Obamas face on flag instead of stars...

kidconnor

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Obama flag at Florida Democratic Party office removed after veterans call it ‘disrespectful’
Flag had apparently been flying for months
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By Brian Browdie / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10:10 PM

The chair of the Lake County, Florida, Democratic Party took down a flag that displayed President Barack Obama’s face in place of the stars after a protest by some local veterans, who called the banner disrespectful. The flag had hung outside the party’s headquarters in Tavares, Fla.
Courtesy of Donald L. Van Beck/Courtesy of Donald L. Van Beck

The chair of the Lake County, Florida, Democratic Party took down a flag that displayed President Barack Obama’s face in place of the stars after a protest by some local veterans, who called the banner disrespectful. The flag had hung outside the party’s headquarters in Tavares, Fla.


A flag flown by a group of Florida Democrats has created quite a flap.

The Lake County Democratic Party took down an American flag that displayed President Barack Obama’s face in place of the stars after some local veterans who took umbrage at the banner showed up at the party’s office and demanded its removal.

The standoff started after local veterans circulated photos of the flag, which flew below a standard Stars and Stripes outside the party’s headquarters in Tavares, about 45 miles northwest of Orlando.

“It’s absolutely disrespectful,” Jim Bradford, a local veteran who helped to organize the protest, told Fox News. “What really upsets me is that the flag had apparently been flying for months and no one had done anything about it.”

Flags similar to the Obama flag the veterans objected to are available for about $26 on eBay.

About a half dozen veterans arrived Tuesday at the party’s headquarters, where they were greeted at the door by Nancy Hurlbert, the county Democratic chair.

Hurlbert offered to research the matter, but did not immediately agree to take down the flag.

“You’re in violation of the code,” veteran Donald Van Beck told her in a video of the encounter released by the Orlando Sentinel.

“And I’m saying I will check it out,” answered Hurlbert, who declined Van Beck’s offer to take down the flag and reminded the veterans they were on private property.

While federal law encourages respect for the flag and sets forth standards for its use, altering the flag carries no criminal penalties.

“There’s no question there’s a First Amendment right to alter a flag,” Steven H. Shiffrin, a professor and First Amendment scholar at Cornell Law School, told the Daily News. “But the fact that something’s legal does not make it politically smart.”

Hurlbert later removed the controversial banner, saying she had researched the matter and took responsibility.

“We’re proud of our President, and we didn’t realize it was in violation,” she told the Sentinel.

Lake County may be rough political terrain for President Obama regardless of the flag flareup. Though Obama carried the Sunshine State in the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain, his GOP opponent, won Lake County, with 56% of the vote to 43% for Obama.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/pol...disrespectful-article-1.1040162#ixzz1pNdOSzEz
I know we've had discussions about it being just a flag, but no ones face should be on it. At least they flew the actual flag higher.

This will inevitably turn into a "well 'your side' did this" back and forth discussion but carry on.


If I missed this in a search then I missed it..
 

Falldog

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A pointless thing to get pissed off about, not surprised. Such a non-story too but I'm sure conservatives will be bitching about this nonsense.
 

MTJonny

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A flag flown by a group of Florida Democrats has created quite a flap.
I stopped reading there. Ewww
 

Neckbeard

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Why do journalists write like that? They also have the hack Journalist Voice, too. Once O&A and Louis CK had a few bits trashing the Newscaster Voice I can't watch the news.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Why do journalists write like that? They also have the hack Journalist Voice, too. Once O&A and Louis CK had a few bits trashing the Newscaster Voice I can't watch the news.

Blame the editor. Because they are the ones that do the editing.
 

Party Rooster

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Apr 27, 2005
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I have more a problem with the shitty American flag apparel that rednecks love to adorn themselves in. ;)

 

Your_Moms_Box

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In equally as important news...

Here is a giant rainbow penis..

 

Chino Kapone

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Jun 10, 2005
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Favorite line of the article....

