Archive for Republican National Convention

Cheering 9/11 Attacks?!

Posted in Politics with tags on September 5, 2008 by gyma

I watched the beginning  of the Republican National Convention on BBC last night and they had the good taste not to show the RNC’s video tribute to 9/11.  I did watch it, however, just now on YouTube.

I don’t know who made the decision to air this, but it says mountains about what the Republican party has become and where, apparently, it is still headed.

Why anyone would cheer and applaud for such blatant pandering is simply beyond comprehension.

And they want the American public to give them another chance?  Not this time.  How much longer before we’ll have a new label –  Neolib to describe those good people who are running as fast as they can away from the GOP?

Fred Thompson’s Infanticide Comment

Posted in Politics with tags , , on September 3, 2008 by gyma

I watched bits and pieces of the Republican National Convention on the news last night and watched very little of the commentary with respect to who said what.  But I was shocked by this line in Thompson’s speech last night:

And we need a president who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade.

What, exactly, was he referring to?  Is he suggesting Barack Obama, or any politician for that matter, is advocating infanticide?  That’s absurd.

The Gestapo Has Landed in Minneapolis

Posted in Politics with tags , , on September 1, 2008 by gyma

Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now, was arrested today in Minneapolis when she went to investigate the arrest of two of her producers. 

There have also been several preemptive arrests in Minneapolis over the weekend and this is clearly being done to intimidate any protesters and those who are there to document the protests. 

In addition to Amy Goodman’s arrest, a photographer for the Associated Press was also arrested as he was covering the protests.

An AP spokesman said of the arrest: “covering news is constitutionally protected, and photographers should not be detained for covering breaking news.”

What seems just as interesting is that the mainstream media isn’t covering this. 

This is very troubling.

Hurricane Gustav and the Republican National Convention

Posted in Politics with tags , , on September 1, 2008 by gyma

It is now time for the media to shut up about whether Gustav hurts or helps the RNC.  Everyone knows Bush and his administration failed miserably with Katrina and we all hope and pray they learned their lessons and it never happens again.

But it mostly like will because we are electing politicians who say things like this:

In a slap at critics of President Bush, Cornyn said, “When you dial 911, the phone does not ring at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – contrary to some people’s thoughts.”

John Cornyn, the Compassionate Conservative.  I have nothing more to say.

Hurricane Gustav

Posted in Politics with tags , , on August 31, 2008 by gyma

As Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast just hours from the opening of the Republican National Convention, I want to believe with all my heart that John McCain will not use this as a photo opportunity of massive proportions.

I think public figures can help in numerous ways with respect to natural disasters but showing up with your entourage and expecting the local fire and police to stop the important work they are doing to accommodate you and your press isn’t one of them.

Perhaps I don’t understand exactly how these things work, but I don’t think John McCain, etal, can just fly in on their private jet and drive around asking how they can help.

I’m also appalled by the numbers of “analysts” on television and in print who are suggesting that the Hurricane is actually a good thing for the RNC.  Now that’s pandering of the highest caliber and worthy of a Karl Rove Gold Medal.

You see they believe this is a good thing because 1) neither George Bush nor Dick Cheney will be at the convention, 2) the media won’t be able to compare and contrast the DNC with the RNC, 3) McCain will somehow be able to show the world he’s learned a lesson from Katrina when he celebrated his birthday with Bush by showing how compassionate he is, etc.

The thought that a politician, any politican, would use a natural disaster simply as a way to promote him or herself disgusts me.

Please do whatever you can to help the people being displaced by this depressing news.

Looking Forward to RNC

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

I’m looking forward to next week so I can compare how the media handled this week versus how they’ll handle next week.

Our local Denver news is being broadcast from the Pepsi Center so even local news is heavy with convention coverage.  What’s gotten under my skin all week is that Dick Wadhams, long-time Karl Rove friend, is given an opportunity to wax poetic on what he hates about the Democratic National Convention.

I don’t know who the Democrats would call on to play a Karl Rove role, but our local news team is heading to Minnesota next week and I’m going to be looking hard, very hard, for equal coverage of the opposition party during the convention.