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Call to action: Regional FReeper Conventions: California
Feb 15, 2009 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 02/15/2009 2:52:31 PM PST by Jim Robinson

A few weeks ago, I posted a thread asking how many of you would be interested in holding a centralized FReeper meeting somewhere in the middle of the country, possibly on an airline hub so a maximum number of FReepers could attend. Lots of people sounded interested, but only if it were held closer to home and preferably within driving distance.

Ok, if one big central meeting is not feasible, I posted another thread asking about regional meetings. Sounds like a lot more people are interested in this, but everyone's asking when one will be scheduled in their area. Well, folks, please do not wait on me to schedule your FReepmeet.

I would like to explore ideas for taking our country back from the Marxists. I would like to see us rebuild our chapters and networking systems, only stronger than ever. I think we need to form groups or chapters in every congressional district in the country. In fact, right down to the county and city level. We need to form groups of people who can work together to recruit and penetrate the local political organizations at the district and state levels and right on through to national politics.

We need strength in numbers, ideas, candidates, funding and get out the vote efforts. We'll need homegrown networking in case Obama reinstates the fairness doctrine and neuters talk radio and possibly even the Internet.

I think we need to organize in every city, town or community where we can put together a group of ten or more FReepers. The local groups can work with district or regional groups and tie into state groups. We need to penetrate into Republican politics at every level. We need to ensure that the very best CONSERVATIVE candidates are nurtured, recruited, supported and elected at the city, county, state and federal levels.

We need to get to know each other personally. Local networking is the key. Meet and know your local FReeper allies. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses. Build websites and mailing lists. Penetrate into other conservative or political groups. Educate and recruit. We take it back one assembly district, one city, one county, one state at a time. No, belay that. We do it simultaneously in each and every assembly district, city, county, congressional district and state in the entire country!

There is nothing stopping us from getting started today!

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Ok, getting started. I've reviewed where our hits are coming from and not surprisingly the largest numbers come from California, Texas, Florida and New York. I think for sure we should have regional conventions in these areas, and in just about any populous area where we can get a hundred or more FReepers to meet. There's no reason we shouldn't have meetings in Chicago, St Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, etc, just to name a few cities that were suggested on prior threads. Also, we can't forget Alaska and Hawaii! Also, in any local community where we can get ten to twenty-five FReepers to attend.

Any group in any state, region, city or community can organize and schedule a meeting. No need to wait on anyone to get started. In fact some states or regions may need more than one. For example, I can easily see regional conventions being necessary in Northern and Southern California and two or more in Texas and Florida.

I think we can submit and debate ideas on how best to accomplish our goals, how to organize, whether or not we should form a PAC or a 527, how to advance our best ideas and people, etc., whether or not a national convention would be helpful, even selecting delegates for a national convention, but for sure just to start building a network of conservatives on the ground.

With this in mind, would like to start entertaining serious proposals for possible locations and dates for Northern and Southern California. Also will need volunteers to help organize and coordinate our activities.

And hopefully, other states and regions will follow suit.

By the way, I'd like to attend as many of these events as I possibly can, so hopefully, they will not all be scheduled on the same weekend. Hoping we form many chapters and hold dozens of meetings and as many FReepers as possible attend one or more!


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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson; Admin Moderator

Thank you so much for getting the MI notice system un-snafu’d! Many of us are already excited about planning a state get-together. Mille grazie!


151 posted on 02/16/2009 11:12:21 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: NautiNurse

For years, CPAC waived their normal booth fee ($2,000 at the time, as I recall) for FR, due to the large number of people FR drew to CPAC. This, sadly, is no longer the case.


152 posted on 02/16/2009 11:28:03 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Jim Robinson; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; A Strict Constructionist; ..
Who's up for attending convention in Atlanta? At the risk of running off a bunch of my fellow SC FReepers, count me in :)


South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.

153 posted on 02/16/2009 1:30:14 PM PST by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: upchuck

I’ll be there if I can depending on schedule and timing. I’m thinking we’ll probably have a dozen or two regional meetings followed by a national meeting in DC. The national meeting might even include some sort of protest at the White House or Congress, ie, there are a lot of PO’d people calling for a march on Washington. Maybe we can get together with other groups and make it happen.

I’m not going to have the financial wherewithal to travel to each and every meeting across the country, but I’d like to be present at several. We’ll be planning on driving to DC, so I’d like to visit with chapters or FReeper groups along the way. If the timing is such that we can make a meeting, great! If not, then maybe we can get together for informal group meetings as we pass through.

