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Free Republic 2nd Qtr 2022 Fundraising Target: $82,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $75,034
91%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 91%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.


FReepathon: Our new Donation System is Ready to Roll! -- Thread Four
Donate to Free Republic via our Secure Server ^ | Jim Robinson

Posted on 10/04/2002 6:44:43 PM PDT by Mo1

Welcome to the New Free Republic Donation System!

John has programmed a great new donation system for us. It can accept credit cards or PayPal donations and will eventually also accept electronic checks. We have installed a new secure server system and have contracted with Authorize.net to do the actual credit card processing, and, of course, PayPal will process the PayPal donations through their system.

I've changed the links on our front page to link to the new program:

Donate Here By Secure Server

If you have bookmarks to the old system, please update to the new. The old system will be discontinued.

Take a test drive through the new system if you haven't already, and notice that it has several new features and reports available, including scoreboard, current stats, our budget and a faq. It's live now, so if you enter a donation it's for real (and thank you very much if you do).

John will continue making enhancements to the new system as we go, but the basic program is ready to go, and is live, and on the air.

We've decided to roll out our 4th quarter fundraiser with the new system on a late Saturday afternoon, as Saturday's are slow days and we might as well be gentle while breaking in the new system.

Thank you John for the new system! Great work!

Thank you BadJoe, WillaJohns, WIMom and all of the dedicated hardworking volunteers on the fundraising team who have helped us so much with these FReepathons in the past.

And thank you all for your continuing efforts! Without your dedication and hard work, FR could not stay on the air.

And thank you FReepers! Without your continued participation and financial support there would be no Free Republic!

A note to current monthly donors: We will need you to re-enter your recurring monthly donation to the new system, but please do not do it yet. Joe just processed your September donations on the 20th of September. The new system processes your donation on the day it is entered, so please wait until later in October to start your monthly on the new system. Also, please let BadJoe know via FReepmail (and please include your real name so he can match it with your credit card info in his file) after you re-enter your monthly donation so he can take you off his list. At the end of October, he will email all of those on his list who have not contacted him to remind them of the new system. Thank you very much for your continued support.

A note to prospective new monthly donors: We have included a list of our fixed monthly expenses as well as an estimate of our non-recurring expenses on our budget page of the donation system. We've also included an estimate of our current recurring monthly donations from our monthly donors. If and when the total of the recurring monthly donations ever meets our monthly expenses, there will no longer be a need for these FReepathons. It can happen someday. Thank you for considering a regular monthly contribution.

Note to all: We are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding election cycle. I know that we are not all in full agreement on this, but I sincerely believe that we have an excellent opportunity with this election to set the liberals back many years. And I also believe that winning this election in a big way for the conservatives will be the spark that allows our fight to return the Constitution to its rightful place as the Supreme Law of the Land to really get off the ground. I sincerely believe this is essential in our fight to secure our Liberty!

We hold the White House and the House of Representatives. If we re-take the majority in the Senate, it will be one of the very rare times in our history that the conservatives have held the majority control in all departments.

I see this as a gift from God. A majority means that the conservatives will chair the various committees of Congress and can set the legislative agenda. And, perhaps more importantly, a majority in the Senate will make it much more likely that President Bush's appointments will be confirmed.

This means we will be able to start replacing some of the liberal judicial activists on the bench with conservatives (don't tell Daschle & Co. that) and perhaps we will finally have a real shot at actually overturning some of the liberal bunk that has been foisted on us over the last century or so. How about overturning Roe vs Wade? With the current mood of the populace and with a conservative Senate, I think it can be done!

Remember, the liberals have controlled all or most of our government for at least 80 of the last 100 years. No wonder we are in such a mess today. This is the best opportunity we've ever had to reverse it in a big way. Kick the liberals out! Take control of the Senate and replace the liberal judiciary. This alone will set liberalism back thirty to forty years!

We must not fail to take advantage of this opportunity. Daschle and Company sense their days are numbered and are in a panic. Now is the time to redouble our efforts and throw these bums out!

