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Flags R US Dammit!

9:45 AM -- Globalization has its limits, according to this story on the TIME magazine Website:

    What's red, white and blue — and made in China? A move is on in state legislatures to ensure that the flags folks will be flying and buying this Independence Day were made on this fruited plain.

    Minnesota has passed the strongest measure, a new law that goes into effect at year's end requiring every Old Glory sold in state stores to be domestically produced. Violations are a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail. In Arizona, schools and public colleges were required starting July 1 to outfit every classroom from junior high up with a made-in-the-USA flag. Tennessee requires all U.S. flags bought via state contract to be made here, and similar bills are moving forward in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania...
Unfortunately, to give teeth to the regulations, a slight change to the flag design will be necessary:

    To help consumers identify the origin of their flags, the [Flag Manufacturers Association of America] created a certification program two years ago that bestows a seal-of-approval logo to flags made with domestic fibers and labor.
To make room, it seems, one of the stars will have to go. I suggest Texas. After all, they've got their own.

— Larry, Logo-Spangled Monkey, Light Reading

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