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Examiner columnist blasts "FreeRepugnant.com"
sf examiner ^ | Feb 15, 02 | Debby Morse

Posted on 02/15/2002 10:23:06 PM PST by churchillbuff

FreeRepugnant.com

By Debby Morse Of The Examiner Staff

AFTER MY COLUMN last Friday about President Bush's decision to classify fetuses as children, I received a spate of angry mail. One kind soul e-mailed me an alert that the column had been posted on FreeRepublic.com, "The Premier Conservative News Forum," and predicted that I'd be getting "an onslaught of hate mail from rabid right-wing freaks."

(Quick glimpse at some of the messages I got: "Is that the way you spend all your time? Hating people?" "Would you look down from Heaven and defend your mother if she had aborted you?" "Your panic and fear is obvious by the way you write.")

So I thought I ought to pay a visit to the Web site. On the FreeRepublic home page, I was welcomed thus: "We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America. And we always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!" No objections there from me. Freedom of speech; gotta love it. And who's in favor of political fraud and corruption? Not I. Still ... I don't know why, but that "Hoo-yah!" unsettled me. (Maybe because it's like "yahoo" backwards?)

Anyway, the site is a collection of forums and postings on various umbrella topics such as foreign affairs, activism and philosophy, with links to sites like the Cato Institute (a libertarian forum on public policy), the Drudge Report, the Heritage Foundation (a conservative think tank), the Rush Limbaugh show and the Linda Tripp Defense Fund (with a post-make-over photo -- hey, why not?).

And here's the best part: It's a great opportunity to "eavesdrop" on the conversations of people who chat there, seemingly secure in the belief that they are among friends and can say whatever they want. They can! First Amendment! But, boy, a lot of what they said there about my column is even nastier than what they e-mailed to me. * * *

LET'S LISTEN IN. Breakem writes: "Come out with your legs up and let the baby go and nobody gets hurt." Clintonh8r says: "Debby's a little crampy today, huh?" MissAmericanPie wishes me this fortune: "May her uterus be as barren as her soul. I pity the unlucky man that finds his way there, or the baby that tries to find warmth, love, or life in that cold, void, steel locker she calls her uterus."

Some of the postings were so bizarre that saner heads felt obliged to butt in and warn them to cool it. Following a useless exchange of comments that fetuses are "respiring" beings, Hank Kerchief pleads: "These continued ignorant arguments are playing right into the hands of the pro-choice movement. Please think before helping to increase the number of abortions being performed every day."

One of the shoddier bits of logic came in an e-mail: "You hate President Bush because he is a conservative and a Republican. I despise you because you are a traitor to this country. You tear down a president during wartime with false charges. You may be a citizen of this country, but you are not an American. You are also a pretty lousy feminist; you promote an outdated, divisive political agenda that does not serve women. You want to deal in reality? Here is the scoop. Most of my friends and I have concluded that being home is a fabulous choice. We choose our families. You liberals choose an outdated, dangerous political agenda which certainly contributed to the 9-11 horror. Liberals elected President Clinton who 'fiddled' while bin Laden plotted. You mock the victims of 9-11 with your despicable column."

Honey, I'm going to have to revoke your license to argue.

I also received an e-mail with a photo of a very mature fetus' arm protruding through -- what? -- a hole in a pregnant belly? A bloody image meant to shock. Turns out the same photo is posted on the FreeRepublic thread about my column, but the contributor, calling himself Revelation 911, confides that it's actually a picture of in-utero surgery and that the gestation went full-term. * * *

THESE PEOPLE SEEM to hate women. Even MissAmericanPie says, "No doubt her kind are very odd, the Jane Fonda militant female type. I've always kind of pictured Eve as being like that, more feline than female, resentful and rebellious against everything she was meant to be, finding no satisfaction in anything else either."

There are a couple of ugly remarks regarding anatomy and even rape, and a bunch of digs at San Francisco. A few people suggested it was time for another earthquake here. It was supposed to be funny, but it amounts to a wish for my death. There's a lot of that among pro-lifers, I guess. Someone suggested advocates for choice should commit suicide!

After reading "arguments" like that, I'm more dedicated than ever to wanting to keep my body private.

