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Essay Winners Are: PJ-Comix, terilyn, MadRobotArtist, TEXASGOP, GeronL, browardchad
Free Republic Highlights ^ | March 28, 2002 | RJayneJ

Posted on 03/28/2002 8:51:36 AM PST by RJayneJ

The Essay of the Week winner this week is: PJ-Comix

Terilyn, MadRobotArtist, TEXASGOP, GeronL are given honorable mention as first, second, third and fourth runners up.

Browardchad takes the honors for Quote Of The Week.

Don't miss our Bonus Bytes from: Texasforever, Pharmer, Congressman Billybob, Republic, evad, ArneFufkin, 4ConservativeJustices, ATOMIC_PUNK, LS, Hillary'sMoralVoid, PhiKapMom, rdb3,

Essay Of The Week

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Let me know what you think and please help keep our thread bumped so those given recognition will have the opportunity to see this thread.

All essays are considered from vanity posts or replies to other posts. The criteria is that it has to be written by a Freeper and posted on Free Republic. If you have written something that you want to be considered give me a headsup and I will do my best to read it and it will be considered.

My apologies to those Freepers who have written masterpieces that just got missed by me and a few scouts that are ever watchful for the essay that is special and expressed well.

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TOPICS: Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism
KEYWORDS: essayoftheweek
Congratulations to our winners this week and remember, next week it could be you!
1 posted on 03/28/2002 8:51:36 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: Texasforever; Pharmer; Congressman Billybob; Republic; evad; ArneFufkin
I enjoyed your comments that are featured in this week's Bonus Bytes.
2 posted on 03/28/2002 8:56:46 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: 4ConservativeJustices; ATOMIC_PUNK; LS; Hillary'sMoralVoid; PhiKapMom; rdb3
I enjoyed your comments that are featured in this week's Bonus Bytes.
3 posted on 03/28/2002 8:58:12 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: RJayneJ
Bookmarked and Bumped.
4 posted on 03/28/2002 8:59:17 AM PST by Ward Smythe
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To: RJayneJ
GeronL bump!

Lol....you owe me!

5 posted on 03/28/2002 9:00:22 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: RJayneJ
I was just thinking of writing you a whiney e-mail about how come I don't make the list enny more, n there I was in the Bonus Bytes. Gladdened this good ol boy's heart. Thought I had been fergot, fer a while there.

Congressman Billybob

Click here to fight Shays-Meehan.

Click here for latest column: "Does Anybody READ the Constitution?"

6 posted on 03/28/2002 9:00:42 AM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: AdA$tra
Your mother's essay is chosen Freeper's Keepers this week and is a real keepsake, titled Freedom On The Press. AdA$tra
7 posted on 03/28/2002 9:02:35 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: Congressman Billybob
How cood I furgit? OK. Now, letz hear what you saw on the way to the forum? Give it up!
8 posted on 03/28/2002 9:36:16 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: Howlin
You might want to know that Terilyn got an honorable mention for her reply to your reply/post about the lack of coverage by the cable phoney news channels of GW's signing of the FRC. I told you that that was a great observation.!
9 posted on 03/28/2002 9:37:09 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
Oh, cool. I will go look!
10 posted on 03/28/2002 9:42:58 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
You and McGavin 999 had some really great observations about yesterday's non event!
11 posted on 03/28/2002 9:45:13 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: RJayneJ
I would like to salute you. I read your Essay and Bonus Bytes section and there is one big factor I have noticed.

The posts you present are the best of the best, and more importantly, you do so NO MATTER WHICH SIDE OF THE FENCE THEY ARE ON. It evens seems as if you make an attempt to evenly present both.

Many people would just select articles which supported their own views. I think you should be heartily congratulated on this. HUZZAHHHHHH !

12 posted on 03/28/2002 9:52:16 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Grampa Dave; Miss Marple; deport; Amelia; kayak; OneidaM; Texasforever
Thanks for the ping....I am so glad I didn't miss ANY of those posts!
13 posted on 03/28/2002 9:54:03 AM PST by Howlin
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To: RJayneJ
Because Bush has now signed CFR, I am freed of the client confidence concerning the contents of the plan which I know about because I got to read it, word for word. In a nutshell:

1) Attorney General Ashcroft issues a formal Opinion stating that Shays-Meehan is unconstitutional.

2) President Bush signs the law, BUT AT THE SAME TIME,

3) President Bush instructs the Justice Department and Solicitor General Olson to go to court immediately to seek a binding declaration that Shays-Meehan is unconstitutional.

