Flying our flag at half mast is a sign of mourning the loss/death of a public figure. Or for example, the attack on our navy ship the USS Cole and loss of crew members was commemorated this way at government buildings.
Up-side-down is a signal of distress.
Erm . . . don't YOU mean "half STAFF"?
PS -- I served as a Communications Officer in the US Navy.
In American English, a flag flown halfway up its flagpole as a symbol of mourning is at half-staff, and a flag flown halfway up a ship's mast to signal mourning or signal mourning or distress is at half-mast. The distinction does not run deep, though, as the terms are often mixed up, especially in unofficial contexts....
May 9, 2015 at 6:40pm
Far from being a scholar, it seems to me the Constitution was written BEFORE the Proclamation by Lincoln freeing the Slaves.. this means no more slaves, so the clause is nulled and thus why we cal this a living document. No shame in having foresight. Only in being low informed.
Good observation. But I don't see the amendment which changes, or abolishes the three fifths language. Representation is bastardized from that through legislation from congress anyway (limit of 435 reps)
The 3/5 debate as I understand it is played out above by liam_o_b.
I also understand, regarding the Emancipation Proclamation, that it was a tactical Executive Order to discourage the South from receiving help from overseas (France?) where slavery had already been abolished. By Lincoln shining the light on the South, and how it was achieving its level of prominence to those with whom it was doing business, shame would be brought upon the high powered clothing industry who purchased cotton from the slave states...making cotton $ like blood $. It worked, because they began looking elsewhere for cotton to avoid the shame, thus starving, in a sense, the South of $. And being out in the open, for all the world to see, France could no longer openly support the South because it still engaged in Slavery, and the Slave trade.
Shall we stack on top of his the Fugitive Slave act, the Dread Scott decision, the N/W Ordinance, and the prevailing attitudes of abolishonists that eventually won the day for freedom according to the Declaration of Independence?
 May 6, 2015 at 8:53am
No because we are not Muslims, you could set in a fetal position and do nothing and they would still lop your head off. Not living my life appeasing people whom I hate, Remember just because they left the bank doors open, you.re still breaking the law by robbing it,…Lured into doing it is no excuse.
 May 6, 2015 at 8:44am
Greta seemed pretty sure that Pamela Geller KNOWINGLY place people in danger….I think that is a bit of a stretch. This is the line where crossing it may be paramount when weighed against our personal rights (when it endangers others) . What I believe is that Pamela has every right to organize cartoonists of controversial topics…we do still have a right to offend others, not to kill others over insults. So The media got it wrong on the MOM OF THE YEAR, now this… when the revolution starts, we may have to go it alone. Lets face it, when we say and do offensive things, they are meant to be offensive…sometimes I say sorry sometimes I dont……grew up that way.
I hate Greta,
Buts she's 100% correct on this one,
It's ALL soapboxes and dogma here.
Geller is just a media hoe, attention seeking
trouble maker for her 15 minutes of notariety.
 April 26, 2015 at 6:34pm
Ayatollah, come on you are showing your ignorance, …it is precisely the fact that Obama is Black is the reason we are having this regurgitated race problem…., By the way, we know he is Sunni….
March 31, 2015 at 8:08pm
A few years back I read of a Russian proposal to place a huge mirror in space to afford a longer growing season and provide night lighting for cities, thus reducing crime… I searched but could not find the original article. If anyone can find, please post it .
Is this the one?
 March 19, 2015 at 6:42am
Obama sit everyone down and said ok go ahead and lie…we got your back…it is us or them…so this is how we win…we lie cheat, stall, talk gibberish, blame everyone except us… got it? Now go get to work…we have a Marxist Socialist Country to build.
 March 8, 2015 at 6:46pm
I saw Vallerie Jarret say on TV, that she did not know if Hillary ever e-mailed anyone in government, so she could not say if Hillary broke any law. AMAZING!
But I ask you, you mean NO ONE initiated an e-mail to Hilliary? when you start a thread you DO SEE THE ADDRESS you are sending too.. they ALL knew it was not an official address ending is”.gov”..MOST OPAQUE ADMIN EVER
 March 8, 2015 at 6:35pm
sHe and Obama are notorious for changing profiles….
 March 8, 2015 at 6:33pm
During that last denial, my garage door opened…
 March 7, 2015 at 5:53pm
“He’s obviously not in there to get a woman, so I don’t see how it’s a problem,” argued one woman… YES, that came right form the article….and she knows that , HOW?… Criminals might wear a disguise,. The man might be bi-sexual. He may even be a robber getting into costume looking to fool the video cameras. I find it odd that the management looks at complaints as bad behavior upsetting other guests…but isn’t that exactly what the tranny was doing? Their is some kind of virus in this country…its not just liberal or democrat thinking…something is wrong with people these days…..
March 6, 2015 at 9:57pm
This is the same in the USA….in fact we invented it so to speak…or at least it was until Obama and the commie left moved in….. DISARM OBAMA for a peaceful world.
 March 6, 2015 at 8:34pm
The reason his career is over (as far as I am concerned) is that he CAVED….He spoke what he belived about gays and when the left pressured him , he stuttered and caved…. lost my vote…this is just like 80% of the GOP…pisses me off.
He revealed his ignorance.
Not only about homosexuality, but
his inability to even comprehend how
ridiculous and uninformed he sounded.
Carson is QUITE STUPID out of an operating room
 March 3, 2015 at 5:40pm
I watched this on CSPAN….finally a great leader leaving footsteps on our soil.
Can you imagine, being surrounded by enemy, given 60 seconds to find shelter from rockets at anytime day or night, and then having your supposed ally secretly allow your nemesis in the form of IRAN, who announced they want to kill all Jews, and have just blown up a replica of a US Aircraft carrier, all the while negotiating with the USA…AND THEN Obama warning Netanyahu to not disclose the details of the negotiations !
For a POTUS that promised t make this the most transparent admin ever, well….another lie. Folks as much as I hate to say this….we need a military coop…before we are all dead.
 March 2, 2015 at 8:06pm
The House should go one step further and grant immunity from payback to those who wish to come forward with information of wrong doing in this huge mess.
 March 2, 2015 at 8:01pm
I urge all of you contact all military people you can find contact information for….tell them we need a coop before it is too late to save us.