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(WGNTV Chicago)   Landlord tells VFW it can no longer fly the US and POW/MIA flags. This should end well   (wgntv.com) divider line 5
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2013-01-19 08:42:43 AM  
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Assholishness aside, there's a few keys in the article to what's REALLY going on. VFW has been there for decades. They probably have really low rent. There's a hookah bar next door- those tend to pop up when crumbling areas start to become trendy, right about the time artists start moving into nearby lofts for cheap studio space. Property values start to climb rapidly. Next thing you know, the building owner sells it to someone else. That "someone else" is a company. A real estate investment company. What they WANT to do is kick out the VFW, whose rent is not very high, and they probably can't raise it much, renovate the place, and rent it out for 5 times what they're getting from the VFW. However, they'd look like complete dicks if they simply kicked the VFW out. So instead, they decide to harass them until they leave on their own.However, asking veterans not to fly the flag is not a very good way to do this. Now that there's been media exposure, they'll have to live with the VFW being there for another few years before they can try to harass them out again.
2013-01-19 08:34:57 AM  
3 votes:

spentmiles: Withdrawal would kill these guys if they tried to sober up long enough to do anything about it. Gives them something to biatch and moan about as they pretend the bar stools are stuck up their asses. These aren't the kinds of veterans that fought their way up the beaches of Normandy. These were the guys deep in the hulls of supply ships making eyeglasses and peeling potatoes. When I got back from the war, I asked my grandfather, a decorated WW2 foot solider, if he'd take me for a beer at the VFW. He laughed and said if I ever set foot in one of those coward halls, he'd personally break his prosthetic leg off in my pansy ass.


Wow, are you for real? How did grandpa get food at the front? If his glasses broke where did he get new ones? Was George Marshall a coward?
2013-01-19 10:19:49 AM  
1 votes:

spentmiles: Withdrawal would kill these guys if they tried to sober up long enough to do anything about it. Gives them something to biatch and moan about as they pretend the bar stools are stuck up their asses. These aren't the kinds of veterans that fought their way up the beaches of Normandy. These were the guys deep in the hulls of supply ships making eyeglasses and peeling potatoes. When I got back from the war, I asked my grandfather, a decorated WW2 foot solider, if he'd take me for a beer at the VFW. He laughed and said if I ever set foot in one of those coward halls, he'd personally break his prosthetic leg off in my pansy ass.


You sound like you know a lot about this subject.


On second thought, you sound like you got all of your info on this subject from one SOB who has an extreme dislike of said subject.
2013-01-19 09:53:29 AM  
1 votes:
If you read the letter shown in the video, this doesn't seem to have anything to do with the flag, unless there's more to the letter, but I'm sure they would have shown that part if there was.

The letter says they can't park their truck with a giant banner in the parking lot 24/7 which doesn't seem all that unreasonable as it is probably also a violation of local sign ordinances. The wording says that it is specifically prohibited by the " 'banners' and flags section of the lease. They even put quotes around the word "banner" to highlight it. I guess the vets got confused by the word flags and thought they were being asked to take that down too.
2013-01-19 07:38:22 AM  
1 votes:
I have a rule about veterans / VFW type causes: I'll support your cause the minute you stop insulting us all by using that "POW-MIA" flag which is based on myths, lies, and an ethically bankrupt appeal to emotions.

highly suggested reading: miafacts dot org

in other news:

Smitty: Landlord tells VFW it can no longer fly the US and POW/MIA flags.
Actual Headline: VFW post in Glendale Heights can still fly flags
 
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