WHAT: Day 3 coverage of the Democrat Convention in Philadelphia, 7/27/16
WHERE: Live streamed on CSPAN and also on YouTube via official channel
WHEN: Coverage begins at 330pmCST on 7/27/16
WHY: Because someone has to watch 7+ hours of this garbage so that you don’t have to and can just read the notes and be all caught up. This is my gift to you, because we are friends like this. I must really like you.
1. Before we get started today, I would like to ask you to please watch Donald Trump’s press conference from this morning. It’s one of the best pressers I’ve ever seen. It is truly devastating for Democrats that he does this. No presidential candidate has ever been this blunt and frank. The Media is refusing to cover any of this, of course, but I know through social media all of this is going to get out. Please watch it and then share the video with others. Trump starts speaking at about the 33:20-mark.
2. The next video that you need to watch is of Susan Sarandon being interviewed by some Bernie Sanders guy. I swear to you, for the first time in your lives it is worth listening to Susan Sarandon. Some fascinating things happen in this interview. Trust me.
3. Just a few housekeeping notes: in case it’s not obvious, I write this live stream as it happens, as things unfold, in real time. So there will be spelling and other mistakes in this that I would not normally make. I’m not going to come back to this later and correct anything…and if I type something and don’t know how to spell it, I won’t have time to look that person’s name up because I’m literally watching the convention unfold as I’m typing. I am just not fast enough with the computering and the Interwebbing and all of that to be juggling more than two windows open at a time. I will have this screen open to be able to type on HB for you and another screen open with either the YouTube or the CSPAN feed…and that’s it. I wish I was able to write this live and not have any typos and all that, but I’m 40 now and doing the best that I can in a world that technologically moves way too fast for me. I am a pretty damn fast typist though (thank you, Sister Adelaide at the Immaculate Conception School) so I’ll try to get as much information for you as possible as things unfold. This is not meant to be a transcript though. It’s notes, reflections, and screen grabs as things happen. I want you to have a feel for what went on during the Convention so you don’t have to watch 7 hours of archived video feed…but I am not creating a definitive historical record here. I am a gay guy typing this out in Boystown, not the Librarian of Congress in Washington.
4. This is the stream I am watching:
5. These are the speakers listed for today:
6. If you missed coverage of any of the previous days, you can find it here.
7. 339pmCST Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas. Says she is a breast cancer survivor. She’s from Houston. She is wearing a giant green flower on her shoulder. Back in 2008, Sheila Jackson Lee was one of Hillary’s best surrogates…she kept appearing for Hillary at events in Indiana and beyond even though she was being threatened by the Obama campaign and his cult to stop helping Hillary. She was called “Aunt Jane” and the nastiest things imaginable were said about her. She and Stephanie Tubbs Jones stood by Hillary even though all the backstabbing black members of Congress left Hillary and went to Obama. So, sometimes Sheila Jackson Lee says crazy things and she’s no doubt as corrupt as most black members of Congress…but this woman was BRAVE back in 2008. It was clear that the DNC was not going to allow Hillary to win, so everyone who stayed with Hillary back then was told their careers would be destroyed and they would be punished and lose everything if they did not get behind Obama. Sheila Jackson Lee and Stephanie Tubbs Jones said F-U to the Obamas. This is who Sheila Jackson Lee will always be to me. No matter what else she says or does. Today, she was just shouting a bunch of generic stuff. Nothing of note.
8. Some woman wearing a tablecloth from New Mexico. She says she wants equal pay and all the abortions she can have. Again, I don’t believe that “women paid less” thing is true. But, if it is true…then why the hell didn’t Obama fix that in the last 8 years? Or why the hell did that happen if the Clintons were in the White House for 8 years in the 1990s. None of this makes any sense. Then she talks about old people and how they are a burden when they get old and people need help caring for them. She says that Hillary will fight for people. They keep saying that, but what does it really mean? This is like saying that things in a restaurant are “delicious.” Well, what does that mean? What’s delicious mean? What does “she will fight for you” mean? Who is she fighting? Is she literally fighting, like with a metal pipe or a bat or a gun? What does any of this mean?
9. Sherlock Holmes Norton from DC? She’s here to spout more garbage about DC needing to be a state. Again, the Constitution set DC up as a federal capital. The people in DC should see themselves as being serviced by the Senators of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc. DC should never be a state. All Democrats want is to get 2 more Senators and one more member of Congress. That’s what this is about. That’s why they push it. Claims that Hillary will push for DC statehood.
