Posts Tagged ‘Jim Brossard’

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo In These United States Of Mexico

May 6, 2010

It’s a good thing to wear your flag and show your national pride.

UNLESS, of course, you are an American in an American public school.

Every public school official knows that America is an evil place, and that its citizens should hang their heads in shame.

Five Morgan Hill students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts
2:11 PM
By Lindsay Bryant

Live Oak High School students from left, Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano and Dominic Maciel were sent home from school Wednesday because they were wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.
Photo by: Lora Schraft, Staff Photographer
Freshman Laura Ponce shows off her Mexican pride as she wears a Mexican flag over her shoulders and wears facepaint Wednesday as she waits for school to get out at Live Oak.
Photo by: Lora Schraft, Staff Photographer

Five Live Oak High School students’ First Amendment rights were challenged this morning when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Officials at the school chose not to comment on the situation, but one student said an official called the T-shirts “incendiary.”

“They said we were starting a fight, we were fuel to the fire,” said sophomore Matt Dariano.

The Morgan Hill Unified School District issued this statement: “In an attempt to foster a spirit of cultural awareness and maintain a safe and supportive school environment, the Live Oak High School administration took certain actions earlier today. The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration’s interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.”

The five teens were sitting at a table outside during their brunch break about 10:10 a.m. when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two boys to take off their American flag bandannas. The boys said they complied. In the same conversation, sophomore Dominic Maciel said, Rodriguez told the group to “walk with him to the office.”

Dariano called his mother Diana, who spread the word to the other parents, who all arrived soon after to have a conference with Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden. The group said they were not instigating anything and did what they always do at break – sit and talk and eat.

The boys were told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home – and that it would not be considered a suspension – but that Rodriguez did not want any fights to break out among Mexican-American students and those wearing American flags. Dariano said other students were wearing American flags but since they were a group of five “we were the easiest target to cause trouble” according to Rodriguez, he said.

The boys told Rodriguez and Boden that turning their T-shirts inside-out was disrespectful, so their parents opted to take them home.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Dominic’s mother Julie Fagerstrom. “I’m an open-minded parent, but it’s got to be on both sides. It Robert Airoldi 5/5/10 can’t can be five kids singled out.”

A front-desk secretary said Boden was unavailable for any comment on what had happened Wednesday and Rodriguez was busy with testing, the secrectary said.

More than 100 students were spotted wearing red, white and green as they were leaving school. Some had the Mexican flag painted on their faces or on their arms.

Nothing in Live Oak’s dress code policy addresses what transpired Wednesday, but it does state that “the school has the right to request that any student dressing inappropriately for school will change into other clothes, be sent home to change, and/or be subject to disciplinary action.”

One Mexican-American student, freshman Laura Ponce, had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, peaking out of her low-cut shirt. She did it because, “it’s our day, the only day we can show our spirit.” A school administrator took away the Mexican flag she was carrying as she was waiting to go home. Ponce said: “not cool.”

“There was a lot of drama going on today,” Ponce said. Some were saying “Mexico sucks” while Mexican-American students responded in their second language.

“Some were yelling Spanish to us,” Maciel said, who is half-Hispanic. “I couldn’t understand it, but it sounded bad.”

Some Mexican-American students said that their flags were taken away or asked to be put away, but none were sent home for wearing red, white and green. Since Boden would not comment, it’s uncertain if any other students were sent home for what they were wearing on Cinco de Mayo.

Live Oak High School even hosted a group of professional baile folklorico dancers, who waved flags and played traditional music from Mexico.

“It’s sad it’s come to this,” Fagerstrom said. “But we stand behind their patriotic nature and the boys expressing their individuality.”

The boys wrote a two-paragraph statement that they each signed detailing their support for American patriotism and that they felt disrespected and discriminated against when their First Amendment rights were discarded Wednesday at school.

“We were not going to start a fight. We wanted to show our pride,” Dariano said.

Yes, that’s right.  Here in the good old US of A, American students were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out while Hispanic students all around them freely and proudly displayed their Mexican flags.

