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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:23 AM
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Illinois GOP forgets American flag during Pledge of Allegience, Gene comes to the rescue
Statehouse Insider: Gene saves the day for GOP

Illinois Republicans are a patriotic bunch.

They start their meetings with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the nations unofficial loyalty oath. And so it was last week when Republican Party leaders met at a Springfield hotel prior to attending Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.

Republican county chairmen (party leaders, not county board leaders) held a meeting and prepared to recite the pledge. Oops. There was no flag in the room for them to face while reciting. What to do?

Why, call on a fellow named Gene to come to the rescue. Gene was wearing a shirt decked out in an American flag pattern. He came forward, and the group of assembled Republicans pledged allegiance to his shirt.

You have to wonder how conservatives would have reacted had Democrats done the same thing.
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http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1528806261/Statehouse-Ins...
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:32 AM
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1. That so many of them WEAR shirts (and swim suits and hats)
made to look like part of the American Flag is, well, unpatriotic. The Code of Flag Etiquette clearly forbids the use of the flag as part of or pattern for any clothing, etc.

Even flag "patches" should only be worn by members of the military, police, firefighters, and other uniformed officers of public service organizations.

Not that any of the "patriotic" repukes would understand any of this.

They think this guy is a "real 'murican"(tm)...

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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:11 PM
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8. Post content immediately reminded me of this saying:
When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross
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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:33 AM
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2. You mean no one was wearing his
Fox Nooz American flag pin? For shame!
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:34 AM
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3. I wish people cared enough about our flag to learn proper etiquette
http://www.usa-flag-site.org/etiquette.shtml


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Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:


The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.




I understand that wearing a shirt with an American flag pattern falls under free speech and should not be limited, but pledging to that flag is just crazy. (threw in the flag burning thing just for the hell of it)
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:40 AM
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4. That doesn't apply to Republican Patriots


As if there are any other kind.

:sarcasm:
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:05 AM
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5. Where were their flag pins? Isn't that a requirement now?
Oh wait...
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:08 AM
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6. And a friend of mine spent 6 weeks in jail for having a flag on his pants
back in '71 or '72
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:09 PM
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7. You certainly can't say the Pledge of Allegiance without an actual flag in front of you!
What if the curtains think you're talking to them and go on a power trip? The horror, the horror.
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tj2001 Donating Member (685 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:11 PM
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9. Now if he loses his shirt, they're screwed
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 12:13 PM by tj2001
Couldn't they have found a bikini?
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:56 PM
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10. The gop are hypocrites..they would have been
predictable if it happened to the Dems.

I don't really give a shit.
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:10 PM
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11. That is exactly what the the columnist, Finke, points out
:kick:
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:47 PM
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12. I had to give this a Sunday evening kick for those that missed it earlier
:kick:
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 07:51 AM
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13. Monday morning kick (last attempt at self promotion)
:kick:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:33 AM
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14. "I pledge allegiance to Gene's shirt..."
:rofl:
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