10. Adam Schiff from California: said ISIS is murderous at 354pmCST. First mention of ISIS today. Says Trump has no vision and is just angry. I don’t think Democrats realize how angry everyone in this country is because of what Democrats have done to the world in the last 8 years. Says Trump just has bluster and tirades. This guy talks like he has eaten a handful of horse tranquilizers. He is so low-energy, he is no energy. No wonder he didn’t even make the list of official speakers. Who is this speech for? Not sure what the point of a lot of this is, really. Are they supposed to be talking to people who are undecided? This guy talking about immigrants…but no Democrat will ever talk about the fact that there are people who do not follow the laws that are in place…and that’s not fair to the people who DID follow the rules. That’s the problem, but Democrats refuse to admit it. To me, that’s like being an alcoholic and refusing to admit that you have a drinking problem. You will never get better unless you admit that booze is a problem for you.
11. Maxine Waters from California. This is another person who is a clown, but she will always have a place in my heart for what she did in 1998 during the Clinton Impeachment. She really let the hypocrites in the GOP have it. They were saying that Bill Clinton should resign because he had an affair…but then she called out different Republicans who had had affairs and told them that they had to resign. “You resign! You resign! You resign!” It was great theater. There was a guy, Bob Johnson I think, who was supposed to become Speaker after Gingrich resigned…but he had an affair and so he had to resign because of Maxine Waters. And then Dennis Hastert became Speaker. Maxine Waters had that role in history, causing that Bob Johnson to never become Speaker. This little clown from California did that. Today she’s just shouting nonsense though. Just the same stuff that was shouted yesterday.
12. Some abortionist is on now, from NARAL. She said she was pregnant years ago and decided she wanted to kill her baby. So she murdered it at a clinic near her. Her husband and her later had another baby that they did not kill. She says that it’s not that bad girls get abortions and good girls have families, but that good girls can kill their babies too. She says that some women would not make good mothers or are not ready so they should kill their babies. Makes no mention of adoption. Claims that Trump thinks breasts are disgusting. Says that Mike Pence is a villain because he does not like that some women kill babies. One lie that they like to tell is that they claim that abortions are needed to save mothers’ lives, but that’s not true. They always say this, but it’s not true. There are no instances where this is true, that a woman can only be saved if the baby is killed. That’s not how biology works. The opposite can be true: where the baby can only be saved if the mother dies, and the mother would sacrifice herself for the baby. But it’s not true that a baby growing inside a woman would ever need to be murdered so that the mother could live. A baby is not a tumor. A baby does not kill her or his mother. Fitting that this woman dressed all in red. Red like blood. Satan’s prom date.
13. Black Man from Florida speaks. Father was a construction worker and mother was a school bus driver. Listen to how many of these people say what their parents did for a living. Why does any of that matter? It’s almost like they look down on people whose parents weren’t janitors or garbagemen or whatever. None of them come out and say “My father was an accountant and my mother was a dentist.” They would be booed if they said that. He says that Hillary has shown her “SHRENTH.” I hope he talks about her SHRUGGLES next. He says he is the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida. He is very low-key. They don’t let any blacks talk who come off as angry. The only blacks allowed to talk at the DNC must be like Carlton from Fresh Prince. The Spanish-speakers are allowed to be angry though when they shout in Spanish, but the DNC only lets the meek Carlton blacks talk. At least the black men anyway. But even Sheila Jackson Lee and Maxine Waters were muted and controlled.
14. VIDEO: about why Asians should get on the Democrat plantation and always vote Democrat. It’s grievance-mongering. Saying that Asians were abused in the past and, like blacks, should never let the past go. The Democrat Party really is about re-opening old wounds, stoking grievances, rehashing old anguish, etc. Making new generations hate other people based on manufactured anger that Democrats use to control people. But no solution is ever given how to get past any of this. Democrats don’t want to get past any of this. They always want people to be angry, to hate each other, and to stay in little identity boxes so they can be used as chess pieces against other groups. This is all hyphenated-American garbage.
