The Republican National Convention is out of control. Half of downtown St. Paul is cordoned off; we went down there yesterday to get a bite to eat at Cossetta's--big mistake and got caught in traffic forever. Here (above; I am still unable to intersperse text and photos in blogger) are some of the many safety measures that are being enforced. The shields and sticks scare me. Yes, some protesters get out of hand--but most of them are simply exercising their constitutional right to free expression.
One of the things that bothers me most is that the Republican National Convention expected local schools, including Wellstone Elementary, to accommodate them. This means not only bus re-routing (in the works for months, because Kellogg Ave. is closed), but no outdoor recess because there might be snipers. Yeah.
I really am liking Obama more, though.