Monday, April 20, 2015

To Sonic and Back: The 2015 46th Ward Money Race! Now in 3D.

Which campaign spent more $ in the aldermanic race? Cappleman's? Crawford's?
The answer isn't quite clear, like my skin as a 14 year old, but start looking around and popping the campaign zits and some interesting things become apparent.

Here are some approximate numbers for the money that was spent thru the end of March on the 46th Ward race by and for the Cappleman and Crawford campaigns. It's not exact and more money was obviously spent in the first seven days of April. Those numbers won't be publicly available until July 15th. Links are here for anyone interested enough to look. It's boring stuff.

Cappleman Disclosure Link

Crawford Disclosure Link


Oct-Dec Raised 110K
Loaned 35K

Spent 23K

Jan-Mar Raised 150K
Loaned 50K

Spent 286K

133K mail

76K TV

Totals Oct-Mar CRAWFORD

Raised 260K
Loaned 85K
Spent 309K



Oct-Dec Raised 82k
Spent 50K

Jan-Mar Raised 177K
Loaned zero
Spent 194K

29K polling

81K mail

Cappleman also benefited from say 70K of help from Rahmian affiliated PAC "Chicago Forward". I'm basing that number on media references I found. Some of the flyers sent out were paid for by Chicago Forward. I also recall getting some other postcard from some organization on Cappleman's behalf, but I can't remember the committee. Realtors? Let's round up and say Cappleman got 100K in outside committee help. It's likely a bit high, but I'm likely a bit drunk right now. I do have my pants and I'm not singing old Beatles tunes at the top of my lungs so perhaps drunk is not the right word. Tipsy?

Totals Oct-Mar

Raised 259K
Loaned ZERO
Spent 244K
ChicagoFWD 70K
Other 30K

Say 324-344K was spent on the Capplecampaign thru/through/threw the end of March.

Essentially similar amounts of money were spent by or for both campaigns through the end of March. Say 309K for Crawford and 324-344K for Cappleman. Both campaigns spent a shitload of cash on mailings and many trees died as a result. Maybe 30-50K more was spent by/for the Capplecampaign for mailings. Crawford spent 76K on TV related ads. Cappleman seemed to spend zero on TV ads which was a wise move from an experienced candidate with an experienced campaign team.

My take on Crawford's TV ads and her google internet ad campaign is that it was probably almost completely money wasted. It's like taking a shotgun to kill a mouse. It might work, but there's likely to be a whole lot of wasted buckshot and you could still miss the mouse. She may have felt compelled to spend that money based on her near zero real involvement in the ward prior to announcing her campaign. Amy who?

Those ad campaigns potentially reach perhaps a million people, but only a fraction of those people live in the 46th ward and then perhaps 1/4 of that number were likely to vote. Once you've reached that tiny demographic maybe a few hundred people who saw the ad were persuadable and if those ad campaigns caused more than a hundred or so people to vote for Amy Crawford I would be surprised. The money would have been better spent on campaign workers. GOTV(Get out the Vote) is more important than WAYOTV(WASTE YO MONEY ON TV) in a small local race.

As for the mailers towards the end of the campaign I suspect both campaigns were wasting their money. There comes a point of diminishing returns and at some point people just ignore or throw the mailers out. Also while beautifully made the great cartoon anti CapplePigeon ad was sent out at least two times. Maybe more? I received at least two copies of it. Once was enough AND while I have no way to prove it I suspect that Crawford flyer actually got more votes for Cappleman than it got for Crawford. People hate pigeons. Hate is a better motivator to get people to vote than love. "What Cappledude hates pigeons. F'n pigeons shit on my car. I'm voting for him." People luv their cars and hate pigeons.

I also thought the Cappleman flyers tying Crawford to the BP oil spill were a bit much and may have hurt his campaign a bit. I would have gone for something simpler because I'm a simple man. Say a flyer with four choices from A-D asking what position Crawford took on a particular issue with "D" being "all of the above" then putting a link to a game show parody site where voters could go on and guess which position Crawford took on an issue. Of course every voter would be a winner since she took all of the positions and each voter would win a "pander bear" GIF for any choice.

That's just me though. I'm wacky that way.


May 6th in the year of our lord 2015.

