RNC Winds Down; Assured Romney, Odd Eastwood

A final dispatch from the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, FL

A week of GOP speeches and furor—all unfettered by —came to a close Thursday evening with Mitt Romney officially accepting the Republican Party's nomination to challenge Barack Obama come November.

Romney's remarks, delivered with a personal touch not overly common for the once-Massachusetts governor, dealt with both the abstract and specific. Romney praised Americans' optimism, and spotlighted the vexation many citizens feel when the gasoline counter hits $50.

Romney was preceded by speaker and host-of-sort Marco Rubio, Florida's U.S. senator. And before Rubio came a surprise speaker, Hollywood's Clint Eastwood.

The western-movie tough guy delivered a quick, folksy chat with an invisible Obama, pegging the president for hypocrisy and failure. But the 82-year-old icon seemed less-than-eloquent, at times stammering.

Local delegates from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam weighed in from Tampa Bay over the course of the week, sounding off on stirring speeches and a energetic atmosphere.

Sen. Greg Ball (R-Westchester/Putnam) , simultaneously updating his Facebook page with photos from the function.

Vincent Reda, Rockland County's chairman of the Republican Committee, .

Meanwhile, on the homefront, Rep. Nita Lowey(D-Rockland/Westchester) and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stopped by Nyack, standing in front of the camera and .

"[Paul Ryan] is just wrong," Lowey said.

Check in next week as Patch chats with local Democrates heading to the Democratic Nation Convention in Charlotte, NC. New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson, Rep. Kenneth Zebrowksi (D-Rockland) and a host of others will check in with their thoughts and opinions.

