More Gimmickry

If this is true — and I’m not so sure it is, then chalk up another point for McCain jingoism.

This morning, Republicans tell me that a worker at Invesco Field in Denver saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage. Guerrilla campaigning. They will use these flags at their own event today in Colorado Springs with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Before McCain speaks today, veterans will haul these garbage bags filled with flags out onto the stage — with dramatic effect, no doubt — and tell the story.

I see that a response has been added since I read the article earlier:

“American flags were proudly waved by the 75,000 people who joined Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention. John McCain should applaud that, but instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism. On the same day he agrees to join Barack Obama at Ground Zero on September 11, John McCain attacks the patriotism of Obama supporters who so proudly waved the American flag at our historic event in Denver just days ago.”
—Democratic National Committee Spokeswoman Karen Finney

And predictably, the story was false.  Someone stole the flags to pull a stunt.

Another statement from the Democratic National Convention Committee: “Stories circulating about flags at the Democratic National Convention are false. We distributed more than 125,000 American made flags at the Convention – the flags removed from Invesco field were intended for other events and taken without permission. It’s disappointing that someone would take American flags without authorization and then falsely describe how they were being used. We have the utmost respect for the American flag, and it’s sad to see them being used for a cheap political stunt.”

I thought McCain said ‘stand up and fight’ not sink down and steal.  Oh, well.

Like Bill Bennett, Sen. Inhofe thinks this election is about patroitism.  I guess that’s what they are going for here.  The cynicism is so thick now, it would be depressing, if not for this 🙂

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4 responses to “More Gimmickry

  1. Damned at Random

    Way off topic-

    Poor Houstonians. My Stillers beat up your Oilers and now Ike is headed your way. Hope he veers off and dies down. Meanwhile, if you have to REALLY evacuate, we can put up you and all the animals in Oregon- its only, what. 1500 miles

  2. Ha! I’m absolutely not a football fan — it’s bad enough to be an Astros fan in Houston — but Texan fans are just sad. The evening sports news last night was pathetic.

    Yeah, I hope Ike dies out, too and maybe hits land in a less populated place. I’m almost in downtown, so it would have to be a direct hit for my area to be evacuated.

    Thanks for the offer, though! I spent a couple of weeks in Portland when I was a teenager — I really liked it.

    It looks like the News Hour will have a report about the poor people in Haiti — 4 storms just this summer — and so many were starving even before this.

    And have you seen the video of the storm surge that hit Cuba? Amazing than no one has died.

    It’s scary and depressing.

  3. Damned at Random

    oops- sorry, Texans. Can’t get my brain around that change

    I haven’t seen the Cuba footage – they seem to have their act togeather on evacuations though, unlike Haiti. Of course, you can’t evacuate very far on an island. What is the problem with Haiti in general- is it due to the Duvaliers looting the country or does it go back further than that? The Dominican Republic’s people aren’t starving.

    Speaking of hurricanes hitting islands, I took an emergancy management class some years back and the instructor showed a compilation of home videos from Kauia during a typhoon – most of the people who didn’t evacuate appeared to have drinking parties and the video commentaries were consequently frightening in more ways than one. I remember one suburban street scene where a roof blew down the street left-to-right, then the same roof blew by right-to-left after the eye passed.

    I’ve been in floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards and ice storms. Don’t really want to add hurricane to the list.

    Good luck.

  4. Turns out, I think Cuba lost 5 in the storm.

    Haiti is smaller than D.R. and has had a more difficult history. They have little to export, little arable land, poor education. I remember seeing a google map of the border between the two — D.R. is plush with forests, Haiti, clear cut.

    Up until Katrina, hurricane parties were popular along the Gulf Coast. You would even hear about them on the news. Not anymore.

    Tornadoes scared the shit out of me . . .

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