Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lovin’ My Girls…

 

 

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My daughter is gone on a cruise and I’m in Nevada…I’m missing my girls!!!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Test…Just for Fun…

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The U.S. Constitution Test

This version of the Test is currently in use by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Questions are followed with Answers:

1. What are the colors of our flag?
2. How many stars are there on our flag?
3. What color are the stars on our flag?
4. What do the stars on the flag mean?
5. How many stripes are there on the flag?
6. What color are the stripes?
7. What do the stripes on the flag mean?
8. How many states are there in the Union?
9. Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?
10. What is the date of Independence day?
11. Independence from whom?
12. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
13. Who was the first President?
14. Who is president today?
15. Who is vice president today?
16. Who elects the president of the United States?
17. Who becomes our president if the president should die?
18. For how long do we elect the president?
19. What is the Constitution?
20. Can the Constitution be changed?
21. What do we call a change to the Constitution?
22. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?
23. How many branches are there in our government?
24. What are the three branches of our government?
25. What is the legislative branch of our government?
26. Who makes federal laws?
27. What is Congress?
28. What are the duties of Congress?
29. Who elects Congress?
30. How many senators are there in Congress?
31. Can you name the senators from your state?
32. For how long do we elect each senator?
33. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives? 34. For how long do we elect the representatives?
35. What is the Executive branch of our government?
36. What is the Judiciary branch of our government?
37. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
38. What is the supreme law of the United States?
39. What is the Bill of Rights?
40. What is the capital of your state?
41. Who is the governor of your state?
42. Who becomes president if both the president and the vice president die?
43. Who is chief justice of the Supreme Court?
44. Can you name the 13 original states?
45. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?
46. Which countries were our allies during World War II?
47. What is the 49th state added to our Union?
48. How many full terms can a president serve?
49. Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?
50. Who is the head of your local government?
51. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become president. Name one.
52. Why are there 100 senators in the U.S. Senate?
53. Who nominates judges of the Supreme Court?
54. How many Supreme Court justices are there?
55. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
56. What is the head executive of a state government called?
57. What is the head executive of a city government called?
58. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the American colonists?
59. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
60. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
61. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?
62. What is our national anthem?
63. Who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner?"
64. Where does freedom of speech come from?
65. What is the minimum voting age?
66. Who signs bills into law?

67. What is the highest court in the United States?
68. Who was president during the Civil War?
69. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
70. What special group advises the president?
71. Which president is called the "Father of Our Country"?
72. What is the 50th state of the Union?
73. Who helped the Pilgrims in America?
74. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
75. What were the 13 original states of the United States called?
76. Name three rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
77. Who has the power to declare war?
78. Name one amendment that guarantees or addresses voting rights.
79. Which president freed the slaves?
80. In what year was the Constitution written?
81. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
82. Name one purpose of the United Nations.
83. Where does Congress meet?
84. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
85. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
86. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.
87. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?
88. What is the United States Capitol?
89. What is the White House?
90. Where is the White House located?
91. What is the president's official home?
92. Name one right guaranteed by the First amendment.
93. Who is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
94. Which president was the first commander in chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
95. In what month do we vote for president?
96. In what month is the new president inaugurated?
97. How many times may a senator be re-elected?
98. How many times may a congressman be re-elected?
99. What are the two major political parties in the United States today?
100. How many states are there?

ANSWERS

1) Red, white and blue.

2) 50.

3) White.

4) One for each state in the Union.

5) 13.

6) Red and white.

7) They represent the 13 original states.

8) 50.

9) Independence Day.

10) July 4.

11) England.

12) England.

13) George Washington.

14) William Jefferson Clinton.

15) Al Gore.

16) The Electoral College.

17) vice president.

18) Four years.

19) The supreme law of the land.

20) Yes.

21) Amendments.

22) 27.

23) Three.

24) Legislative, Executive and Judicial.

25) Congress.

26) Congress.

27) The Senate and the House of Representatives.

28) To make laws.

29) The people.

30) 100.

31) (Variable).

32) Six years.

33) 435.

34) Two years.

35. The president, Cabinet and departments under the Cabinet members.

36) The Supreme Court.

37) To interpret laws.

