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(NewsNet5)   Neighborhood comes together to replace all 325 U.S. flags stolen from man's yard   ( divider line
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5060 clicks; posted to Main » on 31 May 2004 at 5:21 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-05-31 04:11:05 PM  
Isn't one flag enough to show your gratitude? 325 seems a little over the top.
2004-05-31 05:23:49 PM  
While I don't approve of the people who took the flags (that's just disrespectful, regardless of what you thought of the display), I do think that 325 flags was probably a bit much.
2004-05-31 05:24:32 PM  
I hate American ideals and foreign policy just as much as the next guy, but come on - don't be a dick and steal shiat.

The Twenty First Century will be the Chinese Century!
2004-05-31 05:25:40 PM  
ohio is the only state without a rectangular flag, ima try some html skills, prolly wont work
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2004-05-31 05:25:45 PM  
325 flags???
flamingos I can see, but flags?

oh yeah, shame on the punks who stole 'em.
2004-05-31 05:27:09 PM  
LOL i wanted a link, oh well
2004-05-31 05:27:22 PM  
It would have been funnier to simply take a few a day, for a few weeks, then replace them, then take um, and repeat, to see if the patriotic freak went crazy.
2004-05-31 05:31:23 PM  

ohio is the only state without a rectangular flag, ima try some html skills, prolly wont work

Actually, Alabama's legaslation that chose their flag didn't specify any rations other than that of the St. Andrew's cross. This means that the flag can correctly be produced as either a rectangle or a square. (Ok, so technically a square is a rectangle, but I just felt like pointing that out.)
2004-05-31 05:31:31 PM  
"I actually had tears. I couldn't have replaced the flags by myself,"

Tears? If having a few hundred flags rippped off is the worst thing that has happened to you, you've had a pretty good life.
2004-05-31 05:33:10 PM  
the flag thieves were probably some whacko liberals
2004-05-31 05:33:38 PM  
Errr... Replace rations with ratios, and rework my entire previous post into something coherent.
2004-05-31 05:35:05 PM  
The Twenty First Century will be the Chinese Century!

20 bucks says the 325 flags were made in China.
2004-05-31 05:37:50 PM  
For a certain segment of the population, pride in being American is far worse than being an active member of NAMBLA. They view grown men farking little boys as just being kinky, but being proud of being an American as disgusting and morally wrong.

Piss on them...
2004-05-31 05:38:16 PM  
It was me! haha!
2004-05-31 05:40:36 PM  
While I'm as in favor of burning flags (on proper ocassions) as the next guy...

hey, this was a memorial day display and the guy owned his damn flags... And the neighbors were obviously down with it...

lack of respect plus theft should result in some time in pound-you-in-the-#ss prison if they find the perps...

and that thought warms my heart. ;-)
2004-05-31 05:41:40 PM  

2004-05-31 05:37:50 PM DasWiggy

Maybe, but disrespecting the flag by doing stupid crap with it is morally wrong, too.
2004-05-31 05:41:44 PM  
Hey, on Easter, let's all put 325 crucifixes in our yards!

2004-05-31 05:45:29 PM  
That was nice of the neighbors. Some neighborhoods (the articles about them abound here on Fark) would have been screaming to the police, neighborhood association, etc. to get him to take down the "eyesore".

Here's a box of cookies for the neighbors.

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2004-05-31 05:48:51 PM  
You guys are cockholes
2004-05-31 05:49:13 PM  
get 'em a hot cocoa sampler box to go with them cookies.
2004-05-31 05:49:31 PM  
zzeuss, the guy who got the flags stolen wasn't doing anything disrepectful with the flags, was he?
2004-05-31 05:50:17 PM  

+1 to you, bub.

The guy is a veteran. And he is proud of his service to his country, and has strong feelings for those he served with that came back draped in one of those flags.

He has done more than I'd wager the majority of Farkers have- put his money where his mouth is and put his ass on the line. Piss on you for disrespecting him and the men that died face down in the mud so you could spout off your elitist yet pedantic bullshiat.
2004-05-31 05:50:28 PM  

snapple fact 303: Ohio is the only State Flag that is not rectuangular

/snapple cap, only place i could ever bring that up
2004-05-31 05:50:29 PM  
God, 325 flags. What a disgusting display. The flag is not a decoration, you cockbites.
2004-05-31 05:51:15 PM  
And on christmas, let's put 325 lights on the house!!!
2004-05-31 05:58:47 PM  
Zzeuss, I don't have a problem with his putting up the display. What I have a problem with is the anti-american Leftists who vandalized the display.
2004-05-31 05:58:51 PM  
One ought not desecrate the flag, unless one intends to make some kind of articulated statement. If one has no clear statement to make, then desecrating it is pointless and inflammatory.

One also, it should be noted, not throw old, tattered flags in the garbage--they will then be desecrated by ending up in a landfill. Rather, they should be disposed of by burning.

2004-05-31 05:59:30 PM  
This story is dripping with...
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2004-05-31 05:59:49 PM  
A cemetery is the only place where that many flags should be properly displayed on Memorial Day.
2004-05-31 06:00:36 PM  
Why didn't he go whole hog and made it 365?
2004-05-31 06:01:15 PM  
In America Patriotism is a fetish.
2004-05-31 06:01:38 PM  

Even though I did RTFA, I found no data on the political orientation of the vandals or their valence regarding pro- or anti-American.

What other secret information are you privy to?

2004-05-31 06:03:54 PM  
Visit any country whose residents refer to it as "The Motherland" if you want to see a bizarre nationalistic fetish.

I think even the most jingoistic American Ultra-patriot has, for example, an idea of his own country's failings.

