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ReUnion Thread: Calling All Pre-WOT Freepers with PRE- 9/11/2001 Join Dates
May 2, 2012 | Vanity

Posted on 05/02/2012 5:23:35 AM PDT by xzins

We are the Free Republic Pre-War on Terror Class of Freepers.

Having been a freeper for over a decade, and having experienced both a pre 9/11 presence here and a post 9/11 presence, having experienced the Hanging Chad Wars of GW's first election, Sore Loserman and all, what stands out for you regarding the growth of Free Republic over the years.

What are your thoughts on the independence of Free Republic, and Jim Robinson's decision to go advertisement free all these years. My first thought is that his financial independence is what has freed him to tell the GOP-E to stick it in their ear this year.

If he had to worry about sponsors dropping him, or well-heeled pubbies supporting him, that might have intimidated a lesser man.

We've been blessed these many years. What stands out for you in your decades plus experience on Free Republic?


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To: Charles Henrickson; xzins; PJ-Comix; martin_fierro
Thanks for the nod, CH ... besides the superb Conservative commentary, the fun stuff helps keep things in balance, and sharpens my wit vs. Mrs. Mik (who's a far better punster than I ;).

I had originally joined under a different nom-de-plume in Feb. 2000 via Drudge, after a local radio host (Tom Bauerle) got into a highly-publicized row with the Hildabeast. Once we finally got broadband, I re-upped only two weeks prior to 9-11, and the rest is “history”.

Strategies and subtle philosophical hair-splitting aside, I'm proud to be a member & contributor with so many fine and talented individuals.

151 posted on 05/02/2012 12:34:36 PM PDT by mikrofon (Ich bin ein Oldtimer)
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To: Vor Lady
I learned to post on FR and to this day, I can barely work any other board because they don’t work ‘right’ ;-)

That's 'cause FR has the best discussion software in the known universe. Like you, I've used the others, too, and they just don't measure up. In fact, they're annoying they're so bad.

FR's software makes community possible.

Personally, I'm convinced he could get rich many times over selling it, but he's kept it exclusively for FR.

And we're the beneficiaries.

152 posted on 05/02/2012 12:37:50 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: KC Burke

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. :-)


153 posted on 05/02/2012 12:41:24 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: xzins

I had to look up my date May 8, 1998. Hard to believe it has been that long. I miss the protests and get togethers from the olds days. When clinton came to dallas I was holding a sign “Clinton stained more than a dress”.


154 posted on 05/02/2012 12:44:38 PM PDT by Fellow Traveler
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To: xzins

I had to look up my date May 8, 1998. Hard to believe it has been that long. I miss the protests and get togethers from the olds days. When clinton came to dallas I was holding a sign “Clinton stained more than a dress”.


155 posted on 05/02/2012 12:45:10 PM PDT by Fellow Traveler
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To: trisham
Please forgive the borrowing, Tri.

" Better to fight for something than live for nothing."

~George S. Patton




please click the pic
Thank you for your support!


156 posted on 05/02/2012 12:47:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Obama Disses the Operators Who Took Out Bin Laden in Afghan!)
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To: xzins
I came to FR during the 2000 Florida presidential election controversy when looking for a place of like minded conservatives who realized the leftists were attempting a legal coup. I came seeking well informed and vocal patriots that put words, money, and actions behind the principles they believed in and held dear.

In Florida I was witness to all the goings on and as a result had a firsthand view of the political machines behind the candidates. Back then as now, the left was intent on gaining power REGARDLESS the founding fundamental principles of our country that it would have to compromise doing so. At the time I was sure I was on the right side.

Today I remain on the right side; however, feel the GOP has left the right side and like the left is more interested in gaining power and willing to compromise fundamental principles to gain it.

I see nothing noble in a hollow political victory premised upon compromising fundamental principles. I see no victory in electing and empowering a man with no principles when the power comes at the expense of the fundamental principles that established the very country whose fundamental principles he should be sworn to uphold and protect.

FR was the conservative resistance then and remains the conservative resistance now.

I agree with Jim completely.

157 posted on 05/02/2012 12:54:04 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: xzins

I remember OWK...

...and a few others.


158 posted on 05/02/2012 12:56:38 PM PDT by logos (I have enough ammo to get more.)
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To: xzins
In fact, they're annoying they're so bad. I have wondered why FR is so special and everyone else's interfaces suck. Thanks for 'splaining it to me!

And we're the beneficiaries. And grateful I am!

