Posted By Kathleen David on August 4, 2012
The city of Tampa is trying to ban political puppets during the Republican convention. They are doing this by banning the following items from the convention zone, string, sticks and masks.
Well that’s that for FedEx UPS and the USPS, they must hand over all their string to safeguard the delegates.
And no sticks in the convention zone, which, if I am reading this correctly, means no sticks or stick like objects in the convention hall or those people will be in violation of the ordinance and will probably be arrested for possession of those dangerous objects.
Oh and those streamers and balloons that they drop? Well they use string/rope to do so. I guess the celebration will be muted a bit.
This just seems so ludicrous to me on so many levels.
The reasons are even jaw dropping. Apparently the “concern” is that puppet heads can conceal things like weapons and “fecal matter”.
Now, if one has a carry permit, one may have one’s gun(s) in the convention zone without fear of arrest. Which just jumps the absurdity to another level of WTF.
If I see pictures of things that show sticks and string in side the convention center, I am sending it to the Tampa Police so that they can enforce the ordinance because this in no way could be only one way could it?
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a proud puppeteer and wiggle dolls for fun and profit.
My challenge to the puppeteers down in Tampa is to build puppets that don’t violate the ordinance and bring ‘em on down.
So Power to the Puppets!
I am grateful that I know people already thinking their way around the rules as set by Tampa.