15. Judy Chu says she is first Chinese woman elected to Congress. She calls herself a trailblazer. AAPI = Asian American Pacific Islander. A new identity box that Democrats want to cultivate. Says that Hillary “will fight for us” (again never saying what that means). It’s just something they say over and over again. Promises that Hillary will allow millions more immigrants to come from Asia. At some point, why do we need more people? Remember in the 1970s and 1980s, white people were told that they should not have children because the world was overpopulated. My parents and all their friends only had one kid…and I grew up with mostly only children in my grade school and high school classes. White people listened and didn’t have more than one kid because they were told that the world would end because of overpopulation. But, now here we are in 2016 and Democrats want as many people as possible to come here from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. This was all really just about wiping out white people and depopulating Europe so the Third World could replace Western nations. The United Nations has to be behind all of this. The UN is controlled by the Third World, and the Third World seems to have outsmarted the West for sure. Judy Chu has been going on for a while and now is talking about finding the cure for cancer in the memory of someone or another. If we did not spend so much money on bringing in new people here, we would have more money to spend on cancer research. Then Maizy Something or Another speaks. She’s a Senator from Hawaii. Then a white woman who looks as Asian as Elizabeth Warren looks Native American speaks, says she is from Guam. Then there’s a man who says he is a Gaysian and is Congress. After that is some man who says he is the only SouthAsian in the Congress. After a while, this hyphenating stuff gets so exhausting. “I am the first gay, left-handed, Filipino-Swedish-Lebanese, Congress critter who was born on a Tuesday and has severe halitosis and got a C+ in coloring in grade school.” When does it stop? When will it end?
16. Democrats are really big on not seeing people as just Americans. Everyone has to be carved down into very specific little boxes.
17. A woman who had a stroke is here to talk about recovering from a stroke. Do you remember the weirdness that happened in like 2009 or 2010? Something happened to Hillary when she was Secretary of State and she fell that one time…then she disappeared for a while and made no appearances for a long time. And even now, she does not do interviews that are live and doesn’t do press conferences. I wonder if she had a stroke of some kind or there’s some other problem. This woman speaking seems very nice. She had a stroke not long after starting a company. Had to relearn how to speak and eat and write. This is brutal. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. So I give this woman a lot of credit for recovering. But, now she is going on about the Great North Carolina Transgender Bathroom War. She says she is embarrassed of North Carolina because of the bathrooms thing. Somehow, she thinks that Mike Pence is the great villain of the Transgender Bathroom War. All of this is so crazy. This is the 2016 version of Binders Full of Women.
18. Bill deBlasio from New York. He was Hillary’s campaign manager in 1999 for her first Senate run. He’s talking about Hillary working at Children’s Defense Fund. Here’s the thing: you should read It Takes A Village and you should also read the works of Marian Wright Edelman. You will not like to hear this, but Hillary Clinton did a lot of good in the 1970s and 1980s for children. It really is true that she could have gone and worked in a big firm and make a lot of money. But she didn’t do that. She went to work to help kids instead. It was not a trick. It was not part of a long term genius master plan. Look at how inept her 2008 campaign was and how badly run her 2016 campaign is: if she really was a super genius Machiavellian, would she have run such lousy campaigns and made so many dumb mistakes? She is not a genius or a psychic. There are two Hillarys: there is the Good Hillary that existed in the 1970s and 1980s up through 1993. And then there is the Hillary of Today. However you define her. But she’s not the same person she was when she was working with Marian Wright Edelman. THAT Hillary, the original one, is the one that matches up with all her friends here in Chicago that I got to know during the 2008 campaign. These people are wonderful. And they match with the version of Hillary that helped all those kids. The Hillary that is involved in Clinton Foundation financial shenanigans and Huma Abedin and all of that is a different person. It’s just unfortunate for everyone that the Hillary that is running for president is THIS PERSON and not the one who helped all the kids. DeBlasio has been attacking Trump. Says that he calls women pigs. Well, I hate to say this, but some people are pigs. I think that DeBlasio is a pig and a crook. I think he is under investigation again too. He says that Trump is scary. He talks in a monotone. All of these speeches are just repeating the same things. They really come at this from no new angles. I think they know that no one but me watches all of these hours and hours of footage.
19. Marsha Fudge is back. With the IN MEMORIUM reel for Democrats who died since the last convention. This is very much like the Oscars. But, they put Nelson Mandela in there? He’s not a Democrat. He was not an American. So that was strange. It ends with Muhammad Ali. Boy they really love Mario Cuomo. They are always going on about him. I don’t get it. What was so great about him? They also honored Jane Byrne, which is strange…she is the most hated Mayor of Chicago ever and Democrats try to forget her. They also honored Marion Barry, Ed Koch, Carl Stokes…and then Seth Rich, who was mysteriously murdered a few weeks ago.
