Thursday, August 30, 2012

#GOP2012 Thursday August 30

Street art the city missed, outside of downtown:

"Obama 2012! Power to the 99% 4 More Years"

Some shops sold ponchos, because when it rains in Tampa, it pours:

"We Have Ponchos"

Guys with a "Fix the Debt" petition talked to people riding the "freewheelin" vehicles:

Red and Green

A lone woman protested both Republicans and Democrats:

Protesting everybody

Doctors For America told everyone who would listen of the wonders of Obamacare:

Doctors for America

They handed out fans with propaganda:

Fan from Doctors for America

And talked to people from booths in white coats:

"The Doctor is In"

It ended up being crashed by a woman who wanted to mention Mitt Romney's dog:

"Dogs Against Romney"

(I didn't say anything to her about Obama eating his.)

The Westboro Baptist Church was still protesting, and people were still filming it:

Westboro Baptist Church being filmed at the RNC

A woman there was handing out pamphlets, and I took one. It told how natural disasters are caused by angering God:

Inside Westboro Baptist Church pamphlet

And how to not make God angry:

Tips on how to prevent natural disasters

It may seem weird, but it's better than another religious pamphlet I was handed by someone else. It was one long paragraph:

Back of religious postcard

People were also handing out anti-lawsuit newspapers:

"The Lemon"

This man was unimpressed by Ron Paul supporters, he wore a "Ross Perot '92" T-shirt, possibly ironically:

Perot '92 T-shirt

A global warming beach party (because even non-religious people wanted to tell me the world would end):

Global Warming Beach Party

And a man on a reclined bicycle with an Obama shirt:

Man on reclined bicycle with Obama shirt

I saw what was on the "Vote Pro-Life" truck. Aborted fetuses and pocket change:

"Vote Pro-Life"

This man was miffed that Florida's Attorney General gave a speech awkwardly (I'm not kidding):

"Blondie Bondi Blows it Big Time"

And the man on this street corner was reading the bible, out loud:

Man on corner reading from bible

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#GOP2012 Wednesday August 29

Is this sign true?

"Generalissimo Buckhorn Declares Victory--Free Speech Dead"

"Generalissimo Buckhorn Declares Victory Free Speech Dead"

Let's see!

Down the street, the feminists from yesterday's post, had been allowed to protest so much they were taking a rest:

"Women are Pro-Choice and We Choose Obama"

There was a flurry of activity over at the Westboro Baptists Church protest:

Photographers huddled around Westboro Baptist Church

It was because of a woman, with a "God bless these homophobic jerks" sign:

"God Bless These Homophobe Jerks"

People, like those selling Romney/Ryan pins, stopped to watch the show:

People watching the back and forth at the Westboro Baptist Church protest

There appeared to be a group taking turns holding the sign:

Another woman with "God Bless These Homophobe Jerks"

(About the Westboro Baptist Church:

If you've ever been to a state fair in America, you may have seen a clown sitting over a tank of water who hurls insults at people. The audience pays money to try and dunk the clown.

The Westboro Baptist Church has that act down cold. People seemed to enjoy yelling back at them, and I wonder if, in a way, the Westboro Baptists don't provide a type of scream therapy. When people are frustrated they often don't have anyone to vent their feelings towards, especially negative ones; the Westboro guys provide that.

I'm not sure if people need this type of therapy offered so aggressively though.)

A guy nearby was selling cookies, Obameos or Romneos:

A man selling Obameos and Romneos (cookies)

Also around was a Ron Paul supporter, still angry about the change to convention rules:

'The "Ayes" Have it? Who you try'n to Fool?'

As with every other day of the convention, there weren't many protesters. But there were a lot of photographers and film crews, taking pictures of anything they could find:

Some guy filming himself

Film crew interviewing someone

Film crew setting up outside MSNBC stand

Unfriendly looking people having their pictures being taken

This is the "Real Delegates... Go Nuts!" memorabilia vendor, and there was a film crew jammed inside taking pictures of customers:

"Real Delegates GO NUTS!"

