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As the Gulf Coast waited for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Monday, strip club owners and “exotic” dancers in Tampa anticipated a windfall of ‘stimulus’ spending as the Republican National Convention gets underway.
Extra strippers have been hired. Delegate discounts have been offered. And patriotic decorations, like the GOP elephant logo posted at the entrance of the 2001 Odyssey strip joint, have been put in place. (HuffPost first reported on the efforts of Tampa strip clubs to get ready for the convention in 2011.)
“We’re amping up for it,” Todd Trause, manager of the 2001 Odyssey club, told theNew York Daily News. “We’ve got extra girls coming in. We’ve made sure to have everything in the best condition.”
Despite predictions that baudy business would be triple that of Super Bowl weekend, though, by Monday Tampa’s 20 or so “gentleman’s clubs” reported no bump in business.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he will stick with his signature style and may “stray a little” from the teleprompter during his keynote address at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Christie told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview set to air Tuesday morning that he finds working off of a prepared speech on a teleprompter “less natural” than his more informal, off-the-cuff style.
“I don’t use text almost ever,” Christie said on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, according to a “Morning Joe” transcript. “So most of the time I think about what it is I want to talk about and then I get up there and I talk about it. Now, with the time restrictions here and obviously the different stage, they want you to work off a text and that’s fine.”
Obviously, convicted criminals need to be let go to clear room for the real criminals – protesters who dare to hide behind the Constitution while claiming First Amendment rights. Given the “unprecedented” moves the police force is using, it appears they expect a large turnout from not only conservatives, but people expressing political dissent.
Colonel Jim Previtera, the man in charge of next week’s Orient Road Jail activities, excitedly showed a reporter the expected operations while giving a tour of the prison. “The inmates will be unloaded, they will be searched and walked through a metal detector which has been added for this event,” Previtera said. “We will take their fingerprints and photographs. We’ll also collect property. There are three scenarios: inmates will either get bonded out, go before a judge who will be stationed at Falkenberg Road Jail with a video feed into Orient Road Jail, or they’ll be released.”
Col. Previtera noted that Tampa has spent more than two years putting this plan in place. Gosh, with so much preparedness for the worst circumstances, you don’t suppose the police are going to feel obligated to use the facilities in force, do you?
“There will be arrests,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee. “The question is how many. We are prepared to handle any number of RNC-related arrests.” Col. Previtera, however, was more specific, boasting that Orient Road Jail can handle 1,000 arrests.