2004-05-31 06:04:33 PM  
Ohmygawd mattyc! Giant slugs are eating that tree!
2004-05-31 06:04:47 PM  
DPF, what other reason is there to tear down flags and leave them on the ground?

Isn't that an inherently anti-american and disrespectful thing to do? That's a virtual hallmark of the Left.
2004-05-31 06:06:00 PM  
The thought of homosexual rape warms your heart?
2004-05-31 06:06:11 PM  
The Left strawman as given to you by the Liberal Bashing Industry.

Can't you give it a rest long enough for us to get through Memorial Day? Are we not all Americans?

2004-05-31 06:06:15 PM  
Apparently all of the man's good taste was stolen years ago.
2004-05-31 06:09:49 PM  
I thought it was sap...
/oh well - everyone should sign my guest book anyhow
2004-05-31 06:11:41 PM  
DPF, if the left "policed it's own", the moderate left in general would catch a lot less flack from the rest of the population for the acts of the far lunatic fringe leftists. For example, those people who were at the DC anti-war march carrying the sign that read "We support our troops when they shoot their officers". The rest of the crowd should have STRONGLY discouraged them from displaying that sign.
2004-05-31 06:13:30 PM  
It is sap, mattyc. I was just having fun with the pic.

/these are not the flags you are looking for.
2004-05-31 06:14:07 PM  
Don't feed the trolls.

DasWiggy: Bite my nutsack.

Why do you hate America?
2004-05-31 06:21:07 PM  
For a certain segment of the population, pride in being American is far worse than being an active member of NAMBLA. They view grown men farking little boys as just being kinky, but being proud of being an American as disgusting and morally wrong.

*cough* straw man *cough* i.e. I know of nobody who's not a pedophile who thinks pedophilia is ok, and I know of very few people who actually think being proud of one's nationality is a bad thing. i.e. you're inventing an imaginary person so you can engage in political trolling. Get a new schtick.
2004-05-31 06:28:15 PM  
Kinda like when Pat Robertson talked on TV about nuking the State Department? Oh, I forgot, those guys are mainstream.

You know, I just went out and checked my flag. It is still there. Most people today seem to have chosen to display one flag.

Apparently some people in this thread think that 325 is immoderate; in the same way that drinking three beers can be very, very good, drinking so many that you think it's a good idea to let someone puke into your mouth is, well, immoderate.

It is kind of ironic, in the context of this thread, that many of the conflicts we are honoring our servicement for being involved in centered around the US pimp-slapping some other country that was in the throes of a big fit of blind ultra-nationalism.

So, it is somewhat natural that a measured, reasoned display of patriotism is preferred by most Americans.

During the run-up to the Iraq war, I saw a Jeep outfitted with a flagpole that stuck out of its trailer hitch. The guy was flying a full-size flag on that thing, in the rain. As you may imagine, the dead air behind the Jeep eddied about, and the flag was wiping all over the back of the Jeep, picking up road grime, when it wasn't trailing on the ground at stop lights.

This guy probably thought he was doing the good thing by displaying his patriotism.

But is patriotism really a competition? If I get 325 flags and you think I'm a pinko, does that obligate you to get 650? Just how much patriotism do you have to show in order to prove you are a bigger patriot than your next door neighbor?

When I lived in China, national holidays would always be accompanied by these big gala shows put on by the state owned media Xinhua. They'd be full of all this nationalistic stuff outlining the progress and accomplishments of China since Chairman Mao. All that is well and good, but these things also always included revisionist sections designed to give the populace the "correct" view of things that were embarrassing to the government. Tiannanmen was fomented by outside sources. Homosexuality is a Bourgeois affectation. The result of this revisionist, inculcation is that a Chinese ultranationalist has no idea that his country has ever done anything wrong.

The pride we feel for our country ought properly to include pride that we are transparent and honest enough to consider and admit our mistakes and problems. Patriotism is not a dick-size war, and it's not about compulsory ideological compliance.

2004-05-31 06:30:56 PM  
An alternate theory: A disgruntled neighbor got tired of the constant flapping of all those flags,and took matters into his own hands.
2004-05-31 06:35:07 PM  
So the guy's display is tacky in the extreme. It's not in my back garden so it's no problem of mine. Or yours.

The immediate anti-liberal backlash is quite sad though. Back on planet earth, where the rest of the planet lives, some people are just assholes. Immediately rationalising that every asshole act was performed by your chosen bogey man *every single time* is ridiculously childish.

I sure hope you guys find Goldstein/Osama soon so you can get back to normal.
2004-05-31 06:38:07 PM  
NSA, take a cruise around and you'll find plenty of leftists who HATE America.
2004-05-31 06:50:37 PM  
Wiggy: You can also find plenty of right wingers who hate absolutely everything that the country stands for. The fact that they wrap it all up in patriotic fervour doesn't change what they try to do.

Yes, some of the left have a self-flagellating loathing for america/themselves.

Yes, some of the right are crazed fundamentalists out to take away your rights.

Yes, some americans are fat and stupid.

It doesn't mean they all are. Using a cherry-picked minority of people to build your argument against "the left" makes you look like a tit.
2004-05-31 06:53:12 PM  
I'm a liberal and I love this country. What really pisses me off is people that treat the flag as jingoism, with no regard to it's actual meaning or proper display.

If you put a flag up, you're it's caretaker. Care for it. Don't fly it at night with out lights, don't let it flap to shreads on the back of your car, and (even tho it looks 'right') if you put it on a moving vehicle, put the blue star-field to the right on the right side of the car--no retreating flags.

More so than the flag, we should honor the Consitution on Memorial day. Each of the service men who died took an oath to defend that document.
2004-05-31 06:55:22 PM  
Real patriots have 326 flags. This guy is probably a terrorist.
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