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It is time. My opus
Self | 1-28-2013 | melas

Posted on 01/28/2013 8:10:56 PM PST by Melas

While the title says it all, I thought a goodbye was in order.

While I've been a FReeper for well over a decade, I must declare that it is time to part ways. While I have the greatest respect for a great many of you, the days where I can in good conscience remain silent about the issues that set me apart from the rest of FReeperdom have past. For clarity, or perhaps catharsis, I'm not entirely certain which, I'll lay them out on the table an call the ZOT™ down upon myself.

The racism: I just can't handle it anymore. FR has become increasingly racist since President Obama took office, and enforcement has dropped. Now, not a single crime can be reported with an "amish" comment, and I've yet to see a post express embarrassment or shame when lo and behold sometimes the perpetrators turned out to be lily white.

Homosexuality: FR is on the wrong side of history on this one, and I'll just leave it at that.

Mostly though, it's the hate. More and more posts reference violent solutions to political disagreements. Some subtly couched, others make no pretense. I wouldn't be surprised at all if I read in the morning paper that a FReeper murdered a federal bureaucrat or a federal judge.

I've learned so much, from so many of you, and for that I'm grateful. I genuinely and truly wish all of you well, and sincerely hope you all live out the rest of your lives in happiness.

Melas


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To: Melas
I wouldn't be surprised at all if I read in the morning paper that a FReeper murdered a federal bureaucrat or a federal judge.

Anonymous federal bureaucrats at the EPA just made a decision in my area that WILL incur fatalities - fatalities that are 100% avoidable.

I kind of consider that "murder", but of course the US Department of Media would NEVER point that out.

101 posted on 01/28/2013 9:01:51 PM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Melas

I just can’t take it anymore!!! I’m going to have milk and cookies and then go to bed. Try it, you’ll feel better in the morning.


102 posted on 01/28/2013 9:02:14 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends


ROTFLOL


FReeper-Patriot-FRiends, your Contributions keep Free Republic up and running strong!

Please keep ‘em coming in! Thank you all very much!

103 posted on 01/28/2013 9:02:26 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Melas

I see some of your fellow travelers have posted here tonight. They should probably go with you to DU.


104 posted on 01/28/2013 9:03:05 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Melas

Sounds like you’ll be happier back at Demorat Underground.
They like victimhood, reparations, and homos there.
Good riddance, you surrender monkey.


105 posted on 01/28/2013 9:03:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Melas
And don't forget to pick up your toys when you leave!


106 posted on 01/28/2013 9:03:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: WKB

LOL.
I like your tagline!


107 posted on 01/28/2013 9:03:19 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Melas

As a person of color myself, I can’t tell you how offensive it is to me to have homosexual rights equated with civil rights.

There is no comparison, and I am shocked that other non-whites don’t speak out more against this comparison.


108 posted on 01/28/2013 9:03:40 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: HokieMom

Not in this lifetime HokieMom. ;o)


109 posted on 01/28/2013 9:04:21 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I would have prefered it stayed with the muslims.

Seems another term could have been used for the “dawgs”.

But, times change.

Thanks for note.


110 posted on 01/28/2013 9:04:30 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: old curmudgeon
By the way, most of the posts here are trying to fight the same evils, although there are many opinions as to how to best do so. Some excellent ideas and some not good at all.

I could not have said it better.

111 posted on 01/28/2013 9:05:55 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: latina4dubya
i agree with you on this in essence... i'm not so sure FR has become increasingly racist, but many of the posts contain racial elements... comments... views...


I could spend two hours typing how President Obama at least appears to be quite the racist and a jerk himself and posting about it isn't being racist.

112 posted on 01/28/2013 9:06:55 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: latina4dubya
i agree with you on this in essence... i'm not so sure FR has become increasingly racist, but many of the posts contain racial elements... comments... views...


I could spend two hours typing how President Obama at least appears to be quite the racist and a jerk himself and posting about it isn't being racist.

113 posted on 01/28/2013 9:06:55 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: digger48
Any example of just who it is that is pushing religion on society by the power of the gun?

