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Drone maker Raytheon target of first RNC-related protest
St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 24, 2012 | Leonora LaPeter Anton

Posted on 08/24/2012 1:39:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife


Pinellas sheriff’s Deputy Ed Diluzio asks CodePink and St. Pete for Peace protesters to move off private property in Largo.

ARGO — Seventy-five protesters, many dressed in pink, gathered outside the local production plant of Raytheon on Thursday, denouncing the defense contractor for its role in drone warfare.

The demonstration, organized by the groups CodePink and St. Pete for Peace, marked the unofficial start of protests surrounding the Republican National Convention, set to kick off Monday in Tampa.

"Raytheon, shame on you," they chanted. "Children die because of you."

The director of the Young-Rainey Star Center was not happy to see a collection of elaborately costumed demonstrators — a Grim Reaper and a carrot-shaped helicopter among them — congregating in his parking lot.

"The right of way is over there," Paul Sacco said. The property is owned by the Pinellas County Industrial Development Authority.

"I'm very confused," said Tighe Barry, dressed in pink and a straw hat with a Hello Kitty ribbon. "It seems to me this is county land. I have a First Amendment right to be here."

And so it went. Sacco yelled, "Everybody, let's go! Let's go!" But nobody did, until a Pinellas sheriff's deputy arrived. He persuaded the group to move to the sidewalk, then drove away, leaving the protesters free to march up and down the median for an hour and a half.

One woman in a white van shouted: "Go to Tampa!" and made an obscene gesture......

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: codepink; democrats; drones; leftwingnuts; raytheon; rncconvention; tampa
Organizers say 5,000-person march set for RNC first day - respect "diversity of tactics" ……..”Asked whether the march will try to prevent anyone from, for example, breaking windows or throwing rocks, march leader Jared Hamil said, "If they break the law, well, it's the law. Whatever the law says."

But Hamil declined to criticize groups that might not follow organizers' plans for a peaceful march with a permit from the city.

"I'm not here to say that anything is a problem," he said. That's because the coalition has adopted a brief set of guidelines, "The Tampa Bay Principles," that emphasize respect "for the diversity of tactics" and a commitment to keeping criticisms of other activists internal to the movement.”……

1 posted on 08/24/2012 1:39:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They accept “men” into Code Pink now?


2 posted on 08/24/2012 1:46:37 AM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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RNC security zones set around Tampa Bay bridges as feds warn of threats "The Coast Guard says it will ban loitering, stopping, mooring or anchoring boats within 50 yards of 15 Tampa Bay-area bridges during the Republican National Convention.

The ban will be enforced 24 hours a day around the three main bridges across Tampa Bay — the Gandy, Howard Frankland and Courtney Campbell — from noon Saturday to 1 a.m. Aug. 31.

The ban will be enforced at another dozen bridges in Pinellas County at times when delegate buses are likely to cross them on their way to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"Current analysis indicates that some activist groups are planning maritime activities to make their political views known," the Coast Guard said in the rule, which was published Thursday in the Federal Register. "The geography of the Tampa Bay region makes these 15 bridges a vital component of the regional transportation network."

Boats can pass through the security zones but must be "expeditious," the temporary rule says.

In a second temporary rule also published Thursday, the Coast Guard said it is establishing moving security zones around cargo ships carrying anhydrous ammonia, liquified propane gas and ammonium nitrate to and from the Port of Tampa. No other boats will be allowed within 500 yards of those cargo vessels from Saturday through Aug. 31.

Word of the bans comes as two television news networks were reporting that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday issued a joint warning about potential attacks by anarchist extremists and possible plans to tie up the bay area's bridges during the RNC."............

3 posted on 08/24/2012 1:46:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

“CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. The name CODEPINK satirized the Bush Administration’s color-coded, fear-mongering “security” alert system that has since been phased out. CODEPINK is a lively call for the people of the world to “wage peace.” More..... http://www.codepink4peace.org/

.....Why women?

CODEPINK is not exclusively women — we invite men to join us — -but we are particularly eager to see mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters, female workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets and all outraged woman rise up and oppose the global militarism..............”

http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?list=type&type=3


4 posted on 08/24/2012 1:51:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hold on!—They’re protesting Raytheon at the Republican National Convention because Raytheon makes drones? But it’s a democrat who is sitting at the video console, dropping the drones onto targets he chooses. That’s like blaming Remington and Colt because Jesse James was robbing banks using guns. Oh wait, the left does that, too.


