We take this note with a grain of salt in much the same way that Lana Del Ray's real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant but the Latina spin gives her more street cred . . . Kinda like half of the white lady "journalists" in Kansas City.
But I digress . . .
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"Hey TKC, noticed that my neighbor in Brookside didn't fly his flag on the 4th yesterday. I've raised mine at my home every year since my service in the first Iraq war. I very politely asked him about last night as we both walked into our homes . . . He said that he was 'concerned' with what some of the other neighbors might think and that he didn't want to send the wrong message. I'd like to tell you that I corrected him and reassured him. In fact, I only said 'I understand' and finally realized that he was a coward after knowing for more than a decade . . . I guess that also explains why his wife left him. But that's a story for another day."
Again, that's a cool story but this basement blogger tries not to form an opinion on the yard ornamentation of neighbors if only because I'm not open to criticism about my lawn from anybody but my mom constantly yelling down to the basement for me to mow it . . . However, in fact, TKC noticed quite a few flags on display for the 4th from Midtown to Ward Parkway, on the Eastside and throughout the Westside. They were easy to spot amid the constant flashes of illegal fireworks and celebratory gunfire.
Check the links . . .
'Take me home' - Mark Zuckerberg posts flag-waving, surfboard-riding Independence Day Instagram video
Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram Make America Weird Again. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday posted a wacky American-flag waving, surfboard-riding video on Instagram to celebrate Independence Day. "Happy July 4th!" Zuckerberg wrote on the post of the video.
The New York Times was ripped on Saturday for publishing a piece that suggested the American flag has become a symbol of divisiveness.
It's the stuff of elementary school pageants and patriotic legend: In the capital of a new nation at war with its colonial rulers, a widowed seamstress made history when she fashioned the first American flag. Her name was Betsy Ross, and ... stop right there.
A couple of weeks ago, however, my relationship to the flag changed. It wasn't a dramatic moment or a particularly political one. But it made me see anew the way we assign meaning to political symbols - and how that meaning, however ingrained it might appear, is fluid.
You decide and tell us if you flew the flag on the 4th . . .