[Click above: an excellent LIVE STREAM of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, provided via the YouTubes.]
Some running thoughts on the RNC in Cleveland, as I watch the live stream throughout the day:
1. What a great thing this is! A live stream up on YouTube. I haven’t had a tee-vee since 2009, so I always need to scramble to find a live feed of something like the convention. Having it stream on YouTube is wonderful. The other benefit is that I don’t have to listen to the talking heads on the networks. I can just watch the actual feed from the convention. It’s very much like being there in person. Love it.
2. It’s 2:21pm and not much is happening. Senator Pat Roberts spoke and said generic things that could have been lifted from any movie where a convention was happening. Then a band started playing “My Sharona,” which tells you the average age of people in the crowd listening to this music in the middle of the afternoon.
3. I wonder why big events like this are needed. While I appreciate all the money that the city of Cleveland is making off hosting the RNC (since Cleveland really needed that cash infusion, especially in infrastructure projects and the rebuilding of Public Square downtown), in the year 2016 isn’t there a better way we can do these political conventions without all the travel costs? I can’t stand the Olympics because of all the waste of money they involve. While the political conventions are expensive, they are nowhere near as bad as the Olympics. But still. At least the cities that host them get to make money during the convention though: businesses get a boost, temporary jobs are created, so that’s all a great thing.
4. Breitbart has a live stream going too, which is great: www.Breitbart.com The only bad thing is that it’s lots of commentary, and some of the commentators are sophomoric. I prefer the commentary-free GOP feed. But, I’m just not someone who wants to listen to the talking heads all day.
5. Someone commenting on the Breitbart feed had an interesting point: how are the polling companies polling people today? We go through this every election, but in the modern age it’s not like things used to be in the 80s and 90s when it comes to being able to reach people. Bake into that the fact that people lie to pollsters. In 2010 and in 2014, the Media insisted that Democrats would take back Congress and the exact opposite happened…and the Media looked foolish for being so wrong. In 2012, Mitt Romney should have won that election but just gave up at the end, never hitting Obama on Benghazi and throwing the last two debates. Why did he do that? Why in 2016 did Mittens decide he wants to be aggressive and come out swinging and threatening a Ross Perot style third party? All of that is madness. The big question is going to be if the people who decided to not show up and not vote in 2008 and 2012 will actually vote this time, because they didn’t want to support the GOP Cocktail Party establishment…but this year the Cocktail Party is not running things. Will people show up and vote this time? If not, these people are clearly not ever going to show up…or the game is just rigged.
6. Breitbart’s now running footage from Settler’s Landing in Cleveland. There’s a small event with Milo Y., whom Breitbart aggressively promotes as a brand. I think Breitbart is trying to create a new star, since Andrew Breitbart is no longer with us. I have mixed feelings about Milo. I think he is incredibly brave to say he’s going to march through Muslim areas in Sweden for a gay Pride parade…and if he does that, then I will never say a bad word about him. But other times I think he is vulgar and overexposed. A little of him goes a long way, but Breitbart wants him 24/7 in people’s faces. I’m surprised that Ann Coulter has jumped so strongly onto his bandwagon. Settler’s Landing is a little spot in a bend in the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland where supposedly the city’s first settlers arrived (Moses Cleaveland and his party). Milo’s talking about political correctness and Islam now…which is also very brave. People need to stop being afraid of Muslims and to start speaking out. So, again, when he does this I just admire him so much…but then he starts swearing and saying vulgar things. I guess I just don’t understand his brand. But boy do I love that he takes on Islam.
One of the things I’ve noticed through the years is that people do enjoy a gay man to be a “fabulous gay,” like from the tee-vee. Probably a majority of Americans want gay men to be like this and are disappointed when we are boring. They want the Liberace/Paul Lynde/Lindsey Graham/Rip Taylor kind of glitter-and-confetti and sparkle rainbow sprinkles gay. They don’t want the Rock Hudson/George Clooney/Montgomery Clift sedate or under the radar gay. I think values-sharing is part of this too. People want to show that they are tolerant and that they don’t have a problem with gays…so they feel pride in saying that they don’t have a problem gays…and the more FABULOUS a gay is the more they get out of declaring they like and/or don’t have a problem with that guy. So, a gay steelworker is not as much fun as a guy prancing around in a tutu. Or Milo. They love bleached blonde Milo and Milo is probably a genius for figuring that out. I’m listening to him speak now and he’s saying so many great things about bringing down the Left and exposing it. But then he calls himself “a dick-sucking-faggot.” He’s saying he uses language like that to be mischievous and naughty and subversive. And to call Donald Trump “daddy.” I don’t know if any of that is true…but Milo says he wants to end the cancer of political correctness. Which is a goal we all should share. He really is an engaging and dynamic speaker. I still don’t particularly like him but I really admire his guts in saying it.