That Seth Rich murder has to be linked to the DNC Leaks hack. He was out at 430am. Doing something. And then he was murdered…and shortly after that, the DNC emails were hacked, weren’t they? That can’t be a coincidence. That guy would have had the passwords to the system. Was he murdered for the passwords? Is anyone checking into that?
20. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico. Just the usual stuff about being a Latino. Speaking English, but slowing down mid-sentence to say certain words with a weird flourish. Not sure why they have to do this, but Spanish speakers love doing it. I think it’s obnoxious. He rambles about some great grandfather who was a miner or a factory worker or a mule rider or something. He calls Trump a bully and a racist. He speaks Spanish for a while. Spanish is the language of poverty. If you come from somewhere else and speak Spanish, you are choosing to leave that someplace else and come here because the place you left is not as good as here. Leave the Spanish behind. Spanish keeps people poor. No culture that speaks Spanish is successful or prosperous. There’s something about Spanish and the cultures that speak it that is dysfunctional and broken. Leave the Spanish behind. Learn English. English is the language of success. Spanish is the language of poverty.
22. A big theme for Democrats: dividing people up, emphasizing the HYPHENS, splitting people into little boxes. People are not just Americans. Democrats insist they have to be hyphenated into as many smaller boxes as possible.
23. I’m serious. I think that Seth Rich was murdered because of all those emails. Either the hackers murdered him to get his passwords to be able to hack the DNC, or he was murdered by the DNC because he was the leaker. This death is just so strange. Can’t be another magical coincidence. Was it Arkancide? Did this guy get killed because he was leaking the truth about what DNC did to Bernie Sanders?
24.CREEPY VIDEO = they showed some really creepy video with people talking with monster voices. Robert Rodriguez, who makes scary movies, made this little film. So no wonder it was creepy. I think he is the guy behind vampire movie Dusk till Dawn. Then an Indian from Palm Springs, California talks. Then a black lesbian speaks. She says she is queer (uses that word). I don’t like that word. Then they have a Muslim woman speak. Like all Muslims, she says and does nothing to stop the killing of gay people by Muslims. She just does what Muslims always do: tell you that if you have a problem with all the murdering that Muslims do then you are an islamophobe.
25. Democrats saying they are the party of immigrants. The logic on that is that shouldn’t people born in this country have a party? It’s a colonization situation: people are born here and live here…but then other people want to come. Are the people who are born in a place not allowed to have a say about who is coming to live there next? Why do the immigrants and the colonists have all the power? They then had a weird song they played with all the immigrants on the stage. It sounds like people stoned in 1972 wrote it. Great time for a snack break.
26. Jesse Jackson comes out. Band plays “Call Me Al.” Why? Why call him Al? He’s Jesse. He’s mumbling and rambling. He’s very hard to understand. Jesse says it’s insulting to want border controls and limits to immigration. But, unchecked immigration hurts black people most of all. Jesse won’t do anything to stop that. Claims that there has not been a single job lost while Obama president. Just shamelessly lying. Part of what he says rhymes, part doesn’t. He says today is the Super Bowl. It’s dark, but also morning. Calls Hillary’s VP “Tom Kaine.” No one can remember this guy’s name! Then he does the weirdest chant ever: it’s hope time, healing time, Hillarying time.
27. Star Jones from The View. Looks like Ursula the Sea Witch from a high school production of Little Mermaid. Wears a medal she gave to herself. Says that Hillary is most qualified person ever for president. That would come as news to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight Eisenhower, etc. She introduces a video about Flint, Michigan. Water situation.
28. Mayor of Flint, Michigan comes out. If they were smart, they would have had Erin Brockovich come talk about the water. People would have liked that. This woman is a good speaker though. I didn’t catch her name. Karen Drivers maybe? Says the whole community was poisoned. Water is still not safe to drink or cook with. Infrastructure broken. All of the Detroit area and all of Michigan ruined by Democrats and unions. People need to see that. Nothing will get better as long as these people keep voting Democrat. Why hasn’t Obama helped Flint? There is a Democrat in the White House now. Is he powerless? If he isn’t fixing this, how can Hillary?
