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Fresno, California's Annual Tailgate Picnic 9/13/03
9/13/03

Posted on 09/13/2003 11:01:31 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc

Today was Fresno, California's annual FReeper Tailgate Picnic and we had a wonderful time! I am not sure how many attended today's picnic but would estimate that there were about thirty-five to forty of us who attended.

We caught up with FReepers we hadn't seen in ages, discussed the upcoming recall election, ate fantastic food (including JKPhoto's famous tri-tip), listened to music, watched a tape recording of last night's news where they discussed whether or not FRee Republic was a hate group, and just all around had a fabulous time.

I am going to post just a few pictures that I took today and hope that all who were there will post their pictures if they have any and tell their thoughts about the picnic.

If you were there today, please speak up!


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; fresno; fresnotailgate; picnic; tailgate
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1 posted on 09/13/2003 11:01:32 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; American Preservative; areafiftyone; Beep; Billie; blam; brat; ...
PING!!!
2 posted on 09/13/2003 11:02:29 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc ( We cannot change the direction of the wind... but we can adjust our sails.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Were there any protesters about? There were earlier threads indicating that an organized plan to disrupt the picnic was being planned.
3 posted on 09/13/2003 11:05:16 PM PDT by Ronin (Qui tacet consentit!)
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To: Ronin
No, we didn't see any peaceniks or members from actual hate groups around today. ;-)
4 posted on 09/13/2003 11:07:45 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc ( We cannot change the direction of the wind... but we can adjust our sails.)
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To: Ronin
A police officer came by to see if we were having any problems with disrupters, but happily, we didn't! Guess they did their dirty work last night with the "hate rally, and Hate picnic" press release!
5 posted on 09/13/2003 11:11:46 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: ladyinred
LOL. I bet you are all secretly disappointed.

No doubt you had some conter-demonstration tactics all worked out and no one to use them on.
6 posted on 09/13/2003 11:19:27 PM PDT by Ronin (Qui tacet consentit!)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; Diamondhead; tame
The food was great, thanks JK for the fabulous Tri-Tip! We also had some awesome cookies which I ate too many of made by Diamondhead. YUM!

JustAmy and Mama_Bear did such a good job playing hostesses. They must be so tired. Thanks so much for working so hard to make sure we were all fed and welcomed!

We had a good time, and ended the evening listening to some fabulous music by Tame. He is very talented, who knew? :-) We can all say we knew him when!
7 posted on 09/13/2003 11:20:01 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: ladyinred
Wow!
Looks like the sort of "hate group" the City of Fresno needs to stay awake at night worrying about.
8 posted on 09/13/2003 11:35:18 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: All; ladyinred; chadsworth; Jim Robinson; JustAmy; mtngrl@vrwc; jkphoto; Maccabee-AJB; tame; ...
LIR, what a great recap of our wonderful afternoon! Thank you for all the sweet things you said, and thank you, mtngrl, for posting this thread.

It was a memorable afternoon spent with some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Thank you to all who drove such a great distance to be with us today (you know who you are, LOL), and thank you to everyone who brought the great salads, drinks, chips, dips and rolls, and to those who brought their wives, husbands, kids and grandkids. It was a nice family day.

A special 'thank you' to Tame for the music CD. I love knowing talented people! :-)

I am tired so if I missed anyone on this ping, please forgive me.

I will see if I can get some pictures posted tomorrow.

A group hug to one and all. Good night friends.

