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D.C. Chapter Summer Update/ Meeting With James Bovard
self | Monday, July 8, 2002 | Kristinn

Posted on 07/08/2002 8:19:44 PM PDT by kristinn

The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic held a meeting two weeks ago to discuss our future and hold one final review of The Patriots Rally for America.

Our guest of honor was author and scholar James Bovard.

Those attending the meeting were chapter members Jimmy Valentine's brother, GunsareOK, Taxman, leadpenny, AGreatPer, sauropod, BufordP, Connie, jimtorr, tgslTakoma, Angelwood, Gore_War_Vet and his significant other, a lurker from Virginia and kristinn.

It was our pleasure to be joined by visiting FReepers dixie sass and 3D-JOY.

We gave the finances of the Patriots Rally one last look and determined that we were in the clear thanks to the generosity of FReepers from across the country and the kindness of two in particular. The rally cost approximately $7300 overall, around 2/3 of this was paid for by D.C. Chapter members.

We spoke about our Saturday vigil at the Pentagon which we maintained from November to April. Rather than continue to hold official vigils every Saturday, we decided to go there on an informal basis for the time being in order to maintain the memorial trees during the summer. (tgslTakoma, daughter of tgsl, stand watie and I went there this past Saturday.)

We made plans to reach out to conservative students at D.C. area college campuses this fall to counter the leftist influence there and to recruit new FReepers among conservative students.

Mr. Bovard led a spirited discussion that went on for hours. He began by telling us about the book he is writing and everyone joined in and took it from there. The main discussion was the government's response to the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and the effects on the rights of American citizens.

While we agreed that some of the changes instituted were good, we also agreed that some of the changes enacted into law and others being proposed in the courts were not good at all--specifically parts of the Patriot Act and the designation of American citizens as enemy combatants without the right to contest the designation.

While we applauded the Bush administration's support of the Second Amendment as an individual right, we were concerned at the whittling away of other Constitutional rights by Congress and the Bush administration.

Mr. Bovard was very pleasant to talk with and he shared his expertise on many subjects with us. The meeting went on far longer than planned. Mr. Bovard left after four hours that flew by fast. The remaining guests were gone by 8 p.m., six hours after the first guests arrived.

We were deeply honored that Mr. Bovard spoke at our meeting. We look forward to meeting him again.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News
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The D.C. Chapter will be out supporting our troops and Commander-in-Chief as circumstances dictate. We'll also do what we can to help President Bush's judicial nominees when rallies to support them are announced.

As always, we'll be popping up to shine the light of truth on the Clintons and the 'Rats in the months ahead.

EAGLES UP!!!

1 posted on 07/08/2002 8:19:44 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: Dave Dilegge; leadpenny; sauropod; Doctor Raoul; The Glaswegian; ELS; Marylander; TBP; ...
D.C. Chapter ping.
2 posted on 07/08/2002 8:22:36 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
It sounds like ya'll had a great meeting. I would love to have heard Mr. Bovard.
3 posted on 07/08/2002 8:50:02 PM PDT by basil
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the AAR (After Action Report) Kristinn.

Eagles up!
4 posted on 07/08/2002 8:58:11 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: kristinn
BRAVO DC Chapter.....thanks for the report!
5 posted on 07/08/2002 9:00:49 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: basil
The best we can do now is post a link to the photos from the meeting, which should be done tomorrow night.
6 posted on 07/08/2002 9:04:09 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: basil
We had good food, stimulating debate and excellent company -- and Kristinn was a gracious host.

I'm glad to see you posting -- I was worried that the rains stranded you on top of your hill. Is the sandbar in the lake covered over yet? I envy you your view from the balcony -- everyone else will, too, after they see the pictures!

7 posted on 07/08/2002 9:11:30 PM PDT by Angelwood
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To: JulieRNR21; Fred Mertz
Thanks, we should also have current photos of the Pentagon memorial trees posted tomorrow night.

It was good to get out there last Saturday. stand watie and I spent about 90 minutes talking with visitors and holding flags (U.S. and S.C.) while tgslTakoma and daughter worked inside the snow fencing around the main tree.

Next week we'll be back to tidy up the other tree.

One interesting thing that happened Saturday was the visit paid us by a Defense Protection Service agent. He chatted with us for awhile and gave each of us an 8 x 10 color photo of an aerial view of the Pentagon taken a few days after 9-11. He also gave copies of the photo to a few other visitors to the site.

