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How To Take Over Free Republic (And Your Life, Too!)
Free Republic | May 11, 2012 | by Lazamataz

Posted on 05/11/2012 5:04:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz

How do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try,

Recently, a friend came to me with what he perceived to be the failings of Free Republic. I wrote back: "....JR is really not interested in people advising him on how to run the forum. He's had success with his own direction.......Seriously man. Don't stress this so hard. It is what it is, and you have no power over other people/places/things. Hell, you don't even have power over YOURSELF. That's GOD'S power. Just suit up, show up, color in within the lines, and enjoy what you can in the forum. You know what's off limits. So do I. I live within the boundaries, without complaint and grateful for my blessings."

It is a good life lesson, using Free Republic as the catalyst. How many of us struggle mightily against the circumstances in our life, only to find that we have made utterly no difference? Maybe we have even made things worse, for our interference. We human beings have tiny little three-pound brains. What makes us believe we know best, how our reality should be? Often, what we believe is best for us, turns out to nearly kill us. Similarly, that which we believe is horrible for us, turns out to change us, positively, for the best. It is clear we do not know what it is that will make us prosper.

Many of us live in a perpetual state of anxiety or fear, or regret or remorse. These are wasted emotions. These emotions sap your energy and have no positive effect. Regret and remorse are utterly incapable of changing the past, and since we truly cannot know what is good or bad for us, how can we profit from fear or anxiety? It is best if we leave the particulars of our lives to the will of our God, however we understand Him.

This suggestion works well for atheists, too, since all of us have a God of our understanding. Perhaps, for the atheist, their God is an impersonal and uncaring universe. It still works. Let the results be decided by someone or something other than yourself. When we stop trying to control events around us, much better things come to pass than we had ever envisioned.

This is not to say we don't participate. We do. We show up every day, and we do the next right thing. This is not to say we don't make plans. We do. We are simply willing to get out of the way should the God of our understanding have something better in store for us. In my experience, when I get out of the way of God, the most amazing things happen to me. When I try to control some things, my fat sausage-fingers manage to make it much worse.

Back to the topic of this forum: We all have directions we believe the forum should go. Yet, if we did succeed in altering the forum's direction, we might end up destroying it outright.

So, how do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try.


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To: Lazamataz

>> So, how do you take over Free Republic? You can’t. You shouldn’t even try.

Hmmm... I never even thought to take over FR.

Of course, my brain isn’t anywhere near three pounds... prolly only a pound and a half, and six ounces or so of *that* is snot.


51 posted on 05/11/2012 6:05:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Lazamataz

>> 74 Satisfied Customers!™

I feel a masochistic streak coming on... please add me to your poing list and you’ll have an even seventy-five.


52 posted on 05/11/2012 6:07:56 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Lazamataz

Take over Free Republic?

Wait. What?

Is someone actually trying to take over Free Republic? I had not even noticed?

Not much. Heh.


53 posted on 05/11/2012 6:08:38 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Lazamataz
Oh great, another anti-mormon thread. / sar

J/k!

54 posted on 05/11/2012 6:09:47 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: Lazamataz
"Many of us live in a perpetual state of anxiety or fear, or regret or remorse. These are wasted emotions. These emotions sap your energy and have no positive effect."

This is what's been different about 2012. Seeing otherwise rational Freepers pick a useless fight on a thread and stay up beating it to death all night, derailing useful discussions into what could only be charitably called chat threads. Like watching a room full of Arators in a world where there will never be another election.

55 posted on 05/11/2012 6:28:52 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Lazamataz
Just suit up, show up, color in within the lines, and enjoy what you can in the forum. You know what's off limits. So do I. I live within the boundaries, without complaint and grateful for my blessings."
 
 Great Commentary, Laz. Question: Have you ever pushed those boundaries? Have you ever colored outside the lines? Gone beyond the "off limits"?
 
~snicker~
 
I know you have. So have I. And in doing that we learn some valuable life lessons. Sometimes we get kicked in the teeth and learn from our mistakes. Yet sometimes we surprise ourselves and others by rising up and exceeding what we thought, or what we were told our boundaries were.
 

Back to the topic of this forum: We all have directions we believe the forum should go. Yet, if we did succeed in altering the forum's direction, we might end up destroying it outright.

So, how do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try.

I dunno Laz. You - as much as anyone else, including Jim Rob - have altered Free Republic. This place would be measurably worse if there were no Lazamataz. There is no question in my mind that your influence will forever be an integral part of FR.

56 posted on 05/11/2012 6:33:00 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kratos; TheOldLady
Holy cow. All these years all I’ve heard is Laz would hit it, and all that.

Well, I would.

I didn’t know you were such a great writer. Your message this morning was very good. Nice to meet the other Laz!

