! ! !Old Glory! ! !

I, personally, do not believe it should be illegal to burn the American flag in disgust. That act, though I disapprove vehemently, is freedom of speech. Now the questions I pose, however, do not have much to do with that.

  1. What does Old Glory symbolize? Represent?
  2. What does a tattered and dirty Old Glory, flying above a public school represent?
  3. Is there a law that requires ALL government owned building to fly a public flag?

Any responses are welcome, please add your own questions or comments.

What’s the average annual rainfall of the amazon river basin?
What’s the square root of 293?
Who was the president of the Confederacy?
Are you really a federalist?


I don’t get the whole flag-burning thing in general. I don’t understand why someone would let themselves get so bent outta shape about it or why someone would think it was a powerful way to protest anything. I understand it symbolizes “america” and all that, but, I mean if you burn a picture of my mother or something hoping to incite me I’m more likely to say “What’s that supposed to prove?” I mean, is that the best you can do? Seriously, get my attention by cutting of my electricity or something, not idle threats.

“Mrs. Krabappel, are you trying to seduce me?”

How did Jennifer Lopez keep that dress on?
How can a cereal which advertises itself as “cookies for breakfast” possibly be part of a balanced diet?
When in Finch’s name did money make that miraculous transformation from property to speech?
When exactly will this gag get old?

  1. I try not to infuse things with symbolism. It tends to complicate matters. The Confederate flag atop the SC state courthouse is drowning in all of the symbols that have been placed on it (deliberately by the folks who put it up back in the 1960s). All it has done was cause pain and antipathy these past 30 years.

  2. That we have negliected our schools, children and infustucture for far too long. Though I’d look close to the school and at the leaky roofs, the frayed electrical wires and all other evidence that no one batted an eye at the school since it was built back in 1959.

  3. That I don’t know, but it helps me find the city hall and courthouses.

  4. Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

  5. 17.117

  6. Jefferson Davis

  7. I’m not affiliated with any group

andros wrote:

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

African or European?

With or without coconuts?

It’s not a question of where he grips it, it’s a simple matter of weight ratios.

Bricker challenges are three doors over, on the right.

BTW, why do cheerios float together?
And, isn’t it an incredible coincidence that water freezes at exactly 0 degrees?


Cheerios float together because it’s lonely out there on the prarie…ur…milk! :smiley:

Bitch by Birth

What part of “unladen” do you not understand? :slight_smile:

Sigh . . . we’ve gone over this before, folks. To maintain velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings four hundred and ninety three times every second, right?

Sterling North said:

Don’t have any idea but it sure held up against my strongest wishes for it to fall.


And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be bannana-shaped.

Nice debate. So, just what color is an orange?

ripe or unripe?

“there’s nary a dog alive can outrun a greased Scotsman”

But African swallows are non-migratory!

Federalist, I’m afraid you’ve caught them in a rather silly mood today. Part of the problem is, I think, that they just finished a discussion about flag burning over in this thread, http://boards.straightdope.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/001596.html

So don’t take it personally. :slight_smile:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!” - the White Queen

From US Code Title IV, Section 6:

Hope that answers that question. And http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/ is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites on the net.

Wow, hey, mine too! Thanks a lot, Water! :slight_smile:

(“Where does he get those wonderful toys…?”)

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!” - the White Queen