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Fla. Teens Charged After Allegedly Burning American Flags

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  1. Desertdog

    Desertdog Member

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    I guess they misinterperted the SCOTUS ruling on flag burning.

    Fla. Teens Charged After Allegedly Burning American Flags
    http://www.local6.com/news/4660589/detail.html

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- Two Sarasota teens accused of burning six American flags have been charged with arson and manufacturing a firebomb.

    Scott A. Baber and Brian A. Richard III, both 18, told deputies they burned the flags because they are anarchists and disagree with the war in Iraq and other U.S. government policies.

    They set fire to six flags Sunday and tried to firebomb a car, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.

    Richard remained in jail Tuesday on $402,120 bail. Baber was released Monday on $101,120 bail.

    The pair were charged with arson, manufacture of a fire bomb and criminal mischief.

    Baber and Richard burned about five flags at homes in the Bent Tree subdivision, where they live with Baber's parents, then set fire to a flag at its clubhouse, said Lt. Chuck Lesaltato, a spokesman for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

    "Our deputies came up on them as they were returning to their car," he said.

    The arrest of his son surprised Brian Richard II.

    "His grandfather was a decorated military man. The whole thing really stunned me. I was really sad that they made that choice," the elder Richard said.

    Residents of the golf course community were also upset.

    "How stupid," Pat Davidson said, straightening the stones surrounding her blackened flagpole. "What kind of thrill would you get burning an American flag?"
     
  2. Lennyjoe

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    If they did that in my neighborhood they most likely would be laid up in the hospital awaiting trial.
     
  3. boofus

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    You can burn flags if you want. But try to burn the one in MY yard and I will grab my FNC to put a stop to your criminal nonsense. Here in TX catching someone in the act of arson is the same as catching a murderer or rapist doing the deed. Lethal force is justified.
     
  4. Dmack_901

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    Well, I have to agree. If I found someone setting my flag on fire... :fire: :uhoh: ;)
     
  5. DelayedReaction

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    I don't really care if they burn their own flags, but once you step over the line and destroy other people's property the gloves come off.

    Idiots.
     
  6. MatthewVanitas

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    Note the juxtaposition of:

    ...told deputies they burned the flags because they are anarchists

    ...in the Bent Tree subdivision, where they live with Baber's parents

    ...the golf course community


    The term "trustafarian" springs to mind...
     
  7. Henry Bowman

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    Matthew beat me to it!
     
  8. spacemanspiff

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    "hey trent, want to go destroy other peoples property to make a political statement?"

    "no, i can't do it today troy, i have to go into the city and get my nails done. then i have to do yearbook and work on my cheers with the squad for homecoming. maybe tomorrow night?"

    "gee tomorrows all booked up for me, i have to give golf lessons to mrs underwoods daughter and then i'm having tea with the joneses. guess we'll have to schedule our anarchy for another day. toodles!"
     
  9. El Tejon

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    Back in my day (when we walked up hill both ways to school and wore onions on our belts), we used the term: MASTERCARD MARXISTS.

    Just like the rest of the Left, bored, little rich kids who feel guilty for their easy, soft life. If the Lefties really feel bad, I can help them. I will mitigate their guilt by taking their money off their hands. It will be used for a good cause--gun school tuition. :D
     
  10. Standing Wolf

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    Real anarchists toss bombs. Wannabe anarchists burn flags at golf courses.
     
  11. spartacus2002

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    :D ...must... not ... make... Heat... reference....
     
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