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This is just a drill: Thanks to John McCain, Free Republic will shut down tomorrow at high noon for
Free Republic ^

Posted on 03/23/2006 8:03:45 PM PST by Jim Robinson

Edited on 03/24/2006 11:31:56 AM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

Now hear this:

Thanks to John McCain, Free Republic will shut down tomorrow at high noon for 30 days. No non government approved electioneering messages may be transmitted over the internet for the 30 days immediately preceding a primary election.

That is all.


The above exercise was just a drill. But if John McCain has his way with his proposed rules for regulating political free speech on the internet, this is how we will be forced to operate in the coming election cycle and all election cycles in the future until we can get the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold act repealed.

Carthago delenda est


I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!



If the thought of losing your right to express yourself online makes you mad, it is high time you let Senator John McCain know how you feel.

McCain, John - (R - AZ)
(202) 224-2235

Washington, DC
241 Russell Senate Ofc. Bldg.
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2235
Fax: (202) 228-2862


Phoenix
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Phone: (602) 952-2410
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Tempe
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Phone: (480) 897-6289
Fax: (480) 897-8389

Tucson
407 W. Congress Street
Suite 103
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Phone: (520) 670-6334
Fax: (520) 670-6637


McCain, John - (R - AZ)
(202) 224-2235

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To: clamper1797

If the thought of losing your right to express yourself online makes you mad, it is high time you let Senator John McCain know how you feel.

McCain, John - (R - AZ)
(202) 224-2235

Belive me he and all of Washington should hear from all of us! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!


1,201 posted on 03/25/2006 1:37:50 PM PST by stopem (Socialists NOT welcome in MY Country ever, Get OUT and take your flag with you!)
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To: Jim Robinson

A question.
Will celebrity OPINIONS re. Politics be silenced on the internet as well? There are always elections going on somewhere, so when, exactly, CAN political opinions be expressed according to Mad McCain?
We're a bunch of regular citizens having our say re. politics here. Will Babs Striesand be allowed her opinion on the net, Clooney, Mahr, the other celebrities? Or are they special?


1,202 posted on 03/25/2006 1:44:21 PM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: Jim Robinson

In order for such a bill to become law then President Bush will have to sign it. Do you think he would?


1,203 posted on 03/25/2006 2:37:03 PM PST by Revel
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To: stopem
If the thought of losing your right to express yourself online makes you mad, it is high time you let Senator John McCain know how you feel.

If McCain were to get the GOP nomination in a little over two years, presidential elections will truly be farcical.
1,204 posted on 03/25/2006 2:40:26 PM PST by Das Outsider (The Christian form of relativism is by far the most dangerous one.)
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To: Das Outsider

*would truly be farcical


1,205 posted on 03/25/2006 2:41:05 PM PST by Das Outsider (The Christian form of relativism is by far the most dangerous one.)
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To: Revel

I think McCain & Co were trying to get the FEC to implement the proposed new draconian anti-free speech regulations under the existing McCain-Feingold Act. No new laws or signatures required. In fact, they've used procedural wrangling to block any new laws that would've prohibited the new infringements. Someone on high needs to step forward and declare this whole shebang unconstitutional. Time to force a constitutional crisis!


1,206 posted on 03/25/2006 3:09:18 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Freeps AWAY !!


1,207 posted on 03/25/2006 3:14:34 PM PST by davidosborne (DavidOsborne.net)
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To: Indy Pendance
"but if he goes for the pres nomination, isn't there a republican rule, if you run, you have to give up your seat?
"

When LBJ ran for VP, The Texas Democrat mafia gave him special dispensation to run for VP and the senate on the same ticket in Texas.
1,208 posted on 03/25/2006 3:26:28 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("The EU is proof that two or more heads are thicker than one.")
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To: Jim Robinson

BTTT!!!


1,209 posted on 03/25/2006 4:05:03 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Jim Robinson; Susannah

When the Free Republic server went down this morning, it was the first time in my 8 years of freeping that I thought it might actually be due to some political pressure or perhaps as a form of protest due to this particular thread.

