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FREEPERS JOINING CLINTON PROTEST AT UT-AUSTIN WED. [49,000 UT Students Do NOT Join Anti-war Protest
Heart of Texas Chapter of FreeRepublic.com | 02-08-03 | TXBubba

Posted on 02/08/2003 5:13:43 PM PST by TXBubba

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To: TXBubba
I'm sorry for living here out in Kalifornia and unable to be there! My spirit will be with you though, and give'em hell!!! Best wishes...
Terri
201 posted on 02/12/2003 8:56:32 PM PST by Terridan
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To: Gracey; TheSarce; Blastus; TXBubba; Tall_Texan; keithtoo; The Bat Lady; Chodorov
Here are my photos from the freep. I'll try to post the thumbnail pics on the After Freep thread or news article thread(assuming someone posts one.)
202 posted on 02/12/2003 8:56:51 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: DrewsDad
Bravo, all the HOT Freepers!
Had to work tonight, but I was thinking of you and praying for your safety and hoping you had fun!!
203 posted on 02/12/2003 9:11:05 PM PST by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US.)
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To: DrewsDad
Details!!! WE need DETAILS!!! But...grrrrrrrreat photos...the signs were terrific!
204 posted on 02/12/2003 9:41:24 PM PST by Republic (tommy daschle is a WEASEL OF MASS DISTORTION (tractorman)-so truthful, it almost HURTS!)
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To: potlatch
Umm... Hey (wink)

What's your sign?
Come here often?

Buy you a drink?
206 posted on 02/12/2003 10:21:37 PM PST by ffusco (sempre ragione)
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To: Bad~Rodeo; PatriotBill; basil
Check out post 202
207 posted on 02/13/2003 6:12:20 AM PST by Gracey
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To: DrewsDad; TXBubba; All


Clinton speaks on campus
Clinton denounces Bush's tax plan, warns of N. Korea
By P. Ryan Petkoff (Daily Texan Staff)
February 13, 2003

Former President Bill Clinton emphasized an additional focus on North Korea and called President Bush's tax plan "the worst mistake the country has made" in the past 10 years during a speech Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center.
"We cannot keep these commitments and continue giving tax cuts to people in my income bracket," Clinton said to several thousand attendees of the speech, which was part of the Liz Carpenter Lectureship series.

His speech lasted just over an hour and was followed by a brief question and answer session.

North Korea, Clinton said, needs U.S. aid as well as additional diplomacy to ward off future tensions.

"[North Korean officials] think the only way they'll get any attention is to do something terrible," Clinton said. "We have to break this psychology."

On the issue of Iraq, the former president said that though the Bush administration has no legal constraint requiring a return to the United Nations for war approval, an additional U.N. consultation could null discontent in France and Germany.

Clinton also encouraged an increase in the acceptance of diverse cultures to promote positive integration - the core theme of his speech.

"We have to build a world with more friends and fewer enemies," he said, urging listeners to expand the "definition of who is 'us' and shrink the definition of who is 'them.'"

He went on to beseech students who disagree with the current administration to vote and hold their public officials accountable.

"If you don't like it, you've got to show up and be counted," he said. "You shouldn't pretend that these elections don't have consequences."

The only political item on which Clinton said he would give a candid opinion was the Bush tax cut, a plan he said served only the rich.

The former president called for a typically Democratic economic policy and said the proposed Bush budget didn't add up.

High-profile Texas Democrats - including Tony Sanchez, former gubernatorial candidate and Laredo businessman, and Molly Beth Malcolm, chairwoman of the Texas Democratic party - stood and applauded Clinton's economic critique.

The rest of the crowd, which waited 45 minutes past the scheduled start time of 6:45 p.m., amused themselves with chants of "Texas fight" and "We want Bill," as well as a brief attempt at the wave.

Eric Meachem, a local engineer, said he enjoyed the talk and that the former president highlighted the important issue of inclusion.

"It was a very good speech," Meachem said. "The most important thing I got out of it was the part about everybody working together in unity across cultures."

Wednesday marked Clinton's second public appearance at the University. The first coincided with the Million Man March in 1995.

Clinton waived his usual $100,000 fee as a personal favor to UT alumna and former press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, Liz Carpenter. Carpenter, whose free distinguished lectureship series is in its 20th year, ribbed the president for nearly five minutes before relinquishing the floor.

