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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Some words by Politisink on the not so secret history of Freerepublic

If your like me, your happy that Jim Robinson got the server back up and running. The undead thread is still celebrating the new year, the inauguration, along with Ireland's recent legalization of Homemade moonshine.

But poltisink recently did an article called The not so secret history of FR which you can also view

Here is some interesting excerpts mainly JimRob's purges of trolls.
Here are all of the known purges grouped together for easy access!
  • a purge in early 1999 now preposterously called the “Night Of The Long Knives.” – Libertarians and paleocons got wacked off of FR.
  • The next purge took out many George W. Bush supporters during JimRob’s CIA drug running conspiracy phase – Sweetness & LightI was told to leave and to take my “blood-sucking party” [meaning the GOP] with me.
  • 2000 Election purgeBut in the eleventh hour before the 2000 elections Robinson suddenly experienced another epiphany. He announced his undying commitment to electing George W. Bush. And anyone who spoke out against Bush now faced banishment. Robinson then went on to ban quite a few former comrades who had not gotten the memo and who had blithely continued to oppose Bush’s candidacy. And, apart from some of the obsessive compulsive Crevo/Evo crowd and some of the more inflammatory participants in the Terry Schiavo debates, there haven’t been any large scale purges to speak of — until now. And once again, his latest volta-face seems to have come out of nowhere. (he is talking about the 2007 Giuliani purges at the end there)
  • 2002 infighting – purges happened in 2002 over something. So, yeah, read a thread about it.
  • 2005 Immigration Purge – There was a huge mess and banning sin 2005 involving fights over immigration. Read info form both sides here and here.
  • 2007 Giuliani purge – in 2007, supporters of Rudy Giuliani for president were eliminated due to Giuliani being a RINO, aka not a crazy anti-abortionist.
  • 2010 Anti-Palin purge – Those who did not kneel before the altar of Sarah Palin were quickly dealt with, even if you’ve been posting at FR for 13 years and have helped in innumerable events. Sorry, suckers.
Famous Posters:
Major Stefan F. Cook (roaddog727) – Cook was a Birther solider who refused to be deployed to Iraq because he claimed that Barack Obama wasn’t a US citizen and thus not the legitimate president. Hello national news story! Well, Major Cook then got fired from his civilian contracting job because he lost his security clearance over this mess. Then his lawsuit for proof of Obama’s citizenship was tossed. His eventual attempt to sue his way back to his job also got tossed.
Jerome Corsi (jrlc) – Swift Boat Vet and co-author of the book Unfit for Command, later became a huge proponent of the North American Union conspiracy theory, then became a gigantic Birther to the point where he was arrested in Kenya. On FR he described “Muslims and Catholics as pedophiles and Pope John Paul II as senile.” Info here and here.
White House correspondent Jeff Gannon (Jeff Gannon)
Talon editor in chief Bobby Eberle (Bobby Eberle)
Relevant info from Media Matters (a great article about what Talon News was, btw, before the other part of the scandal broke)
Eberle and Gannon both post on the right-wing online forum Free Republic, and Gannon has also hosted a radio show on Radio Free Republic. Eberle’s and Gannon’s posts on Free Republic suggest that the two have more in common with partisan political activists than with journalists; in some, Eberle and Gannon seem to be trying to organize political events:
Eberle: “We’re also planning to do more activities with FR [Free Republic] as time goes along. I’m really looking forward to working with all of you!”
Gannon (referring to a Bush press conference): “It was very difficult to keep from jumping up and cheering.”
Gannon: “Can we get a freep [an action by Free Republic members] going at Kerry HQ? How bout some people throwing their DNC ‘medals’? Jane’s Fonda Kerry. John Fonda Kerry”
Gannon (in response to a post suggesting it appeared McClellan “appreciated” a Gannon question “from the smirk he was trying to hold back”): “It’s hard to say with Scott but he usually knows what he’s going to get from me.”
Lucianne Goldberg worked with FR a lot in the early years and it is possible she had an account, though I am not certain.
Patrick Hynes, hired by McCain who posted on as Kerry Crusher. Media Matters article