Showing pride in America isn’t such a great idea anymore, given that we now have a president who has repeatedly traveled around the world apologizing for America’s greed and depravity.  I mean, pride in WHAT?!?!

That’s moral idiocy (aka liberalism, aka progressivism, aka Marxism) at work.

When I went to high school, I understood that liberals could do terribly stupid things.  But I never thought for a second that we would one day descend to the point that our nation’s own flag would be banned in an American school funded with American taxpayer dollars.

Then again, I didn’t know that one day an anti-American racist Marxist would one day be president.

I also have to say this: if displaying an American flag is “incendiary” to Mexican students, then we need to kick their butts out of our country as fast as we freaking can.  Because they obviously aren’t Americans if they hate our flag that much.

What those five brave kids needed was this guy

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Who’s the Real American in This Picture?

May 26, 2009

We’ve got a little movie for you today.  There’s a hero and a villain.  And your job is to decide which is which, boys and girls.

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So here’s the plot.  A business in Reno is flying a Mexican flag above the American flag which, among other things, is a violation of the law in the United States.  As the local media begins to report on the story from the scene, a large bearded man (that would be Jim Brossard) walks up to the flag pole, pulls down both flags, and cuts the American flag off the pole (with what he wants to make sure everyone knows is an American Army knife).

Brossard says – and I’d very much like to quote him:

“That is what happened.  Right there.  I’m Jim Brossard.  And I took this flag down in honor of my country.  With a knife from the United States Army.  I’m a veteran.  I’m not going to see this done to my country.  If they’re going to fight us, then they need to be men.  And they need to come and fight us.  But I want someone to FIGHT me for this flag.  They’re not going to get it back.”

And with that Jim Brossard, turns and walks away from the camera – and right past the Mexican (let’s just agree to assume that he’s a Mexican due to the whole, ‘I think I’ll fly the Mexican flag above the American flag today’ thing) business owner and his amigo.

The reporter approaches the business owner – who is still watching Jim Brossard walking away with his flag – and asks, “So what do you think of that?”  The Mexican business owner walks over to the flag pole and retrieves his Mexican flag – which big bearded guy had tossed on the ground – and picks it up as the reporter asks, “No comment?  What do you think of that?  What are you trying to accomplish, at least?  Anything?”

And the Mexican business owner wordlessly goes into his place of business with his remaining flag and shuts the door, which features a sign bearing the words, “No persons under 21 allowed.”

I’ve reported.  You decide.  Who’s the Real American?  Big bearded guy or Mexican business owner, with his interesting choice in flag-order?

Who is the hero and who is the villain?

I didn’t have to ponder this one for very long: Jim Brossard, big bearded guy, I salute you!

I would offer to buy you a drink, Mr. Brossard, but I see you’ve already got that big can of whoop-ass in your hand.

MARKETING TIP: SOMEBODY FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON SERIOUSLY NEEDS TO GIVE THIS MAN A ROAD KING AND SIGN HIM AS THEIR CORPORATE SPOKESMAN.

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Now, all of this said, this story is also part of a larger debate: which group of politically-active people is one the side of big bearded guy, and which group of politically-active people is on the side of Mexican business owner?

Let me just take a wild guess and suggest that he AINT on Nancy Pelosi’s side of the argument.

You can almost hear the cries of metropolitan liberals:

“That great big mean bully!  He’s got a knife.  He’s got a knife! HE’S GOT A KNIFE!!! Somebody call the police and have that terrible man arrested!

That awful man is a racist, and he’s bitter, and he hates immigrants just like President Obama said!  He’s probably got guns, too!  What’s that?  He’s a veteran?  See?  HE’S ONE OF THOSE RIGHTWING EXTREMISTS just like the DHS said!

He’s why we need sanctuary cities!  To protect poor immigrants from hateful men like THAT!”

Conservatives are routinely told that they’re losing Hispanics.  But if Hispanics are going to support one of their own proudly flying his Mexican flag over the American flag on American soil over Jim Brossard’s righteous outrage, I frankly don’t give a damn.

I’ll take Jim’s side any day.

I sure get the sense he’d take mine.