Prepping for the Con

RNC – Cleveland OH, July 18-21, 2016

Lest we lose perspective:

“TLDR” »

a partial list:

July 13, 1863 – New York City Draft Riots; four days, as rioters looted businesses, torched buildings and brawled with police and National Guardsmen, set a black children’s orphanage ablaze, on June 16, some 4,000 federal troops marched into the city and put the uprising down by force.

April 2, 1863 – Richmond Bread Riots; in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, armed, half-starved women, chanting “bread or blood!”

November 10, 1898 – Wilmington Insurrection of 1898; white business leaders and Democratic politicians intent on dissolving the city’s biracial, majority-Republican government

August 1921 – Battle of Blair Mountain; coal mine union, as many as 15,000 miners—many of them World War I veterans, machine gun fire, and biplanes to drop explosives and tear gas.

May 1932 – July 28, 1932 – Bonus Expeditionary Force; WWI veterans promised more pay by Congress set up a well-run camp near DC and are routed by MacArthur, Patton et al.

August 1, 1946 [Election Day] – Battle of Athens; citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of predatory policing, police brutality, political corruption and voter intimidation. The event is sometimes cited by firearms ownership advocates as an example of the value of the Second Amendment in combating tyranny.

August 11-15, 1965 – Watts Riots; a white California Highway Patrol officer pulled over and arrested a black man [21 year-old Marquette Fry] for drunk driving, a crowd of witnesses soon turned ugly, 14,000 National Guard troops.

July 12-17, 1967 – Newark riots; rumor spread that a black arrestee had died in police custody.

July 23 – 28, 1967 – 12th Street Riot, Detroit; an unlicensed drinking club above a print shop on 12th Street—was hosting a party of 82 African Americans, all celebrating the special homecoming of two local GIs from the Vietnam War, After two days, President LBJ declared a state of insurrection against the government and called in the troops; 8,000 National Guardsmen arrived by land, 4,700 paratroopers by air.

1968 Holy Week Uprising, New York City and 60 other cities; April 4, 1968 MLK assassination.

August 28, 1968 – The Chicago riots at the Democratic National Convention; The Chicago Seven…

July 13, 1977 – New York City Blackout; NYC financial crisis + power failure.

May of 1980 – Miami Riots; three-mile-wide, three-day-long riot after a high-speed traffic pursuit for a black man.

April 29-May 4, 1992 – The Rodney King riots (LA); Reaction to acquittal of policemen on trial in beating of Rodney King, Reginald Denny, Fidel Lopez, “can we all get along”, the California Army National Guard, the 7th Infantry Division, and the 1st Marine Division

and now *drumroll*:

“If it is an open state to carry, we will exercise our second amendment rights because there are other groups threatening to be there that are threatening to do harm to us,” Hashim Nzinga, chairman of the New Black Panther Party

If you’re planning to attend the Repub. Convention this lovely Clevelnd summer, here is what you cannot bring:

strictly prohibited within all public access areas in the zone surrounding the convention:

‘tents and other shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, mattresses, cots,’ and stoves
Hammocks, [actually, giant slings]
Coolers and ice chests
tape, string, rope, chain, cable, strapping, wire, string, line or similar longer than 6’
drones, and containers of bodily fluids eww — [tho, are we not all just that?]
gas masks
Grappling hooks, sledgehammers, hammers, and crowbars
any air rifle, air pistol, paintball gun, blasting caps, switchblade or automatic knife, knife having a blade two and one-half (2-1/2) inches in length or longer
‘billy, blackjack, sword, saber, hatchet, axe, slingshot, BB gun, pellet gun, wrist shot, blackjack’
‘metal knuckles, nun chucks, mace, iron buckle, axe handle, shovel, or other instrumentality used to cause property or personal damage.’

Lumber larger than 2 inches, pipe and tubing. Fireworks
Aerosol cans, umbrellas with metal tips,
water guns and water cannons. [which can be filled with flammable fluids or …bodily fluids again, eww]
glass bottles, large back backs, lasers
Tennis balls [which can be soaked in/filled with gas, lit and tossed]

Long. Hot. Summer.


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 9:12 am |

    Shucks, I wouldn’t go to Cleveland without there being a convention, never mind with one.
    I lived there for two years.
    I know of what I speak.

  2. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 9:53 am |

    “there are other groups threatening to be there that are threatening to do harm to us”

    Fucking liar.

  3. MikeG
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 10:56 am |

    Tragic thing is that I’m sure those actually going to the convention will not be allowed to arm themselves. Sitting. Ducks.

  4. mech
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm |

    ^Precisely. . . . . .

  5. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm |

    Open carry doesn’t mean one can’t be arrested for disturbing the peace, brandishing a weapon, or “going about to the terror of the people” (old common-law stuff), all very subjectively interpreted by law enforcement and argued by lawyers later. I’m also surprised that Ohio doesn’t have a law against carrying firearms at a demonstration.

  6. Posted July 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm |

    Grappling hooks? Does anyone really believe these loser turds could scale a wall with grappling hooks? Not if their lives depended on it. Give me a break.

  7. jlw
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm |

    but teeth they’ve got?

  8. neal
    Posted July 13, 2016 at 3:02 pm |

    The wife is from Akron. Cleveland was OK. But that was after they managed to blow up disco, and set fire to the river.

    Even some of the Erie Canal was operative. Good baseball.

    Guess best to stay away these days. That city is gone,gone,gone.
    Smells like Dayton.

    I miss Cedar Point. Good old timey roller coaster.

  9. Posted July 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm |

    I wonder if they’ll hold Trump For President signs or if it’s just implied.