Upside-down flag sparks dispute in Wisconsin village

A U.S. flag being flown upside down as a protest in a small northern Wisconsin village was seized by police before a Fourth of July parade. Full Story
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STP Boy

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 10, 2009
The craziest part of this story is a restaurant in Wisconsin being denied a liquor license! I can't believe it!
Cops did the right thing

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jul 10, 2009
Flying your flag upside down is NOT an acceptable protest for anything, much less the fact the guy can't get a liquor license. Add to that the fact that it's Independence Day for crying out loud & the cops did the right thing.

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Since: Apr 09

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jul 10, 2009
Flying the flag upside down is not disrespectful, it is a signal of distress, and this man believes he is in distress.
John

Pittsburg, CA

#5 Jul 10, 2009
Wow. I have a degree specializing in constitutional history, and am a pretty big supporter of the ACLU, freedom of speech, and govt. protest, but there are some lines you do NOT cross as an American. Have some respect for the people that died for your rights and the place where you live. I don't care if it's illegal or not, there better be a law going through right now to make it so. I want to physically harm this man I'm so upset.

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TAZ

Gaithersburg, MD

#6 Jul 10, 2009
FLying the flag over something like a liquor license is wrong. That is not what the intent of the orientation was meant. Grow up and read the meeting minutes that showed why the license was not renewed.
Gregg D

Eveleth, MN

#7 Jul 10, 2009
Cops did the right thing wrote:
Flying your flag upside down is NOT an acceptable protest for anything, much less the fact the guy can't get a liquor license. Add to that the fact that it's Independence Day for crying out loud & the cops did the right thing.
If you believe the cops did the right thing then what happened to our individual rights of freedom of expression? Because you don't like it it should be illegal? Disrepectful or not he has the right to do this, and we have the right to our opinions about it. You said it yourself, it's "Independence Day".
leroy

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jul 10, 2009
dangit, it always happens in WI...lol
i look forward to next week for more crayz things.../
MN okay

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jul 10, 2009
Gregg D wrote:
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If you believe the cops did the right thing then what happened to our individual rights of freedom of expression? Because you don't like it it should be illegal? Disrepectful or not he has the right to do this, and we have the right to our opinions about it. You said it yourself, it's "Independence Day".
When a flag is flow upside down it means that you're in distress and you want someone to come to your aid. This does not apply when you have a hangnail or your liquor license was not approved. If you're in distress, call 911, if you're protesting your loss of liquor license, appeal with any legal means you feel necessary.

Since: Jul 08

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#10 Jul 10, 2009
That doesn't make any sense. You can burn as many flags as you want but you can't fly one upside down.
Bruin

Red Wing, MN

#11 Jul 10, 2009
Flying the flag upside down is not illegal. Service people have died for this business owner's right to protest as he saw fit. I'd much rather defend his right to disagree in a questionable manner than defend those who would shut him down or take away his property because they don't like what he says or how he says it.
MN okay wrote:
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If you're in distress, call 911, if you're protesting your loss of liquor license, appeal with any legal means you feel necessary.
Bruin

Red Wing, MN

#12 Jul 10, 2009
EXACTLY!!!!!! Well said.
Gregg D wrote:
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If you believe the cops did the right thing then what happened to our individual rights of freedom of expression? Because you don't like it it should be illegal? Disrepectful or not he has the right to do this, and we have the right to our opinions about it. You said it yourself, it's "Independence Day".
Newday

Arlington, TX

#14 Jul 10, 2009
Yo Vito, Anytime during the reign of King George the 2nd, the 935 verifiable lies used to invade Iraq and make low-paid oil mercenaries out of our young men and women, and the whoring out of our Country would have been an ideal time to fly the flag in ditress. Now, however, we are not in the south flying the "loser flag" like the south's gonna do it again. We have a new sheriff in town and there is a lot of work to be done. Weapons gouging, health care fraud, and a business community that belongs in jail are just a few areas of concern. Sorry about the liquor license but lets stay on track.
gimme a break

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jul 10, 2009
Know what I think is disrespectful?

Using the Flag to sell cars
Printing the Flag on underwear, socks, or any other article of clothing that will get food spilled on it, stepped on, dirty, or sat upon
Printing the flag on dishes, especially paper plates that get thrown in the trash
Flag stickers that get handed out a parades, and end up on the ground.
Those little flags that get handed out at parades, and end up on the ground, or on the bottom of a toy chest, or trampled on the floor of the back seat of the car
Flag magnets on cars that get faded and flake or peel
Flags outside businesses that are left up day and night, in any sort of weather, until they're ratty and tattered
Ditto for flags attached to vehicles.
Patriot Guy

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jul 10, 2009
Do the research on flag code. Here http://www.aflag.com/uscode.html
Gophers fan

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jul 10, 2009
Where are all the people who defended the Lakeville kid's right to have a confederate flag on his truck? I'm sure they'll take the same position in defense of this guy.....at least they should be on here defending him.

I don't agree with that kid in Lakeville who had the conf. flag on his truck. At the same time, I think he had a right to have it. It's the same with this guy. I don't agree with it, but it's even worse to think the police can now act on things they find disrespectful.
J Walker

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jul 10, 2009
Don't forget, early in our history we went to war over liquor...it may have been about taxes, but taxes on our liquor, nonetheless!
Jeb

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jul 10, 2009
I see the Anti Christ Losers Union is at it again. These idiots are so anti American it's funny in a real sad sort of way. I think the decent citizens of this town should show their "distress" by boycotting this moron!! As a veteran, I find his actions disgusting and outrageous.
Newday

Arlington, TX

#20 Jul 10, 2009
Jeb wrote:
I see the Anti Christ Losers Union is at it again. These idiots are so anti American it's funny in a real sad sort of way. I think the decent citizens of this town should show their "distress" by boycotting this moron!! As a veteran, I find his actions disgusting and outrageous.
Heya Jeb, Ya got the same name as the smart one of H. W. sons, helluva deal. Which "decent citizens" are you referring to; the grampas putting their grandbabies to bed, the people from your congregation, the dems, the reps, or the people that agree with you? Most of my family are vets, some dead, phuque ou

“Common Sense Anyone?”

Since: Jul 09

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jul 10, 2009
Jeb wrote:
I see the Anti Christ Losers Union is at it again. These idiots are so anti American it's funny in a real sad sort of way. I think the decent citizens of this town should show their "distress" by boycotting this moron!! As a veteran, I find his actions disgusting and outrageous.
As a veteran myself I too find this guy's actions disgusting as well. As an American I respect his right to be disgusting. I also agree that a boycott would be an appropriate response. He may have the right to be an idiot, but that doesn't mean you have to patronize his establishment.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#22 Jul 10, 2009
(Psst, Mr. Congine, don'tcha think you might be offending a lot of potential customers by protesting in this particular manner, sir?)

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