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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-20-02
Libertina, dansangel and Billie | Libertina

Posted on 12/20/2002 1:03:41 AM PST by dansangel

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.


Copper Miners in action

Freeper since August 4, 2001

With Miner's Blood comes Love of the Land

by Libertina
IssaquahKing has a deep connection with the land and very personal reasons for his determined fight for land rights. Mom came to Alaska in 1939, dad went to Ketchikan in '46…using a dog sled to get to and from town…moose meat, fish, and a great family environment!

Crusher used in Copper Mining

IssaquahKing was raised in an America few have had the good fortune to experience. In 1968 he and his family flew into the Wrangell Mountains and located a gold/copper prospect to mine. They staked it all up, almost getting snowed in for the season - until a pilot was finally able to fly them out. Over the next few years they staked up the area, mining gold to finance the hard rock development. IssaquahKing's family knew they had been successful when exploration companies showed up to talk about buying their land and flying them around. The IssaquahKings were ready to sell.

Copper mining pit

Unfortunately, as the "exploration boys" would say: "You got government problems." Jimmy Carter, SoS Cecil Andrus and Rep Morris Udall "sold them down the river," pulling their claims. The family was prevented from "operating" and thereby selling their business. IssaquahKing's family fought the government's taking of the land through attrition, but lost. "We let the land go in 86, because we couldn't afford to hold onto a piece of property that had all the rights stolen from it… The property is now a UN Heritage site. But I knew that someday in the future we'd fight again."

Copper mining truck

IssaquahKing became an electrician, and lost some hope. But in 1998 he found FRee Republic and lurked until it dawned on him that there were others out there who cared as he did. And nothing stirred his spirit like the Klamath Basin Crisis. "It cut me right to my soul, because we had experienced the same thing in the 80's. I watched on my monitor in horror at what was being done to my fellow Americans!" It was finally time to fight again.

The rest is Freeper history. IssaquahKing joined fellow land rights activists in Oregon and did what he could to help. He saw the devastation of crops burned off at the nubs and the despairing signs posted by ruined farmers. He was there when the Freedom Cavalry Regiment rode up across the mountains and down to the head gates where the Star Spangled Banner was played - and no dry eye within a mile.

Copper mining tools

After the amazing strides made by patriots in Klamath for Land Rights, IssaquahKing joined the Sawgrass Rebellion Convoy - traveling across the country to Florida. As IssaquahKing was quoted by the AP in the 10/2/02 edition of the UK Guardian, "…miners, loggers, farmers and ranchers are making a united front." Thanks to IssaquahKing, and other Freepers and patriots, we conservatives are being heard by officials who should be protecting our land rights.

Note: You might think that IssaquahKing is so busy with land rights issues that he doesn't have time to get together with other FReepers. I'm happy to tell you that isn't so. Although we have lost IssaquahKing (WA State) to Nevada, he does sometimes make it back to party with us. Here he is on St. Patrick's Day with a nice FReeper named "Marilyn." Congratulations, IssaquahKing, for being one of FR's Finest!

IssaquahKing and his "drinking buddy" Marilyn

Please join us in welcoming another of FR's Finest...


Thanks to Libertina for this wonderful contribution to "A Few of FR's Finest!"



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1 posted on 12/20/2002 1:03:41 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; ...
Welcome One and All to a Few of FR's Finest!

2 posted on 12/20/2002 1:06:01 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Issaquahking; dansangel; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett

Issaquahking, keep up the good work keeping our property "our" property.


Gang, today starts a very busy period for me (as if I can get any busier than 30 hour days). I'll see y'all when I can. Can I drop an eBay plug here? I'm putting some of my photos up, printed and matted, ready to frame.


God Bless America, land of the free, home of the brave. . .


Spanish Bluff Road - Nacogdoches County, Texas

Spanish Bluff Road - Photo by Flyer



3 posted on 12/20/2002 1:55:27 AM PST by Flyer
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To: dansangel
Good morning Angel.