"I didn't know I was going to come here and get abused by Liz Carpenter," Clinton joked.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/02/13/3e4b52993c10b
208 posted on 02/13/2003 6:30:47 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
Texas conservatives, Republicans protest Clinton speech
By Rachna Sheth (Daily Texan Staff)
February 13, 2003

Former President Bill Clinton's appearance in Austin on Wednesday met with fervent opposition from area conservative Republicans, who staged a protest outside the Frank Erwin Center.
Members of the Young Conserv-atives of Texas, the Williamson County Republican Party and the FreeRepublic.com online forum held up signs amid a crowd waiting to hear the former president speak. Their posters focused on what they considered Clinton's political misdeeds with slogans such as "Remember Elian?" and "The Price is Right: A 'free' speech from Bill Clinton."

"He shouldn't come to Texas," said David Rushing, a protester and a law student from Southern Methodist University. "Texas has never voted for him, and he isn't welcome here."

On behalf of the participants, protest organizer Brendan Steinh-auser said he believes the former president ruined America, blaming Clinton for allowing nuclear proliferation in North Korea and causing the Sept. 11 attacks by foregoing an offer by the Sudanese government for Osama bin Laden's extradition.

Gwen Hodges, a self-described former liberal and UT alumna, returned to campus to stand with signs supporting President Bush and the Republican Party.

"If Bill Clinton were a Republican, he would have resigned instead of sitting through the impeachment trial," Hodges said. "We [Republicans] are the type of people that if we mess up, we step aside from the leadership role."

But the protest spawned intense conversation between Republican supporters and citizens. While the protesters declared support for President Bush and his case for military action in Iraq, they denounced Clinton for compromising national security. Thor Harris, a passer-by and Austin resident, stood up for the liberal and left-wing arguments.

"You know why 9/11 happened?" Harris said. "Because of the Texas oilmen in the Middle East. There are innocent people there who are going to die. You want more 9/11s? Bomb Iraq."

A Republican protester yelled back, "I wouldn't give a piss about 100 of their people over ours. I'm concerned about Americans and American security."

Startled spectators moved away from the altercation but continued cheering for the side they supported.

Steinhauser criticized what he considers the liberal slant of the UT campus.

"Liberal views are a criterion for the faculty and students on this campus," he said.

While most students agree that the campus is relatively liberal compared to the rest of Texas, few deny the conservative presence.

"This is Texas," said Tanuja Parachuri, a business freshman. "There are always going to be a lot of Republicans."
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/02/13/3e4b5272ce8cb
209 posted on 02/13/2003 6:31:56 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer

Mark McCaig, a Texas A&M finance sophomore, protests former President Bill Clinton's speaking engagement outside the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday night.
210 posted on 02/13/2003 6:32:58 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
Good posts.
211 posted on 02/13/2003 7:18:56 AM PST by Gracey
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To: TXBubba
I vote this one for the best.

Number 6 of the webshots if this picture doesn't show up...

212 posted on 02/13/2003 12:34:46 PM PST by Charlie OK
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To: All
After Action report found here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/842017/posts

213 posted on 02/13/2003 1:13:22 PM PST by TXBubba (I am a woman!!!!)
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To: Blastus
Ping
214 posted on 02/13/2003 1:14:27 PM PST by TXBubba
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To: Charlie OK; DrewsDad
Thanks for blowing up that GREAT sign, done by DrewsDad. I'm holding it while he's taking the pic.

He usually has some of the best ideas for signs.

I'd say it's the BEST, also.
215 posted on 02/13/2003 2:06:00 PM PST by Gracey
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To: Gracey; Charlie OK
I added several more photos to make it fair instead of biasing it toward my signs. I missed taking pictures of several good signs as well. Maybe we can get sign holders so I can just go around taking pictures.
216 posted on 02/13/2003 2:38:36 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: ffusco
Umm... Hey (wink) What's your sign? Come here often? Buy you a drink?

A WINK back attcha ffusco!! That 'made' my day and is the most flattering reply I've ever had!!

I'm a blond 'LEO', married with 4 children, but will still enjoy talking with you! I'm here every night.

217 posted on 02/13/2003 6:27:26 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch
I'm glad you saw the humor! Glad to keep in touch!

218 posted on 02/13/2003 8:22:09 PM PST by ffusco (sempre ragione)
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To: ffusco
BUMP!!
219 posted on 02/13/2003 8:25:11 PM PST by potlatch
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
I haven't stopped laughing at this pic....
220 posted on 02/13/2003 9:58:01 PM PST by Gracey
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