Dan Seidel September 08, 2012 at 11:53 PM
The popular vote is non binding. The Electoral College IS binding. I'm for keeping it. extremely smart move on behalf of the Framers.
Bjorn Olsson September 08, 2012 at 11:56 PM
In what way? I just don't get it. How about just counting the ballots and let the candidate with the most votes win?
Dan Seidel September 08, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Are you a Citizen? you sound like you are not and do not "get" America. If you register "independent", you have registered in the Independent Party. If you register "unaffiliated" you have registered under NO party. You HAVE "missed it" completely - there is no compulsion to join ANY party. That is America - do what you want, just don't pee in someone else's garden.
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM
No, "Europeans" don't like to call people Jews as an insult. I am sure I could round up some Americans who would say all sorts of shocking things about Jews, blacks, Mexicans, not to mention muslims. Should I form my view of the US based on what those people say, or maybe that church in Kansas who show up at military funerals? And what is Eurabia, anyway? Morally bankrupt? Wow, there's a pretty sweeping generalization.
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I am not a citizen. I don't think I tried to claim that party registration was obligatory, nor that I thought it was. However, to have an official voter registration document ask you to divulge (albeit voluntarily) seems to mess with the secret ballot system. I know it's not a big deal for Americans, it just looks really weird to someone from the outside.
Dan Seidel September 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
and none of those countries have about 350,000,000 people either. Sweden could not mount a defense if it's life depended on it. How about Malmo where the Muslims run the City and the Jews are on the run? What good is a welfare system when rights are violated? Finland? a proxy of Russia, although better than Sweden. Holland? yeah.... going muslim as well. Germany? about to hit the skids - ask Merkel. Happiness is not a welfare system. happiness is Liberty. Want benefits? EARN THEM!! A government should not guarantee these things - entitlements make a slave nation. take them away and you all whine and flop around like spineless jelly fish. and so ripe for a Russian play again - remember Prague? yeah.... it can't happen again! no? Georgia was on the menu, according to Putin, as was Poland a few years back. give me a break. Europe blows as well as the policies coming out. The ECC is getting played out and the Euro is on the way to collapse. As bad as it is here, it is worse in Eurabia. You people have no guts and are ready to throw anybody under the bus to preserve "peace" - you'll get eaten last.
Dan Seidel September 09, 2012 at 12:14 AM
who then protects the minority? America is a Republic, not a pure democracy, for a reason - it protects ALL. The Electoral College is a brilliant move. just think: a majority of idiots running a country. I shudder. Healthy tension in the system protects all. and then there is the Courts if you think it did not. as for "generalizations": You guys started two world wars and we had to clean up both. You can thank us you don't speak German from birth. I take it you are from Scandanavia somewhere.
Dan Seidel September 09, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Where did the word "quisling" come from? Norway's PM Quisling who let the nazis in for the takeover? morally bankrupt. The Danes saved their jews during WW2, but charged exorbitant sums to ferry them out. Finland? Went nazi. France handed their Jews up before they were even asked to. Swiss? turned jew refugees into slave labor and stuck them into camps. A country can be judged on how they treat their Jews. Eurabia blows. Oh the reference: you guys have gone muslim and Sharia is the law of your lands at this point. look it up!! you cannot criticize Islam without going to jail. Islam won, you lost. Eurabia.
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I still don't get it. What minorities are protected by the electoral college. I get that the senate gives disproportionate power to small states, but I didn't realize the college had a similar function.
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Yes, I am Swedish. I always say that we can maybe thank the US that we don't speak Russian. Stalin defeated Hitler for the most part, and without the US there would have been little to prevent him from grabbing a much bigger chunk of Europe. Not that I understand what this has to do with what we were talking about, and the "morally bankrupt" part. Wanna bring that label to a discussion about the slaves who built a good chunk of this nation, including The White House?
Dan Seidel September 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The College has that function: here: read: https://sites.google.com/site/heavenlybanner/electoral-college/electoral-college-protecting-minority-rights
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Naturally I know who Quisling was, and he was certainly was morally bankrupt, but would you claim that all Norwegians were because of him? Not a beloved figure in Norway, I can assure you. Last time I checked no European nation or the EU has adopted Sharia law or gone muslim. If a majority of voters would wish that to happen, it probably could, but it seems extremely unlikely.
Dan Seidel September 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
The Framers were worried that America would become corrupted, like Europe. You just don't get this, do you? It's called Liberty - kinda entropic. like everyone has a gun pointed at the head of everyone else. healthy tension. America is different, unique and is the last best hope for humankind. Why do all the immigrants want to come here? Why do we have that certain something that everyone wants? Capitalism breeds innovation and advancement. deal with it. Socialism? mild, if at all. I'm not saying be totally stone cold heartless - I'm a liberal - usually (well, maybe a radical) - but when it comes to America? It's a republican form of democracy and it works or could work, the best.
Dan Seidel September 09, 2012 at 01:10 AM
You are familiar with Malmo? England has Sharia Courts, areas that have become no go zones, France: the police have outlined over 720 no go zones where non muslims are advised not to go (the police and fire get shot at? car-b-ques?) Your health care systems, from what I have read, are overwhelmed with arab muslim immigration. The riots and fires in England a short while ago? racial rioting against Muslims and the counter. Anhem Choudary? you know that distinguished member of the England bar - racist muslim? Even in Sweden - what is the party that gained seats as being anti muslim? Geert Wilders is still kicking, but barely - helluva a lawsuit against him for speaking his mind, eh? THAT is Freedom of Speech? Europe has none. C'mon.....This is fun and enjoyable, but I am going to bed. Night!!
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 01:17 AM
What would population size have to do with anything in this context? As an FYI, the four countries I listed as an example have over 100 million between them, and the EU has some 500 million as a whole, most of those nations have functioning welfare systems. Malmo is "run" by a democratically elected city council, and although I don't know for sure, I doubt muslims are in the majority. The various happiness indexes don't rank just welfare systems, they include a number of factors, including personal freedom, I am sure. You see, we all HAVE that, it's not just available in the US. Thank you for your frank assessment on our guts, etc. I find it a bit disconcerting how quickly you turn to these random insults and rants in these discussions, it's a shame. So much more fun to actually discuss and try to learn and respect differences.
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 01:27 AM
No, I was not aware of the ins and outs of the electoral college, thanks for the link. FYI, "all the immigrants" do not want to come here. Most European nations have large foreign-born minorities, I think Sweden's rate is about 10% or so. Are you aware that western European countries have capitalist systems as well? And which countries lead the Global Innovation Index? Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, Finland, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Hongkong (listed as an "economy"), Ireland and THEN the US, in 10th place. So we're doing fine there too. I would still love to hear more about how you are the best hope for humankind, though.