9 posted on 09/13/2003 11:55:24 PM PDT by Mama_Bear ( Lori)
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To: ppaul
We are pretty scary looking aren't we? LOL!
10 posted on 09/13/2003 11:58:17 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: Ronin
Well, actually, the local FOX channel was there in the beginning, and we were making a lot of joking comments! Not sure if they will air them or not, but we had a little fun with it!
11 posted on 09/13/2003 11:59:50 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
We had a great time and really enjoyed both the rally and the picnic. FReepers are the GReatest!
12 posted on 09/14/2003 12:00:11 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Conservative by nature... Republican by spirit... Patriot by heart... AND... ANTI-Liberal by GOD!)
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To: Jim Robinson
I don't know Jim, that was a pretty nice post for such a hate monger!
BTW: Thanks to you and your lovely wife for the picnic! I guess I like being around such mean spirited people! :-)
13 posted on 09/14/2003 12:03:02 AM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; yall
What a GREAT looking group of people, for vast right wing conspiratists, that is. Heheeeeeeee
14 posted on 09/14/2003 12:05:30 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Have YOU had your Logan Fix today?)
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To: Mama_Bear; JustAmy; mtngrl@vrwc; jkphoto; notpoliticallycorewrecked; All
Y'all did an outstanding job organizing the events this weekend. The food, drink, spirited conversation and great company. What more can you ask for? And the Tri-Tips? Superb!
15 posted on 09/14/2003 12:09:44 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Conservative by nature... Republican by spirit... Patriot by heart... AND... ANTI-Liberal by GOD!)
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To: ladyinred
True. We FReepers are the nicest hate mongers in the world, bar none. LOL
16 posted on 09/14/2003 12:13:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Conservative by nature... Republican by spirit... Patriot by heart... AND... ANTI-Liberal by GOD!)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; Diamondhead; tame
To all a heartfelt thanks for the hospitality and sincere camaraderie.

Yes I know I'm up early but this is when the harcore, country club Republicans from the east coast show up on the California forum and they're sooo much fun to joust with.

17 posted on 09/14/2003 3:45:04 AM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: All
Scary looking "hate" group
18 posted on 09/14/2003 4:11:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Could you expalin the news thing. What did they say about Freerepublic. Did this come from a press release from the DU. I would love more info if possible.
19 posted on 09/14/2003 7:08:03 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Way to go Freepers.
20 posted on 09/14/2003 7:55:03 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; diotima; Bob J; Jim Robinson
Thanks for putting up the photos Mtngrl! It looks like you had a great time, so nice to see all the FReepers...I can hardly wait until CPAC! JustAmy and Mama_Bear, big FR's Finest hostess BUMP! Also, I'm happy to hear that things went smoothly (no "ants") and hope our picnic next week will be the same. Sorry to say that I don't recognize everyone in the pictures...names- we must have names :)!
21 posted on 09/14/2003 7:58:29 AM PDT by Libertina ("Leaders" cannot lead me without my consent. I, citizen, have power.)
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To: stuart weil
I have your sign. Freep mail me to let me know how I can get it back to you. How was the church event in YLP?

22 posted on 09/14/2003 8:13:19 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: No More Gore Anymore
Hi No More ......

we have not learned much more regarding the Press Release. We plan to check into it next week.

Did you read our rally thread? We first heard of the Press Release at our Rally when a Channel 24 news reporter and cameraman showed up.
23 posted on 09/14/2003 8:41:51 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: Ben Hecks
PING!!!
24 posted on 09/14/2003 8:57:47 AM PDT by Diamondhead
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To: Libertina; No More Gore Anymore; Jim Robinson; All; gracie1; Victoria Delsoul; Mama_Bear; ...
Look what was on the front page of today's Fresno Bee!!!

Looks like we now know the culprit!
25 posted on 09/14/2003 9:03:44 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: Diamondhead
Dang! Wish I could have been there! You and Mrs. Diamondhead are lookin' great......that really doesn't look like a "hate group" to me. LOL!
26 posted on 09/14/2003 9:18:26 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: ladyinred; chadsworth; at bay; spirit_free; slowburn; Diver Dave; fxrdeb; ZDaphne; mlo; ...
Did you see the Fresno Bee article?
A link is in my prior post ......... interesting!
27 posted on 09/14/2003 9:22:10 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: JustAmy
LOL!

"EXTREMELY VIOLENT:"


28 posted on 09/14/2003 9:33:01 AM PDT by diotima (So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social.)
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To: JustAmy
Oh my goodness! And kudos to the mayor who is standing up for all you (hatefilled ;) people. LOL hope this group gets SUED for slander! (Let's throw hate speech crime in as well, shall we?)
29 posted on 09/14/2003 9:36:14 AM PDT by Libertina ("Leaders" cannot lead me without my consent. I, citizen, have power.)
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To: JustAmy
Very interesting. I think we should contact the mayor of Fresno in support of his actions. That guy is showing some leadership.

