Sunday, August 19, 2012

RNC in Tampa: What not to bring!

Well, as many of you know, Tampa is about to host the Republican National Convention.  Obviously, there will be a lot of protest activity around the convention.  There will be demonstrations, rallies, marches, you name it, it will probably be happening throughout the week of 08-27.  What you aren't hearing a lot about is the list of prohibited items in what is being called the "event zone".  Kind of long and confusing, but if you are planning on heading out to protest, you really should spend some time looking not only at the list, but the full ordinance for the RNC.  It is important to think outside of the box when looking at the list.  For instance, puppets (except for maybe sock puppets) would be prohibited because their parts may fit into several of the prohibited item categories.  Want to wave the rainbow flag?  Don't do so with a flagpole unless it is less than less than 2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick.  Basically, there isn't much you CAN bring other than yourself and signs (be sure if you have posts holding those signs up that they are "within" dimensions.  I URGE anybody planning on protesting to pay close attention to this list so as not to give authorities a reason to badger you or arrest you.

Anything made of lumber, wood, or wood product unless it is 1/4 inch or less in thickness and 2 inches or less in width, or if not rectangular in shape, it shall not exceed 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension.  If an item does not exceed these dimensions it is allowed only if the object is not filled with any material, liquid or gas
and both ends of the length of lumber, wood, or other wood product are blunt and not pointed.

Anything made of metal, plastic, or any other hard material whether hollow or solid shall not exceed 3/4 inch thickness in its thickest dimension, and 1/8 inch in wall thickness.  If an item does not exceed these dimensions it is allowed only if the object is not filled with any material, liquid or gas
and both ends of the length of lumber, wood, or other wood product are blunt and not pointed.

Aerosol cans.

The following items, defined as weapons: air rifle, air pistol, paintball rifle, explosive, blasting cap(s), switchblade, hatchet, ax, slingshot, BB gun, pellet gun, wrist shot, slung shot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nun chucks, mace, iron buckle, ax handle, chain, crowbar, hammer, shovel or any club or bludgeon or any other instrumentality used or intended to be used to cause property or personal damage. (except for guns, if you have a carry permit, you can have guns -- yeah, that still makes no sense).

Any container or inflatable device filled with urine, fecal matter, blood or any other bodily fluid.

Any container filled with any liquid, solid or gas.

Any projectile launcher or other device which may be used for the purpose of launching, hurling, throwing or spraying any object, liquid material or other substance. The prohibited items shall include but are not limited
to, water guns, super soakers and water cannons.

Rope, chain, string, strapping wire, cable, string, line, tape, or any other material of a similar nature, having tensile strength greater than 30 pounds and length greater than 6 feet.

Frangible containers of any kind, including, without limitation, glass bottles, glass ornaments, light bulbs, or ceramic vessels, regardless of whether the container holds any substance.

Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking devices, chain locks or similar devices, but not including: (i) an integral component of a conveyance or structure; (ii) locks when utilized by the owner of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or (iii) locks attached to a bicycle.

Material designed, intended or readily adaptable for use as a portable shield but not including, common umbrellas made primarily of fabric or soft vinyl without metal tips or other potentially hazardous modification.

Any gas mask or similar device designed to filter all air breathed by the wearer in an attempt to protect the respiratory tract and/or face against irritating or noxious gasses or other materials. This prohibition on gas masks shall not apply to any person wearing a medical oxygen mask that fits over the nose and mouth of the person and oxygen from an oxygen tank to the person.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to wear any mask, or device whereby any portion of the face is hidden, concealed or covered as to conceaI the identity of the wearer in the Event Zone. The following persons are exempt from this prohibition:
(A) Governmental employees in the performance of their official duties; and
(B) Any person in the Public Viewing Area; and
(C) Any person parading in a parade in the Official Parade Route.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, project, hurl or launch any object with the intent to cause intimidation, apprehension, injury, harm or damage to any person or property.

It shall be unlawful for any person to set, light, or use any fire, bonfire, campfire, or fire pit on public property without a permit, or on private property without written consent from property owner.

The list goes on to name other things which are pretty much normally against the law such as blocking public right of way on sidewalks, streets, repelling down buildings, performing a "sleeping dragin", public urination and defecation, camping in public places, and so on.

Here is a map of what is considered the "event zone" during the RNC:


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Shooting at Family Research Council

I am saddened to hear of a shooting at the Family Research Council's offices today.  Saddened because we're hearing of yet another person who thought violence was the way to make a statement or make his mark on the world.  Saddened because instantly, there is speculation that the shooter may have been gay and the shooting motivated as an attack on a group who works hard to spread hatred and misinformation against LGBT people.  Whether this person was gay or not, whatever his reason for doing this, I am saddened and sickened, as always, by the violence of this act.  Answering hate with hate and violence with violence will not get anybody anywhere.  My thoughts are with the security guard who was shot in hopes of a speedy recovery.  Now, let's duck down and prepare for the slinging of stinky mud from the likes of FRC, NOM, etc on how all homosexuals are now gun-toting lunatics. :-(


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chick-Fil-A beneficiary now advocating kidnapping of children!

Folks, this takes the cake!  Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, is now tweeting advocating kidnapping the children of LGBT parents!  Now, I'm sure people will try to defend this all sorts of different ways, but here is exactly what was said by Fischer: "Why we need an Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.."  Sorry, there is no other way to interpret this other than advocating for the kidnapping of children!  Remember, the AFA is a beneficiary of Chick-Fil-A money, so for those of you who still value your ultra high sodium chicken sandwiches over human dignity, you help fund this insane bigotry!