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Thousands Protest at Tea Parties (7,500 at Fresno/Central Valley TEA Party)
CBS 47 TV ^ | April 16, 2009

Posted on 04/16/2009 12:20:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

About 7,500 people showed up at the Tea Party at Save Mart Center, one of thousands held around the country on tax day.

Fresno was just one of thousands of cities to host a tea party on Wednesday and was also one of the largest events in the county.

The event is based on the pre-revolutionary war protests in Boston, where Americans took a stance against excessive government taxation.

The people at the tea party in Fresno say they don't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat. They say everyone, from every background or social standing should be upset about the current trend of big government, big spending policies and huge corporate bailouts.

It’s not known if all the protests will have any affect on the politicians but that didn’t stop the people attending from making their feelings known.

(video at source)

(Excerpt) Read more at cbs47.tv ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aar; bho44; cateaparty; fresno; teaparty
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1 posted on 04/16/2009 12:20:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: JustAmy; mtngrl@vrwc; gracie1; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; notpoliticallycorewrecked; chadsworth; ...

Woo hoo!! 7,500 in Fresno!! Great job, everyone!!


2 posted on 04/16/2009 12:22:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

That’s fantastic


3 posted on 04/16/2009 12:27:12 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Jim Robinson

When people in California start turning out in numbers like this, the Powers That Be better sit up and take notice.


4 posted on 04/16/2009 12:39:00 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: ninergold3

Larger crowds than Hillary drew...and larger than many of the Obama campaign crowds. And none were bussed in like they were for Obama by ACORN!!!!


5 posted on 04/16/2009 12:48:31 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Jim Robinson; JustAmy; notpoliticallycorewrecked; Saundra Duffy; lager; PERKY2004; ...
I just don't have words to express what a great event this turned out to be! They are saying it was the BIGGEST IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY! The energy of the crowd was phenomenal, the young patriots marching in with flags singing loud and clear.... "We're Not Going to Take it Anymore!", the speakers were great, and the excitement of the crowd was electric! I've never been to anything like this before and it will be a day long remembered as one of the best of my life! Imagine, 7,500 people!!!!

My photos were just snapshots of the event, but it will give you an idea of what it was like, if you care to take a look (view them as a slideshow or individually).....

My Photos From the Central Valley Tea Party

Amy, I don't have the Central Valley Ping list. Could you ping them for me?

I am sorry, there were some people I wanted to meet there, but I never found them in that huge crowd. :-(

6 posted on 04/16/2009 12:53:09 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already! Find a Tea Party near you on Tax Day!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Here are some pix borrowed from CentralValleyTeaParty.com:


7 posted on 04/16/2009 1:07:34 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Arthalion; ATcohiba; bagster; bannie; bgone; Clovis_Skeptic; Conlan; DB; Diamondhead; ...

Yoo Hoo .....

The Tea Party was a huge success.

Hope you were there! See pictures in the above post by MamaBear.

Way to Go Fresno!!!


8 posted on 04/16/2009 1:08:37 PM PDT by JustAmy (Taxed Enough Already.)
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To: JustAmy

Thanks, Amy. Don’t know when or where JK will post his photos. He took over 600! LOL.

Was great to see you and the FResno FReepers again. We need to get back out on our corner again!


9 posted on 04/16/2009 1:12:12 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already! Find a Tea Party near you on Tax Day!)
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To: Jim Robinson

oooohhhh... just looking at those pics sends shivers down my spine... all those sca-a-a-a-r-r-r-r-y-y-y right wing extremists!!!


10 posted on 04/16/2009 1:13:27 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Meanwhile, the sheeple graze mindlessly while awaiting slaughter at Hope and Change Ranch)
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To: Mama_Bear

Jim Robinson

Ann, Jim, Amy and Sheila

Throwing symbolic boxes of taxes into the "sea," as JustAmy keeps watch.

Lots of Gadsden flags!

Melissa Courtney, the organizer of the CVTP

11 posted on 04/16/2009 1:14:29 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thank you for posting these pictures, Lori. They are great.


12 posted on 04/16/2009 1:14:34 PM PDT by JustAmy (Taxed Enough Already.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Great Rebellion, Jim. ;^ )

Thanks for the thread.

Taxes Enough Already!


13 posted on 04/16/2009 1:15:39 PM PDT by JustAmy (Taxed Enough Already.)
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To: Fresno; 100American

Fresno Tea Party Ping!


14 posted on 04/16/2009 1:16:15 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Woo hoo!! Great photos!! Great Day!! Smells like... victory!!


15 posted on 04/16/2009 1:20:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Great photos!! We really had a great day!! Tax protests are REVOLTING!!


16 posted on 04/16/2009 1:21:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Love the pictures, TAChampion.

I missed seeing you there. Maybe we can work something different for the next one. It would be great to be able to meet OUR FReepers.


17 posted on 04/16/2009 1:22:04 PM PDT by JustAmy (Taxed Enough Already.)
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To: JustAmy

I was there! My husband came along too, because he had to take me to dialysis at 3. He actually went back while I was at the clinic! He’s very shy at meeting new people. I stayed anonymous so he would be more comfortable.