I like how the hate group ,DU, is going to disrupt a family picnic ,and the hag at the city office wants to" prevent people from gettting hurt, by calling the people attening the family picnic, for purposes of eating and having fun, a hate group that would be mad if they were disrupted by a planned mob of lunitics. Oh I see a lefist's line of logic.

30 posted on 09/14/2003 9:36:53 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross ((were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free -))
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To: JustAmy; Jim Robinson; ladyinred; chadsworth; mtngrl@vrwc; Mama_Bear; diotima; Bob J; All
Please forgive me.
I just can't stand to look at all those pictures with blood and gore all over the place.
But that's what "hate" groups do best!
(sarcasm off!)

Looks like y'all had a great time!
I'm jealous!

Way to go, Fresno!

31 posted on 09/14/2003 9:40:31 AM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: JustAmy
I did read the article in today's paper! Yowzers! My daughter called me this morning and asked if I had read the paper yet and when I said no, she said I had better sit down first. LoL! Front page! Wow. Just wow.
32 posted on 09/14/2003 9:42:26 AM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc ( We cannot change the direction of the wind... but we can adjust our sails.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Friday night, I told the Bee reporter that war protestors get all the press; we were there every week so our military would know that they have support back home!!
I could find no bad press from the Bee.
33 posted on 09/14/2003 9:52:20 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc

A very relaxing setting with everyone enjoying the shade. And on the very left, we have Mr. Cookie King (FReep name Diamondhead) he brought some of the best cookies I have ever had, he should market his recipe (since I have a copy of it). We want to welcome you Mr. Diamondhead and your lovely wife to our group. And on their left is the hard working,dedicated FReeper- MTNGRL and then my pretty wife (who doesn't like her picture taken)- LadyinRed- I guess I am in the doghouse again!

Then we have the Tri-tip King, JKPhoto preparing the meat for the meal. IT WAS GREAT with his patented sauce.

You can see how serious these hard working ladies are to be sure every detail was just perfect. AND IT WAS.

A really great time was had by all and no disrupters showed their ugly mugs.

And just to show you that we are not a "hate group, this docile, easy going bunch didn't even douse anyone this year. We even held off on using the water pistols, although I was tempted.(Mtngrl, I still need to talk to you about your obvious pleasure in see me get doused.

34 posted on 09/14/2003 9:56:53 AM PDT by chadsworth (Hillary MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE 2004 ; Davis MUST BE REMOVED)
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To: chadsworth; TexasCowboy
Chads ..... why didn't you ping the Cowboy? He loves that picure of you from last year!!! LOL
35 posted on 09/14/2003 10:05:34 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: diotima
LOL

We look like we're ready to take start a war, don't we?
36 posted on 09/14/2003 10:07:25 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; chadsworth; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; All
What a bunch of hate filled looking people. Scares me!

Kidding aside...thanks for all you do. Am looking forward to more pictures AND the tri-tip recipe JK!!!!

Am going to the link to Friday to read all about you nasty leftcoast freepers :o)
37 posted on 09/14/2003 10:08:29 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: ladyinred
"The food was great, thanks JK for the fabulous Tri-Tip! We also had some awesome cookies which I ate too many of made by Diamondhead. YUM!"

He's too modest to tell you but Diamondhead also does a fantastic job with tri-tip.....and Santa Maria beans.

38 posted on 09/14/2003 10:08:50 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
Well crap! Looks like I missed a great party. I just read the paper (Fresno Bee) and saw that there even WAS a party. (Being in Lemoore I certainly COULD have gone, too.) That's what I get for not checking FR more often and closely at home. Hate Group, indeed. I'd have just hated to eat tri-tip, meet some of you and have some fun to boot. Mrs T-T would have liked the break as well...
39 posted on 09/14/2003 10:15:15 AM PDT by tongue-tied
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To: JustAmy; Mama_Bear; All
DeGraff, a member of Peace Fresno, said he read messages on the Web site that stated Free Republic members were armed and "extremely violent."

