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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Lakeland T.E.A. Party 9-12-09



The Lakeland TEA Part

There were tons of great speakers!

I took pictures of as many signs as I could--There were alot of really good ones.

There were plenty of people--I think around 2500.

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

Thomas Jefferson

Conversing and waiting to hear the speakers

Mama and Deeda

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan

Uncle Sam insisted on helping the ladies out!:);)


"Does the government fear us, or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"

Thomas Jefferson

Ariana an Christi

"Man! Is it ever gonna stop raining???"

Mama and Mrs. Pollock:)

Deeda and Mary enjoyed their time together

I liked this one!:D:D:D

May the Lord bless you and keep you!


Franklin Family said...

Thanks for the post. It looks like you all had a good time despite the rain.
Mrs. Franklin

Bonnie said...

Mary, you did such a good job of intermingling the quotes with the pictures. The soft black-and-white of Margaret Anne with the Reagan quote was especially poignant.

And as I am coming up to my own "sunset years", my heart's prayer is that I won't find it necessary to describe for your children what America used to be. Sometimes, it seems that is the sure consequence of the direction we are heading today.

Thank God for a Remnant like you, Mary, and our other grandchildren, who care enough to pray and act!!


Whiddon Family said...

Even though it rained, looks like y'all had fun. Sometimes the rain makes it funner. Glad to see there were lots of folks there... unlike the last one we went to:-(
They're all such good pictures of everyone.
Haha! "Uncle Sam" is hilarious. What was he on?
I like y'all's flag, but where's the Confederate flag? You wouldn't be the first ones.... ;-)
Thank you for posting!


Michele said...

Hello Stickland Family,
Glad that you were able to be a part of the T.E.A. Party. We were not aware of one in our area. We are still hoping to make it down to your area soon now that the weather is getting nicer to see the Bok Tower. Will you all be going to the conference this December in Kentucky?
We are hoping to go.
Michele Hope

Amanda said...

Thanks for posting about the TEA party! Now I don't have to! :D Hehehe. Your pics are better than mine anyway. :)


Stanton said...

You all seem like a family that would like to help me hide. I am being chased all over cyberspace. If you would like to help me out. Email me at stanton.debarry@gmail.com



Uncle Robert...um....I mean "Stanton Debarry,"

I think this e-mail address has been used already and has been found out. (Recognize DuPont?) Very funny, but it was a little bit unreal for me to believe. Hide in cyberspace?? And the TEA Party post was a very strategic place to place your comment:) We're getting a little bit too smart,I think.... Hehe:):)


Stanton said...


I am trying to keep my identity hidden from Twitch and family. I am not this person you call " Uncle Robert". Will you help me? I need your help. Contact me at stanton.debarry@gmail.com for further information. I left "Mandos'" blog before I came here. Twitchs father is in hot pursuit of me. That is why I had to leave Mandos' and come here. There may be others looking for me also. Please do not rat me out. I look forward to hearing from you very soon.



Haha...Do you mind if I interpret--"Twitch" is Kitty, and Uncle Eddie is her father who is in hot pursuit of you because you played the same joke on him. "Mando," apparently is Amanda, since I can't imagine who else it could be. Anyways I wish you luck on your "escape." You're a good "joke player." I could never think of the things you come up with,
and I probably would have believed you if you hadn't played the same one on Uncle Eddie. Haha:)

~#@*#*~~***sHORtY (Dot dot dash dash...)

Stanton said...


I played a joke on the Dischers. They imediatly thought it was your Uncle Robert. I thought I was off scott free. Then after some investigation Twitchs' father realized it wasn't Robert. He has been looking for the person who played this joke ever since. He is close to finding out my true indentity. Please help me.


Stanton said...


Im getting a bad feeling about you.
With a nick name like Shorty. I don't know if you can be trusted. I've got to move on. Thank you for what little bit of time You let me stay here. BTW The food was awful.


Ten Swamp Dogies said...

Whew, after reading the comments between Stanton and Shorty, I forgot what the post was about :)

It was a good T.E.A. Party, even with the rain. I think it makes a more powerful statement that the people who were there were very sincere in what they were standing for.

Thanks for the post Mary,
Mrs. P

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