The Stupid Season

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Salon breaks a hot story…

The Guardian caught up with Sarah Palin on the campaign trail in Reno this week and posted some video of her working the crowd while singing the Tea Party’s praises. But look closely: At around the 1:30 mark, it appears that she’s handed an American flag by one of her fans — and that she signs it.

The evidence is imperfect, but if she did put her signature on Old Glory, it would be a clear violation of the Subsection 8, part (g) reads: “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.”

Dear God, no!

I have no love for Sarah Palin. And yes, I’m sure she’s the sort of person who would call out someone else for not properly respecting the flag. And the right is probably more guilty of this kind of silliness than the left (see the dumb 2007 flap about Obama and the National Anthem).

But come on. Are we really going to scandalize the possibility that Palin may have violated Subsection 8, part (g) of the Flag Code? The answer is that it’s election season. So of course we are!

Speaking of Palin, a few people also owe her an apology for this.

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31 Responses to “The Stupid Season”

  1. #1 |  Marty | 

    that’s a flag that needs to be burned…

  2. #2 |  John Jenkins | 

    I wonder whether they think that’s actually enforceable under the First Amendment? (Answer: No. If burning the flag is expressive and not punishable under the First Amendment, a fortiori, writing on the flag is not punishable under the First Amendment.)

  3. #3 |  Sky | 

    This is another example of just how tacky I think Palin is. Tacky isn’t punishable either.

  4. #4 |  Muffy | 

    Sorry, improper care of the flag is one of my pet peeves. It’s never to be worn as an article of clothing, written on, or displayed at night without proper lighting.

    But we’ve always known Sarah Palin is a hypocrite, right?

  5. #5 |  Steve Verdon | 

    I knew it! I KNEW IT! You really are a Palin lover. This post proves it.

    [/sarcasm…for the dummies]

  6. #6 |  Chuchundra | 

    The flag code doesn’t have the force of law. It just lays out the proper etiquette for dealing with the US Flag. People violate it all the time.

    It’s just part of the Sarah Palin stupid parade. Everyone who has had to work with flag, from Boy Scouts to the Military to politicians should know that YOU DON”T WRITE ON A FUCKING FLAG.

  7. #7 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Unless it’s to write down a hot chick’s phone number.

  8. #8 |  overgoverned | 

    I formally apologize to “Cynical in CA” for accidentally hitting the “down” arrow o his comment, when I meant to hit the other one. Gentlemen, *always* carry an American flag with you in case you meet a hot chick and need to get her phone number. This is just sensible advice.

  9. #9 |  Dave Krueger | 

    This makes me want to go out and buy a gazillion little American flags, sign them with a big ‘ol fat marker, and then sell them on ebay.

    The saddest thing about Palin is that she actually could get elected to the White House. Before you blow me off as being paranoid, just remember, Bush got to be President and he’s nothing but an older Palin with a Y chromosome.

  10. #10 |  Marc | 

    “But come on. Are we really going to scandalize the possibility that Palin may have violated Subsection 8, part (g) of the Flag Code?”

    If it has any chance at all of getting her jail time or something else to keep her off the airwaves/internet for a while, I’m in favor of it.

  11. #11 |  Bob | 

    Awesome! Let me just check something really fast…

    Yup! Still nearly 14 Trillion (with a capital T!) dollars in debt.

    Salon should break THAT story.

  12. #12 |  Richard K. Jones | 

    Also worth noting that everytime the flag is carried flat at a parade (for a sample, do a google image search for ‘giant american flag +parade’) it violates the Flag Code. 4 U.S.C. 8(c).

  13. #13 |  Whim | 

    Yes, Radley, maybe you SHOULD give Sarah Palin a break.

    –By last count, she had 2.3 million fans on Facebook.

    –Wrote an autobiography that sold over 2 MILLION hardback books

    –Served as governor of the largest state in the U.S., and

    –Nominated as Candidate for Vice President of the U.S.

    –In her spare time, mother to five children.

    –Oh, and, doesn’t live in her mother’s basement, blogging.

    And, you’ve got [ ] fans……[fill in the blank]. Notice, I didn’t leave much room. Is there a need for a larger blank?

    I do enjoy your puppycide and police militarization articles, nonetheless.

  14. #14 |  John Jenkins | 

    That’s the lamest trolling I’ve ever seen. It’s like the little bridge-dwellers don’t even try anymore.

  15. #15 |  Sky | 

    #13 | Whim | October 20th, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    Yes, Radley, maybe you SHOULD give Sarah Palin a break.

    –By last count, she had 2.3 million fans on Facebook.

    Facebook was by design a place for friends and family to exchange information and keep in touch with one another. Just what percentage of that 2.3 million fan club do you think actually knows Palin personally and exchanges pleasantries and family photo’s with her on a daily basis? 20 maybe?

    –Wrote an autobiography that sold over 2 MILLION hardback books

    So? Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, white supremacists and Christian jihadists, all sold large numbers of books. This only means that any idiot can sell books.

    –Served as governor of the largest state in the U.S., and

    QUIT HER JOB!

    –Nominated as Candidate for Vice President of the U.S.

    Yeah and it was probably the worst choice in American history.

    –In her spare time, mother to five children….

