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Town Outlaws Flying Foreign Flags

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Posted on Nov 24, 2006

The town council of Pahrump, Nev., voted last week to make it illegal to fly a foreign flag—unless an American flag is flown above it.

  • The irony: Pahrump was featured in a recent “Studio 60” episode on NBC, in which a Pahrump judge chastises L.A. entertainment types for making fun of places like Pahrump as backward and provincial.

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    This is where we’ve arrived in this country: You have the constitutional right to burn an American flag, but you can get into trouble for simply flying a foreign one.

    At least you can in the 30,000-person town of Pahrump, Nevada, which is close to Las Vegas and even closer to stepping over the line with an idiotic, intolerant and insulting ban on foreign (read: Mexican) flags. The town council voted last week, 3-2, to approve an ordinance that makes it illegal to display a foreign flag—unless an American flag is flown above it. Scofflaws face a $50 fine and 30 hours of community service.

    Pahrump resident Michael Miraglia proposed the ban because, he said, he got upset when he saw immigrant activists marching through U.S. cities last spring, waving Mexican flags. Mr. Miraglia told USA Today that he was especially miffed that “we had Mexican restaurants closed that day.”

    So that’s what started all this—the fact that some guy couldn’t get his burrito fix. It’s our cultural schizophrenia. Americans love Mexican food, even if they don’t always love Mexicans. They never ask themselves: If they succeed in getting rid of all the Mexicans—as some would, no doubt, like to do—who’s going to make the food?

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    By Dave, November 28, 2006 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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    Good for them!  Its about time towns start standing up for what’s right.  America is not an annex of Mexico.  Its America!  Our flag prevails.  Our language prevails, and our culture prevails.  If the Feds won’t enforce it, its about time our towns start!

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    By Bukko in Australia, November 25, 2006 at 3:42 am Link to this comment
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    As if the world needed another reason to laugh at the town besides its name…

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    By Not Your Mama, November 25, 2006 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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    Hello from Pahrump, NV.

    Thank you for helping to keep the spotlight on the clowns who did this.  Believe it or not, not all of us here are crazed, hillbilly racists and we are fighting back. 

    Keeping public attention on it defintitely helps, muchos gracias.

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    By Quy Tran, November 24, 2006 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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    It’s very funny when some regimes that are no longer exsisted but their flags are still flying.

    Due to election some state’s governors sign decree allowing foreign flags flying. This kind of “begging” votes are much more sordid than hookers. The governor of California is the number one of this kind !

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