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2012-07-04 01:37:55 PM  
There is an inverse proportion between how loudly someone claims to love the flag and how much they know about it.

/same with Jesus
 
2012-07-04 01:38:12 PM  

Aigoo: 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.


"You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest."
 
2012-07-04 01:41:31 PM  
www.pajamadeen.com
 
2012-07-04 01:41:33 PM  

ka1axy: So, I'm still confused...

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


Apparently depends on your hair color
www.blogcdn.com
quantumconservative.com
 
2012-07-04 01:42:03 PM  

downstairs: 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...


And then there's the fact that Clinton is left-handed (as is Bush Sr, but not Jr.), and the picture doesn't look flipped.
 
2012-07-04 01:44:29 PM  
Wearing clothing with stars and stripes is not the same as wearing a flag.
Never got the whole thing about the sanctity of the flag. Spare me the creed about people dying for our flag. I was in combat and people died because they were drafted, or stupid, or careless, or were brave in the heat of battle, but only a very foolish person would die defending the flag.
 
2012-07-04 01:44:52 PM  

Radak: downstairs: 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...

And then there's the fact that Clinton is left-handed (as is Bush Sr, but not Jr.), and the picture doesn't look flipped.


And also the fact that that's obviously Dubya's head in that picture. I know that old white dudes all kinda look alike, but c'mon.
 
2012-07-04 01:45:27 PM  

AirborneBuckeye: ka1axy: So, I'm still confused...

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

Apparently depends on your hair color
[www.blogcdn.com image 525x735]
[quantumconservative.com image 288x504]


Technically, the blonde is correct. Union to the left, over the heart. But maybe the republicrats flipped the brunette's photo around to make her look like a demmican. One of you gents should SCOUR the intarwebz to find out! ;)
 
2012-07-04 01:49:01 PM  

Lost_in_Oregon: Wearing clothing with stars and stripes is not the same as wearing a flag.
Never got the whole thing about the sanctity of the flag. Spare me the creed about people dying for our flag. I was in combat and people died because they were drafted, or stupid, or careless, or were brave in the heat of battle, but only a very foolish person would die defending the flag.


images.uesp.net

"There's no glory in war. It's just something they tell soldiers so they'll risk their lives."
 
2012-07-04 01:49:36 PM  

FriarReb98: It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"?


My guess is that Independence Day was adopted as the official name but that referring to it as the 4th of July had always been the popular practice. Even Jefferson's own last words were reported as "Is it the 4th?"

A quick Googling suggests that the phrase "Independence Day" is not known to have been used until 1791, and pamphlets from the period seem to bear out that nobody was calling it that at the time. Lots of mentions that the date was "the anniversary of American independence" or "a commemoration of American independence", but the date seems to be understood as the name of the holiday. Not a single use of "Independence Day" that I saw.
 
2012-07-04 01:50:33 PM  
Nothing shows the dumass like having American Flags on those side window flagstaffs while you travel down the freeway doing 75 MPH ripping them to shreds.

/so very American
//flags should never be displayed in winds over 35 mph
//so slow down, or lower your flags ceremoniously
 
2012-07-04 01:54:06 PM  

mat catastrophe: [www.pajamadeen.com image 310x450]



There was more outrage over Janet's ugly nipple then Kid Cock's mishandling the flag at that Superbowl.
 
2012-07-04 02:00:17 PM  
A friend of mine lives in Geneva, FL, a fairly agrarian community, and she posted pictures of the first flag-destruction ceremony she'd seen, carried out by the Boy Scouts:

i20.photobucket.com

I wonder if it's a violation of the Code to burn a flag while it's on the ground.
 
2012-07-04 02:00:17 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Radak: downstairs: 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...

And then there's the fact that Clinton is left-handed (as is Bush Sr, but not Jr.), and the picture doesn't look flipped.

And also the fact that that's obviously Dubya's head in that picture. I know that old white dudes politicians all kinda look alike, but c'mon.


Point was it was a President. Who gives a flying fark which one? I've said before and will say again, I'm not in the R/D dog and pony show - I firmly believe BOTH are farked beyond belief. Personally, I think Clinton was one of the better presidents we've had in the past 30 years (except for the perjury thing, but does anyone REALLY care who he did or didn't get fellated by? That was a witch hunt, plain and simple.) and Bush was one of the ones I agreed with the least (as is Obama).

But do go back and read the post where I allow that it's either Bush OR Clinton - hard to tell from the back of the head. Oh, wait, I'm sorry... the mere mention of a politicians name from your party or not sends you into a tizzy, where you stop hearing anything and need to either defend or attack. Learn. To. Read. People.

