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  • The Problem With The Left

    12/09/2009 7:10:00 AM PST · by bloodmeridian · 12 replies · 462+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 12/9/2009 | Stickee Notes
    After observing an especially ugly exchange on Twitter between a friend and a leftist troll, I began to wonder why the left is so damn angry. I’m not a doctor, but I believe I can diagnose their condition as, a complete lack of creativity due to reduced cognitive function. For the left, big government is the solution to every problem. People are poor? More big government. Some people don’t have health insurance? More big government. A company is failing? More big government. A financial crisis that is rooted in failed government policy? MORE BIG GOVERNMENT!!!
  • Starving Trolls Is Key To Internet Harmony

    12/04/2009 1:02:47 PM PST · by steve-b · 62 replies · 2,256+ views
    Ignoring internet "trolls" is the best way to deter people who surf the internet picking fights and abusing people on discussion forums, says an expert. ABC News Online this week scrapped its 'Open for Comment' panel in a bid to deter trolls, who constantly start arguments and hurl abuse at other participants. The move has been criticised by some people, as has ABC policy to moderate comments before posting them to the site. The role of moderator is to act as a filter to keep debate civil, constructive and on topic. But some feel it is a form of censorship.......
  • Cyber-Trashing The Issues

    11/18/2009 9:43:43 AM PST · by steve-b · 4 replies · 317+ views
    Times Argus ^ | 11/18/09 | Walt Amses
    I certainly understand why someone would want to post anonymously on The Times Argus Web site/message boards. A number of legitimate reasons have been provided in letters and subsequent on-line comments ranging from "I don't want my boss to know my politics" to "It's my right as an American to express my opinion." When one poster suggested that I would "die soon and nobody would care" and went on to describe what I was wearing, I even considered adopting a pseudonym for myself. Most contributors make consistently reasonable points in mostly respectful ways. Coincidently, many of them are real people,...
  • Leaving a Vulgar Comment Online Might Cost You Your Job

    11/18/2009 9:38:35 AM PST · by steve-b · 4 replies · 626+ views
    ReadWriteWeb ^ | 11/18/09 | Sarah Perez
    A backlash against anonymous commenters and trolls seems to be underway. Only last month, a court case was settled where anonymous commenters ended up having to pay big fines to the women who they defiled using vulgar, derogatory remarks on an internet forum. And previously, an anonymous blogger in the modeling industry was forced to reveal her identity after numerous malicious posts about a colleague showed up on her blog. Now the latest scandal in this new trend of "giving the trolls what they deserve" is causing a controversy all of its own. And this time, the nasty comment didn't...
  • Conservative Blogs fall for Scam Blog Post About Obama Paper on Constitution

    10/23/2009 11:32:03 AM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies · 3,383+ views
    Friday, October 23, 2009 | Kristinn
    Two months ago, the blog Jumping in Pools, which has been banned from FR for its chain-yanking postings of bogus news stories, posted a bogus story about Time magazine writer Joe Klein supposedly reporting on Barack Obama's writings at Columbia University about the Constitution.Apparently without doing any research to see if Klein had actually written such an article, respected sites including American Thinker and Pajamas Media got all excited about the story and reported it today as if it were true.They apparently hadn't noticed there was no source link at Jumping in Pools back to the supposed Joe Klein article....
  • Troll ‘beauty’ contest, parade

    10/14/2009 11:41:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Daily News, Minot, ND ^ | 2009-10-04 | Whitney Pandil-Eaton
    A troll 'beauty' contest, is there a more perfect oxymoron? That was the name of the game Saturday evening at Norsk Hstfest, where a dozen local elementary and middle-school students donned grotesque masks, scary wigs and trashy threads as each vyed for such titles as "Longest nose", "Best horn", "Biggest wart", "Best eyebrows" and several other characteristics atypical of a traditional beauty contest. "We wanted to do the contest to recognize the efforts these kids put toward creating their costumes," said Tracey Lawson, who helped coordinate the event. The troll costumes were made at the Scandinavian youth camps, held the...
  • A New Day at [Announcing Obama's new DOJ Blog Squad]