159 posted on 05/02/2012 12:59:23 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: xzins
I've been here since the day that Bush beat Gore.

November 6, 2000.

-PJ

160 posted on 05/02/2012 12:59:23 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: xzins
What stands out for you in your decades plus experience on Free Republic?

Fatima and Kathy in Alaska's music/theme threads.

161 posted on 05/02/2012 1:02:46 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: xzins

I was introduced to Free Republic during the Sore Loserman fiasco by a Navy shipmate. I used to get here every day. Lately I’m lucky to get here once a week.

I miss debating with The Cruiser, Non-Sequiter and WhiskyPapa.

No ads please.


162 posted on 05/02/2012 1:06:35 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: xzins

I lurked back then, but didn’t join until 2004.

A lot of useful stuff about Saddam Hussein, OBL, and other emerging threats were posted here.


163 posted on 05/02/2012 1:12:43 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: xzins

JMJJR
Since Oct 17, 2000

I was turned on to FR by the late Freeper and co-founder of the TRT, labgrade (RIP Al), I lurked 98,99 and signed up just before the 2000 election.

Got my monthlies coffee cup !


164 posted on 05/02/2012 1:13:28 PM PDT by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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To: Gay State Conservative
What stands out for you in your decades plus experience on Free Republic?

So many moments like this.

165 posted on 05/02/2012 1:16:01 PM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: xzins

Not sure how I found it, but WhiteWater was my initial guide here. I found a good group interested in something that had nailed me in Upstate NY - the unelected stakeholders who had more say in my town and property than I did - the UN and Agenda 21 through the EPA.

Disagree on accepting ads. Several have said it would make no difference, but it would and the tone would change. Also for those in Rio Linda - NPR and PBS are not ad free - they advertize repeatedly in favor of the great Goliath FEDGOV and the funding it provides from our tax dollars. No thanks!

If anything, some type of optional recognition on threads and posts of those willing to put their money where their mouth is, or make it like the news sites where anyone can comment but only Contributors can initiate threads. JMHO.

Many thanks to you and the rest of the knowledgeable FReepers for your clarity and wisdom. Blessings.


166 posted on 05/02/2012 1:20:21 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: xzins
A little BTT. Always good to see some of these names.

They're gone in the misty recesses of time now, but anyone who thinks the forum is less genteel these days probably doesn't remember the Toiletman threads. Trolling was an art in its infancy in those days. Flaming wasn't. If he didn't need therapy after that it's because he didn't read them all.

167 posted on 05/02/2012 1:21:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: xzins

Class of 98 here.

I like ad-less site and do think it gives Jim freedom.

I miss a lot of the people who are gone.

I love the passion that was brought to bear fruit and win some big issues, such as sore/loserman, Rather lies, chads, lies on election night TV, and the fact that we have been a burr on the bottoms of the political class. We have spawned dozens of independent sites and have helped the conservative cause immensely.

I still miss a lot of the people who are gone.


168 posted on 05/02/2012 1:24:02 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: ComputerGuy
I miss Non-Sequitor.

n00b here. I miss that guy like I miss a boil on my butt.

169 posted on 05/02/2012 1:48:30 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: xzins

Tet68 checking in since 1998.

I don’t miss the flame wars a bit although some of
them were entertaining. Still the stimulating place
for Conservative thought and conversation and the
best all around place for news of the web.

I would not like to see advertising just because
I’m used to the way this site has always been run.
It’s Jim’s site and you play by Jim’s rules and
everyone is happy except for trolls and DUmmies.

Looking ahead to another ten years if we survive
2012.
FUBO
ABO
T.


170 posted on 05/02/2012 1:59:14 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mware

NO...I do Not! Did you say something really bad to me??? lol


171 posted on 05/02/2012 2:15:37 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: mikrofon
I joined on November 17, 2000. Somebody told me about a place called "Free Republic," and that a lot of people were singing a song I had written the week before, i.e., "The Palm Beach Pokey." Since then, I've posted (acc. to my profile just now) a total of 923 threads and 39,838 replies.

Besides the serious threads, I've especially enjoyed the fun ones, in particular, PJ-Comix's DUmmie FUnnies (of which I am the co-host), as well as the ongoing give-and-take with martin_fierro and mikrofon.

I fully support FR's "pro-life, pro-family, pro-limited government" conservative philosophy. At the same time, I recognize how good conservatives, equally holding to that same philosophy, may differ on strategy when it comes to the presidential election this fall. I believe it's a difference in strategy, not philosophy, that is at the heart of the recent difficulties here.

