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FREE REPUBLIC BROKE THE STORY ON FRIDAY! How it ALL BEGAN!
Free Republic/eeevil conservative ^ | 8/6/08 | Sherri Reese

Posted on 08/06/2008 7:20:40 AM PDT by eeevil conservative

As you know, I call Washington, DC everyday (every weekday) and I even started to do a radio show each Friday to share with folks the responses that I get. This week I called Senator Obama's office about the Global Poverty Act, and all 23 of the cosponsors- some of them 2 and 3 times. Well, on Thursday, my focus changed.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives held a vote on weather or not they would stay and debate the energy issue, or go on their scheduled vacations. In this vote, 17 Democrats sided with ALL the Republicans and voted to stay. They still came up short by one vote. The vote was 212-213, the 213 Dems voted to go on vacation and worry about energy in the fall. I was talking with a friend of mine from Texas and he said "I wish they would just stay."

Friday morning I jumped on the phone to DC, but this time I was focused on the energy issue. I started calling Republicans in the House to ask them to do just that. I even called (private source that I will not reveal) office, and asked his assistant to PLEASE get this idea to him. I knew there wasn't much time, since we only had a day to even get the idea out, let alone put it together and do it.

I was literally going through the list of Republicans in alphabetical order, calling the offices that I have previously called. The staffers were very nice, and seemed to like the idea, but I did not know, and I still don't know, if any of my messages were forwarded.

When I got to the J's and called Sam Johnson's office the lady who answered the phone told me it was over. She said that they had already turned off the lights, cameras, and microphones. My heart sank.

"You mean they can't stay? Even if they WANT to stay, they can't stay?" I asked.

She just repeated that the lights and microphones were off. I could not believe that the Congressmen could be kicked off of the House floor. I almost gave up. But something in me told me to keep trying. Yes, I am a tad persistent.

Next, I called Kingston's office. WOW! The lady in his office said, yes honey, the lights and microphones are off, but the Republicans are down there raising a raucous. I was so excited! She said "I don't know if they'll get them to turn them back on, but they are down there trying." I thanked her and told her I would try and get the word out.

I immediately went to the best source I knew to get this kind of news out the quickest way possible!

I jumped on my computer and went to Free Republic web site and posted a thread. Here is a link to that article

It became such big news that the Moderators ended up moving it into the Breaking News column in the side margin to give it the most exposure and as time went on, they made some additions. But my original post was this:

CSPAN has shut down coverage of the House. The lights have been turned out.

House Republicans are still there, raising cain- trying to get them to turn the lights back on and continue debating over drilling!!!

CALL THE REPUBLICAN OFFICES-- TELL THEM TO KEEP RAISING CAIN!!!!

WE CANNOT LET THE MSM IGNORE THIS!!!!

as you know-- the MSM is the "Main Stream Media"

I also went over to the Rush Limbaugh daily thread and let those folks know what was going on.

I kept urging people to call Washington and encourage the Republicans to STAY!! and we would do our best to make the media cover it.

After 1:00 pm-- Rush Limbaugh mentioned it. Folks were not only calling DC, but they were calling FOX News asking them why they weren't covering it.

Soon- the story was exploding all over the internet. Politico.com started to cover it, Drudge started covering it. Other bloggers were posting information as they were getting it. It was AMAZING!

At 2:00, I jumped onto BlogTalkRadio and called into a friend's show to tell him what was going on. WE BROKE THIS STORY ON ON INTERNET RADIO! He took everything he was going to talk about, shoved it to the side, and we all started covering this story.

You can listen to that show here.

At 3:00, Media Lizzy has her show. We called into her show, and before the end of her show she actually had Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor on her show doing an interview! Media Lizzy is a very well known and very well connected Blog Talk Host. She is the voice of the right on Internet Radio, and one very classy woman. You can hear her show here.

I also covered this on my show Friday night instead of the topics I had researched and planned. You even called into the show!! Here is a link for that show.

Sean Hannity talked about it on his show, Mark Levin, etc....

Here are some of the details that folks may not know, but NEED to know about what happened Friday.

