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10,000 Threads Posted on Freerepublic
Vanity | 26 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 06/26/2013 11:03:17 AM PDT by marktwain

Today, I posted my 10,000th thread on Freerepublic. I thought some reflection was appropriate.

When I found Freerepublic in 1998, it was as though I had found a gold mine of truth in a desert of lies and spiked news stories. You had to work to find the nuggets, but they were there, instead of the fool's gold constantly being peddled by the MSM to a propagandized public. Freerepublic became my home on the net.

Jim Robinson, as a Californian, has done a great deal to make up for all of the horrible ideas that have come out of that state.

Freerepublic was what provided the troops and organization to keep the Democrats from stealing Florida and the 2000 presidential election. I cannot image what horrible shape our country would be in if Al Gore had become President in 2000.

After the revolt of 1994, where the population rose up against the Democrat machine, I expected real change to come about. Newt Gingrich and the Republicans tried. I saw it. But, once the MSM got over the shock of having a Republican Congress (which their political scientists had told them was impossible), they were willing to trade credibility for political power, and pulled out all stops to discredit the Republicans at every turn, no matter how much they had to lie to do it.

Politicians are media creatures. They backed down, and I began to understand that the real power lay with the MSM, not in the politicians. The MSM decides what is a story and what is not. They decide what is a scandal and what is not. They determine what the issues are that need to be addressed by Congress, and whether congressmen are doing a good job (advancing the "progressive" agenda) or not.

As we approached the 2008 elections, I was determined not to let the 2006 disaster happen again. I thought of what I could do to influence the outcome. I had become a precinct committeeman for the Republican party. I had attended local events, donated money, went door to door. It had not been enough in 2006. It was clear that the problem was the MSM, and the fact that most people did not see how agenda driven the MSM was.

One of the keys to the success of the revolt in 1994 had been the Second Amendment. The MSM reflexively spikes stories about armed self defense. Some were reported on Freerepublic, but haphazardly. I decided that showing how much the MSM spiked self defense stories needed to be done, and that the most effective way to do this was to regularly search for these stories and post them on Freerepublic, the premier conservative site on the web.

In the summer of 2008, I started posting stories about armed self defense and other Second Amendment issues on the banglist on Freerepublic every day. I have missed few days since then, nearly always because I could not access the Internet for more than 24 hours. That was five years ago.

One of the advantages of this is that Freerepublic acts as a memory for these stories. Many are only covered in a transient way in local media, and many are lost to the Internet after only a few days. Looking for an important story that I remembered from a few years ago, Freerepublic was one of the very, very, few places that I could find it.

While I was researching stories to post on the banglist, I came across the blog Gun Watch. It was created by John Jay Ray, an academic and successful businessman in Australia, as one of about a dozen that covered subjects that he thought were important. John Jay Ray is brilliant. In his academic career, he studied the psychology of leftists. His monograph on leftism should be taught in our schools. At 70, John Jay Ray decided that he should cut back on his self imposed workload. He asked for someone to take over the management of Gun Watch. As I had recently retired from the DOD(Department of Defense), I reluctantly volunteered. I did not want to see the blog die, and I was already doing much of the work necessary.

I had written a few pieces, including one of my most successful "Gun Registration is Gun Confiscation", published in December of 2000.

When I took over daily operation of Gun Watch almost a year ago. I used it to publish more original content, the most successful of which has been Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens. While I try to write a couple of original articles a week, original content is hard work. I know I will never have the talent of a Matt Bracken, but I can hope to be informative and readable.

I appreciate help in posting self defense stories to the banglist, and there are many who have been helping more and more over the past few years. I hesitate to list them because I am certain to miss some who have done excellent work. You know who you are. Thank you for all the help you have given and all the tips that have been forwarded. We are part of the new media.

The new media has had a major impact. We are how the Tea Party self organized. We are the reason that half of the American voters are informed and no longer trust the MSM. We win because the truth is powerful.

Over the next few years, I expect that more and more people will be posting stories on the banglist. I hope to spend more time writing original content. There is much to do because if we are to save the Republic, the MSM must be held accountable. If the truth is told often enough, we win.

Many now know that marktwain is my freeper screen name, and Dean Weingarten is my given legal name. I made the decision, years ago, that I could fight more effectively out in the open. There is some protection in being well known. Matt Bracken calls this Sakharov's Immunity.

For 50 years the MSM built up credibility with an oligopoly on the information that most Americans received. For the last 20 years the MSM has been trading that credibility for transient political power. At some point, as the new media builds, there will be a tipping point and they will lose that power. The only thing that can stop this trend is if the State steps in to limit the new media and prop up the old. Our job is to build the new media by exposing the truth, and to prevent the stifling of the new media by the State.

Freerepublic is an important part of that effort, and I am proud to call Freerepublic my home on the net. My motto on Freerepublic has become: Self appointed, self disciplined, self satisfied.

Dean Weingarten, AKA freeper marktwain.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; FReeper Editorial; Free Republic; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Technical
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1 posted on 06/26/2013 11:03:17 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
You've been busy. I'm at 1599.

Thanks!

2 posted on 06/26/2013 11:05:53 AM PDT by South40
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To: marktwain

Marktwain, that is truly remarkable (in before someone says you have too much time on your hands).

Congratulations.


3 posted on 06/26/2013 11:06:01 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: marktwain

Congratulations...This volume of threads, means you now have your own dedicated file drawer at the NSA....


4 posted on 06/26/2013 11:06:20 AM PDT by apillar
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To: marktwain

Second that guy! This site has kept me relatively sane for over 10 years. I’m gonna have to pony up soon and financially support JimRob’s little island of liberty!


5 posted on 06/26/2013 11:06:56 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: marktwain

Marktwain, I appreciate all of your efforts on the banglist.


6 posted on 06/26/2013 11:08:14 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: marktwain

Good read. Well said. I LOVE FR. Can’t go a day without it, even if I’m just reading. I used to have time to post a lot, but, alas, due to circumstances beyond my control, I no longer have that luxury. :(

Monthly donor forever. :)


7 posted on 06/26/2013 11:08:27 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: All; marktwain

Let’s all post our current numbers to this thread. I’ll start:

You’ve posted a total of 18,306 threads and 41,517 replies.


8 posted on 06/26/2013 11:08:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’ve posted a total of 1,554 threads and 18,171 replies.


9 posted on 06/26/2013 11:11:27 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: marktwain
Today, I posted my 10,000th thread on Freerepublic. I thought some reflection was appropriate.

Congratulations! 10,000 is amazing. I've posted 4,122 threads myself.

10 posted on 06/26/2013 11:12:12 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: marktwain

since 1998? HAH!

noob :P


11 posted on 06/26/2013 11:13:39 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; marktwain

Congrats
I’ve posted a total of 4,622 threads and 41,101 replies.


12 posted on 06/26/2013 11:14:47 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Mr. K

I’ve posted a total of 201 threads and 38,489 replies. Been here since Feb 11, 1999


13 posted on 06/26/2013 11:17:13 AM PDT by mware
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To: marktwain

14 posted on 06/26/2013 11:18:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: marktwain
You've posted a total of 6 threads and 39,339 replies since 1998.

I'm an underachiever.

15 posted on 06/26/2013 11:19:12 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: marktwain

cool. I’ve probably been banned that many times.


16 posted on 06/26/2013 11:19:42 AM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm a slacker.

You've posted a total of 3,050 threads and 15,194 replies.

17 posted on 06/26/2013 11:21:21 AM PDT by real saxophonist
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To: marktwain
That means you'll be the first into the FEMA gulag once NSA turns over their file to DOJ and then the FBI comes for you.

Congrats on fighting so hard over the years, dude!

18 posted on 06/26/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: marktwain
In the summer of 2008, I started posting stories about armed self defense and other Second Amendment issues on the banglist

Trivia question:

What is the origin of the banglist?

19 posted on 06/26/2013 11:23:00 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve forgotten how to find my number of posts. Please give us the directions.


20 posted on 06/26/2013 11:23:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: marktwain

BTTT!