38) The Constitution.

39) The first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

40) (Variable).

41) (Variable).

42) Speaker of the House of Representatives.

43) William Rehnquist.

44) Conn., N.H., N.Y., N.J., Mass., Pa., Del., Va., N.C., S.C., Ga., R.I. and Md.

45) Patrick Henry.

46) Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, France.

47) Alaska.

48) 2.

49) A civil rights leader.

50) (Variable).

51) Must be a natural-born U.S. citizen; must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.

52) Two from each state.

53) The president.

54) Nine.

55) For religious freedom.

56) governor.

57) mayor.

58) Thanksgiving.

59) Thomas Jefferson.

60) July 4, 1776.

61) That all men are created equal.

62) "The Star-Spangled Banner."

63) Francis Scott Key.

64) The Bill of Rights.

65) 18.

66) The president.

67) The Supreme Court.

68) Abraham Lincoln.

69) Freed many slaves.

70) The Cabinet.

71) George Washington.

72) Hawaii.

73) The American Indians.

74) The Mayflower.

75) Colonies.

76)

  • 1. The right of freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting change of government.
  • 2. The right to bear arms.
  • 3. The government may not quarter, or house, soldiers in private homes during peacetime without the owners's consent.
  • 4. The government may not search or take a person's property without a warrant.
  • 5. A person may not be tried twice by the same jurisdiction for the same crime and cannot be forced to testify against him/herself.
  • 6. A person charged with a crime still has many rights, including the right to have a trial and be represented by a lawyer.
  • 7. The right to jury trial by his/her peers in most cases.
  • 8. Protects people against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment.
  • 9. The people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution.

77) The Congress.

78) 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th.

79) Abraham Lincoln.

80) 1787.

81) The Bill of Rights.

82) For countries to discuss world problems; to provide economic aid to countries; occasionally take action.

83) In the Capitol in Washington D.C.

84) Everyone (citizens and non-citizens living in the United States).

85) The Preamble.

86) Vote for the candidate of your choice; travel with a U.S. passport; serve on a jury; apply for federal employment opportunities, etc.

87) The right to vote.

88. The place where Congress meets.

89) The president's official residence.

90) Washington, D.C. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW).

91) The White House.

92) Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting changes in the government.

93) The president.

94) George Washington.

95) November.

96) January.

97. There is no limit.

98) There is no limit.

99) Democratic and Republican.

100) 50.

This test and answers are from this site…http://www.dailyrepublican.com/constitution-test.html

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lovin’ Mosaics…

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Not sure if I’ve ever posted this before…sorry if you’ve already seen it!!!

 

Thanks Mary of Dear Little Red House for hosting this…

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pet Parade at Katillac Shack…

These two cuties were entered into the “Petless Child” category at our local Pets In The Park recently…

 

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Meet Miss Hannah aka Indiana Jones….she had her snake “Rainbow” on parade. Hannah told me a lot about her snake and she had Rainbow flying around like a big bird…Rainbow had been bitten by another attack snake according to Hannah!!!  The little cutie in the orange wings had her plush Halloween “Kitty”… I think they both won…it was a tie!!!

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Don’t you think every child should have a pony with a “Pink” tail??? I do.

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What a pair!!!  The pup is dressed as a bumblebee, he didn’t like his antennae much though…

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I love Chihuahuas…Is it true that we look like our pets???

 

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This young man’s puppy won “Cutest” category, and I wholeheartedly agree…I stalked them just to get to hold the cutie…

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This Daddy-Daughter duo brought their one-eared bunny!!!

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How is this for arriving in style??? This little pooch had his own decorated stroller and a matching Mommy…  You see a tremendous amount of Harley-Davidson merchandise here in our town because we have a huge Harley-Davidson Shop here…Abernathy’s.

