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Somebody vandalizes 9/11 flag display in the Public Garden

WHDH reports that sometime overnight, somebody knocked over many of the 2,997 American flags volunteers had put in the ground in the Public Garden as a remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11.

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Why would anyone do that?

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An area that has so much drug dealing and use that a lot of the cops know the dealers by their first names and you draw the line at knocking over some fabric, probably, but not confirmed caused by someone whacked out of their minds on chemicals?

Really?

Have you been on the Common lately?

That is quite a set of Mikimoto's you are clutching there.

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I didn't "draw the line" on anything, I commented on the topic posted, not the one you brought up.

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Because they felt like it.

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Disturbing a memorial to 3000 people killed in a terrorist attack - Meh

Adam misidentifying the use of a Southie parking lot from 40 years ago - YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

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So much mental illness that remains untreated in the city.

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For several reasons. The first being that the Boston Common & Gardens are frequented by drunks and people who are mentally ill. Secondly, nothing is sacred anymore and everything is considered divisive.

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nothing is sacred anymore and everything is considered divisive.

Calling something sacred is divisive. We label things "sacred" when we try to assert ownership over things that we do not actually own. That leads to conflict.

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Actually, we call things sacred that we believe are good and immutable truths - things that nobody owns, nobody has any right to change.

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Like all the rednecks taking over the memory of 9/11 and thinking Cleetus Hollow Alabama was attacked.

Give Spike Lee credit over the past week for showing people it wasn't Billy Bubba's Bucket of Suds, Jethro's F150 and his Toby Keith CD that was attacked on 9/11.

It was liberal cities full of a diversity of people that were attacked.

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"nobody" - perhaps better stated as things no one person can exclusively own
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...and I referred to the belief that those things should/could/would not change. The reality is that the particular examples of whichever idea is held "sacred" often do change (or just don't hold up well under close inspection), which challenges/triggers people.

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People call things sacred that they think nobody has any right to change. Things like statues of Robert E. Lee, or the rules of baseball. Others want to change them, which is why the concept is divisive, as Refugee said. This is why we refer to such things, derisively, as sacred cows.

Of course, some cows are really sacred. All right-thinking people know that civilization began its descent into madness when the Designated Hitter Rule was adopted, and will only return to sanity when it is returned to the pit from whence it came.

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Don't be silly.
It was changing the height of the pitcher's mound started the whole degradation of baseball.

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shitheel, I and my fellow delinquents limited our vandalism to stringing construction sawhorses across our one-horse Masshole town's main drag and reveling in the tiny mayhem that caused. It was a more innocent time.

Hard to imagine this is some kind of protest. It looks more like addlebrained anarchy, some drunken stumblebum's idiot idea of five minutes of hilarity.

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I don't think this was done out of disrespect, i hope so anyway. This is just another sign that mental illness has been stigmatized and overlooked! We as humans need to be more kind to others. Believe me nobody chose to be mentally ill , nobody chose to be an addict just as nobody chooses to have cancer. Hopefully this will help you understand. Thanks Timmy im a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor.

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You are soooo canceled.

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People who don't like American flags? That doesn't narrow things down around here (Medford and Saugus included).

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Liberals love the American flag and what it stands for...they just think it stands for more than you do.

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Anyone who is familiar with the Commons and that area knows what happened here. Its not some political statement.
Many neighborhoods of the city have more than their fair share of things being trashed by individuals suffering with untreated mental illness and drug use. But now a few flags are knocked over and people with an agenda loose their minds.

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that it's the Common.

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So a running theory is that the Commons has become a dumpster under the most recent city government. Hard to argue with.

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And I'm not talking Gaffin.

You don't even know it's not the "Commons" and you're self-proclaimed to not be from Boston.

Why don't you fuck off back to your regional Bumblefuck, Idaho news site, notthehubofanything.com?

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Is your objection primarily nativist and grammarly?

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also get mad at Commons. Also at Public Gardens. Also at adding apostrophe-esses to restaurant names for no good reason other than That's Just How We Do It Here.

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Do you even know the meaning of half the words you use?

You're trying to blow "Flight of the Bumblebee" on that dogwhistle and it's sounding more like a drunken fratboy on a vuvuzela at Homecoming.

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I'm in the Common at least once a day. The issues long predate the current city government.

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