Napa DNC Delegate Checks In with Photos

Betty Malmgren, one of two Napa women elected as delegates to the Democratic National Convention, found a few minutes Wednesday to send us some photos and notes from Charlotte.

"Clinton tonight. Helicopters overhead, security tighter," writes Betty Malmgren of Napa Wednesday afternoon from Charlotte, N.C., where she and fellow Napan Joanne Gifford are serving as delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 

"Many memorable speeches last night, opening night," continued Malmgren, snatching a few minutes at a hotel computer to send us her photos and notes from the convention.

"Last night Michelle Obama was wonderful...had what was described as a 'conversation' with America. We saw her again this morning at the black caucus and she also spoke at the Hispanic caucus," Malmgren wrote.

"Lots of energy here, wonderful experience. Delegates and alternates got to sign the official nomination form for the President. 

"The California delegation breakfast has outstanding speakers every morning," including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Malmgren added.

Check back with Napa Patch for updates from Malmgren at the convention. 

Are you watching the convention on television or the internet? What do you think of the speeches?

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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Thanks, Karen. Bullying behavior like this isn't making the commenter or his cause look good to anyone. The one upside to trolls is that they tend to raise the comment count, but that's still a poor trade of quality for quantity.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Betty checked in with more DNC photos and impressions this morning, and I'll be posting them as soon as I get a breather from all this breaking news today. I'm also set, later today, to interview a local woman who attended the RNC last week, to get her impressions as well.
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Great points Karen!
Scott Yeager September 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I have a limited mental capacity to deal with the towering intellect on display especially in the name calling and capitalization of words. I am overwhelmed and in awe.
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Louisa Would you ask Betty (or anyone at the convention) why they changed the Party Platform to include God? I would like to know how the delegates felt, it was hard to tell who was really the loudest on t.v. My personal opinion is, including God was unnecessary. I like my politics and my religion separated. Thank you!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Let me try that again without screwing up the link this time: Excellent question, Belle; I actually hadn't realized this had come up, as I am not following the national conventions. (I thought Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists had cleared the church/state issue up way back in 1802!) So I'll ask her. Meanwhile, she checked in today with some more photos and impressions: http://napa.patch.com/articles/surprise-obama-appearance-thrilling-napa-dnc-delegate-says#photo-11253954
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Thank you Louisa! I happened to see it on CNN, and of course they were "telling you what was going threw everyone's minds" but I wondered how the mood really was, according to a "real person" not a TV person. on another note, why is my 5:03 pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 comment still pending? did I say something that was flagged, or other wise incendiary?
Mark Mathews September 10, 2012 at 01:50 AM
All you liberal progressive types just take the cake! Now you are asking nearly the same question I am, and being all prissy-nice to each other in the process. Makes a sane person want to woof their cookies. The Yeas and Nays were the same to my ears; Comrade Villaragosa ignored the three time tie, and made a dictatorial decision. Something folks should get used to, should Dear Leader get another four years to subvert our Republic with fundamental change.
Mark Mathews September 10, 2012 at 02:03 AM
V_Theresa, that may very well be a PDF Search truth, but you may want to read over this: http://www.covenantnews.com/davidnew041014.htm I seldom ever go CNN - I grew up with their left leaning "Barbara Streisand", and now revel in actual competition they have to begrudgingly put up with.
Mark Mathews September 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Belle, actually I didn't see it as "throwing everyone's mind: so much as: 1. God was renounce thrice (three) times, and I suspect that somewhere, a cock crowed. and 2. God was, on prime time television, thrown under the bus.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Belle, I'm not sure Betty will be able to help us with this, as just one of more than 600 delegates from California, but according to ABC there was a motion to ADD "God" to the Democratic platform, apparently at Obama's request because he was surprised it wasn't in there already. The motion also included recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/democrats-rapidly-revise-platform-include-god/story?id=17164108#.UE4AfaSXQ0s
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thank you Louisa. Mark-lol, my spelling error is funny. Typing on my tablet, I sometimes pick the options it gives me in haste. You know what I meant though, I think?