7. It is time to stop being polite about Islam. Milo just said this. And he’s right. Muslims who come to colonize Western countries cling to their backwards ways and refuse to assimilate. They bring their hatred of gays and women with them. Islam is bloody and terrifying and it’s time to be honest about it. Donald Trump is the only person who is prepared to be tough and to do something about Islam. This is why I support Trump and can never support a Democrat again. Hillary Clinton will never say a critical word about Islam because Hillary is controlled by Huma Abedin and by extension Saudi Arabia. Hillary Clinton will never do anything about Islam killing gays around the world, and she didn’t do anything to stop Islam when she was Secretary of State. The only hope gays have against Islam is Donald Trump.
8. Donald Trump is the best chance of smashing political correctness and resisting Islamization. He is the only chance of controlling our borders and asserting our sovereignty. The feed from Milo speaking then abruptly ended. I give Breitbart credit though. Doing the live stream stuff is hard. It’s nice seeing alternatives to the broadcast networks emerging. It’s all a lot better than it was in 2012 that’s for sure.
9. Politico has the convention agenda. Most of it seems so archaic and procedural, like a ghost from the 1800s. You should check out that PDF document though. I’ve never read one of these before, and it was an interesting read.
10. I don’t understand all of the foolishness from the #NeverTrump crowd. Do they want Hillary Clinton to be president? I feel like these people are being manipulated by someone like David Axelrod somewhere. Not sure why they want Democrats to win, but one theory is that a lot of these people would make a lot of money during a Hillary Clinton presidency. It would be four years of one scandal after another. Over and over again. It would be the 1990s on steroids, because we have the Internet now. That would be VERY GOOD business for a lot of websites that need traffic to survive. It would be great for people writing books. Having Hillary as president would mean that things would keep getting worse, Muslims colonization of America would increase, the Third World colonization across the southern border would continue. The Chamber of Commerce would be very happy, killing more jobs and handing American workers pink slips so they can hire cheap foreign labor. Things getting worse mean that people who make a living writing about how bad things are would get to keep doing that. Things getting better means that the gravy train ends. I think this is why Erick Erickson in particular at RedState wants to see Hillary become president.
11. Great visual people are tweeting that sums up battle in Cleveland right now, where the #NeverTrump folks are clashing with the people who actually want to win the election in the fall. Who will win? The rhino or the elephant?
12. There’s weird chanting going on now at 344pm CST. Some people are shouting something about “blood.” I can’t understand them. Then other people shout “We want Trump.” It’s weird.
13. Someone from Guam with a heavy Spanish-accent is now shouting while having trouble reading, rolling his “Rs” like a “Rrrrrrrrruffles have riiiiiiiiiiidges” commercial. I think this is so obnoxious when Spanish-speakers do this. It’s not cute. To me, Spanish is the language of poverty. What Spanish-speaking country has its act together? Spain itself is a basket case. I can’t think of one place that speaks Spanish that isn’t corrupt or a hellhole or both. If Spanish was such a great language, wouldn’t Spanish-speaking countries be great instead of being so messed up?
14. 349pm. They are taking the official photo now. Instructing people to stand up and stand still and smile. This is riveting stuff folks.
15. Did you hear about the latest asinine thing that Brian Williams did? I missed this when it happened but I saw someone share the video on Twitter. Apparently he made a sick joke about “plowing over” coverage when doing an awkward handover from a news segment he was reporting about the Muslim attack on Nice, France. What an absolute buffoon this man is.
