Sen. Fred Thompson has an appreciation for bloggers and showed it by speaking at right minded blogger's brunch today. The brunch was sponsored by Google and hosted by Redstate. Fred was my first pick in the early presidential primaries and was endorsed by the Arkansas Republican Assembly. The event was on the 22nd floor of the Crowne Plaza, which provides breathtaking views up and down the Mississippi River and up the hills to the State Capitol and the Cathedral. Google provided a terrific spread.
I was fortunate to know many of the bloggers: "Cyber Pastor" Ed Boston, "Mad Irishman" Sheridan Folger, "Stix" Doug Welch, "Teddy Bear' Chad Everson, Eric g, Kathy Morrison, "Skye," Anne Leary, Noel Sheppard, Mike Bates, Lance Burri and Eric Erickson. Also, met a lot of bloggers who I only knew by their work.
by Mark Finkelstein, NewBusters: If a hypothetical tabloid owned by, say, Richard Mellon Scaife, had a cover story with scurrilous accusations about Joe Biden, do you think Chris Matthews would be waving it about on camera and Keith Olbermann citing it? Neither do I. But if for some reason they did, would they possibly fail to mention the mag's ownership?
But Matthews saw fit—not once but twice—to display the cover of Us magazine, with its story "Babies, Lies and Scandals" about Sarah Palin. Olbermann alluded to it as well. And who is the owner of Us? Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone . . . and a big-time donor to Barack Obama. How big a donor? You can view his list of contributions here, with an image after the jump.
The second day of the Republican National Convention began again with police and protesters clashing in the streets of downtown St. Paul. Not long after members of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign began their march to the Xcel Energy Center, a splinter group of anarchists emerged, wreaking havoc. While group leaders said their march would deviate from the permitted path past the Ramsey County Jail, they told officials they weren't behind the sudden burst of violence.
KSTP has a report from the protest . . . 10 arrested as police, protesters clash on day 2 of RNC; Day 1: Nearly 300 arrested in RNC protests