Thanks for your hard work.


21 posted on 06/26/2013 11:24:17 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Go to “Account” at the top of the main page and it’ll be right there.


22 posted on 06/26/2013 11:25:44 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: marktwain

> “Freerepublic was what provided the troops and organization to keep the Democrats from stealing Florida and the 2000 presidential election. I cannot image what horrible shape our country would be in if Al Gore had become President in 2000.”

I remember this clearly. During the recount there vote counters in Palm Beach that were grabbing sacks of ballots to go to a room where they could lock the door and not be seen. Freepers were there hollering and shouting and knocking on the door. Those ballots if left unchecked would have put Gore over the top.

If you have the original post from that time I would appreciate a link as I would like to save it.

Freepers and the voters from his home state of Tennessee saved America from Al Gore.


23 posted on 06/26/2013 11:25:55 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Timber Rattler

The FEMA headquarters for my region is so close to me that they could walk over and get me.


24 posted on 06/26/2013 11:27:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’ve posted a total of 1,213 threads and 35,157 replies


It seems like a lot more (since 1998).


25 posted on 06/26/2013 11:27:50 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: marktwain

Maybe posted one or two, reply at a minimum. There is not much I miss on here. Can tell you who to avoid, and usually spot the trolls quite easily. Freerepublic is a Blessing from God, and Thank Him for it often. Bless all of you for what you do for Our Country. May God Have Mercy on America.


26 posted on 06/26/2013 11:28:04 AM PDT by easternsky
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m a semi-shut-in due to disability, so I’m here most of the time.


27 posted on 06/26/2013 11:28:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: marktwain
Thank You FReeper marktwain. I have enjoyed many of your postings and comments.

(I only have 2 threads and 3,107 replies, including this one, on my name.)
28 posted on 06/26/2013 11:29:51 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m here almost all day and I work for my husband so I have the leeway to post from work. I wonder if some of my record was lost during some of the software transitions. I feel like a piker....LOL


29 posted on 06/26/2013 11:30:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: humblegunner; All
Trivia question: What is the origin of the banglist?

If I knew, I have forgotten. Please enlighten us.

30 posted on 06/26/2013 11:32:20 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: humblegunner
"What is the origin of the banglist?"

It started out an an excerpted blog.

31 posted on 06/26/2013 11:32:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: marktwain

You’ve posted a total of 1,599 threads and 25,831 replies.


32 posted on 06/26/2013 11:34:04 AM PDT by South40
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To: marktwain
I keep FR website open all day and check it constantly unless I’m forced to go buy groceries or I’m writing an article for a survival website. FR is always there with news and I depend on it and when it goes down, it’s tragic to me. I have good friends on FR, too many to list.
33 posted on 06/26/2013 11:35:07 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: marktwain

I’ll leave the question open for the moment and see what answers surface.

Actually, I’m a bit unsure on that myself.


34 posted on 06/26/2013 11:35:15 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: marktwain; Jim Robinson

Thanks for all you do for FR!


35 posted on 06/26/2013 11:35:30 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Joe 6-pack
It started out an an excerpted blog.

Proof that redemption exists.

36 posted on 06/26/2013 11:36:02 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: marktwain

congrats....

525 threads and 33,555 replies. (note: I probably self scrubbed at least 100 threads by admin....I didn’t wanna get banned..*LOL*)


37 posted on 06/26/2013 11:45:30 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I’m here almost all day and I work for my husband so I have the leeway to post from work. I wonder if some of my record was lost during some of the software transitions. I feel like a piker....LOL

No need to feel as though you have not done enough. It is not a contest. My problem is/was that I saw something that needed to be done, and if I was not going to do it, who was?

I really believe the saying that one of the worst mistakes that you can make, is because you think that you can do only do a little, you do nothing.

Everything helps, and you can never know when something that you think is small, becomes a seed that grows into something that is tremendous.

It happens. I have had it happen to me.

38 posted on 06/26/2013 11:46:22 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

 You’ve posted a total of 3,015 threads and 23,613 replies.


