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Call To Action: Regional FReeper Convention: Florida
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Posted on 02/16/2009 7:34:37 AM PST by Roos_Girl

Okay, I posted to the Florida board and I heard back from no one interested in helping out to get something set up locally. Below is a good starting point that I borrowed from a W. Va Freeper getting started in his neck of the woods. I think this is a good starting point that can be massaged. Is anyone interested in teaming up with me to get something worked out in Central Florida? No one else is going to do it except us.

9AM - MeetnGreet over coffee & donuts

10:30AM - Introductions and brainstorming session to

come up with initial goals for the group

Noon - Lunch on your own

1:30PM - Session to refine our goals & objectives

3:00PM - Activism 101 workshop

5:00PM - Special Guest Speaker

7:00PM - Dinner/Social


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: convention; florida; freepaction; freeperconvention
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Let me know if you're at all interested in helping out. It doesn't have to be just one person taking all the responsiblity of getting everything done.
1 posted on 02/16/2009 7:34:37 AM PST by Roos_Girl
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To: Jim Robinson

FYI


2 posted on 02/16/2009 7:35:40 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Roos_Girl

OK I may be able to help. I’m in Palm Beach. What do you need?


3 posted on 02/16/2009 7:44:27 AM PST by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Count me in for a Florida meeting. If you want, for the activism section, I can give a presentation about opposition research.


4 posted on 02/16/2009 7:45:05 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: prismsinc
Well, I think we need to come up with a central location that everyone can get to and find a venue. I was thinking the Orlando area would be easy for everyone to get to. We need to set a date. We need to come up with an actual schedule. And then I guess we need to get the word out and see how many people will actually show up.

I have a state senator in mind to contact to see if he'd be interested in participating; Carey Baker. And maybe contact all our district reps to see who is interested.

I think it would be beneficial to have a small committee of people willing to start putting some of these ideas together. And I would *love* the input!

5 posted on 02/16/2009 7:55:40 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Joe Brower

Can you ping your Florida list for this?


6 posted on 02/16/2009 7:56:50 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Are you looking for a standard convention site, or something unorthodox for this sort of committee?


7 posted on 02/16/2009 8:00:31 AM PST by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Consider West and Thorpe as speakers, too.


8 posted on 02/16/2009 8:05:01 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: prismsinc

Since I have no idea the size of the group we should be planning for I don’t really know. I was thinking along the lines of a city civic center. Do you have something in mind?


9 posted on 02/16/2009 8:06:41 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Roos_Girl

I have kids. Are we going to allow for some family oriented time? Like a meet Saturday/play Sunday sort of thing?


10 posted on 02/16/2009 8:18:16 AM PST by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: prismsinc

I think it’s certainly something we should take into consideration. Depending on the size of the group it might just be an informal thing.


11 posted on 02/16/2009 8:26:36 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Roos_Girl

My wife is WAY better at this than I. It’s peaking her interest, and she’s an excellent organizer. I’ll get her to help us.

As for me, well, I’m always looking for an excuse to drink-n-play ;)
If there’s fun involved, I’m all ears! (especially with the young-uns!) Inject good times, and I’m great at the work-n-labor that comes with it.


12 posted on 02/16/2009 8:38:07 AM PST by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: Roos_Girl; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; Bob Ireland; floridagirl; oldglory; gonzo; seekthetruth; ...

Thanks for the thread and the ideas! If you want to take the lead on this I’d appreciate it right now, as it’s coming at a bad time for me. I broke a tooth off and am tied up with all sorts of dental appointments inbetween trying to work out of town, and other snags.

I’ll be glad to help you as much as I can fit it in. FReepmail me as needed.

Here’s what I just posted over on Jim’s thread:

Sorry for the late response - got up late today and just saw your thread and posts a few minutes ago. (Was out of town all day yesterday and didn’t get home until waaaay late last night.)

