Questions of the “Forever.”

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According to Webster: “for·ev·er,” Everlasting time; eternity.

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Not only is my question a simple question, it’s a fair question and a question that anyone should be able to answer.

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Another simple question..

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If you can’t answer this one with a confident affirmative,

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..and since were on the subject of people who shouldn’t be where they are, (in my absolute and unequivocal opinion).. 

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This “individual,” (note that I defer from referring to him as a (man), ..as (in my opinion) the criteria for a man is to be both self-reliant, and responsible). Accordingly by no measure, or by no stretch of my imagination, is this person qualified to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.

On September 25, 2012, Obama addressed the UN Gen. assembly and delivered these words: (The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)

As not to be taken out of context…

(Pertinent text below).

“The impulse towards intolerance and violence may initially be focused on the West, but over time it cannot be contained. The same impulses toward extremism are used to justify war between Sunni and Shia, between tribes and clans. It leads not to strength and prosperity but to chaos. In less than two years, we have seen largely peaceful protests bring more change to Muslim-majority countries than a decade of violence. And extremists understand this. Because they have nothing to offer to improve the lives of people, violence is their only way to stay relevant. They don’t build; they only destroy.

(The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)

But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.”

As an American, and a Christian, I am offended that the President of the United States chose to place Mohammed, the prophet of Islam before Jesus Christ, the son of God.

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Fact: The U.S. one dollar bill features the image of the father of our country, George Washington, ..not Barack Obama.

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 Fact: The U.S. one dollar bill is emboldened with the words;

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

…nowhere is Mohammed mentioned.

God’s first Commandment; “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Adversarial Discourse..

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According to Webster: “ad·ver·sar·i·al,” Relating to or characteristic of an adversary; involving antagonistic elements. 

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According to Webster: “dis·course,” (in context) Verbal expression in speech or writing.

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Over the course of issuing my daily blather (information and opinions) I sometimes, ..(or more correctly) ..often! ..strike a nerve with one or more of this great big blue planets 9 billion residents.

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..and one (individual) in particular. A friend, who for the sake of his privacy, ..shall remain anonymous.

In an email I received from him yesterday morning in a retort to a reply from a reply, he wrote; …

“All you have to do is educate the bitch on conservative talk radio along with Ann Coulter.”

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A definite clash of ideologies, as I prefer not to label women or conservatives as bitches.

A proud confession; I am, ..and have always been a person who has a special affection (loves) for animals, ..especially dogs.

My last dog, (Molly),  ..a 12 pound Pomeranian…

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..with a heart the size of Texas.

According to Webster: “love,” A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.

Definition beyond Webster: “love,” A 12 pound Pomeranian with a heart the size of Texas.

According to Webster: “bitch,” 1. A female canine animal, especially a dog. 2. Offensive. a. A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.

Another proud confession; “Being offensive to women, ..is offensive to me.

Growing up I had four brothers and one sister, you could say anything you wanted to about me or about any of my brothers, albeit if you were “disrespectful or irreverent” to my sister, ..you were in for a long day. I was my sister’s favorite brother.

My friend is not a bad person, nor to my knowledge, ..is he (mean). To the contrary, my knowledge of my friend sets him apart from many as his work and compassion on behalf of mankind are exemplary.

According to Webster: “mean,” (in context) Selfish in a petty way; unkind. b. Cruel, spiteful, or malicious.

According to Webster: “ex·em·pla·ry,” Worthy of imitation; commendable.

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As for Ann Coulter? To my knowledge, ..Ann Coulter is an American citizen born in New York City, gainfully employed and self-reliant. For those attributes alone, ..Ann Coulter is completely acceptable to me.

I have researched and critiqued Ann Coulter in past blogs and although I don’t personally agree with everything that Miss Coulter says, I do agree that she has the right to say whatever she wants to say, anywhere she wants to say it, any time she wants to say it…

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..I appreciate the First Amendment.

 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Thin skin, and those packaged in it..

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Once again, my (number one) candidate for thin-skinned politician of the week, ..is (none other than) ..the underbelly of America’s favorite Commander-in-Chief, Barack, Hussein, (I wish my daddy had been a Rothschild) Obama!

Beyond the “fluffy” reports coming out of every “nook and cranny” that the mainstream media “delves into,” ..and/or, dumpster dives for, ..to conjure up the tripe they deliver to their followers, to include the dust bunnies under their beds. (Rumor has it) from the conservative press, that B.H.O. ..is sweating rutabagas from Michelle’s “Who Garden” over the current trilogy of scandals hanging over the White House.

