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Friday, October 31, 2008


Current mood: electric
Category: Life

[This is what I mean about a well-rounded education!]

We used to do this nonsense.  Election season was one of the best times for teenage boys with freshly printed driver licenses.  But at nine years old??  I think dad was trying to teach his son a lesson on consequence-free living... (we will leave the household party affiliation for the reader to guess).

"Suspected sign swapper, 9, gets shock"
"Shawn Turschak of Chapel Hill was tired of someone stealing McCain-Palin campaign signs from his yard.

So Turschak, who has a degree in electrical engineering, hooked up a sign to a power source for an electric pet fence Monday. Turschak also put up a surveillance camera.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported that on Tuesday, a 9-year-old boy with an Obama-Biden sign grabbed the McCain-Palin sign and got a jolt.

The boy's father, Andrew Noble, then showed up at the Turschak's door, upset that his son had been shocked. Soon, an Orange County sheriff's deputy also showed up at Turschak's home.

Noble says that his son just wanted to see how the campaign sign was put together. Turschak says that the boy intended to swap out the signs.

Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass said he doesn't plan to file charges."

Oh, but that's not all.  Here's another bright spot in modern news reporting - a curiously detailed piece on the story.

"Battle over campaign signs starts with an electric shock"
- McClatchy Newspapers
"After Shawn Turschak saw two sets of McCain-Palin signs disappear from his yard within hours of being planted, he took steps to protect the latest pair.

On Monday, he ran wires from his house and hooked the signs into a power source for an electric pet fence. Then he mounted a surveillance camera in a nearby tree and wired it to a digital recorder.

Tuesday afternoon, the camera saw this: A neighbor trotting up with an Obama-Biden sign, grabbing a handful of volts as he touched a McCain-Palin sign, then fleeing at top 9-year-old boy speed.

A few minutes later, the boy's father, Andrew Noble, was at Turschak's door, demanding an explanation from Turschak's 13-year-old daughter, who called her parents on the phone to say a man was yelling at her. Both families agree on one aspect of the exchange, that Noble chastised her for "electrocuting" his son, then left."

Chewing out a 13 year old female third party?  What a stud you are, Mister "Noble"!

The piece goes into great detail, including the property situation, the political history of the neighborhood, and the evidence against our juvie perp.

"Noble told an investigator that the boy had been trying to pull up the McCain sign so that he could see how it was constructed, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The video, Turschak said, makes clear that the boy was planning to switch the signs, which are essentially sheathes that slip over metal framework. The boy had only brought the Democratic sheath, not the legs."

Deny, deny, deny - and fabricate if necessary.  Can you define "is" Mr. Noble?

And before sympathy grows for the little guy, who may seem a pawn here being played by the grown-ups, 

"Turschak, who has a degree in electrical engineering, said he tested the shock on himself while wiring the signs, and did so again while a reporter watched Wednesday, touching both signs repeatedly without flinching. Under each was a yellow sign warning that they were electrified."

Probably the best line of the story,

"Capt. James Nida of the Sheriff's Department talked to both families Wednesday. Nida, who as a child experienced the charms of electric fences, didn't feel the need to test Turschak's signs.

"Been there, done that," he said."

The charms of electric fences... that's gotta be a book title!

Currently reading :
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
By Philip K. Dick
Release date: By 1996-05-28

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