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A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day....02-24-03....One of the Good Guys
Billie and Dutchess

Posted on 02/24/2003 1:25:16 AM PST by dutchess

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: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1

TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet
MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga
BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc

TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette
MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid
BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf

TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP
MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian
BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

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 5A: TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68. MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797. BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack.
GROUP 6A: 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.
GROUP 7A: 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.
GROUP 8A: 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.

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.


One of the Good Guys...
For those who have spent any time on The Dose, you will recognize a positive voice, a supporter of our president and an all around 'NICE GUY". You will see though there is a lot more to our featured guest today. Please join me in recognizing our very own MJY1288.

MJY heard about FreeRepublic on the radio and lurked for many months, finally signing up shortly after the 2000 election mess. If you ever want to track him down, just visit the Dose on any given evening.
My favorite thread is "A day in the Life" because I enjoy all the positive people who visit it, and because of Rintense's devotion to it. A very positive thread
He freeps from what he affectionately refers to as "THE DUNGEON". My question is did he straighten it up for this picture???
Although MJY has not participated in a lot of outside activist activities, he did attend a White House freep in August of 2001 which he thoroughly enjoyed. He also designed and distributed the now famous "you should thank me" bumper sticker shown above which many of our freepers proudly display on their automobiles.
MJY also created a beautiful tribute to September 11th which is linked to his business homepage. He purchased Joe's Auto Body Shop, where he started working at age 15, from his cousin Joe in 1988. He designed an awesome website to promote his business as well as his love of country. MJY's Homepage
Family has played a strong and positive influence on MJY's life. His father was career Army and worked at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab helping to design the fuse on the first Nuclear bomb. He was a staunch conservative and helped shape his political beliefs.
I grew up in a home where my father was very strict. All of my 7 brothers and sisters were taught at a young age the meaning of responsibility and structure. My mother was the glue that held it all together. We grew up very poor but never realized it until we got older and saw how others lived.
In addition to his brother, cousin Joe lived with the family from the time he was an infant and was a very strong influence on MJY's life.
MJY, Cousin Joe and Brother Joe, 1968
As a young kid I was very proud of my dad when he would come home in his military uniform. I watched my older brother leave for Vietnam as a volunteer. I watched my cousin, Joe, volunteer as a Marine for Vietnam. My Brother served on the U.S.S. Mulaney in the Navy and came home unhurt., Joe, who was like a brother to me, volunteered to be a forward observer and stepped on a land mine on Halloween day 1968, was badly injured, but survived. I prayed everyday for them while they were gone and to watch those unbathed hippies protest, to this day, boils my blood.
MJY recalls an incident after his cousin was shipped to Bethesda Naval Hospital after spending eight months in a hospital in Guam.
We all piled up in the family station wagon with my dad driving and drove over to the hospital, sneaking Joe out of there on a Saturday afternoon. Outside the hospital, there were a bunch of protestors calling injured Marines baby killers. I looked at my highly decorated father who spent 21 years of his life in the Army, looked at my older brother who just got home from a 4 year hitch in Vietnam and my badly injured cousin who was flat on his back in the back of the station wagon and it wasn't hard to figure out what side of the argument I was on. The Vietnam War impacted our family and me very much.
MJY's father passed away on March 30th, 2002 receiving full military honors.
As sad as I was, I was very proud of my dad and very impressed by the military showing my Dad such an honor. I will never forget it.
MJY is happily married, the father of an adult daughter and proud grandfather of two beautiful grandchildren.
Grandson's Michael and Zachary 15 month ago
MJY also used to be used to be a professional drag boat racer. In 1992 he was the world champion in his class (Super Pro Flat) in the United States Drag Boat Association and was a 5 time Champion in the Delaware Valley Boat Racing Association. You can find pictures of him racing on his FR Homepage.
It is a common statement on FR that you can tell the character of a person by their attitude and treatment of their pets. MJY passes that test too having a strong love for their dogs.
Lilly and Bud
My wife and I love dogs We have always had two dogs, mine and hers. I am a Lab and she is a mutt lover. My first Lab, Bud lived for 14 years. The hardest decision I have ever made was when I had to put him down. This dog was my faithful friend. I had him cremated and his remains are in a sealed wooden box right next to my computer in the "Dungeon" with his name engraved and my favorite picture of him on it.. Bud and Lilly, my wife's dog at the time, were the best of friends and when Bud died I truly believe Lilly was heartbroken…she was never the same after that. My wife and I can't talk about Lilly and Bud without wanting to cry.
MJY now has a Golden, Maggie, who he says is just as faithful as Bud and his wife has a Rat Terrior, Sassy, who is also a very sweet and loving dog.
His wife is also a big time Turtle collector. They have a huge turtle sanctuary on their property, including an addition on the end of their home that provides them sanctuary in the winter.
My wife has well over 40 turtles and tortoises and we take in injured turtles who need our care. I can patch their shell damage and she is incredible with their health needs. In fact…she is an expert in their care.
Finally, on politics MJY says that Ronald Reagan did more to change his belief in this country than any other, although he states that George W. Bush is quickly gaining on him. In his own word:
I see our country being led by a good man who loves this country and is in office to serve this nation and not himself , I don't always agree with him, but what the hell, I don't agree with anyone all the time. I think George W. Bush has a good chance of being one of the best ever. I find his willingness to express his belief in God very refreshing and I thank the Lord very often that he is our president in these tough times. The future is in good hands with George W. Bush leading this country
A man who has a strong belief in God, a man who has strong conservative values, a man who has a love of family, country, animals. It is a pleasure to spotlight MJY1288 - "one of the good guys".

