Lotz Lacks Respect for Flag (9/5/06)

Photograph from the homepage of Lotz Funeral Home. 

In Memory of  Lives Lost
– 2,986 ~
Candlelight Memorial Service
September 11th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
1001 Franklin Rd. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016

Waiting for the bus on Franklin Avenue, I noticed an employee sticking small flags into the lawn of the funeral home, which she said were to commemorate September 11.  She said they were making no provisions to light them after dark.  Maybe they need to read United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag:

§6. Time and occasions for display

It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.  

And a much more serious example of misguided flg waving, here’s a link of  interest: Frank Rich  from his New York Times op-ed column of September 3, “Donald Rumsfeld’s Dance with the Nazis”   courtesy of Common Dreams.org.

President Bush came to Washington vowing to be a uniter, not a divider….But there is one member of his administration who has not broken that promise: Donald Rumsfeld. With indefatigable brio, he has long since united Democrats, Republicans, generals and civilians alike in calling for his scalp.

Last week the man who gave us “stuff happens” and “you go to war with the Army you have” outdid himself. In an instantly infamous address to the American Legion, he likened critics of the Iraq debacle to those who “ridiculed or ignored” the rise of the Nazis in the 1930’s and tried to appease Hitler. Such Americans, he said, suffer from a “moral or intellectual confusion” and fail to recognize the “new type of fascism” represented by terrorists. Presumably he was not only describing the usual array of “Defeatocrats” but also the first President Bush, who had already been implicitly tarred as an appeaser by Tony Snow last month for failing to knock out Saddam in 1991.

What made Mr. Rumsfeld’s speech noteworthy wasn’t its toxic effort to impugn the patriotism of administration critics by conflating dissent on Iraq with cut-and-run surrender and incipient treason. That’s old news. No, what made Mr. Rumsfeld’s performance special was the preview it offered of the ambitious propaganda campaign planned between now and Election Day. An on-the-ropes White House plans to stop at nothing when rewriting its record of defeat (not to be confused with defeatism) in a war that has now lasted longer than America’s fight against the actual Nazis in World War II.

Go get them, Mr. Rich.

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