29. Then there was a parade of black people in Congress, set to jazzy music as they strolled across the stage, some dancing. It was like a low-key episode of Soul Train without Don Cornelius raising the roof. G.K. Butterball from North Carolina talking. I’m guessing this segment will be every shameless clown they could round up to call Trump a racist. Andre Carver (Carter?) from Indiana says he is a Muslim but then attacks Mike Pence for not being for gay marriage…but, Muslims kill gays. How can you be Muslim and then attack someone for not being for gay marriage? Muslims hate gays. Some Angry Black Woman says Democrats embrace the whole rainbow…but that’s not true. They do not embrace the whole ideological rainbow. They want their minorities to only be Democrats. They hate any that think for themselves. Then some other guy, from New York, says that Charlie Rangle is “a giant”…and then pronounces “Secretary” as “Suckatarry.” Also “subarban” instead of “suburban.” Woman in white coat looks like nurse or doctor who came to collect these people and bring them back to their mental ward. Sheila Jackson Lee looks like Weezy Jefferson. Woman in white said her mother was the Unabomber. That can’t be right. Una Something. Lots of name dropping of Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm. Congressman Meeks (not David Meeks) talks. He says that Trump doesn’t pay people. He says Trump University was a sham. Says that Trump says he is always right.
30. President of Emily’s Lisp. Ironically, doesn’t speak with lisp. Talks about how abortions are great. Says that Trump thinks some women are fat pigs and disgusting. But, Rosie O’Donnell is a pig. Her behavior is porcine.
31. VIDEO: Harry Reid bought his mother teeth. His mother had no teeth. So he bought her teeth. This is not a joke. This is the video they played. Then Harry Reid comes out and speaks. He says that any criticism of Obama is slandering him because he is black. He calls any opposition to Obama “hate.”
32. Some woman has a Hillary voodoo doll she is shaking.
33. Gavin Newsom. Says Trump needed more science in his speech. Says that Peter Thiel is not real gay man because he spoke at GOP convention. Then goes into rant about Mike Pence. They really want to make Pence into some kind of anti-gay monster. Republicans need to talk about Islam killing gays, since Democrats love Islam so much.
34. ANOTHER WEIRD COMEDY VIDEO attacking Trump. Falls flat.
35. Reuben Sandwich, some kind of Congressman. Used to be a Marine. Talks about all the white boys he met in the Marines. He drones on about something as I get lost in images of all their shower time towel-snapping antics during boot camp. He just shouted all the generic stuff they said before. Hillary will fight for you. Muslims not bad. Immigration laws should not be followed. Abortion is fun and profitable. All of that.
36. VIDEO: About man in Iraq. Hillary increased military survivors’ benefits to $100,000 from $12,000.
37. Mayor of Detroit…and he’s a white guy! Says Detroit is coming out of bankruptcy and getting better. I still think it is Satan’s Diaper. He says that 14 million new jobs are in Detroit with new auto plants. Is that true or is it lies? He says unemployment rate cut in half.
38. Martin O’Malley. Says ISIS at 624pm CST. Second mention tonight. He talks to audience like we are children. At times, he sounds like he’s doing a Ted Kennedy impression. He was in the Democrat race so briefly that it’s hard to remember that he ran for President this year too. He does this thing where he talks quietly…then a little louder…then he screams. Like Howard Dean talks. Says Hillary Clinton believes in science. Says Donald Trump is a bully racist who does not believe in science. Then shouts a bunch of other agit prop that the base likes.
39. Sigourney Weaver. Says the earth is going to explode and we are all going to die because of Global Warming. Says that Hillary Clinton cares about Global Warming and is taking a stand. This is all so childish when you really listen to it. Then, Weaver narrated an apocalyptic video about the planet ending because of Global Warming. In reality, the sun controls our climate. The sun fluctuates. Earth gets warmer and cooler in relation to the sun’s activity. Democrats do not want to admit this.
40. Jerry Brown. Proselytizes for Global Warming. Says if you don’t believe in it, you are stupid. No mention of all the rigged data and all the scams busted with data rigging. People in “climate study” programs are caught being activists and advocates, not researchers. Jerry Brown doesn’t acknowledge any of this. All of this is just a UN instituted measure to destroy the economies of the West and transfer wealth to the Third World. Democrats really want to go after anyone who does not toe the line on Global Warming. They are like Joe McCarthy with this.
41. Lee Daniels, who made that boring The Butler movie. Talks about all his shruggles. All the woe and trouble he’s seen. People dying. Others being locked up. It’s a real downer. No real reason to vote for Hillary, other than there are lots of problems. But Obama is president…why didn’t he solve those problems? No one ever gets to that.
