RNC Protesters Occupy the Internet

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As night fell in Tampa, what were bloggers talking about after the first less-than-exciting day of the Republican National Convention? The official activities were cancelled on Monday, leaving a gaping hole in the Internet that was quickly filled by dissenting viewpoints – ranging from Occupy protests outside the convention center to Ron Paul delegates making a last stand on the floor.


Credit Image: © Edmund D. Fountain/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com

Ron Paul Delegates

What would a convention be without a floor flight? Ron Paul activists were in a tizzy over a rules change proposed by Romney that would have allowed him to control the selection of delegates:

Occupy RNC

But most of the Internet chatter focused on what was not happening in the convention hall. Such as Occupy protests:

Aug. 26, 2012 - St. Petersburg, FL - David Ashworth of Occupy Lakeland, left, and Greg Stemm (cq) of The Elders Work Group of Occupy St. Pete, right, carry a symbolic coffin during the Death to Democracy march. They were part of several hundred protesters who gathered and marched from Mirror Lake to the Republican National Convention's official welcome party at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Sunday. (08/26/12). RNC. [MELISSA LYTTLE, Times] (Credit Image: © Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Organizers have put up an Occupy the RNC website complete with maps, legal resources, even housing and travel information.

Code Pink

Given the controversy surrounding the GOP platform, women’s issues were also hot, as was the conservative backlash.

Conservative blogger and radio host Dana Loesch made fun of liberal activist group Code Pink:

The Real Feminist also took aim at Code Pink:

After all the years feminists saying that we want women to be looked at for their brains and intelligence and the full package – their way of getting attention is to dress up as big vaginas?

As for liberals, they were talking about the usual hot-button issues: protests, the Ron Paul floor fight, and the Republicans' views on women.

No wonder Arianna Huffington was inviting everyone to mediate and relax:

Meanwhile, Megan Carpentier had this to say about the protests:

Blogger and Guardian columnist Ana Marie Cox tweeted about--oh, I'll let her explain it:

Over at Momocrats, one of the hot topics was voter suppression:

Three hours ago RFK Jr says Rep. Tim Griffin should "be in jail" for voter caging. Instead, he is opening the RNC tomorrow. #SheVotes (Donna)

And just for laughs, Feministing posted a "legitimate rape" video featuring the Renegade Raging Grannies:

We love you, Raging Grannies.


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