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DU reports from the Democratic National Convention, August 25-28 2008
Posted by Hissyspit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Aug 30th 2008, 10:25 PM
It was easy for me to get out of Denver, but I hope everyone who needs to is able to get out of the Gulf Coast/New Orleans area as quickly and safely.

Developments in the news, such as Gustav, reactions to the developments, as well as to the convention activities, were picked up on-the-run by the DUers in Denver this week even more so, I found, than in our regular lives. So, too, analysis of the coverage of all of this, was picked up by popping into various websites on my laptop via provided wifi or my card whenever possible or by spying the websites on the laptops of those sitting next to me (interesting to see what other bloggers look at), by listening to the radio in the DU rental van (Christopher Hitchens on NPR's 'Talk of the Nation': "When I speak to my friends in Iraq, they...," Elad's immediate response: "Christopher Hitchens has friends?") or by picking up word of mouth - all of this was part of the Denver convention experience and a part of the perception of what was going on hour to hour as this country moves toward the 2008 presidential election vote. I learned about McCain's Palin veep choice from glancing at a laptop screen somewhere, and it actually may have been the LA Times guy when he was checking Drudge (yeah...) - "Alaska Governor's Sister Arrives By SUV" - and had it confirmed from television as I rushed through the Denver airport early Friday morning.

And only then did I get a chance to see a graphic presenting the predicted track of Gustav. (Ironically, Mayor Nagin of New Orleans was one of my "celebrity sightings" at the convention.) The value of having a Democratic Underground to check on to get a sense of the alternative "cut-through-the-bullshit" point of view and to gain access to information otherwise ignored or supressed by MSM was emphatically reinforced by all of this.

I have major blisters on my feet, have hemorrhoids thanks to from sitting on the plane and in the stadium where I refused to move for about six or seven hours in fear of losing my sweet seat location (not even to pee), and have been running on major sleep deficit and adrenaline for several days...

And I couldn't have enjoyed it more.

The flight out, no, not a chase by law enforcement due to a drug deal as in depicted in Seger's 1974 song, just an early morning taxi ride with an Ethiopian American who has lived in the U.S. for the past 5 years to Jeppesson Terminal, at 6:15 a.m., and then a ride on a 757, was, even at that early morning hour, communal due to the population fellow convention goers, everyone wearing a button or t-shirt, or carrying a DNC bag. The Seger song immediately became my soundtrack as I grabbed my boarding pass and, dragging the carry-on that now weighed much more, full of souvenirs and swag, than it did when I arrived, rushed past a woman who said something along the lines of "he wanted to know how we were going to get out of Denver."

Go, get out of Denver, baby. Go, go, get out of Denver, baby.
Go, get out of Denver, baby. Go, go.
'Cause you look just like a commie and you might just be a member, baby.
Get out of Denver.

- Bob Seger "Get Out Of Denver"


Not a bad earworm, actually. Here's a few more pictures, a few more memories for you to view, including some from the Denver DU meet-up (apologies to those not shown, you know it was a bit hectic and the lighting was low), again presented in reverse chronlogical order as an overview of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

As another DUer posted today, I would ask that everyone please not get complacent. It has been bad these past 8 years and it can get worse. Carry the spirit of the past week into the first week of November, because we have no choice but to have an Obama presidency. There is no other option at this point for the future of the Bill of Rights, true American values and the lives of Americans to come. Be well, Gulf Coast DUers.



You could hear a pin drop in the print press area and in the blogger press area as the introduction video for Sen. Obama was presented.



Obama gestures as he begins his acceptance speech. "With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States."



Cheering Obama on.



Waving the big flag during Obama's speech.



Monica Early: A life-long Republican, after I received an anti-Obama smear email, I became an Obama supporter.



Al Gore heads to the podium to speak to the country and his fellow Democrats. "We would not be showing contempt for the Constitution; we'd be protecting the rights of every American regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. And we would not be denying the climate crisis; we'd be solving it."



"Today, we face essentially the same choice we faced in 2000, though it may be even more obvious now, because John McCain, a man who has earned our respect on many levels, is now openly endorsing the policies of the Bush-Cheney White House and promising to actually continue them, the same policies all over again.

Hey, I believe in recycling, but that's ridiculous."



Wonder in the stadium.



The generals and admirals arrive to proclaim support for a President Barack Obama.



Dr. Dean on the screen, Thursday in Mile-High Stadium...



