where do they get the flags?

September 20th, 2006

How many times have you turned on CNN only to see American flags being burnt on the streets somewhere? What always makes me wonder is.. where do they get these flags?? Are there flag stores on every corner in these cities? Is someone getting rich selling flags? Is there a flag millionaire mansion somewhere? Or are they home made? Would someone really labor over a flag for weeks, cutting the fabric, measuring, sewing (if you've ever sewn anything, you know how much work it is) only to set it on fire? Even making a big banner is less work than sewing a flag. All you need is some big chunk of paper and a magic marker. But a flag requires fabric in every color of the flag, it requires careful measurement, it requires a sewing machine (otherwise it *really* takes ages to assemble).

But either way it's such a huge waste. If you buy the flag and burn it, that's just like fireworks, a complete waste of money for a moment of fun. And if you produce it yourself, well that's even worse. Hours of labor wasted in a few seconds. The whole idea is lost on me.

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5 Responses to "where do they get the flags?"

  1. erik says:

    It's like giving someone the toe instead of the finger. If they went through the trouble of sewing the thing themselves, only to burn it in an attempt to insult you, I would be seriously offended indeed.

  2. numerodix says:

    That is a good point. But how do people know if they made them themselves or not? That never comes up..

  3. Jason says:

    Why wait in line for 3 hours for a ride that lasts no longer than 10 seconds (tower of terror) nor 2 minutes (log rides / thunder mountain / space mountain / etc.). It's not about the time, it's about the thrill.

  4. numerodix says:

    Well, I suppose that's true. But I imagine jumping out of a plane with a parachute is a bigger thrill than burning a flag, if I were out for an adrenaline kick I'd choose the former.