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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-10-02
FreeTheHostages and Billie | Billie; FreeTheHostages

Posted on 12/10/2002 5:27:51 AM PST by Billie

A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues; salute and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   I can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.

A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett.
MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17.
BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.

TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,
dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony
BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang

TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx
MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law
BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.

TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack

We now have eleven groups of veterans/active military; we will post each group of three or four twice a week, with thumbnail/links of the remaining seven or eight groups on each thread. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the group full-size.


GROUP 1A: TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1
GROUP 2A: TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc
GROUP 3A: TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf
GROUP 4A: TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

GROUP 9A: TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog. MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son. BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.
GROUP 10A: TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon. BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.
GROUP 11A: TOP: ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son. BOTTOM: AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset); WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.


by FreeTheHostages
Graphics and layout by Billie

Welcome to a Gingerbread House party!   Today we're going to have a contest with a REAL prize!!  If you win, we'll snail-mail you a *real prize* -- your choice of:

Lynne Cheney's "A Patriotic Primer,"
a great book for kids of all ages......

or Carlo3b's

The Clinton Legacy Cookbook
A fun and fanciful look at the world of Great Food and Hilarious Politics, blended by a world renowned Chef Entrepreneur Carlo Morelli! This 375 page recipe, cartoon, and original humor collection, is a real world cookbook and is a true recipe for sidesplittin' and tummybustin' fun and a body of collaborative effort with over 200 contributors and two years in the stirring presentation!

To enter and win, you just have to follow these rules.
1.  No fair complaining about how the judging is impulsive and the judges were probably drunk when they made their decision.  You're not supposed to know that . . . .
2.  The judges will accept bribes.  The judges are Mudboy Slim and FreeTheHostages.  We tend to agree on things and if we don't, we'll just have a big public fight on this thread and resolve the issue violently.  So don't worry about there being an even number of judges.  Mudboy Slim has only half a brain anyway.  If I were you, I'd focus on persuading me, FreeTheHostages!
3.  This being FReeper's Finest, cheerfulness, beauty, and humor count.
4.  For purposes of this contest, "Gingerbread House" is *very* liberally defined.  (Apologies for using the word "liberal" -- I'm a guest host you see, just helping out for the holidays; you can't expect much of me!)  Your entry can be a picture stolen from the web, something you drew yourself on Paintshop Pro, a verbal description of a gingerbread house, blueprints for a gingerbread house, or something just generally gingerbread-housey.
5.  If there are FReeper kids who post cute, patriotic gingerbread house pictures of houses they actually did, you should know that I (FreeTheHostages) will totally get teary-eyed and probably give them extra points just for being Right-wing children!
6.  Knowing a lot about cooking and the history of gingerbread house-making won't impress the judges.  We're not terribly learned, although we did read a bunch (well, maybe not a bunch, but a little) of background info on gingerbread houses to earn our keep as guest hosts!
7.  The judges reserve the right to pick something submitted in total violation of these rules.  Just for fun!  So go ahead and have your daily chit-chat and fun on this thread.  Who knows?  Maybe one of loddy's puppy photos will charm us in the end!!
8.  Post must be made to this thread by midnight PST today and winner will be pinged in an announcement in this thread by December 12th!  Isn't this FUN?!

A Good Recipe for Gingerbread "Lumber" for a Real Gingerbread House...
Never made a gingerbread house?  FreeTheHostages has 6-8 gingerbread parties every December.  She uses the following recipe, passed on to her from her Vermont relatives, and it works pretty well in creating sheets of good construction material from which, when cooked, to cut out your walls and roof.  (Psst... the secret to solid gingerbread for house construction:  work the dough TOO MUCH before rolling it out, and after it comes out of the oven, leave it in the pan a second so that one side gets tough -- not burned, but tough).
If you're going to cut out the walls after it's cooked, why not roll out the dough right onto an edged cookie sheet, and prong it a few times with a fork?  The dough's expansion along the edge of the cookie sheet makes a nice flat bottom for walls.
Nancy's Gingerbread Construction Material

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups unsulfured molasses
1 egg
2/3 cup water
6 cups flour (maybe more)
1 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger,
allspace, and ground cloves
2 tsp baking soda
Sift the flour and spices and baking soda together.  Mix the shortening and the sugar.  Add the egg and water to it.  Then mix with the flour mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes -- until done.
When it's cool, cut it to the size you want for your walls and roof.  Use foil-covered sturdy carboard for your yard.  On the yard, make two of the four walls have a point atop them, a triangle to support the roof.  Use melted chocolate chips to put the walls together, and hold them in place with toothpicks until the seams dry before putting on the roof.
When the house is done, consider decorating with candy using a frosting that hardens as it cools.  Everyone has their favorite, but here's a frosting recipe that hardens quite well:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
5 TBLS of ice-cold water
2 egg whites.
Atop a double boiler with boiling water below, vigorously beat with electric beater on "high" for 7 minutes. Frost and decorate as desired!  ~ FreeTheHostages

With special thanks again to FreeTheHostages, who has written another fun and entertaining thread for our holiday reading, and is also providing the prize for First Place in today's contest. This thread, and Mud's "Life Story" on Friday, were such fun to 'get creative with' in the layouts and graphics - just my cup of tea!
A big thanks also to our judges, MudboySlim and FreeTheHostages, for taking the time from their busy holiday schedules to offer their votes-for-sale to the highest bidder. ~ Billie


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1 posted on 12/10/2002 5:27:51 AM PST by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; JustAmy; ...