The night before, about 25-30 DUers and friends showed up to share food, drink and conversation at Racine's Restaurant as we watched Sen. Biden's speech.



Elad, Blondie58 and Ava strike a pose.



El Supremo and other DUers



DUer LordJFT brought some other College Democrats with him.



Police with hand restraints ride over the "Freedom Cage" area where the IVAW march would reach the Pepsi Center.



The Marchers head to Pepsi Center. I just missed Ron Kovic and the Iraq Vets Against the War, so missed getting a picture of them.



Police vehicles outside the Pepsi Center.



The protests resulted in increased security to gain access to the convention hall perimeter.



Riot vehicle outside the convention preparing for the marchers.



NARAL reproductive rights supporters on 16th Street



In Civic Center park, an anarchist/protesters meeting was confronted by the police.



A Cuban-American (I assume?) convention-goer.



People gather to queue up for entrance to the convention hall.



Lights of the Democratic National Convention 2008.



The NBC News Press Box was located just beneath where I was sitting in the hall.



Governor Mark Warner and daughters onstage Tuesday night.



March of the Dead brought to Denver.



The Rocky Mountains were inviting, but we were downtown-bound.
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Posted by Ava in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Aug 29th 2008, 11:42 PM
I just got home from the airport. It was a long day of travel to get back across the country to 'Bama, but I'm still fired up and excited about last night. The whole night was awesome, inspiring, and amazing. I think what really was great for me as a young person was to see all the other politically active young people there. Many in the crowd were first time voters, and by the time the night was over all were fired up and ready to hit the streets for the campaign.

That seemed to be the common attitude of everyone leaving today - at the hotel, the airport, the other airport, and the resturaunt we stopped at on the way home. Obama shirts, buttons, and hats were everywhere. I'd talk to people with them and they all said the same thing - they were ready to do what they can to help get Obama elected. I know I'm not the only person home from Denver that feels ready to go, and who feels like change isn't just possible, it's coming soon. Yes We Can!

So to those of you who were there and those who joined in through the internet, radio, and tv.. don't let the inspiration of this week go to waste. Do what you can to get Obama elected. Hit the streets with information about the campaign. Make sure your friends are signed up to vote. Make sure they're able to get to the polls on election day. Most of all, make sure you cast a vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. History was made Thursday night, but with our help even more history will be made come November. Yes We Can!
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Posted by Ava in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Aug 29th 2008, 03:16 AM
I waited three hours to get into the final day of the Democratic National Convention... and it was worth it.

Words simply cannot describe how absolutely amazing today was. Just the amount of people there to support the campaign was unbelievable, but the enthusiasm and excitement of everyone there was touching, inspiring, and amazing. There's that word again - amazing. I'll be using it a lot in this blog post. I'm not sure if the television appropriately showed the size of the crowd there today. Even hours before Obama spoke, the stadium was almost completely full, and by the time it was time for the Next President of the United States to speak it was completely full.

Everyone gave great speeches, but no one could top Barack Obama tonight. Every time he takes the stage he give a damn good speech, and tonight was no exception. Simply amazing... not just his speech either. The crowd response was out of this world. People were on their feet cheering through out his speech. It was simply a phenomenal experience. There were many speakers today, and while of course Obama stood out there were some others that also gave speeches that fired up the crowd. Al Gore, Dick Durbin, Bill Richardson, and Joe Biden all got the crowd on their feet numerous times.

Security was tight, and there were 75,000 people in attendance, so of course the line was long. I got to the field at about 2:30. I got into the stadium at about 5:45. A long long long long wait in a long long long line, but very very very worth it.

I would post more, but I really can't describe it in any other way than absolutely amazing. I'm sure that tomorrow morning I'll have more to add. Until then I'll leave you with the photos I took, and I took plenty of them today!

View them at these two links:
Part 1 - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2854...
Part 2 - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2855...


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Posted by Elad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Aug 29th 2008, 01:36 AM
Here are the pictures...

The Young Turks and Randi Rhodes spotted at Mile High...





This Obama look alike posed for a picture at the burger stand...



I was seated right behind the CNN tent...



Mile High in the late afternoon...







Shot of Al Gore on one of the big screens...



The crowd reacts to Obama taking the stage...





Obama on the big screen during the speech...



Crowd shot during the speech...



Oprah Winfrey, as well as Carl Levin, rode in my elevator after the speech. There was a weird incident when Oprah got on the elevator. There was a large group of people behind her who were insisting on getting on the elevator, but security was intervening, as the elevator was full, and people in the elevator started shouting at them. They wouldn't let the elevator close. My impression was that they were following Oprah. Finally they relented, but the whole thing was odd.