E-mail Debby Morse at dmorse@sfexaminer.com

Read the postings at : www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/624590/posts


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1 posted on 02/15/2002 10:23:06 PM PST by churchillbuff
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To: churchillbuff
There is no such thing as bad publicity. Yea!
2 posted on 02/15/2002 10:25:50 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Breakem;Clintonh8r;MissAmericanPie;Hank Kerchief;Revelation 911
You're famous!
3 posted on 02/15/2002 10:27:48 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: churchillbuff
Why give her ignorant @$$ the honor of gracing our blessed forum? She's obviously in need of attention. So she targets our site so hopefully SOMEONE will read the excrement she smeared onto paper.
4 posted on 02/15/2002 10:28:00 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: churchillbuff
"I don't know why, but that "Hoo-yah!" unsettled me."

I wonder if it's because she hates the military that defends her?

5 posted on 02/15/2002 10:30:13 PM PST by spycatcher
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To: churchillbuff
THESE PEOPLE SEEM to hate women.

Where did that come from? Isn't that typical of these people? You oppose abortion, and that means you "hate women." Or you simply disagree or have an opinion that differs from that taught at the Womens Studies department at your local college, and it means you "hate women." Kinda like if you oppose racial quotas and affirmative action, it means you "hate blacks."

They really do a disservice to their argument by such hyperbolic, hysterical mischaracterizations of those who disagree with them. (Some FR poster earlier tonight told me, simply, "You're insane...you're stupid" because he disagreed with something he THOUGHT I'd said (basically I'd posted something from MEDIA that he disagreed with.)

Point is: when these people lack the ability to cogently advocate their positions, and when their positions are indefensible, they INEVITABLY resort to, "well, if you disagree with me, it means you hate women."

6 posted on 02/15/2002 10:30:24 PM PST by gg188
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To: churchillbuff
Ha Ha.

As if the saintly Debbie Morse would not hurl a few barbs this way. But really, who cares what she has to say anyway? What else could one expect from a rag like the Examiner? Any excuse to bash people on the side of the political spectrum opposite her will be taken with relish. It is just a dumb game. Nobody cares. Nothing changes. All is a blur of gray. Or is it grey? I always forget which is the color. But then, maybe they both are.

7 posted on 02/15/2002 10:31:00 PM PST by spoosman
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To: churchillbuff
fofl .. oh this should be fun .. think she'll write about FR again???
8 posted on 02/15/2002 10:33:31 PM PST by Mo1
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To: churchillbuff
She mentioned me twice, seems like I really fried her bacon, she didn't bother to refute any of it I notice.
9 posted on 02/15/2002 10:33:44 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: gg188
Actually I said I didn't want porn outlawed on this forum and nopardons told me I hate women.
10 posted on 02/15/2002 10:34:21 PM PST by weikel
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To: Breakem; clintonh8r; revelation911; MissAmericanPie
Pro-life ping!
11 posted on 02/15/2002 10:34:27 PM PST by Jen
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To: churchillbuff
Well since she is more than likely lurking here again.

(to the author)I don't wish anything evil or harmful on you. I just hope a change takes place in your heart and you realize that life doesn't begin when you decide it does. No matter what the supreme court may have said in Roe. It begins at conception.

12 posted on 02/15/2002 10:34:42 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: All
thank god for all the times i kept my mouth shut..the last thing i need is deathscythe's name in a paper....
13 posted on 02/15/2002 10:35:06 PM PST by MetalHeadConservative35
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To: xm177e2
Darn!! I've never been assaulted by a columnist!! (although there was that letter to editor back and forth with a Palestinian in '97....)
14 posted on 02/15/2002 10:35:13 PM PST by GeronL
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To: churchillbuff
Damn. I'm never gonna get famous if I don't learn how to sharpen my knives against liberals a little more often around here.
15 posted on 02/15/2002 10:35:15 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: gg188
Loving babies and wanting to protect them is anti-woman. Didn't you know?
16 posted on 02/15/2002 10:35:40 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: gg188
Where did that come from? Isn't that typical of these people? You oppose abortion, and that means you "hate women."

