Here Are Some Plano Kids Trashing a Vietnam Vet's American Flag

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In defense of the teens in the above video, there's not much to do in Plano post-midnight on a Friday. Certainly, though, they could have picked a less appalling target for their petty vandalism than an American flag belonging to a Vietnam vet. Garden gnomes spring to mind.

"They ran over to the statue with the American flag and attempted to steal the statue and desecrated the American flag," Larry Lorance, the Vietnam vet in question, wrote on his website. "They were laughing throughout the entire act of vandalism. At one point, one of the vandals proceeded to stomp on the flag while continuing to laugh."

So aggrieved is Lorance that he has dispensed with the police and is pursuing his own brand of vigilante justice, which involves posting the video online in hopes of forcing the kids to "step up and take responsibility for their actions now."

Whether that happens, and whether this episode instills in the culprits a healthy respect for the American flag, remains to be seen. But you can be sure they've come away from the experience with one valuable lesson: When engaged in criminal mischief, avoid the house with a surveillance camera trained on its front yard.

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ruddski
ruddski

You failed to mention that this was the third time the kids desecrated the guys flag. Anything other facts ommited?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Shouldn't this have appeared under "Get off my lawn"?

RSFII
RSFII

Lots of drugs in the Plano schools.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I did direct my criticism to the gov't that put them there, you should read more carefully.  Further, to have such a simple patriotism after either supporting the war effort, or feeling like you were forced to go, this blind jingoism is too much.  Someone needs to say it. 

whiteguiltlibtardz
whiteguiltlibtardz

You're such a "snarky libtard", Eric! You still will never get hired by Gawker though.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Watch the video again and you'll see that the kids are clearly after the figure, not the flag.  The flag was collateral damage. 

ruddski
ruddski

desicrated flag, trespassing and vandalism. All good clean fun, until someone bacons a mosque or flattens the tires of a DISD Assistant Substitute Teacher.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

A lot of Republicans pretend to be victims so that they can get some underserved sympathy.

When Obama ran for president the first time, one woman carved a "B" into her own face and said Obama supporters did it.  Her story fell apart when it was pointed out that the letter was written backwards, and that she had done it to herself while looking in a mirror.

One Republican Viet Nam vet in my neighborhood has a huge, American Dad, flagpole - but won't fly the American flag from it because his Republican faith won't allow him to do it.

So it would be no surprise to find that this fellow, who hung his flag from a "burning man" effigy, caused the vandalism himself - just to get some undeserved sympathy.

tdkisok
tdkisok

Shit, all involved seem to be be bored out of their minds. The kids really didn't vandalize anything and the old Nam Vet is all pissed off for no real big reason. More proof that Plano is about as exciting as watching Ruddski jerk off.

lebowski300
lebowski300

Does anyone else think having a goofy character holding a flag in your yard is creating some kind of unattractive nuisance? Clearly the intent had nothing to do with the flag. I'm no fan of flag disrespect, but Larry seems overly butthurt over nothing to see. Call the police? For what, knocking over a goofy lawn gnome? Please.

Daniel
Daniel

Never did get the whole the-Qu'ran-must-never-touch-the-floor school of reverence/idolatry. You can't desecrate the flag, since it's invested with no sacred properties to begin with. And how would they have known that the flag's owner is a vet?

Not saying the kids aren't little shit-heads, of course.

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

It didn't appear they were "desecrating the flag." More like they saw a funny comic looking guy holding the flag and wanted him for their own. I'm not saying they're not punk kids, but they're not terrorists. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@scottindallas 

What are you expecting from 18 y.o. inductees? Reasoned foreign policy? Revolution?

C'mon, think for a minute - these weren't a bunch of Noam Chomsky's out there.

ruddski
ruddski

So its an intentionalism thing, kinda like that treyvon mess.

