This is unbelievable.

I can’t wait to hear the excuses from the Obama campaign of how 12,000 American flags got improperly thrown in the trash:

This morning, Republicans tell me that a worker at Invesco Field in Denver saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage. Guerrilla campaigning. They will use these flags at their own event today in Colorado Springs with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Before McCain speaks today, veterans will haul these garbage bags filled with flags out onto the stage — with dramatic effect, no doubt — and tell the story.

Fox News reports:

McCain supporters, claiming they rescued 12,000 miniature American flags from the site of Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech last Thursday, redistributed the orphan flags to audience members ahead of a McCain campaign rally in Colorado Springs Saturday.

They say the flags were recovered from Invesco Field in Denver after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. A vendor supposedly discovered trash bags full of flags in and nearby dumpsters, and turned them over to the McCain campaign.

Boy Scouts were sorting 84 bags of flags in Colorado Saturday morning, before a McCain supporter had veterans distribute them to the audience.

A Poster at the Randi Rhodes forum (sorry, won’t link to that-yeesh) asks incredulously, “Obama supporters wouldn’t throw US flags on the ground and trash cans would they”?

Yes, Virginia, they would.

Here is an actual photo of discarded flags from the Denver Post:

…Which only reinforces the view many have that far leftists don’t respect the flag:

Captain Ed at Hot Air:

Didn’t anyone make arrangements for better disposal of these flags from Invesco?  At the very least, they were an investment that could have been re-used at rallies in Colorado as well as the rest of the nation during the general election.  Instead, they’ve handed a dramatic moment to John McCain and Sarah Palin, as well as relieved them of the cost of 12,000 such flags — as well as a full 3′x5′ flag that also wound up in the trash.

Remember when the DNCC was supposed to be the “greenest convention ever”?  How they worried about the color of the food and using organic materials in their merchandise?  I guess we can see where the “green” concern ends … at red, white, and blue.

The Obama campaign violated proper flag etiquette, which every boyscout understands, doesn’t include unceremoniously tossing them in trash bags.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.


Now Carl Cameron on Fox News is reporting the DNC has essentially accused the Republicans of stealing the flags, which were being stored in advance of their trip to a warehouse.  They’re accusing the Republicans of trying to score some cheap political points questioning their patriotism.

That would be profoundly foolish of the Republicans, if true.

Stay tuned…


Oh forget the DNC talking points.

Redstate has the pictures of the properly “stored” flags, from this August 28 post:

Those flags weren’t “stolen”. They were rescued.

Thanks, Rev.


If the flags were stolen by the Republicans for a cheap political stunt…..why hasn’t the police been notified?


See Hot Air for the pathetic spin from the Obama camp.