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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....11-20-02
dansangel; Billie

Posted on 11/19/2002 11:32:08 PM PST by dansangel

A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues; salute and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   I can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.

A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog.
MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son.
BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.

TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.

TOP: ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband
poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son;
BOTTOM: AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset);
WVNan's husband; ladtx Aunt Eva.

We now have eleven groups of veterans/active military; we will post each group of three or four twice a week, with thumbnail/links of the remaining seven or eight groups on each thread. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the group full-size.


GROUP 1A: TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1
GROUP 2A: TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc
GROUP 3A: TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf
GROUP 4A: TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

GROUP 5A: TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68. MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797. BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack.
GROUP 6A: TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett. MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick, Leroy S Mort, Mark17. BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.
GROUP 7A: TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam, dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony.BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang.
GROUP 8A: TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx. MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law. BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.



"Can Someone With A Name Like That Be Serious?"

Photo of painting by combat artist John Steele painted in 1966.

Freeper since June 15, 2001

I have to admit that it was a bit disconcerting the first time I checked out grumpster-dumpster's profile page. The main reason is that "the grumpster" (as he likes to refer to himself) writes in the third person. This gives one the impression that he is describing a close friend, rather than himself!
The information that the grumpster (a.k.a. Greg) sent for this profile was again written in the third person. After getting my mind-set straightened out (i.e. this was NOT some disinterested third party that had e-mailed me on the grumpster's behalf), I set about putting together this tribute. It was a real pleasure for me because I have met up with the grumpster on other threads and our exchanges have always been enlightening as well as pleasant.
Grumpster spent 32 years in the Navy (mostly active with a little reserve time thrown in). "I was lucky! I had a great occupation in the Navy (Intel) and got to see much of the world," the grumpster says. "I got to work at least once with every warfare community (surface, sub, air, and special-op) within the Navy! I just wish my final tour could have been aboard ship, but I'll admit that I'm really enjoying my retirement."
grumpster-dumpster lurked around Free Republic for about a year before he jumped in and started posting (under a different screen name...Is C'usn).
"When I first found Free Republic I was on active duty in the Navy towards the end of my career. I don't know exactly why I was so drawn into the FR scene, but I suspect it was because the people seemed to have such a patriotic-fervor."
The grumpster continues, "There was another reason of course; there was an aspect that cannot be underestimated. Since I was at the end of a 32 year career, I realized that I didn't know much about 'civilian life'."
"Believe it or not, Free Republic is a tremendous opportunity for those leaving military service to observe and interact with the population they soon will be joining. There's a wealth of knowledge and a real feel for what's going on in the country; essential services for those about to leave a cloistered society with specific rules and regulations to follow."

Politically, grumpster considers himself very conservative. He does list some disappointments with getting involved in the conservative movement. "Just before the 2000 election, I called the regional Republican chairman to volunteer. Never heard back from him or any other official," he says. "Since I live in one of the strongest Rat areas in the country, you would think that any help offered might be seized upon. Not here, evidently. This is one of those areas the Republicans have just written-off as being un-winnable. That's sad because there are more and more conservatives showing up each day."
Grumpster is very big into volunteerism. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus in the local community. He enjoys the fund-raising activities and the spirit of community, faith, service, patriotism and accomplishment afforded by working for others in need of a helping hand - not a handout!

"The best advice anyone can get (IMHO) is to choose your friends wisely. While the anonymity of Free Republic is very appealing to those of us who tend to the shy side, it's also a great place to meet and discuss issues or concerns with other like-minded people who soon become "friends" in a way unique to the times," the grumpster says. (Yes, he really does talk that way!)

As for the future:
Grumpster acknowledges that it's time to get a real-job! "Retirement's been great! I've had the time to do some of the volunteer work I always wanted to do. I even got to 'sleep-in' a few days!"

On a more serious note regarding the future:
The grumpster hopes and prays for a day when the unborn finally get "Justice under the Law."
"It has been a long journey breaking away from the PC regulations and indoctrination forced upon the military services," he says. "But, the future looks pretty bright to me. The atrocities committed on 9/11 have brought forth in this country a 'Patriotic Attitude' I don't think any of us (with the exception of the WWII generation) has ever experienced before. If that doesn't give you faith in God and Country, nothing will. And, I'm truly thankful that Free Republic and FReepers everywhere are such an essential part of that future! "

When you're feeling a bit down and need to lift your spirits, take time out and visit grumpster-dumpster's profile page. It is apparent that he is a very upbeat person from the irony that permeates every sentence.
One example of his humor: "Grumpster-Dumpster has no use for phonies... Just the other day he was telling President Bush and Mel Gibson how much he hates a 'name-dropper'." LOL! :-)

Please join me in giving another deserving FReeper - one who is witty, concerned and just plain fun to get to know - a warm welcome to FR's Finest...
Today that Finest is


11-18-02 "Outrageous Outtakes"

11-19-02 "The Holidays Are Coming"

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
The guy's good, folks!