Amy Crawford donated 42K to her campaign on April 24th. I am now revising my suggestion that her campaign may have spent more money than was spent by and for the Cappleman campaign to LIKELY spent more than the Capplecampaign. 42K is a very specific number and it's likely the amount she needed to pay off her campaign debts. That's speculative at this point and we won't know more until July when more disclosures come out.

If I'm interpreting these tea leaves correctly she may have spent 40-50K in the last week of the campaign and afterward and is using the additional personal donation to pay off the campaign debt to herself and others. I could be wrong. It's been known to happen. If she is doing that it shows a level of fiscal integrity on her part. Too many candidates lose a race and never pay their remaining debts. It's also a good thing to do if she chooses to run again as it will give me one less thing to criticize her for. DAMMIT!

Crawford, Amy
Occupation: Attorney
Employer: Kirkland & Ellis
Chicago, IL 60640-3740 $42,000.00
4/24/2015 3A
Friends of Amy Crawford

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The 2015 46th Ward Aldermanic Election--Episode 1: The Shillpire Strikes Back Episode 2: Return of the CapEye

Well loyal readers, all ten of you, here is what you've been waiting for. The IrishPirate farcicial take on the 46th Ward aldermanic election. What happened, why did it happen, who did what to whom and will George Lucas put memorabilia from it in his possible lakefront museum?

First, let's start off with the runup to the general election in February. In this our hero, James Cappleman from the planet Textooine, took on the combined forces of the old guard and the lesbian softball/FOP militia and was forced into a runoff. The old guard was represented by longtime Shillerite Sith Denice "Darth" Davis and a heretofore unknown Lith(Lesbian Sith) named Amy Crawford from the planetoid Columbus.

In a surprising development the combined Shillthian forces managed to avoid a rout in the battle and received a combined 53 percent in the election. They were aided by low turnout, the dark side(the capplehate)being more of a motivating factor that the force(capplelove), prodigious amounts of assistance from the twin planetoids Kirkland and Ellis, a slight realignment of the ward boundaries bringing in more votes from the planet Lakeview,Lithian influence in the security services(FOP) and endorsements from the fading twin moons SunnyTimes and Tribbyune.

The February results provided hope to the remnants of the Shillpire as they rallied around their surviving candidate the newly christened Larth Crader.

However, within mere days cracks started to appear in Larth Crader's persona. Her top aide General McAlpin was abruptly replaced by General Didech from the planet DePaul. Darth Davis's campaign guru Admiral Cortez defected to the Cappleside with background information about the status and heretofore secret supporters of Larth Crader. The public naming of such supporters such as bounty hunter Boba Kaplan and the former Queen's son Count Brendookie helped rally support to the Capplecause from throughout the ward.

Soon cracks appeared publicly in the FOP support Larth Crader received as questions arose why Security Services would align themselves with a candidate who was receiving the support of people who actively worked against their perceived interests. Noted supporters of the old order rallied to Larth Crader's defense in a vain attempt to stop the tide of the campaign from turning. Baron Von Twerker desperately tried to utilize his magical booty to save the day. He was joined by Captain Hooker who when not looking at pornography involving Howard Zinn, Castro, and Che Guevara tried to rally support utilizing his propaganda site Uptown Uprising. Fellow traveler and self proclaimed Jesus Person Baron VanderTrott rallied his troops by invoking images of noted Cappleman Jedi IrishPirate being forced to walk the plank. ARRRRRRRRRRRRGH. They were also joined by the Sybils of the old order Lord Quarky and his multiple ID's and Lady Chicagomumma.

The 42 days and nights between the general election and the runoff passed quickly as additional support rallied to the Capplecause and AlderYoda predicted the forces of the old order would be defeated. It was clear to disinterested observers that the pressure was getting to Larth Crader as she was seen to have a minor meltdown during a debate battle where she channeled her inner "Treasure of Sierra Madre" and famously had this exchange with our hero:

Cappleman: "If you've been involved then what meetings did you attend?"

Larth Crader: "Meetings? We ain't got no meetings. We don't need no meetings.
We don't need to go to no stinkin meetings!"

In desperation her supporters started reporting questionable sounds as gunfire and even took to riding tricycles throughout the ward in the hopes of being able to report dog flatulence as gang gunbattles on Lawrence Avenue. When not riding their trikes some of them even made montages showing Larth Crader center among other famous females who graduated from law schools and disseminated those montages using multiple ID's over and over and over.