16. So the convention rules were all handled. At 3:55pm they adjourned the first session and are now going to do a second session. All of this is weird, arcane, procedural stuff. I don’t know why any of this is still necessary. It all seems like a waste of time, but I guess the people who are really into going to these things love it. I think it’s like a tenth level of hell.
17. The Live Stream cut off at 3:58pm CST. Looking forward to hearing Melania Trump speak tonight about being an immigrant who assimilated and joined the melting pot, instead of being a colonist who refused to leave old ways behind. Assimilation and the melting pot model is true immigration. Refusing to learn English, refusing to leave old customs behind, and coming to America with the commitment to never becoming part of our culture but instead creating a parallel society and a little foreign colony on our soil is the wrong way to go. Need to get back to the melting pot model that worked so well for so many years.
19. They are doing a screening of Clinton Cash at Tower City Cinemas tomorrow at 1pm. This is the movie theater I went to when I lived in Cleveland. I saw Jurassic Park, Scream, Titanic, Tomorrow Never Dies, Catch Me If You Can, and all kinds of movies there through the years. I think the last movies I ever saw there were the last Lord of the Rings movie or one of the Matrix movies before I left Cleveland in 2003. It’s in the Tower City complex, which is a train station (Rapid Trains, which are like the EL in Chicago and subways in NYC…but they go both underground and above ground; you can go right from the airport to downtown on Rapid Trains…and also switch at Tower City to other lines and go out to the eastern suburbs).
20. 410pmCST, Michael Patrick Leahy on Breitbart’s Live Stream explaining the foolishness that happened earlier on the convention floor. This was the #NeverTrump thing where these people tried to stop the convention. He’s talking about how he couldn’t understand the #NeverTrump people’s yelling either. This is where I though they were shouting “blood,” but that makes no sense. Leahy didn’t understand what they were shouting either. That’s the problem when a crowd shouts things: it’s impossible to hear or understand. They must have been shouting something other than “blood.” If you know what it was, please tell me.
21. Joel Pollack is talking about Obama wanting to nationalized/federalize the police. This is something that my boyfriend Justin gets freaked out about. He’s really into conspiracies. There will be no federalization of the police. That is nonsense. It won’t happen. I do not understand the urge some people have to freak themselves out over scary dystopian conspiracies like this, but logistically it is impossible to federalize/nationalize the police. Whether Obama wants that or not, it will not happen. The government is not competent enough to do something like this and the people would rise up against the government if it tried.
22. Joel Pollack is a really great interviewer. REALLY GREAT. I really enjoy watching him on this Breitbart live stream. Right now he is interviewing Kelli Ward about her challenge to the odious John McCain.
23. Reports showing up that an axe murdered went wild on a train in Germany, killing more people. What are the odds that it’s another Muslim from that oh-so-peaceful “Religion of Peace,” just doing what Muslims do: killing Westerners. An axe and a knife were used. Jihadists have been calling for knife attacks in Germany. Muslims doing more killing without needing anything flashy to do it. UPDATE: It was Muslim colonist from Afghanistan who did this.
24. I always forget about CSPAN, but it’s covering the convention too. And it does not give commentary.
25. Lizard-Creature Julian Castro found to have violated the Hatch Act. Not that Democrats violating the law matters anymore. I used to laugh when conspiracy people would say that there were lizard people amongst us who masqueraded as humans. And then I saw Julian Castro for the first time. He looks like a gecko that was turned into a human, like the lizards, and mice and dogs that were turned into people by the Fairy Godmother while transforming a pumpkin into a carriage. I’ve never seen a human who looked as much like a lizard as this man. Apparently, Hillary Clinton wants him to be her VP…since Clinton/Castro has such a catchy ring to it.
26. From the RNC’s site, here is list of Prime Time speakers this evening:
Please note: The speakers below are part of the prime-time program, which will follow Monday afternoon’s Convention Business Session.
Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, star of Duck Dynasty
The star of A&E’s hit series Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson, is the CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander, a New York Times bestselling author, traveling speaker, father of five, and an avid outdoorsman.
Governor Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas
A fifth-generation Texan, Perry grew up in Haskell County. His parents were cotton farmers, and Perry was among the first in his family to attend college. Perry served as Texas’ lieutenant governor from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he was elected governor and remains the longest-serving governor in Texas history.
Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL
Marcus Luttrell is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the book Lone Survivor, in which he tells the harrowing tale of a fierce battle in eastern Afghanistan in 2005. Since returning from war, Luttrell has started the Lone Survivor Foundation and become involved with The Boot Campaign. He also has written a second book, Service, which honors and praises all members of the military.
Scott Baio, Actor and Television Producer
Scott Baio is an actor and television producer. He landed his first starring role in the 1976 movie Bugsy Malone and is known for portraying memorable characters on several hit television shows, including Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, and Charles In Charge. More recently, he has appeared in the Emmy Award-winning show Arrested Development and the Nick at Nite comedy See Dad Run, which he also produces. When he was young, Baio campaigned for Ronald Reagan, and in the 2016 GOP primary, he endorsed presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
Pat Smith, Mother of Benghazi victim, Sean Smith
Patricia (Pat) Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, who was killed during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Ever since that night, Smith has sought to learn the truth behind the events that led to the death of four Americans, including her only child.
Mark Geist, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Fought in Battle of Benghazi
Mark “Oz” Geist was a member of the Annex Security Team that fought the Battle of Benghazi in Libya from September 11 to September 12, 2012. A Colorado native, Geist joined the United States Marine Corps in 1984 and served for 12 years.
John Tiegen, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Fought in Battle of Benghazi
John “Tig” Tiegen was a member of the Annex Security Team that fought during the attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. He is responsible for saving many lives and has been recognized for his bravery. He has since co-authored the New York Times best-selling book 13 Hours, the harrowing tale of what really happened in Benghazi.
Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, The Brian Terry Foundation
Brian Terry was a Border Patrol agent who died tragically while protecting our nation’s border with Mexico. His death was a result of Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-walking operation gone wrong that put assault weapons into the hands of Mexican narco-terrorists. Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, Brian’s siblings, carry on his legacy through the Brian Terry Foundation.
Antonio Sabato, Jr., Actor
Daytime television viewers know actor Antonio Sabato Jr. for his roles on General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Mary Ann Mendoza, Immigration Reform Advocate
Mary Ann Mendoza is a passionate advocate for immigration reform because she has experienced the consequences of our failed system. This May marked the second anniversary of her son Brandon’s death. Brandon, a Mesa Police Sergeant, was 32 when a drunk driver traveling on the wrong side of the highway crashed head-on into the car he was driving. The drunk driver was in the United States illegally, and despite being convicted of crimes years earlier, he was not deported.
Sabine Durden, Immigration Reform Advocate
Sabine Durden is an advocate for immigration reform. In 2012, her son Dominic died in a motorcycle accident when he was a hit by a truck driven by an unlicensed, uninsured, and unregistered driver who was in the United States illegally. In the wake of losing her only son, Sabine has been a vocal critic of our immigration system and has lobbied the federal government to defund sanctuary cities that do not actively search, prosecute, or detain unauthorized immigrants.
Jamiel Shaw, Immigration Reform Advocate
On March 2, 2008, Jamiel Shaw’s son, Jamiel Andre’ Shaw, II (Jas), was murdered while returning home from the Beverly Center Mall in Los Angeles, California. The shooter was a gang member in the United States illegally. He had been released from jail less than 24 hours before he killed Jas, even though there was a deportation hold on him. In honor of Jas’s life, Jamiel Sr. has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about our broken immigration system.
U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (TX-10)
U.S. Rep. Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his sixth term representing Texas’ 10th District in the United States House of Representatives. During his tenure, McCaul has developed a strong track record of fighting for lower taxes and less government spending. He serves as Chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee.
David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County
David Clarke is the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He began his career in law enforcement with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). In 1992, he was promoted to lieutenant of detectives, and in 1996, he earned a promotion to captain of police and became part of the department’s command staff. As captain, Clarke was responsible for the department’s First Division, and in 1999, he became commanding officer of the MPD’s Intelligence Division.
U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-7)
U.S. Representative Sean Duffy serves Wisconsin’s 7th District. Duffy is married to Rachel Campos-Duffy, whom he met while appearing on MTV’s hit television show The Real World, and the couple now has eight children. In Congress, Duffy is working to reduce government spending, lower taxes, promote individual freedom, and limit government intrusion.
