Cue the Confetti – There is a Nation to be Won!

Even when you know the story by heart, where the villains are classic WWF-styled heels and the good guys are us, thank Christ, and not them, a political convention is compelling stuff. Talking heads babble and party flacks coo about how only their gang really ‘gets’ the American people. It is a riveting event, like a train wreck in slow motion, or a fat guy falling over the third base railing trying to snag a foul ball and keep his beer from spilling.… [Read more]

Wooly Mammoths

Do you remember reading about the Wooly Mammoth? I have read about them and heard stories about their mass and their extinction. I have seen pictures of them, gigantic hairy elephant, roaming North America millions of years ago. Hollywood has depicted their size in stone age B movies featuring Steve Reeves and Raquel Welch, massive tusk laden beast mean and stubborn.… [Read more]

The Speech That Still Has Everyone Talking

“Masterful.”  – Fox News’ Chris Wallace

“Very well delivered” – Fox News contributor Karl Rove

“Oh my god.” – MSNBC, Rachel Maddow

“Brilliantly written and brilliantly delivered.” – MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt

“Michelle Obama owned this convention in a way that no speaker owned the floor of the convention in Tampa.” – Chuck Todd

“Never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever.” CNN’s Anderson Cooper

“A grand slam.” – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

These are just some of the rave reviews FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech received.… [Read more]

Clint is Right on Afghanistan

Now that the Republican National Convention has come and gone like the Obama apparition in the Clint Eastwood chair, all political eyes turn to the Democratic National Convention. Bill Clinton is set to be the Keynote speaker and he’ll try to convince the world that he really doesn’t despise President Obama. Vice President Biden and POTUS Bam will try to woo small business owners, women, gays (people love gays during election cycles) and seniors.… [Read more]

America the Exceptional – Just Ask Anyone

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”

~Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

 And ‘twere ever thus, Mark Twain. With PBS as my portal, the strange, almost surrealistic Republican National Convention rolled across the digital infinity. One might be tempted to end this piece before it begins, with the obvious: “what sitting President with a pulse could lose a game of jacks, let alone his office to these conflicted maroons”, and let the loyal BNV readership return to its knitting.… [Read more]

Don’t We Wish Dept.: Betty White Kicks Off the Democratic National Convention

We’ve all seen the new so-called meme spreading like wildfire ’round the net, an apparently doddering Clint Eastwood addressing an empty chair at last week’s 2012 Republican National Convention.

Now, rumors have it that Betty White will be dancing at the 2012 Democratic National Convention this week. At least she isn’t senile!… [Read more]

Ann Romney, You Really Didn’t Build That

I listened to Ann Romney’s speech at the RNC – her “I am woman, hear me roar,” her naked pandering to women with her shrill cry of desperation, her little tale of how she and Mitt were so determined to be together that they got married like many other young, unprepared couples get married, broke, struggling, a team united toward a common goal (in their case, the goal being wealthy beyond their wildest dreams on the backs of the working class).… [Read more]

Here’s a Story of A Lovely Lady

Last night, I watched the Republican National Convention on PBS. Instead of listening to commentary by news organizations, I simply watched and listened. I went out of my way to absorb the message that was being conveyed to the American people. I know I am a difficult demographic to reach, being an educated, urban, single female trying to make it without giving excuses for how “hard things are for us gals.”  In listening to Ann Romney’s message to women, I know for sure that I am not the kind to whom she was speaking.… [Read more]

An Open Letter to Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan has announced that he will be offering the closing prayer at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. I decided to write him a letter.

Dear Cardinal Dolan:

You posted this tweet on your Facebook page:

St Augustine said there will be peace in the Christian heart only as long as our faith is watchful.[Read more]

Where’s the Republican Love?

The quadrennial GOP convention is underway in Tampa, but there is a billboard  welcoming the Party of No’s delegates to a Tampa where, inconveniently, the Mayor and city council are all Democrats. The Tampa Bay Times Forum, where Republicans want to bray about the President’s stimulus and “you didn’t build that” in, was built in 1996, mostly using public funds.… [Read more]

Make The RNC Must See TV!!

Most assuredly, my partner is going to want to kill me but this week I will be hijacking the flat screen in the living room to watch the hottest band in the country strut its stuff in Tampa, Florida – Hurricane Isaac and the Birther Brigade. There will be several days of birth certificate blundering, Jesus-loving, and personhood pontificating.… [Read more]

In Case You Missed It: A Look Back at RNCs Past

The Republican National Convention is here. Yaaaay! (or not…)

In case you missed it, Chris Rock covered the Grand Old Party‘s convention 8 years ago. We thought we’d take a look back to see what, if anything, has changed.

Quite a lot. And not all of it has been good.

Funny how an agenda of obstruction can mess up how a party is perceived…… [Read more]

A Delicate Balancing Act

Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, has apparently been chosen to give the keynote address at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on August 27th.

This will be quite a delicate balancing act if Mr. Christie wants to preserve his chances to run for President in 2016, something he seems to want to do after agonizing whether or not to run in the current election.… [Read more]

What Will The Donald Do?

It has long been rumored that Donald Trump had been extremely busy behind the scenes promoting the person he respects most in this world to be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, which begins in Tampa in just over a week.

But, no, he was passed over in favor of another over-ripe dough ball, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.… [Read more]