Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea

I am purely a law and order kind of a guy. I'm not one to advocate picking and choosing which laws to follow and which ones to break with impudent impunity. So, if you were heading to the bank to deposit some extra money that you have just lying around because of the newfound economic prosperity afoot in the land and saw some crooks who just robbed it, running out and hopping into a Ford sedan with vanity tags "BNKRBBR," you would call the police and report this felony. Same if you saw Goldman Sachs set up some patsies to take a loss in the mortgage scam, with some of their favored fatcats scooping up the money the patsies lost, and you saw some of the crooks running along and hopping into a Rolls-Royce, you would call the Securities and Exchange Commission and report that you saw some bad guys in really nice suits hopping into a car with the vanity tag "INVSTMNTFRAUD."

Most of us remember seeing Gomer Pyle running down Main Street in Mayberry, shrieking "Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!" upon seeing Barney Fife make an illegal u-turn. (Gomer feared no retaliation; he knew he was about to enlist in the Marines anyway.) Spurred by this selfless example of good citizenship, I now turn over information about a crime committed by a dangerous criminal.

This is big. We're talking Federal charges here, to wit, violation of
US Code Title 36, Chapter 10.

§176. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

* (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. * (b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. * (c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free. * (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. (emphasis mine)

Ladies and gentlemen, justice seekers of all ages, here
is the criminal: Round her up!

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