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Barack Obama billboard picturing him as gay, a terrorist taken down; artist lauds free speech

Last week, we told you about a Grand Junction billboard depicting Barack Obama as gay, a terrorist, a gangster and a Mexican bandit. The slogan over these caricatures read "Vote DemocRAT. Join the game."

The placard, which stirred controversy nationwide, has now been taken down -- and this morning, Paul Snover, the artist who created it, portrayed its removal as a loss for free speech.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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