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Air Force Veteran Forced to Sell His Home, The Reason Why Will Make Patriots Everywhere Furious

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A retired Air Force veteran has spent the better part of the last seven years locked in a heated battle with his homeowners association over the display of a 17-inch American flag, a flag he served in the military to defend and protect.

Larry Murphee claims that this fight has cost him his home and several hundred thousand dollars. The kerfuffle wasn’t so much about the flag itself but where Murphee wanted to have it displayed.

He stuck the small flag in a flower pot on his porch. Yes, that’s right. A flower pot on the porch. And yet this seemingly enraged the homeowners association. The Tides Condominium Association sent Murphee a letter informing him that he was in violation of policy and told him to take the flag down.

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He said no, which resulted in the association fining him $1,000 for not taking the flag down. This prompted him to hire an attorney and file a lawsuit against the association in federal court.

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Gust Sarris, Murphee’s lawyer, argued that the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act prohibits HOAs from preventing residents from having flags on display.

Back in 2012, Murphee and the HOA reached an agreement about the flower pot, allowing him to keep the flag on display.

However, the agreement was not upheld.

A few months later, the HOA changed the flag ordinance to a flower pot ordinance, and it started fining Murphree — again — at the rate of $100 for each day he left the flag in the pot, WTLV reported.

Again, Murphree refused to pay the fines and another legal battle began.

This time, when the fees started piling up the HOA began applying his dues toward the penalties without his knowledge, he told WTLV.

Once he fell far enough behind on his dues, the HOA filed a lien on his property.

“They just started nitpicking every little thing that I did,” Murphree said.

The HOA issued violations for not parking straight in his driveway and leaving a Christmas decoration up after Christmas were among the infractions.

Finally, Murphree said he was forced to sell his condo at a loss to avoid foreclosure and move in with his girlfriend in St. Augustine.

“Should any man who served in the military lose his home, a retirement home, because they want to be patriotic? Anybody can see that the HOA has gone overboard,” Sarris told The Washington Post.

The fight for Murphee continues to this day, with the vet stating “Somebody has to stand up and say ‘this is not right.'”

What’s the point of buying a house and property if someone else, government or otherwise, gets to tell you what you can and cannot do with it? Isn’t that just glorified renting since you technically still have a landlord telling you what to do and how to care for your property?

It doesn’t make sense to join one of these organizations if you actually want to invest in your own private property. No organization should have the authority to tell a veteran who served this great nation that they cannot display the flag of the country they love.

These people are completely insane. Hopefully, Murphee will win this case and the HOA will be put back in their place.

Source: TheBlaze

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Apple Backs Down, Will Allow Parler Back on App Store

The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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Free speech is a fickle thing, and precious too.  If we’re not careful, it can be stripped away but those who hide behind the claim that a “private” company can limit your personal freedoms. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are almost always the culprits here, bending the algorithmic reach of those with whom they disagree. Enter Parler:  A free speech app where only the bare legal minimum of content would be moderated. The platform became incredibly popular with an astonishing swiftness, but soon faced trouble from companies who had previously aligned themselves with Facebook and Twitter’s more controlling stance. Apple, who had previously booted Parler from its App Store, has now relented to the Constitution. Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices. The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.” On April 14, Apple’s app review team told Parler that its proposed changes were sufficient, the letter continued. Now, all Parler needs to do is to flip the switch. The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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WATCH: NC Man Slings Rabid Bobcat Across His Front Yard

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For many North Carolinians, neighborhood living brings with it the peace of mind that the most invasive animals you might have to deal with are squirrels who are trying to rest in your attic, or raccoons hoping to fatten up from your trash can.  The Tar Heel state has some bears, sure, but they’re not often the pestering or dangerous type like you might see in the Pacific Northwest or parts of California. But one man this week got up close and personal with a seriously frightening creature this week, after it lunged at his wife from underneath their car. A disturbing video captures the moment a rabid bobcat attacks a North Carolina woman—and the moment her husband grabs it off her and throws it through the air. Kristi and Happy Wade of Burgaw were walking to their SUV to take their cat to the vet the morning of April 9 when the growling animal ran across the street and attacked, WIS-TVreports. After throwing it several feet, Happy Wade eventually shot it after it ran into the couple’s garage and then continued to charge, ABC 11 reports. A neighbor who had been jogging by at the time stopped to help and called 911. Video of the incident is simply unbelievable. https://twitter.com/nojumper/status/1383145940807163904?s=20 The bobcat was injured by Wade and later euthanized by local law enforcement.  An autopsy revealed that the animal was indeed rabid, and the family has been undergoing treatment for their numerous bite wounds.

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