I asked that silly question to show you how freakin frustrating it is to try to have a discussion with someone who continually misinterprets the points being made. I know you dont hate children.
But, man oh man, please read my posts and sort out "analogy for sake of argument" from all the many times I have stated I am against violence and dont plan on hitting anyone. If you will look harder, you will see many statements supporting the fact that I am not advocating jaw popping.
I am at times very inarticulate, and I know this was one of them, and I do apologize for confusion, but at some point, after repeated explanation, any confusion resides solely with you not me.
I was trying to use analogy to compare jaw popping (god, what a redneck term that is...again, my bad) with flag burning in an effort to show that both of these acts are lazy, idea-void, stupid provocations leading to violence or further violence. Neither of them should be afforded protection under the US Constiution. [Byslv I know, the Nine Gods to whom we have deferred all debate on issues, i.e. the Supreme Court, has ruled on the issue...]
I DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND, and I INTELLECTUALLY KNOW the Flag does not equal the rights and liberties associated with the cloth. BUT, here's some honesty, the American Flag means a hell of a lot to me.
If an American veteran, or someone raised prior to the 60's, or by parents who were adults prior to the 60s, who really has a strong emotional connection to our flag appens to attend Burning Man and sees you burning an American Flag, just understand that not everyone, particularly when dehydrated and sleep deprived, are ruled solely by intellect. You may get in a fight over your act. It WONT BE FROM ME-- particularly if you're bigger than me : ) (kidding.)
Ya know, your temple-flag-burning thing is more palatable, slightly, than taking a big Old American Flag and setting it on fire and stomping it on the playa. But why the hell burn any flag at Burning Man?
Why do it at Burning Man? Have some kahounas and do it on the Capitol steps or at the Moscone Center, if you have to do it at all. Why oh why inject such lazy bile into my (and everyone elses) one freakin' week-long "time out" from politicans and McLaughlin Group wannabees?
Others have said it here. The American flag may mean nothing to you, but not everyone is "intellectual enough" to completely divorce the symbol for the rights we possess. You KNOW this, or you wouldn't bother to burn it in the first place, no?
I totally disagree with the premise that burning the American flag is speech or even a political protest. It is an indiscrimnately cast "fuck you." Its a psychological car-bomb. You may offend the redneck rightwing politician, but you also take out the WWII vets, or the millions of people who grew up in different times and circumstances from you.
You have rights. Think before you exercise them. I will too.
At this point, my emotions have all died down and Im feeling the warm flow of serotonin all around. SO, please accept my apologies for poor writing and rude comments.