Skip to comments.Anti-Obama Sign Taken Down After Negative Reaction
Posted on 04/01/2010 8:00:01 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
ACAMPO, Calif. (CBS) An anti-Obama sign that had sparked an investigation after being placed near a busy California highway was removed overnight just as local and federal investigators were looking into whether the sign and its almost-obscene phrases was a crime.
The sign along Highway 99 in Acampo, Calif., switched letters between words to avoid outright profanity, reading: "Obama = Niggardly," "Hurts small biz," "Buck Ofama," with a sign on the side that reads "Gone fish'n." It's unclear who took the sign down.
Although the sign didn't display actual racial epithets -- the word "niggardly" is defined by dictionaries as "stingy" -- the restaurant owner who rents the property told CBS station KOVR-TV she was concerned that she will be blamed for its implications.
"We didn't hang the sign," said K&D Brew-Thru owner Claudia Silva. "It probably looks bad because we're closing the business right now."
Economic turmoil forced the coffee and burger shop to close its doors on Tuesday. Employees said the sign appeared sometime after they shut down and before they came back to clean out the building Wednesday morning.
Silva said she acknowledges the sign maker's constitutional right to free speech, but "whether they had the right to come onto this property that we rent and hang the sign I don't think that was really fair to make us look like we're prejudiced."
Patrons of the nearby Rockin' Robins Diner told KOVR-TV they agreed that the play on words left a bad taste in their mouths, Obama fans or not.
"I don't care what color anybody is," said one diner. "It's what he's doing to our country I don't agree with."
San Joaquin County Sheriff's investigators documented the scene Wednesday night and said they would be contacting federal authorities to determine whether a crime was committed.
The property owner reportedly lives down in Southern California, and investigators have not been able to contact him.
How many of you are offended?
Ooooooh,.....Federal investigators, this is series, and hugh.
>How many of you are offended?
Keep the niggardly sign. If people are too [willfully] ignorant that they think it’s a racial term then laugh at them.
Anti-Obama billboards appear on metro highways
...cannot use the N-Word or anything that remotely sounds like it.
Im offended it aint big enough
Sounds like one of those wacky, new, “Thou shalt not...” things coming out of Napolitano’s Homeland Insecurity Department.
The word mean s stingy
Call the man a Communist traitor, but keep the suggested cuss words out IMO.
He’s only niggardly with his own money. With mine, he’s quite the opposite.
I’m offended by the ignorance displayed regarding the English language.
Does that count?
Obama Deficit = Black Hole
What kind of County Sheriff would need feds for this?! I don’t like the choice of language that is employed, but I see no threat to anyone there!
Although “niggardly” is a perfectly good word, in this context I consider it negative. It seems intentionally used to evoke the racial epithet. Honestly, why else would anyone use the word about Mr. Trillion Dollar Deficit? We could use some niggardly politicians in Washington.
Some of my best friends are niggardly...
Any one of 20 words could have been used. The pun was intentional.
Any doc who would voted for Obama deserves to be his health-care slave.
Go to a store and try to find Niger seeds for your Gold Finch feeders.
You’ll only find “Nyjer seeds” now.
I’m not sure if they’re going to rename that big ol’ river, though.
If you can’t stand the heat, then leave the White House and go back to Kenya.
True which makes t an inappropriate term to be used against him because he sure as hell is not being stingy with the tax payers money the government spends at will & is rarely held accountable for.
More good protest signs are needed on highways all over the country. EFFECTIVE!
If they can't determine that a crime was not committed on their own, they need to find another line of work.
Needless to say, that really pissed off some of the Urologists patients.
***Keep the niggardly sign. If people are too [willfully] ignorant that they think its a racial term then laugh at them.***
Especially since Obama re-nigged on his political promises.
Interesting story. Of course, as a urologist, he has other ways to fight back against Obama voters (hehehe).
There are employers that laid off employees first who had Obama bumper stickers on their cars. That was entirely within their rights and I support the practice.
Now what are we going to call Nigeria?
The Foley Catheter is a terrible weapon in the hands of a patient man.
Where were all these painfully aware people in 1971? Why was I advised to travel in civilian clothes instead of Dress Greens in 1973?
Screw 'em. 95% of the "coloreds" voted for that Marxist because of his race. If that isn't racist...
So the only crime that is alleged is a possible trespassing charge and/or a vandalism charge (and those are a stretch), so how is this a federal issue?
We’ve never thought the 1st amendment should apply to expressions we don’t like.
-your friends on the American left
Ever played 42? I still like the other spelling better.
“Now what are we going to call Nigeria?”
How about Soetero-land or Barryburg?
Uh-oh. Yet another ignoramus who doesn't know the definition of “niggardly”. ROFL
I don’t get this niggling concern over signage.
When it comes to California's finances, something's got to give. May it be their pensions.
Here we are on this thread laughing at people that are vocabulary/spelling impaired and you go and misspell “reneged” on purpose to make it look racist. That’s tacky.
Or the Republic, Martian valley, British warship, or bird seed called Niger.
Oh, and who’ll notify the rap “music” industry?
He said, "They must have thought I was a rap singer."
Call in the damn Thought Police ASAP!!! Get the damn Fumbling Bumbling Idiots onto the scene!!! Lots of helicopters and idiots wearing sunglasses who chatter on walkie-talkies.
Sheesh, what a sick disaster this society has become.
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