Gray Flannel Dwarf


Long in the tooth.

The timeframe this author discusses is a little bit before my time, but for some reason I find the commentary fascinating.

I grew up in a Crest toothpaste family. Most of my friends were from cooler Colgate families. A very few buds, ones with confusingly hot moms, were from the rare but sexy Pepsodent families.

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Dear GOP: For July 4th… Flag Etiquette

An open letter to the GOP:
Hey all… so man! How about that! I know it’s got to be frustrating. One vote short for the flag burningdesecration amendment. I mean, sure, one would think that, just in time for Fourth of July and a mere few months before the 2006 midterm election, people would be energised over this flag issue, right? Man, tough beans.

Well, tell you what. I’ll compromise with you. I agree with you that the American flag is a very important symbol of America, national identity, and what we stand for as a people. For that reason alone, I think now, so close to our nation’s birthday, that it would be a good time to examine what US Code Title 4 might tell us about proper flag usage. Because none of us would want to to be on the wrong side of things regarding such an important national symbol… we’d never dilute the importance of our flag, or be caught doing anything that could be construed as such, right?

Right. So just to be sure…

US Code Title 4 Chapter 1 § 8: Respect for the 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. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

(g) 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.

(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. (k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

So, um… we’re on the same page right? Great…

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Perhaps some of the best Rollins ever.

Henry Rollins’ letter to Ann Coulter.

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Crome Yellow

Been listening to the reading of Aldous Huxley’s Crome Yellow. I keep imagining it as a movie, which I guess, to me anyway, is a sign that the book is pretty good.

I don’t know that they would/could make a movie out of Crome Yellow though… there’s a lot of internal dialogue. I guess that hasn’t stopped anyone before, but it’s a good listen (and generally speaking, would be a good read, too) as is, I am not sure how modifying it, or getting rid of any of the internal dialogue would work.

I guess they could make a miniseries out of it, narrated.

Anyway, Huxley is quite descriptive of his characters in this book, and I keep imagining who might play the roles. For example, I imagine Mackenzie Crook as the brooding, self-involved Denis… and despite the description of his “rich, rather unctuous voice”, I keep picturing Mr. Barbecue-Smith looking something like Wallace Shawn.

I have an image of what I’d expect Mary to look like, too, but I can’t think of any particular actresses offhand who resemble this.

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