DNC Convention Notes, Morning Of Day 2

On September 2, 2012, in DFL Events, Videos, by tommy

Charlotte is turning out to be a great choice for Host City for the 2012 Democraic Convention. It’s big enough, but not too big – and the Host Committee is making the RNC Convention in Tampa look pathetic already. Last night was a Media Reception that was an incredible success. Held at the North Carolina Music Factory and in every venue within it, over 15,000 people partied in a way that sets a new standard for Host Cities. Rather than putting everyone in one big room, it was a series of parties with a genre for everyone, starting with local comedians roasting everything at The Comedy Zone (and I have to say, Dusty Trice’s stand up act was hilarious!) to every kind of music act anyone would want to hear. The Convention’s Host Committee has gone above the call of duty to include as much local influence as it could.

One aspect that hits home for yours truly, the ol’ TwoPutter, is making this convention as acessible as possible for new media – such as bloggers! Literally next door to the Convention Center is a group called The PPL (think=”people”), where I’m headed shortly to check in and receive credentials. Let’s look!

As always, I’ll be tweeting throughout the day – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there>

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A Blast From The Past

On November 6, 2010, in Dirty Politics, by tommy

In 2003, Al Franken wrote LIES And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.

In my copy, in the chapter titled “Who Created the Tone?” Al wrote:

“(T)urning the public arena into a wasteland of personal destruction takes an entire army of like-minded ideologues hell-bent on shredding the already tattered standards of decency that once permitted a reasonable discourse on matters of import.

The left, sadly, has no such army. Our attack dogs are a scrawny, underfed pack of mutts that spend half the time chasing their own tails and sniffing each other’s butt. The right, by contrast, appears to have a well-oiled puppy mill for pit bulls, bred to kill and trained to go for the jugular. Or the balls.” (from LIES And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)

Al wrote that in 2003. Who can tell me what – if anything – has changed in the last 7 years?

(cross posted from Mn Progressive Project; comments welcome there)

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We lost the messaging war. Thom Hartmann nails part/most of it: “The rightwing media won the elections”.

Thom Hartmann, of course, is talking about the messaging war. And we lost a big battle in that messaging war – BIG TIME – here in Minnesota; a battle we actually could have competed in.

Which battle is that, you ask? Check out the picture below, taken at the State GOP Convention last spring:

“Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before?”

(cross posted from Mn Progressive Project; comments welcome there)

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