Pigs will always be pigs
The sheriff admitted that the mere act isn't illegal, but "It is illegal to cause a disruption," and supposedly it was making certain people "upset." Really, and just who was "upset"? Congine's boot-licking neighbors who are part of the government system bent on bankrupting him?
Ayn Rand was so right. "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws." Some people didn't like it, so law enforcement just needs a vague statute to control someone's behavior.
It's actually the pigs and their supporters who are continually defacing the flag and the freedom it represents, not Congine. It doesn't matter that Congine is a veteran. It doesn't even matter that he was protesting; he can do it anytime he wants, for any or no reason at all. It's his land, and the flag is his private property. Period. If anyone was truly so outraged, then they should have, as private individuals, quietly gone to Congine and offered to buy the flag (with their own money, mind you, not the taxpayers' money), with a formal contract forbidding him from just flying another one.
Such an action would be the free market at work: the free exchange of property between private individuals. It would also show just how much they value not seeing someone flying an upside-down American flag. However, I'd lay good money that the true value people would place is zero. It's virtually free for people to be mini-tyrants instead, using government to control their neighbors.
Everyone involved in the theft of Congine's property, from the flag to destroying his would-be business, deserves impalement in a manner similar to what Vlad Tepes did: a high flagpole right into their anuses.
And then a friend sent me this, about the D.C. police chief being upset that drivers can avoid traffic cameras and police checkpoints with iPhones and GPS-utilizing apps. Actually, this is a good thing. The cameras, by definition, aren't at quiet intersections, and God knows that they don't actually do anything to prevent unsafe velocities in the first place. An iPhone with the relevant app, though, can audibly get someone's attention that he needs to slow down. It's doing the same work as the camera, except better because it's preemptive.
As far as sobriety checkpoints, that's a bunch of bull. The app would need a frequently updated data stream, and if driver is drunk enough to be a menace on the road, odds are he won't be too coherent and using his phone.
All this proves is that the pigs' motive is purely revenue. "Safety" can take a back seat.