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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....01-28-03...The Taxman Cometh
FreeTheHostages; Billie | FreeTheHostages

Posted on 01/28/2003 6:09:14 AM PST by Billie

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:  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.

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

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.

TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack

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 9A: 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.
GROUP 10A: TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon. BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.
GROUP 11A: 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.


   NO! NO! NO!

The Taxman Cometh
by FreeTheHostages

”So soon? Don’t I have 2 1/2 more months?”
Relax, this guy’s easy on your wallet. Taxman’s working hard to replace the income tax with a National Retail Sales Tax (NRSTA) and abolish the IRS! Let’s explore....

Meet FRank L. Davis, Jr., MBA, Captain, USNR (Ret). (He's got a stylish baseball hat with the international "NO" circle atop the letters "IRS"'ll be hard-pressed to find him when he's not wearing that cap!)
Taxman officially became a FReeper on November 2, 1998, two days after the March for Justice, but committed to becoming one on October 31, 1998, the minute he arrived at the rally site. He has "been hooked ever since." He has been to all the major FReeps. His favorites (other than of course the "Get Out of Cheney's House" which is just about everyone's favorite), include the "Second Amendment Sisters Mother's Day Anti-Million Mom March" and working security for the Inaugural Ball. He's a guy with a gregarious (may I say "frank"?) way and a wry sense of humor very active in day-to-day FReeps.
At left, here he is waving a small flag at the January 18, 2003, DC Chapter Patriot’s Rally III FReep, and on the right, Taxman is pictured at a DC Chapter FReep of the Al Gore booksigning.

You're saying, “Yes, yes, FTH, you’re a cheerleader for the DC Chapter, but do you have a license to write such pandering prose??!! WHAT ABOUT THE HAT and the IRS?”  OK, OK, onward and forward.....

FRank and the Hat Thing:
Secure in His Conservatism
Just in time for those W-2s arriving in your mail, you ought to bend an ear and listen to what he and the Free Republic’s front page (in the “what we stand for” section) thinks of the 16th Amendment establishing a federal income tax:  NOT MUCH!! Taxman, if you could possibly abolish the IRS before April 15, it would be MUCH appreciated about these parts! FRank co-founded and is the Executive Vice President of the National Retail Sales Tax Alliance, Inc. (NRSTA).


Frank recently described his "stylish look" for an upcoming DC FReep in winter chill (LOL – he edits me with “Chill? It was damn cold, sweetie!”) as follows:

“A fur-lined LSO hood, over my NO IRS ball cap, of course. No one recognizes me without my NO IRS ball cap. LOL! And, my mock hippie necklace.”
Wait! Stop! New question: “What did you say about a Mock Hippie Necklace?” Um, like I said, FRank is secure in his conservatism. How far are we going to carry this style thing, Taxman??
Well, with the utter lack of care most leftists show in their attire, it's nice to see that Taxman actually takes the time to protest in the proper accoutrements - those that might annoy the leftist the most.

His eye for detail includes choosing to hold the most appropriate and hilarious signs. Below is his hilarious sign at a June 18, 2002 Fundraiser that Hillary Clinton held for Rahm Emanuel, Pres. Clinton's former fundraiser:


I guess it’s safe to joke about attire if you’re as experienced a naval aviator as FRank. Born in Richmond, VA, Taxman was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a proud Florida State University grad. There’s a reason he looks like a naval aviator:  he made 4 “WESTPAC cruises” to Vietnam as a Naval Aviator - 2 in the USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) and 2 in the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63).
He’s well-known in the FReeper veteran community. Check out this moving post . It’s praise that we could all say about Vietman veterans here, but it's great to hear them say it about each other.

