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Free Republic's National Convention Pre-Live Thread and Updates (Updates: 137, 138, 139, 151 & 292)
DC Convention Organizing Committee ^ | August 7, 2009 | Brytani

Posted on 08/07/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT by Brytani

Edited on 08/20/2009 4:03:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Welcome to FR's DC National Convention Pre-Live Thread &Update

After months of planning, FR's DC Convention is coming together.

Help make history, join in Free Republic's return to DC as a national group and help to herald in another wave of conservative activism Free Republic is famous for!

On behalf of Jim Robinson and the DC Convention Planning Committee, we are pleased the announce very special guests who will be attending our convention:

Andrew Wilkow Host of Sirius/XM Wilkow Majority

“Reagan is good for business” was Andrew’s introduction to politics. “I was real little, but that’s what my dad used to say.” Andrew Wilkow began his radio career at the college radio station. Conservative leaning politics were always his heart and he expressed his views on the air regularly, much to the anger of his co-workers. “I was basically just anti-P.C. at first.” He broke out of music radio in 2002 when he was given a trial/fill-in slot for Mark Levin on his hometown station, WABC in NYC. “That was huge and that’s when I first met Sean Hannity.” Soon after that he earned a weekend slot then a full time job at an upstate station. I basically did a 300 mile roundtrip every weekend for over 3 years to do both shows. Wilkow’s move to SIRIUS brings his new sound of conservative talk radio to a national audience. To quote Andrew, “Now is the time for the new school of conservative voices with a whole new style and passion – moving to SIRIUS lets me take that style and passion nationwide."

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired) was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia and is third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. His parents instilled in him a very basic principle, love of God and Country. In 2004, when it was time to retire from more than twenty years of service in the US Army, he brought his wife and two young daughters to Broward County, Florida, where he taught high school for one year. He then returned to Afghanistan as an advisor to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.

Allen West received his Bachelors degree from University of Tennessee and Masters degree from Kansas State University, both in political science. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military operations.

"Education is the great equalizer," he says. "With a good education, any child in America can live his dream."

Allen West knows that for our children to live their dreams, they need to be safe. He has served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army's 4th Infantry Division, and in Afghanistan, where he trained Afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their own country.

In his Army career, Col. West has been honored many times, including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals (one with Valor), and a Valorous Unit Award. He received his valor award as a Captain in Desert Shield/Storm, was the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993, and was a Distinguished Honor Graduate III Corps Assault School. He proudly wears the Army Master parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, Navy/Marine Corps parachutist insignia, Italian parachutist wings, and German proficiency badge (Bronze award).

Allen is an avid distance runner, a PADI Master certified SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and attends Community Christian Church in Tamarac Florida.

Excellence is a West family tradition. His wife, Angela, holds an MBA and PhD. and works as a financial planner. His oldest daughter, Aubrey, attends Archbishop McCarthy HS and his youngest daughter, Austen, attends Parkway Christian School.

Steve Malzberg has fast become one of America’s most recognizable faces and voices on the political talk scene. He has been recognized by Talkers Magazine as one of the nation’s, “Top 100 Talk Show Hosts” several times.

His quick wit, passion and biting analysis of the days events have earned him a huge and loyal following throughout the nation. Steve is among the most sought after “Talking Heads” regularly appearing on the Fox News Channel and CNN. Steve has also filled in for Joe Scarborough and Monica Crowley on MSNBC, and was a regular contributor on the Phil Donahue Show.

Steve has been a guest host on stations around the country sitting in for Bill Bennett and Mike Gallagher on the Salem Radio Network, and John Gibson and others on Fox Radio. He’s also been heard on WMAL in Washington DC, KLIF in Dallas, WBT in Charlotte and WGST in Atlanta among other stations around the nation. The Steve Malzberg Show is heard nationally via the WOR Radio Network.

Steve is perhaps best known for his ability to snag the top newsmakers of the moment for interviews, and using his warm engaging personality to get his guests to open up. He has won several A.I.R. Awards (Achievement In Radio) for “Best Interview” in both the news and sports areas.

Steve’s ability to bring that same passion from behind the microphone to live audiences has made him a successful and sought after speaker. He has been honored by many groups including the NYC PBA, who selected him as their 2004 Man Of The Year. Other honors have come from The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, The NY State Shields, United Cuban-American Organizations, The Chinese-American Society, Retired Detectives of the Police Department of the city of New York, Detectives Crime Clinic of NY-NJ, American Legion of Little Neck, NY, The Department of Veterans Affairs; and Steve received the Distinguished American Award from the Bergen County NJ Chapter of the National Football and College Hall of Fame.

Legenday Entertainer and Comedian Will Be Hosting A Special Introduction Video Specially Filmed for Free Republic. Jackie is now doing weekly video commentary for World Net Daily, the largest, independent online newspaper.

Proud Black Conservative Entertainer/Speaker "American Tea Party Anthem", Lloyd is joining our own Jim Rob on the Tea Party Express and has graciously offered to perform for Free Republic.

