Thursday, October 28, 2004


Jesus' General: "Steven Soper liked his girlfriend, but authorities say he liked President Bush more.

When his girlfriend suggested this week she wanted to vote for Kerry, officials allege it was too much for the 18-year-old Bush backer. A political argument prompted him to end their two-year relationship -- and that was just for starters.

Sheriff's officials say Soper, a Marines recruit, later became so upset that he dragged 18-year-old Stacey Silveira into his suburban Lake Worth home, beat her and held her hostage with a screwdriver.

The attack led to a standoff with a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy that ended with Soper being zapped with a Taser. It culminated in his arrest, endangering his chances of serving in the Marines.

Silveira, an 18-year-old senior at Santaluces High School, was shaken up but not seriously hurt.

'He's crazy about Bush,' she said in an interview. "