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Angry trucker puts up flag at truck stop, only to watch it come down
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Posted on 05/30/2012 2:03:30 PM PDT by Orange1998

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxj7HEYA4gs

DENTON, Texas — The Stars and Stripes go hand-in-hand with Memorial Day. But when a truck driver saw a truck stop that wasn't flying the American flag, he took matters into his own hands.

He put up a American flag himself. The problem is, it didn't stay up for long.

David Ray Thornburg couldn't understand why the Travel Centers of America truck stop off Interstate 35 in Denton wasn't displaying Old Glory — especially on Memorial Day.

So he grabbed his video camera and went to Walmart. The store donated a flag. Thornburg went back to the truck stop, climbed up the pole and put up the flag.

His YouTube video tells the rest of the story. He explains that just after he put the flag up, truck stop employees took it down.

Thornburg called it “a slap in the face.”

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Travel Centers of America...."of America"???? I understand the risk of climbing injury but what kind of statement was TA making by taking it down?
1 posted on 05/30/2012 2:03:37 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

Article

http://www.khou.com/news/Angry-trucker-puts-up-flag-at-truck-stop-only-to-watch-it-come-down-155708965.html


2 posted on 05/30/2012 2:05:02 PM PDT by Orange1998
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I understand the risk of climbing injury but what kind of statement was TA making by taking it down?

How about "This is private property, get the fk out of here."

3 posted on 05/30/2012 2:06:35 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

Yup and Obama could not have said it prouder.


4 posted on 05/30/2012 2:10:01 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

good target for a boycott, probably has lots of competition.


5 posted on 05/30/2012 2:12:08 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Orange1998

Speedway/Marathon bought Gas America/TA earlier this year. The change-over was two weeks ago. Knowing Speedway, this does not surprise me.


6 posted on 05/30/2012 2:14:48 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Orange1998
Send this video and story to everyone you know.....this should not be happening anywhere in America let alone in Texas!!!!
7 posted on 05/30/2012 2:18:07 PM PDT by yoe (Proud to be part of the Tea Party movement.....!!!!!)
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To: tcrlaf
The change-over was two weeks ago. Knowing Speedway, this does not surprise me.

They stopped flying the flag ten years ago.

8 posted on 05/30/2012 2:19:06 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Orange1998

I sure bet those trucker’s CB Radios were abuzz of what Travel Center of America thinks of veterans & Memorial Day.


9 posted on 05/30/2012 2:19:58 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: sam_paine

What kind of reply was that????
Am all for staying the fk away from Truck Stops America!

Denton? truckstop was prolly run by some camel jockey.


10 posted on 05/30/2012 2:20:44 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Orange1998

Statement: The flag might offend anti-Americans.


11 posted on 05/30/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: TexasCajun

What is a C.B. Radio?


12 posted on 05/30/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: sam_paine

The point of the story is they sent a paid employee to remove the flag on Memorial Day.


13 posted on 05/30/2012 2:21:53 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998; sam_paine; GeronL; tcrlaf
The owner of the Travel Centers of America franchise.... told us he stopped flying the flag 10 years ago, because of wear and tear, improper lighting and maintenance constraints.... Schmieder said while he admires Thornburg's zeal for patriotism, he believes the driver's intent was to make trouble. It's private property, the owner went on to say. ... "What kind of rights do I have?"

I think I see a complete story right there.

1) The Travel Center put up a flagpole, and flew the flag for years.

2) Then some jackwagon from the govt came and cited him for a tattered flag, and probably cited him for flying it at night without a light, etc.

3) Some ambulance chaser is waiting in the wings for this guy to break his arm trying to save mom and apple pie.

Perhaps the owners had lost faith in "the republic for which it stands" that elected a Marxist handing out bailouts to bankers and fraudsters while taxing him out the wazoo to fund condoms for college girls and threatening him with flag inspectors, liability suits, etc.

Perhaps it doesn't have a single thing to do with Memorial day, but do we really believe that those who sacrificed their lives for us would (a) do it over again if they knew what we've become and (b) even then, do you think they'd be gung-ho to tell this guy he had to fly a flag?

14 posted on 05/30/2012 2:22:34 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

Wow you are so jaded.


15 posted on 05/30/2012 2:25:12 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

The point of your post is to make it out that these people are anti-American. It just happened that some fruitcake was climbing their pole on Memorial Day.

In fact, the article makes the case that the country has become a caricature of itself overrun by lawyers and jingoists.


16 posted on 05/30/2012 2:26:02 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Orange1998
Anyone wish to cantact corporate?
17 posted on 05/30/2012 2:29:02 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Orange1998
Anyone wish to contact corporate?
18 posted on 05/30/2012 2:29:34 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Orange1998
(Boycott this truck stop in Texas....maybe these others...) Use your CB's as well as computers....make this Travel Centers of America franchise owner know where he lives.
19 posted on 05/30/2012 2:32:40 PM PDT by yoe (Proud to be part of the Tea Party movement.....!!!!!)
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To: Orange1998
Wow you are so jaded.

