Shire Network News #144 has been released. For the second week, we are talking to David Horowitz of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He talks to Tom about the direction the Democratic party is taking and how this is rooted in the politics of the 1960’s. They discuss the take over of the College Campuses and the importance (or not) of Europe. Click here for the show notes, links, and ways to listen to the show; directly from the web site, by downloading the mp3 file, or by subscribing with your podcatcher of choice.

Below is the text of my commentary.

Hi, this is Doug Payton for Shire Network News asking you to "Consider This!"  Last week, Democrats in the United States held their convention to officially nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden as their candidates for President and Vice President of these United States.  Party conventions, for the past 40 or 50 years, have pretty much been political theater, both for the Democrats and the Republicans.  The conclusion is foregone, no more deals struck in smoke-filled backrooms, as my dad laments.  It’s just not surprising anymore.

At least, that’s the facade.  But here at Shire Network News, we managed to infiltrate the rooms full of decision-makers and discovered some surprises that would not otherwise have seen the light of day.

So, from the home office in Camillus, NY, via our satellite cubicle in Denver, CO, here are the Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Democratic National Convention.

9.  Rejected the campaign slogan idea, "See, we have old, rich, white guys, too!"

8.  Barack called Hillary at 3am to tell her when she was going to speak.  Just like her ad said, she was ready for the call.  (Though she was hoping it was the call to be VP.)

7.  Jimmy Carter’s request that the thermostat be turned up to 80 to conserve energy was rejected, for fear that Ted Kennedy’s sweating would clear the convention hall.

6.  Renting huge stadium for speech: $500,000.  Getting various rock legends to play there:  $275,000.  Taking credit for drawing an audience that’s really there to hear a concert:  priceless.

5.  Filed a formal protest with RTD, the Denver Regional Transportation District, about their new signs, "Hope you have exact Change."

4.  Rejected the campaign slogan idea, "Joe’s just Biden’ his time."

3.  Organizers were  unable to have Obama descend out of the heavens into his Greek temple because Zhang Yimou [chang ee-mow] was just too tired after directing the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

2.  Hillary Clinton suggested that, instead of confetti, those 18 million pieces of the "glass ceiling" should shower down on Obama supporters.

And the number 1 thing you didn’t know about the Democratic National Convention…

1.  It was all really just the warm-up act for this week’s Republic National Convention.

That’s right, the kids have had their fun, with all their bickering, some feel-good talk to smooth it over, and promises of utopia.  It’s time for the adults to get serious.  Consider that.

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