It was 8 years ago today that I started blogging. Rathergate caught my attention but it was the freedom movement that inspired me. The first big subject that I wrote about was the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine. That’s how I first learned of a certain economics professor at St. Cloud State. I’ve been privileged to call King Banaian my friend since then.

I wrote about the massive protests that gathered in Independance Square, the Purple Thumb elections in Iraq, followed by Hezbollah’s assassination of Rafiq Harriri in Lebanon. Harriri’s assassination triggered the Cedar Revolution.

It’s been fun writing about the TEA Party movement. I’ve even helped put a couple of them together with the help of Leo Pusateri, another important conservative ally in the fight against progressives. As helpful as Leo has been in the fight for conservative principles, I appreciate his friendship the most.

I’ve learned from some outstanding bloggers along the way. Captain Ed’s (that’s what he was called in his pre-HotAir days) posts from CQ were awesome reads. When Ed published his lengthy posts, the thing that stood out for me was the depth and detail of his research.

Mitch Berg’s literary skills still continue to amaze me. Mitch isn’t just a talented writer, either. He’s a topnotch reporter, too.

Early in my blogging career, I learned about the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers. Today, many MOBsters are friends of mine. If you aren’t a MOBster, you should join ASAP. The comradery is great.

Finally, I’d like to thank the people who faithfully read my blog. Over the years, I’ve been amazed at who reads my blog. Sitemeter statistics have shown lots of state legislators read LFR. That’s why I’m proud to say LFR has had a serious impact on the policy debates in St. Paul.

With the DFL now in control, temporarily, of the Legislature and with a DFL governor, I pledge to step up my reporting.

5 Responses to “It’s been 8 great years”

  • Nancy says:

    Congrats, Gary! Now more than ever, we need citizen journalists and columnists to speak boldly with the truth. My goal this year is to add more voices to the MOB and to True North.

    Thanks for all you write!

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thanks Nancy. My apologies for not including you, Derek & the rest of the Junta to my list of MOBSter friends. Thanks for doing, not just talking. You’re a great example of what’s right about the conservative movement.

  • walter hanson says:


    Congrats on eight great years and I look forward to at least 8 more. It seems like thanks to Eric you have been having to work 16 years for just 8 years.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    Gary, I know you went through one pretty major template change, after I noticed and began reading LFR. Was there more change before that?

    In any event, congrats to you Gary, and Walter, what can I say but Thanks, on Thanksgiving. You know how to say warm and supportive things. If I can double anyone’s time on earth, it is something I cannot neglect.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Actually, I started this blog on April 1, 2006. I started on Blogger under the name Let Freedom Ring (Throughout the World) on a Saturday night, Nov. 19, 2004.

    In the winter of 2006, Blogger had a 2 month stretch where their service was, putting it politely, unreliable, I decided to change to WordPress.

    Recording history being made, first with the Orange Revolution, then with the Iraqi vote on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2005, followed quickly by the short-lived Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, it’s been an incredible time.

    I’ve made some fantastic friends (King Banaian, Mitch Berg, Leo Pusateri, Ed Morrissey, Nancy Laroche, Janet Beihoffer, Terry Stone & the Lady Logician just to name a few), met other nice people & generally enjoyed myself while hopefully exposing corruption and making life better.

    Those are certainly things worth being thankful for.

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