I see Roos Girl (Orlando FReeper) has started a thread on this subject also: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2186730/posts

She is complaining about posting to the Florida board and getting no response. Maybe that’s because the only posts anyone is seeing are from 2008. :)

For instance, this is the post I’m seeing there right now:

New Message on Florida
Friday, October 24, 2008 10:12:50 PM seekthetruth
FLORIDA FREEPERS! Please go to the link below and spread the word about the upcoming Freep in the Panhandle area. Join the Vets and Friends for a great Freep! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2113849/posts?page=3

At any rate, I’ll see you over on her thread.

138 posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 11:57:48 AM by Matchett-PI
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2186359/posts?page=138#138


13 posted on 02/16/2009 9:13:34 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Obama fully intends to tear down our Constitution. So no, I do not want Obama to succeed.)
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To: Roos_Girl

In....just as soon as I get the Jeep back on the road...

oh, and the ‘Florida’ comments at the top of the page are intermittent (’bout once every 100 hits or so, so something is still ‘amiss’)...I usually assume the problem lies w/MSFT.


14 posted on 02/16/2009 9:16:39 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Matchett-PI
Thanks. Was hoping you'd chime in! Since I don't have a lot of experience in doing this I feel like I have a lack of ideas and would love help in that area. Other than that I'm pretty good at the actual organizing and getting the work done.

Was afraid that we'd lose some momentum if I let someone else step up to the plate though!

15 posted on 02/16/2009 9:17:55 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Matchett-PI

hmmm...seems to me that if you respond to ‘seekthetruth’ you get no more truth....but tha’s jst my conspiracy gene in action


16 posted on 02/16/2009 9:20:29 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Roos_Girl

You went silent on me. You still there?


17 posted on 02/16/2009 9:27:56 AM PST by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: Roos_Girl

“Thanks. Was hoping you’d chime in! Since I don’t have a lot of experience in doing this I feel like I have a lack of ideas and would love help in that area. Other than that I’m pretty good at the actual organizing and getting the work done. Was afraid that we’d lose some momentum if I let someone else step up to the plate though!” ~ Roos_Girl

Glad you took the initiative. As far as ideas go, read the item below and I think you can see several things that we will need to discuss and EFFECTIVELY combat.

Here’s an email I received yesterday. My response to it is below. Please warn others — share this info far and wide.

-— On Sun, 2/15/09, G S wrote:
From:[..name snipped...]
Subject: Have you heard this song: “Born Again American”?
To:[...names snipped...]
Date: Sunday, February 15, 2009
http://www.bornagainamerican.org

Don’t fall for it !!! Warn others, too. Scroll down to “READ THIS”

The first thing I did was look to see who is behind the video. Why it’s none other than the left-wing Hollywood radical, Norman Lear, of “People for the American Way” who help elect B.O. and is now helping him to organize his “brown shirts”. This effort is just the opening phase of laying the groundwork for B.O.’s draft, which I warned you about long before the election last year:

BO’s back-door Draft: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2159649/posts?page=285#285
Bo’s back-door attack on free (political) speech: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2159649/posts?page=286#286

This “Born Again American” video is nothing more than just another one of Saul Alinsky’s “community-organizing” tactics being put into practice. “Wrap everything you do in morality if you want to fool the targets (the”middle class”) and get them on your side. I also warned you all about that tactic last year in my post entitled: “True psychopaths are often charming, seductive, and treacherous... Here’s a short excerpt of that email:

Saul Alinsky dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals: “... to the very first radical . . . who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer.” .....Alinsky scolded the Sixties Left for scaring off potential converts in Middle America. True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.”

While his ultimate goal was nothing less than the “radicalization of the middle class,” Alinsky stressed the importance of “learning to talk the language of those with whom one is trying to converse.” “Tactics must begin with the experience of the middle class,” he said, “accepting their aversion to rudeness, vulgarity, and conflict. Start them easy, don’t scare them off.”

To appeal to the middle class, Alinsky continued, “goals must be phrased in general terms like ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’; ‘Of the Common Welfare’; ‘Pursuit of happiness’; or ‘Bread and Peace.’” He suggested, for instance, that an effective organizer “discovers what their [the middle class’] definition of the police is, and their language — [and] he discards the rhetoric that always says ‘pig’ [in reference to police]. Instead of hostile rejection he is seeking bridges of communication and unity over the gaps…. He will view with strategic sensitivity the nature of middle-class behavior with its hang-ups over rudeness or aggressive, insulting, profane actions. All this and more must be grasped and used to radicalize parts of the middle class.”

