An old fashioned potato gun is needed in St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast neighborhood

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If one Googles “how to build a potato gun,” it will take only a few seconds before the Internet delivers a cornocopia of ideas on how to accomplish this task.

According to the first website listed on this search, an old fashioned hairspray-powered “potato cannon” can be constructed in about an hour at a cost of approximately $30. Follow the instructions found on this site and you can build a device that can shoot a spud more than 100 yards.

I’m pointing this all out because, currently, several potato cannons are needed in St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast neighborhood.

It’s in this leafy, tony part of town that, according to Taylor Telford of the Tampa Bay Times, several offensive signs were displayed in front of the home owned by Roland Price at 303 27th Avenue North. They signed blare: No fags. No Jews. No infidels. No retards.

The last sign, an allusion to President Donald Trump‘s campaign slogan, bore only the words “… Great again!”

The signs first appeared Saturday night. By Monday morning, many of the residents of Old Northeast — one of the city’s more politically astute neighborhoods — were frantically trying to figure out how to get the signs taken down, reports Telford.

After a complaint was made, City Hall started reviewing the signs to see if they violated any codes or ordinances, said Ben Kirby, a spokesman for Mayor Rick Kriseman. But after the signs came down, the review stopped.

The next time Mr. MAGA decides to share his ignorance and racism with the world, some brave defender of the Old NE should forget about calling Kriseman or the codes enforcement department; they should just watch the video on how to build a potato cannon.

What a complaint to City Hall cannot do is make it so Roland Price or whomever lives at that Klan outpost really regrets spreading their invective with the rest of the world.

A few quick blasts under the cover of darkness would settle the issue quickly.

Just as a disclaimer, this post should not be construed in any way as urging anyone to physically harm Price or anyone else. The Constitution protects an American’s right to be homophobic, anti-semitic, xenophobic, and ignorant.

But those damn signs are fair game.

And if a window or two is broken along the way, well, that’s just collateral damage.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.