Tom Price and Mike Pence had already lined about 100 Republicans that would each give a 5 minute speech about the energy issue once the last vote was done. They had planned to stay on the floor through til midnight. But Nancy Pelosi pulled a stunt unlike any we have ever seen before. She did a QUICK adjournment without warning to the Republicans. She ordered the cameras out, the lights out, and the microphones off.

About 50 Republicans stayed! The Gallery was filling up, the American people were cheering and giving standing ovations; it was an historical event.

Representative Shadegg was playing with the equipment and managed to get the lights and microphones back on. There was a boy scout troop in the audience, and other folks in town were lining up to come in. Folks were calling CSPAN asking them why they weren't covering this, and they were responding that they could not turn the cameras back on without Pelosi's permission.

Once they adjourn, they can leave it they like, but to shut down the cameras and microphones, and turn off the lights so that the American people cannot hear their Representatives is truly fascist! This is the same woman who promised an OPEN House. She continually blocks bills from even coming out of committe for a vote, but THIS is an absolute abuse of power. A senior staffer called the Republicans morons for showing resolve to do what their constituents have elected them to do.

The staffers answering phones for Republicans were thrilled to have us calling and were very surprised, wanting to know how we even knew about it.

We bombarded Pelosi's office with calls to turn the lights, microphones, and cameras back on. The staffers answering the phones for Pelosi actually hung up on one caller.

When everyone was finally escorted out, the people exited shouting USA! USA! USA! and singing "God Bless America!"


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KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008; breakingnews; congress; cspan; energy; fr; freerepublic; frinthenews; houserepublicans; pajamapeoplerule; pelosi; staycation; whethernotweather
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Just to set the record straight!
1 posted on 08/06/2008 7:20:40 AM PDT by eeevil conservative
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To: trooprally; Veeram; rlmorel; Pyro7480; kristinn; Syncro; Jim Robinson; casino66; Txsleuth; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/06/2008 7:21:10 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative

What’s happening NOW? Today?


3 posted on 08/06/2008 7:24:10 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2057348/posts


4 posted on 08/06/2008 7:24:37 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative

Anyone that called their congresscritter was part of this one.

ME!


5 posted on 08/06/2008 7:25:33 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Obama is making me vote for McCain)
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To: eeevil conservative
It is also my understanding that my very own "moderate" democRAT Representative, Dennis Moore, KS cast the vote that threw the switch to shut down the House, take HIS vacation, when HIS constituents in KS aren't able to afford the gas for their vacations!

Time to tell Dennis Moore, NO MORE!

6 posted on 08/06/2008 7:25:39 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: metmom

http://www.eeevilconservative.com/


7 posted on 08/06/2008 7:25:55 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

YOU ROCK!!

We ARE ALL Part of this!!!

It is FREE REPUBLICS that BROKE the story, and the FREEPERS got this ball rolling!!!


8 posted on 08/06/2008 7:26:53 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative

btt.
Great job eeevil one!


9 posted on 08/06/2008 7:28:57 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: zerosix

“Steals from the poor....gives to the rich.”


10 posted on 08/06/2008 7:33:21 AM PDT by Overtaxed (What gun is best for bitter clinging?)
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To: eeevil conservative

Jim Walsh of NY seems to be on the side of this one.

http://walsh.house.gov/

I just called his office and told them that I wanted to see Congress reconvened and a vote taken, and that I was appalled by Nancy Pelosi’s recessing Congress and turning off the camera’s and C-Span.

I told them that we should support energy independence and build more refineries.


11 posted on 08/06/2008 7:33:27 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: eeevil conservative
I remember and wondered what the post was about. I hadn't heard this before and was thinking a couple hours later that I heard about it on FR First!
12 posted on 08/06/2008 7:33:44 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: eeevil conservative

What they are doing in Washington is GREAT! This needs to happen to tell the dems the people have spoken. Of course Pelosi and her ilk won’t be listening.


13 posted on 08/06/2008 7:35:04 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: eeevil conservative

Have there been any pictures from the darkened House floor?

What kind of lighting is being used? Are there flashlights being used?

Would love to see a few pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words.


