Monday, September 25, 2017

Flag Etiquette,... US That Is,...


You don't want to stand for the National Anthem? Hey that's fine. I don't care if you don't. That is your right. People fought and did so you could look like the douche bag you are.

With all of that said,... I think we all could use a refresher course of flag etiquette. I know I could.

STANDARDS of RESPECT
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
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Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.
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Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
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, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.
Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
The Salute
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

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The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

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The Flag in Mourning
To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Geek Gathering 2017,.... Oct 7-8,...


NEW LOCATION.
Saturday, October 7 (10am-5pm) - Sunday, October 8 (12noon-5pm), 2017
Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum, 702 Veterans Dr, Florence, AL
Heroes and Comics and Artists and Cosplay … ALL in your own backyard! This October, we will be holding the 5th annual Shoals Con of the popular arts at The Geek Gathering, in a goal to bring enlightenment and broaden the appreciation for Comic, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Gaming and other Pop Culture areas.
Proceeds from various portions of the past years' events were given directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters, such as profits of the ticket sales, 100% of all BBBS donations, and 100% of the GAuction (Geek Auction) that will be held at the event.
Adult Admission:
Advanced/Online Prices - $8/day OR $10/weekend pass
At Door - $11/day OR $13/weekend pass
Children Ages 4-12: $2/day with a paying adult.
Events include: FREE kid AND adult costume contests with prizes, panels for all genres, artists' alley, gaming, vendors, Geek Trivia ($5 entry fee & winner takes all), games, specials guests, cosplay and MORE!!!
Get your advanced tickets >>>>>>>>>> HERE <<<<<<<<<<

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Alabama vs Vanderbilt,... Saturday 23rd

Guess what Dandy Vandy's record was entering the game the last time they beat Alabama. 3-0. Guess what their record is this year entering the game versus Bama. 3-0. Guess what year that was,.... 1984.

Vanderbilt has always played Alabama hard no matter who the coaches were. This year will be no different. Faithful readers here know I believe defense wins games and championships. Vandy enters Saturdays contest ranked high in most defensive categories. They are well coached and ready to take on the Tide at home.

There was a video posted earlier in the week of a Vandy player saying Bama is next. He's 100% correct. Bama is next on the schedule. They aren't backing down and rightfully so. Any player should show that kind of emotion and be confident in what he and his team can do. I would hate to think an opposing player on a team would think, "oh woe is me,... we can't win against big bad Bama". I like the players confidence he has.

Can Vandy beat Bama? Yes of course. They have the tools and players to do so. But,... Bama has the better tools and players. This could turn out to be somewhat of a defensive game, until the fourth quarter. Then I think Bama extends their lead. Bama wins a tough game 28-13.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Colorado State vs Alabama,...


Saturday night at 6pm on ESPN2, Colorado State will invade Bryant-Denny to take on the number one ranked Crimson Tide.

The Rams bring in a talented quarterback and a talented team that can produce a win and major upset if the Tide isn't focused.
This is not a CSU team of old. They have senior leadership and depth at nearly every position. They have receivers with height that can give Bama fits and a QB who can get it to them. They pass first and run second so this will test our defensive backs and safeties.
The folks that do the spread pickings have Bama up by 28.5 points but I wouldn't bet on that. I think it will be a lot closer possibly 24 and that is stretching it.
I do think the coaches will have the team ready and focused. Bama needs its team leaders to step forward and provide that leadership.
The Rams know what a win would do for their up and coming program. They have a new stadium on campus with seats to fill. And they would like nothing more than to get home to some excited fans if they were to take down big bad Bama.
Bama sleep walks through this one 28-14. They cannot afford to sleepwalk the rest of the way.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chris' Painting,...


Chris' Painting has been doing business in the Shoals area for over 30 years now. We take pride in helping you redo, redecorate your house inside and out. We also have been blessed with many good customers who have become friends and that provides a level of trust we hold dearly.

Trust is one of the main things we strive for. So often when we arrive on the job the homeowner leaves for work. Thus leaving us there. Trust is important. It is also a two way street. Over the course of the 30 plus years, we have been very fortunate.

While providing quality work we also can provide help in choosing the right color for you. Chris does a great job of listening to what you want and also helping you when you aren't sure. She has the ability to look at a paint sample, look at your room or house and see the finished product. I laugh when I say we have painted everything from a commode seat to million dollar houses, but that is a true statement.

I want to thank those we have worked for and with over the years. I also want to thank those that allowed us to give an estimate,.. even when we didn't get the job. Referrals are most important because word of mouth advertising is free. Plus I think it is the best kind.

We try to always use the best paints and products available. With that said we always try to use Sherwin-Williams products but sometimes the homeowner wants to use what they are accustomed to. And that is perfectly fine. We can do that.

I do want to say something about competition. There are very few other painters I would recommend for a couple of reasons. With this, when you are getting a bid of any kind, not just painting, ask the contractor for references, ask if they are insured (this protects you) and ask if the are licensed. A contractor can be licensed and not insured. I say that to say this,.... someone who doesn't have insurance and a license most likely will be the cheaper bid. Because they can afford to do so. It is hard to compete with people who don't do the right things. The old saying, you get what you pay for holds true. Protect yourself and your house and its belongings. Oh,... and never pay up front for work that hasn't been done. That is just asking for problems.

To view our facebook page,.... click HERE Click HERE and go to our website Chris' Painting to view our contact ino, click like on facebook and see photos of our work. Thank you Shoals for 30+ years.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stuff the Truck For Florida,....

I'll let the flyer below speak for itself. Things to note,... You can drop off any items on the list to any of the three places below before Saturday. For those of you that don't know where West Tire is, it is located on Cloverdale Rd,... Hwy 157 in Cloverdale. This event has a facebook page with more contact info. You can view that HERE by clicking. If you can't make it to one of the drop off sites, go to the facebook page and leave a note or contact them directly through the page. I am sure they could make arrangements to pick up. Also, they will be going to Middleburg FL. A small town of about 13,000 people where the Black Creek has flooded homes and businesses. Help if you can. And on a side note, another way to give is to fill up one of their vehicles as they will be driving their personal cars, trucks and SUVs. 
This is a video of the flooding.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Kid On The Block,...


I've been blessed with kids,.... I have a few. So proud of what they all do, how they do it and the people they have become. They all are great human beings and great kids. Love them all.

This one however is entering a new journey in her life as she is entering the real estate business. She's a great person and will do a fine fine job for you applying everything she knows to help you in all of your housing needs. Give her a call and I know you will be pleased. Look for the signs in the yards too!!