An 82-year-old woman was ordered to remove an American flag painting from her property by the Homeowners Association last week; saying ‘Old Glory’ was against the community’s “decorative additions.”
“She’s 5-foot-nothing, an 82-year-old grandmother and a great-grandmother six times over. She’s also a proud American,” reports USA Today. “One who can’t understand her homeowners association’s objection to her American flag.”
“Donna Cordero lives in a retirement community in Peoria, Arizona, with nearly 4,000 houses in a multitude of colors, all of them brown. And an aversion to red, white and blue — at least, if it’s painted on the curb,” adds the website. “Cordero is the widow of two veterans, one of them wounded in World War II. Both are buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. So, naturally, she chose the American flag.”
Cordero claims she was asked to remove a curb-side painting of the US flag weeks ago.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she told USA Today. “I’m thinking, ‘Are you joking?’ Of all the things they pay attention to in this community, they’re looking at my little flag? It absolutely upset me. My neighbors that I’ve talked to can’t believe it either.”
Read the full report at USA Today.
A NEW LOW: Veteran Forced to Sell House After Being Fined $100 Per Day for US FLAG
An Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners association fined him $100 per day for displaying a 17” American flag in a flower pot on his lawn, reports the Washington Post.
According to the Post, the HOA deemed the flag an “unauthorized object” on his front porch and had to be removed.
This is such a disgrace 😠 Larry Murphree is a proud veteran and should be treated as such! Good for him for showing his national pride! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/hotGbe8qHG
— Thrifty Sue (@thriftysues) July 8, 2018
“After filing a lawsuit in federal court, Murphree came to an agreement with the HOA that he could continue to fly the flag, only to discover a few months later that the HOA had made a new ordinance to remove his flower pot. He also discovered they were using money from his HOA dues to pay off his ‘unauthorized object’ fees, causing him to fall far behind in the dues. With foreclosure imminent, Murphree decided to sell his house three years ago,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you,” said Larry Murphree.
“He’s probably lost . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle,” said his attorney.
Read the full report at the Washington Post.
AMERICA’S GAME? NFL FINES Athlete Over Santa Shoes, ALLOWS Players to TRASH US Flag
The “disgraceful” NFL reached a new low this week, fining a professional athlete for wearing red, Christmas-themed cleats during last Sunday’s game while permitting other players to blatantly disrespect the US national anthem and flag.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was fined over $6,000 for his holiday cheer; wearing the footwear to promote a GoFundMe page he created to provide football cleats to underprivileged youth hoping to play the game.
“Unfortunately The Grinch stole Christmas!! After the game I said that I would make a gofundme for the fine and donate the proceeds to charity sooooo…. here we are!” he wrote. “A donation will be made to Willie Hall playgrounds recreational department to provide cleats for their youth football programs.”
“Yeah, they were worth it,” Kamara told reporters.
The league’s decision to fine Kamara over his footwear raised eyebrows across the sports community on Friday, following months of the NFL permitting players to openly make political demonstrations on the field without any fines or consequences.