14 posted on 08/06/2008 7:35:06 AM PDT by Perseverando
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To: eeevil conservative
Hey, why not shut down ALL domestic production?

I mean if it's gonna save the planet. Why not put it up for a vote?

Let em hang themselves!

15 posted on 08/06/2008 7:36:26 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomber Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: eeevil conservative

Great job EC!! You should be President of the New Media!!


16 posted on 08/06/2008 7:37:50 AM PDT by rodguy911 (LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE)
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To: eeevil conservative

Good job! Way to start a revolt!


17 posted on 08/06/2008 7:38:39 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: eeevil conservative

Thank You!!!!


18 posted on 08/06/2008 7:40:06 AM PDT by FlashBack (www.proudpatriots.org/www.woundedwarriorproject.org/www.moveamericaforward.org)
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To: eeevil conservative; All

Please sign Congressman Eric Cantor’s petition to demand the Democrats come back to the House

http://www.callbackcongress.com/


19 posted on 08/06/2008 7:42:30 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

BUMP to that!!


20 posted on 08/06/2008 7:44:07 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: Overtaxed
“Steals from the poor....gives to the rich.”

Wait a tic ... blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought.

21 posted on 08/06/2008 7:44:59 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Whale oil: the renewable biofuel for the 21st century.)
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To: eeevil conservative

Great job, EC!!!! It took forever to get ANY media attention, and there is still not much. My Congressman is there - Louie Gohmert. I called his local office with kudos. He is also the one who came up with the bill to move the Gitmo detainees to the Supreme Court.


22 posted on 08/06/2008 7:45:53 AM PDT by mathluv
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To: eeevil conservative

Silly you. Pelosi has a book tour and you were expecting her to attend to the nation’s business?

/s/


23 posted on 08/06/2008 7:46:20 AM PDT by Carley
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To: KarlInOhio

Not a lupine left in the county...


24 posted on 08/06/2008 7:47:02 AM PDT by Overtaxed (What gun is best for bitter clinging?)
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To: BallyBill

Annoyingly (is that a word?) enough, FNC seemed to think it was a joke. Made light of the entire episode.

AT FIRST


25 posted on 08/06/2008 7:47:36 AM PDT by Carley
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To: metmom

“What’s happening NOW? Today?”

I would like to know too! And where is President Bush to bring attention to what happened last Friday? Don’t see McCain jumping all over this either! I bet most Americans STILL do not know this even happened! That is what makes me VERY AFFRAID FOR OUR COUNTRY!


26 posted on 08/06/2008 7:49:10 AM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: eeevil conservative

19,555 have signed the petition


27 posted on 08/06/2008 7:53:22 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: eeevil conservative
One small point

weather or not

Guess it was pretty stormy in D.C. ;-)

28 posted on 08/06/2008 7:55:52 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: eeevil conservative
Even Bubble-Brain Paris Hilton says Drill Here, Drill Now!

So how stupid does that make Ms Nancy?

29 posted on 08/06/2008 8:01:58 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: eeevil conservative
...the House of Representatives held a vote on weather or not they would stay and debate the energy issue, or go on their scheduled vacations. In this vote, 17 Democrats sided with ALL the Republicans and voted to stay. They still came up short by one vote. The vote was 212-213, the 213 Dems voted to go on vacation and worry about ...

That's the worst spell of whether I've seen in a long time.

30 posted on 08/06/2008 8:05:52 AM PDT by curmudgeonII
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To: KosmicKitty

ROFL!!!
A friend of mine says— he can tell that I am truly the original author of anything I write— because I always have at least ONE error!!

;-)


31 posted on 08/06/2008 8:06:00 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative; The Spirit Of Allegiance

Keep up the great work

FRiend “The spirit of Allegiance” has been pinging me to the threads.

Thanks to both of you.


32 posted on 08/06/2008 8:08:09 AM PDT by indcons (People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. - A. J. Liebling)
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To: eeevil conservative

Like the Free Republic I remember. :)


33 posted on 08/06/2008 8:10:52 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: eeevil conservative

Well, it passed through the spell checker :-)

I had the hardest time with one of my sons convincing him that just because a word passed the spell check, didn’t mean it was the right word - charter, rather than character


34 posted on 08/06/2008 8:11:22 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty
One small point

Then why bother?

