Democratic Party contemplating cutting a day off of convention schedule.

For a Party so supposedly loaded down with cash, they're doing a lot of austerity programs.

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I can't seem to avoid the front page today. Via Hot Air:

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July 3, 2008

Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee are toying with a convention scheduling change that has been broached before in theory but never seriously considered: cutting the party's conclave in Denver short by one day to give Obama an extra day of post-nomination bounce in the crowded August calendar.

For the last several decades -- when conventions became forums that merely rubber-stamp a presumptive nominee -- they have traditionally run from Monday through Thursday. Increasingly, both parties have struggled to offer something of interest during the first couple of convention nights, and the television networks have responded by dramatically reducing live coverage. The only truly significant event has been the nominee's acceptance speech, delivered during prime time on Thursday evening.

But Obama aides have floated the idea of ending the Denver convention on Wednesday, Aug. 27, instead of Thursday, Aug. 28.

You'll notice - although the LA Times didn't - that the aforementioned Obama aides completely overlooked the fact that their blithe suggestion would muck up network lineup schedules. The time to do that was four months ago, guys. Springing it on them seven weeks out isn't very nice.

Read on.

In his post, Ed Morrissey seems to take the position that this is primarily driven by the worries over a simultaneously lousy and truncated post-convention bounce first, and worries about money second. Personally, I think that it's the other way around: the DNC has been perennially strapped for cash since the start of this election cycle, and this move is entirely consistent with a need to shave off large gobs of cash somewhere. While I grant that the gap between the conventions is rather small this year, I'm not convinced that having a longer one would have produced a larger bounce, or even that the bounce is really all that significant to begin with. In many ways, polls are just there to keep the political junkies interested in the slack times between election days.

But money's always interesting in its own right. We've known for some time that the Democratic convention's been suffering, so I find the suggestion that they're floating the idea of handling the problem by lowering expectations below the usual baseline to be highly engrossing. Particularly since money problems should be the last thing that the Democrats should be facing right now: we were told that June was supposed to be an insanely good month for the Obama campaign, after all. Which I'm sure that they did, although we apparently have to wait while they count it all. I suppose that whoever they got to do the counting back in April must be on vacation this month.

So it's all very... off-message, don't you think?

Moe Lane

PS: Oh, yes, I'm also calling on the McCain campaign to release their June numbers, too.

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on their donors? We all know that higher taxes generate more revenue, right? ;)
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And how DARE YOU deny them their Obamessiah, Neil.

Not like that would be the worst thing in world though.
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They'd just disenfranchise the HRC delegates.

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only count as 1/2 of a person (read: Michigan and Florida), weren't they disenfranchised to begin with?
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The part where Hillary! stages a magical, miraculous comeback on the floor of the convention by turning some superdelegates her way, and stealing the nomination right out from under Barry's nose!!

What?! I can dream, can't I?!

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The Obama people planning the convention would like nothing more than to skip the roll call, and all its many, enthusiastic HRC votes, and cut off any chance of Obama losing control of either the Presidential or VP votes.

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I got it the first time, but then I have my tin foil Neil Stevens mind-reading device adjusted by professionals.

Impeach the 5 usurpers

So this is his "new kind of politics," eh? For some reason, this sounds strangely like the way that a certain Richard Daley rolls. I could hardly imagine why...
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Locally sourced food stuffs to cater the full length of the convention. They have to have their priorities. Could you imagine a Democrat(except Bill Clinton who you can't imagine stopping) eating at Wendies or Mickey D's


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Organic farming has been largely taken up by large-scale corporate farms. Most organic food today isn't produced by the small-scale farmer. Buying organic food does more to feed money into agribusiness.

Fair trade is the major liberal trend right now.
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and no one would care, but if someone reeked of French fries they would be hustled out the door. The Democratic Party officially is insane this time.

Give 'em a break: the dateline on the linked article for Obamamamamama releasing the March contributions was at 4:39pm on April 3rd. Even though June has one less day than March, I say to give them until 4:39 before pouncing...

