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Archive for 30 January 2010
Not a whole lot to report today, and no pictures to post. It was an extremely do nothing but lay in the sun type day! Not sure why I didn’t think to take a few shots tonight, but I guess we were having a good time.
The Mr ran into a lady from London who had planned to travel here with a friend, but at the last minute, the friend was unable to come due to family issues. So, this lady, being practical, decided to come on her own. We had dinner with her this evening, and it was a great time. The topics of conversation ran from places we’ve traveled to ex husbands to U.S. football and European type (soccer) to almost everything in between. We did manage to steer away from politics after she asked what we thought about the current resident of the Oval Office. But I just about fell over when this demure little British lady said, “Oh, bugger me!”
I honestly don’t remember what was said prior, or in what context, but I gotta tell ya, that was probably the hardest I’ve laughed the whole time we’ve been here.
There have been some ugly rumors going around about the first (and I hope not the last) National Tea Party Convention. A great many of these rumors have been spread by the lame stream and leftist bloggers. Unfortunately, a few that claim to be conservatives have also jumped on this band wagon without all the facts. I know Judson and Sherry Phillips, and I believe them to be honorable people. I want to share with you Sherry’s email to members of the Tea Party Nation, of which, I am one.
Setting The Record Straight
by Sherry Phillips
Judson and I have stayed silent in the face of intense media scrutiny and attacks by former members. As a wife and a mother, I have stood by my husband and family and stayed strong in the face of many baseless accusations and criticism. We have refrained from responding to many of the attacks that have been thrown at us from other “Tea Party” groups, in the belief we did not want to spread the divisions that are already hurting this movement even though that does not seem to be the consideration of some others involved in this movement. Because of the many TPN members’ requests and encouragement, I have decided to provide comment about Tea Party Nation and the National Tea Party Convention. We will stay silent no longer. I hope my comments and the issues I deal with in this note will provide some clarity.
American Liberty Alliance – Eric Odom’s American Liberty Alliance is a for profit company that takes donations. We agreed to a sponsorship exchange where ALA would be a gold sponsor of the convention and we would be a gold sponsor of the Tax Day Tea Party. Shortly after agreeing to this exchange, Eric emailed Judson and me privately saying he was supportive of us and this convention and did not want to pull out, because he thinks this convention is going to be a huge success; however, some his “influential supporters” were not happy about ALA’s participation in the convention and asked Eric to withdraw.
American Majority – After stating in the beginning they wanted to co-sponsor the convention, they never answered repeated emails sent asking them for confirmation of their attendance. They did not promote the convention and did not put the convention on their calendar. In fact Ned Ryun spent 5 minutes in an interview on Fox News talking about the Tea Party movement and did not mention the convention at all. Meanwhile, another training organization contacted us asking if they could become a sponsor and if they could do a breakout session. We gladly accepted and gave them American Majority’s spots. On January 6, Ned’s assistant sent an email stating she was making travel arrangements for them to come and participate in the convention and asked when did we have their breakouts scheduled. I told her because of their non-response, we gave American Majority’s slots to this other organization. They then requested that their logo be removed from the Convention website. We complied with their request.
Tea Party Express – This group has been very supportive of us. They intended to do a small tour, culminating in an event Saturday afternoon prior to the banquet. Because of their efforts in the Scott Brown race and their intent to go after Harry Reid in Nevada, they simply cannot make the trip. We received a very nice email from them explaining their actions and restating their invitation to join them when they kick off their next tour in March. We will be there. We fully support their endeavors as they open their next tour in Nevada this spring.
Campaign for Liberty – We actively sought out Campaign for Liberty as a sponsor of this convention. We were contacted several weeks ago by the TN Director for CFL who wanted to co-sponsor the convention and I put him in touch with our Sponsorship Chair. We have not heard anything from them since.
Former Tea Party Nation Members – Several former members were unanimously banned from our site for reasons running the gamut from antagonism to passing on confidential information. These members have been blogging, as well as discussing their association with liberal media outlets and conspiring with each other to, “Take TPN and this convention down”. In one of their more egregious statements a former member wrote that Judson stated, “I want to make a million dollars from this movement.” Judson has never made this statement. He has stated on numerous occasions that he would like TPN to have a million members all fighting for the cause of conservatism!
