Colorado man named Samuel Adams refuses to take down American flag from patio

Channeling his Founding Father namesake, a Colorado man named Samuel Adams isn’t backing down from expressing his views on American independence.

The Greeley Tribune reports that Adams came home to his apartment last week and found a note from management telling him that it was against apartment policy to hang his American flag from his patio balcony.

YouTube Screenshot.
YouTube Screenshot.

The letter, obtained by the “Tribune,” reads in part:

“Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition.”

Adams, who said he was just decorating his domain in time for the Fourth of July, made a video protesting the letter.

Clad in a shirt featuring an American flag and a bald eagle, Adams recited the letter on camera, adding “Thank you, America. I look forward to your feedback.”

Adams’ apartment manager, Pamela Buchanan, told the “Tribune” that the apartment complex “seeks to be fair to residents by limiting displays as there could be signs, flags or decorations that may be offensive and disruptive to the community.”

Adams said he wasn’t expecting the video to take off the way it has, but he is glad it did.

“I wanted to be a patriotic American and give tribute to our founding fathers and our veterans, and to have [management] say the flag is inappropriate or comparable to trash is reprehensible to me,” he told the “Tribune.”

According to management, residents are allowed to display flags on their balconies for Independence Day, but not after.

Adams said he plans to fly the flag past the Fourth of July holiday, and is prepared to be evicted for it if necessary.

In the words of the OG Samuel Adams: “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards.”



Map shows which artist Texans love listening to the most

Texas Independence Day may have been yesterday, but we just found another reason to celebrate. There’s a map that shows which states belong to which music artists (on streaming services) and Texas’ result is perfect.

Echo Nest blog site The Music Machinery released its findings on the top music artist in every state.

George Strait, also known as King George, led the way in Texas, on a 2014 chart based off of the streaming listening patterns of more than 35 million songs by about 2.7 million artists on 432 apps and services. The map is color-coded according to population density.

Music Machinery
Music Machinery

Other country artists took states like Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Montana, Indiana, Ohio and Alabama.

It’s interesting to look at the findings compared to where artists are actually from. For instance, Florida-Georgia Line does well in Ohio, but not in Florida or Georgia. And Stone Sour and Hinder still make music? Huh.

My favorite stat, however, is that Wisconsin folk love Jack Johnson. Maybe it’s all the cold winters?

Anyway, it’s clear that George Strait still has a stronghold on his home state. And if the same data was ran again this year, Texas’ result would probably be the same.