Rebel flag sparks free-speech battle

Rebel flag sparks free-speech battle

There are 14 comments on the KRQE Albuquerque story from Apr 6, 2013, titled Rebel flag sparks free-speech battle. In it, KRQE Albuquerque reports that:

A New Mexico man who flew a Confederate battle flag over his Alamogordo-area property faces a petty misdemeanor charge based on what he flew it with.

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Sam I Am

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Apr 6, 2013
When does he appear n court? I would like to be there.
Actually

Alamogordo, NM

#2 Apr 6, 2013
It had nothing to do with it being a confederate flag, it was because it was flown attached to the US flag.
Larry Craig

Cloudcroft, NM

#3 Apr 6, 2013
I guess he missed one fact.

Appomattox 1865

they lost

deal with it.
Bad Dems

Washington, DC

#4 Apr 6, 2013
Larry Craig wrote:
I guess he missed one fact.
Appomattox 1865
they lost
deal with it.
Deal with this..

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whatever

Tularosa, NM

#5 Apr 7, 2013
Actually wrote:
It had nothing to do with it being a confederate flag, it was because it was flown attached to the US flag.
Must have been slow day for the SO. How about going after all the morons who fly the US flag in Alamogetto at night without a light shinning on the flag!!!!!
Sam I Am

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Apr 7, 2013
This law was written during the height of McCarthyism and like Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy it should be censured! Who is more disloyal the person who never heard of such a law or the state who ignores the US Supreme Court?

New Mexico ARTICLE 21
Sabotage and Disloyalty
30-21-1 Sabotage.
30-21-2 Protection of rights of employees.
30-21-3 Detention or arrest of trespassers upon restricted areas.
30-21-4 Improper use of official symbols.
30-21-5 Improper use of official anthems.

30-21-4. Improper use of official symbols.
Improper use of official symbols consists of:
A. the use of the state or national flags for any purpose other than the purposes for which it was designed by law;
B. offering any insult by word or act to the state or national flags; or
C. using the state or national flags for advertising purposes by painting, printing, stamping or otherwise placing thereon or affixing thereto any name or object not connected with the patriotic history of the nation or the state.
Whoever commits improper use of official symbols is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
History: 1953 Comp.,§ 40A-21-4, enacted by Laws 1963, ch. 303,§ 21-4.
Sam I Am

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Apr 7, 2013
Larry Craig wrote:
I guess he missed one fact.
Appomattox 1865
they lost
deal with it.
The Indians and Mexicans lost their war with the US also. So do we outlaw their symbolic heritages also?
Kimbo Slice

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Apr 7, 2013
Sam I Am wrote:
This law was written during the height of McCarthyism and like Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy it should be censured! Who is more disloyal the person who never heard of such a law or the state who ignores the US Supreme Court?
New Mexico ARTICLE 21
Sabotage and Disloyalty
30-21-1 Sabotage.
30-21-2 Protection of rights of employees.
30-21-3 Detention or arrest of trespassers upon restricted areas.
30-21-4 Improper use of official symbols.
30-21-5 Improper use of official anthems.
30-21-4. Improper use of official symbols.
Improper use of official symbols consists of:
A. the use of the state or national flags for any purpose other than the purposes for which it was designed by law;
B. offering any insult by word or act to the state or national flags; or
C. using the state or national flags for advertising purposes by painting, printing, stamping or otherwise placing thereon or affixing thereto any name or object not connected with the patriotic history of the nation or the state.
Whoever commits improper use of official symbols is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
History: 1953 Comp.,§ 40A-21-4, enacted by Laws 1963, ch. 303,§ 21-4.
Good luck getting that to hold up in court. Free Speech Bitches!
Kimbo Slice

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Apr 7, 2013
Just another over reach by Sheriff Benny House? Great prank: someone should fly the US Forest Service Flag up the Sherriffs office flag pole. That'd get good ole boy Benny House's knickers in a knot.
Get er Done

United States

#11 Apr 8, 2013
The Good Old Boys, their confederate flags and guns. YEEHAW to this one!! Free speech and their arsenal of guns. So, it's OCSO's fault he degraded the American flag that many of us have fought hard in Iraq and Afghanistan to honor and protect? Next will be time to complain that law enforcement isn't doing enough in gun control once one of these yahoos shoots up a school or office building. You CANNOT have it both ways. That's just my opinion.
The sheriff

United States

#12 Apr 8, 2013
Kimbo Slice wrote:
Just another over reach by Sheriff Benny House? Great prank: someone should fly the US Forest Service Flag up the Sherriffs office flag pole. That'd get good ole boy Benny House's knickers in a knot.
Hey Bimbo, I got a flagpole for ya....
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#13 Apr 8, 2013
Let's see you can burn the flag and it's OK but if you fly another flag that somebody doesn't like next to the American flag it can get you arrested. Something wrong with this picture. Benny House is a moron!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#14 Apr 8, 2013
Get er Done wrote:
The Good Old Boys, their confederate flags and guns. YEEHAW to this one!! Free speech and their arsenal of guns. So, it's OCSO's fault he degraded the American flag that many of us have fought hard in Iraq and Afghanistan to honor and protect? Next will be time to complain that law enforcement isn't doing enough in gun control once one of these yahoos shoots up a school or office building. You CANNOT have it both ways. That's just my opinion.
Benny can have it both ways. He can post an add in the paper saying he will not enforce any gun ban laws that have or will be passed. So apparently he can pick and choose which laws he likes and doesn't like. So I guess he can have it both ways war hero!
WTF

Tularosa, NM

#15 Apr 8, 2013
WARRIOR wrote:
Let's see you can burn the flag and it's OK but if you fly another flag that somebody doesn't like next to the American flag it can get you arrested. Something wrong with this picture. Benny House is a moron!
And this is surprising in gubberville?

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