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2006 FREEREPUBLIC LEXICON (Lingo, Dictionary, Lore Handbook)
Freepers past and present | 25 August 2006 | soccer8

Posted on 08/25/2006 10:19:00 AM PDT by batter

The 2006 FreeRepublic Lexicon
AKA "The Freepism, Freepology, Lingo, Dictionary, Terminology, Lore Handbook"

A revised and condensed version of The Lexicon of FreeRepublic, culled from Lexicon of FreeRepublic - 4th Edition and Freeper Lingo Thread (the history and meening of 'Freepisms' including pictures). Thanks to the many Freepers who contributed!

In this latest update, I have cut the emoticons and standard acronyms (LOL etc - which are readily available on the web and previous Lexicons) for the sake of brevity. I have attempted to include all definitions and histories provided to me and give credit to those who provided me the information. I apologize, in advance to those I failed to credit, but please understand that it was very difficult to keep up with all the updates posted on the "lingo thread".

Tip to Users: It would be advisable to use your browser's "search" function to find the term etc you are looking for due to the length of this document and 'bleed over' in categories (ie terms could go in Lore, Glossary, and/or Pictures/Images) which may not have been cross-referenced

FreeRepublic Glossary

2 thubs up - based on a funny typo in a thread title that the mods have since changed: [THUBS] THUMBS UP (thanks, martin_fierro)

24 business hours - comes from PJ Comics. regarding the forthcoming indictment of Carl Rove. First reports from DU were Rove would be indited in 24 hours after that time had elapsed, they changed it to 24 business hours. (thanks, mwave)

All Your Base Are Belong To Us (AYBABTU) - From a bad translation of a Japanese video game. Usually refers to some form seemingly hostile take over that may require a tin foil hat. See: dinasour and Gantz.

Anti-Freeper - See Freeper Lore.

Arkancide = Mysterious death that somehow manages to happen to former friends of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Usually ruled a "suicide" by the "controlling legal authorities" that happen to be conducting the investigation. Usually the body is found with all the fixin's; suicide note (in two or more handwriting styles), unregistered handgun (sometimes in a different caliber than the one the "suicide" was accomplished using), and "air-tight" alibis passed around like free popcorn.

Arkansas Dirt Nap - a synonym of Arkancide.

Asbestos Underwear - what one is admonished to don when flaming (see "flame") is thought to be imminent.

ASH ALERT - See Freeper Lore.

BAHOG - Short for Big Ass Hunk of Gold. Used on numerous threads where certain dubious "financial prognosticators" were predicing either 1) the collapse of the fiat money system and a return to the Gold standard; 2) the collapse of the U.S housing market and a return to the Gold standard; 3) the collapse of the U.S stock market and a return to the Gold standard; etc. (thanks to martin_fierro)

Barf Alert = hold onto your lunch, you ain't gonna like this. Usually included in a thread title if the article which follows is nauseatingly biased or transparently manipulative.

BARF method The method that Al Gore tried to be come president By Arbitary

Recount Fraud

Barbeque Pit A huge wild life reserve created from land stolen from farmers to grow lots of trees that will one day become a huge wild fire roasting the wild life it was meant to conserve. (eg: Darby Refuge)

Bed Wetting News -- News about something a canidate did over a decade ago that was not a felony. (i.e. Cheap dirt). This was coined when George W. Bush was peed on by the press for having a DUI 15 years ago.

beeber (beeber like object) - see the thread that started it all: Would like freeper help (apologies to al baby)

Better put some ice on that - A quote attributed to Clinton by Juanita Broaddrick. It is reportedly what Clinton said to Broaddrick as he was donning sunglasses and leaving her hotel room after his [alleged] rape of her, advising her to start treating her bitten, swollen, bleeding lip. Another phrase that is often used sarcastically.

Big time - see Clymer

BIOYAC - Texan freepism - Blow It Out Your A**, Cowboy

Black helicopter crowd -- These were once lumped in with contrail and tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists. The theory was that the government had special ops forces who were training in urban areas for urban military incursions using special unmarked black helicopters. Frequently little animated GIF pictures of black helicopters would be posted to denote a "wacko". Only in this case, with hard evidence and reports of actual training missions (such as the one in Texas some months back), the "wackos" turned out to be right. On this one anyway. ;)

Borked -- similar to "fostered." Proper name now used as a verb to indicate that what happened to the namesake is now happening again to another person. Just as "fostered" refers to "murder-made-to-appear-a-suicide," borked refers to a person whose reputation is trashed and whose lifetime work achievements and positions on issues are distorted in the public forum in order to deny that person (eminently qualified) a job or an appointment to a position. The term originated from the successful Democratic trashing of Judge Robert Bork during confirmation hearings when he was nominated to the Supreme Court.

Braking news - misspelling of Breaking News by excited freepers. Used to poke fun at something that should never be in the "Breaking News" section.

Brigadiers - Pat Buchanan supporters. Coined from "Buchanan Brigade". See "Patsies".

Broken Glass Republican: n. A Republican who will "crawl across broken glass" to vote against Albert Gore, Jr. (or any Democrat, for that matter)

Bubba - William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.

Bubba the Love Sponge: Also applied to Clinton, this term probably was taken from a disc jockey who used it as his on-air name long before Clinton was a national figure. BEELZEBUBBA, KRINTONG, and CLINTIGULA, also are used as synonyms for TRIPOTUS. (See FR acronyms).

Bump is used when someone wants to post a reply to a thread simply to "bump" it back to the top of the "Latest Posts" list so more visitors will see it. BTTT - "Back To The Top" is used interchangeably with "Bump".

Bush bot - see Bushie

Bushie -- A Bush supporter. Sometimes used in a derogatory or provocative fashion.