5 posted on 08/24/2012 1:55:06 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: abercrombie_guy_38
They accept “men” into Code Pink now?

The photographic evidence is inconclusive.

6 posted on 08/24/2012 1:56:18 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I was thinking that, too.

If they want to be accurate, it’s the Obama administration that is killing people with drones.

Not that I shed any tears for islamic terrorists mind you.


7 posted on 08/24/2012 2:05:19 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

IMO Early arrests with delay of first court appearance would help local official handle the protestors.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 2:13:18 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: hoosiermama

Agreed.


9 posted on 08/24/2012 2:44:14 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

” to redirect our resources into health care,”

Would their health care include the murder of the unborn up to the day of birth?

Hmmm.

They are the children of those who spit on our Vietnam Vets when they came home from war and called them “baby killers” and then protested for the right to murder the unborn? Just wondering.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 3:11:54 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“all outraged woman rise up and oppose the global militarism..............”

Not a pretty picture.


11 posted on 08/24/2012 3:19:48 AM PDT by wita
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Typical libs....confused and perpetually stupid.
12 posted on 08/24/2012 3:43:20 AM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant

Does anyone really expect logic out of Code Pink?

Obama orders the use of drones they should be at the DNC convention, but Obama is their Messiah so they come here and protest Republicans.Somehow that makes sense to thes frustrated pinko’s


13 posted on 08/24/2012 4:06:11 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Heck under normal circumstances they use plenty of people with guns to protect areas of Tampa Bay. Take a wrong turn while fishing and you’ll get surprised.

Most people I know are just avoiding that whole area of town.


14 posted on 08/24/2012 4:18:28 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Heck under normal circumstances they use plenty of people with guns to protect areas of Tampa Bay. Take a wrong turn while fishing and you’ll get surprised.

Most people I know are just avoiding that whole area of town.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 4:18:42 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: elephant

Yep. Same mentality that blames firearms and wants gun control. Blame the inanimate objects, not the people using them. Not far off from the reality-free thinking that blames a fast food place for their own clumsiness with hot coffee, or a football team for their own stupidity in choice of seats, or soda pop for fat kids. It all comes back to that liberal mindset of no personal accountability. They want a consequence-free life to do whatever idiotic thing springs into their little heads.


16 posted on 08/24/2012 4:56:07 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

AND.....the nut jobs who demand abortion at any time for any reason are against killing children with drones????

I just shake my head. It is so hard for me as a logical thinker to follow all this some times.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 5:03:04 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Psst: RAYPAC is supporting Scott Brown, and is pretty much all in for Republicans this year, which is a change from previous years when they played both sides of the street.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 5:55:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: kevslisababy

AND they are at the RNC not the DNC, Obama has killed more people with drones than any Republicans have. He is the drone assassin.


19 posted on 08/24/2012 6:16:17 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I knew it. Zero uses drones, no protest coverage. A Republican using drones; the examination of who we are and our values begin.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 6:29:22 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I knew it. Zero uses drones, no protest coverage. A Republican using drones; the examination of who we are and our values begin.


21 posted on 08/24/2012 10:32:07 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: F15Eagle

Actually, the protesters DID target Obama. “Obama’s drones create enemies” and “Obama’s drones kill kids, even more than Bush’s did”. The groups involved, St. Pete for Peace and CodePink have bashed Obama for years, just like they bashed Bush.


22 posted on 08/24/2012 11:10:21 AM PDT by kpatt978
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To: kpatt978

Interesting, thanks.

Seems like they should be protesting the DNC convention when it happens.


23 posted on 08/24/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They are looking for poets? Well, here is my application.

Every female in CODE PINK’s a pig
I think some are just guys in a wig
So my message is clear
You can just stuff it, dear
Every one of you really sucks big


24 posted on 08/24/2012 8:23:04 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: kpatt978

They have also fundraised for Obama, which they never did for Bush for obvious reasons. Code Pink’s cofounder Jodie Evans is a bundler for Obama and has hosted fundraisers for him. She was also a fundraiser for California governor Gray Davis. The protest activity they engage in inside the US is for entertainment only, it provides cover for their overseas activities.


25 posted on 08/25/2012 3:55:24 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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