Thank you. TheOldLady was one of the first to see it.

57 posted on 05/11/2012 6:34:30 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: fml
"However, this issue did become a good catalyst for the larger life-lesson."

Being what?

Read it again; I'm not going to repeat the article here.

Point me to where God has punished those who question him on this earthly estate?

Absolutely not my point, but while we are on the topic, it's been my experience that God does not punish us -- He lets us punish ourselves.

58 posted on 05/11/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Nifster
Are you a friend of Bill W.?

Was it that obvious? ;^)

It seemed like a great segue to 'carry the message', no?

59 posted on 05/11/2012 6:39:14 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: RightOnline

You are too kind, dear sir.


60 posted on 05/11/2012 6:42:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz


61 posted on 05/11/2012 6:45:07 AM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party 2012)
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To: CharacterCounts

75 Satisfied Customers!™


62 posted on 05/11/2012 6:45:20 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: dayglored

76 Satisfied Customers!™


63 posted on 05/11/2012 6:47:10 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
I think FR is still one of the best at covering those countless stories the "lamestream" media/press should cover but do not. Yes, some of us become hero worshippers of JR but he is a swell guy. 377th FA Regt., Khowst Prov., Afghanistan
64 posted on 05/11/2012 6:47:34 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Nervous Tick

77 Satisfied Customers!™


65 posted on 05/11/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Monterrosa-24
Yes, some of us become hero worshippers of JR but he is a swell guy

He is. He's also very consistent, and I appreciate that. He's very human, of course, and I've seen his human side; irascibility, on occasion, and with consistency comes stubbornness. But even for his flaws, I'm still proud to call him FRiend.

66 posted on 05/11/2012 6:51:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: y6162

67 posted on 05/11/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Lazamataz

Keep coming back!


68 posted on 05/11/2012 7:01:51 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Mozilla

LOL thanks


69 posted on 05/11/2012 7:02:10 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: socal_parrot

I did!


70 posted on 05/11/2012 7:02:50 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: y6162
Are we right wingers not men?

Not necessarily.

71 posted on 05/11/2012 7:04:47 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: y6162

SA-LOOT!

Got me standing at attention...


72 posted on 05/11/2012 7:05:33 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Lazamataz

Awww, [blush] thank you, honey, but you were shining so brightly, I couldn’t miss it.


73 posted on 05/11/2012 7:08:38 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Lazamataz

Words of wisdom.


74 posted on 05/11/2012 7:18:12 AM PDT by hope
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To: Lazamataz

It certainly worked for me..... sometimes the phrases just ring so true.

Just says you practice these principles in all of your affairs...;)


75 posted on 05/11/2012 7:18:28 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Lazamataz

Add me to your ping list, please.


76 posted on 05/11/2012 7:21:05 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Lazamataz

Sorry I’m late. Is this the Occupy FreeRepublic thread?

We want change!

We want pictures! (Threads are worthless without pictures)

We want cowbells! (Because we need more cowbell)

Attica! Attica! Attica!


77 posted on 05/11/2012 7:30:12 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Now where’s the free food?


78 posted on 05/11/2012 7:31:11 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lazamataz; Jim Robinson

Gen. George S. Patton despised defeatists and quitters and reminded us that all real Americans do too.

Winston Churchill is revered to this day for his dogged determination in leading his country against a dominant adversary alone.

Ronald Reagan was defined by his sunny optimism, but he had a steel spine too. His attitude toward the Cold War? “We win, they lose.”

Rush Limbaugh, our greatest conservative voice today, is known for counseling optimism at the moment when things look most bleak. He predicted our 2010 comeback in February 2009 and he has been proved right in every particular.

Free Republic today is marked by negativity, pessimism, and defeatism to a degree never before seen around these parts. Every political thread has FReepers chiming in to trash the GOP nominee, and to declare the election over and Obama re-elected. Every single one. These posters are not providing data, analysis, and insight for the purpose of turning things around. And they make no rational, honest argument why giving up on the White House now helps preserve our liberty over the long run. These people are depressed and miserable and want things to get worse just so they can wallow in being “right”.

This is a new development as of this year. Never before has FR been so pessimistic, defeatist, and ugly.

Now you, Laz, come along singing “Que Sera Sera” and asking everyone to join in on the chorus. Well, let me say this about that:

Nuts!

I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin and I’m here to tell you that that song is bunk and real Americans don’t just go with the flow, least of all when the flow is circling the drain.

Defeatism is for pussies. Obama sucks and America knows it. We are going to kick his skinny Marxist butt right back to Kenya and anybody who doesn’t pull their oar with all of their might is a Frenchman!

Fie!


