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lmao, Man Unhappy With Ex-Wife, Buys House Next To Her And Puts Up Gigantic Middle Finger Statue

This story is one that warms the blackened, icy hearts of the Odd News team. In Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Alan Markovitz, not satisfied with expressing his distaste for his ex-wife in just words, has bought and moved into a home that sits right next door to a house that’s occupied by…his ex-wife. That’s funny enough, but as WJBK Fox 2 points out, the cherry on top of this cupcake is an almost 12-foot high statue of a middle finger Markovitz put in his back yard, pointed toward his former love and her new boyfriend.
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A single guy

who displays his own negative character reference. If only all guys were so obvious with their red flags.

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the power of forgiveness...

Fifteen years ago, my wife had an affair. Our children were 1, 3, and 5 years old at the time. We had recently moved from the city into the suburbs and purchased a house. She had taken a job at night as a waitress to make extra money. All her coworkers were young and free. She later told me she felt trapped at 28 and wasn't ready to be a "soccer mom." I was devastated, but the truth was that I had not been happy either. Fortunately, I had supportive parents, a couple of really good friends, and a great therapist who helped me take responsibility for my own role in the split. It took two years of being angry, jaded, and miserable, but I finally forgave her. I learned that forgiveness is for you, not the other person. In fact, I didn't tell her anything, she just sensed it and one day she came to me and apologized. We both agreed to put all that in the past and we were able to be friends. She eventually got remarried to a great guy and I remarried to the woman of my dreams. But, what was most rewarding was what happened at our oldest son's high school graduation party, which took place at my ex-wife's house among a large group friends and extended family. My son surprised us all with a speech to honor his father and mother and step parents for being such great role models and how he was so fortunate to have had the childhood he did.

I know my story is rare, but I am living proof of the power of forgiveness. I don't condemn what this guy did, but if I lived in his neighborhood, I would reach out to him. He could probably use a friend who has been down the same road...

‘Imagination is not a talent of some men, but the health of every man.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't see anything funny about it

It's childish. It's vindictive. It's petty. And there's a child involved - what is he teaching that child by moving next door just to put up that statue to harrass her mother? People are wronged everyday. I don't understanded those who feel the need to continually provoke ex-spouses. It's finished. Get over it. Move on. Stop proving why the divorce was necessary and justified.
And if she moves will he also move just to be near here? This is akin to stalking, IMO.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Yeah.....what you said!

and oh: I WANT one.

This reminds me of Lawson's "problem's with a neighbor's streetl

http://www.dailypaul.com/288827/need-suggestions-for-dealing...

I bet his wife and new friend laugh when telling people that the ex just put up a huge purple statue of himself.

It's obscenity and should be illegal if it's not.

The article said this classy, mature guy has been shot twice, also that someone once took out a contract to murder him. I can't imagine why. Well, some parents don't appreciate obnoxious adults corrupting the values of minors.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Obscenity

is people who want to put people in cages or kill them for doing things that injure no one.

That would be you.

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The word obscene can have different connotations.

Why are you trying to put words into my mouth? I don't wish to put people in jail. And want to kill them? I don't know what you're talking about. Just for the record: I don't advocate killing people. That's not to say, however, that I can't *understand* that a situation could exist where someone might get angry enough to try to kill another - especially if that person did do something to injure them or a loved one. Why, that kind of behavior has been going on for thousands of years! The article didn't say what prompted the three attempts against the guy's life, but my guess is, it probably wasn't for being a good brother, friend, neighbor, business partner, husband, or father.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

"Illegal" has bloody consequences.

Cops with guns are the folks who deal with those who do something "illegal." They will use whatever force they deem necessary to do it. "Lawbreakers" are put in cages and/or robbed, and those who resist the "law enforcers" will likely end up dead. I'm not putting words in your mouth. You want something to be "illegal?" Those are the consequences. If you don't understand what "illegal" means, consult a dictionary before driveling.

