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2012-07-04 10:09:43 AM  
FTFA: 10. And if you're thinking of using the flag as a receptacle, take note: "The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything."

Great. I guess I need to find a new fap rag.
 
2012-07-04 10:42:06 AM  
12. Per the code, the flag is to be considered a living thing.


Does that mean we can't abort it?
 
2012-07-04 10:45:30 AM  
Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".
 
2012-07-04 10:45:54 AM  
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2012-07-04 10:46:52 AM  
my rule of thumb:

if there is a picture of a flag on your clothing, it's ok.

if it looks like your garment was made out of a flag, it's disrespectful.
 
2012-07-04 10:48:52 AM  

cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".


Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...
 
2012-07-04 11:10:37 AM  

downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...


It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"? That'd be my guess....
 
2012-07-04 11:12:05 AM  
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2012-07-04 11:16:11 AM  
Had to actually sit there and remember about the direction of a flag hanging in a street, especially since I'm not far from the home of the oldest active 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island (though I've never actually been to it - don't remember why I didn't go the year my brother marched in it, probably something to do with my godson's 1st birthday party...). It's on TV too, though you can't see the Union from the camera angle.

\got friends there now, actually
 
2012-07-04 11:17:08 AM  
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2012-07-04 11:18:22 AM  

downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...


The actual date is the important thing to remember about Independence Day. In your other examples, Christmas is just an arbitrary day that was chosen to celebrate Jesus's birth. We usually wish people a Happy New Year because we are extending our wishes for the entire year. And February 14th isn't even a real holiday.
 
2012-07-04 11:38:49 AM  

Godscrack: [img411.imageshack.us image 305x478]


Why. Why do you post this?

Lord, smite him with all your smiting ability.

/all smitey today
 
2012-07-04 11:45:45 AM  

FriarReb98: downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...

It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"? That'd be my guess....


TL;DR version: We're lazy.
 
2012-07-04 11:45:47 AM  

FriarReb98: downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...

It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"? That'd be my guess....


So the answer is...we're lazy?
 
2012-07-04 11:46:45 AM  

cmunic8r99: TL;DR version: We're lazy.


2 seconds

*shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-07-04 11:52:50 AM  

jaylectricity: downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...

The actual date is the important thing to remember about Independence Day. In your other examples, Christmas is just an arbitrary day that was chosen to celebrate Jesus's birth. We usually wish people a Happy New Year because we are extending our wishes for the entire year. And February 14th isn't even a real holiday.


Good point.

And, yes, me and the Mrs. don't celebrate the fake 2/14 holiday.
 
2012-07-04 12:28:50 PM  

cmunic8r99: FriarReb98: downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...

It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"? That'd be my guess....

TL;DR version: We're lazy.


SurfaceTension: FriarReb98: downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...

It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"? That'd be my guess....

So the answer is...we're lazy?


Or letting the spendthrift Scots/Irish roots run wild and free, either way....
 
2012-07-04 12:35:15 PM  
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2012-07-04 12:37:44 PM  
I never got why commies, hippies, terrorists, and libtards of all sorts are so excited about flag burning, if it's also the appropriate way to dispose of a flag. Do something a little more disrespectful than that if you want people to take you seriously.

Also, how come we wait until the 4th of July to add a new star for a new state? Flag Day is it's own holiday, seems like the more appropriate way to handle flag-related business.
 
2012-07-04 12:52:28 PM  
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2012-07-04 12:54:29 PM  

downstairs: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x299]


Not sure what bugs me more... the bitty little flags that people wave for a day and discard in the trash later on, or that some dipshiat is writing on one.
 
2012-07-04 12:54:46 PM  
I see nothing preventing me from using the flag as toilet paper! So that's how the republicans get away with it!
 
2012-07-04 12:58:09 PM  

Ed Finnerty: FTFA: 10. And if you're thinking of using the flag as a receptacle, take note: "The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything."

Great. I guess I need to find a new fap rag.


Use a Canadian flag. They aren't really a country anyway.
 
2012-07-04 01:01:38 PM  

jaylectricity: And February 14th isn't even a real holiday.


Bullshiat, any day that gives me an excuse to drink excessively or spoil my woman(if I have one at the time) is a holiday.

/easier to remember than an anniversary
//when single it's pretty rare that I just drink on Valentine's day.
///cocaine and heroin for everyone!
////everyone means me, I don't buy drugs very often and when I do they're mine.
 
2012-07-04 01:02:49 PM  

downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...


Yeah, and it's never 5th of May, instead of Cinco de Mayo...
 
2012-07-04 01:03:10 PM  
It is also illegal to display the flag in the same area occupied by Barack Obama.
 
2012-07-04 01:04:09 PM  
How stupid.
 
2012-07-04 01:04:44 PM  

scubamage: I see nothing preventing me from using the flag as toilet paper! So that's how the republicans get away with it!


Not sure if serious, but #11 would like a word
 
2012-07-04 01:05:19 PM  

Arkanaut: downstairs: cmunic8r99: Article fails for wishing everyone a "Happy 4th of July" instead of "Happy Independence Day".

Always wondered why Independence Day is the only (American) holiday that more often goes by its day of the month.

We never wish anyone a happy December 25th or January 1st or February 14th...

Yeah, and it's never 5th of May, instead of Cinco de Mayo...


Which is funny because its an American holiday.
 
2012-07-04 01:08:28 PM  
Already posted this once today. Fits better here, though.

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2012-07-04 01:08:51 PM  
did i miss it? i didn't see anything about it touching the ground; i thought that was a flag crime too.
 
