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My friend Jay Price, a reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, filed a front-page dispatch from the political-sign wars that readers may find both entertaining and infuriatng. The upshot: a McCain supporter in Carolina-blue Chapel Hill got fed up with repeated thefts of his yard signs:

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.

Be sure to read all about it. The little sign-stealer had a creative excuse, to say the least, and was never in danger. You can even watch the video. But here’s the kicker:

The deputy who investigated Tuesday said the pet-fence setup probably was legal, Turschak said, but perhaps more trouble than it was worth. Turschak said Wednesday morning that he would pull the plug on the signs. The camera, though, stayed.

And Wednesday afternoon while the Turschaks were at a daughter’s soccer game, it captured an angry-looking woman striding up.

“We got home and both signs were gone,” he said. “Broad daylight.”

For Carolinians, the oh-so-tolerant leftist outpost of Chapel Hill is an endless source of irony and amusement.

John Hood is a syndicated columnist and the president of the John William Pope Foundation, a North Carolina–based grantmaker.

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