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Officials Tell Business Not To Put Up Flags, What Outraged Residents Did Instead Has Them Regretting It

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The town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts found themselves in the middle of a big controversy over Memorial Day weekend. What was meant to be a meaningful flag display to honor our veterans turned into government bureaucracy at its finest. Jon Crandall who works at Laer Realty in Chelmsford lined up 200 some odd flags along the business property to honor all those who served, and when the city attempted to shut down the display, the people of Chelmsford came in full force to support them.

The Daily Wire reported,

“Back in the beginning of June, a realty company in Chelmsford, a small town in the liberal state of Massachusetts, lined up some 200 flags along its office’s property to celebrate America’s veterans on Memorial Day. The town’s officials decided that that was a violation of a bylaw that forbids using flags for “commercial promotion.” “This is a commercial establishment located at a busy intersection. It was in the front lawn of that particular property, and in the opinion of our code enforcement officer, the building commissioner, it was a violation,” said Michael McCall, Chelmsford’s assistant town manager.

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The town ordered the real estate company to take down some flags, but the company actually added flags to the display after the story hit the newspapers and airwaves. Then this happened. “That story prompted a public outcry. Supporters added more flags to the display, bringing the total to 700,” CBS-Boston reported. “‘People have come out of the woodwork to plant them, and they’re telling us their personal stories,’ said Crandall.” The outcry “was enough to make the Town Manager have a change of heart. The flags are now allowed, after all,” CBS reported.

“The intent wasn’t to be anti-patriotic or anti-American, but clearly there’s a tremendous love of this country demonstrated with the American flag, and I think we’re all better for it in the end,” Town Manager Paul Cohen said. “He plans to propose a change in the bylaw at the next town meeting this fall, so no one else will ever have to fight this fight again.””

Boston CBS reported,

““On Saturday we came out and we lined this with 200 flags in support of our deceased veterans and all the people who have served,” says Jon Crandall who works at Laer Realty in Chelmsford. He’s talking about small American flags planted in front of that business for Memorial Day. When he went to work Friday, there was a surprise. “There was a note in the door from the building department stating we had a violation, a flag violation, excessive flags,” he says.

The problem? There’s a town bylaw that says you can’t use flags for “commercial promotion.” “This is a commercial establishment located at a busy intersection. It was in the front lawn of that particular property, and in the opinion of our code enforcement officer, the building commissioner, it was a violation,” says Michael McCall Chelmsford’s Assistant Town Manager. The town wants the real estate company to take down some of the flags and leave up only what they call “a reasonable amount,” but hasn’t said how many that is.

“We feel this is a patriotic act. It’s not about our business. It’s about supporting our troops, supporting veterans,” Crandall says. So Friday, they actually added flags to the display. There are about 500 now. “I think the flags speak for themselves. I don’t think we need to get into a fight with city hall,” says Crandall. The town hopes the realty company will get in touch so they can discuss the number of flags. This is not the first time the realtors have displayed the flags, but it’s the first time they’ve had a problem. They usually leave them up until the 4th of July.”

What kind of country have we devolved into when we cannot even put a display of American flags out without the government telling us it is against the law. It is these types of mundane and arbitrary laws that are the problem. Furthermore, the type of character and integrity that an individual must lack to actually cite this illegality as a state employee. There should be no shame and no criticism for trying to honor our veterans and those who have died serving our country. That is part of the fabric of our society.

Some gave all, and all gave some and we should recognize these sacrifices every day and not just on Veterans Day or Memorial Day. God bless the business and their staff in Chelmsford for trying to pay homage and give respect for those who put their lives on the line in defense of our country and our rights.

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Former Facebook Security Chief Just Blindsided Google CEO With Earth Shattering Claim

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Many have been critical of Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, now a former Facebook executive has called out Google’s CEO for lying about the company’s motives.
Facebook’s former security chief Alex Stamos took to Twitter recently to attack Google CEO Sundar Pichai for his comments defending the company’s decision to move into the China market with its censored search engine known as “Project Dragonfly,” Silicon Beat reports.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Pichai stated that Google was “committed to serving users in China” and compared Chinese censorship laws to the “right to be forgotten” law in the European Union. Pichai received severe criticism for this comparison, both internally and from those outside of Google.

“Tech companies constantly walk a difficult path between complying with local law and protecting human rights,” Stamos tweeted Thursday. “For Sundar to compare the “right to be forgotten” (which I agree is problematic) with censorship in China is, at best, amoral and mendacious.”

Stamos further added that: “China’s censorship regime is a tool to maintain the absolute control of the party-state and is in no way comparable,” to the right to be forgotten law.

Google software engineer Colin McMillen tweeted: “It is extremely bad that Sundar appears to either think that RTBF is morally equivalent to government surveillance & censorship, or that he appears to think that nobody will notice this analogy is extremely inaccurate.”

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WATCH: Entire Eagles Offense Does Incredible Gesture For Veterans- Kaepernick Probably Pissed

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The Eagles offense struggled on Sunday night, and put up their fair share of bad plays. However, their celebration game was definitely on point.

The defending Super Bowl champs hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Which, also happened to be on Veterans Day. While the first part of the game brought forth precious little in terms of offensive output. The second half saw a burst of scoring from both teams and, a salute to our veterans from the entire Eagles offense:

The NFL has certainly done its fair share of damage in tarnishing the celebration of our flag, anthem, and military, by protesting during the national anthem. However, with those protests having all but disappeared, it would be good for the NFL to work towards resuming its former place as the primary celebrators of our flag and country, in American sports.

Sunday night was a good start.

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