So there ya have it... tomorrow, I am hoping to take a drive up to Boulder, maybe into the mountains, to get a little leisure in before my flight in the evening. It's been great! I hope you've all enjoyed my reports!
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Posted by Elad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Aug 29th 2008, 01:18 AM
So, I have so many pictures to share from tonight, that I'm going to split my report into two threads. The first will be a description of what I saw, and the second part will be all the photos.

Basically, after I posted my thread earlier this afternoon, I headed down to the field to see if I could get some good shots, and just to get oriented, with the intention to go back up to the blogger's lounge and post some updates, go get some more stuff, post some updates, etc, and then finally settle down to watch Obama's speech.

However, my plans were foiled when I got down there and realized that pretty much every seat in the section I was allowed to sit in was already gone. So, I stayed. Luckily, Hissyspit was up in the blogger's lounge and able to post updates, but I was glued to my seat and guarding it strongly.

I was actually pretty close to the stage, in section 131, immediately to stage left. People were particularly thrilled to see Bill Richardson, Al Gore, and Joe Biden. The place was absolutely packed. Anyone who was worried about the place not filling up worried in vain. By about 5 pm local time, the stands were about 3/4 full, and a guy sitting right in front of me said that the line to get in was still wrapped around blocks for as far as he could see.

By the time Obama accepted the nomination, there wasn't an empty seat in the house (except the seats directly in front and behind the stage, which no one was allowed to sit in, because the view was entirely blocked). The stadium was pretty cool, and I have to say that when the first set of fireworks went off right behind me, I jumped, startled, and couldn't help but think for a split second that someone had set off a bomb. People were trying to get "the wave" started all afternoon, mostly unsuccessfully, until closer to the end when it went several times through the stadium.

For about 45 minutes before Obama actually took the stage, people were anxious, expecting the next person to be him. Finally, he came out, and of course everyone went crazy. At several points during the speech, I noticed people wiping their eyes.

Personally I was a little surprised at how strongly he came out against McCain. I've been programmed over many years to think that Democrats running for president can't go on the attack that strongly, but it was so refreshing to hear him give McCain hell. And then thinking about how Obama's political career was forged in the fire of Chicago politics, I thought that no matter what happens, Obama is not going to go down without a fight. Win or lose (and I'm extremely confident that he will win), no one will be able to look back and say that when he started to eat punches, he didn't swing back and bloody McCain's nose.

On the drive back to the hotel, the BBC was reporting that republicans seemed "hurt" that he was so mean to them tonight. It cracked me up to hear that.

So anyway, I will now go edit all the photos I took, and post a thread with those shortly!
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Posted by Hissyspit in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 11:12 PM
"America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veteans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future."



The Entrance



The Celebration
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Posted by TygrBright in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 11:00 PM
What more is there to say?

The tears are rolling down my face. I believe we will, yes we will, turn to the future and restore our nation.

Hey... if that staffer I met the other day sees this... hey, Dude-- Tell your boss, willya?

Tell him again.

From me.

Thank you.

Just... thank you.

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Posted by Hissyspit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 10:05 PM
I speak of the view through the glass of the press box of Mile-High Stadium as people are gathering around to view Obama's entrance.
And it has gone silent in here except for typing fingers. The sun has gone down and the lights are bright, and I have teared up.

Amazing.

Wish you were all here.

Barack Obama - Democratic Nominee for the Presidency of the United States.

Eyes on the prize, people.

Eyes on the prize.
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Posted by TygrBright in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 09:57 PM
...and I have a livestream feed from the DNC there open in another window. (Thanks, nice guy from Seattle in the BigTent who helped me download and configure the plug-ins to make it possible!)

Being crowd-phobic sucks rocks. I started to head over to Invesco. There were what looked like millions of people streaming there over the footbridge, there were buses and shuttles everywhere and in the distance I saw the gigantic crowds... I chickened.

I went back to the Big Tent and gave my credential to a nice fellow from South Africa whom I'd spent some time talking to about the challenges they'd overcome and the problems they face. He compared his disappointment in the Mbeki government to our experience with Bush: corruption, incompetence, indifference, and cronyism.

