Skip to comments.FREE REPUBLIC @ ALABAMA: General Thread
Posted on 02/24/2009 8:14:59 AM PST by Ultra Sonic 007
Okay everyone, welcome to the general Alabama thread on Free Republic!
Use this thread to post interesting news, tidbits, plans, meeting times, or just to converse with your fellow people of Alabama. This thread will be used to properly coordinate FR activism and various other activities...and, if things go well, serve as the proper thread for Alabama FR chapters to plan and organize.
Hope you all make good use of it!
Consider the Alabama Board: for some time, we've had people talking about meetings, where to go, what to do...but talk is talk, and nothing was in the works.
So I got the ball rolling. I was just going to hold an informal FReeper meeting at a bookstore (as some of you recall the daily reminder being blared daily across the Alabama board).
Done of my own volition to get the ball rolling, it was just going to be a small get-together of sorts at the Lakeshore Books-A-Million. Bigger meetings, more organization...that sort of thing can come later. Right now, I'm just putting out feelers of sorts to try and corral people into getting things going.
Anyhow, about three people showed up (which is just fine for the first time around). Bizzy Bugz was first, followed by BudgieRamone. We just introduced ourselves and spoke casually about various issues for a half hour, much of it revolving around historical parallels, our occupations, the freedoms of our parents days, and the porkulus bill. Though, as BudgieRamone and Bizzy Bugz will attest to, there were a few tense moments where I saw one of my history professors no more than 20-30 feet away at times, checking out books on the display shelves near the front of the store. Given that this is a professor who often walked into class with a copy of The New Republic in his arms (though he mercifully kept his lectures politically neutral), I mentally wondered if he would end up walking to our table and asking me some questions about the people I was meeting with.
Perhaps a bit paranoid of me, but then again, my next thought after that was whether or not he would begin regretting writing the letter of recommendation I asked for so I could enter graduate school...so yeah, some justified paranoia!
Fortunately, nothing came of that.
Anyways, Bizzy Bugz left; about two minutes after she left, TweetEBird007 arrived. BudgieRamone had to vacate, leaving me to talk alone with TweetEBird007. We did a round of introductions, him mentioning his kinfolk, history, and some military-related matters. It was around 5:05 PM where we both decided to end the meeting, and return home for the day.
All in all, it was a productive day. Yall can Freepmail BudgieRamone, Bizzy Bugz, and TweetEBird007 for confirmation that this actually happened (because I was somewhat aware that the idea of following the directions of some random dude on the Internet would ring peoples Hmm... alarms these days; hence why I said it was to be an informal meeting at 4:00 PM at a Books-A-Million in a rather populated shopping plaza). However, given issues regarding the Birmingham rush hour and the fact that a lot of people are still working around 4:00 PM, I posited the following idea for the next meeting:
Somewhere in Hoover, near the Riverchase Galleria: this Friday in the evening, where we can all meet for a FReeper dinner meeting (I find it easier to get acquainted with people over a hot meal). Something a bit more formal, but Im thinking it would be at a restaurant thats not too expensive...
So an idea struck.
Ruby Tuesday: Somewhat less expensive than the other restaurants, yet still formal enough for an actual meeting. And the foods pretty good too.
How about that? Friday, 7:30 PM. Would like to have more people show up this time around; if all goes well, we could get something started regarding a North Alabama FR Chapter (at least within an official sense).
So far, I have a few people confirmed to be going: myself (will probably end up bringing a few family members along), along with BudgieRamone and his wife. del4hope will let me know whether or not she'll be coming by Thursday.
If anybody is definitely going, please let me know so I can have good idea of what kind of table Ill need to reserve.
Well...that's my current plan.
In other interesting news, there's lots of talk about Rick Santelli and his Tea Party. A few FReepers have been discussing ideas about a possible tea dump sometime in the near future, while the iron is hot. Coalesce ideas here and finalize something!
Also, in an unrelated story, it seems that Bob Riley is rejecting part of the Porkulus funds earmarked for Alabama.
Well...that's all for now.
Bookmark this thread for future use!
Count me in!!!!
How Bubba Gump Shrimp?
Oh great now there will be 57 of these....
If it includes Lynard Skynard, count me in. Much bluegrass music done there?
I’m up here in the Huntsville area so I pass on the get togethers in B’ham. However, I would really like to be added your PING list for all things AL.
oops, I forgot one thing: How many FReepers know which state L.A. is in? he he
Well, proudofthesouth and mtnwmn are in North Alabama, so you might want to talk to them about Huntsville-related events.