UNBELIEVABLE! I though maybe you guys were exaggerating just a bit...(and thought the references to the HRC were references to Hilliary Rodham Clinton...was confused how she jumped in the frey LOL)

FOR THIS you left coast freepers deserve TRIPLE KUDOS!
40 posted on 09/14/2003 10:15:42 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: tongue-tied
Hey tongue-tied ......
You have been added to our ping lists!
We no longer rally every Friday night because the war protestors quit protesting and it got pretty warm on that corner.

We will probably meet again for another rally in a week or so; maybe you and Mrs T-T will join us for the rally and then dinner afterwards. I'll do my best to keep our Hate Group in line. LOL
41 posted on 09/14/2003 10:25:25 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Military, Past and Present. Thank a Veteran for your FReedoms!)
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To: JustAmy; TexasCowboy
Cowboy? He loves that picure of you from last year!!! LOL

I guess I will provide the Cowboy with a little more pleasure and ping him to the picture. He had enough pleasure to lassst a llllong time seeing me get doused last year ( in person). AND I still feel sorry for him when he got it last year. The grimace on my face is still there from seeing him get it!!!!

HI COWBOY

You may not want to associate with us now that we are an official Hate Group. Naw, I take that back, you would would fit right in. (=:

42 posted on 09/14/2003 10:28:35 AM PDT by chadsworth (Hillary MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE 2004 ; Davis MUST BE REMOVED)
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To: Ben Hecks; Diamondhead
He's too modest to tell you but Diamondhead also does a fantastic job with tri-tip.....and Santa Maria beans

You must be the guy that Diamondhead wes telling me about that got him introduced to FReeRepublic. You know you really shouldn't get him associated with such a hate group (just kidding of course) I had some time to get acquainted with the two of them. Now we just need to get him over his shyness for posting ( hello there Mr. Diamondhead). I am sure he could make some significant contributions to our little FResno group.

Mr. Diamondhead, I forgot to tell you that next year's picnic will require a Fantastic Cookie repeat for you to join us:=)

Seriously, if you can join us FRiday nights, we would love to have you and your wife.

43 posted on 09/14/2003 10:40:56 AM PDT by chadsworth (Hillary MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE 2004 ; Davis MUST BE REMOVED)
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To: chadsworth
"The grimace on my face is still there from seeing him get it!!!!"

Yeah, I can see the tears in the one I have..........but I don't think it's from "grimacing".

Good to see ya, chadsey!
Looks like y'all had a great time with all your hatin' and killin'.
Wish I'd been there.
Guess I'll have to go dig in the yard and find a liberal worm to kill.

44 posted on 09/14/2003 10:44:18 AM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: chadsworth; Cool Guy; ladyinred
Almost didn't recognize you without the ice-water soaking. ;-)
45 posted on 09/14/2003 11:17:29 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc; JustAmy; Jim Robinson; ladyinred; tame; Mama_Bear
The Radio FR engineer (the magical agitator) is working on Jim's video file so everyone can view it. I will put up a thread to the news story video when it is ready to go.
46 posted on 09/14/2003 11:17:30 AM PDT by diotima (So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social.)
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To: mtngrl@vrwc
thanks for the ping
47 posted on 09/14/2003 11:19:05 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Almost didn't recognize you without the ice-water soaking. ;-)

I do have a different look being totally dry. What I am afraid of is next year CoolGuy will feel he has to make up for not dousing me this year.

Sorry you guys couldn't make it to participate in the "Hate & Violence Picnic"

Stay safe- Stay well.

48 posted on 09/14/2003 11:28:49 AM PDT by chadsworth (Hillary MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE 2004 ; Davis MUST BE REMOVED)
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To: JustAmy
Man, am I ever glad I didnt' come to the picnic - as a minority, I don't know if I could have handled all that hate-filled BBQ eating ;0)

(bwaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah just kidding)

49 posted on 09/14/2003 11:33:14 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks ( I honor my personality flaws for without them I would have no personality at all.)
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To: chadsworth; Cool Guy
AS a sidenote, I got Cool Guy to attend a local GOP gathering in the South Bay recently. And he behaved himself and didn't soak anybody! With cool temperatures, it was best he didn't. ;-)
50 posted on 09/14/2003 11:35:33 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (Anagram of my screenname: TRUE UNCLE TRUER COCONUT)
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