Latest Pearlclutching Moment

So it appears that the entirety of the Prozi and Cucksphere had a synchronized fainting couch moment when it turned out that the staff in charge of raising and lowering flags on the White House had followed US Flag Code after the death of Senator McCain to the letter.

You could almost hear the “well I NEVAH!” all the way to Texas.

Apparently the Flag Code just simply isn’t good enough for such a towering monument to statesmanship and magnanimity as the late Sen. McCain, and the screams and insults proceeded en masse in the general direction of the Oval Office.

The occupant of which then responded by extending the time the flag would be at half mast until the time of interment, thus elevating the status of the deceased Senator to that of “…an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession”, according to the Flag Code that none of the hysterics could be bothered to familiarize themselves with prior to throwing a wall-eyed hissy fit.

Will he get any credit for this?

All signs point to “no”. Instead, we predict that the howling banshees will demand that the President immediately declares a national month of mourning, begin planning for a 200′ monument to the departed Senator and put diplomatic pressure on the Vatican to have him canonized retroactively.

We wish we were joking here.

Thatisall.

9 comments

  1. 1
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    For us ignoramuses, could you tell us what the wording of the code is?
    :em03:
    Trust in Googlag, I do not.

  2. 2
    RDM growls and barks:

    m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –
    (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
    (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

  3. 3
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    RDM @ #:
    Thank you. I have now been educated.
    :em01:

  4. 4
    sleeper growls and barks:

    So, half-staff on the day of death, and all day on the next day for a member of Congress (senator or representative). Sounds like exactly what Mr. Trump did.

  5. 5
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Renaming the senate building after the senator is some more of the same.
    I think the first shuttle to the sun should bear his name.
    I might rename my dog ‘wetstart’ after him (cause of the happy pee-pee thing, ya’ know).
    He doesn’t come when I call him, but he is attentive when offered a bribe.

  6. 6
    Azygos growls and barks:

    They had a hell of a time trying to design the funeral procession route because when they loaded his body in the hearse it would only turn left. Finally today he will be flow to DC where he can LIE (in state) to us one more time. I think we should emulate John Watts de Peyster and erect a fitting memorial to McCain for his Military service. Beyond that he is fair game.

    The Boot Memorial

  7. 7
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    Leave it to me to clue you into where the conflict occurred.

    In normal times, American presidents, regardless of party, orders the flag to fly at half mast until internment in the case of the death of a sitting Senator. It is almost automatic — the White House Communications staff dictate the boilerplate order, issues a statement, and the POTUS signs it within an hour or two.

    We now know that all that was actually put into motion — the flag lowered, the statement made, and… POTUS refused.

    It took the shaming of virtually everyone to get him to relent and grudgingly do what he should have done in the first place.

    But hey, you’ve always had a knack for focusing on the pixel, and not on the giant picture before you. :em05:

  8. 8
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    DJ, does it occur to you that the POTUS may have followed the code as written? Your taking every opportunity to bash him speaks more about your personal mental state than it does the president.

    http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html

    §175. Position and manner of display
    The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

    (a) The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff, or as provided in subsection (i) of this section.
    (b) The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
    (c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.
    (d) The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
    (e) The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
    (f) When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.
    (g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
    (h) When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
    (i) When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
    (j) When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
    (k) When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.
    (l) The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.
    (m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –
    (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
    (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
    (n) When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
    (o) When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    Terrapod says:

    DJ, does it occur to you that the POTUS may have followed the code as written?

    You are assuming that he even knows the code.

    Go back and read my last comment. The part where the White House communications staff had already set everything in motion — the flag lowering, the statements — all of that.

    Trump deliberately nixed all of that and decided he would do the bare minimum possible. If he could have gotten away with doing nothing at all, he would have done that. THAT IS HOW PETTY the guy is.

    Now as far as your sudden and select adherence to the Flag Code? Raise your hand if you follow the entire code to the letter.

    If you do, I’ll call bullshit. NONE of us do.

    Many of you drive with a sticker of the flag, or a tattered flag flying off your pickup or radio antenna. You will wear flag shirts, underwear, socks, you’ll hang the flag on just about anything you can think of. You will leave it out overnight without illumination … I could go on and on with all of the shit people do with the flag or its likeness. Hell, some of y’all will hang a confederate battle flag INSTEAD of the American flag.

    So “flag code” argument is rather weak.

    But let’s look instead to precedence. It has been the tradition to lower the flag for the death of a sitting senator — until the time of his or her internment. The White House Communications staff knew that — they went ahead with the plans to do just that.

    But your boy decided that he wasn’t going to show that kind of respect, which earned him the scorn of not only the people on the Left, but even most people on the Right. AND RIGHTFULLY SO.

    There was no damn excuse for any of this. It was yet another fucking negative event that did not have to happen. All Trump had to do was shut the fuck up, issue the standard niceties that are usually sent out in times like this, lowered the damn flag until the internment, and all of this nastiness would have been avoided.

    But NO, we had to spend nineteen hours witnessing Trump’s temper tantrum before he finally relented and did what he should have done in the first place.

    And you wonder why he has the disapproval ratings he does.

    It certainly isn’t because of his policies. It is his BEHAVIOR.