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Man cited for burning Mexican flag[at the Alamo]
KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 10/09/2007 | Joe Conger

Posted on 10/10/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

It caused some controversy, but it was supposed to. Now, one man is headed to municipal court for burning a Mexican flag in protest in front of the Alamo.

The city is charging 46-year old David Bohmfalk with burning without a permit, even though no one gives permits to burn a flag.

"I was raised to respect my country," Bohmfalk said.

All the rallies and talk of amnesty for undocumented immigrants in May 2006 lit the fires of patriotism for Bohmfalk, he said.

"I just got angry," he said. "I decided I had to do something, make my statement, and that's what I did."

More coverage KENS video: Watch the broadcast

Bohmfalk had his own protest in front of a building known for revolution, where Davy Crockett and James Bowie made a stand. So did Bohmfalk but he used a lighter instead of gunfighter. Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish, even it was a Mexican flag he set ablaze.

"Because of what it's made out of, it took a little while to burn it. It took me two minutes, but I got it lit," Bohmfalk

Authorities say his actions left some of the Mexican nationals in the Alamo crowd feeling burned. However, Bohmfalk's attorney, Jason Jakob, says, freedom of speech is Bohmfalk's constitutional right.

"My client felt so strongly, and exercised protest, by burning that flag," Jakob said.

Bohmfalk says while he was detained by police, he was harassed, his life was threatened, and he was even assaulted by some tourists who spit on him. Ironically, all these offenses are punishable by law. Jakob says flag burning is not.

"In America, every day we see people burning the American flag and it's become desensitized," Jakob said. "If we can allow that, we can certainly say that the Mexican flag can be burned."

As a former Texas police chief and military veteran, Bohmfalk says he knows his rights, and is fighting for them.

"Why should a foreign flag get any better protection than the American flag?" he said.

The city has not returned calls for comment. As for Bohmfalk's right to a speedy trial, that's been delayed as well. His trial has been reset three times.


TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aclumia; alamo; aliens; doublestandard; flagburning; mexico; rememberthealamo; spittingmexicans
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To: SwinneySwitch

Why can’t the morons who burn flags (of any country, including our own) do it on THEIR OWN PROPERTY!


51 posted on 10/10/2007 6:27:59 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: janetgreen
The LA riot report blames the police for "driving" the instigators into the crowd.

As if all they had to do was say (en espanol), "Now, you boys with the rocks and bottles, please sit down so we can arrest you."

As if the provacateurs running into the crowd after rocking the police wasn't El Plan.

52 posted on 10/10/2007 6:32:27 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: justa-hairyape
The city of Los Angeles is gone. Lost to Mexico.

It's more than that, it's the primary beachhead of the reconquista.


53 posted on 10/10/2007 6:34:24 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish, even it was a Mexican flag he set ablaze.

Well, technically, they are correct. :-)

54 posted on 10/10/2007 6:43:28 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“...burning rubbish....”
I would be very proud to be cited for this offense. A more true citation was probably never given.


55 posted on 10/10/2007 6:58:25 PM PDT by whipitgood (Let's burn some MEXICAN flags!)
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To: indylindy; SwinneySwitch; Liz; Borax Queen
If I were Bush, I would buy me some land in Paraguay.

oooooops. He's already done gone and dun that.....like THOUSANDS of acres...... : )

(course, I know you know dat)

56 posted on 10/10/2007 7:25:28 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: SwinneySwitch

This guy has got to have relatives in Egypt. A town there’s named after him or his family.


57 posted on 10/10/2007 7:44:13 PM PDT by DaGman (`)
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To: SwinneySwitch

” Park police cited Bohmfalk for illegal burning of rubbish”

The Mexican flag could be clasified as Rubbish so maybe they can make the charge stick.


58 posted on 10/10/2007 7:56:23 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Travis McGee
And the Los Angeles Mayor even had a Spanish Speaking Hot Latina Network Babe delivered to him. Hard to fight those Reconquista Tactics.
59 posted on 10/11/2007 12:17:52 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SwinneySwitch

If he gets a fair judge, he just needs to make a motion to dismiss based on the fact he was cited on a law that does not exist.


60 posted on 10/11/2007 12:19:41 AM PDT by LukeL
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To: The KG9 Kid

Good one.


61 posted on 10/11/2007 12:23:44 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Travis McGee

bump.


62 posted on 10/11/2007 6:45:24 AM PDT by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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To: SwinneySwitch
Maybe this is a more fitting image of the Mexican flag these days.


