Skip to comments.Free Republic's National Convention Pre-Live Thread and Updates (Updates: 137, 138, 139, 151 & 292)
Posted on 08/07/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT by BrytaniEdited on 08/20/2009 4:03:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
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 Americas most recognizable faces and voices on the political talk scene. He has been recognized by Talkers Magazine as one of the nations, 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. Hes 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.
Steves 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. www.jackiemason.com
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. http://www.lloydmarcus.com/
Lisa Mei Norton, Patriotic Singer and Songwriter and Freeper. Lisa will also be performing for Free Republic. http://www.myspace.com/lisameinorton
Get your Free Republic Convention tickets here!
Reserve your room at the Sheraton National here!
Are there any posts or threads that deal with car-pooling/ride sharing to D.C.?
It will be great to see you again, Dolly.
Marissa and I are getting excited. It will be nice to see our friend from Indiana/Ohio again. We have not seen her since we were in Ohio with Lori.
Have a great day.
See you in DC.
Check your state board.
There are charter buses from several locations.
Hope to see you at our Convention. It is going to be awesome.
No, no, no. He’s doing a great job of doing himself in with his own party.
Check on your Free Republic State Forum and perhaps you will connect up with other Freepers in your area who are driving and car-pooling.
Also check with your local 9/12 group as I know many across the country are getting together for sharing expenses and also chartering buses.
Hope you get to DC for this historical event, the giant of all Tea Parties!
Thanks for the ping, Amy. seekthetruth sending you FReepmail.
Hey there, here’s another bite of Malzberger! Take a Listen!
(He’s much taller in person than on the radio)
Hope to see you in DC, PGalt.
This should be a great event. The rally at Walter Reed, the Tea Party March and the Banquet. Hope you can make it.
There were three canceled rooms from Freepers who had to cancel due to illness and/or family member illness and as I posted before, the hotel allowed us to “re-fill” those rooms at our group rate. I was able to get those rooms refilled.
The hotel has given us five more rooms that we can fill at our group rate. The reason they are allowing these five extra rooms is they know that many folks had trouble reserving rooms on the 24th before the deadline. The deadline was supposed to be midnight on the 24th, but the hotel reservation system was indicating there were no rooms left as early as 4:00PM on the 24th.
So we have five rooms we can fill at our group rate of $116 at the Sheraton. If you see that you can come to DC and want one of those rooms or know someone who does, please Freepmail me. I need your first/last name and phone number so the hotel person in charge of our group rate rooms can call you directly to let you reserve a room.
FreepMail me with your first/last name and phone number if you want to reserve one of these five rooms.
Also remember that tickets to the Convention are still available and you can get them through JimRob and pay over time if you are having financial difficulties. Just freepmail Jim and he will help you work out a plan that fits into your budget.
Hope to see you all in DC for this historic event....the giant of all Tea Parties....and our National Free Republic Tea Party Convention!
Looks like I will be bringing my 11 year old son and 15 year old nephew...(future freepers!). How does it work for the convention with kids?
I live in St Augustine and I’m flying to DC on the 12th (early) and coming back that same night, but I’d like to be with other St A or at least Florida Freepers. I think being alone on the march, especially if they initiate any violence on the other side, wouldn’t be good.
Anybody who has any suggestions for North Florida Freepers to meet up? Thanks!
Hello?...is this mic on....need info about convention and kids! :) thanks!!
Pinging you to a question regarding the convention tickets.
Hello, Reddy. Someone will get back to you tomorrow.
See you in DC. It is gonna be fun!!
Hi Please read post # 139 about parents who are bringing children to the convention. Thanks! Jean
Hi, If you are flying in early and could be at the Sheraton by 9:30-10:00AM you can go on the March with us. There is transportation from Reagan National to the Sheraton. :)
Thank you! I’m getting into Reagan International around 9:00 am. I guess that would be time enough to get to the Sheraton? I am certainly going to aim for it, in any case, so even if I miss you all, I’ll start out from there and try to catch up. Thanks again!
Thanks for the info about kids at the convention...what does the $45 for kids cover? (I am bringing 2 boys, 11 and 15). If we don’t pay the full convention price, what are they excluded from? May they still accompany us to Walter Reed, be at the memorial service, etc., just not the banquet? Do you know how far away the children’s room is from where we will be? Thanks for your patience!
A room has been reserved off of the banquet hallfor children. It will be the parents responsibility to check on their kids.
Children over 10 years of age attending the Convention will have a full ticket cost (aside from those children who are handicapped and will be with their parents during the banquet.)