My focus throughout the convention has been to experience it as a non-expert, an unimportant ordinary citizen with an average level of knowledge and a maybe slightly-above-average interest in the political process. To watch the process from the viewpoint of my experience, age, gender, and opinions, rather than as an expert. To be what I am-- a middle-aged woman with an interest in politics and a passion for my country and its future, but not for the ins and outs of the political process.

I've been within touching distance of any number of celebrities whom I failed to recognize, because read news stories and online reports but hardly ever look at the pictures. And I'm bad with the whole names thing anyway, as Secretary Reich could tell you.

I'm not a newshound or a technical whiz. I wish I could have spent more time talking to people and less time humping a laptop around looking for a connection, or uploading and putzing with pictures and network connections, or schlepping from point A to point B to catch different events; but that's the nature of trying to blog an event like this one.

I'm profoundly aware of my inadequacies and humbled and thrilled by the experience of being surrounded by so many people younger and smarter than I am. And so passionate. And so joyful.

Gwen Ifill is right-- she's interviewing the incoming President of the NAACP as I write this-- this is a great and historical moment. The America of my childhood was disfigured and distorted by its acceptance of assumptions about people based on characteristics like skin color and accent and where they spent their Sunday morning. And tonight I'm seeing the consummation of a lifetime's work by millions of Americans to heal that distortion-- leaders like Martin Luther King; but also millions of ordinary people doing small but extraordinary things every day.
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Posted by Hissyspit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 09:07 PM
"Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story - of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

It is that promise that has always set this country apart - that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

It is why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty-two years, at each moment when that promis was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women - students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janiors - found the courage to keep it alive.

We meet at one of those defining moments - a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.

Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay, and tuitition that is beyond your reach.

These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed presidency of George W. Bush.

American, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this."

- snip -

"Let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and respect. And next week, we'll als hear about those occasions when he's broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.

But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten-percent chance on change."

- snip -

"That's the promise we need to keep. That's the change we need right now. So let me spel out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.

Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small busineses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that shi our jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, will will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East."

- snip -

"We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans - Democrats and Republicans - have built, and we are to restore that legacy.

As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm's way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conglicts."

- snip -

I will restore our moral standing so that America is once more the last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future."
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Posted by Hissyspit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 06:48 PM
As I sit here in Mile-High Stadium on Day 4 of the Democratic Convention, Days 2 and 3 have become more of a blur, it seems, in retrospect, reflecting on my journey through the floating world of of the DNC. Pols, MSM members and members of the foreign press, cool bloggers, celebrities, protesters, riot police, delegates, tourists, homeless, hawkers, DNC staff members and volunteers, a few freeps - all have been part of the experience of this political-tribal gathering. How to present and what of it to present has been the challenge that competes with, and co-exists with, the logistics of functioning here for five days. Only a few small crises, a lost camera/USB cord that was really only left at the hotel room, major blisters on the feet, misjudging how much time one has to get from the blogger's Big Tent (which has been a embryonic but successful resource) to the hall, where to go and to whom to pay or give attention. Mostly it has been stimulating, and only slightly surreal. But what has and does it mean?

The U.S. political convention is a conventional anachronism, according to David Shribman in the Globe and Mail a few days ago. Bill Curry, former counselor to President Clinton, here in Denver, wrote a few days ago that delegates enter a kind of bubble here.

By and large, delegates are no better informed than folks back home. Due to the rigors of constant partying, they read fewer newspapers and see less television. They spend long hours shuttling to events in vans full of people who agree with them about almost everything. They lose perspective.

I think that part of what it means to be here doing what I've been doing (for the technical better or worse of it) is actually an attempt to be part of a Rheingold "smart mob" (intelligent emergent behavior, anyone?), rather than a resident of an echo chamber.

Tuesday, I met Digby the famed blogger, known for incisively cutting to the marrow of the matter, while in the 40-minute long security line to get into the convention hall. She is taking part in a panel today at the Big Tent on the topic of "The Progressive Moment: Blog For Our Future - 'the progressive moment' and the role of the progressive blogosphere in setting the stage for political transformation in 2009 and beyond. We'll exchange ideas on the strategies that can be put in place over the coming weeks for setting a progressive agenda, consolidating public support and holding elected officials accountable." That sounds to me as valuable an activity as any that has occurred here (although the Indian Pale Ales at the Skylark Lounge are up at the top of the list, too.), but, yes, I would have loved to get a picture with Rachel Maddow. She moderated a "town-hall" with the CEO of Google at 10 this morning in The Big Tent and I was much too exhausted from the night before to make the meet. Myself, meet kick.

