During a speech at a $10,000 per plate DNC fundraiser on June 4, Michelle Obama was heckled
by gay rights advocate and GetEQUAL
member Ellen Sturtz, calling on President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from LGBT workplace discrimination. The first lady responded by telling Sturtz and the 200 attendees, "[L]isten to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice." [more inside]
A new monkey species, known to locals as the 'lesula' (Cercopithecus lomamiensis), has been discovered
in a largely unexploited rainforest within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
What are the secrets of former American President Bill Clinton noted oratory? Is it the writing
, the body language
or his unique human touch
? Whatever it is, his gift for speeches was on full display at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. [more inside]
Make your own attack ad.
The Democratic party is uploading all its "tracker" videos of the top Republican candidates out on the campaign trail, for use by anyone for anything. "The party hopes that thousands of eyes might find something the mainstream media has missed, or that a new way of juxtaposing the video with something else will be revealing about the candidates," says the NYT
. Gimmick or political sea change?
Today the DNC voted
"to strip Florida of all its presidential convention delegates, threatening to leave the state without a vote
for the party's 2008 nominee unless it delays the date of its presidential primary election." [More Inside]
The Public Interest Research Groups
(PIRGs) / the Fund for Public Interest Research
(the Fund) / Grassroots Campaigns Inc
(GCI) = the WalMart
of the progressive/liberal activist industry. [much more and much better linkage inside]
While much of the blogging world has been ga-ga over getting into the Democratic National Convention
, it's tough to find anything interesting going on among the convention bloggers
(to their credit, go turn on CSPAN today and see for yourself how boring it is). While our own Jessamyn is there
(here are profiles
of everyone going), I've found the strange CNN/Technorati partnership
to be the most useful thing. Technorati
founder David Sifry is basically doing a metafilter of all convention blogs over on CNN as the daily blog roundup
, highlighting the posts worth reading among the participants.
USA Today Dumps Ann Coulter
Citing editorial differences, USA Today dropped Ann Coulter's column before it even began in the paper.
The disputed column on www.anncoulter.com begins "Here at the Spawn of Satan convention in Boston" and devolves rapidly into a bitter little snark against Democrats. I wonder why USA Today had a problem with it?
It ends with "I'd say I love all these Democrats in Boston so much I want them to go home, but I don't. I want Americans to get a good long look at the French Party and keep the 7-11 challenge in mind."
"You know, Luke Skywalker was able to kill the Death Star with his beleaguered band of warriors, but I'm not sure that that's the model we should shoot for -- shoot the thing down the middle of the tube and hope it blows up the Death Star. We need to build our own answer to the Death Star.'' The beginning of the end for the Democratic Party, at least in name?
(And what will take its place? Is the Republic turning into the Empire?)
An aggregation of bloggers
is attending the DNC, and here is a combined feed
, courtesy of Dave Winer
. If this isn't enough to send you into spasms of delirious ecstasy, you might also wish to explore politics.feedster.com
"It would be best
if the arrest or killing of [Osama bin Laden] were announced on twenty-six, twenty-seven, or twenty-eight July." During the first three days of the Democratic National Convention, the Bush administration offers The July Surprise
Free-Speech Zones come to Boston this July.
Protesters at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Boston may be confined to a cozy triangle of land off Haymarket Square, blocked off from the FleetCenter and convention delegates by a maze of Central Artery service roads, MBTA train tracks, and a temporary parking lot holding scores of buses and media trucks.
Under a preliminary plan floated by convention organizers, the "free-speech zone" would be a small plot bounded by Green Line tracks and North Washington Street, in an area that until recently was given over to the elevated artery. The zone would hold as few as 400 of the several thousand protesters who are expected in Boston in late July.
Not standing up to Bush on Iraq is costing the Democrasts money.
I work fund raising for the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC, and all three have seen a drop in fund raising dollars over the last two months. The Dems claim it's a good year no matter what the numbers say, but I beg to differ, as a person working the frontline of their telemarketing campaigns the callers are hearing serious complaints from the donors, and we in middle management are getting no response on what to tell the donors. With the House having voted for Bush's resolution, and the Senate set to pass it, is it too late to save face with their donors?
Grand Old Petroleum.
GOP. Get it? The DNC really cracks me up sometimes. This is, however, an interesting development in politics. Is every issue going to have its own clever webpage in the future? The mind boggles.
Michael Lynch characterizes
the D2KLA (or whatever they're calling it) protesters as idealistic and irrational. Also there's some interesting quotes and tactics discussion from the LAPD.
Now from the producers of Read My Lips
! Paid for by the Democratic National Committee. Sad and sickening or funny as hell?