Yes. A small businessman with the jackboot of the government on his neck everyday makes you sympathetic to people who are depicted by lamestream media as anti-American corporate evildoers.

Jaded. Whatever.

20 posted on 05/30/2012 2:32:56 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Orange1998
I have to side with paine on this one. Our fine men gave their last, full measure of devotion for our nation so that folks would also have the right not to fly the flag. Freedom of speech also gives the owners of the truck stop the right to be complete ungrateful d0uchebags. I don't like it, and will make it a point to boycott them the next time I'm in Texas.

Still, I applaud the trucker for his act of civil disobedience. However, defending the Constitution means it has to apply to everyone.

21 posted on 05/30/2012 2:34:05 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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Then some jackwagon from the govt came and cited him for a tattered flag,

Where is your link verifying that, and what would it have to do with this event of a Memorial day flying of a new flag?

22 posted on 05/30/2012 2:35:41 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: Orange1998
I do not know if this is authentic but a post on the YouTube site:
From TA's President: On May 23, all of our location mgrs were reminded to fly the American flag on Memorial Day. We also distributed over 75,000 American flag decals to customers at our locations in recognition of veterans. Obviously, our franchisee-operated site in Denton, TX, failed to comply. For that, we sincerely apologize. Despite the dangers associated with a customer climbing a pole, we applaud the actions of the driver in reminding us of the sacrifices made by service men and women.

TAPetro

If true, then it was the local manager who failed to put it up and then took it down. I would also point out that the end of the video where the flag is missing is at sundown. No excuse for it not being up in the first place but perhaps it was taken down because of sunset. This would be proper protocol. I would also note that there was no line on the pole. It is possible that the reason there was no flag in the first place was because the manager was too lazy to replace the line rather than a calculated disrespect. I would urge that all avoid rash judgment until all is known.
23 posted on 05/30/2012 2:36:24 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: al baby
C.B. Radio?

Early model cell phone Good-Buddy.

Only problem, it was a party-line, no privacy.

24 posted on 05/30/2012 2:37:50 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Sirius Lee

And I have the right to spend money at any place I like.


25 posted on 05/30/2012 2:40:17 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: al baby

Citizens’ Band Radio


26 posted on 05/30/2012 2:40:58 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: ansel12
Where is your link verifying that, and what would it have to do with this event of a Memorial day flying of a new flag?

Run a business. Try it. See if you don't get a visit from the bunny inspector.

Come nightfall, who's going to come take it down?

Were there any other businesses in the area who didn't even have a flagpole? Are they the focus of derision?

27 posted on 05/30/2012 2:41:30 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Orange1998

Unless I missed something the video appeared to show the flag down after sundown as it should be, unless it was illuminated. Did they take it down because of such flag protocol or otherwise? No one said.

That doesn’t excuse many businesses for not flying a flag at least on such holidays. Many do not do it for a variety of reasons from cost to the illumination required. Myself, I fly a 5 by 8 flag on a 32 ft flagpole but I don’t ridicule others who don’t. I salute the truck driver’s fortitude and initiative.


28 posted on 05/30/2012 2:44:17 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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I would urge that all avoid rash judgment until all is known.

WRONG! Proper Freep protocol is to scream and shout, denounce whoever the media or youtube says to denounce and ignore any other options.

29 posted on 05/30/2012 2:44:22 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Sirius Lee; sam_paine

The anti-American jerk managing the store isn’t taking a stand for the constitution, he is making a political deliberately insulting protest statement against it, and against the nation, and it’s history.

This is all about private citizens using their constitutional rights calling out an anti-American act formally carried out by a business they frequent.

Let the constitutionally legal boycott begin, (if you two will allow protesting and boycotting from our side).


30 posted on 05/30/2012 2:44:52 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: sam_paine

No, you provide evidence for your claim that you stated as a fact and the reason why that manager took such a dramatic anti-american, anti-customer action.

A smart man managing a store for patriotic American truck drivers does not go to such bizarre extremes to get in their face on Memorial Day.


31 posted on 05/30/2012 2:50:05 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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The anti-American jerk managing the store isn’t taking a stand for the constitution, he is making a political deliberately insulting protest statement against it, and against the nation, and it’s history.

It's about knee-jerks, not anti-American jerks.

He may not know anything about the constitution. How do you know he's making a political statement of any kind.

Some arsehole comes in and starts climbing a pole at a gas station? Really?

Say they called the cops. The cops come and arrest the guy for trespassing on private property, disturbing the peace, whatever and keep him from endangering himself. All Constitutional too. You ok with that?

32 posted on 05/30/2012 2:50:39 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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A smart man managing a store for patriotic American truck drivers does not go to such bizarre extremes to get in their face on Memorial Day.

