EDITOR's NOTE: All Tweets below have been redacted (where necessary) within their original sequence.
Session of Wednesday 20 July 2016
The 3rd day's session of the GOP Convention called to order by RNC Chair Reince Priebus at 7:35 PM EDT [2335 GMT]
Presentation of the Colors at the Convention by Boy Scout Troop 605 of Rocky River, Ohio
Margo Hudson of the Seeds of Literacy leads the Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance
Abby Paskvan sings the National Anthem before the GOP Convention
The Invocation before the Convention is given by Nathan Johnson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The Colors are retired from the Convention stage
Country musician Chris Janson joins the band at the GOP Convention for a special musical performance
Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks before the Convention
Gov Scott: "I'm old enough to remember when Terrorism was something that happened in foreign countries, but not today"
Gov Scott: "This war is real... and the next President must destroy this evil: Donald Trump is the man for this job"
Gov Scott: "The Democrats haven't led us to a crossroads-- they have led us to a cliff"
Gov Scott: "This election is about the very survival of the American Dream"
Gov Scott: "This year, we get to fire the politicians-- and who better to let the politicians know 'You're Fired!' than Donald Trump"
Gov Scott: [of Hillary Clinton] "She fails-- she fails, she fails": the assembled respond with the 'Lock her up!' chant
Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham addresses the Convention
Ingraham: "I refuse to leave my kids a country worse off than that my parents left me"
Ingraham: "My parents didn't believe there were jobs Americans wouldn't do"
Ingraham: "We see [respect] in decline"
Ingraham: "Many in public office don't enforce or respect the Rule of Law-- isn't that right, Mrs. Clinton?" (more 'Lock her up!' chants)
Ingraham: "Donald Trump understands we have to turn this around-- we have to restore respect"
Laura Ingraham now brings forth the theme of the evening- 'Make America First Again'- in her remarks before the GOP Convention
Ingraham: [Hillary Clinton] "believes there is a Government solution for every problem-- no, Hillary: *you're* the problem!"
Ingraham: [to former GOP presidential hopefuls still 'on the fence' re: Trump] "You must honor your pledge to support Donald Trump *now*!"
Ingraham: [Democrats are about to] "nominate the woman who helped orchestrate America's decline"
Ingraham: "We are not the enemy-- we're the People: we are not your servants-- you're ours!"
Ingraham: "Let's defeat the Clinton Machine... let's give the power back to The People!"
Businessman Phil Ruffin (a friend and business partner of Donald Trump) addresses the Convention
Ruffin: [on Donald Trump] "His handshake is better than any contract you can write... he can see things that others cannot see"
Ruffin here quoting Donald Trump: "Our system is broken and I am going to fix it"
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks before the Convention
Bondi: "November 8th is a Day of Reckoning for all who have abused their power"
Bondi: "Winning this election means reclaiming... the Rule of Law"
Bondi: [Hillary Clinton] "deserves no security clearance: how do you become President of the United States with no security clearance?"
Following a video presentation about the US Space Program, retired astronaut Eileen Collins addresses the Convention
EDITOR's NOTE: 20 July 2016 happened to be the 47th Anniversary of the first Lunar Landing
Collins: "Countries that are strong are countries that explore, invent and discover"
Collins: "Nations that lead on the frontier lead in the world"
Businesswoman Michelle Van Etten speaks before the Convention
Van Etten: "The American Dream is being denigrated right now... We need a President who is a businessman and not a 'HillaryCrat' "
Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado addresses the Convention
Alvarado: "Do you want someone who is brutally honest- perhaps to a fault? Or someone who is brutally *dis*honest?" [to be the next President]
Darrell Scott, Senior Pastor of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries, addresses the Convention
Scott: "The greater America is, the greater the entire world becomes"
Scott: "We know we are *not* a nation like any other"
Scott: "We can only become great again if we have strong leadership"
Businessman Harold Hamm speaks before the Convention
Hamm: "Every time we can't drill for oil in America, Terrorism is being funded"
After a short video presentation for the Trump campaign, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks before the Convention
Gov Walker: "We want a leader who is not afraid to take on the mess in Washington"
Gov Walker's mantra: "Because America deserves better"
Walker: "[Hillary Clinton] is the ultimate liberal Washington insider: if she were any more inside, she'd be in prison"
Mr. Berg-Andersson adds: which led to more 'Lock her up!' chants from many among the assembled
Walker: "Enough is enough: no more double standards for the Clintons!"
Gov Walker: "If conservative reform can work in a blue State like mine, it can work anywhere else in America"
After a video presentation, Lynne Patton of the Eric Trump Foundation speaks before the Convention
Patton: "Donald Trump is the Law and Order leader we need"
Patton: "Don't hope for change-- be the change!"
Patton: "Vote not for the candidate who asks you to stand with her: vote for the candidate who stands for you"
Via a video presentation extolling Donald Trump, US Senator Marco Rubio [Florida] speaks to the Convention
US Senator Ted Cruz [Texas], one-time GOP presidential hopeful, addresses the Convention
Cruz: "I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night... I want to see the principles of our Party prevail"
Cruz: "America is more than just a land mass between two oceans... [it] is a simple and powerful idea: Freedom matters!"
Cruz: "We have no king or queen, we have no dictator-- We the People constrain Government"
Cruz: "Citizens are furious, rightfully furious... we have to do better"
Cruz: "This is madness: President Obama is a man who does everything backwards... he exports jobs and imports terrorists"
Cruz: "The Internet: keep it free from taxes, free from regulation-- and don't give it away to Russia or China"
Cruz: "Freedom means Religious Freedom-- whether you are Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheist"
Cruz: "Gay or Straight: The Bill of Rights protects the rights of all of us to live according to our consciences"
Cruz: "Our Party- the Republican Party- was founded to defeat Slavery"
Cruz: "Together we passed the Civil Rights Act and together we fought to eliminate Jim Crow laws-- that is our legacy"
Cruz: "We deserve leaders who... cast aside anger for love"
Many among the assembled chant 'Endorse Trump!' and Cruz responds: "I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation"
Donald Trump, standing in the Convention Hall gallery, applauds Senator Cruz while many among the assembled boo him instead
After *that* awkward moment, a Trump family video presentation and a musical presentation (w/ Chris Janson) "cranking it up" for 'Trump'
Eric Trump- the presidential nominee's son- now addresses the Convention
Eric Trump: [his father] "turned traditional debates into 'must see' TV"
Eric Trump: [his father will be a President] "who understands the art of a deal and appreciates the value of a dollar- our tax dollars!"
Eric Trump: [his father has] "turned dreams into reality his entire career-- it's what he does: it's who he is"
Eric Trump: [on his father's run for the Presidency] "there is no greater calling: there is no more selfless act"
Eric Trump's mantra: "My father is running for you"
Eric Trump: "Vote for the candidate who has never received a paycheck from the Government... who does not need this job"
Next at the GOP Convention podium, Callista Gingrich introducing her husband, the former US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich next takes the stage at the GOP Convention
Gingrich: "In this election, there is only one candidate who will uphold the Constitution"
Gingrich: "We are at war with radical Islamists... they are determined to kill us and there is no substitute for victory"
Gingrich: [if radical Islamists had their way] "There would be no individual freedom, there would be no equality, there would be no liberty"
Gingrich: "We cannot let ourselves grow numb to these conitnuing atrocities"
Gingrich: "Donald Trump is right: we are at war with radical Islamists-- we are losing the war and we must change course to win that war"
Gingrich: "Every American should be terrified at the prospect of a Hillary Clinton Presidency"
Gingrich: "The cost of Hillary Clinton's dishonesty is the loss of America as we know it"
Gingrich: [to "restore Law and Order"] "Donald Trump will show zero tolerance for people calling for the death of police officers"
GOP Convention Chair Paul Ryan (the previous VP nominee) comes before the assembled to introduce Governor Mike Pence of Indiana
The vice-presidential nominee, Gov Mike Pence of Indiana, now comes before the GOP Convention to accept his nomination
Pence: "I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican- in that order"
Pence: "I grew up on the front row of the American Dream"
Pence: "You have nominated a man for President who never quits"
Pence: "Let us here resolve that Hillary Clinton will never become President of the United States of America"
Pence: [The economy] "is nowhere near the best that we can do-- it is the best that *they* can do" [of the Democrats]
Pence: "Conservative principles work every time you put them into practice"
Pence: [Donald Trump is] "tough-- he perseveres"; [he] "will never turn his back on those who serve and protect us at home and abroad"
Pence: [Donald Trump, "an outsider"] "turned a long shot campaign into a movement"
Pence: "It's Change versus Status Quo"... [if Donald Trump is elected] "the change will be *huge*"
Pence: [Hillary Clinton] "will have the Press doing half her work for her"
Pence: [Donald Trump] "will uphold the Law and get the economy moving for every American"
Pence: "In so many ways, the Democratic Party has abandoned those they used to protect"
Pence: "History teaches us that weakness arouses evil"
Pence: "On the world stage, Donald Trump will lead from strength"
Pence [to cheers from the assembled]: "The Presidency of Barack Obama ends exactly 6 months from today"
Pence: [of the Obama years] "they're not ending well"
Pence: "My fellow Americans, I believe we have come to another Rendezvous with Destiny"
Pence: "This team is ready. Our Party is ready"
Donald Trump joins his running mate onstage (unusually, a day earlier than is traditional)-- Trump's appearance, however, is brief
But now the Convention stage belongs to GOP vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence and his family
RNC Chair Reince Priebus takes to the dais
Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios gives the Benediction
Archbishop Demetrios has given Benedictions at most of the Conventions (both Parties) 'The Green Papers' has covered going back to 2000
So good to see Archbishop Demetrios is still able to do this in 2016!
Just for the record: I myself am not Greek Orthodox-- it is just rather comforting to, once again, see such a familiar face
RNC Chair Priebus now solicits a motion for adjournment
EDITOR's NOTE: approved 'viva voce', as usual
The GOP Convention stands adjourned as of 11:22 PM EDT [0322 GMT] (until 7:10 PM [2310 GMT] Thursday 21 July)
And- with that- this Twitter feed of mine also stands "adjourned"... until tomorrow night [Thursday 21 July] all!