2 posted on 12/10/2002 5:32:07 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; LadyX; Scuttlebutt; razorback-bert; beowolf; Fred Mertz; humblegunner; Eaker; Pippin; ...
Updated: 6:08 AM MST on December 10, 2002
Telluride, Colorado
Temperature 18°F / -8°C
Windchill 9°F / -13°C

Greetings to all.
Cooler and more windy up here on the mountain, but the coffee is fresh and all is well. Thud is asleep and Dog is outside pestering the deer.

3 posted on 12/10/2002 5:39:53 AM PST by ofMagog
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To: Billie; Mudboy Slim
Good morning!!

Let me note it's 6 cups of flour in the recipe if you have a thick molasses, 7 if you have a runnier one. E.g., with the brand Grandma Moses molasses, I use 7 cups of flour.

LET THE BRIBERY BEGIN!! (I wonder if anyone can do a gingerbread homage to the Washington Redskins to sway us!)
4 posted on 12/10/2002 5:42:52 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: ofMagog
Good morning, Cap'n - are you snowed in? Seeing your temperature in Telluride makes me want to put another sweater on!

5 posted on 12/10/2002 5:44:13 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Another good day in the Republic of South Vietnam! In all the years of that war no helicopter pilots were lost on this day. We may have had a little battle damage but at least we were able to get the skids down safely, grab a quick shower and head for the club for a cold 25 cent PBR.

After a good day sometimes we would put on a little impromptu airshow as we returned to base.



6 posted on 12/10/2002 5:44:58 AM PST by ladtx
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To: Billie; All
Good morning
7 posted on 12/10/2002 5:50:41 AM PST by firewalk
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To: MinuteGal; All

I swiped this from another thread - it's from MinuteGal, explaining wha' happened to her!

Bahama Mama had a great fall
Fractured her foot which cast a great pall
An embolism set in which moved damn up to her chin
But all the king's doctors put her together agin!

Thanks to you all for your much-appreciated sentiments. It was a week that was in the hospital and I'm still very shaky, but am now started on the road to full recovery.

Your humor and well-wishes help so much. Sheesh, I love you Freepers!

I think I need a cruise in my future, hee hee!


8 posted on 12/10/2002 5:55:46 AM PST by Billie
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To: ladtx
These are the posts we look forward to the most from you! Does this make 4 days now since you started posting this every day? Thank God for each one who came home safely.
9 posted on 12/10/2002 5:58:41 AM PST by Billie
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To: FreeTheHostages
Good morning, Judge! :)
10 posted on 12/10/2002 6:00:05 AM PST by Billie
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To: BeforeISleep
Good morning, BIS. Always nice to see your smiling, cheerful good morning here!
11 posted on 12/10/2002 6:01:12 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
*L* Those herald angel birds are so CUTE!
12 posted on 12/10/2002 6:01:26 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: Billie
13 posted on 12/10/2002 6:02:50 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Billie
I think this is the fourth day of no deaths. Makes it feel like a holiday doesn't it?
14 posted on 12/10/2002 6:05:28 AM PST by ladtx
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To: ValerieUSA
Thanks, Valerie. I got the biggest smile when I found them - it's too much fun making 'us' talk! Louie started this, and he still does it best!
15 posted on 12/10/2002 6:05:41 AM PST by Billie
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To: ladtx
It does, for a fact. I've been trying to keep track, but just in my head, of the days when there were none. Wish it weren't so easy to count those days, though.
16 posted on 12/10/2002 6:06:55 AM PST by Billie
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To: FreeTheHostages; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel

My dog ate my homework!

ACK! My dog ate my homework!



17 posted on 12/10/2002 6:16:35 AM PST by Flyer
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To: Flyer
Too cute! And so glad to see you here again today!!!

Now, is this your doggie?

18 posted on 12/10/2002 6:19:59 AM PST by Billie
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To: ladtx
What a blessing your post for today is!

Let us still take time to remember our fallen heroes and to ask our Lord to bless them for all of eternity. Let us also show our support for our troops and gratitude for all that they have done in the past and continue to do to preserve our freedoms.

19 posted on 12/10/2002 6:20:56 AM PST by dansangel
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To: ValerieUSA; Billie
They are TOO cute. I especially like the first bird announcing that everyone else is on the wrong foot!
20 posted on 12/10/2002 6:22:38 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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