So the Republicans want to hold a convention in the city that is arguably the most liberal in the country. Although the reason for their selection is sickening, their complete disregard for the city is even worse. Of course, they want to use the epicenter of 9/11 as a backdrop while they pretend that Bush did such a phenomenal job in the aftermath. Never mind that the administration has hacked away at the city's budget for firefighters and police officers. Never mind that there will be more police officers guarding their convention than there are soldiers in Afghanistan. Never mind that the average New Yorker feels less safe as a direct result of Bush's so-called "War on Terror." Never mind any of that. Now, the citizens of New York who happen to live within a one-mile radius of Madison Square Garden have been asked to NOT LEAVE THEIR HOMES during the convention. Do you have any idea how many people that is? People who work there are asked not to open up for business, if at all possible. Everybody else is asked not to go there. So...let me get this straight? You want to use our city (which hates you by an overwhelming margin) to host your convention, but you don't want to see any of us, and you'd like to avoid what little boost to the local economy your convention may provide by shutting down half the town? Oh, and I bet you'll be talking about how much you love our city, and how many great things you've done for it during every televised moment. I sincerely hope the mainstream media doesn't ignore or play down these details in their coverage of the convention, but somehow I know they will.