Morally and Economically Bankrupted Mexico

63 posted on 10/11/2007 6:54:43 AM PDT by Ron H. (American's are regretting not impeaching co-Presidente Jorge Boosh)
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To: SwinneySwitch

aclu would only help him if he were burning the us. flag.


64 posted on 10/11/2007 6:55:56 AM PDT by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END Welfare)
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To: justa-hairyape

I wonder if the mayor is going to change his name back to Tony Villar, if his wife Ms. Rigosa divorces him?


65 posted on 10/11/2007 7:12:47 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: nicmarlo

Maybe he and Vicente can just swap ranches?


66 posted on 10/11/2007 7:41:33 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: weegee
Next time he should just take a cue from Ozzy Osbourne and take a leak on his Mexican flag at the Alamo.

You know what they say about turn-about is.......

67 posted on 10/11/2007 8:00:54 AM PDT by Ron H. (American's are regretting not impeaching co-Presidente Jorge Boosh)
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To: The KG9 Kid; DaGman

I believe the Bohmfalks came here from Germany.


68 posted on 10/11/2007 8:27:46 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: SwinneySwitch; Travis McGee

One can only imagine the impact of a few thousand vets burning Mexican Flags throughout the country as a court approved function of free speech.

“As a former Texas police chief and military veteran, Bohmfalk says he knows his rights, and is fighting for them.

“Why should a foreign flag get any better protection than the American flag?” he said.

The city has not returned calls for comment. As for Bohmfalk’s right to a speedy trial, that’s been delayed as well. His trial has been reset three times.”

“In America, every day we see people burning the American flag and it’s become desensitized,” Jakob said. “If we can allow that, we can certainly say that the Mexican flag can be burned.”


69 posted on 10/11/2007 9:15:57 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Could it be time to burn Mexican Flags as our First Amendment right?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

The only crime of which he is guilty is disposing of garbage on public property.


70 posted on 10/11/2007 9:33:00 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Grampa Dave
"One can only imagine the impact of a few thousand vets burning Mexican Flags throughout the country as a court approved function of free speech.",/I>

It works for me!

71 posted on 10/11/2007 9:51:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“In America, every day we see people burning the American flag and it’s become desensitized,” Jakob said.”

We do? Not where I live.


72 posted on 10/11/2007 10:01:50 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: oneamericanvoice
Send me those foreign flags! I’ll bring the marshmallows!

That is an utterly ridiculous statement.

You shouldn't roast marshmallows over burning fabric.

73 posted on 10/11/2007 10:14:46 AM PDT by Bat_Chemist (The devil has already outsmarted every athiest.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

So, there really IS a Bohmfalk, Egypt! Huh, I never knew!


74 posted on 10/11/2007 10:17:26 AM PDT by Bat_Chemist (The devil has already outsmarted every athiest.)
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To: B-Chan

Isn’t Bohmfalk military slang for some obscure duty post in outer Nowhere? Or was that Bumfu... never mind!


75 posted on 10/11/2007 10:24:29 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: SwinneySwitch; ValerieTexas; txflake; WinOne4TheGipper; DrewsDad; HiJinx; Gracey; anymouse; ...

Remember the Alamo bump.


76 posted on 10/11/2007 10:51:52 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom De Lay 8/30/07))
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To: SaxxonWoods
I go to the OCT 2nd commemoration almost every year and the March 6 commemoration almost every year in Gonzales at Texas Hero’s Square was Thomas Miller one of the old 18?

I don’t recall?

77 posted on 10/11/2007 11:54:44 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Courage is not the lack of fear it is acting in spite of it<><)
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To: justa-hairyape

We aren’t completely gone, contrary to popular belief. There are those of us who are fighting for America and our city, not just against the illegals but against the Commies and Socialists too. We refuse to surrender.


78 posted on 10/11/2007 2:12:23 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: janetgreen
Chief Bratton is ridiculous and the Mayor is disgusting. Equally ridiculous and disgusting are those citizens who merely complain and take no action. They can't be bothered to pick up the phone or, God forbid, show up to make a stand for America. I am so disgusted with Armchair Patriotism! I do support the troops/America rallies weekly, marches, and town halls, even though I am handicapped! No more excuses from people! Stand up or shut up! I will not go quietly into the night! There is a disgusting town hall this Sunday by Commie Assemblywoman Karen Bass from the 47th. It is sponsored by the "People's Council on the Iraq War". If you are in the area I encourage you to attend. Hamilton HS 2955 S. Robertson, Los Angeles 90034 (2 blks north of the 10 fwy) 3-5pm
79 posted on 10/11/2007 2:26:48 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice
We refuse to surrender.

