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RUSH: We’re going to go back to the archives, ladies and gentlemen. The Democrat National Convention, as you know, is coming up. In case you haven’t heard, no fried food for delegates at the Democrat National Convention. The food is going to have to be color coordinated so that it’s pleasing to look at. No fried food whatsoever at any official function at the Democrat National Convention. It is the weirdest of the extreme wacko left on parade. As you know, there are a bunch of protest groups out there called Recreate 68, a number of others. They also have, much as New York had in 1992, in Denver, they’ve got a little bit of a problem about what to do with the homeless during the Democrat National Convention.

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Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry. From the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites, official homeless update theme.

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This is the Frogman imitating a frog.

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Wrap it up here, Clarence. Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites, a homeless update theme. ‘I take the job,’ he once said to us on the phone here. We were going to do a Rush to Excellence appearance somewhere, wanted him to go along, ‘I take the job,’ he said on the phone from New Orleans. Now, they got 4,000 homeless people in Denver. Did you know this? You never hear about the homeless in Denver. You hear about them in San Francisco. You hear about them in New York. I never hear about the homeless in Denver. They got 4,000 of them out there, and Denver has promised to make these nearly 4,000 homeless people comfortable during the Democrat National Convention in August. They have enlisted private donations for extra hours at local shelters. They want private donations to go out and buy flat-screen TVs to install at the homeless shelters, and they want those flat-screen TVs turned to cable news in the evening so that the homeless will watch the Democrat convention. They want to sweep ’em off the street.

Now, not even New York thought of this. Back in 1992 they just came around, picked ’em up like a bunch of vagrants, put ’em in paddy wagons, took ’em way down near Wall Street and said, ‘Okay, gang, it’s up to you to walk back.’ This was at Madison Square Garden. It took them two weeks to get back up there, but they swept the homeless from the area at Madison Square Garden. We sent Lo Bianco with a video camera out there trying to find the homeless, and they were nowhere to be found. Denver, let me give you some advice here. You’re dealing with the homeless, and you’re dealing with Democrats, and you don’t want them seen, right? You don’t want the homeless seen anywhere near your convention. This is crazy. The homeless are your voters. The homeless are people that you turn to. They’re living a life of misery, and they are the people that you think make up the country. They’re suffering from the Bush administration policies and all of this. So you want to get them out of the way. No, don’t get ’em out of the way. Give ’em some walking-around money. If you’re going to get ’em some flat screens, go out and get ’em some cigarettes, buy them some adult beverages so they can watch television, a little popcorn, and while you’re at it, put some voter registration cards in the homeless shelters while they are watching your convention. In fact, make registering to vote a requirement to get into the homeless shelter. The Democrats are losing touch. They used to be smarter than this.

This is a New York Times story today: ‘Such accommodations will not be offered to the dozens of groups planning to protest the convention, who have complained that they are being forced to protest from fenced enclosures — ‘freedom cages,’ they call them — well out of earshot of the convention site. Tom Mestnik, a member of The Recreate 68 Alliance–‘ Stop and think of that. If you want to Recreate 68 at a Democrat National Convention, what do you want to recreate? Mayhem, riots, general anarchy. And so Denver and the Democrats are going to put ’em behind a fence, a freedom fence, freedom cage. And this member of the Recreate 68 Alliance, ‘an umbrella group organizing the protesters, said, ‘We’ll be like zoo animals. We’re going to be hundreds of feet away from the delegates. They won’t be able to see us or hear us. It’s really creating Boston and New York all over again.’ The American Civil Liberties Union helped file a lawsuit on the behalf of more than a dozen groups, arguing that their First Amendment rights are being violated by the restrictions,’ that Denver and the Democrats are putting on them. ‘Glenn Spagnuolo, a spokesman for The Recreate 68 Alliance, said the planned site was obscured by news media tents, which will be placed between the protesters’–‘ everything’s falling apart here. You know, this is (interruption) well, that’s a good question. H.R. wants to know how they’re going to tell the homeless apart from the protesters. The protesters will be behind cages. The homeless will be in shelters watching television, eating fried food. The fried food will be at the homeless shelters, not inside the convention hall.

But this disappoints me. A fence never stopped anybody in Chicago. All these restraints never stopped anybody in Chicago. Jump the fence, Glenn, for crying out loud. You guys aren’t worth your name, Recreate 68, if you’re just going to sit there as a bunch of docile little puppies and agree to be absconded and placed behind a cage. You guys are not the protesters I always thought you were. Well, they might be too old to jump. I hadn’t thought of that, too old to jump. Don’t go in the fence in the first place, then. Or if you go in there, go in with some wire cutters so you don’t have to jump the fence. These protesters are letting me down. These people, nothing would stop them, and now they’re becoming a bunch of conformists. The media, and Democrats want ’em in cages? And they’re going to go inside cages and complain about being treated like animals? You know, what was shaping up to be a riotous — in a humorous way, of course — Democrat National Convention is going to be a giant bore fest. I mean, for crying out loud, why don’t you guys at least go talk to Bill Ayers in Chicago, get some tips here, maybe a couple bombs somewhere. Well, it may sound a bit much, but to agree to be imprisoned as a protester in a cage? And to have Democrats put protesters in cages? I don’t know. I think the protesters have to bring their own food. I don’t think the Democrats are going to give them food. They gave the media food, but they aren’t going to give the protesters food. Now, this is a bad sign. This is disappointing.

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