A related principle taught by Alinsky was that radical organizers must not only speak the language of the middle class, but that they also must dress their crusades in the vestments of morality. “Moral rationalization,” he said, “is indispensable to all kinds of action, whether to justify the selection or the use of ends or means.” “All great leaders,” he added, “invoked ‘moral principles’ to cover naked self-interest in the clothing of ‘freedom,’ ‘equality of mankind,’ ‘a law higher than man-made law,’ and so on.” In short: “All effective actions require the passport of morality.” ...” Continue in the BONUS article here: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=d6e27ece-9798-4f01-a378-3f1405f69704 [snip]

[I snipped the rest of the email I sent to all of you on 09/25/08 - if any of you want me to send you the whole thing again, let me know]

Now READ THIS:

Born-Again American: A Christian-Tinged Campaign From Norman Lear, a Foe [of religious conservatives]
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/god-and-country/2009/02/03/born-again-american-a-christian-tinged-campaign-from-norman-lear-a-religious-right-foe.html
February 03, 2009 06:37 PM ET
By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

The music video for Born Again American, TV producer and liberal activist Norman Lear’s new campaign to promote service and volunteerism, might surprise you. The video, which features a new song that’s also called “Born Again American,” appropriates blatantly evangelical language: “I’m a Born Again American, conceived in Liberty/My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creed’s equality.” How ironic, given that Lear has been battling the religious right­the evangelical right, really­for nearly three decades. Lear founded People for the American Way shortly after the Moral Majority had opened its doors.

Has Lear jumped on the bandwagon of progressives who’ve “gotten religion” in recent years?

Not exactly. I found a Washington Post article describing People for the American Way’s 1980 founding, and it turns out that Lear has long used religion to battle [Christian conservatives]:
Two organizations, one made up entirely of mainline religious leaders and the other with them predominating, have sprung up in recent weeks ..:
One group, People for the American Way, will be launched formally today by a coalition that includes television producer Norman Lear, former senator Harold Hughes (D-Iowa), the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame, Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum of the American Jewish Committee and Dr. William Howard and Dr. William P. Thompson, the current and past presidents of the National Council of Churches [a left-wing organization of long standing].
Their plans call for distributing five 60-second TV spots, already produced by Lear, dealing with [Christian conservatives]. “We are trying to communicate to the American people that the Christian community understands that people must make up their own minds” about political issues, explained Thompson, who is the chief executive officer of the United Presbyterian Church.
“The church has the right to express its views,” Thompson continued, “but it does not have the right to tell people how to vote.”
A helpful reminder that liberals have been fighting religious conservatives with religion­and not just arguments for church/state separation­since way before the religious left’s post-2004 revival. [With the help of the Marxist / Socialist Jim Wallis and his left-wing Sojourners magazine] See below:

Discover the Network profile of Jim Wallis
http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1833
Jim Wallis
Activist preacher and editor of the leftwing Christian magazine Sojourners
Democratic Party operative who claims that God is “neither a Republican nor a Democrat”
Apologist for communist atrocities in Cambodia and Vietnam
Dedicated foe of capitalism
Contends that Biblical scripture calls for large central government to aid the poor

“..Giving voice to Sojourners’ intense anti-Americanism, Jim Wallis called the U.S. “… the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs.” Sojourners is a member organization of the Win Without War and United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalitions. Sojourners is supported by the Cawley Family Foundation, Crystal Trust, the Delaware Community Foundation, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the Gill Foundation, the Laffey-McHugh Foundation, the Longwood Foundation, the MBNA Foundation, the [George Soros] Open Society Institute, www.soros.org the Peninsula Community Foundation, and the Philadelphia Foundation. ..” - David Jonsson


18 posted on 02/16/2009 9:55:07 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Obama fully intends to tear down our Constitution. So no, I do not want Obama to succeed.)
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To: Roos_Girl

I’m in Winter Park,,,,keep me posted


19 posted on 02/16/2009 9:56:29 AM PST by spacejunkie01
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To: Roos_Girl

Count me in! Will get the word out to others also as soon as the place and date are set. See your Freepmail. :)


20 posted on 02/16/2009 10:44:26 AM PST by seekthetruth
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To: Matchett-PI
Laugh, I just re-read what I wrote. I didn't mean we'd lose momentum if I *let* someone else step up to the plate. I meant if I *waited* for someone else to step up to the plate.

Oh boy, didn't I sound like an ass!?

21 posted on 02/16/2009 11:09:18 AM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Winter Haven checking in...


22 posted on 02/16/2009 12:01:16 PM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Roos_Girl

Count me in


23 posted on 02/16/2009 12:23:22 PM PST by Popman (One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress - John Adams)
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To: Roos_Girl

I’m in Jacksonville — count me in.


24 posted on 02/16/2009 1:44:54 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Roos_Girl
I'm way down island here in Key West

But thanks for your good efforts and please keep me posted .... I've been known to leave the rock

.

25 posted on 02/16/2009 1:49:51 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Roos_Girl

You can get Bill Posey to speak...pretty much 80% chance he would show up to something like this.


26 posted on 02/16/2009 3:36:01 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: Matchett-PI; gonzo; oldglory; MinuteGal; Bob Ireland
Congrats, Janice ! !

on your

10 Yr. FReeper

Anniversary !!


27 posted on 02/16/2009 3:49:22 PM PST by mcmuffin
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( Thread jack completed )
28 posted on 02/16/2009 3:50:47 PM PST by mcmuffin
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To: Roos_Girl
I was thinking along the lines of a city civic center. Do you have something in mind?

We are in South Florida!

"Old Town" in Kissimmee is a folksy location!!

My wife's daddy's 90 years birthday in 2002 was celebrated there, and so was his memorial celebration after his death on last July 4. We had great group hotel rates available to us and a room for about a hundred people!!!

29 posted on 02/16/2009 4:14:39 PM PST by danamco (!!!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Are we talking about the Orlando area?


30 posted on 02/16/2009 4:18:50 PM PST by TheNewPundit
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To: Roos_Girl

I’m interested....I’m an hour’s drive from Orlando.


31 posted on 02/16/2009 4:41:38 PM PST by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: Roos_Girl

I’m in Panama City and I will help with anything I can.


32 posted on 02/16/2009 5:00:24 PM PST by jch10
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To: TheNewPundit

Yes. We’re talking about the Orlando area.


33 posted on 02/16/2009 5:17:29 PM PST by Roos_Girl (Help! Help! I'm being repressed!)
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To: mcmuffin

The same backatcha! Whoo Hoo!


34 posted on 02/16/2009 5:49:03 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Obama fully intends to tear down our Constitution. So no, I do not want Obama to succeed.)
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To: Roos_Girl
"Oh boy, didn't I sound like an ass!?"

Not to me! I knew what you meant. :)

35 posted on 02/16/2009 5:57:53 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Obama fully intends to tear down our Constitution. So no, I do not want Obama to succeed.)
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To: Roos_Girl

GO GO GO!!! Looks like you are getting a lot more response than I have received out of WV. Keep it up!


36 posted on 02/16/2009 6:27:38 PM PST by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Roos_Girl

Please ping me when you get a time, place and date set. I might want to come. I am near Tampa.


37 posted on 02/16/2009 8:37:49 PM PST by FloridaBattleGround
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To: Roos_Girl; Matchett-PI; gonzo; beaware; paltz; 3D-JOY; kristinn; tflabo; buccaneer81; ...

Ping


38 posted on 02/16/2009 8:38:56 PM PST by FloridaBattleGround
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


39 posted on 02/17/2009 5:20:04 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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Interesting BUMP!
40 posted on 02/17/2009 5:27:03 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough bags of popcorn.)
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To: Roos_Girl

in


41 posted on 02/17/2009 5:48:05 AM PST by woollyone (I believe God created me- you believe you're related to monkeys. Of course I laughed at you!)
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To: FloridaBattleGround; Roos_Girl

Thanks, I have been watching this thread.

