Every town has got one

Spotted in Morris: crude, ugly “WE ALL MATTER” sign, dirty American flags and blue line flags, and to top it all off, “JESUS” on the roof. It really needs a few Trump signs for that special je ne sais quoi, but maybe those went down after the colossal failure.

I’m sure the neighbors appreciate the reduction in property values all around — it keeps the taxes lower, you know.


  1. chigau (違う) says

    The way those flags are displayed is probably violating any number of flag-rules. You should probably report them.

  2. kathleenzielinski says

    I would not bet the rent that whomever put up that sign actually believes that we all matter.

  3. brightmoon says

    I almost never see those or any other flags or banners in NYC. Except for the Columbian flag which used to be in the window across the street . People also used to have little Hispanic country flags on cars which I haven’t seen for the last 4 years . Wonder why? / s.

  4. rorschach says

    The color of that house reminds me of the scene in True Detective when Rust and Marty find the house the killer once painted.

  5. foolishleader says

    chigau, I was going to ask if they take them down at night or have a light on them but there are other rules they probably are violating also.

  6. says

    As a correction…well, cope @7 is on top of it, so I don’t want to take credit, but it’s actually “WE ALL MAttER” so they could have their crosses in there, too.

  7. whheydt says

    And since Trump has been brought up…. Miami is holding a municipal election. Trump has requested a mail-in ballot. So, by his own logic, he is planning to vote fraudulently. I hope the local officials pay very close attention and make sure that he precisely obeys all to voting rules.

  8. PaulBC says

    I saw a St. Gallen (Swiss canton) flag in a window in a neighborhood around here. It gave me a start because it features the fasces very prominently. I would bet the homeowner is Swiss from St. Gallen and just didn’t give it a second thought. I haven’t checked if it’s still there.

    The only signs on lawns around here are Black Lives Matter and usually a longer list of mottos (Love is Love, Science is Real), and “Water is Life”, which sent me googling. I don’t think the lawn display above would be very popular, though there was a house that has a banner for some “Catholic radio” AM station and the Gadsden flag for years. I don’t see it now and I wonder if they moved.

  9. says

    Around Feb 20th my neighbor across the street put up a brand new Trump/Pence sign. The timing was just baffling.

    They took it down over the past weekend. I guess they thought Trump was going to get inaugurated on March 3rd of whatever the weird rumor was? Must’ve been a disappointment.

  10. whheydt says

    Re; ME @ #10…
    Correction…Palm Beach.

    Re: Gabrielle @ #13….
    March 4. Because that was the date for presidential inauguration until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20. I think it goes to show that the trumpen proletariat is living in the past…

  11. kathleenzielinski says

    No. 14, politics is like driving a car. If you want to move forward, put it in D. If you want to go backward, put it in R.

  12. Tethys says

    In my neighborhood the house that has conspicuous Jesus slogans on various garden features is next door to the house covered in flags.

    The flag house tends more to military veteran and U.S. varieties. I haven’t noticed any all lives matter bullshit. The residents of all races are well aware of the problems with the police. Far too many of them are former military rejects with personality disorders and badges.

  13. birgerjohansson says

    Maybe they should try the “balkenkreuz”? It was a popular aircraft and panzer cross 1939-45.
    I would certainly shout “Jesus” when I spot a house like this.
    Like the tortured shout at the beginning of Front Line Assembly’s “Mindphaser”.
    The guy inside the house will surely turn out to look like the creepy, murderous farmer in the Beavis and Butt-Head episode “Cow Tipping”.

  14. says

    To all of those talking about flag regulations. The Flag Code provides for no penalties despite being a federal law.

    Now, if you’re referring to since-struck down Flag Protection Act of 1968 (which was amended in 1989), sure it’s technically still on the books as a federal law, but enforcing it would be unconstitutional (see United States v. Eichman)

  15. anbheal says

    What saddens me is that I come from a family of vets. My father. My mother (who outranked him, which as an issue we were well-advised to ignore). Every uncle. Several brothers-in-law. Lots of neighbors. And while my father and mother and uncles (WW2) and my brothers-in-law (Vietnam), found it tiresome when men at the VFW would talk about nothing but some hillside 30 years earlier, rather than moving on with their lives, they all loved their country and their flag.