Then election day came. One Crader stronghold opened late and to compensate was ordered to stay open for an extra hour. The first report from the battle came in at

7:24pm - 10 out of 40 precincts (25.00 %)

JAMES CAPPLEMAN - 1,511 - 49.90 %
AMY CRAWFORD - 1,517 - 50.10 %

For 11 minutes there was hope among the Craderites and Shilleristas that the old order would be restored and the dystopic Uptown of the past would once again be thought of as a Shining Light on Cricket Hill that all neighborhoods should emulate.

Then at 7:35pm - 19 out of 40 precincts (47.50 %)reported and it was clear that their hopes and efforts had been for naught. Their champion fell behind and the Capplelead continued to grow as the hours went on. At the Uptown Underground Ewok burlesque dancers entertained the crowd as the lead grew and the crowd waited anxiously for the arrival of their victorious champion with the full knowledge that the second victory was more important than the first victory four years before.

JAMES CAPPLEMAN - 3,033 - 52.87 %
AMY CRAWFORD - 2,704 - 47.13 %

The final totals as of today:

12982 total aldermanic votes

6971 James Cappleman 53.70%

6011 Amy Crawford 46.30%

........and the Ewoks danced as the deathstar exploded.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Anti- semitic faux digital blackface-style Jew performance art or how I learned to stop worrying and love social media

Ya know I've been called a whole lot of things in my life. Some good. Some bad. Some downright evil, but up until today it has never been suggested that I engage in "anti- semitic faux digital blackface-style Jew performance art".

This guy is Amy Crawford's biggest twitter supporter. Now all candidates get stuck with some strange supporters, but this is beyond weird. Someone needs to get this guy help before he hurts himself. Maybe this is the reason that he, a self proclaimed former millionaire, had to move to Uptown and slum it with the rest of the hoi polloi such as myself.

Really click on this pic and behold the mania and the hatred. This is the post at Uptown Update he is referring to.

Amy Crawford--The Final Takedown!! Zap! Pow! Bam!

I've purloined small sections of this from comments earlier made at either the Uptown Update blogspot page or the Uptown Update Facebook page. Thank you to those who posted the comments. At this point I don't recall exactly where I got what as I'm still suffering from my PTSD. Post Traumatic Shiller Disorder. Really this has been sitting unpublished for weeks and I simply don't recall what I purloined.

Who is Amy Crawford? How many residents of the 46th Ward had ever heard of her prior to her initial campaign announcement? My guess is her immediate neighbors in her condominium building and maybe a dozen others. Maybe.

Now she's lived in Uptown for over ten years. Anyone recall seeing her at a public meeting say prior to October 5th of last year when her candidacy became public? Anyone? Bueller? I didn't and I follow politics like Rahm Emanuel follows his poll numbers. The sum of her local political involvement seemed to be some donations to local candidates. She did take some time off to work for then Senator Obama's Presidential campaign in 2008 in her home state of Ohio. Many good things have come from Ohio. John Glenn. US Grant. William Tecumseh Sherman and the Wright Brothers. I wouldn't put Amy Crawford in that illustrious company; however, after she loses the election I will be willing to discuss a fundraiser to send her into space like John Glenn. Does kickstarter have one way into space fundraisers? I kid I would want her to return so I could mock her some more. Thpppppt!

Now Amy Crawford does have an impressive academic and work record. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. If you want to impress people go to Harvard. If you want to learn the law go to the University of Chicago Law School. She clerked for a federal judge in Northwest Indiana and has worked for Kirkland and Ellis for about ten years. Now she's a partner at Kirkland and Ellis which is arguably the best law firm in the country. Now "partner" at Kirkland is a bit different than "partner" at some other firms, but there is no arguing that she's a successful attorney. It seems likely though that she's right at the cusp of being made an equity partner or being shown the door. It's up or out at Kirkland, but it seems like she's trying to find her own path out of Kirkland. I intend to stand in her way on that path yelling "None Shall Pass".

Now why did a hard working attorney who recently adopted an infant boy with her partner decide to run in a ward where she had little prior involvement? Well if you follow the links at this Uptown Update post you may get some ideas. Seems the former campaign manager for Denice Davis has some ideas and names like Shiller come up and groups like ONE are mentioned. I suggest those of you interested read through my incisive and witty comments on the post also.