1984orIdiocracy
1984orIdiocracy

@ruddski Sorry that you sat home playing D&D by yourself in HS while everyone else drank beer and got laid.

ruddski
ruddski

You have a point bvcks, I once saw a loser nutcase declare that some guy flattened his tires. He even threatened the guy and slandered him, in this very forum no less. I guess the nutter is lucky he didn't get his ass kicked, eh?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@mjo0 

The "goofy character" is called a "burning man".  He was probably trying to get kids to set fire to the flag.

ruddski
ruddski

Mind if I stop by and trash your property? Only if I deign it goofy of course.

ruddski
ruddski

The flag has a certain status with vets because they fought for it. And they fought for your right to be ignorant. Be happy.

J_A_
J_A_

If these kids were brown with beards from

Plano you'd probably be saying something different. Then it's not just "boys being boys" right?

ruddski
ruddski

"... but they're not terrorists..." You realize Plano is s republican stronghold, right?

Californiapaul
Californiapaul

@Jared Smith In retrospect they will realize what they did was wrong, but in the moment they just did what you mentioned. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@whiteguiltlibtardz I'm still waiting for you to make a point that can be addressed, but all you have is idiot invective.  You're too stupid to argue with, nor do you understand the thing for which the symbol stands

lebowski300
lebowski300

Having a camera setup indicates to me the homeowner knew full well it was an attractive nuisance. Not to blame the victim but like all "stories" there is always more than one simple piece to the puzzle.

ruddski
ruddski

Should have flattened the guy's tires instead, don't ya think?

lebowski300
lebowski300

First this isn't reported if there wasn't a flag involved and second my point is that the kids weren't focused at all on the flag in my opinion. Thus this isn't a story.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski The kids are miscreants, but well within the normal parameters for bored suburban teenagers. To say they "trashed his property" is hyperbole. To say they "desecrated a Vietnam vet's American flag," as the headline asserts, is preposterous. You really figure the cul-de-sacs of Plano are teeming with radical lefties? 

1984orIdiocracy
1984orIdiocracy

@ruddski killing kids in vietnam and afghanistan, and Yemen, and Somalia, and etc. did'nt do a fucking thing either way for my "freedom", it did however bring alot of money to companies like dupont, lockheed martin, halliburton etc.  The men who fought and died in WW2 however, a just war with a just cause are heroes.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski And the kids knew the guy was a vet how? (And moreover, with all due respect to vets, the Vietnam conflict secured my Constitutional rights how?)

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

@JaniceA No, I would estimate I would say just the same thing. This is not news.

Daniel
Daniel

@JaniceA  Yes, it's true: the scores of times in recent years when "brown with beards" have knocked over garden gnomes in the Texas suburbs, I have reacted with stark alarm. 

"First they came for the garden gnomes, and I said nothing for I was not a garden gnome, nor even especially 'gnomic in my pronouncements,' despite my early sophomoric efforts. Then they came for the hummingbird feeder, and I said nothing, for I was not a hummingbird. Then they came for the faux bas-relief flea-market plaque of St. Francis with the inscription, 'Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace' and I said nothing for I was not a flea ..."

Jared Smith
Jared Smith

@ruddski I can only hope you're just trying to troll the internet and stir up trouble because you make the most childishly ignorant points of anyone I've ever seen. And so many of them, good God. I'm embarassed for you.

ruddski
ruddski

Consistency is not your strong point.

lebowski300
lebowski300

That makes more sense. Still not a story and zero validation for filing a police report.

ruddski
ruddski

It was the third incident, hence the cam. Observer doesn't always give full story.

ruddski
ruddski

"  The ranks of "libtards" have recently grown to include even Mitch McConnell and John Boehner!"

You meann they too forced their children to make videos of praise and loyalty to Dear Leader?

ruddski
ruddski

"To say they "desecrated a Vietnam vet's American flag," as the headline asserts, is preposterous. "

Eric is 100% correct to use the term, as the flag touched the ground.

ruddski
ruddski

Just kids having fun, and the guy is not a protected class. BFD.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@Daniel  "You really figure the cul-de-sacs of Plano are teeming with radical lefties?"  Yes. Remember everyone who disagrees with a conservative is a "libtard."

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Daniel 

The minute they came for my Virgin Mary statue enshrined in the half-buried bathtub, though, all bets were off and I had to break out the Mac-10.

It broke my heart to see her alone and terrified, posed on a diving-board at a Sandals resort in Mazatlan.

My mission was clear . . .

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