=========

Thanks for the nod, CH ... besides the superb Conservative commentary, the fun stuff helps keep things in balance, and sharpens my wit vs. Mrs. Mik (who's a far better punster than I ;).

I had originally joined under a different nom-de-plume in Feb. 2000 via Drudge, after a local radio host (Tom Bauerle) got into a highly-publicized row with the Hildabeast. Once we finally got broadband, I re-upped only two weeks prior to 9-11, and the rest is “history”.

Strategies and subtle philosophical hair-splitting aside, I'm proud to be a member & contributor with so many fine and talented individuals.


172 posted on 05/02/2012 2:20:40 PM PDT by martin_fierro (eh, WOT?)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Wow. A name from the past.


173 posted on 05/02/2012 2:21:32 PM PDT by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: xzins
The chef is here. Good eats for everyone.

I'm saddened to see so many otherwise good conservatives pushed out or leave over the Republican primary battle. I think it is far more important to get the liberals out of power than the particular shade or hue of a person's conservatism.

It's not my site but fewer people make the quarterly pledges drag on forever. I remember pledge drives taking less than a week.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

174 posted on 05/02/2012 2:34:36 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: socal_parrot
"I was going to say: In before newbie whining"

By definition it's impossible to get in before oldbie delusions of self importance.


175 posted on 05/02/2012 2:42:04 PM PDT by I see my hands (If you say what you think then no one will like you.)
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To: Jen

long time


176 posted on 05/02/2012 2:44:13 PM PDT by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

Whoops, that was to Charlie, too.


177 posted on 05/02/2012 2:46:04 PM PDT by martin_fierro (eh, WOT?)
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To: ComputerGuy
"I miss Non-Sequitor."

That troll lasted quite a spell before the inevitable zot.

178 posted on 05/02/2012 2:50:38 PM PDT by Godebert (NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: xzins

The campaign in 2000.
I signed up that year; having FreeRepublic to go to was a godsend.

Now that there is another important election coming up, I find myself back here again.

Kudos to Jim and John Robinson for the best conservative website on the ‘net.


179 posted on 05/02/2012 3:23:54 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: KC Burke

Classy green-eyed blonde...lol


180 posted on 05/02/2012 4:22:19 PM PDT by LexRex in TN ("A republic, if you can keep it.......")
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To: xzins

I tied my wagon to FreeRepublic when it was discussing the presidential election that included Ross Perot. Have used it ever since for pros and cons. Many thanks to JR for keeping FreeRepublic up for the survival of the USA.


181 posted on 05/02/2012 4:33:34 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: DallasSun
SQOW was in reference to the Tony Snow radio thread, he would post to FR while the show was on air. It was a blast, even gave an open invitation to freepers to come visit the Fox studio. I took him up on it, and spent over an hour chatting with him in his office.

The Thailand reference was in regard to a thread about a suspect being arrested for the murder ofJonBennet Ramseys death. They nabbed him in Thailand. The first three or four posts within 5 seconds of the thread being submitted were exactly the same, Thailand?????

182 posted on 05/02/2012 4:51:34 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: cuban leaf
Oldies.......

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183 posted on 05/02/2012 5:05:37 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: KC Burke

What about Snow Bunny ?


184 posted on 05/02/2012 5:10:36 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: xzins; Jim Robinson
Im suprized that FR has stayed "bulletin board" since its inception. I figured it would have gone VML or some new fangled crap by now.

I have wanted to go back and "undo" a few posts now and then, (and who hasnt), but Im glad you cant.

I havent been to the home page in over 3 years, and as long as my cookies hold out I shouldnt have to go there.

Only been put in the corner twice, but those reasons have been long outdone by changing dynamics. Im still way out on the right wing but society is growing more vulgar by the second, so I dont worry too much any more.

THANKS JIM !!!! YOU ARE DOIN IT RIGHT !!!

EAGLES UP !!!

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185 posted on 05/02/2012 5:18:58 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: xzins

I signed up 12/04/2000, I don’t know how I knew about this wonderful place, but somehow I did.

I wanted to find a pro-Bush rally to attend in those days of the Florida Fiasco and I did find one.

I LOVE Free Republic, it is the greatest site on the RIGHT side of the internet.


186 posted on 05/02/2012 5:21:40 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Delta 21

I have been on her so long Jim thinks I came with the “Soft Ware” but what do I think of the Free Republic/ I can tell you I get more “Bang for the Buck” from Free Republic than any other thing I support. I really admire Jim and his wife and all of the other people that keep Free Republic going 24/7


187 posted on 05/02/2012 5:23:12 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.,)
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...and keep it private! I dont know about you, but it gives me a warm fuzzy being able to tell whoever needs it to pack sand and GTFO.