I love how you folks are so intent on ascribing political motive to shiat where - surprise! - there is none.

You are ALL - both sides - what is wrong with America.
 
2012-07-04 02:01:31 PM  

freewill: FriarReb98: It's shorter to write and print "4th of July" than it is "Independence Day"?

My guess is that Independence Day was adopted as the official name but that referring to it as the 4th of July had always been the popular practice. Even Jefferson's own last words were reported as "Is it the 4th?"

A quick Googling suggests that the phrase "Independence Day" is not known to have been used until 1791, and pamphlets from the period seem to bear out that nobody was calling it that at the time. Lots of mentions that the date was "the anniversary of American independence" or "a commemoration of American independence", but the date seems to be understood as the name of the holiday. Not a single use of "Independence Day" that I saw.


The printed word has always been more verbose than the spoken one. "4th of July" rolls off the tongue easier and is more accepted by your peers than "Independance day". you heard it as "4th of July" since you were a toddler and hear "Independence Day" as a phrase used by curmudgeons, so it's not very popular
 
2012-07-04 02:04:50 PM  
If we always said Independence Day they would move it to the first Monday in July.
 
2012-07-04 02:06:08 PM  
drtfa as i learned plenty of rules about it while in the boyscouts, but the thing that always bothered me was that when military uniforms have the flag on the right shoulder, the image is reversed. my understanding of this is that if you were standing in line and look left (seeing the right shoulder patch) the image is the same as if the flag was being displayed to the leftmost of the line/regiment/whatever and flying int the wind. whatever, it still seems stupid to me that when i look directly at the flag patch, the image is reversed...
 
2012-07-04 02:10:34 PM  

Aigoo: Burning the flag as a statement - political or otherwise - isn't respectful or deferential in many people's eyes.


Except the part where it really is a celebration of the First Amendment. How some people fail to recognize this basic logic is astounding.

/no i dont want people burning flags
//i shouldn't be allowed to stop them either
 
2012-07-04 02:10:58 PM  

divgradcurl: drtfa as i learned plenty of rules about it while in the boyscouts, but the thing that always bothered me was that when military uniforms have the flag on the right shoulder, the image is reversed. my understanding of this is that if you were standing in line and look left (seeing the right shoulder patch) the image is the same as if the flag was being displayed to the leftmost of the line/regiment/whatever and flying int the wind. whatever, it still seems stupid to me that when i look directly at the flag patch, the image is reversed...


I believe the actual rule is that the stars should be in the most prestigious position. On a moving vehicle or marching soldier, that's the front.
 
2012-07-04 02:11:52 PM  

ka1axy: So, I'm still confused...

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


It depends if she's in a East-West or North-South street.

Actually, the flag is NOT to be worn as a piece of clothing, so the point is moot.
 
2012-07-04 02:12:45 PM  
People get way too upset over colored bits of cloth, especially ones that were mass produced in China.

/and Jingo was his name-o
 
2012-07-04 02:12:52 PM  

divgradcurl: drtfa as i learned plenty of rules about it while in the boyscouts, but the thing that always bothered me was that when military uniforms have the flag on the right shoulder, the image is reversed. my understanding of this is that if you were standing in line and look left (seeing the right shoulder patch) the image is the same as if the flag was being displayed to the leftmost of the line/regiment/whatever and flying int the wind. whatever, it still seems stupid to me that when i look directly at the flag patch, the image is reversed...


That's because according to the Code, if the flag is affixed to a moving object, it is to be displayed as if it is trailing in the air. Since a soldier, or scout, or other person wearing a flag emblem is considered to be a "moving object", when the flag is worn on the right shoulder, it's reversed so as to appear to be flying.
 
2012-07-04 02:20:49 PM  
From TFA:
2. You may be aware that the American flag is only supposed to be displayed from sunrise to sunset, but the code-writers left room for some interpretation: "when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness." When is flying a flag not patriotic in effect?


Actually, the code writers didn't leave room for that. It was added later. Why? The Iwo Jima. My grandfather drove by it every day, and in the evening, coming back to Arlington from work, found it remarkably stupid that the statue was dramatically lit, with spotlights all focused on the end of the flagpole, where there was... nothing.

So he wrote his Congressman, who got that provision added to the flag code. Somewhere, one of my aunts or uncles has the letter back. And now the American flag flies 24/7 at the Iwo Jima.

\Our system works, biatches!
\\Well, it did in the 60's for trivial matters.
 