I hope you succeed, but lefties are best at committing suicide. No need to go down with their ship. In San Bernardino County, the current inland border with the Mexican County of Los Angeles, we have new refugees arriving from Los Angeles every day. In the future the real Americans will probably be cutting their losses when forging a New United States or a New America. Los Angeles will probably end up being an isolated county of Mexico. Holding San Diego County will not be an easy task however.

80 posted on 10/11/2007 2:35:04 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: oneamericanvoice
I do support the troops/America rallies weekly, marches, and town halls, even though I am handicapped! No more excuses from people! Stand up or shut up! I will not go quietly into the night!

You are one of our heroes in this fight, thank you!

As part of my fight, along with attending local rallies, I am a constant letter writer phone caller and visitor to the offices of the usual suspects (politicians), and they know me well and usually don't like what I say, and that's why I keep saying it and spreading the word to others.

81 posted on 10/11/2007 3:06:27 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: justa-hairyape

Hope you folks are standing up out there. I won’t give up the ship! I know there are others claiming refugee status, but I prefer to fight. That is what real Americans do.

End Armchair Patriotism!


82 posted on 10/11/2007 4:35:57 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Ron H.

The snake should be biting the eagle or have it in a strangle hold. Mexico is a failed country. 500 years and they’re still third world. Shame.


83 posted on 10/11/2007 4:37:46 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: raybbr

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful


84 posted on 10/11/2007 4:43:39 PM PDT by wastedyears (George Orwell was a clairvoyant.)
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To: Travis McGee

85 posted on 10/12/2007 7:30:38 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Could it be time to burn Mexican Flags as our First Amendment right?)
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To: mnehrling

The impression is that EFFECTIVELY, burning/desecrating the American
flag for political protest is “free speech”.

But, at least at the local level, doing the same to foreign flags
seems to be verboten.
IIRC, in the early 1990s some folks got in trouble for dissing the
flag of the United Nations in San Diego (at Balboa Park?)

I don’t recall if they brought their own UN flag for the demonstration.

Given what the USSC has decreed, I’d say burn all the flags you want...
just make sure you paid for them.
(But I still might want to make a political statement with the heel
of my boot if someone burns Old Glory within my sight.)


86 posted on 10/12/2007 7:42:44 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Travis McGee

A black woman from Holland has more courage to speak the truth than most of us.


87 posted on 10/12/2007 8:54:16 PM PDT by Old 300
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To: The KG9 Kid

“If convicted, he faces being deported back to his hometown in Egypt.”

LOL, I hope I’m not the only one that got that!


88 posted on 10/12/2007 9:02:58 PM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Old 300

Very true! But she was from Somalia before Holland, and understands the real world, not just Western bubbles of uber tolerance.


89 posted on 10/13/2007 6:32:16 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: The KG9 Kid

ROFLMAO! I got that all the time when I was in the Air Force! - David Bohmfalk


90 posted on 10/15/2007 9:18:37 PM PDT by sgt_gator
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To: Travis McGee

Actually, I’m just learning how to use this site, so I don’t know if I’m posting correctly. To answer one question, yes, the Bohmfalks came from Germany in the 1800s. And about Egypt, yep, it’s an oldie but a goodie, dating back to Air Force boot camp for me. Just to let y’all know, the day after the story hit Fox News, the city of San Antonio dropped the charge against me (for anybody who knows the criminal justice system, that was a no-brainer). Now, the tide has turned and I’m sorting out my options. I’ve lost a lot of money and time with their hijinks and I want it back. I want to thank all of you for the moral support. I just learned that I was on the internet today, from a reporter, so I thought I’d stop by. We MUST be heard! The liberals and their lapdogs want to make all the noise, while trying to drown out our side of the story. To be honest, though, I had been down recently. This isn’t all glory and patriotism- I’ve had a lot of sleepless, worrysome nights, and I have a lot to go. I wanted to thank all of you for your moral support. Reading the posts has made me feel a lot better. God Bless all of you and GOD BLESS THE USA!


91 posted on 10/15/2007 9:18:38 PM PDT by sgt_gator ("Either justice is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account....")
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To: sgt_gator

Welcome to FR, David Bohmfalk. :)


92 posted on 10/15/2007 9:46:28 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid

Thanks! I’m glad to find that there’s at least one “free republic” around here. Seems the PC (BS) crowd doesn’t want the US to be one.

The anti-American liberal crowd has been organized for 40 years. It’s time that the true patriots do the same, and let our voices be heard in the streets!


93 posted on 10/17/2007 4:53:02 AM PDT by sgt_gator ("Either justice is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account....")
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