Yeller Flags and Coffee
From Atlas Shrugs and American Vision:
"Our friends at The Patriot Depot just received a call from Rosemarie in Ball, Louisiana alerting Patriot Depot that her brother-in-law was stopped by small town Louisiana police and detained by the roadside for half an hour. A background check was conducted to determine whether he was a member of an "extremist" group. Why? Her brother-in-law (name not disclosed for privacy) had purchased and displayed a conservative "Don't Tread on Me" bumper sticker on his car."Now I understand that there are some damned stupid and obedient ticket writers in one red light towns in the Louisiana outback, but what really bothers me is that a person can be detained for a damned yellow bumper sticker with a rattlesnake on it. But they don't act without orders. Apparently someone somewhere higher up the food chain told the cops in a backwater Louisiana town to be on the look out for people with yellow snake stickers on their horseless carriages because they might blow stuff up.
Forget history. Never mind that the US Navy Jack is a very similar design. Lets just be ignorant.
"Yep Bubba, yeller snake flags means Timothy McVey is coming and bringin' that Anton feller with him! They's gonna take our wimmens, steal our Levi Garrett and blow up the bream pond." Monkey muffins! How stupid can you get? Do we have to load a dump truck with intelligence and dump it out in the city square to make these people morons? If I find out what town this was, I'm driving over to have a little wake up call and chat with the mayor over grits and coffee. Mostly coffee.
UPDATE: I'm checking with a friend, who many of you know, that lives three miles from Ball Louisiana. He knows the local police well, on a professional basis. Somehow, this story doesn't sound right to me. I've been through this town. It's a speed trap, but I have a hard time believing a police officer would stop a car for a yellow rattlesnake sticker in an area where Confederate flag stickers are commonplace. This is die hard gun and religion clingin' territory. Something isn't quite right with this story...... Will provide answers as I learn more.......
UPDATE DEUCE: I received a reply to my email inquiry to a friend who lives just outside of Ball Louisiana. He used his professional connections to talk with several Ball officers and other police officers in the area. Apparently, the citizen was stopped legitimately for a traffic violation. The process became drawn out due to his aggressive anti-law enforcement stance. The stop had nothing to do with a Gadsden flag sticker on his vehicle. Even in a traffic fine supported economy of a small town like Ball, that sounds a lot more likely.
I did a fairly thorough check on this story, including approaching Ball
and other police officers. All deny emphatically that the DTOM sticker
had anything to do with the traffic stop. Instead, I'm informed that
the driver in question was stopped for a violation (nature unspecified),
and the reason things dragged on for half an hour was because of his
aggressive, anti-law-enforcement, dogmatic rudeness. "He appeared to be
a threat to public safety because of his attitude" was how one cop
expressed it. I've met the type, and I'm sure you have too.
Of course, I can't confirm this information - it's all verbal and
hearsay, etc. - but it does sound rather more likely to me than that a
Cenla cop would stop someone for a DTOM sticker!