Monday, November 03, 2008

Halloween's Ebenezer Scrooge: Shirley Nagel of Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan

If Halloween has an Ebenezer Scrooge, Shirley Nagel of Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan is it.

According to a recent AP story, Nagel denied candy to trick-or-treaters if they were Barack Obama supporters. She allegedly had a sign outside her house that said "No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters."

When Detroit TV station WJBK asked her about her small children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, she said, "Oh well. Everybody has a choice." (Special thanks to fellow humor writer Amanda at for the link.)

Look, I may not like a particular political candidate, but I surely would never discriminate against his or her supporters. And I certainly wouldn't make little kids cry about it. Nothing says "compassionate conservatism" quite like making little kids cry.

Nagel may have had an influence on undecided voters in this election. Only she may have just gotten people to vote for the other guy.

So when neighborhood teenagers practiced their choice with Shirley Nagel, did they egg or toilet paper her house? Everyone has a choice, right?
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