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VIDEO: Veteran Forced To Sell Home After Hefty Fines For Flying American Flag, Now Headed For Trial

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As I was growing up, it was dirt common to see an American flag of one size or another on people’s front porches. Not so much anymore. Air Force veteran Larry Murphree loves his country with all his heart, so he decided to put a small one on his front porch, “One day I was thinking about the country, and I put a small American flag on my front porch in a flower pot,” Murphree said. It was just his small way of showing his patriotism. “It’s a small flag,” Murphree said, “but it stands for a big thank you.”

Murphree could never have foreseen what would happen next. The Home Owners’ Association at the Tides Condominium in Sweetwater, Florida took extreme umbrage over the gesture. They obviously did not feel the same love of country that Murphree feels. “I got a violation letter that stated the American flag was an unauthorized object and for me to take it down,” Murphree stated. He did what I certainly would have done and refused to remove the flag. “They started fining me up to $1000 because I wouldn’t take the flag down,” Murphree said. That’s just abusive, offensive and ridiculous. It was a $100 a day fine. “That’s when I lost it,” says Murphree.

Murphree retained the services of Gust Sarris, a well-versed attorney. “We believe we have the right to display the American flag, we filed suit in federal court,” Sarris said. At one point, Sarris said an agreement was met and it was decided the flag could be flown. They considered it a win. However, just a few months later, Sarris says the HOA changed the flag ordinance to a flower pot ordinance. Now, that’s dirty pool. “Somehow they re-categorized it and started doing the same thing again,” Sarris said, “which was the same flag, the same flower pot, the same dirt and the same plant.” “They decided they weren’t going to regulate flags, but flowerpots,” says Sarris. “Some people call this the ‘Larry Law.’”

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Murphree was once again being fined $100 for every day he would not remove the flag. He also claims that the HOA was using his HOA fee money to pay off the fines unbeknownst to him. “So, the monthly homeowner’s fees weren’t being paid,” Sarris said, “that’s how they were able to get a lien on the property.” Talk about sneaky and underhanded. Murphree was not notified that was happening either. Put another way, Murphree thought he was paying the required fees every month to live in the 55+ community, but unbeknownst to him was becoming delinquent on those payments. It only got worse from there.

The legal battle has now raged on for seven years. All the while, they kept finding ways to fine him for the little American flag. “They just started nitpicking everything that I did,” Murphree said. In 2014, the HOA placed a lien on Murphree’s property, claiming he hadn’t paid his dues when he said he had.

Murphree was slapped with violations for not parking in his driveway straight enough, for having a snowflake Christmas window decoration up after Christmas and for putting solar lights up at Christmas, along with a whole list of other violations. Murphree claims these “violations” were a retaliation after they reached a settlement. “They didn’t like losing that case, and it got worse, and worse every day,” he adds. Amidst the horrid harassment from his HOA, Murphree was forced to sell his condo to avoid being foreclosed on. That’s just so wrong. “Sold my place at a tremendous loss and got out of here,” he said.

Even though Murphree got the heck out of there, his legal battle is still warring on. “Somebody had to stand up and say, ‘this is not right,'” Murphree said. Murphree and the HOA are due back in court for a trial beginning next year, this time in state circuit court. Sarris calls the whole ordeal, “insane” and is seeking damages from the HOA for infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract. Based on previous court records, the only thing the HOA permits in a planter is foliage/plants/flowers. “HOAs are there to maintain the integrity, peacefulness, and serenity, and this HOA has done anything but that,” says Sarris. “I just feel like at some point people need to stand up and go to the wall for what they believe in,” adds Murphree.

The HOA is avoiding the press over this. I’m not surprised. I certainly hope that in the end, Murphree wins his fight. This is sheer abuse and harassment and it just should not be allowed to stand. All over a tiny little American flag in a flower pot. It cost a 77-year-old veteran everything and he would do it again. This is no way to treat someone who selflessly served his country and it’s no way to show respect for the flag and America.

 

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This is a paid invasion army. It’s time to close the border immediately. I hope President Trump does so.

When you look at this illegal invasion.. you can clearly see most are men. Not women or children. Let’s hope they stop this in time.

From Zero Hedge:

Since President Trump threatened to close the Southern border due to Honduras’ unwillingness to comply with his requests for assistance in stopping a migrant caravan marching toward the US, the migrants have successfully crossed into Mexico and on Sunday regrouped after being temporarily delayed at the Mexican border by border guards who failed to force the migrants to turn back.

So, for the second time this year, it appears President Trump is ready to send more US troops to the border, as he said in a tweet Monday morning that he’d notified the border patrol and military that this is a “national emergency” while reiterating that the blame lay with Democrats for refusing to change our “pathetic” immigration laws.

