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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:38 PM

If You Were Stuck In Traffic Behind Me Yesterday ...

at the intersection of Pike Plaza and Lafayette Road in Indianapolis about 2:40 pm, then I owe you an apology. After reading my story, though, I hope you will understand why:

So, my husband and I were watching the Giants get their asses kicked, and decided that since we needed to get a few things from the store, that we would go ahead and take care of the errand, and be back by the time the 4:00 game came on.

Anyway, we pick up what we needed from the store, then stopped at the Meijer gas station to get gas. Having accomplished that, we head out of the gas station back out on Pike Plaza where I was going to make a left. There traffic was slightly more than I thought it would be, so I was sitting there lamenting the fact that I didn't go to Moller Road where there's a traffic light.

During the wait, this piece of shit Toyota pulls up next to us to make a right onto Pike Plaza. My husband and I are talking and shooting the bull, when I see the driver of the Toyota, a white male, look over at me at say "Fuck You!" and flip me off!! His windows were up, but it was totally obvious what he had said. I don't think he meant for me to see it. Maybe. I just think that when I turned my head to the right to check out oncoming traffic, I caught him running his mouth.

Immediately I'm thinking, "What the hell was THAT all about?" and I tell my husband what the guy said. I'm wondering if I cut the guy off somehow, or what, when suddenly, I remembered how a month ago a white guy in a big Chevy truck yelled out his window at me, "OBAMA SUCKS!!"; then I also remembered another guy yell out his car window at me, "FUCK OBAMA!!". Then it dawned on me - this is about the four Barack Obama magnets on my car, and that just totally pissed me off!!

So, instead of making the left, I took off to the right and caught up with the idiot. He and his wife, or whoever his female companion was (a Tammy Faye Bakker clone complete with false eyelashes and about a pound of Maybelline, with the cell phone glued to her head) were sitting in the left turn lane at the intersection of Pike Plaza and Lafayette Road - they were about the third car back. In the lane beside them, I pulled right up, stopped, let my window down, and asked the guy if there was some problem since he was cussing me out. At this point, she lets her window down, and they are both looking at me like I'm the crazy one!WTF?? So, I repeat myself, and the guy finally finds his balls and yells back, "BECAUSE YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA!!".

So I start chuckling (and yawl keep in mind we're at a light) and say, "You're right, I am an Obama voter, along with more than half of the population - what about it?" Anyway, it went back and forth for about 10 minutes, him spouting his Fox News talking points (Obama stole the election because he isn't a citizen and shouldn't have been running in the first place; Obama is selling our country to China; Obama wants to get rid of the 2nd amendment, blah blah blah), me countering with the truth and telling him how misinformed he is! My husband and I are yelling, the guy and his passenger were yelling, and then she said, "What did you gain from an Obama win anyway? Oh, I know what you gained! Another coupla hundred bucks added to your monthly food stamp allowance!".

All this time, cars are blowing their horns and because we have traffic completely stopped. Before long, we heard the blare of a Marion County Sheriff's vehicle; and my husband (who is always on me about my, shall we say, passion about politics, and that I should tone it down) was like, "Oh shit! We're getting ready to be arrested!!" The sheriff got out of his car and asked us what was going on? He asked if there had been some sort of collision? And I told him, "Only of political viewpoints" and he gave me a double-take and said, "Would you repeat that, please, ma'am?" And I said, "We've only had a collision of political points of view. My fellow citizen here has taken extreme exception to my exercising my constitutional right to vote to Barack Obama. He thinks that because I have these magnets on my car, that he has the right to harass me and verbally abuse me, and I took extreme exception to that, so here we are."

The sheriff waited a beat, looked at all of us for a few more seconds, and told us that he should give us tickets for impeding traffic, but that if we all went our separate ways, then he'd call it even. So that's what we did. I've got to tell you, though, that that was the angriest I've been in a long time. I was reading some of the stories on this site with varying degrees of disbelief that teabaggers have lost their tiny little minds over this election, and here it's happened to me. It still seems surreal.