So does he call the police to deal with it in your world? Just let the idiot crack his skull on the pavement? So he doesn't call the police and handles it quietly. Never mind! Get the manager fired! yay!

33 posted on 05/30/2012 2:53:14 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: al baby
What is a C.B. Radio?

It's similar to a beeber, but larger.

34 posted on 05/30/2012 2:57:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: al baby
What is a C.B. Radio?

It's a two way radio, works in the 27. mhz, 11 meter band, very effective for close in communication and in many cases, better than cell phones depending on the venue and they do not require cell towers to operate. In addition, unlike cell phones, they are free to use. Hundreds of thousands of truck drivers use them, among others.

35 posted on 05/30/2012 2:57:15 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Orange1998

That’s the Idea.

Truckstops of America do not have to fly a flag any more than I have to spend my money there, Which I won’t.


36 posted on 05/30/2012 2:57:15 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Orange1998

I heard about this story earlier today, and some ANGRY truckers said they will never stop there again. They tweeted this to a lot of their fellow truckers. That place will be shut in months.


37 posted on 05/30/2012 2:57:49 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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I'll have to agree with you, sam.

There's no telling what the Fascist Police State has done to this business owner, regulatory or otherwise.

38 posted on 05/30/2012 2:59:08 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: sam_paine

Are you drunk?

Any pole climbing was long over, it was done to install the rope.

Flag flying, rope installed, your claimed drama over, and they go out and run the flag down.


39 posted on 05/30/2012 3:02:09 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: kiryandil
There's no telling what the Fascist Police State has done to this business owner, regulatory or otherwise.

Well, the point is we don't know one way or another, but what the hell happened to private damn property?

Fly the flag or don't. If they had flown the flag upside down in distress I'd probably have agreed with them. The nation is in distress.

And the bigger issue is, I can't imagine how many fallen soldiers and sailors etc are spinning in their graves with the freedoms they fought for come to nearly naught.

40 posted on 05/30/2012 3:04:15 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Petrosius

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41 posted on 05/30/2012 3:08:25 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: sam_paine

Who is arguing about private property?

Everything Planned Parenthood, or Jane Fonda, or Code Pink does on private party is off limits for discussion, or even outrage or protest?


42 posted on 05/30/2012 3:10:49 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: WellyP

Forgot to include this: http://www.manta.com/c/mmypm46/travel-centers-of-america


43 posted on 05/30/2012 3:11:29 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Sirius Lee
Our fine men gave their last, full measure of devotion for our nation so that folks would also have the right not to fly the flag.

Somehow, I doubt that was the last thought that went through their minds.

44 posted on 05/30/2012 3:12:56 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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Flag flying, rope installed, your claimed drama over, and they go out and run the flag down.

LOL. No happy hour hasn't started yet, FRiend. Is that going to be ok with you though? Me drinking or not on my property?

The guy says he hasn't been flying the flag for ten years. Where has your "outrage" been all this time that he hasn't been utilizing that pole!!!!? Where has the boycott been?

Oh the humanity!

I still can't imagine a single fallen soul who'd rise from the grave and demand that a private American do this that or the other on their own gd private property to "honor" them.

45 posted on 05/30/2012 3:17:44 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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So does he call the police to deal with it in your world? Just let the idiot crack his skull on the pavement? So he doesn't call the police and handles it quietly. Never mind! Get the manager fired! yay!

Deal with what? A brand new American flag donated by the Wal-Mart Corporation flying from his flag pole?

Nobody even saw the part involving the rope, the climb, it was long over, the flag was in place, all they had to do was let it fly.

Instead they have really hurt themselves with their customer base.

46 posted on 05/30/2012 3:24:55 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: Orange1998; All

47 posted on 05/30/2012 3:28:43 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: al baby

“What is a C.B. Radio?”

You’re kidding.

.


48 posted on 05/30/2012 3:29:27 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: HIDEK6
From TA's President: On May 23, all of our location mgrs were reminded to fly the American flag on Memorial Day. We also distributed over 75,000 American flag decals to customers at our locations in recognition of veterans. Obviously, our franchisee-operated site in Denton, TX, failed to comply. For that, we sincerely apologize. Despite the dangers associated with a customer climbing a pole, we applaud the actions of the driver in reminding us of the sacrifices made by service men and women.
49 posted on 05/30/2012 3:31:22 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big. Vote Newt!)
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To: sam_paine
The guy says he hasn't been flying the flag for ten years. Where has your "outrage" been all this time that he hasn't been utilizing that pole!!!!? Where has the boycott been?

There is your mistake, you don't seem to realize that once a donated flag was raised the manager went into physical action and made a powerful political statement on Memorial day, that is what private citizens are reacting to.

Fortunately you do not have the power to stop people from protesting, or forcing them to spend their money at the business he manages.

50 posted on 05/30/2012 3:32:55 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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