Denver as War Zone

I’m back, after traveling across the country very slowly and carefully, seeing friends and family I haven’t seen for years, and returning to my favorite city, Denver, Colorado for the Democratic Convention.

All I can say is… wow.

On the one hand, the city is exciting to see after so many years away. (My last visit was six years ago, and I moved away from here 16 years ago.) The changes are huge. And they are definitely welcoming the Democrats with open arms. I’m sitting in the greatest bookstore in the world right now, The Tattered Cover, and just sitting here, I have seen a few Congresscritters and several wide-eyed tourist-delegates. I am currently sitting at a table with a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter with the unlikely name of Dick Polman. It’s still early, but the excitement is already palpable, and the disruptions are due to start very soon.

Today, I will be covering the protests, and speaking to run of the mill delegates. I will also be discussing actual issues with this blog, not the semantic bullshit that seems to obsess the rest of the news media.

There are way too many police here, but there are also way too many protesters. Parts of Downtown are like an armed camp, and the "free speech zone" (does anyone else see anything ironic in having a "free speech zone" at a political event in the United States of America?) is way too far away from convention goers. They’ve closed off Auraria Parkway and Speer Blvd, which are two of the major thoroughfares in town, and they plan to close several miles of I-25 while Barack Obama is giving his acceptance speech Thursday evening.

In other words, true to the Bush era, security at the Democratic Convention is nothing less than insane.

 

Tell your friends to stay tuned. This will be a bumpy ride. The convention behind the convention is about to begin.

Being Better Liberals
1
The Inanity of “Revolution.”

About once a month, something comes across my Facebook feed along the lines of, “I don’t know how the hell we children of the 1950s and 1960s survived. We were tough and we did all kinds of things that are considered really dangerous these days and, as a result, we …

Uncategorized
Issa’s IRS “Scandal” is a Joke, as is the GOP

Darrell Issa is right about one thing; no individual or group should be singled out arbitrarily for scrutiny by any government agency, including the IRS. That is. unless they are plotting to break the law. As a liberal, I find it odd that Issa and other Republicans have just now …

Civil Rights
3
Cutting the Crap on the Snowden Q & A With the Guardian

If the Guardian wants to salvage any credibility at all, they need to jettison Glenn Greenwald. They should also apologize for giving this guy free rein, with no editorial control. It’s one thing to set up a blog and let him blather on with his opinions. But a news organization …

%d bloggers like this: