First of all, I’m pretty sure storms don’t discriminate based on whether or not you’re a “whack job protester” or just a regular one. But I guess you don’t want any protesters. I will just say this.
I’m not trying to be all hoity-toity (“we’re so tough because our storms are bigger than your storms,” blah blah blah), but this storm is likely to be a relative non-event for Tampa. Sure, it’ll rain, there may be some wind, some stuff could get knocked down. Some people may get hurt. But these things happen here many times a year, often with the daily thunderstorms, lightning and all, that we get during summer, and those are a factor at this time of year regardless. We have an Occupy Tampa encampment that, for months, has been based at a private park just north of downtown. Those guys have weathered many storms this season, including Tropical Storm Debby, which dumped boatloads of water on Tampa for days earlier this year. They are SO not concerned about Isaac. And they have a local support network if it did hit the fan. Their worries are rightfully centered on the police harassment they’ve been enduring in preparation for the RNC.
Now, I’m a mile from downtown Tampa and it’s positively swarming with police presence, construction teams, cleanup crews (it’s clean down there, yes indeed, they’ve been milling around in their yellow jackets all week). The huge fences and barricades are all installed, the lower windows for convention affairs whited out, “protest zones” cordoned off; I believe the delegates are unlikely to actually SEE any of the protests except on the news. Maybe that in itself is more incentive for some protesters to do outrageous things. :rolleyes: From the businessinsider.com article you posted above:
Also, you may notice that in that same article, the couple of marches noted are “sanctioned” and “permitted.” I believe that, at least for the most part, protesters are doing their best to comply with the ridiculous regulations that have been set up to “contain” them, but at the same time will not have their right to free speech suppressed for the (seemingly) pansy-ass Republicans.
Oops, did I say that? :rolleyes: