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Rock Star Factor 10

July 19th, 2008 | by Jet Netwal |

Last night I hit 6th Steet in Austin to go the the party Kos hosted - free drinks and Zydeco. That is a wnning combination in my book. So winning, in fact, that when I looked at the clock this morning, I had to force myself to get moving to go hear Nancy Pelosi’s Keynote at 8:30 in the freaking morning.

Great. Moving slow, and I’m not all that charmed by Pelosi anyway. Off to a good start.

I got there, got a decent seat, analyzed the table and determined I was the most hungover one there. (Unsurprising) Then Code Pink showed up and were picture worthy.

Things were looking up.

The event got underway and were advised if we were disruptive, we’d be escorted out and loose our badges. That’s just dumb. Anybody who is primed to heckle the Speaker of the House isn’t going to give a shit about sitting a few less panels. They see that as a bonus. You don’t spend 4 hours prepping costume and makeup to sit on your ass.

The format was interesting. Pelosi was game to do the whole thing based on audience questions. NN set up a web site for question submittal, plus, they also took live questions from the audience. These are not stupid people; the questions were tough. Every issue the roots has yanked Pelosi over the coals came up and she impressed me with her answers. Then a question came up about the environment. Pelosi mentions an email she got this morning, and a male voice starts talking over hers…

Al Gore walks on stage.

I took this shot standing on my chair. The crowd was insane. People were screaming, on their seats, clapping and tossing paper in the air. Nobody knew he was coming, and it was utter fucking pandemonium for 5 minutes.

Gore talked for 45 minutes, then he and  Pelosi took another 12 questions from the audience. It was really rewarding to see an agenda laid out where the pieces intermesh and weave a compelling whole. Renewable energy industries creating jobs, universal healthcare reducing employer costs, diplomacy restoring national and international confidence, ying and yang, win and win.

Best of all, I got to shake both of  their hands.

What an amazing trip this has been. Think I’ll head back out the 6th Street tonight and celebrate!

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  1. 2 Responses to “Rock Star Factor 10”

  2. By rube cretin on Jul 19, 2008 | Reply

    please watch the linked video before you go to bed tonight. http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07182008/watch2.html

  3. By manapp99 on Jul 20, 2008 | Reply

    Did you get a picture of all the private jets used to bring these rock stars to Austin? I would be especially curious to see who has the bigger jet, Pelosi or Gore.

    “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants taxpayers to finance a lavish private jet large enough to ferry her and her entourage—including family members– from coast-to-coast without stopping.”

    snip…

    “Pelosi is demanding the Pentagon provide her with a fancy jet that includes 42 business class seats, a fully-enclosed state room, an entertainment center, a private bed, a state-of-the-art communications system and a crew of 16. The aircraft must be large enough to make the cross-country trip from Washington D.C. to her San Francisco home without stopping to refuel.

    One congressman said Pelosi’s request is “an arrogance of office that just defies common sense” and other House colleagues called it the “flying Lincoln Bedroom” and “Pelosi One.”

    Since this is a meeting of progressive netroots, couldn’t the whole thing been done via the internet and saved the damage to the planet caused by thousands of miles of air and car travel. What was the carbon footprint for this little “I want to hang out with people that think like me” excursion?

    Like Nixon said, “the ends justify the means” I suppose.

    Of like millions of parents have known to say,
    “do as I say and not as I do”

    Otherwise, have a great time. I lived in Austin in 79 and 80 and found it to be a great party town. Killer music.

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