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I don’t know if this is a hampster or a Gerbil…my children never had one of these…but isn’t this the cutest pet and gorgeous little owner…

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I’m Sorry, Tootsie…

 

I’m sorry Tootsie, there are things going on in my yard…and I can’t get pictures. I have a huge cornfield adjacent to my yard…evidently I’m allergic to corn…

1. I’m close to dyin’ here with my allergies and sinus infections, every time I go outside I become a sneezy, snotty, coughy, teary mess…

2. I’ve had to search for photos that I’ve hopefully not posted…If you’ve seen these, just chalk it up to “some kinda brain foggy something”…

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A before and after of my Autumn Clematis, I need an After-After because all the blooms are gone now…

 

 

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No fertilizer needed here, a rainbow during a few minutes of sunshine…

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The Autumn Clematis again…gotta get a lot of mileage from what I’ve got….

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Another shot of the rainbow…

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The rest of the photos are of cut flowers I shot at the Eastern Market in D.C.---I’m sure someone fertilized them sometime…just wasn’t me

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Gomphocarpus…I even photographed the name of these…they’re different…

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What a sunflower!!!

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…and some really colorful roses…

 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Warriors Beneath The Stormy Skies…

 

A local radio station in Jackson, TN. sponsored this rally for our troops today…It was a benefit for “Salute Inc” and was held at the Community Bank on Highland. Thank you Community Bank, you were a wonderful host for this rally. image

What a cutie!!!

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A veteran who has returned home after a couple of tours in Iraq spoke, he is the one in the dark blue sportsjacket, P.J. Kellogg gave an inspiring speech…

The top left photo is of Mike Slater and Col. Harding

 

 

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The Colonel…

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Heartfelt truth…

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One Heroic Family…Mom, Dad and Grandad all in the military!!!

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Slater “Taters”…

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Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard

 

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Now why can’t I find a hat like the one in the top left???

 

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Whhheeee!!!!

 

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And the sun came out…leaving this rainbow…

 

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Visit Outdoor Wednesday for lots of fun!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Daring Duo

A big Black and White Great Dane and his owner…for more cuties visit Mary @Dear Little Red House!!!

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Just thought I’d share this Pets On Parade duo…he posed for me in the bottom shot!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pets In The Park

There couldn’t be anything any better than “Pets In the Park” on a Saturday morning in a small town…pets ranged from ponies to hermit crabs and everything in between…

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These images are from the Eastern Market in DC…love all the colors!!!

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Some fall foliage…

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Visit Mary at Little Red House for lots of beautiful mosaics…

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Flags…

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Lynn Barbadora has a great blog and she is having a giveaway…visit to see her great artwork…

http://paintingthymeneedfuls.blogspot.com/

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ResistNet gave out flags for the 9-12 March on DC…since we flew in to DC we couldn’t bring flags, signs or anything else…

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I wish I could tell you about these flags…

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I think he should get points for innovation!!!

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She must have been strong to hold on to this flag…

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This lady was “all decked out”…look at her lapel pin!!!

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Ya gotta love a “homemade” flag…I think it’s a version of the “Don’t Tread on Me”…

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This lady had her Hand made and hand stitched quilt…it was gorgeous!!!  Both sides were stitched….

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A construction flew their flags…

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Some flags on a building…

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The lady on the left had a cute bag, that’s me with the backpack…

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I cropped just the top of this photo for you to see the “Sea” of flags…

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Another sea of flags, have you ever seen people on the statues in DC???

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Some were more than a little scary!!!

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I think the most popular flag besides our Stars and Stripes was this one…This is the Gadsen Flag…

Here is Wikipedia definition…

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the legend "Don't Tread on Me". The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. It was also used by The United States Marine Corps as an early motto flag.

Snake symbolism

The use of the timber rattlesnake as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, and Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.

Benjamin Franklin's "Join, or Die" cartoon

In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies, with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message "Join, or Die". This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper.

As the American Revolution grew closer, the snake began to see more use as a symbol of the colonies. In 1774, Paul Revere added it to the title of his paper, The Massachusetts Spy, as a snake joined to fight a British dragon.[1] In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an essay in the Pennsylvania Journal under the pseudonym American Guesser in which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit:

I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?[2]

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Gadsden's flag in an 1885 school book

In fall 1775, the United States Navy was established to intercept incoming British ships carrying war supplies to the British troops in the colonies. To aid in this, the Second Continental Congress authorized the mustering of five companies of Marines to accompany the Navy on their first mission. The first Marines that enlisted were from Philadelphia and they carried drums painted yellow, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto "Don't Tread On Me." This is the first recorded mention of the future Gadsden flag's symbolism.