Thanks, Mixer!

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     2) Once there you can click on any month and even click to the right to go into next year. Once you are in the month that you joined FR you will need to click on the number in the calendar and then an add item screen will come up.
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KEYWORDS: freepers; fun; military; surprises; veterans
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To: ladtx
Thank you for putting this information everyday. It's sad for me to read. We have a cousin who was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. I wonder if you know him? He lives in Texas also.
221 posted on 11/20/2002 2:37:51 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: LadyX
Hi, LadyX - WHEW! I'm just now getting to where you are and you're probably getting ready for dinner in your house right now - or taking a late afternoon nap - or reading a good book - or playing the piano - or waxing your floors - or eating a bowl of ice cream - or - I give up! You still here?!
222 posted on 11/20/2002 2:42:25 PM PST by Billie
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To: Pippin; Libertina
Nope! Can't have next week - it's all taken. :) But we can be thankful any day of the week. :)
223 posted on 11/20/2002 2:43:51 PM PST by Billie
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To: dansangel; grumpster-dumpster; lodwick; Billie; All
Thanks you dansangel, and a firm "Hello" to grumpster-dumpster!

lodwick - sure love you magnificant pictures.

Good evening,everyone!!

224 posted on 11/20/2002 2:44:04 PM PST by Molly Pitcher
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To: knighthawk
Hello! Just taking a quick look around.

And did you like what you saw? :)

225 posted on 11/20/2002 2:45:12 PM PST by Billie
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To: Aquamarine
<-----click on the pic
226 posted on 11/20/2002 2:46:00 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: dutchess
Hi, dutchess!
227 posted on 11/20/2002 2:46:30 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; Libertina; lodwick
Hi, Billie!

Finally catching up to you!

If you read earlier on in the thread, Libertina asked me for ideas for the holiday threads for FR's Finest. I suggested a thread devoted to freepers posting what they are most grateful for to be put up next week for the Tanksgiving Holiday.

Lodwick suggested I contact you to maybe help me do this thread because I'm not too computer savy, but I'm learning. I can post graphics but not pictures. What do you think?

I'm asking on the formu to get other's opinions and suggestions.

228 posted on 11/20/2002 2:48:28 PM PST by Pippin
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To: WVNan
Aww, your sailor is so cute.
229 posted on 11/20/2002 2:50:00 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Okay, I'll keep on with ideas for Christmas, then :^)
230 posted on 11/20/2002 2:51:13 PM PST by Pippin
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To: daisyscarlett
Hi there...Are we here concurrently today? Yippee....Let's do tea time...

Sigh! I'm sure I missed you today. It's almost 5 here - you posted about 2 1/2 hours ago. : (

231 posted on 11/20/2002 2:52:35 PM PST by Billie
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Where ARE you!!!!!!??????????

232 posted on 11/20/2002 2:53:39 PM PST by Pippin
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To: Mudboy Slim
(Some very kewl guitar jammin')
(Mo' betta guitar jammin')

LOL! I hear it now!

233 posted on 11/20/2002 2:54:34 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Coulda been me, but...I ain't tellin'...)

Having a good day here, but, it's hard to be in the office after an extended weekend of lazy sunshine.

234 posted on 11/20/2002 2:55:26 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: Billie
Know you'll be pleased with one coming up next week, as well. :)

Hiya Billie, no hints or nothing?

235 posted on 11/20/2002 2:57:24 PM PST by swheats
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To: dutchess
Oh LOL! That Gizmo is something else! A fake limp!!! And when you come home from a trip after leaving him, does he pout for a while or is he just so glad to see you he forgets you were mean and went off and left him? They have our number, don't they? ;)
236 posted on 11/20/2002 2:58:11 PM PST by Billie
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To: HiJinx
Nope! Texas has the best. :)
237 posted on 11/20/2002 3:00:00 PM PST by Billie
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To: SpookBrat
Afternoon, Spook - sweet graphic. :)
238 posted on 11/20/2002 3:01:13 PM PST by Billie
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To: Diver Dave; ST.LOUIE1
Word on the street says Louie will cover the raises. What a guy!

Hey, now - I never put much faith in gossip, but that sounds pretty good - let's keep it going. ;)

239 posted on 11/20/2002 3:03:07 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
I see a lot of food. (But I just ate)
240 posted on 11/20/2002 3:03:33 PM PST by knighthawk
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