    And every President’s Day and every Memorial Day and every July 4th and every Labor Day and every Veteran’s Day we would hang those flags out the master bedroom windows, or hoist them on the flagpoles, and lower them to half-mast when someone like RFK or Tip O’Neill or Ronald Reagan died, no matter your party affiliation. The flag and the flagpole were non-partisan. You sailed or marched into combat, you put your hand on your chest, you thought the flag was something to honor, and if you were my father (a staunch Republican), you complained about vets marching on Memorial Day: “you’ve got your own damn holiday, Veteran’s Day; Memorial Day is for our comrades who didn’t make it back!”

    At their funerals they all had that honor guard folding the flag into a triangle and putting it on the coffin.

    But nowadays the QAnon/MAGA/Breitbart/Fox/TeaParty types have essentially subverted their own faux-patriotism. When I pass a home with an American flag and a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag in the window, I immediately think: “Asshole”. I n ever used to think that. There was a Grateful Dead song that ran “their walls are built of cannon balls, their motto is ‘Don’t Tread On Me'”. And you never thought they were a bunch of racist anti-science shit-wads. Party affiliation was rather irrelevant. Old people didn’t mind the war, and didn’t much like gays or drugs or rock ‘n’ roll, thought Russia and taxes were bad. Young people thought a bit differently, often. Though there were probably more Greg Marmalades than revisionist pop culture remembers. It wasn’t all Jimi Hendrix & The Jefferson Airplane.

    But I find a pang of existential mal de siecle when I pass a home with an American flag in the window, and immediately think “racist-sexist-homophobic-anti-Muslim-anti-LatinX-crony-capitalism dick-hole.” An American flag shouldn’t make me feel this way. And yet, this is what Fox & Friends have spawned.

  16. PaulBC says

    anbheal@19 I always liked the Gadsden flag (“Don’t Tread on Me”) and it is not the flag of slave-holding traitors either. I mean, it’s a minor issue and I wouldn’t display it now, knowing how people will react, but growing up I just thought of it as a scrappy in-your-face emblem of the American Revolution.

    (I was never a fan of Lee’s battle flag though, not even if Beau and Luke Duke insist they’re just the good old boys never meanin’ no harm.)

  17. Jazzlet says

    anbheal @#19
    The extreme right took over the flag of St George – The English flag – and for years the left felt as you do, but in the last dozen years there’s been a concious reclaiming of the flag so you see them all sorts of places hung by all sorts of people, many of whom wouldn’t be considered English by the extreme right.

  18. unclefrogy says

    that would cost more money then the cardboard and cheap plywood better spend the money on ammo.
    uncle frogy

  19. maireaine46 says

    The Trump flags are STILL up around here, some along with other things like that blue and black police flag.
    We no longer shop at a farm stand we went to for years as the new owner has had two giant Trump banners up for months. Do these people still think Trump won?

    I have an Irish flag out for St. Patrick’s Day, but I am half Irish and it goes out every year. The American flag is rather ruined for me since the Extreme Right took it over, but maybe it will come back eventually..

  20. jrkrideau says

    Weird. In Canada people seem to fly all sorts of flags though they usually toss in a Canadian one. The parking lot across from my favourite bakery flies three, the Canadian, the Netherlands and something we have not identified. For 4 or 5 years we had a balcony with a Brazilian and Canadian flag. I assumed it belonged to the Brazilian soldier I ran across on the way to the grocery store. Tripping over soldiers in strange uniforms is fairly common where I live though I must admit running into what looked like the ghost of General de Gaulle in an Ottawa mall was a bit surprising.

  21. DanDare says

    I find the “all lives matter ” thing so infuriating.
    BLM is a response to the “Black lives don’t matter” attitude of police. ALM is pointless in that context. Its not a clever rebuttal as it seems to be responding to “only black lives matter ” which is not the case. Its an obfuscation by some very clever bigots and a whole bunch of trully stupid people.