Bush's Fault - left constantly blames Bush, thus anything can be "Bush's fault".

Carnivore - the FBI's e-mail snoop system. Lots of pattyfingers being played over how much and how often snooping is going on. See Echelon.

Chad - the little pieces of paper that pop out of a ballot when punched by a stylus when voting. Come in many fanciful varieties, including hanging, dangling, dimpled, and pregnant.

Chad Vote - A synthetic vote created by claiming something like "This chad has a small (almost invisable) mark on it, so the voter meant to vote for Gore"

Cheese - From Lazmataz: "One day someone posted a really stupid one-line vanity thread. Out of nowhere, OWK said he really liked cheese. I chimed in with the Cheese Shop sketch from monty python, and then someone -- going along the monty python theme -- posted the opening to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That contains the moose references." OWK and I are guilty."

Chuck Rob To puke, Chuck Rob was well known for doing some nasty things with women, another sicko democrat like Bill Clinton and Teddy K.

CDS Clinton Death Squad -- thugs on a clinton payroll to make sure no one talks. They may to be connected to the Dixie Mafia.

Clam - As in, "Everybody remain clam!. nopardons confessed to being the originator

Clinquant - Used as another term for the Clintons, those of similar character, or expressing such characteristics. Among the meanings of the word were: fake, cheat, sham, fraud, phony, impostor. Originally proposed and posted by beyond the sea.

Clymer - When George W. Bush made a private remark to running mate Dick Cheney (Cheney responded "Big time"), referring to a New York Times reporter (Adam Clymer) as an "@sshole", The remark was picked up by an open mike. Consequently, "Clymer" has become a synonym for the word, much as "Lewinsky" has become a synonym for a, well... Lewinsky.

Cobra Head Jame Carville aka serpent head, known for spinning nasty stories against conservatives. A real snake in the grass but married to Conservative leaning Mary Matalin (go Figure).

Contrails and Art Bell -- according to contrail theorists, those condensing water-vapor trails behind high altitude aircraft are actually chemical bombardment trails. Art Bell is a now-retired late night radio talk show host whose show focused on many such things as contrails, alien visitors, remote viewing, black helicopters, crop circles, and on and on.

CPI -- Conservative Political Index, A rating system where points are added or subtracted base on actions, events, and enviroment surrounding a polititician. For example a history of reducing taxes adds 50 points, being disliked by the liberal media gains 100 points, breaking a promise substracts 30, ect

Deeply Saddened (Tom Daschle) - see the pictures/image secton.

Disruptor - a poster who has not come to FR to discuss policies and current events with fellow conservatives, but to "disrupt" the site with provocative, baiting and inflammatory posts. See "Ash", "Judith Hanley" and "Eschoir" in Freeper Lore.

Dixie Mafia -- A group of southern gangsters known for leaving behind lots of dead bodies.

dssssss - Unknown word posted by coffee260 on the dssssss thread. Bunny/pancake pic was posted shortly thereafter (see "Anything w/ pancake" in Freeper Pictures/Images).

Dubya -- 'W' pronounced in Texan. A reference to George W. Bush.

DUmmie (anything DU---) - Democratic Underground troll/disruptor

EAGLES UP!! A classic freeper battle cry--it has a certain connection with Trixie for helping to popularize it. Probably originating with the picture of an eagle that was on the front page of Freerepublic
Also may be inpired by the following Bible verse:

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. - Isaiah 40:28-31

Echelon: an NSA system designed to sniff out keywords in email traffic. Has prompted posters to on occasion deliberately insert such keywords into posts, just in case Echelon is listening. See "Carnivore", another surveillance system.

ESC - Enviromentally Safe Cave, Your Home after you have no electricy due to that Coal burning power plant is shut down to protect the ozone layer. Other provisions may include 6 foot weeds since mowing the lawn may kill an endangered rat.

Fire The Liar -- Freeper battle cry to impeach Clinton and remove him from office. It was a unhappy time on FR after his aquital.

flame or flame job: to attack a poster personally on a thread instead of mounting a reasoned critique of the post.

Flying Monkeys -- Refers to the femocratic minions of the talking heads in the liberal media. They are usually sent out to do the dirty work such as smear conservatives.

FOB - Friend of Bill, someone who gets special favors for doing Clintons dirty work, but sometimes end up dead (see CDS)

Forehead, The -- Paul Begala.

Fostered - the verb form of Vince Foster. See Arkancide. Usage example: "Jim MacDougal [may have been] fostered to prevent him from working with the OIC".

FR Goblin Little creatures that delay or eat your post/reply.

FReep - a coined verb that usually means a FReeper or FReepers protesting someone or something in person. It is also used to describe a mass emailing or online participation - "FReep an internet poll"

Freepathon - Fundraising time here at FR.

FReeper - A registered participant of The first two letters originally were capitalized to indicate FreeRepublic. It was Lucianne Goldberg (see "Trixie" in Freeper Lore) who coined the term.

Freeploader - folks who ride the [Free Republic] train w/o payin the fare (from don-o)

FReepmail - FreeRepublic's internal mail system available to registered users

Freepology - The study of Freepers and their lingo. Defining it all results in beating yourself over the head wondering why you volunteered. As defined by soccer8.

Freeponics - Freeper lingo (it could be a whole new language!). First used by Risky Schemer. Added as a tribute by soccer8.

Gore Tax An extra tax placed on additional phone lines to fund internet use in schools.

Goron: n. follower/disciple of discredited political figure and one-time Presidential candidate Albert Gore, Jr. (Also Gorbot)

Hijacked to Freeper Island -- Used to describe a vanity or annoying thread turned into a humor thread. See the Freeper Lore section.