I expect the volume on Free Republic to pick-up substantially as we head into the final weeks and days of the campaign season. And I expect exciting things will be happening for for all of us!

Thank you all very much!

God bless you all and may God continue to bless America!


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To: operation clinton cleanup
We should have bought this one though - darn shame that we didn't.


561 posted on 10/05/2002 2:34:12 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: ValerieUSA
Just in:

$20 from Florida
$20 from Virginia

Thank you Florida and Virginia!!
562 posted on 10/05/2002 2:34:40 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Tennessee_Bob
We opted for the Corvette instead of the Miata. Should have bought a mix.
563 posted on 10/05/2002 2:39:38 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: EdReform; *all
Sometimes I get Freep Mail and email from lurkers who want to know what value I get from my monthly pledge to Free Republic.

It is really amazing the value of real return we get from our donations and monthly pledges to Free Republic.

Here is an example of a dream that became a project and is now a reality thanks to Free Republic.

This sign just north of Medford, Oregon on I5 North is a prime example of Freepers activating themselves.

I started a series of Oregon is Burning or Oregon is Still Burning threads this summer during the massive fires due to the agendas of the Enviral Whackos.

A group in Oregon and those out of Oregon who knew what was happening had more good news and data about those fires than any other place. They shared that news, data and strong feelings with the rest of us on Free Republic on those threads re Oregon is Burning.

One day, Ebuck came up with the concept of putting a bill board up to let the public know who was responsible. Immediately, a Freeper who wants to be unknown and lives a long way from Oregon, pledged a month's cost of that sign to get it going. Ebuck and others worked out the details of the signs. A small group of us pledged enough to put that bill board up for a couple of months. The money came from all over Free Republic.

This sign has to be fitting like a huge fishbone in the throats of the Watermelon Jihadists Greens in Oregon. We have them in a vulnerable spot.

This could only happen on Free Republic. This is why every Freeper should pledge at least 17 cents per day to keep Free Republic strong and alive. Just throw your daily change in a container each night. 17 cents per night is easily obtained. That is equal to a massive $5/month pledge.

This is what happens on Free Republic. If we had 5,000 Freepers donating $5/month or 17 cents per day to Free Republic, we would have bill boards like this all over America pounding the left wingers on agendas never given a chance by the left wing mediots in this country.

17 cents each month of your treasure loaned to you by God is all it takes to pledge $5/month. Can you imagine a 100 billboards up in America, whacking the left wing maggots where it really hurts them. Then save and donate 17 cents per day to enable these things to happen.


564 posted on 10/05/2002 2:42:49 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Jim Robinson
Thank You
FLORIDA
VIRGINIA

565 posted on 10/05/2002 2:45:46 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: operation clinton cleanup; glock rocks; Darlin'; Mo1; chnsmok; ValerieUSA
Last evening as the Breeders Cup Challenge game was winding down, folks were asking about a photo of Ruffian.

I found a nice one this morning. Here she is, and here is an edited version of her tragic story.

Ruffian

Full Story Here

by Kathleen Jones
snip ...

A crowd of over 50,000 assembled at Belmont Park on the 6th of July to witness what all felt would be a terrific and well-fought battle between champions.

Foolish Pleasure bounded from the gate with his head in front, but Ruffian quickly sprinted up from the inside and stuck her head in front. Despite bearing out and brushing with the colt five times in the opening stages, she increased her margin over Foolish Please to about a half length as the pair approached the turn. The crowd was cheering loudly as the match appeared to be meeting their greatest expectations. But as the pair, still linked side-by-side, approached the mile marker, there was a sound which both jockeys described later as being "like the breaking of a board", and the great match was over.

Ruffian was pulled up; her off-fore sesamoid bones were shattered. Baeza and Foolish Pleasure were suddenly alone, and the jockey eased the Derby winner to a canter to complete the course, as soon as he realized what had happened.