Some of you may be asking the following question:

IrishPirate why the anti Amy feelings?

Simply put she's running against my candidate and I think James Cappleman is better suited by experience and temperament to be the alderman of our fine ward. Does Amy Crawford likely have a higher IQ than James? Yep. I likely have a higher IQ than her and never trust a man who says trust me, but I am in no way suited to elective office. Considering what I've seen from her campaign I don't think she's suited for office. Just her smug looks at the various forums and the flat out bullshit way she answers questions differently depending on the answer she suspects the questioner wants makes her unsuited for office.

Come on Amy
Let's do the twist
Come on Amy
Let's do the twist
Take me by my voting hand
And go like this
She can twist though.

Look to question 30 on the IVI/IPO questionnaire she filled out.

Do you support Casino gambling in Chicago?

I am against Casino gambling in Chicago.

Then on the Sun Times questionnaire she said the opposite. It's question 9.

Do you support, in general concept, establishing a gambling casino in Chicago?



Saying exactly what each endorsement board likely wanted to hear!

You know looking over her answers on various questionnaires is a veritable treasure trove of bullshit. That's our Amy!

Here's the question and answer on her IVI/IPO questionnaire.

What measures will you vote for to reform the city pension plan and ensure its solvency?

A pension is a promise. The courts have been clear that pension benefits offered to existing workers cannot be diminished. All options need to be on the table to ensure we dedicate proper funding to the mismanaged City pension funds and protect vulnerable retirees on a fixed income. I have discussed potential revenue-raising options above. I also believe we need help from the State to fund teacher pensions.

Then this is the Crawfordian bullshit on the Sun Times questionnaire:

Do you support restructuring the pension systems, inevitably reducing benefits, to put the funds on sound financial footing?

Yes or No: A qualified yes.

Look at the links again so you can see and read all her "nuance". It's amazing that each endorsement questionnaire provides the type of "nuance" likely to garner her the endorsement of the particular group.

Look to question 30 on the IVI/IPO questionnaire she filled out.

Then on the Sun Times questionnaire she said the opposite. It's question number ONE. Which probably gives you an idea of what answer the Sun Times was looking for. They got the answer they wanted.


Now watch the video Cortez Duquette put together where Denice Davis eviscerates Amy Crawford for taking conflicting positions on more low income housing in the 46th Ward. Sadly, I don't think anyone will be surprised that Amy Crawford said one thing in one forum and another thing at a forum hosted by a group that supports more low income housing.


More recently the Second City Cop website took her on. I freely admit I was one of the people who contacted them. It looks like there were others too.

To make a long SCC cop post short Amy is actively seeking the involvement of the worst members of the Shillerista coalition. The cop haters, the cop watchers, the people who actively make it more difficult to arrest the scum bags who deal drugs and shoot up the neighborhood and their fellow human beings. Read the link. Don't believe me.

Now there is plenty wrong with American policing, but aligning oneself with those folks is NOT going to make policing better. To quote the Rolling Stones to those idiots "every cop is a criminal".

A gentleman was shot and killed by the police yesterday at the Nawlins' airport while menacing people with a machete and he had home made explosives on hand also. Cop who shot and killed the man also shot one of the people he was attacking. Thankfully that TSA agent will recover and thanked the cop. What would Amy's cop hating supporters say? They would ask why the police didn't taser the machete wielding man or why they didn't talk him down or offer him warm milk and a cookie never acknowledging that the entire event from beginning to shots being fired probably lasted less than 30 seconds. Nope if an event like that happened in Uptown the marching would be going on.
The demands would be made and the mother of the departed would be inundated with attorneys looking to sue the police department because her machete and explosives wielding son was wrongfully killed by the evil police.

Again there is plenty wrong with American policing and I believe in police wearing cameras and some other stuff that a whole lot of cops don't like, but I'm not naive enough to believe that cops are a bigger problem than criminals. Amy's erstwhile allies are not on the side of mom and apple pie. They are on the side of the criminals and don't YOU forget it MISTER and MS AMERICA. Gawd, did I just channel some Fox news idiot?

