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    Angry Sign outside Florida bar & grill: "FREE ENTERPRISE JEWS FOR OBAMAS OVENS"

    AVON PARK - A sign in front of an Avon Park bar and grill has again drawn both complaints and praise.

    "FREE ENTERPIZE THE JEWS FOR OBAMAS OVENS" is posted on the marquee outside the Wild Turkey Tavern.



    On Friday morning, a caller complained before the Highlands Today's office opened, and another sent an e-mail and attached a photo of the sign.

    "I was in town visiting my parents when I drove past the Wild Turkey sign," said Zane Thomas, a former Sebring resident. "I was aware of the bigotry that exists, but this surprised me... Racism is alive and well in Highlands County."

    Mike Reark, the Wild Turkey's owner, didn't view his message as bigoted or racist.

    "Our entire lifestyle is under attack by a vicious socialist-leaning organization," Reark said on Friday morning. "They are out to crush almost every freedom that we have."

    Free enterprise is one of those freedoms, Reark explained. At first, he likened President Obama to a Nazi, then revised his remarks to explain that his message was a metaphor. The Jews represent the American people, and it is Americans who are going into the Nazi ovens, he said.

    Obama is taking over the investigation of terrorists, and he's letting them go, Reark complained. The administration is also investigating the torture of terrorists, and critics are suggesting that CIA officers may be prosecuted if they tortured suspects.

    "He's undermining everything," Reark said.

    "And by the way, I'm getting nothing but praise on those signs," Reark pointed out.

    After Highlands Today asked online readers what they thought, a mix of opinions came in.

    "I have never seen a sign at the Wild Turkey that I did not like," said Bob Dillard of Sebring.

    "My opinion is that is private property and the owner has the same right as your newspaper to display whatever he wants, regardless of the political theme or offending certain groups," e-mailed Ric Poteat of Sebring. "I am not a bigot, I have no problem with gays, I love and stand by the State of Israel, just also the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights."

    Phil Bellerive of Sebring thought Friday's sign was a reflection of the current "toxic political atmosphere in this part of the country."

    "People who express a political opinion end up getting bashed," Bellerive said. "Look at the town hall meetings over health insurance reform.There seems to be a combination of arrogant ignorance and what I saw referred to as 'hysterical ninnyism.' A lot of misinformation is being deliberately spoon-fed to segments of the general public.

    "They are at time humorous, but normally offensive and bigoted," William Berry of Sebring e-mailed. "However, it is the owner's right to free speech and they should not be silenced.

    "That being said, it is my right to choose not to spend my money in that establishment and I have never gone inside their restaurant/bar," Berry said. "I would have to think that the signs both attract and turn people off from visiting there."

    After Ted Kennedy died last week, another sign expressed glee, and a later sign suggested a similar fate would be appropriate for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Rahm Emanuel and other Democratic leaders should do the same. Other messages have bashed lesbians.

    "The sign regarding Senator Kennedy's passing was, in my opinion, in bad taste," Berry said. "There have been and will be many who serve in government who I have not agreed with, but I think that the average person, a compassionate person, would stop short of celebrating or wishing death upon those with a differing viewpoint."

    Ted Watson disagreed: "I love the signs and hope he keeps putting them up. At least until we lose the right to free speech also. Last time I checked the Bible, gay and lesbian lifestyles are an abomination to God."

    Even so, Thomas, a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, thinks something should be done about the signs.

    "It is an absolutefailure of leadership when these folks can spew venomous racistremarks like this without retribution," Thomas said. "We need community leaders to stand up and lead. Until that happens these people with hatred in their hearts will continue to interpret the silence as acceptance and the hatred will fester just beneath the surface like acanceroustumor until one day all hell breaks lose. When thisday comes,our community leaders - elected, appointed and self-proclaimed - will pull their heads out of the sand and profess to be bewildered that this could happen in their community.

    "The key to eliminating prejudice is education and participation," Thomas said. Community leadersshould denounce any form of bigotry, he said.

    Reark was unapologetic. "It was meant to hit a nerve. I want people to think, I want people to wake up."
    Wild Turkey Tavern sign stirs another ruckus

    Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK? Each and every time something like this happens I tell myself "well, don't be surprised the next time it happens".. yet, still, when instances of such brazen, blatant, hateful bigotry DO occur I am just speechless. Just.. wow.

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    "Our entire lifestyle is under attack by a vicious socialist-leaning organization," Reark said on Friday morning. "They are out to crush almost every freedom that we have."
    I love how these people block out the 8 years of Dubya taking away civil liberties, duping the country into an illegal war and spying on people. Oh, and there was that pesky matter of being asleep at the wheel prior to 9/11 and leaving Bin Laden on the loose.