Hillary Clinton - The Queen of Darkness, Hillary Rotten Clinton, Hitlery, Her Royal Lowness, Hag-dad Hillary, Her Royal Thighness, Chappaqua Rose, Lady in Pink, Machiavellian Mama, Hildebeast (Hildabeast), Wide Load, Rodham Hussein, Fat Bottomed Girl, Hillarywho, The Red Marxist Queen of the Universe, Pantload Satan's Daughter, UtterFailure, Hillarrhea, HielHitlery, Hilla the Hun, The Lady MacBeth of Little Rock, Mrs. Bent One, Shrillery Antoinette, Ms. Clintigula, Madame Hamhocks, Cankles, She Who Must Not Be Named, Her Crusty Pantsuitness

Hugh - misspelling of huge posted on a thread by an excited freeper.

I feel your pain - A Clinton quote, used sarcastically.

In-coming -- Usually posted in Reply 2 When the article is sure to stir up tin hats, loonies, whackos and the poorly raised.

Italians - Back in the days when a poster forgot to turn off the Italics tag we'd say Italians. No longer a problem, but 'in the day' not closing a tag would result in the rest of the posts carrying the bold/italics/font until someone closed the tag.

JimRob - Jim Robinson --'s esteemed founder and operator

The Kiss: n. Reference to the infamous "Kiss" between Albert and Tipper Gore after Al's Convention speach. Generally used derisively and in conjunction with a rant on the subject of the mental faculties of soccer moms. Somewhat related to the Clintons Dance on the Beach, a photo op apparently staged to present the image of marital bliss among the First Couple.

Kneepad Democrats -- The democrats that were waiting in line behind Monica Lewinski.

Koolaid -- as in "go ahead and drink the Koolaid". A reference to the Jim Jones cult which committed mass suicide by drinking poison-laced Koolaid. It means to go ahead and fully commit yourself to a position or group or political philosophy being foisted.

Lewinsky: n. An act of Fellatio. As in "To receive a Lewinsky".

Licking the Toilet Doing any dirty or nasty deed in exchange for campaign contributions. This phase gives way as to how disgusting and gross these acts are. (eg: selling out to China)

Lucianne - see "Trixie" in Freeper Lore.

ManBearPig - originates from a South Park episode about Al Gore. Usually involves images of Helen Thomas. Comes up a lot on the Cryptozoology/HelenThomas/MysteryCreature ping list. (thanks, JRios1968 and K4Harty)

McCainiac - John McCain supporter. Term coined during the primaries, when McCain supporters flooded

Meening - See: Freeper Lingo Thread (the history and meening of 'Freepisms' including pictures) - note the misspelling in the title of the thread made by soccer8 (yours truly) and the scathing irony when the thread includes a lot of freeper misspellings such as "clam" and "series" etc. technochick99 caught it and made fun of me in the thread.

Memo Real; Nobody Lied - Summation of Dan Rather's defense in Rathergate (see Buckhead and TankerKC in Lore). After it was obvious the memos were forged, Dan was confronted with the issue but maintained that the memos were real and nobody had lied or mislead the public.

Mothership: n. reference to Louis Farrakhan's early rantings about an alien Mothership eradicating white people and establishing Earth as the rightful kingdom of Blacks, or some such nonsense.

Moonbat - a really loony leftist (ie more kooky than normal), see: wiki - moonbat.

Moose bit my sister once - From Lazmataz: "One day someone posted a really stupid one-line vanity thread. Out of nowhere, OWK said he really liked cheese. I chimed in with the Cheese Shop sketch from monty python, and then someone -- going along the monty python theme -- posted the opening to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That contains the moose references." OWK and I are guilty."

Moran - as in "Get a life you moran", may be plural, also. Comes from a pic of a guy with a sign misspelling "moron".

MR Ducks, OSAR, CM Wangs - Redneck reading test: MR Ducks- Them Are Ducks OSAR- Oh yes they are, CM Wangs- see them wings etc. Poking fun at someone for not 'getting' (or understanding the meaning of) something.

Newbies -- People who have just discovered FreeRepublic.

nick - nickname, screen name, such as "Risky Schemer". Some FreeRepublic nicknames have received national mention due to their creativity and humor.

numb! - major misspelling of bump!

Opus -- The mother of vanity posts, an opus is a long rambling resignation from FreeRepublic, listing all the offenses and wounds (real or imagined) that have provoked the resignation, in the misguided idea that somehow the ones who "wronged" the resignee will be sought out and pilloried for causing the magnificent and dramatic wounds. Of course the poster of the opus hangs around in his or her death throes for days replying to the opus thread, provoking the usual "so GO already" responses. And most opus posters are thought to still be on FR posting under new nicks anyway. Most opuses are written in the following form -- "So-and-so called me a name and I've had it with Free Republic". This is where a FReeper, in a pique of rage, goes on a rant about how FR has changed since they first came onboard, and the flame wars are out of hand, yada, yada, yada. They must announce it to everybody that they are leaving, and aren't coming back. One FReeper, who is a bigtime pol in (deleted), does this every 6 months or so.

pajama patrol (aka pajamahadeen) - When Freeper Buckhead and TankerKC (see Freeper Lore) exposed Dan Rather for using forged documents (in a 60 minutes Bush Air National Guard story), Vice President of CBS news, Jonathan Klein scoffed at us typing in pajamas in an effort to discredit us and the bloggers. It became a badge of honor (see Pajama Patrol Badge).

Patsy or Patsie - Pat Buchanan supporter.

Pee In Your Beer Tax or fee that is added to a utillity bill or license fee. It is usually hidden in some way. This expression is also used for money taken from your paycheck or during discussion of a new bill "Congress planning to pee in your beer" referring to a new proposed hidden tax (see Gore Tax).