Now today in the snail mail I received a very funny flyer from the Crawford campaign. Yea Team Amy! It had cartoons and basically portrayed her as a crime fighter and Cappleman as a crime enabler. To quote my dead Irish dad she couldn't put a patch on Cappleman's ass when it comes to fighting crime. I'm not sure exactly what that phrase means, but I know it's not complimentary. I should have asked my dad, but he was too busy telling me to "shut the fuck up when you're talking to me" so I never got around to it. I guess I could have explained the paradox of shutting the fuck up and talking at the same time, but since he had been an All Ireland championship boxer and was quick with his fists discretion was the better part of valor. In 1972 he decided to try to hit one of my older brothers and said brother knocked his ass out with one punch which was something that the Irish sporting newspapers of the forties and fifties said couldn't be done. It was his only loss by knockout. He was never the same again and died of shame ten years later when it became apparent that even one of my sisters was tall enough and man enough to kick his butt.

Anyhoo I have a hard time picturing an Alderman Crawford taking the time and making the effort like Cappleman did with Weiss Plaza. Now I wouldn't expect Amy to do that even though she lives a block over. Someone might have to explain to her where Weiss Plaza is. Follow the links in the link. Then since many of her loudest and bestest supporters are clearly gang enablers would she really be willing to take the gangs on? I just don't know. I suspect she's only using them and would cross them in a heartbeat if necessary and if it offered her any short term gain. Just the way she changes her positions based on who she is talking to and what answer she suspects they want.

Speaking of suspects some people are suggesting that Amy Crawford offered Denice Davis the position of being her Chief of Staff if elected in exchange for her support. I doubt it and I know that Denice Davis is smart enough not to believe it if it was offered. It's clear that Amy Crawford will say about anything to get elected. I was going to make an allusion to the famous Klondike Bar commercial asking "what would you do for a Klondike Bar", but I realized that Amy is a lesbian and some idiots would accuse me of making a subtle anti lesbian jab. I don't do subtle very well. You may have noticed that. As for Amy's lesbianism this isn't Utah and I doubt many 46th warders will be swayed one way or another by it. Anyway in a gay man versus lesbian battle where would the anti gay crowd go? Probably to Crew to watch some sports with Aaron Schock's abs. Now that was a jab at Aaron and his abs.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A neurotic blast from the past

Another Service of the IrishPirate. Lost Photo Retrieval!

Well here's that photo that the Amy is Awesome campaign posted last week and then "misplaced". It's such a nice photo. It made me sad to think it disappeared. In fact before posting this I checked with my 1st amendment attorneys over at Dewey Cheatham and Howe. Some Amy is Awesome supporters have interesting views of the First Amendment. In Amyworld anything critical of Amy is verboten. Even parody! Naughty naughty.

Please send a letter to my IP provider asking that this be taken down. PLEASE.

Right now I will just post the photo. Others can discuss the associations that some of the people in this photo may have.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Purportedly, a photo of a certain former Uptown Alderperson voting earlier today at Truman. I didn't take this photo as I wasn't there. Wink wink.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

An Uptown Rant. From an Uptown Ranter/Ratter. 400 Days Until "D" Day. The "D" doesn't stand for DENICE!

I saw the new produce store opening thread and it got me to thinking.

Do you know why we lack small independent produce stores in this neighborhood? Do ya?
James "Best Practices" Cappleman.

How, you ask? Well perhaps some of you, like me, were unaware that Cappleman is responsible for the drop in the percentage of ethnic minorities who live in Uptown. My "Friends" over at Uptown Uprising pointed this out the other day using 2010 Census data. Now I was under the impression Cappleman didn't get elected until 2011, but perhaps my drinking has had a negative effect on my internal memory chip.

I guess the drop in the hispanic population from 2000-2010 was Cappleman's fault and not because of a huge decline in Mexican immigration to the USA and changing housing patterns among hispanics who do immigrate here. Now most hispanic immigrants skip living in the city and move directly to suburbs. Do they do this because of proximity to factories and other jobs? Hell no! They do it because James "then non alderman" Cappleman forced them to.