Darryl Glenn, El Paso County Commissioner
County Commissioner Darryl Glenn is the current Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Colorado, running to defeat incumbent U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in the general election this fall. Glenn won the Republican nomination with 37.5% of the vote in a crowded primary field.
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)
For nearly five years, Cotton served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He completed two combat tours, serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan. Upon returning home, Cotton worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2015, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he represents the state of Arkansas.
Karen Vaughn, Mother of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL
Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). On August 6, 2011, Aaron was killed in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a chopper (call sign Extortion 17) carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky while rushing into battle. Over the past four years, Karen has emerged as a powerful spokeswoman for American forces fighting on foreign soil and securing peace across the globe.
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions is serving his third term representing the people of Alabama. A senior member of the Armed Services Committee and the Budget Committee, he is also a member of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of its subcommittee on Immigration and National Interest. A strong advocate for securing the border, Sessions was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Donald Trump and has acted as a liaison between the Trump campaign and Capitol Hill.
Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City
Giuliani was wrapping up his second term in office when New York City was attacked on September 11, 2001. Immediately following the attack, Giuliani coordinated rescue operations that saved as many as 20,000 lives. Because of his strong leadership in the aftermath of September 11th, Americans came to see him as a voice of reassurance and consolation during an uncertain time.
Melania Trump, Businesswoman and Wife of Donald Trump
Melania married Donald Trump in January 2005. In March 2006 they had their first child, Barron William Trump. Born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, Melania Knauss began her modeling career at the age of sixteen. At the age of eighteen, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan. After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996. Melania is dedicated to helping others, and her generosity has been noted. She was Honorary Chairwoman for Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005; is an active member of the Police Athletic League which honored her with Woman of the Year 2006; has been an Honorary Chairwoman for The Boy’s Club of New York for five consecutive years; and in 2005, the American Red Cross awarded her with Goodwill Ambassador, which she has proudly served for four years. In April of 2008, Melania was asked by Love Our Children USA and NASDAQ to participate in the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day and the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention month by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, U.S. Army (ret.)
Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn has spent his entire life and career serving his country. He served in various command and staff positions in the U.S. Army and as Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement before becoming Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on July 24, 2012. During his time in the Army, Lieutenant General Flynn held high-ranking leadership posts at the Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command. He served in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst has dedicated her life to Iowa and her country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate. In November 2014, Ernst was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate.
Jason Beardsley, CEO of The Underground Movement
Jason Beardsley serves as CEO of The Underground Movement, a company that designs custom graphic t-shirts inspired by well-known and forgotten American heroes. Jason is a decorated military veteran with a combined 22 years of experience in the Army and Navy.
U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (MT)
Congressman Ryan Zinke is currently serving the state of Montana’s at-large district in the United States House of Representatives. A former Navy SEAL, Zinke spent 23 years serving our country and fighting for America before entering public office. Continuously focused on giving back to the community that he grew up in, Zinke has used his time in office to push for improving the VA, reforming management of federal lands, preserving the future of family farming and ranching, and defending the Constitution.
27. Breitbart has a look at Ken Cuccinelli’s destroyed political career after trying to change the rules and steal the nomination from Trump.
28. This was a good read from the other day in the New York Times, about how the Trump family chose Mike Pence to be VP. It has an air of authenticity to it. Seems like this is how it all went down.
29. Keep hearing from people all over who are so excited to see Paul Ryan lose his seat and be Cantored. Really hope this happens.
30. While waiting for tonight’s speeches to start, checking out CSPAN’s archives. This is a truly incredible resource. I completely forgot that all of this was here and available to all. If you are like me and don’t have tee-vee, CSPAN is a wonderful way to follow live events.
31. This was strange: Stephen Colbert dressed up in a blue wig and did some kind of unfunny guerrilla-comedy stunt at the RNC. He was nearly pushed down the stairs by a guy in a suit. Was it staged? I sometimes forget that Stephen Colbert still has a show.
32. Are we poised to have a violent summer like the 1960s? Will the Democrats’ convention in Philly be a hellhole like the DNC in Chicago in 1968?
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