Denver is going to regret hosting the Democratic National Convention–if they don’t already, then certainly by the time the convention actually starts.

The owners of Sly’s Salon thought it was Just Wrong that local homeless were being given free passes to movies and the local zoo. “It was like, ‘What are we going to do with them,’ trying to sweep them under the rug.” So they organized a cut-a-thon, donating more than a hundred ‘cuts and ‘dos to folks identified by local homeless-support agencies. Nor did it end there: State Beauty Supply donated bag lunches; other supply houses donated hair-care products.

“It’s the heart-felt reward to give to the community and give back,” said one recipient. You’ll have to explain to me just what the hell that means.

Local hospitals are staffed at large-scale medical crisis levels, to cope with vast numbers of out-of-towners who will most likely be suffering from dehydration and altitude sickness. Most of these people have never been in Denver in August. It’s a mile above sea level, and although most healthy people seem to survive it just fine, it does take some getting used to–and if you already suffer from asthma or similar health conditions, it could hit you pretty hard.

And then there’s that “secret jail”, actually a vacant warehouse temporarily converted to a holding / processing facility by the city department of corrections, in anticipation of the necessity of mass arrests during the convention. They estimate it should allow them to process arrests in one-third of the time it would otherwise require. This seems perfectly logical to me, and I’d be surprised if most cities hosting really large, really public events don’t do something similar.

Are they really anticipating mass arrests at the Denver DNC? They’d better be. Recreate 68 is aiming for exactly that. “When things blow up because the police have to enforce a permit that the Democrats got, don’t blame us for that,” said Glenn Spagnuolo, an organizer for the Recreate 68 Alliance. “Blame the Democrats for trying to silence dissent in the city of Denver.” Michelle Malkin quotes liberally (you should excuse the expression) from the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post.

But surely they deserve the benefit of the doubt. They may have some valid points to… Oh, look, they endorse Cynthia McKinney for President. Never mind. They don’t know her like we know her.

All in all, it may be a good week to be on the other end of the continent.

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