42. Mother of gay man murdered by Muslims in Orlando speaks. Democrats never do anything about Muslims killing gays all around the world. This woman says nothing about Islam or the ideology behind the massacre. She just focuses on guns. The reason Orlando happened was ISLAM.
43. Senator Chris Murphy Connecticut = talking about Sandy Hook. More stuff about wanting to take away the Second Amendment. Democrats really want to take away guns so that the people have no way to stand up to the government. There’s a big section of Hillary’s America that is all about this. When Democrats see tragedy, they see opportunity. Another opportunity to take away Americans’ rights.
44. VIDEO: About Sandy Hook. Woman talks about mother who was killed. Remember on Monday? Michelle Obama told stories about her daughters being protected by guys with big guns. Hillary Clinton is protected by SS with guns. So, Democrat elite can have guns…but regular people cannot.
45. Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Commissioner. Talks about cops he’s known that were killed by guns. But, doesn’t Europe ban guns? Yet, Muslims get guns and kill Europeans. So…if keeping guns out of hands of law abiding people doesn’t work, then what are Democrats trying to do?
46. Angela Bassett. Comes out and reads a bunch of names. Not sure why she’s hear, but damn if she is not gorgeous. Then people whose relatives died because of guns talked and said that guns are bad.
47. Navy Captain speaks now. He is the son of two NYC police officers. Used to be an astronaut. Says he went up to space to see blue marbles and shrinking rain forests. He is Gabby Giffords’ husband. Time to trot her out to do her thing.
48. Dead air for five minutes. Democrat Convention has lots of these spaces without anything happening, no one on stage. GOP did not have this.
49. Musical performance by Broadway stars, including Audra MacDonald. Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) was there too, for some reason. Then they did the YMCA dance.
50. VIDEO: Mitt Romney talking about why Trump should not be president.
51. Some man with gray hair is talking about Law & Order. Talks about international law. Why do Democrats want to put that above American law? This guy lies. He says Trump invited Russia to hack us. You can watch the press conference at the top of this post. What Trump said was that if Russia had Hillary’s missing emails then he should give them to the FBI. Because what’s in those emails are things that the DNC does not want people to see.
52. TWITTER reporting that the WikiLeaks people have released voicemails from the DNC. No idea what is in them, but if WikiLeaks structured it that the emails were released first then the voicemails will be worse.
53. A Woman Who Was in the Military speaks. She says she trusts Hillary Clinton to be commander in chief. Another very low energy speaker. I actually think that Hillary would be FASTER to send troops into war and get into military conflicts to prove herself. Prove a woman president can be military leader.
54. Leon Panetta. Says he wants Hillary Clinton to be president. I always forget what he did, but it was something. I want to say CIA director under Obama? But I think he did things during Clinton administration too. Makes weird jokes. Says that Islam is being perverted, when in reality Islam itself is perverted and is an ideological death cult bent on world conquest. Panetta is one of those people who think that Islam is the religion of peace…but wherever Islam is the majority, it is just death and destruction and murder of gays. Panetta lies. Says that Donald Trump told Russia to hack us. That’s not what happened at all. Shameless liar. Panetta actually felt like he was threatening Trump at one point, saying that he cannot become Commander in Chief. Feels like former CIA Director was threatening him. Crowd was chanting something the whole time: was it LIAR, LIAR, LIAR?
55. Jill Biden. I think she said she’s been first lady for the last 8 years, but I could be wrong. Maybe she said she was second lady, but that term is almost never used. I’ve never heard any of them call themselves second lady. Tipper Gore and Liz Cheney never did that. She’s talking about Joe Biden. They play a video about him.
56. On Twitter, people are saying that all the Bernie Sanders people have been stripped of credentials and barred from convention tonight. If that is true, it is shocking.
57. Joe Biden. He enters to Rocky theme. Joe Biden says he loves us. He loves us, he loves us, he loves us. He says that he is family with the Obamas now. He is their brother now. He says Michelle Obama is incredible. Goes on about her for a while. Then spots Chris Dodd and recognizes him. Dodd and Ted Kennedy once assaulted a waitress in a DC restaurant in the 1980s (Waitress Sandwich Scandal). Then talks about his son Beau. Slips in that lie about teachers having to buy school supplies for kids. If that’s really true, then why didn’t Obama ever stop that? Democrats never fix that…just always say it every 4 years. Biden said that Hillary and he used to have breakfast together. While Biden was talking, more like rambling, I wondered why Al Gore was not here for the big Global Warming Apocalypse Night. Biden starts shouting about how it is wrong for Trump to say You’re Fired. Says that no party nominee has ever known less than Trump. They just say this stuff. I always have trouble taking Biden seriously. He is forever the Ice Cream Man to me, double fisting it at the DQ.
