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We're going to be constantly improving it over the coming weeks and months.

It's beta, so if you find any bugs in the bar, please let us know. If you have install troubles, let us know. And today, it's only available on IE. Don't worry, Firefoxers, we're going to get a Firefox version out at some point soon, then you can join in on the fun and excitement.

Let me get this straight...

So, let me see if I understand this...

The party of "Country First" doesn't like what Nancy Pelosi said, so they vote no on the bailout just to spite her? How does that put the country first?

And then, after the failure, the House of Representatives went on vacation. Until THURSDAY. Oh, I'm sorry, did this national crisis that only threatens to destroy the economy of this country for years to come get in the way of your trip to Disneyland? I just spent the past 15 days straight, working at least 14 hours a day on half of those days, in order to get a browser toolbar shipped. A BROWSER TOOLBAR. If I can work my ass off for something as stupid as a toolbar, I think the lot of you can postpone your vacation for a few days to save the country. I'm just saying...

Approaching Rally Point

So, things have changed slightly... Again.

Apparently they couldn't get a permit for the Eastside, so no rally over here. The Seattle session is still on, but it seems scripted and choreographed and has a theme... Not exactly my thing. I briefly considered going out to Hunts Point anyway, just to make a statement, but I'd really rather not get banned from there for life. (Although, that might be somewhat of a badge of honour...)

So, as of now, I won't be involved in anything on Wednesday.

That didn't stop me from making a few signs.

Approaching Rally Point

It's only positive, Pro-Obama stuff for now, since that is what was requested for Wednesday before everything changed. (Of course, I have made a few signs that aren't quite so positive and I'll put them up shortly...) I'll probably be adding more to here off and on. Feel free to download, print, link, distribute, etc. any of the signs you find there. I'll also be putting some of them up on CafePress so that you can buy them, if you want.

Switch and History

Well, apparently they've swapped out Sarah Palin with Cindy McCain. Doesn't really matter, after all, the campaign seems to believe that any woman is the same as any other, that's why they're going t oget all the Hillary voters with a right-wing nutjob.

Speaking of her, in 1995, on a family vacation to the Last Frontier, we made a stop in Wasilla, Alaska. Here is an exact quote of a comment I made regarding that visit:

"They seemed to be quite proudly displaying their lack of intelligence."

Awesome.

Palin's coming to town.

I have a week to prepare.

I only had a couple of days to get ready for Bush last year. Then again, for that one, all I needed to bring was two middle fingers...

Exposing Blatant Hypocrisy

What's missing from all of these pictures?

George H. W. Bush
John McCain
John McCain
Tom Ridge
Mitt Romney

I'll give you a hint, it's in all of these:
Barack Obama
Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Bill Richardson

The answer: A US Flag Lapel Pin.

That's right, none of these Republicans wore a flag pin. They're obviously not patriotic. They don't even love their country enough to put on ten cent plastic US Flag that was made in China on their collars.

Spread the outrage!

The Final Day of the RNC.

Did you know that John McCain was a POW?

I got home, turned on the TV, and someone was babbling about "God's Game Plan". He seemed about as popular as rabies, his words fell as flat as he believes the Earth to be. Someone forget to tell him that they're trying to hide the Jesus card this year?

Someone was holding up a sign: "College Republican's for McCain" Note the placement of the apostrophe. Actually, just note the presence of the apostrophe. Are they following in the academic footstep's of Bush and McCain? (We all know about Bush's academic record, but don't forget that John McCain was in the bottom five of his class at the Naval Academy (894 out of 899))

Again and again, it just feels like they're pretending that George Bush doesn't exist and that they're not related to the Republicans of recent times. Even their big video screen and neon stair trim was blue. It all smacks of deception and even of cowardice. McCain said they're going to take the party back, so why didn't they stand up and do so here?

By the way, John McCain was imprisoned in Vietnam for over five years. Did you know that?

It's great that John McCain met Cindy at a USO event and it's cute that they both lied about their ages (Although ethically disquieting...), but why wasn't there any mention of the simple basic fact that he was married when he met Cindy. Will he veto that inconvenient adultery clause in the Ten Commandments when president?

Why does it seem like the only good lines from the entire convention are stolen from the Democrats?

