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Poohbah's Opus
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, sayeth Qohotoleth... | 01 April 2005 | Poohbah

Posted on 04/01/2005 4:26:00 PM PST by Poohbah

First, this is NOT an April Fool's joke.

I am leaving Free Republic.

Over the past two years, civility and thoughtful discourse has vanished from this site, replaced with demands for ideological conformity that are straight out of Stalinist Russia or China's Great Cultural Revolution, and unrelenting uncivility if said conformance is not forthcoming. This trend began with the California recall election, where certain posters were allowed to flame the living beejezus out of those who didn't wholeheartedly support Tom McClintock, or thought that he wasn't running a campaign capable of winning. It extended into the Keyes campaign last year, where any critique of Keyes' campaign strategy was shrilly flamed, despite the obviously flawed execution of his campaign.

(Aside: one person who flamed me during the Keyes mess later said that he hadn't intended to start a fight with his remarks that accused me of homosexuality, pedophilia, and other evils; I was instantly reminded of the time I had to bail one of my Marines out of the local lockup. "Honest, Sarge," this Marine told me, "I didn't mean to start a fight when I called that Army Ranger a faggot." My response was not [and still isn't] suitable for public consumption.)

Since then, the Terri Schiavo case has pushed FR over the edge. We had posts calling for people to ensure that "accidents" to befall Schiavo and Judge Greer. We had posts praying that Iran would soon develop nuclear weapons, so that they could destroy the United States. And until the FBI started making arrests, those posts were allowed to stay up, completely abnegating Free Republic's standards.

We had people on both sides of the issue point out that the Schindlers were associating with some people of extremely low character, and that our uncritical embrace of these parties would not rebound to our favor. Rather reasonable attitudes to take, actually; but the loudest of the loud were in no mood to think.

My personal favorite was the following exchange:


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To: Old Professer
Is being a christian identity sympathizer, a white supremicist, a neo-nazi, a racist or an anti-semite illegal activities in themselves?

The issue is not legality, but public opinion. Which will not be helped in this case if the pro-Terry side becomes associated in the media with Christian Identity, white supremicists, neo-nazis, racists and/or anti-semites.

212 posted on 03/17/2005 11:05:13 AM PST by malakhi
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To: malakhi
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Terri's fight being associated with Christianity. That is unless someone is a radical leftist.
229 posted on 03/17/2005 12:02:29 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross
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Diva Betsy Ross made a valiant attempt to...ahem...whitewash Christian Identity, but it didn't work.

To top things off, we had people embracing as some sort of conservative icon, to the extent of posting a fundraising link.

I always thought that conservatism valued thinking over feeling, careful contemplation of facts over wild-eyed repetition of every damn rumor to come down the pipe, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. For a while, Free Republic met those criteria in spades.

Those days are long gone, and I have serious doubt as to whether or not they're coming back.

I know that many of the usual suspects will cheer this on, as their longtime nemesis is leaving them the field.

Be careful what you wish for; you are in the process of getting it. You may succeed in driving the folks who disagree with you from the site; but you will end up being just another collection of shrill voices in Bedlam. When everything is an over-the-top scream, no one will be heard.

Farewell.


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1 posted on 04/01/2005 4:26:00 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: mhking; hchutch; MadIvan; Howlin; Diva Betsy Ross; Hildy; Long Cut; Peach; dighton; general_re; ...

Here it is...

Someone please ping the rest of the WPPFF.


2 posted on 04/01/2005 4:28:44 PM PST by Poohbah (I'm in the WPPFF)
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To: Poohbah
Two voices of reason leave today...FR has officially jumped the shark.
Might as well open a Biker Bar.
3 posted on 04/01/2005 4:28:48 PM PST by PRND21
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To: Poohbah

Sheesh. First, hchutch, now you. Must be the moon. You'll really be missed. Just take a break. Terri's plight was indeed trying but there is too much more to be done....


4 posted on 04/01/2005 4:28:52 PM PST by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: Poohbah

I seemed to remember people taking a lot of flack for supporting Tom McClintock.


5 posted on 04/01/2005 4:29:29 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: Poohbah

You can't be series.


6 posted on 04/01/2005 4:30:27 PM PST by Huck (:-)
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To: Poohbah
We shall miss you, poohbah, and your thoughful posts. Hopefully, you will get withdrawal symptoms and return soon.
PS. Why don't you just ignore the a*holes?
7 posted on 04/01/2005 4:30:35 PM PST by expatpat
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To: Poohbah
Freepmail me if you want my email address.

