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Today’s blacklisted American: Business that makes American flags blackballed by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify

Banned by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify.
The American flag: Banned by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify.

Persecution is now cool! A Tennessee businessman who specializes in making carved wooden American flags to order, with almost any message requested, has been blacklisted by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify, preventing him access to more than $35,000 of his own cash and causing a 90% reduction in business.

It began when, the day after the January 6th protests in DC, all three big tech companies took action to destroy Your American Flag Store,, a small business owned personally by carpenter James Staake and his family.

This past January, PayPal decided to demonetize James and his business by freezing revenue due him. In total, PayPal is holding more than $35,000 of James’ money. Now, James finds himself in an impossible situation – unable to fulfill orders because PayPal is freezing, rather than transferring, funds from James’ customers to James.

At the same time Facebook blocked James from running advertisements on Facebook. And if that wasn’t enough, Shopify removed specific flags from the Your American Flag Store’s website including the state flag of Texas and an American flag featuring President Trump.” [emphasis mine]

What Paypal is doing is the equivalent of theft. They have no right to hold onto this guy’s money, under any definition of law. And what Shopify did was blatant censorship. What business does it have to determine what products Staake can sell? More important, the only people who would be offended by the Texas state flag and a flag featuring Trump are either Democrats or mindless bigots who hate the south (maybe I repeat myself), which means Shopify is either a partisan Democratic Party operative or is made up of mindless bigots who hate the south.

Staake has not taken these intolerant actions of these companies lying down. He has started a media campaign, which resulted in the articles linked to above. He has also obtained legal counsel which has initiated legal proceedings against Paypal [pdf].

Staake’s company, Your American Flag Store, is still open for business. Take a look and decide for yourself if this man is doing anything that justifies the intolerant actions of these big tech companies. And consider buying his product, and paying by check, not through Paypal.

As a result of this story, I am in the process of adding other methods besides Paypal for my readers to subscribe or donate to Behind the Black. It is a mistake to rely on this one very partisan and clearly corrupt company, now proven willing to steal its clients’ money for purely political reasons.

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  • Robert Pratt

    And sadly PayPal has been sliding down this road for some time.

  • Col Beausabre

    Let’s do what Herr Doktor One Stone used to call a gedankenexperiment

    Imagine what would happen if he sold BLM banners or the LGBTQ so called “Pride” flag. Plenty of people object to them. So wouldthey be cancelled?

    You know the answer

  • Col Beausabre

    “What Paypal is doing is the equivalent of theft.”

    Bob, you are totally, absolutely, 101 percent wrong !

    It IS theft

    Designed to drive him out of business, of course. No business can operate without working capital.

  • Col Beausabre. Heh. I stand corrected.

  • Cotour


    This is very, very bad news for all those in the Liberal media who are wed to: ” The Covid 19 pandemic ravaging the world was not a result of gain of function caused by an association between, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Communist Chinese in the Wuhan lab”.

    Very, very bad news:

    For, John Stewart, a Liberal media prince and darling to publicly and so strongly come out and just call it all for what it clearly appears to be. That is a massive tide change in media. And they can not cancel one of their own who is a prince among them. (Notice how with Stewart on the Colbert show the show was actually funny?)

    Even the administration has now announced a formal investigation, they have been forced to because the public polling tells them that is what they have to do. Their poll numbers are tanking.

    ITS COMING EVERYONE. And when it gets here it will be massive and it will include: Revealing the details about exactly where the Covid 19 virus came from and the massive coverup that was instituted and the failure and manipulations in the media, government, the medical industry and Big Pharma. All fraudulent and corrupt, and people died because of it.

    And, the audit in Arizona is just about over and there will be radical results and revelations related to the 2020 presidential election. And it will not be good for Joe and Kamey. And that will set off other massive audits in other states.

    Its going to be massive.

  • John

    Paypal is a reprehensible company. The exist in the same cesspool as dorsey, zuckerberg, and alphabet. NO ONE should use them. Period. Hard stop.

  • Max

    Utah house representative spent a week down there watching and participating with other state representatives from all over the country noting the procedures, the professionalism and results of the Arizona audit.
    There’s quite a few revelations coming soon including a large amount of photocopied mail in ballots with no indentation or folds. (25%?)
    72 lawyers tryed to stop, block, delay, or find reasons to in someway legally or illegally stop the counting process. The federal government even announced they’re getting involved to which there was an announcement by Arizona State legislature to bring it on, they are ready for the fight, elections are state rights. Be prepared for the federal government to do something drastic and stupid.