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Doesn’t our baloney exporting Commander-in-Chief know what our founding fathers meant by…

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..or, 

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(Cincinnati).

Maybe not? ..because if he did, ..individuals who exercise their Constitutional right to free speech at (his) gatherings wouldn’t be accosted and drug away by large badge totin’ gentleman wearin’ Smokey the bear hats.

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Factoid: Albeit denied with his every (fibbing) breath, ..every un-brainwashed (common sense) Homo sapien in America is fully aware that Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s hand-picked Attorney General (authorized) Operation “Fast and Furious,” even if it was (verbal) ..so he could “exercise” his (plausible deniability) ..that no “worthy” Washington (politician) is ever without.

As the alternative would be that someone ( ? ) in the Justice Department was running the Operation without Eric Holder’s knowledge or consent.

In which case of course, every un-brainwashed (common sense) Homo sapien in America would be picketing outside the White House demanding Holder’s head on a platter for incompetence.

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I fully understand the plight of the of the poor, ..I grew up poor, but not because my father was disenfranchised, my father had a job, and when my father didn’t have a job, he had two jobs. My father had no formal education beyond the eighth grade, nevertheless my father was a self-reliant responsible individual with moral values that didn’t include taking charity from a neighbor or from the state.

I respected my father for his values more than any other person I can name. My parents raised six children, all of whom to my knowledge never applied for welfare or food stamps.

Our politicians, yours and mine, when vying for our votes, from the first day to the last, ..expound (family values) ..then they rob us blind…

(Sidebar). I know this is where you expect me to define the word “stupid” again, ..but I’ve decided that if you don’t know what the word means by now, ..you never will.

Continuing…

Parting question: “How does a boy learned to be a man with a job, if he’s never met one?

Contrary to popular belief, one does not become a man by getting a woman pregnant.

One becomes a man by getting out of bed every day and going to work, – minimum – 30 years.

It couldn’t be any simpler, however for those of you who still don’t understand…

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..sometimes education “requires” more than a progressive liberal university professor.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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More Obama Abomination..

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According to Webster: “a·bom·i·na·tion,” A cause of abhorrence or disgust.

Part-Time Workers Losing Pay Due to Obamacare

Many part-time workers are getting slammed with a one-two punch from Obamacare — loss of pay and denial of access to employer-sponsored healthcare insurance.

The healthcare reform legislation passed into law requires large employers offering health insurance to include part-time employees working at least 30 hours a week.

Instead, a growing number of employers are cutting back part-timers’ work hours to avoid paying for their insurance.

An estimated 2.3 million workers nationwide are at risk of losing hours and therefore pay, according to research by the University of California-Berkeley cited by the Los Angeles Times.

The Times offered as an example the city of Long Beach, Calif., which is limiting most of its 1,600 part-time workers to no more than 27 hours a week.

Large restaurant chains and retailers are also beginning to cut back on employee hours, and colleges are reducing courses for part-time professors.

(Sidebar). Which of course, (in my personal opinion) might not be such a bad thing when it comes to the good folks in academia, as academia accounts for more than 70% of the progressive liberal ideology currently biting America in the ass.

Continuing…

According to the Times, the average annual premium for employee coverage was $6,540 in California last year, and family coverage was more than $16,000 a year.

Nationwide, employee-only coverage cost $5,615 last year, and family coverage cost $15,745, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.

One consolation for part-time workers is that due to low salaries, many of them will qualify for government insurance or be eligible for discounted premiums on private policies beginning in January.

On the other hand, it’s expected that some businesses will drop health coverage entirely and instead pay a penalty of $2,000 per worker. (Source Newsmax.com).

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(To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending).

The above placard was produced and distributed by the Obama administration, (not to dispel the myths) of Obama care, ..but rather to (sell the myths) of Obamacare.

According to Webster: “myth,” (in context) A fictitious story, person, or thing. 

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Come on folks, (the truth) who among us didn’t grow up with fiction? Superman, the Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and of course my personal favorite, …

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Question: So why is Bugs Bunny my personal favorite when it comes to fictional characters?

The short answer, Bug’s is one of the few characters I know whose older than I am and still above ground.

Of course if I were to expand my answer, Bugs and I have a lot in common. We both like carrots, ..we both have gray hair and neither of us could ever understand what Elmer Fudd was saying.

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..and of course if there’s one thing I’ve been a stickler about throughout my entire life, it’s being absolute about what folks say.