Isn't that what she's accusing us of??

17 posted on 02/15/2002 10:36:23 PM PST by GeronL
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To: churchillbuff
I'd take "FreeRepugnant.com" over THE SOCIALIST MORONS AT SF EXAMINER any fricking day!!!!
18 posted on 02/15/2002 10:36:47 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: churchillbuff
Not one of the better hit pieces. She's a little late to the game. Boooooring.
19 posted on 02/15/2002 10:37:12 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: gg188
She balanced the article by having both sides of the issue represented.

Their was her trashing of the nutty women hating element of FR. and then she showed the good side of FR, that tried to keep the nutty side from going over the edge in their criticism of her.

See how good balanced jounalism can be?

20 posted on 02/15/2002 10:38:54 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: lowbridge
of course from now on she's going to get 1000 attack posts when her articles on posted by FReepers seeking fame =o)
21 posted on 02/15/2002 10:39:05 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Texaggie79
Do you like gladiator movies?
22 posted on 02/15/2002 10:39:14 PM PST by nunya bidness
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To: MissAmericanPie
BRAVO!
23 posted on 02/15/2002 10:39:14 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: deathscythex
what an ignorant wench (think she'll quote that?)
24 posted on 02/15/2002 10:39:45 PM PST by GeronL
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To: churchillbuff
*snort of derisive laughter* Morse should be happy. The Examiner is such a disaster of a newspaper - even by the standards of San Francisco, which is generally acknowledged in the industry to have the worst newspapers of any major city in the United States - that the posting of her column posted here probably resulted in it reaching ten times as many readers.

She is right about one thing, though; any thread that touches on anything even slightly related to abortion - as her column did - is guaranteed to bring out of the woodwork the worst psychopaths FR has to offer. I don't doubt for a minute that she got some truly vicious, ultrawacko emails from some of them.

25 posted on 02/15/2002 10:40:29 PM PST by Timesink
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To: churchillbuff
The question I ask simply is this...with all of the crap that spews from out of her mouth...does she swallow?

Can't get knocked up that way baby.Just lookin out for your rights.

26 posted on 02/15/2002 10:41:39 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: ValerieUSA
no no no, you'll never get quoted that way... if you want to get famous, =o), you have to show teeth and bite.
like....

This woman, if we can assume that much, shows no connection to this side of reality

27 posted on 02/15/2002 10:42:08 PM PST by GeronL
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To: MissAmericanPie
I hope she reads this thread. There's a strong woman, a certain Dr. Van Pelt I think she should consult.


Because you're a blockhead! 5 cents please.

28 posted on 02/15/2002 10:42:17 PM PST by Shermy
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To: nunya bidness
Airplane!
29 posted on 02/15/2002 10:42:44 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: churchillbuff
AFTER MY COLUMN last Friday about President Bush's decision to classify fetuses as children

If Debby cares to do a little research in the Federal Register in the wake of Bush's decision, her heart will soar to hear that it's only "wanted" human lives already implanted who will count as "children".

The rest of the unborn -- naturally conceived or Excess Manufactured (like the "already been killed" commodities Bush's ESCR program uses) -- have a special Non-Person status ensuring that the Good Business Practices of Planned Parenthood, the NIH and all who turn a profit on the manufacture, sales and purposeful destruction of human beings for profit enjoy an absolute protections that human life does not.

Cheers.

30 posted on 02/15/2002 10:43:36 PM PST by Askel5
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To: churchillbuff
Some of those people she mentioned a reality check. For a freeper, the only free speech they see is their own
31 posted on 02/15/2002 10:44:45 PM PST by WherecouldIgo?
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To: churchillbuff
Well Deb just go over to Democrat Underground and say something Conservative and see what happens.
You'll hear a lot worse than that.
32 posted on 02/15/2002 10:44:47 PM PST by Reagan is King
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To: MissAmericanPie
Even MissAmericanPie says, "No doubt her kind are very odd, the Jane Fonda militant female type.

The Jane Fonda militant female types always seem to be anti-American. If you'd posted as "MissPie", she wouldn't have noticed you.