    One of whom got pregnant despite her mother’s endorsement and “Abstinence Only Programs” that cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. Oops, they forgot to include Bristol in their program.

  16. #16 |  PogueMahone | 

    So Sarah Palin wants to party like it is 1773? By this, does she mean to board American ships and throw private property overboard in order to protest a government tax?*

    * I know, I know… but I just checked and my jackass card is up-to-date. So take it up with them, will ya? ;)

    Cheers.

  17. #17 |  Sky | 

    “and” next to endorsement should have been “of”…damn new glasses! :)

  18. #18 |  JS | 

    Dave Krueger “The saddest thing about Palin is that she actually could get elected to the White House.”

    I actually know people who want her to be the next president. When I ask them why they both say it’s because they like her personality and she’s just a good old normal person, not like a politician.

  19. #19 |  boomshanka | 

    stupid article by salon, but you’ll notice that most liberals will agree with you and won’t make a “manufactured outrage” event out if it. if obama signed the flag, the corner would blog it, palin would tweet it, drudge would launch a siren alert, fox and friends would obsess about it, glenn beck would diagram it, the ny times and wapo would write articles describing both sides to the controversy, and forbes would publish an article blaming obama’s kenyan roots.

  20. #20 |  boomshanka | 

    and i had forgot about the national anthem “controversy.” i’m still worried about flag pins.

  21. #21 |  Reggie Hubbard | 

    The reason people attack Palin for these little things is that it is exactly the shit that she pulls.

    You can’t attack her anymore for being an anti-intellectual, unconstitutional authoritarian anymore because that stuff is obvious.

    Personally, I hope she runs in 2012 and has to participate in a real debate. Mike Gravel performed better in debates than she will.

  22. #22 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The best way to respect the American flag is to do with it whatever you want. After all, you are not meant to respect the fabric of the flag but the ideals for which it stands.

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The taoist in me says President Palin is exactly what the world needs if it happens. And the capitalist in me plans to profit handsomely from her undoubtably continuing the idiotic economic policies of the machine.

  24. #24 |  JOR | 

    Flags are for pissing on, not for writing on.

  25. #25 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #13 | Whim — “Served as governor of the largest state in the U.S.”

    Served as governor of the least densely populated state in the U.S.

    There fixed that bullet point for you.

    She also served as the governor of the U.S. state closest to Russia.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  26. #26 |  Cynical in CA | 

    @#24 | JOR

    You beat me to it. I had an interesting idea this afternoon.

    What if …

    You made a cloth diaper out of a U.S. flag and put it on a toddler, then went out in public?

    I smell a future Jackass gag. Well, yeah, that too.

  27. #27 |  delta | 

    #9: “The saddest thing about Palin is that she actually could get elected to the White House. Before you blow me off as being paranoid, just remember, Bush got to be President and he’s nothing but an older Palin with a Y chromosome.”

    … and a father who was (a) President, (b) a multimillionaire, and (c) had deep political connections. Palin has none of that. I firmly believe that during the next GOP primary, the first time some opponent pokes her with a “dirty trick” (excellent example: Bush vs. McCain 2000), she will instantly burst into flames like the Hindenburg.

    Not no chance of being President, but a vanishingly small one.

    On the primary topic: I get it, this is one of those issues Republicans get a free pass on and Democrats get flambeed over.

  28. #28 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I wonder if anyone on the Left will publicly wonder if they should make a fuss about writing on a flag (and autographing one is at least in some sense respecting it), when they routinely defend burning it, stomping on it, etc. It isn’t really an argument that they can win……not that they avoid those much.

  29. #29 |  Sky | 

    #28 | C. S. P. Schofield | October 21st, 2010 at 9:12 am
    “I wonder if anyone on the Left will publicly wonder if they should make a fuss about writing on a flag (and autographing one is at least in some sense respecting it), when they routinely defend burning it, stomping on it, etc.”

    Actually, the Constitution of the United States Defends it! Palin has as much right to write on it as the Left has to piss on and burn it.

  30. #30 |  Chuchundra | 

    Palin is not Dubya Bush with boobs. Could we please stop saying that.

    I could say bad things about Bush all day, but he was as sharp and cunning a political operator as there ever was. Go watch some of the Youtube videos of his debates with Ann Richards or his work during the 2000 election season. Obviously, he benefited from his tremendous political and business connections, but a lot of people have those connections and none of them became President or even got close.

    Bush would never shit himself in an interview with a lightweight like Katie Couric like Palin did. Heck, even Dan Quayle did interviews the day after he got the GOP nod for VP. They didn’t have to restrict media access to him like they did Palin.

  31. #31 |  Chuchundra | 

    I wonder if anyone on the Left will publicly wonder if they should make a fuss about writing on a flag (and autographing one is at least in some sense respecting it), when they routinely defend burning it, stomping on it, etc. It isn’t really an argument that they can win……not that they avoid those much.

    I support the right of anyone to defile or desecrate the flag to protest the acts of the US Governments. First amendment all the way, baby.

    On the other hand, if you style yourself a patriot, and I do, then you should take care to treat the flag with honor and respect as per the flag code. It’s a particular peeve of mine, mistreating the flag out of laziness or ignorance. Every time I see some business flying some ratty, ripped up flag that’s been up on the pole for years, I want to go straight to the owner and tell him what an idiot he is.

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