58. Mayor Kassim Reed of Atlanta. Comes out to creepy music. Says Atlanta burned to the ground and rose again from ashes. He says some angry things, shouts a little, repeats stale attacks, then introduces Michael Bloomberg.
59. Michael Bloomberg walks out to 1970s game show music. He is pure camp. Sounds like Liberace/Paul Linde. Has such a strange voice. He’s hard to take seriously after that debacle years ago, when he was in his sunny beach palace in Bermuda when NYC was buried under mountains of snow. Some leader. He tries to say that Trump doesn’t understand creating jobs, but Hillary Clinton knows how to create jobs. How is that true? Bloomberg says this is not Reality Television. This is reality. Remember that Mike Bloomberg wanted the Ground Zero Mosque to be built in New York City. He was all for that. He wanted that built. He loved the idea.
60. 845pmCST Another lame comedy video, like from the Daily Show. Then it ends and there’s dead air as band sets up or something. You’d think Democrats could stage manage professional event without dead air. GOP convention had NO DEAD AIR like this.
61. Lenny Kravitz concert for no reason. He makes it feel like we are watching Saturday Night Live. You know how after the musical guest is on, there will be no more good sketches? It’s all downhill from there. It feels like that SECOND musical guest break. Only stinker sketches/speeches after this.
62. Then they play that weird “This is our fight song” song again. I have no idea who any of these people are.
63. Some guy who looks like he is wearing a disguise in a bad movie. He introduces video about Tim Kaine. The narrator sounds like a whispering, obscene caller. “Are you alone? Do you know where the children are? I’m calling from inside the house!” Creepy.
64. Time Kaine sets off my gaydar. He rolls his eyes like Agnes Moorhead playing Endora on Bewitched.
Says his motto in school was “men for others”. So he married a woman. He gibbers in Spanish for a while then. When he comes back to English, he goes through his resume. Nothing is really interesting. He has a really weird voice. His eyebrows are weird when he talks. He reminds me of someone from a Nick at Night tee-vee show. Throughout his speech he breaks into Spanish. Boy do I hate that. I will never vote for any ticket where they speak Spanish instead of English to people. I hate this so much. Spanish is the language of poverty.
Here’s when Tim Kaine was young: he would have been the belle of the ball at any gay bar in the 1980s. He was CUTE. He’s trying to mock Donald Trump and doing a weird comedy routine. But it’s really lame. Someone is going to take all of his remarks where he’s mocking Trump and string it together to make him look stupid. But, damn was he handsome years ago. He really sucks though because he keeps speaking Spanish. Gave a Spanish lesson, teaching some words. Americans don’t need to learn Spanish. Immigrants need to learn English and forget Spanish. They used that eMail looking backdrop again too. Look at all the TPP signs.
65. Some old lady from Ohio comes out. She is a gold star mom. Talks about Obama. Says he hugged her. That hug convinced her to run for the school board. Not sure what the point of this was. Feels like they just let people walk in off the street and take the microphone. Then a VIDEO about Obama plays. It is pure propaganda. If you want the truth about the Obama presidency, read Matt Margolis’ excellent book, The Worst President in History.
66. America’s first closeted gay biracial president comes out to speak (but not come out).
Do you really want me to recap what he says? I’ll just give you the gist of it because I think he’s so obnoxious to listen to. I bet it will be a speech mostly about him, because he loves to talk about himself. Reminiscing about first time people fell in love with him, back in Boston in 2004. Pretending that everything is fine and we are not in an economic depression right now.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s saying there is commotion and mass arrests happening in Philly outside the Convention Center. Are riots starting? I hope not. It’s scary if violence happens at the convention. I hope law enforcement shuts that down fast.
Looking for clues if they are laying foundation for Michelle to run for Senate in Illinois. Rumor is that Dick Durbin will run for governor in 2018. If he wins, he will appoint Michelle to be his replacement in Senate. Durbin’s Senate term goes to 2020.
Takes Obama until 1006pm to mention Hillary’s name. How long did he talk about himself before that?
Talking about 2008. Said Hillary was like Ginger Rogers, doing things backwards and in heels.