39 posted on 06/26/2013 11:47:54 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: marktwain; exit82; Norm Lenhart; onyx; trisham; TheOldLady; DJ MacWoW; RedMDer; musicman; ...

Congratulations, patriot! Well done! And thank you very much!

Just posted a few minutes ago that the second amendment is our last stand. The leftists aided and abetted by the RINOS have just about eroded away the rest of our constitution. If it weren’t for the millions of patriotic American gun owners among us, we’d already by subjects of the U.N.

The fact that there’s a determined American patriot with a gun behind every blade of grass holds them back.

Keep your powder dry.

God bless.


40 posted on 06/26/2013 11:49:58 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

click the account button at the top of the screen and “read”


41 posted on 06/26/2013 11:53:23 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: marktwain

You scared the CARP outta me!
I thought this was your Opus.
Glad to have you here. I always look forward to your pro-2nd amendment posts every day.


42 posted on 06/26/2013 11:56:11 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: marktwain

Congrats! Something to celebrate on Fag Marriage Day.


43 posted on 06/26/2013 12:00:48 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: marktwain

I have made 6,082 posts TO threads.


44 posted on 06/26/2013 12:01:43 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: marktwain

The KG9 Kid
Since Feb 25, 1998

You’ve posted a total of 100 threads and 12,906 replies.


45 posted on 06/26/2013 12:03:24 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: marktwain

I’m getting nearer to 100!


46 posted on 06/26/2013 12:05:32 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: marktwain

“Politicians are media creatures. They backed down, and I began to understand that the real power lay with the MSM, not in the politicians. The MSM decides what is a story and what is not. They decide what is a scandal and what is not. They determine what the issues are that need to be addressed by Congress, and whether congressmen are doing a good job (advancing the “progressive” agenda) or not. “

very true the democrats totally control the media

and the media is the most powerful entity in the USA and world.

in addition to the media the democrat party (democrat machine as you say) controls :

The enemy of the American people is the democrat party. The democrat party controls

1. the news media
2. hollwywood
3. the presidency
4. The senate
5. the gov bureaucracies
5. the unions
7. the universities
8. the schools
9. soros , Lewis,zuckerberg, msny other billionaires are democrats.
10. Obama the main tyrant is a democrat
11. silicon valley, Google etc. are democrats
12. Pelosi, REid, fienstein, Shumer, Durbin , Lois lerner r democrats
13 . the rest of the media
14. IRS , EPA, DHS, HHS, TSA, FBI, etc.
15. liberals control the supreme Court( they approved Obamacare)
15 . Democrats control all the political money .Soros, tides foundation,gov grants,Zuckerberg,Lewis (another billionaire. moveon.org,unions etc.

Democrat party controls all this and more but the media and many others say that everything is the Republicans fault even though r’s have only a few votes majority in the House and that’s it

Democrats want to makes slaves of all Americans, turn us into cattle with less rights than a cow or farm chicken for them to manipulate.


47 posted on 06/26/2013 12:11:14 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: carriage_hill

You’ve posted a total of 98 threads and 13,862 replies.


48 posted on 06/26/2013 12:11:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; marktwain; Jim Robinson; RandallFlagg
About 10 years ago, sitting right here on a Sunday morning, I accidentally discovered that 'You've posted ___ threads and ___ replies'. I thought it was such a cool feature that I posted a thread with those words as the title.

The initial responses I got were along the lines of 'Well, good for you, what do you want, a medal?', and after a while, 'That's cool, how do I find that?', and finally people posting their own stats.

Thanks Jim and John for including that. I think it surprises a lot of people.

49 posted on 06/26/2013 12:16:27 PM PDT by real saxophonist (If something is TRULY 'common sense', then a law about it is unnecessary.)
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To: marktwain

” - - - I began to understand that the real power lay with the MSM, not in the politicians. The MSM decides what is a story and what is not. They decide what is a scandal and what is not. They determine what the issues are that need to be addressed by Congress, and whether congressmen are doing a good job (advancing the “progressive” agenda) or not. - - - “

Well said.


50 posted on 06/26/2013 12:17:39 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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