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Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:33 AM

Drunk dude bulldozes Biden/Harris signs-Neighborhood reacts & plants a zillion signs in their yards

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Cornelius Marion took this picture of James Blight driving away from his neighbor's home where he tore down a chain-link fence with a stolen front-end loader and removed Joe Biden campaign signs in Haines City.

When the driver got to Adam Burgess’s house at 501 N. Third St., he stopped and pulled up some signs supporting Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy, then got back on the front-end loader and tore through the chain-link fence and gate, Marion said.

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Police have determined that the $40,000 front-end loader was stolen from a construction site at West Main Street and U.S. 27, reports state.

Officers caught up with Blight, whose address on the affidavit is “at large,” at Hinson Avenue and South Third Street and arrested him on three felonies — trespass, criminal mischief and grand theft. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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“When people found out what was going on, they got a lot more signs,” Marion said. “They are making an even bolder statement — letting him know they have their rights to vote for whom they choose.”

Drunk dude bulldozes Biden/Harris signs in neighborhood. Neighborhood reacts by planting a zillion signs in their yards.
https://www.theledger.com/story/news/politics/2020/10/26/police-whiskey-drinking-polk-man-stole-bulldozer-dug-up-yards-destroy-biden-campaign-signs/6038928002/

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Reply Drunk dude bulldozes Biden/Harris signs-Neighborhood reacts & plants a zillion signs in their yards (Original post)
kpete Oct 2020 OP
Bettie Oct 2020 #1
634-5789 Oct 2020 #2
Jack from Charlotte Oct 2020 #18
stevesinpa Oct 2020 #26
DeeNice Oct 2020 #29
Newest Reality Oct 2020 #3
mopinko Oct 2020 #4
Richluu Oct 2020 #21
Rural_Progressive Oct 2020 #27
mopinko Oct 2020 #28
Rural_Progressive Oct 2020 #31
AllaN01Bear Oct 2020 #5
2naSalit Oct 2020 #6
KS Toronado Oct 2020 #12
2naSalit Oct 2020 #32
dware Oct 2020 #35
2naSalit Oct 2020 #36
dware Oct 2020 #38
2naSalit Oct 2020 #40
dware Oct 2020 #41
2naSalit Oct 2020 #43
dware Oct 2020 #45
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 2020 #30
2naSalit Oct 2020 #33
BlueJac Oct 2020 #7
The Wizard Oct 2020 #8
bluestarone Oct 2020 #9
dware Oct 2020 #10
2naSalit Oct 2020 #34
dware Oct 2020 #37
2naSalit Oct 2020 #42
dware Oct 2020 #44
2naSalit Oct 2020 #47
dware Oct 2020 #48
2naSalit Oct 2020 #49
WinstonSmith4740 Oct 2020 #11
Bob_in_VA Oct 2020 #13
WinstonSmith4740 Oct 2020 #50
Richluu Oct 2020 #24
llashram Oct 2020 #14
GoCubsGo Oct 2020 #15
C Moon Oct 2020 #16
Dem2 Oct 2020 #17
dawn5651 Oct 2020 #19
kimbutgar Oct 2020 #20
Illumination Oct 2020 #22
Joinfortmill Oct 2020 #23
BobTheSubgenius Oct 2020 #25
blugbox Oct 2020 #39
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:35 AM

1. Assholes abound

and they are becoming angry and frightened.

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Response to Bettie (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:38 AM

2. AGREED!

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Response to 634-5789 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:15 PM

18. This is your Republican Party today.*

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Response to Bettie (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:39 PM

26. i agree

except to say, they aren't becoming angry and frightened. they have been angry and frightened since well before trump entered the picture. people that follow a personality like trump are scared of things they don't understand, which includes people different from them. trump and the republican party didn't create this fear, ignorance creates it. but trump and the republicans capitalize on this fear and exploit it. then this fear turns into anger.

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Response to stevesinpa (Reply #26)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 01:08 PM

29. on point. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:39 AM

3. That guy is like a plant disease!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:42 AM

4. i dont know how old that machine is, but new they run in the 6 figures.