Moose hunting is supposed to be a good thing?

I wonder if there's a McCain speech drinking game. Every time he flashes that slimy, fake smile, take a shot. Any time he gives a creepy wink, take a shot. Any players of that would've been under the table within ten minutes.

McCain noted that Russia invaded a country to control its oil reserves and to intimidate its neighbours. Sounds familiar...

A complete shocker: McCain got shot down during the Vietnam War and was held in the Hanoi Hilton.

I'll give John McCain props for his response to the protesters. His "Ground noise and static" line was the only time when he seemed natural, the only true moment during his entire speech.

Day 2 and 3 of the RNC

So, there's been more than last night's Big Brother moment with Bush on the big screen.

Moments like Bush the Elder checking his watch during Laura's speech. Moments like Mike Huckabee looking really pissed off during Rudy's talk. Moments like Laura listing the top acheivements of the Bush Administration and including, get this, mosquito nets in the fight against malaria.

Okay, I hate mosquitos and I hear malaria isn't that great, but seriously? Almost eight years, and mosquito nets is in the top ten?

One of the speakers, talking about the challenges facing the next president, mentioned that "Spending at home threatens to bankrupt us". Uh... That's something the Republicans want to mention? When Bill handed over the keys to the White House to George, the country was in the black. "Spending at home" is a bit of a recent thing, you know. The "Spending at home" is one of the reasons we want to get rid of you all.

The slogan is "Country First". Country First? Where is God, then, #2? Third place?

Lots of the cheering and chanting sounded artificial and forced. It's amazing how fast the applause starts and stops. It's unnatural how the chanting can rise and fall. I've been to sporting events. I've been to a couple of political events. I've never seen chanting begin and end in unison. It just doesn't happen. It takes a while to be picked up and spread throughout the crowd. And when it dies, there are always stragglers that last for a while. I'm not hearing that here.

Since when is being in prison for five years a qualification for being President? That's apparently all McCain has, according to the people speaking. They claim that Sarah Palin has "Executive Experience", something that Obama and Biden don't have. Apparently, all their time in the Senate is useless. But McCain doesn't have "Executive Experience", either. Since McCain's record is being in the Senate and being a POW, and being in the Senate doesn't count, all he's got left is the POW thing. I guess that's why they're mentioning it all the time.

Joe Lieberman still looks like an elf and sounds like the father on Alf. I didn't like him in 2000 and I still don't like him now.

I hate cowboy hats.

The crowd in Minnesota is so much different from a week ago in Denver. There's hardly anyone under 30 who wasn't forced to be there. Between speeches, they show the crowd, and there's no energy, no excitement, no fire. In Denver, the people were dancing and singing, young and old, black and white and the rest of the rainbow. St. Paul looks like Tuesday afternoon at the senior center when all the exciting people are on a Vegas field trip.

They don't believe in evolution. They don't believe in global warming. Now, according to Mitt Romney, their latest thing is to claim that the sun rises in the west.

Romney also talked about how government spending has doubled since 1980, not counting inflation, and used that as a reason Republicans should win the election. Um... Let's see. 20 years of Republican presidents, eight years of a Democrat. That's 20 to 8. And at the end of the eight, the budget was balanced. Again, this is supposed to be a point for the Republicans?

Mitt went on to say that American needs the "Party of Big Ideas, not the Party of Big Brother". Um. Did you see the Bush speech last night? And have you ever heard of FISA, the Patriot Act, all that stuff? He's right, we need the ideas of Barack Obama and not the Republican spy machine.

What's the deal with the Abe Lincoln guy in the crowd? And speaking about the crowd, who was the person that got removed during Palin's speech?

Cindy McCain gives me the creeps. Especially when she's wearing bright Kermit green.

Were they REALLY chanting "FNC! FNC!" when a remark was made about the media?

And to top it all off, most of their speeches boil down to "POW. Obama eats babies. POW. Country First! God Bless America!" They've been big on the attack, but very little on who they are and what they believe. We know that they don't like Obama and that McCain was in the Hanoi Hilton. ... And then what?

I'm hoping tomorrow's train wreck will be just as entertaining.

RNC Highlights



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