Lisa Mei Norton, Patriotic Singer and Songwriter and Freeper. Lisa will also be performing for Free Republic.

Special Mention

John Manning of Alexandria, Va winner of World Net Daily's Top Tea Party Speech. John will be presenting his winning speech Defenders of Liberty.

Get your Free Republic Convention tickets here!

Reserve your room at the Sheraton National here!

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Breaking News; US: Alabama; US: Arizona; US: Arkansas; US: California; US: Connecticut; US: Delaware; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida; US: Georgia; US: Kentucky; US: Maryland; US: Mississippi; US: New Jersey; US: New York; US: North Carolina; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania; US: Rhode Island; US: South Carolina; US: Tennessee; US: Texas; US: Virginia; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: freeperconvention; history; marchondc; teaparty; teapartyexpress
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To: seekthetruth
bumps returned!!!!

free dixie,sw

101 posted on 08/10/2009 2:14:54 PM PDT by stand watie (Thus saith The Lord of Hosts, LET MY PEOPLE GO.)
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To: seekthetruth
bumps returned!!!!

free dixie,sw

102 posted on 08/10/2009 2:14:55 PM PDT by stand watie (Thus saith The Lord of Hosts, LET MY PEOPLE GO.)
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To: Syncro; Jim Robinson; All
“Take a look at the buses for the Tea Party Express”

Know many Freepers from across the US will be getting out to meet the Tea Party Express at your stops along the way from California to DC!

We will be greeting you and JimRob and all the other patriots with flags waving and loud cheers when you arrive in DC! :)

103 posted on 08/10/2009 2:19:15 PM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: mtngrandpa

We have a lovely program scheduled for Friday night after the Walter Reed visit. We have a candlelight vigil at the Sheraton’s top-floor ballroom which overlooks the Pentagon (where we lost Barbara Olsen and so many Americans) and the Air Force Memorial. Bring tissues

104 posted on 08/10/2009 3:46:57 PM PDT by Brytani (DC Freeper Convention and National Tea Party - FreepMail Me for rooms and convention info!)
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To: jan in Colorado

We are flying back on the 9th leaving on 13th staying at the Washington-Capitol Holiday Inn - 550 C Street SW - Washington, DC 20024. I haven’t signed up for the FReeper convention yet, maybe you can let me know what you’re doing and when.

Mtngrandma wants to see a some museums and art things back there this time.

I wanted to travel with Tea Party Express, but the closest they came to Denver was Albuquerque and then it’s 11 days on the road before they get to Washington DC. Hope to catch up with them back there.

105 posted on 08/10/2009 8:10:58 PM PDT by mtngrandpa
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To: mtngrandpa

See you in DC.

Bumpity Bump Bump

106 posted on 08/10/2009 9:42:40 PM PDT by JustAmy (Republicans think everyday is July 4th. Democrats think everyday is April 15th.)
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To: freeangel; All
I have room in my house if anyone needs a place to crash (about 1 hour drive from the Sheraton National.)

Just FReepmail me.

I'll be attending the 11th and 12th!


107 posted on 08/12/2009 6:34:23 AM PDT by TPartyType (It's time to PARTAAY! . . . with purpose.)
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To: TPartyType

I guess it would be good to mention that I live in Harpers Ferry, WV! So, if you’re coming from the West or North on I-70, I’m right on your way.

108 posted on 08/12/2009 6:36:42 AM PDT by TPartyType
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To: TPartyType

How kind of you to offer to host a Freeper! I am sure you will receive FreepMail in reply. See you in DC! Jean

109 posted on 08/12/2009 9:37:58 AM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: seekthetruth

I’ll be looking for you!

110 posted on 08/12/2009 9:39:53 AM PDT by TPartyType
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To: TPartyType
“I’ll be looking for you!”

Sounds like a wonderful threat! :)

We Freepers are going to have a blast! Wouldn't miss it, for sure!

111 posted on 08/12/2009 9:49:43 AM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: TPartyType
Folks who want to listen in to the Steve Malzberg show from 4-6 Eastern, here is the link! Lou Dobbs is on until 4.:)

112 posted on 08/12/2009 12:43:14 PM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: Brytani

Yup! “Stretch” Pelosi. Coined by El Rushbo.

113 posted on 08/12/2009 3:26:03 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob
Let's see how much Pollutsie’s face stretches when she finds out that Glenn Beck is going to cover the giant Tea Party at the Mall in DC on 9/12!

Then again, he face might just tighten up like a prune! Not a pretty site to imagine!!

See you in DC!

114 posted on 08/12/2009 3:44:09 PM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: seekthetruth

When are you headed up? And where are you geographically located?

115 posted on 08/12/2009 5:07:54 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: seekthetruth
Ha! Speaking of plays on words . . .

As I listened to Rush this afternoon he repeated, a couple times, Obama's by now famous line (lie?) about private healthcare plans: "If you like it you can keep it."