Thanks, Susannah for your post that points out one of the mirror sites. It was one of only 2 hits on Google for "Freerepublic.com is down" -- and that was the first time I've felt it necessary to go elsewhere to post political commentary.

Keep up the good work, both of you.




"Oh, Susannah, please don't cry for me... for I'm off to Free Republic with a banjo on my knee."


I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee;
I'm goin' to Free Republic my true love for to see.
It rained all night the day I left,
the weather it was dry;
The sun so hot I froze to death,
Susanna don't you cry.

Oh! Susanna, don't you cry for me;
I come from Alabama,
with my banjo on my knee.

I had a dream the other night,
When everything was still;
I thought I saw Susanna dear,
A-coming down the hill.
The buckwheat cake was in her mouth,
The tear was in her eye,
Said I, I'm coming from the south,
Susanna don't you cry.

Oh! Susanna, don't you cry for me;
I come from Alabama,
with my banjo on my knee.

I soon will be in New Orleans,
And then I'll look all 'round,
And when I find Susanna,
I'll fall upon the ground.
But if I do not find her,
This darkey'll surely die,
And when I'm dead and buried,
Susanna don't you cry.

Oh! Susanna, don't you cry for me;
I'm off to Free Republic with a banjo on my knee.



http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1227985/posts




To: ApesForEvolution; SteveMcKing
When freerepublic.com is down, for whatever reason, head to the following yahoo group where freepers communicate:


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freerepublic2/

*suggest you bookmark the link!




20 posted on 09/26/2004 11:25:57 PM PDT by Susannah (What's less united than the USA during war? > the UN !)


1,210 posted on 03/25/2006 6:11:56 PM PST by Kevin OMalley (No, not Freeper#95235, Freeper #1165: Charter member, What Was My Login Club.)
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To: dixiechick2000

Thank you DC!!


1,211 posted on 03/25/2006 6:54:58 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Candor7

Thank you Candor, I worked hard on it. The face matches the body right now!!


1,212 posted on 03/25/2006 7:00:52 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: pbrown

"Someday soon it will happen. The America that we once knew...will be dead."

I fear that as well.. But not if we remain strong, vigilant and actively fight to prevent it. True Americans ARE amazingly resilient and fearsomely protective of what they cherish.. I know from reading many of your posts that you are one of them. Stay strong.


1,213 posted on 03/25/2006 7:03:42 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: Jim Robinson

And now more than ever, it's important to note the second name in that bill, the nut McJackass has decided to align himself with.


1,214 posted on 03/25/2006 7:52:09 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: thoughtomator
Spend those 30 days stocking up on your ammo, folks, you might need it sooner than you think.

Thoughtomator, there is a gun show in manassas this weekend!

1,215 posted on 03/25/2006 11:30:56 PM PST by ottersnot (I refuse to bend over like a Democrat and bow to Mecca. No prayer rug for me.)
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To: Jim Robinson

1,216 posted on 03/25/2006 11:36:23 PM PST by ottersnot (I refuse to bend over like a Democrat and bow to Mecca. No prayer rug for me.)
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To: af_vet_rr

good post about the net and the rise of a third party.


1,217 posted on 03/26/2006 3:32:53 AM PST by Canedawg (And then?)
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To: af_vet_rr
It's very foolish (and dangerous) thinking that the right and the left are not worried about the influence of various websites.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Agreed in part.

I think you are correct about the major parties, but I do not see us as a third party particularly, at least not yet.

Politicians have spent millions of bucks each election cycle to create images for themselves , designed through marketing research to manipulate parts of the electorate. This involves the obscuration of facts on each candidate.

What we do is inform people of the facts, and this tends to redefine political images which have been created over many months using millions of dollars. The web destroyed Kerry's rush for office, and appropriately so. He was a liar and unsuitable for office because he did not have the leadership skills.

