Next to the American flag at the Valero gas station in May's Lick is a shorter pole bearing a white flag with a blue emblem: the Israeli flag.

One of the owners of the gas station, Mark Myers decided to erect the flag to express his opinion on the current status of Israel, what it means to America and what America should mean for the country.

Friday morning, two days after the flag was hung, a small pile of animal entrails appeared to have been placed in the grass near the flag. Myers now wonders whether someone could have been protesting his decision to display the Israeli flag.

"This was placed," Myers said as he stood next to the remains of the animal. "There's no blood whatsoever. It looks like it's just been put there."

No blood, no bones, no evidence of a carcass anywhere near the pile makes Myers especially suspicious of how the remains ended up on the property. There's not even a tuft of hair that would show an animal had died anywhere in the vicinity. And as Myers, an avid outdoorsman and hunter knows, dogs, coyotes and similar animals tend to eat the insides of an animal and leave the rest of the carcass -- not the other way around.

Additionally, the remains, which appeared to include heart and intestines as well as other organs, were in a pile, not strung out as if an animal had carried them.

Myers has owned the gas station with his wife, Thuy Tang since March. He decided to display the Israeli flag after reading an article recently about President Barack Obama's remarks that the prevailing borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war should be re-adopted.

Myers cited scripture that indicates those who bless Israel, God will bless. He also noted that Israel has been an important ally for the U.S.

"I think we should defend them, life, liberty and limb," Myers said.

The flag is representative of Myers feelings regarding America and Israel.

Myers said he did not perceive the animal remains to be any kind of threat, but rather a protest against the display of the flag. He hopes the incident will not be repeated, but said he will not be deterred from displaying the flag.

"That flag will stay there as long as I'm here," he said.

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Voltaire
Voltaire

If we defend anyone due to your superstitious religious belief life limb and all, let it be you and your children, not mine.

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