“This RNC has been so over-militarized, even attendees were complaining about the level of security,” said sociology professor Sarah Sobieraj. “They were ready with everything — unscalable fences, bomb-sniffing dogs, even long-range acoustic devices, which are nasty.”
The unmistakable message to the protesters: Don’t mess with Tampa.
“It is clear that these extreme measures were not intended to prevent a terrorist attack, they were for protesters,” Sobieraj added. “There has been a shift toward a criminalization of dissent that is a real problem.”
Looks like they spent about $50,000,000 between the city and the Feds. Up to and including those freaky-ass acoustic deterrents. I guess it really is the 21st century. Hrmmm..
I watch this last night and was blown away by the…sliminess…of it. The lack of knowledge of history. The selective memory and the out-and-out insanity of this. Not to mention, as you’ll see, the utter lack of judgement with showing hundreds of people getting killed instantly.
This is disgusting. This is the RNC.
Now…something VERY important to note here…listen as the video begins…
The first attack occurred in Iran, 444 days American held hostage. Again and again.
And kill us “they” did. The date was September 11th, 9/11.
I’m sorry, but the selective memory, and total lack of historical perspective or accuracy is amazing. Gone is any mention of Reagan pulling out of Lebanon during the Israeli occupation. Gone is any mention of funding “Them” against their fight with the Evil Empire for the entirety of Reagan’s terms. Gone is any mention of Iraq and Iran fighting a horrid war in the 80’s, both with our help. Gone is any mention of Bush, or invading Iraq, or Afghainstan or Weapons of Mass Destruction. Gone is any sense of history or context.
Let’s recall, if we can, what this same group of people said in 2004.
Note the familiar face in the cavalcade of fear.
So is this the “Change” they are talking about? Instead of going after terrorists we are going after Islam? Instead of going after Iraq we are going after Iran (since they, it seems, started it)? Instead of focusing on our problems, we are focusing on how “they” want to kill us?
Have we always been at war with Eastasia? Or is it Middleeastasia?
Sorry, but this video illustrates exactly how much change, peace, and rational argument you can expect from the RNC and the McCain/Palin ticket.
I was just having a smoke pondering Senator McCain’s speech at the RNC Convention 2008, and I was struck by a pretty strong metaphor.
Now, go with me a minute here. This is really only going to make the slightest bit of sense to people who have seen ‘Southpark: The Move’. Preferably more than once.
Other’s might get distracted by the metaphor.
In the movie Satan (in this case a metaphor for the U.S. electorate) is in bed with Saddam Hussein (in the case a metaphor for the Republican party). Now Satan (the U.S.) is sick of Saddam’s (Republican’s) crap. Saddam consistently treats Satan like a sex object, refuses to cuddle, and the U.S. is sick of it.
So Satan is ready to dump the Republicans and makes that hope clear.
And then Saddam starts singing…
But I can change, I can change!!!
I can learn to keep my promises, I swear it!
I’ll open up my heart and I will share it!
Any minute now I will be born again!
Yes I can change, I can change!!!
I know I’ve been a dirty little bastard
La la la la la lalala!
I like to kill, I like to maim, yes, I’m insane, but IT’S OK
CAUSE I CAN CHANGE!!!!!!!
Its not my fault that Im so evil
Its society, society.
So that’s pretty much what I heard. It’s not our fault. It’s the media. And those corrupt Republicans in Washington.
The people that caused the problems are going to change…themselves…and all the problems are solved.