It bothers me when I see someone in our country or in a foreign one desecrating the American flag. Like burning and stomping. Gets to me.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that such conduct is not criminal. It is the expression of free speech. Constitutionally protected.
Homer Martz is an Iowa farmer. Conservative, God fearing, patriotic. A Chinese pipeline was laid next to his well. No one told Martz it was coming close or that close to his well.
Martz opted to protest. No one would hear him. He hung the American flag upside down. Not to show disrespect. To be heard. Note that the flag pole had been there. He daily flew the American flag.
He felt he had been denied due process because of the failure to advise, give him an opportunity to complain, etc.
Martz was arrested. Iowa law makes it a misdemeanor to misuse in any fashion the American flag. The word misuse is mine. The statute actually has a number of instances where the conduct is considered illegal.
Sticking specifically to the law, the arrest is a bum one. Again, the Supreme Court in two instances said American flag desecration is constitutionally protected free speech.
I address Martz’s problem for a reason. State and local governments should have known Martz’s conduct was proper. Failing in that regard to do so now subjects Martz to the expense of an attorney, his personal loss of time from his farm work, the taxpaying public forced to pick up a prosecutor’s bill, a Judge’s expense, and salaries for a full court staff.
The Iowa law should have been removed from the books years ago.
I consider today a significant one in American history. President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act this day in 1935.
I am confident I will receive a number of negative comments re my position concerning Social Security.
Sixty years from now someone will be writing as I have here regarding the Affordable Care Act.
Has to be difficult be a President’s child! There is a video floating around the internet claiming to show Malia smoking a joint. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Melia was in a group of peers at some event where everyone was jumping and yelling. Kid stuff. Something persons her age do.
As to the toke, I question whether true. The video has only a quick shot of Malia. It is her. Took all of a second and gone. The toke part not clear. At all. Very interpretive she was smoking pot.
If true, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Michelle addressed the issue with Malia.
Worked with Sloan yesterday afternoon. Learning the new cell phone, utilizing it together with the computer, etc. A pain in the ass for me. I call it mechanical retardation. Generational.
Some of my readers commented the phrase was incorrect. Technologically retarded appropriate.
Whatever, it is still hard for me. And I am sure others of my generation.
It was Tavern ‘n Town last night. I decided to skip Lobsterfest. Let me share two reasons why.
Summer festival time with stands and shoulder to shoulder crowds, etc. on Duval is a steam bath. Twenty degrees warmer. Body heat. Pictures in this morning’s Key West Citizen show the crowd.
The other reason is that I am not a fan of Florida lobster. I prefer Maine lobster. Not being a snob. Florida lobster is tougher and has a different taste.
I read somewhere this week that the Maine lobster which is available for purchase at Publix is cheaper per pound than the Florida lobster.
What that means besides cheaper, I don’t know. Just sharing.
Ran into an old Syracuse University friend at Tavern ‘n Town. Steve. We had dinner together. Several years back when Steve was not so busy, he used to join me for Syracuse basketball games.
Met Katie Sottak. Steve introduced me. She is a hostess at Tavern ‘n Town. A lovely personable young lady. Twenty seven. Originally from New Hampshire. Has lived in Key West three years.
Her real love is art. Her works are presently being shown at Island Wynds Gallery on Simonton. The gallery next door to Books & Books.
The Hackley baby continues to concern me. I wish Hackley would write the baby’s name in his diary once so we would know.
Today’s problem as described by Hackley was wind and pain. He gave the baby some gin.
The gin thing does not shock me. All families have home remedies that have come down over the years. I recall when my sister Joan was teething. My mother would pour a little Canadian Club over her finger and then rub the finger over Joan’s gums.
Enjoy your Sunday!