2012-07-04 01:09:59 PM  
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What about eating it?
 
2012-07-04 01:10:35 PM  

SurfaceTension: cmunic8r99: TL;DR version: We're lazy.

2 seconds

*shakes tiny fist*


well if you weren't so lazy...

Happy Independence Day! The high point of the Age of Reason.
 
2012-07-04 01:11:32 PM  
15. Do not expect to be allowed to display your flag if your home is part of an HOA.
 
2012-07-04 01:13:01 PM  
Reading the U.S. flag code comes off as an adult version of the game where you pretend the floor is made out of lava and start inventing rules about how you are allowed to cross it.
 
2012-07-04 01:13:39 PM  

NewportBarGuy: 12. Per the code, the flag is to be considered a living thing.


Does that mean we can't abort it?


Hmm... Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.
 
2012-07-04 01:15:46 PM  

serial_crusher: I never got why commies, hippies, terrorists, and libtards of all sorts are so excited about flag burning, if it's also the appropriate way to dispose of a flag. Do something a little more disrespectful than that if you want people to take you seriously.

Also, how come we wait until the 4th of July to add a new star for a new state? Flag Day is it's own holiday, seems like the more appropriate way to handle flag-related business.


Incoming snorefest:

It's the day we, as a nation, recognize that we declared our independence of Britain and became a nation. We add the star to the Union on that day rather than Flag Day (which has a separate historical meaning) as a symbolic gesture, recognizing that the new state is now part our nation which we recognize as having been created on July 4th, which is the date at the top of the Declaration of Independence.
 
2012-07-04 01:18:14 PM  
Ah, the flag code. What a little bunch of fascists we were in Boy Scouts. *adjusts onion*

To that end, if you're going to fly the flag, at least keep it in good shape. A tattered flag is disrespectful at best.

/has no problem with flag-burning
//free speech for great justice
 
2012-07-04 01:19:02 PM  
13. "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

So having an amendment that prevents flag burning, prevents flags from being properly disposed?
 
2012-07-04 01:19:30 PM  

chairmenmeow47: did i miss it? i didn't see anything about it touching the ground; i thought that was a flag crime too.


Technically, no. You are supposed to treat it with respect/deference, but letting it accidentally touch the ground is not an issue. Letting it drag on the ground through laziness/incompetence/whatever does violate US Code, though.
 
2012-07-04 01:19:34 PM  

ElLoco: downstairs: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x299]

Not sure what bugs me more... the bitty little flags that people wave for a day and discard in the trash later on, or that some dipshiat is writing on one.


That dipshiat appears to be former President Clinton. Or possibly former President Bush. Judging by the hands (look at the long fingers), I think Clinton though - early in his campaign/presidency, beofre his hair went completely white. Hard to tell by the back of the head, tbh. Both should know better.
 
2012-07-04 01:20:17 PM  
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"The day I set my flag down, it'll be over my body or over a nation I believe in."
 
2012-07-04 01:21:22 PM  

kkinnison: 13. "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

So having an amendment that prevents flag burning, prevents flags from being properly disposed?


Just one of the many reasons that proposed amendment was retarded.
 
2012-07-04 01:21:45 PM  

kkinnison: 13. "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

So having an amendment that prevents flag burning, prevents flags from being properly disposed?



It's only wrong if you are properly disposing of the flag as an exercise of the First Amendment.
 
2012-07-04 01:22:09 PM  

Aigoo: ElLoco: downstairs: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x299]

Not sure what bugs me more... the bitty little flags that people wave for a day and discard in the trash later on, or that some dipshiat is writing on one.

That dipshiat appears to be former President Clinton. Or possibly former President Bush. Judging by the hands (look at the long fingers), I think Clinton though - early in his campaign/presidency, beofre his hair went completely white. Hard to tell by the back of the head, tbh. Both should know better.


Google image search for "Bush signing flag" comes up with that image many times. "Clinton signing flag"... the image never shows up. Take that for what its worth...
 
2012-07-04 01:23:20 PM  
Letting it drag on the ground through laziness/incompetence/whatever does violate US Code, though

especially if it's a "living thing". for such a domestic violence call, i wonder if the flag would have to find a different pole to fly on for the night.
 
2012-07-04 01:24:52 PM  
One of the great misconceptions about flag-handling is that if the flag touches the ground, it must be burned.

The flag code just says to try not to let it touch the ground, clean it carefully if soiled, and burn it when it's no longer serviceable.
 
2012-07-04 01:26:35 PM  

Uisce Beatha: kkinnison: 13. "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

So having an amendment that prevents flag burning, prevents flags from being properly disposed?

Just one of the many reasons that proposed amendment was retarded.


www.brucespeaks.com

The Fort McHenry flag, we're supposed to Kill It With Fire?

/just to be sure?
 
2012-07-04 01:31:34 PM  

kkinnison: 13. "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

So having an amendment that prevents flag burning, prevents flags from being properly disposed?


Don't be an idiot.

Having an amendment regarding flag burning (which I disagree with, as it impedes the First Amendment) actually could be construed (and probably is interpreted that way by many) to reinforce US Code in that it refers to treating the flag with respect and deference. Burning the flag as a statement - political or otherwise - isn't respectful or deferential in many people's eyes.

HOWEVER... the United States Constitution trumps US Code. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, which I believe very strongly that flag burning, as repulsive as I personally find the act, falls under.
 
2012-07-04 01:36:38 PM  
So, I'm still confused...

When used as a bikini, should the union cover the left breast, or the right one?
 
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