The president also claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners” had become “mixed in” with the caravan.

And since Honduras and Guatemala did nothing to stop the migrants despite Trump’s requests for assistance, the president added that we would be cutting off aid: “We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.”

The backlash to the migrants has intensified over the weekend, as the mile-long caravan has continued unimpeded toward the US’s southern border. Amusingly, liberals bullied the Associated Press on Sunday into correcting one of its headlines after the wire service described the caravan as an “army of migrants”.

“A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US,” read the original headline on the AP story. The AP later changed the headline to replace the word “army” with “caravan.”

Though the AP has used the word “army” to refer to large groups of people besides migrants – including nurses and political activists – many on the political left criticized the wire service for its original headline.

Meanwhile, videos have emerged of people handing out cash to the migrants, raising suspicions that the caravan has received outside funding for its assault on the southern border.

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Congress Officially Filing Impeachment Charges Against Anti-Trump Politician – Then Unthinkable Happens

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President Trump is the Deep State’s biggest enemy. While Trump may be quite alone in his quest to “drain the swamp,” he does have some allies on the Hill.

Members of the Freedom Caucus have been assisting Trump in his battle with Mueller & his band of Democrats in charge of the witch hunt that after two years has produced zero evidence of Russian collusion.

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A few months ago, Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan filed impeachment charges against Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The reason for the filing was because Rosenstein hadn’t handed over enough documents that had been asked for.

In July Vox reported:

“Hardline conservatives have backed down from a threat to imminently force a House vote on impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

On Wednesday night, Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. The stated reason was mainly that Rosenstein allegedly wasn’t giving enough documents to Congress. But in context, the move — which wasn’t even certain to pass the House, let alone lead to Rosenstein’s removal from office — was clearly part of an effort by President Trump’s allies to attack the Justice Department and undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which Rosenstein supervises.

When Meadows filed the impeachment articles, only 11 of the 236 Republicans in the House were willing to sign on to them, making it unclear how much support his effort had. House Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy, for instance, had said earlier that he wouldn’t back the effort (“Impeach him for what?” he asked). GOP leaders were also unenthusiastic about the controversial push, which would likely divide their party.

However, Meadows had the opportunity to use House rules to file a “privileged motion,” which would require a vote from the full House in the next two days — effectively forcing his colleagues to take a stand on impeaching Rosenstein even though there have been no hearings on the matter and little debate about it. Republicans facing tough races in November would not have been thrilled.

In the end, however, Meadows decided not to carry out that threat — for now, at least. He did not file a privileged motion for impeachment, and House Republicans announced Thursday morning that they would not vote on the matter before they leave for a month-long recess.

It is possible the effort could be revived in September when the House returns to Washington. But that would be closer to the midterms, meaning Republicans would be even less enthusiastic to take a divisive and controversial vote.

The current word is that Republican leaders agreed to hold a vote on whether Rosenstein is in contempt of Congress in the first week of September, if conservatives don’t get the documents they want by then. (That’s a weaker alternative to an impeachment vote, which at least had the potential to remove him from office.)

After conservatives had agreed to back down from the impeachment push, Speaker Paul Ryan announced publicly that he did not support impeaching Rosenstein. “I don’t think that this rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors,” he said.

Meanwhile, word leaked out that Jordan, who co-wrote the impeachment articles, will soon announce that he’s running to replace the retiring Ryan as speaker.”

Now, this could be seen as bad news in the fight against the Deep State, but there is a little hope.

Last month, leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes seemed to indicate that Rosenstein could be impeached at a later date. The timing was wrong for it.

USA Today reported:

“Leaked audio of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaking at a Republican dinner fundraiser made public Thursday evening shows the congressman addressing why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hasn’t been impeached and saying that Republicans could be the only force stopping President Donald Trump from being impeached.

The audio, obtained exclusively by MSNBC, is of Nunes talking at a dinner event in Spokane, Washington, on July 30. He is asked by an audience member about the effort to impeach Rosenstein, which was only publicly supported by a small group of Republicans.

Nunes, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, seems to explain the main reason Congress hasn’t taken up the issue is due to timing and the upcoming midterm elections.

“It’s a bit complicated,” he told the audience member. “We only have so many months left.”

“So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up,” he said, explaining that it could take away from other priorities of Congress.

He said everything would have to be dropped if impeachment was up for a vote. “So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

“Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?” he added.

Later, he talks about the midterms and the sincere need to keep a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, something Democrats are hoping to clinch. Nunes details one big reason Republicans are needed: to protect Trump.”

Here’s the audio of Nunes.

Let’s hope Republicans in the House follow through & do their part to drain the swamp & get rid of those who are biased against Trump.

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