Bill Hemrick – Mr. Hemrick made a business loan to Tea Party Nation at a commercial interest rate. This loan has been paid back in full. That is the full extent of any relationship we have had with Mr. Hemrick.
Congressmen Bachmann and Blackburn – Both Congresswomen have large targets on their backs and are rightfully concerned about backlash they will receive from the left-leaning Democrat controlled House Ethics
Committee. Because of the complexity of the Ethics Code regarding House Representatives, we have no doubt the Democrats would have found something in that code to cause them problems once the convention was over. We were also informed by Rep. Bachmann that both were being told two different things by the House Ethics Committee in regard to their participation. This of course sent up red flags to everyone involved. We do not blame either Congressman for their decision to withdraw from the convention and maintain a strong relationship with them both.
Tea Party Nation – Last February after Judson held one of the first tea parties in the country in downtown Nashville, he came up with the idea for a social networking site for conservatives. Judson and I created Tea Party Nation. We formed the corporation. We financed the corporation. We bought the domain name teapartynation.com, we purchased the servers and we pay for the monthly expenses. We are a C-Corp and do not accept donations. Tea Party Nation charges nothing to be a member and is run entirely by volunteers. Recently, we have been able to start charging for advertising on the site to help defray the costs of running the site.
As TPN has stated since its formation, we are not a non-profit. We prefer to offer free membership to conservative patriots so they may participate in the political process of restoring this nation to its founding principles without financial burdens, hardships or roadblocks to prevent their participation. Members are then able to choose their own way to spend their money without any involvement from TPN.
PayPal Account – We are using a business PayPal account for the convention. An email address is required to notify a contact when payment is received and we are using my TPN email account at Sherry@teapartynation.com as that notification email address. All money in that account is transferred directly into the TPN business bank account.
We fully expect to break even during this event. We may even make a few thousand dollars to cover local operating costs of TPN. We have made the best of a tight budget and scaled back the price of attending this convention as much as we could without putting TPN into bankruptcy. The convention is sold out and we have a waiting list of over five hundred people. We never did this to make us rich or famous. Quite the contrary, we are patriots who love our country, our members and the people who are coming to Nashville to attend this great event.
For all of you who will be attending, we look forward to meeting you this upcoming week and we thank everyone for the support and patriotism in this fight against liberalism. God bless you all and I thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement.
Now, if y’all don’t like what she has shared, quite graciously, I might add, then blow it out yer wazoo! But if you have any class at all, you will stop spreading your BS, and try to check the facts before spouting crap! And you know who you are!
I couldn’t resist!
A cop stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name.’Fred,’ he replies.’Fred what?’ the officer asks.
‘Just Fred,’ the man responds.
The officer is in a good mood and thinks he might just give the biker a break and, write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name.
The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it. The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. ‘Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’
The biker replies, ‘It’s a long story, so stay with me.’ I was born Fred Johnson.I studied hard and got good grades.When I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD. After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school.Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS.
Got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD.
Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS.Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD.Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am Just Fred.’The officer walked away in tears, laughing.
Shared by Ken the cop.
You’d think I’d be a sun dried ‘mater by now, wouldn’t ya! Nope! 2 1/2 hours yesterday with SPF 8….nada. Today, a full hour with no sun screen. Not to mention the other days I was able to lay out. Pfft! What is wrong with this picture????
When a man is apprehended with a cache of weapons, body armor, a map of a military installation and jihadist personal effects, the natural response of most Americans is to assume the situation is terrorist-related. The Obama administration says otherwise.
Lloyd R. Woodson was arrested Jan. 25 in rural New Jersey. He had been observed behaving strangely, wearing military-style fatigues and a bulletproof vest. He had a weapon modified to fire .50-caliber rounds from beneath his jacket. He had a hotel room full of weapons and ammunition. Despite all these warning signs, the immediate response from the government was that this was “not a terrorism thing.”
Bureaucratic lack of concern raises a critical question: If this is not the behavior of a terrorist, what is?
Let’s see. The murder at the Arkansas recruiting center wasn’t terrorism. The murders at Ft. Hood wasn’t terrorism. The attempted murder of 300 people by the Crotch Bomber on a plane Christmas Day wasn’t terrorism. But returning vets and pro-life advocates are ‘potential terrorists? Perhaps someone should give the Obama administration one of those ‘connect the dot’ coloring books, and let them practice CONNECTING THE FREAKIN’ DOTS!