Democratic National Convention (DNC) 2012 paid for by Duke Energy amid record 16T US debt

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    Sep 03, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    https://twitter.com/MatthewsABC7/status/242406108294156288

    Calif Delegates relax at Blake Hotel. But two of their delegation showed up so drunk hotel called paramedics. ABC7 11pm


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    Sep 03, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    Aww gee ... great scoop icon_rolleyes.gif

    But we're still all in a good mood at the comedy you performed for us last week
    we were sorry to see it end

    But I must say you ended with a bang
    You should have Eastwood on at every event

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  • HottJoe

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    Sep 03, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    So she had a little too much to drink in her excitement. You republicans are such killjoys.icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 03, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    I'll be in Charlotte tomorrow for a layover -- I'll be sure to wear all RED... icon_wink.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Sep 03, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'll be in Charlotte tomorrow for a layover -- I'll be sure to wear all RED... icon_wink.gif


    Better work on that tan lol.
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    Sep 03, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'll be in Charlotte tomorrow for a layover -- I'll be sure to wear all RED... icon_wink.gif


    I'm sure they'll ask you how's the weather in Moscow? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 03, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    The cream of the crop. America's finest on display.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/california-delegate-leaves-convention-after-trying-to-impersonate-congress/
    California delegate leaves convention after trying to impersonate member of Congress

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A California delegate has been ejected from the Democratic National Convention after he allegedly tried to impersonate a member of Congress and hassled the hotel staff trying to assist a drunken, passed-out delegate.
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    Sep 03, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Perhaps some pharmaceutical incentives will be provided on the bus as a further enticement. Maybe even the same pharmaceuticals from Obama's university days.....

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/dems-bring-in-crowds-by-busload-to-fill-stadium-for-obama-speech/

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload. Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighboring South Carolina.

    Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night.

    Anything short of a full house on the final night of the Democratic Party's national convention will be instant fodder for Republicans eager to use empty seats as symbols of waning voter enthusiasm for Obama.

    Democrats have been fretting for months over whether the president can draw a capacity crowd at Bank of America Stadium. Polls show voter enthusiasm is down, as are Obama's crowds for his battleground state campaign rallies.
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    Sep 03, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidThe cream of the crop. America's finest on display.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/california-delegate-leaves-convention-after-trying-to-impersonate-congress/
    California delegate leaves convention after trying to impersonate member of Congress

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A California delegate has been ejected from the Democratic National Convention after he allegedly tried to impersonate a member of Congress and hassled the hotel staff trying to assist a drunken, passed-out delegate.


    Unlike most of the RNC delegates, at least he had an excuse for behaving like a c*nt.
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    Sep 03, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/north-carolina-marks-odd-choice-for-democrats-convention/?intcmp=trending
    Trouble for Dems in North Carolina as convention moves into full swing

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The main drag through downtown Charlotte looked a bit like Times Square on Sunday night, as revelers and out-of-towners converged to gawk at the flashing city around them.

    The electric scene before the start of the Democratic National Convention belies the trouble under the surface.

    For Democrats, North Carolina was an awkward choice and represents some of the challenges President Obama faces this Election Day.

    Unemployment here is at 9.6 percent, well above the national average. The governor of the state, Democrat Bev Perdue, was rated as the least popular governor in the country in a recent survey and does not plan to seek re-election.

    The state's laws also run counter to Democrats' publicly held positions. It is a right-to-work state, meaning workers cannot be forced to pay union dues -- and meaning unions weren't too thrilled about the decision to host the convention here. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a memo last month that the union "won't be buying skyboxes or bringing a big staff to the convention," and other big labor groups have declined to contribute to the cost of the convention, after doing so in 2008.
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    But the economy in North Carolina, among other states, is sure to weigh on Obama's re-election bid.

    Mike Rash, a local realtor who had to close his company's doors about a year and a half ago, told Fox News he "drank the Kool-Aid" in 2008 and voted for Obama. He quipped that he'll be drinking "from a different pitcher" this year, supporting Rommey.

    "The promises that were made four years ago certainly haven't been met," Rash said.

    North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood told FoxNews.com the Democrats "are in a lot of trouble in North Carolina," though he thanked the party for bringing their business to town.

    "They brag about having never left and having kept their campaign apparatus intact. But they have lost 116,000 voters since 2008," he said.
    ....
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidhttp://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/north-carolina-marks-odd-choice-for-democrats-convention/?intcmp=trending
    Trouble for Dems in North Carolina as convention moves into full swing

    Excerpts:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The main drag through downtown Charlotte looked a bit like Times Square on Sunday night, as revelers and out-of-towners converged to gawk at the flashing city around them.

