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The Democratic Convention

 
 
Reply Mon 3 Sep, 2012 09:01 am
http://charlottein2012.com/

Looking forward to the fair and balanced review of the Democratic parties lies after hearing the Republicans.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 3 Sep, 2012 09:07 am
In foreign affairs, Obama mirrors GW Bush, I am sad to say. My focus in this election year is on domestic issues. Here, the Democrats in general are sadly lacking. But Republican Teaparty positions leave us no others to turn to. We have to resist the Teaparty first, before we can seek to engineer change with the more mainstream people.
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revelette
 
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Reply Mon 3 Sep, 2012 09:18 am
If one of the speakers get up and tell as many bare faced whoppers like Paul Ryan did, you can bet there will be those who will be more than glad to point it out.
RABEL222
 
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Reply Mon 3 Sep, 2012 10:13 am
@revelette,
Most of the conservative bloggers defended the republican lies as truths. Mc forgot to put lies at the end of his post.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 3 Sep, 2012 11:00 pm
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 06:52 am
@RABEL222,
RABEL222 wrote:

Most of the conservative bloggers defended the republican lies as truths. Mc forgot to put lies at the end of his post.

That's because we've always been at war with Eastasia.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 09:12 am
Here's the lineup for today:

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5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (LOCAL)

Call to Order

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

Invocation

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas

Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit



Presentation of Colors

Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard



Pledge of Allegiance

3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School

Concord, North Carolina



National Anthem

Amber Riley

Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress



Remarks

Stephen J. Kerrigan

Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee

Welcome Video



Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs

Bishop Vashti McKenzie

First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas





Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris

State Attorney General of California

The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland



Appointment of Convention Officers



Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California



Remarks

The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention

Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

Andrew Tobias

Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee

Alice Germond

Secretary of the Democratic National Committee



Roll Call for Attendance



6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (LOCAL)



Platform Committee Remarks

The Honorable Barbara Lee

Member of the US House of Representatives, California

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)

First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army



Platform Video and Remarks

The Honorable Cory A. Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey



Remarks

The Honorable Bev Perdue

Governor of North Carolina



American Hero Video: Education



American Voices Remarks

Ryan Case



Remarks

Mary Kay Henry

International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)







Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Honorable Charles Gonzalez

Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of the US House of Representatives, New York



Remarks

The Honorable Pat Quinn

Governor of Illinois



Remarks

Doug Stern

Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter



Remarks

The Honorable Tim Kaine

Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia

Former Governor of Virginia

Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee



7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (LOCAL)



Remarks

The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx

Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

The Honorable Harry Reid

Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada



An Economy Built to Last Video: Education



Women of the US House of Representatives



Jimmy Carter Video



Remarks

The Honorable Ken Salazar

Kennedy Family Tribute Video



Remarks

Joe Kennedy III

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

Live Performance

Ledisi

Singer/songwriter



Remarks

The Honorable Robert Wexler

President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida



8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LOCAL)



Remarks

The Honorable R.T. Rybak

Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Honorable Jared Polis

Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado



Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice



American Voices Remarks

Maria Ciano



Remarks

Nancy Keenan

President of the National Abortion Rights Action League - Pro-Choice America (NARAL)

Progress for People Video: American Veterans



American Voices Remarks

Nate Davis



Remarks

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois

Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs

The Honorable Lincoln Chafee

Governor of Rhode Island

The Honorable James E. Clyburn

Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

Progress for People Video: Health Care



American Voices Remarks

Stacey Lihn



Remarks

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California



9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (LOCAL)



The Honorable Ted Strickland

Former Governor of Ohio

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel

Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

Former White House Chief of Staff





Remarks

Kal Penn

Actor/Producer

Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement



Remarks

Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng

Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama

Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay



Remarks

Lilly Ledbetter

Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Honorable Deval Patrick

Governor of Massachusetts



10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (LOCAL)



The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland



Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro

Joaquin Castro

Brother of Mayor Julián Castro

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas



Keynote Address

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Michelle Obama Video and Remarks

Elaine Brye

Remarks

Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States

Benediction

Jena Lee Nardella

Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission


I'll probably tune in for the last hour, but that's it.

Cycloptichorn
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 09:17 am
@DrewDad,
Yeah, that's a lot!!!

I might want to see Ted too. Love Ted. (Strickland.)
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 10:52 am
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/who-is-juli-n-castro-the-democratic-convention-keynote-speaker/261896/

Who Is Julián Castro, the Democratic Convention Keynote Speaker?

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Who Is This Guy? Julián (pronounced Hoo-li-AN) Castro, 37, is the mayor of Texas's second-largest city (yes, San Antonio is bigger than Dallas). First elected in 2009, he was reelected last year with a whopping 82.9 percent share of the vote. Before that, he was on the city council. A lawyer by training, he attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School. His family is Mexican-American, and he's not a first-generation politician -- his mother Rosie Castro describes herself as a "Chicana activist," and she passed the civic-engagement gene not only to Julián but also his twin brother Joaquin. Joaquin Castro serves in the Texas state house and, unlike his brother, actually faces an election this year: He's favored to win a seat in the U.S. House in Texas's 20th district (inner-city San Antonio) currently held by retiring Democrat Charlie Gonzalez.