This is interesting: Obama says ISIL, not ISIS. Says it for first time at 1015pm CST. I think there were at most 3 mentions of ISIS/ISIL at DNC tonight. They almost never talked about terrorism. And they never called it Islamic terrorism. Totally avoid that word.
Obama runs through weak sales pitch of Hillary as Secretary of State. Then goes into attacks on Trump. Meanwhile, in Philly, violence is escalating outside the convention. People throwing things at police over fences.
Obama talks a long time. Says democracy is tough because there is another side and it stalls.
1028pm CST, he starts up his YES WE CAN CHANT. Says, “Not Yes She Can, but YES WE CAN.” Weird thing to say. He really didn’t say much about Hillary. This was mostly just all about him. Then starts talking about his grandparents in Kansas again. Remember his grandmother died mysteriously the night he won the election in 2008?
The speech went on and on. He brought out all his old tropes. Talking about himself. Some painting of an owl he has. It’s very little about Hillary. Just about him.
At the end, he does the fake black preacher thing he likes to do. Then Signed, Sealed, Delivered plays again. They did that for Michelle on Monday too. That’s their theme song.
Hillary Clinton then appears and the two of them hug. You can tell they hate each other. She resents him still for taking her presidency 8 years ago. He hates having to do this for her.
Hillary is dressed like a giant blueberry from Willy Wonkaland. She’s like the shark from JAWS: she appears only in glimpses during the whole convention. Waiting to strike tomorrow in full reveal. I think this is all meant to stoke anticipation but to me it feels like she doesn’t give a shit about anyone there and doesn’t care to talk to them at her own convention. Feels like being a bad host at a party, ignoring all the guests.
Then they have a chubby Mexican who looks like Chastity Bono do the prayer, of course breaking into damn Spanish here and there. Spanish, the language of poverty. Democrats, the party that wants to keep people poor by speaking Spanish.
Marsha Fudge then does a wrap-up of this episode. Saying the convention is closed for the night.
— Tune in tomorrow for the last day of the Convention. Coverage starts at 430pm CST, 7/28/16 —
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If you like the writing here, then I think you would really enjoy the first book that I have out with my friend Megan Fox: SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment. Together, we achieved a lifelong goal of mine: to star in a 1980s mystery-solving show. It’s like Hart to Hart, but with a whimsical gay guy instead of Robert Wagner and a brash homeschooling mom in the suburbs in place of Stephanie Powers. There’s a little bit of Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Murder, She Wrote, Hardcastle & McCormack, Scooby Doo, and other 80s shows in there too. Of all the oddball things that I’ve ever gotten mixed up in and of all the adventures I’ve ever had, this was my favorite one: Megan and I stumbling into a years-long cover-up in the suburbs, where she and I busted public officials for hiding sex crimes that happened in the public library…and then when they were caught they came at us with everything short of murder to shut us up. The entire suburban government was in on it…and very powerful people wanted their library to continue to be used as a place where men could masturbate in the open (around children!), stalk women, access child pornography on government computers, and do other horrible things. Megan and I forced the government to stop doing the awful things it was doing…and the local police and public officials came at us for two years to punish us for upsetting the apple cart and disrupting what had been going on in the affluent Chicago suburb of Orland Park.
It is the strangest damn story you will ever read. It is not a boring political book, though you will learn a lot about local politics. Because we busted a bad public library and also exposed horrible things that the American Library Association has been doing, the ALA has made us the #1 Banned Book in the country. They are actively trying to keep our book out of public libraries near you.
You would be doing me the biggest favor in the world if you would ask your local public library to purchase our book for its collection. Your library has a form and/or someone to email to request a book for purchase. So far, our book is now in 6 different libraries in Illinois. I’d love to see it on the shelves in other states. If you read our book (and I hope you do!), I’d also appreciate an HONEST review from you. Even if you didn’t like it. The ALA has been encouraging its members to write fake, negative, 1-star reviews to tank our book…so librarians who have never read it are giving it bad reviews (without ever even opening a copy!). So, people who’ve actually read it need to review it with their HONEST opinions. And don’t spare my feelings. Honey, after all these years, I don’t have any feelings left. I’m just very proud of this book and proud of the work I did with my friend Megan Fox and so glad to have had this adventure with her in Chicago’s suburbs. Because we are friends like that, I’d really like you to share in it with us and would like to hear your opinion afterwards.
BY: Megan Fox & Kevin DuJan
WorldCat: OCLC 951988951
© 2016, Kevin DuJan. All rights reserved.
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