Fault-finding missions are always successful.

is the VP nominee, then they will need two days.

Let's see...I visualize something like this:

Opening Ceremony:

7PM: color Guard featuring the Obama faux Presidential seal, the Obama faux American flag, and the rollout of new military uniforms in powder blue and mauve, designed by Gen. Merrill "tony" McPeak, the Obama campaign's post-Clark go-to military guy...

7:30: Invocation: Indigenous and non-indigenous faith traditions presented in a completely non-hierarchical, non-judgemental fashion by a gaggle of clerics led by moqtada al-Sadr and Father Pfleger..

8:00: The National Anthem: Hillary Clinton sings the "Black national Anthem" in her famous Amos 'n Andy faux black dialect ("Ah doan feel noways tahhhd...")

8:15: A floor fight breaks out between the *FARC* delegation and the *Hamas* delegation when the latter accuse the former of killing and roasting a pig on the convention floor. "We don' eat this sh*t," explains a FARC guerilla in the convention-issued *Che* T-shirt, indicating a plate of grass and leaves certified organic, carbon-neutral, non-stoop labor harvested food for delegates....

C'mon Howie, don't spoil our fun.

And thanks for adding another state, Colorado, to florida and Michigan through your inability to execute routine DNC functions and thus pi**ing off the Democrats in yet another key state. Well done!

I'm sure that Iraqi Airways has several daily non-stops from Sadr City to Denver, and would be more than willing to reserve all of first class for Mr. al-Sadr.
As far as FARC and Hamas are concerned, the fights won't be that bad due to the DNC's position on gun control.
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I'm certain beyond any doubt this is a cost-cutting activity especially after this:

Sondra Williams, the director for the 12,000 volunteers...resigned after 13 months with the host committee.

"I was not empowered to do my job," said Williams, on loan to the host committee from the National Education Association. [emphasis mine] "And therefore I felt I just couldn't continue."

She wouldn't elaborate, saying she does not want to malign the host committee, but she said the group was tense over its cash-flow problems. The committee, charged with raising $40.6 million for the convention, missed its final deadline Monday by more than $11 million.

A volunteer-appreciation party that Williams hoped to hold at the Denver Zoo would have cost $750,000 and wasn't approved, she said, because of the committee's "higher priorities" of funding the transformation of the Pepsi Center into a convention hall.

Her proposal was rejected after the committee missed its March deadline of $28 million by $5 million, Williams said. --Denver Post

Here we have a director level person being paid by the NEA (presumably) to ensure the volunteers are organized and ready to do their part and she quits with 65 days to go. This is HUGE because of all the people in charge of large events, the people director has the biggest job. Imagine the chaos of having 12,000 people standing around with no plan of action.

The host committee and the Democratic National Convention Committee have been looking for ways to cut costs. When Obama won the nomination, many inside the host committee hoped he would step in with his fund raising prowess.

Well, Obamamania is all about Hope so Denver Host Committee, here's to Hope that Barack will throw the $11MM you need your way. Probably not though, see he needs to help Hillary retire her debt and see she has something he wants badly, a donor list.

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of the Democrats being in charge of a project that had cost over-runs?

Shocked, I tell you!

The free exchange of ideas inevitably yields both heat and light.

And due to food, no less!!
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In fact, we'd all be better off if we shortened the conventions to two days, which would provide plenty of time for actual business and for political speeches without boring (or nauseating) the rest of us.

The TV stations would be happy too, I'm sure. However, this needs to be an intentional change, not a last minute course correction.

And Rightly So!

Let the parties prove they are serious about cutting costs.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Oh dear by bs

There's enough whack jobs show up at the Dem convention as it is. Can you imagine the kind of bizarro "attendees" that would show up in SL?

But I gotta admit, the Dems would certainly be in their element.

[shudder]


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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

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MPBT 3025 still coming SOON !!!!


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Now myself, I prefer Mass Effect and Crysis, particularly the Badlands user-created level:

Description:

"You are on this Island with a bunch of Koreans. Then you shoot em!"