8 posted on 07/08/2002 9:13:52 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
Thanx for the report. Wish I could have been there. I stand in awe of the DC Freepers.
9 posted on 07/08/2002 9:20:55 PM PDT by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny
I stand in awe of them, too. Especially Angelwood :-)
10 posted on 07/08/2002 9:25:01 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
"We made plans to reach out to conservative students at D.C. area college campuses this fall to counter the leftist influence there and to recruit new FReepers among conservative students."

That is a very good idea. American University might be a good place to start, the Administration there kicked Young America's Foundation out from using their building for YAF's yearly summer conferences.

11 posted on 07/08/2002 9:31:11 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: kristinn
"awe-ful" bump to y'all!
12 posted on 07/08/2002 9:33:23 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: kristinn; basil; All
I'm not on call tonight, and not used to getting a full night's sleep, so while I'm awake I may as well at least post a link to the albums in which the photos are stored. That takes up less room on the thread, too. (And it lessens the chance for me to mess up the links... a feat at which I am approaching expert). So here goes nuthin'

DC Chapter meeting - June 23, 2002 - with Guest Speaker James Bovard

Pentagon - July 6, 2002 - DC Chapter cleanup of memorial site Note: I haven't gotten all the photos in this album captioned, but most speak for themselves.

And I have to say that my daughter, the young Sgt (JROTC), was a real trooper. She spent two hours cleaning up right alongside me, with nary a complaint, not a one. After our work was done (she was willing to stay on and clean up the other tree/site), we went to Bennigan's where I made sure she was well rewarded with a good meal and a couple of root beers... and a brownie-bottom pie. Oh to have a youngster's metabolism!

Well, my famous last words are, "I checked the links and they work."

Bombs away!

13 posted on 07/08/2002 10:24:48 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn
James Bovard's books - Lost Rights, Freedom in Chains, and "feeling your pain": The Explosion and Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years should be required reading for anyone who still thinks a pointed critique against Statism equals a disdain for properly construed government. For just those three books along should Mr. Bovard be considered for the Medal of Freedom in due course. On the other hand, I'd nominate him if I could for just this statement:

If Americans want good government then dozens of government programs must be abolished and hundreds of laws that turn government into a public nuisance must be repealed. All other "reforms" will merely prolong the abuse of the American people. (from "feeling your pain")...
14 posted on 07/08/2002 10:53:57 PM PDT by BluesDuke
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To: kristinn
Thanks, Kristinn. It was nice meeting James Bovard. A truly charming and well-grounded fellow.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at some future FReep.

15 posted on 07/09/2002 3:48:21 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: tgslTakoma
To you and your young Sergeant, Thank You.
16 posted on 07/09/2002 4:20:43 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: tgslTakoma
I just looked at all the great pictures. Thanks for all your efforts. The memorial site looks wonderful and certainly has many more items than when I last visited.

I'm planning to take September 11 off this year -- it's a Wednesday -- and I'll be at the Pentagon memorial site to pay my respects and REMEMBER 9/11. Hope others can join me there.

17 posted on 07/09/2002 6:10:56 AM PDT by Angelwood
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To: kristinn
Thanks very much.

Deus Vult! 'Pod

18 posted on 07/09/2002 6:53:20 AM PDT by sauropod
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To: tgslTakoma
NICE PIX, particuliarly of "that arab flag"! LOL!

FREE dixie NOW,sw

19 posted on 07/09/2002 9:42:07 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: PistolPaknMama; dixie sass
chaeck out Beth's pictures. NICE shots of our "purty blue flag"

FREE the southland,sw

20 posted on 07/09/2002 9:44:04 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: kristinn
Bump for the loyal DC FReepers!
21 posted on 07/09/2002 11:42:13 AM PDT by Humidston
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To: kristinn
Thanks, we should also have current photos of the Pentagon memorial trees posted tomorrow night.

Please give me a ping when the photos are up.

Thanks for all you do.....Julie

22 posted on 07/09/2002 1:15:48 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: kristinn
Our guest of honor was author and scholar James Bovard.

Hey! What gives? I thought I was the guest of honor.

#;o)

23 posted on 07/09/2002 1:36:15 PM PDT by Gore_ War_ Vet
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To: tgslTakoma; kristinn; sauropod; All
Very nice photos.....sauroped is handsome, indeed.....had only seen him in 'drag' as Queen Hillary during a WH Freep!

Thanks for your hard work in keeping up these memorials.
24 posted on 07/09/2002 1:51:55 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: JulieRNR21
< blush>
25 posted on 07/09/2002 1:54:04 PM PDT by sauropod
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To: tgslTakoma
I represent you calling me the devils advocate.
26 posted on 07/09/2002 2:15:29 PM PDT by Gore_ War_ Vet
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To: stand watie
chaeck out Beth's pictures. NICE shots of our "purty blue flag"

Beth who and what pictures?

27 posted on 07/09/2002 3:12:35 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: kristinn; tgslTakoma
Thanks for the report and photos. It's almost like actually being there.
28 posted on 07/09/2002 5:51:41 PM PDT by ELS
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To: kristinn; All
Thank you for the wonderful welcome you gave me and having participate in the FReep on that Tuesday against Hillary. I only wish that I could have been with y'all on Thursday for that FReep.

I throughly enjoyed renewing acquaintences with all of you and meeting new faces.

Mr. Bovard was very interesting and informative. I think that the discussion with him could have gone on into the wee hours of the night. He has a fan in South Carolina!

Again, thank you Washington, D. C. Freepers.

Dixie Sass

EAGLES UP!!!!!
29 posted on 07/09/2002 8:01:34 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: Angelwood
Angelwood, was afraid that you would stay in Texas once you saw it. Glad you are back.
30 posted on 07/09/2002 8:03:01 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: All
I didn't make it to the memorial site this visit, but hope to next time. From the pictures, it is a beautiful site. Thank you for taking time and effort to maintain it.
31 posted on 07/09/2002 8:21:49 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: stand watie
HEY!!!! lol, Now wait a durn second!!! Ain't no a rabby flag! It is a beautiful flag, the South Carolina State Flag!!!! Would love to see you attend the SC meeting on the 20th stand watie. Sorry that I missed you while up there.
32 posted on 07/09/2002 8:24:09 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: stand watie
I don't want anyone to think I am prejudiced...but that's the prettiest flag in the Nation next to Old Glory!
33 posted on 07/09/2002 8:25:25 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: tgslTakoma
PS I really did preview and tried to catch the mistakes but...

PSS The pictures were super - thank you

I throughly enjoyed myself...

Just can't seem to say it enough!
34 posted on 07/09/2002 8:29:25 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: Angelwood
I'm planning to take September 11 off this year -- it's a Wednesday -- and I'll be at the Pentagon memorial site to pay my respects and REMEMBER 9/11. Hope others can join me there.

I have a dental appointment, but it's not as though it lasts all day or anything...

35 posted on 07/09/2002 9:18:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: PistolPaknMama
Beth = tgslTakoma
36 posted on 07/09/2002 9:19:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: kristinn
Wish I coulda been there...
37 posted on 07/09/2002 9:22:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: PistolPaknMama
check out post # 13 and follow the link.

for dixie FREEDOM,sw

38 posted on 07/10/2002 9:05:51 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: dixie sass
PRIVATE JOKE!

japaneseghost and i got kicked off the pentagon grounds by a lamebrain pentagon security guard that thought our pretty blue SC flag was an ARAB flag!

he didn't want to hear that it was the official flag of the FREE state of SC, but he did threaten us with jail for flying it!

so now all the FReepers here in town laugh about the day she and i were thrown off the grounds.

that's the story!

for a FREE dixie,sw

39 posted on 07/10/2002 9:10:26 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: dixie sass
wouldn't argue with your comment, though the THIRD NATIONAL is right up there!

for dixie,sw

40 posted on 07/10/2002 9:11:22 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: stand watie
You're such a troublemaker. ;-)
41 posted on 07/10/2002 9:22:25 AM PDT by ELS
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To: ELS
SSSSSOOOOOOOOO TRUE!

we MISS your smile-come see us!

for dixie,sw

42 posted on 07/10/2002 9:26:07 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: stand watie
One of these days...
43 posted on 07/10/2002 9:27:57 AM PDT by ELS
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To: ELS
it can NOT be too soon to suit us!

for a FREE dixie REPUBLIC,sw

44 posted on 07/10/2002 9:35:16 AM PDT by stand watie
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To: stand watie
I know, I heard all about it!!! How is Japanese Ghost anyway?
45 posted on 07/10/2002 5:18:39 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: kristinn; FreedominJesusChrist
"We made plans to reach out to conservative students at D.C. area college campuses this fall to counter the leftist influence there and to recruit new FReepers among conservative students."

It's really important to begin to take back the universities. Encore! Encore!

46 posted on 07/11/2002 5:52:36 PM PDT by Dec31,1999
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To: Dec31,1999
Ditto. I am glad to see that the D.C. Chapter has decided to take this important task up.
47 posted on 07/11/2002 7:08:14 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: dixie sass
doing FINE!

for dixie,sw

48 posted on 07/12/2002 8:20:28 AM PDT by stand watie
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