Agreed, the left does it but it should not. No one should. Still, as conservatives and libertarians, I think they are pushing us into a corner though and that is not good.
114 posted on 01/28/2013 9:07:22 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: onyx

How is it going down your way?


115 posted on 01/28/2013 9:08:22 PM PST by WKB ( Remember "Bush Lied and People Died" Now it's "People died and Obama Lied")
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To: Melas
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116 posted on 01/28/2013 9:08:49 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: Nowhere Man
One thing I do fear is the tyranny of the left but I’m also afraid of a tyranny from something akin to an American version of a Taliban.

So conservative FReepers are the Taliban?

I don't think you know what the word "Taliban" really means.

117 posted on 01/28/2013 9:10:09 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Melas
See ya. When I go it'll be quietly because I've had enough, and I like and respect most people here enough to not bore them with a protracted goodbye.

That or I'll just disappear off FR because Holder's minions have finally figured out who I am in real life and they've arranged a little accident. Practice opsec everyone.

118 posted on 01/28/2013 9:10:41 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: FlyingEagle
My prayers for your brothers. I pray that you and them find peace.

I'm in the same boat.

119 posted on 01/28/2013 9:10:55 PM PST by onona (KCCO, and mind the gap)
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To: sand88

Well said...thank you.


120 posted on 01/28/2013 9:10:55 PM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: A CA Guy

My own opus will be about and caused by those damned duplicate posts!


121 posted on 01/28/2013 9:10:55 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mears

((((Hugs)))) Love these sharp minds.In love again.
OK Here’s a song.
One the Kids like .
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKfrgqWcv0


122 posted on 01/28/2013 9:12:00 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Melas

Melas,

I, too, worry that some of the comments that are bantered about on FR could come back to haunt me, just for being a member. I cringe at some comments, and yes, there is certainly some racist bullsh*t thrown around. There are also comments that invite federal government scrutiny in their not-so veiled threats. These are not “close ones”. They step over the line. When I read these things, I try to keep in mind that it is a definite minority. The folks who do this are just pissed angry, and feel powerless over a government that doesn’t even pretend to represent them anymore. It’s not about being white, rich, or old either, IMHO, it’s about a set of values that are seemingly mocked in nearly every media outlet there is. And, when it emerges on FR, it comes at us with the vitriol of a betrayed citizen. It’s not pretty, but it’s also not what you portray it to be. I think the reality is that these folks would be the last people to take a shot at a judge. More likely, they would throw themselves in front of a judge to protect them from that kind of injustice. Don’t let the anger fool you. They just wish the better parts of America could be preserved. They’ve seen the value in some of the more traditional approaches and they’re perplexed as to why common sense is semmingly dying, and traditions are being rejected outright by a nation of people who don’t value anything anymore. Yes, I’m with you on some of your thoughts (not all), but your point of view is exactly why you should stay. Make a conservative argument against these types of things that dissapoint you so much! Point out the idiocy in racist comments by reminding them of all those soldiers and saliors who died in our uniform, for our freedoms, and the bullets and bombs weren’t racist at all. If you think homosexuality can coexist with conservatism, explain how. If you think people are taking it too far, say so. But keep bringing your opinion to the table. Despite the rhetoric, at times, this is the best place there is to make your case. At times, I’ve been a bit unerved by some of the comments here. Waaah!! But hey! F’em. Give it right back. I think you should stay.


123 posted on 01/28/2013 9:12:00 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: Eaker
So conservative FReepers are the Taliban?

I don't think you know what the word "Taliban" really means.

Very well said and thanks for adding a much-needed note of exceptionally clear thinking and sanity on this matter.

124 posted on 01/28/2013 9:12:09 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Melas

One of two possibilities is true:

1) You are a malicious troll (I think unlikely)

2) You have made the relatively common mistake that many people lacking self awareness make: Mistaking a change that has occurred within you for a change that has occurred externally (in this case at FR).