The once-cheering crowd now watched in stricken silence as the ambulance sped toward the filly and veterinarians attended to her. Heroic efforts were made to save Ruffian, although the early prognosis gave her only a 10% chance of survival. A pneumatic cast was applied before she was loaded onto the ambulance and another was applied in the barn area. A team of four vets and an orthopaedic surgeon laboured for a total of 12 hours to accomplish the impossible. During the operation, Ruffian was twice revived after she had stopped breathing. Finally the surgery was done.

However, the worst was yet to come. The anesthesia wore off and the filly awoke, disoriented, confused, and in pain. She thrashed about wildly despite the attempts of several attendants to hold her down. She fractured the new cast and caused even greater damage to the fetlock. Knowing that she could not endure further surgery, the veterinarians put her mercifully to sleep.

snip ...

Thus Ruffian and the pair which produced her were taken from us by an eerie and tragic set of circumstances. Although her career spanned only a shade over 13 months, and until that match she had only raced against her own gender, Ruffian is usually included in anyone's list of all-time great runners. She was not only unbeaten until her injury, she was also never headed in any race. She set a new stakes record in each of the eight stakes races which she won. She raced successfully from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/2 miles with an average winning margin of 8 1/3 lengths.

Ruffian is buried near the flagpole at her home track of Belmont Park - the site of her first race where she blazed boldly onto the racing scene, and the site of her final race where a hundred thousand eyes watched her brilliant flame flicker out

566 posted on 10/05/2002 2:47:14 PM PDT by Northeast
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To: Northeast
my, she's a beauty
567 posted on 10/05/2002 2:50:17 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: Northeast
What a heart Ruffian had. I'm glad I learned about her champion spirit last night and today. Thank you.

I don't have many horse pictures, but here's one


568 posted on 10/05/2002 2:51:31 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Grampa Dave
It's amazing how a little spare change saved every day can add up and make it so easy to help keep Free Republic growing!
569 posted on 10/05/2002 2:57:32 PM PDT by EdReform
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To: Mo1; dutchess
Hi, Is the FreeperPet Challenge still on? Here are my babies! =)


570 posted on 10/05/2002 2:58:03 PM PDT by libertygirl
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To: libertygirl
And another $20 in from Massachusetts!

Thank you Massachusetts!
571 posted on 10/05/2002 3:02:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: libertygirl
We hit the top so the FreeperPETathon is technically over, but we never tire from seeing our freepers furry friends! Yours are adorable. Thanks for posting!
572 posted on 10/05/2002 3:03:54 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: libertygirl
That's a cute trio!
573 posted on 10/05/2002 3:05:24 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Jim Robinson
thank you Massachusetts !

574 posted on 10/05/2002 3:08:30 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: Jim Robinson
Thank you
Massachusetts

575 posted on 10/05/2002 3:10:27 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA; dutchess
Thanks! =)
576 posted on 10/05/2002 3:12:56 PM PDT by libertygirl
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To: libertygirl; ValerieUSA; dutchess; EdReform; Grampa Dave; Jim Robinson; Northeast
ok, who's hungry?


577 posted on 10/05/2002 3:18:01 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: glock rocks
I'm usually hungry... But I'm more curious right now. Whazzat?
578 posted on 10/05/2002 3:23:30 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: dutchess; libertygirl
How 'bout FreeperPETathon II?

FreeperPETathon was so cool that I'll donate $5 for FreeperPet pix from those Freepers who missed the first PETathon, up to a total of $50.

Participation is limited to the next nine (libertygirl is #1) Freepers who didn't participate in the first PETathon. $5 is per Freeper, not per picture (sorry, I wish it could be more!). Please make sure to post your reply to me so that it will be easier for me to find the pictures!

I have to leave for the evening, but will be back tomorrow.

579 posted on 10/05/2002 3:25:33 PM PDT by EdReform
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To: EdReform
Just in:

$50 from Maine
$10 from Ohio

Thank you Maine and Ohio!!
580 posted on 10/05/2002 3:29:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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