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Are you saying that all but

the views of an anarchist are drivel? I've lived in a few different places, each with its respective zoning laws. Someone might get a notice. Then a fine. I'm just not aware of a single individual who went to jail - let alone was killed - as a result of non-compliance with a local ordinance. Admittedly, key to my belief system here is keeping things genuinely local: local representative government. (I'd be the first to say that people need to be wary of zoning in line with Agenda 21/ICLEI, i.e., global initiatives; also public-private partnerships that can result in private companies given the power of law enforcement.) If someone feels that strongly against a local community's laws, he could... deal with it; try to get them changed; or move to a town where his values were more in synch.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

If a law is unconstitutional

If a law is unconstitutional do you have to follow it? Exactly

hmm

so you disagree with the statue being legal but seem to understand/justify why someone wanted to have an innocent man murdered... makes a lot of sense

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

God forbid. Not justify. Just understand.

It's those like him who ruin it for everyone. "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Yes, the Constitution

which is the Law of the Land was written. The Bill of Rights, however, are merely an outline of God-given/natural born rights.

"It's those like him who ruin it for everyone."

Galileo was sent to prison for stating that the Earth was round.

Lenny Bruce was convicted for obscenity.

And virtuoso guitarist Eddie V. H. was considered devil worship music by many of my friends parents.

Would you say that I ruin it for the democrats, since they are the majority and I speak out against them? Or is that different, lol?

Mistakes are one thing. Flaws in logic are another.

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well put.

I guess I was reading it in a context that you did not intend. My apologies...

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

If you don't like it, don't look.

So now you want to legislate morality. And then comes more fines, fees...and the support of a police state.

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I don't have a problem with local zoning laws,

namely, such that would prevent someone from creating an eyesore and/or obscenity his neighbors would have no choice but to see or hear - including but not limited to a neighborhood where children were present.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

What's an eyesore?

The old toilet bowl that became a flower pot in the front yard?
An old school bus?
How about some classic Greek statues with PENISES hanging out?
What about the guy who painted his house with polka dots to protest busy-bodies from his zoning board, do you approve of that?
How about the high school kid learning to play drums in the garage?

Since you are so wrapped around the safety of other peoples' children and want to infringe on the property rights of others in order to save them...

Can a woman breast feed her child on her front porch? Is that OK by you?

What about naked toddlers running around playing under the sprinkler on a hot summer day? They had their clothes when they ran outside, but aren't old enough to know that it may hurt your sensibilities to see them...maybe you would advocate a law against that, and would be just fine with a SWAT no-knock raid to arrest the parents.

the list can on and on...

Some people here are so extreme.

I'm against centralized gov't. I'm not against gov't altogether. And while I'm open to hearing the reasoning behind people's opinions, at least if they're respectful, there needs to be acceptance that not everyone here thinks alike. As to the examples in your comment, my personal opinion is irrelevant. I'm fine with a local community of residents coming to a consensus as to what is, or is not, appropriate uses of one's property via the establishment of zoning laws. If for no other reason, seeing as many here view property rights as the be all and end all, it protects the value of property to have some agreed-upon parameters. The guy with the obscene statue (it's an obscene gesture by definition, not because I say so), what appears to be visible to adjacent homes, devalues those other properties. Maybe you - as someone with a spouse & children - wouldn't have a problem buying a house beside or behind his, with an obscene image as your family's view, but most people would. I have to say, some of your examples puzzle me. Aside from it being a tad more important to protect children than adults, do you really think normal people would equate children running through a sprinkler naked with that guy's obscene statue? And what's with capitalizing penises? lol I'm not sure if you were trying to shock or amuse.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

hillary clinton: "It takes a village"

"Maybe you - as someone with a spouse & children - wouldn't have a problem buying a house beside or behind his, with an obscene image as your family's view, but most people would."

"most people would"

An interesting selection and use of words, which is a direct correlation to 'mob rule'.

"I'm fine with a local community of residents coming to a consensus as to what is, or is not, appropriate uses of one's property via the establishment of zoning laws."