Read more at the link.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 07:03 pm
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/sep/01/scorecard-president-obamas-campaign-promises/

http://tampabay.com/tbprojects/politifact/obameter/flat_graphic.png
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mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 07:13 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
It seems the dems are as guilty as the repubs, mixing politics and religion.
If they truly want that separation, why are there any clerics there at all?
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 08:25 pm
Strickland was, not so great tonite. Patrick did fantastic. Castro is doing good right now, but needs to slow his pacing down slightly on the attack lines.

The convention certainly looks about a hundred times as fun and rowdy as the GOP did last week. Maybe that's because the crowd isn't composed entirely of elderly white folks.

Cycloptichorn
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 08:29 pm
@mysteryman,
Good question. I'd prefer that the G-word was completely omitted from both conventions and party platforms. Meanwhile, ...

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/04/sen-durbin-blasts-fox-news-god-is-not-a-franchise-of-the-republican-party/

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Tuesday blasted Fox News host Bret Baier for “harping” on the fact that the Democratic Party Platform of 2012 didn’t contain the word “god.”

“Well, I can just basically tell you that if the narrative that is being presented on your station and through your channel and your network is that Democrats are godless people, they ought to know better,” Durbin said. “God is not a franchise of the Republican Party. Those of us who believe in God, and those of us who have dedicated our lives to helping others in the name of God don’t want to take a second seat to anyone who is suggesting that one word out of the platform means that the Democrats across America are godless.”

...

Baier noted that previous Democratic platforms had contained the word “god” and questioned why the current platform did not.

“We know that both parties are devoted to this country,” Durbin said. “Both parties are god-fearing parties. Lets get on with the agenda of creating jobs in America.”

While the Democratic Party Platform of 2012 does not contain the word “God,” it does contain a paragraph describing faith as a “driving force of progress and justice throughout our history.”
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 08:58 pm
Michelle Obama is killing it right now. Just so much more genuine than Ann Romney. And she slips the subtle attack lines in, like a knife.

Ya know the big difference between these conventions? The delegates and speakers here love Obama. They can't wait to get the guy re-elected. Such a night and day difference from the last one.

Cycloptichorn
snood
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2012 10:51 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Cycloptichorn wrote:

Michelle Obama is killing it right now. Just so much more genuine than Ann Romney. And she slips the subtle attack lines in, like a knife.

Ya know the big difference between these conventions? The delegates and speakers here love Obama. They can't wait to get the guy re-elected. Such a night and day difference from the last one.

Cycloptichorn


Yeah... the way Chuck Todd (who by the way is someone whose opinion I don't generally give much weight but got it right this time) put it was something like "The passion in the Democratic convention was FOR Obama, but the only passion in the RNC convention wasn't for Romney; it was against the president."
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 04:39 am
Michelle gave a wonderful speach. I have yet to see any bad reviews. Not that there won't be a few.
revelette
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 08:43 am
I didn't turn it on untill about the time the lady with the four kids in the military introduced Michelle Obama. The speech was heartfelt and real. One line I really liked was
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"—and that "when you walk through that door of opportunity you don't slam it shut behind you," she added.


source

Of course I realized I am just a tad bit biased.

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snood
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 09:44 am
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

Michelle gave a wonderful speach. I have yet to see any bad reviews. Not that there won't be a few.


Here's the only one so far with any negative things to say about it that I've found.

Michele's Speech Wasn't That Great
by Mark McKinnon

"...I don't think the speech itself was a home run."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/05/michelle-obama-s-speech-successful-but-not-great.html

It bears noting that this same Mark McKinnon called the GOP convention last week "a hell of a show", and "one of the most successful conventions in memory".

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/01/mark-mckinnon-meet-the-man-who-made-the-rnc-happen.html
georgeob1
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 09:56 am
@snood,
Well, saying "it wasn't a home run" isn't really saying that it was poorly done or delivered. Indeed he wrote the contrary - here are his words;
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I may be in a minority, but I don't think the speech itself was a home run. I thought it was solid. I think it clearly accomplished the goal of humanizing Obama and reminding people why they like the first husband and the first family. But in the annals of convention speeches, I don't think it will be remembered much for the content, the theme, the vision or any lines except perhaps for "being president doesn't change who you are. It reveals who you are."

But it was Michelle’s and Julián's primary jobs to get Democrats all fired up and ready to go as the kicked things off in Charlotte. Mission accomplished.


I agree. Her speech was very well-delivered ... a persuasive argument that Barac obama is a good man with good intentions, and an effective kick-off for the convention events to follow.

Still it wasn't great, mostly (in my view) because of the necessary lack of content regarding his achievements in office. The inescapable message was, 'things aren't going well, but Barack really cares about you, and if you trust us for four more years, things will get better.' It's pretty hard to really soar if that's all you can say.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:10 am
@georgeob1,
Better than the message the GOP has to offer - "Go back to the way we ran things from 2000-2006, everything will magically become great."

Seriously, Romney had no over-arcing message other than that - and no policy details whatsoever. Neither he nor Ryan has offered any coherent plan for how they are going to solve any of our current problems.

Cycloptichorn
 

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