Two major stories are converging this week and both will be covered extensively on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.
Alan Jasie and I are headed to St. Paul to cover the Republican National Convention. Unfortunately, Hurricane Gustav is headed for the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Gustav's visit will affect the GOP convention. Because if the hurricane hits with the fury expected, the Republican convention will cease to be a party before it even begins.
Already organizers are debating how to present the convention, which will nominate John McCain as the party's presidential candidate, so as to not be viewed as inappropriate during what may become a national natural disaster.
Among the things being discussed: condensing the convention into two or three days instead of the scheduled four. And turning it into a giant fund raiser for the Red Cross' expected relief efforts in the areas of the nation that are expected to be hit hard by Gustav.
At News Talk Online we are retooling our coverage as well. A number of Paltalkers who are in the projected path of the hurricane will be joining us for our extended gavel to gavel coverage of the convention to report on what's happening in their environs.
We have people in place in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. And we are expecting reports from Texas as well.
People who have made the decision to ride it out will, as long as they have a means to communicate, report for us on their plight. So will those who are heeding evacuation orders. They will report from the road, wherever those roads lead them.
Those who are able will publish video to us in Paltalk Studio A.
Our scheduled coverage of the convention and of the approaching hurricane begins at 5 PM New York Monday time in Paltalk Studio A.
Additionally, the Little Angel's organization on Paltalk that raises money for disaster relief is arranging to once again open a room to help funnel donations directly to the American Red Cross.
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