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From the AP:

A teenager was wounded in the arm by a man who said he wanted to stop the boy and another from taking his John McCain yard sign.

Warren Township police Lt. Don Bishop said 50-year-old Kenneth Rowles told officers he got out a .22-caliber rifle Saturday afternoon to fire warning shots, not hurt anyone. The two shots hit the van the teens were in.

Rowles pleaded not guilty Monday to felonious assault. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 4, Election Day.

Kyree Flowers, the 17-year-old passenger in the van, was wounded in the arm and was treated at a hospital, Bishop said.

Is this a one-act play staged at an experimental theater? The old man with the gun is John McCain. Kyree Flowers is Barack Obama. The yard is America. The gun is accusations about Bill Ayers. Or maybe its Joe the Plumber. The cops who let the kid off without charges are American voters.

Or, you know, something like that. All I know for sure is that the inevitable Daily Show bit about this will be hilarious.

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