33 posted on 02/15/2002 10:44:58 PM PST by unsycophant
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To: churchillbuff
link to original thread where pro-abort liberal gets her comeuppance
34 posted on 02/15/2002 10:45:47 PM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: churchillbuff
Hey Debby!

Made you look...

35 posted on 02/15/2002 10:46:20 PM PST by Tauzero
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To: nopardons
this is weird huh??

She's just asking for more

36 posted on 02/15/2002 10:46:49 PM PST by GeronL
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To: churchillbuff
I guess she'll be back to see the comments on this piece as well. "Debby Morse", huh? Liberal and, I'm guessing, fat. I bet she doesn't have any problem keeping her body "private". Of course, the little tiny bodies inside women's "private bodies" can end up piled in a dumpster behind "Planned Parenthood" and that's just great by her. What a pig.
37 posted on 02/15/2002 10:47:05 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: churchillbuff
I also received an e-mail with a photo of a very mature fetus' arm protruding through -- what? -- a hole in a pregnant belly? A bloody image meant to shock.

This wouldn't happen to be the famous image of the tiny baby that held onto the surgeon's finger would it?

Turns out the same photo is posted on the FreeRepublic thread about my column, but the contributor, calling himself Revelation 911, confides that it's actually a picture of in-utero surgery and that the gestation went full-term

Where she sees "a bloody image meant to shock" you and I see a tiny baby struggling to hold on to its life - a life that the writer denies exists, and the writer wants to deny legal protection.

38 posted on 02/15/2002 10:47:21 PM PST by ikka
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To: GeronL
of course from now on she's going to get 1000 attack posts when her articles on posted by FReepers seeking fame =o)

Last one to her latest article is a liberal!!!! :-)

39 posted on 02/15/2002 10:47:24 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: churchillbuff
Honey, I'm going to have to revoke your license to argue.

Note the sense of authority premised in this statement. Arrogance. In her heart, a proponent of "speech codes."

40 posted on 02/15/2002 10:47:26 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Askel5
Stirred from sleep and slap happy you are better than me on a good day filled with coffee.

I'm still your biggest fan.

41 posted on 02/15/2002 10:47:27 PM PST by nunya bidness
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To: churchillbuff
Must be a slow newsday when she has to lurk through posts to fill a column. Did she get paid for this article that was largely appropriated?
42 posted on 02/15/2002 10:49:30 PM PST by weegee
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To: WherecouldIgo?
"Some of those people she mentioned a reality check."

Public school product I presume?

43 posted on 02/15/2002 10:49:33 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Shermy
Excellent evaluation!
44 posted on 02/15/2002 10:51:34 PM PST by weegee
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To: lowbridge
Maybe we should all e-mail her 'thank you' messages?
46 posted on 02/15/2002 10:54:21 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Revelation 911
I also received an e-mail with a photo of a very mature fetus' arm protruding through -- what? -- a hole in a pregnant belly? A bloody image meant to shock. Turns out the same photo is posted on the FreeRepublic thread about my column, but the contributor, calling himself Revelation 911, confides that it's actually a picture of in-utero surgery and that the gestation went full-term. * * *

Debbie is a real dummy it appears............that 'fetus's' hand may has well slapped her in the face, and she still would have missed it.

47 posted on 02/15/2002 10:54:49 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse
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To: gg188
"You oppose abortion, and that means you "hate women." ...No Dear Debbie, I love women, that's why I don't abort them.
48 posted on 02/15/2002 10:55:19 PM PST by brat
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To: semper_libertas
probably not nearly as repugnant as a newspaper than would run this column!
49 posted on 02/15/2002 10:55:21 PM PST by GeronL
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someone posted an article by a columnist criticizing the WTC flag being brought into the Olympic Stadium...some nonsense whining that politics is not what the olympics are about... So I sent him this:

To: johnsonw@rockymountainnews.com
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 10:20 AM
Subject: the olympics are about:

Everyone knows that the olympics are about bribes and kickbacks to the site committee, no penalties for under the table shenanigans, and about finding new ways around the anti-steroid/anti-packing rules. . "

Then....how 'bout that...a few days later the skating nonsense happened.... he never did write back.

50 posted on 02/15/2002 10:57:09 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod
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