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  1. #1 Obama Supporter Shuts Down Major California Freeway 
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    Armed Man Waving Flag Shuts Down California Freeway



    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A man in a ski mask waved an American flag and a handgun on a freeway overpass for about three hours Monday morning, forcing a massive traffic shutdown before he surrendered.

    Police said crisis negotiators coaxed Edward Van Tassel, 28, to give up west of downtown Santa Barbara on Highway 101, a major route along the California coast. Traffic was jammed at least three miles in each direction.

    After dropping his weapon, Van Tassel asked for a Barack Obama campaign sign, which authorities delivered to him using a bomb squad robot, police said. The man attached the sign and the flag to the overpass and later walked backward to officers, who took him into custody.

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    Apparently he's an Army Veteran of the Iraq War, hopefully the guy gets whatever help he needs. Lucky he didn't end up getting shot over it.
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    If he was an Iraq veteran, that would spare us from inevitably asking what his DU name is. At least no one got hurt. I hope he gets the help he needs.
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    I'd also say the cops showed remarkable restraint. Kudos to them for sorting this peacefully..and no shots fired.
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    This may be the first drop of rain in a storm that is very much on its way.

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    Keep your powder dry, your sword sharp and your wits intact.
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    be sure to mark where you are when the riots start.
    Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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    I wonder if the idiot made sure to vote first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    be sure to mark where you are when the riots start.
    I have to go into Phoenix today. I WILL be armed all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by expat-pattaya View Post
    I have to go into Phoenix today. I WILL be armed all day.
    good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by expat-pattaya View Post
    I have to go into Phoenix today. I WILL be armed all day.

    I am ALWAYS armed if I have to go into Phoenix.
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