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Waving Flags

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on September 6, 2008 by gyma

I live in the Denver media market, so the McCain/Palin stop in Colorado Springs was the lead off story on the 5pm news tonight.

Not too long after the lead story, was the tale of the 12,000 flags thrown in the trash by the Democrats after the DNC last week.

David Harsanyi writes a column in The Denver Post and he often has some crazy ideas in them.  Today he posted something on the Post’s blog, including this:

Before McCain speaks today, veterans will haul these garbage bags filled with flags out onto the stage — with dramatic effect, no doubt — and tell the story.

“What you see in the picture I sent you is less than half of total flags,” a Republican official emailed. “We estimate the total number to be around 12,000 small flags and one full size 3×5 flag.”

I’m not sure what the DNC was supposed to do with unused hand-flags, frankly. But the Republicans are obviously questioning someone’s patriotism here.

What hasn’t been explained is why this worker would contact the Republican Party  but not the people who most likely overlooked them and left them behind in error.

I’m not sure if Harsanyi’s column or Fox News was the first to break this story, but apparently to them this is just further evidence of exactly how little Democrats love their country. 

I’m still waiting for arguments of substance, but I better not hold my breath.

John Kerry’s Best Speech

Posted in Politics with tags , , on August 28, 2008 by gyma

I watched most of the convention coverage last night on PBS and thought John Kerry’s speech was, by far, the best of the night.  More of this, please!

Bill Clinton is an exceptional public speaker and knows how to connect with an audience.  But it didn’t feel like one of his better efforts to me.  Although I don’t want Democrats to stoop to the silly level of some Republican hacks, I do want them to speak truth to power.

I read somewhere (sorry no link) that the Obama campaign removed an excellent line from Dennis Kucinich’s speech.  It went something like, “They want four more years?  In a just world, they would get 10 to 20!”  Now that’s something I could have cheered because this administration has committed enough crimes to deserve 10 to 20, if not more.

(I’m an amateur genealogist and last year I discovered I am a cousin to John Kerry.  When I discover these things, I’m not sure how to feel.  After all I also discovered I’m an 8th cousin to GWB, the same relationship Obama is to Cheney.  I nearly had a heart attack when I uncovered that gem.)

Thoughts on the Convention

Posted in Politics with tags , on August 27, 2008 by gyma

I’ve been watching the convention on PBS (no cable in our household, by choice) so we’ve only been seeing the bits and pieces that PBS deems newsworthy.

I was irritated last night when we got to see only a short sampling of Brian Schweitzer’s speech, especially after reading how good it was.

For me, of the convention speeches I’ve seen, the best so far have been:

  • Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  • Ted Kennedy
  • Claire McCaskill
  • Michelle Obama
  • Dennis Kucinich (had to see it online!)
  • Deval Patrick
  • Brian Schweitzer (didn’t get to see all of it)
  • Hillary Clinton

I suspect Bill Clinton’s and Joe Biden’s speeches tonight will also rock the house, but how many other duds will get put into the mix?  I didn’t see Warner’s keynote address, but everyone is saying it was boring and blah.  The Keynote Speaker!

It would have been preferable to have given more time to the really good, powerful speakers, than to let every Tom, Dick, and Harry have his 15 minutes of fame.  Some of the speeches were so awful I had a hard time sitting through them. 

I don’t remember this being the case in 2004.  Was it that bad?

Kucinich Kicked Some Ass

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on August 26, 2008 by gyma

I couldn’t find a video of Kucinich’s speech to the convention, but CNN is reporting that he had the delegates on their feet.  Isn’t it funny how a person who isn’t being taken seriously can speak truth to power?  Me loves me some Dennis Kucinich!  Especially this:

Denis Kucinich August 26, 2008

Dennis Kucinich August 26, 2008

If there were an Olympics for misleading, mismanaging and misappropriating, this administration would take the gold … We cannot afford another Republican administration.

SEIU Key Rings?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on August 25, 2008 by gyma

Somewhere (sorry, forgot to write down the url) I read where the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had a truckload of baby key rings en route to Denver.

Remember when the Republicans were all wearing purple band-aids at the Republican National Convention in 2004 to make fun of John Kerry’s Purple Heart?

I think it would make good theater, albeit immature theater, if the SEIU came through and distributed these to everyone at the opening of the convention tonight.

Every time someone mentioned one of John McCain’s houses, the crowd could rattle their keys!  It would certainly reinforce the out-of-touch message and might be enough to get him to lose his temper a bit. 

I think Joe Biden will enventually get McCain to say something out of anger that will show the public more about McCain’s uncontrollable temper.  And I think it needs to be seen.

Democratic Mailbox

Posted in Humor with tags , , on August 25, 2008 by gyma

Just in time for the Democratic National Convention, I bring you this mailbox:

You can see more mailbox “art” here.

Just Another Reason Not To Vote For Obama

Posted in Politics with tags , on August 21, 2008 by gyma

I couldn’t believe my eyes his morning when I read this letter to the editor in The Denver Post:

The Obama campaign doesn’t keep its word. I applied for tickets to Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field and volunteered for his campaign. The campaign promised tickets to those who volunteered. Ultimately, I got put on the waiting list. I can’t get a straight answer from the campaign about my situation. Everyone wants to pass the buck. I am disapointed and I feel cheated. I had enough of the lying with the Clintons, so I won’t be an Obama supporter in November.

Al Fernan, Glendale

It takes all kinds, doesn’t it?