Fear and Loathing in Tampa


Stacy McCain is now in Tampa for Shoe Leather Reporting from the Republican National Convention. His first post from the scene is here.

He doesn’t seem very cheerful in his post, but after driving through the night … well, maybe he’ll be better after he gets some sleep.

He quotes some of this article from the Tampa Bay Times about how the police plan to handle protestors. The police probably won’t be as aggressive as Mr. McCain suggests—initially. However, if when the protestors turn violent, the cops will take advantage of being better equipped. As for the protestors, I would remind them of Larry Niven’s First and Second Rules of the Universe.

Rule 1: Never throw rocks at a man with a gun.

Rule 2: Don’t stand next to someone throwing rocks at a man with a gun.