Nope just leave. We have to get back to calling for nuclear annihilation of our own nation, burning people at the stake, and kicking puppies.

8 posted on 04/01/2005 4:30:40 PM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: Poohbah

"Since Sep 11, 1998"

Wow, maybe just a sabbatical instead?


9 posted on 04/01/2005 4:30:43 PM PST by narses (St James the Moor-slayer, Pray for us! +)
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To: Poohbah
I am sorry I teased you earlier. I haven't read the Opus. I decided not to read anymore after the last one I read.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

I have a feeling you will be back.

10 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:14 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink stinks!)
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To: Poohbah
Shall I get you a tissue?

Good grief. Get over yourself. If you wanna leave, just leave and spare us your misery.

11 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:15 PM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Poohbah

I saw a thread that actually called for troops to "hunt down" Felos, Greer and Schiavo. That thread stayed up for two days, and had over 200 responses before it was pulled. I've seen more Nazi references in the past couple of weeks than I can count. It's beyond disgraceful.


12 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:18 PM PST by .38sw
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To: Poohbah
Poohbah I was just getting ready to leave work and now you post this. I am so po'd at you for making me wait to have a Friday night beer! LOL

In all seriousness, best wishes to you, if you find a cool forum for this kinda thing, you know how to let us know.

13 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:18 PM PST by RushCrush (Ideas are like children: there are none so wonderful as your own.)
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To: Poohbah

If you are leaving, this place will never be what it was. I wish you the best no matter what.


14 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:32 PM PST by countess
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To: Poohbah
OK. Leave if you want, but please sign up as a Monthly Donor so we can stop these incessant FreepAthons!
15 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:53 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: Poohbah
I guess sleeping on it didn't make a difference after all ;)

Okay, man - if that's the way it is, that's the way it is. Can't say I agree, but I damn sure understand why, and respect your decision. It's been real.

16 posted on 04/01/2005 4:32:55 PM PST by general_re ("Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt." - Reinhold Niebuhr)
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To: Poohbah

Sorry to see you go...sure you won't just take a break? :)


17 posted on 04/01/2005 4:33:01 PM PST by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: Poohbah
I am leaving Free Republic.

Bye!!!

Don't look back. Just go.

18 posted on 04/01/2005 4:33:02 PM PST by raybbr
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To: Poohbah


Oh, I already miss you.
I completely understand.
I share your opinion.


19 posted on 04/01/2005 4:33:03 PM PST by onyx (Robert Frost "Good fences make good neighbors." Build the fence, Mr. President and Congress.)
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To: All

This is what happens when you take FR (and yourself) way too seriously.


20 posted on 04/01/2005 4:33:22 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Poohbah

Have you informed Christopher Robin?


21 posted on 04/01/2005 4:33:38 PM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Poohbah

Goodbye Poohbah.


22 posted on 04/01/2005 4:34:00 PM PST by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: Poohbah

A few crazy uncles post from out of the closet and you run.

When the going gets tough, RUN!

Oh come on and get yourself together here. You are being too sensitive and taking people too seriously.

A few doesn't represent all and you know it.

Be a strong conservative and post your views, God gave you a spine to use it, don't cut and run.

Most people on this site are very nice and considerate, you are over reacting IMO.


23 posted on 04/01/2005 4:34:14 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Poohbah
Sorry to see you go. It always makes me nervous when long-timers leave.
24 posted on 04/01/2005 4:34:20 PM PST by zlala (I used to have a handle on life but it broke.)
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To: Poohbah
I'm sorry you're leaving. I've always respected your postings.

I have *never* seen FR like it has been concerning the Terri Schiavo situation. People were posting pictures of handguns when referring to judges, etc. Things were getting crazy the last week. I give the Mods credit for keeping up as best they could with some of the posts that were, in my opinion, over the top.

I hope at some point you'll consider coming back. Between you, RightWhale, Southhack, Carry Oakie, CommonTator, CongressmanBillybob, and a host of others I apologize for not mentioning, FR is a good place to come to visit.

25 posted on 04/01/2005 4:34:35 PM PST by Fury
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To: Poohbah; hchutch

Pooh, I'll miss you--and am seriously considering following your lead, for the reasons hchutch and you have cited.


26 posted on 04/01/2005 4:34:56 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Poohbah

You'll be missed by many. Hope you're just taking a hiatus.