Hope to see you soon.


154 posted on 02/16/2009 1:55:15 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

I like the idea of getting 10 to 25 in local areas. This will give us a chance to get to know our local fellow FReepers in a local setting.

I’m in Oconee County, SC. I could probably reserve the Salem Community Center.

Interested Upstate FReepers contact me and let’s get rolling.


155 posted on 02/16/2009 2:35:51 PM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: erkyl

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) is THE American Airlines hub.


156 posted on 02/16/2009 3:00:01 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...

Sorry about any double or triple pinging of those on the troop support ping list, but this is an important thread.


157 posted on 02/16/2009 3:10:56 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: Jim Robinson

What does it cost to rent an RV for a month?

Could you get a driver and someone to plan the stops along the way (some of which stops could be at FReeper homes with big driveways)?


158 posted on 02/16/2009 3:14:13 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: Jim Robinson

I would love to go along. But my schedule will have to coincide with school. Hopefully there will be meetings this summer that I can attend.

We already have plans for Easter week.


159 posted on 02/16/2009 3:33:57 PM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: SuperLuminal
Does anybody know an ultra-right-wing billionaire "Soros" type?

No, but if you hum a few bars...

160 posted on 02/16/2009 3:35:59 PM PST by Old Sarge (Obama Dozed, People Froze)
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To: upchuck
Who's up for attending convention in Atlanta? At the risk of running off a bunch of my fellow SC FReepers, count me in :)

Sure; I'm already here!

161 posted on 02/16/2009 4:52:13 PM PST by littlehouse36
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To: MinuteGal

You are a natural born member of DuPage Freepers.

Florida is just your time in the sun.


162 posted on 02/16/2009 4:57:38 PM PST by spintreebob (.)
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To: TheRightGuy; A.J.Armitage; aruanan; Barnacle; BillyBoy; BlackElk; Brasky; Broadside; ...

Let’s do it. A Chicagoland FR.


163 posted on 02/16/2009 5:00:48 PM PST by spintreebob (.)
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To: Jen; randomhero97
Hubby and I are looking forward to meeting you and your Mrs., and our new buddy randomhero! :D

We look forward to it too, Jen. :)

164 posted on 02/16/2009 5:02:02 PM PST by Forest Keeper (It is a joy to me to know that God had my number, before He created numbers.)
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To: Forest Keeper; Jen

You guys have any ideas? I think we could include Southern Illinoisians in this as well if we set something up in St. Louis.


165 posted on 02/16/2009 5:03:58 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: upchuck

If I don’t have a firm work commitment that I can’t get out of, I’ll be there.


166 posted on 02/16/2009 5:17:21 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: cowboyway; upchuck
The upstate is a pretty long-haul for those of us near the coast. Columbia would be a better choice for a state-wide meeting.

If you do setup and announce a meeting in the upstate, upchuck and I can add a link to your announcement thread to our SC Pings.

167 posted on 02/16/2009 5:22:39 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Steelfish; Jim Robinson

So Cal FReeper right here — smack dab in the middle, where LA, OC, and San Bernardino counties meet. Count me in.


168 posted on 02/16/2009 5:45:33 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: upchuck

I could make it to a meeting in Greenville or Spartanburg but unfortunately don’t have the time, money, or vehicle to go out of town.


169 posted on 02/16/2009 5:46:28 PM PST by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: patriciaruth

I’m in Georgia. If we can’t pull something together here, I’m willing to head for a nearby state...naturally weekends are best, but...I’m open to opportunities.


170 posted on 02/16/2009 5:49:29 PM PST by bloodmeridian (http://feedyouradhd.blogspot.com, http://badfrigginhair.blogspot.com)
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To: NautiNurse

Deja vu.


171 posted on 02/16/2009 5:51:44 PM PST by Bob J ("For every 1000 hacking at the branches of evil, one strikes at it's root.")
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To: CaliforniaCon

RE: “Orange County might be perfect for all of SoCal as a central meeting place”

*********

I’m in L.A. but you could be correct — O.C. would draw from Riverside/San Bernardino Counties, plus much of L.A. Even a few Ventura County folks might be persuaded to make that drive to O.C.


And San Diego too.


172 posted on 02/16/2009 6:27:36 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: upchuck
At the risk of running off a bunch of my fellow SC FReepers, count me in :)

Not this FReeper!!

173 posted on 02/16/2009 7:09:37 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (We're mad, but when do we get REALLY mad?)
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To: Jim Robinson; upchuck; SC Swamp Fox
If the timing is such that we can make a meeting, great!