MJY1288, You ARE one of FR's Finest!


Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
The guy's good, folks!
Thanks, Mixer!

1) Click on the graphic to open the Calendar.
2) Once there you can click on any month and even click to the right to go into next year. Once you are in the month that you joined FR you will need to click on the number in the calendar and then an add item screen will come up.
3) In the next box enter your name in the "Calendar Text" field and then click on submit.
4) If any of the screens fail to load simply click on refresh in your browser and that will usually fix it.
5) If all else fails or simply if you want me to do this for you send me an FReepmail and I will gladly do it for you. ~Mixer

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1 posted on 02/24/2003 1:25:16 AM PST by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; ...
Good Monday Morning....Please join us as we welcome another of our freepers finest...Have a cup of coffee to start your week off right!

2 posted on 02/24/2003 1:32:10 AM PST by dutchess (Mondays aren't so bad when you're among friends...)
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel; JohnHuang2; ST.LOUIE1; FreeTheHostages

3 posted on 02/24/2003 1:36:29 AM PST by dutchess (Mondays aren't so bad when you're among friends...)
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To: dutchess
Good morning Dutchess.

4 posted on 02/24/2003 1:47:22 AM PST by Aeronaut (Give praise and thanks to the Lord and feel alright!)
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To: MJY1288; dutchess; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; Mama_Bear; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin
Mornin', everybody !! Happy Monday !

Congratulations, MJY, our FReeper of the day ! I hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight !

It's 30 degrees as I post this. North-Central Texas "B-r-r-r-r" !

Have a cup while you FReep !

For those who prefer hot chocolate.....

5 posted on 02/24/2003 2:13:27 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: MeeknMing; dutchess; MJY1288; rintense; ohioWfan; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; MistyCA; SpookBrat; ...

Thanks for the chocolate,(((MEEKIE)))!

HOORAY ((Dutchess))! You chose another fine freeper from the great state of Maryland!

(((MIKE))) I never got much of a chance to say it, but, thank you for making me feel welcomed on the Dose as well as on other threads on FR. And thanks for pitching in for Rintense.

You are always the finest! :^)

6 posted on 02/24/2003 3:11:38 AM PST by Pippin (God bless and Protect President Bush!)
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To: dutchess; MJY1288
"Outside the hospital, there were a bunch of protestors calling injured Marines baby killers."

I cannot believe this people. Have they no shame? HOW RUDE!!!!! Any decent human being in their right mind would never go to a hospital and harass the sick and injured. These people are mental.

It's very nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading about your family and your animals.

Wonderful job dutchess. Have a good day.

7 posted on 02/24/2003 4:23:56 AM PST by SpookBrat
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To: Pippin
Hey Pippin. I thought of you the other day. So glad you weren't shopping at Toys R Us on Saturday. How's the weather? How's your back?
8 posted on 02/24/2003 4:24:47 AM PST by SpookBrat
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To: MeeknMing
Good morning Sir Meekness.
9 posted on 02/24/2003 4:44:21 AM PST by SpookBrat
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To: dutchess; MJY1288; All
Good morning everyone (-:

Thank you for the ping Dutchess (-:

Hi MJY1288 & Congratulations on being in the spotlight today....
10 posted on 02/24/2003 5:01:45 AM PST by firewalk
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To: LadyX; Scuttlebutt; Fred Mertz; beowolf; razorback-bert; humblegunner; Billie; WVNan; Aquamarine; ..
Mobius Triangle news:

Diver Dave, JustAmy, and lodwick have been called in from the sea search for the missing crew members. Below is a dialog between your captain and Scuttlebutt yesterday:

Scuttlebutt, you look terrible!

I feel plum terrible, sir.

You look like Bill Clinton after a weekend with Jennifer Flowers.

That’s low, sir, really low.

Tell me your version of it.

I don’t remember all of it, sir.
I only got married three times, not four, Friday night in Tijuana.
And, I believe one of those was to beowolf, sir,
I was in this Tijuana,er, uh, hotel with michigander, razorback-bert, and beowolf.
Meek ‘n Mertz broke in and hauled us to a beach in the U.S.
We were only handling out temperance tracks, sir.
Trying to save the young ladies.

