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The three Obama/Biden signs that were placed on my morning commute route have disappeared. One at a traffic light and two from someone's front yard. Several Romney signs remain.

I'll head to my OFA office and get replacements for the distant neighbor who lost his/her signs.

This is petty and stupid. You don't see us stealing any of your signs, do you?

How long do you think it will be before we see another YouTube video of one of our signs being shot, like what happened during the Amendment One election:

Ugh

There is a strong desire to get revenge, but I'll be the better man and leave their numerous signs alone. I guess its not enough to outnumber our signs by 5:1, so some insecure jerk has to take down signs that he/she doesn't like... I've had enough of these rednecks and their juvenile antics.

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  •  That's why I don't bother (0+ / 0-)

    I know if I put out signs they'd be stolen.

    •  no pre-emptive defeatism! (3+ / 0-)
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      XenuLives, Throw The Bums Out, jnww

      "Don't bother" is giving in before the fight even starts.

      Put up those signs proudly.

      Surround them with enough dog doo in the grass that anyone who tries to steal a sign is probably going to step in it and track it into their car.

      If you want to discourage them further, coat the sign with Vaseline so they get slimed when they touch it (and they won't be able to figure out what it is: just "something icky") and they can't get a grip on it to pull it out of the ground.

      Best of all, floodlights triggered by motion sensors and connected to a beeper indoors, so you can catch them in the act.  Your choice of a camera to get their faces, or a firearm to make them put their hands up while you call the police.

      The answer to these people is zero tolerance and showing a willingness to fight.

      They are cowards: like bullies they will back down when confronted with strength.  

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 01:23:33 PM PDT

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      •  I love the Vaseline idea (1+ / 0-)
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        G2geek

        Getting even without playing dirty... I like it!

        I could find a new home for some "used" kitty litter...

      •  By the color of their hands ye shall know them. (1+ / 0-)
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        chimene

        Is stuff called Dykem  "High Spot Blue".  Its basically a thin vaseline, with very permanent blue dye mixed in.  Its used by machinists to fit parts to very close tolerances.

        Its non-toxic, never dries (literature says "months"), and is formulated to transfer on contact.   As mentioned, the blue dye is very long lasting, as in get it on your hands, and wait for the skin to wear away.

        You get it at industrial suppliers.  One source.  Wear rubber gloves when applying it, and resist the temptation to scratch your nose.  The blue color should be close to that of the sign.

        Back before we exported all the tool and die jobs to Asia, and phones were black, rotary dialed, and corded, its common alternate use was giving the foreman "blue ear syndrome"

        This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

        by rjnerd on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:06:23 PM PDT

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  •  Been happening here in central Raleigh… (1+ / 0-)
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    rovertheoctopus

    … for a while.

    I haven't had one stolen yet, but if I did I'd make use of the Placing a Note near the replacement sign stating that every time a sign is stolen, it will be replaced, meaning more money for the campaign.

  •  We're in full swing in TN (7+ / 0-)

    My county's Dem party chair is a gutsy ex-Michgander brave enough to fly a big Obama yard sign all summer, along with signs dissing those who persistently vandalized it. He finally won.

    More recently, local GOP operatives have been removing our big Obama signs and USING OUR T-POSTS to hang their candidates' signs. That takes some moxie!

    I'm still trying to decide whether to risk a yard sign or not. I'm a woman who lives alone in a fairly isolated spot. I don't want someone damaging my property or hurting my cats when I can't be there to protect the place. Most local supporters are taking the same tack, so almost all our Obama yard signs are going up at intersections and on roadsides. Results fully expected: Obama yard signs removed, Obama yard signs defaced with spray paint. But we ordered lots and lots and lots of Obama yard signs. They steal 'em, we put 'em right back up. Bring it, motherf-ers.

    !! Four more years !!

    by raincrow on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 12:07:20 PM PDT

  •  Same problem here (0+ / 0-)

    in rural central Virginia. In a generally Democratic county. Lots & lots of Rmoney/Ryan, Allen & Hurt signs, large ones, undisturbed. Large and small Obama signs are either stolen or destroyed.

    I know I read somewhere several years ago about methods to deter this destruction, but can't find it now.

    Open to suggestions from anyone!

    I brought my neighbor two new signs yesterday after I noticed hers was missing. She boards and fosters lots of dogs and plans to surround her new sign with dog poop!

    •  Note and donate (2+ / 0-)
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      BRog, SoCaliana

      Put a note on the signs that says "Every time this sign is stolen $_ will be donated to OFA.  The campaign thanks you for stealing this sign!"

      Then do it.

      Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. "

      by FoxfireTX on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 12:41:17 PM PDT

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  •  Happening all over Chatham County n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." -Zappa My Site

    by meagert on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 12:13:37 PM PDT

  •  I've lost two signs here in Colorado. (1+ / 0-)
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    XenuLives

    On my third--it's been up about five days.  Absolutely surrounded by R/R signs--I think there are three of us in an entire subdivision (in deep red Douglas County) who have Obama signs out. Mine seem to be the only ones stolen. But 75% of this county votes by mail--and the ballots are on their way, should arrive today. And then I get to cast my solid Democratic ballot--the first was for LBJ.

  •  Here, too, in Pickens County, SC. (1+ / 0-)
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    XenuLives

    Two days ago I was surprised and pleased to see an Obama/Biden side on the roadside a few miles from my house. Saw it again yesterday. Smiled.

    Today: sign gone. Disgusting.

    Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

    by Miniaussiefan on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 01:25:44 PM PDT

  •  Ideas (0+ / 0-)

    Paint some rat traps flat black and hide them on the sign.

    Put a motion sensor activated water sprinkler nearby to give the thief a spray.

    Rig a blind where you can hide with a good flash camera to get their license plate number and them in the act of the theft.  Blind them with flood lights while you're shooting them.  If you're in one of those shoot to kill states, just shoot the asshole.

    I'd run the hot wire of a bare electrician cord on one side and the bare neutral wire on the other side.  Put danger-high-voltage signs in front of the Obama sign and have the trash haulers on speed dial, cuz you'll probably kill the asshole.

  •  Town looks like it threw up Romney signs (1+ / 0-)
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    XenuLives

    It's so maddening to see a sea of Romney signage, bumper stickers, and for complete strangers to talk to me about how bad Obama is for America. The town, nay, HELLHOLE we currently live in is over 90% conservative leaning, voting, breathing, worshiping, bullshitting.

    Anyway, I've been trying to come up with something to put around the sign to deter conservative fucks from stealing my Obama signs. Maybe cover it in truths? Truth is always a conservative deterrent :)

    Neighbors to our left and right all have Romney signs, we deserve a voice, too!

     

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 02:31:28 PM PDT

    •  Currently in GA btw and the GA Dem Party (0+ / 0-)

      is trying to sell off, "Obama Ya'll" yard signs. If that's all there were to display from the Obama team I'd have to pay people to take it from my yard. WTF?! haha

      Strange but not a stranger.

      by jnww on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 02:36:23 PM PDT

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