Pic rule - see Freeper Lore

Ping Putting a freeper's screen name in reply to so that they will see it in self search. Also page. Pity Pedler -- A democrat who uses pity to get his or her favor (raise taxes, renouce conservatives, keep someone from going to jail) For Example: "For the children", Talking about the homeless, Talking about the elderly, Parading the disabled (like Clinton did once) , ect.

Presstitute - press whore (or whoring) for what ever cause as long as it hurts conservatives. Cointed by B-Chan

prolly - short misspelling of probably

Pull my finger -- When someone extends their finger in your direction and utters this phrase, when you pull their finger they will flatulate at the corresponding time. (Submitted by michigander, although Lazamataz claims to have invented this.)

Queeg: n. derogatory term occasionally applied to Senator John McCain. Reference to the Humphrey Bogart character from The Caine Mutiny. Used to imply paranoid tendencies on the part of the Senator.

Quidam - see freeper lore.

rant: an energetic diatribe on whatever subject piques the poster's fancy at the moment.

< rant > Text < /rant >: indicates that the text enclosed by the "rant" tags is a rant.

Rapist-In-Chief: n William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, in reference to allegations by Juanita Broaderick that Bill Clinton raped her while he was Attorney General of Arkansas. See "Better Put Some Ice On That". Also see POTUS in the acronym list.

Red Mascot - Anagram for democrats as well as Mad Sector.

Rathergate - See Buckhead and TankerKC in Freeper Lore.

Rats -- Democrats. Term originated with a GOP (Grand Old Party; Republican) ad that lingered on the last four letters of "democrats" a little too long to suit some. A media frenzy ensued, with charges of subliminal advertising and such, and the controversy raged for 3 weeks. However, concurrent Democratic campaign ads that flagrantly LIE were ignored.

RINO - Republican In Name Only, A liberal or moderate Republican.

< sarcasm > TEXT < /sarcasm > : indicates that the text in between the fake HTML tags is intended as sarcasm. The tags serve as an aid to those who are not well attuned to sarcasm and who might otherwise needlessly flame the sarcastic poster.

SAS Second Admendment Sisters, also SASsy - a member of this group.

Scarmable! - Misspelling of "scramble" by an excited RyanV, and FR newbie at the time: SCARMABLE! COLRADO PEACE INBOUND ON CAPITOL!.

Schadnefreude aka Freudenschade by some - happy at the left's misfortunes

Serpent head -- James Carville.

SHEEPLE -- This is a term used to describe the "Mercun Peepul" (as the democrats referred to the supposed love of Clintoon), especially those who voted for and continued to give Clintoon a 60%+ approval rating during his impeachment for lying under oath. They're American people, but led like dumb sheep by big media and the democrats.

Series - misspelling of serious posted on a thread by an excited freeper

Shirtless at the 7-11 - Refers to anything tacky/trailer trash. Based on the COPS tv show, where 75% of the arrested perps always seemed to be Shirtless and/or at the 7-11 (thanks, martin_fierro)

SMN - Suck my nuts; A Freeper got spun up and did an opus in which the phrase "suck my nuts" was repeatedly posted to others who had annoyed him. It was pretty funny at the time, for the sincerity of his death-wish, if nothing else. (thanks, Tijeras_Slim)

Snowe Job -- After Olympia Snowe, being burned by a liberal republican. Olympia Snowe was one of the traitors who vote against indicting Bill Clinton for Perjury.

Soccer moms -- a demographic group which came to prominence when it was revealed they were the source of much of Bill Clinton's voter support. The term derives from suburban moms who carry SUV loads of kids to soccer practice.

"Special sauce" or "secret sauce" -- a special "magical ingredient" a pollster may be adding to raw poll data to influence or control the findings or outcome of the poll during the "cooking" process. Like "cooking the books".

SPI -- Socialist Political Index, A rating system where points are added or subtracted base on actions, events, and enviroment surrounding a polititician. For example being praised by the liberal media gains 100 points, Toilet Licking adds 200, voting against a tax bill subtracts 50, ect.

spork weasel - Originated by a post and profile page of Roscoe Karns

Swifties - Swift Boat Veterans. Small group of veterans who served with John Kerry in Vietnam (did I mention Kerry served in Vietnam?). Kerry constantly mentioned his Vietnam service in his campaign, making it an issue. The swifties came out with TV adds and John O'Neil wrote "Unfit for Command" detailing the truth about Kerry's service an purple hearts and post-service anti-war (and anti-US) activities with the 'peace movement'. Essentially, a small group of vets 'torpedoed' his Vietnam campaign.

Stump: n. Derogatory term applied to Albert Gore, Jr., in relation to his oft-mentioned "wooden" demeanor.

Stuned - misspelling of stunned - see beeber

"th" in superscript - Add "th" in superscript, in reference to the forged ANG docs. (from Buck W.)

Thailand - described by mware: On a recent thread regarding the murder of Jon Bennet Ramsey, the heads up was someone was going to be arrested in Thailand for her death. The first three consecutive posts were all the same one word response, "Thailand?"

Thread - the posted article with all it's appended comments (replies).

Tin-foil hats -- The phrase [I believe] originated with suspicious people who felt - or imagined - they were being bombarded by mind-control or thought-implanting radiation of some sort (not sure by whom, whether the government or extra-terrestrials -- maybe both), and claimed that they gained relief by fashioning a simple helmet from aluminum foil and wearing it.

Toesucker - Former (and some people think, current) Clinton advisor Dick Morris. The name originated when it was revealed that Morris had a prostitute performing this act on him while he was on the phone discussing policy and strategy with Bill Clinton.

Trixie -- Nickname of Lucianne Goldberg. See Freeper Lore.