I remarked to someone back home in North Carolina in the rush to get ready before I left for Colorado, "You do realize I am going in order to do my part to save this country from itself?" The statement just popped out of me at one moment, I guess as an explanation for the expenditure of time and other resources to take part in this. Four more years of bizarrely rationalized radical right-wing rule, incompetence, corruption, patrio-masturbation and demagoguery disjointed from logic and compassion? The overturning of Roe v. Wade? No, thanks. Is that, in that statement, where the meaning is to be found for me? Or is it just to be able to say "I will be in the stadium for Barack Obama's acceptance speech tonight, and I will be witness to history?" Both.

Eh, enough. Here's a butt-load of photographs for you from Days 2 and 3!



Tuesday, Dan Rather gave an excellent presentation in The Big Tent to journalists and bloggers, discussing the state of American media, Bill Moyers, the film "Body of War," and more. DUer DFW's notations on Rather's talk concerning the "sorry state" of mainstream corporate media is here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...



MEANWHILE, as I previously mentioned, current CBS Nightly News anchor Katie Couric, was downstairs meeting with bloggers, and with Gerry Leary, master coffee roaster for The Unseen Bean of Boulder, CO. I believe I first learned of Unseen Bean on DU, but here's the website: http://www.theunseenbean.com . Gerry says there that his passion for coffee began "in 1994 when visiting a San Francisco cafe. I heard what sounded like a rock tumbler and discovered it was a coffee roaster. I realized then that coffee didn't have to be flat and bitter, as coffee roasting was a true art form. Blind from birth, my visual impairment kept me from finding an apprenticeship in the coffee business. So I attended the San Francisco Coffee Training Institute and began my journey in the land of gourmet coffee roasting."



DU member DFW signs into The Big Tent to get guest credentials to head upstairs.



A young artist inspired by William Blake paints on a sidewalk in Civic Center Park.



16th Street Mall rest spot for the button people.



Adjacent to the Pepsi Center, police organized vehicles to prepare for the arrival of Wednesday's anti-war protest march.



Bag of buttons in the convention hall security line. I took this photo not long after Joe Scarborough and entourage rushed into the hall. Just what is his deal, now?






After seeing the mayor, I met up finally with some Code Pinkers, whereupon I heard of the previous night's violence and arrests of protesters. This was around 3:30 p.m. and a nap sounded like a good idea.



A citizen journalist from Texas documents Hillary's speech.



Cop Watch at the Iranian Pavilion in Civic Center Park after the anarchists' meeting had been broken up.



I think this guy had a cause. I think.



Illinois and New York delegations on the arena floor. The facilitator for the hearing empaired can be seen to the left.



The Denver Art Museum complex located at one end of Civic Center Park.



I could not quite figure out what the police officer was up to here - just curious, looking for souvenirs, or wondering whether he should arrest the guy selling the "Right-Wing Deprogrammer Dunce Caps" designed to eliminate false Fox News/GOP beliefs.



It turns out the woman standing right in front of me in the entrance line for the convention hall was Digby of Hullabaloo!



Falungong activist on 16th Street Mall.



Upon entering Civic Center Park for the first time, I bought a copy of "Goodnight Bush" from the guys who wrote it, a parody of "Goodnight Bush." An autographed copy came with a free bumpersticker.



Guam.



This is the tunnel-like hall way that connected the television press areas at floor level. It was here that I found myself walking behind Andrea Mitchell looking ever so serious. "I wish you would stop parroting the Republican-talking points," I said to the guy showing me the way to the elevators, after Ms. Mitchell had disappeared into another area. Thought it best to keep my credentials that DU has so thoughtfully provided.



For sale on 16th Street. The next day, Ava showed me that she bought one!



A Hillary supporter gives an adrenalized counter argument to the Obama supporter sitting on a Civic Center Park bench, as others look on, amused, or not.



Hispanic Hillary supporter in Civic Center Park.



Horseshit.



This ice cream vendor apparently thought he had found a good crowd to offer his wares, only to decide seconds later that he had better move out of the situation into which he had just rolled his cart.



Imperialist cuckoo clock.



No War In Iran.



Participants in the March of the Dead held in D.C. make another appearance in Denver.



Media Matters presence near the convention hall.



Family members with special guest passes wait in the security line on Tuesday night.



NARAL ladies working out the parking payment system.



Obama sign in the convention hall.



I dodn't know who this guy is in front of the state capital, but if you look to the left, the Obamamobile makes another appearance.



