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October 04, 2008

Alternate Thread -- NO DAVE!

Since I got confused, Dave and I are probably erasing each other's updates.

So I'm going to try to update to this thread too. DAVE STAY OUT!!!!

Just got all set up here. I didn't say anything about it because I wasn't sure I'd get it together. But Im hooked up now, in the bleeder seats press section of a medium sized tennis stadium. (The ADT Tennis Center at the Home Depot, if you know the area.) There's an overfull crowd but I'm crap at estimating crowd size. I'll try to get a number from a cop.

If anyone knows how many the ADT Tennis center holds-- add 20%.

Right now Dana Rohrbacher is speaking. He's connecting Palin to Reagan and Jimmy Steward from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

I have a camera, and took pictures of the crowd... but forgot to bring the cord to connect it up to the computer. Until I can get my hands on one, no pictures, alas, except for crappy ones I'll take with my cell phone.

Outside, of course, was a sizable contingent of Obama cultists protesting the appearance. Many Steelworkers for Obama t-shirts. One chant I heard sound liked "No to the USA," but perhaps I misheard it, as the Palin supporters were chanting USA, USA, to whatever the cultists were saying.

Incidentally, I hear Palin will "make news' today. What news? No clue. If I'm going crazy and indulging in fantasy, I'd guess 1) she's convinced McCain to open ANWR for exploration; or 2) she's announcing a revved up attack on Obama and the Democrats for causing the fannie/freddie/cra supbrime meltdown.

If I'm less optimistic, I'd say that Palin is going to announce her portfolio as Energy Czar and Reform Quarterback, which we already knew, or her intent to begin highighting obama's connection to ayers, wright, rezko, etc.,which, again, we already knew.

Jon Fuckin Voight now on the stage. (Palin is supposed to take the stage at 2:30 Pacific time, which means 3:15, I'm guessing.)

Okay, the limitations of my zoom mean that pictures of Palin are going to be lame. Just tried it with Voight.

Voight now talking about "being on the other side" during Vietnam. And how he's learned since then, saw the consequences, and yet obama wants to concede Iraq to the sort of thugs who raped vietnam.

Voight: "I asked Todd, is it true that Sarah, as captian of the basketball team, always wanted the last shot. [Then says the greats are like this.] Todd answered, 'Yes it is.' And did she make it? 'Yes she did.'"

"The media was a great negative force trying their darnedest (booooo!) Go ahead, go ahead give it to 'em (BOOOOOOOO!!!) I'lll say it again the media was a great negative force trying to destroy this maginificent energy of love and truth only to fall flat on their faces (yayyya) because I believe Sarah iseveryone'sunderstanding of what we all believe we were raised to believe morals trutth fairness faith."

(Big applause).

And love of the neighbor as yourself. And she will be the greastest leader of them all. Yes, true love, and energy that comes especially from mothers of theworld."

Pardon typos, my keyboard sucks, and due to the lighting, I can barely read my computer screen. I'm typing not quite blind, but severely impaired.

President of CA. GOP (?) Says 'we're comin' to get ya' and says obama shouldn't take california for granted. Eh.

National McCain cochair Meg Whitman now up. Just standard "CLEVELAND ARE YOU READY TO ROCK" stuff.

Now as music plays, a fairly enthusiastic chorus of 'SARAH, SARAH, SARAH" begins, but sputters out, like an attempt at a wave that doesn't come off.

Oh, nice analogy. Now they're doing the wave.

Time to mention the crowd again. every seat is filled (obviously), plus the rings around the statdium, SRO, are filled say three to four deep. The entire tennis court is filed with supporters (and of course the stage, that takes up about 20% of the available space).

Make that five-to-six deep ringing the top level, SRO. The crowd has grown.

Okay, now the wireless connections are getting overloaded and cannot deliver actual signal. Damnit.

I've asked Dave in Texas to type up my notes, delivered by telephone, if this happens again, which it will.

It's never easy.

Sarah's out now, being introduced by a local NOW president. (Not Tammy.) Sarah's wearing a green button down sweater and black skirt.

The crowd is very enthususiastic but not as wild as I'd thought. Then again, Sarah isn't talking yet.

NOW president says Sarah will try persuading McCain on ANWR. Audience reaction not explosive.

"America, this is what a feminist looks like -- Sarah Palin."

Palin: "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support women." Says she wasn'tsure howthat would go over, wants to know how the media will twist it. That's my kind of identity politics demogoging.

Protesters chanting to stop her,security is dealing.

"My son is in Iraq fighting for those freedoms that person is exercising now."

"This is still reagan country" (yayyy), this will come down to the wire, but we wil win.

SO thursday night I had a little debate (yaayyy)...

John McCain is the only man who will cut your taxes... only man who isn't afraid to use the word victory... our opponent gives speech after speech and just once it would be nice if he siad he wanted our country to win....

Hit Obama again on "air raiding villages and killing civilians." Offers gratitude to veterans of California.

Sorry this is kinda rote so far. It's what she's saying.

The crowd is now bursting into an enthusiastic USA chant.

Some use career to promoote their careers, others use their careers to promote change.

As a mayor I worked to rmeind people that government wasn't always the answer, in fact some times government was the problem. notes tax-cutting litany. medium applause.

So that we could hang that shingle outside of our community and Say Open for business so we can thrive and prosper and grow....

incidentally, i brought the 4h editon monster manual on the bus to read as I came up here. Just an FYI.

phoneist claim of whole campaign is that barack obama is going tocut your taxes. Spent his entire career spending tax money, million a day in earmarks. Now he tells us he wants to spend 1 trillion in new spending-- but he never tellls us where this money is coming from.

Think about it. Barack obama is going to raise your taxes.


Recently had an unsuccesful interview you might have heard about. Come on. I want to talk about [our program]. SO I gave sort of a flippant answer. But today I was reading the New York Times. And I read there that one of Obama's closest supporters was a domestic terrorist, part of a group that launched bombing campaign against Pentagon.

These are the guys who think patriotism is paing higher taxes.

Now these people see the world differently from you and me. We see the US as a force for good in theworld. Yes-- USA -- (begins chant).

Is the president we want one who wants to pal around with a terrorist?


wE'RE going to set this country on thepath toenergy indepependence.

And thisis nonsesne, when you consider the deptth of resources god has so gladly blessed our nationwith.

DRILL BABY DRill chant.

Youknow I thoughtwith the rain coming, you'd want meto wrapthis up (NOOOO!!!))

PROTESTORS NOW IN, ANNOYING LOUD. Pain asks for Drill beby drill chant again to shut them up. "You guys are great."

Sarah, sarah, sarah chant now loud.

One final thing on energy: We will have energy security. And that means American production, brought to you by American workers. (Big applause.)

The're going to fight foro you? Californians, you know there's only one man in this campaign who has ever fought for you. and the courage to go on fighting for your. And that man is John McCain. Thank you.


Thank you california and god bless america.

Country song plays.

earlier, before sarah came on, they played a great song by Spacehog, I think maybe playing off the lipstick on a pig thing. or maybe someone just liked that song.

No baracuda. they did play that song that goes can't you see, can't you see, what that woman, she been doin' to me.

Overall impressions; The house was packed, the crowd was enthuisastic, but I don't believe as enthusiastic as those huge crowds she drew soon after the nomination. Still very up; just not ECSTATICALLY up.

The attack on Ayers may be a new opening in this front, but it was stuff we all know, and stuff everyone here knows. Hopefully by raising it in profile it will drive it into the media.

*It's raining now, kinda hard, must shut down for a while.



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