$40K? not unless it is 20 yrs old.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:31 PM

21. $40K

According to the news article. And 15 years in jail for a drunk stunt!

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Response to mopinko (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:41 PM

27. Can't see the model number

but depending on the year and model those machines go from anywhere in the high teens to $70 to 80k obviously depending on condition and number of hours.

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Response to Rural_Progressive (Reply #27)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 01:04 PM

28. rly?

i did some time in construction a long time ago, but a machine like that back in the 80's started at $150k.

i paid $4k for a 30 yr rusty, chugging, old bobcat a few yrs ago. that thing looks like it's in good condition.
i dont rly have much more current experience, tho.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #28)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 02:01 PM

31. Yeah, a buddy of mine moves dirt for a living

so checked with him and then went to machinerytrader before I responded to you.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 09:42 AM

5. hes screwed .

need to edit that warrend for his arrest, jail.if charged , fifteen years .

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:01 AM

6. First off... that's NOT a dozer...

It's a loader, there's a scoop rather than a blade and it has wheels. I think he stole it from reports a couple days ago.

Good on the victims! Hope that asshole sees some time for his ignorance.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 11:36 AM

12. And it has a backhoe on it.

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Response to KS Toronado (Reply #12)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 06:47 PM

32. Well see!

I didn't see any pictures with the whole unit visible and I only saw one end but I guessed, later that it probably was a backhoe.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #32)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 06:55 PM

35. Yeah, it's a backhoe,

you can see one of the outriggers at the back of the machine to support it while using the digging mode.

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Response to dware (Reply #35)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 06:56 PM

36. I just looked at it agaon and I should have seen the pad.

That's a pretty good tell.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #36)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:04 PM

38. I guess I have an unfair advantage in recognizing heavy equipment,

after all, I was a heavy equipment operator in the Marines for 35 years, except for a 2 year stint in the Security Forces.

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Response to dware (Reply #38)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:08 PM

40. I have spent a career around heavy equipment...

Operated some but mostly rolled 18 wheelers all over the middle of the continent for too long.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #40)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:11 PM

41. Outstanding.

And a hearty hello to fellow road warrior comrade.

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Response to dware (Reply #41)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:15 PM

43. That sure is a pretty rig there...

Once in a while I think I'd like to borrow one for a day and drive as far as I can for a day, then come home.


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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #43)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:20 PM

45. And it sure cost a pretty penny to buy and maintain.

Hell, one day you just ought to say screw it and do it., might be a fun day.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 01:44 PM

30. around here it's a backhoe with a front loader ...

Been seeing that "bulldozer" headline since it happened, but haven't read the stories until now. I kept picturing that maniac in Colorado: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer

A bulldozer would be a lot harder to stop than that backhoe.

Surprised to have to scroll so far down to find a comment correcting the reports.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #30)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 06:51 PM

33. I didn't see the whole thing in the one picture I saw...

But I know a back hoe when I see one but I didn't see that part so I went with the part I could see knowing there was probably more to it. I backhoe is worth some bucks and stealing one is like cattle rustlin' offense, so I can see some trouble ahead for that guy.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:09 AM

7. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:10 AM

8. Another uncivilized

Repubic troglodyte. It's what they are.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:13 AM

9. Bet this fucker is out on bail in 5 4 3 2

Very soon!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 10:16 AM

10. I know this is kinda pickyuni,

but that's not a front end loader, that's a back hoe.

This is a front end loader.

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Response to dware (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 06:54 PM

34. I called it a loader simply because the scoop was all I saw of it in the picture

I saw of it. It is, indeed a backhoe, and it's big trouble to steal one. And dozers usually have tracks.

Btw, what year is that Pete? And what's in it?

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #34)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:01 PM

37. It's a 2015 Peterbilt 389 Long Nose,

it has the Cat C-15 engine, the Trans is an Eaton/Fuller RTLO 18918B 18 speed. It has the full size sleeper that's equipped with the latest technology.

I found her at the Phoenix Peterbilt facility, fell in love with her, negotiated a price, and named her Lucille, and haven't looked back since.

I own my own trucking company consisting of one truck and one driver.