Vanity posts -- like all medication, should be taken in moderation. Some vanities are useless, while others are to be treasured. One or two-line vanities which consist of comments or observations which could easily have been added to an existing thread are strongly discouraged. Especially onerous is posting such a vanity as "breaking news". See the FreeRepublic posting guidelines and admonitions regarding vanity posts.

Viking kitten(s) -- see Freeper Pictures/Images section

wear our the cats? - Incohesive Zot thread with a lot of

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" -- seems to pop up whenever Dan Rather is a topic of discussion. OKSooner provided the explanation:
"Once upon a time some guys caught ol' Dan in a back alley and beat the crap out of him. The only thing they said was 'What's the frequency Kenneth?'"
"Pummeled about the face and head," is the description that pops into my memory. It was a bizarre, unexplained assault, don't even know if there were any witnesses. But it's something that seems to dovetail right into the other stories about Rather -- like his going on several minutes late in a reported fit of temper, his unabashed admiration of Fidel Castro, his gag-me-with-a-spoon fawning interview of the Clintons, his jaw-dropping, hilarious-because-it-is-so-over-the-top bias, or his struggle to find a pithy signoff of the caliber of Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is." All he came up with (and used for a while) was, "Courage."
[Incidentally, R.E.M. had a song titled after the (infamous) "frequency" incident.]

Willard: n. 1. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. 2. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton's penis. From the name given to the anthropomorphized talking representation of Bill Clinton's penis in the Joe Eszterhas book American Raphsody.

yitbos - Mystery. Speculation includes something to do with frat boys, a Skull and Bones reference or even something Masonic, to a lame prank phrase used by posters to suggest they're members of a special clique. A modern day version of Killroy Was Here, perhaps. (thanks, Tinian)

YOMANK - You Owe Me A New Keyboard, often used when a previous poster said something funny causing you to spit your drink on your keyboard.

Zot - The extremely crude definition means getting kicked off FR in an undignified manner. HOWEVER See the Freeper Lore Section - Coop gives the real meaning (and background) there.

Freeper Pictures/Images

Description of images that show up on threads:

Ann Coulter pictures - see pic rule in Freeper Lore

Baghdad Bob - Picture of Saddam's Information (Propaganda) Minister aka Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf. Indicates the article/post is propaganda. "Bob" claimed there were no US Forces in Baghdad ("There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!") while US tanks/mechinized forces were firing in the background.

Billy Sol Hurok and Big Jim McBob - whenever a terrorist blows himself up accidentally Billy Sol Hurok and Big Jim McBob never fail to make an appearance. Originates from the Farm Report skit on Second City TV (SCTV). Joe Flaherty and John Candy begin a report on agriculture and end up blowing up one or more celebrity guests. Each time that happened Big Jim McBob (Flaherty) and Billy Sol Hurok (Candy) would say, “they blown up real good!”

Belly girl - Often a girl with belly exposed from Protest Warrior (usually with a "Hey France...You Shut The Hell Up" sign). Male Freepers will post some of these when discussing attractive conservative ladies. See also: Fledermaus's post

BS Meter - someone/something is full of it (self explanitory)

Cowbell pictures - Usually applied to a nonsensical post or a vanity post with insufficient information in it. Comes from the SNL "more cowbells sketch"

Cheese - See Glossary

Helen Thomas - see pic rule in Freeper Lore; liberal and increadibly annoying White House reporter. Her voice, among other things, makes paint peel of the walls.

Maureen Dowd (MoDo) - see pic rule in Freeper Lore

Moose - see Glossary (Moose bit my sister)

Not This Again - picture of someone holding their head, indicates being sick of a subject (beating a dead horse, aka the Democrat playbook)

Anything w/ pancake picture - your statement makes no sense (image typically consists of a bunny with a pancake on its head).

Pajamas (pajama patrol badge) - see Pajama patrol in glossary

Pic rule - see Freeper Lore

Popcorn - sit back and enjoy, this will be an interesting show (often used when the libs are imploding).

Shower pictures - shower reference is to a thread where a woman was close to some breaking news (either physically or near someone important to her), nobody was sure what was going on, and while all the excitement was still happening and nothing resolved she announced she'd just gotten out of the shower and asked for updates. Hence, the showers show up as something is about to happen. Brytani admits to being the "showergirl" here. Also, RaceBannon admits to being the first to post about going to the shower - sorry RB, you kinda asked for it. (thanks doubled)

THUD (word followed by pictures) - see pic rule in Freeper Lore

Tom Daschle (Deeply Saddened) - Posted when something goes wrong for the left. Tom Daschle (D-SD) was the senate minority leader, then, very briefly, the majority leader, back to minority leader and finally tossed from office by SD voters. Sen Daschle was likely "deeply saddened" several times in his leadership career.

Viking kitten pictures - connected to the video of viking kittens with background music of Led Zepplin's "The Immigrants". Typically preceeds a Zot.

Freeper Lore

Newcomers may encounter these references from time to time on FR:

A+Bert - a grouchy and funny old icon around here for many years. On any given day he was banned for something (thanks blam, I remember now!). Reportedly still posts at Liberty Forum.

Anti-Freepers are an unorganized group of people, who, for one reason or another despise Free Republic, or FR founder Jim Robinson, and/or cannot tolerate the existence of a forum where conservatives gather to discuss news, policies, media bias and events. Some anti-freeper behavior borders on obsessive (some even stalk, or border on it). At least a couple have established anti-FR sites, and at least one operator of an anti-freeper site is actually a former freeper who got banned. See Ash, Eschoir.

Ash - a former liberal disruptor (see glossary) on FreeRepublic who posted under the screen name Ash or several variations thereof. He was at times witty, and his provocations occasioned some spirited and persuasive conservative apologetics on FR. Former regular freeper Don Morgan would post "Ash Alerts" on any thread Ash was suspected to be repying to. Find a discussion of Ash Alerts here.