2012-07-04 02:23:06 PM  

Lost_in_Oregon: Wearing clothing with stars and stripes is not the same as wearing a flag.


176 (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

[...]

(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.


Really?
 
2012-07-04 02:24:57 PM  
i140.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-04 02:26:52 PM  

cptjeff: Actually, the code writers didn't leave room for that. It was added later. Why? The Iwo Jima. My grandfather drove by it every day, and in the evening, coming back to Arlington from work, found it remarkably stupid that the statue was dramatically lit, with spotlights all focused on the end of the flagpole, where there was... nothing.

So he wrote his Congressman, who got that provision added to the flag code. Somewhere, one of my aunts or uncles has the letter back. And now the American flag flies 24/7 at the Iwo Jima.

\Our system works, biatches!
\\Well, it did in the 60's for trivial matters.


I'm thinking about that episode of King of the Hill where Hank writes a letter to his Congressman about wasteful spending on Army haircuts.

"Representative Jim Powell thinks your problem and flag-burning are among the biggest problems facing America today. That's why Jim Powell has introduced House Resolution number 11461. It would ban flag-burning in all..."

"Aw, he never even read it."
 
2012-07-04 02:26:58 PM  

low_dazzle: 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.


Do you know what's REALLY FUNNY? None of this code is enforceable as law.
None of it.
It is 100% unconstitutional.
Freedom of speech allows you to break every single code and there is nothing that the government can do to you. NOTHING.

HELLO
Flag burning is both legal as free speech AND required by the code, and yet the tards want an amendment??
ROFL

Those boys and girls who have fought and died for our country? They fought and died for the constitution. On which they swore their oath. All of the constitution. Period.


/and yet jingoistic rtards will RAVE about EVIL FLAG BURNING WHARGLLLLLLLLLLLL
 
2012-07-04 02:27:05 PM  

while looking for the above, I cam across this:

§ 3. Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag
Any person who, within the District of Columbia, in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature; or who, within the District of Columbia, shall manufacture, sell, expose for sale, or to public view, or give away or have in possession for sale, or to be given away or for use for any purpose, any article or substance being an article of merchandise, or a receptacle for merchandise or article or thing for carrying or transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign, to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. The words 'flag, standard, colors, or ensign', as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.


Which means, the Hero tag is illegal in Washington, D.C.
 
2012-07-04 02:42:36 PM  

cptjeff: From TFA:
2. You may be aware that the American flag is only supposed to be displayed from sunrise to sunset, but the code-writers left room for some interpretation: "when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness." When is flying a flag not patriotic in effect?


Actually, the code writers didn't leave room for that. It was added later. Why? The Iwo Jima. My grandfather drove by it every day, and in the evening, coming back to Arlington from work, found it remarkably stupid that the statue was dramatically lit, with spotlights all focused on the end of the flagpole, where there was... nothing.

So he wrote his Congressman, who got that provision added to the flag code. Somewhere, one of my aunts or uncles has the letter back. And now the American flag flies 24/7 at the Iwo Jima.

\Our system works, biatches!
\\Well, it did in the 60's for trivial matters.


That's pretty cool. I feel like these days, it would have taken months of debate about which side was more patriotic about the flag before anything was actually done.
 
2012-07-04 02:45:11 PM  
Old hat for those of us who remember studying for NCO Boards. Good stuff though, and bears repeating.

I do wish they had also reminded people that the Union always belongs in the top left corner.

/What's in every truck on a military installation?
 
2012-07-04 02:45:13 PM  

freewill: cptjeff: Actually, the code writers didn't leave room for that. It was added later. Why? The Iwo Jima. My grandfather drove by it every day, and in the evening, coming back to Arlington from work, found it remarkably stupid that the statue was dramatically lit, with spotlights all focused on the end of the flagpole, where there was... nothing.

So he wrote his Congressman, who got that provision added to the flag code. Somewhere, one of my aunts or uncles has the letter back. And now the American flag flies 24/7 at the Iwo Jima.

\Our system works, biatches!
\\Well, it did in the 60's for trivial matters.

I'm thinking about that episode of King of the Hill where Hank writes a letter to his Congressman about wasteful spending on Army haircuts.

"Representative Jim Powell thinks your problem and flag-burning are among the biggest problems facing America today. That's why Jim Powell has introduced House Resolution number 11461. It would ban flag-burning in all..."

"Aw, he never even read it."


