Democratic National Convention Countdown, No. 4-DNC "Fauxtesters," Fortress Denver" For DNC, Profile Of A Puppet Master, "Gitmo On The Platte" Updates
**Scroll for "Gitmo on the Platte" updates, and the newly coined "fauxtesters" (credit SP)
First look at "Fortress Denver":
Barriers erected around Auraria Campus in advance of the DNC, with the Pepsi Center in the background
Democratic National Convention Daily Digest and Open Thread
Thursday August 21, 2008--No. 4
•Obama's VP selection made, but not announced
•"Fauxtesters"--Glenn Spagnuolo's first DNC failure or fabrication? (so much for that "master schedule" eh, Spagz?)--Public Enemy not playing for Recreate '68 after all, "didn't know anything about it":
Rap pioneers Public Enemy have no plans to play a free benefit for Recreate 68 during the DNC, despite organizers announcing a date, time and location for the show.The usually verbose Spagz has nothing to say? That is news . . .
Rapper Chuck D told the Rocky this morning that he's never even heard from the group and will be taking care of family business in another state on Tuesday, the date of the announced show.
"I didn't know anything about it," he said from his New York home. "I'm coming to Denver anyway on a whole bunch of different accounts - being involved wth BET and Air America. I couldn't make it out to Denver until the 27th (Wednesday) anyway."
As far as the rapper knows (born Carlton Ridenhour) he's never even been contacted.
"It's totally news to me. Maybe they did, but if they did it's one of 6,000 emails," he said. There are certainly no confirmed plans as announced by Recreate 68.
Despite some speaking and media engagements, his trip to Denver is entirely personal, he said.
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Recreate 68 organizers could not immediately be reached for comment.
•DPD--50 unmarked vans for DNC
•Michelle Malkin notes the RNC's new tagline for the DNC--"a Mile High and an inch deep"--and has a roundup of DNC-related news
•Recreate '68 DNC moonbattery-filled "master schedule" released
•Profile of a puppet-master--R68 street puppet coordinator Tom Mestnik
•Wanna drop by and say hello to the moonbats? Visit the Unconventional Action "convergence center"--only a stone's throw away from "Gitmo on the Platte"
•Speaking of "Gitmo on the Platte"--try and follow the arrestee shuffle as protesters will be shipped back and forth for processing
•Westword has a funny taxonomy of protesters, some already showing up to protest Nancy Pelosi
•Denver law enforcement paranoia? Security concerns extend to bicycles and maps
•DNC burn rate outpaces RNC, convention partially to blame
•Teachers unions, cash, and the DNC convergence
•Google's services help bloggers at both conventions
•DNC a "no-win" situation for Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
•Democrats roll up their sleeves for DNC delegate service day; DNC transforms Denver
•Coke vs. Pepsi at the DNC; suggested Obama acceptance speech music
•DNC dissing Al Franken?; Ben Affleck still planning on appearing at DNC roundtable despite having no policy credentials whatsoever
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