    10/11/2009 3:24:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies · 2,758+ views
    doj,gov ^ | October 1, 2009 | By Tracy Russo, DOJ Blog Squad Czarina
    Welcome to the new If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’ll notice some changes today. If you are joining us for the first time, welcome. The Department of Justice launches today in an effort to increase openness and transparency in government. Utilizing a variety of online tools, we will be able to share news and information, not just on our own web site, but through popular social networks Twitter, YouTube and MySpace and Facebook. The Justice presence on these social networks will allow Americans to interact with the Department in entirely new ways. The new
  • “Do not post to me” - Repost

    10/06/2009 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 557 replies · 10,275+ views
    Free Republic | 10/06/09 | Admin Moderator
    We've received many requests from freepers requesting that other freepers not post to them. There are several problems with this. 1. It's impossible for us to enforce.2. We don't have the time to enforce these requests.3. We don't have the software to keep track of these requests.4. Thick skin helps.5. Ignore the poster, if you don't reply, they won't reply. Free Republic does not need a bozo filter, bozo filters are for wimps. Final note: Trolls, troublemakers, disruptors, forum pests, malcontents, RINOs, liberals, stalkers, et al, would continue posting to (harassing) someone after being asked to stop. Conservative FReepers would...
  • Fox News shows murder and blames it on the godless

    10/03/2009 7:38:30 AM PDT · by CommieCutter · 129 replies · 3,033+ views
    So Glenn Beck on Fox News recently (September 29, 2009) showed a graphic murder. This is the sort of thing that would get a video pulled from youtube almost immediately, but for some reason Fox deemed it important enough to put on the Glenn Beck show. Now I've seen the ugly side of mankind. But to be honest this is something that one has to mentally prepare for. It should not be the sort of thing that should get pushed in your face. I mean the only warning Beck gives is to tell 'children to leave the room' before showing...
  • BREAKING: Dept. of Justice hired anonymous, partisan Democrat bloggers to bolster image [& troll FR]

    10/02/2009 7:02:18 AM PDT · by mudblood · 281 replies · 6,766+ views
    Muffled Oar ^ | 10/2/09 | Isaac Muzzey
    The Department of Justice has hired a team of partisan Democrat campaign bloggers to work at the Department.....Tracy Russo is one such blogger from the campaign of John Edwards. The unit is housed in the Office of Public Affairs....They are also tasked with posting anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama....“There is clearly a designed effort to rebut stories that are exposing the Holder Justice Department as more political than the last. We’ve seen a change in the pattern of anonymous emails we receive and comments...
  • Microsoft gets big patent verdict overturned

    09/30/2009 6:21:46 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 11 replies · 718+ views
    CNET ^ | September 29, 2009 8:18 PM PDT | Ina Fried
    A federal court on Tuesday reversed an earlier ruling that Microsoft's product activation technology infringed on another company's patent, overturning a $388 million verdict in the case. In a ruling on Tuesday, the court vacated the earlier decision and decided the case in Microsoft's favor. "We are pleased that the court has vacated the jury verdict and entered judgment in favor of Microsoft," Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz said in a statement. Tuesday's ruling is the latest twist in a case that has had plenty of them. Microsoft initially won a summary judgment ruling, which would have ended the case in...
  • Top 10 Trolls in Internet History

    08/11/2009 12:41:06 PM PDT · by steve-b · 49 replies · 2,062+ views
    ThinkDigit ^ | 8/3/09 | Aditya Madanapalle
    Before social networking sites and chat rooms came along, there were forums, message boards and mailing lists on the internet, which allowed people to interact with each other in relative anonymity. At that time, text strings were about the only thing that really went around, because even images had to be downloaded before they could be viewed. Some people discovered that it is possible to string sentences together that outrages, frustrates or angers completely unknown people on the web. This was a source of amusement, but it soon became more than that. The activity was known as trolling, but getting...
  • White House uses Web against Drudge attack (Healthcare scare)

    08/04/2009 6:24:38 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 40 replies · 2,662+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Aug 4, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The White House is turning to the Internet to hit back at a Web posting that claims to show President Barack Obama explaining how his health care reform plans eventually would eliminate private insurance.
  • FR under attack again by leftist punk trolls