As one of the fundamentals my father passed on to me, ..a paraphrasing from Lewis Carroll, out of Alice in Wonderland;

“Say what you mean and mean what you say because the people that matter don’t mind and the people that mind don’t matter.”

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From Lewis Carroll; …

“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.

“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least–at least I mean what I say– that’s the same thing, you know.”

“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” ..is the same thing as, “I eat what I see”!”

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Indeed, language can be confusing, especially when used by an “unscrupulous” politician.

My parting question for today: …

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 …will Obamacare flatlined Health Care in America?

 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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A Bump in the Road..

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Words from the mouth of our caring “Commander-in-Chief during an interview on 60 minutes (September 23, 2012).

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Four men, four Americans, by Barack Obama’s “progressive” analogy were no more than “a bump in the road.”

Question: What in the hell road is Barack Obama on?

Of course not to be completely unfair, Barack Obama did, without stammer or stutter, announce with resolve that it was his intention during his campaign to fundamentally change the way America does business.

Well, if this isn’t a bona fide change to the way America has always done business, ..I’ll kiss Nancy Pelosi’s “sagging” butt during prime time on MSNBC.

Hell, I’ll even throw in a Clinton or two…

..and why not? Hillary could have ordered our troops in waiting to jump in, instead of stand down, just as well as our cravenly commander-in-chief.

Come on folks, even George W, ..as intellectually challenged as he is, George W., would have ordered troops in to protect our embassy.

But then, going with the fact that America is currently under the thumb of the dumb, and the indifferent when it comes to America’s heritage and America’s Constitution, we, “We the People,” will have to suffer the consequences of avarice and gutlessness for another 3 ½ years.

According to Webster: “av·a·rice,” Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity.

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Gee Hillary, maybe you should approach the question as to what you might have done, had Chelsea or Bill been in the embassy when the terrorists struck?

Factoid: I would have composed the question to Barack as to what he would have done, had Sasha, Melia and Michelle been in the embassy, if I had the slightest confidence that he would have done something other than what he did.

Which of course we all know now, ..was nothing.

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..they were,

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..albeit from a poem received in an email from a friend a few days ago, the men who died in Benghazi were apparently “more than a bump in the road” ..to an anonymous Marine Corps officer who penned the following…

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 Semper Fi …

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In (my humble opinion) America will begin to heal when both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are history…

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Have a Great ” Memorial Day,” I’ll be back tomorrow

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Trivia..

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Origin of the lawnmower?

The lawn mower was invented in 1830 by Edwin Beard Budding, an engineer from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. 

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(Edwin Beard Budding mower – circa 1830).

He obtained the idea after seeing a machine in a local cloth mill which used a cutting cylinder (or bladed reel) mounted on a bench to trim cloth to make a smooth finish after weaving. Budding realised that a similar concept would enable the cutting of grass if the mechanism could be mounted in a wheeled frame to make the blades rotate close to the lawn’s surface. He went into partnership with a local engineer, John Ferrabee, and together they made mowers in a factory at Stroud. Examples of the early Budding type mowers can be seen in Stroud Museum, the London Science Museum and at Milton Keynes Museum.

These early machines were all made of cast iron and featured a large rear roller with a cutting cylinder (reel) in the front. Cast iron gear wheels transmitted power from the rear roller to the cutting cylinder. Overall, these machines were remarkably similar to modern mowers.

Budding and Ferrabee were shrewd enough to allow other companies to build copies of their mower under licence, the most successful of these being Ransomes of Ipswich which began making mowers as early as 1832. The company has made mowers virtually continuously ever since, and is now the world’s largest manufacturer of lawn care equipment. 

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 (Thomas Greene and sons – circa 1850)

By the 1850s, Budding’s early patents had lapsed and other companies were able to introduce their own machines. In the middle of the decade, Thomas Green and Son of Leeds introduced a mower called the Silens Messor (meaning silent cutter), which used chain to transmit power from the rear roller to the cutting cylinder. These machines were lighter and quieter than the gear driven machines that preceded them, although they were slightly more expensive. At roughly the same time, Alexander Shanks of Arbroath introduced its range of Caledonia mowers and Ransomes introduced the Automaton. All were available with either gear or chain drive, and grass collection boxes were an optional extra. All these models, in various sizes and with minor modification, were in production well into the 20th century.

Innovation

The next major innovation in lawn mower design was the introduction of the sidewheel machines. Although invented in England, these machines were popular in North America where grasses are often coarser than in Europe. They had cast iron wheels at each side which drove the cutting cylinder directly by means of ratchets inside the castings. They did not have a metal rear roller, and were very light and inexpensive to make, which made them very popular all over the world.