Because I can assure that FR hasn’t changed. I have been coming here since at least 96 and there have always been some over the top comments made here. I don’t always agree but I usually get a kick out of reading them.

Get an effing grip, buddy.


125 posted on 01/28/2013 9:12:45 PM PST by PAR
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To: Jet Jaguar

Well, I guess I see it working because the press mentality of sticking their heads in the sand, is the same in both types of stories. I think that’s why - because people saw the obvious connection in the way these two events were being reported.

I really remember I took note that the press started to not mention anything racial or ethnic if they can avoid it. But generally if they report a name, if it’s obvious, it’s obvious without them having to say anything.


126 posted on 01/28/2013 9:14:03 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Melas

But seriously, man. No, really. Just once. I’m getting the impression myself that most contributors to this forum are for... are you ready for it? ... are for... social injustice!


127 posted on 01/28/2013 9:15:52 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: re_nortex

I’m off my meds.............

;<)


128 posted on 01/28/2013 9:16:00 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Nowhere Man

fair enough.


129 posted on 01/28/2013 9:17:08 PM PST by digger48
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To: Melas
I call bs.

Alan West may be one of the most admired politicans at this site. I would have voted for him if he ran. On the other hand thuggery, left leaning, Obama phone holding, entitlement loving misfits deserve the contempt they're given. You have taken the bait that conservatives are racist. No... we have hatred of those whose lives are to live off the left hind teat of the government, with no contribution to society. If that consitutes being a racist, then so be it.

As far as tolerance toward gays, I think almost all religions view the activity as a sin. That is all I will say about that.

Finally, your opus kind of gives me the impression that you weren't that strong a conservative in the first place. I hate to see any of our brethern leave but apparently you have made your choice.

130 posted on 01/28/2013 9:17:50 PM PST by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Melas
I've been here awhile and I agree with you. One thing that also bothers me is how people here will post replies without reading the article. Sometimes it seems they only read the headline before they post.

You left out people with Latino surnames. I was in the service with many a person with Latino surnames. Many of them could not speak Spanish. However here at FR anyone with a Latino surname is considered most likely an illegal gang banger.

131 posted on 01/28/2013 9:18:18 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Ok you just gave them a hint.:)


132 posted on 01/28/2013 9:18:43 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: AlmaKing

Well said. I agree.


133 posted on 01/28/2013 9:19:05 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: Defiant; Revolting cat!
I love it when you are serious.


Scary part is, that it sometimes is hard to tell when he is serious, and when he's not ;-)
134 posted on 01/28/2013 9:19:15 PM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: onyx

That pic is SO funny!


135 posted on 01/28/2013 9:20:30 PM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: Melas

The 130+ responses that follow your swan song remind me of why this forum is an extension of my living room.


136 posted on 01/28/2013 9:20:30 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: Bikkuri

What’s so scary? No matter, here’s a clue: whenever I’m serious I say: “No, but seriously...”


137 posted on 01/28/2013 9:21:04 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Eaker
So conservative FReepers are the Taliban?

No, but things could snowball into that if it gets out of control and the wrong people get in. It is like out of the old Robert A. Heinlein novel (I'm a huge science fiction as well as "noir" fan), "Revolt in 2100" (1953) where as a reaction to what the left is doing, the backlash is so great that after the revolt, you end up with that Heinlein called "The American Ayatolla." It takes place before "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1961) where America was more of a libertarian place.
138 posted on 01/28/2013 9:21:04 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Melas

Good ridance troll.


139 posted on 01/28/2013 9:21:41 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Melas

You do realize you are reading reactions to overbearing political correctness and propaganda, right?


140 posted on 01/28/2013 9:23:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Greenpees; Jim Robinson
I cringe at some comments, and yes, there is certainly some racist bullsh*t thrown around. There are also comments that invite federal government scrutiny in their not-so veiled threats. These are not “close ones”. They step over the line.

Then mash that 'abuse' button and let the mods know. They can't be everywhere.

"NO racism or violence in posts." is the rule, as I understand it.

/johnny

141 posted on 01/28/2013 9:23:33 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: PAR

How can we go on??


