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August 25, 2012
17:52 // 1 year ago
August 23, 2012
thedailyfeed:

Tampa’s mayor said he’s prepared to call off the Republican National Convention if it’s threatened by a hurricane. 

Given that the Tampa Convention Center sits smack in the center of an evacuation zone that would be inundated with water in a Category 1 hurricane, Mayor Bob Buckhorn suggested that the GOP might want to start thinking about contingency plans.
“Absolutely, we’re prepared to call it off,” Buckhorn told CNN. “I mean, human safety and human life trump politics. I think the RNC recognizes that, the organizers, certainly Gov. Romney recognizes that. Whatever we do will be based on getting people out of harm’s way. Politics will take second place.”

But will it? Right on queue, some are questioning his political motives. 

What’s worse, a torrent of criticism or an actual hurricane? More at 11.

thedailyfeed:

Tampa’s mayor said he’s prepared to call off the Republican National Convention if it’s threatened by a hurricane. 

Given that the Tampa Convention Center sits smack in the center of an evacuation zone that would be inundated with water in a Category 1 hurricane, Mayor Bob Buckhorn suggested that the GOP might want to start thinking about contingency plans.

“Absolutely, we’re prepared to call it off,” Buckhorn told CNN. “I mean, human safety and human life trump politics. I think the RNC recognizes that, the organizers, certainly Gov. Romney recognizes that. Whatever we do will be based on getting people out of harm’s way. Politics will take second place.”

But will it? Right on queue, some are questioning his political motives

What’s worse, a torrent of criticism or an actual hurricane? More at 11.

(via thedailyfeed)

9:59 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012
If they’re not willing to say that — that’s their prerogative — but clearly they’re not Mitt Romney delegates.
A national Republican Party leader • Discussing an issue with Republican delegates in Massachusetts — sixteen Ron Paul backers who defeated Mitt Romney’s picks — who were disqualified after failing to file affidavits pledging their support to Romney. The delegates say the affidavits were a ploy, and they were received the forms less than a week before the set deadline. Republican leaders are reportedly concerned that the Paul-supporting delegates may cause trouble at the Tampa convention next month. Paul has officially stopped campaigning, but his supporters hope to make their presence known at the convention.
8:26 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2012

Going to Tampa for August’s Republican National Convention? Safety first.

  • $50 million in funding from Congress went to the RNC and the DNC each to ensure that the two major political conventions this year are safe
  • $13.6 million was spent by the RNC on big safety items ahead of the conference — like 200 bicycles, 13 electric all-terrain vehicles and one armored truck source

» Trying to learn from St. Paul: In 2008, the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul, Minn., where protesters often got violent and police confrontations were common. No one was seriously injured, but many were arrested (including journalists). Because St. Paul was one of the smallest cities to host a national political convention, its security and enforcement was slightly unprepared. Tampa is taking no chances this year. ”We’ve extensively studied St. Paul,” said Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg. “We’ve had meetings with folks in St. Paul, to find out what went well and what went wrong.”

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16:21 // 1 year ago
November 18, 2011
jeffmiller:

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So I guess the Tampa police brought this out to face the Occupy protestors down there.  If the movement is looking for something discrete to protest, perhaps they could protest LOCAL POLICE OWNING TANKS.

The Tampa Police Department wins the award for most unnecessary ownership of a tank. Here’s another photo, for those who thought this was Photoshopped. (Our BS-meter was admittedly turned on there.) Here’s a description of the unit from the City of Tampa’s police site: "The 12-ton Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) can drive through five feet of water and withstand winds up to 130 mph helping police operate under the most severe conditions. The carrier, nicknamed “high-top shoe” for its tall silhouette look, can be used for search and rescue during a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. The APC is bullet resistant, can hold 13 passengers and it is virtually unstoppable. On pavement, it can reach speeds of 60 mph. This one of a kind APC was purchased from the military and it was paid for with a Federal security grant."

jeffmiller:

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So I guess the Tampa police brought this out to face the Occupy protestors down there.  If the movement is looking for something discrete to protest, perhaps they could protest LOCAL POLICE OWNING TANKS.

The Tampa Police Department wins the award for most unnecessary ownership of a tank. Here’s another photo, for those who thought this was Photoshopped. (Our BS-meter was admittedly turned on there.) Here’s a description of the unit from the City of Tampa’s police site: "The 12-ton Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) can drive through five feet of water and withstand winds up to 130 mph helping police operate under the most severe conditions. The carrier, nicknamed “high-top shoe” for its tall silhouette look, can be used for search and rescue during a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. The APC is bullet resistant, can hold 13 passengers and it is virtually unstoppable. On pavement, it can reach speeds of 60 mph. This one of a kind APC was purchased from the military and it was paid for with a Federal security grant."

10:51 // 2 years ago
August 17, 2011

Tampa high school student arrested in bomb plot

A 17-year-old student has been arrested on charges he plotted to set off explosives at Freedom High School.

Jared Michael Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device. Cano also faces additional charges of possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Tampa police say they found a diary with minute-by-minute plans to carry out the plot, including a reference that he wanted to exceed the casualty count of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Charming kid: According to his Facebook page, he likes “getting paid” and “smoking weed,” and he claimed he went to the ”University of Marijuana.”

12:01 // 2 years ago