Flags similar to the Obama flag the veterans objected to are available for about $26 on eBay.
No agenda there... right? ;)
 

Buster H

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This will inevitably turn into a "well 'your side' did this" back and forth discussion but carry on.
naaaaah, no one here would do that........



oh wait
And the Republican Party hasn't? Please explain and show your work

I have more a problem with the shitty American flag apparel that rednecks love to adorn themselves in. ;)

Speaking of Sarah. I guess wrapping yourself in an American flag and defacing one by signing it is okie-dokie...



Personally, I find all of that crap repugnant as well. The rednecks are just stupid, politicians should fucking know better.


A pointless thing to get pissed off about, not surprised. Such a non-story too but I'm sure conservatives will be bitching about this nonsense.
Say that to a guy that risked his life defending this country.


While it's not a stretch to say that most vets are conservative, from reading the article, you can't assume that the veterans were doing this to advance some conservative agenda. I wouldn't fault the president on this one because it's impossible to know the actions of every single person working on the campaign, but the person in charge of the office should have known better.
 

Party Rooster

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naaaaah, no one here would do that........


oh wait
My point was also that I hate when both sides do it. I like flag apparel when it's a print of a flag on a shirt, a patch on a jacket or hat, or something along those lines, but when it looks like one was cut up to make it I think it looks in poor taste. The Obama pic in the blue part of the flag seems more "artsy" than anything else.

Was looking for actual campaign flag stuff and found this from years ago:

 

Buster H

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My point was also that I hate when both sides do it. I like flag apparel when it's a print of a flag on a shirt, a patch on a jacket or hat, or something along those lines, but when it looks like one was cut up to make it I think it looks in poor taste. The Obama pic in the blue part of the flag seems more "artsy" than anything else.
yeah, I have a few jackets with an american flag patch sewn on it. No issues there.

The part about this one that gets me is that it was not only flying outside, it's on the same flagpole as the real flag. If this were hanging inside the office on a wall, I wouldn't have as much of an issue with it.
Was looking for actual campaign flag stuff and found this from years ago:

that looks like a button. Kinda goes along with what I said about the barry flag. Neither are in the best taste, but if it's not being flown on a pole for all to see then it's not as big of an issue to me.


Overall, I am glad they took it down, but I also think it's a bit cunty to be working for the president's campaign and then fall back on the "private property" argument.
 

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I'm not really outraged over this, although I don't like it and got douche chills when I looked at it. The flag is obviously bigger than any single president, thus altering it to put one's face on it is a pretty shitty thing to do.

I also think it was pretty stupid of the Democratic party to do... it was inevitably going to cause some controversy and it just makes Obama look almost fascist (kind of like how dictators always put their own pictures up in every public place available in their countries). The first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was Kim Jong-il, probably not the best thing for Obama.
 

CousinDave

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I'm shocked that even the believers still aren't sick of this guy
 

kidconnor

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Mar 16, 2005
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I have more a problem with the shitty American flag apparel that rednecks love to adorn themselves in. ;)



Who you calling redneck?!?!?

I want to say there was a wrestler back in the day that always came out draped in the flag. Not hacksaw jim duggan, he carried it on a pole, but someone else. I forget


naaaaah, no one here would do that........
I know its hard, for some, not to jump on the my side vs. that other side thing but its WB, it could have went another way that I've seen....

The tar and bars
The tar and stripes
Flying the colored,
This colored does run, for re-election
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whiskeyguy

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I'm shocked that even the believers still aren't sick of this guy
They're trying to justify a stupid position they took based solely on emotion. If they lose faith in Obama, it means that their cause they were so heavily invested in was a complete waste and a mistake.
 

LineBackerU

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but I also think it's a bit cunty to be working for the president's campaign and then fall back on the "private property" argument.
Funny how the Democrats have openly supported the Occupy Trustafarians and their anti-Private Property actions and rhetoric, yet when called out on putting the face of their "Dear Leader," on the American flag and flying it, they cry Private Property.