4 posted on 12/20/2002 2:15:25 AM PST by Aeronaut
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To: Flyer
Good Morning, Flyer!
5 posted on 12/20/2002 3:09:08 AM PST by Pippin
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To: dansangel; Issaquahking; Libertina
Good morning all!

Libertina, great writing and presentation!

IssaquahKing, congratulations on your day.

6 posted on 12/20/2002 3:11:43 AM PST by Pippin
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To: Pippin
Good morning Pippironi! I'm off to work. . . y'all have a great Friday.
7 posted on 12/20/2002 3:16:17 AM PST by Flyer
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To: Pippin
Howdy Pippin!

Great to see you this morning! Have you straightened out your computer dilemma?

This day is going to drag....I'm working until 3:30, going home to finish packing and then bed, then up at midnight to get ready to leave for home. I can't wait!

8 posted on 12/20/2002 4:41:39 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Flyer
Good morning, Flyer! I'm a big can be sure I'll be "checking you out."

Your photos are exquisite...thank-you for sharing!

9 posted on 12/20/2002 4:50:08 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Aeronaut

Thank-you for the ***high-octane**** start to our Friday!

Hope you have a most excellent day!
10 posted on 12/20/2002 4:51:23 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel; All
Good morning everyone (-:
11 posted on 12/20/2002 4:52:04 AM PST by firewalk
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To: dansangel
GOOD MORNING, It's a wonderful day, anyone have coffee for a chef, I'll make pancakes, Hold on to your hats, this is one you're gonna want to try. Trust me on this one..... memorable!

Sour Cream Pancakes

Mix everything into batter.
Cook as you would regular pancake, only slightly longer before turning.
2-3 servings, doubles easily for 4 good eaters, you'll need it...sooo good. and
12 posted on 12/20/2002 4:59:53 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: BeforeISleep
Hey there, {{{{{{{{BIS}}}}}}}}}

Long time, no see. I've been kind of scarce this week. Glad I got to say "Hey!"
13 posted on 12/20/2002 5:01:10 AM PST by dansangel
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To: carlo3b
Mmmmmmmm.....! I can smell those pancakes cooking!

I'll definitely hang onto that recipe. Sounds like something .45MAN would love!

Heard you've been working hard to get the cookbooks out...I am SO looking forward to mine!

You ROCK! :-)
14 posted on 12/20/2002 5:03:20 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel; Issaquahking
Good morning dear Dansangel! Thank you for all the work you have put into this thead! What wonderful graphics you have included - I know IssaquahKing will be delighted! I'm happy I set my alarm for 5 so I could enjoy this with all of you for a while. Today is a half day (and the last day at school and I'm looking forward to some cookie baking, or those sour cream pancakes :)
Congratulations IssaquahKing!

15 posted on 12/20/2002 5:25:33 AM PST by Libertina
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To: dansangel; Issaquahking

Nevada Sunrise

16 posted on 12/20/2002 5:28:23 AM PST by lodwick
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To: Pippin; Billie; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear; LadyX; ST.LOUIE1; lodwick; Diver Dave; Aquamarine; ...
(Early) morning Pip! Hope the day is looking good for you so far. You are really up before the dawn... or have you not yet gotten to bed? LOL Have a great holiday Pip.
17 posted on 12/20/2002 5:31:41 AM PST by Libertina
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To: Flyer

Excellent work Flyer - thanks for the link.

18 posted on 12/20/2002 5:31:53 AM PST by lodwick
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To: Issaquahking; Libertina; dansangel; lodwick
IssaquahKing, it's your day.... and you will find it am awesome experience....Congratulations!!!!. Yahooooooooooo!
19 posted on 12/20/2002 5:32:03 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: Flyer
Beautiful photo, Flyer. I'll be checking out your ebay link a little later. :)
20 posted on 12/20/2002 5:34:22 AM PST by Libertina
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