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Lost and Found – June 14th Edition

What to remember about June 14th…

  • 1775  Continental Army created by act of the Continental Congress
  • 1777  Stars and Stripes adopted as the official flag of the United States by resolution of the Continental Congress
  • 1846  California Republic declares its independence from Mexico
  • 1864  Congress grants equal pay to colored troops; is retroactive
  • 1877  1st Fag Day holiday observed on 100th anniversary of flag
  • 1940  French government flees; German troops occupy Paris
  • 1947  Suspected UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico; theories persist about spaceship wreckage, alien corpses, and government cover ups
  • 1954  President Eisenhower signs bill into law adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance
  • 1982 Great Britain accepts Argentinian surrender in Falklands War
  • 1985  Islamic terrorist members of Hamas hijack TWA Flight 847 after take off from Cairo; U.S. Navy diver executed; hostages kept for 2 weeks
  • 1995  American fiction author Roger Zelazny dies in Santa Fe, NM (b. 1937)
  • 2004  SCOTUS in 8-0 decision refuses to strike words “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance in Nedow v. United States Congress

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Lost and Found – June 14th Edition

What to remember about June 14th…

Flag Day (USA) 2015

  • 1775  Continental Army created by act of the Continental Congress
  • 1777  Stars and Stripes adopted as the official flag of the United States by resolution of the Continental Congress
  • 1846  California Republic declares its independence from Mexico
  • 1864  Congress grants equal pay to colored troops; is retroactive
  • 1877  1st Fag Day holiday observed on 100th anniversary of flag
  • 1940  French government flees; German troops occupy Paris
  • 1947  Suspected UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico; theories persist about spaceship wreckage, alien corpses, and government cover ups
  • 1954  President Eisenhower signs bill into law adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance
  • 1982 Great Britain accepts Argentinian surrender in Falklands War
  • 1985  Islamic terrorist members of Hamas hijack TWA Flight 847 after take off from Cairo; U.S. Navy diver executed; hostages kept for 2 weeks
  • 1995  American fiction author Roger Zelazny dies in Santa Fe, NM (b. 1937)
  • 2004  SCOTUS in 8-0 decision refuses to strike words “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance in Nedow v. United States Congress

OWS (Obama Worship Syndrome) – Flag Edition

I know that this story is from last week, but it has been on my “to rant” list since I first stumbled across it…

For several months now, the Lake County (Florida) Democrat Party has felt it appropriate to fly this flag outside their headquarters.

Let’s leave aside for the moment that displaying an altered American flag is a violation of Florida law.

Florida Statutes > Title XVIII > Chapter 256 > § 256.05 – Improper use of state or United States flag, or other symbol of authority

No person shall, in any manner, for exhibition or display:

(1) Place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, color, ensign or shield of the United States or of this state, or authorized by any law of the United States or this state; or

(2) Expose to public view any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield upon which shall have been printed, painted or otherwise produced, or to which shall have been attached, appended, affixed or annexed any such word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement.

Further, the United States Flag Code updated April 14, 2008 states:

(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.

Now, if you want to debate the Constitutionality of the above in the context of  the 1990 Supreme Court ruling decriminalizing the burning of the American flag, feel free to do so in the comments below.

What gets me is the blatant disrespect shown by a group that aspires to influence the public to adopt their attitudes and beliefs.  A group of local veterans brought the issue of the offensive flag to the attention of county Democratic chair Nancy Hurlbert.  She offered to “research” the matter but would not have the flag taken down.  When tthose same veterans offered to to bring the flag down for her, she  issued a not so vieled threat by reminding them that they were on “private property”.

To the head of the local Democrat Party, propriety and legality didn’t matter.  Only after the flag had become a media issue was it taken down.  In a heated response to questions from FoxNews.com she stated “It leads me to believe that it’s not about the flag… Certain elements cannot accept Barack Obama as president.”  Later apologizing for the incident, she wouldn’t offer any assurances that the flag would not be flown at their headquarters in the future.   She went on to state that “I won’t say no and I won’t say yes… We want to find out what our legal rights are.”

If you want to add one final insult to veterans and patriots, the $12.95 flag was made in China.  Perhaps this would be to their liking as well.

Personally, the flag I think they should be flying over there in Lake County, Florida is this one

If you are unfamiliar with or have forgotten the definition of OWS, you’ll want to check out my 2012 Lexicon.