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Old 11-15-04, 03:51 PM
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Man sets himself on fire in front of the White House.

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Man sets himself on fire outside White House
By Associated Press
Monday, November 15, 2004

WHITE HOUSE - A man has apparently tried to set himself on fire outside the White House fence.

Witnesses say the incident took place outside the Northwest gate. Uniformed Secret Service agents were seen rushing to surround the man, who had graying hair and glasses. He was heard screaming in pain.

TV cameras captured the aftermath. Smoke hung in the air around the man as paramedics rushed to provide aid. The man appeared to be clutching his hand in pain, but it's unclear how serious his burns are.
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I would think that, no matter how bad you think things are, setting yourself on fire would only make things worse.
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Old 11-15-04, 03:58 PM
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Who said this has anything to do with politics?
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Old 11-15-04, 03:58 PM
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Dang, Josh! I thought you were gonna move!
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Why did the put him out? Wouldn't it have been easier to just sweep up the ashes later on?
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reports I've heard say he was yelling about Allah before doing it
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A person sets themselves on fire in front of the WH and it has nothing to do w/ politics He was just bored maybe and thought it would be a good time/place to play w/ a zippo and kerosene
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Is he dead yet?
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This kind of problem solves itself. Move along.
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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...bush_fire_dc_3
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bearded man shouting "Allah" was injured while apparently setting fire to his belongings outside the White House on Monday and was quickly subdued by Secret Service guards.
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Old 11-15-04, 04:08 PM
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You know, I know some people who took the election really hard, but this guy wins that contest.
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Originally posted by B.A.
Is he dead yet?
It doesn't even sound like he's injured all that much... just some burns to one of his hands.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...bush_fire_dc_3
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bearded man shouting "Allah" was injured while apparently setting fire to his belongings outside the White House on Monday and was quickly subdued by Secret Service guards.


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Slideshow: Man Burns Belongings Outside White House



A Reuters reporter saw the man try to present a Manila envelope to guards near a Secret Service post on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House West Wing.

Moments later, a plume of smoke rose above the guard post while two guards wrestled the man to the ground and a third extinguished flames that engulfed his briefcase and overcoat a few feet away.

The man, who appeared to suffer from a burn to his right hand, groaned and repeatedly shouted "Allah," as guards held him to the ground. The area was cordoned off and fire trucks and ambulances arrived on the scene.

Neither the Secret Service nor the White House had immediate comment on the incident and the man was not identified.
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You know, I know some people who took the election really hard, but this guy wins that contest.
I thought there were some reports of people who committed suicide over the election outcome...
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No 72 virgins for him.
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Old 11-15-04, 04:10 PM
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Originally posted by nemein
A person sets themselves on fire in front of the WH and it has nothing to do w/ politics He was just bored maybe and thought it would be a good time/place to play w/ a zippo and kerosene
He could have been just plain 'ol crazy. Or it can be religious rather than political.

Anyway, I just found it funny that it was moved to the politial forum.

It was more about the Arab-BQ jokes.
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Originally posted by nemein
It doesn't even sound like he's injured all that much... just some burns to one of his hands.

Damnit, so he is still wasting oxygen?
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He could have been just plain 'ol crazy. Or it can be religious rather than political.

Anyway, I just found it funny that it was moved to the politial forum.
I guess I see your point there... we are still trying to flesh out this whole Politcal Talk thing but I stand by my decision to move it. If another mod wants to move it back that's ok by me.
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I guess I see your point there... we are still trying to flesh out this whole Politcal Talk thing but I stand by my decision to move it. If another mod wants to move it back that's ok by me.
Don't sweat it. I really didn't care either way.
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Old 11-15-04, 04:33 PM
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"Oh you can set yourself on fire, and we'll break out the marshmallows and the weenies, but you ain't gonna be on News at Eleven!"

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Is that officer reaching for a lighter to light his cigarette?
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Old 11-15-04, 04:36 PM
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Why is this in the politics forum?
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Old 11-15-04, 05:33 PM
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Someone else tried to jump over the fence. It happened hours later than the fire guy. Wierd day at the White House.
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Old 11-15-04, 05:42 PM
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I recall some reports that some people were setting themselves on fire during the Olympics in Greece this year. Sad how desperate and foolish people can be.
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If this is all Al-Queda's got, it's pretty lame.
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