Both parties do not want to respond to the people but have a priority of rsponse to lobbyists. They do this so they have enough campaign money for "image creation." Hollywood and the MSM reap billions of dollars this way , while the people are bypassed in the election cycle, they become merely manipulated. Politicians have become far to complacent and cynical about their own electorate. We are forcing a reversal of this trend, and have many MSM enemies, because they cannot win against us no matter how much money they are paid for political advertising.

We have changed that trend for two reasons: a) Balance:

The electorate is split about 50/50 between the Dims and the Pubbies.We can and do often make a difference by tipping the balance.

b) Unpredictability Our intervention "on the facts" as an organization has tipped the balance against candidates and for some others which makes the web a powerful uncontrollable, unpredictable factor in elections. The lobbyists and parties do not like such unpredictability. The MSM like it even less, they can't predict accurate outcomes without factoring in the web effect, and they won't because it would acknowledge our power as part of a non commercial cycle.

It is easy enough to continue this fight. I would donate substantial amounts of money for Jim to secure an offshore site which would not be regulated. At the same time the 1st ammendment issue will eventually end up in the SCOTUS, and we have also got to plan to raise money for a litigation fund.

Do we have sister organizations that would support us politically ? Maybe the NRA.

We are beginning to be acknowledged as a political power, and in that we should feel complimented, AND PLAN TO FIGHT for our right to continue.

I would be ineterested to know how many times politicians have contacted Jim, asking him to put in a good word for them on Free Republic. I have a feeling that has happened but Jim would not play ball with them.

We should continue to evolve as a conservative power, for it is in the modern equivalent of Benjamin Franklins and Thomas Paine's pamphleteering. We deserve protection under the 1st amendment, because newspapers and other media are bought and paid for by parties who whish to disinform the public, not inform it.

People on Free Republic are truly informed ( although others deny that, saying we are just emotional reactionaries) as voters, and form a national/international community which requires reform in the UN, Border COntrol, and promotes a consistent conservative agenda. That is why Free Republic has been so successful compared to the various Dim sites such as moveon.org etc.

We are a third party in terms of a redistribution of electoral power, but not in terms of politics yet, but that might change.Our enemies say we ruin their election by using untruths and propaganda , when in fact we merely dilute paid-for-propaganda with fact.

As a new power we will be subject to "pay back" and that comes in the form of McCain Feingold. I think also that if Freepers had supported Dubyah on the ports deal, perhaps there would have been a liklihood a veto of the this sick legislation.

So since by this legislative attack, we are now acknowledged as a power politically, that is good news but we have to change gears to be a "playah," which means establishing a litigation fund,an off shore mirror site, and perhaps registering as a political party or PAC (yech!).

I think the fight would be worth it!

How about it Jim Robinson?

Are you up for round 2 or is it round 5?

I know I am.

Keep the faith,our good man!

We need the big bucks now!

1,218 posted on 03/26/2006 6:02:34 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: Jim Robinson

1,219 posted on 03/26/2006 6:44:13 AM PST by Chong
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To: Jim Robinson

You aren't serious?

This is a HUGE violation of freedom of speech!


Prayers for you and your wonderful website, FR.


1,220 posted on 03/26/2006 8:52:14 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: Jim Robinson

Will NBC, CBS, MSN, CNN and ABC be refrained from making ANY usual BIASED news reports?


1,221 posted on 03/26/2006 8:53:13 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: Jim Robinson

There seems to be lot of sidestepping of the constitution these days. IMO Executive orders are another tool used for this purpose. Anyways it seems that maybe all the noise that you made scared the FEC a little bit. At least if the Washington post article from the other day is correct. They will try again later. They always do. Thanks for your reply.