35 posted on 08/06/2008 8:12:11 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: WakeUpAndVote
Anyone that called their congresscritter was part of this one.

I called and emailed my Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to encourage and support. I was proud that she was involved.

36 posted on 08/06/2008 8:15:26 AM PDT by GOP_Proud
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To: eeevil conservative

I remember that thread... Awesome educational proactive steps!!! Thanks for the report!


37 posted on 08/06/2008 8:17:56 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: eeevil conservative; Jim Robinson
“After 1:00 pm— Rush Limbaugh mentioned it. Folks were not only calling DC, but they were calling FOX News asking them why they weren't covering it.”

And you were a key part of that. God bless you, eeeevil. [Gee, that sounds strange.]

Actually, the origin goes even further than that. It actually began way back in ‘96 if I recall, when someone [Cliff Kinkaid?] was interviewed on NET and spoke out about the Kyoto Treaty. We in the FR-- led by JimRob-- a tiny and little known forum, helped forewarn the senate about that dangerous treaty. Paul Weyrich and his patriotic team also deserve credit for laying the groundwork— and last but not least— Jim Robinson himself.

But yes, you are one of the champions of the year. Thank you again, eeevil conservative!

FRegards....

38 posted on 08/06/2008 8:18:28 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (The Dum-bama Banking Committee offers free breathalysers and inhilators for asthmatics in 58 states.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Just FYI—

I am hammering out a time to get a LIVE interview today with Duncan Hunter....

Will let you all know the time when we get it coordinated...

THX!


39 posted on 08/06/2008 8:19:04 AM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: eeevil conservative

You are so rockin’ my world! Great job!


40 posted on 08/06/2008 8:24:29 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: eeevil conservative

Kudos and Thanks, EC!


41 posted on 08/06/2008 8:27:19 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: eeevil conservative

BTTT!


42 posted on 08/06/2008 8:32:55 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: eeevil conservative; All
For reference, we have access to the stream through Twitter #dontgo at the link. History as it happens!

Great job, EC!

43 posted on 08/06/2008 8:40:33 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: eeevil conservative
NANCY PELOSI - OPEN UP OUR HOUSE!!

On Friday I called the John Boehner's office to thank him (them) for doing this and told them to keep it up. I also called Jim Sensenbrenner's and Paul Ryan's staff to see if they were participating. I was told they were both heading home to Wisconsin. I urged both the staffs to have their bosses turn around and head back to Washington. I told Rep. Ryan's office I would really like to vote for him someday for President and how impressive it would be if he were to join his fellow Republicans in this demonstration.

I've been busy the last couple of days and haven't really been following along. Have either of these 2 gone back to Washington?

44 posted on 08/06/2008 8:41:05 AM PDT by jellybean (Write in Fred! - Proud Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: eeevil conservative; All
Al;so heard Sen. Specter (PA) did call on President Bush to RECALL THE HOUSE; I believe the Senate is still in session.
45 posted on 08/06/2008 8:43:06 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: eeevil conservative

46 posted on 08/06/2008 8:45:37 AM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: Carley
Annoyingly (is that a word?) enough, FNC seemed to think it was a joke. Made light of the entire episode.

When the Reps left at 5:00 PM for the weekend, I must admit that I was convinced it was a joke.

47 posted on 08/06/2008 8:47:15 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals? FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: KarlInOhio
Your lupins or your life

Dennis Moore

48 posted on 08/06/2008 9:16:56 AM PDT by Hoodat (Obama's only connection to the descendants of American Slaves is that his muslim ancestors sold them)
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To: eeevil conservative

Outstanding work....!


49 posted on 08/06/2008 9:29:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: eeevil conservative; Jim Robinson

This is reason enought to Donate to Free Republic.


50 posted on 08/06/2008 9:54:19 AM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Veteran==Keep FR free donate today==NOBAMA==FairnessDoctrine on FR????)
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