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We already know how scary it is out there. And it just continues to get worse. Now the lunatics aren't just going after public officials; they're going against anyone who shows support for Democrats.

This incident occurred yesterday in Nashville, and is an indicator of just how far some of these people are willing to go.

This attack was reported by WKRN Online and paints a truly frightening picture.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville man says he and his 10-year-old daughter were victims of road rage Thursday afternoon, all because of a political bumper sticker on his car...

Duren had just picked up his 10-year-old daughter from school and had her in the car with him. "He pointed at the back of my car," Duren said, "the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute." But it didn't end there...

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, "I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me."

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car. He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but [Harry] Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Harry Weisiger has been charged with felony reckless endangerment, which is something, but it's clear that his actions weren't just reckless; they were intentional. He used an SUV as a weapon, a weapon that could just as easily have been deadly.

We've seen for the past week things escalate, and now it's come to this. Fuck Cantor and anyone who says this wave of violence, intimidation, and yes, terrorism, is being blown out of proportion to score political points.

This really needs to stop.

Update I

Harry Weisiger, the man accused of using his SUV to ram Mark Duren's car, has told his side of the story to WKRN.

Harry Weisiger told News 2, "He slammed on his brakes, and I hit him in the bumper when I tried to go around him." Weisiger, 70, is accused of hitting Mark Duren's car on Blair Boulevard around 4:30p.m. Friday...

Weisiger did not mention the Obama bumper sticker when News 2 spoke with him Friday, but did admit fault for leaving the scene of the accident.

According to the police report, officers found Weisiger in the parking lot of Harris Teeter, where he said he had stopped to buy dinner.

Weisiger is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, refusing to take a breath test, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Update II

WKRN posted an update to its original story with a eye-witness account of the incident.

David Todd, who witnessed the accident from his window, said the SUV hit the car more than once.

"He hit him twice," Todd said. "When I stood up, the truck was about a foot behind the car, and that's when he plowed into him again and pushed him 50 feet, turned him sideways right here, and took off." Todd said Duren and his daughter were obviously both shaken by the accident.

"He was opening the door trying to get out of the car as he's pushing him down the street, and I was like, ‘Oh don't get out of the car you may get run over,' and he said he didn't think about that at the time, that he was just panicking," Todd said.

Weisiger is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, refusing to take a breath test, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Originally posted to gsadamb on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:13 AM PDT.

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