PLEASE FREEPMAIL BRYTANI IF YOU WILL BE PURCHASING CONVENTION TICKETS FOR YOUR CHILDREN.
AGES 6-10 $30.00
AGES 10-18 $45.00
AGES 10-18 IF ATTENDING BANQUET $140
Plus, there's no airport sweat when you pull in to Union Station and then to the Sheraton. I loved my Amtrak experiences in my many trips from the Tampa Station to Washington, starting with the March for Justice almost a decade ago.
And please, save the subsidized Amtrak whacks for another time. I'm trying to be helpful to folks here.
Leni/MinuteGal (Convention Committee)
Read Post #324 above.
I just got my convention ticket and I already have a room at the Sheraton reserved from September 10th through the 14th so I’m in. I plan to take Amtrak from Penn Station in NYC to DC and then hop on the hotel shuttle.
Have a great time at the convention, American Number!
Toss the Caesar/Czar Salad in 2012!
We got our Smartrip Metro cards yesterday, and our FreeRepublic.com ball caps today. We’re ready to roll!!
It's extremely relaxing to me; SirKit hated it the one time he rode the train, but then, that was before laptops, and he didn't even bring a book! Silly man! ;o)
850 WFTL in Florida is promoting it now on their website and on the air.
God closes a window and opens a 4 car garage door.
Go to this link and look at Joyce Kaufman’s station promo of our event and the links provided there.
Page down about 1/3 of the way.
With the unexpected withdrawal of one of our convention speakers, we're honored and pleased to announce the addition of an All-Star conservative who will address our conventioneers at the Saturday night banquet.
Joining our previously-announced speakers, Col. Allen B. West and Mr. Andrew Wilkow, will be Joyce Kaufman, an extraordinary and exciting Florida radio personality.
Joyce has been a fixture on WTFL 850 for over 18 years. She's gained a huge and loyal following due to the fact she knows right from wrong and doesn't mind telling her audience about it.
She considers herself fiercely independent. She's not ashamed of putting America first.....like real liberals USED to do, and our weak-kneed politicians CLAIM to do.
She's an outspoken critic of the "new left" who she believes views America as a failed nation populated with helpless, ignorant people in need of re-education and government rescue.
She's sick and tired of those in power who are afraid to stand up for our nation's Judeo-Christian values and the values of those who through their faith seek only to better themselves and their fellow man.
Joyce supports our only Middle Eastern ally, Israel, with every fiber of her being. She warns that America needs to stand by Israel and that Americans need to wake up to the stealth jihad going on all over the world, including here in the USA.
A proud patriot, she finds America to be the greatest country on earth. She not only supports our troops, she reveres them!
Passionate, spiritual, articulate, angry at times, Joyce also knows how to make an audience laugh. But don't mess with her! She carries a .375 magnum (she's a BIG supporter of the Second Amendment).....and she also carries a BIG voice!
Fasten the seatbelts on the chairs around your banquet table, freepers. You're in for a wild ride on the Joyce Kaufman Express as she blows you away with her outspoken wit and wisdom.
Tickets are still available for the convention banquet with its star-studded galaxy of speakers and entertainers. You don't want to miss a single thing we've got planned for you at our FR Convention/National Tea Party weekend! Wow!
Thank you for the link.
Awesome! Can’t wait to meet Joyce Kaufman _and_ her .375!
The Sheraton is allowing us to “refill” rooms that were canceled due to illness/family illness. We have four rooms left that are available at the FR group rate.
If you know someone who wants to book at the Sheraton please tell them to FREEPMAIL me with their name and phone number. I must call the person in charge of our block of FR rooms and give her the information. She will then contact the person directly to take the information to reserve the room at the group rate.
I hope folks who have not purchased their convention tickets will do so before the deadline on 9/8. The earlier the better to help us with our planning and our deadline to give the hotel a head count on meals for the convention events. Thanks so much!
See you in DC! Jean
CONVENTION TICKET DEADLINE:
Great! Looking forward to seeing you in DC for the giant of all tea parties and the wonderful National Free Republic Convention! DC is the place to be from 9/11-9/13!
We have deadlines to meet in giving the Sheraton a head count for the planning of meals during our events from Friday evening through Saturday night. It helps us so much if folks get their tickets as soon as possible!
CONVENTION TICKET DEADLINE:
The official cut off for purchasing Free Republic's National Tea Party Convention tickets is September 8, 2009.
Please do not miss out on this historic Tea Party, all of FR’s events, our wonderful speakers, meeting the Tea Party Express as they arrive and our wonderful speakers.
Tickets will not be sold after September 8, 2009!!! Get Em Now!!!
What might those be? Are we expecting SEIU thugs?
