DNC2012 Open Thread #1


Heya, Hooligans. Tom Sullivan and I are at Hooligan HQ (a.k.a. the Days Inn on N. Tryon St). Tom made a valiant attempt to collect our credentials, but the Secret Service decided to sweep the Convention Center, evacuating it and shooing away anyone who wanted in. There are law enforcement folks all over the place, air and land.

So we’re planning on just crashing the NC Welcome party tonight at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

This week you’ll have lots of ways to follow the Convention. There are the conventional ways, with your cable news channels and whatnot, and then there are the new media methods:

I’m at Twitter –
and at Facebook –
ScruHoo at YouTube –

Official info –

Please include your preferred links and info in the comments. We’ve got to get washed up!


  1. Gordon Smith says:

    If you’re a Twitter person, you can follow these hashtags:


  2. TJ says:

    yes, well,they’re still reorganizing from our march.
    Great video, but, no luck with live streaming. Sorry. Got interviewed by CBS, CNN, and two others. Tons of police protection, and, personal escort. We’re on our way back…Jeff, look for a link for the march. 😉

    They sure are setting a wide perimeter around the convention right now.

  3. Tom Sullivan says:

    Great party with delegates from NC, TN, GA, SC & VA. Video later when we can upload. Lots of our NC delegation present.

  4. Tom Sullivan says:

    Ran into Julianna Forlano of Absurdity Today — — as seen on YouTube. One thing about these lefty events: they attract a better class of humorists.

  5. Gordon Smith says:

    Testing this whole iPhone to YouTube thing:

  6. TJ says:

    Wish I could figure out how to paste a photo here. I got a picture of the Hooligans taking over Charlotte in ONE day. Well, you could see, if I could figure it out.

    I figured I’d better leave town before those police caught on.

  7. Gordon Smith says:

    Here’s a slideshow of some moments from today’s event. Click the box to see the photos at Flickr:

    It’s been a long time since I used Flickr. Sorry for the sideways photos. It’s pretty funny to see Screwy Hoolie’s name on this old account.

  8. TJ says:

    According to the news, there were “only” about 700 protesters at the DNC, and, it was an “inconvenience” to those in the area.

    I find it sad and depressing to think that “only” 700 is not more “inconvenient,” since it demonstrates a lack of confindence citizens have that their voice matters. I find it “inconvenient” that news anchors spin the protest as an “inconvenience,” because the bigger news of the need for electoral reform is not deemed newsworthy. The news crews interviewed a number of people, but, I don’t think I saw any corporations being interviewed.

    They’re people too, right? Oh, that’s right. They’re part of the family. Don’t want to upset the family system.

    I wonder how many people on sidelines watching would have marched if the barricades had not been up? Guess it doesn’t matter, it was just an “inconvenience.”

  9. Joe Minicozzi says:

    Be sure to take the short train ride over to Price’s Chicken for the best fried chicken in Charlotte! I love that place!