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Wednesday, July 26, 2006


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Anna Haynes

Don't forget that it's also a handy used-car-sale prop.


Maybe the foodball fan thing isn't too bad. Observation suggests that most people care about their favorite football team more than about the way they vote.

Unfortunately, observation also suggests that they apply roughly equal amounts of logic to both activities.


re: Flags as sales props:

one of the biggest stinks i ever kicked up was back in the first Gulf War days, when i was a cub reporter in a small town (and still in the Army's inactive reserve). I kept noticing all these businesses that had started flying the flag and didn't know how to do it properly, so i asked the editor if that would be a good story to write. I wrote the story, and it included examples of businesses that were basically pimping the flag (including a used car dealer). Well, you can imagine what that got us: furious phone calls, irate advertisers, etc.

I have mixed emotions about that story. People cleaned up their act a bit after it ran -- but in hindsight I think I could have handled the businesses much more fairly and still had a good story. Even though I contacted them for comment, the tone was still too "gotcha."

Tim Schmoyer

I see this much the same as PRB-1s.

I absolutely agree about the responsibility to adhere to the flag code, but would get uncomfortable about the enforcement of it beyond social/peer pressure.

As an opponent to a flag burning amendment, how could I then support laws enforcing the flag code?


This may be one of those areas where typical ideas about conservative/liberal ideology get loopy. There are all sorts of things that I find repugnant that I don't want government to regulate or prohibit. Like Tim, I would oppose a law that attempted to enforce the flag code. I just want people to respect the symbol, because by respecting the symbol, you respect the ideals it represents.

How do we get that result? Your answer likely depends foremost on your basic beliefs about human nature.

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