"No Way...No How...No McCain!"
The strongest voice by far the first night of the Democratic National Convention belonged to Hillary Clinton who encouraged party unity.
This is not quite as cliché as it might seem at first glance. For months, Democrats wrangled over the choice between Clinton herself and Barack Obama to the point where Clinton's loss signaled that many might jump ship to McCain rather than vote for Obama. (Polls show this may be as high as 25%.)
Hillary's particularly rousing speech completely supporting Obama was seen by many as pivotal in keeping disparate parts of the party together. Hillary's knock-out closer, "No way...no how...no McCain!" cemented the end goals to an audience, who by this point, were in pandemonium.
Post-show pundits gleefully entertained an alternate reality version of the nomination process where at least some of the delegates still voted for Hillary, but this was said in fun.
Wednesday night, Bill Clinton's speech, if anything, was even more rousing. I only heard a few minutes of running mate Joe Biden and Obama himself (this was all from radio as I got ready for work, and later, was at work). Of course, all delegates cast their votes for Obama.
Thursday, Barack Hussein Obama accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States.
It has not escaped me that the Clintons are awfully cheerful for someone they so vigorously opposed only a few short weeks ago. Aside from the obvious support of a Democratic nominee in a divisive year (and that could be all it is), I speculate Hillary might be jockeying for a favored position in a post-election Obama administration, perhaps as a cabinet member. I've even heard rumors of a Supreme Court appointment, but even I think that's going a little far. Still, they seem miiiiighty happy...
I am posting this final part on Friday, Aug 29. Thursday night, the 28th, Obama gave his acceptance speech, which as of this writing, I have not been able to fully review (I missed the broadcast), but I did catch some partial transcriptions, and of course, the radio has been ablaze with the topic.
The most significant thing to me was Obama's overly subtle, but terribly important, proclamation that his accepting the nomination for President of the United States came 45 years to the day as Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Long-time PCR readers may remember my mentioning of our little debates we had in the '60s following King's speech. The main one I bring up occasionally is the wager over whether a white woman or a black man would be the first to break the "glass ceiling" of a so-called minority being elected to the nation's highest office in our lifetime (a black woman was not considered likely in that timespan). I have been following this year's election process for (among other things) those of us still waiting for an answer. While no one's been elected President yet this go 'round, it is noteworthy how very close Hillary came. Interesting that if it is prejudice that swayed votes (and I'm not saying it did, just "if") that gender bias turned out to outweigh racial bias.
So what did I bet on way back when? I honestly don't remember coming to anything conclusive, but I think I went with a woman -- keep in mind that women's lib was in high gear at the time. But now we know -- and Dr. King would find it interesting -- that it took 45 years after his speech for an African-American to win his party's nomination. At least we know the answer to that one.
"For Better or For Worse" Comic Strip Ends...Sort of
Lynn Johnson's 29-year-old comic strip For Better or For Worse is coming to an end with this Sunday's installment. Sort of. One of the most family-oriented daily comics, the Patterson family grew up and older right in front of our eyes, something that generation of newspaper readers could identify with as the foibles and adventures of the Pattersons reflected the emotional roller-coaster of real life. Couched in soft humor, I considered the strip a comics version of a "dramedy", and while I wasn't a big fan (soft family humor tends to irritate me), I admired its consistency.
Although this Sunday's paper will feature The End of the story (after featuring repeats formatted as "flashbacks" for weeks now), apparently Johnson's personal pre-retirement plan is to -- if I'm understanding this right -- redo the story beginning again in 1979 with new artwork and some re-written dialogue. I'm not sure what purpose this will serve after bringing the strip gracefully to a close except give the fans more of what they want. But she could've done that by not ending the series, haha.
MTV produces a regular series of true-life tales, entitled appropriately enough, True Life, that interviews young people about their lives.
According to the post forwarded: "The series, if you're unfamiliar, employs first-person narrative storytelling to provide a window into the lives of young Americans. To date, the series has explored topics as complex as living with a disorder such as autism or obsessive-compulsive disorder; living in extreme poverty; single parenting; and being deployed to and returning from military service in Iraq. We're currently exploring the idea of a "True Life: I'm a Fanboy" episode, featuring young people who are die hard fans of fantasy books, comics, anime, and video games, and take their obsession to the extreme. We are interested in hearing from people with all kinds of stories, from a young person who misses work to attend comic-cons, a student who attends class dressed as their favorite character, a fan whose body is adorned with images of their favorite comic book hero, someone whose relationships are being tested and torn by their undying love of video games, and everything in-between. Can you help us put out our call for stories? We would like to get the word out to people in our age range (16-25, roughly, though anyone who appears younger than 28 is welcome to submit their story) who might be interested in possibly sharing their story and ultimately participating in a documentary."
I realize most of the PCR staff are way over-age to participate in this endeavor, but I figure any and all of our younger readers might be enthused about being a part of it.
The email contact address of the lady writer was masked, unfortunately, as this announcement was, evidently, copied from a Yahoo Groups post that does such things, BUT, a Google search turned up firstname.lastname@example.org as the basic contact address for inquiries. The original poster connected with MTV is Alison Grasso, MTV True Life, phone number (212) 654-7212.