Upside-down flag sparks dispute in Wi...

Upside-down flag sparks dispute in Wisconsin village

There are 129 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 10, 2009, titled Upside-down flag sparks dispute in Wisconsin village. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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.

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William Tiffany

Marietta, GA

#127 Jul 16, 2009
By the way "Desecration" of the Flag, Did not happen. It is in no way shape or form disrespectful to fly the Flag inverted or "under duress". For all of you who think that this is disrespectful read a little flag etiquette. If the act of fly the Flag inverted "Desecrated the Flag it would be required to be destroyed in a "respectful manner", it does not, therefore all of the "points" that people are bringing up are mute. Just because you think something is true does not make it so.
Fabioso

Tallahassee, FL

#128 Jul 17, 2009
Jeb wrote:
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Let me see if I've got this right. Some idiot in Wis. had his 'right' violated. It's a good thing we have courts to rectify that. Now where are the unborns' rights going to be defended? And they called me a baby killer. How ironic!
They are, per our SCOTUS decisions, secondary to the rights of the mother.

I am against abortion except in exceptional circumstances (and IMHO those are very limited). I find it barbaric and immoral. But I also recognize the danger of giving the government power over medical, and especially, reproductive decisions. Which, if anyone bothered to really think about it, is an inherently conservative position.

But who thinks anymore?
aaron

Superior, WI

#129 Jul 17, 2009
I am guessing if and when he gets that liquor license approved, he would not get my business or many others in the area.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#130 Jul 17, 2009
aaron wrote:
I am guessing if and when he gets that liquor license approved, he would not get my business or many others in the area.
I'll bet that when he has great Happy Hour specials, or Ladies' Nights -- most would forget about "that flag thing" and belly up to the bar.

Don't you just love "belly" as a verb?
Fabioso

Tallahassee, FL

#131 Jul 17, 2009
aaron wrote:
I am guessing if and when he gets that liquor license approved, he would not get my business or many others in the area.
Most here understand that flying the flag upside down is not an act of desecration but a sign of distress.

But hey, it's his business. He's free to run it into the ground if he likes.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#132 Jul 21, 2009
Protesting for not getting a liquor license was Mr. Congine's individual right, but I think there are other ways to protest than flying the American flag upside down. I know he served for our country in Iraq, but taking this action with the flag was being a hypocrite, plain and simple.

BigEagle -(I'm back as your blog editor!

Look for more real "headbanger" issues in the upcoming months to hit this blog. Deals with the town of Middle Inlet, 6 miles north of Crivitz.
ISRW

Minneapolis, MN

#133 Jul 23, 2009
BigEagle wrote:
Protesting for not getting a liquor license was Mr. Congine's individual right, but I think there are other ways to protest than flying the American flag upside down. I know he served for our country in Iraq, but taking this action with the flag was being a hypocrite, plain and simple.
He's not professing a set of beliefs he doesn't live by. "Hypocrisy" is not the appropriate criticism.

Tell us his flag showed poor judgment, tell us it was inflammatory, whatever. It simply wasn't illegal, and for the police to harass him over it is not the right response. It's even more inappropriate than his action, and no amount of brittle patriotic indignation changes that.
Fabioso

Tallahassee, FL

#134 Jul 23, 2009
ISRW wrote:
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He's not professing a set of beliefs he doesn't live by. "Hypocrisy" is not the appropriate criticism.
Tell us his flag showed poor judgment, tell us it was inflammatory, whatever. It simply wasn't illegal, and for the police to harass him over it is not the right response. It's even more inappropriate than his action, and no amount of brittle patriotic indignation changes that.
EXACTLY. What the police did was far, far more un-American than what the store owner did - even if he had burned the flag after wiping his butt with it.

“The World IMHO.”

Since: Jul 09

ATL (Now)

#135 Jul 23, 2009
As a Veteran (Retired Army), and a Law Enforcement Officer. I am shocked and amazed at these "Law Enforcement Officers" actions, as well as the D. A. who advised them to do this. Has anyone here read the First Ammendment? Now more importantly has anyone read USC 18 Sections 241 and 242 (Conspiracy to deprive a person of their Civil Liberty and Deprivation of Civil Liberty under the Color of Law)? Buy a clue !!! What the Police did is against the Law. What the D.A. Did is against the Law. The Civil Tort will be worth Millions!!! The Criminal case is crystal clear.

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