27 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:02 PM PST by Fifth Business
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To: Poohbah

Sorry to see you go. If you respond to the nuts, they will definitely drive you crazy.


28 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:07 PM PST by TheDon (Euthanasia is an atrocity.)
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To: Fury

:(


29 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:07 PM PST by cyborg (Feel the FReeper Love)
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To: Poohbah

I AM LEAVING FREE REPUBLIC ASWELL!

I am going to go eat something. I might be back in an hour or two, but probably not!!!

GOODBYE FR!


30 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:07 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: Poohbah
Aw c'mon!

They called me a death cultist Nazi doctor for reading a CT scan, and I'm staying.

Stick around!

31 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:23 PM PST by Jim Noble (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God)
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To: Poohbah

What is with you people today? Half the people who agree with me on Immigration reform have been banned,and yet the remainders like myself aren't posting an opus and sulking in our corners. Geesh.


32 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:30 PM PST by RepublicanReptile ('Open your mind, close the Border")
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To: Poohbah

I looked forward to your posts. I'll miss you.


33 posted on 04/01/2005 4:35:37 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (George W. Bush -- The Terror of the Terrorists)
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GOOD RIDDANCE
34 posted on 04/01/2005 4:36:07 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (We shall overcome)
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To: Poohbah

I agree with much (but not all) of what you said. We'll miss you. Semper fi!


35 posted on 04/01/2005 4:36:43 PM PST by clintonh8r (Heteronormative and PROUD!!)
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Sad ping.


36 posted on 04/01/2005 4:36:54 PM PST by onyx (Robert Frost "Good fences make good neighbors." Build the fence, Mr. President and Congress.)
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To: Poohbah
OH WAIT- When I hit post I saw the opus and decided to take a peak! Your opus is about me?!?!? NoWay! I am honored!! ( DO you have a crush on me or something?) ;}

But you are leaving because of that?

Hilarious Poohbah!!!

37 posted on 04/01/2005 4:36:55 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink stinks!)
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To: Poohbah

Good Grief, not another one today! Many take swipes at 'ol Pissant. Stand and defend your honor, for pete's sake!


38 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:02 PM PST by pissant
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To: Poohbah
Hey the DUers always call us Nazis etc. and you stayed strong then.

I think you should stick around. Become a stubborn old codger like me! It's fun!

(Plus it's just a computer monitor with some words on it anyway)

39 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:05 PM PST by RushCrush (Ideas are like children: there are none so wonderful as your own.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Have you informed Christopher Robin?

Palimony suit in the making?

40 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:17 PM PST by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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Ping.


41 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:18 PM PST by Howlin
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To: anniegetyourgun

Yep.


42 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:21 PM PST by TheDon (Euthanasia is an atrocity.)
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To: Poohbah

I'm sorry to see you go.


43 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:22 PM PST by ConservativeLawyer (God Bless JP II)
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To: onyx

Very.


44 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:38 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Poohbah
Poobah. . .we've had our exchanges, most all have been positive. While I usually agreed with you on most issues, some we virulently disagreed. However, except for one post where I guess I may have "lost it," our discourses have been civil, intellectually stimulating, challenging and fun.

You are an informed and interesting presence.

You will be missed.
45 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:41 PM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: Poohbah

vaya con dios, P...


46 posted on 04/01/2005 4:37:59 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Coop
Good grief. Get over yourself. If you wanna leave, just leave and spare us your misery.

I think when "old-timers" leave, there's probably something we can take from the situation and circumstances. I'm not talking about the usual opus that we see with a FReeper that is all of 6 months "old" leaving.

47 posted on 04/01/2005 4:38:01 PM PST by Fury
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To: Poohbah

You got freepmail.
re: the Terri Schiavo comments (some compared her to the Messiah crucified), and the comments you pointed out above, they needs their head examined.
Keep in touch.


48 posted on 04/01/2005 4:38:11 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Poohbah

Bye, sarge!


49 posted on 04/01/2005 4:38:33 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: zlala
It always makes me nervous when long-timers leave.

Speaking as a long-timer, we go through this mess once or twice a year (often right around FReepathon time). People make a big deal of their departures, which in turn spurs a few others to do the same.

Then, in a few months, they'll almost all be back. Many under different screen names, but some at least have the decency to admit they had a change of heart.

50 posted on 04/01/2005 4:38:42 PM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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