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Moon Over a Turd Blossom

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Joel Gardner is a pretty average college student. He's majoring in philosophy at American University in D.C., and he likes to travel. One day he hopes to have a "service job," perhaps advocating on behalf of liberal political issues.

Last April, as you might have heard, he decided to moon Karl 'Turd Blossom' Rove during a College Republican-sponsored event at American. Immediately after the incident, he found himself in trouble with his school and was forced to perform 40 hours of community service.

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Not such a bad punishment for baring one's derrière to one of the most notorious members of the Bush Administration, Gardner thought, but then in September he was informed that the Secret Service had issued a warrant for his arrest. On Labor Day, Gardner turned himself in, waited 8 hours in a D.C. jail, and posted a $100 bond before being released.

His fleshy free speech ordeal might be behind him, but Gardner tells that for people closest to him, it's still a pain in the butt.



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