79 posted on 05/11/2012 7:37:35 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: MEG33

79 Satisfied Customers!™


80 posted on 05/11/2012 7:40:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: rogue yam
I said nothing about defeatism, and I also wrote: "This is not to say we don't participate. We do. We show up every day, and we do the next right thing. This is not to say we don't make plans. We do. We are simply willing to get out of the way should the God of our understanding have something better in store for us."

No where in there is defeatism. In fact, the converse is true: This is actually the path to success. We do our level best in all our endeavors, then we let God give us the results.

81 posted on 05/11/2012 7:43:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Larry Lucido
Now where’s the free food?

God is about to give you the results:


82 posted on 05/11/2012 7:44:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: rogue yam
Defeatism is for pussies. Obama sucks and America knows it.

I am with you on this! Tourism has started in southern Utah. Virtually every person that walks into our business is of the same opinion. People that formerly were kissing his skinny ass are waking up. Of course the 20-30 age group are still dreaming.

83 posted on 05/11/2012 7:50:06 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Lazamataz
You can't. You shouldn't even try...

...the failings of Free Republic...how to run the forum...his own direction...Don't stress this so hard. It is what it is, and you have no power...Just suit up, show up, color in within the lines, and enjoy what you can in the forum...live within the boundaries, without complaint and grateful...

...a good life lesson...struggle mightily...only to find that we have made utterly no difference...We..have tiny...brains. What makes us believe we know best, how our reality should be?...It is clear we do not know what it is that will make us prosper.

Let the results be decided by someone or something other than yourself. When we stop trying to control events around us, much better things come to pass...

...directions we believe the forum should go...You shouldn't even try.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

No sale!

84 posted on 05/11/2012 7:56:42 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Oh, and:

I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin


85 posted on 05/11/2012 8:03:32 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: rogue yam

No problem. Not trying to convince you otherwise.


86 posted on 05/11/2012 8:04:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

I’d hit Laz...even when he navel gazes...


87 posted on 05/11/2012 8:10:26 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Lazamataz

FR is the BEST site for breaking news and thought-provoking commentary - of which your current post is a prime example. It has the unique ability to piss me off and cheer me up at the same time.

Keep it up, Laz! You da man!!

(and please add me to your ping/pong list.... 78?, 79? and counting)


88 posted on 05/11/2012 8:11:07 AM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Donkey Odious

79 Satisfied Customers!™


89 posted on 05/11/2012 8:12:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz; Jim Robinson

LOVE THIS.

God sees way farther ahead than we can, so we just have to let go at some point and trust.

As for FR, I’m happy to show up and have fun. Jim has the place firmly in hand and knows where he wants to go with it. If I ever have the urge to tell him how to run it, I’ll put down the bong and stifle myself.


90 posted on 05/11/2012 8:15:38 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: carriage_hill

Hey, fellow noob! Or troll, or whatever, LOL


91 posted on 05/11/2012 8:19:08 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon; carriage_hill
Hey, fellow noob! Or troll, or whatever, LOL

Troob.

92 posted on 05/11/2012 8:22:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

LOL


93 posted on 05/11/2012 8:25:36 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Noll?


94 posted on 05/11/2012 8:26:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Donkey Odious

Correction: 81.


95 posted on 05/11/2012 8:27:11 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz; CatherineofAragon

“Troob.” Noll?


96 posted on 05/11/2012 8:28:55 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: carriage_hill

GMTA


97 posted on 05/11/2012 8:33:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz; Jim Robinson; Jim Thompson

Mmmm, carrot cake crumbs! But next time, how about some NY cheesecake crumbs, with cherry remnants?

Now back on point.

Some of the things that make (and have made) FR far superior to all other sites are:

1. The crisp, clean reading environment. No flash, no blinking lights (except for the infernal thing that winks at you in post 1 during fundraisers)

2. Lack of avatars (PLEASE don’t ever, ever start using avatars! They are just a way for people to pretend to be something they aren’t.)

3. The ping system and FReepmail system. Most sites don’t have these and it’s impossible to follow replies to your own posts. FR is far superior in that regard.

Those are, of course, in addition to the great minds that FR hosts here.

Now some gripes:

1. We want Jim Robinson back! This Thompson guy is okay, but he’s like Mike after Joel left MST3K. He’s mildly amusing, but not the same. Bring back Robinson!

2. I want to roll back the clock to FR 1999! Remember when we could ruin a whole thread by leaving tags open? I wanna be bold! I want my Italians back!

3. I want A+Bert back. He was a lot of fun.

Those are my demands. Feel free to place in the circular file. :-)


98 posted on 05/11/2012 8:37:16 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lazamataz; CatherineofAragon

I hate grassy nolls.


99 posted on 05/11/2012 8:40:05 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lazamataz

bookmarking


100 posted on 05/11/2012 8:40:09 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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