1,222 posted on 03/26/2006 4:07:16 PM PST by Revel
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To: Jim Robinson; Nightshift; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; MeekOneGOP

This song was not written about political speech, but I think it applies and would be a good anthem for the cause of free speech right now.
You can listen to Shut Me Out..(I typed Shut Me UP...LOL that's the opposite of what we want LOL)
http://www.purevolume.com/kutless (listen here)

http://www.onlylyrics.com/print.php?id=30625

Shut Me Out by Kutless

Tell me something I don't already know
I know that you can't stand these things I'm preaching in the streets
But how can I contain the truth I hold inside
With all the hurting people that I see

So I don't mind putting up with you
And all the things you say
I'm not about to stop
Or even change my ways

There's nothing you can say
That will take me away from this life
There's nothing you can do
To shut me up when I'm speaking the truth

You may not like all I have to say
But you can't prove that everything is filled with empty words
I know my life and inside how I've changed
A testimony to the truth I speak

So I don't mind putting up with you
And all the things you say
I'm not about to stop
Or even change my ways

There's nothing you can say
That will take me away from this life
There's nothing you can do
To shut me off, to shut me out when I'm speaking the truth

There's nothing you can say
That will take me away from this life
There's nothing you can do
To shut me up when I'm speaking the truth
There's nothing you can say
That will take me away from this life
There's nothing you can do
To shut me off, to shut me out when I'm speaking the truth


1,223 posted on 03/26/2006 6:28:23 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping List Freepmail me if you want on or off this ping list.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Who and what are the political forces behind McCain, that encourage him to put forward bills of this nature?


1,224 posted on 03/26/2006 10:16:27 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Ciexyz

I don't know. He's a strange beast.


1,225 posted on 03/26/2006 10:18:21 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

JOhn McCain is has now killed his chance for the Presidencey, and I will vote against, and campaign against him up to the last minute before the polls close in all states, over the Internet, and will recruit thousands to help.

This is the last straw!

OPS4
God Bless America!


1,226 posted on 03/27/2006 7:29:00 AM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker

ping


1,227 posted on 03/27/2006 8:06:04 AM PST by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: pollywog

ping me when you find it. Thank you.


1,228 posted on 03/27/2006 8:44:46 AM PST by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: jazusamo

All you do is move the dang server to Tonga...and thats the end of that problem. Freedom of speech...across the digital world...is impossible to stop. I can just about anything I want, and find server space somewhere to do it. This is all a joke to rile everyone up over nothing.


1,229 posted on 03/27/2006 9:45:44 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
You're right, that's exactly what it was. Looks like every things okay but there are still a few who are not happy with the the latest decisions because they're afraid the FEC can just change the rules.

I checked your home page and you mentioned Ripley, would that be the thriving metropolis of Ripley, CA?
1,230 posted on 03/27/2006 9:55:32 AM PST by jazusamo (Excuse me Helen, I'm answering your first accusation. - President Bush)
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To: pbrown

It already is.

:O|

P


1,231 posted on 03/27/2006 8:59:41 PM PST by papasmurf (Join Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Team # 36120)
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To: Jim Robinson

Scary bump!


1,232 posted on 03/28/2006 10:09:59 AM PST by aquila48
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To: TigersEye

Look what I found!


1,233 posted on 03/25/2008 9:18:02 AM PDT by Content Provider
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To: OPS4

I take it you’ve changed your mind?


1,234 posted on 03/25/2008 9:27:02 AM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Revel

Just a guess, but I’d say yeah.


1,235 posted on 03/25/2008 9:33:14 AM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Soul Seeker

It sure came around to bite him in the butt, didn’t it?


1,236 posted on 03/25/2008 9:41:54 AM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Content Provider

Let’s see what happens after we so called rhino supporters of McCain have our say with his campaign directors.

If this is the case I will take action on the net via YOU TUBE IFILM and othe viral sites with a video clip to create the uprising against this, B.S. myself!

Thanks for posting this.
Ops4


1,237 posted on 03/25/2008 9:45:28 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: OPS4

This stuff is fascinating... so many people were so spot on about this guy. Reading some of the comments it’s like everyone was reading a crystal ball and seeing what we’re dealing with today.


1,238 posted on 03/25/2008 9:48:18 AM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Content Provider

I am getting into the meat of this as we speak, I will post any replies I receive from the campaign, for all to read.


1,239 posted on 03/25/2008 9:49:40 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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Placemarker.