Now Cappleman didn't move to Uptown till about 1998 or so. I'm sure my good friend and expert on all things Uptown and/or Jesus related, JP Paulus, will verify that. He probably has a spreadsheet somewhere detailing the moves of every person into or out of Uptown since approximately 1995 based on race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual identity, hair color and membership in various evangelical religious groups. I'm not on that spreadsheet since I was here before JP and after JP. BJ and AJ so to speak to use an BC/AD like theme. Or to be politically correct I could call it the "Common JP Era". Don't want to offend any non Christians out there.

Since the hispanic population in Uptown dropped from approximately 40 percent in 1990 to 20 percent in 2000 we may have to blame either Helen Shiller or me. Perhaps even JP since he was here then. Or how about my buddy Jon Trott?

Seems Trott has come out of his online shell. He's now posting at Uptown Uprising as Johannes de Silentio. That's cute. It's a reference to Kierkegaard. Jon's as much of a "knight of faith" as I am a champion poodle breeder.

What I wanted to point out though is that we are exactly 1 year, 1 month and 4 days from "D-Day". 400
days to "D-Day" so to speak. What is "D-Day" you ask? February 24th, 2015. Aldermanic election day. Or as I prefer to think of it the(D) day the counter counter-revolution will be defeated!

Seriously, have a drink or three and head over to the Uprising Facebook page.

To paraphrase from the "Tao of Caddyshack":

To win, you must know your enemy, and in this case your enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior voter organization. And that's all she wrote.

Next election the varmints will largely be leftists who believe that recent Uptown Past was better than current Uptown Present, and that Uptown Future should return to those glorious days of near daily knifings, gunshots and gangs literally battling for the traffic island at Montrose and Broadway/Sheridan. Those of us who disagree will be labeled racists, downscale burghers, property manipulators, uncaring etc etc etc. Just be glad this isn't Cuba circa 1958 or some of our Che T-shirt wearing opponents would line many of us up against a wall and shoot us. Hyperbole you say? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Perhaps I'll have another beer.

Speaking of beer I was out last night drinking at my favorite neighborhood watering hole and ran into one of my neighbors. My neighbor, let's call her "HB" for Hot and Bothered, enlightened me on the recent goings on among the neighborhood and outside the neighborhood leftist horde who oppose Cappleman, apple pie and Chevrolet.

Apparently the young woman who runs Uptown Uprising has moved out of Uptown. Can it be true? Say it ain't so. I had hoped she would run for alderman against the Capplemaniac. Having a real dyed in the wool, I like references to wool it makes me think of Ireland, the Farm at the Zoo, and sheep, hardcore leftie would not only amuse me, but would enhance Cappleman's fundraising by a factor of "C". "C" in that case stands for "Che".

It's also nice that her first name, Stavroula, is not only cool, but begins with a "S". Just imagine Alderwoman Stavroula! I could have gone from PTSD, Post Traumatic Shiller Disorder, to Post Traumatic Stavroula disorder. Keep that whole "S" thing going. I know Stavroula is a Greek name, but it sounds vaguely Slavic. Then all we would need is Boris and Natasha to run her campaign and I and my other personality would obviously be Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Sadly if Stavroula truly has moved out of the ward then she won't be running. Besides the joy of her having a cool name it would have annoyed candidate "Necie" and the out of ward clowns that seem to be advising her. "Necie" reminds me a bit of Ann Romney. Now I know at first glance that seems like a silly statement, but go with me here. Both Ann and "Denice with a C" have a sense of entitlement as large as the moon Oberon circling the planet Uranus. Why did I pick that moon, you ask? I just like typing the word "Uranus". Makes me giggle.

I expect and hope for lotsa giggles in the next 400 days before the election. Now it's possible that Denice Davis or some other lefty candidate could beat Cappleman. All they need is space aliens to land in Uptown and turn all likely voters who own property into Scotsmen. As Monty Python pointed out Scotsman can't play tennis and I'm fairly sure they couldn't vote in an Uptown election. That's the ticket. The lefties get the BlancMange to invade Uptown, turn Cappleman voters into Scotsmen, and voila....Denice will be alderman!

It's evil genius I tell you. Move while you can. Save yourself the horror of waking up with a kilt and bagpipe music playing on your clock radio!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chicago Flag Rules.

Interesting story on our Flag.

Sure our politicians generally suck and taxes are going up, but we do have a cool flag. Add in the total consciousness the Dalai Lama promised me on my deathbed and life is good.