My family is pressuring me to remove the magnets from my vehicle. And, to be honest, I planned to do just that before all this happened. (Two of them have been on my car since '08, then I recently added two more.) Now I feel like I want to leave them on my car for the next four years!!

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MightyAfrodite Nov 2012 OP
Mira Nov 2012 #1
Bake Nov 2012 #9
hedgehog Nov 2012 #2
Jester Messiah Nov 2012 #10
hedgehog Nov 2012 #11
Jester Messiah Nov 2012 #12
jaxind Nov 2012 #3
morningglory Nov 2012 #4
MightyAfrodite Nov 2012 #5
Filibuster Harry Nov 2012 #6
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #7
Bake Nov 2012 #8
lunatica Nov 2012 #13
MightyAfrodite Nov 2012 #14

Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:46 PM

1. Very courageous and necessary. A story you won't ever forget.

Since I'm one to heavily load down the vehicle with political opinion and live in the South, I know what you mean.
I do.

(LOVE your name. MIRA Sorvino won the Oscar for her role in Mighty Aphrodite )

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Response to Mira (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:10 PM

9. No. Foolish and unnecessary.

She wasn't going to persuade the other driver, and took a very considerable, even reckless, risk.

Bake

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:52 PM

2. You already knew the guy in the other car had a short temper,

but instead of laughing it off, you followed him and provoked him further. What if he had gotten out and started puncuhing? What if he'd started waving a gun around?.

Years ago, in a college self defense class, a bunch of the guys asked the teacher the best defense if they were in a bar and someone pulled a knife. He looked them in the eye and replied " The best defense is to stay out of the kind of bar where someone pulls out a knife!"

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:22 AM

10. Let's balance wisdom with courage, though.

We can't allow them to intimidate us. We can't let ourselves be forced into silence just because they might pull a weapon or otherwise attack. We are Americans with rights.

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Response to Jester Messiah (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:00 PM

11. There is a difference between having an Obama bumper sticker on your car,

and picking a fight with anyone who is rude about it!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:48 AM

12. In this case the fight picked her.

She was perfectly justified in standing her ground, and in pressing the issue when the little bastard tried to "hit and run" so to speak.

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:52 PM

3. Love it!

I love everything about what you did. In fact, I would probably have done the same thing since I too am passionate about politics. However, you have to wonder if nowadays that was a safe thing to do. There are so many crazies out there, especially the Repugs with their guns! Anyway, I'm glad you and your husband are safe!

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:26 PM

4. My husband said he always thought he was "The Nerd", but

He found out he is the father of the nerd with his cruise control set on 38mph. One time he was demonstrating what someone gestured to him. We were at a stoplight and my husband was waving both middle fingers out the window while squirming violently in his seat. Meanwhile a young man had pulled up beside us. He leaned out and said "You got a problem with me?" Light turned green. Not enough time to explain.

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:06 PM

5. A dangerously stupid thing to do -

I know. You guys are right. Now I know what temporary insanity feels like. It was like I just lost it. I'm so sick of our Prez being constantly berated and disrespected, I guess I just wanted to tell some idiot from the right exactly how I felt.

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:31 PM

6. glad everything turned out okay

Agree with adangerous thing to do. Glad everything is okay. Hope it remains okay.
Love the passion though.

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:40 PM

7. You made a better choice than, say, tailgaiting and rear-ending the guy

or following him, waiting until he and the Tammy Faye clone went into the store, and slashing his tires.

Well-played, actually.

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:08 PM

8. Keep the magnets but don't do that again!

Don't get in arguments with abusive strangers at intersections. You're not going to persuade the other party, and you're just asking for trouble. We need you around to work and vote in 2014 and 2016 and beyond!

Bake

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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:06 AM

13. From now on just laugh at them when they flip you off

And watch their heads explode. Just yell, "We won! Get over it!" and throw your head back and laugh.

And leave your magnets on your car!



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Response to MightyAfrodite (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:07 AM

14. You all are right ....

I should have just laughed that shit off like I normally do, but I guess Saturday just wasn't the day!

As far as the magnets go, I took three off and left one on.

Let's see what happens next.

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