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Sarah Palin escapes flying tomato attack

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Jake Turcotte

(Read caption) Sarah Palin was the victim of a flying tomato attack yesterday at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Palin was not hit by the tomatoes.

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It’s December. Time for holiday traditions.

Most of us engage in the standard holiday fare. Putting up Christmas trees. Lighting the Menorah. Some have a more unconventional approach. The gang in the sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” for example, celebrates by throwing rocks at trains.

Maybe that’s where the idea came from….

For the second year in a row, December has been the month where people throw things at politicians.

You remember last December when President Bush was the victim of a flying shoe attack? This time, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was the target. The weapon of choice? Tomatoes.

Much like Bush, Palin was unscathed in the attack. As you recall, Bush escaped because of his ninja-like dodging moves. Palin avoided disaster because the assailant was a bad shot. A really bad shot.

Tomatoes Going Rogue

All the drama occurred yesterday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Palin was at another stop on her “Going Rogue” book tour.

At some point during the four hour engagement, a man perched on a second floor balcony hurled two tomatoes at Palin. The rapidly-moving vegetables fruits didn’t come close. One onlooker said they missed by at least 10 feet.

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That didn’t mean the aggressor was unsuccessful however. He managed to hit two people. Who happened to be cops.

Needless to say, an arrest quickly followed. Jeremy Paul Olson, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

No comment (except on global warming)

Is Palin talking about it? Nope.

She’s speaking out on global warming instead. She used her Twitter account to offer President Obama some advice. He should reconsider attending the Copenhagen climate change conference.

“Obama should boycott in light of bogus "findings"Public leary re:snake oil science,he must take stand on climategate,” she tweeted.

She might just have some supporters at her next book signing event. Palin heads to Billings, Montana today to sign copies of her book. At 7 a.m., the temperature there was six degrees below zero.

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