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Hurricane Could Make a Mess of Republican Convention 503

Posted by timothy
from the gettin'-windy dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "ABC News reports that Hurricane Isaac, currently a tropical storm brewing southeast of Puerto Rico, is on track to hit Florida the same day that Mitt Romney and 50,000 Republican delegates, journalists, protestors and guests descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention but whether it will skim the east coast near Miami or crash head-on into Tampa, is still up in the air. The worst possible scenario is that Hurricane Isaac stays on the western track, skating over the Caribbean Sea south of Haiti, crossing the primarily flat landscape of western Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico then curving east and hitting Tampa dead-on. 'Tampa is just as vulnerable as New Orleans was in the sense that the water will funnel into the bay area and from the storm surge which will flood completely the whole entire city of Tampa,' says meteorologist Max Golembo. 'It would be a disaster in the Tampa area.' If a hurricane or tropical storm is bearing down on Tampa, the priority of law enforcement is to evacuate residents, leaving GOP officials to make the decision of when to evacuate delegates says Hillsborough County Emergency Management spokeswoman Holly Wade. 'We have to look at a lot of factors, like timing and landfall,' says Wade. 'We provide the weather information, then we take that to the host committee, which decides if the event goes on or if the event gets altered.' A Category 2 hurricane could disrupt convention activities because the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the festivities, is within a mandatory evacuation zone for storms of that magnitude."
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Hurricane Could Make a Mess of Republican Convention

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  • Fuck 'em (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:13PM (#41101539)

    Good.

  • by tekrat (242117) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:14PM (#41101553) Homepage Journal

    Absolutely nothing of value was lost.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:17PM (#41101601)

      I came here thinking the same thing, sadly enough. The best part would be the irony of it all, the self-righteous hypocritical lot.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by reubenavery (1047008)
      We could maybe get back to actually governing this country.

      What a wild idea.

      Please, lord, wash them all out to sea.

      Love, /.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by ackthpt (218170)

      Absolutely nothing of value was lost.

      Perhaps some protesters. Hope they have better sense than to stick around when the wind starts to howl like a certain demented radio peRsonaLity.

  • by alen (225700) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:15PM (#41101561)

    just like the right wingers said there was

    • "I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes. What God does is God's business, I have no idea. But I'll tell you this: whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus -- there's a message being sent. And that is, 'Hey, you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it,'" - Glenn Beck on the Japan tsunami.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:15PM (#41101565)

    This is just an excuse to forgo the brokered convention Paul's delegates will force... They have broke every rule in every state to stop the Paul revolution, and now it looks like they have paid off Isaac to make an appearance to silence Paul's voice.

  • by RCourtney (973307) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:17PM (#41101597)
    And if some people's/group's twisted logic is applied this must surely mean that God hates Republicans.

    Me? I feel bad for everyone in Florida and hope the convention errr I mean hurricane passes quickly.
    • Re:Twisted logic (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Jeng (926980) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:31PM (#41101847)

      Actually, this could be good for the GOP since who in the hell wants to protest in the middle of a hurricane?

    • by Andy Dodd (701) <atd7@corne[ ]edu ['ll.' in gap]> on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:37PM (#41101947) Homepage

      Rush Limbaugh actually claims that this is part of some grand Obama conspiracy - that somehow the NWS is actually aiming the hurricane at the convention.

  • Just watch... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Oh Gawwd Peak Oil (1000227) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:18PM (#41101627)
    If there is a disaster, just watch as the Florida Republicans all demand federal aid.
    • Re:Just watch... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by reebmmm (939463) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:21PM (#41101681)

      Not to mention I'm sure they're tracking this approaching storm using the national weather service [wikipedia.org], relying on local emergency response services, using publicly-funded roads, hosting the event in a taxpayer-funded stadium, etc.

      Let the spin, begin.