Bjorn Olsson September 09, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Yes, I am familiar with Malmo, it's a couple of hours from my hometown, and I can assure you it has not been "taken over." England's sharia courts are not official courts and have no right to overrule British law in any way shape or form, they are basically religious councils, much like the orthodox Jewish "courts" that have been operating in the UK for centuries. They are basically councils for arbitration. (I just looked this stuff up, so my nowledge ends there). Riots are certainly not unique to European countries. I can also assure you that western Europe has freedom of speech at least on par with what we have here. You really should go check it out for yourself. Most Americans I have worked with in Europe wish the US would adopt at least some of the social policies there.
Katoner September 09, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Nice try Bjorn... I think we all know the Turning Torso, located in the heart of Malmo, is Scandanavia's tallest Minaret. I read recently (1) new Volvos must be parked pointed at Mecca or you can't turn the engine on/off, (2) Swedish meatballs no longer have pork, and (3) the island of Gotland was renamed Mohamed-land. What more proof of the Muslim takeover of Sweden do we need? Next you're going to try and argue that Europe has democratic governments. Yeah, right. If that were true, why does Great Britain have a Queen? I rest my case. Because European countries are ruled by Kings and Queens, that's why they are so socialist/marxist. Am I brilliant, or what? I'm just your average Teapartier; we're all brilliant like me.
Ann Fanizzi September 09, 2012 at 08:14 AM
Am dazzled by the brillance of some of these posts but the real issue is the deficit and what contributes to it. It is Health Care stupid. Obama was absolutely right to make it a priority. Here a few reasons from Nancy Gibson, former fellow at the Conservative American Enterprise Institute re: what is driving the explosive costs: we are. We want more and more and we think more is better and there is a cure for everything. Examples: 1. 30% or $700 billion spent for unnecessary and at times harmful tests (EKG), surgeries (angioplasty), procedures, antibiotic prescriptions; the potential for harm often exceeding benefits; 2. 50% spent on the last two years on end of life care instead of palliative care; 3.10% fraud or $2.6 billion enough to cover every single uncovered person; 4. CEO salaries the highest among health care administrators and lastly, the fear of litigation by physicians compelling them to order duplicative and often useless tests. a bonanza for lawyers. The Health Care bill was supported by hospitals - 32 million uninsured would be added; by the AMA by a slim margin and the AARP.
Dan Seidel September 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576176620582972608.html The Wall Street Journal has a piece - the difference between Europe and the States: good read.
Ross Revira September 10, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Who are the biggest contributors to the Democrat Party ? TRIAL LAWYERS. Who did you say are making a bonanza?
Dan Seidel September 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Ross: attacking the trial lawyers? now you are getting personal. SO I get 1/3 - do I tell you what you can make? What, are You playing Obama? as for trial lawyers being biggest contributors - not that I know of - the George Clooneys give way way more. Bottom line is that you have been brainwashed by the insurance companies who can't make a buck without bailouts (Allsnake, Regressive, AIG) and they blame the lawyers. They lose on investments and we get the sharp end of the stick. WE are the first line of defense against repressive government and Obaminations and we act. First we kill the lawyers. yeah, (grumble, spit, grumble). :>)
Dan Seidel September 10, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Bjorn: here is a blog post I came across tonite: in re Sweden and Muslim immigration: true? http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/09/08/open-letter-from-a-swedish-woman-about-the-scourge-of-muslim-immigration-and-multiculturalism/
Bjorn Olsson September 10, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Dan, yes, you shall find the unbiased truth about the world on sites like "barenakedislam.com". All these surveys that list the country as one of the happiest, least corrupt, most competitive and financially stable in Europe is really only a smoke screen intended to hide a living hell of mooslems harassing "our" women, eating small children and conspiring with Barack Obama to wage Jihad on the Western world. The Swedish government, all secretly card-carrying members of the Muslim Brotherhood are carrying out their not so secret plan to destroy the country. Once Barack Obama wins his second term, he will drop all pretense and come out and reveal his "666" Mark Of The Beast. He will finally confess that his father was behind the Kennedy assassination and the dropping of the gold standard, and that a band of Kenyan terrorists staged the fake moonlanding, which was designed to send a signal to cells all over the world that the takeover was to begin. He will quickly destroy the US and then move to Sweden to use it as home base for his European takeover, after which he will fiddle and eat popcorn during the 2012 apocalypse. The signs are all there, if you know what blogs to read.
Ross Revira September 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Nothing personal.
Dan Seidel September 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I'm just busting!! Common Cause on Romney and NOBAMA2012. And Bjorn, the sites are not that bad. facts are facts. no matter what or how one feels, things are happening and they are not good things - we are going back to an age of darkness (knowledge and rights) - that is NOT good. MObama is accelerating that age. HE is no good. He must be fired. Take off the bias blinders and see things from others' perspectives - not good. I'll push American Exceptionalism globally. In this American's view: it's my way or the highway.
Dan Seidel September 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I'll tell you something about BareNakedIslam.com - great beheading and stoning videos - right from Dar al Islam. Even little kids are shown cutting off apostate and kuffar heads. It's raw stuff. educational. keeps making one want to puke - still get heaves thinking about some of that stuff, but facts are facts. ps: You play well....but not enough to overcome.
Bjorn Olsson September 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Dan, things do happen, but when you gather only one kind of evidence and connect only a certain kind of dots, you get a dead-wrong answer. To oppose Obama's policies is one thing, to make him out to be some kind of dark lord with a hidden agenda to destroy all that is good is just crazy-talk, sorry. I could probably spend an afternoon reading up on white supremacist militias in the US and make a case that they were about to take over the country and send all non-whites to concentration camps. Just as crazy.
Dan Seidel September 11, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Hey Bjorn: nice country you got there! your authorities are cooperating to return a 28 year old convert from Islam to Saudi Arabia? WTF? Glad you are NOT a US Citizen able to vote here. Here look up some more arabic terms: taqiyyah, tawriya, kitman. You practice all three! and why am I not surprised? http://sheikyermami.com/2012/09/11/sweden-in-the-the-service-of-sowdi-barbaria-islam/
Dan Seidel September 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
and you should all listen to the interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, discussing Obama's Muslim faith and his request to Wright to help him find his Christian side. Wright opines MObama never really found his Christian faith and Wright was skeptical of how much Islam MObama shed. Just google the interview with Philip Klein - it's on the web. dopes.


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