Congressional offices do hire people to write those letters. If the blowoff isn't actually related to the subject you wrote about, somebody's not doing their job. If there's not a letter on the subject already, one will be written.

See, wasteful spending on military haircuts should look something like this:

Thank you for writing me to call attention to your concerns over wasteful spending on military haircuts, I will look into this important issue.

Right now, all branches of the US Armed Services have soldiers assigned to various support duties, including some assigned as barbers. This is done to ensure that our servicemen and women are fully supported on base and on assignment in every aspect of their lives. While such services may seem trivial, they are important to the continued functioning and morale of our troops.

While I understand the Military's need for such services, I support efficiency in government spending, and will keep your letter in mind should I have an opportunity to vote on this issue.

Again, I want to thank you for contacting my office, and hope you will let me know about any future concerns.

-Joe X. Congressman



But good ideas really can get through. Just don't try and pass along your idea on whatever the big issue of the day is- you will be roundly ignored. Send in small, specific proposals on subjects that they're not getting thousands of letters on.
 
2012-07-04 02:49:23 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.

If its considered a living thing, then you burn it when its dead, not when its still alive. The first is respectful, the second is disrespectful.

I think tattered flags which have been forgotten and are still hanging around flapping are a lot more disrespectful. Flag burning is like tearing apart a bible, it's offensive but it's free speech. There is no free speech to a forgotten, dirty flag. It's just forgotten and dirty.

Exception made for situations like the lost Flag of September 11, 2001. That one earned its tattered, dirty state. I still can't believe they let rich folks borrow that flag for private parties, that was just begging to have it stolen for some megarich scumbag's private collection -- because that's what rich folks do. They want it, they get it, they steal it, and tell themselves it's better they have it than the unwashed masses.

Wonder when it will pop up, and if America will have the juice, at that point, to demand it back?
 
2012-07-04 02:49:33 PM  

buckler: divgradcurl: drtfa as i learned plenty of rules about it while in the boyscouts, but the thing that always bothered me was that when military uniforms have the flag on the right shoulder, the image is reversed. my understanding of this is that if you were standing in line and look left (seeing the right shoulder patch) the image is the same as if the flag was being displayed to the leftmost of the line/regiment/whatever and flying int the wind. whatever, it still seems stupid to me that when i look directly at the flag patch, the image is reversed...

That's because according to the Code, if the flag is affixed to a moving object, it is to be displayed as if it is trailing in the air. Since a soldier, or scout, or other person wearing a flag emblem is considered to be a "moving object", when the flag is worn on the right shoulder, it's reversed so as to appear to be flying.


That is interesting stuff, thank you. I was quite confused about the backwards flag when we saw the Space Shuttle a few weeks ago.

i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-04 02:49:53 PM  
Damn I was hoping this one would have a line about state flags too, for the huge amount of dumbass texans who claim that theirs is the only one who can fly at the same height as the US flag.
 
2012-07-04 02:57:30 PM  

buckler: A friend of mine lives in Geneva, FL, a fairly agrarian community, and she posted pictures of the first flag-destruction ceremony she'd seen, carried out by the Boy Scouts:

[i20.photobucket.com image 537x720]

I wonder if it's a violation of the Code to burn a flag while it's on the ground.


Well, TSA gets all pissy when you try to burn it in the air.
 
2012-07-04 03:00:09 PM  

John Nash: That is interesting stuff, thank you. I was quite confused about the backwards flag when we saw the Space Shuttle a few weeks ago.
i46.tinypic.com


And on the Shuttle, the flag is in the correct orientation whether it's horizontal for re-entry flight, or vertical for lift-off.
 
2012-07-04 03:02:03 PM  
Signed it? He stepped on it!
4.bp.blogspot.com
graphics8.nytimes.com
McCain also voted to ban flag desecration, being a maverick and all.
www.gadailynews.com
To be fair, Sarah Palin may not have been educated on this matter..
img267.imageshack.us
What, if enough Republicans do it then it's not wrong?
 
2012-07-04 03:04:14 PM  

bel4sucks: Damn I was hoping this one would have a line about state flags too, for the huge amount of dumbass texans who claim that theirs is the only one who can fly at the same height as the US flag.


Or how about the difference between the Confederate flag and actual flags of the Confederacy.
 
2012-07-04 03:09:31 PM  

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


I always wish people Merry Christmas on Oct 31, but then I've never gotten the hang of the decimal system.
 
2012-07-04 03:09:45 PM  

John Nash: That is interesting stuff, thank you. I was quite confused about the backwards flag when we saw the Space Shuttle a few weeks ago.