He did spot a Bee reporter that he called a bad name, though. That guy was creepy.


18 posted on 04/16/2009 1:25:55 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear; Jim Robinson; JustAmy

Great shots, MB! Thanks for supporting FREEDOM!

Good to see Jim. He looked hale and hearty! FReepers RULE!

Good to see Amy. :D


19 posted on 04/16/2009 1:26:26 PM PDT by LUV W (Zero is dumb as a rock)
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To: JustAmy
Thanks, Amy. Now I need to go and get the RV cleaned and ready to be put back into storage. I am so glad we had the 5th wheel to use as a windbreak.

BTW, I didn't get a t-shirt even though I was a "tea bagger". Jeff got one though and he actually did way more than I did. There was virtually NO trash to pick up after the event. We don't leave trash on the ground, unlike those who attended the Obama inauguration. So, that tells me that WE are the ones who actually TRULY care about the environment. :-)

20 posted on 04/16/2009 1:27:12 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already! Find a Tea Party near you on Tax Day!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Tax protests are REVOLTING!!

LOL!!!! Jim, you are one funny guy! LOL!

21 posted on 04/16/2009 1:28:31 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already! Find a Tea Party near you on Tax Day!)
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To: Jim Robinson; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; jkphoto

Wow GRATE job folks!


22 posted on 04/16/2009 1:31:38 PM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: JustAmy
Great pics everyone. Down the street in Bako, we had 2-3K show up. Photobucket
23 posted on 04/16/2009 1:45:40 PM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Great photos!!!


24 posted on 04/16/2009 1:48:56 PM PDT by Enterprise (Hey Pirates - you got yer asses kicked!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Revolting bump!


25 posted on 04/16/2009 1:50:24 PM PDT by Enterprise (Hey Pirates - you got yer asses kicked!)
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To: Syncro; Dr. Zoo

Well, doggone it, there was just one thing missing - no, actually TWO things missing.....Syncro and Dr.Zoo. :-(


26 posted on 04/16/2009 1:51:56 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already! Find a Tea Party near you on Tax Day!)
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To: twistedwrench
Great pics everyone. Down the street in Bako, we had 2-3K show up

Good for you!!! Nice to hear that people in my old hometown turned out in good numbers.

27 posted on 04/16/2009 1:53:34 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already! Find a Tea Party near you on Tax Day!)
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To: Enterprise

I can’t take credit, MamaBear took some and others were from CentralValleyTeaParty.com!


28 posted on 04/16/2009 2:23:56 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: JustAmy
More pictures:


29 posted on 04/16/2009 2:28:11 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Wow! Great turnout! Thanks for the ping to the pics of the TEA party in Your neck -o- the woods,MB !:)

BIGGEST TURNOUT IN THE COUNTRY...Awesome!


30 posted on 04/16/2009 2:41:20 PM PDT by Majie Purple (It's wonderfilled to watch JESUS connect the dots!!!!! to reveal the BIGGER /Complete Picture:) <3)
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To: Jim Robinson

7500! Wow!

Thanks for the ping. Glad to see the pictures of you and the flag. :-)


31 posted on 04/16/2009 2:45:24 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

And thank you for sending me the Gadsen flag! Love it!!


32 posted on 04/16/2009 2:48:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Majie Purple
BIGGEST TURNOUT IN THE COUNTRY...Awesome!

Hi Maj. HUGS!!

I was pretty sure that was an exaggeration, and now I hear that the Tea Party in Florida had nearly 20 thousand. We had a great turnout, but we didn't have a draw like Hannity or Michelle Malkin. Still, we has some great speakers and thousands of impassioned patriotic Americans. I am so proud of us! I am proud to hear about all the Tea Parties that happened all across the country.

I think it is safe to say that we are a force to be reckoned with and it would behoove our elected politicians to take note of that fact.

33 posted on 04/16/2009 3:03:32 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I was ecstatic to see so many young folks there.


34 posted on 04/16/2009 3:18:22 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby (No taxation without lubrication.)
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To: Mama_Bear

HUGS back!

Oh okay...Still, 7,500 is a HUGE #...

I know You already agree,I’m just re:stating,is all.:)

Glad it was such a good experience; one of the best days in Your life even!

That conveys volumns about how great it must have been!


35 posted on 04/16/2009 3:19:52 PM PDT by Majie Purple (It's wonderfilled to watch JESUS connect the dots!!!!! to reveal the BIGGER /Complete Picture:) <3)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Sorry, I never got one face-on photo of Melissa (but I know my husband did). She was like a little white tornado, flying all over that place. She came flying into our 5th wheel to beg some sugar and creamer for her coffee (I couldn’t do much to help her, but at least I could sweeten her coffee, LOL!). That was my only chance to snap a shot of her AND I MISS IT!!! :-(


36 posted on 04/16/2009 3:27:33 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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To: Jim Robinson

What a great event ... and a special thanks to everyone who posted photos! Now the big question is ... WHAT’S NEXT?


