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Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2004 8:53 am | Updated: 4:28 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

BRICKS to political candidates and their supporters who put up campaign signs in places that block clear views by motorists, especially near intersections and driveways, thus compromising public safety and forcing tax-paid city crews to take them down.

Voters have every justification to evaluate candidates’ judgment — and fitness for office — based on such idiocy.

BOUQUETS to 19-year-old Mariel Zagunis, who won the gold medal in women’s individual saber fencing in the 2004 Olympics at Athens, and Kim Rhode, who took the gold in women’s double trap shooting — the second time she has done so. Saber and shotgun — hmm. Best not mess with American women!

BRICK to federal aviation safety authorities for a snafu that placed U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., on their "no fly" list of suspected threats to the flying public. It took the senator’s staff three weeks to get their boss removed from the list. Now, if someone could just figure out a way to ground Kennedy politically . . .

BRICK to Patentwert, a German company marketing a device that, when affixed to a toilet seat, delivers a stern message warning men lifting the seat that "stand-peeing is not allowed here and will be punished with fines, so if you don’t want any trouble, you’d best sit down." (We’re not making this up; it was reported Wednesday by the British newspaper The Telegraph.) The firm plans English-speaking versions for the British and U.S. markets — complete with culturally appropriate hectoring.

BRICK to Democratic Party officials and partisans for their howls of outrage over a veterans group’s efforts to deconstruct John Kerry’s Vietnam hero image. After doing their utmost to tear apart President Bush’s military record for years, they appear to expect softballs in return. It ain’t beanbag, people.

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