Five times in the past, Presidents have instructed Justice and/or the Solicitor General to oppose federal laws under challenge, rather than support them. This part would be rare, but not unprecedented. The part that no President had ever done before was to sign a law and attack that law in the same day.

What the White House has actually done winds up fairly close to this. General Ashcroft and General Olson, while nominally still "defending" the law, have been sidelined by hard-left lawyers who will carry the water to defend Shays-Meehan. And, the challenges to the law did come on the very day that Bush signed the bill into law.

Where things stand today, it is likely, as this plan intended, that a Supreme Court decision striking the law would come down BEFORE the November election. That would not only defang CFR as a campaign issue, it would reverse it. Li'l Tommy Daschle and company will have to explain, going into the fall elections, why they overwhelmingly supported a clearly unconstitutional bill.

However, don't ask how I happened to see this plan, or who engineered that. That aspect must and will remain confidential.

Congressman Billybob

Click here to fight Shays-Meehan.

Click here for latest column: "Does Anybody READ the Constitution?"

14 posted on 03/28/2002 9:55:51 AM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: RJayneJ; DJoyce
Thank you for bestowing this great honor upon me. But I could not have made it here without the support of my mother, the belt-swingin-when-I-needed-it woman that she is, my dear friend and motivator D Joyce, and to all the true conservatives of America.

Oh, mom! I'm on TV! Check this out. I want to thanks and give mad shout-outs to my E. 105th and St. Clair homies in Cleveland, my homies in Elyria, Loraine, Shaker Heights, Solon, Garfield Heights, and Parma, D & M BBQ for making my Polish Boys just like I like 'em (extra greasy), Lucky Leroy who was our neighborhood wino who always had a funny story to tell for a dime, Minnie's Barber Shop for keepin' a brotha'z hair tight, The Rapid Transit Authority cause we couldn't afford a car, and Mr. Jones for always runnin' me away from his daughter and yard which helped keep me in shape.

This award is so much bigger than me. It is for all those who disappeared in both Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

Thank you! Love, peace, and Afro-Sheen! I'll continue to bring da flava to FR! It's a dirty job, but somebody gotta do it.

;-)

Wow! Now I know what to say if and when I win an Oscar!

15 posted on 03/28/2002 10:14:40 AM PST by rdb3
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To: RJayneJ
Uh, Wow. Thanks. Please note that whoever the judges were on this, I don't know you, and didn't pay to have influence over the vote.

Again, many thanks.

16 posted on 03/28/2002 10:35:23 AM PST by MadRobotArtist
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To: RJayneJ
Thank you. I ran across the article while going through a bunch of her old stuff during spring cleaning. I was amazed at how much of it came true in so many ways. Thanks again for taking notice, she would have been pleased.
17 posted on 03/28/2002 10:55:10 AM PST by AdA$tra
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Comment #18 Removed by Moderator

To: MadRobotArtist
Another Freeper nominated your post. Other than the nominated posts and the posts I find, I am the judge. There is no money involved. There really is no contest. Essay of the Week is a glorified recommended reading list, presented in a fun way, I hope, and presented on my website called Free Republic Highlights. I am always looking for well written posts and I try to give recognition to those Freepers that take the time and effort to put their thoughts on this great forum in a well expressed way. };^D)
19 posted on 03/28/2002 11:46:09 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: RJayneJ
Thanks! To whoever nominated me, Thanks for reading. Most of the time I just rant, and every once in a while I write something decent. Again, thanks for the notice.
20 posted on 03/28/2002 11:55:54 AM PST by MadRobotArtist
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To: MadRobotArtist
My pleasure, and remember me when you run across that special post that you would like to nominate.
21 posted on 03/28/2002 12:29:33 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: Congressman Billybob
I do appreciate that he was sensitive and did not have a signing ceremony. It would have been like pouring salt in the wound. On the other hand, I don't blame him for not wanting to bear the full brunt of something that should never have reached his desk in the first place. I think that had he vetoed it, and then was overwritten, it would have been a disaster to his leadership and given the hand he was dealt, he played it as well as could be expected. Besides, I'm delighted that McCain is mad and Bush more or less told him to "stick his finger up his butt and get glad."
22 posted on 03/28/2002 1:11:44 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: AdA$tra
It's a wonderful piece and I will send you the link when it gets posted to a separate page.
23 posted on 03/28/2002 1:15:39 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: rdb3
That's the greatest acceptance speech I have ever seen! You're destined to greatness and an Ohioan as well. You can't lose.
24 posted on 03/28/2002 1:34:56 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: UCANSEE2
Thanks for your kind words. I am always looking for a well reasoned and written essay, rather than the point of view. I don't dismiss the point of view because often both sides make valid points, but I try to be fair and I appreciate your having noticed.
25 posted on 03/28/2002 1:44:58 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: Congressman Billybob
Looks like the CFR crowd has an unpleasant surprise coming.
26 posted on 03/28/2002 1:48:15 PM PST by hchutch
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To: RJayneJ
. . .and an Ohioan as well.