Buckhead and TankerKC - Freepers who raised questions/proof regarding the documents Dan Rather used on 60 Minutes. Their efforts lead to the conclusion that the Documents were forged and Dan and the MSM were exposed. Also resulted in the term "pajama patrol" - see glossary. See also Pajama Patrol Badge.

DITHF - is usually used now as an admonition to be suspicious or not so impressed or gullible regarding someone's claims. It is a reference to a FReeper using the screen name "Deep In The Hurtgen Forest". DITHF presented himself as a serviceman stationed in Germany, and posted many in-the-know "letters to home" type writings that were quite convincing. Eventually, though, due to some observant FReepers, some inconsistencies were noticed and revealed and DITHF was exposed (and, as I recall, confessed) as fake.

Chapter -- FreeRepublic has several chapters including a few overseas. In the spring of 1998, a post for organizing a convention was started. The convention was to be held ib California. Since this was too far for many freepers, a convention began to be organized on the east coast. Bugbear began to organize a convention in the midwest. Bugbear later etablished the new organization as the first Chapter of FreeRepublic. We now have chapters all over the the US as well as Chapters in Japan, Australia, Singapore and Britain.

Eschoir - (see anti-freeper) is an attorney in the DC area who has been a liberal disruptor (see glossary) on FR for several years. His original screen name, Eschoir, has long been banned so he creates a new one every time he shows up. He routinely posts an inflammatory article hangs around for a while and then is banned. He operates several anti-FR message boards on Yahoo. Photo of Eschoir can be found here

Legendary FreeRepublic Flame Wars, to my experience and IMHO, have a common denominator: A FReeper who tries to hijack as his personal venue of leadership or fame, or is dead set on insinuating his or her view on all others and "destroying" or excluding infidels. Seems such a thing never fails to bring a withering assault of flaming posts as all guns are brought to bear, to the consternation of whatever followers said FReeper may have managed to gather to him or herself. I'll name no names, but there have been a couple of Flame Wars that were doozies. At times it was hard to keep up with all the opuses. =)

Freeper Island -- a thread that grew from a Freeper's announcement on another thread that if things continued, he would move to an island. Much of the original thread has been preserved HERE. The term "Hijacked to Freeper Island" refers to any thread that veers from its original subject into "anarchistic mirth" (for lack of a better term) around a completely different subject.

March For Justice -- A Washington DC rally organized by Freepers to express support and encouragement for Congress during impeachment proceedings. Speakers included Alan Keyes, Larry Klayman, Gary Aldrich and many others. Sometimes referred to simply as the MFJ.

Pic Rule - Unofficial, but strictly enforced rule that pictures of unpleasant liberal women must be accompanied by pictures of beautiful women; if beautiful women are mentioned a picture must follow (and inevitably controlled by Helen Thomas). Specific rules follow:
1. If your post mentions Ann Coulter, you must post a pic of her.
2. Female equivalent to the Ann Coulter rule. The Bibi (Netanyahu) and Bill Sammon's rule. Followed by the word THUD in bold. "Thud" refers to the sound made by Freepettes when they hit the floor after swooning over various males of the species.
3. Maureen Dowd (MoDo) is accompanied by Catherine Zeta Jones (because actor Michael Douglas dumped her for Zeta Jones).
4. Posting of Catherine Zeta Jones are usually followed by a post of a Maureen Dowd pic
5. If your post mentions Michael Douglas, you must post a pic of Catherine Zeta Jones.
6. If your post mentions Ann Coulter, you must post a pic of her.
7. Helen Thomas - Whenever any of Rules #1 - #7 are invoked, it will sooner or later become obligatory to post a pic of Helen Thomas. I think this was instituted as the FR equivalent of spiking the thread with saltpeter...
8. If Helen Thomas is mentioned, a picture will be posted. Groans usually follow. See also Helen Thomas in Freeper Pictures/Images.
Unconfirmed polls indicate that rule 7 (followed by rule 8) is the most hated rule by male Freepers. (thanks NonLinear and dinasour)

quidam -- like DITHF, "quidam" is a FReeper screen name. Quidam was noted for his unique posting style -- one or two short, cryptic sentences, maybe a sentence fragment, and his posts were always signed twice. That is, not only did it appear automatically as it does on all replies, he also typed in his screen name to close each of his posts. Because of the nature of his posts and writing style, one could infer he was a knowledgeable, high-placed, anonymous Beltway insider. He spoke of such things as the dark and mysterious "men in suits" who would ultimately render a decision to Bill Clinton and remove him from office. Although ulimately discredited as an insider, his posts were among the most entertaining and memorable from the pre-impeachment era. He was a popular contributor and among the most well-known FReepers at the time. Unlike DITHF, Quidam occasionally still posts to FR, and he (or she?) is usually greeted with a wave of nostalgia. =) Quidam has been accused of being none other than Matt Drudge (just a rumor).

Sore Loserman -- A mock up of the Gore Lieberman 2000 sign was made by Michigan freepers that said "Sore Loserman". A small tear drop hang off the end of the lettering. Freeper protestestors waved these signs in key spots during the recount of votes and the court trials, which were to decide the fate of the country as to who would be president. During Thanksgiving week of 2000, the sign was shown repeatedly in the press on the air and in print. The sign was apparently designed by CPL BAUM, Registered, Spiff, and Mass Exodus.

The "Test: Do Not Reply" or "Please ignore, this is just a test post" vanity, was a thread posted by a freeper which grew spontaneously as many posted their intentions to dutifully obey and ignore the thread. It became a monstrous runaway with 300+ responses covering everything from ancient Assyria to Monty Python. As long as it was available, it occasionally was bumped again, so apparently, it had to be dumped.