    08/01/2009 12:31:07 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 226 replies · 9,264+ views | 7/31/2009 | evilweasel As some of you may have noticed, recently the Republican Party has begun cracking down on the "birthers", realizing that openly supporting the most crazy members of your party is, well, problematic for appealing to non-crazy people. This, of course, leads to even more crazy, as they turn on their leaders for hiding the "truth". It's a drat shame to let all this crazy go to waste, when properly cultivated and raised it could be so much more. So welcome to the first FreeRepublic Infiltration Contest! We're going to infiltrate freerepublic as agents provocateur. This can take several forms;...
  • An Open Letter to Liberals

    07/31/2009 2:26:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 747+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2009 | Robin of Berkeley
    Hello, my name is Robin of Berkeley and I write for American Thinker. I was left but last year turned right, and, if you'd like to know more, you can read Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Robin (But Were Afraid to Ask) by clicking on my byline. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter which I've been meaning to pen for a while. I just had a provocative conversation with my editor extraordinaire at AT which has prompted this piece. He informed me that I'm getting more attention from liberals, though not the venerating kind....
  • Freepers Racially Slur Obama Daughter

    07/12/2009 3:35:20 PM PDT · by bocopar · 459 replies · 15,664+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 6/12/09 | Bob Parks
    Bill O'Reilly has called Free Republic a hate site and he may now have some ammunition to back up that assertion. "A typical street whore." "A bunch of ghetto thugs." "Ghetto street trash." "Wonder when she will get her first abortion."These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative 'Free Republic' blog Thursday, aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama's 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front. The thread was accompanied by a photo of Michelle Obama speaking to Malia that featured the caption, "To...
  • MSNBC to Cover Pulled Free Republic Thread on Monday's David Shuster Show

    07/11/2009 4:53:55 PM PDT · by kristinn · 871 replies · 18,849+ views
    Twitter and Daily Kos | Saturday, July 11, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Daily Kos has a post up quoting MSNBC personality David Shuster's Twitter page stating his show will be covering the controversy over Free Republic and comments about Malia Obama:@mikelord @thejoshuablog. We will cover this monday: But follow @joetrippi for what can be done on-line. about 2 hours ago from webThe embedded link goes to the Vancouver Sun hit piece posted earlier to FROver at Twitter, the leftists are all in a hypocritical lather over FR.David Shuster is on sometime mid-afternoon East Coast time Monday-Friday.
  • 4chan May Be Behind Attack on Twitter

    07/06/2009 2:12:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 690+ views
    CNET ^ | July 5, 2009 | Harrison Hoffman
    Twitter has reacted to this raid by removing the term from its trending topics, but evidence can still be found on Twitter Search. Twitter saw a huge influx of fake accounts on Sunday, pushing the NSFW trending topic, #gorillapenis, all the way to the top of the list. Popular image board 4chan /b/, along with other various sites, appears to be behind this latest raid on Twitter. 4chan, a hub of Internet culture and memes, has long been the spawning point of various raids on sites, most recently YouTube Porn Day. Before that, they were responsible for hacking Time Magazine's...
  • Ann Coulter Explains Palin's Exit

    07/05/2009 10:17:12 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 283 replies · 9,259+ views
    Women of the Web ^ | July 4, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    I’m confused by all the confusion among the chattering classes about Palin. I thought her press conference explained it very clearly – though she couldn’t put it precisely this way without sounding vain, but it’s obvious. Even though she’s just a state governor, she’s a HUGE national star who is both sought after and attacked as if she is already a president (a Bush, not an Obama). But she basically can’t participate because she’s tethered to the governor’s office up in Alaska. Consequently, she has to fight with one hand tied behind her back and she also can’t go around...
  • Palin's Move A Risky One

    07/05/2009 10:40:17 AM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 49 replies · 1,379+ views
    America Talks ^ | 07/05/09 | David Zublick
    Sarah Palin's abrupt decision to step down as governor of Alaska has left many people on both sides of the aisle scratching their heads. Palin has successfully survived fifteen ethics complaints. Her Lt. Governor, Sean Parnell who will succeed her at the end of this month, said Sunday that "she has plenty of time now within which to define how she will further her core values." Her announcement leaves open the possibility that she will run for higher office. Some on the right, such as William Kristol of the Weekly Standard, have said her move was 'crazy like a fox',...