That's right. Buckeye til the day I die.

O-H-I-O!

27 posted on 03/28/2002 1:51:52 PM PST by rdb3
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To: hchutch
Looks like the CFR crowd has an unpleasant surprise coming.

You think it will change the minds of the Myopic Crows? Hardly. But when this plays out, we shall have fun, shall we not? ;-)

28 posted on 03/28/2002 1:55:32 PM PST by rdb3
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To: RJayneJ
Thank you very much.
29 posted on 03/28/2002 2:04:37 PM PST by Texasforever
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To: AdA$tra
Freeper's Keepers
30 posted on 03/28/2002 2:47:58 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: rdb3
Buckeye til the day I die.

Me too!

31 posted on 03/28/2002 2:49:29 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: rdb3
When Bush's plan works, we will get some of them back. Not all, but some of them. The rest will run off and be losers.
32 posted on 03/28/2002 3:01:20 PM PST by hchutch
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To: RJayneJ; Howlin
Wow, thanks! I didn't intend to write an essay LOL! I started off responding to a comment and got carried away.

So if PJ-Comix can't fulfill his duties as winner this week for any reason do I get the crown? :)

Howlin, thanks for being so observant and always giving me great comments to respond to.

33 posted on 03/28/2002 3:01:58 PM PST by terilyn
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To: rdb3
Most excellent speech! Encore, encore...
34 posted on 03/28/2002 3:06:01 PM PST by terilyn
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To: RJayneJ
I see! Cincy representin'.
35 posted on 03/28/2002 3:49:04 PM PST by rdb3
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To: terilyn
Thank you, thank you very much.

For my next performance, I'll sing Bill Munroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," followed by my own rendition os 2Pac's "So Many Tears."

Blue Moon of Kentucky keep on shinin'. . .

;-)

36 posted on 03/28/2002 4:22:25 PM PST by rdb3
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To: rdb3
Smack in the middle between Cincinnati and Dayton, as the crow flys. I was born and reared in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati.
37 posted on 03/28/2002 6:23:23 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: terilyn; PJ-Comix
So if PJ-Comix can't fulfill his duties as winner this week for any reason do I get the crown? :)

That's right, but no fair having someone hit him on the legs like Tanya Harding. (But you can pull on his whiskers and he will follow you anywhere.) If that helps.

38 posted on 03/28/2002 6:41:33 PM PST by RJayneJ
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To: rdb3
LOL! Hey I got my encore anyway :)
39 posted on 03/28/2002 6:51:08 PM PST by terilyn
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To: RJayneJ; PJ-Comix
I'll have to remember that for future reference. You never know when it would come in handy to have someone follow you around for a while. Though, my mom always told me, (and my sister during one of our famous sister battles), that pulling hair was for sissies! I'll try to be gentle ;^)
40 posted on 03/28/2002 6:53:54 PM PST by terilyn
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To: RJayneJ
WOO HOO!!! Always a bridesmaid but never a bride.....until now. Yes, YOURS TRULY has been Runner Up several times and had a whole bunch of Honorable Mentions but this is the first time I have won the BIG QUINELLA. And thanx to all those folks I plagiarized from to write the Winning Plagiarism essay!
41 posted on 03/28/2002 6:56:42 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: terilyn
So if PJ-Comix can't fulfill his duties as winner this week for any reason do I get the crown? :)

Yes but unfortunately I CAN fulfill my duties as winner. And now for my plagiarized winner's speech:

You like me! You really, really like me!.....I love my life!

42 posted on 03/28/2002 7:00:35 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
It's ok, really. Sigh... always a bridesmaid, never a bride LOL!
43 posted on 03/28/2002 7:04:27 PM PST by terilyn
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To: PJ-Comix
Oh my gosh, I didn't see your post #41 when I answered you. Great minds and all that...
44 posted on 03/28/2002 7:06:02 PM PST by terilyn
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To: terilyn
Oh my gosh, I didn't see your post #41 when I answered you.

And yet, since the Essay of the Week was about Plagiarism....quite appropriate.

45 posted on 03/28/2002 7:22:38 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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