Anchors Away with the IRS
In 1975, he left the Navy, got an MBA, and became a jack-of-all-trades:   corporate pilot, insurance salesman, computer geek, aviation engineering program manager, and more. He was recalled to activity duty for Operation Desert Storm and retired FRom the Naval Reserve in October, 1991.
Just prior to retiring from the Navy Reserve, a strong wind blew FRank toward his new mission. He read a Pat Buchanan editorial in support of a proposal to abolish the income tax and replace it with a National Retail Sales Tax. He agreed completely and had to do something! So he began to volunteer for the Citizens for an Alternative Tax System (CATS) San Diego Chapter.
In 1994, when Republicans won the Congress, he moved to the District of Columbia area to become more involved in conservative politics. After failing to get hired in the new Congress (if you want an insight into how Washington, DC works, get him to tell you the story!), he worked a spell with CATS in Manassas, VA, and then set sail to co-found the National Retail Sales Tax Alliance, Inc. in 1999.
Taxman will have a booth at CPAC, so I won't BORE YOU with - did I say "bore"? I meant "fill you in with" - the details of tax policy. If you go to CPAC this week, please stop by his booth and talk to him! If he’s not as fun and gregarious as I promised, well, then you didn’t talk to FRank!
In a nutshell, FRank says:
"If the United States had a retail sales tax rather than an income tax, people in this country would be able to dictate how much tax they paid by how they spent their money. They would regain a huge measure of control over their economic and personal lives with a national retail sales tax (NSRT). The NRST = FReedom."
I even think I heard FRank say, when he thought I wasn’t listening, that the NRST would have the extra benefit of making attorneys and accountants "get honest work." Oh my!
OK, I'm not saying I agree with FRank on *everything,* but it sure is an interesting idea and one he pursues with trademark enthusiasm. If you forced FRank to FRame the issue in three points, he would say:
  • 1.  "It's a FReedom issue." "We will never be a truly FRee people so long as we have the income tax and the IRS. We live in the FReest country in the world and yet we have a tax system which imposes the heavy hand of government on how each of its citizens work, save and invest." The income tax system "imposes itself artificially in every aspect of our lives." Taxman believes that prior to 1913, when the income tax was implemented via the 16th Amendment, people were the master of their government and the government was the servant. So should it be again.
  • 2.  Economic growth. (Editor’s warning: the next two sentences can be experienced by some persons as BORING and you may wish to skip to the part about the cow.) The rate of personal savings in the U.S. is absymal. The income tax system first taxes income, then taxes interest/dividends/capital gains earned from that already-taxed income and, if you are fortunate enough to have anything left at the end of your life, taxes your estate (death taxes).

    INTERESTING:  It's a far cry from when FRank's granddad would sell a cow or calf at the local auction, go straight to the bank and put 10 percent of the sales revenue into his savings account. Back then, if you saved such proceeds, the federal taxman wasn’t interested and interest/dividends/capital gains earned were not taxed. Under FRank's proposal, no person will pay any taxes until they purchase a good or a service, and the national savings rate will triple!

    BORING AGAIN: FRank reports that prominent economists have conservatively estimated that moving to a national retail sales tax would triple personal savings rates and double the rate of GDP growth. Americans who choose to work, save and invest would be rewarded instead of punished, as they are now. Death taxes would be abolished. ("Nonsense!" is Taxman's answers to those who claim a NRST would hurt the poor. Ask him why, he’ll explain.)
  • 3.  Equal Justice for All. The progressive income tax violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws to every American. The NRST guarantees equal treatment before the bar of economic justice, as the Founding Fathers intended.


It's fun to be introduced to another Finest FReeper in such an entertaining way; getting the text from FreeTheHostages on her profilees, along with links to interesting FR threads and/or photos, is a treat for me because I get to do the fun part.....choosing how best to put it together to compliment her fun style of writing! ~ Billie

Taxman....Today's Finest FReeper!


01-27-03 Aquamarine

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

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3) In the next box enter your name in the "Calendar Text" field and then click on submit.
4) If any of the screens fail to load simply click on refresh in your browser and that will usually fix it.
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To: deadhead
Wow, I hope your car is safe at work with that bumper sticker.
41 posted on 01/28/2003 7:20:58 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: LadyX
The reason the coffee pot did not show up the first time was that I grabbed the whole thing for myself.
42 posted on 01/28/2003 7:21:46 AM PST by FreeTheHostages (Can you ever forgive me?)
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To: Taxman
Long time, no see. ;-)

Thanks for all that you do.
43 posted on 01/28/2003 7:23:56 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Taxman; Billie
You have me laughing now, Taxman, having "OBEYED" like a good woman should and Clicked on the Pic!

