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Oddbins—July 2, 2008

Ha. I just deleted the last 28 comments left on articles posted to The Daily Flag.  The webmaster says it was my fault, but I don’t think I did anything wrong. All I wanted to do was delete the comment from the Chinese company in Hong Kong that wants to sell me flag patches, and instead it wiped out everything back to May 21. So annoying. If you said anything brilliant before, you’re welcome to go back and comment again.

I’ve spent the whole morning going through the "flag stories" on my news reader—about 400 of them—looking for something to write about. Actually, there’s plenty to choose from, but I may have a bad attitude now.

Air National Guard Master Sgt. Denise James is in trouble with her condo complex for flying little American flags around her condo. The land where she’s planted the small flags is what is Condo Association considers common areas, and not part of her private space, and now they are suing her. I guess James doesn’t know about the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005. What this legislation would tell her, is that she is going to lose this fight.

She absolutely has the right to fly her flag(s) on her property without interference from the commissars, but they are within their rights to police the common areas. And now they are going to fleece her for court costs and attorney fees, and $1000, because those little fluttering flags clutter up the pristine and carefully manicured landscaping. I would buy the biggest flag I could afford and fly it off the porch.

There are the usual stories about people exercising their rights to free speech by abusing the flag, because if you want to attract attention to your cause, no heart-felt Patrick Henry eloquence of speech is actually needed. Just burn the flag, fly it upside-down, or paint obscenities on it if you can spell.

Lest I sound too discouraged, there are some great stories about Boy Scouts, parades, barbecues and fireworks, and they give me hope.

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  1. Sgt. Denise James’s lawsuit was settled out of court on Sept. 29, 2008. She agreed to take down a “yard decoration” in the form of an airman holding a flag, and she gets to keep the various little flags she had placed in flower pots and flower beds in and around her condo.

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