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ROYC75
08-27-2010, 08:17 PM
Georgia Man Wins Right to Keep Flying American Flag at Home

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/27/georgia-man-wins-right-flying-american-flag-home/?test=latestnews

I know we had this debate early last year and too lazy to find the thread. I wonder how the Liberals feel about this win ?

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A Georgia man has won the right to fly the American flag outside his home after getting sued for failing to remove the 16-foot flagpole from his front lawn, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported.

Ron Tripodo of Canton, Ga., was embroiled in a costly legal dispute with the Bridgemill Homeowners Association over the flagpole, displayed prominently in his front yard for over a year.

"I got a letter saying, 'Take your flag down. You can put it in your backyard' and I just refused to do it," Tripodo, a former Army Reservist, told the TV station.

The homeowners association, which claimed the flagpole was an "obstruction," reportedly sued Tripodo for $25 each day the flag flew in his front yard -- a charge that totaled $32,000.

A Cherokee County judge, however, dismissed the lawsuit this week, freeing Tripodo from having to pay any fines.

"I wish I didn't have to go through all this aggravation, but I was going to defend this flag all the way," Tripodo said.

Tripodo said he believed the 2006 Freedom to Display the American Flag Act superseded any subdivision rules that prohibited the flagpole.

healthpellets
08-27-2010, 09:40 PM
HOA are an absolute scam.

alnorth
08-27-2010, 09:45 PM
I wonder how the Liberals feel about this win?

:spock:

Is there a reason to ask them? This was not a political issue. It was an HOA where the neighbors were annoyed by a violation and bitched about it. Just happened to be a huge flag instead of a pickup parked on the curb, lucky for this guy there was a law on the books which superceded the HOA rule.

Bwana
08-27-2010, 09:53 PM
Good

healthpellets
08-27-2010, 10:07 PM
:spock:

Is there a reason to ask them? This was not a political issue. It was an HOA where the neighbors were annoyed by a violation and bitched about it. Just happened to be a huge flag instead of a pickup parked on the curb, lucky for this guy there was a law on the books which superceded the HOA rule.

many assume the right has a monopoly on patriotism.

Mr. Kotter
08-27-2010, 10:08 PM
Duh....

Idiots who thought/think otherwise on this case, should move to someplace very dangerous.

many assume the right has a monopoly on patriotism.

Nah. I wouldn't say, that....so much as the left dominates in self-loathing and giving assholes and political pariahs the benefit of the doubt categories. Absolute domination. They should be very, very "proud."

ROYC75
08-28-2010, 12:36 PM
:spock:

Is there a reason to ask them? This was not a political issue. It was an HOA where the neighbors were annoyed by a violation and bitched about it. Just happened to be a huge flag instead of a pickup parked on the curb, lucky for this guy there was a law on the books which superceded the HOA rule.


I seriously doubt some conservative complained about this, possible, but doubtful. It's more in line with the far left movement type of stuff.

Amnorix
08-30-2010, 12:39 PM
the only reason this was an issue was because of a CONTRACT between this guy and the other homeowners in his association.

No liberals, no government intervention. Just a contract dispute.

Garcia Bronco
08-30-2010, 01:02 PM
the only reason this was an issue was because of a CONTRACT between this guy and the other homeowners in his association.

No liberals, no government intervention. Just a contract dispute.

The HOA is run by liberals in his subdivision.

Radar Chief
08-30-2010, 01:12 PM
He should add a Donít Tread On Me flag to his display.

ForeverChiefs58
08-30-2010, 01:22 PM
Being against the display of an american flag is anti-american at a high level.

Mansfield Flag Controversy Draws Worldwide Outrage

Is it okay to show your patriotism at the office?

For one Arlington woman, the answer was "no" after she hung an American flag in her office just before the Memorial Day weekend.

Debbie McLucas is one of four hospital supervisors at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield. Last week, she hung a three-by-five foot American flag in the office she shares with the other supervisors.

When McLucas came to work Friday, her boss told her another supervisor had found her flag offensive. "I was just totally speechless. I was like, 'You're kidding me,'" McLucas said.

McLucas' husband and sons are former military men. Her daughter is currently serving in Iraq as a combat medic.

Stifling a cry, McLucas said, "I just wonder if all those young men and women over there are really doing this for nothing."

McLucas said the supervisor who complained has been in the United States for 14 years and is formerly from Africa. McLucas said that supervisor took down the flag herself.

"The flag and the pole had been placed on the floor," McLucas said. But McLucas also said hospital higher-ups had told her some patients' families and visitors had also complained.

"I was told it wouldn't matter if it was only one person," she said. "It would have to come down."

McLucas said hospital bosses told her as far as patriotism was concerned, the flag flying outside the hospital building would have to suffice.

"I find it very frightening because if I can't display my flag," McLucas asked, "whatother freedoms will I lose before all is said and done?"

Kindred Healthcare's corporate headquarters are located in Kentucky. We called them for comment when we were first working on this story Tuesday, but they did not return our calls.

Wednesday morning, however, our story received nationwide attention. We have received hundreds of emails and comments from people who had something to say about it.

Among the supporters was a combat medic in Iraq: Debbie McLucas' daughter, Lillian McLucas Dressig. "My mom is a true hero in my book," she said.

It was midnight in Iraq when she spoke to CBS 11. Talking about the stand her mother took which could have cost her job, Lillian said, "If it's the right thing to do, it's the right thing to do. And, I think we need more people to stand up for what's right in America."

Several dozen people protested outside the Mansfield hospital Wednesday. And a receptionist at Kindred's headquarters told us they received many phone calls.

Then, late Wednesday morning, Kindred posted on its website a statement about the incident. It reads, in part: "The disagreement was over the size of the flag and not what it symbolized. We have invited the employee to put the flag back up."

We talked to McLucas Wednesday afternoon. She says the hospital's local CEO called and apologized. And McLucas says the woman did tell her she could put the flag back up, which she has done.

But she says when she was first told the flag had to go, nobody mentioned anything about its size being the root of the problem.

"At no point was I afforded the opportunity -- [no one said,] 'Hey Deb, could you get a one and a half by three and a half and hang it instead of hanging this three by five?'" McLucas said.

Even so, McLucas says she's happy people have spoken out about the issue. "It's just restored my faith in the American people," she said.