Sooooooo nice. Couldn't have put it better myself.

And Mass Effect really is the best RPG/shooter blend I've played in a looooooooong time. Usually I'm not an RPG fan because they can become really labored and tedious, but this one doesn't.

I have to admit I'm pining for a new verison of Bioshock also, with tougher hacking challenges and even more and better plasmids.

nVidia did this to me. They created the 8800 series of graphics cards. I blame them.

And see if I can get the EGA graphics to work on a 9600 .


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

I got a freebie copy with a new PC back around 1997. I think it was the first box we had with an external graphics adapter. Fun stuff.


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Faster your pc faster the game n/t


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Mechwarrior. I weep for Mechwarrior. And one of the really, really absorbing games I miss from a part of my misspent yoof is Starflight. I used to run that on an IBM PC/AT with 1.5MB or so of RAM (courtesy of a Tecmar bank-switch memory card, a cousin of the Intel AboveBoard), an 80286 with an IBM CGA running at a whopping 8MHz (yes, I modified that system by changing the clock oscillator crystal). The planetary surfaces were rendered as fractals, IIRC, and it was a HUGE game for the time if you know what I mean, in terms of its internal scope and ambition.

It really was too advanced for the hardware -- I used to load it off the 1.2MB floppy drive and it took forever, the graphics were paleolithic by modern standards, and they slowed to a crawl even on a $5000+ top-of-the-line PC/AT with a CGA. It actually got pretty snappy on an 80386 machine running at 20MHz or so; then it was a kick in the pants.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

That game had a printed disc that you would use to enter the code to unlock it when you played, like a circular slide rule of sorts. It got my vote for the most creative way to package an anti-piracy system and actually make it fun to use.

Easiest thing to do was just to load the game binary in a hex editor, find the letters, and change them all to a single letter.

At least, that's what I did to Curse of the Azure Bonds when I got sick of using the slide wheel.

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I got a little carried away there. :)

http://www.vmware.com/

You can download their free virtual machine.

If you have or know someone that has a copy of dos you can load it onto that if you don't

http://www.freedos.org/

This is a pretty close deal.

You will need someone with a 5.25" floppy in good condition to load it. Also you will need some luck your disks are still readable.

If not you can probably try Home of the underdogs and see if they have it for download as abandon ware.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

there's a nice roundup at http://www.thefreecountry.com/emulators/pc.shtml.

It might be a silver lining for me that fuel costs have stopped me from shopping at thrift stores too much. I've run out of space already but I still love to rehabilitate and use anything old that still works.

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I haven't gotten to Mass Effect yet. Been hooked on CoD4. Kinda hard to play good shooters around my 6 year old kid with a hyper active imagination.

--"Dad, why are you shooting that man"?
--Because he's a bad guy
--So you can shoot any bad guys?
--Syep.
--Dad, i'm gonna start shooting the bad guys too OK?
--Sure thing, knock yerself out.

**10 min later**

--Dad whats the combination to the gun safe?

True Story.

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Trying my best to sort through the first one.

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Colorado Springs - In a stunning move, Sen. John McCain turns the political world up-side down, chooses Richard Cheney as his running-mate...

Thursday, August 28th - Obama whines, "It's not fair. Karl Rove Sen. McCain stole my headlines, my bounce and ruined my coronation."

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legal gymnastics of the Torricelli variety may soon become a fleeting specter....

While I'm convinced Dick Cheney has been the most powerful VP ever, that spot should be reserved for our party's future standard-bearer.

That said, Sen. McCain should take the opportunity presented by a truncated Democratic Convention to seize the narrative with something (unmask Obama - policy declaration), or somebody (VP announcement), that would be equally provocative as choosing Dick Cheney to be his running-mate.

It appears the networks will have a few open time-slots for Wednesday, August 28th, and I see no reason to allow Obama to have his moment-in-the-sun.

.... provided the RNC has been paying close attention throughout the Democratic primary.

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