The Florida notice of additions to the site no longer functions for me and when it did it was so far behind as to be useless.

I am TOTALLY OK with a meeting in Orlando. I would like to know that it would be productive and have specific action by Freepers pre-planned and ongoing.

It should be timed to some local political(?)event and include a FREEP in order to show those who have never done it, how easy and non-threatening it is to participate.


42 posted on 02/17/2009 7:34:35 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: 3D-JOY

North of Tampa here. 33523.


43 posted on 02/17/2009 8:06:26 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Roos_Girl

Volusia County (Ormond Beach) here. I would be interested in helping out. I have a mobile DJ biz and can provide various sizes of PA (public address) systems for any speakers to use, and if needed, can provide the music and PA for the evening social as well. Let me know.


44 posted on 02/17/2009 8:14:47 AM PST by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Roos_Girl

Hi..I’m in Tampa..would love to attend..please put me on you ping/email list for the future...one small suggestion.we should all try and eat together..it’s far more fun, and a good chance to get to know each other better..


45 posted on 02/17/2009 9:59:24 AM PST by ken5050 (Don't blame me, I voted for Palin!!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Roos_Girl......THANK YOU for taking the initiative! I think Regional meetings are a terrific idea. I’m in St. Pete so Orlando sounds good to me. Giving people enough advance time is important so they can adjust schedules, etc..

I would definitely like to attend...but can’t commit absolutely cause I care for my elderly Mom who has liver cancer so I kind of play it by ear. But, if there’s any way I can join in, I will!

I sent Carey Baker ‘shoe box’ packages when he served in Iraq. Think he’s a good guy.

My County Republican Party is establishing a technology committee, a legislative committee and a grass roots, voter registration committee......I plan to ask them to also establish an ACTIVISM committee. It would be great to have the Republican Party in each state arrange to have a contingent go to Washington D.C. to support/defend America. A while ago, I read that FR may have a Defend America rally in D.C. in May. Not sure if this has been finalized.....I’m hoping I can get to this....and the Repub Party, as well as, Hannity, Beck, Rush etc. should support and encourage people to attend.
The Repub Party SHOULD HAVE ARRANGED A MARCH ON WASHINGTON BEFORE THE STIMULUS BILL WAS VOTED ON! OOOO, sorry for ranting.

Will stay in touch...


46 posted on 02/17/2009 10:13:45 AM PST by 4integrity
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To: Roos_Girl

I will help if it’s near me (FL is a long state!) I’m in Palm Beach County.


47 posted on 02/17/2009 10:51:56 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: Joe Brower

Count me in.


48 posted on 02/17/2009 11:31:30 AM PST by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: Roos_Girl; Matchett-PI; seekthetruth; mcmuffin; gonzo; MinuteGal
Back in the Age of the Druids we held this sort of council here in Orlando to strategize about the Stalinist influence here in the Sunshine State.

Some competent person set up hotel arrangements with discounts [probably MinuteGal]; some other competent person invited a noted speaker [who didn't show up.]

I arranged to rent our local Chamber of Commerce building for a Saturday [West Orlando]; gonzo paid for me to rent a large screen tv for the day for a tv-phone conference with JimRob [which also ran into troubled water, but by a chance of good luck I rescued the project with two tin cans and a long wire.]

Like JanMatch, I am in murky circumstances - healthwise with me. There were some problems with hotel accommodations too close to the meet place, and frankly they were a near disaster. However, this location is not injuriously far from International Drive and the tourist areas.

I am cautious to commit to too much at this point, but if you can get some momentum, and there is a consensus about trying the same meet place as before, I will approach the folks about costs and availability. Seating is at least 50 persons, there is a kitchen and serving area, and general climate control is as good as expected. Lighting is brighter than Paleolithic cave dwellings.

I suppose that is enough to get things rolling if there is general interest amongst Florida FReepers. Freep on!

IR

49 posted on 02/17/2009 12:05:07 PM PST by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: Roos_Girl

You will do better on attendance if you give at least a month’s notice, not on a holiday.


50 posted on 02/17/2009 12:08:00 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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