Unflagging patriotism (…sorry)

11 10 2007

In Reno, a Mexican-run joint — it seems at first glance like a bar. At second glance, when you see the ‘No Persons Under 21 Allowed’ sign, it seems more like a bar — was flying the Mexican flag above the American flag. It’s illegal to do such a thing in this country, the newscasters tell us.

So, a man with a 5-year-long beard decided to deal with things his way. The way an American would. Grunt.

Then, he gets a spot on a national TV talk show — because the smallest action, if symbolically poignant, expands into a transcontinental agitation — to talk about what happened.

Is this innapropriate? It seems, at most generous, to be a form of citizen’s arrest: A relatively nonviolent approach to an ‘illegal’ situation, handled quickly and efficiently. Of course, at worst, it’s a wild stunt that reveals just how insecure we can be when people challenge America.

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13 10 2007
Reify

What the hell?? What kind of freak goes after another person’s property like that? The owner of that shop wasn’t disrespecting the U.S., he was honoring his home country? If you moved to a different country to try to make a better life for yourself, wouldn’t you want to still honor your heritage?

Uggghhhhh, I hate freaking ignorant, ethnocentric American jingoists.

16 10 2007
rayray

Wow, when he said “We have soldiers defending our country in Iraq right now” all I could think of was Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski screaming “I did not watch my friends die face down in the muck so that this whore, this fucking strumpet…Well there isn’t a literal connection dude.” So I ask you my dearest Scheity, wherein lies the literal connection between soldiers in Iraq and the Mexican flag? God Bless America, my home sweet home.

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