BobJ – Bob Johnson was one of the old guard at FR, and was invovled in all sorts of FR programs from 1997 on. Via his own bio, he joined Free Republic shortly after it’s debut [1997], my registration is #39. Helped organize the first FR Chapter in Los Angeles and the first three large FReeper rallies in DC; the March for Justice, Judgement Day Rally and House Managers Rally. Organized and supervised the Forum Advisory Board until it was destroyed by the FOC in 2002. Set up and is the Executive Producer of Radio FreeRepublic. Incorporated the Free Republic Network in 2002 and presently I sit on it’s Board of Directors. He also helped pay off debt incurred from the March for Justice event until he was paid back months later. But all that wasn’t enough to protect him from the purge of Sarah Palin deniers. BobJ would continue to return/be banned off an on several times through 2010 but is currently banned. One of the posts causing his banning.
Harry W. MacDougald (Buckhead) – The Freeper who set off Rathergate wasn’t your average guy in the basement. Buckhead was Harry W. MacDougald, an Atlanta attorney who had helped draft the 1998 petition to the Arkansas Supreme Court for the disbarment of President Bill Clinton and was employed by conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Southeastern Legal Foundation (where he served on the legal-advisory board.)
Robert Stacy McCain – used the handle BurkeCalhounDabney
McCain asserted that the civil rights movement inspired “black criminality” by encouraging people to get arrested at demonstrations. “I am disturbed … by [Jesse] Jackson’s idea that ‘breaking white folks’ rules’ was somehow inherently just,” McCain wrote. “If rules were to be broken merely because they were the work of white folks, then hasn’t Jackson gone a long way toward explaining the explosion of black criminality that began in the 1960s?”
Signiorile, who was alerted by a reader to McCain’s postings, told the Intelligence Report he was “amazed” by what he found. In one posting, McCain suggested that Harvard University President Lawrence Summers be “persecuted and run out of town” for supporting gay rights.
In another, McCain gave his take on interracial relationships: “[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion,” McCain wrote. “The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us.”
Shortly after Signiorile’s story appeared, and McCain’s extremist views began to circulate around journalistic and political circles, every posting by BurkeCalhounDabney was deleted from
Connie Hair
Connie Hair, a former Paramount Studios secretary and bit-role actress (“Death Wish 5”) who found her political legs online at Free Republic.
Hair was soon anointed Freep’s director of media relations and event planning. Her critics say she encouraged Robinson’s desire to turn Free Republic from a mere Web site into a political organization.
“She turned it into a power position,” said Giles. Expanding from Free Republic, Hair became a paid consultant to conservative Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes as well as Larry Klayman, the Washington activist whose Judicial Watch has peppered the White House and its supporters with lawsuits.
Rosana Pulido (chicagolady ) – (repeated from above) Rosanna Pulido was the Republican candidate in a special election for who ran for Rahm Emanuel’s old Congressional seat (IL-5) in April. The terrible secret of Pulido was that she posted as chicagolady on the FR forums. Actually, it wasn’t much of a secret as she was openly admiting it. What was going on is no one seemed to bother to do any research as to what she said on FR. Then, finally, the goons at SomethingAwful (including yours truly) did some detective work and found all sorts of fun racist comments! Darn those muslims and illegal immigrants for making her hate them! Blogs went up, we reported about it, and finally, Chicago area newspapers picked up the story (and even mentioned us!) and the news went national. Now, Pulido was probably going to lose regardless, but we like to think we ensured her defeat. She briefly returned in 2010 but was quickly defeated.
Tony Snow (Tony Snow)- the former journalist and Bush White House Press Secretary posted on FR, archived here. All of his posts were deleted when he was hired by the White House. Tony Snow has since passed on.
Kristinn Taylor coordinates and serves as a press contact for the pro-war lobby group Gathering of Eagles and is leading the delegation of Gold Star Family members for Move America Forward. He also goes on TV to defnd FR from time to time, including when FR was posting lots of racist stuff about Malia Obama. He lied and said it was just a few bad apples who were new and they were banned. It wasn’t just a few, it was lots of posters, many old posters, and many are still around.
Jack Thompson (Jackpeace) crazy video game lawyer Jack Thompson was considered too crazy for FR. Chew on that for a bit. Got banned away in 2000.

For those of you who object, allow me to juxtapose what the rule is...

Its Jim Rob's house

Its Jim Rob's rules...

If you don't like it, go make your own forum.

 With that, you gotta hand it to FR for aiding to keep us safe from Islam and from the far left. FR is also useful for references to articles or research and education.

 Just don't go pissing on Trumpster or root for the left and you wont go wrong. Believe that!

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