    The electric scene before the start of the Democratic National Convention belies the trouble under the surface.

    For Democrats, North Carolina was an awkward choice and represents some of the challenges President Obama faces this Election Day.

    Unemployment here is at 9.6 percent, well above the national average. The governor of the state, Democrat Bev Perdue, was rated as the least popular governor in the country in a recent survey and does not plan to seek re-election.

    The state's laws also run counter to Democrats' publicly held positions. It is a right-to-work state, meaning workers cannot be forced to pay union dues -- and meaning unions weren't too thrilled about the decision to host the convention here. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a memo last month that the union "won't be buying skyboxes or bringing a big staff to the convention," and other big labor groups have declined to contribute to the cost of the convention, after doing so in 2008.
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    But the economy in North Carolina, among other states, is sure to weigh on Obama's re-election bid.

    Mike Rash, a local realtor who had to close his company's doors about a year and a half ago, told Fox News he "drank the Kool-Aid" in 2008 and voted for Obama. He quipped that he'll be drinking "from a different pitcher" this year, supporting Rommey.

    "The promises that were made four years ago certainly haven't been met," Rash said.

    North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood told FoxNews.com the Democrats "are in a lot of trouble in North Carolina," though he thanked the party for bringing their business to town.

    "They brag about having never left and having kept their campaign apparatus intact. But they have lost 116,000 voters since 2008," he said.
    ....


    Yikes. And then there will be all those Occupy protesters who apparently will also be coming to town.
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidYikes. And then there will be all those Occupy protesters who apparently will also be coming to town.

    They can be useful in helping to fill the stadium.
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    "US debt to hit $16T as convention begins"

    The RNC was good enough to remind everyone how it got there.

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    Sep 03, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said"US debt to hit $16T as convention begins"

    The RNC was good enough to remind everyone how it got there.



    Except that was already debunked. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/this-photo-isnt-real

    Why do you regularly pull from sources out of date or that lie?
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    Sep 03, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Why do you regularly pull from sources out of date or that lie?


    I'm a recovering conservative.
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    Sep 03, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    riddler78 said
    Why do you regularly pull from sources out of date or that lie?


    I'm a *conservative that regressed*.


    There, fixed. That does explain the posting from the liberals around here. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 03, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/2/debt-to-reach-16-trillion-in-time-to-crash-democra/

    Just as Democrats are gaveling in their convention Tuesday, the federal government likely will announce another dubious milestone — $16 trillion in total federal debt.

    In an election already focused on domestic issues of jobs, spending and deficits, the $16 trillion number is likely to underscore just how much is at stake in November for both parties, which are offering dramatically different ways to begin to eat away at the deep hole.

    Gross federal debt has been flirting with $16 trillion for the past two weeks, and the government ended Thursday $15.991 trillion in debt.

    With several debt auctions scheduled for the end of last week, budget analysts think the government probably broached the $16 trillion number on Friday, and it will be reported to the public Tuesday, which, thanks to the Labor Day holiday, is the next business day.

    While $16 trillion isn’t a tipping point, it is a stark number that Republicans said will reflect poorly on Mr. Obama, who has overseen the biggest debt explosion in the country’s history.

    “This is a grim landmark for the United States,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. “Yet the president seems strangely unconcerned.”
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    Sep 03, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'll be in Charlotte tomorrow for a layover -- I'll be sure to wear all RED... icon_wink.gif


    Better work on that tan lol.


    Not to worry...just got off a cruise ship after 10 days in the Mediterranean....I think i could qualify for membership in the NAACP now icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    HottJoe said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'll be in Charlotte tomorrow for a layover -- I'll be sure to wear all RED... icon_wink.gif


    Better work on that tan lol.


    Not to worry...just got off a cruise ship after 10 days in the Mediterranean....I think i could qualify for membership in the NAACP now icon_wink.gif


    Nice! The republicans can parade you around town and say "look we got another one!"
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
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    riddler78 said
    Why do you regularly pull from sources out of date or that lie?


    I'm a recovering conservative.
    That's like being a recovering alcoholic. You never get over the disease, you just force yourself to stay away from it because you know how bad it'll fuck your life up.
  • Webster666

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    Sep 03, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    So far, no delegates to the DNC have been seen talking to a chair.
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    Sep 04, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidSo far, no delegates to the DNC have been seen talking to a chair.