Hey Jim, there's always coordinating! It's probably easier for us to plan around your schedule. Since we don't know if you're going to be on the east coast on April 3 or July 10 it's hard for us to plan. Give us a time frame and I think we can make it happen.

174 posted on 02/16/2009 7:15:07 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (We're mad, but when do we get REALLY mad?)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Sorry, but at this early point I have no idea when we may be there. Lots of things to firm up.

Keep your powder dry.


175 posted on 02/16/2009 7:17:28 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Yaelle; CaliforniaCon; Jim Robinson

What about using Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concert weekends? The San Diego FC is August 7 this year. I bet a lot of us are planning to be there anyway. Sean is doing 10 concerts this year in some of the cities people are talking about already like Atlanta, Houston, New York, and Vegas. The idea of a PAC is essential, I think. We’ve got to do something to combat ACORN and the Obama machine internet fundraising, which they have never stopped, incidentally. How exactly does that work, that he is still/already fundraising for 2012?


176 posted on 02/16/2009 7:22:24 PM PST by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! Regular Americans, we're on our own now. Push back the hordes!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Keep your powder dry

Powder's dry!

Not a problem on the schedule. Let's work with it as it develops. Keep in touch with one of the SC FReepers. SC Swamp Fox and upchuck are the SC ping list keepers. If you are driving, there should be enough FReepers to put you up a few days on the FReeper railroad. :-)

177 posted on 02/16/2009 7:24:35 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (We're mad, but when do we get REALLY mad?)
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To: Jim Robinson; Belisaurius; mistermalaki; SgtTeran0311; The Kitten; skino9; ...
Ladies & Gentlemen of Westchester and Da Bronx, and any other interested parties, Jim Rob has called for us to unite into non-cyber chapters putting faces with names, an idea long overdue. We need to sub-divide and organize into local units where we can organize, and grow, gather strength and support, invite our like minded representatives, and/or put forth our own candidates, agendas, and ideas.

Free Republic is our home base, but the time has come to put our might where our mouth is, and fight back. Lord knows the GOP isn't capable of it. We now live in a country where we are not in control of our destiny. Our politicians/representatives are not in control of our destiny, and this is blatantly obvious by the disgusting passage of the Porkulus Bill. No one on either side of the aisle even read the damned thing, they couldn't.

So who sold and passed it? THE MEDIA, just like they sold and passed this phony “President” off as viable.

This is our right and obligation. This is our battle, and this is our time - before it's too late. The time for grumbling posts is over, it's time to get off our sorry, fat, lazy, complacent butts, and get into action.

If we really want to put OUR country back on a more healthy course then we will all do this, and do it now.

Freep-mail me, or post to me, and given enough sincere interest, we will set a date - time - place mutually agreeable to get together and have a meeting. THIS is our revolution, and as always, our strength is in our numbers. We are truly blessed enough to have this mechanism at our disposal so let's use it before it's too late.

Not convinced? We have all seen the banks, car companies, retail chains, real estate, houses, manufacturing, textile, tech, and even food industry take a beating in this economy. But the damned nightly news continues to spew its venom and hate into the general population, brainwashing otherwise sensible people with their crap. The NY Times is in financial trouble and it's time to hold ABC - CBS - NBC - CNN... accountable too. A very different and tough battle, but it is what we got.

C’mon gang: Let's ROLL!

178 posted on 02/16/2009 7:42:56 PM PST by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: clyde260

thanks, bfl


179 posted on 02/16/2009 8:23:42 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: patriciaruth

Bump!


180 posted on 02/16/2009 8:24:15 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Yaelle
would love to get something together in San Diego or combine LA and San Diego FReepers together.

What do you think?

181 posted on 02/16/2009 8:51:40 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Please let me know if you want on or off the San Diego ping list. Let's get the ball rollin'!)
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To: clyde260
You have expressed my feelings perfectly.

I'm hoping to get the SoCal or San Diego folks into action.

182 posted on 02/16/2009 8:55:35 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Please let me know if you want on or off the San Diego ping list. Let's get the ball rollin'!)
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To: mathluv; MeekOneGOP; jimrob
I would love to come to a FR meeting. Dallas is a fairly easy drive.

Well then, you are in luck! Come one, come all to the:

4th Annual Texas Cowboy Memorial Shoot: October 17th, 2009 ~ Seagoville, TX

Meek, you are expected to attend! And please ping yer TX list to that thread.