188 posted on 05/02/2012 5:23:17 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: xzins
Thanks for the thread.

As if I didn't feel old enough already!

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189 posted on 05/02/2012 5:23:17 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: xzins
I remember the Gary Condit/Chandra Levy threads.

I recall the story slowly coming out about how Condit would visit a San Francisco SOMA spa in a disguise and use an assumed name so that he could get all of his body hair shaved off.

I recall how Condit was also dating an airline attendant who reported how he always had neckties tied to the bedposts for kinky sex games.

And I also recall when FR went wild when it was erroneously reported that Condit's wife had lost her thumbs.

-PJ

190 posted on 05/02/2012 5:36:07 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: xzins

.....and please dont forget to CLOSE YOUR ITALIANS !!!

That was some funny $hit there.


191 posted on 05/02/2012 5:38:16 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: xzins

I think we should take in ads from groups we support, as opposed to liberal conglomorates that go into hiding when the SHTF, which it will. We also should keep the donation option and let people give as they feel led. Romney has some money he needs to spend on courting we conservatives. Why not have him spend it here :-)


192 posted on 05/02/2012 5:42:02 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: xzins

I began lurking FR back at the beginning of Clinton’s second term. I registered at the beginning of Bush’s first term. I found my way here from Drudge links as the Lewinsky scandal broke. Anyone remember quidum? quidum was Olsterman before Olsternman. Quite intriguing.

Been a fun run. Viva La Liberte’!


193 posted on 05/02/2012 5:45:53 PM PDT by IamConservative (Shall I try and perhaps fail or shall I do nothing without fail?)
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To: xzins

Early 1998 here (I think.) I got a home PC at Thanksgiving 97, gravitated to conservative sites and news and in short order I had found Free Republic.

It was the time of “DRUDGE has the siren up!!” posts for some Clinton-Lewinsky info, like the blue dress. Lucianne Goldberg and her son Jonah dropping tidbits. Ann Coulter was hott!

Anyway, after poking around for a while, I signed up and come here quite often. Most times it’s on a daily basis. Occasionally, I ‘drop out’ for a few weeks or months and only stop by occasionally.

But I always know where to come when something is going on or at election time, which these days seems to never end. There are opinions aplenty on Free Republic. Some I agree with, some I don’t but the discourse and reading is always stimulating and interesting. And you will find threads on most anything, which in itself is a real treasure.

Hats off to JimRob, JohnRob and everyone that keeps this forum running and to all the patriots and thinking, caring people that contribute on a daily basis.

Carry on FReepers!

PS...I don’t think I’m making an impression if, on a weekly basis at least, I don’t get chastised or called some name or other ;)


194 posted on 05/02/2012 5:56:14 PM PDT by citizen (A)
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To: BlueLancer
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195 posted on 05/02/2012 6:05:06 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: IamConservative
Anyone remember quidum?

The Turtle on a Fence Post guy? Ya, I remember him. He got lots of hits, but also lots of slams.

It was a wild an woolly place back then especially before Jim started the registration. But it was always fun and educational.

Navigator, Socks The Cat, Clinton's a Liar, Roger Schultz... great posters and lots of 'entertainment when they got going.

I really miss Socks The Cat. Very funny stuff. Professional writing talent -- seriously up there with Mark Steyn kind of satire. (Maybe Socks was Mark Steyn????)

196 posted on 05/02/2012 6:12:02 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: xzins

July 3, 1998. I have seen a lot of changes here.


197 posted on 05/02/2012 6:15:18 PM PDT by saminfl
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To: Ditto; Jim Robinson

My 5 year old daughter sang at the House Impeachment Rally in 1999.
She graduates high school this year and will be attending James Madison University.


198 posted on 05/02/2012 6:22:28 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: xzins

Since 4/98, keep it functioning from dondtions!!


199 posted on 05/02/2012 6:28:41 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: xzins

This is a great site, and has had tremendous influence, far beyond the posts and comments on the site.

It has certainly led me to be more involved, and to talk to others knowledgably about political issues. I pass along links to friends and make sure they are aware of key issues. On busy days, I don’t have to go to multiple sites to find out what the main news is.

Thanks, Jim Robinson, or is it Thompson?


200 posted on 05/02/2012 6:28:51 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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