    • Re:Just watch... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by readin (838620) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @06:35PM (#41102709)
      Republicans want lower taxes and less government spending so that people can decide what to do with their own money. But if the government has already taken the money from you it is not hypocritical to ask for that money back.
  • by Grayhand (2610049) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:19PM (#41101631)
    Mother Nature seems pissed at the Republicans. Might wanta rethink that anti global warming stance. Apparently all the droughts and tornadoes wasn't making the point obviously enough so she decided to take aim at the deniers and try to take out as many as possible in one shot. If I was Exxon and Monsanto I'd be updating your life insurance policies.
  • by TheSync (5291) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:21PM (#41101667) Journal

    People only get killed in cases of "legitimate" hurricanes!

  • by Just Some Guy (3352) <kirk+slashdot@strauser.com> on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:23PM (#41101727) Homepage Journal
    Cold air, meet hot air.
    • Maybe they'll just line up all of the politicians, get them started talking and then point them at the hurricane. That should blow the storm back out into the Gulf.

      Cheers,
      Dave

  • by Scowler (667000) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:24PM (#41101747)
    This could be a blessing in disguise (for the GOP), if it happens, as it will drive that other storm that originated in Missouri out of the front pages.
  • by Hatta (162192) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:26PM (#41101767) Journal

    I wonder what Pat Robinson would blame this one on? God punishing the Republicans for nominating a Mormon?

  • by Stargoat (658863) * <stargoat@gmail.com> on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:28PM (#41101805) Journal

    Ah. But what if it were called Hurricane Ditka?

  • by LanMan04 (790429) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:29PM (#41101817)

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2005/09/13/religious-conservatives-claim-katrina-was-gods/133804 [mediamatters.org]

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2010/01/us-televangelist-pat-robertson-links-haiti-earthquake-to-pact-with-devil.html [latimes.com]

    ""Did God have anything to do with Katrina?," people ask. My answer is, he allowed it and perhaps he allowed it to get our attention so that we don't delude ourselves into thinking that all we have to do is put things back the way they were and life will be normal again."

  • Brilliant (Score:5, Insightful)

    by twotacocombo (1529393) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:43PM (#41102021)
    What bunch of geniuses decided to hold a national convention in Florida in the middle of hurricane season? Oh, wait...
  • by QQBoss (2527196) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @05:57PM (#41102221)

    Mods, why was this allowed through the filters? It ain't tech, it isn't geeky in a technology sense (I will recognize there are hurricane geeks), and it is really just political trolling no matter how you look at it which I am willing to watch meaningful threads degenerate into but having it start off degenerate is a waste at every level.

    Timothy, you suck for posting this.

  • by miltonw (892065) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @06:02PM (#41102297)
    And here we have a perfect example of what's wrong with America's election system today. The article mentions something political and most commenters run for their extreme positions, bunker down and start insulting. We're supposed do to that. We're supposed to become extreme and polarized. We're supposed to hate the "enemy". Both parties do this. Both parties are to blame. And we are to blame because we fall for it.

    For almost all of the operation of the Federal government, Republicrats and Demublicans are in FULL AGREEMENT. They don't argue about most of the operation. Both parties pretty much want everything to just go along as always -- and deeper and deeper into debt.

    They are in a lot of agreement, so there is not much of a reason to choose one over the other. To solve that, they all emphasize, magnify and distort their relatively minor, alleged differences -- but once elected, it's business as usual.

    And here we all are, spewing hate because that's what our masters have decided we will do so that they can control us.

    A pox on both their houses. No politician will ever do what's good for us, the "little people".
  • by Penurious Penguin (2687307) on Thursday August 23, 2012 @06:32PM (#41102665) Homepage Journal
    Looks they are preparing for either a hurricane or vortex of some serious protest: http://www.abcactionnews.com//dpp/news/region_hillsborough/orient-road-jail-cleared-out-to-handle-rnc-arrests [abcactionnews.com] -- They have transferred inmates out of an entire facility in expectation of filling it with protesters. Odd.

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