Here we go again with that 'mob rule' mentality. You are a socialist. MY property that I worked hard to pay for with MY own money belongs to ME. Period. If you don't like it, move to a commune. Then you can make all the laws that you want to 'protect' others, based upon your own 'righteous' views.

"Some people here are so extreme"

msnbc is more than obviously right up your alley.

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a little bit of both

shock and amuse.

TODDLERS running naked.

and yes I equated the two.

As a normal person, if I saw my neighbors kids doing that I would turn my attention back to whatever I was doing before.

As a normal person, If my neighbor had a big middle finger pointing toward his ex-wife's house, I would say nothing about it. Maybe if I knew him personally I would discuss it, and probably even have a laugh or two.

If I was friends with the ex-wife and had a discussion, I might even suggest that she get one of her own...or two!

and finally, yes, I do see property rights as the be-all end-all. Before you use the initiation of force that is govt. you have to prove real damage to your property from the use of mine. putting a statue that you or even a majority of you and the neighbors "feel" is obscene just doesn't cut it, so to speak.

If I had a sulfur refinery in my backyard and it was spewing ashes all over the place, then yes, that is real damage. Your sensibilities or even what you say could be a drop in the perceived value of your home should have no bearing on what I do with mine...

hey the daily nazi

is starting soon. you would fit in better there

Calling people nazi's isn't in the spirit of this website.

Calling people nazi's isn't in the spirit of this website.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Well...

Neither is being the "art" or "taste" police...

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

except

when it's a statue of Jesus or a nativity scene for Xmas?

I don't consider the purple statue art. It's a prop and it's being employed to hurt people, specifically his ex and her new partner, and he doesn't give a damn about the neighborhood.. so why should anyone think that in the name of freedom of speach or expression that this offensive act is a right?

Now if the man employed the purple prop as representing himself who he worshipped, I don't believe the statue would be offensive at all.. but as it is, he is using it to hurt people, and I do not consider that art, or taste, but an act with intent to cause injury.

"so why"

Because it is his property.

What injury? Moral? I will reiterate that morality should never be legislated. Though it seems that it is very prevalent in this socialist/anti-free country. GRRRR.

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You

do not believe he erected the purple finger at his wife to hurt her?

Isn't that where the line is drawn? When you do things to hurt someone. That's the line.

Buying the house next door to erect a purple finger .. IMO it's a statue of himself and I would be ROTFLMAO.. but not everyone is as tough as me (unfortunately) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2N_uvnvGbI

Toughen up.

Feelings do get hurt and that is never fun. Nevertheless, it the guys property [I am a firm believer/supporter of Property Rights]. She can be defeated by it, or she can toughen up and live a most awesome life :-)

You song was good, but I love love love this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HiDSfHbw7s

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I don't believe "toughen up" is the solution

If it was my ex, I would just figured he erected a big statue of himself so it wouldn't hurt me.. but I would believe that the truth is, he erected the statue TO HURT ME.

So it's not that he's hurting me.. he's not.. (if this was me) it's his intent.. TO HURT, and that's where it's not free speach, to me..

It's obvious the ex is vidictive and that's why I think it should come down.

What if the ex, instead of a purple finger, erected a huge statue of Jesus with a banner that read, "I LOVE YOU!" Who is he hurting? No one.. take it down? No.. what if it was Mohammad? I would not say take it down.. what if it was Buddah, or Mickey Mouse.. or.. even if it was a big purple penis.. the fact it was an expression of LOVE.. keep it erect, by all means.. it's the fact the statue was erected for the purpose to HURT others.. that to me is crossing the line.

Hmm Maybe if he wrote on the purple finger FUCK ME.. I could let it stand.

There are those

who condemn statues of Jesus, and other religious figures. They believe that it hurts them. By your analogy, legislation would then be permitted.

Read what you wrote. You are attempting to categorize and defend what you personally believe, and how it might possibly effect you or even others. However, it does not work that way, because others who are not in that equation are not represented.

There is a word that I use each and every day: 'Tolerance'.

So, did you like that song? :-)

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