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Response to dware (Reply #37)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:12 PM

42. That's what I did for a while...

Then I discovered it was easier, for me, to just do the driving and locating loads while someone else did all the legal stuff. It was fun for a while, then I went to college so I could have a job where I could be home at night.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #42)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:18 PM

44. Unfortunately, my wife passed almost 3 year ago and there really was nothing

to stay around for, so I sold the house, bought a 5th wheel, and parked it in AZ, then bought the Pete and found an excellent agent, and the rest is history.

For me, being on the open road is perfect, me and my chihuahua get paid to see the country and I love the nomadic lifestyle and I'm my own boss.
I do have an accountant that takes care of all the legal shit that goes with owning your own company.

Let me ask you this, did you ever read the DOT reg. book?
Just how the hell is someone supposed to read the book and understand and remember all the regs?

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Response to dware (Reply #44)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:39 PM

47. I actually did.

But I also had a cheat sheet so I knew the parts that would be on the test and back then, the test wasn't hard and it was open book. You have to be able to read to get through that so I guess that's how they figured you could read. I started in 1976 and retired in the early 90s. Things have changed so much that I would have to read up on updated regs. and all before I could pass any licensing test, and I used to be a licensed instructor at one brief point. But I can still back one of those up with 2" clearance for the mirrors on either side! Like riding a bicycle, you never forget.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #47)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 08:04 PM

48. Luckily I drove semi's in the Marines, but our rigs didn't have sleepers,

and I mostly hauled equipment on low boy trailers, so when I took my CDL drive test, it was a piece of cake with the backing, blind alley dock, weaving in between cones, etc,. I passed the test with flying colors.

In 1976 I was still in the Marines, so you started waaaaaaaaaaaay before me and I would imagine that the trucking industry was a whole different ball game compared to today.

Anyways, a real pleasure talking to but I gotta bounce for awhile.

Have a great evening.

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Response to dware (Reply #48)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 08:11 PM

49. Indeed!

Have a good drive, keep the dirty side down and stay between the ditches!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 11:25 AM

11. I know it's not a felony.

But shouldn't he lose his right to vote over this? Asking for a friend.

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Response to WinstonSmith4740 (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:01 PM

13. What he did is a felony

So, yes, he will lose his right to vote once convicted.

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Response to Bob_in_VA (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 08:43 PM

50. Thanks!

Even better. Just re-read the article and saw where it said he was charged with felonies. Just have a hard time getting my head around something titled "mischief" as a felony.

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Response to WinstonSmith4740 (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:35 PM

24. Actually it is a felony

According to the article. Machine stolen from a job site.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:04 PM

14. probably wasn't THAT drunk

just a hateful American racist full of trump orange Koolaid.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:08 PM

15. Last name is "Blight." How fitting.

This asshole is a blight on humanity. Not sure why he wasn't also charged with vandalism and/or destruction of property. Hopefully, those charge will come soon.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:11 PM

16. There seems to be an inbred look about him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:13 PM

17. Lol

Good job.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:22 PM

19. this little bastard needs to be charged with destruction of private property ...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:27 PM

20. One less vote for MF45 though!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:33 PM

22. Well he just bulldozed his life! Funny how those Biden signs can multiple...

 

Were are their masks?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:34 PM

23. Love it

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 12:38 PM

25. Way to go, you f'ing imbecile.

At one stroke, you have strengthened the entire neighbourhood's resolve, cost yourself a bunch of money and ruined your life for years and years to come, and maybe forever. If there is any justice, you will be in a horrible place for several years, and will face hostility and suspicion when you are finally released, and find employment MUCH harder to find.

I note they haven't charged you with DUI, so it might yet get a little worse. And, as a final, delicious bit of irony, you won't be able to vote, either.



Do you think this will get fence-sitters to vote for a candidate with this kind of display of support, let alone change anyone's mind? And, as a final, delicious bit of irony, you won't be able to vote, either.

As I said...f'ing imbecile.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:07 PM

39. What a blight on the community

Ok, I wrote this and then saw post 15. You win this one.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2020, 07:23 PM

46. Ummm ... Can I get a chorus of "LOCK HIM UP"?

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