142 posted on 01/28/2013 9:23:33 PM PST by Lower55
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To: Pox

I, being cowardly and soft, tend to agree on the violence tall. Although really it’s meaningless internet chest thumping. That goes for most of the grandstanding, childishness, outright illiteracy, etc. But what can you do in the dirt of this, only the most recent of Western civilization’s “vast wastelands.” The racism thing I wouldn’t single out. Racism is not especially bad, not worse than any other gross stereotypes and barbarisms. That goes for all the isms, too.

Anyway, about the violence. I shrug it off as juvenile and speech born of impotent desperation merely. Then I think of the Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, and all the other rebellions. What pin pricks motivated our forebears to bloodiness compared to our gushing neck wounds! Leave aside the Civil War. It could win the argument on its own, but we don’t need it. I don’t even want to go down the list. You know it: conscription, foreign wars unrelated to defense or security, income tax, death tax, the Fed, endless bailouts, endless emergency powers, cradle to grave welfare, crushing debt, fiat currency, wage and price controls, the War on Drugs, eminent domain, property forfeiture, internment camps, administrative law, the revenoors, Bonus Army, Kent Stare, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Elian Gonzales, blah, blah, blah.

Why did we declare independence in the first place? Oh yeah, the British, our legitimate government, wanted to tax us to pay for the French and Indian War. Also because they fumbled the political response to protest movements, but mostly because we were sick of being a cog in their mercantilist system. This with the highest standard of living in the world and, like, a one percent :ax burden. And we fought a WAR over it! A real one.

Our government does worse stuff to us every single day than the British did to their colonists across years. Either our forefathers were monstrous, extremist, bloodthirsty diehard zealots who oughtta be condemned instead of celebrated, or we are sheep.

We are sheep.


143 posted on 01/28/2013 9:24:07 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Melas
Well, that does it. I guess I will never use the term “Marxist Mulatto” when referring to Obama in fear of being labeled a Racist, even if he is (1) A Marxist and (2) A Mulatto.

As far as his ethnicity goes, I will now include the famous line from Seinfeld, “not that there's anything wrong with that”.

Better we go with the Liberal model, using the terms Uncle Tom and House Nigger while throwing OREO Cookies at Black Republicans. FR, it's kind of like the KKK you know. Geez. One other thing, did Melas just insinuate that a FReeper would attempt to Assassinate a Politico? FReepers know that any violence coming from our side, real or imagined, would be used as Propaganda against us. We leave the Violence to the Leftists, who of course never get blamed for anything.

144 posted on 01/28/2013 9:24:22 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
The term has been hijacked to fill in for inner city thugs. With this, only, I agree with you

I don't agree at all, the Amish statements were obvious attempts at sarcasm....totally harmless, meaningless, nonsense!

145 posted on 01/28/2013 9:25:25 PM PST by terycarl
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To: PAR

By the way Melas, that will be 5 cents for my last post. Cash only please.


146 posted on 01/28/2013 9:25:54 PM PST by PAR
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To: Melas
My first allegiance is to the truth, not ideology or politics. If the truth was that Joseph Stalin was kind to kittens, I would not let a lie to the contrary stand just because he was Joseph Stalin. If Abraham Lincoln fried ants with a magnifying glass, I would not suppress the truth because he was Abraham Lincoln. Reputations, legacies, causes, ideologies and religions all have to stand in the light of the facts. Anyone who would play fast and loose with the truth in the name of any of the above is not to be trusted.

Please tell me if you find TRUTH somewhere else. Really, I do want to know.

147 posted on 01/28/2013 9:27:40 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Lower55
How can we go on??

Set one less plate for breakfast.

/johnny

148 posted on 01/28/2013 9:27:40 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jobim

Most of the BEST laughs I have in life, come from right here on the FR forums ;^)


149 posted on 01/28/2013 9:28:06 PM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"NO racism or violence in posts." is the rule, as I understand it.

And there's also a reminder to not use profanity. DADGUMMIT!


150 posted on 01/28/2013 9:28:21 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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