Saturday, December 15, 2007


The Author frequently writes about his home town. The Author is not sure why, as very little happens there that is worthy of documentation. One might even question the need for the documentation of the town's existence.

A few months ago, a Ligonier Police Officer saved his police dog that had swallowed a tennis ball. Samo and Officer Halsey got their “15 minutes of fame”, appearing on some national shows and in many newspapers. The Author even did a post on the story.

My, how things can change. Samo escaped from his kennel earlier this week and ran loose. He was then struck by a vehicle and killed. Very sad. A couple of questions do come to mind, however. Should a trained police dog attempt to get out of its cage? And once out, should it run loose? The Author is implying nothing. He is merely asking the question. And it is a valid question, especially for taxpayers that funded the K-9 program.


The mayor of Ligonier ordered city flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the dog. This triggered a WTH response from the Author. To the Author’s recollection, only the President of the United States, and perhaps Governors of states, can order flags to fly at half-staff. Nowhere in the US Flag Code does the mayor of a small town have the authority to order flags to fly at half-staff for any reason.

The US Flag code can be found at this link. The flag code is voluntary. It has no enforcement mechanism. But many veterans groups, nativist anti-immigrant groups, and other assorted uber-patriots consider a violation of the flag code more treasonous than the outing of a covert CIA agent for political advantage. So clearly the provisions of the Flag Code demand “strict compliance” in the minds of many Americans.

Just as many Harley Davidson riders wearing US flags on the backs of their jackets slather at the prospect of beating up some birkenstock wearing liberals caught burning a flag, surely some Flag Code Martinet’s must be creaming to pounce on some lawless official that flaunts the Flag Code.

The Author does not personally care if some people violate the Flag Code. Although it is a potent symbol, a flag itself is just a piece of cloth, likely made in Sri Lanka or China. The Author was in Boy Scouts and did learn the flag display rules. And on those rare occasions when he displays the flag (Memorial Day, the Fourth of July), he follows the rules to the letter.

But what is demanded of people who can quote the Flag Code section, subsection, paragraph and subparagraph, is that their unflinching fidelity to the Flag Code be demanded of all others, even those that make good-faith mistakes.

So, to everyone out there that would shoot a flag burner or beat up a Mexican immigrant that flies the Mexican flag in an “improper relationship” to Old Glory, deride and deface Ligonier. Call into your rant radio shows. Flood FREEP and Little Green Footballs with emails riddled with misspellings and unintelligible phrases. Demand that the flag faux pas perpetrators be water boarded and banished to Berkley, Kalifornia. Anything less would be unconfederate.



At 12:58 PM , Blogger Larry said...

"a flag itself is just a piece of cloth, likely made in Sri Lanka or China."

After reading your article, I'm not sure what point you're making, but I do want to comment on the phrase above in two parts.
According to the US Census Bureau, 98.4% ($349.2 million) of all U.S. Flags are manufactured in the United States. Foreign flags make up the remaining 1.6% ($5.3 million). This data is from 2006, so it is the latest available.

In reality, it would be very difficult to buy a U.S. flag made in Sri Lanka or China, unless one was trying very hard.

The phrase "it's just a piece of cloth" also contradicts the same U.S. Flag Code you linked to. Section 8(j) includes this sentence, "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living

Not a huge deal in the overall scheme of things, but it should be accurate.

At 7:05 PM , Blogger FOXP2 said...


Thanks for your comment. The point of the post was to point out the incongruity between p[eople demanding 1000% compliance with the voluntary flag code, while ignoring patent violations as the Ligoner Mayor committed.

This is political satire, plain and simple.

Do you have a link or a citation to the information you attribute to the US Census Bureau. It seems highly unlikely that the Census Bureau would track such a figure.

But if you can provide definitive authority, I will address it in a post.

Finally, the flag is a piece of cloth. It represents many things to many people, but the flag is made of cotton, nylon, or some other combinatin of natural or manufactured fibers.

At 7:52 PM , Blogger Larry said...

I gotcha' now. After reading it, I just wasn't sure. That makes more sense to me now.

Yes on the link. It is a long url and I was in a hurry and didn't want to code the link in the post. The reference is here, (down the page a bit labeled Flags) and I've covered it before on my flag blog.

Yes, it is made from material, but I quoted the U.S. Flag Code as the definitive source, and it clearly says it isn't just a piece of cloth. You might even be interested in this editorial I wrote last month.


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