I had a thought: If you tweak the emphasis a little bit, that phrase can be turned around and thrown right back in the faces of the supporters of Obamacare: "If you like it, YOU can keep it!!!" heh, heh, heh

116 posted on 08/12/2009 5:19:32 PM PDT by TPartyType
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To: SgtBob
Hubby and I are arriving in DC on September 9th and staying till the 14th. We will have a little time to do some sightseeing too as haven't been to DC in years.

When most Freepers arrive on 9/11 we will be there to meet and greet! Sure looking forward to meeting Freepers from across the US!

See you in DC!

117 posted on 08/12/2009 5:29:04 PM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: TPartyType
That's a good one!

I know a Freeper who will be bringing lots of great signs for many of us to help wave at the Mall. We call him “the sign guy”, and he sure makes great ones! He also has some great ideas for a bit of “street theater” that everyone will enjoy!

I heard a good one the other day. It was:
“Election Day 2010....Soon to be called Congressional Clean Out Your Desk Day!”

118 posted on 08/12/2009 5:35:45 PM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: seekthetruth; All
Thursday morning bump and a Free Republic T-Shirt offer!

The next five Freepers who book a room at the Sheraton and buy a Freeper Convention ticket by midnight Sunday 8/16 will be entered into a Free Republic T-shirt drawing!

Just as soon as you book a room and purchase your Convention ticket FREEPMAIL SeekTheTruth and you will be in the drawing! A beautiful Free Republic T-Shirt is waiting for you!!

119 posted on 08/13/2009 10:55:30 AM PDT by seekthetruth ("See You In DC From 9/11 - 9/13 At Our National Freeper Tea Party Convention!")
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To: Brytani; seekthetruth; Jim Robinson

(for a photo and more on Col. West, see the opening of this thread)

Shining brightly among the three stars in our banquet's All-Star speaker line-up is Col. Allen B. West (R). It's a great honor for Free Republic to have him as a very special guest, indeed. He receives standing O's everywhere he speaks as he travels across the fruited plain with messages all Americans should hear.

Col. West was on the front line of the War on Terror in the heart of the Iraqi resistance. He undertook extraordinary measures to safeguard the lives of his men and to protect Americans under attack by bloodthirsty Islamist gang leaders.

Yet, Col. West earned the disdain of leftist intellectuals and the rebuke of some disgraceful U.S. military honchos for protecting the lives of his troops.

West was no stranger to the battlefield, having received the Bronze Star and other decorations for valor. He commanded the 4th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment near Tikrit, Iraq.

In the days following the toppling of Saddam's regime and preceding the dictator's capture in a filthy desert hole, he was responsible for the lives and safety of 700 troops sweltering in the field directly in the crosshairs of Sunni Triangle die-hard terrorists.

Allied forces captured an Iraqi policeman thug named Hamoodi. Four interrogation specialists worked for hours desperately trying to pry out of him the plans for an imminent ambush attack against the soldiers in 4th Division.

Nothing moved Hamoodi to crack. Finally, Col. West brought the prisoner outside, took out his sidearm and threatened to kill Hamoodi unless he talked. He then fired a warning shot into the sky, carefully holding the terrorist's head safely aside.

This did the trick. Hamoodi began singing, telling West the identities of the two men planning the attack. He also revealed their method of operation, and he included the site of the intended ambush. Col. West then reported the results of his successful, though unorthodox, tactic to his superior.

For thusly protecting the 700 soldiers in his care from a grisly, bloody attack and for cracking Hamoodi where professional interrogation had failed, the Colonel was immediately stripped of his command and became faced with the threat of court martial and prison time.

The "rest of the story" can be Googled or Yahoo-ed. It's an engaging war story with a thought-provoking ending. Col. West is a model military leader, precisely the kind of man any soldier would want watching his back in combat. His troops and his fellow countrymen (us) were denied his valiant service in a misguided effort to curry favor with the international Left and the show them and all others in the "international community" that not all Americans are "trigger-happy cowboys".

Freepers, here's a chance to hear about this unfunny farce AND MORE information from this experienced military officer. You can be sure that we'll be reading about MORE travesties of this nature as the Afghan war continues or other battles elsewhere heat up.

Why? Because there's little doubt that Communista-In-Chief Obama and his left-wing advisors espouse every kind of irresponsible policies intended to hamper and emasculate our military.

We're going to ask Col. West to remain at his table for a while after the banquet if he can do so. All freepers, veterans and active military in our audience can shake his hand, thank him for his courageous, intrepid service.....and just chew with him about the conflicts and policies in the Middle East theater.

Don't let this one-of-a-kind opportunity slip out of your grasp, freeper patriots. Let's JAM the banquet room for Colonel West and our other two outspoken speakers.

Make your Convention Banquet and room reservations NOW while our special Freeper block of reduced-rate hotel rooms are still available!

Be in D.C. for this historic week-end!



120 posted on 08/13/2009 1:00:21 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Work Harder! Millions On Welfare Depend on You!)
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