Eastwood babbles, Romney has his night, the party’s over in Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (Tell Us Miami) – Mitt Romney re-introduced himself to the nation at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, vowing to not raise country’s taxes on the middle class and tackling social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

The GOP presidential nominee made a triumphant entrance into the convention hall, walking slowly down the aisle and shaking hands with dozens of delegates. The hall erupted in cheers when he reached the stage and he waved to his shouting, chanting supporters before beginning to speak.

‘‘I accept your nomination for president,’’ he said as the crowd roared in approval.

MSNBC pundits said Clint Eastwood’s GOP convention speech Thursday night was a “bizarre” and “embarrassing” “disaster,” and a Fox News reporter wouldn’t even touch it.
But GOP strategist Steve Schmidt was more forgiving of the Hollywood icon’s performance.

“It’s unfortunate that he was out there. I feel bad for him. It was a mistake by the campaign to put him out there,” he said on MSNBC. “He’s an 82-year-old man. We should give him a break.”

Schmidt’s colleagues at the liberal network did exactly the opposite. “Clint Eastwood was a disaster,” Lawrence O’Donnell said. 

“I thought Clint Eastwood was bizarre,” Ed Schultz said. “It was demeaning to the presidency.” 

“They did not think he would get up there and erode in front of the whole world like he did. And it was embarrassing,” Rev. Al Sharpton. “I mean you almost wanted to go out there and get him.”

Rachel Maddow said she thought she was hallucinating.

“I left the stage and went and got a cookie because I worried that my blood sugar had dropped so low that I had passed out and that something was happening in my brain that generated this thing that couldn’t possibly be real in the last hour of a Republican Convention nominating somebody,” she said.

Fox News’s Chris Wallace, meanwhile, wouldn’t even opine on the speech.

“Let me say that I get paid to review politicians,” he said. “There’s no way I’m going to touch Clint Eastwood’s performance tonight.”

The Romney campaign insisted Eastwood’s speech was a breath of fresh air for the Tampa audience.

“Judging an American icon like Clint Eastwood through a typical political lens doesn’t work. His ad-libbing was a break from all the political speeches, and the crowd enjoyed it,” the campaign said in a statement.

But even some GOP politicians gave Eastwood mixed reviews.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch praised Eastwood for having the “guts” to work in Hollywood and openly support Romney, but figured the teleprompter must have been on the fritz during his speech.

“My personal belief is that the monitor must have stopped on him,” Hatch told Fox News. “But that doesn’t make any difference. Clint’s up there in age. I gotta tell you, to come out there on that stage in front of all those people whooping and yelling and so forth, and to stand up for Mitt Romney the way he did, I thought it made a lot of sense.”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren he thought Eastwood’s bit with the empty chair was a bust, but he did praise one part of the movie legend’s rambling address.

“I think, despite the shtick that may not have worked too well with the empty chair, that one line that you just saw was powerful — if somebody’s not doing the job, you gotta let them go. And I think that was Mitt Romney’s message as well.”

On MSNBC, Schmidt worried that Mitt Romney’s “fantastic” speech would “be cut into tomorrow in the coverage because of the sloppy Clint Eastwood decision.”

“People don’t vote for Hollywood actors,” he said

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Catholic Churches and the Detroit Police Host Gun Buy Back Program

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 In an effort to combat violence in the City of Detroit, some of the Roman Catholic Churches in the City are teaming up with the Detroit Police Department to take dangerous weapons off the street through a no-questions-asked gun buy back program. Additionally, the Detroit Police Department’s Commercial Auto Theft Unit will offer free vehicle etching to deter theft.  The vehicle owner must have the proper vehicle documentation(s), e.g. vehicle registration, title and/or certificate of insurance.

 

TIME:         9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

 

WHERE:   St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 10400 Stoepel Street (near Livernois and Grand      
 River).

 

GUIDELINES:         

1. Turn in unloaded weapons.

                                    2. This will be on a first come, first serve basis.

                                    3. No questions will be asked.

                                    4. Up to $50 will be paid for an operational weapon.

                                    5. Up to $100 will be paid for two or more operational weapons.

                                    6. Up to $100 may be paid for assault weapons (limit of $200).

                                    7. Up to $25 will be paid for long guns.

                                    8. Up to $25 will be paid for non-operational weapon.

                                    9. Cash will be distributed at the church upon turn-in of weapons.

Grand Opening of the New $52.1 Million Mumford High School

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DETROIT- Students, parents, alumni and members of the community will get their first look at the brand new $52.1 million Mumford High School Wednesday when the school hosts a ribbon cutting program and grand opening activities.

Hurricane Isaac moving slow over New Orleans, levee overtopped

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Hurricane Isaac moving slow over New Orleans, levee overtopped, wind gust over 80 mph, 250,000 residents go without power. live coverage on http://www.tellusdetroit com

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CAIR-MI Calls for Federal Probe into Hate Crime Against Jewish College Student

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SOUTHFIELD, MI – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today calls for a federal probe into a recent hate crime against a Jewish student of Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Mich… more on http://www.tellusdetroit.com

On Sunday, MSU sophomore Zachary Tennen was assaulted by two men after being asked if his parents are Jewish. Tennen suffered a broken jaw and was stapled in the backside of his bottom teeth after the assailants reportedly chanted “Heil Hitler!”

The East Lansing Police are currently investigating the assault as an act of ethnic intimidation.

“We condemn this hate attack and call on federal law enforcement to intervene in the investigation of this case,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.”There is absolutely no justification for anyone to be brutally assaulted especially when based upon ethnic and/or religious affiliation.”

Walid noted that Michigan contains numerous White supremacist and extremist Christian identity groups, referencing statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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