Happy to be of service. Hope you enjoy the holiday!
 
2012-07-04 03:11:51 PM  

ka1axy: So, I'm still confused...

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


I think I need to see pictures of your breasts in order to correctly answer your question.
 
2012-07-04 03:12:05 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.


Seems to my memory that the proper disposal method involves separating the field from the stripes. The stripes can then be used as a rag or trashed or burnt. The field is to be buried. Usually several fields are buried together.
 
2012-07-04 03:16:39 PM  

freewill: cptjeff: Actually, the code writers didn't leave room for that. It was added later. Why? The Iwo Jima. My grandfather drove by it every day, and in the evening, coming back to Arlington from work, found it remarkably stupid that the statue was dramatically lit, with spotlights all focused on the end of the flagpole, where there was... nothing.

So he wrote his Congressman, who got that provision added to the flag code. Somewhere, one of my aunts or uncles has the letter back. And now the American flag flies 24/7 at the Iwo Jima.

\Our system works, biatches!
\\Well, it did in the 60's for trivial matters.

I'm thinking about that episode of King of the Hill where Hank writes a letter to his Congressman about wasteful spending on Army haircuts.

"Representative Jim Powell thinks your problem and flag-burning are among the biggest problems facing America today. That's why Jim Powell has introduced House Resolution number 11461. It would ban flag-burning in all..."

"Aw, he never even read it."


25.media.tumblr.com

No, the HILARIOUS flag episode from King of the Hill was when Bill saw the GIANT flag at the base getting decommissioned from the base he'd loyally worked at as a barber, and insisted on taking it home, with comedically unrealistic views on the scale of the monstrous thing.
 
2012-07-04 03:19:43 PM  
ftfa
You know a thing or two about the flag code: no burning, ...

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."


I know the flag burning thing has already been beaten to death, so I'll just take this moment to call the author a 'tard for this discrepancy.

'tard.
 
2012-07-04 03:21:38 PM  

Oznog: freewill: cptjeff: Actually, the code writers didn't leave room for that. It was added later. Why? The Iwo Jima. My grandfather drove by it every day, and in the evening, coming back to Arlington from work, found it remarkably stupid that the statue was dramatically lit, with spotlights all focused on the end of the flagpole, where there was... nothing.

So he wrote his Congressman, who got that provision added to the flag code. Somewhere, one of my aunts or uncles has the letter back. And now the American flag flies 24/7 at the Iwo Jima.

\Our system works, biatches!
\\Well, it did in the 60's for trivial matters.

I'm thinking about that episode of King of the Hill where Hank writes a letter to his Congressman about wasteful spending on Army haircuts.

"Representative Jim Powell thinks your problem and flag-burning are among the biggest problems facing America today. That's why Jim Powell has introduced House Resolution number 11461. It would ban flag-burning in all..."

"Aw, he never even read it."

[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x366]

No, the HILARIOUS flag episode from King of the Hill was when Bill saw the GIANT flag at the base getting decommissioned from the base he'd loyally worked at as a barber, and insisted on taking it home, with comedically unrealistic views on the scale of the monstrous thing.


I've seen flags on that scale IRL, but never in a neighborhood, of course. The best bit was the infinite and cringe-worthy variety of ways in which Peggy and Bobby demolished it.
 
2012-07-04 03:28:09 PM  

LOTN: ftfa
You know a thing or two about the flag code: no burning, ...

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."


I know the flag burning thing has already been beaten to death, so I'll just take this moment to call the author a 'tard for this discrepancy.

'tard.


I don't think that's the author being 'tard. The first part is a list of things people commonly "know" about the flag code. Following that is the list of things actually in the flag code. It's the same as saying everybody knows the phrase "separation of church and state" is in the Constitution. Then going on to actually list what's in there.
 
2012-07-04 03:32:13 PM  

Pruritic Perineum: 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.

Seems to my memory that the proper disposal method involves separating the field from the stripes. The stripes can then be used as a rag or trashed or burnt. The field is to be buried. Usually several fields are buried together.


I never heard that. Interesting. It makes sense in a time when cloths and rags weren't discarded unnecessarily. Funny that the field, which is the hardest part to make by hand, would be given the greatest respect.
 
2012-07-04 03:33:06 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.


I'm not saying it's aliens, but ...

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2012-07-04 03:36:02 PM  

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....


It's the war on Independence Day.
 
2012-07-04 03:53:31 PM  

markie_farkie: 'MERIKUH, FARK YEAH!


Can you imagine getting a roundhouse from one of those?
 
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