1,240 posted on 03/25/2008 10:04:00 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Content Provider

Just sent to McCain HQ, through my Fundraising website for him.
Will update.
Ops4

I am an avid Republican backer who has letters on my wall for President Bush for my help in his last two campaigns for President.

I have worked hard both in Florida, for our candidates.

One of the main sites I have had help us are the Florida Freerepulc.com site, and the
Town Hall site.

It has come to my attention that a move that could devastate all of our hard work is in the works and could cost us the entire consvervative vote in this election.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1602124/posts?page=51,50

Read the thread and advise me on this issue, ASAP.
EMM Florida


1,241 posted on 03/25/2008 10:08:03 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: OPS4

Court spurns appeal over ‘Hillary’ film

March 25, 2008

By Jennifer Harper - The Supreme Court yesterday rejected without comment an appeal from a District-based advocacy group that promotional ads for its 90-minute political documentary critical of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are protected by First Amendment rights and, therefore, exempt from campaign-finance laws.

As a result, Citizens United must include a disclaimer and disclose its donors in commercials for “Hillary: The Movie.” The film includes interviews with many high-profile conservatives, including political commentator Ann Coulter, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

The cast is billed as “experts, opinion makers, and many of the people who personally locked horns with the Clintons.”

“We are back at square one, essentially,” said Jim Bopp, an Indiana-based lawyer who represented Citizens United in their case. “We plan to continue in the District Court to resolve the case based on its merits.”

In recent years, the group has produced films examining the United Nations, illegal immigration, faith in America and Michael Moore’s 2004 film “Fahrenheit 911,” which was critical of the Bush administration’s actions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Citizens United became interested last year in the finer points of movie promotion after the Supreme Court ruled that Wisconsin Right to Life could not be prohibited from broadcasting “genuine issue ads” at certain critical times — specifically, blackout periods before elections, as required by the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC), however, still requires such groups to include a list of donors and a disclaimer with the ad itself.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080325/NATION/808377825/1002


1,242 posted on 03/25/2008 11:49:23 AM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: OPS4

“I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I’d rather have the clean government.”

“I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President. I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good President.”

Two John McCain quotes that are very interesting juxtaposed against each other.


1,243 posted on 03/25/2008 12:10:05 PM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Content Provider

Wow, you are really doing some digging. Good find. I never saw this thread the first time around. I’m sure Yahoo, Google, AOL and MSN will pitch in and help censor political speech here the way they willingly assist the CCP in China.


1,244 posted on 03/25/2008 2:33:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/mccain/

It’s a treasure trove. You can go way back by editing the end number, like so:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/mccain/14000


1,245 posted on 03/25/2008 2:56:03 PM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Content Provider

Thanks. I have wondered how to go back without going page by page in a comments or keyword search. Duh! It’s really kind of obvious isn’t it? (that’s a rhetorical question) lol


1,246 posted on 03/25/2008 6:06:07 PM PDT by TigersEye (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: TigersEye; calcowgirl

Wasn’t even obvious to me, and I’m a programmer. But I caught the pattern of the numbers after scrolling through the categories a bit, and figured it out.

calcowgirl, ICMP type 3 packet for you, amusement more than data


1,247 posted on 03/25/2008 6:35:17 PM PDT by Content Provider
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To: Content Provider

I don’t feel so bad then because I’m just a point-and-clicker. I have figured out in the past though that I could get into FTP files and other areas of websites I wasn’t supposed to by cutting parts of URLs or trying a higher or lower number on the end than the one I had found some other way.


1,248 posted on 03/25/2008 6:42:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: Content Provider; TigersEye

I do that to jump back in time. Every 1,000,000 digits in the URL is roughly a year.
I think 1,500,000 takes you back to 2003, and so on.

What is “ICMP type 3 packet”?


1,249 posted on 03/25/2008 6:59:07 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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ICMP type 3 is a standard ping... sorry, I’m a bit of a nerd.


1,250 posted on 03/25/2008 7:09:59 PM PDT by Content Provider
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