new term/description that is far better than invention.

glock rocks, described Free Republic as a "Life Form!"

This is a wonderful description of what Free Republic really is. It is a living and evolving Life Form to battle the left wingers and those who would destroy this country!

The Free Republic Life Form enables us to discover the truth about what is happening. We can avoid the spin of the major mediots as they work 24/7 to weaken this country. We come to the Free Republic Life Form to find the truth!

The truth in it's self is great. Then, what happens with that newly discovered truth is what separates the Free Republic Life Form from Drudge, Newsmax, Limbaugh, Hannity and our local am conservative talk show hosts.

First we post the truth, or we respond to a post. We learn about what our enemies are doing. Often a tactic/strategy is brought up to stop these evil doers like the gay web site with posts wishing for the deaths of conservatives. Often within hours or days, the evil doers are forced for the first time in decades to apologize and to act like civilized humans instead of the perverted trash they have gotten by with!

We have stopped most companies from hiring X42 to come talk to them since he became x42. The pressure put on the Madison, Wisconsin school board and city government was truly awesome!

Not all of our battles are quick and definite wins. Sometimes like the Klamath Basin Rural Cleansing effort by the enviral Nazis, we just establish beach heads. However, while establishing those beach heads, true heroes step up to the plate like Jeff Head did. I learned about this Rural Cleansing effort from a post by AuntB. I think the rest is history, and I feel that we saved most of those farmers. I predict that they will be in control of their water and their future sometime next year. Now God is providing the rain/snow that they need!

I could go on for hours, but I will not re the praises of real accomplishments by those who come to Free Republic.

I will close with three final remarks.

1. The incredible knowledge of the members who make up the Free Republic Life Form is awesome and gets better each day! Got a question or a problem, just post it. Soon the combined IQ of the Free Republic Life Form gets into gear to provide the knowledge needed to solve your problem.

2. Daily, the Free Republic Life Form is attacked by the vile bacteria from the far left and ? that want to destroy the Free Republic Life Form. Since 9/11, you and your moderators have discovered a great BS antibiotic. That BS antibiotic is used to remove those who would destroy the Free Republic Life Form! I see no difference between these distractors and haters than a spore of Anthrax! Removal of them is necessary for the continuation of the Free Republic Life Form!

3. My final remark is one that comes to me with amazement re a group of conservatives. There is no free lunch unless you are a parasite! Free Republic needs a constant infusion of cash to keep the Free Republic Life Form alive, viable and to grow. If we believe in Free Republic, we must donate each month or quarterly to keep this incredible life form alive. Each month inspite of being retired and on social security and a pension, a check is sent automatically by Check Free to Free Republic. My church, my mortgage company, and the education fund for my grandchildren are in the same honor group of an automatic monthly check! Good stewardship is what this world needs, not good intentions. Good conservative stewards will insure that the Free Republic Life Form continues to grow, be viable and thrives!

181 posted on 11/30/2001 6:03:44 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Jim Robinson
I think secrecy will always spawn rumors. Letting the AF'ers back on was a stroke of genius. A brilliant tactical move. By posting that thread, you got the Freepers riled up for the next fundraiser, plus, by answering quite a few of the questions hurled at you that have been previously unanswered, you have effectively quieted the voices of the critics of the financial records...for the most part.

I've met quite a few great people on this forum, that I would have never met had you not started it. And for that, I cannot thank you enough.

P.S. I still think a new moderation format is needed, somehow tying in Freeper input on the perceived abuse. :-)

182 posted on 11/30/2001 6:07:57 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Jim Robinson
It seems to me that newspapers are hypocritical (duh, what else is new?). They claim all sorts of priviliges under 1st amendment protection such as maintaining confidentiality of sources, printing all kinds of gossip, rumor and innuendo that would normally be invasions of privacy, slander and character assasination, and they say they can do this because it is news.

Now they are suing FR because they claim that FR is damaging their commercialization of the news. It seems to me that once they claim commercial ownership of the articles they write, then they lose 1st amendment protections. The 1st amendment, pertains to freedom of the press and freedom of speech. It does not protect commercial speech (as many pornographers have found out). If they win this suit against FR, consistency should demand that they can no longer not reveal sources in criminal proceeding and that they be finacially liable for errors and misstatements in their publications. They may even have to start compensating their sources for publishing their stories about them. Movies receive copyright protection. Fair enough. They do not receive the same first amendment protection in that their content is regulated and they can not put people in the movie without consent and/or compensation and they certainly have no right to conceal source material in criminal/civil proceedings.