Non-Pelosi fan sits in Civic Center Park.



The Police who had donned their "crowd-control" gear set up a line near the Iranian Pavilion.



Posters in the amphitheater area of the park.



The C-Span and Al Jazeera press sky boxes in the convention hall.



Protesters had headed out from the park down 16th Street with megaphone in hand.



Protester in the park.



Preparing to break up the meeting of the anarchists, a police officer adjusts her helmet.



Riot Police.



Denver is a city of scooters and bicylcles.



Too signs of security elements at the park. A circling helicopter and roof-top presence.



"To Serve And Protect"



"Tell Your Mama, Vote Obama."

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Posted by TygrBright in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 04:35 PM
She's very pleasant, very focused, and very pleased that her opponent is facing an escalating cascade of lawsuits from employees and issues about returning campaign contributions.

For those who haven't been following Florida politics, she's campaigning for Katherine Harris's old district.

Woo-hoo! On to victory, Christine!

I told her that there were many politically active Floridians on DU and she had her PR person note down the DU name for future research, so don't be surprise if we hear from them at some point...

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Posted by Elad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 04:26 PM
...turns out that the spots will be rotating due to limited access, so I will only be able to post updates every once in awhile. The rest of the time, I guess I will wander around taking pictures or something.

The stadium looks great, although it has been kind of a pain in the ass getting here. Streets were shut down due to massive pedestrian traffic and the shuttle buses got diverted and didn't know what they were doing. Probably should have walked, but oh well.

There are already a lot of people in the stands, and the blogger lounge is in the press box, near the 50 yard line. Not sure where I'll actually watch the speech from, though.

Also, the weather is GREAT today. It's sunny, warm but not hot, and a little hazy. All the right-wing prayers have apparently failed to produce rain. Ironically, however, the Republican convention is looking like it will be happening during a hurricane.

More updates to come!

Here are some pics...

Line for the shuttle bus to get from Pepsi Center to Invesco...



A couple shots of the stage





I've never seen so many satellites in my life...

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Posted by Hissyspit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 04:18 PM
Blogger's Lounge in the Press Box is crowded and they are rotating the bloggers in and out, but we will be reporting from the stadium as much as possible. Stay tuned. Stage looks great, don't know what the controversy is about. It's a hazy, but a fantastic, not too hot, CLOUDLESS day here in Denver. Beautiful.

The views in the stadium are effectively clear for all seating, and it is nice and air-conditioned in the press box areas, where you will find us set up about on the 20-yard line, I believe. One end of the stadium is slighty opened up with a, I would guess, 100-foot long LED screen for people to view info and close-ups of the action.

The bus ride over was pleasant enough, if a bit convoluted. We're early, here, but thre is plenty to keep us busy. Nice start to an historic day. Elad and I listened to Fresh Air with Terry Gross on the way from the hotel. Her "make-up sex" analogy to describe the Hillary and Barack convention situation was interesting, to say the least.




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Posted by TygrBright in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 28th 2008, 03:27 PM
One: You go where the power is. Not the political power-- the A/C access that will keep you from depleting your laptop batteries. By the middle of the afternoon, power strips are at a premium and the jockeying for a spot where you can see a monitor or a platform, not get fallen over every ninety seconds, and plug in your 'pute gets pretty fierce.

Two: Fortunately, most bloggers are young. Because if we were all old farts like me, we'd be making a lot of chiropractors rich. The combined effects of Blogger's Butt, repetitive stress from typing in all kinds of weird positions and bad angles, and shoulder/back pain from humping around laptops, backpack/purse, camera bag, and other equipment make the hot shower at the end the best part of the day!

Three: You get no respect. To illustrate, here is the space the "Old Media" (mainstream print journalists and bloggers associated with established corporate-owned publications) gets to accommodate them at a major political convention:


Here are the accommodations for the "New Media":


When one of the Kos bloggers asked Chuck Schumer about the effectiveness of blogs, etc. as a tool for winning elections, he responded (rather dismissively, I thought) to the effect of "Well, that's only ten percent or so of the people we need to reach." It's not the number, Chuck. It's which ten percent. I'm sure he understands that, but...

Four: You're vulnerable to self-referential wanking about the importance of the New Media (see above.) Everybody does it. The number of bloggers interviewing other bloggers about the importance of blogging is mind-boggling.

Five: You do have the most fun. Bloggers take risks and do stuff 'respectable' Old Media types can't get away with.

philosophically,
Bright
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