    I started to watch the Colbert show last night by accident but only made it to the introduction of his wife before I shut it off. I still have a difficult time even looking at him and his constant hatred of everything that makes sense. His lack of empathy for anybody’s opinions but his own and his elitist guest’s, is not funny or the least bit entertaining to me.
    Having said that, at least you save the best parts in a clip. When I turned it off, they were announcing that there would be a live call from Biden which apparently didn’t go well since I haven’t heard any quotes. No one is interested or impressed with anything he has to say.

    Did Elon musk sell all of PayPal or just most of it? I wonder what he would say about this turn of events with his old company. It is not good business. History is littered with the bones of those whom oppressed others, then were themselves oppressed in response.
    They think they are on the winning side of this historical event called “the great reset”, also known as build back better, the new renaissance, (or the third Reich). The repression being felt now, it’s just a taste of what’s to come. No need to put you in a concentration camp when they can just turn the entire country into one… The great lockdown, suspension of constitutional rights, is just the beginning. The lifting of restrictions is temporary.
    Remember, zero carbon emissions, means zero carbon consumers! or at the very least an economy similar to the 1700s… primitive, regressive. Bill Gates claims they can tell with their new earth satellites if you cut down a tree to burn to stay warm, there will be repercussions…
    Black rock and others representing investors and hedge funds with $25 trillion in assets have purchased approximately 25% of the available property and homes. (They outbid everyone and overprice them for rent) I haven’t looked it up yet to get the links but they also own or control shares of nearly every major company, about 90% of the NASDAQ as well as the companies that stayed open during the pandemic. Three major gun manufacturers, the largest of the .com’s on the Internet, The major pharmaceuticals that’s making the death cure, and the industrial military complex. In short, the deep state is a monster consuming the entire world.

  • Gary in Transit

    China will increase her control and will not fall prey to Covid-19 origins revelations. Look at the recent G7 refusal to condemn the Chinese human rights record.

    The media will move from western boxing to deflection. The truth will be diluted and the perspective changed and massive amounts of false data will confuse. High tech/media and social media still control most information conduits. I believe that Chinese money and implied threats in the Chinese market have unified the supposed masters of the universe and their influence has elected Biden and will continue to shape US/world opinion.
    China has now accelerated their control of multinational companies:

  • @Robert Zimmerman: That, sir, is the South, not ‘the south’.

  • Bevo Francis

    The offenders should be banned from ever operating any business. Put them out of business and freeze their assets.

  • Eileen Tuttle

    Time to stand up to this blacklisting – I love our American flag and just closed my Paypal account

  • seannc

    And for some reason you use PayPal.

  • Cotour

    Strategy Over Morality in full view for all to see and understand:

    “FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the Capitol’: Tucker Carlson claims the January 6 insurrection was planned by the government”

    S.O.M.: “A model in which leadership or their empowered subordinates within government can subjectively justify to choose to formulate an interpretation of their core fiduciary responsibilities which becomes paramount over and above the public’s truth and morality model. Where plausible deniability can be claimed when “immoral” acts or modified “truth” strategies (lies) are
    employed or executed by leadership, their subordinates or by arms length leadership proxies.”

    There are always two conversations underway. The palatable public conversation, and the actual “Other” conversation where “necessary” things happen in order to enforce the subjective strategic agenda determined by the powers that be to be essential. And what was the apparent strategic agenda?

    Make sure Trump was dirtied up so as to make him politically radio active and unacceptable in the eyes of the public. That’s what it appears to me anyway. And that is just how threatening and disruptive Trump is perceived to be by the entrenched powers that be in government.

    And many among us would assume that there would be no credible motivation or ability for any government agency to act as, Tucker Carlson asserts. It is beyond their ability to believe even if and when evidence is presented to the contrary.

    But there the assertions and what the evidence apparently points to all the same. And I have to assume that Carlson makes these assertions based in evidence he has seen and clearly understands.

    And this political warfare, this treachery, structured by the Constitution is the ONLY way.

