#GOP2012 final night: Get ready for Gingrich, Rubio, Eastwood and – of course – Romney

It’s the last night – the biggest one of the GOP Convention, where Mitt Romney will formally accept the Republican nomination for President.  Here’s tonight’s line-up of speakers:

7 p.m.
• Convention convenes
• Call to order
• Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
• Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
• National Anthem sung by SEVEN
• Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
• Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
• Reagan Legacy Video
• Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
• Remarks by Craig Romney


8 p.m.
• Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
• Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
• Remarks by Grant Bennett
• Remarks by Tom Stemberg

9 p.m.
• Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
• Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
• Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

10 p.m.
• Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
• Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
• Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
• Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

Clint Eastwood is reportedly the “mystery guest” the GOP has been teasing all week, and will speak after 10. Perhaps before Rubio, or perhaps before Romney. It’s unclear.  Either way, if you can’t get to a TV you can watch it via News 14’s livestream.

Hopefully tonight will be as exciting and inspiring as the last two nights.  Condi Rice absolutely rocked the house last night – and it goes without saying that Paul Ryan did the same.  I’m feeling really good about Romney/Ryan’s chances going into the final stretch, but am also bracing myself for even worse from the Obama campaign than we’ve previously seen these last few months.  As I’ve written before, next week at the DNC will be a “War On Women” homage to abortion, and a hatefest towards so-called “patriarchal” Republicans, and it will not be a pretty sight. I just hope the people watching will be smart enough to see through it – or at least smart enough to question it.

Hey, a girl can dream – right?

(Video) A moving tribute to fallen warriors

**Posted by Phineas

Via Michael Yon, here’s video from the New Zealand Defence Force of members of the 2/1 Battalion enacting a Maori haka to honor comrades killed by an IED trap in Afghanistan:

From the description posted by the NZDF:

Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only M?ori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit’s parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.

Haka –sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be ‘free style.’ Haka is used by M?ori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.

Aside from the haka itself, what I find so fascinating are the stark contrasts in the ceremony: between the loud, demonstrative warriors’ farewell and the quiet dignity of the Christian priest leading the fallen to their rest; between the world of the Maori and that of England. The two come together and, instead of clashing, blend to create something very powerful.

May they rest in peace.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#OWS activist confirms #DNC2012 demonstrators will try to occupy Frazier Park

The Charlotte Observer reports this morning something I have long suspected the influx of demonstrators coming into the city next week for the convention will try and do – occupy Frazier Park in uptown. The article centers around the “housing needs” of professional demonstrators and other various marchers as they prepare to converge in just a few days – with some saying they’re staying with friends, at motels, etc. But some have other plans:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Public parks, tents pitched on private lawns, friends’ couches, churches, out-of-town hotels and campgrounds: Those are some of the places where protesters headed to Charlotte next week plan to stay.

The biggest march of the week is expected to be Sunday’s March on Wall Street South, which police have estimated could draw up to 10,000 people. [Their base will be Frazier Park. –ST]


“We kind of have a network,” said Michael Zytkow, an Occupy Charlotte organizer working with the coalition behind Sunday’s march. “Some people call it couch surfing. We also have a lot of people that are willing to open their backyard, their private land.”

Zytkow said he expects more people to set up tents on private than public property.

“A lot of us know each other through these networks, and there are a lot of phone calls going back and forth,” said Zytkow.


“Frazier Park,” said John Penley, an Occupy activist, when asked where he plans to sleep during the DNC. Penley was interviewed by phone from Tampa, Fla., where he was staying at a tent camp named “Romneyville.”

Police have not said if they will enforce the city’s anti-camping ordinance, which forbids using tents on public property to sleep or store personal belongings.

Penley was confident that protesters would be allowed to stay at the park.

“My expectation is the Democrats will let us stay there at least a few days,” he said. “They’re smart enough to let us alone. We’re not planning to do any property damage, just occupy the park.”

Still, he plans to use a tarp to sleep on to try to avoid running afoul of the anti-camping ordinance.

“I’m going to let people decide if they want to put up a tent,” Penley said. “I’m already out on bail for putting up a tent in North Carolina.”

I am very curious to find out whether or not police will enforce the anti-camping ordinance, which was beefed up earlier this year by our Democrat-controlled city council partly in response to the coming convention and partly in response to Occupy Charlotte, a local group of “Occupiers” who destroyed the grounds of Old City Hall with the camp they were allowed to have there for several months. After the encampment was forced to disband, it was discovered they were using nearby storm drains as porta-potties, a clear health hazard and public safety issue. If the police don’t enforce the very laws that were put in place to try and keep protesters from setting up unsafe, unsanitary, “self-governed” tent cities that are near homes and businesses during the DNC, it will embolden demonstrators for future protests in the Charlotte area, and nearby residents will have zero confidence that the city will work to protect public and private property from careless, thoughtless left-wing activists.

Surrounding areas this year have enacted similar ordinances to Charlotte’s in an effort to try and prevent the mess created by Occupiers in Charlotte and in other cities and towns in this state after the Occupy movement officially launched last September, so it will be interesting as well to see whether or not they will be tested next week during the convention.

On a related note, in addition to the camping ordinance, in the city of Charlotte you are not allowed to wear a mask in public (I assume that excludes Halloween), and it remains to be seen if the police will enforce that rule against any moron wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. I know the locals are aware of this law and they’ve abided by it as far as I know, but I’m not so sure out of towners know or if they do, if they even care. Remember: The goal for Occupiers and other far left activists is to earn “street cred” and to “advance the cause” by either getting “harassed”, touched, or arrested by law enforcement. These people know that such actions are great recruitment tools for future generations of spoiled, self-important nomadic nit-wits.

By the way, I’ll be tweeting extensively about DNC2012 next week, and you’ll probably find me more on Twitter than here. My goal is to show everyone a more complete picture of the DNC rather than just the one ObamaCo want you to see. J Wish me luck …