RNC Finale Liveblogging

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:00 pm

Well, the lie-a-palooza that is the Republican National Convention is mercifully drawing to a close, and all that remains to be seen now is whether Mitt can convince non-Republicans (or Republicans, for that matter) that he’s even remotely likable or trustworthy, and whether he’ll break up the perfect game by accidentally saying something factual. I know, you’re not supposed to jinx it by talking about it, but it’s just so exciting!

 

RNC Day 2 Live Tweeting

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:30 pm

Hello! The technical wizards here have found a way for me to snark on Twitter about day 2 of the RNC convention while also delivering to you that high-quality snark here. So enjoy and snark amongst yourselves in the comments.

Tonight will include the speech from Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, along with cranky old man John McCain. I’ve also heard that Condoleezza Rice is determined to speak inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mike Huckabee gets his moment tonight as well.

Live Blogging the Election: Chris Christie’s RNC Keynote Speech

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 7:34 pm

It’s that special season that happens very four years, the Presidential election. And kicking it off at the RNC Convention tonight, Governor Chris Christie speaks. This morning on Fox News Channel, it was reported that Christie might go off his prepared teleprompter speech, so this could be fun.

Liveblog: Occupy the Republican National Convention (#OccupyRNC)

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:40 am

Kevin’s asked me to stop over from myFDL to create a liveblog of direct action and protest at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida today. Despite the weather & heavy police presence, actions have already begun there with banner drops, marches, and a late night dance party for freedom in the streets in the first days of protest. Two Occupy-style encampments are in place on private land to support occupiers and other activists, including the original unevicted Occupy Tampa camp and a new one called Camp Romneyville.

Republican Party Platform Draft Supports African Countries that Persecute Gays

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 9:30 am

According to Think Progress, in a draft of its platform, the Republican party is taking a stand on the point of the persecution of gays on the African continent. But it’s for the countries persecuting gays

Sunday Late Night: 2012 RNC Drinking Game

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 8:01 pm

When devising a drinking game, especially one encompassing multiple days and multiple speakers on the television machine, it’s important to know your goals.

First of all, podium only. If you’re gonna drink based on Rachel Maddow pronouncements, I can’t help you: the woman is a Rhodes Scholar and a bartender. Getting you drunk is her job.

I’ve established “drink” trigger words within various levels. One must know one’s limits, one’s goals, and one’s drink of choice for the event.

Protests and Security at the Republican National Convention

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 10:00 am

A security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI garnered wide media attention over the past twenty-four to forty-eight hours, raising the specter of possible “anarchist” violence or “terrorism.” The bulletin was largely state propaganda designed to whip up fear ahead of the convention. Given that there has been no preemptive raid against activists there to protest, the publicizing of this bulletin could be aimed at giving agencies cover if something happens.

I appeared on RT America on Friday night to discuss the bulletin, the possibility that drones will be used to police the RNC and what I predict could happen with protesters and security forces during the convention.

Infiltrating Groups, Demonizing ‘Anarchists’ & Chilling Dissent Ahead of the RNC

By: Friday August 24, 2012 4:48 pm

State-sponsored propaganda fills corporate and establishment news reports ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida. The word is that “improvised explosive devices” (IEDs) could be used by “domestic terrorists” at the RNC. There also will likely be individuals who engage in “black bloc” tactics, cover their face with a mask or bandanna to “conceal their identity” and throw “Molotov cocktails, flaming torches or acid-filled eggs at law enforcement,” according to a joint bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation. And the “anarchists” could come by sea, the Coast Guard reports.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Romney Raises $25 Million More than Obama in July

By: Monday August 6, 2012 12:10 pm

Once again Mitt Romney’s team has managed to raise significantly more in donations than did President Obama’s campaign during the last month. According to the two campaigns, Romney’s side brought in roughly $25 million more in July than Obama did for his election effort.

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