37 posted on 04/16/2009 3:52:53 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife ... please pray for my deployed husband (deployment #6 to Iraq))
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To: PERKY2004

July 4th I heard, or June 14 (Flag Day).


38 posted on 04/16/2009 4:12:32 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: JustAmy

BTW, I posted my photos as a link so the the thread wouldn’t become “graphic heavy”.

You have freepmail.


39 posted on 04/16/2009 4:13:54 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
I'm confused. Why did you post photos that I took at the Central Valley Tea Party from a link that I posted and then ping me to them? Please do not do this.

There was a reason I posted the link to the photos and not the actual photos. It was to keep the thread from becoming "graphic heavy".

I appreciate if you want to contribute to the thread, but please find some other way of doing it.

Thank you for trying to help, and I don't mean to be ungrateful, but if I want my photos posted on this thread, I will post them.

40 posted on 04/16/2009 4:24:14 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Ask the Admin Moderator to delete the post with your explanation. Sorry, I had no idea you didn’t want them on the thread.


41 posted on 04/16/2009 4:26:27 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Personally....I loved the pics!


42 posted on 04/16/2009 4:31:21 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: All; Jim Robinson; stuart weil; JustAmy; notpoliticallycorewrecked; jkphoto; Saundra Duffy; ...
Some shots jkphoto took.


The awesome, 7,500+ person strong, crowd!


Freeper Stuart Weil and Dr. Linda Halderman, who gave a wonderful speech at the CVTP.


Mama_Bear, Jim Robinson, and Sheila being photographed by one of the many cameras at the event.


I love this shot that jk got of Melissa when she was given the gold flag pin. I wish I could credit the jeweler who gave it to her, but I don't know who it was. :-(

43 posted on 04/16/2009 4:50:42 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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To: Jim Robinson
6,000 estimated in Sacramento, although the media is saying about 3500. They, the MSM, are grossly under reporting the numbers for the tea parties, is anyone surprised by that tactic? Rush today was saying 189,000 people across the country, and that figure is way low, I don't know where he got it but the number is much higher than that. He claims 800 tea parties, let's figure 600 average per party, that is 480,000 people right there.

BTW, a thread was posted last night that 300,000 were at a tea party in San Francisco, has anyone else read that thread and was it true? I have seen no numbers today on San Fran. I was touting that number for a while but then I stopped because I couldn't find the thread and couldn't find anyone who had been to a tea party in SF. Can anyone shed any light on this?

44 posted on 04/16/2009 5:10:59 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Mama_Bear; TenthAmendmentChampion
Please don't have the Admin delete the post. I love the pics. I know it makes it hard for dial up users but seeing them on the thread without going to the link is so much nicer. You are to be commended for the photos, they are beautiful!

Tenthamendment, you need to learn to ask permission before using someone's photos, and even though I loved seeing them I understand Mama_Bear's pique!

45 posted on 04/16/2009 5:15:22 PM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

OK point taken.


46 posted on 04/16/2009 5:23:49 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Thank you for all the great, great pictures! Took me a while to get it to load (I think everyone was trying at the same time). LOL! I enjoyed the pics.....made me feel like I was there. Very successful events all over this country and I am so ashamed of ALL THE PRESS except Fox.

All the networks were so inflamed and called these people misfits, angry disgruntled people, protesting against everything. They were mean, mean!

O'Reilly said Fox beat CNN, HLN, MSNBC, and CNBC,all totaled together with amounts more than all put together, and they beat NBC last night too. This country is going to h--- in a hand-basket! Sometimes my blood boils! Thanks for letting me spout off...LOL!

47 posted on 04/16/2009 5:23:49 PM PDT by jaycee
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To: All; calex59; jkphoto; Jim Robinson; JustAmy
I understand Mama_Bear's pique!

Thank you. (I hate it when I get growly like that.) ;-)

No, I won't have them deleted. I wish I could post all of them on the thread, but I took so many and my professional photographer husband, who documented the event for the organizers, took over 600! If you want to see his, you are going to have to go to the website. LOL.

JKPHOTO's Photos of the CVTP

48 posted on 04/16/2009 5:28:10 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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Hi, jaycee. Yes, you can tell by the photos we are an angry, dangerous, ignorant mob. LOL.

Unfortunately (or maybe, fortunately), I didn't get to hear any of the Fox reports, or the other networks either, but I did hear Rush and Sean today and it sounded like Fox was the only network that reported on our Tea Parties fairly.

So, what else is new? That's the MSM for you. I just don't listen anymore. I think of them as the dinosaurs of the information age, becoming more and more irrelevant every day, just like the left-wing newspapers that are dying off like flies.

Our event was exhilarating, electrifying and inspiring and the Obama mouthpieces can say whatever they want, they can't change reality. IT WAS WHAT IT WAS. :-)

I am glad you enjoyed the photos, sweet friend. Wish you could have been there.

49 posted on 04/16/2009 5:41:16 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (T.E.A =Taxed Enough Already!)
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To: Mama_Bear; jkphoto

Great shooting, jk!!


50 posted on 04/16/2009 5:56:14 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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