That song jolted me back to semi-normal..:))

Glad to learn more about you and your efforts to educate and to effect changes - an admirable life work, certainly.

A salute for your service, sir, from one who served as part of the Navy..:)) ~ ~ ~

44 posted on 01/28/2003 7:24:43 AM PST by LadyX
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To: deadhead
Good morning, Colleen. How nice to see you again! Good for you for showing your support for President Bush in the face of all those - yuk! - N.Y. hillary supporters.
45 posted on 01/28/2003 7:25:13 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; FreeTheHostages
Looks like you had fun doing that one!
46 posted on 01/28/2003 7:26:22 AM PST by sauropod (Mike Farrell has donated his brain to science. Too bad he is still here....)
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To: Pippin
Good morning hugs to Pip!


47 posted on 01/28/2003 7:26:29 AM PST by Billie
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To: FreeTheHostages; Taxman; hellinahandcart; KLT; dixie sass
He does look like he's turning into a hippie!
48 posted on 01/28/2003 7:27:07 AM PST by sauropod (Mike Farrell has donated his brain to science. Too bad he is still here....)
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To: Taxman
Hi, FRank! Your words make me wonder what was 'carefully' edited by FRee! :)

Enjoy your day and keep on doing what you're doing!

49 posted on 01/28/2003 7:28:07 AM PST by Billie
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To: GailA
Morning, Gail - give a little hug to Rocky for me. (and maybe a 'tiny' bite of that biscuit with gravy) :)
50 posted on 01/28/2003 7:29:54 AM PST by Billie
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To: nicmarlo
LOL! I hear you. Thanks! It's nice to have several pledge graphics to rotate, so am always looking for something new.
51 posted on 01/28/2003 7:31:56 AM PST by Billie
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To: FreeTheHostages
Hey, did you click on the pic of FRank with the "war" necklace? I did an aqua music thing! That's why I was looking for that wav a few days ago.

Yes I did. That was a good wav too, where'd you find it?

52 posted on 01/28/2003 7:33:27 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: LadyX
Well, thank you ma'am, for your kind words and for your service to America as a United States Marine!


I am curious, though: what exactly do you mean by ". . . having "OBEYED" like a good woman should and Clicked on the Pic!" Curious minds want to know.
53 posted on 01/28/2003 7:35:15 AM PST by Taxman
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To: Billie; FreeTheHostages; Taxman; All
Thank you Billie and FtH for the thread and profile.

Taxman - Congratulations! Delighted to know more about you. Thanks for all you do for the cause of demolishing the IRS.

We're expecting more snow later, so I've been out doing errands, getting ready for Valentine's Day, etc...:-))

54 posted on 01/28/2003 7:40:43 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (Demolish the Criminal Party!! NOW!!)
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To: Aquamarine

Remember, I figured out the URLs for all the beatles songs and posted it in a post to you last week. So we have a complete beatles library if we want it.
55 posted on 01/28/2003 7:43:11 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: sauropod; Taxman; Billie
LOL -- listen to you, 'Pod, criticizing other peoples' attire. LOL -- just you wait. Every dog has his day.
56 posted on 01/28/2003 7:44:39 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Billie
LOL! By "carefully" I "Very well done."

Keeping on is what I do best!

Thanks, and FReegards.
57 posted on 01/28/2003 7:44:39 AM PST by Taxman
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To: Billie; Taxman
Um, I'll come clean on the edit thing. Errr, I think the part about "Boring" and "Interesting" might not have, hee hee, been in the actual agreed-upon text from Taxman. :) But I knew FRank wouldn't mind and I thought my readers were entitled to fair warning. ;)
58 posted on 01/28/2003 7:45:42 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: sauropod
Least my face was warm on the 18th! LOL!
59 posted on 01/28/2003 7:46:26 AM PST by Taxman
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To: Taxman
"I mean Very Well Done."
60 posted on 01/28/2003 7:47:17 AM PST by Taxman
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