I suspect he got ‘talked to...’
If you watch for it, a tall black man in a low-crowned, wide-brimmed, Western-style hat fleetingly can be seen on the Sean/Greta shows entertaining the crowds as the National Tea Party Express wends its way across the fruited plain.
You have to look and listen fast as Lloyd Marcus, clutching a mike, sings his own patriotic compositions to the assembled crowds who reward his great music with cheers and waves.
Lloyd is on the bus travelling (and entertaining) with other patriots including our own Jim Robinson.
The Express will finale at the National Tea Party and Rally in D.C. next Saturday where Lloyd will perform his own song "American Tea Party Anthem" during the day.
At night, we're honored to have him entertain us at our convention banquet at the Sheraton.
Marcus' life began in a Baltimore ghetto. Today he is an entertainer, singer, artist, production designer, musical producer, speaker, selfless civic leader......and conservative!
As a youngster, Marcus' father, a fireman, instilled his work ethic into his four sons and a daughter.
The Marcus family was able to leave the projects and move into a Baltimore suburb. Marcus did odd jobs to make money as he practiced his artwork and sang in his church choir.
He served two years in the Army. He found outlets for his creativity while serving at Fort Bragg. He designed art work for Army brochures and, despite not being a Green Beret, he sang first tenor in the Green Beret Chorus.
He was later on the campaign trail, entertaining crowds all over the country on behalf of the re-election of President George W. Bush.
Lloyd and his wife live in Deltona, Florida. He was appointed to the Deltona Arts and Historical Center by the then-mayor who was impressed with his leadership in the community. Marcus is now president of the Center.
When our distinguished banquet guest is not speaking, entertaining, fund-raising for his Arts Center, song-writing, working for conservative causes and candidates, he and his wife try to get to the beach for a little R & R.
We're proud of you, Lloyd.....and we know you'll get a warm and rousing welcome from our assembled freeper banqueteers. Especially when you launch into the patriotic and uplifting songs that you've written and which come from the heart of a man who loves his country!
We have a replacement in Joyce Kaufman who is going to be a delight to hear and I sure am looking forward to all of our great Convention events! See you in DC!
To Order Tickets - See Top of This Thread. Click on "Get Your FR Convention Tickets Here". The link is under the "Don't Tread on Me" graphic.
To Order Tickets for Your Crumb Crunchers - Post 323
The Tea Party Express is Coming to a Hamlet Near You - For Progress, Map and Schedule go to www.TeaPartyExpress.org
Convention Banquet Guest Speakers - Posts 78, 120, 166, 334
Convention Banquet Performing Artists - 201, 202 and 342
Ideas for Tea Party Rally Signs to Bring to National Mall - 194, 260
What to Wear on Convention Weekend - 216
Want to Take a Nostalgic Train Ride to D.C.? No Fuss, No Muss, No Bother - 324
Can't Come but Want to Support our Event? - To Donate Scroll Down to Middle of Post 151. Bless Your Heart.
Are you saying the entire room block was filled? How many will be at the dinner?
Although it’s a little early to look at this, here is a link to the weather forecast. It’s been years since I’ve been to DC and I need some idea of what to expect for weather so I know what to pack. Saturday looks ok right now. Cance of showers at 30%.
Event To Discuss Intellectual Ammunition For Tea Party Movement
Washington, D.C., August 26, 2009The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Ayn Rand Institute invite you to a pre-Tea Party event in Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 11 -- an Intellectual Ammunition Workshop for 9/12 Tea Party participants.
WHAT: Intellectual Ammunition Strategy Workshop
WHO: The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Ayn Rand Institute
WHEN: Friday, September 11, 2009 12:00pm 4:00pm*
WHERE: The National Press Club Ballroom
Scheduled speakers include:
Tea Parties and town hall meetings held around the country this year have empowered a growing number of Americans outraged by the bail-outs, government take-overs, and taxpayer boondoggles gone rampant in Washington, D.C. Yet, too often the protestors have been dismissed as being merely anti-government, when in fact they are pro-liberty. Why are they pro-liberty? In this workshop, we will explore those reasons and explode the myth that the protests are just angry manifestations of reaction. We aim to give Tea Party attendees crucial tools to transform the political landscape and become more effective champions for liberty. Topics of discussion will include the founding ideals of America, moral arguments for defending capitalism, and strategies to fight and win the war of ideas. The event will also feature film clips and Q&A.
*Following the workshop, attendees are invited to a social Bureaucrash Happy Hour at Bullfeathers on Capitol Hill, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
If we’re driving in from Virginia, should we meet at the march site or at the Sheraton?