Looks great. Can we steal for North Alabama too?
From Huntsville here. I would like to make contact and have a get together.
It's the Florida panhandle...Lower Alabama (LA).
If by ‘steal’ you mean contact people for the ping list...then sure. You mean you want a North Alabama version?
You stole my response. lol
Good job sir! We have work to do to give this conservative state representation at the state and federal levels. There is an ongoing concerted effort to turn it blue.
Way to go, Alabama!! Great work!!
A bookmark ping.
Hey there everyone. Count me in too! :-)
I’m here in North Shelby, 280 hiway.
If things are normal around here, I’ll be there Friday night at Ruby Tuesdays at the Galleria, 7:30 pm. :-)
Wonderful! I’ll put you in confirmed. See you then!
You know, pending the ‘normalcy’ of events.
Isn't that down 231, near China Grove?
Pinging some other Bama folks to the inaugural ping of the Alabama ping list!
Apologies if Ultra already got you pinged :)
The Google Map of Ruby Tuesday's in the initial post is somewhat...off.
So the actual Google Maps mark (the 'A') is somewhat off. Just keep driving and turn right into the parking lot. That's where we'll meet; I'll notify you all of who to look for (my clothing will give me away). Just posting this for the benefit of those who don't know offhand where to park.
I figure, all things considered, we'll end up arriving slightly early (me...I'll probably get there around 6:45 PM). That will give plenty of opportunity to acquaint ourselves before actually entering Ruby Tuesday's at 7:30.
If things settle down for you, it will be good to see you again. :-)
Good job with that map. I am not tech saavy enough to figure out how to do that.
Do you know that Gov. Riley will be at the Pelham Civic Complex tonight at 7pm. I will check the board to see if it is posted there.
I’m afraid he is going to take a beating from the liberals in the state for his stand. He needs support.
I’ll be tutoring students till 10 PM, so I won’t make it.
Here’s what I did for that map:
1) Go to an appropriate Google Map that I want to correct.
2) Hit the PrtSc key (for ‘Print Screen’; it should be on the upper right side of the keyboard).
3) Open up an image editing program (I used MS Paint).
4) Paste the image (Ctrl+V). What this does is that the image on your whole monitor at the time you pressed PrtSc will be pasted into the program.
5) Edit accordingly.
6) Have it hosted on the Internet (I used photobucket, which is free).
This is a test of our “ping” list.
I consider the lists interchangeable;o) I meant the logo.
You got to me...
Thanks...It’ll be good to you too. So, you’re coming Friday?
I will, if the creeks don’t rise...LOL!
but SweetBaby will be out of town. :-)
I meant...It’ll be good to SEE you! ;-)
Yeah...just pray for an easy transition for our friend.
She’s still hanging on. Mostly breathless at times.
But still looks as pretty as a picture.
I don’t think she’s ready to leave us! :-)
Go ahead. I can make a different one if you want it to be more geographically-specific.
It is looking more likely. If you want to ride with us, call me.
lol....I read it right through as if the SEE was there.
I will be praying for your friend....
Hey pappyone. I see you are somewhat new. I’m up here in WV reading about “home” on this thread. I grew up in Huntsville. Get an urge to “go home” for a visit once in awhile, although I don’t knew a soul there any more. Growing older makes one wish to see the places of their childhood. Sigh........
Alabama exports up 10% in 2008 (NBC13). Will be interesting to the stats next year...
And a more topical bit of news...reactions by Alabama Congressmen to tonight's speech by "The One".
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Sessions said the speech was positive and focused on issues the country needs to fix.
On Obama’s healthcare plans: “The current system is not working. We need major reform. But it’s important we don’t make a crucial error and expect the government to run healthcare.”
On cutting the deficit: “He’s talking about financial responsibility, but in the short-run he’s not doing that. … It’s going to be hard to offset this stimulus bill.”
Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Birmingham
On the economic crisis: “We do need policies that will create jobs and help families struggling to make ends meet in these times of economic uncertainty. However, more government spending and borrowing isn’t the answer.”
Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile
On Obama’s housing proposal: “We have to be very careful about asking people who are hard-working, tax-paying Americans who are doing it the right way to absorb even more responsibility to help people get out of a situation that perhaps they shouldn’t have been in to begin with.”
Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery
On the deficit: “I’m impressed by his desire to reduce our deficit. To do that is aggressive, but that’s music to the ears of people like me.”
On Obama’s leadership: “This man is very capable of leading us out of the economic chaos we’re in now, if given a chance.” But, Bright added, he has no qualms about voting against the president if he disagrees with Obama’s plans.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Anniston
On bipartisanship: "The current state of our economy doesn't leave Congress time to play politics and I look forward to continue working with the President to find common ground on the issues that matter to folks across east Alabama, like jobs, our housing crisis and energy independence.”
In Alabama—Lower Alabama, of course!
War Eagle from Auburn!
Thank you for praying for her. She and her family are precious to us, and also thanks for the offer of a ride.
But I may just drive. :-)
I’ll keep in touch via cell, though.
Thank you again...you’re sweet. :-)
Please keep me in your pings, I don’t make many events anymore, but I like keeping abreast of situations.
Fort Payne Lookout Mnt. Area
From the Alabama board, Southron Patriot has proposed a 'Tea Party' meeting for the people in North Alabama:
Attention all North Alabama Freepers!
We are planing a Tea Party demonstration commitee this Friday at Cracker Barrel in Decatur around 7:30pm.
If you are interested in coming please let me know so we can get a headcount so we can reserve a table.
I have been in touch with Michelle Malkin and Patrick Leahy and they have offered us advice about how to swing this. Any additional ideas are greatly welcome.
Lets show them that North Alabama has the gumption to stand up to Rex Obama
So there's that! A 'Tea Party' meeting at Cracker Barrel in Decatur, this Friday night at 7:30. A hand to Southron Patriot for notifying us of this.
And now, for those closer to the center of the state in the Greater Birmingham Area...the dinner meeting at Ruby Tuesday's in Hoover (at the Galleria), this Friday night at 7:30.
Here's a map of the Galleria:
That's where we'll meet; for those coming, we'll meet up outside the Galleria Mall Entrance, where the Ruby Tuesday's is. So in that red circle. I'll be arriving some time between 6:30 PM - 6:50 PM, so I should be there in time for those coming. We'll all enter the restaurant at 7:30 PM, so it'd be best to arrive by around 7:25 PM.
Those confirmed to be coming so far:
Myself, BudgieRamone (and wife), LadyPilgrim, RatRipper, and ImaGraftedBranch. Those who are likely to come (but have yet to give full confirmation either way, pending on their own plans) are del4hope (and husband) and Bizzy Bugz.
FReepmail me by Thursday night if you plan on coming, so I can reserve for an appropriate table size.
So that's how things are planned thus far! Two meetings this Friday night at 7:30 PM; one in Decatur, one in Hoover.
Hope we get a good turnout!
Regarding the Alabama Tea Parties. Anybody think it wise to let Dale Jackson know about it and maybe he can get the word out via his radio show?
How does the Western Sizzlin near Scottsboro sound? It is on Hwy 72. We used to meet in the Fort Payne Western Sizzlin when I was in Civitans. If we have enough people, we may can get a room.
Date: Saturday, March 7 Time: 11:30 A.M. R.S.V.P.
Western Sizzlin Wood Grill
23980 John T Reid Pkwy
Scottsboro, AL 35768
If anyone wants to go, give her a holler!
Please remove me from the ping list.
The dinner meeting at Ruby Tuesday's in Hoover (at the Galleria), this Friday night at 7:30.
Here's a map of the Galleria:
That's where we'll meet; for those coming, we'll meet up outside the Galleria Mall Entrance, where the Ruby Tuesday's is. So in that red circle. I'll be arriving some time between 6:30 PM - 6:50 PM, so I should be there in time for those coming (I'll be the guy in a blue Polo shirt). We'll all enter the restaurant at 7:30 PM, so it'd be best to arrive by around 7:25 PM.
Those confirmed to be coming:
Myself, BudgieRamone (and wife), LadyPilgrim (maybe her husband), del4hope (and her husband), RatRipper (and at least one acquaintance, perhaps two), and ImaGraftedBranch. Due to forecasting for bad weather, Bizzy Bugz will not be coming.
I have reserved for an appropriate table size of about 12.
I'll see you all tomorrow night.
Give it a shot!
If Bizzy Bugz is close to me, she can ride with us.
D...do you have her phone number?
Friday evenings are not a good time for me to attend, but I will try to make the meeting at Ruby Tuesday’s this evening.