183 posted on 11/30/2001 6:10:16 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Maelstrom
Thank you. Right - I don't know the laws governing what a site does. That is a biggie.
184 posted on 11/30/2001 6:10:29 AM PST by ClancyJ
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To: Jim Robinson
Just like Rush went on the air and said he was supporting Bill Clinton that one time...thank goodness FR is here to stay
185 posted on 11/30/2001 6:11:32 AM PST by codebreaker
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To: Topaz
I am leaving for Kansas on the 18th of December. We have to be finished by the 17th.

I thought we'd have a normal weekend of fundraising our usual way and then turn the bombers loose on Monday, relax Tuesday, bomb again Wednesday, etc., untill we are done. : )

186 posted on 11/30/2001 6:13:25 AM PST by BADJOE
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To: TaxPayer2000; america-rules; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; All
It is my understanding that Jim cannot charge a fee because it will run afoul of the fair use of copyrighted articles. However, that does not mean we cannot voluntarily contribute on a monthly basis. That's what I plan to do and my $25 is in the mail. I am considering it the cost of my "connection". That's less than a dollar a day and something I think we could all manage.
187 posted on 11/30/2001 6:14:10 AM PST by JD86
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To: dalereed; BADJOE; Bob J
"...the new fundraiser starts tomorrow, Saturday!!!"

Excellent, my FRiend!! Who do I FReepMail with my suggestions?

FReegards...MUD

188 posted on 11/30/2001 6:14:43 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Topaz
To be fair, I didn't want to genderized it. ;-) Muchas Gracias

P.S.: I intended to use the word 'dribble' because that is all that comes out of their orifices.

189 posted on 11/30/2001 6:16:41 AM PST by WIMom
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To: Mudboy Slim
Please lay your suggestions on Topaz, 2nd MostConservativeBrdMbr, and WIMom.

When the fundraiser starts, my hunting and pecking method of speed typing severly limits my time to handle extra correspondence.

Thank you.

190 posted on 11/30/2001 6:18:14 AM PST by BADJOE
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To: Topaz; BADJOE
LOL! Badjoe asked me to give him a little break, so I'll wait for his go ahead!
191 posted on 11/30/2001 6:18:42 AM PST by WIMom
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To: zip; BADJOE; CheneyChick
Did someone say doughnuts?

Gotta have my Krispy Kremes!

This one's even specially marked for the Fundraising Thread!!

192 posted on 11/30/2001 6:20:48 AM PST by Carolina
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To: BADJOE
"We have to be finished by the 17th."

From the comments that were posted on the "big thread" yesterday we should be able to finish the fundraiser this weekend.

193 posted on 11/30/2001 6:21:40 AM PST by dalereed
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To: Jim Robinson
Our free republic is going away and you know it. The reason you started this website AND named it FreeRepublic.com was not by chance or whim. You saw the fall starting under Clinton and you did what you could to draw attention to that fact. I wish most of the people here could understand that.

You are an inspiration to US all.

194 posted on 11/30/2001 6:24:17 AM PST by It'salmosttolate
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To: brityank
Thanks for clearing that up, BY.
195 posted on 11/30/2001 6:24:25 AM PST by jjbrouwer
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To: BADJOE; Mudboy Slim
I am leaving for Kansas on the 18th of December. We have to be finished by the 17th.

If the dalereed axiom of $1,000 per thread holds up, and I guess it will, we will have to blow through at least 4 threads a day the whole way through to the 17th! The big guns had better hit thier mark, oh and I like the hit and run idea.

Another suggestion that I have is from a post that Grampa Dave made about what Glock Rocks calls Free Republic - The Free Republic Life Form.

196 posted on 11/30/2001 6:26:10 AM PST by Topaz
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To: JohnHuang2; Jim Robinson
Mega BUMP!

LONG LIVE FREE REPUBLIC!!

197 posted on 11/30/2001 6:26:23 AM PST by Hail Caesar
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To: Jim Robinson
Lets roll
198 posted on 11/30/2001 6:27:26 AM PST by Unicorn
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To: Jim Robinson
There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like FR. There's no place like FR. There's no place like home. There's no place like FR.

One and the same.

199 posted on 11/30/2001 6:29:15 AM PST by abner
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To: Hail Caesar
Amen!
200 posted on 11/30/2001 6:29:17 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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