At the Congress, Continental Colonel Christopher Gadsden was representing his home state of South Carolina. He was one of three members of the Marine Committee who were outfitting the first naval mission. It is unclear whether Gadsden took his inspiration from the Marines' drums, or if he inspired them himself.

Before the departure of that first mission, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Navy, Commodore Esek Hopkins, received the yellow rattlesnake flag described above from Gadsden to serve as his distinctive personal standard.

Gadsden also presented a copy of this flag to his state legislature in Charleston and was recorded in the South Carolina congressional journals:

Col. Gadsden presented to the Congress an elegant standard, such as is to be used by the commander in chief of the American navy; being a yellow field, with a lively representation of a rattle-snake in the middle, in the attitude of going to strike, and these words underneath, "Don't Tread on Me!"

[edit] Contemporary significance

Considered one of the first flags of the United States, the flag was later replaced by the current Stars and Stripes (or Old Glory) flag. Since the Revolution, the flag has seen times of reintroduction as both a symbol of American patriotism and as a symbol of disagreement with the government.

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Flag of the Free State Project

For instance, unofficial usage of the Gadsden flag by the U.S. Government has been seen, particularly in the wake of September 11, 2001, most notably by Customs and harbor patrol boats in U.S. ports and individuals serving abroad in the U.S. Military.[citation needed] The First Navy Jack, which was directly related to the Gadsden flag, has also been in use by the U.S. Navy, and since the terrorist attacks is flown on all active naval ships. The rattlesnake from the flag is shown on the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Athletic apparel company Nike uses the image of a snake coiled around a soccer ball for an ongoing, patriotic "Don't Tread On Me" campaign in support of the United States men's national soccer team. The phrase has become a rallying cry for American soccer fans and the Gadsden flag can occasionally be seen at national team games. In 2006, the campaign was accompanied by a hip-hop song performed by team member Clint Dempsey entitled "Don't Tread". The Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer expansion team, set to play in 2010, incorporated the coiled snake into its logo that was unveiled in May, 2009. The only differences between the team's logo and the snake on the Gadsen flag is that the snake on the team's logo lacks the rattle on its tail, and that it is displayed on a blue and gold background in the likeness of the municipal flag of the City of Philadelphia.

A Gadsden flag was presented to the town manager of Killington, Vermont, by a representative of the Free State Project after that town's 2004 vote to pursue secession from Vermont. The Free State Project has also adopted a unique version of the Gadsden Flag as the flag of their organization. Their flag bears a porcupine rather than a snake, as the porcupine was chosen early on as a mascot of the Free State Project.

For historical reasons, the flag is still popularly flown in Charleston, South Carolina, being the city where Christopher Gadsden first presented the flag, and where it was commonly used during the revolution, along with the blue and white crescent flag of pre-Civil War South Carolina. It also appears in a historical context in the 2000 film The Patriot in Charleston and in battle alongside the Old Glory flag. Metallica later used the flag on their self-dubbed "Black Album" as a song name ("Don't Tread on Me"), and on the cover of the album, the snake from the flag is in the lower right hand corner. 311's eighth studio album is titled "don't tread on me" released 2005, and also of significance is the Cro-Mags' track of the same title. The New Jersey based punk rock group Titus Andronicus features one on the cover of their self-titled album, and the flag is frequently seen with them on tour. The flag has also been used as a critical prop in several movies and TV shows, such as in the final episode of Jericho, where it was flown to signal the titular town's independence. The flag also hangs on the wall of Sam Seaborn's office in the popular television series "The West Wing". Inspecting Sam's flag carefully, you will notice the prop is constructed in error. The bottom stripe is white instead of red.

The flag is a popular display by protesters attending the Tea Party protests of 2009.[3]

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The upside down flag is a universal sign of distress…

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Lots of Tennessee flags…

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It is very difficult to crop these images because there is so much to see…

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An interesting group with their banner and shirts….

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This man combined flags with his sign…

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A timely capture…

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I’m not sure about the significance of this one…but maybe someone else could tell us…

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These flags flank a sign that was pretty popular…

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