At the MSNBC stage, people were lined up taking pictures, they hoped of someone famous:

People photographing the MSNBC stand

Some guy at MSNBC, being photographed

Finally, I found some more protesters; this time union guys getting ready to picket:

"America Wants To Work"

And I found out what the Biotechnology Industry Organization was doing in Tampa; handing out water and yogurt bars:

Swag from the Biotechnology Industry Organization

Strangely, the yogurt bars were "100% natural":

NuGO bars from the Biotechnology Industry Organization

Regardless, they both have my endorsement!

Ron Paul supporters started setting up another protest at a street corner, with a big "Ron Paul for President" sign:

"Ron Paul For President"

At this point, I don't think the Ron Paul guys are impressing anyone. In fact, they're making the case for everything they're protesting against.

The smaller protests seemed a lot more personal, and effective. Like these two people at a street corner:

"By Grace You Have Been Saved Thru Faith"

Or this guy jogging with "Obama 2012" written on his undershirt:

Jogger with "Obama 2012" handwritten onto shirt

Finally, I saw some Guardian Angels, who are known as a vigilante group. The police were there to make sure no one volunteered to help too actively:

Guardian Angels at the RNC

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

#GOP2012 Tuesday August 28

I've been trying to get a picture of the mounted police for days and I finally did!

Mounted police at RNC

Several non-political organizations were at the convention.

Craftsmen tools were building a home for a veteran:

Craftsmen "House United"

The Biotechnology Industry Organization had a mobile display:

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Yelp was trying to get people to vote for yelp:

"Vote for Yelp"

And there was a weird company with bicycle powered vehicles:

Bicycle powered vehicles

There were also protesters. I saw a lone man, near a press area, being ignored by everyone. He was happy I took his picture:

Guy protesting outside by himself

(His sign was about the national debt and blamed Republicans and Neo-Cons for it.)

Next I spotted some Ron Paul supporters:

Wild Ron Paul Supporters

But protesting wasn't allowed where they were so the police talked to them:

Police ask Ron Paul supporters not to protest in this area

Nearby was the MSNBC stage:

MSNBC stage at Channelside

And the Huffington Post Oasis:

The Huffington Post Oasis

One Ron Paul Supporter had handwritten signs taped to his car:

"Don't Be A Fake Republican Vote Ron Paul"

They said, "Don't Be A Fake Republican Vote Ron Paul", and, "RNC Changing rules while in play? That's called cheating!".

This Ron Paul supporter was more committed, incorporating a Ron Paul sign into his paint job:

Ron Paul for President car

I saw a few Ron Paul people handing out fliers, too. They were irritated about rule changes at the convention.

At Lykes Gaslight Park I found a larger group of Ron Paul supporters:

Ron Paul supporters with '76 flag

There weren't a lot of people, but they had energy:

Ron Paul signs in Lykes Gaslight Park

And balloons!

Ron Paul supporters with balloons

Supposedly protests like this weren't allowed, nearby police didn't interfere:

Ron Paul supporters with police

They seemed to not bother small groups that behaved.

And there wasn't favoritism towards Republicans. Here are some "Christians for Obama" who also weren't stopped by the police:

Wild Feminists protesting in Tampa

I'm not sure if the vendors on the street were legal either. Here's one selling "Vote Them Out!" playing cards:

Woman selling "Vote them Out" playing cards

Now, to an officially sanctioned protest, the Westboro Baptist Church:

Westboro Baptist Church protests RNC

This sign reads, ""Homo Sex Is A Threat to National Security":

"Homo Sex Is A Threat to National Security"

Lots of people, with iPhones, were interviewing members of the church. Other than that they weren't being bothered.

This guy was protesting nearby and made a point of saying he wasn't with the church:

"Save Israel And America or Save Obama and Lose!"

Like everywhere else, there were officers in the background, making sure nothing got out of hand:

Police watching Westboro Baptist Church protest

And the award for "worst protest" goes to "Man on the Cross". This is the park where it was supposed to happen, completely empty:

"Man on the Cross"