Tim... ya need to put more info there - I think too many too lazy to click the link...
That said, the link describes an unspeakably dispicable act of just plain meanness... whether a random act of violence or political stmt about the Iraq situation. You just don't do this to a grieving family who just buried their son & brother.
I'd like to be given the perps responsible for this outrage... got an old Indian torture technique (probably learned from the French /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/censor.gif ) that I'd love to experiment with...
Here's the full story from "CINCINNATI.COM":
Vandals torch 20 U.S. flags, car
Neighbors rally around family that just buried son-in-law soldier
By Dan Klepal
Enquirer staff writer
FAIRFIELD - American flags, lining the lawn of the mother- and father-in-law of fallen U.S. Army Pfc. Timothy Hines Jr., were heaped in a pile early Saturday and burned under a car parked in front of the home - less than 24 hours after Hines was buried in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery.
Jim Wessel, Hines' father-in-law, said he thinks that the fire was a random act of vandalism.
The flames totaled Sara Wessel's car.
Sara is Hines' sister-in-law and Jim Wessel's oldest daughter. She had been staying at the house on Sando Drive since the family returned last week from Washington, D.C., where they were visiting Hines at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Hines, 21, was buried Friday after more than 400 people mourned his passing and celebrated his life at the Vineyard Community Church in Springdale. He was buried with full military honors, leaving behind a pregnant widow who expects to give birth in about two weeks and a 2-year-old daughter.
Hines died last week from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded June 19 in Baghdad.
Sara Wessel woke up when the flames set off the car alarm.
"Whoever set the fire used about 20 flags that were given to me by friends," Jim Wessel said. "If it wasn't random vandalism, what statement were they trying to make?"
The 20 flags were replaced with more than 200 by Saturday afternoon. The flags came from family, friends and neighbors.
"We have a great neighborhood," Wessel said.
Police said the fire started about 5:30 a.m.
"What happened to this family is a tragedy; what occurred (Saturday) morning is despicable," Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said in a prepared statement. "We will take every step to identify the persons responsible and hold them accountable."
Doris Morris, who has lived next to the Wessels for 46 years, was shocked to hear about the fire.
"This is a quiet neighborhood, and they are very good, sweet people," Morris said of the Wessels. "It's just horrible that someone would do that, whether it was vandalism or because of the Iraq situation."
Bob Kramer, another neighborhood resident who stopped by the scene to visit with his police officer friends, said he doesn't think that the fire was random. There were more than 20 cars parked on the street Saturday morning, he said.
"With the connection to this family, what are the chances of them randomly getting the flags out of their yard and choosing that car?" Kramer asked. "For someone to target them and add to their suffering is just horrendous."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department tip line at 896-8200.
Donations can be made to the Timothy Hines Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank, or to the Hines Family House project through Impact A Hero. Information about that program can be found online at www.impactahero.com.
E-mail [email protected]
Can't wash the stripes off of that zebra... Did she not, not too long ago, apologize for that /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bs.gif she pulled over in NORTH VietNam? And, others have tried to rationalize her TREASON w/ observations that she was just a naive school girl and was 'taken advantage of' by the NVA?
Yea, right. Old habits die hard, eh?! Guess she had a relapse. Aarrgghhh! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif
that shti just makes me sick...........if you dont like the USA flag then get the fawk out of the country /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cussing.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cussing.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cussing.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cussing.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cussing.gif
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That's the burning question for any Patriot. When does resistance to the status quo become unpatriotic? I'd agree that the people who participated in this crime are not Patriots, or resistors of any kind. They are criminals and thugs that better belong behind bars. But that doesn't answer the question.
As you know many of my friends, when I was younger, were German WII vets, Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe, SS and Kriegsmarine. I've had many conversations with these men who were, at sometimes in their lives, facing the question that many of our fellow citizens now face. In lieu of that take a look at:
Achtung! You are 30% brainwashworthy, 31% antitolerant, and 47% blindly patriotic
Welcome to the Resistance (Der Widerstand)! You believe in freedom, justice, equality, and your country, and you can't be converted to the the dark side.
Breakdown: Your Blind Patriotism levels are borderline unhealthy, but you show such a love of people from everywhere and a natural resistance to brainwashing, you would probably focus your energy to fight Fuehrer with furor, so to speak.
Conclusion: Born and raised in Germany in the early 1930's, you would have taken up ARMS against the oppressors. Or even your friends' oppressors. Congratulations!
Less than 5% of all test takers earn a spot in Der Resistance!
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Bus tour? With gaurds and body armor? She'll need it.
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Anyone know her route or schedule? If w/in 50mi of here, I need to set a dozen or so eggs out in the sun for a week or two before I go to hear what she has to say /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/chairfall.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/neener.gif
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