Excessive flags: The backlash begins

Seen this morning: a minivan with a pirate flag flying in place of the expected stars and stripes; and on the back, a bumper sticker showing the stars and stripes with the message “FLAG THIS!”

Filene’s and flags

This is a picture of Filene’s department store, at Downtown Crossing in Boston: I took it because I liked the way the flags were lit up. I don’t know if it’s deliberate, but in early afternoon the sun peeks around the corner of the building just enough that to shoppers walking towards the T station, the flags are illuminated from behind with sunlight, while the front of the store remains in shadow.