    Yup. Everything was great for 8 years and then Obama ruined the country.

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    Duz he knot have enuff ltrs for his sines or duz he knot no how to spel gud? In addition to being a racist ignoramus, he's a stupid motherfucker as well. I guess the two go hand-in-hand.

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    This is disgusting. I'm always shocked at how frickin' backwoods and hillbilly parts of inland Florida are.

    ETA: lol this guy looks exactly like you'd think he would look- he's one of these asshats below. I cropped the pic to spare you what's going on in the bottom of the photo but if you must, you can see it here:

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    Yea, I'm pretty sure he's the one on the left. I found him on a fishing website

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I love how these people block out the 8 years of Dubya taking away civil liberties, duping the country into an illegal war and spying on people. Oh, and there was that pesky matter of being asleep at the wheel prior to 9/11 and leaving Bin Laden on the loose.

    Yup. Everything was great for 8 years and then Obama ruined the country.
    All those people don't care because it didn't happen to them. They got to stay hunkered in their little backwater towns and watch Fox News tout the war and all its graces, without ever bothering with facts or history or precedents or diplomacy or any of those pesky, little nuances. Hammer/Nail, all day, all the time.

    It's amazing, we've become a socialist/fascist/communist/nazi pinko-liberal, gun-denying, terrorist-sympathizing, freedom-stripping wasteland in under a year! Record time! And now they get to hang their hat on all this brand new victimhood. Victims in their own country, poor Turkey Tavern proprietors, aw...
    Enjoy the liquor and delicatessen.

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    The Jews represent the American people, and it is Americans who are going into the Nazi ovens, he said.


    It's always pathetic when ku klutzers and their admirers trip over themselves with the lame brained excuses that a pre school kid can see through.

    I'm surprised he didn't say the magic phrase, "apologize" IF anyone was offended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali View Post
    This is disgusting. I'm always shocked at how frickin' backwoods and hillbilly parts of inland Florida are.

    ETA: lol this guy looks exactly like you'd think he would look- he's one of these asshats below. I cropped the pic to spare you what's going on in the bottom of the photo but if you must, you can see it here:
    I clicked the picture. These two morons are actually associated with a company called 'salty crackers charters?' Nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by cockfosters View Post
    All those people don't care because it didn't happen to them. They got to stay hunkered in their little backwater towns and watch Fox News tout the war and all its graces, without ever bothering with facts or history or precedents or diplomacy or any of those pesky, little nuances. Hammer/Nail, all day, all the time.

    It's amazing, we've become a socialist/fascist/communist/nazi pinko-liberal, gun-denying, terrorist-sympathizing, freedom-stripping wasteland in under a year! Record time! And now they get to hang their hat on all this brand new victimhood. Victims in their own country, poor Turkey Tavern proprietors, aw...
    True. Plus, they still believe that Dubya did what he did to keep us 'safe.'

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    What freedoms have I lost in the last 8 months? Please someone tell me, I want to be outraged too, but I'm befuddled.
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    According to the right-wingers, we lost the right to live in 24/7 fear of terrorists, our economic prosperity & every Constitutional right on January 20th, 2009, ending the 8-year nirvana that was the Bush presidency.

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    Anyway you slice it or dice it - bottom line - they're prejudice. They don't want a black president even if he is honest, intelligent and of good character. He's still a black man to them.

    It would be refreshing if they would just come out and say that.

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    ok, i've had enough of this shit!

    Somebody hold my earrings.

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    I'm starting to think that some of these people are mentally ill. Or just really stupid.

    I mean, I'd like to be reasonable, and have a dialogue, etc. etc. but I don't want to argue with fools.

    I've heard that thing about Obama and the liberals are 'taking away our freedoms' but if challenged, they can't actually name one. (IMO, things haven't changed much, unfortunately.)

    Too bad that most interviewers just let these folks weep and rant and make fools of themselves inside of asking them to name one fucking freedom that Obama has taken away from them.

    What if everyone smart leaves the US and just these folks are left?

    It freaks me out when Sarah Palin warns about an Orwellian society (with libruls in charge) when we already have a whole mass of retards on TV crying over Obama telling their fucking POS kids to stay in school.

    I can't take it anymore.

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    Yeah cause we all did so well over the last 8 years.

    What I don't understand is the people who are most hurt by the Bush policies are the ones sticking up for him and are also against the Democrats. It doesn't make sense. What are they to gain under the Republicans? The Republican party today isn't about them, the average working class guy - it's about big business, and helping the wealthy keep more of their wealth. It has also been taken over in some part by religious fanatics. The whole thing is just bizarre.

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