    (In earlier times this would NEVER be able to be seen and understood by the public, things just happened. And this is the double edged very sharp nature of the level of technology that we live under right now. It cuts both ways)

  • Cotour

    S.O.M. PDF:

    [link deleted as it does not work]

  • Neo

    Be sure to complain to the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions

  • TGeorge

    @Cotour please stop including local file paths in public posts (file:///C:/Users…)
    It’s not good for you.
    Not one – of us – can access them since they are on your computer. But they give a glimpse of the operating system you use (Windows) and how / where you keep your files.
    I’d respectfully ask mr. Zimmerman to remove those paths from the posts if you don’t mind my suggestion.

  • TGeorge: Excellent point. I have deleted the non-working links. I don’t think the links revealed very much about Cotour’s computer, but there is no point posting links that don’t work.

    Cotour: It should be obvious that though you can access a file on your computer, no one else can. Linking to the directories on your computer is thus pointless. Quoting it however is quite to the point, and of value, especially if you have written something of value.

  • Cotour

    TGeorge and the Zman:

    Thank you for the observation. Out of attempting to be efficient I did not want to post the entire panel and thought I would post a PDF which I thought I figured out how to operate properly. I obviously was incorrect.

  • Cotour: Can you email me the pdf? I am curious to read it as a document, rather than as snippets in a comment.

  • Cotour

    I will just post it, you have seen it before. My intention was to make it easy to access if one wanted:


    ​ALL forms of governance and government, whether it be a King or a Congress, no matter where on the planet or in what ever particular time in history it exists accomplishes one thing, the abuse of power. Its just a matter of to what degree. “Government” serves as a necessary organizational and management structure in order that human beings live in a somewhat stable and successful society model.

    Government is necessary, it serves an essential purpose, BUT, it is a necessary evil.

    And this fundamental expression of human nature and its potential, the abuse of power, very well understood by the Founders, lies at the core of the American Constitution in an attempt to counter balance that nature.


    The Existential Exercise Of Power And The Foundation Of Abuse Of Power

    Copyright, J.G.L., 2011


    How civilizations, governments and wars and their leadership throughout history are founded, fought and at their existential human core operate.

    EXPLANATION: Strategy Over Morality describes a two-tiered “conversation” between a Public and their Empowered Leadership where the Public believes there is only a single, no tiered conversation occurring and that single conversation is assumed by the Public to relate to the Public’s morality and truth model perspective.

    A model in which leadership or their empowered subordinates within government can subjectively justify to choose to formulate an interpretation of their core fiduciary responsibilities which becomes paramount over and above the public’s truth and morality model. Where plausible deniability can be claimed when “immoral” acts or modified “truth” strategies (lies) are employed or executed by leadership, their subordinates or by arms length leadership proxies.

    In this “conversation”, leadership in the empowered “Political Realm” or their empowered subordinates step “down” to the public’s level, the “Pedestrian Realm”, and presents information, agenda, policy or strategy in a tailored, palatable package the public can believe and comfortably accept. Leadership then steps back to their “higher” level, formulates and executes “necessary”, by their subjective standards, agenda, policy and strategy where the public’s interpretation of morality or truth is not relevant or becomes optional.

    CONCLUSION: The public lives and operates under a subjective moral code or within a “Pedestrian Realm” perspective which they assume their leadership which exists within the “Political Realm” is constrained by. This is a subjective false perspective conclusion on the part of the public. Leadership at its existential core is not about morality, truth and honesty. Leadership is about the fundamental exercise of power and survival.


    PUBLIC OR “PEDESTRIAN REALM”: The individual citizens of any civilization, society, state or country.

    LEADERSHIP OR “POLITICAL REALM”: Any macro empowered individual or governing entity or their direct subordinates concerned with the formulation and implementation of laws, strategies and policies, both civil and military.

    LEADERSHIPS CORE PRIME DIRECTIVE: Above all else and at any cost the securing, promotion and survival of the society, culture, territory, treasure and power.


  • John

    Paypal is notorious for closing accounts, and probably thieving the money, of anyone who buys or sells a gun part or accessory. Legal matters not to those people.

    How about no paypal ever.

  • TGeorge

    @Cotour: “GOOD OR BAD IS BUT A SUBJECTIVE PEDESTRIAN REALM PERSPECTIVE” – a truly godless view just like the cursed ideology that spawned it. May God help you in getting rid of that rotten swamp.

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