Democratic National Convention 2016 Open Thread

It’s the Democrats turn for their convention this week July 25-28 2016 in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Drama, pre Convention, was the Release of the DNC emails by Wikileaks. These emails show that the DNC and the Hillary Campaign were working together against Bernie Sanders. The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems to be at the center of what some people are calling the rigging of the Democratic Primary and the released emails show that this happened. Debbie was dismissed as head of the convention and the DNC and was promptly hired by the Hillary campaign. So after a week of Drama with Trump antics at the Republican National Convention, we are in for another week of infighting at the Democratic National Convention. This has been a years for BAD Surprises.

Bernie Sanders and his followers are coming back in the spotlight and there is much talk about a Third Party, a strong Third Party which might actually be the outcome of this election.

What will happen next in this year of strange surprises?

Open Thread for Republican Convention 2016 in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention starts this Monday, July 18, 2016 Through July 21, 2016.

From their site: 2016 Republican National Convention announces Freedom Plaza

Cleveland, OH – Centered between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field is Freedom Plaza, an open air gathering space unique to the 2016 Republican National Convention. Freedom Plaza will be home to a “Salute to America”; the cuisine and music of the South, East, West, and Midwest will be featured each day of the Convention. All Convention attendees are welcome to grab a drink, indulge in local fare, listen to some great music, and mix and mingle in the hours before and after each Convention session.

It will be a very interesting convention this year because no one knows what to expect. But the Cleveland Police are gearing up for the worst….

Cleveland Police Are Gearing Up for Mayhem at the GOP Convention

With the Republican National Convention imminent, the Cleveland Police Department is finalizing its security plan for what is expected to be a volatile few days. The city announced last Friday that it was updating its plan following last week’s mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, and though it shared scant detail, the Cleveland PD is set to be outfitted with plenty of heavy gear.

The RNC is designated as a National Special Security Event by the US Department of Homeland Security, which entitled Cleveland to a $50 million federal grant toward its security plan. According to bids the city has posted to its website and reports from local news outlets, so far Cleveland has spent the money on:

2,000 sets of riot gear
2,000 steel batons
325 sets of tactical armor
300 patrol bicycles, with accompanying riot gear
25 rifle scopes
10,000 flexible handcuffs

Other supplies include bulletproof helmets, pepper spray, two-point slings (used to carry rifles) and inmate mattresses. The Cleveland PD also asked the Chicago Police Department to loan it three bearcats, and Taser International is loaning the department 300 body cameras that can be attached to riot suits. The city also put out a bid for tear gas, according to the Washington Post, and it recently upped its protest insurance coverage from $9.5 million to $50 million. [more]

Here’s a fresh page for you to fill with comments about what is happening at the convention.

UPDATE:

Charlie Pierce says: Welcome to the 2016 Republican convention: a four-day celebration of the ritual suicide of American democracy.

With balloons.

How Did Trump Happen? Please Explain!

Trump, the Joke, became the GOP candidate! Out of 17 choices, all bad as far as I am concerned, Trump won! Even the media pundits were saying he wouldn’t be in long. The Media covered him 24 hours a day because he was supposed to be a Joke. And by doing that they gave him free air time and some of the voting public didn’t take him as a joke and started to fall for Trump’s Carnival Barker’s Schtick.

Here’s a new post for you to fill with reasons and excuses why Trump won as Candidate for the GOP when even the Republicans don’t want him.

And it’s not really any better on the Democratic side. So much animosity from the voters who back Hillary Clinton and the Voters that back Bernie Sanders. Media already has Hillary winning but Bernie is running close and the polls say he’d win, in some cases by double digits, over Trump and Hillary is almost dead even with Trump.

This is the strangest election in my lifetime! Have at it!

Election and Super Tuesday Open Thread

Since I won’t be here all day March 15, I’ll be an Election Judge at my polling place, here’s a new thread to fill.

Chicago did it! The Chicago Melting Pot of Minorities, Races, Religions and Genders got together to protest Donald Trump’s hate filled rallies and were able to shut it down. There are more Trump hate filled rallies planned. Will people continue to try to shut them down?

Remember this from a very wise man in history:

Open Thread – Making America “Hate” Again – Trump, Cruz Aftermath

Never thought I’d see the Hate and Division I am seeing in our Nation lately. Many things are to blame, especially the two GOP candidates mentioned. But also a lot of the blame goes to the Media. Instead of doing their job of seeking truth, they are seeking ratings which bring them money in advertising dollars. Investigative reporting is almost non-existent! And whipping the racism and anger of the people will leave a big toll in our near future.

The infestation of hate speech, egoism and greed will be hard to erase. And much of that is evident in our Federal and State Governments. A lot funded by the very rich and big corporations pushing money at these politicians to push their own agenda. An agenda that is horrible for the people of this Nation.

This coming year your Vote will be very important, more than ever before. If you don’t Vote or Vote for the wrong people we all live with the consequences and I will warn you, You Won’t Like it!