Saw this report today.

A 70-year-old Nashville man was accused of ramming his sport utility vehicle several times into the back of a vehicle that had a Obama/Biden bumper sticker.

Harry K Weisiger, a retiree, made obscene gestures and pointed at the campaign sticker for United States President Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden before he smashed into schoolteacher Mark Duren’s car, police said. Weisiger has been charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of the accident and refusing to take a field sobriety test.

The incident appears to be among the overheated US partisan political atmosphere, including death threats sent to members of Congress and their families who supported the recent health care reform bill.

Hm, thinks I. I seem to recall something like that on LGF back in the day.

Sure enough.

TAMPA – Politics has always been divisive, splitting families and turning friend against friend.

This week, though, a Tampa woman learned that simple Bush-Cheney bumper sticker can bring trouble, if not danger, from a total stranger.

Police say Michelle Fernandez, 35, was chased for miles Tuesday by an irate 31-year-old Tampa man who cursed at her as he held up an anti-Bush sign and tried to run her off the road.

His sign, about the size of a business letter, read:

Never Forget Bush’s Illegal Oil War Murdered Thousands in Iraq.

In her frantic nine-minute call Tuesday to a 911 dispatcher, Fernandez said it was the Bush Cheney ’04 bumper sticker on her green Ford Expedition that set the other driver off.

“I was just almost run off the road by a man,” she told the dispatcher at 5:14 p.m. She was taking her son, 10, and daughter, 3, to a ballfield.

“He just ran me off because I have a Bush bumper sticker in my car. He had some type of – he drove up next to me with – he had a sign on it like hanging from his – from the passenger window, that said something about the war in Iraq. . . . I’m shaking like a leaf.”

Durkin said Winkler started following Fernandez at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Armenia Avenue shortly after 5 p.m.

“He told our officers that he just got mad at her, so he went after her,” Durkin said.

As Fernandez drove south on Armenia, the other driver pulled alongside her in his black 1996 Nissan, beeping his horn and “flailing his arms,” according to a police report.

He held the antiwar sign up to his passenger-side window, she said, following her along busy streets in south and west Tampa and veering into her path, forcing her to swerve to avoid a collision. She pleaded with the dispatcher for help and tried to get away by running through stop signs and changing directions.

“Oh, now he’s following me! I’m gonna get back on Kennedy now. I don’t know what to do!” she told the dispatcher, her voice rising.

At one point the man pulled his car in front of Fernandez’s, got out and started running toward her, Fernandez told police.

“He just pulled over next to me, he’s stopping the car, it’s ridiculous, this man!” she said. “He’s running after my car. Oh my goodness, he’s a fanatic, he’s in the middle of the street!”

She drove along Arrawana Avenue and Habana Street, then back onto Kennedy Boulevard, but she couldn’t shake him, Durkin said.

“He’s trying to hurt us. Look at this, what a moron,” she said. “Look at him! . . . Idiot!”

The dispatcher told Fernandez to drive to the Tampa police office near Raymond James Stadium, but she drove instead to the ballfield where she had been headed with her children before the chase. She met with a police officer and carefully described the Nissan and its tag number, Durkin said.

Officers traced the tag to Winkler, went to his home within an hour and arrested him.

“This could have been tragic, for her and her children and for other people on the road as this was going on,” Durkin said. “But she did all the right things. She showed remarkable poise, she didn’t engage him. She called us.”

There’s also a report of U.S. Air Force colonel vandalising cars with Bush bumper stickers.

Like I keep saying, there are idiots on the fringe of both sides – and I say again to the left:

Let’s stop pretending there aren’t.

Oh, and the illustrations are the first Google images search results for the respective tickets. Speaks volumes really.

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