    And yet the one Republican who was has ruled the media buzz for the past several days and caused many Democrats to go literally unhinged and violent.
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    Sep 04, 2012 1:23 PM GMT
    "Tiny convention floor!" - but that's probably more because considerably fewer people are actually bothering to go to this convention. Even Hillary Clinton decided to be as far as she physically could be when it occurs.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/tiny-convention-floor/article/2506813#.UEX6XE_A-k-

    I’ve been to 22 Democratic and Republican National Conventions in one way, shape or form (see my reflections in this August 25 Wall Street Journal piece) and I’ve been on the floor in 17 of them. So naturally on arriving in Charlotte, I wanted to see the floor of the 18th. So I went over to the Times-Warner Center (the Charlotte Convention Center, like the Tampa Convention Center, houses the press; the convention in each case is in a basketball/hockey arena). And I have one word to report to you. Tiny! Bill Plante of CBS News, who started attending conventions in 1968, when he lugged baggage for Mike Wallace at the Republicans’ convention in Miami Beach, agreed with me that it was the tiniest convention floor he’s ever seen.



    In previous conventions held in such structures, including Tampa, the podium has been placed in the center of the long side of the arena. Here that appears to have been impossible, because there’s no space for a corridor through the spectator seats. So it was placed in the center of one of the short sides of the arena. Opposite and facing it are giant TV camera enclosures looming high above the floor. They take up almost half the space on the floor. There is room for only what looked like 200 to 300 seats between the camera platform and the podium.



    The delegates are all seated in the spectator seats, behind a railing and rising almost halfway up the arena. And rising pretty far. In the back, far above the floor, with a view of the podium partially obstructed by the camera platform, are the delegations from Arkansas and New York. When Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday night he’s going to have a hard time seeing delegates from the state where he was governor for 12 years or the state where he lives now. Next to New York, just as high up, is Tennessee. That serves the state right for not voting for Al Gore in 2000; its 11 electoral votes would have made him president and we wouldn’t have been bothered by a Florida recount.



    If the convention site had been picked on the basis of the contours of the hall, it would not have been held in Charlotte, Chuck Todd of NBC News told me. Charlotte was chosen because David Plouffe thought it would help his boss carry North Carolina. The delegates and the press will have to make the best of it.



    Two final notes. One: the videoscreen directly above the podium is the largest I’ve ever seen at a convention. The technicians were testing it, and the images struck me as looking like something out of 1984. Two: it’s been raining off and on today, with some really heavy rain coming down for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. weather.com puts the chance of rain on Thursday, when Barack Obama is scheduled to give his acceptance speech in an open stadium, at 40%. The fallback venue—which I’m guessing the Democrats are extremely likely to choose—is the Time-Warner Center. Both parties took a real chance on the weather this year. Republicans scheduled their convention within a few miles of the Gulf of Mexico in hurricane season, and had to call the first day off. Democrats scheduled a stadium speech in the South where it rains a lot. Franklin Roosevelt spoke in a stadium in Philadelphia in 1936, taking the same risk, but the two more recent stadium speeches—John Kennedy’s in Los Angeles in 1960 and Obama’s in Denver in 2008—were in cities where it seldom rains in the summer.
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    Sep 04, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    Something they were aiming for?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80594.html#.UET7thFmY8Q.twitter

    Record-high Labor Day gasoline prices greet Democrats in Charlotte

    Democrats arrived in Charlotte on Monday to an ill-timed reminder of one of the issues plaguing President Barack Obama’s reelection bid: high gasoline prices.

    Prices at the pump reached a national average of $3.83 Monday, according to AAA, setting a record high for a Labor Day. The previous Labor Day record of $3.69 was set in 2008, at the height of the last presidential election fight.

    Gas prices have increased by 23 cents in the past month during the height of the summer driving season. But AAA predicts that Obama, who has faced sustained attacks from Republicans over gas prices, will get a respite in the coming weeks once refineries that shut down as a result of Hurricane Isaac reopen.

    But high prices will probably linger. “While prices should drop in September barring any major developments, we expect gasoline to remain at or near record highs through the end of 2012,” AAA spokesman Avery Ash said in a statement.

    Republicans have pummeled Obama over gas prices, hoping to appeal to undecided voters who are struggling to fill up their tanks. The GOP has used pump prices to launch broad attacks on the president’s energy policies, arguing that the administration has stood in the way of expanded domestic oil production.
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    Sep 04, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Another slow news year in Canada.