"America sucks." "9-11 Is A Lie." "From Freedom to Fascism." ...and some other messages I won't repeat on this Memorial Day. They are written on signs plastered all over a home at 14th and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Sacramento.
"We have enough bad things going on in the neighborhood. We're trying to keep the neighborhood clean. That kind of garbage- we don't need it," said Mrs. Evelyn Horn, a neighbor of the house.
What would posses a person to turn their home into an anti-American billboard on this, of all days? At first, when we knocked on the front door to ask that question, we got no answers for the concerned neighbors.
"I don't like it," said Horn.
And there were no answers for the people driving past this busy intersection. Until finally, the man inside, came out.
"Could we ask you about your sings you've got up here?" I called.
The man wasn't talking. Instead, he was doing the old 'taking picture of us taking pictures' trick. Great. Anytime a reporter gets this in the field, you know nonsense is likely to follow.
"It seems kind of unpatriotic on Memorial Day- sort of disrespectful to those who died defending our Country," I called again. "Sir?"
The man finally answered.
"You know, if you believe the Taliban and Al Queda is out to get you, then maybe you need to get your Prozac refilled," he called back to me, before going back into his house.
What's that quote about disapproving what you say, but defending to my death your right to say it? Even if "it" makes no sense to me at all...