Trixie -- Nickname of Lucianne Goldberg, once a frequent and well-liked contributor to FreeRepublic. Goldberg came to Conservative fame due to her association and involvement with Linda Tripp.

(Time Magazine's early take on Goldberg's rise to conservative prominence.)
At some point there were those who thought FR should be only and exclusively Republican.
There were also those (including Jim Robinson himself) who thought the forum should stand for and work toward a return to true Constitutional standards of government no matter which party or candidate.
A heated philosophical struggle began, resulting in The Great Lucianne Exodus and the establishment of Jim Robinson wished them all good luck in their endeavors and to this day still posts banner links to what is variously referred to as and I Love Lucy. Trixie, incidentally, is credited with coining the term "FReeper".

Undead Thread -- From sionnsar: Threads themselves come to an abrupt end at post #65534. (We know, because we took our very first thread to that point.) The mods don't like that, so we now move to a new Zot thread (it's always a Zot thread) at the end of every month, at which time we've accumulated 4000 to 6000 posts.

Zot - Origninated by Coop: There are one or two individuals who, for whatever reason, enjoy signing up new accounts here every single day to post leftist drivel. Sometimes they are vanities from DemocraticUnderground. Sometimes they are articles from other far-left sources. Sometimes they are nothing but vile doctored images or profanity laced tirades. Sometimes they are from legitimate sources but happen to strike the eye of the poster as being something that would infuriate conservatives.

The posters in question always post the articles, and then don't reply. They then post other articles, again not replying. This was going on for months. Jim would confirm by looking at the IP addresses and other aspects of the user's 'footprint' that it was the returning troll, and we would nuke the accounts. This went on for months.

Then some of the opportunists who wanted to harm the forum started a whispering campaign, complaining about articles being deleted. They would play off of the fact that the trolls' articles were being pulled to complain that there was some sort of agenda of squelching legitimate conservative postings going on by the moderators.

One day I decided to try something new. I decided, instead of letting the trolls get what they want and have their posts up as flame bait, and instead of pulling the threads outright, I would move their post aside and replace it with something that hopefully others would find humorous. I would do this out in the forum for all to see. The original piece would be available through the history link for the curious, who could see if there was some sort of censorship campaign going on. And the freepers could have fun mocking the troll if they so liked.

It so happens that the way I did it the first time was using a screen shot from Caddyshack, where the pastor gets hit by a lightning bolt. Being a bit of a fan of the comic strip "B.C." I captioned the photo with the lightning bolt sound that Johnny Hart used in his strip- ZOT! That is where the term Zot originated.

Now, sometimes we "zot", and sometimes we simply pull it. It depends on a number of factors, including how busy we are at the time. But whenever you see a Zot, you can be sure that the user was a 'newbie' who was doing their hit-and-run posting, and that if you as a well-established freeper thought the article would have made an interesting discussion, then you could probably post the same piece yourself without incident (although the most vile of the stuff probably would get pulled, and Jim reserves the right to remove anyone who he feels is constantly trying to push leftist propaganda on the forum). Anyway, that is the history and background behind zotting.

Common-to-FreeRepublic Acronyms & Abbreviations

BLOAT: Buy lots of ammo today.
BTTT - "Bump To The Top" or "Back To The Top" is used interchangeably with "Bump".
CFR = Council on Foreign Relations
DINO-- those of us who are reformed Democrats but for various reasons have never gotten around to changing our voter registration.
DILLIGAF (Does It Look Like I Give A ****?)
DITHF -- See Freeper Lore
FJB: Acronym for the phrase F***ing Jew Bast***, anti-Semetic epithet allegedly employed by Hillary Rodham Clinton
FMCDH -- From My Cold Dead Hands -- the closing words of Charlton Heston in his speech to the NRA in defense of his 2nd Amendment rights to own fire arms -- spoken as he held a rifle over his head.
FWIW - For What It's Worth
FOB - Friend Of Bill. Related: DFOB - Dead Friend Of Bill. One that was an FOB but was Fostered and is now taking an Arkansaw Dirt Nap. Still considered an Arkancide, even if it happens aboard a crashed plane in the Balkans. Related terms - Fahmy Malak, Dixie Mafia, Mena, Inslaw, Waco, and JFK. jr.
FR --
FSC - Florida Supreme Court
GOA - Gun Owners of America
GOTV If freepers aren't working to this end, they should turn off their computers. Get Out the Vote!!
HAND - Have A Nice Day
HCI: Handgun Control, Inc. (Not the good guys.)
HINO and WINO: Husband In Name Only and Wife In Name Only (typically used to denote the Clintons)
HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language. The "code" used when posting on FreeRepublic to insert formatting, such as paragraphs, bold or italic type, etc. Enroll in HTML Bootcamp to learn more.
IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer
JBT: Jack-Booted Thug (an oldie but a goodie)
JPFO: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
LEO: Law Enforcement Officer
MFJ - March For Justice, a rally organized by Freepers during impeachment proceedings. See Freeper Lore.
MoDo - Maureen Dowd (see pic rule)
MSM - Main Stream Media (aka Lame Stream Media, among other things).
NGO: Non-Governmental Organization (A popular acronym on U.N. threads)
NRA - National Rifle Association (of course)
NSA - National Security Agency. While the CIA is engaged in international intelligence gathering, the secretive NSA is thought to engage in domestic spying on US citizens. See "Echelon" in the glossary of terms.
NWO - New World Order. A phrase that originated with George Bush the elder. It is generally not regarded as a good thing, because it is considered to smack of world government and subjugation of American interests and independence. In NWO discussions you will often find co-references to the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers and others, all shadow organizations said to be secretly working to implement one world government -- and a socialist/communist one to boot. On such threads you will also find references to:
OIC -- Office of the Independent Counsel. (The office which Ken Starr held during the Whitewater investigation.)
POTUS=President of the United States. TRIPOTUS - Treasonous, Rapist, Impeached President Of The United States. DIRTPOTUS - Disbarred, Impeached, Rapist, Treasonous, President Of The United States. DISTRIMPOTUS=The (soon to be) disbarred Raping Impeached POTUS. FLOTUS=First Lady.
PTB -- Powers That Be.
RTFAB4UP - Read The F*cking Article Before You Post
ROTFLMCO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Clymer Off (See Clymer in the glossary)
RINO - Republican In Name Only -- a politician who claims to be a Republican but who votes like a Democrat on issues -- examples are the Republican Senators who voted against conviction of one William Jefferson Clinton after he was impeached by the House.
RKBA - The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
SAF: Second Amendment Foundation website.
SAS-AIM or SAS: Second Amendment Sisters - Armed Informed Mothers
SCOTUS=Supreme Court of the United States. Also USSC.
SKG - Not as insidious as, say, the NWO or CFR, but reviled nonetheless. It is Speilberg/Katzenberg/Geffen -- Hollywood movie production company and diehard Clinton supporter. Among fundraising and other assistance and support freely provided by this company and its primaries -- note the unabashedly propagandist movie recently released (and what a magnificent bomb it was) - "The Contender".
STFU - Shut The F Up
SUV= In the view of the far left, the greatest known threat to humankind - after tobacco. The vile and dreaded Suburban Utility Vehicle.
TEOTWAWKI: The End of The World as We Know It. Usually to denote sarcasm and skepticism in response to some dire prediction of crisis.
TRT - Tyranny Response Team.
VPC: Violence Policy Center (anti-gun org affiliated with HCI).
WTSHTF: When the s--- hits the fan.
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