Anyhow, they stripped us on the beach and burned our clothes.
The border was closed for an hour because of our smell.
Meek ‘n Merk marinated us in Blue Star ointment
and then scrubbed us down with 14” hard bristle bruses.
They drug us down to the ocean and made us stand up to our necks in it for an hour.
It was horrible, sir.
I nearly froze
And, that salt water hurt.
Some critter kept crawling up my leg
and ate the nail off my left big toe.

Then, they gave us short arm inspections and Mama_Bear and dutchess gave us shots.
I’m so full of penicillin I wouldn’t catch a STD if I went to the Democratic Convention.

Razorback-bert’s in real bad shape, sir.
He just sits in a corner of the brig and shakes.
I think he’s got them delirium trembles.

I’ll have ship’s physician/chaplain WVNan look at him.

He’s bad feared of her, sir.
When we were on the beach she was checking me.
Razorback-bert said she looked like the madam at the hotel.
That weren’t right because she don’t use a spatula for makeup.
Anyhow, she’d been standing there with that serene smile she gets,
You know, like God done said something to her or she’s smoking some good stuff.
She had her palms up and her hands together.
Suddenly, her right hand shot out and hit razorback-bert just below the ribs.
He dropped like a rock.

She said, “Bless you, child.” And spun, you know, like Katherine Hepburn, and walked off smiling.

My big toe hurts really bad, sir.

I’ll ask WVNan to look at it.

Ask her not to hit me, sir.

11 posted on 02/24/2003 5:03:11 AM PST by ofMagog (I finally became at peace with myself when I gave up all hope of a better yesterday.)
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To: mombonn; ejo; Fiddlstix; lawgirl; Teacup; Miss Marple; Wait4Truth; TruthNtegrity; TXBubba; ...

Mike is being honored!

MJY1288, you totally deserve this honor. Your devotion to your country and to your beliefs is clearly evident in all that you do here on Free Republic. It is an honor to call such as great American and patriot like you a friend. Enjoy your day!

12 posted on 02/24/2003 5:20:03 AM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: dutchess; MJY1288

Our nation will prosper or decline in direct proportion to our selection of leaders who are guided by the Holy Spirit.

If we fail to select Godly leaders our destiny will surely be as that of the Roman Empire.

13 posted on 02/24/2003 5:28:58 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: MeeknMing; MJY1288; dutchess; Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; Mama_Bear; SpookBrat; LadyX; ...
Good Morning, everybody; congratulations, MJY!!!! You deserve this special day. Glad to get to know you better.... : )

14 posted on 02/24/2003 5:30:01 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: MeeknMing; MJY1288
Meek, you got up to 30? It's 26 in the Waco area. Good grief, lol!

Mike, {{{{hugs}}}} to you on your well deserved recognition. I always enjoy your insight and humor on The Dose, and I learned new things about you today. You're one of FR's class acts.

15 posted on 02/24/2003 5:43:46 AM PST by McLynnan
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To: dutchess; All
Good Morning Everybody.

Coffee and Donuts
Courtesy of Fiddlstix.
Courtesy of JLA and Coteblanche
You Know The Drill
Click the Pics

Click here to Contribute to FR: Do It Now! ;-) Falling So Much Tell Him

16 posted on 02/24/2003 5:50:34 AM PST by SAMWolf (We do not bargain with terrorists, we stalk them, corner them , take aim and kill them)
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To: dutchess
Wonderful profile! Congratulations on doing what today's calendar recommends . . . .

17 posted on 02/24/2003 5:53:08 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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Special Freeper's Finest Ping to Libertina, who's been doing a lot of successful organizing.
18 posted on 02/24/2003 5:54:21 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: SpookBrat
Hey, Miss Spookie ! How are things in Florida ? Well, I hope ...

I heard on the radio coming back from Bally's just now that we might get some sleet, etc. tonight. High's today and tomorrow right at 31-32 degrees too ...

Not near as cold as some folks have been thought. B-r-r-r-r ! >>>

19 posted on 02/24/2003 5:55:14 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: dutchess; MJY1288; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; ST.LOUIE1
{{{{{{{{{{{{MJY}}}}}}}}}}}}}} - you ROCK! Thank-you for being such a positive and cheerful role model for us on FR and "The Dose." May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly for all that you do to make our world a better place in which to live.

{{{{{{{{{{{dutchess}}}}}}}}}} - great job, Finest Sistah! Have yourself a great Monday. I'm through teaching my new hires, but have meetings on and off all week, including one all afternoon today that I have to prepare for.

Other Finest Sistahs - {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}} to you all. Prayers for GrammyBear that all continues to go well.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{Louie_Wolfie_Man}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} - Happy Monday to my fuzzy brothah!

I'll check back in when I can!
20 posted on 02/24/2003 6:01:19 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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