183 posted on 02/16/2009 10:51:24 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: CaliforniaCon; Yaelle

The OC BTTT!!!!


184 posted on 02/16/2009 11:34:36 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: randomhero97; Jen
You guys have any ideas? I think we could include Southern Illinoisians in this as well if we set something up in St. Louis.

Sure, we should include anyone willing to come to the general metro area. I freepmailed another active local Freeper to see if there is any interest. If these happen in CA. soon, I would love to hear action reports of how they went and what was discussed to use as a guide. The whole "vision" thing. :)

185 posted on 02/17/2009 12:36:35 AM PST by Forest Keeper (It is a joy to me to know that God had my number, before He created numbers.)
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To: Syncro

186 posted on 02/17/2009 1:14:09 AM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: Brad's Gramma; Jim Robinson; Syncro

Just checkin’ in from Sacramento South County and wondering how many Freepers we have up in this area?
It would be nice to find out so we can plan an area get together. If you have any Idea please let me know. I can think of a couple that I know of. Thanks


187 posted on 02/17/2009 1:25:48 AM PST by SoldiersPrayingMom (....A nation divided against itself, cannot stand.)
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To: SoldiersPrayingMom

I’m in Orange Cty.... So here’s a bump, hoping someone from your area sees this...


188 posted on 02/17/2009 1:51:56 AM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

OOOH....long ways from here.... but good to hear from you : )) Hope someone sees it too. We’ll get er sone...sooner than later hopefully. I think at one time there were quite a few from up my way, but just died out. I met several at the Tail Gate BBQ in Fresno from Modesto and Tracy and I know there are a few up this way that I can contact that are still active.


189 posted on 02/17/2009 2:17:48 AM PST by SoldiersPrayingMom (....A nation divided against itself, cannot stand.)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash; Jen; randomhero97
Ping to 120. Welcome aboard. :)
190 posted on 02/17/2009 3:45:33 AM PST by Forest Keeper (It is a joy to me to know that God had my number, before He created numbers.)
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To: randomhero97; Forest Keeper; Just another Joe

Fine with me to include Illinoisians.

How about putting up a notice on the MO and IL state boards so we get the info out to others in our area? I can do MO if you will do IL.

Maybe we also need to start our own planning thread instead of keeping it within this main one. What do you guys think?


191 posted on 02/17/2009 5:50:24 AM PST by Jen (The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash

Ping to 191!


192 posted on 02/17/2009 5:52:56 AM PST by Jen (The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.)
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To: NYTexan

Ah pung that thread!! :^D

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2186023/posts?page=160#160

bump! bump! bump!


193 posted on 02/17/2009 7:33:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: grellis

bookmark


194 posted on 02/17/2009 1:33:46 PM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: upchuck; littlehouse36; bloodmeridian

Looks like y’all are in Georgia and should plan a Southern get together.


195 posted on 02/17/2009 3:27:49 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: del4hope; Bizzy Bugz; sweet_diane; mtnwmn; proudofthesouth; EmilyGeiger; 2CAVTrooper; RatRipper; ...

Pinging a bunch of Alabama Freepers; bookmark ping!


196 posted on 02/17/2009 4:16:54 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (Halo 3: Recon - Due out in Fall 2009!)
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To: Jen; randomhero97; Just another Joe
Maybe we also need to start our own planning thread instead of keeping it within this main one. What do you guys think?

I think that would be good if we can round up enough people. I'm still trying to make contacts.

197 posted on 02/17/2009 8:13:16 PM PST by Forest Keeper (It is a joy to me to know that God had my number, before He created numbers.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Sounds like a plan Jim. Count me in.


198 posted on 02/17/2009 8:52:38 PM PST by backtothestreets
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To: Humidston
Got more??

Add me, please!

WHO wants Houston?
:::not me:::
I know there are more of us in the Alvin, Angleton, Lake Jackson neck of the woods.

Ummmm, exactly what are we doing? Sorry to be so dumb. I think I understand it to be getting together, "community organizing" (president in the making!), grassroot growing to bigger scene? Is that it? Thanks in advance.
em

199 posted on 02/17/2009 10:28:27 PM PST by exhaustedmomma (All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should. Samuel Adams)
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To: MeekOneGOP
I'm not sure what we are doing... but, I'm making a run to Sam's for a whole bunch of coffee! I'll be there, with my Texas size coffee pot!

Thanks for being such a great pinger!

200 posted on 02/17/2009 10:33:38 PM PST by exhaustedmomma (All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should. Samuel Adams)
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