Mark Mathews September 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Actually NO. I haven't a clue of what you infer, Belle.
V_Therese September 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Mark Mathews, " God was renounce thrice (three) times, and I suspect that somewhere, a cock crowed." While it is very unlikely that this folk tale actually happened, even if we pretend that it did: 1. Peter was a very stupid man (not to hide himself away, particurlarly after the 2nd oopsy). -or- 2. Peter did this 3peat on purpose, otherwise Jesus's prophesy would have been invalid, therefore he would not have been omniscient, therefore.... well, you know.
V_Therese September 15, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Mark Mathews, Belle's computer's automatic word chooser picked "threw" when she meant "through". Get it?
Mark Mathews September 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM
"Folk tale?" Nice tolerance V... Nice tolerance. Would you have the guts to put down a muslim poster in the same way? Well, YOU know you wouldn't, would you? At least with me, you know you wont get a fatwa put out on you, by your like-minded political allies.
Mark Mathews September 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
V_Therese... really? Real wit you have there sis...
V_Therese September 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Mark Mathews, Yes, I would, and have, pointed out fallacies to Muslim posters (not on this site, but elsewhere). Reality counts.
V_Therese September 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Mark Mathews, My explanation was not meant to be witty. Reality counts.
Mark Mathews September 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
YOUR reality, V... That of rose colored progressivism?
Mark Mathews September 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Show me the link to ONE muslim poster you took to task. Go ahead.
V_Therese September 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Mark Mathews, The most recent one is today: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/12/reaction-to-anti-islam-film-fuels-debate-on-free-speech-versus-hate-speech/comment-page-18/#comments I am @Keeping It Real
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
V- I read your comment. I wonder where we distinguish between 'culture' and 'religion'? I think that a person who would go so far as to make such a film, has an agenda that is aimed at diving people. As equally disgusting are those who wait to be offended, and those who are so easily mislead by propaganda. Including those who are falling into the same trap that those in the Middle East are...aiming anger and hatred at a religion or group, in stead of feeling sorry for them, as Jesus, and The profits would have. IMHO. BTW- Mark, hates everything, assumes much, and calls names when he doesn't like the questions :)
V_Therese September 16, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Yes, Belle, good points. This film maker is despicable for taunting, but if the Muslims are insulted, they can march and yell and write diatribes all they want. Murder and mayhem cannot be tolerated. Knock on wood, there have been no reports of that sort of thing going on in this country in response to this. I would hope that is because they are more civilized here (but it could also be because they are vastly outnumbered, and would be dealt with speedily by civil law). I do think that many Muslims are peace-loving, but they seem to be helpless against these radicals.
V_Therese September 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
p.s. Yes, Mark is pretty much the jerk, but I do wish him serenity; and I wouldn't so much as harm a blade of his lawn because I disagree with / feel insulted by him.
Mark Mathews September 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Going to CNN, for opinions concerning religion? Oh, what a laugh! CNN apologizes for the violent actions of the followers of the (documented) murderous pedophile mohammad (small M on purpose) every chance they GET! And it was NOT a movie that incited those violent medievil imps - it was their very own Koran. Read it and learn the truth. I don't see a poster by the name of V_Therese on Page 18 - where IS that comment?
Mark Mathews September 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Oh, ouch! I've been outed by Belle! Yes, I hate everything, especially a cult that has, since it's very creation, caused wide spread terror where ever it finds roots. This is documented. I DO hate the the violent cult of mohammad, as should any thinking person who has researched the topic. The movie that did NOT cause the deaths of more innocent non-muslims was correct in the factual display of their so-called prophet, but they did it in a very moronic and low budget way - probably trying to get through to the simple minded folks, who still think there is a religious equivalent of the equally evil German Nazi party
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 20, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Mark's short on facts, as usual. Mark you would probably enjoy the CNN Belief Blogs. No moderator. You can be a s hateful as you wish. Call names, and make as many factually incorrect statements as you can type. :)
Jeffrey Wright September 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM
This is the only place he feels any sense of power in his life . How very sad ...


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