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Anti-Obama Sign Taken Down After Negative Reaction
cbs2chicago ^ | 04/01/10 | cbs

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.


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1 posted on 04/01/2010 8:00:01 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: Tigerized

literacy ping!


2 posted on 04/01/2010 8:03:18 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (www.PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: All

How many of you are offended?


3 posted on 04/01/2010 8:03:51 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: TornadoAlley3

Ooooooh,.....Federal investigators, this is series, and hugh.


4 posted on 04/01/2010 8:04:16 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: basil

>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.


5 posted on 04/01/2010 8:05:33 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Navy Patriot
http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=142417&catid=3

Anti-Obama billboards appear on metro highways

6 posted on 04/01/2010 8:05:34 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: bootless

really


7 posted on 04/01/2010 8:06:31 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: TornadoAlley3

...cannot use the N-Word or anything that remotely sounds like it.


8 posted on 04/01/2010 8:06:55 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: bootless
Florida doc tells patients who voted for Obama to go away

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-mount-dora-doctor-tells-patients-go-aw20100401,0,5593120.story

9 posted on 04/01/2010 8:07:20 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: basil

Im offended it aint big enough


10 posted on 04/01/2010 8:07:36 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: TornadoAlley3

Sounds like one of those wacky, new, “Thou shalt not...” things coming out of Napolitano’s Homeland Insecurity Department.


11 posted on 04/01/2010 8:07:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help! I've been Alinskyed by the Obamanoids and I can't get up!)
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To: STONEWALLS

The word mean s stingy


12 posted on 04/01/2010 8:08:40 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: TornadoAlley3
I see that as being more profane in public than anything else.

Call the man a Communist traitor, but keep the suggested cuss words out IMO.

13 posted on 04/01/2010 8:08:50 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

He’s only niggardly with his own money. With mine, he’s quite the opposite.


14 posted on 04/01/2010 8:10:12 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Buck Fobama!
15 posted on 04/01/2010 8:10:20 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: TornadoAlley3
My long time doctor voted for obama, said he wanted a change, also said he always voted republican until this election. I have a new doctor now, I won't have a stupid person taking care of my family's medical needs.
16 posted on 04/01/2010 8:10:51 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: basil

I’m offended by the ignorance displayed regarding the English language.

Does that count?


17 posted on 04/01/2010 8:10:51 PM PDT by Salamander (....and I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.......)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Obama Deficit = Black Hole


18 posted on 04/01/2010 8:11:09 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: TornadoAlley3

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!


19 posted on 04/01/2010 8:11:12 PM PDT by John Leland 1789 (Grateful)
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To: TornadoAlley3

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.


20 posted on 04/01/2010 8:11:12 PM PDT by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Some of my best friends are niggardly...


21 posted on 04/01/2010 8:12:19 PM PDT by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Well....the use of "niggardly" is impossible to excuse.

Any one of 20 words could have been used. The pun was intentional.

22 posted on 04/01/2010 8:12:34 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Socialism is for people who've given up.)
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To: Graybeard58

Any doc who would voted for Obama deserves to be his health-care slave.


23 posted on 04/01/2010 8:13:40 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: STONEWALLS

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.


24 posted on 04/01/2010 8:14:04 PM PDT by Salamander (....and I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.......)
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To: TornadoAlley3

If you can’t stand the heat, then leave the White House and go back to Kenya.


25 posted on 04/01/2010 8:14:12 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: al baby

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.


26 posted on 04/01/2010 8:14:52 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: TornadoAlley3

More good protest signs are needed on highways all over the country. EFFECTIVE!


27 posted on 04/01/2010 8:16:08 PM PDT by John Leland 1789 (Grateful)
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To: TornadoAlley3
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.

If they can't determine that a crime was not committed on their own, they need to find another line of work.

28 posted on 04/01/2010 8:18:48 PM PDT by B Knotts (Impeach Obama)
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To: TornadoAlley3
The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama…seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

Needless to say, that really pissed off some of the Urologists patients.

29 posted on 04/01/2010 8:19:23 PM PDT by Enterprise (Dan Rather said Obama is so incompetent he couldn't sell watermelons.)
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To: OneWingedShark

***Keep the niggardly sign. If people are too [willfully] ignorant that they think it’s a racial term then laugh at them.***

Especially since Obama re-nigged on his political promises.


30 posted on 04/01/2010 8:19:33 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

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.


31 posted on 04/01/2010 8:21:06 PM PDT by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: STONEWALLS

Uh, oh.

Now what are we going to call Nigeria?


32 posted on 04/01/2010 8:22:12 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: OrangeHoof

Thats funny!


33 posted on 04/01/2010 8:24:21 PM PDT by Between the Lines (AreYouWhoYouSayYouAre?)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

reneged. dork.


34 posted on 04/01/2010 8:24:24 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: OrangeHoof

The Foley Catheter is a terrible weapon in the hands of a patient man.


35 posted on 04/01/2010 8:25:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
I'm about fed up with politically correct speech. I've been getting called a baby killer and psycho redneck honky since I came back from the Corps.

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...

36 posted on 04/01/2010 8:25:45 PM PDT by jonascord (We've got the Constitution to protect us. Why should we worry?)
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To: TornadoAlley3
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.

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?

37 posted on 04/01/2010 8:26:30 PM PDT by Engineer_Soldier (Enough's enough already! It's time to cleanse America of every nonConstitutionalist!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

We’ve never thought the 1st amendment should apply to expressions we don’t like.

-your friends on the American left


38 posted on 04/01/2010 8:30:46 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: mamelukesabre

***reneged. dork.***

Ever played 42? I still like the other spelling better.


39 posted on 04/01/2010 8:32:09 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: STONEWALLS
...cannot use the N-Word or anything that remotely sounds like it.

Keep away from using *all* words that start with the letter "N" or use "n" at all. Take it out of the alphabet.

Brought to you by the letter "N".
40 posted on 04/01/2010 8:34:05 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (NEW TAG ====> **REPEAL OR REBEL* * -- Islam Delenda Est! -- Rumble thee forth)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Now what are we going to call Nigeria?”

How about Soetero-land or Barryburg?


41 posted on 04/01/2010 8:36:57 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
“that was really fair to make us look like we're prejudiced.”

Uh-oh. Yet another ignoramus who doesn't know the definition of “niggardly”. ROFL

42 posted on 04/01/2010 8:39:39 PM PDT by El Gran Salseron
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I don’t get this niggling concern over signage.


43 posted on 04/01/2010 8:46:13 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: TornadoAlley3
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.

When it comes to California's finances, something's got to give. May it be their pensions.

44 posted on 04/01/2010 8:47:41 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.


45 posted on 04/01/2010 8:52:02 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

Or the Republic, Martian valley, British warship, or bird seed called Niger.

Oh, and who’ll notify the rap “music” industry?


46 posted on 04/01/2010 8:53:21 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: TornadoAlley3
You all remember what Niger Innis said when CNN put up a screen cap that said "Nigger Innis," don't you?

He said, "They must have thought I was a rap singer."

47 posted on 04/01/2010 9:03:56 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: TornadoAlley3
"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...."

That's right!

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.

48 posted on 04/01/2010 9:14:36 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

“Crime”???


49 posted on 04/01/2010 9:58:12 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TornadoAlley3

50 posted on 04/01/2010 10:13:00 PM PDT by Cobra64
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