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Have Mercy!

Anyone wishing to update this in the future - be warned (trust me).

1 posted on 08/25/2006 10:19:05 AM PDT by batter
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To: soccer8; al baby

Damn al, I'm impressed. Beeber and Stuned in one posting.

2 posted on 08/25/2006 10:22:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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3 posted on 08/25/2006 10:22:44 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: KoRn


4 posted on 08/25/2006 10:25:01 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower Traffic Keep Right)
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Thailand - described by mware: On a recent thread regarding the murder of Jon Bennet Ramsey, the heads up was someone was going to be arrested in Thailand for her death. The first three consecutive posts were all the same one word response, "Thailand?"

Proud to be one of the three.
5 posted on 08/25/2006 10:26:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: beyond the sea; Arrowhead1952; Brytani; RaceBannon; Toby06; RyanV; Aussiebabe; EternalHope; ...


6 posted on 08/25/2006 10:27:15 AM PDT by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: soccer8

Chuck Robb

7 posted on 08/25/2006 10:28:08 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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Broken Glass Republican

Small correction - this wasn't strictly to do with crawling across broken glass

We coined this phrase when Democrats were shooting at Republican offices just before the last Presidential election - breaking the windows. Their bulleyboy tactics were likened to "KristelNacht": - hence the expression "we're Broken Glass Republicans!" - we survived the Democrat Terror (such as it was!)

Hope this is helpful and fits other peoples rememberances.

8 posted on 08/25/2006 10:28:17 AM PDT by agere_contra
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Most Excellent!   Mucho thanks!
9 posted on 08/25/2006 10:28:29 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Wonderful Troops.)
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Re the pic rule...I follow 6., but not 1.

10 posted on 08/25/2006 10:29:20 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC

Congratulations, you made it into FR Lore.

11 posted on 08/25/2006 10:29:41 AM PDT by batter ("Never let the enemy pick the battle site." - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: soccer8; Mo1; Peach

Excellent effort and resource, thanks!

12 posted on 08/25/2006 10:29:50 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Brought to you by the American Democrat Party, aka alQaeda, Western Division.)
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To: soccer8

No Viking Kitties or Bunny/Pancake?

13 posted on 08/25/2006 10:30:05 AM PDT by Cosmo (Liberalism is for girls)
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To: soccer8

Regarding this...

 Contrails and Art Bell -- according to contrail theorists, those condensing water-vapor trails behind high altitude aircraft are actually chemical bombardment trails. Art Bell is a now-retired late night radio talk show host whose show focused on many such things as contrails, alien visitors, remote viewing, black helicopters, crop circles, and on and on.

He has retired a few times. Can't seem to stay off the air.  Should be change to: 

Contrails and Art Bell -- according to contrail theorists, those condensing water-vapor trails behind high altitude aircraft are actually chemical bombardment trails. Art Bell is a late night radio talk show host whose show focused on many such things as contrails, alien visitors, remote viewing, black helicopters, crop circles, and on and on.

14 posted on 08/25/2006 10:32:00 AM PDT by zeugma (I reject your reality and substitute my own in its place. (
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To: soccer8


15 posted on 08/25/2006 10:32:12 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Praying for Israel)
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To: soccer8

PETAphile: A dedicated member/follower of P.E.T.A.

16 posted on 08/25/2006 10:32:26 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: soccer8

One point, I didn't originate that definition. :-) The Admin Moderator wrote it up a few years ago, IIRC.

17 posted on 08/25/2006 10:33:09 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: agere_contra

I remember it the way it was defined in the article.

18 posted on 08/25/2006 10:35:25 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: zeugma

They call them "Chemtrails"

19 posted on 08/25/2006 10:36:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: SnarlinCubBear


20 posted on 08/25/2006 10:36:55 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (I seem to be flypaper for freaks)
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