Motorised mowers appeared in the 1890s as lightweight petrol engines and small steam power units became available. Although steam mowers were the preferred choice for a few years, by 1900 petrol engined mowers were winning in the market. Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies introduced a petrol engined mower in 1902, and led the market until the First World War, although Shanks and Greens also made petrol engined machines during this period. 

Another company which became incredibly successful in the 1920s and 30s was Qualcast. Models such as its E sidewheel and Panther roller mowers sold in millions, at just a few pounds each, to people with small lawns who needed an economical and reliable mower for a few minutes a week.

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(Qualcast Model E – circa 1920’s and 30’s).

The period immediately after World War One saw an unprecedented growth in lawn mower production. Technology had advanced, companies needed to find new markets for peace time products, and customers were moving to new suburban housing with small gardens.

One of the most successful companies to emerge during this period was Atco, at that time a brand name of Charles H Pugh Ltd. The Atco motor mower, launched in 1921 was an immediate success. Just 900 of the 22in cut machines were made in 1921, each costing £75. Within five years, annual production had accelerated to tens of thousands. Prices were cut and a range of sizes was available, making the Standard the first truly mass produced motor mower. 

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 (The Atco motor mower – 1921)

Surprisingly, seemingly modern ideas such as electric power and rotary cutting were all tried out in the 1920s and 30s, although they did not become popular until much later. Innovations in the 1930s and 40s led to lighter designs and smaller, more powerful petrol engines. By the 1950s lawn mower technology had advanced greatly and machines were inexpensive and generally reliable. The introduction of plastic components in the 1960s reduced costs further still, although traditional designs were similar.

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 Robo mowers for the home…

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 ..or the golf course.

The major innovation of the the last thirty years has been the rotary hover mower, made possible by widespread use of lightweight plastics and high-power, lightweight electric and petrol motors. The first ‘hover’ mowers were introduced by Flymo in the early 1960s. These machines were blue and white, rather than the more familiar white and orange designs seen today.

Sadly, many of the old lawn mower companies have disappeared, having gone out of business, moved into other markets or merged with each other. However, the machines continue to attract the interest of collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world, which is why the Old Lawnmower Club was formed in 1990.

(Source, oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk). 

Moving beyond the “Old Lawnmower Club” and the nostalgia that they provide the world. Lawnmowers today, ..in keeping up with “the times,” ..provide those of us who “enjoy” the task of maintaining a lawn, ..as well as those who “cut grass” as their occupation. The market place abounds with choices from…

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 ..a simple power mower, to a…

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.. Professional riding mowers, to …

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 ..the in between.

Which is what I used to mow my lawns this morning, ..albeit my lawn tractor is not as current as the one pictured above. 

Have a great day, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Factoids..

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A factoid is a questionable (unverified,) statement presented as a fact, without supporting evidence.

As example: “Barack Obama was born in his grandmother’s house in Kenya, South Africa.

Of course, since I am one of the residence of this planet who believes that story to be true, for me it is a factoid.

For the rest of you, (or at least those of you who live beyond the next 20 years), ..I believe that it will become a fact. 

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The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context.

The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as; “an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact”.

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Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described a factoid as “facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper”, and created the word by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean “similar but not the same”.

The Washington Times described Mailer’s new word as referring to “something that looks like a fact, could be a fact, but in fact is not a fact”. 

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Factoids may give rise to, ..or arise from, common misconceptions and urban legends.

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 Like Freddy Krueger…

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 Jason…

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..or a crocodile emerging from your toilet.

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The following are “other” well-known examples of factoids.

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The Great Wall of China has been described as being the only man-made structure visible from the moon.

In reality, no man-made structure on Earth can be seen with the naked eye from the moon.

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Dogs and cats are color-blind and see the world in scales of grey.

Dogs and cats have color vision, called “dichromate,” albeit dichromate vision is not nearly as proficient as “trichromate” color vision that humans enjoy, and/or, red, green, and blue light.

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There are some that believe the Texas State flag is the only state flag that can be flown at the same height as the American flag, as Texas formerly held the status as a nation.

However, in reality, according to the United States Flag Code, all state flags are displayed at the same height as the American flag when on separate poles, with the American flag in a position of honor (to its own right).

State flags hang below the American flag while on the same pole, and should never be larger than the American flag.

In reality, Texas is not the only U.S. state to formerly have diplomatic recognition. 

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The state of Hawaii shares the same status. 

Hold a good thought, I’ll be back tomorrow

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